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Summary

  1. Teachers to vote on pay settlement next week
  2. Care inquiry panel returns for hearings
  3. Former lifeboat ops manager speaks about Sala search
  4. Beekeepers warned about highly infectious disease
  5. Updates from Tuesday 21 May 2019

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  1. Guernsey-Liverpool flights take to the skies

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Channel Islands airline Blue Islands has started a twice-weekly route to Liverpool, their second new route from Guernsey of the summer.

    It follows the launch of Monday's daily flight to London Southend and the expected launch of a Cornwall service on 3 June.

    CEO of the airline Rob Veron said the opening of these new routes demonstrated their "commitment to serving the Channel Islands" as they continued to "sustainably" develop their network.

    Paul Winfield, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands
    Image caption: Paul Winfield, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (left) and Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands
  2. Schools potato competition delayed by industrial action

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    The teachers strikes are affecting Jersey life beyond the normal education and care issues, as Thursday's Great Jersey Potato-off has been forced to delay the announcement of the schools category winner.

    The final weigh-in to determine the victor will now take place on Friday.

    Potato sack
  3. Teachers hope for better pay offer after talks

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Teacher

    Discussions between Jersey's government and the island's teachers could lead to a better pay offer in June.

    For several months teachers have claimed their pay offer isn't good enough - and finally announced a series of strikes and industrial action to try to make the States employment board come up with something better.

    But the board, led by the Chief Minister, Senator John le Fondre, has always maintained there was simply no more money to give them.

    The National Education Union, which has been on strike, and the NASUWT which has been working to rule, met the board together with the conciliation service at the end of last week.

    The NEU and now the board both say the talks were positive, and the union will ask its members soon whether to call a halt to the strikes.

    In a statement from the States, Senator le Fondre is quoted as saying it has authorised negotiators to build on that progress, and make a better offer by the middle of June.

    It's not clear what that will be or where any extra money might come from.

    In a separate development, the government claims that the island's head teachers have agreed a revised three-year deal.

  4. Jersey 'should stop sending children away' for care

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An inquiry has been told that Jersey should stop sending young people away from the island if they need to be in care.

    The panel that ran Jersey's care inquiry is in the island to find out what progress has been made.

    It made several recommendations for change - and its hearings this week aim to find out how the island's government has acted on them.

    Steve Hart, a consultant working for the States, said ending the practice of sending children off island is part of the plan to improve children's services.

    At the moment there are 25 children being cared for away from Jersey.

  5. Former lifeboat ops manager speaks about Sala search

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The RNLI's former lifeboat operations manager on Guernsey has said the night Emilano Sala of the plane crash made him realise he could not do that role and be a jurat.

    Peter Gill left the voluntary role after 14 years and has been replaced by former crew member Chris Harvey.

    Mr Gill said as with any emergency similar to the disappearance of Mr Sala's plane, everyone involved was under "enormous pressure".

    Peter Gill

    "That was the night that made it absolutely clear to me that I could no longer operate as lifeboat operations manager and function properly as a jurat.

    "I am sure the bailiff would look down on me very harshly if I were to be only half awake in the morning... you really put your heart and soul into delivering a proper outcome."

    Sala, 28, died in a plane crash late on 21 January near Guernsey, when he was a passenger on a flight from Nantes to the Welsh capital.

    The aircraft was piloted by David Ibbotson, who is still missing.

    Emiliano Sala and  David Ibbotson
  6. Jersey bird expert warns of human impact on vulnerable species

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey bird expert has warned of the impact that people in the sea have on birds around the island.

    Cristina Sellares from Birds on the Edge wants seafaring islanders to pay more attention to how their presence can disturb wildlife on the north coast, after becoming concerned observing kayaks in close proximity to bird colonies.

    Between March and July, a seabird protection zone is in place between Plemont and Greve de Lecq to protect vulnerable species like puffins and razor bills throughout the breeding season.

    Puffins floating in the sea
  7. Guernsey man building 'green' home

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey man who is creating a self-sustaining home is calling on Guernsey Electricity to support renewable energy projects like his.

    Andrew Munro in the process of building his home
    Image caption: Andrew Munro in the process of building his home

    Andrew Munro, who runs the anti-litter campaign “Pick It Up Guernsey”, is transforming his home to accommodate a heating system powered by solar panels in order to replace his reliance on fossil fuel heating.

    He said Guernsey Electricity and other energy companies should be doing more to support islanders to use renewable energy.

    Guernsey Electricity said that while solar subsidies have been used elsewhere, the concept of subsidies could be "divisive", as not everyone can afford to install them.

  8. Beekeepers warned about highly infectious disease

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    The States vet is urging Jersey beekeepers to be aware of the resurgence of the honey bee disease American foulbrood, following a confirmed case on the island.

    Previously undetected since 2014, the bacterial infection kills larvae and leaves behind honey combs with a sunken appearance.

    The disease is spread by other bees moving between colonies or unwitting keepers moving equipment from an infected hive to a healthy one.

    States veterinary officer, Theo Knight-Jones, said: “Any islander keeping bees should inspect their hives regularly for any signs of infection", reporting any signs of the disease to the States veterinary office.

    Mr Knight-Jones also reminded all island beekeepers that is important that they register their hives in order to keep a record of the location of colonies and help prevent the spread of the disease.

    Beehive
  9. Care inquiry panel returns for hearings

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The panel which investigated abuse in Jersey's care system has returned to the island to see whether appropriate action has been taken following the care inquiry report two years ago.

    The panel will hear from politicians, civil servants and voluntary groups at a series of public hearings this week.

    The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report was released in the summer of 2017, and detailed seven decades of abuse in the island's care system

    One survivor told how live electrical wires were applied to children's legs, while other victims also reported being beaten with nettles, having their heads dunked in cold water and being sexually abused.

    Haut de la Garenne
    Image caption: Haut de la Garenne was named the "house of horrors" after being at the centre of many of the allegations of child abuse

    Last year, Jersey's government admitted changes were "not being made fast enough", with only 11 of 41 action points completed by the first anniversary of the report on 3 July 2018.

  10. Climate change and poverty features in States plan

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Climate change and in-work poverty will feature more heavily in the States of Guernsey's updated government plan, it's been revealed.

    Over the last three years the Policy and Resources plan has set out the aims and objectives the States want to achieve, with revisions and updates taking place annually.

    Guernsey's plan for government is a way to support a 20-year vision of making the island one of the happiest and healthiest in the world.

    The main focus in this update has been putting a spotlight on tackling in-work poverty after a review was brought before the assembly earlier this year.

    The other big difference with this update is to prepare a climate change action plan to help take preventative measures against the impacts of global warming in Guernsey. Proposed changes also include renaming it The Future Guernsey Plan.

  11. Teachers to vote on pay settlement next week

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's teachers will be asked to vote at the end of next week whether to agree a settlement to their pay dispute and end their strike action.

    Members of the main teaching unions met the States Employment Board on Friday under the guidance of the island's conciliation service - an organisation that tries to resolve this kind of dispute.

    Brendan Carolan of the NEU said the talks were positive, especially as all the unions took part.

    He said there is the potential to reach an agreement - depending on further discussions.

    Today's strike is still going ahead, and teachers have been asked to go to a rally at lunchtime to show their solidarity.

    Teacher strike
  12. CI weather: Dry, warm and some sunshine

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry and sunny and pleasantly warm.

    Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

    Weather