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Summary

  1. Tamba Park fire: 'Burning dinosaur causes blaze'
  2. Driver cut free from overturned car in Jersey
  3. Mura Masa nominated for Ivor Novello award
  4. Condor 'working hard' to convince customers of service reliability
  5. No snap election in Guernsey
  6. Jersey online tax returns 'two years away'
  7. New Dean of Jersey supports women priests in Church of England
  8. Updates on 19 April 2017

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Former Blair advisor's PR firm consulted by States over care inquiry

BBC Radio Jersey

Ministers have paid £33,000 for advice from a UK public relations firm, founded by an adviser to former prime minister Tony Blair, on how to handle media interest in Jersey's Care Inquiry.

Previously, ministers had hired the company to advise on party conferences, tax compliance initiatives and working with some European countries.

Most recently the firm advised on the expected national and international interest in the inquiry.

Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst said the consultation was "to improve upon the past handling of such matters by the island and to be fully open and informative in the public response".

Jersey's care inquiry investigated claims of child abuse in Jersey's care system dating back to 1945.

The report is due to be made public soon.

Simple yes/no 'takes decision out of islanders' hands'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A simple yes/no referendum on island-wide voting could effectively take the decision on how Guernsey's politicians are elected out of the public's hands, warns a politician leading the work.

Plans will be unveiled soon for the island's first referendum to decide whether politicians are elected on an island-wide, or on a district-by-district basis, from 2020.

Deputy Matt Fallaize said he believes islanders should be given options on the type of island-wide voting they want.

JT 'considering' concerns raised over extra billing charges

Rob England

BBC News Online

A JT spokesman has said they are "considering all points raised" in the States assembly yesterday regarding the company's plans to charge customers extra for paper bills and direct debit payments.

They said customers on their PrimeTalk services would not be subject to these charges until 2021 at the earliest, but did not say whether charges would affect customers on other packages.

Regarding the comments made by Deputy Geoff Southern, that the charges would impact on elderly people without computers, they said: “We will be working with Age Concern, the Consumer Council and Digital Jersey to organise workshops to help our customers."

They also advised customers with concerns to call a dedicated support number (01534) 882 622.

Park closed for day after sparks from a dinosaur started fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

The fire at Tamba Park started during "routine maintenance" on one of the dinosaur exhibits says Christopher Colin, the park's operations manager.

"The sparks set it alight and we very quickly jumped on the fire extinguishers and water, but it just wasn't enough, it went up too quick.

"Very quickly it went from a minor, small, fire to a full evacuation."

Damage caused by fire
Tamba Park

He said staff spend about 20 hours a week on repairs to the dinosaurs in the park, and that they had "never seen anything like it".

"We're missing a dinosaur but at the end of the day, no one's hurt, so I'm happy," Mr Colin added.

Weather: Sunny evening, but possible frost overnight

BBC Weather

There will be plenty more sunshine this evening. It will be cold and clear overnight but frost is unlikely. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather map
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Tomorrow will be dry and sunny yet again with very little cloud all day. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

States paid £33k to PR firm for advice on care inquiry

Rob England

BBC News Online

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Ministers have paid £33,000 for advice from a UK public relations firm on how to handle media interest in Jersey's care inquiry. 

Yesterday the Chief Minister Ian Gorst said this was to "improve upon the past handling of such matters by the island and to be fully open and informative in the public response".

The figure was revealed in reply to a question in the States Assembly from Deputy Russell Labey.

Portland Communications Limited is a political consultancy founded by Tim Allan, a former advisor to the ex-British prime minister Tony Blair.

States clamp down on parking could impact on housing estates

BBC Radio Jersey

The constable of St Saviour has said he is "worried sick" about parking in housing estates near Rue des Pres in St Saviour, after the States agreed to clamp down on parking there.

Following months of dispute, the States agreed to class the streets on the trading estate as main roads, so you'll have to pay to park there and Constable Sadie Le Sueur-Rennard said it could encourage people to park in nearby housing estates.

Rue des Pres trading estate
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Service planned for Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost in WW1

BBC Radio Guernsey

A service has been planned in Guernsey to honour thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers that fought in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign in WW1.

It forms part of this year's Australian and New Zealand Army Corp day services, a national day of rememberance across the two countries.

The service starts at 07:00 on 25 April at the World War One memorial in Fort George.

lt will be conducted by Reverend Karen Dack, from the St Sampson’s Parish Church, and a wreath laying will be led by the Lieutenant Governor Sir Ian Corder.

States hopes to capitalise on growing digital sector

Guernsey is well-placed to seize on opportunities offered by the growing digital sector, according to the politician leading policy on expanding the industry in the island.

Her comments come as the government's digital strategy is published.

The information services sector was Guernsey’s third largest in terms of employment in 2015, with more than 1,000 people working in it. We hope this figure will grow within the next decade. The upskilling of our current workforce and students is I believe essential to support this growth. If this can be achieved, the increase in value to the economy and government revenues would be significant."

Deputy Andrea Dudley-OwenDigital lead for Economic Development Committee

The digital economy includes IT support, software and web developers, designers, finance technology, data centres and telecoms operators.

Guernsey artist in Ivor Novello shortlist

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey-born DJ Mura Masa has been nominated for this year's Ivor Novello Awards.

Lovesick featuring A$AP Rocky has been shortlisted for "best contemporary song".

Mura Masa performing at Reading Festival
BBC

The nominations - out today - see Coldplay nominated twice for "most performed song".  

New dean hopes everyone will thrive in Jersey's churches

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's new Dean Reverend Mike Keirle said he is looking forward to working with women priests in Jersey, and has trained two women in key Church posts.

But he hopes everyone in the community can thrive together.

I think it's important that we encourage all churches, all people to flourish within their distinctive communities. I'm delighted for instance that the reverend Beverley Sproats is going to be a part of island life, I look forward to working with her."

Reverend Mike KeirleDean of Jersey

Taxes Office to close for refurbishment

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Jersey’s Taxes Office will close for two days next week so seating can be installed for visitors.

A spokesman said: "It means taxpayers will no longer have to stand to wait for their turn. Instead they can take a ticket and sit down to wait."

The Taxes Office helpdesk currently sees about 600 people each week. The new queue management system will also help us gather more information about why islanders call at the helpdesk which will help us to improve our services."

Richard SummersgillComptroller of Taxes

During the closure on Monday and Tuesday the office will still be contactable by phone or email.

Extra buses may be added to round island route

BBC Radio Guernsey

Extra buses could be added to Guernsey's round-the-island route, with an increased fare.

The move follows the delivery addition of a dozen new vehicles to the fleet next month, says the president of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee.

Deputy Barry Brehaut said some of the older buses being replaced could now serve on the 91 and 92 routes, which see increased demand during the cruise ship season.

States releases plan for developing digital industries

States digital plan sets out 10 actions including:

  • Targeting high-value, low footprint, digital industries
  • Support to stimulate the digital economy
  • Establishing a flexible and world class digital infrastructure
  • Deliver responsive legislation and regulation
  • Put a robust data protection framework in place
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Jersey Reds boss names side for B&I Cup final

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon has named his squad for Friday night's British and Irish Cup final against Munster "A".

Kieran Hardy
Sue Armes

Lock James Voss is named in the second row for the trip to Cork, with Australian Dave McKern ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Ross Adair gets the nod at full-back ahead of Jack Cuthbert, while Kieran Hardy and Callum Sheedy start at half-back.

The game is one of the biggest in Jersey's history and there'll be full live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey's Friday Sportscene.

Tamba Park blaze: 'It went from a minor, small fire to a full evacuation'

BBC Radio Jersey

Work on the teeth of a giant dinosaur model sparked a fire at an adventure park in Jersey.

Staff at the Tamba Park, St Laurence, were using welding equipment on the model when it caught fire, producing "dangerous" black smoke visible across the island, fire crews said.

Christopher Colin, the operations manager at the park who was there when the fire started, said it was "routine maintenance" on one of the exhibits. 

"The sparks set it alight and we very quickly jumped on the fire extinguishers and water, but it just wasn't enough, it went up too quick. Very quickly it went from a minor, small, fire to a full evacuation".

Tamba Park fire: What we know so far

BBC Radio Jersey

  • A burning model dinosaur was at the heart of a major fire this afternoon at Tamba Park
  • Fire group commander Martin Allix said workmen were working on the model in a glasshouse when they noticed flames coming from it
  • He said the flames spread inside the glasshouse and smoke from burning plastic was soon visible across the island
  • Fire crews said the smoke was particularly dangerous because rubber and plastic was burning in the fire
  • The blaze is now "mainly out" and crews are damping down the site
  • Roads in the area have been closed, visitors evacuated from the park, and people are advised to stay away from the site
Fire at Tamba Park, Jersey
Mick Halstead

Tamba Park fire: Blaze 'mainly out'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The fire service has confirmed that the blaze at Tamba Park is under control and "mainly out".

Crews are staying at the scene to damp down the site.

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Mick Halstead
A shot of the fire earlier today

Tamba Park fire: 'Welding giant dinosaur teeth caused blaze'

Rob England

BBC News Online

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BBC

The owner of Tamba Park, Jonathan Ruff, has confirmed sparks made whilst welding the teeth of one of the park's giant dinosaur models started the fire.

He said the initial fire melted the plastic in the dinosaur's mouth, which caused the thick black smoke seen on social media.

The fire then spread to the roof of the glass house, and on to a car and the surrounding area.

He confirmed all staff members were safe and there were no injuries.

Tamba Park fire: 'Burning dinosaur causes blaze'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A burning model dinosaur is at the heart of a major fire at family attraction Tamba Park, according to fire crews.

Fire group commander Martin Allix says workmen were working on the model when they noticed flames coming from it. 

He said the flames spread to the nearby building and smoke from burning plastic was soon visible across the island.

Roads in the area have been closed and people have been evacuated from the park.

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BBC
fire
BBC
The fire spread to a nearby hedge

Tamba Park fire: Eyewitness heard a 'boom' before seeing smoke

Rob England

BBC News Online

An eyewitness to the fire at Tamba Park said he heard a "boom" before seeing "billowing black smoke".

David Gardiner said he was told by staff to evacuate and that the park would be closed for the rest of the day.

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Tamba Park blaze: Three fire engines at the scene

Rob England

BBC News Online

A large fire at Jersey's Tamba Park is being tackled by crews from three fire engines, Honorary Police have said.

Thick black smoke is visible in photos that have been posted on social media.

A water carrier is also at the scene.

People are being advised to avoid the area.

Tamba Park fire seen from Jersey Rugby Club

BBC Radio Jersey

fire
BBC
fire
BBC

Dark black smoke was drifting towards Jersey Airport. It was hard to see exactly where it was coming from, but you could smell it as far away as the rugby club area.

Tim PryorSports Editor, BBC Jersey

BreakingFire reported at Tamba Park

Rob England

BBC News Online

Photos are emerging of what seems to be a large fire in Tamba Park, Jersey.

There was no fire service at the scene when this photo was taken at about 12:30. 

The fire service is yet to comment.

fire
Jonathan Scott

Spanish 'invading' bluebells 'don't smell the same'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A European botanical invader is threatening Guernsey's Bluebell Wood, an environment services officer said.

Senior environment services officer, Jan Dockerill, said the non-native Spanish Bluebell, a hybrid that produces more bulbs and seeds, is out-competing the native English flower. 

The department is organising groups of people to remove the species, which is similar to the native Bluebell, but slightly paler, and more upright. 

Spanish Bluebells
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They will out-compete the natural bluebells, and we really want our beautiful English bluebells with their nodding heads and their violet colours. They're scented too - Spanish bluebells just don't smell the same."

Jan DockerillSenior Environment Services Officer

Five Mile Road crash update: four De La Salle students involved

Rob England

BBC News Online

De La Salle college in Jersey have confirmed the four men aged between 17-18 involved in a crash on Grande Route des Mielles, known as Five Mile Road, late on Sunday are students at the school. 

I am able to confirm that four of our Year 13 students have been involved in a road traffic incident over the Easter weekend. Two of the students are at home, recovering from their injuries, one is in hospital here in Jersey and the driver has been transferred to a hospital in the UK. We have not been able to ascertain exactly what happened, but I am sure that the families will provide us with more information when they are able to. The thoughts and prayers of the whole De La Salle community are with all four students and their families.

Tim SilvesterAssistant Headteacher

Channel Islands Pride 2017 announced

Rob England

BBC News Online

Liberate, the equality charity that runs the Channel Islands Pride festival has announced its return on the 9 September.

We will be starting a little bit later than in previous years and we suggest that people wishing to take part in the parade arrive at West’s Centre for 14:30. We will end the parade in Weighbridge Square, where there will be the Pride village and entertainment on the Pride stage. We hope that all those who support equality and diversity, who are proud of their identity, whatever that might be, their families and the organisations they belong to will join us for an afternoon of celebration.”

Rachel FrenchChair, Liberate

Roadworks in St Saviour, Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Electricity has closed La Rue de la Hambye in St Saviour for two weeks for "essential network improvement works".

It apologised for any inconvenience and has reassured residents that access to premises will remain open.

road works
Jersey Electricity