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Summary

  1. Clinton Pringle death: Driver pleads not guilty
  2. 'Pit bull' type dog seized by Jersey customs
  3. Condor cancels Liberation sailings on Saturday
  4. NSPCC launches scheme to help abuse victims
  5. Call for apology from accused Guernsey deputy
  6. Fire at two properties in St Brelade last night
  7. Alderney same-sex couple 'ready to tie the knot when legal'
  8. Elizabeth Castle 'a priority' for Jersey Heritage
  9. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the week. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One   at 18:30 and 22:25. There will also be news through the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Rue A L'Or blocked by landslide

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A landslide followed a heavy downpour has blocked the Rue A L'Or near St Saviour's Reservoir.

Guernsey Police have asked motorists to avoid the area.

Landslide
BBC

Witness Ken described it as "three to four lorry loads of soil"  and said it was "nearly blocking the road".

Landslide
BBC

Savings called for under new health contract with MSG

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Savings targets and more contractual obligations have been included in a new contract agreed between the States of Guernsey and the Medical Specialist Group.

A joint statement says the provision of secondary healthcare will be covered under a rolling contract with a five-year notice period.

The current contract, which expires on 31st December 2017, has a cost of £18.34m and has just one principal contractual obligation - an eight-week waiting time for appointments and operations.

The new contract includes savings for MSG of 3% in 2018, 2% in 2019 and a further 1% in 2020. As such the 2018 starting price on a like for like basis with the 2017 cost is £17.67m.

It also includes key performance indicators, includes the eight-week target, to enable the service to be monitored across a broad range of measures.

The partnership between the States of Guernsey and the Medical Specialist Group is a unique healthcare model, quite separate and different to the NHS in the UK and specifically tailored to the needs of our islands."

Dr Steve Evans Medical Special Group Chairman

Crash in Guelles Road

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two vehicles have collided at the junction of La Vrangue and Guelles Road, Guernsey's emergency services have reported.

They ask motorists to avoid the area for at least the next 20 minutes.

Thousands visit Jersey for tourism in 2016

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Last year saw more than 365,000 people visit Jersey as holidaymakers in 2016, up thousands on the year before. That's according to tourism body Visit Jersey.

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Visit Jersey
Age groups of visitors to Jersey during 2016

The group revealed that in 2016 those visitors collectively spent about £228m in the island.

Visit Jersey figures show staying holiday visitors from the UK increased 7% and Germany 6%, whilst those from France declined 6% and from Guernsey declined 22%.

Head of Visit Jersey, Keith Beecham, said accommodation bookings for summer 2017 were already looking good.

States' largest contract is signed with a pricetag of £100m

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The MSG contract is the largest for the States of Guernsey, with the total value approaching £100m over a five-year period. It was therefore essential that we secured a contract that represented value for money for taxpayers, while also ensuring it offered the States of Guernsey the flexibility to review services and engage with the MSG on the ongoing transformation of healthcare."

Deputy Heidi Soulsby President of the Committee for Health and Social Care

The States of Guernsey and the Medical Specialist Group signed the rolling contract for the provision of secondary healthcare earlier.

Deputy wants full apology after code of conduct complaints dropped

Guernsey Press

Deputy Lyndon Trott said he believes he is owed a full apology  as code of conduct complaints against him and two other senior politicians have been dismissed.

Landslide by the reservoir

BBC Radio Guernsey

There are reports of a landslide in the Rue A L'Or by the reservoir.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area and be careful on the roads as there is a lot of standing water.

Impounded dog 'similar' to Mr Bronx case

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The case of a dog impounded by customs and suspected of being a "banned breed" this week is being compared to the case of Mr Bronx, a dog impounded last year and described as a "pit bull" type.

Guiletta
Veronika Benhakak

Mr Bronx made headlines and had his case shared by many, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Anthony Head. After appeals in the press and courts Mr Bronx was allowed to return to his owners under the condition he is kept muzzled and on a lead while outside.

In this latest case a dog called Gulietta brought to Jersey from Slovakia by Veronika Benhakak is currently at the Jersey Animal Shelter after three independent experts said it was a "pit bull type" dog. It could be put down if an appeal is unsuccessful.

Miss Benhakak cited the fact Mr Bronx was returned to its owners as a reason why her dog should be returned to her.

A spokesman for the Jersey customs service said: "The [service] deals with every case of this kind separately, and the specific circumstances that might apply to one animal and its owners cannot automatically be assumed to apply to others."

Environment minister 'unpopular' with anglers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, isn't very popular with anglers in Jersey. He says the restrictions he imposed on bass fishing didn't go down very well with fishermen.

Anglers say the restrictions are unfair because they catch so few fish, while some commercial fishermen are worried about their livelihoods.

Deputy Steve Luce
BBC

I have restricted commercial fishermen extensively with these restrictions just as much as I've restricted leisure fishermen. It is not easy, I've accepted that but at the end of the day this is about making sure in five, 10 and 20 years' time we still have these fish swimming around Jersey."

Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister

Performance range impresses adjudicator

Guernsey Press

The range of performances due on stage at this year’s Guernsey Eisteddfod has already impressed the music adjudicator .

Did you know: More than half of Jersey 'is cultivated'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's World Wildlife Day and the Jersey Stats Unit has revealed that more than half of the island has been cultivated. Just 17% has been left as natural vegetation, which includes woodland, grasslands and cliffs.

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Seized dog 'could be put down' if appeal fails

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A dog seized by customs officers two days after being allowed to enter Jersey from Europe has been identified as a "banned breed" by three independent experts, that's according to the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service.

Guiletta
Veronika Benhakak

It is currently being housed at the Jersey Animal Shelter, where if it is proved to be a banned breed after appeal it could be put down.

Gulietta was brought into the island by owner Veronika Benhakak on Sunday. The dog was micro chipped, had a pet passport and its lineage details were given to customs who initially allowed Ms Benhakak to take the dog home.

Two days later Miss Benhakak was asked to take the dog into customs where it was impounded.

Customs say: "The dog will remain in the care of the [customs] while this matter is being investigated, and the service's officers will continue to liaise with the dog’s owner."

Support for eating disorders 'is improving'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A woman whose daughter has suffered from Anorexia from a young age says support for eating disorders in Jersey has improved over the past few years.

Figures from the health department show there are about 23 people currently being treated for health disorders and a new recovery college is being launched to support those with mental health issues.

Karen Dingle says the help her daughter Amy has been given over the years has steadily improved.

Karen Dingle
BBC

I believe they have improved. There are a couple of really good mental health nurses that have helped Amy over the years and she is getting a lot of support. As a parent you just want your child to get as much help as possible."

Karen Dingle

Saumarez nature trail 'for all to enjoy'

BBC Channel Islands News

All users of the Saumarez nature trail need to try to get along, according to the man responsible for the walk.

Mick Fooks was speaking after concerns were raised that runners and fitness groups were eroding and damaging the paths.

He says they'll continue to monitor the situation, but doesn't want to impose laws on how the green lane is used.

Saumarez Nature Trail
BBC

I can see there can be issues but everybody should respect each other and why they are walking on it. It is here for everybody to enjoy."

Mick FooksDean of the Castel Douzaine

Jersey FA to play Panjab FA side in friendly

BBC Sport

The Jersey FA Men's team will play a side from the Panjab FA at Springfield Stadium in April.

The fixture will be the second time the two associations have met for a friendly. Last year Jersey traveled to play them in Kidderminster and won the game 2-0.

Panjab FA Chairman and Director of Football, Harpreet Singh, says his players are looking forward to the game, but haven't forgotten the previous scoreline.

E-petitions will make the public 'more involved'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Assistant Minister for e-Government, Deputy Scott Wickenden, wants Jersey to launch an e-petition site similar to the one that saw two million people urge Theresa May to revoke Donald Trump's state visit invite.

He says unlike the UK, where it takes 100,000 signatures to get a debate in parliament, in Jersey a petition would need about 5,000 signatures for the States to debate the issue. He says it will make people more engaged with the political system.

Deputy Scott Wickenden
BBC

I think it will make the public feel a little more like we are discussing what they want us to discuss. They may not like what we have to say but that is down to your vote, if you don't like what we say you can deal with it at the next election."

Deputy Scott Wickenden Assistant Minister for e-Government

Rocquettes Road reopens

Free entry at Footes Lane for Guernsey FC's big clash with Three Bridges

Guernsey Press

Tony Vance says that Guernsey FC’s fans can make the difference in tomorrow’s massive home Ryman South clash – with the club offering free entry .  

Do you have burning questions about Jersey's parliament?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States Greffe are going to be taking to social media this afternoon to answer your questions on the States Assembly and how it works.

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