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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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By Rob England

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

    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.

  2. Senior politician welcomes UK commitment over Brexit

    Quote Message: 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." from Deputy Gavin St Pier President of the Policy and Resources Committee
    Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy and Resources Committee
  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. CI Brexit report: What did it say?

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Britain and European Union flags

    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
  8. 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.

  9. CI Brexit report: MP welcomes assurances

    Bob Neill MP speaking in the House of Commons
    Image caption: 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.

  10. 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

    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".

  11. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Hugh Raymond
    Hugh Raymond
  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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
  15. 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.

  16. 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
    Quote Message: 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." from Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services
    Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services

    Eleven nests have been found in Jersey and destroyed.

  17. Jersey Rally: More spectator areas put up

    BBC Radio Jersey

    jersy rally car

    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
  18. Woman dies "suddenly" at Princess Elizabeth Hospital

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Princess Elizabeth hospital

    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."

  19. 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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  20. Luggage changes 'not related' to EasyJet agreement

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    EasyJet plane flying

    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.