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  1. 'No conspiracy' over choice of hospital site
  2. Pilot Maurice Kirk who was missing in Africa rally 'found alive' and now involved in 'diplomatic incident'
  3. 'Please check your moorings' as gales batter Guernsey
  4. Health reports for Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney released
  5. Windy conditions disrupt sailings
  6. Salerie Corner reopens after extensive work to try and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Chris Quevatre

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it from us today, but it's been a busy one.

    We've had health reports, world record sailing attempts, school quiz trophies, Nigel Farage, a reappearing pilot, voting prisoners, hospital reports, and a huge amount of wind.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

    If you can't wait for updated news, remember to switch on BBC1 at 18:30 for BBC Channel Islands News.

  2. Dry night for La Fete De Noue

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Heading to La Fete De Noue  and the Christmas lights switch on in Jersey today? 

    Jersey Met says it's going to be dry, with a north-easterly F6 wind, but sheltered in St Helier, with the temperature at 12 degrees.

    Christmas lights
  3. Recruitment underway for Children Placement Panel

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Children and Young People's Placement Panel in Jersey is currently recruiting for two members to join the team.

    They will help in deciding where to place anyone aged 17 or under who has been remanded in custody or sentenced.

    Currently, young offenders can be detained in Greenfields Secure Children's Home or the Young Offenders Institute at HMP La Moye.

    Alternatively, they can be transferred to a facility in the UK.

    Quote Message: This new panel will have a central role in deciding where young offenders are placed. The role of the panel is crucial, as it will not only have to consider the best interests of the offender but also those of other children detained or accommodated in the same facility.” from Deputy Kristina Moore Home Affairs Minister
    Deputy Kristina MooreHome Affairs Minister
  4. Salerie Corner: Junction opens after two months of work

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The new road layout at the Salerie Corner junction sees priority given to cyclists and pedestrians.

    Have a look for yourself...

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    Video caption: Salerie Corner: Opening
  5. CI team can win promotion - Parker

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    The Channel Islands are capable of getting a third successive promotion in the LTA's Winter County Cup, according to team member Stuart Parker.

    The islands play in Division Four for the first time and face North Wales, Staffordshire and Buckinghamshire.

    Stuart Parker

    "We've got a very strong team and I think we can get promotion again," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

    "We've got better players this year, a stronger team, so I think we can do really well this year."

    CI dramatically stave off relegation

    The Channel Islands' victorious men's team after beating Staffordshire

    The Channel Islands men's team dramatically beat Staffordshire to avoid relegation from Division Four of the Winter County Cup.

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  6. Low birth rates in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Birth rates in Guernsey, Alderney and Jersey are both lower than the standard population replacement rate of 2.1 per couple.

    Jersey's total fertility rate is 1.5, with Guernsey and Alderney slightly higher at 1.6.

    Both are considerably lower than the England rate of 1.8.

  7. Offenders meeting victims 'changing attitudes'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A new way of making sure prisoners stay out of Les Nicolles appears to be working.

    The States Restorative Justice Officer Paul Chambers says getting offenders and victims to meet face to face has had a positive affect and goes a long way to stop re-offending.

    Guernsey's prison

    He's been running a conference in Les Cotils today which explains how attitudes towards a crime can change once people get together and in the UK restorative justice has seen a significant cut in the number of people returning to prison.

    Two thirds of people return to prison within two years, but restorative justice is said to cut that number down by half. 

  8. 'Remarkable' drop in under-18 conception

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    There's been a "remarkable" drop in conceptions in under 18 women between 2008 and 2015.

    • Rates in 2008 were at 39.8 per 1,000 women between the ages of 13 and 18
    • Rates in 2015 were at 16.9 per 1,000 women between the ages of 13 and 18

    But Guernsey rates are still internationally high and double those of Jersey.

    The report says further improvement is "possible and needed".

    Contraception table
  9. Should prisoners have a right to vote?


    About 50 Jersey prisoners could get the right to vote, under plans from "Privileges and Procedures" - the group which oversees the election process.

    But should prisoners get the right to vote, or is it a privilege they forfeit when they go to prison?

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

    Alex: It's quite shocking that they now do not have a right to vote! It is one of basic human rights as per European Convention of Human Rights. Jersey being far behind the rest of the Europe with its legislation really need sort this out.  

    Phil: No, they gave up their right to vote when they committed the crime!  

    Mojay: If they dont know right from wrong how would they know who to vote for?  

    Mike: Prisoners in Guernsey can vote.  

    You're right Mike, they can. 

    In fact, prisoners in Guernsey have had the right to vote since 2004, but in this year's General Election, only two of the 94 inmates chose to do so.

  10. Jersey air passenger numbers rise

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Figures for last month show the number of commercial air passengers flying in and out of Jersey is up compared to the past two years.

    In October 140,828 passengers were recorded through Jersey Airport, which is up 4% on October 2015 (135,438) and up 10.2% on the same month in 2014 (127,805).

    Figures for the year to date are also up with 1,384,114 people travelling - 55,000 and 110,000 on the period in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

    Ports of Jersey says the inter-island numbers remain down, but the "London market together with the north east, Scotland and Eire continue to increase year on year".

  11. Phil Sharp breaks Channel record

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    According to Phil Sharp's Twitter account - which I suspect is being updated by someone else today - the Jersey sailor has completed his journey in just over 9 hours.

    That would mean he's broken the world record for sailing the Channel by nearly three hours.

    Well done Phil!

    Phil Sharp
  12. Victoria College wins top De Putron trophy

    Simon Fairclough

    Reporter, BBC Guernsey

    In an all Jersey final Victoria College beat Hautlieu School 14-8, despite going into the Final Round 10-11 down to become the Post 16 Inter-Island De Putron Challenge champions.

    The Ladies' College and Elizabeth College from Guernsey were knocked out before the Final Rounds but it means Ladies College are Guernsey's Champions at this age group winning by 6 points to 1.

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    And it was two wins for Guernsey in the younger age groups. Elizabeth College beat the Jersey College for Girls 18-17 in the Year 8 event.

    And congratulations also to Castel Primary who beat De La Salle Primary 18-17 in the Year 6 event.

    Well done to everyone - "It's cool to be clever!"

  13. Early years focus of BIC Summit

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A meeting of the British-Irish Council in Wales tomorrow will focus on government approach to very young children.

    Early years policies refer to children from birth to the end of the reception year at school.

    Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man politicians will join leaders from the UK and Irish governments and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in Cardiff.

  14. Police appeal for witnesses of 'violent attack'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after a "serious altercation" at the North Plantation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    A member of the public was punched, and had a glass bottle smashed over his head during an "unprovoked attack", police have told the BBC.

    Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen the "violent act".

  15. Flybe partner offering flights to Norwich

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    You'll be able to fly from Jersey to Norwich next summer.

    A former franchise partner of Flybe, Logan Air, is putting on the flights three days a week.

    The company will see if it is successful enough to offer it all year round.

    Norwich football team

    If you're looking forward to going to watch Norwich City in the Championship, they haven't won for six matches...

  16. Sea passenger numbers down

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The number of people travelling to Jersey by sea is down 15% compared to last year.

    Up to the end of October this year 622,527 commercial passengers were recorded compared to 729,544 in the same period in 2015.

    However, last month saw an increase with 53,779 people travelling up 7% from October 2015.

  17. Salerie Corner has reopened

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    After more than two months, the junction at Salerie Corner has reopened, and the new road layout is now in use.

    Pedestrians and cyclists now have priority over the raised platform.

  18. Jersey prisoners could get the right to vote

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    About 50 Jersey prisoners could get the right to vote, under plans from the group which oversees the election process.

    Privileges and Procedures want to follow the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing those who are serving four years or less to make a vote.

    Chairman constable Len Norman says while the UK hasn't followed the convention yet, Jersey should take the lead.

    Jersey's prison

    Prisoners in Guernsey have had the right to vote since 2004, regardless of their crime or sentence.

    In this year's General Election, just two of the 94 prisoners decided to exercise that right.

  19. Islanders are invited to celebrate the official start of Fête dé Noué

    Jersey Evening Post

    Using a new hoist, staff from the Infrastructure Department put the final touches to this year’s Christmas lights in the Royal Square, which are due to be officially switched on tonight.