St Martin's Bonfire Cancelled

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 6:11pm

The St. Martin’s Bonfire has been cancelled because of the poor weather.

Organiser Danny Wherry says the main reason for having to cancel is that the field used for parking is totally waterlogged and there’s no alternative parking.

It was originally due to take place earlier this month, but was postponed because of the poor weather.

Wintry showers overnight have caused issues for motorists throughout the day, with more heavy rain expected into the weekend.

“We are sorry to disappoint the public who support this event and also the fact we cannot donate money raised, to Headway – our designated charity this year. We will be supporting Headway next year.

“Can I assure the public that we do not cancel lightly as we as a Committee incurred costs by cancelling and as our main aim is to raise money for Jersey Charities it is as disappointing to us as everyone.” – Danny Wherry – Organiser.

Not quite the catch a Guernsey fisherman expected!

A growing number of octopus sightings are being reported in Guernsey.

Experts say they are returning to island waters due to the increase in sea temperature.

In the 1960s, the sea creatures were common in local waters but after a particularly cold winter, they were killed-off.

Our waters haven’t suddenly got warmer in the last year, but I think because of the way they reproduce, the larvae don’t disperse very far, so they’ve naturally recolonised but that takes a long time.

Just because we haven’t been seeing them for all of the last 50 years, doesn’t mean that they haven’t been here, but the population needs to reach a certain level before we are seeing them a lot of the time, and people are going to be reporting them, and taking photos of them.

– Laura Bampton, Marine Biology secretary at La Societe Guernesiaise

All of a sudden, got it in the net, brought it up. It was weird, I’ve never seen anything like that, the way it moved, it was slow, the way it brought its tentacles up is absolutely fabulous, amazing to see.

– Daniel Bourgaize, Fisherman

Now, Guernsey fishermen might not be quite so surprised if they catch one of these unusual blue-blooded creatures.

French property developer fined £10,000 for polluting sea on Jersey's Waterfront

A French property developer has pleaded guilty to polluting the sea water in Jersey’s Elizabeth Marina.

Legendre Contractors Limited received a £10,000 fine in the Magistrate’s Court this morning, after ‘suspended solids’ were found to be flowing over from the Horizon development site in February.

22 witness statements were given and over 30 days of CCTV were reviewed during the investigation.

In addition, water samples were taken with seven Environmental Protection officers working on the case, taking up more than 400 hours of their time.

Jersey’s Under the Water Pollution Law 2000 states that “any person who causes or knowingly permits the pollution of any controlled waters shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine.”

The Magistrate presiding ruled the environmental harm had been low but that the public have a right to have confidence in contractors.

Environmental Protection agree that the pollution had not resulted in significant environmental impact and Legendre had tried to manage the risk of pollution.

This case reinforces the need for contractors to actively reassess and react to changes in environmental risk on construction sites where site conditions and environmental factors are changing as development progresses.

Legendre Contractors Limited had instigated various construction and environmental measures to try to manage the risk of pollution, however, site conditions proved more complex than Legendre expected resulting in these pollution events.

Upon identifying the pathway of the pollution, remedial works were actioned promptly, despite difficult site and environmental conditions.

– Environmental Protection spokesperson

Construction Firm Fined For Marina Pollution

Credit: Save Our Shoreline Jersey

The construction firm building the Horizon apartments on Jersey’s Waterfront has been fined £10,000 for causing pollution.

Legendre has admitted breaching the waste management law.

It follows an investigation by the Environment Protection officers into reports in February of contaminated tidal water at Elizabeth Marina.

Suspended solids were entering or being disturbed within the Elizabeth Marina as a result of seawater flowing from the Horizon development site.

Magistrate Bridget Shaw said that as the Horizon site was a major public development, the public would be concerned to see the pollution in the Elizabeth Marina and had a right to have confidence in contractors.

In a statement after the hearing, Environmental Protection (EP) said it was ‘most grateful to all the witnesses who both reported the pollution events and provided evidence in the case.’

“This case reinforces the need for contractors to actively reassess and react to changes in environmental risk on construction sites where site conditions and environmental factors are changing as development progresses. Whilst in this instance the investigation established the pollution did not result in significant environmental impact, visual impact from the pollution on the Marina was evident on a number of occasions.

“Legendre Contractors Limited had instigated various construction and environmental measures to try to manage the risk of pollution, however, site conditions proved more complex than Legendre expected resulting in these pollution events. Upon identifying the pathway of the pollution, remedial works were actioned promptly, despite difficult site and environmental conditions.”

“All reports of environmental offending will be investigated fully and that appropriate cases will be prosecuted before the Court in conjunction with the Law Officers Department.” – Environment Protection Spokesperson.

The States of Jersey Development Company and The Legendre Group have also been contacted for comment.

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'Bionic Cat' Going Strong 10 Years On

Credit: Mike Nolan

A Jersey cat affectionally known as ‘The Bionic Cat’ is still going strong, ten years after having an operation to give him two artificial feet.

Oscar had his two hind paws completely severed by a combine harvester in 2009 and needed urgent treatment.

He was then taken to New Era Vets, where Peter Haworth referred Oscar to a UK vet called Noel Fitzpatrick to carry out the major procedure.

Mr. Haworth has paid tributes to the owners for their help to save Oscar.

“It’s wonderful to have such high praise, equally the owners deserve as much praise because they had to do a lot of work themselves and go through a huge amount to get Oscar to England and then carry on keeping him OK until he was able to come back.

“It was one of things when you’re faced with it, the immediate thought is ‘this isn’t fair, it’s time to call it a day’. But he was a young healthy cat otherwise and although he was missing his feet, otherwise he was untouched. He deserved to have a chance.”

After the successful procedure, Oscar’s story received worldwide attention – featuring on UK, US and even Australia news channels! He even has his own Wikipedia page!

Video Credit: CBS News

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Record Prices To Get On The Property Ladder

It is more expensive than ever to get onto Jersey’s property ladder.

The average price paid for a one bedroom flat has reached a record high of £263,000.

Latest house price figures from Statistics Jersey show the average sale price of one bedroom flats increased by £17,000 in the three months to the end of September.

There was also a £29,000 jump in the average for two bedroom flats, and a 17% (£76,000) rise for two bed houses – driven by a rise in sales of property in the near £700,000 bracket.

Overall, house prices rose 8% on a year ago, although the mean price of 3 and 4 bedroom houses dropped following big hikes in the spring.

The average paid for a property here is now £521,000 – more than £40,000 more than in London and almost a £100,000 more than in Guernsey.

Mean prices by size in Q3 2019 compared with the previous quarter:

1 bedroom flat  – £263,000, up £17,000

2 bedroom flat  – £413,000, up £29,000

2 bedroom house – £535,000, up £76,000

3 bedroom house  – £633,000, down £31,000

4 bedroom house  – £907,000, down £72,000

What the Condor sale means for the islands

It was 10:14am on 24 June this year that I reported Brittany Ferries was on the brink of buying Condor Ferries

I described the move as “imminent”. A very very very well-placed source had told me it was expected to happen within 24 hours.

Well my source was only 143 days out in their prediction, but it has finally come to pass.

Today a consortium made up of Brittany Ferries (who will get a 25% stake) and a European investment fund run by Columbia Threadneedle (who bag the remaining 75%) have taken full control of Condor.

So what does it all mean for you and me?

We are all familiar with the good times and bad times of the ferry operator which connects Guernsey and Jersey with the UK and France.

In the short term it means nothing. It is business as usual, and I expect the Condor brand will live on – possibly permanently, but certainly for the next few years.

The official line is that the new owners are looking forward to working with management and staff, but expect that to mean some back office jobs are swallowed up over time.

Governments in both islands are very happy with this outcome.

Columbia Threadneedle are in this for the long term. They are not after mega returns this month or this year. They are after a slow and steady return on their investment, in this turbulent world, knowing there will always be demand for both freight and passenger services on these routes is the sort of stability they crave.

Meanwhile, Brittany Ferries know how to run a complicated ferry network and are used to the weather battles of the English Channel.

Expect to see at least one new vessel added to the route in fairly short order. It may not be another conventional ferry (the big slow ones) but it is likely to be something more robust than the Liberation has proved to be. The priority will be shoring up freight capacity.

The deal is also a testament to the leadership of Paul Luxon, Condor’s CEO, who took over the company management at a torrid time a few years back and has steadily worked to improve reliability, customer service, and the overall experience of passengers.

For now, Condor stays Condor and everything looks and feels the same. But expect some little nips and tucks in the coming months, and confident approach to the development of these sea links that a million passengers a year and myriad businesses rely on.

Victoria College Dominate In De Putron Challenge

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 11:04am

Year 8 Students at Victoria College celebrating victory. Credit: De Putron Challenge

Victoria College completed a clean sweep in the Jersey heats of the 2019 De Putron Challenge.

The school’s teams won all three age categories of the annual educational quiz.

Pupils from year 6, 8 and sixth form will go up against Guernsey’s Vauvert Primary, Elizabeth College and the Grammar School in next week’s inter-islands final.

18 primary schools took place in the competition – taking on challenges in the likes of Technology, Coding, Science and Geography.

The inter-island final will take place on Thursday 21 November at the Jersey Grand Hotel. It will be streamed here.

Calls for Guernsey's government to ban all plastic carrier bags

An environmental charity in Guernsey is calling on the government go ban all plastic carrier bags.

Plastic Free Guernsey set up an online petition earlier this year which has now gained more than 6,300 signatures.

The petition and an accompanying letter were handed over the President of Environment and Infrastructure on 14 November.

As a small Island we have the potential to set a precedent and be leaders in the fight against unnecessary plastics.

We are requesting a ban on all plastic carrier bags on Island, whether they be classed as single use, or ‘bags for life’ – we all know that the useful lifespan of these bags is anything but life.

We are not requesting a switch to stores providing paper or fabric bags, but a push to encourage Islanders to bring their own reusable bags. > If we want to portray ourselves as an Island leading on sustainability, we need to change our habits accordingly.

– Mads Norman, Plastic Free Guernsey

After receiving the petition, the Committee said it was in the early stages of working on new proposals related to this topic.

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