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Summary

  1. Horse stabbed in face in Jersey was "singled out", police say
  2. Therapy dog from Jersey wins the Dog of the Year award at Crufts 2017
  3. Final report from the Jersey Care Inquiry is delayed again
  4. More fog problems for Channel Islands
  5. Guernsey farmers say an increase in milk prices is a "fair reflection" of rising production costs
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the week. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One  at 18:30 and 22:25. There will also be news through the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Here's what's causing 'avoidable deaths' in Jersey...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Jersey Stats Unit says that a quarter of deaths in 2015 were "avoidable".

These figures are from 2015...

Avoidable deaths
Jersey Stats Unit

The "other" category consists of "infections, nutritional, endocrine and metabolic disorders, drug use disorders, neurological disorders, respiratory diseases, digestive disorders, genitourinary disorders and maternal and infant conditions".

Weather: Make the most of the sunshine tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be a clear and dry night, feeling quite mild. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Saturday looks like a dry and bright day with plenty of hazy sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Guernsey...

Weather
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Jersey...

Weather
BBC

However, further rain is likely on Sunday.

Push to teach themselves 'boosts pupils' confidence'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A project designed to make pupils more independent learners also helps their confidence to grow, says the head teacher of St Mary and St Michael Roman Catholic Primary School in Guernsey.

Task 200 sees pupils work in teams to build models of famous landmarks.

Models of landmarks
BBC

Helen Shepherd said: "The impact of this has been huge.

"They may slip back into those old ways of 'Please spoon feed me', but you say: 'Do you remember project 200?'. They'll say: 'I can do this, I have the power within me'."

Fancy taking up an instrument?

Louise Sayers

BBC Radio Guernsey

How difficult is it to learn a new musical instrument?  

In honour of International Bagpipe Day, local musician James Dumbleton taught our Breakfast team some of the basics of holding a tune. 

He's giving a free talk about the history of the instrument between 19:00 and 20:00 this evening at The Frossard Theatre in Candie Museum.

Check out his skills...

Market fountain will flow again after restoration

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Restoration work on the Victorian fountain in the Central Market in St Helier is due to be finished later this month or in April.

It's the first time the fountain has been properly restored since it was installed - it's only been repainted before - and the restorers are trying to return it to close to its original condition.

They also hope it will work properly for the first time in a very long time, with water cascading from the top.

Victorian fountain
BBC
Victorian fountain
BBC
The finished fountain is due to be unveiled this month or next

Victims 'want report from care inquiry released'

BBC Radio Jersey

Victims want the report from the Jersey Care Inquiry to be published to build on the good work it involved, a lawyer representing victims says.

The report had been due out in December, then by the end of this month. Yesterday a further delay was announced, but with no new date given for it to be released.

The inquiry team said in a statement the delay followed new information being received and they "do not anticipate extensive delays".

The inquiry completed its work some time ago and everyone wants this report to be published so all the good work we hope was achieved at the inquiry can be put to good use."

Alan Collins Lawyer representing abuse victims

'Everyone's fighting for the cause' - Vance

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC manager Tony Vance says his squad have become more positive in recent weeks, and are all fighting for the cause ahead of their trip to fellow strugglers Molesey tomorrow.

The Green Lions are 20th in the Isthmian League Division One South and will be without Robbie Legg and Keanu Marsh through injury, while Tom de la Mare is ill.

Tony Vance
Fran Torode

"We've still got to pick up as many points as we possibly can because we're right down there," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey. "There are a few teams in and around us as well - we're looking better than some, but we're still in a situation."

Avoidable deaths: The facts

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

In 2015, nearly a quarter of all deaths in Jersey were from causes considered potentially avoidable through timely and effective healthcare or public health interventions, the island's Statistics Unit says.

It found that: 

  • Males were more likely to die from avoidable causes than females in 2015. And more than a quarter of male deaths were from avoidable causes compared with less than a fifth of female deaths
  • The leading cause of avoidable deaths in Jersey was neoplasms (cancers and other non-cancerous tissue growths)
  • In 2015, there were fewer than five deaths of children and young people in Jersey considered avoidable through good quality healthcare and wider public health interventions

Pupils taught to 'teach themselves'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Year Six pupils in Guernsey have been challenged to learn for themselves and be less reliant on teachers in a series of special lessons.

Called Task 200, pupils had to show teamwork and delegation skills to build a large model of a famous world building or landmark over a five-week period.

Model of Sydney Harbour Bridge
BBC

Haven't the foggiest? What a difference a few hours make

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Here's the 09:40 Aurigny flight from Gatwick, just after it landed just before 14:27.

Aurigny plane at Guernsey Airport
BBC

And this was the view of the airport at about 12:30.

Guernsey Airport
BBC

Pirates' flight leaves for Jersey

James Law

BBC Sport Online

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After fog this morning had put the game in doubt, the Cornish Pirates have left Exeter Airport on their light to Jersey.

The teams play each other tonight in the  quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup.

Rise in wholesale milk prices will help farmers cover 'rising production costs'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey farmers say the rise in the wholesale price of milk will help them cover rising production costs and a cut in the subsidies they need to survive. 

Spokesman for the Farmers Association James Watts said rising production costs and a cut in subsidy were squeezing their margins.

Milk
BBC

Mr Watts said the farmers were due to get a penny more per litre following a hike in the dairy's wholesale prices.

It will be up to the retailers to decide whether they pass it on to customers.

Delay to inquiry report 'fuels speculation'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Jersey Care Inquiry's failure to publish its report on time will cause further speculation and concern about its work, according to a lawyer who represents abuse victims.

Alan Collins has worked with many former children's home residents who gave evidence to the inquiry.

He says: "Delay invites speculation. It invites concern because another deadline is being passed."

Originally the report was due out in December, which was delayed until the end of this month; and then, yesterday, a further delay - of unknown length - was announced.

One in four deaths in Jersey 'avoidable'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A quarter of deaths in Jersey in 2015 were "avoidable", according to the Jersey Stats Unit .

Figures released today show that, out of 180 avoidable deaths, nearly two-thirds of them were male.

An avoidable death is either "amenable" or "preventable".

An amenable mortality is if "in the light of medical knowledge and technology at the time of death, all or most deaths from that cause (subject to age limits if appropriate) could be avoided through good quality healthcare".

A preventable mortality is if "in the light of understanding of the determinants of health at the time of death, all or most deaths from that cause (subject to age limits if appropriate) could be avoided by public health interventions in the broadest sense".

Avoidable deaths
Jersey Stats Unit

Fog clearing in the north

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Up in the north of Guernsey, the fog has cleared significantly.

Beach
BBC

Gatwick flight lands in Guernsey

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

There's more good news for travellers (and rugby fans) as the fog seems to be clearing from all the islands as a flight has now landed in Guernsey - the Gatwick plane setting down just before 14:30.

There's been more movement at Jersey Airport as well.

However, airlines are obviously having to deal with the backlog caused by the weather.

For rugby fans, the Cornish Pirates are due to leave from Exeter within the hour, and some of the match officials have already made it to the island. 

And the forecast is for the weather to continue to improve...

Weather for Jersey Airport 10 March 2017
BBC

They even have cow-shaped marshmallows...

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

What's that got to do with the price of (Guernsey) milk? Your views...

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The price you pay for milk is set to rise after an increase in the wholesale price.

Farmers say they will only be getting 1p of the rise.

But what do you think about having to pay more for your milk?

Martyn:  My worst fears are confirmed, the Dairy being unable for whatever reason to produce a litre of milk at a reasonable price is now trying to spark a price war to mask their own failings.

Jax:  Personally I think £1 28 for a litre of our fabulous Guernsey milk is acceptable. The taste of English milk just doesn't come anywhere near it.

Geoffrey:  Personally I think it's a rip off as let's face it, all the goodness has been taken out.

Marcus:  How can businesses make money on milk? Corner shop must literally spend more on electricity for the refrigerators than they make on milk!

TV focus is on super-wealthy

Jersey Evening Post

A millionaire poker player schooled in Jersey is to feature in a new Channel 4 documentary about the super-wealthy.

Flights starting to land in Jersey

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The first flights of the day have landed in Jersey. 

The mail plane landed just before 13:00 and since then two flights from London have also touched down.

None has taken off as yet.

However, there's no sign of flights resuming any time soon in Guernsey...

Guernsey Airport
BBC

It's long green and slimy...

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

And there are loads of them about at the moment.

What are they?

They're Garfish of course!

Amateur fishermen in Guernsey say they're catching record numbers of the fish known for its sharp teeth and green bones.

It's been suggested the rise in reports of the Garfish, known locally as Longnose, is due to higher than average sea temperatures and changing tastes at the dinner table.

Jersey-Pirates match officials 'flying from Southampton'

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Match officials were looking at taking some seats allocated for Cornish Pirates team members flying from Exeter as the officials are essential if the match is to be played.

Taking the lead: Sausage wins Dog of the Year award

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A dog from Jersey that visits elderly residents has won the Pets as Therapy Dog of the Year award at the 2017 Crufts show.

Sausage pays weekly visits to St Ewolds Residential Home in St Helier as part of the Hilife Pets As Therapy charity. 

He beat out five other therapy dogs to win.

Horse will be 'permanently disfigured' after stabbing

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A horse which was stabbed in the face on Monday is believed to have been in a horse box at the time. 

Police said the attacker singled out the dressage horse from other horses nearby.

The horse was attended to by a vet as soon as it was discovered, but will have permanent disfigurement.

Midwife struck off after lying about work record

Guernsey Press

Health was duped into employing a midwife who lied about her previous employment record , it has emerged.

Officials flying from Southampton for crucial Jersey Reds match

Still no movement at the airports

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The fog is showing no signs of shifting although it is forecast to clear later today.

Both Guernsey and Jersey airports are still at a standstill but ferry operator Condor is taking up the slack.

The Liberation is dealing with 500 Guernsey passengers and the Clipper has also helped the airlines clear the backlog of stranded travellers.

Commodore Clipper
BBC

Fancy a cupcake?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It's a shame that there aren't any inter-island flights running at the moment, because I could really do with someone flying one of these cakes over to Guernsey.

Jersey Airport has been celebrating it's 80th birthday in style today...

Jersey Airport
BBC

Could someone bring one on the ferry?

Referees may take Pirates' plane seats for Jersey match

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Poor weather has put this evening's British and Irish Cup quarter final between Jersey and the Cornish Pirates in doubt as earlier flights had to be cancelled.

The Pirates are currently at Exeter Airport and hoping to board a plane this afternoon. 

However, the match officials may have to take some of their allocated seats if nobody else drops out.

This could mean that some of the extra players used to take water onto the pitch are left behind, as the officials are essential if the match is to be played.

BBC Radio Cornwall's rugby commentator John Martin is also struggling to get to the island but said: "If a member of the public drops out, I'm top of the list".

Met forecaster 'optimistic' for on fog clearing

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Met Office says the foggy conditions should lift later this morning.

The weather has badly disrupted travel this week, and hundreds of people have re-booked on Condor Ferries to move between the Channel Islands and the UK.

Last night's sailing to Portsmouth was virtually full, and the Liberation is nearly booked up for today.

Met office forecaster John Searson said he was he's optimistic for later in the day, and conditions should improve at the airport, after a difficult week.

Yesterday, we had to be pretty negative about it. There wasn't a single time during the whole day where a plane could have made an approach. In fact, the only plane that got in yesterday was the helicopter that landed at Millbrook Park, and that had to come in underneath the fog in that location."

John SearsonMet Office Forecaster

Prop McCarthy to leave Reds

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds prop Sean McCarthy will leave the club in the summer to join Championship rivals Bedford.

The 26-year-old is in his second spell on the island, and will move at the end of the season.

Sean McCarthy
Getty Images

"Sean has been a massive part of a strong Jersey pack for several seasons now and as well as doing his set piece work, he also prides himself on his work rate around the field," said Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer.  

Fog 'set to clear' later

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Fog is continuing to affect air travel in Guernsey but the forecast is for it to clear later.

It's the third day of the poor weather which has kept the island's airport at a standstill.

Airline Aurigny's CEO, Mark Darby, said his company had managed to clear its backlog by transferring passengers to the Condor Clipper.

He'd previously warned of knock-on delays because of crew hours concerns - with rules possibly leaving staff unable to fly because they had been deemed as working for too long. But he said he thought this wouldn't be a problem.

Guernsey's runway
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This was the view of Guernsey's runway a bit earlier.

Not your average 9-5 road user

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It may not have landed on a major road like Victoria Avenue, but Guernsey had it's own medivac earlier this week when fog meant it wasn't possible for a plane to land at Guernsey Airport...

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Top politician asks for complaints rule changes

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's top political committee is asking the States to review the way it investigates complaints about politicians' conduct.

The president of Policy and Resources, Gavin St Pier, has written to express his unhappiness with aspects of the current system. 

The letter has been written to Deputy Matt Fallaize, who heads up the part of the States that deals with rules and procedures.

Deputy St Pier said he was expressing his unease with the current system after three senior politicians were accused of making derogatory remarks about a fellow politician before later being cleared of any wrongdoing.

Deputies Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe, and Paul Le Pelley
BBC

The whole saga involving Deputies Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe, and Paul Le Pelley (pictured), and the charities that brought the complaint, was played out in public.

Deputy St Pier said politicians subject to complaints were at risk of reputational damage - even if they were cleared - as their names would be made public before a decision was reached. 

He's asking Deputy Fallaize to consider whether complaints should remain confidential until the panel is convened.

Airport celebrates 80th birthday

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Airport
BBC

Jersey Airport is celebrating its 80th birthday today.

On this day in 1937, the site welcomed its first aircraft and passengers.

Fred de la Perelle - a former airport duty manager but now retired - worked there for decades.

He said that conditions for passengers and staff had improved over the years.

It really was the introduction of the pier and the changes that were effected then. Prior to that, when we had to take passengers out to an aircraft, it was right on the south side. If it was pouring down with rain, it wasn't too good. With the pier coming into line, we were able to take passengers out to the aircraft that was sitting just outside."

Fred de la Perelle Former Airport Duty Manager

Weather in the Channel Islands

And the fog continues...

BBC Weather

Cloudy, with the risk of a little drizzle early morning. The mist or fog will become patchy by this afternoon, with some bright or sunny intervals developing, clearing to become mainly fair by evening.    

Guernsey 

Weather chart
BBC

Jersey

Weather chart
BBC

Not getting milked: Price rise a 'fair reflection of production costs'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey farmers say an increase in the wholesale cost of milk is a fair reflection of rising production costs - but they will only be 1p better off.

Guernsey Dairy is to bring in the higher gate price next month.

Dairy farm
BBC

In part it's to cover compensation payments to milkmen who lost out because of changes to the milk distribution system.

Guernsey Farmer Association spokesman James Watts said farmers will only ask for increases as a "last resort".