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Summary

  1. Traps 'big enough to snare dogs' found in Jersey
  2. Jersey government reform could go to referendum costing £30k
  3. People told to think about how they park cars after fire engine prevented from getting to blaze
  4. Guernsey Education Committee wants £138m to rebuild school and move college
  5. Updates on Monday 20 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Local Live has finished for the day but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to tune into BBC One at 18:30 this evening for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Jersey's Eiffel Tower

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It was this day in 1929 that Jersey's "Eiffel Tower" was demolished.

I'd never heard of it before, but you're a helpful lot and I've got all sorts of information to share now.

First of all, here it is...

Jersey's Eiffel Tower
Societe Jersiaise

Apparently it was an observatory and weather station built by Father Marc Dechevrens. It was built in Antwerp in 1884, and cost £1,260.

Jersey's Eiffel Tower
Societe Jersiaise

Latest weather: Staying cloudy with some rain

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy overnight with the odd spot of rain, but it should be dry for much of the time. There is the continued threat of mist and fog, especially towards the coasts and hills. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Jersey:

Weather
BBC

Guernsey:

Weather
BBC

Tuesday will be staying rather cloudy, with light rain or drizzle at times and extensive coast and hill fog. Despite the breeze, it will stay very mild for the time of year. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

About 50 people turn out to Guernsey Trump protest

BBC Radio Guernsey

The number of placards outnumbered the number of people as a protest against a number of the policies of US President Donald started in the Sunken Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Placards in the Sunken Gardens
BBC

However, a surge after the 17:00 start time - as many people finish working - took the number of people attending to about 50.

The protest, which included food and music rather than placard waving and chanting, was held due to the president's "stance on immigration, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, climate change, women's rights and civil liberties", organisers said.

Trump protest in Sunken Gardens
BBC

Channel Island fox back from the brink of extinction

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Here's some good news to brighten up your evening.

The Channel Island fox has returned from the brink of extinction and has been taken off the endangered species list.

Channel Island fox
Reuters

It is not April Fools Day, and I haven't gone mad.

While there aren't any foxes in our Channel Islands, there are now a lot of them in the Channel Islands of California.

They had been given a 50% chance of extinction, but numbers are now on the rise in spectacular fashion.

It's the fastest successful recovery for any endangered mammal in the United States.

New move with unions on workforce changes

Jersey Evening Post

A fresh proposal to public-sector unions has been made in an effort to tempt them back into negotiations with the States on a workforce modernisation programme.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey:

  • Illegal snares, big enough to trap dogs, are found in the Les Mielles area in St Ouen
  • Jersey students from low-income families are half as likely as their peers to achieve five GCSEs, including Maths and English, at A* to C grade
  • Police are giving away jewellery that's been unclaimed for three years to a charity

Guernsey:

  • A Guernsey deputy predicts a heated debate in June when his committee has to convince other States members to spend more than £130m to rebuild schools and combine college properties
  • Appropriate controls and safeguards would have to be put into place if Guernsey was to ever consider legalising cannabis, according to the coordinator of a children's charity
  • Guernsey Gas says there's no risk of red propane gas cylinders on the island having a control value fault following recent concerns of quality deficiencies

Central pot of funding would be 'fairer approach' for women's football

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

A local women's footballer has thrown her support behind calls for a rethink of the way sports clubs are financed in Guernsey.

Ormer Ladies' Donna Gallienne said having a "central pot of funding" would provide a fairer approach and allow more sportspeople to travel off-island to compete.

Darren Lewin, a supporter who's proposing the idea, said any extra financial help would ease existing pressures on Guernsey athletes.

"As well as putting their hard work into training, they have to pay their own money to get away and represent both themselves and their island. And I think, for what's being achieved, they deserve the support from businesses on-island. I think it would be good to have a central pot and then the money is evenly distributed among the sports."

Darren Lewin

Cannabis safeguards 'would have to be put in place'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Appropriate controls and safeguards have to be put into place if Guernsey were to ever consider the legalisation of cannabis as a controlled drug, according to the coordinator of a children's charity.

Last week, the president of Guernsey's Committee for Health and Social Care, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, announced there was going to be a review of cannabis policy. 

The service co-ordinator for the Action for Children charity, Adam Farish, said children could not have access to the substance in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes.

Cannabis
BBC

Charity given three years' worth of jewellery

BBC Radio Jersey

Three years worth of unclaimed jewellery is being donated to a Jersey charity by the States of Jersey Police.

Officers can donate any jewellery that has been left unclaimed for more than three months. The items are lost property or stolen items whose owners can't be found.

The jewellery will be professionally valued and sold on, with all proceeds going to the Jersey Hospice Care.

Health urged to check on care agencies over the well-being of staff

Jersey Evening Post

A carer who was placed at an ‘increased risk of injury’ when her employer failed to manage her own medical condition properly has called on the Health Department to do more to ensure that care agencies are looking after their staff.

Two arrested after card fraud attempts

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Two men, aged 25 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of fraud after three unsuccessful attempts at fake card payments in Guernsey over the weekend, police say.

It's not thought that any retailers have lost out, but officers have reminded businesses to remain alert.

Credit cards
PA

Police said they were investigating alleged so-called card-not-present frauds. 

These are transactions made by phone or internet where the cardholder does not need to physically produce a credit card. Fraudulent payments are attempted with a card that has been stolen or cloned.

Businesses are being urged to be on their guard, and to ask for identification wherever possible.

Jersey to look to international markets after Brexit

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The impact of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies will be discussed at a Ministry of Justice Committee meeting in Westminster tomorrow.

All three governments have provided evidence to the committee, as well as organisations such as Jersey Finance, the States of Alderney and the Isle of Man Creamery.

In its submitted evidence, Jersey Finance makes various claims about the island's economy, such as:

  • Jersey supports an estimated 250,000 British jobs, of which 190,000 come from foreign investment alone
  • The activities and jobs generated in the UK by investment through Jersey produces tax revenues in the region of £5bn per annum for the British Exchequer
  • Jersey had a trade deficit of about £500m with the UK
  • Jersey’s professional service firms refer around £230m of business to their counterparts in the City of London each year

In their conclusions, Jersey Finance said it considered the current relationship of the financial industries in the UK and Jersey to be of "mutual benefit", and considered Brexit to be a chance to look increasingly to international markets.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the weather for this evening.

The all-important fog is due to become patchy this evening and be back tomorrow morning.

Here's the outlook in Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

And this is the forecast for Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

Low-income students half as likely to get five GCSEs

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey students from low-income families are half as likely as their peers to achieve five GCSEs, including Maths and English, at A* to C grade, according to the latest figures from the Education Department.

They showed that last year, just under a third of those from disadvantaged backgrounds obtained the grades.

The Education Department said this highlighted the importance of the Pupil Premium Scheme brought in last month, which allocates extra funding to schools based on how many students they have from low-income homes.

Exam Hall
BBC

Deputy refuses to name school earmarked for closure

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Deputy Carl Meerveld has refused to confirm which secondary school Guernsey's Education Committee is planning to close, saying he doesn't want to cause any disruption to the school year.

Deputy Meerveld, who is the vice president of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, did confirm members were working on a three school option, and were applying for about £138m in funding before the end of February.

Another thing he confirmed was that the committee's plans included the amalgamation of the College of Further Education on to one site: the Les Ozouets campus at the old St Peter Port school.

There had been speculation that any consolidation of the three college campuses would take place at the Grammar School.

Illegal snares 'big enough to trap dogs'

BBC Radio Jersey

Illegal snares big enough to trap dogs have been set in the Les Mielles area in St Ouen.

Honorary police said they were large, heavy-duty traps which could catch even a big animal.

Centenier Clive Murphy said they were far more dangerous than similar snares which were discovered there last year.

We found two snares at St Ouen's. They're much more professional - they're the real thing. We found them in the same areas as we did before. These snares will catch a dog - they won't pull out like the last ones did. It's illegal and it's quite a big fine if you can catch the people that have done it. We can only rely on dog owners to let us know where these things are."

Clive MurphyCentenier

Travel update: Flight delays

BBC Travel

Guernsey: Every flight at Guernsey Airport is either delayed or cancelled due to the fog that is still playing havoc with Channel Island travellers.

A quick glance at the webcams still shows thick fog across the runway, although there does seem to be a few metres more visibility than earlier this morning.

Jersey: It's a similar story in Jersey with four flights cancelled since 11:00, although passengers are being asked to check in on time.

There are delays of up to seven hours for incoming flights, with several holding overhead.

Tributes paid to outgoing Dean

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Bishop of Dover has paid tribute to the outgoing Jersey Dean, the Very Reverend Bob Key (pictured).

In a thanksgiving and farewell service held in the Town Church yesterday, the Right Rev Trevor Willmott thanked the Dean for his commitment to islanders over the past 11 years "in good times and bad".

There were also tributes to the Dean's wife, prayers of thanks and blessings from the Dean of Guernsey, and church leaders from different Jersey denominations, as well as tributes from the Bailiff and the church laity. 

Bob Key
BBC

Ice Maiden Challenge: How do you have a wee?

BBC News England

A team of British soldiers, including Guernsey woman Rin Cobb, are preparing to become the first all-female group to walk across Antarctica. 

They will have to endure temperatures of -40C and walk for up to nine hours a day carrying more than their own body weight in supplies.

Exercise Ice Maiden is currently training in Norway for the 80-day south pole challenge in September. Among the many challenges is coping with extreme cold when you need a loo break.

How female explorers face challenges of south pole trek

On this day...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Apparently, on this day in 1929, "Jersey's Eiffel Tower" was demolished.

I'm no historian, but I've never even heard of it before. Does anyone have any idea what it was? Email us if you do.

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Eiffel Tower
BBC

To be clear, this Eiffel Tower is the one in Paris, not Jersey...

Reds survive Scottish revival after Friday fog scare

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey Reds returned from London with a maximum point haul from a game that at one stage looked unlikely to take place.

Filipino family refunded after paying for stroke care

BBC Radio Jersey

A church in Jersey is thanking residents after their fundraising helped a Filipino family pay the medical costs of a volunteer.

A member of St Aubin on the Hill became ill and had a stroke while working with street children in the Philippines. A local family risked losing their land to pay for his hospital treatment.

The church launched the Kind Hearts Appeal after hearing what the Filipino family had done, setting a £1,500 target. They've raised £2,229 in less than two weeks.

Gas valves: 'No risk of fault in the Channel Islands'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Channel Island gas companies have advised residents that their gas cylinders are safe, after worries last week that they could have faulty valves.

Both Jersey and Guernsey Gas have released almost identical statements giving the all-clear.

Gas bottles
Jersey Gas

Jersey Gas have been informed by the manufacturer and distributor that the root cause of the control valve fault and their location has been identified and that they can now confirm that there is no risk of a cylinder on the island with this fault. Jersey Gas ... can assure our customers of our continued vigilance in ensuring that we provide a safe and secure supply of gas."

StatementGuernsey Gas

Senator rejects suggestions of referendum proposal being a delay tactic

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Jersey senator has denied he wants to delay changes to the island's electoral system by holding a referendum on the matter.

Lyndon Farnham
BBC

Senator Lyndon Farnham, who succeeded in saving the role of senator in a recent debate, said he wanted the public to approve other changes before they came into effect.

Those include a change to six big constituencies with different numbers of deputies.

Senator Farnham said it was important to get public approval for the whole plan, and he hoped islanders would take part in the referendum - which could cost £30,000.

Travel update: Queens Road reopens

BBC Travel

Deputies in dark over when complaints will be dealt with

Guernsey Press

Three deputies who are the subjects of code of conduct complaints are still in the dark about when the Members’ Conduct Panel will meet to discuss the matter – if, that is, it is not dismissed before an investigation is conducted.

Fog disruption to continue into the afternoon

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Fog is still causing disruption across the Channel Islands as air passengers face delays and cancellations. 

Aurigny boss Mark Darby said the airline was doing everything it can, but was hampered after three of its aircraft were unable fly back to Guernsey overnight.

The current fog is forecast to become patchy this evening. Mr Darby said outbound passengers may have to be booked onto Condor Ferries later this afternoon.

You can find the latest information for Guernsey Airport here.

And the same for Jersey Airport here.

Foggy airport on webcam screenshot
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Education VP 'hopeful' of support for La Mare rebuild

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The vice president of Guernsey's Education Committee says he's "hopeful" politicians will back plans to rebuild two La Mare de Carteret schools.

The proposals are expected to be presented later this year, but Deputy Carl Meerveld said his committee was to apply for about £138m before the end of this month to rebuild La Mare and to fund consolidating the College of Further Education to a single site. 

Deputy Meerveld said he believed deputies had shown widespread support for the options they've presented, but wouldn't say which three secondary schools he'd like to see remain in the future.

La Mare aerial
Brian Green

Public 'needs information' on waste plans

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey politician says information needs to be made available to islanders as soon as possible on how their waste collections will be arranged and paid for.

Last week, States members committed the island to exporting waste for the next 20 years - at a cost of £300m.

Deputy Dawn Tindall said there were a lot of questions that needed answers.

It will be reassuring for information to be communicated to the public so we know as soon as possible what it's going to cost, how you can get your bags out and what's going to happen if you put the wrong bag out. It's a very important issue and we need to get all that information out as soon as possible.

Deputy Dawn Tindall

Police appeal for information after construction site damage

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are appealing for information after a window was damaged on a construction site in St Sampson's.

The damage occurred to a temporary office on Baubigny Road between 16:00 last Monday and 07:00 on Tuesday morning. Police said the keys of a cargo van were also taken from inside.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Guernsey Police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Review of Jersey Innovation Fund fiasco 'to cost £150k'

Jersey Evening Post

Three reviews into the Jersey Innovation Fund are expected to cost in the region of £150,000, the Chief Minister has revealed.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • Guernsey's vice president of education believes there's real political appetite to see La Mare De Carteret schools rebuilt, but wouldn't reveal which other site will close under a three school plan currently under development
  • Fog is still causing disruption across the Channel Islands as air passengers in Guernsey and Alderney face delays and cancellations 
  • There are significantly more Guernsey signatures opposing rather than welcoming an official state visit by Donald Trump on official petitions being debated in the British Parliament today

Jersey

  • A Jersey senator denies he wants to delay changes to the island's electoral system by holding a referendum on the reforms
  • Islanders are urged to think carefully about how they park after vehicles stopped a fire engine from getting to a fire
  • About 1,500 stranded air passengers catch a ferry in the Channel Islands this weekend after flights were delayed or cancelled because of fog

Drivers asked to consider parking after fire service prevented from getting to car blaze

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey residents have been urged to think carefully about how they park their cars after vehicles stopped a fire engine from getting to a fire.

Officers were called to a burning car in St Lawrence at 12:00 yesterday, but couldn't get to it quickly because of cars parked on the road getting in the way.

Burning car
Jersey Fire and Rescue

Crew Commander John le Cornu said if the fire had been more critical, there could have been serious consequences.

People should consider emergency services' vehicles when they parked, he said.

Guernsey woman into the last seven for ice trek

A Guernsey woman has made the final stages of selection for a trek across the Antarctic.

Rin Cobb is one of seven women looking to take part in the Ice Maiden Challenge, which will see an eventual team of five become the first all-female team to make the 1,700-mile trek.

Penguin
BBC

All seven "Ice Maidens" are currently taking part in the final training session in Norway, and will stay involved in the final preparations in case of the need for a last-minute replacement.

Ferry companies experience surge as fog hits the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Channel Island ferry companies are reporting a busy weekend as many air passengers faced fog delays and cancellations. 

Between Friday and Sunday, Condor Ferries carried 8,000 passengers, with more than 1,500 late bookings.

Bumblebee also carried a number of passengers unable to fly out of Alderney.

Bumblebee
BBC

With more fog coming down last night, yesterday's late arrivals didn't get into Guernsey Airport, and Aurigny has already cancelled a number of flights this morning.

Travel disruption: Airport webcam

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you're wondering why nothing is getting off the ground at Guernsey Airport this morning, this was the live webcam of the runway just after 08:00.

Foggy webcam image of Guernsey Airport
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Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It's another foggy start to the day.

Here's the Jersey Met forecast: "Overcast with occasional drizzle. Fog, extensive until later this morning, becoming patchy this evening."

Jersey

Weather chart
BBC

Guernsey

Weather chart
BBC