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Summary

  1. RNLI dispute report: No point having two lifeboats
  2. Row over wages for some Condor Ferries workers
  3. Guernsey "fake landlord" scam warning
  4. Beauty spot benches 'like gravestones'
  5. Campaign targets "alarming" levels of male suicide
  6. Feeding 'nuisance' wild birds and animals made illegal
  7. Lily James to attend premiere in Guernsey
  8. No fee pre-school provision 'a permanent commitment'
  9. Anniversary of Amoco Cadiz oil spill
  10. Updates from Monday 12 March until Friday 16 March

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  1. Valnord Road due to reopen next week

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Closed since a landslip on New Year's Eve, Valnord Road could reopen on Thursday or Friday next week.

    "It had been hoped to reopen the road early next week, but understandably a number of days were lost in the recent snow and freezing conditions," said a States spokesman.

    He said the work to repair and strengthen the wall was nearing completion and as soon as the contractors were finished the road would be opened.

    Valnord Road
  2. Breakwater named in world's top 200 engineering projects

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Alderney Breakwater has been named as one of the top 200 engineering projects in the world by the Institute of Civil Engineers.

    The 1,430m structure joins the Eden Project and the Channel Tunnel in the list of transformational projects - released to mark the group's 200th anniversary.

    The institute compiled the list in a bid to show how civil engineering has shaped the world and changed people's lives for the better.

    Alderney breakwater

    The Alderney Breakwater was completed in 1864 to provide a bolt hole for Royal Navy Ships.

    It was lengthened in 1870 to give extra protection in Braye Harbour.

    It was a mammoth task as the sea was up a 150ft deep in places.

    Ownership of the breakwater passed from the British government to the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 1987 as part of the islands' contribution to defence.

    Since then the States has spent more than £25m in repairs and maintenance.

  3. Weather: Risk of showers

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Tonight there will be clear spells, but also the risk of some showers continuing.

    There could be some showery rain starting to push in from the north-east towards dawn.

    Minimum temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    Weather

    It will be increasingly windy and turning colder through Saturday with showery rain, which could fall increasingly as snow through the afternoon, especially on the hills.

    Maximum temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

  4. Camp du Roi could reopen this evening

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The junction of Route de Capelles and Rue Sauvage has reopened after it was closed due to an oil spill from a lorry.

    It's hoped all the road around the Camp du Roi will fully reopen later this evening with a 15mph speed limit will be in place.

  5. Disabled martial artist celebrates gold medal win

    Jack Murley

    Channel Islands Sports Producer

    A Jersey man who has become a champion in disability martial arts says he is now hoping to compete in able-bodied tournaments.

    Stuart Penn

    Stuart Penn - who was born with just one functioning limb - won the gold medal at last weekend's Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam in London.

    "I've never really let my disability change what I want to do. I thank my parents for that," he said.

    "They taught me there's no such word as 'can't', and always just to find away around and adapt to everything I do in everyday life, and in sports as well."

    He added he was going to focus on able-bodied competitions.

  6. Prisoners encouraged to use e-cigarettes

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Prisoners and staff at Jersey's La Moye Prison are being encouraged to use electronic cigarettes to help them give up smoking, the States says.

    e-cigarette

    The prison hopes to be completely "smoke free" by the end of the year.

    A States spokesman said e -cigarettes were less harmful than smoking tobacco and would help prisoners, as well as staff, to stop smoking all together.

    The island's latest tobacco strategy said smoking was one of the main causes of death and disease in Jersey, causing about a 140 deaths and a 1,000 hospital admissions each year.

    Home Affairs Minister Deputy Kristina Moore said "prison safe" e-cigarettes would be sold to help prisoners stop smoking.

  7. Camp du Roi closed due to oil spill

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A stretch of road between the Rue Sauvage and the Camp du Roi Traffic Lights has closed to all vehicles after an oil spill.

    The Rue a Chiens and Les Abreuveurs have also been closed.

    Drivers are warned to take care in the area as oil has been transferred to nearby road and lanes, and congestion and heavy traffic are expected in the area.

    A States spokeswoman said: "Sand has been put down on the affected roads to soak up the oil, but it will take time to absorb, so the roads will remain closed for the foreseeable future while this process takes place.

    "A road sweeper will then need to go through the area to clear the sand, and a further assessment will take place.

    "When the road does reopen, we would advise drivers to exercise extreme caution, as the surface may still contain traces of oil."

    The spill, caused by a lorry, is understood to be the cause of a crash in the area.

  8. Amoco Cadiz: Snapshot of Guernsey's experience

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Records from the Guernsey Press at the island's Priaulx Library shed light on the island's experience of the Amoco Cadiz oil spill disaster of 1978.

    Amoco Cadiz oil spill disaster

    Reports in the Press say the island could "smell" the spill on 20 March, four days after the tanker first began to sink.

    Oil was seen hitting Petit Port on 29 March, with fuel covering rocks and a cliff face up to 15 feet.

    States workers later responded by using dispersant in the area.

    Boys are described to have spent their school holiday "collecting dead birds", and seagulls were spotted with "black underparts" from contact with the spill.

    Earlier reports said the island was used as a base by support services for refuelling and radio communications.

    Alderney, according to the States in Press reports, was largely protected by "tidal currents" during the incident.

  9. Jurats should replace rape trial juries - scrutiny panel

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Rape cases in Jersey could be heard by jurats instead of a juries in future if plans from a scrutiny panel of politicians are approved.

    The panel has been reviewing the new sexual offences law, put forward by Home Affairs Minister Kristine Moore.

    Jersey's Royal Court

    At the moment, if an individual is accused of serious sexual assault or rape, they are tried in the Royal Court. A jury of 12 islanders is chosen to hear the evidence and deliver a verdict.

    Politicians on the Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel argued that this was "not effective" and, after speaking to abuse charities, said more qualified people should hear the evidence.

    Jurats - who are legally experienced members of the court - are the obvious choice, the panel said, and panel members want the draft law to be amended.

    Since 2015, there have been cases 13 of rape and one of attempted rape heard in the court, but only four have resulted in a guilty verdict.

    The law is due to be debated by States members next week.

  10. Restaurant fire 'quickly extinguished'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The fire at Fat Rascal, in St Peter Port, was "quickly extinguished" by firefighters, Guernsey's emergency services say.

    It's understood the fire started in a pizza oven.

    Firefighters in Lefebvre Street
  11. Fire in Lefebvre Street

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Firefighters in Lefebvre Street

    Firefighters are dealing with a fire at the Fat Rascal bar and restaurant in Lefebvre Street, St Peter Port.

    The emergency services have asked the public to avoid the area, just off the High Street.

    Fire and police vehicles in High Street, St Peter Port
  12. Fewer shoplifting incidents in Jersey over past five years

    Alexandra Spiceley

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    There has been a steady drop in the number of incidents of shoplifting reported in Jersey, figures show.

    A BBC Freedom of Information request revealed the number of incidents dropped from 217 in in 2013 to 150 in 2017.

    There were 1,079 reports of theft from shops into total over the past five years.

  13. Amoco Cadiz spill: 'I could smell the oil coming'

    Freddie Miller

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Forty years ago, the Channel Islands were preparing as a large oil spill was heading towards the islands.

    The Amoco Cadiz super tanker was wrecked off the coast of Brittany, France, after its steering gear failed and the weather pushed the vessel onto rocks.

    Brian Nibbs, the States of Jersey's marine pollution officer during the 1978 spill disaster, remembers smelling the fuel leaking into the ocean from L'Etacq, saying he could "actually smell the oil coming".

    "My job then was to gather in all the stores - I had three tankers of dispersant," Mr Nibbs said.

    "It was very much watch and wait, but we had to get ready in case the oil hit. We did have time because it was about 150 miles away."

    Mr Nibbs said the island had prepared several vessels with dispersant, as well as with other equipment to dilute and tackle the spill, but added that the island was fortunate.

    Brian Nibbs

    "We had very strong wind. Wind is marvellous at breaking up oil - it's like a washing machine effect. We were just very fortunate the way the tides went."

    He said the conditions meant Jersey did not get any oil on its beaches other than a "light sheen".

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  14. Disruption to Condor Liberation services via Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Condor Liberation will not stop in Guernsey on its way from Jersey to Poole tomorrow, the company has said.

    High winds forecast for Guernsey mean conditions are predicted to be outside safe limits.

    All day trips had also been cancelled, the company added.

    A spokesman said Jersey to Guernsey customers could transfer to the Liberation on Friday, or on to Rapide services on Sunday.

    Passengers due to travel from Guernsey to Poole will now depart from Jersey at 14:30, arriving in Poole at 20:30.

  15. Advice for home-hunters after scam warning

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Advice has been issued to home hunters in Guernsey after a scam involving a fake landlord was found in the island.

    A fraudster was spotted advertising a home using pictures from Estate Agent Cooper Brouard's website on social media in a bid to con potential tenants out of a deposit.

    Director Matthew Brouard said members of the public raised the alarm.

    Guernsey Police said they were aware of the "fake listing" and warned islanders should use "established" landlords and letting agents.

    Police advice for home hunters:

    • Never hand over any money before viewing a property in person
    • Visit the property with the landlord and take somebody with you
    • Research the property and, if it’s advertised on other estate agents’ websites for more money, make further enquiries
    • Ask the landlord to verify their ID and view safety certificates for the property for gas appliances, etc
    • Ask lots of questions - an honest landlord will know the answers
    • Ask the landlord to show proof of ownership
    • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is
  16. Condor slams 'absurd' union claims

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Condor ferries says it continues to "totally refute" claims by the RMT union that it is exploiting its workers.

    The union is due to hold a protest later, and claims the company is paying "poverty wages" to workers on services to the Channel Islands.

    Condor said it was a "proud and responsible employer," and the union's allegations were "absurd".

    A company spokesman said: "Salary is only a part of the overall package provided to these individuals, as this includes free en-suite accommodation, all food, laundry facilities and uniform, together with non-contributory life assurance, bonus scheme and medical cover."

    He added that Condor's recruitment of non-EU staff was "not uncommon," and "in line with other UK ferry firms."

    The company said it fully complied with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

    The protest is due to take place at 13:30 at Portsmouth Harbour.

  17. Oil spill disaster fund seeks applications

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A fund set up after the Amoco Cadiz oil tanker disaster in 1978, which saw 223,000 tonnes of oil leaking into the ocean, is looking for more projects to support.

    The Jersey Ecology Trust Fund supports local environmental projects, and was set up in 1991 with £344,592 compensation money from an insurance settlement after the spill off the Brittany coast.

    Amoco Cadiz oil tanker
    Image caption: Fuel from the Amoco Cadiz oil tanker contaminated 320km of the Brittany coastline

    The fund currently supports several projects in Jersey:

    • Maintenance of the nature gardens at Mont a L'Abbe and St Luke's School
    • An agri-environment scheme by Birds on the Edge supporting declining bird populations
    • Woodland management training for Men of the Trees (now Trees for Life)
    • Purpose-built facilities to support the breeding of the endangered agile frog
    • Seabed surveys around Jersey’s offshore reefs
    • JSPCA research on local squirrel population

    Chairman of the Ecology Fund Deputy Scott Wickenden said the "hard work" of islanders had helped "some good" to come out of the oil spill disaster.

    The next deadline for applications is 16 April - you can find more information here.

  18. Merrien ready for final major event

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Guernsey marathon runner Lee Merrien says he will have mixed emotions when he races at the 2018 Commonwealth Games next month.

    The 38-year-old will run at his final major meet, having represented Guernsey at four Commonwealth Games and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and the 2011 World Championships.

    Lee Merrien

    "I've had the opportunity to compete at a World Championships and an Olympics, but the Commonwealth Games is right up there," he told BBC Radio Guernsey.

    "In those events you're competing for Great Britain and not for Guernsey, so this is the highest accolade to compete for Guernsey in a multi-sport discipline like the Commonwealth Games.

    "It'll be my last big stage event, so from a personal point of view i'll be sad in one sense, but it'll be a great stage to experience at least one last time and wear the vest with pride."

  19. New homes to replace old Co-op site

    BBC Radio Jersey

    New homes will be built at Beaumont despite concerns the development would "damage the natural environment" of the area.

    Jersey's planning committee approved the plans, submitted by Dandara, for 63 homes at the former Co-op Total Sport site.

    Previously a Planning Department report recommended the decision, saying it was a "unique opportunity" to remove an "unattractive building".

    The plans attracted 23 letters of comment, some of which raised concerns over traffic, parking, scale, design and damage to the natural environment.

    The Department for the Environment acknowledged the flats would be taller than other buildings in the area, but said the development would not be "overbearing".

    A spokesman for the department said parts of the old bakery, which supplied food to the German Army and its labour force during the World War Two Occupation, would be saved - although there were some concerns raised by the historic environment officer about its demolition and reconstruction.