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Summary

  1. Young girls in custody with adult prisoners
  2. Jersey Finance defends tax regime
  3. Airport fog 'could last all day'
  4. Police watchdog concerned by low staffing
  5. Updates from Thursday 30 May 2019

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  1. Private capital investment growth

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Private capital investment is growing in Guernsey according to financial experts at the 2019 Guernsey Funds Forum.

    Private capital has become a large source of investment for fund managers in the decade since the financial crash, particularly in Guernsey's specialist sector of private equity funds.

    Research carried out by Guernsey Finance shows its importance is rising rapidly, particularly for smaller managers.

  2. Seasonal traffic changes begin Saturday

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guersney's traffic and highway services have reminded islanders of restrictions to speed limits in certain coastal areas and a one-way restriction at Petit Bot.

    All changes are to begin on 1 June and will remain in place until 30 September.

    Full details of changes are below:

    • From the Martello Tower to Fort Houmet access road in Vazon the speed limit has changed from 35mph to 25mph.
    • From The Imperial Hotel to La Route du Coudre the speed limit has changes from 35mph to 25mph, affecting Route De la Lague and Route De Rocquaine.
    • The Petit Bot becomes a one-way from Petit Bot Tearooms to Les Pages from 10:00 to 19:00 daily.
  3. Airline apologises to stranded passengers

    Rory O'Reilly

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Blue Islands has apologised after honorary police officers came to the rescue of stranded passengers at Jersey Airport after flights headed for Guernsey were diverted there.

    On Sunday, dozens of passengers were stranded after fog at Guernsey Airport forced the Blue Islands' flight from London Southend to divert.

    The officers arranged for places to stay and provided a taxi service for the passengers, some of which had been stranded for up to eight hours according to the Jersey Evening Post.

    Flight cancellations due to foggy conditions on Wednesday and Thursday have also caused disruption.

    Blue Islands said a busy bank holiday weekend in Jersey, coupled with other diverted passengers on a FlyBe flight from Heathrow exacerbated delays in sourcing accommodation and transfers.

  4. Striking teachers to meet with government

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey teachers are due to meet Government of Jersey representatives on Wednesday to find a way forward in their pay dispute.

    Teachers have gone on strike for eight days over the past few weeks in protest at their latest offer.

    NEU leaders say they were expecting an improved offer from the employment board, but that has not materialised.

    A promise of news by the middle of June was not enough to call off the latest round of industrial action.

    The union will meet its members on Tuesday evening to discuss before meeting with the government.

  5. Aurigny announces flight cancellations

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of flights have been cancelled due to fog, Aurigny's CEO has said.

    The bad weather affected the airport on Wednesday and has continued to cause flight cancellations.

    Mark Darby said passengers hoping to fly later should check for any information released by the airport and on the airline's Facebook page.

  6. Prescription medication stolen from car

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey police are appealing for information following the theft of prescription medication from a silver Ford Ka.

    The incident occurred sometime between 18 and 29 May in the area of Collings Road and St Jacques in St Peter Port.

    Anyone with information is requested to contact the police or anonymously contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

  7. Head of Guernsey Post criticises proposed road tax

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chief executive of Guernsey Post has said people will be put off buying electric vehicles if there are no financial benefits.

    Speaking after the Policy and Resources Committee put forward a proposal to charge drivers based on distance travelled instead of by fuel used, Bolie Smiley said that if the policy is enacted there must be an incentive for people to buy more eco-friendly transport.

    Guernsey Post, which has shifted its entire fleet to electric vehicles, would be one of many businesses that could be negatively affected by the proposed change.

    There is also a possibility that certain types of vehicle could be charged at a lower rate.

  8. Family prison visit initiative introduced

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's prison has started an initiative to encourage family interaction and promote the wellbeing of children with parents in custody.

    Unlike normal prison visits, families will not have to remain seated and prisoners will be able to play with their children.

    The island's government hopes that the initiative will promote family bonds, reduce reoffending rates and support prisoners when they integrate into the community.

    The head of the prison service, Nick Cameron, said the initiative will "strengthen child and parent bonds" and allow children to feel more comfortable in a prison setting.

    Prisoners will be given the opportunity to apply for a family visit once every three months.

    HM Prison La Moye.
  9. Unite employees await pay deal after strike

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Public sector employees are waiting to see if a pay deal can be agreed after strikes in Guernsey.

    A meeting took place yesterday between Unite and the island's government, but they couldn't reach a settlement and the matter was referred to either voluntary arbitration or an industrial tribunal.

    The States of Guernsey said - despite the strike action - facilities remained open, sewage collections took place on a prioritised basis and rubbish and recycling collections were expected to take place as normal.

    They're not expecting any other disruption over the rest of this week in light of the decision to "work to rule" by Unite members, meaning not working a minute over their contracted hours.

  10. Jersey Finance defends tax regime

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Finance has defended the island's tax system after further criticism from an international campaign group.

    A new list of corporate tax havens created by the Tax Justice Network has named Jersey as the seventh most "aggressive" in the world.

    Jersey Finance said the island meets - or in some cases exceeds - international tax standards of transparency and cooperation.

    Its head, Joe Moynihan, said Jersey provides a net tax benefit to the UK of about £14bn a year.

    St Helier
  11. Young girls in custody with adult prisoners

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's children's minister wants to find out why young girls who've got into trouble are sometimes detained with with adult female prisoners.

    A review of Jersey's Youth Justice system found while there's been a significant drop in the number of young people getting custodial sentences in recent years, children are still sometimes being held in custody inappropriately.

    It said children placed in Greenfields also face problems with social isolation and inadequate access to education.

    Senator Sam Mezec said he visited the secure unit recently to see for himself.

    Quote Message: I think the view that's put forward in this report chimes with what I witnessed. It's difficult when there's such a small number of people we're talking about here, but it's not a great environment to be living a life and trying to get back on your feet. from Senator Sam Mezec Children's Minister, States of Jersey
    Senator Sam MezecChildren's Minister, States of Jersey
    Sam Mezec
  12. Channel Islands weather: Cloud and drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy for much of the day, and coasts may be rather misty too, although there is the chance of a few brighter spells developing.

    Cloud may become thick enough for there to be some drizzle at times.

    There will be little change to the weather overnight - it will remain cloudy and misty and there will be the chance of some drizzle at times.

    Guernsey

    Weather

    Jersey

    Weather
  13. Airport fog 'could last all day'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Passengers hoping to fly in or out of Guernsey today need to keep an eye on information released by the airport and Aurigny's Facebook page, according to the airline's CEO.

    A number of flights were cancelled last night because of heavy fog, which is still affecting the airport today.

    About 300 people trying to return to Guernsey were left stranded in other parts of the UK last night.

    Mark Darby said he's not sure when the weather will be safe for flying, and it's possible the current weather conditions could last all day.

    Foggy airport
  14. Police watchdog concerned by low staffing

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's police watchdog is concerned at the low number of officers in the island.

    A new report from the Police Authority shows Jersey has the lowest ratio of officers to people in the country.

    For every 1,000 people in the island, there just 1.7 officers - fewer than anywhere else in the UK.

    The service has had difficulty recruiting officers, and the amount of reported crime has risen.

    The chairman of the Police Authority, Dr Jason Lane, said he was encouraged that a new operating system had made the service more efficient - but that system was scrapped just days before the report was published.

    Jersey's police station