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Summary

  1. Body parts found off the west coast of Jersey belong to missing man
  2. Aurigny 'facing £6.3m loss'
  3. Guernsey States reject inter-island ferry idea
  4. Former Jersey Zoo silverback gorilla dies in France
  5. £2m in innovation fund loans 'still outstanding'
  6. Guernsey's Beau Sejour creche to close due to low numbers
  7. Updates on Wednesday 17 May 2017

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  2. 'Fierce' gorilla also a 'gentle father'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Ya Kwanza, the silverback gorilla that has died in France having previously resided at Jersey Zoo for 18 years, has been described as a caring father.

    Staff are recounting their memories of the gorilla, who died during an operation.

    In 2011, the then Jersey Zoo resident came to notoriety for taking selfies in his enclosure.

    Ya Kwanza

    Lee Durrell, from the Zoo, said he may have seemed aggressive, but he also had a softer side: "Ya Kwanza was a past master at playing the big, fierce gorilla, and he did this often.

    "But I remember him best as a dad. He had few children, but with them he was gentle and encouraging."

  3. Jersey sailor leading the way in Channel race

    Jersey Sailor Phil Sharp and Spaniard Pablo Santurde have a 30 nautical mile advantage in their class in the Normandy Channel Race.

    The 10-day event started on Sunday and runs from Caen, France, to the Isle of Wight, west along the south coast of England, up to the south coast of Ireland before returning to Caen.

    Still from a video on board ship
  4. Former Jersey Zoo gorilla dies in France

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A silverback gorilla that resided in Jersey Zoo for 18 years has died in France.

    Ya Kwanza was moved to Amneville from Jersey in 2011. He died there while under anaesthesia undergoing an operation for an injury.

    Ya Kwanza at Jersey Zoo

    Former Jersey Zoo Keeper Richard Johnstone Scott said he was "deeply saddened" by Ya Kwanza's sudden death.

    His name means "the first" in Swahili, a reference to his birth by artificial insemination, which was a first for the species.

  5. School pupils create 40,000 documents in a week

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Pupils at a secondary school in Jersey created 40,000 documents digitally in one week using cloud computing software.

    Rory Steel, the assistant head at Beaulieu Convent School, is going to be speaking at the Google Education summit in Guernsey this week.

    His school was one of the first to sign up to use the Google Classroom software.

    Quote Message: We've been on now for 10 years. Ultimately it has saved us over £100,000 we now spend on learning. We have the girls use their devices to create their work and our record is 40,000 documents in one week alone. from Rory Steel Assistant Head, Beaulieu Convent School
    Rory SteelAssistant Head, Beaulieu Convent School
  6. Jersey Style Awards 'to promote Jersey overseas'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A £20,000 government grant given to the first Jersey Style Awards will be used to promote the island as a fashionable destination overseas.

    Organisers say the first award ceremony in June will celebrate tourism, food, the arts and style.

    Tessa Hartmann, the award's producer, says Jersey can compete with stylish places such as Monaco and Paris.

    Quote Message: For me the most exciting part is how close it is to London and the rest of Europe. It isn't on the cool getaway list yet and I think that's because people just don't know. Not because it can't be that but it is about positioning it with the right voices. from Tessa Hartmann Jersey Style Awards
    Tessa HartmannJersey Style Awards
  7. Evening weather: More rain

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy with further outbreaks of rain this evening, although the rain will slowly ease tonight.

    It will become drier with clear spells developing by morning. It will feel cooler and fresher. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

    Jersey

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey

    Guernsey weather
  8. Getting witnesses who leave Jersey 'is difficult'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The head of a scrutiny panel investigating a highly criticised government innovation fund says getting witnesses to appear after they've left the island can be difficult.

    The fund was launched in 2013 to lend money to startup companies but £2m in loans still hasn't been repaid and one of the companies declared bankruptcy.

    Mike King, former head of Economic Development in Jersey and responsible for the fund, retired before a critical report was published earlier this year. He has since moved to the UK.

    Deputy Andrew Lewis
    Quote Message: We can subpoena him and we may consider doing that. It is something we may progress further. It is difficult when somebody is outside the jurisdiction to get them to appear before us. from Deputy Andrew Lewis President, Public Accounts Committee
    Deputy Andrew LewisPresident, Public Accounts Committee
  9. Court reviewing Curtis Warren drugs trial

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Liverpool drug dealer Curtis Warren appeared in Jersey's Royal Court over a video link today for a hearing examining his 2009 trial.

    Curtis Warren

    It is part of a judicial review of a decision not to grant Warren a chance to appeal his conviction. Appeals court judge Michael Beloff is presiding over the review.

    Warren is appearing via video link from Full Sutton prison in Yorkshire. He has been in prison since 2009 after being convicted of trying to smuggle £1m worth of cannabis into Jersey.

  10. Five of six innovation fund companies 'paying back loans'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Five of the six recipients of a loan from the now closed Jersey Innovation Fund are repaying the money.

    One of the loans was given to a company that went bankrupt.

    States Assembly

    The handling of the government fund was heavily criticised in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General earlier this year. Karen McConnell said the fund faced serious governance issues.

    The Public Accounts Committee are holding hearings into the fund, where the money is now and what happened that led to the critical report and its eventual closure.

  11. Lieutenant Governor 'warms up' for Island Walk

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Do you have what it takes to walk 48 miles around the coast of Jersey? Well late entries are still being accepted for the Island Walk if you feel you could complete it.

    Island Walk

    It is traditional for the island's Lieutenant Governor to take part in the walk and the newest appointee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, is keeping up the tradition - but he's getting in some training first.

    He will prepare for the walk with a practice in St Ouen's Bay along with the Jersey army cadet force, sponsor staff and members of the Rotary Club.

    He is inviting anyone else interested in taking part to join him at Kempt Tower at 18:30 on Tuesday, 23 May.

    The State Street Island Walk is on 24 June and will see hundreds of people walk all around the island with some taking a full day to complete the event.

  12. 'No further comment' on airline loss until after review

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Government-owned Aurigny won't comment further on the announcement they are facing a £6.3m loss until the outcome of a strategic review into the company has been published.

    Guernsey's senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier, announced in the States that if the current trend continues then the company would face a major loss. They have been given a £6m overdraft.

    Aurigny
    Quote Message: Both Aurigny and the States’ Trading Supervisory Board will have some work to do to analyse the recommendations and we will be in a position to respond to these and their financial implications in the coming weeks. from Mark Darby Aurigny CEO
    Mark DarbyAurigny CEO
  13. Millions hear Island’s praises sung on BBC national radio

    Jersey Evening Post

    Britain's biggest breakfast radio show dedicated a huge section of its programme to Jersey on Tuesday, plugging everything from its ‘gorgeous beaches’ to ‘fabulous potatoes’.

  14. Three fields bought for new school building

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Three fields in St Brelade owned by three different groups will be bought by the States of Jersey for the new Les Quennevais Secondary School.

    This is in addition to a field owned by the Church of England in the parish.

    Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, approved the purchase but cost details haven't been revealed.

  15. Roy Deeming 'a lovely easy going guy'

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Roy Deeming, 61, took his yacht the Desiree out around Christmas Day 2014. It was later found drifting off Corbiere with nobody on board which sparked a massive air and sea search to try to find him.

    Roy Deeming

    Three months later a diver found parts of a body off the west coast of Jersey which has now been identified as Mr Deeming.

    Former Jersey politician Mike Jackson, who knew Mr Deeming described him as part of the fabric of St Aubin. He said he "was a lovely easy going sort of guy who loved his boat and would go out in all weather".

    He said it would be a relief for his family to have some closure now his body has been found.

  16. Football: Trinity relegated from Jersey Premiership

    BBC Sport

    Trinity have been relegated from Jersey's Premiership after a 0-0 draw against Rozel Rovers, who themselves survive the drop with the result.

    Both sides went into the last league game knowing a loss would send them down, but that a draw would be enough to secure Rozel's topflight status.

    Rovers goalkeeper Frazer Siddall was named man-of-the-match after two wonderful saves.

    Quote Message: Their goalkeeper made two fantastic saves and really that's what has won them the game. Chances were few and far between and I'm just devastated that we couldn't get the win. from Scott Jones Trinity manager
    Scott JonesTrinity manager
  17. Grade change reminder for GCSE students

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Year 11 students in Jersey are in the middle of their GCSE exams and the education department has sent out a reminder that the way the grades work is changing.

    This year English and Maths grades will be marked with a number rather than a letter and from next year most subjects will follow suit. So instead of a C you'll get a four.

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  18. Some listed buildings 'should be torn down'

    Jersey Evening Post

    Some listed buildings in St Helier, such as the old Odeon cinema and Ann Street Brewery, should be torn down to make way for more modern developments, the head of Jersey’s social housing developer has said.

  19. 'No consultation' over Guernsey creche closure

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The decision to close the creche at Beau Sejour in Guernsey was made without a public consultation, it has been confirmed.

    Deputy Carl Meerveld says the building will be used to make way for new fitness facilities.

    He says only 20 people are using the creche on a regular basis and that means it isn't economically viable.

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  20. Companies 'could pay waste charge' from March 2018

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Companies in Jersey could be charged for getting rid of their rubbish from March next year.

    Waste

    If the States Assembly approves the plan by Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, companies will be charged £150 per tonne to dispose of solid waste and just over £2 for every cubic metre of water.

    There is currently no charge.