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Summary

  1. Woman driver charged with killing boy, 3
  2. Jersey States U-turn on plans to take over the Christmas ice rink at Fort Regent this year
  3. Chairman of a scrutiny panel says workers in Jersey feel very restricted by zero-hours contracts
  4. Campaigners fear £80,000 environment policy in Guernsey could be at risk
  5. Plastic bottles 'recycling hits 100 tonnes' in Jersey
  6. Updates on Tuesday 8 November

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By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live for the Channel Islands

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

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.

Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.  

'No abuse' of exclusivity clauses for workers

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Jersey's social security minister says there are "no examples" of exclusivity clauses being abused in the island.

Pay slip
BBC

Deputy Richard Renouf, chairman of a scrutiny panel, says workers in Jersey feel restricted by the clauses as this means they can't work for other employers. 

Mr Renouf says there's evidence of more than 100 islanders experiencing problems.

But Deputy Susie Pinel said a 2014 study by the States showed that "76% said they were either satisfied or fairly satisfied so he's concentrating on the other side of that."

Exclusivity clauses are clauses in an employment contract which prohibit the employee from taking up work with another employer, regardless of whether that employee has guaranteed hours as part of their employment contract.   

Guernsey man takes up leading role with business leaders

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A local financier has been appointed to a newly created role with the Institute of Directors.

Rick Denton
Rick Denton

Guernsey-based Rick Denton is to be the first international representative on the IOD Council in London.

The role's been created in recognition of the increasing importance of the offshore world to the IOD, with 10% of its members coming from the business communities in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and other international locations.

Channel Islands weather outlook: Becoming wet and windy

BBC Weather

Rain will move in from the west this afternoon and the winds will strengthen, with coastal gales likely later. It'll be feeling cold too. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F)

Weather
PA

This evening and tonight the rain will continue this evening with some heavy outbreaks. It will become dry overnight for most though and it will be a milder night than last night. The winds will stay strong though, especially over high ground and along the coast.

Food parcel demand defies economic positivity

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Demand for food parcels is as strong as ever despite positive signs in the economy.

Foodbank
BBC

A study by the Minister for Housing has found up to 180 people visited a food bank in Jersey in the first three months of this year - but some charities believe the true number is higher. 

Deputy Sam Mezec says the rising use of food banks is a damning indictment on the policies of the Council of Ministers. 

But the minister responsible, deputy Suzie Pinel, told BBC Radio Jersey that there were all sorts of reasons why they might have gone to a food bank.

"Some of them have said they want companionship," she said. "Others for a temporary reason have fallen on hard times so 61% probably only claim a parcel once or twice a year."

More women than men seeking work in Jersey

Blocked drains warning as gales sweep in

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Forecasters are warning of gale force winds in Jersey this evening which could block drains with fallen leaves and scatter debris across roads.

Gale
PA

There are still a lot of leaves on the trees and experts say most of them could be blown off by the strength of the gusts tonight. 

And there's more on the forecast here.

Jersey and Guernsey could appear on tax haven black list

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Talks in Brussels today could determine whether Guernsey appears on an EU tax haven black list.

EU
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Finance ministers are drawing up criteria for blacklisting and it's thought zero corporation tax could count towards determining whether a country is a non co-operative jurisdiction.

In the firing line are the Crown Dependencies Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man as well as British overseas territories Bermuda and Cayman.

The UK Treasury is resisting the move and it appears EU member states are themselves split on the issue.  

Motorists asked to allow vehicles to join from diversion

BBC Radio Guernsey

Motorists using Brock Road in St Peter Port are being asked to allow vehicles to join from a diversion using Arsenal Road.

The problem's caused by the four-week partial closure of Monument Road which has led to long tailbacks particularly at peak times. 

More than 1,000 knitted poppies in display

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Jenny Hockey and friends have been knitting poppies for months.

Jenny Hockey
BBC

More than 1,000 have gone into the Remembrance display at Les Adams Chapel in L'Erée, which you can view between 14:00 and 16:00 all this week.

To find out more, listen again here or watch Jenny here.

Woman in court over toddler death

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a toddler by dangerous driving.

Crash scene
BBC

Rebekah Le Gal, 38, from Le Mont Millais in St Helier, is accused of causing the death of three-year-old Clinton Pringle by driving a black Volkswagen Transporter dangerously on Tunnel Street in St Helier on 27 June.

The charge can attract a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Ms Le Gal was bailed at Jersey Magistrates Court to appear at the court again on 20 December. 

Herm, Sark and Alderney 'to get 4G on time'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Local telecoms operator Sure has asked for more time to roll out its 4G network.

The regulator CICRA has agreed to an extension of no more than three months.

Sure had hoped to complete its 4G network across the islands by the end of December but now it looks as if it has until March next year to get the job done. 4G stands for fourth generation and promises much faster download speeds for things using a lot of data such as video streaming, maps and social media. 

Back in 2014 the regulator accepted bids from Sure, along with competitors JT and Airtel for 4G under strict conditions covering a roll out timetable, speed of access and coverage. 

CICRA says it accepts Sure's reasons for needing more time to complete the programme. For its part Sure has confirmed that despite delays in Guernsey and Jersey, the islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney will all get the upgrade on time.

A bike tax from years gone by...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

We've had many comments about a possible "bike tax" in Guernsey - both for and against the idea - and also a lot of memories of the cycle tax that used to operate in the island.

Carol: I can remember paying for a tax disc for my bike (and all bikes seemed to have a type of container to hold the disc). I think they cost 2/6 at the time.   

Paul: I thought they already had one. I've been telling people for years that when I lived in Guernsey (68 to 73) bikes had tax discs. It must be my age.

Robert: There used to be a cycle tax of 2/6 per bike which we paid annually to the parish constables  

I think that's about £3.65, but I'm ready to be corrected...

North Beach bike shelter
BBC

Campaigner calls for soundless fireworks

Guernsey Press

A call for the island to promote displays of soundless fireworks has been made by the founder of a campaign group.

Regulator gives Sure three months to meet 4G targets

BBC Radio Jersey

Telecoms operator Sure has missed its targets for providing 4G mobile phone services in the Channel Islands. 

In 2014 - when they won the right to create the service - all three operators - Sure, JT and Airtel - were required by the regulator to make commitments over coverage and quality. 

They included providing faster speeds to 95% of people in the Channel Islands and for the signal to work indoors.

The competition watchdog has given Sure another three months to comply with the terms of its agreement.

'Bike tax' arguments are 'weak'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I think it's fair to say the President of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure isn't too keen on the idea of taxing cyclists who use Guernsey's roads...

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Woman driver charged with killing boy, 3

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a collision outside the Town Park which killed a three-year-old boy in Jersey.

Crash scene
BBC

Rebekah Le Gal was charged today, following the death of Clinton Pringle in Tunnell Street on 27 June. Mrs Le Gal will appear before the Magistrates Court today at 14:30. 

Ecclesiastical Court opens its books to public for first time

Guernsey Press

More than £6.5m has been collected through the Church of England’s Ecclesiastical Court during the last decade, figures show, after the Guernsey Press was given full access to its never previously publicly-released accounts.

Pensioner suspected murder inquest opens

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey, reporter

The inquest into the death of a pensioner alleged to have been murdered in October opened today.

John McCarthy, 73, was pronounced dead in hospital after the incident at Vauxhall Gardens on the evening of 21 October.

Today's 15-minute hearing was to allow his body to be released for cremation.

Det Insp Stephen Langford confirmed the police were still treating Mr McCarthy's death as suspicious.

Michael Brown, 51, has been charged with murder and remains in custody. Relief coroner, Advocate Cyril Whelan, adjourned the inquest while the police investigation continues.

Cup clash with Reading will be a mountain to climb warns Whalley

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Guernsey's hockey player-coach Andy Whalley says they'll be hoping for some magic of the cup when they face Premier Division side Reading in the third round of the EH Cup.

Whalley
Peter Carey

They progressed after beating London Edwardians 3-1 at the weekend thanks to a hat-trick from Zac Damarell.

And coach Andy Whalley says the odds will be stacked against them.

"Reading are a Liverpool, an Arsenal or a Man Utd of the hockey world - some have been to European cups and others have been to the Olympics in Rio.

"So they are a wonderful team but we will give it our best shot."

Tread carefully – there’s a python on the loose

Jersey Evening Post

A python is on the loose in First Tower, and it is hungry – for mice.

Sure misses 4G targets

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Telecoms operator Sure has missed its targets for the provision of 4G in the Channel Islands.

All three operators - Sure, JT and Airtel - were all required to make commitments over the coverage and quality of any prospective network in 2014 as part of the award process run by the regulator, CICRA.

A mobile phone.
BBC

It's not known exactly what those commitments are, as they are privately stated between the operator and regulator.

Church poppy display marks WW1 losses

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Fifteen hundred individual poppies are on display in Guernsey's Town Church this week, in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.

Poppies
Town Church

The hand crafted flowers represent the lives of the servicemen from Guernsey who died in World War One, with the blue cornflowers for those who were serving with the French forces.

The poppy collection was begun by historian Liz Walton, who says for such a small place, Guernsey lost a large proportion of its young.

Your views on a 'bike tax'...

Facebook

Deputy Mary Lowe says she wants cyclists in Guernsey to start paying a "bike tax" to cover the cost of cycle paths, shelters, and road improvements.

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

Ken: Mary Lowe has no idea how much this tax will have to be to cover costs to collect and make a profit.

Andre: A tax for staying healthy, hmm how contrary , how about tax rebate to all bikers who save the medical system thousands by not getting diabetes or heart problems.

Carole: I think it is a brilliant idea, cyclists are road users so why not pay a tax.

Definitely a lot of mixed views on this one!

You can always let us know what you think by sending us an email.

Thousands of shoeboxes will help children this Christmas

Facebook

Well done Guernsey! A record 4,368 shoeboxes have been collected as part of the Rotary Guernesiais appeal.

Boxes
BBC

They're on their way to children in Albania, Moldova, Montenegro and Romania.

Alderney States is looking for new members

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

People of Alderney - would you like to represent your fellow citizens on the Alderney States?

Alderney
Andree Stephan

Well, nominations are open! So get your applications in to the States via its website.

The deadline is 16:00 on 15 November and you should be able to commit yourselves for four years.

Weather alert: Force 8 gale forecast

It's going to get breezy out there - so make sure your mooring lines are secure boat owners.

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Cyclists 'should pay bike tax'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey politician wants cyclists to start paying a "bike tax".

Deputy Mary Lowe is asking the Policy and Resources Committee to consider the charge to cover the cost of cycle shelters, paths and road changes to improve safety. 

The cycle path on the seafront.
BBC

It comes following complaints from islanders over the cost and length of time taken for work at Salerie Corner, to give greater priority to cyclists.  

The original cost of the works was budgeted at £50,000, but is now thought to be closer to £80,000.

Guernsey helps school in Tanzania

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Strategies used to improve the results of pupils at a Guernsey high school are to be shared with a school in Tanzania.

Tumaini Fund
Tumaini Fund

Les Beaucamps has launched the project in conjunction with The Tumaini Fund and the not for profit educational organisation the PiXL Club. 

Les Beaucamps also plans to make physical improvements at Kabanga Secondary School in Kagera, such as building a new water tank and toilet facilities.   

Finance sector warned of Islamic State dangers

Jersey Evening Post

Finances from Islamic State will almost inevitably pass through Jersey, but Islanders can play an important role in stopping it, a former counter-terrorism expert says.

Lights fantastic: Lantern making this Saturday

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Lantern making is not something I've had much practice at... so here's a chance to make amends!

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Campaigners fear £80,000 environment policy could be at risk

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Guernsey's £80,000-a-year biodiversity strategy could be at risk if the States Policy and Resources Plan is passed in its current form, campaigners claim.

Guernsey
BBC

The Future Guernsey plan sets out the States vision for the island over the next 20 years, and what the priorities over the next five years should be when it comes to achieving these aims. 

But campaigners, Standing Up for Guernsey's Environment, says it doesn't allow for proper protection of the natural environment, and are urging islanders to support a series of amendments by Environment and Infrastructure President Deputy Barry Brehaut to ensure environmental concerns are taken into account.

'Fort ice rink would have faced Weighbridge competition'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The States' U-turn on plans to take over the Christmas ice rink at Fort Regent this year came after it looked at reduced income from skaters.

Ice rink
Getty Images

The economic department says it analysed the actual costs compared to the costs in 2015 by Ice Skate Jersey. 

It said these costs were then set against significant reduced income from skaters as a result of the ice rink at the Weighbridge.

Traffic delays likely after Jersey crash say police

Facebook

Jersey Police are currently dealing with a crash on Queen's Road. 

No-one is injured, but police say traffic delays are likely.

Queens Road
Google

'Bike tax should pay for cycle friendly routes'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Cyclists should pay 'bike tax' to help fund changes being made to Guernsey's roads to cater for those riding a bike.

Bicycle
PA

That's according to Deputy Mary Lowe, who is asking the island's Policy and Resources Committee to consider the charge to cover the cost of cycle shelters, paths and road changes to improve safety. 

It comes following complaints from islanders over the cost and length of time taken for work at Salerie Corner, to give greater priority to cyclists.  

Plastic bottles recycling hits 100 tonnes

Facebook

Last year over 100 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected for recycling in Jersey says Recycle For Jersey.

Recycle
Recycle For Jersey

The bottles collected from our recycling centre, bring banks and parish collections are exported for specialist recycling, it says.

Jersey economy 'strong'

Ministers explain ice rink U-turn

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Jersey ministers say they pulled out of backing an ice rink at the Fort this year because they hadn't had all the right figures when they promised to support it.

Ice rink
BBC

The organisers originally said they wouldn't put the rink in this year because another rink was planned for the Weighbridge.

But after a public outcry Deputy Murray Norton appeared on BBC Radio Jersey saying the States would help to put one in the Fort. 

Now though, he says they have looked at other figures and realise it wouldn't make financial sense.