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Summary

  1. Minister stands by new JT charges
  2. Scrapping recycling targets in Guernsey could save 'tens of millions of pounds'
  3. Tapestry project founder wants public funding for educational trips
  4. Drop in new vehicles registered in Jersey, figures show
  5. Jersey Reds coach pays tribute to South Africa star
  6. Updates on Tuesday 7 February 2017

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it from the Local Live team today, but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

    Don't forget to tune into BBC One this evening at 18:30 for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

  2. Late changes to waste could bring 'significant additional costs'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The politician in charge of delivering the practicalities of Guernsey's Waste Strategy says moves to make changes to plans already in motion comes at "significant risk" and could lead to "significant additional costs".

    Deputy Charles Parkinson's comments come as four amendments have been placed to the strategy due to be debated by the States next week.

    Waste transfer station plans

    He said: "The planned new transfer station at Longue Hougue has been designed. It has been through a full Environmental Impact Assessment, we have planning permission, and we have a local construction company ready to start on site within weeks.

    "Subject to P&R approving the business cases, we are now at the stage of agreeing contracts for various facilities and services required. To try and change the plans at this late stage has significant risks."

    Quote Message: To try and change the plans at this late stage has significant risks. We simply do not have the resources to do that work in the timeframes suggested, and deliver new facilities and services before Mont Cuet is full." from Deputy Charles Parkinson States Trading Supervisory Board President
    Deputy Charles ParkinsonStates Trading Supervisory Board President
  3. Chinese students visit for formal classroom opening

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey will be visited by 150 Chinese school children this week for their annual visit to Hautlieu School - but this year the trip takes on more significance.

    The Beijing students will be in the island for the formal opening of a Confucius Classroom.

    Since September 2016 Hautlieu students have been learning Mandarin in the Confucius classroom, which is staffed by a Chinese teacher from Beijing, who is funded by China’s Han Ban Institute.

    Hautlieu students will make a reciprocal visit in March.

    Quote Message: Jersey’s links with China bring tangible educational benefits for our students and staff. I have seen for myself the positive impact on young people of meeting fellow students from a completely different culture. They also reinforce the work our government is doing to build business partnerships that could be of great value to Jersey’s economy in future." from Deputy Rod Bryans Minister for Education
    Deputy Rod BryansMinister for Education
  4. Government House launches website

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Government House - the home of Guernsey's Lieutenant Governor - has launched a website.

    On the site you can view pictures from around the property, check upcoming visits and ceremonies and read about the history of the residence.

    For example, did you know that the current Government House - situated on Queen's Road - is the latest of 16 buildings that have housed the Sovereign's representative and family.

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  5. Weather: Expect more showers

    BBC Weather

    Showers will gradually ease through the evening, with a just a few continuing overnight.

    There will be partly cloudy skies overnight too, perhaps with the odd frost patch by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    After a dry start to the day, Wednesday will be a little cloudier, with a few showers developing as we head into the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

  6. Hate crime law could be on the table

    BBC Radio Jersey

    People who are violent to others because of their race, religion or gender could be prosecuted under a new hate crime law in Jersey.

    It would be separate to Jersey's existing discrimination laws which promote equality.

    At the moment people can be taken to court for abusing others on social media.

    But the Home Affairs Minister Deputy Kristina Moore, says the law needs to be strengthened.

  7. BBC Weather Watchers: Guernsey's west coast

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Well after a brief downpour we've had quite a few pictures of blue skies sent in.

    Thanks to Red Donkey Race for sending in this photo of Guernsey's west coast...

    Weather watcher/Guernsey's west coast

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  8. Airport incentives for sports tourism raises 'complicated questions'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's airport director says giving sports groups a special deal on landing fees could end up with ordinary passengers having to pay more to travel.

    It follows calls from the chairman of Guernsey Football Club for airport charges to be lowered or scrapped as a way of encouraging sports tourism.

    Colin Le Ray says it would raise complicated questions and could mean more expensive travel for others.

    Guernsey's runway
  9. Final squad confirmed for Jersey's women's football team

    So Jersey's women's football squad has been confirmed for Gotland 2017.

    Here are the final names:

    Jersey squad: Sara Luce, Paula Alves, Ciara Giles, Kelly Hughes, Leanne Le Feuvre, Michelle Bichard, Sylvie Spinola, Sophie Botterill, Lauren Quemard, Libby Barnett, Eve Watson, Marta Ascensao, Jodie Botterill, Holly Muirhead, Lara Couvert, Amy Brown, Natasha Keen, Megan Wood, Rosie Corbett, Catarina Andrade.  

    Jersey football team

    Jersey will face the Isle of Wight and Gibraltar in Group C of the 11-team tournament at the end of June.

  10. Clinical waste could be disposed of at La Collette

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Clinical waste from Jersey's hospital could be disposed of in a special plant at La Collette if the Planning Department agrees to the scheme.

    The fenced off area will go right at the far end of the site.

    Because it's in a dangerous area where there are lots of hazardous facilities such as gas tanks, the health and safety authority and the fire service will have to be consulted about it.

  11. Fram's not coming to Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's cruise ship season is six weeks away yet, but there's already been one cancellation.

    "Fram" - a Norwegian ship which was due to come on 21 March, has changed its itinerary.

    I thought I'd give you a taste of what you're missing...

    Fram

    Sadly the penguins are native to the area, and would not have been waddling round St Peter Port - but the cruise ship passengers might have been.

    The Fram takes 318 passengers, weighs nearly 12,000 tonnes, and is named after the famous Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

    Now you know...

  12. Waste amendments would 'fundamentally alter' responsibility and sustainability

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The president of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure says some of the amendments to the waste strategy - due to be debated next week - "fundamentally alters" the way the island approaches the problem of its waste.

    Deputy Barry Brehaut has responded to Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher, who said he wanted to abandon recycling targets.

    Deputy Brehaut said: "The strategy that has been agreed by the States followed extensive public consultation. Islanders made it clear they want waste dealt with responsibly and sustainably. Some of the amendments would fundamentally alter that aspect of the strategy."  

    Recyclables ready for transport

    "You cannot simply take out major elements without having a significant effect elsewhere. If we don’t recycle waste, it doesn’t just disappear. We still have to deal with it," he added.

    Also tabled for next Wednesday's meeting are three amendments from Deputy Peter Roffey, which include asking the committee to come back to the States before the end of the year with a review of the cost effectiveness of kerbside recycling and bring banks.

  13. Deputy Pryke joins Infrastructure team

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Anne Pryke has become an assistant minister for the Department of Infrastructure.

    Despite being the current housing minister, an assistant minister at both the departments for Education and Environment, she has agreed to help out at a time of "increased workload".

    The chief minister has been informed of the appointment, and it is effective immediately.

    Quote Message: Deputy Pryke and I have worked together well in the past and I very much value her opinion and support." from Deputy Eddie Noels Minister for Infrastructure
    Deputy Eddie NoelsMinister for Infrastructure
  14. Only half of new finance centre reserved

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Office staff will move into the first new building in Jersey's new finance centre in April - but only about half of it has actually been reserved by tenants so far.

    Fewer companies than expected from outside the island have expressed interest in moving into the centre on the Esplanade.

    Jersey Finance Centre

    Opposition from members of the public, pressure groups and other developers have made it an uncomfortable experience for the States-owned Jersey Development Company.

    The first tenants move into "Building 4" in April with work already starting on the offices next door.

  15. Midwife denies bullying while giving evidence at tribunal

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A senior Guernsey midwife giving evidence at a Nursing and Midwifery Council Tribunal in London has denied bullying one of her colleagues at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

    Three midwives - Lisa Granville, Tuija Roussel and Antonia Manousaki - face charges of misconduct at an NMC tribunal relating to the death of a baby in January 2014.

    PEH

    Ann Thompson, a manager on Loveridge Ward who has given evidence at the tribunal, was accused of intimidating and "standing over" Tuija Roussel during a heated discussion after the death. 

    Ms Thompson says she uncovered a culture of malpractice, but it was claimed she used bullying behaviour, was intimidating and raised her voice, which she denied. 

    The hearing continues.

  16. Guernsey Water report: It hasn't rained very much

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The water report for January has been released, with rainfall at its lowest monthly level for five years.

    Just 62mm of rain fell last month, less than half last year's total.

    Guernsey Water Stats

    It's means water storage is at just 81.4%, although Guernsey Water said the rainfall towards the end of January was "welcomed".

  17. Deanery to no longer release church parish share rates

    Guernsey Press

    Parish share rates for Anglican churches in the Bailiwick will no longer be made publicly available, the Dean of Guernsey has confirmed.

  18. Siam Cup date and eligibility rules confirmed

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds will again be restricted in their squad selection for rugby's Siam Cup clash against rivals Guernsey Raiders.

    Jersey celebrate 2016 Siam Cup win

    New eligibility rules were introduced last year to create a more competitive contest, with the Reds lifting the trophy every year since 2009.

    Jersey's professional players will again only be eligible if they have lived in the island for at least three seasons, and only five will be allowed on the field at any one time.

    Last season's match was the closest for many years. The 2017 encounter will be staged at Jersey's St Peter ground on Saturday 6 May.