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Summary

  1. Man accused of attempted murder appears in court
  2. Jersey deputy is to ask if the States should put ferry operation out to tender
  3. Alderney election results: Vote 'is warning for everyone in government'
  4. Lack of candidates in Sark election means another will be held
  5. Deputy criticised for saying he's 'sick of teachers' emails'
  6. 'Youngest seal pup' Poppy dies
  7. There could be reduced speed limits in Grouville
  8. Olly Murs to headline Big Gig in the Park
  9. Updates on Monday 28 November 2016

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it from Local Live today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget, head to BBC One at 18:30 tonight to get all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

States 'considering all options' over Mr Bronx

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey are "carefully considering all available options" following the court's decision that the impounded dog, Mr Bronx, is a pit bull.

A spokesperson said: "Our approach to restricting the importation of certain breeds of dog is no different to that of many jurisdictions around the world, including the UK and France."

This weekend a dog walk supporting the release of Mr Bronx back to his family was attended by about 200 people.

We are acutely aware that this is a sensitive issue and we are striving to resolve it as quickly as possible. As was acknowledged during the legal proceedings, this has been a complex case and has taken longer than either party would have liked. However, the assistant minister now has a duty to properly assess any potential risks and consider all advice before arriving at a decision."

States of Jersey spokesman
Mr Bronx
Jason Gomes

Top committee 'disappointed by candidate shortfall'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Sark's top government committee - the Policy and Performance Committee - says it is "disappointed that there is a significant shortfall of candidates to provide for a contested election".

The 12 people who have already put their names forward will now form part of the Chief Pleas, while a further election will be needed to fill the remaining five empty spots.

I say this to everyone on Sark: this is your island so, if you care about it, step forward whatever your point of view. There is nothing more important than taking an active part in the community in which you live."

Hazel FryDeputy Chairman, Policy and Performance
Sark
BBC

Weather: Frost may develop overnight

After a dry and bright end to the day, we'll hold onto the clear skies tonight, allowing temperatures to fall away and a frost to develop.

The light winds will lead to some freezing fog patches forming too. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

Weather map
BBC

After a frosty start to Tuesday, it'll be another fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine, but despite the sunshine it will feel cold. Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Ministers 'must be brave' in minimum wage hike

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A scrutiny leader has challenged Jersey ministers to be brave and set a higher minimum wage in the island.

Deputy Andrew Lewis says they have missed a trick by agreeing to set a minimum of £7.18 per hour - which is 2p less than in Guernsey and the UK.

Two pence piece
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He says the island needs to look ahead, and pay its workers more for its own economic good.

Most importantly, he says, it's important that people should be paid enough so they and their families aren't condemned to a life of working poverty.

Questions to be asked over dangerous dog rules

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Questions will be asked in the States this week about how Jersey customs deal with certain breeds of dog coming into the island.

Earlier this month a court case ruled that a dog called "Mr Bronx" was a Pit Bull, a banned breed in Jersey.

He's now being cared for at the island's animal shelter until a decision is made about its future.

Mr Bronx
Jason Gomes

This week Deputy Tracey Vallois will ask the Home Affairs minister how many similar incidents have happened over the past five years.

She also wants to know whether customs has enough resources to deal with them.

Victor Hugo cafe shut down as landlords take back keys

Guernsey Press

The Boulangerie Victor Hugo at the Longstore has been closed down and the premises reclaimed by its landlords.

Sark will need second election after lack of candidates

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Sark will need another election after only 12 candidates came forward to fill the 17 seats in the island's government.

Nominations closed on Friday, meaning those who put their name forward will gain a seat in Chief Pleas uncontested.

Candidates
Chief Pleas

'Small majority' favours the end of selection

BBC Radio Guernsey

The vice president of Guernsey's Education Committee believes there's a small majority of politicians in favour of stopping selection at the age of 11.

States members will consider the future of secondary education this week with an attempt to focus debate purely on whether or not to retain the 11-plus.

Deputy Carl Meerveld says he has done the maths on how the vote might go...

At the present moment I would say there's a small margin for a vote in favour of ceasing selection at eleven, but it's very small. It is a divisive, issue. There are a lot of views, and a lot of emotions wrapped up in this, and I'm hoping we can get a clear decision to help us move forward."

Biljon hails depleted Jersey Reds side

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon has praised his side's efforts after earning a losing bonus point at Championship leaders London Irish.

The islanders have numerous injuries, with nine of their 15 backs out as well as a number of their pack.

Harvey Biljon
Jonathan Huelin

"Let's recognise that one point. They've got the best defence in the league and we've gone and scored four tries against them," Biljon said.

"From that point of view we can be really proud of ourselves."

Lifestyles of today raise the risk of fire at home

Jersey Evening Post

Economic hardship and modern lifestyles – including those that involve drinking alcohol and then cooking at home – are among the factors that have led to a rise in the number of fires in Jersey, the Island’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer says.

Mr Bronx family 'surrounded by caring community' after dog walk supporting release

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The family of impounded dog "Mr Bronx" says the turn out for the beach walk in support of their beloved pet was "outstanding".

Jason Gomes said it reminded him how lucky the family are to be "surrounded by such a caring community".

Earlier this month a court decided that Mr Bronx was a pit bull - a banned breed in Jersey - and confiscated him from the Gomes family.

Mr Gomes says there are nearly 4,000 signatures on a petition supporting the release of Mr Bronx.

A big mistake has been made here. Jersey does not have a dangerous dog problem and we won't because we are fortunate not to have people that would abuse dogs in that way which would create such a problem. We are blessed to be surrounded by animal lovers. The walk was just one example of that."

Jason Gomes
Dog walk for Mr Bronx
Jersey Dog Forum

'Check your moorings'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Jersey Coastguard is asking residents with boats moored in St Aubin's to check them over, as some have become trapped and are causing damage.

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Teachers emails 'arrogant and aggressive'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey Deputy has described a number of emails he's received from teachers about the 11-plus as "arrogant" and "very aggressive".

Classroom
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Castel Deputy Richard Graham is stressing it only applies to a small minority of communications, but he says a few have "bordered on bigotry".

He says it's disturbing that education is in the hands of people he describes as having "closed minds".

Minimum wage set to increase by at least 3%

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The minimum wage in Jersey is set to go up by at least 3% after an annual review by the Employment Forum suggested a rise of 21p.

Deputy Sam Mezec wants to raise it by 23p instead, which would take the total hourly rate to £7.20, but the Jersey Farmers Union say that would lead to some farmers being forced out of the industry.

Here are the proposals from the Employment Forum...

Employment Forum review
States of Jersey

'Santa Claus is coming, to town...'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

You better watch out, you better not cry.  

Better not pout, I'm telling you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town.

St Peter Port, to be precise, this Saturday!

Christmas light in town
BBC

He will be welcomed at the Model Yacht Pond by The Boys' Brigade Band, who will play from 15:30 and will also lead this year's parade.

Father Christmas and his Chief Elf will arrive by fire engine at 15:55.

‘No single intervention’ can tackle online addict obesity

Guernsey Press

Pressure continues to grow for the island to tackle high levels of childhood obesity as statistics in the latest Young People’s Survey revealed a rise in sedentary behaviour.

Guernsey Raiders end four-game losing streak

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders got their first win in five games as they beat Amersham and Chiltern 35-15 at Footes Lane.

The bonus-point victory sees Jordan Reynolds' side move up to fifth place in National Three London.

Dale Martin
Martin Gray

Dale Martin scored two tries for Guernsey, while Dan Hill, Malcolm Barnes and Jason Batiste also crossed for scores.

The game's only sour note came in the first half when back-row Matt Thomas was stretchered off after being injured.

Channel Island leaders head to Brussels

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The two most senior politicians in the Channel Islands travel to Brussels today to speak at Invest Week.

Deputy Gavin St Pier and Senator Ian Gorst will be "working together to articulate and protect our mutual interests".

That particular phrase is becoming more and more familiar.

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On Twitter Deputy St Pier said: "Looking forward to speaking in Brussels during @investweek about the role Guernsey plays in channelling global investment into EU".

Man accused of attempted murder appears in court

BBC Radio Jersey

A man charged with attempted murder has appeared in Jersey's Magistrates' Court.

Gerard Eamon Maguire, 49, is accused of attacking Shaun Patrick Howard, 63, in Journeaux Street in October.

Mr Maguire, of Aquila Road, was remanded in custody and will next appear in court on 12 December.

Deputy Le Clerc to face Scrutiny at start of next year

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Committee for Employment and Social Security will be the next to face public questioning in Guernsey at the start of next year.

It follows the Scrutiny hearing this week involving the States' most senior committee, Policy and Resources.

The President of CESS, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, will be quizzed on 18 January 2017 about the work of her committee and how it intends to make savings.

Rugby reaction: High praise for Reds

Jersey Evening Post

Former England scrum-half Paul Hodgson heaped praise on a spirited Jersey Reds yesterday after their try-scoring bonus-point defeat to London Irish.

Olly Murs to headline Big Gig in the Park

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Big Gig in the Park is back in Jersey next year, and the headline act has just been announced!

It's this man...

Olly Murs
BBC

Yes, Olly Murs will be headlining the show on Saturday 15 July 2017.

We're still waiting for other acts to be confirmed... standby.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

The temperature seems to be dropping particularly low tonight.

Here's the forecast for Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

And here's the outlook in Guernsey

Weather chart
BBC

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey ministers have been told to be brave and set a higher minimum wage in the island
  • Jersey's Probation Service - which prevents criminals re-offending - has scored the highest possible rating in a review of its services
  • Singer and television presenter Olly Murs will be the headliner at the Sure Big Gig in the park next year

Guernsey

  • "Arrogant" and "very aggressive" - that's how a Guernsey deputy is describing a small number of emails he's received from teachers about the 11-plus debate
  • The vice-president of Guernsey's Education, Sport and Culture Committee believes it's inevitable that there's talk about replacing its political members
  • A leading Alderney politician says this weekend's election could prompt fellow States members to reconsider their views on key issues

Meet the committees...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you're looking for something to do with your Saturday morning, you could always go and spend some time with your local deputies...

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Jersey farmers 'need to negotiate better subsidy'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey farmers have been asked to negotiate better subsidies from the States instead of opposing plans to pay workers more money.

Deputy Sam Mezec is disappointed that farmers are against a plan to put an extra 2p an hour on top of the suggested rise which comes in this spring.

A review has recommended it should go up to £7.18 an hour - Deputy Mezec is asking for £7.20.

Lieutenant Governor puts finishing touches to 'Tree of Joy'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Tree of Joy is a symbol of the work done by the Rotary Club of Guernsey who give Christmas presents to deserving children in the island.  

Here's Guernsey's Lieutenant Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, being hoisted up to the top of the Weighbridge mast to add the finishing touches.

Having made one or two jumps from planes at several thousand feet during his career, he said afterwards it hadn't been too daunting...

'Note to self...'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Deputy Charles Parkinson - a supporter of abolishing the 11-plus in Guernsey - has responded to Deputy Barry Paint's comments about being "sick of the views of experts", while referring to the emails he receives from teachers about Guernsey's education system.

Deputy Paint is known for being a local mariner, and often comments on aspects of Guernsey's harbours...

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Dog walk for Mr Bronx

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

About 200 people turned up at a dog walk yesterday, supporting the family of impounded dog Mr Bronx.

Mr Bronx was judged to be a pit bull by the courts in Jersey, and is now being cared for by the island's animal shelter as a dangerous breed.

Mr Bronx dog walk
Jersey Dog Forum

The dog walkers were trying to raise awareness of the case, and support the case for the Gomes family - who had Mr Bronx confiscated at the beginning of the year - to be granted a licence to keep the dog.

Mr Bronx dog walk
Jersey Dog Forum

Labour firm condemns Paint "ambition" comments

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A temp agency that employs labourers in Guernsey has condemned the comments of Deputy Barry Paint, who said that "there's evidence some school leavers lack ambition and get by in life doing just enough to make a living".

The Facebook page of Labour Force Guernsey was quick to write a post about Deputy Paint's comments, and questioned whether labourers and tradesman would be regretting choices made in April's General Election.

If you were in the housing market your first house will not be a mansion! Everyone has to start somewhere and I just wonder what all those employed as labourers who voted for Deputy Paint are thinking of their decision right now."

Labour Force Guernsey

Deputy criticised for saying he's 'sick of teachers' emails'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Castel deputy has been forced to defend himself after making disparaging comments about teachers and students on BBC Radio Guernsey's Sunday Phone-in.

Deputy Barry Paint
BBC

Barry Paint said he was sick of hearing from experts after being bombarded with emails from teachers who, he said, were forcing their views on others ahead of this week's education debate.

He also claimed - referring to local tradesmen and apprentices - that some children have "no ambition in life".

CI dramatically stave off relegation

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The Channel Islands men's team pulled off a dramatic 5-4 win over Staffordshire to avoid relegation from Division Four of the Winter County Cup. 

James Faudemer and Rob West won the final doubles rubber in a final set tie-break to keep the islands up, having trailed 4-2 going into the doubles rubbers. 

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

Having lost to Buckinghamshire and North Wales, the islands defeat would see them relegated to Division Five. 

"We're all so delighted, we would have been hard done by to have gone down," team member James Faudemer told BBC Radio Jersey.

Autism in Guernsey: What support is available?

BBC Channel Islands News

The transition into adulthood can be a challenge at the best of times. 

For those on the autistic spectrum it's been described as being similar to standing on the edge of a cliff. 

Roisin Gauson has been finding out what support is available for young adults...  

Analyst sees populism politics at play in Chancellor statement

Guernsey Press

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement has been described as "cautiously optimistic"undefinedby a local investment expert.

Parishioners to debate lower speed limits in Grouville

BBC Radio Jersey

There could be reduced speed limits in Grouville.

Parishioners will be asked whether there should be a 20mph zone in Gorey Village and a 30mph limit on the coast road from La Rocque to Grouville garage.

Speed limit sign
Thinkstock

If supported, a recommendation would be made. The meeting will be held on wednesday evening at 19:30 at Grouville Parish Hall.

Three sitting members ousted by Alderney in FAB link protest vote

Guernsey Press

Campaigners against the installation of a France to Alderney electricity cable swept to victory at the island’s election this weekend.

Farmers warn against hike in minimum wage

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Jersey Farmers Union is urging States members to block an attempt to increase the minimum wage by a further 2p per hour.

Jersey Royals
Thinkstock

In a letter to States members, the JFU President, Graham Le Lay, said the industry is disappointed the assembly is considering a higher increase than the one recommended by the Employment Forum.

And he says farmers are close to the point where the minimum wage will be too high to pay.