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  1. Local BBC stations could be on DAB next year

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Jersey could be available on DAB radio next year.

    Currently only the BBC's national stations are available on digital radio in the Channel Islands.

    Ofcom is planning to advertise a new "multiplex licence" which - if purchased by local stations - would make both BBC stations and commercial stations available.

  2. Police hunting scallop thieves

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Scallop thieves

    Police are looking for a fisherman who may have seen two men stealing scallops.

    The scallops were snatched from a holding cage on the Fish Quay in Guernsey at about 01:20 on Sunday 21 October.

    About 10 minutes later police say a man arrived at the quay on a fishing boat and got out.

    Officers have asked anyone who knows these men, or who witnessed what happened, to get in touch.

  3. Patients moved after operating theatre fault

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Two patients had to be transferred from operating theatres back to the ward after a significant leak developed at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

    The fault occurred at about 17:00 on Tuesday and was caused by a failed heat exchanger that meant all four theatres had to be closed.

    Six elective surgeries and six cases in the day patient unit had to be postponed as a result.

    The fault has now been fixed and two theatres have been operating this afternoon, with the other two now ready for all planned admissions from 07:00 Thursday.

    Deputy Soulsby has apologised for the inconvenience this caused and took to social media late last night to praise staff for their calm approach at containing the situation.

    Quote Message: Postponing any scheduled operation causes anxiety and concern for patients who have, understandably, been preparing for their appointment for some time. It is not something that we do lightly, but in this situation it was unavoidable" from Elaine Burges Deputy Chief Nurse
    Elaine BurgesDeputy Chief Nurse
  4. Doctors 'will have to learn about cannabis'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's doctors will have to learn about the benefits of medicinal cannabis and how to prescribe it, according to an expert.


    In a landmark decision, the island's government voted to change the law to allow such products to be used.

    At the moment, one medicine containing cannabis is available in the island, via the hospital pharmacy.

    It's much the same picture in the UK, where only specialist doctors are allowed to issue similar treatments.

    Professor Michael Barnes said the island's GPs and their patients will have to find out more about it before its widely used.

    Quote Message: There are many doctors who are uncertain about this and don't understand the differences between street and medical cannabis. So we have an education programme to do for the doctors so they can prescribe safely and with confidence, and an education to do with members of the members of the public who might be scared of the change. It's easy to explain and we just need to step forward and put on those educational programmes. from Professor Michael Barnes
    Professor Michael Barnes
  5. Property tax amendment defeated

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's politicians have narrowly rejected a move to reduce an increase in property taxes for the island's homeowners.

    The Policy and Resources Committee is proposing a 10% increase as part of the 2019 Budget.

    However, Deputies David de Lisle and Barry Paint wanted to reduce the increase in domestic and land TRP tariffs to 2.5% and not introduce a 60% premium tariff for large domestic properties.

    This amendment was defeated by 20 votes to 18.

  6. Jersey employment stats released

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    More people are working in Jersey than ever before.

    New government figures show nearly 62,000 people were employed in June 2018.

    Jobs stats

    The increase in workers is down to a rise in the number of people in the private sector - compared to the same time last year, there are 450 more employees across the island.

    That's reflected in the fact that there are now 330 more companies doing business here.

    Retail and finance companies are employing slightly fewer staff than before.

    The number of public sector workers has fallen by 140 following the States streamlining policy.

  7. Hospital theatres reopen after leak

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Two of the operating theatres at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital are back in working order after a significant leak from an air conditioning unit put them out of action on Tuesday night.

    Staff have been working through the night to stop the leak and dry and deep clean the theatres.

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    All elective surgery for Wednesday has been postponed although the two theatres have opened ahead of schedule as it was suggested they wouldn't be ready until Thursday.

  8. Local elections take place tonight

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Local parish elections are taking place in Guernsey this evening.

    Douzaineers and constables will be elected at public meetings taking place across the island.

    To take part, head to one of the following locations:

    • St Peter Port: Beau Sejour, Cambridge Room, 19:30
    • Forest: Douzaine Room, 19:30
    • St Peter's: Community Hall, 19:30
    • St Sampson's: St Sampson's High School, 19:30
    • Torteval: Church Hall, 19:00
    • St Martin's: Parish Hall, 19:00
    • St Saviour's: Community Centre, 19:00
    • Castel: Douzaine Room, 19:30
    • Vale: Douzaine Room, 19:30
    • St Andrew's: Community Centre, 19:00
  9. Petition launched to limit firework sales

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A petition has been launched in Jersey to limit the supply of fireworks to "licenced displays".

    So far it has more than 600 signatures.

    If it gets 1,000, Jersey's politicians will respond - if it gets 5,000, it will be debated in the States.


    The petition was created the day after Bonfire Night by Andy Jones.

    The description says: "Every November fireworks are freely available, and are set off in the streets much to the serious distress of dogs and other family pets.There is equally a risk of personal injury and damage to property.

    "There can be no real need or benefit in the use and sale of ‘domestic’ fireworks which in reality cause more distress and danger than they do enjoyment."

  10. Jersey coastguards help Caribbean colleagues in false alarm

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Coastguard assisted in a false alert search and rescue incident in the Caribbean - sparked by a boat that sank a year ago.


    Coastguards in Martinique received an emergency beacon alert for their area and the contact details for the boat were for an address in Jersey.

    But Jersey Coastguard found the vessel had been lost at sea a year earlier, a salvage operation was taking place to recover it and that had accidentally triggered the beacon.

    Jersey Coastguards said "considerable time and resources" could have been saved if the ship and owner information had been updated.

  11. Fuel prices dominate budget debate

    Hayden Atkins

    Reporter, BBC Radio Guernsey

    There have been no changes to Guernsey's 2019 budget yet, despite it facing more than 40 amendments.

    It was a day dominated by petrol and diesel.

    Two of Deputy Jennifer Merrett's amendments were thrown out regarding withdrawal rates then Deputy Gavin St Pier found himself apologising after his committee had failed to discharge its duty on finding alternative ways of taxing motorists - proposals that will now have to be found by September 2019.

    Fuel pump

    The biggest news on the opening day of debate was fuel duty, which is going up despite two amendments being placed to prevent a price hike.

    That means the tax on fuel will remain at its new level of 70.1p per litre.

  12. Water damage forces theatre closures

    Penny Elderfield

    BBC Channel Islands News

    The main theatres at Guernsey's hospital have been closed because of water damage.

    It happened at around 17:00 on Tuesday.

    It means all elective surgery and the majority of day patient appointments have been cancelled today.

    The damage was caused when the heat exchanger in the air conditioning unit failed - it's located just above the main theatres at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

    Princess Elizabeth Hospital

    Steps have been taken to advise patients and work is underway to get the theatres up and running "as soon as possible".

    Excess water is being drained from the theatres so they can be dried, repaired and then deep cleaned before they can be recommissioned.

    It's expected the main theatre will be back in use on Thursday - but it will depend on the extent of the damage.

    The theatre in the day patient unit is being used for emergency cases.

  13. Channel Islands weather: Wind dying down, sunny intervals

    BBC Weather

    It's been a very wet start to the day - not with rain, but with waves crashing over the sea walls.

    Today will continue to be rather windy with a mixture of sunny intervals and showers.

    These could be heavy with the risk of thunder too.

    Showers will become isolated this evening, dying out to leave it mostly dry overnight with clear periods.

    The increasing chance of the odd shower again later though. A cooler night.

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