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Summary

  1. Jersey deputy 'who lied' awaits details on ruling
  2. More than 100 protesters rally against FAB Link
  3. Jet ski crash man, Giles Corbin, describes injuries
  4. Jersey aid trip diverted after Rwanda grenade attack
  5. 'No agreement' on future college funding in Guernsey
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Our live coverage across the Channel Islands

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Our live coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Look up: You could see the International Space Station this evening

Climate Change report: Sea defence modelling needed

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Graph demonstrating relationship between population density and sea level rise
National Oceanography Centre

A report looking at the impact of climate change on Jersey’s sea levels and coastline, published today, has recommended more should be done to investigate the impact of rising sea levels on the island's coastal defences.

The Jersey Sea Level and Coastal Conditions Climate Review was carried out by the National Oceanography Centre. It recommended:

  • Modelling should be extended to assess the impact of greater volumes of water discharging over Jersey’s sea defences.
  • Increased collaboration between departments and agencies – including the creation of a steering group to encourage cross departmental working on climate resilience.
  • A review of options and associated costs for improving coastal monitoring – exploring opportunities to expand Jersey’s marine observational monitoring.

Weather Update: Dry and breezy overnight

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry and breezy tonight with some clear spells.

The odd shower may drift in from the west at times, although many places will stay dry.

Jersey:

Jersey forecast
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Guernsey:

Guernsey forecast
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Firm wants to supply Guernsey energy

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The International Energy Group company has submitted an application to the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority (CICRA) for a licence to generate and supply electricity in Guernsey.

The group says it wants to install generation systems that use Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology across the island.

Currently States-owned Guernsey Electricity is the only supplier on the island.

Climate change report highlights Jersey sea level risks

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Map of Jersey
National Oceanography Centre

A report looking at the impact of climate change on Jersey’s sea levels and coastline, published today, has concluded there will be a "significant" increase in sea water over-topping existing defences.

The Jersey Sea Level and Coastal Conditions Climate Review was carried out by the National Oceanography Centre. It concluded:

  • In line with global averages, the sea level around Jersey is currently increasing by 3mm per year.
  • Future rates of increase are dependent on a range of parameters including global carbon emissions.
  • Based on a scenario in line with the targets agreed in the 2016 Paris Agreement, the likely increase in mean sea-level by 2100 is 0.48m.
  • The frequency of extreme coastal events are likely to increase.
  • Based on the St Aubin’s Bay case study, in certain areas there will be a significant increase in sea water over-topping defences.
  • Jersey should continue to monitor sea level rise.

Deputy gives reaction to conduct decision

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A Jersey Deputy who was found to have breached the States code of conduct is "disappointed" by a States committee decision.

Deputy Andrew Lewis's conduct was investigated after he was accused of lying to the States and the Care Inquiry panel.

Members of the Privileges and Procedures Committee investigated what Deputy Lewis said about the suspension of former Chief of Police Graham Power nearly nine years ago.

He had said he had seen a Metropolitan Police report on the child abuse investigation, when he hadn't.

Deputy Lewis always denied lying and previously apologised if any politician felt misled.

The Privileges and Procedures Committee still has to publish its reasons and the action it will be recommending to the Assembly.

Jet ski crash: Giles Corbin shares 'good news'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Giles Corbin
Giles Corbin/Facebook

A Jerseyman who suffered a "catastrophic" injury in a crash between a jet ski and a speedboat has shared positive news about his recovery.

Giles Corbin, 45, was a passenger on the jet ski at St Brelade's Bay when the collision happened last month.

Mr Corbin said there was initially a 90% chance of an amputation above the left knee, however he was pleased to say staff at the Salisbury District Hospital have given him "an excellent chance of retaining the leg."

He said: "The latest X ray looks very good - I could see four titanium screws in my femur, a wire ring around my patella (to hold it together as it was shattered as if by a hammer) and 15 screws and a vertical plate running up the side of my tibia.

"The surgeons here really have done a truly amazing job."

Mr Corbin is now walking on crutches, but is still unable to bear weight on his injured left leg.

He said physios were pleased with his progress, and he could return to Jersey as soon as next Friday if medical staff agree.

No services during crematorium roof work

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There won't be any services at Jersey's crematorium for two weeks while a new roof is installed, the health and social services department confirmed.

Work will begin to replace the 56-year-old roof on Monday 14 August, and although services will not be permitted, cremations will still take place.

The Crematorium, at Westmount in St Helier, is expected to resume normal service on Tuesday 29 August, after the bank holiday weekend.

Crematorium superintendent Peter Dobin said funeral directors and clergy were aware of the planned closure to help mourners make alternative arrangements during the two-week period.

FAB Link protest: Your comments

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

FAB Link protest
BBC

More than 100 people protested at Alderney's Mannez Quarry last night against a £500m electricity cable link that could link Britain and France through Alderney.

You've been having your say on the matter on BBC Radio Guernsey's Facebook page:

John: Isn't this the same cable that would be used by Alderney to sell the electricity generated by their tidal wave power, if they get the technology to work over the next 5 years? I thought that some were holding that out as Alderney's future economic salvation! Odd state of affairs.

Maria: Perhaps before any of you comment you should read the background behind it and know that no electricity will be generated for Alderney it will go from France through Alderney and on the the UK.

Brian: Tell me what really is the problem with boosting the future income of the island, beats me.

Annie: How much of the Island is acceptable to be ruined? Is this a size appropriate development? We are tiny. There is no hidden part we can cram them in!

Chris: How many "youngsters" were protesting this evening? Seems to me the 'older' generation(s) are the main opposers. I may be wrong. Just a thought.

New stamps celebrate Guernsey folklore

Extra buses for West Show

Brochure of bus services for West Show
States of Guernsey

Police appeal after junction crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash at a filter junction in the Castel.

It happened at the junction of the Rue Cohu and Route De la Charruee at about 18:00 on Monday.

Police would like to speak to the oweners of a grey Chevrolet and a small blue hatchback seen leaving the scene and heading towards Rue du Friquet.

Deputy could be suspended for breach of States code

Jersey Evening Post

A deputy who was found to have lied to the States Assembly could be suspended after being found to have breached the code of conduct for elected members.

What a downpour, but not wettest August day

Guernsey Press

Torrential rain saw flooding hit many areas of the island yesterday, with several roads closed as drainage systems struggled to cope with the heavy downpours.

Police investigating States credit card use

BBC Radio Jersey

An investigation has started into an allegation a States credit card was used illegally, police have said.

Jersey police confirmed they are investigating under the public finances law.

A man in his 40s is currently helping with inquiries, police said.

Sunshine in St Aubin

Backbencher won't take up care inquiry role

BBC Channel Islands News

Deputy Sam Mezec outside the States Chamber
BBC

Jersey's chief minister has been criticised over planned changes to the care system after a report into decades of abuse was published.

Deputy Sam Mezec, from the island's only political party, has refused a place on a panel being created to make the changes.

Chief Minister Ian Gorst said the panel would work to bring in all core recommendations as quickly as possible, including knocking down the former children's home Haut de la Garenne and modernising Jersey's laws around children.

Those expected to be on the panel are Deputies Louise Doublet, Richard Renouf, and Jeremy Macon and Constable Michel le Trocquer.

And until recently, Deputy Sam Mezec. But he's now published an open letter to the Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst, turning down an invitation to be on the advisory panel, saying he'd rather scrutinise how the government brings about the recommendations.

The chief minister wasn't available yesterday to respond to Deputy Mezec's claims he badly handled the aftermath of the inquiry report.

Guernsey visitor numbers: What do we know?

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Cruise passengers lining up on Guernsey's Albert Pier to get tenders back to their ship
BBC

The number of people visiting Guernsey has increased in the first half of 2017, according to new States figures, published today. However, the 4.7% rise excludes cruise ship passengers and visiting yachtsmen.

An extra 5,200 people visited Guernsey compared to the first half of 2016, including 1,250 extra business visitors.

The number of day visitors fell though, by 700, or 2.9%, during the first six months of 2017.

The cruise market suffered "a difficult second quarter" with a 20.4% fall in passengers coming ashore - blamed on poor weather restricting boat tender operations.

'Elitist' warning for States from colleges

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

The spokesman for Guernsey's three grant-aided colleges has warned new States funding arrangements being announced on Monday must not turn them into "elitist institutions".

Blanchelande, Elizabeth and the Ladies' colleges say they've been unable to reach agreement with the Education Sport and Culture Committee over how they will be funded from 2019.

Currently, taxpayers pay for 52 special place holders in each school year, who are currently picked to attend the schools based on the 11 plus, which ends in 2019.

The government has gradually reduced funding by nearly £1m in the seven years to 2018.

Colleges spokesman Allister Langlois said the future arrangements must ensure the colleges are "inclusive institutions".

"They have been for a long time, there's a lot of urban myth about it only being for academically gifted children and so on.

"We want to avoid any model which turns them into elitist institutions."

Weather update: Strong winds

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It will be largely dry and breezy later today with some clear spells.

The winds will stay fresh, or strong, in a west and southwesterly direction.

Weather forecast for Thursday
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Islander buys sketches by UK’s ‘most violent’ inmate

Jersey Evening Post

A collection of drawings by the man reputed to be the "most violent prisoner in Britain" – which includes a reference to the Beast of Jersey – have been sold to a private collector in the Island.

'Huge thanks' expressed by man injured in jet ski crash

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Giles Corbin and Felicity Corbin-Wheeler
Felicity Corbin-Wheeler
Giles Corbin and his mother Felicity Corbin-Wheeler

Jersey lawyer Giles Corbin has thanked the islanders who helped him in the immediate moments after he was injured in a crash between a jet ski and a speedboat last month.

Mr Corbin, 45, was a passenger on the jet ski at St Brelade's Bay. He's since described his extensive injuries.

"Thanks to the lifeguards at the scene, and everyone who took me to the ambulance crew. They were all brilliant," he said.

Geoffrey Blackstone was driving a boat nearby when the crash happened.

"They took me back to the shore," said Mr Corbin.

"A huge thanks to Geoffrey Blackstone, his wife and kids, who were absolutely brilliant." Mr Blackstone described Mr Corbin as "remarkably calm, and incredibly brave."

Mental health survey launched

Jersey Evening Post

A survey has been launched to gauge Channel Islanders’ attitudes towards mental health and well-being.

Islanders warned about text scam

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's crime reduction adviser has warned islanders not to fall for a text message scam telling them they owe money to the British tax authorities.

Andy Goodall said what started off as a phone scam has now moved on to text messages.

The message prompts recipients to call HMRC via a premium rate number.

"Unless you have any tax dealings with HMRC, then please just delete it, don't follow it up," he said.

Stranded Alderney passengers should arrive today - Aurigny

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Guernsey States-owned airline says passengers on three cancelled flights from Southampton to Alderney yesterday should arrive in the island today, weather permitting.

A spokesman says adverse weather caused "considerable disruption" to its Alderney operations yesterday.

"We will always try our best to minimise disruption during adverse weather, but on this occasion felt we had no option to cancel some flights and rebook passengers."

The flights are particularly busy in the lead up to Alderney Week.

Two additional flights have been put on today between Southampton and Alderney to accommodate yesterday's passengers.

Condor's phone lines back up

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The Liberation vessel, which was out of action yesterday due to an engine fault, is running slighly behind schedule after a "difficult loading in Poole".

It's now due in at Guernsey 45 minutes behind schedule, at 13:00.

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Weather: Mostly dry and windy

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It is a much better day for the Channel Islands compared to yesterday, when we saw all that rain.

It will be mostly dry, with the chance of an odd shower.

The winds will stay fresh, or strong, in a west and southwesterly direction.

Weather forecast for Thursday
BBC

Duke was always interested, often funny – former Bailiff

Guernsey Press

The Duke of Edinburgh, who carried out his last royal engagement yesterday at the age of 96, visited the Bailiwick six times with the Queen.

Sark blooms inspected by judges

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sark garden
BBC

Judging will finish shortly in Sark, where after months of preparation judges from the Royal Horticultural Society are inspecting public areas around Creux Harbour, the Avenue, and the Old Island Hall.

Sark is representing the Bailiwick in the Britain in Bloom competition.

The island's Seigneur Major Christopher Beaumont, has praised the efforts of islanders in restoring forgotten or neglected parts of the island.

Wet, wet, wet

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

So it rained a fair bit in Guernsey yesterday.

It seems more rain fell than the whole monthly average - wow.

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Jet ski crash: Giles Corbin describes his injuries

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The Jersey lawyer who suffered a "catastrophic, life-changing injury" in a crash between a jet ski and a speedboat has described the moment when he realised the extent of his injuries.

Giles Corbin, 45, was the passenger on a jet ski at St Brelade's Bay when a boat collided with it last month.

A warning: the description that follows is graphic.

Mr Corbin said following the crash he found himself in the water, and managed to pull himself back on the jet ski.

"I could see my femur completely exposed, with a slash of about something like 15 inches up my left thigh. And then a cut going down to my ankle," he said.

Mr Corbin said he stayed "absolutely calm" through fear of raising his heart rate and increasing blood loss.

He remained conscious and described being taken ashore to a waiting ambulance by a nearby boat.

Education committee 'disappointed' in colleges

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey's education committee said it will publish its plans for the future funding of grant-aided colleges on Monday, adding it was "disappointed" the schools chose to speak out ahead of the publication.

In a joint statement released today Blanchelande, and Elizabeth and Ladies' colleges said discussions had effectively reached a deadlock ahead of their current funding deal ending in 2019.

The island's government has been gradually reducing the amount it gives to the colleges. Currently taxpayers fund 52 special place holders in each school year across the three schools.

Full details of the committee's reasons for future level of funding will be included in Monday's report, education said.

The committee hopes the funding will be debated and approved by the States at the end of September.

Condor's phone lines currently down

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey visitor numbers increase in first six months of 2017

BBC Radio Guernsey

The number of people visiting Guernsey in the first six months of 2017 was up on the same period in 2016, according to new figures published today.

The 4.7% rise, which excludes cruise ship passengers and visiting yachtsmen, was largely driven by an increase in staying visitors, Visit Guernsey said.

The cruise market suffered "a difficult second quarter" with the number of passengers coming ashore down by a quarter, blamed on "weather-related issues" preventing tenders coming ashore.

Aid trip diverted after Rwanda grenade attack

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey cow with its owner in Rwanda
BBC
Jersey Overseas Aid is funding a two-year project to breed 40,000 Jersey cows in the country

Volunteers for a Jersey Overseas Aid trip have changed their plans following a grenade attack in the area of Rwanda they were planning to go to.

Thirteen people from Jersey had planned to travel to a remote region of Rwanda near the border with Burundi to help build schools, but they will now travel instead to Bugesera to build toilets.

Jersey cows are being used as a key part of a project to improve milk production in Rwanda.

More than 100 protesters gather to rally against FAB link

Edward Rowe

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

Protestors at Mannez Quarry
BBC

More than 100 people protested at Alderney's Mannez Quarry last night against a £500m electricity cable project that could link France and Britain through Alderney.

Those gathered were concerned about the environmental impact of the development, a perceived lack of information provided by the groups behind the cable link, and the size of the project.

It took place at Mannez Quarry, the proposed site of an electricity converter station.

A banner, draped across a former World War Two observation tower, read: "Alderney: our home, our green belt."

Developer FAB Link Ltd said there was no application for a converter station as part of its initial application, still to be submitted, which it expected would have legally binding conditions designed to protect the environment.

The station could be required should the project provide an outlet for locally-generated tidal power.

Protest organiser Bonnie Jenkins
BBC
Protest organiser Bonnie Jenkins
FAB link protestor
BBC

'No agreement' on future college funding

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Elizabeth and Ladies' Colleges, and Blanchelande
BBC

Guernsey's three grant-aided colleges say they've been unable to reach an agreement with the Education Sport and Culture Committee (ESC) over future States funding.

In a joint statement, Blanchelande, Elizabeth, and the Ladies' colleges say discussions have been taking place following the decision to scrap the 11-plus last year and ahead of the current funding deal ending in 2019.

Currently taxpayers fund 52 special place holders per school year across the three colleges, and talks have been taking place on what the future level of States support should be.

The States of Guernsey agreed in 2012 to gradually reduce the level of grant aid over a seven-year period.

The colleges say they were "the instigators of consultative meetings" with ESC late last year and have been "willing participants" throughout the discussions.

They also say, Education's representatives haven't moved from their opening position, which it's claimed isn't conducive to achieving the colleges' objective of being inclusive, and remaining an integral and valuable part of Guernsey's secondary education provision.