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Summary

  1. Complaints against Children's Services in Jersey have risen steadily in the past six years, figures show
  2. Inflation in Jersey rises to 2%, while Guernsey's is at 1.1%
  3. Truck blaze tackled by fire crews
  4. Islands could share health chief
  5. Reports the Potato Peel Pie film could be back on track
  6. Updates on Friday 21 October 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    We've had earthquakes, Hollywood films, inflation, universities, lorry fires and even buzzards on Local Live today, but unfortunately our time is up for this week.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Don't forget to tune into BBC1 at 18:30 tonight for BBC Channel Islands News.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Number of Guernsey men convicted of now-abolished homosexual offences 'not known'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey is looking to follow a move in England and Wales to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences.

    Deputy Stephens said: "This is an area where there is a clear interaction between criminal justice policy and social inclusion and equality."

    The change proposed by the UK government would see all deceased men charged with the offences automatically pardoned while those living could get it wiped from their criminal record.

    A private member's bill to automatically give everyone convicted a pardon failed to get the support of parliament earlier.

    Quote Message: It is not known at present how many men have historic convictions for such offences locally." from Deputy Jane Stephens, Policy & Resources Committee lead on social policy
    Deputy Jane Stephens,Policy & Resources Committee lead on social policy
  3. Jersey needs 'fair deal on fuel'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The rate of inflation in Jersey is now almost double that in Guernsey.

    Figures released today show a 2% rise in the cost of living for Jersey, driven mainly by the cost of fuel.

    Guernsey's rate is 1.1%.

    Senator Philip Ozouf wants the competition regulator to make sure Jersey people are getting a fair deal on fuel.

    Quote Message: What can we do as government - working with CICRA - to strengthen competition and regulation. And that's what we're doing. We're going to look at various different markets and see what action we can take." from Senator Philip Ozouf States of Jersey
    Senator Philip OzoufStates of Jersey
    Fuel pump
  4. Waste to Jersey ‘would not be as eco-friendly’

    Guernsey Press

    Exporting waste to Jersey would be more expensive and less environmental, States Trading Assets has said, after the island said it had submitted a long-term bid to take Guernsey’s rubbish.

  5. Guernsey looking at following UK move in pardoning men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey States will be looking at whether or not it should follow England and Wales and pardon gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences.

    Under the change - dubbed "Turing law" - to the UK Policing and Crimes Bill deceased people who were convicted of sexual acts that are no longer deemed criminal will receive an automatic pardon.

    Anyone living convicted of such offences could already apply for them to be wiped from their criminal records, but now if the Home Office agrees it is no longer an offence under current law they will automatically be pardoned.

    The move following the pardoning of World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing for gross indecency in 2013.

    Alan Turing
  6. Weather in the Channel Islands

    BBC Weather

    It looks like it's going to a cold night in Jersey tonight, it's the first time this year I've seen slightly green numbers pop up in the weather chart...

    Weather chart

    Meanwhile Guernsey is comparatively warm...

    Weather chart.
  7. Timeline: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    2006: The Mary Ann Shaffer novel is accepted by publishers, but needs a substantial re-write but due to ill-health, Mary passes the book to her niece, Annie Barrows, who is listed as a co-author.

    2008: Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan acquire the film rights.

    2011: Kenneth Branagh set to direct the film.

    2012 (January): Kate Winslet said be cast in the lead role, with film-makers looking for Guernsey-based actors for other parts.

    2012 (April): Project delayed by a year due to "continued casting and timing issues".

    2013 (February): Guernsey's commerce and employment minister says he's "doing his best" to get the project filmed in Guernsey.

    2013 (September): Paula Mazur says she's trying to convince the backers to film in Guernsey.

    2014 (January): High costs of filming in Guernsey said to be threatening the project's funding.

    2015 (July): Annie Barrows (co-author) says there are signs the production is "back on track".

    2016 (February): "Wheels back in motion" with Rosamund Pike said to be "circling" the project.

    2016 (a few hours ago): Hollywood magazines report that the project is going ahead, with Mike Newell directing and British actress Lily James playing the lead part of Juliet. No word on where it will be filmed.

    Book cover
  8. ‘Intolerable’ levels of poverty warning

    Guernsey Press

    Hundreds of people and their children will suffer ‘intolerable’ levels of poverty next year through a delay of major social welfare reforms, Employment & Social Security has warned.

  9. Uni would give Guernsey 'stability through diversification'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Deputy Charles Parkinson - a long-time supporter of a Guernsey University - wants the island to diversify its economy through education.

    The idea has been proposed many times, but struggled to gain any political momentum.

    Now a formal working party has been established to look into the options, which will report back to the States next summer.

    Quote Message: I think looking to the future of Guernsey, it would be very useful to have another leg on the stool of our economy which wasn't finance, and which would give us some stability through diversification." from Deputy Charles Parkinson
    Deputy Charles Parkinson
  10. Channel Islands sign up to BEPS

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Channel Islands have signed up an agreement which will see the islands exchanging tax information as part of BEPS.

    If you're not sure what BEPS is - and it's not something everyone does - it's the Base Erosion & Profit Shifting programme launched by the OECD.

    Basically, it's a scheme that sees tax charged on profits where they're earned, rather than where they end up.

    So a company - in theory - won't be able to simply shift their profits from a country where they would have to pay 20% corporation tax to somewhere with more favourable tax laws.

    Various images to do with tax avoidance stories in the past year

    An OECD/G20 report found laws allowing companies to shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions means that between $100bn and $240bn is lost annually.

    That equates to between 4% and 10% of global corporate tax revenues.

  11. ‘Hate crime in Jersey is hugely underreported’

    Hate crime victims will today be able to report offences online amid police fears that scores of offences against minorities and vulnerable groups are going untold, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

  12. 'Simple and enjoyable' doing business in Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Locate Guernsey - the States' agency that promotes doing business in the island - has just released a video to show "how simple and enjoyable doing business in Guernsey can be".

    I have an image of hundreds of business deals being made in the middle of Vazon Bay...

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  13. Your views on the Guernsey University

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    Can Guernsey cope with the prospect of a university on the island?

    Deputy Charles Parkinson says it would diversify our economy...

    Jenny: Sort out the local school predicament first please!

    Marion: One of their better ideas.

    Peter: How? It will only suit islanders...  You won't get people from away coming here.

    Martyn: Not a good idea.

  14. Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey

    • Governments in Guernsey and Jersey have signed up to an international deal today, designed to combat tactics used by multinational companies to minimise their tax bills
    • Reports from Hollywood suggest the film production of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society could be back on track, with a lead actress and director reportedly signed on
    • Guernsey's inflation rate was 1.1% over the past 12 months to September

    Jersey

    • Health experts in the Channel Islands could soon share their expertise on video link, to save patients from travelling between the islands
    • An earthquake in Japan early this morning was detected by equipment in St Aubin in Jersey
    • Three different concrete sprays, used to repair seawalls, are being tested at Jersey's Gunsite café car park
  15. Japanese earthquake detected in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An earthquake in Japan early this morning was detected by equipment in St Aubin in Jersey. 

    No-one in Japan is thought to have been killed, although the British Geological Survey says 14 people were injured when the quake - measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale - hit the country's Tottori district.

    A seismograph
  16. Potato Pie film could be called 'Guernsey'

    This Hollywood fillm business is all very exciting.

    I'm now seeing references that the film could simply be called "Guernsey".

    It even has its own IMDB page!

    If you don't know who the reported lead actress Lily James is, she has recently starred in Cinderella (2015), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and the TV mini-series "War & Peace" which hit our screens earlier this year.

    Meanwhile Director Mike Newell - who has also reportedly signed on to the project - directed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Four Wedding and a Funeral" (1994) amongst many others.

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  17. Education launch investigation after assault by teacher

    An internal investigation has been launched by the Education Department after a teacher was found guilty of assaulting a four-year-old autistic boy in school, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

  18. Could the Potato Peel Pie film be back on track?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    It's not often that we report Hollywood news in the Channel Islands Local Live stream, but today is just one of those days.

    A wide variety of US magazines - including Empire, Deadline Hollywood and Tracking Board - are reporting that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will be made into a film, and they've even given names of the people on board.

    According to Empire Magazine, British actress Lily James is onboard to play the main role of Juliet, and Mike Newell - who directed Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire, as well as Four Weddings and a Funeral - is set to direct.

    Paula Mazur is the Hollywood producer who's been involved since the beginning of the project.

    Paula Mazur
    Quote Message: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has been a project of tremendous passion for us, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to screen with filmmaker Mike Newell attached and Lily James, our consummate Juliet," from Paula Mazur Producer, speaking to Empire Magazine
    Paula MazurProducer, speaking to Empire Magazine
  19. Jersey hate crime page launched

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A website where people can report hate crime, anonymously if desired, is being launched in Jersey.

    It's a joint venture between Jersey Police and True Vision - an existing website - which is adding a Jersey page for people.

    It also has a library of resources and can provide guidance on what hate crime is.