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Summary

  1. Care home killing by teenager placed in UK by Guernsey States 'preventable'
  2. Guernsey colleges funding guaranteed for another seven years
  3. WW2 human remains report prompts Russian concern over FAB Link power plan
  4. Jersey bid to join Uefa to be considered
  5. Three Guernsey midwives had 'impaired' fitness to practice - hearing
  6. Guernsey's Victorian-era clock chimes again
  7. Inter-island ferry "has to be in place by next summer" - Jersey minister
  8. Updates on Thursday 28 September 2017

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  2. Guernsey's Victorian-era clock chimes again

    Isla Blatchford

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The clock tower at St James, which is 150 next year, has chimed again.

    The clock stopped working after being damaged during renovation works, but the Friends of St James came to the rescue.

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    Video caption: Ahead of its 150th birthday, the Victorian-era clock at St James' is chiming again
  3. Latest weather: Rain overnight, but some sun on Friday

    BBC Weather

    This evening it will turn increasingly cloudy and windy. Rain will arrive later, with a few heavier bursts overnight.

    Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).

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    Friday morning will be wet and windy, with heavy bursts of rain during rush hour. It will gradually turn brighter though, with some warm sunshine later.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  4. Inter-island ferry link 'should run throughout the year'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The president of the Jersey Hospitality Association said that, while an inter-island ferry link would benefit local companies, it would be better if it ran throughout the year.

    Fiona Kerley was speaking after the governments of Jersey and Guernsey agreed to provide funding for a ferry between the islands.

    It would be expected to offer day trips from May to September, and Jersey's economic development minister said it needed to be in place by next year.

    But Ms Kerley said that, to make a real difference to the industry, it needed to run during the quieter months and not just the summer.

  5. Care home murder: 'Immediate action' taken by Guernsey authority

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Alexandra House
    Image caption: The murder took place at Alexandra House in October 2014

    Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee (HSC) says it has already improved the way it manages the placement of those in off-island care, after a critical case review was published.

    It found the murder of a vulnerable teenager by a man placed in care in the UK by the States of Guernsey could have been prevented.

    The review also recommended HSC ensured it "independently and effectively" placed islanders into care.

    HSC President Heidi Soulsby assured the families of those concerned and the review authors that "immediate action" had already been taken.

    "Current arrangements for the assessment and management of islanders with complex needs, who are placed off-island, now bear no resemblance to those that were in place at the time of this incident," she said.

  6. Former Jersey vicar made bishop in Canada

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A former Jersey vicar has been made a bishop in Canada.

    Gavin Ashenden, who was the vicar of Gouray Church, has been consecrated by the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada and the USA at a service in Vancouver.

    Bishop Ashenden left his position as Queen's chaplain because of his strong political views.

    Hitting back at the Church of England, he said whilst some people welcomed more "secular behaviour" from bishops, such as advocating gay marriage, there were others "who think it is a mistake".

    He left the Church of England after a row about reading from the Koran in a Glasgow church. He said the reading had caused "serious offence".

  7. Aurigny to partner with EasyJet flight connections service

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Aurigny has signed up to a service by EasyJet designed to make it easy to organise connecting flights through London Gatwick.

    The service puts users on the right connections for long haul flights via the EasyJet website.

    Commercial director Malcolm Coupar said the move would "reduce the worries" of islanders concerned about missing connecting flights.

    The partnership, he said, would also attract more "inward visitors" to the island by making Guernsey an optional destination for "millions of UK and European" EasyJet customers.

    No date has been set for the start of the service.

    Aurigny
  8. Taxi driver morale 'lowest it has ever been'

    Alexandra Spiceley

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    The president of the Jersey Taxi Drivers' Association says morale is the lowest it has ever been in the profession following a failed attempt to scrap the new fare system for taxis and cabs in the States this week.

    Earlier this year, the infrastructure minister brought in a "simplified system" with fewer extra charges and an increase in fares, but drivers were against it.

    Mick Tostevin said this would have an effect on the way taxi drivers worked, as the new structure would force drivers to buy smaller vehicles, and avoid scenarios where they may be stuck in traffic.

    Taxis in St Helier
  9. Care home murder: States has 'reviewed its processes'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The States of Guernsey, which was responsible for putting a man into care in the UK who later stalked and murdered a vulnerable teenager, says it has "reviewed and strengthened its processes" since the tragedy.

    Jason Conroy murdered 18-year-old Melissa Mathieson at a Bristol home providing special care for adults in October 2014.

    The murder could have been prevented, a report has found.

    Conroy, who was 18 when he committed the murder, was jailed for life for her murder in October 2015.

  10. Jersey bid to join Uefa to be considered by member nations

    Claire Peters

    Senior Broadcast Journalist BBC Channel Islands News

    Jersey's bid to join Uefa will be considered by existing member nations following a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.

    The Jersey FA's original application was rejected by Uefa officials last year on the grounds the island is not recognised as an independent state.

    But Jersey, currently affiliated with the English FA, argued its bid needed to at least be put to members at congress.

    Today's ruling agreed - but added it does not believe meets the criteria to join Uefa.

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  11. Care home killing: Guernsey 'action' needed over placements

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Melissa Mathieson
    Image caption: Melissa Mathieson, 18, was strangled at a Bristol residential home where she and Conroy lived

    A serious case review has recommended Guernsey's Committee for Health & Social Care (HSC) reviews the way it places children and adults in care off-island.

    Eighteen-year-old Melissa Mathieson was murdered in 2014 at a Bristol home by then 18-year-old Jason Conroy, placed into care by the States of Guernsey.

    The murder, which saw Conroy stalk and later strangle his victim, could have been prevented, a report has found.

    The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board made the following recommendations in relation to Guernsey's health authority:

    • That the board writes to HSC to request they "submit their transition services to independent inspection"
    • That it also writes to HSC to request it takes "necessary actions" to ensure it can "independently and effectively manage the process of placing children and adults off-island"
    • The board writes to the UK Department of Health to advise them of the absence of a notification of "out of area placements" by the placing to the host authority so the department can consider what action is necessary
    • That HSC and all bodies involved in the review "take the opportunity to reinforce the importance of full and accurate recording and reporting of safeguarding concerns"
    • That the findings are shared with HSC, as the home authority, and the relevant safeguarding adult and children boards in victim's home area
  12. Video: Gorey harbour rescue

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The RNLI St Catherine's inshore lifeboat worked with Jersey's Fire and Rescue Service and a local fishing boat to recover a French sailing boat stuck on rocks in Gorey Harbour last night.

    Here you an see some of the rescue operation.

    There were no reports of any injuries.

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    Video caption: RNLI footage of French yacht rescue CREDIT: RNLI
  13. Final cruise ship of the season passes through Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's port has welcomed the final cruise ship of the 2017 season, the SS Navigator.

    It stopped at the island this morning as part of a 10-night European cruise.

    The 171m (561ft) vessel is at anchor and will set sail again this evening.

    Cruise liner
  14. Police appeal for missing man continues

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Police are still concerned for the welfare of 54-year-old Craig Griffin.

    An appeal was launched last night at about 22:10.

    Officers said he was last seen in the Colombus Street area.

    He is described as 5ft 8in (1.72m) tall, of medium build and could be wearing glasses.

    Craig Griffin
  15. Population law review 'should be on fast bus not slow road'

    Guernsey Press

    The review of the Population Management Law is moving ‘too slowly’, the president of Economic Development told the States.

  16. Langlois amendment 'refined' committee's education proposals

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's politicians have voted 25-12 in favour of Deputy Shane Langlois' amendment which means the States will continue to fund special place holders at the island's colleges for the next seven years.

    Elizabeth college
    Image caption: Elizabeth college will continue to recieve states grant funding for special place holders

    There was one abstention by Education Committee member Andrea Dudley Owen, with deputies Charles Parkinson and Jonathan Le Tocq absent from the vote.

    Deputy Langlois claimed his amendment would help the three grant-funded colleges - Elizabeth College, Ladies' College and Blanchelande College - remain "financially stable" during the transition to a new system of States secondary education.

    He said he had "refined" committee's proposals in light of a presentation given to States members by the three colleges.

    The proposals have attracted controversy from States members and staff working in education.

  17. Missing children in Jersey found

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police have located children reported missing earlier

    Officers said Alex Rocque Freitas, 14, Michaela McNaney, 15, and Conor McNaney, 12, had been found and spoken to, but not returned home, as they were not able to forcibly return them against their will.

  18. Care home killing by teenager 'preventable'

    BBC News England

    Jason Conroy
    Image caption: Jason Conroy was 18 when he committed the murder

    The murder of a vulnerable teenager stalked and later strangled to death by a man placed in care in the UK by the States of Guernsey could have been prevented, a report has found.

    In October 2014, Jason Conroy murdered 18-year-old Melissa Mathieson at a Bristol home providing special care for adults.

    A serious case review into her death found care home staff had not acted on recommendations in a forensic report.

    The report had warned Conroy had "a high risk of future physical and sexually harmful behaviour".

    Conroy, who was 18 when he committed the murder, was jailed for life for her murder in October 2015.

  19. 'Know the waters' advice to sailors after stranding

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Emergency services have advised people sailing around Jersey to make sure they follow their charts after a 45ft yacht was caught on rocks off the coast.

    The St Catherine's inshore lifeboat, Jersey Fire and Rescue and a local fishing boat assisted after the 45ft yacht was caught on a reef just west of the harbour entrance.

    Quote Message: In that particular area, from Green Island all the way round to Grouville, we've got a very rocky coast, with a massive rise and fall of tides in between. So anybody in that area should follow charts, and their navigation machinery, and ensure they know the local waters and know the tides." from Martin Mcguire Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
    Martin McguireJersey Fire and Rescue Service
  20. Inter-island service 'must be in place by summer' - Farnham

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The future looks bright for an inter-island ferry service, as Jersey's minister for economic development has said the States "needs to just get on and do it".

    Both governments in Jersey and Guernsey have pledged to back a ferry provider for the route, and are looking for expressions of interests.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham said the service "had to be in place" for next summer.

    "It's not all about the economic benefits", he said. "I'm keen to develop the sporting and cultural links because I think that's something we're losing.

    "Not so long ago, it was possible to travel much more easily between the islands. That's something we've lost over the past 20 years."