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Summary

  1. Senator Ozouf offers resignation
  2. New Channel Islands airline to 'operate by summer'
  3. Nurses to help police deal with mental health cases
  4. Guernsey waste strategy to go back to the States
  5. Heather Watson into second round of Australian Open
  6. Updates on Tuesday 17 January 2017

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Well what a busy day we've had today.

    Resignations (possibly), new airlines (sort of) and many other stories in between.

    We've finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Can't wait? Well if you tune into BBC One at 18:30 you'll be able to get all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

  2. Honourable - chief minister on Ozouf's resignation offer

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister has described Senator Philip Ozouf's offer of resignation as an assistant chief minister as "an honourable offer".

    It comes after a highly critical report into the handling of the island's innovation fund - set up to support business and enterprise - which was overseen by the Mr Ozouf.

    Senator Ian Gorst said: "I'm grateful to Senator Ozouf for his work on the fund".

    The two are due to meet to discuss the resignation offer.

  3. New airline 'will need to convince travelling public over reliability' - Aurigny

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's States-owned airline Aurigny says the proposed new airline Waves will need to "convince" the public that using their aircraft is a good idea.

    In a statement, Aurigny said: "New competition is always interesting to see. The revenue projections, under these particular proposals, are impressive, but there is no mention of costs.

    "Most importantly, they will need to convince the travelling public that reliance on a single engine aircraft, operating at relatively low altitude, over water, is a good option.

    "They will also need to convince investors and the relevant authorities that this is a viable project and achievable from a licensing and regulatory point of view."

    They say they will follow with interest.

    Aurigny aircraft
  4. 'Huge risks' in delaying waste strategy

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The politician responsible for implementing Guernsey's waste strategy admits he's concerned that it might not be delivered on time.

    Next month States members will be asked to approve the costs and infrastructure for collecting, sorting and exporting the island's waste, after years of indecision about the best solution for dealing with it.

    But with only around 18 months of space left at the Mont Cuet landfill site, President of the States Trading Supervisory Board Charles Parkinson says there are huge risks involved.

    Mont Cuet
  5. Car park fees 'important to keeping up with maintenance programme'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Department for Infrastructure says the 2% rise in car park fees is an important part of keeping up with the maintenance programmes on various sites around the island.

    Quote Message: Income from parking charges goes into the Jersey Car Parking Trading account which pays for the administration of car parking as well as the cost of upkeep and refurbishment of the 82 public car parks in Jersey. In addition it also funds sustainable transport and road safety improvements." from Department for Infrastructure statement
    Department for Infrastructure statement

    Last year's refurbishment work took place at Sand Street car park and the year before in Pier Road. 

    This year's work is planned to take place in Minden Street car park.

  6. Tech millionaire plans to shake up islands’ travel

    Jersey Evening Post

    An innovative new Uber-style service which aims to provide on-demand inter-island and short-haul flights that backers say could leave Jersey within 30 minutes of being booked is due to be launched this year.

  7. Durrell Zoo changes free entry age limits

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Are you a 3 year-old zoo fanatic? It's bad news I'm afraid...

    Jersey's Durrell wildlife park is now charging an entrance fee for children aged three or over .

    Members are being told it's in line with other Jersey attractions and zoos elsewhere, where under threes, not fours, get in free of charge.

    Monkey

    The funds will maintain the park and and continue work to save endangered species.

    Members can still bring in their 3 year-olds with an adult member free of charge until April 2017. 

  8. Three reviews to follow innovation fund report

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister is launching three reviews into different areas of the findings of the report into the innovation fund "to establish how a good idea became a badly managed project".

    • Former employment lawyer to review actions of civil servants involved to assess if there are any disciplinary issues to deal with
    • External accountant has been employed for three months to look at all financial arrangements States departments have with external bodies to ensure appropriate levels of compliance and governance are in place
    • Investigation into whether any political involvement contributed to the failings

    Senator Ian Gorst said the review of financial arrangements will include "all grants, loans and any other kind of financial arrangement between States departments, charities, companies or not-for-profit organisations".

    He told the States: "If any of these three reviews uncover information that requires action to be taken, we will take that action.

    "Many of the report's recommendations have already been implemented."

  9. Children 'risking safety' at old cable car station

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are concerns children are risking their safety by getting into the old cable car station at Fort Regent.

    The deputy says he has seen young people running across the swimming pool roof after getting through gaps in the fence asked what's being done to tighten security.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham, the minister responsible, said his department will improve security until the cable car station and footbridge between the fort and swimming pool can be removed.

  10. Business ideas 'still need support'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Speaking about the failings in Jersey's innovation fund, the island's chief minister told the States encouraging and helping new business ideas was key to supporting the economy.

    Senator Ian Gorst said: "While the concept of the fund was a good one, and this kind of scheme works well in many countries, we have been let down by inadequate management and governance."

    Quote Message: We must learn from the failings of this fund and reconsider what we should do in Jersey. Supporting new business ideas is never going to be straight forward, but it is essential if we are to maintain a healthy, growing economy that provides rewarding jobs for islanders." from Senator Ian Gorst Jersey Chief Minister
    Senator Ian GorstJersey Chief Minister
  11. Politicians urge colleagues not to derail waste update plans

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Two Guernsey politicians responsible for the island's waste plan are urging fellow deputies not to derail an updated strategy before them next month.

    President of the Environment Committee, Deputy Barry Brehaut is responsible for the policy setting, while Deputy Charles Parkinson - who heads up the States Trading Supervisory Board - is responsible for the actual operation of the scheme.

    Longue Hougue Recycling Centre
    Image caption: This new processing plant at Longue Hougue would prepare bails of rubbish to be sent to Sweden

    The States are being asked to give the green light to the £300m plan, which includes non-recyclable waste being sent to Sweden. 

    It could cost households between £50 and £1,000 a year to dispose of their rubbish, but politicians maintain the average annual cost per household will still be around £360.

  12. New shredder should see an end to Mont Cuet fires

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The arrival of a new shredder at Mont Cuet should put a stop to persistent fires at the Mont Cuet landfill site, which the States of Guernsey say are caused by the stockpile of green waste that has built up after the old shredder broke down.

    The 9-year-old shredder was due for replacement next year, but that has now been brought forward.

    Mont Cuet

    Before the new shredder is operational early next month, landfill workers will take temperature readings three times a day and damp down the site in a bid to keep hotspots from forming.

  13. Reform Jersey branching out to other islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey political group is to hold a series of debates about the state of democracy across the Channel Islands.

    Reform Jersey is concerned about how people are represented by local politicians - and will speak to voters in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark over the next two months.

    Sam Mezec

    Deputy Sam Mezec believes politicians are failing islanders - and he wants to encourage debate on how the system could be improved.

    The first meeting will be in Guernsey on the 25 January of this month.

  14. New post office to open for Five Oaks area

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A new post office for the Five Oaks area will reopen at the end of this month.

    At the end of October last year the Five Oaks post office - which was located at Bagatelle Parade - closed when the existing lease on the CostCutter shop wasn't renewed.

    The new office will open within the reception area of the Jersey Evening Post.

    Quote Message: Having worked with a number of interested parties, we are pleased that an alternative location has been found for the Five Oak’s post office. It was important to us to ensure that not only could this important community service continue within the area, but that we found a partner whose existing business model fitted with the requirements for running a post office. We are happy and confident that the new location within the JEP offices will prove to be popular with residents and parishioners alike." from Tim Brown Chief Executive, Jersey Post
    Tim BrownChief Executive, Jersey Post

    The new office will be open from 30 January.

  15. New airline says prices will be between £45 and £75

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    New airline Waves says prices will vary from £45 to £75 on inter-island flights.

    I'm not sure whether that's a return or a one-way flight, but I'll let you make your own minds up on whether that's reasonable or not either way.

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  16. Colleagues pay tribute to Jersey author Babette Cole

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Colleagues of the Jersey author Babette Cole, who died aged 66 on Friday, have been paying tribute to the writer.

    Publisher Hodder Children's Books acquired the rights to publish the first Princess Smartypants fiction title "Princess Smartypants and the Missing Princes", in September last year.

    Quote Message: We were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Babette Cole. Her passion and talent as a children’s book writer and illustrator will be much missed. She was, in particular, a real leader in developing a more open, humorous and child-friendly way to talking to children about the facts of life in accessible picture-book form. It’s difficult to comprehend the loss of someone who was so quintessentially full of life. Our thoughts are with Babette’s family and friends." from Anne McNeil Senior Publisher, Hodder Children's Books
    Anne McNeilSenior Publisher, Hodder Children's Books
    Babette Cole
  17. BBC Weather Watchers: St Helier

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to John for this lovely photo from St Helier in Jersey.

    There are beautiful blue skies over the Channel Islands at the moment, but it's going to lead to some fairly chilly evenings as well!

    St Helier

    If you want to become a weather watcher, here's how to do it.

  18. New airline prompted by 'frustrated islanders'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The "overwhelming frustration" expressed by islanders when it comes to air travel has prompted a locally-based entrepreneur to launch a new inter-island service.

    Nick Magliocchetti has today outlined plans for a Guernsey-based "air taxi service", which will operate between Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney.  

    On receiving certification to operate, a leased fleet of aircraft could offer up to four departures each hour, with bookings possible through a mobile app.

    Waves aircraft