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  1. Care inquiry: Abuse complaints 'will be taken seriously'
  2. --- States approves £1.5m for children's commissioner
  3. Asian hornet's nest destroyed in Jersey
  4. Sark votes to cut conseillers from 28 to 18
  5. Guernsey secondary education plans 'remarkably workable' says union
  6. Updates on Thursday 6 July

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Thousands donated to charity from Boat Show funds

BBC Radio Jersey

Organisers of the 2017 Jersey Boat Show say it is donating more money than ever before with more than £18,000 going to charity.

Boat show

Teenage Cancer Trust, EYECAN and the NSPCC in Jersey will each be given £2,400 with £10,700 going to each of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charities.

The funds raised for Teenage Cancer Trust will go towards the charity's education and awareness programme for Jersey schools to increase knowledge of cancer in young people and reduce the delay in diagnosis.

The donation to the NSPCC will go towards a number of services set up to support children and vulnerable families in Jersey.

Former board member backs school proposals

BBC Radio Jersey

A former Guernsey States Deputy and Education Political Board member in the last States is welcoming the latest set of proposals which aim to reorganise the secondary and post-16 systems.

Peter Sherbourne, who was a former teacher, says Education Sport and Culture have done well to commit to an all ability secondary school system.

Mr Sherbourne says it was the right thing to stick to the policy of having all-ability secondary schools.

Clayton and O'Mara to play number one seeds next

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey tennis star Scott Clayton will come up against top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the second round of the Wimbledon men's doubles after they beat their Italian opponents this afternoon.

Clayton and partner Jonny O'Mara won their first round match yesterday on their debuts in the tournament.

Scott Clayton
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"It will be an amazing experience and it will be good to see where we are against the best team in the world - I don't see why we can't have a good shot at them," said Scotsman O'Mara.

Summer food safety reminder issued

BBC Radio Guernsey

A catering lecturer at the Guernsey College of FE is reminding Islanders to be vigilant with food handling and prep this summer.

Steve Bacon is also urging anyone who witnesses poor food hygiene standards - or finds they've become ill after eating out - not to hesitate to contact the island's Environmental Health Office.

Guernsey's Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer Tobin Cook fully echoes the issues raised by Mr Bacon.

"With any kind of food handling there are risks associated," he said.

"If you are purchasing food, you would expect that person to be professional and competent, but obviously if they do have any concerns then they should be referring them across and clearly we will be following up on those as well."

Children's commission to 'ensure children are kept safe'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Senator Ian Gorst signed an order approving £1.5m in funding to appoint a new children's commissioner. It was a recommendation of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

The proposal says the commissioner's role will cover a number of areas.

  • Promote awareness and understanding of the rights of children
  • Monitor the implementation and impact of the UN rights of the child and other relevant international rights instruments in Jersey
  • Review existing law, policy and practice to examine their effectiveness in respecting the rights of children
  • Provide a complaints and investigation service on the basis of the rights, interests and views of all or specific groups of children
  • Influence and promote the involvement and widespread participation of children in Jersey’s society
  • Bring any matter to the attention of the States Assembly or Scrutiny they believe is relevant
  • Publish a report on any matter considered or investigated on a particular subject

Deputy Anne Pryke apologises for care failings

BBC Radio Jersey

A former Jersey health minister has apologised for not doing more to support children and vulnerable young people in the island.

Deputy Anne Pryke

Deputy Anne Pryke was speaking during a debate on the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report. She said she'd made a number of changes in the Health and Social Services Department.

Among the changes were to Children's Services which she said was a shambles when she took over in 2009, and although things changed, there was more that could have been done.

Straight sets victory for Watson and Broady in all-British clash

Heather Watson and Naomi Broady have won their first round ladies' doubles match 7-5 6-4 against fellow Brits Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne.

Heather Watson and Naomi Broady during their ladies' doubles first round match
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The pair, from Guernsey and Stockport respectively, got into their stride in the second set after breaks of serves on both sides during the first set.

Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne during their ladies' doubles first round match
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Evening weather: An uncomfortable night for sleeping

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry, with lengthy clear spells. The cloud will thicken later and it will be an uncomfortable night for sleeping for some. Minimum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F)


Jersey weather


Guernsey weather

Airport helps drop rate charge for St Peter parishioners

BBC Radio Jersey

The amount ratepayers in St Peter have to pay the parish this year will be 10% lower than previous years because the airport is now paying a full commercial rate.

The airport is now paying the rate because it was incorporated as part of Ports of Jersey and so is no longer run by a States department.

John Refault

This has given us a significant boost to parish coffers which allowed me to get our rates below a penny per quarter. We are now at 0.9p per quarter.

Constable John RefaultSt Peter

Watson and Broady take first set

A mixed bag is probably a fair description of the first set played between Heather Watson and Naomi Broady and fellow Brits Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne.

After breaks on both sides Watson and Broady served out the win 7-5.

Continuing coverage on the BBC.

Heather Watson and Naomi Broady celebrate during the ladies' doubles first round match
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Care inquiry: Issues with parish system 'already acted on'

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of the Jersey Constable's Committee says the care inquiry report will not damage the parish system's reputation because many problems identified in it were acted upon a long time ago.

In the report it explains how the constables in the 1940s and 50s had the power to take children from their families, put them into care and assess foster carers - all without any training or expertise.

Constable Len Norman says the system changed in 1959 and constables do not have that power today.

Gorst wants children's commissioner appointed 'quickly'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst hopes to have a children's commissioner appointed and up and running as soon as possible.

He has approved £1.5m to fund the role over the next three years with recruitment expected to start within the next week.

The recruitment for the commissioner starts next week with a detailed role description developed with key stakeholders.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

An advisory panel will work out how other recommendations from the report can be brought in with the aim of a children's plan being presented to the States for a vote in October.

Deputies Louise Doublet, Richard Renouf, Jeremy Macon and Sam Mezec will join constable Michel le Trocquer on the panel.

There will also be a sub group in the Council of Ministers looking at social policy - with a particular emphasis on children's welfare.

Four Brits on court - who will the home crowd support?

Whoever they cheer for they'll be hoping for some great tennis out on court four.

Guernsey's Heather Watson and Naomi Broady, from Stockport have just started their first round ladies' doubles match.

They face Harriet Dart, from London and Katy Dunne, from Hemel, and you can watch it live with the BBC's Wimbledon coverage.

Naomi Broady and Heather Watson competing at the Aegon Classic in June

Cruise ship emissions are in pollution data

Guernsey Press

The impact on air quality from visiting cruise liners is monitored, according to Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation.

Recruitment to start for Jersey children's commissioner

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst has agreed to appoint a children's commissioner, with recruitment starting next week.

This was one of the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

Senator Gorst says the detailed job description will be published soon.

He said the commissioner will review laws, practices and policies to ensure they uphold the rights of all children in Jersey.

Senator Ian Gorst

The children's commissioner will hold us to account for hearing children's voices.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Asian hornets are a 'big concern' for Jersey bee keepers

BBC Radio Jersey

Bob Hogg, former president of the Jersey Bee Keepers Association, says the Asian hornet is a "big concern" as the species feeds on bees.

Frozen Asian hornet hive
One of the nests found in Jersey has already been destroyed by experts

Two nests have been found in Jersey - one in St John and one in St Martin. The insects are spreading across France, and they were first found in Jersey last year.

They're a bit smaller than the native European hornet and are the only hornet or wasp with an entirely dark brown or black velvety body with yellow legs. If you see them or their nests you're asked to report it to the Department of the Environment.

Asian hornet nest
National Bee Unit

To humans they're no more of a threat than a wasp but they can decimate bee colonies.

Minister wants magistrate to decide on alcohol rules

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's external relations minister has broken ranks from the Council of Ministers over proposals for a new licensing authority for Jersey.

The former Bailiff Senator Philip Bailhache is calling for a magistrate to chair the authority which would replace the current licensing assembly.

Sir Philip Baillache

His fellow ministers are proposing a body made up of States members and three non-politicians to replace the court as the authority which grants a licence to sell alcohol.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst gave Sir Philip permission to break with collective responsibility and go against his fellow ministers over the plans.

As well as a magistrate in charge he wants the non-States members on the panel to have no family connections to the drinks trade.

Football: Leicester City to return to Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

Leicester City will act on their intentions to form stronger ties with Jersey next week when they return for a second friendly at Springfield.

Teacher career prospects 'will be affected' by reforms

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Guernsey secretary of the NASUWT says planned education reforms will harm career prospects of teachers in the island as Guernsey will go from four to three secondary schools.

Guernsey's teachers' unions have broadly welcomed the reforms but both the NUT and the NASUWT said there were a number of issues, particularly around pay and prospects for teachers.

Career prospects for teachers across the island will be affected by this as there will be a difficulty progressing across three schools over the current four. We've [also] been told some people will miss out on retaining their positions.

Dave HillGuernsey secretary NASUWT

Former chief minister named Andium Homes chairman

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's former chief minister Frank Walker has been named as the new chairman of the States-owned housing company Andium Homes.

Frank Walker

Housing Minister, Deputy Anne Pryke, says Mr Walker's experience can only be good for the company.

Mr Walker will take over the job from Michael Jones who is stepping down.

He was also recently named as the chairman of the States of Jersey backed 'Digital Jersey', which promotes the digital industry in the island.

States approves £1.5m for children's commissioner

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey will spend £1.5m over the next three years to establish a children's commission to ensure young people are being properly represented, listened to and cared for in the island.

It was one of the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, signed the order approving the funding this morning and hopes recruitment will start for the role next week.

The report said there should be a commission in the island to make sure children have an independent way to raise concerns - and who would regularly visit care homes to make sure they were being well cared for.

Rape accused 'lied because he was scared'

Jersey Evening Post

A man accused of raping and indecently assaulting a schoolgirl has told a jury that he initially lied to the police during interview because he was ‘fearful’ and did not understand the charges against him.

Ports of Jersey to invest in airport improvements

BBC Radio Jersey

There will be more investment in Jersey's ports and airport, that was revealed in the Ports of Jersey annual report.

Ports of Jersey is run as a commercial business wholly owned by the States of Jersey. Any money it makes is put back into services.

Chief executive Doug Bannister says there will be more investment to ensure passengers get the best service possible and to attract more holidaymakers to the island.

Cigarettes could be sold in plain packaging in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Cigarettes could soon be sold in plain packets in Jersey. Officials say it is an important part of their plans to reduce the harm from smoking.


In the UK cigarettes are sold in green packets with health warnings and Jersey hopes to follow suit.

Jersey's Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, has agreed to make the change and hopes to work with Guernsey to create a single Channel Island policy.

Today's cruise ship visitor is the Saga Sapphire

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

One of Guernsey's smaller cruise ship visitors is enjoying a very calm day in the Little Russell.

It can carry up to 720 passenger and is due to leave about 18:00.

Cruise ship

Clayton and O'Mara want to face top seeds

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's Scott Clayton says he and doubles partner Jonny O'Mara want to play the top seeds next after their first-round victory at Wimbledon.

The pair went through yesterday as opponents Adrian Mannarino and Paolo Lorenzi retired during the second set, and will face number one seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers in round two if the favourites win later today.

Scott Clayton
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"We wouldn't have had this opportunity without the wildcard, which we're really thankful for," Clayton said.

"We're happy that we've used it well to get ourselves into the second round, and to hopefully have a crack at the top seeds."

Asian hornet's nest destroyed

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An Asian hornet's nest found in Jersey has been destroyed, the States has confirmed.

The nest was found in St Martin and has been destroyed by the Department for the Environment.

Another nest has been found St John and experts think there could be more.

Asian hornets

The States of Jersey has urged anyone who spots an Asian hornet nest to leave it alone and report the sighting...

  • Check the Asian hornet ID sheet which outlines the main differences between the native European hornet and the Asian hornet
  • Don’t disturb an active nest – these are usually high in trees and manmade structures but sometimes closer to the ground in outbuildings or sheds
  • Report your sighting and phone the Department of the Environment

Extra £1.8m in funding released to improve children's services

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An extra £1.8m will be allocated by the States of Jersey to support vulnerable children over the next three years, it has been confirmed.

Senator Ian Gorst says this will fund six initiatives including extra staff for the Jersey Youth Enquiry Service and more on-island social work training.

  • £281,200 for the Jersey Youth Enquiry Service
  • £96,050 for the Children's Change Programme to ensure young people are involved in a review of the children and young people strategy
  • £176,000 for a pilot psychotherapy service for parents and babies

A spokesman said: "Jersey institutions have failed young people in the past and the government’s priority now is to ensure those mistakes are not repeated in the future."

Abuse complaints 'will be taken seriously'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Attorney General says people can be confident complaints will be taken seriously and investigated and prosecuted professionally, in the wake of the care inquiry report.

Robert MacRae QC was responding to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report which was published on Monday.

He says changes to the criminal justice system should encourage victims to come forward - and that centeniers will be given more advice on prosecutions.

What makes a good doubles partnership?

Islanders warned to watch for Asian hornet nests

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

People in Jersey are being urged to watch out for Asian hornet nests as they are a threat to honeybees and local insects.

Asian hornet nest
National Bee Unit

Two nests have already been found in Jersey, one in St Martin and the other in St John. Both were removed by the Department of the Environment.

A spokesman for the department said hornets play a crucial role in the ecosystem as they control other insects and pollinate fruit and flowers but the Asian hornet is a predator of native insects.

They said the Asian hornet is no more of a threat to humans than native wasps but people should take care if there are Asian hornets in the area.

Wimbledon 2017: Heather Watson profile


Heather Watson used to be the women's British number one, but she has had a difficult season, and is currently outside of the top 100 in the world.

The 25-year-old has a total of seven years of Wimbledon appearances behind her. Only three players on this list of less-known British players have played in the tournament this many times.

Last year, she won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with her partner Finn Henri Kontinen, which she told Newsround was "a dream come true".

Heather Watson

Will dreams come true over the next fortnight? Well, she has played well in the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

"I've been working really hard these last couple of months and have been waiting for the results to start coming and it's nice they've started coming here at home on grass," she said.

Gorst thanks victims who gave evidence to the care inquiry

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Senator Ian Gorst thanked everyone who gave evidence to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry during his opening speech ahead of a two day debate into the inquiry's report.

He said: "They have shown courage, we must show courage in our response."

Senator Gorst said they were looking at changing the oath of office for politicians to proclaim their protection of children under the care of the government.

Senator Ian Gorst

Coach faces forfeit if Watson reaches fourth round

Jersey politicians to discuss care inquiry report

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey politicians will be in the States chamber today and tomorrow to discuss the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report which was published on Monday.

States assembly

The report contained hundreds of recommendations for improving the island's care system and outlined dozens of failings since the 1950s.

Politicians will spend two days debating the report in an open forum. You can listen here from 09:30.

Proposed local code for small commercial vessels ‘is not needed’

Guernsey Press

There is no need for Guernsey to have its own code regulating small commercial vessels, since the one from the UK is perfectly acceptable, according to a local commercial operator.

Today at SW19: Watson in all British doubles match

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Heather Watson and Naomi Broady take on Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne in the first round of the ladies' doubles at Wimbledon.

That match is second on court seven.

Heather Watson (right) and Naomi Broady during the 2017 AEGON Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham

Watson and Henri Kontinen are due to start the defence of their mixed doubles title on Saturday.

There's also the small matter of being in the third round of the singles against Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.