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Summary

  1. 'Decision time' for Jersey's steam clock
  2. Chelsea Pensioners in Sark to mark early Liberation Day
  3. New French president 'welcomed' by Guernsey
  4. Data protection law is 'good for Guernsey'
  5. Aircraft unable to refuel in Alderney
  6. Stormtroopers donate thousands to charities
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Thanks for joining us this week, we'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow for Liberation Day..

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

There is news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

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Reynolds bemoans 'poor' Siam Cup display

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey Raiders head coach Jordan Reynolds says aspects of their Siam Cup display fell well below their usual level, as they lost to Jersey Reds.

Because of eligibility restrictions only three of Jersey's professionals played, but Raiders were beaten 20-18.

Jersey Reds
Sue Armes

"That's probably the worst we've played all year, to be honest," Reynolds told BBC Radio Guernsey. "Honestly, we haven't even come close to playing something as poor as that, on our conversion rate."

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Reynolds bemoans 'poor' Siam Cup display

Guernsey Raiders boss Jordan Reynolds bemoans his side's 'poor' display after their narrow Siam Cup defeat by Jersey Reds.

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Jersey minister congratulates French president

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's foreign minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, has congratulated Emmanuel Macron after his victory over Marin Le Pen in the French presidential election.

Sir Philip highlighted the historic and enduring relationship with France and spoke of the continuing ministerial and official contact between the island and its nearest neighbour.

Emmanuel Macron
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I look forward to the continuing development of strong links between Jersey and France during Mr Macron’s Presidency.

Senator Sir Philip BailhacheJersey Foreign Minister

Service veterans wanted for 'champions' scheme

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If you have served in the armed forces the Home Affairs department in Jersey wants to hear from you for a new "veterans and armed forces champion" scheme.

It was devised by the Jersey Armed Forces Covenant Steering Group and aims to use the experience and knowledge of the champions to ensure their needs are reflected fairly in plans for things like healthcare, housing and education.

The Armed Forces Steering Group would like to establish a network of Islanders who have experience of life in the services or wish to champion their cause so that they can fairly support the veterans and armed forces community and direct them to the people who can help.

Deputy Kristina MooreHome Affairs Minister

Latest weather: A breezy night

BBC Weather

After a fine end to the day it will be a dry night, with some clear spells. It will be a mild and breezy night for most. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F)

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Jersey weather
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Guernsey bath
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Classic Jaguar cars on show

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Dozens of classic and more modern Jaguar cars are on display in St Helier today to mark the 70th anniversary of the first Jersey International Road Race.

Jag
Bbc

The grand prix race ran from 1947 to 1952 and ended when it became too fast for the island circuit. 

It was the first grand prix on British soil after the Second World War and ran on closed Jersey roads. The 1952 race featured slightly slower cars than the major races in Monaco and elsewhere and it was run by a Jaguar C-type. 

Jersey's Jaguar owners club gathered by the Cenotaph outside the St Helier Town Hall to show off their vehicles as part of the anniversary celebrations.

Jag
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Jag
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Allen included in Guernsey's Muratti squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey have included talismanic striker Ross Allen in their 18-man squad for Saturday's Muratti final at home to Jersey.

Jersey retained the vase last year, winning the 100th final 1-0 at Springfield.

2016 Muratti
Adi Topley

Guernsey squad: Josh Addison, Leroi Riley, Ryan Zico-Black, Jacob Fallaize, Matt Loaring, River Marsh, Kyle Smith, Paris Perreira, Tom de la Mare, Jamie Dodd, Simon Geall, Sam Cochrane, Keanu Marsh, Craig Young, Dave Rihoy, Dom Heaume, Ross Allen, Tom Dodds.

Housing needs report 'delayed' for review

BBC Radio Guernsey

A report into housing needs in Guernsey has been delayed by three months so it can be "reviewed for accuracy" by the commissioning committees.

Michelle Le Clerc
BBC

The report will provide information about the role government could and should play in supporting the island's housing market as well as insight into demand and affordability.

It was originally due in March but that was delayed until April. It now won't be out until late June or early July. That's according to Deputy Michelle Le Clerc.

She said: "Following its release further work will be carried out before a policy letter is sent to the States." She said any policy discussion would likely happen before the start of winter.

Architect: Little Chapel ‘like a Christmas cake with royal icing’

Guernsey Press

Tackling the mysterious construction of the Little Chapel has been one of the biggest challenges of Andrew Dyke’s 40-year architectural career.  

Sunday service for Jersey buses on Liberation Day

Metal recycling plan for La Collette

BBC Radio Jersey

A new metal recycling plant could be built on headland near the energy from waste plant at La Collette, a recently submitted planning application has revealed.

Energy from Waste plant
BBC

The Department for Infrastructure has applied to build the unit, which would include a fuel tank.

It also wants to install fences and gates to the site.

'Ban shared space road schemes', says UK panel

Jersey Evening Post

An immediate halt to the building of ‘shared space’ road schemes – such as the controversial road area around the Millennium Town Park – has been called for by a UK Select Committee.  

Do you have a plan for what you want to happen when you die?

BBC Radio Jersey

It's Dying Matters Awareness Week in Jersey and people are being encourage to get prepared.

As part of the campaign Jersey hospice nurses are going to be at Grand Marche to speak to shoppers about end of life care.

As a society and culture talking about death and dying we are not very comfortable about this. It is something we do in our roles each day and we are going to work with people to ensure they are prepared and have the support they need.

Vivian Roche-FahyJersey hospice nurse

New French president 'welcomed' by Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The overwhelming winner in France's presidential race isn't a threat to Guernsey, according to the island's external affairs minister. 

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq says Emmanuel Macron's previous disparaging comments about the island shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Emmanuel Macron
AFP

The centre-left candidate once described Guernsey as insignificant, warning that Britain outside of the European Union would - like Guernsey - be an isolated trading post. 

Deputy Le Tocq said: "We are a close neighbour of France, we have to communicate and cooperate in terms of border control, policing and of course fishing."

He said: "At least we know he knows about the Channel Islands. He is a businessman, he understands financial services so from our point of view we know he talks the same language."

HMS Puncher heads to Guernsey for Liberation Day

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

HMS Puncher, an Archer class vessel serving in the Royal Navy, is on its way to Guernsey for Liberation Day.

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Jersey's steam clock 'should be preserved'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's steam clock should be saved and restored to its original state, according to maritime historian Doug Ford.

Steam clock
BBC

He said the clock on the waterfront commemorates the steam ship Ariadne which used to provide a reliable service between the island and England.

He says the money should be found to make it work again to remember a ship which played such an important role in the island.

So now Ports of Jersey, who is responsible for the clock, wants people to decide whether it should be scrapped or repaired. Let us know what you think.

Education criticised for 'working behind closed doors'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Education, Sport and culture Committee has decided not to release details of proposals for the future of schools ahead of a States debate later in the year.

Guernsey education
BBC

Deputy Peter Roffey publicly criticised the move, calling out the committee for working on its ideas behind closed doors, but the committee has accused him of "sniping" by going straight to the media rather than speaking to them first.

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen says that kind of public attack is unhelpful. She said it was only right they applied this kind of diligence to the work and will publish in their own time.

Did you know....

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

About half of all adults in Jersey claim to use countryside footpaths in Jersey at least once a month, according to the States of Jersey Stats Unit.

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Latest weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be fine and dry with bright or sunny spells today. It will feel cool with a brisk north-easterly wind.

In the sunshine it should still feel rather pleasant. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Sea
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Visiting Channel Islands 'a special experience' for Chelsea Pensioner

BBC Radio Guernsey

Chelsea Pensioners are in Sark today to help the island mark its liberation from Nazi occupation. The island wasn't liberated until 10 May but are celebrating early as that is when the Chelsea Pensioners were available.

Arthur Curry is in the island. He served in Germany, Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War. He says being in the island is a special experience.

Sark
BBC

He said: "It is the respect for the people of Sark and for Guernsey. You are unique in the world as you are the only part of the British country that was occupied.

"Nobody else can tell you what they went through as we weren't occupied. I was separated from my family for periods of time but never for five years. You are a very, very strong people."

Licence issued to grow cannabis in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Cannabis is going to be grown in Jersey for at least one season after a decision to award a licence by the health minister.

Cannabis
PA

Senator Andrew Green issued the one season trial licence to an un-named grower to produce four varieties of the plant. The licence is to cultivate industrial hemp.

It will be used to create oil for cooking and hemp fibre for using in clothing or other similar products.

The chief pharmacist reviewed all of the proposed seeds to make sure they won't be misused. The location of the farm hasn't been revealed.

Is £40k per year too much to keep the steam clock running?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey has a steam clock. Unfortunately the clock no longer runs on steam and doesn't actually work as a clock.

It cost £250,000 to build 20 years ago and would cost an estimated £40,000 a year to keep running properly, but is this too much?

Steam Clock
BBC

Andy Taylor emailed us to say: "Forty grand a year to run, get rid. Forty grand, put it to tender."

Adam Routier said: "Instead of the high cost of running it on steam could a small electric motor be fitted inside to run the clock and then hide a solar panel on top to power it. No running costs just a bit of paint every so often."

Suzanne Dorey said: "I think you should get rid of the steam clock. Put a piece of art or an open sided building shelter. £40:000 is too much to maintain it I feel."

Ports of Jersey, who is responsible for the clock, wants people to decide whether it should be scrapped or repaired. Let us know what you think.

New data laws 'essential' for modern island

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The internet and the digital era has created new challenges for the way data is regulated, says Emma Martins, the Channel Islands data protection commissioner.

Guernsey politicians voted unanimously to adopt EU regulations on the way data is handled, something Mrs Martins described as "essential for the safety of islanders and business data".

She said the new regulations allow for management of data in the modern internet driven world, where it is exchanged much more quickly than in the past.

The way in which our data is being handled, the speed it is being transferred and processed is happening in ways that was unimaginable only a few years ago."

Emma MartinsData Protection Commissioner

‘Death Cafe’ opens at Beau Sejour

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's first ‘Death Cafe’ will open at Beau Sejour as one of a number of events being organised locally for Dying Matters Awareness Week from today until 14 May.  

Islander dials 999 - to ask about bin collections

Jersey Evening Post

People are being urged to only call 999 in the case of an emergency – after an Islander dialed the number to ask about bin collection times.  

Chelsea Pensioners in Sark to mark early Liberation Day

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Chelsea Pensioners are in Sark today to help the island mark an early Liberation Day. Over the weekend the ex-servicemen from the Royal Hospital were guests at the Hanger Ball and Tea Dance.

Sark
BBC

Sark was liberated from Nazi Occupation on 10 May but is marking the event today to coincide with the visit. They are also taking part in a liberation picnic.

The unit will also be taking part in tomorrow's events in St Peter Port, Guernsey, for the island's Liberation Day celebrations.

Arthur Curry who served in Germany, Northern Ireland and the First Gulf War says being in the Bailiwick is a special experience.

Woman, 88, with failing eyesight did not stop driving

Jersey Evening Post

More than 10,500 over-70s hold Jersey driving licences, it emerged during a court case in which an 88-year-old woman was prosecuted for ignoring an order from her parish constable not to drive because of her failing eyesight.  

Should the steam clock be repaired?

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Ports of Jersey is asking islanders what they want to see done with the steam clock in St Helier. It cost £250,000 when it was installed 20 years ago and hasn't worked in years.

Steam Clock
BBC

BBC Radio Jersey asked people on Facebook for their views on the subject and the majority seem to support repairing it and making it more of a tourist attraction.

David had a simple solution to repair it cheaply, he suggested: "Just put in a simple electric device so it at least tells the time."

Most people said it was in the right place but Margaret had another idea. She said: "Put it in the middle of the boating lake at Tamba Park, it would look much better there."

Share your thoughts on the steam clock on the BBC Radio Jersey Facebook page or drop us an email.

'Significant shortage' of foster carers

BBC Radio Guernsey

There is a "significant shortage" of foster carers, according to the Guernsey Family Placement Service. 

It is Foster Care Fortnight and the Committee for Health and Social Care says it will use the opportunity to highlight the importance of foster care and how it can transform lives.

A spokesman says the priority is to find foster carers who can care for sibling groups, school aged children and teenagers "although interest in other areas is always welcomed".

The Nazi monsters who murdered thousands in British camps

The Daily Mail

On Saturday two leading military authors told the Mail how the Nazis turned Alderney into a secret base to launch V1 missiles with chemical warheads on the South Coast.

No refuelling at Alderney Airport for two weeks

BBC Radio Guernsey

Planes won't be able to refuel at Alderney Airport for the next two weeks as "essential maintenance" is carried out on the airport bowsers.

Alderney
Google

Aviation fuel is supplied by Alderney Electricity with the States of Alderney as the major shareholder in the company. 

Alderney markets itself as a destination for private pilots to refuel VAT free. Alderney Electricity says it is being offered discounted fuel at Guernsey Airport during the maintenance to make up for it.

Steve Roberts from the States of Alderney says the timing is disappointing as tourism is increasing at this time of year. 

Stormtroopers donate thousands to charities

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Jersey group of Star Wars enthusiasts who dress up in costume and attend a range of events across the island has given nearly £5,000 to island charities. 

The group appear at various functions in full stormtrooper uniforms, and collect money. Recently they have also added Chewbacca to their ranks.

The group always makes its charitable donations on or about 4 May - known as Star Wars Day. May the fourth be with you.

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Sark marking Liberation Day early

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Sark is marking its Liberation Day early this year with a visit from a group of Chelsea Pensioners and Gurkhas. 

Sark
BBC

They are visiting the island for a Liberation picnic at the Island Hall and Millennium Field. It starts at 12:30. 

The island was liberated from Nazi Occupation on 10 May. The island is marking it early to coincide with the visit.

They will be in Guernsey on Tuesday to help celebrate Guernsey's Liberation Day on 9 May.

Plans lodged for St Brelade's Bay development

Jersey Evening Post

Plans for five homes and a new restaurant in St Brelade’s Bay have been formally lodged.  

Data protection law is 'good for Guernsey'

BBC Radio Guernsey

'It would be difficult, if not impossible, to identify anyone who would not benefit from new EU data protection laws" that's according to Guernsey's data protection commissioner.

Emma Martins
BBC

Emma Martins says the new law, which Guernsey's politicians voted unanimously to adopt last week, is good news for the island.

She said islanders, visitors, local businesses, new businesses, the economy, and the island's reputation would all benefit from the law. 

The change increases the rules around protecting data and toughens regulations to ensure it is kept safe.

Chelsea Pensioners and Gurkhas visit Freemasons’ centre

Guernsey Press

A group of visiting Chelsea Pensioners and Gurkhas were welcomed to the Guernsey’s Masonic Centre on Friday for a behind-the-scenes tour.  

What should be done with the steam clock?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Remember the steam clock in St Helier? You can't really miss it if you drive to the east of the island. It's a clock in the shape of an old steam ship.

Once upon a time it was a working clock but it hasn't worked in years. 

Steam Clock
BBC

Former politician Don Filleul  first commissioned the clock nearly 20 years ago. Ports of Jersey wants the people of Jersey to decide whether to save or scrap it.

It cost £250,000 to build and would cost £40,000 per year to keep it operational. However it's unknown how much it would cost to get it working again.

So now Ports of Jersey, who is responsible for the clock, wants people to decide whether it should be scrapped or repaired. Let us know what you think.

Latest weather: Bright or sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be fine and dry with bright or sunny spells today. It will feel cool with a brisk northeasterly wind, although in the sunshine it should still feel rather pleasant. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey

Guernsey weather
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Local Live across the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Good morning! Welcome to BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands on Monday.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the day.

Don't forget to send in any comments, questions or photos.