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Summary

  1. Jersey's meteorological drought period ends
  2. Owner to appeal planning rejection of holiday village
  3. Charity rowers expected to arrive in Guernsey
  4. Updates for Friday 27 July 2018

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Jersey celebrate title

Jersey retain the annual inter-island cricket title against rivals Guernsey after winning all three of their T20 matches.

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Callum Stanton and Will Fazackerley

Guernsey FC still await their first points of the season after losing 3-0 at home to Ashford United in Isthmian League South East Division.

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Weather: Cloudy with the possibility of rain

BBC Weather

Friday night is expected to remain dry with some clear spells, but cloud will tend to thicken from the west as the night progresses.

Minimum Temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

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Saturday will be a cloudier day, and the cloud may be thick enough to give some showery rain at times. A rather humid feel.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Private sector partnership 'may cut waiting times'

BBC Radio Jersey

A partnership between the public and the private sector is being investigated to help cut waiting times for dental appointments at Jersey's hospital, according to the health minister.

The hospital recently began publicly displaying its waiting times, which showed people needing dentist treatment are waiting for more than a year for their first appointment.

Deputy Richard Renouf admitted the 55 week wait time was "an embarrassment" and said it was because the island was struggling to recruit and retain dentists.

He says he particularly wanted to reduce the waiting times for children needing treatment.

We're not going to hide it [waiting times] anymore, we're going to say this is a problem for us, we're doing what we can and we would ask people to understand the pressures that hospitals face."

Deputy Richard Renouf

Deputy Renouf said he will now be speaking with hospital managers to try to improve procedures, but added he would not look to put targets on each department.

Vehicle drove off after crashing into wall

Rob England

BBC News Online

A "tall vehicle" caused damage to leadwork after crashing into a wall on Grand Fort Road in St Sampson, Guernsey Police have said.

Officers say they are investigating the crash sometime between 10-15 August after the vehicle failed to stop.

Disciplinary hearing for Cipriani

BBC Sport

Gloucester Rugby player Danny Cipriani will be subject to an independent disciplinary panel, the Rugby Football Union has said.

Following his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest at a nightclub in Jersey, the RFU has charged him with conduct "prejudicial to the interests of the game".

The hearing will take place next week.

Cipriani leaves Jersey court after admitting assault and resisting arrest charges

We have high standards that we expect across the game, in line with rugby’s core values, from all those involved within it. I have this afternoon taken the decision to charge Danny Cipriani."

David BarnesRFU Head of Discipline

Would you regularly travel to Luxembourg?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Businesses in the Channel Islands are being asked if they would use a Jersey to Luxembourg via Guernsey route.

Blue Islands is surveying potential users of the route to see if there is interest in a twice weekly flight.

The proposed outbound flights would leave Jersey at mid-morning and fly to Luxembourg via Guernsey, with a flight time of an hour and 40 minutes.

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England should stick with Cipriani, former manager says

BBC Sport

Danny Cipriani should still be part of the England rugby team, according to the fly-half's former manager Steve Diamond.

Gloucester fly-half Cipriani was fined on Thursday after pleading guilty to assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a Jersey nightclub.

Danny Cipriani
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Cipriani was ordered to pay a total of £2,250 after the incident

Diamond, who was the 30-year-old's director of rugby for four years at Sale, says the episode should not spell an end to his England career.

"It would be too harsh," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"England need all the help they can get at the moment and players like him are few and far between."

Diamond believes Cipriani will be "pulled into line" by Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann and "told that he's not even worn the cherry and white of Gloucester yet".

"He just has to get his talking back on the field," he added.

Theft suspected as kayaks disappear

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two kayaks are believed to have been stolen from a St Martin's slipway, according to Guernsey Police.

It happened sometime between early July and Saturday, 11 August.

The yellow kayaks are both Ocean Kayaks brand, one was a full sized one person and the other a smaller model.

Officers said, whilst theft was suspected, it was also possible a high tide floated the kayaks away.

Police have asked those using the area to remove or secure their property at all times.

Hedge strimming can 'damage wildlife'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Concerns over damage to Guernsey's wildlife have prompted a warning from a politician who is against cutting back hedges too much.

Deputy Al Brouard says "increased mechanisation" when strimming hedges means damage can be caused to banks and wildlife.

"These banks and hedges can be a haven for wildlife, both plants and animals, and add much to the island's natural living diversity," he said.

Working with the island's Biodiversity Partnership, a body which advises the government on the implementation of its biodiversity strategy, the deputy has produced a leaflet with guidelines aimed at protecting wildlife.

Strimming guidelines
Biodiversity Partnership

One-bed flat prices 'do not reflect market'

BBC Radio Jersey

New figures showing the cost of one bedroom flats in Jersey do not reflect the market as a whole, according to an estate agent.

Figures from the States of Jersey show the average price is now £258,000, an increase of £34,000 on the previous quarter.

Gill Hunt, president of the Jersey Estate Agents Association, says a number of factors have contributed to a higher average cost.

Overall the average price for a property in Jersey is now £480,000, up 6% on 2017.

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States of Jersey Statistics Unit

The reason for the spike in that quarter is because there were over 20 one-bed apartments that sold for over 300,000 so it has raised the average of all apartments in that quarter. The reason for that is these are new build apartments, they have lift service, probably parking, and a view. Therefore the demand for these types of properties is high."

Gill HuntPresident of the Jersey Estate Agents Association

Fire at Rue Cohu house

Guernsey Press

Firefighters were called to a Rue Cohu house after the occupant heard bangs and subsequently found a fire at the property.

Jersey Airport could get VIP lounge

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Airport could get a VIP lounge and an outside viewing area as part of a £42m redevelopment plan.

Ports of Jersey, the government-owned company responsible for the airport, said it hoped work would begin by the end of 2018.

The final plans include a children's play area, a sensory room and a multi-faith room.

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Jersey boy to compete in superhero triathlon

BBC Radio Jersey

A seven-year-old boy from Jersey will be putting on his cape to take part in a superhero triathlon to raise money for a local charity.

Harry De Gruchy Wilson, who has special needs, will become Batman for the day when he takes part in the event in Buckinghamshire on Saturday.

The triathlon is aimed at people with disabilities and Harry and his mum Cirsty will compete against para-Olympians and Invictus Games athletes.

Harry will be swimming 150m, running 1,000km and peddling 3,000km on a specially designed tricycle to raise money for Holidays for Heroes Jersey.

Harry De Gruchy Wilson
Cirsty De Gruchy

Scooter crash case takes 20 months to get to court

Guernsey Press

A scooter rider ended up in a coma for eight days and broke 30 bones after he collided with an unmarked police car.

Pest controllers destroy Asian hornet nest in roof

Jersey Evening Post

A pest control expert wearing protective clothing had to lean out of a fourth-floor window in St Aubin recently to destroy a colony of Asian hornets that had built a nest inside a roof.

Fewer away fans expected for Guernsey FC match

BBC Radio Guernsey

Up to 95% fewer fans could attend Saturday's game against Guernsey FC compared to last year, according to Ashford United Football Club.

In the previous season, as many as 100 Ashford fans travelled to Footes Lane for the match, which is part of the Bostik League.

But Ashford United's media manager, Ben Phillips, said "about 95%" of supporters who travelled out last year would not be making the trip as the league's organisers had only given them four weeks to make travel plans - by making the match earlier in the season.

He said they were "absolutely gutted" to see Guernsey was the first away game for the team, as they had a "fantastic time" last season.

The league has said it's been selected by a computer and it's been done fairly, so you can't really argue with that. It would have been nice if the fixture had been moved. I understand why they're not moving it. They're saying if we do it for one then we'd have to do it for everybody."

Phillip RichardsonSupporter

Cipriani: 'I am truly sorry'

BBC Radio Jersey

England rugby star Danny Cipriani has admitted he was "wrong" to argue with a bouncer at a Jersey nightclub on Wednesday.

The Gloucester fly-half was fined £2,000 after pleading guilty to common assault and resisting arrest in Jersey's Magistrates Court on Thursday.

In a statement on Twitter, the 30-year-old said he reacted in the "wrong manner" for "a matter of seconds".

Jersey Magistrates Court heard the rugby player tried to grab a body camera off a doorman at the Royal Yacht nightclub and later, whilst resisting arrest, left a female police officer with bruises on her bicep and red marks on her neck.

Cipriani said he was "initially confused" why he was being detained by officers and tried to hold them off, adding, "I didn't strike anyone or initiate aggression in any way".

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Gloucester Rugby say they will continue to offer Cipriani their full support.

Patients wait more than a year for some appointments

BBC Radio Jersey

People needing dental treatment at Jersey's General Hospital are waiting more than a year for their first appointment, according to recent figures.

Hospital waiting times are now published online, following a pledge from Jersey's health minister.

In the first sitting of the new States Assembly Deputy Richard Renouf promised to publish the average waiting times for both a first appointment and operations in a number of different departments.

June and May saw the longest wait for dental appointments this year, with an average of 55 weeks and 46 weeks.

Jersey hospital
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There are considerable variations in the average times an islander is likely to have to wait for their appointment or procedure but it is important to say that urgent cases are always prioritised. I and my colleagues in the department are working to reduce delays and improve patients’ experience of hospital services."

Deputy Richard Renouf

Dry and sunny with patches of cloud

BBC Weather

Friday looks set to be a dry and mostly sunny day across the Channel Islands.

There will be a few patches of cloud too though, particularly later.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

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Danny Cipriani

The England rugby player says he is "truly sorry" after admitting assault and resisting arrest.

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Weather: Some small cloud but sunny

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Thursday evening will be dry with predominantly clear skies. There will be very little if any cloud around. A slightly cooler night.

Minimum Temperature: 11 to 15C (52 to 59F).

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Friday will be a dry and generally fine day with sunny periods, although the sunshine may be rather hazy at times.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Channel Islands' celebrate A-level success

Rob England

BBC News Online

Students in Jersey and Guernsey are celebrating a higher A-level pass rate than those in England as results are released.

Jersey's overall pass rate was 99.0%, similar to 2017, with 61.1% of the island's 488 students receiving grades A*, A or B.

Pupils who took the International Baccalaureate (IB) achieved a 97% pass rate, with scores "above the worldwide average", according to the States.

Jersey results
BBC

Congratulations to all across the island who received their A-level results today. These are fantastic results today, the best in recent years. I would like to thank the teachers, parents and carers who have encouraged and supported our students during these two years of hard and dedicated work."

Senator Tracey ValloisEducation Minister, States of Jersey

In Guernsey 99.8% of students received grades A* to E pass grades, with an average IB result of 31 points.

Guernsey Student
BBC

This excellent outcome is due to the students’ hard work but we should also recognise the support and dedication of their teachers, lecturers and support staff who have played such a significant part in the students’ success."

Deputy Richard GrahamVice President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture

The overall A Level pass rate for England is thought to be 97.6%.

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'Entitled' housing status in public sector 'dangerous'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Granting special housing status to some public sector workers and not others places a dangerous "premium" on some employees over others, a Jersey politician has said.

Deputy Jess Perchard wants to change the law that allows States workers to be offered housing qualifications as part of their job, if they bring social or economic benefits to Jersey.

She is also calling for the States to examine what entitles someone to be given residency based on their wealth, and says specific phrases in the law need to have clear definitions.

When the head of Jersey's civil service, Charlie Parker, got his job he was given entitled Status "in the interest of the community", which caused outcry from some politicians.

Deputy Perchard, who has put the matter forward for debate, says this rule was aimed at encouraging high value residents to the island and was not intended to be for civil servants.

Videos released for Jersey Airport revamp

Rob England

BBC News Online

Work on a £42m redevelopment of Jersey Airport is "on track" to start by the end of 2018, according to Ports of Jersey.

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Ports of Jersey

Videos have been released of what the new development might look like.

The plans include the creation of a two-storey arrivals and departures terminal, including an emergency services building and improvements to the aircraft stands and taxiways.

Also included are plans to demolish the former Jersey hangar as well as eventual removal of the current arrivals terminal.

A Ports of Jersey spokesman said contractors to take on the work had been identified and would be announced soon.

Mystery ring found on Jersey beach

Rob England

BBC News Online

A metal detectorist is puzzled about where a large silver ring, believed to be more than 100 years old, came from after it was found on a Jersey beach.

Richard Miles was searching for another piece of jewellery for a friend on the north end of St Ouen's beach when he made the discovery.

He said the "pleasing" find was rusted with "extreme corrosion" and even after cleaning it the hallmarks are still hard to identify.

The initials GMW or GWR are engraved on the ring and Mr Miles said "it may be possible for somebody out there to work out whose initials they are".

He said: "These objects, although we find them never truly belong to us, they really belong to the people that lost them, and it would be lovely to return it to its rightful owners."

silver ring
Rosalind Le Quesne

It's a large gentleman's signet ring I guess, it weighs in at 19 grams and is solid silver. When it was cleaned up you could see there was a hallmark inside but because this thing has been in a salt water environment for so long it's quite difficult to distinguish what the hallmarks are. You normally get the city mark, you get a silver mark and you also get a date letter. Now unfortunately although it looks like it may be London you can't actually make out the year."

Drone guidance updated for Guernsey and Alderney

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey and Alderney airports have updated legislation on how drones can be used in the airspace nearby.

The advice, which outlines where they can be used and what permissions are required, says no drones are permitted within two nautical miles of the airports.

The Head of Ports for Guernsey and Alderney, Colin Le Ray said the changes were not prompted by "increased drone activity".

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One bedroom flat cost hits record high

BBC Radio Jersey

The cost of a one bedroom flat in Jersey is the highest it has ever been, according to the latest house price index figures.

The average price is now £258,000, which is up £34,000 from the previous quarter.

Overall the average price for a property in Jersey is now £480,000, up 6% on 2017.

House price index
Jersey Statistics Unit

Sink hole closes road for another week

Rob England

BBC News Online

A road in St Helier will remain closed next week to allow a sink hole to be filled in.

Duhamel Street was closed on Monday when the hole was discovered.

sink hole
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Cipriani leaves Jersey court after assault charge
England and Gloucester rugby player Danny Cipriani had to pay £2,250 after the nightclub assault.

Fall in agricultural workers in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

The number of people working in Jersey's agriculture industry is the lowest it has been in 10 years, according to a government report.

Figures from the States of Jersey show the number of employees working on farms around the island fell from 1,847 in 2007 to 1,436 in 2017.

The biggest drop was in full-time staff, which has fallen by 28% in a decade.

John Vautier, the rural business adviser for the States, says it is due to a change in crop patterns.

Jersey Royals planting in Rozel
BBC

We're more reliant now on the seasonal Jersey Royal than the range of crops from a decade ago, so the amount of full-time staff has fallen away in line with that."

John Vautier

Jersey's Minister for Economic Development, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said the uptake of "alternative crops" was "interesting and exciting" with tea and hemp plantations expanding.

Club offers Cipriani 'full support'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Danny Cipriani, who was fined and ordered to pay compensation after an assault at a Jersey nightclub, is "very remorseful" according to Gloucester Rugby Club.

Danny Cipriani
PA

Appearing at Jersey Magistrates' Court the fly-half was ordered to pay a fine of £2,000 and a further £250 compensation.

The Gloucester star pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest and was ordered to pay the compensation to a woman police officer.

Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan said "incidents of this nature are very disappointing to be associated with".

"We will deal with it in a robust but balanced way but based purely on the facts."

The club added the "incident in question" was "over in a matter of seconds" and added it was "a reaction to the conduct of other parties involved".

"Danny is a Gloucester Rugby player and will receive our full support as we focus on the exciting season ahead," Mr Vaughan said.

Minister to respond to rent cap e-petition

Rob England

BBC News Online

A petition calling on Jersey's government to introduce a price cap for rent in the island has gained more than 1,000 signatures online.

The number of signatures means a minister will be required to respond.

In the description the petition says: "Rents are far too high. Rents should be around 30% of people's salaries. The present rents are causing rent distress in individuals and businesses to close."

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Population management law vote was 'crazy'

BBC Radio Guernsey

It was "crazy" to vote through Guernsey's Population Management Law according to a member of island's Open Market Forum.

The States of Guernsey said the law is designed to make sure the island has the "right mix of people" to support its community and economy.

The law also governs job permits for businesses and housing qualifications.

The forum represents owners of open market properties in the island...

The new law is focused on managing the size and make-up of the population in accordance with the strategic direction of the States. While medium and long term employment permit holders can live in the local market in their own right, short term employment permit holders can still only live in the local market on a board and lodgings basis."

Population Management Office

Solar power charges 'too expensive' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Electricity is making it too expensive to install solar panels, according to a hotel group.

Ian Walker, managing director of Little Big Hotel Group, says the standby charge of £6.86 per kilowatt is much more than in Jersey, where commercial properties pay £3.25 per kilowatt.

solar panels
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A standby charge can be applied by an electricity provider for customers which generate their own electricity but need a back up power supply in case they are unable to generate sufficient power for their needs.

Mr Walker says the current charge from Guernsey Electricity means he will not see any financial benefit for years, and is calling for them to scrap it - to encourage more businesses to use renewable energy.

Guernsey Electricity says it supports solar panels and their new tariff and charges structure will make the cost recovery "very transparent".

Thousands expected at Guernsey show

Guernsey Press

Thousands are expected at this year’s West Show which has been showcasing agricultural and horticultural activities for more than 100 years.

Man fined for buying cannabis on Snapchat

Jersey Evening Post

A man who hoped to make £1,000 profit by selling cannabis bought through the social media app Snapchat has been fined £1,200 for bringing drugs into the island.

'Inconsistencies' led to £25k bill for Tamba Park plans

Rob England

BBC News Online

High costs to the taxpayer over a planning application at a Jersey tourist attraction were due to multiple plans and "inconsistencies", according to the States.

More than £25,463.00 of taxpayers' money was spent on investigating a planning application at Tamba Park, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The costs include an independent planning inspector's services, flights and accommodation as well as other staff, equipment and venue hire.

Graham Self, the inspector, recommended the accommodation should go ahead - although the planning minister disagreed and refused the application.

Peter Le Gresley, the States of Jersey's Director of Development Control, Growth, Housing and the Environment, said while the costs seemed "high" the inspector was dealing with two applications which contained "several inconsistencies".

He said the inconsistencies required corrections and for the inspector to make a second report.

One application was for the 27 self-catering "chalets" and the other was for a new house. The park's owner, Jonathan Ruff, says he will be appealing the decision to reject his plans.

Cloudy with rain, turning dry later

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning and for a time this afternoon, with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west.

However, it'll turn drier and brighter again later on in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F)

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