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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to islander who died skiing in France
  2. Red flood warning issued for Jersey's south coast this evening
  3. Debris warning for coastal roads after strong winds and high tides
  4. Condor Liberation and Sark sailings cancelled
  5. Health minister criticised over handling of home care cuts
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Local Live has finished for the day but we'll be back again tomorrow morning with more of the days news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a good evening and be careful out there as the heavy winds, rain and high tide come together.

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

Could you be a Mr or Miss Battle?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's that time of year when young men and young women across the island are being encouraged to stand up to represent their parish in the annual Mr and Miss competitions.

The Miss parishes, who then compete to become Miss Battle of flowers, is a decades old tradition, the competition for a Mr parish is more recent, with St Helier leading the way.

An official notice has now gone out looking for someone to represent St Helier and St Brelade at the 2017 Battle of Flowers parades in August and act as ambassadors for their parish for the year ahead.

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Victorian sewer found under walled garden

BBC Radio Guernsey

Imagine the scenario - you have a kitchen garden and in one area of the garden vegetables just won't grow. 

Do you give up? Concrete over it? Or do you dig it up to find out what's going on? That is exactly what the team at the Guernsey Walled Kitchen Garden did and they were in for a surprise.

Sewer
BBC
Sewer
BBC

They discovered a complete Victorian septic drainage system thought to date back to the 1980s. The largest chamber is 8ft wide, 4ft long and 9ft deep. 

They've decided to make a feature of them and use the newly discovered system to deal with occasional surface water flooding.

Reform referendum should have minimum turnout requirement

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A referendum on reforming Jersey's electoral system should have a minimum turnout of 40% according to Deputy Jeremy Macon. He has also suggested the referendum should be held on the day of the general election in May 2018.

States assembly
BBC

Last month politicians voted to reform the way deputy's are voted in - having six large deputy districts rather than the current parish based system. Now a proposition has been lodged to put the change to the public in a referendum before the change comes in.

Deputy Macon says such an important constitutional change should require a minimum turnout and he has suggested 40%. At the last reform referendum in 2013 turnout was about 26% which led to politicians using that as an excuse to reject the outcome.

Missing the Diana style exhibition in London? Look no further than Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

For those interested in the recent opening of the exhibition tracing the changing styles of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace, you're in luck...there is a replica right here in Jersey.

Jersey's replica of Princess Diana's 1989 pearl encrusted dress

Changes proposed to Jersey election law

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In 2013 a referendum was held in Jersey over major changes to the island electoral system. Just 26% of those registered to vote actually turned out and the States used that to ignore the result of the referendum.

Another referendum on reform has now been proposed, this time by Senator Lyndon Farnham to happen before the end of this year. It will put changes already voted on by the States - to create six large deputy districts rather than the current parish based system - to the public first rather than just be implemented by the next election.

Deputy Jeremy Macon, the former president of the committee responsible for the conduct of the States and elections, says that doesn't go far enough to ensure changes come in. He wants a minimum turnout of 40% and for the vote on the same day as the next general election.

Deputy Jeremy Macon
BBC

If you look at previous elections that is where the turnout has bobbed around and therefore I think it is reasonable but have left it open for members to amend if they think it should be higher or lower.

Deputy Jeremy Macon

Crowcroft: States should pay rates on its buildings

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey would take better care of their properties and be more efficient if they had to pay rates on them, according to St Helier constable Simon Crowcroft.

constable Simon Crowcroft
BBC

He wants politicians to let his parish charge the states rates on its buildings and believes its unfair that his parishioners effectively subsidise the states - and wants the system changed. 

Other constables though don't agree. Constable Len Norman chairs the constable's committee - and says the change wouldn't be fair on other parishes as island tax payers would be subsidising St Helier.

What would you call a diesel electricity generator?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A few weeks ago we told you about a competition launched by Guernsey Electricity to name their new generator. Well they've had more than 50 entries so far.

3D
BBC

Currently known as 2D and 3D, the company are hoping someone will come up with a more memorable name for the diesel engines. Apparently they are only looking for sensible suggestions, so no Power McPowerplant.

Company director, Sally Ann David, says they've had some excellent suggestions so far, including many inspired by local history.

The winner will get to switch on the £15m generator, have their name along with the new engine name on a plaque and a £100 voucher. If you've got an idea you have until tomorrow to let  Guernsey Electricity know .

Weather watchers: Stormy skies over Guernsey

BBC Weather Watchers

It's going to be a very unsettled evening with blustery showers in the Channel Islands. Some of those showers will be heavy and there will be a risk of thunder and hail.

This photo, shared with BBC Weather by Simon shows dangerous looking skies over Belle Greve Bay in Guernsey.

Stormy weather
BBC

Little Chapel to be given to the people of Guernsey

Guernsey Press

The Little Chapel will officially belong to the people of Guernsey within the next few weeks .  

Closer monitoring of family nursing grant needed, says review

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey grant paid to Family Nursing and Home Care to pay for a number of services including nurses and care assistants should be more closely monitored and service level agreements signed, according to a scrutiny review.

The health scrutiny panel was reviewing the handling of a cut to the home care component of the grant paid to family nursing. The charity says it was difficult to calculate how much of that grant was spent on home care and the original timetable for the cut was unreasonable.

That prompted health minister, Senator Andrew Green to extend the deadline, but Richard Renouf of the health scrutiny panel says communication between health and the charity was poor.  

Richard Renouf
BBC

We need to know what the service costs the public and what will be provided for it in the same way other bodies providing service for the government enter service level products.

Richard RenoufHealth scrutiny president

Castles and forts to feature on stamp collection

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The iconic forts and castles that feature so prominently on Jersey's skyline are to be featured on a new set of stamps issued by Jersey Post.

James Dann, Philatelic Researcher at Jersey Post, said: "These iconic landmarks are frequently photographed by both islanders and visitors."

Stamps
Jersey Post

Featured on the four stamps are: 

  • Grosnez Castle, built in the 14th Century to provide refuge during French raids
  • Elizabeth Castle, 16th Century and set on a rocky islet half-a-mile out to sea
  • St Aubin’s Fort, designed to delay approaching enemies with cannon fire 
  • Mont Orgueil, which towers above Gorey Harbour in the east of the Island and was built to protect Jersey from invasion by the French

Digger carries the CI’s Crufts agility hopes

Guernsey Press

Digger, the Welsh border collie, is set to become the first dog from Guernsey to take part in the agility competition at Crufts.

Aurigny to offer cheaper last minute fares in an emergency

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If you live in Guernsey or Alderney and suffer from a critical emergency or death in the family then Aurigny will offer you a cheaper flight from Wednesday.

Aurigny
BBC

The company, owned by the States of Guernsey, is dropping the traditional airline model of higher prices closer to departure for those facing an urgent need to travel off island.

Fares will be capped at £75 one-way for flights between Guernsey and the UK. Those flying from Alderney to the UK will face a higher cap of £105 each way.

Belated Christmas treat for senior islanders

Guernsey Press

More than 100 senior islanders enjoyed the annual Lions Club of Guernsey post-Christmas party on Saturday.

New tagging for Alderney gannets

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Gannets returning to Alderney after migrating south for the winter are being tracked using a new tagging system, according to the Alderney Wildlife Trust.

The technology will provide experts with statistical information about the birds' behaviour and help them better understand their needs and what they did while away from the island.

Alderney gannets
Alderney Wildlife Trust

These new ones require you to recapture the same bird and download the data from the tag the next year and will show you where they've been and how long they've been on the water.

Claire ThorpeAlderney Wildlife Trust

Be careful on Jersey's wet roads, warn police

BBC Travel

With strong winds, pouring rain, high tides and children returning to school after half term the road network is struggling in Jersey.

Police are warning islanders to be careful after a minor crash as a result of a slippery road.

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Inspection of Guernsey police force planned

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's police and border forces are to be inspected later this year by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the body responsible for inspecting police forces. That's according to the island home affairs department.

Island Police
BBC

The last review was in 2007 and so they are being invited back to look at staffing levels and effectiveness in both forces.

Richard Graham from the Home Affairs Committee said the inspection would address the current reliance on overtime.

It is something you can't really in the long term depend on and you have to bite the bullet. Do you save money by under implementing your establishment or do you go the full whack and pick up the downside of a full establishment in terms of pensions and infrastructure costs.

Richard GrahamHome Affairs Committee

Crown dependencies won't be forced to open company registers

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A London-based tax campaigner and economist has criticised the UK Parliament after it rejected a motion to force the British Crown dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man to allow public access to a register detailing ultimate owners of companies.

Richard Murphy
BBC

Richard Murphy described the current system in Guernsey, which is a register of company ownership only open to island authorities, as "transparency in secret".

Guernsey External Affairs Minister, Jonathan Le Tocq, says the register meets international standards and takes a stricter approach than many larger countries.

Driving ban for owner of ‘handbrake-turn’ car

Jersey Evening Post

The owner of a car used by a 17-year-old girl to illegally perform handbrake turns, doughnuts and wheelspins on the Albert Pier was sentenced to 70 hours’ community service and was banned from driving for three months .  

Tributes paid to islander who died skiing in France

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Former Jersey politician Terry Le Main has led tributes to a Jersey man who died in a skiing accident while on holiday with his family in France last week .

Val d'Isere
BBC

Mark Le Sueur, 57, known to many as Frank, was skiing off-piste near Val d'Isere, according to French police at the resort.  

Mr Le Main said on Facebook it was "tragic" and Mr Le Sueur is the son of the late St John Constable John Le Sueur. Mr Le Main, who was Jersey's housing minister said: "our very deepest sympathy to Mark's wife, daughter and family and friends."

Red flood warning issued for Jersey's south coast

BBC Weather

Jersey Met Office have issued a red flood warning for Jersey's south coast this evening with high tide and strong winds expected to come together after 19:00. It follows a similar warning also issued for Guernsey's coastal roads. 

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More fined, but police see positive signs over drivers using mobiles

Guernsey Press

Creating a culture where mobile phone use while driving is regarded as ‘socially unacceptable’ is vital to keeping the rate of offence low, the roads policing sergeant has said .  

'Almost a third of Jersey adults rarely have sugary drinks'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Almost a third of Jersey adults rarely have sugary drinks according to Jersey's Stats Unit.

Twenty-eight percent of Jersey adults say they rarely drink fizzy drinks, juice or squash. 

Do you think this is true or are people just giving the person conducting the survey an answer that makes them look good?

I managed to go through almost all of January only drinking water. Come 1 February I was back on fizzy drinks and squash.

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Health minister criticised over handling of home care cuts

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The handling of plans to end a subsidy given to a service that cares for elderly and disabled people by Jersey's health minister have been criticised by a scrutiny panel looking into the move.

Family Nursing
BBC

Family Nursing and Home Care is losing the subsidy from the States, which includes providing someone to wash up, buy shopping and other non medical services, but will continue to get a government grant for other tasks. 

The charity says the decision to withdraw the subsidy will eventually mean fees will double from £11-an-hour to the market rate of £20-an-hour and will mean it has to reorganise the way it offers care as it will be competing on the open market.

Richard Renouf from the health scrutiny panel says the minister showed poor communication and an unrealistic timescale when he announced an end to the subsidy last year. However he also criticised the charity, saying it should have been ready to adapt to a changing environment.

Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green says he won't comment while discussions are ongoing.

On this day: Death of long serving Jersey 'chancellor'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Thunderstorms warning issued for the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

An orange thunderstorms warning has been issued by the Jersey Met Office...

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Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey's health department has been accused of poor communication and using an unrealistic timescale in its cuts to a local home care service
  • Constable Simon Crowcroft, the man in charge of St Helier, is trying again to get the States of Jersey to pay parish rates on the properties it owns in the parish

Guernsey

  • A London-based economist says he's disappointed the UK Parliament rejected a move to force Guernsey to adopt a fully open company ownership register. Richard Murphy of the Tax Justice Network has long campaigned for the move to create the register that would have details of ultimate company ownership
  • Guernsey's Committee for Home Affairs is finalising plans for an outside inspection this year - the last review was in 2007. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary will be asked to look at staffing levels and effectiveness in the police force and border agency
  • Guernsey FC's Dave Rihoy scored the only goal of the game on Saturday to secure three points for the Green Lions against East Grinstead.

Mother calls for trolley seats to fit older disabled children

Jersey Evening Post

The mother of an autistic boy has launched an online petition calling on Island supermarkets to introduce trolleys with seats big enough for older disabled children .  

Waves crash over sea wall

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Take care driving along the coast this morning, as the waves have been crashing over the sea wall in Guernsey, as you can see from this picture taken outside the BBC Guernsey offices at Bulwer Avenue.

Waves
BBC

I'm glad my car's not parked there!

Wait, hang on a minute...

Waves
BBC

Condor Liberation sailings cancelled

BBC Travel

Heavy winds and high waves have led to several sailings between the Channel Islands and Poole being cancelled by Condor Ferries.

The company says: "We have been monitoring this closely, and wave heights are predicted to reach 4.6 metres and wind gusts in excess of 40 knots. These periods are outside of our legal operating limits."

Cancelled Services

  • 12:00 Poole to Guernsey
  • 15:30 Guernsey to Jersey
  • 17:30 Jersey to Guernsey
  • 19:10 Guernsey to Poole

Travel update: Sark sailings cancelled this afternoon

BBC Travel

The Sark Shipping Company has moved this morning's sailings forward and cancelled this afternoon's sailings due to the weather conditions in the Little Russel.

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Debris warning for coastal roads

BBC Travel

Due to a combination of strong winds of up to force seven and high tides at about 07:00 this morning, there has been warnings of debris and water on coastal roads in the Channel Islands today.

So if you are driving to work early be careful out there. If you're unlucky enough to be walking we'd love to see your photos and video clips. You can email them to us or share them on Facebook .

In Guernsey the tidal warning has been issued for this evening and a flood warning for tomorrow morning.

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Latest weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Although it could be dry for a time at first, frequent blustery showers are expected for much of the day. 

These could be heavy at times with a risk of thunder and hail. It will also be colder than recent days with strong westerly winds by the end of the day. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

If you didn't have time for a shower this morning...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Hello and welcome to Local Live on this windy Monday morning.

We've got all the latest news, sport, travel and weather to take you through until 18:00 this evening and ease you into the start of the working week.

Feel free to  send us  any comments, questions or photos you may have this morning.