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Summary

  1. Condor Liberation 'made contact' with pontoon while docking
  2. Jersey chief executive role advertised
  3. Driver cut free from overturned car in Jersey
  4. Patients welcome cannabis prescription move
  5. £25m contract to be signed for new waste site in Guernsey
  6. Senator 'not to blame' for innovation fund collapse
  7. 'The Bapman' 'receives threats' for selling newspapers
  8. Updates on Wednesday 3 May 2017

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Thorough inspection carried out before ferry sailed

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A thorough inspection of the hull of Condor Liberation found no damage, Condor Ferries has said.

It follows contact between the ferry and a mooring pontoon in Guernsey's St Peter Port harbour this afternoon.

Condor Liberation leaving Guernsey
BBC
The ferry left the harbour just before 17:30 after the incident at 15:45

A spokesman for the firm said the ferry's departure from Guernsey to Poole was delayed by just under an hour.

He said: "A thorough inspection of the ship’s hull confirmed that the ship has sustained no damage and was fit to continue her journey.

"Whilst this took place, passengers remained on board and they were cared for and kept up to date by the crew."

Condor Ferries claims increase in on-time sailing

BBC Radio Guernsey

Condor Ferries has claimed a slight increase in on-time sailings in its monthly performance statistics.

Condor Liberation
BBC

The firm reports 91% of sailings arrived within 30 minutes of the advertised time in March 2017, up from 90.8% percent last year. 

Passengers continue to rate the helpfulness of the customer service team more highly than their overall satisfaction with the company, which is flat at 6.8 out of 10.

The statistics do not reflect the delays sustained over the Easter weekend.

Punctuality stats
Condor Ferries

Police not investigating 'threats' made against food van owner Bapman

BBC Radio Guernsey

A spokesman from Guernsey police said they were "aware" of the threats made to the owner of Guernsey's Halfway Cafe, who has been selling newspapers from a food van.

Richard Cook said he was threatened for breaking an agreement between newsagents not to encroach on each other "rounds".

He said it was implied someone might damage his van in a phone conversation.  

Police said no action was being taken as no "formal complaint" had been made against the threats, police said.

The Guernsey branch of the Federation of National Newsagents declined to comment.

Innovation Fund report: The five key points

Jersey Evening Post

The first of three reports commissioned following the Jersey Innovation Fund fiasco was released on Tuesday.  

Ferry's contact with pontoon 'under investigation'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A "minor incident" involving the Condor Liberation is under investigation by Guernsey's harbour authorities.

"The bow of the vessel made contact with the local layby pontoon moored in the Pool area of the harbour" at about 15:45 said Guernsey Harbours.

A spokesman said the contact caused damage to a local leisure vessel, which was moored at the pontoon, and its owners has been informed.

Condor Liberation
BBC

The incident is under investigation and it is too early to speculate what might have happened. The incident has not resulted in any injuries. Once initial findings are received, we will consider if a formal investigation is required."

Captain Chad MurrayGuernsey Harbour Master

Guernsey Harbours said Condor Ferries were co-operating fully. The BBC has approached the firm for comment.

BreakingLiberation 'made contact' with pontoon while docking in Guernsey

Condor Liberation 'made contact with a local layby pontoon' while docking in Guernsey's St Peter Port Harbour, the island's harbour authorities have said.

Weather: Mostly sunny

BBC Weather

The island will be cloudy, mild and mostly dry tonight, though showers are possible early in the night. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be bright, warm and mostly dry again. There will be some cloud but also plenty of sunny spells.

It will become windy in the evening. Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

States of Guernsey 'shows lack of action' on agreement with charities

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States are not adequately supporting and encouraging the voluntary sector, according to the outgoing chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities.

Previously Peter Rose has criticised the States "unwillingness" to promote Gift Aid, which he said already benefits charities in Jersey and the UK.

He said this was one "important illustration" of a "lack of action" on the three-year-old agreement between the voluntary sector and the States, known as the "Social Compact".

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Guernsey's former chief minister and member of the current senior States committee, acknowledged progress had not been "as rapid as we would have liked".

He said, as a result, there is much more transparency in the process for charities and public sector contracts.

Gun certificate fee increase could reduce number of 'foreign competitors'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Recent changes to the price of firearms certificates have been criticised by islanders who take part in shooting as a sport.

Shooting at the island games in 2015
BBC

Veteran shooter Derek Bernard said the fee rise from £35 to £45 could "reduce the number of Jersey people pursuing the sport" and reduce the number of foreign competitors prepared to make the effort to come to Jersey to participate in our bigger shooting competitions.

He added: "Fewer visiting competitors will, of course, mean fewer hotel beds, fewer restaurant meals and fewer people returning with their families for holidays in Jersey."

The rise was agreed by the government after a recommendation from the constables committee.

Challenges of autism expressed through art

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey woman is using her love of art to express her autism.

Juliet St John Nicolle, who was diagnosed with the condition at 50, uses colour and shape to express her feelings, assigning the elements different meaning, to show the viewer how she feels, thinks and sees the world around her.

Artist and art
BBC

She's put on a display of some of her artwork with the help of Autism Jersey at Cooper's cafe at Castle Quay.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them.

Supermarket gets 'specialist trolleys' for islands' branches

Rob England

BBC News Online

Supermarket Waitrose has delivered trolleys "for children with disabilities" to all its Channel Islands branches.

Waitrose specialist trolly
Waitrose

A spokesman said: "The specialist trolleys have seats suitable for older children and aim to help families that have children with additional needs shop with ease."

An online campaign by Jersey resident Jane Renouf, whose son Jayden has autism, called for the trolleys to be introduced in supermarkets across the island.

Minister welcomes publication of innovation fund review

BBC Radio Jersey

After criticism levelled against him in the States Assembly yesterday, Senator Lyndon Farnham has said he "welcomes" the publication of a review into the innovation fund.

The fund was a government scheme set up to provide loans and business support to entrepreneurs, start-ups and established organisations that want to bring "new and innovative products or services to the market".

However, the fund met with difficulties when it was found to have given away millions of pounds, with limited prospect of the money being returned.

Senator Farnham, who is also the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, said: "I welcome the publication of the innovation fund review, by Jessica Simor QC, the contents of which appear to fair and balanced.

"I would encourage people to read the full review and take on board its findings."

Jersey Police Chief Officer retires

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police has announced he will retire in September.

Mike Bowron
BBC

Mike Bowron said: "Having completed 37 years in policing serving in four great forces, Sussex, Kent, City of London and Jersey I have decided to retire.

"I feel very proud of all that I have achieved with my team and I hope that the public have noticed a difference in how policing is delivered as well as feeling safer than ever before."

Mr Bowron began serving in Jersey at the beginning of 2011.

Crackdown on vehicle registrations in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police in Guernsey say they're planning a "crackdown" on vehicle registration.

A spokesman said it was "a waste of time" to have officers chase previous owners of incorrectly registered vehicles.

"On average, the Roads Policing Unit deals with at least six incorrectly registered vehicles a day. 

"As a result of owners failing to keep registration details up-to-date, police are spending an increasing amount of time trying to track down vehicle owners for things like unpaid fixed penalties or where a vehicle is thought to be abandoned."

Officers will be instructed to police vehicle registration in a more "robust" way, they added.

Diabetes Jersey walk raises £20k

BBC Radio Jersey

More than £20,000 was raised over the weekend by walkers for Diabetes Jersey. 

More than 600 people took part in the north to south country walk over eight miles through the parishes of Trinity and St Martin and finishing in Gorey Coast Road car park. 

The money will be used to help pay for specialist staff at the Jersey Diabetes Centre.

Driver cut free from overturned car

Rob England

BBC News Online

A driver trapped inside an overturned car has been rescued by firefighters.

car crash
Jersey Fire and Rescue

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted just after midday to the incident on Route de Maufant in St Savior. 

Six firefighters and a rescue unit attended the scene.

They helped police and paramedics and used hydraulic cutting equipment to release the driver who was then taken to hospital.

Treasury minister defends his role

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Minister for Treasury and Resources has defended his role in the collapse of the innovation fund after he was criticised by the chief minister in the States yesterday. 

Senator Ian Gorst said he was "disappointed" with how ministers Alan Maclean and Lyndon Farnham handled the fund, which saw millions of pounds of taxpayers money being given to new companies without any guarantee it would be returned. 

I don't refute the fact that ministers are responsible for their departments and I think that's absolutely as it should be. I do question the issue of effective oversight in governance, I do not think that was a fair or reasonable comment."

Senator Alan MacleanMinister for Treasury and Resources

Co-op Homemaker staff 'not guaranteed' job with Dunelm

BBC Radio Jersey

Co-op Homemaker staff in Jersey can apply for jobs with the UK chain Dunelm, but are not guaranteed positions with them, a spokesperson has said.

Dunelm store
Dunelm

The homeware retailer is taking over the first floor at the Grand Marché in St Helier and will open in the summer. 

Leonie Foster, from Dunelm, said all current staff can apply for the jobs. 

States building 'not suitable' for people with disabilities

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Wheadon House is difficult for islander's with disabilities to access, a organisation has said.

Wheadon House
BBC

The building will soon house staff working in the income tax and education departments, as part of the States property rationalisation.

But Guernsey Disability Alliance chairman Robin Le Prevost said the building is "not suitable for everyone".

"It's going to be the central point of contact for disabled islanders who will have to visit more often than previously.

"The building is on a hill and that's going to cause problems to some who have mobility problems. It is a major concern for us."

In response, the States said they are carrying out a refurbishment to ensure it's accessible to both staff and users.

States of Jersey chief executive role advertised

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chief executive role for the States of Jersey has been advertised ahead of the retirement of the current incumbent, John Richardson, next year.

John Richardson
BBC

It is the most senior role in the island's civil service. 

The description calls for a candidate to "oversee significant transformation, spearhead our ambitious capital programme, and help position the island on an international stage during exciting and challenging times". 

Mr Richardson has worked at the States for 35 years.

Education assessed outside of Jersey ahead of any reforms

BBC Radio Jersey

Understanding how young children are educated in other countries will be the key to any reforms in Jersey's education system, according to the island's chief education officer.

Justin Donovan responded to a scrutiny committee decision to review the age Jersey's children start school.

He said despite some countries starting later, in practice it is not vastly different. Currently children in Jersey start school aged four in reception.  

A backboard with numbers on it
Getty Images

In some countries children start much later. They may start at six even, but they don't stay at home all that time. Up until that point they are in all sorts of provisions. And when you look at it, it looks remarkably like a reception.

Justin DonovanChief Education Officer, States of Jersey

Firefighters to observe one-minute silence

Rob England

BBC News Online

Firefighters in Guernsey will be observing a one-minute silence on Thursday to mark Firefighters Memorial Day, a spokesperson has said.

Chief Fire Officer John Le Page said, "Thankfully, no lives have been lost in active service in Guernsey since 1964, but we stand alongside our colleagues across the United Kingdom in commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of those firefighters who have been killed and injured in the line of duty.  

"This memorial day reminds us that we should never be complacent to the risks we face in our profession."

A memorial parade of on-duty personnel will gather on the station forecourt at the Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service headquarters at the Town Arsenal to observe the silence at midday.

Guernsey Press price rise due to decline in advertising revenue

BBC Radio Guernsey

The editor of the Guernsey Press said he regrets having to raise the price of the paper by 10p, but it is because advertising revenue has slowed.   

Guernsey Press
BBC

Shaun Green said the publication has seen a decline in advertising,despite print being a stronger platform than social media.   

He said although Facebook might seem "attractive" to local businesses, he believes it is not as effective as people think.

Credit cards provide extra protection from scam, adviser says

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police's crime reduction adviser has said islanders should try to use credit cards over debit cards where possible when making payments online or over the phone. 

Andy Goodall says a number of recent scams that claim to fix people's computers actually end up infecting them with spyware - which can be used to steal bank details. 

But if they do fall victim, Mr Goodall says a credit card offers better protection.

If you pay by credit card, before any money leaves your account, you will get a statement that will detail all transactions on your card. At that point you will see the transaction and hopefully by then you'll realise it's a con and you're going to lose that money. But if you use your debit card, there's no way in the world you're going to get it back.

Andy Goodall

National Trust festival announced

BBC Radio Jersey

A three-day festival celebrating the natural world will be held later this month by the National Trust in Jersey. 

The Love Nature festival will run from 19-21 May with most of the events taking place around St Ouen's Bay. 

Activities include nature walks, foraging and bird tours.

The full programme can be seen on the National Trust's website.

Guernsey could also see medicinal cannabis use

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Committee for Health & Social Care is considering making cannabis-based medication available to some patients. 

a cannabis bud
Getty Images

President Heidi Soulsby said she is working with Jersey's health minister to investigate ways in which certain defined cannabis-based products could be prescribed to patients.

She also stressed the moves would not legalise cannabis.

Yesterday in Jersey, the island's health minister agreed to reclassify certain cannabis products to allow them to be legally used for people with legitimate medical conditions.  

Jersey divorce law consultation to begin next year

BBC Radio Jersey

Ministers will start a consultation next year on reform of Jersey's divorce laws, even though the States voted two years ago for change. 

divorce
Getty Images

The new laws could include measures to keep cases out of court and introduce so-called no-fault divorce

In Jersey's States, Deputy Montfort Tadier asked the chief minister when the changes will be brought forward. 

Family law firms are already being asked for their view, and the chief minister says views will be sought on the reforms, including access to mediation services. 

Ma'afu stays with the Reds while three others sign

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Tonga international Apakuki Ma'afu has signed a new contract with Jersey Reds to remain at the club next season.

Apakuki Ma'afu
BBC Sport

Ma'afu will be joined in the squad by fellow centre Mark Best, who will leave Ulster this summer and actually played against the islanders twice this season in the British and Irish Cup.

Two other signings have also been announced by the Reds this morning, with London Scottish captain Rory Bartle and Sale Sharks back-row Matt Rogerson heading for Jersey.

"Kuki has made a fantastic impact since his arrival and been an integral part of our successful run over the second half of the season - he absolutely deserves the contract extension he's been given,' said Jersey head coach Harvey Biljon.

Islanders advised to use credit cards after scam

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police's crime reduction adviser says islanders should try to use credit cards over debit cards where possible when making payments online or over the phone. 

credit card reader
Getty Images

Andy Goodall said a number of recent scams that claim to fix people's computers actually end up infecting them with spyware, which can be used to steal bank details. 

But if they do fall victim, Mr Goodall says a credit card offers better protection.

St Peter secure Jersey Premiership survival

BBC Sport

St Peter guaranteed they'll play in Jersey's topflight again next season, with a 3-2 win over Rozel Rovers.

Rozel now face Trinity in their final league game of the campaign, with both sides desperately needing a result to avoid relegation.

Rovers sit two points above Trinity, who currently occupy the last relegation spot. One will go down to the island's Championship, while one will stay up.

Trinity suffered a 4-0 loss to champions St Paul's last night.