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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 24 April 2019
  2. Calls to stop fishing in parts of Bouley Bay
  3. Dog-walkers told to take pets' waste home
  4. Superman star Cavill to repeat the Durrell Challenge
  5. First gender neutral toilet for Jersey Airport
  6. Care inquiry panel to return to Jersey

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  1. Inmates meet therapy dogs to help prepare them for release

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Dog with prisoners

    Inmates at the States of Jersey Prison Service (SoJPS) have met with therapy dogs for the first time, as part of regular events to help prepare prisoners for release back into the community.

    They were given the opportunity to interact with the dogs called Sunshine, Kipper and Nico - as well as their owners - to help promote well-being and provide emotional and behavioural benefits, the Government of Jersey said.

    The dogs will visit the prison once a week during the evenings.

    The prisoners are also able to talk to the dog handlers and learn about the dogs’ lives.

    dog in prison
    Quote Message: We use a variety of ways to support prisoners who may be struggling emotionally with adjusting to life in prison. Therapy dogs, in particular, have proved to be one of the ways in which we can support the rehabilitation of prisoners with mental health and behavioural issues, and help to prepare them for release. from Nick Cameron Governor and head of States of Jersey Prison Service
    Nick CameronGovernor and head of States of Jersey Prison Service
  2. First gender neutral toilet for Jersey Airport

    BBC Radio Jersey

    toilet door sign

    There's now a gender neutral toilet in the arrivals hall at Jersey Airport.

    Ports of Jersey said the toilets will benefit a wide range of passengers, members of the public and staff with disabilities - including hidden disabilities.

    The facilities are able to be used by anyone of any gender identity.

  3. Care inquiry panel to return to Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The panel which investigated abuse in Jersey's care system is to return to the island to see if improvements have been made.

    The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry found many hundreds of children suffered harm over decades because abusive regimes in the care system were allowed to continue.

    It made eight recommendations, which Jersey's government accepted and committed funding to improve the quality of the care.

    The panel will be in Jersey from the 13 to the 24 May and will publish a report in the summer on whether services are safer now than two years previously.

    Independent Jersey Care Inquiry
  4. Jersey inflation 'almost double the UK's'

    Freddie Miller

    BBC Jersey political reporter

    The cost of living in Jersey is rising at almost double the pace of the UK, according to the latest figures published.

    In the 12 months to the end of March, average prices in the UK increased by 1.9%. But at the same time, the cost of living in Jersey rose by 3.6%.

    The biggest increases were in the cost of tobacco, driving and household services - such as telephone bills, cleaners and school fees.

    But the cost of housing - including buying, renting or insuring a home - jumped by almost 5%.

    Jersey inflation stats

    However, despite prices rising at almost double the pace of the UK, inflation in Jersey has actually fallen in the last quarter - in December, it was almost 4%.

    But with no sign of a more significant drop, the government will have to continue to consider ways of tackling high inflation rates.

    In February, the economic development minister told the States the island's economy was in danger of overheating - in other words, growing at an unsustainable rate.

    Citing global oil prices, Senator Lyndon Farnham also admitted much of the island's inflation was beyond his - and the government's - control.

  5. Yellow weather warning for wind across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Met said winds of force six can be expected.

    weather warning
  6. Applause in court as case against finance worker dropped

    Guernsey Press

    Criminal proceedings against a highly respected money laundering reporting officer were dropped in the Royal Court on Tuesday - to a round of applause from a full public gallery.

  7. Chief minister issues report to inform migration policy

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's chief minister, John Le Fondre has published a new report that shows a couple with three children have to earn at least £132,000 a year to pay enough in tax and social security to fund the services they use.

    The document sets out how much everyone in Jersey costs the government and how much islanders have to earn for the States to break even.

    It will be used to inform the island's future migration policy and has been passed to a group of ministers and backbenchers tasked with drawing up plans to limit the population.

    They're expected to report back in the autumn.

    John Le Fondre
    Quote Message: If you follow this to a logical nth degree, you'd have an island full of accountants, lawyers and bankers - but that would probably be a fairly sad place to live. You wouldn't be able to get your hair cut or go to a restaurant. You've got to make sure it's all about having a balance in the economy and the population. It does give us some interesting things to go through. from John Le Fondre Jersey Chief Minister
    John Le FondreJersey Chief Minister
  8. St Helier road to close for five weeks due to cable works

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A St Helier road will be closed for five weeks due to mains cable laying work, Jersey Electricity has said.

    Manor Park Road will be closed to through traffic from 13 May.

    Some parking may be suspended for short periods but access to premises will be maintained throughout the works, the company added.

    Proposed area of works
  9. Concerns over Guernsey Electricity price rises

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Concerns are being raised about potential price rises from Guernsey Electricity which are higher than inflation.

    Deputy Jennifer Merrett said she was worried about the potential impact of a 6.8% increase in bills for customers announced earlier this year.

    It followed months where the company had generated electricity on island - a costly process.

    This is because the undersea cable between the island and Jersey needs to be replaced. The 52km (32-mile) cable failed in October.

    At the end of December 2018, Guernsey's annual inflation, as measured by the changes in the RPIX, was 2.3%.

    Guernsey Electricity generator

    Deputy Jennifer Merrett said the impact of this replacement had not been properly thought through by the States and Guernsey Electricity because "members of the community have not been able to plan for it".

    The States Trading Supervisory Board, which oversees the activities of Guernsey Electricity, said there had been no consultation with Employment and Social Security about the affect higher bills would have on benefit payments.

    Guernsey Electricity said in March that the proposed increase - for a three-year period from July 2019 - was needed "to recover the past two years’ 'historic costs' created by uncontrollable changes to the price of commodities and foreign exchange rates", as well as the "more recent additional on-island electricity generation costs".

  10. Retail Prices Index report for March published

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The All Items Retail Prices Index (RPI) is the main measure of inflation in Jersey.

    It measures the change from quarter to quarter in the price of the goods and services purchased by an average household in Jersey.

    More information on March's report can be found here.

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  11. Butterflies created by hospice patients go on display

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Butterflies created by patients at Jersey Hospice have gone on display at Jersey General Hospital.

    Two-hundred-and-thirty of them have been put on the walls of the haematology department for patients and employees to enjoy, the Government of Jersey said.

    The Butterfly Art Project collection was previously on display at Jersey Hospice.

    Flowers on wall
    Flowers on wall
  12. Residents say 25mph limit has not made a scrap of difference

    Guernsey Press

    Residents in two of the busier roads in which 25mph speed limits have been introduced say traffic has not been slowed.

  13. Calls to stop fishing in parts of Bouley Bay

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are calls for parts of Bouley Bay to be left alone so stocks of fish can replenish.

    Kevin McIlwee - from Jersey Marine Conservation - says local species are disappearing after he found a huge amount of fishing lines in the area.

    He says if fishermen volunteer not to fish in the area it could improve the situation...

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    Video caption: The Jersey Marine Conservation says local species are disappearing
  14. CI weather: Rain clearing before some sun and showers

    BBC Weather

    Wednesday morning will see any lingering overnight rain clear to leave it dry with sunny spells. Further sunshine in the afternoon but the chance of a heavy shower later. Cooler, with a brisk southerly wind.

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

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey:

    Guernsey weather
  15. Dog-walkers told to take pets' waste home

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Environment Department is telling dog-walkers to take their bags of dog poo home.

    It comes after bags of dog poo were left on the ground at Grosnez where there is usually a bin.

    Officials said the bin was stolen.

    The department said it would replace it and clean up the mess as soon as possible.