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Summary

  1. Care inquiry report delays 'becoming unacceptable'
  2. 'Lack of evidence' of States of Guernsey progress
  3. Sark charity benefits from Avis blunder
  4. Fiji's Atalifo among four to join Reds
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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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.

All of Jersey's eBike fund gone in 10 months

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A scheme to encourage islanders to invest in electric bikes has spent all of it's £150,000 budget in 10 months. 

Bike
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The Department for Infrastructure wanted to get 500 E-bikes on the road as part of its wider plans to reduce traffic congestion. They were offering islanders grants of £300 towards the cost of a buying one of the bikes.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Eddie Noel, says the project was more successful than he wished it could have been.

He said: We've looked at this area now, we may come back to it but we are going to look at ways to encourage people to use other forms of transport rather than their own motor vehicle."

Evening weather: Turning cloudier with light rain

BBC Weather

Through tonight it will turn cloudier for a time, perhaps with the odd spot of light rain, although most will stay dry. With the cloud around it will also be less cold than recent nights. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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'No quick decision' on speed limit change

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It could take a while for a new lower 20mph limit to come into force in St Helier after the infrastracture minister said he wanted to hear the reasons for the change from the Parish Roads Committee before making a final decision.

Speed limit
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The committee voted to reduce the speed within the St Helier ringroad from 30mph to 20mph this week but it is up to minister Deputy Eddie Noel to make a final call on whether to implement the change.

Other parishes have already reduced the limit to 20mph including St Brelade where it was reduced in St Aubin's Village.

St Brelade Constable Steve Pallet said it could be difficult for St Helier to police the lower limit. He said they had managed in St Brelade but had a much smaller area to police.

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft said residents deserved to be protected from people driving too fast.

Jersey wildlife rangers carrying out ragwort eradication

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Teams of wildlife rangers in Jersey are working to remove any instance of the poisonous weed ragwort from the island in the hope of limiting its spread.

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Environment ministers discuss 'Brexit impact' in Alderney

BBC Radio Guernsey

The environmental challenges facing British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies will be on the agenda at a meeting in Alderney today of representatives from the various small nations.

Alderney
BBC

Mike Pienkowski, chairman of the UK Overseas Terretories Conservation Forum, said all of the locations faced their own unique environmental challenges including climate change and the impact of Brexit on funding for environmental schemes.

He said: "All the overseas territories have some standing relationships with the European Union. There are standards which have to be met through the European Union and the courts and there is support for that from the EU."

Care Inquiry 'needs to explain report delay'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's £23m Independent Care Inquiry has been challenged to explain why it is taking so long to produce its report into historical abuse in the islands care system.

Inquiry room
Jersey Care Inquiry

The report was due to be released before Christmas last year, this was then extended to March this year and in March it was announced there would be a further delay.

The chair of the panel, Frances Oldham QC, said in March that it was looking at extra evidence - and couldn't give a date for when that might be finished.  

A lawyer acting for victims says they are frustrated there is no date for the report to be published. Alan Collins says there needs to be a better explanation of the delay or the inquiry risks losing confidence of care leavers.

Jersey teachers learn how to address gender issues

BBC Radio Jersey

Secondary school teachers in Jersey are being taught how to address gender and sexual orientation issues in the classroom this week.

UK charity, Educate and Celebrate, has been invited to the island by equality group Liberate and are holding workshops for educators.

The Ofsted accredited course aims to explain what equality and diversity looks like in the classroom and how to address it through the curriculum. 

Avis 'goodwill donation' will be put to good use

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A charity in Sark that was given £500 as a goodwill gesture by Avis after it suggested the car free island was a good place for a leisurely drive says it will put the money to good use.

Sark
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The money is going to the Methodist-run Sark Sanctuary Centre which opened its doors for the first time on Saturday.

Rvd Karen Le Mouton from the centre said once they had finished paying all the bills for the work on the new facility they would work out what to do with the donation.

The community centre, a first of its kind in Sark, was developed over 18-months and will feature a range of functions including a youth room, a place for the islands care assistant to run clinics and wet rooms for disabled and elderly people in the community who struggle with their own bathrooms.

Jersey Cow 'revolutionising' Rwanda dairy industry

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A new project to increase the number of Jersey cows in Rwanda is providing more jobs as well as better nutrition among poor families according to Jersey Overseas Aid who are sponsoring the project.

The project is working to cross breed Jersey cows with native cattle. 

Dr Theogene Rutagwenga from the Ministry of Agriculture in Rwanda says the Jersey cow has revolutionised the dairy industry in the country.

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Strangles outbreak contained but infection is still possible

Guernsey Press

Horses can be infected with strangles bacteria months after an outbreak, the States vet has warned, as he urged local yard owners to follow enhanced bio-security practices.

No cars in Sark 'encourage conversation'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Not having cars in Sark "encourages people to talk to each other" according to the woman who runs the recently opened Sark Sanctuary Centre.

Sark
BBC

The centre was given £500 by the Avis car hire company as a goodwill gesture after it listed car-free Sark as a destination to take your hire car.

Reverend Karen Le Mouton from the centre said: "If you think about when Jersey and Guernsey are snowed in and people can't drive their cars, everybody get out of their cars and have conversations and talk. 

"Here you have those conversations all the time, they stop and talk. There is much more of a community welcome. If you pass people you haven't got a large metal box blocking you from talking."

Work on windfarm south of Jersey could start next year

Jersey Evening Post

Work on a windfarm 23 miles from Jersey’s coast could start as soon as next year after the company behind the scheme was given the go-ahead to start construction.  

'Check before you strim' to protect hedgehogs

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group has re-launched a campaign to try and encourage people to check hedges before they strim to make sure there are no hedgehogs nesting.

Hedgehogs
Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group

Dru Burdon from the charity said: "Hedgehogs will not run away when they hear your cutting or mowing. Their instinct is to roll up more tightly and stay put, so they often get sliced top and bottom."

They are putting up posters, sending stickers and handing out flyers to encourage people to be more careful in their gardens this summer.

Waiting list for Elizabeth College

Guernsey Press

Elizabeth College has had to set up a waiting list in the wake of high demand for places for the next school year.  

Urgent orthopaedic patients 'sent to the UK'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey patients who need urgent or complex orthopaedic operations are being sent to the UK because of a backlog at the Medical Specialist Group (MSG).

The group is working with Health and Social Care to address the delays until a fourth surgeon starts in June. 

Guernsey hospital
BBC

MSG Chairman Dr Steve Evans says a number of issues have contributed to the current delays which have resulted in patients having their operations postponed. 

Health and Social Care Medical Director, Dr Peter Rabey, says more urgent cases are being sent to the UK for treatment, and, although there's still a lengthy wait, he hopes the fact they're in the system will mean their operation date is brought forward. 

Dr Evans says the number of orthopaedic surgeons will increase to four in June, and this should help balance the workload.

Netflix considering listing with Guernsey-based stock exchange

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Guernsey-based International Stock Exchange could be set to overtake rivals in Ireland and Luxembourg, as it helps to fund large companies looking to expand globally, that's according to its director.

Netflix
Reuters

CEO Fiona Le Poidevin says Netflix is looking to raise up to one billion Euros on the St Peter Port exchange to help fund original European TV shows, such as Marseille and The Queen. 

She said: "When large companies like Netflix announce the intention to possibly list with us that therefore brings with it a lot of attention and it also means investors have a lot more comfort."

Jersey resident legally required for 'care commission'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey have advertised for a local resident to apply for the role of local commissioner.

The commission was created to help improve the Island’s health and social care services, and will come into force at the end of 2017.

Newly appointed chair of the committee, Glenn Houston, said: "The law requires the appointment of at least one commissioner who is a local service user because it is widely recognised that it is through building on the insight and knowledge of service users that we improve practice."

Report to be issued after woman dies in hospital

Jersey Evening Post

Surgeons at the hospital are to produce a report to help medics understand the complications of gallbladder surgery following the death of an 85-year-old woman.  

Sark Tourism 'grateful for the promotion' from Avis

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Sark Tourism has described being promoted on the Avis website as "great publicity". The hire car company mentioned Sark as a "great destination" to take your hire car and even featured a picture of the island.

Sark
BBC

Unfortunately for Avis cars are banned on Sark. The only transport available is tractors, bicycles or horses.So taking a hire car isn't really an option.

Avis made a donation to the Sark Sanctuary Centre and apologised for the mix up, saying they are sorry customers can't "drive on the islands amazing roads".

Sark tourism said: "We welcome all visitors, who can island hop from Guernsey or Jersey leaving their cars to take a short ferry ride to Sark."

Motorists in St Helier could be forced to slow down

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The constable of St Helier says the parish will strictly enforce the speed limit inside the ring road if it is reduced to 20mph.

Speed limit
BBC

Constable Simon Crowcroft was speaking after the Parish Roads Committee voted to reduce the limit to 20mph from 30mph. 

That decision now has to be presented to the infrastructure minister who will have to decide whether to make any necessary changes to the law.

Constable Crowcroft says it's time to clamp down on speeding motorists in what is a very built up area.

Jersey's rugby captain becomes a cabin crew member

Jersey Evening Post

A video of Jersey Reds captain James Freeman giving a safety demonstration on board a flight has attracted huge attention online, after being posted on Facebook and Twitter by the Sport Bible.

Extending WTO rules to Jersey 'a top priority'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Including Jersey in the UK's membership of the World Trade Organisation is one of the top Brexit priorities, according to Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Theresa May has suggested the UK could fall back on WTO trade rules and tariffs to trade with Europe, but they do not apply to Jersey. 

Senator Ian Gorst
BBC

We are working very closely with a number of government departments in the UK to make sure WTO rules do apply to Jersey. It is one of our top priorities.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister of Jersey

Brexit: Islands should form 'confederation'

Jersey Evening Post

Crown dependencies should consider joining together in a confederation if they feel that their interests are not being well represented or listened to by the UK, a Jersey-born law professor has said.  

Jersey helping to fund 'fertiliser toilets'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Grants from Jersey Overseas Aid are improving sanitation and helping poor families in Rwanda grow more food. 

The government panel is helping to fund a project that provides EcoSan toilets that are more hygienic and fertilise crops. 

The WaterAid toilets close and seal themselves when filled up, the contents then compost over eight months and can be used on crops. They also don't need water.

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Care inquiry report delay 'could lead to loss of faith in process'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Long delays in releasing the Jersey care inquiry report could result in people losing faith in the process, according to the lawyer working with the victims.

Jersey Care Inquiry
Jersey Independent Care Inquiry

The report has now been delayed five months from its originally proposed release date and no date has been announced for its eventual release. 

A spokesman for the inquiry said the latest delay was due to more evidence coming to light that needed to be investigated.

Alan Collins is calling on the panel to explain the delays in more detail. He said: "There is always a risk that the longer the delay the greater the speculation behind the reasons for the delay." 

Mr Collins has been representing the Jersey Care Leavers Association at the inquiry which began three years ago.

Provision made to wear 'corn on the cob costume' to funeral

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A woman was prompted to call BBC Radio Guernsey's breakfast show after presenter Jim Cathcart mentioned on air that he was trying to find an asparagus costume.

Rachel wanted to tell him that in her will there is a provision to provide money for her friend to buy a corn on the cob costume and wear it to her funeral. That has to be one of the strangest funeral provisions I've ever heard.

If you have a more unusual provision in your will let us know.

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School term dates ‘cannot vary too much from UK’s’

Guernsey Press

Local term dates cannot vary significantly from those nationally due to the island following English exams such as GCSEs, A-levels and Btecs, Education has said.  

Fiji's Atalifo among four to join Reds

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds have signed four props for next season, including Fiji international Lee Roy Atalifo.

The 28-year-old has nine caps for his country, appearing in the 2015 World Cup and as a replacement at Twickenham against England in November.

Lee Roy Atalifo
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Tight-head Alec Clarey, 23, will join from Bristol, with Jordan Brodley, 23, and Roy Godfrey, 27, also signing.

Meanwhile, fellow prop Jake Armstrong has signed a new deal after initially joining Jersey last summer.

"There is a great mix of experience in Roy and Lee Roy, and younger players like Alec and Jordan with genuine potential," said head coach Harvey Biljon.

Sark charity benefits from Avis blunder

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Sark Sanctuary Centre charity will benefit from a mix up by car hire company Avis that featured the car-free island on their website as a destination.

Sark
BBC

Avis had used a picture of La Coupee to advertise car hire services - despite cars not being allowed on the island. 

This morning, its website still says you can take your car to Sark by ferry. It even says: "A leisurely drive around the island will take you past quaint cafes and restaurants."

In a statement Avis said as a gesture of goodwill they will be making a donation to Sark Sanctuary Centre, a community facility for islanders and visitors.

'Disability hotel' marks 50th anniversary

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's only hotel specifically designed for people with a disability is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. 

Maison Des Landes
Maison Des Landes

Since opening, Maison Des Landes has hosted thousands of guests, and offered respite to families in the island.

Chris Clarke, president of the trustees at the hotel, said the support and technology encourages guests to stay, and the atmosphere makes them want to come back.

Did you get caught in the hail showers?

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather in Jersey seems to be improving today. The sun is shining and the sky is blue, but a few hours ago we had hail.

If you took a picture feel free to send it to us so we can share it.

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Teen remains in critical but stable condition after crash

Jersey Evening Post

A teenage driver whose car rolled on to its roof in a crash on the Five Mile Road remains in a critical but stable condition at a specialist neurological unit in Southampton Hospital, a Health spokesman has confirmed.  

Latest weather: Mostly dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start to the day with the odd shower around. 

They will tend to move away leaving a fine, dry and sunny day. In the sunshine and light winds it will feel slightly warmer than over recent days. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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'Lack of evidence' of States of Guernsey progress

BBC Radio Guernsey

There is "a lack of evidence of any substantial progress being made" in the Guernsey's States Assembly, according to the President of Guernsey's Scrutiny Committee Deputy Chris Green.

States of Guernsey
BBC

Speaking a year since the last general election, Deputy Green believes the States has still to deliver on some key election issues. He said there were a lot of promises at the last election but little tangible progress. 

Senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier believes the new States is delivering. 

He said: "This is the first year since the reform of the structure of government and I think the first observation I would make is that the reform has gone very smoothly. There were very few interruptions as a result of that."

Care inquiry report delays 'becoming unacceptable'

BBC Radio Jersey

Delays in publishing the Jersey Independent Care Inquiry report are becoming "unacceptable" according to the lawyer working with the victims. 

The £23m inquiry into historical child abuse in Jersey ended last year.

Alan Collins
BBC

Alan Collins has been representing the Jersey Care Leavers Association at the inquiry which began three years ago. 

The report was first expected at the end of last year. It was then delayed until the end of March, but inquiry Chair Frances Oldham announced it was being put off again as the panel considered more evidence. 

No indication has been given as to when it will now be released, and Mr Collins says victims are getting impatient.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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