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Summary

  1. Teenager in 'critical' condition after crash
  2. Church raises funds for Ana Rebelo's body to be taken home
  3. Dean of Jersey appointed
  4. Driving test for over 70s 'not practical' in Jersey
  5. Condor apologises for Easter delays
  6. Vehicle damage in Guernsey prompts police investigation
  7. Jersey Post to support island cricket until 2019
  8. Updates on 18 April 2017

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  2. 'Absolute drought' warnings for Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Jersey Met Office has warned of "absolute drought" conditions after recording just 4mm of rainfall.

    The average April would expect 56.2mm, they said.

    For context, they added "the driest April on record was in 2011 when just 0.2mm was recorded. The wettest April on record was in 1998 with 162.4mm".

    As it stands if there is no rainfall by Thursday morning Jersey will be in an "absolute drought", but significant rainfall over the next 24 hours would classify as a "dry spell".

    Jersey Met definitions
  3. Number of passengers on Guernsey buses up 30,000 on 2016

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The number of journeys made by people on buses in Guernsey during the first three months of 2017 rose to 327,723, up more than 30,000 on the previous year, according to States figures.

    They added that this was the highest first quarter result since 2010 when the scheduled bus service carried a total of 298,056 passengers.

    The most significant increase was student passengers, which was attributed to the introduction of student travel cards.

    Guernsey bus passengers
    Quote Message: The figures demonstrate that a punctual, reliable well-funded service is a real benefit to the community. It is particularly encouraging to see so many students using the service on a regular basis too, a welcome respite perhaps for the taxi of mum and dad." from Deputy Barry Brehaut President of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure
    Deputy Barry BrehautPresident of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure
  4. Red mini damaged in car park, St Martins, Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was damaged by another vehicle in a car park.

    It is believed to have happened between 14:30 and 15:30 on 16 April.

  5. Former Jersey deputy praised by Bailiff

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Bailiff has described a former deputy, who has died, as a valuable representative of the Jersey people.

    Harry Baudains died at the weekend at the age of 83.

    He served as a St Clement Deputy between 1986 and 2002.

    Bailiff William Bailhache described him as a popular representative for islanders, who served on various committees and groups.

  6. More wildflowers planted to help pollinating insects

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    More wildflowers have been planted on grassland between Fermain Road and Val des Terres in Guernsey to bloom in the summer.

    A spokeswoman from Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said it had made the change to help pollinating insects: bumble bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths.

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  7. Weather: Cold overnight ahead of another sunny day

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry, clear and rather cold overnight. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    There will be a cold, and bright start for many on Wednesday.

    A little cloud will bubble up during the afternoon, but there will still be plenty of sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

  8. States announce ice rink's return to Fort Regent

    BBC Radio Jersey

    On the return of the ice rink a spokesman said it "will form an integral part of a Festive Event planned for the Fort this year".

    The rink will be open from 7 December 2017 until 14 January 2018.

  9. Mis-packed Kit-Kat bites 'present a risk' to those with nut allergy

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Trading Standards in Jersey has issued a warning about a batch of Kit-Kat chocolate snacks following a UK wide recall.

    Nestle recalled the product because a batch of its original milk chocolate bites were mis-packed with peanut butter bites.

    The States of Jersey Trading Standards said: "The product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to nuts and/or peanuts."

    In a statement Nestle UK said they were making the recall as a "precaution", and although packaging was clearly labelled as "may contain peanuts and nuts", it did present a risk.

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  10. New forum hoped to give Guernsey construction industry a 'collective approach'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of States reviews have had a stalling effect on Guernsey's construction sector, according to a local industry spokesperson.

    Mark Palfrey, from the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association, believes Guernsey's builders are seeing less work than their counterparts in the UK and Jersey, partly as a result of this uncertainty. 

    Mr Palfrey said he hopes the upcoming construction industry forum will help the industry decide on the "sensible way forward".

    Quote Message: What the construction forum can do about that is at least have a collective understanding of the sensible ways forward rather than just one industry sector. It might be the designers, it might be the developers, it might be the builders themselves having an opinion and not a coordinated approach." from Mark Palfrey Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association
    Mark PalfreyGuernsey Building Trades Employers Association
    Construction
  11. Gorst: Stable UK government 'in Jersey's best interests'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Ian Gorst
    Quote Message: The UK General Election is first and foremost a matter for the UK. The government of Jersey has sought to build strong relationships with parliamentarians of all parties and I am confident that we can work well with any future UK administration. Following the UK general election, it is in Jersey’s interests for there to be a stable UK government, working with us to deliver the best possible post-Brexit deal for the UK and for Jersey." from Senator Ian Gorst Chief Minister, States of Jersey
    Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey
  12. Condor Rapide operating on reduced power

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    One of Condor Rapide's engines has been shut down as a precaution after metal particles were discovered inside the port inner main engine.  

    Condor Rapide

    The firm said engineers are continuing to make repairs, but the ferry will be operating a rescheduled timetable this evening.

    From Guernsey to JerseyPlanned Times: Departure 17:00 Arrival 18:00Rescheduled Times: Departure 17:00 Arrival 18:20

    From Jersey to St Malo Planned Times: Departure 18:40 Arrival 21:00  Rescheduled Times: Departure 19:00 Arrival 21:40

  13. Island churchgoers reflecting on UK church relationship

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's new dean says the islands' three years under the Diocese of Canterbury has allowed churchgoers to think about their relationship with the UK Church.

    The Reverend Mike Keirle, the new leader of Jersey's Anglican church, said Canterbury's generous care has helped islanders look to the future.

    The Channel Islands moved temporarily from Winchester to Canterbury when relations broke down when the then Dean Bob Key was suspended over a compliant from a parishioner.

    Hands clasped on a bible
  14. Young man wins national St John Ambulance award

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A 15-year-old St John Ambulance cadet from Jersey has won a national award for his service with the charity.

    Tom Hughes was put up for the Diana award by teachers at Haute Vallée School.

    A spokesperson from the charity said: "The Diana Award is given out in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young role models who are selflessly transforming the lives of others."

    "The award is in recognition of young people going above and beyond their daily lives to create and sustain positive change."

    Mr Hughes will attend a ceremony in July in the presence of a member of the Royal family.

  15. Chief minister confirms meeting with RNLI crew

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister and deputy chief minister have confirmed they are meeting members of the RNLI St Helier lifeboat crew today.

    The crew resigned earlier this month after Coxwain Andy Hibbs was sacked.

    The RNLI said he was asked to step down due to a "serious breach" of the charity's code of conduct. 

    A public petition to reinstate Mr Hibbs has collected around 4,500 signatures. 

    RNLI
  16. Gavin St Pier reacts to snap UK general election

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Gavin St Pier
    Quote Message: The States maintains a wide network of contacts across the UK political spectrum, including through the All Party Parliamentary Channel Islands Group. Should the proposition for an early general election be successful, we stand ready to work with the new UK government whatever the result. In the meantime, the States’ work to prepare for Brexit will continue and was helpfully supported by the reports from the House of Lords’ EU Committee and House of Commons’ Justice Committee last month, both of which are cross-party committees. The six-week period before the proposed election will have little, if any, material impact on the Brexit negotiations." from Deputy Gavin St Pier President of the Policy & Resources Committee
    Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy & Resources Committee
    BBC Poll of Polls

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

    She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

    Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

    Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said his Labour Party wanted the election, calling it a chance to get a government that puts "the majority first".

  17. Guernsey panel that works out property tax rates seeks new members

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The tribunal that reviews decisions made by the department that sets the rates of tax based on property size is seeking new lay members, the States of Guernsey has said.

    The panel currently has six members, with one or potentially two vacancies. 

    Three sit on each appeal, with one appointed to chair the appeal. 

    Members would be required to work in advance of hearings by reading the papers provided, asking questions during the hearing, and take an active part in the deliberations and decision-making.