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Summary

  1. Jersey to check for ice contamination in restaurants
  2. More of the Bailiwick's most vulnerable children are being looked after close to home, report finds
  3. Worries that killer hornet is 'here to stay'
  4. Controversial Jersey 'lifts' Facebook group launches app
  5. Cruise ship Britannia cancels visit due to poor weather
  6. Updates for Friday 21 July

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. New hospital inquiry to start in November

    Sarah Scriven

    News Editor, BBC Jersey

    The inquiry into the plans for Jersey's new hospital is to start on 6 November.

    An independent inspector will lead the week long review.

    Jersey's new general hospital is to be built on its existing site on Gloucester Street and the surrounding area.

    Hospital

    Part of the plan is to knock down the Revere and Stafford Hotels on Kensington Place and nearby flats. During the public inquiry people will be invited to comment on the planning application.

    The inspector Philip Staddon has reviewed schemes in Jersey before, including plans for homes on a greenhouse site at St Ouen.

    The Minister says an inquiry is needed as the £460m scheme is a significant project and it has to be the right hospital for Jersey.

  3. Financial ombudsman receives more than 100 complaints

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman (CIFO) received more than 100 complaints in the second quarter of 2017, new figures show.

    During the period April to June 2017 the CIFO received 121 complaints.

    During this period, 50 new case files were opened – these are complaints that are within CIFO’s mandate.

    Most related to the sectors of banking, insurance, investments/funds, and non-bank credit with the top five products or services complained about being:

    • Current accounts (32% of case files opened);
    • Mortgages (10%);
    • Financial advice (10%);
    • Whole of life insurance (investment) (8%);
    • Health insurance (8%).

    The top four issues raised by complainants related to:

    • Poor administration or delay (32% of case files opened)
    • Mis-selling (24%);
    • Non-payment of claim (14%)
    • Closure of account (12%).
  4. The moths threatening Sark's tomato crop

    BBC Channel Islands News

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    Video caption: The moths threatening Sark's tomato crop
  5. Public inquiry into new hospital should be completed before Christmas

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Hospital

    Jersey's planning department hopes to complete the public inquiry into Jersey's new hospital before Christmas.

    The inquiry into the plans will start on 6 November. People will be invited to comment on the planning application.

    Peter Le Gresley, the Director of Development Control, says even though it's a short time scale the work should be completed on time.

  6. Latest weather: Showers continuing into the weekend

    BBC Weather

    The wind and rain will ease late this evening. Clear spells will develop, but we could see a few showers towards dawn. Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F).

    Saturday weather

    The showers will continue through Saturday, but they will become often heavy, with the risk of hail and thunder.

    They will linger into the evening and it will be feeling rather cool. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

  7. Jersey to press on with plans for a children's commissioner

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey will press on with plans for a children's commissioner - even if Guernsey rejects plans for them to serve both islands.

    The role was proposed in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report, and the chief minister said he would begin the appointments process very quickly.

    The inquiry report said that the role of care commissioner should cover all the Channel Islands, and not just Jersey.

    Jersey Care Inquiry

    Senator Ian Gorst told the states that he wanted Guernsey and the other islands to work together on the appointment.

    He said the commission should serve all Channel Islands, as the report recommends.

    But Guernsey already has a different system in place for looking after children; the chairman of its child protection committee said they would need to look very carefully at the plan before making a commitment.

    A spokesman from Jersey's chief minister's office said the commission would have a Jersey focus to begin with, but there would be scope to focus on other islands in future.

  8. Giving money for lifts not illegal as long as money is going towards cost of journey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Director for Transport Policy in Jersey says giving money for lifts is not illegal as long as it's going towards the cost of the journey.

    The Jersey Lifts group, which sees people share lifts for no fee, is launching an app that'll let people easily contact each other to organise their journeys.

    Tristan Dodd says the mileage allowance for Jersey is 60p a mile, so as long as the payment is within this figure the lift is still legal.

  9. "Guernsey way" culture at hospital where two babies died

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A midwife who worked on a scandal-hit maternity ward where the deaths of two babies could have been prevented had too much responsibility because of the "Guernsey way" culture at the hospital, a tribunal heard.

    Tuija Roussel worked at the Loveridge Ward at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital with fellow midwives Lisa Granville and Antonia Manousaki where the two children died.

    Granville reviewed both cases and wrongly concluded that no further action was necessary after Baby A died on 30 January 2014 and Baby B died in September 2012, the Nursing and Midwifery council has heard.

    Throughout an investigation by the local authority it emerged that a culture had developed where midwives acted on verbal orders instead of written prescriptions that has been referred to as the "Guernsey way".

    Loveridge Ward

    Roussel admitted that communication was sometimes problematic between midwives and consultants as the midwives were told not to contact them overnight with "unnecessary calls".

    But she said she only worked well with one obstetrician during her time at the hospital and others were "challenging" personalities who midwives "had difficulty approaching".

    Catherine Higgins, for the NMC, asked Ms Roussel: "Is it fair to say that you adapted your work practices as a result of the way the obstetricians behaved?"

    Roussel replied: 'I would not say that, I came to the culture and it carried on.

    "Obviously when reflecting over the years I started taking on too much responsibility on my shoulders because of the way we worked there and I stepped too far.

    "I can see now that that is the case, but I was practising with other midwives not realising that that was unacceptable."

    The hearing continues.

  10. New chief executive appointed for States of Jersey

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A new chief executive for the States of Jersey has been appointed - Charlie Parker - who is currently the chief executive of Westminster City Council.

    In the last four years he has directed the reorganisation of council services, and overseen a successful Ofsted inspection in Tri-Borough Children’s Services which resulted in the only outstanding rating in the UK.

    Charlie Parker

    Mr Parker’s previous position was chief executive at Oldham Council, where he led the council’s transformation from being the worst Local Authority in 2008 to the most improved in the country in 2012.

    He brought an estimated £500m of investment into the town while introducing service improvements and efficiencies of £140m over a five year period, the States of Jersey said.

  11. Cloudy skies above St Peter Port

    BBC Weather Watchers

    St Peter Port

    The market building and Town Church frame this view of today's cloudy sky thanks to Brass, just one of the BBC Weather Watchers in the islands.

  12. Police to 'monitor Jersey lifts' for potential risks

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's home affairs and infrastructure ministers say as long as Jersey Lifts is just a ride sharing service and not "commercial" then they would not get involved.

    Jersey Lifts

    Deputy Eddie Noel, Infrastructure Minister, says he is responsible for the regulation of taxi services, illegal services and ride sharing services are not regulated and so would not come under his department's control.

    He said any illegal activity would be a matter for the police who have said that proving the use of a private vehicle for commercial purposes beyond all reasonable doubt is very difficult and so securing a conviction would be difficult.

    Deputy Noel says there is already provision to take action against illegal taxi services under the motor traffic law with strict penalties if a conviction can be secured.

    Deputy Kristina Moore, Home Affairs Minister, said police would continue to monitor the group and the app to check for illegal activity and to ensure people were safe when sharing rides.

  13. Asian hornet: No secondary nests found in Jersey

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A third discovery of an Asian hornet's nest in Jersey on Wednesday doesn't necessarily mean the insects have permanently settled in the island, according to the States of Jersey's principle ecologist.

    John Pinel, from the Department for the Environment, said they had destroyed a primary nest this week.

    The nest differed, he said, from a secondary one, which would have indicated the hornets were firmly established in the island.

    However, President of Jersey Beekeeper's Association Tim du Feu said the discovery, when combined with 20 sightings across the island meant "more than likely" the hornets were permanently established in the island.

    Asian hornet
    Quote Message: The danger will be if there's secondary nests created that we don't discover, and there could be a large number of queens released which could then go on to build new nests next year." from John Pinel States of Jersey Principle Ecologist
    John PinelStates of Jersey Principle Ecologist
  14. Guernsey wait on Fazakerley decision

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Guernsey vice-captain Josh Butler says they are awaiting permission from Leicestershire to allow Will Fazakerley to play in World Cricket League Five.

    Seam bowler Fazakerley, 19, made his first-class debut earlier this month and has been named in Guernsey's squad.

    Guernsey cricket

    "We probably won't know for another couple weeks yet," Butler told BBC Radio Guernsey.

    "Being a contracted player for a professional side he's controlled by them, so it's a tough one."

  15. BBC Weather Watcher captures sunny Sark

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher the Sark Weather Man for this sunny picture of Sark.

    The skies aren't looking so clear now!

    Sark
  16. Adult education classes could see cost increases

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Hobbyist adult education classes at the Guernsey College of Further Education could see huge increases in cost to help balance the books.

    According to the president of Education, Sport and Culture the committee is going to find it very tough to hit its financial targets this year.

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley says hobbyist adult education classes could be targeted by the board of directors at the college.

    The proposals will be debated on Monday when potential costs will be decided.

  17. Brexit high on agenda of Bailiwick Council meeting

    The ongoing work with the UK government around Brexit was among the issues discussed at the sixth meeting of the Bailiwick Council.

    Representatives from Guernsey, Alderney and Sark also talked about local issues, such as fisheries and transport.

    Quote Message: With the negotiations well under way between the UK and the EU about the UK’s exit, it is more important than ever to have a strong relationship between the three islands of the Bailiwick." from Deputy Al Brouard Guernsey Policy and Resources Committee member with responsibility for Bailiwick matters
    Deputy Al BrouardGuernsey Policy and Resources Committee member with responsibility for Bailiwick matters
  18. Jersey Lifts app 'safer for passengers'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    An app designed to offer "Uber-style ride sharing" for people in Jersey is based on the popular "Jersey Lifts" Facebook page. The developers say the app will make asking for lifts safer.

    Lifts

    Jersey Lifts has proved controversial with police, some States members and the island's taxi industry who say it allow drivers to avoid taxi regulations and standards, and could be illegal.

    Police say it is only illegal if drivers are making a profit from offering lifts.

    Developers say the app will show passengers what they should expect to pay based on the fuel costs and journey times. They say it is a ride sharing app not a taxi service.

    Itineris, who produced the free app say it will make taking a lift safer than asking for it on Facebook as it will allow drivers and passengers to rate each other as well as log journey details, have cars registered and will allow for optional SMS alerts to family or friends when a passenger gets in the car.

  19. Guernsey's annual inflation higher than Jersey and UK

    Guernsey's annual inflation, measured by the changes in the RPIX in the year, at the end of last month, was 2.8%.

    RPIX excludes mortgage interest payment, while RPI includes it and was 2.3% at the end of June 2017.

    This compares to RPI 2.5% and RPIX 2.7% in Jersey.

    The UK's inflation rate, which is based on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May.

  20. Worries that killer hornet is 'here to stay'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Asian Hornet

    The president of Jersey Beekeepers' Association has said he's worried the Asian hornet, an invasive species which eats bees, has established itself in Jersey.

    A third Asian hornet nest was destroyed on Wednesday after being discovered in the east of the island.

    President of Jersey Beekeepers' Association Dr Tim du Feu said: "There's a more general distribution, which infers they are here to stay."

    "It's more than likely that they are establishing residence," he added.

    There have been 20 Asian hornet sightings so far this year, spread across the island.