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Summary

  1. Misconduct hearing told midwives followed 'The Guernsey Way'
  2. Damaged Aurigny jet aircraft repaired and expected back in service on Tuesday
  3. --- Fault caused by steps hitting the plane at Gatwick Airport
  4. --- Flights have been disrupted today
  5. Residents complain after Jersey data breach
  6. Jersey food and nutrition strategy launched
  7. --- Plans include sugar taxes, free school meals and rules for fast food sites
  8. Watson shoots up singles rankings after Wimbledon
  9. Guernsey sprinter Cameron Chalmers wins European relay gold
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Plans could allow officers to enter privately rented homes

BBC Radio Guernsey

States officers could be given powers to enter privately rented homes in Jersey to make sure they are up to health and safety standards, if new plans are approved.

Environment Health is proposing new laws to bring all private rented homes in Jersey up to a minimum standard - similar to that in States-rented homes.

Under the plans, home owners would have to get a license to rent out their property, which the department's director, Stuart Petrie, says will ensure tenants get a fair deal.

University attendance numbers down, but percentage steady

BBC Radio Guernsey

Numbers from UCAS showing a fall in the number of Guernsey students choosing university doesn't show the whole picture, the island's Education, Sport and Culture Committee has said.

A spokeswoman said the statistics "pay no regard to the actual size of the year group".

She said year 13 in November 2015 had 231 students, while a year later it was 165.

The spokeswoman said the higher education participation percentage rates "have stayed fairly static over recent years" at 26% in 2014 and 27% in 2015 and 2016.

Aurigny jet repaired

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Guernsey's States-owned airline says its jet aircraft has now been repaired at Gatwick Airport and its hoped it will return to service tomorrow.

Aurigny's Embraer 195 was damaged in a ground handling incident at Gatwick on Sunday.

The company has chartered a Boeing 737-300 from Titan Airways, to help cover the Gatwick service and has apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused.

Education minister says school building 'long overdue'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, says the new Les Quennevais school is "long overdue" and is pleased revised plans are now in for the £40m project.

The re-build of the school has been in the works for a number of years with a public consultation starting in 2015. The latest plans change the flow of traffic and include minor changes to the design. It's hoped it will be open by September 2020.

Deputy Rod Bryans
BBC

It will be the single largest investment in education for many years and I am delighted to see it entering the next phase.

Deputy Rod BryansEducation Minister

Tribute to an 'exceptional man' by wife of light aircraft victim

Paul Gunnell
Wiltshire Police
Paul Gunnell was 57-years-old and lived in Guernsey

The wife of one of the men who died in a light aircraft collision near Marlborough has paid tribute to her "best friend, a natural-born leader and aviator" husband Paul Gunnell.

Mr Gunnell, who lived in Guernsey, has been identified as one of two victims of the fatal crash, near Marlborough, last week.

Kirsty Boazman said: "My precious and outrageously talented husband, Paul (PG to most) died in a light aircraft accident just outside Marlborough."

This cruel and unexpected departure has ripped a hole in my heart and existence.

Kirsty BoazmanWife of crash victim
Emergency services at the site of the crash
BBC

She described her husband as an experienced flier with many hour's private and commercial experience in the cockpit.

In a statement, released by Wiltshire Police, Ms Boazman explained Mr Gunnell had joined the RAF in 1982 and picked up many prizes and a posting to the Harrier fast jets. He became a Harrier Weapons Instructor and ended his RAF service testing and introducing night capability. Subsequently piloting for Cathay Pacific for 23 years, he flew the Airbus from Hong Kong and B777s from Heathrow.

The circumstances of last Thursday’s crash remain under investigation.

University applications drop 'false impression'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Statistics showing a drop in Guernsey's university applications has created a "false impression", the island's Education Committee has claimed,

According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), 260 people applied from Guernsey last year - 70 fewer than the previous year - while Jersey's applications rose by 10 from 560 to 570, which is the highest in five years.

Graduation
BBC

However the Education Committee says the figures don't take into account the size of the year group eligible to apply, which was 231 in 2015, but only 165 in 2016.

It says the key statistic is the actual participation rate of 18-year-olds which has remained fairly static over recent years at 27% - about one in four.

Man in court on indecent assault charges

BBC Radio Jersey

A man has appeared in court in Jersey charged with indecently assaulting a young girl.

Mark Loane, 48, from St Helier denies six counts of indecent assault.

The prosecution told the Royal Court jury the sample counts had been limited to six, to prevent the case from being "unwieldy".

The victim is said to have confronted Mr Loane about the sexual abuse, recording the encounter on her mobile phone without him knowing, with the prosecution claiming he'd "admitted to looking inappropriately" at her "on occasion".

The trial continues.

Deputy calls for beach steps gate plan to be reviewed

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Plans to install a gate to prevent people falling down steps into the sea in St Peter Port should be reviewed, a senior politician has said.

Traffic and Highway Services want to put up the gate near Salerie Corner at an estimated cost of £2,200, prompting claims from the public it is "unnecessary" and a "waste of tax-payers' money".

St Peter Port steps
BBC

Now Deputy Barry Brehaut, president of the environment and infrastructure committee, says while the committee appreciates the steps "may present a hazard", it is keen to ensure safety measures are not "over-engineered" and other options should be reviewed to ensure value for money.

Changes proposed to Les Quennevais school development

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The latest plans for the long awaited new look Les Quennevais School have been drawn up after concerns were raised by an independent planning inspector and the Jersey Architecture Commission.

The changes include new traffic flow arrangements and a new parking layout to improve access for the school which is due to open by 2020.

The design of the building has also been changed to reflect comments made by the Jersey Architecture Commission about the appearance.

The project is expected to cost £40m and will be the largest investment in education for many years. It will take about two years to build and work will start once planning permission has been granted.

Les Quennevais School
BBC

Parish email 'data breach' reported to commissioner

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

St Helier parishioners have had their email addresses disclosed following an email sent out on Friday afternoon.

"The breach related to an email sent to St Helier ratepayers in which the email addresses of all recipients was included, and therefore disclosed. It appears the recipients’ emails were erroneously entered into the ‘cc’ box rather than the ‘bcc’ box," said Emma Martins, Jersey’s Information Commissioner.

The Office of the Information Commissioner has received a number of complaints and inquiries relating to this incident. We will now seek further, detailed information from the Parish of St Helier to better understand how the incident happened and the steps they now propose to take. While this investigation remains ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

Emma MartinsJersey’s Information Commissioner

Ms Martins applauded the parish's move to report the incident.

She said: "It is not mandatory for data controllers to report data breaches to my office under the current legal regime.

"However, it will be mandatory from 2018 when new data protection legislation is due for implementation. As such, we welcome the proactive position taken in respect of this matter by the Parish of St Helier."

Harbour safety 'taken very seriously'

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Ports of Jersey says the responsibility of ensuring harbour users' safety is taken "very seriously", reiterating its view that pier jumping - also known as tombstoning - is a "hazardous activity".

Last week Jersey Coastguard was criticised after saying people could face a fine of up to £500 if caught jumping into the water at any working harbour.

A statement issued by Ports of Jersey said safety was its primary concern and enforcement was only used "as a last resort where harm has been or could be done to others".

Misconduct hearing told midwives followed 'The Guernsey Way'

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Midwives at a hospital where a child died followed a culture described as "The Guernsey Way", administering drugs without speaking to a consultant and taking decisions they would not take anywhere else in Britain, a misconduct hearing has been told.

Lisa Granville, Tuija Roussel and Antonia Manousaki face a number of charges at a Nursing and Midwifery Council, following the death of a baby, referred to as Baby A, at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital in 2014.

Lawyers representing Ms Granville and Ms Roussel have applied for charges to be thrown out but the panel is yet to rule on their submissions of no case to answer.

The midwives are expected to give evidence later this week and the hearing continues.

Residents complain after data breach

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A number of St Helier residents have complained after their email addresses were accidentally shown on a group email.

The data protection breach related to an email sent to St Helier ratepayers, which had their email addresses in the cc box rather than the blind copy box.

Jersey's Information Commissioner Emma Martins says the breach was reported to her office, and this was "proactive" of the parish. She says there will now be an investigation, asking the parish what steps it will take so it doesn't happen again.

Further disruption for Gatwick passengers

Social media criticism of beach steps gate plan

BBC Radio Guernsey

There's been a strong reaction on social media to plans to prevent pedestrians and cyclist from falling down steps into the sea just north of Salerie Corner in St Peter Port.

Traffic and Highway Services are applying for permission to put up a gate in the interests of safety. The estimated cost is £2,200. It's become known as "Saleriegate" on social media with many islanders questioning whether it's really necessary.

Salerie Corner
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On BBC Radio Guernsey Facebook, Keith Shirena Toms said: "Has anyone ever fallen down there!!! Another waste of tax payers money. Absolutely ridiculous?"

Diana Cox said: "Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!! I pass nearly every day and NEVER seen anyone go near it, unless they actually go down the steps"

Rachel Curtis said: "Is this an April fools joke ? 😂"

Digital Jersey boss defends 'sexist' Doctor Who comment

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Digital Jersey has defended his comments about the new female Doctor Who, after some said he was being sexist.

After the news that Jodie Whittaker was to play the part Tony Moretta responded to the BBC on Twitter, saying "you're down one viewer already".

Tony Moretta
BBC

Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to play the Time Lord since the programme started in 1963.

The head of Digital Jersey said that after 44 years of being a huge fan he wasn't happy with the fundamental character change. He had started watching when he was five years old after his grandmother introduced him to the show.

Mr Moretta says he probably should give the new series a go, but he's allowed to express his opinion. He says he doesn't feel this way because he's sexist and anyone who knows him knows he stands up for female equality.

Jodie Whittaker
BBC

Licensing scheme proposed for rental properties

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey could see a new licensing system for rental properties introduced if proposals by the environment minister are approved.

Deputy Steve Luce has proposed a number of new powers that he says would allow his department to improve the standard of rental properties.

One of the proposals would be the introduction of a licensing scheme that would require landlords to register their properties and ensure they are kept to a minimum standards.

Accusation of lying to States to be discussed next week

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The care inquiry panel's finding a politician lied to the States of Jersey is to be discussed by the Privileges and Procedures Committee next week.

In its report the panel said: "We find that Andrew Lewis lied to the States Assembly about the Metropolitan Police Service report, stating that he had had sight of it when he had not."

The committee, which is responsible for the procedures of the States Assembly, for members' facilities and the code of conduct for members, said it would consider the action it would take when it meets next week.

"We will be reviewing all of the details of this matter and will then invite Deputy Lewis to a meeting in early August in order to address the complaint. It is intended that this meeting will be held in public," said committee chairman Constable Len Norman.

Deputy Lewis, who was home affairs minister at the time, denies lying.

Selective education campaigner 'accepts education changes'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A long-time campaigner for keeping the 11-plus says he has had to accept the education committee's proposal for three all ability secondary schools to avoid further delay.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache has warned against concentrating too much on buildings though. He says the department needs to concentrate on providing the very best non-selective system.

Peter Ferbrache
BBC

I think we've got to go with what they propose. If we don't there will be 55 amendments and nothing happening for three years. What I don't want us to do is just have nice buildings, I want us to have the best quality of education."

Deputy Peter Ferbrache

Triathletes reflect on EPIC effort

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two Guernseymen made it to days five and six of their challenge to complete seven triathlons in as many days. It was part of a wider challenge to islanders to push themselves to the extreme.

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Poor eating habits 'could cost health £40m per year'

BBC Radio Jersey

Poor eating habits in Jersey could be costing the health service more than £40m a year, health experts believe.

The States of Jersey is launching a new diet and nutrition strategy and experts are warning of the consequences of a bad diet.

People could have to pay a tax on sugary food, more children could get free school meals, and there could be tighter controls on fast food restaurants.

Martin Knight
BBC

Healthy weight in our adult population is now in a minority. One in three of our young children aged over 11 are now obese. We know that is an independent risk factor for future disease."

Martin KnightDirector of Public Health

Plan for new private rental rules

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

New strict regulations setting out minimum standards for rented accommodation have been published by the environment minister in Jersey.

Deputy Steve Luce says they were created with support from the planning, health, housing and social services department and the fire service to make sure they covered all areas.

The new law, which needs to be approved, would give ministers certain powers to introduce further legislation that would protect occupants of and visitors to rented properties.

These include the power to introduce minimum health and safety standards and regulations to allow licensing of rented accommodation.

It would also allow the minister to introduce a licensing scheme for private landlords.

Jersey taxi drivers to protest in St Helier tomorrow

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's rank taxi drivers will protest in St Helier tomorrow over industry reforms proposed by the Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel.

Taxi
BBC

The Jersey Taxi Drivers Association has not said where the protest will be held or what form it will take but they will still be serving ranks in town and at the island's ports.

The proposed changes include new fare structures and simplified tariffs which the drivers say are "unfair" and will lead to a loss of revenue.

Chalmers wins European relay gold

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey sprinter Cameron Chalmers won gold in the 4x400m relay at the European Under-23 Athletics Championships in Poland yesterday.

The 20-year-old ran the final leg in 45.12 seconds to win the title for Great Britain.

Cameron Chalmers
Getty Images

Chalmers finished fourth in the 400m individual final, and is part of GB's squad for the World Championships in London next month.

Minister says 'no plans' to delay waste charge debate

BBC Radio Jersey

The debate into a proposed liquid waste charge on Jersey businesses will go ahead tomorrow despite calls for a delay by scrutiny.

The Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel urged the infrastructure minister to delay the debate until he has been able to properly address concerns by the industry relating to the economic impact of the proposals.

If approved businesses would be charged to get rid of their liquid waste from 2018.

The Institute of Directors, the Chamber of Commerce, the Jersey Hospitality Association and the Jersey Farmers' Union have urged politicians not to support the plans.

Deputy Eddie Noel says the scale of the charge is not likely to have a significant impact on the economy, and charging is in line with other environmental policies across the world and there is no reason to delay the debate.

Watson shoots up singles rankings after Wimbledon

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Heather Watson has risen 23 places in the singles tennis rankings following her performances at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old is up to number 79 in the world after reaching the third round, having been ranked outside the top 100 prior to the tournament.

Heather Watson
Getty Images

Despite reaching the final of the mixed doubles, Watson has dropped four places in the women's doubles rankings to 85 in the world.

Roll-out of new buses sees nine out of 12 now in service

Guernsey Press

Nine of the island’s 12 new buses are on the roads, with the last three vehicles set to enter service within the next week or so.

Property transaction value 'highest since 2013'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The value of property transactions in Guernsey in the first six months of the year was the highest since 2013 the latest market figures report has revealed.

There were 130 open and local market transactions in June. These had a total value of £43m, bringing the year's total to 684 transactions worth over £200m.

We've been a lot busier with people coming to the island and buying properties. It could be they've seen some good deals to be had.

Paul NettleshipCollas Crill, law firm

Guernsey university applications down by a fifth

BBC Radio Guernsey

The number of applications from people in Guernsey to study at UK universities has dropped by more than a fifth this year.

Graduation
Getty Images

The figures - revealed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) - found the number of applications were down from 330 last year to 260 this year.

It's the fewest number of applications in the past five years, and mirrors an overall decline in UK applications by the 13 June deadline.

In the UK, 649,700 applied this year, 4% down on 2016. Jersey's number of applications has increased marginally, up from 560 to 570, the highest in five years.

Flight disruption after Aurigny jet problems

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Aurigny's Embraer jet is out of action after a fault thought to have been caused by steps hitting the plane at Gatwick Airport.

The airline has cancelled or changed a number of flights today:

  • GR600 – cancelled
  • GR601 – departing at 10:40
  • GR604/GR605/GR606 – departing at 12:15/13:50/15:35 respectively
  • GR602/GR603 – running to schedule
  • GR612 – an additional service 14:50
  • GR607/GR610/GR611 – will operate with the ATR 72 aircraft
  • GR608/GR609 – remains unaffected

Healthy eating 'is out of reach for some'

BBC Radio Jersey

Healthy eating is out of reach for some people in Jersey because they don't have the time or the money to buy healthy food according to the head of the Jersey Consumer Council.

Anne King says convenience food is often cheaper and easier to prepare than food which might be better for you.

She says islanders on low incomes are the most likely to be overweight or obese and will find it hard to make changes.

Anne King
BBC

Whilst they would love to buy fruit and vegetables, love to eat healthily, a combination of time poor and cash poor makes it difficult to do just that.

Anne KingJersey Consumer Council

Aurigny apologises for jet problems

BBC Radio Guernsey

Aurigny has apologised to customers after its only jet was taken out of action due to damage it suffered at Gatwick Airport.

The airline says in a statement: "We are working with Embraer to assess the extent of the damage and the appropriate course of action.

"We are working hard to draw up alternative arrangements and keep disruption to a minimum."

Aurigny will use the smaller ATR aircraft on the route until a replacement jet can be found.

Aurigny ATR
BBC

Constable sorry for email error

Jersey Evening Post

The constable of St Helier has apologised to ratepayers after an email was wrongly sent to 1,300 people including all of the recipients’ personal email addresses.

Weather: Fine, sunny and very warm

BBC Weather

After some early morning cloud, it will turn into a fine day with spells of sunshine and feeling increasingly warm with just a gentle breeze. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Jersey
BBC

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Guernsey
BBC

Mura Masa’s debut album hailed ‘ground-breaking’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey musician Mura Masa’s debut album was released yesterday to critical acclaim.

Jersey launches food and nutrition strategy

BBC Radio Jersey

A food and nutrition strategy is being launched in Jersey today by the States.

The strategy includes plans for sugar taxes, free school meals and new rules for fast food sites.

A large proportion of islanders say it's difficult to find affordable fruit and vegetables. That was revealed in the last annual social survey by the Jersey Stats Unit.

Anne King from the Consumer Council says taxing people isn't the answer. She says the high cost of fruit and vegetables make it harder for people on low incomes to eat healthier.

Fruit
BBC

Aurigny jet out of action after Gatwick damage

BBC Radio Guernsey

Aurigny's only jet aircraft has been put out of action at one of the busiest times of the year.

The Embraer 195 is thought to have been damaged by ground handlers at Gatwick Airport yesterday when a set of steps hit the side of the aircraft.

CEO Mark Darby says it's too early to say how long it will take to repair but it could be several days.

In the meantime the airline is using the smaller ATR aircraft whilst searching for a replacement jet.

Aurigny jet
BBC