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Summary

  1. Guernsey could hold same-sex marriages in May
  2. 'Awful' fog sees 400 passengers stranded in the UK
  3. Fog costing Aurigny £100,000 per day
  4. Taxi drivers demand closure of 'Jersey lifts' group
  5. Trump protest attended by 50 in Guernsey
  6. Education in Guernsey: Can the island fill 'premier league' schools with teachers?
  7. Updates on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it for Local Live today, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport weather and the all-important travel news, as we try to get through this fog.

BBC One is the place to go for all the latest headlines at 18:30 tonight with BBC Channel Islands News.

Jersey Police 'won't be taking action' on lifts page

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Jersey social media site which lets people arrange lifts seems set to continue uninterrupted, after police and licensing authorities said there was little they could do to stop it.

The site, which has more than 10,000 members, allows people to contact each other and arrange to be picked up, similar to a taxi service.

Driving
BBC

But registered taxi drivers are very unhappy at the system, which they claim is dangerous and unfair.

Jersey Police say it's out of their jurisdiction and they won't be taking any action.

Jersey's Department for Infrastructure said it could only regulate registered drivers and couldn't control the actions of members of the public.

Guernsey should focus on 'getting teacher recruitment right'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The chairman of the Commons Education Committee says Guernsey, like the UK, should focus on getting teacher recruitment right.

Neil Carmichael MP was speaking on BBC Radio Guernsey following the release of his committee's report which shows there's a growing shortage of teachers across England, especially in subjects like computing, physics and maths.

Industry professionals here say the States face a similar recruitment challenge.

Mr Carmichael says work needs to be done to make teachers feel valued.

Making sure that they can get the appropriate continuous professional development, making sure that their hours are consistent with good practice and so on; it's basically about good management of a very important resource - the people, the teachers."

Neil Carmichael MPCommons Education Committee
Neil Carmichael MP
BBC

‘Saying no to Trump and his views’

Guernsey Press

A defiant stand against hatred and xenophobia was made by islanders yesterday as they came together for the ‘Stop Trump’ protest.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at what the weather's doing for the rest of the day.

Here's the forecast in Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

And this is the outlook in Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

National Trust launches new website

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

National Trust Jersey launched a new website as part of a "major rebranding exercise".

It's in a bid to secure a consistent "look and feel", as well as "ensure the brand reflects the Trust's objectives to permanently protect the natural beauty" of Jersey.

National Trust website
National Trust Jersey

An elm leaf was chosen as the new logo as "it was felt that it projected the value of safeguarding heritage at risk".

You can find the new site here.

Reason why coin hoard was buried may be revealed

Jersey Evening Post

The mystery of why Jersey’s Celtic coin hoard was buried may soon be revealed as archaeologists plan to return to the Grouville field where it was found to carry out further investigations.

States of Jersey could be paying St Helier property rates next year

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's government could be paying rates on the properties it owns in St Helier from next year, if a plan from the constable is approved.

Constable Simon Crowcroft says it's been two decades since the question was first debated - and it's about time the treasury minister took action.

The States has agreed in principle that rates should be paid - but they failed to approve a plan for that to start this year, because some members felt they didn't have enough information.

Constable Crowcroft is now asking the States to tell the treasury minister to come up with a plan to consult on the matter quickly and bring forward a plan to have the States paying rates by next year.

Jersey Post dealing with backlog due to flight delays

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

As well as travellers the fog has been delaying letters and parcels to and from the islands.

Jersey Post has sent out this update:

  • Special Delivery items from Friday and Monday and Monday’s second class mail are due to arrive on the ferry this evening
  • Those items will be included in Wednesday's deliveries
  • No inbound FedEx has been received since Friday - this is due to arrive tomorrow and delivered the same day
  • Today’s mail plane managed to land in Jersey at 06:18 and the majority - including all Special Delivery items - were processed and sent out for delivery today
  • All mail from Friday, Saturday and Monday destined for the UK and/or worldwide destinations left the island by boat yesterday evening and arrived in the UK this morning

For more details and updates head to the firm's website.

Esplanade closed to traffic by police

Police appeal for witnesses after "erratic"driving and crash at speed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey Police are appealing for information after a brown coloured vehicle was seen driving "erratically and at speed" along Le Mont Les Vaux in St Brelade.

The brown vehicle collided with another vehicle, which was travelling in the opposite direction, near Shell Gardens, and then continued up the hill with its wheels spinning.

There were sparks and a loud noise coming from the driver's front wheel.

Jersey get court date in Uefa dispute

BBC Sport

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will rule on Jersey's membership dispute with Uefa on Wednesday, 28 June.

Jersey v Guernsey in 2016 Muratti
Adi Topley

Fog costing Aurigny £100,000 per day - but new equipment will be in place by the summer

Mike Wilkins

BBC Channel Islands News

The cafe at Guernsey Airport has been doing a roaring trade over the last few days. 

Stranded passengers have been providing the boost in revenue, and it's been a similar story in Jersey where the fog's been causing travel chaos.

But it's not just the passengers feeling the pain. Airlines can't insure themselves against fog as it's considered an "act of god".

Foggy airport
BBC

For a company like Aurigny, the fog's been costing them up to £100,000 each day.

A piece of equipment that could minimise fog disruption could arrive later this year. 

The Civil Aviation Authority has told me today that a system called EGNOS which uses satellites to cut through the fog should be up and running in Guernsey by the summer at the latest.

Stafford business owners plead with Jersey developer to build car park

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Business owners in Stafford are calling on a Jersey company to open up a car park it owns in the city.

Investment company Triple Jersey Limited took over the car park and empty retail units in Kingsmead last August, after a deal, which would have seen a supermarket open on the site, fell through.

Local businesses say they are losing money as customers don't have anywhere to park.

Amy Walsh, who owns a cafe in the area, said she was considering closing her business.

In a conversation with staff three weeks ago I said 'we're going to have to look at closing on a temporary basis at the end of February and maybe relaunch'."

Amy WalshCafe owner

Since then, Mrs Walsh has decided to keep her cafe open after winning an award which she says has raised awareness of the business.

Triple Jersey Limited says it's working through the legal processes to get the site open, and is in regular contact with the local council.

New technology ‘could help ATRs land in poor visibility’

Guernsey Press

Finding a way to overcome disruption from fog and bad weather disruption should be a priority for Aurigny, its chairman said yesterday, as the airport was effectively locked down by the weather for a third time in a week.

Police won't investigate snare traps

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey Police have received no official complaints about illegal snares which can trap dogs.

Honorary officers in St Ouen have warned about the snares in the Les Mielles area which is popular with dog walkers.

The animal charity, the JSPCA, describes the setting of such traps as abhorrent.

But a police spokesperson says no-one has formally complained about the traps - and therefore officers wouldn't be investigating.

‘Change of use’ move to keep Fort afloat?

Jersey Evening Post

The complexity, challenges and costs associated with Fort Regent may prevent it from being redeveloped, according to a local developer, who has warned that the taxpayer may be left footing the bill for its upkeep.

Development application returns for Keppel Tower

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Fourteen new homes could be built on the site of two derelict properties in Grouville, Jersey.

The proposed application for Keppel Tower includes a mixture of two and three bedroom family apartments, with one four-bed property. 

The Waves
The Waves

It comes after the Royal Court overturned planning permission for the development of flats at Keppel Tower in 2015. 

To address previous concerns the scheme - which is called "The Waves" - is designed to be in keeping with the character of existing properties in the area.

Portuguese neighbour helps out after mugging in Brazil

Jersey Evening Post

An islander who was robbed at knifepoint in Brazil has been reunited with her belongings thanks to the help of a Portuguese woman in Jersey.

More than 600 sign petition calling for Jersey-owned car park to open

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

More than 600 people have signed a petition calling for a Jersey investment company to open a car park it owns in Stafford.

The car park in Kingsmead is part of a development site owned by Triple Jersey Limited.

It had been earmarked for a supermarket, but has been closed since August when that deal fell through.

Local businesses say they are losing customers as they have nowhere to park.

Deidre Mellor, who owns a toy shop there, says the last few months have been tough.

We've done quite well over most of the Christmases we've been here but this one we were about 40% down on sales, which is quite bad. After Christmas, January was awful - the worst one since we've opened. This month isn't looking a lot better. Ten months of a closed car park and all the empty units behind us are no help whatsoever."

Deidre MellorToy shop owner

£1m 'treasure trove' heading to Guernsey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A £1m "treasure trove" of stamps is heading to Guernsey.

The exhibits include an error stamp - the only other example of which is owned by the Queen - which was originally priced at 13p, but is now valued at £135,000, as well as a rare penny Black, and this block of 2d Blues...

2d Blues
Stanley Gibbons

Jersey v Uefa court date confirmed

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey’s appeal to have their Uefa application considered by over 50 footballing nations will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday 28 June.

Swimarathon money to go towards youth hostel repairs

BBC Radio Jersey

Money raised from this years Swimarathon in Jersey will help a charity repair one of its four youth hostels.

The Jersey Association for Youth and Friendship helps young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who find themselves without a home.

It's one of five charities benefiting from the annual fundraising event at Les Quennevais.

'Get the wedding bells ready'

Twitter

Film voice coach wants to hear local accents

Guernsey Press

Local accents should feature in the film based on the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Fog clearing: Movement at airports

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I bring good news.

A break in the weather means some flights have been able to get off the ground in the Channel Islands, but there is still a long backlog to get through.

Guernsey airport
NEST.GG

Check out the latest information from Guernsey Airport and Jersey Airport.

Motorcyclist taken to hospital - Coutanchez reopens

BBC Travel

A male motorcyclist has been taken to hospital this morning after a collision near the Guernsey College of Further Education campus on the Coutanchez.

Police and ambulance services attended the scene just before 10.45, where a man received treatment before being taken to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

The road has now reopened.

Men appear before magistrates on Class A drug charge

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Two men have appeared before Jersey magistrates court charged with possession of the Class A drug Oxycodone.

Oxycodone is an opiate used as a painkiller.

Stephen David Carey, 41, and Vincent John Cooper, 34 - both from St Helier - are accused of being in possession of the drug on 12 January at David Place in town.

They will next appear on the 28 February.

Lifts group hits 10,000 members - taxi drivers say it's 'worrying'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

More than 10,000 people have now signed up for a social media group that allows drivers to offer lifts around Jersey.

In its description, "Jersey lifts" claims: "Just remember, we're doing nothing illegal if we aren't taking any money for lifts."

Licensed taxi drivers are angry the online lift service is continuing to grow. It is illegal to offer lifts for money, with the president of the drivers association describing the group as "worrying".

The BBC has contacted the group, who is yet to comment.

‘Traditional’ record shop opens its doors

Guernsey Press

Customers have said a new record shop in Town is a blast from the past and a suitable replacement for old high-street hubs.

Lorry drops wood on Salerie Corner cycle path

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are currently investigating after a truck dropped wood on a cycle path this morning.

The vehicle was heading south around Salerie Corner when planks of timber fell off the back and on to the cycle path.

Police say they are investigating the circumstances around the incident.

They've reviewed the CCTV and spoken to the driver.

Enquiries are ongoing.

People are 'keen to know' when same-sex marriage will begin

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

People are keen to know when same-sex couples will be able to get married in Guernsey. We thought it important to share the information that we have, which is to the best of our knowledge and dependent on the timetable being met as explained."

Deputy Michelle Le ClercPresident of the Committee for Employment & Social Security

If the law passes through the Legislation Review Panel and the States of Deliberation, same-sex marriages could technically take place as early as 4 May 2017.

Jersey Reds prop heading for Worcester

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds prop Simon Kerrod is to leave the Championship club at the end of this season.

Simon Kerrod
BBC

The South African is joining current Premiership side Worcester Warriors in the summer.

Kerrod scored two tries in Jersey's narrow win over London Scottish at the weekend.

He's been with the Reds since early 2016 and is the latest in an ever-growing list of front-row players to move from the island to the topflight of English rugby. 

Travel update: Countanchez crash

BBC Travel

A motorcycle has crashed outside the Coutanchez campus of College of Further Education in Guernsey.

Emergency services are at the scene.

Guernsey could hold same-sex marriages in May

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Same-sex marriages could take place in Guernsey as early as May.

The Same-Sex Marriage law will be considered by the Legislation Review Panel in early March, before being ratified at a future States meeting which could be as early as 26 April.

Same sex marriage
Thinkstock

If everything is approved, the law could come into effect on 2 May, but couples would need to get a special licence from the Greffe which takes one clear day to pass, meaning a wedding could not take place until 4 May.

Until the law is approved by the LRP and the States of Deliberation, there is no guarantee of a start date.

Tree to be planted to mark People's Park protests

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A tree will be planted in the People's Park to mark the anniversary of a campaign against it being used as a site for the new hospital. 

The park was the scene of several protests, including one where campaigners laid down in front of a digger.

The West of Town Community Association gathered more than 5,000 signatures from those against the development, and there was a debate in the town hall and a rally in the Royal Square. 

The red oak tree will be planted this Thursday. 

Protest in Royal Square
BBC

Mystery rock painter at Greve d'Azette

BBC Radio Jersey

Have you ever seen a painted rock like this on the beach?

BBC Radio Jersey reporter Sarah Bailey was hunting for a tennis ball by the slipway at Greve d'Azette in Jersey when she spotted this rock.

Painted rock
Sarah Bailey

Is there a vigilante rock painter on the loose in Jersey?

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey's Animal Shelter has condemned the use of snares on the island's west coast as abhorrent - but has asked dog walkers to be more responsible in the area
  • More than 10,000 people have now signed up for a controversial social media group that allows drivers to offer lifts around the island - but taxi drivers say it's illegal
  • More than 600 people have signed a petition calling for a Jersey investment company to open a car park it owns in Stafford

Guernsey

  • The chairman of the House of Commons Education Select Committee says Guernsey, like the UK, should focus on getting teacher recruitment right
  • About 400 people were stranded in the UK yesterday after fog meant that Aurigny couldn't land a single flight in Guernsey
  • An organiser of yesterday's protest in Guernsey against Donald Trump says he's pleased with the turnout