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  1. Some staff removed from front-line roles following care inquiry report
  2. --- Care inquiry report 'fails' to address 'real cause' of abuse, says former minister
  3. Secondary education plans released for Guernsey
  4. Straight sets win for Watson in dominating performance at Wimbledon
  5. Jersey's Scott Clayton through to second round in men's doubles
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Miles Davis

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Children's commissioner for Wales says role is about 'listening hard'

Following the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry's final report recommendation, that a children's commissioner should be appointed for the island, the current commissioner for Wales has emphasised how important 'listening' is when working with children.

In the wake of the report Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said the island should get on with appointing the position quickly.

The final report found several instances where the victims of child abuse in Jersey were not listened to by the political establishment.

Probably at least three times a week I spend time with children, I'm about to go off this morning to a conference led by children in Wales, led by young people, all about sex and relationships education. There'll be about 100 people at that. I'll be speaking there but I'll also be listening to what they've got to say, and that will be the third time this week that I've spent time listening hard to children.

Sally HollandChildren's Commissioner for Wales

‘Rebuild La Mare, make Grammar post-16 college’

Guernsey Press

A new high school will be built at La Mare and The Grammar converted into a post-16 college under plans unveiled by Education today.

More people report abuse in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Four more people have gone to Jersey police to say they were abused as children in Jersey.

The reports follow the publication of the Care Inquiry report on Monday.

The people coming forward will be dealt with under the ongoing Operation Whistle, which is investigating historic abuse.

Jersey set for blast of summer heat - but thunderstorms could be on the way

Jersey Evening Post

Temperatures are due to hit 28C on Wednesday as a plume of hot air moves up from the continent.

Clayton into round two at Wimbledon as opponents retire

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's Scott Clayton is through to the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon alongside partner Jonny O'Mara.

The pair won the first set 7-6 in a tie-break, and their opponents Paolo Lorenzi and Adrian Mannarino retired in the second set despite leading it 4-3 at the time.

Scott Clayton

Clayton and O'Mara could be up against top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the next round.

'Abuse victims allegations should be taken seriously'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The criminal justice system should take abuse victims' allegations seriously and take all possible steps to bring offenders to justice, The Jersey Law Officers' Department has said.

The Attorney General, Robert MacRae QC made the comments in response to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report, published on Monday.

"We will now be studying the report and its recommendations in detail to see what further improvements can be made," he said.

Jersey Care Inquiry
Jersey Care Inquiry

Clayton wins first set in Wimbledon doubles

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey doubles tennis player Scott Clayton is a set up on his Wimbledon debut in the first round of the men's doubles with partner Jonny O'Mara.

The pair are taking on Paolo Lorenzi and Adrian Mannarino on Court Four, and won the set 7-5 in a tie-break.

Scott Clayton (right)
BBC Sport

Clayton, who opted to miss the Island Games, was given a wildcard into the event with Scotsman O'Mara.

Two options put forward by education committee

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Two different options for a three-school model have been put forward for the future of Guernsey's secondary education system.

Option 1 - £108m:

  • Build a new secondary school at La Mare de Carteret
  • Stop education for 11-16 year olds at Les Varendes (Grammar School)
  • Share post-16 studies (including sixth form studies and the College of Further Education) at Les Varendes and Les Ozouets

Option 2 - £122m:

  • Keep education for 11-19 year olds, including a sixth form, at Les Varendes
  • Stop providing secondary education at La Mare de Carteret

The full proposals and details of how you can comment are on the States website.

Regular sailing between Channel Islands and Portsmouth on Sundays

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Condor has scheduled a regular Commodore Clipper sailing this summer between the islands and Portsmouth on Sundays for the first time.

Commodore Clipper

The new service operates every Sunday through to 10 September, accommodating an additional 500 passengers and up to 100 cars each week.

The timetable sees Commodore Clipper operate her usual Monday to Saturday timings, departing Guernsey on Sunday at 17:20 and arriving in Jersey at 19:20. She then leaves St Helier at 21:20 and travels overnight, reaching Portsmouth at 06:30 on Monday morning.

Teacher numbers 'could fall' in Guernsey with education reforms

Rob England

BBC News Online

The president of Guernsey's Committee for Education Sport and Culture has said due to larger class sizes in proposed plans for the future of the island's education system, it is possible teacher numbers could fall.

The plans outline two potential models for education in the island.

You can review the plans in full here.

If you've got bigger class sizes doing A levels say, or doing a BTEC, it might be possible that you might be able to save on one or two teachers. There will still be the same number of students needing to be educated and we still have the same number of teachers offering their services.

Deputy Paul Le PelleyPresident, Committee for Education Sport and Culture

'Jersey's children are a lot safer than they were'

Jersey Evening Post

There can be ‘no guarantee’ that every child in Jersey is ‘completely safe’ but they are ‘a lot safer than they were’, the head of Children’s Services has said.

Wimbledon 2017: Heather Watson beats Anastasija Sevastova

BBC Sport

Britain's Heather Watson matched her best Wimbledon run with a stunning second-round win over Latvia's 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Watson, 25, won 6-0 6-4 in just over an hour to reach the third round for the third time in her career.

Heather Watson

Continuing four school model '£20m more expensive'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Continuing a four-school secondary education system would cost more in the short and long-term, Guernsey's Education, Sport and Culture Committee's report says.

Guernsey's secondary schools: clockwise from top left; Grammar School, St Sampson's, Les Beaucamps, La Mare de Carteret

It suggests the redevelopment and building needed for the four-school model would cost £20m more than redeveloping the more expensive of its three-school models and having one fewer sites could lead to savings of £1.5m-£2m each year.

The report says this would be due to delivering the curriculum "more efficiently in larger schools" and "savings due to economies of scale".

It says the savings should start in 2024 assuming the committee's preferred model is approved by the States, but warns "the detailed financial modelling is being further refined and this figure is subject to change".

Andium Homes details 'ambitious' plan for new developments in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

The States-owned housing company Andium Homes plans to build 1,063 new homes across the island by 2020 including sites at La Collette and Le Squez.

Five projects are due to start this year including more than 200 homes at Samares nurseries and 165 at Ann Court in St Helier.

Another three building projects are earmarked to start next year with 225 homes on "commercially sensitive sites" and 65 in a field in St Peter.

'Heated argument' in town sparks police appeal

Jersey Evening Post

The police want to speak to a couple seen having a 'heated argument' in Bath Street on Wednesday morning.

Sark annual tourism report presented

BBC Radio Guernsey

An annual report from Sark's Tourism Committee is being presented at today's Chief Pleas meeting.

Conseillers are also discussing a number of issues including how Sark's government will function in the future.

Sark Chief Pleas

Watson exudes 'air of calm'

Pupils ‘are an afterthought in potential teachers’ strike’

Guernsey Press

Pupils appear to be an afterthought of potential strike action at Les Beaucamps, parents have said, as some spoke of bullying at the school.

I had to remain calm and adapt my game - Watson

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

"I felt very good at the beginning... on it and relaxed," Heather Watson told the BBC after her 6-0 6-4 win over 18th seed and world number 19 Anastasija Sevastova in the second round at Wimbledon.

"I know how she plays and she's a great player. She started to step up in the second set, but I was able to keep my cool and just stick with her.

"I had to remain calm and adapt my game I served a few double faults today, but all-in-all I'm serving well."

Heather Watson

Asked if she preferred to face Elena Vesnina or Victoria Azarenka, who are playing their match on court three the 25-year-old from Guernsey said she was aware of the draw or who her opponents may be.

Watson through to third round

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Heather Watson has beaten the world number 19 in just over an hour at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-0 6-4 to secure a place in the third round.

After dominating in the first Watson made a number of unforced errors at the start of the second, but fought back and took the final two games to win the set.

Heather Watson

Minister confirms staff removals from health and education after care inquiry

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health minister has confirmed a member of his department and a civil servant from the Department for Education are among those who have been removed from front line duties.

Several States staff members were mentioned in the final report of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

The disciplinary process will now take place, it obviously starts with an investigation into the detail of any offences that might have been committed, and then it will be a matter to be dealt with by their line managers. Possibly the police might want to look at it as well."

Senator Andrew GreenHealth Minister, States of Jersey

Watson level in second set after errors

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Heather Watson is 3-3 in the second set of her 2nd round women's singles match against Anastasija Sevastova at Wimbledon.

After dominating the first set, which she won 6-0, Watson struggled at the start of the second set including her first double faults of the match.

However, she has fought back from 3-1 down and now has the serve.

Watch live here.

Heather Watson at Wimbledon

Jersey Care Inquiry: More victims step forward to police after report

Four victims of historic abuse have stepped forward to report their experiences to police following the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry's final report, the States of Jersey police have confirmed.

Yesterday the chief minister said two had come forward, but that number has now grown.

A spokeswoman for the force said the victims were being dealt by Operation Whistle.

The operation began its investigation into historic child abuse in June 2015, following an increase in the number of people reporting historical abuse after the Jimmy Savile scandal and the start of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

Sark Tourism thanks folk festival organisers

Rob England

BBC News Online

Organisers of the Sark Folk Festival have been thanked by the island's tourist office.

They also looked ahead to the next festival in 2019, after it was announced the event would not take place next year.

Sark Folk Festival sign

Sark Tourism said: "Everything was well planned and ran along without a hitch. The weather was good and the bands were great. A good time was definitely had by all."

"Thank you also to all those that helped things to go as brilliantly as it did; including the caterers, carters, marquee providers and, of course, all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time for a good cause. Sark can’t wait for the next one in 2019!"

Watson one set up

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Heather Watson is one set up against 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova from 11:30 in the round of 64 in the women's singles.

The Guernsey player dominated 6-0 and has taken the first game in the second.

Watch live here.

Heather Watson

Fazakerley makes first-class cricket debut

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey all-rounder Will Fazakerley has made his first-class cricket debut for Leicestershire this morning.

The 19-year-old bowler has been a regular in their second team this season but has been called-up for Leicestershire's County Championship Division Two match against Sussex.

Will Fazakerley
Getty Images

Fazakerley has played international cricket for Guernsey and signed his first professional contract in September.

Guernsey education proposals in three minutes

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Bee-killing Asian hornets set up home in the Island

Jersey Evening Post

An invasive insect that could decimate the island’s honey production has become established – less than a year after the first one was spotted in St Helier.

Small patches of cloud and sunny periods

BBC Weather

There will be a little cloud around today, but there should also be plenty of sunny periods too.

With light winds, it will feel very warm for most.

Maximum temperature: 26C (79F).

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Remembering slave workers 'the way forward' for sea wall

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of Guernsey's Environment and Infrastructure Committee has said remembering the slave workers who built the German anti-tank wall at L'Ancresse should be the way forward as planned works to re-align a section look to go ahead.

sea wall

Festung Guernsey and the Channel Islands Occupation Society, who are dedicated to preserving Guernsey's German fortifications, have come out against the plans to re-align a section of the beach at L'Ancresse.

Deputy Barry Brehaut said creating a monument, perhaps from a section of the wall with a plaque on it, to remember those who built the structure against their will, would be better.

Work to fill in the largest gaps in the wartime fortification will start this week.

Jenner picked as England 12th man at Lord's

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey cricketer Jonty Jenner has been selected as 12th man for England's first Test against South Africa at Lord's, which starts tomorrow.

The 19-year-old, who made his first-class debut for Sussex last month, is one of six players to be named as fielding substitutes for the Test.

Jonty Jenner
Getty Images

Jenner's father Jonty, also president of the Jersey Cricket Board, will be at Lord's to watch along with his wife, daughter and other members of the family.

"He's now got to turn up at 08:00 BST tomorrow in a suit, which his mum has to bring over to him," he told BBC Sport.

Timeline of secondary education changes

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

We already knew the 11 plus was due to end in 2018, but the proposals for moving to the new system have been released this morning.

Timeline of changes released this morning:

  • September 2019: All-ability school opens for pupils aged 11-16 operating from the existing La Mare de Carteret and Grammar School site at Les Varendes
  • New school built next to La Mare – completed before Sept 2021
  • In 2021 pupils in years seven, eight and nine will move to new building
  • Years 10 and 11 at La Mare de Carteret will also move
  • Years 10 and 11 at the Grammar will stay there to complete their GCSEs
  • Children due to start secondary school in September 2017 or 2018 will be allocated a school based on 11 plus results or high school catchment
  • No changes for other schools
  • Support for children with autism or learning difficulties provided in bases at La Mare de Carteret, St Sampson and Les Beaucamps High Schools
  • Grammar School will become post-16 college offering more choice
  • New training college for apprentices, part-time courses and higher level courses and adult learning at Les Ozouets site

The full proposals and details of how you can comment are on the States website.

'Jersey's first' at Wimbledon due on court later

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Scott Clayton is thought to be the first Jersey player to ever compete at Wimbledon.

He is definitely the first from the Caesarean tennis club.

Clayton, 23, and his doubles partner Jonny O’Mara, 22, who lives in Arbroath, Scotland, are the third match due on court 4 so it's unlikely they'll be knocking up before 16:00.

Scott Clayton (right) and Jonny O'Mara
Scott Clayton (right) and Jonny O'Mara were spectators at Wimbledon in 2016

They face Italian Paolo Lorenzi, 35, and 29-year-old Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in their first round match.

The Frenchman progressed in the first round of single's yesterday after Feliciano Lopez retired in the fourth set.

Guernsey secondary education: What the future could be

States of Guernsey

Chief minister 'I cannot deliver recommendations on my own'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst has called for other States members to co-operate in implementing recommendations laid out by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

Senator Gorst said it was up to all members to help change the system, not just himself.

There are more than 600 recommendations contained in the report, which include:

  • An independent commissioner for children be appointed
  • Giving children a voice through an effective complaints system
  • Jersey should establish "truly independent" inspections of its children's services
  • A stable and competent workforce should be employed
  • The whole legislation system should be amended to centre on the child
  • A public acknowledgment for victims
  • Haut de la Garenne should be demolished

I cannot deliver the recommendations on my own, I need all States members to read this report, to acknowledge we have not listened and have not acted, and in that lack of action have let people down.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey

Sunset seen from Delancey

Thanks to Nick who shared this sunset picture taken at Delancey in Guernsey yesterday.

Nick Le Huray

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Former minister delays releasing expenses in wake of care inquiry

Rob England

BBC News Online

Former Assistant Chief Minister Senator Philip Ozouf has delayed a personal publication of details released about his expenses.

In June a freedom of information request revealed details of Senator Ozouf's expenses from 2014-2016, along with other senior ministers.

After publication, on his personal blog he said he would voluntarily be providing further details of what each individual sum was for, to give the figures context.

However, in the wake of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report, he has since decided to delay this publication.

Philip Ozouf tweet
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Watson first up on Court 2 at SW19

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Heather Watson will be first on Court 2 at Wimbledon today.

She faces 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova from 11:30 in the round of 64.

Heather Watson playing at Wimbledon 2017

The 27-year-old from Liepaja, Latvia, is ranked 19 in the world and beat Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 6-1 7-6 (7-3).

Watson, 25, also won on tie-break in her first round match against Belgium's Maryna Zanevska 6-1 7-6 (7-5).

Watch the match live with the BBC's live action at Wimbledon.