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Summary

  1. Attempted murder accused to be tried in March
  2. Jersey's Celtic coin hoard: Final coins removed
  3. Private register the 'right thing for Guernsey'
  4. Telecom firm appoints acting CEO
  5. Last lemur from a group Gerald Durrell brought to Jersey in 1990 has died
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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Local Live in the Channel lslands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it from us this evening, and indeed this week.

We'll be back on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget, BBC One is the place to be tonight at 18:30, as BBC Channel Islands News bring you all the latest headlines, including news on the Jersey coin hoard.

Guernsey teachers 'ahead of the curve' on technology

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A British education professional says teachers in Guernsey are "more progressive" than anywhere else when it comes to embracing technology in the classroom.

Alastair Cameron is the business development manager at Just 2 Easy. 

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Last year his company installed a programme that allows school work to be accessed by parents in the Bailiwick.

He says that in his experience, Channel Island staff are further down the line than other British teachers.

St Helier park fees up to £10,000

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft has defended a steep rise in fees for holding events in town parks.

The Battle of Flowers organisers have complained that the fees to use People's Park have jumped from £300 to £10,000.

Battle of Flowers
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They say it means they may have to cancel having a Mr Battle in the procession.

Constable Crowcroft says the fees are fair and in line with those charged by the States.

Hospital delay could cost millions in interest

Jersey Evening Post

The cost of Jersey’s new hospital could rise, after attempts to secure the long-awaited funding plan collapsed yesterday following an ‘embarrassing’ States sitting.

NatWest warns of fraudulent text messages

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A fraudulent text message is being sent around the Channel Islands claiming to be from NatWest bank, but asking you to phone a different telephone number.

The bank is warning people to be cautious, and to phone the bank directly if they are suspicious.

It says the text message attempts to appear genuine and can show in the same message thread as a genuine text message from NatWest.

If you receive a message that looks like it is from NatWest and it asks you to call a telephone number, you should treat this as suspicious and contact us straight away. Don’t call the number provided on the text message, always use a number published on our website, the telephone directory or on your bank statement. NatWest will never ask you to give out your PIN, password or card reader codes over the telephone. These are used for our customers’ security and should be kept secret. "

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Guernsey to become new Sure Group headquarters

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey will become the headquarters of a merged Sure Group under a new acting CEO, Ian Kelly.

Sure's operations in the Channel Islands, Isle of man, South Atlantic and Diego Garcia island will now be headquartered in Guernsey. 

Eddie Saints, who died suddenly earlier this month, was due to take on the role with Mr Kelly's support.

Eddie Saints
BBC
Former Sure Guernsey CEO Eddie Saints died earlier this month

The two regions have previously worked together on a number of initiatives, and the company hopes the merger will enable a greater sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise.

Mr Kelly paid tribute to Mr Saints, saying he left a legacy of a successful business, which he intended to build upon.

Economy overview is showing an 'improved outlook'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The latest States overview of Guernsey's economy is presenting an "improved outlook". 

There's modest growth in earnings and employment levels in the finance sector, with the exception of banking. 

Despite a generally positive economic outlook, there's concern for the construction sector where employment levels have fallen consistently for two years.

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There's also a warning that prices are expected to go up in line with UK inflation as the effects of a weaker pound filter through to our economy. 

Earnings in the finance sector - which contributes a third of Guernsey's economic output, have seen modest growth too, but the number of people working in the banking sector declined, as a result of mergers and cost reduction measures.

Jersey hoard: The men who found the £10m coin collection

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The last coin from the largest Celtic coin hoard to have ever been found is being removed this afternoon. 

The collection - thought to date from about 30-50 BC - was found in Jersey by two metal detector enthusiasts after a 30-year search. 

Richard Miles and Reg Mead found the hoard in 2012, when it was valued at £10m. 

Treasury minister admits he 'could have done more' to avoid loan delay

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's treasury minister has admitted he should have done more to make sure Scrutiny had details of a planned loan for the new £400m hospital.

Senator Alan Maclean was speaking after members voted yesterday to refer the matter back for closer examination.

Alan Maclean
BBC

He said Scrutiny didn't ask to see the plan when it was first produced - which meant they didn't get it right away.

He says he always expected the matter to be reviewed - but didn't want to delay the issue to avoid costing islanders more money.

Guernsey Museum to reopen at Candie

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Guernsey Museum at Candie Gardens will reopen next Friday with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition.

The 2016 competition attracted a record almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries, including professional, amateur and junior photographers.

Guernsey Museum
BBC

Telecom merger about 'sharing knowledge and expertise'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The merger of a telecom's firm operations in the Crown Dependencies, the South Atlantic and Diego Garcia follows joint work on a number of initiatives, says the acting CEO of Sure.

The two regions include Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man, the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island, St Helena and Diego Garcia.

Ian Kelly, who has just been named in his new role, said: "Our level of expertise in dealing with the geographical and operational nuances of these island locations are well-established and sharing knowledge and expertise across the group is one of the big benefits of the merger."

He was named after the death of Eddie Saints, who had been due to take on the role.

Eddie and I worked closely together during the planning of this merger and he was passionate about the benefits and opportunities that working as one expanded group would bring. Eddie was a strong leader and he leaves a legacy of a successful business which I intend to build upon."

Ian KellyActing CEO of Sure

Hundreds of years of Jersey history available online

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey Heritage has announced that some of the island's historical baptism, marriage and burial records have been made available online.

More than 72,000 images covering records from 1540 to 1940 are now accessible, covering the milestones in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jersey men and women, from Tudor times to World War Two.

Jersey records
Jersey Heritage

Jersey Heritage said: "The records are searchable by name, birth date, parish, baptism, marriage and burial date, name of spouse and name's of parents, and these records contain vital information for anybody looking to find out more about an ancestor who lived in Jersey."

You can click here to search the records or visit Jersey Archives tomorrow between 09:00 and 13:00.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • The final coins in Jersey's Celtic coin hoard are being separated in a ceremony this afternoon
  • Senator Philip Ozouf has formally resigned as assistant chief minister
  • St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft has defended a steep rise in fees for holding events in town parks

Guernsey

  • The latest States overview of Guernsey's economy is presenting an "improved outlook"
  • A former UK Culture, Media and Sport Secretary says it's time to get more Guernsey women involved in local politics in the island
  • A British education professional says teachers in Guernsey are "more progressive" than anywhere else when it comes to embracing technology in the classroom

Last pieces of largest hoard of Iron Age coins dug up after 5 years

BBC Radio 5 live

The last pieces of the largest single hoard of Iron Age treasure – discovered in Jersey, five years ago – have been excavated.

Around 70,000 coins have been dug up, as well as several pieces of gold and silver jewellery buried up to 2050 years ago.

Reg Mead and Richard Miles made the discovery in 2012 after getting a “deep signal” on a metal detector in a field on Jersey’s north-east coast.

“After a few years, we realised this was a hoard that Celtic people had buried in 55 BC, possibly before Julius Caesar invaded Britain,” said Reg.

“He was, of course, looking for the wealth they had, and this was it, buried out of sight,” he added.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It's time to take a look at the weather for this evening.

It's heading below zero for Jersey tonight...

Weather chart
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And this is the forecast for Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

'Signs are positive' for Channel Islands ahead of Trump inauguration

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernseyman and former communications director to Boris Johnson says the signs are positive for the UK, and the Channel Islands, ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration later today.

He's promised a free trade deal with the UK, potentially within 180 days. I think that's very encouraging. Certainly in terms of trade and relations with the UK, I think the president has made the best possible start with the UK in that regard, and I'm hopeful if a trade deal can be done it can have great benefit to the UK and by extension the Channel Islands."

Will WaldenFormer advisor to Boris Johnson
Trump
BBC

The island's government has already written to Mr Trump to congratulate him on his election victory. 

Deputy Gavin St Pier's two-page letter reminded Mr Trump of the shared history, values and connections Guernsey has with the US.

‘Consolidation inevitable with the rising cost of regulation’

Guernsey Press

Consolidation of financial services companies is inevitable to withstand the rising costs of regulation, according to the local boss of the newly-merged Kleinwort Benson and SG Hambros in the islands.

Second civil servant in flight row leaves States

BBC Radio Jersey

The second civil servant named in a row over spending £13,000 of public money on flights to South Africa has also left the States.

Mike King, who was Jersey's Chief Officer of Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, resigned earlier this month.

Under his agreement to leave, reached after he was turned down for voluntary service, he was paid in lieu of his six month's notice - about £70,000.

Today it's emerged that Wayne Gallichan, who was Locate Jersey's director of inward investment has been granted voluntary redundancy.

B&I Cup: Jersey v Ulster A

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey make two changes to their side for the key British and Irish Cup game against Ulster A at St Peter.

James Freeman returns to the starting line-up at flanker in place of Max Argyle, who returns to the bench.

Callum Sheedy
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On-loan Bristol fly-half Callum Sheedy makes his first start ahead of Sam Katz, while lock Dave McKern returns from injury and is a replacement.

Jersey are one point behind Ulster with the winners securing top spot in Pool One and a likely home quarter-final.

US lawyer based in Jersey gives his opinion on Donald Trump

BBC Radio Jersey

A New York lawyer working in Jersey says Donald Trump has said embarrassing and appalling things - and says many Americans missed the opportunity to vote against him at the election.

Mr Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States later today  

Frank De Mita is a lecturer at Jersey International Business School.

Donald Trump
Reuters

After an election campaign which he says was the most divisive in modern history, he added it "seems surreal that America has elected a former reality TV star as its president".

While he hopes Mr Trump can unite his country, Mr de Mita added he has a long way to go before many Americans, especially in his home of New York, can accept him.

Bulwer Avenue reopens

BBC Travel

Temporary traffic lights have been removed from Bulwer Avenue, St Sampson, Guernsey, after the completion of roadworks.

Ice warning for Jersey

BBC Weather

An ice warning has been issued by the Jersey Met Office.

Be ready with your buckets of water, scrapers, or whatever your favoured method for de-icing your car in the morning...

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BreakingOzouf resignation accepted

BBC Radio Jersey

Senator Philip Ozouf has formally resigned as an assistant chief minister in the States of Jersey.

Chief Minister Ian Gorst confirmed he had received a letter from him stepping aside.

It means Senator Ozouf is no longer a minister or part of the council of ministers.

Rohais work blocks entrance to ambulance station

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's ambulances will be using the Green Lanes to access the station due to the latest phase of roadworks in the Rohais.

From today the resurfacing project means the only access to St John headquarters will be via the Clos Collette Nicolle - a residential clos.

St John says vehicles will be deployed at standby points outside of the roadworks to ensure its responses to emergencies are not disrupted.

The St John Shop will remain open for business.

Guernsey Ambulance and Rescue Station in the Rohais
BBC

Jersey hoard: What else was in the find?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Later the final coins are due to be removed from the world's largest Celtic coin hoard.

Discovered in a field in Grouville, Jersey, the hoard of nearly 70,000 coins has hidden a wealth of other items including:

Jewellery
BBC

Guernsey Raiders match is called off

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders' National Three London game at Dorking has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

Guernsey Raiders
Martin Gray

The island side had been hoping to extend their four-game winning streak in Surrey against a side ranked two places below them.

A new date will be arranged for the fixture in due course.

BreakingAttempted murder accused to be tried in March

BBC Radio Jersey

A man accused of the attempted murder of a 63-year-old man in Journeaux Street in October will go on trial in Jersey's Royal Court in March.

Gerard Eamon Maguire 49, of Aquila Road, St Helier, but originally from Birmingham, appeared before the court earlier.

He pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and a second charge of grave and criminal assault and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

Raiders game called off

Raiders boosted by winning streak

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders captain Lewis Hillier says the club's recent winning streak has boosted the morale of the side.

Raiders have won four successive games and five of their last six to move into fifth place in National Three London - their highest-ever position.

Lewis Hillier
Martin Gray

"Once we got one win under the belt I think we started playing with a lot of confidence. We've started playing the style of rugby that we're trying to bring each week," Hillier told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"It doesn't always turn up each week, but it's confidence and everyone's keen and eager to get out on the pitch and play the best they can."

We’ll deal with Brexit as we did LVCR loss, says Healthspan CEO

Guernsey Press

A major local exporter has said it is ready to be flexible to deal with the challenges presented by Brexit.

Jersey hoard: How to separate 70,000 Celtic coins

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Over the past three years, 70,000 coins have been removed from a huge Celtic hoard.

The collection - thought to date from about 30-50 BC - was found in Jersey by two metal detector enthusiasts after a 30-year search. 

Experts from Jersey Heritage have been logging the find, which was discovered in 2012...

Jersey hoard

A history of Fali: The last lemur of 1990

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The last surviving animal from a group of 10 lemurs which were brought to Jersey from Madagascar in 1990 has died aged 26.

Fali
DURRELL
  • Fali weighed just 545g when he was brought over by Gerald and Lee Durrell
  • The group was the start of the European breeding programme, which the zoo in Jersey still coordinates
  • In 1992, Fali was paired up with female Andila and six years later the couple moved into the large valley enclosure at the zoo
  • Over the years, Fali fathered 17 offspring and was responsible for 79 descendants

Alderney 'looking forward to' semi-final

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Alderney manager Alan Adamson says his side's first season in Guernsey's top flight will help them in their Muratti semi-final against champions Jersey.

They are fifth in Guernsey's Priaulx League and lost 1-0 to Guernsey last season - their best result since 1999.

Alderney v Guernsey
BBC

"We've basically got the same team to play this year with a year's experience in the top league in Guernsey," Adamson told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Hopefully that will stand us in good stead and we're looking forward to it," added Adamson, whose side host Jersey in March.

Guernsey Raiders coach Reynolds not ruling out a top-four finish

Guernsey Press

Raiders are not ruling out a top-four finish as they look to maintain their momentum against Dorking tomorrow.

Female engineering numbers 'reach a standstill'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The number of female students in Guernsey taking up classes and careers in engineering has reached a stand still, according to a programme manager at the College of Further Education.

John Semenowicz is calling for more active engagement in the so-called STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths.

He says he's consistently seen a ratio of two female to 12 male students each year, and wants to see an end to gender stereotypes.

Female engineer
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Small dip in inflation rate

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's rate of inflation has seen a small dip over the past quarter, according to the latest figures from the States Statistics Unit.

The Retail Price Index, Jersey's main measure of inflation, increased 1.9% when measured in December of last year.

The inflation rate has slowed a fraction in the last quarter.

RPI rates
States of Jersey

Jewellery and unusual objects

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Later the final coins are due to be removed from the world's largest Celtic coin hoard.

Discovered in a field in Grouville, Jersey, the hoard of coins has hidden a wealth of other items including:

Gold jewellery in coin hoard
BBC

If this has got you interested in Celtic coins then you might be interested to find out how to make an iron age coin.

Continued growth for Guernsey's fund industry

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

There have been five consecutive quarters of growth in Guernsey's fund industry, based on figures released by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

They show at the end of September 2016, the net asset value of all funds under management and administration in Guernsey stood at £249.4bn – an increase of £2.3bn (0.9%) since the end of June.

Guernsey Finance chief executive Dominic Wheatley said combined with the recent reports that Guernsey continues to be the first choice for non-UK listings on the London Stock Exchange it shows the funds sector is in "promising shape".

Five straight quarters of growth since the end of June 2015 is very encouraging and demonstrates confidence in the stability and substance of Guernsey’s funds infrastructure, services and regulatory environment at a time of changing economic and market conditions across the globe."

Dominic WheatleyGuernsey Finance chief executive