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  1. Updates from Monday 4 June until Friday 8 June 2018

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  1. Weather: The chance of showers but also sunny spells

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    There is the threat of one or two thundery showers, which will increase through tonight.

    There will be a lot of dry weather in general though with some clear spells.

    Minimum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F)

    David Braine

    Some sunny periods at times through Saturday.

    However, there will be areas of cloud as well and these may give one or two, potentially sharp showers.

    Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F)

  2. Guernsey-affiliated HMS Daring undergoing maintenance

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It could be at least another two years before the Guernsey-affiliated Type-45 Destroyer, HMS Daring, returns to the island.

    She was last in Guernsey waters in 2016, but is currently undergoing maintenance and being fitted with state of the art weapons systems.

    Speaking during a visit to the island today, Senior Naval Officer Lt Cdr Tony Marden says the ship's ties with the island are still important for the Royal Navy.

    HMS Daring
    Quote Message: The affiliations we have around the country are incredibly important and once HMS Daring is back within the fleet and conducting routine operations I'm absolutely certain there will be more interaction with the ship actually coming to the islands." from Lt Cdr Tony Marden
    Lt Cdr Tony Marden
  3. Naughty heifers back on farm

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Earlier you may have seen the news about 200 cows making a bid for freedom and were descending on St Ouen.

    Rest assured they're back on the farm in St Peter now and catching up on any missed meals.

    Cows
  4. Carillion subsidiary closed by Royal Court

    Guernsey Press

    A Guernsey captive insurance subsidiary of the troubled Carillion group has been compulsorily wound up by the Royal Court.

  5. Scrutiny panel chairperson appointments continue

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    In this afternoon's States sittings there have been five further appointments made.

    States members are being selected to chair scrutiny committees.

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  6. Guernsey prison costs revealed

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It cost just under £40,599 per prisoner last year to run Guernsey Prison, figures show.

    Guernsey Prison

    The island's annual prison report shows on average there were 91 detainees in 2017, and the facility had a budget of £5,440,300.

    Its governor, David Matthews, says it has been a good year and the prison has made progress on its main objectives, protecting the public and reducing re-offending.

    "The completion of the security upgrade and continuing downward trend in prison numbers are evidence of this," he said.

    In 2016, Jersey prison had on average 140 prisoners and a budget of £10,521,800.

  7. Three-day road closure for St Peter Port road

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A road in Guernsey will be closed for three days due to "urgent sewer works".

    From Monday, the works will be on Mount Duand, St Peter Port between Queens Road and Valnord Road.

    The States said the work is expected to continue for three days.

  8. Plenty of crab to go around - fishmonger

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Following concerns crab meat might be in short supply this summer in the Channel Islands, a Guernsey fishmonger has promised stock is plentiful.

    Jason Hamon, owner of Surf and Turf says chancre crab stock always declines in the summer months, but numbers of spider crabs have soared.

    In Jersey approximately 500 tonnes (500,000 kg) of chancre crab meat was landed in 2012, but last year this fell to about 300 tonnes (300,000 kg).

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  9. Unemployment down but more claiming benefit

    Guernsey Press

    There has been a drop in the number of people out of work, to the lowest point since 2011, however below-inflation increases in earnings mean that the number of people claiming supplementary benefit is rising.

  10. Mysterious benefactor leaves £6.6m to hospice

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Hospice Care's plans to build a new facility have been given a boost after the charity was left £6.6m in a legacy from a mysterious benefactor.

    The charity says it is extremely rare to be left a legacy of this size and the money will go towards offering more services to children in Jersey.

    Emelita Robins, the chief executive of Jersey Hospice Care, says the organisation does not know a lot about the mysterious benefactor who has made the work possible, which is "frustrating".

    The charity predicts its running costs for next year will be about £6m, and says it usually has a budget deficit of about £1.7m per year, so the funds will also help boost the charity's reserves.

    Quote Message: That's one of the very frustrating things about legacies, that we can't thank them in person or find out what their motivation was to supporting us. But we're incredibly grateful obviously. from Emelita Robins
    Emelita Robins
  11. Extreme runners take on Channel Islands challenge

    Jack Murley

    Channel Islands Sports Producer

    A team of extreme runners are halfway through a journey to cover more than 100 miles in less than 48 hours.

    running team

    The challenge is to run around all five of the main Channel Islands to raise money for mental health charities Mind Jersey and Mind Guernsey.

    The group set off from, but did not run around, Jersey yesterday and proceeded to conquer Sark, Herm and Alderney.

    Today the team, Five Rocks Ultra, are finishing Guernsey before returning to run their Jersey route tomorrow, they hope to finish by 10:00.

    Runner Craig Barry said he was "a bit anxious" about the adventure, but it was for a good cause and the team was well prepared.

  12. Airlines consider new Jersey-Heathrow link

    Jersey Evening Post

    Three airlines serving Jersey say they will consider relaunching links between the island and Heathrow after the UK government gave its backing to building a third runway at the UK airport.

  13. Blood donation services could be closed until autumn

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey health officials say the island's blood donation service could be closed until early Autumn as work continues to restore facilities and acquire a license.

    blood

    Earlier this year officials were looking to re-licence the service, which is required every five years, when it was discovered the island's facilities were not "up to scratch".

    Work to bring the blood donation facilities up to an acceptable standard could not be completed before the old license expired, so it was closed. The decision was then made not to move to a new facility, but to stay in St Helier and refurnish the current site.

    Pathology manager, Adrian O'Keefe, says blood is being brought from Southampton twice a week but if more is needed they can get it within a few hours.

  14. Crematorium plans 'should have been revealed earlier'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Plans for Guernsey's new crematorium were not released early enough, politicians have claimed.

    Yesterday the States of Guernsey voted to approve plans to build a new crematorium at Le Foulon Cemetery, which is expected to cost about £4m.

    During the debate Deputy Sarah Hannsman-Rouxel tried to delay the decision because of concerns over access, but the vote was pushed through.

    However, had politicians been made aware of the situation last year, she feels the decision could have been "very different".

    Le Foulon
    Quote Message: This is the first opportunity we've had as a political assembly to debate this issue or add input into how that decision can be moulded. Now, had we had this debate in May last year when they were doing the benefits appraisals of all the different sites, or had some consultation with different committees, we would have had a very different or much more robust decision." from Deputy Sarah Hannsman-Rouxel
    Deputy Sarah Hannsman-Rouxel

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  15. St Helier crash prompts police appeal

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for information after a crash on Victoria Avenue near to First Tower.

    It happened on Thursday some time between 13:45 and 14:00 and involved a silver Suzuki and silver Vauxhall.

    Officers said the crash happened on lanes heading westbound out of St Helier.

  16. Herd of cows 'went for a jolly around Jersey'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Two-hundred Jersey cows which were on the loose have been rounded up by teams of people from three different farms.

    Almost an entire herd from St Peter escaped and walked across fields and along lanes to the neighbouring parish of St Ouen.

    Farmer Richard Lee said it took "a number of people" to help get the cows back to their field.

    Quote Message: They [the cows] decided they would lean on the wire, which is electrified, and they managed to break it. It doesn't take them very long to realise there's a gap in the wire. [They] climbed over the hedge into the next field, a potato field, called all their mates to join them and went for a jolly around the parish and lanes of St Ouen." from Richard Lee
    Richard Lee
  17. Le Fondre's government plans: Behind closed doors

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    Jersey's new chief minister has admitted Constable Len Norman was his third choice for the job of home affairs minister and he did not ask outgoing minister Senator Kristina Moore.

    John Le Fondre

    Senator John le Fondre said completing his nominations list was very difficult and he was still asking other members late into the evening to take on the home affairs job.

    He faced some opposition from those who were unhappy that he did not reveal full details of his deal with Reform Jersey but eventually managed to get all but one of his chosen ministers elected.

    Senator Le Fondre said not sharing the Reform deal was a mistake, but because the vote looked to be so close, both chief minister candidates had to make an agreement with the party.

    He added even eight hours before the debate he was under the impression Reform Jersey would be backing his opponent, Senator Ian Gorst.

  18. States could review building protections after fine case

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey man who was fined £50,000 for removing windows and flooring in his home in St Mary may be the catalyst for change in government policy.

    Ivor Barette

    Ivor Barette was fined £50,000 in 2016 for trying to carry out building work on his house, at Broughton Lodge Farm, without planning permission. He later put up signs around the Grade III listed building in St Mary complaining about his treatment, and claims the fine means he no longer has the funds to renovate the property.

    Mr Barette told the States Complaints Board communication broke down and described the emotional impact of unannounced visits by enforcement officers.

    "For me it's been a life of hell for the last five years. My parents lived through the German occupation, and for me it's been a lot worse living through this."

    A report will be prepared for the new Environment Minister, Deputy John Young, to consider if there needs to be a change in procedure to stop the same situation happening again.

    Planning and Environment says it tries to work with clients to agree the best way to protect the island's heritage.

  19. Farmer cutting grass when cows 'made bid for freedom'

    The loose herd of 200 cows heading across fields to St Ouen, Jersey, escaped from the neighbouring parish of St Peter, officials have confirmed.

    A spokeswoman for the Parish of St Ouen said the farmer was cutting grass to feed to his cows when they made a bid for freedom.

    The situation is "all in hand", she added.