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Summary

  1. Same-sex marriage laws approved in Guernsey
  2. Plans for 'non-selective' secondary education in Guernsey
  3. £400,000 'goes missing' from States of Jersey business fund
  4. £200m 'mega yacht' in waters off Channel Islands
  5. Rape cases reported to police increase in Jersey
  6. Channel Islands cancer patients could benefit from proposed Southampton centre
  7. Potholes and litter top complaints to Jersey States
  8. Updates on Wednesday 21 September 2016

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Unemployment scheme helps 50 people get back into work

BBC Radio Jersey

An unemployment scheme to encourage local businesses to give jobs to the unemployed helped dozens of people get back into work last year.

The States will pay the minimum wage for 35 hours a week as well as social security contributions for people who have been out of work for six months. 

The Social Security Assistant Minister, Deputy Graham Truscott said the scheme helped 50 people get back into work last year.

Bowel screening programme deemed a success by health bosses

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

The reinstated bowel screening programme at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital is being deemed a success by Guernsey's Health Service. 

It runs once a month, and started again on 16 September. Clinical Director Kenneth Park says he's able to match the previous volume of screening activity - with the added flexibility of weekend appointments.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

Cable fault behind power outage

BBC Radio Guernsey

A high-voltage cable fault between Les Amballes and Rosaire Avenue was behind the power outage affecting large parts of St Peter Port yesterday evening. 

Guernsey Electricity says engineers were working on the site until 05:00 this morning - restoring supplies at 01:05 - three hours and 10 minutes after they were lost. 

In what it says is an unrelated incident, there's been a further cable fault today on Sandy Lane in St Sampson.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • Same-sex marriage is set to become law in Guernsey by the middle of 2017, after the vast majority of States members voted to approve it
  • Concerns have been raised over the work of the island's education authorities for a "non-selective" secondary system after it was revealed they will report back with the plans in June of next year - six months later than previously thought

Jersey

  • Condor Ferries' punctuality is the worst it's been since the company started publishing monthly reports in April
  • Local businesses are being given incentives to hire more unemployed people - the States will pay the minimum wage for 35 hours a week as well as social security contributions
  • A mega yacht, reportedly worth £200m, is moored in the Channel Islands today

Condor Ferries: Fewer services on time due to 'engine problems'

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

Condor Ferries says "engine problems" on the St Malo service caused a rise in the number of services running late.

It's latest figures - for August - are the worst since April, when the company started reporting monthly performance figures.

Condor graph
BBC

Condor says despite issues with the Rapide's engine, over 95% of its sailings went ahead, although some left later than planned.

Paul Luxon, CEO Condor Ferries, added: “It’s really important that we publish these statistics so that our customers, and all Channel Islanders, know how we are performing. Everyone of my Condor colleagues has shown exceptional commitment over the summer season to improving our punctuality and reliability; and the work goes on.”

Ten Jersey States workers sacked in a year

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

A number of States employees have been sacked since June 2015, according to new figures released in a Freedom of Information request.

Cyril Le Marquand
BBC

Ten workers lost their jobs, while 41 out of all 129 formal and informal disciplinary cases led to disciplinary action, the report shows. 

Number of disciplinary cases per department, June 2015 - September 2016:

Freddom of Information request
Gov.je

BBC Radio Jersey: The Cameron Ward Show

BBC Radio Jersey

As new figures show an increase in the number of reported rape cases in the island, BBC Radio Jersey speaks to a detective chief inspector about support for victims.

Rape victim
PA

These are some of the most challenging cases. We want to increase the number of prosecutions we have by working with other agencies."

Det Ch Insp Alison FosseyStates of Jersey Police

Hear more of her interview tonight at 17:00.

Preview of Royal visit

BBC Channel Islands News

His Royal Highness Prince Edward is coming to the Channel Islands this week to mark the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).

Ahead of his visit BBC Channel Islands News looks at the impact of the DofE Awards locally.

Prince Edward
PA

Guernsey same-sex marriage: Social media reaction

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

People on social media are celebrating the approval of laws on same-sex marriage in Guernsey.

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States members voted by 33 votes to five in favour of the legislation.

LGBT charity, Liberate, told its followers it's "delighted" by the news and changed its Facebook cover picture to a congratulations banner.

Guernsey architect: ‘Not enough office space in the plan’

Guernsey Press

Businesses will be put off coming to Guernsey unless there is enough land allocated for office space, local architects have warned at a Chamber of Commerce event looking at the Island Development Plan.

New incentives for Jersey businesses to hire unemployed

Local businesses are being given incentives to hire more unemployed people. 

The States will pay the minimum wage for 35 hours a week as well as social security contributions. 

Unemployed people
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50 employers have attended a Job Match event which aims to get people who have been out of work for six months back into employment.

Jersey travel: Inner Road reopens, but closures elsewhere

BBC Travel

  • The Inner Road at First Tower has re-opened following a car crash during this morning's rush hour. A man, 39, has been released from hospital after treatment
  • Hillgrove Street in town is closed by The Prince of Wales pub until Friday
  • A section of the Esplanade is closed to eastbound traffic between Anley Street and Castle Street during the day (09:00 - 16:00) for lifting work 
  • A ride out will take place in memory of Klaire Garnier who died in Germany in a motorcycle crash. It will start at St. Catherine's, travel along St. John's ring road, finishing at The Watersplash in St Ouen

Louvre, two directors fined over fund’s administration

Guernsey Press

Louvre Fund Services and two of its directors have been fined by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, according to a report in the Guernsey Press.

Condor has 'worst punctuality' since April

BBC Radio Jersey

Condor Ferries' punctuality is the worst it's been since the company started publishing monthly reports in April. 

Condor describes the figures as strong, but they revealed that in August, less than 80% of services arrived within half-an-hour of the scheduled time, down from over 90% in July. 

The company told the BBC delays had been caused by engine problems on the St Malo service.

Cyclist in hospital after accident

BBC Radio Guernsey

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being injured in a crash with a car in the parish of Forest, Guernsey. 

Emergency services were called to Chemin le Roi at 08:30. 

The road was closed for around half-an-hour while police and ambulance crews dealt with the incident.

Salt for the Seven Seas?

Sometimes the most obvious natural resources are overlooked. Until quite recently, even though the island is surrounded by it, no-one had tried to farm salt on a commercial basis, reports the Jersey Evening Post

Mega yacht owned by one of Russia's richest men in Channel Islands

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

A £200m mega yacht, owned by the 11th richest man in Russia on the Forbes Rich List, is in the Channel Islands.

The A mega yacht
Olaf Eggert/Kiel MarineTraffic.com

The 118m 'A' motor yacht, built in 2008 by Phillippe Starck, is reportedly owned by Russian Billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko.

The boat is currently moored in the Little Russel, the passage of water between Guernsey and Herm.

Marine Traffic screenshot
MarineTraffic

Guernsey same-sex marriage: LGBT reaction

The charity Liberate is celebrating the approval of laws on same-sex marriage in Guernsey.

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States members voted in favour of the legislation by 33 votes to five. 

The laws will now be ratified by the Privy Council in the UK, before coming into effect in mid 2017. 

Potholes and litter among top complaints in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Potholes, litter and fly tipping are some of the most common problems people have complained about on a new States website.

Litter on beach
BBC

The Infrastructure department launched its Love Jersey app last month, which allows people to report problems by posting pictures online. 

"We've already had more than 300 complaints to deal with, and the app is proving to be a success", says communications officer, Allyson Holmes.

Guernsey: Lunchtime headlines

BBC Radio Guernsey

The top stories on BBC Radio Guernsey this lunchtime:

  • An education committee will report back in June 2017 with plans for "non-selective" secondary schools
  • Local laws on same-sex marriage in Guernsey have been approved
  • A Russian Billionaire's £200m mega yacht is moored in the Little Russell 

Hear more in the Islands at One

Jersey: Lunchtime headlines

BBC Radio Jersey

The top stories on BBC Radio Jersey this lunchtime:

  • Condor Ferries' punctuality is the worst it's been since the company started publishing monthly reports
  • Ten States employees have been sacked since last June
  • A Russian billionare's £200m mega yacht is moored in the Channel Islands

Hear more in Jersey at One

Guernsey same-sex marriage laws approved

Local laws on same-sex marriage have been approved by the States of Guernsey.

Politicians voted by 33 votes to five for legislation which will now go to the Privy Council in the UK to be ratified. 

Same sex marriage
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Deputies Laurie Queripel, Barry Paint, David de Lisle, Joe Mooney, and Jan Kuttlewascher voted against.

The laws are expected to come into effect in mid 2017. 

Guernsey future of education: Analysis

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Today Deputy Paul Le Pelley has given a statement in the States of Guernsey on the future of secondary, post-16 and pre-school education by Paul Le Pelley.

States of Guernsey
BBC

Analysis: what did we hear?

There still appear to be more questions than answers.  

Deputy Paul Le Pelley, President of the Committee for Education Sport and Culture (CESC) says it's unanimous in its desire to rebuild the La Mare de Carteret schools, but the method of selection which it will eventually propose still remains unclear.

Despite many questions - including "who's running the show - civil servants or politicians?" the only thing that is really clear is that Education doesn't plan on returning to the States with detailed proposals much before June 2017.

End-of-ban night out finishes with drunken town fight

A man who went out to celebrate the end of a ban on him entering licensed premises has ended up back in court – after he got drunk and became involved in a fight, reports the Jersey Evening Post.

Domaille helps Guernsey FC get rare away point

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jack Domaille's last-minute equaliser helped Guernsey FC register their first away point of the year as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Tooting and Mitcham United.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

Goals from Taurean Roberts and Billy Dunn put the Isthmian League Division One South leaders ahead before Domaille struck with 26 minutes to go. 

The defender, who making just his fourth appearance, then struck late on as headed home after Ross Allen's free-kick had been saved.

Guernsey gay marriage: 'taken too long to get here'

Guernsey deputy, Peter Ferbrache, has told the States assembly it's taken "too long" to approve same-sex marriage.

Same Sex marriage
Getty Images

The vote to approve legislation is currently underway, after the States vote in favour of same-sex marriage in December 2015.  

There's still intolerance in our society. In other parts of the world gay people are prosecuted and killed - that is intolerable. I overwhelmingly support this piece of legislation."

Peter FerbracheGuernsey Deputy

States of Jersey business fund investigated after £400,000 lost to missing company

A States of Jersey fund which helps people start a business is being investigated. 

Earlier this year a loan of £400,000 was paid to a company that then disappeared. 

Jersey notes
BBC

Jersey's Auditor General, Karen McConnell, will review how the Jersey Innovation Fund works and suggest improvements.  

Release date for film about Occupation heroine’s sacrifice

A film recounting the extraordinary sacrifice of Jerseywoman Louisa Gould, who sheltered an escaped Russian prisoner during the Occupation, is due to be released in March. The Jersey Evening Post reports.

Guernsey States: Deputy Le Pelley announces education plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Paul Le Pelley has told the States of Guernsey the Committee for Education Sport and Culture will return in June 2017 with plans for "non-selective" education, and three secondary schools - including the rebuild of La Mare. 

I made a commitment at the election that I would represent the view that there would be need to be selection at 11. I didn't say necessarily by continuous assessment, but by a less stressful method. I believe the grammar school should be retained, I stand by that. My committee have a slightly different view and I will argue my case."

Deputy Paul PelleyPolitician with responsibility for education

Russian Billionaire's £200m mega yacht in Channel Islands

Tony Curr

BBC Radio Guernsey

A mega yacht, reportedly worth £200m, is moored in the Channel Islands today.

'A' Mega Yacht
BBC Tony Curr

The 118 metre long 'A' motor yacht is reportedly owned by Russian Billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko. He ranks as the 11th richest man in Russia, on the Forbes Rich List.

The boat, designed by Philippe Starck, is in the Little Russel, the bit of water between Guernsey and Herm.

Jersey Inner Road crash: Road closed for hours

The Inner Road (St Aubin's Road) in St Helier is still closed after an accident involving two cars.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at about 08:00.

A 39-year-old man has been taken to hospital, Police say his injuries are not life changing.

Google Maps
Google Maps

Guernsey same-sex marriage vote

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

Politicians will vote today to finalise laws on same-sex marriage in Guernsey.

Same sex marriage
Thinkstock

The States approved same-sex marriage in December 2015, but today will vote on the legislation.

They are being asked:

Vote on Same sex marriage
States of Guernsey

Jersey musicians heard on BBC Radio 1

BBC Introducing in Jersey

Last night two Jersey bands were heard on BBC Radio 1 as part of the BBC Introducing in Jersey series.

Mozaics
BBC

Presenter Ryan Morrison chatted to Jersey Live organiser Warren Le Sueur about the island's music scene and introduced the two bands.

The final night of the series, which will be broadcast tonight, includes singer-songwriter Keenan and rock band HOWL.

Guernsey States: Future of education statement

The politician with ultimate responsibility for the Bailiwick's education has just outlined his committee's plans for the future of secondary schooling in the States of Guernsey.

States of Guernsey
BBC

Deputy Paul Le Pelley says the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture will return to the States in June next year with plans for "non-selective" education, and three secondary schools including the rebuild of La Mare.    

North begin Priaulx title defence with victory

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Champions North got their Priaulx League title defence under way with a 2-0 win at Vale Rec.

Dave Rihoy
Fran Torode

Guernsey FC duo Dave Rihoy and Matt Loaring - who were not part of the Green Lions squad that travelled to Tooting and Mitcham on Tuesday night - got the goals for North.

St Martin's stay top after crushing second-from-bottom Rangers 8-0 thanks in part to a Danny Hale hat-trick and two goals from Ally Venosa.

BreakingJersey Inner Road crash: One man taken to hospital, road still closed

BBC Travel

A 39-year-old man has been taken to hospital after an accident involving two cars. 

The States of Jersey Police were called to the crash on Inner Road near the Lotus House at 08:00. The road is still closed. 

Police say his injuries are not believed to be life threatening or life changing. 

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Olivia Le Poidevin

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • Patients could access new drugs by persuading Guernsey's States to allow clinical trials
  • Condor Ferries latest performance figures for August show 97% of all scheduled sailings operated on time
  • Guernsey's Joint Emergency Services Control Centre has been shortlisted for a national IT award

Jersey

  • The number of sexual assaults reported to the police will 'probably continue to rise' as victims feel more confident to come forward, says a campaigner
  • Potholes, litter and fly-tipping are some of the most common problems people have complained about on a new States website
  • A motorcycle ride in memory of a Jersey woman killed in Germany will take place tonight

Today's weather: Sunny periods

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Mainly fair with sunny today, becoming cloudier overnight, with a maximum temperature of 22C (71F)

Weather graph
BBC

BreakingGuernsey travel: Person taken to hospital after road crash

BBC Travel

A car and bicycle have crashed on Chemin Le Roi.

One person has been taken to hospital. 

The road has reopened but drivers are being warned to take care in part of the Forest Road as the police and ambulance services remain at the scene.