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Summary

  1. Jersey sinkhole road 'closed until further notice'
  2. Ana Rebelo murder probe: Officers travel to Portugal
  3. Guernsey construction industry shrinks by 17% in four years
  4. Jersey healthcare: New partnership between patients and health providers
  5. Alderney Wildlife Trust 'disappointed' over UK summit no-show
  6. The head of Mont a L'Abbe school to retire after 16 years in her post
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Rob England

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That's all for today

Rob England

BBC News Online

That's it for Local Live today but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News .

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Partnership board to make health service more 'accountable'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health minister has claimed island patients should be able to comment clearly on how well the service is performing, and said the new "partnership board" is aimed to facilitate this.

Jersey hospital
BBC

Senator Andrew Green said he wants patients to be able to drive improvements in the health system, and for the system to be more "accountable".

He added that it is also important that service providers, whether from the voluntary or paid organisations, are able to feed back too.

If we're going to be smart about the way we work in providing the health service that people want to see, providing a system that keeps people in their homes, that is safe, that is sustainable, then we've got to start working together even closer.

Senator Andrew GreenHealth Minister, States of Jersey

Stable growth for Guernsey’s finance sector

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

We've heard today about a "sustained downward trend" in Guernsey's construction industry, but how is the island's biggest sector, in terms of both income and number of jobs, doing?

The latest States of Guernsey data shows financial services contributes nearly 32% of GDP and employs 21% of the island's workforce.

The number of jobs grew by 1.1% last year, while earnings also grew by 1.7%.

The government has described this stable growth as "important" but the banking sector continues its "slow decline" as mergers and cost reduction measures have meant jobs have been lost in Guernsey-based banks.

Credit Suisse
BBC

Spot the future firefighters in this class

Rob England

BBC News Online

Future Guernsey: Balancing the books

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Politicians will be asked to approve measures designed to raise an extra £40m next month, as part of a new 350-page government vision.

The Medium Term Financial Plan forms part of the Future Guernsey framework, which Deputies will be asked to vote on by the island's senior committee, Policy and Resources, next month.

In order to fund public services, the committee is recommending an extra £40m is found, with £26m coming from public service reform initiatives and the remaining £14m from "targeted tax measures".

States plan
States of Guernsey

Brexit a bigger problem for Guernsey fishing than new regulations

BBC Radio Guernsey

Fishing quotas will not cause a big problem for Guernsey, according to the vice president for the Committee for Economic Development.

Proposals from the UK's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs have been agreed for vessels less than 10 metres long, with a six week consultation now taking place to give local fishermen the chance to respond.

Deputy Jan Kuttlewascher said the bigger cloud on the horizon in terms of fishing is Brexit.

The biggest problem may come in the future with Brexit because a lot of the fish products are exported, shell fish and wet fish. Depending on how we deal with the European Union and whether or not we can continue exporting to France is another issue, that to me is a bigger cloud on the horizon.

Deputy Jan KuttlewascherVice President, Committee for Economic Development

Taxi fare reforms come into effect from July

BBC Radio Jersey

Taxi fares in Jersey could rise by up to 5% after a review of tariffs on the island.

As it stands, taxis use up to eight different tariffs to charge customer and also charge more for carrying more than one passenger, or luggage.

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Pre-ordered private hire cabs are currently unregulated by tariffs.

Minister for Infrastructure Deputy Eddie Noel, said the situation is confusing and has granted drivers a 4.6% increase in what they can charge, their first increase since 2014.

He is also simplifying the fares, meaning that from July both taxis and pre-ordered cabs will be subject to the same on-peak and off-peak prices, which will be higher on Sundays and holidays, and higher again at Christmas and New Year.

Private hires will be allowed to charge an extra booking fee, but no class of taxi will be allowed to charge extra for luggage.

Overseas territories call on UK government to 'meet commitments'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Environment ministers from the UK’s overseas territories and crown dependencies have called on the UK government to "meet its commitments" in representing and financing them.

Representatives from 13 UK overseas territories and crown dependencies met on 27 and 28 April in Alderney for the UK overseas territories conservation forum (UKOTCF), to discuss the future of the environment in their jurisdictions.

Alderney
BBC

The aim of the meeting was to discuss collaborative working and common priorities and approaches to negotiations with the UK government.

One of the main topics of discussion was how the overseas territories and crown dependencies biodiversity was "more important than metropolitan Britain", due to their unique ecosystems.

The UK government has been contacted for a response.

Woman cut out of car after three-vehicle crash, St Peter, Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 46-year-old woman has been cut out of a car by fire crews after a three-vehicle crash this afternoon, police said.

The crash involved a grey Mazda, a silver Honda Civic and a white Volkswagen van outside the Co-Op garage on La Route De Beaumont, St Peter.

Emergency services were alerted to the scene at around 14:30.

The woman has been taken to hospital and the extent of her injuries are unknown.

Andium Homes submits plans for 'Ann Court' regeneration

Rob England

BBC News Online

Andium Homes has submitted plans for their latest regeneration on the site of Ann Court, near the Jersey Arts Centre.

One-hundred-and-sixty-five flats are planned, including 129 one-bed apartments and 36 two-bed apartments.

Andium Homes
Andium Homes

The development will provide new affordable and high quality homes for islanders, and will support further regeneration in this area of St Helier with enhanced amenity space for residents, improved pedestrian access and convenient parking."

Deputy Anne PrykeMinister for Housing

Jersey Zoo tightens membership card rules after 'fraud'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Zoo has tightened its rules on membership cards after an "increase in the number of people borrowing card to get in for free".

You will now be required to bring ID with you if you want to get in with a membership card.

Chief executive Dr Lesley Dickie described it as "fraud".

She apologised to the majority of members who "would never dream of doing anything wrong".

'Burst water main causes sinkhole'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A burst water main is the cause of a sinkhole in St Helier, the States has said.

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Andy Downie from the Department for Infrastructure said the water had washed out material under the road, causing it to collapse.

He added that the road is expected to be closed until at least Wednesday, possibly Thursday, and advised motorists to avoid the area.

UV at max today

Rob England

BBC News Online

Basking in that brilliant late spring sunshine?

Good to hear, but make sure you're taking care of your skin...

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Guernsey freemason procession marks organisation's 300th year

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Freemasons paraded through St Peter Port this weekend to mark 300 years of the united grand lodge of England.

It was the first Freemason public procession in a century.

Provincial Grand Master, David Hodgetts, said the parade was a success.

masons march
BBC

This went so well, we'll try and find another excuse to do one before long."

David Hodgetts

Castel’s science week is out of this world

Guernsey Press

Asteroids and moon rocks landed at Castel Primary School this week.

Jersey Water at sinkhole

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Water has confirmed it is investigating a sinkhole that has appeared on Trinity Road.

The road has been closed until Wednesday, the Department for Infrastructure has said.

Jersey Water said staff were checking the water supply in the area.

Andy Downie, from the Department for Infrastructure, said the issue was believed to be a "burst water main", but teams were unable to confirm until digging at the site had started.

He said crews would be working late to dig down to solid ground to see if there was any further damage.

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Ana Rebelo murder probe: Officers travel to Portugal

Rob England

BBC News Online

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Jersey police officers have travelled to Portugal as part of an ongoing murder investigation into the death of Ana Rebelo.

Ms Rebelo was found dead in a property on Victoria Street, St Helier, on 4 April.

Police said the officers went to Portugal to gather further background information.

Two men who were previously arrested in connection with the murder remain on police bail.

Nominations open for trophy celebrating 'resilience'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A trophy commemorating the life of a young Guernsey man who died in battle in the Great War is to be taken out of storage and presented to an islander, or group, that has demonstrated resilience by bouncing back from an illness or setback.

The E J Blight trophy was made in 1917, the year lieutenant Blight died, and was last used in 1985.

Alun Williams, Education's Lifelong Learning manager, says resilience is a key attribute that helps young people cope with modern day life.

Nominations should be filed by 7 July.

Selling church land puts less burden on parishioners says Reverend

BBC Radio Jersey

The rector of St Brelade has said buying and selling church land means he does not have to ask parishioners for so much money to pay "church expenses".

Rev. Mark Bond agreed to sell some church land near the airport to build the new Les Quennevais school.

He says assets held by the church are used to pay for his wages and training as well as other expenses, money which would otherwise have to be found from donations.

Les Quennevais school
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Les Quennevais school was deemed "too small" by education chiefs

The money we make from our trust fund, which was set up after the sale of the last field means that we've got money to put towards that. Which is less I have to ask the people of the pew. I think that's the right balance of making the assets we have work for the church."

Rev. Mark Bond

Blue Diamond reports record profits of £8.5m for 2016

Guernsey Press

Blue Diamond, the rapidly-growing garden centre group, has reported record profits of £8.5m for 2016 – a 28% rise on the previous year.

'Lack of supervision' for prisoners serving less than 12 months

BBC Radio Guernsey

A deputy on Guernsey's Committee for Home Affairs has commented on the framework in place for rehabilitating prisoners in the island.

He said there was a lack of supervision for those on shorter sentences.

The shorter period of time you've got somebody in prison, the shorter period of time you've got to work with them, to rehabilitate them. Especially if they're only on a sentence of up to 12 months, they've got no supervision at all. It's something we are looking at and trying to address but it's something that's only just come to light recently.

Deputy Marc LeadbeaterCommittee for Home Affairs

Road closure: Hole appears on St Helier road

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police and the Department for Infrastructure are looking into a hole which has appeared on Trinity Road.

The road has been closed at the junction between Rouge Bouillon and Val Plaisant.

Police report the hole stretches across both sides of the road.

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Burst water main closes La Route du Picqueral, Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Traffic and Highway Services has warned road users that La Route du Picqueral, St Sampson, has been closed due to a burst water main.

The road will be closed until 09:00 tomorrow.

Mont L'Abbe school head praises staff ahead of retirement

BBC Radio Jersey

The outgoing head of Mont a L'Abbe school has praised the "well motivated" and "excellent" team at the school in getting high results.

Sharon Eddie is retiring after 16 years in the post at the school for students with learning disabilities.

She is succeeded by Liz Searle, who has been at the school since 2002.

There are a few changes in special educational needs coming forward with directives from the UK, and we will be looking at those to ensure that as time changes and the needs of children change, we are equipped to meet those needs.

Liz Searle

RNLI coxwain appeal will be conducted in ‘fair and proper manner’

Jersey Evening Post

A member of the St Helier lifeboat crew that walked out in support of their coxswain says that following a meeting with the RNLI he is now confident that an appeal against Andy Hibbs’ dismissal will be carried out in a ‘fair and proper manner’.

Public meetings into proposed electoral reform

Rob England

BBC News Online

At Grouville Parish Hall, members of the public are invited to express their views on the proposed changes to electoral districts in the States of Jersey.

Last week St Helier and St Saviour had the pleasure, tomorrow it's St John.

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Prisoners serving less than 12 months 'more likely to re-offend'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey prison
BBC

A deputy has said prisoners serving sentences of less than 12 months in Guernsey are more likely to re-offend.

Deputy Marc Leadbeater from the Committee for Home Affairs said it is an issue they have only recently become aware of, and has merited "further investigation".

He added, that there was "no system of support" in place for prisoners released within a year.

Man went 'berserk' with sledgehammer

Jersey Evening Post

A terrified woman feared her father was going to have his ‘head knocked off’ when a neighbour went ‘berserk’ and walked into their home carrying a sledgehammer, the magistrate’s court heard.

Technology investment fund 'raises about £70bn'

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

One of the biggest ever investment funds, which is administered in Jersey, has raised more than £70bn ($93bn), it's been revealed.

The "Vision Fund", which is run by Japanese bank, Softbank, will use the investors' money to buy up and develop new technology.

Plans for the fund were unveiled earlier this year, with local finance professionals saying the decision to base it here would be a game changer for Jersey's funds industry.

A look at the weather: It's feelin' hot

BBC Weather

weather
BBC

It's a partly cloudy start to the day and it should remain largely dry fine and sunny across the island.

Feeling warm in the strong spring sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

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BBC

St Pauls FC crowned Channel Islands champions

BBC Sport

Jersey's St Pauls FC have been crowned Channel Islands champions for the fourth year in a row, thanks to a 3-0 win over Guernsey's Rovers AC.

The annual "Upton" match puts the Jersey Premiership winners against the Guernsey champions.

Goals from midfielder Jack Cannon, youngster Joe Kilshaw and winger Michael Weir gave St Paul's the victory at Springfield on Sunday.

Public to face £250 fine for late tax returns

Rob England

BBC News Online

Don't forget, Friday is the deadline for submitting your tax return.

The States has warned that late submissions could face a £250 fine.

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Construction industry 'shrinks' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's construction industry is continuing to shrink, according the latest figures.

The States of Guernsey's economic overview of the island shows the sector has diminished by 17% since its peak in 2013.

Combined with wholesale retailers and repairs, construction makes up 21% of Guernsey's workforce.

They also take the majority of school leavers in years 11 and 12.

St Peter Port
BBC

New partnership board to give Jersey patients a 'voice' in healthcare system

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey general hospital
BBC

Jersey's department for Health and Social Services will form a new "partnership board" to improve the way people receive healthcare on the island.

The new board will have patients representatives on it as well as local GPs, hospital staff, care providers and civil servants, the department has said.

Chief Executive Julie Garbutt said patients should be "confident" in the new board, saying it would give them "a voice in the process" as, she admitted, it is the public who ultimately fund the health service through taxation.

Two-car collision at Kings Mills, Castel - be aware

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two cars were involved in a crash this morning at Kings Mills, police said.

Police and fire crews were reported to be dealing with the incident at around 07:21.

No one was injured in the collision, and traffic is able to pass, police said.

Drivers are warned to be "aware" of the incident.

BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

Good morning! Welcome to BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands on what looks to be a nice and sunny Monday.

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