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Summary

  1. Jersey's States debating borrowing millions of pounds for new hospital
  2. Laws to legalise some medical cannabis products in Jersey "delayed"
  3. More than 60% of people in Jersey 'support online voting for general elections'
  4. Condor Rapide delays expected due to 'technical issues'
  5. Knitted angels project in Guernsey helps church community grow
  6. Live updates on Tuesday 12 December 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Wednesday from 07:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 22:30 and to get the latest news for your area from the BBC.

  2. 'Community hubs' proposed by education committee

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Committee for Health and Social Care has proposed establishing "community hubs" to support care for islanders outside of hospital.

    It is part of a policy letter which will be debated in the States this week.

    The hubs would provide health and wellbeing services to support Princess Elizabeth hospital and facilities in Alderney, according to the committee.

    Quote Message: While the current system gears investment towards acute care, community services provide vital care out of hospital for hundreds of islanders. From children’s services to care for older people and end-of-life support, the community sector plays a crucial role in supporting islanders and responding to their health and care needs. The feedback received from the public and health and care professionals indicated a strong desire to build upon these foundations and ensure that this is a central aspect of future care models." from Deputy Heidi Soulsby President, Committee for Health and Social Care
    Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident, Committee for Health and Social Care
  3. Digital boss encourages islanders to vote

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The States should try to encourage more people to vote - even if they cannot use the internet to do it yet, the head of Digital Jersey has said.

    Tony Moretta was responding to the findings of a recent survey by the States which showed that some people would be more likely to vote if they could do it online.

    He said the island would not be ready to use such a system until the 2022 elections, but the most important thing was getting people to vote.

    survey
    Quote Message: The more ways people can do it, the better. The way people vote isn't the important issue, it's that they vote." from Tony Moretta
    Tony Moretta

    In the 2014 General Election of those age 65 and over, 71% voted, compared to 28% of islanders aged 16-34.

  4. Alderney a 'plastic free community' says UK charity

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Alderney has become the second "plastic free community" as approved by UK charity Surfers Against Sewage, according Wildlife Trust.

    The group said it had worked with islanders and local businesses to reduce "unnecessary plastic" such as straws, cutlery, cups, water bottles and sachets.

    A spokesman said their techniques included "swapping plastic straws for paper" and only giving customers one use items that asked for them.

    Children also took part in the island's efforts to cut down on plastic, with students from St Anne's school taking part in beach cleans, according to the trust.

    The trust is holding further meetings to tackle plastic pollution on Thursday at 15:00 at their offices.

    Alderney
    Quote Message: We are so proud of the community in Alderney for getting behind this project to work to reduce - and one day hopefully eliminate - single use plastics." from Claire Thorpe Alderney Wildlife Trust
    Claire ThorpeAlderney Wildlife Trust
  5. Weather: Breezier, with spells of rain

    BBC Weather

    It will become breezier during the evening with spells of rain arriving from the west.

    The rain should largely clear during the second part of the night, with clear spells and scattered showers following.

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Tomorrow it will become windy with mainly cloudy skies and occasional showers.

    Some heavy and blustery showers are expected for a time late afternoon before clearing early evening.

  6. Talks 'break down' over Guernsey civil servants' pay

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Talks have broken down between the States of Guernsey and the Prospect union in discussions over civil servants' pay, the union says.

    The union said it had referred the dispute to a tribunal, with members unhappy at what was seen as a refusal to negotiate meaningfully by the States.

    Civil servants are looking to secure a pay increase based on the rise of the cost of living.

  7. Wednesday afternoon sailing to Sark 'brought forward'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Due to predicted weather conditions, Sark Shipping has brought its afternoon services on Wednesday forward by 30 minutes, subject to weather.

    A spokesman said final confirmation on the days sailing would be available from 07:00.

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  8. Inquest unable to determine cause of seizure death

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    An inquest into the death of a 41-year-old man from Jersey last December has not been able to determine how he died.

    Simon Baudains, who was at La Moye Prison, had a history of drug use.

    On Sunday 4 December 2016, Mr Baudains was described as "agitated" and "hallucinating" by police and was taken to Jersey Hospital, where he had a seizure and a cardiac arrest, the hearing was told.

    Forensic pathologist Dr Russell Delaney told the hearing he may have taken a drug which could not be detected and there was a possibility the seizure was related to Benzodiazepine withdrawal.

    Benzodiazepine is a form of tranquilliser, and works in the same way as Valium. The drug had been found in his system the month before.

    The inquest heard how Mr Baudains' family described him as "loved, funny, confident and kind".

  9. Crash on La Route Des Cornus cleared

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police and fire crews have cleared the scene of a two-vehicle crash on La Route Des Cornus at La Planque junction in St Martin.

    It happened at about 15:30.

    Officers said no one was injured and the vehicles suffered minor damage.

  10. Armed forces covenant signed by officials

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    armed forces covenant
    Image caption: Chief Minister Gavin St Pier, Lieutenant Governor Sir Ian Corder, Bailiff Sir Richard Collas

    Officials in Guernsey have signed a covenant with the UK's armed forces this afternoon.

    The covenant represents an agreement between the States, the people and the forces, and is hoped to ensure islanders leaving the armed forces and their families treated fairly compared to other citizens.

    It is similar to the UK Government's agreement with the military.

  11. Islanders 'unaware of sheer bulk of new hospital'

    Jersey Evening Post

    Islanders are unaware of how large Jersey’s new hospital might be due to a lack of information accompanying the planning application, it has been claimed.

  12. Crash blocks Trinity road

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police have closed Rue D'Asplet in Trinity after a crash between a lorry and a car.

    It happened at about 15:00 this afternoon.

    Officers said there were no injuries.

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  13. Jersey medical cannabis laws delayed

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Laws to legalise some medical products containing cannabis in Jersey have been delayed, the health minister has said.

    Senator Andrew Green said he was "very disappointed" that it was proving "far more difficult" to bring the law into force by the end of the year, and was not in a position to do so.

    Of the difficulties facing the legislation, Senator Green said identifying clinically-produced, consistent products, as well as companies to deliver them to the island, was challenging.

    Earlier this year, the health ministers for Jersey and Guernsey put forward their intentions for new laws.

    Cannabis

    In the States Assembly on Monday, Deputy Montfort Tadier said the States was "re-inventing the wheel" with its plans for the law, as other larger countries had similar legislation in place already.

    Senator Green said the States needed to establish a "good supply of consistent quality" before moving forward, and the States would not wait for a "perfect" list of products before legalising some.

  14. Musicians told to pay for extra seat for instruments

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A group of musicians say they were made to pay the equivalent of a seat for each of their instruments on a flight from the UK to Jersey.

    Six musicians from the Locrian Ensemble were travelling from Gatwick to Jersey with British Airways for a performance at the Jersey Opera House at the weekend.

    Rita Manning, from the group, said she normally took her violin on a plane with her as it could get damaged in the hold, but claimed they were instead made to pay almost £1,000 to take them on board.

    violin
    Quote Message: We came up against a flat refusal to let us on the plane with our instruments. A violin case isn't very big, and I had taken the smallest one imaginable for travel reasons. They said 'no, they've got to go in the hold', but that's not the policy, we travel all the time." from Rita Manning
    Rita Manning

    The musicians booked with Easyjet for the return journey so they could take their instruments on the plane with them, as BA told them the return flight was full and they would not be able to purchase extra seats.

    British Airways said the company appreciated how precious instruments were to musicians, but it had to ensure there was "enough space for all customers to put their luggage in the cabin".

    It said: "Large items have to go in the hold, or customers can choose to buy an extra seat for a discounted rate."​​

    However, it added it was investigating to check whether there was a mistake.

  15. Alderney keen on discussion on assisted dying

    Guernsey Press

    Alderney could lead the way with ‘progressive thinking’ over assisted dying legislation, the island’s States members have said.

  16. Businesses asked to be 'more welcoming' of breastfeeding

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    survey

    Jersey businesses have been asked to be more understanding of mothers who want to breast feed.

    The Jersey Breast Feeding Working Group said people needed to be more accepting after a survey revealed many islanders felt uncomfortable when a woman fed her baby nearby.

    Michelle Cumming, from the organisation, said if mothers were in town, for example, and want to feed their baby in a public place or shop, they should be able to do so without being criticised.

    Quote Message: There are some that feel that it is not welcomed, and that it's not something they can do or feel confidant to do at all times. We want people to breastfeed when they want to, and feel comfortable about that whenever they choose to do it, and their baby is hungry." from Michelle Cumming
    Michelle Cumming

    This year's Jersey Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Report showed different attitudes to breastfeeding in Jersey.

    It said younger people were more likely to accept breastfeeding in public, and more people born outside of Jersey or the British Isles agreed that mothers should breastfeed their babies if they could.

  17. Aurigny's new fares: What do they mean?

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Aurigny

    A new fare structure for Guernsey States-owned airline Aurigny is set to be launched on 19 December.

    Aurigny is launching what it calls light, smart, and flexible fare options on all routes, except on Alderney, Southampton, Dinard, Grenoble services, or for travellers on "through" fares:

    • Light: A low price, hand baggage-only fare
    • Smart: A package deal including a baggage allowance and the ability to change some flights before departure
    • Flexi: Building on the light fare, with more baggage and flexibility with flight changes

    The carrier's new website will go also live on the same day, and it has been redesigned for all browsers, mobile phones and tablets, a spokesman said.

    Commercial Director Malcolm Coupar said passengers could still make bookings as normal and current bookings would not be affected by the changes.

  18. Condor to have access to extra vessel until 2020

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Condor has chartered a boat to bring food and gifts to the island over the Christmas period, and to allow for extra capacity over the next three years.

    The ferry company said freight ship MV Arrow would be based in Poole, and would be available exclusively to it until early January.

    After January, the service will be available when not being used by its primary users, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company said.

    CEO Paul Luxon said Condor had committed to spend £1.1m a year on the vessel until 2020.

    MV Arrow
  19. Hospital debate goes ahead despite planning concerns

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's States has pushed ahead debating on how to fund a new hospital, despite concerns from members.

    Some backbench members were worried making a decision this week - when the project has not got planning permission - would be a mistake.

    Deputy Russell Labey asked for a delay until next month when a planning inspectors report was due to be published.

    He said there were "many answers" needed from the Planning Committee before a decision could be made on what he called Jersey's "biggest capital project".

    Health Minister Andrew Green supports having the debate.

    He wants to borrow about £275m for the project and take £200m from the States reserves.

    proposed hospital site
    Image caption: A concept view of the new hospital
  20. Tax department 'struggling' due to lack of staff

    Jersey's tax department is struggling with its workload due to a lack of staff, the States has said.

    In a meeting of the States Assembly today, members were told islanders have been getting aggressive demands for payments from the tax department - which in one case was due to a computer error.

    The Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, said the department was "undergoing change" and staffing was currently a problem.

    States of Jersey
    Quote Message: There has been a requirement to bring in additional staff. First and foremost there was an attempt to recruit locally which was not successful and so some staff were brought in largely on a temporary basis to back fill and support the tax department, which is struggling at the moment in order to carry out its functions due to a lack of staff." from Senator Alan Maclean
    Senator Alan Maclean