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Summary

  1. Man lived among rubbish for 40 years
  2. Guernsey States to coordinate efforts to eradicate Asian hornets from island
  3. Jersey sea lettuce removal trial 'disappointing'
  4. Recycling increase and landfill 'hits record low' in Guernsey
  5. Latest updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

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    Rob England

    BBC News Online

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    You'll be able to see more on our exclusive report about a man who lived among rubbish for 40 years in Jersey.

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  2. Controls aim to 'balance sustainable migration that supports economy'

    Removing permanent permissions from businesses that hold more than the average for their industry is part of wider moves to "enhance our migration controls", says the Jersey politician responsible.

    Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier, said: "Unemployment is at its lowest level for more than seven years, and this does make recruitment more difficult.

    "However, islanders are concerned at the level of migration, which has been higher than we would like. This is a small Island, and our challenge is to balance sustainable migration that supports our economy with the need to protect our environment and deliver sufficient quality housing."

    The policy, announced in January, will be debated by the States in the autumn.

  3. MP visit welcomed by Guernsey's senior politician

    It was the first official visit to Guernsey for Robin Walker MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU.

    He oversees the engagement with the Crown Dependencies on Brexit matters.

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    Quote Message: This visit has enabled key stakeholders within both government and industry to discuss with Robin the priority areas of opportunity, as well as concern, that the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU could present." from Deputy Gavin St Pier President of the Policy and Resources Committee
    Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy and Resources Committee
  4. New migration measures cutting down employment permissions

    In the first six months of 2017 there was a fall in the number of newly arrived non-locals applying for registration cards in Jersey, down from 1,902 in the same period last year to 1,595.

    The measures announced in January aim at ensuring permissions are allocated more fairly across businesses.

    There were also more permanent registered permissions revoked - 283 in the first six months of this year compared to 47 in the first half of 2016.

    Figures for this year show 161 seasonal permissions have been granted.

  5. Risk of rain this evening

    BBC Weather

    There is the continued risk of showers through the evening and overnight and again these could be heavy, with the wind strengthening towards dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

    In Jersey:

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  6. Battle of Flowers: Family to be refunded after son taken ill

    Josephine Baker

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Organisers of the Battle of Flowers have agreed to refund a couple from Dunstable £113.25 for their tickets after they had to cancel their trip to Jersey.

    Robert and Lynn Money were looking forward to seeing the parade on Thursday and the moonlight parade on Friday, as they said they had not been to Jersey for more than 30 years.

    However, their 22-year-old autistic son became ill recently and they had to cancel the trip.

    The tickets are usually non-refundable, but organisers said they were happy to make exceptions for a good reason.

    This year's parade will be held on Thursday.

  7. MP visit part of work to understand "opportunities and challenges" of Brexit

    UK MP hopes Crown Dependencies visit will help "collective understanding of the opportunities and challenges our EU exit poses".

    Robin Walker MP was in Jersey yesterday and was in Guernsey today and spoke to politicians from Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.

    Robin Walker
    Quote Message: As we continue our negotiations with the European Union we are working closely with Guernsey to make sure we understand the Bailiwick’s priorities. I look forward to continuing our engagement on this incredibly important issue over the months and years ahead." from Robin Walker MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU
    Robin Walker MPParliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU
  8. Shortage of Guernsey butter in shops

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    It appears the product has been in short supply for some time, with numerous references to the shortage on social media including #Guernseybuttercrisis.

    BBC Guernsey has approached Guernsey Dairy for the reason behind low stocks of local butter, but is still awaiting a response.

    The Channels Islands Co-Op declined to comment, saying it's a matter for the dairy.

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  9. Sea lettuce could affect visitors' impression of Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Organisers of Jersey's Battle of Flowers say the extent of the sea lettuce in St Aubin's Bay, a common edible algae, does not give the best impression of Jersey to new visitors.

    Officials spent more than £8,000 on a trial employing a local company to collect the seaweed and take it miles out to sea, but a big swell brought in more than had been removed.

    Mo Le Var, the Battle of Flowers Chairman, says he is also worried about the smell.

    Battle of Flowers
    Image caption: The Battle of Flowers 2016
    Quote Message: During the battle the tide is down, so we just hope there isn't going to be the smell from it. It's horrible, I mean, your walking and it's up to your knees." from Mo Le Var
    Mo Le Var
  10. Wind measuring machine could show best position for offshore wind farm

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It is hoped that a new wind speed measuring device at Chouet will be able to give a more accurate picture of the sort of winds experienced off Guernsey's north west coast.

    The LiDAR machine has been installed in co-operation with the University of Exeter and can measure wind at heights of up to 300m (1,000ft).

    Richard Cochrane from the university said it will build a profile of the conditions where a new offshore wind farm could be sited.

    Quote Message: What we want is the windspeed at higher levels and to see the full, sheer, profile of the wind above that. We can then correlate that with the five years of wind data that we've got at the 10 metre height to get much more confidence in the long term wind patterns for here, with time and with altitude." from Richard Cochrane Director of Education and Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
    Richard CochraneDirector of Education and Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
  11. Director 'shocked' by conditions of man who lived in rubbish

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's director of environmental health has said he "would not have let an animal live" in the conditions he found at an elderly man's home in St John.

    Stewart Petrie said he was "shocked" when he went into 89-year-old John Ainsworth's home as it was dirty, rat infested and had no toilet facilities.

    The Constable of St John Chris Taylor said he knew about his elderly parishioner and his living conditions, but did not want to interfere, as Mr Ainsworth insisted he did not want help.

    Mr Petrie says Mr Ainsworth's living conditions made him very ill, and may have contributed to his death.

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    Quote Message: I certainly think it was a huge contributory factor. Not being able to wash properly and not being able to look after yourself and living in unsanitary conditions isn't going to help. I understand he had something akin to trench foot, but when they investigated there were other issues which led to his death." from Stewart Petrie Director of Environmental Health, States of Jersey
    Stewart PetrieDirector of Environmental Health, States of Jersey
  12. Deputy describes education grant removal plans as 'utter madness'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Plans to cut grant funding to some colleges in Guernsey have been described as "utter madness" by a deputy.

    Currently the education committee has tabled a proposal to cut public funding to private colleges by £3.5m a year.

    But Deputy Lyndon Trott said islanders who send their children to private colleges already save the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

    Quote Message: It would be utter madness to disrupt the funding model of the colleges in such a way that would cause such significant stress to our public finances. That is why it is essential that we arrive at a funding model that ensures that our social, financial and educational needs, in the whole, are met and in a sustainable way." from Deputy Lyndon Trott
    Deputy Lyndon Trott
  13. Shetland ponies ‘chased and harassed by two young men’

    Guernsey Press

    Young men have been seen chasing a group of Shetland ponies, risking injuries to themselves and to the animals.

  14. Environment 'disappointed' at lack of sea lettuce progress

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A director at the Department for Infrastructure has expressed his disappointment they have been unable to clear the sea lettuce from the First Tower area of St Aubin's Bay.

    A four-day trial was launched in the hope of clearing the beach of the common algae in time for the Battle of Flowers on Thursday.

    Martin Gautier, from the department, said it is frustrating for the team involved.

    Quote Message: The volume of sea lettuce appearing was more than the capabilities of the capacity of the vessel or the ability of our contractors to collect it. When nature turns itself on us like it has, yes, you feel a little bit down and we're just hoping it might change in the next few days ahead of the Battle of Flowers. from Martin Gautier Assistant Director, Department for Infrastructure
    Martin GautierAssistant Director, Department for Infrastructure
  15. Stricter guidelines on housing developments released

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Developers in Jersey will be required to make sure the roads and amenities can cope with the extra demand put upon them when building new homes.

    It's set out in new guidance from the planning department published today.

    Developers must consider the direct impact the scheme will have on the immediate community and environment, such as on drains, roads and transport.

  16. Nudist beach 'would attract tourists'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey naturist has said Le Jaonnet Bay, on the south coast, should be designated as a beach where nudity is accepted.

    The issue has caused controversy over the past 10 days after an anonymous letter in the Guernsey Press complained about naked beachgoers.

    Visit Guernsey has since removed a reference to nudity in its description of Le Jaonnet Bay but Peter Leigh says it could attract, rather than deter, tourists.

    Jaonnet Bay
    Quote Message: Many stately homes open their gardens to naturists to walk around naked and look at the gardens, and many leisure centres open their pools to naturists to let them go swimming. We are missing out not having an official naturist beach. from Peter Leigh
    Peter Leigh
  17. Mammoth tooth find 'unusual'

    Jersey Evening Post

    A glimpse into Jersey’s ice age past has been unearthed after a mammoth tooth was found during an archaeological dig at Les Varines in St Saviour.