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Summary

  1. Ratepayers to decide how to spend £900,000 windfall from States of Jersey
  2. Firms 'should have refusal rights' when same-sex marriage made law
  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film 'could boost tourism'
  4. Shire horse rescued after being stuck in the mud
  5. Updates on Wednesday 20 September 2017

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By Rob England

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Rob England

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Business regulator could struggle to monitor all parts of island economy

BBC Radio Jersey

The body which makes sure businesses trade fairly in Jersey may not have enough resources to keep an eye on all parts of the economy, a legal expert has said.

At a seminar yesterday held at the Grand Hotel business leaders discussed how competition laws affect the island and how businesses operate.

Advocate Mark Renouf, from law firm Benest Corbett Renouf, said the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority (CICRA) would find it difficult to make sure all businesses stuck to the rules, as similar authorities do in other places.

It's not isolated to CICRA that they have limited resources. It's the same with every competition regulator in the world. It's perfectly normal that a regulator picks the issues it wants to deal with. The implication of that is there will be many issues it doesn't have the resources to deal with. The important thing is that members of the public and States members understand that and don't assume that, because we have a competition regulator everything is fine and can be left to CICRA, because it can't."

Mark RenoufAdvocate, Benest Corbett Renouf

Cloudy overnight with some rain

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain. It will become windy, especially around the coasts.

Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F)

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Tomorrow will be off to a wet and windy start for many, with some heavy rain at times.

Rain will move east through the morning, and it will turn drier and brighter from the west.

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F)

Complaints against 'high hedges' to be enshrined in Guernsey law

People in Guernsey losing light in their homes because their neighbours hedges are too high will be able to make an official complaint to the States, starting next month.

The new High Hedges (Guernsey) Law, 2016 comes into effect on Monday 2 October.

But a fee will be charged for processing the complaint, and the States have stressed it should be a last resort for islanders.

If the case is upheld, the new law enables the States to serve a "high hedge notice" with instructions on how to deal with the issue, and to prevent it happening again.

It also allows the States to enter private land and do the required cropping themselves, if the notice is not complied with. The work would then be charged to the property owner as a civil debt.

Findings on three midwives over baby deaths in 2012 and 2014

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The findings into three midwives working at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital facing misconduct charges over the deaths of two babies have been heard today.

Senior midwife Lisa Granville was found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council over the deaths of Baby A in 2014 and Baby B 2012.

Midwife Tujia Roussel was found guilty of not escalating the delay in delivery of Baby A and not seeking a review of the mother's condition having entered the second stage of labour.

The Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

Ms Roussel admitted administering a drug without a written prescription and acknowledged that those actions increased the risk of harm. She also admitted participating in inappropriate working practices.

Antonia Manousaki was cleared of administering a drug without proper consent.

She had admitted administering a drug without a written prescription and failing to question the rate at which it was administered.

But Ms Manousaki denied administering the drug without a patient consent and denied failing to challenge a culture of midwives acting outside the scope of their practice.

A decision on their futures as midwives is due to be made next week.

Neighbour attacked man after being driven to ‘the end of his tether’

Jersey Evening Post

A 64-year-old man repeatedly punched the owner of a landscape gardening business in a dispute about noise, the Magistrate’s Court heard.

IT firm warns islanders' personal data may have been breached

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders personal data could have been stolen during a security breach at the US credit rating firm Equifax, according to an IT firm.

EQUIFAX
Reuters

Last week, the American company revealed up to 400,000 consumers in the UK were affected by the breach in which cyber-criminals stole social security numbers, birth dates and addresses.

But Logicalis, an IT firm with offices in Jersey and Guernsey, estimates 25% of islanders could also be at risk.

Managed Security Services director, Ricky Magalhaes, said due to the global reach of some the companies effected, such as Amazon and British Airways, it was "likely" people in the islands may have been affected without knowing it.

Administering drugs without prescriptions 'the Guernsey way', midwife misconduct hearing told

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A culture of administering drugs without prescriptions has been described as the "Guernsey way" at a hearing into the misconduct of three midwives.

Consultants were not called before women in the second stage of labour were given a drug which speeded up delivery and increased a baby's heart rate in more than 50% of cases, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

It was a decision that would not be made "anywhere else in Britain", the council was told.

Senior midwife Lisa Granville has been found guilty of misconduct over the deaths of two babies.

A decision will be made over her future as a midwife, and that of fellow midwives Antonia Manousaki and Tujia Roussel, next week.

Clinton Pringle case considered in Gas Place road closure

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Gas Place in St Helier will close to through traffic, according to the parish's roads committee, who have decided to make the trial closure permanent.

Part of the road will be blocked, but residents and businesses will still be able to get to their properties.

Geraint Jennings, from the Parish of St Helier, said those using the area as a "rat run" to cut across town would have to find another route.

"If you haven't got good business to be going through that area in a car or a van, really there are other routes and main roads which are designed to take that traffic."

Mr Jennings said "incidents" concerning the safety of drivers and pedestrians on shared space roads in the area were considered by the committee before the decision was made.

In June last year a three-year-old boy, Clinton Pringle was hit by a car on a shared space road outside Millennium Park in St Helier.

Two pubs step in to put on beer festival

Rob England

BBC News Online

Following the cancellation of the annual Jersey beer festival, run by the Campaign for Real Ale, two pubs have stepped up to the tap to hold their own events on the same dates.

The Smugglers Inn in St Brelade and Forum Bar in St Helier said they would be putting on live music, and stocking exciting ales and ciders from Thursday to Sunday.

Beachgoers warned as Portuguese man-of-war spotted in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A potentially dangerous Portuguese man-of-war has been identified and removed from St Ouen's bay in Jersey, prompting a warning to beach goers.

The jellyfish-like organisms were spotted in Guernsey yesterday, and across Cornwall and Wales in the last month.

The Department of the Environment advised the public not to touch the man-of-war, and asked islanders to keep a look out for any more washing up on beaches.

Guernsey
States of Guernsey
One of the man-of-war found in Guernsey yesterday

In the case of being stung by a man-of-war, the department advises these methods to alleviate the pain, which typically lasts between 15-20 minutes:

  • If you are in the sea get out of the water
  • As soon as possible rinse the area with vinegar, as this will remove the man-of-war tentacles
  • When you can, immerse the affected area in hot water (as hot as you can handle, without burning the skin), or apply a hot pack for 45 minutes
  • Avoid the use of urine, this doesn’t relieve the sting and can make it worse
  • Local anaesthetic gels and other forms of pain relief can be obtained from a pharmacy should the pain persist
  • Dial 999 should anyone require emergency assistance

BreakingSenior midwife found guilty of misconduct

Rob England

BBC News Online

A senior midwife who was working at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital has been found guilty of misconduct after the deaths of two babies.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council found the death of one infant in 2014 "may have been prevented" if Lisa Granville had properly investigated a previous child's death, referred to as "Baby B" in September 2012.

Granville previously admitted she had failed to identify the midwifery care given to Baby B was "inadequate" as well as her summary investigation.

The misconduct charges were brought against her and two other midwives in January, but the findings were delayed.

Missing Guernsey man may be in the UK - police

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police believe a missing man from the island might be in the UK.

Officers said Welsey Bond "may be in the Gatwick or London area", and they were liaising with UK colleagues.

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Midwives evidence hearing due today

BBC Radio Guernsey

Three midwives accused of misconduct following the deaths of two babies in the maternity ward at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital are due to hear further findings against them today.

A misconduct hearing was brought against the midwives by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in January, but was delayed.

Further findings were due to be announced yesterday, but the hearing was adjourned until about 13:30 today.

princess Elizabeth hospital
BBC

Firms 'should have refusal rights' when same-sex marriage made law

BBC Radio Jersey

Local companies should be protected when the marriage law is changed to avoid something similar to the "gay cake" trial happening in Jersey, a politician has said.

Senator Sarah Ferguson said although she does not oppose the same-sex legislation, she wants islanders to be able to refuse wedding business without fear of recrimination.

In 2016, the Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery lost their appeal against a ruling that their refusal to make a "gay cake" was discriminatory. Appeal court judges said that, under law, the bakers were not allowed to provide a service only to people who agreed with their religious beliefs.

Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst has said same-sex marriage will be law by next April.

Gay couple holding hands
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I think it's unfair that one person's opinion should be forced on another person, that the same-sex couple should force their opinion on the cake maker [and] cause them to lose their livelihood all through a difference of opinion."

Senator Sarah Ferguson

Tide alert for Jersey at high tide on Thursday

Rob England

BBC News Online

Water and debris could be thrown over the sea wall on Jersey's south coast tomorrow morning during the high tide.

Jersey Met Office has issued a yellow tide alert - the lowest of the three levels.

High tide is at about 08:00 and meteorologists say the prevailing wind will blow the waves against the shore.

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Guernsey 'good example' of island that 'preserves nature'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey is a good example of how people can preserve the environment, the RSPB has said.

Two representatives from the UK charity are in the island this week to meet local members, visit the Alderney Wildlife Trust and attend the Inter-Island Environmental Meeting in Sark.

skylark
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Paul Buckley, who has worked for the RSPB for more than 20 years, said the island is doing a range of things to boost wildlife.

He said having herds of grazing cattle restoring some of Guernsey's grasslands is one example.

"It's a chance to save birds like the skylark and other species which perhaps used to be much more familiar in the landscape."

Housing plans worry long-term neighbours

Guernsey Press

Concerns have been raised by people living in St Peter Port after it was revealed a plot of open land behind terraced houses has been earmarked for a new close.

Course for nervous flyers comes to Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Airline Blue Islands is bringing a course designed to help people conquer their fear of flying to Jersey.

Over two days 20 people will be given an in depth understanding of an aircraft and how it flies, tips from a behavioural change coach and a flight.

Organisers say the course made a "significant change" to nervous flyers in Guernsey, and it has been supported by Jersey Airport.

It is being held from the 11-12 November, you can apply for a space here.

fear of flying
BBC

Living on an island we are so reliant upon air links so it must be very daunting for those people whose travel plans are limited due to a phobia of flying. To my knowledge this is the first time such a course has been offered in Jersey and I am sure it will be of great benefit to those people who attend."

Myra ShackladyKey account and marketing director, Ports of Jersey

Witnesses and dashcam footage sought after 'altercation'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police are looking for witnesses following an "altercation" on St Julian's Avenue in St Peter Port.

Officers said a man and a woman were involved and it happened at about 21:10 on Sunday.

Police said a number of vehicles passed through the area near the public garden and war memorial, and have appealed for dashcam footage.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film 'could boost tourism'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's tourism board says the release of a film with the island's name in the title will help promote its military heritage.

The film adaptation of the popular book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is due to be released in the UK in April 2018.

It is set in a post occupation Guernsey in 1946.

At a tourism industry seminar on Tuesday, representatives said making the most of the film's impact would be a priority for Visit Guernsey. The President of the Committee for Economic Development, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, said the island's World War Two German bunkers would play a major role in enticing tourists.

He added this is partly why he is not supporting plans to remove several sections of the German anti-tank wall at L'Ancresse.

sea wall
BBC

Man-of-war invasion 'possible'

Jersey Evening Post

A jellyfish-like creature which possesses a potentially deadly sting is likely to start washing up around Jersey in the next few weeks, a marine expert has said.

St Helier road to close, committee decides

Rob England

BBC News Online

The St Helier Roads Committee has agreed to close Gas Place.

It comes following calls for safety precautions on shared space roads in the parish to "go further".

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The original review was held after the trial of a woman who hit a three-year-old boy with her car outside Millennium Park in June last year.

The young boy, Clinton Pringle, was standing on a shared space road before it happened.

He later died in hospital following the collision.

Jersey had more than 600 'cyber-crimes' over five years

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Since 2012 there have been more than 600 crimes flagged as "cyber-crimes" by the States of Jersey Police, according to a Freedom of Information request.

Of those, 236 relate to crimes involving some kind of fraud or scam where getting money out of the victim was the goal.

Using a keyboard
PA

Police don't have a "cyberbullying" category so the police could not break down exactly how many of those involved it, but did say 110 involved "some kind of alarm or distress with a cyber element".

There were 89 crimes involving the possession, making or distribution of indecent images of children through electronic means involving at least 60 offenders.

Of the 624 crimes there were six involving "attempted blackmail" where the victim was threatened with the release of their private images by a person they didn't previously know.

Pre-school top-up fees decision ‘by end of year’

Guernsey Press

A decision will be taken by Education by the end of the year as to whether to continue with the current pre-school entitlement scheme or allow the introduction of a top-up system.

Statue of donkey 'could represent Guernsey'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A statue of a donkey - which has taken 19 years to design and make - has been unveiled in Guernsey.

The 12.5ft (3.8m) statue is on show at the Friquet Garden Centre in Castel.

Islanders Jenny and Geoff Dorey funded the project after being inspired by Joey the donkey, the mascot for the Royal Guernsey Militia.

A permanent home is yet to be found.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher said he likes the sculpture and thinks it could be iconic for Guernsey.

donkey statue
BBC

I particularly like the donkey's appearance and the face. Pisa has got its leaning tower, New York has got its Statue of Liberty in particular, Copenhagen has got the mermaid, this could become our symbol. This sculpture could represent Guernsey. I'm very supportive of it finding an appropriate place."

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher

Warm sunny spells throughout the day

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry day with plenty of warm sunny spells where the cloud breaks.

However, there could be the odd spot of light rain at times.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In Jersey:

weather
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In Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Transfers to Guernsey Police arrive in the island

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Lieutenant Bailiff and jurats have sworn in seven new police officers in the island who have been transferred from the UK.

Among them are five serving constables and two sergeants.

police new transfers
Guernsey Police
Sgt Jonathan Reeves (top left) Sgt Liam Johnson (top right) PC Nicole Bins (middle left) PC Steven Sutton (middle) PC Samuel Kusimo (middle right) PC James Carmassi (bottom left) PC Adam Pursey (bottom right)

Knotweed ‘needs to be dealt with, and quickly’

Guernsey Press

Tackling the spread of Japanese knotweed is not being treated seriously, one campaigner has said.

Ratepayers should decide how £900k is spent - constable

BBC Radio Jersey

Parish ratepayers should decide how to spend nearly £900,000 extra revenue which is expected from the states, the constable of St Helier has said.

Constable Simon Crowcroft has proposed to the States money previously put away to pay rates on public property in the island's parishes should be shared among them.

He already has ideas for what St Helier could spent the money on.

Simon Crowcroft
BBC

I know that in St Helier there are lots of projects that are queuing up to be done. Havre des Pas for example, the residents group are desperate for a village improvement scheme to start there. The Department for Infrastructure are very interested in making that happen, so that's exactly the kind of project I would recommend to ratepayers and I would say, lets get on with it."

Constable Simon Crowcroft

In his proposition to the States assembly the constable suggests how much of the money should be allocated to each parish:

  • Grouville: £3,386.78
  • St. Brelade: £41,897.48
  • St. Clement: £25,628.54
  • St. Helier: £642,130.47
  • St. John: £3,339.46
  • St. Lawrence: £4,212.38
  • St. Martin: £6,526.17
  • St. Mary: £2,756.95
  • St. Ouen: £5,027.93
  • St. Peter: £8,926.62
  • St. Saviour: £148,390.24
  • Trinity: £7,737.46

Total: £899,960.48

Tourism figures rise in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey has seen more tourists visiting the island in 2017 than in recent years, according to figures released by Visit Guernsey.

They show that visitor numbers have risen by 4% from 2016 to 121,300, and the number of people staying in the island is up almost 9% to 57,850.

Sean McGachan, who manages the St Pierre Park Hotel, said his rooms have been completely full a number of times over the summer, and guests tell him they love the island.

They say 'Guernsey is fantastic, there's no place like it', they're all wanting to come back as well, which is great news for us.

Shaun McGachanManager, St Pierre Park Hotel

Shire horse stuck in the mud

Rob England

BBC News Online

horse rescue
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

A large shire horse has been rescued from deep mud after getting stuck in a Jersey field.

The horse, called "The Dark Destroyer", was dug out and hauled free from the site in St John on Tuesday evening.

horse rescue
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

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BBC News Online

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