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Summary

  1. Concern over 'scam' calls from polling company about Jersey electoral reforms
  2. Part of Guernsey's L'Ancresse sea wall could be removed
  3. Jersey chief minister won't decide over re-election until Christmas
  4. Updates on Friday 19 May 2017

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By Ryan Morrison

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Jersey orchid foundation blooms at Chelsea Flower Show

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Orchids from Jersey have arrived in London ahead of next week's Chelsea Flower Show.

Orchid
BBC

The Eric Young Orchid Foundation takes part in the world's most famous gardening event every year.

The sensitive plants had to be carefully packed and shipped over to the UK ready to exhibit at the RHS flagship show.

Evening weather: Persistent showers

BBC Weather

Showers will persist overnight but become more isolated. There will be light winds and clear spells, allowing the temperatures to quickly fall away. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

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Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Free meningitis vaccine for older teenagers in Guernsey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Older teenagers aged 18 and 19 are being offered a meningitis vaccination for free if they didn't get it while at school after a rise in cases recently.

Teenagers born between 01 September 1998 and 31 August 1999 are being invited to come to a clinic at Lukix House in May, June and July to get the injection.

The vaccinations have been offered to 14 to 18-year-olds in schools and colleges following a rise in cases of meningitis and septicaemia. Older teenagers and university students were at particular risk of infection, the States said.

Plans for migrants to face criminal record checks

Jersey Evening Post

Migrants moving to Jersey could be subject to criminal record checks before they are allowed to work, under new plans being considered by ministers, the JEP has learned.

Chief minister to urge clear-up of poll concerns after 'scam call' fears

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, will be urging the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel to make it clear a poll they have commissioned on electoral reform is genuine.

Polling company Ipsos MORI has reassured islanders being called as part of a survey on government reform that they won't be charged and that the survey is genuine and not a scam.

This comes after people said on the popular Jersey Ask Advise Advertise Facebook group that they were getting calls from numbers in America and elsewhere. Some said they thought it was a scam and wouldn't answer.

Ipsos MORI said it was genuine and the calls were all coming from Edinburgh, but there was an issue with the way telecom companies in Jersey were processing caller ID information from the company.

Senator Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

I hope people pick up the phone and answer the survey, and I will be asking them to make clear to the public what the number is when they get a call for the survey, and how long they will be on the line.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Aurigny: 'Comment on loss to follow review'

Guernsey Press

Aurigny is waiting for the publication of a strategic review before it comments on the £6.3m loss the airline is expected to incur this year.

Jersey lifestyle survey sent to thousands of homes

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If you live in Jersey, you may have a letter on your doormat when you get home with the latest Jersey opinions and lifestyle survey.

Post box
BBC

The annual survey aims to give the States an idea of what people in the island think about a range of issues, including organ donation and the cost of health services.

For the first time they are also asking people's attitude towards breastfeeding as well.

The survey will be sent to 3,300 randomly selected households. All results will be kept confidential and used to produce percentages in a final report.

Guernsey's economy 'growing', latest forecasts claim

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

The latest figures published by the States of Guernsey in its economic overview for May suggest the island's economy is growing.

The 2016 figures for Gross Domestic Product won't be out until August, but a spokesperson for the States said employment and earning data for the year are "positive".

The stats for 2016 showed employment and median earnings both increased during 2016. The report also said the limited statistics for this year were also generally positive, as was the short-term outlook for the island.

However, the report also highlighted the risk posed to investment in the island due to the uncertainly surrounding Brexit.

Chief minister won't decide over re-election until Christmas

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's current Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, won't make a decision over whether to stand for the States next May again until Christmas.

Senator Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

Speaking on the BBC Radio Jersey Hot Seat, Senator Gorst said he has a very busy year ahead, with a lot he hoped to achieve, so he would not make a final call until things got easier at Christmas.

This current sitting is longer than usual as the States voted to move the general election from Autumn to Spring.

Politicians would normally have been up for re-election later this year but have until May 2018.

New head teacher for Mont a l'Abbe School

BBC Radio Jersey

Mont a l'Abbe School is to get a new head teacher after the current head retires after 16 years in the job.

Liz Searle
States of Jersey

The specialist school for children with complex learning difficulties currently has 94 pupils across all year groups, including primary and secondary pupils.

Sharon Eddie, who is taking early retirement at the end of this school year, said it had been a "fantastic privilege" to work at the school.

Current deputy head Liz Searle (pictured) will take over from September. She joined the school in 2002, having worked in a number of schools in east London before that.

Did you see a funnel cloud in Jersey?

BBC Weather Watchers

Jersey Met shared this image of a small funnel cloud in Gorey earlier today. Did you see it or spot another? We'd love to see your pictures. You can share them on social media or email us.

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Many 'saving money using the bus in Jersey'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's only bus company, Liberty Bus, says a recent survey found 82% of people asked saved money by using the bus rather than driving to work.

About 1,500 bus users were asked for their views and the company said the findings showed the bus service had a "real social impact" on the island.

LibertyBus is owned by not-for-profit social enterprise CT Plus, and took over the service in Jersey in 2013.

LibertyBus
BBC

States to underwrite inter-island ferry service?

Jersey Evening Post

Talks are continuing between Jersey and Condor to operate a ferry between Jersey and Guernsey which could run several times a day, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has said.

Bio fuel could be used in Alderney generator

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney Electricity plans to install new diesel engines which are capable of using both fossil and bio fuels.

The company said the new engines would be more efficient and would be able to capture waste heat for nearby properties.

The managing director of Alderney Electricity, James Lancaster, said this new technology would bring "new opportunities" for the island.

Jersey students create scheme to help Rwanda farmers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A coding course run by Digital Jersey has helped a charity produce an environmental tool to help farmers in Rwanda move away from using chemical fertilizers.

The Credible Food Project has been working with farmers to show it is possible to farm profitably while still improving biodiversity, but it couldn't be scaled up due to the need to manage large amounts of data.

The coding course took on the idea as one of the projects for its students, and they created a website to enable soil assessments to be input and analysed so farmers could be given a management plan and move away from chemical fertilisers.

Plots
Digital Jersey

Our coding course is a valuable resource for the tech industry, producing entry-level software developers who are being snapped up by companies in this growing sector."

Tony MorettaDigital Jersey CEO

Chief minister could earn over £53,000 from next year

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister could earn more than £53,000 per year if a proposition to pay the head of govenrment more than other politicians is approved in July.

Currently all States members, including backbenchers, scrutiny presidents and the chief minister, earn the same - £46,600 per year, which includes any expenses.

The Privileges and Procedures Committee has proposed that, from May 2018, the chief minister, whoever holds the job at the time, is paid 15% more than other members.

Alderney wants information to find Occupation truth

Guernsey Press

The States of Alderney is to ask the UK, Germany and any other relevant authorities to release outstanding material relating to the Second World War occupation of the island.

Jersey school early adopter of classroom technology

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Educators have travelled from around the globe to Guernsey for this weekend's summit about Google education software.

There's already one school in the Channel Islands that has embraced the company's technology in the classroom: Jersey's Beaulieu Convent School for Girls.

It's been using classroom technology for around a decade, and, despite concerns about security and giving all pupils a level playing field, the school's assistant head, Rory Steel, said the students had benefited from the move.

Rory Steel
Rory Steel

It was quite a risky decision all those years ago. But, ultimately, it's saved us over £100,000 that we now spend on learning."

Rory SteelDeputy head teacher

Chief minister could be paid more than other politicians

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The chief minister in Jersey could be paid 15% more than other States members if a proposition by the Privileges and Procedures Committee is approved.

States Assembly
BBC

It would not apply to the current chief minister, Senator Ian Gorst, but would come in after the general election in May 2018.

Currently States members all have to be paid the same whether they hold ministerial office or not.

There will be a vote on the change on 4 July 2017.

Under no delusion that Richard Dawkins is due at Jersey festival

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins is coming to Jersey as part of the third Jersey Festival of Words in September.

The God Delusion author is often referred to as "the most famous atheist in the world".

Richard Dawkins
AFP

The five-day event will also see Number One Ladies Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith speak at the event, alongside Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray.

They will join a number of other already announced guests, including Charlie and Lola writer Lauren Child and sports presenter Clare Balding.

L'Ancresse changes 'a return to a natural environment'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Proposed changes to the L'Ancresse sea wall and a realignment of the beach in Guernsey will help create "a more natural beach environment", according to a member of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee.

L'Ancresse
BBC

The work will be on the 200m stretch of coastline where the German tank wall is "beyond economic repair", and is expected to cost £1m.

Before the island's occupation in World War Two, the 1km-wide bay at Pembroke/L'Ancresse was backed by sand dunes similar to those at Les Amarreurs, Port Soif and Grande Rocques.

The future costs of maintenance of the rock groynes, dunes, and shingle ridge will be minimal in comparison to the costs of repairs to another wall erected on the same line."

Deputy Sarah Hansmann-RouxelEnvironment and Infrastructure Committee

Islanders urged to bring a tin for Shelter

Connor Burgher

Islanders are being asked to bring a tin of food to West Centre in St Helier today for the annual Tinathon event.

Tinathon containers
BBC

It's on until 14:30 today and all the donated food will help feed homeless people in the island.

Every year schools, companies and other organisations donate hundreds of tins to the charity that are then organised and stored to be used at the Shelter throughout the year.

Tinathon
BBC
Tinathon
BBC

Pendulum to headline first Weekender festival

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A full live show by Australian and British band Pendulum will be the final act to take to the stage on Saturday 2 September at the Weekender Festival.

The event will be held at the Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity on the first weekend of September.

A number have other acts have already been announced, including: Two Door Cinema Club, The Happy Mondays, Lethal Bizzle and more.

Pendulum
Weekender

Visual impact considered in Guernsey wind farm study

BBC Radio Guernsey

The visual impact of an offshore wind farm off Guernsey was considered as part of a study looking into its benefits, says Environment and Infrastructure Committee member Deputy Shane Langlois.

Wind farm
PA

Deputy Langlois supports the idea of the States part-funding an offshore wind farm that could produce up to a third of the island's energy.

The study found the project would cost between £68m to £108m and Guernsey Electricity, which part funded the study with the States of Guernsey, said it could be economically viable in the 2020s.

Deputy Langlois said the consultants took account of how the turbines would look when placed in the sea, making visual impact the highest consideration when working out the best option.

Road closure: Jersey's Castle Street shut for cable repairs

BBC News Travel

Castle Street in St Helier will be closed for the next few days for emergency repairs on a high voltage cable by Jersey Electricity.

There is no access from Sand Street car park exit to the Esplanade. The exit from the car park is via Seaton Place.

Work was expected to take until at least Thursday 25 May, engineers said.

Pair attempt Mongol Rally in a minivan

Guernsey Press

Completing a transcontinental expedition in a 14-year-old minivan is the ambition of two islanders who are taking part in the Mongol Rally under the banner of Starsky and Dutch.

Polling company to spend more time reassuring people called in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Polling company Ipsos MORI will spend more time reassuring islanders it calls to ask about proposed Jersey government reforms after some islanders expressed concern about calls coming from an American number.

A number of people were called by a number starting +1 or +7 which Ipsos MORI said was down to the way the local telephone operators processed caller ID.

The company said it was a legitimate survey and it was working to reassure people it called that they wouldn't be charged, and that it wasn't a scam.

Caller ID
BBC

We have discovered an issue with how one or more of the mobile phone operators in Jersey is presenting our call line identifier which is "0131-561 4532" [ie: an Edinburgh number]. It is showing up on some mobiles as "+1 (315) 614–532" and wrongly claiming the call is originating from the US."

Ipsos MORI

Jersey Chief Minister to take your questions

BBC Radio Jersey

Concern over 'scam' calls from polling company

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

It appears some islanders think phone calls from a national polling company about Jersey States reform could be a scam.

States
BBC

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel has commissioned IPSOS MORI to contact about 1,000 islanders to find out what they think about overhauling Jersey's voting system.

But a number of islanders have taken to social media to complain that they're being called by what look like unrecognised American phone numbers.

On the popular Facebook group Jersey Ask Advise Advertise, several posters said they worried about being charged hundreds of pounds by fraudsters, while others said they simply refused to take the call.

Ipsos MORI said the calls were all coming from its call centre in Edinburgh but the strange numbers were as a result of the way telecom providers in the island processed the calls.

St Helier skate park to close for maintenance

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The St Helier skate park on the New North Quay will be closed next week for inspection and maintenance.

All of the ramps, pipes and other objects will be checked for wear and tear with routine repairs carried out to make sure they are safe to use.

The park will reopen on 27 May.

Skateboard
Reuters

RNLI officials meet sacked coxwain

Jersey Evening Post

Senior officials from the RNLI met former St Helier coxswain Andy Hibbs on Thursday as part of his appeal against his dismissal by the organisation.

Way back when: States Assembly says 'no to EEC'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

This month 50 years ago, the States of Jersey told the UK Home Office a resounding "no" when it was suggested the Channel Islands would have to join the European Economic Community if the UK joined.

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Guernsey Co-op GP 'four years away'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Channel Island Co-operative Society hopes to open a medical practice in Guernsey within the next four years.

The member owned company currently employs seven GPs in Jersey introduced reduced rates for children and cheaper prices for adult appointments than was previously offered.

CEO Colin Macleod said the society was currently investigating the best way to enter the Guernsey GP market and hoped to do so within the next few years.

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

Today will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, the showers will be heavy at times with a risk of thunder, especially later in the day. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Jersey 'innovator' speaking at Google education event

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Teachers wanting to learn more about Google's technology in the classroom are travelling to Guernsey from as far as the US for a summit about the company's education software.

Beaulieu
BBC

But one of tomorrow's speakers hasn't travelled quite so far - Rory Steel is assistant head at Jersey's Beaulieu Convent School, which has been using the company's classroom technology for around a decade.

The self-confessed "massive geek" said the school had embraced the cloud-based technology, with 2,000 devices connected to its wireless network.

Mr Steel said that, from September, the school would be recommending every student brought a laptop-style device into the classroom.

Teen caught with indecent images of young girls

Jersey Evening Post

A teenager who looked online at indecent images of children as young as ten and incited an underage girl to send him indecent images of herself has avoided jail.

Pollsters making thousands of Jersey calls for survey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Thousands of people on Jersey are being called by polling company Ipsos MORI over the next week to find out if they think proposed changes to the way politicians are elected in the island should be introduced.

The poll was commissioned by the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel, which is reviewing the reforms.

They include creating six large super constituencies, removing senators and reducing the number of politicians.

Politicians have already approved super constituency change but will have to vote again after the review.

Part of L'Ancresse sea wall could be removed

BBC Radio Guernsey

A section of the L'Ancresse sea wall could be removed as part of a £1m plan by the States of Guernsey that would also include a re-profile of the beach.

L'Ancresse
BBC

The 200m section of the wall, which has been subject to a managed decline for some time now, would be replaced with two stone groynes under the plans.

Before World War Two, L'Ancresse beach was full of natural dunes similar to Port Soif and Grandes Rocque.

The plan, which would also see the beach return to its natural state, is subject to planning consent and funding being secured.