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New flights from Guernsey to London Southend

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Channel Islands based airline Blue Islands has started a new daily service to London Southend airport.

The route is the first of three new services that the airline will operate in the islands, with flights to Liverpool taking off from Tuesday and Cornwall expected to begin on 3 June.

CEO of Blue Islands Rob Veron said: “As a local business, Blue Islands recognises islanders want the lowest possible fares to London", stating that he was "confident the convenience London Southend provides will overcome islanders’ reliance on Gatwick”.

Blue islands executives stand next to an aeroplane
Blue Islands

Le Grand Bouet to close for one month for sewer works

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Guernsey Water has announced that Le Grand Bouet will close for a month later in the year in order to carry out essential works to restore the island's largest sewer.

Investigations from earlier in the year concluded that the sewer was in "poor condition".

The closure has been deemed necessary to carry out the work and prevent the need for a full replacement, which could cost millions of pounds and result in far longer disruption to the road.

Sure 'will not have to make pricing practice changes'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Telecoms company Sure will not have to make any changes to its pricing practices despite new rules introduced by Ofcom, bosses say.

The UK's communications watchdog is clamping down on UK providers enticing customers with highly discounted initial prices before making dramatic increases at the end of the minimum contract term.

Alistair Beak, chief marketing officer at Sure, said the company did not take that approach with pricing, and its customers continued to pay the same price at the end of their minimum contract term.

Sure website
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Air search plane to fly around the islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you keep looking to the skies this afternoon, you're likely to see the new Channel Islands Air Search plane on its first tour.

The aircraft was blessed in Jersey, but will live in the hangar at Guernsey Airport.

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New lifeboat operations manager for Guernsey announced

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Long-time Guernsey lifeboat operations manager Captain Peter Gill has retired after 14 years in the role.

St Peter Port RNLI Chairman Jim Le Pelley expressed his gratitude for the "unwavering support" that Mr Gill had offered to those involved in hundreds of incidents he has overseen.

The change was announced at the St Peter Port Lifeboat Station AGM on Thursday, where it was also confirmed that Chris Harvey is taking over the role.

A volunteer between 2011 and 2016, Mr Harvey also served as a coastguard in New Zealand for two years.

Mr Harvey also thanked Mr Gill for his service, stating that he was "delighted" to be involved again with St Peter Port Lifeboat Station.

"It’s a great team and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the role,” he added.

Peter Gill, Jim Le Pelley and Chris Harvey
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Peter Gill, Jim Le Pelley and Chris Harvey

Guernsey primary schools join Walk to School week

BBC Radio Guernsey

Six local primary schools are joining a national Walk to School Week, which starts today.

The campaign aims to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality around schools and promote active lifestyles.

The local schools taking part are Forest Primary, Hautes Capelles, La Houguette, La Mare De Carteret, St Martin Primary and Vauvert.

Strep B screening for pregnant women 'not to be reviewed'

Stephanie Gabbatt

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Health Committee says it will not be reviewing its policy on screening pregnant women for group-B streptococcus (GBS) after the tests were scrapped last year.

It now focuses only on those who have previously tested positive for the condition.

About one in five pregnant women carry group-B streptococcus. If the condition is undiagnosed, there is a chance it could be passed on to their baby.

Most will fully recover with treatment but GBS can lead to pneumonia, meningitis and the blood infection sepsis. It can also can be especially dangerous to babies who are born prematurely.

There have been calls for screening to be reintroduced in Guernsey after it was scrapped, and last week UK health bosses said screening for bacterial infection of babies was to be offered in a trial with 80 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland.

The committee said it would be years before results from the trial was known, and only then would it be reviewed locally.

Major improvements proposed for La Vallette

BBC Radio Guernsey

Major improvements have been proposed for La Vallette in St Peter Port, as part of the States of Guernsey's Seafront Enhancement Area Programme.

The not-for-profit group 'Vive La Vallette' submitted a proposal which was chosen by the programme to redevelop the kiosk, regenerate the bathing pools facilities and create a mixed-use performance space.

The group wants to make enhancements to the natural beauty and biodiversity for the area.

CI weather: Bright or sunny spells, but rain possible

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

There will be bright or sunny spells throughout Monday.

It should be dry but there is a chance of a few showers developing, most likely this afternoon. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

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Emiliano Sala: 'They left him alone like a dog'
The parents of footballer Emiliano Sala talk of their pain after his plane crash death.

Weather: Cloudy overnight but a bright day tomorrow

BBC Weather

This evening will be cloudy with possible outbreaks of rain.

It should become increasingly dry as the night goes on.

Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

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Tomorrow will be dry with bright, sunny spells, but the chance of a few showers in the afternoon.

It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine with light winds.

Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F)

Le Tissier to face Jersey in Over-50s Muratti

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's most famous footballer will pull on a shirt to face Jersey in the Over-50s Muratti on Friday evening.

Matt Le Tissier - who starred for Southampton and England during the 1990s - is playing against Jersey for the first time in 34 years.

The game kicks off at 18:15 at the Corbet Field.

Matt Le Tissier
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GSPCA call for volunteers ahead of event

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

The Guernsey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) has appealed for volunteers to help with its annual event.

The eighth Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday will take place next Sunday, 26 May and will feature nearly 100 stalls.

GSPCA manager Steve Byrne said: “The Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday is always an incredible and wonderful day celebrating animals in Guernsey and we have so much planned once again.”

The charity is particularly appealing for people who have large vans or lorries who can help with transport.

GSPCA stall at Seafront Sunday
GSPCA

Volunteers are asked to contact Mr Byrne by calling 01481 257261 or emailingstevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg.

Andy Priaulx back in WTCC action

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Guernsey's Andy Priaulx is back in action in the World Touring Car Championship this weekend.

The WTCC moves to Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands this week - the "racing home" of F1 driver Max Verstappen.

Andy is racing for the Cyan race team, which sits in third place in the standings.

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New air search plane to tour islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The new Channel Islands Air Search aircraft will be flying on Monday.

The new plane will be arriving in Guernsey to make the island its permanent home on 20 May.

CIAS said the new aircraft would be flying over as much of Bailiwick as possible as a thank you to everyone who has supported the "long-awaited arrival".

The new plane before the livery was added
CIAS

The new aircraft will be flying from Guernsey to Alderney including a circle around Alderney and then flying over to the French Coastguard Station at Cap de la Hague for a single pass.

It will then fly around Sark and Herm before dropping smoke on the Fourquies Bouy and around Guernsey’s coast before landing.

The flight will take place at approximately 14.30 GMT.

Parade will mark 100 years since WW1 homecoming

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

A parade and church service to mark 100 years since the homecoming of those who had served in one of the armed services during the First World War will be held on Sunday.

The date of their return was 21 May 1919 but the anniversary is being celebrated on the nearest Sunday.

Many of those returning had been in the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI), having served in the later stages of the war.

The parade will form up and then be inspected by the Bailiff at Winston Churchill Avenue, Cambridge Park at 10:00.

After the inspection, which will include the Seigneur of Sark as part of the inspection party, the parade will march to the town church to join the Sunday morning service at 11:00.

Cambridge Park
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Channel Islands weather: Rather cloudy, patchy rain later

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy day with the cloud thickening enough at times to give some spots of rain or drizzle later.

Generally gentle north-easterly winds.

Maximum Temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F)

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Four out of five nurses 'unhappy with their pay'

John Fernandez

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than four out of five nurses and midwives are unhappy with their pay, according to a report.

The work completed by The Inspiring Leaders Network on behalf of the States found that the strategic approach to pay and reward is not working in the way intended.

The report states that the the current system is no longer fit for purpose and doesn't have the confidence of employees.

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This week members of the Royal College of Nursing voiced their anger at a lack of progress on pay progression.

The States committee behind pay negotiations, Policy and Resources, said the next pay negotiations are scheduled for 25 June, although officials are trying to find an earlier available date.

Health committee scores low in engagement - review

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

An independent review into good governance of Guernsey's Health and Social Care committee has found it scored low in engagement.

Leading civil servants and politicians were asked a number of questions in the review relating to good governance.

The lower scores came when asked how well the committee acts independently from external influencers, engagement with the public, patients and partners and how well the code of conduct supports good governance.

The committee did score highly in transparency effectiveness and integrity.

Recommendations were made to strengthen engagement in all areas and improve clarity of roles and responsibilities.

This was the first review of its kind with all other major committees yet to undertake one.

Guernsey's Health and Social Care website
Guernsey Health and Social Care

Yellow weather warning for wind across islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Winds of force six can be expected soon, Jersey Met said.

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Jersey Met

Questions over reciprocal health agreement with UK

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician is asking why a new reciprocal health agreement with the UK has not been put in place.

The old agreement, which saw islanders travelling to the UK and vice versa not having to pay for health care, ended in 2009.

The UK government ended the agreement, saying it was not cost-effective. It means anyone travelling from Guernsey to the UK or the reverse has to pay the full cost of any healthcare needed.

Deputy Rob Prow said he had placed a series of questions to the Committee for Employment and Social Security about trying to get it reinstated.

Doctor
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We've had some encouraging information that, in fact, the UK Department of Health are prepared to speak to us about this. So it seems to me that we really, really need to be addressing issues and giving some comfort to those people who are having difficulty travelling to the UK getting private insurance. They just want to know that, if they are taken unwell or have an accident in the UK, they have some sort of cover."

Deputy Rob Prow

The States of Guernsey website said people travelling were "strongly advised to obtain medical insurance for any trip away from the islands ... to cover our treatment and the cost of repatriation".

CI weather: Bright with hazy sunny spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

A fine Thursday morning with some hazy spells of sunshine.

Weather
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A little more cloud is expected in afternoon but it will remain dry and bright with some hazy sunny spells. Feeling cooler compared to Wednesday.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Heathrow stats lead to possible route extension

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Discussions are under way between the States of Guernsey and Flybe to continue its route to and from London Heathrow.

The service began at the start of April, with 2,837 passengers opting to use it in the first full month of operation.

Guernsey's government said the figures are "meeting expectations" and have led to talks with the airline about extending the schedule into the winter months.

Flybe aircraft
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UK midwives 'want to come to Guernsey'

BBC Radio Guernsey

There are more applications for midwifes in Guernsey than there are positions available according to the new Head of Midwifery.

Annabel Nicholas was comparing the service in Guernsey to what is offered on the NHS.

She says midwifes from the UK want to come and work in Guernsey because it's a better quality service.

States' response to nurses' concerns a 'slap in the face'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says it lacks confidence in the States of Guernsey because deputies haven't followed up on a series of recommendations made in an independent review last year.

The RCN is looking for a pay rise to bring them in line with others in the health sector as well as improvements to terms and conditions.

Senior regional officer for the RCN, Julie Lewers, has called the delayed response in sorting negotiations by the States "a slap in the face".

nurses
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Health and Social Care says it hopes the RCN can reach a resolution with Policy and Resources as soon as possible, whilst Policy and Resources say it is working to seek further clarification on the RCN's position and any concerns it may have.

Youth Commission helps thousands of children

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Youth Commission helped the lives of more than 6,000 children and young people in the Bailiwick in 2018.

That's just one of the figures revealed in the group's annual report.

The report said the group spent the year delivering one-to-one well-being sessions, launching a Young Women's Group and teaching 177 one hundred and seventy-seven personal, social, health and economic education (PSHCE) lessons in local schools.

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with lots of sunshine and blue skies.

It will be another fairly breezy day with a moderate to fresh east or north-easterly wind.

Highs of 16C (60F).

Jersey:

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Yellow weather warning for wind issued across islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Winds of force six can be expected, Jersey Met said.

weather warning
Jersey Met

CI weather: Staying dry and fine, winds easing

BBC Weather

Staying fine on Tuesday evening with plenty of late sunshine, but staying rather breezy. It will then be dry overnight with mainly clear skies. The brisk winds will start to ease slightly.

Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

On Wednesday, it will be another dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, but there could be a little patchy cloud developing. The winds will be lighter.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Jersey:

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Guernsey drug charity to help gambling addicts

BBC Radio Guernsey

The charity Drug Concern is to rebrand as In-dependence and will soon be helping people in Guernsey who believe they have a gambling problem.

The charity said it was to use a grant from the Christmas lottery to train its counsellors as their skills were also seen as suitable for treating gambling addictions.

Scratch cards made the States £9.6m in 2017, and the extent of Guernsey's gambling problem is currently being assessed by the Health Committee.

Two Channel Island companies merge in new liquor project

BBC Radio Guernsey

A collaboration between two Guernsey and Jersey companies is bringing new locally sourced spirits to shop shelves.

Luke Wheadon, owner of the Bella Luce Hotel and Wheadon's Gin, has partnered with Mark Traft from Jersey's Bastille Bar and Brasserie, to create the Channel Islands Liquor Company.

They say they will use locally sourced botanicals to help celebrate the best of local flavours and life, whilst showing respect to the history and heritage of the distilling art.

generic gin
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St Peter Port 4G network speeds 'double'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Mobile data speeds in St Peter Port have doubled after the installation of new mobile technology on its main base station, telecommunications company Sure has said.

The site, above the Odeon car park, has been upgraded to provide faster data speeds and the ability to handle additional capacity.

The new technology will provide data speeds of over 400mbps on compatible mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone XS or recent Samsung Galaxy handsets.

As well as upgrading St Peter Port, additional investment has taken place across the Bailiwick, Sure added.

The firm said residents in Alderney and Sark would now benefit from superior indoor 4G coverage and increased download speeds thanks to new deployments on each island.

Engineers working on site
Sure

This latest work will make the network even faster and improve customers’ browsing, streaming and downloading. This enhancement is part of our continual mobile network investment programme and marks an important step on the evolution from a 4G network to a ubiquitous 5G network within the Bailiwick, which will give islanders a "fibre in the air" experience.

Steve OzanneHead of mobile at Sure

Chris Packham in Guernsey for first BioBlitz event

BBC Radio Guernsey

The broadcaster, Chris Packham - widely known for presenting the BBC's Springwatch programme - is in Guernsey taking part in the island's first BioBlitz.

The event will see a 24-hour biological survey of the east side of L'Ancresse area in an attempt to learn more about living species in the area.

Mr Packham says he likes visiting Guernsey because of its variety of European species compared to the south of England.

Chris Packham
BBC

Guernsey Deputy meets UK officials for Brexit talks

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's most senior politician has met a number of UK officials to continue representing Guernsey's interests in the Brexit process.

Deputy Gavin St Pier says the meeting was a good opportunity to review the no-deal planning process and develop a plan for phase two of the negotiations.

He has also received a letter from Prime Minister Theresa May in which she says she's determined to achieve a future relationship with the EU which works for everyone, including the crown dependencies.

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Burst water pipe in St Peter Port: 42 properties affected

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Guernsey Water says it hopes to have the problem fixed within four to six hours.

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Weather: Mainly sunny and warm

BBC Weather

A mainly sunny and warm day except for the odd patch of cloud.

It will be cooler around the coasts, particularly along the south coast.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Jersey:

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Yellow weather warning for wind across islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met say winds of force six can be expected.

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Jersey Met

Amateur pilots being investigated after Sala death

BBC Radio Guernsey

Amateur pilots, who could be offering flights for money, are being investigated by Channel Island authorities.

The so-called grey charters are coming under close scrutiny after the death of the footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson.

Mr Ibbotson was not licensed to carry paying passengers and the tragedy has shone a light on the world of such charters.

These are unlicensed flights including the use of foreign-registered planes for air taxi work.

The director of civil aviation, Dominic Lazarus, who's in charge of non-commercial flying, confirmed there was one ongoing case and several others were being looked at.

Footballer, Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson
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Footballer, Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

Channel Islands weather: A dry night and a fine Tuesday

BBC Weather

There will be late sunshine to end Monday.

The night will then be dry with predominantly clear, starry skies, but remaining rather breezy.

Tuesday looks set to remain fine and dry with a good deal of sunshine and just a little wispy high cloud at times, but the keen easterly breeze will persist.

Maximum temperature on Tuesday: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

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Photography exhibition to mark hospital's 70th year

BBC Radio Guernsey

Former patients and employees at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital are being encouraged to find old photographs of the site to mark its 70th anniversary later this year.

There's plenty planned to celebrate on 23 June, including the photo exhibition as well as a special afternoon tea party.

People are being asked to find photographs and submit audio messages about the hospital.

More information can be found here.

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Winds of force six expected across the islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

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Jersey Met

Guernsey-Bournemouth and Guernsey-Edinburgh flights start

BBC Radio Guernsey

New flights from Guernsey to Bournemouth and from Guernsey to Edinburgh have started running.

Loganair has launched a weekly Saturday service to both destinations with its fleet of Embraer 135 Jets.

Guernsey Airport general manager Colin Le Ray said the new services would give people in Guernsey - as well as visitors - "more choice" during the summer.

Guernsey Airport
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Tough time in Slovakia for Priaulx

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Andy Priaulx
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Guernsey racing driver Andy Priaulx had a difficult weekend in the third round of the World Touring Car Cup in Slovakia.

The three-time world champion came 21st, 18th, and 22nd his three races in his Cyan Racing-prepared Lynk & Co 03 TCR.

“We could see from the outset that it wasn’t going to be our weekend, but we kept fighting until the end and brought the cars home undamaged," Priaulx said.

He is currently 20th in the 26-man standing after three of the 10 race weekends, and due back in action next weekend at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

More foster families needed in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Family Placement Service says it needs up to 10 more families to care for children in the Bailiwick.

At the start of Foster Care Fortnight, when awareness is raised about the difference fostering can make, the service said there was a particular need for people who might be able to care for school-aged children, sibling groups and teenagers.

It's also looking for short break carers who can give time to support children with disabilities who are living at home with their families.

Diseased trees to be replaced in hospital grounds

Guernsey Press

An extensive replanting scheme will seek to enhance hospital grounds in Guernsey after the loss of three trees to honey fungus.

Rise in Christmas Lottery proceeds

BBC Radio Guernsey

The 2018 Christmas Lottery Draw raised more than £218,000 for Bailiwick charities - £28,000 more than the previous year.

The increase comes after ticket prices were increased to £3 for the first time last year.

A total of 40 local projects benefited from the proceeds, with grants ranging from £400 for Wellbeing Animals Guernsey to £26,000 for the Guernsey Cheshire Home.

Monday's Channel Islands' weather: Dry and sunny

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Monday will be a dry and predominantly sunny day with very little, if any, cloud around.

Weather map
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A keen easterly breeze, with maximum temperatures from 12 to 15C (54 to 59F),