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Summary

  1. Alderney approves equal marriage laws
  2. Jersey Wayside cafe development plans rejected
  3. Committee proposes 'immediate' changes to Guernsey population law
  4. Some Jersey groups might lose charity status under new rules
  5. Lack of action on Guernsey disability strategy criticised
  6. Guernsey prepares for assisted dying debate
  7. Call to drop firework-buying age in Guernsey
  8. Updates on Thursday 19 October

Live Reporting

By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    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. Weather: Gales possible overnight, and rain on Friday

    BBC Weather

    It will be windy and wet to start the night, with gales possibly affecting the islands. The rain will die away by morning, with the winds easing too.

    Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather

    Friday will see a dry and bright morning, with some sunny spells. Thickening cloud will spread rain eastwards through the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

  3. Condor Liberation services cancelled to Jersey tomorrow

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Condor Liberation

    Condor have cancelled Liberation services to Jersey tomorrow due to a "fast approaching weather front".

    The 12:00 Poole to Jersey service, the 15:30 Guernsey to Jersey, the 17:30 Jersey to Guernsey and the 17:30 Jersey to Poole services have all been cancelled.

    The Liberation would travel between Poole and Guernsey at 13:00, arriving at 16:00 and return at 16:45, arriving at 19:45, managers said.

  4. Prefet of Brittany visits Channel Islands

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Prefet of Brittany, Christophe Mirmand, visited Jersey today to meet with representatives from across the Channel Islands.

    It marks the first time a prefet from Brittany, the regional representative of the French prime minister and government, has visited the islands.

    From Jersey, Mr Mirmand met with Senator Ian Gorst and Senator Sir Philip Bailhache; and, from Guernsey, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq and Deputy Mary Lowe.

    Senator Bailhache said the group spoke about "topics of mutual interest", and Deputy Le Tocq said it was important to strengthen "existing relationships" with the region.

    The prefet also met Jersey's minister for home affairs to discuss policing and border control, a spokesman said.

    The meeting was organised by the Bureau des Iles Anglo Normandes.

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  5. States considering 'approach' to discrimination law

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States of Guernsey "cannot say" how it will draft a planned disability discrimination law, a deputy has said.

    Following a statement at the States assembly meeting on the 18 October, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc has clarified her committee's position on drafting the new legislation.

    She said the committee was reviewing similar laws from six countries, some of which had separate law acts which stopped discrimination for different reasons, whereas others had a single law.

    "At this stage, I cannot say which approach the Committee for Employment and Social Security will propose," Deputy Le Clerc said, adding: "We have to do the work first."

  6. WW2 exhibition to challenge collaboration 'ignorance'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Dr Gilly Carr, right, in BBC documentary Finding Our Fathers
    Image caption: Dr Gilly Carr, right, in BBC documentary Finding Our Fathers

    Dr Gilly Carr, the Cambridge historian behind a London exhibition being launched this evening, says she hopes it will bring the little-known stories of victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands to a wider audience.

    The Wiener Library hosts the exhibition, which she said she hoped would dispel the "ignorance" she said she encountered during her research.

    It centred on the perception, she said, that the islands were a "hotbed of collaboration".

    She said: "This is exhibition is partly to bring to the capital the story that, actually, there were many victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands: there were those deported, there were slave workers, there were Jews.

    "Their stories deserve to be better known."

  7. Gale warning issued for Channel Islands

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A warning has been issued by Jersey Met Office of imminent gales across the bay of St Malo.

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  8. Wayside cafe development plans rejected

    Naomi Dunning

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Plans to demolish the Wayside cafe in St Brelade's Bay have been rejected by Jersey's Planning Committee.

    Developers had wanted to build a restaurant, surf shop and seven homes in its place.

    The committee decided not to approve the plan because the size of development was deemed "not suitable for the area", and concluded it would have a "detrimental effect" on neighbours.

  9. On British Soil: Islanders' stories told in exhibition

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Joseph Gillingham

    Family members and island dignitaries will be among those attending the launch of an exhibition in London this evening telling the stories of victims of Nazi persecution in the Channel Islands.

    London's Wiener Library in Russell Square hosts the exhibition, which is open to the public from tomorrow until 9 February 2017.

    It has been put together by Cambridge academic Dr Gilly Carr, who said the story of these people had been "largely omitted" from a British narrative of standing alone against Nazism.

    Joseph Gillingham (pictured) features. He was deported for his role in the Guernsey Underground News Service, and, despite being released from a German prison, never made it back to the Channel Islands.

  10. Deputies abolish Christmas Day and Good Friday alcohol restrictions

    Guernsey Press

    Pubs and bars will now be free to open and serve alcohol from 11am on Christmas Day and from noon on Good Friday, and throughout the whole evening.

  11. Jersey Met issues high tide warning for tonight

    BBC Weather

    Jersey Met has issued a high tide warning for the south coast tonight, including tides of more than 11m (33ft).

    The warning includes the risk of waves breaking over sea walls, which will cause problems with water and debris on roads along the south coast.

    Some flooding may also happen with the worst expected at about 19:13 this evening and 07:35 on Friday.

    We'll have a full forecast later.

  12. Committee proposes 'immediate' changes to population law

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    "Immediate changes" to Guernsey's population management law have been put forward by a States committee.

    The changes come following concerns over the "availability of labour" for the hospitality sector.

    The Committee for Economic Development has proposed several re-writes to the law, including:

    • Ensuring employers are able to reissue short-term employment permits annually
    • Stopping permit holders having to take a "break in residence" after five years, and allow them to stay on the island
    • Removing the requirement for permit holders to live at a particular property listed on their permit

    Members said the changes would provide a "more continuous and predictable" supply of staff to the industry, and better flexibility and efficiency in the use of staff accommodation.

    Deputy Jennifer Merrett said she had been approached by "a number of representatives acting on behalf of the hospitality sector", before proposing the changes with the committee.

    The law came in to effect on 3 April.

  13. French converter station 'an option' - Alderney politician

    FAB Link proposed map

    Any tidal power generated in Alderney's waters could be exported through a French, rather than island-based, converter station, a politician says.

    In August, islanders protested against plans to build the station on the island as part of plans for the £500m France-Alderney-Britain (FAB) Link.

    Alderney's government is negotiating with the developers of the electricity project, and has now said it wants more money and, ideally, no island converter station.

    Politician Graham McKinley said Alderney's government would like to "re-engage with the RTE" - the French company that originally signed an agreement with the States.

    He said: "There is still the possibility that all our tidal power could be exported through a converter station in France.

    "If they're prepared to go back to that option, then that's something we'd prefer."

  14. First lessons at new Les Quennevais School in 2020

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Classes will start at the new Les Quennevais school building in St Brelade in 2020 after planners approved the development today.

    Construction will start on fields next to La Route de Quennevais as soon as possible in 2018.

    The £45m project will be the single biggest investment in education in Jersey - and the first new secondary school - in more than a decade.

    Education Minister Rod Bryans said it had taken a "great deal of work" to get to this stage and that he was thrilled for staff, pupils and parishioners.

    Le Quennevais School
  15. Frank Falla Archive launched

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Frank Falla Archive homepage

    An online archive featuring the testimonies of Channel Islanders deported to German prisons and camps during World War Two has gone live.

    The Frank Falla Archive is named after the former journalist and prison survivor who was deported for his role in the Guernsey Underground News Service.

    The archive has been compiled by a team of researchers led by Cambridge historian Dr Gilly Carr.

    Mr Falla helped fellow prisoners write and submit to the British Government in the 1960s to form the bulk of the archive, which will have profiles on 275 people when completed.

    The archive currently has 75 profiles, with the remainder being written by the researchers over the next 18 months.

    The archive's launch coincides with the opening of an exhibition at London's Wiener Library, which features some of the stories of victims of Nazi persecution.

  16. Same-sex marriage: Alderney could benefit from 'pink pound'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney needs to take advantage of the "pink pound" now it's government has approved same-sex marriage, says local campaigner Dits Preece.

    Mr Preece said he hoped he and his partner, Allen Jones, would be among the first gay couples to get married in the island.

    Mr Preece added that the financial benefits of gay marriage could be huge for Alderney.

    Dits Preece and partner Allen Jones
    Image caption: Dits Preece, left, and partner Allen Jones at last night's States of Alderney meeting
    Quote Message: It's opened the doors to lots more couples who would want to come to Alderney, be married here and have a holiday at the same time." from Dits Preece
    Dits Preece
  17. Jersey to fund sanitation projects in Tanzania

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Money from Jersey will help improve sanitation in some poor areas of Tanzania next year.

    It's one of the projects being funded by the Jersey Oversea Aid Commission.

    Others include schemes in Lebanon and Mongolia.

    Julian Olivier, from Raleigh International, which is running the programme in Tanzania, said 90% of schools in the area didn't have adequate sanitation.

  18. Alderney government 'will not accept' electricity station

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Longis Common, Alderney
    Image caption: The proposed cable route will go through Longis Common

    Alderney's government says it will not accept a converter station as part of the controversial £500m France-Alderney-Britain (FAB) Link.

    The station would enable power from the cable to be used for the domestic energy market, and was originally proposed to be built at Mannez Quarry in the north of the island.

    In August, more than 100 islanders gathered at the quarry to protest against the development.

    In a statement, Policy and Finance Chairman James Dent said there should be "no, or only very minor physical impact" as part of any development.

    Mr Dent would like a "very substantially improved" financial deal and no work to take place in the island during July and August.

    Negotiations with FAB were ongoing, he said.

    It's expected the agreed deal between the government and the FAB developers will then be put to a public vote.

  19. No ifs or butts for smokers in St Peter Port

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Smokers are being targeted in a campaign to rid town of cigarette butts – and there are warnings that after the awareness drive those still littering will face on-the-spot fines of £70.