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Summary

  1. Huge blaze involved '90 tonnes' of waste at La Collette recycling centre in Jersey
  2. Car crashes and overturns in Jersey - police appeal for witnesses
  3. St Helier House: Constable unsure how long residents will remain
  4. Guernsey's most senior politician wants to change plans for taxpayer funding of the grant-aided colleges
  5. History of De La Salle College to be written for 100-year anniversary
  6. Updates on Friday 22 September 2017

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By Rob England

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Apakuki Ma'afu

Tries from Apakuki Ma'afu and Jerry Sexton can not prevent Jersey Reds falling to a 23-14 Championship defeat at Richmond.

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Our coverage across the day

Rob England

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

We'll be back on Monday 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.

Reds hand debut to Hodson for Richmond match

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds hand a debut to ex-London Welsh wing Josh Hodson as one of three changes for their trip to Richmond.

Jason Worrall continues to deputise at full-back in the absence of captain Scott van Breda, while James Voss and Jake Woolmore also come into the side.

Jake Woolmore
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"We can be confident from our last two performances but more importantly we need to build on those performances, and we can go to Richmond and look to once again put on a good performance," Reds head coach Harvey Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.

"I think we're up to nine or 10 injuries and when you're only a squad of 34 it means you only have 24 to select from, so it's pretty tough."

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Richmond 23-14 Jersey Reds

Tries from Apakuki Ma'afu and Jerry Sexton can not prevent Jersey Reds falling to a 23-14 Championship defeat at Richmond.

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Halksworth nervous for Jersey triathlon

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's Dan Halksworth says he is "super nervous" for the Super League triathlon race in the island this weekend.

Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Brownlee headlines a star-studded line-up for the event, which Island Games champion Halksworth has also been invited to compete in.

Dan Halksworth
BBC

"I was quite chilled out about it eight weeks ago but all of a sudden it's the day before the race and I'm super nervous," he told BBC Radio Jersey."These guys are the best athletes in the world and they do this day in day out."

Porpoise discovery a 'fascinating puzzle'

Mike Wilkins

BBC Channel Islands News

The remains of a porpoise excavated off Guernsey's west coast
BBC

Guernsey's top archaeologist says he's puzzled by the discovery of the remains of a porpoise on a small island off Guernsey's west coast.

The porpoise skeleton, discovered on a tiny outcrop used as a religious retreat by monks hundreds of years ago, will be carbon dated.

But Dr Phil de Jersey believes it is from the same period as 14th Century pottery found nearby.

"Dolphins and Porpoises were quite common features in Christian symbolism and iconography.

"The pit that it's buried in is more or less on an east-west alignment, which again is a Christian thing to do."

The find is a "fascinating puzzle," he says.

Staff 'concerned' over job losses at closing residential home

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier house
BBC

There are concerns staff at St Helier Residential Home will lose their jobs when it closes.

The building failed a fire safety inspection and will close when its current fire safety certificate runs out in 2019.

The inspection was held after the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2016.

Investigators found the building had flammable cladding and poor fire prevention facilities, after the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

Deputy Jackie Hilton, who represents the area, said it was a worrying time for people who worked there as well as residents.

We have 38 staff, the reality is a lot of those will be facing losing their work, and they may have been working there for a number of years, so that's a massive issue."

Deputy Jackie Hilton

Political roadshow for young people to come to Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A political roadshow designed to interest young people in the politics of the Commonwealth will return to Jersey.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) roadshow visit will take place from 25-26 September and members of the association will make presentations at Hautlieu and Jersey College for Girls.

Secretary-General of the CPA Mr Akbar Khan will also meet with States members and the Lieutenant-Governor.

Mr Khan said he was "delighted" to return to Jersey, and was looking forward to "engaging young people in the democratic process" by discussing the importance of the Commonwealth.

He added, the CPA had a "key" relationship with the States, and was working with them to develop "good parliamentary practice" to share with other commonwealth.

Waste facility at Longue Hougue to open next year

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new waste facility being built at Longue Hougue in Guernsey should open next year, the States has said.

Once open, the station will receive and process waste, including recycling, from households and businesses across the island and make it suitable for export.

The States then pays a company to take it to an off island energy facility where it is used to generate heat and power.

Tray left on hob causes house fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

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Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

A neighbour who tried to extinguish a kitchen fire in St Brelade has been treated for minor burns.

The fire was caused by a plastic tray being left on an electric hob.

Two firefighters dealt with the flames which damaged the hob cooker and extraction unit.

fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

La Collette Fire: Batteries must be taken out of dumped electricals - States

BBC Radio Jersey

La Collette Fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

People dumping electrical items at the recycling centre at La Collette will have to take batteries out following yesterday's fire.

The States said from tomorrow, batteries must be removed from any small electrical appliances by owners to "reduce the risk of fire".

Crews spent eight hours fighting a blaze believed to have been started by a burning battery.

A shed full of an estimated 90 tonnes of waste electrical equipment was destroyed.

British National Surfing Championships to be held in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

surfing
BBC

Jersey will host the British National Surfing Championships in two years time, but local clubs need to find funding for the event.

The tournament has been running in the South West of England for the last 10 years.

Organisers say the island is playing its part in securing the long term future of the event by joining forces with other national surfing governing bodies to make it happen.

David Ferguson, President of the Channel Islands Surfing Federation said they hope to have sponsorship and the support of the States to put on the event.

Mr Ferguson hopes to bring back the "party atmosphere" of the championships, and make the event fun, but with the ultimate aim of choosing a team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Two school model plans causing 'uncertainty'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Alternative plans for a "two school model" in Guernsey's secondary education system have caused "disquiet and uncertainty" according to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

The president of the committee, Deputy Paul Le Pelley, said islanders in the profession do not feel they, or the wider community, have been consulted on the alternative plans.

He was referring to concerns raised by members of National Union of Education when they debated the committee's own proposals, and other options for the future of secondary education.

Mr Le Pelley said staff were working with the deputies who proposed the two school model, to provide them with the necessary "high level data and evidence" to help them prepare.

But, he added: "at this time the committee remains opposed to a two 11-18 school model."

'Masked and hooded' thieves break into shop

Rob England

BBC News Online

Three hooded and masked individuals have broken into shop in Guernsey and stolen tobacco, police said.

It happened at around 05:25 this morning at the Checkers Xpress at Landes Du Marche.

Officers said they were in the property for a few minutes, and tried to get into the office area of the shop, before running away from the scene.

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses.

Inter-island environment meeting held in Sark

BBC Radio Guernsey

Representatives from each of the Channel Islands are meeting in Sark today to talk about environmental issues.

It is the first time the inter-island environment meeting has been hosted in Sark and it coincides with the tenth anniversary of Sark's Ramsar Site - a site recognised worldwide for having special animal and plant life - being created at Gouliot Caves.

Richard Axton from the Societe Sercquaise said they had made progress making Sark's environment safe with a "tremendous amount of help" from the other Channel Islands.

Sark
BBC

Tennis: Clayton reaches first Challenger final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's Scott Clayton has reached his first Challenger doubles final, alongside partner Jonny O'Mara.

The pair beat Luca Margaroli and Lucas Miedler 6-4 7-6 in Turkey in the last four of the tournament.

Scott Clayton
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Clayton and O'Mara will take on Ukranian top seeds Sergiy Stakhovsky and Denys Molchanov this weekend, with the winners taking home the trophy.

Group forms to make Jersey road safer

BBC Radio Jersey

A new group hopes to make Longueville Road in Jersey safer.

The group, made up of States members, representatives from the parish of St Saviour and the community, are concerned about the speed of traffic on the road between Plat Douet Road and Rue des Pres Trading Estate.

Deputy Jeremy Macon represents the area and said locals have been campaigning in some form for nearly two decades on the issue.

He wants to hear from people living nearby so the group can decide what needs to be done.

The group is holding a drop in session for residents at Plat Douet School next Thursday from 17:00-20:00.

Amendments aim to 'derail' education reforms

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Paul Le Pelley
BBC

States members are trying to "derail" the education committee's plans to change how much the government gives colleges in grant funding, a deputy has said.

The president and vice president of the Policy and Resources Committee, deputies Gavin St Pier and Lyndon Trott, have placed two amendments on the proposals, due to be debated next week.

Deputy St Pier said the proposal may not offer "the best value for money" to the States.

But the president of the committee Deputy Paul Le Pelley, described it as a "clever little move" which could mean the whole policy "falls away".

He says the deal Gavin St Pier has offered the States - a choice of either a "zero funding" model where no States money would go to schools or a "blank cheque" option - is designed to allow the zero funding option to fail.

Driver found after overturned car crash

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey police have found the driver of a car which flipped on to its roof in the early hours of this morning.

People living on Jubilee Hill called the police after hearing a loud bang at about 02:45.

Officers found a grey Ford Fiesta upside down on the road but no driver was in the vehicle or in the area at the time.

St Helier House: Constable unsure how long residents will remain

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier House
BBC

How long people will remain at a residential home in St Helier which failed a fire safety inspection is unclear, according to the parish constable.

An investigation, prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire in June, found the residential home beside People's Park, did not meet modern safety standards.

Constable Simon Crowcroft said the building had a fire certificate for the next two years until March 2019.

We all accept the life of the building will be limited to that period. What we don't know is how long it will continue to be occupied, because it does depend on what residents want to do."

Constable Simon Crowcroft

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed care, nursing and residential homes require a fire certificate to allow people to occupy them.

History of De La Salle College to be written for 100-year anniversary

BBC Radio Jersey

De La Salle College
BBC

A Jersey college is marking its 100th anniversary by commissioning a book on its history.

De La Salle College was founded in September 1917, and a series of celebrations are planned to mark its centenary.

Local historian Ian Roynane has been asked to write the book.

He said he would be "adding some colour" to the story of the school by meeting people who were there in the 1930s.

Travellers upset with airline baggage handling

Guernsey Press

Hand baggage that used to fit in Aurigny’s old gauges may not fit in the new ones – but the airline argues the measurements have not changed.

St Helier 'would be worse off' without taxi marshals

BBC Radio Jersey

Companies in St Helier are being asked to help secure a scheme which organisers say makes the St Helier taxi rank safer at night.

The programme, Q-Safe, pays for marshals who are in place around the rank, to steward people in to taxis after a night out.

But it only has funding for the rest of this year and the long-term future of the project is in doubt.

Colin Russell from the Safer St Helier group, who helped form Q-Safe, says the marshals have played a "vital part" in keeping the town centre peaceful, and preventing fights and disturbances.

He says the area would be worse off without the marshals.

taxi marshall
BBC

We'll see a reduction in the amount of taxis and we'll see a step back to the times of crime and disorder in the area reoccurring again, which isn't good for the States of Jersey Police, because then they'll have to devote more resources to that area, rather than other parts of St Helier."

Colin RussellSafer St Helier

Colleges 'support' St Pier's amendment to education reforms

BBC Radio Guernsey

Colleges in Guernsey receiving support from the States have welcomed an amendment submitted ahead of the States debate on the issue of college funding next week.

Yesterday Deputy Gavin St Pier announced the proposals he would be bringing to the States during the debate.

He suggested two options for the future of States funding to secondary schools in Guernsey, either withdraw taxpayer money from 2025, or support some school places.

Allister Langlois, who works for the colleges said they provided a valuable service "to the whole of the community", and the funding options discussed in the amendment were "reasonable".

Deputy Gavin St Pier
BBC

Incentives could be built into new landlord scheme

Jersey Evening Post

Good landlords could be rewarded with discounted rates when signing up to a proposed compulsory landlord accreditation scheme designed to improve accommodation standards, a minister has said.

Recycling plant closed today after huge blaze

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey recycling plant will be closed today after a large fire in a shed which contained old electrical equipment.

Officers took eight hours to bring the blaze at La Collette under control, and it wasn't finally extinguished until about midnight.

It's thought the fire started when an old battery ignited and set fire to plastic in old appliances nearby.

Station commander Jason Masterman told the BBC it was a difficult fire to tackle because they had to move about 90 tonnes of waste appliances to get to the heart of the blaze.

Jersey fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Triathlete Alistair Brownlee to commentate on Jersey race

BBC Radio Jersey

British triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee says he is excited for the Super League Triathlon in Jersey this weekend - even though he will not be racing.

Alistair will be commentating on the races while his brother Jonny will be lining up with other competitors.

He is currently recovering from hip surgery.

Alistair Brownlee
BBC

Competitors will be doing one race, 10 minutes recovery, then doing another race. They're getting a recovery in between races to make sure they're completely ready to go for the next one.

Alistair Brownlee

Mr Brownlee was praised for helping his brother over the finish line in the Triathlon World Series Finale in 2016.

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States’ lurch to left ‘will wreck economy’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey risks slipping into a continuous cycle of financial crisis unless the island stops putting obstacles in the way of businesses, says the chairman of optical giant Specsavers.

Dry and mainly sunny

BBC Weather

A dry and mainly sunny day ahead. In the sunshine it will feel pleasant with light winds.

It will turn a little cloudier this evening.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In Jersey:

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In Guernsey:

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St Pier amendment to 'reduce cost' but 'support' colleges

BBC Radio Guernsey

Reducing the cost of grant aid but continue support for colleges in Guernsey is "the way forward", according to the island's most senior politician.

Deputy Gavin St Pier has put forward an amendment to proposed education reforms, due to be debated next week.

The assisted places scheme, which will ensure a reduced level of cost in the grant aid, but none-the-less support for the colleges is the appropriate choice, because I think it recognises the historic role of the colleges. It also recognises the fact they do educate 30% of our secondary students in a very cost effective manner."

Deputy Gavin St Pier

The Committee for Education Sport and Culture said it had not discussed the amendment.

Recycling plant machinery used to 'pick up waste' during huge blaze

Rob England

BBC News Online

Fire crews attempting to put out a large fire at a recycling centre in Jersey said machinery from the site was used to move some of the waste.

It's estimated about 90 tonnes of electrical appliances caught fire in a shed at La Collette on Thursday.

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service thanked staff at the centre for their help using a piece of machinery which was able to pick up electrical appliances in the fire, so crew could extinguish hot spots.

Jason Masterman
BBC
Jason Masterman, from the fire service, helped tackle the blaze

Bus station assault - police appeal for witnesses

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information after an assault at St Peter Port bus station.

Officers said it happened at about 11:30 on Tuesday and involved two men.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Driver appeal after car crashes and overturns

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police are trying to find the driver of a car that crashed and ended up on its roof in St Peter, Jersey.

At about 02:45 a resident on Jubilee Hill called the police after hearing a “loud bang” nearby.

A grey Ford Fiesta Zetec was found on its roof, but the driver was not in the vehicle or in the area.

Police deployed a dog unit to search the area before clearing the road.

Officers are still searching for the driver.

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La Collette fire: In Pictures

Rob England

BBC News Online

La Collette fire crews
Jersey Fire and Rescue
La Collette fire crews
Jersey Fire and Rescue
La Collette fire crews
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La Collette fire crews
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La Collette fire crews
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La Collette fire crews
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Committee opposes 'selective education'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States committee behind proposals for a new education model for Guernsey's secondary schools has welcomed concerns from members of the National Education Union (NEU).

President of the committee, Deputy Paul Le Pelley, said he had heard a range of views about the proposed plans.

"Speaking personally I share many of the concerns the NEU raise about the idea of "selection by stealth" if the States support the introduction of a States-funded bursary scheme for entry to the colleges.", he said.

Adding: "The States has agreed to a policy of non-selective education and I will certainly be fighting against any move to reintroduce it during the debate next week."

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'Ninety tonnes' of waste burn in La Collette battery fire

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

A battery is thought to have started a fire at a recycling plant in Jersey which involved 90 tonnes of waste, according to Jersey Fire and Rescue Service.

Officers said the large blaze at La Collette recycling centre in St Helier took several hours to put out. No-one was injured.

Crews were alerted to the blaze at about 16:00.

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Four fire engines and 20 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze. It took until 23:15 to extinguish - eight hours after the alarm was raised.

Watch commander Richard Ryan said fires like this were "not unusual at recycling plants", and it was likely a lithium-ion battery in an old appliance ignited and then set fire to the plastics of the equipment around it.

The recycling plant will be closed today, but the States said it should reopen on Saturday.

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BBC News Online

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