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Extinction Rebellion to hold protest ride during commute

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Members of Extinction Rebellion in Jersey are riding their bicycles extremely slowly to protest what they claim is a lack of action on climate change.

The ride will travel along the south coast and use main commuter routes, including Victoria Avenue.

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The protesters will begin riding at St Brelade Parish hall at about 07:45 on Monday and are due to arrive on Kings Street in St Helier for a sit down protest at about 09:00.

Jersey Police said there will "inevitably" be traffic disruption and officers will escort the riders for the duration of the ride to address "public safety concerns".

They will not close any roads, but the ride will be moving slowly and will occupy the entire road.

Fire and Rescue staff accept 2020 pay offer

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

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The Fire and Rescue Staff Association have accepted a 2020 pay offer from the States of Jersey.

Members voted by 98% to accept the settlement that offers a 4% pay rise.

An additional 0.2% increase is dependent on savings made by the department for the States.

Constable Richard Buchanan said: "The government is very pleased that fire and rescue colleagues have accepted our 2020 pay offer with such an emphatic vote, bringing months of negotiations to a mutually-satisfactory close."

The agreement follows recent settlements reached with nurses, midwives, police and teachers regarding pay disputes.

Young female surfers from Channel Islands set for world championship

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Two surfers from the Channel Islands will be representing their homeland in a world's top surfing contest

A pair of young female surfers from the Channel Islands (CI) have been selected to compete in the ISA Junior World Surf Championship in California in two weeks' time.

Claudia Cosgrove and Kitty Brewer will be representing their homeland in the U16 Girls and U18 Girls categories respectively.

Despite being only 15, Claudia - who is the current under 16 CI champion - has already racked up a string of accolades for her surfing. It is the second time she will be competing in the ISA and as a member of the Jersey Surfboard Club she is also eyeing the biannual European Junior Championships.

Kitty, who has surfed for the junior GB team twice, said she hopes her recent experience competing in the ISA Senior Worlds in Japan - the first Olympic qualifying event for Tokyo 2020 - will strengthen her act in the upcoming championship.

"It will be great to go to California and have the opportunity to represent my home surfing for the Channel Islands," Kitty said.

Paul records in Norwich Cathedral cloisters

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News online

A musician has spent several months cycling thousands of miles to record the sounds of the UK.

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Jersey Heritage appeals for islanders with French heritage

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

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Jersey Heritage is reaching out to islanders who are interested in exploring the family history of their French heritage.

The search is part of preparations for a new exhibition called People Make Jersey, which will explore the topic of immigration on the island.

About 10% of islanders are descended from the French agricultural workers, according to the charity.

Lucy Layton, Jersey Heritage’s outreach curator, said: "We have a wonderful resource at our fingertips and are ready and waiting to help you trace your family’s French roots. Not only will you find out your own personal heritage story, but you could then feature in in our new exhibition.”

Anyone wanting to get involved is encouraged to get in contact with the charity.

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Teenager suffered facial injuries in fight

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old man suffered facial injuries during a fight in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Four men attacked three others near the junction with New Street and Union Street in St Helier at about 00:40, according to Jersey Police.

One of the four men was wearing a black jumper with a white horizontal stripe across and the word ‘GIVENCHY’ written on it, while another was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Four men, three aged 19 and one aged 21, have been arrested on suspicion of grave and criminal assault and subsequently released on bail.

Police have asked witnesses or anyone who has any information to contact them on 612612 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Crown Dependencies Brexit survey results announced

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

About 60% of people in Jersey and Guernsey would vote for Britain to remain in the European Union in the event of a referendum, according to a recent survey.

The survey - carried out by Island Global Research - was completed by 5,842 residents in the three Crown Dependencies - Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

The aim of the survey was to discover what people thought about Brexit and to learn what they are most worried about.

Only island residents who had lived in the UK within the past 15 years of the referendum vote on 23 June 2016 were eligible to vote.

More information on the results can be found here.

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Mental health drop-in service to open in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

A new drop-in service for people with mental health problems is set to open soon in Jersey.

The Listening Lounge will give people free help from Charles House, in Charles Street, in St Helier.

It's a pilot scheme, which aims to support people with depression and anxiety before problems become more complex.

It's due to open next month.

Meanwhile, on World Mental Health Day, all secondary school students in Jersey will be told about a workshop, which aims to help them manage their emotions.

Sustainable transport survey for Jersey launched

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A survey has been launched to gauge islanders’ awareness of ideas that could become part of Jersey’s Sustainable Transport Strategy.

It will run until 20 October, with questions designed to determine how people feel about the necessary changes to the use of petrol and diesel vehicles, and ways to encourage walking, cycling and bus travel.

In May, the States of Jersey declared a climate emergency and agreed to aim for Jersey’s to become carbon neutral by 2030.

In July, it was agreed the Government of Jersey would produce the new Sustainable Transport Strategy to provide a vision for future transport should look like.

Completed surveys must be received before Monday 21 October.

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With more than 50% of Jersey's greenhouse gas emissions coming from transport, and 32% from road transport alone, a reduction in our reliance on petrol and diesel car use will have a major role to play in our response to the climate emergency. We want to find out what the public feel about possible long-term changes, which will be absolutely necessary if we are to meet our target of being carbon neutral by 2030."

Deputy Kevin LewisMinister for Infrastructure

States building treated after Legionnaires' bug found

BBC Radio Jersey

The water supply of a Children's Service building in Jersey had to be treated after it was found to contain high levels of the bacteria which cause Legionnaires' disease.

Legionnaires is a variety of pneumonia which can be fatal. Its bacteria can live in water pipes and storage tanks.

Experts said they tested the supply to the fourth floor of Liberte House on La Motte Street after they realised it had not been flushed through correctly after being left empty for a long time. That led them to more concerns about the whole building and they went on to test every floor.

They found high levels of the bacteria in places including showers and basins, and also in a kitchen.

A Freedom of Information request showed that the whole system was disinfected and cleaned, which reduced the infection to a safe level.

Normandy deal may help CI fishermen land fish after Brexit

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

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Channel Island fishermen may be able to continue to land their fish in France after Brexit, under a local agreement.

The island re-signed an agreement with Normandy at an annual political summit, which explores opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation.

The discussions considered Brexit's implications for the Channel Islands, including fishing and contingency planning for the possibility of a no-deal exit.

Senator Ian Gorst, Minister for External Relations in Jersey, said: "I welcome the Normandy regional authority’s commitment to smooth market access for Jersey fishermen, and am happy to say we have agreed to support a project which will facilitate landings in Granville."

Hervé Morin, President of the Region of Normandy, said talks would be held with ministers and Brussels in a bid to put the local agreement in place.

The next summit will be hosted in Jersey in 2020.

Students banned from using mobile phones in school

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

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Students in years 7 to 11 at Victoria College, Jersey, will not be able to use their mobile phones during the school day, following a revision to its policy.

The decision responds to evidence that suggests mobile phones in school were having a negative effect upon the learning and wellbeing of students.

Alun Watkins, head master of Victoria College, said: "We hope that by having a phone-free school in Key Stages 3 and 4, this will liberate our younger students from mobile phone use for seven hours a day, focus their minds on learning, and encourage them to be more sociable."

The move follows Haute Vallée School’s recent decision to also ban mobile phones.

Jersey Post celebrate 50th anniversary

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Post is celebrating 50 years of delivering the island's mail this week.

The island postal service started operations in 1969, after it became independent from the British Post Office.

The company will be celebrating by releasing a set of prestige stamps, as well as highlighting some of the company's milestones throughout October.

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New government computers 'difficult to justify'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey ministerial proposals to spend tens of millions of pounds on new computer systems are "very difficult to justify" when the money could instead be spent on health and education, a government scrutiny leader says.

Senator Kristina Moore was speaking after the chief minister revealed the Health Department would be expected to save £8.25m as the government sought to balance the books by 2023 with about £100m of savings.

Ministers said investing in technology would support the delivery of vital services, improve productivity and help the States become more efficient.

No benefit for non-'critical skills' mature students

BBC Radio Jersey

Plans to allow mature students to claim income support if they are not studying what are classed as critical skills - such as nursing - have been rejected by Jersey States.

Deputy Jeff Southern wanted students to be able to get help to study but other members argued it would open the way for people to choose to stay on income support indefinitely.

Deputy Louise Doublet said the decision could be particularly harmful to women who want to study, as they often struggled with childcare.

States approves Liberation 75 bank holiday

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Jersey is to get an extra bank holiday in 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Jersey in World War Two.

The approved motion, put forward by Chief Minister John Le Fondre, proposed that Friday 8 May be designated as a bank holiday to help celebrate the liberation.

The island's Liberation Day commemorations mark 9 May 1945, when the island was freed from German occupation after five years.

Mr Le Fondre said the one-off extra bank holiday would help "honour with pride those who endured the occupation and those who fought overseas for the liberation of Europe".

Some States members had said they were concerned that that the extra holiday would be an extra burden on the economy, but Mr Le Fondre said the 75th anniversary deserved "special commemoration" to celebrate the freedom returned to the island.

It was passed by States, which voted 39 for and none against.

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Guernsey-Jersey undersea power cable assembled

Andrew Segal

BBC News

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A replacement undersea electricity cable, which is to connect Guernsey and Jersey, has been assembled and will soon be on its way to the Channel Islands, utility bosses say.

Manufactured in Sweden, the line is due to be loaded on to a cable-laying vessel at the end of September and arrive in Jersey on 3 October before sailing to Havelet Bay in Guernsey on 6 October "ready for installation, weather permitting", Guernsey Electricity said.

The cable, which is 37.4km long and weighs 77kg per metre, is being installed after problems were found with the previous cable connecting Guernsey to Jersey, referred to as GJ1, which feeds power from France via three other undersea cables.

Guernsey is currently relying on on-island generation only.

Manager Sharon Watchorn said the project had been "significantly fast-tracked" to minimise Guernsey relying on fossil fuels for power as such a project "would usually take two to three years".

She said: "We are pleased that the project timeline is on track as this means - weather permitting - the island will return to a low carbon and renewable supply of electricity by the end of 2019."

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The work is expected to be completed in early November
Jersey Reds v Newcastle

Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon is frustrated by his side's missed chances in their 21-8 defeat by Newcastle in the Championship Cup.

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Daniel Andrade

BBC Sport

Jersey Bulls maintain their winning start to life in the English league system with a 5-1 victory at home to Eversley & California.

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Daniel Andrade

BBC Sport

Jersey Bulls maintain their winning start to life in the English league system with a 5-1 victory at home to Eversley & California.

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PM wants to 'strengthen relationship' with Jersey and Guernsey

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to "further strengthen" the relationship between the UK and Crown Dependencies after Brexit.

In a letter to Deputy Gavin St Pier the Prime Minister referred to the "deep and historical" relationship between the UK and the Channel Islands.

He said: "I am keen to further strengthen this relationship after the UK has left the European Union, then the UK Government will be negotiating its own free trade agreements on behalf of the entire British family, including the Crown Dependencies.

"The UK Government will continue to engage the Crown Dependencies Governments throughout this process as we seek a future relationship with the EU that works for the entire British family."

On the subject of public registers of beneficial ownership Mr Johnson said the UK government was "unambiguous in supporting the constitutional position that the UK Parliament should not legislate on your behalf on these matters without your consent".

The Crown Dependencies have previously objected to moves to force them to be more open about who owns assets held there.

In response to the PM's letter, Deputy St Pier said he was "equally keen to strengthen that relationship in the future".

He said: "While we have been clear that the UK Parliament cannot legislate for Guernsey without our consent, it is very welcome and gives clarity to see the Prime Minister, in his own words, unambiguously agrees with our position.

"I am unsurprised but pleased that the Prime Minister has provided the same reaffirmation as his predecessor."

Jersey man to compete at rock skimming championships

BBC Radio Jersey

A man from Jersey is competing in the World Championships for stone skimming at the end of the month.

Charlie Mauleverer started skimming stones in the water from a young age and discovered online that he could do it competitively.

He said it's a technical sport measured differently across the world.

While the person who skims a rock the highest number of times wins first place in America, it's the distance that's measured in Europe.

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Winds of force six expected across islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

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New lobster catch sizes in bid to allow species to recover

BBC Radio Jersey

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The minimum size of lobsters that Jersey fishermen are allowed to catch will be increased, in an attempt to allow the species to recover.

New figures revealed numbers of the shellfish dropped by more than a quarter between 2011 and 2018.

But local laws will still remain more lenient than those in the south west of the UK - where lobsters have to be bigger again before they can be brought ashore.

Jersey's Assistant Environment Minister, Deputy Gregory Guida, says the island's rules will eventually be brought in line with those in South Wales, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - but the changes will be introduced gradually.

Earlier this year, the States Assembly agreed to similar measures aimed at protecting chancre crabs in the island's waters.

Officials say it's still too early to tell whether the bigger minimum landing size is helping the crab population, which has almost halved in the past six years.

Freedom of Information request shows Jersey 999 hoax calls

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's emergency services had 39 hoax calls between January 2018 and August 2019, according to government figures.

This is out of 28,061 calls during the same time period.

The police recorded 25 malicious calls and 178 false alarm calls with good intent.

The figures were released in response to a Freedom of Information request.

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Channel Islands weather: Sunny and breezy

BBC Weather

It will be dry with plenty of sunshine and only a little fair weather cloud.

Rather breezy though, especially later in the day.

Highs of 17C (62F).

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Phones banned from Jersey school after student survey

BBC Radio Jersey

Students at Haute Valle in Jersey won't be allowed to use their mobile phones at school in future.

Teachers hope it will improve their grades - and make them feel happier.

Pupils who are caught using their mobiles will have them confiscated until the end of the day.

Stuart Hughes, the headteacher of the school, says the decision was made after he asked students for their opinion.

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The results from the survey made it quite compelling for us to move in this direction. What young people are saying is a vast majority of them say their amount of screen time is quite concerning. Some of them are saying that actually they're quite attached, with some saying they're addicted to the technology.

Stuart HughesHeadteacher, Haute Valle

Jersey ministers' public meetings on Government Plan

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey ministers will give more details about how they intend to run the island in future at four public meetings this month.

They will be explaining what's called the Government Plan, which looks ahead as far as 2023.

In four meetings looking at different areas such as mental health and putting children first, islanders can learn about the proposals and put questions to ministers.

The first meeting about protecting the environment is on Wednesday evening.

Jersey Post adds 20 bikes to electric vehicle fleet

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

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Jersey Post

A further 20 electric bicycles have been added to Jersey Post's fleet of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

The bikes were first trialled earlier this year and the service now has 35 on Jersey's roads, complementing its electric vans, meaning half of the vehicle fleet is now electric.

The traditional three geared postal bikes used on Jersey Post's 37 cycle-based delivery rounds will now be phased out.

Niall McClure, managing director of postal operations, said: "With the increase of parcel volumes and lead up to Christmas, these eBikes will be able to support our postal workers and provide more timely deliveries by allowing them to take more volume and weight, especially on days with full, heavy postal rounds to deliver to."

Tamba Park: Islanders' views wanted on how to improve park

BBC Radio Jersey

The owner of Tamba Park says he would consider letting it to someone else.

The attraction closed for renovations a few months ago and since it shut, there has been uncertainty over the future of the site.

Jonathan Ruff says the inside play area, including the cafe and kiosk, will stay closed when it does reopen - but he wants to revamp the outside area.

He's asking for ideas from islanders on how the park could be improved and says people have already suggested opening a petting zoo featuring pigs, sheep and rabbits.

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