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Consumer body unhappy with Flybe over luggage charges

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Consumer Council says it is unhappy that airline Flybe has not fully acted on promises made months ago to improve how it enforced its hand luggage policy.

It said lots of passengers have complained after being told hand luggage which fitted the airline's measuring device at one airport was described as too big on the way back.

The council met Flybe bosses in March to raise islanders' concerns that they were being charged extra fees unfairly.

Flybe's standard free cabin baggage allowance is an item measuring 55cm by 35cm by 20cm. Passengers can also carry a "smaller under-seat item such as a laptop or a handbag". Both items must weigh no more than 10kg combined.

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However, the company has been accused of being "inconsistent" in how it implemented its rules, resulting in some passengers having to pay £50 to place luggage in the hold on the return trip.

Council chairman Carl Walker said he was disappointed passengers were still complaining months after the meeting with airline bosses.

Flybe said all its measuring sizers fitted the stated dimensions of what was outlined on its website.

With regards to Jersey Airport, the airline also said it was working with staff to manage the current situation better and further messaging would be put up shortly to remind passengers of the charges involved for oversized cabin bags.

CI weather: Cloud clearing before a windy but warm day

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells, a fair amount of cloud and the chance of some occasional showers on Wednesday morning but a drier afternoon with sunshine.

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A windy and warm day with a fresh north-easterly wind.

Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Fort swimming pool to be demolished in £2.5m of works

BBC Radio Jersey

More than £2.5m is to be spent demolishing the swimming pool at Fort Regent, Jersey States says.

The work is due to start at the end of July and take about nine months to complete.

It follows health and safety concerns after years of weather-related damage and vandalism.

Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis has approved the demolition, including removing the pool tank and a basement plant room, which has been closed since 2004.

The States said that winds had lifted and removed several sections of the roof and outer cladding over recent years. A "significant amount of asbestos" also had to be removed in accordance with stringent guidelines, it added.

The total cost of the project was £2,697,000, the States said.

Fort Regent pool
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Gale force winds expected overnight in the Channel Islands

Longer sentences for child sex abuse to be debated

BBC Radio Jersey

A petition asking for stronger sentences for convicted child sex abusers in Jersey has reached the 5,000 signature threshold, meaning it must be considered for a states debate.

The document asks that anyone who abuses children, or who looks at or makes indecent images of them, should face longer in prison and be put on the sex offenders register for life.

In a previous response, after the petition reached 2,000 signatures, Jersey's attorney general said it was not common practice to set minimum sentences.

Environment boss considers seaweed licensing

BBC Radio Jersey

People who want to collect seaweed from Jersey's shores to use commercially might soon have to get a licence first.

The environment minister is considering new laws to govern how people use various kinds of weed.

At the moment, some companies use it for products such as food and body care products, as well as farming.

Deputy Jon Young said he hoped the new laws would keep Jersey's seaweed levels sustainable.

In the meantime, a trial is under way to see if an algae that blooms in Jersey in the summer months can be turned into compost.

The States said officers were piloting a scheme to tackle the build-up of sea lettuce, a common edible green algae, which can build up in large clumps and release a foul smell. It is due to continue throughout the summer.

CI weather: Largely dry with sunnier spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

A largely dry Tuesday with a mixture of cloudier intervals and sunnier spells.

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There will be a gentle northerly breeze through the day.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Trial in Jersey looks at making compost from sea lettuce

Andrew Segal

BBC News

A trial is under way to see if an algae that blooms in Jersey in the summer months can be turned into compost.

Officers have begun piloting a scheme to tackle the build-up of sea lettuce, a common edible green algae, which can build up in large clumps and release a foul smell.

The trial involves collecting it with a modified rake and taking it to La Collette's green waste site "where controlled tests are being undertaken to see if it can be successfully composted along with other green waste".

The States said that more than 165 tonnes of sea lettuce had been collected from the shallow pool in St Aubin’s Bay since the trial started last month.

It will continue "throughout the summer, at the end of which it will be reviewed", it added.

Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis said: "We have been trying so hard over the years to improve the situation but a lot depends on what nature throws at us."

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Four charged after £500k of suspected drugs seized

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Four men have been charged with importing drugs following the seizure of substances believed to have been brought to Jersey from England in a 37ft-long yacht, officials say.

Jersey States said 5kg of suspected cannabis, 2kg of suspected MDMA powder, 2kg of suspected MDMA tablets and 1kg of suspected cocaine were seized in St Catherine’s Bay on Friday.

The States said the seizure was made following a joint operation between Jersey customs officers, island police, UK Border Force Maritime Command and French customs officials.

The suspected Class A and B drugs had an estimated street value of about £500,000, it added.

Three men from the UK, aged 44, 57 and 60, and a 25-year-old Jersey resident appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning in connection with the charges.

UK Border Force boat and yacht
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CI weather: Staying rainy with thunderstorms possible

BBC Weather

Thunderstorms and heavy rain are possible for a time overnight on Monday to Tuesday, although these should move away later on. Gusty winds in heavier downpours.

Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Largely cloudy on Tuesday itself, with a few scattered showers moving in, perhaps occasionally heavy and thundery. Clouds breaking at times to allow more in the way of brighter spells.

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

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Pilot diverted to avoid drone near Jersey Airport

BBC Radio Jersey

A private pilot who had taken off from Jersey Airport had to avoid hitting a remote-controlled flying machine which was in his flight path.

As a safety precaution, Jersey Air Traffic Control immediately stopped all departures on Saturday for commercial and private flights while police and honorary officers investigated in Trinity, where the drone had been seen.

Six flights were delayed, affecting hundreds of passengers.

Regulations state that it is a criminal offence to fly a drone more than 400ft (122m) and within two nautical miles of the airfield without seeking permission from airport authorities.

The drone was flying at around 2,000ft (610m).

Officials have reported the incident to the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Lloyds freezes 8,000 bank accounts in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Lloyds Bank has frozen the bank accounts of some customers in Jersey to comply with international anti-money laundering standards, it has confirmed.

Newspapers including the Financial Times are reporting that about 8,000 customers accounts are affected.

In a statement, Lloyds stressed that there was no implication that the customers had done anything wrong, but they did not respond when the bank asked them to verify personal details about themselves.

CI weather: A wet day with chance of thunderstorms

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A rather wet Monday as showers move across the area, merging into more persistent bands of rain at times, with the chance of a few thunderstorms as well.

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Maximum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).

Channel Islands weather: Clear skies and gentle breeze

BBC Weather

Dry with largely clear skies and light winds on Friday night and some patchy mist may also develop.

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New chairperson for Reform Jersey

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Lyndsay Feltham
Reform Jersey

Jersey's only political party has chosen a new chairperson, with the role being split from the leader for the first time.

Reform Jersey will be chaired by Lyndsay Feltham, a former candidate for deputy, after being chosen at the party's AGM on Thursday.

Senator Sam Mézec remains as leader after being re-elected to the position.

I am delighted to take on the role of Party Chairperson. I am looking forward to engaging with the Party membership to strengthen the organisation and working in partnership with Senator Mézec to ensure that party members continue to be at the heart of decision making. The focus for the coming year will be increasing party membership and connecting with community groups.

Lyndsay FelthamChairperson, Reform Jersey

Agriculture academics offer seeds of wisdom

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey farmers
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Jersey's farmers and water company are getting advice on how to use pesticides and fertiliser safely from UK experts.

Scientists from Cranfield University are on the island to speak to representatives from the potato and dairy industry, Jersey Water and States officers.

One of the issues they will address is how agricultural products can run off fields and affect the water supply.

In recent years there has been debate over the use of products like the herbicide glyphosate, which some have argue should be banned in the island.

New hospital site 'within 18 months'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey hospital
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Jersey's chief minister has said he hopes to find a site for the new hospital within the next 18 months.

Senator John Le Fondre's plans for a new hospital on the current site at Gloucester Street have been abandoned, with around £30m already spent on the project.

Ministers intend to pinpoint a site and outline the business case by the end of 2020.

Net migration figures released

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Net migration into Jersey has been estimated at 1,100 in 2018, a population increase of 1%, according to a new government report.

This is proportionally higher than net migration for the UK, estimated by the Office of National Statistics at 0.4%.

A natural increase of 100 when comparing births with deaths meant that the population grew by 1,200.

The island's population has increased by 11,400 since 2008 to reach 106,800, of which 78% were immigrants.

Approximately 400 of those who arrived were 'licensed employees' and their dependents, meaning that they are considered essential by their employer.

Chief minister to take 'new approach' on hospital plans

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister claims he's taking a different approach towards planning the island's new hospital.

Senator John Le Fondré has been in his current role for a year and during that time has dropped plans for the hospital to be built on its current site, spending about £30m in the process.

He said the new team involved in the planning process is motivated and believes that things need to be done in a different way.

The new head of health, the director-general, who I think is excellent, and the relatively new head for the hospital who I also think is excellent, are very motivated on this whole area. They're very clear that things need to be done in a different way - and that is happening.

Senator John Le FondréChief Minister, Jersey
Jersey’s hospital
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Channel Islands weather: Sunshine and light winds

BBC Weather

It will be dry and fine today, with light winds and a good deal of sunshine, although it will feel rather cool.

Just a few clouds may develop this afternoon.

Dry with largely clear skies and light winds tonight, and some patchy mist may also develop.

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More information needed for population policy

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister has said it's important to have all the relevant information in place, before setting a new population policy.

It comes as new figures estimating the island's population at the end of 2018 are due to be published this morning.

The most recent population estimate for the end of 2017 suggested more than 105,000 people live in Jersey.

Senator John Le Fondré has said a draft population policy should be announced in September or October, before a States debate next spring.

Jersey man sentenced for rape

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for rape.

Brett Kean, 41, was found guilty of rape and two counts of indecent assault in April.

Jersey's Royal Court also put him on the sex offenders register for 10 years and banned him from contact with the victim.

Row over farming company's housing plans

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey farming company claims it's struggling to provide housing to all its workers because of planning constraints.

The Jersey Royal Company wanted to build four three-bedroom units with car parking for staff on West Point farm in St Ouen.

It was rejected by the planning committee last year, because the site is on protected land in Jersey's green zone.

The company has now complained against planning authorities over the way they dealt with the application.

The owners said they had been met with constant resistance when trying to provide a better quality of life for staff.

Planning officials said they had been consistent in dealing with planning applications in the green zone, and this one was in an area with many constraints.

Tomorrow's weather: Sunny with a risk of showers

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On Thursday there will be sunny periods which become increasingly prolonged through the day.

There will be a risk of showers until early afternoon, then fair or fine overnight.

Minimum temperature: 10C (32).

Register plans 'the opposite of leadership'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Plans to open up the Crown Dependencies' registers of beneficial ownership to the public are "the opposite of leadership", according to a tax pressure group.

Gavin St Pier, John Le Fondré and Howard Quayle
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Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man's chief ministers, Gavin St Pier, John Le Fondré and Howard Quayle

Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man have released proposals to gradually open up the registers of who ultimately owns companies in the island, meaning the EU, businesses and eventually the general public will have some level of access over the next four years.

It took the allied powers six months to plan and successfully carry out the D-Day landings. It took Thomas Edison two years to create the light bulb. The Crown Dependencies have today set out a three-year plan to table a discussion in parliament with no commitments and no details on whether they will comply with emerging international standards on beneficial ownership transparency.

John ChristensenTax Justice Network

Weather: Mainly cloudy with mist and fog

BBC Weather

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It will be a mainly cloudy morning with mist and fog patches.

There will be occasional showers, perhaps heavy and thundery, turning to prolonged periods of rain.

It will clear by late afternoon with sunny spells developing.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

CI weather: Showers to get heavy overnight before clearing

BBC Weather

Showery rain will tend to be replaced by heavier showers tonight. Some showers could be on the heavy and thundery side.

Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Any lingering rain should clear through Wednesday morning to then leave a dry and increasingly sunny rest of the day. A gentle to moderate breeze.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

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Plan to cut health and social workers' pay upheld

BBC Radio Jersey

A decision to reduce the pay of a 126 health workers and social workers in Jersey has been upheld.

The allied health professionals' pay grades - which included roles such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers - were wrongly upgraded in November 2017.

They were told that the increase would be reversed, and they would be taken back to their original pay and grade.

A collective grievance was raised by most of those affected. But the States Employment Board, which oversees civil servants pay, said it was maintaining its decision to reverse their pay to address pay differences.

The extra money they received will not have to be paid back.

Teaching assistants may be asked to lead classes

BBC Radio Jersey

Teaching assistants who are not qualified teachers could be asked to lead classes in some of Jersey's schools under cost-cutting measures.

A working group of teachers and civil servants will be asked to agree to savings and efficiencies as part of the government's latest pay offer recently accepted by members of the National Education Union.

Chief Minister John Le Fondre said nothing had been yet set in stone, but added that money-saving ideas under consideration included looking at how to reduce the cost of supply teachers, no longer asking teachers - as opposed to other staff - to cover lunch breaks, and the creation of a new senior teaching assistant role.

New deputy bailiff for Jersey is announced

Freddie Miller

BBC Jersey political reporter

Jersey Attorney General Robert Macrae QC (pictured) has been named as the island's next deputy bailiff, following a recruitment process which included two written exercises and a formal interview.

Current Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq will become bailiff later this year when Sir William Bailhache retires.

Sir William took on the role in 2015.

Robert Macrae QC
States of Jersey

Weather: Showery rain and gentle winds expected

BBC Weather

Showery rain will move in from the south later but there will still be drier interludes.

A generally cloudy day with gentle winds.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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Jersey's Tamba Park won't be reopening in current format

BBC Radio Jersey

The owner of Jersey's Tamba Park says it won't be reopening in its current format.

The children's dinosaur park has been closed for refurbishment since the half term holidays in May.

Jonathan Ruff refused to say what it would be turning into but said there would be more information in a few weeks.

He said he was not applying to the planning department for a change of use.

Tamba Park
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Thunderstorms expected across islands in next 24 hours

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Thunder warning
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CI weather: Getting cloudier with showers

BBC Weather

Late spells of sunshine on Monday evening and clear spells for a time tonight. Cloud amounts will start to increase in the early hours however.

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

A dull and wet Tuesday with spells of rain for much of the day. Later on, there will be a risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

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Forty young people 'involved in fight'

Elisa DaSilva

BBC Radio Jersey

Police in Jersey are asking parents to check their children's phones for footage of a fight involving about 40 young people.

Officers said they were called to the incident as in Howard Davis Park just after 16:00 on Friday after reports of a "large group of school children" fighting in the park. Many were thought the children to be about 15 years old.

They added that someone who went to break it up was assaulted.

While no-one needed medical treatment, it has been claimed that one boy left the park with a significant amount of blood on the back of his white shirt.

Police also said they believed some of the young people filmed the fight on mobile phones and shared it on social media platforms such as Snapchat.

Children's commissioner office to launch new website

BBC Radio Jersey

Islanders will be able to look in more detail at the work of the Children's Commissioner for Jersey when the office launches a new website.

It will publish an annual report which will include all its figures and annual accounts.

The children's commissioner's office employs seven people to promote and protect children's rights in the community.

The post was created in 2017 at a cost of nearly £1.5m spread over three years.

The website will be launched early next month.

Children's Commissioner for Jersey logo
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Weather: Sunny spells and light winds

BBC Weather

It will be a fine day with plenty of sunshine and little in the way of cloud.

There will also be light winds.

Highs of 18C (64F).

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Arrests for offensive weapons fall

BBC Radio Jersey

The number of arrests in Jersey for carrying illegal weapons has halved over the past four years.

Figures from the Home Affairs department show that in 2014 21 people were stopped by police for carrying weapons ranging from knives and machetes to baseball bats, in 2018 that figure had dropped to ten.

Knives were the most common weapon to be caught with, although two arrests were made in 2018 for carrying wooden poles as illegal weapons.

Jersey Police station
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Weather: dry tonight

BBC Weather

Any lingering daytime showers should soon die out and it will be dry tonight. There will be some clear periods at first, although will become cloudier later in the night.

Minimum: 11°C

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'Family friendly' employment rights delayed

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Hospital sign
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Jersey's Minister for Social Security has "temporarily" withdrawn proposed changes to introduce "family friendly" employment rights.

Deputy Martin said the withdrawal was due an "issue" around changes to maternity leave within the legislation and hopes to reintroduce them later in 2019.

The law proposed to remove the concept of ‘compulsory maternity leave’, which is an unconditional right for mothers only, and to replace it with equal rights to leave for all new parents.

This change could potentially affect pregnant women who fail to give their employer notice of the intent to take maternity to take leave.

Following the withdrawal, Deputy Martin intends to rework the legislation to ensure mothers cannot be required to work in the weeks following childbirth.

I am particularly disappointed not to be introducing the new rights relating to breastfeeding breaks and facilities this year, but I want to reassure parents that I will return to the States with the revised draft Law as soon as I can, for debate in the Autumn States sitting.

Deputy Judy MartinMinister for Social Security

Disability strategy stagnated by staffing shortage

BBC Radio Jersey

A campaigner says work on Jersey's disability strategy has stalled in 2019 because the civil servant responsible for the project was not replaced after going on maternity leave.

The plan is aimed at ensuring islanders with a disability enjoy a good quality of life, through having greater rights, opportunities and access.

Jim Hopley from Jersey Cheshire Home has urged ministers to deliver on the promises that had been made to islanders.

The Social Security Minister has recently been given responsibility for finishing the project, a move which Mr Hopley hopes can lead to lasting change.

TV licence decision 'won't affect' eligible in Jersey

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Winds of force six expected across the islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

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Proposals to make VE Day a public holiday in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

There could be a public holiday in Jersey to mark VE Day next May.

The Council of Ministers is proposing to make Friday 8 May 2020 a holiday, to recognise the significance of the 75th anniversary of not only Liberation Day, but also VE Day.

As it stands, workers would lose out on the usual 9 May bank holiday because Liberation Day falls on a Saturday.

Malcolm Ferey of Citizens Advice Jersey has also started a petition for a bank holiday on 11 May 2020 and says it's important islanders get a public holiday to celebrate and remember the historic events.

Crowds celebrating VE Day
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Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

There will be some sunny spells and it will be warmer than recent days.

There will be a few scattered showers around during the day, but they are not expected to be heavy.

Highs of 17C (62F).

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