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Summary

  1. Jersey murder probe: Police working on '166 lines of inquiry'
  2. 'Celebrations' in Guernsey as same-sex marriage legalised
  3. States of Guernsey 'proud' to keep park funding levels
  4. Police launch hate crime survey in Jersey
  5. Brexit 'could open Guernsey to new markets'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Sark 'formally acknowledges' Brexit

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sark's government has "formally acknowledged" the UK's decision to leave the European Union at their Easter meeting today.

Sark
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Chief Pleas discussed Brexit for the first time following talks with the UK Justice Select Committee.

The committee wanted to ensure any future Brexit settlement protected the island's tourism and fishing industry and stressed the same to the UK Justice Select Committee. 

Police find items belonging to missing Sark man

Jersey Evening Post

UK police have found a rucksack and passport belonging to a Sark man who disappeared earlier this month.  

Latest weather: Clear spells and an odd shower

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight there'll be lengthy clear spells across Jersey overnight, accompanied by the odd shower or two. It'll be chilly though, with a patchy rural frost by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

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Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Health minister urged to protect rights of care workers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Health minister has been challenged not "to stand idly by while care agencies compete in an open market" by Reform Jersey politician Deputy Geoff Southern.

Deputy Geoff Southern
BBC

The St Helier politician says Family Nursing and Homecare was forced to change its staff conditions due to a subsidy cut. He says staff face lower pay and zero hours contracts. 

He argues that the minister should act to protect workers conditions, and is asking the states to support him in a proposition due to be debated at the end of May. 

The minister, Senator Andrew Green, has already said that he has no control over how the agency deals with its staff.

All but one Guernsey politician votes for same sex marriage

BBC Radio Guernsey

All but one of Guernsey's States members voted in favour of same sex marriage on what senior politician Deputy Gavin St Pier described as a "historic day" for the island. Barry Paint was the only deputy to reject the new law.

Same sex couples will be able to marry from Tuesday 2 May and a spokeswoman for equality charity Liberate said she couldn't wait for the first same sex wedding.

Deputy Barry Paint
BBC

I believe it is a step too far, I don't hold anything against gays, I have no discrimination in me at all but I sincerely believe marriage is between men and women.

Deputy Barry Paint

Jersey funds treatment for eye care in Africa

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Money from Jersey will be used to help thousands of people with diabetes in Rwanda and other African countries. 

Jersey Overseas Aid is providing £100,000 per year over four years to provide training in retina screening for eye specialists from five African countries.

Dr Ciku Matenge who is running the programme says many patients would go blind if it wasn't for this programme.

Eye scan
BBC

It is a programme where we help patients with complications of diabetes in their eye. It is for poor patients who can barely afford the care for diabetes itself and on top of that they have to take care of their eyes.

Dr Ciku Matenge

Maximum 20mph speed limit approved for central St Helier

BBC Radio Jersey

Drivers in St Helier will have to drive slower in future as the speed limit in the centre of the Jersey capital has been dropped from 30mph to 20mph.

At a meeting this morning the St Helier Roads Committee voted to cut the limit within the ring road.

The decision now has to be presented to the infrastructure minister who will make any necessary changes to the law. The change will come in after that has happened but we don't have an exact date at the moment.

Guernsey 'second in the world' for broadband uptake

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

When you think about the most connected places in the world your mind often goes to Asian countries like Japan or South Korea, but what about somewhere closer to home?

Ethernet cables
Reuters

A new report by streaming company Akamai found that Guernsey is only behind South Korea in terms of broadband adoption rates.

According to the States of the Internet report, 97% of Guernsey residents have at least 4Mbps broadband. That compares to a global average of 79% adoption of at least 4Mbps broadband.

Guernsey's largest telecom company Sure said: "Being second in the world for broadband connectivity is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the investment by Sure and others in the island’s digital future."

Inshore rescue training for Jersey Fire officers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Fire and Rescue officers have been inshore rescue training in St Aubin including picking up a casualty.

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Whoops! Avis promotes car hire on car-less Sark

Jersey Evening Post

Unless Avis has branched out into leasing tractors and horses, it appears the hire car firm has made something of a blunder in its latest advertising campaign.  

Guernsey 'could look internationally for deals after Brexit'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Brexit could allow Guernsey to pursue deals with a wider range of countries than is currently possible due to the UK's membership in the EU, according to Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq.

He says he has been told by companies that going after certain deals could impact on the island's relationship with the UK, but after Brexit that would likely change.

Jonathan Le Tocq
BBC

If there is a change of view in the UK obviously that opens up the doors to greater trade and a more global setting. Also emerging markets in the Far East and in South America and Africa are potential growth areas.

Jonathan Le TocqGuernsey's Minister for External Affairs

Man was 'stripped to waist' before group fight

Jersey Evening Post

A man is believed to have been stripped to the waist shortly before a group became involved in a fight in town.  

Voluntary and private sectors 'could partner with the States' on park upkeep

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Voluntary and private sectors could form a partnership with the States of Guernsey in the future to help with the maintenance of open spaces, according to the chairman of Floral Guernsey.

Park
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Pat Johnson says the private and voluntary sector has a lot to contribute towards the upkeep of open spaces and can often do it cheaper than the States.

Government officials have said that while park spending is frozen at £760,00 for now, it could face cuts as part of wider States budget cuts over the next two years.

Programme makers singing island’s praises after visit

Guernsey Press

Songs of Praise has been filming in Guernsey ready for a programme that will be broadcast just before Liberation Day.

Jersey mothers-to-be take part in nutrition study

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Pregnant women in Jersey are taking part in a new diet and lifestyle study in the hope of reducing the risk of giving birth to undernourished babies.

Jersey General Hospital
BBC

Jersey health authorities say evidence shows issues a baby may face later in life can be set at the very early stages of development.

Doctors are warning that high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can be reduced through the diet and lifestyle of mothers before and during pregnancy.

Generous Jersey donates millions to charity

Jersey Evening Post

One in eight adults in Jersey found time to help the island’s charitable sector last year, a survey of volunteering and donation trends has revealed.  

Jersey chief minister 'encouraged' after Brexit meeting

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, says he is "very encouraged" by the open dialogue the UK government is having with Jersey in preparation for Brexit.

He met with the Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker yesterday where they discussed a range of issues including fisheries and financial services.

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Maintaining fishing exports to France 'a key issue' for Sark

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Maintaining fishing exports to France is a key issue for Sark during Brexit negotiations, that's according to Chief Pleas Policy and Performance Chairman, Charles Maitland.

Sark
BBC

He says most of Sark's legislation falls in line with Guernsey but the island has some unique concerns including being able to sell fishing produce to France.

Chief Pleas will be debating Brexit for the first time at their sitting today following talks with the UK Justice Select Committee on the issue.

Police find items belonging to missing Sark man

Jersey Evening Post

UK police have found a rucksack and passport belonging to a Sark man who disappeared earlier this month.  

Care inquiry data 'won't be destroyed'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Jersey Care Inquiry has reassured islanders that it will not destroy any of the evidence which it has been given. 

Former politician Daniel Wimberley has claimed that the inquiry isn't being transparent - that it's kept some evidence off its website and would later destroy some of it. He said this was based on the written rules for the inquiry which allows it to destroy evidence not directly related to the report.

A statement this morning from the inquiry said that it's making arrangements to secure and preserve its data - and it wouldn't be destroyed.

Same-sex marriages allowed in Guernsey from early May

Guernsey Press

Same-sex marriages will take place in Guernsey from 4 May after the States backed the final pieces of legislation this morning.  

Concerns over future of care inquiry evidence

BBC Radio Jersey

A former Jersey politician has accused the Jersey Care Inquiry of a lack of transparency, which he says risks the credibility of its final report, due to be published soon. 

The £23m Independent Jersey Care Inquiry finished hearing evidence on decades of abuse in the island's care system last year.

Daniel Wimberly says he is concerned that the written rules of the inquiry allow it to destroy some of the evidence not given directly in the hearing room.

The inquiry wishes to reaffirm that the evidence it has received will not be destroyed. Arrangements for securing and preserving inquiry data are under active consideration.

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry spokesman

Guernsey election referendum options outlined

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Details of the choice Guernsey voters will have in the referendum on island-wide voting have been revealed.

President of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee, Deputy Matt Fallaize, said they were currently working up the options saying there would be five options on the ballot paper.

Guernsey States
BBC

It will be a transferable vote with people ranking their options from one to five, going to a second round if there is no single favourite.

The options are:

  1. One island-wide election district, each voter having 38 votes at each election. Each deputy would serve for four years and an election would be held every four years for all deputies at once.
  2. One island-wide district, each voter will have 12-13 votes at each election, each deputy to serve six years with an election every two years for a third of deputies.
  3. Two electoral districts, each voter having 10 votes at each election with each deputy serving four years with an election every two years for half the deputies.
  4. Four electoral districts, each voter having nine or 10 votes at each election and each deputy would serve for four years with an election every four years for all deputies.
  5. Seven electoral districts, each voter having five or six votes at each election, each deputy would serve for four years with an election for all deputies every four years. This is the current system.

Minor injuries after 'Millennium Town Park brawl'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A group of five men and three women were involved in a fight over the weekend that spread from the Millennium Town Park to the Freedom Church car park off Bath Street in St Helier, Jersey.

States of Jersey Police say the victims suffered minor injuries and complained to officers the following day.

It happened on 22 April at about 02:30 with one man stripping to the waist during the build up to the confrontation, police added.

Liberate 'delighted' at launch of same-sex marriage

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

"We're delighted that today the States of Guernsey will finally be recognising the rights of its gay, bisexual and pansexual citizens", says equality charity Liberate.

Guernsey Pride
BBC

The charity has been campaigning for the rights of same-sex couples for the past few years. Guernsey didn't introduce civil partnerships, something that both the UK and Jersey have, but went straight for same-sex marriage.

Guernsey legalised homosexuality in 1983 and held its first pride parade last year. Same-sex couples will be able to get married from 2 May.

Lauren McSwiggan from Liberate said: "This has been a long time coming but from today Guernsey will be a more equal society - and we can't wait to see the first same-sex wedding."

New roof planned for PEH block

Guernsey Press

Maintenance work on the Princess Elizabeth Hospital roof should start in August.  

Breaking'Celebrations' in Guernsey as same-sex marriage legalised

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

From 2 May same-sex couples will be able to get married in Guernsey after what has been described as a "historic vote" in the States.

Equality charity Liberate said it makes Guernsey a "more equal society". A spokesman said they "can't wait to see the first same-sex wedding".

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Guernsey to vote on same-sex marriage

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Gay couples in Guernsey could get married as early as next week if politicians approve the same-sex marriage law today.

Wedding cake
BBC

Politicians have already approved the law in principle but today is the final vote and if approved it will come into force on 2 May.

Guernsey's senior politician, Gavin St Pier, says he is confident politicians will approve the new law.

Jersey is expected to introduce same-sex marriage later this year.

Guernsey doesn't have civil partnerships so they will be going straight from no legislation to full same-sex marriage. The island only legalised homosexuality in 1983.

Mobile phones and social media studied in murder investigation

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Police officers in Jersey are analysing CCTV footage, mobile phones and social media accounts as part of an investigation into the murder of Ana Rebelo three weeks ago.

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Mrs Rebelo was found dead in her home. Officers say they are working on 166 lines of inquiry into the murder with 243 exhibits having been seized so far.

We remain focussed and committed to establishing how and why Ana met her death and continue to work in support of her family.

Det Ch Inp Alison FosseyLead investigator

A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is on police bail.  

Education: 21 children not accessing free pre-school

Guernsey Press

A total of 21 children are not accessing pre-school, despite 15 hours per week being offered for free, Education believes.  

Brexit 'could open Guernsey to new markets'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Britain's EU membership has "held Guernsey back" from pursuing international trade deals, according to the island's foreign representative.

Guernsey Flag
BBC

Jonathan Le Tocq says he would welcome a Brexit that opens Guernsey up to new markets including the USA and Asia.

He said: "I remember visiting the US but at the time local industry was saying we need to change this and that but it would impact on our relationship with the UK."

He says a change of view in the UK after Brexit would allow island companies to pursue deals outside of the EU.

Police launch hate crime survey in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police has launched a hate crime survey in an attempt to better understand island offences and help the force "better serve islanders".

Jersey police says it considers a hate crime to be any criminal offence, or non-crime incident, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a person's actual or perceived race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or against a person who is, or is perceived to be, transgender.  

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Teenager in court on sex assault charges

Jersey Evening Post

A 16-year-old charged with indecently assaulting two women appeared in the Youth Court on Tuesday.  

Latest weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

It'll be a cold, bright and perhaps frosty start for some this morning. However, we'll see spells of sunshine continue through much of the day. It'll feel rather cold too. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Guernsey 'proud' to be able to keep park funding levels

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey politicians say they are "proud" to have kept current levels of spending on the island's parks, despite cuts in the UK and Jersey.

Park
BBC

The UK has seen hundreds of playgrounds and parks close since 2014 as local councils grapple with on going budget cuts. 

Jersey is looking to slash over £1m from its £2.4m budget by outsourcing services.

In Guernsey the total bill comes to £760,000 which the States say is good value for money. They say the valuable role of volunteer groups such as Floral Guernsey and Admiral de Saumarez Trust also help with the upkeep.

'More than 160 lines of inquiry' in Rebelo murder probe

BBC Radio Jersey

States of Jersey Police say they are working on 166 lines of inquiry in the murder investigation of Ana Rebelo.

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Mrs Rebelo, 51, was found dead in her home earlier this month and so far nobody has been charged with her murder. 

Officers say they are looking at CCTV footage, mobile phones and social media accounts as part of the investigation.

Since the start of the investigation officers have seized 243 exhibits and forensic work is on going.

A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains on police bail.  

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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