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Summary

  1. Teenager in 'critical' condition after crash
  2. Church raises funds for Ana Rebelo's body to be taken home
  3. Dean of Jersey appointed
  4. Driving test for over 70s 'not practical' in Jersey
  5. Condor apologises for Easter delays
  6. Vehicle damage in Guernsey prompts police investigation
  7. Jersey Post to support island cricket until 2019
  8. Updates on 18 April 2017

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'Absolute drought' warnings for Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Jersey Met Office has warned of "absolute drought" conditions after recording just 4mm of rainfall.

The average April would expect 56.2mm, they said.

For context, they added "the driest April on record was in 2011 when just 0.2mm was recorded. The wettest April on record was in 1998 with 162.4mm".

As it stands if there is no rainfall by Thursday morning Jersey will be in an "absolute drought", but significant rainfall over the next 24 hours would classify as a "dry spell".

Jersey Met definitions
Jersey Met

Number of passengers on Guernsey buses up 30,000 on 2016

BBC Radio Guernsey

The number of journeys made by people on buses in Guernsey during the first three months of 2017 rose to 327,723, up more than 30,000 on the previous year, according to States figures.

They added that this was the highest first quarter result since 2010 when the scheduled bus service carried a total of 298,056 passengers.

The most significant increase was student passengers, which was attributed to the introduction of student travel cards.

Guernsey bus passengers
BBC

The figures demonstrate that a punctual, reliable well-funded service is a real benefit to the community. It is particularly encouraging to see so many students using the service on a regular basis too, a welcome respite perhaps for the taxi of mum and dad."

Deputy Barry BrehautPresident of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure

Open day held at the Little Chapel

Guernsey Press

Those with an interest in the restoration of The Little Chapel met together at the site for the first time yesterday.

Red mini damaged in car park, St Martins, Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was damaged by another vehicle in a car park.

It is believed to have happened between 14:30 and 15:30 on 16 April.

Former Jersey deputy praised by Bailiff

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Bailiff has described a former deputy, who has died, as a valuable representative of the Jersey people.

Harry Baudains died at the weekend at the age of 83.

He served as a St Clement Deputy between 1986 and 2002.

Bailiff William Bailhache described him as a popular representative for islanders, who served on various committees and groups.

More wildflowers planted to help pollinating insects

BBC Radio Guernsey

More wildflowers have been planted on grassland between Fermain Road and Val des Terres in Guernsey to bloom in the summer.

A spokeswoman from Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said it had made the change to help pollinating insects: bumble bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths.

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Weather: Cold overnight ahead of another sunny day

BBC Weather

It will be dry, clear and rather cold overnight. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather map
BBC

There will be a cold, and bright start for many on Wednesday.

A little cloud will bubble up during the afternoon, but there will still be plenty of sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

States announce ice rink's return to Fort Regent

BBC Radio Jersey

On the return of the ice rink a spokesman said it "will form an integral part of a Festive Event planned for the Fort this year".

The rink will be open from 7 December 2017 until 14 January 2018.

Mis-packed Kit-Kat bites 'present a risk' to those with nut allergy

BBC Radio Jersey

Trading Standards in Jersey has issued a warning about a batch of Kit-Kat chocolate snacks following a UK wide recall.

Nestle recalled the product because a batch of its original milk chocolate bites were mis-packed with peanut butter bites.

The States of Jersey Trading Standards said: "The product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to nuts and/or peanuts."

In a statement Nestle UK said they were making the recall as a "precaution", and although packaging was clearly labelled as "may contain peanuts and nuts", it did present a risk.

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New forum hoped to give Guernsey construction industry a 'collective approach'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A number of States reviews have had a stalling effect on Guernsey's construction sector, according to a local industry spokesperson.

Mark Palfrey, from the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association, believes Guernsey's builders are seeing less work than their counterparts in the UK and Jersey, partly as a result of this uncertainty. 

Mr Palfrey said he hopes the upcoming construction industry forum will help the industry decide on the "sensible way forward".

What the construction forum can do about that is at least have a collective understanding of the sensible ways forward rather than just one industry sector. It might be the designers, it might be the developers, it might be the builders themselves having an opinion and not a coordinated approach."

Mark PalfreyGuernsey Building Trades Employers Association
Construction
BBC

Gorst: Stable UK government 'in Jersey's best interests'

BBC Radio Jersey

Ian Gorst
BBC

The UK General Election is first and foremost a matter for the UK. The government of Jersey has sought to build strong relationships with parliamentarians of all parties and I am confident that we can work well with any future UK administration. Following the UK general election, it is in Jersey’s interests for there to be a stable UK government, working with us to deliver the best possible post-Brexit deal for the UK and for Jersey."

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey

Condor Rapide operating on reduced power

BBC Radio Guernsey

One of Condor Rapide's engines has been shut down as a precaution after metal particles were discovered inside the port inner main engine.  

Condor Rapide
BBC

The firm said engineers are continuing to make repairs, but the ferry will be operating a rescheduled timetable this evening.

From Guernsey to JerseyPlanned Times: Departure 17:00 Arrival 18:00Rescheduled Times: Departure 17:00 Arrival 18:20

From Jersey to St Malo Planned Times: Departure 18:40 Arrival 21:00  Rescheduled Times: Departure 19:00 Arrival 21:40

Island churchgoers reflecting on UK church relationship

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's new dean says the islands' three years under the Diocese of Canterbury has allowed churchgoers to think about their relationship with the UK Church.

The Reverend Mike Keirle, the new leader of Jersey's Anglican church, said Canterbury's generous care has helped islanders look to the future.

The Channel Islands moved temporarily from Winchester to Canterbury when relations broke down when the then Dean Bob Key was suspended over a compliant from a parishioner.

Hands clasped on a bible
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Young man wins national St John Ambulance award

BBC Radio Jersey

A 15-year-old St John Ambulance cadet from Jersey has won a national award for his service with the charity.

Tom Hughes was put up for the Diana award by teachers at Haute Vallée School.

A spokesperson from the charity said: "The Diana Award is given out in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young role models who are selflessly transforming the lives of others."

"The award is in recognition of young people going above and beyond their daily lives to create and sustain positive change."

Mr Hughes will attend a ceremony in July in the presence of a member of the Royal family.

Chief minister confirms meeting with RNLI crew

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister and deputy chief minister have confirmed they are meeting members of the RNLI St Helier lifeboat crew today.

The crew resigned earlier this month after Coxwain Andy Hibbs was sacked.

The RNLI said he was asked to step down due to a "serious breach" of the charity's code of conduct. 

A public petition to reinstate Mr Hibbs has collected around 4,500 signatures. 

RNLI
BBC

Gavin St Pier reacts to snap UK general election

BBC Radio Guernsey

Gavin St Pier
BBC

The States maintains a wide network of contacts across the UK political spectrum, including through the All Party Parliamentary Channel Islands Group. Should the proposition for an early general election be successful, we stand ready to work with the new UK government whatever the result. In the meantime, the States’ work to prepare for Brexit will continue and was helpfully supported by the reports from the House of Lords’ EU Committee and House of Commons’ Justice Committee last month, both of which are cross-party committees. The six-week period before the proposed election will have little, if any, material impact on the Brexit negotiations."

Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy & Resources Committee
BBC Poll of Polls
BBC

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said his Labour Party wanted the election, calling it a chance to get a government that puts "the majority first".

Guernsey panel that works out property tax rates seeks new members

BBC Radio Guernsey

The tribunal that reviews decisions made by the department that sets the rates of tax based on property size is seeking new lay members, the States of Guernsey has said.

The panel currently has six members, with one or potentially two vacancies. 

Three sit on each appeal, with one appointed to chair the appeal. 

Members would be required to work in advance of hearings by reading the papers provided, asking questions during the hearing, and take an active part in the deliberations and decision-making.

Tickets now available for Liberation Day, Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Tickets are now available for the 72nd anniversary of Liberation Day on Tuesday 9 May, the Bailiff's Chamber has said.

A limited number of free tickets are available from the States building in Royal Square.

The event will begin at 09:35, and a spokesperson has advised seats must be taken by no later than 10:30.

Former States member dies

Jersey Evening Post

Tributes have been paid to former States member Harry Baudains, who has died at the age of 83.

Jersey Trading Standards recalls Kit-Kat Bites after mix-up with peanut flavour

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Trading Standards has recalled a batch of Kit-Kat original milk chocolate bites due to a packaging error, a spokesperson has said.

They say bites were "mispacked" with the peanut butter bites, meaning the peanuts and nuts were not declared on the label.

"This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to nuts and/or peanuts", the spokesperson added.  

Nestle UK has been approached for a comment.

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'Please don't be alarmed' - Guernsey Police

Ice skating to return to Fort Regent

Jersey Evening Post

The ice skating rink is to return to Fort Regent next Christmas, Economic Development has announced.

Four teens injured in crash - updates on conditions released

Rob England

BBC News Online

five mile drive
BBC

Updates on four teenagers injured in a "serious crash" have been released by the States of Jersey.

The 18-year-old driver, who was transferred by air to Southampton's intensive care unit on Monday, is reported to be in a "critical but stable condition". 

An 18-year-old passenger, previous described as in a critical condition at Jersey General Hospital, is currently in a "stable and comfortable condition".

The two other passengers, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were discharged yesterday.

Jersey hospital debate pushed back two weeks

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Senator Alan Maclean has won a debate in a sitting at the States Assembly to delay the debate on how to secure the £466m needed to build a new hospital in Jersey.

The treasury minister told states members he had been in discussion over the weekend about whether having the debate today was advisable.

Mr Maclean said he did not think other members would have had time to read the recent scrutiny review into the question of whether it would be better to pay for the hospital with a loan, or outright from the rainy day fund.

The debate will be held in two weeks time.

states assembly chamber
BBC

Guernsey FC Director thanks fans

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

A Director of Guernsey FC has thanked fans for their support this season. 

More than 800 islanders watched Guernsey FC lose their final home game of the season 4-2 to Dorking Wanderers yesterday. 

Despite the loss, they're still guaranteed safety in the 8th tier of English football. 

GFC Director Nic Legg has urged fans to continue to voice their support for the side.

Yesterday the fans were being realistic. We were playing a team, second in the league, they didn't expect us to win. But they were supportive and stayed in their numbers at the end to show the boys their appreciation.

Nic LeggDirector, Guernsey Football Club

Mother who started petition for new shopping trolleys 'delighted'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A mother who started an online petition asking shops in Jersey to introduce new trolleys designed to accommodate children with special needs has said she is "delighted" to see them introduced.

Jane Renouf's son is autistic, and she says the trolleys are a "godsend".

Co-operative announced today they had been introduced at Grand Marché, St Helier. 

We’ve already used the new trolleys and we have found them to be a godsend. I’m delighted that The Channel Islands’ Co-operative Society is helping families in this way. The feedback from other parents has also been very positive. These trolleys will benefit children with all sorts of special needs."

Jane Renouf

Jersey to be in drought within days

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey is expected to be in an 'absolute drought' by Thursday morning, Jersey Met Office has confirmed.

General election - 8 June: 'The country is coming together but Westminster is not'

BBC Politics

Theresa May calls for a general election

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday - Labour have said they will vote with the government.

Jersey Post to support island cricket until 2019

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Post has announced it will be supporting island cricket until 2019.

It will see the postal service as the main sponsor of the sport at all major matches locally, and overseas, a spokesperson said.

cricket
BBC Sport

The support we are offering Jersey cricket fits perfectly with our desire to support local sport both on and off-island and provides stability for local cricketers pursuing their desires for sporting success. Moreover, it provides on-island residents with a chance to get behind, and show support for our local sportsmen and women as they take their talent, and our island, overseas."

Tim BrownChief Executive, Jersey Post

Guernsey construction sector needs 'single voice'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Bricklaying
Getty Images

The body representing Guernsey's construction sector is looking to simplify the way it operates in the future. 

The industry declined by 6% in 2015, more than any other Guernsey sector.  

The Construction Industry Forum is planning to start a voluntary committee following the retirement of its chairman Eric Legg at the end of last year. 

Mark Palfrey, a member of another group, the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association, said the construction sector could do more to speak with a "single voice". 

Shopping trolleys for children with special needs arrive in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Shopping trolleys for children with special needs have arrived, a Co-operative spokesperson has said.

The trolleys will be coming to Grand Marché St Helier first, with more on order for Grand Marché St Peter.

Mark Cox, chief operating officer for the island, said the trolleys were ordered to help parents and families when out shopping.

Previously, Jersey mum Jane Renouf, whose son Jayden has autism, started an online campaign asking local supermarkets to introduce them. 

a new trolley
Co-operative

Jersey hospital: States 'should look outside the UK'

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

A retired States member says Jersey's government should look for builders outside the UK for the new hospital.

How the hospital will be funded is a topic of discussion at today's States Assembly meeting.

We know the Germans are very good engineers and builders. Do we a need a Rolls-Royce hospital, or a general purpose hospital of good quality?There's a very big difference.

Phil RondelFormer States member

In December, after more than three years and a £5m search it was confirmed Jersey's new hospital will be rebuilt on its existing site.

Church raises thousands to help Rebelo family

BBC Radio Jersey

St Thomas' Church in Jersey has raised more than £2,000 for the Rebelo family to help them pay to transport Ana Rebelo's body back to Portugal.

The family said it would cost about £6,000.

Ana Reblo was found dead at her home in St Helier earlier this month.

Her mother in the village where she lives is not used to the idea of cremation, and she wanted to have the body of her daughter brought back to the village, and to her care. We understood that and we said we would try to raise the money.

Monsignor Nicholas FranceCatholic Dean, Jersey

'Changes in Spain could explain cuckoo population decline'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Changing environmental conditions in Spain may explain a decline in Guernsey's cuckoo population, conservationists say.

The cuckoos are still returning to the island but the numbers have reduced, according to bird expert Jamie Hooper. 

He said there has only been a couple of sightings so far this spring. 

The birds migrate south in the winter months, but generally come back to Guernsey in March and April. 

Mr Hooper said drier conditions on the migratory route through Spain are preventing the birds from refueling in order to make the return journey from their wintering grounds.

Common cuckoo
Getty Images

Dean of Jersey appointed

Rob England

BBC News Online

Reverend Mike Keirle
BBC

The Reverend Mike Keirle has been named as the new Dean of Jersey.

A spokesperson from the Diocese of Canterbury said: "It is hoped he will take up the position in the coming months."