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Summary

  1. Baggage handlers to strike at Jersey Airport
  2. HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is touring Jersey throughout the day
  3. Sarah Groves: Family 'saddened' by Scarlett Keeling verdict
  4. Tens of millions of pounds invested through Guernsey company, Providence Global, has vanished
  5. Last day on the beach for Jersey's lifeguards
  6. Updates on Friday 23 September 2016

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night and weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Air services company makes strike contingency

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A strike by ramp staff working at Jersey Airport for services company Swissport will start at 05:30 BST on Saturday.

Airport
BBC

Industrial action by our Ramp staff is due to take place tomorrow and we have contingency plans in place so that no disruption to passengers is expected.

SpokesmanSwissport

Royal visit: Highlights

BBC Radio Jersey reporter, Mike Weir, has been following HRH Prince Edward around the island on day two of his visit to the Channel Islands.

Prince Edward at Crabbe
BBC

Scores of the island's students got to meet him. 

But it was mainly a celebration of their efforts in achieving Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Awards in the scheme set up by Prince Edward's father, Prince Phillip.

Prince Edward at Crabbe
BBC

The trip culminated in the presentation of six Gold DofE Awards to six very pleased young islanders.

Prince Edward wished thanked them for their contribution to a scheme that's now been challenging young people to push themselves further and harder for 60 years.

Guernsey deputy 'unhappy' about possible education u-turn

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey deputy has spoken out against a possible u-turn to scrap 11+ education.

Schools
BBC

In March States members agreed to turn to a three school system. But the committee for Education, Sport and Culture announced yesterday it will debated again in November.

"This confusion and lack of clarity about what to do has meant that, in terms of structuring the future of secondary education, the first few months of this term have been wasted, which is unacceptable," says Deputy Matt Fallaize 

Four to stand in Vale by-election

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The nominations for the Vale by election have closed and four people have put themselves forward to take over the seat in the States of Guernsey.

Dave Jones
BBC

The by-election was called after Dave Jones died in July and will take place on 19 October.

The candidates are: Neil Inder, Garry Collins, Richard Lowe and Simon De La Mare and will hold the seat until the next election in 2020.

Jersey Reds take on Nottingham

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds and Nottingham will both be hoping to get back to winning ways tonight, with the Reds boosted by the return of captain James Freeman. 

Jersey Reds
BBC

Sam Katz stood out in pre-season and gets his league debut tonight at fly-half.

It should be a wonderful atmosphere at St Peter for the first night game under the newly upgraded floodlights. 

Kick off is at 19:45 with live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust appoints new CEO

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer.

Dr Lesley Dick, the former Executive Director of the European Association of Zoos (2008-2014), has been chosen from an international shortlist for the role, which begins in October.

Durrell CEO Dr Lesley Dick
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

"The search was extensive and attracted interest from around the world. Trustees were unanimous in their decision to appoint Lesley. She displayed the crucial mix of qualifications and experience", said Phillip Callow, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Durrell Wildlife Park in Trinity was founded by the late Gerald Durrell tosave species from extinction.

BBC Introducing in Guernsey: Eight-year anniversary

BBC Introducing in Guernsey

Tom Girard

BBC Introducing in Guernsey launched exactly eight years ago with its first two-hour show of new music from around the islands.

That first show featured an interview with About An Hour, who were playing the following month's Rock of Ages show at Guernsey's Performing Arts Centre.

Since then BBC Introducing Guernsey has taken bands and musicians to Abbey Road and Maida Vale Studios, and seen performers grace the BBC Introducing Stage at both Glastonbury and the Reading & Leeds Festivals.

You can hear our next show tomorrow 22:00, and if you're making music in the island's, you can upload it for a chance of getting heard not just in Guernsey, but around the rest of the international BBC Music network.

Guernsey set for 'top level' challenge

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey's hockey players are ready for one of their biggest tests when they play in the EH Cup for the first time.

Guernsey hockey
Peter Carey

The island side, who have reached the final of the EH Trophy in each of the last five seasons, and won the title in two of the past three years, travel to play Sevenoaks, who are in the second tier of the English hockey league system.

"It's really time for us to step up and have that challenge at the top level," Guernsey coach Andy Whalley said. "We don't play in a league, so we don't have that week in, week out ability to progress through the leagues and go higher up, the only way for us to do it is to enter the higher-level competition"

Aww dolphins in Jersey!

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

The sun is shining... and the dolphins have gone for a swim near Elizabeth Castle in St Helier.

Dophin
Robert Viney

BBC Radio Jersey listener, Robert Viney, sent us this amazing picture for our Local Live page.

Happy Friday!

BreakingBaggage handlers to strike at Jersey Airport

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Baggage handlers at Jersey Airport are to go on strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay, the union Unite confirmed. 

Airport runway
BBC

About 35 workers at the aviation services company Swissport are to stop work for 24 hours starting at 05:30 on Saturday morning.

In a statement Swissport said: "Contingency plans are in place to ensure all operations and passenger services remain unaffected."

Cameron Ward Show: David Bowie art

Cameron Ward

BBC Radio Jersey

Tonight on the show i'm combining two of my favourite things: David Bowie and art!

Before 6 tonight @ireallyamcam meets artist Iain Alexander! This Bowie work is being auctioned for @JerseyHospice

Before 6 tonight @ireallyamcam meets artist Iain Alexander! This Bowie work is being auctioned for @JerseyHospice

I've been speaking to local artist, Iain Alexander, who is selling Bowie-inspired art at the Jersey Hospice charity auction.

Tune in from 16:00 - 19:00 on BBC Radio Jersey.

Could Jersey's health tax be avoided?

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

A tax on health care in Jersey could be avoided, says a scrutiny panel.

The council of ministers new spending plan wants to cover rising health costs by charging people extra from their monthly income.

Jersey General Hospital
BBC

But the Corporate Services panel says the States could save £35m a year by taking money back from departments which are not fully staffed.

"Departments have an average vacancy rate of 13% of jobs - and are still getting paid for positions which aren't occupied", says Deputy John Le Fondre. 

Cargo plane landing problems investigated

Guernsey Press

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has investigated the flight from Jersey to Guernsey on 26 January and its report said there were a number of issues.

Royal visit: HRH unveils youth centre plaque

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

HRH the Earl of Wessex has unveiled a plaque at St James Youth Centre in front of a crowd of 100 people. 

He had a tour around the Jersey Youth Arts Radio Station and met a drama group.

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Latest headlines: Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The top headlines on BBC Radio Guernsey:

  • Financial regulators in Jersey and Guernsey are investigating how investors in the Channel Islands were caught out by an investment fund that's collapsed
  • The family of Guernsey woman, Sarah Groves - who was found dead on a houseboat in Kashmir - has responded to a court verdict that has cleared two men over the death of a British teenager in Goa
  • Mark Le Tissier's been named as the new Chairman of Guernsey Football Club

Did you know?

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

Here is a fun Friday fact for you to muse over... 

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'Last ditch' talks to stop 24 hour Jersey Airport strike

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey

"Last ditch" talks are being held at Jersey Airport this afternoon to try and stop a 24 hour walkout by ground handling staff. 

Swissport ramp staff are due to strike tomorrow over an ongoing pay dispute on, what Jersey Airport says will be, a busy day for passengers. 

Jersey Airport
Jersey Airport

The union Unite wants new pay terms to reflect the company's "financial recovery." Representative, Nick Corbel, says a revised offer from Swissport has been "turned down" and if talks fail the walk out will go ahead.

"Contingency plans are in place to ensure all operations and passenger services remain unaffected", says Swissport. Check-in and ground staff are not involved in the dispute.

Charlie McArdle show: Jersey 'plankathon'

Charlie McArdle

BBC Radio Jersey

People in Jersey are taking part in the island's first ever plankathon.

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We are LIVE from St Helier covering the event on BBC Radio Jersey's Charlie McArdle show.

BBC Introducing Guernsey: Citizen-X

Tom Girard

BBC Introducing Guernsey

Tomorrow night BBC Introducing Guernsey is back with two hours of new music from around the Bailiwick.

Following a busy summer, Citizen-X will be in session, we'll have a look back at the Vale Earth Fair, and we'll have a look ahead to some great new music being released in the coming weeks, including The Secret Smiles, Brunt, Burning At Both Ends and more.

That's all on BBC Introducing Guernsey with me Tom Girard, tomorrow at 20:00.

Citizen-X
BBC

Shops urged to change opening times

St Helier shops are being encouraged to change their opening times by half an hour to help boost trade, reports the Jersey Evening Post.

Last day on the beach for Jersey's lifeguards

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

It has been a long, warm and sunny summer, but now winter is on its way. 

And that can only mean one thing - the end of Jersey's Lifeguard season.

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They will be saying goodbye to these beautiful views down at St Ouen's beach too...

St Ouen's Beach
Helier de Veull, RNLI Jersey

Royal visit: HRH Prince Edward walks the plank

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

HRH Prince Edward has been walking on wooden planks as part of a team building exercise with students from Grainville School.

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He is visiting the Queen's Jubilee Activity Centre at Crabbe on the second day of his tour around the Channel Islands, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 

Sarah Groves: Family 'saddened' by Scarlett Keeling verdict

BBC Radio Guernsey

The family of Guernsey woman, Sarah Groves - who was found dead on a houseboat in Kashmir - has responded to a court verdict that has cleared two men over the death of a British teenager in Goa.

The body of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling from Devon, was found on a beach in Anjuna, Goa in 2008. Her mother, Fiona MacKeown, said she will appeal the verdict.

Miss Groves, 24, was found dead on a houseboat she shared with a local family in Srinagar, Kashmir, in April 2013.  

A Dutch national is accused of murdering Miss Groves, but he denies all the charges.

I feel for the mother, I'm not surprised by the outcome. The sad thing is that case is cold now. But the case of Sarah is very different. A Dutchman is on remand... but we don't know what the outcome will be. It could go either way"

Vic GrovesSarah Groves father

Bon appetit!

BBC Radio Guernsey

You can taste food from Florida to St Lucia at Guernsey's International Food Festival this weekend.

Food
BBC

A number of hotels and restaurants are taking part in the ten-day event.

"There is something for everyone," says Old Government House Hotel manager, Andrew Chantrell.

Lunchtime headlines: Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

  • A Jersey woman who lost £40k when a Guernsey-based pension scheme collapsed says financial regulators knew there were problems a year before she invested
  • A health tax in Jersey could be avoided, says a scrutiny panel
  • The Earl of Wessex is in Jersey today for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award celebrations

Travel: Busy day at Jersey airport tomorrow

BBC Travel

If you're travelling out of Jersey Airport tomorrow take note of this advice from the authorities...

Jersey Airport, Facebook
Jersey Airport, Facebook

Guernsey education: plans to scrap 11+ could be "overturned"

BBC Radio Guernsey

Plans to scrap the 11 plus and close a school in Guernsey could be overturned, as the education committee (CESC) says it will debate the issue again in November. 

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In a statement the CESC says they will decide "whether to rescind or endorse" the decision to scrap the 11 plus and move to a three school system in the States. 

It comes after Education President, Paul Le Pelley, vowed to campaign to keep Guernsey's grammar school - despite objections from other committee members. 

Jersey woman "devastated" after losing £40k to collapsed Guernsey fund

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Jersey woman is "devastated" after losing her entire £40,000 pension pot to a collapsed Guernsey investment fund.

Providence Global in Mill Court, Guernsey
BBC

Speaking for the first time,  Leonie Spurr, who has a five-week-old baby, says she is "frustrated" at losing all her savings to Providence Global owned company, Lumiere Wealth. She is questioning why Guernsey's Financial Regulator, the GFSC, didn't step in sooner.

The BBC has contacted the GFSC for comment, while Jersey's regulator says it is investigating the company. Administrators in Guernsey say they are trying to recoup some of the missing £37m.

Royal visit: bullseye!

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

He has practiced CPR, and now he's having a go at archery...

HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, is at Crabbe trying a range of activities as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award 60th anniversary tour.

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Channel Island investors meet administrators over missing £37m

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

People who lost tens of thousands of pounds in a Guernsey-based investment fund will meet the administrators.

Most of the £37m put in to the Providence Fund is unaccounted for. 

Money currencies
Think

Administrator, Deloitte, says it has organised the meeting after receiving "many calls from investors." It is expected to outline the issues it faces in recovering money from Providence's Brazilian operation. 

The Jersey Financial Services Commission is investigating a Jersey subsidiary, Lumiere Wealth, which has told the BBC it's trying to resolve matters for its clients.

New vet to protect Jersey's 'privileged health status'

BBC Radio Jersey

I want to protect the island's privileged status when it comes to animal health"

That's what Dr Theo Knight-Jones says will be his priority as he starts his new role as Jersey's States Vet.

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Dr Knight-Jones, who is replacing Linda Lowseck, has previously advised governments on bird flu and foot and mouth disease while working for the UN. 

Travel: Royal visit

BBC Travel

Traffic could build up in some areas of Jersey as HRH Prince Edward travels around the island today.

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Royal visit: Prince does CPR

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

HRH Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward is making his way around the Queen's Jubilee Centre at Crabbe, to meet students on the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) scheme.

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And he has even had a go at some first aid himself.

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Guernsey Hockey to make the step up

Tony Curr

BBC Radio Guernsey

The player-coach of Guernsey's men's hockey team says now is the right time to step up and test themselves against the best in the country.

Last year's EH Trophy winners go to Sevenoaks on Sunday in round one of the EH Cup, which is the top tier knockout competition in England.

Andy Whalley used to play for Sevenoaks, and his connections to the club don't end there...

Their player-coach was my best man at my wedding in the summer so he knows Guernsey, he knows a lot of the players, so unfortunately we won't slip under the radar for them."

Andy WhalleyPlayer-coach, Guernsey Hockey
Andy Whalley playing Hockey
BBC

Royal visit: HRH arrives in Jersey

HRH the earl of Wessex, Prince Edward has arrived in Jersey.

He is beginning his tour of the island with a visit to the Queen's Jubilee Activity Centre at Crabbe.

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Alderney showcases unique awards event

Guernsey Press

He was back into the helicopter and waving goodbye to well-wishers by 12:30pm, but Prince Edward’s brief visit certainly left a sunny impression on Alderney.

Royal visit: Jersey schools gear up for HRH Earl of Wessex visit

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

Schools and youth groups around Jersey are making final preparations for the visit of HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. 

He will meet students of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award from Beaulieu, Grainville, JCG and many more. 

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He will also meet members of Youth Arts Jersey's Radio and Drama Group. The centre tweeted that it is "excited" and "all set up and ready" for the visit. 

Royal visit: First aid, archery and local food awaits HRH

HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, will be welcomed to Jersey today with a range of activities around the island.

He will watch Victoria College's Combined Cadet Force complete training exercises.

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He will also eat some local food prepared by Highlands College students.

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And maybe even have a go at some archery, as Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans is trying here...

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Travel for Jersey

BBC Travel

  • Hillgrove Street in town is closed by The Prince of Wales pub until Friday 
  • A section of the Esplanade is closed to eastbound traffic between Anley Street and Castle Street traffic during the day (09:00 - 16:00) for lifting work 
  • Expect delays in St Peter's Valley between Mont Fallu and Tesson Mill in St Lawrence - as there are temporary traffic lights in place
  • A section of Rue des Bouillons is closed for excavation works 
  • There will be evening road works on La Route de La Haule in St Peter tonight. They'll run from 20:00 - 23:30 from the the Forresters Arms, through the filter in turn and down to the bus stop