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  1. Hospital project with £400m price tag approved by States
  2. Debate on 11-plus selection continues to divide
  3. Guernsey FC suffers worst ever home loss
  4. Phone connection issues for some mobile users
  5. States to get back half the £4k cost of private jet flight
  6. Updates on Thursday 1 December 2016

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    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.

  2. Facelift for children's library

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    The children's section at Jersey Library is having a make over for the first time since the building opened more than 25 years ago.

    It's hoped the new look will help "inspire and excite visitors". There'll be comfortable seating, colourful shelving and new computers.

    While the work is carried out, the children’s library has been temporarily relocated to an area at the front of the town library. Customers are also able to use the branch library at Les Quennevais and the mobile library.

    Picture of new look library
  3. Wondering what to do with your Christmas rubbish?

    BBC Radio Guernsey


    Here are the Christmas and New Year refuse and recycling arrangements in Guernsey:

    • Refuse and recycling collections on the following evenings will be replaced as follows:
    • Sunday 25 December - collection on Wednesday 28 December (clear bag)
    • Monday 26 December - collection on Thursday 29 December (clear bag)
    • Sunday 1 January - collection on Wednesday 4 January (blue bag)
  4. Education debate to continue with summing up due tomorrow

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Education committee president warns it could take him up to two hours to respond to all the issues raised during debate.

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley made the comment during discussion on whether the States meeting should continue into the evening.

    Bailiff Sir Richard Collas said with advice asked from the law officers about the wording of what the States would be voting on and tired faces in the chamber he ruled a fresh start would be best.

    Politicians will return at 09:30 tomorrow and you will be able to listen live here.

  5. Weather: Cloud, cloud and more cloud

    It will stay dry overnight but become more cloudy. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather map

    Friday will be a cloudy and slightly cooler day for all of us.

    The cloud will be thick enough at times, mainly during the afternoon, for a few light showers. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  6. Want a bit more time shopping in the run up to Christmas?

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Well your wish has been granted...

    Time restrictions on parking in town are being relaxed in St Peter Port at North Beach, Albert Pier and Crown Pier from today until Christmas.

    Two-hour spaces will be rezoned as three hours, with no time limits for Saturday parking, and extra bus services on some routes until 10:00 on Thursdays for late night shopping.

    Car parks at the States buildings Sir Charles Frossard House and Lukis House will be opened to the public on Thursday evenings and Saturdays.

  7. New look for children's library

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Jersey library's children's section is getting a face lift, more than 25 years since it was first opened.

    It's getting new furniture, flexible shelving and new computers.

    The Chief Librarian Ed Jewell says he hopes to "create a library that inspires and excites".

    In the meantime the children's books can be found at the front of the town library.

  8. Education debate: The numbers

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    It's day two of the current debate on selection in Guernsey's education system, but the number of days is the least of the stats...

    • 81 minutes - Deputy Peter Ferbrache's speech is the longest in living memory
    • 15-15 - the number speaking for/against retaining selection at 11, after 30 speeches
    • 17 of the 26 - members who supported the scrapping of the 11+ back in March are no longer in the States
    • 0 - the number of speeches the Vice President of the Committee for Education Sport and Culture, Carl Meerveld has made so far this political term
    • 100 - the estimated millions of pounds it could cost to redevelop the education estate to deliver a new form of education
  9. Hospital funding to come 'from borrowing not taxes'

    Up to £400m of the £466m needed for the new hospital will be raised through a bond.

    Treasury and Resouces Minister Alan Maclean said: "By borrowing we can maintain our reserves and the returns from our strategic reserve effectively can pay the interest, the coupon as it is known - on the borrowing over the 40-year period."

    "By the end of that 40-year period we can pay back the capital and our reserves will have grown to an estimated £3.6bn 

    "[With a] historically low interest rate this is by far and away the most sensible way to go about funding a hospital."

    Alan Maclean
    Quote Message: We've made it clear there is no requirement to ask the public for any funding, whether that be through GST or any other form of charges or taxes to fund the hospital at this stage." from Alan Maclean Minister for Treasury and Resources
    Alan MacleanMinister for Treasury and Resources
  10. Switch on for Tree of Joy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A 10-year-old islander will switch on this year's Rotary Tree of Joy later, after raising money to support his friend Anthony McMahon.

    Tree of Joy lit up in St Peter Port in 2014

    Funding for Anthony meant he could go to the US for corrective surgery, after he was born with a condition which meant his legs and hips are not straight, and he is currently in the US for further treatment.

    Jack McGrath helped to get the funds needed and tonight he will be pressing the button, turning on the lights for the tree, which is a beacon for the Rotary Club's work with disadvantaged children.

  11. Digital Jersey doubles workspace in 'the hub'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Industry body Digital Jersey is expanding its hub workspace in St Helier to meet an "increasing demand" from developers and technology entrepreneurs.

    Digital Jersey Hub

    Currently there are 12 desks in the space available for small companies just getting started.

    They often move on to the permanent office spaces upstairs. Due to a rising waiting list Digital Jersey says it has now found room to increase to 26 desks.

  12. Redevelopment of the hospital 'still a long way to go'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Summing up in the States Jersey's Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, said approval for the hospital plan was just "the start of a journey".

    Senator Andrew Green

    The team will now start work on plans and funding as they will also now need to purchase a number of buildings on Kensington Place as part of the expansion.

    He thanked the future hospital team, treasury department and the health scrutiny panel for the thousands of hours of work put in to get this far.

    "I look forward to working with them to take the project forward," he said.

  13. Ambassador flight 'broke diplomatic guidelines'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Estonian ambassador was breaking traditional diplomatic guidelines on accepting hospitality by letting Jersey taxpayers fund a flight on a private jet, according to a scrutiny leader.


    Deputy Andrew Lewis of the Public Accounts Committee says the decision by Senator Philip Ozouf to pay more than £4,000 to fly ambassador Laurie Bambus back to London put everyone in a compromising position.

    At a time when there is intense public scrutiny of states travel spending, he says it created some unhelpful headlines and didn't fit in with well recognised protocol.

  14. Island bowlers fail to progress at World Championships

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Bowlers from Jersey and Guernsey have failed to make the knockout stages at the World Bowls Championships in New Zealand.

    In the men's pairs Guernsey's Todd Priaulx and Matt Solway were sixth in their group while Jersey's Malcolm de Sousa and Scott Ruderham were fifth in their group, despite drawing 14-14 with pool winners Australia - only the top three in each group progressed.


    Jersey's men's triples team of John Lowery, Michael Rive and Greg Davies also came fifth in their group while Guernsey's Jackie Nicolle lost all nine of her pool matches to finish bottom of her group.

    The men's fours and singles, and women's pairs and triples, begin next week.

  15. Sure fixes calls and text problems

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Telecom company Sure say they've fixed an issue that was stopping their customers making calls or sending texts in the Channel Islands.

    Using phone

    A spokesman said: "There is still an issue with accessing data and our engineers are working to resolve this as quickly as possible."

    Problems were first reported about 08:00 this morning.

  16. Undersea cable break: Five things you wanted to know

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    As work continues to repair the three undersea internet cables connecting the Channel Islands to the UK - broken after a ship dragged its anchor across them - we've been looking into your questions about what happened and what's happening now to fix them.

    Cable map
  17. Tweeting attracts one in five

    BBC Radio Jersey

    One in five adults in Jersey say they use social networking site Twitter.


    That figure has gone up from 13% in 2012 - with nearly a third of people aged between 16 and 34 saying they've used the site. 

    Only 3% of people aged over 65 use it. 

    The figures come from the island's annual social survey which paint a picture of how Jersey people live, and is used by States departments in their policy making.  

  18. New hospital to cost £466m by 2025

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The cost of rebuilding the hospital will be split over the next decade up to 2025 with the bulk of the cost happening in 2020 and 2021 mainly on construction costs.


    The cost of the development has been capped at £466m paid for primarily through borrowing but the figure does not include expanding the nearby Patriotic Street car park or accommodation costs for key workers.

    Nearly £4m has been set aside to cover the cost of inflation over the nine years of the development.

  19. Brick kilns reveal history for special exhibition

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It's hoped the restoration of the ancient brick kilns at Oatlands will provide space for a special exhibition showing the history of the industry.


    There used to be 22 brick fields in Guernsey but these are the only ones left in reasonable shape - they were built in 1892 and are listed buildings. 

    Gareth Griffin, a shareholder in Oatlands, said: "We're going to use one of the kilns as an audio-visual display, interpreting the history of the site."  

  20. The journey of a hospital project

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Talk of a new hospital has been on the States agenda for a number of years but was put centre stage in 2013 when the then health minister Deputy Anne Pryke proposed splitting it between the current site and expanding the Overdale hospital.

    Politicians voted overwhelmingly to rebuild and expand the existing hospital rather than build a new one elsewhere.


    Here are a few of the highlights from the hospital debate to this point:

    • After an election in 2014 Senator Andrew Green became health minister and soon announced that he was dropping the two site plan, in favour of one location  
    • A lengthy consultation followed before it was announced it would be in St Helier 
    • Four sites had been shortlisted: the current site, Overdale, People's Park and the St Helier Waterfront 
    • People's Park was dropped from the shortlist after public outcry at the potential loss of green space 
    • There was then another consultation before Senator Green announced it would be built on the current site after spending £5m on the search 
    • That was followed by a scrutiny review which said the Waterfront would actually be the best location but Senator Green decided to continue with the current site