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Summary

  1. Thailand backpacker murders: Convicted men submit final appeal against death sentence
  2. Jersey politician threatens to resign over deputy conduct
  3. Bailiff defends role after care inquiry comments
  4. Guernsey Housing Association sees fall in demand
  5. Updates on Tuesday 22 August 2017

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Bailiff role debate: The Carswell review

Rob England

BBC News Online

“Unhelpful” and “unnecessary”, are some of the terms used by Jersey’s Bailiff to describe references to his role in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry’s final report.

Sir William Bailhache said the report’s recommendations, to follow the advice of the Carswell review of 2010 and remove the Bailiff’s role as speaker in the States Assembly, looked at “very limited evidence”.

The Carswell review found several reasons why the Bailiff should not have a dual role, including:

  • The current role is "inconsistent with modern ideas of democracy" and "projects an inappropriate image of Jersey to the wider world"
  • The practice is "unique to Jersey and Guernsey, as in every other democratic jurisdiction there is a separation of the judiciary from the legislature"
  • "Spending large amounts of time presiding in the States is a wasteful use of the time of a skilled lawyer with judicial ability and experience"

St Helier email data breach 'human error'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Sharing all the email addresses of St Helier ratepayers with other ratepayers was "human error", the information commissioner has found.

The error on 14 July saw the emails entered in the 'cc' box rather than 'bcc' box.

Emma Martins said a number of recommendations had been agreed with the parish covering all email communication.

We have determined this incident as a case of individual human error in failing to prevent the disclosure of group email addresses of other recipients. "We can confirm that we consider the Parish, acting as data controller, took timely and appropriate measures in response to the breach. Contact was made with this office immediately the incident came to light and we have had full co-operation since that time for which we are grateful."

Emma MartinsInformation Commissioner

She said it served to highlight the importance of tight policies and procedures as well as staff training and awareness.

Yacht calls for help after mechanical failure

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The 38ft yacht Angelica had to be towed to safety after suffering mechanical failure about one mile east of Raz Island.

Alderney’s lifeboat left the harbour at 14:50 and was on scene within 10 minutes and after establishing a tow took the yacht and its two crew to Braye Harbour.

Crocodile Dundee fraud case collapses in Italy

Jersey Evening Post

A former Jersey accountant accused of Australia’s biggest ever tax scam that allegedly fleeced a Crocodile Dundee film star of millions of pounds has been freed from prison after the case against him collapsed.

Weather update: Warm evening expected

BBC Weather

This evening will be generally dry and warm. Cloud will thicken in the west later bringing some fog and patchy rain and drizzle.

Jersey:

Jersey evening weather forecast
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Guernsey:

Guernsey evening weather forecast
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Senator's credit card records to be released

BBC Radio Jersey

Senator Philip Ozouf
BBC

The full details of any personal transactions Senator Philip Ozouf made on a States credit card are to be published.

Senator Ozouf's states credit card use is under review, after he was accused of using it to buy personal items.

The former treasury minister and assistant chief minister spent more than £40,000 on his States credit card between 2014 and 2016.

It is not clear how much was spent on personal items.Three Freedom of Information requests have asked for more information on Senator Ozouf's card use and repayments.

The department responded by saying it will provide the information before the end of September, when the review is complete.

Watchdog members resign over ‘Deputy’s lies’

Jersey Evening Post

A watchdog that scrutinises public spending was plunged into chaos yesterday after two of its members resigned following a vote of censure being lodged against its chairman who was found to have breached the States code of conduct.

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Bailiff role debate: The Clothier review

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's Royal Court entrance
BBC

A report has “fanned the flames” of debate on the role of Jersey’s Bailiff, according to incumbent Sir William Bailihache, who has hit back against the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

The inquiry’s final report recommended acting on the findings of the 2000 Clothier Review, which said the Bailiff should not act as both head of the judiciary and speaker in the States.

Three reasons were put forward by the review:

  • No one should hold or exercise political power or influence unless elected by the people so to do.
  • No one who is involved in making the laws should also be involved judicially in a dispute based upon them.
  • The Bailiff makes decisions about who may or may not be allowed to speak, or put questions in the States, or about the propriety of a member’s conduct. Such decisions may well be challenged in the Royal Court on grounds of illegality but, of course, the Bailiff cannot sit to hear and determine those challenges to his own actions.

Airbnb hosting: Tourism laws 'designed to protect'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Someone scrolling through an Airbnb app on an iPad.
BBC

Guernsey laws on renting your home to visitors are not designed to catch out users of accommodation sites like Airbnb, the economic development committee has said.

An 8.3% growth in staying "leisure" visitors in the three months to June has been attributed in part to a growth in people listing their home on such sites.

However, only properties inspected by the committee and issued with a permit can legally accommodate paying guests.

Quality Development Manager, Peter Perrio, said people need to follow the law.

"That's partly to protect them, partly to protect the visitor, and partly to protect Guernsey's reputation as a holiday destination."

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Thailand backpackers murders: Defence argument hinges on forensics

BBC News England

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun in prison
EPA

The defence team for two Burmese migrant workers found guilty of murdering two British backpackers will argue the reliability of forensic procedures in a final appeal.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were sentenced to death for the murders of David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, in December 2015.

Nakhon Chompuchat, head of the defence team, is expected to argue the forensic match in samples collected from Miss Witheridge's body and the defendants were unreliable.

It is not yet known when a decision on the appeal will be made.

Single islanders urged to sign up for dating event

Guernsey Press

Single islanders looking for love have the chance to take part in a dating evening based on the popular television programme.

Deputy 'concerned' by Bailiff intervention

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey politician has criticised the island's Bailiff after he wrote to the chief minister about proposed changes to his role.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry suggested a separation of powers, echoing previous reports on the role.

Deputy Sam Mezec said he was concerned by the four-page letter written by Sir William Bailhache, published ahead of a debate into the separation of the role as both head of the States and the island's chief judge.

Sir William Bailhache said it would be "absurd" if he didn't comment on the matter, and was critical of the care inquiry's recommendation.

Deputy Sam Mezec
BBC

What concerns me is that he, as the supposedly impartial speaker of Jersey's Parliament, has written to our elected chief minister essentially recommending to him that he disregards the evidence and findings of a £23m inquiry, and he's done so to perpetuate his own self interest."

Deputy Sam MezecReform Jersey

Prehistoric site being 'slowly eroded'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Dr Phil de Jersey speaking at Le Catrioc, on Guernsey's west coast
BBC

A Guernsey archaeologist is warning there's a limited window of opportunity to find out more about one of the island's historic landmarks.

Prehistoric flint and medieval pottery are regularly exposed by coastal erosion around the islet of Capelle Dom Hue, on Guernsey's West Coast.

States Archaeologist Phil de Jersey is leading an archaeological team on the site next week.

"It is being slowly eroded away, it is quite a slow process," he said.

"You can see that is slowly becoming smaller and smaller, so we would like to try and excavate the middle part of the island for a proper look while we have a chance."

Housing report: Hundreds of new builds in the pipeline

BBC Radio Guernsey

Building work at the GHA former Warry's bakery site
Guernsey Housing Association

The Guernsey Housing Association is planning to build 90 homes over the next 12 months and a further 150 by 2019, despite seeing a fall in demand in 2016.

The association helps lower income islanders find housing.

Its 2016 report highlights more affordable house prices contributing to more islanders being able to rent or buy in the private sector without its assistance.

Chief executive Steve Williams said the trend was "great" as it gives more choice to people, however, he was unsure how long the trend would last.

"Who knows whether it's flat-lining now, plateauing, or what really, it's hard to tell," he said.

Hester in action in Sweden

BBC Sport

Charlotte Dujardin (left) alongside Carl Hester at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
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Charlotte Dujardin (left) alongside Carl Hester at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Sark Olympic dressage gold medalist Carl Hester competes in Gothenburg, at the European championships this week.

Hester, 50, will compete on his own horse Nip Tuck alongside team-mates Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes and Spencer Wilton.

He said it will be a "hard task" for Great Britain to win a European medal without retired horse Valegro.

Homemade alcohol confiscated at prison

Jersey Evening Post

Homemade alcohol has been confiscated from prisoners at HMP La Moye, a Freedom of Information request has shown.

Politician threatens to resign over deputy conduct

BBC Radio Jersey

A member of Jersey's States Public Accounts Committee has said he will resign if its chairman loses a vote of censure and doesn't step down.

The Constable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft and Deputy Judy Martin have already left their roles after a States committee found Deputy Andrew Lewis had breached the code of conduct for States members.

It is after the care inquiry panel found Deputy Andrew Lewis lied over the suspension of the former police chief Graham Power when he said he'd seen a Metropolitan Police report on the child abuse investigation, when he hadn't.

Deputy Lewis denied deliberately misleading the house and the inquiry.

Constable Chris Taylor said he would stay on the committee for now but it would be "difficult to work with" Deputy Lewis if he loses the vote next month.

Deputy Lewis
BBC

Pointues Rocques residents worried about 150-home plan

Guernsey Press

Concerns over the future of a development site at Pointues Rocques have been raised by its residents, after a framework was released with a potential 150 new homes to be built.

Dominic Chappell to be prosecuted over BHS collapse

BBC Business News

The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute Dominic Chappell, the former boss of retail chain BHS.

He is charged with failing to provide information and documents the regulator requested during its investigation into the sale of BHS.

Chappell's Retail Acquisitions (RAL) bought BHS for just £1 in 2015 from billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green.

The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and a pension deficit of £571m. In Jersey, 60 jobs went.

Dominic Chappell
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Girls who took sushi send apology

Jersey Evening Post

A sushi restaurant in St Helier has received an anonymous letter of apology from two girls after they entered the premises in the early hours and took food that was due to be donated to a local charity.

Guernseyman travels thousands of miles for 'beautiful' eclipse

Solar eclipse: The day the US went dark

A Guernsey astronomer experienced yesterday's solar eclipse from an American town with the same name as the Channel Island.

David Le Conte, a member of the Guernsey Astronomical Society, said conditions were "absolutely perfect" to view the eclipse from the small town of Guernsey, Wyoming.

"For most it was their very first total eclipse of the sun, and an experience which they will never forget," he said.

"As the eclipse progressed from appearance of the very first 'bite' appearing on the sun as it started being covered by the moon the anticipation of the watchers grew.

"It got noticeably cooler, and in the last 20 seconds darker and darker, until at the moment of total eclipse the 'night' fell, people shrieked with delight and awe, and the solar corona unfurled like a beautiful flower."

Despite the sight lasting just over two minutes Mr Le Conte said it was worth travelling thousands of miles to experience it.

Bailiff role debate: The 'Jersey way'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey’s Bailiff has criticised the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel, who said the relationship between the judiciary and the political powers in Jersey has contributed to the “Jersey way”.

The inquiry’s final report references comments made to it by a witness to the Carswell and Clothier reviews of the States Assembly, who recommended the Bailiff cease acting as the speaker in the States, and for the role to be elected by States members.

In a letter to the chief minister, Bailiff Sir William Bailhache said the link made between the comments to the historic reviews was “illogical and unnecessary”.

The report said the “Jersey way” was a culture in the island which allowed “serious issues” to be “swept under the carpet”.

The States is yet to comment.

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Thailand backpackers murders: Men lodge further appeal against convictions

Two men, who face the death penalty in Thailand for the murder of two young Britons, have submitted a final appeal against their convictions.

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller
PA
Hannah Witheridge and David Miller

Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Hemsby in Norfolk, was killed along with her friend David Miller, 24, from Jersey.

Their bodies were found on a beach on Koh Tao in September 2014.

The two migrant workers from Burma, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, denied killing the pair, but were found guilty of their murders in December 2015.

In March, the country's Court of Appeals upheld the pair's murder convictions.

This latest appeal is being made to Thailand's Supreme Court, with the defence maintaining their argument that Thai police failed to properly collect and test DNA samples which were found at the scene and used to convict the two men.

Show bus service returns

Former home to house junior doctors

BBC Radio Jersey

Exterior of the former Limes Residential Homes
BBC

Jersey States-owned development company Andium Homes wants to change a former nursing home into cheap accommodation.

The former Limes Residential Home has been acquired by the developer from Jersey's government after it was closed in April 2016 because the building was "not fit for purpose".

The site on Green Street, St Helier, is refurbished to accommodate "key island workers", including junior doctors.

It will then be turned into affordable housing, the developer said.

Weather: Dry and warm, with the odd shower

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It will be a fine, warm and rather humid day with plenty of sunny spells across Jersey and Guernsey.

This sunshine may spark off the odd shower later, but most should stay dry. Maximum temperature: 27C (81F).

BBC Channel Islands forecast from weather presenter Dan Downs
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‘Whispering’ Bob Harris to host third Halkett Hoedown

Jersey Evening Post

A national radio presenter, described as the "British face of Country and Americana music" is due to host the third Halkett Hoedown in St Helier this weekend.

Public meeting on L'Ancresse wall changes

BBC Radio Guernsey

L'Ancresse Sea Wall
BBC

People in Guernsey will get a second chance to find out more about the future of L'Ancresse sea wall later today.

The environment committee faces continued opposition to its plans to remove, rather than repair, part of the crumbling World War Two anti-tank wall at the eastern end of L'Ancresse Bay.

Consultants Royal Haskoning will present the options at a public meeting at St Sampson's School, starting at 19:30.

It will also be streamed on the States of Guernsey's Facebook page.

Sex abuse victim praises mental health initiative

Jersey Evening Post

A mother-of-two who was sexually abused as a child has spoken of how an initiative to support parents with mental health issues and their children has changed her life.

Thailand backpacker murders: Convicted men submit final appeal against death sentence

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Two men, who face the death penalty in Thailand for the murder of two young Britons, have submitted a final appeal against their sentence.

Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Hemsby in Norfolk was killed along with her friend David Miller, 24, from Jersey.

Their bodies were found on a beach on Koh Tao in September 2014.

The two migrant workers from Burma deny killing the pair, but were found guilty of their murders in December 2015.

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller
PA

Strong wind warning issued for this evening

Cloudy skies set to clear

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher and cloud fancier Chris Cumulus, who sent this photo in from St Andrews in Guernsey this morning.

We're due sunny spells later.

Cloudy skies over Guernsey
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Partial eclipse captured in Jersey

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Guernsey housing report highlights

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

GHA report graphic showing breakdown of properties owned
GHA

Guernsey's Housing Association (GHA) has released its annual residents report for 2016/17, setting out its work in 2016 to house islanders on lower incomes. Here are some of the key facts:

  • Since 2002 the GHA has provided 796 new homes for over 2,000 Guernsey people
  • Le Grand Courtil in St Martins and La Nouvelle Maraitaine in the Vale were completed in 2016, housing over 165 residents
  • A residents’ survey found 92% were satisfied with the quality of their GHA home and 89% were satisfied with the GHA's service
  • In 2016, the GHA received £7.1m in rental income, 65% of which was spent paying off loans raised to fund building new housing, 21% on maintenance, and 14% on running costs
  • 99.4% of tenants' rent was paid on time
  • In 2018, the GHA aims to complete another 50-60 new homes

Weather: Fine and warm

BBC Weather

It will be a fine, warm and rather humid day with plenty of sunny spells. A few showers may develop through the afternoon, but it will remain mainly dry and winds will be light.

Jersey:

Jersey forecast
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Guernsey:

Guernsey forecast
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The solar eclipse, from Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Yesterday's solar eclipse captured from Guernsey, Wyoming
David Le Conte

That would be Guernsey, Wyoming.

Thank you to David Le Conte, member of the Guernsey Astronomical Society who sent this photograph after travelling to the small American town with the same name as the Channel Island.

Yesterday's solar eclipse wowed Americans as a huge shadow cast by the Moon passed in front of the Sun.

"Conditions were absolutely perfect, with not a cloud in the sky."

"Here in this part of Wyoming hundreds of thousands filled up all available accommodation, camped by the roadside, and threw big parties," he said.

"After the eclipse the roads were clogged with traffic, much of it heading back to neighbouring Colorado and other states."