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Summary

  1. Duke of York arrives in Alderney
  2. Five-hundred-thousand pounds worth of public money was spent 'boosting' Jersey's visitor numbers last year
  3. Calls for cannabis to be decriminalised in Guernsey are again being rejected
  4. Flybe CEO wants direct flights to Heathrow
  5. Politicians travel to Conservative Party Conference
  6. Updates on Monday 3 October 2016

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

Regulator may take 'formal steps' over airline deal

The Channel Islands competition regulator (CICRA) says it will be considering its next steps "particularly carefully" and has "not ruled out taking formal steps under Jersey’s competition law".

The level of interest that our open letter has generated confirms just how important strong reliable air links are to the Channel Islands."

We will continue to engage with Blue Islands and Flybe and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring that the market works better for local consumers."

CICRA

Cornish choughs flown to Jersey for release project

Hannah Newton

BBC News Online

Six red-billed choughs bred at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall will be part of a project to increase the numbers in Jersey.

Paradise Park Director, Alison Hales said: “It’s great that in just a few hours the young choughs, after veterinary checks, were then in their release aviary on the coast of Jersey.”

Chough
Paradise Park

The island has a total of 10 choughs which fledged in 2016 – four in the wild and six at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The birds are awaiting release in an aviary at the trust in Jersey.

Fine and dry, with sunshine tomorrow

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be a breezy night, but fine and dry with widespread clear spells, and staying relatively mild. The minimum temperature will be 12C (54F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Through tomorrow there should be very little cloud around, and widespread sunshine, although the wind will remain fairly brisk. The maximum temperature will be 18C (64F).

Praise for first female Procureur

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Her Majesty's Procueur Miss Megan Pullum QC - who was sworn in at Chief Pleas this morning - is already receiving praise for being the first female in the history of Guernsey to hold the position.

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Gun salute for HRH Prince Andrew

Hayle-bred choughs join release project in Jersey

Hannah Newton

BBC News Online

Six red-billed choughs bred at Paradise Park, in Hayle, Cornwall, have been flown to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey to help increase their numbers.

The Birds on the Edge is a conservation project run by Durrell, the National Trust for Jersey and the States of Jersey.

Choughs leaving Perranporth
Paradise Park

This year has been particularly successful – Paradise Park and Durrell achieved good captive breeding results and conservationists said it was a record year with four wild chicks raised.

Paradise Park Director, Alison Hales, said: "There’s not a more wonderful sight to see than a flock of choughs wheeling above the coast then coming down to forage – a great incentive for further habitat improvement on the island."

'MTFP has actually failed'

BBC Radio Jersey

Some back bench States members say the government got it wrong over plans for a health charge and are planning a vote of no confidence in the Chief Minister. 

After the States rejected the charge, they say the government spending plans now no longer work.

The frustration is boiling over at the moment, and the view is that the MTFP has actually failed. The key point to the MTFP is that at the end of the 3 years, in 2019, we should have either a balance or a small surplus. As it stands, with the health charge having fallen away, there's going to be a £22m deficit. How's the chief minister going to plug that?"

Chris TaylorConstable

Blue Islands' franchise agreement 'misunderstood'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Blue Islands says its franchise agreement with Flybe is misunderstood, and the two airlines are still in direct competition.

Last month the two airlines received an open letter - a forum Blue Islands is questioning - from competition regulators CICRA asking how cooperation was best for passengers.

The airline is now conceding that it needs to further inform its customers how this agreement works, and how it will benefit the islands.

Blue Islands retain complete and independent control of its schedules and fares while its own objectives in reaching commercial decisions regarding capacity, flight timing and the prices charged are unchanged."

Rob VeronChief Executive Officer, Blue Islands

On to Guernsey for the prince

Jersey to appeal after Uefa rejection

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey are to appeal to the court of Arbitration for Sport after their bid to join Uefa was turned down.

Jersey v Guernsey
Adi Topley

Uefa's executive will not allow their congress to discuss Jersey's bid as the island is not recognised by the United Nations as an independent nation. 

"This was the response we expected," Jersey FA president Phil Austin told BBC Sport. "From a footballing perspective we more than meet the criteria."

Travel update: Guernsey RTC

BBC Travel

Following the Road Traffic Collision along Les Banques this afternoon, one person has gone to hospital as a precaution.

We are hearing reports of long traffic jams in both direction along the seafront, and Guernsey Police are advising people to avoid the area.

Prince Andrew's tour continues...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

As part of his visit of the Bailiwick HRH the Duke of York met Alderney's Dive team...

Prince Andrew meeting Alderney's dive team
BBC

And there was just about time to be presented with a picture of Braye beach before heading off to Guernsey...

Prince Andrew receives a picture of Braye Beach
BBC

Guernsey's Minister for External Affairs targeting UK politicians

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq says he is targeting key UK politicians to have meetings with at the Conservative Party Conference.

Representatives of both Guernsey and Jersey are in attendance at the conference in Birmingham, with "dozens of meetings" scheduled for the next couple of days.

But Deputy Le Tocq insists the meetings are just a gateway to further talks, and says islanders shouldn't expect immediate results. 

In two days we can't achieve much here, but what we can do is enable us to be remembered and not forgotten in terms of our interests in the future."

Deputy Jonathan Le TocqGuernsey's Minister for External Affairs

Vance buoyant despite away loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says his side almost had the "perfect away performance" in their loss at Lewes.

Tony Vance
Fran Torode

The Green Lions lost 1-0 in Sussex and their wait for an away win is into its 10th month.

"One little lapse of concentration happened in the wrong area and they punished us," said Vance. "We got nothing from the game, but I'm still quite buoyant from the fact that it was almost a perfect away performance, but it wasn't to be unfortunately."

HRH tours the harbour

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Not a cloud in the sky as HRH the Duke of York takes a tour of Alderney's harbour.

As our reporter Roisin said, a perfect day for it.

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Prince Andrew will be departing Alderney soon, and heading for Guernsey.  

BreakingRoad traffic crash: Police advise motorists to avoid area

BBC Travel

There has been a crash in the Les Banques area involving three vehicles.

Ambulance and rescue teams have been dispatched as a precaution.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area, as there is a large amount of traffic building up around the site.

Social Security split on supplementary change

Guernsey Press

Employment & Social Security is split on its proposal to clamp down on guest workers claiming supplementary benefit.

Big turn out for Duke of York

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

As part of his Bailiwick visit, HRH the Duke of York has been meeting members of the Alderney lifeboat crew...

Prince Andrew meets the Alderney Lifeboat crew.
BBC

Around 200 Alderney residents turned out this morning to welcome him..

Prince Andrew - who will be arriving in Guernsey in the next hour - is a patron of the Alderney Maritime Trust, and he's been inspecting items recovered from a wreck discovered in 1977, including three cannons.

And it seems he's been integral to the project from the beginning...

Had it not been for the Prince, they wouldn't have been able to obtain the timber needed to mount the cannons on their trolleys. The material is elm, and the only source of elm is in the Royal Parks."

David EarlAlderney Reporter

New Officers of the Royal Court sworn in

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two new Officers of the Royal Court were sworn in during a sitting of the Chief Pleas in Guernsey this morning.

Miss Megan Pullum QC was sworn in as H. M. Procureur, and Mr Robert Titterington was sworn in as H. M. Comptroller.

Backbenchers to meet with Greffier this week

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The group of 15 backbenchers who are planning to place a vote of no confidence against Jersey's Chief Minister are meeting the Greffier this week. 

That meeting is intended to work out how to pursue the vote. 

The Chief Minister, who's currently away at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, is yet to comment.

Jersey's States chamber
BBC

Guernsey FA Cup could see record entry

Tony Curr

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Guernsey Football Association says it's expecting a record number of entries in this season's Guernsey FA Cup. 

Rossborough Insurance has been announced as the new sponsor of the competition, which featured 22 teams last year. 

GFA Chief Exec Gary Roberts says the new backing will help them invest in grassroots game by supporting the league and delivering coaching.

Foreign Affairs Minister at Africa Summit

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It's a busy day of travelling day for Channel Islands' politicians.

As well as representatives from both islands at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Jersey's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Philip Bailhache is in London, for the Financial Times Africa Summit.

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Jets boss 'encouraged' despite loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Team Jets head coach Linda Andrews says she is encouraged by some of her team's play after they lost their first game of the season.

Team Jets
Steve Lund

Jets trailed throughout their 62-42 loss to Telstars at the start of their second season in Premier League Two.

"I though some of the girls really stepped up and it was encouraging it was some of their first times as a Jet," Andrews told BBC Radio Jersey.

Growth of funds industry points to a promising future

Guernsey Press

A continued upturn in the fortunes of Guernsey’s funds industry is particularly impressive given the challenges facing the sector, according to the chairman of the industry body.

Flybe CEO wants direct flights to Heathrow

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

As Heathrow Airport plans to start consulting with the government in the UK over a third runway, Chief Executive of Flybe, Saad Hammad, is "reviewing the feasibility" of up to 12 new routes - including direct flights with the Channel Islands.

He says the plans pave the way for Flybe to "jump quickly into action".

I am confident we are now in a good position to explore the viability and commercial feasibility of introducing a number of critical new routes for domestic connectivity as soon as the new slots were to become available at Heathrow, to and from where many of our codeshare partners offer seamless onward long haul connections for regional passengers."

Saad HammadCEO, Flybe
A new planned Flybe route map.
Flybe

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • Flybe and Blue Islands say they are 'at pains' to correct information from the competition regulator
  • Two Guernsey deputies are in Birmingham for the Conservative Party Conference
  • HRH the Duke of York is visiting the Bailiwick today as the patron of the Alderney Maritime Trust

Jersey

  • Chief minister could face vote of no confidence
  • The Tourism Development Fund spent £500,000 last year, including £10,000 on a model of a 'neanderthal man'
  • A Jersey wealth manager says investors shouldn't be seduced by schemes promising high returns
  • Russia's Aleksey Troshkin won the Jersey Marathon for the third year in a row

Breaking'Lack of leadership' cause of potential vote of no confidence

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst could face a vote of no confidence due to a "lack of leadership" in last week's States debate.

After a four-day debate on the Medium Term Financial Plan, the only key proposal the States failed to approve was a health charge. 

Up to 1% would have been added to tax bills, raising £22m by 2019. 

The group of 15 backbenchers say there's a lack of leadership from the Council of Ministers, and the government's spending plans don't balance. 

Senator Ian Gorst
Ian Gorst

BreakingChief Minister could face vote of no confidence

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Chief Minister could face a vote of no confidence following last week's rejection of the charge for health care. 

A group of backbench politicians says the government's spending plans now don't work.

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O'Neill dominates women's marathon

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Nollaigh O'Neill was the winner of the women's race at yesterday's Jersey Marathon.

The 44-year-old Irish runner made it over the line at the Weighbridge just outside the three-hour mark (3:01.48) and more than 10 minutes clear of second-placed Ffion Davies.

I'm so happy, but the time was slow. I was flying up until about mile 20 or 21 and my quads started to seize and tighten up, so I just had to pull back and run strong and smart."

Nollaigh O'NeillWomen's race winner
Nollaigh O'Neill
Jonathan Huelin

Swimarathon starts in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The 40th annual Swimarathon is under way. 

The event sees more than 200 teams take part over five days to raise money for 40 Guernsey charities. 

It all kicked off at 09:00 this morning at Les Beaucamps school. 

The swimarathon competitors jumping into the pool at Les Beaucamps School
BBC

BreakingDuke of York arrives in Alderney

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

In the last few minutes HRH the Duke of York has arrived in Alderney.

Prince Andrew is starting his day looking at the artefacts recovered from the Elizabethan vessel found by an Alderney fisherman in 1977. 

This afternoon, he's in Guernsey where the Duke will go to Castle Cornet to meet members of the local Sea Cadets unit, TS Sarnia.

The Duke of York's helicopter landing on the Alderney runway.
BBC

Raiders on form against Dorking

Tony Curr

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Raiders captain Lewis Hillier says they "played the rugby they want to play" as they beat Dorking 50-45.

Raiders ran in eight tries, including two apiece for fly-half Owen Thomas and number eight Matt Thomas.

The result leaves Guernsey in third place in National Three London & South East, with the top three sides level on 20 points.

The Guernsey rugby team.
BBC

Tourism Development Fund spends nearly £10k on 'Neanderthal man'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's Tourism Development Fund spent £500,000 last year, including nearly £10,000 on this model of a Neanderthal man.

The fund is shared out among groups, organisations and companies which believe they have an idea to make themselves more appealing to visitors.

The neanderthal man was part of a grant for the Jersey Heritage Trust, to enhance their "Ice Age Jersey" exhibition. 

A model of a neanderthal man.
BBC

Guernsey deputy rejects cannabis decriminalisation

BBC Radio Guernsey

Calls for cannabis to be decriminalised in Guernsey are again being rejected. 

The former head of the Border Agency, Deputy Rob Prow - who now sits on the political committees for health and home affairs - says current policies have led to a drop in the amount of illegal substances available. 

Last year the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign wanted cannabis use regulated like it is in part of the United States.

Lots of mental conditions are caused by drug abuse. I think picking out one particular drug because it's a favoured drug of misuse is not helpful.

Deputy Rob Prow

Wind warning issued in the Channel

BBC Weather

The Jersey Meteorological Department have issued a Strong Wind Warning for the Channel Islands.

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School registration opens for 2017

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The registration window for children starting school in Guernsey next September is now open.

Guernsey's Committee for Education, Sport and Culture is advising parents and carers they have until 15:00 on 16 December to get their forms in, otherwise an application will be treated as a "lower priority".

Children who are baptised Catholic may be registered at one of the two voluntary Catholic primary schools, Notre Dame du Rosaire or St Mary & St Michael.

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Tributes for Jersey football stalwart

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Tributes have been paid to Jersey football stalwart Frank Lucas, who has died at the age of 89.

Frank Lucas
BBC

He was a life-president of Jersey Wanderers - the club he had been associated with throughout his life, as well as a vice-president of Jersey's Football Combination from its inception in 1975 until his death from ill health.

"He was a magnificent stalwart to Jersey football," said former combination president Tim Darwin. "His input from both Jersey Wanderers and also to the league was magnificent."

Travel: Guernsey update

BBC Travel

Contrary to prior reports, Le Friquet has actually closed this morning.

We're told that there was a glitch on the States website, and that Guernsey Water will be installing a new water service for a business premises which requires a trench across the whole road.

It will be closed until Wednesday.

Politicians travel to Conservative Party Conference

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, is attending the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham today.

The four-day event will be Theresa May's first as leader and prime minister, and it's a chance for the Channel Islands to have their voices heard on the national stage.

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Meanwhile Guernsey's most senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier, has sent two members of the Policy and Resources Committee to Birmingham, where they'll have "dozens" of meetings with various political figures.

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