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  1. Concern over 'scam' calls from polling company about Jersey electoral reforms
  2. Part of Guernsey's L'Ancresse sea wall could be removed
  3. Jersey chief minister won't decide over re-election until Christmas
  4. Updates on Friday 19 May 2017

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By Ryan Morrison

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  1. Thank you for joining us this week

    Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 on Monday morning.

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

    There is also news through the night and over the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Jersey orchid foundation blooms at Chelsea Flower Show

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Orchids from Jersey have arrived in London ahead of next week's Chelsea Flower Show.


    The Eric Young Orchid Foundation takes part in the world's most famous gardening event every year.

    The sensitive plants had to be carefully packed and shipped over to the UK ready to exhibit at the RHS flagship show.

  3. Evening weather: Persistent showers

    BBC Weather

    Showers will persist overnight but become more isolated. There will be light winds and clear spells, allowing the temperatures to quickly fall away. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).


    Jersey weather


    Guernsey weather
  4. Free meningitis vaccine for older teenagers in Guernsey

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Older teenagers aged 18 and 19 are being offered a meningitis vaccination for free if they didn't get it while at school after a rise in cases recently.

    Teenagers born between 01 September 1998 and 31 August 1999 are being invited to come to a clinic at Lukix House in May, June and July to get the injection.

    The vaccinations have been offered to 14 to 18-year-olds in schools and colleges following a rise in cases of meningitis and septicaemia. Older teenagers and university students were at particular risk of infection, the States said.

  5. Plans for migrants to face criminal record checks

    Jersey Evening Post

    Migrants moving to Jersey could be subject to criminal record checks before they are allowed to work, under new plans being considered by ministers, the JEP has learned.

  6. Chief minister to urge clear-up of poll concerns after 'scam call' fears

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, will be urging the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel to make it clear a poll they have commissioned on electoral reform is genuine.

    Polling company Ipsos MORI has reassured islanders being called as part of a survey on government reform that they won't be charged and that the survey is genuine and not a scam.

    This comes after people said on the popular Jersey Ask Advise Advertise Facebook group that they were getting calls from numbers in America and elsewhere. Some said they thought it was a scam and wouldn't answer.

    Ipsos MORI said it was genuine and the calls were all coming from Edinburgh, but there was an issue with the way telecom companies in Jersey were processing caller ID information from the company.

    Senator Ian Gorst
    Quote Message: I hope people pick up the phone and answer the survey, and I will be asking them to make clear to the public what the number is when they get a call for the survey, and how long they will be on the line. from Senator Ian Gorst Chief Minister
    Senator Ian GorstChief Minister
  7. Aurigny: 'Comment on loss to follow review'

    Guernsey Press

    Aurigny is waiting for the publication of a strategic review before it comments on the £6.3m loss the airline is expected to incur this year.

  8. Jersey lifestyle survey sent to thousands of homes

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    If you live in Jersey, you may have a letter on your doormat when you get home with the latest Jersey opinions and lifestyle survey.

    Post box

    The annual survey aims to give the States an idea of what people in the island think about a range of issues, including organ donation and the cost of health services.

    For the first time they are also asking people's attitude towards breastfeeding as well.

    The survey will be sent to 3,300 randomly selected households. All results will be kept confidential and used to produce percentages in a final report.

  9. Guernsey's economy 'growing', latest forecasts claim

    Oscar Pearson

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The latest figures published by the States of Guernsey in its economic overview for May suggest the island's economy is growing.

    The 2016 figures for Gross Domestic Product won't be out until August, but a spokesperson for the States said employment and earning data for the year are "positive".

    The stats for 2016 showed employment and median earnings both increased during 2016. The report also said the limited statistics for this year were also generally positive, as was the short-term outlook for the island.

    However, the report also highlighted the risk posed to investment in the island due to the uncertainly surrounding Brexit.

  10. Chief minister won't decide over re-election until Christmas

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's current Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, won't make a decision over whether to stand for the States next May again until Christmas.

    Senator Ian Gorst

    Speaking on the BBC Radio Jersey Hot Seat, Senator Gorst said he has a very busy year ahead, with a lot he hoped to achieve, so he would not make a final call until things got easier at Christmas.

    This current sitting is longer than usual as the States voted to move the general election from Autumn to Spring.

    Politicians would normally have been up for re-election later this year but have until May 2018.

  11. New head teacher for Mont a l'Abbe School

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Mont a l'Abbe School is to get a new head teacher after the current head retires after 16 years in the job.

    Liz Searle

    The specialist school for children with complex learning difficulties currently has 94 pupils across all year groups, including primary and secondary pupils.

    Sharon Eddie, who is taking early retirement at the end of this school year, said it had been a "fantastic privilege" to work at the school.

    Current deputy head Liz Searle (pictured) will take over from September. She joined the school in 2002, having worked in a number of schools in east London before that.

  12. Many 'saving money using the bus in Jersey'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's only bus company, Liberty Bus, says a recent survey found 82% of people asked saved money by using the bus rather than driving to work.

    About 1,500 bus users were asked for their views and the company said the findings showed the bus service had a "real social impact" on the island.

    LibertyBus is owned by not-for-profit social enterprise CT Plus, and took over the service in Jersey in 2013.

  13. States to underwrite inter-island ferry service?

    Jersey Evening Post

    Talks are continuing between Jersey and Condor to operate a ferry between Jersey and Guernsey which could run several times a day, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has said.

  14. Bio fuel could be used in Alderney generator

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney Electricity plans to install new diesel engines which are capable of using both fossil and bio fuels.

    The company said the new engines would be more efficient and would be able to capture waste heat for nearby properties.

    The managing director of Alderney Electricity, James Lancaster, said this new technology would bring "new opportunities" for the island.

  15. Jersey students create scheme to help Rwanda farmers

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A coding course run by Digital Jersey has helped a charity produce an environmental tool to help farmers in Rwanda move away from using chemical fertilizers.

    The Credible Food Project has been working with farmers to show it is possible to farm profitably while still improving biodiversity, but it couldn't be scaled up due to the need to manage large amounts of data.

    The coding course took on the idea as one of the projects for its students, and they created a website to enable soil assessments to be input and analysed so farmers could be given a management plan and move away from chemical fertilisers.

    Quote Message: Our coding course is a valuable resource for the tech industry, producing entry-level software developers who are being snapped up by companies in this growing sector." from Tony Moretta Digital Jersey CEO
    Tony MorettaDigital Jersey CEO
  16. Chief minister could earn over £53,000 from next year

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister could earn more than £53,000 per year if a proposition to pay the head of govenrment more than other politicians is approved in July.

    Currently all States members, including backbenchers, scrutiny presidents and the chief minister, earn the same - £46,600 per year, which includes any expenses.

    The Privileges and Procedures Committee has proposed that, from May 2018, the chief minister, whoever holds the job at the time, is paid 15% more than other members.

  17. Alderney wants information to find Occupation truth

    Guernsey Press

    The States of Alderney is to ask the UK, Germany and any other relevant authorities to release outstanding material relating to the Second World War occupation of the island.

  18. Jersey school early adopter of classroom technology

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Educators have travelled from around the globe to Guernsey for this weekend's summit about Google education software.

    There's already one school in the Channel Islands that has embraced the company's technology in the classroom: Jersey's Beaulieu Convent School for Girls.

    It's been using classroom technology for around a decade, and, despite concerns about security and giving all pupils a level playing field, the school's assistant head, Rory Steel, said the students had benefited from the move.

    Rory Steel
    Quote Message: It was quite a risky decision all those years ago. But, ultimately, it's saved us over £100,000 that we now spend on learning." from Rory Steel Deputy head teacher
    Rory SteelDeputy head teacher
  19. Chief minister could be paid more than other politicians

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The chief minister in Jersey could be paid 15% more than other States members if a proposition by the Privileges and Procedures Committee is approved.

    States Assembly

    It would not apply to the current chief minister, Senator Ian Gorst, but would come in after the general election in May 2018.

    Currently States members all have to be paid the same whether they hold ministerial office or not.

    There will be a vote on the change on 4 July 2017.