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Summary

  1. Search resumes for missing woman, Valerie Jehan, in Jersey
  2. Injured ski trip teachers recovering in the UK
  3. Health service 'should prioritise dementia care' in Guernsey
  4. The chairman of a Guernsey charity is insisting it was right to lodge an official conduct complaint against three deputies
  5. Guernsey wide referendum campaigns 'unlikely' to have spending regulated
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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  1. Injured ski trip teachers recovering in the UK

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Two Jersey teachers injured in an alleged hit and run in the French Alps are now recovering in the UK.

    The man and woman, who work at De La Salle, have not yet been named.

    During half term the pair were at the La Clusaz ski resort waiting near a bus stop when they were allegedly hit by a motorist at high speed.

    A spokesperson for the school says both members of staff have now left hospital in France - they've been transferred to a UK hospital to be closer to their families.

    La Clusaz ski resort
  2. Deputy wants the rights of EU nationals on Brexit radar

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey deputy is calling on the island's Brexit negotiators to flag up the rights of EU nationals in the Bailiwick.

    Deputy Peter Roffey wants greater acknowledgement of the contribution they make and says uncertainty over their status is damaging.

    Peter Roffey

    He's raising the issue at tomorrow's States meeting.

    He says although Guernsey has autonomy in some areas, immigration isn't one of them, and so it's important to get the island's voice heard.

  3. Changes at Bel Royal to "improve pedestrian safety"

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A pelican crossing, bus shelter and a new walkway could be created at Bel Royal in Jersey to improve pedestrian safety.

    The department responsible is consulting with local residents about the plans, which are part of a wider strategy to make travel in the area easier.

    Quintin Murfin, the head of projects at the Infrastructure Department, says if the plans are approved, it will make a big difference.

    You can give your views on the plans at a meeting at Bel Royal School between 14:30 and 17:30 this afternoon.

  4. Winter ops cancelled due to PEH bed pressures

    Guernsey Press

    Bed capacity at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital has reached over 90% on five occasions so far this year, meaning 12 elective operations have had to be cancelled .

  5. 'No information found to suggest what happened' to missing woman

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police say it's still unclear what happened to missing Valerie Jehan after she got off the bus at Devil's Hole last Friday.

    The 75-year-old has now been missing for four days - a French helicopter, Jersey's emergency services and a drone have all been involved in the search.

    Ch Insp Chris Beechey said her phone is in the area where she was last seen.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately we've yet to locate her, yet to find her, and in fact we've found no information at this present time to suggest what has happened when she got off the bus. What we know from the enquiries is that her mobile phone continues to indicate that it's in the area of the north coast. So in terms of the area we're searching, we're confident that we should locate Valerie." from Chief Insp Chris Beechey Jersey Police
    Chief Insp Chris BeecheyJersey Police
  6. Island wide referendum campaigns 'unlikely' to have spending regulated

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    The committee behind plans for Guernsey's first ever referendum is unlikely to impose controls on groups campaigning for their preferred electoral system.  

    The States Assembly and Constitution Committee (SACC) is continuing to work up plans ahead of a referendum on island wide voting. 

    In February last year the States decided to put the question of island wide voting to the people.  

    Members have already agreed that from 2020 all deputies should be elected on an island wide basis - subject to a public vote.

    Guernsey's voting districts
    Image caption: The electorate can currently only vote in their residential district, but members have voted for an island wide option in 2020

    SACC intends to come back to the States with its plans in June - but because it's proposing several different options for voters, it's now considering the impact of groups campaigning for their preferred system ahead of the vote.

    The concern being that some may be willing to spend sizeable sums of money promoting their cause.

    Members of the committee decided by a majority that it would be "very difficult to regulate" and it's now leaning very firmly in favour of non-regulation.

  7. Reds assistant Rae to leave in May

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey Reds assistant coach and former skipper Alex Rae will leave the club at the end of the Championship campaign.

    The ex-Northampton lock, 31, asked to be released from his contract and will return to England, with his wife who is expecting their second child.

    Alex Rae

    "We're disappointed to be losing Alex, who has played an important role for us in his first year as a coach," said Reds chairman Mark Morgan. 

    "We're already considering options for Alex's successor, however our immediate focus is on a big finish to the current season."

  8. Travel update: Emergency closure of Rue Feveresse

    BBC News Travel

    Due to a "collapsed roadside bank", there's been an emergency closure of the Rue Feveresse in St Saviours, Guernsey.

    The closure is in the bottom section of the lane off Sous L'Eglise.

  9. Scrutiny meeting discusses Alderney runway extension

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    The Scrutiny Management Committee has been asking Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development about their plans for travel links today.

    The length of Alderney's runway has come up, with the committee's president, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, ruling out an extension...

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    Scrutiny meeting
  10. Lightning strike leaves its mark on Grouville...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Ever wondered what a lightning strike looks like?

    This is the the base of a tree in Grouville which was hit, blowing a hole in a granite wall and also damaging the computers and electrical equipment at Belles Fleurs Nursery.

    Lightning tree

    Nursery owner Bernard Rebours says they’re finding it hard to run their business as they can’t access their computers and can’t take card payments. 

    He now has a basket of equipment that has been "fried". 

    He was watching out the window at the time the lightning hit and got a bit of a fright.

    Lightning wall
  11. Alderney States to be asked to back review into health care

    Guernsey Press

    Alderney politicians are being asked to back the findings of an independent review of the island’s health and social care needs at their next States meeting.

  12. Name change after 10 years to 'make it clear to holidaymakers'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Durrell Wildlife Park is changing its name back to Jersey Zoo to "make it more clear to holidaymakers".

    A spokesperson for the trust says the main reason for the name change is to make the zoo more visible to visitors to the island as well as staying true to the wishes of the founder, Gerald Durrell.

    Gerald Durrell

    He originally named it Jersey Zoo when it opened nearly 60 years ago. 

    It says the name was changed 10 years ago to avoid the word zoo because of its perceived negative connotations.

  13. Charity made official complaint in 'good faith'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The chairman of a Guernsey charity is insisting it was right to lodge an official conduct complaint against three deputies. 

    Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley were cleared last week of any wrongdoing. 

    Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley

    They were alleged to have made disparaging comments about a fellow politician's ability to work while caring for a disabled family member.

    Chairman of the Guernsey Community Foundation, Wayne Bulpitt, says their motive was to ensure there was no discrimination in public office. 

    He says he doesn't feel the need to apologise, as the charity was acting in "good faith".

  14. Splash and dash driver sorry for soaking

    Jersey Evening Post

    A motorist who believes she may have inadvertently drenched a pedestrian during yesterday’s downpours is urging the man to come forward – so she can pay for his dry cleaning.

  15. Police to 'continue search for days to come'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    States of Jersey Police say they will continue their search for missing woman, Valerie Jehan, until they have exhausted all possibilities.

    Mrs Jehan, 75, was last seen getting off a bus on Friday lunchtime at Devils Hole.

    Ch Insp Chris Beechey says they have drawn up a search plan to include areas inland of Devil's Hole, but their assumption is that she went towards the sea.

    He says they won't give up the search until they have looked everywhere in the area.

    Valerie Jehan
  16. BBC iWonder: What are zoos for?

    BBC iWonder

    Durrell Wildlife Park has announced that it is changing its name back to Jersey Zoo after 10 years.

    Some organisations have tried to steer clear of the word "zoo", as they say it can get a lot of negative press over the issues of caged animals, unnatural habitats and animal treatment.

    Gorilla at Durrell Wildlife park

    In 1959 Gerald Durrell opened a zoo in Jersey – the first to put conservation above all else. 

    But it wasn’t until the 1990s that other zoos took on the mission to save the most threatened species in the world.

    Have a look through our iWonder guide on what a zoo is, and what it's for ...