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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 1 April 2019
  2. Witness appeal after fight in Jersey
  3. Measles vaccination figures drop
  4. Concerns over Vale housing development plans
  5. Funding sought to cover cost of historic cannon firing

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  1. CI weather: Sunny spells but showers possible

    BBC Weather

    It looks like staying largely dry through Monday night. There will be clear periods at first but as the night progresses, so cloud will become more extensive.

    Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    On Tuesday morning there will be cloud with some patchy rain for a time. It will then brighten up from around the middle of the day with sunny spells but there will be a threat of afternoon showers as well.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (47F).

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  2. Sea bass fishing allowed again in Jersey

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Recreational anglers and a small number of commercial fishermen can fish for sea bass again in Jersey "under strict requirements", the States says.

    Assistant Environment Minister Gregory Guida said a limited recreational fishery had been reopened "in line with the rest of northern Europe" after data indicated "a recovering population".

    The species had been suffering a long-term decline in stocks due to over fishing.

    Recreational anglers are now being permitted to catch one bass per day while a controlled commercial fishing programme was in place to support local inshore commercial boats to fish for bass "under a strict management system, which includes detailed reporting requirements", he said.

    The scheme will also kept under review to monitor its effects on stocks, the States added.

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  3. Jersey teachers threaten more strikes over pay

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey teachers are threatening a series of strikes next term if they do not get some concessions in their pay dispute.

    Representatives of the NASUWT are meeting the States Employment Board to see if any compromises can be found.

    The relationship between teachers and the states is becoming increasingly strained. Teachers have been arguing for a better, backdated pay deal, but the employment board has maintained there is no more money available until next January.

    That was reinforced by the States last Wednesday when members voted against plans to release more cash from the States' savings. But the following day an auditor's report claimed the board was not fit for purpose.

    Jersey teachers' strike

    The union has given the States formal notice that its members will take action next term.

    Firstly, they will refuse to cover lessons for absent colleagues. They will also consider a rolling series of further strikes.

    Union officials said the action would go ahead unless the employment board could come up with some positive action.

  4. Suspended minister apologises over 'inappropriate' email

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey deputy who was suspended as an assistant minister is to be reinstated after apologising for sending an email in which he called for a civil servant to be sacked.

    Chief Minister John Le Fondre suspended Reform Party politician Montfort Tadier (pictured) on Friday, describing his actions as "inappropriate" and "unworthy".

    Deputy Tadier said the email was simply a reply to a previous mail sent to four other States members and himself. The civil servant was also part of the email exchange and the deputy copied him in to the reply.

    He also said the matter related to concerns he had already raised publicly in the States.

    Mr Tadier has referred himself to the Commissioner for Standards, who will investigate before deciding what action, if any, to take. He is expected to return to his role overseeing culture policy in late May.

    Montfort Tadier
  5. First Jersey 'MOTs' on motorcycles and minibuses

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The first MOT-style tests in Jersey are being carried out on motorcycles and minibuses from Monday.

    All vehicles will have to be tested in future as part of Brexit preparations to make sure they comply with European rules.

    All motorbikes and scooters below 125cc and minibuses are currently being called to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department centre on the Waterfront.

    Driver and Vehicle Standards Department centre

    From 2021, all cars more than five years old would need to be tested to make sure they are roadworthy and tested again every three years. Larger vehicles will undergo annual tests.

    Minister Kevin Lewis said that, although there were more than a 100,000 vehicles in the island, officials were not expecting to test them all immediately.

    He said the new measures would be brought in under a "rolling programme" and vehicles' keepers would be notified when the test was required "by letter or email".

  6. Guernsey could be 'susceptible' to measles outbreak

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's director of public health says she can no longer be confident that Guernsey will not have an outbreak of measles.

    According to the Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC), the number of people vaccinated against measles in the Bailiwick has dropped from 96 to 92% - under what is defined as a "critical level" to prevent it becoming widespread.

    The highly infectious viral illness can sometimes lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.

    HSC is calling for people to be vigilant following outbreaks of measles in the USA, Europe and England.

    Dr Nicola Brink said vaccinations had dropped to a level were Guernsey was susceptible to an outbreak...

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    Video caption: Guernsey measles vaccinations 'under critical level'

    Measles cases in Europe tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596 - the highest number recorded this decade - according to data from the World Health Organisation.

  7. Concerns over Vale housing development plans

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Residents in the Vale in Guernsey are voicing concern at a potential housing development at Le Maraquet.

    A development framework has been submitted to build 38 new properties next to the power station in the Vale. But some nearby residents said they have had to deal with noise and fumes during periods when the island's cable link with Jersey was down.

    The Development and Planning Authority said the area had been tested for both noise and vibration, with very little impact being found.

  8. Funding sought to cover cost of historic cannon firing

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Castle Cornet cannon being fired

    New funding is being sought to cover the cost of firing Guernsey's historic Noon Day Gun.

    The increasing cost of ammunition and the ending of a current funding deal has meant the island's Culture and Heritage Service is looking for a new sponsor.

    A gun has been fired at noon from Castle Cornet since the early 19th Century, previously along with another at 21.30 to recall soldiers of the garrison to their barracks.

    For more than a decade the ammunition and gunners uniforms were commercially sponsored, but the current financial arrangement has come to an end, head of heritage services Dr Jason Monaghan said.

    "The Noon Day Gun ammunition will come out of the castle's budget if we don't have a sponsor," he said.

  9. Plan for houses next to power station criticised

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A development framework has been submitted to build 38 new properties next to the electricity power station in the Vale.

    The move has been criticised by residents of the area, who say they have been dealing with noise, vibration and fumes while the cable link has been down.

    Deputy Mary Lowe says the proposals are "unbelievable", after the problems previously faced by locals including complaints about ill health as a result of living too close to the station.

    "Bearing in mind all that history, I'm really surprised they've actually gone ahead and given permission in principle to a development happening," she said.

    electricity power station in the Vale.

    The Development and Planning Authority says the area has been tested for both noise and vibration with very little impact being found.

  10. Autistic 'superfan' gets Guernsey trip funded

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    James Beardwell

    A non-league football "superfan" with learning difficulties is off to watch Guernsey FC, after fans clubbed together to fund an island trip.

    James Beardwell, from Essex, plans to watch Guernsey FC play at home next season, thanks to the £500 raised.

    The Witham Town fan will also meet other people with autism to offer advice on independent travel, he said.

    Taking public transport can be challenging to those with autism, the National Autistic Society has said.

    Mr Beardwell has followed his team for more than 13 years, now travelling to both home and away games.

    "To go to Guernsey - it'll be really, really good for me," Mr Beardwell said.

    "I'd love to have a chat with fellow autistic people and explain to them how I coped with my years of experience travelling without fear because of my autism."

    He also thanked all those who had funded the trip, which is expected to take place in October.

  11. Islands' fire services join forces for safety campaigns

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Fire services in Jersey and Guernsey are joining forces to deliver safety campaigns across the islands at the same time.

    The first will tackle the importance of having both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors fitted to boats.

    Others will include advice on flooding, barbecues, smoke alarms and fireworks.

    By joining forces, the services hope the campaigns can be more effective.

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  12. Call for more parents to stay overnight at new hospital

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There could be more room for parents to stay overnight with their newborn baby in Jersey's new hospital.

    Currently, some mothers can have their partners stay with them, but the maternity unit doesn't have space to offer this to every family.

    Deputy Louise Doublet asked the health minister if there are plans to allow the other parent to stay overnight when the new hospital is built.

    Deputy Richard Renouf has confirmed he's looking into the matter, and a new group of women, midwives and doctors is being set up to review overall maternity care.

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  13. Witness appeal after fight in Jersey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a fight in Jersey on Saturday night.

    It happened in the area of Gloucester Street, by the Adelphi Lounge pub, at about 22:30.

    It's believed a 52-year-old man was was punched by a 21-year-old man, Jersey Police said.

    The suspect, who had a bicycle with him, was arrested at the scene and inquiries are ongoing.

    Both men are known to each other, police added.

    A young woman with a pram was also present during the incident.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact States of Jersey Police.

    Gloucester Street
  14. Legal aid costs could be shared under new plans

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's government has asked people who should foot the bill for people who can't afford legal representation for criminal trials.

    Legal aid is currently paid for by lawyers, but politicians are now reviewing plans for the government to share the cost.

    The government would fund criminal case costs and the lawyers would cover civil cases.

    Legal aid

    Under other proposed changes, the legal aid scheme could become legally recognised - it isn't written into Jersey law at present.

    A panel which is reviewing the proposals is hoping to hear the views of people before the States debate next month.

  15. Measles vaccination figures drop

    Edward Rowe

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The number of people vaccinated against measles in Guernsey has dropped.

    The health committee is calling for people to be vigilant following outbreaks of measles in England, mainland Europe and USA.

    Vaccination

    In the last few years, the levels of those who have been vaccinated has dropped from 96% to 92%.

    The Director of Public Health, Nicki Brink said while it's still a high number - and there haven't been any cases of measles in recent years - the fall is "concerning" and she reminded all parents whose children haven't been vaccinated to reconsider.

    Health Protection Nurse Jo Rocha said vaccinating children is particularly important at this time of year, as many islanders could be travelling abroad to areas where there could be measles outbreaks.

  16. Weather: A dry day with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    A generally dry and settled morning with some sunny spells.

    Later, further dry weather is expected and there will be more sunshine at times too.

    Breezy at first but winds will ease.

    Highs of 14C (57F)

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