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Summary

  1. Sark's unspoilt beauty main draw for tourists
  2. Guernsey visitor numbers up in 2017 compared to last year
  3. Background checks review launched by Jersey States
  4. Warning over teacher recruitment issues
  5. Move to allow GPs to qualify in Jersey
  6. Full emergency declared at Guernsey Airport
  7. Call for concentration camp survivor's body to be brought home
  8. Jersey Festival of Words line-up released
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

Thanks for joining us on Wednesday. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

There is news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Why Guernsey should keep its native language alive

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A visiting Cambridge academic says there's a "whole host" of reasons why Guernsey should try to keep its native language alive.

A recent survey estimated only a handful of people under the age of 65 spoke Guernesiais fluently.

Dr Mari Jones says the language is an important part of the island's identity.

She said: "You're so lucky to have a linguistic heritage from the Normans. They were amazing people and you are the Normans of the British Islands." 

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BBC

What do you need to do to work with children?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey is doing a review of all government employees who work with children and vulnerable people to ensure they have an up to date police check and suitable references.

This is to ensure they all meet new stricter requirements and is going to cost about £200,000.

But what do you need to work with children in the island?

  • An enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) check
  • Suitable references and experience
  • You need to show various identify documents to prove you are who you say you are
  • As well as any relevant qualifications needed to do the job you are applying for

Evening weather: Cloudy with rain

BBC Weather

Mild and rather humid overnight. It will be rather cloudy with further outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

Some mist or fog is also possible. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Weather map
BBC

More investment planned for Little Chapel site

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Fundraising for repairs and improvements to the Little Chapel and surrounding area continue.

John Silvester, vice chairman of the Little Chapel Foundation, says it’s hoped the structure will be underpinned this autumn.

The group also has plans to improve disabled access, upgrade the gardens, build a visitor centre and create improved parking for coaches, but this is subject to funding.

John Silvester
BBC

The Chapel and grounds are modelled on the Lourdes Grotto in France.

The foundation officially took over the site this morning after buying the land for £1 from a religious group based in Paris.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

Trainee GPs could have placements in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey doctors wanting to train as a GP may be able to stay in Jersey and study in future if politicians approve reforms to the health insurance fund.

Currently only fully qualified GPs can work in island practices as they need to be able to access the health insurance fund so they can be paid for their work seeing patients. 

Dr Nigel Minihane, who represents GPs on the island, said in the UK a practice can use trainees as an extra pair of hands as they are paid based on the number of patients, but in Jersey they earn money for each visit - in part from a government contribution and also from patients paying.

Dr Nigel Minihane
BBC

We are not the same as the UK. In the UK where training occurs what they get is an extra pair of hands which is useful. What we will have is the same but we also need to ensure we have the money coming in."

Dr Nigel Minihane

Plane crash which killed Islander was 'not a terror attack'

Jersey Evening Post

A passenger jet which crashed last year, claiming the life of a Jersey resident, was not brought down by a bomb, according to a source close to the investigation.

This is Jinsy creators set their sights on the typical Guernseyman

BBC Radio Guernsey

The creators of This is Jinsy - a comedy set on a fictional island inspired by the Channel Islands - are working on an adaptation of the book Ebenezer Le Page, based on the story of a fictional but typical Guernseyman.

Justin Chubb and Chris Bran created and starred in This is Jinsy which was on the BBC and later Sky from 2010 to 2014.

The book was written by G B Edwards and follows the main character as he lives through the dramatic changes in Guernsey from the late 19th to mid-20th Century.

Little Chapel and land sold for £1

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Little Chapel and the land around it has changed hands from a religious group to a Guernsey group for £1.

The Little Chapel Foundation says it will hold the site in St Andrew on behalf of the people of the island.

It was announced last year the L'Institut des Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes, based in Paris, had gifted the site to the group but under island law money had to pass hands.

The sale was approved this morning.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

St Jacques to reopen tomorrow

Parish Hall meetings to discuss reforms

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey residents will be able to have their say on proposed government reforms at a series of parish hall meetings between now and the end of May.

The proposed reforms will see the way deputies are elected change from parish-based districts to six "super-constituencies" with many made up of multiple parishes.

Politicians have already approved the changes twice but scrutiny wanted voters to have a say before they are formally adopted.

  • Tuesday 16 May: St Saviour’s Parish Hall - 19:00
  • Wednesday 17 May: St Helier Town Hall - 19:00 
  • Monday 22 May: Grouville Parish Hall - 19:00
  • Tuesday 23 May: St John’s Parish Hall - 19:00
  • Wednesday 24 May: St Ouen’s Parish Hall - 20:00

Gift of Little Chapel to foundation signed off

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Little Chapel has officially become the property of the Little Chapel Foundation.

It was announced last year the L'Institut des Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes, a religious order based in Paris, had gifted the site to the group.

Now the legal paperwork has been signed.

The foundation says it will hold the site in trust on behalf of the people of Guernsey.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

Pride of Guernsey: A reward for special effort

Guernsey Press

As a wealth management services company that has had a presence in the island for more than 40 years, Butterfield is delighted to be backing the Pride of Guernsey Awards in its second year.  

States plant nursery put out to let

BBC Radio Jersey

The government-owned plant nursery at Mont a L'Abbe has been put out to lease, after the States decided to get their plants from outside companies.

The site at Warwick Farm has both open fields and greenhouses and until recently was where plants for parks and gardens were grown.

Director of Property Holdings Ray Foster says the farm is now surplus to requirements, and rather than let it fall into disrepair the States would rather rent it out to a farmer or grower who could make use of it.

It's in the green zone so can't be built on. Whoever takes it on would have to use it for agriculture or horticulture.

Competition to design a pick-up truck

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Are you a student? Do you like drawing? Would you like a free picnic at Seymour Tower? Well a new competition run by Jersey's Environment Department could be just up your street.

Pick-up design
States of Jersey

The department are updating two of their marine resources pick-up trucks and are offering students the chance to enter their designs for the vehicle.

The winning entry will be printed onto a wrap and put on the truck. They will also get a trip to Seymour Tower for a picnic with the marine resources team.

To enter you have to be aged 8-19, a Jersey resident and in full-time education.

‘We want this to be a mecca for golfers’

Guernsey Press

A pirate-themed adventure golf course, a floodlight driving range with ball tracking and golfing superstore are all part of a new ‘state-of-the-art’ facility being built at St Pierre Park.

One Show filming in St Helier today

BBC Radio Jersey

Matt Allwright from the One Show is in Jersey today filming segments for his A-Z of food feature on the BBC One programme.

The One Show filming
BBC

Last week the team were in Inkley for the segment that will be broadcast soon.

He has been filming in St Helier talking to restaurateurs about their food and will be in St Brelade later.

Sea links 'still need improvement'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A slight increase in the number of visitors to Guernsey in the first few months of 2017 compared to the same time the year before have been described as "encouraging" by an Economic Development Committee member.

Deputy Jennifer Merrett said she was still concerned the number of sea passengers were still down since the introduction of the Condor Liberation in 2015. She said sea visitors were down 1,300 on the pre-2015 figures.

Jennifer Merrett
BBC

It is good to see some confidence returning but it is imperative that we have resilient sea provisions for islanders and visitors that includes regular day trips and that is a reliable service that evokes confidence in getting to and from our island."

Deputy Jennifer MerrettCommittee for Economic Development

Frank Le Villio: Headstone could be put up

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A headstone could be put up in Jersey as a memorial to a Jersey man who survived a Nazi concentration camp only to die a year later in Nottingham.

Frank Le Villio was 19 when he was arrested during the Nazi occupation of the island for taking a joy ride on a German soldier's motorbike.

Grave in Nottingham
Stanley Keiller

He was sent to prison in France and later to a Nazi concentration camp.

His cousin Stan Hockley is investigating whether his body can be brought back to Jersey, but St Saviour Constable Sadie Rennard says it may be better to put a headstone up in the island as a memorial.

She said as he was buried in a pauper's grave with other people their families would need to be contacted and DNA examined to make sure the right person was exhumed and that could take time.

Entries accepted for CI’s biggest yacht race

Guernsey Press

Entries are now being accepted for the biggest sailing event in the Channel Islands.