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Summary

  1. Condor Liberation 'made contact' with pontoon while docking
  2. Jersey chief executive role advertised
  3. Driver cut free from overturned car in Jersey
  4. Patients welcome cannabis prescription move
  5. £25m contract to be signed for new waste site in Guernsey
  6. Senator 'not to blame' for innovation fund collapse
  7. 'The Bapman' 'receives threats' for selling newspapers
  8. Updates on Wednesday 3 May 2017

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  2. Thorough inspection carried out before ferry sailed

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A thorough inspection of the hull of Condor Liberation found no damage, Condor Ferries has said.

    It follows contact between the ferry and a mooring pontoon in Guernsey's St Peter Port harbour this afternoon.

    Condor Liberation leaving Guernsey
    Image caption: The ferry left the harbour just before 17:30 after the incident at 15:45

    A spokesman for the firm said the ferry's departure from Guernsey to Poole was delayed by just under an hour.

    He said: "A thorough inspection of the ship’s hull confirmed that the ship has sustained no damage and was fit to continue her journey.

    "Whilst this took place, passengers remained on board and they were cared for and kept up to date by the crew."

  3. Condor Ferries claims increase in on-time sailing

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Condor Ferries has claimed a slight increase in on-time sailings in its monthly performance statistics.

    Condor Liberation

    The firm reports 91% of sailings arrived within 30 minutes of the advertised time in March 2017, up from 90.8% percent last year. 

    Passengers continue to rate the helpfulness of the customer service team more highly than their overall satisfaction with the company, which is flat at 6.8 out of 10.

    The statistics do not reflect the delays sustained over the Easter weekend.

    Punctuality stats
  4. Police not investigating 'threats' made against food van owner Bapman

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A spokesman from Guernsey police said they were "aware" of the threats made to the owner of Guernsey's Halfway Cafe, who has been selling newspapers from a food van.

    Richard Cook said he was threatened for breaking an agreement between newsagents not to encroach on each other "rounds".

    He said it was implied someone might damage his van in a phone conversation.  

    Police said no action was being taken as no "formal complaint" had been made against the threats, police said.

    The Guernsey branch of the Federation of National Newsagents declined to comment.

  5. Innovation Fund report: The five key points

    Jersey Evening Post

    The first of three reports commissioned following the Jersey Innovation Fund fiasco was released on Tuesday.  

  6. Ferry's contact with pontoon 'under investigation'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A "minor incident" involving the Condor Liberation is under investigation by Guernsey's harbour authorities.

    "The bow of the vessel made contact with the local layby pontoon moored in the Pool area of the harbour" at about 15:45 said Guernsey Harbours.

    A spokesman said the contact caused damage to a local leisure vessel, which was moored at the pontoon, and its owners has been informed.

    Condor Liberation
    Quote Message: The incident is under investigation and it is too early to speculate what might have happened. The incident has not resulted in any injuries. Once initial findings are received, we will consider if a formal investigation is required." from Captain Chad Murray Guernsey Harbour Master
    Captain Chad MurrayGuernsey Harbour Master

    Guernsey Harbours said Condor Ferries were co-operating fully. The BBC has approached the firm for comment.

  7. BreakingLiberation 'made contact' with pontoon while docking in Guernsey

    Condor Liberation 'made contact with a local layby pontoon' while docking in Guernsey's St Peter Port Harbour, the island's harbour authorities have said.

  8. Weather: Mostly sunny

    BBC Weather

    The island will be cloudy, mild and mostly dry tonight, though showers are possible early in the night. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be bright, warm and mostly dry again. There will be some cloud but also plenty of sunny spells.

    It will become windy in the evening. Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

  9. States of Guernsey 'shows lack of action' on agreement with charities

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States are not adequately supporting and encouraging the voluntary sector, according to the outgoing chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities.

    Previously Peter Rose has criticised the States "unwillingness" to promote Gift Aid, which he said already benefits charities in Jersey and the UK.

    He said this was one "important illustration" of a "lack of action" on the three-year-old agreement between the voluntary sector and the States, known as the "Social Compact".

    Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Guernsey's former chief minister and member of the current senior States committee, acknowledged progress had not been "as rapid as we would have liked".

    He said, as a result, there is much more transparency in the process for charities and public sector contracts.

  10. Gun certificate fee increase could reduce number of 'foreign competitors'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Recent changes to the price of firearms certificates have been criticised by islanders who take part in shooting as a sport.

    Shooting at the island games in 2015

    Veteran shooter Derek Bernard said the fee rise from £35 to £45 could "reduce the number of Jersey people pursuing the sport" and reduce the number of foreign competitors prepared to make the effort to come to Jersey to participate in our bigger shooting competitions.

    He added: "Fewer visiting competitors will, of course, mean fewer hotel beds, fewer restaurant meals and fewer people returning with their families for holidays in Jersey."

    The rise was agreed by the government after a recommendation from the constables committee.

  11. Challenges of autism expressed through art

    Sarah Bailey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey woman is using her love of art to express her autism.

    Juliet St John Nicolle, who was diagnosed with the condition at 50, uses colour and shape to express her feelings, assigning the elements different meaning, to show the viewer how she feels, thinks and sees the world around her.

    Artist and art

    She's put on a display of some of her artwork with the help of Autism Jersey at Cooper's cafe at Castle Quay.

    Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them.

  12. Supermarket gets 'specialist trolleys' for islands' branches

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Supermarket Waitrose has delivered trolleys "for children with disabilities" to all its Channel Islands branches.

    Waitrose specialist trolly

    A spokesman said: "The specialist trolleys have seats suitable for older children and aim to help families that have children with additional needs shop with ease."

    An online campaign by Jersey resident Jane Renouf, whose son Jayden has autism, called for the trolleys to be introduced in supermarkets across the island.

  13. Minister welcomes publication of innovation fund review

    BBC Radio Jersey

    After criticism levelled against him in the States Assembly yesterday, Senator Lyndon Farnham has said he "welcomes" the publication of a review into the innovation fund.

    The fund was a government scheme set up to provide loans and business support to entrepreneurs, start-ups and established organisations that want to bring "new and innovative products or services to the market".

    However, the fund met with difficulties when it was found to have given away millions of pounds, with limited prospect of the money being returned.

    Senator Farnham, who is also the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, said: "I welcome the publication of the innovation fund review, by Jessica Simor QC, the contents of which appear to fair and balanced.

    "I would encourage people to read the full review and take on board its findings."

  14. Jersey Police Chief Officer retires

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police has announced he will retire in September.

    Mike Bowron

    Mike Bowron said: "Having completed 37 years in policing serving in four great forces, Sussex, Kent, City of London and Jersey I have decided to retire.

    "I feel very proud of all that I have achieved with my team and I hope that the public have noticed a difference in how policing is delivered as well as feeling safer than ever before."

    Mr Bowron began serving in Jersey at the beginning of 2011.

  15. Crackdown on vehicle registrations in Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police in Guernsey say they're planning a "crackdown" on vehicle registration.

    A spokesman said it was "a waste of time" to have officers chase previous owners of incorrectly registered vehicles.

    "On average, the Roads Policing Unit deals with at least six incorrectly registered vehicles a day. 

    "As a result of owners failing to keep registration details up-to-date, police are spending an increasing amount of time trying to track down vehicle owners for things like unpaid fixed penalties or where a vehicle is thought to be abandoned."

    Officers will be instructed to police vehicle registration in a more "robust" way, they added.

  16. Diabetes Jersey walk raises £20k

    BBC Radio Jersey

    More than £20,000 was raised over the weekend by walkers for Diabetes Jersey. 

    More than 600 people took part in the north to south country walk over eight miles through the parishes of Trinity and St Martin and finishing in Gorey Coast Road car park. 

    The money will be used to help pay for specialist staff at the Jersey Diabetes Centre.

  17. Driver cut free from overturned car

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A driver trapped inside an overturned car has been rescued by firefighters.

    car crash

    Jersey Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted just after midday to the incident on Route de Maufant in St Savior. 

    Six firefighters and a rescue unit attended the scene.

    They helped police and paramedics and used hydraulic cutting equipment to release the driver who was then taken to hospital.

  18. Treasury minister defends his role

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Minister for Treasury and Resources has defended his role in the collapse of the innovation fund after he was criticised by the chief minister in the States yesterday. 

    Senator Ian Gorst said he was "disappointed" with how ministers Alan Maclean and Lyndon Farnham handled the fund, which saw millions of pounds of taxpayers money being given to new companies without any guarantee it would be returned. 

    Quote Message: I don't refute the fact that ministers are responsible for their departments and I think that's absolutely as it should be. I do question the issue of effective oversight in governance, I do not think that was a fair or reasonable comment." from Senator Alan Maclean Minister for Treasury and Resources
    Senator Alan MacleanMinister for Treasury and Resources
  19. Co-op Homemaker staff 'not guaranteed' job with Dunelm

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Co-op Homemaker staff in Jersey can apply for jobs with the UK chain Dunelm, but are not guaranteed positions with them, a spokesperson has said.

    Dunelm store

    The homeware retailer is taking over the first floor at the Grand Marché in St Helier and will open in the summer. 

    Leonie Foster, from Dunelm, said all current staff can apply for the jobs.