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  1. Jersey education minister 'not told of savings before the public'
  2. Electrical fault causes launderette fire
  3. Sark businesses look for generators before power goes off
  4. Updates on Wednesday 28 November 2018

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  1. Sark electricity: Failure to reach agreement a 'shame'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sark is bracing itself for its power to be switched off on Friday evening.

    Businesses are getting generators in preparation and people are stockpiling on water - as toilets and taps won't work.

    Sark resident, Mary Teele says it's a "shame" negotiations between Sark Electricity and the island's government have so far failed...

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    Video caption: There was originally some concern all the residents might be forced to evacuate
  2. Guernsey's minimum wage to rise from January

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's minimum wage will rise by 35p to £8.10 an hour from January.

    States members passed proposals from the Employment and Social Security Committee earlier.

    The Young Person's rate will also rise, by 45p to £7.50 an hour.

    However, the president of the committee, Michelle Le Clerc says going forward, the rate could still be changed.

    Quote Message: We still have to return to this assembly ever year with our proposition and we've already noted we will take into account the economic conditions at that time. Although we've set out a plan and a way forward it's not set in stone." from Deputy Michelle Le Clerc President of the Employment and Social Security Committee
    Deputy Michelle Le ClercPresident of the Employment and Social Security Committee
  3. Guernsey agrees to introduce opt-out donor scheme

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Politicians have approved replacing the island's opt-in system for organ donation with one of presumed consent where islanders can opt out.

    Under the scheme suggested by the health committee family members will still have a role in confirming decisions and appropriate safeguards are due to be built into the law.

    That legislation will have to be drafted and approved by the States before the change comes into effect.

    Opt-out schemes have been approved in Wales, Jersey and Scotland with discussions about a move to such a system ongoing in England and the Isle of Man.

  4. Gale force winds continue to hit islands


    An orange weather warning for wind remains in place across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

    It added gales of force eight are continuing.

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  5. Statue plans to mark women's contribution to island life

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are plans to put a statue up in Jersey to commemorate the women who have contributed to island life.

    Senator Kristina Moore is in talks with the St Helier Constable, Simon Crowcroft, about where it could go.

    She hopes it could be built next year, to coincide with the centenary of women's suffrage in Jersey...

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    Video caption: The statue would commemorate the women who have contributed to island life
  6. Education minister 'not told of savings before the public'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's education minister says she was not informed of the chief minister's plan to make millions of pounds of savings before it was announced publicly.

    Senator John Le Fondre recently told a group of business leaders the States would be making £32m of savings in 2019.

    He said it would involve a permanent reduction in the size of the States' workforce.

    At an education scrutiny meeting, Senator Tracey Vallois told politicians she was extremely concerned about what this could mean for the future of investment in local education.

  7. Sark businesses look for generators before power goes off

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of businesses in Sark are looking at buying generators to prepare for the power being turned off.

    Sark Electricity said it had to turn power off on Friday night after negotiations with the island's government hit an impasse.

    Meanwhile, the Stocks Hotel is planning to accommodate up to 50 vulnerable islanders ahead of the electricity supply being turned off on Friday.

    General manager of Stocks Paul Armorgie said thanks to installing a backup generator, his staff would be able to help out locals...

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    Video caption: Sark hotel 'in fortunate position to have generator' before island's electricity shut off
  8. Jersey aim to repeat maiden victory in U18 competition

    Jersey under-18's will try to win their second match in a row as they prepare to take on Kent FA on Sunday.

    The team stunned current champions Sussex 4-1 in their first ever game in the South East Counties Youth Champions on 19 November.

    A string of saves, including a penalty save from Josh Jehan and goals from Thomas Harris, Andy Roxburgh and a brace for Sol Solomon gave Jersey a maiden win in the competition.

    Sunday's opponents Kent started their South East Youth Counties Championship campaign with a 2-0 win over London FA.

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    Quote Message: We are taking a changed group of players away to Kent, due to some of our players being away with their school fixture programme. It will be difficult to re-create the performance against Sussex but we will go there with the same attitude, determination and targets to play well and be competitive." from Paul Renton Head coach, Jersey FA Link Asset Service Under-18s
    Paul RentonHead coach, Jersey FA Link Asset Service Under-18s
  9. Weather: Windy and mild with rain

    BBC Weather

    Early rain will clear to leave Wednesday mainly cloudy with patchy light rain, but outbreaks of more persistent rain are expected to push in from the west later this afternoon. A windy and mild day.

    Maximum temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F).




  10. Tumble dryer electrical fault causes launderette fire

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An electrical fault in a tumble dryer caused the closure of Gloucester Street in Jersey on Tuesday night, it is understood.

    Firefighters were called to a launderette there when the shop began to fill with smoke.

    There were people living in flats above it, but officers told them to stay inside while they dealt with the fire.

    The road was closed for two hours and no-one was hurt.

    An investigation is under way.