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  1. Jersey police seek another man in sex assault investigation
  2. Guernsey's use of Windows XP in health service 'not surprising'
  3. Jersey farmer welcomes cannabis crop trial
  4. President of Kenya meets Jersey's chief minister in London
  5. Calls for long-term approach to tackle potholes in Guernsey
  6. Sony allows Jèrriais band to use Beatles song
  7. Updates on Monday 15 May 2017

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Guernsey 'must not be complacent' over cyber security

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

While Guernsey's health sites were not affected by the cyber attack that caused problems for NHS Trusts in England and Scotland it must stay vigilant.

After “extensive checks” over the weekend the island’s government says both the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and secondary health provider, the Medical Specialist Group, were unaffected.

It also said there was no impact on UK hospitals that routinely treat Bailiwick patients.

It is to be welcomed that at this stage the island seems to have been unaffected by this ransomware, but we must not be complacent."

Deputy Mary LoweHome Affairs President

Islanders invited to attend meeting about new hospital

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey is encouraging islanders to attend an open event about an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the future hospital.

The exhibition will run from the 18-19 May at Church House.

Current planning regulations require an EIA to be carried out on "large scale developments" to assess the impact of construction on the community and surrounding area.

Building a new hospital on part of the existing site of Jersey General Hospital was agreed in principle by the States Assembly in December 2016.

Future hospital plans
States of Jersey

The exhibition will enable the Future Hospital team to explain how the Environmental Impact Assessment sits within the planning application for the proposed development. It also provides an opportunity to share information that has been gathered to support that application with those who are interested."

Bernard PlaceProject Director

Report finds adults 'more anxious' in Jersey than UK

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A report has found adults in Jersey are more anxious than people in the UK.

Jersey's Mental Health Quality report, published by the department of health and social services, is the first of its kind.

It shows there has been an increase in the number of young people experiencing low self esteem.

Despite higher anxiety levels, however, adults in Jersey overall report feeling happier and more satisfied with their lives than people in the UK.

Bat box campaign launches

BBC Radio Jersey

Bat boxes will be given to primary schools in Jersey as part of a new awareness campaign to educate people about the importance of the protected species.

The campaign, which launches today, will work with local primary schools.

An education pack about bats has been developed and each school will be provided with bat boxes made by prisoners at HMP La Moye.

Here's a video to tell you what you can do to help bats on the island.

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Jersey Development Company bosses enjoy 15% pay rise

BBC Radio Jersey

The managing director of the Jersey Development Company (JDC) enjoyed a 15% pay rise last year, a company report has revealed.

Lee Henry was paid a salary of just over £167,000, claimed a bonus of nearly £38,000 and had a pension contribution of £35,000.

Similarly, Director Simon Neal saw his total payments rise from £126,000-£137,000.

The figures are all contained in the companies annual report.

The JDC earns money for the States as its shareholders, although it didn't pay any dividends last year because it is waiting to earn money from its new developments such as the old Jersey College for Girls site.

Reform proposals to affect senator role in States assembly

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

The deputy leading a consultation into electoral reform in Jersey has rejected criticism that it will delay political change.

Deputy John Le Fondre said one of the most important changes in the proposals is the future of the role of senator.

Although on the face of it, in terms of the number of States members, there may be a small change, there are some very important changes in the mix of those members i.e. who you are entitled to vote in."

Deputy John Le Fondre

Islanders 'key' in new £1.4m cancer research project

BBC Radio Guernsey

Channel Islands patients being treated in Southampton for oesophageal cancer are taking part in a trial to help find a breakthrough.

University of Southampton surgeon Tim Underwood has been awarded £1.4m to conduct new research at Southampton General Hospital.

Fewer than a fifth of people who get oesophageal cancer survive for more than five years.

Professor Underwood will lead a team to examine the tumours in incredible detail, in a bid to discover what causes them to grow.

He says Channel Islands patients are "key" to the research.

Scientist using protective robber gloves for handling dangerous substances and experiments
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Channel Islands patients will have their tumours biopsied and explored using this technology to develop new treatments, so they are integral to our work."

Tim Underwood

Oyster farms in Grouville not a risk to 'biodiversity'

BBC Radio Jersey

A States scientist has said new oyster farms in Grouville Bay should not harm biodiversity in the area.

Jersey's Department of the Environment is making more of the bay available to small oyster farmers wanting to start their own businesses.

Marine Biologist Frances Binney said the department had carried out thorough research of the surrounding seabed before making the decision.

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The area we've zoned off for aquaculture is of a less high biodiversity level in terms of what lives in the sediment. There's still a lot of sand worms and things like that, but they seem reasonably tolerant to the activities of aquaculture."

Frances BinneyMarine Biologist

Cavill: 'I never thought I'd do stunt scenes with Tom Cruise'

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's Superman Henry Cavill has spoken of filming stunt scenes with Tom Cruise during the shooting of his new film, Mission Impossible 6.

Weather: More rain on its way

BBC Weather

It will be mild overnight under a blanket of cloud, with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle possible, and a risk of some fog forming. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map

Tuesday will be another mostly cloudy day with some outbreaks of rain at times.

However, there is also a chance that we may see some brighter spells into the afternoon and it will continue to feel quite warm and humid. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Cannabis trial good for island's 'biodiversity'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey farm manager has welcomed a trial to grow a type of cannabis plant on the island.

Charlie Gallichan says it's vital the industry continues to evolve, and farmers in Jersey avoid "mono-cropping", the practice of growing one crop on the same land year on year.

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Anything that gives us more biodiversity is good news. It's crucial for an island our size, we need to maintain a good level of biodiversity. If we end up mono-cropping then we've got problems ahead."

Charlie Gallichan

Policy and resources plan ideas must be 'fully formed'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A St Peter Port deputy says the strategic plan for the future of Guernsey will need to be made more intelligible before the public can meaningfully engage with it. 

The Policy and Resources Plan, which aims to make the island 'the happiest and healthiest place' to live and work, will be debated again by the States next month. 

But Deputy Rhian Tooley said it will take a while to look at the difference of opinions in the various committees in the States.

There's no point putting out ideas that are not fully formed or cohesive. They are making all those pieces of information that have come from different committees' work together, you actually need to be able to compare like with like."

Deputy Rhian Tooley

Schoolchildren's gardening efforts around power station 'to attract wildlife'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Pupils from Guernsey's Vale School have been busy planting flowers, shrubs and trees around Hougue Jehannet lane to attract more wildlife, according to Guernsey Electricity, which owns the nearby power station.

The work is part of a project run in partnership with local environmentalist Vic Froome, Guernsey Electricity and La Societe Guernesiaise.

A Guernsey Electricity spokesman said the company was keen to "enhance the local wildlife", as the power station is one of the more "industrial parts of the island".

Vale school students
Guernsey Electricity

We started by making and fitting bird boxes for different species. The plants will produce fruit, seeds and pollen which attract insects such as butterflies and moths and increase the biodiversity. There are also many colours to brighten up everyone’s day."

Vic FroomeEnvironmentalist

Jèrriais band allowed to use Beatles song by 'mystery benefactor'

BBC Radio Jersey

A mystery third party "instructed" the record company Sony to let Jèrriais band the Badlabecques use the Beatles song With a little help from my Friends, according to a band member.

The Badlabeques recorded a Jerriaise version of the 60s hit with members of the Les Amis choir.

I said to the person in the Sony copyright department please let me know who I should send the chocolates and flowers to, but they said they don't even know. They were just instructed, so it was someone higher up, or in a different place that sorted it."

Kit AshtonBand member, Badlabecques

Guernsey Water reminds residents to clear watercourses

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Water is reminding islanders who have streams, douits and other watercourses on their land to ensure they are cleared of vegetation and silt by 15 June.

Guernsey Water
A watercourse before and after clearing

This is a requirement in law and comes ahead of parish authority inspections.

General manager Stephen Langlois said at this time of year debris and other vegetation can be "prolific" in waterways, resulting in low flows or blockages.

He added that if there was suddenly a heavy downpour, there could be serious flooding.

We are asking that land owners work with our parish douzaines to maintain their watercourses to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure we keep our valuable water flowing."

Stephen LangloisGeneral Manager, Guernsey Water

Jersey Development Company pledges to revamp 'unused' states owned buildings

BBC Radio Jersey

The States-funded Jersey Development Company has said it is willing to regenerate the States-owned South Hill building and St Saviour's Hospital.

It says it wants to revamp these sites and other surplus or unused States-owned buildings in its annual report.

It is also pledging, over the next five years, to build four office buildings at the International Finance Centre, and complete homes at College Gardens and Castle Quay in St Helier.

Jersey FA firm up management for women's side ahead of Island Games

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Former Welsh international Jodie Botterill and local community coach Daniel Seviour will take charge of Jersey's women's side for the upcoming Island Games.

They've been in temporary charge of the team since the departure of Simon Petulla in March.

Jersey Woman's football team
Jersey's women beat Aland 1-0 in the final of the 2015 Island Games

The Jersey FA has confirmed the pair will continue as joint interim head coaches for the tournament in Gotland.

Meanwhile experienced player Fiona MacKinnon and Games debutant Ella Brennand have been added to the squad, as prolific striker Catarina Andrade and Amy Brown have withdrawn.

Jersey are the reigning Island Games gold medalists having won the title on home turf in 2015.

New harbour master appointed in Jersey

Sarah Scriven

News Editor, BBC Jersey

A manager who coordinates sea rescues in Jersey is the new harbour master, a Ports of Jersey spokesman has said.

Bill Sadler
Ports of Jersey

Captain Bill Sadler will be succeeding Phil Buckley, who is returning to the UK for family reasons. 

Captain Sadler is currently an acting harbour master in Jersey managing the Jersey Coastguard and coordinating all sea searches in the island's territorial waters.

He is a master mariner with 20 years experience at sea with oil and gas tankers and passenger ships.

Captain Sadler lives in St Lawrence with his wife Claire and two children.

He'll be sworn into office at a later date.

Guernsey pick Island Games shooting team

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Matthew Guille is among six competitors who have been picked in Guernsey's shooting team for this summer's Island Games.

It's a smaller squad than the one selected for Jersey in 2015, due to fewer shooting events taking place in Gotland.

Paul Guillou, Andrea Guillou, Lee Roussel, Nikki Trebert-Pond and Rebecca Margetts make up the rest of Guernsey's team, which is managed by Chris Jackson.

Investigation into £21m VAT fraud 'remains active'

Guernsey Press

A criminal investigation into a suspected £21m. VAT fraud, which includes authorities in Guernsey, the Isle of Man and England, is ongoing, local Law Enforcement has confirmed, as a Manx court confiscated £500,000 from the man at the heart of the enquiries.

Reign of King George VI depicted on Jersey stamps

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Post has issued a new series of stamps celebrating the life of King George VI.

It's the fourth installment in a series exploring the legacy of Queen Victoria.

George VI, great grandson to Queen Victoria and father to Queen Elizabeth II, came to the throne on 11 December 1936, following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII.

King George VI stamps
Jersey Post

The images which appear on this set of six stamps are presented chronologically and include a photograph of King George VI in his coronation year and another showing the King making his famous speech inaugurating the Empire Exhibition in 1938."

Rachel MacKenziePhilatelic Marketing Manager, Jersey Post

Deputy warns healthcare providers to invest in technology

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Vale deputy has said this week's global cyber-attack shows Guernsey must invest money into technology, as well as health care.

Guernsey's Health and Social Services Department says it hasn't been affected by the cyber-attack that hit the NHS in England and Scotland.

Deputy Sarah Hansmann-Rouxel said these kinds of attacks can seriously affect people's lives.

When you get into a position when you're deciding on budgets, and you have the choice between putting money towards a budget that you think 'this is going to save somebody's life', or whether you think about technology. I think what was demonstrated this week, with that cyber-attack, is that however difficult that decision is, you have to put that money into technology as well."

Deputy Sarah Hansmann-Rouxel

The first look at the stars of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Rob England

BBC News Online

Studio canal has released pictures of stars Lily James and Michiel Huisman in the film adaptation of the historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

The story follows journalist Juliet Ashton in Guernsey after the occupation. 

Ms Ashton forms a bond with the eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club, which formed during the war.

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Sony allows Jèrriais band to use Beatles song

BBC Radio Jersey

The record company Sony has overturned a decision not to let Jèrriais Band the Badlabecques use the Beatles song of 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. 

The Badlabeques recorded the version of the 60s hit with members of the Les Amis Choir. 

Permission was initially refused and Badlabecques frontman Kit Ashton says he's not sure who's responsible for the change of heart.


Electoral reform changes 'too big not to look at' deputy says

BBC Radio Jersey

The deputy leading a consultation into electoral reform in Jersey has rejected criticism that it will delay political change. 

Deputy John Le Fondre heads up the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel, which is reviewing new laws the States voted for earlier this year. 

One deputy described the review as a "wrecking ball". 

Mr Le Fondre said the changes, which include new constituencies combining parishes, are "too big not to have a longer look at".

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Guernsey ‘a safe harbour amid US uncertainty’

Guernsey Press

Uncertainty following Donald Trump’s election and unsettling events in the wider world are causing an upsurge in interest in local wealth planning from US residents.

'Dragon' unveiled at Jersey Library

Rob England

BBC News Online

No, you didn't misread that, a dragon has been unveiled at Jersey Library.

Dragon head
Jersey Library

But before you start running for the hills in true Game of Thrones style, it's important to say this one is made of paper.

The 3D beast was created by local artists and the community as part of the Skipton Art Series initiative "Paper Talks", according to a library spokesperson.

Seven Jersey artists, 600 students from local schools, community groups and the general public have been making thousands of paper "scales" for the creature.

Jersey Arts Trust, which ran the project, said it was part of a push to bring new skills to the island. 


Paper Talks has built on the success of the Paper Dialogues Exhibition, connecting global artists, with local artists, and with the whole community. We have had very good feedback from groups and the artists, who have all developed new skills in the process.

Alice BraveryProject Co-Ordinator, Jersey Arts Trust

How the original Mumpreneur became Britain's first female billionaire

The Daily Mail

She grew up on a council estate. Now she's the boss of Specsavers and three times richer than the Queen.

Stamps celebrating the traditional Guernsey jumper printed

BBC Radio Guernsey

Stamps celebrating the traditional Guernsey jumper have been published by Guernsey Post.

The series features four different stamps, depicting some of the countries to which Guernseys are exported, namely Australia, the US and Japan. 

Guernsey Post says the jumper is still popular to this day, including with several British Armed Forces Units, and have even been worn by royalty.

Guernsey Post

Jersey police seek another male in Belmont Road sex assault investigation

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have asked to speak to another male as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on Belmont Road, St Helier in the early hours of Sunday 30 April, police said.

The victim, a man in his early 20s, said he was assaulted by another man.

Last week police released pictures of a man and a woman that they wished to trace. 

They say these individuals have now been identified and have assisted with the investigation. 

The male was wearing a red shirt, a grey hooded top and red trainers. 

The male police wish to speak to
States of Jersey Police

Guernsey players 'stood up' - Sharman

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey manager Steve Sharman has paid tribute to his squad after their Muratti victory over Jersey on Saturday.

It was the first time Sharman had won the trophy, but he was keen to put the spotlight on his team.

Adrian Topley

"I've lost the last two Murattis - but this one's about the players winning, and they stood up," he told BBC Radio Guernsey. "We're taking a young group [to Gotland] but I think they're going to have a great time, and we're going there to medal again."  

Jersey farmers look to tea for crop diversity

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

Two farms in Jersey are exploring the possibility of growing tea in the island as part of efforts to become less dependent on potatoes. 

Tea leaves in India
Getty Images

Jersey's environment minister, Deputy Steve Luce, said having an agriculture industry almost completely reliant on Jersey Royals was bad for the environment. 

As well as cannabis and ginger, he said farmers were looking at tea, which he thinks would sell well.

The real question is, what would we call our Jersey tea?

Cassidy wants gold despite Muratti loss

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says his team are "definitely good enough" to win Island Games gold this summer, despite their Muratti loss to Guernsey.

His side were beaten 2-1 at Footes Lane on Saturday, which was Jersey's first defeat in the match since 2014.

Martin Cassidy
Adrian Topley

"I want to go there with this group of players and win it," Cassidy told BBC Radio Jersey. "The bigger picture for us is we're a growing team and we've got a good bit of youth coming through."

Delays on Aurigny flights to Gatwick

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Aurigny has reported delays on flights to Gatwick after "technical issues" with their Embraer jet.

In departures, the 10:20 service GR642 has been delayed until 13:50, and check in has been suspended on the 14:50 flight GR606.

Currently the 16:30 and later departures appear to be unaffected.

In arrivals, the 11:10 GR603 service is expected in a few minutes at 12:15, and the 13:05 GR605 service is due in at 13:25.

The airline advises travellers to check for updates on the Guernsey Airport website.

Man sacked after building model dinosaur a work

Jersey Evening Post

A food kiosk worker has been awarded £3,000 after he was unfairly sacked for a series of alleged issues, including building a model dinosaur at work.

Jersey Airport and harbour 'sees thousands more passengers'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Airport has seen an increase of more than 3,000 commercial passengers so far in 2017 compared to last year.

Jersey airport

A spokesperson said the airport received 428,650 air passengers to date compared to 425,284 in 2016.

Similarly, Jersey ports report they have seen the numbers of sea passengers increase by more than 19,000 now standing at 128,742 in 2017 to date, compared to 109,122 in 2016.

Despite these increases inter-island travel is still "down" they added.

Jersey healthcare systems 'not affected' by global cyber-attack

Rob England

BBC News Online

A spokesperson for Jersey's Health and Social Services Department has said their computer systems have not been affected by the global cyber-attack which is still causing problems for the NHS

However, as a precaution they said the department's IT staff are monitoring the issue.

Bunting 'stolen' in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Union Jack bunting was "taken down and stolen" from a house in Guernsey, according to police.

It is believed to have happened between 18:00 on Friday and 18:00 on Saturday on Braye du Valle between the Crossways and Oatlands traffic light junction.

Guernsey Police are appealing for information.

Repatriation of £3m discussed with Kenyan president

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

The president of Kenya has taken time out of a three day visit to the UK to meet Jersey's chief minister in London to discuss the repatriation of £3m confiscated by the Royal Court. 

Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

Uhuru Kenyatta was in London to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, but also made time for a meeting with Senator Ian Gorst. 

The two discussed how Jersey might repatriate £3m confiscated by the Royal Court after a Jersey company, owned by a Kenyan government official, admitted "laundering the proceeds of corruption". 

A States spokesman said Jersey has agreed to return the money, and described this meeting with President Kenyatta as an "opportunity to widen Jersey's involvement in development and anti-corruption activities in Kenya".