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Summary

  1. Woman taken to hospital after Rohais crash in Guernsey
  2. Jersey chief minister to seek government reforms by end of session
  3. Jersey disability strategy launched
  4. Concerns raised over Guernsey bond
  5. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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Rob England

BBC News Online

Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend!

Don't forget Spotlight for the Channel Islands on BBC One later today, we'll be live from one of Jersey's iconic landmarks.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Ever wondered what those orange boards around the coast are?

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Jersey Coastguard have responded to requests by the public to identify what the orange boards are that are dotted around the coast."

The coastguard said: "These are called transit marks, and are used as navigational marks for vessels entering or leaving a port or harbour, and ensure that mariners are able to safely navigate in hazards areas."

They are used to indicate the safest route, but should be used with caution, depending on tidal heights.

And they're orange because ... it's just easier to see them.

coastguard
Jersey Coastguard

Manchester attack: Vigil to be held in the Royal Square on Monday

Rob England

BBC News Online

A vigil will be held in Jersey in memory of the victims of the Manchester arena bombing, and in support of the survivors, the Bailiff's Chambers has announced.

On Monday at 19:00, members of the public are encouraged to join the Bailiff, the Lieutenant Governor and States members in the Royal Square.

A book of condolences in the States Building will remain open until 20:00 after the vigil.

flag
BBC
Flags remain at half mast in Jersey

Businesses warned to 'keep computer systems up-to-date to avoid EU fines'

BBC Channel Islands News

Channel Island businesses are being warned by local IT experts that their computer systems need to be up to scratch to avoid breaches that could be punished with big fines under new EU data protection laws due this time next year.

The recent ransomware attack on the NHS in the UK has refocused minds in the IT security industry.

Latest weather: Thundery showers overnight and a warm and dry Saturday

BBC Weather

After a warm sunny evening, it will be another mild rather muggy night. Heavy and thundery showers are likely in the early hours. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Weather
BBC

The showers will clear soon after dawn on Saturday and the rest of the day will be warm and dry, though significantly less warm than Friday. Fog patches will roll in off the sea at times. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Disability strategy 'should be implemented before 2018 elections'

BBC Channel Islands News

A campaigner for better quality of life for people with disabilities has said, given the time it has taken to come up with a disability strategy, Jersey States members should implement it before the 2018 election.

The strategy was to promote equality for disabled Islanders and aimed to ensure that people living with disability could enjoy a good quality of life, those behind it said.

Following research and consultation, it has been developed in partnership between the government, voluntary and community organisations, and the business community.

John Le Quesne
BBC

It's taken four years to put the disability strategy together. There has been a number of consultation meetings with various people, as well as many members with the general public. Because of the time it's taken, really I'd like to see States members now put a lot of effort into making sure we get the strategy in place."

John Le QuesneCampaigner

States invests £870k into tackling financial crime

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Council of Ministers has approved budget increases for the Jersey Financial Crime Strategy Group (JFCSG) from 2017 through to 2019 by £870,000.

The JFCSG is responsible for tackling financial crime on the island.

A spokesperson said the extra funds would pay for more staff for members of the group, including the States of Jersey Police and the customs authority.

The money will also go towards funding a new Economic Crime and Confiscation Unit, which will provide specialist complex case investigative capability within the Attorney-General's Department.

This increased investment is welcome at a time of increased demand through industry engagement. These additional assets will continue to ensure working in partnership we rigorously assess and police potential financial crime."

Mike BowronChief Officer, States of Jersey Police

Guernsey 'better off' for bond

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has assured islanders that breaching a rule on borrowing against a bond taken out by the government was in the interests of States' finances.

It comes following the publication of an independent review into the States of Guernsey bond issue, which the Scrutiny Management Committee said raises concerns about a lack of due diligence.

Gavin St Pier said States members and others were aware that the bond issue would breach the rule on borrowing above the limit in a given year.

Tax payers and the public are over £10m better off now than before the bond was taken out. Taxpayers directly are £8.3m better off. Also, the savings which organisations like the Guernsey Housing Association have had, by being able to refinance their existing stock of debt - to take advantage of the lower interest rates - through the bond have a significant benefit to us all.

Gavin St PierPresident, Policy and Resources Committee

Row over proposed development of Jersey's bay site

BBC Radio Jersey

A group has objected to the proposed development of Jersey's Wayside site in St Brelade's Bay.

Developers want to demolish the Wayside cafe and two homes, and build a new restaurant, a surf shop and seven homes on the site.

The St Brelade's Bay Association said the plans were insensitive to the bay as a beauty spot and tourist destination.

MS Planning, which is working on the development, said it was trying to "revitalize the bay".

Jersey's new app developed after tourist survey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Heritage has developed an app to help tourists and locals discover more about the island

The free Jersey Offline mApp doesn't incur roaming charges for tourists and uses GPS to navigate people to various attractions around the island, including guided walks.

Jersey Heritage said it commissioned the app after 50% of surveyed visitors indicated a strong demand for Jersey to be accessible via mobile technology offline.

Jersey mApp
Jersey Heritage

This is an excellent step forward using technology to further enhance the excellent experience of Jersey, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Jersey Heritage are to be congratulated for listening and providing an app that will provide valuable information and guiding at no cost to the user."

Deputy Murray NortonAssistant Minister of Economic Development, Tourism Sport & Culture

Tax return deadline looms

BBC Radio Jersey

People in Jersey have got less than two hours to hand in their tax returns to Cyril le Marquand House before the deadline at 18:00.

Anyone who misses the deadline will be fined £250. But, if an approved tax agent acts on anyone's behalf, their deadline is Friday 28 July.

Development committee confirms negotiations over new Guernsey air routes

BBC Radio Guernsey

Potential new air routes into Guernsey are being looked at, the Economic Development Committee has confirmed.

However, committee president Peter Ferbrache said he was unable to go into detail because negotiations were being conducted privately.

New head teacher at La Moye School

Rob England

BBC News Online

John Baudains, the current head of Mont Nicolle Primary School, will be moving to La Moye School in September, the Education Department has announced.

John Baudains
States of Jersey

He will take over from Jacqueline Bell-Cook, who leaves La Moye this summer after eight years.

Mr Baudains said he was "thrilled" to be moving to the school, and that it had been an "absolute pleasure" to work at Mont Nicolle.

Education Minister Deputy Rod Bryans said: "This is an excellent choice and great news for La Moye. Of course, I would like to thank Mrs Bell-Cook who has led the school for the past eight years. A generation of students there have benefitted from good educational standards under her leadership."

No inter-island ferry service 'after lack of support from Guernsey'

BBC Channel Islands News

There will be no passenger-only inter-island ferry service this summer due to a lack of funding from Guernsey, a Jersey deputy has said.

condor
BBC

Minister for Economic Development, Tourism Sport and Culture Lyndon Farnham said after Guernsey confirmed that it would be unable to fund its share of the trial service, that it was "not viable".

Senator Farnham said that he was "disappointed" but "remained determined to improve inter-island passenger links" as they were important not only for developing both islands' economies but to maintain social and cultural links.

Deputy Matt Faillaize, from the States of Guernsey, said: "A daily inter-island ferry service for this summer was well within our grasp. It had the support of the operator and the States of Jersey, but the States of Guernsey refused to provide the necessary support. I find this beyond frustrating. It is an extremely foolish decision."

Visitor numbers down for first quarter of year

Jersey Evening Post

The overall number of visitors to Jersey fell by four per cent in the first quarter of this year, but substantially more people are now coming to the Island for winter leisure breaks, a report has revealed.

Large Herm echium plant 'collapsed under its own weight'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Herm could be a contender in having the world's largest echium plant after gardener Shannon Murray measured one in his garden at 15.74ft (4.79m).

The Guinness Book of World Records says an echium would need to grow to at least 23ft (7m) in order for a special award to be created.

A few years ago Mr Murray said he found one on the island that came to 22.5ft (6.8m) before collapsing under its own weight.

Echium
BBC

Man jailed after £1m cannabis bust

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 29-year-old man from High Wycombe been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for attempting to import cannabis valued at almost £1m on to the island.

Shane Lee Ray was charged with attempting to bring almost 60kg of cannabis resin into Jersey via Elizabeth Ferry Terminal on 13 January.

Guernsey Police chief inspector steps down after 27 years

Rob England

BBC News Online

A Guernsey Police chief inspector is stepping down after 27 years.

Ch Insp Antonia Read said the career break was to focus on her young family.

Antonia Read
BBC

Her promotion to chief inspector in 2013 made her the first female officer to be promoted to that rank in Guernsey, police said.

The president of the Home Affairs Committee, Deputy Mary Lowe, said: "Chief Inspector Read has touched the lives of many islanders during her time within Guernsey Police.

"Her work, particularly in the area of child protection, has made a real difference to the lives of many. Her hard work and dedication have been of great benefit to the island, and she will be sorely missed.

"I wish her every happiness and success for the future."

Latest weather: Sunny for rest of Friday but heavy showers possible overnight

BBC Weather

Friday is continuing dry, sunny and hot. A brisk but warm easterly wind will develop. Maximum Temperature: 25C (77F).

Jersey

Weather
BBC

Guernsey

Weather
BBC

After a warm sunny evening, we will all have another mild rather muggy night. Heavy and thundery showers are likely in the early hours. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Sure hails digital framework as a positive development

Guernsey Press

The island’s incumbent telecoms operator has welcomed the States’ new digital sector framework as a positive development for the digital sector and the island’s economy as a whole.

Government reforms could see Ministers with 'too much power'

BBC Radio Jersey

Ministers in Jersey could have "too much power" if government reforms proposed by Jersey's chief minister are approved.

Senator Ian Gorst wants to abolish collective responsibility for ministers, but also wants to allow them to join scrutiny panels.

Scrutiny is concerned that this could upset the rule that there should be more politicians in scrutiny than there are in the ministry.

Deputy John le Fondre, Chairman of the Corporate Services Panel, said senator Gorst's plans need to be "carefully reviewed".

Jersey States chamber
BBC

At that point it is very important that the executive, the government if you like, is in the minority. The risk is that what Senator Gorst seems to be proposing is that he is going to try and throw that out.

Deputy John le FondreChairman, Corporate Services Panel

Watson misses out on French Open spot

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson has failed to make it through to play in the French Open tennis.

She's been beaten 6-0, 6-3 by Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands in the qualifying event.

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Tax return rush could cause 'heavy' traffic, Jersey Police

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey police have advised drivers and pedestrians around Union Street that "heavy" traffic is expected as people rush to get their tax returns in by the deadline of 17:30 tonight.

Here is some advice from the States on completing your return.

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20-30 islanders diagnosed with bladder cancer 'every year'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Islanders are being warned to seek help from their GP if they find blood in their urine, or are worried about urine infections, due to the risk of bladder cancer.

The States of Jersey said that bladder cancer and other, less serious, urinary conditions can be successfully treated, "especially if they are caught early".

The latest figures show in Jersey approximately 50 to 60 bladder cancer related operations are carried out per year, with 20 to 30 Islanders diagnosed each year with bladder cancer, according to the States.

It pays to be vigilant. We would urge anyone who has seen blood in their urine to make an appointment with their GP so that they can have some fairly simple investigations if appropriate. There is no need to be embarrassed.

Ben HughesConsultant urologist

Armed police presence at Guernsey Airport

Rob England

BBC News Online

The police presence at Guernsey Airport is evident today in the wake of the heightened threat level across the UK and Channel Islands.

Guernsey Police said that "there is no current intelligence to suggest a direct threat to the Bailiwick".

The force added: "This is a precautionary measure put in place locally to reflect a change in the national threat level to critical."

Armed police
BBC

Planners approve library redesign

Guernsey Press

A complete redesign of the Children’s Library has moved one step closer after the proposed work was approved by planners.

Audit concerns to be put to Policy and Resources Committee

BBC Radio Guernsey

An independent review into the Guernsey States' bond issue has raised concerns about a lack of due diligence, according to the Scrutiny Management Committee.

About £330m worth of bonds was issued in 2014 in what the government described as a "better deal for the island's taxpayers."

Issuing government bonds allows States departments to borrow money.

A report by audit firm KPMG into the borrowing has been released.

Committee president Chris Green said the findings were sufficient to put questions to the Policy and Resources Committee.

The concerns include alleged lack of due diligence and the potential breach of financial rules.

States chamber, Guernsey
BBC

They are real concerns, and they're concerns that we've had flagged up to us by KPMG. But the appropriate thing now is not to pre-judge what the public hearing will come out with. We have questions to ask and we look forward to understanding in more detail from Deputy St Pier and others how this all came about.

Deputy Chris GreenPresident, Scrutiny Management Committee

Taxi ranks still accepting private hire cabs

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chairman of Jersey Taxi Drivers' Association, Mick Tostevin, has said islanders could face higher charges for taxis, as ranks are still accepting private hire cabs.

jersey taxis
BBC

Yesterday, Minister for Infrastructure Eddie Noel changed the rules of the ranks to allow private hire cabs to use them as a response to the "lightnight strike" by drivers yesterday, which he said left people "stranded" at the airport and harbours.

The strike was called in protest of "railroaded reforms" Mr Tostevin said were being imposed on drivers, despite ongoing negotiations with the States of Jersey.

Currently the status of the ranks is "under review", according to the minister.

There are no current regulations on charges for private hires, so prices could vary from tariffs used by public taxis.

Guernsey Policy and Resource Plan: Priorities

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Policy and Resource Plan, released earlier this week, has identified several critical and key areas the government wants to focus on.

states chamber guernsey
BBC

Two of the priorities, listed as "critical" by the plan, are extending Guernsey's airport runway and ensuring Guernsey remains a "leading international finance centre". The Committee for Economic Development has said it hopes to attract a wider range of banks to the island.

Improvements to inter-island services is also listed, and the committee has said it wants to secure improvements, despite subsidies being rejected by the States to aid service operators such as Condor or Manche-Iles Express last month.

Support for Guernsey's construction industry has been marked as a "key" rather than "critical" priority, despite reports in the latest economic overview of a downturn in the sector.

‘Fantastic discoveries’ at Le Trepied Dolmen

Guernsey Press

A few small fragments of charcoal could help date a dolmen on the west coast.

One-vehicle crash in the Vale

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A car has been involved in a collision in a wall in Sohier Road in the Vale.

All three of Guernsey's emergency services are attending and the road remains open.

Disability 'affects everyone', says Senator

BBC Radio Jersey

Senator Paul Routier has said Jersey's new disability strategy is aimed at ensuring that people living with disability can enjoy a "good quality of life".

The States of Jersey said almost 14,000 people on the island were disabled according to definitions in UK law, and it expected these numbers to increase due to an ageing population.

The strategy is being launched today and highlights the importance of better access to the island for people with disabilities.

Legislation is expected to follow to implement permanent changes on the island, but the Senator warned that change "would not happen overnight."

It affects all our lives ... because you can't get away from the fact that people with disabilities experience a lower level of well-being. We've got to try and change that gap between people with a disability so that they can enjoy life the same as everybody else.

Senator Paul Routier

Jersey Met warning: UV levels rising quickly

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police investigation 'ongoing' into Jersey innovation Fund

Rob England

BBC News Online

A scrutiny panel heard that a police investigation into the Jersey Innovation Fund is still ongoing.

The final reports into the controversial fund have been completed, but may not be made public.

Chief Minister Ian Gorst said one report could not be released as it dealt with an internal disciplinary procedure; while the other, which looks at individual loans that were made, was only received yesterday.

Air passengers coming from Gatwick could experience luggage issues

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Airport has warned to passengers coming to Jersey from Gatwick that flights from the UK airport are departing without passengers' luggage.

Gatwick airport said there was "an issue" with its baggage system.

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Jersey Wanderers lift Le Riche Cup

BBC Sport

Jersey Wanderers lifted the island's Le Riche Cup after a 3-1 win over Jersey Scottish in last night's final.

Jamie Mourant netted twice to help his side to victory at Springfield.

It is the first time for a decade that a team other than St Paul's or Scottish have won the cup.

Concerns raised over Guernsey bond

BBC Radio Guernsey

Concerns have been raised over the issue of the States of Guernsey Bond which allows the States to borrow money to fund its operations.

st peter port
BBC

An independent review by auditing firm KPMG of the borrowing process is released today.

Chris Green is the president of the Scrutiny Management Committee which commissioned it. He said he would be seeking answers from the Policy and Resources Committee to concerns raised in the report in a public hearing on 5 July.

The concerns include alleged lack of due diligence and the potential breach of financial rules.

Potato competition growers lift bumper crops and prizes

Jersey Evening Post

After months of green-fingered activity across the Island the results of this year’s Genuine Jersey’s Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition are in.

Weather: 'It's hotter than the sun!' (It's not, but still very warm today)

BBC Weather

It will be dry, sunny and hot again across the Channel Islands today. A brisk but warm easterly wind is expected to develop later on. Maximum temperature: 28C (82F).

BBC weather for the South West on Friday 26 May

Chief minister to seek government reforms by end of session

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Chief Minister Ian Gorst has said he intends to bring proposals to change the executive structure of government to the Assembly before the end of the current session.

Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

He told the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel yesterday he was to bring a raft of proposals and, among them, would be the repeal of collective responsibility. Under collective responsibility, all ministers must support cabinet decisions.

Mr Gorst said he would like more freedom to appoint assistant ministers who could work across departments. He also said he would like ministers to be able to also serve on scrutiny panels.