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Summary

  1. Third politician quits Guernsey Economic Development Committee in two months
  2. Number of assaults inside Jersey's prison increases in 2017
  3. Moving of nuisance seagull Gulliver 'cost Jersey £172'
  4. Guernsey's committee criticises two-school proposals
  5. Young people 'set priorities' for new Jersey children's commissioner
  6. Updates on Thursday 11 January 2018

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By Rob Byrne

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight for the Channel Islands on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells on Friday

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be dry with some clear spells forming overnight, but this will allow a patchy frost to form. Some mist will also develop in places as temperatures cool.

Minimum temperature: 5 Deg C (41F).

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Early mist patches on Friday should clear during the morning, leaving a mostly dry but rather cloudy day. Some brighter spells are possible, particularly in the afternoon. The wind will increase from the west during the evening.

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Top Guernsey athletes gathering at Beau Sejour

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Away from BBC Guernsey's weekly five-a-side match, the annual sporting achievement awards are also taking place at the leisure centre this evening.

Among the nominees for the top award are England boxer Billy Le Poullain, GB sprinter Cameron Chalmers, and multiple Island Games medalist Lisa Gray.

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Non-EU exchange 'offers proportional regulation'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Growth in the number of listings on the Guernsey-headquartered International Stock Exchange is being partly attributed to its position in Europe but outside the EU.

The exchange saw a 40% growth in listings in 2017.

CEO Fiona Le Podevin said the focus remained on promoting listings for companies based in the Crown dependencies and small and medium-sized UK businesses.

Fiona Le Poidevin
The International Stock Exchange

Our position as a stock exchange based in Europe geographically but outside the European Union means that we can offer proportional levels of regulation and a responsive service offering within an innovative environment."

Fiona Le PodevinCEO, the International Stock Exchange

New cruise season could see more passengers ashore in 2018

Phillippa Guillou

BBC Radio Guernsey reporter

More than 175,000 cruise passengers could come ashore in the Bailiwick this year, according to Guernsey Harbours' 2018 schedule of visiting ships.

A cruise ship moored off Guernsey
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In 2017, 110,288 passengers came ashore - a reduction on 2016, put down to poor weather.

There are 116 stop-offs scheduled during the 2018 season, which starts in March and finishes in October.

Guernsey will have 105 of the visits, with a handful of ships also visiting Sark (five), Herm (three) and Alderney (three).

Skate park changes: 'We're taking the brunt'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Waterfront skate park might be re-opening, but a local skateboard business owner says the antisocial behaviour that occurred there was by no means unique to the site.

Skate Park
BBC

Trouble will occur down at any skate park, or any park, or anywhere in Jersey. We're taking the full brunt of it and getting punished for it just because of other people and other kids."

Steve HarbenSkateboard business owner

Tax hikes ‘will see polluting cars kept’

Jersey Evening Post

Motorists are going to keep older and more polluting vehicles on the road rather than buy more environmentally friendly ones following the introduction of new tax hikes – designed to help reduce vehicle emissions – a garage owner has claimed.

Twilight riders will have to wait

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

This weekend's Ride The Runway event at Jersey Airport has been postponed until February.

The charity fundraiser, which will see 100 people take to the airport runway, was due to take place on Sunday morning.

No reason has been given for the postponement.

Another Guernsey politician quits

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You've been having your say on the resignation of Jennifer Merrett.

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With all the resignations of late, you might be wondering who's left in Guernsey's parliament.

But it's worth remembering these are not politicians resigning in full, just their committee mandates.

In total, there have been six committee resignations in the past two months.

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Independent lifeboat charity 'could be formed next week'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A charity looking to run an independent lifeboat station in Jersey could be formed by the end of next week, a member of the crew has said.

Former St Helier Coxswain Andy Hibbs said plans to create the charity were due to go before the Royal Court for formal registration next Friday.

This, he said, would allow the organisation to take on donations.

Organisers are also in the process of purchasing a Tyne class all-weather lifeboat, according to Mr Hibbs.

The lifeboat is the same design as the vessel Alexander Coutanche, used by the former St Helier crew under the RNLI before they received the current Tamar class vessel, the George Sullivan.

George Sullivan
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The RNLI in St Helier uses the George Sullivan as its all-weather lifeboat

He said representatives would be visiting the private owners of the lifeboat - currently moored in Norfolk - for a sea test next week, and the crew planned to use the Tyne-class vessel as a stop-gap whilst fundraising for a new all-weather boat.

A committee for the independent station was formed last year to support the service after the RNLI sacked the St Helier crew and closed the lifeboat station.

The RNLI said it was not confident they could run the station without "constant challenges" after the crew announced they wanted to become independent of the charity.

Stock exchange sees growth in 2017

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The Guernsey-headquartered International Stock Exchange saw a 40% growth in listings in 2017.

There were 203 more listings in 2017 compared to the year before, meaning 2,511 securities were listed at the end of December.

Growth areas included debt products and investment vehicles such as Real Estate Investment Trusts, the exchange said.

Weather watcher goes national

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's the stunning Bailiwick sunrise that featured on BBC Breakfast this morning in all its glory.

It's come from our regular weather watcher and cloud fancier, Chris Cumulus.

Sunrise over the islands from St Peter Port
BBC

We've been long-time admirers, so it's good to see him get national recognition.

Thanks too to Brass, another regular, who captured the sun rise over Castle Cornet earlier.

If you would like your photos to appear on BBC weather forecasts, then get involved.

Sunrise over Castle Cornet, Guernsey
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Expert suggests compromise between education proposals

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A combination of the two proposed models for secondary education in Guernsey could be the best option, a UK expert has said.

The Education Committee wants to use three schools in its new plans, but an alternative model has been put forward by other deputies which proposes having two schools.

The director of policy from the not-for-profit company Association of Colleges, David Corke, was brought to Guernsey by supporters of the two-school model, but he remained firmly on the fence over which system deputies should choose.

Mr Corke said the reality could be the solution was "something in between" both proposals.

He also said there was an "amazing opportunity" in Guernsey to build "high-performing" schools.

Number of islanders out of work falls in December

Rob England

BBC News Online

Fewer than 1,000 people were actively seeking work in Jersey at the end of 2017, the lowest for the month since 2010, statistics show.

At the end of December 2017, 950 people were looking for employment - a fall of 330 compared to the year before.

Actively seeking work stats
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actively seeking work stats
States of Jersey
actively seeking work stats
States of Jersey

Jersey hospital 'waste' prompts Brian to get in touch...

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

... all the way from Guernsey!

Brian says: "I cannot understand how the Jersey States can waste so much money on a project of the enormity of the hospital, without exploring other options."

He'd like the politicians to look at other sites, something the health minister has ruled out.

Brian is concerned about parking and disruption the proposed St Helier site would cause.

"Just looking at it from here," he adds.

What do you think? Let us know.

Two-school plan 'has too many unknowns' and 'very vague'

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey Breakfast Presenter

Guernsey's education president has re-iterated that his vision for a three-school system of secondary education offers more certainty for pupils, parents, and staff than an alternative two-school model.

Deputy Paul Le Pelley's committee has published a 40-page assessment of the alternative two-school model.

Deputy Paul Le Pelley
BBC

The two-school model's architects say it will offer better post-16 options, but Deputy Le Pelley said he did not agree.

We don't known what the actual cost to the taxpayer is going to be. We don't know the actual timescales. We don't know which schools are going to be closed. Parents have no idea of what the transition model is going to be. It's so very, very vague."

Deputy Paul Le PelleyPresident, Education, Sport and Culture Committee

Tennis: My confidence is very high- Watson

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson beat world number 55 Donna Vekic to make the semi-finals of the Hobart International in Australia, her second WTA Tour semi-final since winning the Monterrey Open in March 2016.

Heather Watson celebrates win
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Heather Watson returns
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Heather Watson raises her hand to the crowd
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My confidence is very high at the moment. At the beginning of the year, you want a lot of matches, and that's definitely what I've gotten the last two weeks. Every match I play, I feel like I'm getting better and better, tennis-wise and mentally."

Heather Watson

Ernie’s (Im)mature Cheddar is best selling local cheese

Guernsey Press

Sales of Ernie’s (Im)mature Cheddar – the profits of which go to the charity in memory of Guernsey boy Ernie Backlund-Leale – have outstripped all other local cheeses since its launch.

Gulliver travels to Les Minquiers

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Dive-bombing gull rehomed to Minquiers

In case you missed it, here is the moment Gulliver, the nuisance seagull from St Ouen, was released at the islands nine miles (15km) south of Jersey.

An environmentalist suggested the herring gull was likely to leave the sparsely populated islands and return to Jersey, or France, as it has got used to interacting with people.

Have you seen him? Let us know.

Sea of plastic litters our shores

Jersey Evening Post

Plastic rubbish churned up from the sea during last week’s stormy weather is now littering beaches across the Island.

Skate park vandals 'not users'

BBC Radio Jersey

It's claimed vandalism at Jersey's waterfront skate park isn't being caused by the people who use it, but by young people looking for somewhere to cause trouble.

Skate park padlocked up
BBC

Steve Harben, who owns a skateboarding business, said the people who went there to skate or to use bikes and scooters were "taking the full brunt" for the behaviour of others.

The site had to be closed recently after reports of vandalism and things being thrown into the marina.

It will re-open with tighter security at weekends and school holidays only.

Rugby: Jersey aim to make knockout stages

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds have made just two changes as they aim to book a place in the knockout stages of the British and Irish Cup with a win over Dragons Premiership Select on Friday night.

Half-backs Brendan Cope and Kieran Hardy, who withdrew shortly before the New Year's Eve win over Cornish Pirates, return to the side, with Oli Bryant and Joel Dudley on the bench for the game at St Peter.

Cornish Pirates v Jersey
Brian Tempest

A bonus-point win would almost guarantee the islanders a home game in the last eight as they look to reach the final for a second successive year.

Jersey: Van Breda (co-capt); Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Worrall; Cope, Hardy; Woolmore (co-capt), Selway, Armstrong, Sexton, Kolo'ofa'i, Argyle, Joyce, Rogerson

Replacements: Macfarlane, Godfrey, Atalifo, Voss, Bartle, Dudley, Bryant

Did you see 'animal cruelty' incident?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police in Jersey are looking for witnesses to an alleged animal cruelty incident in St Helier.

It happened on Sunday at about 16:20, and involved a man "in his 60s" wearing a yellow winter coat and a small sandy coloured dog.

BBC Breakfast viewers wake up to island sunrise

Carol Kirkwood

BBC Weather Presenter

Here's a beautiful Weather Watchers picture which BBC Breakfast viewers woke up to this morning when we presented it.

Lovely blue skies are captured here in Guernsey, despite some fog elsewhere.

Carol Kirkwood presents the national weather forecast
BBC

Committee to elect two new members after Merrett resigns

Phillippa Guillou

BBC Radio Guernsey reporter

Deputy Jennifer Merrett has resigned from Guernsey's Economic Development Committee - the third politician to leave in the space of two months, and currently leaving two vacancies on the five-strong panel.

In a statement, Deputy Merrett says her decision to go would allow the States to elect two members of the political board at the same time in the interests of good governance.

Deputy Merrett said she had been considering her future on Economic Development for some time, following the departures of deputies Peter Ferbrache and Jan Kuttelwascher.

The St Sampson's deputy said she was grateful for the opportunity to serve on the committee, and she felt she had contributed usefully to its work.

BreakingEconomic Development: Third politician quits in two months

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Deputy Jennifer Merrett has resigned from Guernsey's Economic Development Committee - the third politician to leave in the space of two months.

She follows deputies Peter Ferbrache and Jan Kuttlewascher out of the government committee responsible for bolstering Guernsey's sluggish economy. All are still backbench politicians.

Last month, the committee's top civil servant also resigned.

In a statement, Deputy Merrett gave no specific reason for her departure, but said: "I believe I have contributed usefully across the mandate of economic development during my time on the committee, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to do so."

The resignation leaves president Charles Parkinson and deputies Andrea Dudley-Owen and Joe Mooney the remaining members.

Freedom of speech: Christian community ‘first to be silenced’

Jersey Evening Post

People of faith are always the first to have their right to freedom of speech threatened when contentious issues – such as same sex marriage – arise, the Dean of Jersey has said.

Ferbrache: Listen to businesses in difficulty

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

There's not enough commercial experience in Guernsey's States, according to the former president of the committee responsible for supporting the island's sluggish economy.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache has written a 14-page open letter setting out his views as a backbencher after resigning from the committee last November.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache
BBC

The lawyer and political veteran said his time in politics was limited and, in what appeared to be a parting shot, he took aim at what he said was a lack of understanding business needs.

He said: "All the people in the States are good people, but they're not commercial.

"I don't mean that they've got to be captains of industry and run businesses themselves, but they've got to realise we are in a difficult position.

"We've actually go to listen to the people who run businesses, and we've got to do things for them."

Prisoner attacks increase in 2017

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

The number of assaults inside Jersey's prison increased in 2017.

Prisoners at La Moye Prison attacked fellow inmates 10 times last year, compared to two times in 2016, a BBC Freedom of Information request has shown.

The offences included: kicking, punching and slapping, and on each occasion prisoners were made to stay in a care and control unit.

'We leave it as late as possible to postpone ops’

Guernsey Press

Decisions to postpone procedures are left as late as possible because of how quickly occupancy levels change at the hospital, a spokesman for Health & Social Care has said.

Weather: Mild with clear spells later

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

There's a bit of mist around at first but some clear spells through much of the day.

Cloud will push back in later on.

Maximum temperatures of 9C (48F).

Dan Downs presents the Channel Islands weather forecast
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Wind warning continues

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A strong wind warning issued earlier remains in force across the islands, with strong east to northeasterly winds persisting.

Wind Warning №  38/1, issued at 02:46 UTC, 11/01/2018 remains in force.

Wind Warning № 38/1, issued at 02:46 UTC, 11/01/2018 remains in force.

Alderney politicians keep top jobs

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

The most senior members of Alderney's three main political committees retained their jobs at last night's States meeting.

States of Alderney building
BBC

James Dent retains the most senior policy and finance brief, Matt Birmingham remains the chairman of the island's planning committee, and Norma Paris keeps her role as General Services Committee chairwoman.

The States also voted to spend £245,000 on resurfacing island roads, with a UK company being awarded the contract.

Young people 'set priorities' for children's commissioner

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's new children's commissioner wants young islanders to help decide her priorities and draw up an action plan.

Deborah McMillan said this would then be published "in the spring".

Deborah McMillan
BBC

She was recruited to the role, which was one of the key recommendations of the Jersey Care Inquiry's final report, following an interview process involving a panel of young people.

Mrs McMillan, who started work on Monday, said she would be be speaking to as many of the island's young people as she could over the coming months in the hope of building their trust.

Grange 'work to be completed later'

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Residents welcome hospital move

BBC Radio Jersey

Residents and business owners around Jersey's hospital have told the BBC that, while they are relieved plans for a new building have been rejected, many are still worried for the future of the area.

The island's planning minister ruled the development was too big for the site.

Plans for Jersey's General Hospital
States of Jersey

Geraint Jennings, who lives near the site, said she was disappointed there would be more delays but hoped an amended design may mean a greener area with priorities of "parkland, planting and the environment".

He added that he was hopeful "something more positive" can come from the decision.