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Summary

  1. Body parts found off the west coast of Jersey belong to missing man
  2. Aurigny 'facing £6.3m loss'
  3. Guernsey States reject inter-island ferry idea
  4. Former Jersey Zoo silverback gorilla dies in France
  5. £2m in innovation fund loans 'still outstanding'
  6. Guernsey's Beau Sejour creche to close due to low numbers
  7. Updates on Wednesday 17 May 2017

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'Fierce' gorilla also a 'gentle father'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Ya Kwanza, the silverback gorilla that has died in France having previously resided at Jersey Zoo for 18 years, has been described as a caring father.

Staff are recounting their memories of the gorilla, who died during an operation.

In 2011, the then Jersey Zoo resident came to notoriety for taking selfies in his enclosure.

Ya Kwanza
Durrell

Lee Durrell, from the Zoo, said he may have seemed aggressive, but he also had a softer side: "Ya Kwanza was a past master at playing the big, fierce gorilla, and he did this often.

"But I remember him best as a dad. He had few children, but with them he was gentle and encouraging."

Jersey sailor leading the way in Channel race

Jersey Sailor Phil Sharp and Spaniard Pablo Santurde have a 30 nautical mile advantage in their class in the Normandy Channel Race.

The 10-day event started on Sunday and runs from Caen, France, to the Isle of Wight, west along the south coast of England, up to the south coast of Ireland before returning to Caen.

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Phil Sharp

Former Jersey Zoo gorilla dies in France

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A silverback gorilla that resided in Jersey Zoo for 18 years has died in France.

Ya Kwanza was moved to Amneville from Jersey in 2011. He died there while under anaesthesia undergoing an operation for an injury.

Ya Kwanza at Jersey Zoo
BBC

Former Jersey Zoo Keeper Richard Johnstone Scott said he was "deeply saddened" by Ya Kwanza's sudden death.

His name means "the first" in Swahili, a reference to his birth by artificial insemination, which was a first for the species.

School pupils create 40,000 documents in a week

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Pupils at a secondary school in Jersey created 40,000 documents digitally in one week using cloud computing software.

Rory Steel, the assistant head at Beaulieu Convent School, is going to be speaking at the Google Education summit in Guernsey this week.

His school was one of the first to sign up to use the Google Classroom software.

We've been on now for 10 years. Ultimately it has saved us over £100,000 we now spend on learning. We have the girls use their devices to create their work and our record is 40,000 documents in one week alone.

Rory SteelAssistant Head, Beaulieu Convent School

Jersey Style Awards 'to promote Jersey overseas'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A £20,000 government grant given to the first Jersey Style Awards will be used to promote the island as a fashionable destination overseas.

Organisers say the first award ceremony in June will celebrate tourism, food, the arts and style.

Tessa Hartmann, the award's producer, says Jersey can compete with stylish places such as Monaco and Paris.

For me the most exciting part is how close it is to London and the rest of Europe. It isn't on the cool getaway list yet and I think that's because people just don't know. Not because it can't be that but it is about positioning it with the right voices.

Tessa HartmannJersey Style Awards

Evening weather: More rain

BBC Weather

Cloudy with further outbreaks of rain this evening, although the rain will slowly ease tonight.

It will become drier with clear spells developing by morning. It will feel cooler and fresher. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

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Getting witnesses who leave Jersey 'is difficult'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The head of a scrutiny panel investigating a highly criticised government innovation fund says getting witnesses to appear after they've left the island can be difficult.

The fund was launched in 2013 to lend money to startup companies but £2m in loans still hasn't been repaid and one of the companies declared bankruptcy.

Mike King, former head of Economic Development in Jersey and responsible for the fund, retired before a critical report was published earlier this year. He has since moved to the UK.

Deputy Andrew Lewis
BBC

We can subpoena him and we may consider doing that. It is something we may progress further. It is difficult when somebody is outside the jurisdiction to get them to appear before us.

Deputy Andrew LewisPresident, Public Accounts Committee

Court reviewing Curtis Warren drugs trial

BBC Radio Jersey

Liverpool drug dealer Curtis Warren appeared in Jersey's Royal Court over a video link today for a hearing examining his 2009 trial.

Curtis Warren
States of Jersey Police

It is part of a judicial review of a decision not to grant Warren a chance to appeal his conviction. Appeals court judge Michael Beloff is presiding over the review.

Warren is appearing via video link from Full Sutton prison in Yorkshire. He has been in prison since 2009 after being convicted of trying to smuggle £1m worth of cannabis into Jersey.

Five of six innovation fund companies 'paying back loans'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Five of the six recipients of a loan from the now closed Jersey Innovation Fund are repaying the money.

One of the loans was given to a company that went bankrupt.

States Assembly
BBC

The handling of the government fund was heavily criticised in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General earlier this year. Karen McConnell said the fund faced serious governance issues.

The Public Accounts Committee are holding hearings into the fund, where the money is now and what happened that led to the critical report and its eventual closure.

Lieutenant Governor 'warms up' for Island Walk

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Do you have what it takes to walk 48 miles around the coast of Jersey? Well late entries are still being accepted for the Island Walk if you feel you could complete it.

Island Walk
BBC

It is traditional for the island's Lieutenant Governor to take part in the walk and the newest appointee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, is keeping up the tradition - but he's getting in some training first.

He will prepare for the walk with a practice in St Ouen's Bay along with the Jersey army cadet force, sponsor staff and members of the Rotary Club.

He is inviting anyone else interested in taking part to join him at Kempt Tower at 18:30 on Tuesday, 23 May.

The State Street Island Walk is on 24 June and will see hundreds of people walk all around the island with some taking a full day to complete the event.

'No further comment' on airline loss until after review

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Government-owned Aurigny won't comment further on the announcement they are facing a £6.3m loss until the outcome of a strategic review into the company has been published.

Guernsey's senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier, announced in the States that if the current trend continues then the company would face a major loss. They have been given a £6m overdraft.

Aurigny
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Both Aurigny and the States’ Trading Supervisory Board will have some work to do to analyse the recommendations and we will be in a position to respond to these and their financial implications in the coming weeks.

Mark DarbyAurigny CEO

Millions hear Island’s praises sung on BBC national radio

Jersey Evening Post

Britain's biggest breakfast radio show dedicated a huge section of its programme to Jersey on Tuesday, plugging everything from its ‘gorgeous beaches’ to ‘fabulous potatoes’.

Three fields bought for new school building

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Three fields in St Brelade owned by three different groups will be bought by the States of Jersey for the new Les Quennevais Secondary School.

This is in addition to a field owned by the Church of England in the parish.

Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, approved the purchase but cost details haven't been revealed.

Roy Deeming 'a lovely easy going guy'

BBC Channel Islands News

Roy Deeming, 61, took his yacht the Desiree out around Christmas Day 2014. It was later found drifting off Corbiere with nobody on board which sparked a massive air and sea search to try to find him.

Roy Deeming
States of Jersey Police

Three months later a diver found parts of a body off the west coast of Jersey which has now been identified as Mr Deeming.

Former Jersey politician Mike Jackson, who knew Mr Deeming described him as part of the fabric of St Aubin. He said he "was a lovely easy going sort of guy who loved his boat and would go out in all weather".

He said it would be a relief for his family to have some closure now his body has been found.

Football: Trinity relegated from Jersey Premiership

BBC Sport

Trinity have been relegated from Jersey's Premiership after a 0-0 draw against Rozel Rovers, who themselves survive the drop with the result.

Both sides went into the last league game knowing a loss would send them down, but that a draw would be enough to secure Rozel's topflight status.

Rovers goalkeeper Frazer Siddall was named man-of-the-match after two wonderful saves.

Their goalkeeper made two fantastic saves and really that's what has won them the game. Chances were few and far between and I'm just devastated that we couldn't get the win.

Scott JonesTrinity manager

Grade change reminder for GCSE students

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Year 11 students in Jersey are in the middle of their GCSE exams and the education department has sent out a reminder that the way the grades work is changing.

This year English and Maths grades will be marked with a number rather than a letter and from next year most subjects will follow suit. So instead of a C you'll get a four.

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Some listed buildings 'should be torn down'

Jersey Evening Post

Some listed buildings in St Helier, such as the old Odeon cinema and Ann Street Brewery, should be torn down to make way for more modern developments, the head of Jersey’s social housing developer has said.

'No consultation' over Guernsey creche closure

BBC Radio Guernsey

The decision to close the creche at Beau Sejour in Guernsey was made without a public consultation, it has been confirmed.

Deputy Carl Meerveld says the building will be used to make way for new fitness facilities.

He says only 20 people are using the creche on a regular basis and that means it isn't economically viable.

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Companies 'could pay waste charge' from March 2018

BBC Radio Jersey

Companies in Jersey could be charged for getting rid of their rubbish from March next year.

Waste
BBC

If the States Assembly approves the plan by Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, companies will be charged £150 per tonne to dispose of solid waste and just over £2 for every cubic metre of water.

There is currently no charge.

Police warn of text scam

Aurigny 'facing £6.3m loss'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's government-owned airline Aurigny is on course to make a £6.3m loss if current trends continue the Assembly was told today.

Aurigny plane
BBC

Declining passenger numbers, adverse weather, crew costs, exchange rates, fuel costs, and maintenance on the ATR and Dornier fleets added to the predicted loss.

President of the Policy and Resources Committee Deputy Gavin St Pier says a £6m overdraft has been granted to the carrier.

Jersey government systems 'not affected'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's government systems have not been affected by the WannaCry and WannaCrypt ransomware that hit the NHS, companies and other government agencies last week.

Ransomware
EPA

In a statement the States of Jersey said the experts have been validating all of its IT systems and are satisfied that, so far, the States has not been affected.

Government officials are urging island companies to ensure they have up to date software and anti-virus software as well as backing up any important data so they can't be held to ransom.

Innovation fund: ‘It is not all doom and gloom’

Jersey Evening Post

Former innovation fund board members have defended their handling of taxpayers’ money and rejected claims that panel colleagues influenced decisions about loans despite admitting a conflict of interest.

Redundancy 'should be avoided' in civil service reform

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

The use of redundancy or voluntary severance should be avoided as part of the modernisation of Guernsey's civil service, according to Deputy Gavin St Pier who was giving an update on the island's finances.

He says reskilling, redeployment and other methods should be used to reduce staff rather than paying off people which would "cost the taxpayer".

New-born lambs from world’s smallest breed

Guernsey Press

Some of the smallest lambs in the world have been born in Guernsey.

Beau Sejour creche to close from September

BBC Radio Guernsey

The creche at Beau Sejour will close in September after attempts to increase the number of users failed.

Beau Sejour
BBC

There was a proposal to close it in 2013 but an angry backlash by users forced the States to keep it open and attempt to make it economically viable. That failed and now it will close.

Vice president of Education, Sport and Culture, Carl Meerveld, said: "We are down to the stage now where we have only 20 people who use it more than a couple of times a month. It is just not making money.

"The other issue is we need that space. We have other areas of service provision which are growing significantly and we need that prime space on the ground floor."

Police to continue investigation into death of missing man

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police will work with the Deputy Viscount to continue an investigation into the death of a man who went missing in 2014.

Roy Deeming's yacht being towed to shore
BBC

Roy Deeming's boat was found off Corbiere on Christmas Day 2014 with nobody on board. This sparked a massive air and sea search to try and find him but his body wasn't found.

In March a diver found body parts off the west coast that have now been confirmed as the remains of Mr Deeming.

'Slight increase' on goods after waste charge

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, says a new waste charge will only lead to a small increase on goods and services.

From next year - if approved by politicians - companies will pay £150 per tonne to process solid waste and £2 for every cubic metre of water.

Figures
BBC

Some may choose to absorb the costs. Whether the businesses pass on to customers is down to the business but when you break it down to cost of a meal or cost of a hotel it is minimal.

Deputy Eddie NoelInfrastructure Minister

Joanne Wyatt is Guernsey's newest jurat

BBC Radio Guernsey

Joanne Wyatt, 45, has been elected as Guernsey's newest jurat, attracting more than 50% of the vote.

There were six spoiled and 28 blank papers in the last of three rounds of voting that finally saw her named jurat-elect.

The candidates for the role, voted on by the States of Election and not the general public, were Michael Burrows, Sandra Silvestri and Joanne Wyatt.

The States of Election is made up of politicians, the Bailiff of Guernsey, other jurats, representatives of the parishes and rectors of parish churches.

Jurats decide a defendants guilt or innocence in Royal Court criminal trials and is considered one of the highest honours the island can bestow on a person.

Grant to help hockey club attract visitors

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A £40,000 grant from the Jersey Tourism Development Fund to the Jersey Hockey Club could help attract more sporting visitors to the island.

The fund was originally set up more than a decade ago to help attract more visitors to the island and has given grants to a range of organisations and events.

The latest grant will go towards the cost of upgrading the club's new £500,000 clubhouse at Les Quennevais.

Hockey Club
BBC

We get many teams and players visiting the island for competitive games and tours. With the new clubhouse we think we will be able to significantly increase the number of players and teams coming to the island.

Paul MastertonJersey Hockey Club President

Body parts identified as missing man who sparked sea search

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In 2014 Roy Deeming's yacht was found drifting off Corbiere on Christmas Day but he wasn't on board.

Roy Deeming
States of Jersey Police

This sparked a massive air and sea search involving the RNLI, the French Naval Rescue Helicopter and local divers but his body was never found.

In March a diver found the remains of a body in a bay on the west of Jersey and reported it to the States of Jersey Police.

Forensic tests have now been carried out and confirmed they are the remains of Roy Deeming.

Two new orthopaedic surgeons will increase the total to four

Guernsey Press

Two orthopaedic surgeons will be joining the Medical Specialist Group this summer, taking the number of consultants in that specialism up to four.

Jersey Reds bring in four new faces

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Championship side Jersey Reds have signed Oli Bryant, Josh Hodson, Tom Pincus and Jason Worrall and confirmed the departure of 18 players.

Oli Bryant
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Truro-born fly-half Bryant, 22, joins from Leicester Tigers, where he made two Premiership appearances.

Wing Hodson, 20, was playing for London Welsh last season and Australian utility back Pincus, 24, previously played for Queensland County.

Former South Africa Under-20 full-back Worrall, 23, completes the signings.

Inquiry may force former fund boss to appear

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The former head of Jersey's economic development department could be forced to give evidence to a scrutiny panel reviewing the innovation fund.

Mike King
BBC

Mike King resigned earlier this year ahead of a highly critical report into the fund that highlighted governance failings in the scheme run by his department.

The Public Accounts Committee is carrying out a review into his role in the fund but Mr King has refused to appear in person. He did offer to communicate in writing.

Chairman Deputy Andrew Lewis says they do have the power to force people to appear, even if they have left the island and he is considering it.

It's going to get wet in the Channel Islands today

BBC Weather

Beau Sejour creche to close due to low numbers

BBC Radio Guernsey

The creche at Beau Sejour will close in September after attempts to increase the number of people using it failed.

Beau Sejour
bbc

The States say it no longer offers value for money to taxpayers. A spokesman said the facilities will be used for other activities.

Politicians originally tried to close the creche in 2013 due to low interest but an angry backlash from users led to it remaining open and a campaign to increase usage.

Did you know....

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Almost half of people responding to a spending survey said they found it difficult to find affordable fruit and veg in the island. That's from a report by the States of Jersey Statistics Unit.

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La Mare plan is hatched to nurture rare chicks

Guernsey Press

La Mare De Carteret Primary pupils have been looking after rare-breed chicks as part of a creative learning project.  

Persistent and heavy rain

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with further spells of rain today. The rain will become more persistent and heavy throughout the day, with the chance of the odd rumble of thunder later. 

Feeling cool in the rain. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

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Guernsey weather
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