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Summary

  1. States of Jersey to appeal sewage works refusal
  2. Man from Guernsey jailed for fraud and indecent images
  3. Midwife faces tribunal for 'inadequate' care
  4. 'Uber style' airline begins 'soft launch'
  5. Guernsey's Medical Specialist Group potential move 'extremely disappointing'
  6. Scientists track Asian hornets in Jersey using radar and radio waves
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Rob England

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States seeks feedback on population management law

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States are asking for feedback on how the new population management law is affecting businesses.

It came in to force on 3 April 2017, and requires everyone over the age of 16 who lives or works on the island to hold either a certificate or permit to show they are allowed to do so.

The new law will be subject to a review once it has been in place for a year, with members from the committees for economic development, policy and resources and home affairs being on the review panel.

Deputy Marc Leadbeater said some businesses have been contacting the Confederation of Guernsey Industry, but concerns should be raised with the Population Employment Advisory Panel.

A look ahead to tomorrow's weather

BBC Weather

Friday will be mostly dry, although cloudy with a keen southwesterly breeze.

A few breaks may develop in the cloud giving some sunny spells, and it will feel warm.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

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Contacts and knowledge outweigh £40k sea lettuce conference bill

Rob England

BBC News Online

The "long term value in the knowledge gained and contacts made" outweighed the £40,000 costs involved in hosting a conference on sea lettuce in Jersey, a minister has said.

The cost of the conference was revealed in a written question by Deputy John Le Fondre to the minister for infrastructure in the States assembly this week.

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It was organised last week to bring together experts and discuss how to solve the sea lettuce issues in the island and elsewhere around the world.

Deputy Eddie Noel said although there had been a "significant cost" to host the event, it was "well attended and received".

Presentations at the conference confirmed the way to reducing the growth of the algae was reducing nitrate levels in streams and groundwater, he said, but the States were "in part, reliant" on similar work being carried out by French authorities.

The deputy also said "significant contacts" had been made with French organisations who were actively involved in research into this area.

Guernseyman jailed for six years for fraud and indecent images charges

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man from Guernsey has been sentenced to six years for multiple charges, including making and distributing indecent images of children and defrauding Guernsey Electricity of £132,901 from 2013 to 2017.

The Royal Court heard 20 charges were brought against 52-year-old Richard Keith Forsey regarding the making and distributing of indecent images, including those of children.

For these offences Mr Forsey was given two years and six months in jail.

He was also found guilty of a charge of fraud by abuse of position whilst employed by Guernsey Electricity, defrauding the company of money between December 2013 and February 2017.

On these charges he was sentenced to an additional two years and six months in prison.

A spokeswoman from the States Greffier's office said Mr Forsey would also be placed on the sex offender's register.

A bright afternoon, cloud overnight

BBC Weather

After a dry and mostly clear evening, cloud will thicken overnight, with the chance of the some light drizzle.

It will remain breezy. Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F)

In Jersey:

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In Guernsey:

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Support for parents who have lost child 'improved dramatically'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Support for parents in Guernsey who have lost a baby or child has improved dramatically over the last few years.

Guernsey Sands committee member, Nicole Bromley, whose son was stillborn said they had launched more services, including a website, in recent years.

Mrs Bromley said the local stillbirth and infant death charity has expanded in recent years.

When I lost my firstborn, Freddie in 2013, Guernsey Sands was going under Tania, the previous chair. Since joining the committee we've launched a website, social media, private community groups and newsletters that go out, so locally the support is there for both mother and father.

Nicole Bromley

Jersey Live policing contributions requested 'retrospectively'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Contributions towards the policing of Jersey Live in 2015 were requested "retrospectively", according to the organisers of the event.

A recent Freedom of Information request revealed the cost of policing the event in 2016 was £27,280, which was paid by the States.

It also revealed the States approached organisers to ask them to make a £20,000 contribution towards the costs of having uniformed officers in attendance, which was "declined".

Warren Le Sueur, one of the organisers of the music festival, said the surprise sum was asked for "retrospectively", and had not been agreed with the States before the event took place.

As a result, he said, organisers "politely declined".

Healthcare provider should 'co-locate' with States in hospital

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of Guernsey's Committee for Health and Social Care has joined Deputy Gavin St Pier in opposing the Medical Specialist Group's (MSG) proposed move to offices in Park Street, St Peter Port.

The healthcare provider, which receives government funding, said it had "grown significantly over the years" and currently operates from three separate buildings.

The lease for one of the sites is due to expire at the end of the year.

A spokeswoman said the move would allow the MSG to bring all its services "under one roof", and would be more convenient for users, particularly "frail or infirm patients".

But Deputy Heidi Soulsby said it would be better to bring the provider into Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Options are available that would require no significant redevelopment, and we would like to fully explore and develop these in collaboration with the MSG, rather than miss the opportunity to co-locate."

Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident of Committee for Health and Social Care

Digital skills centre to launch this evening

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's first ever Learning and Innovation Centre offering the latest training in digital skills, free of charge, will be launched this evening.

Organisers said the centre would start by helping to train local charities, and from next year 30 students at a time would be able to work on skills including coding, website design and 3D and virtual reality.

It has been launched by law firm Mourant Ozannes and Beaulieu School.

Rory Steel, from Beaulieu School, says it will be a fantastic tool for the community and will prepare students to go into a digital career at 18.

Deputy calls for different structure to post-16 education

BBC Radio Guernsey

A deputy has called for a college providing higher, or tertiary, education to be included in plans for Guernsey's future.

In an open letter, Deputy Peter Roffey has asked the education committee to consider the idea before finalising its report on secondary education.

Deputy Roffey said he has written the letter because "time is of the essence" and it would take too long to table an amendment to the proposals, due to be debated in December.

Responding to the letter, the president of the committee, Deputy Paul Pelley said "educational outcomes" were lower from "tertiary colleges" compared to sixth form colleges, and he believed parents wanted "a more structured environment" for 16-18 year olds.

'Uber style' airline begins 'soft launch'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A new airline which was recently granted permission to carry passengers in the Channel Islands has started flying "friends and family".

The Guernsey-based company, Waves, has started carrying them between the islands to test their operation before opening to the public.

Waves has branded itself as an "on demand air taxi service".

Guernsey is currently served by three conventional airlines, including government-owned carrier Aurigny.

A spokesman said the company is operating one Cessna Grand Caravan, which typically seats about nine passengers, with "additional aircraft due to arrive shortly".

Waves passenger flight
Waves
The first passenger flight carried employees from Cazenove Capital

We are in control of our budget – Education president

Guernsey Press

Education is "in control of its budget", its president, Paul Le Pelley, has argued in the wake of an overspend and request for even more money next year.

Family urges action after loss of father to 'silent killer'

Jersey Evening Post

Calls for all boats to have carbon monoxide detectors installed have been backed by the family of an islander who was poisoned by the "silent killer".

Delays as Condor Rapide operates on 'reduced power'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Condor Rapide
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The Condor Rapide is operating on reduced power today, with delays expected tomorrow as well.

The ferry provider said there were "technical issues" with the starboard outer-main engine.

As a result, delays are expected.

Today the 13:15 service from Guernsey to Jersey will arrive 15 minutes late, causing a knock on effect which will mean the 15:15 from Jersey to St Malo will leave 15 minutes later and arrive 45 minutes late, at 18:20.

Jersey Live organisers 'declined' to make contribution towards policing

BBC Radio Jersey

It cost Jersey taxpayers £27,280 to police the music event Jersey Live last year, even though organisers had refused to contribute towards policing expenses the year before, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The request was published on the States website.

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Jersey Live was a large scale music festival, held in Trinity, which attracted thousands of people.

The States police worked together with honorary officers to keep order and manage the traffic and parking.

The organisers were asked in 2015 to contribute £20,000 towards the expense, but they "declined", according to the States.

Last year 62 officers worked the event at a cost of £27,280.

There is currently a law being considered to require events to pay for law enforcement, it was lodged with the Privy Council in July 2017.

Latest Asian hornet nest found 'in brambles'

Rob England

BBC News Online

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The most recent nest was removed yesterday

The latest Asian hornet nest to be destroyed in Jersey was found at ground level, prompting further calls for islanders to report any sightings.

Pest controllers removed the eleventh nest yesterday near Samares Manor, St Clement, using new specialist equipment.

Previous nests have often been found in the tops of trees, some as high as 60ft (18m).

The most recent nest was found following a tip off from a member of the public, which local beekeepers followed up by tracing hornets in the area by hand.

The Department for the Environment has advised these steps if you think you may have spotted an Asian hornet:

  • Check the Asian hornet ID sheet which outlines the main differences between the native European hornet and the Asian hornet
  • Do not disturb an active nest, these are usually high in trees and man-made structures but sometimes closer to the ground in outbuildings or sheds
  • Report your sighting by contacting the department or emailing -environmentenquiries@gov.je
Asian hornet
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New free WiFi service at Guernsey Airport

Rob England

BBC News Online

A new free WiFi service has been launched at Guernsey Airport, which should "improve" access to travellers.

The airport has partnered with States owned airline, Aurigny.

Commercial director, Malcolm Coupar said unlimited access would be available to all travellers, and would provide a "valuable communications tool" for the airline.

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Cattery mural a second win for Hemu

Guernsey Press

Talented artist Hemu Khankashi has scooped another award.

Barclay brothers Sark hotels will not open until tourism 'picks up'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sark hotel sign closed
BBC

Sark Estate Management's CEO has ruled out reopening its hotels until the island's tourism industry picks up.

A number of establishments were closed back in 2014 due to a fall in visitor numbers.

Kevin Delaney said the hotels that are open on the island are not be able to fill their rooms at peak season.

Adding Sark needed to find a way of attracting more visitors, and the government should be working to attract "inward investment" from businesses.

Sark Estate Management handles the Sark business interests of the billionaire brothers Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay.

Cyber security warns islanders of 'smart devices'

BBC Radio Jersey

Smart vacuum cleaner
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A UK cyber-security expert has said people in Jersey need to pay more attention to protecting ourselves from hackers and misuse of our data, as more household items are now equipped with smart technology.

Nic Miller told the island's Chamber of Commerce that almost any object can be a smart device, which allows for better connectivity, but poses other risk in terms of gathering information.

Using a vacuum cleaner as an example, he said smart version are capable of collecting floor plan data and sending this back to companies to analyse.

States working with UK and French governments against Asian hornets

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey has been working with the UK and French governments in the fight against Asian hornets, which have invaded the island.

asian hornet
John de Carteret

A spokesperson from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said they were working with the States to share information about "tracing and tracking Asian hornets, nest destruction and outbreak response".

Tim du Feu from the Department of the Environment said a States delegation, including pest controllers, visited France earlier this month to discuss the issue with officials in Normandy and receive specialist training.

He said the Department also came back with "bespoke equipment" to deal with the invasive species, including a (43ft) 13m carbon fibre "lance" used to fire insecticide into nests, and a 8mm thick suit to "withstand the sting of an Asian hornet".

Asian hornets are a predatory species which feeds on pollinators such as honey bees and butterflies.

Eleven nests have been destroyed in the island since April.

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The new 8mm bee suit is thicker than the common suits used by beekeepers
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The (43ft) 13m 'lance' fires insecticide into hornets nests using pressure

Appeal after bike stolen

Jersey Evening Post

Police launch an appeal after a bicycle was stolen from the bike parking area in New Street on Wednesday.

Sunny spells throughout the day

BBC Weather

It will be a fine day with sunny spells and some fair weather cloud bubbling up at times.

It will be breezy for most, especially around the coasts but in the sunshine it will feel warm.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

In Jersey:

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In Guernsey:

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Midwife faces tribunal for 'inadequate' care

BBC Radio Guernsey

Corina Lazar
Central News

A Nursing and Midwifery Council Tribunal has heard a Romanian nurse accused of failing to address maternity care issues at Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey "did as she was told".

Corina Lazar is facing charges relating to the "inadequate" standard of midwifery services on Loveridge Ward in 2013 and 2014, when a newborn baby died.

The hearing was told that as a clinical lead nurse, she had a duty to challenge poor practices.

She arrived in Guernsey with a "minimal command of English", the tribunal panel heard, which "got better over time", but she had never worked in the UK.

The hearing continues.

Jersey sign Australian forward Upfield

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Championship side Jersey Reds have signed Australian forward Jake Upfield.

The 22-year-old lock/back-row joins the island side having completed the season with Bond University in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition.

Jersey Reds
Rex Features

As a youngster, he was on the fringes of the Australian schoolboy side, and could make his debut in the British and Irish Cup against Yorkshire Carnegie.

"We've identified someone who we believe has genuine potential," said Jersey boss Harvey Biljon.

"He has great athleticism and is a great line-out operator and is an exciting prospect for the club."

Renewable energy debate: Would islanders be worse off?

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A rise in the amount of renewable energy used in Jersey could see changes in electricity prices for residents, according to the island's only provider.

Renewable energy
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In the States Assembly this week members agreed to put off a debate on whether to regulate Jersey Electricity, which wants to introduce a charge for businesses that generate their own power.

The charge is part of a "buy back" scheme, where the provider pays companies that generate extra energy.

Jersey Electricity says the more renewable energy generated in the island, the less money it will receive to maintain the National Grid, and the charge to businesses is aimed at keeping energy bills down for those that cannot afford renewable energy equipment.

But Mark Brandon, director of solar panel installation company Sun Works, said although there may be costs involved, he did not think less well off energy consumers needed to suffer, as renewable energy schemes could be incorporated into social housing projects.

States members are due to debate the issue in the New Year.

Tamba owner plans to convert church into flats

Jersey Evening Post

The entrepreneur behind Tamba Park wants to convert an old town church into eight apartments.

Scientists track Asian hornets in Jersey using radar and radio waves

Rob England

BBC News Online

Asian hornets
John de Carteret

Radar and radio waves could be used to track swarms of Asian hornets, scientists have said.

A government-funded team has been attaching specially-designed tags to hornets in Jersey and France to test the tracking systems.

The nine-month pilot project will run until November, with results expected in the next few months.

The team came to Jersey to work with beekeepers, who have been tracking and marking Asian hornets by hand in order to find the nests.

Tim du Feu, Head of Environmental Protection at the Department of the Environment, said the States had been working "very closely" with a "large and extremely professional team" from the Jersey Beekeepers Association, that had been "essential" in tracking down the Asian hornets.

Asian hornet nest
John de Carteret
Pest controllers have destroyed 11 nests in Jersey since April

Medical Specialist Group potential move 'extremely disappointing'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Plans to move a healthcare provider closer to the centre of St Peter Port are "extremely disappointing", according to Deputy Gavin St Pier.

The Medical Specialist Group (MSG) has applied for planning permission to change the use of an office building in Park Street near Trinity Square, which would become its main base.

The deputy said the plans "will not improve patient care one iota" and said the location may "degrade" the patient experience.

The States of Guernsey has a five-year contract with the MSG, which was signed in March to provide secondary healthcare, at a cost of £100m.

The BBC has approached the group for a response.

States to appeal sewage works refusal

BBC Radio Jersey

The States says it has "no alternative" but to formally appeal against the decision to refuse a new sewage treatment works at Bellozanne, St Helier.

Bellozanne
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The old sewage treatment centre at Bellozanne was built in the 1950s

Planning permission was denied following residents concerns about the potential for bad smells.

The States said its experts carried out a thorough investigation into how the new treatment plant would impact the local area.

The report claimed the smells would actually be reduced when the new plant came into operation.

But people living nearby told the planning department they were not convinced and wanted the treatment tanks covered.

The Department for Infrastructure said it would cost more than £4m to cover the tanks.

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Rob England

BBC News Online

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