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Summary

  1. CI Brexit report: Government responds
  2. £17m spent on future Jersey hospital project so far
  3. Aurigny does hand luggage U-turn
  4. New Jersey law could put honorary police under 'more pressure'
  5. 'Wet muffler' causes delays to Condor Rapide service
  6. Plans to rationalise the States of Guernsey's property estate won't be debated until the new year
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

Senior politician welcomes UK commitment over Brexit

The UK’s negotiations are at an important stage and so far we have welcomed the UK’s genuine commitment to ensure that our interests are taken into account. This includes thorough engagement with the Ministry of Justice, Department for Exiting the EU and departments across the whole of Whitehall. We will need to continue to push our interests and be willing to respond quickly."

Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy and Resources Committee

Information around bond 'could have been clearer'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Information given to States members about a £330m government bond taken out in 2014 "could have been clearer" a committee has found.

Scrutiny President Chris Green said Deputy Gavin St Pier "could not deny" the benefits of the bond could have been better explained to members and the costs "were not adequately explained".

Deputy Gavin St Pier sat alongside States treasurer Bethan Haines yesterday and received questions from the Scrutiny Management Committee on the issuing of the first States of Guernsey Bond.

A report, published in May raised concerns about some aspects of the bond.

Guernsey's Policy and Resources president has said he remains "robustly confident" the States made the right decision to borrow the money.

A look ahead to tomorrow's weather

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy start on Saturday but some bright spells will develop through the morning, with some sunshine at times.

With only light winds it will feel pleasantly warm.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

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Ex-Islander jailed for more than 17 years for child sex crimes

Jersey Evening Post

A "dangerous" and "manipulative" former Islander has been jailed for more than 17 years for a string a child sex offences in the UK.

Asian hornet nest found near the Longfrie Inn

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The nest, which is "relatively small" being about the size of a football, was found in St Pierre du Bois by a member of the Guernsey Beekeepers' Association.

A States spokesman said the nest is more than 9ft (2.7m) off the ground and "very well hidden in an evergreen hedge".

It is due to be treated this afternoon and then removed next week.

Treated Asian Hornet's nest
States of Guernsey

CI Brexit report: What did it say?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Britain and European Union flags
BBC

The British government has today responded to a report which considers the interests of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man in the UK's Brexit negotiations.

The Justice Committee report was released in March 2017 ahead of exit negotiations. Here's some of the areas the committee highlighted as important areas for the government to consider:

  • How finance and online gambling industries would be protected from "hostile" action, including tax blacklisting
  • Clarity on the future of territorial waters, and the UK's fisheries management and quotas
  • Ending the treatment of Island residents as non-UK, non-EU or non-EEA for the purposes of receiving UK services such as healthcare and higher education
  • Ensuring immigration to the islands could continue in order "to fill demographic and skills gaps"
  • Retaining the Common Travel Area, enabling travel between the UK, dependencies and Ireland with minimal border controls

St Peter Port to St Malo ferry times 'the wrong time of day'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of a group which represents Guernsey residents with properties and static homes in France has said members are having issues with the timing of Condor ferry sailings to St Malo from St Peter Port.

Peter Walters said the direct sailings to the French ports were at "the wrong time of day" for members who face a long journey by road or rail and want to avoid travelling through Jersey.

Condor Ferries has been approached for comment.

CI Brexit report: MP welcomes assurances

Bob Neill MP speaking in the House of Commons
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Bob Neill MP speaking in the House of Commons in 2014

The chairman of a committee which considered the impact of Brexit on the Channel Islands has said the British government has "taken onboard" their concerns.

Bob Neill MP said he was "pretty optimistic" about today's response from Justice Secretary David Lidington.

"You can never take anything for granted of course, but I think the intentions have been genuinely good on all sides throughout.

"Interestingly he's looking after that portfolio himself, which is unusual for a senior cabinet minister but I think a good sign that he takes it seriously."

Mr Neill said the government had provided clarity on how it would represent the interests of the Crown Dependencies’ differently from the UK’s own in Brexit negotiations.

The report highlights how despite being outside the EU, Britain's exit is likely to have implications for major island industries, customs, travel and trade.

Jersey youth choir to sing at European competition

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey youth choir is representing Britain in a European competition in Finland this weekend.

Musical Originals
BBC

The Musical Originals have landed in Helsinki to compete in the European Broadcasting Union's "Let the People Sing" contest.

The group of 37 children, made up of 10-19 year olds, have been selected by a jury to perform on Sunday.

The competition will be broadcast around the world.

Choir director Imogen Nicholls said it had been "a lot of hard work".

Manpower and time concerns 'could mean fewer honorary police at events'

BBC Radio Jersey

Honorary police in Jersey may not be able to offer as much cover for events in future, the head of the voluntary service has said.

Hugh Raymond said a new law to make event organisers pay for States of Jersey Police officers could put extra pressure on the honorary service.

A new law was lodged with the Privy Council in July 2017, and is awaiting final approval.

Hugh Raymond, President of the Honorary Police Association, said the service is finding it hard to cover every event because it does not have the manpower it once had.

I think we will be asked to do a bit more. On occasions we may have to say we can't help out as much as we used to, because we just don't have the number of people we used to have. It's not the numbers that matter, it's the time. People are working and also trying to do a very good volunteer job."

Hugh Raymond

Union continues pension challenge

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Unite union is continuing to argue its members were forced to sign up to a new States of Guernsey pension scheme.

Two members of the union are challenging changes made to their pension arrangements.

The Union said a trial could begin by January 2018, which will raise important issues concerning whether an employer can "alter" contracts of employment without the consent of its employees.

Unite said: "In yet a further example of public finances being wasted, the States of Guernsey have agreed to pay £50,000 towards the costs of two of their members challenging changes to the States Pension Scheme in the Royal Court."

The union also claimed the States have incurred significant costs of their own, estimated at more than £100,000, rising further if they lose the case.

Unite says it remains committed to seeking amicable discussions with the States to avoid a costly and time-consuming trial.

The BBC is awaiting a response from the States of Guernsey.

Portinfer Road partially blocked by crash

A car and a motorbike were involved in the crash, near the entrance to Gillingham Pools.

Guernsey's emergency services have asked islanders to avoid the area.

Man-of-war spotted and removed in St Brelade

Rob England

BBC News Online

A live Portuguese man-of-war was spotted earlier today on the beach at St Brelade's, before being removed by the States.

The jellyfish-like creatures have been sighted across the Channel Islands in recent months, and their stings are potentially dangerous.

You can read NHS guidlines on what to do if you get stung here.

Officers from Environmental Health removed the creature shortly after it was reported.

The States has released guidelines for beachgoers here.

man-of-war
BBC

Fear of flying course to be held in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

A course being held in Jersey aimed at helping islander get over their fear of flying had 300 applicants, according to organisers.

The two day course, offered by Blue Islands aims to give islanders an in-depth understanding of aircraft and teach them coping mechanisms for their fears.

It was trialled in Guernsey in September.

Twenty people were selected at random to do the course next month.

Damian Wrigley, from Blue Islands, said demand is there for these types of course, and the company would be looking to run more in the future.

Landowners asked to check for Asian Hornet nest

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey believes an Asian Hornet nest may be in the north after unconfirmed sightings in St Sampson and the Vale.

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services are asking all land and property owners to check trees, hedges, outbuildings, attic spaces and walls for signs of a nest as soon as possible.

Any concerns should be reported via the States website, on email to aclms@gov.gg or phone 234567.

Asian Hornet
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Queen hornets leave their nests to overwinter at this time of year; any queens which survive the winter will go on to build new nests next year. It is important that any nests are found as soon as possible."

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services

Eleven nests have been found in Jersey and destroyed.

Jersey Rally: More spectator areas put up

BBC Radio Jersey

jersy rally car
BBC

It is hoped new spectator areas will ease the congestion surrounding the Jersey Rally this year.

Organisers have introduced new areas around the course.

Richard Buchanan, one of the organisers, said the rally is always well supported, but people should be cautious if they are watching the race.

jersey rally
BBC

Woman dies "suddenly" at Princess Elizabeth Hospital

Rob England

BBC News Online

Princess Elizabeth hospital
BBC

A 22-year-old woman "suddenly died" at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital yesterday, police said.

Officer said a post-mortem would be carried out on Lauren Ellis, but the death was not being treated as suspicious.

The Committee for Health and Social Care said it was "co-operating with the police" while the case was with the coroner.

A spokesman said: "We would like to express our deepest condolences to Lauren’s family and loved ones for their loss."

Panel publishes annual report on Jersey draft budget for 2018

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Fiscal Policy Panel has published its annual report, scrutinising the 2018 budget.

Income and expenditure plans for the year ahead were "broadly appropriate" according to the panel.

But decisions not to implement a health charge, and deferring the debate on the liquid waste charges until 2019 forced the States to use "ad hoc" measures to raise £10m to balance the books, the panel found.

It recommended "a more strategic approach" in the future.

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Luggage changes 'not related' to EasyJet agreement

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

EasyJet plane flying
BBC

Guernsey government-owned airline Aurigny says today's decision to increase its hand luggage allowance is unrelated to a deal it struck with EasyJet in September.

As part of the agreement Aurigny flights can be booked in the future through the low-cost carrier's website while luggage transfers and guaranteed connections are available to Aurigny passengers travelling onward on EasyJet at London Gatwick.

"The decision to change our hand luggage sizes is not related to the relationship with EasyJet," an Aurigny spokesman said.

Despite increasing the maximum size of hand luggage by 7cm in length, the allowance still differs from the budget carrier's 56cm x 45cm x 25cm allowance.

"There are differences between EasyJet and Aurigny allowances, as there are between EasyJet and the other partner airlines."

"These will be clearly communicated though the booking process and documentation," the Aurigny spokesman said.

Sunny spells this afternoon, then turning cloudy

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon, then turning into a cloudy and mild night.

Apart from the odd spot of drizzle it should stay dry for everyone.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

In Jersey:

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In Guernsey:

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Road closures and revised bus timetable for Jersey Rally

Rob England

BBC News Online

LibertyBus have made some changes to the route 23 bus timetable while the Jersey Rally takes place.

If you are looking to take this route and are unsure, you can track your bus on the States website.

There are various road closures in the east of the island this afternoon and this evening.

You can expect delays in the Maufant area south of St Martin's church, and also in Grouville near Queen's Valley Resevoir - roads there will be closed until 17:00.

Then tonight there are closures in Trinity, just south of the zoo, and St Clement between 18:00 and 22:30.

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Ban for drink-driving student

Jersey Evening Post

A university student who had been celebrating exam results was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £900 after she admitted drink-driving.

Jersey teen collects award for eight years of service

Rob England

BBC News Online

A teenager from Jersey who has served in St John Ambulance for eight years has collected his Diana Award.

Tom Hughes won the accolade, from the voluntary category, earlier this year.

The charity - which dedicated the award to Diana, Princess of Wales - said it recognised young people who have made a positive contribution to their community.

Mr Hughes said he was "very excited and honoured" to be receiving the award.

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Jersey's chief minister offered his congratulations to Mr Hughes, calling him an "inspirational young islander".

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CI Brexit report: What has the British government said?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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House of Commons Justice Committee

The British government's response to a Brexit report on the Crown Dependencies has today reinforced the role of the Ministry of Justice in upholding the islands' interests.

Despite being outside the European Union, their formal relationship with the bloc will cease when the UK leaves, with implications for trade, agriculture, customs, travel, fishing and agriculture.

Justice Secretary David Lidington said Brexit will not affect the relationship between Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the UK.

"The UK Government has no plans to propose any changes to the constitutional relationship and I am happy to affirm our commitment to maintaining and strengthening our longstanding bond with each of the Crown Dependencies.

"The Ministry of Justice will make representations on behalf of the Crown Dependencies and continue to facilitate discussions between HM Government and the Crown Dependencies, on all issues, including work in the context of EU Exit.

"I can assure you that the Ministry of Justice will write to the Committee in early 2018 to provide a status update on discussions around these issues," he said.

Snake hatchling sighting a 'positive sign' of better habitat in park

BBC Channel Islands News

tiny snake
Steve Mcphee

Reptile enthusiasts are celebrating the sighting of a grass snake hatchling at a park in St Brelade.

The Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group has been monitoring various areas around Winston Churchill Memorial Park for a while, and has tried to make the area a more attractive habitat for breeding animals.

Steve Mcphee, who works at the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Park, said he was happy to have found the snake in one of the park's ponds, as he had been working with the group to make it "more than just a park people can sit in and admire".

Chairwoman Krissy Le Feuvre said it was a "positive indication" more animals had moved into the area.

Feasibility research under way for university idea

Guernsey Press

Preliminary research has begun into the feasibility of a university in Guernsey.

Jerseyman named as one of the coolest people in the UK tech industry

Jersey Evening Post

A Jersey businessman has been named as one of the top 100 coolest people working in the UK technology industry.

Hospital project 'has cost less than similar projects' to date

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's treasury minister has said, so far, the project to build a new hospital in Jersey "has cost less than similar projects".

To date £17,393,250 has been spent on the new hospital, which has not yet started construction, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

The main expenses so far have been "external advisers" and "offsite preliminary works".

Senator Alan Maclean said the £460m project was not like "building an extension at home", and the States needed "specialist advisers" to contribute to plans for the new build.

States 'could have borrowed more' but 'it was not feasible'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States could have borrowed more than the £330m taken out in Guernsey's first government bond if "circumstances had been different", a deputy has said.

Deputy Chris Green made the discovery when questioning the island's most senior politician, Gavin St Pier, at a scrutiny panel hearing.

He asked deputy St Pier about the handling of the bond, as well as the States Treasurer, Bethan Haines following concerns raised in a report, released in May.

Deputy Green said he was "surprised" to hear the Policy and Resources Committee president say he would have borrowed more if it had been "politically feasible".

The bond was taken out in 2014 to help fund States projects.

BreakingCI Brexit report: Government responds

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The British government has issued an official response to a House of Commons Brexit report which raised concerns over what will happen if Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man's interests differ from the UK's in Brexit negotiations.

In a letter dated 14 September 2017, Justice Secretary David Lidington re-affirmed the longstanding commitment the UK government had in honouring the interests of the Crown Dependencies, which he said would continue through the Ministry of Justice which would ensure the islands' interests are "taken into account across Whitehall".

The initial Commons justice committee report raised the spectre of tax blacklisting for the dependencies without Britain providing a voice within the EU in the future.

Rt Hon David Lidington said: "The Ministry of Justice will continue to work across government to make sure the Crown Dependencies (both individually and collectively) and their interests are taken into account as the UK develops policy."

Tardif has 'something to give' for Guernsey

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Chris Tardif says he has the right qualities to become Guernsey manager.

The former Portsmouth and Oxford United goalkeeper has applied to succeed Steve Sharman as island boss - who left his role with the club last month.

Chris Tardif
Fran Torode

The 38-year-old has not played since badly breaking his leg almost a year ago while playing for Guernsey FC.

"I believe I've got something to give and it's the biggest honour you can have as a manager of the island team," Tardif told BBC Radio Guernsey.

Tardif played 72 games in the top five tiers of English football and became involved with Guernsey FC when the club was formed in 2011.

Cloudy with light drizzle

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy across the Channel Islands with little drizzle over high ground at times.

It may brighten up through the day, with the odd sunny spell in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In Jersey:

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In Guernsey:

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Jersey Reds v Yorkshire Carnegie (Fri)

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds have made six changes to their side for their opening British and Irish Cup match at home to Yorkshire Carnegie.

Ellis Abrahams comes in at centre, Josh Hodson starts on the wing and Kieran Hardy is selected at scrum-half as Brendan Cope moves to fly-half and Jason Worrell goes to full-back.

James Voss and Uili Kolo'ofa'i form a new second-row partnership while flankers Conor Joyce and Matt Rogerson have also been brought in.

British and Irish Cup
Rex Features

There could be three players making their debut from the replacements bench - new signing Jake Upfield, reserve-team centre Scott McClurg and summer signing Jordan Brodley are all on the bench.

The hosts are hoping to repeat their form from last season's competition where they reached the final before losing by a point at Munster A.

Jersey: Worrall; Pincus, Abrahams, Ma'afu, Hodson; Cope, Hardy; Godfrey (capt), Selway, Armstrong, Voss, Kolo'ofa'i, Bartle, Joyce, Rogerson.

Replacements: Macfarlane, Brodley, Clarey, Sexton, Upfield, Joel Dudley, McClurg.

High-rise tower at Snow Hill could provide link with Fort Regent

Jersey Evening Post

A high-rise tower could generate funding to pay for the regeneration of the area, and provide access to Fort Regent, a local architect has said.

Aurigny hand luggage change: What can you take?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Aurigny jet at Guernsey airport
BBC

States-owned airline Aurigny says it has listened to customers as it increases the size of the main hand luggage item for passengers on flights between Guernsey and the UK.

Last month, it was announced passengers could take a second item, but there would be no increase in dimensions of the main cabin bag. That has changed from today.

So what are you allowed to take?

  • A main item of hand luggage up to 55cm x36cm x20cm, which is 7cm longer than the previous limit
  • A second item of hand luggage up to 35cm x 25cm x20cm, which "can fit underneath the seat"
  • Both items must not exceed a total of 10kg
  • Items purchased in the airport must be "contained" within these two items, the airline says
  • A new three-tiered fare structure will mean cheaper travel for passengers with hand luggage only, with the more expensive "smart" option allowing 23kg of hold luggage

Jersey Rally 'could be slippery'

BBC Radio Jersey

More than 70 cars are expected to take part in the Jersey Rally over the next two days.

rally car
BBC

The 35th event begins at lunchtime with the opening stages in the Maufant and Grouville area.

Jersey-born driver Ed Fossey is racing in his third Jersey Rally and is looking forward to competing back on home turf. He said his most recent races have been in forests rather an on roads.

"This year a lot of the stages are out in the east, the roads are quite well sunk between the fields, they can hold moisture quite well, so even if it's a sunny day it might be quite slippery," he added.

Spanish dogs 'rescued' by charity

Guernsey Press

A charity set up one-year ago to save dogs from being killed in Spain has rescued more than 60.

'Wet muffler' causes delays to Condor Rapide service

Rob England

BBC News Online

Condor Rapide
BBC

Delays are expected on the Condor Rapide because of "technical issues" with the "wet muffler" on the outer-main engine.

We've done a bit of digging, apparently a "wet muffler" is a form of exhaust close to the water line which occasionally dips under the water.

As a result, delays are expected on the services between Jersey and St Malo all day.

The 09:05 from Jersey will depart for St Malo 30 minutes late, and arrive at 12:25.

The 17:15 from St Malo will arrive in Jersey 30 minutes late, at 18:05.

The 18:35 from Jersey to St Malo will depart 30 minutes late at 19:05 and arrive at 21:55.