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Rob Byrne

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  1. Our live coverage

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

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

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

  2. Condor charters freight ship as festive back-up

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    MV Arrow

    Condor Ferries have announced that a freight ship has been chartered to provide cover and additional capacity over the festive period.

    The MV Arrow will layover at the Dorset port until early January, where she will remain on standby to support the company's passenger and freight services before returning to Northern Ireland.

    Paul Luxon, Condor's CEO, said: "With stormy weather likely, this arrangement would allow us to increase car deck capacity on Clipper for use by passengers and their vehicles whilst maintaining the freight supply chain on Goodwill and Arrow".

    The Arrow can transport 66 14m trailers, and accommodate 12 passengers.

  3. Look again at waste charges - deputy

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey deputy wants the States to look again at planned black bag rubbish charges.

    Future waste charges face two challenges when they are debated again later this week, the first coming from Deputy Peter Roffey, who said the charges will hit the poorest the hardest.

    Lindsay de Sausmarez also believes the proposals, which would cost island households £7 per week on average, need to be looked at again.

    Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez
    Quote Message: It's just to give the assembly the opportunity to debate the balance of charges, between the fixed charges and the bag charges. So, effectively the charges you are billed for and you can't get out of, and the cost of the bags you buy." from Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez
    Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez
  4. Weather update: Clear and cold tonight

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry with clear spells into this evening, although isolated freezing fog patches may form.

    Later it will be very cold with the chance of frost.


    Jersey weather forecast


    Guernsey weather forecast
  5. Newspaper boat crew battles big swell

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: The Channel Chieftain Five battles the waves

    Strong winds and waves may have meant cancellations to ferry services today, but one boat braved the choppy channel waters.

    The Channel Chieftain Five, a 14m catamaran, made it from St Helier to Guernsey this morning with the island's national newspapers aboard.

    It also made the trip on Sunday, when this footage was recorded and posted on the Iris Freight Facebook page.

  6. Armed forces covenant to be signed

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Island dignitaries will tomorrow sign a covenant with the armed forces on behalf of the people of Guernsey.

    Liberation Day 2014

    The commitment between the States, the people of Guernsey, and the local armed forces community aims to promote integration into civilian life and help ex-service personnel and their families on the island.

    The agreement will be signed at Government House at 14:30 by Lieutenant Governor Sir Ian Corder, Bailiff Sir Richard Collas, and President of Policy & Resources Gavin St Pier.

  7. Gale warning still in force


    A Jersey Met Office orange warning is still in force across the islands, with northerly force eight winds continuing.

    You are being advised to maintain vigilant and check the latest forecast.

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  8. Former fisherman used knowledge to bring in cannabis

    Guernsey Press

    Using years of fishing experience, Nathan Luke Martel navigated the difficult waters between France and Guernsey to import up to £290,000 worth of cannabis resin.

  9. First Tower store may stay - competition watchdog

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Channel Islands competition watchdog CICRA says Sandpiper may be able to keep its First Tower store.

    CICRA had asked the retailer to give up ownership of the store as part of its deal to acquire CostCutter outlets, which prompted concern from the regulator over the negative impact it may have on consumers.

    But in a statement CEO Michael Byrne said the store may stay under Sandpiper ownership after concerns were raised over the impact of any closure on customers in the area.

  10. RNLI St Helier recruitment drive attracts 80 islanders

    Jersey Evening Post

    More than 80 Islanders have responded to a recruitment drive to get a Jersey lifeboat station fully operational by the spring, the RNLI has said.

  11. Herm welcomes new CEO

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Herm is welcoming its new chief executive.

    Herm Island sign

    Craig Senior, who is taking up the role, has a background in the hospitality industry.

    Former CEO Jonathan Watson says Mr Senior is well equipped to take on the role.

  12. Wind and rain causes travel disruption

    Alexandra Spiceley

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Strong winds and heavy rain are still causing travel disruption across Jersey and on the ferry service.

    Police are asking you take care in your car today, as the weather has caused flooding and debris on the roads.

    Officers say the heavy rain and strong winds could make driving conditions dangerous.

    Condor Rapide sailings between St Malo, Jersey, Guernsey and Poole have been cancelled.

    It's because high wind speeds and wave heights would make it unsafe to travel at high speed across the English Channel.

    Snow in the UK has held up a number of flights to Jersey but airport officials say the weather here isn't causing delays - passengers should check in on time.

    The Ports of Jersey is monitoring the situation through the afternoon as the weather is expected to get worse.

  13. 'I just enjoy decorating'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Kyra Butcher

    A Guernsey woman who took it upon herself to re-decorate St Peter Port's Christmas tree says she hopes her tinsel tinkering doesn't upset the original decorators.

    "I think it just needs a woman't touch," Kyra Butcher says.

    "I don't actually know who it was that did it, I do feel quite bad, because I didn't want it to come across like that at all.

    "I just enjoy decorating, and things being in order."

    The tree, donated by a local family, was chopped down and put in place by Guernsey's States Works last month.

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  14. Condor Ferry Poole-Channel Islands service cancelled

    Adverse weather conditions have led to delays and the cancellation of Condor Rapide's scheduled service at 15:50 GMT from Guernsey to Poole this afternoon.

    Condor said wind speeds and wave heights were "beyond our safe operational limits for high speed operation cross channel".

    The firm said Tuesday's service from Poole at 05:00 is also now cancelled.

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  15. 'Crowded hospital care failing patients'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Patients with serious infections in Jersey can't be isolated properly because of overcrowding and poor facilities, it's claimed.

    It is one of the concerns raised by three leading figures at Jersey's hospital, ahead of a States funding debate this week.

    Members will decide how to pay for its redevelopment, but staff say they cannot delay any further or they risk a collapse of some areas of the health service.

    The three who have signed the open letter say patients also lack the privacy to die with dignity, while the poor state of the building and facilities is putting off new staff from coming to work here.

    Jersey General Hospital
    Quote Message: We have to manage acutely unwell patients in facilities that do not match their needs. In the recent outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting, we were unable to isolate patients with symptoms due to the lack of single rooms." from Medical Director Martyn Siodlak, Chief Nurse Rose Naylor, and Medical Director Dr Sarah Whiteman Open letter to all States members
    Medical Director Martyn Siodlak, Chief Nurse Rose Naylor, and Medical Director Dr Sarah WhitemanOpen letter to all States members
  16. Island’s flexibility key to South African investors

    Guernsey Press

    Business links between Guernsey and South Africa have significant growth potential, according to finance professionals.

  17. Backbencher supports immigration controls

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey backbencher has thrown his support behind the idea of work permits and identity cards for the island, despite fears they could be unfair against migrant workers.

    Deputy Jeremy Macon says the recent plan from the Council of Ministers, which would see time limits set on how long workers can stay in the island, could be a good way for Jersey to keep a control over the population.

    Deputy Macon would like to see a focus on greater training of islanders to take up jobs in areas where there are shortages.

    States of Jersey immigration policy logo
    Quote Message: It's about being able to regulate and control who is here, again, because of all the implications it has on housing, education, and health. It's also about being more selective about the skills that we need in the island." from Deputy Jeremy Macon
    Deputy Jeremy Macon
  18. Church Square Christmas tree: 'It needs a woman's touch'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey woman has redecorated Guernsey's Christmas tree at Church Square, St Peter Port, after she believed it wasn't festive enough.

    The tree was donated to the Rotary Club of Guernsey by a couple who had it in their St Saviour garden for more than 30 years.

    Kyra Butcher was given unwanted Christmas decorations to help with the effort before giving the tree a face lift.

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    Quote Message: The tree was fine, it was the decorations put on the tree that weren't fine. They were a bit misplaced, and basically shoved, so they just needed to be tweaked and sorted out really." from Kyra Butcher Tinsel tinkerer
    Kyra ButcherTinsel tinkerer