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Summary

  1. Gerard Eamon Maguire trial: Attempted murder victim 'started the fight'
  2. Conduct complaint against senior Guernsey politicians dismissed
  3. Women's Muratti 'not going ahead'
  4. David Miller family urge leniency for his killers
  5. Alderney politician giving Brexit evidence
  6. E-petition scheme proposed for Jersey
  7. No such thing as 'an automatic pay rise' in civil service
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One  at 18:30 and 22:25. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Jersey women's team 'excited to play Sheffield Utd'

BBC Sport

The Jersey Women's football team are not playing a Muratti match against Guernsey this year but today the JFA announced they have organised a friendly in April against Sheffield United Ladies. 

The game against the south Yorkshire side, who usually play in the East Midlands Women's Premier Division, will take place at the home of Sheffield United men's side, Bramall Lane and the island players say they are excited to play on a major pitch.

Travelling away as a squad is a fantastic experience for us. It's a team building thing. We tend not to focus ont he opposition, we focus on us and we will be prepared for the game.

Libby BarnettJersey Women's Team Midfielder

Manager Simon Petulla says the JFA starting looking for fixtures after it was suggested the Muratti match might not go ahead and there are more fixtures in the works.

It is a great opportunity for the girls and we will take a squad of 14 girls over and a four or five management team. It's a great opportunity to play on a pitch like that.

Simon PetullaJersey Women's Team coach

Bus company brings foldable bikes to Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's only bus company, LibertyBus, spent just over £60,000 bringing a dozen foldable bikes and lockers to the island that anyone can pay to hire and can be taken on the buses.

Kevin Hart, LibertyBus General Manager said: "We get asked all the time by people if we can carry bikes on the buses but we just don't have the room, the buses aren't big enough."

He said they partnered with Brompton as the bikes can fit on the buses after folding, are stored in a locker at the bus station and can be hired online.

As a social enterprise company, owned by HCT, Mr Hart says LibertyBus will not make any money on the bikes, the cost of hire will cover repair and maintenance. 

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World Book Day: What did you dress up as?

BBC Radio Jersey

It's World Book Day and children across the islands are dressed up as their favourite characters

BBC Radio Jersey asked people to share their photos on Facebook and we've had two from Adelina d'Orleans shared pictures of Winter (4) and Amelie (9).

Winter dressed as Crazy Dave from Plants vs Zombies and Amelie went as Squirrel Girl, a Marvel superhero.

Children
Adelina d'Orleans

A number of factors in case of struck off former health boss

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Former Director of Health and Social Services in Guernsey, Jacqueline Gallienne, was struck off for at least 18 months by the Nursing and Midwifery Council last week.

It was for a number of reasons including failing to ensure an adequate standard of care was being delivered by midwives to patients at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. The inquiry into her conduct was called following the death of a baby at the maternity ward in 2014.

There were a number of factors taken into account by the panel in deciding to strike her off

Aggravating factors

  • The Registrant was in a senior position as Director of Health and Social Care Services 
  • The Registrant’s failings put patients at unwarranted risk of harm
  • The Registrant demonstrated multiple failings over several years
  • The issues included basic and fundamental aspects of nursing 

Migrating factors

  • The Registrant has made admissions to the factual charges and impairment 
  • The Registrant has had no previous referrals to the NMC

Bursary scheme set up to help finance students

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Do you want to study for a degree in financial services? If so you might be able to get help paying for it after a new bursery scheme has been launched.

The money is specifically for those studying courses in Jersey and includes £12,000 from STEP Jersey, a financial industry trade body.

Students who submit the best essays and personal statements could win awards of between £2,500 £6,000 towards the cost of the degree.

'Serious failings' in the case of struck off health boss

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Former Guernsey Director of Health and Social Services, Jacqueline Gallienne, was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council following an investigation into care at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital maternity unit.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

The NMC found there were serious failings on the part of Ms Gallienne that were described as "so serious, with widespread consequences."

In its findings the panel said: "The Registrant’s lack of remediation mean that there is a high risk of repetition should the Registrant be allowed to return to practice. 

"This high level of risk means that there are serious public protection concerns but, due to the seriousness of the risk, the public interest is also engaged."

She will be put on a temporary 18 month suspension to allow time for appeal.

Airport spends £1.3m on remote technology

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey airport is spending £1.3m on new technology it says will allow Air Traffic Control to be operated remotely if the tower is out of action. It will make Jersey the first place in the British Isles and only the second in Europe to use the new technology.

The technology also means Jersey air traffic controllers will be able to control aircraft landing and taking off at other airports around Europe in future. 

We are going to put in something for our own contingency but also something we are able to sell within the UK and Europe. At the moment the only remote tower is in Sweden but there are others in the offing and we are keen to get in on that market so we can provide services to others.

Steven DriscollAirport Director

Attempted murder trial: Neck wound 'most dangerous'

BBC Radio Jersey

A forensic medical examiner has told an attempted murder trial at Jersey's Royal Court that if the victim's neck wound had been any deeper he would have died. 

Jersey Royal Court
BBC

Gerard Eamon Maguire, 49 of St Helier denies the attempted murder of his friend Shaun Patrick Howard in the early hours of October 30 last year. 

Dr Virginia French told the court she examined the victim on the afternoon following the attack. 

Among the most serious was a 5.5cm cut to Mr Howard's neck but he also had several superficial cuts to his abdomen including a long slice on the middle of his stomach, cuts on his arms and shoulder and a significant bruise to his abdomen. 

She described many of these wounds as slash wounds and said that had Mr Howard's neck wound been deeper, he would not have survived the incident.

The trial continues.

Dry and bright then clouding over

BBC Weather

Apart from the odd shower it should be dry this afternoon with some bright or sunny spells and easing winds. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

The skies will cloud over tonight, accompanied by rain, heavy at times, spreading eastwards overnight. Some drier interludes are possible towards dawn, but overall it will remain rather damp for most. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

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Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Did you know: Jersey people spent nearly £3m on books

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Statistics Unit are at it again - with the World Book Day stats. Earlier they reported that there were about 400,000 visits to Jersey's libraries last year. Now we find in 2014/15 Jersey people spent about £3m on books.

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Alderney politician giving Brexit evidence

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The President of the States of Alderney has been in the UK today giving evidence to the Justice Select Committee examining the impact of Brexit.

Stuart Trought took to social media to say he was speaking about "protecting Alderney's interests post Brexit". 

Yesterday Mr Trought said he had "a constructive meeting with Sir Oliver Heald, the minister responsible for the relationship with the Channel Islands".

BreakingConduct complaint against senior politicians dismissed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A code of conduct complaint made against three senior politicians in Guernsey has been dismissed.

The new chairwoman of the States Members' Conduct Panel - who has been in post for less than two days - says she is not satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support the complaints.

Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley
BBC

The three deputies - Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley - were accused of suggesting that Deputy Marc Leadbeater could not carry out his political responsibilities because he has a disabled son.

All three denied the accusations.

Judy Beaugeard and her Deputy Chairman Allister Langlois - along with eight other ordinary members - started their term as the new conduct panel yesterday morning.

Gerard Eamon Maguire trial: Attempted murder victim 'started the fight'

BBC Radio Jersey

An attempted murder victim started the fight which led to him being stabbed, the Jersey Royal Court has heard.

Gerard Eamon Maguire, 49, of St Helier denies attempting to murder Shaun Patrick Howard in the early hours of 30 October in Journeaux Street. The hearing is now in its second day.

The court heard yesterday that the two had been drinking together for roughly 16 hours before Mr Maguire allegedly tried to kill Mr Howard by stabbing him in the neck. 

Defence Advocate Paul Nicholls challenged Mr Howard's evidence this morning, suggesting it was in fact the alleged victim who started the fight which led to his near fatal injuries. 

Advocate Nicholls said Mr Howard threw a glass and that his neck was injured as the two men struggled for the knife. He accused Mr Howard of flipping out over a stupid, drunken disagreement over a Cat Stevens song. 

Mr Howard denied this version of events, saying the defendant came at him with the knife and that he pleaded with his friend to put the knife down. The trial continues.

Controlling public sector pay 'most important thing'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Controlling public sector pay is the "most important thing", according to the chief executive of the States of Guernsey.

In 2015 the States spent £242.7m on staff and Paul Whitfield says it is the States biggest cost. He says wherever more staff are needed, it must be done wisely.

Paul Whitfield
BBC

What we've got to do is make sure where we are having to increase with good reason that actually we are controlling by transforming the business and not just simply backfilling staff."

Paul Whitfield Chief Executive, States of Guernsey

‘He was a very charming fellow, always full of fun’

Guernsey Press

Tributes have been paid to a man who ‘represented the good old-fashioned virtues of parish life in general and douzaine life in particular’ .  

What would you do? Jersey War Tunnels asks visitors to make tough choices

Rob England

BBC News Online

The revamped exhibit "Whispers and Lies" aims to engage people in the decisions islanders had to make during the occupation.

Jersey War Tunnels revamped the exhibit in a bid to engage new and younger audiences

Singer Jono defies disability to take the stage once more

Jersey Evening Post

A popular musician who suffered serious injuries in a skiing accident three years ago is getting back in the groove to raise money for charity .

Former Guernsey health director struck off

BBC Radio Guernsey

A former director of Guernsey's Health and Social Care Services has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, following the death of a baby at the island's maternity ward in 2014.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

Jacqueline Gallienne worked at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital between 2012 and June 2015.

During the course of the investigation she admitted a number of charges including failing to ensure an adequate standard of care was being delivered by midwives to patients at the PEH.

Ms Gallienne also accepted she did not ensure the safe and effective delivery of maternity based services in the Hospital. The panel found these failings had put patients at risk of harm and the issues included basic aspects of nursing.

At the hearing on Friday Mrs Gallienne was struck off, initially for 18 months which covers the appeal period. Three other midwives facing charges of misconduct over the death of the baby will have to wait until the autumn for a decision from the governing body.

Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee is expected to respond to the findings later this afternoon.

Jersey women's manager 'very disappointed'

BBC Sport

The manager of Jersey's women's football team says he's "very disappointed" the women's Muratti match has been cancelled this year .

It came after the Guernsey FA announced it couldn't find enough qualified players to field a team. A spokesman said as there is no women's competition or league in the island there aren't enough players available for a representative side to play against Jersey.

Simon Petulla
BBC

All the girls want to play in the Muratti, they get a cap for it. There is a trophy up for grabs and a winners' medal at the end of it. I would do anything to get the game on but it is out of my hands."

Simon PetullaJersey Ladies FA side

Sark Folk Festival fixes ticketing problems

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

One of the fastest selling music festivals in the Channel Islands, the Sark Folk Festival, says it has cracked computer problems that forced it to abandon ticket sales in November.

Sark Folk Festival
BBC

Organisers have now outsourced the ticket sales process to Irish IT firm Ticketsolve. The remaining 1,100 tickets go on sale at midday on Saturday, 11 March.

Festival committee member Jessica Nash says it should be a much smoother experience than in the past.

Former Health director struck-off after baby deaths

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's former director of Health and Social Care Services has been struck-off following the deaths of two babies on Loveridge Ward .  

Condor 'providing a resilient and punctual service'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Condor Ferries say their latest statistics show they are providing "reliable, punctual and resilient services" for the island.

Condor
BBC

Apparently they are getting better at sailing within 30 minutes of the scheduled time of arrival with over 90% sailing on time in January. This is up from 74.2% on time in January 2016 and 83% in December 2016.

Paul Luxon, Condor CEO said: "‘We have experienced some very bad weather since the turn of the year and these excellent figures illustrate how robust our operations are in such circumstances."

Sark Folk Festival tickets on sale on Saturday 11 March

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Tickets for the Sark Folk Festival this summer will go on sale on Saturday 11 March after organisers managed to find a new company to operate their ticketing services.

There was a problem in November causing the website to crash. They had to abandon ticket sales until a solution could be found. They're now working with Irish IT firm Ticketsolve. 

Sark festival
BBC

If you aren't successful straight away trying to buy your tickets, then it puts you in a queue and it tells you how many people are in front of you, so you have a better idea. Hopefully it will make it less frustrating for people.

Jessica NashSark Folk Festival

Dullest February in more than a decade

BBC Weather

We're seeing a little bit of sunshine today in Jersey, something that's a big improvement on February when, according to Jersey Met, we had the "dullest month" for 11 years.

Jersey sky
BBC

Jersey Met recorded just over 86.6 hours of sunshine in February, compared to an average of nearly 97 hours.

It was milder and wetter than average with 30% of rain for the month falling on 5 February. Despite that day, this winter has been the driest in Jersey for 20 years.

Jersey to take on Sheffield United Ladies

BBC Sport

Jersey FA women have an exciting new fixture to look forward to at the end of April - they will travel to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United Ladies who currently play in the East Midlands Womens Regional League.

Jersey Ladies
BBC

Iain Mackenzie from the JFA said: “This is a unique opportunity for our ladies to play in a historic stadium against quality opposition.”

This comes off the back of the news that there won't be the annual women's Muratti this year after Guernsey FA announced they did not have enough players to field a team. 

Jersey will play Sheffield United Ladies on 23 April. The island's FA said in a statement they won't be able to take a full squad but it would give other players a chance to play.

'Tide is turning' over freedom of information

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The "tide is turning" when it comes to government transparency and freedom of information in the Channel Islands. That's according to the head of the Data Protection office, Emma Martins. 

She attended a conference in Berlin for commissioners and ombudsmen, where delegates were told the government needs to be more proactive in making information public. 

Jersey introduced a Freedom of Information (FOI) law in 2015 but Guernsey does not have an FOI law at the moment.

Emma Martins
BBC

It is important we understand the cost and that government is open about what that may mean for resource commitment. Going forward most democracies are looking at legislative rights for residents. The tide is turning.

Emma Martins Channel Islands Data Commissioner

Surfers could net a swift response

Guernsey Press

Revise controls on limiting the setting of fishing nets for safety reasons could be put in place ‘relatively quickly’ following a consultation period, if the Committee for Economic Development agrees .  

How many signatures for a States debate?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new e-petition scheme could launch in Jersey and bring with it the ability for islanders to get their issues discussed at a hearing in the States Assembly - if they get enough people to back them.

But how many is enough? In the UK you need 10,000 signatures for a response and 100,000 for a debate - however Jersey only has a population of 100,000 and that includes infants.

UK petition site
BBC

If we look at 100,000 people, take away people under 16 and people who wouldn't probably use petitions you are looking around 60,000 people. It should be a percentage of that. So 1,000 gets you a response and 5,000 gets you a debate.

Deputy Scott Wickenden Assistant Minister for e-government

World Book Day: A little bit of Jerriais

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's L'Office du Jerriais has shared a little post on their Twitter page in Jerriais and English to mark World Book Day.

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Jersey Police to move into new station next week

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In less than a week there will be a big change for the police in Jersey as they move into their new £21m headquarters at Green Street in St Helier.

At 20:00 next Tuesday evening the public reception at the old Rouge Bouillon station will close for the last time. 

The visitor reception at the new station on La Route du Fort, will open at 08:00 the following morning.

Weather Watchers: A momentary double rainbow

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather is set to be mixed again today, there will be some bright sunny periods but there is also the risk of rain.

Kate Harbour shared this amazing picture showing a momentary glimpse of a double rainbow over L'Eree/Rocquaine just before a shower.

Double Rainbow
Kate Harbour

Women's Muratti 'not going ahead'

BBC Sport

Guernsey FA has confirmed that there will be no women's Muratti this year, despite the chance of a last minute reprieve for the event last month.

Women's Muratti
BBC

The footballing body blamed a lack of suitably qualified players to form a Guernsey FA representative team. To qualify players should be playing football for a domestic club affiliated to the Jersey or Guernsey FA and should be at least 16 years old.

The GFA said in a statement: "There was a hope that the match could be played this season, but the reality is without a local competition in place we were not able to satisfy inter-insular rules, and there is now no prospect of the GFA achieving that."

Guernsey FA say they will now focus on working with younger girls to train up the next generation of players in the hope there will be a team available for the future.

E-petition scheme proposed for Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

You could soon be able to force the States of Jersey to vote on an issue that you are particularly interested in. Well if you can get enough other people to sign an online petition that is.

Donald Trump
PA

Assistant minister for e-government, Deputy Scott Wickenden has proposed an e-petition scheme, similar to the one in the UK that saw more than two million people ask Theresa May to cancel a planned state visit by Donald Trump.

He says the move would give islanders more of a say in the way the island is run and a petition wouldn't necessarily need to be supported by politicians to get a debate.

Winter was driest in Jersey for 20 years

Jersey Evening Post

This winter was the seventh sunniest on record and the driest for 20 years, according to the Jersey Met Office .  

Latest weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It'll be largely fine and dry but windy this morning, with spells of sunshine for most. The winds will ease through the day and some may see an isolated shower, but for many it will remain dry throughout. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Jersey:

Jersey weather
Bbc

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Guernsey weather
Bbc

David Miller family urge leniency for his killers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The family of murdered Jersey man David Miller have urged Thai authorities to show leniency after two men convicted of his killing lost their appeal against their death sentences

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyowhose
bbc

Mr Miller and Hannah Witheridge from Norfolk were murdered by the two Burmese nationals on a beach in Koh Tao in 2014.

In a statement, the Miller family said the court process was fair and effective and they are convinced the police had found their son's killers. 

But they also said they hoped the Thai authorities would be lenient to the two Burmese men, Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo whose appeal against their death sentence was dismissed this week.

No such thing as 'an automatic pay rise' in civil service

BBC Radio Guernsey

In response to a claim by Deputy Gavin St Pier that the States could save money by removing an automatic pay rise for civil servants, the island civil servants association of Guernsey says "there's no such thing as an automatic pay rise".

Guernsey States Chief Executive Paul Whitfield says pay rises have already been "substantially controlled". 

Association of Guernsey Civil Servants President Helen Gains says people start on the lowest pay increment, and then progress through to the top increment based on merit.