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Summary

  1. A man has died after being pulled from Jersey gas explosion
  2. Link all three main Channel Islands by ferry, says Alderney politician
  3. Apology over Sunset on Herm event
  4. Free pre-school for three and four year olds: No top up needed, insists Guernsey deputy
  5. Sark plea for border control for direct crossings to France
  6. Thousands turn out to watch Brownlee brother pipped to the top spot in the Super League Jersey Triathlon
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage for the day

That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss Channel Islands news this evening at 18:30 on BBC One and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Event company apologises to 'disappointed' festival goers

Rob England

BBC News Online

An event company has apologised to festival goers left "utterly disappointed" waiting in the rain at the Sunset on Herm festival this weekend.

Pixie Lott performed two songs and was due to show fans a new song alongside producer and DJ, Anton Powers.

Instead, due to "licensing issues" she sang her "most popular song" organisers said, and Mr Powers was placed in a DJ booth away from the main stage, which was not "communicated to the crowd".

A spokesman from ibz.tv, who held the event, said they were unable to deliver the performance "in the way they planned" due to the weather, and travel delays.

Pixie Lott
BBC

Speaker role proposed for States assembly

Rob England

BBC News Online

Proposals have been submitted to elect a speaker and deputy speaker of Jersey's States assembly by the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Currently the Bailiff is both the head of the law courts, and the speaker in the States assembly.

Bailiff
BBC
The current Bailiff is Sir William Bailhache

The chief minister said the historic Clothier and Carswell reviews influenced his decision, as well as the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

He said: "It is the norm in the democratic world for there to be a complete separation between the legislature and judiciary, and for a parliament to elect its own speaker.

"Jersey does not currently meet modern democratic principles on either of these matters."

The proposal will be debated in November.

A statement from the chief minister's office said the plans ensure the Bailiff's role as civic head would continue.

Masons support four Jersey charities

Jersey Evening Post

Four Jersey charities are to receive a share of £44,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation following a public vote.

Midwife breaks down at conduct tribunal

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey hospital sign
BBC

A midwife who's been found guilty of misconduct following the deaths of two babies at Guernsey's hospital says she hopes to be allowed to use her experience and continue her career in some way.

Tuija Roussel is still working in a non-clinical capacity, under supervision, at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

"It is more open and supportive - the culture has changed so much for the better," she told a Nursing and Midwifery Council Tribunal, which began in January.

Asked what future she would like in the profession, she broke down in tears and said: "It is very difficult to say.

"It has been 22 years of my life, I have always wanted to care for mothers and their babies."

Ms Roussel, along with Senior Midwife Lisa Granville and Antonia Manousaki, will find out next week whether they will be struck off the midwifery register, or can continue practising.

Halksworth thanks Jersey crowd for spurring him on

BBC Sport

Local athlete Dan Halksworth has thanked the Jersey crowd for supporting him - even in the rain - at the Super League Triathalon at the weekend.

He was competing with some of the world's top triathletes, including the UK's Jonny Brownlee, in the event, that was broadcast to millions.

Halksworth says hearing his name chanted as he went round the gruelling course really spurred him on.

Dan Halksworth
BBC

It is a really nice experience, we are really really lucky to have this event here for the first time.

Dan HalksworthTriathlete

BreakingMan dies in hospital following explosion

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man has died in hospital after a gas explosion in Jersey on Saturday, police have confirmed.

He has been named as 40-year-old Michal Juzef Kmuk, who died at 04:40 on Monday in the Chelsea and Westminster hospital burns unit.

Two other people were injured in the fire, in which emergency service crews said tiles were blown off the building and windows blown out.

Crews said the walls were "bulging" following the explosion, it is suspected a gas leak ignited to cause the blaze.

Jersey Gas is assisting Jersey Fire and Rescue Service with an investigation into the incident.

The victim's next of kin have been informed, and police say the cause of the explosion is not being treated as suspicious.

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Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Police finish investigation into misuse of government credit card

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police have finished an inquiry into claims public money was misused by someone with access to a states credit card.

When the investigation began they said that a man in his forties, who wasn't named, was helping with their inquiries. Now the inquiry's complete, investigators have handed the report to the Law Officers department.

Officers there will examine the findings to decide whether to bring a prosecution. No-one has been arrested.

Jersey pupils learn about Commonwealth values

BBC Radio Jersey

Pupils at the Jersey College for Girls and Hautlieu School are learning about the political values of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is bringing its youth engagement programme to Jersey for the second time.

Organisers say it highlights the importance of encouraging youth engagement in the political process and the sharing of Commonwealth political values.

The visits, today and tomorrow, include meetings with Members of the States Assembly and the Lieutenant-Governor.

Super League Triathlon success 'due to local volunteers'

BBC Radio Jersey

One of the organisers of the Super League Triathlon heat being held in Jersey said it was the hard work of locals that made the event such a big success.

Thousands of people came to watch international race stars compete on the St Helier waterfront and organisers hope to repeat it again next year.

The local team were marvellous, you won't see many of them for days. They did not sleep for days. When you bring an international group across and they have to mesh with a local team but it was amazing, their hard work was amazing.

Michael D'HulstOrganiser

Aurigny has 'record August' for Gatwick flights

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In August more than 30,000 passengers travelled with Aurigny between Guernsey and Gatwick - the highest number ever carried on that route in one month by the government-owned airline, bosses have confirmed.

Commercial director, Malcolm Coupar said: “We know Gatwick is a popular route and a key lifeline route, so we understand how important the quality of this service is for the island and its reputation.

"This is why we took the important decision to launch our own ground operations in Gatwick."

The company hope the Gatwick crew will be operational from the start of December.

Will the Super League Triathlon return to Jersey?

Jersey Evening Post

Talks with the organisers of the Super League Triathlon to ensure the event returns to Jersey for the next four to five years should take place "as soon as possible", a minister has said.

Removed sea wall 'could be turned into memorial'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A member of the environment committee says she supports the idea of using a section of the damaged L'Ancresse sea wall as a memorial to the forced labourers who built Guernsey's German defences.

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez said if proposals to remove the damaged section are approved, then using part of it as a permanent memorial would be a fitting tribute to them.

She says if work goes ahead and any bodies are uncovered, they would be re-buried in accordance with The Commonwealth War Graves Commission guidelines.

Sea Wall
BBC

Fallaize backs Vance after eighth loss

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC head coach Colin Fallaize has backed boss Tony Vance to turn the club's fortunes around after an eighth straight league defeat.

The Green Lions are bottom of Isthmian League Division One South after losing 3-0 at Ashford on Saturday.

Tony Vance
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"The boys in that dressing room, they have to take accountability," he told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Believe you me there is no-one available at this moment, certainly not local, that can run this club and this team any better than him [Vance]."

Tony Vance

Fallaize backs Vance after eighth loss

Guernsey FC head coach Colin Fallaize backs boss Tony Vance to turn the club's fortunes around after an eighth straight defeat.

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Hundreds light up the roads for the NightRide in neon

Guernsey Press

Hundreds of cyclists of all ages took part in the fifth annual Healthspan NightRide at the weekend.

Freight start for Guernsey 'air-taxi' service

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's newest airline, Waves, will start by offering a freight service before launching an "on-demand air taxi" service.

The company is the first local company registered with Guernsey's 2-Reg aircraft registry to be given a commercial licence to operate locally.

It will initially fly between Jersey and Guernsey and is currently testing its booking system and security app before launching a passenger service.

2-Crew
Waves

Cafe based office workers 'to be encouraged'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Self employed people should be encouraged to work from cafes according to a Guernsey restaurant manager.

Shaun Crozier runs Urban Kitchen in St Peter Port and says he has seen a rise in the number of cafe workers. He says they are good for businesses and more companies should encourage it.

As long as they have got the space I would encourage it. I understand for smaller places the table is more valuable but for me it is a good all rounder.

Shaun CrozierUrban Kitchen owner

Minden Place 'closed for refurbishment'

BBC News Travel

Minden Place car park in St Helier is now closed for refurbishment.

The first floor will reopen in four weeks and then another floor at a time will come back into use after that.

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Man in critical condition after St Clement blast

Jersey Evening Post

An investigation is continuing into the cause of a gas explosion which left a 40-year-old man in a critical condition in hospital.

Top up fees would 'undermine' pre-school system

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Matt Fallaize, who pushed for universal pre-school education for all three and four year olds in Guernsey, says allowing top up fees would create a socially exclusive scheme.

It's after one of Guernsey's private pre-schools claimed they may not be financially viable to run in the future as a result of the States scheme and so should be allowed to charge top-up fees.

Deputy Matt Fallaize
BBC

This is a scheme which is meant to exist for the benefit of children and it is essential that parents are able to access a wide range of providers. That will be undermined if some providers are able to charge more than others.

Deputy Matt FallaizeGuernsey Deputy

Blummenfelt and Zaferes win triathlon in Jersey

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt and American Katie Zaferes were overall winners of the Super League Triathlon event in Jersey.

A world-class field, including Olympic silver medalist Jonny Brownlee and home favourite Dan Halksworth, raced over Saturday and Sunday in a number of formats.

Jonny Brownlee
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Brownlee finished second overall in the men's event with his brother, Olympic champion Alastair, watching on from the sidelines as he recovers from an injury.

Man in hospital in UK after Jersey explosion

BBC Radio Jersey

One person has been flown to hospital in the UK after an explosion in the accommodation area of a Jersey farm this weekend.

Its thought a gas leak caused the blast on Saturday night in St Clement. Police say one man was seriously burned, and two others who went into the building to rescue him were also hurt.

The fire department says it's important to make sure all gas appliances are regularly serviced.

Fire Service
Jersey Fire and Rescue

Audience divided over Sunset in Herm finale

Guernsey Press

Two songs from star guest Pixie Lott at yesterday’s Sunset on Herm concert divided opinion among the audience, with the younger members delighted to have seen the popstar while many adults were angry and feeling short-changed over her appearance.

Travel News: Fort Road blocked in Guernsey

BBC News Travel

Fort Road in St Peter Port, Guernsey is blocked while police and fire officers deal with a single vehicle crash near Morley Chapel.

Guernsey Police have asked people to avoid the area.

Charity offers cheap trees to boost native population

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's farmers, growers and landowners are being given the chance to buy cheap native trees, as part of a scheme to reintroduce them in the island.

Common Oak trees
BBC

The scheme is being run by Jersey Trees for Life. A similar scheme that was run by the States stopped running several years ago and Jersey Trees for Life felt it was worth reintroducing.

The charity hopes it will help boost the number of native trees, as well as others that will thrive in the island's climate.

The species include lime, common oak, wild cherry, hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel hedges.

Waves given go ahead to fly passengers

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's newest airline, Waves, has been given the go ahead to fly passengers between the Channel Islands.

The company has been granted a 2-Reg Air Operations Certificate by the Guernsey Air Registry.

The certificate means the local company, which will operate as a "air taxi" service will be able to carry freight and passengers between Jersey and Guernsey.

It is the firs time an aircraft registered with the Guernsey registry, 2-Reg, has been able to fly commercially.

Chief Operations Officer, Matt Bisson, says it is the first milestone in enabling the company to deliver a new style of travel to the islands.

Waves airline gets its licence to operate

Guernsey Press

Waves airline has been granted an air operators’ certificate by Guernsey’s air registry, 2-Reg.

Super League Triathlon 'could return to Jersey'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Super League Triathlon event held in Jersey over the weekend could be back next years. That's according to the organisers, who said it was an incredible event.

It saw international stars of the sport, including Jonny Brownlee, compete on the St Helier Waterfront and watched by millions on TV around the world.

Thousands of people came to watch the competitors run, swim and ride. Organisers say it was the hard work of local helpers which made the event a success.

Jersey swimmer Sally Minty-Gravett says it was an inspirational weekend. She says it could prompt more people to take up the sport.

Jonny Brownlee
PA

Pre-School top-up funding 'should be resisted'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician who pushed for universal pre-school education for three and four year olds says the idea of top-up fees for providers should be strongly resisted.

The comments by Deputy Matt Fallaize were in response to Caroline Blondell of the Monkey Puzzle pre-school who says it might not be financially viable to operate for some of the pre-schools without a contribution from parents on top of the States grant.

Child playing
PA

The States introduced a free entitlement scheme at the start of the year, where children get 15 hours of free pre-school time. It's been running for two terms so far, and has been met with much enthusiasm.

However, Ms Blondell says a "top-up" scheme needs to be included in the provision to save the private industry from disappearing.

Deputy Fallaize says "If educational and social benefits are the criteria against which the scheme is to be judged - and they should be - there is no question that the scheme has already proved to be successful".

He says the scheme should be expanded and reviewed, not reversed.

Sark businesses call for customs facility on island

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sark should set up a border control facility in the island so a direct ferry link to France can be set up. That's the view of the island's chamber of commerce.

Sark
BBC

The group believes there is sufficient demand for a direct route from both ferry services and passengers and have called on the Chief Pleas to investigate.

Some operators are interested in providing the service but it can't happen without a customs facility. Currently people wanting to travel to and from Sark have to go via Jersey or Guernsey.

Today's weather: Overcast and drizzle

BBC Weather

A grey start with overcast skies and steady, drizzly rain first thing.

Through the day the rain will turn lighter and patchier, although skies are likely to remain overcast.

Maximum Temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F)

Jersey weather
BBC

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Guernsey weather
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Three injured in gas explosion

BBC Radio Jersey

A man was seriously injured in a gas explosion in Jersey at the weekend. Jersey Fire say two other people were hurt when they tried to rescue the man.

Fireman
Jersey Fire and Rescue

Fire crews say tiles were blown off the building, windows blown out and the walls were bulging after a suspected gas leak ignited. They say a neighbour and another person went inside the building, where a fire had started, and dragged the man out.

The man they tried to rescue went to hospital with serious injuries. One rescuer was treated at the scene for the effects of breathing in smoke and the other was taken to hospital after suffering burns to his hands.

Jersey Gas is helping the Fire Service with its investigation into what happened.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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Jersey sea
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