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Summary

  1. Three allegations of abuse in Jersey care homes in 2017
  2. Former Guernsey midwife cleared of some charges
  3. Model shop stops selling drones after court case
  4. Updates on Tuesday 17 October

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  1. BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

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

    We'll be back on Friday 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. Talking about mental health 'is important'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernseyman who overcome mental health problems says there has to be more openness about the issue.

    Nick Cannon helped himself by taking up cycling, initially as exercise, then as an endurance sport.

    Quote Message: To say it's tough is an understatement. It's a war and one we need to talk about to ensure people get help. I'm talking about it because I haven't talked about my emotions for a long time and that is a big part of my mental health problems and part of my recovery.
  3. Phone parking payment being rolled out island wide

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A scheme letting people pay for parking using a smartphone in Jersey is being rolled out to car parks across the island from 23 October.

    Pay by Phone

    The Department for Infrastructure trialed the service in Green Street Car Park in September and have been gradually extending it to other car parks.

    From 23 October it will be available in all car parks. Drivers would just need to download the app, select their car park and pay.

    If you don't have a smartphone it isn't a problem. A spokesman said: "Drivers will still be able to use paycards, season tickets and eco permits and the current payment system operating in Sand Street car park."

  4. Exercise 'is more than just sport' says expert

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A wider range of exercise options should be made available to young women in Guernsey, not just team and individual sports. That's the view of Dr Simon Sebire, a senior lecturer in physical activity at the University of Bristol.

    Dr Sebire is from Guernsey and is working to encourage more young women to take up physical activities after it was revealed in a report that just one in 10 get the required amount of exercise.

    Quote Message: Making sure that everybody understands physical activity has a broad description. It can be going for a walk, it could be getting off the bus a stop early. It is encouraging people to be physically active is not just about sport. from Dr Simon Sebire
    Dr Simon Sebire
  5. Farmers 'already doing a lot' to tackle nitrates

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The president of the Jersey Farmers Union says growers in the island have already been doing a lot to reduce the level of nitrates in soils.

    The environment campaign group Save Our Shoreline wants to set up a new charity to promote more sustainable farming and land use.

    Sea lettuce

    The group say they hope to convince farmers to use a more sustainable system of farming without using so much nitrate based fertiliser - which it claims would reduce the amount of sea lettuce on the south coast.

    Farmers leader Peter Le Maistre says they're already seeing the results of reduced nitrate use.

    He said: "When it comes to nitrates it is fairly common knoweldge that growers have been doing a lot of work reducing the amount of nitrates going on to the soil. We are seeing a result in reduction of levels in groundwater and streams."

  6. States asking about survivor benefit

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's social security department is reviewing whether it should pay extra to people when their husband or wife dies.

    The survivor's benefit pays out up to £250 a week for a year but a survey is asking if people think that should continue.

    The money's only available to people who were married to someone who contributed to the social security fund in the island.

    It is part of a wider review of social security contribution benefits, including maternity grants and allowances.

  7. Guernsey midwife cleared of misconduct

    A Romanian midwife who failed to address issues at Guernsey's scandal-hit Princess Elizabeth Hospital was cleared of misconduct today.

    NMC panel chair Yvonne Brown said Corina Lazar had been caught up in a “widespread custom” for which she bore no responsibility.

    Princess Elizabeth Hospital

    The most serious charge alleged Ms Lazar failed to address the culture labelled as "The Guernsey Way", in which midwives routinely used child birth drug Syntocinon without a doctor's prescription.

    Ms Brown said: “It was satisfied that such members of the public would not be concerned at a finding that your individual culpability, in the particular circumstances of this case, was not at a level which could properly be characterised as misconduct.”

  8. MSG should consider move to hospital site says charity boss

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chair of a Guernsey charity which promotes accessibility says talks on moving the Medical Specialist Group to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital site have been long-running.

    Princess Elizabeth Hospital

    Richard Evans from Access for All says it would be a better option than the current proposal by the group to move to a building near Trinity Square.

    Mr Evans, a former senior health department civil servant, says talks have been taking place for a number of years to move the MSG to the hospital site.

    He said: "We had talked to the MSG about bringing them on to the PEH site and it seemed to make sense to me. I don't see why that shouldn't still be possible."

  9. Call for comments on same sex marriage law

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel are calling for people interested in same sex marriage to get in touch.

    They are reviewing the proposed equal marriage law to make sure it is fit for purpose. The panel want to hear from interested parties as part of the reivew.

    The review will examine:

    • allowing for same-sex couples to get married in Jersey
    • the role of religious organisations
    • allowing for open air weddings
    • streamlining and bringing up to date the marriage process
  10. Manche Iles Express adds Alderney sailings in 2018

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    There will be more sailings between Alderney, Guernsey and France in 2018 by ferry operator Manche Iles Express.

    There will be 18 sailings to Alderney between May and September next year. There will also be more seats available as the M/V Victor Hugo is being refitted over the winter season.

    All sailings in July and August from Dielette will be direct to Alderney. There will be three sailings in July compared to two in 2017 and three in August compared to one in 2017.

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  11. Jersey man in Ireland 'surprised by the wind speed'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey man living in Ireland says despite warnings they weren't expecting yesterday's hurricane force winds to be so intense. They reched speeds of nearly a 120mph.

    Peter McDonnell lives in an old house in the village of Schull in County Cork on the coast and he says he and his partner were terrified the roof was going to come off.

    Mr McDonnell, who is a marine ecologist, says the sea is still raging and it's a particularly delicate time for the wildlife in the area.

  12. Farmers 'would be open' to nitrate reducing methods

    BBC Radio Jersey

    If new ways could be found to reduce nitrates in Jersey soil then island farmers would be "open-minded" to change. That's from the president of the Jersey Farmers Union.

    Environmental group Save Our Shoreline plans to set up a new charity to promote more sustainable farming and land use in the island.

    The group says it hopes to persuade farmers to reduce the amount of nitrate based fertiliser they use which they claim would reduce the amount of sea lettuce produced on the south coast.

    Peter Le Maistre from the farmers union says farmers are already doing a lot to reduce nitrate levels but would be open to new methods.

    Seaweed
    Quote Message: Let's stick to the facts first of all so we don't go scaremongering that farmers might be put out of business or politicians need to find £20m to underwrite things. There are already growers doing trials. from Peter Le Maistre President, Jersey Farmers Union
    Peter Le MaistrePresident, Jersey Farmers Union
  13. Strange weather affects both flights and ferries

    Guernsey Press

    Flights and ferry crossings were affected by yesterday’s strange weather.

  14. Reducing chemicals in farming 'could help sea lettuce problem'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey environmental group, Save Our Shoreline, says moving to a more environmentally friendly farming model and cutting chemicals could reduce the impact of sea lettuce on the beach.

    For several years beaches on the south coast of Jersey have been covered in a green sludgy sea lettuce. The group believe this is caused by nitrates and other chemicals used in farming leaking into the sea.

    Quote Message: We can't control the water temperature or the sunshine we get and we can't control the slope of St Aubin's Bay but we can control the amount of nitrates and phosphates going into the water. from Jacqui Carrel Save Our Shoreline spokeswoman
    Jacqui CarrelSave Our Shoreline spokeswoman
  15. Cloud and mist spreading in

    BBC Weather

    It will be generally cloudy across the Channel Islands this afternoon with periods of rain.

    It will also feel much fresher, although the winds will be lighter than on Monday. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

    The winds will remain light overnight with low cloud and mist spreading north across all parts.

    Becoming foggy in parts - further periods of rain are expected too. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

    Jersey

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey

    Guernsey weather
  16. Police lift the lid on ‘risky’ tactic of using informants

    Jersey Evening Post

    Law enforcement officers have revealed how paid informants help them seize thousands of pounds of drugs and criminal money in the island every year.

  17. Care home abuse allegations: Police and Age Concern urge people to speak out

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey police say they will pursue any allegations of abuse in Jersey care homes - and have joined Age Concern in urging people to speak out about any wrongdoing they see.

    It comes after a Freedom of Information request showed that three allegations of abuse have been made so far this year.

    Two members of staff have been suspended from their work in island care homes after it's claimed they handled residents roughly - amounting to common assault.

    Meanwhile, another was suspended after its said they used excessive force.

    None of the homes where they worked were named in the response.

    Det Insp Craig Jackson from the States of Jersey Police said the force will not hesitate to take action against anyone accused of treating vulnerable people badly.

  18. Restoration of important 'townscape shops' nearly complete

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Restoration work on buildings described by the National Trust for Jersey as an important example of an "old St Helier townscape" has almost finished.

    Three buildings in Pitt and Dumaresq streets in St Helier were ear-marked for demolition by the Channel Islands Co-op in 2016. They included a shop featuring the Nipper the Dog HMV mural on a side wall.

    Pitt Street

    The buildings back on to the Channel Islands Co-operative store in Charing Cross which is being redeveloped by the company and will include a Premier Inn hotel above the shop.

    The buildings have been described by the trust as "the best surviving example of early mid-18th Century townscape in St Helier".

    After protests and a petition the Channel Islands Co-op gifted the buildings to the trust, which have been restoring them to look the way they would have when first built.

    They have been covered in scaffolding for months but it is due to come down soon. The restoration by the trust also includes restoring the HMV mural.

  19. Advocate calls for phased increase of tax hike

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey advocate has spoken out against a proposed 200% increase in property tax paid by law firms.

    Advocate Tom Carey says the States should look to introduce the change gradually rather than in one go.

    The Policy and Resources Committee says the increase is in line with taxes paid by other regulated finance firms.

    Quote Message: It is not going to give much tax to government and lawyers and accounts already pay their share of tax to government. We are the 20% that pay 80% of the tax. We do contribute to society." from Advocate Tom Carey
    Advocate Tom Carey
  20. Environmental group proposes solution to sea lettuce issue

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    It's green, it's slimy and it smells. The sea lettuce problem has been plaguing St Aubin's Bay in Jersey for years and doesn't seem to be going away.

    St Aubin's Bay

    The States has tried putting it back into the sea - but it comes straight back. They've tried digging furrows in the sea - which didn't work.

    Now an environmental campaign group is calling on farmers to do their part and reduce chemical use.

    Save Our Shoreline Jersey says nitrates and other chemicals being pumped into the sea after being put on fields by farmers are part of the problem and reducing chemical use will reduce the sea lettuce problem.

    The group want farmers to move to more environmentally friendly practices.