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By Rob Byrne

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  1. Our live coverage

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Friday 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. FAB 'fully committed' despite regulators' Brexit concern

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The developers of a £500m cross-channel electricity link say uncertainty over Brexit will delay the France-Alderney-Britain (FAB) Link, but they remain committed to the project.

    France's energy regulator, CRE, cast doubt over the future of the inter-connector, citing uncertainty over Brexit.

    FAB says it remains confident in the long-term economic case for increased trade in electricity between Britain and France.

    Concern over the project has been raised in Alderney and by the Russian government.

    Anti-FAB Link protesters in Alderney
    Image caption: Anti-FAB Link protesters in Alderney
    Quote Message: We are studying the CRE’s announcement in detail and are exploring all options to ensure the project achieves a final investment decision as quickly as possible. We remain committed to finding the best way to proceed so we can complete this project of international importance." from James Dickson FAB Link Project Director
    James DicksonFAB Link Project Director
  3. Electric and hybrid vehicles to get free parking in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Islanders who buy or are the first person to register an electric or hybrid vehicle in Jersey will soon be eligible for 12 months of free parking under a new scheme, the States has said.

    electric car

    Currently, islanders who drive "low carbon emitting vehicles" can apply for half price parking through the States' eco-friendly scheme.

    But the Department for Infrastructure has announced new charges, starting in 2019, which will mean only electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will qualify.

    Previously all vehicles with emissions of less than 100g of CO2 per kilometre could qualify for the eco-friendly scheme, but under the new rules this has been halved to less than 50g of CO2 per kilometre.

    Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, said he hopes the move will encourage people to buy more environmentally friendly cars.

  4. Parish election tie 'uncharted waters'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    "Hotly contested" elections at St Helier Town Hall last night ended in a tie for a seat on the parish's roads committee.

    The committee, chaired by the constable, is responsible for maintaining parks and roads, examines planning applications and oversees waste collection.

    Eleven candidates stood last night for five positions, and a hustings was held in front of about 100 islanders, according to the parish's Constable, Simon Crowcroft.

    Reform Jersey candidate, Julian Rogers, gained a seat, as well as independent candidates Robert Le Brocq, John Baker and Bernie Manning.

    The fifth seat was tied between Reform Jersey candidate Amanda Brown and independent Barry Le Feuvre.

    Constable Simon Crowcroft said the tie was "uncharted waters", and it was likely further elections would be held in January.

  5. Brexit uncertainty casts further doubt on FAB Link project

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Anti-FAB Link protesters in Alderney
    Image caption: Anti-FAB Link protesters in Alderney

    France's energy regulator has cast doubt over the future of the Alderney-France-Britain (FAB) energy link, citing uncertainty around Brexit.

    The part EU-funded £500m electricity link is due to run across the channel, but opposition in Alderney has meant the island's involvement is now also subject to a public vote, the date of which is yet to be confirmed.

    The project's developers say they have received a letter from the french regulator CRE saying it cannot offer its support for future electricity inter-connector projects between Britain and France.

    To-date, all investment in inter-connector projects by FAB's french partner, RTE, has needed the regulator's approval.

    In considering another cross-channel project, it said it could not decide if any new inter-connector between France and the UK would benefit the European community until there was more clarity on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

    Work on the construction phase of the undersea cables had been due to start in 2018.

  6. Dophins spotted by newspaper boat crew

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A boat crew had some friendly companions on their trip from Jersey to Guernsey this morning.

    David Nuth, skipper of the boat carrying the island's national newspapers, says a pod of around 30-40 common dolphins accompanied them on their journey.

    Video content

    Video caption: Dolphins spotted south of Guernsey

    Turn the volume up and you can hear just how much he enjoyed their company.

    The dolphins were spotted around four miles south of St Peter Port, and also accompanied the vessel during recent rough conditions.

  7. Specialists looking at environmental impact of sunken yacht

    Sarah Bailey

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

    Ports of Jersey says the engine of a sunken yacht has been found, but it believes the fuel that was on-board has gone into the sea.

    A salvage operation to remove the remains of the luxury vessel from the bottom of St Aubin's Bay was suspended on Wednesday.

    It sank halfway between Corbiere and Beauport last month, after hitting a buoy.

    Ports of Jersey says it is working with a specialist oil spills company to monitor any potential environmental effects.

  8. Head injury 'not related' to St Helier assault

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey police are no longer looking for witnesses to a fight in Hope Street, St Helier, on Friday evening.

    A man, 25, was flown to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for a head injury, but police say the injury sustained was the result of an unrelated incident in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    A 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault remains on police bail.

  9. CI lottery: £100k prize still unclaimed

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The owner of a £100,000 lottery ticket bought in Jersey is yet to come forward and claim the prize.

    2017 Christmas Lottery winning numbers

    The top £1,008,410 prize was won in Guernsey, with the now millionaire wishing to remain anonymous.

    The third prize, worth £25,000 was also sold in Jersey and has also been claimed, lottery organisers said.

    Lottery proceeds go to charitable causes in the Channel Islands.

  10. Christmas air travel: In numbers

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    In the 10 days leading up to Christmas Jersey Airport is expecting to see 26,000 passengers through its doors.

    We've already passed the peak in travellers on a single day, which was last Friday.

    Between now and Christmas Eve more than 7,000 passengers are expected at Guernsey Airport.

    Slightly more - 4,000 - are coming into the island, while 3,300 are flying out, Head of Aviation Ash Nicholas says.

  11. Flights disruption: Airport may extend opening hours

    Phillippa Guillou

    BBC Radio Guernsey reporter

    The fog has lifted at Guernsey Airport, but poor weather elsewhere means airlines are still catching up on earlier delays.

    Guernsey Airport
    Image caption: Archive photo

    Head of Aviation Ash Nicholas says fog is expected to cause further problems.

    "Tomorrow isn't looking too bright because there is an orange warning level for fog.

    "The weather behind that looks like it may improve, and certainly come Sunday we would hope that the weather will be favourable and allow everyone to travel to where they need to be."

    Airlines may ask the airport to open late over Christmas Eve to help clear any backlog, he said.

    The airport is always closed on Christmas Day.

  12. Jersey adopts tax avoidance measures

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey has become the third jurisdiction to put into practice international measures designed to stop multinational companies shifting profits to avoid paying tax.

    Senator Ian Gorst
    Image caption: Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst

    Yesterday, the island formally adopted efforts set out under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) base erosion profit shifting (BEPS) initiative.

    The Isle of Man and Austria are the only other countries to implement the anti-avoidance measures, while Guernsey's government has signed the agreement but is yet to put it into force.

    Jersey’s government says the ratification of the agreement shows strong commitment to international standards for the prevention of tax avoidance and financial crime.

    The island's government has been under pressure since the release of the Paradise Papers, which showed tech giant Apple used a secretive structure in Jersey to continue avoiding billions in taxes.

    The island's chief minister previously admitted law changes may be required to address EU concerns over companies shifting their profits through Jersey to reduce their tax bills.

  13. Luxury yacht 'broken up' on sea bed

    Sarah Bailey

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

    Debris from a yacht which sank near Beauport in Jersey could be floating in the sea or washing up on nearby beaches.

    The yacht in St Peter Port

    A salvage operation to remove the remains from the bottom of St Aubin's Bay has been suspended.

    After two days of diving, a closer inspection of the wreck found that its now broken up on the sea bed, making it impossible to retrieve the entire vessel.

    Mariners and beachcombers are being asked to keep an eye out for any debris that might wash up.

  14. Foodbank gender shift 'suprising'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Housing Minister says she's surprised at a report which has found that young, single women are most likely to be using food banks in the island.

    Deputy Anne Pryke says she's not surprised by the number of islanders using foodbanks staying roughly the same since 2016's survey, but a change in gender is "surprising".

    "We need to look at trying to find a reason why," she says.

  15. Food bank helps 400 households in difficult times

    Guernsey Press

    Donations have been piling up at the Guernsey Welfare Service food bank from across the island community.

  16. States should 'show the way' on charitable contributions

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey business leader is optimistic the chief minister will introduce a payroll giving scheme for States employees by the end of January.

    The scheme allows anyone who pays income tax to give regular tax free donations to the charities and good causes of their choice.

    Kevin Keen challenged Senator Ian Gorst to bring in the scheme on Twitter.

    He said: "If the States could show a lead as the island's biggest employer, that might encourage other companies.

    "It wasn't being mean or anything to the States I just thought it was an opportunity for them to show the way."

    The States is yet to comment.

  17. Graffiti incidents: £1,000 reward offered

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Crimestoppers is offering a £1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and charge after a number of incidents of graffiti across Guernsey.

    The public toilets at Cambridge Park, bus shelters at Admiral Park and the Hougue du Pommier, Guernsey electricity sites, and the Water Lanes in St Peter Port have all been daubed in graffiti.

    Guernsey Police say they are working hard to identify those responsible, and are urging with information to contact them or Crimestoppers, anonymously.