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Summary

  1. Task force set up to tackle Jersey fly-tipping
  2. Jersey Water, which is part States-owned, increased it's profits by 4.4% in 2016
  3. "An economy in freefall" is how the president of Sark's Chamber of Commerce is describing the island
  4. There are fears sports facilities could be lost if a private investor takes over Fort Regent, as private investors are invited to bid
  5. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live for the week but we're back from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

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

  2. Cruise ship passengers spent £4.2m in Guernsey last year

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Cruise ship passengers spent £4.2m in Guernsey last year, the Committee for Economic Development has said.

    A free seminar will take place from 07:30 to 09:30 on Monday to teach retailers how to make the most of cruise ship passengers visiting the island.

    Cruise ship

    Deputy Jennifer Merrett, said: "Last year, more than 132,000 cruise ship passengers disembarked in Guernsey and spent a total of £4.2 million on the Island, including £3.55 million on retail, food, and drink.

    "As we enter this year’s cruise season, we want to make sure retailers, not just in Town but across the Island, can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by this valuable market."

  3. Only one nomination for Sark elections

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Only one person was nominated in the Sark election for two seats in the island's government - Chief Pleas.

    The election - due to be held on 5 April - was being held for five empty seats. It follows an uncontested election due to a lack of  candidates in December.

    As nominations closed at 14:00 the only nominee - Pauline Mallinson - will serve a term of office until January 2021.

    Conseiller Charles Maitland said: "Possible next steps... [include] reducing the number of conseillers to a more feasible number for such a small population."

    He said work on any such change was in the early stages and the island's 500-strong population would have to be consulted before any changes were made.

  4. No applicatons for Miss St Peter

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The annual Miss St Peter competition has been cancelled this year. 

    Battle of the Flowers

    The parish had no applications for the role to represent the parish at the annual Battle of Flowers event

    Parish Constable John Refault says he will ask the current Miss St Peter to stay on for another year, and believes it may be a sign of the times. 

  5. Lifeboat crew train with new UK coastguard helicopter

    Guernsey Press

    A new c oastguard helicopter from the UK was the focus of a training exercise in Guernsey yesterday evening.

  6. Man admits robbing St Helier shopkeeper

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A 32-year-old Polish man has admitted to robbing a St Helier shopkeeper in Jersey's Samedi Court. 

    Pawel Dzielak pleaded guilty to one offence of robbery and threatening to use force in relation to the robbery on 5 January at Temple Stores on Stopford Road. 

    Dzielak was remanded to custody and is to return to Royal Court to face sentencing on 24 May.

  7. Weather: Mostly sunny with high winds

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It will be rather cloudy and misty this evening, with perhaps some drizzle in places. However, it will become dry with clearing skies as the night progresses.

    A brisk north-easterly breeze will help hold temperatures up overnight. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Tomorrow will be fine and dry with good spells of sunshine for many.

    However, it will be a windy day, with a strong and gusty north-easterly wind, which will make it feel rather cool. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  8. Armed police in St Clement

    Jersey Evening Post

    Armed police were called to an estate in St Clement on Wednesday evening after being alerted to an incident by the Ambulance Service.

  9. Jersey Reds set for Irish invasion

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon has  named his squad  for Saturday's clash against runaway Championship leaders London Irish.

    Dave McKern

    Irish, who have won all of their league games this season, are expected to bring about 1,000 fans with them to the island.

    Jersey, meanwhile, are on their own eight-game winning-streak and have hopes of sneaking into the play-offs.

    Head coach Harvey Biljon re-calls lock Dave McKern, scrum-half Joel Dudley, centre Jordan Davies and winger Ross Adair to his starting line-up.

    There'll be live commentary of the match on Saturday Sportscene on BBC Radio Jersey.

  10. Cruise ship seminar for retailers

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A free seminar on Monday will teach retailers how to make the most of Guernsey's cruise ship industry.

    Visit Guernsey’s cruise ship team will share key information about passenger profiles, trends, and itineraries, and to suggest ways that retailers can encourage cruise passengers to spend in their shops.

    Cruise ship

    Deputy Jennifer Merrett, the Committee for Economic Development’s lead representative for retail and hospitality, said: "The disembarkation of thousands of cruise ship passengers to our shores each year presents an excellent opportunity for retailers who wish to benefit from additional customers."

  11. Calls for Innovation Fund reviews to be made public

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

    There are calls for the reviews into how the Innovation Fund was handled to be made public.

    The scheme, which loaned taxpayers' money to businesses, was the subject of a damning report last month.

    Innovation fund

    It was criticised for potentially losing millions of pounds and may have been linked to criminal activity.

    It's now being investigated by the police.

    Deputy Simon Bree who chairs the economic development scrutiny panel says they've been told results of all three reviews into the fund may not be made public.

  12. Scepticism over direct Sark ferry from France

    Rob Byrne

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sark resident, photographer, and writer Sue Daly is sceptical about a direct ferry service to the island.

    Tony Le Lievre, President of Sark's Chamber of Commerce, is renewing calls for the island to have its own customs post.

    Sark

    Ms Daly said: "Who are all these businesses coming from France? Yes we're relatively close to France but we're close to a very under-populated area of France.

    "There's also a very big expanse of water and I know that Manche-Iles run a day boat from Jersey some days in the summer, but they do have to cancel a number of times in the season because of weather making it impossible for them to comfortably get here and Jersey's what, half the distance from France."

  13. Nearly half of single parents not getting support from former partners

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Nearly half of single parents on income support aren't getting payments from their former partners. 

    Single parent

    Politicians at a health and social security scrutiny meeting have questioned whether more could be done to get money from those parents who aren't paying up. 

    The social security department has been asked whether it would be viable to employ someone to pursue those parents who aren't contributing to their child's upbringing.

  14. Musical Red Nose Day bus service

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A special Red Nose Day bus is being run in Guernsey today.

    Sons of a Maniac performed from 11am, Gregory Harrison was on at 13:00 and Ukuladeez are playing at 17:00.

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  15. 'No plans' to sell Fort Regent to private investor

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

    There are no plans to let a private company run Fort Regent according to the politician responsible for sport. 

    A scrutiny panel raised fears sports facilities could be lost if a private investor got involved. 

    Fort Regent

    Constable Steve Pallett says that's not the case but instead wants to see if private investors would refurbish the building. 

    He told the BBC if that money couldn't be found, then the States would have to pay or the facilities move elsewhere

  16. Social changes behind cancellation of Miss St Peter contest?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The annual Miss St Peter competition has been cancelled this year as the parish had no applications for the role at the annual Battle of Flowers event. 

    Battle of the Flowers

    Parish Constable John Refault said: "One has to wonder whether now the appetite for putting themselves forward for this sort of judging and show is still there. 

    "Social politics may have changed where people don't consider it so appropriate now as it used to be."

  17. UK’s corporation tax change ‘could be significant for local companies’

    Guernsey Press

    HM Revenue and Customs has published a consultation document on how it plans to bring ‘non-UK resident companies’ within the scope of the UK’s corporation tax regime.

  18. JT delays charge for paper bills for customers aged 67 and over

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The phone company JT has delayed its £1.25 charge for paper bills for some customers. 

    If you are over the age of 67 with only a landline and no broadband, the charges won't come in until 2019. 

    There were protests from customers, campaigners and politicians when the company announced the charges to encourage payment by direct debit. 

    JT boss Graeme Miller told BBC Radio Jersey's Hot Seat programme he's listened to the comments but still thinks people benefit by paying online

  19. 'Long term sport strategy' being looked at

    Naomi Dunning

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    There are no plans to let a private company run Fort Regent according to the politician responsible for sport. 

    A scrutiny panel raised fears sports facilities could be lost if a private investor got involved. 

    Pallett

    Constable Steve Pallett said: "Whether they are always located at the fort is a question that will come out of, for example, the long term sports strategy that we're looking at now, looking at the facilities and looking at what we can offer sport over a longer period.

    "We have to have a strategy that says what's going to be available over the next 25 years, what we need to invest in, what we need to maintain, what we need to replace, and that's a piece of work we're doing at the moment."