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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016
  2. Questions to be raised over Jersey ministers who didn't take part in budget votes
  3. House prices in Jersey 'rising faster than income rates'
  4. Competition regulator investigates Flybe and Blue Islands airline franchise agreement
  5. Jersey's Chief Minister's says £4m has been put aside to deal with Brexit
  6. Plans detailing Guernsey waste disposal charges due out next year

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By Ryan Morrison

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  3. Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

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    Jersey:

    • A 25-year-old man from the Netherlands who admitted trying to meet a child after exchanging indecent messages is jailed for nine months
    • Two French fishermen have pleaded guilty to dozens of offences relating to illegal fishing in Jersey waters last year.   
    • Blue Islands and Flybe pledge to co-operate with a formal competition regulator investigation into the airlines' franchise agreement
    • A new strategy to combat Jersey's rising levels of serious injuries on the roads, including cutting the drink-drive limit, is published by the States

    Guernsey:

    • The Education Committee says it intends to "stand firm and deliver on its mandate"  
    • Guernsey emergency services say they're dealing with about 60 dropped 999 calls a month - the majority from people accidentally dialling on mobile phones
  4. Santa is 'power hungry' on Christmas Eve

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    It would take more than half of Guernsey's annual energy usage to power Santa's journey around the world on Christmas Eve. At least that's according to Guernsey Electricity, which has worked out how much power Rudolph and Co need. 

    Guernsey Electricity has calculated it'll take 210,000 megawatts - which is equivalent to 56% of the Bailiwick's usage each year.

    In comparison, one megawatt would probably power about 1,000 people all drying their hair at the same time.

    Santa Sleigh
  5. Speed limits under review as part of road strategy

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    As part of measures to tackle a rise in the number of serious road accidents in Jersey, all island speed limits are to be reviewed.

    The island-wide maximum speed limit of 40mph will remain in place, but there will be changes in built-up areas and around schools.

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  6. Guernsey authorities 'still answer all 999 calls'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Despite more than 60 dropped calls per month to emergency services, authorities would still rather have every call answered and checked.

    Guernsey Police said the majority of the dropped calls to 999 were from mobile phones left in people's pocket.

    Terry Coule
    Quote Message: Our call volumes are such that we can easily deal with the demand and I'd rather our guys deal with each incident personally, rather than rely on a filtering system. from Terry Coule Joint Emergency Services Control Centre
    Terry CouleJoint Emergency Services Control Centre
  7. Serious road accidents double in the past decade

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    In the past decade, the number of serious accidents on Jersey's roads has more than doubled - going from fewer than 30 to nearly 70. That is despite a drop in accidents in parts of Europe and the UK.

    Road accident

    This has prompted the States of Jersey to launch a new road safety strategy including reducing the blood alcohol limit and introducing a points system for the first time.

    The proposals include:

    • Introducing by 2018 a lower drink-drive limit of 50 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre (mg/ml) of blood, but with a lesser penalty with disqualification a potential - though not automatic - penalty  
    • Develop legislation to enable a penalty points system with lower tolerance for novice drivers, and threat of disqualification for repeat offenders. This would be be in effect by 2019   
    • Reviewing local speed limits in consultation with individual parishes and local communities, and implement all changes by the end of 2019
  8. Education Committee: 'Interrupting progress not in interests of young people'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Members of Guernsey's Education Committee say they will not resign over the fallout of the States' decision to scrap selection at age 11.

    A week ago, Deputy Emilie Yerby and six other States members issued an ultimatum: step down and seek a fresh mandate from the States, or face a formal motion of no confidence. They said the current committee was not capable of delivering on its promise of a non-selective mixed ability secondary education system. 

    Committee member Marc Leadbeater has already resigned, but, in a joint statement, Deputies Paul Le Pelley, Carl Meerveld, David de Lisle and Andrea Dudley Owen, described criticism as "unfounded". They added it was not in the interests of children and young people if progress was interrupted at this stage.

  9. Guernsey's Education Committee to 'stand firm'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Education Committee says it intends to "stand firm and deliver on its mandate". 

    Statement

    Members were facing a deadline to resign by 17:00 or face a vote of no confidence over concerns they would not be able to properly implement education reforms approved by the States.

    The Committee said much of the criticism "levelled at us is unfounded".

  10. Guernsey Electricity works out Santa's power usage

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Electricity says it's managed to calculate how much energy it takes to power Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.

    Santa Sleigh

    The 210,000 megawatts of electricity used up in the single night is equivalent to 56% of Guernsey's annual electricity usage. 

    Guernsey Electricity CEO Alan Bates says it's even more important to leave snacks out to keep the reindeer fuelled up for their long journey.

  11. Airports warns: 'Don't wrap presents in hand luggage'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Staff at Jersey's Airport are reminding people not to carry wrapped presents in their hand luggage ... as they could be made to unwrap them.

    Alan Donald, from Ports of Jersey, said the airport was expected to be very busy over the next week, and he wanted people to be aware so they did not have to open gifts potentially in front of people they would be giving them to.

    He said Wednesday and Thursday next week were likely to be two of the busiest days of the year for the airport.

  12. Majority of low income households in 'rental stress'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Nearly three-quarters of low income households in Jersey renting in the private sector are experiencing rental stress, according to a new government report.

    Rental stress is when people are spending more than 30% of their income before tax on rent.

    That figure has increased from just over half the population in 2012.

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  13. Deadline near for education committeee

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    It's decision time for the members of Guernsey's Education Committee, as the deadline for them to choose whether to resign runs out at 17:00 this evening.

    A group of politicians wrote to the committee, urging them to resign or face a vote of no confidence over concerns they would not be able to properly implement education reforms approved by the States.

    Board member Marc Leadbeater has already resigned, but the president remains defiant. Paul le Pelley (pictured) has been at pains to stress his committee's commitment and insisted it was business as usual. Whatever happens this evening, it looks unlikely the matter will be resolved before Christmas.

    Paul le Pelley
  14. More than 60 dropped 999 calls every month

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Authorities in Guernsey say they're dealing with about 60 dropped emergency calls every month, with the majority from people accidentally dialling 999 on mobile phones.

    Mark Bougourd

    Mark Bougourd (pictured) came home from work one day to find police officers outside his house to check he was OK. He had no idea why, but it was discovered it after his phone dialled the emergency number while it was in his pocket.

    He said: "They thought somebody might be injured in this house or something like that. Obviously they've got to investigate." 

    He added that it had now happened about 10 times and he has told his potential rescuers "where the tea and sugar is".

  15. 'Strong need' for first-time buyer homes

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: St Peter Constable John Refault says there is an urgent need for affordable homes.

    St Peter Parish Constable John Refault, who has been leading a scheme for 65 new affordable homes in his parish, says there is an urgent need.

    Government-owned property developer Andium Homes has agreed to buy farmland in St Peter to build up to 65 three-bedroom affordable homes for first-time buyers.

  16. Aurigny to continue summer route to Norfolk

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    States-owned airline Aurigny is continuing its seasonal weekly Norwich route next summer. 

    The Saturday-only service was introduced earlier this year and flights will continue between May and September. 

    Head of tourism at Visit Norwich, Nick Bond, said it provided a slightly different holiday destination for Norfolk folk.

  17. States to remove licences from companies

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Chief Minister says the number of licences available for businesses to bring workers into the island is being cut next year. 

    Senator Ian Gorst

    Senator Ian Gorst told BBC Radio Jersey a pilot scheme to remove a working licence once an employee had been on the island for five years would be extended to larger businesses. 

    He said it was part of the government's plan to control population growth. He said: "If you are a business with a non-local licence, and that employee has been here five years, and so doesn't need it, we will be taking it away."

  18. States publish road safety strategy

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new strategy to combat Jersey's rising levels of serious injuries on the roads has been published by the States.

    Road

    It includes cutting the drink-drive limit and introducing penalty points on driving licences.

    The plan is for blood-alcohol limits to be brought into line with Scotland and France by 2018, and to have a penalty points system by 2019 modelled on the UK's. 

    Since 2005, serious injury rates on Jersey's roads have risen from fewer than 30 to nearly 70.

  19. Prison for man caught in child grooming sting

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

    A man from the Netherlands who admitted trying to meet a child after exchanging indecent messages has been jailed for nine months by Jersey's Royal Court. 

    In the first case of its kind in the island, Tim Vertman, 25, who had lived in Jersey for a year, was arrested after being caught in a sting operation run by the Jersey Evening Post that involved him responding to a fake advert on an internet dating app.

    The advert was for a girl called Lucy White and Woertman was among 100 people who made contact. After several exchanges "Lucy" told them she was 14. 

    The court heard Woertman continued to send sexual messages and agreed to meet. His photo appeared in the paper the following day. In court, Woertman's defence advocate Michael Haynes, likened the JEP's actions to the News of the World's so-called Fake Sheik, saying they'd told repeated lies. 

    The judge, Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq, acknowledged Woertman's good character and guilty plea, but said it was a serious matter that could only lead to prison.