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Summary

  1. St Helier's lifeboat crew resign over a dispute with the RNLI
  2. --- Coxswain, Andy Hibbs, says he was bullied by senior management - RNLI is 'looking into claims'
  3. --- Charity says it asked him to stand down "due to breaches of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct"
  4. --- Mr Hibbs says the claims made against him are unfounded
  5. Red Arrows will not perform in the islands this September
  6. St Helier murder probe: Ana Maria Rebelo 'a friendly and generous person'
  7. --- Officers working with Portuguese community and focusing on her last known movements
  8. Insurance companies 'hindered' by A&E pricing in Guernsey
  9. Scaffolding comes down to reveal restored Guernsey chapel
  10. Friday 7 April 2017

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Former chief minister 'didn't feel burnt out' after three years

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's first chief minister has dismissed moves to limit the amount of time someone can stay in the post.

Senator Sarah Ferguson said Jersey should follow the lead of places such as the US and France where the president can only serve two terms in office.

Former chief minister Frank Walker said as long as there is the right support the role is not too much of a burden.

I only did one term of three years, that was my choice, but I didn't feel burnt out at all. Physically and mentally I felt I was more than ready to continue, but it was a personal choice not to do so."

Frank WalkerFormer chief minister

Guernsey Air Display 2017: Line-up so far

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Wildcat Aerobatic Display Team
BBC

There'll be no Red Arrows at this year's Guernsey Air Display, but the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is confirmed along with the following:

  • The Raiders - the Royal Navy Parachute Team
  • Wildcats Aerobatic Display Team (pictured)
  • Pitts S2S aerobatic display
  • A solo female aerobatic display pilot
  • The (almost) silent Aerosparx motorised gliders

The Guernsey Air Display will take place between 11:00 and 13:15 on Thursday, 14 September, 2017.

Weather: Warm dry day ahead

BBC Weather

Staying dry this evening and overnight with plenty of clear spells allowing for another chilly night, with some patchy mist and fog. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow - After another chilly start, it will be a fine, sunny and warm day with clear blue skies by the afternoon.

However, it will be a little cooler on the coasts. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

Buoys put in the place in a bid to protect endangered puffins

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Boat users and jet ski riders are reminded not to exceed the six knot speed limit when in the area to reduce the disturbance to our local seabird populations. In addition to these standard regulations, these highly visible buoys have been put in place to remind users of all crafts to give this area a suitable berth to reduce disturbance of these charming, endangered and iconic sea birds during the breeding season."

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services spokeswoman
Puffins
Paul Hillion

The States department said the Atlantic Puffin was the worst affected species by the 2014 winter storms with "an unsurprising decline in puffin numbers in 2015".

'We don't want to burn out good politicians'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A senator in the States of Jersey has called for limits to be put on the number of years any politician can serve as chief minister.

Senator Sarah Ferguson said the proposals were not a "personal attack" on any one person.

A lot of the research shows that when you are elected to or appointed to any position, first term of office you're all gung-ho, you get going with things. Second term of office, you tend to start getting a bit stale. Third term of office, you've got burnout. We don't want to burnout good politicians."

Senator Sarah FergusonStates of Jersey

Red Arrows' ambassador role commitments 'conflict with air displays'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Red Arrow
BBC

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (the Red Arrows) conduct country-wide and global engagement and are ambassadors for both the UK and the RAF. The RAF receive multiple conflicting requests for the team during the summer display period and, therefore, look to task efficiently in order to ensure displays are delivered to as many areas and people as possible. This year it is unfortunate that the Red Arrows will not be able to support the requests in Jersey and Guernsey due to other commitments."

RAF spokesman
Red Arrows performing over St Peter Port, Guernsey
BBC

Caterers association calls for more local presence at events

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of a new association for local caterers in Jersey says there's no need for food trucks to be brought over from outside the island for local events.

After the first meeting of the Jersey Outside Caterers Association nearly half of the island's businesses who work in this area have applied to be members.

The woman behind the group Sarah Matlock said she hopes event organisers in Jersey will use more local caterers.

Jersey Chief Minister rejects calls for terms on role

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's most senior politician has dismissed calls for a time limit on how long someone can stay in the chief minister's job.

There's a call for the island to follow the lead of places such as the US and France where the president can only serve two terms in office.

Senator Sarah Ferguson said the proposals were "not a personal attack", but that in business people tended to "burn out" in a third period of a management contract.

States of Jersey
BBC

Islanders asked to slow down for puffins

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Two buoys have been put to the south east of Herm in a bid to remind boat users to respect the six knot speed limit for the area used by the island's puffin population.

Puffins can often be seen rafting - resting on the waves - in the area, which is not far from where they raise their offspring.

Puffin buoy
States of Guernsey

Male and female puffins  mate for life and return to the same nest every year  to lay one single egg.

Both the male and female take turns to incubate the egg, and once the egg has hatched the parents leave the puffling chick in the burrow whilst they go out to search for sandeels to eat.

Extra fire staff on duty to cover lack of lifeboat

Team medals for Jersey's squash players

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's men and women both claimed bronze medals on the final day of the European Team Championships in the island.

The men beat Croatia in the third place play-off, while Jersey's women lost to Malta in their last round-robin fixture but were already assured of at least a bronze.

Division Three of the tournament attracted teams including Russia, Poland and Slovakia.

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Guernsey display organiser 'very surprised' by Red Arrows unavailability

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

"Very surprised" - the reaction of the organiser of the Guernsey Air Display following news the Red Arrows could not perform this year.

Barry Neal said: "As it turns out this is business for the UK, the team is going abroad, they're not entirely exactly sure where it is yet, but the whole thing was out of their hands, out of the Ministry of Defence's hands... it's just one of those things."

The Red Arrows
BBC

He said: "Clearly it's the highlight of the display and we've always had them to finish the display off.

"It leaves me with a 20 to 30 minute gap to fill... as far as the Guernsey public is concerned we will make it as exciting and dynamic as we usually do."

Weekend sailing should be 'safe' says harbour master

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's harbour master has said the RNLI lifeboat at St Helier is usually only needed in bad weather conditions, and this weekend should be reasonably safe.

The service is currently out of action after all the volunteer staff resigned last night.

St helier harbour
BBC

The RNLI respond to something like a quarter of the 999 calls we get as the they tend to respond to those most tricky situations. So there's an awful lot of instances and calls that we get without deploying a high capability boat, like the all-weather boat out to them."

Phil BuckleyJersey harbour master

St Helier murder probe: Remembering Ana Maria Rebelo

Rob England

BBC News Online

People in Jersey are remembering Ana Maria Rebelo, the woman who was murdered in St Helier this week.

Manuela Santos is the administrator Ms Rebelo's Catholic Church and said she knew her well.

She was very nice, I remember her always smiling, always said good morning. I used to cross her whilst going shopping and she was always very chatty, very nice, very generous."

Manuela Santos

Education committee 'will not be distracted' by outside influence

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders will have to wait until June or July to find out the future plans for secondary education in Guernsey. 

Politician Peter Roffey said failure to test opinion on the future of Guernsey's secondary schools could end up delaying the island's entire education programme.

But the president of the education committee said he is not going to heed a call to announce future plans for secondary education now.

We have our workload, and our pathway laid out. We have our timeline that we are sticking to, and we are not going to be distracted by people who fire in from the sidelines who are trying to engage us before we are ready to engage with them.

Paul Le Pelley President, education committee

No Red Arrows, but memorial flight booked for September

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

While the Red Arrows will not display over the islands this year the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is confirmed, organisers say.

The combined display of the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire will open the Guernsey Air Display on 14 September in the flight's 60th anniversary year.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
BBC

A privately-owned Spitfire will also perform in the display.

New cervical cancer screenings in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

jersey general
BBC

A new medical screening programme in Jersey, aiming to reduce the number of people getting cancer, will be in place by the end of the year. 

The commit programme will register all women for cervical screening, replacing the current call back system where women must register themselves for a test. 

People will be contacted by letters and phone calls. 

The service is available to women between the ages of 25-65. 

What is the RNLI Volunteer Code of Conduct?

RNLI
BBC

The resignation of all the volunteers at the St Helier Lifeboat Station follows coxswain Andy Hibbs being asked to stand down by the RNLI due to breaches of its Volunteer Code of Conduct .

It is not clear what those alleged breaches are.

But what is the code?

Everyone who volunteers for the RNLI, whether as crew, lifeguards, fundraisers or in other ways must sign up to the Volunteer Commitment , but also abide by its code.

What it covers is not surprising and includes acting within the law, wearing the protective clothes and equipment provided, take due care and diligence and follow health and safety advice.

It is also very clear on what volunteers must not do:

  • Act outside the spirit of the Volunteer Commitment
  • Participate in any form of inappropriate behaviour or activity when volunteering
  • Act in a any way that brings the RNLI into disrepute
  • Bully, harass or unlawfully discriminate against anyone
  • Falsify records, expenses or defraud or attempt to defraud the RNLI in any manner
  • Carry out volunteer duties when in an unfit state due to the influence of alcohol, or other drugs or substances
  • Be in possession of firearms or any offensive weapon whilst undertaking volunteer activities
  • Carry out private trading on RNLI premises or use the RNLI ‘brand’ or equipment to promote private trading

It says serious breaches of the Code of Conduct and the Volunteer Commitment are handled using its Volunteer Problem Solving policy.  

Reds stick with winning line-up for Doncaster showdown

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon has named an unchanged squad for their pivotal Championship game against Doncaster Knights tomorrow. 

Harvey Biljon
BBC

Both teams still have hopes of making the play-offs.

Biljon goes with the same line-up which earned the Reds a spot in the B&I Cup final, as his side bids for an 11th consecutive win. 

We'll have live commentary from Castle Park on BBC Radio Jersey's Saturday Sportscene. 

Merger of promotional agencies ‘an obvious fit’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's States-funded promotional agencies could come together under one roof through plans being considered by Economic Development.

RNLI 'looking into bullying claims' after 'breakdown in relationship'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The RNLI has responded to the accusations of bullying from former St Helier coxswain Andy Hibbs.

An RNLI spokesperson said: "We take accusations of bullying very seriously and will always look into claims of this nature."

RNLI base
BBC

They added: "We have worked closely with the volunteer for some time but have been unable to resolve a serious breakdown in the relationship between the individual and the charity. 

"There have also been serious breaches of the RNLI’s Volunteer Code of Conduct. 

"Unfortunately this impacted on the RNLI’s ability to effectively deliver a safe and effective rescue service from St Helier."

Andy Hibbs
BBC
Andy Hibbs claims he was 'bullied' by RNLI managers

Loss of Red Arrows 'a major blow'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The loss of the Red Arrows is "a major blow" for the Jersey International Air Display, its organiser says.

Mike Higgins said: "It's a major blow to the people who come because they always stay to the end of the display to see the Red Arrows and it's a very hard act to follow."

Red Arrows
BBC

The team has announced it won't be available as it is going on a tour a week before the display on 14 September.

The famous aerobatic display group has ended most of the displays in the island, which began in the 1950s.

Previously only bad weather has prevented them from taking part.

UK Minister for Justice discusses Brexit in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

This week the UK’s Minister of State for Courts and Justice visited Guernsey and Sark for the first time.

A States of Guernsey spokesperson said Sir Oliver Heald MP discussed maritime matters, healthcare and the implications of Brexit.

guernsey
BBC

He also spent a day in Sark to understand the differences between the islands and to learn more about the current priorities for both governments.

"I leave with a better understanding of the range of domestic and international challenges that the islands are faced with. It has also been an opportunity to identify areas in which we can strengthen our relationship, particularly as we approach the negotiation period of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU,” he said.

Commodore hopes lifeboat 'unrest' will be 'resolved soon'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Commodore of the St Helier Yacht Club has said he hopes the unrest involving the St Helier RNLI crew can be "resolved soon".

Last night 25 volunteers resigned in Jersey after their coxswain Andy Hibbs was sacked for alleged breaches of the charities' code of conduct.

St Helier RNLI
BBC

Over the years, the lifeboat crew have become a tremendous asset to the island, we must remember that they are all volunteers and that there is obviously some un-rest and hopefully it can be resolved soon."

Bob de la Haye Commodore, St Helier Yacht Club

Organisers hunting for replacement for Red Arrows

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Following news the Red Arrows will not be available to perform at the Guernsey Air Display on 14 September 2017 organisers have said they are looking at alternatives .

Red Arrows display over Guernsey in 2016
BBC

Organisers said the Ministry of Defence said the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - the Red Arrows to you and me - will perform their last 2017 public displays in the British Isles on 9 and 10 September 2017 before leaving on tour.

They said "every endeavour" was being used to source and secure display aircraft and aerobatic teams to take the place of the Red Arrows. 

BreakingRed Arrows will not perform in the islands this September

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Red Arrows are away on tour and will not be able to perform in the island's air shows, according to the organisers of the Guernsey Air Display.

St Helier murder probe: Officers working with Portuguese community

Rob England

BBC News Online

A police investigation into the murder of Ana Maria Reblo  is focusing on her last known movements on the evening of Monday 3 April, police said.

"Officers are working very closely with and in support of Ana’s large extended family and our officers are working with and liaising closely with the Portuguese community.

victoria street
BBC

"Forensic work is still being carried out at the address on Victoria Street where Ana was found on Tuesday, and police are looking for extra information from CCTV, social media and telephones".  

Jersey RNLI to hold silent gathering after crew resign

Rob England

BBC News Online

A former member of Jersey's RNLI has said there will be a protest held on Sunday.

Paul Battrick said there would be a "silent gathering" at 10:00 on Sunday to support volunteer crew members of the St Helier lifeboat, who resigned last night.

He said he hoped the protest will get the RNLI "to see sense".

The mass resignation came after the coxswain Andy Hibbs was "sacked", according to crew members. There is currently only one member of staff now working at the station, a paid mechanic.

Gas fire fumes set off carbon monoxide alarm in La Moye

Rob England

BBC News Online

St Catherine's RNLI station 'could' cover St Helier

BBC Radio Jersey

Nigel Sweeney, St Catherine's Lifeboat Operations Manager, said the station's crew was "operational as normal", and could cover "a wider area than usual". 

For those planning to take advantage of the weekend weather, he recommended people take "more care than usual" in the water.

He added that it was "very sad'' that Andy Hibbs, the St Helier coxswain, had been sacked, but refused to comment further.

Heather Watson beats Ekaterina Makarova in Mexico

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson swept aside sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova as she continued the defence of her Monterrey Open title.

Watson, 24, triumphed 6-4 6-1 over the world number 45 to set up a quarter-final with top seed and world number one Angelique Kerber.

Heather Watson
Getty Images

Delays to mail plane, but no knock on for special items

RNLI coxswain 'bullied by senior management'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Twenty-five members of a lifeboat crew have resigned in protest at the sacking of their coxswain.

All volunteers in St Helier have walked out amid claims Andy Hibbs was "bullied" by senior management at the RNLI.

The RNLI said it asked Mr Hibbs to stand down "due to breaches of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct". The BBC has approached the RNLI for a response on the claims of bullying.

Mr Hibbs said: "I was sacked pretty much. The whole thing was just a joke. 

"I was being bullied by senior management in the RNLI and I refused to accept it." A statement from the RNLI said the situation was a "confidential process".

Former RNLI coxswain 'proud' crew stood by him

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier lifeboat is out of action after its crew resigned in protest at the sacking of their coxswain. 

Andy Hibbs was dismissed by the RNLI after what it says were breaches of its code of conduct. 

Officials from the organisation met the crew last night after it's understood complaints were made against Mr Hibbs. 

He said the work of the boat has been successful and well respected until now, but the claims made against him are unfounded, and he is proud that his crew have stood by him. 

He now has five days to appeal against the decision. 

The RNLI says it's hoping to get the St Helier boat back in service soon and that it didn't take the decision to sack Mr Hibbs lightly. 

RNLI St Helier
BBC

St Helier murder probe: Ana Maria Rebelo 'a friendly and generous person'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman, believed to have been murdered in St Helier, has been described as a "friendly and generous person" who will be missed by the local community. 

Manuela Santos, an administrator at the Catholic church Ms Rebelo attended, said she "knew her well". 

Her body was found in a property on Tuesday. Post-mortem examinations showed she had been strangled.

A 58-year-old man was arrested in connection with her death but has been released on bail. 

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police