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Summary

  1. Jersey Police using new advice in working with children in domestic violence cases
  2. Parents call for child car seats in Guernsey taxis
  3. Concerns over planned commercial waste charges in Jersey
  4. University of Winchester to charge island students UK-level fees
  5. Updates on Wednesday 29 March

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By Rob England

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget  Spotlight Channel Islands on BBC One  later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Stargazing Live: What can you see from Jersey?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Channel Islands are a great place to stargaze. There are areas with very little light pollution and there are active astronomy clubs and associations.

Stars moving over the island sky
Neil Mahrer
This image shows stars moving across the night sky from Gorey

Yesterday, we shared some amazing photos of objects in the night sky captured from Guernsey. 

Since then we've been sent a selection of pictures by Neil Mahrer of the Jersey Astronomy Club showing that Jersey is also a great place to capture galaxies, nebula and more.

If you've been inspired by BBC Stargazing Live with Dara O'Brian and Professor Brian Cox on BBC Two this week, why not go out and see what you can spot in the night sky from here in the Channel Islands.

Craters on the moon
Neil Mahrer
It isn't just far distant objects you can see - this image from a telescope shows the craters on the moon
La Roque
Neil Mahrer
Even without a telescope, there are some incredible views from Jersey - including this of the Milky Way from La Roque
Orion Nebula
Neil Mahrer
On Stargazing Live they suggested looking for Orion, well here is an amazing picture of the Orion Nebula taken from Jersey

Latest weather: Staying dry

BBC Weather

It will stay dry, cloudy and mild overnight, though the wind will pep up again for a time. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be dry, fine and remarkably warm with lighter winds. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Proposed commercial waste charges in Jersey 'the norm elsewhere'

Rob England

BBC News Online

An overflowing green bin
Getty Images

The States of Jersey Department for Infrastructure has been considering how to introduce plans to charge businesses and commercial customers for waste disposal. 

The proposals were agreed on last September. Businesses would be required to pay £150 per tonne for "solid waste", with recyclables’ charges varying. The waste water charge would be £2.27 per cubic metre, plus a standing charge.

Concerns have been raised that the charges would lead to an increase in fly-tipping.

The department said: "Although waste charges would be new for Jersey, they are very much the norm elsewhere in the UK and Europe, including Guernsey." 

Should they receive final approval, the charges will be introduced sometime in 2018.

Police give email scam advice

Parents may decide to take their own child seat 'where practical' in taxis

BBC Radio Guernsey

Parents have taken to social media, calling for Guernsey taxi drivers to be forced to provide car seats for children, which they are not legally obliged to do.

But traffic bosses said parents should in certain circumstances take their own child seat.

A spokesperson from the Traffic and Highways Services in Guernsey said: "In terms of the taxi operators, we would recommend they ensure parents are comfortable with arrangements for carrying children.

"This could include allowing parents to use their own child seat, ensuring that a child is safely buckled into the vehicle if travelling independent of an adult, and driving more slowly and with due consideration when carrying small children."

States sitting to follow abuse report release

Jersey Evening Post

A special States sitting will be called after the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry publishes its report on child abuse in the Island, the Chief Minister has said .

Chamber of Commerce: Jersey waste tax could 'close businesses'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Jersey Chamber of Commerce has described the new tax which may be imposed on businesses for waste disposal as "a very real threat".

A spokesperson said the tax "could result in the closure of businesses, especially those in the tourism and hospitality sectors". 

It added: "Clearly, this proposed tax flies in the face of the Visit Jersey aim to attract a million tourists by 2030."

The plans were approved in principle in September last year.

What's your favourite aspect of living in Jersey? We asked, you answered

Rob England

BBC News Online

Had enough of Brexit yet?

Just for a break, we asked you what your favourite aspect of living in Jersey was.

Clearly the scenery came out on top, because here's some of what you sent us:

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Kira Moisan
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Harriet Rouse
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Harriet Rouse

Apology over delayed report on Guernsey sea connections

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Economic Development President Peter Ferbrache has apologised to the States for a delayed report on local sea connections. 

He promised the States a progress report on sea links back in November last year. 

He said the consultation progress with Condor, Jersey and the Civil Service was taking longer than expected.

Bus fare rise to pay for ticket system development

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If you use a pay-as-you-go card to pay for your bus journey in Jersey, it will cost you an extra 5p per journey, going up to £1.55, from next week.

LibertyBus
BBC

Kevin Hart, general manager of Jersey's only bus company, LibertyBus, said this was to pay for the development of its payment system which will allow passengers to add small amounts to their pay-as-you-go card.

Currently the smallest top-up amount is £10 but, according to Mr Hart, a lot of customers have asked to be able to add smaller amounts, to pay for just one or two trips.

He said this development cost money and so the firm was increasing prices for pay-as-you-go customers slightly to cover that cost. He said prices would remain at £2 per journey if paying with cash.

Burst water main in St Sampsons

Concerns over planned business waste charges

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey business leaders say plans to charge companies to dispose of their rubbish could force some firms to close. 

The Department for Infrastructure wants companies to pay £150 per tonne for waste disposal.

Andy Jehan, from the Chamber of Commerce, said members were concerned about the proposed charges.

The Department for Infrastructure said the plans included minimal or even free recycling charges.

Child seats in taxis: 'Unrealistic' to ask drivers to carry seats

BBC Radio Guernsey

A road with taxi written on it
Getty Images

Parents have taken to social media calling for Guernsey taxi drivers to be forced to provide car seats for children. 

There's no legal requirement for drivers to use car seats if they're not available, but some have described the laws as lax and accused police of being vague on the issue. 

A spokesperson from the Traffic and Highway Services said there was "no specific conditions attached to a taxi licence regarding the carrying of children" but that it would be "unrealistic" to ask drivers to offer a wide range of seats.

Approval given for new social housing estate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Work will start on developing more than 150 new social housing properties on the former Le Squez estate after planning permission was granted by the environment minister. 

Le Squez
BBC

Dozens of flats and houses were demolished last year to make way for the new development but the first planning application was refused. 

States-owned housing company Andium Homes appealed the decision. An independent planning inspector recommended that it should be allowed and minister Steve Luce has agreed.

The design is for 151 homes in the form of one, two or three-bedroomed flats. There will be very little car parking above ground, and Andium claimed pedestrians and cyclists would have priority.

Guernsey Brexit officials 'confident' States will have access to negotiations

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey officials negotiating with the UK about the States' Brexit deal have said they are confident good lines of communication with the British Government will remain open.

In a statement following the triggering of Article 50 , the States said: "The Bailiwick is well placed to ensure it receives a deal at least on par with what the UK agrees." 

The Policy and Resources Committee's lead on external affairs, Jonathan Le Tocq, said he was "confident" Guernsey should have access to the terms negotiated by the UK.

Deputy Mary Lowe, whose Home Affairs Committee has responsibility for the immigration system and administering the customs regime, said maintaining free movement of people in the common travel area was a priority for the Crown Dependencies and the UK.

Jersey Milk to go up by about 4p per litre from May

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A litre of milk is going to cost more from the middle of May. Jersey Dairy announced it is putting up the wholesale price by 4% - the first rise since 2013. 

This will see the average price in the shop go from £1.12 to £1.16 per litre.

Jersey Milk
BBC

The company said it was due to the impact of a weaker pound which had led to more expensive packaging, incredients and supplies.

Jersey Dairy Managing Director Eamon Fenlon said: "We have taken the impact of the movement in exchange rates for the last eight months in the hope that there would be signs of a recovery, but this has not been the case."

Some Jersey Dairy products will see an 8% price rise due to higher production costs.

University of Winchester to charge island students UK-level fees

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The University of Winchester is the first to confirm that it will not increase the cost of tuition fees for Channel Island students after Brexit.

The university said it would fix tuition fees for undergraduate students at the same level as those for UK students, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. 

In the past, some UK universities treated Channel Island students as overseas students, charging higher fees than those paid by UK students.

A freedom of information request revealed that, after Jersey's Highlands College, more students went to Brighton University to study than any other. This was closely followed by Winchester.

University of Winchester
BBC

We hope that this will provide reassurance to students considering university about the future cost of their studies, and we look forward to continuing to welcome students from the Channel Islands to study here.

Joy Carter Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester

No threat to historical relationship, says May

Jersey Evening Post

The ‘historical and special relationship’ between Jersey and the UK will not change after Brexit and the British government will continue to engage with the Island during negotiations, the UK Prime Minister has said in a letter addressed to the Chief Minister .  

Do you think taxi drivers in Guernsey should be legally obliged to provide child car seats? Your responses:

BBC Radio Guernsey

In an ideal world, of course they should. But reality is different. Parents/guardians should take some responsibility and carry their own at least, then you know it's suitable for the age/weight/height of your child and is in good condition."

Alison Torode

It's simple: when you book a taxi, ask if they have one. Or, if they are on a list of "child-friendly" taxis, they will have one - similar to wheelchair access taxis. Then the driver will pre-plan the pick up with a child seat."

Rosie Lawlor

100% yes. Very simple solution. Taxi office/home keeps a range of seats in the office/home. Advertise that the seat is available on a pre-booked basis only. Driver picks up seat from office, before collecting fare. Sticks it in boot after, till returned to office.

Nigel Staples

Health and safety! Who fits it? Who is liable if something, god forbid, goes wrong? Who pays for the seat etc? Suggest if you need one, bring your own, I am sure most drivers would let you fit it, happy days!

Paul Mooney

St Pier: 'We cannot recommend' FOI law for Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

"I know there have been comments about the introduction of a statutory freedom of information regime but we cannot recommend such a law at this time," said the president of the Policy and Resources Committee.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said: "The low number of requests, the low refusal rate, the fact that many of those that have been refused would have been refused under a statutory regime in any event, and the amount of work that still needs to be done in the area of document management policy does not evidence the need for a freedom of information law.

"Putting a huge amount of resources into something where there is little evidence of need is not value for money."

Sure broadband 'back up and running'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A number of Sure customers in Jersey were left without internet access this morning due to a "network fault".

The company says their engineers have now resolved the issue and customers should be back up and running.

In a statement Sure said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. If you are still experiencing issues please reset your router."

LibertyBus to allow fare payment using contactless bank cards

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's only bus operator, LibertyBus, are working on allowing people to use a contactless bank card to pay for their bus journeys.

Kevin Hart, General Manager, says it will take about a year for this to come in.

Bus
BBC

At the moment there are three ways to pay to use the bus in Jersey. You can pay £2 cash, £1.50 on a pre-paid bus card or use an unlimited card where you pay a week, month or year ahead.

The company are making a few changes to their timetable from Monday and will increase the price of a pay as you go ticket by 5p to £1.55 per journey.

Liberation Ale receives first international order

Rob England

BBC News Online

You know what they say, Wednesday is Hump Day - it's halfway through the week, and downhill from now.

It's not too early for a pint, is it? If so, please drink responsibly. And, speaking of which, there has been some news from the islands' brewing scene.

Liberation Brewery has received its first international order, meaning its locally-brewed ale is to go on sale in Cyprus.

The company said it had received an "upswing" in international interest after claiming gold and silver medals at the International Brewing Awards.

Liberation pump
Liberation

'No evidence' to support introduction of FOI law in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's most senior politician has said there is "no evidence" to support the introduction of a Freedom of Information Law in the island.

Deputy Gavin St Pier told States members there is a low number of requests under the current  Code Of Practice On Access To Public Information .

Last year 49 requests were submitted, and 16 refused due to the cost of compiling the information.

Guernsey to measure how 'happy' islanders are

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's government has begun the process of trying to measure how happy islanders are.

Last year, the States set the goal of becoming one of the "happiest and healthiest places in the world". 

Earlier this month, the fourth ever UN report gauging global levels found Denmark the happiest, and Burundi the least content. The UK ranked 23rd out of 156 countries. Guernsey didn't appear on the list, as there are no current measurements in place.

But now, as part of plans to investigate measures of well-being under the States Policy and Resources plan, the government is beginning to collate data which can be compared to other countries.

It's likely it'll be comparable to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) measures of happiness.

Simpson feels 'unemployed' after squash injury

James Law

BBC Sport Online

World number 28 Chris Simpson says he is "essentially unemployed" as he recovers from hip surgery, which will keep him out until September.

The 29-year-old, ranked fourth in England, has been out since January and will  miss the rest of the season.

Chris Simpson
Rex Features

"It feels pretty rubbish," the Guernsey player told BBC Sport. "I have saved and planned for an injury break, but it's still never easy and, to be honest, I never expected I would be injured for a nine-month period."

Moped set on fire and window smashed in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are investigating two separate acts of criminal damage in Grandes Rocques Road on Monday evening. 

A moped was set on fire outside the Grandes Rocques garage, while a house in that road had a window smashed. 

Officers said they were keen to speak to two boys wearing school uniform who were seen in the area at the time.

Road plans around proposed nursing home 'not the safest option'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey people can discuss plans to sell a former nursing home to developer Dandara at a meeting tonight. 

Parishioners in St Helier are due to vote on whether to sell Maison de Ville to Dandara for more £1.8m.

Under the plans, Dandara would also agree to pay a further £55,000 to refurbish the road to the south of the former home. 

But residents in the area have said these plans are not the safest option.

They want to open the lane to through traffic. I think it would be much safer as a pedestrian walkway, given that we're going to have pedestrians from the girls' college development, and also there's a school and a nursery absolutely adjacent.

Anne PasturalResident, Upper Clarendon Road

Having problems with the internet?

Rob England

BBC News Online

You may have has some issues this morning getting online.

Yesterday some internet providers were experiencing network issues, but the good news is, it's back up and running.

If you're still having problems, here's some advice:

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Later shopping trial 'a response to consumer habits'

BBC Radio Jersey

A trial of later closing times for shops in St Helier is a response to a "change in people's shopping habits", Town Centre Manager Daphne East said.

The initiative, Alive After 5, will see many shops stay open until six on weekdays and seven on Thursdays for a trial period.

More than 50 shops have signed up to the trial which will run from 3 April until the end of September.

The initiative started with a survey conducted by the Jersey Consumer Council.

The consumer council called out to islanders in our December 2016 newsletter, asking: 'When do you shop and would you shop between 5pm and 6pm in town?' Consumers called for greater flexibility in shopping hours, especially having the opportunity to shop later in the day. The council welcomes the initiative as versatility and change must be embraced."

Annie KingJersey Consumer Council

PM assures Guernsey of 'full support' as the UK leaves the EU

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Guernsey says Prime Minister Theresa May has assured it of the full support of the UK Government as Britain begins the process of leaving the EU. 

It follows a letter from the president of Policy & Resources Committee to Mrs May to inform the UK of the States' own parliamentary process.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said he had been encouraged by the Prime Minister's commitment to the constitutional relationship, to work together on immigration, and to forge new trading relationships together.

He also welcomed the Mrs May's acknowledgement of the importance of engaging with the States during the exit process.

EU UK flags and one way sign
Yui Mok/PA Wire

Deputy St Day has replied to a letter from Mrs May following the approach agreed during a States' debate on Article 50. 

Policy & Resources wants to ensure the UK Government is aware of the States' view that the rights of EU nationals resident and economically active in Guernsey should be a priority, and that the States wished to see those rights assured as soon as possible, and not delayed as part of any extended negotiation process.

Protection of e-gambling 'at the heart' of Alderney post Brexit priorities

The States of Alderney President Stuart Trought has said e-gambling and its regulation are at the heart of Alderney's post-Brexit wishes.

E-gambling and its regulation is very much recognised as one of the items which must be protected, which is the point I made very forcibly to Bob Neil and the Justice Select Committee when I was before them."

President, States of AlderneyStuart Trought

Jersey at 'greater risk' of being put on financial 'black list' after Brexit

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

It has been claimed Jersey could be at a greater risk of being put on a financial blacklist after Brexit, because the island won't have Great Britain to stand up for it. 

EU countries have previously black listed the Crown Dependencies on the grounds they consider them to be tax havens.

External Relations Minister Sir Philip Bailache said Jersey was working hard to make sure it had a voice in the negotiations, which will begin today when Theresa May invokes Article 50, handing a letter to the European Union , informing it of the UK's intention to withdraw.

The biggest threat is the possibility that the islands could be blacklisted at some time in the future because the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU, and not there to exercise a veto.

Sir Philip Bailache External Relations Minister, States of Jersey

Care home could be made into park

BBC Radio Jersey

A former care home and nursery in Jersey could be made into a park for children.

Today parishioners are due to vote on whether to sell Maison de Ville, which is above the former Jersey College for Girls, to developers Dandara for more than £1.8m. 

The meeting is at the Town Hall at 19:00.

Parents call for child car seats in Guernsey taxis

BBC Radio Guernsey

There are calls for tougher laws forcing Guernsey taxi drivers to provide car seats for children. 

Parents have taken to social media this week to complain that they believed the vast majority of taxis didn't offer child car seats and instead recommended children sat on their parents' laps.

There's no legal requirement for drivers to use car seats if they're not available, but some have described the laws as lax and accused police of being vague. 

Radio Guernsey is waiting for a response from the Environment and Infrastructure Committee, which issues taxi licences.

The latest weather across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It's started rather cloudy today, and there is the risk of a shower and perhaps mist.

Some sunny intervals will develop during the afternoon, and it will start feeling warm. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

In Jersey:

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BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Late shopping scheme trial announced

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Alive after 5 shops open
Parish of St Helier

St Helier shops could stay open later in future.

The initiative, which is being introduced on a trial basis, is called Alive After 5, and will see many will stay open until 18:00 weekdays and 19:00 on Thursdays.

The parish of St Helier and the Retail Development Group said they hoped that by encouraging shops to stay open later, they'll see more business from customers leaving work.

It starts on Monday 3 April and will continue until the end of September.