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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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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

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

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

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

  2. 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"
  3. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Emma Martins Information Commissioner
    Emma MartinsInformation Commissioner

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    Guernsey:

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

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Senator Philip Ozouf

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Bailiff role debate: The Clothier review

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Royal Court entrance

    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.
  10. Airbnb hosting: Tourism laws 'designed to protect'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Someone scrolling through an Airbnb app on an iPad.

    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."

  11. Thailand backpackers murders: Defence argument hinges on forensics

    BBC News England

    Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun in prison

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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
    Quote Message: 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." from Deputy Sam Mezec Reform Jersey
    Deputy Sam MezecReform Jersey
  14. Prehistoric site being 'slowly eroded'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

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

    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."

  15. Housing report: Hundreds of new builds in the pipeline

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Building work at the GHA former Warry's bakery site

    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.

  16. Hester in action in Sweden

    BBC Sport

    Charlotte Dujardin (left) alongside Carl Hester at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
    Image caption: 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.

  17. 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