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Summary

  1. States row between Reform Jersey and Chief Minister
  2. Guernsey's former midwifery head is struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  3. Jersey's government says civil servants' travel expenses "down 20%"
  4. Guernsey hit by electricity supply problems after power surge
  5. UK tour operator says package deals to Guernsey "up 8%"
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Channel Islands Local Live for Tuesday. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One  at 18:30 and 22:25.

  2. Breastfeeding facilities to be provided for Jersey States staff

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    New facilities for breastfeeding mums will be provided for staff working for the States of Jersey. 

    Breastfeeding

    The government intends to provide areas in all its work sites, including the States Assembly, that can be used by staff who are breastfeeding their children. 

    Those will include rooms that can be secure, with comfortable seating and fridges.

  3. Latest weather: Grey weather but mild

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be cloudy and murky for much of the night, with some further light rain or drizzle at times the minimum temperature will be 10C (50F).

    Wednesday will be dry but fairly cloudy, with some fog or mist patches. There is a chance of some light rain or drizzle through the morning with a brighter afternoon. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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  4. Scam text 'plays on people's emotions'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Jess Mauger, from Guernsey phone operator Sure, says a scam text number usually starts with 0037, and the company's now blocked outgoing calls to a suspect number. 

    It comes after hundreds of calls were made from Sure mobiles to a Lithuanian number after people were texted with the words "Call me". 

    Those who called paid 12p for the connection fee and a minimum 35p charge, depending on how long they stayed on the line.

    Scam text

    Jess Mauger said: "It's really playing on people's emotions, which has been successful, because our records show some people have called this number back or texted this number back.

    "They're being very clever in that way, and, unfortunately, all it does is connect you to somewhere where you are going to be charged a lot of money to make that call."

  5. Political debate: Banter or a broken rule?

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    There was a moment in the States today where the Chief Minister suggested Reform Jersey's purpose was to "deliver instability into the community". As you can imagine, this didn't go down well with Reform Jersey, which disputes the claim.

    This was over attempts by Reform Jersey to find out if ministers linked to the controversial Innovation Fund had been asked or told to resign after a damning report was published.

    States chamber

    Deputy Montfort Tadier, of Reform Jersey, said: "From what I recall, the chief minister said 'the sole purpose of Reform Jersey is to sew division in Jersey and create instability'.

    "Not only is that not true, but it seems to fall foul of the instruction not to impute improper motives on any member of the States."

    Chief Minister Ian Gorst said his comments were in the heat of answering a question and that he "did indicate the purpose of the question was to illicit further resignations and for the Council of Ministers itself to resign".

    The Bailiff is expected to make a decision over whether any rules had been broken.

  6. Jersey youth choir's youngest members 'understand their charity single'

    Ashlea Tracey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey youth choir has recorded a charity single for children living in war-torn countries.

    The Musical Originals Singers decided they wanted to fundraise after regularly performing a song that was written about a bombed orphanage in Bosnia.

    Choir

    The group is going to release their version of Prayer of the Children, by Kurt Bestor, which was praised at the Choir of the Year competition in Cardiff at the end of last year.

    Choir director Imogen Nicholls said even the youngest members understood why they're raising money.

  7. Guernsey had higher than average number of fog days

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    In the past six months, Guernsey has seen slightly more fog days at the airport than the long-term average.

    Fog

    Figures from the Guernsey Met Office show there were 33 fog days since September 2016, compared to an average of 23.8 days for the same period. 

    Most of those days were in February, where there were 11 fog days recorded at the airport.

    In Jersey, there have actually been slightly fewer than the average, although we don't have full data for March yet, so it could be higher than the average when we get full details. 

    In Jersey, there were 32 fog days, compared to an average of 34.4.

    Fog
  8. 'Disappointment' in Jersey Aircraft Registry

    Mike Weir

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The leader of a scrutiny panel which called for a joint Channel Island aircraft registry says he's disappointed the Jersey one hasn't been a success.

    Deputy Steve Luce, who was the chairman of the Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel that looked into setting up the registry back in 2013, called for a joint Channel Islands registry. 

    Plane

    But, at the time, Jersey's Economic Development Minister, Alan Maclean, said a single registry couldn't serve the interests of both Jersey and Guernsey.

    The Jersey Aircraft Registry has only had two aircraft sign up since it started in 2015 and has cost taxpayers more than £800,000.

  9. Jersey school named in top three Red Nose Day fundraisers in the country

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A school in Jersey has been named in the top three Red Nose Day fundraisers in the country after raising £6,000 in 2015.

    Les Quennevais School has taken part in a Gallopathon, lunchtime talent shows and gunging events.

    Red Nose Day
    Quote Message: Host a karaoke party or fashion show, charge an entry fee and get people laughing! The school’s teachers once performed as the Spice Girls – with a cameo appearance from Tom Jones! – while lots of students watched on. from Les Quennevais School Fundtraising tip
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  10. Scam text message costs Guernsey customers more than £340

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A scam text message has cost Guernsey customers more than £340.

    More than 730 people have been duped into calling the number, paying at least 47p each.

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  11. Pollution laws could be tightened

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Laws controlling pollution which doesn't come from easily identified sources could be tightened up in Jersey. 

    Pollution

    The environment minister said that, while it's relatively easy to crack down on single incidents, it's far more complicated to take action against so-called diffuse pollution, where chemicals are coming from a number of places.

    Under proposed changes to the law, he said he would be able to take action quicker under a ministerial order to stop the pollution from getting worse.

  12. Nursing charity staff could lose jobs

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Staff working for Jersey's biggest nursing charity have been told they could lose their jobs under new funding arrangements with the States.  

    Nurses

    The Health Department has signed an agreement with Family Nursing and Home Care worth £7m that includes funding district nursing. 

    Health Minister Senator Andrew Green told States members his department had no control over how the charity used its funding.

  13. Repeated attempts to discover truth about resignations

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Chief Minister has continued to refuse to say whether two ministers offered or were asked to resign over a controversial business fund. 

    The States heard repeated attempts to ask Ian Gorst to say whether the resignations of the economic development and treasury ministers were discussed when a damning report on the Innovation Fund was published last year. 

    Ian Gorst

    Three reviews are looking at what happened and Senator Philip Ozouf, in charge of the fund when the report came out, resigned. 

    Senator Gorst was asked to give a yes or no answer on the two other ministers by members of the Reform Jersey party, whom he accused of trying to destabilise the government.

  14. More than 700 people duped into calling scam number

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A scam targeting Guernsey mobile phone numbers has duped hundreds of islanders. 

    Text

    Around 732 calls have been made back from Sure mobiles in Guernsey to a Lithuanian number, after they were texted with the words "Call me". 

    Those who called paid 12p for the connection fee and a minimum 35p charge, depending on how long they stayed on the line.

  15. 'It's not just the States' job to fill hotel rooms'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It's not the States' job to fill up Guernsey's hotel rooms - that's the view of Old Government House Hotel manager Andrew Chantrell.

    Although he said his hotel was one of those benefiting from an 8% year-on-year boost in forward bookings from UK tour operators, he added that turning around Guernsey's struggling tourism industry would require the States and hoteliers to work together.

    Visit Guernsey

    "I don't think it's always about what we want to see the States doing," he said. 

    "Visit Guernsey, the States, they're not really there to fill up our hotels - they're there to promote the island and to support us in filling our hotels.

    "We have all got to work together to do the best we can possibly do and try to ensure that we promote the island the best we can and show people that coming here is a fantastic destination."

  16. Where have the 10,000 Jersey taxpayers gone?

    Jersey Evening Post

    The number of people paying tax in Jersey fell by 10,000 between 2008 and 2014 despite the Island’s population increasing by more than 5,000, it has been revealed.

  17. Guernsey police warn islanders not to reply to scam texts

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Detective Constable Kirsty Player from Guernsey's Economic Crime Division is warning islanders not to reply to a scam text message.

    She said: "These text messages can look very authentic, especially if you've got friends of family abroad and they contact you from a similar number."

    Text message

    "Our advice if you've got a message like this is always be wary if you receive a message like this out of the blue.

    "Please do not reply by text or call as you may be charged a premium rate and never give out any personal details unless you are absolutely certain who you are dealing with."

  18. States looking at how to improve Jersey Aircraft Registry

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Assistant Minister Deputy Murray Norton has put the Jersey Aircraft Registry on hold to avoid costing any more money - but he says the island can do something to make it work.

    Other places such as Guernsey already have a successful aircraft registration scheme - and the deputy says the island can learn from them.

    Murray Norton

    He said: "They have lots of legislation in place to accept commercial aircraft which we don't have at the moment so there are things we can do and we are doing, and we've spent the last three months looking at what good looks like, looking at how we can get there, examining the markets we can go after and making a positive change to it and that's what we've done with a new team."

  19. Workshops in schools to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

    Mike Weir

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Youth Service are running workshops in secondary schools to raise awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation.

    They will also have a stall in King Street this Saturday, which is National CSE Awareness Day, to help explain the issue to the general public.

    Child

    A number of other agencies, including the police and Safeguarding Partnership Board, will also be taking part.

    The main aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of Sexual Exploitation among young people and adults in Jersey so that people of all ages can spot the signs and get support if they or someone they know is a possible victim of the crime.

  20. 'Most' have power restored

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Electricity says most customers in the Bouet and Pitronnerie Road area have had their power restored after a high voltage cable fault this morning. 

    Earlier temporary generators had been installed while repairs were carried out. 

    Reports of a surge came from around the island with people contacting us from St Andrews, St Martins and the Castel.

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