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Map reveals 'British maritime empire' trading routes

Historians at the University of Southampton have mapped the trading routes of medieval shipping which helped "sow the seeds of the British maritime empire".

More than 50,000 ship movements from 600 ports around England, Wales and the Channel Islands, dating between 1400 and 1580 have been compiled for the interactive map and database.

Researchers found most shipping at the time was done between local ports rather than going abroad with traders opting for ships rather than using the country's mud-track roads.

They also found that, as well as familiar ports still in use such as Southampton, Falmouth, Cardiff and Liverpool, a large number of smaller coastal and river towns were once bustling ports, including Bewdley on the River Severn in Worcestershire, which has 200 voyages logged in the database.

Southampton Port
Peter Facey

At the start of the late medieval and Tudor period, English shippers were mainly coastal traders, but by the end, [Sir Francis] Drake had set out on his voyage of circumnavigation and Walter Raleigh was close to planting England's first settlers on Roanoke Island in North America."

Dr Craig LambertPrinciple investigator at the University of Southampton

Experienced duo return for Guernsey

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has Dave Rihoy and Ryan-Zico Black in his squad for the visit of Ashford United to Footes Lane on Saturday.

Also back in the matchday 16 is Ben Coulter after all three missed the trip to Thamesmead Town nine days ago.

Dave Rihoy
Fran Torode

They replace an ill Paris Pereira and an unavailable Kyle Smith, while Vance is also without Dominic Heaume and Angus Mackay.

Vance will be hoping for an upturn in form for his side, who have lost seven of their last eight games and have not scored a goal since 30 December.

Guernsey FC: Stanton, Kelly, Marsh, Geall, Fallaize, Le Prevost, Dodd, De La Mare, Dodds, Black, Coulter, Skillen, Gauvain, Young, Loaring, Rihoy.

Jersey Archive extension 'needed for more space'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Work to extend an archive holding 600 years of Jersey's records and historical documents will begin on Monday as staff say "more space is needed".

Jersey Archive building
Jersey Archive

A spokesman for the Economic Development, Tourism Sport and Culture Department said the £3.5m plans will be "innovative", with "up-to-date building materials and specialist techniques" to ensure it is "moisture free".

Archivists say the introduction of Jersey’s Freedom of Information Law, introduced in 2015, has seen "a significant number of States records" passed to Jersey Heritage.

Jersey Heritage’s Archives and Collections Director, Linda Romeril, says the service "needs more space" in the medium to long term.

Previous reports from the archive indicated it could be full by 2019.

The Assistant Minister with responsibility for Culture, Deputy Murray Norton, said the archive could be "at capacity" within two to three years, and was an "important investment".

Private schools 'may struggle with increased demand'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Blanchelande College may not be able to cater for the increased demand it is seeing following last week's vote on the future of secondary and post-16 education in Guernsey, according to staff.

The private school - along with Elizabeth College and The Ladies' College - has reported an increased interest since States members voted in favour of a two-school model.

Principal Robert O'Brien says it might too early to tell the true impact, and the school can only take so many students.

Blanchelande College

There are a very large number of inquiries, our registrations have increased and our numbers are creeping up steadily, but we only have a certain amount of capacity in the school, so we cannot take hundreds."

Robert O'BrienPrincipal, Blanchelande College

Tarmac plant breakdown extends road closure

Rob England

BBC News Online

A breakdown at a tarmac plant has caused the Rouge Rue in St Peter Port to remain closed on Saturday, as planned works are delayed.

A Guernsey States spokesman said final tarmacking would not be completed today as a result of the malfunction.

It is now due to re-open on Sunday.

Army medals stolen from car

BBC Radio Guernsey

Three British Army medals for service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan have been stolen from a car, say Guernsey Police.

Officers said the medals were taken from a white Nissan some time between 11 November and 9 January.

It is not known where the car was parked when they went missing.

The edge of each medal is inscribed with the Soldier's Army number, "25106110".

Police have asked any collectors or dealers in military memorabilia to check any similar items they may have in their possession.

'Grave concerns' over proposed electricity prices in Sark

Rob England

BBC News Online

A suggestion to lower the price of electricity in Sark to 45p per unit could cause Sark Electric Limited (SEL) not to generate any profit, the island's chamber of commerce has said.

The island's Electricity Commissioner, Anthony White, said 45p per unit was a "fair price" based on the current levels of demand and fuel prices, in a consultation released in December.

Sark Electricity Limited

Although he admitted this would not allow SEL to enjoy a "reasonable return", Mr White said the new price would "encourage an increase in demand", which could allow more profits in the future.

But Sark's Chamber of Commerce has voiced "grave concerns" over the recommendations.

In an open letter, the chamber said: "No private enterprise company can exist without making profit, and for an instrument of law to be used to impose such a condition is wrong."

The chamber also alleged the commissioner had stepped "outside his original mandate" to suggest that SEL should be investing in renewable energy whilst not making a profit.

"SEL cannot achieve any such goals either by borrowing or investing themselves if their hands are tied to a regulated price that will not allow them to make profit."

The BBC has approached the commissioner for comment.

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More interest in private colleges since education changes

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's three private colleges have seen a "spike in interest" from parents since the States voted for a two-school model of secondary education last week.

Blanchelande College, Elizabeth College and The Ladies' College have had a higher number of inquiries than usual with people asking about the services they offer.

The colleges receive a grant from the States towards each student's tuition fees, which totals about £3.7m.

The Principal of The Ladies' College Ashley Clancy says the school has not seen more registrations, but interest has gone up.

"We have seen perhaps more [interest] in that two-three day period than we would normally expect, with people requesting prospectuses and requesting registration forms", she said.

Entrance exams for the schools will be sat in the next few weeks for entrance this September.

Co-op butcher 'caught hand in mincer'

Sarah Scriven

News Editor, BBC Jersey

A Co-op butcher in Jersey who caught his hand in a meat mincing machine is recovering in hospital in the UK.

Health and safety officials are investigating the cause of the accident at the Co-op Grand Marche in St Helier.

Jose Escorcio, 29, known as Valdo, was working in a butchery preparation area behind the main counter, away from shoppers on 17 January, when he caught his hand in the mincer.

He was taken to Salisbury District Hospital, where he is currently recovering.

The Channel Islands Co-op's CEO Colin Macleod, who is leading the company's investigation into the accident, says he does not yet know how it happened.

He added Mr Escorcio would be facing "a lengthy process" to reconstruct his hand.

Date set for 'Baby A' death inquest

BBC Radio Guernsey

The inquest into the death of the child known as Baby A, who died in Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital in 2014, has been scheduled for 18 June in the Royal Court.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital

The child's death prompted a lengthy and comprehensive investigation into maternity services in Guernsey carried out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The findings of the investigation led to disciplinary action being taken against a number of midwives and significant changes within local health services.

Familiar faces return to Jersey line-up

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey boss Harvey Biljon makes 10 changes to his side for the visit of Richmond in the Championship.

Having rested many of his frontline players in the British and Irish Cup, the islanders have a more familiar feel as they aim to continue moving up the table.

There are six changes to the pack as Jake Woolmore, Nick Selway and Jake Armstrong return to the front row, while lock Jerry Sexton and back row duo Conor Joyce and Max Argyle all come in.

In the backs scrum-half Joel Dudley, centres Apakuki Ma'afu and Mark Best and winger Josh Hodson, all return as Brendan Cope and Scott van Breda move back to fly-half and full-back respectively.

Nick Selway and Jake Woomore
Sue Armes

"We're looking forward to begin back into Championship rugby and a game in front of our home supporters," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.

"We've had a fair bit of disruption this week with illness and injury and bits and pieces, but come Saturday the squad will be ready."

Jersey: Van Breda (co-capt); Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Hodson; Cope, Dudley; Woolmore (co-capt), Selway, Armstrong, Sexton, Voss, Bartle, Joyce, Argyle

Replacements: Macfarlane, Godfrey, Atalifo, Quarrie, Kolo'ofa'i, Hardy, Bryant

Condor withdraw from inter-island ferry talks

Jersey Evening Post

Condor has pulled out of talks to run a dedicated inter-island ferry service – blaming the States of both Jersey and Guernsey for being too slow in moving the project forward.

Free water refill points 'could work in Jersey'

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Jersey Water says he would support any initiative to set up free water refill points in the island to reduce the number of people buying new plastic bottles.

Yesterday, Water UK, which represents major water and wastewater service providers, announced a new scheme to work towards having a "national network" of free water refill stations across the UK.

The industry body says its scheme could cut disposable plastic bottle use by tens of millions a year.

Jersey Water CEO Helier Smith said a similar scheme could work in the island, and he will be meeting with Water UK to discuss the initiative.

He said reducing plastic waste was an issue everyone has to deal with.

plastic bottles
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We've been issuing reusable water bottles to school children for over five years, and must have issued thousands out by now. That's an initiative we're very keen on, the plastic waste going to landfill, to the incinerator and ending up in the sea is something that we all have to deal with as a society."

Helier Smith

Influential women exhibition 'not a political statement'

Phillippa Guillou

BBC Radio Guernsey reporter

The artist behind a series of oil paintings of inspirational Guernsey women says she is not trying to make a political statement but instead celebrate women.

The set of canvases which have gone on display at the Greenhouse Gallery in Guernsey coincide with the centenary of the suffragette movement.

Olympia McEwan says the success of women in the island should be recognised.

The exhibition, Amazing Women - Yellow Chair Project, runs until 11 March.

This is the year of the woman. It is really important to highlight the great work these amazing women are doing, and it's not too political, it's more celebratory."

Olympia McEwan
Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon says making the knockout stages of British and Irish Cup has changed how the side will approach the rest of the season.

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Green zone farm house development approved

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Plans to build a farm house on green zone land in Trinity have been approved by Jersey's planning committee, despite recommendations made by the Department for the Environment.

St Lawrence

The department said the site on La Rue Guerdain would cause the loss of agricultural land, harm the landscape and did not deem the construction to be "essential".

But member of the committee approved the plans due to "overwhelming support" for the application from neighbours, the Jersey Farmers Union, Jersey Business and "parish representatives".

The applicants also had to prove they were "successful", with an income of more than £40,000 a year.

This comes as dairy farmers said they would "strongly resist" developments on green zone areas.

Reverse around corner to go from driving test

Guernsey Press

Reversing around a corner is being scrapped from the Guernsey driving test from April.

'No discussions' on future of residential home site

BBC Radio Jersey

The future is uncertain for the site of a residential home in Jersey which is due to close at the end of the month after it failed a fire safety inspection.

St Helier House

Last September the fire department conducted an inspection of St Helier House following the Grenfell Tower fire in London in which 71 people died.

It found the insulation within the cladding on St Helier House did not meet current safety standards.

After the details of the inspection were made public, authorities said the risk to the building's 44 residents had been "managed" and they would not "need to be moved" until 2019.

But the Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, said many families have taken the decision to move their relatives since the inspection report, and the home currently has four residents, three of whom have found other accommodation.

The constable says discussions on the future use of the building will begin at the end of the month once the building is empty.

He says it would be "entirely inappropriate" to start discussions while people were still living there.

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Motorcycle seen 'riding on pavement'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcycle was seen riding on a Guernsey pavement.

It happened at Delancey Lane in St Sampson at about 08:05 on 15 January.

Paedophile jailed after vigilante poses as boy

Jersey Evening Post

An online paedophile has been jailed after being caught by a vigilante, who posed as a 14-year-old boy on the gay dating website Grindr.

St Paul's ease into Le Riche Cup semi-finals

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Channel Island champions St Paul's cruised into the last four of the Le Riche Cup after a 6-0 win over the Premiership's bottom side Grouville.

Jersey striker Karl Hinds hit a hat-trick while fellow island player Jack Boyle scored twice and Joe Kilshaw got the other.

Karl Hinds
Jersey 2015

They join St Peter in the semi-finals, with the final two quarter-finals played on Saturday.

Championship side St Brelade host their Premiership neighbours Jersey Wanderers in a western derby, while at least one second-tier side is guaranteed a place in the last four as runaway Championship leaders Trinity host St Lawrence.

Cost of cervical smear test 'puts women off'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The cost of a cervical smear test in Guernsey is "putting women off" getting it, according to Cancer Research UK staff in the island.

The test is free on the NHS in the UK for 25-64 year olds, but can cost up to £86 to have it performed by a doctor in Guernsey.

Islanders can get a free test from The Orchard Centre but Becky Pengelly, from Cancer Research UK in Guernsey says women would rather see medical staff they were familiar with.

"I don't want a stranger to do it when I want to see my nurse." she says, "It's quite an invasive and very private test."

She adds the price tag for a "quick test" was also "off putting" for women.

Jersey Uefa bid 'unlikely' to succeed

BBC Radio Jersey

The man in charge of Jersey's bid for Uefa membership says he does not expect it to be approved at a crucial meeting next month.

Jersey FC
Adi Topley
Jersey take on Guernsey every year for the Muratti Vase

The island's bid will be considered by a Uefa Congress in Bratislava at the end of February.

Jersey FA president Phil Austin says it is unlikely the application will be accepted on this occasion, but that the island will keep fighting to become members.

He says he has been "overwhelmed" by the support he has received.

We will carry on campaigning for as long as we can with Uefa to open the dialogue about 'okay if we can't have membership now, when can we have membership? What do we have to do to get membership?'"

Phil AustinPresident, Jersey FA

Jersey Water 'can cope' without closed reservoir

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Water is being brought to Handois Reservoir in St Lawrence from another site to try and dilute the levels of pesticides in the water.

Handois Reservoir

The reservoir was closed after traces of pesticides over the regulated limit were found in water on the ground and in streams in the area.

Helier Smith, CEO of Jersey Water, said six reservoirs provide water to the island and the company can manage in the meantime.

"We chop and change the use of our resevoirs in order to manage our water supply." he said.

"Handois is one we regularly take water from, but we can cope perfectly well without it for the time being."

Concern over loss of agricultural land

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey dairy farmer is concerned about the loss of agricultural land in the island, after a report showed the amount of land allocated to farming dropped between 2012 and 2016.

Jersey cow

Andrew Le Gallais - who has a herd in St Saviour - says the farming community will "very strongly" resist any future green zone developments.

But he says it is an exciting time to be a dairy farmer, as technological advances mean fewer dairy cows are now producing more and more milk.

Since 2008, Mr Gallais says, farmers have been able to use "pure Jersey" bull semen to improve their herd's genetic material, which increases their productivity.

The Agricultural Statistics2016 report shows during that year there were just under 5,000 cows in Jersey, 55% of which produced milk - a drop of 8% since 2014.

But despite this, the average Jersey Dairy cow produced 20% more milk in 2016 than in 2010.

Several herds managed more than 6,000 litres per cow, per year, figures show.

Heavy showers this morning, dying out this afternoon

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Heavy showers, with a chance of hail and thunder, this morning and sunny intervals.

This afternoon the showers will die away and sunny spells will develop.

Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

BBC weather for the South West on Friday 26 January

Reservoir diluted due to pesticides

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Water is adding water from another reservoir to dilute the levels of pesticides at an island reservoir.

Handois Reservoir in St Lawrence has been closed after traces of pesticides over the regulated limit were found in water on the ground and in streams in the area.

Weather: Sunny spells to follow showers on Friday

BBC Weather

Showers will continue overnight, these heavy and blustery for a time with the risk of hail and thunder.

These will tend to fade away later in the night, with some clear spells.

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather map

A few showers may continue during the morning before it becomes drier and brighter with sunny spells.

Winds will be lighter than on Thursday, so it won't feel as cold.

Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Nurse who watered down painkillers 'betrayed' trust

Rob England

BBC News Online

A nurse in Guernsey who has been kicked out of the profession for watering down painkillers "betrayed" her position of trust, the States has said.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital

Alison Le Huray, 52, was jailed for three months last year, after she admitted stealing the drug from the island's Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council gave Mrs Le Huray a lifetime ban from practising as a nurse.

A spokesman for the Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC) said she was employed as bank staff on a "zero-hours contract".

"Her work with HSC ceased as soon as the circumstances of this case came to light," he said.

"It is always disappointing when someone put in a position of trust betrays that, but HSC has robust processes in place to make sure that, where a member of staff’s behaviour falls below the high standards islanders rightly expect, matters are appropriately addressed."

The department employs more than 1,000 nurses in total, and said "the vast majority" do "a fantastic job".

Man with brain tumour dies despite crowdfunded treatment

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man who received crowdfunded medical treatment for a brain tumour has died, a family friend has confirmed.

Rafal Tabor
Ewa Modzelewski

Rafal Tabor, 40, from Poland was living in Jersey when he was diagnosed with the tumour in March.

Ewa Modzelewski, who set up the crowdfunding page, said doctors in Southampton and Poland "refused to operate on him", as the risk of Mr Tabor being "physically or mentally impaired" was too high.

The page raised £27,516, and Mr Tabor later travelled to Germany to begin chemotherapy.

Ms Modzelewski said he passed away yesterday.

Scheme will help islanders caught short in town

Phillippa Guillou

BBC Radio Guernsey reporter

Islanders who avoid heading into the heart of St Peter Port due to the lack of public toilets could benefit from a new community scheme.

St Peter Port High Street

St Peter Port Douzenier David Falla has launched a scheme to encourage town premises to open their doors to those who need to use the facilities.

Mr Falla says it could get more people coming into St Peter Port.

"We've been liaising with the urology service at the hospital, and they've mentioned for example that some people don't have the confidence to come into town because they are worrying about not finding a toilet in time," he said.

Dark clouds loom over St Brelade

BBC Weather Watchers

We've been told to expect showers and sunshine this afternoon, and here's a perfect example of the changeable conditions sent in from our BBC Weather Watcher Tigger in St Brelade.

Clouds over St Brelade, Jersey

Driving test changes: No more reversing around a corner

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Changes to Guernsey's practical driving test, including removing the reverse around a corner maneuvre, will come into effect on 9 April.

Satnav in a car
Getty Images

The changes "broadly mirror" a recent move in the UK, the States says.The changes will see:

  • No more turn in the road or reverse around a corner maneuvres
  • They'll be replaced by drive in/reverse out, reverse in/drive out of a parking space, and a positional stop on the right-hand side of the road
  • As part of the positional stop, drivers will be required to reverse for two car lengths before resuming normal driving
  • The parallel park and emergency stop will remain as part of the test
  • From 10 September the independent drive will be replaced by a 20-minute section where the candidate will be asked to follow a route on a sat-nav
  • The sat-nav will be supplied for each test with a pre-programmed route by the examiner

'Allow other cannabis products to be imported'

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

It has emerged medical experts recommended several cannabis-based medicines could be prescribed in Jersey, ahead of a recent States debate on the subject.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed a letter from the Misuse of Drugs Advisory Council advised four drugs in addition to the current States-approved Sativex should be made legal to use in Jersey.

Getty Images

The letter was sent to Health Minister Andrew Green ahead of the debate over whether medicinal cannabis products could be allowed in Jersey.

Council chairman Brian Heath recommends Bedrocan, Bedrobinol, Bediol and Bedica, all made by the Dutch Office of Medicinal Cannabis, are made legal.

He also said people should be allowed to import medicines which are approved for use in the island, although not by post.

Brexit on the agenda


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Reservoir pesticide levels 'above limit'

BBC Radio Jersey

Traces of pesticides found in water on the ground and in streams near Jersey's Handois Reservoir are above the regulated limit, it has emerged.

It's meant the reservoir is now out of service, but mains drinking water supplies remain "clean and safe," the States says.

Nitrate levels in Jersey are falling, but recent heavy rainfall has caused an increase in pesticide levels in surface water near the reservoir in St Lawrence.

Environment Minister Steve Luce says his department will investigate the rise in traces of pesticides to try and reduce any damage to the environment.

'Start new hospital soon or face same crisis as NHS'

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey could face the same crisis currently crippling the NHS unless the new hospital project is started soon, a senior health official has claimed.

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Brexit minister 'echoes island politician'

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Those comments relate to an article, published in the Independent, which suggested the EU is to demand Britain opens up its "shady network of overseas tax havens" as leverage to force concessions during Brexit trade talks.