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Summary

  1. Jersey inflation 'at highest for three-and-a-half years'
  2. Jersey's new Les Quennevais school building will cost £5m more than originally planned
  3. UK consultants overhauling Jersey civil service to cost £1,350 a day
  4. --- About £700,000 to be spent on consultants for civil service review
  5. Guernsey population law change 'would help hospitality sector'
  6. Updates on Friday 20 October

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

  2. Weather: Very windy tomorrow, with the risk of gales

    BBC Weather

    Saturday will be a very windy day to come across the Channel Islands, with a risk of severe gales, especially around exposed coasts, leading to some big waves out at sea.

    Accompanying the wind will be a rash of heavy showers, all combining to make it feel rather cool.

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

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  3. Electric car charge points in Guernsey 'could boost tourism'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Electric car charging points at hotels in Guernsey could boost tourism to the island, a hotelier has said.

    Gerraro Festivo, general manager of the Hotel De Havelet, said he adopted the technology following a number of requests from customers who wanted to bring their electric cars to the island.

    The States said two public charging points were to be installed at the North Beach shortly.

    Charge point
  4. Free Elizabeth Castle event cancelled due to high tides

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    People hoping to visit Elizabeth Castle in St Helier for free this weekend are out of luck. The Talks and Tours event by Jersey Heritage has been cancelled due to bad weather.

    Elizabeth Castle

    The castle is closed due to forecast heavy winds and strong tides over the weekend.

    Organisers plan to reschedule the event for spring next year and thanked volunteers who had planned to come and help.

  5. Alderney States vice president against Nazi site tourism

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Alderney's Nazi concentration camp sites should not be developed for visitors "because the past is gone", the States of Alderney's vice president says.

    Lager Sylt
    Image caption: The entrance posts of Lager Sylt, the western-most concentration camp in the Third Reich

    The number of people travelling to and from the island by air has fallen by more than a quarter in the 10 years to 2016, although there was a slight rise in summer 2017 compared to the year before.

    States Vice President Ian Tugby said he was against concentration camp sites being specifically developed because "we're supposed to be a lovely island, going forward".

    He added: "I'm more interested in the future, basically, than what's gone on in the past, because the past is gone.

    "We can't change it, and do we want to continue to drag up the downside of what went on in Alderney all those years ago?"

    However, the director of the National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail said the sites could be used for "respectable tourism".

  6. Civil service review consultants to cost about £700k

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    At least £700,000 is expected to be paid to consultants over a six-month period whilst they work to improve the civil service in Jersey.

    The external advisers are part of a "specialist transition team" being brought in ahead of the official start of the new chief executive of the States of Jersey, Charlie Parker.

    The team will be working from November, ready for when Mr Parker takes over in January.

    Four consultants have been employed "initially for six months" so far, the States said.

    Chief Minister Ian Gorst said the planned changes followed recommendations by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which commented on the structure and culture of the island's government and services.

    He said the States wanted to move away from a "silo-like" departmental system, and create a more unified civil service.

    Mr Parker joins the States after working at Westminster City Council.

  7. Strong winds and heavy rain expected later

    BBC Weather

    It is going to be a windy and wet night tonight, with the severe weather expected to continue into the weekend.

    Guernsey Met Office has issued a flood warning on the island's east coast before 20:00 this evening due to a combination of force six to seven winds and a 9.5m high tide.

    Tides are also expected to be high in Jersey, reaching 11m this evening and again tomorrow morning with debris and water coming over the sea wall.

    We'll have one more weather forecast before Local Live finishes for the day.

  8. Deputy 'sceptical' school development 'is big enough'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A St Brelade deputy is "sceptical" about whether the new Les Quennevais secondary school will be big enough.

    The £45m replacement will be built on farmland near the airport and is expected to be open by 2020.

    Planners were not happy with the scale of the original design, but have approved changes to layout, parking and traffic safety.

    Deputy Montfort Tadier said he was "worried" about whether the growing population was taken into account during planning.

    He said, more broadly, this was a failing of the Council of Ministers to manage the island's population.

  9. Islanders urged to get flu vaccines

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Islanders in Guernsey and Alderney have been reminded by the States to get a flu vaccine "as soon as possible" before a "heavy flu season".

    Flu vaccine concept

    The States said all islanders over the age of 65 and people with certain medical conditions in particular would benefit from protection against the flu.

    It is also recommended for pregnant women, those in long-stay residential care and carers for elderly or disabled people.

    The Committee for Health and Social Care said it was targeting children for vaccination especially, as they were considered "super spreaders" of flu.

    The States have made the vaccine freely available through GP and practices for children aged two and three, and through school for those in reception to year four.

  10. Prices in Guernsey increasing 'slower than UK and Jersey'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Prices are increasing "slower" in Guernsey than the UK and Jersey, according to the States.

    The figures the States uses to measure inflation (RPIX), fell to 2.4% in September, compared to 2.8% in June 2017, which is lower than the equivalent measures for both the UK (4.1%) and Jersey (3.1%).

    Liz Laine, economic and policy analyst for the States of Guernsey, said the most significant pressures on prices in 2017 came from housing costs - including household maintenance costs - and motoring expenses.

    In contrast, she added, the statistics showed "very little change" in the overall price of food, and a decrease in the cost of clothing and footwear.

  11. Fly-tippers dump 'waste oil' and smash windows

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    fly tipping

    Nearly 200 litres of waste oil was dumped in a large black open drum at La Crete Quarry, St Martin, along with 30 smaller canisters, Jersey Police have said.

    It happened sometime between Monday 9 October and Thursday 12 October.

    Officers said the waste oil was thrown over the premises and several windows in a temporary building were smashed.

    Police appealed for witnesses or information.

  12. Football: Experienced trio return for Guernsey FC

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has made three changes to his squad for the trip to East Grinstead Town in the Isthmian League Division One South.

    Experienced trio Alex Le Prevost, Kieran Mahon and Angus Mackay return, replacing Kyle Smith, Dave Rihoy and Harry Tobin.

    Alex Le Prevost

    Vance will have a full squad of 16 to pick from for the fixture as the Green Lions aim for a fourth win in five games.

    Guernsey squad: Dennis, Geall, Le Prevost, Tobin, Dodd, Mackay, De La Mare, Dyer, Mahon, Dodds, Gauvain, Skillen, Young, Pereira, Allen, Legg.

  13. Alderney tourism: 'No focus on former Nazi camp sites'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The Hammond Memorial overlooking Longis Common
    Image caption: Alderney's Hammond Memorial contains tributes in many languages to those who died constructing this small section of Hitler's Atlantic Wall

    Alderney's tourism focus remains on "all" historical periods, a spokeswoman for VisitAlderney said.

    There have been calls to develop appropriate "sites of memory" at former Nazi forced labour sites which could in turn attract visitors.

    Visit Alderney, however, is reluctant to promote this part of the island's history above any other.

    "Our tourism focus remains on the historical importance and education of all our heritage periods."

    "The local population are respectful of our past whatever the historical period."

    "Promoting tourism and respectful memoriam should not be confused," she said.

  14. Sark shipping cancels scheduled services due to weather

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Sark Shipping Company has cancelled all scheduled services tomorrow, and made an additional sailing scheduled from 09:00 travelling to Sark from Guernsey "subject to weather".

    Services on Sunday have not been changed so far, but would be reviewed on Saturday at 13:00, staff said.

    Sark shipping
  15. Aurigny fleet to be upgraded in 2018

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chairman of States-owned airline Aurigny has said the Dornier fleet will be upgraded in 2018.

    The airline has had problems with suppliers securing new planes to add to its mixed fleet of old and new aircraft.

    Andrew Haining admitted the Alderney routes could be managed better but still feels they run a "pretty good service".

    Auringy Dornier aircraft
    Quote Message: We are intending to upgrade the fleet as and when we receive the new plane. We have, unfortunately, been let down by our manufacturer. But that should arrive in the second quarter of next year." from Andrew Haining Chairman, Aurigny
    Andrew HainingChairman, Aurigny
  16. Nazi site visitors could bring 'much-needed' revenue

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Graham McKinley standing next to the memorial plaque at Lager Sylt

    Tourists visiting Alderney's former Nazi labour camps could provide an economic boost to the island, according to politician Graham McKinley.

    Mr McKinley would like to see memorials put up such as the one at Lager Sylt (above) at the other three known sites of former labour camps.

    "Look at the prisoner-of-war camps in Poland and in Germany which attract an enormous amount of visitors every year and bring in much-needed revenue."

    "We need that sort of thing," he said.

  17. Rugby: Jersey make six changes for trip to Wales

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds have made six changes to their side for the trip to Caerphilly to face Dragons Premiership Select in the British and Irish Cup.

    Props Jake Woolmore and Leeroy Atalifo come in to the front row.

    Tom Quarrie makes his debut in the second row alongside the returning Jerry Sexton, while Rory Pitman replaces Matt Rogerson at number eight.

    Jersey Reds

    Mark Best returns at centre in place of Ellis Abrahams, while James Voss and Seb Nagle-Taylor return to the bench.

    Jersey Reds: Worrall; Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Hodson; Cope, Hardy; Woolmore (capt), Selway, Atalifo, Sexton, Quarrie, Bartle, Joyce, Pitman.

    Replacements: Macfarlane, Brodley, Clarey, Voss, Nagle-Taylor, Dudley, McClurg.

  18. Calls for scrutiny panel to oversee 'States speaker' law

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are calls for a scrutiny panel to be set up to look at draft laws for a States speaker.

    Senator Phil Ozouf has said it was an "important issue", which needed to be examined "carefully".

    He said at least one minister should also sit on the panel, due to its importance.

    The plans to split the dual role of the Bailliff (pictured, currently Sir William Bailhache) and elect a speaker in the States are due to go before States members next month.

    Bailiff
    Image caption: The current Bailiff is Sir William Bailhache
  19. Harbour-master warns islanders to 'keep distance' in storms

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's harbour-master has urged islanders looking to take photos and videos of bad weather not to get close to breakwaters and put themselves at risk this weekend.

    Captain Chad Murray said storm force winds from the south west were forecast, which would combine with high tides and a large swell.

    He said he did not want to have to launch rescue services in the conditions, and people should keep "a safe distance".

  20. Population 'could go up if laws are changed'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey is at risk of increasing population growth if it relaxes laws on who can live and work in the island on a short-term basis.

    That's the assessment of the Home Affairs Committee President Deputy Mary Lowe, who said attempts by the Economic Development Committee to change short-term population permits were ill thought out.

    Deputy Lowe said it could undermine the whole regime and create an open-door population policy.

    Deputy Mary Lowe
    Quote Message: Once they've reached eight years, they'd have residential rights, they could bring their family over here and have more rights than teachers and nurses. Is that what the people of Guernsey want? If it is fine but it drives a coach and horses through the population regime." from Deputy Mary Lowe
    Deputy Mary Lowe