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Summary

  1. Sark's unspoilt beauty main draw for tourists
  2. Guernsey visitor numbers up in 2017 compared to last year
  3. Background checks review launched by Jersey States
  4. Warning over teacher recruitment issues
  5. Move to allow GPs to qualify in Jersey
  6. Full emergency declared at Guernsey Airport
  7. Call for concentration camp survivor's body to be brought home
  8. Jersey Festival of Words line-up released
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us on Wednesday. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow.

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.

Why Guernsey should keep its native language alive

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A visiting Cambridge academic says there's a "whole host" of reasons why Guernsey should try to keep its native language alive.

A recent survey estimated only a handful of people under the age of 65 spoke Guernesiais fluently.

Dr Mari Jones says the language is an important part of the island's identity.

She said: "You're so lucky to have a linguistic heritage from the Normans. They were amazing people and you are the Normans of the British Islands." 

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BBC

What do you need to do to work with children?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey is doing a review of all government employees who work with children and vulnerable people to ensure they have an up to date police check and suitable references.

This is to ensure they all meet new stricter requirements and is going to cost about £200,000.

But what do you need to work with children in the island?

  • An enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) check
  • Suitable references and experience
  • You need to show various identify documents to prove you are who you say you are
  • As well as any relevant qualifications needed to do the job you are applying for

Evening weather: Cloudy with rain

BBC Weather

Mild and rather humid overnight. It will be rather cloudy with further outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

Some mist or fog is also possible. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Weather map
BBC

More investment planned for Little Chapel site

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Fundraising for repairs and improvements to the Little Chapel and surrounding area continue.

John Silvester, vice chairman of the Little Chapel Foundation, says it’s hoped the structure will be underpinned this autumn.

The group also has plans to improve disabled access, upgrade the gardens, build a visitor centre and create improved parking for coaches, but this is subject to funding.

John Silvester
BBC

The Chapel and grounds are modelled on the Lourdes Grotto in France.

The foundation officially took over the site this morning after buying the land for £1 from a religious group based in Paris.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

Trainee GPs could have placements in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey doctors wanting to train as a GP may be able to stay in Jersey and study in future if politicians approve reforms to the health insurance fund.

Currently only fully qualified GPs can work in island practices as they need to be able to access the health insurance fund so they can be paid for their work seeing patients. 

Dr Nigel Minihane, who represents GPs on the island, said in the UK a practice can use trainees as an extra pair of hands as they are paid based on the number of patients, but in Jersey they earn money for each visit - in part from a government contribution and also from patients paying.

Dr Nigel Minihane
BBC

We are not the same as the UK. In the UK where training occurs what they get is an extra pair of hands which is useful. What we will have is the same but we also need to ensure we have the money coming in."

Dr Nigel Minihane

Plane crash which killed Islander was 'not a terror attack'

Jersey Evening Post

A passenger jet which crashed last year, claiming the life of a Jersey resident, was not brought down by a bomb, according to a source close to the investigation.

This is Jinsy creators set their sights on the typical Guernseyman

BBC Radio Guernsey

The creators of This is Jinsy - a comedy set on a fictional island inspired by the Channel Islands - are working on an adaptation of the book Ebenezer Le Page, based on the story of a fictional but typical Guernseyman.

Justin Chubb and Chris Bran created and starred in This is Jinsy which was on the BBC and later Sky from 2010 to 2014.

The book was written by G B Edwards and follows the main character as he lives through the dramatic changes in Guernsey from the late 19th to mid-20th Century.

Little Chapel and land sold for £1

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Little Chapel and the land around it has changed hands from a religious group to a Guernsey group for £1.

The Little Chapel Foundation says it will hold the site in St Andrew on behalf of the people of the island.

It was announced last year the L'Institut des Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes, based in Paris, had gifted the site to the group but under island law money had to pass hands.

The sale was approved this morning.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

St Jacques to reopen tomorrow

Parish Hall meetings to discuss reforms

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey residents will be able to have their say on proposed government reforms at a series of parish hall meetings between now and the end of May.

The proposed reforms will see the way deputies are elected change from parish-based districts to six "super-constituencies" with many made up of multiple parishes.

Politicians have already approved the changes twice but scrutiny wanted voters to have a say before they are formally adopted.

  • Tuesday 16 May: St Saviour’s Parish Hall - 19:00
  • Wednesday 17 May: St Helier Town Hall - 19:00 
  • Monday 22 May: Grouville Parish Hall - 19:00
  • Tuesday 23 May: St John’s Parish Hall - 19:00
  • Wednesday 24 May: St Ouen’s Parish Hall - 20:00

Gift of Little Chapel to foundation signed off

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Little Chapel has officially become the property of the Little Chapel Foundation.

It was announced last year the L'Institut des Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes, a religious order based in Paris, had gifted the site to the group.

Now the legal paperwork has been signed.

The foundation says it will hold the site in trust on behalf of the people of Guernsey.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

Pride of Guernsey: A reward for special effort

Guernsey Press

As a wealth management services company that has had a presence in the island for more than 40 years, Butterfield is delighted to be backing the Pride of Guernsey Awards in its second year.  

States plant nursery put out to let

BBC Radio Jersey

The government-owned plant nursery at Mont a L'Abbe has been put out to lease, after the States decided to get their plants from outside companies.

The site at Warwick Farm has both open fields and greenhouses and until recently was where plants for parks and gardens were grown.

Director of Property Holdings Ray Foster says the farm is now surplus to requirements, and rather than let it fall into disrepair the States would rather rent it out to a farmer or grower who could make use of it.

It's in the green zone so can't be built on. Whoever takes it on would have to use it for agriculture or horticulture.

Competition to design a pick-up truck

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Are you a student? Do you like drawing? Would you like a free picnic at Seymour Tower? Well a new competition run by Jersey's Environment Department could be just up your street.

Pick-up design
States of Jersey

The department are updating two of their marine resources pick-up trucks and are offering students the chance to enter their designs for the vehicle.

The winning entry will be printed onto a wrap and put on the truck. They will also get a trip to Seymour Tower for a picnic with the marine resources team.

To enter you have to be aged 8-19, a Jersey resident and in full-time education.

‘We want this to be a mecca for golfers’

Guernsey Press

A pirate-themed adventure golf course, a floodlight driving range with ball tracking and golfing superstore are all part of a new ‘state-of-the-art’ facility being built at St Pierre Park.

One Show filming in St Helier today

BBC Radio Jersey

Matt Allwright from the One Show is in Jersey today filming segments for his A-Z of food feature on the BBC One programme.

The One Show filming
BBC

Last week the team were in Inkley for the segment that will be broadcast soon.

He has been filming in St Helier talking to restaurateurs about their food and will be in St Brelade later.

Sea links 'still need improvement'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A slight increase in the number of visitors to Guernsey in the first few months of 2017 compared to the same time the year before have been described as "encouraging" by an Economic Development Committee member.

Deputy Jennifer Merrett said she was still concerned the number of sea passengers were still down since the introduction of the Condor Liberation in 2015. She said sea visitors were down 1,300 on the pre-2015 figures.

Jennifer Merrett
BBC

It is good to see some confidence returning but it is imperative that we have resilient sea provisions for islanders and visitors that includes regular day trips and that is a reliable service that evokes confidence in getting to and from our island."

Deputy Jennifer MerrettCommittee for Economic Development

Frank Le Villio: Headstone could be put up

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A headstone could be put up in Jersey as a memorial to a Jersey man who survived a Nazi concentration camp only to die a year later in Nottingham.

Frank Le Villio was 19 when he was arrested during the Nazi occupation of the island for taking a joy ride on a German soldier's motorbike.

Grave in Nottingham
Stanley Keiller

He was sent to prison in France and later to a Nazi concentration camp.

His cousin Stan Hockley is investigating whether his body can be brought back to Jersey, but St Saviour Constable Sadie Rennard says it may be better to put a headstone up in the island as a memorial.

She said as he was buried in a pauper's grave with other people their families would need to be contacted and DNA examined to make sure the right person was exhumed and that could take time.

Entries accepted for CI’s biggest yacht race

Guernsey Press

Entries are now being accepted for the biggest sailing event in the Channel Islands.  

Condor 'not complacent' over needed improvements

BBC Radio Guernsey

Condor CEO Paul Luxon says he is pleased there has been some growth in passenger numbers on last year, but admitted there was still work to do. 

He said there were some green shoots but he wasn't complacent over how much there was still to do.

Condor
BBC

When one is looking at stats what we want to see is what is happening this year, what's happening in the previous quarter. If you look back 15 years you will see visitor numbers of 400,000 and that is the goal for 2025."

Paul LuxonCEO, Condor Ferries

Lane leaves Reds to join Bedford

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds wing Rich Lane will leave the club this summer to join their Championship rivals Bedford.

The 23-year-old arrived in the island two years ago, and is returning to the side he represented as a junior player.

Rich Lane
Getty Images

"He's continued his development with Bath and has great pedigree from his time with Cornish Pirates and Jersey, and he will add plenty of pace and finishing power to our back line," said Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer.

Navigation 'a priority' during lighthouse painting

BBC Radio Jersey

People passing Jersey's Corbiere Lighthouse in a boat will still see the light despite it being covered in scaffolding so it can be given a new coat of paint.

Lighthouse
Ports of Jersey

The main thing from our point of view is that the lighthouse remains visible throughout and the scaffolding won't hinder the light."

Captain Peter LawrenceAssistant Harbour Master

Kayakers help rescue stricken fisherman

Jersey Evening Post

A group of Jersey kayakers helped rescue a French fisherman who lay stranded coughing up blood on rocks on the coast of Brittany.

Full emergency declared at Guernsey Airport

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Smoke in the cockpit of a plane led to an emergency landing at Guernsey Airport.

The single engine private aircraft was flying from the UK to Jersey when it reported the smoke.

Guernsey Airport declared a full emergency at 11:28 with the plane landing safely at 11:39. 

Colin Le Ray, general manager of Guernsey Airport, said there was one person on board and no reported injuries.

"This incident is unlikely to lead to any delays on commercial flights," he added.

Inter-island ferry service 'being investigated'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The CEO of Condor Ferries says the company is interested in launching a dedicated inter-island ferry service.

Paul Luxon says he originally put the idea forward to Guernsey's Economic Development Committee some time ago but the current focus is on improving their existing services.

Paul Luxon
BBC

I indicated we would be looking at ways to help deal with that inter-island service, especially for sport at the weekend but also for people wanting the leisure option of a day trip. We are exploring what's possible."

Paul LuxonCEO Condor Ferries

Parish Hall meetings on electoral reform

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

From next year you could vote for deputies in one of six large districts in Jersey instead of in much smaller parish-based districts.

Politicians have already voted for the change twice, but a scrutiny review could still see the change fall away.

States Assembly
BBC

In the last States sitting in April scrutiny called for the reforms to be more closely inspected before they were officially implemented.

The final decision will be made early next month but before then there will be a series of parish hall meetings - starting at St Saviour's Parish Hall next Tuesday - so islanders can have their say.

HMS Puncher crew thanks island for warm welcome

Radio 1 DJ and Charlie and Lola creator at island festival

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Radio 1 DJ Greg James and Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child will be among the stars at the 2017 Jersey Festival of Words.

Greg James and Chris Smith
Jenny Smith
Greg James (right) and Newsbeat presenter Chris Smith have co-written a series of children's books called Kid Normal

The event at the end of September is being held for the third year running.

Greg James will be talking about his new series of children's books and Lauren Child will discuss her writing process.

There will also be a Harry Potter themed show at the Jersey Opera House including a demonstration of Quidditch and a recreation of Hogwarts on stage.

FAB link plans 'must be lawful'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Procedures have to be honest and lawful if Alderney is to secure its involvement in the FAB link project a senior politician says.

FAB Link
BBC

The £500m electricity cable requires greenbelt land on the island to link France and Britain via Alderney.

Tony Barnes, Deputy Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee, says despite time pressures it is important all decisions are made above board.

We have to obey laws. It is very difficult to make any exceptions to rules as that becomes a regular. If you start going against the law you open yourself up to everything."

Tony BarnesDeputy Chairman, Alderney Policy and Finance Committee

Parish agrees to sell land for Jersey school development

BBC Radio Jersey

Parishioners in St Brelade agreed to sell church land to developers building a new school at Les Quennevais on the condition it is not used for housing.

Les Quennevais School
BBC

The land, which is near the airport playing fields, had historically been used to make money for the rector of the parish.

The current rector, Reverend Mark Bond, says it will now be sold but not until they have taken legal steps to ensure it is used for the stated purpose.

He expects to get about £70,000 for the land which he says will be reinvested elsewhere in the parish.

Transport links 'still a problem' despite growth

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Visit Guernsey says a 40% increase in sea passengers in the first few months of this year compared to the year before is helping tourism figures recover.

It says the numbers bode well for the spring quarter, but hotelier Luke Wheadon says transport remains a concern.

I believe everybody is working to improve things but we are limited by one vessel now. We need to look at all of our routes to the island and how we can improve our connectivity."

Luke WheadonGuernsey Chamber of Commerce

Strong wind warning issued for islands

BBC Weather

Jersey Met has issued a strong wind warning for the Channel Islands. The strong wind is expected soon and will reach force six.

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Directors offered legal tips on how to protect their businesses

Guernsey Press

The need for a thorough approach to processes and procedures was one of the lessons for directors from legal experts at Collas Crill’s latest directors’ duties conference.

Islanders aware of mental health issues, but not sure where to get help

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The majority of adults in Jersey agree it's possible for "anyone to have a mental health problem", a Jersey Stats Unit survey found.

However, it also found only half knew where to find information on mental health problems.

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Guernsey name experienced Island Games volleyball squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey have named four new faces in an otherwise experienced volleyball squad for this summer's Island Games in Gotland.

Becky Gauvain and Sasha Kazantseva will compete for the women's event for the first time, while Jack Robilliard and Matt Wakeford will make their Island Games debuts in the men's side.

"This year's been quite hard - we've had quite an influx of ladies players come through," player-coach Jen Lindfield told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"It's put the ladies under a bit of strain and pressure to perform better in training and on court, which has improved quite well actually."

Call to return concentration camp survivor's remains to Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There are calls to return the body of Frank Le Villio's body home to Jersey after his grave was found in Nottingham by an historian.

Frank Le Villio was arrested in Jersey aged 19 during the German occupation for taking a joyride on a German soldier's motorbike. He was sent to prison in France and finished the war in a Nazi concentration camp

Frank Le Villio
Jersey Heritage

He died in Nottingham a year after the war of tuberculosis and was laid to rest in a pauper's grave. The location of the grave was discovered this year by former Jersey resident Stanley Keiller.

Since we published this story yesterday we've been contacted by the St Helier and St Saviour constables who would like to see his body returned to his island home so he can be properly remembered.

Mr Le Villio's cousin, Stan Hockley, supports the move and says he is investigating ways the body could be returned.

Internet suicide 'game' put on watchlist

Jersey Evening Post

Words relating to an online ‘game’ that ends in a challenge for the player to kill themselves have been put on a watch list in Island schools.

Trainee GPs could lead to cheaper appointments

BBC Radio Jersey

It could get cheaper to visit a GP in Jersey if the government changes the rules around trainee GPs practising in the island.

Dr Nigel Minihane, who represents the island's doctors, believes allowing training on island rather than the UK could provide a financial benefit to islanders.

Dr Nigel Minihane
BBC

Jersey's health minister has proposed changes to the rules governing which doctors have access to the health insurance scheme, which allows them to practice as GPs in the island.

If approved Dr Minihane says people could pay less if they see a trainee GP working within a practice rather than a fully qualified doctor.

Slight rise in early 2017 visitors over the year before

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There was a slight increase in the number of people visiting Guernsey in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time last year.

The latest exit survey results found a rise of just over 2,000 visitors between January and March 2017 compared to the same months in 2016 - that is from 32,525 last year to 34,827 this year.

The number of visitors staying in Guernsey, compared to day trippers or cruise ship visitors, was up but mainly because of a rise in business travellers. There were about 400 fewer tourists than 2016.

There were about 2,200 more business visitors in the first few months of 2017 compared to the year before.