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Summary

  1. Couple killed in Guernsey crash: Post-mortem examinations complete as police renew appeal
  2. Drugs and needles 'found in baby changing area of Jersey toilets'
  3. Number of fires in Jersey homes reach 'five-year high'
  4. Floating wind farm could be 'vital' to reach renewable energy target
  5. More marshals needed for Battle of Flowers parades
  6. New festival announced in Sark for 2018
  7. Updates for Wednesday 26 July 2017

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Harbour master says top five spot for St Peter Port a 'community effort'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's harbour master has said he is "delighted" that St Peter Port ranks in the top five of cruise ship destinations in western Europe.

The awards are based entirely on customer reviews posted on website Cruise Critic.

Captain Chad Murray says it is a vindication of what Guernsey has to offer.

St Peter Port
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It just shows that the effort that people are making is paying off, and really we should be congratulating the entire island. It's not just Visit Guernsey or harbours, it's a joined up community effort with all the locals, with the towns, with all the people providing excursions and experiences, it's fantastic."

Captain Chad MurrayGuernsey's Harbour Master

Latest weather: Some patchy rain and drizzle

BBC Weather

It will be mostly cloudy this evening with some patchy light rain and drizzle at times.

However, it will become drier, with some clear spells developing overnight. Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F).

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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More women needed in local government

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey women's organisation is campaigning for more female politicians in local government.

Soroptimists Jersey strives to achieve the best for women in their everyday lives.

The movement is hosting a meeting this evening at the Monterey Hotel which will discuss how it is going to encourage more women to stand in next year's election.

Prince Albert Road now open

BBC Radio Guernsey

The road is now clear following the earlier crash.

There were two cars involved and no reported injuries.

Moped rider injured in town accident

Jersey Evening Post

A moped rider was treated by paramedics following an accident in town.

Soil around Jersey finance centre was 'hazardous'

BBC Radio Jersey

The soil around Jersey's new finance centre was so contaminated it was classed as "hazardous" by experts, it has been revealed.

Finance centre
Jersey Development Company

A freedom of information request showed multiple samples of the soil removed from the site before construction were considered to be "hazardous", with some samples only found to be "contaminated".

The centre was built on reclaimed land, but records were unclear on the composition of the soil.

After the extent of the contamination was discovered, health officials ruled that all of the soil should be buried in special lined cells at La Collette, as it was too dangerous to go to the reclamation site.

Specialist asbestos disposal experts were on site during the work to build the centre, and lorries were sprayed with water to clean off any contamination before they could transport the waste.

Festival hopes to 'bridge gap' until Sark Folk 2019

A group of Sark residents are holding a festival in 2018 in a bid to "bridge the gap" while the Sark Folk Festival misses a year.

Sark Folk is run by a Guernsey-based group and has been run annually for eight years, but organisers said last month they needed a rest, but the event is expected to return in 2019.

The Sark Summer Festival is being held on 6-8 July 2018 and the organisers say the family-based festival will be "kept small" with further details due later this year.

Staff cuts putting 'strain' on fire service

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey firefighters have said work to protect the public will "suffer" as the service looks to make a 10% cut in its workforce by 2019 despite an increase in workload.

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The Fire and Rescue Service Association, which represents local fire fighters, said the latest figures published in the service's activity report, were "alarming".

The report found last year had the highest level of accidental home fires in five years.

The association has warned staff losses will have a further "detrimental effect" on the service's ability to carry out its "statutory duty", which they say could lead to more fires, as there would be less time for staff to be involved in "prevention and education".

‘Still work to be done to lower cancer rate’

Guernsey Press

Cancer campaign groups have acknowledged that there is ‘work to be done’ to get the rates of the disease down in the Bailiwick.

Loan aircraft due to cover delay to delivery of new Dornier

A delay in delivery of a new plane to serve Alderney will be covered by the use of loan aircraft.

That announcement follows a meeting of the Guernsey and Alderney governments and airline Aurigny.

The airline is anticipating a delay to the delivery of the second of its new generation Dornier 228.

In the meantime the aircraft manufacturer is providing a loan plane, which when it requires upgrade work will be replaced by a "wet lease" plane.

There is no doubt that the delay to the delivery of the second new Dornier has caused significant issues and difficulties for Aurigny, but RUAG has stepped up to the plate and provided alternative arrangements to tide us over until the manufacturing and delivery of this aircraft is complete. Together, and working with the States in both islands, we will continue to do the best we can to deliver Alderney's vital air links."

Mark DarbyCEO of Aurigny

Prince Albert Road blocked by crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

Police say there are no injuries following the two car crash in St Peter Port.

Officers have advised that motorists should avoid the area as the road is blocked.

Drinking and smoking could be causing rise in women's cancers

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's medical officer has said the rate of women's cancer may be increasing in the island because of the effects of drinking and smoking.

The Channel Islands Cancer Report published by Public Health England shows about 70 more new cases of female cancer are being diagnosed each year.

Dr Susan Turnbull says people's lifestyles can affect them later in life.

It's likely that underlying the increase in the rate of women's cancers is the fact that, as a population they started to take up smoking a bit later than men did, and also excessive alcohol consumption. There's been a relatively recent feature in recent decades for women compared with men so those are key risk factors for cancer."

Dr Susan TurnbullMedical Officer of Health, States of Jersey

Guernsey in top 5 cruise destinations for British Isles and Western Europe

Rob England

BBC News Online

St Peter Port in Guernsey has been named the fourth most popular cruise destination in the British Isles and Western Europe, based on traveller reviews posted to a website.

St Peter Port harbour
BBC

Cruise Critic, which collates reviews and information for cruise destinations across the world, listed Amsterdam as first for the region, with Cork and Lisbon second and third.

A spokeswoman for Visit Guernsey said they were "delighted" St Peter Port had been acknowledged and said the recent investment to improve the disembarking experience for passengers had "paid dividends".

Holiday makers described St Peter Port as:

Warm welcome, picturesque town with lots of good shopping, intriguing alleyways and good places to eat. Also a castle to explore."

Cruise Critic member ‘Beenwalking’

Warm, scenic, friendly and fascinating blend of England and France, full of historic old buildings and a shopping paradise. Easy to walk around."

Cruise Critic member ‘VikingExplorer’

Loved Loved Loved Guernsey. Tendered in and we walked through a very lovely village that made me think of fairy tales. Lovely friendly people. And gorgeous churches."

Cruise Critic member 'Oatbagg1'

Migrants 'worried about future' after Brexit

BBC Radio Jersey

Foreign consuls in Jersey say migrants in the island are worried about what will happen to their rights after Brexit.

The island's Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Phillip Bailhache, met representatives of nine nations to discuss their concerns and said many people are uncertain of their position after Britain leaves the EU.

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The chief minister made it very clear a year ago that as far as the foreign EU nationals who are living in Jersey at the moment, we want them to stay, and we cannot think of any good reason at the moment why anything should interfere with that outcome."

Senator Sir Phillip BailhacheMinister for External Relations

New festival announced in Sark for 2018

Rob England

BBC News Online

Sark will have a summer festival in 2018 after all, as a new event is announced - The Sark Summer Festival.

A group of Islanders, based in Sark formed the event's committee and said the new festival would "bridge the gap" left after it became clear there would be no folk festival in 2018.

Sark Folk Festival
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The Sark Folk Festival will not be returning to the island in 2018

Organiser Simon Couldridge said the festival would have a similar "vibe" to the regular festival, with live music from the Rhythm, Blues, Reggae, Folk and Country genres.

He said they are encouraging artists and volunteers to contact them.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in November 2017.

Instant ban for repeat drink-driver

Jersey Evening Post

A driver who has admitted being behind the wheel of a car while he was twice the legal drink-drive limit will be sentenced in four weeks’ time.

Job fair aims to fill Health vacancies

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's largest public sector employer has been working to demystify its roles and encourage more people to apply for positions.

Equality campaign group welcomes blood donation review

BBC Radio Jersey

A spokesperson for the Channel Island group which campaigns for equality has welcomed the news that rules governing who can give blood in Jersey could be changed.

At the moment, gay and bisexual men can only donate blood 12 months after they last had sex. The law was originally introduced in the UK in an attempt to stop the spread of AIDS and other infections from contaminated blood.

But the UK government recently relaxed the laws after research proved the period can be safely reduced to three months.

Vic Tanner Davey, the chief executive officer of Liberate said it was a "step forward" in making an inclusive society.

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It's good news, it's a stigma and it comes from the bad old days of seeing the gay community as the people who carry AIDS, it's just such an old fashioned view, it does need updating. As long as the health authorities are saying it is safe to do that, there is no reason why Jersey shouldn't follow suit.

Vic Tanner DaveyCEO, Liberate

More marshals needed for Battle of Flowers parades

BBC Radio Jersey

More marshals are needed to help get people to their seats during this year's Jersey's Battle of Flowers parades.

Mr and Mrs Battle of Flowers
BBC
Last year Joe McElderry was Mr Battle and Aimee Le Brun was Miss Battle of Flowers

Jackie Donald of the Battle Association said they need at least 20 more.

She said they have enough security marshals but have a real shortage of stewards who help and guide battle goers as well as help clean up afterwards.

On average about 20,000 visitors and islanders go to see the afternoon and moonlight parades and the event depends on volunteers to help out.

'Careless' PC banned from driving after crashing into another squad car

Jersey Evening Post

A police officer has been banned from driving for a month after crashing a squad car into another police car that was responding to the same 999 call.

'Sad day' for women's football as St Paul's pull out

BBC Sport

The president of Jersey side St Paul's say's it's a "sad day" for women's football in the island, as the club pulls its women's team out of the upcoming season.

St Paul's
BBC

Manager Sara Vasse stepped down at the end of last season, and they've not been able to find a replacement.

Saints have won the title for the past five seasons in a row and their decision leaves four teams remaining in the island's topflight.

It's a sad day for Jersey ladies football. I never thought that the day would come when I would see the demise of St Paul's Ladies following the many successes achieved for many years.

Mark SheldonSt Paul's president

Golf courses threatened by L'Ancresse sea wall changes

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two Guernsey golf clubs are warning of the potential "catastrophic consequences" of the proposed repositioning of historic sea defences in a nearby bay.

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee is proposing to re-engineer the area at the east end of L'Ancresse, returning some of the Common to sand dunes.

Shaun McDade, acting Chairman of Golf Course Management LBG, the body which manages the golf links on behalf of the Royal Guernsey and L'Ancresse clubs has said the proposals could cause "substantial" change in their courses, and the possible removal of a WW2 pillbox.

L'Ancresse sea wall
BBC

We are talking about a significant chunk of the golf course that could disappear under water and that's calamitous for the current course layout, both in terms of the physical effects and the economic effects.

Shaun McDadeActing chairman, LBG

Number of people dying from cancer 'much lower' than those diagnosed

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Medical Officer has said there has been some success in the fight against cancer.

The latest Channel Islands Cancer Report, published by Public Health England showed lung, breast and prostate cancers were the most common cause of cancer deaths between 2010-2014.

But Dr Susan Turnbull said the number of people dying from the disease is much lower than the number of people diagnosed.

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Quite a lot of the cancers where we've been talking about high incidence rates have actually got average or low mortality rates. Which tells us that the treatment is really effective and early diagnosis is working. It's obviously tragic when anybody dies, but it's a public health success when the numbers are relatively low.

Dr Susan TurnbullMedical Officer for Health, States of Jersey

'Drastic' changes to fees for adult learning courses expected in August

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Workers Educational Association in Guernsey is calling for modifications to the proposed rises in fees for adult learning courses.

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture met on Monday and has confirmed the review into future charges is continuing, with final rates due to be published at the end of August.

Chairman of the association Roy Bisson has said the proposals are "drastic".

We know perfectly well that if the prices for these courses go up, the number of people signing on will be less. Particularly less from the lower paid part of our community.

Roy BissonChairman, Workers Educational Association

'Poor weather conditions' cause flight delays and cancellations

Rob England

BBC News Online

Flights to and from Jersey and Guernsey airport have been affected by "poor weather conditions", Jersey airport said.

Guernsey Airport:

Arrivals

  • 10:15 Aurigny from Manchester - expected 11:35
  • 10:35 Aurigny from Alderney - Cancelled
  • 10:45 Aurigny from London City - Diverted to Exeter
  • 13:15 Aurginy from Bristol - Flight delayed

Departures

  • 09:30 Flybe to Jersey - Departed 11:13
  • 09:40 Flybe to Birmingham - Delayed
  • 10:20 Aurigny to Gatwick - Cancelled
  • 10:55 Aurigny to Bristol - Delayed
  • 11:15 Aurigny to Alderney - Cancelled

Jersey Airport:

Arrivals

  • 09:10 from Gatwick - Delayed
  • 12:05 from Norwich - Delayed

Departures

  • 08:50 to Guernsey - Cancelled

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Pride of Guernsey: Channel Islands Air Search

Guernsey Press

Brave volunteers who fly in dangerous conditions and make up the Channel Islands Air Search team have been nominated for the Rossborough-sponsored Emergency Hero of the Year Award.

Scottish politician raises concerns over Clinton Pringle crash trial

Jersey Evening Post

A Scottish politician has raised concerns with Jersey’s Bailiff about a trial in which a woman was cleared of killing a three-year-old boy by dangerous driving.

Castle Cornet to be lit up in Samaritans campaign

Rob England

BBC News Online

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings Castle Cornet is to be lit up in green as part of a national campaign from the charity The Samaritans.

Castle Cornet
BBC

The UK-based charity provides support services to people in emotional distress, and the local branch says it has helped 7,000 people in the Bailiwick last year.

Its campaign, "talk to us", aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention through improving listening skills.

Zee Lanoe, director of the Guernsey branch, said: "Listening is a huge part of what we do. This enables people to explore their feelings and ways to cope with whatever they are going through. This is a vital skill, not only in what we do at The Samaritans, but just as importantly in the workplace and at home. We hope by drawing attention to this we can encourage Islanders to develop and use their listening skills”.

Couple killed in crash: Post-mortem examinations complete as police renew appeal

Rob England

BBC News Online

Stuart Moorat, 27, and Georgina Le Prevost, 25 died on Friday
Families of Stuart Moorat and Georgina Le Prevost

The post-mortem examinations of Stuart Moorat, 27, and Georgina Le Prevost, 25 have been completed, police have said.

The couple were killed in a car crash on the Perelle coast road on Friday night after attending a wedding reception.

Police have renewed their appeal to speak to anyone who was at the reception at the Cobo Bay Hotel.

Since their deaths, tributes have been paid to the "wonderful couple".

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False alarms putting 'strain' on fire service

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's fire service says it's under pressure from a rise in false alarms.

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Crews went out to 492 false alarms last year, 85 more than the year before.

The service's 2016 activity report says this is putting the service "under strain", and the main reason for the increase is due to more companies and members of the public owning smoke alarms.

Nearly 298 alarms were from businesses, 187 were from private homes and seven were "malicious public false alarms".

Offshore wind technology not 'cost effective'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's marine resources officer has said the States currently has no plans to invest in offshore wind farms.

Peter Barnes said the technology was advanced enough to provide energy for the island but it was not "cost effective", and in the long-term there were other options.

In the short to medium term the only viable option is offshore wind, due to the maturity of the technology, but longer term we do have tidal and wave resources as well.

Peter BarnesMarine Resources Officer

Earlier, Professor Nick Day told the BBC, renewable energy will be "vital" if Guernsey is to meet its target of cutting carbon emissions.

Drugs and needles 'found in baby changing area of toilets'

BBC Radio Jersey

Drugs and needles previously found in the baby changing area of the public toilets in Parade Gardens have prompted warnings from parish officials.

Tony Andrews, the director of parks in St Helier has said some measures have already been put in place, including needle boxes.

He stressed members of the public should not touch syringes, and should inform the authorities if they come across them.

We wouldn't advise anybody to handle a needle. You don't know what the carrier may be suffering with.

Tony AndrewsSt Helier director of parks

Football: Women's champions St Paul's withdraw from league

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's women's champions St Paul's have pulled out of the upcoming 2017-18 season.

St Paul's captain Eve Watson
BBC

They've failed to find a new manager and also blame a lack of players.

St Paul's have won the island's women's league title for the last five years in a row.

I have been proud of everything that St Paul's Ladies have achieved and would like to personally thank all the girls for their commitment and for wearing the St Paul’s colours with pride. The many successes over the years, together with the friendships that have been made has made this decision very hard for the committee to make.

Mark SheldonSt Paul's president

Pride of Guernsey: St Andrew’s Floral Group

Guernsey Press

St Andrew's Floral Group has had a busy year with revamping the Little Chapel gardens, clearing the Grammar School pond and the Blanchelande College Infants’ Walk, to name a few of their activities.

Floating wind farm could be 'vital' to reach renewable energy target

BBC Radio Guernsey

A local professor has said a floating wind farm would benefit Guernsey's long-term energy plans.

Wind turbines in the sea
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Professor Nick Day believes renewable energy will be the same price as energy from fossil fuels by the end of the 2020s.

He said if Guernsey is to reach its 2050 target of cutting carbon emissions by 80%, then renewable energy will be vital.

But Guernsey's Marine Resources Officer, Peter Barnes, says wind turbine technology would not be "available" or "cost effective" for some time for the island.

Cloudy with rain, turning lighter

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy morning with rain for a time, although this will turn lighter and more patchy towards lunchtime.

It should then become generally dry through the afternoon with some sunshine developing towards the evening.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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Cooking and electrical fires at 'five year high'

BBC Radio Jersey

Cooking and electrical fires have led to a five-year high in the number of fires in Jersey homes.

Last year crews from Jersey Fire and Rescue Service tackled fires in 67 homes, 22 more than the year before.

After cooking the second highest cause of a fire in the island was electrical, whilst the number of fires in public, commercial and industrial premises fell to 21 in the last year, a five year low.

The fire service report noted whilst the number of fires in the home increased, the number of injuries fell from seven in 2015 to four last year.

Despite the huge effort the service undertakes to prevent fires it is very worrying that there was 32% increase in fires in people’s homes in 2016. We will continue to do everything we can to promote fire safety and protect people from harm which will be a challenge in the coming years with reduced budgets and less firefighters. We will have to be innovative and look at new ways of working to try to carry on delivering the same level of service with fewer resources.’

Mark JamesChief Fire Officer, Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Gambler raided dead partner’s accounts

Jersey Evening Post

A man who used an online gambling account to empty the bank accounts of his dead partner has escaped a prison sentence.