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Summary

  1. Safety audit confirmed after child road death
  2. Stickers tackling racism 'not the answer'
  3. Flamanville Nuclear Plant iodine zone 'could double'
  4. Guernsey 'needs to embrace change', expert says
  5. Leaders in Jersey's building trade say the States encourage young people to work and study here
  6. Updates on Friday 7 October 2016

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Teens coding overnight in hackathon

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Thirty-five teenagers are developing their own computer software, as part of the Jersey Youth Hackathon.

They are getting technical help from people who work in the digital industry during the 20-hour event. 

Matrix screen.
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Most will stay throughout the night to create their apps, games or websites which will be presented to the judges tomorrow.  

Unlikely Guernsey will review employment practices

Kay Langlois

BBC Radio Guernsey

A local lawyer says it's highly unlikely Guernsey will review its employment practices anytime soon.

Theresa May's announcement that the UK government will look at employment laws comes amid concern about whether there's enough protection for workers. 

However, Advocate Mark Dunster from Carey Olsen says Guernsey's employment position is very different from the UK and adequate staff protection is already in place with no plans to review it. 

Public need to get involved in the waterfront

BBC Radio Jersey

The minister reviewing the plan for the Waterfront development says the public need to get more involved in shaping it.

The master plan - first set in 2008 - is under review, but Deputy Steve Luce, the Environment Minister, says it's worked so far with a mixture of residential and office developments.

He says the main problem is deciding whether to extend the underpass.

These were the existing objectives:

  • Integrate the old town with the Waterfront and address the separation presently caused by the road
  • Create a distinctive mixed-use quarter in St Helier, which makes a step change in design and appearance
  • Create a new office quarter to serve the financial services industry
  • Provide new homes for local residents
  • Create new areas of public space that provide a real sense of place for residents and visitors to enjoy
  • Create new opportunities to broaden the offer within the tourism and visitor sector, providing a new hotel and self-catering accommodation

Road reopened after fire

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Fire and Rescue Service have put out a hedge fire in St Peter Port in the last hour. 

One fire engine was called to the Green Lanes and the road was closed for a short time.

It's not yet known what caused the fire but the road has now re-opened.   

Constable in move to put pedestrians before cars

The safety of pedestrians in town is being put at risk as a result of cars being given priority according to the Constable of St Helier, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Jersey Lt-Governor to be recognised for St John work

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Lieutenant Governor is being recognised for his work with St John Ambulance.

General Sir John McColl will be knighted by the organisation for his services as patron and support of the charity throughout his time in office.

David Le Quesne, Knight Commander of St John Ambulance in Jersey says the honour was approved by The Queen, and it reflects the significant time and work Sir John has devoted.

Sir John McColl
BBC

Powerboat racing this weekend

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Time to start thinking about getting a prime viewpoint at Castle Cornet, or up in Fort George, as the powerboat season continues this weekend.

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Jersey won't be giving out iodine

BBC Radio Jersey

The contamination zone around Flamanville Nuclear Plant in north-western France could be extended. 

There are calls from the French Environment Minister to double the zone to 20km (12.4 miles) which would overlap with Jersey waters and narrowly miss Alderney waters by around 3km (1.9 miles).

The States of Jersey say they won't be distributing iodine tablets any time soon as the closest point of the Island is around 35km from Flamanville and they don't perceive any risk to Jersey's population. 

Flammanville
AFP

Alderney asking for input on land use

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Alderney residents are being asked to voice their thoughts on the island's Land Use Plan.

It's part of a review by the Building and Development Control Committee.

The review will culminate in a public inquiry next summer, with the plan setting out the requirements for protecting the island's environment over the next five years.

In the meantime, the committee's issued a call for sites, inviting submissions from individuals and organisations on changes they would like to see made to the current plan.

Alderney from above
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BreakingFire in the Green Lanes

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Fire & Rescue Service are attending a hedge fire in the Green Lanes in St Peter Port. 

The road is closed from the Upper St Jacques to Valnord Lane. 

They're asking people to avoid the area.

New app for Guernsey museums

Guernsey Museum has been working with a UK developer to create an app for the island's museums and heritage sites.

The app is said to "bring the island alive, with interactive trails, educational games, audio tours and 3D augmented reality."

Apparently you'll be able to follow trails, discover new facts, hear audio clips and see extra images.

Museum staff have made sample trails of the Rona Cole Art Gallery, Liberation Place and Candie Gardens which are now being tested by volunteers.

Candie Gardens
BBC

Customer service success for Social Security

BBC Radio Jersey

Have you had a particularly good service from the Social Security Department in Jersey recently?

Well you should have, as they've taken the first, second and third prizes in the the Public Sector Award category in last night's Customer Service Awards 2016.

Chris Guillochon from the Customer Service Centre took home the trophy with the two runners-up - Kim Le Blancq (left) and previous winner Jacqui Stroud (right) - coming from the Back to Work scheme.

Kim Le Blancq, Chris Guillochon, Jacqui Stroud.
States of Jersey

Public to have a say on health care’s future

Guernsey Press

A ‘people's voice’ consultation will be launched by Health & Social Care to give the public a chance to have a say over the future of health care.

Safety audit confirmed after child road death

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Parish of St Helier has confirmed that an independent traffic consultant will carry out a safety audit of the roads surrounding the Millennium Town Park

It comes after the death of three-year-old Clinton Pringle, who was hit by a van on Tunnel Street near the park in June.

Millenium
BBC

Weekend weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

The wind drops further tomorrow, but there is a chance of rain.

Here's the outlook for Guernsey...

Guernsey weather chart.
BBC

And in Jersey...

Jersey weather chart.
BBC

How do you like them apples?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then Jersey must be in very good shape.

Did you know that the area used for orchards in Jersey has gone up by 43% in the last four years?

That's a lot of apples!

Agricultural map of Jersey
States of Jersey

This map is colour-coded with where different types of things grow in Jersey.

It's far too small to get any use out of, but it's looks pretty cool. 

Peace debate underway

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The third Annual Student Peace Debate is happening in Jersey's States' Chamber today. 

It's part of the Peace Community Programme of the Rotary Club.

Thirty-five students from seven secondary schools will debate a range of topics around social media and the internet, including online voting, how schools communicate with students and parents, empowering people in times of crisis, using media to avoid and resolve conflict and the radicalisation of young people.

That's quite a lot to get through!

One day those students might be sat in there as deputies...

Jersey States Chamber
BBC

Fancy a new number plate?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There's a lot of number plates going on sale in Jersey tomorrow.

Will any of them sell for as much as this one did though?

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Guernsey unlikely to change employment laws

BBC Radio Guernsey

A local lawyer says it's highly unlikely Guernsey will review it's employment practises anytime soon. 

Earlier this week Theresa May announced the UK would review it's own regime, amid concerns about whether there's enough protection for workers. 

The UK review will focus on the growing number of people who are self-employed, carry out temporary work or are under "zero-hours" contracts. 

However, Advocate Mark Dunster from Carey Olsen says Guernsey's employment position is very different from the UK's, and adequate staff protection is already in place with no plans to review it.

Theresa May
BBC

Jersey workforce 'grows by 2%'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's workforce is the biggest it's ever been, figures show.

The latest stats show there are 60,000 jobs in the island, which is 2% more than a year earlier.

These results come from returns employers have to file twice a year to satisfy Jersey's employment and population laws.

They point to the number of jobs, rather than individuals, meaning people with more than one job may drive the total tally up.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • A local business leader says there's a real desire amongst commerce and government for Guernsey to adapt and innovate to remain successful
  • Services currently provided by the States of Guernsey will have to be cut to meet over ambitious savings targets, that's according to the Scrutiny Committee
  • Thoughts on Alderney's Land Use Plan are being welcomed from today

Jersey

  • The Parish of St Helier has confirmed that an independent traffic consultant will carry out a safety audit of the roads surrounding the Millennium Town Park
  • A Jersey graduate who changed career to train as a quantity surveyor wishes she'd never gone to university
  • Thirty five teenagers will be developing their own computer software, as part of the Jersey Youth hackathon today

Milk and apples up, potatoes down

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Who doesn't love some agriculture statistics.

Apple orchards and milk production both went up in Jersey last year, but potato exports were down.

According to the Department for Economic Development, the Jersey Dairy has continued to expand into markets in Hong Kong, India and Japan, and actually produced more milk as a result of "improved genetics in the herd".

Exports of Jersey Royal fell from 31,400 tonnes to 29,700 tonnes, which is a drop in value of around £1.5m.

Jersey Royals.
BBC

New bus shelters for Jersey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's Department for Infrastructure is planning to build a new batch of bus shelters around the island.

These will be located at:

  • Greve d’Azette, opposite La Ronde Avenue
  • Grande Route de St Clement, outside St Clement’s Primary School
  • Red Houses, northbound at Clos de Quennevais
  • St Brelade’s Bay, eastbound at Woodford Car Park
  • St Brelade’s Bay, eastbound at L’Horizon Hotel
  • Havre des Pas, westbound at Marett Road

You wait for one bus shelter, and then six come all at once...

Jersey buses
BBC

GSPCA attracts volunteer from Dubai

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Here's the sort of story that makes you feel bad about yourself.

Jules Mario is the Head Boy at Raffles International School in Dubai, and before coming on holiday to Guernsey, he decided to ask if there was anywhere he could do volunteer work.

He was put in touch with the GSPCA, and ended up spending a few days helping out with the manager Steve Byrne.

I am a person who enjoys to be with animals, especially dogs, so having the chance to work with all kind of dogs was a great experience for me. The team was enjoyable, attentive and helpful, working with them was a pleasure. If I manage to come back, I would like to care for more animals and learn more about treating animals.

Jules Mario

This makes my holidays look so lazy...

Jules Mario holding a rabbit
GSPCA

Jersey Reds v London Scottish

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds have made five changes to their starting line-up as they look to end a three-game losing streak against London Scottish in the Championship. 

Jersey Reds
Sue Ames

Four changes come in the pack, as hooker Jack Macfarlane gets his first start in place of Joe Buckle, while Marc Thomas is alongside him at prop. 

Tonga second row Uili Kolo'ofa'i gets his first start of the season and flanker Max Argyle comes in, while Brendan Cope is the one back change as he replaces Sam Katz at fly-half.

Construction opportunities 'overlooked'

BBC Radio Jersey

Leaders in Jersey's building trade say the States should be encouraging young people to work and study here. 

Phil LeClair, from the Jersey Construction Council, says opportunities in the building trade are being overlooked.

We need to ensure that construction is seen as a career of choice, rather than a last resort. We need to make sure that young people aspire to be our next generation of architects, engineers, surveyors, plumbers, carpenters, and all the other wonderful trades that makes construction an exciting industry."

Phil LeClairJersey Construction Council
Construction worker
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Condor focus group taking a positive look

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Members of the Condor Consumer Group are focusing on what Condor is able to improve, rather than criticising the company for things it can't change.

The group - which was set up in May - has met five times and includes senior staff from Condor and passenger representatives. 

Condor Liberation arriving in Jersey's harbour
BBC

Private sector jobs boom in Jersey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

While public sector jobs have dropped by 350, private sector jobs have more than compensated, with a 1,600 increase.

Check out this bulletin from the Jersey Stats Unit...

Jersey labour bulletin
States of Jersey

Sea Cadets centre ‘should be used by other groups, too’

Plans to spend £1.2 million of taxpayers’ money on a new headquarters for Jersey’s Sea Cadets have been described as ‘a multimillion-pound sticking plaster on a political sore – and one that needs a rethink’, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Flammanville iodine zone doubles

BBC Radio Jersey

The French Environment Minister has suggested doubling the zone around Flammanville Nuclear plant within which residents are issued with iodine tablets, which would overlap with Jersey waters.

Iodine can escape from nuclear power plants in gas form, which makes it easy to pick up. However the body rapidly funnels it to the thyroid, where it can accumulate and cause cancer.

Iodine tablets can block this process, and means the gas has no effect.

However, the States of Jersey say they won't be distributing Iodine tablets any time soon...

Iodine tablets will not be distributed in Jersey, as the closest point of the Island is around 35km from Flamanville; this distance and the dispersing effect of prevailing winds in the event of any accidental release of iodine mean we do not perceive any risks to Jersey’s population. For this reason, Jersey does not currently hold a stock of iodine tablets."

States of Jersey

Clock tower for rent

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Fancy living in a clock tower?

Well you can't I'm afraid, not in this one.

But it is up for rent, and you'd be more than welcome to use it for office space, with Guernsey Harbours as your landlord.

At least you'd always know the time...

Guernsey's weighbridge clock tower
BBC

On this day

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A random act of kindness, 539 years ago...

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Stickers trying to tackle racism in Jersey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Stickers have been appearing on lamp posts in Jersey, to try and tackle incidents of racism on social media.

Along with the title "If this was directed at your family, would it be okay?" the posters condemn comments from a Facebook group which talk about refugees.

Constable Simon Crowcroft says that although the stickers carry a message he might approve of, putting them on public property is still illegal.

An anti-racism poster.
BBC

Donation puts baby foundation over target

Guernsey Press

A five-figure donation to the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation has seen its target for a new home reached.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • People who've put stickers on St Helier lamp posts complaining about controversial online comments have been warned they face a £500 fine
  • Leaders in Jersey's building trade say the States should be encouraging young people to work and study here
  • The third Annual Student Peace Debate is happening in Jersey's States' Chamber today

Guernsey

  • A change management specialist says Guernsey needs to show ambition and a willingness to continue embracing change if it's to prosper
  • Services currently provided by the States of Guernsey will have to be cut to meet over ambitious savings targets, according to the Scrutiny Committee
  • Jersey's Infrastructure Minister maintains the package offered to Guernsey for disposing of its rubbish was competitive enough

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The traffic lights at Bas Courtil in Guernsey are causing some lengthy delays along the front this morning.

I stood in the road for quite a while taking this picture, just to show how little the traffic is moving.

Traffic in Guernsey
BBC

She's back!

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Yesterday was gloriously sunny, albeit a bit windy.

Today is just very grey.

The passengers on the Aurora can rightly feel a bit shortchanged by Guernsey's weather, as they are now managing to get tenders into St Peter Port harbour, after abandoning their visit yesterday.

The Aurora in the Little Russel
BBC

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at today's weather.

Both islands pretty similar this morning, with Guernsey perhaps a little windier.

Weather chart
BBC

There's a chance of some showers across the Channel Islands today, with the temperature dropping to 11C overnight.

Weather chart
BBC

Guernsey 'needs to embrace change'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you went to the Institute of Directors conference in Guernsey last night, you'll have heard how Guernsey needs to show ambition and a willingness to continue embracing change if it's to prosper.

That's the view of change management specialist Jonathan MacDonald, who addressed the issue as the keynote speaker at the debate.

Mr MacDonald said Guernsey's size could present challenges as well as opportunities, but added that the island has a history of successfully adapting to change. 

A microphone
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