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Summary

  1. Three cables taking telecom services between the Channel Islands and the UK cut by a ship's anchor have been repaired
  2. Jersey prisoner died after having a fit, inquest told
  3. States of Jersey accept calls to limit increase on duty for booze
  4. New measures will be brought in next year to control Jersey's growing population
  5. Dean of Jersey resigns after 11 years
  6. One year since Sunday trading laws were introduced to Guernsey and most businesses tell the BBC they should remain unregulated
  7. Injured seal pup dies during operation
  8. More news, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

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

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

  2. Parents get letters over concerns at high staff turnover

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Parents with children at La Moye School have received letters following concerns about the head teacher being off sick and high staff turnover.

    La Moye

    The head teacher is off sick and questions were asked in the States about the high rate of staff turnover at the school. 

    The education department has written to parents to reassure them and the Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, said a plan was in place and they'd responded quickly to ensure the school continues.

    He said: "The important thing for people to realise is that when the head is poor or a teacher is off sick there is a plan. The director has been up to speak to people already."

  3. Jersey should 'review' Sunday trading laws

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's government should consider relaxing Sunday trading laws according to the chief operating officer of the Channel Islands Co-Op.

    Crowd

    Mark Cox was speaking a year since Guernsey completely deregulated Sunday trading legislation.

    He said: "Personally I feel it is right for the consumer to choose. If they want to shop on the Sunday they should be able to shop on a Sunday. It is time for them to be reviewed.

    "There is a great opportunity to watch how it goes in Guernsey and learn from how it goes in Guernsey."

  4. Stamp duty amendment rejected

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An amendment looking to bring stamp duty to the same level across commercial and residential properties has been defeated in Jersey's States Chamber.

    The budget amendment, which was drafted by Deputy Richard Renouf, was rejected by 25 votes to 17.

    Jersey chamber
  5. Resignation to be dealt with in January

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The resignation of Deputy Marc Leadbeater from the Committee for Education Sport and Culture will come before the States of Guernsey in January.

    The island's politicians will be asked to elect a new member of the committee in his place on 11 January 2017.

    Marc Leadbeater

    In a brief letter of resignation to the Bailiff, Deputy Leadbeater says following the vote of no confidence he thinks it would be "best for the States to decide the membership of the committee going forward".  

  6. Winchester will not publish Steel report

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The Diocese of Winchester still has no intention of publishing the controversial Steel report, which examines the actions of the Dean in a safeguarding case. 

    Dean of Jersey

    The Bishop of Winchester, Tim Dakin, effectively suspended Bob Key as Jersey's dean after a vulnerable person made a complaint about him. The bishop commissioned a report on what happened by Dame Heather Steel. 

    It's understood she places no blame on the Dean, and effectively exonerates him from any wrongdoing - but the bishop refused to publish it. 

    A spokesman today confirmed that the news of the Dean leaving Jersey would not change that position - and the diocese would not comment further. Jersey is now under the office of the Bishop of Dover.

  7. Deputy Inder 'disappointed' with resignation calls

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The newest member of Guernsey States says he's disappointed by a move to unseat the current Education Committee.

    Vale Deputy Neil Inder was one of the 19 who voted in favour of selection.

    Neil Inder

    He believes it's far too early to judge the committee, and thinks what's happening is more about personalities than performance. 

    The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture has three days to decide whether to resign or face a vote of no confidence. 

  8. Nitrate levels allowed to be higher than previously

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Environment Minister has given Jersey Water an exemption to its rules on nitrate levels, allowing them to have more in drinking water than was previously allowed. 

    Concerns have been raised that the levels in our water are too high. Deputy Steve Luce says the exemption was necessary to maintain a supply of water for domestic purposes, but did not pose a danger to people's health. 

    The exemption lasts for five years. 

  9. Jersey politicians at Commonwealth conference

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Politicians from Jersey are in London representing the island at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference this week.

    Senator Paul Routier, Deputy Carolyn Labey and Deputy Scott Wickenden will debate protection of children, women in leadership positions and more with delagates from 109 countries.

    Small branches conference
    Quote Message: The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is a key opportunity for Jersey to punch above its weight on the Commonwealth stage. from Senator Paul Routier Delegation lead
    Senator Paul RoutierDelegation lead
  10. Review launched into charity giving in Guernsey

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A review has been launched to examine potential measures the States of Guernsey could introduce to further support the charitable sector.

    It will look at the impact of different tax relief thresholds on donations and the introduction of payroll giving for charities.

    Quote Message: The States of Guernsey has recently restated its desire that the charitable sector should play a key role in helping deliver the aspiration of the new government plan for a better community. from Deputy Jane Stephens Policy and Resources Committee
    Deputy Jane StephensPolicy and Resources Committee
  11. Jersey Dean praised by Bishop of Dover

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Dean, the Very Reverend Robert Key, has been praised for his work in the island by The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover.

    Town Church

    He is leaving the island on 28 February to become part of the Archbishops’ Evangelism Task Group helping as an advocate between cathedrals and larger churches for events as part of the national initiative 'Thy Kingdom Come 2017'.

    The Rt Revd Willmott said: “During his time in Jersey, he has been instrumental in helping to build the confidence of our church, both in its witness and service of the wider community. 

    "We are all deeply grateful for all that Bob and Daphne have given so generously of themselves in the support and encouragement of others. We thank God for their ministry among us and commend them to the continuing love and faithfulness of God.”

  12. Guernsey gives quarter of aid budget to Yemen

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A quarter of Guernsey's annual disaster and emergency aid budget is being spent to help people in the war-torn country of Yemen. 

    Overseas Aid

    The island's Overseas Aid and Development Commission has donated £50,000 to the UK Disasters Emergency Committee appeal, launched today. 

    It's estimated that seven million people are in desperate need of food in Yemen. Without additional emergency aid, it's thought the country could run out of food by April next year.

  13. Review into nitrate levels in Jersey water

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A scrutiny panel is reviewing the level of nitrates in Jersey's water. 

    The Environment Minister is due to publish a five-year Water Management Plan in a bid to improve Jersey's water quality. It will set out steps the island needs to take to ensure clean and sustainable water supplies.

    The Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel has started its review.

    Water
  14. 395 motorists caught on the phone in 2016

    Jersey Evening Post

    Almost 400 motorists have been caught driving while using a mobile phone this year.  

  15. Dean resignation news met with 'foot stomping'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Politicians reacted to the news of the Dean of Jersey, The Very Reverend Bob Key's resignation in the traditional manner - with loud foot stomping.

    Dean of Jersey

    This led to him saying: "I can't tell if the foot stamping was in celebration of my departure or support of my service. I will take it as the latter and thank members for their support over the years."

    He will leave on 28 February to take up roles with the Church of England nationally after serving as Dean in Jersey for 11 years.

  16. Bus drivers could strike over duty cards changes

    Guernsey Press

    Guernsey bus drivers could go on strike next week, unless last- ditch talks resolve problems with duty cards changes.  

  17. BreakingStates accept calls to limit increase on duty for booze

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Politicians have accepted calls to limit the increase on duty by a maximum of 1.5% for alcohol after more than four hours of debating.

    They rejected the second part of the amendment to limit the increase on fuel duty and so that will increase by 4.3%.

    Alcohol shop

    As part of the health strategy Treasury Minister Senator Alan Maclean had proposed an increase of between 4.5% and 5.3% depending on the product. He said this was to reduce consumption.

    Deputy Russell Labey wanted members to vote to limit the increase in duty because it would have impacted heavily on the tourism and hospitality industry.

    Members voted 24 in favour to 17 against the alcohol amendment and 20 in favour to 22 against the fuel change.

  18. Injured seal pup dies during operation

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A severely injured seal pup rescued by Guernsey's animal shelter at Petit Bot on Saturday has died. 

    After two days of intensive care, the shelter says the grey seal succumbed to its injuries during an operation to try and save the animal.

    Seal

    It's the second grey seal pup to be found locally this winter with multiple health issues and injuries. 

    The GSPCA is asking islanders to keep an eye out around the coast and if they spot an injured seal, not to touch it, and to contact the shelter with details of its exact location and condition. 

  19. New public access defibrillator at Crabbe

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new public access defibrillator has been installed at the Crabbe shooting range in Jersey thanks to donations from local groups.

    Crabbe box

    A number of local shooters approached the Sports Development Department about installing it after hundreds attended the Crabbe ranges during the Island Games.

    Constable Steve Pallett, Assistant Minister for Sport, said: "Having defibs in remote locations, that are nevertheless popular with shooters, walkers and the Jersey Youth Service, is vitally important and adds to the growing coverage islandwide."

  20. States to look into securing supply of hydrocarbon fuel

    Guernsey Press

    Proposals to help secure the future supply of hydrocarbon fuels to the island are being developed.