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  1. 'Elitist' warning for States from colleges

    Oscar Pearson

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The spokesman for Guernsey's three grant-aided colleges has warned new States funding arrangements being announced on Monday must not turn them into "elitist institutions".

    Blanchelande, Elizabeth and the Ladies' colleges say they've been unable to reach agreement with the Education Sport and Culture Committee over how they will be funded from 2019.

    Currently, taxpayers pay for 52 special place holders in each school year, who are currently picked to attend the schools based on the 11 plus, which ends in 2019.

    The government has gradually reduced funding by nearly £1m in the seven years to 2018.

    Colleges spokesman Allister Langlois said the future arrangements must ensure the colleges are "inclusive institutions".

    "They have been for a long time, there's a lot of urban myth about it only being for academically gifted children and so on.

    "We want to avoid any model which turns them into elitist institutions."

  2. Weather update: Strong winds

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    It will be largely dry and breezy later today with some clear spells.

    The winds will stay fresh, or strong, in a west and southwesterly direction.

    Weather forecast for Thursday
  3. Islander buys sketches by UK’s ‘most violent’ inmate

    Jersey Evening Post

    A collection of drawings by the man reputed to be the "most violent prisoner in Britain" – which includes a reference to the Beast of Jersey – have been sold to a private collector in the Island.

  4. 'Huge thanks' expressed by man injured in jet ski crash

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Giles Corbin and Felicity Corbin-Wheeler
    Image caption: Giles Corbin and his mother Felicity Corbin-Wheeler

    Jersey lawyer Giles Corbin has thanked the islanders who helped him in the immediate moments after he was injured in a crash between a jet ski and a speedboat last month.

    Mr Corbin, 45, was a passenger on the jet ski at St Brelade's Bay. He's since described his extensive injuries.

    "Thanks to the lifeguards at the scene, and everyone who took me to the ambulance crew. They were all brilliant," he said.

    Geoffrey Blackstone was driving a boat nearby when the crash happened.

    "They took me back to the shore," said Mr Corbin.

    "A huge thanks to Geoffrey Blackstone, his wife and kids, who were absolutely brilliant." Mr Blackstone described Mr Corbin as "remarkably calm, and incredibly brave."

  5. Mental health survey launched

    Jersey Evening Post

    A survey has been launched to gauge Channel Islanders’ attitudes towards mental health and well-being.

  6. Islanders warned about text scam

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's crime reduction adviser has warned islanders not to fall for a text message scam telling them they owe money to the British tax authorities.

    Andy Goodall said what started off as a phone scam has now moved on to text messages.

    The message prompts recipients to call HMRC via a premium rate number.

    "Unless you have any tax dealings with HMRC, then please just delete it, don't follow it up," he said.

  7. Stranded Alderney passengers should arrive today - Aurigny

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The Guernsey States-owned airline says passengers on three cancelled flights from Southampton to Alderney yesterday should arrive in the island today, weather permitting.

    A spokesman says adverse weather caused "considerable disruption" to its Alderney operations yesterday.

    "We will always try our best to minimise disruption during adverse weather, but on this occasion felt we had no option to cancel some flights and rebook passengers."

    The flights are particularly busy in the lead up to Alderney Week.

    Two additional flights have been put on today between Southampton and Alderney to accommodate yesterday's passengers.

  8. Condor's phone lines back up

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The Liberation vessel, which was out of action yesterday due to an engine fault, is running slighly behind schedule after a "difficult loading in Poole".

    It's now due in at Guernsey 45 minutes behind schedule, at 13:00.

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  9. Weather: Mostly dry and windy

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    It is a much better day for the Channel Islands compared to yesterday, when we saw all that rain.

    It will be mostly dry, with the chance of an odd shower.

    The winds will stay fresh, or strong, in a west and southwesterly direction.

    Weather forecast for Thursday
  10. Sark blooms inspected by judges

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sark garden

    Judging will finish shortly in Sark, where after months of preparation judges from the Royal Horticultural Society are inspecting public areas around Creux Harbour, the Avenue, and the Old Island Hall.

    Sark is representing the Bailiwick in the Britain in Bloom competition.

    The island's Seigneur Major Christopher Beaumont, has praised the efforts of islanders in restoring forgotten or neglected parts of the island.

  11. Wet, wet, wet

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    So it rained a fair bit in Guernsey yesterday.

    It seems more rain fell than the whole monthly average - wow.

    View more on twitter
  12. Jet ski crash: Giles Corbin describes his injuries

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The Jersey lawyer who suffered a "catastrophic, life-changing injury" in a crash between a jet ski and a speedboat has described the moment when he realised the extent of his injuries.

    Giles Corbin, 45, was the passenger on a jet ski at St Brelade's Bay when a boat collided with it last month.

    A warning: the description that follows is graphic.

    Mr Corbin said following the crash he found himself in the water, and managed to pull himself back on the jet ski.

    "I could see my femur completely exposed, with a slash of about something like 15 inches up my left thigh. And then a cut going down to my ankle," he said.

    Mr Corbin said he stayed "absolutely calm" through fear of raising his heart rate and increasing blood loss.

    He remained conscious and described being taken ashore to a waiting ambulance by a nearby boat.

  13. Education committee 'disappointed' in colleges

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's education committee said it will publish its plans for the future funding of grant-aided colleges on Monday, adding it was "disappointed" the schools chose to speak out ahead of the publication.

    In a joint statement released today Blanchelande, and Elizabeth and Ladies' colleges said discussions had effectively reached a deadlock ahead of their current funding deal ending in 2019.

    The island's government has been gradually reducing the amount it gives to the colleges. Currently taxpayers fund 52 special place holders in each school year across the three schools.

    Full details of the committee's reasons for future level of funding will be included in Monday's report, education said.

    The committee hopes the funding will be debated and approved by the States at the end of September.

  14. Guernsey visitor numbers increase in first six months of 2017

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The number of people visiting Guernsey in the first six months of 2017 was up on the same period in 2016, according to new figures published today.

    The 4.7% rise, which excludes cruise ship passengers and visiting yachtsmen, was largely driven by an increase in staying visitors, Visit Guernsey said.

    The cruise market suffered "a difficult second quarter" with the number of passengers coming ashore down by a quarter, blamed on "weather-related issues" preventing tenders coming ashore.

  15. Aid trip diverted after Rwanda grenade attack

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey cow with its owner in Rwanda
    Image caption: Jersey Overseas Aid is funding a two-year project to breed 40,000 Jersey cows in the country

    Volunteers for a Jersey Overseas Aid trip have changed their plans following a grenade attack in the area of Rwanda they were planning to go to.

    Thirteen people from Jersey had planned to travel to a remote region of Rwanda near the border with Burundi to help build schools, but they will now travel instead to Bugesera to build toilets.

    Jersey cows are being used as a key part of a project to improve milk production in Rwanda.

  16. More than 100 protesters gather to rally against FAB link

    Edward Rowe

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

    Protestors at Mannez Quarry

    More than 100 people protested at Alderney's Mannez Quarry last night against a £500m electricity cable project that could link France and Britain through Alderney.

    Those gathered were concerned about the environmental impact of the development, a perceived lack of information provided by the groups behind the cable link, and the size of the project.

    It took place at Mannez Quarry, the proposed site of an electricity converter station.

    A banner, draped across a former World War Two observation tower, read: "Alderney: our home, our green belt."

    Developer FAB Link Ltd said there was no application for a converter station as part of its initial application, still to be submitted, which it expected would have legally binding conditions designed to protect the environment.

    The station could be required should the project provide an outlet for locally-generated tidal power.

    Protest organiser Bonnie Jenkins
    Image caption: Protest organiser Bonnie Jenkins
    FAB link protestor
  17. 'No agreement' on future college funding

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Elizabeth and Ladies' Colleges, and Blanchelande

    Guernsey's three grant-aided colleges say they've been unable to reach an agreement with the Education Sport and Culture Committee (ESC) over future States funding.

    In a joint statement, Blanchelande, Elizabeth, and the Ladies' colleges say discussions have been taking place following the decision to scrap the 11-plus last year and ahead of the current funding deal ending in 2019.

    Currently taxpayers fund 52 special place holders per school year across the three colleges, and talks have been taking place on what the future level of States support should be.

    The States of Guernsey agreed in 2012 to gradually reduce the level of grant aid over a seven-year period.

    The colleges say they were "the instigators of consultative meetings" with ESC late last year and have been "willing participants" throughout the discussions.

    They also say, Education's representatives haven't moved from their opening position, which it's claimed isn't conducive to achieving the colleges' objective of being inclusive, and remaining an integral and valuable part of Guernsey's secondary education provision.