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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

    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
  3. 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

    Guernsey:

    Weather

    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).

  4. 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

    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
  5. 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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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
  8. 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.

    Quote Message: "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." from Darren Lewin
    Darren Lewin
  9. 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
  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

    And this is the forecast for Jersey...

    Weather chart
  15. 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
  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Clive Murphy Centenier
    Clive MurphyCentenier
  18. 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.