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Summary

  1. Battle of Verdun: Service to remember Guernseymen who died
  2. New hospital to be built on existing site
  3. Nearly a third of Guernsey's nine and 10 year olds are 'overweight'
  4. Voters are heading to the polls in the Vale by-election
  5. States could pay rates on buildings it owns, resulting in cash boosts for some Jersey parishes
  6. Ice rink campaigners want political intervention
  7. Updates on Wednesday 19 October 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it for today's Local Live, we're back tomorrow from 08:00.

    Don't forget you can catch all the latest headlines on BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 this evening.

  2. Military plane doing training over the islands

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A Royal Air Force plane has been doing training flights over the islands this afternoon.

    After spending some time over Jersey it has been seen over Guernsey's west coast, but is now heading back to the UK.

  3. By-election reporter getting his stats ready

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Our reporter Rob Byrne is polishing up on his statistics ahead of the close of polls in the Vale by-election.

    Doors close at 20:00 with the count getting under way shortly after.

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  4. Latest weather: Showers easing, but a foggy start

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will soon ease and clear spells will develop overnight. With the clear skies and light winds we could see patchy mist and fog developing towards dawn. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Thursday will start crisp and bright with early fog soon clearing. It'll then be a sunny day but perhaps with the odd shower or two. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

  5. Guernsey Finance to host Singapore seminar

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Finance are holding a seminar in Singapore to showcase their "expertise in the investment fund and private wealth sectors".

    It's the first time Guernsey Finance have hosted an event in Singapore, and will feature presentations from leading offshore lawyers.

    Quote Message: Guernsey is an internationally-respected finance centre, as well as being the global leader in a number of areas such as UK listings, and we are keen to share this expertise with a wider audience in South East Asia." from Dominic Wheatley Chief Executive, Guernsey Finance
    Dominic WheatleyChief Executive, Guernsey Finance
  6. Alcohol tax rises ‘bad for business’

    The president of the Chamber of Commerce says above-inflation rises in alcohol duty are ‘hitting businesses’ and making Jersey a less attractive holiday destination, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

  7. Junction reopened after collision

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Whatever happened at the junction of St Andrew's Road and Les Poidevins has been cleared and the emergency services say the road is now open again.

  8. Voting closes at 20:00

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    If you want to take part in the Vale by-election, you've got until 20:00 to get to a polling station and make your vote.

    Polling stations are set up at the Scout Headquarters at Rue Maingy, and the Vale Douzaine Room in Maraitaine Road.

    Four candidates are battling it out for a spot as a people's deputy in the States of Guernsey.

    A polling sign at the Vale Douzaine Room
  9. Town project wins building awards

    The redevelopment of the former Southampton Hotel won two prizes in this year’s Jersey Construction Awards, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

  10. Road blocked by traffic incident

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's emergency services are warning drivers to avoid the junction of St Andrew's Road and Les Poidevins after a crash.

  11. Green Lions delayed by bird strike

    Oscar Pearson

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    I'm looking forward to bringing you live coverage of Guernsey FC's Ryman South clash with Cray Wanderers tonight on BBC Radio Guernsey.

    But things didn't get off to the smoothest of starts, as the flight taking the GFC squad to London (14:50 to Gatwick) got halfway there before hitting a bird and returning to Guernsey.

    Engineers inspect the engine.

    The team are now in England and on their way to the game after the plane was checked over by engineers - the flight landed at Gatwick at 16:45.

  12. Jersey worth £14bn to UK economy

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's finance industry added £14bn to the UK economy last year, according to a report done for Jersey Finance.

    Representatives from the island are in London trying to persuade UK politicians, civil servants and think tanks of the value of Jersey to the UK and the rest of Europe.

    New research estimates Jersey's finance industry generates 250,000 jobs in Britain.

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  13. ‘Islands working together should be rule not exception’

    Guernsey Press

    A shared chief medical officer of health was part of a vision put forward yesterday for joint working with Jersey by the Policy & Resources president.

  14. Guernsey's chief minister inspired by Balkan proverb

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    It’s a simple Balkan proverb, but Deputy Gavin St Pier yesterday told the Jersey Institute of Directors it's what he's reminded of when he thinks about our two islands cooperating...

    A man says to his friend, ‘I have bad news and I have good news’. 

    ‘What’s the bad news?’, asks the other man. 

    ‘My cow has died’, says the first man, with a tear in his eye. 

    ‘I’m sorry to hear that – but what’s the good news?’ says his friend. 

    The man’s eyes suddenly light up. 

    ‘The good news is that my neighbour’s cow is very ill…’

    I'll let you all form your own opinions on that one...

    Guernsey cows.
  15. Lack of organic support 'abysmal'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A retiring Jersey organic farmer says the lack of support for organic production in Jersey is abysmal.

    Organic vegetables.

    Brian Adair has been in the business for 30 years, and says there has never been any real backing from the States for what he or other organic growers have tried to achieve.

    He'd like to see members get behind the concept of producing food safely and without harmful chemicals.

  16. Electric bike scheme having a 'positive effect'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Department for Infrastructure say the island's "car2cycle" scheme - which subsidises the cost of purchasing an electric bike - is having a "positive effect" on healthy living and reducing car usage.

    In a survey of people who have used the scheme, the majority have replaced their car or van with an e-bike in order to become more active.

    They noted the advantages of electric bikes as:

    • Saving money on fuel
    • Saving money on parking
    • Feeling healthier and fitter
    • Enjoying the environment
    • Avoiding traffic
    An electric bike
  17. Missing U-boat found with echo sounder

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The wreck of a German U-boat that sank almost 100 years ago has been discovered by engineers in Scotland using the same technology that Ports of Jersey has just purchased.

    A multibeam echo sounder is a piece of maritime equipment that carries out detailed and accurate hydrographic surveys of the seabed.

    As part of its Port Marine Safety Code agreement, Ports of Jersey is required to regularly monitor the seabed to ensure it is suitable for large vessels to use safely.

    Who knows what they might find...

    A multibeam image of the U-boat in Scottish waters.
  18. BBC Weather Watcher at Grouville

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to Bean Scene for this great picture from Grouville in Jersey.

    Hopefully the sun on the horizon has made it a little less dreary since this morning.

    Grouville, Jersey
  19. Commemorating Verdun 'proper thing to do'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    French nationals who left the Bailiwick to fight for their country during World War One are being remembered today.  

    It's thought around 240 Frenchmen living in Guernsey were called to serve on the Western Front and at least four fell at the Battle of Verdun.

    Russell Doherty - dressed in the uniform of 247th Regiment, St Malo Reserve Regiment - says remembering the dead is the "proper thing to do"...

    Video content

    Video caption: Russell Doherty: Battle of Verdun
  20. New hospital on existing site

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    If you're wondering exactly where Jersey's new hospital will be, take a look at this...

    (If you're struggling to work out where this is, it's on the same site as the current hospital)

    The boundary of the new hospital

    And this is the extra plot along Elizabeth Place...

    The boundary of the new hospital.

    The proposals will debated by the States of Jersey before the end of the year.