04/01/2017 Channel Islands News


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Compared to the UK, Jersey is described as an embarrassment

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I think, as an island, we should be very embarrassed about that.

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Good evening and welcome to the late news from BBC Channel Islands.

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Gas prices are expensive in Jersey but there's no need for regulation,

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It's a gift that could make the difference between life

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or death, but in Jersey only 12% of the population have registered

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It's been described as an embarrassment,

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compared to the UK's sign-up rate of 36%.

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The Health Minister is now considering following Wales

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and France and adopting an opt-out system.

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There's me and my mum on my 18th birthday,

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That was probably one of the last times that we were altogether.

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But her death enabled others to live as she was an organ donor.

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I take great pride in what we did and what my mum did.

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We still receive cards and letters from the people that

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received my mum's organs, saying, "Thank you for another

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wonderful year," you know, "I've been able to see my grandchildren

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grow up, I've just had another grandchild just been born," and how

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amazing is that to have made a difference to make

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difference in their lives at such a sad time for us?

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But organ donors are a minority in Jersey.

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As only 12% of the islands population have registered,

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Jersey's sign-up rate is embarrassingly low and I think

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as an island we should be very embarrassed about that.

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Neil's daughter had a heart transplant ten years ago.

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He now campaigns for organ donation and thinks the low sign-up rate

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People aren't aware that there is only one register which is based

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in the UK and that Jersey people who live here have access to that

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register and it's to the UK we look for organs when we need them.

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But with eight people in Jersey and over 6,500 people in the UK

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currently waiting for a transplant, there is a shortage.

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Jersey's Health Minister is now considering adopting an opt-out

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system like Wales and France, but wants the public's view before

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Scotland are doing a consultation, Wales have done it,

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England are following suit, I think, with a consultation soon,

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So, we're on the English register, we should be in line

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with England as well, so I think it's a possibility,

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With changes being considered to try to grow the number

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of organ donors in Jersey, more lives could be saved in future

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There are plans to look into whether people with high energy

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bills in Jersey should get help to pay them.

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It's after an independent report concluded Jersey gas prices don't

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But the minister responsible says it is expensive and more support

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This drop-in centre for older people switched fully to electricity

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Beforehand, we had gas, oil and electric.

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It was quite expensive to run on gas, so when we did

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the refurbishment we decided to look at the providers, the costs

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and everything else, and we are now totally electric.

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Most people here told me they don't use gas at home.

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But those who rely on it said it's pricey.

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Of course, I am a pensioner so it does come quite expenseive

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-- Of course, I am a pensioner so it does come quite expensive

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and when you're older you have to have heating on all the time.

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But an independent report has found Jersey Gas prices

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A consumer watchdog, however, believes just because it's

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the Island's only gas provider doesn't mean it has free reign.

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We need to make sure it's kept competitive, not necessarily

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Clearly, we don't have natural gas, we're importing gas which makes it

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But that's not to say we can't make sure the consumer's

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getting a fair deal, understands the prices, what they're

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Jersey Gas says it is cost-effective and that recent mild winters

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have reduced demand, driving up prices.

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But the politician overseeing competition believes

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Jersey Gas is a very expensive energy source for consumers,

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and over the next few weeks I now need to take this report to work out

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whether there are any options for government for reducing those

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consumers who are facing high energy costs.

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Meanwhile, there's a warning it's unlikely fuel prices in Guernsey

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At some garages, it's now more than ?1.20 for a litre of unleaded,

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higher than it would be at many UK garages.

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It's because the cost of oil has risen.

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The oil-producing companies of the world met and decided

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that they wanted to increase prices and the only way that they can do

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that is by dropping consumption - production, rather.

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Which they did, by 1.2 million barrels a day, which took effect

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When production is lower, prices rise and over

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the next few months, we'll see price rises.

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Outline plans have been submitted to turn a former brewery

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Channel Island developers Comprop want to build a 605-space

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multi-storey and 15 new homes on the site of the disused

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The ?19 million project includes keeping the listed brewery facade

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and replaces previous plans for a supermarket there.

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There are currently no plans to reconsider the decision to send

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Guernsey's waste to Sweden for recycling from next year,

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The Island's landfill site is almost full and there's been calls

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for Guernsey to look at options closer to home, such

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The authorities say despite falling exchange rates, they're

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still confident that the agreement to send it to Sweden provides

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Currently, Jersey is an unsuccessful bidder

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We will be looking at a contract for three years, with the option

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At the end of the three years, it is entirely likely

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that we will be re-tendering and Jersey can put in another bid.

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A Guernsey man will take on a challenge that few people

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Along with three crew members, 27-year-old James Plumley will row

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across the Indian Ocean, a journey completed by fewer people

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Lucy Bickerton met him to find out why he's doing it.

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For now, though, it's full steam ahead in a greenhouse.

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But what will James fear the most, when him and his team leave the safe

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I've heard there's flying sea snakes, which I'm

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Apparently there could be big storms, sharks and other

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We're going into the unknown and will find out when there

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No stranger to the seas, in 2013, James broke the world record

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They'll row two hours on, two hours off continually for 3,600 miles.

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His friend and coach is helping him prepare for the set off in June.

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You need someone to keep you in check and motivated and chat

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I think it's probably where the use comes as he doesn't know

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the other guys well, so you need someone to ask

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The team will raise money for Young Onset Parkinson's Disease.

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And scientists will monitor the rowers progress,

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But will James be looking to break any more world records?

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There's a record of 57 days which I think half way through we'll

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-- decide if we want to go for it, but the main challenge

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How many people have rowed across the Indian Ocean?

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41 crews have tried, 20 have succeeded.

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Now, let's take a look at the forecast, with David Braine.

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Hello, good evening. A cloudy day today. Tomorrow is much brighter and

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much colder. Cold beer filtering down from the north. Updated daily

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and the chilly start. One weather system is truth across as this

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evening. That will gradually phase out and move away from ours. The

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high pressure is back in charge for much of the day tomorrow. A couple

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of weather front arrived from the West later in the day on Friday. The

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resid possibility of further light resid possibility of further light

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rain and drizzle but after midnight a lot of that cloud will begin to

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break up and clear and we could start the day tomorrow with a touch

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of Frost. Tomorrow is a break, dry day, with a patchy cloud floating

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by, but on the holder is a good deal sunshine to enjoy overly warm. The

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colder here also across northern parts of Spain and Portugal and

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parts of France, no more than four or five Celsius and certainly on the

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eastern side of Europe, D-Day came temperatures tomorrow and Freddy

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well below freezing. For us, we are going to see some changes as we head

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into the weekend. More cloud on Friday at another cold start the day

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on Friday, wind from the south gradually picking up. Into the

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weekend, temperatures of ten or 11 Celsius, so we'll riding freight

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credit into Saturday and patchy rain around also. That is. Have a good

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night. That's your news this

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Wednesday evening. Temperatures creeping up a notch or

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two and turning milder into the weekend.

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A guarantee on your journey to work tomorrow, if you are nipping out to

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the shop for a paper, somebody will talk about how cold

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