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  1. Guernsey to end education selection at 11
  2. Legal change gives parental responsibility to unmarried fathers
  3. Internet cable break: 'Some disruption' expected at peak times
  4. Salerie Corner work bill totals £130,000
  5. Visits to Guernsey Museums rise
  6. 'Game changer' HIV drug use in Guernsey being considered
  7. Updates on Friday 2 December 2016

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    That's it from Local Live today, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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. Need of pupils the priority, says director of education

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    There is still "considerable" work to be done to develop plans for the further of the education estate and the move to a non-selective system, Guernsey's director of education says.

    Alan Brown said: "The Committee is committed to publishing these plans by June next year so that the assembly may debate them and agree the best way forward.

    "We will continue to put the needs of all our children and young people at the forefront of this planning.

    "I know our staff across the education service will also continue to deliver the highest standards of teaching and learning to all our pupils over the coming months as these plans are developed."

    He urged anyone who has questions or concerns to contact Education Services on 733000 or via email.

  3. Legal change for unmarried fathers 'not retrospective'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A move to give men who are not married to the mother of their child more parental responsibility will only apply to babies born from today.

    Unmarried fathers registered as their child’s father - and therefore named on the birth certificate - will automatically acquire legal responsibility for making decisions about matters affecting their child’s welfare.

    For children born before today unmarried fathers must either enter into a parental responsibility agreement with their child’s mother or get a court order.

    Married fathers named on the birth certificate are automatically granted parental responsibility.

    Parental responsibility includes:

    • Where the child should live
    • The child’s education
    • Significant movement of the child
    • The child's name
    • Protecting the child
    • Religious upbringing
    • Consent for medical treatment
    • Consent to freeing the child for adoption
    • Looking after the child’s property including any inheritance

    More information about changes to the law is available on the States website.

  4. Vice president says vote unshackles committee

    BBC Channel Islands News

    The vice president of Guernsey's Education, Sport and Culture Committee says a vote to end selection at 11 gives the committee the freedom to create a unique system.

    Deputy Carl Meerveld said: "We have now been unshackled from a 1940s-era system. That enables us to now look around the world and select the very best approaches and principles for delivering education from around the globe.

    "I want to develop a uniquely Guernsey system that suits our society and the infrastructure etcetera we have, it doesn't have to be and I wouldn't want a duplicate of anything the UK has currently."

    Carl Meerveld being interviewed by the BBC on the steps of the States

    He continued: "I would like to see it evolve into an institution that takes children from the age of 14 and upwards rather than at 11 and still provide that academic fast track.

    "I'd like to see it utilised as part of what I like to call the higher learning institute that covers both academic and vocational courses."

  5. Weather: Watch out for the occasionally shower

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy this evening and overnight, with perhaps just the odd light shower at times.

    It'll stay frost-free, with a moderate, occasionally fresh easterly breeze. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will probably start on a cloudy note, but the cloud break into the afternoon, with plenty of sunshine to end the day.

    The brisk southeasterly wind will make it feel quite cold though. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  6. Building industry 'not at bottom'

    Guernsey Press

    Construction in the island is 'yet to hit rock bottom', according to the Economic Development president, as professionals said it was in 'the quietest period in living memory'.

  7. Salerie work costs to be reviewed

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The rise in costs of the work at the Salerie Corner will be reviewed by a States engineer, says the Committee for Education and Infrastructure.

    The costs were originally estimated at £50,000, then revised to £80,000 and are now thought to be £130,000.

    Committee President Barry Brehaut said the aim was to "gain a clearer understanding of why the initial estimate was inaccurate, and to see what lessons can be learned".

    When asked if the project was value for money Deputy Brehaut replied "yes".

    Salerie Corner
    Image caption: What it was like before the work took place

    The committee says the main reasons for the extra costs are:

    • Independent safety audit by specialist advisers
    • Implementation of the improved safety measures, including extra lighting and CCTV cameras
    • Additional drainage works necessary because of revised camber
    • Stainless steel railings to protect pedestrians
    • Keeping the car park open throughout project to minimise inconvenience
    • Minimising inconvenience at peak times throughout works by use of manual traffic signals and stop/go boards
    • Weather delays to the project
    • Additional costs associated with the planted areas
  8. Lack of rights for Alderney students 'a loss'

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Not allowing students from Alderney to earn Guernsey residency while studying in the island is a loss to the Bailiwick, according to Alderney politician Louis Jean.

    He was speaking about changes to the population management law, which were passed today.

    It followed a narrow vote approving the exemption covering students under residency laws.

    He said: "It will make it harder for Alderney students to come to Guernsey... young people are being denied the right to work... if there is no opportunity [to work in Alderney] then Guernsey is the place to come.

    "After the years of investment in education and the future of these young people... it's a waste and a loss to Guernsey."

  9. Vote was 'assassination of The Grammar School'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    "I was against the assassination of The Grammar School and I think that's what we've done today and I cannot see any good reason why we've done it," Guernsey's newest deputy has said of the vote to end selection at 11.

    Deputy Neil Inder, who was elected in the Vale by-election in October, said he was worried children would end up "battery-farmed in super schools" with 30% of the population sending their kids to private colleges.

    He said: "I've got to be a pragmatist, the decision has been made today, it's now down to the education department to come back with their proposals."

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  10. Jobs boost for new store in King Street

    Jersey Evening Post

    About 30 jobs will be created when a new store opens on the site that once housed BHS.

  11. Fewer tourists, but museums 'reach those who do visit'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Against a background of falling numbers of people visiting Guernsey on holiday the number of visits to the island's States-run museums has risen again.

    Castle Cornet

    Museums director Jason Monaghan said: "We are catching more of the tourists that are here, which is something we're working hard at.

    "The castle's had its best year since 1992, and the museum is pushing its best year since the mid-90s as well."

  12. Internet cable break: Repair ship has islands' connection

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The Wave Sentinel, which is currently anchored north of Alderney, is the cable maintenance ship being used to repair one of the undersea internet cables cut on Monday evening.

    The ship may look familiar to islanders as it was previously known as the Island Commodore and delivered freight to the islands from 1995 to 1999.

    Island Commodore and Commodore Goodwill
    Image caption: Island Commodore and Commodore Goodwill, which has served the islands since 1996

    Along with the name change to Wave Sentinel it was converted to a cable laying and multi-purpose offshore support vessel with its main role being installing and maintaining subsea cables.

    It is currently working as part of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement and spends six months of the year based in Portland, UK, and the other six in Bermuda.

    Wave Sentinel - cable repair ship
  13. Water wheel will soon be turning again

    Guernsey Press

    A rare water wheel will soon be turning again after undergoing restoration.

  14. Pupil returns as principal at Elizabeth College

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It's two firsts for Elizabeth College in one announcement.

    The private school in Guernsey has just taken on a former pupil as its principal for the first time - who is also the college's first female head.

    Elizabeth College

    "It is exciting to be returning to Guernsey and also to the school I attended for my A-level study," said Jennifer Palmer who takes over from George Hartley in September next year.

    She's currently deputy head of Mark Rutherford School in Bedford.

    The Very Revd Tim Barker, chairman of the board of directors, said: "That Mrs Palmer was educated on Guernsey only adds to our delight that we can welcome her as principal."

  15. 'No immediate change' follows States education decision

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    There will be no immediate changes following the States decision to support the move to a non-selective system involving all-ability schools, Guernsey's director of education has said in a bid to reassure islanders.

    Alan Brown said: "The existing resolution means that the earliest any change to a non-selective system would be implemented is for those starting their secondary education in September 2019.

    "That means the last cohort to sit the 11-plus tests will be those children currently in year five."

  16. Plan to reduce numbers qualifying for legal aid

    Jersey Evening Post

    The number of people who qualify for legal aid could be reduced in the new year if measures being considered by the Law Society are adopted.

  17. Job ad brings fake cheques scam warning

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The accountancy firm Deloitte has distanced itself from a fake advert in the Jersey Evening Post, which offered people money for carrying out research.

    The ad, which appeared last month, offered a salary of up to £760 a week. 

    The people behind the advert would send people a foreign currency cheque - and ask them to send some of its value on to a new address from their own account.

    But the cheques were fake, and anyone who sent money on would lose it. Police say people shouldn't respond to the advert, or any similar ones.

  18. Focus on autism

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    We've been hearing about the work being done by autism charities in Guernsey.

    The island's government is becoming more reliant on the sector to help meet public demand, but is the current model sustainable?

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  19. Selection decision 'a mistake'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    "A mistake, I think Guernsey will rue the day" - the reaction of the president of the Education, Sport and Culture Committee to the States vote confirming an end to selection at 11.

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley said he and the committee wanted to see La Mare de Carteret redeveloped under whatever education system the island was using.

    Paul Le Pelley

    Referring to the Grammar School he said: "I think we've lost an excellent school of learning or will do over the next six or seven years."

    To pupils Mr Le Pelley, a former teacher, said: "It shouldn't make any difference to their opportunities in the future."

    The introduction of the non-selective system will be phased in from 2019 to 2026.

  20. Fathers get more rights on children

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey fathers named on birth certificates, but not married to a child's mother, will get automatic rights from today.


    Until today, unmarried fathers didn't have any legal say in the way their child was brought up. 

    The change starts to bring Jersey in line with the UK, but Advocate Barbara Corbette, a family lawyer, says it could have gone further.

    "In England it is possible for a step-parent to have responsibility so if a mother remarries it is possible for step-father to have parental responsibility," she said.