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Summary

  1. Driver named in Five Mile Road crash
  2. RNLI staff to review St Helier coxswain's sacking
  3. Islanders honoured for spreading BBC news during WW2
  4. Tamba Park reopens after fire
  5. 'Absolute drought' declared in Jersey
  6. Medical group to trial hospital services in GP surgeries
  7. Guernsey hopes to bring digital businesses to the island
  8. Puffin-cam up and running in Burhou
  9. Updates on 20 April 2017

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  2. Underground reporter later collected islanders' stories

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    One of the people, being remembered this week by a plaque, collected the testimony of islanders held in Nazi prisons and camps during World War Two.

    Frank Falla was among those who listened to banned BBC broadcasts, wrote out the news and distributed it to the islanders.

    An act that saw him and other islanders deported, some to never return.

    Mr Falla described conditions in a Gestapo-administered prison at Frankfurt where he was kept: "[Prisoners] were being executed by the Nazis by guillotine at the rate of 25 per week."

    Frank Falla's files
    Frank Falla

    His file, about 200 pages long, contains first-hand accounts of islanders and was given to a Cambridge University team in 2010.

    He complied the statements - many of which go into graphic detail about the experiences islanders suffered - to make compensation claims from the German government.

  3. Reds prepare for one of biggest games ever

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Head coach Harvey Biljon recalls 13 players to Jersey's starting XV for tomorrow night's British and Irish Cup final against Munster A.

    James Voss, who moved to the island aged eight and came through the club's junior ranks starts, with second row Dave McKern out with a shoulder injury, while Ross Adair gets the nod at full-back ahead of Jack Cuthbert.

    Jersey Reds

    "It's going to be a massive game in my career - you don't really get the opportunity to play for silverware, and any time you do it's a very special occasion," prop Simon Kerrod told BBC Radio Jersey.

    "We've always known we've been good enough to achieve really big things, and hopefully with this opportunity we can reach our potential."

  4. Cafe takes to social media after cushion theft

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There has been a reaction on social media after the Hungry Man cafe based in Rozel reported on their Facebook page that cushions had been stolen from their outside seating area.

    The cafe has not yet reported the theft to the police.

    Staff member Ollie Crafter said it was out of character for such a "relaxed part of the island".

    Quote Message: People on Facebook are pretty shocked I think, I don't think anyone knows why you'd go down to Rozel on a Friday night and steal some cushions." from Ollie Crafter
    Ollie Crafter
  5. Plaque 'start of new occupation trail'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A plaque being unveiled this weekend is to be the start point of a new trail charting Guernsey's occupation history.

    The Blue Plaque, which is being revealed at 10:30 on Sunday, is sited on Eleanor House in the Bordage, St Peter Port.

    The memorial, on what was the offices of The Star newspaper where Charles Machon and Frank Falla worked, will remember those who defied the German occupying forces to share news from the BBC.

    Eleanor House in the Bordage

    Dr Gilly Carr, who has campaigned for more recognition of those who resisted the German occupation in the Channel Islands, said it would be one of 10 points around the island.

    She said the plaque was a key part of making the resistance story of the occupation "visible".

  6. Weather: Cloudy start, but breaking into sun later

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be cloudier for many, although there will still be a few clear spells.

    As a result, it will not be as cold as last night. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map

    Friday will start on a fairly cloudy note, however this cloud will tend to break up through the day allowing for some bright or sunny spells to develop during the afternoon.

    In the sunshine it will feel warm. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

  7. Inter-island taxi service hopes to expand

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Inter-island air taxi service Waves said it has doubled the size of its team and hopes to have three aircraft operating by the end of the year.

    The tech and demand-led service between the Channel Islands, southern England and Northern France was announced in January.

    Plane

    CEO Nick Magliocchetti said the team made a number of key appointments and moved into offices in St Peter Port.

    Newly appointed deputy CEO Barrie Baxter said by the end of the year they hope to employ 20 people and operate three aircraft.

  8. GUNS members honoured with plaque

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Seven members of the Guernsey Underground Newsletter (GUNS) are to be honoured with a plaque.

    GUNS members listened to banned BBC broadcasts on illegal radios, transcribed them and distributed them to islanders in a bid to combat German propaganda.

    The plaque will be in the memory of Frank Falla, Charles Machon, Henrietta and Joseph Gillingham, Ernest Legg, Cecil Duquemin, and Hubert Lanyon. Once their work was uncovered, five members were deported to Nazi prisons and camps, where two GUNS members died. 

    Joseph Gillingham
    Image caption: Joseph Gillingham was one of the GUNS members who never returned to the island

    The plaque will be located at Eleanor House in the Bordage - the former location of the offices of The Star newspaper where Mr Falla and Mr Machon both worked.

    The public are invited to see it unveiled by Bailiff Sir Richard Collas at 10:30 on Sunday.

  9. Guernsey college student reaches final of national chef competition

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    An 18-year-old Guernsey college student will be competing in the South African Cuisine Young Chef of the Year 2017 cook-off final.

    Bradley Travers was required to submit a menu using South African fruit and demonstrate "an understanding of South African flavours".

    The winner will fly out to South Africa for training at one of the country’s top restaurants.

    The final takes place on Monday at Westminster Kingsway College, London.

  10. Doctor treatments to replace hospital appointments for some conditions

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey patients with chronic lung disease could have to pay to visit the doctor for treatment in future instead of getting regular hospital care.

    The health department is to test a new scheme where people can get treated at home or at their doctors surgery instead of having to come into the hospital.

    But its likely they will have to pay for the appointments, under the scheme being tested at the Coop medical centre.

    Quote Message: The important thing about these new services is to look at the whole person, and also to help the person understand their condition and understand how to live better. Islanders told us they want to be cared for in their own home, they want to be healthy and well, they don't want to be going in and out of hospital every month or every couple of weeks. That's usually quite disruptive and can be quite frightening." from Rachel Williams Department of Health, States of Jersey
    Rachel WilliamsDepartment of Health, States of Jersey
  11. Data shows Guernsey households at risk of in-work poverty

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    People on low-wages in Guernsey struggling to get-by are being encouraged to share their experiences. 

    The States Scrutiny Committee is compiling an in-work poverty report, following the release of data earlier this year. 

    It showed a fifth of Guernsey households risk falling into the category where joint incomes are less than 60% of the average. 

  12. Alderney opts for private register for business owners

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney has followed Guernsey and created a private, rather than public, register detailing who ultimately owns businesses there.

    The item dominated discussion at last night's States meeting.

    In addition, a successful motion means that Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee will have more say over its beneficial ownership register than Guernsey's States had initially proposed.

    Alderney
  13. Pillows 'stolen' from beach café

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey beach café says its seating pillows have been stolen.

    The Hungry Man in Rozel say pillows from their inside seating area were taken on Good Friday. 

    The pillows were lent to the café by the Rozel Boat Owners Association.

  14. Locals who spread BBC news to islanders during Occupation honoured

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey in WW2

    Bailiwick residents involved in a secret wartime news sheet are to be honoured with a Blue Plaque in Guernsey. 

    It's the seventh time locally a group of individuals have been honoured for their contribution to the Bailiwick and the wider world.

    The plaque is in memory of seven members of the Guernsey Underground Newsletter (GUNS). 

    GUNS members listened secretly to BBC broadcasts and transcribed them to a news sheet, providing reliable war information to islanders while it was under strict German Occupation, and subject to censorship and propaganda. 

    Once their work was uncovered, five members were deported to Nazi prisons and camps, where two GUNS members died.   

  15. Guernsey water levels 'very healthy' despite lack of rain

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Mark Walker, from Guernsey Water, said: "The lack of rain during April has not had a significant impact on our current water storage levels. 

    "We do not expect this to change throughout the summer, although more prolonged periods without rainfall could impact on our stocks going into winter and ultimately next year’s supplies. 

    "However we are still a very long way from that scenario."

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  16. Munster A named side to face Jersey in final

    BBC Sport

    Munster A have named their squad for tomorrow's British and Irish Cup final against Jersey Reds in Cork.

    Munster are hoping to lift the trophy for the second time, while Jersey are in their first B&I final.