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Summary

  1. New Les Quennevais school application 'could be six months away'
  2. Campaigners say there has been a lack of progress on Guernsey's disability strategy
  3. Jersey £1 coin to be withdrawn from circulation
  4. Alderney member 'confident' of passing same-sex marriage
  5. Battle flowers 'haven't flourished' - rules might change
  6. Updates on Friday 24 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Local Live has finished for the day, and for the week.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and join us again from 08:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Channel Island Cricket League returns

BBC Sport

The Channel Island Cricket League will return this year.

The League was scrapped back in 2012 because of the cost of inter-island travel and too many one-sided matches.

Since then, Jersey and Guernsey have run their own local leagues for clubs within their own islands.

The league will start on Saturday the 24 June.

Chris Minty, chief executive of the Jersey Cricket Board, said: "Clubs are looking for new challenges."

Jersey hospital sends medical equipment aid to Sudan

Rob England

BBC News Online

Staff from Jersey Hospital have packed up a piece of medical equipment used in identifying cancer cells, and sent it to a hospital in the Sudan.

The machine, a tissue processor, is used to examine cells for traces of cancer and identify potential treatments.

Staff in the cellular pathology lab initially looked to sell the machine, which was being kept "as a backup" after they upgraded, but could not find a buyer.

The team later were put in touch with the Radio and Isotope Centre in Khartoum, whose machine stopped working in October 2016.


          A part of the team at the Jersey Hospital with the packaged machine
Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh, who led the team in the lab, contacted Jersey Overseas Aid who contributed £950 to cover the costs of shipping the machine.

Leica, the manufacturers, also provided a free service of the machine before it was sent out, and a crate to ship it in.

The tissue processor, which is currently en route, is expected to arrive in Sudan sometime in March.

Elizabeth said in her department "we don’t like waste" and her team had found the experience "very rewarding".

Weather: Expect a breezy weekend

BBC Weather

Overnight it will remain dry with variable amounts of cloud and a few clear spells.

Winds will start to strengthen towards the end of the night and it should stay frost free. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather map
BBC

Saturday will see cloud slowly thicken, giving a fairly cloudy and breezy day.

The cloud may be thick enough towards the end of the day to give some light spots of rain or drizzle. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

F-gases: What's the pattern?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

F-gases were a replacement of harmful CFC's which were found to be harming the ozone layer in the 1980's.

While F-gases don't harm the ozone layer, they are powerful greenhouse gases; the European Commission claims their global warming effects are 23,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

They are produced by things like refrigerators, air-conditioners, as well as foams and aerosol cans.

F-gas table
States of Jersey

The general pattern since the introduce of man-made fluorinated gases in 1990 is up, but there has been a steadying in recent years.

The peak in 2010 has been followed by a slow decline.

Population law is ‘economic suicide’ deputies are told

Guernsey Press

The new Population Management Law, which comes into force in just over a month, is ‘economic suicide’ , a businessman said yesterday.

Yoga in kilts is a cheeky success...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

This has a pretty flimsy connection to the Channel Islands, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway, because it's funny...

Yoga and kilts in a Perthshire forest have  proved to be just what what the world was waiting for .

A short video on Facebook has been viewed 43 million times in the five days since it was posted by BBC Scotland's The Social.

The video features Finlay Wilson, a Dundee-based forest yoga instructor, and his friend Tristan Cameron-Harper, a former professional ice hockey player, who was born in Jersey...

Tristan Cameron-Harper (r) was born in Jersey but grew up in Dundee

The video has a particularly "cheeky" ending...


          Finlay Wilson, left, and Tristan Cameron-Harper at The Hermitage near Dunkeld
BBC

Greenhouse emissions: What are F-gases?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

In 1990, Guernsey produced no F-gases at all, but in 2015 they made up more than 5% of the gases the island produces.

But why is that?

It's quite a simple answer really: they didn't really exist in mass production.

You may have heard of CFCs - or chlorofluorocarbons - which were found in the 1980s to be destroying the ozone layer - the part of the atmosphere that protects us from the sun's harmful UV radiation.

They were stable enough to reach the upper atmosphere intact, but would then be hit by UV light from the sun, breaking them up and releasing the chlorine that attacks the ozone.

CFCs were a great refrigerant, as they switched seamlessly between liquid and gas, and therefore became a key part of aerosol deodorants.

Once the harmful impact was discovered, we created F-gases to replace them.

F-gases are fluorinated gases which don't contain the damaging chlorine that damages the ozone, but they are powerful greenhouse gases, with a global warming effect thousands of time stronger than carbon dioxide.

Outsourcing causing 'vulnerability' to cyber attacks

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Businesses in Guernsey and Jersey are particularly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, due to their frequent use of outsourcing, according to a recent study.

That's one of the findings of a new information security survey by finance company EY. 

Nearly half of the businesses surveyed admitted they don't have an agreed strategy or plan in place for a cyber breach.

EY's Leo Boessenkool says it doesn't matter where data is stored, the responsibility still lies with the ultimate business owner.

Remember that the business is the ultimate custodian of the data , so if a third party suffers a breach, ultimately the owner and custodian of that data is going to be held accountable for it. How are you monitoring your third parties, vendors and suppliers? Are they subject to the same rules that you're compliant to, and have the same controls and processes in place?"

Leo BoessenkoolEY
Leo Boessenkool
EY

Guernsey Electricity urges manufacturer of faulty tumble dryers to 'do more'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The manufacturer of potentially lethal tumble dryers has been urged by Guernsey Electricity to do more to resolve the ongoing issue with their products.

Tumble dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands - all owned by a company called Whirlpool - have been behind a series of fires.

Guernsey Electricity's Retail Manager, Malcolm Woodhams, has written to Whirlpool stressing his "disappointment" at their approach to the situation.

The States-owned power company says there's little it can do to help customers directly.


          One tumble dryer in the UK led to a tower block fire that left families homeless
Remi Lefevre

Local hardware store Valpy's is the only approved repairer in Guernsey, and still has about 1,000 machines left to fix out of the original 3,000 that were declared by owners.

They've had to take on an extra staff member to assist with the repairs.

Valpy’s has been very good and is doing the best they can, but this new advice from Whirlpool for affected customers not to use the machines puts the onus on Whirlpool to not let our customers wait any longer than is necessary."

Malcolm Woodhams Retail Manager, Guernsey Electricity

Reds braced for Yorkshire Carnegie clash

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds are set for their first home league game in eight weeks.

Jersey Reds run out
Sue Armes

The Reds are in Championship action against second-placed Yorkshire Carnegie under the floodlights at St Peter tonight.

A Jersey win would take them to brink of the play-off places, but Carnegie have won the previous nine encounters between the sides.

Sam Katz misses out, replaced at full-back by Jack Cuthbert, while Sean McCarthy comes into the front-row and Ross Adair plays ahead of George Watkins on the wing.

There'll be live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey's  Friday Sportscene.

Vrangue reopens, but will be one-way tomorrow

BBC Travel

La Vrangue, St Peter Port, Guernsey, has reopened to traffic after the completion of works in the area.

Tomorrow it will be one-way from Rue Thomas to Mont Arrive as telecoms engineers will be working along a stretch of the road from 08:00.

Rue Thomas will be no entry from Pitronnerie Road during this time with diversions via Mont Arrive or La Countanchez for large vehicles.

The most secure coin in the world...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There may be no local £1 coins in the Channel Islands this time next year, but the new 12-sided UK version will be shipped in soon.

The new coin comes in to circulation in March.

It's the first time the national pound coin has been changed in more than 30 years.

Simon Gompertz visited the factory making the coins...

Guernsey's greenhouse emissions down 15% in 2015

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Greenhouse Gas B=bulletin for 2015 has been released, with figures showing a 15% drop in emissions.

The other headlines from the bulletin are:

  • The cumulative percentage change in Guernsey’s greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2015 was a decrease of 29.4%
  • Waste contributed the largest proportion (28.8%) of the greenhouse gases emitted in 2015
  • The majority (65.9%) of the emissions were in the form of carbon dioxide
Gas graph
States of Guernsey

Immuno Biotech offices raid ‘all part of smear campaign’

Guernsey Press

A Law Enforcement raid on Immuno Biotech’s Guernsey offices was part of a continuing ‘smear campaign’ against the company and its ‘miracle cure’ GcMaf, its chief executive officer has claimed.

Removal of trees from Upland Road complete

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at this evening's weather.

Here's the forecast for Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

And this is the outlook in Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

Drivers using mobiles could lose their licences

Jersey Evening Post

Motorists are being warned they risk losing their licence if they are caught using a mobile phone.

States spent '£280k on refreshments'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey spent nearly £280,000 on refreshments last year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The figure includes some costs spent on visitors and customers.

Some departments use a purchasing tool called 'Supply Jersey' to buy in what they need for States employees.

These corporate contracts include:

  • £49,731 - 2016 milk delivery contract 
  • £34,381 - 2016 Working lunches’ contract
  • £13,031 - 2016 Fairtrade contract for tea and coffee

Here's a breakdown of the total costs by department.

It's worth noting that the corporate contracts above are included in this table...

Refreshments table
States of Jersey

Education minister confident new school 'will be built by 2020'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's education minister is confident students will be studying in a new school at Les Quennevais by 2020 - despite plans being rejected by the environment minister.

Deputy Steve Luce said he had concerns over the payout, parking and traffic safety - despite a lengthy public consultation before the plans were submitted.

But the Minister for Education, Deputy Rod Bryans says some important elements were approved - and he is optimistic the scheme will go ahead after the plans are revised.

He's said we can build in the green zone which is a really big thing for us to make sure we accommodated everyone's wishes at that point. Now there's just a problem with the design, and of course that's very subjective. For example, some people like Fort Regent and some people don't."

Deputy Rod BryansMinister for Education

Guernsey pound coins to be withdrawn in October

Guernsey Press

The decision to withdraw the local version of the coin has been approved by the Policy & Resources Committee after it was announced the UK’s current designs will be defunct from 15 October this year.

BBC Weather Watchers: St Brelade

BBC Weather Watchers

We've not been able to see the horizon very often recently due to the fog that's been hanging around the Channel Islands.

Thanks to Amanda for sending this great photo in from St Brelade in Jersey...

St Brelade
BBC

If you want to become a Weather Watcher, here's how to do it.

Application to demolish old tourist attraction retrospectively refused

Rob England

BBC News Online

A retrospective planning application to demolish the Shell Garden in St Brelade has been refused.

The current owners demolished the site in 2015, three years after it closed as a tourist attraction.  

The planning committee ruled plans, to build a new four bedroom home and garage, would cause an "unacceptable level of visual impact".

The Shell Garden was started by Colin Soudain in 1957, who owned the house which became the attraction.

Shell Garden
BBC

Important for Jersey to 'follow suit' in withdrawing round £1 coins

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

You won't be able to spend Jersey £1 coins after October.

The assistant minister for treasury says it's important that Jersey follows suit with the UK in taking pound coins out of circulation.

It comes at the same time as the UK introduces a new 12-sided coin designed to be more difficult for forgers to copy. 

Constable John Refault explained why Jersey is following the UK's lead.

The new coin is going to require different machinery in things like vending machines to accept it. So our pound coin won't be able to be used in things like vending machines. And similarly if we didn't change our vending machines, people visiting from the UK wouldn't be able to use them."

Constable John Refault Assistant Minister for Treasury

Tumble dryer warning from the Fire Service

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders are being warned not to use certain brands of tumble dryers before ensuring they are safe, following a series of fires across Britain.

Nursing home advocates pets in old age

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey nursing home believes pets are an important part of life for residents in their twilight years.

Chateau des Tielles in Torteval has a relaxed policy when it comes to pets, which means some residents can take their furry friends along with them.

Lizard
Thinkstock

Currently one resident has a cat, but the home has had lizards, dogs and ducks in the past.

Manager Peter Adam says there's evidence to suggest that pets can help reduce anxiety and stress.

'They've come up with every excuse under the sun' says disability campaigner

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Excuse after excuse has been given for a lack of progress on Guernsey's Disability and Inclusion Strategy, according to a campaigner.

It was approved by the States in November 2013, but frustrations have repeatedly been raised over a delay in implementation, with only 30% of the allocated funds used in the first two years.

Aindre Reece-Sheerin says it's completely unacceptable.

I think it's a complete and utter disgrace to use an emotional term. But I also think it demonstrates a clear lack of commitment on behalf of both States members and civil servants. Everybody's come up with every excuse under the sun."

Aindre Reece-SheerinDisability campaigner

Return of CI League gets rubber-stamped

Guernsey Press

The return of the Channel Islands League has been confirmed – with four consecutive weekends set aside this summer for inter-island battles.

Channel Island businesses 'vulnerable' to cyber attacks

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Businesses in Guernsey and Jersey are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks, due to their frequent use of outsourcing, according to a new survey.

Carried out by professional services firm EY, the study details how best to stave off and react to a cyber attack.

Computer code
Thinkstock

It revealed half of all 1,700 companies surveyed say they would be able to detect a sophisticated cyber attack.

But if one happens, 42% percent of them don't have an agreed strategy or plan in place.

Travel update: Clipper rescheduled

BBC Travel

The Commodore Clipper has had a lengthy delay getting into Portsmouth because of the weather conditions off the back of Storm Doris.

As a result, the Clipper isn't leaving Portsmouth until 13:30, and won't arrive in Jersey until 21:30.

She will then depart Jersey for Guernsey at 01:30 tomorrow morning, arriving at 03:30.

The Guernsey to Portsmouth leg will then depart at 04:45 tomorrow morning, arriving at 12:30.

1990 to 2015: Where are Guernsey's emissions coming from?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

In 1990, Guernsey's biggest gas producer was the energy industry.

Probably unsurprising, as all of the islands electricity was generated on the island at that point...

Gas chart
States of Guernsey

Energy production has now been overtaken by waste as the largest producer of greenhouse gases.

Nearly 30% of all our greenhouse gases are caused by waste, with 85% of that figure caused by methane gas, which is released as landfill matter decomposes.

Gas chart
States of Guernsey

Guernsey firm supplies technology for Royal Parks’ ‘super nursery’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey company Climate Controls is involved in a £5m plan to create a ‘super nursery’ in London’s Hyde Park .

Alderney member 'confident' of passing same-sex marriage

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

An Alderney politician is confident his colleagues will agree to introduce same-sex marriage in the island when they debate the issue next month.

The item will be on the agenda on 15 March, with Guernsey expected to pass the new law in April.

Guernsey marriage law has no jurisdiction in Alderney and Sark, which is also considering its options. 

Graham McKinley believes the motion will get a lot of support.

From our discussions on Monday, I think you'll find it'll be a majority support for sure. I don't know whether anyone will vote against, but I'm pretty sure that everyone will pass it."

Graham McKinleyAlderneyy States member

Possible move away from hare's tails for Jersey Battle of Flowers

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There could be a change to the rules for competitors in this year's Jersey Battle of Flowers following a global shortage of hare's tails.

The hare's tail is a type of cotton grass with a fluffy flower at one end which resembles a rabbit or hare's tail, which is how it got its name.

The shortage is affecting orders for this year's battle and float designer Chris Bidan says they may have to reconsider this year's idea.

We're going to have to change the design and the detail we were going to do. We might have to change into flowers, but you won't get the same sort of detail. We're going to have to go with the flow."

Chris BidanFloat designer
Battle of Flowers
BBC

Campaign promotes accessible activities

Guernsey Press

A new campaign to promote the local sport and leisure activities disabled islanders can take part in is being launched.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey's education minister is confident students will be studying in a new school at Les Quennevais by 2020 - despite plans being rejected by the environment minister
  • A worldwide shortage of plants known as hare's tails could mean a different look to the Jersey Battle of Flowers this year
  • The Jersey £1 coin will no longer be legal tender after October

Guernsey

  • Laws safeguarding the rights of disabled islanders should be in place by the end of this political term, according to one of the deputies responsible   
  • A Guernsey heart doctor will be back at work on Monday after coming fourth in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election
  • A new survey says 42% of businesses in the Channel Islands don't have a strategy to fight cyber attacks

If you want to know what Britain will look like after it takes back control, just look to Guernsey’s decline

The Independent

Cuts to immigration have meant that the number of people of working age has dropped, firms are struggling to fill vacancies, business are reducing opening hours and some are even being forced to close .