14/04/2017 Spotlight


14/04/2017

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Good evening. on the BBC News Channel.

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Thousands of people have arrived in the South West for what is a big

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test of one of our biggest industries.

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There were some blue skies as people came out to enjoy

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Forecasters say it won't stay completely dry all weekend,

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but there should only be some short periods of wet weather.

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Meanwhile, extra staff have been brought in at hospitals to cope

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with an anticipated rise in demand over the weekend.

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Officials are asking people to avoid emergency departments

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unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition.

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Please use the 111 service if you're not sure what to do with your local

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Those lines are being answered much quicker now, and they can direct

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you to the service that will help you in your local area.

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Two owls have been freed after getting stuck in traps

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which use glue to catch pests. The animals are being cared

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for at the West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset.

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The RSPCA says the traps cause unnecessary suffering to pests

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The charity is urging people not to use them.

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His primary wing feathers were stuck into his own flanks here.

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Without us intervening and actually washing the glue off,

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there's no way he would ever have flown again.

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So he would have slowly starved to death or, you know,

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Born in Dorset, he shot to fame predicting the results of football

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Well, there's more science to it than you might think.

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John Ayres has been looking at an experiment being carried out

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The point of dropping plastic bricks into this tank is to see

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if Octavia can find her way through to the food.

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The test is repeated, and each time, she gets quicker.

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She may not be as famous as Paul the Octopus,

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What I could not really grasp about Paul, the World Cup octopus,

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is how he could distinguish between the technicalities

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of the Netherlands team and the flamboyance of the Spanish,

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or indeed, how he was able to watch the matches under

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But the difference with this is that the testing is actually

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real, and they believe that octopuses have intelligence similar

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Student Meghan Davitt is carrying out research for her

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She is measuring how long it takes Octavia to work out

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Two of the puzzles that I am using for the study,

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a simple one is clip-lock boxes and screw-top containers,

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so she really has to figure out how to get into these boxes in order

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to get her food, and then I'll present these challenges

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a few weeks later to see if she has learned how to do it, and the time

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Her ability to do these puzzles has been entertaining the crowds

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Meghan will be carrying out a number of research projects for these

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Exeter Chiefs have secured an excellent 39-26 victory

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at Harlequins in the Premiership tonight.

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They scored three tries in quick succession,

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including this from Henry Slade, to secure the bonus point.

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The Chiefs are 13 matches unbeaten, and remain on course

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Plymouth Argyle must wait for promotion from League 2,

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after drawing against Portsmouth late this afternoon.

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But, as John Danks, reports it did look like today

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Argyle knew a win today would secure promotion,

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as long as other results went their way.

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And they started well, after this flying header

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But Plymouth moved from attack mode into defence, as Portsmouth

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Eventually, a goalkeeping error by Luke McCormick

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The Green Army will have to keep the champagne on ice for now.

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The Pilgrims need one point from four games

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to guarantee their place in League 1.

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Exeter City moved up to fifth place after a 2-1 win against Barnet.

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Yeovil Town were beaten 1-0 at Newport County.

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In the National League, two late goals at Lincoln spelt

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They are now just four points from safety with three games to go.

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And in the top-of-the-table clash in the basketball,

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Plymouth lost to Leicester Riders 99-69 in the BBL Championships.

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Back to the weather, and it's not too bad, actually.

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Hello, and a very good evening to you.

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Now, we do have outbreaks of rain through the course of tonight.

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Much of that rainfall will be light and patchy in nature.

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And by the time we enter the early hours, we're starting

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Temperature-wise, we're looking at lows of nine or 10 degrees.

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Now, tomorrow morning we start on a bit of a cloudy note.

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The remnants of that wet weather sinking slowly southwards.

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I suspect for the Channel Islands we will see that wet

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weather coming and going until around mid-afternoon.

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Cheering up, one or two sunny spells into the afternoon.

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Taking a look ahead to the remainder of the bank holiday weekend,

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and through the course of the day on Sunday it looks like we will see

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quite cloudy skies, although I suspect we will stay

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Easter Monday itself, another predominantly cloudy day.

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It will have some breaks and brightness here and there.

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Just the outside chance of a shower or two.

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And then into Tuesday looks like we could start

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We will have bulletins throughout the weekend. Whatever you are doing,

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have a lovely evening. Bye-bye. Good evening. I don't think

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everybody was a happy bunny today with the weather. We had some rain.

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Some of it was on the heavy side, particularly across northern parts

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of Wales. All these things are true for the next few days. Even into

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next week. We are going to stay with this chilly air coming in from the

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North. Vermijl they're never quite us. -- is a mild air never quite

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reaches us. It's a case of cool winds coming in from the North.

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Here's the extensive cloud cover we had today. There was some sunshine

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but a weather front was across the country and gave a fair bit of heavy

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rain across some parts of Wales. The weather front is across the South.

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There is two of them. This is a distinct feature, spots of rain on

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and off through this evening and overnight. Then it's out of the way.

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It should dry out. There will be showers across Scotland but plenty

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of clear spells. It is chilly air. Three degrees around 5am in

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Aberdeen. To the south, around eight or so.

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