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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 23 April 2019
  2. New compensation scheme for care abuse victims
  3. Business leaders urge more analysis of runway extension
  4. Man suffers head puncture wounds in St Helier assault
  5. States' Members’ Conduct Panel chairman retires

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  1. Man suffers head puncture wounds in St Helier assault

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Corner of Aquila Road and Clare Street in St Helier

    A man was arrested on suspicion of grave and criminal assault after another man was hit in the side of the head with a metal object, police have said.

    The assault happened on 20 April between 16:30 and 16:50 at the corner of Aquila Road and Clare Street in St Helier - near to the Randalls Brewery Site.

    The 50-year-old man was approached by a younger man - aged 28 - and was left with a number of puncture wounds that "bled quite heavily", officers added.

    He was later seen by hospital staff and discharged shortly afterwards.

    The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 6in (1.6m) tall and wearing a blue sling or cast on his left arm.

    He was arrested and later released on police bail while inquiries continue.

    Anyone with information should contact police on 612 612.

  2. Road closure trial for Liberation anniversary plans

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Trial road closure

    A trial closure of a St Helier road is to take place to assess its impact before States members vote on whether to create a public space to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation.

    Plans were unveiled last month to create the new space by joining Liberation Square and Weighbridge Place as part of the activities to mark the milestone in 2020.

    However, after Deputy Jeremy Maçon lodged a proposition calling for the project to be halted, Infrastructure Minister Deputy Kevin Lewis made it a political undertaking to trial the closure of the road.

    The temporary closure is due to start at 09:00 on 29 April and will be in place until 9 May – when the road will be closed anyway as part of Liberation Day celebrations.

    Closing the road for this period will "begin to allow traffic patterns similar to what would be expected for the full scheme to become established", the Government of Jersey said.

  3. States' Members’ Conduct Panel chairman to retire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Judy Beaugeard is set to retire from her post as chairman of the States' Members’ Conduct Panel.

    The former politician has served on the panel, which investigates complaints referred to it in accordance with the procedures set out in the Code of Conduct, since 2007 and lead the panel since 2017.

    Mrs Beaugeard's retirement will take effect from the appointment of her successor, the States Members’ Conduct Panel said.

    It added the appointment process will now start and an announcement will be made in due course.

    announcement
    Quote Message: I have been honoured to serve on the Panel since 2007 and to chair it since 2017. However, my music teaching business has become much busier recently and I cannot do justice to both roles." from Judy Beaugeard Chairman of the States' Members’ Conduct Panel
    Judy BeaugeardChairman of the States' Members’ Conduct Panel
  4. Vehicle damaged after car drives wrong way up Jersey road

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for information after a car drove the wrong way up a road in St Helier and damaged another vehicle.

    It happened on Don Road at about 22:20 on Sunday.

    A silver Renault Clio was seen driving the wrong way up the road from Georgetown when it then hit a red Mini Cooper - causing damage to the wing mirror.

    The Clio did not stop and continued up the road towards Howard Davis Park, officers said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 612 612.

    Don Road, St Helier
  5. Man left with serious head injury after Jersey fight

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man was left with a serious head injury after being knocked unconscious in a fight in Jersey, police have said.

    It happened in Liberation Square at about 01:15 on Monday.

    Two men, both aged 18, were involved in the fight which resulted in one of them being "knocked unconscious for a short period", officers said.

    Liberation Square

    The victim was taken to hospital and has subsequently been transferred to Southampton to undergo surgery.

    The other man was arrested at the scene and has been bailed while investigations continue.

    Police said there were several people in the area at the time and want anyone with information to contact States of Jersey Police on 612 612.

  6. First Asian hornet caught as part of new project

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The first Asian hornet has been caught since a new project designed to reduce the risks posed by the insect was introduced.

    Since the middle of March, staff working for Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS) have been setting up an island-wide programme to trap queen Asian hornets as they emerge from hibernation in the spring or arrive in the island from further afield.

    It's called the Spring Queening project and it's hoped it will help reduce the development of secondary nests during the year, restricting the growth of the hornet population on Guernsey.

    The Asian hornet team has delivered a total of 275 specially baited traps covering the whole of the island, the States of Guernsey said.

    Each of them are being regularly checked by volunteers in an attempt to capture as many of the spring queens as possible.

    The first was caught on Thursday 18 April by Mrs Lucy Harnden of La Mazotte, Vale in her back garden.

    Asian hornet
    Quote Message: We cannot emphasise enough the important role played by members of the public in reporting potential Asian hornet sightings or looking out for small nests made by the queens at this time of year. Our aim is to ensure that we can keep the populations of Asian hornet as low as possible, to protect public health and the Island’s biodiversity. from Francis Russell Project coordinator, Asian Hornet Strategy
    Francis RussellProject coordinator, Asian Hornet Strategy
  7. Island's divers asked to record marine life

    Edward Rowe

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Islanders are being asked to record marine life while they snorkel or scuba dive in the Bailiwick's waters.

    Experts say species and habitat information within local waters is currently under-recorded.

    The Seasearch Project is heading to Guernsey next month to provide training on how to record marine species and information about the habitat.

    diver

    It's to help identify areas or species of local conservation importance, the presence of invasive species, pollution and patterns of climate change.

    Islanders aged 15 and over are being asked to attend a training session provided by Seasearch and a marine species identity evening organised with La Societe Guernesiaise.

    They're both being held on Saturday 11 May.

  8. New Guernsey vodka 'could be next big thing'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The manufacturer of a new Guernsey vodka is hoping the product could be the "next big thing".

    Randall's, which produces the award-winning Blue Bottle Gin, is now selling the product worldwide.

    Blue Mantis Vodka is crafted at the Three Fingers Distillery in the island.

    Head distiller, Matt Polli says he knows the spirit has lots of competition but he's "very happy" with his product.

    Blue Mantis Vodka
    Quote Message: Even if we get a minute proportion of normal vodka sales, we'd be very happy. Vodka - in terms of a renaissance of smaller brands and niche products - is way behind gin so gin is always going to be a lot bigger. from Matt Polli Head distiller, Blue Bottle Gin
    Matt PolliHead distiller, Blue Bottle Gin
  9. Winds of force seven expected across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

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  10. Plans to reform way Constables are elected

    BBC Radio Jersey

    States of Jersey

    Constables won't automatically become members of the States and the role of senator will be abolished - if politicians approve plans to reform the way they're elected.

    A group of independent observers watched the island's last elections and concluded they were unfair and too complicated.

    Now, the panel responsible has suggested the electoral districts should be redrawn - for example, St Peter, St Ouen and St Mary would all become one big constituency.

    Constables would still be able to stand for election to the States if they wanted to but they wouldn't get in simply because of their parish role.

    There would be just one type of States member and there would be 46 rather than the current 49.

    If politicians agree to the proposed changes, they'll come into effect at the next election in 2022.

  11. Weather: Dry day ahead with cloud increasing later

    BBC Weather

    A dry morning with sunny spells turning hazy at times.

    Cloud will slowly increase this afternoon bringing the chance of a heavy shower or thunderstorm later on.

    Highs of 19C (66F).

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey:

    guernsey weather
  12. Business leaders urge more analysis of runway extension

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Guernsey's business community is urging States members to vote this week for a detailed cost benefit analysis of a potential runway extension to take place.

    The Institute of Directors, Chamber of Commerce and Guernsey International Business Association have come together.

    They want to send out a clear message that continuing with what they regard as the current inadequate infrastructure was likely to fail the island from both a social and economic perspective and could compromise safety and reliability.

    They have joined forces on the eve of the transport infrastructure debate to throw their weight behind further investigation of the merits of extending Guernsey's runway both to 1,570m and 1,700m.

  13. New compensation scheme for care abuse victims

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Children abused or harmed in the care of the States of Jersey will be able to apply for compensation under a new scheme.

    It will be open to those who were in foster or residential care after 1994 or while at Les Chenes secure unit for young people.

    A former scheme, set up after the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, was criticised after victims got significantly less in compensation than lawyers involved.

    Senior politicians also said it was wrong previous payouts did not include victims at Les Chenes School and those in foster care.

    The new scheme launches on the 1 July and will be open for a year.

    The care inquiry found the regime at the school to be "harsh and inappropriate".

    Fieldview Children's Home on the site of Les Chenes
    Image caption: Fieldview Children's Home now sits on the site of Les Chenes School