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Summary

  1. Staff in London representing the States of Guernsey and Jersey all reported to be safe
  2. Pleinmont body identified as Patrick Eker
  3. Island-wide voting 'risks election disaster' according to Guernsey's most senior politician
  4. Third international finance centre building approved
  5. Charity shop where Valerie Jehan worked to close for her funeral
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

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That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Half of people treated 'within 30 minutes' at Jersey Hospital A&E

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

Nearly half of people who went to the Emergency Department at Jersey's General hospital last year were treated within half an hour. 

The hospital doesn't have targets for when people are seen but makes an early assessment of patients on average within ten minutes.

Patients are seen in order based on the urgency of their condition. On the whole that happens within ten minutes of arriving but treatment takes a little longer. 

In nearly half the cases, treatment starts within half an hour, although the average waiting time is fifty minutes. 

The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request measuring performance last year. 

Jersey General Hospital
BBC

For those needing non-urgent operations, the average wait is 65 days although last year some waited six months. 

The hospital says it aims to see those referred with suspected cancer within four weeks, but usually sees them sooner. 

Staff at Jersey's London office safe after Westminster attack

BBC Radio Jersey

A spokesperson for the States of Jersey has confirmed staff at their London office in Westminster are all safe,  but have been asked by police to "stay indoors".  

The Department for Education also confirmed "there are no Jersey school trips to London at the moment".

States of Guernsey staff in London 'fine'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Guernsey Policy & Resources committee has confirmed that their staff in London are safe after the attack on Westminster.

"On any given day we may have members of staff in London supporting Guernsey’s interests across a wide range of areas. We can confirm that those in London today are fine," a spokesperson said.

The Metropolitan Police are treating the attack as a " terrorist incident ".

Chief Minister for Jersey reacts to Westminster attack

BBC Channel Islands News

The Chief Minister for Jersey said his "thoughts are with all those caught up in the attack" in the ongoing incident at Westminster , thought to be a terrorist attack.

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Gavin St Pier tweets support for people in Westminster

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's most senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier, has tweeted that he's thinking of those caught up in the incident in Westminster. 

Deputy St Pier says he "recognises the vital role" played by the emergency services "at times like this".  

Guernsey's Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has confirmed none of the Bailiwick's state schools are on trips to London at the moment.

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Island-wide voting rederendum details could be decided by June

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey politicians could decide the final details of a referendum on Island-wide voting this June. 

Matt Fallaize
BBC

Deputy Matt Fallaize will present the plans to the assembly with a number of options on how people are elected from 2020, ranging from the current district-based system to the option of electing all 38 Deputies in a single poll on one day. 

Deputy Fallaize believes there needs to be a clear direction from the Referendum result.

Vinery work could start straight away after planning decision

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Work could start soon to develop one of the sites identified as a future base for businesses currently located at the Fontaine Vinery. 

Planners this morning approved a change of use for the Extension Vineries on Route Militaire.

The derelict greenhouses on the site will be cleared, and new screening and acoustic fencing installed to try and minimise the impact on neighbours. 

Advocate James Le Gallez, who represented the vinery owners, isn't anticipating work starting straight away.

Ben the hungry goat has plenty to teach the kids

Jersey Evening Post

A goat popped into St Peter’s School yesterday to show children a novel way of getting the garden weeded.

The latest weather: Some bright parts with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Bright spells for some this afternoon, but with the chance of scattered heavy showers and perhaps thunder with hail.

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Body confirmed as that of Patrick St Clair Eker

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The body of a man found in the water off Pleinmont Point, Guernsey on Sunday has been formally identified as 49-year-old Patrick St Clair Eker.

A post-mortem has been carried out and police are not treating the death as suspicious.  

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Tony Rive

An inquest into the death will be carried out at a later date. 

The States of Guernsey Police, air search and a lifeboat were all involved in the search on Sunday morning, after he was last seen in St Sampson on Saturday night. 

Mr Eker's body was spotted by observers on the shore just under the car park where his vehicle was located.

People in Jersey to make 5,000 wool poppies

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

It's hoped 5,000 wool poppies will be handmade by islanders to decorate the fountain in the Central Market in November. 

Poppies
BBC

Busy hands have already started knitting and crocheting for the project, which will raise money for the Royal British Legion. 

The Market Inspector Simone Glendewar says it should be a fitting tribute on Remembrance Sunday. 

Grammar School International Baccalaureate students’ visual arts exhibition

Guernsey Press

Grammar school students who are taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme have put on an exhibition of visual arts.

New crisis cafe for people with mental health concerns

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There are plans for a pilot scheme which would support police and ambulance staff in Jersey respond to mental health concerns out of hours. 

The new street triage service would work alongside a new out of hours crisis café. 

A tender is out to run the new facility.

Inquest into ski accident death to take place today

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

An inquest into the death of an islander who died in a skiing accident on holiday with his family in France will take place today in Jersey. 

Fifty-nine-year-old Mark John Le Sueur, known to many as Frank, was skiing near Val d'Isere in February when the accident happened. 

Alps
AFP

Mr Le Sueur was the son of John Le Sueur, the late constable of St John. 

The inquest starts at 14:30 this afternoon.

Third international finance centre building approved

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The third of six buildings planned for the new finance centre in St Helier has been approved by the planning committee.

Building six
Jersey Development Company

The development, by government-owned Jersey Development Company is on the Esplanade parking area. The first building is almost finished and work has already started on the second building.

The third building, will be a five-storey office development on the south-east side of the site and will include underground parking and an eating area.

The Jersey Development Company says it will take two years to complete the development which will also include a restaurant on the ground floor.

Youth Assembly debates idea of taking 400 Syrian refugees

Jersey Evening Post

Students from five secondary schools and University College Jersey were in the States Chamber yesterday debating whether the Island should accommodate 400 Syrian refugees over five years .  

Island-wide voting arguments 'roughly balanced'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The arguments for and against introducing island-wide voting in Guernsey "are roughly balanced" according to Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee.

Deputy Matt Fallaize
BBC

The committee is drafting proposals for a referendum on the issue that should be ready for a States vote within the next two months.

He said there would be multiple options on the ballot paper ranging from keeping things as they are now with deputies elected in districts, through to full island-wide voting with all deputies elected by everyone in the island.

Deputy Fallaize said there were issues with island-wide voting, especially around people not using all 38 votes. He said there were benefits including giving everyone a chance to vote for the whole of the assembly, not just the few elected in their district.

He said there may be a minimum turnout threshold on the referendum but would expect the States to be bound by the result if that threshold is met.

First Mitch Couriard Award goes to Duke of Edinburgh leader

Jersey Evening Post

The first annual award of a plaque in memory of an Islander who dedicated much of his life to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme was presented this week .  

Care home extension approved by planning authority

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Plans to extend Le Platon Residential Home in St Peter Port have been approved at an open planning meeting this morning, despite concerns from neighbours. 

The Development and Planning Authority agreed to double the capacity of the home's Clifton site to include 49 bedrooms. 

Neighbours had earlier spoke about their concerns about traffic congestion and lengthy building work.

Record away support expected at St Peter

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan says he expects up to 1,000 London Irish fans to travel to the island for Saturday's match at St Peter.

Irish will finish top of the table after winning all 17 of their league games and broke the Championship attendance record earlier this month, with almost 12,000 supporters going to their home win over Cornish Pirates.

Jersey Reds
Rex Features

"We know that Irish have set the mark for biggest crowds of the season at most of their away games this season, and Jersey looks to be one of the most attractive trips," Morgan said. "But we don't want this to feel like a home fixture for London Irish, and we hope the island will respond by turning out to cheer on the Reds."

Martin McGuinness: ‘More than his past and a force for peace’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's External Affairs minister has paid tribute to Northern Ireland’s controversial former deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, with whom he developed an unlikely friendship .  

BreakingPleinmont body identified as Patrick Eker

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The body of a man found off Pleinmont in Guernsey over the weekend has been identified as Patrick St Clair Eker whose disappearance sparked a major search.

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Tony Rive

Mr Eker, 49, was reported missing on Saturday. Police and the other emergency services were involved in the search which led to the discovery of the body.

Officers say the death is not being treated as suspicious and an inquest will be held at a later date.

Guernsey Gache and cider added to the inflation basket

BBC Radio Guernsey

Gin and jigsaws have been replaced by Gache and Rocquette cider in Guernsey's inflation "basket" - an average measure of prices used by the data office to track the cost of living in the island.

Guernsey Gache
BBC

The latest inflation figure for Guernsey, taking into account the average prices of 3,000 different goods and services, stands at 1.2%. 

Those are the figures from December, released by the States of Guernsey data and analysis unit. They found Guernsey inflation was half the UK figure of 2.3% and lower than Jersey's 1.9%.

Cider is included alongside other brands. We've got Guernsey Gache in the other cakes category, the basket is tailored for Guernsey.

Helen WaltonHead of Data and Analysis

E-gambling industry 'a priority' in Alderney Brexit talks

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Alderney's e-gambling industry will be a priority in any future Brexit discussions between Alderney's government and the UK, according to the president of the States of Alderney.

Stuart Trought says the island is relying heavily on Guernsey to make sure its interests are heard in negotiations, but on some issues the island will have to put its own case forward. 

Stuart Trought
BBC

E-gambling is vitally important to the whole of the Bailiwick. It will bring some 2.5 million direct licence fees to Alderney and makes a contribution of some £50m to £60m per year to the GDP of the Bailiwick.

Stuart Trought President of the States of Alderney

Chamber boss: 'We need to pause over population regime'

Guernsey Press

Another last-ditch appeal has been made by a business leader to delay the implementation of the island’s new population regime .  

Jersey Youth Assembly calls for refugees to be welcomed

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A group of Jersey students called on the government to allow up to 400 refugees into the island at the annual Jersey Youth Assembly yesterday.

It was the 20th anniversary of the assembly that sees representatives of all of the island's colleges meet to quiz ministers and debate issues important to them.

Jersey Youth Assembly
BBC

Questions for ministers included why there isn't a student loan scheme, why housing is so expensive and what the impact of Brexit will be on the island.

While the votes have no legal baring, they do give ministers pause for thought as they are the views of the next generation. Jersey College for Girls proposed allowing refugees into the island and it saw 27 votes in favour to 13 against.

The vote that lost by the largest margin was De La Salle calling for all schools to be mixed gender. Jersey has four single-sex secondary schools. That only got two votes in favour to 40 against.

Beere beaten in world cup final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey's Lucy Beere was beaten in the World Bowls Cup final in Sydney overnight but still takes home a silver medal.

She lost to New Zealander Jo Edwards, who has now won the title on five occasions.

Lucy Beere
BBC Sport

Beere has already made Guernsey history, helping them win their  first-ever European gold medal  at the 2015 championships in Israel.  

Valerie Jehan was 'well loved and will be missed'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Valerie Jehan, who went missing earlier this month sparking a major search and rescue operation, has been described as "well loved" by people who worked with her in a charity shop.

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

A body discovered last week was identified as Valerie Jehan by police yesterday.

Valerie Jehan
BBC

She was extremely popular with everybody, with customers, volunteers and staff. She was very bubbly, would get involved with anything happening and was excellent with customers. She was well liked and she was loved. She will be missed.

John LeggettJersey Hospice Retail Manager

Larger aircraft put on for Siam Cup match in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

One of the biggest sporting events of the year in the Channel Islands is the Siam Cup - a rugby match between Jersey and Guernsey that was first held in 1920. 

Siam Cup
BBC

This year it is being held in Jersey and to help Guernsey supporters wanting to get to the island for the match Blue Islands is putting a larger than normal aircraft on the Jersey-Guernsey route.

A spokesperson for the airline said by upgrading the morning flight on 6 May to its bigger 68-seat plane it will be able to carry more supporters. 

Jersey has won the Siam Cup every year since 2009. This prompted a change in the rules to restrict the number of players not from Jersey competing for the island side in the cup.

Ladies’ College team runners-up in UK science fair

Guernsey Press

Screams of excitement were heard from Ladies’ College students as they were named runners-up, beating rivals from all over the country, in the Big Bank UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, beating rivals from all over the country .  

Major St Helier developments recommended for approval

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There could be more building work happening in St Helier soon after planning officers recommended two major developments are given approval by the planning committee.

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BBC

They include a five-storey office building in the finance district on the Esplanade and the demolition of a well-known gas container and other buildings on Tunnel Street to make way for 253 houses.

The plans are being discussed at a public meeting with the planning committee this morning at St Paul's Centre in St Helier.

Latest weather: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

A cloudy start with frequent, possibly thundery showers. 

It will brighten up into this afternoon with some sunny spells then developing. The showers will become less frequent too. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

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Project to identify men who fought in Burma Campaign

Jersey Evening Post

An Islander whose father fought in some of the fiercest action of the Second World War has launched an appeal to remember the ‘Forgotten Army’

Island-wide voting 'could lead to election disaster' - St Pier

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Island-wide voting could result in an election disaster in Guernsey, that's according to the island's most senior politician.

States of Guernsey
BBC

Deputy Gavin St Pier made the comments in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, but said he still broadly supported the changes as they could mean the emergence of alliances around policies. 

Currently all Guernsey politicians stand as independent candidates. There are no deputies elected to represent a party.

Deputy St Pier says the vast majority of islanders would struggle to use all of their 38 votes, from what could be a list of more than 100 candidates in an island-wide vote. 

The President of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee Matt Fallaize says the benefit of island-wide voting is every member of the electorate gets a say over every States seat.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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