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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Local Live has finished for the day but we'll be back again tomorrow morning with more of the days news, sport, travel and weather.

    Have a good evening and be careful out there as the heavy winds, rain and high tide come together.

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

  2. Could you be a Mr or Miss Battle?

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    It's that time of year when young men and young women across the island are being encouraged to stand up to represent their parish in the annual Mr and Miss competitions.

    The Miss parishes, who then compete to become Miss Battle of flowers, is a decades old tradition, the competition for a Mr parish is more recent, with St Helier leading the way.

    An official notice has now gone out looking for someone to represent St Helier and St Brelade at the 2017 Battle of Flowers parades in August and act as ambassadors for their parish for the year ahead.

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  3. Victorian sewer found under walled garden

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Imagine the scenario - you have a kitchen garden and in one area of the garden vegetables just won't grow. 

    Do you give up? Concrete over it? Or do you dig it up to find out what's going on? That is exactly what the team at the Guernsey Walled Kitchen Garden did and they were in for a surprise.


    They discovered a complete Victorian septic drainage system thought to date back to the 1980s. The largest chamber is 8ft wide, 4ft long and 9ft deep. 

    They've decided to make a feature of them and use the newly discovered system to deal with occasional surface water flooding.

  4. Reform referendum should have minimum turnout requirement

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A referendum on reforming Jersey's electoral system should have a minimum turnout of 40% according to Deputy Jeremy Macon. He has also suggested the referendum should be held on the day of the general election in May 2018.

    States assembly

    Last month politicians voted to reform the way deputy's are voted in - having six large deputy districts rather than the current parish based system. Now a proposition has been lodged to put the change to the public in a referendum before the change comes in.

    Deputy Macon says such an important constitutional change should require a minimum turnout and he has suggested 40%. At the last reform referendum in 2013 turnout was about 26% which led to politicians using that as an excuse to reject the outcome.

  5. Missing the Diana style exhibition in London? Look no further than Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    For those interested in the recent opening of the exhibition tracing the changing styles of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace, you're in luck...there is a replica right here in Jersey.

    Video content

    Video caption: Jersey's replica of Princess Diana's 1989 pearl encrusted dress
  6. Changes proposed to Jersey election law

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    In 2013 a referendum was held in Jersey over major changes to the island electoral system. Just 26% of those registered to vote actually turned out and the States used that to ignore the result of the referendum.

    Another referendum on reform has now been proposed, this time by Senator Lyndon Farnham to happen before the end of this year. It will put changes already voted on by the States - to create six large deputy districts rather than the current parish based system - to the public first rather than just be implemented by the next election.

    Deputy Jeremy Macon, the former president of the committee responsible for the conduct of the States and elections, says that doesn't go far enough to ensure changes come in. He wants a minimum turnout of 40% and for the vote on the same day as the next general election.

    Deputy Jeremy Macon
    Quote Message: If you look at previous elections that is where the turnout has bobbed around and therefore I think it is reasonable but have left it open for members to amend if they think it should be higher or lower. from Deputy Jeremy Macon
    Deputy Jeremy Macon
  7. Crowcroft: States should pay rates on its buildings

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey would take better care of their properties and be more efficient if they had to pay rates on them, according to St Helier constable Simon Crowcroft.

    constable Simon Crowcroft

    He wants politicians to let his parish charge the states rates on its buildings and believes its unfair that his parishioners effectively subsidise the states - and wants the system changed. 

    Other constables though don't agree. Constable Len Norman chairs the constable's committee - and says the change wouldn't be fair on other parishes as island tax payers would be subsidising St Helier.

  8. What would you call a diesel electricity generator?

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A few weeks ago we told you about a competition launched by Guernsey Electricity to name their new generator. Well they've had more than 50 entries so far.


    Currently known as 2D and 3D, the company are hoping someone will come up with a more memorable name for the diesel engines. Apparently they are only looking for sensible suggestions, so no Power McPowerplant.

    Company director, Sally Ann David, says they've had some excellent suggestions so far, including many inspired by local history.

    The winner will get to switch on the £15m generator, have their name along with the new engine name on a plaque and a £100 voucher. If you've got an idea you have until tomorrow to let  Guernsey Electricity know .

  9. Weather watchers: Stormy skies over Guernsey

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's going to be a very unsettled evening with blustery showers in the Channel Islands. Some of those showers will be heavy and there will be a risk of thunder and hail.

    This photo, shared with BBC Weather by Simon shows dangerous looking skies over Belle Greve Bay in Guernsey.

    Stormy weather
  10. Little Chapel to be given to the people of Guernsey

    Guernsey Press

    The Little Chapel will officially belong to the people of Guernsey within the next few weeks .  

  11. Closer monitoring of family nursing grant needed, says review

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey grant paid to Family Nursing and Home Care to pay for a number of services including nurses and care assistants should be more closely monitored and service level agreements signed, according to a scrutiny review.

    The health scrutiny panel was reviewing the handling of a cut to the home care component of the grant paid to family nursing. The charity says it was difficult to calculate how much of that grant was spent on home care and the original timetable for the cut was unreasonable.

    That prompted health minister, Senator Andrew Green to extend the deadline, but Richard Renouf of the health scrutiny panel says communication between health and the charity was poor.  

    Richard Renouf
    Quote Message: We need to know what the service costs the public and what will be provided for it in the same way other bodies providing service for the government enter service level products. from Richard Renouf Health scrutiny president
    Richard RenoufHealth scrutiny president
  12. Castles and forts to feature on stamp collection

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The iconic forts and castles that feature so prominently on Jersey's skyline are to be featured on a new set of stamps issued by Jersey Post.

    James Dann, Philatelic Researcher at Jersey Post, said: "These iconic landmarks are frequently photographed by both islanders and visitors."


    Featured on the four stamps are: 

    • Grosnez Castle, built in the 14th Century to provide refuge during French raids
    • Elizabeth Castle, 16th Century and set on a rocky islet half-a-mile out to sea
    • St Aubin’s Fort, designed to delay approaching enemies with cannon fire 
    • Mont Orgueil, which towers above Gorey Harbour in the east of the Island and was built to protect Jersey from invasion by the French
  13. Aurigny to offer cheaper last minute fares in an emergency

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    If you live in Guernsey or Alderney and suffer from a critical emergency or death in the family then Aurigny will offer you a cheaper flight from Wednesday.


    The company, owned by the States of Guernsey, is dropping the traditional airline model of higher prices closer to departure for those facing an urgent need to travel off island.

    Fares will be capped at £75 one-way for flights between Guernsey and the UK. Those flying from Alderney to the UK will face a higher cap of £105 each way.

  14. Belated Christmas treat for senior islanders

    Guernsey Press

    More than 100 senior islanders enjoyed the annual Lions Club of Guernsey post-Christmas party on Saturday.

  15. New tagging for Alderney gannets

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Gannets returning to Alderney after migrating south for the winter are being tracked using a new tagging system, according to the Alderney Wildlife Trust.

    The technology will provide experts with statistical information about the birds' behaviour and help them better understand their needs and what they did while away from the island.

    Alderney gannets
    Quote Message: These new ones require you to recapture the same bird and download the data from the tag the next year and will show you where they've been and how long they've been on the water. from Claire Thorpe Alderney Wildlife Trust
    Claire ThorpeAlderney Wildlife Trust
  16. Be careful on Jersey's wet roads, warn police

    BBC Travel

    With strong winds, pouring rain, high tides and children returning to school after half term the road network is struggling in Jersey.

    Police are warning islanders to be careful after a minor crash as a result of a slippery road.

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  17. Inspection of Guernsey police force planned

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's police and border forces are to be inspected later this year by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the body responsible for inspecting police forces. That's according to the island home affairs department.

    Island Police

    The last review was in 2007 and so they are being invited back to look at staffing levels and effectiveness in both forces.

    Richard Graham from the Home Affairs Committee said the inspection would address the current reliance on overtime.

    Quote Message: It is something you can't really in the long term depend on and you have to bite the bullet. Do you save money by under implementing your establishment or do you go the full whack and pick up the downside of a full establishment in terms of pensions and infrastructure costs. from Richard Graham Home Affairs Committee
    Richard GrahamHome Affairs Committee
  18. Crown dependencies won't be forced to open company registers

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A London-based tax campaigner and economist has criticised the UK Parliament after it rejected a motion to force the British Crown dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man to allow public access to a register detailing ultimate owners of companies.

    Richard Murphy

    Richard Murphy described the current system in Guernsey, which is a register of company ownership only open to island authorities, as "transparency in secret".

    Guernsey External Affairs Minister, Jonathan Le Tocq, says the register meets international standards and takes a stricter approach than many larger countries.

  19. Driving ban for owner of ‘handbrake-turn’ car

    Jersey Evening Post

    The owner of a car used by a 17-year-old girl to illegally perform handbrake turns, doughnuts and wheelspins on the Albert Pier was sentenced to 70 hours’ community service and was banned from driving for three months .