20/01/2017 South Today


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He narrowly failed to realise his goal of becoming the first British

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sailor to win the gruelling Vendee Globe round the world race,

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But Alex Thomson from Gosport was still greeted as a returning

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hero, met by thousands of cheering supporters as he crossed the finish

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He hasn't seen a soul for 74 days, he lost his starboard foil after

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just two weeks and slept five hours in the past three days.

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At dawn Alex Thompson arrived into France a hero.

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Sometimes you think, I say to myself, why am I doing this?

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But you don't have a choice, that point you

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To finish in second place, I am chuffed.

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His journey started at Haslam Marina in

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1999, he had become the youngest sailor to win the

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around the world yacht race and wanted a new adventure.

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Usually there are around 30 people working

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here, but today there is no-one here because they are all in France.

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We respect him so much for what he has

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done but we see the four-year build-up

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naval architects, the marketing, the PR, everything that goes

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into this, it is a phenomenal effort saw Alex

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is quite right with the star man but we are also

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aware of the 20, 30 or

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more people who are working tirelessly to get him

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Here they hope Alex's achievements will

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He is probably not in too much danger of being stopped on the high

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street, that is the difference, whereas in France he is

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What is it like for Alex being back on shore?

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He sealed nine times around the world.

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He will switch straight back into normal mode very

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quickly, but physically the race will have drawn from him and it

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will take two or three months to get himself back to his normal shoreside

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physique so it does have a tremendous effect, it is three

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Mike saved Alex's life as they raced each other

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in the Southern Ocean in

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Think they have unfinished business, if

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I haven't asked yet, but it would be difficult not to.

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The third, the second, there is only one thing to

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I think I have to say yes because he will do it anyway!

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Celebrate, sleep and back to Gosport to plot the path to 2020.

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Changes which make it harder to get a UK Visa are being blamed

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for a significant drop in the number of foreign students coming

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It's down by nearly 20%, which in turn has knocked

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Here's our Business Correspondent, Alastair Fee.

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Giuseppe is in Bournemouth for six months, he is to learn English.

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As an Italian student he can work, too, but that may not be the case if

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In the morning I have school and in the afternoon I

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go to work and also I learn quickly because at the shop I speak every

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If the rules change of course I will choose

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The Anglo Continental is Bournemouth's biggest

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language school and last year they were down 800 students.

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Brexit has not helped but the fall in numbers

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is also down to the UK Visa process, seen as overly difficult compared

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Now students around the world have the opinion

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that the United Kingdom is very unwelcoming to international

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students so a lot of students don't even consider the UK any more if

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they are going to get an unfriendly reception at the point of obtaining

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This man left the job as a furniture designer in Thailand to

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Many of his friends have chosen other English speaking countries.

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If I stay in Australia or New Zealand, I can

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live in England for eight months but I can stay in Australia

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Yes, I can work in New Zealand or Australia but in England I can't.

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The sector has been hit by other challenges,

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an existing level of English first and is coming to study

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There were subsequently a Home Office crackdown.

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Some employers rely on seasonal staff form the EU.

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Some are going home because they do not feel welcome,

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People go where the work is so if they can

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work and study then they will go elsewhere.

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Last year the fall in students what job losses, there will

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be more to come if the UK continues to lose out

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Tonnes of aid donated to a Hampshire based

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charity started its journey to Syria tonight.

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The Portsmouth group "Don't hate, donate" got a huge response

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to its appeal for blankets, clothes, food and medicines.

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It's filled a container with 20 tons of supplies.

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It'll be shipped to Turkey and will complete the journey by road.

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The charity says it's received enough donations

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Football - and a big game in the championship tonight.

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Second-placed Brighton took the lead against Sheffield Wednesday half

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an hour in, but cancelled that out ten minutes later with an awkward

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Both sides saw red in a tense and testy second half before a late

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and welcome winner for the Seagulls ten minutes from the end.

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Brighton staying laser focussed on automatic promotion.

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The Saints captain Joe is a font is leaving Southampton for West Ham in

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an ?8 million deal. That's all from the South Today

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news team this evening. We're back tomorrow

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at 5:20pm here on BBC1. Next up, Sarah Farmer

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with the weekend weather forecast. The cold theme continues in the

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coming days. Tonight is no exception. Frosty conditions on the

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cards. Clear skies in the region. Maybe some pockets of mist and

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freezing fog here and there. Temperatures in towns and cities -2

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or three. A couple of degrees cooler out in the countryside. A cold but

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fresh start first thing tomorrow morning. Good bright conditions

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early on. A bit of here and there but it should clear in the morning.

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We will start to see the cloud creeping north. But still some

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brighter skies at times. Temperature is not struggling much beyond five

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or 6 degrees. Sunday is a foggy start to the day. We will have one

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or two brighter skies at times. More widespread fog on the way come

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feel cooler. Can we keep it going until the start of the new week? I

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suspect we can. Unconfirmed about -- concerned about the fog around. Here

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is Helen with the national picture. Good evening. The weather is upon

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us. The cloud has made all the difference this week in particular.

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We

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