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Summary

  1. Search continues for missing Jersey woman, Valerie Jehan
  2. Cresta Run crash leads to death of Alderney pensioner
  3. Durrell Wildlife Park changes name back to Jersey Zoo
  4. Condor Liberation sailings cancelled
  5. Updates on Monday 6 March 2017

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day. We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

New health contract increases performance targets

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new contract between Guernsey States and the Medical Specialists Group will provide taxpayers with £1m in savings every year, that's according to Health and Social Care President Heidi Soulsby.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby
BBC

Deputy Soulsby says one of the biggest improvements is the ability to monitor standards of patient care beyond the basic indicators currently available.

She said: "It is all about creating a new model and doing things in different ways. Also within that stronger key performance indicators so we know what is going on.

"At the moment we've only got one indicator which is waiting time of about eight weeks. Now we've got about 40 dealing with things like discharges, cesarean sections and all manor of indicators to say how we're doing."

Jersey Zoo changes its name back

BBC Radio Jersey

The Durrell Wildlife Park has announced it's changing its name back to Jersey Zoo.

Gerald Durrell and a Koala
BBC

A spokesman for the trust that runs the site says the main reason for the name change is making it more visible to visitors to the island as well as staying true to the wishes of the founder, Gerald Durrell.

He originally named it Jersey Zoo when it opened nearly 60 years ago.

Daffodil growers 'hit by late Mothering Sunday'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A combination of a late Mothering Sunday, milder weather on the horizon and a late Easter are being blamed for a potentially slower financial year, say Jersey's daffodil growers.

Daffodil
AP

Charlie Gallichan says many growers are promoting their products in Europe and the USA to make up for the possible shortfall in income as there won't be as many flowers left by Mothering Sunday on 26 March.

He says the season for daffodils is about two thirds of the way through and they've been picking the flowers since January. He says they may have to pick more quickly due to forecast milder weather.

Creation of new filter delayed by bad weather

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new filter at the junction of the Longfrie and Rue St Pierre in St Peter's, Guernsey, will be painted this Sunday, after bad weather stopped it from happening this weekend.

It's being installed on a year-long trial to see if it can help prevent accidents at the busy junction.

Did you know: 25% of islanders cycled in St Helier in 2015

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

According to the Jersey Statistics Unit more than a quarter of island residents say they cycled through St Helier in 2015.

The information comes as Jersey's air pollution comes under greater scrutiny, particularly around the impact of car exhaust fumes.

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Ralph Hubbard had a 'terrific sense of adventure'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Alderney resident Ralph Hubbard, who died aged 72 after a crash on the Cresta Run has been described as having "a terrific sense of adventure" by his eldest son Tom.

Ralph Hubbard
Tom Hubbard

Mr Hubbard had been participating in the Cresta Run for years and was on a run from the top when he was involved in a crash that his son says left him "very very badly injured". Tom confirmed Mr Hubbard was in a coma for about a week "before he slipped away".

Tom Hubbard said: "He will be remembered for a terrific sense of adventure and fun and a real spirit of lets do it. If you tell me I can't do then I want to do it."

Ralph Hubbard was described as a light aircraft enthusiast, one of his big passions alongside cars and the Cresta Run.

Tom Hubbard said: "I just want to say he was a very, very good fun man who will be remembered. He had a wonderful jewellery business and he made a lot of people laugh."

Latest weather: Turning drier with lighter winds

BBC Weather

The weather is going to be turning drier this afternoon as winds begin to ease, although it will still be rather breezy.

The rest of the day will be mostly dry with partly cloudy skies and a few showers, but some brighter spells are likely too.

As we head into the evening and tonight it will be a mostly dry night with easing winds.

Some clear spells will develop, but skies will turn cloudier from the west in the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Jersey

Jersey
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Referendum law 'a priority' for constitution committee

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A referendum could be held in Guernsey next summer on the issue of island wide voting, that's according to Mark Dorey, a member of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee.

Mark Dorey
BBC

He says new legislation will be needed to enable the referendum to take place and that will be a priority for the committee over the next year.

Deputy Dorey said: "It is a struggle at times to get various legislation through but with a referendum it is necessary to do it in a relatively short period of time otherwise all credibility is lost."

Politicians voted to put the issue of all members being elected on an island wide basis to the public last year. This would be for the 2020 election if approved.

Raiders edged out by leaders

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey Raiders pushed National Three London leaders Tonbridge Juddian all the way, eventually losing 32-26 in Kent.

Adam Nixon, Dan Hill and Cameron Crane all scored for Jordan Reynolds' side, adding to a penalty try, meaning they came away with two bonus points.

Guernsey Raiders
Martin Gray

Despite defeat, Raiders extended their advantage over sixth-placed Shelford to six points with five games left in the season.

'Better things for money' than another war memorial

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The thousands of British troops who died during D-Day in 1944 will be honoured with a permanent memorial which will be built close to the beaches in northern France where the landings took place.

Clive Kemp
BBC

The UK government is donating £20m towards the cost of the memorial, which is set to be unveiled in 2019 - the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Clive Kemp, a D-Day veteran from Jersey, says there are already lots of places for people to pay their respects and remember the fallen in Normandy and the money could be better used.

Future generations have better things to go and see like the war cemeteries. When we go into those cemeteries tears come down. There is so much that money could do rather than another memorial."

Clive Kemp

Guernsey's water supply 'adequate' for winter and spring

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's reservoirs are currently 92.61% full, which according to Guernsey Water is "adequate" for the rest of winter and into 2017.

Water stats
PA

That is despite the total rainfall for 2017 to date being 18% down on the average over the past decade. It was 147.8mm for 2017 compared to an average of 180.7mm.

The company also found that demand for water was 333 megalitres, which was 19 megalitres less than January and 1.2% below the previous average for February.

Valerie Jehan: No 'reports or sightings' since Friday

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Police say it is "unusual" that there have been no sightings or reports of Valerie Jehan since she got off the bus on Friday afternoon.

Valerie Jehan
States of Jersey Police/Fire and Rescue

She was reported missing on Friday evening and the last sighting was CCTV footage showing the 75-year-old getting off the bus at Devil's Hole in Jersey.

Chris Beechey, from the States of Jersey Police, says "nobody has reported to us they have seen her. It is a busy area, we have a lot of people in the area but nobody has reported anything."

He said he wants anyone who may have been in the area on Friday afternoon, whether they saw Valerie or not to get in touch. Ch Insp Beechey says this allows them to better refine their search.

Because no one has seen her leaves us to suggest something unfortunately happened to her very close to the time she got off the bus."

Ch Insp Chris Beechey States of Jersey Police

Islanders 'rebuilding rather than move'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

People knocking down their houses to rebuild them from scratch is one of the areas sustaining Guernsey's flagging construction industry, that's according to local architect Andrew Ozanne.

The Guernsey construction industry shrank by about 6% in 2015 according to government figures. That is more of a drop than any other industry in the island.

Mr Ozanne says people are now deciding to examine where they live and look at how they can get the most out of that plot of land, rather than just move to a bigger house as they would in the past.

There has been a change over five years. Liquidity came out of the market and high salaries weren't being paid. People are having to look at properties in a much more rational way and see how they can get value out of them."

Andrew OzanneGuernsey Architect

Cresta Run crash leads to death of Alderney pensioner

BBC Radio Guernsey

Ralph Hubbard, 72, from Alderney, has died after crashing his toboggan on the infamous Cresta Run, in the ski resort of St Moritz in the Swiss Alps.

St Moritz
BBC

Mr Hubbard was riding the Cresta Run and had a very bad landing. His son Tom said he was very badly injured as a result of the crash and was in a coma for a week before he died.

Tom Hubbard said: "He was a man who lived life to the full. He was into everything, if it would go fast, whether a car, a plane or the Cresta Run he loved it. That is the way he lived his life."

Extra Liberation sailings to handle backlog

Condor Ferries are putting on extra Condor Liberation sailings tomorrow to deal with those unable to travel today due to the weather. 

This will involve changes to other routes. The Rapide will also operate an additional service to St Malo. 

More on the  Condor website .  

Alderney pensioner dies after Cresta Run crash

Guernsey Press

A daredevil Alderney pensioner has died after crashing his toboggan on the infamous Cresta Run .  

Bad drivers more likely to be caught on camera

Jersey Evening Post

Motorists who speed or use their phones behind the wheel are facing an increasing risk of being caught – by other drivers with dashboard cameras, the police have warned .  

Missing woman search: Valerie's phone 'still on'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Police searching for Valerie Jehan who went missing on Friday are continuing to focus on the island's north coast.

Chris Beechey head of community policing in Jersey says her mobile phone shows it is still on in that area so they are sure that is where they will find her.  

Valerie Jehan
Jersey Police

He said: "We've had our police search teams, we've had dogs, drones, the volunteer search agency. We've had the French helicopter, coastguard and fire service helping as well. 

"Unfortunately we're yet to locate her and in fact we've found no information to suggest what happened when she got off the bus.

"Given the weather, given her age and the terrain it is becoming increasingly slim we will find Valerie alive. Our investigations continue."

You could soon check live air quality using an app

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

What's the first thing you look at when you pick up your phone? Facebook? Email? The weather? Well soon you could add "how breathable is the air outside" to that list.

The States of Jersey plan to launch an app that would identify areas where air quality is bad in the island and provide the data in real time.

Environmental Health says the air quality in Jersey is generally good but with so many cars on the road emissions from exhaust fumes can cause problems at peak times.

Exhaust Fumes
Reuters

Ski accident musician 'preparing for a comeback'

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey musician, who suffered life changing injuries in a ski accident three years ago, is preparing for a comeback gig. Organiser, Christine Hamilton says in a few years he's gone from not doing much to enjoying music again.

Jono Rothwell
BBC

Jono Rothwell, who regularly played across the Island, is re-learning the words to his favourite songs to perform with friends in April at a gig to raise money for Jersey Cheshire Homes.

Mr Rothwell ruptured a tumour and was on life support following the accident in Austria. He's still learning to live with a brain injury and blindness. 

While he was in Cambridge I took his guitar to him and he didn't recognise it was a guitar. When I placed it on his lap he started to strum and started to play tunes to it. Music has been very important to him.

Christine HamiltonOrganiser

Reds win to keep play-off hopes alive

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds moved to within one point of opponents Cornish Pirates with a determined win at the Mennaye Field yesterday afternoon.

The visitors led when prop Sean McCarthy went over after a series of pick and goes, and Callum Sheedy crucially kicked the conversion as they held on in windy conditions.

Cornish Pirates v Jersey
Brian Tempest

"Let's be honest, the rugby you saw is not what you want to see from the Pirates or Jersey", said head coach Harvey Biljon. "Anything could've happened, and it was difficult for rugby players out there."

Drop-in to discuss pedestrian facilities

BBC News Travel

Jersey's infrastructure department are holding a drop-in session at Bel Royal School tomorrow afternoon to discuss improvements to pedestrian facilities in the area.

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‘I knew I was innocent’

Jersey Evening Post

A scaffolder who was cleared of trying to kill his friend with a seven-inch kitchen knife has described his relief at hearing the jury’s not guilty verdict .  

Battle of Flowers designers allowed to spray paint 'for one year'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Floats in this year's Jersey Battle of Flowers may be a bit different from those you've seen in the past. It's due to a global shortage of hare's tails, the flowers used to create the designs.

Float
BBC

The shortage has prompted the Battle of Flowers organisers to relax the rules for one year only.

The rules will now allow competitors to spray paint the plants, rather than have to find natural colours.

A spokesman from the Battle says members of the public shouldn't notice the difference, but the judges will have to allow for it.

Jersey Post doubles its electric fleet

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The chance your post will be delivered using an electric van will increase soon after Jersey Post announced it was doubling the number of delivery vans powered by electricity.

Last year the government-owned postal operator replaced 15 diesel vehicles with electric vans to reduce cost and emissions. The board has now given the go ahead to add another 15.

Kenan Osborne
BBC

When we originally did the cost with Jersey Electricity we anticipated it would cost 2.3p per mile, after six months we've got the data to show it costs 1.8p. If our drivers are out there driving and know they are saving money they are being more efficient."

Kenan Osborne Interim Operations Director, Jersey Post

Hundreds of permits 'under new island scheme'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

More than 200 jobs have been included in a new permit scheme launched by the States of Guernsey aimed at making it easier for companies to recruit people from outside the island, according to the Home Affairs Committee.

Deputy Mary Lowe
BBC

It will split permits into short, medium and long-term. Deputy Mary Lowe, President of Home Affairs said the new permits were based on six months of work engaging with hundreds of businesses from across the island to ensure their needs are met.

Deputy Lowe says the jobs covered by the long-term permit are in a wide range of areas, particularly areas where there is an international shortage of people. These will include commercial pilots, cyber security, social workers and secondary school teachers in English, maths or science.

Types of permit:

  • Short-term: Last for a year and can be renewed annually up to five years
  • Medium-term: Last for five years and allow holders to rent or buy but must leave after the five-year term
  • Long-term: Last for eight years and allow the holder to remain in Guernsey permanently after finishing their contract term

Guernsey FC still 'looking over shoulders'

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC manager Tony Vance says they are "looking over their shoulders" after their 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Three Bridges.

Free entry was given to the match at Footes Lane thanks to a sponsor, with more than 1,200 fans at the Isthmian League Division One South game.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

"We're still fighting - we're outside the relegation zone and as long as we stay there I'll be happy," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey. "We're playing well out of our comfort zone - we're being challenged and at the moment we're standing up, just."

RBSI reports another profit in a mixed year for banks

Guernsey Press

RBSI, the arm of the banking group servicing the Channel Islands, has returned an annual profit for the 20th year in a row .

Chance of finding Valerie Jehan alive 'becoming slim'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Valerie Jehan who has been missing since Friday may have "got into difficulties in the area of Devil's Hole" according to the States of Jersey Police who also say the chance of finding her alive are becoming slim.

Valerie Jehan
BBC

Emergency services have been searching for Mrs Jehan, 75, since Friday, including sending a drone into the cave at Devil's Hole, draining a reservoir in the area and sending out police dogs.

Ch Insp Chris Beechey said: "Much of the area has been extensively searched by many agencies but as yet we have found no trace of her, however the search continues today.

“That said with the weather, the terrain and her age we are increasingly concerned for her welfare and sadly believe the chances of finding her alive are becoming slimmer all the time."

Lightning knocked out broadband for some islanders

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Lightning strikes over Jersey yesterday have caused some islanders to be left without an internet connection or phone service today.

Telecom company Sure says engineers are working to restore services as soon as possible. The company says it is affecting customers with copper broadband in the Trinity and Grouville areas.

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Minister says 'bus lanes would be great' but impossible

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It would be great to have bus lanes but the roads in Jersey aren't big enough for them, that's the message from Jersey's environment minister who was speaking about air pollution in St Helier.

Deputy Steve Luce says he would love to cut down on the amount of vehicles coming in and out of St Helier each day - but it's not easy pleasing everyone.

Deputy Steve luce
BBC

Traffic and parking in particular is a concern for everybody and we have this situation where if we create more parking for people to park they get in their car and it creates more congestion. If we take it away it makes it more difficult for people. Whichever way we go we've got an issue.

Deputy Steve Luce Department of the Environment

Guernsey gets a 'fictional' mention on Top Gear

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Last night the latest series of Top Gear aired on BBC Two. 

It features Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid and saw them race across Kazakhstan in three high-mileage cars.

Top Gear
BBC

After the first half of the Kazakhstan segment they cut back to the studio and out of nowhere - we hear the word Guernsey. It wasn't the most complimentary mention in the world.

Matt LeBlanc said: "Before that trip I had no idea Kazakhstan was real, I thought it was a made up place like Timbuktu or Guernsey."

Chris Harris put him right though.

More than 20mm of rain recorded in Jersey so far today

BBC Weather

There has been more than 20mm of rain recorded in Jersey so far this morning. 

At the two main sites 20.2mm was recorded at Maison St Louis and 20.6mm of rain at the airport. Jersey Met says it is likely to clear from around midday.

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Lightning hits building during thunderstorm

Jersey Evening Post

A building was struck by lightning in St Helier yesterday during a brief thunderstorm Jersey Met’s principal meteorological officer has said .  

Alderney forts to get information signs

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If you visit Alderney's main forts in the future you'll be able to find out more than in the past as they're putting information signs up.

Alderney Fort
BBC

Marketing and Tourism Officer, Helen Turner, says it is in response to feedback from visitors and will include information on who built each fort and why.

She hopes it will be in place before the Heritage Festival this Easter and will include an aerial view of the fort.

Emergency services out in force to search for Valerie Jehan

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Most of the island's emergency services were out in force over the weekend searching for missing islander Valerie Jehan.

She hasn't been seen since Friday when CCTV footage showed her on a bus at Devil's Hole. The search for the 75-year-old has focused in that area and has included a drone, a helicopter, inshore lifeboat and the Channel Islands Air Search plane.

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Wind warning downgraded to force nine

BBC Weather

Earlier this morning Jersey Met issued a red level wind warning for the Channel Islands with winds of up to force 10 expected. That has now been downgraded but it is still a dangerous force nine with gales up to 60 knots.

There is also a thunderstorm warning in operation for the islands.

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Reservoir drained in search for missing woman

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A reservoir at Devil's Hole was drained over the weekend by Jersey Water to make it easier for the emergency services to search for Valerie Jehan, 75, who hasn't been seen since Friday afternoon.

Water
BBC

Mrs Jehan - known as Val - was last seen near the Devil's Hole on the north of the islands just after midday on Friday, having travelled there by bus.

Emergency services, voluntary organisations, aircraft and the lifeboat have all been involved in the search which included sending a remote-controlled drone fitted with a camera inside the cave.

Police have urged people to avoid the area so they have time and space to search properly but also want to hear from anyone who was in the area on Friday.