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Summary

  1. A dog - called Mr Bronx - that was confiscated from its family for nearly a year has been returned to his owners
  2. Vote of no confidence proposed against Jersey employment board
  3. Working rights biggest Brexit concern for CIs, says Senator Ian Gorst
  4. Brexit: Single market impact for Guernsey already felt - St Pier
  5. Fishing rights could be 'one of the most complex areas' of Brexit
  6. Possible Condor delays on Friday
  7. Committee to decide on whether referendum is binding in Guernsey
  8. Gotland athletes 'grateful for any help' to get to games
  9. Four times as many WW2 explosives found this year
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

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

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Citizen's Advice warns against 'panic buying' for Christmas

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

People in Guernsey are being urged not to panic buy Christmas presents and food which may leave them financially worse off this festive season. 

The warning comes from the Manager of Citizen's Advice Guernsey, Kate Raleigh, ahead of the Christmas celebrations this weekend. 

She says proper planning can get islanders out of money troubles.  

The worst thing you can do is think 'Well I'll take the afternoon off, maybe have some lunch and a couple of drinks and then do the Christmas shopping', because after drinking your self control can go out of the window and you can spend more than you can sensibly afford."

Kate RaleighCitizen's Advice Bureau
Christmas presents
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Call for Town to be ‘more vibrant’ for liner visitors

Guernsey Press

"A more vibrant St Peter Port", including retailers opening more on both days of the weekend, would encourage cruise ship visitors to spend more, according to Committee for Economic Development member Jennifer Merrett

Weather for the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the rather soggy weather for this evening.

Here's the forecast in Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

And this is the outlook in Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

Guernsey deputy suggests 'ignoring' referendum result

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

We don't even know what the island wide voting referendum will ask Guernsey residents yet, but already Deputy Neil Inder is suggesting the result should be ignored...

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Mr Bronx owners must 'accept full responsibility for the dog's behaviour'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The owners of Mr Bronx will have to accept full responsibility for the behaviour of the dog that was last month judged by the courts to be a pitbull - an illegal breed in Jersey.

The Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Connetable Deidre Mezbourian, says the decision has not been taken lightly and should not be seen as a precedent for others to follow.

I have reached the conclusion that the most appropriate course of action is to offer the return of Mr Bronx to its owner, Mr Gomes, under the agreement that stringent conditions are observed and that Mr Gomes accepts full responsibility for the dog’s behaviour. This decision has not been taken lightly and it is most certainly not to be regarded as a precedent, should similar circumstances be encountered in the future. The conditions under which Mr Bronx is to be returned have been compiled with the professional input of the agencies previously mentioned and are the result of careful consideration of this exceptional case. As is the case in the UK with similar situations, these conditions take account of legal requirements, as well as our duty to preserve the safety of the public."

Connetable Deidre MezbourianAssistant Minister for Home Affairs

Surf's up for winter

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey surfers have been taking advantage of a strong winter swell over the past few days and braving chilly waters to catch some waves.

Vote of no confidence: Who's behind it?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States Employment Board is facing a vote of no confidence, related to the sacking of Dr Amar Alwitry in 2012.

This has been submitted by Deputy Mike Higgins, but also has three signatures from other candidates.

They are:

  • Senator Sarah Ferguson 
  • Deputy Geoffrey Southern 
  • Deputy Jeremy Macon
Dr Amar Alwitry
BBC

Brexit inquiry was a 'valuable opportunity' to represent island's views

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

After a day in Westminster giving evidence of the impact of Brexit on the Channel Islands, Jersey's chief minister says it was a "valuable opportunity to engage with an important Parliamentary Committee."

The top politicians from Jersey Guernsey and the Isle of Man all made the trip to London to represent the Crown Dependencies, and spoke about the effects of Brexit, including financial markets and fishing.

“This hearing was a valuable opportunity for me and my fellow Chief Ministers to engage with an important Parliamentary committee and to share some views on a matter of great importance to Jersey. As the impact of the UK’s Brexit decision continues to be assessed, it is in the interests of all Islanders that Jersey continues to engage with the UK on this issue, and I hope that the information I was able to provide was of assistance to the Committee.”

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Despite restricted market access 'there are still opportunities from Brexit'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's policy and resources minister has told a House of Lords Select Committee that Brexit won't impact on offshore finance in the way that it might affect the City of London.

Deputy Gavin St Pier joined colleagues from Jersey and the Isle of Man at Westminster yesterday.

Gavin St Pier
BBC

He told the committee that being outside the EU meant finance houses in Guernsey were able to explore the potential advantages of Brexit.

However, he also expanded on the fact that Guernsey has seen market access restricted, with an application made by Guernsey to market investment funds in the EU being delayed by the European Commission.

Amy Blue trawler will be hit by quota controls

Guernsey Press

Fisherman who are trying to make a living out of their catches are going to be most affected by new quota controls, the president of the Guernsey Fishermen’s Association has said.

Mr Bronx a 'difficult and complex case'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's assistant minister for home affairs says the decision on the future of confiscated dog Mr Bronx was a "difficult and complex case".

Mr Bronx will be reunited with his owners after being confiscated at the start of the year and judged to be an illegal breed last month.

Connetable Deidre Mezbourian thanked customs officers for their help amid what she described as "unwarranted public criticism for simply doing their jobs".

This has been a difficult and complex case, and I am grateful to the many members of the public who have expressed their views. However, I would like to leave no doubt that this decision has been reached as a result of the advice received and on consideration of the particular aspects of this case. I would also like to thank all the agencies who have worked hard to ensure that an appropriate outcome could be achieved. In particular, I am grateful to the Customs and Immigration Service, whose officers have received unwarranted public criticism for simply doing their jobs and upholding the Island’s laws."

Mr Bronx
Jason Gomes

BreakingMr Bronx returned to owners

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A dog that was confiscated from its family for nearly a year has been returned to his owners.

Mr Bronx was confiscated earlier this year, and was legally judged to be a pitbull by a court last month.

The Assistant Manager for Home Affairs, Connetable Deidre Mezbourian, says she's sought advice from the States vet, customs officials, animal shelter and law officers, and decided to reunite Mr Bronx with the Gomes family.

Mr Bronx
Jason Gomes

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • vote of no confidence has been proposed against Jersey's States Employment Board, relating to the contract termination of Dr Amar Alwitry, who was sacked before he'd even started
  • Business leaders in Jersey are asking the Planning Minister to reconsider plans for a tax on new buildings and facilities
  • The new Jersey Police headquarters has been built two weeks ahead of schedule - but they won't be moving in until the spring

Guernsey

  • Guernsey's policy and resources minister has told a House of Lords Select Committee that Brexit won't impact on offshore finance in the way that it might affect the City of London
  • Work is underway on Guernsey's first ever referendum, which will focus on island wide voting  
  • Condor Ferries says the current forecasts for Friday predict an "adverse weather front" passing through the English Channel, potentially disrupting Christmas travel plans

Chamber rallies against tax on new builds

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Business leaders in Jersey are asking the planning minister to reconsider plans for a tax on new buildings and facilities.

Deputy Steve Luce is looking at introducing a levy to pay for new roads and green space.

He wants to share the cost fairly between developers and taxpayers.   

Construction worker
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Cathy Elliott from the Chamber of Commerce says it's another burden on builders and anyone who wants to extend their home.

Sure says 4G service has become 'world class'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey telecoms provider says the island receives more widespread 4G coverage than the UK.

According to the National Infrastructure Commission, the UK ranks 56th in the world for 4G availability, but Sure says Guernsey would rank third - if it was included - based on the fact that there is 95% coverage.

Smartphone
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The operator says it's also taken advantage of low band frequencies which were freed up after the analogue TV switch off to provide better indoor coverage.  

Santa is trying to find Oliver...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Santa has received a very special letter from Oliver this Christmas which also included his blankets and dummies.

Guernsey Post have received Santa's reply, but have no address to send it to!

If you know who Oliver is, please get in touch so that we can forward it on...

Oliver's posessions
BBC

Dr Amar Alwitry: Why was he sacked?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A vote of no confidence has been proposed against Jersey's States Employment Board, relating to the contract termination of Dr Amar Alwitry, who was sacked before he'd even started.

But what actually happened?

  • Eye consultant Amar Alwitry was due to start at Jersey's General Hospital in December 2012 but was told a week before by the States Employment Board his contract had been terminated
  • Mr Alwitry said he had queried the safety of certain practices, and claims he was told by senior staff at the hospital to "put up or shut up" when he suggested it would be unsafe for him to operate on a Friday unless senior colleagues could provide emergency care over the weekend
  • A government complaints panel found the withdrawal of Dr Alwitry's contract was "contrary to law, unjust and oppressive"
  • Those findings were rejected by the Jersey government
  • Dr Alwitry - with the British Medical Association's "full support" - said he would take legal action unless he received compensation
  • A vote of no confidence is lodged against the States Employment Board by Deputy Mike Higgins

At-risk Islanders urged to get flu jab

Jersey Evening Post

Vulnerable Islanders are being urged to get a flu jab from their GP after a red alert was triggered at the Hospital.

Vote of no confidence proposed against employment board

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Four Jersey politicians have proposed a vote of no confidence in the States Employment Board.

The motion has been headed up by Deputy Mike Higgins and is related to the sacking of Dr Amar Alwitry, a Consultant Ophthamologist.

Dr Alwitry was due to take a post in December 2012, but his contract was terminated before he started, after he queried certain practices.

A complaints panel said his treatment by the States was "appallingly shabby", but his contract termination was upheld.

Amat Alwitry
BBC

The employment board is the employer of all public employees in Jersey and is chaired by the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Education promoting 'one hour per day' guidelines

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Children and young people in Guernsey are being encouraged to be physically active for at least an hour a day.

It's all part of the States "Be Active" initiative.

Latest figures show nearly a third of nine and 10 year olds in Guernsey are overweight or obese.

Education's Lifelong Learning Manager, Alun Williams, says setting targets is a key part of the campaign.

Most people know that the UK guidelines say that young people should be active for an hour a day, and you want to limit their sedentary hours. All we're trying to do is publicise those so that people know that they should be aiming for an hour a day."

Alun WilliamsLifelong Learning Manager
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CISE’s bitcoin fund listing believed to be a world first

Guernsey Press

A world first has been claimed by the Channel Islands Securities Exchange in listing a regulated bitcoin fund.

Could be up to five island wide voting options on referendum ballot

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's first ever referendum could contain as many as five options on island wide voting.  

The States Assembly and Constitution Committee is working up proposals on how the process will work.  

Polling stations
BBC

It's follows the States decision to hold a referendum on whether all Guernsey deputies should be elected on an island wide basis in 2020.

Currently there are seven electoral districts in the island, and residents can only vote for candidates who stand in their area.

Travel update: Possible Condor delays on Friday

BBC Travel

Condor Ferries says the current forecasts for Friday predict an "adverse weather front" passing through the English Channel.

High speed services on the Liberation have been placed under review, but the ferry operator says no changes have yet been made to the schedule because the forecast could change.

They're advising passengers to reschedule to tomorrow if they want to avoid possible delays.

Customers booked to travel on high speed services UK-CI-UK on Friday 23 December and who require certainty around arrival times are advised to consider transferring their bookings to tomorrow’s high speed service, or to Friday’s conventional service to/from Portsmouth. Customers taking advantage of this option will not be required to pay amendment fees."

Condor Ferries

Gillham golden anniversary!

BBC Radio Jersey

Congratulations to BBC Radio Jersey presenter Tony Gillham who is celebrating his golden anniversary in broadcasting.

He started his career exactly 50 years ago today on hospital radio, and has since been on air everywhere from biscuit factories to BBC Radio 2​.

He's hardly changed at all...

Tony Gillham
David Watts

Do you know Oliver? Santa's reply stuck at Guernsey Post

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Oliver has been very kind and posted his blanket and dummy to Santa, but his reply is stuck at Guernsey Post!

If you know who Oliver is, get in touch so that Santa's letter can be passed on...

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Driver fined £800 after crash with three cyclists

Jersey Evening Post

A driver involved in a collision on St Saviour’s Hill which resulted in the serious injury of three cyclists has been fined £800 after pleading guilty to careless driving.

Christmas postal deadline today!

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Today is the last posting day for packets and parcels from Guernsey to the UK if you want them to arrive in time for Christmas.

Parcel
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Of course if you do miss the deadline, I'm happy to take any spare gifts - I need a new mobile phone if that narrows it down...

States urge 'at risk' islanders to get flu jab

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey are urging people who are classified as "at risk" of getting flu to arrange getting a vaccination with their GP.

There are "significant" levels of flu in Jersey at the moment - last week the hospital was on red alert, with operations postponed and fewer than five beds available.

Those deemed to be at risk are 

  • Islanders aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged six months and over who have underlying health conditions including immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, diabetes or chronic disease of the respiratory tract, heart, liver, kidneys or nervous system
Flu jab
Science Photo Library

Shortest day of the year

BBC Radio 5 live

Local woman to help national CF project

Guernsey Press

A local woman with cystic fibrosis is set to take part in a workshop that will be used to guide national research and prioritise new clinical trials.

Jersey 'stunning as ever'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Herm sees record visitors for Christmas shopping

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Record numbers of shoppers headed to Herm on the free trips for Christmas shopping this year.

Ferry operator Travel Trident says more than 3,000 people took up the offer - the highest number in the 30 years they've been in business.

Travel Trident
BBC

Storm Angus meant cancelled trips on the first weekend of the offer in November, with only 34 passengers heading to Herm the day after hurricane-force 12 winds hit the islands. 

But in the following weekends numbers picked up, with a peak on Sunday 11 December - the last day of the free offer, while the islands enjoyed unseasonably mild conditions. 

Fishing rights could be 'one of the most complex areas' of Brexit

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A House of Lords Select Committee has heard how Bailiwick fishing rights are one of the most challenging areas affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU. 

All three Crown dependencies gave evidence to the committee in London yesterday.  

Guernsey's representative Deputy Gavin St Pier said fishing was one area where Jersey and Guernsey differed.

It is an immensely complex area. There has recently been a judicial review case which Guernsey was involved in relating to an action by Defra, and we're still working through the consequences of that. It's probably the one area where Guernsey and Jersey does differ, but I think I'd simply say as a word of caution this is going to be one of the most complex areas, and not just for the Crown dependencies.

Gavin St PierPresident, Policy and Resources Committee

A tip from Guernsey Airport...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you're travelling to the UK for Christmas or vice versa, it might be worth having a read of this...

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I wrap all my presents on Christmas Eve using tin foil - it's a real time saver.

Crashed van was stolen, say police

Jersey Evening Post

A van that was abandoned and left on its side after a crash near Bel Royal School on Sunday morning had been stolen from St Peter’s Garden Centre a short time earlier, the police say.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey's chief minister says the free movement of goods between the UK and the EU needs to be maintained following Brexit
  • The number of World War Two explosives destroyed by Jersey's bomb disposal team this year has quadrupled
  • The first prize of over £1m in the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery went to ticket number 338439

Guernsey

  • Guernsey's first ever referendum could contain as many as five options on island wide voting
  • Guernsey's most senior politician has told a House of Lords Select Committee the island is already feeling the impact of Brexit
  • Islanders who have left Christmas shopping to the last minute are being urged not to overspend and leave a financial hangover next year

Second prize in CI lotto goes to Guernsey ticket

Guernsey Press

Islanders with hopes of becoming an overnight millionaire were likely to be disappointed today after it was revealed that this year’s Channel Islands Lottery winning ticket was sold in Jersey for the second year running.

Exercise levels to be measured at La Mare

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Twenty students at Guernsey's La Mare De Carteret High School will be taking part in a trial in the new year aimed at measuring how physically active they are.

The Activity Trackers programme is part of a States of Guernsey led "Be Active" initiative, launched earlier this year. 

Chlidren running
Science Photo Library

Latest figures show nearly a third of nine and ten year olds in Guernsey are overweight or obese.

Police building completed ahead of schedule

BBC Radio Jersey

The new Jersey Police headquarters has been built two weeks ahead of schedule.

Although it's finished, the building needs to be fitted out with technology before staff can move in.

Police officers will start working at the new station in Green Street in the spring.