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Summary

  1. Mammoth tooth found in island dig
  2. Plans to cut Guernsey college funding by millions
  3. Jersey charity calls to boost wages
  4. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

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  2. Longue Hougue land reclamation due to be completed in three years

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The Guernsey site is filled with inert waste - mostly from the construction industry - and is due to be full by April 2020.

    The Waste Management 2016 report says the amount of waste being supplied has fallen due to a downturn in building.

    It says: "The ability to dispose of inert waste is vital to the local construction industry.

    "It is therefore important a suitable solution is identified for when Longue Hougue is full, and a review of options and a high level Environmental Impact Assessment are currently being carried out."

    Longue Hougue

    The commercial recycling rate in 2016 was 42.2%, compared to 40.4% in 2015 and 41.8% in 2014.

    However, the report points out that as the data is collected on a voluntary basis from companies, which are under no obligation to share their information, its completeness or accuracy "cannot be guaranteed".

  3. Proposed funding 'insufficient' to keep colleges inclusive

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's three independent colleges say they "provide tremendous value to the States of Guernsey".

    In a joint statement they said: "The ESC [Education, Sport and Culture Committee] proposal acknowledges that they educate 30% of the island’s pupils at a cost to the tax payer of just 6% of the total education general revenue budget. They operate on tight budgets and are non-profit-making."

    They say the suggestion a reduction in funding for special place holders can be replaced by more fee-paying pupils "would make the colleges exclusive to those with the ability to pay by replacing children from households with limited means with fee payers paying full fees".

    Quote Message: We have an important role to play in providing stability, value, capacity and choice as an integral part of the education system." from Allister Langlois Spokesman for the three colleges
    Allister LangloisSpokesman for the three colleges
  4. Glass recycling in proposals for new kerbside recycling scheme

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    When the next kerbside recycling scheme is introduced in Guernsey it may include glass, the States has said.

    The new scheme is expected to start in late 2018 after a nine-month trial in St Peter Port.

    Although most glass is currently recycled, an analysis in 2015 found it made up more than 4% of black bag waste, which equals about 500 tonnes a year.

    Glass recycling
  5. Weather: Rain expected in the early hours

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fine end to the day with some hazy sunshine. However, the cloud will thicken overnight with some spells of rain in the early hours, turning heavy at times. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather map

    It will be a breezy day tomorrow with heavy scattered showers at first. Some brighter spells will develop into the afternoon, with the odd shower possible at times. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

  6. Surprise ceremony an ‘experience of lifetime’

    Guernsey Press

    'An experience of a lifetime' was how a couple described their surprise marriage ceremony.

  7. Fees may rise if grants fall

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The not-for-profit colleges may raise their fees if proposed cuts in grants from the States of Guernsey are approved.

    Quote Message: There's already an agreement over the last seven years that fee levels have risen and they are under constant review, like any business you decide on your price structure year by year and of course the fee levels will be affected by other factors such as the amount of States grant." from Allister Langlois Spokesman for the three colleges
    Allister LangloisSpokesman for the three colleges
  8. Household recycling remains steady

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The rate of household recycling and composting in Guernsey has held steady at just under half of all waste, figures for last year show.

    This is despite reported problems with islanders getting the blue and clear recycling bags.

    The States has admitted getting the kerbside recycling sacks has been "more cumbersome than desirable".

    Guernsey clear recycling bags

    Through the clear bags 1,688 tonnes of paper and cardboard was recycled, down from 1,808 tonnes in 2015 while 593 tonnes of blue bags - plastic, cartons, cans and tins - were picked up, one tonne more than the year before.

    Via the bring banks 933 tonnes of cardboard, 70 tonnes of tins and cans, 120 tonnes of plastic packaging and 33 tonnes of beverage cartons were recycled.

    There were an additional 200 tonnes of green waste collected in 2016 compared to 2015.

    The overall domestic recycling rate for 2016 was 48.1%, compared to 47.8% in 2015 and 49.1% in 2014.

  9. States trying to stop Asian Hornet 'becoming established'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    States appeals for islanders help in dealing with bee-killing invader.

    A spokesman said: "With live Asian Hornets found in Guernsey in recent weeks, the approach to dealing with this non-native species has been reviewed in the light of experience both here and elsewhere.

    "The sea around us, and the distance from populations of this wasp in France (the most likely source), may well slow or limit introductions and so the first tactic is to try and identify and destroy nests to eradicate the Asian Hornet and stop it becoming established on the island.

    ‘To do this we are absolutely reliant on information being sent to us by from the public with accurate sightings of this insect new to the island."

    Asian Hornet

    The spokesman said the aim of collating the sightings will allow nests to be found and destroyed.

    He warned islanders not to try to tackle the nests themselves as the hornets will "aggressively defend the hive if it is disturbed".

    They ask photos of to the sent in via a dedicated webpage.

  10. Tensions still simmer in Council of Ministers

    Jersey Evening Post

    Tensions in the Council of Ministers caused by differing opinions over the Jersey Innovation Fund, the ministerial future of Senator Philip Ozouf and divisions over funding the new hospital have settled but not gone away, the JEP understands.

  11. Guernsey waste report 2016: Fall in waste being dumped

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The amount of waste being dumped in Guernsey's landfill is the lowest on record, according to States annual figure.

    The last survey of Mont Cuet, carried out in January 2017, found the site was 87% full and it is expected to be full by "mid-2018".

    Bar chart
  12. Colleges 'will only be for those who can afford it'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Quote Message: The proposals they are making unfortunately would leave very little option but for the colleges to become accessible to only those who can afford it." from Allister Langlois Spokesman for the three Guernsey colleges
    Allister LangloisSpokesman for the three Guernsey colleges

    He was responding to the release of the proposals for the grants given to the colleges to be cut by three quarters.

    The proposals will be voted on by the States.

  13. Getting the (big) word out

    Guernsey Press

    We all enjoy hearing a story, especially a love story, so prepare yourself for Big Word of Mouth, a night out with a difference. Jill Chadwick met up with organiser Paula Kontelj to find out more about a fun fundraiser where secret stories will be shared.

  14. Bees 'driven away' by energy from waste plant frequencies

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A beehive at La Collette in St Helier is being moved because the bees are leaving and not coming back, possibly because of frequencies coming from a nearby waste plant.

    Mark Adams, who works at the nurseries for the Parish of St Helier, will put the hive at the parish nursery.

    He says he thinks the bees are leaving because they don't like the frequencies coming from the large energy from waste plant in the area.

    Energy from Waste
  15. States 'publishing more information' than ever before

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The States of Guernsey "has never published more information than it does now". That's from a government spokesman responding to claims the States doesn't invest enough in public relations.

    States of Guernsey

    Former transport minister, Yvonne Burford, made the claim during a BBC Radio Guernsey interview. She said a lack of professional PR led to her transport policy being branded "anti-car" because the States didn't sell the plan properly to the public.

    The States spokesman said: "The organisation as a whole recognises that communication is a crucial part of the services we provide.

    "Significant improvement has been achieved to professionalise communications with dedicated staff in key committee areas and a corporate communications team to take the lead and importantly offer and provide support to all committees and services across government."

  16. Documentary looks back on how abuse was uncovered

    BBC Inside Out

    A three-year official inquiry found Jersey's government had failed the children in its care and was an ineffectual and neglectful substitute parent.

    Video content

    Video caption: The BBC's Zoe Clough looks at how decades of abuse were uncovered in Jersey.
  17. Flybe 'working to reduce delays and cancellations'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The chief executive of airline Flybe says staff are working to cut the number of delays and cancellations caused by technical or operational problems.

    Christine Ourmieres-Widener made the comments on a recent visit to Guernsey to launch the airline's summer 2018 schedules.

    There've been regular delays on the airline's Birmingham to Jersey and Guernsey service. She says the carrier will work to resolve issues which stop passengers flying.

  18. Thief took clock from shop

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A woman took a cream metal clock from Creasey's home store in Smith Street, St Peter Port between 13:10 and 13:15 on Saturday.

    Police said she had short, dark hair and was wearing a dark-coloured blazer with dark trousers, grey T-shirt and was carrying a large black holdall and backpack.

    Anyone with information can contact Guernsey Police on 725111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  19. 'No guarantee' runway extension will attract more airlines

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    While it's always good to invest in infrastructure and improve airports, spending millions on extending runways is no guarantee that more airlines will be attracted, says Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener.

    She said the current runway at Guernsey Airport works well for her airline as Flybe only operates smaller aircraft, but does understand the desire for the island to expand.

    Guernsey airport

    There have been calls from some in the States and industry for a number of years to extend the runway to attract larger aircraft.