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Summary

  1. Jersey's education minister has survived a motion of censure.
  2. Jersey hospital: Scrutiny to review funding and cost
  3. Rural strategy: Subsidies based on sustainable farming
  4. Guernsey charities 'must show how money is spent' under new regulations
  5. Children make Jerriais Valentine's cards
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Average family spends £190 on chocolate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The average household in Jersey spends about £190 per year on chocolate and confectionery according to the Stats unit.

Not sure if it's just me but that doesn't seem like very much. The average chocolate bar is now about 60p so £190 wouldn't even pay for one a day.

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It's time for farmers to work with nature - minister

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's environment minister, Deputy Steve Luce, says times are changing for Jersey farmers and they should be prepared to change with them.

He was speaking as the States launch a new rural economy strategy that will see subsidies for farmers paid based on sustainable farming methods and how well they meet new standards, rather than on the amount of land they farm.  

Deputy Steve luce
BBC

I think there is a realisation of 100 plus years of intense farming in Jersey we have to work with nature more. I'm not saying everyone has to ditch their chemicals but we have to look at alternatives.

Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister

Percentage for art scheme could be scrapped

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Have you seen the silver men on the esplanade? The bollards designed by Anthony Gormley or the naked girl hanging from a wire? 

If so you've experienced public art generated as part of the Jersey percentage for art scheme.

Jersey Girl
BBC

This was launched 10 years ago and requires developers to spend a percentage of the development cost on public art. That could now be scrapped in favour of a charge against new developments to pay for any associated infrastructure costs.

Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, said some of the money would go to the parish where a development was planned, but the percentage for art scheme would disappear.

Silver man statue
BBC

Goal to create 1,000 digital jobs through digital framework

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's government have outlined six key areas they hope to work on to create a "thriving digital economy" in the island over the next decade including a goal to create 1,000 new digital jobs.

  • A thriving digital sector
  • Digital skills for all
  • Advanced digital infrastructure
  • Government digital transformation
  • Robust cyber security
  • Secure data protection

The work will see all school children have to study information technology until age 16, super fast broadband in all homes by 2019 and more of the government services moved online.

Tony Moretta
Digital Jersey

We look forward to supporting the initiatives outlined by Government and achieving a high-value sector with 1000 new jobs by 2025.

Tony MorettaCEO of Digital Jersey

Superfood alternative to Jersey Royal arrives

Jersey Evening Post

A new superfood which will provide an alternative crop to Jersey Royals has arrived in the Island as the States releases a five-year plan to make farming more profitable and less reliant on government.  

What works best - the carrot or the stick?

BBC Radio Jersey

Carrot or the stick? That's the age old question of how to get someone to do something they might not want to do. It's also a challenge being made to telecom company JT over their plans to charge for paper bills by Senator Sarah Ferguson.

In the States assistant treasury minister, Constable John Refault, said JT were already subsidising older customers on a reduce rate phone line and would use the charge to reduce up to £1.7m loses on home phone lines.

Carrot and stick
Thinkstock

Senator Ferguson will be asking questions in the states today about the controversial decision.

The politician has challenged the company to offer a discount to those who do get their bills by email rather than charge people who want a paper copy. 

More Valentines flowers in Guernsey than Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey clearly likes its flower. More than five times as many Valentines Day Bouquets have been delivered in the smaller island today than in Jersey, according to Interflora.

Apparently the actual number of deliveries isn't that high and they can't tell me exactly how many for commercial reasons, but a spokeswoman said it was enough to be notable.

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Jersey hopes 'to take advantage of digital revolution'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new digital policy framework has been launched by Jersey's government that aims to make the island more IT literate and better connected within the next decade.

Fibre cables
BBC

Proposals:

  • Increase the number of digital sector employees by 1,000 by 2025
  • Make IT classes compulsory to the age of 16 by 2020 
  • Put all island homes on a super fast network by 2019

The plan would also see more of government services moving online and a more robust cyber security system introduced.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst says the government has already made significant strides towards "realising the potential of the digital revolution" including launching Digital Jersey and investing in e-government and fibre broadband.

BreakingEducation minister easily survives motion of censure

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's education minister has survived a motion of censure. In fact only four politicians out of 45 voted in favour of the censure motion brought by Deputy Geoff Southern.

Deputy Rod Bryans
BBC

Deputy Southern had accused the minister, Deputy Rod Bryans of misleading the States assembly over data he shared of planned cuts to the starting salary of newly qualified teachers.

Members voted four votes in favour of the censure to 40 votes against, with one member abstaining from the vote.

To the backdrop of the traditional foot stomping showing approval of the vote, it was announced Deputy Geoff Southern, Montfort Tadier, Sam Mezec of Reform Jersey and independent Deputy Mike Higgins voted in favour. It was Senator Sarah Ferguson who abstained.

Dairy profits hit by milkmen payout

Guernsey Press

Guernsey Dairy profits are predicted to be down by tens of thousands of pounds under a new distribution system, which was designed to make its operation more efficient.

States to open new school nurseries

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Education department is opening more nurseries in primary schools due to an increase in demand from parents, the education minister has revealed.

Deputy Rod Bryans says the education department says schools are able to offer different services to those provided by the private nurseries.

We have recently opened up a new nursery at Springfield School, we are looking at a nursery at Trinity, at St Mary's school and subsequently at St Luke's School. There is a demand for nurseries attached to schools.

Deputy Rod BryansEducation Minister

French plan for wind farm off Jersey wins approval

Jersey Evening Post

Plans to build a French wind farm 23 miles off Jersey’s south coast have taken a major step forward after an independent commission gave the proposals their approval.  

How do you declare your love in Jerriais?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Fewer than 2,000 people regularly speak Jersey's native language, but as its roots are in France, could it be the new language of love for island couples?

Tony Scott Warren from L'Office du Jerriais has been on BBC Radio Jersey sharing tips on how to declare your undying love in the island's historical tongue. Don't forget to have your volume turned up!

Jerriais teacher Tony Scott Warren shares love phrases in Jersey's language

Jersey hospital: Scrutiny to review funding and cost

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel in Jersey has announced its plans for a detailed review of the funding proposals for the island's new £466m hospital.

They've appointed Concerto Partners to review the proposed budget and Opus Corporate Finance to review the plan to raise £400m by issuing a bond.

The States Assembly was clear in January that these proposals require an appropriate level of scrutiny. The panel has now commenced the review, with the help of our expert advisers and we look forward to delivering our report in a timely manner.

Deputy John Le FondreChairman of Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel
Hospital Costs
Future Hospital

RDF waste treatment gives island all options for export

Guernsey Press

Shipping Guernsey’s waste to Europe means it has to be treated to a higher level than if it was being sent to Jersey, but those behind the plan insist the extra costs are ‘not significant’.  

Children make Jerriais Valentine's cards

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's Valentine's Day today and L'Office du Jerriais in Jersey has been marking it by sharing Jerriais phrases on Twitter.

For example: N'y'a pon d'belles amours sans dêtours. That translates as the course of true love never did run smooth.

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Are there 'reasons to be cheerful'?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

I think Reform Jersey's Geoff Southern has been listening to Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Introducing a motion of censure he used the phrase "reasons to be cheerful" several times in a few minutes.

Deputy Geoff Southern
BBC

He was actually quoting a line in a report by education on cutting the salary of newly qualified teachers. Whether intentional or not though, I've now got the song going round and round in my head.

"Reasons to be cheerful part three, one two three..."

The States memebers have now broken for lunch and will continue the debate into the motion of censure over Education Minister Deputy Rod Bryans' handling of a cut in the salary of new teachers when they get back at 14:15.

JT bill charge 'doesn't disproportionately affect elderly'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Plans by government-owned telecom company JT to charge £1.25 to get a paper bill, rather than an online version for free, do not disproportionately affect the elderly as they get a reduced rate line rental, according to the assistant treasury minister.

Constable John Refault was quizzed by several politicians in the States during question time on the issue with many raising concerns for elderly residents who don't have internet access.

He said part of the money would help JT reduce the £1.7m it is currently losing on fixed line services.

JT
BBC

Given that many elderly members of our community enjoy a monthly reduced line charge of £2.25 when low income families have to pay £13.50 for the same fixed line service, I cannot agree that this charge affects disproportionately the elderly members of our community."

Constable John RefaultAssistant Treasury Minister

Roundabout clear after collision

BBC Travel

The Weighbridge Roundabout is clear after two vehicles collided earlier.

The emergency services report no serious injuries.

Even the animals are getting in on the Valentine's Day spirit

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

This amazing picture shared by island wildlife charity Durrell shows two of their Orangutans kissing.

It was taken by Tony Perestrelo while he was visiting the zoo and features Dana and daughter Kea sharing a family moment.

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Rural strategy: Minister hoped to find more money

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

Subsidies for farmers in Jersey are going to change later this year as part of a new rural economy strategy.

The change will see farmers subsidies change to be based on sustainable farming methods and meeting recognised standards, rather than the current system which is based on how much land they farm.

I would have liked to have been able to find more money. It was a challenge to hold the budget as they were. In an ideal world I'd have liked to be able to find more money."

Senator Lyndon FarnhamEconomic Development Minister

Peter Le Maistre, President of the Jersey Farmers Union, says the new measures will help the industry grow as well as protect the countryside.

If we can show as an industry we are beginning to bring environmental benefits to the island one would hope the States might be acceptable of us asking for money if we need it for different ventures."

Peter Le MaistrePresident, Jersey Farmers Union

Collision at the roundabout

BBC Travel

Two vehicles have been involved in a collision at the Weighbridge, Guernsey's emergency services say.

Traffic is still flowing around the roundabout, but delays are likely so drivers should avoid the area.

The 1980s to be celebrated by Jersey Museum

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Work has started in Jersey on a new exhibition at the island museum to replace the popular Ice Age exhibit. At the moment though it's just woodwork and boxes.

building
Jersey Heritage
Building
Jersey Heritage

The new one, called Bergerac's Island, will celebrate all things 1980s. We're talking Speak and Spell, shoulder pads, Rubik's Cube and even Bergerac himself.

The 1980s was a tourism heyday for the island with scenery and sites watched by millions every week on BBC One as Jim travelled the island fighting crime.

The exhibition will open in April at the Jersey Museum in St Helier.

Should farmers be subsidised by government?

Facebook

Jersey's government is introducing a new rural economy strategy this year that will change the way farmers are subsidised and put higher standard requirements on them. But what do you think? Should farmers be subsidised?

Farming
BBC

On the BBC Radio Jersey Facebook page there have been a number of responses to this question, most of which suggest a need to encourage more organic farming.

Glyn Mitchell says: "To set us apart we need our own standard, Red Tractor, Leaf are basic standards to meet we should be looking beyond these standards if we want clean air, water and soil and reward farmers who try."

Have your say on the BBC Radio Jersey Facebook page or email us.

Brexit could be good for island securities exchange

BBC Radio Guernsey

Brexit could be good for Guernsey according to the CEO of Channel Islands Securities Exchange.

Fiona Le Poidevin says the exchange plans to use the islands political stability and competitive pricing to target small and medium sized businesses looking to raise capital by listing in Guernsey.

What we'd like to do is provide a more cost effective alternative to list with us and give the UK smaller and medium sized companies access to capitals they can't afford to get. If they can't afford to list in the UK there is a funding gap which a smaller exchange like ours can provide.

Fiona Le PoidevinCEO, CI Securities Exchange

Loved up police wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Water bills to go up by 2% in Jersey from April

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If you live in Jersey you'll be paying more for your water from April as Jersey Water plan to increase charges by 2%, which is 1% above the island inflation rate as of December last year.

Water
Science Photo Library

The company says it tries to keep increases as low as possible and says that water has got cheaper over the past decade when compared to inflation.

It says its expenses have increased over the past year including having to deal with pollution in the water supply and connecting more people to the mains supply for the first time.

States promise superfast broadband for all by 2019

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

What difference would "superfast broadband" make to you? Well according to the new States of Jersey Digital Policy Framework all islanders will have it by 2019.

Cable
Reuters

The need for everyone to have a fast connection at home is just one element of the strategy. It also sets long-term objectives for the future of Jersey's digital policy.

That includes creating a thriving digital sector, improving the island's digital skills, more e-government services and robust cyber security.

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China here we come!

Jersey Evening Post

The head teacher of a primary school is to leave the Island later this year to start a new life in China’s biggest city.  

Boxing training part of big picture

Guernsey Press

Students at La Mare de Carteret High are being trained in ring craft.  

Drum and bass bounce stops the music

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Yesterday we reported a story about a gig on Saturday in Jersey that saw the music turned off by the venue over fears the floor could collapse.

Well today the DJ at the gig has pointed his thousands of followers to our posts, suggesting it's a good place to find more information on what happened. We're inclined to agree.

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Charity registrar 'not aware' of any wrongdoing

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The group that keeps Guernsey charities in check says it isn't aware of any wrongdoing locally but says tighter reporting requirements for larger charities are needed.

We are not aware of any cases. The areas of weakness are going to come around individuals that have good intents and set up a charity to try and do something.

It comes as charities in Guernsey are set to face stricter regulations under new plans designed to "increase transparency" according to the island deputy registrar.

Did you lose internet access over the weekend?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Over the weekend a number of Sure broadband customers in Jersey said they had lost internet, for some it took several days to get it back up and running.

Fibre cables
BBC

Sara Liddle, Head of Customer Strategy at Sure says it was a minor network fault and they have fixed it for those that have let them know they had an issue.

She says that the problem can't be fixed across the board and they have to do it on a case by case basis, so anyone experiencing a loss of broadband should get in touch.

Playtech buys online bingo firm Eyecon in £50m. deal

Guernsey Press

The world’s largest online gaming software supplier has bought a Guernsey-based online slots developer in a £50m. deal.  

Jersey States: Motion of censure and citizenship

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey States are sitting again today and it's a diverse running order with everything from banking regulations to a motion of censure in the education minister. 

States Assembly
BBC

There are a range of questions being asked of ministers including many on the telecom company JT planning to charge £1.50 for a paper bill.

First up on the running order after question time is a motion of censure in the education minister over his handling of pay cuts for new teachers. 

They will also debate removing the requirement for States candidates to be British and the foreign minister will present a Brexit report and call for the States to approve in principle withdrawing the island EU law when the UK invokes Article 50.

You can listen live on the BBC website.

Charities to face 'stricter regulations' in Guernsey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Charities in Guernsey are set to face stricter regulations under new plans designed to "increase transparency" according to the island deputy registrar.

Helen Gaines says "transparency and good governance" are essential so that people know where money they donate is going".

Chairman of Age Concern, David Inglis, says he welcomes the stricter regulation as some charities may be innocently falling behind acceptable standards.

David Inglis
BBC

We are aware that charities in the UK are becoming very vulnerable, the world we live in allows us, if we do not have good transparency to become vulnerable. So many charities do it for the love and do not ask for help.

David InglisChairman, Age Concern

What do you do in the event of a nuclear incident?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

After the recent explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power plant on the French coast, which turned out to be in a non-nuclear part of the plant, a lot of questions have been asked in the Channel Islands about what would happen if there was a nuclear incident on the French coast.

Flamanville
AFP

Guernsey's Home Affairs President, Deputy Mary Lowe, has written an open letter explaining what would happen if there was a nuclear event.

Communication

A text will be sent to every mobile in the Bailiwick, a call would be made to every landline and mobile with an automated voice message and information would be published on social media and traditional media.

Health 

There is an emergency medical plan that would involve relevant staff releasing information. Iodine tablets wouldn't be issued as Guernsey is outside the recommended 20km zone. 

Anything else 

Basically the letter says shelter indoors and await further guidance. 

Valentines Day: What do you love most about your island?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's valentines day today so we thought we'd ask you to get in touch and tell us what you love most about the Channel Islands - be it Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark or Herm.

Heart Island
Google/BBC

Is it the beaches, the hills, the history, the food, the buildings or something else we haven't thought of?

Get in touch and tell us what you love and why and we will share the best of them on BBC Local Live.

Used offensive language talking on a phone

Jersey Evening Post

A man who was overheard using offensive language while talking on the phone has been bound over to be of good behaviour for six months.