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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

    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.

  3. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Neil Carmichael MP Commons Education Committee
    Neil Carmichael MPCommons Education Committee
    Neil Carmichael MP
  4. 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

    And this is the outlook in Guernsey...

    Weather chart
  5. 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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    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.

  11. 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.

    Quote Message: 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'." from Amy Walsh Cafe owner
    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. ‘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.

  15. 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

    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.

  16. 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.