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Live Reporting

By Amy Gladwell and Rob England

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Thursday 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. A chilly night ahead, with a few showers

    BBC Weather

    A chilly night is forecast across the Channel Islands with a few showers continuing overnight.

    Winds will be westerly and moderate.

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

    Jersey:

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    Guernsey:

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  3. Inter-island seaplane service from spring?

    Jersey Evening Post

    An inter-island seaplane service carrying Islanders between St Helier and St Peter Port could be operational next spring.

  4. Trees in 'dangerous position' near road

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police have closed Le Mont des Vignes in St Peter, Jersey, after trees were found to be leaning towards the road in a "dangerous position".

    Officers said the road would remain closed until at least tomorrow.

  5. Two-school model education - what would it look like?

    Ollie Guillou

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Plans to run secondary education in Guernsey from two schools have been published today.

    They were drafted by four Deputies looking at an alternative to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture's three school model.

    The four deputies behind the report are Matt Fallaize, Richard Graham, Rhian Tooley and Mark Dorey.

    Here is an outline of what the model might look like:

    Two-school model

    • One 11-18 school operating across two sites.
    • Each site would have between 9-10 classes per year group.
    • Space for 225 sixth form students across both sites
    • Class sizes would average 10 but would not exceed 24, which is supposed to be in line with the class sizes at the UK's best comprehensive schools.

    Further/Higher education

    In this plan, deputies say, the College of Further Education would continue offering the services it already does, as a single, integrated organisation.

    But it would also be an objective of the College to integrate with the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies and the Guernsey Training Agency as soon as possible, and to form a partnership with a UK university to become University College Guernsey.

  6. Food banks to be part of the norm, says church leader

    Jersey Evening Post

    Food banks will soon become ‘part of the norm’ in Jersey, according to a Reverend who runs one of the services in the Island.

  7. No national papers in Guernsey today

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    If you are wondering why there are no national papers on sale in Guernsey today, the boat bringing them over from Jersey was cancelled.

    The Channel Chieftain Five has experienced problems travelling between the islands in December, and this morning was no exception.

    Earlier this month crew members filmed the 14m(45ft) catamaran battling huge swells on its way to Guernsey.

  8. 'Small village' takes shape

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The first phase of work to turn waste ground at the back of Le Murier School in St Sampson's, Guernsey, into a small village is almost complete.

    An existing granite building has been refurbished into a 'village hall' where pupils can practise vital life skills like cooking.

    The school says the second phase of work to build four log cabins for overnight stays will start in February.

  9. Sexual health clinic treating Islanders in their seventies

    Jersey Evening Post

    Viagra, the internet and the fact that people are living longer have contributed to one of the Island’s sexual health clinics treating more ‘mature’ people, a clinical nurse specialist has said.

  10. Postponed Boxing Day walk to go ahead

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Alderney’s "most popular annual walk," the Boxing Day walk, has been rescheduled for New Year's Eve after it had to be postponed due to bad weather.

    Alderney Wildlife Trust said it will start at its centre on Victoria Street from 14:30 on Sunday.

    The route is about 3 miles long and will finish with mulled wine and homemade mince pies and a screening of the Alderney War Years film, with limited space.

  11. Update: Ferry services cancelled and 'under review'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Sark shipping has cancelled services today due to poor weather conditions, and Condor Ferries has advised travellers booked on the Rapide and Liberation on Friday and Saturday that services are subject to review.

    View more on twitter
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    Tomorrow's timetable for Condor's high speed services is as follows:

    The Liberation's Poole to Guernsey sailing with depart at 09:15, arriving at 12:15.

    This service will then depart Guernsey at 12:45, arriving in Jersey at 13:45 before turning back to Guernsey at 14:45.

    The Liberation is then due to depart from Poole at 16:25 - arriving at 19:25.

    Meanwhile, the Rapide sailing from St Malo to Jersey will go ahead at 08:00, returning to Jersey by 11:25.

  12. Airport delays across the Channel Islands

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Airport:

    The 08:50 and 10:40 Aurigny services from Alderney have been cancelled.

    Flybe's 09:15 flight from Southampton is due in at 13:00.

    The service to Jersey due to leave at 08:10 is now expected to depart at 13:45.

    Jersey Airport:

    The 08:30 flight from Guernsey has been delayed until 15:05 for "operational reasons".

    The 10:30 from London City is also delayed by a few hours, and is expected in Jersey at 13:30.

  13. Weather not so swell for Polar Bear swim

    Guernsey Press

    Brave islanders took to the chilly waters of the bathing pools at La Vallette on Christmas Day morning for the Guernsey Swimming Club’s Polar Bear Swim.

  14. Ambulances deployed in Guernsey over Christmas

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    St John Ambulance Guernsey has released figures for the number of incidents attended over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Guernsey's Marine Ambulance was dispatched twice. On Christmas Day the Flying Christine III was sent to Brecqhou to collect a patient and on Boxing Day the boat was requested by the Sark doctor to transfer a patient for treatment in Guernsey.

    A volunteer skipper and engineers crewed the vessels and a paramedic and technician were also on board for both crossings.

    The land ambulance service attended 25 incidents over the 24 hour period.

    A spokesman said the calls were "a mix of falls and medical cases, including some sudden severe illness".

    Emergency services also responded to a single car road traffic collision on Bulwer Avenue.

  15. Licence next for seaplane service

    Guernsey Press

    An application for an air transport licence to operate a seaplane service in Guernsey has been received by the Transport Licensing Authority.

  16. States to deliver on disability strategy obligations despite delay

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Implementing Guernsey's Disability and Inclusion Strategy is a top priority for Employment and Social Security in 2018.

    The committee was due to release outline plans for the strategy - which was approved by the States in 2013 - in November but did not meet the deadline.

    Committee President Deputy Michelle Le Clerc said she was "disappointed" by the lack of progress in 2017, but work was already underway to make sure it gets done.

    Quote Message: We are now putting resources in place so we can fullfill that obligation. I think if we do not succeed in bringing in this legislation by the end of this term then I will feel like I have failed as president of this committee, because that is a really important piece of work." from Deputy Michelle Le Clerc
    Deputy Michelle Le Clerc
  17. St Helier residents to decide how to spend £600k windfall

    Jersey Evening Post

    St Helier residents are due to be asked how they would like to spend a £600,000 windfall at a ratepayers’ meeting at the end of next month.

  18. Jersey passports to change with British version for Brexit

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Passport changes which will come into effect when the UK leaves in EU in March 2019 will also affect Jersey passports, according to the States.

    A spokesman said: "The Jersey Passport Office have been working with their colleagues in the UK to ensure that Jersey passports will be aligned to the British passport and are reassuring passport holders that they do not need to take any action before the renewal date in their current document."

    The Jersey variant passports give the same status to holders of the British version.

    passports old and new

    British passports will change from burgundy to blue after Britain leaves the EU, the Home Office has said.

    Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said he was "delighted" to return to the "iconic" blue and gold design which came into use almost 100 years ago.

    The new passports will be issued to those renewing or applying for a passport from October 2019.