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Summary

  1. Rise in level of violence towards parents from children in Jersey
  2. Jersey 'could host Europe's biggest watersports park' in £60m plans
  3. Calls on Guernsey fore more controls on personal injury claims
  4. Calls for statue on Jersey to mark women's voting rights
  5. Jersey out-of-hours GP service temporarily moves
  6. Updates from Monday 18 February 2019

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  1. Brexit: Politicians asked to approve WTO membership

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Union flag and EU flag

    Guernsey politicians will be asked to extend the UK's membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to the Bailiwick.

    The move will offset some "major risks" if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, proposals lodged by the island's senior political committee say.

    Currently, free trade in goods between the islands and the EU is dependent on the UK's membership of the bloc, which will end once it leaves.

    If approved by deputies on 27 February, it means Guernsey, Alderney and Sark - through the UK's membership of the WTO - will be part of a group of 164 countries which negotiate the rules of international trade.

    WTO members do not have free trade agreements with each other, but trade in goods, services and intellectual property under "WTO rules", applying their own tariffs.

    Extending the UK's membership would be an "important step" for the Bailiwick economy, Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee says.

  2. Channel Islands weather: A dry and clear night

    BBC Weather

    The weather front that brought rain earlier on Monday will clear to the east through the evening, resulting in a dry night with partly cloudy skies and some clear spells.

    South-west winds will be light again.

    Minimum temperature: 5 to 8C (41 to 46F).

    Tuesday will see a dry and bright start with some early spells of sunshine. Thereafter, a dry day with partly cloudy skies and further sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

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  3. Public will be asked for assisted dying views

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    People in Jersey will be asked for their thoughts on assisted dying, the island's chief minister has said.

    Jersey States has announced it will research end-of-life choices before proceeding to a public consultation.

    States of Jersey chamber sign

    In May, politicians in Guernsey voted against proposals which could have seen the island become the first place in the British Isles to allow assisted dying.

    Jersey chief minister John Le Fondré said: "This is a sensitive and challenging subject, and we need to understand not only the ethical, legal and social consequences, but also any potential ramifications on our relationship with the UK.

    "Once we have a better understanding of the research already carried out by neighbouring jurisdictions, we will proceed to a public consultation on the options and their implications."

  4. Rugby: Biljon impressed by Reds win

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Harvey Biljon

    Jersey Reds director of rugby Harvey Biljon says he is impressed with his team's efforts as they won at Yorkshire Carnegie for the first time in the Championship.

    The 28-10 win at Headingley says Leeroy Van Dam and James Newey cross before half time, before Newey and Brett Herron scored second-half tries to secure a bonus point and move the islanders back up to fourth place in the Championship.

    "As a group, if you look at the bigger picture, having come off a last-minute loss against the Cornish Pirates and then last weekend not being where we should have been, the way the players responded, they were calm, they identified key areas that they needed to make improvements in, and fair play to them they went out there and did that," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.

  5. Jersey 'could host Europe's biggest watersports park'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A £60m watersports park - the largest in Europe - could be built in Jersey.

    Under draft plans, St Catherine's Breakwater could be extended and it would include space for other commercial ventures, such as berthing facilities for larger yachts.

    St Catherine's Breakwater

    Business consultant Paul Mundy, who has drawn up the plans, said it would be a draw for tourists - and would build on Jersey's maritime history.

    Senator Steve Pallett - the minister responsible for sport in the island - said he supported the scheme.

    He said he would listen to people's opinions on the idea and there would need to be a feasibility study before a planning application could be completed.

  6. Jersey to consider assisted dying

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey States has announced it will look at whether the island should allow people to take their own lives for medical reasons.

    Authorities have agreed to research what they describe as 'end of life choices' - which include assisted dying.

    The council of ministers has commissioned an investigation - looking at what practices there are in different countries - as well as who may be eligible and how patients should be protected.

    Once the investigations are complete, there will be a public consultation.

  7. LGBTQ charity celebrates five years

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    LGBTQ charity Liberate Guernsey has become an integral part of the island and vital in creating the laws to support same sex marriage, its former chair says.

    The charity celebrated its fifth anniversary with a bingo event at The Rockmount over the weekend.

    Martin Gavet said it was amazing how far the group had come from an email at his kitchen table:

    Quote Message: I think Liberate has the role to challenge prejudice, challenge the fear that prejudice is based on. It's the fear of difference basically, and that fear is predicated on ignorance - and Liberate's job, like any equality charity, is to educate people." from Martin Gavet Former chair of Liberate Guernsey
    Martin GavetFormer chair of Liberate Guernsey
  8. Historic kiln bricks offered to islanders

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Brick

    Bricks from an historic kiln in Guernsey that's been emptied are being offered to interested locals.

    The kiln at Brickfield House is a protected monument and was emptied last month in order to allow surveyors to complete a structural survey report.

    This is set to provide a basis for a conservation plan to be drawn up in order to protect the kiln and maintain its structural integrity for future generations, Guernsey Water said.

    Kiln

    Originally constructed in 1927, replacing an earlier bottle kiln on the site owned by the Best family, the kiln remained in use until 1947 - when it was filled with bricks for the last time.

    Any islanders interested in owning a little bit of island history are invited to collect a "Best brick" from Guernsey Water’s Brickfield House site in St Andrews on 23 February.

    Quote Message: Although we will be keeping 1,000 bricks for conservation and local heritage purposes, we thought this was a great opportunity to share some local interest with islanders." from Mark Walker Guernsey Water
    Mark WalkerGuernsey Water

    Guernsey Water added the bricks are unfired and are therefore "fairly fragile" and unsuitable for any building purposes.

  9. Calls for statue to mark women's voting rights

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are calls for a new statue in the Royal Square to mark the centenary of women getting the vote in Jersey.

    Deputy Louise Doublet is leading a working group to organise celebrations in July, alongside Senator Kristina Moore.

    It's understood discussions with the Bailiff about adding a statue to the square are ongoing, but permission hasn't been given yet.

    The working group is considering a number of areas in the island.

    Royal Square
  10. Guernsey to grow medicinal cannabis

    Jersey Evening Post

    A Guernsey company has been given the green light to grow medicinal cannabis and work with a UK-based team to cultivate the plant for use in the health-and-well being market.

  11. Personal injury claims proposal put forward

    Tim Hunter

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    There are proposals from Guernsey's most senior committee to introduce more controls on personal injury claims.

    Currently, any personal injury award is open-ended and therefore the amount of any claim could be uncertain for the insurer - something the Policy and Resources Committee wants to reduce.

    A man in a neck brace

    One local insurer told the BBC a benefit that was uncertain and had to be paid upfront as a lump sum was likely to make an insurer "reluctant" to offer coverage.

    Or, if they did, they would charge a very high premium.

    Policy and Resources wants to bring in two measures to reduce this uncertainty:

    • Payments can be made on a regular basis rather than as an upfront lump sum
    • The calculation of any lump sum would utilise an agreed discount rate so the insurer would know when setting the price of cover how any benefit would be calculated

    It was hoped this would bring more insurers into the market for Guernsey cases - bringing down the cost of cover, the States said.

  12. Jersey travel: Crash on Trinity Main Road

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There's been a road crash by Augres Garage on Trinity Main Road, police have said.

    Emergency services are on the scene and delays are likely.

  13. Rise in level of violence towards parents from children

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Police dealt with 27 cases of young people being violent towards their parents last year - which is up from 17 in 2017.

    In response to a Freedom of Information request, Jersey Police said it only began recording the offence in this way from 2017 and any previous reports would have been recorded as an assault.

    Officers confirmed that none of the 2018 cases had gone to court or to the Parish Hall but said two were still under investigation.

    Jersey Police
  14. Weather: A cloudy day with some rain expected

    BBC Weather

    It will be a rather cloudy Monday as a weather front moves slowly and erratically through the area from the west.

    Though there will be dry spells, the front will bring rain at times.

    Brighter later with light winds and highs of 9C (48F).

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    Jersey weather

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    Guernsey weather