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Hello and welcome to BBC Channel Islands,
Three Guernsey midwives facing charges of misconduct
will have to wait five months to hear their fate.
With the economy and tourism is in decline will Alderney's island
plan have the answers to reverse the trend?
This is the first time a comprehensive plan has been
produced, covering all areas, the economic activity, the need for
housing, the heritage and its infrastructure.
New technologies could improve Jersey's drinking water.
And we have had problems with mist and fog over the last couple of days
thanks to high pressure. Find out the details later in the programme.
Find out the details later in the programme.
Three Guernsey midwives charged with misconduct by the Nursing
and Widwifery Council will have to wait until the autumn
Concerns were raised over the working practices
of these midwives at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital
A little earlier I asked our reporter Mike Wilkins
when the next meeting is likely to take place.
We were led to believe that we would have a result
by the end of February, but following four weeks
of evidence, the cases of Lisa Granville, Tuija Roussel
and Antonia Manousaki have been adjourned for five months.
And the hearing's due to resume on 17th July when the defence
will have two weeks to put forward its case.
And remind us of some of the key revelations
Well, the nursing watchdog, the NMC, claims that the death of the baby
on Loveridge Ward in 2014 could have been prevented if another fatality
two years earlier had been investigated properly.
The panel have heard that the midwives would administer
drugs without speaking to a consultant and make
decisions they wouldn't take anywhere else in Britain.
And I'm hearing some of the midwives are trying
That's right, Lisa Granville and Tuija Roussel have applied
Though the panel has made its decision, it's
delayed announcing it in case it's misinterpreted.
Until the hearing resumes in July the two midwives and a third,
Antonia Manousaki, can continue to work without restriction.
They admit some charges and deny others.
A further two weeks has also been set aside in September.
So for all involved, particularly the bereaved parents,
the wait to find out the truth goes on.
High end office developments, improvements to retail space,
more support to the tourism industry and even world heritage recognition.
They are just some of the recommendations being put
forward in three major strategies published today that
will form the basis of the Alderney Land Use Plan.
More support is needed for small retailers,
or new uses need to be found for empty retail spaces.
These are just two of the recommendations
It has also advised new, high-end office accommodation
to boost the island's economy and more support to the dwindling
tourism industry which has seen bed spaces drop by a third over
In total there are over 200 recommendations made in the three
strategies published today to shape the final part of the
It is the first time a comprehensive plan has been produced,
covering all areas, exconomic needs for housing, its heritage
It documents all the work needed and it has taken some time to do,
and the report bears witness to that and local people have
The authors of the Land Use Plan, Arup, have also suggested that
Alderney has the necessary credentials to apply for UNESCO
World Heritage status, which has been welcomed
It's a very good idea but I'm not sure it would succeed.
A few years ago we discussed it becoming a UNESCO site.
After a lot of work the conclusion was the only thing considered
by most external people was what could make
But will the economic, environment and heritage
It's open for public feedback for the next month before the states
Jersey Farmers are trialling new fertilising methods
It's after high levels of nitrates, which exceeded the legal limit,
were found in the island's water supply.
Now it's hoped the new machinery will reduce nitrates by 20%.
They're the traditional countryside custodians but now they are taking
on new technologies to reduce the amount of fertiliser they use.
Rather than spraying the whole field with chemicals,
measured fertiliser pellets are planted with the crops.
It's hoped this will reduce the amount of nitrates that leak
into the island's water supply, which has been higher
The corners of the field and the internal headlands make up
about 10% of the field so that's an automatic 10% reduction straight
away where the crops aren't taking it up,
so that should help in the leaching of the nitrates into water.
But also in rows because we're putting it very near to the potato,
we're reducing by about 8% in the rows as well.
So we're looking at between a 15-20% reduction.
This reduction could help the island's sea lettuce blooming
on our shoreline as it's caused by the high concentration
What we see here in this field today is physical evidence
This is machinery allowing us to put less nitrates
Although it's a move forward, improvements won't happen overnight.
Nitrates in drinking water has been an issue on the island for over 20
years and that's all been related to the volume of nitrates which have
been going on the land and this is a significant,
tangible step in the right direction.
Not all farmers will follow this direction, but they will have
to adopt modern farming methods to look after the island's land
Local football now and there's renewed hope that the women's
Guernsey originally pulled out of the game against rivals Jersey
because they couldn't convince enough players to register
directly with the island's Football Association.
Now the Guernsey FA will re-visit that decision to cancel the fixture,
saying they've found a possible solution.
Our sports editor Tim Pryor joined me earlier and I asked him
It is more likely than it was 24 hours ago. But we should point out
as things stand at the moment the game is still off, the Muratti for
women will not be happening. It comes down to this dispute over
player eligibility. Remind us of the background of Guernsey football.
Guernsey FA have gone to the players and said we want you to register
directly with us to play in the Muratti. A lot of the top Guernsey
players were already registered with a side that played in Hampshire and
are affiliated to the hatchet FA. They've tried to force the issue and
tried to sign up with clubs in Guernsey. They thought they had, but
that will not be happening. The association has said they will
revisit this decision to cancel the Muratti in the first place, to have
a look again, and they need the players to get on board with this
idea they have come up with for that to happen. Earlier we heard from the
Jersey manager who said he really wanted this Muratti to go ahead. He
may get his way, but there are talks to be had behind the scenes in
to be had behind the scenes in Guernsey.
Guernsey's Government House has been bathed in purple light in support
of international efforts to eradicate polio.
The Rotary Club of Guernsey is at the forefront of the global
campaign, which has designated today as Purple Pinkie Day, a chance
to raise awareness and vital funds for the fight against polio.
The island's Lieutenant Governor says it was only after moving
to Guernsey that he discovered the extent of the work going on.
It has been a focus for Rotary Guernsey to really support this and
this idea of pushing the purple pinkie day has been very strong and
Guernsey is almost at the front of one of these initiatives. It has
been great fun turning the house slightly different shade.
It's been the talk of the day especially with many heading
Holly, I'm frightened to use the word beginning with F,
Good question. We stay in a similar weather pattern as we have seen this
past week. There is a little more breeze around, so hopefully that
will clear it a bit more. There is a risk you could see some spots
getting further mist and fog, especially overnight and into the
morning. For many of us today seems like this were very familiar. This
weekend that is the potential for further mist and fog patches,
hopefully not as extensive as it has been, hopefully a bit more keen to
clear with a bit more breeze around and that should lead to brighter
spells. All the while it is mild. In addition we have got this high
pressure in charge which is keeping things quite stagnant. We have got
some week whether France trying to push in, but in general it is mainly
dry. Overnight tonight we have got a risk of mist and fog forming over
France and drifting its way across us. It could get quite chilly and we
could see a touch of ground frost. Then there is a potential for mist
and fog patches into tomorrow morning. With a bit more breeze
around hopefully that will clear a bit more. If we do see some
brightness, because the area is mild and moist it will feel quite nice.
Temperatures get into double figures. These are the times of high
water. These are the waves for the surfers. Generally choppy
conditions. This is the picture out at sea, so there are potential
problems with the mist and fog. It is a fairly settled look as we move
through the next few days. Yes, mist and fog problems, but hopefully
sunny spells will come through and it will be mild in the sunshine as
well. I think you used the word quite
considerably throughout that I'm afraid.
That is it this Friday evening. If you missed anything, you can catch
up on the iPlayer. I am back at 10:25 p.m..
His reponse was expected by 6.00pm this evening.
The hearing should be taking place right now.
Back on the field, the Pilgrims will be keen to return
to winning ways when they make the near 800-mile round
Exeter City host Stevenage, while Yeovil travel to Cheltenham.
In the National League, Torquay face Barrow.
If you can't make the games you can tune into your local BBC radio
There are no Six Nations games this weekend which is a bit of a bonus
for the Exeter Chiefs with a couple of returning internationals,
as they travel to Worcester, having not lost in the Premiership since
When the teams met earlier in the season the Chiefs put more
than 50 points past the Warriors, scoring nine tries in the process.
But Worcester stunned champions Saracens last weekend and should
provide a much tougher challenge at the Sixways tomorrow.
We are both really fighting for something. Worcester