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Summary

  1. Jersey's chief minister faces calls to resign
  2. Assistant chief minister, Philip Ozouf, sacked
  3. Clinton Pringle: Parents disappointed at not guilty verdict
  4. Guernsey States' accounts to be debated today
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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The debate will go on

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey have voted to continue debating the vote of no confidence into Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst rather than finish at 17:30.

On the hottest day of the year so far States members have already spent five hours deciding whether they have confidence in the chief minister.

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Tonight's weather: Very warm and muggy

BBC Weather

After a sunny, very warm evening, the island will have another dry, warm and rather muggy night. Minimum temperature: 19C (66F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Double glazing could be allowed on listed buildings

BBC Radio Jersey

Owners of listed properties in Jersey could be allowed to install double glazing on their buildings in future, the planning minister told the States during question time.

Deputy Steve Luce said he was working on a range of legislation dealing with listed buildings including allowing owners to do more work without planning permission.

Currently many owners of listed buildings have to replace windows like for like and so can't install modern double glazing.

Criticism of Guernsey air fares 'unfair'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Air fares in Guernsey "in real terms" are about the same now as they were in 1984 according to the CEO of Blue Islands, Rob Veron.

Mr Veron says criticism of high fares are unjustified given the increasing costs of regulation, airport charges and aviation fuel costs.

He says fares charged by low cost carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet aren't achievable in Guernsey with a relatively limited demographic.

Rob Veron
BBC

We had ticket prices to Southampton of £58 in 1984 which isn't that different to what we are paying now. People used to say it was about a third of their monthly salary and in real terms our prices are coming down.

Rob Veron

Jersey Airport to offer air traffic control to other airports

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Airport can now offer its services as an air traffic controller to other airports across Europe.

It's been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency meaning it will be able to remotely direct aircraft landing and taking off at other airports around Europe.

Les Smallwood, a senior air traffic controller, says Jersey could earn millions by offering its services to other airports.

Jersey Airport
BBC

I think it gives us an opportunity to bid for services in other areas, more likely the UK to begin with, that could be worth millions per year.

Les SmallwoodSenior Air Traffic Controller

Clinton Pringle's father calls for drivers' attitudes to change

Jersey Evening Post

The father of Clinton Pringle, who was knocked down and killed by a motorist outside the Millennium Town Park, has called for drivers’ attitudes towards using mobile phones to change.

Group launched to monitor fire safety in Jersey

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A group has been set up to ensure fire safety standards in social housing in Jersey are improved following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

Deputy Anne Pryke
BBC

The Housing Minister, Deputy Anne Pryke, confirmed the group would look at whether sprinkler systems should be installed in flats and homes that have already been refurbished.

Deputy Anne Pryke said all buildings meet current safety standards, but the group, which includes the fire service and building safety officers, will act on recommendations from the investigation into the fire in London including changing safety recommendations.

Drivers urged to be careful around horses

BBC Radio Jersey

Horse riders in Jersey are asking road users to be more careful when they pass them. It came out of a meeting with driving instructors, farmers and horse owners over the weekend.

Philip Blake, Jersey's road safety officer and PC Amanda Ingram also talked about educating horse riders and all road users in road use and safety issues.

Cilla Perchard who chairs the local branch of the British Horse Society says what looks like a calm situation can suddenly become dangerous.

Guernsey ambulance service to use cycle responders

BBC Radio Guernsey

Cyclists equipped with full emergency equipment, including a defibrillator, will be used more often by Guernsey's St John Emergency Ambulance Service at large summer events this year.

Cycle Responders are volunteers who use specially adapted road bikes which carry all they need in front and rear bags to treat casualties.

St John say cyclists are faster through crowds than traditional ambulances, so they're able to get to casualties far more quickly.

Market fountain restored to 'Victorian splendour'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A fountain installed in 1888 in Jersey's Central Market has been restored to look the same as it would have when it was first installed.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Eddie Noel, says it was time to give the fountain a uplift as it's part of the island's heritage.

The project cost about £20,000 and involved restoring it back to the "splendour of the Victorian Age" according to Deputy Noel.

Central market fountain
BBC

Home care patients 'concerned' over loss of care

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Clients of the Jersey charity Family Nursing and Home Care are upset they were only given a few days notice their care was to end.

Senator Andrew Green
BBC

Deputy Geoff Southern said he was concerned patients were losing out because under a new contract with the States that saw the grant cut, the charity was losing staff.

Jersey's Health Minister says he's doing all he can to ensure those who's care at home has been cancelled are being supported in finding an alternative provider.

Senator Andrew Green says his department is supporting those who've been affected, but he refused to say it was his policies that were causing the problems when speaking in the States.

Bailiff congratulated by politicians over knighthood

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

States members have congratulated the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, who was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Sir William said it was a privilege to serve the island as well as the States and Royal Court. He said the award was for the whole island and not just him.

Sir William Bailhache
BBC

It is an honour for you personally which is richly deserved but also a recognition of the high esteem which the office of Bailiff is regarded.

Constable Len Norman.

Ikea distances itself from ecstasy drug

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Furniture company Ikea issued a statement distancing itself from an Ikea branded ecstasy tablet that led to the death of a Jersey teenager on Saturday.

Kyle Pringle
Pringle family

Kyle Pringle, 18, died on Saturday morning and police suspect it was because of the "Ikea" tablets. Officers have issued a warning urging people not to take them.

A spokesperson for Ikea said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the death related to the consumption of ecstasy tablets in Jersey.

"These tablets are falsely branded with the Ikea logo and the police are investigating this matter."

'Literary start' to no confidence debate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There has been a "literary start" to a debate of no confidence into the chief minister of Jersey, according to Deputy Geoff Southern.

He commented on Senator Ian Gorst referencing the opening of Tale of Two Cities while defending his record at the start of the debate.

Deputy Geoff Southern
BBC

Senator Gorst said:"We live in the best of times and the worst of times" to which Deputy Southern replied "how do I love thee chief minister".

He wasn't the only politician to make liberal use of quotations in his speech. Earlier in the day Deputy Russell Labey paraphrased the bible when asking the Chief Minister about the sacking of Senator Philip Ozouf.

Deputy Labey reversed the reference in John 15 saying: "Greater love has no man than to lay down his friend to save his own life".

Today is the hottest day of the year so far

Channel Island wildlife groups 'working well together'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The manager of the GSPCA in Guernsey says it is great that Channel Island wildlife groups are working closely together.

His comments came after the Jersey British Divers Marine Rescue group rescued a seal pup in Jersey that will be cared for at the GSPCA seal sanctuary in Guernsey.

The seal was found underweight and with health problems just hours after another seal, called Sami was released into Jersey waters after recovering in Guernsey. Sami was rescued over Christmas in Jersey and taken to Guernsey's seal sanctuary.

Sami the seal
GSPCA
Sami was rescued over Christmas and taken to Guernsey for recovery

It is wonderful that once again Jersey and Guernsey are working together for the wildlife of the Channel Islands. We are going to have to get a lot more mackerel and herring in for this poorly pup.

Steve ByrneManager, GSPCA

Take care in the heat warns Jersey Met

BBC Weather

Jersey Met say temperatures could reach 32C today with a UV of eight and so have warned islanders to take care in the sun.

They say if temperatures do hit 32C it will be the hottest 20 June since records began but 1C short of being the hottest June day on record - which was 33C on 30 June 2015.

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Guernsey kit is on its way to Gotland

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Four vans filled with equipment to be used by Guernsey's competitors in the 2017 Island Games in Gotland have started their 1,300-mile journey.

As well as bicycles for the cycling and triathlon teams, there's archery equipment, javelins and football gear.

The van drivers are team members or managers. The rest of the Guernsey team will fly out on Friday.

Guernsey Island Games vans and drivers
BBC

Gorst defends his term as chief minister

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst has been defending his record over the two terms he has led the government of Jersey as he defends a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

Outlining his achievements he referred to the discrimination law, family support workers, balancing the books, more local nurses and a smoke free car law.

Senator Gorst admitted there had been issues, he said he was not good enough at listening or communicating but said with support of members he could improve.

He said: "There are changes I need to make, I fully accept that and with members support today I believe they can be changed and can be made."

Senator Ian Gorst
BBC

We live in the best of times and the worst of times, the best of days and the worst of days. I don't want too many more days like this, I want us to move from the worst of days and keep working together to deliver more of the best of days.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Jersey population could hit 128,800 by 2035

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's population could hit 128,800 by 2035 if the population increase stays at the current rate of 1,000 per year. That's from the Jersey Stats Unit.

The last population estimate, from 2015, had the island population at 102,700.

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Seal pup rescued in Jersey to travel to Guernsey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A second rescued seal pup from Jersey is to be cared for in Guernsey by the GSPCA at their seal sanctuary.

The new seal pup
British Divers Marine Life Rescue

The pup was discovered by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team in Jersey waters. The four-month-old pup is underweight with a number of health problems.

Its rescue came hours after the successful release of Sami, a seal from Jersey rescued over Christmas and nursed back to health in Guernsey. Sami was released into waters Jersey on Sunday.

GSPCA manager Steve Byrne says they were shocked by the discovery of a sick pup at this time of year as they breed during the winter months.

Guernsey harbour master 'pleased with life jacket uptake'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The island harbour master says he is pleased more people are wearing life jackets in Guernsey waters.

Captain Chad Murray says there has been a misconception that life jackets are unnecessary on leisure craft. He says recent incidents where boats have sunk in a matter of minutes show they are essential.

Captain Chad Murray
BBC

It is paramount. I don't apologise when we bring it up as it is important people are prepared and boats have the right equipment. I am heartened that people now wear life jackets as a routine.

Captain Chad MurrayHarbour master

Constable Chris Taylor: 'This issue is not about Ozouf'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Constable who lodged the vote of no confidence against Jersey's chief minister has said the dismissal of Senator Philip Ozouf may have "a softening affect" on the vote.

But, Constable Chris Taylor added, it would not affect his proposition, as the vote was about more than one issue.

It was announced this morning that Senator Gorst had sacked Philip Ozouf because he had become "a distraction".

Chris Taylor
BBC

This issue has not been about Senator Ozouf, it's about bad decisions being made by the chief minister. It's a whole series of bad decisions. I will keep fighting, I wouldn't start this if I didn't believe in it.

Constable Chris Taylor

Roman burial ground is likely in Alderney

Guernsey Press

Archaeologists have located four sets of remains in a trench dug for an Alderney electricity cable, suggesting the site, which lies just off Longis Common, could be a Roman burial ground.

'Gorst out!' public rally in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

Islanders have assembled for a rally in the Royal Square St Helier to support the vote of no confidence against Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Protest
BBC

St Helier rally: States adjourn for lunch

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States has adjourned for lunch, and protesters have taken their position outside the States Chamber.

The no confidence debate is expected to continue this afternoon.

Protest
BBC
Protest
BBC

'Lack of communication behind no confidence vote'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Constable Christopher Taylor, who has brought a vote of no confidence in the chief minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, said one of the reasons for the move was a lack of communication.

States chamber
BBC

He said: "Communication with backbenchers and scrutiny is poor, if non existent, yet better communication was one of his goals."

He outlined a number of reasons for the move, including a lack of an immigration policy and handling of financing for the new hospital.

Constable Taylor said he wanted a new chief minister because it is "time for change, a change for the better".

Public rally in St Helier: Your comments

Rob England

BBC News Online

Man with sign
BBC

We spoke to islanders at a rally supporting the vote in no confidence lodged against Jersey's chief minister.

We want a strong leader, Gorst is weak. He doesn't listen to the public. It's their voice that should be heard, not his. I think he's doing more for his ego than anything else.

Vilma from St John

He's not accountable for the money he's spending in the island and the figures don't match up. He's happy to spend our money and not explain where it's going. He needs to listen to the voice of the locals.

Lisa from St Clements

It's the hospital, we've had three debates on it, where is the leadership? We also seem to constantly get experts form the UK to tell us how to run our island, but we have civil servants who we're paying who should be able to do the job themselves.

Bob from St Helier

Debate starts into vote of no confidence in chief minister

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey have started to a motion of no confidence in the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Constable Chris Taylor
BBC

Constable Christopher Taylor, who brought the proposition, said he had come under intense pressure to withdraw the proposition but decided to push ahead.

He said he was bringing the proposal because "recently there had been a string of bad decisions and I'm concerned he is no longer travelling the correct path".

Constable Taylor criticised people who had used his proposition to attack Senator Ozouf. He said he was bringing it over a range of issues with the chief minister including a lack of communication with backbenchers.

The States Assembly will continue the debate when they return from lunch after 14:00.

Guernsey flags to fly at half-mast in honour of Finsbury Park victims

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Bailiff has asked that island flags should be flown at half-mast on all public buildings today to honour those killed in the Finsbury Park terrorist attack.

Finsbury Park
AFP

It is also to honour the President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, who died on Saturday.

Sir Richard Collas said buildings with two flag poles should also lower the Union Flag to half-mast.

He said tomorrow all Union Flags should be flown at full-mast to mark the birthday of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Jersey chief minister apologises to Senator Ozouf

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister has apologised to his friend Senator Philip Ozouf for the position he put him in when he reappointed him as an assistant chief minister without taking it to the States Assembly first.

Senator Ian Gorst was responding to a question from Deputy Russell Labey who asked him during question time: "Does the phrase 'greater love has no man than to lay down his friend to save his own life' neatly sum up the place the chief minister finds himself in today in relation to Senator Ozouf."

Senator Gorst said he was upset the vote of no confidence against him had put Senator Ozouf in a difficult position.

Senator Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

Today should be about whether members want me to remain as chief minister and not skulduggery in dark corridors and not putting personalities above what's in the best interests of Jersey. It is with great sadness I took the action I took this morning.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Alderney remains could be Iron Age

BBC Radio Guernsey

At least one set of human remains found on Longis Common in Alderney could date from the Iron Age according to an archaeologist from the Guernsey Museum.

Dr Jason Monaghan says two, if not three, separate bodies have been uncovered, which demonstrates how historically important the area is.

First skull fragments
Isabel Picornell

The first find, a skull, was uncovered a week ago in a trench being excavated by Alderney Electricity.

Dr Monaghan believes it's Roman and either that of a young person, or a woman. He flew to Alderney to investigate and two more sets of remains have since been found.

More digging will take place later this week and the remains transported to Guernsey for cleaning and examination.

Watson beaten in Birmingham first round

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Heather Watson showed signs of encouragement but lost 6-2 5-7 6-3 to world number five Elina Svitolina in the first round at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

Former British number one Watson has dropped to 126th in the rankings after a difficult season in which she has won just five matches.

Heather Watson
Getty Images

The 25-year-old from Guernsey made too many errors as Svitolina took the opening set, but recovered in the second to break the French Open quarter-finalist's serve to lead 6-5.

Watson served out the set confidently, finishing with a forehand winner down the line, only to drop serve in the fourth game of the decider as Svitolina saw out victory.

Jersey chief minister supports living wage call

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister says he would support all public sector employees being paid a living wage.

Banknotes
BBC

The Caritas charity has recommended a living wage in Jersey of £9.75 per hour and Senator Ian Gorst says he will take the matter to the States Employment Board.

He said he was also working to encourage employers to pay a living wage so employees weren't as reliant on the in work benefit through income support to top up wages.

Senator Gorst said the Social Security Minister, Deputy Susie Pinel had written to the States Employment Forum urging them to recommend a higher minimum wage and work towards a living wage more quickly.

Islanders warned to avoid 'Ikea' branded ecstasy following teen death

BBC Radio Jersey

Following the death of a teenager in Jersey, police and health officials have warned islanders not to take "dangerous" "Ikea" branded ecstasy tablets. They are yellow and blue with the word "Ikea" stamped on them.

Kyle Pringle, 18, died on Saturday morning and the cause is thought to be linked to the "Ikea" tablets.

Three people have been arrested and a quantity of the branded tablets have been seized.

Kyle Pringle
Pringle family

A spokeswoman from the IKEA furnishing retailer said: ”We are deeply saddened to hear of the death related to the consumption of ecstasy tablets in Jersey. IKEA is a home furnishing retailer and does not advocate the use of illegal drugs.

"These tablets are falsely branded with the IKEA logo and the police are investigating this matter.”

Five admitted to hospital due to heat

Guernsey Press

Health has issued a warning to islanders to take care in the sun after five people were admitted to hospital.

Guernsey States: First surplus in eight years

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's States members have been hearing how the 2016 accounts returned a significant surplus - for the first time in eight years.

The accounts showed £24.9m in extra income for the States in 2016.

Policy and Resources Committee president Gavin St Pier, told the assembly it was "a robust set of accounts".

Council of Ministers urge members to back Ian Gorst

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Council of Ministers has urged politicians to back the chief minister and reject a vote of no confidence being held today.

Senator Ian Gorst is facing the no confidence vote on a range of issues including his reappointment of Senator Philip Ozouf as an assistant chief minister.

States Assembly
BBC

It was announced this morning that Senator Gorst had sacked Philip Ozouf because he had become "a distraction".

Senator Ozouf suggested in a letter to the chief minister that some members had only agreed to support the chief minister if he "got rid" of him first.

The Council of Ministers has urged members to support Senator Gorst and allow them to continue "their important work with the assembly to secure a better future for islanders in the short period before the next election".