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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Beaucette Marina death ruled accidental
  3. An 85-year-old man is cleared of indecent assault charges after a week-long trial
  4. Championship side Jersey Reds have been forced to sell their assets for £1.5m in order to see out the season
  5. Money management skills and how to tackle health issues are among some of the workshops being offered as part of this years Youth Works Conference
  6. Airline Flybe has announced a fall in half-yearly profits

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By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Well, do the Honorary Police still have a important presence in Jersey?

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

We've been getting some early responses to our question on Facebook Do the Honorary Police still have a important presence in Jersey? 

Police
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Susan De La Mare said: "They are part of our culture, things like this are what makes Jersey special."

Dennis Galvin: "Of course we need the honories. They do a most admirable and useful job and are to be admired and rewarded in any way we can."

Valerie Le Blancq said: "Why change something that works?"

Minister faces questions on controversial new site for hospital

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Jersey's Health Minister will be questioned in public over plans to build the new hospital where the current one is.

Hospital
Jersey States

A report last week suggested he hadn't chosen the right site and it would cause too much disruption. 

Health Scrutiny will be questioning the Minister, Senator Andrew Green, at the St Paul's Centre next Wednesday evening.  

Hundreds of people watch future plan for Guernsey on YouTube video

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Guernsey's future plan has been put online - in a YouTube video.

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The animation of the policy and resource plan has had more than 1,000 views since it was launched on the States website last week.

A spokesman said: "The purpose of this animation is to try and ensure that the message of what the plan is and why we need it is explained to as many islanders as possible."

Poor students at risk of failing says deputy in swipe at loans delay

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Poor students could fail to reach their potential thanks to lack of progress by the Jersey States on finding a solution.

Students
BBC

That's the view of Deputy Jeremy Maçon who is leading a review into sorting out the problem.

He said: "There continues to be serious concerns surrounding the prospect of not being able to fulfil student’s ambitions due to financial constraints."

He said the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel "remain concerned about the long term sustainability of ensuring students are able to reach their potential in their chosen field, no matter the financial status of the parents".

Indecent assault trial: Man cleared of all charges

BBC Radio Jersey

An 85 year-old man accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a child and one of procuring an act of gross indecency has been cleared of all charges at Jersey's Royal Court after a trial lasting more than a week.

Bryan John Le Brocq denied all the charges, which related to alleged acts 20 years ago.

Headlines for the Channel Islands

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

  • Jersey rugby fans shouldn't see any difference to the island's rugby club, despite most of its assets being sold off says chairman Mark Morgan.
  • An 85 year-old man accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a child has been cleared of all charges.
  • Poor Jersey students risk losing out thanks a delay in solving a grants impasse says a deputy.
  • Guernsey Senator Sir Philip Bailache has described Donald Trump's win as a "political earthquake".
  • Six names have been received for a contested election in Alderney later this month.
  • Guernsey's future plan gets more than 1,090 viewers on YouTube.

New school plan in three-day inquiry

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A three-day public inquiry will be held into the site planned for the new Les Quennevais School in Jersey.

School
Google

The inquiry, which will start on 24 January, is being held because the site for the £40m project is on protected green zone land. 

Two thirds of islanders who took part in a consultation supported building the new school there, on fields just south of the airport. 

But the planning minister says because that would be a departure from the island plan, it's in the public interest for an outside inspector to go through the details publicly.  

Guernsey residents buy most scratchcards

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Residents of Guernsey buy more scratchcards than those in Jersey, a report into the Channel Island Lottery has shown.

Christmas Draw
BBC

In 2015 £7,726,400 was spent on scratchcards in Guernsey, compared to £4,518,350 in Jersey.

However there is a consistent pattern of Jersey outselling Guernsey for the charity Christmas Draw.

Ban in sight for spooky contact lenses

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Cosmetic contact lenses, which were the subject of a public health warning at Halloween, are to be banned from being sold in Jersey.

Lenses
BBC

The lenses are often sold in fancy dress shops but health professionals say they can cause eye ulcers and infections. 

The ban is part of a range of new rules, which also make it clear that people who have their eyes tested in the island are under no obligation to buy glasses from the optician who does the test.  

Man drowned after drinking with friends

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The man whose body was found in Beaucette Marina last month had been drinking with friends on the night of his death.

William Mackay, 59, had been living on his boat "Nordic Bell" since January, but was found in the water by another berth holder on the morning of Tuesday 25 October.

Beaucette Marina
BBC

Mr Mackay had been celebrating a friend's birthday on another boat in the marina, and left after 02:00.

During the post-mortem examination he was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 316mg, just under four times the legal driving limit. 

An inquest found the death to be accidental, with the cause stated as drowning while under the influence of alcohol.

Guernsey County backs Trump

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey County, in the state of Ohio, backed Donald Trump.

A total of 52% of people voted for Trump in Ohio, with 69.1% of people in Guernsey County voting for the billionaire businessman.

Trump
BBC

Ohio is a competitive state with 18 electoral votes. Barack Obama won Ohio in 2012 by three percentage points.

Several families from Guernsey moved to the area in the early 1800s, which is how the county got its name.

BreakingBeaucette Marina death ruled accidental

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

An inquest has found the death of a man whose body was found in Guernsey last month was "accidental".

William Mackay, 59, was found by a berth holder in Beaucette Marina on Tuesday 25 October at about 05:50.

The cause of death was confirmed as drowning while under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Mackay's body has been released to his family.

Channel Islands will always have a 'special place' for Flybe

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Flybe's Executive Chairman Simon Laffin said the Channel Islands will always have a "special place" for the company.

"It's where Flybe started and it's a big part of our heritage.

Plane
Flybe

"As we get our operation better and better, I think we will be able to give a better service. 

"I don't think people in the Channel Islands should be worried. We still have a big part of our business supporting the Channel Islands and I want that to continue."

Gough steps down as Jersey captain

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey captain Peter Gough has stepped down from the role after more than six years at the helm of the side.

The 31-year-old led Jersey to promotion into World Cricket League Division Four this year, but the side were relegated after finishing fifth in the tournament in Los Angeles this month.

Peter Gough
Ian Jacobs/ICC

The Jersey Cricket Board is hopeful he will continue to play for the side.

"He's announced to the team that he's done his piece and he's looking to step down," JCB chairman Ward Jenner told BBC Sport.

"He's earned legendary status," he added.

Islands 'amply meet' criteria set out by EU finance ministers

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey and Jersey are likely to be included in about 80 jurisdictions to have their tax regimes screened in a move to create an EU tax black list.

EU finance minsters met yesterday to agree the criteria to be used to decide which jurisdictions will be invited for further talks.

The criteria refer to international tax transparency standards, to the EU Code of Conduct, and to a commitment to BEPS: Guernsey and Jersey amply meet all these criteria."

Deputy Lyndon TrottVice President of Guernsey's Policy & Resources Committee

Verdict due in child sex assaults case

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A verdict is expected this afternoon at the Royal Court in the case of an 85-year-old man accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a child and one of procuring an act of gross indecency.

Royal Court
Google

Bryan Le Brocq is accused of abusing the alleged victim when he was a boy until adulthood and denies all the charges. 

Crown advocate David Steenson summed up saying the alleged victim said shame had invaded every part of his life since. 

Advocate Heidi Heath, defending, said there had been no other complaints against the defendant, despite him having contact with other boys.

The jury of eight women and four men are considering their verdicts.

Jersey's US namesake voted for Clinton to be president

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Despite Donald Trump's victory, Jersey's American namesake New Jersey voted for Hillary Clinton to take the White House.

A total of 54.8% of voters backed Clinton, while 42% voted for Trump.

New Jersey
BBC

The state, which is to the east of New York and home to Princeton University, holds 14 electoral votes.

New Jersey was one of the 13 original colonies and has participated in all 57 presidential elections.

Care workers 'shouldn't be put on zero-hours contracts'

BBC Radio Jersey

A member of Jersey's care industry thinks workers shouldn't be put on zero-hours contracts. 

Jersey's Social Security Minister has proposed an amendment to the law on zero-hours contracts - if there's evidence of a problem with a clause which allows people to work for more than one employer. 

Zoe Reed says they have some benefits, but ultimately shouldn't be used in her industry.

Guernsey's D Trump speaks out after US election result

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's very own D Trump has spoken out this morning.

Derek Trump told BBC Radio Guernsey that he is often asked whether he is related to the billionaire businessman.

Guernsey's D Trump speaks out after US election result

Cost of promotion causes Reds problems

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan says the costs associated with being promoted to the Championship have contributed to their current financial problems.

The island side have sold their ground and assets for £1.5m in order to see out the season after suffering financial losses.

Jersey Reds
Jonathan Huelin

"The investment required to operate a fully professional rugby squad in the English Rugby Championship has necessitated major investment by the club over the last few seasons," he said in a statement.

"In addition to the costs of the playing squad itself, satisfying the criteria to play in the Championship in terms of maintaining quality playing surfaces, coaching team, medical facilities, spectator facilities, floodlights and administrative support has required a significant level of commitment."

Islands 'likely' to be part of 86 jurisdictions screened on tax transparency

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey and Jersey are "likely to be screened" as part of moves to create a common tax black list.

Deputy Lyndon Trott, Vice President of Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee, said the decision has been passed to the EU Code of Conduct Group by EU finance ministers.

"It seems clear that it will be based on the Commission's 'scoreboarding' exercise and hence will focus on those jurisdictions that are of economic relevance to the EU.

"As such, Guernsey and Jersey are likely to be screened along with up to 86 other third countries, given that we are an important source of investment for the European economy."

'No black hole' in Flybe's finances

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Saad Hammad's recent departure as chief executive of Flybe is not because there is a black hole in the company's finances.

Flybe's executive chairman Simon Laffin has said people were wrong if they suspected Mr Hammad left for any reason connected to performance.

"There's no big surprise in these numbers," Mr Laffin said.

Hammand
BBC

"I know some people were saying 'Ooh, he's left, so that means there's going to be a black hole'. There's no black hole.

"The real clue as to why he's gone off to do other things is when we say we have completed our turnaround. Because Saad is primarily a turnaround man.  And as we finish that turnaround, I think he wants to go and do a turnaround somewhere else."

Americans in Channel Islands react to Trump victory

BBC Radio Jersey

Americans living in Jersey have been giving their reactions to the outcome of the US election which has seen Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to take the White House.

Trump
BBC

Sean Dettman is very disappointed. He said: "People are voting for him and in reality they are voting against their own economic interests. 

"He has nothing to say about raising the minimum wage, He has nothing to say about extending workers' rights or consumer protections. He is the space age cowboy. He is the new form of rugged American individualism and it has never been more perverse in the history of our nation."

Date set for inquiry into school plans

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The date for the public inquiry into the planning application for a new Les Quennevais School has been set for 24 January next year.

The Department for Infrastructure has applied to build a new secondary school with associated facilities, parking and a sports field on agricultural fields north of St Brelade’s Social Club alongside Route de Quennevais.

School
Les Quennevais

The inquiry has been called by the Minister for the Environment because the land is in the green zone on the 2014 Island Plan, where exceptional reasons are required to justify new buildings.   

The inquiry is expected to last three days.

Jersey Reds will rent back ground they have been forced to sell

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds, who have been forced to sell their St Peter ground, will rent it back with the option to buy after three or five years.

Reds
Jonathan Huelin

They are the second club in the second tier to hit financial problems this season, with London Welsh facing a High Court winding-up order.

"The decisions regarding the restructuring were not taken lightly", said chairman Mark Morgan after an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday night.

Clinton 'no better than her husband'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

St Saviour constable Sadie le Sueur Renard, a regular visitor to America, says she has seen a groundswell of support for Donald Trump.

Sadie le Sueur Renard
BBC

"There was a lot said about his womanising and yet her husband did the same thing in the White House and she condoned it.

"I'm only saying what they're saying in Tennessee - I know it's the Bible belt and things are different, but that's what they're saying. 

"She was no better than her husband in the White House."

Jersey not first Championship side to face funding problems

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds' financial issues highlight concerns many clubs in the Championship have over the level of funding provided to them. 

The Rugby Football Union give each club around £530,000 a season, but Jersey chairman mark Morgan told the BBC in September that this only covered around 25% of the club's costs.

Jersey Reds
Sue Ames

London Welsh, who were relegated from the Premiership two seasons ago, are currently facing a winding up order.

Meanwhile the Cornish Pirates 'almost went out of business' before securing new funding in September, while Plymouth Albion, who were relegated from the Championship two seasons ago, went into administration earlier this year. 

Senator describes Trump win as 'political earthquake'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Senator Sir Philip Bailache has described Donald Trump's win as a "political earthquake". 

He said Jersey, like the rest of the world, would be affected by such an important vote. 

Sir Philip Bailhache
BBC

The senator said he regretted the adversarial nature of the election campaign, and said some of what Mr Trump had said was entirely unacceptable. 

He hoped the rhetoric of the campaign wouldn't be reflected in Mr Trump's presidency. Jersey, he said, would have to work hard to keep the respect it has earned in America, especially after the UK's recent decision to leave Europe.

Jersey Reds suffer 'significant financial losses'

BBC Sport

Jersey's rugby club, the Jersey Reds, is to sell its ground, clubhouse and pitches to try to remedy what it describes as 'significant financial losses'. 

Rugby
Jonathan Huelin

At an extraordinary general meeting last night, a working group announced it had made a deal with third party owners to buy the club's assets for £1.5m.

In September, chairman Mark Morgan told BBC Jersey that RFU funding for Championship clubs, currently at around £530,000, only covered a quarter of their costs.

Trump 'robust in his views' and 'appealed to the majority'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

"Today marks another shift in global politics," says Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, the Guernsey politician responsible for external relations.

"The world already has a lot to learn from 2016, and the events of last night will only have added to this. It will shape 2017 and beyond.

"Both candidates ran very different but hard-fought campaigns. President-elect Donald Trump has been very robust in his views and has successfully appealed to the majority of the electorate. I also send my commiserations to Hillary Clinton."

Weather forecast: Staying windy, with showers

BBC Weather

It'll be a bright start for most today. Showers will move in from the northwest though and they could be heavy with hail likely.The winds will be strong, with coastal gales. 

The maximum temperature will be 12C (54F).

Jersey

Weather
BBC

Guernsey

Weather
BBC

Trees down in Jersey causing travel delays

BBC Travel

Jersey Police have received reports of trees down at Le Mont de Ste Marie, Les Catillions in Grouville and La Rue Militaire in St John following strong winds.

There are reports of a large branch blocking Pont Marquet in St Brelade.

Headlines for the Channel Islands

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

  • Jersey’s rugby club, the Jersey Reds have been forced to sell their ground, clubhouse and pitches for £1.5m in order to see out the season
  • Flybe has announced a fall in half-yearly pre-tax profits by two-thirds, to £7m
  • Jersey-based IT company Calligo has announced it's got a £6m cash injection, and is to open up a new office in Guernsey

Flybe profits down by two-thirds

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Flybe has announced a fall in half-yearly profits.  

Pre-tax profits for the first half of the year at the Exeter-based airline are down by two-thirds, to £7m. 

Flybe
Flybe

The drop is partly due to the fall in sterling, which increased the cost of US dollar loans on aircraft. 

Flybe says the aviation market is tough but the company is confident of its resilience.