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Rob Byrne

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  1. Our live coverage

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Monday 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. What's on: Guernsey Fireworks displays

    BBC Radio Guernsey


    Events are going on across the Bailiwick from today until Guy Fawkes Night, on Sunday. The displays include:

    • Today at 17:15 - La Houguette School, Route des Adams, St Peters
    • Today at 17:45 - The 2nd Guernsey Scout Group, Rue de Haut, Vale, including a Best Guy competition
    • Saturday at 18:30 - North AFC
    • Saturday at 19:00 - St Martins FC
    • Saturday, time to be confirmed, at Castle Breakwater, St Peter Port
    • Sunday - Guernsey Rugby Club
    • Sunday, time to be confirmed, The Butes, Alderney
  3. In-work poverty: How is it defined?

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    We have heard today that one in five Guernsey households are at risk of in-work poverty.

    But what is it?

    The scrutiny committee says the definition applies to a household with at least one person of working age having an income below 60% of the average.

    In Guernsey, the average annual salary is £31,906.

    If a household is reliant on just one income, it means they would have to be earning less than £19,144-per-year to fall under the definition of "in-work poverty".

    However, in the 51 pages of the In-work poverty review, it's not entirely clear what the absolute figure is.

  4. Amazon looking into smart speaker glitch

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: Why is this device directing a BBC radio fan in India to Guernsey?

    Amazon has responded to a frustrated listener of BBC radio limited to just BBC Radio Guernsey.

    A glitch on Stanley Pignal's smart speaker in Mumbai meant his voice-activated device directed him solely to the Channel Island station.

    The BBC approached Amazon and Tunein, the companies behind the technology.

    Now, the tech giant has said it would be looking into the matter.

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  5. Cloudy water warning for southeastern parishes

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Households that went without water in St Martin, St Andrew, and Forest earlier today may notice their water is still discoloured or cloudy.

    But Guernsey Water says continuing to run the water will mean it will eventually clear.

    The utility thanked customers for its patience after a burst water left customers without water for more than two hours' this morning.

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  6. Centuries-old arquebus ball found in Jersey

    Jersey Evening Post

    A rare arquebus ball, a projectile which was used from the 1400s to penetrate plate armour, has been found in a field in St Brelade.

  7. Minister 'encouraged' by visitor numbers

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache

    A rise in the number of visitors staying in Guernsey's guest accommodation this summer has been welcomed by the island's economic development minister.

    The figures showed a 5% increase in the number of visitors who stayed in the island in the three months to September, compared to the year before.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache said he was encouraged by the rise during the important period for Guernsey's tourism industry.

    "It is particularly encouraging to see the continued increase experienced for staying visitors and importantly, for visitors staying in commercial accommodation, as these groups generate the greatest financial return to the local Guernsey economy."

    "It is also encouraging to see the return of the day visitor market, which had been in decline over the past few years,” he said.

  8. Concern over 'unstable, insecure, low-paid' contracts

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's government has been criticised for not monitoring how zero-hours contracts are being used.

    New figures show 11% of island workers are on the contracts, that don't provide guaranteed working hours for workers.

    Deputy Geoff Southern said although guidelines are available for employers, no-one is making sure workers are being protected.

    "These are unstable, insecure jobs, often low-paid jobs which are not of a great deal of benefit to the economy," he said.

  9. BreakingChild behind hoax Admiral Park call identified

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police say they have identified the person responsible for making a hoax call to a store in Admiral Park earlier this week.

    The call caused the Waitrose supermarket to be evacuated for several hours while the police's bomb disposal team carried out a search.

    A spokeswoman said: "Due to the age of the individual concerned, the matter will now be referred to the Children's Convenor."

    The emptied Admiral Park car park
  10. Weather update: Hill fog and rain on the way

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy evening with hill fog expected and rain also arriving.

    At first any rain will be light and patchy but later it will become persistent and sometimes rather heavy. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).


    Jersey weather forecast


    Guernsey weather forecast
  11. Durrell scientist part of orangutan discovery team

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Video content

    Video caption: New orangutan species discovered

    A scientist who worked in Jersey has been involved in a project to identify a new species of orangutan.

    Ian Singleton has worked with Durrell on its conservation programmes.

    He was part of the team which identified the Tapanuli orangutan, showing it was different to the other two species already identified.

    "It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years," he said.

    The species lives on Sumatra island and numbers only about 800 in total, making it the most endangered great ape in the world, he said.

    Mr Singleton is now director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.

  12. Alderney appoints new chief exec

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Andrew Muter

    The States of Alderney has appointed the CEO of a Nottinghamshire council as its top civil servant.

    Andrew Muter will start as the island's chief executive in February 2018, the States of Alderney said.

    He replaces Guernsey civil servant, Adrian Lewis, who took on the role on a temporary basis after Victor Brownlees resigned in May 2017.

    Mr Muter currently works as the chief executive of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

    He said he was "absolutely delighted" to take on this "important role".

    "It is vital that Alderney creates a sustainable future for itself and I look forward to working with members of the States of Alderney and with the community to try and achieve this.”

  13. Vance names unchanged squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has made the rare decision to name the same squad for a second consecutive game.

    The Green Lions host 12th-placed Herne Bay at Footes Lane aiming for a fifth win in seven games.

    Guernsey FC

    It means experienced quartet of Simon Geall, Angus Mackay, Ryan-Zico Black and Matt Loaring will all be in the stands for Saturday's match.

    Guernsey beat Herne Bay 5-1 the last time the two sides met at Footes Lane thanks in part to a brace from Ross Allen.

    Guernsey squad: Will Dennis, Frank Tobin, Alex Le Prevost, Jamie Dodd, Harry Tobin, Tom De La Mare, Thomas Dodds, Kieran Mahon, Seb Skillen, Charlton Gauvain, Glyn Dyer, Craig Young, Dave Rihoy, Ross Allen, Paris Pereira, Robbie Legg.

  14. Regulator raising fees in 2018

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Licence fees in Guernsey for finance companies will, for the most part, increase by 3% across all sectors for 2018.

    The Guernsey Financial Service Commission (GFSC) says there will also be a flat fee of £2,000 for change of controller applications.

    In order to deal with the fall in fees generated from banking licences and more of a focus on the conduct of the sector, the GFSC has also proposed an increase to banking supplementary fees to 50% of their base annual fee.

  15. Summer visitor numbers up on 2016

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Tourist signs in St Peter Port, Guernsey

    The number of people visiting Guernsey in the three months to September increased by 8% compared to the year before.

    An overall increase in departing visitors, excluding cruise passengers and yachtsmen, was recorded by Visit Guernsey surveys.

    The growth was driven by a 5% increase in staying visitors compared to 2016, it said, with 10% more bed nights sold in commercial accommodation.

    Air travel dropped by 2%, while sea travel saw a "strong increase", up nearly a quarter on the year before.

  16. Jersey needs to 'look outside of the EU' for seasonal workers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Union and EU flags

    Jersey will struggle to attract seasonal workers due to Brexit believes the island's economic development minister.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham said the lower value of the pound and better economic performance in Eastern Europe is already encouraging workers to stay at home.

    Jersey will have to look elsewhere for hotel and farm workers, he said.

    "Britain is finding it hard to attract people to come and work in the sterling area because of the value of the pound.

    "I do think we're going to have to look outside of the EU for seasonal workers in the future," he said.