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Top flight changes could damage Championship

Jersey RFC Head Coach Harvey Biljon is concerned proposed changes to the Premiership could ultimately mean the Championship becomes less competitive.

Early plans for the professional game include increasing the number of top flight teams from 12 to 14 and scrapping relegation and promotion.

Some Premiership clubs including Exeter Chiefs have come out and supported the idea but the majority of Championship clubs are likely to be less keen on the idea.

Biljon was part of the coaching staff at Cornish Pirates when they reached the Championship play-off final but were unable to be promoted because their ground was ready for Premiership rugby.

He believes that experience shows a league without promotion and relegation loses a certain edge.

From my experience of having been in two play-off finals, do I personally think we could've got that extra 2 or 3% from every player if they'd known there was that Premiership reward at the end of the game?

Whether that meant financial or the opportunity to go up and test yourself at the highest level.

Yes I obviously think that you would have got that little bit more rather than just playing for something where you didn't get that full reward at the end of it.

– Jersey RFC Head Coach, Harvey Biljon

Possible diesel spill on Jersey beach

Islanders are being warned of a possible diesel spill on St Aubin's Bay in Jersey.

The liquid found near to the Bel Royal outfall is being tested by Environmental Health, but it does smell strongly of the fuel.

Signs have been put up to warn islanders not to let dogs or horses walk through the liquid, or drink it.

Islanders using the beach at Bel Royal are being asked to be aware of signs which have been put up as a precautionary measure today (Thursday 5 March) following a report of a small pollution incident close to the outfall outlet.

Department of Environment staff are trying to establish the source of the pollution and have asked householders and businesses in Bel Royal to check their oil tanks for any signs of a leak.

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Woman taken to hospital after crash in Guernsey

A woman has been taken to hospital after her car overturned near the Friquet in Guernsey.

It happened at junction of Rue du Friquet and Rue Cohu. The emergency services got her out through the broken back window before pushing the car onto its wheels.

The woman’s injuries are not though to be life threatening.

Pollution warning in Bel Royal

Jersey's Environmental Protection are warning islanders about a small amount of pollution near the Bel Royal beach outfall.

They have put up signs informing people and asking them to avoid the area for the moment, and in particular, not to let animals walk through or drink the liquid.

The liquid is being analysed and Environmental Protection staff are trying to find the source of the pollution.

They’re asking householders and businesses in Bel Royal to check their oil tanks for leaks.

If you have any information about the pollution call 709535 or email envprotection@gov.je

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Team Jersey logo unveiled

Team Jersey NatWest Island Games logo

With the NatWest Island Games now less than 115 days away Team Jersey have unveiled their logo that all the athletes will wear when competing.

The logo, designed by LAB-6 along with Jersey Post and Team Jersey officials, will take pride of place on the official Team Jersey kit.

As well as appearing on the official team kit, there are plans to reveal official Team Jersey supporter merchandise for islanders to purchase and wear before, during and after the games.

We were obviously delighted to have Jersey Post back on board again as Team Jersey sponsor, but even more pleased with the level of involvement that they want to have with the team.

The logo is a real asset to the home games as we try our hardest to gather as much local support for our athletes as possible.

– Steve Jacobs, Team Jersey

St Michael's celebrate World Book Day!

St Michael's Preparatory school in Jersey have been getting into the spirit of World Book Day today.

They dressed up as their favourite book characters for the day to celebrate the occasion and transform themselves to another world.

The day is designed to celebrate the success of authors and encourage reading for pleasure all year round.

World Book Day Ltd is a registered charity whose financing comes mainly from contributing publishers, the sponsorship of National Book Tokens Ltd, literacy partnerships and other supporters.

Three men punished for graffiti and criminal damage spree

Three men have each been given 180 hours of community service after carrying out a graffiti and criminal damage spree.

Ethan Millar and Daniel Pengelley who are both 20, and 19-year-old David Dyson took 'magic mushrooms' on the night of the 22nd of December and sprayed offensive graffiti on buildings, walls, vehicles and a phone box around the Route Des Capelles and Route Des Coutanchez area.

As well as offensive words they sprayed pictures of mushrooms, smiley faces and other phrases including 'Hail Satan' and 'Ha Ha Ha'.

The judge Philip Robey said he was giving the three the longest community service order he had ever issued and described the criminal damage as 'vile, obscene, offensive vandalism.'

The defendents for the three men all said they were sorry and remorseful for carrying out the offences.

Compensation orders were also issued which mean Dyson will have to pay more than £1700 while Pengelley and Millar will have to pay £419 each.

Met Police working with Channel Islands to tackle money laundering

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Benton from the Corruption Unit of the Metropolitan Police has said they have good relations with the Channel Islands as they tackle money laundering.

A report released yesterday on London property bought with corrupt money named Jersey as one of the preferred locations to conceal corrupt property purchases.

The report by anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International, found 14% of company owned property in London was held by anonymous firms in Jersey with 8.5% held in Guernsey.

Det Chief Inspector Benton has said it's a tricky situation as money moves so easily around the world.

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