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Summary

  1. Impact of Brexit: UK MPs to meet Jersey ministers
  2. New Jersey immigration policy 'won't stop top jobs being filled'
  3. Inflation 'biggest concern for Guernsey'
  4. Aurigny 'not to blame' for Alderney economy
  5. Updates on Monday 23 January 2017

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it from us today, but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  2. Jersey minister says there's 'not much he can do' over £500 Guernsey fishing fee

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's environment minister says there's not much he can do to help Jersey fishermen in the row over charges to fish in Guernsey waters.

    Authorities in Guernsey recently introduced a £500 fee for licences - but subsidise local boats who have to pay it.

    Jersey fishermen are unhappy at the move, but Deputy Steve Luce says that while the island could respond by reconsidering its own licensing fees, its difficult to tell other jurisdictions what they can do.

    Jersey harbour
  3. States bond 'will not fund capital projects that don't generate income'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Schools and hospitals will not be funded with money from the States bond.

    Last week it was announced that the £30m capital costs of the waste project, and the beneficial ownership register would be funded from the unused proceeds of the money.

    Deputy Lyndon Trott said the only projects that would be funded by the bond would be those that generate their own income.

    States of Guernsey

    Guernsey States completed its £330m debut bond issue at the end of 2014 in a "better deal for the island's taxpayers".

    Of the original capital raised, about £200m is thought to be left.

  4. Isle of Man abortion campaign: What are Guernsey's laws?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Isle of Man is currently "seeking public opinion" on their abortion laws, which restrict the procedure to instances involving rape or mental health.

    As a crown dependency, the Isle of Man has control over its own legal framework.

    In Guernsey the abortion law was updated in 1996. Before that, the 1910 law meant women and doctors faced anything from three years in jail to life imprisonment. There were no prosecutions under this law after the 1950s.

    Under the new Abortion Law (Guernsey) 1997, an abortion is only legal if two doctors agree that:

    • It is immediately necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.
    • It is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical and mental health of the woman.
    • The pregnancy does not exceed its 24th week, and at the time of diagnosis there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.
    • The pregnancy has not exceeded its 12th week and the continuance of pregnancy would involve risk greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or any existing children of her family.
  5. Developer open to offers on a use for the unused arch

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The developer Dandara says it would be glad to hear from anyone with a suggestion to re-use a granite archway taken down from a redevelopment on the Esplanade.

    The company removed the 17th Century arch from its development of Gaspe House, the large office building near the Grand Hotel.

    Arch

    The Planning Department expected the company to come up with a suitable way to re-use it - but so far it hasn't found one.

    Heritage campaigners have suggested it could be part of the new hospital.

    Project manager Colin Pateman says the company offered the granite for use in the World War One memorial on the Weighbridge, but it wasn't thought to be suitable.

    Arch
  6. Weather: Orange ice warning issued

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and clear night across the island with light winds too.

    This will allow temperatures to fall to, or just below, freezing and as a result an Orange ice warning has been issued for tonight. Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F).

    Weather map

    After a cold and icy start, tomorrow will be another dry day with plenty of sunny spells for all parts.

    The winds will remain light and it will feel fairly pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  7. Guernsey's top travel destinations revealed

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A local travel agent has revealed the top travel destinations for 2016 based on their booking figures.

    Here's where islanders travelled to the most...

    1. UK 
    2. Spain 
    3. USA 
    4. Portugal 
    5. Finland 
    6. Italy 
    7. Austria 
    8. France 
    9. Greece 
    10. Cyprus 
    11. Netherlands  

    How many have you been to?

    I counted nine, although I only went through Austria on a train and I'm not sure whether that counts or not...

    London tourism
  8. Food producers discuss British brand protection scheme

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The effect of Brexit on the protected status of Jersey Royals has been discussed at a meeting of British food producers in London.

    A European Union scheme guards 76 products against imitation and prevents potato growers who aren't based in the island from using the words "Jersey Royal".

    Potatoes

    John Garton, who oversees the Jersey Royal Brand, was at the meeting and said the food producers want to create a carbon copy of the EU scheme.

  9. Umpire appointed to international cricket panel

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey cricket official Heath Kearns has been appointed to the ICC's Development Panel of International Umpires.

    Kearns is one of three umpires to join the 34-strong panel, which includes officials from all over the world.

    Fellow Jersey-based umpires Neil Hall and Suthan Selvachandran had also been nominated for the panel by the island's cricket board.

  10. Customer satisfaction up for Condor Ferries

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    According to Condor Ferries, we're all a lot happier about the service they provide.

    Based on scores from a market research company, the ferry operator was given 8 out of 10 for staff helpfulness, and 6.9 out of 10 for overall satisfaction in December 2016, compared with 7.1 and 5.2 the year before.

    The customer satisfaction survey gets about 10,000 responses from passengers per year.

    Condor Liberation
  11. Working party to look into Castel Hospital as university campus

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A States of Guernsey working party is looking at the possibility of using the Castel Hospital site for a university campus.

    Long time champion of the idea, Deputy Charles Parkinson, is heading up the project which he believes could be an economic enabler for both Guernsey and Alderney.

    He says its vital to diversify the Bailiwick's economy.

    Quote Message: At the moment we're very dependent on one industry - finance. We're in a very uncertain world in the post-Brexit situation, and we don't know what the future holds for that industry. If the sky turns stormy, Guernsey could be in deep trouble. We need urgently to consider diversification, and although we can all think of ways of spending money, I need to think of ways we can actually earn it." from Deputy Charles Parkinson President, States Trading Supervisory Board
    Deputy Charles ParkinsonPresident, States Trading Supervisory Board
  12. New stamps of endangered bird to be released

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Post has collaborated with the World Wildlife Fund to create these new stamps.

    They feature the Meadow Pipit, now classified as an endangered species in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

    They'll be available from 15 February.

    New stamps
  13. Rohais Chinese Takeway scores zero for food hygiene

    Guernsey Press

    Rohais Chinese Takeaway has received a zero star hygiene rating despite multiple visits to the premises by environmental health officers.

  14. Brexit: What does Jersey contribute to the UK?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The UK government is taking a look at how the Crown Dependencies will be affected by Brexit by sending the Justice Select Committee to gather evidence from local government and industry.

    Today it's Jersey turn.

    There are likely to be conversations about which agreements and statutes need to remain in place, but you might well be asking yourself, what does Jersey have to offer?

    Well, according to the States, quite a lot - here's how they summarised their "Value to Britain":

    • The UK runs a trade surplus with Jersey in the region of £0.5bn per annum
    • Half a trillion pounds of foreign investment into the United Kingdom comes via Jersey, equivalent to 5% of the total stock of foreign owned assets in the UK
    • Jersey supports an estimated 250,000 British jobs, of which 190,000 come from foreign investment
    • Jersey adds £14bn to the United Kingdom economy, involving added tax revenues to the UK of just under £5bn per annum
  15. Water supply restored to Les Genats

    Water supplies have been restored to Les Genats estate.

    Earlier, staff from Guernsey Water were giving away bottled water after the mains pipe burst near Ruette de Carteret.

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  16. Deputies raise concerns over waste cost and food disposal

    Guernsey Press

    Export of food waste, free recycling bags and the total cost to householders of the new waste strategy are concerning deputies.

  17. Isle of Man abortion campaign: What are Jersey's laws?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Isle of Man is in the process of gathering the views of the public before reviewing its abortion laws.

    Only about 10 abortions a year take place in the Isle of Man because of the limited circumstances in which it's legal.

    This means that women travel to UK, spending around £2,000 on a private procedure.

    In Jersey, the law changed in 1997.

    The current legislation states that to get an abortion, two doctors approved by the Health and Social Services Department must agree that one of the following applies:

    • A termination is needed to save the woman's life or to prevent serious permanent injury to her physical or mental health. One of the doctors must be an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and the other must practice in an area linked to the reason the woman requires the termination e.g. mental health. There is no time limit under this reason so a termination can take place at any time up until birth
    • The woman is no more than 24 weeks pregnant, and that there is a serious risk that if born, the child would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to have a serious disability. One of the doctors must be an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and the other must be a paediatrician
    • The woman is no more than 12 weeks pregnant and her condition causes her distress
    • Any registered doctor can end a pregnancy at any stage where the woman's life is in urgent danger
  18. Your views on the Guernsey hill climb...

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    Meetings are taking place to see if the development at the old brewery site in Guernsey will impact on the hill climb.

    The development will see new luxury apartments built right next to the start of the climb.

    Here's what you've been saying on Facebook...

    Paul: No surprise on that one, posh apartments and loud revving engines outside won't go down well.

    Scott: Leave it alone, hill's been there years, we didn't ask for apartments to go there.

    Ant: The Val Des Terres hillclimb is part of Guernsey motorsport history! The national event on the hill has won best national hillclimb event for the last two years, this can't be ruined by some posh apartments!

    Bobby: It doesn't matter how small the change - if you change the road layout then all the records will need to be reset as it's changed.

    Have your say on our Facebook pages, on Twitter, or via email.