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  1. Unions open strike ballots over States pay deal
  2. Driver in hospital after crash between bus and car
  3. Police appeal for information after 'large fight'
  4. Twenty Jersey children taken to hospital after dog bites
  5. Call to increase Guernsey's overseas aid
  6. Updates on Friday 26 October 2018

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  1. Education plans: 'No need for compulsory purchase'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's education president has been answering questions about the secondary education one-school, two-site plans revealed this week.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize said: "I can say that there is no indication that either site that any parcel of land needs to compulsory purchased. At either site. We have had no discussions with anybody about compulsory purchase of land."

    He has previously said discussions have been under way with the owners of land bordering the two chosen sites - Baubigny and Les Beaucamps.

  2. Sark sailings disrupted by weather

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sark Shipping has cancelled Saturday's 08:00 and 10:00 sailings from Guernsey to Sark, but the 09:00 departure will go ahead.

    There will no 09:00 and 11:00 departures from Sark, but the 10:00 sailings will run.

    Saturday afternoon's sailings are due to operate as normal.

  3. Holidaymakers rescued after being cut off by the tide

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Five visitors were rescued from the rising tide after they were cut off while attempting to walk from Moulin Huet to Petit Port.

    The alarm was raised at 16:10 and the St Peter Port lifeboat was on scene within 20 minutes and used its inshore rescue craft to rescue the holidaymakers from beneath the cliffs.

    Search and Rescue Coordinator James Way said: "This successful rescue was swiftly and safely conducted by the crew of St Peter Port Lifeboat but the situation could have been much different.

    "Walking from beach to beach along the south coast can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended as tide, weather and light conditions can change and deteriorate very quickly."

  4. Airport pays for land clearance to help wildlife diversity

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Airport has paid for the clearance of an area of land at the Icart headland to encourage more wildlife diversity in the area.

    It's to compensate for the loss of fields that were reclaimed as part of the runway safety area construction some years ago.

    A swathe of undergrowth has been taken out and La Societe's conservation herd will graze it next year.

    The director of ports, Colin Le Ray, says allowing cattle back on to the land is beneficial for many species...

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    Video caption: The work is to encourage more wildlife diversity in the area
  5. Weather: Mainly dry night but feeling cold

    BBC Weather

    It will stay windy through the night with lengthy clear spells.

    Conditions are expected to remain mainly dry, with just the odd passing overnight shower.

    It will feel cold with overnight lows of 7C (44F).


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    Guernsey weather
  6. Dinard flight route was 'unviable'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The president of Guernsey's Economic Development Committee says it's a "shame" Aurigny will be scrapping its Dinard route.

    However, Deputy Charles Parkinson says it's not a surprise due to the low passenger numbers travelling on the route in recent years.

    He added its poor performance made the decision to stop operating the route "inevitable".

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  7. 'Stormy weather' cancels Condor's high speed sailings

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Condor has been forced to cancel its high speed sailings from Poole on Sunday due to stormy weather in the north of the English Channel.

    With predicted wind speeds of 35mph and wave heights more than 3.5m - which are outside safe operating limits - the company has cancelled services between Poole, Guernsey and Jersey on 28 October.

    Passengers affected by the cancellations are in the process of being notified and being offered alternative sailings where space is available, Condor Ferries said.

    It added all are being offered free transfers or a full refund.

    Saturday's sailings are expected to operate as planned.

  8. Politicians vote to keep two-hour lunch

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's deputies have voted to keep their lunch breaks at the current two-hour length.

    They were asked if they wanted to reduce it to one-and-a-half hours.

    Those against reducing the break cited the need for extra time to discuss parliamentary matters with fellow members.

    Fifteen deputies supported the shorter break, but were out voted by 24 of their colleagues.

  9. Service held to start remembrance reflection fortnight

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

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    Tributes have been left to fallen soldiers at a remembrance service in St Helier.

    It's the beginning of commemorations ahead of Remembrance Sunday - which is just over two weeks away.

    Lt Col Tim Daniels, the chairman of the Jersey branch of the Royal British Legion, says it reminds everyone of the sacrifices made in the name of the freedoms and ideals people now live under...

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    Video caption: The service is the beginning of commemorations ahead of Remembrance Sunday
  10. States giving 'careful consideration' to unions meeting

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The head of Jersey's States Employment Board, Senator Tracey Vallois, says she's giving "careful consideration" to the points raised at a meeting with public sector unions.

    That's in spite of one public sector union, JCSA Prospect Union, opening a ballot on industrial action as an agreement wasn't reached.

    The meeting was held on Thursday as a dispute over workers' pay continues.

    Senator Vallois said she was working in a "financially constrained environment".

    "The Board is keen to proceed by agreement if possible and has asked officials to continue discussions with all unions immediately after the next States Employment Board meeting on 5 November, at which we will consider potential next steps.

    "We hope all parties recognise the need to work towards equal pay for work of equal value, for all States employees."

    Senator Tracey Vallois
  11. Officers seize 70k-90k worth of cannabis in Jersey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police in Jersey have seized £70,000 to £90,000 worth of cannabis in the island this week.

    Two people were also arrested in relation to the drugs haul.

    Ch Insp Mark Hafey said the team will continue to work "tirelessly" to identify and target those who are intent on supplying and dealing with drugs.

  12. You couldn't make it up...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Bear with me on this one.

    The States of Guernsey is in session, and it's due to debate later whether all of their lunch breaks should be shortened from two hours to 90 minutes.

    Because the agenda is quite lengthy, the Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas, suggested they reconvene at 14:00, cutting 30 minutes off the end of their lunch.

    The chamber took a verbal vote, and the result was a resounding no.

    That means that the States may not have time to debate the shortening of lunch breaks because they refused to shorten their lunch break.

  13. Aurigny to stop Dinard flights

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Aurigny will stop flying to Dinard from 2019.

    The States-owned airline said it is trying to "concentrate its focus and resources on the lifeline Alderney service".

    The company's board said it based its decision on three key factors:

    • A lack of demand on the Dinard route in 2018, with under 1,500 bookings, representing a load factor of less than 50%
    • An 80% decline in passenger numbers over the last 10 years
    • A need to focus the Dornier resources on the Alderney operation and service levels required by the Public Service Obligation, should Aurigny be successful
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    Quote Message: This is not a decision the board has taken lightly, but unfortunately, it just no longer makes commercial sense for us to operate the route. Of course, the way is open for another operator to operate the route should they believe that it would be viable. from Mark Darby CEO, Aurigny
    Mark DarbyCEO, Aurigny
  14. Police appeal for information after 'large fight'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating a fight between a "large group of people" that occurred on Saturday night.

    It happened near Natwest bank on Bath Street, St Helier.

    Bath Street

    The fight continued for "several minutes" and officers would like to speak to anyone who may have further information.

  15. 'Stop earning money from seriously damaging scratch cards'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's government is being asked to stop earning money from the sale of lottery scratch cards.

    Last year, the States of Guernsey earned £9.6m from the lottery sales, up £1m on 2016 but allocated just £15,000 to help gambling addicts from the proceeds.

    Channel Islands Lottery scratch card

    Deputies Emilie Yerby and Jennifer Merrett have lodged an amendment to next month's 2019 budget debate which asks politicians to "not draw on scratch cards or other lottery proceeds for any part of its income".

    They go on to ask politicians to agree gambling is "addictive" and can be "seriously damaging" to individuals and their families.

    "Any direct benefits of gambling itself are substantially outweighed by its risks and disadvantages, even though the revenue raised from gambling may be put to good effect," they add.

    The lottery proceeds also fund the running of the island's leisure centre, the upkeep of government properties, and cultural and historical events.

    The deputies would like the States senior committee to recommend other sources of revenue to replace the scratch card proceeds, without drawing it from funds allocated to help gambling addicts or without reducing the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre's budget or by increasing charges on its users.

    Politicians will vote on the move next month.

  16. Twenty Jersey children taken to hospital after dog bites

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Twenty children have been taken to hospital in Jersey this year after being bitten by dogs, according to a local charity.

    For the past five years, Child Accident Prevention Jersey (CAPJ) has been working to educate local primary school pupils about the potential dangers of the animals.

    During the sessions children are taught when dogs are safe to play with and how to read the signals a dog gives about how they are feeling.

    In 2017, 13 young people were sent to hospital because of a dog bite.

    CAPJ say the majority were attacked by their own dog or a dog that's known to them.

    dog being instructed
    Quote Message: One of the biggest challenges we face is helping children understand that any dog might bite if there is enough provocation. Children and parents often see their own family pets as different and feel it is okay to cuddle them and get close to them." from Mandy Le Tensorer Coordinator for Child Accident Prevention Jersey
    Mandy Le TensorerCoordinator for Child Accident Prevention Jersey
  17. Plans to increase Guernsey's overseas aid

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey could increase its overseas aid contribution, under plans lodged by two politicians.

    Deputies Mark Dorey and Emilie Yerby want the island's parliament to investigate increasing aid in a staggered manner, eventually taking the contribution to 0.7% of national income.

    Children writing on a black board with a western teacher

    Guernsey's government has increased its aid budget by more than £2.5m since 1980, but currently spends less than 0.2% of gross domestic product on aid each year.

    The UK government is committed to spending 0.7% of national income.

    The deputies would like the Overseas Aid and Development Commission research a number of options, with a 0.7% rise by 31 December 2030 at the latest.

    They would also like the States' senior committee to investigate whether taxes or business levies could raise the extra revenue in the States' 2020 budget.

  18. Stunning morning sky over Gorey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Thanks to Alan Aubert for sending this stunning picture of the Friday morning sky at Gorey.

    If you'd like to share you pictures, please email us.

    sky at gorey
  19. Driver in hospital after crash between bus and car

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash between a car and a bus in St Martin.

    It happened at Route de Sausmarez near Sausmarez Manor at about 14:15 on Thursday.

    The driver of the car was taken to hospital. His injuries are not known.

    The bus driver and two bus passengers were treated for "minor injuries", officers added.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact PC 65 Donnelly or PC 80 Robert on 725111.

  20. Yellow weather warning for wind across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There's currently a yellow weather warning in place for wind across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

    It added winds of force seven can be expected.

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