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Summary

  1. Driver named in Five Mile Road crash
  2. RNLI staff to review St Helier coxswain's sacking
  3. Islanders honoured for spreading BBC news during WW2
  4. Tamba Park reopens after fire
  5. 'Absolute drought' declared in Jersey
  6. Medical group to trial hospital services in GP surgeries
  7. Guernsey hopes to bring digital businesses to the island
  8. Puffin-cam up and running in Burhou
  9. Updates on 20 April 2017

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Underground reporter later collected islanders' stories

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

One of the people, being remembered this week by a plaque, collected the testimony of islanders held in Nazi prisons and camps during World War Two.

Frank Falla was among those who listened to banned BBC broadcasts, wrote out the news and distributed it to the islanders.

An act that saw him and other islanders deported, some to never return.

Mr Falla described conditions in a Gestapo-administered prison at Frankfurt where he was kept: "[Prisoners] were being executed by the Nazis by guillotine at the rate of 25 per week."

Frank Falla's files
University of Cambridge
Frank Falla
University of Cambridge

His file, about 200 pages long, contains first-hand accounts of islanders and was given to a Cambridge University team in 2010.

He complied the statements - many of which go into graphic detail about the experiences islanders suffered - to make compensation claims from the German government.

Reds prepare for one of biggest games ever

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Head coach Harvey Biljon recalls 13 players to Jersey's starting XV for tomorrow night's British and Irish Cup final against Munster A.

James Voss, who moved to the island aged eight and came through the club's junior ranks starts, with second row Dave McKern out with a shoulder injury, while Ross Adair gets the nod at full-back ahead of Jack Cuthbert.

Jersey Reds
Rex Features

"It's going to be a massive game in my career - you don't really get the opportunity to play for silverware, and any time you do it's a very special occasion," prop Simon Kerrod told BBC Radio Jersey.

"We've always known we've been good enough to achieve really big things, and hopefully with this opportunity we can reach our potential."

Cafe takes to social media after cushion theft

BBC Radio Jersey

There has been a reaction on social media after the Hungry Man cafe based in Rozel reported on their Facebook page that cushions had been stolen from their outside seating area.

The cafe has not yet reported the theft to the police.

Staff member Ollie Crafter said it was out of character for such a "relaxed part of the island".

People on Facebook are pretty shocked I think, I don't think anyone knows why you'd go down to Rozel on a Friday night and steal some cushions."

Ollie Crafter

Plaque 'start of new occupation trail'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A plaque being unveiled this weekend is to be the start point of a new trail charting Guernsey's occupation history.

The Blue Plaque, which is being revealed at 10:30 on Sunday, is sited on Eleanor House in the Bordage, St Peter Port.

The memorial, on what was the offices of The Star newspaper where Charles Machon and Frank Falla worked, will remember those who defied the German occupying forces to share news from the BBC.

Eleanor House in the Bordage
BBC

Dr Gilly Carr, who has campaigned for more recognition of those who resisted the German occupation in the Channel Islands, said it would be one of 10 points around the island.

She said the plaque was a key part of making the resistance story of the occupation "visible".

Weather: Cloudy start, but breaking into sun later

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cloudier for many, although there will still be a few clear spells.

As a result, it will not be as cold as last night. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather map
BBC

Friday will start on a fairly cloudy note, however this cloud will tend to break up through the day allowing for some bright or sunny spells to develop during the afternoon.

In the sunshine it will feel warm. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Inter-island taxi service hopes to expand

BBC Radio Guernsey

Inter-island air taxi service Waves said it has doubled the size of its team and hopes to have three aircraft operating by the end of the year.

The tech and demand-led service between the Channel Islands, southern England and Northern France was announced in January.

Plane
Waves

CEO Nick Magliocchetti said the team made a number of key appointments and moved into offices in St Peter Port.

Newly appointed deputy CEO Barrie Baxter said by the end of the year they hope to employ 20 people and operate three aircraft.

GUNS members honoured with plaque

BBC Radio Guernsey

Seven members of the Guernsey Underground Newsletter (GUNS) are to be honoured with a plaque.

GUNS members listened to banned BBC broadcasts on illegal radios, transcribed them and distributed them to islanders in a bid to combat German propaganda.

The plaque will be in the memory of Frank Falla, Charles Machon, Henrietta and Joseph Gillingham, Ernest Legg, Cecil Duquemin, and Hubert Lanyon. Once their work was uncovered, five members were deported to Nazi prisons and camps, where two GUNS members died. 

Joseph Gillingham
States Archive
Joseph Gillingham was one of the GUNS members who never returned to the island

The plaque will be located at Eleanor House in the Bordage - the former location of the offices of The Star newspaper where Mr Falla and Mr Machon both worked.

The public are invited to see it unveiled by Bailiff Sir Richard Collas at 10:30 on Sunday.

Guernsey college student reaches final of national chef competition

Rob England

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old Guernsey college student will be competing in the South African Cuisine Young Chef of the Year 2017 cook-off final.

Bradley Travers was required to submit a menu using South African fruit and demonstrate "an understanding of South African flavours".

The winner will fly out to South Africa for training at one of the country’s top restaurants.

The final takes place on Monday at Westminster Kingsway College, London.

Doctor treatments to replace hospital appointments for some conditions

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey patients with chronic lung disease could have to pay to visit the doctor for treatment in future instead of getting regular hospital care.

The health department is to test a new scheme where people can get treated at home or at their doctors surgery instead of having to come into the hospital.

But its likely they will have to pay for the appointments, under the scheme being tested at the Coop medical centre.

The important thing about these new services is to look at the whole person, and also to help the person understand their condition and understand how to live better. Islanders told us they want to be cared for in their own home, they want to be healthy and well, they don't want to be going in and out of hospital every month or every couple of weeks. That's usually quite disruptive and can be quite frightening."

Rachel WilliamsDepartment of Health, States of Jersey

Data shows Guernsey households at risk of in-work poverty

BBC Radio Guernsey

People on low-wages in Guernsey struggling to get-by are being encouraged to share their experiences. 

The States Scrutiny Committee is compiling an in-work poverty report, following the release of data earlier this year. 

It showed a fifth of Guernsey households risk falling into the category where joint incomes are less than 60% of the average. 

Alderney opts for private register for business owners

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney has followed Guernsey and created a private, rather than public, register detailing who ultimately owns businesses there.

The item dominated discussion at last night's States meeting.

In addition, a successful motion means that Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee will have more say over its beneficial ownership register than Guernsey's States had initially proposed.

Alderney
BBC

Pillows 'stolen' from beach café

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey beach café says its seating pillows have been stolen.

The Hungry Man in Rozel say pillows from their inside seating area were taken on Good Friday. 

The pillows were lent to the café by the Rozel Boat Owners Association.

Locals who spread BBC news to islanders during Occupation honoured

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey in WW2
BBC

Bailiwick residents involved in a secret wartime news sheet are to be honoured with a Blue Plaque in Guernsey. 

It's the seventh time locally a group of individuals have been honoured for their contribution to the Bailiwick and the wider world.

The plaque is in memory of seven members of the Guernsey Underground Newsletter (GUNS). 

GUNS members listened secretly to BBC broadcasts and transcribed them to a news sheet, providing reliable war information to islanders while it was under strict German Occupation, and subject to censorship and propaganda. 

Once their work was uncovered, five members were deported to Nazi prisons and camps, where two GUNS members died.   

Guernsey water levels 'very healthy' despite lack of rain

Rob England

BBC News Online

Mark Walker, from Guernsey Water, said: "The lack of rain during April has not had a significant impact on our current water storage levels. 

"We do not expect this to change throughout the summer, although more prolonged periods without rainfall could impact on our stocks going into winter and ultimately next year’s supplies. 

"However we are still a very long way from that scenario."

St Saviour's Reservoir
Ben Chapple
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Munster A named side to face Jersey in final

BBC Sport

Munster A have named their squad for tomorrow's British and Irish Cup final against Jersey Reds in Cork.

Munster are hoping to lift the trophy for the second time, while Jersey are in their first B&I final.

RNLI staff to review coxswain's sacking

Rob England

BBC News Online

The RNLI has confirmed that Andy Hibbs - former coxswain of the St Helier lifeboat - has challenged the charity's decision for him to stand down.

A spokesperson said it will now "carry out a fair and comprehensive internal review into the challenge and the processes that led to the decision". 

"This will be undertaken by objective RNLI staff who were not involved in the decision to stand down the volunteer or any related matters."

RNLI St Helier lifeboat
BBC

Toploader to headline Sunset Concerts

Rob England

BBC News Online

Platinum selling band Toploader has been announced to headline Sunset Concerts in Jersey.

The open air event will kick off on Friday 23 June, with Toploader taking to the stage on the 24 June.

The free event is held in aid of the National Trust for Jersey's Coastline Campaign, with parking charges and collections going towards it.

Chief Executive Officer of the trust, Charles Alluto, said: “We have pledged to save a further 1000 vergées of unspoilt coastline over the next 20 years."

Toploader
PA

BreakingFive Mile Road crash: Driver named

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have named the driver of the car that crashed on Grande Route Des Mielles, known as Five Mile Road, late on Sunday.

Fraser Armstrong remains in a critical but stable condition in Southampton, police said.  

Five mile road
Google

'Throwback Thursday' with the Jersey stats unit

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Stats Unit said they will be providing data today inspired by Jersey Heritage's 80s exhibition, "Bergerac's Island".

Here's the first couple:

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View more on twitter

'Youths' smash moving van's window

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police believe a group of "youths" riding on pedal bikes past a moving silver van smashed the driver's side window.

At the moment they are unsure as to how they broke the window.

The group was travelling toward L'islet Fish and Chip Shop at Les Petites Mielles, St Sampson at 21:15 on 13 April.

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who may be able to identify the driver of a car travelling behind the group, who may have witnessed the incident.   

Jersey water supply 'vulnerable' but 'reservoir at 93%'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Following Jersey Met Office's announcement that the island is in a period of "absolute drought", because of no significant rain in the past 15 days, Jersey Water has said the island's water reserves are "vulnerable".

A spokesperson said: "As an island with limited underground reserves of water and no links to external water networks, we rely on rainfall for most of the mains water supplied. The supply of water in the island is therefore vulnerable to periods of low rainfall or drought."

However, they also reassured customers that the reservoir was currently 93% full.

'A lot of work' needed for digital sector boost

BBC Radio Guernsey

The CEO of Startup Guernsey has said "a lot of work and investment" is needed by the States of Guernsey if they want to boost job numbers in the digital sector.

Jennifer Strachan said the digital sector should be a priority for the island, and the government might do well to support "discounted programmes to train up existing entrepreneurs or existing business people".

Tamba Park fire 'especially difficult' to put out

BBC Radio Jersey

The construction of the buildings which caught fire at Tamba Park yesterday made it particularly dangerous and hard to put out, a fireman has said.

The glasshouses and storage areas at the park caught fire after sparks from a welder set light to a model dinosaur, which formed part of the gateway to the attraction. 

Fire crews said the blaze then ignited plastic on the roof, producing a lot of dangerous smoke which could be seen across the island. 

Watch Commander Richard Ryan said the way the buildings were made, with insulating material sandwiched between metal plates, made the fire very difficult to tackle.

Tamba Park
Tamba Park

Former Jersey forward named in England squad

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Former Jersey prop Harry Williams has been included in the England rugby union squad for this summer's matches against Argentina.

Harry Williams
BBC

Williams, who left the islanders to join Premiership side Exeter Chiefs in 2015, is one of 15 uncapped players in the 31-man squad to tour Argentina in June.

He played 17 times for Jersey in the 2014-15 season.

On the tour, England will face their hosts in San Juan on Saturday 10 June and in Santa Fe a week later.  

Guernsey Police warn of continuing HMRC scam

Tamba Park reopens after major fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

Tourist attraction Tamba Park has reopened after yesterday's fire.

Staff said the park was "open and functioning as normal".

Jersey fire
Mick Halsted

The major blaze was sparked by the use of welding equipment on the teeth of a giant dinosaur, a fire service has said.

"Dangerous" black smoke was visible across Jersey as a result of the blaze at the island's Tamba Park.

The fire - reported at around 12:30 BST - engulfed vehicles and gas cylinders before it was brought under control at 14:45.

All staff and visitors were evacuated from the park with no injuries.

Man accused of raping friend's lover

Jersey Evening Post

A 30-year-old man is on trial accused of raping a ‘vulnerable, drowsy’ woman who had just had consensual sex with his friend.

First quarter bus total the best of this decade

Guernsey Press

The number of people travelling by bus in the first three months of the year was the highest this decade.

'Absolute drought' expected in Jersey as islanders asked to 'think about water usage'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Water has said it would "encourage customers to think about their water usage" after the Met Office announced by 10:00 the island would officially be in drought.

Chief Executive Helier Smith said, despite the nearly full reservoir, there are benefits to reducing unnecessary consumption of water. "At this time of year, as the sun comes out, it is common to see an increase in the consumption of water around the home and in the garden. 

"Activities such as watering the garden, washing the car or power washing can consume significant volumes of water. 

"We would encourage customers to think about their water usage. 

"A garden hose can use around 1,000 litres of water per hour, enough water to supply a family of four for three days."

Plenty of sunshine and pleasantly warm

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start to the day, but there will be plenty of sunshine which will quickly help temperatures rise. 

During the afternoon it will feel pleasantly warm, but there might be some cloud arriving from the north later, turning the sunshine a little hazy. 

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Jersey to expect 'absolute drought' today

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey is expected to be officially in drought today. 

Without a huge downpour, by 10:00 Jersey Met Office will classify the island as in a state of "absolute drought".

Absolute drought occurs when there is no "significant" rain reported over a 15-day period.

This is only a technical classification by the Met Office. Jersey Water has been contacted for a comment.

Drought definitions
Jersey Met Office

Medical group to trial hospital services in GP surgeries

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

The way some medical conditions are treated and monitored may change in Jersey when the health department moves some primary care services away from the hospital and into GP surgeries. 

Co-op Medical Group is currently working with the department to trial a programme which will monitor patients with the lung condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. 

The group is looking for a pilot care manager to run the trial which its COPD patients will be able to use.

Jersey General hospital
BBC