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  1. A body found off the coast of Noirmont in Jersey on 12 March has been confirmed as that of missing woman Valerie Jehan
  2. Body found in missing Alderney man search
  3. Martin McGuinness was 'warm and reconciliatory' - Jonathan Le Tocq
  4. A-level students debated student loans and affordable housing as they quizzed Jersey politicians
  5. First cruise ship of the season arrives in Guernsey
  6. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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Jersey university financing 'a difficult problem'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's assistant education minister says finding a solution to funding for university students is proving "very difficult" with no obvious solution available.

Deputy Anne Pryke

She was answering a question during Jersey's annual Youth Assembly debate, where teenagers from sixth form colleges are able to quiz ministers on issues that matter to them.

Deputy Anne Pryke was asked why there was no solution in place to help pay for university education beyond a small loan scheme or means-tested grant.

She said the States currently spends £10m per year on university funding through the grant system but would need up to £30m a year to pay for all students. She said they were looking at a number of options but there was no obvious solution.

Alderney to explore an 'international identity' post Brexit

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney is committed to exploring an "international identity" post-Brexit, according to the President of the States of Alderney Stuart Trought.

Stuart Trought

He says more work is needed to understand the risks and opportunities island companies will face when Britain leaves the European Union.

Mr Trought says no-one knows where Brexit will take the UK or what its consequences will be but he wants to make sure the island is consulted and engaged during the process.

He says he accepts that on many matters it will be for Guernsey to represent Alderney but on some issues the island must put its own case forward. He has invited Sir Oliver Heald of the Ministry of Justice, and Bob Neill of the Commons Justice Select Committee, to visit Alderney this year.

Long-standing feud led to stabbing in broad daylight

Jersey Evening Post

A former East End criminal who slashed a man’s neck in front of a group of French schoolchildren has been jailed for five years .

Weather: Heavy rain to start the day

BBC Weather

There will be some late sunshine this evening and a dry and clear start to the night.

However, heavy rain will arrive in the early hours accompanied by strong southerly winds. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather map

The main rain band will move off to France first thing but there will be showers during the day, which may be heavy and perhaps thundery. Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

States 'must vote' on new sports body

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Plans to hand control of sport in Jersey to an independent body must wait for a vote in the States.

The Assembly must approve the setting up of Sport Jersey, an independent body with a trust status.

A spokesman says the new body would play an advocacy role for sports organsiations to help promote the needs of sports associations and improve physical literacy in primary schools.

Constable Steve Pallett

We are pretty well in place to go but advice we received said we'd triggered an old proposition around setting up of arms length bodies like this. It means we have to take the proposition to the States to get approval."

Constable Steve Pallet Assistant Minister for Sport

Survey finds politicians likely to vote for population plan

BBC Radio Guernsey

A BBC survey of Guernsey deputies indicates they're likely to rubber stamp the new population management law when it comes back before the States next week.

Just over half of all deputies took part in the survey. Eleven say they plan to vote in favour of the population management law, that's just over half of those that responded.

Guernsey States

The chairman of the confederation of Guernsey industry, Clive McMinn, said his members were concerned low-skilled workers would be worse off under the new population plan which will introduce set licences for different types of workers.  

Responding to the survey Deputy Dawn Tindall said she will vote for the plan as she believes the new regime has the flexibility to address concerns from the business community about the position of lower-skilled workers. 

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher was the only politician to say outright he'll vote down the plans. He says improvements must be made first.

Of those that responded 19% say they're undecided, and the same proportion declined to answer. If passed, the new law will come into effect on 3 April.

Letter price rise due to 'drop in the value of the pound'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The fall in the value of the pound, higher costs from Royal Mail and an increase in the number of homes are among the reasons Jersey Post says are behind a rise in the cost of sending a letter.

The government-owned company says since 2007 they have seen the quantity of letters they process drop by 60%.

Jersey Post are putting up the price of a local letter by 1p, the price of a UK letter by 3p and simplifying the way Europe and global letters are sent to create a single 100g letter option - charging 73p to Europe and 90p to the rest of the world.

Jersey Post

Our customers have highlighted that keeping the cost of the postal service low is a real priority and we try to minimise the financial impact of our business and industry change on customers wherever possible. However, as an organisation we continue to face a number of major challenges."

Tim BrownJersey Post Chief Executive

Michelin star chef to leave The Atlantic hotel

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Michelin star chef Mark Jordan is leaving the Ocean restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel in Jersey after 13 years in charge.

Since joining the hotel in 2004 he has won four AA rosettes and a Michelin star. The restaurant was also featured on The Apprentice as part of a reward for the winning team.

Mark Jordan

Jersey is renowned for its outstanding food and I am excited about developing other culinary experiences in more locations across Jersey and beyond."

Mark JordanChef

Ex-St John worker could be struck off

Guernsey Press

A former ambulance station officer this week faces being struck off after being accused of failing to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man who was found dead the following day .

Could you benefit from a Comic Relief grant?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Do you run a charity or a project that helps people and is in need of money to grow? Well Comic Relief might be able to help.

Lenny Henry

Ahead of Red Nose Day this Friday, the Head of UK Grants says she'd love to hear from Guernsey causes that could benefit from their funds in the future.

Comic Relief funds more than 2,000 projects across the UK, addressing a range of issues, from homelessness and mental health to dementia and vulnerable young people.

Gilly Green says those behind local causes should  head to their website  and apply for a grant.

Jersey FA commitment to women's game questioned

BBC Sport

The former vice president of the Jersey Football Association questioned whether the Jersey FA were really serious about women's football in Jersey after it failed to find a way to organise a women's Muratti game.

The event was cancelled after Guernsey could not find enough players who met the eligibility requirement for the game.

Jersey women

Kerry Petulla was the first woman on the board but stepped down earlier this month after two years. She said she had taken her role as far as she could and it was a hard decision to leave.

When I looked into the history of the Muratti I found the men's game has only been cancelled because of world wars. I can't understand why if they are so committed to the women's game they can just say it isn't going ahead."

Kerry PetullaFormer JFA Vice President

JFA chief executive Neville Davidson said in a statement the FA were discussing their response. The Jersey FA has said it is committed to women's football and is working to get more younger players involved.

'More important than ever' to vote in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister has said it is more important than ever to turn out and vote in the island due to the uncertainty as a result of Brexit.

Senator Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

Senator Ian Gorst was being questioned by students from island colleges taking part in the annual Youth Assembly. He said there was a clear democratic deficit in the island when it comes to the way elections are held.

He said: "We as a government are working on engaging members of the public to turn out and vote. We've got many more people registered because of that work but now we need to move on to ensure those people actually vote.

"We are facing more uncertainty now than ever before because Europe is so uncertain and we are surrounded by that uncertainty. It has never been more important to turn out and vote than it will be in 2018."

Rainy day fund returns to pay for hospital loan

Jersey Evening Post

A proposed £400 million loan to cover most of the costs of building the new hospital would be paid for by returns on Jersey’s ‘rainy day fund’, the Treasury Minister has said .  

Biggest bus subsidy goes to school bus services

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's infrastructure minister says the school bus service gets the largest portion of the government's £4m per year bus subsidy.

Deputy Eddie Noel said it costs a student £1.50 per day to get to school and back but the government pays an extra £7 per day per pupil to meet the true cost of the journey.

Jersey bus

He was being quizzed by students in the annual States of Jersey Youth Assembly. He said the true cost of the school bus is about £8.50 per return journey.

The minister was also asked why the main buses are new with more leg room when the school buses were all much older buses.

He said the services were tendered separately and in the future there could be a capital project to replace the buses but there isn't money available to do that at the moment.

Cancelled women's Muratti back in the spotlight in BBC debate

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Football officials and players from Jersey and Guernsey joined in our radio debate today on the state of women's football in the Channel Islands.

The annual women's Muratti between the islands was recently cancelled  because the Guernsey FA could not convince enough players to register directly with them. Many are instead aligned to Hampshire-affiliated Ormer FC.

  • Former Jersey FA vice-president Kerry Petulla, the first ever female board member, told us she quit because she had "taken things as far as she could"
  • Petulla wanted eligibility rules relaxed for this year's annual game between the rivals, saying "everyone wants to play in the Muratti"
  • Ormer FC secretary Vanessa Crispini-Adams is still hopeful this year's game will be reinstated, and has written to the organising Inter-insular Committee asking for a "derogation" of rules for 2017
  • Jersey FA and Guernsey FA both insisted they are committed to women's football in the Channel Islands
  • Former Jersey women's boss Tony Hoyland said grass-roots development in Jersey is now in a "really good place" but the "missing link" is at senior team level.

You can listen back to  the hour-long debate  on our website - it begins three hours into the overall show.

Showers getting heavier through the night

BBC Weather

It'll stay mostly dry this afternoon with a good deal of sunshine. The odd shower is possible.

There may be a few further showers during the first part of the night, then during the early hours some more persistent and heavy rain will spread in. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


Jersey weather


Guernsey weather

Hauteville House repair appeal is launched

Guernsey Press

An appeal to collect 100,000 Euros to restore the decorations of Hauteville House has been launched in France .  

Jersey stamp prices to increase slightly

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

From 11 April it's going to get a little bit more expensive to send a letter or parcel as Jersey Post is putting up the price of a stamp.

Jersey Post

Sending a local letter will go from 48p to 49p and sending a letter to the UK, Isle of Man or other Channel Islands will go from 60p to 63p.

The biggest change will be in sending letters to Europe and the rest of the world. Jersey Post is creating a single tariff, rather than the current 20g and 100g prices.

Letters weighing 100g or less will now cost 73p to Europe and 90p to the rest of the world. It was 66p for a 20g letter to Europe and 93p for a 100g letter.

Restaurant plan for burned down St Aubin workshop

Jersey Evening Post

St Aubin could get another restaurant if an application to develop a burnt-out former marine workshop on the Bulwarks is approved by the Planning Committee .  

Cruise ship visitors 'spent £4m in 2016'

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's the start of the cruise ship season in Guernsey today with about 1,200 passengers arriving on board the Aidavita.

In 2016 more than 130,000 visitors arrived on cruise ships spending an estimated £4m. Officials expect 2017 will match or exceed that figure. This year there is a new £1 per visitor charge for those coming ashore.

Some Guernsey businesses and tourist attractions are expecting a boost from today.

Little Chapel

In terms of our fundraising at the Little Chapel, money is collected each day from the safe and we can clearly see what comes in from day cruise passengers. It has a direct impact on our bank balance.

Pat Johnson Chairman of Little Chapel Foundation

Rules 'should be flexible' to help local football

BBC Sport

The rules that stopped some Guernsey women's football players from competing in the Muratti should have been relaxed, according to Vanessa Crispini-Adams, the secretary of UK-based Guernsey-side Ormer. 

The women's Muratti couldn't go ahead this year as there were not enough players eligible and registered with a club affiliated with the Guernsey FA.

Guernsey women who play for Ormer FC were asked to register with Guernsey FA directly as there are no Guernsey women's clubs playing in the island. That hasn't happened though and so the Muratti remains cancelled.

Guernsey v Jersey women

You have to be very careful when you move away from the rules because of the precedent it sets going forward but I try to look beyond that and ask 'why should so many people lose out on football?'

Vanessa Crispini-AdamsSecretary of Ormer

BreakingBody identified as missing Valerie Jehan

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A body found off the coast of Noirmont in Jersey on 12 March has been confirmed as that of missing woman Valerie Jehan.

Valerie Jehan
States of Jersey Police

The 75-year-old went missing on 3 March. She was last seen getting off the bus at Devil's Hole on the island's north coast.

There was a major land and sea search for the woman over the following week but nothing was found.

The body was discovered on 12 March by a passing fishing vessel. Officers couldn't say until now whether it was Mrs Jehan.

A file is now being prepared for the Deputy Viscount ahead of an inquest and the family are being supported by specially trained liaison officers.

La Creperie to close its doors after 15 years

Guernsey Press

One of Town’s staple eateries is closing its doors, leaving both loyal customers and the owners devastated .  

Woman in her 60s 'knocked down by skateboarder'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A woman in her 60s has been knocked down by a "young person" on a skateboard in Jersey, police have said.

She was hit on St Mark's Road, St Helier, at about 08:50 by a man described as "young in age" with dark hair and wearing dark clothing. 

It happened on the pavement outside Highbury Apartments and the woman had minor injuries and was taken to Jersey General Hospital to be checked over.

Police say the skateboarder remained with the woman until the ambulance arrived, but his identity is unknown.

A poem about maths?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Jersey Stats Unit Twitter account is a great one to follow. 

Each day they share a random statistic or fact about island life. Today is World Poetry Day and they've shared a maths poem.

View more on twitter

Jersey Post to change pricing for global postage

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Sending a letter to Europe or the rest of the world from Jersey is changing.

Currently the price is based on the weight of the letter - with one price for a 20g letter and another for a 100g letter.

Jersey Post charges

Jersey Post are changing that to create a single price point for letters weighing 100g or less. So depending on the weight of your average letter you will either be better or worse off in future.

Jersey Post says the increase is down to cost increases from Royal Mail, the fall in the value of the pound, the impact on falling letter volumes and an increase in the number of households in the island.

‘We are struggling to keep up with Jersey’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey is struggling to keep up with the pace of the Jersey economy, the president of the Committee for Economic Development has admitted .  

Schools 'well prepared' for youth assembly debate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Students from Jersey College for Girls will be in the States Assembly today along with pupils from four other sixth form colleges to quiz ministers and debate a wide range of issues.

Lucy de la Cour, a student at Jersey College for Girls, said they have been looking at controversial topics and stories in the news in the build up to the debate.

States chamber

At JCG we are immersed in our assembly and have a powerpoint telling us the news for the week. We are involved in finding out what's happening in Jersey and are already passionate. The fact we get to ask questions is going to be really interesting.

Lucy de la Cour Jersey College for Girls student

It's the 20th anniversary of the Jersey Youth Assembly and this is the first time it will be broadcast with video  on the States Assembly website .  

Debates will include re-testing drivers every 20-years, reforming the States Assembly and making all secondary schools mixed gender.

Jersey name team to defend badminton gold

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Only three of the players who helped Jersey win badminton team gold at the 2015 Island Games have been chosen to defend the title in Gotland this summer.

They have named a new-look side, with Mark Constable, Alex Hutchings and Emily Temple-Redshaw being the only players retained from two years ago.

Jersey badminton
Jersey 2015

Matt Bignell, Cameron Hunt and Harrison Morley come into the men's team, while Temple-Redshaw is joined by Elise Dixon, Marilisa Garnier, Lindsey Woodward and Nastasha Hutchings.

Cruise berth would be 'an expensive luxury'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The general manager of Guernsey Harbours says a cruise berth would be an "expensive luxury" for the island. He was speaking after recent calls for a berth to be created to allow ships to moor in the island.

Cruise ship

Colin Le Ray says it could bring benefits if it was used by more than just cruise vessels to dock in Guernsey. 

The first ship of 2017 is currently at anchor in the Little Russell, with those wanting to come ashore travelling to St Peter Port by tender.

It's been suggested a cruise berth could bring wider economic benefits to Guernsey. Mr Le Ray believes it's unlikely the idea will be looked at any time soon.

'No impact' on hospital cost from review delay

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Before the States voted to refer the hospital funding proposals to scrutiny in January for a review, there were claims from the treasury that any delay would increase the cost. Apparently that hasn't happened.

States of Jersey

Jersey's Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, says the delay in agreeing a funding plan for the new hospital hasn't cost more despite fears interest rate rises could've added millions to the bill. 

The States plan to borrow £400m to fund the bulk of the £460m hospital build - paid back over 40 years. In January politicians voted to allow a Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel to take a closer look at the scheme.

Yesterday the scrutiny panel heard that rates have actually moved in Jersey's favour since then.

Have your say on women's football

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

With Guernsey's Football Association unable to convince enough players to register for the women's Muratti, and the  Jersey manager Simon Petulla quitting  last week - what next for the Channel Islands' female players? 

Jersey women v the Navy
Adrian Topley

Why's there no women's league in Guernsey, why are there so few matches for Jersey's Island Games gold-medal winners, and what's being done to get young girls into the sport? 

Join in the conversation on a Topical Talk special on BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernse y this lunchtime. You can also drop us an email with your views

Beere reaches world cup final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey's Lucy Beere has reached the final of the World Bowls Cup in Sydney after beating Australian Natasha Scott in the last four.

She will play Jo Edwards, from New Zealand, in the early hours of tomorrow morning to see who will become champion.

Lucy Beere
BBC Sport

Beere helped Guernsey win their first-ever European gold medal at the 2015 championships in Israel, and has competed at the Commonwealth Games.

Fear that high fines could put more in prison

Jersey Evening Post

The Magistrate has warned that criminals could face going to prison by default because they cannot afford new tougher fines in Jersey’s lower court .  

Long term care fund contributions 'could increase'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The chairman of the Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel says an increase in islanders' contributions to the long term care scheme can't be ruled out. 

At the moment people in Jersey pay 1% of their taxable income towards a scheme which helps pay for care in later life. 

Richard Renouf

It is possible in the future we will have to pay more. At the moment all taxpayers pay 1% into the long term care fund. It will be reviewed from time to time.

Richard Renouf Chairman Health and Social Security Scrutiny

Misconduct hearing: ‘My case, but no one said’

Guernsey Press

A woman, who was wrongly told during a scan that she had a hormonal disorder, has spoken of her horror at not being informed her case was part of a misconduct investigation .  

First cruise ship of the season arrives in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The first cruise ship of the season, the Aidavita, has arrived in Guernsey this morning from Falmouth. 

Cruise ship

She has 1,200 passengers on board and many of them are expected to come ashore today.

Research company Island Global Research estimate cruise passengers contribute more than £4m to Guernsey's economy. 

This will be boosted in 2017 by the introduction of a £1 levy for each passenger. In 2016 130,000 people came ashore - a record VisitGuernsey hopes it can match or exceed in 2017.

States Youth Assembly to sit today

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's the turn of Jersey students to sit in the States Assembly today. Once a year the Jersey Youth Assembly meet to debate issues that matter to them and quiz ministers.

States sign

Each school presents a proposition to vote on and there is a question time with ministers.

These will include questions about student loans, housing for young people, Brexit, fossil fuels and the new hospital.

Here are the debates:

  • Make all schools mixed gender - Fraser O’Neill, De La Salle
  • Accommodate refugees in Jersey - Jasmine Box, Jersey College for Girls 
  • Develop a fair and equitable taxation system - Elisha Hart, Hautlieu 
  • Streamline the States - Thomas De La Cour, Victoria College 
  • Re-test drivers every 20 years - Rebecca Dunn, Beaulieu

Martin McGuinness was 'warm and reconciliatory' - Le Tocq

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, has died aged 66 .

Guernsey's External Affairs Minister, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq - a Protestant - says he and the once IRA leader - and Catholic - became unlikely friends after first meeting at the British-Irish Council six years ago.

Martin McGuinness

He was very different personally than perhaps the media image. I was not looking forward to sitting next to him the first time I attended a British Irish Council meeting. I was very surprised. He had very strong principles but personally he was a warm and reconciliatory man.

Jonathan Le Tocq Guernsey External Relations Minister