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Summary

  1. Care inquiry: Employees investigated 'return to work'
  2. States rules out shooting seagull
  3. Jersey foodbank use 'increases significantly'
  4. Flying Christine called out after maintenance
  5. Updates on Monday 18 December 2017

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Jersey hospital managing director announced

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A new managing director for Jersey's General Hospital has been chosen to replace the current post-holder, Helen O'Shea, when she leaves in February.

Robert Sainsbury will take over the role having been the chief operating officer of a Clinical Commissioning Group covering a population of 1.1 million people since 2014 and both a senior nurse and ward manager.

Robert Sainsbury
BBC

The managing director has responsibility for all that happens at the General Hospital, as well as the States of Jersey Ambulance Service.

Julie Garbutt, chief executive for Health and Social Services, said: "We are delighted to have attracted and secured a candidate of Rob's calibre to this essential post.

"Rob joins us to take us on the next stage of this journey, at a time when we are continuing to change and improve health and social care services in Jersey to ensure they are the best they can be for islanders."

Weather: Cold night ahead before bright start

BBC Weather

The Channel Islands will be cold tonight with clear skies and hardly any wind. It will stay dry.

A few mist patches will form away from the sea. Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow morning will start off dry and bright with a few frosty valleys. However, it will cloud over later. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Motorists asked to avoid Collings Road after crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

Traffic is building up at Collings Road, in St Peter Port, after a "minor RTC" with no reported injuries says Guernsey's emergency services control centre.

International operation to salvage St Aubin yacht

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A belgian tug boat carrying a heavy lift barge is expected in St Helier later today, as specialists gather to retrieve a 20m (66ft) yacht submerged at the bottom of St Aubin's Bay.

The Antwerp vessel is needed along with a 20-man professional team to bring up the boat submerged off Portelet.

The vessel is expected to head out and set anchor on Tuesday, with the lift expected to commence on Wednesday.

During the operation maritime and drone exclusion zones will be in force in the area.

A buoy damaged by the private yacht
Jersey Harbours
Damage to the Ruaudiere Buoy sustained in the incident

This is a complex and delicate operation, involving two teams of divers and major assets brought into the island to assist with the recovery process. This includes a 200-tonne crane and decompression chamber on board the lift barge."

Ports of Jersey

Senator biggest contributor to States Christmas appeal

New Guernsey arts and culture group

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new group has been set up to make sure arts and culture are accessible and at the forefront of Guernsey life.

The Arts Strategy Working Group is a joint venture between the Guernsey Community Foundation and the Arts Commission, and has been set up in response to recent concerns over the funding of arts.

The plan is to develop a strategy that will detail a long term, sustainable funding plan and look at the way arts and culture is promoted and developed on the island.

Give new parents a year off - employment body

BBC Radio Jersey

Parents in Jersey could be entitled to a whole year of leave when they have children, if the States follow recommendations from the Employment Forum.

The non-political organisation was asked by the social security minister to review the laws governing maternity and paternity leave.

At the moment, women are allowed as little as two weeks paid leave and six weeks unpaid.

But the forum says that by 2019 it wants new mums and dads to have 52 weeks off, with six of them paid.

'No decision reached' on nuisance gull

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A nuisance gull's fate hangs in the balance after Jersey's environment department failed to come to a decision on what to do with the problem bird.

Gulliver, as the bird has become known, has been the focus of more than 20 complaints after dive-bombing beachgoers.

Following a petition signed by more than 700 people to save the gull and intervention from naturalist Chris Packham, Environment Minister Deputy Eddie Noel confirmed this morning that he would not allow the bird to be killed.

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Environment officers are now looking at alternative ways of controlling the bird.

Luxury yacht salvage operation to begin

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Efforts to salvage a 20m (66ft) yacht submerged at the bottom of Jersey's St Aubin's Bay will begin tomorrow.

A favourable weather forecast mean a 20-man professional team including 14 divers, salvage, barge and dive masters can commence their work, Ports of Jersey says.

The boat that sunk in St Aubin's Bay
Tony Rive

The six-berth vessel is reportedly worth £1.8m.

It sank after hitting a buoy earlier this month, with two men rescued by Jersey Fire and Rescue Service's inshore rescue boat responding to a mayday call out.

The boat is completely submerged off Portelet at a depth of about 20m (66ft).

Northside has reopened to traffic

BBC Radio Guernsey

It follows a crash between two vehicles earlier. One man sustained a head injury but it's not believed to be serious, Guernsey's emergency services said.

Watch: Swooping seagull chasing dogs at St Ouen

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Gulliver the seagull harasses dogs on a Jersey beach

We can't say with any certainty this is Gulliver, the seagull which is at the centre of a storm in Jersey, but this bird certainly displays many of the attributes described by others.

Chris De George sent us this recent footage from the Barge Aground area of St Ouen beach.

He said he and his wife have been pestered several times in roughly the same place on the beach by what appeared to be the same seagull.

"I can only assume it is the same bird. On that particular day I spoke to several other dog walkers who all said they had seen it."

"I actually walk my dog on a different part of the beach now in order to avoid it."

New 'earn as you learn' scheme to train teachers

Tyler Allen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new scheme aims to tackle Guernsey's shortage of teachers.

From 2018, graduates will be able to use the "earn as you learn" course to train in primary and secondary school teaching, all while earning a wage.

The course, headed by Education Services in conjunction with the University of Brighton, starts in September and runs for one year, leading to qualified teacher status in Guernsey upon completion.

Helen Grand, deputy director of the department, said: "The programme not only helps fill Guernsey's shortfall of teachers, but it provides the opportunity for more mature students to consider a career in the profession".

Swooped on during wedding photos

Josephine Baker

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

The couple being swooped on by a seagull
Natalie Mayer Photography

A bride had to abandon her wedding photo shoot because of a seagull believed to be at the centre of a row between the island's government and a prominent wildlife presenter.

It dive bombed her, grabbing at her veil, while her husband tried to drive it off.

Charlie Watkins and her new husband went to L'Etacq in St Ouen's Bay for some romantic pictures by the sea in September.

But not long into the shoot she heard a squawking from behind her and the seagull swooped down onto her veil.

Her husband batted the bird away but they were forced to abandon the shoot and come back later that evening.

The couple being swooped on by a seagull
Natalie Mayer Photography

Crash on Northside

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's emergency services are responding to a crash involving two vehicles on Northside, in the Vale.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area at this time.

Delayed Norman market to close early after selling out

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

The Norman market on Jersey's weighbridge will be closing earlier than expected, because the traders are running out of stock.

After its opening was delayed because of cancelled ferries, the market was due to stay open until midday on Wednesday.

Despite this setback, a spokesman for the Maison de Normandie says the traders have done so well that they will run out of stock by Tuesday evening, when it will close.

Alcohol stolen from Guernsey shed

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Several bottles of alcohol have been stolen from a garden shed in St Saviour, Guernsey, police have said.

Officers think the thieves climbed over a hedge on Rue Au Page to get into the property on La Villiaze Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information to come forward.

Tourist numbers and spending increase in Jersey

Sarah Bailey

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

Visit Jersey says there's been an encouraging increase in the number of tourists coming to the island and how much they spent.

The latest figures from the body show there were 672,000 visitors in the first 10 months of this year, a 4% increase compared to the same period in 2016.

This is reflected in the amount of money visitors spent in the island - £212m, also a 4% increase.

A 3% drop in business trips and 24% decrease in day trips to the island is thought to have been countered by a 16% increase in the number of leisure visitors, leading to the overall rise.

More than half of all visitors had never been to Jersey before.

Food bank feeding 50 a week

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey food bank says it now helps up to 50 people a week during the winter.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) runs the bank twice a week throughout the year from its office near St Thomas' Church.

It says it saw a 120 people in the first quarter of the year alone.

President Peter Farrell, says numbers have increased significantly over the past few years.

"I would say about four years ago it changed dramatically. I remember on a normal afternoon, you'd see maybe two people. Now it's more likely to be 20."

Meanwhile, a recent survey of lifestyles in the island found almost one in three people said their financial situation had worsened in the past year.

Electric bike rider is taken off roads

Guernsey Press

An electric bike rider has been taken off the road for a year and fined, after being caught twice driving without insurance, without a licence and without a helmet in the first case of its kind in Guernsey.

The electrically-assisted mountain bike was found to reach speeds of 33mph.

Hacked Christmas toys warning by experts

BBC Radio Guernsey

Christmas presents could be hacked - IT experts in the Channel Islands have warned.

Paul Johnson, from IT company Logicalis, said with certain devices people can "if they're in range of the bluetooth, hack in and listen to what's happening near that bluetooth device" using cameras and microphones installed in the gadget.

He said people can protect themselves by installing updates to software when they become available and by using complex passwords.

He added he was "not trying to scare shoppers", but people need to be aware.

Two-school model papers still not published

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

The president of Guernsey's Committee for Home Affairs is criticising the non-publication of the two-school model for secondary education.

The proposals haven't been published yet. Deputy Mary Lowe says islanders need time to fully digest them before the January States meeting.

Results of an investigation into the idea were initially scheduled to be published in mid November.

The two-school model proposition was made by the board of Guernsey’s College of Further Education.

The education committee is opposed to the plans, preferring its proposed three-school system.

The States is yet to comment on the delay.

Dawat restaurant regains four-star hygiene score

Guernsey Press

A face which may be familiar to Indian food lovers in the island has returned to the kitchen of the restaurant he owns, and has helped it go from zero hygiene stars to four.

Three-car crash at accident blackspot

Jersey Evening Post

The crash, on Rue des Mans, involved a van and two cars, but no-one was seriously injured, police said.

Online sex offender caught by vigilante

Jersey Evening Post

An online sex offender who tried to meet a teenage boy in a car park toilet for a sexual encounter has been jailed after being caught by a vigilante mother.

'Released' St Helier man airlifted to Southampton

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A man in his 20s who was released from hospital in Jersey after an altercation on Friday evening was then airlifted for treatment at Southampton General Hospital.

A spokesman for Health and Social Services apologised if a previous condition update had caused any confusion.

The man was taken by ambulance to the airport at about 18:00 on Saturday for further treatment on the head injuries he sustained in the altercation.

Deputy speaks out after 'online barrage'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician who claims to have been abused online by internet trolls is calling for more respect to be shown to deputies.

Sarah Hansmann-Rouxel has spoken out after a fellow politician highlighted the abuse he received over his stance on overseas aid funding.

Deputy Sarah Hansmann-Rouxel
BBC

Deputy Hansmann-Rouxel says there can be a fine line between comment, debate and trolling.

"It is about the negativity and the jumping on you as a politician and suddenly it's more than just debate.

"It's calling you an idiot, it's like shouting at you online, saying that you are a spectacular failure and what happens is you get a barrage.

"One person can do that, and post something really quite nasty and negative online, tag you in it, and you'll get notifications each time somebody likes it, retweets it, replies to it, and it becomes this sort of growing negativity around the work you're trying to do," she said.

Man injured in St Helier altercation 'out of hospital'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A man in his 20s injured in a "physical altercation" in the Hope and Bond Street area of St Helier on Friday night has been released from hospital.

He was treated at the Emergency Department on Saturday before being discharged that evening at 18:43, a spokesman for Health and Social Services said.

Blue skies over St Peter Port

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher Brass, who took this earlier this morning. With the sun on the seafront buildings, it almost looks warm.

St Peter Port seafront
BBC

Delayed Jersey shoeboxes arrive in Romania

BBC Radio Jersey

The Mustard Seed Jersey aid consignment, including the Christmas shoeboxes, has finally arrived in Romania.

It was delayed by strikes by dock workers in St Malo.

The shoeboxes contain clothing, toiletries, food and educational items for youngsters.

Some volunteer groups were unable to go or delayed, but others said they also helped out with medical care while in Romania.

Man on sex offenders register after nightclub grope

Jersey Evening Post

A 20-year-old man who squeezed the breast of a woman outside a Jersey nightclub has been placed on probation for 12 months and registered as a sex offender.

Tony Vance

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance concedes that his side were second best in their 3-1 loss at Walton Casuals.

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Give your thoughts on university funding plans

Freddie Miller

Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

You'll have the chance to share your views on plans to extend Jersey's student grant scheme today.

It's the first in a series of drop-in events on the funding package announced by the treasury minister in his budget speech two weeks' ago.

University students
BBC

Students with parents earning less than a combined £150,000-a-year will have all their tuition fees paid, and the grant that goes towards living costs will also go up. The funding will also be made available to more students.

Today's drop-in session is being held at the Jersey Library between 10:00 and 15:00.

Harvey Biljon

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon praises his squad after their fourth successive bonus-point win in the British and Irish Cup.

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Marti Cassidy

Jersey manager Martin Cassidy criticises the attitude of the island's players after their defeat in the FA Inter League Cup.

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Compromise needed on nuisance seagull - minister

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's environment minister, a former chicken farmer, says a compromise has to be found when it comes to dealing with a nuisance seagull in St Ouen.

Deputy Steve Luce says it is not acceptable to shoot the bird, but neither is it acceptable to let it carry on harassing people.

"We've got two extremes", he says, "the shooting with a rifle on one side and just allowing it to carry on upsetting people at the other extreme, we've got to find a compromise between the two".

The environment department has received more than 20 complaints about the animal dive-bombing beachgoers, but more than 700 people have signed an online petition to save the "friendly" seagull.

A decision by the department on Gulliver, as he's become known, is expected later.

Drizzle clearing to leave a fine and mild day

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

There'll be a bit of drizzle and light rain at first, but soon clearing.

For most of the day it will be fine and bright with good spells of sunshine around.

There will be mostly light winds with highs of 10C (50F).

Dan Downs presents Channel Islands weather forecast
BBC