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Summary

  1. Police cells 'should not be used' for mentally ill people
  2. New system to appoint Jersey's senior judges 'could be swayed by political interests'
  3. CT Plus cooperating with police over 'dangerous driving'
  4. Guernsey's west coast residents warned of potential flooding at high tide tonight
  5. Condor cancels ferries due to strong winds
  6. Flights cancelled as snow and high winds hit airports
  7. Updates on Friday 13 January 2017

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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live for the Channel Islands

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Scrutiny 'denied the chance' to review hospital bond

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Scrutiny leaders say they've been denied the chance to review plans for the biggest loan Jersey has ever taken out.

    The corporate services panel wanted the treasury minister to delay the debate about a £400m pound bond for the new hospital - but claims the minister has refused.

    Future hospital

    Scrutiny wanted to look more closely at the plan, to make sure it gives best value for money for taxpayers. The panel, led by Deputy John le Fondre, asked treasury for a four-week delay before the matter was debated in the states, to give experts time to review it.

    The deputy claims Senator Alan Maclean offered two weeks - but then changed his mind and withdrew that offer. Deputy Le Fondre says the minister has refused scrutiny the time to do its job - and he'll make a statement about it in the States.

    Senator Maclean has been asked to comment.

  3. Union views 'are important' for education

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The president of Guernsey's education committee, Deputy Paul Le Pelley, says the views of unions and staff will form an important part of plans for the future structure of secondary education in the island.

    He was speaking after union representatives criticised a planned States members meeting on 25 January, saying it was a sign unions would be ignored when politicians drafted plans.

    Deputy Le Pelley said: "On behalf of the committee I would like to reassure the NASUWT, NUT and other unions that their views are important and that we would like to work in partnership with them to deliver a structure in line with the States resolutions that will provide the best we can for our children and young people, our staff, our parents and the wider community."

  4. Weather: Frost expected

    BBC Weather

    It will be largely dry and clear tonight. The winds will ease but it will be feeling cold, with a ground frost expected. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will start cold and bright. The cloud will build into the afternoon though and some showers will arrive from the north later. Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

  5. States to launch Judicial Appointments Commission

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new system for appointing judges is being proposed by Jersey's chief minister that will see an independent body set up.

    Royal Court

    Senator Ian Gorst is setting up a Judicial and Legal Services Commission to appoint crown officers, under guidelines set up by the Jersey Appointments Commission.

    The response comes after concerns by the corporate services scrutiny panel of possible political interference in the appointment of judges.

  6. Minister admits 'it's unfair' a civil servant resigned before a review

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The treasury minister has admitted that it seems unfair that a high ranking civil servant was able to resign before an investigation into the failure of the innovation fund.

    Video content

    Video caption: It's 'not fair' an officer in charge of the innovation fund resigned before a report

    Mike King was the chief officer responsible for the fund, which offers financial help to new companies. He resigned last week, with a £70,000 pay off. Action can only be taken against people who are still employed by the States.

    A report from the auditor general identified a series of failures in the administration of the fund, which led to £2m of tax payers money being loaned out with little guarantee it would be repaid.

  7. Layout of the building 'behind Avranche problems'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Avranche Day Nursery, owned by the parish of St Helier, is to close after 22 years due to financial difficulties including a forecast £96,000 loss in 2017. It will close at the end of August.

    Avranche Nursery

    Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, says this is in part down to the layout of the building and its location on Trinity Hill. He says a proposal to develop the former Maison de Ville site into 29 care apartments and move the nursery there expanded for 60 children was rejected.

    He says if approved it would have moved the nursery into a more central position and given parishioners greater access to it, but as it was rejected and fewer children are signing up it is no longer viable.

    He says the parish has to cover the losses which is unacceptable as only 42.5% of children are from families living in St Helier.

  8. Education says unions and staff 'will have a say'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The Guernsey education committee has released a statement aimed at reassuring staff and unions that it "will be seeking their views on options for the future structure of secondary education".

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley

    It came after concerns from teaching unions about a States members workshop on 25 January about the future of education that they say was a sign unions and staff would be kept out of any plans.

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley, the committee's president, said: "The States members’ workshop we have arranged for 25 January is just the start of the process not the end of it."

  9. Baby death investigation revealed concerns about a similar case of another child

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An investigation into the death of a baby in Guernsey revealed concerns about a similar case of another child, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

    The investigation into the death of Baby A, in January 2014, revealed concerns about Baby B, who died in September 2012.

    The NMC claim that, had the death of Baby B been adequately investigated, the death of Baby A "may have been prevented".

    Princess Elizabeth Hospital

    Midwife Lisa Granville admits failing to identify inadequate midwifery care in relation to the administration of the drug syntocinon and management of a trace on the heart-rate scan.

    She also admits her investigation into the death of Baby A was inadequate, but denies all other charges.

    Antonia Manousaki admits administering syntocinon without a written prescription but denies failing to challenge a culture of midwives acting outside the scope of their practice. 

    Tuija Roussel admits administering syntocinon without a written prescription and participating in inappropriate working practices. The hearing continues.

  10. States to investigate grant funds after critical report

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A critical report by the comptroller and auditor general into the Jersey innovation fund has sparked a review of all grant funding, according to Jersey's chief minister.

    Senator Ian Gorst told BBC News he would also take action if any wrongdoing was found as part of the review.

    Video content

    Video caption: Grant funded organisations to be reviewed after innovation fund failings
  11. Avranche Day Nursery to close in August

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A nursery owned by the parish of St Helier is closing after 22 years, the constable of St Helier has confirmed to the BBC.

    Avranche nursery

    Avranche Day Nursery opened in 1994 but has struggled to break even in recent years and is expected to make a loss of £96,000 in 2017, which Constable Simon Crowcroft described as an "unacceptable subsidy" from parish funds.

    He said: "The parish appreciates that this will be an unsettling time for employees, parents and children and undertakes to work with everyone affected by the decision, and to do everything possible to assist all concerned."

    The nursery will close at the end of August this year.

  12. Jersey captain back for Cardiff clash - Analysis

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds supporters will be delighted to see the return to the starting line-up of influential forward Pierce Phillips after four months out.

    Pierce Phillips

    He picked up a shoulder injury during the first home game of the season in September, cruelly not long after he'd been named club captain.

    I'm told he was almost ready to play in the game against Ealing on New Year's Day, but these next two B&I Cup fixtures now give him a real opportunity to build his match fitness again.

    He partners Tongan lock Uili Kolo'ofa'i in the second row for Saturday's game against Cardiff in Merthyr Tydfil.

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

  13. NASUWT criticises education plans

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's largest teaching union has expressed concern that its members aren't going to be consulted in the next stage of a plan for secondary education.

    The concerns relate to a meeting of deputies planned for 25 January to discuss the plans.

    Wayne Bates from the NASUWT thinks teachers need to have more of a say - he's particularly worried by the potential closure of a school site.

    Mr Bates was speaking this morning following a failed vote of no confidence in the education committee earlier this week.

  14. Passengers praise Flybe crew after stormy landing

    Guernsey Press

    An incoming flight that circled the island for more than half-an-hour ‘felt out of control’ as it landed, as gale force winds caused major disruption to travel yesterday.

  15. Call for chief minister 'to sack' Senator Ozouf

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Jeremy Macon of St Saviour has called on the chief minister to sack Senator Philip Ozouf over his involvement in the Jersey Innovation Fund.

    Senator Ozouf

    This comes after a critical report by the comptroller and auditor general calling the fund badly managed and lacking in proper governance. It also suggested it may be linked to criminal activity.

    Senator Ozouf was involved in setting the fund up, but maintains he spotted things were going wrong last year and took action.

    Deputy Macon says the senator was politically responsible and should lose his job as assistant chief minister responsible for digital and finance.

    Senator Ozouf will be on BBC Radio Jersey at 17:10 to answer questions.

  16. Concern over 'potential interference' in judge appointments

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new system to appoint Jersey's senior judges could be swayed by political interests, according to a member of the corporate services scrutiny panel.

    Deputy Simon Bree

    At the moment, the States Employment Board, chaired by the chief minister, chooses members of the Jersey Appointments Commission but under the new plans, the commission would also be responsible for producing guidelines for appointing senior judges - such as the Bailiff - and then overseeing their recruitment.

    Deputy Simon Bree said: "We're not saying you shouldn't trust politicians, we are saying looking forward to the future, what happens if you have someone elected as chief minister who wants to control the judiciary.

    "We are saying this has some potentially dangerous consequences."

  17. Guernsey to work on break down of stereotypes

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Careers Guernsey is attempting to break down gender and disability stereotypes in the Bailiwick. 

    All of the island's primary schools have signed up to a programme tailored to their student age groups.

    Head of Careers Guernsey, Sarah Stonebridge, says the workshops are all about awareness.

    School
  18. Midwife 'flavoured' baby death report

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey health manager told a tribunal that a midwife's initial investigation "flavoured" an investigation into the death of a baby.

    Debbie Pittman, service manager for child health services at Guernsey's Health Department, conducted an investigation after the death of Baby A in January 2014.

    Ms Pittman said Lisa Granville told her she had investigated the incident and had spoken to another investigator and that there were "no concerns".

    Loveridge Ward

    Ms Pittman’s witness statement to the Nursing and Midwifery Council stated that conversation "flavoured" the initial stages of the subsequent investigation and as a result she "did not deem it necessary" to obtain statements from other key personnel.

    "When we then received the post-mortem report, there were concerns raised about it by one of the other midwives, who had expressed concerns about midwifery care right from the beginning," Ms Pittman said.

    The case was then reopened and examined again.

  19. Prison officers take on Fan Dance challenge

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Three Jersey Prison officers will be taking on a challenge know as the Fan Dance this weekend. 

    It's a 15 mile trek over a mountain in south Wales, laden down with heavy rucksacks, to be completed in about six hours.

    The islanders taking on this test are Glyn Monet, Neil Fairclough, and Darren Blakey. Mr Blakey says they're raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Trust and Holidays for heros.

  20. Cambridge University supporting Jersey's language

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    One of the world's top universities is helping Jersey to record and archive its native language.

    Jerriais on Jersey banknote
    Image caption: Jerriais appears on banknotes, buses and at the ports

    Cambridge University is donating equipment for a new community project aiming to preserve Jerriais.

    Despite funding from the states, Dr Sallabank says Jersey does not have the resources to stop the language from being endangered.