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Summary

  1. Vote of no confidence lodged against Jersey chief minister
  2. Jersey 'helps Danish authorities recover £20k of fraudulent money'
  3. Campaigners call on care inquiry head to answer questions
  4. Guernsey Innovation Fund 'can avoid Jersey mistakes'
  5. Jersey voting reforms: Senator role to stay
  6. Alderney looks to install self-service fuel points for aircraft
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. States should provide 'suitable' land for light industry

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    An attempt is being made today to provide a solution to the long standing problem of land for light industry in Guernsey.

    States members will be asked whether four separate sites will be able to provide sufficient land for local businesses.

    The issue faces amendments from Vale Deputy Laurie Queripel who wants two States committees to find at least four acres to replace the current proposed site at Fontaine Vinery.

    Quote Message: They offer important services, they create jobs, they ensure that a variety of skills exist and are passed on. They contribute to the economy and the exchequer and help to diversify the economy. So I think the best option for all these issues in mind is to utilise an area of States land suitable for this kind of industrial activity. from Deputy Laurie Queripel
    Deputy Laurie Queripel
  2. 'Too late' for Guernsey-Jersey ferry service this year

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It is now "too late" to set up a ferry service between Guernsey and Jersey this year, according to the President of the Economic Development Committee, Deputy Peter Ferbrache.

    In the States Assembly today he said basic economic analysis showed the island would not benefit.

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    Quote Message: The understanding of the Committee, formed through the discussion with Policy and Resources, was that the proposed service did not meet the requirements of the Future Guernsey Economic Fund. The justification of the service was part economic and part social welfare, i.e. providing a service that Guernsey citizens have expressed a desire for. from Deputy Peter Ferbrache Economic Development Committee, President
    Deputy Peter FerbracheEconomic Development Committee, President
  3. French regulator set to clear third nuclear reactor at Flamanville

    Reuters

    French nuclear regulator ASN is set to give safety clearance for a third nuclear reactor vessel being built for French utility company EDF at its Flamanville site, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    Flamanville nuclear reactor

    The newspaper said the regulator had provided EDF with elements of a preliminary report on the reactor that indicate the equipment meets the safety conditions for the reactor to start up normally.

    Non-approval for EDF would have meant billions of euros in extra costs and would have jeopardised its planned takeover on nuclear group Areva's reactor unit.

    ASN has been studying weak spots in the reactor's lid and base since the reported discovery in 2015 of carbon concentrations in the steel caused during the manufacturing process.

    EDF declined to comment on the report.

  4. Band to quit table tennis after Island Games

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    One of Jersey's top table tennis players of the past decade will bow out of competitive action at this month's Island Games.

    Josh Band, who won doubles silver at Jersey 2015 and used to play on the professional circuit, has decided to make the event in Gotland his last.

    Josh Band

    He'll instead focus on running his local bars and restaurants.

    "It takes up a lot of time - I've had to find space for table tennis, but it's been a bit hard," he told BBC Radio Jersey. "My time on the table is, I think, close to coming to an end."

  5. Alderney looks to install self-service fuel points for aircraft

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States of Alderney has announced it is looking to install a self-service fuel machine at the island's airport, as a solution to the ongoing aviation fuel shortages.

    But the proposed machine would probably only supply the "Avgas" fuel used by private aircraft, rather the Jet A1 fuel used by Aurigny's Dorniers, a spokesman said.

    Policy and Finance Chairman James Dent said he would like to see both A1 and Avgas fuel made available at the airport as soon as possible, adding that this would be an "economic enabler" for the island.

    Alderney
  6. Campaigners call on care inquiry head to answer questions

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Campaigners have said they are very unhappy that no-one will be able to question the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel about their report when it is published next month.

    The report, which has been delayed twice already, is expected to detail what went wrong in Jersey's child care system.

    But panel chair Frances Oldham QC has ruled out any questions from people wanting to know more details after reading the report.

    Neil MacMurray, a campaigner for children's rights in Jersey, said there should be more transparency to start to "heal the wounds" left by the past.

    The care inquiry panel have been approached for a response.

    Jersey Independent Care Inquiry
    Quote Message: Victims and survivors need to, as best they can, close wounds, Jersey needs to close wounds. She [Frances Oldham QC] needs to answer questions. There are bound to be many, many question coming from this report, from the victims, survivors, from the media, from bloggers, from those accused. We deserve, we all deserve to be able to put these questions to the panel after reading this report. from Neil MacMurray Campaigner
    Neil MacMurrayCampaigner
  7. LIVE: States of Guernsey

    Guernsey States Chamber

    Live coverage of the sitting of the States of Guernsey and analysis from BBC Radio Guernsey here.

    Topics to be debated today include:

    • The introduction of regular statements by committee presidents at States meetings
    • Changes in the number of Douzaine representatives in States elections
    • The introduction of a law allowing the States to implement international sanctions
    • Land provisions for light industrial use
  8. A dry start with cloud moving in this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    After a breezy start, the island will have a mainly dry morning with plenty of sunshine and much lighter winds than yesterday.

    The odd stray shower is possible but it will stay dry most of the time. It will cloud over during the afternoon though.

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

    In Jersey:

    weather

    And in Guernsey:

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  9. LIVE: States of Jersey

    States Chamber

    The States of Jersey are sitting today, tune in here for live commentary.

    Topics being debated include:

    • Implementing island-wide voting reforms
    • Income support
    • A term limit for Jersey's chief minister
    • Protecting space and trees at the La Collette low rise development
  10. Guernsey: Fosse Andre - Coronation Road junction cleared

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    After a crash on the junction earlier, the scene is now cleared according to police.

  11. Guernsey: Crash at Fosse Andre and Coronation Road junction

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Police are reporting a crash at the junction of Fosse Andre and Coronation Road.

    They have advised people to avoid the area.

  12. Chemical spill area 'hosed down' at Guernsey harbour

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A "minor chemical spill" broke out near berth five at Guernsey harbour yesterday, the fire service has confirmed.

    Crews cordoned off the scene at around 15:10 to hose down the spill area.

    Harbour master Chad Murray said: "No-one was hurt and there was no risk to public health. An officer from environmental health attended and confirmed he was content with the clean-up."

    He said the spill came from a container, and that the area affected is not used by the public.

    chemical spill
  13. Five-year restraining order for holding woman by the throat

    Jersey Evening Post

    A 27-year-old man has been given a five-year restraining order after admitting taking hold of a woman’s throat and pinning her against a wall.

  14. Jersey voting reforms: Senator role to stay

    BBC Radio Jersey

    States members have rejected the latest attempt to have senators removed from Jersey's government, as part of a wider debate on voting reform.

    An attempt to remove senators and reduce the number of politicians was defeated yesterday by 19 votes to 24.

    In today's States sitting, assembly members will vote on implementing the reforms approved on 2 February.

    States assembly
  15. Guernsey Innovation Fund 'won't make Jersey mistakes' says businessman

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A local businessman in Guernsey has said he is "convinced" a Guernsey Innovation Fund could avoid repeating the mistakes of a similar fund in Jersey.

    Money

    In Jersey the fund was launched in 2014 to help start-up companies and gave loans to six firms until issues were raised early in 2016.

    In January, Jersey's Assistant Chief Minister Philip Ozouf resigned when a report highlighted failings in the £5m fund.

    Work is under way to create a similar fund in Guernsey, but Marc Laine, managing director of technology firm C5 Alliance, said a Guernsey fund would do better at "sharing risk".

  16. Guernsey land for light industry debate to resume

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    States Assembly and Royal Court building, Guernsey

    It looks to be a busy day in politics across the Channel Islands, with both Jersey and Guernsey politicians attending their respective assembly chambers.

    In Guernsey an attempt is being made to provide a solution to the long standing problem of land for light industry in Guernsey.

    States members will be asked whether four separate sites will together be able to provide sufficient land for local businesses.

  17. Jersey 'helps Danish authorities recover £20k of fraudulent money'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Attorney General said the island has helped Danish authorities in connection with a criminal case involving fraud against creditors and bankruptcy related offences.

    Just under £20,000 has now been paid into the Criminal Offences Confiscations Fund - which is dedicated to dealing with criminal conduct - and will be used for the benefit of the island.

    Jersey's Attorney General Robert MacRae said while the sum confiscated in this case is small, it demonstrates Jersey's ability to combat "international money laundering".

    He added: "This shows that Jersey will track down and confiscate the proceeds of crime when they are hidden in the name of front men or nominees."