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By Rob England

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  1. Our coverage across the Channel Islands

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Friday 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. Cost falls for doctor appointments for Alderney children

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney's Doctors Surgery has reduced the cost of children's visits to eliminate the barriers to primary care.

    A children's visit now costs £25, when previously it was £42.

    Dr Sally Simmons from the Island Medical Centre said there were concerns about the low numbers of children accessing primary health.

    She said they had seen a rise in appointments since the reduction.

  3. Man 'three times over drink drive limit' arrested

    Freddie Miller

    Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

    A 67-year-old man in Jersey has been arrested this week for being three times over the legal drink driving limit, according to police.

    Officers revealed the details on social media as part of a drink driving campaign.

    They spoke to nearly 1,300 motorists, carried out 23 checks and breathalysed 19 people.

    The campaign runs until the end of the month.

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  4. New tax for land developers rejected in States

    BBC Radio Jersey

    states chamber

    Plans to charge landowners and developers for increases in their property's value after being given planning permission have been rejected at a meeting of the States Assembly in Jersey today.

    The Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, wanted members to agree to develop a new Infrastructure Levy which would have raised about £1.5m to spend on improvements to St Helier.

    Among those that disagreed was St Helier Deputy Andrew Lewis, who said it was "purely a revenue raising exercise" and the money could come from other sources.

  5. Wind and showers to ease slightly overnight

    BBC Weather

    The winds should become more moderate overnight and the showers become less frequent, although the odd heavy one is still likely, with hail mixed in.

    Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)




  6. Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

    BBC Business News

    Four Seasons Health Care - a care home company owned by Terra Firma - has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm.

    The group, which looks after 17,000 elderly and vulnerable residents, had been due to make an interest payment of £26m by Friday.

    However, Four Seasons has only £24.8m in cash and is £540.2m in debt.

    It said the delay "ensures continuity of care for Four Seasons' residents" and stability for its employees.

    The Terra-Firma group, headquartered in Guernsey, was founded by island resident and private equity tycoon Guy Hands.

  7. Condor Liberation to face delays tomorrow

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Condor Liberation sailings between Poole and the Channel Islands will be delayed tomorrow due to weather conditions.

    The first sailing from Poole to Guernsey will now depart at 11:00, arriving in Guernsey for 14:00.

    This means the Guernsey to Jersey sailing will also be pushed back to leave at 14:30, arriving at 15:30.

    Leaving Jersey at 16:30 the Liberation will then not stop at Guernsey and instead go straight to Poole, arriving at 20:30.

    Condor Liberation
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  8. Crew 'on standby' to operate all-weather lifeboat

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A crew are on standby to man Jersey's all-weather lifeboat during the stormy weather which is expected to last for the next few weeks, the RNLI have said.

    RNLI lifeboat

    The charity said the team from England were qualified to crew the Tamar Class "George Sullivan" and have experience of working in Jersey waters.

    It was crewed by local volunteers until last month, when the RNLI closed the lifeboat station due to a breakdown in its relationship with the old crew, and their desire to become independent.

    The crew will travel to the island before the weather conditions get worse in case the inshore lifeboats at St Helier and St Catherine are not able to operate.

    While here, the crew will work with new local volunteers and train them to use the all weather boat.

  9. Islanders will pay 'per bag' for household waste

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    The cost of dealing with Guernsey's household waste in future will come from the States capital reserve - rather than a flat rate charged to householders.

    Members narrowly approved the approach by voting 21-18 in favour of an amendment by Deputies Peter Roffey and Heidi Soulsby.

    This will effectively mean islanders will only pay for the amount of black bag waste they put out - as well as a bill from their parish for its collection.

    It is still unclear what the final cost per bag will be, although it is hoped this will be finalised in January.

  10. Concerns raised over development charge

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A new charge on developing land in Jersey is struggling to get support from States members.

    The environment minister wants members to agree to develop a new infrastructure levy, charging landowners if their land increases in value after getting planning permission.

    Trinity Constable Philip le Sueur says the levy will unfairly target private developers who have taken "all the risk" and used their "expertise" to deliver the development.

    "I also have a concern that we are not applying the levy to social housing. It is going to put housing associations and Andium at a distinct advantage when bidding for sites," he says.

  11. BreakingLandslide closes road on Daisy Hill, Gorey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A landslide has closed a road in Jersey.

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    Centenier Nick Andrew said the landowner has been told.

    There are no injuries, he added.

  12. Aurigny writes to 'alarmed' passengers after incident

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    States-owned airline Aurigny says it will again write to passengers who were aboard a flight where pilots momentarily lost control of the aircraft.

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found passengers aboard the evening Manchester flight on 21 December 2016 endured "extreme roll and pitch" before pilots regained control and returned safely to Guernsey.

    The incident was a result of a combination of icing, unsuitable speed, and a change of mode to allow the aircraft to initiate a turn, the report found.

    G-COBO aircraft on the tarmac in Guernsey

    Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said: "Immediately after the incident we took steps to enhance our procedures and associated awareness training.

    "We fully recognise that it would have been very alarming for the passengers on-board.

    "I wrote to each passenger immediately after this unfortunate event and will be writing to them again now that this report has been published.”

  13. Friday's Sark sailings cancelled

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Tomorrow's adverse weather forecast has meant Sark sailings have been cancelled, except for an 08:00 Guernsey to Sark departure.

    That sailing is, however, subject to the weather with a decision being made at 07:00.

    You are advised to contact Sark Shipping if you need any more information.

  14. Green waste charges to treble

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The cost of disposing green waste for professional gardeners and tree surgeons will increase by three times in Jersey next year.

    The Infrastructure Department says it won't subsidise the service further.

    Companies who need to take grass cuttings, old bushes or tree branches to the dump at La Colette currently pay £20.35 per tonne.

    But contractors will have to pay £63 per tonne from 2018.

    The change is designed to take the cost burden off taxpayers and put it on to companies using the dump, the department said.

  15. Travel: Guernsey commuter road to stay shut

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Drivers are being warned to expect further delays around St Peter Port on Friday, as work on Doyle Road continues.

    It was closed for emergency electricity cable repair work on Thursday morning, leading to significant delays.

    The States say the closure will still be in place on Friday, and is warning drivers with no choice but to travel nearby to allow much longer for their journey.

    Traffic and Highway Services is recommending drivers consider alternative routes and car sharing where possible.

  16. More Jersey youngsters volunteering, survey shows

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Young people in Jersey are more likely to do some form of voluntary work than they were four years ago, recent data shows.

    The latest Opinions and Lifestyle Survey shows that just under half of 16 to 34 year olds have volunteered in the past year.

    In 2013, only around a third said they had given their time for free.

    Overall, the majority of islanders, 55%, had not volunteered during the past 12 months.

    States of Jersey graph on vounteering
  17. Health minister confident hospital plans will get go-ahead

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's health minister says he will be "very disappointed" if an independent planning inspector recommends significant changes to plans for the new hospital.

    States of Jersey plans for the future hospital

    The inspector's report is expected soon, but Senator Andrew Green says he is confident there will be no problems getting planning permission for the £466m facility.

    "There is a hospital on the site at the present, so I don't think the location would be a problem."

    He says the inspector could stop the development going ahead until certain criteria are met, or grant permission but insist on certain measures being in place.

    On Wednesday,States members agreed to borrow £275m to pay for the new health facility, with the rest of the money to come from the rainy day fund.

  18. BreakingMove to bin 'regressive' waste charges succeeds

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Politicians have narrowly voted in favour of scrapping a planned fixed waste charge for Guernsey households.

    Members supported Deputy Peter Roffey's amendment by 21-18, but the overall waste plans including charges could be altered again this afternoon.

    The move was motivated by what Deputy Roffey called "regressive" charges that would "hit the poor so much harder than the well off".

    Three committees will now be forced to consider other methods of financing part of the waste strategy.

  19. Tax rules 'still discriminating against married women'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A married Guernsey woman is calling for a deadline to be set for changes to laws which mean wives need their husband's permission to deal with their own tax affairs.

    The island's regulations mean the husband is treated as the taxpayer and his wife's income is regarded as his own for tax purposes.

    The States said its 2018 budget acknowledged this approach was no longer appropriate and a system of independent taxation was a policy priority.

    The changes could come in 2019, but Jenny Murphy is calling for clarity on when the change to the law, which she says make her and others feel like "a lesser human", will happen.

    Jenny Murphy
    Image caption: Jenny Murphy - who married a number of years ago - said her anger has built since discovering the law and having tax issues since
    Quote Message: I've earned money and been an independent person my whole life, I pay social security, that's all fine. So when it comes to tax why shouldn't I be responsible for my own tax purposes? In this day and age it's just so ridiculous that you have to ask your husband's permission to talk about your own tax affairs." from Jenny Murphy
    Jenny Murphy