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  1. Dead dictator's ill-gotten millions 'to be shared'

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC Nigeria Correspondent

    Gen Sani Abachi
    Image caption: Gen Sani Abachi ruled Nigeria from 1993 to 1998

    Hundreds of millions of dollars recovered from the frozen assets of former Nigerian military ruler Gen Sani Abacha have been transferred to authorities in Jersey.

    The money will be split between the governments of Nigeria, the US and Jersey.

    On Friday, more than $267m (£210m) was paid into a special fund, set up by the government of Jersey for this type of asset recovery.

    A representative from the office of the island’s attorney general told the BBC it hadn’t yet decided how it would split the money. This will be negotiated between the three governments.

    The millions are believed to derive from corruption in Nigeria during Mr Abacha’s military regime.

    A US federal court had previously located the money, which had been laundered through the US banking system, before being transferred to Jersey.

    Gen Sani Abacha ruled Nigeria for five years, until his sudden death of a heart attack in 1998.

    He is reported to have stolen billions of dollars from the country during his time in power.

  2. Government makes new pay offer to Jersey teachers

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The States Employment Board (SEB) has made a revised pay offer to teachers in order to try and bring an end to the current disputes.

    The revised final pay offer in full includes:

    • 2018 – consolidated increase to salaries of 2.0%, with effect from 1 January 2018. A further one-off unconsolidated payment of 1.1% of salaries to be made
    • 2019 – consolidated increase to salaries of 2.0% with effect from 1 January 2019. A further one-off unconsolidated payment of 1.0% of salaries to be made

    The States said its aim is to generate sustainable efficiencies worth 1.6% of the teacher pay bill, so that half of the efficiencies can be given in an additional consolidated pay increase with effect from 1 January 2020.

    Chief Minister, and chair of the SEB, Senator John Le Fondré, said the offer "provides additional benefits to teachers while maintaining financial responsibility".

    "I hope it will be agreed by the two teaching unions, and that they will recommend it to their members, so we can bring an end to the uncertainty, disruption and inconvenience to all parties and to islanders," he said.

    Teaching unions will now consider the new pay offer.

  3. Cat accident law change to be considered after petition

    BBC Radio Jersey


    Jersey drivers who run over cats could soon have to report it to the police.

    Currently, drivers that hit the animal must report it to the JSPCA but there's no legal requirement to tell the police.

    However, more than 5,000 people have now signed a petition to make it an offence to hit a cat without reporting it.

    Deputy Jeremy Macon is asking the States to look at the concerns in more detail.

    The States will vote on whether to investigate changes to bring the laws for cats and dogs in line with each other.

    The Minister responsible - Deputy Kevin Lewis - has previously said Jersey's laws already cover cats that are hit by motorists.

  4. Furniture store window damaged in Guernsey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A large window of a furniture store has been damaged in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened some time between 17:00 on Friday 31 May and 08:00 on Saturday 1 June at Ideal Furnishings, Le Bordage, St Peter Port.

    Officer want to speak to anyone in the area at the time who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Guernsey Police on 72511.

  5. Pay rises for senior government officials

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    The number of States of Guernsey employees on a salary of more than £80,000 increased by 37 to 298 between 2017 and 2018.

    This has been revealed in the latest release of the States accounts, which also shows there are three more employees on more than £250,000 pounds a year.

    The accounts show a general revenue surplus of more than £66m, which is more than what was budgeted for.

    This all comes in the context of pay disputes with States employees, which resulted in industrial action by Unite workers on 29 May.

  6. Pay row: Increased offer for teachers 'will help parents'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey teachers have challenged the States to come up with a better pay offer quickly for the good of the island's parents.

    The National Education Union has already carried out 10 days of strikes and is warning there could be more if the States doesn't offer more money.

    Union boss Brendan Carolan says a pay offer is needed to solve the problem so that parents don't suffer.

    "Members of Jersey's public know that an increased offer for teachers is needed," he said.

    "Make the bigger offer and then you'll have teachers back in work and you'll have productivity in the island and parents not exhausting all of their holiday to look after their children."


    The States' chief officer, Charlie Parker has written to teachers to tell them they could have an additional pay rise from next January if they are able to help make efficiency savings.

    He hasn't specified how much that rise might be and has asked for idea on how the savings might be made.

  7. Winds of force six expected across the islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

    weather warning
  8. Panel urges States to withdraw parental leave plans

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A scrutiny panel has urged ministers to withdraw plans to give Jersey parents extra time off work when they have a baby.

    The Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel said in a report it believes there wasn't enough consultation and the move could cause hardship for small businesses.

    The change, which will have to be debated in the States, is scheduled to take effect in September.

    Under the plans, paid maternity leave will be increased to six weeks and the proposals will also extend parental leave and adoption leave to 26 weeks.

    The Jersey Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the report.

    Father and baby
    Quote Message: The scrutiny process has rightly identified that not enough evidenced-based consultation existed to support changing this law again so soon. We have consistently asked for a delay in introducing parts of this amendment until the likely effects of such changes have been properly considered and understood. from Jennifer Carnegie President, Jersey Chamber of Commerce
    Jennifer CarnegiePresident, Jersey Chamber of Commerce

    The States of Jersey said the changes will have advantages for both the economy and for the family unit and will help bring a change in workplace attitudes and practices.

  9. Weather: Rain and cloud expected

    BBC Weather

    Dry to start but outbreaks of rain will develop from the south during the afternoon - some of these heavy.

    Cloudy throughout the day.

    Highs of 17C (62F).


    Jersey weather


    Guernsey weather
  10. Guernsey water quality rate at 99.9%

    Miranda Griffin

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Drinking water in Guernsey has a 99.9% quality rate and meets all UK and European standards, according to Guernsey Water.

    The utility says the island's water underwent nearly 7,000 individual tests last year.

    Water samples are taken from treatment works, reservoirs, the forest water tower and selected homes and are tested against three benchmarks.

    Guernsey Water says its high pass rate is a tribute to its staff and their expertise.

    In 2017, the pass rate was 99.8%.

    water tap
  11. Seven arrested for assault and drug offences

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police are investigating an assault that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    Seven people have been arrested for alleged involvement in an incident where a man sustained facial injuries and required hospital treatment. He was discharged later in the day.

    According to a police spokesperson, some of the people arrested are also under investigation for drug related offences.

    Everyone who was arrested has been released on bail while police continue with their inquiries.

  12. Police reveal key evidence in murder conviction

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jamie Warn

    Jersey police say mobile phone data and CCTV footage provided critical evidence against a man who has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.

    Jamie Lee Warn killed Shoshonna Besenye in 2018, hid her body in the boot of her car and then abandoned it on a beach in St Ouen.

    The lead investigator, Acting Ch Insp Craig Jackson, says the 55-year-old went to "considerable lengths" to cover his tracks and avoid detection.