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Summary

  1. Female horse rider "dragged by frightened animal after it is spooked by a bicycle"
  2. Offshore reefs at Écréhous and Minquiers now protected by Jersey law
  3. Jersey States rejects attempt to scrap new fare structure for taxis
  4. Jersey and Guernsey get expressions of interest to operate inter-island ferry
  5. Weed killer Glyphosate safe to use despite France ban, Jersey department says
  6. Guernsey politicians debating the future of college funding
  7. Updates on Wednesday 27 September 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget Spotlight for the Channel Islands on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. 'Tache-less deputy: The old look and the newly uncovered face

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey deputy, Al Brouard, has shaved off his moustache for charity Action Aid Guernsey.

    For those of you accustomed to the politician's conventional look, moustache and all, here's a picture of him from his 2016 election manifesto.

    The last time he shaved it off was in 1988.

    Then:

    Deputy Al Brouard

    And now:

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    Mr Brouard said he hoped to raise £1,000 to go towards the charity's efforts to to rebuild a school in Nepal.

  3. Weather: A cloudy start on Thursday

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Rain will continue to move east during the evening, clearing away during the early hours. Some clear spells will develop allowing some isolated mist and fog patches to form.

    Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

    Thursday weather forecast

    Mist and fog will steadily clear Thursday morning, leaving a dry day with some sunny spells. Winds will also fall light so it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

    Weather
  4. Jersey registration plate sells for £63,000

    Jersey Evening Post

    A two-digit registration plate has become one of the most expensive ever sold in Jersey – after being bought at auction for £63,000.

  5. Internationally famous reefs protected in Jersey waters

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Offshore reefs at the Écréhous and Minquiers are now protected by Jersey law, after five years of negotiations with French authorities.

    reefs

    The States has passed the ban on disturbing the reefs by dredging and trawling unanimously today.

    The ban protects two large marine areas, totalling 62 sq km (23.9 square miles), of important and sensitive habitats in the shallow seabeds around Les Minquiers and Les Écréhous.

    Environment Minister Steve Luce said the "complex" agreement with French authorities was under the Granville Bay agreement on shared fishing rights.

    He said the reefs were home to "extensive areas of seagrass, maerl and kelp", which were important "nursery grounds" for fish and shellfish.

    He added that the new law was a "crucial step" to protecting the island's marine environment.

  6. Construction waste site to close for access road work

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's demolition and construction waste site is to close for three days from tomorrow.

    Work is being carried out on the access road that leads to the site at Longue Hougue as part of the project to build the island's new waste management facility.

    The household recycling site isn't affected by the work.

  7. New aid fund could 'expand reach'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Coffee farmers in Kenya
    Image caption: Coffee farmers in Kenya have benefited from Guernsey overseas aid funding, according to the 2015 report

    A new investment fund could make Guernsey's overseas aid contribution go further, despite a proposed reduction in funding after inflation.

    Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission has released future budget plans which could see its annual £2.9m budget reduced by 1% after inflation.

    An additional £250,000 could, however, be allocated annually to an "impact fund" which would invest in projects with "an environmental and social benefit", commission president Deputy Emilie Yerby said.

    She said: "That is something the could potentially expand the reach of overseas aid without actually expanding the amount of public investment in it.

    "If you were just looking at the affluence of Guernsey, compared to other places in the world, you might very well ask why we don't give more overall.

    "But, given where we're starting from, it's very difficult for the overseas aid budget to outpace budget increases anywhere else in the States."

  8. CoFE: Adult courses at risk of cancellation

    Guernsey Press

    Some adult education courses at the College of Further Education are at risk of cancellation with applications down following a controversial price hike.

  9. Ministers not to decide who will head scrutiny panels

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Ministers won't get to decide who'll chair the panels that scrutinise their work in Jersey.

    The States agreed the measure in a debate over how ministers and scrutiny panel and committee chairmen and women are appointed.

  10. Deputies look to change 'disorienting' States timetable

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    States Chamber

    Two Guernsey politicians have said they want to change the schedule of States assembly meetings for the next few years, calling the current timetable "disorienting".

    David de Lisle and Barry Paint want the assembly to revert to meetings held on the last Wednesday of every month from September 2018, excluding August and December.

    Deputy de Lisle said the current schedule did not leave time for the public or parish douzeniers,"to come forward with suggestions" on policy issues.

    But all the members of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee, who oversee the rules around the assembly, will be opposing the move.

    Committee President Matt Fallaize said: "If we have to arrange States meetings around the assumption that members are unable to manage their diaries unless they know there will be a States meeting on the last Wednesday of every month, I don't think that's a good way of deciding when the States should meet."

  11. Woman 'dragged by frightened horse'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A woman was injured in Jersey after she was dragged along a road by a frightened horse, police say.

    The 29-year-old was walking two horses down Les Ruettes in St Saviour this morning when one horse bolted after a cyclist went past.

    The woman then fell and was dragged along the road by the horse.

    Ambulance and police were called to the scene before the injured woman was taken to hospital for treatment, arriving just after 08:50.

    The extent of her injuries are not known, but the hospital confirmed she was discharged at about 11:45.

  12. Planners happy that buildings will not spoil Rouge Rue view

    Guernsey Press

    Cutting the height of three proposed homes by more than two metres has alleviated planners’ concerns about a new development blocking an ‘iconic view’ of the Little Russel.

  13. College funding: Alternative option a 'no confidence vote'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Elizabeth College exterior.
    Image caption: Elizabeth College, one of the three colleges whose future funding is being debated today.

    A move which could see public money used to specifically fund pupils' places at Guernsey's independent colleges has been branded "ludicrous".

    An amendment tabled by Guernsey's two most senior politicians at today's States debate on the future funding of Elizabeth, Blanchelande, and Ladies' colleges gives members a choice to either fund college places, in the form of a new means-tested system, or to remove taxpayer funding all together.

    But both options were unsuitable, according to Deputy Peter Roffey.

    "I will not support any form of assisted placeholders scheme, which is not only unnecessary in a world of all-ability state schools, but indeed is a pre-emptive vote of no confidence in those schools," he said.

  14. Weather update: Rain on the way

    BBC Weather

    A band of rain and brisk winds will spread in from the west, with some heavy bursts possible at times, clearing away during the early hours.

    Jersey forecast:

    Jersey forecast

    Guernsey forecast:

    Guernsey forecast
  15. 'Tache-less deputy reveals new look

    Mike Wilkins

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Deputy Al Brouard has revealed his new look at today's States meeting after shaving off his moustache for charity Action Aid Guernsey.

    The last time Deputy Brouard was without the moustache was nearly 30 years ago - way back in 1988.

    He hopes to raise £1,000 to go towards the charity's efforts to to rebuild a school in Nepal.

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  16. Protest at L'Ancresse sea wall plans

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Islanders have turned out to protest plans to knock down and re-align part of the L'Ancresse sea wall in Guernsey.

    The issue is due to be debated in the States sittings today and tomorrow.

    Kees Mahy, who runs a kiosk by the sea wall, said many people wanted the wall to be repaired instead of being re-aligned.

    Her kiosk is under threat by the plans, in which the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure made clear the States was under "no obligation to provide facilities" in the area.

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    protest
  17. Companies interested in Channel Islands ferry plans

    BBC Channel Islands News

    The governments of Jersey and Guernsey have agreed to provide funding for an inter-island ferry service.

    The islands have formally asked for expressions of interest from companies who would like the job.

    Jersey Senator Lyndon Farnham announced his backing for a dedicated inter-island service some time ago - but Guernsey wouldn't commit to the necessary financial support. Now the islands have issued a joint statement to say they would both back any company wanting to start up the route.

    They are looking for expressions of interest.

    Condor Ferries has already said it would be interested, together with another company called Bumblebee.

    The ferry would be expected to offer day trips from May to September, starting next year.

  18. St Pier to 're-engage' with Labour leadership

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey politicians have visited the Labour Party conference in the UK for the first time in several years.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier said it was an ideal opportunity to network, especially after the 2017 election result.

    Gavin St Pier
    Quote Message: With the Conservative Party, having a minority position in Parliament, we certainly took the decision this year it would be wise to re-engage with the Labour Party." from Deputy Gavin St Pier President, Policy and Resources Committee, States of Guernsey
    Deputy Gavin St PierPresident, Policy and Resources Committee, States of Guernsey
  19. National Fitness Day

    #GetInspired

    It's National Fitness Day with plenty of fitness centres putting on free taster sessions or open days.

    All you need to do to get involved is type in your local postcode into the National Fitness Day activity finder and see what's available near you.

    People taking part in a National Fitness Day activity

    If you're still not sure, we've put together five suggestions for you.

  20. Significant damage caused to boundary wall

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    "Significant damage" was caused to a boundary wall in Route Des Coutanchez, St Peter Port, police said.

    It happened between 18:30 on Thursday 21 September and 09:10 on Friday 22 September.

    Officers said it may have been caused in a collision with a purple coloured or partially purple coloured vehicle.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.