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  1. Archaeologists to begin Alderney dig next month

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Archaeologists will discover more information about Alderney's Iron Age past when they begin digging at Longis Bay next month.

    The Roman site was discovered by chance two years ago by a mechanical digger putting in a trench for an electricity cable.

    The team, led by archaeologist Phil de Jersey, will sink trenches that go beneath the sand and the Roman remains to those of an Iron Age cemetery.

    Longis Bay, Alderney
  2. States to invest millions to improve lives of young people

    Josephine Baker

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Schools and youth and sports clubs in Jersey are set to benefit from a £20m States fund for young people next year.

    A States spending plan for the next four years sets out a programme of investment - which aims to give children an education and opportunities to involve them in decisions about the future.

    Over the next four years, the government plans to spend more than £94m to improve young people's lives.

    There will be investment next year in sports pitches and new playing fields at Grainville and St John.

    There will also be studies into a youth club for the north of St Helier, research into Le Squez youth centre and plans for premises for the Jersey Instrumental Music Service.

    Sports club
  3. States of Alderney discuss single-use plastics

    Euan Mahy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Plastic straws

    The States of Alderney is considering the measures it would need to take to stop the importation of single-use plastic.

    The matter was debated on Wednesday evening to gauge the views of States' members.

    Alderney Wildlife Trust says it has seen first hand the sort of damage plastics can do when they get into the sea, break down and are subsequently eaten by birds and fish.

    It pressed for Wednesday's debate without resolution - a device that enables members to discuss an issue and for Policy and Finance to gauge opinion and then work out if more action needs to be taken.

    Earlier this year the States agreed to sign up to the Blue Islands Environmental Charter - a European agreement to reduce waste and make island tourism more sustainable.

  4. Isolated thunderstorms expected across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    They're expected to affect the islands for the next six hours, Jersey Met said.

    Thunderstorm warning
  5. Guernsey FC sign up to run a national fitness initiative

    Rory O'Reilly

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey FC will become the first non-league club to run a national fitness initiative for overweight men.

    The Football Fans in Training programme was designed by the Scottish Football League Trust.

    It's designed for men aged between 35 and 65 with a waist size of 38 inches or more and a body mass index (BMI) of more than 27.

    The 12-week group-based programme will be delivered by the football club's coaches who, as well as passing on advice about how to get active and eat well, will give participants behind-the-scenes access to the club.

    The programme starts in September with space for 15 to 20 men, however season ticket holders will be given priority to sign up first.

    Guernsey FC's ground
  6. Islanders encouraged to report Asian hornet sightings

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey pest controllers will try to remove an Asian hornet's nest from a house in St Helier later.

    The nest at Roussel St is one of several which have been found this year.

    Asian hornets can kill whole colonies of bees and are considered harmful.

    Alastair Christie, Jersey's Asian hornet coordinator, says people have been calling him to identify new nests.

    He says he relies on the help from islanders.

    Generic image of Asian hornet
    Quote Message: I'm so grateful to members of the public for reporting and I would continue to ask people to keep a look out and report any concerns they have. I'd much rather have a report that wasn't an Asian hornet than not have a report that turned out to be a big problem. from Alastair Christie Jersey's Asian hornet coordinator
    Alastair ChristieJersey's Asian hornet coordinator
  7. Changes at Gatwick Airport for some Guernsey passengers

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Gatwick Airport

    Gatwick Airport is asking people who need mobility assistance to make arrangements with their airline before travelling from Guernsey.

    Changes at the airport mean passengers arriving from the Channel Islands will now walk to arrivals, instead of boarding a bus.

    Concerns were raised on social media about how far passengers will have to walk from the plane to the terminal and how it will affect people with limited mobility.

    Gatwick Airport says it always tries to keep walking distances to a minimum when designing new areas but strongly recommends that any assistance needs are highlighted before travelling.

    It added that arranging assistance beforehand will help reduce waiting times and allow staff to make the necessary arrangements.

  8. Channel Islands weather: Warm, dry and sunny

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    It will be a warm, dry day with a good deal of blue skies and sunshine throughout.

    There will be a risk of some showers overnight and into Friday.

    Maximum temperature: 19 to 24C (66 to 75F)

    weather
  9. Police warning after recent reports of dogs in hot cars

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Pet owners are being warned not to leave dogs in hot cars after police said they have received "a number or reports" recently.

    Officers said there's "no excuse for leaving them in these conditions" and dogs should be taken with their owners.

    Anyone concerned about an animal in a car should call the States of Jersey police on 612 612.

    Dog in car
  10. New school will have 122 more places

    Jersey's new Les Quennevais school will be able to give places to 122 more students than the previous building.

    Figures from a freedom of information request show in 2018, the school had a capacity of 728 students.

    When it opens in September 2020, the new school will be able to take a maximum of 850 students.

    It's being built on fields near the airport football pitch.

    Les Quennevais School
  11. Liberation bank holiday will be on a Friday

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey ministers have rejected calls to celebrate Liberation Day next year with a bank holiday on Monday 11 May.

    The 75th anniversary of Liberation happens to fall on a Saturday in 2020, so Malcolm Ferey started a petition calling for people to have the Monday off work.

    But the Council of Ministers says Friday, 8 May is a more suitable day to have the bank holiday because it is Victory in Europe Day and this sits alongside Liberation Day.