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Summary

  1. Guernsey children's plan 'working to remove silos'
  2. Claims Jersey laws 'not tight enough' to deal with online threats
  3. Jersey taxi app 'coming in the next few months'
  4. Aurigny's last Trislander is to go on display at the Duxford Imperial War Museum
  5. Updates on Friday 12 May 2017

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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Gino D'Acampo in Jersey for return of Italian festival

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Chef Gino D'Acampo is in Jersey this weekend for the first Italian food festival in 30 years. It's being held on People's Park in St Helier.

The first Viva Italia event will feature live Italian music, food stalls, wine tasting and a family area.

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Deputy tells Condor ‘get another vessel’

Guernsey Press

High aspirations for Guernsey’s travel links are needed if tourism is to flourish, a member of Economic Development has said, as she called on Condor to address the Liberation’s ‘lack of resilience and reliability’ through a fifth vessel.  

Sharman hits out at Guernsey critics

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey boss Steve Sharman has hit out at critics of his team as they look to avoid a third Muratti final defeat in a row against rivals Jersey at Footes Lane tomorrow.

Sharman led Guernsey to Island Games gold in 2015 but said his job was in doubt after last year's Muratti loss.

Steve Sharman
Rex Features

Asked about his side's doubters, he told BBC Radio Guernsey: "It's very easy from an armchair to criticise. That's opinion without responsibility, and I don't see them lacing up their boots and doing anything about it."

Jersey captain Cav Miley says the Sarnians have an edge due to the bulk of their squad being teammates for the island's club side on a weekly basis.

"I do think they've got a huge advantage over us with the amount they've played together," Miley told BBC Radio Jersey.

Steve Sharman

Sharman hits out at Guernsey critics

Guernsey boss Steve Sharman hits out at his side's critics as he looks to avoid a third Muratti final loss against Jersey.

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Seven children treated for dog bites

Jersey Evening Post

Seven children under the age of eight - including two babies - were treated in the hospital after being bitten by dogs in the first three months of this year, figures from the Accident and Emergency Department show.

Evening weather: Scattered heavy showers

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will tend to ease overnight, allowing it become dry but remain mild. 

There will be variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Too early to tell over impact of Brexit on Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

It is too early to say what the impact of Brexit will be on Guernsey and it's neighbouring islands says an MEP visiting the island.

Ashley Fox is Conservative MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar who is on the economic and home affairs committee has been meeting financial experts and senior politicians to inform them about the latest on Brexit.

Ashley Fox
BBC

The Channel Islands are not part of the EU but have special access through treaties. I'm hopeful something like that can continue if we get an agreement with the EU.

Ashley Fox MEPConservative MEP for South West England and Gibralter

Plan for skate park at First Tower

Cameron Ward

BBC Radio Jersey

A new £60,000 skate park at St Andrews Park would be for young people who "often lack good facilities" in the island, says Ted Vibert, chairman of the First Tower Community Association.

The association researched the needs of young people in the area and found there was a lot of demand for a skate park.

The aim is to put it at the north end of the park close to the existing playground, but that is dependent on the planning department giving permission.

Ted Vibert
BBC

We've had pledges from charities to support us, we've raised half the amount of money and have no problem in our view in raising the rest of the money."

Ted VibertFirst Town Community Association Chairman
Skate park site
BBC

Italian festival has 'something for everything'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The return of the Italian festival in Jersey has "something for everyone" according to organiser Dr Alessio Agostinis. He says they hope to run the event every two years on the same large scale.

Viva Italia
BBC

He said: "We have some of the last minute panic but we will get there. We have the opening ceremony tomorrow with Gina D'Acampo, children singing and dignitaries to the park."

There is a lot happening at the event including a visit from Ferrari displaying some of their most recent models, Italian food stalls and cooking demonstrations from Gino D'Acampo.

Having Gino D'Acampo is probably one of the things that has excited us so much about reviving the Italian festival in Jersey. It is fantastic and I hope it is going to pull the crowds in.

Dr Alessio AgostinisItalian festival organiser

Alcohol free zone for Muratti match

BBC Radio Guernsey

An alcohol free zone is being put in place at Footes Lane in Guernsey tomorrow for the Muratti final between Guernsey and Jersey.

Footes Lane
BBC

Ch Insp Claire Cuthbert, of Guernsey Police, says they are expecting 7,000 fans to attend the match and plans are in place to try to ensure a trouble free family friendly game.

She says tight ferry timetables mean rival fans won't be able to spend too much time together before and after the match.

'Working together' led to child care improvements

BBC Radio Guernsey

An initiative to help children in Guernsey reach their full potential is working because it's bringing health and social care and the voluntary sector together for the first time, says one of the people in charge of delivering the new Guernsey Children and Young People's Plan.

Ruby Parry says the multi-agency approach has halved the number of children in care over the past year.

The plan was launched in 2016 and so far the health and social care team say the number of children coming into the care system has dropped from 36 to 13 and the number on the child protection register dropped from 92 to 29 in the past year.

'Help find car park hit-and-run driver'

Jersey Evening Post

A motorist is calling for witnesses to come forward, saying her car was written off after being damaged in a hit-and-run incident in a St Helier car park.

Jersey Zoo name change 'to help tourists'

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Jersey Zoo says the organisation had to change its name from the Durrell Wildlife Park to make it easier for tourists to find them.

Dr Lesley Dickie says going back to the original name was also honouring Gerald Durrell's wishes because the founder always called it a zoo.

Dr Lesley Dickie
Jersey Zoo

We did a little survey at the airport of visitors when they were leaving and a third of people didn't know we existed. When tourists come to the island they need to know where to come."

Dr Lesley DickieDirector of Jersey Zoo

G-BEVT Trislander 'in fine company' at Duxford museum

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Aurigny's last Trislander will be on display at Duxford Imperial War Museum from June along with more than 100 historic civil and military aircraft.

The aircraft G-BEVT is being retired at the end of May and will make six charity pleasure flights before finally heading to the museum.

It will be joining the world's premier collection of British airliners and could be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

Aurigny trislander G-BEVT
Pete Lihou

We’re very excited about acquiring this iconic aircraft for our collection. We’re extremely grateful to Aurigny for placing it with us and to IWM for their support on the project. We’re looking forward to VT’s arrival in the next few weeks."

David HandsDuxford Aviation Society Chairman

Two burglaries in Guernsey overnight

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are investigating two burglaries that happened overnight in the area of Collings Road.

A multi-coloured rucksack containing a fourth generation iPad was stolen from the first property. The bag was recovered but the laptop is still missing.

A set of car keys for a white Ford Fiesta were removed from a different address. The car was taken but has since been recovered.

Officers are urging anyone with more information to get in touch.

Skate park plan for St Andrews Park

BBC Radio Jersey

A new purpose built skate park could be open at St Andrews Park at First Tower if planning gives approval.

Skateboarding
BBC

The First Tower Community Association has been speaking to young people in the area and says there is popular demand for a skate park.

The group says the aim is to put it at the north end of the park close to the existing playground.

Finance industry urged to be ambassadors for Guernsey

Guernsey Press

Finance industry professionals have been urged to take on an ambassadorial role to promote the island’s high standards of tax transparency.

Hauteville House 'inspired Victor Hugo's work'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The great-great-grandchildren of Victor Hugo have been speaking about how Hauteville House inspired the author's work and life.

Jean Baptiste and Marie Hugo have written a book about the house Victor Hugo lived in for over 15 years during his exile in the island.

Photographer Jean Baptiste Hugo says the dark and light in the house were a big influence on Victor Hugo.

Jean Baptiste and Marie Hugo
BBC

What's so interesting is this conflict of light and dark. It was in his vision, it was the progression from the shadow to the light which was the progression of humanity."

Jean Baptiste HugoVictor Hugo's great-great-grandson

Aurigny's last Trislander 'going on charity flights'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Aurigny's last Trislander G-BEVT is going to the Duxford Imperial War Museum where it will go on display from June.

G-BEVT
BBC

Before that happens there will be a series of special charity pleasure flights in aid of the Channel Islands Air Search.

They will be held in Guernsey and Alderney on Saturday 20 May before G-BEVT heads to Duxford.

Call to encourage overseas university students to Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey should encourage overseas students to come to the island to study. That's the view of the new head of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Highlands College
BBC

Eliot Lincoln said there should be more higher education facilities to make more people want to come and continue their education in the island. He says that would apply to local and overseas students.

Recently the higher education section of Highlands College was rebranded as University College Jersey and is expanding the number of degree courses it offers to provide cheaper higher education for local students.

We have asked the Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, if he would consider opening it up to overseas students and are waiting for a response.

Finance Centre interest 'set to increase'

Jersey Evening Post

The number of businesses interested in relocating to or opening offices in the Island will increase now that the first building of the Jersey International Finance Centre has been completed, the Treasury Minister has said.

Alderney lifeboat called to help Chill Factor

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 36ft yacht called Chill Factor broke down about five miles south of Alderney this morning and was towed to safety by the island's lifeboat the Roy Barker I.

Roy Barker I
Tony Rive

The lifeboat was on scene within 40 minutes of launch and towed the vessel back to Braye Harbour.

The Southampton-registered Chill Factor was travelling from St Peter Port to Cherbourg with four people on board when it got into trouble.

Standing room only for tomorrow's Muratti

Fog leads to sharp drop in Guernsey air passengers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Extensive fog in February and March contributed to a significant drop in the number of air passengers in Guernsey in the first few months of this year.

Fog
BBC

There were 300,887 passengers in the first three months of 2017 compared to 318,609 in the same time in 2016.

Speaking about the latest visitor numbers, Guernsey Airport general manager Colin Le Ray said in February and March there were 18,500 fewer passengers than the year before and a total of 24,241 fewer air passengers in the first three months.  

He said the bulk of the fall was due largely to extensive fog and low visibility in February and March.

Jersey cricketers feature for county sides

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey cricketers Jonty Jenner, Ben Kynman and Jake Dunford have all featured for County Championship reserve sides this week.

Ben Kynman and Jake Dunford played for Gloucestershire 2nds in their defeat by Surrey, while Jonty Jenner was in action as Sussex were beaten by Kent.

Jonty Jenner
ICC/Sportsfile

The island has never produced a professional cricketer, though Jersey also have youngsters Harrison Carlyon and Julius Sumerauer representing their counties at under-17 level this summer.

Afternoon weather: Warm and humid

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and humid afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of these turning heavy and thundery.

With light winds, in any lengthy spells of sunshine it will feel rather warm. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

Undersea power cable turned off for maintenance

BBC Radio Guernsey

A cable importing electricity from France, which runs between Jersey and Guernsey, is being switched off today so Guernsey Electricity can carry out "essential maintenance".

Power links
Guernsey Electricity

The work will take about two weeks to complete. It will include work on the Barkers Quarry substation and other work in Jersey and France.

The cable will be pulled up so it can be inspected and then reburied to ensure it is in full working order.

During the outage power will be provided by the generators at the power station.

Guernsey will beat 2015 tally - Druce

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey team manager Tom Druce expects his athletics squad to win a "much larger" Island Games medal haul than they did in Jersey in 2015.

Druce, who holds Guernsey records at 100m and 200m, has included World Under-20 semi-finalist Cameron Chalmers in his 32-strong squad for Gotland.

Tom Druce
BBC

"There's definitely more medal potential there [than 2015]," Druce told the BBC. "It's always very tough to get to that top step of the podium, but I'm expecting a lot of silver and bronze and hopefully enough gold as well."

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School beach day goes ahead after cancellation in 2016

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A school in Jersey that cancelled its beach day last year over concerns about the dangers of midday sunshine is going ahead with it this year.

Beach
BBC

More than 200 pupils at St George's Preparatory School in Jersey were due to have a day at the beach in July 2016 but cancelled it.

It was called off after the school heard a health department warning about skin cancer on the island.

In a letter to parents the school said it would be happening and children must have a long sleeved t-shirt, sun hat, sun lotion on and necessary water. They will also be providing tents to provide shade on the beach for the children.

Aurigny's last Trislander to retire to Duxford

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Where do well worked planes go when it is time for them to retire? Well for Aurigny's last Trislander it's Duxford Imperial War Museum.

Trislander G-BEVT
BBC

G-BEVT is the last of the three Trislanders to retire and is expected to be in Duxford from June. G-RLON is due to go on display in Southampton and G-JOEY in Guernsey.

It was built by Britten Norman in 1977 and has clocked up more than 86,000 flights and spent 28,000 hours in the air.

I'd say that deserves a good send off and a place where it can be seen for years to come.

Giffard Ward refurbishment 'to bring it up to standard'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Giffard Ward at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital is to going to be refurbished as part of a programme of work to improve the medical and surgical wards at the island's main hospital.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

The work will bring the 15-bed ward up to modern standards and improve the family room as well as improve provision for patients suffering from dementia.

There will be new artwork commissioned from local artists that a spokesman says will "improve the care environment".

The work will finish in October and patients and staff will move in from November this year.

Providence arrests over ‘suspected fraud offences’

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey Law Enforcement says the four arrests made in Guernsey yesterday are in connection with suspected fraud offences.

They relate to the collapse of the providence investment fund, with millions of pounds of investors’ money still unaccounted for. It had offered returns of 7-14% for a minimum £30,000 investment.  

The offences relate to the abuse of the position of four males, including the "provision of false or misleading information, or recklessly furnishing information relating to the protection of investors". 

The men have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Islanders urged to fill in hate crime survey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police are encouraging islanders to fill in their hate crime survey aimed at helping understand how much of a problem it is and how best to tackle it.

This morning Reform Jersey Chairman Deputy Sam Mezec said he had been the target of threats and says hate crime and racism is on the rise in the island.

Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, says updating hate crime legislation is a priority.

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Guernsey local market prices up on the year before

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The average price of a local market property in the first quarter of 2017 was 4.4% up on the previous quarter with properties selling for an average of £432,341.The details were released in the latest property bulletin.

During that quarter there were 163 local market transactions, which was 34 more than in the first quarter of 2016.

Of the 163 property sales in the first quarter of this year the majority were between £200,000 and £399,000.

Graph showing house prices
States of Guernsey

Rank app 'next step in hailing a taxi'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Jersey Taxi Drive Association, the group that represents rank taxi drivers in the island, is launching a new app that will allow you to hail a rank taxi if there is one nearby using a smartphone.

It will also let you pay for the ride with your mobile.

Mick Tostevin, from the association, said they would also be making it possible to pay for your journey by card when in the taxi as drivers are now able to order a card machine through the association.

Taxi rank
BBC

Most drivers have gone to mobile phones. In the old days there were phones on the rank to call a driver. This is a progression, it won't take over the mobile phone but is a progression to our service."

Mick TostevinPresident, Jersey Taxi Drivers Association

Providence collapse: Four arrested

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Four men in Guernsey have been arrested in connection with the collapse of the providence investment fund.

Most of the £37m put into the scheme by investors is still unaccounted for. The fund had offered returns of 7-14% for a minimum £30,000 investment, but it emerged that funds were re-directed and there was a lack of oversight over investments in Brazil.

Providence registered address in Guernsey
BBC

The arrests were made yesterday at four separate island addresses in connection with suspected fraud offences.

The men were bailed, pending further inquiries.

Tourist 'Red Route' to stop at key island sites

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

CT Plus says a new bus service in Guernsey called the "Red Route" will encourage cruise ship visitors away from the existing round island bus services.

Bus
BBC

The company says it launched at the start of the cruise ship season and creates a more tailored tour for visitors than is offered on the local 91 and 92 routes.

It will operate on cruise ship days and will have stops at tourist locations like Pembroke Bay, the Little Chapel and Jerbourg.

Tickets will be £7.50 for adults and £6 for children with a proportion of the fare going to the States of Guernsey for the hire of the buses.

'Hero' replaced money lost by ex-serviceman on holiday

BBC Radio Jersey

A man who replaced money lost by an ex-serviceman who was on holiday in Jersey said it was the least he could do.

George Baird, his wife and the ex-serviceman
BBC
Mr Baird and his wife met the ex-serviceman

The man is a post traumatic stress sufferer who lives on a war pension and was in the island with the Holidays for Heroes charity.

After he lost £115 in town, which he had set aside to buy his grandchildren a present, former States of Jersey treasurer George Baird came forward to replace the money.

He was really very very upset about it and the least i could do was pick up the phone - thanks to Radio Jersey publicising it - and said if I can help in anywhere whatsoever. It was the least I could do."

George Baird

Jersey boss Cassidy wants bright start to Muratti

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey football manager Martin Cassidy has urged his side to make a bright start to their Muratti final clash with rivals Guernsey this weekend.

Martin Cassidy
BBC Sport

Jersey have won the Muratti in each of the past two seasons, but Guernsey have home advantage at Footes Lane on Saturday.

Luke Watson, who scored the winning goal in 2016, has made himself unavailable so midfielder Cav Miley skippers the reds.

There will be full match commentary on Saturday Sportscene on BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernsey.

I want us to be cautious and hard to beat but I definitely want us to get at Guernsey's defence and really attack the goal. The one thing I'm asking them to do is to really be expansive in the last third, create things and try and get early goals. I think when we score early goals we're a much better team."

Martin CassidyJersey Football Manager