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Summary

  1. Man in hospital after falling face first on to spike
  2. Death of baby on Guernsey maternity ward 'was properly investigated'
  3. Mixed reaction to 2021 Island Games logo
  4. Bullying concerns related to free school meals plan
  5. Liquid waste top of the Jersey States agenda
  6. States Works looking at commercial contracts
  7. Parents question secondary school reform plans
  8. Super League Triathlon 'will inspire' next generation
  9. Updates on Wednesday 18 July

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Jersey hopes to create non-EU trade links post Brexit

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey authorities are working to establish better trade links with non-EU countries ahead of Brexit.

In a report to the states on the island's preparation for Britain leaving the EU, senator Sir Philip Bailache says there is still a lot of uncertainty over how it will affect the island.

Sir Philip Baillhache
BBC

Sir Philip says in the report that Jersey is in an unclear position when it comes to Europe. It's never been a part of the union, but has benefited from trade agreements through the UK.

Its still not clear if the island could be penalised when trade agreements with Europe fall away.

With that in mind, Sir Philip says his external relations department has worked hard to find new markets for Jersey. It has worked particularly with Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, China and India.

He says the aim is to work with emerging economies, as they show good potential for making money. A new team has been set up to make this more efficient.

Feeding birds in gardens could be banned

BBC Radio Jersey

People wanting to feed birds in their garden could be stopped if it is causing a nuisance to neighbours, under new plans from the environment minister.

Deputy Steve Luce is proposing changes to the Jersey Nuisance Law to include feeding birds, reptiles, fish and insects if it's disrupting people living nearby.

The Director of Environmental Health Stewart Petrie says this law is mainly aimed at stopping people from feeding seagulls and shouldn't effect other wildlife too much.

Tonight's weather:

BBC Weather

There will be a few showers at first this evening, perhaps turning heavy at times.

Skies will clear through the second half of the night though, and it will become dry. Minimum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey

Guernsey weather
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Switch off the engine if you're not moving in the tunnel

BBC Radio Jersey

Drivers in Jersey should switch off their engines while waiting in the tunnel to reduce pollution, a report into pollution levels has advised.

The report is also advising walkers and cyclists to go through it as quickly as they can.

Tunnel
BBC

The study of pollution from cars found the air quality in the tunnel is poor, at times up to seven times worse than nearby Snow Hill.

Experts tested how cyclists, drivers and pedestrians are exposed to pollution from cars in the tunnel.

It's advising drivers to close their windows and switch off air vents and when at standstill to switch off engines to reduce the level of pollution they're exposed to.

Maximum drink-drive jail sentences to double?

Jersey Evening Post

Longer jail sentences for drink-drivers and those who refuse a breathalyser test will be introduced, if proposals are passed by the States.

Armed forces in Jersey to be subject to their own laws

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Members of foreign armed forces visiting Jersey will be subject to the laws of their own country while in the island.

It means deserters can be detained and taken away by the authorities from their country.

A law change also means the UK armed forces will be subject to Jersey law while here, including the permanently resident Jersey Field Squadron.

Constable Deidre Mezbourian, Assistant Minister at Home Affairs, says they often have armed forces members present in Jersey for a number of reasons.

She says it is important the appropriate legislation is in place so that any issues that come up while they are in the island can be dealt with properly.

'Full public inquiry' into future hospital plans

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's planning minister won't make a decision on a new hospital until there's been a public inquiry.

Deputy Steve Luce says the plan would mean shops and hotels being knocked down and this could have a significant effect on the interests of Jersey people.

Hospital plans
States of Jersey

Deputy Luce has been looking at the scheme, which would involve the demolition of many businesses and other premises in Kensington Place.

He says its such an important project that he needs to get the opinions of Jersey people before making a decision on whether it should be allowed to go ahead as proposed.

He says it should be an "inclusive forum" where anyone can have their opinion heard. There's no indication of how long such an inquiry might take, but the chief officer has been asked to find an independent planning inspector to carry it out.

The initial plans were submitted for the £400m hospital at the end of June and it is hoped it will be operational by 2025.

Seagull feeding law 'could impact other birds'

BBC Radio Jersey

A law to stop seagulls from becoming a nuisance in neighbourhoods could also affect the feeding of other birds according to Jersey's environmental health unit.

There are plans to update the Jersey law to stop people from feeding wildlife in the gardens including birds, reptiles, fish and insects if they're disrupting people living nearby.

But Director of Environmental Health Stewart Petrie says there's other ways to make sure smaller birds and wildlife still get fed.

Guernsey bus passenger numbers up again

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The number of people using the bus in Guernsey has gone up again this year with 77,000 more people using the bus in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period in 2016.

In total 816,914 passengers used the service between January and the end of June this year.

This is the fourth year in a row that saw the number of passengers increase.

Deputy Barry Brehaut
BBC

‘While it is important to cater for increased visitor numbers in the summer months, it is the significant growth over the past two years in the shoulder months - also reflected in the summer months - that shows bus travel is becoming a more popular form of transport for the resident population.

Deputy Barry BrehautPresident, Environment and Infrastructure

Big rise in States of Jersey website views

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Education 'winning hearts and minds' over reforms

BBC Radio Guernsey

A member of Guernsey's Education Committee says she's winning hearts and minds over secondary school reforms, as she completes a series of ten "parent engagement meetings".

Speaking at the Grammar School last night, Andrea Dudley Owen says more people are coming to her after the meetings, quietly supportive, than those more vocal in their objections.

Deputy Dudley Owen says that the Education Committee is taking on board all parents' comments.

RAF plane on flying visit

Jersey's government - 21 years online

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's government went online for the first time 21 years ago this week, at a time when connecting to the internet involved plugging in a phone line and waiting for it to connect.

The original States site
States of Jersey

In August 1996 when the site first launched it was viewed by an average of 4,000 people. In June 2017 nearly 2.4m people viewed the site.

The gov.je site has been redesigned a number of times since it was first launched, with the most recent major overhaul making it easier to read on smartphones.

Head of digital delivery, Marcus Ferbrache, said: “We now update the site with improvements every month and we are keen to receive feedback from islanders to ensure we make changes that will most benefit users."

Don't kill me... I'm only a moth!

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders are being urged to think twice before taking a fly swatter to what they think is an Asian hornet… as it could be a harmless moth.

Man with young children in car arrested for drink driving

BBC Radio Jersey

A man driving a car with young children in the vehicle was one of seven people arrested for drink driving this month, police have revealed.

The arrests were part of a Jersey police campaign to target drink drivers.

Despite only half the number of people being stopped compared to a similar campaign last year the same number of arrests were made.

The highest reading during the checks was almost three times the legal limit. Officers are urging the public to call them if they think someone is driving over the limit.

Lightning 'started' my tractor

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Lightning strikes across the British Isles yesterday.
BBC Weather
Lightning strikes across the British Isles yesterday

A tractor described as a "devil" to run was started by two lightning strikes, according to its Guernsey owner.

The lightning occurred during yesterday's severe thunderstorm, which caused damage to the island's Weighbridge and saw 9mm of rainfall yesterday.

Owner Horace Camp said two strikes hit the lawn the tractor was parked on, creating an electrical field which charged the farm vehicle.

He said the current must have "given her a good old go".

Death of baby on Guernsey maternity ward 'was properly investigated'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The death of a baby in 2012 was properly investigated, midwife Lisa Granville has told a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

She denied 'cherry-picking' the information disclosed following the death of Baby B at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey.

A subsequent investigation found concerns about the case, but when questioned Ms Granville was adamant the death was properly investigated.

She also denied claims she withheld information about inadequate care. The hearing heard the suggestion she may not have been aware of the extent of her colleagues' failings.

The drug Syntocinon, which can speed up delivery and quicken a baby's heart rate, was being administered to mothers in the second stage of labour without a doctor being consulted in 50% of cases, the NMC has heard.

It is claimed Ms Granville overlooked this practice in her role as risk manager.

She admits failing to identify inadequate midwifery care in relation to the administration of Syntocinon and management of the CTG trace and that her investigation into the death of Baby A in January 2014 was inadequate, but denies all other charges.

The hearing continues.

House left 'severely damaged' by fire and smoke

Guernsey's fire service are dealing with a house fire in the Avenue du Manoir Ville Au Roi in St Peter Port.

It's thought the house has been severely damaged by fire and smoke. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Bailiff criticised for intervening in abuse debate

BBC Radio Jersey

A backbench politician says the Bailiff of Jersey, Sir William Bailhache, "behaved disgracefully" by intervening in a discussion over child abuse.

Sir William Bailhache
BBC

Sir William was responding to comments by Deputy Mike Higgins who claimed "the Jersey way" of covering up abuse was still prevalent.

The bailiff disagreed with the deputies use of the phrase. Sir William said he feels it should be taken to mean "fairness, compassion and integrity".

Deputy Sam Mezec of Reform Jersey said it was completely wrong for Sir William to intervene in that way. Sir William is yet to comment.

Afternoon weather: Cloudy skies

BBC Weather

Skies will be on the cloudy side today, perhaps with a few mist and fog patches at times.

There may be some brighter spells this afternoon, although some showers could develop later this evening. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Cloudy skies
BBC

Home affairs minister becomes breastfeeding champion

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's home affairs minister has taken on a new role to encourage more women in the island to breastfeed.

Deputy Kristina Moore
BBC

Figures from the States of Jersey show about 75% of new mums breastfeed their babies at birth but the rate drops to half once the babies reach two months.

Deputy Kristina Moore is responsible for the States 1001 Critical Days Plan and says it is important children are given the best possible start in life, including breastfeeding.

She says the goal is to get mum's feeding for up to six months, rather than two.

What does it take to be a radio presenter?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Students from Guernsey's La Mare de Carteret School have been learning what it takes to be a radio presenter.

The school launched its own radio station earlier this year and since then they have been producing radio programmes, playing music and interviewing politicians.

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Bullying concern over free school meals

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health minister wants to make sure children who are given free school meals aren't picked on by their classmates.

Senator Andrew Green
BBC

The new health and nutrition strategy published by the States of Jersey calls for free meals for children whose families are on low incomes.

Senator Andrew Green says it is something that needs to be investigated but he is concerned children who qualify could be stigmatised by their peers and so protections would need to be in place to ensure that didn't happen.

Reedbed ‘is being ruined by scooters’

Guernsey Press

Scooter riders have been riding damaging one of Guernsey’s sensitive nature reserves.

States launch new Diversity Forum

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A new panel has been set up to encourage greater diversity in the States Assembly.

States Assembly
BBC

The States Diversity Forum will encourage more people from minority communities to stand in elections and increase the number of women in the States.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, hopes it'll include more employment rights for States members as well as encouraging more people to become politicians.

Currently 12 out of 49 States members are women, including one of eight senators, three of 12 constables and eight of 29 deputies.

Do you have a friendly dog that could help people?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey’s Pets As Therapy charity is looking for friendly dogs that can be sent to visit schools, hospitals and residential care homes across the island.

It is hoping pet owners will volunteer their dogs to provide therapy and support for a range of people in need.

Marguerite Talmage from the charity says more therapy dogs are needed to meet the increasing demand.

A number of studies have shown therapy dogs can help to reduce stress and anxiety and a study at Southampton Hospital found the presence of pets could speed up recovery of patients.

Therapy dog
BBC

Metal spike man in 'stable' condition

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A 69-year-old man who was taken to hospital after falling head first on to a metal spike last night is described as being in a "stable" condition by hospital officials.

The metal spike went into his eye and had to be cut short by fire crews so he could be moved. He is being treated for eye injuries.

States launch Ethical Care Charter consultation

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey politicians have voted in favour of a proposition by Deputy Geoff Southern of Reform Jersey to introduce an Ethical Care Charter that would set guidelines for companies providing care in people's homes.

Deputy Geoff Southern
BBC

There will now be a consultation with care providers, staff and patients to ensure the charter meets their needs.

The consultation will cover a range of areas including making sure enough time is given for visits, staff are paid properly for travel time and limits are placed on the use of zero-hour contracts.

After the consultation politicians will have to decide whether to approve an Ethical Care Charter in a States vote later this year.

States approve plans to charge for some police services

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey have approved changes to the police law that will allow the States of Jersey Police to charge for some of its services, particularly of big events. Members voted 27 in favour to 18 against.

Police at Jersey Live
BBC

Assistant Minister for Culture, Deputy Murray Norton told the States he hoped big events such as the Battle of Flowers, the rugby club and other sporting events would be excluded.

As part of the same proposition members also approved changes that would allow civil servants and States contractors to undertake the functions of a police officer.

They also approved changes that will see the introduction of independent custody visitors to visit detainees and ensure they are receiving appropriate care.

Should free school meals be introduced in Jersey?

BBC Radio Jersey

The States of Jersey food and nutrition strategy includes a number of proposals aimed at improving the health of islanders.

One of the proposals is the introduction of free school meals for children from low income households.

This proposal sparked a debate on the BBC Radio Jersey Facebook page with the vast majority supportive of introducing school meals but not all want them to be free.

Melissa Nobrega from the Caring Cooks charity joined the debate and said: "Please please please! This and a whole school food approach will tackle many of the issues.... but it's having the difficult conversations that is stopping progress." Email us your views.

Lightning strike at Mont Cuet on the weighbridge

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Mont Cuet weighbridge was hit by lightning yesterday which caused some damage. It is expected to be out of action for a week.

This means commercial companies wanting to drop off waste will have to have it weighed at the Longue Hougue reclamation site before going to Mont Cuet to drop it off.

It won't impact households dropping off small amounts of waste as that is charged on a per bag basis.

Plans to improve standards of rented properties

Jersey Evening Post

Landlords will have to ensure their properties meet minimum standards and a voluntary star rating system for houses will be introduced, if a proposition is approved by the States.

States vote to delay liquid waste charge debate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey have voted to put off a vote on the introduction of a liquid waste charge until the autumn.

The decision came after the Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, said he was planning to delay the introduction of the charge.

The charge would have seen companies such as hotels and farms charged for sending waste into the island's drainage system.

Guernsey 2021 Island Games logo launched

Guernsey Press

The logo for Guernsey 2021 was launched yesterday evening – with organisers saying it mixed simplicity with versatility to create a ‘memorable’ sight.

David Gainsborough-Roberts funeral held in St Brelade

BBC Radio Jersey

The funeral of Marilyn Monroe collector, David Gainsborough-Roberts is taking place in St Brelade today.

The 73-year-old collector died last month after a short illness.

His family have asked that no flowers are sent, but instead people make a donation to Jersey Heritage, a charity Mr Gainsborough-Roberts supported for a long time.

David Gainsborough-Roberts
BBC

Today in the States of Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The final sitting of the States of Jersey before the summer break continues today and there is still a lot to get through.

States
BBC

Politicians will start by carrying on debating plans to charge companies for disposing of liquid waste.

Members will also need to vote on changes to the Income Support scheme, the introduction of an ethical care charter and the appointment of a commissioner for standards who would ensure States members don’t break the rules.

You can see details of all the upcoming debates here and you can listen live here.

Charge cards could be used for free meals in schools

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health minister is concerned introducing free school meals for children on low incomes could make them stand out from their peers and make them a target of bullying.

Senator Andrew Green supports the move, which was proposed as part of the States food and nutrition strategy.

He said there would need to be a solution so it wasn't obvious children were getting their food for free.

Maybe there are other ways round it such as using charge cards, then you are not pointing them out. There are cards the colleges use where parents charge it up and children spend. It is something my officers want to explore with education, it is worth looking at.

Senator Andrew GreenHealth Minister

Today's weather: Cloudy with mist patches

BBC Weather

Skies will be on the cloudy side today, perhaps with a few mist and fog patches at times.

There may be some brighter spells this afternoon, although some isolated could develop later this evening.

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Guernsey launches 2021 Island Games logo

BBC Radio Guernsey

There might still be four years to go before the Island Games come to Guernsey but organisers say plans are well under way.

Last night they launched the official logo for the next event and it sparked a mixed reaction on social media.

Some suggesting it was a good logo but looks more like 20211 and others saying it looks old fashioned.

2021
Guernsey Island Games Association