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Summary

  1. Farmers say worker shortage is affecting potato harvest
  2. Former tourism executive says states are not doing enough to support tourism trade
  3. Radical plan to transform St Sampson's harbour
  4. Heavy rain fills the cavern under Fort Regent in just two hours
  5. Updates on Monday 6 February 2017

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it from the team at Local Live today but don't worry, we're back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the Channel Islands.

    In the meantime, you can always tune in to BBC One for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 this evening.

  2. Families impacted by drug use 'helped by project'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Two programmes involving families affected by parental substance misuse have recorded a 100% success rate, according to Drug Concern's 2016 Annual Report.

    The Moving Parents and Children Together programme, supported by BBC Children in Need, helps families with children aged between eight and 17 by working with the whole family and including a focus on improving the safety and well being of the children.

    The 100% rate is based on follow-up interviews done 12 months on from the programme including if family problems have decreased, if individuals and the family are coping better and if the family works better.

    The results from the most recent programme, carried out last year, will be shared in the next annual report.

  3. BBC Weather Watchers: St Peter Port harbour

    BBC Weather Watchers

    All the attention is on St Sampson's today with the release of new plans that show where cruise liners could dock one day.

    But in just a couple of months, this photo from Chris Cumulus will have an extra silhouette or two in the background as the new cruise season starts again...

    St Peter Port harbour
  4. Values are being threatened - Trump protest organisers

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Quote Message: We think it is vital that Guernsey stands up to say that Trump’s divisive and discriminatory words and actions are unacceptable. We want this protest to be a celebration of diversity and tolerance – the values we hold dear, and which are now being threatened worldwide." from Organisers Stop Trump - Guernsey Protest
    OrganisersStop Trump - Guernsey Protest

    The organisers also said their aim was to hold a "celebration of difference and inclusion; in solidarity with protests around the UK; and in a commitment to upholding the values of peace, freedom, justice and equality, which are facing perhaps their greatest challenge in our lifetime".

  5. May be 'too late' turn turn back on waste strategy

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The head of Guernsey's Scrutiny Committee is warning that the States may be too far down the road with the waste strategy to go back now - even if it is expensive.

    Concerns have been raised about the rise in household rates to cover recycling and disposal. 

    Deputy Chris Green says he's concerned about the projected costs but thinks it may be too late to change direction.

    Longue Hougue recycling plant

    The planned recycling plant at Longue Hougue will - if agreed by members - process waste into bales, which would then be shipped off to Sweden to be turned into energy.

  6. Fewer prisoners using drug charity

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Drug Concern saw fewer clients last year than in 2015 as the total number fell from 200 to 177.

    Alcohol use continued to be the primary substance for which people were seeking help (42%), followed by cannabis use (25%). The report says opiate use "remains relatively stable" with 19%.

    The number of clients serving custodial sentences also fell - from 124 in 2015 to 104.

    In its 2016 Annual Report the charity reported a "continuing trend of decreasing numbers in the prison population".

    The number taking up aftercare after release also decreased from 17 to six.

  7. New bus pass scheme for disabled passengers

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey residents with long-term disabilities and an inability to drive will soon be able to use the bus service for free.

    A trial scheme - starting in March and running for nearly three years - is being launched by the Department for Infrastructure, and includes an initial £15 charge to cover the administration costs and the cost of the card.

    A blind man

    The department says it's been working with LibertyBus and "key health professionals" to develop the scheme.

    Application forms are available now, although the passes won't be issued until 1 March.

  8. Jersey Live would 'still be going' if camping had been approved

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Live may still be going if camping had been approved, according to one of the event's founders.

    Warren Le Sueur says never managing to get approval for camping was his biggest regret.

    It was announced two weeks ago that Jersey Live was coming to an end after 13 years because the organisers wanted to go their separate ways.

    Jersey Live

    I wonder if there will be camping at GlastonJersey...

  9. Drug charity reports younger people seeking help

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Younger people are going to a Bailiwick of Guernsey drug use charity, according to the organisation's report for 2016.

    Drug Concern, which offers services to those affected by drug use, reports its clients have historically been between the ages of 26 and 35.

    It says this has fallen steadily for the past three years and its most recent data shows it is mostly 19 to 25 year olds reporting the use cannabis and alcohol.

    The charity says this suggests new people are being reached.

  10. Education president seeks details of teachers’ concerns

    Guernsey Press

    Education president Paul Le Pelley has pledged to dig deeper into teachers’ concerns after it was revealed that almost two-thirds had thought of quitting in the last year.

  11. States spend £585,940 on printing in half a year

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    States departments in Jersey spent £585,940 on printing and copying in the second half of 2016.

    The figure, published from a freedom of information request, is broken down into departments, with education spending the most.

    The States use an outside contractor for all its printing, which includes hard copies of reports and documents, as well as the office printing requirements.

    The top two departments were:

    • Education: £242,349
    • Health and Social Services: £163,399
    Stack of paper
  12. Domestic abuse charity looks to recruit Guernsey representative

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A UK charity which raises awareness of domestic violence issues is looking to recruit a worker to teach Guernsey secondary school pupils the dangers of abuse in personal relationships.

    The Hampton Trust will be running some personal, social, and health education lessons on the subject for children aged 11 to 16.

    Domestic abuse

    The Trust has been working with Guernsey's States as part of its Domestic Abuse Strategy since 2011.

    Its Domestic Abuse Relationship Education programme highlights both domestic abuse and healthy relationships amongst young people in Guernsey and Alderney.

  13. Guernsey to hold Trump protest

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A protest against the policies of the president of the United States has been organised in Guernsey.

    Taking place on Monday 20 February, the event is coordinated with the UK parliament debate on the state visit of Donald Trump.

    The organisers say they hope people will attend to show "commitment to peace, equality and justice".

    Trump protest page
  14. Jersey bus pass: Do you qualify for a ticket to ride?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey have been working together with LibertyBus and health professionals to provide a free bus service for people with long-term disabilities who aren't able to drive.

    To qualify for one of the free passes - which you can apply for now - you must be an ordinary resident in Jersey, have been living in the island for the last five years, be more than five years old, not be entitled to an older person's concessionary pass, and have a disability that meets the qualifying criteria, which are listed as:

    • sight impaired and severely sight impaired, such that the condition prevents you from driving
    • severely or profoundly deaf, to the extent that the condition prevents you from driving
    • being in receipt of mobility component and/or long-term care benefit and/or personal care level 3
    • mental health issues to a degree that prevents you from driving
    • a learning disability to a degree that prevents you from driving
    • progressive degenerative condition, which prevents you from driving
    • you would be refused a licence to drive or your licence has been withdrawn based on medical grounds
    • walking difficulties to a degree that impacts your mobility and ability to drive
    • seizures causing loss of consciousness or altered consciousness (including epilepsy)

    You can apply here.

  15. Heavy day’s rainfall leads to flooded roads and landslide

    Jersey Evening Post

    Roads were flooded and one was blocked by landslides yesterday after more than half of the average rain for February fell in just a few hours.

  16. Treasury minister asked to intervene in JT's £1.25 bill charge

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's treasury minister has been asked to intervene and stop JT charging people for paper copies of their phone bills.

    The company says it's following other telecom companies by charging anyone who doesn't pay by direct debit £1.25 per month for a bill.

    JT

    Former St John Constable, Phil Rondel, says the telecoms operator is ripping off customers, especially those who don't use computers, and those who have a condition such as dyslexia.

    He's written to the Treasury Minister Senator Alan Maclean, who oversees the states owned company, asking him to "get JT into line, to stop them bullying the public".

  17. Fort Regent cavern fills in two hours during heavy rainfall

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The cavern under Fort Regent - which is the size of more than three Les Quennevais swimming pools - filled in just two hours yesterday.

    The cavern, which is used around 50 times a year during heavy rain fall, is designed to stop any spills of sewage into the sea when Bellozanne is at full capacity.

    Fort Regent

    Department official Duncan Berry  says it was unusual for it to fill up so quickly and will take two days to empty.

    There was flooding in various parts of the island - including at La Haule, Sandybrooke and near Ransoms garden centre. 

  18. Guernsey crash out of EH Trophy in third round

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey are out of the EH Trophy after being beaten 4-2 by Blackheath at Footes Lane, in what was described as a fiercely competitive game.

    Despite taking an early lead Guernsey weren't able to do enough see off the visitors and exit the competition at the third round stage.

    Player and coach Andy Whalley says he's disappointed for everyone involved in the Guernsey side.

    Guernsey Hockey

    Guernsey have reached the final at every occasion in the last five years, winning two of them.