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Summary

  1. Jersey sets aside £900,000 for Brexit impact
  2. Retailers expected to increase milk prices
  3. Jersey Reds appoint Tunnah as assistant coach
  4. Guernsey pre-school providers could withdraw due to costs
  5. Updates on Thursday 30 March 2017

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Rob England

BBC News Online

That's all from us for today.

We'll be back with all your latest news, weather, travel and sport tomorrow from 08:00.

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There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.  

Ferbache: Guernsey seasonal workers rights improvement 'fair treatment'

BBC Radio Guernsey

As part of the population management law debate, Deputies have voted 32-7 to improve the position of guest workers who come to Guernsey for nine months at a time.

Workers will now gain the right to continue working in Guernsey indefinitely if they have five seasons worth of experience on the island.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache told the States it's about fair treatment of those who have given years of service.

These people have made their living here in Guernsey, and therefore they should have the right to make their living in Guernsey going forward until the time that they decide they're not going to come back anymore.

Deputy Peter FerbracheStates of Guernsey

Jersey Finance: Brexit will not affect Jersey's position in international finance

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Finance has said the Brexit negotiations will not affect Jersey’s "position as an international finance centre of excellence."

For Jersey’s financial services industry, trade with the EU and UK is governed by bilateral agreements which are unaffected by Brexit. Our access to European markets continues under the same terms, and we continue to be a conduit for investment into the UK and EU."

Geoff CookCEO, Jersey Finance

The latest weather across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Across the Channel Islands this evening the skies will turn cloudy with some rain for a time through the early hours. It will be dry again by dawn though. 

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CT Plus: Plans 'in place' to make sure Guernsey has enough bus drivers

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's bus operator CT Plus says it has plans in place to make sure the island has enough drivers when a new population management regime is introduced.

The island's States members have been debating the issue at their meeting today.

Operations Manager Lee Murphy says the company has factored in many different scenarios.

Based on the fairly fluid situation at the moment we're working on plan Cs, Plan Ds, around whatever comes out from this.

Lee MurphyOperation Manager, CT Plus

Police Officers give Les Amis resident trip to Old Trafford

Rob England

BBC News Online

Simon with Sian and Will
Les Amis

This is one to warm your heart.

Two police officers who are season ticket holders at Old Trafford have gifted a game to Les Amis resident (and Manchester United supporter) Simon Routier.

The officers, who were unable to attend the Man Utd v Everton fixture on 4 April, got in touch with the care home after seeing Simon's comments on social media.

Duty Inspector Sian Gidley and PC Will Labey from Jersey Police have been season ticket holders at Old Trafford for three years.

Simon, who has down's syndrome, will go to the game with his dad, Paul. 

I can’t wait to go and see a real life football match. I can’t thank Sian and Will enough for giving me the tickets."

Simon Routier

Students eight hours in to annual island walk

BBC Radio Jersey

Students from De La Salle College are taking part in their annual island walk today for charity.

It's been eight hours, and they are still going.

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Last year, the school raised more than £14,000 from the 36-mile challenge, with £12,000 of that going to charities, including Jersey Alzheimer's Association and Make a Wish International.  

Man arrested in connection with Gorey village burglary

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a burglary in Gorey Village, Jersey, Police say.

A number of items were stolen from the property on Monday night, and a Blue Nissan Micra was taken and driven away from the scene.

The car was later found abandoned on a slip way at Ouaisne beach.

Guernsey: Population management law update, seasonal workers rights improved

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputies have voted 32-7 to improve the position of guest workers who come to Guernsey for nine months at a time. 

These people will now gain new "grandfather" rights to continue doing so indefinitely if they've already clocked up five seasons of working in the island. 

But new arrivals to Guernsey will be subject to tighter rules. 

It's estimated that there are currently between 3,000 and 4,000 workers who live and work here on a temporary basis. 

Hundreds of students take part in annual island walk

BBC Radio Jersey

More than 450 boys from De La Salle College have set off for their annual island walk. 

Last year, the boys raised more than £14,000 from the 36-mile challenge, with £12,000 of that going to charities, including Jersey Alzheimer's Association and the Make a Wish International. 

The walk started at 08:00, and is planned to finish at 22:00.

Drivers are being advised to be careful on the roads.

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Housing association puts back plans for mass refurbishment

BBC Radio Jersey

A States-owned housing association has put back plans to move people out of several blocks of flats for refurbishments.

Residents at the four high rise blocks at Le Marais were originally told they could move in with friends or an empty flat while their homes were refurbished. 

But the company, Andium Homes, now says it's postponed its plans until new housing becomes available.

It said it will now delay any decision on the £5m refurbishment plan until early 2018.

Mail removed from post box in St Peter Port

Rob England

BBC News Online

On Tuesday someone removed mail from a post box in St Peter Port, Guernsey, police said.

It happened between 12:00 and 16:00 on George Place, Union Street. 

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Guernsey: Population management law update, restrictions on Alderney and Sark relaxed

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's politicians have unanimously decided to relax restrictions on young people from Alderney and Sark wanting to come and live and work in Guernsey. 

The Committee for Home Affairs will now have to bring back a policy letter to the States on the issue. 

Speaking in the population management law debate, Peter Roffey told the States imposing strict controls on youngsters from other islands within the Bailiwick was unnecessary.

The law is designed to manage who is allowed to live and work in Guernsey based on the needs of the economy and jobs market.

Funeral for man killed skiing in France begins

Rob England

BBC News Online

The funeral has begun for a man from Jersey who died while away on a family skiing holiday in France.

Mark Le Sueur, 57, from Trinity died whilst being airlifted by helicopter to hospital in Grenoble.

Val D'Isere
AFP

Mr Le Sueur, known to many as Frank, was skiing off-piste near Val d'Isere.

Due to his enthusiasm for motorbikes, following the service the hearse and family cars will be escorted to the crematorium by between 20 and 30 Harley Davidsons.

St Helier to take Bellozanne case to Privy Council

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier parishioners have voted to take an argument over waste disposal costs to the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for islanders.

The Bellozanne covenant was an agreement where the parish didn't have to pay for its waste because the disposal facilities were on its land.

But since they were moved to the waterfront, Jersey courts have ruled that the covenant no longer applies.

At a parish meeting last night, parishioners voted overwhelmingly to continue the fight against the charge applying to them.

Providers of free pre-schools in Guernsey withdrawing 'part of the process'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The vice president of Guernsey's Committee for Education, Sport and Culture has said the withdrawal of some pre-school providers from the States free trial is possible, but that "it is part of the process of assessing what can be done, at what price points".

Deputy Carl Meerveld said despite the concerns "we're looking to extend the trial for another year" as the scheme did not collect "sufficient data" over two terms.

He said: "We'll come back with a policy paper probably in the spring of next year."

Gorst: Finance review will scan 'worldwide horizon'

BBC Radio Jersey

The States of Jersey has set aside £900,000 and asked Jersey Finance to conduct a financial review of the impact of Brexit in the island.

The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, cited the recent changes in the political landscape as the driving factor for setting aside the funds. 

The financial review will begin next month, with the final report expected towards the end of the year.

The senator said it will be important to protect the island from future criticism and look for new opportunities:

There are opportunities for us, it's important that we get and we take advantage of those opportunities in the very short term. This review is going to look at those, it's going to scan the local and London horizon, but also the worldwide horizon. Because, over time, we've become more and more a jurisdiction which is facing worldwide, rather than just Europe and London. We're going to have to do more of that in the future."

Senator Ian GorstStates of Jersey

New footage emerges of Torrey Canyon oil tanker's trail of death

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

New footage has emerged of the devastating impact of pollution from an oil tanker which sank off the South West coast 50 years ago today.

New footage emerges of oil tanker's trail of death

The Torrey Canyon leaked million of gallons of crude oil after grounding rocks around Land's End and thousands of seabirds died in what remains the UK's worst environmental accident. 

Oil washed up along the South West coast and also reached the Channel Islands.

A former fireman has come forward with some previously unseen footage that was shot on his own family cine camera.  

Criminal damage to abandoned buildings say police

Rob England

BBC News Online

On several occasions "teenagers" have entered derelict buildings around Jersey and have caused "criminal damage", according to police.

A spokesperson said: "Even though a building appears to have been abandoned, it is probably still owned by someone and any damage caused is a criminal offence.

"Some of these buildings have also been boarded up for good reason and can be very dangerous places with hazards that you can see and many that you can’t. 

"Many of these properties can contain asbestos and are very unstable. 

"Anyone entering them is putting themselves in danger as they will most certainly not be in a safe condition."

Guernsey pre-school providers could withdraw due to costs

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Some providers could pull out of Guernsey's free pre-school scheme following news it'll continue unchanged for another year. 

The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture said some providers had "expressed concerns" they could not provide the required service for the amount being paid to them by the States.

Parents of three and four year olds have been able to apply for 15 free hours a week since January.

In return nurseries and pre-schools receive a set rate of £5.90 per hour, and cannot charge top up fees if their costs are higher.

Learning numbers on a blackboard
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Reds appoint Tunnah as assistant coach

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds have appointed Australia-based Neil Tunnah as their new assistant coach for next season.

The 37-year-old Scot will replace ex-club captain Alex Rae, who  leaves the role  at the end of the season, and will predominantly work with the club's forwards.

Jersey Reds
Rex Features

Tunnah played as a hooker in Scotland before retiring in 2010, after  serving a five-month suspension  for failing a drugs test.

"It will be great to be working at a fully professional club where there's a real aspiration to succeed," he said.

Jersey Reds

Reds appoint Tunnah as assistant coach

Jersey Reds appoint Australia-based Scotsman Neil Tunnah as their new assistant coach for next season.

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Live in Guernsey Dairy

BBC Radio Guernsey

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We were live at the Guernsey Dairy this morning talking all things milk, cheese, butter and yogurt.

Milk in particular is the topic of discussion, the price of milk will go up from Sunday, with many island retailers saying they have to pass on a 7.5% rise in the wholesale price, to customers.  

Listen back here.

Guernsey milk price rise due to existing 'low' profit margins

BBC Radio Guernsey

The price of milk will go up from Sunday in Guernsey, with many island retailers saying they will pass on a 7.5% rise in the wholesale price, to customers. 

The price rise will be charged to those that buy it from the dairy, mainly milk retailers and larger shops.

Milk
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Many retailers are claiming profit margins have always been low on milk, and any increase they incur will be added on to the retail price in full. 

But Waitrose, and some of the smaller independent sellers said they are still speaking to suppliers, and are unsure whether the current £1.18, charged by most local retailers, will change.

Weather across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It looks like it will be a dry day today with good spells of sunshine, especially in the afternoon, and fairly light winds.

It should start to feel pleasantly warm too.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F)

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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Brexit price rise hits the islands

BBC Channel Islands News

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Prices in shops across the Channel Islands could go up as a rise in stock costs is passed on to customers.

Jersey Dairy has put up the price of its wholesale milk by four pence a litre, blaming the weak pound that's devalued since last summer's Brexit vote.

Similarly, in Guernsey the price of milk will go up on Sunday, with retailers saying they will pass on a 7.5% rise in the wholesale price, to customers.

Jersey sets aside 900K for Brexit impact

BBC Radio Jersey

EU and UK flags
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Nearly £1m has been set aside to review what affect Brexit will have on Jersey's finance industry.

The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, has signed an order asking Jersey Finance Limited to look at the potential threats and opportunities that could arise from Brexit, and what implications they could have on the island's financial strategy.

Senator Gorst cited the recent changes in the political landscape as the driving factor for setting aside £900,000.

The review will begin next month, with the final report expected towards the end of the year.

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Rob England

BBC News Online

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