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Summary

  1. Man's death 'not linked to living conditions'
  2. Man in court over jet ski crash
  3. Wait 'too long' for mental health treatment in Jersey
  4. Jersey rescue services urge islanders to 'take more care' after night-time call-out
  5. Condor 'tried to avoid holidays' for Rapide repair work
  6. Guernsey opts for £2.50 bin bag charge
  7. Queen Asian hornet found in Guernsey
  8. Updates from Monday 16 April until Friday 20 April 2018

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    Video caption: Tourist takes crowdfunded trip to the Channel Islands

    An American took the crowdfunded trip to Jersey after joining what he thought was a US Facebook group

  2. Weather: dry overnight with risk of thunder tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry and mild with largely clear skies and only a few clouds.

    There could be some localised mist.

    Minimum Temperature: 10 to 13°C (50 to 55°F)

    weather map for the Channel Islands

    Tomorrow will be warm with spells of sunshine.

    There is the risk of one or two thundery showers throughout the afternoon.

    Maximum Temperature: 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F)

  3. Jersey Reds semi-final 'massive for island'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds forwards coach Neil Tunnah says Saturday's British and Irish Cup semi-final with Leinster 'A' is "massive for the island".

    The islanders lost dramatically in last year's final to Munster's 'A' side and Jersey are hoping to go one better in the final running of the event.

    "The league was important, but this is massive for the island as well," Tunnah told BBC Radio Jersey.

    Neil Tunnah

    "The boys have been on point all week working really hard. There's a level of excitement kicking around here and the island, everyone seems to be buying into it, so it's a great week for the island and the club."

    Jersey keep faith with the side which beat Doncaster Knights in the quarter-finals three weeks ago.

    Backs Jason Worrall, Apakuki Ma'afu and Mark Best are included while Jake Woolmore, Nick Selway and Jake Armstrong make up the front row.

    Jersey Reds: Van Breda (co-capt); Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Worrall; Cope, Hardy; Woolmore (co-capt), Selway, Armstrong, Sexton, Bartle, Argyle, Joyce, Rogerson

    Replacements: Saunders, Godfrey, Atalifo, Kolo'ofa'i, Upfield, Dudley, Eastwell.

  4. Alderney care home trials new dementia equipment

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Royal Connaught Care Home in Alderney has introduced a new piece of equipment to improve cognitive problems for residents with dementia.

    Tovertafel

    It's the first place in Guernsey to introduce the Dutch invention called a Tovertafel, which translates as Magic Table.

    John Ramsay, the man who's brought the kit to the island says it features a range of activities to help some of the most disadvantaged in society relax.

    He said: "We judge ourselves on how many people are experiencing moments of happiness every day, especially with cognitive challenges."

  5. Jersey household waste charge 'inevitable'

    Freddie Miller

    Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

    The Department for Infrastructure in Jersey has considered introducing a per bag waste charge for the island, similar to the one Guernsey has recently introduced.

    Guernsey politicians voted to charge £2.50 per bin bag plus an £85 per year standing charge for all households.

    Eddie Noel

    Outgoing infrastructure minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, who is not seeking re-election on 16 May says a charge for household waste is inevitable.

    He said: "We would have done something similar, we were looking at a charge per green wheelie bin. It is going to happen in the future.

    "I'm a big believer in user pays charges where you want a behavioural change, and we want a behaviour change, as we want as a society to produce less product and consume less waste."

  6. John Ainsworth: Death 'not linked to living conditions'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A review into the death of an 89-year-old man who is said to have been living in "squalid conditions" found that there was no evidence his death was directly linked to his living conditions.

    The man has not been named in the serious case review by the Jersey Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board, citing a need to respect his privacy, but the BBC has previously reported his name as John Ainsworth.

    John Ainsworth's home in St John

    He lived among broken down cars, rusty boats and old microwaves for more than 40 years.

    It was found Mr Ainsworth developed an infection and decided against having the lifesaving surgery.

    Caravan

    The review found Mr Ainsworth lived "off-grid" in wooden containers with no electricity, no toilet, the presence of rats, no running water and no cooking facilities.

    It found there was no evidence he had any mental impairment and a number of agencies had been involved in an attempt to help him with the perceived "self neglect".

    Chair of the commission, Glenys Johnston said although there was clear evidence of good practice from certain agencies involved in his care there was more training and awareness needed around the issue of self neglect.

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  7. Catering company to pay staff 'living wage'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey catering company will pay all its staff the suggested living wage - more than £2 per hour higher than the island's minimum wage of £7.50 per hour.

    JP Restaurants runs establishments across the island including Banjo and the Crab Shack. From this summer it will pay workers over the age of 18 £10.20 per hour.

    The company says about 160 staff will be paid the new higher wage.

    Finance director Paul Woodman says they won't put up prices in their restaurants, but may make increases in cafés and their catering company to allow for the pay rise.

    The group wants other businesses to follow their example, to encourage more people to consider working in the industry.

  8. Man in court over jet ski crash

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 37-year-old man has appeared at Jersey's Magistrates Court in connection with a collision between a boat and jet ski in St Brelade's Bay last Summer.

    Giles Corbin (pic below), was seriously hurt in the incident.

    Giles Corbin

    Michal Bartlomiej Dorynek, 37, from Gdansk in Poland is charged with four counts of grave and criminal assault, operating a vessel recklessly or dangerously, failing to report an incident to the harbour master and being the owner and master of a dangerously unsafe ship.

    The court will decide if the case should be referred to the Royal Court in four weeks time.

  9. Water treatment work 'slightly behind schedule'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Work to expand an existing water catchment site into a water supply and treatment facility is "slightly behind schedule but progressing well", according to Guernsey Water.

    Juas Quarry in the Vale is one of the largest storage reservoirs.

    When Juas is ready, it'll mean that Longue Hougue will only be used for water storage - currently water is treated and distributed from the site to properties in the north of the island.

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  10. Marilyn Carre to stand for constable again in 2022

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Former election candidate Marilyn Carre says she intends to stand for the position of Constable of St Brelade at Jersey's next election in four years time.

    The Reform Jersey candidate pulled out of the election earlier this week, after officials noticed discrepancies with her nomination paper.

    The Royal Court has since declared Mike Jackson - the only other candidate - the new constable.

    Ms Carre says she's devastated about what has happened.

    St Aubin
  11. Consequence warning over Guernsey waste charge

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A senior parish constable for St Peter Port says States members shouldn't ignore the problems which will come with the new waste charges.

    States members agreed to the cheapest per bag charge meaning householders in Guernsey will have to pay £2.50 for a sticker to put on bags of rubbish they throw out from the start of next year as well as an £85 annual standing charge for dealing with waste.

    St Peter Port parish constable, Dennis le Moignan believes people will struggle to pay and look for other means of getting rid of there waste as a result.

    Waste bags
  12. St Brelade constable 'feels sorry' for former opponent

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The new constable of St Brelade says he feels sorry for his former opponent, who pulled out of the forthcoming election because of a mistake on her nomination form.

    The Royal Court decided that Mike Jackson should take the job, after the only other candidate, Marilyn Carre withdrew.

    It was because she hadn't acknowledged her membership of political party Reform Jersey before getting her nominees to sign the form.

    Mr Jackson says the process is a complicated one which needs care to get right.

  13. Condor 'tried to avoid holidays' for Rapide repair work

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Condor Ferries has said it tried to avoid holiday periods in scheduling essential repair work to the Rapide.

    Condor Rapide

    The vessel, which had an extended stay in dry dock two months ago, will spend five days under repair in the middle of June.

    In a statement, Chief Executive, Paul Luxon, said there was a problem with one of its water jets which had to be fixed.

    It means passengers will rely on the Liberation, which will sail to France as well as the UK while the Rapide is in dry dock.

    The company has notified passengers whose travel will be disrupted to offer them alternative sailings.

  14. Digital academy 'would improve digital economy'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    An academy costing up to £13m could be built in Jersey, to encourage more local students to improve their digital skills.

    It's one of a number of recommendations put forward by the University of Exeter for growing the island's digital economy.

    Tony Moretta

    Tony Moretta, Digital Jersey CEO, says an academy could offer three-month intensive courses for local people.

    Before any academy is created Mr Moretta said they would be setting up a digital skills partnership within the next few weeks to bring together education, local companies and other groups to find out what is needed.

    He said: "We are growing the digital economy but we are missing out every week on job creation opportunity because companies who want to create jobs here can't find people with the skills.

    "We have immigration controls here so we can't bring in people with those skills so we have to train people locally."