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That's all from the BBC News at Six.

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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands

this Thursday evening.

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Our top stories tonight...

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Lifeboats will be restored

to St Helier, as the RNLI pledges

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to train new local crew for inshore

and all-weather craft.

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We will start training the Saturday

and other RNLI volunteers in Jersey,

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to bring the service pack as soon as

we can.

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Cancel the cuts - Guernsey's sport

and arts events can go ahead

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after a funding U-turn.

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There has been such a huge outcry

and the amount of support that both

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arts and sports have received over

the last ten days has been great.

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Weak decision-making leading

to extra costs and delays -

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a critical report into the planning

of Jersey's new hospital.

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Jersey's only all-weather lifeboat

will be back in the island

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by the end of the year

and the St Helier inshore lifeboat

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should be ready to respond

to emergencies next month.

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That's the announcement

from the RNLI today,

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which says it's able to reinstate

the St Helier service because of

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a partnership with Jersey's Fire

and Rescue Service and enough

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volunteers for a new crew.

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Emma Chambers reports.

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A shocking scene as Jersey's only

all-weather lifeboat is withdrawn

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from service last Friday,

the end of the RNLI's relationship

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with this St Helier lifeboat crew.

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Seven days on, the doors

of the station may still be locked,

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but not for much longer.

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We weren't sure at the end of last

week what support we would get

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for the return of the service

and actually we've been really

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encouraged by the number of people

who've come forward,

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shown support for the RNLI and said

they would like to be part

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of a crew going forward.

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So we are now looking at bringing

the all-weather boat

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the George Sullivan back

to the island at the end

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of the year for training.

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And they say St Helier's inshore

lifeboat will be ready

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for action next month,

due to a new partnership

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with the Fire Service.

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But this has been described

as a premature move by the crew

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at the heart of the dispute.

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We are actually setting up today

a petition for an independent

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inquiry into what's gone

on and I think until that's done

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the RNLI should not be bringing

the boat back into St Helier,

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because will they treat

the crew the same as they've

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treated the present crew.

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They're volunteers and this has

caused so much stress and distress

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to the families and the crew and it

needs to be resolved.

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The former St Helier crew

are launching their own independent

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rescue service, but it's unknown

if it will raise enough money

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for their own lifeboat,

and with the George Sullivan out

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of action until the new RNLI crew

is trained, Jersey's

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still without its own all-weather

lifeboat.

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The harbour master has a complete

list of everybody he can

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call on if he needs too,

but we can't get away from the top

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priority which is to return

lifeboats to St Helier to be used

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by the harbour master,

by the coastguard if they're needed.

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And that's what I'm working

on with government making sure,

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whoever it is, let's get a lifeboat,

a proper lifeboat, a properly

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trained crew, proper kit,

let's get it signed off

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by the harbour master

and let's get to work.

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But that work can only happen

with islanders' support.

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And after a very public dispute

that's divided opinion and possibly

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damaged reputations,

will islanders back the RNLI

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or the former St Helier Crew?

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Deputy Peter Ferbrache has

resigned as the President

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of Guernsey's Committee for Economic

Development.

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As yet he's not explained

why he's stepped down,

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but will stay in the role

until his successor

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is appointed next month.

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The rest of the committee say

they're disappointed

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and thank him for his work.

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Meanwhile...

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Public money for sports and arts

events in Guernsey and Alderney

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will be available next year,

after a funding U-turn.

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The Committee for Economic

Development controversially told

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the Sports and Arts Commissions

they'd get no more money

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from the Events Group Budget.

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But today they changed their minds.

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I spoke to David Harry

from the Guernsey Sports Commission

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straight after that meeting

with politicians, and asked

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if he was relieved.

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Very much so. It came as a huge

surprise when it was taken away

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without any justification that we

could see. To have it restored now

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is good news for Guernsey sport and

the arts commission as well.

This

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U-turn in a short time, it has

messed people around in the sports

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and arts world. Is there upset about

that?

The sports and arts community

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have been upset by what has

happened. The communities believe

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they are somewhat devalued in what

they do so to see a better result

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than was opposed is clearly good

news.

Economic development wants to

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see sports and the arts bring people

to Guernsey, it is economically

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beneficial, how do you prove that?

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think it is evidenced by the huge

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outcry over the last ten days and

the support that sports and arts

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have received has been great. I am

grateful. I think we have to work

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with Economic Development and the

tourism part to make sure they know

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what value there is to Guernsey of

the grants they pay to us.

How do

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you describe the relationship

between the sports and arts

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communities and Economic

Development?

A lot better now than

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it was about one hour ago when we

went into the meeting. I think that

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the committee realised they had made

a mistake in what they did. They

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apologised for that and they were

clearly happy to accept that

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apology. Going forward I think we

must be positive and see what we can

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do to make things better for the

future.

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So, good news for Guernsey's

sports and arts groups,

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but still no news on the future

of public funding for Alderney's air

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link to Southampton.

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The Economic Development Committee

is meeting tonight,

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without its newly resigned

president, to discuss

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whether the route is a lifeline

service, and if it should continue

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to get financial backing.

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A young couple who died

when their car crashed onto rocks

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on Guernsey's west coast in July

could have been travelling at up

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to 80mph, according to police

accident investigators.

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An inquest into the death

of 25-year-old Georgina Le Prevost,

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whose partner, 27-year-old

Stuart Mourat, was driving,

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concluded she died of asphyxiation

following the collision

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at Le Catioroc in St Saviours.

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Mr Mourat was found to be more

than two and a half times over

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the legal driving limit for alcohol.

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A woman in St Helier

was injured when two men

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stole her purse and her mobility

scooter toppled over.

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Jersey Police describe the theft

in Clarendon Road yesterday evening

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as a particularly unpleasant crime

on a vulnerable islander.

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The men, thought to be

in their late teens to early 20s,

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ran off towards Palmyra Road,

leaving the woman shaken

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and with minor injuries.

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The police want to hear

from any witnesses.

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Weak decision making led

to additional costs and delays

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to Jersey's new hospital.

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That's one of the findings

of Jersey's Auditor,

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who's reviewed the process up

to February last year,

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when People's Park was dropped

as a potential site.

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Jen Smith reports.

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This project will cost Jersey

proportionatly the equivalent

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of what the multi-billion-pound

high-speed train will cost the UK,

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so every decision counts.

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And Jersey's Auditor General says

the delays in decision making have

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added to the expense,

one of a number of issues

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the report's highlighted.

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The man in charge of scrutinising

how public money is spent says

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the findings are alarming.

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The delays have certainly resulted

in costs, the failure to supply

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reliable information has resulted

in the consultants having to get

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that information themselves,

and decisions have been aborted

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because information was not correct.

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Which might help explain how around

£17 million of public money had been

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spent by February 2016.

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Originally the new hospital had

a £250 million price tag.

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This is now around 466 million.

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Jersey's Health Minister

doesn't accept the costs

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could have been smaller.

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I think the way I read

what the Comptroller

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and Auditor General was saying

is that decisions took longer

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than they should have done

because she's rightly looking at it

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purely in a business sense.

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If you overlay the political aspects

that we have to work in,

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it becomes much more complicated.

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And it's right that she doesn't

comment on that, but it is a fact

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that a project can tick

all the right boxes but be

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politically undeliverable.

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The report author has made

several recommendations,

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which the Minister says

he's now following.

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But that won't help reduce money

already spent or time wasted.

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And Jen joins me now to talk

through that report in more detail.

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So delays have caused extra costs.

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Are there any other criticisms?

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There is a lot in a 42-page

report, and there are

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a few stand-out phrases.

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The Comptroller and Auditor General

mentions that when looking at sites

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the team did it without "effective

input from clinicians".

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So they didn't talk to experts,

the people who can tell them

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what a hospital needs to work.

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The report also mentions

there were too many people involved.

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"Smaller political

oversight" was needed,

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which did eventually happen.

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And interestingly it

brings up the waterfront.

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It reminds us that the site

of the new car park by the Radisson

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topped the list for the new hospital

initially, followed closely

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by the Esplanade car park.

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But after concerns were raised

about where the Finance Centre

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would go, the Esplanade car park

was dropped from the list.

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And Jardins de la Mare disappeared

with little explanation.

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Jersey's Health Minister did

acknowledge expert advice should

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have been listened to earlier,

and the terms of reference

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for the future hospital project

needed to be established

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from the start.

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Time for a look at the weather.

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We have some wet weather coming our

way, not too far away at the moment

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and it will move across the islands

overnight tonight. It may ease off

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for a time but come back tomorrow.

Today -- tomorrow is a cloudy day,

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feeling colder, light winds and the

rain will clear towards the end of

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the evening. There are three parts

of cloud at the moment. They all

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combine to form one main line of

rain which will move along the

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English Channel for a time during

the time overnight. It is never too

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far away from us for much of the day

tomorrow and it means outbreaks of

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rain. Then everything moves through.

This is the boundary between the

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mild area and cold air. Once it

moves south of us we get to

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north-west winds and lower

temperatures and those winds coming

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from the Arctic. A big drop in

temperature in the weekend. Tonight,

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some quite heavy rain which will

ease for a time and then come back

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towards dawn tomorrow. Tomorrow is

rather grey. Patchy rain quite

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widespread around the middle of the

day and then beginning to break up

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with brief breaks developing in the

cloud in the afternoon. Not

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particularly warm tomorrow and also

rather grey. Not much for surfing.

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The weekend forecast has plenty of

showers on Saturday, a cold feeling

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on Saturday as well with a

north-west wind. A possible frost

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overnight into Sunday. Sunday's cold

but bright. Turning milder on

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Monday.

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Look

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Look ahead to tomorrow on BBC Radio

Guernsey. The president of economic

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development committee resigned

today. The deputy will be on the

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breakfast show tomorrow morning just

after 7am to give his reasons. Now

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let's join Dustin and Victoria.

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