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Summary

  1. Clinton Pringle driving death trial: Accused - 'I never want to drive again'
  2. Roman settlement 'may be under Longis Common'
  3. Aurigny 'not serving Bailiwick well enough'
  4. Companies 'urged to check sprinkler systems'
  5. Condor Liberation will now sail today on revised schedule
  6. Sark Folk Festival cancellation 'a total shock to companies'
  7. Updates on Friday 16 June

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Chief minister considering future of Philip Ozouf

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey's chief minister is considering whether controversial Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, should keep his job.

Senator Philip Ozouf
BBC

Senator Ian Gorst is facing a vote of no confidence next week over his decision to reappoint Senator Ozouf and other issues surrounding his leadership.

Senator Ozouf resigned in December over a controversial business fund but was reappointed in the past month and now leads financial services and the digital economy.

What concerns me now is that reappointment is becoming a distraction from the good working of government and I'm having to consider how we handle that.

Senator Ian GorstJersey Chief Minister

Sami the seal should be swimming free on Sunday

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A seal pup rescued from waters in Jersey over Christmas and described as being "near death" is being released into the wild near Les Ecrehous on Sunday.

Sami the Seal
GSPCA

The seal, called Sami, was transported to Guernsey where the GSPCA has a specialist seal rescue centre and she has been recovering for the past six months.

The senior helmsman of the RNLI St Catherine Lifeboat is travelling to Guernsey to help the GSPCA team take Sami back to Jersey by boat. It's thought she will be released about midday.

Search for company to print Jersey parking cards

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey has put out a tender to find a company that can produce and supply parking scratch cards for the island.

Companies interested in printing the cards have until 7 July to respond.

Parking scratch card
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Evening weather: Clear, dry and mild night

BBC Weather

It's going to be a clear, dry and mild night across the Channel Islands tonight.

There will be some fog tomorrow morning but it will soon clear to create another dry, sunny and warm day. Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey

Guernsey weather
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Ozouf appointment 'becoming a distraction'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, says his decision to reappoint Senator Ozouf as an Assistant Chief Minister has become a distraction and he needs to speak to other States members about it.

Senator Gorst is facing a vote of no confidence next week over that decision and other aspects of his leadership. The vote has been brought by Constable of St John Christopher Taylor.

Senator Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

It has been very difficult and people have been forthright in their views with me about the decision. Some saying it was the right thing and others being cross with me. What concerns me now is that reappointment is becoming a distraction from the good working of government.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Skulls excavated in Alderney may belong to women

David Earl

Reporter, Alderney

Skulls found in Alderney during work on a road may date back to the Iron Age or Roman period.

Dr Jason Monaghan, from Guernsey Museums, said: "We think it was a woman or a teenager we found the other day, again it could have been a woman today."

Dr Monaghan said: "It shows Alderney, possibly because this area of the island has not been developed, this is where we're going to find most of our Iron Age and Roman Channel Islands."

Jersey trucks set off for Gotland

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Post are sending three trucks covered in Team Jersey branding to Gotland full of sports and medical equipment for the Jersey Island Games team.

The event starts on 22 June and will see 220 Jersey competitors compete in 14 sports.

The three trucks will drive through five different countries on the route to Gotland including France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and mainland Sweden.

We’re so excited to be involved with the team and to have this amazing opportunity. I've heard the scenery will be incredible so I can’t wait to get going!

Alex RomerilJersey Post driver

Thousands given in grants by Jersey charity association

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Nine Jersey charities will get a share of £197,015 granted to the Association of Jersey Charities this year. That is money allocated from the profits of the annual Channel Islands Christmas lottery.

One of the biggest grants will go to Les Amis which will create a new nursing facility to help people with learning difficulties who may need nursing care as they get older.

  • Les Amis - £30,000 towards a new nursing facility development
  • Grace Trust - £30,000 three salaries
  • Silkworth Lodge - £30,000 for external maintenance and new garden
  • Love Matters - £30,000 for running costs
  • Jersey Arts Jersey - £29,783.51 for an assistant youth worker salary for one year
  • Relate - £27,810 for counselling training/supervision
  • Jersey Heritage Trust - £9,929.95 for a replacement book copier (the AJC provided funding for this nine years ago but it is now in need of replacing)
  • Jersey Heritage Trust - £4,142 to produce a culture map
  • JCRAG - £4,350 to run Refugee Week (educational component)
  • Triumph Over Phobia - £1,000 for educational books

Guernsey States take the sporting honours over Jersey

Guernsey States members took the first leg of the annual sporting fixture between the two governments held today.

Petanque and table tennis were the games of choice with the Sarnians taking an early lead and holding on to it to run out 18-10 winners.

Guernsey and Jersey States members
Mike Fennell

"We were a bit slow out of the traps and Guernsey took full advantage,” said Jersey’s captain, St Brelade Constable, Steve Pallett. "But I was pleased with the way we fought back."

Deputy Mary Lowe, captain for the visitors, said: "It’s been absolutely brilliant, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."

Common could be home to Roman settlement

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

There could be an entire Roman settlement under Alderney's Longis Common.

The comments from Dr Jason Monaghan, Guernsey Museums director, follow the discovery of findings from the Roman period and Iron Age this week.

He flew up to Alderney this morning to work with islanders on recovering the remains and artefacts in the trench dug by workmen in the Rue des Mielles.

Jason Monaghan and Isabel Picornell
BBC

Dr Monaghan said: "There were a whole load of burials found in 1905, just the other side of the road.

"We know we've got an Iron Age settlement here, we've got the Nunnery Roman fort at one end, but we think there's a Roman settlement here.

"Just looking in the trench we've found bits of Roman pottery, we've found bits of what look like Roman land surfaces about a metre and a half under the surface.

"It's quite clear there's a lot of archaeology out here and we could be investigating this for a long time."

Hot rabbit rescue prompts pet water warning

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The weather has been hot and according to the met office it is only going to get warmer over the next week with temperates predicted to hit 28C (82F).

A rabbit
BBC
Not the rabbit mentioned in the story

This has prompted the Guernsey animal charity Animal Aid to urge people with pets to make sure they take extra care of their animals in hot weather.

Animal Aid had to come to the rescue of a rabbit that was left out in the sun this week and so have asked people to make sure they leave plenty of cold water out for their pets.

Thousands claimed for travel by Jersey politician

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

One of Jersey's most senior politicians claimed over £5,000 in expenses in the last three years, according to a Freedom of Information response.

Senator Philip Ozouf
BBC

The claims made by Senator Philip Ozouf, who was recently reinstated as an assistant chief minister, were first requested six months ago but there was a delay due to a need to properly clarify where the money was spent with the assistant minister.

There was also a request for information on expenses claimed for by Senator Paul Routier, Senator Ian Gorst and Senator Alan Maclean but their claims show minimal amounts for taxis and flights.

Senator Ozouf's claims include accommodation costs, foreign phone sim cards and even £573 for a flight upgrade last year.

Senator Ozouf wasn't available to comment.

More discoveries follow skull find in Alderney

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

"More interesting stuff was found yesterday," said Dr Jason Monaghan, Guernsey Museums director, from the trench in the Rue des Mielles.

He flew up to Alderney this morning as more finds followed Monday's discovery of parts of a skull and the cap of a burial cist during work on the road.

Parts of skull found in Alderney
Isabel Picornell

Dr Monaghan said: "We've found two stretch of wall, which could be Roman but we're not sure.

"We've found a cremation, which looked like it could be late Iron Age and we had to take that out as it's in the trench, and we've just taken out the skull of a cist, right underneath the trench there's a nice stone-lined cist with a burial in it.

"Most of the burials were outside the trench but the skull was inside, it was damaged the other day, we've just taken the rest out."

Aurigny chairman has '100% confidence' in airline's management team

On behalf of the board, I would just like to register our regret that both Tim Robins and James Dent have, in our view, expressed an unwarranted position with regard to the management of Aurigny. The board has 100% confidence in Mark Darby and the whole of the Aurigny management to deliver a comprehensive airline service in the best interest of all the community.

Andrew HainingAurigny Chairman

Pollution on Island road 'ranks with worst in UK'

Jersey Evening Post

The levels of air pollution on a Jersey road ranks among the worst in the British Isles, according to a test carried out as part of a new nationwide environmental campaign.

Two homes flooded by water main burst

Guernsey Press

Two properties were flooded after a water main burst near the junction of Tertre Lane and Route des Coutures, Vale, yesterday morning.

Driving death trial: Accused - 'I never want to drive again'

BBC Channel Islands News

"I never want to drive again", a woman who ran over a toddler after texting at the wheel of her van has told Jersey's Royal Court.

Rebekah Le Gal, 39, broke down in tears several times as she spoke from the stand.

She has admitted causing the death of three-year-old Clinton Pringle through careless driving, but denies a charge of death by dangerous driving.

The toddler died three days after he was knocked down on Tunnel Street last June.

Rebekah Le Gal
BBC

Mrs Le Gal told the court it was months after the collision before she could sit in the front passenger seat again.

"I can't physically put myself behind the wheel of a car again after what happened."

The prosecution has argued she failed to see the toddler because she was distracted by her phone, but her defence says she sent the text long enough before the collision and that it wasn't a factor.

The trial continues.

Disability group founder receives MBE

Wildlife photography on the cards

BBC Radio Guernsey

An award for wildlife photography could be included in the Guernsey Conservation Awards for the first time.

The managing director of sponsors Insurance Corporation, Mandy Hunt, said they had already started planning for 2018 and there was interest in wildlife photography being included.

We think a photography award could bring new people. I am very keen we try and bring more young people into it, I want to see more kids involved as it is their world we are trying to protect.

Mandy HuntInsurance Corporation

Asylum and immigration review

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In future the home affairs minister could have the final say on immigration, asylum and other applications to enter or remain in Jersey if politicians approve the change.

Currently those decisions are made by the Lieutenant Governor, who acts as the Queen's representative in the island.

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel decided to review the proposals over concerns surrounding moving the decision from an independent non-political figure.

In the review of the proposals, the panel decided there had been an adequate level of consultation over the plans and as long as any future changes were reviewed by scrutiny, the panel was happy for it to go ahead.

We won’t skew airport runway business case, says president

Guernsey Press

Economic Development "will not twist facts" in support of a runway extension, its president has said, as he defended his committee’s responsibility for producing its business case.

Fire officers to meet minister after London fire

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey fire officers will meet the environment minister next week to discuss the London fire and what lessons the island can learn from it.

Minister Deputy Steve Luce says he was shocked and saddened by the disaster, which saw flames destroy a 24-story tower block. The BBC understands up to 76 people could be missing.

Deputy Luce wants to make sure people in island blocks are safe.

Grenfell Tower
PA

Very high UV this afternoon

BBC Weather

It's going to be a warm afternoon with a very high UV. It's going to feel warm in the sunshine as the winds will be light. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

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Islander to be sentenced for killing a man in St Helier

Jersey Evening Post

An Islander is to be sentenced for killing a man in St Helier last year after the Crown accepted his plea to manslaughter.

Former spin doctor praises Jersey app trial

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Former Labour spin doctor, Alistair Campbell, has praised the trial of a new app in Jersey aimed at improving engagement with the government on a wide range of issues.

The Apptivism app works through Facebook messenger and allows people to submit comments on government consultations. It started with a review of environment and culture in St Helier.

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Jersey Scottish pull out of island's Premiership

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

One of Jersey’s top football teams has pulled out of the island’s Premiership just four years after winning the title.

Jersey Scottish have withdrawn their first team for next season after failing to find a new manager.

Pat Brennan stepped down at the end of the last campaign, after the Scots finished third in the table (20 points behind champions St Paul’s).

Jersey Scottish
Jonathan Huelin

Change planned for physical intervention in schools

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Teachers in Jersey could be given clearer guidelines on when they can use physical intervention to protect a child or children in their care.

Deputy Rod Bryans
BBC

Education Minister, Deputy Rob Bryans proposed the changes to bring the Jersey rules in line with the UK. It will still need to be approved by the States Assembly.

He said there were already strict policies in place in individual schools but this change would put those policies into law which was "better for children and staff".

Teachers will be expected to work on talking first, but if there's a risk of a child injuring themselves or others or committing a criminal offence then physical intervention could be used.

Concern over new waste water charge

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A scrutiny panel reviewing a new waste water charge was told by Jersey Dairy that there had been a lack of consultation over the plans.

Deputy Eddie Noel
BBC

Next month the States is expected to approve plans to charge non-households for waste going into the sewers.

The more used, the higher the bill. But Jersey Dairy says it is concerned it's not being given all the figures it needs to work out what its bill might be next year.

Deputy Eddie Noel, Infrastructure Minister, says staff from the department will meet businesses before the first bills start arriving.

Sports Strategy back on the States agenda

Guernsey Press

Deputy Marc Leadbeater says he can relax again after revealing he and colleagues had come to an agreement for the Education, Sport & Culture to proceed with their Sports Strategy.

Channel Islands to fly flags at half-mast for fire victims

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Bailiffs in Jersey and Guernsey have asked for all flags on States and public buildings in the islands to be flown at half-mast today as a mark of respect for those who died or were injured in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure is set to rise, with fears the death toll could exceed 60.

Grenfell Tower
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Fire chiefs say they do not expect to find more survivors

Hospital's critical care 'outstanding'

Jersey Evening Post

The critical care provisions at a UK hospital where Jersey patients are often treated has been assessed as "outstanding" in a recent inspection.

Sark Folk Festival cancellation 'a total shock to companies'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The news that Sark Folk Festival will not go ahead next year has come as a "total shock" to local business says the chair of Sark's Tourism Committee.

Sandra Williams says there's talk of some smaller events happening on the island instead but admits the event's cancellation has come as a surprise.

Organisers of the festival say they are taking a break next year after running it every year since 2010.

Sark Folk Festival
BBC

It is going to come as a total shock to lots of businesses on the island. It's early days yet but I think Sark is good at saying 'lets get on and do something'.

Sandra WilliamsChair, Sark Tourism Committee

'Condor Liberation now sailing'

Guernsey Press

Condor Ferries has announced the Condor Liberation will be sailing today after all.

Bird management alternatives 'better than shooting'

BBC Radio Jersey

A bird expert from Jersey Zoo says while the safety of passengers at the airport is important, simple measures can be put into safeguarding nearby birds.

Kestrell
PA

It comes as conservationists are calling on Guernsey Airport to stop shooting birds after 23 were killed so far this year.

The airport says the measures prevent birds hitting aircraft and keep people safe.

But bird expert Glynn Young says there are alternatives to using air rifles such as managing the environment around the airport and scaring the birds away.

Aurigny 'not serving Guernsey well enough'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The authors of one of the Aurigny strategic review reports claim the airline isn't serving the Bailiwick well enough.

Aurigny
BBC

The report by James Dent, Paul Smith, and Tim Robins, takes a critical view on what they describe as the poor management of Aurigny.

They claim the government-owned carrier has become inefficient and while a future role will exist for Aurigny, it shouldn't be the sole focus of the Guernsey air transport policy.

Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said after the initial publication of the reports last week they give the company a clearer idea of what the States wants from the airline.

Condor Liberation will now sail today on revised schedule

Condor Ferries has contacted the BBC to say its Condor Liberation will sail today after engineers spent the night completing "essential maintenance".

The company had originally said all sailings today would be cancelled after a fault was found in one of the starboard engines but that has since been repaired.

The Liberation will operate on a revised schedule - operating via Jersey rather than direct from Poole to Guernsey as originally planned.

  • 10:00 - Poole to Jersey
  • 14:45 - Jersey to Guernsey
  • 15:45 - Guernsey to Poole

One of Victoria Avenue's last open spaces to be built on?

Jersey Evening Post

One of the last open spaces on Victoria Avenue could be built on if a revised application gets the go-ahead from the Planning Committee.

Condor cancels Liberation sailings after engine fault

Condor Ferries has cancelled all sailings on its Liberation ferry today due to a fault with the starboard main engine.

The company says this is to allow engineers to investigate and rectify the fault.

Cancelled services:

  • 09:15 - Poole to Guernsey
  • 12:45 - Guernsey to Jersey
  • 14:45 - Jersey to Guernsey
  • 16:25 - Guernsey to Poole

Today's weather: Plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

A dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, especially during the afternoon.

It's going to feel warm as the winds will be light. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Jersey:

Jersey weather
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Guernsey:

Guernsey weather
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