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Summary

  1. New protection for Jersey offshore reefs
  2. Arrest after sexual assault on man in St Helier
  3. Dog poo a 'health risk to Guernsey cattle'
  4. Guernsey Water installs 'sustainable' drainage system
  5. Inter-island ferry back on the agenda
  6. Updates on Thursday 18 May 2017

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By Ryan Morrison

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Jersey cows making a difference for African farmers

Ngendahayo is the proud owner of a cross bred Jersey and Rwandan cow which is one of many making a difference to the lives of farmers in the country.

Evening weather: Clear spells and showers

BBC Weather

Some clear spells are likely overnight, along with isolated showers, most likely during the early hours of the morning. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

‘Glamping’ site in St Peter’s faces opposition

Guernsey Press

Plans have been submitted to develop an area of agricultural land site into a high-end ‘glamping’ site – with a pool and facilities to match.

Flash flood measure for St Peter Port

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

St Peter Port flood
BBC

Remember this? A little over two years ago, 12mm of rain fell in a single hour in Guernsey, prompting flash floods in St Peter Port.

At the time, Guernsey Water said a long-term solution to prevent it happening again would cost millions of pounds, and cause major disruption on the roads.

The utility has now unveiled a measure to help: a new drainage system, the first of its kind on the island, in St Peter Port.

A permeable surface at Vauvert School enables water to run off into plants and soil, which then soak up excess water, slowing down the rate at which water flows into drains.

Yesterday saw more than 10 times the average rainfall for a day in May, so it was put to good use.

'Desperate desire' of Muratti captured by visiting UK journalist

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Muratti
BBC

A write-up of Saturday’s win for Guernsey in the annual football final has featured on a national newspaper’s website.

Football journalist and author Jonathan Wilson attended the game at Guernsey’s Footes Lane ground, which the home side won 2-1.

He described Guernsey’s “desperate” desire to win after they’d lost the tie the previous two years.

Offshore wind could lead to energy independence

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An offshore wind farm could help Guernsey become more energy independent, according to a member of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee.

Deputy Shane Langlois was responding to a report that found a 30MW offshore facility could be economically feasible off the island's coast.

The committee welcomes the findings of this study and, while not without risk, believes there are significant opportunities in progressing this work, such as security of supply, energy independence, fixed prices and lower emissions."

Deputy Shane LangloisEnvironment and Infrastructure Committee member

Guernsey Electricity, which part funded the report with the States of Guernsey, said renewable energy with a suitable energy storage system could be commercially viable within the 2020s.

Combined with careful management of energy demand and other forms of embedded energy harnessing, the island will achieve its aims for a sustainable future."

Stuart BlondelHead of Assets, Guernsey Electricity

Average house price in Jersey more than £460,000

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The average price of a house in Jersey is now £465,000 and in the first few months of this year 321 were sold.

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Most firms 'have no cyber-attack plans'

Jersey Evening Post

Only 11 per cent of businesses have action plans in place if they fall victim to a cyber-attack, a local insurance company has claimed after a virus crippled IT systems across the world.

Slight increase in sales at CI Co-op

BBC Radio Jersey

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society saw a 1.9% increase in sales last year over the year before.

The retailer, which is owned by its members, took £172m at the till with its food business and its medical services also did well.

It's homeware department, Homemaker, saw a fall in sales and is being shut down soon, with the Jersey store being handed over to Dunhelm Mill.

It will return £7.8m to its members through dividend payments.

Offshore reef protection 'essential'

BBC Radio Jersey

A move to protect offshore reefs around Jersey have been welcomed by a local environmentalist who says protecting the seabed is crucial, even for fishermen.

Kevin McIlwee, from Sea Search, has studied maerl, a rare coral-like organism which hosts a variety of sea life. He said it was crucial for the future of fishing and the marine environment.

Protected zones where trawling and dredging are banned are already in place on the north, east and south coast of the island, but now that is being extended to Les Minqiues and Les Ecrehous reefs.

Les Ecrehous
BBC

We put the maerl under the microscope and what we found was there were an enormous number of species which make up the perfect food for juvenile species. [It's] A very important area in the growth of all sorts of unique species and key commercial species.

Kevin McIlweeSea Search

Aurigny’s losses set to reach £6.3m. in 2017

Guernsey Press

Aurigny is predicted to make a loss of £6.3m. this year with a decrease in passenger revenues cited as one of the reasons.

Knotweed fight has 'complete lack of progress'

BBC Radio Guernsey

There has been a "complete lack of progress" in trying to tackle Japanese knotweed in Guernsey, according to a long-time campaigner who has spent seven years trying to clear it.

Knotweed
PA

Gerry Tattersall said he remembered States members voting for plans to place it on the noxious weed register five years ago but said that had not happened.

He said there were currently no controls on the weed under existing legislation and that wasn't good enough.

They don't seem to think this is overly important. In the UK, the government has thrown billions of pounds at trying to eradicate Japanese knotweed."

Gerry TattersallCampaigner

Advice on how to deal with the invasive species is available on the States' website.

RNLI in Jersey to meet with sacked coxswain

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Officials from the RNLI are in Jersey today to talk to Andy Hibbs, the former Coxswain of the St Helier lifeboat, who was sacked for allegedly breaching the organisation's code of conduct.

Andy Hibbs
BBC

The entire lifeboat crew walked out in April in protest of the sacking and refused to go back until he was reinstated.

There have been public demonstrations and a call for people not to donate money to the charity as a result of the incident.

The RNLI said today's visit was part of Mr Hibbs' appeal against his sacking and that there was a lot of work until any decision was made.

Scrutiny survey on electoral reform views

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Proposed changes to the electoral system in Jersey are being reviewed by a government scrutiny panel.

The Corporate Services Panel has commissioned a telephone survey of 1,000 islanders to find out how people feel about the changes.

States Assembly
BBC

Politicians have already voted to change from parish constituencies to six large super constituencies, but they will have to vote again on the issue after the scrutiny review.

There are also other options they are being asked to vote on, including a proposal to remove the role of senator and a reduction in the number of elected politicians.

IPSOS MORI will carry out the poll and the scrutiny panel said it would give its members them a statistically valid report on islanders' views of the proposed reforms.

Pedestrianisation of Charing Cross to become permanent

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A small road linking Broad Street and Sand Street in the centre of St Helier that was closed to cars as part of a pedestrianisation trial last year will be closed permanently.

Flower planters were placed at either side of Charing Cross to stop cars cutting through so it could be used exclusively for pedestrians.

Work will start soon to raise the road to create a single-height surface, and bollards will be put at either end of the road to prevent cars using the road. There will also be drainage and street light improvements and a tree planted behind the toad statue, officials said.

Closing the road will make the area safer for walkers and cyclists. It will also enable the space to be made more attractive and vibrant with alfresco seating."

SpokesmanDepartment for Infrastructure

Co-op could replace stamps with electronic card or app

Guernsey Press

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society could replace its loyalty stamp scheme with an electronic system under modernisation plans, its chief operating officer has said.

Report finds offshore wind farm 'could be viable'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An offshore wind farm could be viable in several locations off Guernsey's coast, a feasibility study commissioned by the government has confirmed.

The study, by engineering consultancy group Xodus Group and funded by the States of Guernsey and Guernsey Electricity, found there were a range of technically feasible options to develop an offshore wind project off Guernsey.

The report found a 30KW offshore wind farm could generate enough electricity to cover about a third of the island's needs.

Wind turbine
EPA

While the cost of electricity generated by wind turbines would, at the moment, be more expensive than importing or on-island generation, it is clear that the gap between the two is narrowing. It will likely continue to do so as the technology further evolves.

Deputy Shane LangloisCommittee for the Environment and Infrastructure

Rule changes 'to help control migration'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Changes to Jersey's migration rules and work licences will help control migration while still importing needed skills according to the assistant chief minister responsible for the policy.

King Street
BBC

Senator Paul Routier said: "We are an ageing population in a changing and uncertain world, so we will continue to need people with new or specialised skills to move to Jersey. However, migration has been too high in recent years."

The move will see companies pay £50 per year per migrant employee who hasn't worked in the island for at least five years. Government departments and non profit entities are excluded as are seasonal workers.

It follows already implemented changes that will also see a company lose the licence when an employee no longer needs it. Previously they could use it to employ someone else from outside the island.

Sark website warning from Guernsey regulator

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey’s financial regulator is warning people about using a website claiming to register businesses in Sark.

There is no company law in the island, with a number of Sark businesses registered in neighbouring Guernsey.

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission said anyone thinking of using the Sark Company Registry website, registered as a non-profit organisation on the island, should seek legal advice.

The commission added it had been working with the Sark authorities on this matter.

Former town nightclub could be turned into flats

Jersey Evening Post

A former nightclub could be converted into flats and a restaurant if plans are given the go-ahead.

Curtis Warren awaiting last-ditch appeal ruling

BBC Radio Jersey

A Liverpool drug dealer who claims his Jersey drugs conviction was unfair is awaiting what may be the final court decision in his 10-year battle with the island's legal system.

Curtis Warren
States of Jersey Police

Curtis Warren was jailed for 13 years in 2009 for plotting to bring cannabis into Jersey and has tried and failed to have that conviction reopened at a dozen legal hearings.

Yesterday, a judicial review into the decision of the Lieutenant Governor not to allow Warren leave to bring the matter back to the Appeals Court was heard by Royal Commissioner Michael Beloff.

Warren listened by videolink from a prison in Yorkshire. A decision could take months. If unsuccessful, Warren will have all but exhausted his legal options.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

Sunny spells will continue today, but isolated showers may develop too, particularly later. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Guernsey's sustainable' drainage system: How it works

Jersey minister defends immigrant charge

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Companies in Jersey will have to pay £50 per year for every person they employee who hasn't lived in Jersey for at least five years.

Seasonal workers are excluded from the charge but the Jersey Chamber of Commerce said this would cause problems for small businesses, causing some to struggle operating.

Senator Paul Routier, the assistant chief minister responsible for immigration, said companies already did well in the island from the zero percentage tax regime and there was no charge for local employees.

Senator Paul Routier
BBC

We've got to remember that businesses themselves haven't been paying tax for a number of years. You've got to recognise the majority of businesses are employing local people, and anybody employing local people is not affected by these charges.

Senator Paul RoutierAssistant Chief Minister

The spiky sea scorpion who's not for the dinner table

Jersey Evening Post

A Jersey fisherman got a surprise when he lifted a lobster pot – and found a short-spined sea scorpion inside.

Inter-island ferry 'could be trialled by summer'

BBC Radio Jersey

There could be a boat service between Jersey and Guernsey by the summer - if a proposed trial is successful.

Jersey's Economic Development Minister, Lyndon Farnham, said he was in talks with Condor Ferries over providing the service after a report found fewer people were travelling between the two islands by sea.

Guernsey's government said it would not subsidise a dedicated inter-island service as it wasn't economically viable, but Senator Farnham disagrees.

Condor ferry
BBC

Condor have presented what I think is a very good idea. Guernsey have said they would not provide any underwriting, which is disappointing. I'm still working with Condor and hope we can find a way to go ahead.

Senator Lyndon FarnhamJersey Economic Development Minister

Meetings to explain impact of hospital building work

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Residents living near the Jersey General Hospital are being invited to meetings to hear how the multi-million pound redevelopment work will affect them.

Hospital
States of Jersey

The project leaders are presenting the plans to redevelop the existing hospital, including new buildings on the Parade and Kensington Place.

The States is expected to vote on the final funding plans for the £460m hospital next week and, once approved, work is expected to take eight years.

Presentations are being held at church House in the Royal Square today from midday, and tomorrow from 08:00 until 15:00.

More grandparents 'helping with childcare'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The number of grandparents helping out with childcare in Guernsey has gone up in recent years and that is down to the high cost of living.

Old and young hand
Science

That's the view of Caroline Blondel, the owner of a local nursery who has been working with children in the island for two decades.

She said more grandparents had taken on the role compared to when she started. She added that it was often because both parents now needed to work full-time to survive.

Historic win for Captain’s in all-Jackson Stranger Cup final

Guernsey Press

The captain's made local footballing history last night as they lifted the Stranger Cup at the Track.

Nearly half monthly average rainfall 'in one day'

BBC Weather

The average rainfall for May in Jersey is 54.7mm and yesterday, 17 May, there was more than 24.9mm of rain - making up nearly half the average for the whole month in a single day.

Jersey Met said Wednesday was the wettest 17 May since records began in 1894, beating the previous record of 17.7mm by some margin.

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Dog poo a 'health risk to Guernsey cattle'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Dog poo bags being left discarded on L'Ancresse Common is a real danger to Guernsey's conservation cow herd, according to a volunteer from La Societe Guernesiaise.

Julia Henney said she collected about 40 bags of discarded waste recently and it could cause "huge" health issues to cattle.

Guernsey cattle
BBC

It can contain a parasite that leaves eggs on the ground. If that is ingested by cattle, they can be infected. It can cause stillbirths in cattle.

Julia HenneyLa Societe conservation herd volunteer

Inter-island ferry back on the agenda

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An inter-island ferry service running between Jersey and Guernsey could still go ahead despite Guernsey's Economic Development Committee saying it would be too expensive.

Senator Lyndon Farnham
BBC

Jersey Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham (pictured) said he was disappointed with the decision by Guernsey's government and he was in talks with Condor about running a service.

He said he was discussing whether the service could be run on a trial basis to see if it could be financially sustainable.

Roadside charging stations for electric vehicles considered

Guernsey Press

There are now 75 fully electric vehicles registered in the island, more than double the 35 of 12 months ago.

Average Jersey house price 'up £14,000'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The average cost of a house in Jersey in the first few months of this year was £465,000, which is £14,000 up on the same time last year, the latest official statistics say.

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Police warning: Be careful driving in rain

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There were five accidents on roads in Jersey yesterday, including a car ending up on its roof.

This has prompted Jersey Police to issue a warning to drivers, urging them to drive to the road conditions.

Car overturned
Jersey Fire and Rescue

The States of Jersey Police would like to remind road users to drive carefully and to drive to the conditions of the road ... heavy rainfall has contributed to five RTCs, but, thankfully, no injuries have been sustained.

States of Jersey Police

Latest weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

We've seen a drier start across Jersey this morning, with plenty of sunshine at first.

Sunny spells will continue throughout the day, but isolated showers may develop too, particularly during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Immigrant fee changes to 'pay for local training'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It is going to cost companies more to employ people from outside Jersey in future after a review of immigration fees and rules.

The new company charges and a rise in the amount immigrants pay for registration cards would pay for training schemes for local people, officials said.

Registration card
BBC

The change includes a yearly £50 fee per employee for companies which employ or find work for staff who have moved to Jersey within the past five years.

The cost of a registration card, paid for by employees new to the island, will go up from £75 to £80.

Jersey's Chamber of Commerce described the new charges as a tax which could put some businesses off trading in the island.

Inter-island ferry service 'still being considered'

Jersey Evening Post

An inter-island passenger-only ferry service run by Condor could still be set up despite Guernsey’s government scrapping the idea, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has said.

Guernsey Water installs 'sustainable' drainage system

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Water has installed a new system that it hopes will provide a long-term solution to deal with an increasing number of flash flooding incidents.

Drainage system
BBC

The company has developed a sustainable drainage site at Vauvert School with a permeable surface and plants to soak up excess water.

The company said solutions such as this that tackled surface water were needed to deal with the impact of climate change.