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  1. Flybe deal 'good news' for islands
  2. Watson urges Andy Murray to 'keep fighting'
  3. Charity wants dementia to be top of the agenda
  4. Waste charges leaflets sent to all island households
  5. Updates on Friday 11 January 2019

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  1. Appeal for space to build Battle of Flowers entry

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An award-winning Jersey Battle of Flowers group is warning it may not be able to enter this year's contest.

    St Clement Battle of Flowers Association said it has been unable to find space to build its exhibit for 2019 "despite best efforts".

    In a letter to the chairman of the Jersey Battle of Flowers Association, Len Norman from the St Clement group asked if a covered space could be provided.

    He wrote: "This is now urgent as if we do not get certainty by the end of next week... we will regrettably have to make the decision not to enter the 2019 festival."

    St Clement has been entering the competition for 60 years.

    Battle of Flowers
    Image caption: St Clement's award-winning entry from 2011
  2. High speed Jersey-St Malo sailings cancelled

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Localised stormy conditions are behind Condor Ferries' decision to cancel its high speed sailings between St Malo and Jersey this weekend.


    The firm said wind speeds of 30mph were predicted which was "outside safe berthing limits for high speed operation" and the cancellations would affect services on Saturday and Sunday.

    Condor says passengers will be notified and offered free transfers to alternative sailings where available or a refund where not along with help with rearranging travel plans.

    The sailings affected on Saturday are the 09:05 departure from Jersey to St Malo, the 18:15 from St Malo and 19:30 return and the round trip on Sunday, scheduled to leave at 18:30 from the French port and return from St Helier at 19:35.

  3. Sark Electricity purchase deadline 'won't be met'

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sark’s government won’t meet its own deadline to buy the island’s electricity company, according to the man leading negotiations for Chief Pleas.

    Conseiller William Raymond says it’s very unlikely the purchase will be complete by the end of February.

    Sark Electricity

    Sark’s Government Chief Pleas agreed on Friday to write to Sark Electricity to start the process of formally valuing the utility.

    Before that decision the government had only been given instruction to talk to the company - meaning members couldn’t write to Sark Electricity until now.

    Conseiller William Raymond, who is spearheading the talks with Sark Electricity owner David Gordon-Brown, says Chief Pleas will probably have to borrow money to fund the purchase.

    However, he admitted it was incredibly unlikely that the purchase will be complete in the three-month timescale that Chief Pleas set itself at the end of November last year, when a settlement was reached to keep the power on.

  4. Hospital plan decision due on Monday

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's planning minister is due to reveal his decision on whether the new hospital plan can go ahead on Monday.

    The intention is to rebuild on the existing Gloucester Street site. The original scheme was rejected after advice from experts.

    Deputy John Young is due to reveal his decision at a briefing at the town hall at midday.

  5. Jersey make changes for Nottingham clash

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon makes five changes to his side for their Championship encounter with Nottingham at St Peter.

    Harry Morley starts at prop in place of skipper Roy Godfrey, while Charlie Beckett gets the nod at second row alongside Jerry Sexton, who takes on the captaincy.

    Koch Marx

    James Newey comes in for the injured Mark Best in the midfield while Brett Herron is preferred to Aaron Penberthy at fly-half and Koch Marx gets his first start on the wing since being injured back in November.

    Nottingham have former England winger Tom Varndell in their side after he was dual-registered with the club following his move to Leicester late last month.

    Jersey Reds:Slowik; Marx, Newey, Ma'afu, Van Dam; Herron, Homer; Morley, Maddison, Atalifo, Sexton (capt), Beckett, Bartle, Argyle, Venter

    Replacements:Selway, Godfrey, Rodman, Hatherell, Upfield, Mudariki, Penberthy.

  6. Keep fighting Andy - Watson on Murray retirement

    BBC Sport

    Guernsey tennis player Heather Watson has told Andy Murray to "stay strong" after the former world number one said he plans to retire after this year's Wimbledon tournament.

    Murray also revealed an injury could mean next week's Australian Open is his last tournament.

    Heather Watson and Andy Murray

    In an Instagram post,Watson said: "Keep fighting Andy, you’re got a heart of pure gold! You’re most definitely one of the most liked and respected players on the tour.

    "You inspire me in so many ways and I don’t want you to go!"

    The three-time Grand Slam winner is struggling to recover from hip surgery.

  7. Flybe deal 'good news' for islands

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A member of Guernsey's Economic Development Committee says the Flybe sale is "good news" for the Channel Islands.

    Deputy Joe Mooney said he would be seeking assurances from the airline.

    "I hope that we as Economic Development will be seeking a meeting with Flybe's management to ensure the continued connectivity with the Channel Islands," he said.

    Flybe announced it was being bought by Virgin and Stobart Air under a consortium called Connect Airlines.

    In Guernsey, Flybe operates a franchise with Blue Islands for the Jersey and Southampton routes and connects Guernsey with Exeter and Birmingham.

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  8. ‘Massive’ rise in number questioning their gender, says Liberate chair

    Jersey Evening Post

    There has been a ‘massive increase’ in the number of islanders questioning their gender over the past four years – particularly young people, according to the head of an equality and diversity charity.

  9. Waste charges leaflets sent to all island households

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Leaflets are being distributed across Guernsey this week to help people better understand how the waste charges, which start next month, will work.

    Any out 90 litre black bags put out for waste collection will need a sticker costing £2.50 and stickers for a 50 litre bag will cost £1.40.

    Richard Evans, the lead civil servant for the waste strategy, warns people who deliberately and persistently break the rules will face a fine of £60.


    He said this included "contaminating" the blue recycling bags with food waste, but it should not put people off recycling as in the first instance they would advise people about the error.

    Anyone found guilty of flytipping could face a fine of £20,000 and a criminal conviction.

  10. A 'tree-mendous' week for Jersey Hospice

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey charity has raised a record breaking amount of money collecting old Christmas trees.

    Jersey Hospice has raised almost £36,000.

    The charity says it's been "a tree-mendous week" and thank everyone who registered and donated.

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  11. Charity wants dementia to be top of the agenda

    BBC Radio Jersey

    older man looking out a window

    The Jersey Alzheimers Association wants the island to have its own dementia strategy, separate from any plan for the future of mental health services.

    Politicians have been consulting with local charities on where they can make improvements to mental health services.

    Sean Pontin says Alzheimers needs its own focus if the illness is to be taken seriously.

    Quote Message: When you look at the population changes for people with dementia over the next 10, 20, 30 years, it's something that we really need an island-wide focus on. I'm really optimistic that together, as an island and as a group of services - whether it's the States or charities or local companies - we can really drive forward and get dementia towards the top of the agenda." from Sean Pontin Jersey Alzheimers Association
    Sean PontinJersey Alzheimers Association
  12. Weather: Milder, but rather cloudy

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Friday in the islands will be a rather cloudy day with some drizzle possible at times.

    It will feel milder than recently. A light north-westerly breeze.

    Maximum Temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).


    Friday evening and night will be mainly dry with some clear spells, but generally quite a lot of cloud around.

    It will turn increasingly breezy through what will be a mild night.