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Summary

  1. Internet cables cut overnight 'could lead to slower broadband'
  2. Toddler death case adjourned
  3. Care home evacuated after bin fire
  4. Guernsey Holocaust 'impact' curriculum being created
  5. Means-testing for nursery education delayed
  6. Police hunt island chicken thief
  7. Updates on Tuesday 29 November 2016

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Despite the internet cables being severed, we've managed to get all the way to 18:00.

We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Before that, BBC Channel Islands News will have all the latest headlines at 18:30 on BBC One.

States to bid farewell to Lt Gov tomorrow

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister will pay tribute to the island's departing Lieutenant Governor in the States tomorrow, and celebrate his service during his term of office.

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John McColl
BBC

Following the address in the assembly, there will be a Guard of Honour in the Royal Square to say farewell to His Excellency, General Sir John McColl.

The States Assembly will then reconvene at 11:15 to complete business scheduled during the current meeting, which will probably include confirmation of where Jersey's new hospital will be built.

Guernsey winter timetable available

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The winter bus timetable starts on Monday, and you can now pick up your copy...

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Students could fund uni through UK loans company

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey students may soon be able to apply for funding from the UK Student Loans Company.

Graduates
BBC

Education officials are due to discuss the move that could see students borrowing money to help pay for their higher education courses.

The Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, said meetings had also been held in France at the University of Caen where courses are free.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

If you're ever going to sleep with your socks on, tonight is the night, as the temperatures are dropping fast.

Here's the outlook for Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

It's not quite as cold in Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

Marina gates to be replaced

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Work starts next Monday on replacing the St Helier marina gates.

It's part of the ongoing investment programme from Ports of Jersey, and is expected to take about three weeks to complete.

Marina gates
Ports of Jersey

The storm gates have been in place since the marina first opened 35 years ago.

The work involves a large barge and diving work, meaning access will need to be limited one hour either side of high water while work is being carried out.

It's hoped the work will ensure greater resilience, and last for 30 years.

Students discuss selection with deputies

Guernsey Press

A final push has been made by both sides in the selection debate ahead of tomorrow’s crucial debate.

Secret files destroyed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's Home Affairs Minister Deputy Kristina Moore has revealed secret files on Jersey politicians have been destroyed, but didn't say who ordered it.

Top secret files
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A report in 2010 found the former police chief Graham Power ordered files to be made on all Jersey's States members in an investigation called Operation Blast.

It's after he failed to persuade the States to create a formal vetting procedure for those in senior and influential positions.

Continuity expert says there's been 'little effect' on communication

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The former vice-president of the Business Continuity Institute says there's been "little effect" on companies in Guernsey after three internet and telecoms cable were damaged overnight.

Earlier this morning, retailers in town said they hadn't noticed any difference in their internet connection speeds, although there has been disruption to off-island calls.

The reports from the coal face is that we're not seeing a slow-down today, and the traffic warnings that we've had from both Sure and JT appear to have been advisory notices at the moment, putting people on standby in case there is heavy traffic."

Chris OliverFormer vice president of the Business Continuity Institute

Proposed minimum wage rise 'immoral'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey scrutiny leader says not increasing the minimum wage in line with the UK and Guernsey is immoral.

On advice from the Employment Forum, the rate is set to go up to £7.18 an hour in April.

But the rate in Guernsey and the UK is £7.20.

Deputy Andrew Lewis, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, says the island needs to keep up with other places.

Initially it won't make a huge amount of difference - it's only a couple of pence - but that gap widens very quickly if you don't keep pace with other places. The UK is looking to have a significantly higher minimum wage in the next four of five years. If we don't do that we won't be a very attractive place to seek employment. Without even taking that into account, it's just immoral to have people on such low wages."

Deputy Andrew LewisChairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Minimum wage table
States of Jersey

Guy Armitage: Wasps centre happy to help injury-hit Jersey Reds

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds' on-loan Wasps centre Guy Armitage says he is happy to continue helping out the side if needed.

The 24-year-old younger brother of England internationals Delon and Steffon joined Jersey on Friday.

Guy Armitage
Rex Features

I got a phone call, I thought I can help out where I can and take it week by week, so if I'm needed next week we'll see. There's no substitute to actually playing games, so it was good for me to get a game under my belt. We're close to the bottom, but we nearly took Irish who are in top spot."

Guy Armitage

The Championship club are trying to weather an injury crisis that has seen nine of their 15 backs ruled out.

Guernsey Airport sees 'no impact on services' from severed cable link

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey Airport has not been affected by any loss of data bandwidth or systems' failures.

Guernsey arrivals
BBC

Airport Director Colin Le Ray confirmed staff were "chugging along as usual" and services would continue.

Shortage of Jersey sprouts this Christmas

Jersey Evening Post

A crucial ingredient of a traditional Christmas dinner could be missing from Islanders’ plates this year thanks to a plague of moths that infested Jersey in the summer.

Treasury minister praises resilience of JT network

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey treasury minister, Senator Alan Maclean praised the resilience of government owned JT's network in response to a question about the cutting of three cables overnight.

He responded to Senator Sarah Ferguson who asked if JT would seek compensation by saying: "What this demonstrates is the resilience as there is a cable running to France ensuring minimal disruption to islanders and island business."

If there is damage attributable to a particular owner then I'm sure they [the telecoms companies] will pursue it."

Senator Alan Maclean

Call for referendum on ministerial government defeated

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A call for a referendum on ministerial government has been lost in the States of Jersey.

The ministerial system came into effect 16 years ago and Deputy Judy Martin said she had waited all that time for "an improvement", but had instead "watch it getting worse and worse".

However, her fellow politicians did not agree with her and the move was defeated by a vote of 29-12.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • The telecoms company JT may take action against the owners of the ship that damaged internet cables to the UK last night
  • A Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, has revealed secret files on Jersey politicians have been destroyed
  • The case of a motorist charged with causing the death of a toddler by dangerous driving is to be heard by Jersey's Royal Court

Guernsey

  • The former vice-chairman of the Business Continuity Institute says there's been little effect on communications after undersea internet cables were severed last night
  • Parishoners in Torteval are being asked to vote this evening on whether they approve plans to spend £567,000 repairing their church tower and spire
  • A Guernsey-based entrepreneur is branching out and opening up a bartending school in St Peter Port

Free nursery funding cuts delayed for a year

Jersey Evening Post

Parents who are expecting to lose their right to receive free nursery education for their children under cost-cutting measures made by the Education Department have been given a 12-month reprieve.

Bartending school opening in Guernsey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey-based entrepreneur is branching out and opening up a bartending school in St Peter Port.

Laskas and Barbados owner Patrick Crowley hopes the Shake, Mix, Muddle School will attract people from overseas who are interested in a professional career in bartending. 

Cocktails
BBC

He says the school will also offer courses for novices, and there are plans to link in with hospitality qualifications at the College of Further Education.

Bottoms up!

Capital projects have been 'feast or famine' for building trade

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The president of the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association is calling for an end to the "feast or famine" of big construction projects.

Renderings of the unconfirmed rebuild of La Mare were released last week
DESIGN ENGINE

Steve Roussel says a lack of co-ordination means off-island staff have to be employed.

He says there's been a lack of major projects since 2013, and now a La Mare de Carteret rebuild could clash with Admiral Park and Leale's Yard redevelopments.

JT may take action against ship owner, politician says

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The telecoms company JT may take action against the owners of the ship that damaged internet cables to the UK last night, according to a Jersey politician.

Jersey's treasury minister said the back up cable to France showed the system worked.

Anchor
JT
The team repairing a cable in January pulled this anchor up from the seabed

The three cables that connect the Channel Islands to the UK were severed overnight, with a cable to France now serving the islands with internet and telecoms services.

Sure's off-island calls affected by cable damage

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Network provider Sure has confirmed that the severing of undersea cables is only affecting off-island voice calls, and that their internet and mobile services are unaffected.

They say they're working with BT and JT - with whom they are joint system owners - to organise emergency repairs to the undersea cables.

Our engineering teams worked through the night to put in place measures to divert our voice traffic through the HUGO network as well as to provide specialist technical support and infrastructure to JT, who had all direct UK submarine cables severed, impacting a number of JT’s services. Sure continues to support JT with re-routing their consumer and business traffic via Sure’s HUGO network.

Eddie SaintsChief Executive of Sure
Eddie Saints
BBC

Travel update: Rue de la Vielle Mare reopens

BBC Travel

The Rue de la Vieille Mare in the Castel has reopened this afternoon

Cable damage: What we know so far

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

  • Three of Jersey Telecoms' four cables that provide the island with telecoms, data and internet services were damaged yesterday in an "unprecedented" event - thought to be caused by a ship dragging its anchor along the seabed
  • Cables were cut "one after another" - possibly as a ship made it's way through the Channel - with the first one severed at 16:00 yesterday
  • Services are now being provided through a fourth link that connects the islands to France
  • Limited bandwidth on the fourth cable means Jersey Telecoms customers may experience service disruption on off-island calls and data transfers
  • Customers of Sure are largely unaffected other than off-island voice calls, which will be disrupted
  • JT, Sure and British Telecoms are organising emergency repairs to the damaged undersea cables
  • Repairs could take up to three weeks

BreakingBoat to be investigated over anchor drop location

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The boat which is thought to have damaged undersea telecom cables will be investigated to see if it dropped anchor in a banned area, according to Jersey's coastguard. 

Master Pilot Peter Moore says the boat, believed to be the King Arthur, anchored north of Alderney yesterday evening to avoid being taken onto rocks in the dark.

He says there are several undersea cables marked on the charts in that area with clear instructions not to fish or drop anchor. Master Moore says it is still unclear where the King Arthur dropped anchor but there would be an investigation to find out.

The BBC has approached the owners of the King Arthur, Mediterranea di Navigazione for comment.

Minister defends confiscation of Mr Bronx

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Home Affairs minister says officers are working quickly to decide what will happen to a pet dog a court has ruled is a banned pit bull type breed.

The dog, called Mr Bronx, is currently at the island's animal shelter while his future is being considered.

Speaking in the States Assembly, Deputy Kristina Moore said it was a complicated case but explained why the dog was seized some months after it had first been allowed into the island from France when it was a puppy.

It's my understanding that's it's not possible to positively identify some specific breeds of dog until they reach at least 8 months of age, and so that also poses some level of difficulty identifying breeds."

Deputy Kristina MooreHome Affairs Minister
Mr Bronx
Jason Gomes

BreakingCable repair will take 'up to three weeks'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The repair of undersea cables that were severed by a ship last night will take up to three weeks, according to network provider Sure.

Travel update: Braye Road reopens

BBC Travel

Braye Road, which was one-way from crossways traffic lights to Braye Road industrial estate, is now open to traffic in both directions.

Retailers yet to notice connectivity problems

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Following the news that three fibre-optic cables were cut last night, I've been out in Guernsey to see if any shops have experienced problems with their internet services. 

But it seems like St Peter Port, at least, is coping well.

High street in St Peter Port
BBC

Soundtrack manager Paul Dodd told me: "I've heard the line's been damaged so there might be disruptions in communications, but so far we haven't had any problems. If something goes wrong, say, to the phone lines, there's not a huge amount we'll be able to do."

And his comments are very reflective of other shop bosses across St Peter Port.

Xmas Appeal gets a hand (or two) from F1 champion

Jersey Evening Post

A set of gloves worn by three-times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and a VIP trip to the 2017 TT Races in the Isle of Man are among the luxury items up for grabs in this year’s Jersey Christmas Appeal charity auction.

Biggest impact of cable cut will be 'during peak periods'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The biggest impact of the three internet cables being cut will be felt during peak periods, including early evening, according to telecom company JT.

Daragh McDermott from the firm said: "We have worked hard over night and have increased the bandwidth that we have. 

Phone
AP

"Customers will see some disruption to services in terms of slower speeds, performance or having to try a number of times to secure a particular source of data or particular channel. 

"At peak times what you will see is congestion, it is trying to get more traffic than the bandwidth that is available. It will be treated on a first come first service basis and the rest will be put on hold until there is space available."

'Lack of capital projects could see big firms leave'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The owner of an agency supplying builders is warning employers could abandon the island if Guernsey's big construction projects don't materialise soon.

Guernsey's construction industry shrank by more than 6% last year - but many hope redevelopments at Admiral Park, Leale's Yard and possibly La Mare de Carteret can help.

Leale's Yard
Channel Islands Cooperative Society
The development at Leale's Yard took years to be finalised and approved

Ross Le Brun, who runs Labour Force Guernsey, is not sure local construction workers can wait that long, and says companies are already feeling the impact of what's been described as a three-year drought.

Toddler death case adjourned

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The case of a motorist charged with causing the death of a toddler by dangerous driving is to be heard by Jersey's Royal Court.

Rebekah le Gal, 38, wasn't in the magistrates court this morning but her case was adjourned until Tuesday 20 December when it will be sent to the higher court.

Clinton Pringle, 3, died near the Millennium Park in June.

Scene of the crime
BBC

JT cables 'dropped one after the other'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A ship dragging its anchor on the seabed in the English Channel is the likely cause of a number of internet problems in the Channel Islands.

JT have three cables going between Jersey and the UK and Daragh McDermott from the company said the first was cut at about 16:00 yesterday with the last going a few hours later.

Daragh McDermott from JT on the ship that cut the internet cables.

Is the severed cable link affecting you?

Facebook

The big story of the day for the Channel Islands is that three of the four undersea cables that provide telecoms, internet and data services have been severed - thought to be caused by a ship dragging its anchor on the seabed. 

Services have been affected in different ways, but here's what you've been saying on Facebook...

James: Welcome to island life...

Alex: Better not affect my post-exam call of duty session    

Barry: Does that mean people will actually have to talk to each other instead of sitting round with their noses pressed to the screen?

A scary thought Barry, a scary thought indeed...

Ex-nurse assaulted partner

Jersey Evening Post

A former psychiatric nurse at St Saviour’s Hospital who admitted committing a grave and criminal assault on her partner and violently resisting arrest has been sentenced to 70 hours’ community service and a six-month binding-over order.

Guernsey Holocaust 'impact' curriculum being created

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The impact of the Holocaust will be taught in schools in the only part of the British Isles from which Jews were deported and later died in Auschwitz.

Marianne Grunfeld, Auguste Spitz and Therese Steiner were deported from Guernsey, which was occupied by German forces, to France in April 1942.

Holocaust memorial
BBC

They were among Jews picked up by the Nazis and sent to the concentration camp in July the same year.

Guernsey's government is working on a curriculum to start in September 2017.

Travel update: Grand Bouet reopens

BBC Travel

Guernsey

  • The Grand Bouet has now reopened
  • Camp du Moulin is closed - there's a no entry sign at the southern end of the Couture diverting traffic up Longue Rue
  • The Rue de la Vielle Mare is closed between La Rocquette and La Houguette Road
  • Monument Road is closed - motorists are asked to let drivers out of Arsenal Road to help ease traffic build up
  • And Grand Maison Road in St Sampson's is closed until the middle of December for road resurfacing

Jersey

  • There are temporary traffic lights in St Peter's Valley between Mont Fallu and Tesson Mill
  • In Grouville there are temporary traffic lights in operation on La Rue a Don outside Grouville Parish Church
  • Mahaut Street in St Ouen is closed until Thursday for excavation works
  • There's a routine investigation of a number of approach roads in and around St Helier harbours - there'll be stop and go boards at the New North Quay, Albert Pier and Victoria Pier from 07:00 until 16:00

Sure customers likely to face issues with 'off-island calls'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Telecoms company Sure says its customers are likely to face problems with off-island calls after a number of telecom lines were cut overnight.

Using a computer
PA

A ship dragging its anchor on the seabed is the suspected cause of the break.

A Sure spokesman said: "Overnight we have rerouted the majority of our traffic and will complete the rerouting this morning. However there are still likely to be some issues and delays with off-island calls."

Storm Angus creates tree domino effect

Guernsey Press

A domino effect has hit the island’s trees during Storm Angus and its aftermath, Treevolution owner Chris Stonebridge has said.

BBC Weather Watchers: Cloudless St Helier

BBC Weather Watchers

Whoever "bestbirdinggal" is, they've clearly managed to keep their data services up and running as they've posted this pic of a cloudless sky over St Helier this morning...

Weather watcher pic
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