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  1. Weather: A dry night before a fine Thursday

    BBC Weather

    Plenty of late evening sunshine on Tuesday, leading into a dry night with lengthy clear spells. Light southwest to west winds will persist.

    Minimum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

    Another fine start to the day is expected on Thursday. Through the day, conditions will remain dry with further lengthy spells of warm, afternoon sunshine. Winds remaining light.

    Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather

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    Guernsey weather
  2. Soap Box Challenge cancelled

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Some bad news for Soap Box fans and participants - this year's event in Guernsey has been cancelled.

    The Guernsey Motor Festival said on Facebook there have been "a number of entry cancellations" as well as "potential entries unfulfilled".

    The post said: "We thank those who have taken the time to enter this year's event, and propose that they keep their soapboxes in safe storage for a relaunched and more spectacular event in 2019."

    Soap Box race
  3. Dairy to cover extra feed costs after dry summer

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Dairy may contribute to or cover the cost of any feed that needs to be imported into the island, and if it does it's unlikely to push milk prices up.

    An independent consultant is in Jersey assessing how much cow feed may be needed after a shortage of green grass because of the recent heatwave.

    Eamonn Fenlon from the dairy said the company is making enough money from exporting products such as ice cream to offset the costs - but said it'll depend on how much feed is needed.

    Jersey milk
  4. Charity commission: 'Reports must be balanced'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A think tank given money by Jersey Finance to help publish a report on offshore finance centres is facing an investigation from the Charity Commission, which says all educational charities must produce information "in a balanced and neutral way".

    The Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Mark Littlewood, was secretly recorded by Greenpeace saying it was "in the influencing game", and telling potential US donors it could get access to UK government ministers.

    A Jersey Finance spokeswoman said it engaged the IEA at the end of 2017 and was not aware of any investigations, adding it did not disclose financial arrangements "as a matter of policy".

    The organisation helped to finance and provided data for an IEA report entitled Offshore Bet: The benefits of capital mobility, which found offshore finance centres play "an important economic function".

    As an educational charity the IEA is bound by UK charity law, and is now facing an "open regulatory compliance case" from the Charity Commission.

    A commission spokeswoman said: "Educational charities can play an important role in informing the public. The law is clear however that they must do so in a balanced and neutral way.

    "There are clear rules for charities regarding political activity that form a key part of both charity law and public expectations."

  5. Scrutiny to discuss mental health review with HSC

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's scrutiny committee will talk to the island's health committee about the possibility of a review of mental health services in the island.

    It comes after the chief executive of Guernsey Mind called for a review, so the quality of the island's mental health care in the island can be compared to other jurisdictions.

    After a meeting of the Scrutiny Management Committee, the President, Deputy Chris Green, said they would "meet shortly with the president of the Health and Social Care Committee to discuss these issues further and to better understand the current situation".

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  6. Visit Jersey looking to Scandinavia to boost tourism

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's tourism industry is hoping "wellness resorts" and Scandinavian visitors could be the key to developing tourism in the island.

    Tourism leaders in Jersey have long been searching for new attractions that could tempt new visitors, especially outside the summer months.

    Keith Beecham, from Visit Jersey, said wellness centres, which focus on pampering guests with relaxing treatments such as spas and massage, are growing in popularity.

    The idea is to help people deal with the stresses of everyday life - and it's thought Jersey could benefit.

    Massage table

    The Hotel de France announced this week that it's to re-market itself as a wellness centre - and there are already other similar sites in Jersey.

    Mr Beecham said the island could market itself as a destination for people wanting a relaxing experience.

    And some of those visitors could come from Scandinavia - as Visit Jersey is looking to Northern Europe to expand its catchment area for tourists.

  7. Guernsey working with UK health department on drug plan

    John Fernandez

    BBC Guernsey

    Guernsey is working with the UK's health department on plans for a potential "hard Brexit" and what it could mean for local drug stores, according to the island's chief pharmacist.

    One of Europe's biggest drug makers said it has been stockpiling products in case of a no-deal Brexit.

    Drug manufacturing

    The French firm Sanofi currently manufactures products in the UK and sends them to the continent for quality control.

    It has increased the supply it holds from four weeks to 14 weeks to guard against potential shortages.

    Ed Freestone says the Committee for Health and Social Care's aim is to be included in the calculations and processes of the UK's contingency plans as they are developed.

  8. New app gives guided tour of Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A local entrepreneur has launched an app to give guided tours around Guernsey.

    CEO of Startup Guernsey, Jennifer Strachan, says the app will be interesting to "tourists and locals alike", and gives two self-guided tours of the island, with information and historical photos.

    Guernsey History Trail

    Mrs Strachan said she worked closely with Festung Guernsey, Submarine and Digimap to create the app, which is currently only available on the Apple App Store.

    She said she came up with the idea while walking her dog on Clarence Battery and being asked questions by visitors.

  9. Puffin protections extended into August

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An island which is famous for being a puffin breeding ground will close for an extra week

    Burhou, just off the north coast of Alderney, is normally closed until August during the nesting season.

    Puffin

    However, that date has now been pushed back until 8 August to "accommodate for the late nature of the seabird breeding season this year".

    Burhou has been closed for the breeding season every year since 1987, to try and protect the population from human disturbance.

    Burhou

    A similar scheme takes place on Lihou in Guernsey, where an area on the eastern side of the island is roped off while various species of bird nest during the summer.

  10. Guernsey lose to Sweden in world qualifiers

    Tim Hunter

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey lost to Sweden by two wickets in their opening match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers.

    Guernsey recovered from 22-5 to make 118-8 in their 31 overs of a rain-reduced game where Sweden eventually clinched victory with the last ball of the match.

    Cricket team

    Their next match against Italy takes place on Thursday and is a must win if they hope to progress to the next round of qualifying.

  11. Watson to play Williams after first round win

    Tim Hunter

    BBC Guernsey

    Heather Watson will play six-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams in the second round of the Silicon Valley Classic.

    Watson beat American Claire Liu 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round.

    The win over Liu means that Watson has reached a milestone of 100 wins in main-draw singles matches on the WTA Tour.

    Heather Watson

    Meanwhile, Johanna Konta inflicted the worst defeat of Serena Williams' career with a thumping first-round victory over the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, winning 6-1, 6-0.

  12. Jersey Finance backs report from 'under investigation' think tank

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    An organisation promoting Jersey's finance industry has admitted contributing money towards a report published by a think tank that looked favourably on offshore investment centres.

    Amy Bryant, Deputy CEO of Jersey Finance - which receives funding from the States of Jersey - said it became involved with the report after the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) "issued a proposal open to anyone wanting to support their research".

    The IEA is currently facing scrutiny from the Charity Commission after Greenpeace secretly recorded its director, Mark Littlewood, saying the organisation was involved "in the influencing game".

    Mrs Bryant said: "Jersey Finance felt that the project would be helpful in advancing conversations around international finance centres and decided to support the project, partly financially and partly by providing access to relevant materials and data."

    She added that Jersey Finance did not have "any editorial control" over the final report.

    It is unclear how much money was contributed to the IEA by the States backed company, who "welcomed" the report in June.

    The IEA told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme it makes "no apology for seeking to raise funds" as it defended telling potential US donors it could get access to UK government ministers.

  13. Second sunniest July for Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey is always one step ahead on the weather.

    While the noisy neighbours had their sunniest ever July this year, Guernsey had to make do with its second sunniest, and third warmest.

    Guernsey had 340.5 hours of sunshine in July - 11 fewer than Jersey.

    It's worth noting that Guernsey's records started 31 years earlier, and the record was in 1911.

    Not that we're competitive or anything...

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  14. Jersey's sunniest July ever

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Last month was the sunniest July ever in Jersey.

    There were 351.8 hours of sunshine, while the previous record was 340.8 hours.

    That means that it was sunny 47% of the time, including the night time!

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  15. Scrutiny to discuss mental health review

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Scrutiny Management Committee will discuss commissioning an external review of mental health services later, according to its president.

    It comes after the chief executive of Guernsey Mind called for a review, so the quality of the island's mental health care in the island can be compared to other jurisdictions.

    Mental health patient

    Deputy Chris Green is expected to meet with his committee later where he said they would discuss the idea.

    The Committee for Health and Social Care said it's currently examining the needs of groups of individuals rather than reviewing services in isolation, and has employed a new member of staff to work towards delivering the mental health and well-being plan.

  16. Police investigate after flowers taken from grave site

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The father of a disabled Jersey woman who died last Christmas has been left devastated after silk wreaths were taken from her grave.

    Police say they are investigating after the floral displays were taken from Grouville cemetery, where 33-year-old Kerina Hennequin is buried.

    The wreaths were specially made in the UK by her family. Her father, Christopher, said it was "despicable" if thieves had take them.

    wreaths
    Image caption: The wreaths were similar to this design, but with different writing
    Quote Message: I’d like the wreath returned and if people are caught with the wreaths they will have to face the prosecution the police and court deem fit. To steal from somebody's grave... it's the lowest of the low.” from Christopher Hennequin
    Christopher Hennequin
  17. Deputy calls for land reclamation with inert waste

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Inert waste should be used to reclaim land in St Peter Port, a Guernsey politician has said.

    Deputy Barry Paint said creating a dock out into the Little Russel channel and filling it with inert waste would mean larger vessels would be able to berth in the harbour.

    Quote Message: The harbour is no longer fit for purpose as far as big ships coming in. You’ve got to try and think: 'What’s the best thing we could do with this waste?'" from Deputy Barry Paint
    Deputy Barry Paint

    Two quarries in the Vale are being looked at to house construction and building waste, along with the extension of Longue Hogue south.

    Current waste disposal facilities are expected to be full by 2022, according to the States.

    The States Trading and Supervisory Board, which is running the project, said land reclamation at St Peter Port's harbour had not been ruled out as a "long-term solution", but could not be considered as an option before the current site at Longue Hougue was full.

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