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  1. Commodore Clipper cancelled after WW2 bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour
  2. Future Guernsey plan is approved
  3. States agree to end exclusivity clauses in Jersey zero-hours contracts
  4. Roads closing in preparation for high tides in Guernsey
  5. An attempt to introduce an elected speaker in just over a year has been rejected by the States of Jersey
  6. Plans for a States funded retail bank in Guernsey will not go ahead
  7. Alderney's voters will get the chance to quiz election candidates in a hustings this evening
  8. Updates on Wednesday 16 November 2016

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To see a round up of today's top stories tune in to BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 this evening.

Cruise passengers to pay an arrival charge

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A new £1 charge for cruise passengers coming ashore in Guernsey will start next year.

This is alongside a new security charge and mooring fee for cruise ship operators.

Sign for cruise ship passengers

In 2018 it will increase to £1.50 and could be extended to cover all passengers on visiting vessels, whether they come ashore or not.

The initial £1 charge is expected to generate £130,000.

Torteval may need £300k loan to save church tower

Guernsey Press

Torteval might have to take out a £300,000 loan in a bid to pay for half a million pounds-worth of work which is desperately needed to repair the church’s leaking and crumbling tower and spire.

States votes through 'Future Guernsey' Plan

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A vision of what Guernsey should look like in 20 years has been agreed by the States of Guernsey.

It follows two days of debate on the plan, which will be used as a basis for a five-year action plan.

Deputy Lester Queripel was the only politician to vote against the plan.

I can't possibly support this plan, even though I appreciate it has been laid with the best of intentions. Such documents do nothing but bring us into disrepute as a talking shop.

Deputy Lester Queripel

Guernsey harbour charges to rise by 1%

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Commercial operators, private boat owners and visitors face a 1% fee rise on charges at Guernsey's harbours next year.

St Peter Port harbour

Most charges and mooring fees will rise for commercial charges from January and mooring fees from April.

Harbour master Captain Chad Murray said the increase "only slightly above inflation is reasonable" against a backdrop of rising security and infrastructure costs.

New aircraft will give 'more options and flexibility'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Aurigny's CEO, Mark Darby, says the company's new aircraft will give it "more options and flexibility during times of disruption".

The States-owned airline has leased a new ATR 72-500 to replace another ATR which has been sold to a cargo company.

The old ATR served the airline well, however the opportunity arose to sell it to a cargo company giving us the chance to upgrade to a more modern ATR that is in the same configuration as our other ATRs and will provide our customers with an improved travel experience. This aircraft will give us more options and flexibility during times of disruption and help improve our reliability."

Mark DarbyChief Executive Officer, Aurigny

Weather: Be prepared for showers

BBC Weather

A colder night than recent nights. Cloud will thicken in the evening, with blustery showers arriving overnight and continuing at times till dawn. Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather map

Thursday will be a windy day for most, with sunshine and further showers that will be heavy at times, giving a risk of hail and thunder. Maximum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F)   

Graffiti painted on banks in protest at US oil pipeline move

Jersey Evening Post

Graffiti was daubed on two island banks by a man protesting against their alleged backing of a controversial oil pipeline worth billions of dollars which campaigners claim will threaten the water supply of native Americans.

Jersey to host European squash event

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey is to host part of squash's European Team Championships for the first time.

The island, which has only been an international nation in the sport since January 2015, will host the division three tournament from 4-7 April 2017.

Jersey at the Commonwealth Games

Jersey finished third this year, having come fifth on their debut in 2015.

"This is fantastic for Jersey and fantastic for our squash community," director of squash Nick Taylor told BBC Radio Jersey.

Guernsey Post predicting £1.5m profit next year

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Chief Executive of Guernsey Post says the company will make a profit of £1.5m next year - despite reporting results of less than £400,000 this morning.

Profits for the year ended 31 March 2016 were down 23%.

We expect an increase in excess of £1.5m this year. That's due to a number of reasons, but primarily due to changes we've made to the pension scheme."

Boley SmillieChief Executive, Guernsey Post
Boley Smillie

Guernsey Post moved away from the public sector pension plan, which initially cost them more than £800,000 this year, but in the long-term could save them money.

Mr Smillie says they've worked hard with trade unions and staff to find a solution that works.

Health and charities fund role together

Guernsey Press

Health & Social Care and two local charities have pooled resources to help fund a new assistant psychologist.

Aurigny leases new aircraft

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Aurigny has added a new aircraft to it's fleet.

It's an ATR 72-500, which will apparently have more legroom.

It's been leased from Nordic Aviation Capital, and should enter service tomorrow.

The old ATR 72-200, "DB", has been sold to a cargo company.


Debate on role has 'limited' Bailiff's ability to do his job

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Bailiff has said the build up to a debate on his role has limited his ability to do his job as president of the States Assembly.

Yesterday, the States rejected a plan to replace him with an elected speaker.

William Bailhache

William Bailhache said he and the Deputy Bailiff didn't want to get involved in political arguments or have any influence on policies.  

Jerseyman will have say on next England manager

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey-born footballer Graeme Le Saux will help pick the next England football manager.

The former Muratti and England player has been added to the selection panel. 

Graeme Le Saux

Gareth Southgate's been in charge as interim boss for the last four matches, including a 2-2 draw last night against Spain.

The FA is expected to clarify its position within the next 24 hours. 

Happiness target 'unrealistic' for Guernsey

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

The target of becoming the "healthiest and happiest place in the world" is an "unrealistic target" for Guernsey, according to Deputy Peter Roffey.

The "Future Guernsey" plan sets out a blueprint for the next 20 years.

Deputy Roffey questioned why the happiness aim needed to be included.

Deputy Peter Roffey

Court issues warning to drivers who show off

Jersey Evening Post

Too many young drivers are getting involved in serious accidents or motoring offences within days or weeks of passing their test, two senior judges have said.

WW2 bomb being towed out to sea

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The unexploded World War Two bomb that was discovered in Portsmouth Harbour this morning is now being towed out to sea.

It will be destroyed 1.5 miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight either later today or early tomorrow morning.

The bomb caused a five-hour delay for ferry passengers travelling to Portsmouth, with the return trip on the Commodore Clipper being cancelled. 

You can find the latest updates here.

Portsmouth Harbour

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online


  • A World War Two bomb has caused a five-hour delay for ferry passengers travelling to Portsmouth, with the return trip on the Commodore Clipper being cancelled
  • The States of Jersey has agreed to ban exclusivity clauses within zero-hours contracts and will bring in a new law stopping employers from using them
  • Motorists in Jersey who hit a cat will have to report it to the animals shelter in future
  • And a Jersey-born footballer will help pick the new England manager


  • Parishioners in St Peter Port are going to the polls today to choose six new parish officials
  • States-owned airline Aurigny has upgraded its ATR fleet with the lease of a newer aircraft which should come into service tomorrow
  • The top prize for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has risen to £730,000

Roads closing in preparation for high tides

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey are closing two coast roads from 15:00 so that they can install flood barriers in preparation for tonight's high tides.

Force six-seven winds combined with a 9.9m tide this evening, with the winds rising to force six-eight tomorrow morning, have led to a flood warning from the met office being issued.

Route de la Perelle and Biloterie Road will close shortly. 

Pic: February 2015.

Flooding at Perelle

World Bowls will go ahead says Guernsey's Collins

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The World Bowls Championships will go ahead in Christchurch, despite the earthquake that struck New Zealand, according to Guernsey-based World Bowls director Garry Collins.

The venues for the quadrennial event for outdoor bowls, which start on 29 November and run until 11 December, are just over 100 miles from the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude quake which struck on Sunday.

Getty Images

"Everything's been checked out, we feel it is safe, but there is constant monitoring," Collins told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"If we feel at some point that we expect more of these things then we'll push that button and the championships will be halted."

Young talent 'needs to stay'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey businesses are being urged to attract and keep young talent to boost the island's economy.

Businesswoman Charlotte Valeur spoke to members of the Institute of Directors yesterday. 

She says if young people find jobs and opportunities in Jersey then they won't leave.

A young workforce

Cats given more protection on Jersey roads

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

If you're a cat owner living in Jersey, your animal has been granted more protection from road-users.


Anyone who hits a cat while driving in Jersey will have to report it to the island's animal shelter in future. 

The minister responsible for roads has stopped short of giving cats the same protection as dogs, but said it would help prevent unnecessary suffering. 

Deputy Eddie Noel said he didn't want to add an extra burden on to animal owners - because if cats were to be treated the same as dogs, then owners would have to keep them under far more control.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It's certainly brightened up a bit this afternoon, and the airports are - for now at least - running on time.

Let's take a look at the forecast in Guernsey...

Weather chart

And here's the outlook in Jersey...

Weather chart

States 'must define exclusivity clause' before legal ban

BBC Radio Jersey

States members have been told they need to define what an exclusivity clause in a zero-hours contract means before making them against the law.

Members have agreed to ban the clauses, and will bring in a new law stopping employers banning staff from getting other jobs when they sign a zero-hours contract.

Clipper passengers promised full refund

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Passengers that were booked on today's Commodore Clipper sailing from Portsmouth to Guernsey will be offered a full refund, or a place on tomorrow's schedule.

The Clipper was cancelled after a five-hour delay getting into Portsmouth Harbour following the discovery of an unexploded World War Two bomb on the sea bed.

The bomb has been moved further into the harbour for inspection, and will later be destroyed off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

After careful review of freight and passenger customer needs, as well as predicted weather and tidal constraints in the Channel Islands, Condor has determined that the best option, taking all factors into consideration, is to cancel the rotation scheduled for today entirely. The ship will return to normal service tomorrow morning.

Condor statement

Clipper return cancelled

BBC Travel

Condor have cancelled the Commodore Clipper after it was delayed in Portsmouth following the discovery of an unexploded bomb in the harbour.

States pass amendment to focus on 'STEM' subjects

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Should science, technology, engineering and maths be a priority for Guernsey's school children in the coming years?.

Guernsey's States members clearly think so, as they've just voted in favour of an amendment that will "promote the pursuit of 'STEM' subjects, providing opportunities for young men and women to gain the strong technical skills that underpin a creative, innovative society."

Some deputies did express concerns the idea of promoting STEM subjects would be at the expense of other groups like the humanities.

Debate on the Future Guernsey plan continues at 14:00 - listen online or on 1116MW.

Funds industry may face longer EU passport wait

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's funds sector may have to wait longer than expected for a full European market ‘passport’ because of post-Brexit negotiations over market access for the City.

Your views on the role of Jersey's Bailiff


Last night States members voted not to look at introducing an elected speaker in the next year, meaning the Bailiff will continue his role presiding over meetings.

There's been a fair amount of debate on Twitter in the last 12 hours...

Sean: A whole day is spent debating something when there are massive bigger more serious issues. It is not a big issue.

Jill: Relatively trivial but all part of the bigger picture!! Unrest in Jersey mainly caused by lack of transparency!!  

Matthew: What a waste of debate time when it really had no chance of being passed. Discuss real issues that affect the man/woman on the street.

Children in Need: Where does the money go?

Children in Need

How are donations to BBC Children in Need helping to support young islanders in Guernsey?

The Hub offers help and advice for young people in St Peter Port, here's how it's making a difference...

Clipper 'delayed until further notice'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

While the Commodore Clipper has now managed to dock in Portsmouth, any further services are delayed "until further notice".

The unexploded WW2 bomb - which was found early this morning - has been moved further into the harbour for inspection, and is expected to be towed away later today to be destroyed east of the Isle of Wight.

As you can see, not the conventional route into Portsmouth Harbour...

The Clipper's route
Marine Vessel Tracker

Housing provider to cover costs of temporary relocation

BBC Radio Jersey

Andium says it will cover the costs of Jersey tenants who have to move out of their homes so they can be refurbished.

The States-owned company - which provides social housing on the island -  wants to work on the flats at Le Marais - and has written residents a letter asking them to be prepared to move out for up to two months.

The company's suggested they could move in with friends or another unused flat.

Where we move people out of homes to alternative homes, we will ensure they don't incur any costs as a result of that. We'll provide allowances for them to cover all sorts of costs like telephone bills and removals and we will also re-carpet their new home."

Mike PorterHead of Operations, Andium

Alderney hustings this evening

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney's voters will get the chance to quiz election candidates in a hustings this evening.

The nomination period closed yesterday afternoon with 13 candidates being put forward for five seats.

The election itself will take place at the Island Hall on 26 November.

Island Hall

The Clipper's on her way...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

An update from Condor on the situation at Portsmouth Harbour, where an unexploded German bomb has been found on the sea bed...

Shortly before 11:00, Commodore Clipper was cleared to enter the port and is making her way to the berth where the 94 passengers aboard will be able to disembark. We apologise for the inconvenience this delay (which is beyond our control) has caused to our freight customers and passengers."

Statement from Condor

The device - which was discovered at 05:00 by a barge dredging the harbour - is currently being dealt with by a specialist explosives team, while the 500m exclusion zone is still in place.

Outside Portsmouth Harbour
Timothy Bradley
Ferries have had to wait outside the harbour this morning

I've been told that those people that had been stuck on the Clipper did receive a free second breakfast, so it's not all bad.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online


  • Guernsey's deputies have just passed an amendment that will "ensure that the States of Guernsey maintain high standards of recruitment and performance of staff within the civil service"  
  • Round the clock care is being given to one of the youngest grey seal pups ever rescued in the Bailiwick
  • Plans for a States-funded retail bank will not go ahead


  • Andium says it will cover the costs of Jersey tenants who have to move out of their homes so they can be refurbished
  • A Jersey deputy says there needs to be some urgent political reform in Jersey - but the role of the Bailiff shouldn't change
  • A former director of Jersey rugby says the Rugby Football Union should be doing more to help support clubs in the Championship

Civil service amendment passed

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's deputies have just passed an amendment that will "ensure that the States of Guernsey maintain high standards of recruitment and performance of staff within the civil service."

This will apparently be balanced with "sufficient oversight and affordability of terms and conditions, ensuring that senior pay is proportionate and justifiable".

The amendment was proposed by Deputy for the West, Andrea Dudley-Owen, and passed by 20 votes to 14.

Lottery jackpot update...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The top prize for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has reached...drum roll please...


The draw is made on 20 December - this could be you...


Special awards presented to three saviours of the sea

Jersey Evening Post

Three Islanders who saved people in separate sea rescues this summer have been rewarded for their bravery.

Commodore Clipper stuck outside harbour after WW2 bomb found

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Commodore Clipper is currently stuck outside Portsmouth Harbour, following the discovery of a World War Two bomb - believed to weigh about 500 lbs - on the sea bed.

Portsmouth harbour

The device was found earlier by a dredging barge.

An exclusion zone has been set up in the sea which is preventing ferries from entering and leaving the ferry port.

Your views on the Bailiff's dual role...


The phrase "wasting time" seems to be cropping up quite a lot.

The States have rejected a proposal to replace the role of the Bailiff in States meetings with an elected speaker.

Anthony: Usual suspects voted for the proposition,when will they stop wasting time.

Mick: More time wasted in the states thanks to one trick backbenchers  

Paul: Constables pretty much voting en bloc again too! Continuing to remove any real democracy in their own special way.  

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