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Summary

  1. Gas leak death: Similar buildings 'could be reviewed' in Jersey
  2. Jersey's parliament could have elected speaker
  3. Government-owned Jersey finance centre building 'could be sold next year'
  4. Calls for non-religious people to be considered in Guernsey marriage reforms
  5. Specsavers founder says Guernsey is "uncomfortable place for many to live"
  6. Updates on Tuesday 26 September 2017

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

  2. World War One: Did you know...

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    By September 1917, more than 5,000 men from Jersey had been called up or volunteered for military service during World War One.

    There was concern on the island that the economy wouldn't be able to continue to operate. it had already started to see a decline in farming due to a lack of workers.

    The information was published as part of the Jersey Heritage WW1 blog, where it is publishing a story each day as if it were 100-years ago.

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  3. Latest weather: Dry overnight, but outbreaks of rain on Wednesday

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud. Where clear spells develop, the odd mist or fog patch may form.

    Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather

    Any mist and fog should quickly clear leaving a dry Wednesday morning with sunny spells. However, outbreaks of rain and strengthening winds will spread east through the afternoon, possibly with the odd heavy burst at times.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  4. Chief minister defends no Bailiff change referendum

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Chief Minister has defended his decision not to ask voters whether they agree the Bailiff should no longer be in the States Assembly.

    Under new plans, the role could change with the Bailiff only in the States for ceremonial occasions with an elected speaker running States meetings instead.

    Senator Ian Gorst says it was time the assembly changed to reflect the norm in other Commonwealth democracies.

    Former Bailiff Senator Sir Philip Bailhache said he wanted the whole island to decide in a public vote. Senator Gorst told the house it was a decision States members should take themselves.

  5. Jerriais to be considered as official language

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's native language could become an official language of the States Assembly, alongside French and English.

    Politicans will consider whether Jerriais should be added to the list of languages that can be used in official parliamentary business.

    Constable Len Norman said there were potential issues with using another language due to the very low number of speakers.

    He said: "The important thing about language is communication. We are communicating with the public, the electorate and with each other. But, if we start using Jersey French, very few of us will be able to understand what is being said."

  6. Had a haircut? Here's what you say in Jerriais ... we think

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

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    It comes after one of the youngest politicians in the States of Jersey had a hair cut.

    Sam Mezec faced criticism from voters at election time on social media over the length of his hair.

  7. Housing provider told to reveal amount paid for properties

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Andium Homes, which provides social housing in Jersey, is being told it must reveal the amount it pays for property once a sale reaches the Royal Court.

    Yesterday it was confirmed Andium paid £11m for the Jersey Gas site, a figure that hadn't been released when the contracts were passed in court earlier this month - a breach of regulations.

    All transactions must be registered in the public registry of contracts. These were, but without information about the price paid.

    The Solicitor General said that was a breach of regulations and Andium was the only company he knew of that did that.

    Mark Temple said the judicial authorities would be finding out why the company had withheld the figures and to make sure others did not in future.

  8. Tributes to ‘wonderful husband and father’ who died after explosion

    Jersey Evening Post

    A man killed by an explosion at a property in St Clement has been described by colleagues as a ‘wonderful father and husband’.

  9. Advice to grow Guernsey economy 'ignored at own peril'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey is missing out on opportunities to grow the islands economy, the co-founder of Specsavers says.

    Doug and Mary Perkins founded the company in Guernsey in the 1980s and still live in the island

    Doug Perkins

    Mr Perkins (pictured) said personal political agendas were getting in the way of real decision making, the whole strategic approach from the States was wrong and it was time for a rethink.

    President of the Economic Development Committee Peter Ferbrache said people should not ignore such comments.

    He said: "They have been a great success for Guernsey and both Mary and Doug Perkins are intelligent quiet people.

    "When somebody like Doug Perkins says 'we're not going in the right direction', you ignore it at your peril."

  10. 'Review needed' of staff accommodation after explosion

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's chief minister says a review is needed of rural staff accommodation following the death of a farm worker in St Clement.

    Michal Juzef Kmuk died in hospital in the UK on Monday after an explosion in staff living quarters last weekend.

    In the States, Chief Minister Ian Gorst passed on his condolences to his family before saying it should not have happened and a full review of similar properties would likely be needed.

    However, he added that such a review would have to wait until the fire service had finished its inquiries into the explosion.

  11. Inter-island ferry 'very likely'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Channel Islands could have an inter-island ferry service by the spring, a Guernsey committee president says.

    Economic Development Committee head Deputy Peter Ferbrache said it was hopeful a service would go ahead and he'd be very disappointed if that launch target wasn't met.

    He added that he couldn't promise it would include Alderney as the government could not force providers to offer the service, but did say officials and politicians would very much like it included.

    Quote Message: The expressions of interest, if they haven't gone out, will in the next day or two. I think there was a misunderstanding we were only looking at Jersey-Guernsey. We are looking at Alderney too." from Deputy Peter Ferbrache
    Deputy Peter Ferbrache
  12. Jersey Met to 'keep an eye' on airport weather with camera

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Met will still be able to check the weather at the airport even though staff have moved to a new office in town.

    The forecasters have a live camera set up at the airport so they can still keep an eye.

    Paul Aked added that a human could still spot things their equipment might miss.

    Quote Message: What we can do, as a human, is scan the whole sky. We can take in and look at everything going on outside. A sensor can look at one element but it can't look at the whole sky. It can't do it as well as a human can." from Paul Aked Jersey Met
    Paul AkedJersey Met
  13. Dairy trials free school milk scheme

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Children at three fee-paying schools are to get free milk as part of a new scheme from Jersey Dairy.

    More than 500 children at Helvetia House, St Georges Prep and St Michaels Prep will get a carton of milk once a week.

    Jersey Milk

    The dairy said it was the first step in its plan to re-introduce free milk for all primary school pupils.

    Helvetia head teacher Lindsey Woodward said school milk time always used to be a highlight of the day.

    All pupils used to get a carton of milk for free but funding from the States was scrapped in 2010.

  14. Haircut and a new look alike for Jersey politician

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    One of the youngest politicians in the States of Jersey has had a hair cut.

    Sam Mezec faced criticism from voters at election time on social media over the length of his hair.

    The deputy, who plays guitar in rock and metal bands in his spare time, is chairman of the island's only political party, Reform Jersey.

    This is his old look.

    Deputy Sam Mezec

    His new look and the person we feel he now looks like: Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham.

    When asked why he got it cut, he said: “I'm just demonstrating I'm not against all government cut backs."

    Andy Burnham, Sam Mezec. Pics: Labour Party/BBC
  15. Horse riders told to put down their phones

    Jersey Evening Post

    Cracking down on drivers using their mobile phones has been a priority for the States police in recent months – but now horse riders in St Ouen are being urged to ditch their devices when in the saddle.

  16. French language course offered to students

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Education Department has announced a chance to study at a French university for free.

    It will fund a one-year course at Caen University to help Jersey students, who want to study there, gain the level of French that's required.

    The £2,500 course is accessible to any student, as well as adults, and aims to make more European universities available for island students who normally would study in the UK.

    It is open to those aged 18 or over with an A-Level in French.

  17. We have to engage with Labour 'Marxists' - minister

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache

    A Guernsey minister has defended the island's government sending its most senior politician to the Labour Party Conference, saying "he's got to speak to them".

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously been critical of the Channel Islands' tax regimes.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache labelled Labour a "Marxist party" in an interview on BBC Radio Guernsey.

    He said: "You've got to deal with these people because they could be the government of tomorrow, of four or five years' time."

    "You've got the Yvette Coopers - sensible people that we would have confidence in, that might have an influence in the future."

    Policy and Resources President Gavin St Pier is at the conference in Brighton, while vice-president Deputy Lyndon Trott is due to attend the Conservative Party conference.

    No-one was sent from Guernsey's government to the Liberal Democrats' annual conference last week.

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  18. Jersey finance centre building 'could be sold next year'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The first government-owned office building on the Esplanade site in St Helier could be sold next year, according to the treasury minister, who was speaking at a scrutiny hearing.

    Finance Centre

    The Jersey Development Company building on the Castle Street junction isn't fully let but should be by the end of the year.

    The International Finance Centre was subject to significant criticism and protest from developers and local groups.

    Senator Alan Maclean said it was currently 70% let but, when it is fully let, the building will be sold off to a private company.

  19. August a record month for Aurigny on Gatwick route

    Guernsey Press

    Aurigny has flown a record number of passengers on its Gatwick route.

  20. National Fitness Day - ready to join Darcey, Rio and co tomorrow?

    #GetInspired

    Darcey Bussell and Rio Ferdinand help promote National Fitness Day 2017

    Tomorrow is National Fitness Day, a scheme that aims to get the whole nation moving a bit more at home and in the workplace.

    There are some big names taking part and loads of ways to get involved in your area - here are five of the best...