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Summary

  1. Faulty valve caused flight problem, investigation reveals
  2. States of Jersey accounts show £300m surplus for 2016
  3. Inter-island ferry row: Guernsey presidents should 'review positions'
  4. Guernsey should 'exploit' UK instability following election, says St Pier
  5. Gorst 'confident' Jersey can work with a new government
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 12 June

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 19:00 and 22:30.

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Clearance of Icart land could encourage biodiversity

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Fencing could be installed at Icart to allow seasonal grazing.

    The Environmental and Infrastructure Committee is considering applying for planning permission to change the area near the public car park.

    Currently the area is covered with brambles, bracken, gorse, blackthorn and a few pine trees, which means it supports only a few roosting and nesting birds.

    Seasonal grazing would be used in a bid to improve the biodiversity.

    A new public footpath would replace a privately-owned track previously used by the public.

    Quote Message: Grazing and cutting will enable grassland to re-establish and bring with it a wealth of insects and a grassland flowers. These in turn will provide more food for insects and for both insect-eating and seed-eating birds. There is a chance that we may even see the re-appearance of the Greater Horseshoe Bat, which has not lived locally for a long time. from Jane Gilmour Botanist, La Societe Guernesiaise
    Jane GilmourBotanist, La Societe Guernesiaise
  3. CAA concerns prompt medivac changes

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A review of crew fatigue arrangements by the Civil Aviation Auhtority led to it withdrawing from an agreement allowing staff to be on standy to cover emergency call-outs to Alderney, the States of Guernsey has said.

    Until recently Aurigny used eight sets of crews to cover the Alderney route including the medical evacuation service.

    However, the withdrawal of the CAA agreement and staffing issues has meant the service has been impacted.

    A States of Guernsey spokesman said steps are being taken to resolve the "temporary" staffing issues.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately, it emerged this week that a range of staffing issues, including recruitment, sickness and pilot training, has led to insufficient crew numbers to provide the agreed level of out of hours cover." from Deputy Al Brouard Chairman of the Alderney Liaison Group
    Deputy Al BrouardChairman of the Alderney Liaison Group
  4. Jersey sewer warning

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Islanders have been reminded that it is illegal to allow surface water to drain into the foul sewer network at private properties.

    Excess water can lead to an overloading of sewer pipes during heavy rainfall, and can lead to pollution and "needless expense" of processing clean water at the Bellozanne treatment works.

    The requirement to separate foul and surface waters was introduced by law in 1953. Any subsequent development must have separated foul and surface waters, excluding the latter from the foul water system.

    Bellozanne sewage treatment
  5. Dairy backs plan to help create new organic farm

    Jersey Evening Post

    Jersey Dairy is backing a planning application for a new cattle shed on a St Helier farm to help secure the future of the island’s supply of fresh organic milk.

  6. Move to Dorniers for medevacs has 'taken time'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Ensuring medevacs can take place in Aurigny's move from Trislanders to Dornier 228s has been a long process, Guernsey's health and social care president said, while speaking on BBC Radio Guernsey on Monday.

    Deputy Heidi Soulsby, whose committee is responsible for the service, said: "It's taken an awful lot of people's time actually within Health and Social Care to get it sorted out."

    Aurigny Dornier 228
    Quote Message: There are issues over Alderney Ambulance not being able to lift people on to the Dorniers at one point and it's taken time, but we've been coordinating both Aurigny and the ambulance and had St John over in Alderney to ensure there is proper training to get people on and off the Dorniers and we've invested a few thousand pounds on basically like cherry picker things that lift people up. from Deputy Heidi Soulsby President, Health and Social Care Committee
    Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident, Health and Social Care Committee
  7. Chance to fly high for people with learning disabilities

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Sixteen Les Amis residents were given a chance to learn to fly over Jersey.

    The charity, which provides housing and outreach for people with learning disabilities, worked with another charity - Helping Wings - to get the residents airborne on Wednesday.

    Residents walking back from planes
    Quote Message: For our residents, who already have so many barriers in life, these experiences mean so much to them. from Lauren Carre PR Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Les Amis
    Lauren CarrePR Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Les Amis
    Getting into a plane
    Quote Message: Although there were some nerves and apprehension prior to getting airborne, the happy smiling faces of all participants after their flights indicated that we succeeded in meeting our goal of sharing the exhilaration and fulfilment of flying with some of the disadvantaged and disabled in our community. from Sean Morvan Treasurer for Helping Wings
    Sean MorvanTreasurer for Helping Wings
  8. Meetings on 'managed re-alignment' of beach

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    People in Guernsey are being reminded about two meetings being held on Monday to explain plans to manage the beach, kiosk, and coastline at the east of L’Ancresse Bay.

    Coastal engineer Greg Guthrie from dutch company Royal Haskoning will give the presentation at St Sampson’s High School at 16:00 and 19:30 on Monday 12 June.

    The Environment and Infrastructure Committee said the plans will allow a semi natural beach to develop, increasing the recreational value of the area and providing a coastal defence for at least the next 50 years.

    L'Ancresse Sea Wall
  9. UK Coastguard and local boats among alternatives for Alderney medevacs

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    While Aurigny's medevac - medical evacuation - flights are being impacted by temporary staffing issues and the end of a Civil Aviation Authority concession, there are alternatives.

    A States of Guernsey spokesman said "steps are being taken to resolve the temporary staffing issues" and "additional contingencies have also been put in place".

    He says the following can be used if an out of hours crew is not available:

    • Marine Ambulance, the Flying Christine (undergoing maintenance until mid-June)
    • RNLI, Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats
    • UK Coastguard
    • French authorities
    • Private charter boats

    In 2016 there were 66 medevacs from Alderney, with five of those being out of hours.

    Alderney lifeboat
  10. Out-of-hours emergency medical flights affected by staff shortage

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Emergency medical flights from Alderney can not currently be guaranteed by Aurigny outside of normal airport opening hours.

    Normally patients with an urgent need for medical services not available in the island are flown to Guernsey or Southampton.

    However, the States of Guernsey - which is responsible for the service - said "temporary manpower issues" with Aurigny mean the "agreed level of cover out of hours" can not be provided.

    In a statement the government said steps were being taken to resolve the situation.

    Medical evacuation flight
    Image caption: The medevac flights were previously carried out by Trislanders, but with the retirement of the last one last week the service is now operated by Dornier 228s
  11. BreakingAlderney medevac service cut back

    Urgent medical flights from Alderney to Guernsey or Southampton can not currently be guaranteed outside of the normal airport opening hours.

  12. Watson into semi-finals at Surbiton

    James Rabey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Heather Watson is through to the semi-finals of the Aegon Surbiton Trophy.

    The British number two took a straight sets victory over British number nine Katy Dunne 6-1 7-6(6).

  13. £10 million car registered in Guernsey

    Jersey Evening Post

    A bespoke Rolls-Royce, believed to be the most expensive new car ever sold, has been registered in Guernsey.

  14. Understand constitutional position - island leaders

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    There will be a sense of relief among Jersey and Guernsey's governments after Theresa May announced she will form a government, with the support of "friends" the Democratic Unionist Party.

    The prospect of a Labour-led coalition would have been unpalatable for many in the islands. Jeremy Corbyn has previously threatened to impose direct rule on Crown Dependencies because of their roles as low-tax centres, which he believes short change the UK taxpayer.

    Earlier this year Labour unsuccessfully tried to force amendments to the Criminal Finances Bill in both the Commons and Lords seeking to impose greater financial transparency on the islands.

    So it's no surprise both Guernsey and Jersey's governments have emphasised that all parties understand the constitutional relationship between the crown and the islands.

    Senator Ian Gorst
    Quote Message: It has been our consistent policy to develop strong relationships with members of parties across the political spectrum in the UK, particularly to ensure that they understand Jersey’s constitutional position and robust approach to tackling tax evasion and other forms of financial crime." from Senator Ian Gorst Jersey Chief Minister
    Senator Ian GorstJersey Chief Minister
  15. Pay award of £500 a 'token gesture'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A £500 payment to 6,500 Jersey States staff announced today is only a "token gesture" says the Prospect union.

    Bob King, the union’s negotiator, said: "This payment was not a bonus – it was a token gesture by the States to compensate for the lack of a pay increase for staff in 2015.

    "Staff were refused an increase because of a ‘black hole’ in the States’ finances. However, this ‘black hole’ was recently found to be fictional."

    Earlier the treasury minister said the award followed a better than expected set of accounts for 2016.

  16. Sisters appeal after brother goes missing

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The sisters of a man missing in Jersey have travelled to the island in the hope of reaching out to their brother.

    Irene and Christine have asked their brother, Andrew Gilchrist, known as Titch, to contact police.

    Footage released by Jersey Police showed 49-year-old Gilchrist, who has been missing in Jersey for more than a week, shopping at Iceland at Le Quennevais Parade last Saturday afternoon.

    In a statement sisters Irene and Christine said: "We are in Jersey until Sunday and we just want to know that you are safe and well. Please get in touch".

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  17. Parties 'need to work together' on Brexit

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Chamber of Commerce hopes all parties in the UK government "will constructively work together on negotiating Brexit".

    President Martyn Dorey said: "Purely from a business perspective, the incoming government, when it is formed, must focus on fiscal discipline and managing the overall levels of risk and uncertainty in the economy to allow businesses to flourish and grow.

    "The UK needs leadership and unity, and Guernsey business stands ready to be part of the Brexit discussions, whatever the make of the UK government that is formed."

  18. Details on secondary pension scheme should be out next year

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Proposals for a secondary state pension scheme should go before the States of Guernsey next year.

    Discussed in 2016 the scheme is a bid to encourage the population to invest in their future through more pension savings.

    The Committee for Employment and Social Security is also inviting pension providers to tender for the scheme.

    Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, committee president, said they wanted to find out about the level of interest from providers and further details on the technical specifications.

  19. Jersey tourist numbers rise

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey aerial shot

    More people visited Jersey for a holiday between January and April this year, compared to the same period in 2016.

    There was a 19% rise in staying holidaymakers.

    A spokesperson from Visit Jersey said 78,000 people chose Jersey for a holiday break during the first four months of the year.