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  1. Search launched for missing Alderney man
  2. Body found in missing person search off Guernsey's south coast
  3. States of Jersey to vote on boundary reform changes
  4. Jersey's reservoirs are almost full after recent rainfall
  5. Guernsey primary school children 'too focused on their weight'
  6. Jersey beat Guernsey in U18 Muratti
  7. Updates on Monday 20 March

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Sustainable future for Guernsey Water flood defences

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey Water are to introduce "sustainable urban drainage systems" as part of a long-term strategy to reduce the risk of sewer flooding and pollution.

The company says the systems will be used when there is "a chance to ease the impact of urban creep and climate change", this is where property extensions and driveways increase the speed of run-off into the sewers during rainfall.

They will drain surface water into the ground rather than sending the run-off water through a pipe to a watercourse or sewer.

Stephen Langlois

Successful sustainable drainage relies on integration from a number of key sectors including the construction industry, planners, architects, business and home owners and States departments."

Stephen Langlois Guernsey Water General Manager

Long term care fund to be reviewed

BBC Radio Jersey

A scheme that helps people needing long term care in Jersey is to be reviewed to ensure it is able to pay for itself as the population as a whole gets older over time.

Old person hands
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The Long Term Care Scheme was set up in 2014 as a way of paying for home and residential care. Islanders pay into it at the same time as making social security contributions.

Deputy Richard Renouf, who'll lead the review says he want to look at the viability of the fund and whether islanders will need to pay more into it in the future.

Look at the ‘hidden’ parts of PEH are voted a success

Guernsey Press

Islanders got a unique insight into the workings of the hospital on Saturday when the radiology and pathology departments opened up their doors .

Evening weather: A cold but clear night

BBC Weather

This Evening and Tonight we'll see a colder night than of late with lengthy clear spells, though also some rain for a time during the small hours. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).


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Air Search and lifeboat searching for missing man

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A land, sea and air search is under way for Alderney resident Keith Jones.

The 53-year-old was reported missing at lunchtime having not been seen since 14:00 yesterday.

Police are concerned for his welfare. He is described as white, 5'10" tall, of slim build with a bald head and when he was last seen was wearing blue jeans, a grey sweater and a red and grey anorack.

Channel Islands Air Search and the Alderney lifeboat are currently out looking for him and any information about his whereabouts should be reported to Guernsey Police on 725111.

Largest ship for Jersey's register

BBC Radio Jersey

The 58m (190ft) Ngoni is set to become the largest vessel on Jersey Ships’ Register.

The cutter rigged aluminium sloop is under construction in the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland and at 396 gross tonnage she just qualifies under Jersey’s set limit of 399 tonnes.

Ngoni concept drawing
Ports of Jersey
A concept drawing of the Ngoni

It is incredible that this registry has been operating for more than 200 years, yet its appeal remains as strong today as it was in those early years, when shipbuilding was a leading trade on Jersey’s south and east coasts."

Captain Phil Buckley Ports of Jersey Harbour Master

The registry has seen more transactions completed so far this year than at the same time over the past 10 years.

There are currently more than 1,700 yachts on the full register and more than 700 on the local Small Ships' Register.

All of them fly the Jersey Red Ensign, which features the three leopards and Plantagenet Crown.

Guernsey aircraft registry reaches 100 aircraft milestone

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's aircraft registry 2-REG has announced there are currently 100 aircraft on its register.

The total number of aircraft on the register has doubled within a year, given that there were 50 aircraft on the register in March 2016.

View from a plane window

The move of a Boeing 737 from the American register at the end of February saw the milestone hit although overall 176 aircraft have been registered since the registry launched.

2-REG said the plane is owned by a leasing company, which uses the Guernsey aircraft registry regularly as an interim register. 

Guernsey Water to look for 'sustainable' flood solutions

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey Water plans to try to find more natural solutions to deal with sewer flooding and any related pollution during heavy rainfall in the future.

A number of initiatives have been created to reduce the impact over the years including extending drains, building storm tanks underground and predicting the impact of heavy rainfall.

Guernsey Water says it will now focus on finding more sustainable solutions, including find ways to have water run off more naturally.

Guernsey flood

Decades of development have reduced our green spaces so there are fewer places for the rain water to drain naturally. We have particularly seen the impact of this in St Peter Port over recent years."

Jon HoltGuernsey Water Operations Manager

'Bust up' predicted when States vote on spending

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A former senior Guernsey politician is predicting a "bust up" when it comes to allocating States resources later this year.

Guernsey States

States committees are bidding for their slice of the island's capital budget for the next four years. In June politicians will decide how to allocate the £280m budget.

Alistair Langlois believes the debate in June won't be a pretty sight. He said sometimes people get scared when confronted with "big numbers" and will argue strongly for their own department.

He said: "There will be a bust up as they decide what order we build things. Do we build another bit of hospital or a bit of a school."

Hospital funding decision 'next month'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Plans to borrow £400m to fund Jersey's new £466m hospital will come back to the States of Jersey for approval next month.

The States of Jersey's Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, says the plan is to have repaid the money and any interest by 2057. He described the plans as "very prudent".

Senator Alan Maclean

The treasury had hoped to take advantage of low interest rates and use bonds when it first proposed the funding plan. It warned the States any delay would make the project more expensive, but politicians wanted more time to examine the proposal.

The Corporate Services Scrutiny panel is reviewing the plans and has been hearing from ministers on the plans. Last week it heard there were concerns any funding delay could put off companies with the expertise in building hospitals from working in Jersey.

Multi-billion fund to be administered in the Island

Jersey Evening Post

The largest investor fund in the world – which is one day likely to be worth more than £80 billion – is to be administered in the Island, it has emerged .  

Ambulance worker 'failed' over 999 call

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An ambulance station officer failed to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man who was later found dead, a disciplinary hearing has been told

Groundsman Alan Hamilton, 65, had called the St John Ambulance on Guernsey, but the call was cut off.

Playing fields

Jason Garnham denies failing to send the police or an ambulance to the King George V playing fields.

The hearing was told there is "no suggestion" the alleged failings contributed to Mr Hamilton's death.

Mr Hamilton was found dead at 07:40 the following day in the groundsman's hut at the playing fields.

MacKay red spurred Guernsey on - Vance

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC manager Tony Vance says Angus MacKay's third red card of the season "spurred them on" in their 2-2 draw at home to Hythe Town.

The 30-year-old defensive midfielder has made only 11 starts this season, and was sent off after half-time after picking up a second booking.

Angus MacKay
Fran Torode

"He was getting dealt a few blows off the ball and unfortunately it got to him," Vance told  BBC Radio Guernsey.

"There was a lot of stuff going on off the ball but our players do know, and should know, that you've got to look after yourself and not get drawn into it."

‘Impressive’ bus service mentioned in Parliament

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's bus service has had ‘impressive results’ since it was taken over by LibertyBus in 2013, a Labour MP has said during a debate at Westminster .  

Thousands awarded in grants from lottery funds

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

More than £160,000 has been given to a number of Jersey charities thanks to money raised through the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery, according to the Association of Jersey Charities.

Lottery ticket

A new rigid inflatable boat for the Sea Cadets as well as salaries for teachers and supplies at Jersey Seasearch are among a number of ways the money will be spent by island charities.

Other projects include:

  • Wetwheels - £30,000 for running costs 
  • Jersey Brain Tumour Charity - £19,500 one-year salary for patient support 
  • Jersey Arts Trust - £15,000 towards the Paper Talks project and teaching 

There are now 314 members of the Association of Jersey Charities, the most recent is the Credible Food Project, offering a soil education service to schools and organisations.

Ice Maiden Rin hopes to make Antarctic five

Guernsey Press

Guernsey woman Rin Cobb has completed her third and final training expedition in Norway for Exercise Ice Maiden .  

Jersey name Island Games tennis squad

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's tennis squad for this summer's Island Games has been announced, and as expected is without some of the top local players.

Stuart Parker, who trains and plays in France, is included and is likely to be among Jersey's medal hopes.

Jeremy Cross keeps his place in the squad, while Scott Weaver returns after missing Jersey 2015 and Mike Watkins will make his Island Games debut.

Stuart Parker
BBC Sport

Professional Scott Clayton had already ruled himself out and will focus on Wimbledon qualification instead, while James Connelly and James Faudemer are also unavailable.

In the women's squad, Natasha Forrest will look to improve on her bronze medal from two years ago, with Rebecca Edwards, Eva Hurst and debutant Antonija Sokic also named in the team.

Animal grazing could return to the common

Guernsey Press

Cattle and sheep grazing could soon return to L’Ancresse Common, the council said at its annual meeting on Friday .  

No further action 'over human poo' on shop doorstep

BBC Radio Guernsey

Police have this afternoon confirmed that no further action will be taken after what's believed to be human faeces was found on the door of a shop in St Peter Port. 

Officers have been in touch with the owner of the premises in the arcade, but he does not wish to provide a statement. 

The force said investigations are ongoing regarding a separate incident where what is thought to be human faeces and discarded toilet paper was found inside the grounds of St Andrew's Church last Wednesday.

Police say there's no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked.

States to vote on boundary reform changes

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The way politicians are elected in Jersey could change from May 2018, if politicians approve the changes on 2 May this year.

States assembly

The States of Jersey has already approved the reforms in principle. It will see 28 deputies elected in six large districts, rather than the current parish linked system. Constables and senators will remain the same.

Last week politicians rejected calls to put the changes to the public in a referendum, so on 2 May they will decide whether they still want the changes to come in before the next election .

Islands ‘fear becoming Brexit bargaining chips’

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey and Guernsey being used as ‘bargaining chips’ during Brexit negotiations is the ‘worst fear’ of Channel Islands officials as Britain prepares to leave the EU, a UK committee has reported .  

'No identification yet' of body

BBC Radio Guernsey

Police say they are unable to confirm whether a body found in the sea at Pleinmont yesterday is that of Patrick Eker who was reported missing over the weekend.

Search for the man
Tony Rive

The disappearance of Mr Eker, 50, sparked a major search locally with police and other emergency services. 

A body was found during the search.

Authorities say the death of the man discovered is not being treated as suspicious, and formal identification is expected when a post-mortem examination takes place.

Guernsey Ladies seal title in style

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey Ladies clinched the South East South One league title on the final day of the season with an 85-0 triumph over Worthing.

They scored 13 tries at Footes Lane to ensure they became champions ahead of closest rivals Lewes.

Guernsey Ladies
Martin Gray

The team will now be promoted to the third tier of women's rugby if they choose to move up a division.

Cruise-liner berth 'good for ferries'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A cruise-liner berth in Guernsey could mean greater ferry options for islanders, according to a planning authority member. 

Speaking on the BBC Radio Guernsey Sunday phone-in Deputy Victoria Oliver give her backing to the idea of a deep-sea berth. She says such a berth could also be used by ferries.

Deputy Oliver acknowledges it would be costly, but she says if it's value for money and benefits the economy, then the cost itself isn't a big issue.

guernsey marina

Looking at the potential cruise liner berth, it opens up the likes of Condor. We are heavily restricted with the type of boat we can accommodate in our harbour.

Deputy Victoria Oliver

Minister to be quizzed over hospital funding plan

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Treasury Minister will be asked to give more details about the States plans to pay for the new hospital by the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel. 

Jersey Hospital
States of Jersey

Earlier this year, the States delayed plans to borrow £400m and pay it back over 40 years to allow the scrutiny panel to assess the plan in more detail.

Senator Alan Maclean is due to meet politicians on the panel soon.

Last week they were told by Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel that delays in securing funding could put off building companies from working with the States.

South Africa to host cricket tournament

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cricket's world governing body has confirmed that World Cricket League Five, featuring both Guernsey and Jersey, will be held near Johannesburg in September.

Jersey had hoped to host the tournament, which they won on home turf in May, but were overlooked because of potential visa problems for some competing nations.

Italy, the Cayman Islands, Vanuatu and three other countries will play alongside the two Channel Islands.  

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Primary school children 'too focused on their weight'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

According to a Guernsey clinical psychologist, children as young as six in the island are becoming "too focused on their weight".

The information comes from the latest Young People's Survey. Dr James Murray says it is particularly worrying how many 10-year-old girls say they've been on a diet.


Parents have an important role to play to be a positive role model for children. Schools can play a role in terms of encouraging a culture that values people for what they do and who they are.

Dr James MurrayClinical Psychologist

Starbucks site looks set to become offices

Guernsey Press

Hopes or fears that Starbucks would be coming to Guernsey have been firmly dashed, with the building lined up for the American coffee chain now set to be turned into office space .  

New road layout 'to reduce speed'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new filter in turn system has been installed at the Longfrie in Guernsey as part of moves to improve safety in the area. 

Road changes

The work at the crossroads with Rue St Pierre was due to start earlier this month but was delayed several times because of bad weather. 

Traffic and Highway Services say the changes to the junction will help reduce speeds and as a result hopefully cut the number of crashes.

Road changes

Police 'cannot confirm' identity of body

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Rescue teams searching for Patrick Eker, who was reported missing on Sunday, have found a body of a man in the sea off Pleinmont.

Police say they cannot confirm whether the body is Mr Eker's, as formal identification hasn't happened yet.

Emergency services started to search for Mr Eker, 50, in the Pleinmont area on Sunday morning after concerns were raised for his welfare. He was last seen about 22:00 on Saturday night.

The body was spotted by observers on the shore just under the car park where Mr Eker's vehicle was found.

Jersey beat Guernsey in U18 Muratti

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jake Prince netted a last-gasp winner as Jersey beat rivals Guernsey 1-0 to reclaim the Under-18 Muratti title.

Prince got between two defenders to fire in an excellent finish in the closing stages, dispatching a cross from substitute Josh Coutanche.

Jersey v Guernsey in the U18 Muratti
Adrian Topley

"We owed them one from last year, so we can't really ask for much more," man of the match Dan Birrell told BBC Radio Jersey.

Alderney warned not to expect too much from air service

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

People in Alderney are being warned not to expect a "fantastic, modern air services at the lowest possible fares" by Deputy John Gollop.

Mr Gollop says he's had many discussions with members of the local and business communities who want it both ways. He says, it's "simply not possible" to do that without significantly more States investment. 

John Gollop

The view always is wouldn't it be fantastic if we had even better sea links, even better air links, more services and cheaper fares for tourists and locals. That's never going to happen unless you have a State framework with a complete State operation or massive subsidy. We've got to get real.

Deputy John Gollop

Rider ignored two red lights with young children at junctions

Jersey Evening Post

A mother who was teaching her three-year-old son about road safety on a pedestrian crossing in Bath Street was left ‘terrified’ after a motorcyclist drove through a red light in front of them .  

Damp February helps boost water supply

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It was a pretty wet February this year, and while that's not great for people out and about, it's been great for Jersey's reservoirs, which are now almost full.

Jersey Water reservoir

Earlier this year Jersey Water said it was concerned when the water levels in the reservoirs dropped to about a third full.

Helier Smith from Jersey Water said a very wet February and what is predicted to be a fairly wet spring should keep the levels high enough to take us through the summer.

Jersey Museum celebrates 25 years

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

The Jersey Museum in St Helier, run by Jersey Heritage, is marking it's 25th anniversary today.

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‘Hospital needed to stop my mum from falling'

Guernsey Press

A daughter who caught her ‘black and blue’ mother and stopped her from falling in hospital has spoken out about an ‘overall lack of care’ and has called for improvements in communication .

Cloudy and mild start

BBC Weather

A cloudy and mild start with perhaps some light rain at times through the morning. 

Later in the day there will be some heavy rain for a time, clearing by the evening. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).


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