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Summary

  1. Politicians change their minds on 'conscience clause'
  2. 'Assisted dying debate needed despite sharp divisions'
  3. Employment lawyer: Stop asking for job application photos
  4. Guernsey's January 'the warmest since 2008'
  5. Politician 'angry' at probe that led to resignation
  6. Biggest union 'accepts States 2018 pay deal'
  7. Care inquiry: 'We need action, not just words'
  8. Economy 'could decline' because of Brexit fears
  9. Updates from Monday 29 January 2018 until Friday 2 February 2018

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  1. RNLI advises Jersey's new lifeboat charity

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The RNLI has offered "information" on setting up and running Jersey's independent lifeboat service, the charity has said.

    George Sullivan
    Image caption: The George Sullivan is the RNLI in Jersey's all-weather lifeboat

    A RNLI spokesman said: "The information offered was advice on running costs for a station and a lifeboat as well as key regulators and areas of compliance which must be met in order to set up a lifeboat service."

    The new service is to be provided by the Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA), who today announced their status as an official charity.

    Crewing the association's lifeboats will be the former RNLI St Helier crew, who split from the organisation last year.

    The RNLI has also announced it wants to work "collaboratively" with the JLA, as it does with other independent stations across the UK.

    "Our priority is always the protection of those who live on, and use, the coast," the charity said.

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  2. Weather: Keep your coat and brolly handy

    BBC Weather

    After a largely dry start to the evening across the islands, it will cloud over towards midnight with outbreaks of rain developing during the early hours.

    The rain will become more persistent by morning, with the risk of some heavier bursts at times.

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be a cloudy and wet day with outbreaks of rain for many, and with the continuing risk of some heavier bursts of rain in places.

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

  3. St Malo ferry affected by Saturday's weather

    Only the 08:00 sailing from St Malo to Jersey will operate tomorrow.

    The return journey and later sailings have been cancelled as "wind speeds forecast outside safe operating limits" said Condor Ferries.

  4. Independent lifeboat association gets charity status

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA) has been granted charity status, members say.

    The organisation was formed after the former crew of the RNLI station in St Helier announced they wanted to split from the charity, after talks between RNLI bosses and the crew broke down.

    Now a registered charity, the JLA says it is working with the former crew and their coxswain Andy Hibbs.

    Mr Hibbs recently said he was testing an all-weather lifeboat for the association to bring to the island.

    Andy Hibbs
    Image caption: Former St Helier coxswain Andy Hibbs is part of the new lifeboat association, with his former crew

    Chairman Ben Shenton said all the money donated to the association would be "fully accountable and identifiable".

    "The appreciation and respect of volunteers shall be at the forefront of everything that we do", Mr Shenton said.

    He also added he was "pleased" the RNLI had offered to give assistance in establishing the association.

    The RNLI could not confirm this, but a spokesman said it was "not unusual" for the charity to work "alongside" independent stations.

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  5. Stamp depicts view from 'The Lover's Chair'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    This stamp depicting an Alderney view of two large rocks off the island's south coast forms part of a miniature release to celebrate Valentine's Day.

    New stamp issued

    The painting is by 19th Century Guernsey artist Paul Jacob Naftel, whose first wife was from Alderney.

    The text on the stamps is written both in English and in Aurignais, the Alderney French patois his wife would have been familiar with.

  6. Former home turned into student doctor accommodation

    Naomi Dunning

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    A Jersey nursing home that had to close after it became unsuitable for elderly residents has reopened as accommodation for junior doctors.

    The Limes

    It follows a £1.5m refurbishment to the Green Street site, which has been turned into accommodation for 39 junior doctors.

    States-owned Andium Homes took over the building after the nursing home shut its doors in 2016.

    The first junior doctors have already moved in, and all those currently living at Westaway Court will move by the end of the month.

    If planning permission is approved, Westaway Court - in the parade - will then be demolished, to make way for an outpatients centre as part of Jersey's £466m new hospital.

  7. BreakingFire crews attending chimney fire

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews are currently dealing with a chimney fire at Les Croutes, St Peter Port, the island's Joint Emergency Services Control Centre says.

    More to follow.

  8. BreakingPoppy Appeal thief jailed for 18 months

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 43-year-old Jersey man has been jailed for 18 months at the island's Royal Court after he admitted stealing more than £35,000 from Poppy Appeal charity the Royal British Legion.

    Dominic Egre and Princess Anne

    Dominic Egre was at the heart of fundraising efforts for the charity, even designing a decorative poppy that hundreds of islanders bought in 2008.

    The annual Poppy Appeal is well supported in Jersey, with the local branch raising £198,000 in 2017.

  9. Commission adds weight to sport tourism changes

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chief executive of the Guernsey Sports Commission claims resistance from civil servants is hindering progress in encouraging sport tourism.

    David Harry believes the current States tourism policy is blocking the contribution sport can bring to the islands.

    Guernsey Raiders rugby side playing

    He also backed a non-government initiative to promote the value of sport tourism to the Bailiwick.

    "Part of the problem that we've had has really been the way in which civil servants in tourism have actually said 'this is the way we want to run tourism in Guernsey', because that excludes sport as a way of bringing people in to any meaningful degree."

    The States' Economic Development Committee says it's happy to meet with the group to hear their concerns and consider any suggested changes.

  10. Former Guernsey lifeboat up for sale

    Euan Mahy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's former lifeboat, the Sir William Arnold, is up for sale, along with the Caister lifeboat, at a combined cost of £100,000.

    The Sir William Arnold

    The vessel was based in St Peter Port until 1995, when it was replaced by the current lifeboat, the Spirit of Guernsey.

    She's no longer owned by the RNLI and is now called the Samuel J.

  11. Guernsey library's top 10 reads

    Isla Blatchford

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    There are some distinct local links among the top 10 most borrowed books at Guernsey's Guille-Alles Library in 2017.

    A novel about nearby St Malo's German occupation was the most borrowed, while other authors that feature have recently visited the island.

    Library books

    Here's the full top 10:

    1. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
    2. No Turning Back, Tracy Buchanan
    3. I Let You Go, Claire Mackintosh
    4. The Light Between Oceans, ML Stedman
    5. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
    6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
    7. The house on Bellevue Gardens, Rachel Hore
    8. Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee
    9. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
    10. Behind Closed Doors, B.A.Paris
  12. Sport 'could get better' at demonstrating economic value

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's sporting community needs to communicate the economic muscle it has to islanders, the head of a new sport tourism group says.

    Dave Piesing, organiser of the Sports Tourism Action Group, which met last night, believes sport associations have to up their game if they are to make a case for extra government support in attracting people to the island.

    Guernsey States' Economic Development Committee says it's happy to meet with the group to hear their concerns and consider any changes to improve visitor numbers.

    Dave Piesing
    Quote Message: One of the views I've had for quite some time is that sport hasn't been good enough at telling the islands just what it does contribute economically, and I don't think anyone's been quite aware of just how much is already contributed to the island's GDP through sports tourism, and we've got to get better at that." from Dave Piesing Sports Tourism Action Group
    Dave PiesingSports Tourism Action Group
  13. Guernsey library's top read revealed

    Isla Blatchford

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    An international prize-winning book which touches on the German occupation of nearby St Malo in World War Two was the most borrowed book of 2017 at the Guille-Alles Library.

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in France.

    You can listen to the author on this episode of Front Row on BBC Radio 4...

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    Video caption: James Graham and Josie Rourke on The Vote, novelist Anthony Doerr and Home Fires.
  14. Snow warning issued for the islands

    Twitter

    Sleet or snow showers may occur next week in Jersey and Guernsey, the Jersey Met Department says.

    A yellow warning has been issued for early next week, meaning an "early indication" of potential snow.

    You are being advised to check the latest forecast with icy surfaces expected, but currently "little or no accumulations" are expected.

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