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HSC proposes law change to allow coronavirus vaccine use

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

The Committee for Health and Social Care is proposing legislative changes that will allow the States of Guernsey to vaccinate the bailiwick's residents against coronavirus.

On Wednesday Deputy Heidi Soulsby said the law would need to be changed in order to allow a vaccine without full licensing to be used.

She said this was due to the speed at which the coronavirus vaccine was being developed.

In a policy letter, the committee is asking the States to agree that:

  • A vaccination programme is established for the Bailiwick to mitigate against the risks of Covid-19
  • Any Covid-19 vaccine considered "appropriate" by the committee can be used, as long as the vaccine has a recognised marketing authorisation, or a temporary authority issued under the Human Medicines Regulations 2012
  • The committee can specify who is allowed to administer the vaccination, in addition to registered healthcare professionals

Deputy Soulsby said it was hoped a vaccine would be available for use by the end of the year.

Grant scheme for accommodation businesses opens on Monday

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Businesses providing visitor accommodation in Guernsey and Alderney will be able to apply for financial support from Monday.

The grant scheme is expected to provide about £6.5m worth of support from 1 October to 31 March.

Businesses have until 31 August and will be notified of their eligibility and the value of the grant before the beginning of October.

To submit a claim, businesses need to complete the online form.

Airline pays tribute to founder with heart in the sky

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Blue Islands airline has paid tribute to its founder by using an aeroplane to draw a heart in the sky.

Derek Coates, who also founded the Healthspan Group, died aged 72 this week.

A flight leaving Jersey made the heart shape over the islands on its way to Norwich.

Blue Islands’ CEO Rob Veron said: "The big heart in our blue skies today signifies Derek’s love of our islands and our true love of Derek."

Heart
Blue Islands

Faroe outbreak a 'reminder of what we're dealing with'

An outbreak of coronavirus in the Faroe Islands, which until Wednesday had (like Guernsey) not seen a known active case of the virus since April, is a warning against complacency says Deputy Gavin St Pier.

There are 18 main islands with a total population of 52,000 located about 200 miles (320km) north of Scotland, and are an autonomous territory of Denmark.

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Warning issued over 'tombstoning' in Bailiwick

Guernsey Coastguard has issued warning about the dangers of ‘tombstoning’ off coastal walls, harbour piers and the Bailiwick coastline during the warmer weather in the summer holidays.

Tombstoning involves jumping off cliffs, seawalls and rocks into deep water, often during high tides, which can have "severe and life-threatening consequences", the service said.

Areas of particular concern for the coastguard are the sea wall at Havelet Bay on the Castle Emplacement and Herm harbour.

Havelet bay sea wall
BBC

Head of Guernsey Coastguard David Barker said he could not "over-emphasise how dangerous it can be to - quite literally - jump into the unknown".

He explained it was impossible to know what is "hidden from view under the sea’s surface", including rocks, other objects floating below the surface or on the seabed, as well as the tides and strong currents in the Bailiwick.

Captain Barker added: "Just the impact with the water from enough height can cause serious injury.

"If you must jump into the sea, do it under the guidance of a qualified coasteering instructor."

If anyone sees someone they believe to be in immediate danger near or in the water they should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard, the service said.

Guernsey Police apologise for recruitment advert

The head of Guernsey's law enforcement has apologised for a police recruitment video, which was removed from social media on Thursday.

The advertisement showed explosions, high speed chases and armed raids all set to energetic music, as part of a recruitment drive for nine new officers.

Ruari Hardy said he had authorised the video and apologised for its content undermining public confidence in Guernsey Police.

He said the activities in the video are all undertaken by Guernsey Police, but accepts that they were portrayed in a dramatic way.

The video cost the force £5,000 to produce and was online for just two days before being removed because of negative feedback

Social media users had criticised the campaign for misrepresenting what policing in Guernsey looks like, as well as being inappropriate in the context of global scrutiny of police use of force in the wake of George Floyd's death in the United States.

Hospitality to suffer 'second winter', chief minister says

Guernsey's hospitality sector will suffer a "second winter" as changes to border restrictions are unlikely to bring tourists to the island, according to Chief Minister Gavin St Pier in the Bailwick Express.

New electric wheelchair launched in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

A brand new type of electric wheelchair has been launched in Guernsey which allows the carer to control it if the person using the vehicle is unable to.

Invented by local entrepreneur Brin Harrison, the wheelchair is believed to be the first of its kind.

It is designed for users who are unable to steer existing electric wheelchairs themselves.

Person in wheelchair
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Chantel Harrison, the inventor's wife, explained how the chair one, saying if one goes over a hill "you [carer] can gradually take your hands off the handle slowly, easing it down the hill".

"If I let go, slip or trip, the chair comes to an automatic standstill and the person is safe," she said.

Guernsey 'lucky' to have Healthspan founder Derek Coates

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's President of Economic Development said the island was "lucky" to have founder of Healthspan and Blue Islands Derek Coates.

Deputy Charles Parkinson said Mr Coates, who died on Tuesday aged 72, was "one of a kind".

"He was a well-known figure in the island and spoke at a number of events," he said.

"He was really well-regarded as an employer, his staff liked working for him, his business certainly thrived and we were really lucky to have him," Mr Parkinson told Radio Guernsey.

Derek Coates
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Derek Coates died aged 72 on Tuesday

Self-isolation rules make 'no difference' to hospitality

BBC Radio Guernsey

Herm's CEO said a drop in self-isolation restrictions to seven days is still too lengthy.

Craig Senior, the island's Director of Hospitality, told Radio Guernsey it does nothing for his industry but admits it is a step forward.

"For families and loved ones it's moving in the right direction but for the hospitality industry I don't think it makes any difference," Mr Senior said.

He said "the problem is even if borders were to open tomorrow", there would be the question of how businesses "would be able cope as they don't have the staff either".

Second political party registered in Guernsey

A second political party has registered with the Greffe ahead of October's rescheduled general election - the first Guernsey election which allows political parties to endorse candidates.

The Guernsey Party, founded by Advocate Mark Helyar, outlines its values on his website, some of which are "fiscal prudence, low taxation", "light touch regulation in all sectors" and "cost effective and proportionate social policy".

Mr Helyar specifies that the party will argue for a three school and dedicated sixth form model for reforming secondary education, oppose GST "in principle as a non-progressive tax" and wants to reform States processes.

In its founding constitution, the party said one of its key purposes is to "bring together" a group of sitting deputies, candidates and volunteers for the first island wide election.

This group of people will "share a public commitment to similar qualities, behaviours, objectives and policies in furtherance of the future good governance of the Bailiwick".

For a political party to register in Guernsey it must to share financial accounts with the Greffier before the day of the election.

Applications must also include:

  • Constitution
  • Names of the leader, treasurer and secretary
  • Accounts and address
  • Two signatories
  • Emblem (if any)

More information about registering as a party is available on the States website.

Silver screen magic returning to Castle Cornet

Castle Cornet's Twilight Cinema event is returning from Saturday 22 to Monday 31 August.

The evening will see movies shown outdoors on a big screen on the top lawn at the castle.

Guernsey Education, Sport and Culture Committee President Matt Fallaize said it "was so popular" in 2019 "that we wanted to bring it back to give people the chance to experience watching a film" against a "magical backdrop".

Movies to be shown include: World War One epic 1917, local film Sea Donkey, Les Misérables, Downton Abbey and Much Ado About Nothing.

Twilight Cinema
Twilight Cinema

False travel declarations 'a criminal offence'

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

People travelling to Guernsey via the UK will have to declare if they have been to any other countries in the last 14 days.

Under the new border controls, countries will be categorised into groups A, B and C, based on their quarantine requirement.

It means a person who begins their journey in a Group A country, but travels via the UK, will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Guernsey.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said border staff will use information provided by the person in their traveller registration form to issue advice.

Anyone who makes a false declaration will be committing a criminal offence, he added.

Improvements are due to be made to States technology to aid border staff in looking at arrivals recent travel.

UK, Jersey and France currently all Group B countries

Adam Durbin

BBC News

The four UK nations, Jersey and France would currently be classified as Group B countries, allowing arrivals from there to self-isolate for seven days and be released after a negative test, Dr Nicola Brink has clarified.

The director of Public Health in Guernsey explained they were classifying England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately.

Within the UK nations and France there will be regional alerts for places which exceed the Group B threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people, arrivals from which will be required to self-isolate for the full two weeks, she added.

In an indicative list released by the States this currently includes Brittany and the St Malo area.

"Clearly if someone has come from a lockdown area within the UK that will be classified as a Group A."

Dr Brink added they will be "reviewing the countries and regions on a daily basis" using an identified list of data sources, to produce an updated classification list.

The system will also include a warning system online to alert people to areas "which appear to be going in the wrong direction", allowing them to make travel decisions, she added.

Current laws would 'block' use of coronavirus vaccine

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

Current legislation in Guernsey would not allow the States to adopt a coronavirus vaccine that is being developed in the UK, Deputy Heidi Soulsby has said.

The president of the Committee for Health and Social Care said the vaccine was "highly unlikely" to receive full licensing by the time it was ready.

Therefore, under current laws, the States would not be permitted to vaccinate the island's residents.

As a result, Deputy Soulsby said the HSC would be bringing a draft policy letter to the States to bring about the relevant law changes.

Speaking on the vaccine, she said: "It might be rushed but I think it's important people understand shortcuts aren't being taken."

Twenty four 'business tunnel' applications approved

Adam Durbin

BBC News

The States has approved 24 applications for "business tunnels", allowing same-day visits from off-island travellers for meetings which must take place in person, States chief executive Paul Whitfield said.

He said they had received 35 applications overall, but did not specify how many of these were still awaiting a decision or had been rejected.

Mr Whitfield added the "relatively low" numbers indicated industries understand the "strict" nature of the control measures and were only making applications which met the "essential and critical criteria".

'Passive surveillance' explained

Adam Durbin

BBC News

Those who have been allowed to leave self-isolation after seven days, under the new quarantine rules in place from 17 August, must stick to a "passive follow-up" regime, Dr Nicola Brink has explained.

Those under passive follow up are required to:

  • Report any symptoms consistent with Covid-19, returning to self-isolation and arrange for a test if they do
  • Not visit the hospital unless for emergency care, when they should notify the hospital if possible
  • Check with healthcare services in advance before attending any appointments
  • Not visit care and residential homes, unless given permission by the care home manager

Dr Brink explained these rules were "all about protecting the most vulnerable in our community".

Quarantine requirements could change 'at short notice'

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

The category of a country under Guernsey's new border controls could change depending on the situation of the region, the director of Public Health has said.

Countries will be categorised into Groups A, B, and C based on their quarantine requirements from 17 August.

Dr Brink said these groups could change "at short notice".

She said the States would provide the public with "appropriate information" to ensure they can make "the right decisions for themselves".

Reciprocal health agreement with Isle of Man

Adam Durbin

BBC News

Guernsey has agreed a reciprocal health agreement "in principle" with the Isle of Man as part of the "air bridge" between the two islands, Deputy Heidi Soulsby confirmed.

However, this still needs to be signed by both jurisdictions, which is expected to be done later this week or early next, she added.

The agreement would enable free emergency care for those travelling between the two island.

It will not include the cost of GPs, dentists or ambulances, apart from air ambulance transport to the UK if needed.

Isle of Man considering similar border controls to Guernsey

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

The Isle of Man is considering implementing similar border controls to those announced by the States of Guernsey on Wednesday, according to a senior Guernsey politician.

Passengers arriving from specific countries into Guernsey will be allowed to self-isolate for seven rather than 14 days following a negative test result, Deputy Gavin St Pier announced.

The island formed an air bridge with the Isle of Man in July, allowing people from both islands to travel freely between the two regions without the need to quarantine.

New cases 'does not automatically mean lockdown'

Adam Durbin

BBC News

A few Covid-19 cases or cluster of them in Guernsey does not necessarily mean going back into lockdown, Dr Nicola Brink confirmed.

The director of Public Health said moving back through the phases of lockdown exit would only be necessary if there were concerns they were "unable to cope through the test, track and trace programme".

"We'll be very responsive and adaptive when we look how we manage any case that we might see," she added.

Arrivals should not exceed testing capacity

Adam Durbin

BBC News

The States is liaising with travel operators so the number of passengers arriving in Guernsey does not exceed the testing limits of about 600 a day, Deputy Gavin St Pier said.

Public Health currently have the capacity to do about 600 Covid-19 tests a day.

He added this capacity also needs to take into account the priority for testing of symptomatic people on island and pre-operative testing in the hospital.

No date for travel without quarantine

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

No date has been set for when travellers will be able to enter Guernsey without the need to quarantine.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, the Chairman of the Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA), has announced the self-isolation period for some travellers would be cut to seven days from 17 August.

He said those who had hoped for unquarantined travel from September would be "disappointed".

The seven-day test forms part of phase 5b in the island's lock exit strategy, and unquarantined travel would constitute phase 5c.

Phase six will eventually mark a "complete return to pre-covid travel norms", Deputy St Pier said.

He added that the CCA "must continue to plan and resource up so that when the time is right we can move very quickly to unquarantined travel".

Self-isolation cut to one week for some travellers

Adam Durbin

BBC News

Some people arriving in Guernsey will be required to self-isolate for seven rather than 14 days, the States has announced.

Individuals travelling from certain countries can leave quarantine after a week on receipt of a negative coronavirus test result.

The new rules will come into effect from 17 August.

Countries will be classified into groups A, B and C, relating to their quarantine requirements.

Passengers from England will be given the option for the seven-day test under Category B, however some areas of the UK could still require a 14-day mandatory self-isolation, the States said.

Category C countries, which only the Isle of Man is currently on, require no self-isolation.

Arrivals from Category A areas must still self-isolate for the full two-week period.

This currently includes those arriving from Brittany or St Malo in France, the States added.

New cases expected and 'can be managed' in phase five

Adam Durbin

BBC News

More coronavirus cases are expected to come to Guernsey and the Civil Contingencies Authority expects to be able to manage them with current self-isolation and public health rules in place, Deputy Gavin St Pier said.

If some restrictions become necessary the authority expects to be able to do it in a "targeted way" rather than a full lockdown, he added.

"We must be flexible to a rapidly evolving situation", Mr St Pier said.

Polling station volunteers sought for 2020 election

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Guernsey is asking for volunteers to help run the polling stations during the 2020 election.

Officials said new recruits would be given training in the run-up to the October poll, with more needed than in previous years because of the move to island-wide voting includes the introduction of super polling stations and advanced voting.

Registrar-General of Electors Collette Falla said they were looking for friendly and enthusiastic people who could spare four hours on one or more of the polling days, and would like potential volunteers to get in touch now and register their interest.

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Calls for institute to be centre of recovery plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's education committee wants the planned Guernsey Institute to become "a cornerstone of the island's Revive and Thrive strategy".

The Revive and Thrive plans are the first steps in setting out how the island will recover economically within three years from Covid-19.

The committee is pushing for the £51m project - to integrate the College of Further Education, GTA University Centre and Institute for Health and Social Care Studies - to be accelerated to help in the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Committee President Matt Fallaize said he had written to Policy and Resources Committee head Gavin St Pier to make the case for the project to be made one of the States’ main priorities over the next 12 to 18 months.

This would include accelerating investment in a new purpose-built facility at Les Ozouets, which received States’ approval last year.

Little Chapel site development given planning permission

BBC Radio Guernsey

Little Chapel
BBC

Planning permission has been given for the development of the Little Chapel site.

A planning meeting on Tuesday saw a unanimous decision made by the political members of the Development and Planning Authority after four-and-a-half hours of discussion.

Included in the agreed on application would be the building of toilets and disabled access, the authority heard.

Other proposals included: erecting a gazebo, entrance shelter and toilets; relocating and extending a shed; providing pathways, railings, benches, lighting, cameras and signage, and carrying out landscaping.

There has been a small chapel on the site since 1914 - the current being the third and largest - and in 2016 the property was donated to a charitable trust by the religious order that had owned it.

Plans on display in Little Chapel
BBC

Southampton Airport closure 'may bring medical problems'

BBC Radio Guernsey

There could be consequences for the Bailiwick of Guernsey if Southampton Airport is forced to shut down, an Alderney politician has warned.

Last month, the operations director for Southampton Airport, Steve Szalay told BBC Guernsey it was a real possibility, affecting up to 2,000 jobs, if the airport could not extend its runway to welcome new airlines because of the loss of business from the folding of airline Flybe.

Opponents said a longer runway would cause "economic harm" to homeowners affected by noise.

Alderney States member Steve Roberts said it would be disastrous for people of the island who needed medical treatment.

Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport

We've probably got 400 passenger visits to Southampton Hospital for specialist treatment cancer treatments. All these passengers requiring medical treatment at Southampton are now going to be displaced, that is the most serious thing."

Steve RobertsAlderney States member

Fourteen-day Covid isolation 'hopefully be cut to seven'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The 14-day isolation period when arriving in Guernsey may be cut to seven days in the next couple of weeks, the island's most senior politician has told the BBC.

Deputy Gavin St Pier also said the economy was back at 97% normal operation.

When asked about isolation, Deputy St Pier said current two-week quarantine rules were not sustainable.

We have to find a way to allow normality to return, and that does require a different process for managing controls at the border, hence looking at this idea of testing after seven days. We hope to be able to use to that as a permanent solution, providing we can ensure that we can do it safely."

Deputy Gavin St PierPresident, Policy & Resources Committee

Changes to Guernsey's travel rules are expected to be announced at a States press briefing due at 13:00.

Healthspan and Blue Islands founder Derek Coates dies

BBC Radio Guernsey

The founder of the Healthspan Group and the Blue Islands airline, Derek Coates, has died at the age of 72.

Mr Coates established the Guernsey-based vitamins and supplement business in 1996.

He was also owner and chairman of Blue Islands, and owned the Vista Group of hotels.

A spokesman asked that his family was given space and privacy to come to terms with their loss.

Derek Coates
BBC
Derek Coates, pictured here in 2016, founded the Healthspan Group and the Blue Islands airline, and owned the Vista Group of hotels

Police work to minimise drug risk after girls hospitalised

BBC Radio Guernsey

Minimising the risk to the public is one of the priorities of police looking into the case of two teenagers who were hospitalised in Guernsey after taking what was believed to be MDMA, a senior police officer has said.

Seven people have been arrested in relation to one of the incidents, and six released on bail.

One of the teenagers, a girl, remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Det Insp Lisa Sylvester, of Guernsey Police, said education was important in cracking down on drug use.

She said: "A lot of our work is family support, helping make adults and children make the right decision and wel ill always say that illegal drugs can cause death and life-changing disabailites."

Traffic assessment 'needed before more Vale housing built'

Kay Langlois

BBC Radio Guernsey

A proper traffic impact assessment for the north of the island should be carried out before any more housing development in the Vale or St Sampson's, a recent meeting of the Vale Douzaine has concluded.

Members of the Douzaine said they came to this view after considering the permissions given by the Development and Planning Authority to the proposed Saltpans site, but before last week's announcement that a planning framework for up to 35 new homes has been approved at the site known as Le Four Banal off Route Militaire.

Members noted that about 1,500 new properties had been earmarked by planners in the Vale and St Sampson's, but that assessing the consequences of increased traffic and parking had been carried out for each individual site and not for the whole area.

Senior Constable Richard Leale said: "Douzeniers were firmly of the view that this is entirely the wrong way of going about things."

A meeting has been scheduled later this month with Development and Planning Authority President Dawn Tindall to discuss some of the issues.

'Do not take a chance' with illegal drugs

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police said it's too early to know whether two girls who were hospitalised over the weekend after taking MDMA had taken a contaminated batch.

A 16-year-old girl remains in critical condition in hospital, while a 19-year-old woman was released on Sunday.

Det Insp Lisa Sylvester, who is investigating the case, said young people "shouldn't take a chance" with illegal drugs because "we don't know what's in them".

She added: "The effects can be life-changing, or even death."

'Check trees' warning after fireblight plant disease found

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

People in Guernsey are being told to check their apple, pear and hawthorn trees and look for signs of the plant disease fireblight after it was recently confirmed on the island, the States has said.

The disease, present in the UK and most of mainland Europe, had been considered absent from Guernsey, the States said.

But this recently changed with infection having been confirmed on apple trees and hawthorn in St Peters, as well as hawthorn in the forest.

Typical symptoms included blackening of flower clusters, and the withering of young shoots which could take on a scorched appearance. In severe cases, whole branches and entire trees could become infected.

Firethorn, cotoneaster, juneberry, mountain ash, quince and medlar could also infected, the government added.

Anyone who thought they had a infected plant could send samples of infected flowers and shoots to the the States Analytical Laboratory in Longue Rue, St Martin, the States said.

They could also be reported by emailing the Plant Health Inspector or phoning 01481 711161, it added.

Fireblight in apple tree
Guernsey States

The presence of fireblight is a threat to apple orchards, hawthorn hedgerows and a range of garden plants ... It will be important to identify any outbreak sites to assess whether there is a chance that this disease can be eradicated locally."

Nigel Clark saidPlant Health Inspector for Guernsey

Channel Islands Pride 'may be only such event in Europe'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Channel Islands Pride 2020 in Guernsey could be the only such event happening within the British Isles, or even the whole of Europe this year because of coronavirus, one of its organisers has said.

It is due to take place on 12 September to celebrate the diverse range of communities in the islands.

Ellie Jones said despite the difficulties the pandemic had caused, it was "super-exciting" to host the Channel Island-wide event in Guernsey for a third time.

Mural demonstrates how 'Guernsey has worked together'

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Guernsey Soroptimists' mural
BBC

A mural celebrating 40 years of an international woman's organisation working in Guernsey has been painted in St Peter Port.

Guernsey Soroptimists said the mural in the Market arches was "a recreation of the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter from the 1940s" and was a symbol to "demonstrate how we worked together is such a difficult time" during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The organisation has about 80,000 members globally.

Guernsey Soroptimists' mural
Guernsey Soroptimists

Guernsey 'has to live with Covid-19 beyond its borders'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey will have to learn to live with coronavirus beyond its borders, the island's most senior politician has said.

A decision is yet to be made on when Guernsey will lift or ease external border restrictions.

The island has been in phase five of its lockdown exit for more than six weeks.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said work on when the island would move on to phase six of its lockdown exit strategy was ongoing.

He said: "Clearly we have to be able to learn to live with it outside our borders, and how we manage the entry into the community. That clearly has been the challenge as we think about the next stage; and we are continuing to work on plans for how we manage that based on the latest evidence and information."

Meanwhile, the States said on Monday morning the island was continuing to have "no new or (known) active cases of Covid-19".

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Rise of unauthorised drones in restricted areas

BBC Radio Guernsey

There has been a rise in the number of drones being flown in restricted areas in the island.

Guernsey Ports, supported by the Director of Civil Aviation for the Channel Islands, has launched a new campaign to teach drone users where they can use the devices safely after "an increase in the number of unauthorised drone deployments in restricted areas without prior permission".

The chief operations officer for Guernsey's ports, Ross Coppolo, said the situation needed tackling.

It is concerning. You only have to see what happened at Gatwick [in December 2018], which brought the airport to a stop. Thankfully people are fairly respectful in Guernsey, and what we're keen to do in this initiative is continue to raise and awareness in terms of where people can and can't fly their drones."

Ross CoppoloGuernsey Ports
Drone
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'Too soon' to draw conclusions on teachers' survey

BBC Radio Guernsey

It is too soon to draw any conclusions on a survey of teachers in Guernsey about the future model of local secondary education, the president of the education committee has said

Deputy Matt Fallaize was responding to comments made online by Deputy Neil Inder, who tweeted to say the two-school model was now, in his words, "dead".

Mr Inder took to social media to respond to media reports that the survey said small secondary schools with up to 800 pupils and a sixth form on one site had emerged as the preferences among teaching staff.

Matt Fallaize said that, until a full review was published, there was no point in speculating.

He said: "I think we should wait until the end of the review. We gave a commitment at the start of the review that we would keep an open mind, and, more than, that we would report back to the States with an objective assessment of all of the models that we proposed for review, and set out enough information in a report that would allow the States to come to an informed view about which model it preferred."

'How to stand in the general election' pack released

An information pack with details about how to stand in the 2020 Guernsey general election has been made available by the States.

It includes details on the rules and important key dates for those considering standing for election, information on the role of a States member and links to relevant laws all candidates need be aware of.

The pack also contains details of the support available to candidates from the States.

To stand in the election, you have to be on the electoral roll by 21 August and nomination forms are available to download from election2020.gg.

There will also be two presentations later this month for those thinking about standing.

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Two Sark patients transferred to PEH emergency department

A man requiring urgent medical treatment from Sark was transported to Guernsey on Friday.

St John Ambulance's marine ambulance, the Flying Christine 3 was requested, following a 999 call from a member of the public at about 10:45 BST.

The patient had been treated by the Sark doctor, nurse and ambulance crew, before being transferred to the care of the St John paramedic.

Following their return to Guernsey, the patient was then taken to the Emergency Department of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

A second call out was made over the weekend, following a request from the Sark doctor on Saturday night for help with a limb injury, St John said.

The marine ambulance left the harbour at about 21:40 and arrived 20 minutes later.

The patient was transferred to the emergency department for further treatment on return.

Girl, 16, remains critical in hospital after taking MDMA

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 16-year-old girl remains in a critical condition in hospital in Guernsey after taking MDMA.

A second teenager was taken to hospital on Sunday morning, suspected of taking a similar substance, but has since been released.

It is believed both girls had taken MDMA, or ecstacy, in the form of a crystal or rock enclosed in a capsule.

Seven people have been arrested by Guernsey Police in connection to the incidents, six of whom were later released on bail.

Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink said she was urging anyone who took a similar substance over the weekend is to seek medical attention.

Risks of taking MDMA include: heatstroke, water intoxication from drinking to much fluid and heart failure, according to the UK's Talk To Frank drugs awareness service.

Anyone who bought such a substance at the weekend, and was yet to take it, has been asked to dispose of it safely.