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Summary

  1. 'Unclear' how strikes will affect services
  2. Winds of force six expected across the islands
  3. Test results for Jersey food chemicals due back soon
  4. Passengers blamed for airport delay stats
  5. States Employment Board accepts review recommendations
  6. Updates from Wednesday 29 May 2019

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  1. Weather: Cloudy and misty overnight

    BBC Weather

    Weather map

    It will remain cloudy tonight, with some mist also possibly developing.

    There will be some light rain and drizzle during the night. It will be a mild night.

    Thursday will be quite a cloudy day, although the cloud may break at times to allow some spells of warm sunshine through.

    It should remain largely dry, although a little drizzle is possible.

  2. Book of condolence for late Colin Powell

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A book of condolence for Colin Powell CBE - the former States adviser - has been opened for the public.

    It will be in the reception of the Government of Jersey building on Broad Street all of this week and Tuesday to Friday next week.

    Mr Powell "passed away peacefully" on 13 May.

    book of condolence
  3. Fewer male teachers in Jersey schools than in the UK

    BBC Radio Jersey

    About one in seven of Jersey's primary school teachers are men, according to new figures.

    Released under a freedom of information request, the figures from the Government of Jersey also show the number increases to about three in 10 for secondary schools.

    Meanwhile, there are no male teachers in any of the States-run or States-funded nurseries.

    In the UK, about 38% of secondary school teachers are men while 15% of primary school teachers are.

    Male teacher
  4. Organ donation leaflet available in Polish and Portuguese

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Leaflets about the law change regarding organ donation are now available in both Polish and Portuguese on the Government of Jersey’s website.

    The leaflets are part of the ongoing Health and Community Services campaign to inform people that from 1 July, the system for organ donation in Jersey is changing.

    From that date, there will be an assumption in law that adults consent to donating their organs after death unless they say otherwise.

    Islanders can record their wishes to donate or not be a donor on the National Organ Donor Register by logging on to www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

    organs in jars
  5. States 'frustrated' at strikes continuing until 00:00

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Public sector workers in Guernsey will hold industrial action until 00:00 on Thursday, according to the States of Guernsey.

    The island's government said it understands some Unite members will also take a "work to rule" approach for the rest of the week, declining overtime requests.

    The operation of the airport and harbour and essential services at the hospital will remain unaffected.

    However, it added it's "unclear" what impact there will be on sewage, rubbish and recycling collections.

    The States said it is "frustrating" that Unite has decided to move forward with this disruptive action in an ongoing pay dispute.

    Union members say the pay rise they were offered wasn't "realistic" and was "below the cost of living".

  6. Organic allotment will feed rescue animals

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An allotment growing fresh, organic fruit and vegetables are being planted to feed rescue animals on Jersey.

    The patch is intended to save money for the island's animal shelter, the JSPCA, and help them become more self-sustaining.

    The project's being funded by Intertrust and employees from the financial company will be helping with the planting at weekends.

  7. 'Unclear' how public sector strikes will affect services

    James Rabey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    States workers from the Unite union are on strike in Guernsey.

    The island's government said it has been reassured the operation of the airport and essential services at the hospital will not be affected.

    However, it said it's "unclear" what impact the industrial action will have on other services.

    A meeting took place on Monday between States representatives and the union to further discuss the dispute.

    The States is making preparations to minimise any potential disruption with a representative advising islanders to attend appointments at the hospital as normal.

  8. Weather: Rain and cloud across the islands

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy day with rain expected across the islands.

    The afternoon and evening will be cloudy too with outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times.

    Highs of 15C (59F).

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather

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    Guernsey weather
  9. Winds of force six expected across the islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across the islands.

    weather warning
  10. States Employment Board accepts review recommendations

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The board which oversees Jersey's civil servants wages may have to be more open in the future in meetings over pay.

    The States Employment Board (SEB) has accepted all the recommendations of the Auditor General's review of its structure and will make changes.

    A review of pay is due to conclude later this year, and SEB says it's considering how to improve the transparency of its activities.

    The States is due to debate Deputy Geoff Southern's vote of no confidence in the board next Tuesday.

    Deputy Southern was sacked as an assistant minister after lodging his proposition.

    Senator John Le Fondré
    Image caption: Senator John Le Fondré says the board has accepted all findings
    Quote Message: The States Employment Board and officers have welcomed this review. Our robust action plan demonstrates our commitment to addressing its findings and strengthening the progress we have already made. from Senator John Le Fondré Chief Minister and Chair of States Employment Board
    Senator John Le FondréChief Minister and Chair of States Employment Board
  11. Test results for Jersey food chemicals due back soon

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Results from a laboratory in America testing Jersey food for a toxic chemical are due back in a few weeks.

    Milk and potatoes from St Ouen's Bay are being tested for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) - a chemical found in firefighting foam, carpet, clothing and household products.

    Low levels of the chemical, which is no longer used in Jersey, were found in the water at a number of homes near the airport runway.

    Deputy Gregory Guida, the assistant minister for the environment, said he's not expecting any "nasty surprises" but added it's important to look into the matter.

    potatoes
  12. 'Passengers turn up late'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Ports of Jersey claims that one of the reasons it was listed as the fifth worst airport in the country for delays is because passengers turn up late.

    The records of 24 airports were examined in a report, based on data from the Civil Aviation Authority.

    A spokesman for the Ports says Jersey is affected by delays from other airports, bad weather and passengers not arriving on time.

    Jersey Airport
  13. New household waste recycling centre open

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A new household waste recycling centre in Guernsey has opened to the public for the first time.

    The Longue Hougue site has taken a year to build at a cost of £2m and is based on facilities in use across the UK, with ramps to access recycling skips.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache, who cut the ribbon on Monday morning, said he hoped the centre would help encourage more people to recycle.