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Summary

  1. Further charges for advisor in investment fraud case
  2. Offshore wind is 'best option' for Guernsey
  3. BBC 'should pay' for Jersey over 75 TV licences
  4. Concern over 'improvements' at Salerie Corner
  5. More than 1,000 Freedom of Information requests since 2015
  6. Famous face at Jersey cricket game in LA
  7. Updates on Monday 7 November

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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.

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Extra charges for advisor in £200,000 fraud case

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

Christopher Paul Byrne, 48, an Irish national who lives in St Helier, is charged with making false promises to persuade someone to invest £200,000, providing regulators with misleading information, and failing to provide regulators with documents they had asked for.

Jersey's Magistrate's Court heard today that these charges all relate to a multimillion-pound investment scheme with links to Jersey, Guernsey, Brazil and the United States.

Mr Byrne first appeared in court in October charged with falsely obtaining money from a pensioner for his own use. Today, he faced a further three charges. The allegations are that in 2014 he made a statement, promise or forecast which he knew to be misleading, false or dishonest in order to persuade a woman in her 60s to invest £200,000.

The other two new charges relate to this summer, when Mr Byrne is accused of knowingly or recklessly providing the Jersey Financial Services Commission with false or misleading information and failing to provide the commission with information requested. 

Mr Byrne was refused bail. He was remanded in custody and will appear again on 5 December.

Could you be a Christmas angel?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's capital, St Helier, has put out a call for people to volunteer as a "St Helier Angel" and help the public by providing information during Christmas activities.

It is a service that has been running during the annual Fete de Noue festival for the past few years and also helps raise money for the Jersey Charities Christmas Appeal.

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The need for food banks 'could happen to anyone'

BBC Radio Jersey

Iain MacFirbhisigh of St Vincent de Paul food banks says they have seen an increase in the number of people coming in since a survey of users was carried out between January and March.

He says he sees people from all area of the community and the need to use a food bank could happen to anyone.

Iain MacFirbhisigh of St Vincent de Paul says anyone could find themselves in need

Call for horticultural businesses in need of an apprentice

BBC Radio Guernsey

Landscaping, gardening and horticulture businesses interested in taking on an apprentice are being asked to come forward by Guernsey's College of Further Education.

The college launched a new horticulture course earlier this year, and lecturer Chris Turner says so far there's been a good level of interest.

The college is now keen to expand the teaching it's providing, and is offering to specially tailor apprenticeship programmes to suit individual employers.

Care worker assaults woman with pair of sandals

Jersey Evening Post

A care worker has been sentenced to 50 hours’ community service and ordered to pay £250 compensation after hitting a woman on the head with a pair of sandals during a disturbance at the Weighbridge.  

Could you be a friend to an elderly person in Guernsey?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Guernsey befriender project is looking for volunteers to come forward so the over 60s aren't spending most of their time alone. 

The Guernsey Linking Lives project is aiming to provide friendship and support for those who have no-one to talk to throughout the day or week. 

The first 12 volunteers who have already been trained, only have to commit to one hour a week, or one hour a fortnight to visit the same person.

Rising use of food banks 'damning indictment' on States policies

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The rising use of food banks is "a damning indictment on the policies of the Council of Ministers", according to the chairman of opposition party Reform Jersey. 

Sam Mezec
BBC

A study of the use of food banks in the island found 180 people used one of the three main ones between January and March this year.

Deputy Sam Mezec said: "The report shows that the people who use food banks are overwhelmingly single, local, middle aged people who have fallen on hard times, often because of being ill or benefits cuts. 

"Thank God we have such generous and hard working charity volunteers in the island to help those that our government has let down so badly."

Civil servants suspend reform talks over pay deal ‘failure'

Jersey Evening Post

Workforce modernisation talks between the States and some staff have been derailed amid union claims that the government has failed to negotiate a 2015 pay deal.  

Locate Guernsey 'building on success'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States group set up to convince wealthy people to move to Guernsey says it is on target and hopes to build on the 14 people that moved between January and July this year.

Local Guernsey says two of those that moved to the island had no business connections but simply wanted to live in Guernsey and the other 12 were entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors.

Relationship Manager Andrew Carey says the spread has helped focus activities for next year. 

Housing minister says food bank report will be annual

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Housing Minister, Deputy Anne Pryke, says a report looking at food bank usage in Jersey will be repeated annually to allow them to better understand where there is need in the island.

She says the report, that found 180 people used the island's three main food banks in the first three months of 2016 will help set the future direction of government policy.

Deputy Anne Pryke
BBC

The questions that come out of the report are ones we need to look at to direct our policy ideas. The information will help us understand what is behind the issues and what support is needed.

Deputy Anne PrykeHousing Minister

‘Budget measures are still hitting those most in need’

Guernsey Press

A more co-ordinated approach is required to help those in need, Guernsey Community Foundation chairman Wayne Bulpitt has warned, after the latest tax and benefit changes.  

Man accused of importing drugs referred to the Royal Court

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

A man charged with importing up to £1m worth of illegal drugs will have his case heard in the Royal Court, Jersey's Magistrates Court heard today.

Lee James Barratt, 50, from West Sussex, is accused of importing ecstasy and cannabis to the island in September. 

Earlier he appeared briefly at the Magistrates Court for his case to be referred to the Royal Court. No date has been set for his next appearance.

Jersey 'could save thousands' if BBC paid for licences

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey could save more than £200,000 a year if the BBC paid for the over 75's TV licenses, according to a St Brelade deputy.

BBC
BBC

At the moment, people of that age who are on a low income have their licenses paid for as a States benefit but in the UK the BBC will be paying for the licences in the future after an agreement with the government.

Deputy Montfort Tadier says the BBC should agree to treat Jersey people the same, and pay for the over 75's licenses without means testing.

The BBC says talks are on going with the States of Jersey.

Battling against a once-deadly disease

Jersey Evening Post

Diabetes, a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high, has been described as the public health crisis of the 21st century.

Parents have until 2 December to apply for reception

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Parents in Jersey are being reminded they have until 2 December to get their applications for primary school into the Education Department. 

It says parents have up to three choices and primary schools will write to parents in January to offer places.

If a school is oversubscribed, priority will be given, in the following order, to children who:

  1. Have a Special Educational Need and must access a specific school
  2. Have siblings in the school (reception - Y5)
  3. Are living in the primary school catchment area
  4. Are living in the secondary school catchment area
  5. Have siblings in the school (Y6)
  6. Have other requests supported by a good educational reason for attending a non-catchment school

What are the planning rules for solar panels?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It seems to be generally accepted that Guernsey doesn't have the space, sunshine or resources to run a commercially viable solar panel system.

But that doesn't mean you can't run your own successful system at home.

Technically, solar installations are exempt from planning regulations, but only if they comply with these rules.

Richard Curtis
BBC

Richard Curtis, the warden of the Lihou Charitable Trust, has set up solar installations both in Lihou and at his own home, and claims to have seen huge financial benefits.

He wants to see planning rules relaxed, so that more people are encouraged to use clean energy.

FM only for BBC Radio Jersey overnight

BBC Radio Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey's 1026 medium wave frequency will be off tonight from 01:00 until 06:00 because of engineering work being carried out at the Les Platon transmitter. 

You can re-tune to FM on 88.8 or listen online through the BBC iPlayer radio app or on the BBC Radio Jersey website.

Engineers say it will be back in time to listen to Ashlea Tracey on Good Morning Jersey.

Guernsey Police make more than a dozen arrests

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police were kept busy over the weekend making more than a dozen arrests. 

Since Friday, 13 people have been held in police custody for incidents including assaults, drinking-and-driving, and dangerous driving. 

Officers told the BBC six people were held in connection with drug related incidents. 

Further charges for advisor in investment fraud case

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

A financial adviser charged with fraud in connection with a Brazilian investment scheme has appeared before Jersey's Magistrate's Court again for a further three alleged offences. 

Jersey Magistrates Court
BBC

Christopher Paul Byrne, 48, an Irish national who lives in St Helier, is charged with making false promises to persuade someone to invest £200,000, providing regulators with misleading information, and failing to provide regulators with documents they had asked for. 

These charges all relate to a multimillion-pound investment scheme promoted by Lumiere Wealth with links to Jersey, Guernsey, Brazil and the United States. 

Mr Byrne was refused bail. He was remanded in custody and will appear again on 5 December.

Jets drop after third loss of the season

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Team Jets have dropped to second-from-bottom of Premier League Two after a third loss in four.

Jersey v Kent County
Steve Lund

The Jersey netball team went down 58-30 at home to Kent County, who go above the island side on goal difference.

Jets' next game is away at league leaders Team Bath Toucans on 13 November.

Your view on whether solar panels are too ugly...

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We've been talking about renewable energy today, and whether the authorities in Guernsey could do more to encourages installations of solar panels.

Richard Curtis, the Warden of Lihou Charitable Trust, wants to see the current planning rules relaxed.

Here's what you've been saying on Facebook...

Angela: No not ugly, they make sense.

Ayrton: Given the amount of marble clad office blocks and glass roofing, I don't know how solar panels could be ugly at all.

Jean-paul: The States should change there regs so any home owner can have solar panels

If you want to tell us what you think about solar panel, renewable energy, or any story in the Channel Islands, you can always send us an email.

Pitman's Jersey international ambition

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman is keen to play international football for Jersey, if the island is allowed to join Europe's governing body, Uefa.

This week's meeting between Uefa and Jersey officials to discuss the application has been postponed.

Brett Pitman
Rex Features

The island is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Uefa refused to allow its full members to discuss Jersey's application.

"If Jersey can do it, it's something I would want to do," Pitman said. "I'd want to come and play for Jersey for sure if that was possible."

Food bank study finds 180 visitors in the first quarter of 2016

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Up to 180 people visited a food bank in Jersey in the first quarter of this year - with an average of three visits per person in that period - according to a study commissioned by the housing minister. 

Food bank survey
States of Jersey

The study of food bank usage was the first to be carried out in Jersey and came after anecdotal reports suggested there had been an increase in usage.

Deputy Anne Pryke said: "The results of this pilot study have been extremely interesting and have provided a valuable source of data – but this is just the beginning."

Food bank users 'most likely local, childless and male'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The first survey to look at food bank users in Jersey has found that users are most likely to be male, locally born and aged between 35 and 55.

Food bank
BBC

The survey carried out by the housing department looks at the users of the three largest charity food banks in Jersey in the first three months of this year.

It found the majority of the 180 visitors surveyed visited once or twice in the three-month period with a total of 513 visits in that time. 

Guernsey Raiders 'below standard'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders boss Jordan Reynolds says his side are not playing to the levels of which they are capable.

The Green and Whites were crushed 47-14 at home to National Three London leaders Tonbridge Juddian, their third successive defeat.

Guernsey Raiders v Tonbridge Juddian
Martin Gray

"Once again it was just below what our standard of rugby should be at," Reynolds told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"At the moment we're in a bit of a low patch, we're trying to regroup and hoping to turn things around."

Petition launched to stop parish church extension

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A petition has been launched to try to stop the extension of a 12th Century church in Jersey, claiming it would spoil the building.

St Lawrence
BBC

The church in St Lawrence is one of Jersey's 12 parish churches and is stone vaulted with a tile roof.  Plans have been submitted to expand the building to add a cafe and inside toilets.

The petition was launched by parish resident Sylvia Woods who says the proposed extension would "permanently damage the historic integrity, character and appearance".

Jersey 'good enough to have stayed up'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The chairman of Jersey's Cricket Board says the island side are good enough to have kept their place in the fourth tier of the World Cricket League.

Jersey were relegated on net run-rate despite wins over champions USA and Italy in the group stage - the third time since that Jersey have been relegated from Division Four.

Jersey cricket
Ian Jacobs/ICC

"We're a much better side than our position in this tournament is going to suggest it might be," Ward Jenner told BBC Radio Jersey.

"Our bowling hasn't been as penetrative as the other sides, it took us some time to get used to the conditions," he added.

Magistrates' Court could be used to 'reduce case backlog'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Jersey advocate thinks adding a floor to the Magistrates' Court and rearranging its interior could be the answer to reducing waiting times for trials. 

Magistrates court
BBC

Jersey's Royal Court currently has a backlog of cases, with the Bailiff's Chambers recently describing the delays as the worst they've been in the past 15 years. 

In a column in Connect magazine, Advocate Olaf Blakeley, writes that by opening up areas of the Magistrates' Court - which he says is designed to house a greater number of defendants - juries would be able to sit there to hear cases, speeding the process along. 

Health emergency funds 'need to be better managed'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's President of Employment and Social Security is calling for better management and distribution of healthcare funds designed to help those in need of financial help. 

Deputy Michelle Le Clerc says money is available for help with GP and nurse appointments but there's a relatively low uptake of the grants available to all islanders.

She said: "The money is not being well used. We need to do some work to see how we can use those funds more effectively."

Guernsey seal 'enormous' EH Cup draw

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey's hockey team have secured the biggest match in their history after progressing to the third round of the England Hockey Cup to face Premier League side Reading.

Zak Damarell
Peter Carey

Zak Damarell scored a hat-trick as the islanders beat London Edwardians 3-1 in their second-round tie in the capital.

"It's enormous," Guernsey coach Andy Whalley told BBC Sport. "They're an unbelievable side, they've been European champions, their pedigree is great, everyone knows Reading."

More than 1,000 Freedom of Information requests since 2015

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There have been been more than a thousand Freedom of Information requests in Jersey since the beginning of last year when the law was introduced.

Nearly 70 per cent of requests are answered within 20 working days, a Freedom of Information request has found.

This table shows the number of requests per month so far in 2016.

FOI
BBC

Another heavy away loss for Guernsey FC

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC coach Colin Fallaize says his side's good start was partly to blame for their 5-1 loss at Whyteleafe.

Matt Loaring gave Guernsey a 19th-minute lead, but two goals five minutes before half-time and three more after the break killed off the islanders.

Colin Fallaize
Fran Torode

"We started so well and were in control, but from that 20-minute period we didn't take the game forward," Fallaize told BBC Radio Guernsey. "We showed a bit of naivety and lack of understanding of what we need to do."

The loss means Guernsey FC have still not won an away game since December 2015 and have dropped to 19th in the Isthmian League Division One South.

Colin Fallaize

Another heavy away loss for Guernsey FC

Guernsey FC coach Colin Fallaize says his side's good start was partly to blame for their 5-1 loss at Whyteleafe.

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A French bilingual school on the agenda for Jersey

BBC Channel Islands News

Ministers have given their approval for a French bilingual primary school in Jersey, as part of moves to improve understanding of what is one of Jersey's official languages.

Alliance Francaise Jersey have been working to keep the language alive on the island.

Ministers have given their approval for a French bilingual primary school in Jersey.

Your opinions on funding TV licences for over 75s

BBC Radio Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey has been asking people for their thoughts on the funding of TV licences for the over 75s after Deputy Montfort Tadier suggested the States of Jersey should push the BBC to cover the cost.

In Jersey free TV licences for the over 75s are means tested and the BBC says discussions are ongoing. BBC Radio Jersey asks on Facebook if the means testing should continue.

Mark says yes: "Of course it should apply in Jersey and all places receivnig the signal/paying the licence fee. Why only 75+? Surely all active pensioners deserve this, that's both geographical and age discrimination."

Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel took to Facebook to say it's already happening: "FYI Senator Ozouf and other Ministers have been working on this since the beginning of this year."

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Offshore wind technology 'already proven'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A member of the Guernsey Renewable Energy Team says offshore wind is currently the best solution for the island as tidal energy is at the research and development phase.

The technology for offshore wind is there, it's proven in the UK and in Europe, and Guernsey has a reasonable wind resource. While tidal energy could provide a third of the island's energy, the technology is still very much at the research and development phase.

Peter BarnesGuernsey Renewable Energy Team

Wind warning issued for the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Met Office has issued a wind warning for the Channel Islands today. 

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Roadworks lead to bus route changes

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Double rainbow spotted over St Helier

Kay Patrick took these amazing photos of a double rainbow over Jardin de la Mer in St Helier after the heavy rain on Monday morning.

Rainbow
Kay Patrick

Discussions over TV licence funding 'already happening'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An announcement is expected by the end of the year over the funding of free TV licences for the over-75s according to Senator Philip Ozouf. 

TV Licence
PA

The assistant chief minister says a proposition by Deputy Montfort Tadier urging the Council of Ministers to push the BBC over the issue is not needed. 

He says the States has been in discussions with the BBC and the UK government since July 2015.