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  1. Pedestrian involved in collision on Queen's Road dies
  2. Jersey firms have licences for newcomers cut by hundreds
  3. Clinton Pringle family launch petition to change driving laws
  4. Senior politician in Guernsey slams plans to cut college funds
  5. Guernsey Dairy butter 'to return to shops tomorrow'
  6. Updates on Wednesday 9 August 2017

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We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

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Steroid awareness campaign to make users aware of dangers to health

Rob England

BBC News Online

High blood pressure, blood clots and heart attacks are just a few of the potential side effects a new steroid awareness campaign hopes to draw users attention to in Guernsey.

The island's misuse of drugs advisory group is teaming up with local gyms to target steroid users or those considering using them.

The campaign is focusing on anabolic steroids, which are manufactured drugs used to enhance athletes performance by mimicking the effects of the male hormone testosterone.

They are different from Corticosteroids, which are also referred to by healthcare professionals as Steroids, which are prescribed to fight inflammation and are used to treat symptoms such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and eczema.

Steroids concept
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The psychological effects can include aggressive or manic behaviour, mood swings, hallucinations and delusions. Like many other substances, anabolic steroids are addictive. I would encourage anyone who would like any further advice or help to contact their GP or Drug Concern."

Nikki BrinkDeputy Director, Public Health

New 'female wing' for Guernsey prison opens tomorrow

Rob England

BBC News Online

New female accommodation at Guernsey Prison will be officially opened on Thursday.

The facilities were first recommended by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons in 2009, but at the time they were considered "not economically viable".

Guernsey prison

A States spokeswoman said women had "tended to be marginalised" within the system, which was largely designed for men.

She added, due to the low numbers of women in Guernsey prison, they lacked the opportunity to access the full regime available for vocational skills and experience and it was hoped the new facilities would enable offenders to access support to help reduce re-offending.

The new accommodation was created from two unused areas of the prison and is hoped to provide a "safe environment".

Butter shortage: How is it made?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Dairy is working hard to get big batches of salted and unsalted butter to island shops tomorrow.

Guernsey Butter being packaged at Guernsey Dairy

General Manager Andrew Tabel explained how the classic yellow butter is produced:

What we start off with is raw milk, and that's pasteurised and separated. We then skim the cream off the milk and put it into a cream tank. A cream tank hold about 3,000 litres of cream, which we then process through the butter churner and it makes about 1,500 kilos of butter. That volume is made three times per week."

Andrew TabelManager, Guernsey Dairy

Jersey Post praised for meeting its targets

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey Post has been commended for meeting all of its service delivery targets by the competition watchdog following a period of increased monitoring of the company’s performance.

UK has 'responsibility for Crown Dependencies' in Brexit MP says

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Channel Islands are high on the priority list when it comes to Brexit negotiations, according to a UK MP.

Robin Walker, from the Department for Exiting the European Union, is responsible for engaging with the Crown Dependencies.

He said their responsibility for securing a good deal for Brexit extends to the islands.

I was given specific responsibilities for engaging with the Crown Dependencies. Right from the start we've been having these meetings with chief ministers, we've been getting the official process under way. So I would say that shows it's high on the priority list in the negotiations. Of course we have a responsibility to represent the United Kingdom's national interest, but we also recognise that responsibility extends to territories where we have responsibility for their overseas and foreign relations."

Robin Walker MPParliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU

Weather: Getting drier, but showers will continue

BBC Weather

Showers will ease through the evening and overnight, with some clear spells developing.

That being said, the odd light shower can't be ruled out. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map

Thursday will be another breezy day, but it should be dry with plenty of sunshine and it will feel warm in sheltered spots. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Funky Pigeon move to Guernsey to 'diversify' economy

BBC Radio Guernsey

The leasing of the former post office headquarters by a major UK fulfilment company will help "diversify" Guernsey's economy, says the president of the States Trading Supervisory Board.

Deputy Charles Parkinson was speaking after announcing UK-based online cards and gifts provider Funky Pigeon would have their secondary trading address at Sir John Leale House after signing a 10-year lease.

We're securing a valued employer on the island, a business which is uncorrelated with the finance industry and which actually sends its products all over the country, and indeed further afield. It helps in that way to put Guernsey on the map."

Deputy Charles ParkinsonPresident, States Trading Supervisory Board

Adult education runs at £200k deficit over year

Guernsey Press

Adult education was run at a £200,000 operational deficit during the last school year, Education has revealed, as it defended the need to raise course prices to cover costs.

Businesses 'need to adapt' in Jersey to manage population control

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's assistant chief minister has said businesses "need to adapt" to manage population control.

Senator Paul Routier has been speaking as the number of working licences is cut by 283.

The chief minister's department said it is part of new measures to reduce the number of foreign workers businesses can employ on the island.

Senator Routier says businesses have to make jobs more appealing to local workers.

There's a culture change that needs to happen. I accept the unsocial hours of working in bars is very, very difficult. But businesses themselves need perhaps to change their culture of the way they work, tailor their hours to how much people want to work."

Senator Paul RoutierAssistant Chief Minister, States of Jersey

Dairy 'struggling to cope' with increased demand for Guernsey butter

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Demand for salted Guernsey butter is 37% up on the same period last year, meaning the Dairy's struggling to supply local wholesalers.

The Guernsey Dairy general manager Andrew Tabel says they're unable to increase supply and will continue to produce four and a half tonnes per week.

He appealed to customers not to buy more salted butter than they need.

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At the minute we have a unique problem which is challenging us, but it's also a good news problem, it's good for the island and good for the local dairy industry. The popularity of our butter is such that we've actually sold 37% more butter this year than the same period over the first six months of last year."

Andrew TabelGeneral Manager, Guernsey Dairy

Guernsey postal system 'could outperform Royal Mail' says Funky Pigeon director

BBC Radio Guernsey

The ability of Guernsey's postal service to deliver, and the quality of local staff, were big drivers for UK personalised card company Funky Pigeon to setup a manufacturing base in the island.

The company has taken on a 10-year lease on Sir John Leale House, the old post office headquarters, in St Peter Port.

The company's founder and business unit director, Richard Pepper, believes the island can outperform Royal Mail.

Guernsey Post vans
Guernsey Post

Looking at how the post gets delivered here, it goes out on an aeroplane, and that aeroplane goes into Stansted. I have a strong belief that more product gets delivered the next day coming out of Guernsey than if I put it in to the Royal Mail system myself in the UK, because of the sort process here."

Richard Pepper

Jaonnet nudism references removed from tourism website

Guernsey Press

All reference to nudism at Le Jaonnet Bay has been removed from the VisitGuernsey website.

Cricket: Jenner cleared to represent Jersey

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Sussex batsman Jonty Jenner has been cleared to play for Jersey in the World Cricket League in September by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Jenner was 12th man for England's first Test against South Africa which, under ICC rules, would normally prevent him from playing for Jersey for two years.

Jonty Jenner
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However the Jersey Cricket Board (JCB) has been given dispensation to pick the 19-year-old for the tournament.

Jersey coach Neil MacRae is expected to announce his full squad on Friday.

BreakingPedestrian involved in collision on Queen's Road dies

The 71-year-old man involved in a collision on Queen's Road, St Helier on Friday has died in hospital.

The pedestrian has been named as John Reidy.

The States of Jersey Police say his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by Family Liaison Officers.

Anyone who saw the collision, which also involved a white Peugeot car near to the entrance of Mount Edgcumbe Flats is asked to contact police.

Top politicians in Channel Islands respond to Brexit minister visit

Rob England

BBC News Online

Top politicians in the Channel Islands have responded to a recent visit by the Brexit minister.

MP Robin Walker is the primary point of contact between the UK government and the governments of Jersey and Guernsey in relation to Brexit.

There are an awful lot of players in this story, not only the United Kingdom but all the other 27 member states, the European Commission and the European Parliament. There are an awful lot of voices at the table, and my priority and our priority as the States of Guernsey is to ensure our voice is not lost in that melee."

Deputy Gavin St PierPresident, Policy and Resources Committee, States of Guernsey

I am delighted to welcome the minister to Jersey for the first time. Through all our engagement on Brexit he has shown a comprehensive understanding of the concerns of the Crown Dependencies and has reiterated the commitment of the UK government to ensuring our views are heard as negotiations progress."

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey

Missing man found

Rob England

BBC News Online

CT Plus to operate extended services in Guernsey for North Show

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Post 'met targets' set by regulator

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Post says it has met all targets set by the Channel Islands Competition Regulator (CICRA) for the second quarter of 2017.

In June, CICRA highlighted concerns that Jersey Post had failed to meet three of its nine quality of service targets last year.

The failures were attributed to the amount of mail which should have been delivered the day after it had been posted.

Since then Jersey Post says it has made a 63% improvement in next day mail coming into the island between December 2016 and June this year, its best performance since August 2015.

Jersey Post

Demand for Guernsey butter up a third

The Guernsey Dairy tells us that the demand for Guernsey butter is currently running a third higher than it was a year ago and stocks are running low across island shops.

With a lack of butter on the shelves Guernsey Dairy is working to produce more.

Man who lived in rubbish 'still in control of faculties'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's environment minister has said many efforts were made to get a man who lived in a run down caravan, to live somewhere else.

John Ainsworth, was 89 when the States authorities got involved and moved him.

They found the caravan he had been living in for 40 years had no toilet or running water and was dirty and rat infested.

Environment Minister Deputy Steve Luce said when the authorities were alerted they asked him whether he wanted to move.


On a number of occasions certainly in the 70s, 80s and 90s, when I was aware of Mr Ainsworth living there, I know attempts had be made to ask him whether he wanted to go somewhere else. Certainly I was aware right until the very end that Mr Ainsworth was still in control of his faculties, still able to make choices. And as much as one might have tried to persuade him otherwise, certainly a few decades ago, he was not for moving.

Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister, States of Jersey

Men 'jumping on van roof' in St Peter Port

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two men were seen jumping on the roof of a van, belonging to Guernsey Trade Windows, outside the St Peter Port fire station in the early hours of Saturday, police said.

They are appealing for information about the two men, described as being "in their early 30s", one wearing a white T-shirt and one with a beard.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or PC 130 Brown at the Guernsey Police Station on 725111.

Travel: Traffic build up on Victoria Avenue, Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jenner given thumbs up for World League Five

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey cricketer Jonty Jenner has been given permission to play for the island at the upcoming World League Five tournament in South Africa, despite his recent appearance as England's 12th man.

Jonty Jenner
ICC/Ian Jacobs

International Cricket Council rules would normally prevent Jenner from playing for Jersey again for two years after representing another national team.

But the Jersey Cricket Board has been given special dispensation to select the Sussex batsman, partly because of the lack of time they had to consider the ramifications of the situation before Jenner's England appearance.

The Jersey squad for the event in Johannesburg will be announced this Friday.

Butter shortage: No 'on and off' switch on cows

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

The lack of Guernsey butter on island shop shelves is simply because "demand has actually exceeded supply", according to the general manager of the Guernsey Dairy.

Andrew Tabel said the rise in demand had been "brought about primarily by the UK butter market being exceeded by very high demand and high prices, people are actually turning to our butter now as a more competitive option".

Butter being produced at Guernsey Dairy

He said: "[The amount of butter produced] is based on the supply of cream coming into the business. [It is] indicative of how much milk is produced by the local dairy industry.

"You can't switch on and off raw milk supply giving us more or less cream.

"What we're trying to encourage farmers to do is to maintain a level production schedule across the year rather than giving us peaks and troughs."

Local Football: 4-0 victory for St Peter

BBC Sport

The Charity Cup first round saw a convincing 4-0 victory for St Peter over St Brelade with two goals from Ben Gallichan, with James Carolan and Calvin Weir also netting.

St Peter play the winners of this evening's Sporting Academics v Wanderers game in next Monday's quarter final.

ben Gallichan
Pinnacle Photo Agency

Cloudy skies across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It's dark cloudy skies out there across the Channel Islands, with reports of thunderstorms in Jersey and heavy rain across Guernsey.

Here's the view from Guernsey this morning:

The view from Guernsey

Police launch missing man appeal

Rob England

BBC News Online

A police appeal has been launched for a missing 32-year-old man.

Officers are appealing for information about Jose Amilcar Mendes who is missing in Jersey.

Jose Amilcar MENDES
States of Jersey Police

Teenagers arrested in connection with town shop thefts

Jersey Evening Post

Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of larceny following the alleged theft of items from a number of shops in St Helier.

Strong wind warning

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey Dairy butter 'to return to shops tomorrow'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Customers are urged not to “panic buy” Guernsey Dairy butter as it is expected to return to shops following an island-wide shortage.

A dairy spokesman said production levels have continued as normal and the shortage could be the result of a spike in demand.

There has been a shortage since the weekend and the dairy says the butter is expected to return to shops on Thursday.

Guernsey butter empty shelf

Traffic delays 'inevitable' ahead of Battle of Flowers

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Airport has warned road users of "inevitable" delays expected tomorrow...

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Licences cut by States in first half of 2017

BBC Radio Jersey

The number of licences companies are able to give to workers coming to Jersey was cut by 283 in the first half of 2017.

It compares to 47 which were retracted in the first half of 2016.

The highest number of licences cancelled since the start of last year was in the wholesale and retail sector, followed by finance and legal and then farming and fishing.

Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier, said the reductions were part of the government's plans for "sustainable migration" which supports the economy whilst keeping in mind the need to protect the environment and deliver sufficient quality housing.

He added, a "Population Policy" was being finalised to improve "migration controls", and is due to be debated in the States Assembly in the autumn.

Drink-driver destroys Mount Row wall in weekend crash

Guernsey Press

A drink driver levelled a roadside wall when he crashed his car on Mount Row, spraying boiling oil and debris across nearby vehicles with part of the engine left embedded in a garage door.

Cloudy with scattered showers today

BBC Weather

Skies will be on the cloudy side today with scattered showers at times.

These may turn heavy, possibly with the odd rumble of thunder. It will be windy too, so feeling fairly cool for the time of year.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Brexit liaison MP makes his first visit to Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

The MP liaising between the UK government and Jersey over Brexit made his first visit to the Island on Monday as part of his ongoing commitment to understanding the views of the Crown Dependencies.

Senior politician in Guernsey slams plans to cut college funds

BBC Radio Guernsey

One of Guernsey's most senior politicians is calling the plan to cut public funding to private colleges a "false economy".

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The education committee has proposed cutting States grant funding by £3m to just under £1m per year.

Deputy Lyndon Trott, Vice President of the Policy and Resources Committee, said it was more cost effective to subsidise private education than to put pupils through the state education system.

But education committee member Neil Inder argues the island should not "over subsidise" private education whilst introducing and all-ability comprehensive system.

Clinton Pringle family launch petition to change driving laws

BBC Radio Jersey

The family of Clinton Pringle, the three-year-old boy who died after being hit by a van in St Helier have launched a petition calling for a change in Jersey's traffic laws.

Clinton Pringle
Pringle family

They say the States should review laws around prosecuting those guilty of using their mobile phones whilst driving, and laws should at least equal that of the UK.

The family said there was currently "no real deterrents" to prevent drivers from using a mobile phone whilst driving, such as penalty points or larger fines.

Last month 39-year-old Rebecca Le Gal was given a suspended eight month prison sentence for careless driving after she knocked down Clinton Pringle last June on Tunnel Street near the Millennium Park.

BBC Local Live across the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

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