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  1. Sea bass fishing allowed again in Jersey

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Recreational anglers and a small number of commercial fishermen can fish for sea bass again in Jersey "under strict requirements", the States says.

    Assistant Environment Minister Gregory Guida said a limited recreational fishery had been reopened "in line with the rest of northern Europe" after data indicated "a recovering population".

    The species had been suffering a long-term decline in stocks due to over fishing.

    Recreational anglers are now being permitted to catch one bass per day while a controlled commercial fishing programme was in place to support local inshore commercial boats to fish for bass "under a strict management system, which includes detailed reporting requirements", he said.

    The scheme will also kept under review to monitor its effects on stocks, the States added.

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  2. Jersey teachers threaten more strikes over pay

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey teachers are threatening a series of strikes next term if they do not get some concessions in their pay dispute.

    Representatives of the NASUWT are meeting the States Employment Board to see if any compromises can be found.

    The relationship between teachers and the states is becoming increasingly strained. Teachers have been arguing for a better, backdated pay deal, but the employment board has maintained there is no more money available until next January.

    That was reinforced by the States last Wednesday when members voted against plans to release more cash from the States' savings. But the following day an auditor's report claimed the board was not fit for purpose.

    Jersey teachers' strike

    The union has given the States formal notice that its members will take action next term.

    Firstly, they will refuse to cover lessons for absent colleagues. They will also consider a rolling series of further strikes.

    Union officials said the action would go ahead unless the employment board could come up with some positive action.

  3. Puppy abandoned by driver after car is stopped by police

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Abandoned puppy

    A four-month-old puppy was abandoned in a car by a man who ran off after the vehicle was stopped by police.

    Officers tweeted that the hire car was stopped in Devonport area of Plymouth on Monday and searched for drugs when the driver then ran off.

    Police said they were still seeking the man for a number of offences, including driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and other road offences.

    The dog was returned to a "responsible family member", officers added.

  4. Academy trust could lose up to 50 full-time jobs

    Naomi Dymond

    BBC Spotlight

    An academy trust in Devon is consulting with staff about the potential loss of the equivalent of up to 50 full-time posts, its chief executive has confirmed.

    The South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, which runs seven schools in the area - including in Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Moretonhampstead and Widecombe-in-the-Moor - has started consultations on cutbacks which could affect up to 75 full-time and part-time roles.

    Parents and pupils took part in a protest outside South Devon Community College on Monday morning against the possible job cuts.

    South Devon Community College

    Trust chief Rachel Shaw said it was "with regret" that consultations had begun with staff and the unions, and it was hoped fewer staff would be affected.

    She added that, like all schools, the trust was required to balance its books and it has exhausted other means of cutting cost, but that she was also grateful to parents who had been supporting a case in pushing for more funding.

  5. Suspended minister apologises over 'inappropriate' email

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey deputy who was suspended as an assistant minister is to be reinstated after apologising for sending an email in which he called for a civil servant to be sacked.

    Chief Minister John Le Fondre suspended Reform Party politician Montfort Tadier (pictured) on Friday, describing his actions as "inappropriate" and "unworthy".

    Deputy Tadier said the email was simply a reply to a previous mail sent to four other States members and himself. The civil servant was also part of the email exchange and the deputy copied him in to the reply.

    He also said the matter related to concerns he had already raised publicly in the States.

    Mr Tadier has referred himself to the Commissioner for Standards, who will investigate before deciding what action, if any, to take. He is expected to return to his role overseeing culture policy in late May.

    Montfort Tadier
  6. First Jersey 'MOTs' on motorcycles and minibuses

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The first MOT-style tests in Jersey are being carried out on motorcycles and minibuses from Monday.

    All vehicles will have to be tested in future as part of Brexit preparations to make sure they comply with European rules.

    All motorbikes and scooters below 125cc and minibuses are currently being called to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department centre on the Waterfront.

    Driver and Vehicle Standards Department centre

    From 2021, all cars more than five years old would need to be tested to make sure they are roadworthy and tested again every three years. Larger vehicles will undergo annual tests.

    Minister Kevin Lewis said that, although there were more than a 100,000 vehicles in the island, officials were not expecting to test them all immediately.

    He said the new measures would be brought in under a "rolling programme" and vehicles' keepers would be notified when the test was required "by letter or email".

  7. Guernsey could be 'susceptible' to measles outbreak

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's director of public health says she can no longer be confident that Guernsey will not have an outbreak of measles.

    According to the Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC), the number of people vaccinated against measles in the Bailiwick has dropped from 96 to 92% - under what is defined as a "critical level" to prevent it becoming widespread.

    The highly infectious viral illness can sometimes lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.

    HSC is calling for people to be vigilant following outbreaks of measles in the USA, Europe and England.

    Dr Nicola Brink said vaccinations had dropped to a level were Guernsey was susceptible to an outbreak...

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    Video caption: Guernsey measles vaccinations 'under critical level'

    Measles cases in Europe tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596 - the highest number recorded this decade - according to data from the World Health Organisation.

  8. Concerns over Vale housing development plans

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Residents in the Vale in Guernsey are voicing concern at a potential housing development at Le Maraquet.

    A development framework has been submitted to build 38 new properties next to the power station in the Vale. But some nearby residents said they have had to deal with noise and fumes during periods when the island's cable link with Jersey was down.

    The Development and Planning Authority said the area had been tested for both noise and vibration, with very little impact being found.

  9. Cornwall marks 10 years with its unitary authority

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    It's 10 years since Cornwall switched to a unitary authority.

    The new council - which replaced one county council and six district and borough councils - was designed to do away with some of the waste and duplication of a two-tier system of local government.

    The council's current leader Adam Paynter said they actually underestimated how much money the new arrangement would save...

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    Video caption: Unitary Cornwall council 'has saved £170m'
  10. Funding sought to cover cost of historic cannon firing

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Castle Cornet cannon being fired

    New funding is being sought to cover the cost of firing Guernsey's historic Noon Day Gun.

    The increasing cost of ammunition and the ending of a current funding deal has meant the island's Culture and Heritage Service is looking for a new sponsor.

    A gun has been fired at noon from Castle Cornet since the early 19th Century, previously along with another at 21.30 to recall soldiers of the garrison to their barracks.

    For more than a decade the ammunition and gunners uniforms were commercially sponsored, but the current financial arrangement has come to an end, head of heritage services Dr Jason Monaghan said.

    "The Noon Day Gun ammunition will come out of the castle's budget if we don't have a sponsor," he said.

  11. Plan for houses next to power station criticised

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A development framework has been submitted to build 38 new properties next to the electricity power station in the Vale.

    The move has been criticised by residents of the area, who say they have been dealing with noise, vibration and fumes while the cable link has been down.

    Deputy Mary Lowe says the proposals are "unbelievable", after the problems previously faced by locals including complaints about ill health as a result of living too close to the station.

    "Bearing in mind all that history, I'm really surprised they've actually gone ahead and given permission in principle to a development happening," she said.

    electricity power station in the Vale.

    The Development and Planning Authority says the area has been tested for both noise and vibration with very little impact being found.

  12. Former Seaton mayor censured for inappropriate tweet

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The former mayor of Seaton has been formally censured by East Devon District Council after he called for residents to avoid a local business on what purported to be an official tourist information centre Twitter account.

    Seaton Town Council reported Liberal Democrat Seaton town councillor and east Devon district councillor Peter Burrows to East Devon Council after he called for residents on 1 January to avoid a "local business who badmouths the Mayor", adding: "Please Avoid" on the tweet from the SeatonTIC account.

    East Devon Council concluded his tweet - made in "direct response to comments made by an individual who Cllr Burrows believed worked at the business concerned" - did breach the code of conduct.

    It said: "This was not the case and neither the business nor its owner had any involvement in the making of the comments in relation to Cllr Burrows."

    Mr Burrows stepped down as mayor at a town council meeting on 7 January. He remains a councillor.

    Peter Burrows
  13. Autistic 'superfan' gets Guernsey trip funded

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    James Beardwell

    A non-league football "superfan" with learning difficulties is off to watch Guernsey FC, after fans clubbed together to fund an island trip.

    James Beardwell, from Essex, plans to watch Guernsey FC play at home next season, thanks to the £500 raised.

    The Witham Town fan will also meet other people with autism to offer advice on independent travel, he said.

    Taking public transport can be challenging to those with autism, the National Autistic Society has said.

    Mr Beardwell has followed his team for more than 13 years, now travelling to both home and away games.

    "To go to Guernsey - it'll be really, really good for me," Mr Beardwell said.

    "I'd love to have a chat with fellow autistic people and explain to them how I coped with my years of experience travelling without fear because of my autism."

    He also thanked all those who had funded the trip, which is expected to take place in October.

  14. Islands' fire services join forces for safety campaigns

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Fire services in Jersey and Guernsey are joining forces to deliver safety campaigns across the islands at the same time.

    The first will tackle the importance of having both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors fitted to boats.

    Others will include advice on flooding, barbecues, smoke alarms and fireworks.

    By joining forces, the services hope the campaigns can be more effective.

  15. Students 'in limbo over no-deal Brexit foreign placements'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Students at the University of Exeter who are required to spend a year abroad as part of their degree say they are in limbo until a decision is made about Brexit.

    They are concerned the foreign exchange programme Erasmus may not get funding next year if there is a no-deal Brexit.

    Students said they could not book work or accommodation for placements due to start in six months time until they knew what was going on.

    University of Exeter

    The government said the draft EU Withdrawal Agreement means students in UK-based organisations would be able to continue to participate in Erasmus+ exchanges and placements post-exit until the end of the current Erasmus+ programme in December 2020.

    Its current no-deal arrangements include the government saying its underwriting of a guarantee made in 2016 still stood for successful Erasmus+ bids submitted and approved while the UK was still a member state of the EU.

    Other EU countires, however, have been advising their citizens against studying in the UK because of Brexit uncertainty.

    In February, The Guardian reported that Norway’s higher education minister said he recommended students "look at other countries than Great Britain".

  16. Protest against Devon schools trust job changes and losses

    Naomi Dymond

    BBC Spotlight

    About 100 parents and supporters have gathered outside South Dartmoor Community College to protest against proposed job changes.

    It is understood a consultation is under way into possible changes at the South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust - which manages seven schools - including potential job losses.

    About 75 roles may be affected across the trust, with 43 of those at South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton.

    South Dartmoor Community College alone has about 1,300 students.

    The college's managing trust has been approached for a comment.

    South Dartmoor Community College protest
  17. First basking shark of 2019 seen off Cornwall


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    Basking sharks can grow up to 39ft (12m) long and weigh up to seven tonnes.

    They are often spotted off Cornwall's coast, particularly during the summer because of a seasonal plankton bloom, which they feed on.

  18. Two-ferry service at Torpoint for next two months

    BBC Spotlight

    People using the Torpoint Ferry are being warned of two months of disruption while one of the ferries is out of action for a refit.

    Tamar Crossings says three ferries will be running as normal until 09:30 on Monday, but one will then be taken out of service.

    Only two ferries will be in use until 1 June.

    Torpoint Ferry
    Quote Message: We recognise that the reduction in service during refit periods is not desirable, however these refits are essential to maximise the life of the ferries and ensure that we continue to provide a safe and reliable service into the future." from David List General Manager of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry
    David ListGeneral Manager of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry