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Summary

  1. Guernsey education committee survives vote of no confidence
  2. Jersey fishermen say they are being persecuted by Guernsey, after the island announced a £500 charge to fish in its waters
  3. Armed robbery accused appears in court
  4. A tribunal has heard the death of a newborn baby in Guernsey in 2014 might have been prevented, if a previous incident was properly investigated
  5. It's claimed local nurses are looking to move to Jersey because Guernsey pay rates lag behind
  6. Updates on Wednesday 11 January 2017

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No confidence motion: How they voted

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Education, Sport and Culture Committee will vote on a fifth member tomorrow after surviving a vote of no confidence - here's how Guernsey States members voted.

Pour (for) 13:

Barry Brehaut, Lindsay de Sausmarez, Matt Fallaize, Sarah Hansmann Rouxel, Shane Langlois, Jonathan Le Tocq, Jennifer Merrett, Charles Parkinson, Peter Roffey, Gavin St Pier, Dawn Tindall, Rhian Tooley and Emilie Yerby.

Contre (against) 22:

Al Brouard, David de Lisle, Mark Dorey, Andrea Dudley-Owen, Peter Ferbrache, John Gollop, Richard Graham, Neil Inder, Louis Jean, Jan Kuttelwascher, Graham McKinley, Victoria Oliver, Paul Le Pelley, Robert Prow, Mary Lowe, Carl Meerveld, Joe Mooney, Barry Paint, Laurie Queripel, Lester Queripel, Jeremy Smithies and Lyndon Trott.

Je ne vote pas (abstain) 5:

Chris Green, Michelle Le Clerc, Marc Leadbeater, Heidi Soulsby and Jane Stephens.

Education committee gets backing of majority of States

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's education committee will not be changing after a vote of no confidence failed.

Members voted 22-13 against the motion, which was brought by seven deputies.

It followed a close States vote to affirm a move to end the use of 11-plus exams for selection in the education system, which was originally voted for in March.

Guernsey's Education Committee
BBC
Deputies Andrea Dudley-Owen, David De Lisle, Paul Le Pelley and Carl Meerveld

After the motion was placed Deputy Marc Leadbeater stood down from the committee and a vote to fill his vacant seat will be taken tomorrow.

BreakingGuernsey education committee survives vote of no confidence

A vote of no confidence in the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture has failed.

Midwifery head issues statement to reassure pregnant women as tribunal is under way

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Elaine Torrance, head of midwifery in Guernsey said: "I have noticed on social media that there have been a number of comments following the media coverage on the NMC hearings currently being held in London.

"Whilst no one has contacted me or other staff on Loveridge Ward directly, I am mindful of the fact that women in the Bailiwick who are pregnant may be concerned or anxious."

Midwife
BBC

"The media is reporting on hearings that are looking at historical cases. Substantial investigations, reviews and improvements have been made in the service over recent years.

"If any women, or their partners, are concerned and would like to speak to me about their individual circumstances, they can contact me directly on 707430 or email Elaine.torrance@gov.gg."

Highest annual scheduled bus passenger numbers in 20 years

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Monthly increases in bus passengers ranged from 7,000 to 30,000 in Guernsey last year, new figures from the States of Guernsey show.

The 2016 figures from the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure show an increase on monthly figures for 2015, with the exception of January 2016 where there was a small decrease in passengers of 1.5%.

Buses
BBC

A number of factors are thought to have impacted on the figures.

This includes the introduction of free transport for students in full-time education provided that they use a ‘student’ card, a successful campaign to encourage cruise ship passengers to use all of the scheduled bus routes to explore various parts of the island, a new journey planning tool and the introduction of a bus app.

It is the highest number of passengers recorded under the current format since 1996.

'Issues' over midwifery practice in Guernsey baby death case

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A midwife manager at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey, contacted investigators over "issues in respect of midwifery practice" following the death of a baby, a hearing has heard.

The Local Supervisory Authority Midwifery Officer (LSAMO) for NHS England was contacted on 6 May by Ann Thompson who was troubled by the death of Baby A in January 2016.

Lisa Granville, Antonia Manousaki and Tuija Roussel are facing a hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in connection with the incident.

Midwife
BBC

Ms Granville investigated the incident - but another manager, Maria Patterson completed a review of the care provided to the baby in which she "disagreed with Lisa's early findings".

Ms Patterson found that a heart rate monitor trace had been classified as suspicious but Manousaki or the shift coordinator Roussel had not reported it.

One of the investigators added she was also concerned that the drug syntocinon may have been freely used without consultation.

She then asked Ms Patterson to conduct an audit of 10 randomly-selected patient records, seven of which showed "syntocinon had been administered either by way of a verbal order or with no order at all".

Granville admits failing to identify inadequate midwifery care in relation to the administration of syntocinon and management of the CTG trace, and admits her investigation into the death of Baby A was inadequate, but denies all other charges.

Weather: Get your umbrella ready as rain heading this way

BBC Weather

After a largely dry evening, cloud will gradually thicken with an increasing chance of showers developing towards dawn.

After a breezy start, winds should gradually ease through the night. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow is a largely cloudy day to come with heavy and persistent rain, especially through the afternoon.

Although the wet weather should ease towards evening, it will turn windier and colder with the risk of hail or sleet showers. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Bus passenger numbers rise by almost 10%

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Bus passenger numbers have risen by almost 10% in a year in Guernsey, new figures show.

A total of 1,653,728 people travelled on scheduled bus services during 2016, representing an increase of 146,927 passengers when compared with 2015.

Buses
BBC

This represents a growth in passenger numbers of 9.75% as compared with 2015 and is the highest number of passengers recorded since data was first collected in this format in 1996.

Islands' beach clean this weekend

The wildlife officer at Alderney's Wildlife Trust says it's important to keep beaches clean to protect sea life as well as ourselves.

The Channel Islands are collectively taking part in a beach clean this weekend.

Litter on a beach
BBC

During 2016, balloons all the way from Taunton were among litter found on Alderney's beaches.

Claire Thorpe says she hopes this will become an annual event.

BreakingSenior nurse wrongly concluded 'no major midwifery issues' after baby's death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A senior nurse at a maternity ward wrongly concluded there were "no major midwifery issues" after a baby's death, a tribunal has heard.

Lisa Granville, Antonia Manousaki and Tuija Roussel were all working on the Loveridge Ward at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey, when the desperately ill baby was born in January 2014.

Ms Granville, who was the risk management midwife on the ward, investigated the incident and decided there were "no issues with the practical midwifery care delivered".

Maternity unit
BBC

Ann Thompson, manager of the unit, contacted the Local Supervisory Authority Midwifery Officer because she was so concerned about standards of care at the hospital.

During the subsequent investigation in 2014 there was found to be "inadequate care" and "concerns about midwives acting outside the scope of their practice".

The tribunal continues.

Midwives accused over baby death failings

Guernsey Press

The death of a baby at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital ‘may have been prevented’ had a previous case been properly investigated, a tribunal heard yesterday.

Guernsey is favourite for non-UK entities listed on London Stock Exchange

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey is again the global finance industry’s number one choice for non-UK entities listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

LSE data released today shows that there were 124 Guernsey-incorporated entities listed on the Main Market and AIM at the end of 2016.

Guernsey added nine new entities to the LSE markets during 2016, which is the same number as its two nearest competitors combined, excluding the UK.

Guernsey’s total number of non-UK LSE listings is more than 40 ahead of its nearest competitor, which is Jersey with 82.

Furniture firm closing after 50 years

Jersey Evening Post

A furniture and collectibles business founded 50 years ago will be closing its doors later this month.

£1,000 offered for information on windscreen smashing

BBC Radio Guernsey

A £1,000 reward is being offered by two Guernsey garages after two of their car windscreens were smashed by golf balls.

The incidents, one at Forest Road Garage before the new year, and another last week at Mont Saint Garage in St Saviour, caused more than £1,000 worth of damage.

The owners are offering a financial reward for information if it leads to a prosecution.

Trott withdraws guillotine motion on education

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

It continues...

There was talk of an early end to a debate on a motion of no confidence in Guernsey's Committee of Education, Sport and Culture.

However, after about six more politicians expressed they wished to speak, Deputy Lyndon Trott decided against laying a motion to end debate.

Deputy Trott had told the assembly before the lunch break that he had intended to put forward a gullotine motion at 15:30, but when he brought up the motion after 16:00 he withdrew it after seeing who was left to speak.

Senior politician has 'no confidence' in education committee

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Guernsey's most senior politician says he does not have confidence in the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

President of Policy and Resources Gavin St Pier says he has sat in on various committee meetings this political term and also worked closely with the Education Department last term.

He says he "reluctantly" has to support the vote of no confidence although he "very much would prefer it to be otherwise".

States members are currently debating a motion of no confidence in the committee - listen on 1116MW or online.

Want to see a tractor ballet?

Jersey Evening Post

A ballet performed by tractors and a cinema open to horses are among artistic events which could take place this summer as part of a Jersey Arts Trust-funded project.

Aim to recruit 10 foster families

BBC Radio Jersey

During 2016 Fostering and Adoption Jersey secured five new foster families, and the department currently has 48 approved foster carers.

Placements include both short and long-term, as well as emergency and respite.

They hope to recruit another 10 foster families in 2017.

A member of the Fostering and Adoption Team will be hosting an information stall at the Jersey Library on Wednesday 18 January between 11:00 and 14:00 to enable interested members of the public to find out more about fostering.

Committee member that resigned 'will abstain'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Deputy Marc Leadbeater has told the States of Guernsey he will not be seeking reelection to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

He stood down after the motion of no confidence was placed saying he fundamentally disagreed with the pro-selection views of the education president.

Marc Leadbeater
BBC

Deputy Leadbeater said the president and vice president had told him they wanted him back on the committee if the motion failed and they would propose and second him.

He said this had changed this morning: "[The committee] had been advised by two senior deputies that such a move could make them appear weak."

Deputy Leadbeater said he was no longer sure if personal interest was being put before the education of the island's children and told the assembly he would abstain from the vote and not be restanding for his seat.

North of Guernsey under water unless global warming slows

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's northern parishes will be underwater if global warming levels are not lowered, according to an international researcher.  

'Common ground' needed on fishing charges

BBC Radio Guernsey

Commercial fishermen from Guernsey and Jersey should work together to protect their industries, according to a Guernsey fisherman's representative.

The message from Barry Paint, who also sits in the States of Guernsey, comes after Jersey fishermen hit out at a £500 licence fee their Guernsey counterparts don't have to pay to fish in Bailiwick waters.

Fishing boats
BBC

Jersey fishermen say the charge to renew their Guernsey fishing licences threatens their historic fishing rights.

Guernsey fishing officials say the charge is routine and non-political.

It's the latest chapter in long-running tensions between the islands over commercial fishing.

Turning colder through the week, with gusty winds today

BBC Weather

After a cloudy and windy start to the afternoon, winds will slowly ease through the day with some brighter breaks later.

The maximum temperature will be 12C (54F).

Weather table
BBC

Deputy ready to cut no confidence debate short

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Debate on a vote of no confidence in the States of Guernsey could be cut short.

Deputy Lyndon Trott said if the debate was still continuing at 15:30 after the States resumes from lunch at 14:30 he would put forward a guillotine motion.

If successful only Deputy Emilie Yerby, the proposer of the vote of no confidence, and those who have not yet spoken will be able to speak before the vote is taken.

Listen to the debate online or on 1116MW.

More Jersey foster parents wanted

BBC Radio Jersey

People in Jersey are being asked to consider if they could become foster parents.

Fostering and Adoption Jersey Publicity Officer Margarida Lourenco-Olivier said: “We need foster carers from all walks of life - married, single, mixed and same sex couples, as well as from different cultural and religious backgrounds. 

"Foster carers leave a lasting positive impression on lives, and without them young people would have limited opportunities to reach their potential."

Call for Finance Centre objections

Jersey Evening Post

Lobbyists are continuing to campaign against the Jersey Development Company’s Esplanade office project and are calling on Islanders to submit 500 formal objections to the organisation’s latest planning application.

Deputy talks of 'catalogue of ineptitude'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A deputy for the South East of Guernsey has described a catalogue of ineptitude by the education committee as one of the reasons he's supporting a vote of no confidence in them.

Peter Roffey says it's important the committee members believe in their task of reforming secondary education.

Peter Roffey
BBC

Meanwhile, Deputy Rob Prow has urged States members to vote against the motion of no confidence. He believes the education committee should be given the chance to get on with its job. Debate resumes at 14:30.

President confident of support, well 'pretty sure'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Deputy Paul Le Pelley, the President of Guernsey's Committee for Education, Sport and Culture says his committee is delivering and doesn't think a motion of no confidence will be successful.

He told the States: "We are delivering what you've asked us to deliver, we've got a few hiccups, we've had a few problems in getting here.

"We have done our very, very best to try to manage those."

Paul Le Pelley
BBC

Deputy Le Pelley went on to say: "I know I have the support of my committee... I know I have the support of the majority of my electorate because of the number of emails I've had coming in telling me... and I also know, I'm pretty sure when the numbers come out that I've got the majority of people in here."

The States has broken for lunch and will resume at 14:30.

Jersey aim to buy ground back by 2020

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan hopes the club will be able to buy back their ground within three years.

Jersey Reds
Sue Armes

The Championship club was forced to sell their assets for £1.5m in November in order to see out the season.

They hope to sell a plot of land that they own for £750,000 within the next few months to halve their fundraising target.

Education president says vote of no confidence is 'load of tosh'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Charges made in the vote of no confidence are "quite insulting", says the president of Guernsey's under fire education committee.

Deputy Paul Le Pelley told the States it was written like an "academic, university debating society" and was "misleading people into thinking certain things happened in a certain order".

He said: "To be honest a lot of what is in here [the letter of no confidence] is a load of tosh and should be thrown out."

Paul Le Pelley
BBC

The States resume at 14:30.

No direct flights to Barcelona from Guernsey this summer

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A lack of slots has stalled a bid by Aurigny to repeat its direct summer service to Barcelona.

The States-owned airline described the direct service - run over four Saturdays in July and August - as a success as it "exceeded expectations for its passenger numbers".

Barcelona El Prat Airport
Getty Images

However, a lack of slots at Barcelona and Girona airports mean the airline is not able to offer the service.

A spokesman said the airline was looking into options for a European summer destination next year.

Closure to impact on bus route

BBC Travel

Emergency repairs to potholes in the Route des Blanches, St Martin, tomorrow will affect Guernsey bus route 81.

The road is due to be closed from 09:00-14:00 and while it is closed the outbound bus service will miss out Route de Jerbourg.

BreakingArmed robbery accused appears in court

BBC Radio Jersey

A 31-year-old Polish man charged with the armed robbery of Temple Stores in Stopford Road on Thursday has appeared in Jersey's Magistrate's Court.

Pawel Dzielak was not required to enter a plea before Magistrate Bridget Shaw as the matter was sent to the Royal Court to be heard due to its serious nature.

He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 8 February.

Alderney bird hide to be renovated for wheelchair users

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The bird hide at Longis pond on Alderney is being renovated to make it suitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility.

The work will also mean improved facilities for all users and make it more child friendly, those behind the plans have said.

Bird hide
Alderney Wildlife Trust
The opening was attended by David Bellamy in 2002.

It means it will be closed for about six weeks from 18 January. 

Small snowfall 'predicted by end of week'

Snow warning from the Met Office but looks like we'll have "snow chance" to build a snowman. 

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Advice issued on bird flu

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

People who keep domestic poultry are being advised to minimise contact with wild birds.

Advice from the Department of the Environment’s Veterinary Officer is that, where possible, domestic chickens, ducks, geese should be kept indoors or in a netted area.  

chickens
AFP

In Jersey, no licenses are being given for any sort of poultry gathering.

In addition, all poultry importations now require an individual licence, with certain conditions set out for each one.

These measures will remain in place until at least 28 February. 

Education committee meeting under way

Deputy Emilie Yerby has set out why she's placing a vote of no confidence in Guernsey's education committee. 

A motion signed by the her and six others is being debated in the States this morning.

She says the current members were not elected on a change mandate - and it's no longer appropriate current members work up the plans for the new system of secondary education.

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Man due in court over shop robbery

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man has been charged with the robbery of a grocery store on Stopford Road in Jersey.

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