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Summary

  1. Independent inspections for Jersey children's services following the Care Inquiry Report
  2. Body found in Guernsey harbour identified as man, 80
  3. Guernsey skin cancer rates 'higher than levels in South West and England'
  4. Care services 'take too long to access in Jersey'
  5. Alderney residents could have ultimate say on go-ahead for FAB power cable project
  6. Access to public information law 'strengthened' in Guernsey
  7. Updates for Tuesday 25 July 2017

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By Rob England

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Rob England

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Our live coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Cricket: Jersey U19 v Scotland in pictures

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Jersey suffered a heavy six-wicket loss to Scotland in their Under-19s World Cup qualifier at Grainville earlier.

Latest weather: Dry with clear spells into the evening

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After a fine end to the day, tonight will remain dry at first with clear spells.

The winds will strengthen later in the night and cloud will thicken bringing some rain through the early hours.

Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

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Cancer charities 'can do more together'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The chairman of a Guernsey cancer charity has said local organisations are working more closely than ever before to achieve their shared goals.

Peter Atkinson is from the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief, which aims to provide financial assistance to cancer sufferers and their relatives.

He said cancer charities in Guernsey could achieve better results by co-operating, as the society had done with another charity, the Pink Ladies, in sharing the cost of wigs they provided to people who needed them after cancer treatment.

I think we are moving towards working more closely together and having a meeting whereby we can exchange views and give more support.

Peter AtkinsonGuernsey Society for Cancer Relief

FAB link project 'not approached about possible public vote'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The management team of the FAB link power project has not been approached by the States of Alderney regarding a public vote, a spokesman for the project says.

The States will put forward a vote to the public which, if followed by States members, could affect the future of the project if the vote says a majority of people do not support it.

FAB project development manager Chris Jenner said: "The FAB Project is currently involved in negotiations with the States of Alderney and their advisors about the existing option agreement between the two parties.

"We believe the project will result in significant long-term benefits for the people of the island. These include world-class internet connectivity for islanders via our inter-connector infrastructure, with the benefits this would bring to the local economy."

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Highlands College receives 'highest degree results to date'

BBC Radio Jersey

Students from Jersey's Highlands College are celebrating their highest degree results to date, receiving 79 degrees in 11 different subjects.

The qualifications were awarded by the University of Plymouth and London South Bank University.

Some 37% of students achieved first class honours, compared to with 24% in the UK in 2016.

Ben Bennett, head of higher education at Highlands College, said: "We are proud to be working with many learners who will be the first in their family to gain a university degree."

Dog 'dies after being poisoned on walk'

Jersey Evening Post

Pet owners are being urged to be vigilant after a dog is believed to have died after allegedly eating poison on a walk.

Aurigny warns of fog disruption on Wednesday

Guernsey States-owned airline Aurigny is warning of potential disruption due to fog expected throughout Wednesday.

A spokesman said: "We are still planning to operate as normal at this stage. However, with the possibility of poor visibility, we want to give passengers, due to fly tomorrow, the change to move their booking for free.

"They can move onto an earlier flight this evening or to another flight over the next three days."

Cricket: Guernsey beat Jersey for first inter-insular win

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey have won the women's cricket inter-insular for the first time, beating a youthful Jersey side by 23 runs at the KGV this afternoon.

Playing in a Twenty20 format, the Sarnians were bowled out for 123, though skipper Katie Watson took three wickets to restrict Jersey to just 100.

"We had 24 players at one session a couple of weeks ago, so we're possibly looking at having a couple teams and that would be great. We're trying to develop the young girls on the island," said Guernsey coach Lucas Barker.

Blood donation rules could change in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Rules governing who can give blood in Jersey could be changed following a review in the UK.

As part of law changes relating to people's sexuality, the UK Government hopes to increase the supply of blood available across the country.

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At the moment, gay and bisexual men can only donate blood 12 months after they last had sex.

The law was introduced in an attempt to stop the spread of Aids and other infections from contaminated blood. But the UK Government said recent research had shown that period could be safely reduced to three months.

Equality campaign groups said it was a step forward in making an inclusive society.

A spokesman for Jersey's Health and Social Services Department said the island had similar restrictions to the UK, but would be reviewing its guidelines in the light of the change in policy.

The change comes into effect in the UK at the start of 2018.

Cricket: Jersey U19 v Scotland in pictures

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Jersey batting
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Jersey batting
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Jersey batting
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Jersey batting
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Jersey suffered a heavy six-wicket loss to Scotland in their Under-19s World Cup qualifier at Grainville earlier.

Alderney FAB vote 'not legally binding' to States members

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney residents could have the ultimate say on whether the island supports the controversial FAB link project.

The island's Policy and Finance Committee intends to put forward a public vote in the form of a plebiscite.

A plebiscite is similar to a referendum but is not legally binding, so politicians in Alderney could disregard the will of the public.

Deputy Chairman of Policy and Finance Tony Barnes said it was up to States members, but he would follow the public's lead.

Aerial view of Alderney
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I personally believe that I would actually follow the feeling of the electorate. But, of course, if it's a close-run thing, we may have to think further.

Tony BarnesDeputy chairman, States of Alderney Policy and Finance Committee

Body found in Guernsey harbour identified as 80-year-old local man

A body found in St Peter Port Harbour on Sunday has been identified as Gerald William Bisson, Guernsey Police say.

Officers said the 80-year-old man was seen near his home in Delancey, St Sampson, at about 14:00 on Saturday and he was seen on CCTV walking alone at about 00:30 on Sunday in the White Rock area of St Peter Port.

They are appealing for anyone with information of his whereabouts between these sightings to come forward.

Gerald Bisson
Guernsey Police

He was wearing black slip-on shoes, light grey-coloured trousers, a blue polo shirt, a black jacket and a dark baseball cap.

Officers are investigating the cause of death, but it is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 725111 or email CID.

One taken to hospital after road crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

One person has been taken to hospital after a two-car crash along the Cobo Coast Road.

Emergency services did not provide details of their injuries.

The road has been cleared and reopened.

Cricket: Jersey youngsters suffer heavy defeat

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey suffered a heavy six-wicket loss to Scotland in their Under-19s World Cup qualifier at Grainville today.

Neil MacRae's side were all out for just 58 runs after winning the toss and batting first, and though Scotland were 36-4 at one stage, they reached the target with more than 36 overs to spare to condemn Jersey to a second defeat in the opening two days of the tournament.

Jersey v Scotland
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"We just had to bat tight, and we played a few loose shots which obviously cost us," captain Harrison Carlyon told BBC Radio Jersey.

"Everybody will have a rest tomorrow and then we're just going to come hard, like we did in the first game."

Two-car collision in Castel

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police and ambulance crews are attending the scene of a crash between two cars on Cobo Coast Road, Castel.

The public are being advised to avoid the area.

'Keeping bus routes the same has built confidence in service’

Guernsey Press

Any radical route changes or fare increases would weaken confidence in the bus service just as it is returning, the Environment & Infrastructure president has said.

Duckling rescued from spring tide

Rob England

BBC News Online

An RNLI crew in Jersey found themselves rescuing a youngster yesterday - it was found ducking and diving away from the tide.

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Access to public information law 'strengthened' in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

People in Guernsey's access to public information has been "enhanced", according to the States.

After a review of the Access to Public Information Code of Practice, which allows information requests to be made of the government, the Policy and Resources Committee has agreed new steps to "strengthen" the code.

The further agreed steps were:

  • All access to public information questions and responses will be published on the States website: gov.gg
  • Work will be carried out to promote awareness of the code across the public service
  • Work will be carried out to promote awareness of the code with the general public
  • The Chief Information Officer will be tasked with reviewing any decision where an exemption has been used under the code

States of Guernsey Chief Information Officer Colin Vaudin said the code's purpose was to provide "transparency" in government, and the additional changes would improve this.

He added, where "inconsistencies" were found between government departments with regards to holding back information, an internal review process would be put in place to address this.

Sark looks to be 'cleanest, greenest and most beautiful place'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society will be visiting Sark in August as part of the final of a competition to find the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the British Isles.

The Sark Bloomers
Government of Sark

The group responsible for the island's entry, Sark Community Blooms, is one of 78 finalists looking to win a gold award in the society's gardening campaign, Britain in Bloom.

The judges will be led on a tour of the island, including the village, the Stocks Permaculture Garden and the Seigneurie Gardens.

The group’s entry will be assessed across three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

The results are due to be announced on 27 October.

Manager calls for 'flexibility' in Jersey care system

BBC Radio Jersey

A local charity is calling for change in Jersey's long-term care system, which it says is too complicated and needs to be made easier for people to understand.

Jersey Cheshire Home has been giving evidence this week to a scrutiny review of the new system.

General Manager David Lord said the current system was far better than the old one, but some people were missing out on getting the help they needed because it was so difficult to understand and not flexible enough.

It doesn't allow recognition of the specialist type of care that some individuals need. That makes sense; human beings are different. You've got to have a system, but what we need is to be able to have some flexibility and to flex it to suit the needs of the individuals who we are dealing with.

David LordGeneral Manager, Jersey Cheshire Homes

Alleged attacker ‘called girl princess after he raped her’

Jersey Evening Post

A woman who claims she was sexually abused for years as a child has told the Royal Court how her attacker groomed her with gifts and called her ‘his princess’ after allegedly raping her.

Cricket: Jersey U19 all out for 58 against Scotland

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's Under-19s are struggling against Scotland in their World Cup qualifying match at Grainville.

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Jersey were all out for just 58 runs in less than half of their allotted 50 overs.

After yesterday's 76-run loss against Ireland, Jersey were hoping for a better display with the bat today against Scotland.

Captain Harrison Carlyon won the toss at Grainville and chose to bat first.

But the hosts lost early wickets and slumped to 21-4. Opener Chris Thompson made double figures, but it was generally tough going.

The eventual winners of the four team tournament will qualify for next year's Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand.

Meanwhile in the women's T20 inter-insular, Guernsey have set Jersey a target of 124.

More cancer diagnosed in Jersey per head than England

BBC Radio Jersey

More people in Jersey are diagnosed with some types of skin cancer than in the South West of England and all of England, a report has found.

On average, about 893 people per 100,000 people were diagnosed with cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) in Jersey between 2010-2014.

This is a higher rate than the South West, which saw 777 per 100,000, and England's 775 per 100,000.

The figures were published in a report by Public Health England looking at what types of cancer people suffered from, and how often they proved fatal.

Cricket: Jersey Under-19s face Scotland and inter-insular match against Guernsey

BBC Sport

The Jersey Under-19s are battling it out against Scotland in another World Cup qualifying match today at Grainville.

Jersey lost their opening game by 76-runs to Ireland yesterday.

Meanwhile, in the women's inter-insular, Guernsey are batting first against Jersey.

Jersey v Scotland u19
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Law to control electricity prices in Sark passed

Rob England

BBC News Online

Efforts by Sark's government to control electricity prices have been made law after being passed in the Chief Pleas.

Sark Chief Pleas
BBC

The Control of Electricity Price (Sark) Law 2016 was approved by the Queen and two petitions relating to it were dismissed.

Conseiller Hazel Fry said: "This is good news for the residents of Sark and businesses who can now be assured the price they are paying is reasonable. This will help with promoting a healthy economy.

"It’s also good for the electricity supplier, and any suppliers in future, who can now expect a reasonable return for their services under the law.”

The island is currently advertising to appoint an Independent Electricity Price Commissioner to control the price of electricity on Sark.

Complaints Panel prompts review of staff retirements for health reasons

BBC Radio Jersey

There will be a review of the way the States of Jersey supports its staff who retire for health reasons.

Jersey's Complaints Panel ruled a school scientist was "unfairly treated" after becoming too ill to keep working.

doctor taking patients pulse
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Her request for retirement on health grounds was unsuccessful, and the panel found a decision not to grant the request was appropriate given the information available at the time. But it said the employee was treated improperly and without thought for her welfare. It called for compassion and support for people applying for ill-health retirement.

In response, the States Employment Board, which oversees staff conditions, is bringing in a series of measures.

Now staff who go through the process will have a case worker known as a "point of contact" to support them, and the policies for retirement in ill health are being reviewed to make sure managers and their staff understand their roles.

More take-up needed to ensure CFE retail course continues

Guernsey Press

Shops and people interested in developing a career in retail are being sought to safeguard the future of a retail skills course being offered by the College of Further Education.

Rousse kiosk vandalism 'shocking, disappointing and pathetic'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Vandalism at Rousse kiosk in Guernsey has been described as "pathetic" by Vale's deputy, Neil Inder.

The kiosk's benches and tables were smashed at the weekend, with some being thrown into the sea.

Deputy Inder said the damage was "disappointing".

damage to furniture
Rousse Kiosk

It doesn't appear to happen much in the island. But, when it does happen, it does tend to be in the summer period when, I'm going to say, the kids are on holiday. When it does happen, it's far more shocking and disappointing for the tenants of the kiosk.

Deputy Neil Inder

Inspectors should go 'considerable way' to addressing Care Inquiry concerns

BBC Radio Jersey

Inspections of Jersey's Children's Services are expected to start within a year, according to the chair of the Jersey Care Commission.

Chairman Glenn Houston said Frances Oldham QC, who chaired the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, had specific concerns which inspections should be able to address.

She had expressed a number of concerns, particularly that children may still be at risk and that children in the care system are not always receiving the kind or quality of parental support they need. So I think having a system of independent inspection of services for young people on the island will go some considerable way to addressing that.

Glenn HoustonChairman, Jersey Care Commission

Firms fear living wage would make them uncompetitive

Jersey Evening Post

The Island cannot continue to rely on cheap labour, and the introduction of a ‘Jersey Living Wage’ could create numerous benefits for the economy and society, the director of a Catholic charity has said.

FAB link vote could happen 'within next two months'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney's deputy chairman of policy and finance, Tony Barnes, has said he hopes there will be a high turnout at a States' meeting today where a plebiscite, which operates similar to a referendum, will be proposed to allow the people of Alderney to have their say on whether they want to continue to support the FAB power link.

Mr Barnes said, if it is agreed, legal procedures could slow the process of bringing a vote to the public, but he wanted such a vote for the public as soon as possible.

It's not the sort of thing where we can say: 'We'll have one at the end of the week.' There are certain procedures that have got to be gone through. I personally hope that it happens within the next two months, but it's up to the Civil Service to check everything out before we proceed.

Tony BarnesDeputy chairman, Policy and Finance Committee

Minister to meet with island representatives over Brexit

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's minister for external relations will meet with honorary consuls of nine EU countries living in Jersey to discuss the impact of Brexit on foreign nationals living on the island today.

Brexit concept
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Senator Sir Phillip Bailhache will meet the consuls to address any concerns.

The meeting is part of the ministry's work to make sure the interests of all islanders are included in the government's preparations for Brexit.

A new review panel has also been formed to scrutinise Jersey's policy towards Brexit.

Care services access time 'can cause distress'

BBC Radio Jersey

The manager of a Jersey charity which provides residential services to people with learning difficulties has said the time it takes to provide services to those in need can cause "distress".

A States of Jersey scrutiny panel is looking into concerns that the long-term care system takes too long for some to get the services they need.

The main concern I've got is the additional distress it could cause to individuals who are either ready to leave their family home to live independently, or are in need of a place to reside due to a breakdown in family placement. The extended length it can take from the assessment and the placement to take place is adding to those stresses.

Shaun FindlayManaging Director, Les Amis

Financial regulator puts forward proposals for growth

BBC Radio Guernsey

Laws are being proposed by Guernsey's financial regulator in an attempt to open up the Bailiwick to new financial services.

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission is seeking views on its proposals which are designed to enable faster economic growth in the island.

Gillian Browning, from the GFSC, said the commission had been speaking to businesses over the last couple of years about what it could do to help them grow.

A very common theme that's coming through is that regulation can be useful to the business - it can provide them with certainty. They can understand what it is as a regulator we might be expecting from them. It also helps customers understand the level of service and the structure of an organisation, and it adds a value to the products they are offering.

Gillian BrowningGuernsey Financial Services Commission

Cricket: Jersey lose out to Ireland in World Cup qualifiers

BBC Sport

Jersey's under-19s suffered a 76-run loss to Ireland on the opening day of the World Cup qualifying tournament.

After restricting the Irish to 200 runs at the Farmers Field, the hosts were all out for 124.

Jersey will look to bounce back today when they take on Scotland's under-19s at Grainville.

The eventual tournament winners will go through to next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Jersey bowl against Ireland
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Used drug needles in town public toilets ‘a daily problem’

Jersey Evening Post

Meetings are due to be held this week amid fresh concerns that drug needles being found in public toilets in St Helier is becoming a ‘daily problem’.

Latest weather: Sunny with light winds

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and sunny day across the Channel Islands with plenty of long spells of sunshine and light winds. It will feel warm in the sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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