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  1. People in Jersey are waiting nearly three times longer for an MRI scan than those in Guernsey
  2. The Bailiwick Fisheries Management Agreement with the UK has been reinstated
  3. Crown Dependencies politicians in House of Lords Brexit inquiry
  4. Airport workers strikes called off
  5. Jersey's Island Games squad given an extra £32,000 for travel to Gotland next summer
  6. Police continue to appeal for information after 'serious assault'
  7. Updates on Tuesday 20 December 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Weather: Rain coming from the west

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken through the night as a band of rain spreads in from the west, reaching most areas by dawn.

    Southwesterly winds will also strengthen through the night. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be a cloudy day with damp weather in the morning followed by heavier and more persistent rain through the afternoon.

    Winds will gradually ease through the day. Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

  3. Win or lose... charity group says thank you to islanders

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Quote Message: For more than 30 years the Christmas Lottery has generated huge interest around the Channel Islands for not only giving the chance to win some cash prizes in the festive season but, crucially, it raises huge amounts of money for local good causes" from Malcolm Woodhams Vice chairman, Association of Guernsey Charities
    Malcolm WoodhamsVice chairman, Association of Guernsey Charities

    "Another tremendous success" is the association's view of the 2016 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery.

    Mr Woodhams said: "On behalf of the charities, we thank everybody for buying the tickets, as well as the many shop, garages, and other outlets who enthusiastically sell Christmas Lottery Tickets."

    Charities have till the end of January to submit an application to receive a grant from the Christmas lottery, through the Association of Guernsey Charities or the Association of Jersey Charities.

  4. 2016 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery: Winning tickets

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    1st Prize £1,120,220 - ticket no. 338439

    2nd Prize £100,000 - ticket no. 2464842

    3rd Prize £25,000 - ticket no. 163448

    Winning ticket numbers in 2016 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery

    Ten Prizes of £1000 - tickets nos. 248051, 875777, 898137, 1930111, 1991879, 2153225, 2640297, 3474791, 3784925 and 4069924.

  5. Lottery charity grant helping phobia sufferers in Jersey

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey charity Triumph Over Phobia says grants from the Christmas Lottery allowed them to better support people with OCD and phobias.

    Phobia Books
    Quote Message: Christmas lottery funds in 2015 enabled the Association of Jersey Charities to give Triumph Over Phobia Jersey grants for books to help sufferers of OCD and phobias, ongoing training for supporters, and weekly room hire costs" from Celia Scott Warren Triumph Over Phobia Jersey
    Celia Scott WarrenTriumph Over Phobia Jersey
  6. Guernsey fishermen must 'live in the real world'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A row with Defra in the UK about how Guernsey licences and manages commercial fishing within the Bailiwick's 12 nautical mile limit has been ongoing for about a year.

    Things got so bad in August 2015 that the UK suspended the existing agreement which allowed Guernsey to fish in EU and UK waters. The sticking point was quotas - for skate and ray in particular - which Guernsey refused to accept.

    Fishing boats

    President of Economic Development, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, said: "As an individual we feel greatly for the fishing industry, it is 150 boats, it is a £5m a year industry and in the DNA of Guernsey but we have to deal with the situation the best we can.

    "We live in the real world and in the real world the negotiations have to be conducted by and on behalf of the States of Guernsey."

  7. Lottery 'vital for Jersey charities'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The Association of Jersey charities, which is responsible for handing out grants from the Christmas Lottery funds says it helps many important good causes and projects.

    The grants of up to £30,000 per year have included the replacement of windows at the Little Sisters of the Poor care home, money to help Recycle Jersey make use of recycled goods and money for organisations supporting island children.

    Quote Message: I just want to say a really big thank you to everyone who supports the Channel Islands Lottery as not only does it benefit you, potentially, as a winner. It also benefits so many charities and good causes on the island" from Lyn Wilton Association of Jersey Charities
    Lyn WiltonAssociation of Jersey Charities
  8. Relics of the Occupation uncovered

    Jersey Evening Post

    Relics from the Occupation, placed in the sands of St Ouen’s Bay by the Germans more than 70 years ago to defend the Island against a seaborne invasion, have been exposed by the tide.

  9. New boss for airline Flybe

    Airline Flybe has named its new chief executive.

    Former Air France and City Jet exec Christine Ourmieres-Widener will take on the role from mid January.

    Flybe plane

    Previous boss Saad Hammad left by "mutual agreement" in October after more than three years with the company.

  10. Nine Jersey charities given maximum lottery grant

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    This year nine Jersey groups have received the maximum level of grants distributed by the Association of Jersey Charities.

    The £30,000 grants are part of £746,780 given out this year to island groups from money raised by the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery.

    Founded in 1971, the association now has 315 member charities and awards grants at its quarterly meetings.

    At its latest meeting the following were approved:

    • Jersey Employment Trust - £30,000 towards a recycling project
    • Gorey Youth Project - £15,000 for a youth worker’s salary
    • Freedom Church - £30,000 towards refurbishment of the centre
    • Autism Jersey - £30,000 for fundraising/marketing salary
    • Headway Jersey - £30,000 for minibus running costs and a neuro-physiotherapist salary
    • Pain support Jersey - £11,700 for two part-time administrator salaries
    • Jersey Heritage Trust - £10,000 to digitalise old film footage
    • Silkworth Lodge - £9,749.36 to refurbish premises
    • BeachAbility – £4,959.50 for a seasonal coordinator
  11. Potato Shack to branch out into dairy products

    Jersey Evening Post

    The owners of a roadside potato shack are hoping to expand their operation on the outskirts of St Helier in order to offer locally made clotted cream, mascarpone, cream cheese and gelato.

  12. Swissport strike update: Planned action suspended

    The planned strike by baggage handlers in the UK on Friday and Saturday has been suspended.

    The industrial action had been expected to impact some flights between the islands and the UK on those days.

  13. CI lottery 'most successful in Europe'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Assistant Minister for Economic Development in Jersey, Deputy Murray Norton, said the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery was now the most successful lottery in Europe per head of population.

    Deputy Murray Norton

    He said: "People can rest assured that the good causes will be the beneficiary of the lottery and lottery sales.

    "I think for those that have been buying tickets, thank you because what you've been doing first and foremost is giving money to good causes."

  14. Fishing quotas 'essential' for Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's President for Economic Development, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, said the introduction of fishing quotas was unavoidable as it was part of a court judgement.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache

    Guernsey took the UK government to court last year over a row about skate and ray quotas imposed on Guernsey fishermen within the 12 nautical mile limit. They lost the case and were made to pay the UK legal costs of about £95,000.

    Mr Ferbrache said: "We are bound by a judgement given by a high court judge handed down in the summer that made it clear we would have to follow quotas.

    "We are in further negotiations to see we can achieve the best possible result. Can I say it was the result we looked for three or four years ago? No it wasn't. It is the best result we could get."

  15. Lottery has 'significant and crucial role' in third sector funding

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The money given to charities from the proceeds of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery "plays a significant and crucial role" in funding local projects.

    In Guernsey this year more than £200,000 raised by the 2015 draw has been given to groups by the Association of Guernsey Charities.

    Since 1986 the lottery has raised more than £3.5m for good causes.

    Quote Message: The Channel Islands are very lucky to have a successful and popular local lottery which supports good causes. This traditional draw plays a significant and crucial role in helping to fund projects that will assist the islands, and we are always grateful to everyone for enthusiastically buying the tickets, as well as the many shops and outlets that promote the lottery. from Malcolm Woodhams Vice chairman, Association of Guernsey Charities
    Malcolm WoodhamsVice chairman, Association of Guernsey Charities
  16. Chairman’s £32m claim in £160m of Long Port debt

    Guernsey Press

    Long Port Group entities owe more than £160m, court papers show.

  17. Fire in hedge put out

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The fire in Bailiff Cross Road, St Andrew's, has been put out, Guernsey's Fire and Rescue Service reports.

    The blaze damaged a hedge and a conifer tree.

  18. Island ministers at House of Lords Brexit inquiry

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Leaders of the Crown Dependencies are in London today for a House of Lords inquiry into the impact of Brexit, particularly its impact on the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.


    Guernsey's Head of Policy and Resources Gavin St Pier is joined by Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst and the Honourable Howard Quale from the Isle of Man to take part in the short inquiry.

    None of the three Crown Dependencies had a vote in the June referendum which resulted in the UK choosing to leave the EU, that was despite a petition to extend the vote to the islands, which are already outside of the European Union. 

    The House of Lords inquiry is being broadcast on the Parliament TV website

  19. Hedge fire in St Andrew's

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Firefighters are dealing with a hedge fire, at Bailiff's Cross Road in St Andrew's, the emergency services control centre reports.

  20. How would you spend the £1m lottery jackpot?

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The grand prize in the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery is once again higher than £1m, but how would you spend that sort of money?

    We went out on to the streets of St Helier to find out how shoppers in Jersey would make use of the jackpot.

    These are some of the replies we had:

    "If I won it, it would give me more pleasure to treat the family at my age. You know I could just give them something special, that would be it. That would be the nicest thing of all."

    "I'd buy a house... go on a couple of nice holidays... and probably a car as well."

    "My family, mainly." (a lady of few words!)