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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Monday from 07:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30 and get the latest news for your area.

  2. Alderney States funds island-wide broadband upgrade

    Alderney could have the fastest average broadband speed in the Channel Islands if islanders sign up for an upgrade.

    During 2018 the Economic Development Reserve will be used to pay for the installation and upgraded contracts for both households and businesses.

    Quote Message: Sure has already commenced installation of new infrastructure to develop the network and reduce line lengths to households and businesses, as well as investing in an upgrade of the core fixed network to increase capacity." from Justin Bellinger Chief Digital Officer at Sure
    Justin BellingerChief Digital Officer at Sure

    The two-year contracts will provide up to 60MB per second at Sure's Superfast rate of £35.99 a month with the States fund paying the difference between islanders' current contracts.

    The government-funded initiative will also see connection upgrades or new routers paid for.

    At the end of the two-year period, householders and businesses will be able to revert back to the original agreement and speed at no additional cost.

    The States also plans to run a number of business and social initiatives in a bid to offer greater opportunities for home working, e-training, e-health and business start-ups.

  3. Storm gate to remain closed

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Due to continuing strong winds the Elizabeth Marina Storm Gate will remain closed tomorrow, Ports of Jersey has said.

  4. Industrial action leads to cancelled sailings

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Condor Ferries has cancelled this evening's services from St Malo to Jersey and some of Saturday's sailings between the islands and the French port.

    The firm says it is "due to further industrial action by St Malo Port Stevedores, which has flared up this afternoon".

    Condor Rapide

    No passengers will be allowed to board in St Malo, so the Condor Rapide will sail back to the islands empty.

    Cancelled Services

    • Friday 8 December - St Malo to Jersey departing at 18:30
    • Saturday 9 December - St Malo to Jersey departing at 08:00
    • Saturday 9 December - St Malo to Guernsey departing at 08:00
  5. Bus service Accessibility Card gets backing of campaigners

    The Guernsey initiative allows anyone with difficulty using public transport to discreetly let the driver know their needs.

    The scheme allowing islanders to let bus drivers know about any sight, hearing, speech, or other factors they want to be considered is being supported by the Guernsey Disability Alliance under its Make a Change campaign.


    As an example CT Plus said the credit card sized card allows the holder to let the driver know about a sight or speech impairment or require the driver to tell them when they reach a certain destination.

    CT Plus said the cards have been made available to associated charities across the Bailiwick and can also be requested from the bus terminus information kiosk.

  6. Black returns for Guernsey FC

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has recalled Ryan-Zico Black for Saturday's trip to Sittingbourne in Isthmian League Division One South.

    The former Nothern Ireland Under 21 international has not played since being sent off in September.

    Ryan-Zico Black

    Jason Winch is also back having featured only twice in the last 14 months after a knee injury while Jamie Dodd returns after suspension.

    But with Glyn Dyer injured and Craig Young, Dave Rihoy, Angus Mackay, Alex Le Prevost, Kyle Smith and Dom Heaume all unavailable Vance takes a relatively inexperienced squad to their eighth-placed opponents.

    Guernsey squad: Dennis, Marsh, Geall, F Tobin, Dodd, H Tobin, Winch, De La Mare, Black, Dodds, Gauvain, Skillen, Loaring, Legg.

  7. Jersey make five changes for Cup match

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds have made five changes to their side for the British and Irish Cup match with London Scottish.

    Hooker Nick Selway returns after being on the bench for the 19-all draw at Nottingham while Fijian international prop Leeroy Atalifo also comes in.

    Nick Selway

    There are two other changes in the pack as Dave Mckern replaces Jerry Sexton in the second row and flanker Max Argyle makes his first start since September after recovering from injury and comes in for Conor Joyce.

    The one change in the backs sees Jason Worrall replace the injured Auguy Slowick on the wing.

    Jersey: Cope; Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Worrall; Bryant, Dudley; Godfrey (capt), Selway, Atalifo, Mckern, Kolo'ofa'i, Argyle, Nagle-Taylor, Rogerson

    Replacements: Macfarlane, Woolmore, Armstrong, Voss, Joyce, Hardy, Abrahams

  8. Returned US millions shows authorities' 'dedication'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The return of more than £10m of criminal proceeds laundered through Guernsey to the US is testament to the "dedication and persistence" of local law enforcement, a senior Guernsey lawyer says.

    The money has been returned under a 2015 bilateral asset sharing agreement with the US Department of the Treasury.

    The £10.6m stems from two cases, the first in relation to the owner of an online poker company who defrauded customers, and had funds based on the island. The second case was £1.2m seized from Paul Hindelang, a large-scale importer of Colombian marijuana to the US in the 1970s and 1980s, who had laundered assets in Guernsey.

    Megan Pullum Q.C.
    Quote Message: This case illustrates the dedication and persistence of Guernsey law enforcement authorities in working with overseas authorities and in successfully bringing a case to conclusion despite the process taking several years. It is an excellent example of successfully tracing and identifying proceeds of crime across jurisdictions and of repatriating such proceeds." from H.M Procureur Megan Pullum Q.C.
    H.M Procureur Megan Pullum Q.C.
  9. Guernsey-based criminal cash transferred to US

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey will transfer more than £10m stemming from criminal activity to the US, the first time it has done so.

    In 2015, the two jurisdictions signed a bilateral asset sharing agreement, with the US Department of the Treasury sending more than $2m in 2016.

    The money in today's announcement stems from two cases.

    The first was the owner of an online poker company who defrauded customers, and had funds based on the island. Raymond Bitar was prosecuted in New York in 2013 for his crimes.

    US dollars

    The second was Paul Hindelang, a large-scale importer of Colombian marijuana to the US in the 1970s and 1980s, who had laundered assets in Guernsey.

    John P. Cronan, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, said: "Today’s announcement sends a strong message that the Department of Justice and our counterparts in Guernsey will not rest until defendants are brought to justice and denied the illicit proceeds of their crimes."

  10. Jersey golf legend Tommy Horton dies

    BBC Radio Jersey

    One of Jersey's most successful sportsmen, professional golfer Tommy Horton MBE, has died.

    The father and grandfather played in two Ryder cups, won 15 tour events around the world, 23 senior tour wins and the order of merit on five occasions.

    Mr Horton was a well-known professional player and a lifetime member of the Royal Jersey Golf Club.

    He was at the club last night, but became unwell and later died in hospital.

    The club's general manager Darren Attwood said he was a legend in the game and always had time for those around him.

  11. Guernsey shares forfeited millions with US

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    For the first time, Guernsey officials are sharing forfeited money with the US, following criminal cases in New York and Florida.

    The forfeiture comes from two cases, including an online poker company called Full Tilt defrauding clients.

    The second case involved Paul Hindelang, a large-scale importer of Colombian marijuana into the United States during the 1970s and 1980s.

    US cash

    The sharing of $14.3m (£10.6m) is the second of its kind, since a bilateral asset sharing agreement between Guernsey and US was set up in 2015.

    On the other occasion in 2016, the US Department of the Treasury shared more than $2m (£1.5m) with Guernsey.

    The money being transferred is half the amount recovered in Guernsey stemming from the two cases with Guernsey retaining an equal amount.

  12. Immigration policy will 'strengthen controls'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Plans to curb immigration to Jersey will strengthen the ability of the island to control the population, the island's chief minister says.

    States of Jersey migration policy

    The Council of Ministers wants to bring in time-limited work permits for lower-paid workers, proposing temporary or seasonal workers should be allowed to stay for up to 10 months, while year-round workers will be allowed to stay for up to four years.

    Senator Ian Gorst, said: "This new policy will strengthen our controls, ensuring that migration is not too high or too low, enabling us to limit the impacts on our services, infrastructure and culture. It will also give us the flexibility we need to respond to fast moving technological developments and the challenges of an uncertain future."

  13. 'Ninety non-native species could invade Jersey seas by 2040'

    Jersey Evening Post

    The island is powerless to stop an invasion of more than 90 non-native sea species over the next two decades, a marine expert has warned.

  14. Scrutiny hearing: Chief minister 'contributed to hysteria' on schools

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A member of Guernsey's education committee has accused the island's most senior politician of contributing to the hysteria surrounding secondary school reform.

    Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen was speaking at a scrutiny hearing on the recent resignation of Deputy Carl Meerveld following a botched PR campaign.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier gives evidence
    Image caption: Deputy Gavin St Pier (centre) giving evidence to the hearing

    Deputy Dudley-Owen told the hearing the statements provided by Deputy Gavin St Pier were irresponsible and factually incorrect.

    Deputy St Pier is currently responding to the claims in his evidence.

  15. Crime levels fell in 2016, report shows

    Euan Mahy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Levels of crime in Guernsey continue to fall, according to figures released in an annual report.

    Data for 2016 from the law enforcement report shows criminal damage, assault, theft and drug offences were the most common crimes.

    There hasn't been a report for 20 months but overall recorded crime is lower than 2015, while detection rates have improved slightly.

    The report says the Bailiwick remains a low crime area.

    What is changing is the use of technology with smart phones and computers frequently being used by criminals for drugs offences, scams or sophisticated financial fraud.

    The High Tech Crime Unit was involved in 202 investigations in 2016 and examined more than 800 devices like phones and SIM cards.

    Domestic abuse continues to be a problem with officers increasingly working with social services where children are involved.

  16. Scrutiny hearing: Politician 'met with three PR agencies'

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey politician who resigned from the island's education committee in a row over a botched PR campaign has told a scrutiny hearing he did have the authority to engage with a PR agency for a Facebook campaign.

    Deputy Carl Meerveld met with agency LR&D along with two other unnamed companies on 9 November.

    Deputy Meerveld explained he had authority from the committee's president after a formal meeting ended the previous day.

    Despite that he told the hearing he was solely accountable for the episode.

  17. Business group welcomes immigration debate

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Institute of Directors (IOD) has welcomed the publication of a new island migration policy.

    The Council of Ministers wants to bring in time-limited work permits for lower-paid workers, proposing temporary or seasonal workers should be allowed to stay for up to 10 months, while year-round workers will be allowed to stay for up to four years.

    IOD Chairman Chris Clarke welcomed the debate on the matter but hopes the island does not become "fixated" on numbers and negative sentiment around immigration.

    Quote Message: Living on an island, we acknowledge that with any policy there will need be compromise but I am hopeful that with proper dialogue and a pragmatic approach the new policy can provide benefit to all: whether that is business, large or small; workers in finance or in hospitality; young and old; rich and poor; local or migrant.
    Chris Clark
    Quote Message: If we simply look at numbers we will never achieve the optimal result. We must welcome people from all over the world and build a vibrant, diverse, resilient community enabling a prosperous economy to ensure that the island is indeed sustainable.” from Chris Clark IOD Jersey Chairman
    Chris ClarkIOD Jersey Chairman