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  1. Waves to resume selling single seats

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The Guernsey based airline Waves has been granted route licences to fly between Guernsey and Jersey, and Guernsey and Alderney.

    It means that Waves can resume its original operations and fly without restriction both on a whole aircraft charter basis and by selling individual seats.

    The company launched its taxi service last year, but had to change its business model after a competitor claimed it was operating outside of Guernsey air licensing rules.

    Waves aircraft

    Waves Chief Executive Nick Magliocchetti said: "The fact that they have granted us the licences is proof that our business is a perfect fit for the inter-island air travel market.

    "We have always maintained that we are here to fill a gap in that market and not compete with existing carriers."

  2. Government grant for Alderney boxer

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Billy Le Poullain with Chairman of Finance Committee, Tony Barnes

    Boxer Billy Le Poullain has received a grant from the States of Alderney to help in his preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2018 on the Gold Coast in April.

    He will be the first ever boxer from Alderney or Guernsey to compete at the Commonwealth Games and is leaving shortly for Australia where he will undertake warm weather training before his first fight on the 5 April.

    Billy, pictured above with the Chairman of Finance Committee, Tony Barnes, said: “I am extremely pleased and grateful for the funds, which will help me immensely, and to have the support of the States of Alderney is just amazing.”

  3. Jersey Water made £3.3m profit in 2017

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Val de la Mare Reservoir, Jersey

    Jersey Water has released its preliminary financial results for 2017.

    Profit for the financial year was £3,296,000 - slightly below the £3,334,000 reported in 2016.

    The company said it invested £3.3m in the island’s water infrastructure, replacing 1.3 miles (2.1km) of mains, extending the network by 1.1 miles (1.9km) and connected 303 homes to mains water.

    Water quality for 2017 remained very good with an overall compliance rate of 99.98%, it added.

  4. Asian hornet 'a threat to Guernsey wildlife'

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The government, along with Guernsey's Biodiversity Partnership, is calling on people to help them track down Asian hornets, which are threatening the island's bee population.

    The ‘Track Don’t Trample’ campaign asks the public to take pictures of the hornets and record the direction they fly in.

    Asian Hornet

    This information will be added to a map and used by States of Guernsey Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services in conjunction with the Guernsey Bee Keepers' Association to track down the hornets' nests, which will then be destroyed.

    Julia Henney, biodiversity education officer, said: "Asian hornets are a huge threat, not only to our local honey bees but, as they feed on a great variety of insects, to our island's biodiversity as a whole."

    If a suspected hornet is sighted, the public should take a photo and email it to asianhornet@gov.gg, including the location and direction the hornet flew in.

  5. Phones to be used as ID in Jersey pubs

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Yoti digital ID system being used in a bar

    A London-based company will set up and run a new digital ID system in Jersey.

    Yoti was chosen from a shortlist of nine companies that bid for the contract with the States.

    From May, the new digital ID will allow young people to use their phones to prove their age in pubs and at events.

    It will also be used to help people in Jersey identify themselves when using government services as and when they become available online.

  6. Guernsey's fallen soldiers to be remembered

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    One-hundred years ago this month, the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI) faced its toughest challenge and its heaviest losses at the Battle of the Lys.

    A memorial service organised by the Royal British Legion will be held at the Sunken Gardens at 11:30 on 15 April to mark the courage and sacrifice of those men.

    A memorial to all men who served in the RGLI will also be unveiled.

    The Deputy Bailiff Richard McMahon said the memorial would be "a welcome recognition of the brave men of the RGLI who fought and died in the World War One and especially at the Battle of the Lys where they were virtually wiped out."

    Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

    The Battle of the Lys took place during the German Spring Offensive of March-April 1918. The RGLI fought a fighting withdrawal around the villages of Le Doulieu between 11 and 14 April in which they took huge losses. The first roll-call after the battle revealed just three officers and 55 men still fit to fight. It was the last action of the RGLI, the survivors being given duties behind the lines for the rest of the war.

  7. Ambulance chief officer appointed

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    St John Ambulance Guernsey

    Ali Marquis has been appointed as the new chief officer for the St John Ambulance & Rescue Service in Guernsey.

    Mrs Marquis, who was formally the deputy chief officer, has been acting-up as chief officer since the retirement of Jon Beausire in August 2017.

    Mrs Marquis, who is the first female chief ambulance officer in Guernsey, said: "I am looking forward to serving the community and working with the committed and dedicated women and men of the service as we develop our range of pre-hospital care over the next few years in support of the new health model."

  8. Appeal for more candidates in St Ouen election

    BBC Radio Jersey

    St Ouen Parish Hall

    The outgoing Constable of St Ouen hopes more candidates will stand in the election to succeed him.

    Michael Paddock is surprised there's been just one declaration of interest so far.

    Writing in the St Ouen parish magazine, he hopes his departure will encourage others to come forward.

    Mr Paddock has served as head of the parish for the past seven years.

    The parish Deputy Richard Renouf has told the magazine he will be standing for re-election in May.

  9. Cruise ship abandons Guernsey visit

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    St Peter Port, Guernsey

    The first planned cruise ship to visit Guernsey in 2018 has cancelled its voyage due to bad weather.

    The Astoria was due to arrive into St Peter Port today.

    It's one of 101 cruise ship visits expected this year.

    The next one to visit Guernsey is the Saga Sapphire, arriving on 30 March.

  10. Seigneurie manor and gardens to open this summer

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Seigneurie garden and house, Sark

    The Seigneur of Sark will be conducting guided tours of his house and garden this summer, as well as hosting theatre performances.

    Major Christopher Beaumont inherited the title from his father almost two years ago.

    The Seigneurie has been totally renovated and an open air theatre is being built in the grounds.

    Major Beaumont said: "We've got [theatre group] Oddsocks coming over for the very first time, so they'll be doing Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest, both of them in front of the house, which I'm really looking forward to.

    "I've also got my opera festival back again in September after a year's break."

  11. States appoint London company to provide ID services

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's government has appointed a UK company to create a digital ID system that will allow islanders to prove who they are when accessing government services online.

    The States has appointed London-based Yoti to provide the new system. The firm beat nine bidders in a process that started in August 2017.

    Assistant Minister, Deputy Scott Wickenden, said: “One of the reasons we've chosen Yoti is that its verification system can be used by many other organisations.

    "Yoti can verify identity, and therefore age, so this means that a wide range of industries – from financial services to hospitality – can use it to prove the identity of their customers."

    A new website has been launched by the States to put links to all of the government's online services in one place.

  12. Political group Islanders Association appeals for £150k

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new political group in Guernsey is to be called the Islanders Association.

    The name was announced last night and comes at the same time as a fundraising campaign to raise £150,000 to establish and market the group.

    Islanders local

    The group said more than £5,000 had already been raised before the name was revealed.

    One of the founding members, Deputy Joe Mooney said the fundraising target was a long term goal.

    “We intend to move things forward at a fast pace and, with the support of our community, the Islanders Association will be formally up and running in June”, said Deputy Carl Meerveld.

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  13. Abandoned baby: GPs offer free appointment for mother

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The mother of a baby left at Jersey's General Hospital on Sunday will not be charged for a GP appointment, and can go to any doctor to be checked over, the head of Jersey's Primary Care Body says.

    Jersey Hospital CCTV
    Image caption: Police CCTV shows two women at the hospital with one carrying the baby

    She has been urged to come forward for checks on her mental and physical welfare.

    Dr Sarah Whiteman said: “We appreciate that for some people coming into a local surgery may be a less daunting experience than attending hospital.

    "Any GP surgery would be prepared to see you, and please don’t worry about the cost – there would be no charge.”

    The "recently-born" baby boy was left in the waiting area of the emergency department for hospital staff to find, police said.

  14. Guernsey looking to disused quarries to house waste

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Disused quarries in Guernsey could be used for disposing construction and demolition materials in the future according to the States Trading Supervisory Board.

    The move is one of several options for builders' waste being discussed by the board.

    Les Vardes Quarry

    A number of former quarries are to be surveyed to assess whether they might be suitable for the waste.

    The Longue Hougue land reclamation site is currently used but is expected to be full in the next few years.

    Trading Assets has written to a number of landowners for permission to survey water-filled quarries. This will determine the depth of the quarries and will help establish their suitability, as well as the likely capacity.

  15. Royal wedding: Pub hours extended

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Pubs in Jersey will be allowed to remain open and serve drinks until 01:00 for the royal wedding after a vote in the States.

    The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is taking place on 19 May and Jersey politicians have voted to let pubs stay open late.

    It is also on the same weekend as the FA Cup final.

    The couple will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, at midday - meaning a clash with the FA Cup final is unlikely as recent finals have kicked off at 17:30.

  16. Today's weather: Cloud and rain this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be a dry, fine and bright start with cloud increasing and rain arriving during the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 6 to 9°C (43 to 48°F).

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