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Summary

  1. Burmese pair facing death penalty for murder of David Miller have time to appeal
  2. MBE for St John Ambulance volunteer
  3. Services held at the Cenotaph in Jersey and Fort George in Guernsey to commemorate ANZAC Day
  4. Environment ministers meet in Alderney to discuss climate
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and there's news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Horse owners urged to 'watch for depression' in their animal

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Horse owners in Guernsey are being advised to keep eye out for depression in their animals. It is a symptom of a highly contagious disease and a case of the condition has been confirmed recently.

Strangles is spread by direct and indirect contact. It can affect any age, sex or breed of horse. The GSPCA says clinical signs can remain unseen for two weeks after the horse has been in contact with the bacteria. 

Those signs include depression, dullness, loss of appetite and high temperature.

Driving licence renewal to go up to £50 for ten years

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It is going to cost islanders more to renew their driving licence from 1 May, the first increase in a decade, according to the Constables Committee.

Driver
PA

It will now cost £50, rather than the previous £40 for a ten year licence and anyone whose licence needs to be renewed within the next three months can put it in for renewal before the 1 May.

Constable Len Norman said: "This is the first increase in charge for a driving licence in 10 years.The increases are in line with the change in the retail price index since 2007."

Education to spend nearly £500,000 on family support workers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Five new "family support workers" are being employed in Jersey to help vulnerable children and their parents with everything from developing parenting skills to budgeting and attending medical appointments.

The news comes from Jersey's Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, who says supporting families is a key priority for the education department.

Education will spend up to £473,000 over the next three years to pay for the family support workers who will provide parents with "very basic support and help improve children's life chances".

Jersey chef putting Masterchef contestants 'to the test'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey celebrity chef, Shaun Rankin will welcome the BBC Masterchef contestants at the London branch of his Jersey based Ormer restaurant as part of the 15th episode of the current season tomorrow.

Mr Rankin says he will be "welcoming the contestants into the Ormer Mayfair kitchen and putting them to the test for their first taste of professional cooking". 

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New cosplay and gaming event planned for Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new event aimed at the cosplay - where people dress up as their favourite fictional characters - and gaming communities in Jersey is being planned by a group of organisers.

Star Wars
BBC

On Saturday characters from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Thor and the Deadspace game franchise in town to tell people more about the event, which is going to be called CiCon.

A spokeswoman said: "This idea is in it's very early stages, therefore we cannot give any specifics about the dates of CiCon or the location."

'Curved' finance centre building should 'deflect criticism'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The next building to go up at Jersey's finance centre will be a curved shape - and the head of the development company responsible hopes it will deflect criticism from the existing rectangular shape building. 

IFC building 5
Jersey Development Company

Some have criticised the first office block, known as IFC 1, for being too rectangular in shape - critics say it looks like the incinerator plant. 

Lee Henry of the states-owned development company says the next building might be more aesthetically pleasing.

Cooking and budgeting support for vulnerable families

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Some families in Jersey are going to get help in their own homes from a team of family support workers who can help with budgeting, parenting skills and cookery.

There will be five members of the team, funded by the education department who will work with parents of vulnerable children to ensure they "get the best start in life".

They will help with:

  • Budgeting
  • Parenting skills
  • Time management
  • Nutrition and cookery
  • Attending medical and dental appointments
  • Dealing with States departments

The scheme is going to cost £473,000 over three years and will see education work with the NSPCC and other organisations.

Befriending scheme brought to an end

Guernsey Press

A popular befriending scheme for vulnerable adults with autism and/or a learning disability has been shut down, after operators Autism Guernsey and Guernsey Mencap said it was ‘no longer possible’ to safeguard it.  

Babe to be shown around piglets for Country Cinema season

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Once a month between now and November there will be a chance to watch a film in a country location, including Babe shown on a working farm around piglets. It's part of the Country Cinema season by the National Trust for Jersey.

Piglet
PA

It follows a similar Coastal Cinema season last year which was - surprise - about the coast.

This year the event will start with the latest Jane Austen film, Love and Friendships, shown at the Pressoir at the Elms. They are on the first Thursday of every month from May to November.

Donna Le Marrec, Marketing and Events Manager for the National Trust said: “The Country Cinema and other events that we are delivering this year seek to engage with our supporters in a fun way – we want cinema goers to enjoy and discover our wonderful old buildings and by supporting the Trust, protect them for the future”.

Expensive MS drugs 'can't be justified'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's prescribing adviser is defending a decision not to supply two drugs that relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, on the grounds of cost and resource impact.. 

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

The MS Society in Guernsey says Lemtrada and Tysabri are prescribed to patients in the UK and should be available in Guernsey. 

Geraldine O'Riordan says both cost tens of thousands of pounds per year, per patient, and that can't be justified.

Top hat and tails for Jersey Boat Show duck

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Every year at the Barclays Jersey Boat Show there is a different rubber duck. It's been a variety of colours and featured a range of outfits. This year it was designed by a 10-year-old girl in a competition.

Tegan Clapham
Barclays Jersey Boat Show

Tegan Clapham submitted the winning design for the 10th anniversary of the annual event and her design features a top hat and tails.

The duck can be won at a Hook a Duck game at the show with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust, EYECAN and NSPCC Jersey.

The 10th anniversary Barclays Jersey Boat Show starts on Saturday in St Helier.

Two buildings with links to Charles II have been listed

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Buildings that claim links to 1646 and King Charles II have been protected as grade two listed buildings. That's according to the States of Jersey.

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Sami the seal 'needs a final fattening' before release

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The GSPCA has launched a fresh appeal to raise money for the "final fattening" of a seal pup found in Jersey so it can be released into the wild.

Sami the seal
GSPCA

Sami was found on a beach in Jersey just after Christmas. She was starving and unwell. After being cared for at the seal rescue centre in Guernsey she is now only weeks away from being released into the wild.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “What an amazing transformation with Sami from being a very weak and near death seal pup back in December to now seeing her devouring her fish and swimming around in her rehab pool.

“It costs around £5 a meal for Sami and if anyone would like to donate to her care and finally feeds or sponsor the wildlife unit monthly please call us on 257261, pop in or via the links on our website.”

MS suffers 'not getting the help they need' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Multiple sclerosis sufferers in Guernsey are not getting access to the drugs they need, according to the Guernsey branch of the MS Society.

Alex Jenner says Guernsey still doesn't have any of the "highly effective" MS drugs and is relying on the "good efficacy" drugs, which were themselves only made available after a lot of time, effort and pressure.

Geraldine O'Riordan, prescribing advisor, says there are a number of expensive drugs that are available. There are only two that aren't approved because of cost and resource implications.

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New home for islanders with long term mental health needs

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Jersey charity is hoping to build the island's first elderly and complex special needs nursing unit for islanders with learning disabilities.

Les Amis
Les Amis centre

If they get planning permission for the St Clement centre it could be open by the end of 2018.

Les Amis is partnering with the Jersey Homes Trust on the new facility. It will provide long-term residential accommodation to adults with learning disabilities who have nursing needs.

Shaun Findlay, Managing Director of Les Amis, said: “We know that around 1,400 people are currently living with a form of dementia in Jersey, but probably only half of them have received a diagnosis. We also know that the number of people with dementia is likely to double in the next 20 years."

MBE for St John Ambulance volunteer

BBC Radio Jersey

A local woman who has devoted 30 years of her life to the St John Ambulance in Jersey is receiving an MBE at Buckingham Palace today. 

Cynthia Rumboll has been recognised for her outstanding achievement to the community. 

She says the award is a great honour but stressed it was not just for her, but for the whole of St John Ambulance.

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A rise in cost of fuel ‘likely’

Guernsey Press

Rising fuel costs are having a "continued inflationary impact" on the local economy, the president of the Guernsey Motor Trades Association has warned, as he said crude oil prices could rise by a further 15% "within the year".  

Latest weather: A cold night with frost

BBC Weather

A cold night will follow with a local frost possible by morning. Showers will continue overnight with hail and thunder possible. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Baby Steps scheme gets £400,000 government grant

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

New parents in Jersey will get a head start thanks to an NSPCC scheme called Baby Steps that has been given £400,000 of government funding.

Baby box
BBC

The money will allow the scheme to run until 2019 and will provide new parents with help on caring for their baby, reducing the stress that occurs with a newborn and to improve the lives of babies.

Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, said: "Research suggests that the parent-child relationship and the capacity to provide love, care and nurture are of major importance to the child's development and wellbeing."

Guernsey's Castle Cornet sees visitor spike during festival

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Castle Cornet in Guernsey has seen a "huge boost" in visitor numbers since the start of the 2017 Heritage Festival. That's according to heritage officers.

Castle Cornet
BBC

More than 3,600 people have visited Castle Cornet since the Heritage Festival started on 7 April. This compares with just under 2,100 in the same period last year. 

Nearly 250 have visited the German Naval Signals HQ since the start of the festival, the first season since Guernsey Museums took control.  

Candie Museum has however seen a slow down - at 731 people visiting, roughly half that of the same time last year.

Drought is over - and temperatures drop

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey is no longer in an absolute drought, following outbreaks of rain overnight.  

Islands’ Financial Ombudsman funding review gets under way

Guernsey Press

Funding for the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman is under review in a wide-ranging consultation expected to take more than a year.  

First 'finance centre' building still 60% occupied

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The first building on Jersey's new finance centre is still only 60% occupied despite being officially opened yesterday. UBS is the occupant and described it as being as good as their buildings in major cities.

Protesters
BBC

The controversial development on the former Esplanade Car Park, which saw protests and a petition ahead of its development will continue, with a third building being approved recently. 

Lee Henry of the States of Jersey Development Company says there is more interest in taking space in the first building and he hopes it will be full by the end of the year. 

Half of the second building has been let in advance and building work is already under way.

Sark 'has to attract young people' says Seigneur

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sark's Seigneur says the island has to attract young people to come to the island to live and work to ensure its sustainability. 

Major Christopher Beaumont used his talk at a Guernsey Chamber of Commerce Lunch to "sell a positive view of the island.

Sark
BBC

There are so many factors it is very difficult to understand how they all interact. If you do one thing what are the consequences of that thing happening? It is not an easy thing to get to grips with.

Major Christopher BeaumontSeigneur of Sark

Portuguese community raise funds to repatriate body of Ana Rebelo

Jersey's Portuguese and Church community has raised enough money for the family of murdered Ana Rebelo to take her body home to be buried. 

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Mrs Rebelo was found dead in a property in Jersey earlier this month.

St Thomas' Catholic Church started the collection after hearing the family's wishes to bury the 51-year-old next to her father. 

They have successfully raised £6,000 to cover the expenses of repatriating her body. A memorial service will also be held at St Thomas' Church tonight.

'Leave baby birds alone' say the GSPCA

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The GSPCA is asking islanders to "leave baby birds alone" as they have a greater chance of survival in the wild than it has being hand-reared by man.

Bird nest
GSPCA

The animal charity says around this time of year a young bird will leave the nest. They say parent birds aren't usually far away and are probably collecting food.

"Please remember to only move them, or encourage them to move, a short distance to safety and only if they are in immediate danger," the GSPCA said.

They went on to say: "If you have picked up a fledgling, put it back as near as possible to the place you found it. Don't try to return a fledgling to its nest as you may disturb other young birds."

Jersey 'no longer in a drought' after small amount of rain

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

According to the Jersey Met Office the island is no longer in "meteorological absolute drought" due to a small amount of rain overnight.

An absolute drought is 15 days without measurable rain and until last night there had been no measurable rain since 5 April according to Jersey Met.

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Islanders commemorate ANZAC Day

People gathered across the Channel Islands today to remember people from Australia and New Zealand who lost their lives during the First World War Gallipoli campaign.

Services were held at the Cenotaph in Jersey and Fort George in Guernsey to commemorate ANZAC Day.

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Serious concerns over condition of cars

Jersey Evening Post

Drivers have been warned to ensure their cars are roadworthy after 18 vehicles were found to have faults during a DVS check.  

Health money available to help staff make ideas reality

BBC Radio Guernsey

The President of Guernsey's Health and Social Care committee says there's money available for staff to explore their own ideas and initiatives. 

As part of what Deputy Heidi Soulsby's dubbing the "year of innovation" for the health service, she says it's time for all staff to speak out about what should be done better.

Heidi Soulsby
BBC

What we are trying to do at the moment is develop our year of innovation. It is to help staff within the organisation who have a great idea but might need money to run with it and see what they can do.

Heidi SoulsbyPresident of Health and Social Care

About 150 people with MS in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

People in Guernsey living with Multiple Sclerosis deal with it in different ways, according to the local nurse who works with them. 

Debbie Robilliard says about 150 people have been diagnosed in the island with MS.

Age ranges are variable so anything from early 20s to my oldest patient who is nearly 90. Some people choose to see my rarely because they are coping and other people may be on specific treatments which need closely monitoring.

Debbie RobilliardMS Nurse

Environment ministers meet in Alderney to discuss climate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Environment Ministers from the small islands that make up the British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories will be meeting this week in Alderney to discuss climate change. 

Alderney
Google

This is only the second time a meeting focusing on the unique climate challenges to the islands - some of which are very remote and low lying - has been held. 

Combined, the islands are home to over 100,000 native species - many of which are endangered and unique to those locations. 

Jersey Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce will be travelling to Alderney. He said many other delegates will also have serious concerns about the implications of Brexit.

Latest weather: Feeling colder with showers

BBC Weather

 It will feel colder today with a fresh northerly wind. There will be sunny spells and scattered showers developing through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Extended appeal date for Thai murder accused

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Two Burmese men facing the death penalty over the murder of a young Jersey man and his friend in Thailand have until the 23 May to challenge the verdict. 

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller
PA

Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin were found guilty in December 2015 of murdering David Miller from Jersey and Hannah Witheridge from Norfolk on a beach in the holiday island of Koh Tao.

Last month a Thai appeal court upheld the death sentences given to Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin. Their last avenue of appeal is the country's supreme court.

Their lawyers say they can still challenge the verdict but because the defence team is working with such limited resources they need more time to prepare a large amount of technical documents. 

They've now been given until 23 May to file the appeal.

BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Good morning! Welcome to BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands this Tuesday morning.

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