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Summary

  1. Royal British Legion to track 'Jersey Company' stories
  2. Guernsey 'could save money' with new police station
  3. Jersey hospital build inquiry kicks off at St Paul's Centre
  4. Jersey beer festival ran out of beer on first night
  5. Updates from Monday 17 September 2018

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  1. Hospital planning decision 'expected in October'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf says he hopes a final decision on plans for Jersey's new hospital will be made by the end of October.

    This week there's a public inquiry into rebuilding the hospital on its current site. It is the second set of plans for the £466m development after the first were rejected for being "out of scale" for the area.

    Deputy Renouf says work does need to start soon and if the plans are rejected they may have to start again, looking at other sites.

    Deputy Richard Renouf
    Quote Message: It's not just about a new building, it's about the future development of health services in the island. The whole council of ministers want to move to a system where the health service is based in a variety of venues, not just where everything is hospital centred. from Deputy Richard Renouf Health Minister
    Deputy Richard RenoufHealth Minister
  2. CI Co-operative to close Guernsey Homemaker

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Channel Islands Co-operative says its presence in Guernsey "isn't on the decline", despite announcing it's to close its Homemaker store at Lowlands.

    The company says competition from online retailers means the household and electrical store is no longer viable.

    It closed the Jersey branch of its Homemaker store in 2017.

    The shop's 17 staff are being offered work elsewhere in the business. Chief Operating Officer Mark Cox says the food business continues to grow.

    Quote Message: Back a few years ago we wouldn't have had stores like stores like St Andrews and Royal Terrace. These are new developments we have been able to add into the market. Our members would expect we look after the interests of the business, what we do makes sense and we look after the interests of our members. from Mark Cox Chief Operating Officer, CI Co-operative
    Mark CoxChief Operating Officer, CI Co-operative
  3. 'Ferry disruption' to blame for reduced sea passengers

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Ports of Jersey has blamed disruption to French and inter-island services over the summer for a reduction in the number of people travelling to Jersey by boat.

    There's been a 3% decrease so far this year compared with 2017. From January to August 2018 there were 496,152 passengers by sea compared to 513,368 in 2017.

    In contrast there was an increase of 3.9% of people travelling through Jersey Airport during the same period.

    That is 1,134,257 air passengers travelling through Jersey Airport from January to August 2018 compared to 1,091,349 in the same period in 2017.

    Quote Message: We remain confident that these high passenger numbers will continue over the remaining four months of 2018 and that we can exceed the 1.616 million air passenger numbers recorded in 2017, which, at the time was our highest number recorded since the year 2000. from Myra Shacklady Ports of Jersey
    Myra ShackladyPorts of Jersey
  4. Bailiff: 'Unregulated social media' threat to rule of law

    BBC Radio Jersey

    "Irresponsible reporting" and "uninformed gossip" on social media are a threat to the rule of law according to Jersey's Bailiff.

    Sir William Bailhache made the claim in a speech to lawyers. He said unregulated social media allowed uninformed opinions to be given free rein, even if they weren't based on facts.

    Bailiff Sir William Bailhache

    He said that could be damaging to the respect people have for the government and the legal process.

    Sir William said a further danger came from the mainstream media "trying to keep up with social media" by putting forward people's opinions as news.

    He urged news organisations to keep their output free from "uninformed gossip or chatter".

    The Bailiff of Jersey is the island's chief judge, president of the States Assembly and first citizen. It's a role appointed by the Crown.

  5. Who wood be a politician?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A man in Guernsey has carved a sculpture of the island's politicians out of driftwood.

    Nigel Lewis - a former chief executive of the States of Guernsey - called his work "A States Adrift".

    How many can you spot?

    States
    Politician

    This is Carl Meerveld's trademark hat...

    Carl Meerveld
  6. Ferry disruption likely until Wednesday

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Condor Ferries passengers travelling between the Channel Islands and the UK will face delays over the next couple of days because of the weather, bosses have warned.

    The waves are expected to be too high for fast ferry, the Condor Liberation, to sail so the company is putting passengers on the Clipper or Commodore Goodwill instead.

    Condor says it is expecting to get back to normal on Wednesday.

  7. Beer festival organisers 'promise to do better in 2019'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The organisers of the Jersey Beer Festival have promised to do better next year, after their supplies ran out in six hours.

    The festival was due to last all weekend, but organisers, EC Events, say they underestimated demand.

    Beer festival

    About 1,800 visitors drank 3,500 pints of beer, 1,500 pints of cider, 12 cases of prosecco and 40 bottles of gin before supplies ran out.

    Organisers had to order extra from Liberation Brewery to keep the event going for the next two days.

    Julie Settle from EC Events said the hot weather added to the demand and they would think carefully before ordering supplies for next year.

  8. Silver for Jersey school in UN programme

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A St Helier primary school has been awarded silver status in a United Nations programme aimed at encouraging schools that respect the rights of their pupils.

    The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award involves schools working to create "safe and inspiring places to learn" with pupils "nurtured and able to thrive".

    Deborah McMillan

    The scheme was introduced in Jersey by the Children's Commissioner, Deborah McMillan in 2017.

    Janvrin School in St Helier is the fourth Jersey school to reach silver level and will now join Grouville, Mont Nicolle and St Luke's in working towards the gold level.

    Quote Message: In light of the Jersey Care Commission’s report that was published earlier this month and the pledge made by States members, I feel that value of this programme should not be underestimated. The Rights Respecting Schools Programme empowers children, supporting them in understanding their rights and encouraging them to speak out when these rights are not being upheld." from Deborah McMillan
    Deborah McMillan
  9. Health Minister 'hopes for yes' on hospital plans

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's health minister says he hopes an independent planning inspector will give the go-ahead to plans for the new hospital.

    Deputy Richard Renouf was speaking ahead of this week's public inquiry into the £466m plan to rebuild the hospital on its current site.

    The first plans were rejected as they were "out of scale" with the surrounding area. The new plans cover a larger area but aren't as tall.

    Deputy Renouf refused to be drawn on whether other ministers agree with him that the hospital should go ahead as planned, but said decisions need to be made soon so work can start.

    Hospital Plan
    Quote Message: If it is a no then we really do need to start again, we incur delay and there are issues around keeping the present hospital going, around patient care and of course the cost. from Deputy Richard Renouf Health Minister
    Deputy Richard RenoufHealth Minister
  10. Roundabout resurfacing 'disruptive but necessary'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Work to resurface the West Park Roundabout and the eastern end of Victoria Avenue will cause disruption but it "is much needed" according to the States.

    A States spokesman said the work will also include the short link road between the roundabout and the Esplanade.

    The spokesman said the roundabout was last resurfaced 34 years ago and was something that needed to be done.

    Main diversion routes will be via First Tower Link Road, Victoria Avenue and Peirson Road.

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  11. Royal British Legion to track 'Jersey Company' stories

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Jersey Branch of the Royal British Legion says it plans to spend time tracing the stories of more than 300 soldiers who signed up to fight in the Jersey Company during World War One.

    After a wartime appeal by the Lieutenant Governor during World War One, 320 Jersey men signed up to fight with the Jersey Company. By the end of the war a quarter of them were dead and many others wounded.

    The Royal British Legion has launched a campaign in the island to find relatives of members of the company, which was also known as the Jersey Contingent or the Jersey Pals.

    More than 30 families have already spoken to the legion and their stories are going to be told in a documentary by local production company, Freedom Media.

    Quote Message: It is going to be emotional, it is going to be moving and we hope in some instance it will give closure as well as in some instances there are a lot of questions as well such as where are they buried, where are the medals? It is one of the reasons the legion exists. from Al Brown Royal British Legion
    Al BrownRoyal British Legion
  12. Guernsey 'could save money' with new police station

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Building a new police station could "save money in the long term" according to the President of Guernsey's Home Affairs Committee, Deputy Mary Lowe.

    At the moment the financial services crime unit and the general police service are in separate buildings.

    She said in the medium to long term the idea would be to have all police services under one roof, which would lead to efficiencies.

    Deputy Lowe said Jersey's new police station, which opened in 2017, was already showing savings for the force through efficiencies.

    Deputy Mary Lowe
  13. Hospital build inquiry kicks off at St Paul's Centre

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A public inquiry into the plans for Jersey's new hospital kicks off at St Paul's Centre later.

    It is being led by Philip Staddon, the independent planning inspector who looked over the first application for the hospital.

    Hospital sketch

    He recommended the original plans were rejected by the planning department for being "out of scale" with the surrounding area.

    The current application for the £466m project will see the new hospital built on the same site as the existing one. Extending further into Gloucester Street and Westaway Court.

    The inspectors report and recommendations will be sent to the environment minister who will make the final decision.

    The inquiry starts at 10:00.

  14. Former GFC player joins Cahill coaching team

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A former Guernsey FC player has joined the coaching staff of Tim Cahill.

    Cahill - a former Everton and Australia player - is now the manager of Jamshedpur FC, a team in the Indian Super League.

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    Have you spotted the former Green Lion in that photo?

    If you have a look in the bottom-left, you'll see Guille Fernandez, who played for Guernsey FC 44 times between 2015 and 2016.

    Fernandez is now Cahill's assistant coach.

    That would make an interesting pre-season friendly...

    Guille Fernandez
  15. General election registered 'already on the role'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Anyone already on the electoral role from the 2016 General Election that has not changed name or moved house will still be eligible to vote in the island's first referendum.

    Guernsey goes to the polls on 10 October to decide how to elect deputies to the States. It will be the island's first referendum.

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  16. Beer festival ran out of beer on first night

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The Jersey Beer Festival ran out of beer on the first night of the event.

    The festival started on Friday night in People's Park, St Helier, with beer brought over from independent brewers in the UK.

    It was the first time the event had been run by Jersey company EC Events rather than the Campaign for Real Ale.

    Julie Settle, from EC Events, said this was the first time they had run the event so couldn't use the amount drunk in previous years to work out how much beer would be needed.

    On Saturday morning local company Liberation Brewery made a delivery of 5,000 pints of beer and La Mare wine estate brought over 30 bottles of gin.

    Beer festival