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Shipping container goes overboard near Alderney

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A container came adrift from an Alderney Shipping vessel in this morning’s strong weather conditions.

The Valiant was on its way to Alderney from Poole when at some point early in the morning the container broke free of its moorings and fell into the sea.

The container was destined for Guernsey, which was the ship’s next port of call after Alderney harbour.

It is believed that a French helicopter was dispatched to search for the container but it was not found.

Alderney Shipping’s Guernsey-based managing director, Bruno Kay Mouat, was off island when the incident happened, but said that an investigation would be carried out into exactly how it had managed to come free.

I was informed about the incident at 7am.

At this stage I don’t know how or where it came adrift other than that it was in extreme weather conditions.

It was a heavy container so the chances are that it floated for a short time and then sank.

– Bruno Kay Mouat, Alderney Shipping’s managing director

From 7am yesterday morning the wind strength was gale force seven to eight, and mid Channel – between the UK and the Channel Islands severe gale nine.

The wind direction was reported as West to North West – meaning it would have caused craft to roll heavily.


Guernsey roadworks extended again

The roadworks along the North Esplanade are to be extended into tomorrow after resurfacing works were not completed today as expected.

That means the one-way system from the Town Church to the Weighbridge Roundabout remains in operation.

The extension to the six-week project is due to more significant repairs being required to base layers than was originally envisaged.

Work had initially been scheduled to be completed by Sunday 29th March.

The Environment Department have apologised for the further delay to the full re-opening of this road.

Condor Liberation not back in service until Saturday

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Condor Ferries have announced that the Condor Liberation won't be back in service until Saturday.

The new ship is currently in Poole for repairs after it crashed into Guernsey's harbour at the weekend whilst trying to dock in strong winds.

Those repairs have been taking longer that first thought due to the 'cautious and thorough approach' adopted by Condor.

In an internal email, Condor staff were today told: "The repairs to Condor Liberation will be completed on Friday 3rd April and she will be back in service on Saturday 4th April.

Repairs are taking longer than expected because we are taking a very cautious and thorough approach to the repairs and unfortunately bad weather overnight also affected the work."

In the meantime, a contingency plan that includes both fast ferry and freight services has been put in place.

No-one is more disappointed than we are that the combination of the very unfortunate incident at the weekend and some really severe weather has caused this disruption in Condor Liberation’s first week in service.

It is particularly saddening after the wonderful welcome which she received in the Islands last weekend.

We are working around the clock to have her back in service as soon as possible and are very grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding.

– Captain Fran Collins, Executive Director – Operations

Guernsey HSSD to discuss introducing meningitis vaccination

Guernsey's Health and Social Services Department are set to discuss whether they can introduce a meningitis vaccination across Guernsey and Alderney.

They will go into talks tomorrow after the NHS in the UK recently struck a deal with drug manufacturers meaning all babies will have access to the vaccine.

Jersey's health services today confirmed they are hoping to introduce the vaccine later this year.

Guernsey's HSSD board are still seeking a price agreement with the manufacturer of the drug before confirming whether a programme of immunisation could be rolled out across the bailiwicks.

I welcome progress on developing an effective vaccine, and the recent news that the UK will be the first jurisdiction to roll out a population based programme.

However, at present we do not have access to information about the price negotiated by the UK Department of Health.

This information and appropriate negotiations for local supplies will enable an evidence-based decision to be made on the introduction of a similar programme for Guernsey and Alderney.

As a new service the resource implications must be fully and carefully considered and presented.

– Dr Stephen Bridgman, Director of Public Health


Phone box damaged in Torteval

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A public phone box was damaged last week in Guernsey as someone tried to steal the coins from inside it.

The incident occurred sometime on Monday 23rd or Tuesday 24th March to the phone box by the bus stop at Rue de Portelet, Torteval opposite the Imperial Hotel.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and urge them to contact the control room on 01481 725111.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

Jersey women's football squad announced

Simon Petulla, Jersey women's football manager

Jersey women's football boss, Simon Petulla, has named his squad for this summer's NatWest Island Games and Muratti.

The squad is dominated by players from St John, with almost half coming from the parish side.

The team will be hoping for a golden campaign at this year's home Games where they face Greenland and Hitra in the group stages.

The squad off 22 players currently includes four goalkeepers and that will be cut down to just two, leaving a squad of 20.

This is due to the fact the new goalkeeping coach has only had one proper session with the keepers so more time before narrowing the squad down.

The full squad is as follows:

  • Sara Luce (GK)
  • Sophie Botterill
  • Jodie Botterill
  • Sylvie Spinola
  • Kelly Hughes,
  • Marta Ascuncao
  • Jess Vieira
  • Fiona Mackinnon
  • Rosie Corbett
  • Lauren Quemard
  • Candice Parsons
  • Eve Watson
  • Jemma Daniel
  • Catarina Andrade
  • Catherine Overbury (GK)
  • Michelle Bichard
  • Aimee Le Quelenec
  • Lara Couvert
  • Stephanie Henwood-Darts (GK)
  • Libby Barnett
  • Chantelle Audrain (GK)
  • Holly Muirhead

Watch: Porn damages youngsters expectations of sexual relationships

Sarah Gray, from the Love Matters charity, has told ITV News that the ease of accessibility to online pornography is damaging young peoples expectations of sexual relationships.

She also stressed that youngsters need to be made aware that porn is not necessarily real.

Sarah was speaking after new figures show one in ten 12 to 13-year-olds in the UK are worried they are addicted to porn.

The figures form part of a UK-wide survey of 2,000 children and young people.

Tomorrow's Condor Liberation service cancelled

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Tomorrow's Condor Liberation service from Poole to the Channel Islands has been cancelled due to repairs taking longer than anticipated.

Condor's new £50 million ship is currently in Poole after colliding with Guernsey's harbour over the weekend.

The news is the latest blow to what has been a difficult time for Condor's latest addition since coming into service last week.

It was over an hour late on it's first journey to the travel islands on Friday before crashing into Guernsey's harbour on Saturday and has been out of action since.

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