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  1. Mammoth tooth found in island dig
  2. Plans to cut Guernsey college funding by millions
  3. Jersey charity calls to boost wages
  4. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

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Longue Hougue land reclamation due to be completed in three years

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Guernsey site is filled with inert waste - mostly from the construction industry - and is due to be full by April 2020.

The Waste Management 2016 report says the amount of waste being supplied has fallen due to a downturn in building.

It says: "The ability to dispose of inert waste is vital to the local construction industry.

"It is therefore important a suitable solution is identified for when Longue Hougue is full, and a review of options and a high level Environmental Impact Assessment are currently being carried out."

Longue Hougue

The commercial recycling rate in 2016 was 42.2%, compared to 40.4% in 2015 and 41.8% in 2014.

However, the report points out that as the data is collected on a voluntary basis from companies, which are under no obligation to share their information, its completeness or accuracy "cannot be guaranteed".

Proposed funding 'insufficient' to keep colleges inclusive

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's three independent colleges say they "provide tremendous value to the States of Guernsey".

In a joint statement they said: "The ESC [Education, Sport and Culture Committee] proposal acknowledges that they educate 30% of the island’s pupils at a cost to the tax payer of just 6% of the total education general revenue budget. They operate on tight budgets and are non-profit-making."

They say the suggestion a reduction in funding for special place holders can be replaced by more fee-paying pupils "would make the colleges exclusive to those with the ability to pay by replacing children from households with limited means with fee payers paying full fees".

We have an important role to play in providing stability, value, capacity and choice as an integral part of the education system."

Allister LangloisSpokesman for the three colleges

Glass recycling in proposals for new kerbside recycling scheme

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

When the next kerbside recycling scheme is introduced in Guernsey it may include glass, the States has said.

The new scheme is expected to start in late 2018 after a nine-month trial in St Peter Port.

Although most glass is currently recycled, an analysis in 2015 found it made up more than 4% of black bag waste, which equals about 500 tonnes a year.

Glass recycling

Weather: Rain expected in the early hours

BBC Weather

It will be a fine end to the day with some hazy sunshine. However, the cloud will thicken overnight with some spells of rain in the early hours, turning heavy at times. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map

It will be a breezy day tomorrow with heavy scattered showers at first. Some brighter spells will develop into the afternoon, with the odd shower possible at times. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Surprise ceremony an ‘experience of lifetime’

Guernsey Press

'An experience of a lifetime' was how a couple described their surprise marriage ceremony.

Fees may rise if grants fall

BBC Radio Guernsey

The not-for-profit colleges may raise their fees if proposed cuts in grants from the States of Guernsey are approved.

There's already an agreement over the last seven years that fee levels have risen and they are under constant review, like any business you decide on your price structure year by year and of course the fee levels will be affected by other factors such as the amount of States grant."

Allister LangloisSpokesman for the three colleges

Household recycling remains steady

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The rate of household recycling and composting in Guernsey has held steady at just under half of all waste, figures for last year show.

This is despite reported problems with islanders getting the blue and clear recycling bags.

The States has admitted getting the kerbside recycling sacks has been "more cumbersome than desirable".

Guernsey clear recycling bags

Through the clear bags 1,688 tonnes of paper and cardboard was recycled, down from 1,808 tonnes in 2015 while 593 tonnes of blue bags - plastic, cartons, cans and tins - were picked up, one tonne more than the year before.

Via the bring banks 933 tonnes of cardboard, 70 tonnes of tins and cans, 120 tonnes of plastic packaging and 33 tonnes of beverage cartons were recycled.

There were an additional 200 tonnes of green waste collected in 2016 compared to 2015.

The overall domestic recycling rate for 2016 was 48.1%, compared to 47.8% in 2015 and 49.1% in 2014.

States trying to stop Asian Hornet 'becoming established'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

States appeals for islanders help in dealing with bee-killing invader.

A spokesman said: "With live Asian Hornets found in Guernsey in recent weeks, the approach to dealing with this non-native species has been reviewed in the light of experience both here and elsewhere.

"The sea around us, and the distance from populations of this wasp in France (the most likely source), may well slow or limit introductions and so the first tactic is to try and identify and destroy nests to eradicate the Asian Hornet and stop it becoming established on the island.

‘To do this we are absolutely reliant on information being sent to us by from the public with accurate sightings of this insect new to the island."

Asian Hornet

The spokesman said the aim of collating the sightings will allow nests to be found and destroyed.

He warned islanders not to try to tackle the nests themselves as the hornets will "aggressively defend the hive if it is disturbed".

They ask photos of to the sent in via a dedicated webpage.

Tensions still simmer in Council of Ministers

Jersey Evening Post

Tensions in the Council of Ministers caused by differing opinions over the Jersey Innovation Fund, the ministerial future of Senator Philip Ozouf and divisions over funding the new hospital have settled but not gone away, the JEP understands.

Guernsey waste report 2016: Fall in waste being dumped

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The amount of waste being dumped in Guernsey's landfill is the lowest on record, according to States annual figure.

The last survey of Mont Cuet, carried out in January 2017, found the site was 87% full and it is expected to be full by "mid-2018".

Bar chart

Colleges 'will only be for those who can afford it'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The proposals they are making unfortunately would leave very little option but for the colleges to become accessible to only those who can afford it."

Allister LangloisSpokesman for the three Guernsey colleges

He was responding to the release of the proposals for the grants given to the colleges to be cut by three quarters.

The proposals will be voted on by the States.

Getting the (big) word out

Guernsey Press

We all enjoy hearing a story, especially a love story, so prepare yourself for Big Word of Mouth, a night out with a difference. Jill Chadwick met up with organiser Paula Kontelj to find out more about a fun fundraiser where secret stories will be shared.

Bees 'driven away' by energy from waste plant frequencies

BBC Radio Jersey

A beehive at La Collette in St Helier is being moved because the bees are leaving and not coming back, possibly because of frequencies coming from a nearby waste plant.

Mark Adams, who works at the nurseries for the Parish of St Helier, will put the hive at the parish nursery.

He says he thinks the bees are leaving because they don't like the frequencies coming from the large energy from waste plant in the area.

Energy from Waste

States 'publishing more information' than ever before

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey "has never published more information than it does now". That's from a government spokesman responding to claims the States doesn't invest enough in public relations.

States of Guernsey

Former transport minister, Yvonne Burford, made the claim during a BBC Radio Guernsey interview. She said a lack of professional PR led to her transport policy being branded "anti-car" because the States didn't sell the plan properly to the public.

The States spokesman said: "The organisation as a whole recognises that communication is a crucial part of the services we provide.

"Significant improvement has been achieved to professionalise communications with dedicated staff in key committee areas and a corporate communications team to take the lead and importantly offer and provide support to all committees and services across government."

Documentary looks back on how abuse was uncovered

BBC Inside Out

A three-year official inquiry found Jersey's government had failed the children in its care and was an ineffectual and neglectful substitute parent.

The BBC's Zoe Clough looks at how decades of abuse were uncovered in Jersey.

Flybe 'working to reduce delays and cancellations'

BBC Radio Jersey

The chief executive of airline Flybe says staff are working to cut the number of delays and cancellations caused by technical or operational problems.

Christine Ourmieres-Widener made the comments on a recent visit to Guernsey to launch the airline's summer 2018 schedules.

There've been regular delays on the airline's Birmingham to Jersey and Guernsey service. She says the carrier will work to resolve issues which stop passengers flying.

Thief took clock from shop

BBC Radio Guernsey

A woman took a cream metal clock from Creasey's home store in Smith Street, St Peter Port between 13:10 and 13:15 on Saturday.

Police said she had short, dark hair and was wearing a dark-coloured blazer with dark trousers, grey T-shirt and was carrying a large black holdall and backpack.

Anyone with information can contact Guernsey Police on 725111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

'No guarantee' runway extension will attract more airlines

BBC Radio Guernsey

While it's always good to invest in infrastructure and improve airports, spending millions on extending runways is no guarantee that more airlines will be attracted, says Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener.

She said the current runway at Guernsey Airport works well for her airline as Flybe only operates smaller aircraft, but does understand the desire for the island to expand.

Guernsey airport

There have been calls from some in the States and industry for a number of years to extend the runway to attract larger aircraft.

'Chance to preserve' Jersey mammoth tooth

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Scientists have found a "degraded" mammoth tooth at an ice age dig in St Helier.

Jersey Heritage

Dr Matt Pope from University College London is in the island leading the dig and told the BBC "there was a chance of preserving the tooth and finding other animals that were hunted" at the time.

He said the area could form part of a much larger hunting ground and encampment for Neanderthals.

A number of mammoth remains have been found in the island since the 1970s, mainly at La Cotte de St Brelade.

Jersey was one of the last places Neanderthals called home in Western Europe.

Dr Matt Pope

Y-front runners take on run

Guernsey Press

A charity fundraiser with a difference saw almost 200 people wearing a pair of y-fronts.

Paying the living wage 'should be voluntary'

BBC Radio Jersey

A living wage "must be voluntary" as some companies can't afford to pay it, says the head of living wage charity Caritas.

John Scally wants all workers to earn at least £9.75 per hour, which is £2.00 above the current minimum wage but he says companies should not be forced to pay it.

Currently four companies have pledged to pay the living wage as part of the Caritas campaign and the States of Jersey has committed to paying its own staff the higher rate.

John Scally

The living wage is the right way to go because it is voluntary. I understand some businesses would go bust and people would be unemployed if they were forced to pay.

John ScallyCaritas

Trump scarecrow wins Guernsey festival

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Torteval Scarecrow Festival attracted about 8,000 visitors over the weekend with a record-breaking 51 entries.

It was launched in 2003 by Sue Brooks who has remained on the organising committee.

The 2017 event was won by the Yarwood family with their entry - Trumplestiltskin.

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Man injured after his motorbike collided with a truck

BBC Radio Jersey

A man in his 60s was taken to hospital this morning after his motorbike collided with a track in St Saviour, Jersey.

The 61-year-old man has not been named and it's believed his injuries aren't serious.

It happened just after 09:00 this morning at the junction of Bagot Road and Plat Douet Road.

Slip, slap and slop as UV hits 6 in Jersey

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after crash

Jersey Evening Post

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after an accident on Bagot Road in St Saviour.

Brexit minister visits Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

One of the MPs in charge of overseeing the UK's exit from the EU is in Jersey today to meet with politicians to discuss the impact of Brexit on the island.

Robin Walker MP
Conservative Party

Robin Walker MP is the main point of contact between the Crown dependencies and the UK for matters relating to Brexit.

It's his first visit to the island since taking up the role and he told the BBC it would give him a chance to see the challenge and opportunities the island will face first-hand.

His visit will also include meetings with Jersey Finance and a tour of Jersey Dairy.

Mammoth tooth found in St Helier 'ice age dig'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Archaeologists working at Les Varines ice age dig in St Helier say they've found part of a mammoth tooth.

Over the past few years Jersey Heritage has led a project called Ice Age Island, looking at Jersey's ice age history. It found the island was one of the last places in Western Europe Neanderthals lived.

Dr Matt Pope of University College London is in the island for the dig, which is the latest stage of a larger study into the island's ice age history. He says the fragment is quite decayed.

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Guernsey States 'can't keep funding colleges' at current level

In a climate of government cuts and savings the States can't continue funding the independent colleges at the level it does now, according to Education President Deputy Paul Le Pelley.

He has proposed reducing funding for the three fee paying colleges from £4.4m to just under £1m per year over the next seven years.

The government makes a contribution to Elizabeth, Ladies and Blanchelande colleges which charge parents fees of about £3,000 per term per child.

Paul Le Pelley
President, Education, Sport and Culture

The States grants make up a large proportion of the annual revenue of the schools - 55% at Ladies College, 46% at Elizabeth College and 42% at Blanchelande College.

Committee President Paul Le Pelley says it works out at £816 per pupil per year and will have to be voted on by the States next month.

Guernsey government 'needs professional PR'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's government needs to get better at telling the public what's going on and the background to decisions made, according to a former minister.

Yvonne Burford, the former environment minister, says a lack of professional public relations in the States make it easy for the public to jump to false conclusions.

She was the architect of the integrated transport strategy which is being reviewed in December. She said the lack of PR led to the public calling her "anti-car" as a result of the proposals, which included charging for parking, duty on emissions and more.

The BBC has contacted the States of Guernsey for a comment.

Yvonne Burford

Waves 'close to releasing new app'

The Channel Islands new air taxi service, Waves, is close to releasing its new app.

Chief technology officer, Jim Rouse, says they've been listening to the public and acting upon suggestions.

It hopes to make it available to the public by the end of the month following tests.

Guernsey-based Waves hopes to be flying customers between the Channel Islands and to the south of the UK and northern France.

The air taxi service is expected to take to the skies soon.

On this day...

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

On this day 366 years ago the island was preparing itself for the invasion of Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians who wanted to bring the island, led by Royalist George de Carteret under their control.

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'There should not be one law for rich and one for poor'

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's Bailiff sent a message in court that there should not be "one law for the rich and one for the poor" after he denied an application for a sex offender to pay court costs.

Guernsey taxpayers’ support for Alderney nearly triples in year

Guernsey Press

Alderney's net cost to Guernsey taxpayers nearly tripled from 2015 to 2016, as income saw a dip and total expenditure rocketed.

Today's weather: Spells of warm sunshine

BBC Weather

A bright start this morning with plenty of sunny spells. Staying dry through this afternoon, with some long periods of sunshine. Feeling pleasant with light winds. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).


Jersey weather


Guernsey weather

Hunt for Guernsey duck killer raises £700

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders in Guernsey have raised hundreds of pounds to put up a reward for information after a family of ducks was killed.

Guernsey colleges face £3m funding cut

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's three independent colleges could see their government funding cut by two-thirds over the next seven years, going down by £3m to just under £1m per year.

The Education Sport and Culture Committee are looking to save money as part of the wider States of Guernsey savings plan.


The move could see funding cut for Blanchelande, Elizabeth and Ladies colleges and will be debated in the States next month.

The States grants make up a large proportion of the annual revenue of the schools - 55% at Ladies College, 46% at Elizabeth College and 42% at Blanchelande College.

Committee President Paul Le Pelley says it works out at £816 per pupil per year and will have to be voted on by the States next month.

The full education plans can be reviewed in full here.

'Morally wrong' to not pay workers living wage

BBC Radio Jersey

It is "morally wrong" for workers in hospitality and agriculture to be paid low wages. That's the view of John Scally, head of living wage charity Caritas.

Jersey farm

He wants all workers in Jersey to earn at least £9.75 per hour regardless of the industry. That is £2.00 above the current minimum wage in the island.

The Caritas charity has been running a campaign to get people to sign up to offer a voluntary living wage. Mr Scally says so far just four companies have signed up.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, says he supports having all government employees paid the living wage.

BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Good morning! Welcome to BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands on Monday.

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