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Summary

  1. Jersey's chief minister could face no confidence vote
  2. Jersey's minister says taxi drivers should give a week's notice before they strike
  3. Condor Rapide has 'reduced power' after pump seal failure
  4. Guernsey health committee warns balancing budgets will be impossible unless strategies are changed
  5. Guernsey Police investigate suspected hit-and run in St Sampson
  6. Prison drone security questioned
  7. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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

Enjoy another sunny evening across the islands!

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 1830 and 2230, when we'll have the latest on a move to oust Jersey's chief minister, the last Aurigny Trislander flight, and more.

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

Final flight

BBC Radio Guernsey

Trislander
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Trislander
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Trislander
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G-BEVT - known as Victor Tango - has landed in Guernsey.

It's the last ever Aurigny Trislander commercial flight.

Another Trislander aircraft that served for more than 25 years is going on display in a UK aviation museum.

Health performance indicators 'still being negotiated'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Performance indicators for Guernsey's secondary healthcare provider are still being negotiated with the States, according to the Medical Special Group's chairman.

Dr Steve Evans said the contract, which was signed in March and will cost £100m over five years, is an improvement on the previous one.

Performance indicators were not included in previous contract, signed in the 90s, but evolved over time.

They need to be meaningful, they need to be appropriate and they need to have an impact on patients."

Dr Steve EvansChairman, Medical Specialist Group

Drone defence?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Thank you, Horace, for tweeting us to question whether Guernsey's "world first" drone defence system could take down an unmanned military drone.

I'd hazard to day it might not repel all drones.

Military drone
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To clarify, the company behind the technology said the technology is effective against both radio-controlled and autonomous drones, despite concerns from a maritime radio operator.

Although I'm not sure an unmanned military drone has ever been used to smuggle drugs into a prison.

Watchdog working out future funding

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman is sitting down with private companies that finance the service to discuss its financial future.

Data released by the ombudsman yesterday showed 86% of recent cases handled were outside its mandate. Douglas Melville, from the ombudsman, said complaints about certain areas, such as investment funds and trust activity had to be referred elsewhere.

He said his office is open to ideas on how it's funded in the future:

We're kind of agnostic as to how the funds are raised so we want to have that conversation with the important industry representatives on both islands to be able to see how we might be able to make this work better."

Douglas MelvilleChannel Islands Financial Ombudsman

Thousands face tax penalty

BBC Radio Jersey

About 5,000 people in Jersey are facing a penalty after failing to file their tax returns.

They will now have to pay £250 and will still need to file their tax returns and pay outstanding taxes.

Those who repeatedly fail to file their returns can be sent to the Royal Court and face an unlimited fine.

Guernsey arrange friendly ahead of Island Games

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The Guernsey FA has announced the island side will host Upton Park FC in a friendly ahead of next month's Island Games.

The game will be played at Footes Lane on Saturday 10 June, with manager Steve Sharman stepping up preparations for the Games in Gotland.

Upton Park are an East London club who have recently reformed following West Ham United's move from the Boleyn Ground.

New taxi fare offer 'nowhere near enough'

BBC Radio Jersey

Taxi driver representative Mick Tostevin has said a 4.6% rise to fares proposed by the States of Jersey does not go far enough to make up for abolishing other charges.

A long-running dispute saw drivers strike last week. Yesterday, they met with the infrastructure minister to try to bring an end to the dispute.

Drivers are unhappy about the plan to abolish their extra charges for carrying more than one person, or big bags, despite a fare increase of 4.6%.

Last Trislander flight

BBC Radio Guernsey

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G-BEVT - known as Victor Tango - was supposed to arrive in Guernsey from Alderney this morning, but fog meant its earlier outbound journey was delayed.

Another Trislander aircraft that served for more than 25 years is going on display in a UK aviation museum.

Rhodes withdraw due to 'financial situation'

BBC Sport

The body that organises the Island Games says ongoing financial problems in Greece are why Rhodes have decided to pull out of next month's Gotland Games.

General Secretary of the International Island Games Association Andy Varnom said the island had only expected to take a small team, but they would no longer be attending.

He added: it was "a great shame".

Since the island hosted the games in 2007 they have struggled to send large teams due to financial difficulties.

The Greek island's men's football side has a history of trouble at Island Games tournaments. In 2003, a match with Guernsey was abandoned when the side had five players sent off.

Dry and clear overnight, but cloudy by dawn

BBC Weather

Dry with some clear spells overnight, though the skies will tend to cloud over for many towards dawn, perhaps accompanied by patchy mist or fog in places.

Jersey:

Jersey weather
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Guernsey:

Guernsey weather
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Chief minister to meet with 'no confidence' constable

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister will meet with the constable expected to table a vote of no confidence against him.

Constable Chris Taylor is leading the motion which he says will be lodged in the States next week, prompted by the reappointment of Senator Philip Ozouf as an assistant minister.

Backbenchers are unhappy with the leadership of Senator Ian Gorst and are planning a move to debate his possible removal from office.

A States of Jersey spokesperson said: “The chief minister is currently on annual leave but is due to meet with Connétable Taylor on his return next week."

Condor Rapide has 'reduced power' after pump seal failure

Condor has said it "regrets to inform the Rapide has suffered a lube oil pump seal failure on her Port Outer Main Engine (POME) whilst en route to Jersey this morning".

"Whilst investigations by our engineering team continue, Rapide will be required to operate on reduced power this evening, therefore it is estimated that she will operate to the following schedule:

From St Malo to Jersey

Planned Times: Departure 19:30 Arrival 19:50 Rescheduled Times: Departure 19:30 Arrival 20:15

From Jersey to St Malo

Planned Times: Departure 20:35 Arrival 22:55 Rescheduled Times: Departure 21:00 Arrival 23:45

Taxi drivers call for dialogue

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey taxi drivers will not strike today but are asking for mediation as soon as possible to end their dispute with the States.

Drivers met this morning to decide what action to take in their long running disagreement over a new fare structure.

They had threatened to strike, but after the head of the taxi drivers association Mick Tostevin met with minister deputy Eddie Noel the industrial action was called off.

Finance watchdog reviews funding

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman is reviewing how it's funded.

Ombudsman Doug Melville said his office is sitting down with firms that back the service financially in both Jersey and Guernsey.

He said the office is open to ideas as to how it can be funded in the future.

Data released by the Ombudsman yesterday showed 86% of recent cases it handled were outside its mandate.

CIFO logo
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Owners of local pet shops fear the impact of UK chain store

Guernsey Press

"Incredible economic hardship" will be caused to local pet shops by the arrival of the UK’s largest pet chain store, which has said its move came off the back of "strong demand" from islanders.

Last Trislander flight expected at 16:05

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Aurigny Trislander aircraft
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The last ever Aurigny Trislander commercial flight is now expected to arrive at Guernsey Airport around 16:05.

G-BEVT - known as Victor Tango - was supposed to arrive in Guernsey from Alderney this morning, but fog meant its earlier outbound journey was delayed.

Aviation fans should get a glimpse of the aircraft, which is also stopping off in Southampton today.

Another Trislander aircraft that served for more than 25 years is going on display in a UK aviation museum.

Prison defence 'effective against all drones'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The company behind Guernsey Prison's new drone defence system says the technology is effective against all types of drone.

Maritime radio operator Paul Crespel is concerned that while the security system defends against radio-controlled drones, it won't be able to deal with autonomous ones.

The technology was installed at no cost to the prison, with bosses claiming it to be the first of its kind worldwide.

If a drone is being flown autonomously, Sky Fence will make that drone land under control. So it will bring it down, under control, and the drone will then shut itself off."

Richard GuilleDrone Defence CEO
man operating a handheld aerial drone
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Chief minister could face no confidence vote

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister is expected to face a vote of no confidence following delays to the decision on hospital funding and the reinstatement of Senator Philip Ozouf as an assistant minister.

Backbenchers are unhappy with the leadership of Senator Ian Gorst and are planning a move to debate his possible removal from office.

Constable Chris Taylor is leading the no confidence vote which he says will be lodged in the States next week, prompted by the reappointment of Senator Ozouf.

Senator Gorst is yet to comment.

That is, without doubt, not a straw but a great big railway sleeper that broke the camel's back."

Constable Chris TaylorStates of Jersey

Rhodes 'pull out' of Gotland

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Rhodes will not be sending any competitors to next month's Island Games, competition organisers have announced.

Andy Varnom, General Secretary of the International Island Games Association announced the withdrawal to island representatives by email today.

He said Rhodes have pulled out due to "the financial situation in Greece".

Man 'threatened' two others

BBC Radio Jersey

A man threatened to harm two others outside a café in St Ouen at the weekend, police have said.

Officers are looking for witnesses after one man confronted another shouting, swearing and threatening him at the Line Up on Saturday.

Police would like to speak to a man in connection with the incident. He's described as being in his mid-20s, 5ft 7in to 5ft 9in tall with short dark brown hair. Anyone with any information is asked to call the police.

Last Trislander flight delayed

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Fog earlier today has meant a delay on the last ever commercial flight of a Trislander aircraft.

G-BEVT was supposed to fly from Alderney to Guernsey this morning, but fog has meant the journey has been delayed.

Flights are now moving to and from the island, so aviation fans should get a glimpse of the aircraft on arrival in Guernsey this afternoon.

Another Trislander aircraft that served for more than 25 years is going on display in a UK aviation museum.

Insurance corporation founder due to retire after 35 years

Guernsey Press

One of the leading figures in the Channel Islands’ insurance industry is poised to retire later this year – 35 years after the islands allowed him to fulfil his dreams.

Blue skies across the islands

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Brass, a BBC Weather Watcher, who's captured a fairly full looking Victoria Marina in Guernsey this morning.

St Peter Port Marina
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And there are blue skies in Jersey too. Briano captured calm seas this morning.

Jersey's coastline
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Cassidy praises discipline after win

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says "good things are about to happen" to his side after they beat a Football Association representative side 4-3 on penalties last night.

The FA XI side was made up of England C players, with most of the squad playing for National League clubs.

Martin Cassidy
Adrian Topley

"I've been saying all along, although we've not got the results, we're a good side," Cassidy told BBC Radio Jersey.

"The discipline the players have showed, not to come out of shape and chase lost causes, it just shows, as I keep saying all the time, we're a good team and good things are about to happen."

Make up income support shortfall - deputy

A Jersey deputy says an increase in income support payments has not kept pace with the rise in the cost of living.

Income support could go up by nearly 3% this autumn, if the States agrees.

The Social Security Department is also increasing income support for people in low paid jobs.

The total cost of these changes is £3.9m, when last year they took away £10m from those on benefits - on income support - so this goes some of the way to make that up, but certainly not all the way."

Deputy Geoff Southern

Deputy defends ‘satirical’ post on Gibraltar politicians

Jersey Evening Post

A social media comment comparing Gibraltarian politicians to monkeys has been defended by the backbench politician who made it as ‘satire’.

Cricket: Guernsey newcomers win again

BBC Sport

The newest addition to the top tier of Guernsey's domestic evening league made it three out of three last night, beating Rovers by 102 runs.

Irregulars Barbarians have attracted a number of island players, including Matt Stokes, Zak Damarell, and Max Ellis, who all featured last night at the KGV.

The acquisition of a number of top players by the "Baa-Baas" has caused controversy, with three members of the domestic cricket committee resigning in protest last week.

Irregulars Barbarians players celebrate a wicket
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Next Guernsey buses 'could be greener'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey buses
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Guernsey's Environment & Infrastructure president says he's open to buying electric or hybrid buses in the future.

Deputy Barry Brehaut said they were not a viable option back in 2013, when the States began looking for the new fleet of a dozen narrower diesel buses, which are now due on island roads from June.

Twelve major cities - including London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Cape Town - plan to phase out diesel buses by the end of 2020.

We will be buying another phase two bus fleet, and, at that time, we'd be stupid not to look at options other than diesel."

Deputy Barry BrehautEnvironment and Infrastructure Minister

Alleged assault in the Millennium Park

Jersey Evening Post

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed an alleged assault in the Millennium Park at about 11.30 am on Sunday to come forward.

Income support could rise in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

People in Jersey on income support may see a 2.9% rise later this year, if Jersey's politicians agree.

The rise would apply in the form of a top-up for those already in work, designed to make sure islanders in employment aren't worse off than those on job-seeking benefits.

If the States agrees, income support rates are due to rise by 2.9% across the board.

Droning on in Guernsey?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It's not often that Guernsey can claim a world first, but the new anti-drone defence system being trialled at the island's prison is, apparently, just that.

We've heard concern that it might not be equipped to deal with autonomous, rather than radio controlled drones. But the creators say it'll still repel them.

Drones are used to smuggle drugs into UK prisons, but it's not clear whether that's actually ever happened in Guernsey.

Curious about how it all works? Watch this:

A new security system is being trialled to stop drones getting into prisons.

Taxi drivers meet to discuss fare deal

Jersey taxi drivers will meet again today to decide what action to take in their long-running pay dispute.

Drivers met the infrastructure minister yesterday to try to bring an end to the long running dispute which saw them strike last week.

They are unhappy about a plan to abolish extra charges for carrying more than one person, or big bags - while giving a fare increase of 4.6%.

Jersey taxis
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Jersey win friendly on penalties

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey beat a Football Association representative XI on penalties in a friendly at Springfield last night, after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Martin Cassidy's side fell behind on the hour mark, but midfielder James Queree drilled into the bottom corner late on to force a shoot-out.

Martin Cassidy
Adi Topley

Euan van der Vliet saved two penalties as Jersey ran out 4-3 winners to claim the Jacksons International Trophy.

Further delay to new Guernsey buses

BBC Radio Guernsey

Wrightbus
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Guernsey's new fleet of a dozen narrower buses is expected to come into service more than a month later than planned.

The first of the new Wrightbus vehicles were due to be on the roads by the beginning of May, but Guernsey Environment President Barry Brehaut said only one had been delivered to the island.

The new buses were expected to begin serving on island routes from next month. The number of bus users hit a 20-year high earlier this year.

We expected them to be here by now, it's running a bit late. And as I understand it it's just small refinements within the factory."

Deputy Barry BrehautEnvironment and Infrastructure Minister

Weather: Cloud and mist clearing this afternoon

BBC Weather

There'll be mostly cloudy skies at first, with the odd patch of early morning mist and fog possible. However, the cloud will break to allow more in the way of sunshine by the afternoon, along with an isolated shower for some.

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey

Guernsey weather forecast
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Guernsey Prison drone security questioned

BBC Radio Guernsey

A maritime radio operator is raising concerns about the reliability of Guernsey Prison's new drone security system.

It was installed by Drone Defence at no cost to the prison, claiming to be the first of its kind worldwide.

Jerseyman Paul Crespel said that, while the technology would defend the prison against radio-controlled drones, it won't be able to deal with autonomous ones.

Aeriel drone in Guernsey
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Jersey inquest: man 'drank too much'

BBC Radio Jersey

An inquest has heard a man found in a car in Jersey died after drinking too much and not being able to breathe properly.

Jonathan Lucas Ambrose was found lying in an awkward position and unconscious in the back footwell of his partner's car in St Mary on 30 April last year.

The inquest heard that, despite attempts by paramedics to resuscitate the 41-year-old, he died later.

Health committee outlines priorities

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee has set out its priorities for the next four years, together with a warning that achieving balanced budgets would will be impossible if it didn't get buy-in options for its "transformation" strategy.

It underspent its budget by £600,000 last year, but said an ageing population and increasing medical inflation would make it harder to control spending in the future.

It said top of its priorities was greater integration between primary care, secondary care, community services, the third sector, and the Medical Specialist Group.

Health said it also wanted to address recruitment challenges - particularly of nurses - by creating more opportunities for people to train on-island' and reviewing salaries to improve staff retention and motivation.

Sign at Guernsey Hospital
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