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  1. New law allows mental health sufferers to appoint decision makers
  2. Households in Guernsey could face a charge of up to £7 a week to get rid of their rubbish
  3. Alderney £500m cross-Channel cable plans debated today
  4. Guernsey makes debut in Attenborough supported nature report
  5. Updates on Wednesday 14 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Weather: Another warm day after a misty start

    Tonight will be mild and muggy with patchy cloud and occasional clearer spells.

    Some mist and fog patches are likely over high ground and outbreaks of rain are likely by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 17C (63F).

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    On Thursday any mist and fog will soon clear through tomorrow morning to leave another warm day with long sunny spells.

    There will be heavy, possibly thundery, showers through the morning but they will clear north-eastwards by the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

  3. Pride flag passed between skydivers before landing in Jersey

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 50m gay pride flag was passed mid-air between skydivers to represent unity in the Channel Islands.

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    Video caption: Sky divers pass gay pride flag in mid-air

    One of the organisers said the jump was nearly called off because of strong winds, but it all went well in the end.

    It is just one of the events taking place as part of Channel Islands Pride, which started with a parade in Guernsey on Saturday.

  4. Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    • New Jersey law allows mental health sufferers to appoint decision makers
    • Households in Guernsey could face a charge of up to £7 a week to get rid of their rubbish
    • A 50m gay pride flag was passed mid-air between sky divers to represent unity in the Channel Islands
    • Guernsey makes debut in Attenborough supported nature report
    • £500m cross-Channel cable plans to be debated by Alderney States
  5. Trackers programme 'supports employers and employees'

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey says one of the major strengths of its Tracker apprentice programme is the mentor system, which it says "supports both the employee and the employer throughout the whole apprenticeship".

    It says it is "unique to Jersey" with a success rate of 97% - "well ahead" of other apprenticeship schemes across the UK and abroad.

    Martin Burns of Brady & Gallagher electricians said: “Trackers provides great support to us and our apprentices and as a result of this, we have consistently put apprentices through the programme."

  6. Call for islanders to head to the beach... to clean up!

    Environmental groups in the Channel Islands are urging islanders to take part in the annual Marine Conservation Society beach clean up.

    Beachwatch takes place this weekend and involves clearing up a stretch of the coast while recording what you find.

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  7. School recognised for commitment to staff

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Vauvert Primary's head teacher says he's proud his school became the first in Guernsey to be recognised as an Investor in People.

    To meet the standards the school had to show commitment to high performance through good people management.

    It becomes one of 14,000 organisations across 75 countries to be accredited.

  8. Guernsey 'continues to adapt', says head of new financial committee

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The creation of the Guernsey Financial Stability Advisory Committee shows the island continues to adapt to a "rapidly changing world", says its newly appointed head.

    Peter Sedgwick takes up the role immediately for a period of three years - the role was advertised at a salary of £40,000 per year with the successful applicant expected to give 30 days to the job each year.

    Mr Sedgwick said its setting up was "recognition that Guernsey is continuing to adapt to a rapidly changing world both for its own purposes and to meet the expectations of the international community".

    The committee's first report is due to be ready towards the middle of 2017.

  9. Trackers programme triples number of graduates

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Another 64 people will graduate from the Jersey's Trackers apprentice programme this week - bringing the total to 182.

    The latest students include carpenters, hairdressers, care assistants, electricians and dental nurses.

    This week will also mark the official welcome for the 101 people who have joined the programme this year. There are currently 274 people enrolled in 17 different apprenticeships.

    Deputy Rod Bryans,Education Minister, described Trackers as a "continuing success story for Jersey and its businesses" with the "focus firmly on quality and on continuing education".

  10. Thief threatened shop assistant with penknife

    A man threatened a shop assistant with a penknife when he was challenged about stealing items from a King Street store, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

  11. Skydivers jump for pride in Jersey

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The gay pride flag has been passed mid-air between a skydiver from Jersey and a skydiver from Guernsey to represent unity in the Channel Islands. 


    They were among a group of people jumping out of a plane to raise money for sexual equality and diversity charity Liberate.

    Lee McConnell who jumped earlier said his life "flashed before his eyes" in the first few seconds. He has raised more than £1,000.

  12. Guernsey waste strategy figures 'realistic' says states trading official

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Figures presented at the Guernsey waste strategy hearing yesterday are "meaningful" and "realistic", the head of corporate services at states trading has said.

    landfill site

    The committee was told Guernsey's Mont Cuet landfill site is likely to be full by September 2018 and the cost of exporting waste to Sweden could increase by more than £3m to £33m.

    Richard Evans said he was pleased progress was being made after the committee had gone through a "very complex" and "time-consuming" process procuring the different parts of the strategy.

  13. New mental health law passed in Jersey

    The States of Jersey has passed a new law allowing people who have a debilitating mental health condition to appoint someone as their decision maker.

    The Capacity and Self Determination Law will allow anyone who has such a condition, including dementia or following a stroke, to select someone else to make decisions for them if their condition deteriorates.

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  14. Grassy mound to become cancer floral tribute

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A weed-covered mound at Salerie Corner is being cleared and replanted this morning to create a floral tribute to islanders affected by cancer.

    Male Uprising Guernsey is carrying out the work in a bid to draw attention to male cancers, and has teamed up with world-renowned clematis grower Raymond Evison, school children and the States.

    Volunteers clearing mound

    Charity founder Trevor Kelham said: "We noticed the mound, just like one might notice a lump, and were inspired to transform the scrub and weeds into something that would help to remind people that we can't ignore cancer.

    "It’s a busy area, with thousands of people driving past each day. We hope this 'lump' will remind people to stay vigilant about any symptoms that should be checked out."

    Mound being cleared by a volunteer
  15. Bass ban ‘would hit smaller fishing boats’

    Smaller fishing boats would be left "devastated" by any ban on bass fishing the Guernsey Fisherman’s Association president has said, according to the Guernsey Press. 

  16. Guernsey cattle project used in national report

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The use of Guernsey cattle to manage land at Port Soif Common to encourage skylarks to return to the area is one of the projects used to create a national report.

    La Societe Guernesiaise Conservation Herd was brought in to graze abandoned farm land and reinvigorate its biodiversity. 

    Guernsey cow

    The State of Nature Report assessed 8,000 species and raised concerns about intensification of farming across the UK.  

    A spokesman from the States Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said being a part of the report "will enable us to develop communications between the States of Guernsey and a number of highly regarded organisations, therefore enhancing our ability to work together to understand the status and trends".

  17. All eyes to the skies for the gay pride flag sky divers

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    Skydivers will pass the gay pride flag in mid-air today to represent unity in the Channel Islands as part of Channel Islands Pride.

  18. New head of financial committee appointed

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A former vice president of the European Investment Bank has been appointed to lead Guernsey’s Financial Stability Advisory Committee.

    Peter Sedgwick, who has also held senior finance and economics roles in the Treasury at Whitehall, will take on the position for three years. The salary for the role was advertised as £40,000.

    The committee will be responsible for analysing and reviewing Guernsey’s financial services sector and for providing the Policy & Resources Committee with advice on managing the island's economy.

  19. The new 'beyond organic' method which could revolutionise farming

    BBC Channel Islands News

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    The new "beyond organic" method that could revolutionise farming in Jersey - and give us better salads! Find out more on BBC Channel Islands tonight at 18:30.

  20. Jersey butterfly population declining in urban areas

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's butterfly populations are declining in urban areas according to a new report launched today by Sir David Attenborough.

    The State of Nature 2016 report, which assessed 8,000 UK species, highlighted research conducted by the Jersey Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. 

    It shows butterflies are doing well in semi-natural habitats, but declining in urban sites, since the recordings started in 2004.