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Summary

  1. Ex-teacher, 74, jailed for five-and-a-half years in Jersey for abusing boys
  2. Jersey "wasting time and money with aircraft registry"
  3. Care Inquiry recommendations will "need studying carefully", Jersey's Care Commission boss says
  4. Alderney States to move forward with plans to turn nunnery site into hostel
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Channel Islands Local Live for Wednesday - and the sun was out! We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One  at 18:30 and 22:25.

  2. Guernsey to donate to famine appeal

    Oscar Pearson

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission agreed to donate £50,000 to the East African famine appeal this afternoon.

    Jersey is sending £200,000 to help 16m people facing starvation in east Africa. 

    Famine

    The Disasters Emergency Committee say they urgently need money to provide food, water and medical treatment. 

    The British government is to match the first £5m pounds donated.  

  3. Latest weather: Cloudy and drizzly

    BBC Weather

    Skies will cloud over from the west through the evening, with a few spots of light rain or drizzle possible at times. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be mostly dry but cloudy, although there may be the odd spot of drizzle at times. It will be another mild day with light winds, and a few bright spells may develop through the day. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. Art 'helps prisoners engage in behaviour management'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Art work produced by prisoners helps improve their self esteem, an art teacher has said.

    Painting

    Lucy Blackmore, a qualified art teacher who has been offering painting and drawing classes at HMP La Moye for nine years, said the chance to exhibit helps motivate prisoners to be creative.

    Painting

    She said: "It raises individual self-esteem and opens minds to engage in other educational opportunities and behaviour management programmes - all geared towards helping prisoners to make life-improving decisions.”  

    The work will be displayed at Harbour Gallery, St Aubin from 24 March.

  5. UK and Jersey forecasters to forge stronger links to reduce fog disruption

    Sarah Bailey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey weather forecasters plan to work more closely with their UK counterparts in future to reduce disruption caused by fog

    Easyjet plane

    Whole days of flying were lost last week when fog blanketed the island.   

    Senior met officer Paul Aked said they were working with others in the UK so when fog caused trouble again they can act together to get a clearer forecast of how flying is likely to be affected. 

  6. Man jailed over £50k frauds

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A 60-year-old British photo-journalist has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting defrauding five Guernsey businesses to the tune of £50,000.

    Adrian McKenzie

    The Royal Court heard Adrian McKenzie came to Guernsey in 2015, claiming to be a multi-millionaire looking for a home for his retirement.

    Over nine months, he ran up debts with architects, an estate agent, an accountancy firm and a local hotel, while developing lavish, but ultimately false, plans for a property on the west coast, the court was told.

    McKenzie, who has prior convictions for similar offences, was arrested after going missing in the island for a month last summer.

  7. Possible 5% rise in cost of supermarket goods

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey shoppers can expect up to a 5% rise in the cost of supermarket goods this year, according to the Channel Islands Co-op.

    Its chief operating officer said he believed the effects of a weak pound and rising oil prices would translate at the till. 

    Shopping

    Mark Cox said the cost of goods could rise up to five pence in the pound by the end of the year, but add that the chain would do all it could to keep the cost of shopping down.

  8. Film premiere at Jersey War Tunnels

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Another Mother's Son - the film telling the true story of Louisa Gould - will have a premiere at the Jersey War Tunnels.

    Mrs Gould took in an escaped Russian prisoner during the Jersey's Occupation in World War Two, but was arrested and died in in the gas chambers at Ravensbrück concentration camp in February 1945.

    War tunnels

    It'll be shown at the tunnel theatre next Wednesday - its first showing after its London premiere later this week.

    The film, written by Jenny Lecoat, her great neice, stars Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah and former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating.

  9. Deal with Chinese regulator could open 'a whole new market'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The signing of a memoranda of understanding with a Chinese insurance regulator could open "a whole new market", Guernsey Finance says.

    The signing marks a new set of agreements with China.

    China markets

    Kate Coulson, from Guernsey Finance, said the signing was "quite an important point to get resolved before business can go ahead".

    She added: "Insurance companies here will have to hire staff, so it will mean job creation, generally facilitating the creation and opening of a whole new market."

  10. Minister backs driving penalty points system

    Jersey Evening Post

    The Home Affairs Minister has backed calls for the introduction of a penalty points system  for motoring offences.  

  11. Jersey's £200k aid to be spent on food and medical supplies

    Mike Weir

    BBC Radio Jersey

    About £200,000 of money from Jersey to help the food crisis in east Africa is expected to pay for food, hygiene kits, water purification tablets, shelters and medical supplies.

    South Sudan

    Last month, a famine was declared in parts of South Sudan - the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.

    Drought and conflict are being blamed for the crisis.

  12. No referendum to be held on electoral reform

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A referendum will not be held on whether the States should change voting districts for deputies in Jersey.

    The assembly dismissed calls for a binding referendum either later this year or on the same day as the general election in 2018.

    In May, politicians will debate changing the electoral districts for the 29 deputies so those seats are elected from six districts, rather than current parish-based system. If agreed, those changes will come in at next year's election.

  13. Further warning over spam texts

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    A scam targeting Guernsey mobile phone numbers duped hundreds of islanders on Tuesday. 

    Mobile users received a text message with the words "Call me" and a Lithuanian phone number.

    Police and Sure said people shouldn't message or call the number, which was a premium rate phone line.

  14. Man banned from being company director after jail sentence

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey financial adviser has been banned from being a company director for 12 years.

    Adrian Galliers was found guilty on 10 counts of fraud over a four-and-a-half year period, and jailed for three years in March last year.

    Galliers

    Mr Galliers took money from his clients' pension funds, many long-term friends of the financial adviser, after he'd suffered money difficulties.

    Galliers' company, Guernsey Financial Consultants Limited, was previously fined £42,000 by the GFSC regulator after concerns were raised about the way the business was run.

  15. Weather forecasters' move could affect fog disruption work

    Sarah Bailey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Disruption to flights through fog was kept to a minimum last week because of the location of the forecasters' office.

    Plane

    Officers were able to look out of the window to get a clear, up-to-the-minute assessment of the conditions. 

    However, there are plans to knock down the 1937 building where they are housed at the moment, and it's uncertain where the office will go.

  16. Jersey to send £200k to help food crisis in East Africa

    Mike Weir

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey is sending £200,000 to help the food crisis in South Sudan and East Africa.

    Famine

    The money, from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, will be split between two charities: the British Red Cross and Plan International. 

    The Disasters Emergency Committee said at least 16m people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan needed food, water and medical treatment.

  17. Rebranded stock exchange 'could create more jobs'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's rebranded stock exchange could mean more jobs are created.

    Fiona Le Poidevin

    Fiona Le Poidevin, from the Guernsey-headquartered International Stock Exchange, said its new base in the Isle of Man could mean more work for the finance sector here.

    She said: "As we expand and grow, we will need to create more jobs. As the sponsors here and administrators perhaps set up companies in the UK, they will then have ongoing business. So we do hope the expansion of the exchange has a knock-on positive effect."

  18. Jersey could hold its fourth referendum in a decade

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Politicians are debating whether there should be a referendum in the island on major boundary changes ahead of the next general election in 2018 . If approved, it would be the third reform referendum in less than 10 years.

    Ballot Box

    In 2008, Jersey held its first referendum in decades, dubbed the "first of the modern political era in the island". It was on whether Jersey should move to Central European Time and it was rejected. Jersey remained on GST.

    The next referendum was in 2013. It was a controversial vote, using proportional representation on proposed reforms to the island's electoral system.

    The successful outcome, Option B , was roughly what the States has since approved, and what would be put to the public in a yes/no vote. However, shortly after the 2013 vote,  politicians rejected the outcome of the referendum due to a low turnout.

    Vote

    A year later, there was another reform referendum. This was a simple yes or no question: " Should constables remain in the States? ". People voted yes by a margin of about 62%. Since then, the question has more or less been settled.

  19. Prisoners' art work to be displayed

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Art and craft work produced by prisoners in HMP La Moye will be exhibited at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin from 24 March to 2 April.

    Painting

    This will be the ninth annual exhibition of prisoners’ work, and this year they are working towards producing between 60 to 100 items of art and craft work to exhibit. 

    This will include paintings, drawings, ceramics and woodwork.

  20. Expanding business links could create more jobs in Guernsey

    Rob Byrne

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It's hoped expanding business links announced this week could help create more jobs locally within the finance sector.

    The latest data shows a 1% decline in the economic value of the industry as a whole.

    St Peter Port

    Kate Clouston, from promotional group Guernsey Finance is welcoming yesterday's signing of a memoranda of understanding with a Chinese insurance regulator.

    Insurers now employ 11% of finance staff locally, and she said this deal is an important one.