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Summary

  1. Grave of Nazi concentration camp survivor found
  2. A new air taxi service for Channel Islands
  3. Barbecues and cigarettes warning after Jersey fire
  4. Guernsey 'performing well in dealing with patients undergoing a mental health crisis'
  5. Call for some employment restrictions to be lifted for Guernsey hospitality and tourism workers
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for joining us on Wednesday

    Thanks for joining us on Wednesday. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

    There is news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Evening weather: Showery rain

    BBC Weather

    Turning cloudier through the evening with isolated showers developing with a risk of thunder. 

    The odd mist or fog patchy is also possible. Minimum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F)

    Jersey

    Jersey weather

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    Guernsey weather
  3. Woman dies by smoking attached to oxygen tank in Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A smoker "sparked a fire around her mouth" when she tried to light a small pipe while attached to an oxygen feed.

    Mask and oxygen tank

    Diane Lesley Noel, 64, from St Peter in Jersey, died from shock last October when the miniature explosion caused her heart and lungs to fail, an inquest heard. 

    The inquest, held at Morier House in St Helier today, heard Mrs Noel had been suffering from chronic lung disease for years and was "warned to stop".

    Advocate Cyril Whelan heard Mrs Noel had a previous scare a few years earlier from smoking while using her oxygen, and that Mr Noel said he thought she had "learned her lesson".

    On the 20 October 2016 a neighbour called the Fire Service after Mrs Noel's flat's fire alarm sounded for 45 minutes.

    Mrs Noel was declared dead two hours later. 

  4. Hemp farming 'could help island agriculture'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis that is used in industrial products such as doors and insulation, could be a major feature of Jersey's agriculture industry if a trial is successful according to an environment department spokesman.

    Hemp

    Industrial Hemp Partnership has been given a one season licence to grow four varieties of hemp to see how well it grows in the island. It will take up just over a hectare of land during the trial.

    Scott Meadows, head of plant health at the Jersey Environment Department, said the varieties given a licence have a very low psychoactive component.

    The licence was granted as part of the rural economy strategy, aimed at diversifying the ecology of the island beyond dairy and potatoes. 

    Quote Message: I think if commercially this stacks up and the data we take points to a commercial future for hemp I think it can be part of a sustainable future for farming in Jersey. from Scott Meadows Head of Plant Health
    Scott MeadowsHead of Plant Health
  5. 'Extensive consultation' over population legislation

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    "Extensive consultation" has taken place with local businesses about the effects of new population legislation according to Guernsey's Home Affairs Committee. 

    Its response follows comment from the owner of the St Pierre Park Hotel, who called for some employment restrictions to be lifted for off-island workers in the hospitality industry.

    St Pierre Park

    Hotelier Julia Hands fears talented staff will be attracted to destinations with long-term career prospects and the chance to build a life. She says relaxing the rules in Guernsey for live-in staff would be a positive start.

    Home Affairs President, Deputy Mary Lowe, says her team remains "committed" to working with the business community to make sure policies meet the needs of industry wherever possible.

    She says current laws reflect the need to retain staff within the hospitality sector who are part of a formal succession plan into senior roles. Deputy Lowe says this will ensure the long term continuity that Mrs Hands wants.

  6. Belsen survivor 'laid to rest in paupers grave'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A Jerseyman who was one of only two British people to survive the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was laid to rest in a pauper's grave in Nottingham.

    Grave

    Frank Le Villio was born in Jersey and aged 19 was deported to France after taking a joy ride on the motorbike of a German officer during the Nazi occupation of the island.

    He was then moved to Bergen-Belsen and after it was liberated he settled in Nottingham only to die a year later of tuberculosis.

    The location of his final resting place wasn't well known until historian Stan Keiller discovered it while researching Frank's life story. The grave was completely unmarked until the local vicar placed a small cross to mark the location.

  7. Hemp licence trial 'for industrial uses'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A licence has been granted for a farm in Jersey to grow industrial hemp, a member of the cannabis family but with very low psychoactive properties, to be used in the production of cooking oil and industrial materials.

    Hemp on a table

    Scott Meadows, head of plant health at the Jersey Environment Department, said they were approached by the Industrial Hemp Partnership (IHP) wanting to look at the growth of the hemp for construction materials.

    IHP will work with a local grower and the department who will monitor and research the output to make sure it meets necessary requirements.

    Mr Meadows said: "Industrial hemp is a different creature to recreational cannabis, it has very low, even vanishing levels of THC which is the psychoactive aspects of cannabis.

    "It is a very tall, fibrous plants and when it is proceeded can be made into car door linings, industrial panels and other products."

  8. Doctors could train to be a GP in Jersey

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Aspiring GPs will be able to do their training placement in Jersey if politicians approve a law change.

    Currently doctors wanting to become a GP have to go to the UK to do the compulsory surgery placement.

    Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, has proposed the change which is described as an "exciting advancement". It needs to be approved by the States Assembly before it can come into force.

    A health spokesman said they also hope to encourage as many local GPs to become accredited trainers and practices to become accredited as suitable learning organisations. He said the move would help expand the local workforce.

  9. Undersea power cable turned off for maintenance

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A cable importing electricity from France, which runs between Jersey and Guernsey, will be switched off on Friday so Guernsey Electricity can carry out "essential maintenance".

    Work will start on 12 May and will take about two weeks to complete. It will include work on the Barkers Quarry substation and other work in Jersey and France.

    The cable will be pulled up so it can be inspected and then reburied to ensure it is in full working order.

    Cable diagram
    Quote Message: This has been carefully planned for the summer months when electricity demand is at its lowest." from Alan Bates Guernsey Electricity CEO
    Alan BatesGuernsey Electricity CEO

    During the outage power will be provided by the generators at the power station.

  10. Guernsey 'must do more' on mental health prevention

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's government needs to do more work on mental health prevention according to a member of the Health and Social Care Committee.

    The issue was raised by mental health charity Guernsey Mind who said the government was good at dealing with people going through a crisis, but prevention was lacking.

    Emilie Yerby
    Quote Message: With mental health where you need the most specialised treatment we don't have the volume on island to provide all those specialists. There will always be instances where people need to go off island for treatment." from Deputy Emilie Yerby Health and Social Care Committee
    Deputy Emilie YerbyHealth and Social Care Committee
  11. Music festival cancelled due to poor ticket sales

    Jersey Evening Post

    A dance music festival due to be held at Val de la Mare Reservoir later this month has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

  12. Access to hospital through Oberlands only

    BBC News Travel

    Le Brigade Road in Guernsey has been reopened to traffic in both directions.

    Le Vauquiedor remains closed to through traffic and from this afternoon until Saturday access to Princess Elizabeth Hospital will be blocked.

    All access to Princess Elizabeth Hospital site will instead be via the Oberlands.

  13. New footpath opens by Jersey Airport runway

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new public footpath on the northern end of the Jersey Airport runway has been opened in St Peter today.

    It is part of a four-year major redevelopment project of land surrounding the airport designed to improve safety. The project cost £1.5m and was paid for by government-owned Ports of Jersey.

    The project involved buying and demolishing two nearby bungalows, changing a nearby road to create the 3m wide footpath and transferring fields from the airport to the parish.

  14. Hope for memorial to Belsen survivor

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A historian who found the grave of a survivor of Bergen-Belsen hopes to arrange for a better memorial to the man.

    Frank Le Villio

    Frank Le Villio was arrested in Jersey in 1944 for taking a joyride on a German soldier's motorbike. He was sent to a French prison but later ended up in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

    He died at the age of 21 in Nottingham of tuberculosis a year after being liberated from the camp and historian Stanley Keiller found he was buried in a pauper's grave in the city.

    He says after finding it the grave was cleaned up by the local vicar but he hopes a larger more permanent memorial can be put up.

  15. No hospital buses until Saturday

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Buses won't be running to the Princes Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey from today until Saturday. 

    It's because the Vauquiedor is closed both ways and traffic is using the Oberlands entrance.

    CT Plus says that's too narrow and too busy for buses to use to get to the hospital.

  16. Firefighters take Jersey States to arbitration over pay

    Mike Weir

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey firefighters are taking the States to outside arbitration in a dispute over pay. 

    They're unhappy at last year's public sector pay rise of 1% which was imposed on most States employees.

    Because the Fire Service is not allowed to go on strike, they have a special provision which means any pay dispute must be settled by the Jersey Arbitration and Conciliation Service.

  17. Guernsey ranked Britain's best island

    Jersey Evening Post

    Guernsey has been named Britain’s best island by a national newspaper – and Jersey hasn’t even made the top ten.  

  18. Church land sale proposed for new school development

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Developers in Jersey hope to buy a piece of church-owned land in St Brelade for the redevelopment of Les Quennevais School.

    Les Quennevais

    They're asking St Brelade parishioners to sell the field close to the cemetery and main road.

    Under Jersey's system it is up to parishioners in a parish hall meeting to decide whether to sell public or church land.

    The school is being built on farmland near the airport football pitch in St Brelade.

  19. Mental health provision 'is disjointed'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Mental health provision in Guernsey is disjointed according to a Guernsey mental health charity.

    Emily Litten from Guernsey Mind says agencies and the health committee need to work better together.

    Quote Message: There are minimal resources out there so we all have to work together to make sure we are being as efficient and as effective as possible. The key is to bring that all together and see how we can improve services collaboratively." from Emily Litten Guernsey Mind
    Emily LittenGuernsey Mind
  20. Georgetown roads down to single lane

    BBC News Travel

    Don Road and Georgetown Road will be down to one lane until 15:00 tomorrow, St Saviour parish hall confirmed.

    It will be one lane all the way down to the traffic lights for maintenance work on the Merton Hotel’s walls.