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Summary

  1. Police say missing St Helier boy has been found
  2. Fuel and waste: Guernsey's big environmental spends for the next four years
  3. Jersey hospital: divisions delay debate on £500m cost again
  4. La Mare Primary is Guernsey's first 'Healthy School'
  5. Taxi drivers to meet over 5% price hike plans
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Rob England

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That's all from us today

Rob England

BBC News Online

That's all from us today at BBC Local Live, 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 tonight for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Guernsey's water carriers revealed for Gotland 2017

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two of Guernsey's teenage athletes have been unveiled as the island's water carriers for the Gotland 2017 Island Games.

Water carriers
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Badminton player Carys Batiste, 14, has represented Guernsey this season at senior county level.

Amelia Leas, 15, holds one of the fastest indoor sprint times by a Guernsey woman in the 400m.

The water carriers traditionally play a key role in Island Games opening ceremonies, bringing water from their home islands to be mixed together.

Charity launches diversity accreditation for employers in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Channel Islands charity Liberate - which aims to promote equality and diversity across the islands - has launched a new scheme for employers in the form of an accreditation to reward organisations who promote diversity in the workplace.

A spokesperson from the charity said they hoped the scheme, called DIFERA (Diversity, Inclusion, Fairness, Equality, Respect and Acceptance), would "set a new standard on which organisations looking to attract and retain a diverse workforce will want to aspire."

Organisations joining the scheme will undertake an "audit" of their workforce and policies.

The charity then aims to form "diversity champion groups" within the organisation, who will then train their colleagues in the scheme's key values.

The scheme is being launched tomorrow in Jersey, and will be rolled out to Guernsey later.

St Helier Skate park closed for maintenance

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey have advised that the skate park on the New North Quay will be closed for "annual inspection" until Friday.

The inspection includes assessing the ramps, pipes and other objects used in the park for wear and tear.

The park is set to re-open on Saturday.

Weather: Clear spells overnight, with some mist and fog

Holly Green

BBC Weather

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BBC

Some clear spells will develop for a time overnight and it will stay dry, however further mist and fog may develop at times.

Minimum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F)

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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BBC

Another Chelsea gold for clematis grower

Guernsey Press

Raymond Evison has once again won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Man sentenced after knife point robbery

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A 32-year-old man who robbed a Jersey shopkeeper at knife-point has been sentenced to four years in prison and recommended for deportation, the Royal Court heard.

Pawel Dzielak, who is originally from Poland held up Bruno Alves in his shop, Temple Stores in St Helier on 5 January.

In court Mr Dzeilak plead guilty to one count of robbery on the 24 March.

Pawel Dzielak
States of Jersey Police

Boy found after police appeal

Rob England

BBC News Online

Shane Le Breton has been located Jersey police said.

Police launched an appeal earlier today after he hadn't been seen since 22:00 yesterday.

Trinity road to re-open by 17:00 after sinkhole incident

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey have said Trinity road, which was closed on Monday after a sinkhole appeared in the road, will re-open by 17:00 today.

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No suggestion of direct threat to Bailiwick of Guernsey, say police

Guernsey Police are urging islanders to be alert, but to go about their daily business as usual, after a change in the national threat level to critical following the bombing in Manchester.

Acting Deputy Chief Officer Nigel Taylor said: "While the island can never consider itself immune, there is no current intelligence to suggest a direct threat to the Bailiwick and islanders are being advised to go about their daily business as usual, but to remain alert.

"It means the public will see increased numbers of uniformed officers across the island, which may include armed officers at the ports and airports.

"This is designed to reassure members of the public and is a pre-planned local response to the national threat level being raised to critical."

JSPCA warns pet owners not to leave animals in vehicles

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey dog owners are being reminded they could be prosecuted if they leave their animals in a vehicle in the hot weather.

Major Steve Coleman of the JSPCA says the majority of the complaints they receive are about dogs being left in cars.

He stresses it is "against the law" to mistreat your animals and the police have the right to "break into your car and get your animal out", if they feel it is necessary.

Major Coleman says dogs can suffer in a short space of time.

Jersey schools to decide how to cope with 3% subsidy cuts

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's education minister has said the island's fee paying schools will have to decide whether to make parents pay more when their subsidies are cut.

The education minister said the decision to cut subsidies to the schools by 3% over the next two years was made as part of the island's medium term financial plan.

For parents, it will mean the cost would go up by around a £160 a year per child if schools decide to charge them more.

Deputy Rod Bryans said the States need to make the savings, and its up to schools to decide how to cope with that.

It isn't about us saying to the school 'you have to increase your fees by 3%'. In fact what we're trying to do here is decrease the subsidy of the grants to the fee paying schools by 3% over two years starting from 2018 and 2019, so that's 1.5% each year. It's up to the schools how they embrace that change.

Deputy Rod BryansEducation Minister, States of Jersey

Tidal technology 'not viable' for Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Tidal energy is not the way forward for renewable energy in Guernsey, according to the President for the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure.

Barry Brehaut said the recently announced idea for a wind farm off the island's north coast was a far more realistic proposal than tidal energy.

He said despite the fact Guernsey is an island, tidal technology "is not viable".

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BBC

Couple ordered to leave their home of 21 years

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A couple who have refused to move out of the flat they have lived in for 21 years have said Jersey's main housing provider should refurbish rather than demolish their flats.

David and Helga Eves
BBC

David and Helga Eves have been ordered by Magistrates to leave their home at La Collette by the 5 July.

Andium Homes has offered five one bedroom flats and say there are another two they could move to.

The couple say none of the properties offered to them has been "suitable."

Guernsey industry leader asks 'why' third runway is needed

BBC Radio Guernsey

The group that represents non-finance business in Guernsey has said it is "unclear" whether the island needs a longer runway.

It has been identified by the Committee for Economic Development this week as a way of achieving their critical priorities of economic growth and expanding the tourist industry.

But the chair of the Confederation of Guernsey Industry, Clive McMinn, said the arguments for and against runway lengthening need more research.

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BBC

There isn't enough out there that tells us exactly what it's needed for, what its actually going to cost, and why. We've heard all the arguments for, and certain arguments against. I think a lot of research needs to be done.

Clive McMinnChairman, Confederation of Guernsey Industry

Jersey Reds appoint new president

BBC Sport

The chairman of the amateur side of Jersey Reds has been appointed as the club's new president.

Cliff Chipperfield was voted into the role at the Reds' AGM last night.

He replaces long-serving president David Lapidus.

Jersey Reds
BBC

Jersey threat level at airports and harbours remains 'substantial'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey's threat level has officially risen to "critical" in line with the UK due to the security border the island shares as part of the common travel area, according to the Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore.

However, a Ports of Jersey spokesman has advised that the island's airports and harbours remain at a "substantial" threat level only.

He said: "Although the general threat level in the UK has risen to critical, the UK Department for Transport has not increased the security threat level at airports or harbours. Therefore, here in Jersey we remain at substantial."

Deputy Moore said: "Police officers will maintain higher visibility in town and firearms officers will be more evident at the airport.

"I would like to reassure islanders that we are working proactively with UK colleagues to ensure the continued safety of the island.”

Quantitative easing cause of ‘financial repression’

Guernsey Press

Quantitative easing from central banks in the US, UK and Europe has adversely affected the global economy and grossly inflated asset prices, according to a leading hedge fund manager.

Jersey Water looks to build £1.2m 'pipeline' to control nitrate levels

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Water have applied for planning permission to build a pipeline they hope with improve their control of the level of nitrates and oxadixyl in the island's water supply.

Previous reports have suggested reducing the levels of nitrates in Jersey's water could cost more than £30m.

They say the "submerged bypass pipeline" will offer more protection to the main water supply at the Val de la Mare resevoir.

The project is said to cost in the region of £1.2m.

Pending approval, the project is planned for Autumn 2017.

Jersey confirm summer friendlies

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's football side will play two friendlies in Ireland next weekend as part of their preparations for next month's Island Games in Gotland.

They will be up against Ireland's best amateur players in games on Saturday, 3 June and Sunday, 4 June.

Jersey
Adi Topley

After the Island Games, Jersey will then once again host Leicester City Under-23s at Springfield, on Monday, 10 July.

Leicester's youngsters beat Martin Cassidy's side 3-0 when the teams met last month.

Armed officers may be deployed at Guernsey's ports and airport

Home care assistants to protest in Royal Square

Rob England

BBC News Online

Home care assistants from Family Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) will protest outside the States' building in the Royal Square this afternoon.

They say they want to engage with politicians over "harsh changes" to the standards of best practice in care providers on the island, calling them a "race to the bottom which puts the delivery of this vital service to FNHC clients at risk".

Yesterday Deputy Geoff Southern's proposed a motion to scrap the island's Approved Provider Framework for agencies whose standards of home care of practice fall "significantly below" that of States-funded organisations, but it was defeated.

Jersey coach hopes Gough will play on

BBC Sport

Peter Gough
Ian Jacobs/ICC

Jersey coach Neil MacRae hopes former skipper Peter Gough will represent the island in World Cricket League Division Five in September.

The 32-year-old stepped down as captain in November and said he would consider his international future.

"We're keen for him to play, as long as he feels fit and fresh enough to do so," MacRae told BBC Radio Jersey.

Jersey police guidance for islanders visiting the UK

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

La Mare de Carteret presented with healthy schools award

BBC Radio Guernsey

Lady Kathryn Corder has presented La Mare de Carteret Primary School with their Guernsey Healthy Schools award.

The School is the first to achieve the new Guernsey award which has been based on a scheme running successfully in Essex.

A States of Guernsey spokesperson said: "The programme is designed to support and strengthen schools’ PSHE curriculum and enable schools to audit their practice and celebrate the good work they are doing to support and develop young people’s health and wellbeing."

It is fantastic to receive an award that validates the continued hard work of the whole school community. Particular thanks go to Miss Castle (PSHE Coordinator) who has led on this initiative."

Kim HutchisonHeadteacher, La Mare de Carteret Primary School

Some fog still 'lurking around' this morning

Rob England

BBC News Online

Sure Jersey phone scam number confirmed as States survey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Telecoms provider Sure have confirmed that their earlier reports of a scam telephone number were in fact a survey into government reforms, commissioned by the States of Jersey.

The company warned customers they "may be subjected to charges" if they answered the call.

Last week, islanders expressed concerns about the survey, conducted by polling company Ipsos Mori, when the number began to show up as from the United States on their phones.

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The company have since retracted the statement.

A Sure Jersey spokesperson said: "Sure takes customer security very seriously and this number was initially flagged as a potential scam on our system.

"We remind customers to always remain vigilant when it comes to numbers that they do not recognise and to not give out personal information over the phone."

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How would you rate your pavements?

Rob England

BBC News Online

They say you learn something new every day, and today that fact is that most people in St Helier are fairly happy with the availability of pavements and pedestrian areas in the town.

The stats on this one come during national walking month...which I'd never heard of before.

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Candie Cemetery wall repairs progressing well

Guernsey Press

Work to stabilise the wall at Candie Cemetery is progressing ‘extremely well’, the St Peter Port constables have said.

Rugby: Chipperfield voted in as Jersey Reds president

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

The chairman of the amateur side of Jersey Reds has been appointed as the club's new president.

Cliff Chipperfield was voted into the role at the Reds' AGM last night.

He replaces long-serving president David Lapidus.

Cliff Chipperfield (right)
Sue Armes

Jersey Law Society look for changes in legal aid

BBC Radio Jersey

The Chief Executive Officer of The Law Society has said law firms should not have to pay for some divorce cases in Jersey.

Islanders are being asked for their views on Jersey's legal aid system, which people are able to access when they cannot afford legal representation.

Currently legal professionals bear that cost, which is estimated to be between £7-9m a year.

Neville Benbow said lawyers should not have to pay for things like someone else's divorce.

We live in a high pressure environment in Jersey, and there are a lot of divorces. We don't think that, going forward, people who have no dependant children should be able to get legal support for that, so why should the lawyers have to pay for someone else's divorce. If there are children, it's a more complicated matter.

Neville BenbowCEO Law Society

Half term checklist for drivers going to Europe

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey has directed drivers to their guidelines on driving in Europe ahead of the half term break, warning that islanders could face fines by not carrying essential items.

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Jersey's Bailiff asks flags to remain at half-mast

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Bailiff of Jersey William Bailhache has requested flags on states buildings remain at half-mast in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

Twenty-two people have been killed and 59 injured after suspected suicide bomber 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated a home-made device at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena.

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One month to go to Gotland 2017

BBC Radio Guernsey

Jersey's Chief Minister assures safety after increase in UK threat level

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst has reassured islanders of their safety after the UK Prime Minister Theresa May raised the country's threat level to ''critical''

In the wake of the Manchester bombing, which killed 22 and injured 59, Jersey Police said: " Whilst there is no intelligence to suggest that Jersey is under any threat, we remain vigilant under the circumstances."

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'Division' in Council of Ministers put off hospital funding debate

BBC Radio Jersey

Division in the Council of Ministers over how Jersey's new hospital should be paid for, was the cause of the debate being put off until the autumn.

Ministers are bound by the principle of collective responsibility, which means they should act as a united body on matters of policy. But the treasury minister has admitted they could not agree over the amount of borrowing for the hospital project, and worried about a lack of support from other members.

It is set to cost £466m, and the ongoing debate centre on how much of that should be borrowed and how much taken from the States reserves, the "rainy day" fund.

The debate has already been delayed, twice.

Last month senator Alan Maclean told members they needed to "get on with it" and further delays would increase "the risk and uncertainty."

But yesterday he told members the whole matter would be put off to the autumn, to gather more information and to make sure all ministers were behind the final plans.

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BBC

There had been some concerns by ministers about the proposal that was put forward for the funding of the hospital. On the back of not overwhelming support, not 100% support it was decided that the best move was to defer and withdraw the proposition until the autumn.

Alan MacleanTreasury and Resources Minister, States of Jersey

Heather Watson goes through to second round of French Open

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson fought back from a set down to advance to the second round of qualifying for the French Open.

Heather Watson
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The 25-year-old beat Russian Anastasiya Komardina 3-6 7-5 6-1 and must now win two more matches to reach the first round proper.

19-year-old Komardina received treatment for blisters in the third set but the world number 172 was not able to recover.

The British number two won in two hours 10 minutes in Paris yesterday.

Increased police presence at ports following terrorist attack

Guernsey Press

An increased police presence will be in place at the island’s ports following the terrorist attack in Manchester.