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Summary

  1. Internet cables cut overnight 'could lead to slower broadband'
  2. Toddler death case adjourned
  3. Care home evacuated after bin fire
  4. Guernsey Holocaust 'impact' curriculum being created
  5. Means-testing for nursery education delayed
  6. Police hunt island chicken thief
  7. Updates on Tuesday 29 November 2016

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Despite the internet cables being severed, we've managed to get all the way to 18:00.

    We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Before that, BBC Channel Islands News will have all the latest headlines at 18:30 on BBC One.

  2. States to bid farewell to Lt Gov tomorrow

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister will pay tribute to the island's departing Lieutenant Governor in the States tomorrow, and celebrate his service during his term of office.

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    John McColl

    Following the address in the assembly, there will be a Guard of Honour in the Royal Square to say farewell to His Excellency, General Sir John McColl.

    The States Assembly will then reconvene at 11:15 to complete business scheduled during the current meeting, which will probably include confirmation of where Jersey's new hospital will be built.

  3. Guernsey winter timetable available

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The winter bus timetable starts on Monday, and you can now pick up your copy...

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  4. Students could fund uni through UK loans company

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey students may soon be able to apply for funding from the UK Student Loans Company.

    Graduates

    Education officials are due to discuss the move that could see students borrowing money to help pay for their higher education courses.

    The Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, said meetings had also been held in France at the University of Caen where courses are free.

  5. Weather in the Channel Islands

    BBC Weather

    If you're ever going to sleep with your socks on, tonight is the night, as the temperatures are dropping fast.

    Here's the outlook for Jersey...

    Weather chart

    It's not quite as cold in Guernsey...

    Weather chart
  6. Marina gates to be replaced

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Work starts next Monday on replacing the St Helier marina gates.

    It's part of the ongoing investment programme from Ports of Jersey, and is expected to take about three weeks to complete.

    Marina gates

    The storm gates have been in place since the marina first opened 35 years ago.

    The work involves a large barge and diving work, meaning access will need to be limited one hour either side of high water while work is being carried out.

    It's hoped the work will ensure greater resilience, and last for 30 years.

  7. Secret files destroyed

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Home Affairs Minister Deputy Kristina Moore has revealed secret files on Jersey politicians have been destroyed, but didn't say who ordered it.

    Top secret files

    A report in 2010 found the former police chief Graham Power ordered files to be made on all Jersey's States members in an investigation called Operation Blast.

    It's after he failed to persuade the States to create a formal vetting procedure for those in senior and influential positions.

  8. Continuity expert says there's been 'little effect' on communication

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The former vice-president of the Business Continuity Institute says there's been "little effect" on companies in Guernsey after three internet and telecoms cable were damaged overnight.

    Earlier this morning, retailers in town said they hadn't noticed any difference in their internet connection speeds, although there has been disruption to off-island calls.

    Quote Message: The reports from the coal face is that we're not seeing a slow-down today, and the traffic warnings that we've had from both Sure and JT appear to have been advisory notices at the moment, putting people on standby in case there is heavy traffic." from Chris Oliver Former vice president of the Business Continuity Institute
    Chris OliverFormer vice president of the Business Continuity Institute
  9. Proposed minimum wage rise 'immoral'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey scrutiny leader says not increasing the minimum wage in line with the UK and Guernsey is immoral.

    On advice from the Employment Forum, the rate is set to go up to £7.18 an hour in April.

    But the rate in Guernsey and the UK is £7.20.

    Deputy Andrew Lewis, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, says the island needs to keep up with other places.

    Quote Message: Initially it won't make a huge amount of difference - it's only a couple of pence - but that gap widens very quickly if you don't keep pace with other places. The UK is looking to have a significantly higher minimum wage in the next four of five years. If we don't do that we won't be a very attractive place to seek employment. Without even taking that into account, it's just immoral to have people on such low wages." from Deputy Andrew Lewis Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
    Deputy Andrew LewisChairman of the Public Accounts Committee
    Minimum wage table
  10. Guy Armitage: Wasps centre happy to help injury-hit Jersey Reds

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds' on-loan Wasps centre Guy Armitage says he is happy to continue helping out the side if needed.

    The 24-year-old younger brother of England internationals Delon and Steffon joined Jersey on Friday.

    Guy Armitage
    Quote Message: I got a phone call, I thought I can help out where I can and take it week by week, so if I'm needed next week we'll see. There's no substitute to actually playing games, so it was good for me to get a game under my belt. We're close to the bottom, but we nearly took Irish who are in top spot." from Guy Armitage
    Guy Armitage

    The Championship club are trying to weather an injury crisis that has seen nine of their 15 backs ruled out.

  11. Guernsey Airport sees 'no impact on services' from severed cable link

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Airport has not been affected by any loss of data bandwidth or systems' failures.

    Guernsey arrivals

    Airport Director Colin Le Ray confirmed staff were "chugging along as usual" and services would continue.

  12. Shortage of Jersey sprouts this Christmas

    Jersey Evening Post

    A crucial ingredient of a traditional Christmas dinner could be missing from Islanders’ plates this year thanks to a plague of moths that infested Jersey in the summer.

  13. Treasury minister praises resilience of JT network

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey treasury minister, Senator Alan Maclean praised the resilience of government owned JT's network in response to a question about the cutting of three cables overnight.

    He responded to Senator Sarah Ferguson who asked if JT would seek compensation by saying: "What this demonstrates is the resilience as there is a cable running to France ensuring minimal disruption to islanders and island business."

    Quote Message: If there is damage attributable to a particular owner then I'm sure they [the telecoms companies] will pursue it." from Senator Alan Maclean
    Senator Alan Maclean
  14. Call for referendum on ministerial government defeated

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A call for a referendum on ministerial government has been lost in the States of Jersey.

    The ministerial system came into effect 16 years ago and Deputy Judy Martin said she had waited all that time for "an improvement", but had instead "watch it getting worse and worse".

    However, her fellow politicians did not agree with her and the move was defeated by a vote of 29-12.

  15. Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey

    • The telecoms company JT may take action against the owners of the ship that damaged internet cables to the UK last night
    • A Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, has revealed secret files on Jersey politicians have been destroyed
    • The case of a motorist charged with causing the death of a toddler by dangerous driving is to be heard by Jersey's Royal Court

    Guernsey

    • The former vice-chairman of the Business Continuity Institute says there's been little effect on communications after undersea internet cables were severed last night
    • Parishoners in Torteval are being asked to vote this evening on whether they approve plans to spend £567,000 repairing their church tower and spire
    • A Guernsey-based entrepreneur is branching out and opening up a bartending school in St Peter Port
  16. Free nursery funding cuts delayed for a year

    Jersey Evening Post

    Parents who are expecting to lose their right to receive free nursery education for their children under cost-cutting measures made by the Education Department have been given a 12-month reprieve.

  17. Bartending school opening in Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey-based entrepreneur is branching out and opening up a bartending school in St Peter Port.

    Laskas and Barbados owner Patrick Crowley hopes the Shake, Mix, Muddle School will attract people from overseas who are interested in a professional career in bartending. 

    Cocktails

    He says the school will also offer courses for novices, and there are plans to link in with hospitality qualifications at the College of Further Education.

    Bottoms up!

  18. Capital projects have been 'feast or famine' for building trade

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The president of the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association is calling for an end to the "feast or famine" of big construction projects.

    Renderings of the unconfirmed rebuild of La Mare were released last week

    Steve Roussel says a lack of co-ordination means off-island staff have to be employed.

    He says there's been a lack of major projects since 2013, and now a La Mare de Carteret rebuild could clash with Admiral Park and Leale's Yard redevelopments.

  19. JT may take action against ship owner, politician says

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The telecoms company JT may take action against the owners of the ship that damaged internet cables to the UK last night, according to a Jersey politician.

    Jersey's treasury minister said the back up cable to France showed the system worked.

    Anchor
    Image caption: The team repairing a cable in January pulled this anchor up from the seabed

    The three cables that connect the Channel Islands to the UK were severed overnight, with a cable to France now serving the islands with internet and telecoms services.