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Summary

  1. New protection for Jersey offshore reefs
  2. Arrest after sexual assault on man in St Helier
  3. Dog poo a 'health risk to Guernsey cattle'
  4. Guernsey Water installs 'sustainable' drainage system
  5. Inter-island ferry back on the agenda
  6. Updates on Thursday 18 May 2017

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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

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  2. Jersey cows making a difference for African farmers

    Ngendahayo is the proud owner of a cross bred Jersey and Rwandan cow which is one of many making a difference to the lives of farmers in the country.

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    Video caption: The Jersey cows making a difference in Rwanda
  3. Evening weather: Clear spells and showers

    BBC Weather

    Some clear spells are likely overnight, along with isolated showers, most likely during the early hours of the morning. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Jersey

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey

    Guernsey weather
  4. ‘Glamping’ site in St Peter’s faces opposition

    Guernsey Press

    Plans have been submitted to develop an area of agricultural land site into a high-end ‘glamping’ site – with a pool and facilities to match.

  5. Flash flood measure for St Peter Port

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    St Peter Port flood

    Remember this? A little over two years ago, 12mm of rain fell in a single hour in Guernsey, prompting flash floods in St Peter Port.

    At the time, Guernsey Water said a long-term solution to prevent it happening again would cost millions of pounds, and cause major disruption on the roads.

    The utility has now unveiled a measure to help: a new drainage system, the first of its kind on the island, in St Peter Port.

    A permeable surface at Vauvert School enables water to run off into plants and soil, which then soak up excess water, slowing down the rate at which water flows into drains.

    Yesterday saw more than 10 times the average rainfall for a day in May, so it was put to good use.

  6. 'Desperate desire' of Muratti captured by visiting UK journalist

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Muratti

    A write-up of Saturday’s win for Guernsey in the annual football final has featured on a national newspaper’s website.

    Football journalist and author Jonathan Wilson attended the game at Guernsey’s Footes Lane ground, which the home side won 2-1.

    He described Guernsey’s “desperate” desire to win after they’d lost the tie the previous two years.

  7. Offshore wind could lead to energy independence

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    An offshore wind farm could help Guernsey become more energy independent, according to a member of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee.

    Deputy Shane Langlois was responding to a report that found a 30MW offshore facility could be economically feasible off the island's coast.

    Quote Message: The committee welcomes the findings of this study and, while not without risk, believes there are significant opportunities in progressing this work, such as security of supply, energy independence, fixed prices and lower emissions." from Deputy Shane Langlois Environment and Infrastructure Committee member
    Deputy Shane LangloisEnvironment and Infrastructure Committee member

    Guernsey Electricity, which part funded the report with the States of Guernsey, said renewable energy with a suitable energy storage system could be commercially viable within the 2020s.

    Quote Message: Combined with careful management of energy demand and other forms of embedded energy harnessing, the island will achieve its aims for a sustainable future." from Stuart Blondel Head of Assets, Guernsey Electricity
    Stuart BlondelHead of Assets, Guernsey Electricity
  8. Average house price in Jersey more than £460,000

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The average price of a house in Jersey is now £465,000 and in the first few months of this year 321 were sold.

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  9. Most firms 'have no cyber-attack plans'

    Jersey Evening Post

    Only 11 per cent of businesses have action plans in place if they fall victim to a cyber-attack, a local insurance company has claimed after a virus crippled IT systems across the world.

  10. Slight increase in sales at CI Co-op

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Channel Islands Co-operative Society saw a 1.9% increase in sales last year over the year before.

    The retailer, which is owned by its members, took £172m at the till with its food business and its medical services also did well.

    It's homeware department, Homemaker, saw a fall in sales and is being shut down soon, with the Jersey store being handed over to Dunhelm Mill.

    It will return £7.8m to its members through dividend payments.

  11. Offshore reef protection 'essential'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A move to protect offshore reefs around Jersey have been welcomed by a local environmentalist who says protecting the seabed is crucial, even for fishermen.

    Kevin McIlwee, from Sea Search, has studied maerl, a rare coral-like organism which hosts a variety of sea life. He said it was crucial for the future of fishing and the marine environment.

    Protected zones where trawling and dredging are banned are already in place on the north, east and south coast of the island, but now that is being extended to Les Minqiues and Les Ecrehous reefs.

    Les Ecrehous
    Quote Message: We put the maerl under the microscope and what we found was there were an enormous number of species which make up the perfect food for juvenile species. [It's] A very important area in the growth of all sorts of unique species and key commercial species. from Kevin McIlwee Sea Search
    Kevin McIlweeSea Search
  12. Aurigny’s losses set to reach £6.3m. in 2017

    Guernsey Press

    Aurigny is predicted to make a loss of £6.3m. this year with a decrease in passenger revenues cited as one of the reasons.

  13. Knotweed fight has 'complete lack of progress'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    There has been a "complete lack of progress" in trying to tackle Japanese knotweed in Guernsey, according to a long-time campaigner who has spent seven years trying to clear it.

    Knotweed

    Gerry Tattersall said he remembered States members voting for plans to place it on the noxious weed register five years ago but said that had not happened.

    He said there were currently no controls on the weed under existing legislation and that wasn't good enough.

    Quote Message: They don't seem to think this is overly important. In the UK, the government has thrown billions of pounds at trying to eradicate Japanese knotweed." from Gerry Tattersall Campaigner
    Gerry TattersallCampaigner

    Advice on how to deal with the invasive species is available on the States' website.

  14. RNLI in Jersey to meet with sacked coxswain

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Officials from the RNLI are in Jersey today to talk to Andy Hibbs, the former Coxswain of the St Helier lifeboat, who was sacked for allegedly breaching the organisation's code of conduct.

    Andy Hibbs

    The entire lifeboat crew walked out in April in protest of the sacking and refused to go back until he was reinstated.

    There have been public demonstrations and a call for people not to donate money to the charity as a result of the incident.

    The RNLI said today's visit was part of Mr Hibbs' appeal against his sacking and that there was a lot of work until any decision was made.

  15. Scrutiny survey on electoral reform views

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Proposed changes to the electoral system in Jersey are being reviewed by a government scrutiny panel.

    The Corporate Services Panel has commissioned a telephone survey of 1,000 islanders to find out how people feel about the changes.

    States Assembly

    Politicians have already voted to change from parish constituencies to six large super constituencies, but they will have to vote again on the issue after the scrutiny review.

    There are also other options they are being asked to vote on, including a proposal to remove the role of senator and a reduction in the number of elected politicians.

    IPSOS MORI will carry out the poll and the scrutiny panel said it would give its members them a statistically valid report on islanders' views of the proposed reforms.

  16. Pedestrianisation of Charing Cross to become permanent

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A small road linking Broad Street and Sand Street in the centre of St Helier that was closed to cars as part of a pedestrianisation trial last year will be closed permanently.

    Flower planters were placed at either side of Charing Cross to stop cars cutting through so it could be used exclusively for pedestrians.

    Work will start soon to raise the road to create a single-height surface, and bollards will be put at either end of the road to prevent cars using the road. There will also be drainage and street light improvements and a tree planted behind the toad statue, officials said.

    Quote Message: Closing the road will make the area safer for walkers and cyclists. It will also enable the space to be made more attractive and vibrant with alfresco seating." from Spokesman Department for Infrastructure
    SpokesmanDepartment for Infrastructure
  17. Co-op could replace stamps with electronic card or app

    Guernsey Press

    The Channel Islands Co-operative Society could replace its loyalty stamp scheme with an electronic system under modernisation plans, its chief operating officer has said.

  18. Report finds offshore wind farm 'could be viable'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    An offshore wind farm could be viable in several locations off Guernsey's coast, a feasibility study commissioned by the government has confirmed.

    The study, by engineering consultancy group Xodus Group and funded by the States of Guernsey and Guernsey Electricity, found there were a range of technically feasible options to develop an offshore wind project off Guernsey.

    The report found a 30KW offshore wind farm could generate enough electricity to cover about a third of the island's needs.

    Wind turbine
    Quote Message: While the cost of electricity generated by wind turbines would, at the moment, be more expensive than importing or on-island generation, it is clear that the gap between the two is narrowing. It will likely continue to do so as the technology further evolves. from Deputy Shane Langlois Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure
    Deputy Shane LangloisCommittee for the Environment and Infrastructure
  19. Rule changes 'to help control migration'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Changes to Jersey's migration rules and work licences will help control migration while still importing needed skills according to the assistant chief minister responsible for the policy.

    King Street

    Senator Paul Routier said: "We are an ageing population in a changing and uncertain world, so we will continue to need people with new or specialised skills to move to Jersey. However, migration has been too high in recent years."

    The move will see companies pay £50 per year per migrant employee who hasn't worked in the island for at least five years. Government departments and non profit entities are excluded as are seasonal workers.

    It follows already implemented changes that will also see a company lose the licence when an employee no longer needs it. Previously they could use it to employ someone else from outside the island.

  20. Sark website warning from Guernsey regulator

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey’s financial regulator is warning people about using a website claiming to register businesses in Sark.

    There is no company law in the island, with a number of Sark businesses registered in neighbouring Guernsey.

    The Guernsey Financial Services Commission said anyone thinking of using the Sark Company Registry website, registered as a non-profit organisation on the island, should seek legal advice.

    The commission added it had been working with the Sark authorities on this matter.