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  1. Updates from Monday 30 April until Friday 4 May 2018

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  1. Weather: Outlook is good for a sunny bank holiday weekend

    BBC Weather

    Tonight is going to remain dry with some clear spells but there will be the risk of some mist or fog developing later on.

    Light east to north-easterly breezes. Minimum Temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

    Tomorrow is expected to see any early mist or fog clear to leave it dry with sunny spells.

    A moderate north-easterly breeze. Maximum Temperature: 13 to 17C (55 to 63F).

    Weather map

    Sunday, another dry and warm day with periods of sunshine. Overnight will be dry with clear periods.

    Staying dry and warm into Bank Holiday Monday with further sunshine likely. Clear periods overnight.

    Tuesday will again be mild and predominately dry with sunny spells. Through the period, mist patches may linger, particularly along the coast.

  2. Bomb disposal starts bank holiday weekend with a bang

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police decided to mark May the fourth and the bank holiday weekend with a "small bang".

    A bomb disposal officer was called to Grouville beach to destroy some ordinance at about 15:30 this afternoon.

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    Video caption: Footage courtesy of States of Jersey Police
  3. Decision not to stock iodine tablets 'reviewed every year'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It's one of the standing items on the agenda of the Guernsey radiation advisory group, says the island's emergency planning officer.

    Concerns were raised about the lack of the tablets in the island after a fire in Flamanville nuclear facility in February 2017.

    Kevin Murphy said: "We met late last year and the feeling was still in line with the advice received from Public Health England and our Jersey colleagues that it wasn't a good effective solution for us to stock these."

  4. Communication plan updated after fire at Flamanville

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey has a new agreement with the French nuclear operators at La Hague and Flamanville to ensure details of any incident at the plants is communicated to the island's authorities immediately.

    It comes after an incident in February 2017 when there was a delay in notifying Guernsey about a non- radioactive fire in the turbine hall at the Flamanville power plant.

  5. Former naval officer appointed Guernsey harbour master

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Quote Message: I am absolutely thrilled to become Guernsey's harbour master. My time in Alderney gave me a deep affection for these islands and a healthy respect for the waters around them." from David Barker
    David Barker
    David Barker

    The former Alderney resident and retired Royal Navy Officer is due to start in the role in August.

    He was appointed after Captain Chad Murray announced in February he would be leaving after five years in the position.

    Mr Barker's background includes:

    • Born in Colne, Lancashire but moved with his family to Alderney at the age of 13
    • Married to Sara, a former physiotherapist, and he has two adult sons
    • Began his working life with BP Shipping
    • Served in a variety of naval ships, from Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers through frigates and destroyers to the carrier HMS Invincible
    • Was on active service in the Arabian Gulf, Kosovo and Sierra Leone
    • Appointed commanding officer of HMS St Albans and HMS Somerset
    • Currently the head of defence business development at NATS, the UK's principal Air Traffic Control Service provider
    • His interests include running, choral singing, watching rugby, and sailing
    • He's also a chartered manager, a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, and a member of the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association.

    Source: States of Guernsey

    Quote Message: His skills and maritime experience in both merchant shipping and the Royal Navy will greatly assist our ongoing efforts to improve harbour facilities and customer service. David's wider experience in aviation will also help the ports management team as it continues to find efficiencies and better ways of working across the island's ports." from Stuart Falla Chairman of the Guernsey Ports Board, for the States Trading Supervisory Board
    Stuart FallaChairman of the Guernsey Ports Board, for the States Trading Supervisory Board
  6. Police appeal over cafe break-in

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A cafe on Victoria Avenue, Jersey, was broken into on Tuesday, police say.

    It happened shortly before or shortly after 04:00 by First Tower and officers are appealing for information.

  7. Iron Age finds to go on display in Alderney

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A display of Iron Age finds that were dug up in Alderney are going on display in the island.

    Guernsey Museums is also heading back to the island in July to carry out three archaeological excavations at the Nunnery, a Roman gate and a cemetery.


    Dr Jason Monaghan, head of heritage services at Guernsey Museums, said the Iron Age finds were of a "really high quality for such a small place".

    "This must mean it was an important place - we think the trade routes may have come right past Alderney," he added.

  8. Campaign website for church group against assisted dying

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The "steering group" for Guernsey Churches has launched a website to support their campaign against assisted dying in the island.

    Politicians will likely debate whether to consider legalising the practice - which allows people to voluntarily end their lives - on 16 May.

    The proposals, lodged by the President of the Policy and Resources Committee, Deputy Gavin St Pier, have been opposed by church leaders in Guernsey who branded them "a danger" to islanders.

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  9. Dewberry House: First year stats

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Here are the first year statistics for Dewberry House, Jersey's first sexual assault referral centre.

    Coordinator Laura Osmand said the centre needs more staff to cope with demand for its services.

    "Going forward - for the vision for the SARC - as our numbers increase and more people are aware of our services, it's essential that we have more staff to be able to support those clients."

    Dewberry stats
  10. ‘Guernsey has the chance to make history’

    Guernsey Press

    Guernsey has the opportunity to make history, one terminally ill motor neurone disease sufferer has said.

  11. Two-car road crash in Fort Road

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    There's been a two-car road traffic crash in Fort Road, Guernsey.

    It happened outside the Fermain Valley Hotel.

    Guernsey Police and the Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene - with smoke allegedly coming out of one vehicle.

    At this point it's not clear whether the road is blocked or not.

  12. Jersey soldiers get 'more challenges' after command change

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Soldiers from Jersey will now have more opportunities to serve overseas following a change in the command structure at the local army reserve unit.

    The Jersey Field Squadron is now part of the British Army's Third Division, held in readiness to go overseas.

    Soldiers from the division are currently on UN missions in Somalia and South Sudan.

    Major Charlie Montgomery, who commands the Jersey Field Squadron, says it will mean more challenges for local soldiers.

    Quote Message: I think people join the army reserves to challenge themselves and to develop their potential - and then they can really test themselves by mobilising themselves and deploying on operations with regular counterparts. It's a real opportunity for those who want to rise to the challenge and really put themselves under a little bit of pressure and see the best of themselves come out. from Major Charlie Montgomery
    Major Charlie Montgomery
  13. Did you know...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The things you find out on Twitter...

    Belgrave Wanderers are taking on the Guernsey FA side tomorrow in preparation for the Muratti Vase against Jersey next weekend, but I had no idea that The Track had hosted such an illustrious group of players in the past.

    George Best, Bobby Moore and Rodney Marsh have all played at The Track before, taking on the Guernsey Island XI.

    There's no date on the match programme below, but George only played for Fulham for one season, so we can take a good guess at 1977.

    Paying just £1.20 to see George Best, Bobby Moore and Rodney Marsh play football is a pretty good deal!

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  14. Russia has 'no one to send' to Jersey after poison row

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There will be no Russian representative at this years Liberation Day slave memorial service in Jersey - because of a diplomatic row between Russia and Britain.

    The dispute is over the alleged poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia - suspected to have been the work of Russian agents.

    Yulia and Sergei Skripal

    In an email to organiser Gary Font, the Russian embassy in London said that since the poisoning of Mr Skripal many of its diplomats and officers had been expelled from the country. As a result, it had no one to send to the island this year.

    For the past 30 years Russia has sent a representative to Jersey to acknowledge the slave workers who suffered and died in the island during the war.

    The Germans brought them to Jersey to dig tunnels and build bunkers. They were held in squalid conditions, and more than 100 died from mistreatment and starvation.

    Mr Font said he was disappointed that such a long tradition would be broken - but that someone from the island would lay a wreath on Russia's behalf.

  15. Anyone for potato ice cream?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A chef at a restaurant in Jersey has come up with his own recipe for potato-flavoured ice cream.

    The dessert, created by Steve Smith from Bohemia Bar and Restaurant, features the famous Jersey Royal as its featured ingredient.

    Potato ice cream

    ...I'm a mint choc chip man myself, but to each their own.

  16. Road crash on Camp Du Roi, Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Three cars have been involved in a crash at the Camp Du Roi traffic lights in Guernsey.

    Guernsey Police and the fire service are at the scene.

    The Joint Emergency Services Control Centre said they're not aware whether the road is blocked or not.

  17. 'No evidence' of worse bullying in larger schools

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    There's "no evidence" to suggest bullying is worse in larger schools, according to the president of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

    An increase in bullying has emerged as one of the main concerns for students moving to the new, two-school model of secondary education in Guernsey.

    Members of the committee have been touring the island's high schools to get feedback from pupils.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize said he accepts the concerns of some pupils and parents over how the larger number of pupils in schools could affect bullying.

    Quote Message: We have to work hard to ensure those concerns do not turn into reality. The evidence does suggest that there's no need to fear any increase in bullying in slightly larger schools. There is some bullying in larger schools, there is some bullying in smaller schools - but schools work very hard to address those sorts of concerns. from Deputy Matt Fallaize President of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture
    Deputy Matt FallaizePresident of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture
    Matt Fallaize
  18. Overseas deployments more likely after command change

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's army reservists are now more likely to be deployed overseas, as the group commanding the island's Field Squadron has changed.

    From today, they come under the control of a division which provides most of the British Army troops sent on operations - as well as those held on standby.

    It means the island's reservists could be sent on missions in places such as Somalia, South Sudan or Iraq.

    British soldier in Iraq

    The move will also provide opportunities for squadron members to access training in Canada, Kenya or Cyprus.