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Rob England

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  1. 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 Wednesday 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.

  2. Guernsey Water launch new website

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Water

    Guernsey Water customers will now be able access more services online.

    Their website has been upgraded and now allows customers to change their address, download water metre applications or direct debit forms.

    The redesign also includes an information section which highlights ongoing water works, emergencies and seasonal issues.

    The company are inviting feedback from customers on the new site.

  3. 'Apprenticeships could help Guernsey's job market'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Apprenticeships could be the answer to Guernsey's employment needs, according to the principal of the island's College of Further Education.

    She was the latest guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce lunch held yesterday.

    Louise Misselke said they want to start the conversation with local industries about what they could offer.

    Quote Message: We've got very high employment here and staff retention and attracting staff is quite challenging for our local industry. We want to start the conversation about whether apprenticeships could be a way to support that and help the training and development needs the industry has." from Louise Misselke Principal, Guernsey College of Further Education
    Louise MisselkePrincipal, Guernsey College of Further Education
  4. Foundation offers £100,000 for documentary funding

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The partner of the late Alan Whicker, who lived in Jersey, says funding for documentary makers could help them fulfil their potential.

    The Whicker's World Foundation is offering more than £100,000 funding for documentaries that will "stimulate and inspire" audiences.

    Valerie Kleeman, the chair of the judging panel, said the money could help new film makers get started.

    Quote Message: Unless you have a big name fronting a documentary, you don't get it made. There's very little money in the industry and hopefully this will help and encourage people to be able to fulfill what they wish to do." from Valerie Kleeman
    Valerie Kleeman
  5. Cloudy overnight with possible light showers

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry and sunny throughout the rest of the afternoon, with skies becoming cloudy overnight, perhaps with the odd light shower at times.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

  6. 'States parish rate funds should be distributed'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    States chamber

    Government departments could be forced to pay Jersey's parishes about £900,000 in parish rates, despite trying to put off the payments until next year.

    In May this year States members voted in principle to pay rates on public buildings, as businesses and private owners do, after they expressed concerns the tax payer was, in effect, paying the States parish rates themselves.

    They then asked the treasury to consult on the matter and bring forward a payment plan.

    The Constable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft has said the money owed in rates had already been put aside and is now sitting in the the Department for Infrastructure's budget.

    He is calling for the money to be divided among the parishes instead.

  7. Deputy has a 'close shave' with charity

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Deputy Al Brouard is shaving off his moustache for Action Aid Guernsey.

    The deputy has not shaved it since 1988, but wants to help raise money for Action Aid to rebuild a school in Nepal.

    He hopes to raise at at least £1,000.

  8. Guernsey aid to Myanmar helping to improve sanitation and education

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A doctor based in Myanmar has been explaining to the people of Guernsey how overseas aid money has helped his country.

    Dr Zaw Moe Aung is the national director for The Leprosy Mission in the South East Asian country and said the island's contributions through Guernsey Overseas Aid had improved sanitation and education services for people with leprosy.

    But now more work needs to be done, he added.

    Quote Message: They need to be recognised, they need to get services, but nobody cares. Except for Leprosy Mission or a handful of organisations we are working with." from Dr Zaw Moe Aung Leprosy Mission
    Dr Zaw Moe AungLeprosy Mission

    Myanmar is currently in the spotlight since 400,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed its borders to neighbouring Bangladesh.

    Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government does not fear "international scrutiny" of its handling of the growing crisis.

  9. Parking app trial extended

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The trial of an app allowing drivers to pay for and monitor their parking in Jersey has been extended to another car park in St Helier.

    From Monday 25 September drivers will be able to use the app at the Pier road as well as Green Street car parks. They can also use the standard paycards, season tickets and eco permits.

    Parking control has found the app is being "well received" so far.

    You can download the parking app here and further information is available here.

    parking app
  10. New scrapyard funding to be transferred

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The States of Jersey are a step closer to building a new scrapyard at La Colette.

    The Minister for the Department for Infrastructure, Deputy Eddie Noel has agreed to pay £700,000 to fund the new facility, pending approval by the treasury.

    The money was orignally allocated for the new site in 2014.

    It is the latest part of plans to move the islands waste treatment to the St Helier waterfront, instead of is current location at Bellozanne.

  11. Near monopolies in Guernsey businesses must be 'managed'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Business and consumer groups in Guernsey have been hearing about the benefits a competition law brings to the islands.

    The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities said the law exists to protect the interests of consumers and ensure that businesses can compete in a market economy where fair competition is protected.

    Peter Freeman, chair of the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal, said monopolies within small jurisdictions have to be "managed".

    Quote Message: If you have a near monopoly type situation the question is 'How do you best control that in the interests in consumers and efficient businesses'? Because the one lesson we all know is that monopolies left to themselves, they enjoy a quiet life, everybody likes it, but in the long run it is very harmful." from Peter Freeman Competition Appeal Tribunal
    Peter FreemanCompetition Appeal Tribunal
  12. Permaculture takes root at three-day Sark festival

    Guernsey Press

    An estimated 600 visitors and locals attended Sark’s Roots Festival – a three-day music and awareness event – last weekend.

  13. Concerns over the future of green belt land in Alderney

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Alderney Wildlife Trust along with the Alderney Society have raised concerns about possible threats to green belt land in the island.

    In a joint statement they said the Land Use Plan for 2017 could lead to development on protected areas essential to the island's "biologically diverse landscape".

    The organisations say their main concern lies with a proposed change in the wording of the law around permission to develop in the currently protected east of the island.

    Control over whether a development could go ahead would be given to the States of Alderney, under the new plans.

    The trust and society have proposed the States extend the consultation process for the plan, which is due to end this month, to the first of December.

    Alderney aerial view
  14. Fire safety certificate price hike bombshell

    Jersey Evening Post

    The cost of a fire safety certificate is to rise by 400% by 2020 for some charities, hotels and rental accommodation, the JEP has learned.

  15. Increased armed police presence for 'reassurance' after tube attack

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey police were advised by UK authorities to increase security on transport networks over the weekend after the London terror attack at Parsons Green, it's been revealed.

    Additional armed patrols were deployed at the island's port and at Jersey Airport.

    Ch Insp Chris Beechey said this was due to the threat level - which was raised to critical, its highest level following the attack. It has since been lowered to severe, which means an attack is no longer imminent but is still highly likely.

    States of Jersey Police HQ
    Quote Message: The information coming out of London on Friday concerned the events on a transport network, and we were being advised we should look to provide greater reassurance around all aspects of transport and at crowded places. We put additional armed patrols at our sea port and our airport, and at events where we knew there would be a lot of people." from Chris Beechey Ch Insp, States of Jersey Police
    Chris BeecheyCh Insp, States of Jersey Police
  16. Witnesses sought after door glass 'smashed'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses after glass in a property's front door was smashed.

    It happened on St Peter Port High Street between 17:30 on Friday and 08:30 on Saturday, police said.

  17. First aid advice issued after man-of-war spotted off Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online


    Four potentially fatal Portuguese man-of-war spotted off Guernsey this week have caused St John Ambulance to issue first aid advice to islanders.

    Man-of-war have also been spotted off Cornwall and Wales this month.

    Commonly mistaken for a harmless jellyfish, the man-of-war is actually a floating colony of organisms, which floats in the water using its bladder.

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    What is a Portuguese man-of-war?

    • The (Physalia physalis) is not a jellyfish, but a floating colony of organisms dependent on one another for survival
    • Its gas-filled bladder (sometimes known as the sail), enables it to float on the ocean surface and drift with the current
    • Its sting - delivered from tentacles which can reach up to 50m below the surface - is extremely painful for humans and can be fatal in rare circumstances
    • Hundreds of swimmers are stung every year, especially when huge numbers appear in coastal waters
  18. Minister is using ‘dirty tactics’ over farm lease, says constable

    Jersey Evening Post

    The infrastructure minister is "not playing fair" by signing off a deal to lease Warwick Farm and is attempting to ensure members vote against a St Helier country park, the parish constable has said.

  19. States urges companies to come forward with parent friendly contracts

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey companies have been asked to tell social security about any flexible jobs they may have which would be suitable for people with young children.

    The States said the department's "Back to Work" team had seen 107 parents looking for jobs in the past few weeks.

    The team was designed to provide support for parents to refresh their skills after taking care of their child, and is now urging companies to consider new candidates.

    Deputy Jeff Southern, who supports charities with similar aims, said it is very hard for some people who want to be able to work part-time and claim some benefits.

    parent with child
    Quote Message: There's the question of benefits, but there's also the work life balance of looking after your kids, and looking after your work." from Deputy Jeff Southern
    Deputy Jeff Southern