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Summary

  1. Former Guernsey resident disappears over Africa
  2. Planning permission has been given for new schools to be built at La Mare de Carteret
  3. The NSPCC says a report into historic abuse in Jersey must be published as soon as possible
  4. Condor 'damaging the tourist economy'
  5. Jersey Fire and Rescue Service attended two kitchen fires in two hours last night
  6. Brexit 'may end up costing Guernsey's government money'
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live today, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

    We'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Guernsey and Jersey.

    And don't forget, for all the latest headlines head to BBC1 at 18:30 tonight for BBC Channel Islands News.

  2. Maurice Kirk: 'The Flying Vet'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Once described as the "bad boy" of the veterinarian profession, Maurice Kirk lived in Alderney for four years in the 1980s and stood for election in Guernsey in 1985.

    He applied for asylum in Alderney in 2010, hoping to stop a deportation to Wales.

    The Bristol University graduate and self-dubbed "Flying Vet" is also an amateur pilot and a former drinking friend of the late actor Oliver Reed.

    Maurice Kirk

    Since 1995, he has had a string of court appearances including for hurling abuse at police while he tended to an injured dog on a beach and on another occasion for refusing to give a sample when stopped on suspicion of drink-driving.

    He was kicked out of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for "disgraceful conduct" in 2002 following his court cases.

    Most famously he was arrested for landing a replica World War One biplane on private land near American President George W Bush's Texan Ranch.

  3. New business funding to continue despite losses

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Government funding for new business ideas is set to continue despite the loss of over £600,000 of Jersey tax payers money by a failed software company.

    The States auditor is reviewing how the Jersey Innovation Fund was run following the collapse of a company called Logfiller which received a loan worth half a million pounds in 2014.

    The fund is currently being managed by a local firm of accountants while the review is carried out

    Richard Corrigan, Interim Director of Financial Services for the States, says the fund will return but it won't just be about lending money to new businesses.

  4. Chamber boss: ‘Condor has to deliver more’

    Guernsey Press

    Condor ‘has to deliver more’ the Chamber of Commerce president has said after the ferry company released its long-awaited comprehensive service review.

  5. La Mare planning 'nothing to do with States decision'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The deputy president of the Education Committee says planning permission for La Mare de Carteret has nothing to do with the States decision on the future of secondary education.

    Deputy Carl Meerveld says the plans for the £64m redevelopment were submitted in February, before the debate on selection. He's welcoming the planning decision and says it's now up to the States to give the final go-ahead.

    But he admits there's work to do on costings if States members are to be convinced.

    La Mare rendering
  6. Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey

    • States funding for new business ideas will continue despite the loss of over £600,000 of tax payers money by a failed software company
    • There's uncertainty about the future of the Jersey's Eisteddfod French Section after the chairperson announced she's stepping down 
    • The minister responsible for Jersey's sea transport link is happy a recent report into Condor Ferries was fair and impartial - and worth the £30,000 of taxpayers money that went towards it

    Guernsey

    • The deputy president of the Education Committee admits plans for the rebuild of La Mare de Carteret school will have to be scaled down if they're to win States approval
    • Guernsey's newest deputy says he intends to force a debate in the States about Condor's reliability
    • One of Guernsey's most colourful former residents, Maurice Kirk, is reported missing in Africa
  7. Garland criticises Commonwealth Games selection

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Guernsey athlete Dale Garland says the selection criteria athletics for the 2018 Commonwealth Games doesn't work.

    Here, he tries to explain why...

    Video content

    Video caption: Dale Garland: Island games qualification
  8. Road crash cleared

    BBC Travel

    A road where a crash took place this afternoon has reopened to traffic.

    One vehicle was involved in the crash on St Andrew's Road, Guernsey.

    Emergency services are still on the scene and drivers are asked to approach the area carefully and slowly.

  9. No government subsidy for Condor

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey taxpayers won't be asked to subsidise Condor ferries - but the company has been asked to get a new Clipper-style boat to make its service more reliable.

    The Commodore Clipper
    Image caption: The Commodore Clipper

    The minister responsible, Senator Lyndon Farnham, was responding to a new report which concludes that the Liberation is the right vessel for the UK route - and that the company fulfils most of its service level goals.

    He described the operation of the Liberation as a complete disaster - and said if the company wanted a new contract it had to invest in its fleet.

  10. Travel update: RTC in St Andrews

    BBC Travel

    There's been a collision in St Andrew's road in Guernsey.

    All three emergency services are currently on the scene.

    One vehicle was involved, and the road is completely blocked.

  11. Support group for the elderly calls for States prioritisation

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Ageing Well in the Bailiwick - a group that supports the elderly through old age - is calling on the States to prioritise respite, community and dementia care.

    In a meeting last night - attended by around 70 people - the group heard from States members and civil servants who set out the policies that will affect older people.

    The Chairman, Dominic Wheatley, explained why foresight is needed...

    Quote Message: The good news is that islanders are living for longer than ever before, but as a result it is essential that the States of Guernsey plans ahead to provide the services, support and care that older islanders will need to enable them to live healthy, independent and fulfilled lives.” from Dominic Wheatley Chairman, Ageing Well in the Bailiwick
    Dominic WheatleyChairman, Ageing Well in the Bailiwick
  12. Inder to bring Condor requête

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    One man who's been particularly critical of Condor today is Deputy Neil Inder.

    He's Guernsey's newest deputy, and says he intends to bring a requête to force a debate in the States about Condor's reliability.

    Condor Liberation

    "What's a requête?"

    It literally means "request", and is a form of petition to debate a topic within the States of Guernsey.

    If you manage to get seven signatures from States members, you can debate your topic and vote on an outcome.

  13. La Mare de Carteret: 15 years on

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    More than 15 years ago BBC Guernsey reported this news line...

    "If selection at eleven stays, a new building will be built at La Mare de Carteret."

    That was reported on 16 March 2001, when the States instructed the then Education Council to begin the  redevelopment of all of Guernsey's secondary schools.

    Then in 2002, the States agreed to this...

    Quote Message: The three new schools, for a maximum of 720 pupils each, will be built on the sites of Les Beaucamps Secondary School, La Mare de Carteret Secondary School and at a new location in the North of the Island." from States of Deliberation Billet, April 2002
    States of Deliberation Billet, April 2002

    Since then, St Sampsons has been built, Les Beaucamps has been rebuilt and La Mare de Carteret has now had planning permission approved.

    However, the States have yet to approve the £64m, and the fate of the school could yet depend on the outcome of the vote of the 11-plus debate next week.

  14. Condor agreement could be ‘torn up’ for new ship

    Jersey Evening Post

    Condor's agreement with Jersey could be ‘torn up’ to enable the operator to improve its fleet, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has said.

  15. New Christmas lights for St Helier

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    St Helier will have new Christmas lights this year.

    The Department for Infrastructure hires a new set every three years, so this year there will be nearly 50 new frames and side hangers providing a "tasteful display with a golden theme". 

    Christmas lights

    The big switch on is tomorrow!

  16. Your memories of Beau Sejour...

    Facebook

    Guernsey's leisure centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary next month, and you've been sharing your memories of Beau Sejour with us...

    Alison: I worked in the pool not long after it opened - doing half day shifts. The piped music was on a loop and included 'Don't cry for me Argentina'. It was deadly.

    Laura: Sarnia hall discos!!! The social event you couldn't miss! Before that the fab Dungeon discos! Happy days!  

    Katie: Roller Disco's, the arcade, the flumes and Monster Island!

    Ah, I too have fond memories of Monster Island, the giant inflatable obstacle course.

    They were the best birthday parties!

  17. John Lewis cards not working in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    People in Jersey with a John Lewis partnership credit card aren't able to get access to their accounts online.

    It's been caused by changes that were made when the company's website was updated.

    Islanders can still get access by telephone and make payments via the bank, direct debit or over the phone. 

    John Lewis is still delivering to the Channel Islands.

    John Lewis
  18. A tour of a rebuilt La Mare de Carteret...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    It may not be any closer to being ratified by the States, but the rebuild of La Mare is arguably one step closer, with planning permission for the school being granted.

    The permission paves the way for the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of a new high school with spaces for either 600 or 960 pupils, as well as a new primary school, sports facilities, and autism centre. 

    La Mare rendering

    These images from architects Design Engine depict the approved plans.

    Shadowy figures not included.

    La Mare rendering
  19. Trust company directors fined £105k after Arch Cru collapse

    Guernsey Press

    Four trust company directors have received lengthy industry bans and heavy fines for their involvement in the high-profile collapse of the Arch Cru investment funds.