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Summary

  1. Alcohol abuse costs Guernsey up to £20m a year, a report finds
  2. Slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake sold at auction
  3. A former EU banker has been tasked with advising Guernsey's government on the island's financial stability
  4. St Helier waterfront development plans to be reviewed
  5. Nominations have opened in the Vale by-election for the seat in the States of Guernsey left vacant by the death of Deputy Dave Jones
  6. The charity Autism Jersey wants to build a new centre for people with the condition
  7. Updates on Thursday 15 September 2016

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Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

  • Alcohol abuse costs Guernsey up to £20m a year, a report finds
  • Slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake sold at auction fro £1,500
  • St Helier waterfront development plans to be reviewed
  • Nominations have opened in the Vale by-election
  • A new centre for people with Autism could be built in Jersey

Alcohol abuse costs Guernsey taxpayers £500 a year each

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alcohol misuse in Guernsey costs every taxpayer about £500 a year, according to a new report by university student Ben Green into the economic and social costs of alcohol abuse.

The report, funded by Mourant Ozannes, examined the cost of alcohol abuse to States departments, the fire service, police, coastguard and other agencies.

The report makes a number of recommendations including a higher minimum price for alcohol.

Filmed States sitting 'live in two weeks'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The first sitting of the States of Jersey to be filmed, streamed and made available online will be the sitting on Monday 26 September.

Approved in 2015 there will be five cameras in the States chamber with the live broadcast available for six months after each sitting.

Deputy Sam Mezec, who recently reviewed a test filming said "it will let the public hold politicians to account more than ever before".

States Assembly
BBC

Call for better education and higher costs in booze report

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A review into the cost of alcohol abuse in Guernsey has made a number of recommendations, including a higher minimum price per unit and better education.

The report by student Ben Green, involved a number of departments and also called for better data collection and a bigger budget for the island's alcohol service to allow them to better address the causes.

Wine
AP

£1.7m to be spent on Jersey Brexit unit

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new unit to represent Jersey's interests following the UK's decision to leave the European Union is being set up by the States.

EU Flag
PA

It will cost about £1.7m and is one of three projects given funding by the treasury department to stimulate economic growth.

More than £320,000 went to a project looking at data protection regulation and £107,000 will be used to develop on-island digital businesses.

Collection including royal knickers raises £397,938

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An auction of pieces owned by Jersey collector David Gainsborough Roberts at Christies Auction House raised nearly £400,000.

This included a slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake that sold for £1,500, a pair of the monarch's knickers and keys from the Titanic.

David Gainsborough Roberts
BBC

Mr Roberts, who is now in his 70s, spent his life collecting rare gems and previously said he does not have children to pass them on to so hoped to use the money raised from selling them to help people.

Alcohol misuse costs Guernsey about £20m per year

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new report examining the cost and impact of alcohol misuse found it cost Guernsey between £18m and £20m per year.

Booze stats
BBC

The report was commissioned by the Guernsey Alcohol Service and produced by university student Ben Green.

It made a number of recommendations including increasing the minimum price of alcohol and better education.

Alderney racing event kicks off

BBC Radio Guernsey

Some of the best racing car drivers in the islands are taking on various courses in Alderney as part of a Guernsey Car and Motor Club event.

Drivers will be doing sprints and hill climbs at various locations around the island. 

Club President Karl Marshall said the event was a big economic plus for the island's tourist industry.

Group celebrates 10 years of beer festival visits

BBC Channel Islands News

The Jersey branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is celebrating 40 years since it was first established.

A group of friends who first met at the annual People's Park beer festival a decade ago have been back every year since.

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Final by-election costs not known until February 2017

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The final cost of the recent senatorial by-election in Jersey will not be known until February 2017.

Some costs are already known including £8,500 for the website, design and social media, £11,500 for leaflets and manifestos and £12,000 for filming rights.

The cost of printing, hired services, polling station hire, travel expenses, postage, advertising and other expenses have yet to be finalised.

Ballot Box
BBC

Jersey Police spend £50 on parking fines

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Police have paid out about £50 in parking fines in Jersey and the UK with the education department paying out another £90 so far in 2016, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Government departments spent a total of £142.50 so far this year, £330 in 2015 and £400 in 2014.

Table showing 2016 figures
BBC

'Better regulation' after Guernsey Abu Dhabi agreement

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An agreement between the financial services commission in Guernsey and the Abu Dhabi Global Market finance regulator will improve regulatory practice in both areas, according to the Guernsey regulator.

Memorandum signing
Guernsey Financial Services Commission

William Mason, director of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission said: "It represents a further demonstration of Guernsey's commitment to working with overseas regulatory authorities".

He said it showed the island was doing its part in addressing matters of global interest and concern in the area of financial services regulation.

More disabled parking in St Peter Port

BBC Radio Guernsey

A number of parking spaces in St Peter Port are being converted into disabled spaces and small vehicle bays. 

From the 2 October disabled bays will be available at La Vallette, Belmont Road, Rouge Huis Avenue, and at the Rougeval Estate. 

A width restriction of 1.83m is also being introduced in the two-hour bays in Cornet Street, just below the Terrace Cafe, and in Belmont Road.

Jersey States sets up Brexit team

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new unit within Jersey's government, tasked with understanding and dealing with issues arising from Brexit, has been established.

Brexit
BBC

Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, allocated £1.75m to set up the new group that will be part of the Ministry of External Relations. 

A spokesman said: "The team will establish and co-ordinate a high-level working group across all States departments to assess potential implications for Jersey and to determine the Island’s cross-cutting interests in Brexit negotiations."

Sandpiper CI to buy Channel Island Costcutter stores

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Channel Island retail group Sandpiper have acquired the Costcutter franchise licence for the islands.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval and would see the company take over the 16 stores by the end of November if approved.

The company already holds the franchise licence for Iceland, Marks and Spencer, Costa Coffee, George and a number of other UK brands. The company said there would be no redundancies and existing staff would be transferred with the same terms and conditions.

'Youths' on skateboards believed to have started barn fires

BBC Radio Guernsey

Police are searching for a group of "youths" suspected of starting three small fires in a barn filled with hay on Tuesday.

Officers were called after the youths were heard in the abandoned property in Rue Des Gron, St Saviour, Guernsey at about 17:40.

They were not seen leaving but were believed to be on skateboards.

Raiders newcomers having welcome impact

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders new signings have made a good impact on the club's first two matches, says boss Jordan Reynolds.

Dan Hill
Martin Gray

Police showing 'pride' with patrol car

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police have painted part of a patrol car in rainbow flag colours to show their support for the upcoming Jersey Pride parade on Saturday.

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Latest travel news for Guernsey

BBC Travel

  • Les Camps in St Martins is one way going from La Grand Rue towards Sausmarez Road until next Friday 
  • There is traffic lights up on St George's Esplanade until the 7 October while road repairs are completed
  • St Andrews Road is still closed in phases until the 7 October and affects bus route 71

Autism centre will be a 'calm place for parents'

BBC Radio Jersey

The charity Autism Jersey described their proposed new 'hub' as a calm place for families of children with autism. 

The group says the facilities are needed as they have outgrown their current space in St Helier.

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Latest travel news for Jersey

BBC Travel

  • Temporary traffic signals on David Place between Stopford Road and Vauxhall Street from 09:00 until 15:00 each day because of water main renewal works. Delays possible
  • A section of The Esplanade is closed to eastbound traffic between Anley Street and Castle Street traffic during the day for lifting work
  • In St Peter,  Le Mont de Louannes is closed as Jersey Electricity are removing some overhead lines in the area 
  • In Trinity there is a section of Rue des Bouillons closed for excavation works

Cable car wanted for Bergerac exhibition

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Heritage are looking for one of the Fort Regent cable cars for a new exhibition called Bergerac's Island.

Jim Bergerac
BBC

The exhibition, to run in 2017, will explore life in Jersey in the 1980s. Jersey Heritage want one to represent a trip to Fort Regent in a display.

A spokeswoman said they would prefer a red one but are having difficulty finding any at all, so any colour was welcome.

Neolithic memories from Societe Jersiaise

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It is 92 years since the Neolithic chamber at La Hougue Bie was entered for the first time since it was originally sealed, according to the Societe Jersiaise.

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Cancer charity to transform ‘unsightly lump’

An ‘unsightly lump’ at Salerie Corner will be transformed into a haven for wildflowers and greenery by Male Uprising Guernsey to continue to raise awareness of male cancers, the Guernsey Press reports.

Queen Victoria's knickers sold for £16,250 at auction

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Queen Victoria's knickers have been sold by a well known Jersey collector for £16,250 at auction.

Queen Victoria's knickers
Christie's Auction House

David Gainsborough Roberts, who is in his 70s, has spent his life collecting rare gems, including Marilyn Monroe's bra and paintings by Winston Churchill.

A slice of cake from Queen Victoria's wedding in 1840, and keys from the Titanic, were among Mr Roberts' rare gems sold at Christie's Auction House in London on Wednesday.

Guernsey has 'excellent reputation for stability'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The man set to run Guernsey's financial stability advisory committee described the island as having an "excellent reputation for stability".

Peter Sedgwick
Bowel Cancer UK

Setting up the committee was based on a recommendation from the international monetary fund.

Peter Sedgwick, who has worked with HM treasury, the EU investment bank and is currently chairman of leading bowel cancer research charity Bowel Cancer UK, said the first task was to review Guernsey's current position in detail.

Lifestyles 'driving wildlife to extinction'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey environmentalist says islander's lifestyles are driving wildlife to extinction. 

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BBC

Cassie Horton, from Action for Wildlife, was speaking as a government report showed the States had made little progress in protecting species and natural habitat in the past five years. 

She said we all have to take responsibility for the quality of our natural environment. She said: "Anything and everything in the island from birds to bats, our lifestyle is impacting on it."

Conway Street pavement to be widened

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A major pedestrian link between King Street and the Waterfront in Jersey is to be made safer with wider pavements according to the infrastructure minister.

Conway Street
BBC

A recent survey found about 1,500 people were using the western side pavement in an average lunch hour with another 500 using the eastern side.

Work will start early in 2017 to widen the pavement by at least 80cm which Deputy Eddie Noel said would improve pedestrian safety.

Team Jets face season of consolidation

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Team Jets face a season of consolidation in Premier League Two, according to head coach Linda Andrews.

Team Jets
Steve Lund

The island side have lost the services of key players Abbie Hazeley, Sophie Holmes and Georgia Hickey as they prepare to open their second campaign in the division at home to Telstars on Sunday.

"Missing those three major players, we'll probably look to try and consolidate and give more girls court time," Andrews told BBC Radio Jersey.

Jersey real ale branch marks 40-years

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Beer lovers will be celebrating a milestone birthday for the Jersey branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Beer festival
bbc

This year is the Jersey group's 40th anniversary and the beer festival on People's Park will see more than 100 beers.

Branch chairman Dwayne Palmer said it was a chance for people to try something new.

Dolphin sightings increase

It has been a bumper summer for sightings of dolphins and sunfish in Jersey waters, according to a local marine expert, the Jersey Evening Post reports.  

Slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake sold at auction

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake dating from the 19th Century has fetched £1,500 at auction. 

Cake
Christie's Auction House

The cake, which has survived from Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, was sold by the well-known Jersey collector David Gainsborough Roberts. 

The monarch's knickers, keys from the Titanic and Winston Churchill's hat also sold from his collection at Christie's in London on Wednesday.

Politicians urged to 'consult more' over power link plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney politicians are being urged to consult with the public over plans that would see an electricity cable - linking France and Britain - coming ashore in the island.

Alderney
BBC

The France Alderney Britain Link (FAB) is an Alderney Renewable Energy project co-financed by the European Union allowing the island to sell tidal power to France and the UK.

At a States meeting islanders urged politicians to hold independent inquiries, public meetings and a referendum before the project continues.

Review of waterfront priorities to start in the autumn

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A review of the master plan for the Jersey waterfront will start in the autumn and will look at the existing objectives to see if they are still relevant.

They were:

  • Integrate the old town with the waterfront and address the separation presently caused by the road
  • Create a distinctive mixed use quarter in St Helier, which makes a step change in design and appearance
  • Create a new office quarter to serve the financial services industry
  • Provide new homes for local residents
  • Create new areas of public space that provide a real sense of place for residents and visitors to enjoy
  • Create new opportunities to broaden the offer within the tourism and visitor sector, providing a new hotel and self-catering accommodation

Environment Minister Deputy Steve Luce said St Helier was one of the main strategic priorities for the States.

Cyber attacks are now ‘when’, not ‘if’

Incidents of cyber attacks are now so prevalent that experts believe an attempted breach on a business or individual is now a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’, the Guernsey Press reports.  

'Conservation work needed to reverse' species decline

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's environment minister says more conservation work is needed to slow down or reverse species decline. 

Concerns were raised in yesterday's national State of Nature report - which also included the Channel Islands.

Deputy Steve Luce
BBC

Deputy Steve Luce said there was evidence active conservation management and change of practice could make a significant difference.

He said: “Time is running out, but if we continue to build on important long-term work, we can make a difference locally and meet the States strategic priority of protecting and enhancing our natural environment for future generations."

Vale by-election: Voter registration to be open after nominations in 'break with tradition'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

In a break with tradition in Guernsey, islanders will be allowed to register to vote after the nomination period has closed.

For example for the general election in April nominations closed on 31 March, while voters had to be registered by the 24 February.

Vale Douzaine Room - polling station
BBC

Ahead of that election and previous ones, some islanders said they saw little point in signing up to vote without knowing who the candidates were.

The registration process for residents of the Vale will remain open until 15 October with the by-election on 19 October.

At April's election 3,774 (74%) of the registered voters in the Vale turned out.

Sports back constable's call for national stadium

Island football and netball officials have pledged their support to suggestions that a national stadium could be built in Jersey, the Jersey Evening Post reports.