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  1. Brexit: Further advice for Guernsey on 'no deal' scenario
  2. Three reviews ongoing into Jersey's new hospital plans
  3. Jersey States bans fishing for endangered bluefin tuna
  4. Larger shops 'should be able to open on Sundays' in Jersey
  5. Vegetation destroyed in Guernsey blaze
  6. Updates from Friday 14 September

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  2. Sunday trading could be discussed 'within six months'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A motion to allow shops in Jersey to open on a Sunday could be put to the island's politicians soon, a minister has said.

    Lyndon Farnham

    The president of Jersey's Chamber of Commerce warned the island's shopping areas could become a "wasteland" unless the government shows "more support" for struggling stores.

    Eliot Lincoln says high-street stores are facing competition from online businesses - and having problems finding staff.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham, the island's economic development minister says it could happen within the next six months as part of the next retail strategy.

  3. Waves parent goes into liquidation

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The parent company of a Guernsey airline has gone into voluntary liquidation.

    A statement from the company said the decision to liquidate Waves Technologies Limited was taken following "pressure from Waves' recent Royal Court and Petty Debt judgements".

    The company stressed the Waves aviation company, WO1 Ltd, and the sub company which delivered all Waves flights is still trading and isn't being liquidated.

    Waves aircraft

    The airline suspended its flight services at the end of June, stating that they would return on 1 September.

    There has been no sign of any flights so far.

    The "Uber-style" airline has encountered interruptions to its service before, when it was forced to apply for an air transport licence last year after a judicial review was initiated by its competitor, Blue Islands.

    Quote Message: At this sad time, it would be easy to point fingers and lay blame, however this is a time to reflect on the achievements of the team. We hope that if nothing else, the travelling public have seen that there is an alternative. Competition is healthy and choice and customer service is something that should not be taken for granted but should be an everyday standard for the local travelling community. from Nick Magliocchetti Founder, Waves
    Nick MagliocchettiFounder, Waves
  4. Guernsey seeks 'clarification' of bluefin tuna fishing

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's government is looking into whether UK restrictions on recreational bluefin tuna fishing apply to the island's waters.

    Bluefin tuna

    The species is thought to have declined by at least 51% over the past 39 years.

    A States of Guernsey spokesman said commercial fishing vessels were not permitted to catch the endangered species, but added officials were seeking "clarification" on restrictions for recreational fishing.

    "Whatever the outcome of these enquiries, bluefin tuna are currently classed as an endangered species and should not be targeted by recreational fishermen," the spokesman added.

    Recently all bluefin tuna fishing was banned in Jersey waters, which has been the case in UK since 2017.

  5. Watchdog rules First Tower shop can remain open

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    First Tower residents in Jersey will get to keep their local supermarket, after a ruling from the competition watchdog.

    Checkers Express first tower

    Last year, retailer SandpiperCI bought some Costcutter stores, but a condition of the merger was the Checkers Express store at First Tower had to be sold or rented to another company.

    CICRA, the Channel Island's Competition Watchdog, wanted SandpiperCI to close it because the company already owned other shops at Benests and St Andrew's Park nearby.

    But no-one wanted to buy the shop and SandpiperCI applied to turn the site into flats instead, but faced public backlash from locals who wanted to keep it.

    After an investigation the watchdog released SandpiperCI from the relevant condition of the merger, allowing the shop to remain open.

  6. Early medevac takes patient to UK

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A few people on Twitter have asked if there were any aircraft in the sky at 05:00...

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    Guernsey Airport has confirmed there was an emergency medical evacuation in the early hours and a helicopter from HM Coastguard flew into the island at 05:00.

    The helicopter left the island at 06:07, transporting the patient to the UK.

    There are no updates on their condition.

  7. Costs of living 'too high' for hospitality staff

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The hospitality sector across the Bailiwick of Guernsey has "struggled more than ever" this year, an industry boss has said.

    Craig Senior, director of hospitality in Herm, says a shortage of staff has lead to increased stress in his employees.

    In some cases he says staff have needed mental health support from charities.

    Mr Senior believes the high cost of living in Guernsey, especially for those travelling from the UK, has caused the shortages.

    Quote Message: We've got to make flights cheaper and more economical for staff to come and work for us. When they get here, we've got to make it a lot easier for them to live here otherwise we're going to end up with a lot more restaurants and hotels shut." from Craig Senior Director of Hospitality in Herm
    Craig SeniorDirector of Hospitality in Herm
  8. Want to be a judge?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Royal Court has posted an advert for the job of a judge.

    It's looking for a "Judge of the Magistrate’s Court to assist in the discharge of the judicial business of the Magistrate’s Court whether criminal, civil or family".

    The position will be vacant from May 2019, as Judge Cherry McMillen is due to retire.

    Magistrates Court

    The necessary qualifications of a judge are set out in section two of the Magistrate's Court (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

    If you want to apply, you must be an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey.

    You also have to be a member of one of the following for no fewer than five years:

    • Be a member of the Bar of England and Wales, the Bar of Northern Ireland, or the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland
    • Be a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland or Scotland, or hold judicial office in the United Kingdom, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

    I don't think my CV is quite right for the job...

  9. 'Not enough staff for MOTs in Jersey'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Garages in Jersey do not have enough staff to cope with regular MOT style tests, according to a motor industry spokesman.

    Andrew Ruellen, president of the island's motor trade association, says staffing the checks would be a "fundamental problem".

    The States of Jersey and Guernsey recently said island owned cars "will need to undergo testing" to be allowed into Europe post Brexit.

    Jersey's infrastructure minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis, says he will approach the island's politicians to back plans for the check, which will ensure all vehicles are "safe and roadworthy".

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    Video caption: Jersey does not have enough staff for MOT checks, Mr Ruellen says
  10. Man arrested after park fight

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A 27-year-old man was arrested for grave and criminal assault after a fight in Jersey, police have said.

    Another man, in his 40s was left with an injury to the back of his head after the fight in Parade Park, St Helier, on Thursday.

    Officers said the fight happened at about 17:35 and the injured man did not go to hospital for treatment.

  11. Missing man dressed 'all in black'

    A man who has been missing in Jersey since Thursday was last seen dressed "all in black", police have said.

    Officers say Raoul Lucas, 66, did not appear at his pre-arranged pick up time in St Peter's Village.

    A spokesman said anyone who sees Mr Lucas should contact them.

    Mr Lucas is described as thin, with a gaunt appearance.

    Raoul Lucas
  12. Three reviews ongoing into new hospital plans

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The head of a third group investigating Jersey's plans for a new hospital says he will not "slow down the process".

    Hospital plans are being reviewed by the Policy Development Board, led by Constable Chris Taylor, a public inquiry, due to start on Monday overseen by an independent planning inspector; and now the Future Hospital Review Panel, led by Deputy Kevin Pamplin.

    Deputy Pamplin says he wants to make sure islanders can keep track of what is happening with the £466m hospital plans.

    Future hospital concept image
    Quote Message: This is all about reassuring the public and States members that everything is done as it should be because there can be no arguments, this is a process that has taken a very long time and there is a lot of frustration in there." from Deputy Kevin Pamplin
    Deputy Kevin Pamplin
  13. Bus driver was more than twice over drink-drive limit

    Guernsey Press

    A bus driver who was two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit while on duty was jailed for two months.

  14. Larger shops 'should be able to open on Sundays'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    All Jersey shops should be be allowed to open on Sundays, the island's Chamber of Commerce has said.

    Currently shops larger than the size of two-and-a-half tennis courts can only open on a few Sundays a year.

    But the chamber says this needs to change and is calling on the States of Jersey to "support struggling retailers".

    Its president, Eliot Lincoln, says other sectors such as hotels and cafes do not face similar size restrictions.

    St Helier high street
    Quote Message: Currently there are about 30 shops that are caught up in the Sunday trading laws. We know that commercially it doesn't make sense for some retailers to open, but for some it does, and it's about making sure we give our large retailers the choice about whether they're going to open or not." from Eliot Lincoln
    Eliot Lincoln
  15. Brexit: Further advice for Guernsey on 'no deal' scenario

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's government has urged islanders to check when their passports are due to expire after "no deal" Brexit advice from the UK government.

    UK and EU flags

    The UK cabinet recently met to make further plans for what would happen if an agreement with the EU could not be made as the UK separates.

    A States spokesman said as a result it was made clear British passports would be considered "third country passports" from 30 March 2019, and must have six months validity to enter EU countries under the Schengen Area.

    Commenting on the "no deal" advice Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy and Resources Committee, said he "welcomed" the advice that the common travel area would "remain intact".

    "This goes hand in hand with our firm commitment to respect the rights of EU nationals resident in the island when the UK leaves the EU, even in the event of a ‘no deal scenario," he said.