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Summary

  1. Working party to study Jersey Bailiff's dual role
  2. Jersey hospital planning inspector 'not here to pick new site'
  3. Alzheimer's charity in Guernsey 'struggling' due to lack of volunteers
  4. Call to allow assistance dogs in Jersey shops
  5. Sark customs post 'actively investigated'
  6. Updates from Tuesday 18 September 2018

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  1. Stormy weather disrupts Condor crossings

    Lisa Hay

    BBC News Online

    Condor high-speed services between Poole, Guernsey and Jersey have been suspended because of a prolonged spell of "extremely stormy weather" in the northern English Channel.

    The company says wind speeds on 19 and 20 September are predicted to be above safe operating limits.

    The schedules affected on both days are the 09:15 departure from Poole to Guernsey, the 12:45 Guernsey to Jersey, the 14:45 Jersey to Guernsey sailing and the return from Guernsey to Poole at 16:25.

    Other departures for this weekend are under review.

    Condor’s customer contact centre and port teams are notifying all passengers affected to offer alternative sailings - all are being offered free transfers to other services or a full refund.

  2. Devine steps down from Jets captaincy

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Team Jets captain Lauren Devine has stepped down form her role with Jersey's netball team.

    Devine, who has led Jets through their most successful period in the national leagues, is due to have a baby.

    Lauren Devine

    Jacey Brown will take on Devine's role as they prepare to start their Premier League Three campaign on Saturday at home to Leyton.

    "She will be a big loss because she wasn't just a player, she was the captain and brought a lot to it," Jets coach Linda Andrews told BBC Radio Jersey.

    "But it allows other people to step up and take charge."

  3. Bailiff role 'needs to be fit for the future'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A chairman of a new group set up to discuss the Bailiff says we might need to re-define the role so it's fit for purpose.

    A new working party has been launched which will be chaired by the chief minister and the chairmen of the privileges and procedures committee to look at the role of the Bailiff and whether the States should have an elected speaker.

    Current Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache will retire in October 2019. His role currently involves him acting as speaker of the States Assembly and chief judge.

    Deputy Russell Labey
    Quote Message: I'm sympathetic to the emotional side of this argument, the attachment people have to the Bailiff. What's hurt this argument is the phrase 'get rid of the Bailiff'. Nobody wants to get rid of the Bailiff, he will remain the civic head, the role just needs to be future proof." from Deputy Russell Labey Chairman, Privileges and Procedures
    Deputy Russell LabeyChairman, Privileges and Procedures
  4. States hunts for company to modernise services

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey is searching for a company to help it modernise its digital services.

    A spokesman said an external partner will give short-term specialist support and develop the skills needed for its existing in house staff.

    Cyril Le Marquand House

    The partner will work up to the end of 2019, with the possibility of extending into 2020.

    It is open to Jersey-based companies but Interim Chief Information Officer, John Laverick, said he expects to have to "look further afield" for the expertise and capacity the States need.

    He said it was an urgent need and he was open for companies to tender for the work.

    The external partner project is a new business case and isn't coming out of the existing eGovernment budget.

    A spokesman refused to confirm how much it would cost as it was "commercially sensitive".

  5. More than 80 cycle from St Malo to Amsterdam for charity

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    More than 80 people took part in the Tour de Sez bike ride from Guernsey raising money for the Sarah Groves Foundation.

    Eighty-four riders completed the 700-mile ride from St Malo to Amsterdam.

    Team leader Gary Hooks says it was a tricky but successful ride that was even a challenge for more experienced riders.

    Tour de Sez
    Quote Message: Because everybody is suffering the same it makes people work hard for each other whether you are experienced or a new rider. When we cycled it I realised I should have emphasised how hard it is. It was tricky for all of us. from Gary Hooks Team leader
    Gary HooksTeam leader

    Ms Groves, 24, was found dead on the boat she shared with a local family in Srinagar in April 2013. Dutchman Richard de Wit denies her murder.

    The foundation was set up in 2013 "with the aim of fulfilling Sarah's own ambition in life - to enhance the lives of young people, especially those less fortunate than herself".

    Sarah Groves
  6. Call to increase Guernsey politician numbers

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The number of politicians in Guernsey's States of Deliberation should be increased back to 45 according to a deputy.

    Emilie Yerby says the decision, to go from 45 to 38 Guernsey elected members in 2015 was a "big mistake" and should be reversed. There are also two Alderney representatives.

    She says with the reduction, there are areas where the collective strength and knowledge of the island's politicians "is just not what you'd expect it to be".

    Emilie Yerby
    Quote Message: In any democratic system you are going to get people with a wide range of opinions and a wide range of abilities. One of the things I think is important is to have a big enough pool within the States so you've got a range of talent in there and a range of knowledge across a range of subjects. from Deputy Emilie Yerby
    Deputy Emilie Yerby
  7. Deputy 'taking legal advice' over assistance dogs

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey politician is taking legal advice on whether people with disabilities such as autism should be able to take their pets with them in shops and restaurants.

    Deputy Lindsay Ash says having their pet with them can help autistic people live a more normal life as they provide comfort and distraction.

    He says they should be able to show a note from a doctor that allows them to keep their dog with them wherever they go.

    Jim Hopley, from the Jersey Disability Partnership, says guide dogs have to be specially trained to be able to behave properly in public places in a way normal pets aren't.

    Deputy Lindsay Ash
    Quote Message: With a note from a doctor it should be 100% fine as you've got medical reasons. If it isn't then I will look for a scheme which I will try to get through the States where it can be registered. If you've got mental illness it is every bit as serious, especially for young children. from Deputy Lindsay Ash St Clement
    Deputy Lindsay AshSt Clement
  8. Alzheimer's charity 'struggling' due to lack of volunteers

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Alzheimer's Association is struggling because of a lack of volunteers according to its chairman.

    Stephen Collas says the services offered give people something to look forward to every week.

    He said they offer support and activities for those caring for people with dementia but at the moment a severe shortage of volunteers means they are struggling to maintain services.

    The charity has been around for about 10 years and the current volunteer force has been around since the start.

    Quote Message: We would like to recruit all ages. It is a fact most of our volunteers at the moment are of senior years but we do want to extend our services and recruit new volunteers. from Stephen Collas Chairman, Guernsey Alzheimer's Association
    Stephen CollasChairman, Guernsey Alzheimer's Association
  9. Hospital planning inspector 'not here to pick new site'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An independent inspector reviewing plans for Jersey's new hospital says he's not there to find new sites for it.

    A public inquiry into the latest development plans for the £466m hospital project started on Monday at St Paul's Centre in St Helier.

    Philip Staddon says he'll focus on the application and not get involved with any politics but will take evidence on alternative sites as part of his review into the current plans.

    There have been calls from campaign groups and some politicians to reverse the decision to build the new hospital on the same site as the current hospital.

    The original plans were rejected after Mr Staddon described them as being out of scale with the surrounding area.

    Hospital
    Quote Message: The first thing I'm not here to do is get everybody to agree. We would be here forever if I had that task, it's not my job. I'm here to listen to evidence. There will be evidence in favour of the scheme, evidence opposed to the scheme. from Philip Staddon Planning Inspector
    Philip StaddonPlanning Inspector
  10. Call to allow assistance dogs in shops

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Rules should be changed to allow people with assistance dogs, and not just those with guide dogs, to have their dog with them at all times according to a St Clement deputy.

    Currently only people with a guide dog are able to take them into shops, restaurants and other places but Deputy Lyndsay Ash says it should be extended to people with dogs for other disabilities such as autism.

    Carmel Le Cheminant's teenage daughter has autism, and has a dog to help her. Mrs Le Cheminant says a change of rules could make a huge difference to her.

    Quote Message: Her dog would be her focus, it would be able to get her out of her house. She would be able to live an independent life like everybody takes for granted. from Carmel Le Cheminant
    Carmel Le Cheminant

    Jim Hopley, chairman of the Jersey Disability Partnership, and former chairman of the Channel Islands Co-Operative Society, says that while it may be good for some people to have their pets with them in shops and restaurants, their animals wouldn't have the training or behaviour of a fully prepared guide dog.

  11. Sark customs post 'actively investigated'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The idea of creating a customs post at the harbour in Sark is "being actively investigated" according to the island's tourism committee.

    The Sark Chamber of Commerce has been advocating the idea of a customs post in the island for some time, saying it will open up a market direct from France.

    Currently, people have to go via another Channel Islands customs post - either Guernsey, Jersey or Alderney - to meet immigration and customs laws.

    Sark boat
    Quote Message: It is something we're looking into and as head of tourism I can say we actively encourage this. I can't say we will have anything hard coded for next season, we are looking at 2020. from Sandra Williams Chairwoman of the Sark Tourism Committee
    Sandra WilliamsChairwoman of the Sark Tourism Committee
  12. Working party to study Bailiff's dual role

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new working party is being launched to look at whether the States of Jersey should keep the Bailiff as president of the States or elect a speaker.

    Sir William Bailhache

    Currently the Bailiff is the island's chief judge, president of the States Assembly, speaker of the assembly and first citizen.

    Current Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache is due to retire in October 2019.

    There was due to be a referendum on the dual roles of the Bailiff in both parliament and judiciary, but this was scrapped after the General Election in May.

    Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondre, will head up the panel alongside the Chairman of the Privileges and Procedures Committee, Deputy Russell Labey.

    Members from across the States Assembly will be involved in the working party and Senator Le Fondre hopes to have recommendations early in 2019.

  13. Alderney Airport gets weather proof runway spray

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The runway at Alderney Airport has been been resurfaced with a weather proof seal to protect it.

    It took four nights to cover the 28,000 square metres with a product called Rhinophalt.

    Contractors worked through the night and finished on Sunday to ensure the airport could remain open during the day.

    The runway, taxiways and apron were sprayed with Rhinophalt and new markings applied including some new ones to help with visibility.

    Director of Ports, Colin le Ray says the spray is a temporary fix while they plan for a more substantial refurbishment in the future.

    Alderney Airport
  14. Man accused of murder to face trial in 2019

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Zsuzsanna Besenyei

    A man accused of murdering a 37-year-old woman in Jersey will face trial next year.

    Jamie Lee Warn, 54, was charged with killing Hungarian national Zsuzsanna Besenyei and perverting the course of justice.

    Mr Warn, who was remanded in custody, will face trial on 4 March.

    It is expected to last for two weeks.

    Ms Besenyei, who had been missing for six days, was found on Le Pulec beach in St Ouen in May.