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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 23 December 2016
  2. Condor Liberation sailings cancelled due to wave heights
  3. TV Licence deal agreed with BBC
  4. Visit Guernsey releases 2017 tourism video
  5. Chocolate Santas recalled by Co-op
  6. Guernsey could 'go it alone' in a future EU trade deal according to millionaire Jon Moulton
  7. Genuine Jersey could set up a new Christmas market next year

Live Reporting

By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live this week, but we'll be back on Thursday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the Channel Islands.

    For news, the BBC Guernsey and BBC Jersey websites will have the latest on any big-breaking stories in the meantime, and don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 to catch all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News. There will also be news on your BBC Local Radio station across the festive period.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Your recycling guide this Christmas...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The States of Guernsey has released this handy guide for recycling at Christmas.

    Did you know, for example, that 6,000 Christmas trees will be shredded this year and turned into soil conditioner?

    If you did, you've got too much time on your hands.

    There's also loads of information on wrapping paper, Christmas cards, and lights.

    You can find it all here.

    Christmas trees
  3. Weather for the weekend...

    BBC Weather

    Of course this isn't just the weather for the weekend, it's the weather for Christmas!

    As if you didn't know already, it's Christmas Eve tomorrow - this is what the weather's looking like...

    Weather chart

    And this is the forecast for Christmas Day - no snow I'm afraid...

    Weather chart
  4. 'It's tough to negotiate with people who don't like you'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Negotiating Guernsey's interests with the European Union won't be easy because of the island's corporate tax laws, according to a Guernsey deputy.

    It comes after Guernsey's top politician this week briefed a House of Lords Select Committee on the islands' interests when it comes to Brexit negotiations. The Bailiwick will be represented by UK politicians.

    Deputy Charles Parkinson, a long-time campaigner for changes to the Guernsey's tax laws, says the zero rate still applicable to some businesses could be problematic for the Bailiwick.

    Quote Message: I think it's mainly representative of our wider vulnerability that if you're negotiating with people who really don't like you or have it in for you, it's going to be really tough to get a deal on any subject that's going to be beneficial." from Deputy Charles Parkinson States of Guernsey
    Deputy Charles ParkinsonStates of Guernsey
  5. Visit Guernsey release 2017 TV advert

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Have a look at the new Visit Guernsey advert, which is looking to promote the island as a top holiday destination while people are booking their summer trips.

    It will launch on Boxing day on UK National TV and regional Sky Adsmart stations...

    Video content

    Video caption: Visit Guernsey: 2017 advert
  6. This evening's weather...

    BBC Weather

    I'm sure there are a lot of you who will be out celebrating Christmas in town this evening.

    This is how the weather's looking in Jersey...

    Weather chart

    And this is the forecast in Guernsey...

    Weather chart
  7. Chocolate Santas "highly unlikely" to be affected in Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The chief operating officer of Co-op in the Channel Islands, Mark Cox, says it's "highly unlikely" that any batches of chocolate Santas in the islands are likely to be affected after a nationwide recall.

    The local stores are following their UK counterparts in asking customers to return the products after two lithium batteries were found in individual products in Suffolk and Essex.

    This is what we know about the situation locally:

    • The products were being sold by the Channel Island Co-operative Society stores in Jersey and Guernsey
    • The CI Co-op are posting product recall posters in all their stores advising customers to return the relevant product
    • Customers who have purchased one of the affected Santas, whether it contains batteries or not, can return them to any CI Co-op store for a full refund
  8. Have a night to remember...

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Alcohol led to one in five islanders being unable to remember the night before according to the States statistics unit - try saying that after a couple of sherries...

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  9. Old coins, cutlery and bullet shells found in sewage pipe

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Water has been combing through the rubble excavated from the La Piette sewage outfall, and found a few interesting artifacts.

    Amongst the haul were old coins, cutlery and even bullet shells.

    La Piette artefacts

    Someone really should own up to flushing all this down the toilet...

  10. New homes at former brewery ‘show support for open market’

    Guernsey Press

    Eight new properties being built at the former Guernsey Brewery site will get open market status, if the States agrees.

  11. Guernsey FC find new fans in Malawi

    James Rabey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A lot of football clubs have fans all over the world, but most of them are a lot bigger than Guernsey FC.

    The local club has recruited some new fans from an African village in Malawi.

    Malawi Village with GFC flag

    Brave Mhoni is married to a Guernsey woman and they're visiting family this Christmas - with plenty of GFC kit in tow.

    Mr Mhoni took a flag back to Malawi, and said the village were so happy to see it and feel like part of the club.

  12. Thirteen operations cancelled at Jersey Hospital

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Thirteen planned operations have had to be cancelled so far this week as Jersey's hospital continues to come under stress.

    The situation hasn't been helped by higher than usual numbers of staff off sick - which has led to the cancellation of a number operations including six yesterday and two today. The hospital says it's "regrettable but unfortunately unavoidable".

    Jersey Hospital

    The good news is that there are fewer procedures planned over Christmas until the New Year - so fewer operations to cancel if needs be.

    The hospital says it also relies on people to act appropriately. That means only using the emergency department if absolutely necessary, cancelling appointments if patients have had flu or vomiting, and contacting GPs and pharmacists for advice on norovirus type symptoms.

  13. Channel Islands Co-op recalls chocolate Santas

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Channel Islands Co-op are following their UK counterparts in recalling chocolate Santas that could contain lithium batteries.

    Two of the chocolate Santas - which had been subject to tampering - were bought at two different locations, one in Suffolk and one in Essex.

    That has led to a nationwide recall.

    No other products are affected.

    Chocolate Santa

    Anyone who is concerned should call Freephone 0800 0686 727.

  14. Mattress fire extinguished in the early hours

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Fire fighters were called out this morning to put out a mattress, which was alight outside a property in the Castel, Guernsey. 

    No-one was injured and the blaze was extinguished shortly after a fire team arrived at the property on Rectory Hill just after 06:30.

  15. Chamber ‘no’ to community levy on building works

    Jersey Evening Post

    Early plans to establish a new pot of money for community projects by levying charges against developers have been criticised by the Chamber of Commerce.

  16. Salvation Army play music for Christmas shoppers...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Salvation Army Band has been bringing festive cheer to shoppers in the run up to Christmas by playing modern and traditional Christmas songs in supermarkets.

    It's part of Waitrose's Christmas Isolation Campaign which looks to provide help to people in Guernsey who would otherwise go without.

    Salvation Army Band