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  1. Call for review into politician's pay

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Two politicians are calling for a mid-term review of the pay of Guernsey politicians and the non-political members of committees.

    Deputies Shane Langlois and Dawn Tindall are asking for a States agreement - made in January 2016 - for an independent review to be set up before the start of May to be acted on.

    They have also suggested that an intermediate band of renumeration be brought in for the presidents of States Assembly and Constitution Committee, Scrutiny Management Committee, States Trading Supervisory Board and the Development and Planning Authority.

    Current arrangements:

    • President of the Policy and Resources Committee: £63,315-£66,164
    • Presidents of the principal committees, Scrutiny Management Committee, States Assembly and Constitution Committee and members of the Policy and Resources Committee: £48,648-£50,837
    • All other deputies: £36,009-£37,629
    • Non-States member with a seat on the States Trading Supervisory Board: £8,000
    • Any other non-States member: £2,000

    There is also a set of rules governing pay for Alderney representatives that would be considered in any review.

    The proposal has been made alongside the call for a reduction in the pay of the president of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee.

  2. Alderney-Southampton being a lifeline route 'ludicrous'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A senior Guernsey politician believes the idea of having more than one lifeline link "is frankly ludicrous".

    Deputy Lyndon Trott, Vice President of Policy and Resources, made the comments at an Institute of Directors seminar.

    He told the BBC: "I think it needs one and if I was an Alderney resident I would think don't bite the hand that feeds you... clearly as a consequence the lifeline route for Alderney should be Alderney-Guernsey.

    "[Alderney residents] think there should be two because that's what they've got used to. Frankly make the case and lets have a proper debate on it.

    "All the evidence that I've seen suggests there should be one lifeline route and the others should be designated under some different category whether that's of economic enablement, social importance or whatever the case may be."

  3. #StrongerTogether theme for CI Pride 2018

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Organisers have confirmed the theme for Channel Islands Pride celebrations this year.

    LGBT flag

    The parade will take place in St Peter Port on Saturday, 8 September, and the theme is Stronger Together.

    Ellie Jones, vice chair of Liberate in Guernsey, said the theme was chosen to represent how communities as a whole are stronger when they co-operate, and as a show of support for individuals who announce a change in their sexuality later in life, whose families may not accept it.

    In 2017 Jersey hosted the event under the theme of "I Do" - cerebrating equal marriage rights for same sex couples. However, a day before the parade the States announced a delay to Jersey’s same-sex marriage legislation, prompting an apology from the chief minister.

    Same-sex marriage legislation has now been approved in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney.

  4. Weather: A dry night with a risk of showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with clear spells and patchy cloud.

    A few patches of fog may form later on, with the possibility of isolated showers.

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

    weather map for the Channel Islands

    Saturday will be sunny but with the risk of thundery showers drifting up from the south.

    Winds will be light and mostly southerly.

    Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

  5. Electricity cable works across St John's village

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Starting on Monday, Jersey Electricity says it will be doing "excavation works" for eight weeks to install a "high voltage cable".

    St John's village
  6. Jersey general election 2018: The data

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Here is some analysis on what we know about Jersey's general election based on data collected after nominations closed for senators, constables and deputies earlier this week.

    Islanders go to the polls on 16 May.

    Jersey elections chart
    Image caption: Seeking re-election - 33, seeking re-election after a break - 6, new candidates - 53
    Jersey General election chart
    Image caption: Male candidates - 64, female candidates - 28
    Jersey general election chart
    Image caption: Senator seats - 8, senator candidates - 17; constable seats - 12, constable candidates - 14; deputy seats - 29, deputy candidates - 61

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  7. Jersey Police join European speed campaign

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police and honorary officers in Jersey will take part in a Europe-wide "24 hour speed marathon" next week.

    speed concept photo

    Roads around the island which have had "a large amount of accidents" will be targeted, officers say.

    It is part of a wider campaign from the European Traffic Police Network taking place on the 19 and 20 April.

    Insp Paul Smith said the number of accidents on a road did not necessarily represent how dangerous it was, and there were other factors to consider, such as the number of vehicles using them.

  8. Elected unopposed: 'It feels like an anti-climax'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey politician who was elected unopposed into the next States Assembly has called for a review so the same cannot happen to others in the future.

    John Young secured the deputy seat in St Brelade district number one on Wednesday night.

    Mr Young is returning to a role that he held from 2011 to 2014. In 2014, he was unsuccessful in a senatorial bid.

    "It feels like an anti-climax," he said, adding although he was humbled to be elected, he was also "disappointed."

    He said he was "convinced" an independent review was needed into the elections system, and may bring a proposition forward.

    "I've been a longtime critic of of our election system. There are three classes of members, it lets poor people down and the boundaries are all over the place."

    Commenting on the number of members of the council of ministers not standing for re-election, he said it was good to have "new people coming forward."

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  9. No 'meaningful reform' in States Assembly this term

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A lack of reform in the States Assembly has driven one current politician not to stand in this year's elections.

    Andrew Lewis

    Deputy Andrew Lewis, who won a seat in St John in 2005 and St Helier in 2014, said the "landscape had changed" in the States, and he would not be standing, but did not rule out a return to politics in the future.

    This week saw nominations close for all candidates running for senator, deputy and constable.

    Mr Lewis was censured by the States last year following the report by the Jersey Care Inquiry, but he says it was not the reason he has decided to leave.

    He says during the this term there had been no "meaningful reform" in the way the assembly was structured, making it a "dysfunctional parliament".

    "It's not as democratic as it needs to be," he said, criticising how members can be elected on a small number of votes, or unopposed.

    He says the UK Privy Council should be asked to authorise a royal commission to change the States based on "other successful parliaments around the world", and put to the public in a binding referendum.

    Islanders go to the polls to elect the States Assembly on 16 May.

  10. Overnight burglary at Guernsey coffee shop

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A coffee shop was burgled in Guernsey last night, police said.

    It happened at Les Cotils Coffee Shop, St Peter Port some time between 22:30 last night and 06:00 this morning.

  11. Roadwork delays and closure warnings in Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    "Difficult digging conditions" have caused roadworks on Braye Road in the Vale to take "longer than expected", according to Guernsey's Traffic and Highway Services.

    The road is expected to be closed until Friday 27 April, two weeks more than initially thought.

    Elsewhere in the island resurfacing work in St Pierre du Bois will continue into next week. From early on 16 April the junction of the Route de Coudre will be closed to all traffic for two days.

  12. Emergency offices land in St Saviour

    Jersey Evening Post

    Emergency offices which allow businesses to continue running if their existing buildings become unusable are being built on Jersey Telecom’s site in St Saviour.

  13. Injury ends Duquemin's medal campaign

    BBC Sport

    Jersey's Zane Duquemin has finished in ninth place in the final of the discus at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    The former British champion's best effort was a throw of 55.64m.

    Zane Duquemin

    He said struggles with an injury to his pectoral muscle meant he was not at his best in the final on the Gold Coast.

    It is the third time in a row that he has made a Commonwealth final - but was again unable to get a spot on the podium.

    Quote Message: I've been carrying a shoulder injury now for almost a year and I thought I would have been good enough to make the top eight still. So that's not really the performance I wanted, the shoulder just wasn't ready to give that." from Zane Duquemin
    Zane Duquemin
  14. Guernsey film premiere: In pictures

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Guernsey premiere
    Image caption: Left to right, Mike Newell - director, (third left) Paula Mazur - producer, Tom Courtenay, Lily James, Glen Powell, Annie Barrows - co-author, Thomas Bezucha - producer, Graham Broadbent - producer
    Guernsey premiere
    Guernsey Premiere
    Guernsey Premiere
    Guernsey Premiere

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  15. Figures for registered sex offenders in Jersey revealed

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    There are currently 130 sex offenders registered in Jersey, a report has found.

    Of the offenders, some of whom have been involved in 54 higher-risk cases, 85 are "in the community", 29 are in custody and 16 live outside of Jersey.

    The report was compiled from data supplied by a combination of public organisations including government ministers, the police, probation service, prison service and customs all of which are involved with "multi agency public protection arrangements."

    Figures from Jersey’s Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (JMAPPA) revealed 28 new sex offenders were registered in 2017, with five people de-registered.

    There are three different levels of sex offender: levels one, two and three. Higher-risk cases involving more resources are categories two and three.

    Higher risk sex offenders - facts and figures:

    • Out of the 54 higher risk offenders of 2017, 34 were born in Jersey, 10 were born in the UK and eight elsewhere in the world
    • Eight offenders were under the age of 25
    • Two were female

    The report also said 2017 saw a net increase in the overall number of those convicted of sexual offences of 29, but added that this was consistent with 2016, which saw an increase of 26.

  16. Planners reveal five outstanding applications

    Guernsey Press

    Five planning applications have been under consideration for more than a year, the Planning Service has confirmed.

  17. Islanders Association looks to 2020 elections

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A target set by the Islanders Association to raise £150,000 is "realistic" and necessary for it to become "a political force", according to politicians.

    The political group says the States' "inability to make decisive decisions and implement them efficiently" is the issue driving its policy objectives - which include growing the island's economy, improving transport links, and reducing unnecessary regulation and bureaucracy.

    It hopes to raise the money in order to field "at least 20 candidates in the 2020 election."

    It said fixing the current issues with the States required "a strong group of like-minded deputies" willing and able to work together to dictate clear policies to the Civil Service.

    The group is made up of a number of deputies, including: Deputy Carl Meerveld, Deputy Joe Mooney, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, Deputy Barry Paint, Deputy John Gollop, and Alderney representative Louis Jean.

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  18. Departure of four dairy farmers ‘will not affect milk production’

    Jersey Evening Post

    Four Jersey farmers are planning to retire from dairy farming in the next couple of years – but Jersey Dairy insists their departure from the industry will not affect milk production.

  19. Lily James: 'We're hopeful people like Guernsey film'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The lead actor in the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film says the "spirit of Guernsey" is at the heart of it.

    Guernsey premiere
    Image caption: Lily James, who plays writer Juliet Ashton with co-star Glen Powell, playing Mark Reyonlds

    Lily James (star of Baby Driver, Darkest Hour, Downton Abbey) attended the local premiere of the film last night at Beau Sejour.

    Adapted from the novel of the same name, it is set in the aftermath of the German occupation of Guernsey during World War Two.

    She said she had enjoyed her visit to the island, walking along the coastline at Petit Bot in the "fresh sea air".

    "I feel like I just want to stay here," she added.

    She said she hoped the film "honoured" Guernsey's "spirit," and that islanders enjoyed it.

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