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Summary

  1. Matt Le Tissier: Coach treatment 'very, very wrong'
  2. One of the three telecoms cables - cut by an anchor dragged along the seabed - has been fixed
  3. Jersey-based sailor Phil Sharp has had his single-handed cross-Channel record officially ratified
  4. Children from Alderney and Sark 'should be able to live here'
  5. Only 13% of women in Jersey paid £60k or more
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it from us today, but we'll back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Guernsey and Jersey.

Don't forget, you can always head to BBC One for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Spotted: HMS Severn

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I'm going to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what HMS Severn is doing in the Little Russell, but she has been lingering on the horizon for a while now.

HMS Severn
BBC

When looking at the route she's been taking, it looks like either a marine survey or navigational work.

But I'm not a betting man.

Ship tracker
AIS MARINE VESSEL TRACKER

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Bailiwick Council has revealed what was discussed at it's fourth meeting in Alderney yesterday.

Among the topics discussed were:

  • Constitutional and international relations matters
  • Guernsey's work engaging with the UK Government on its exit from the EU
  • Maritime matters including maritime international obligations and fisheries
  • The management of consultation on pan island initiatives

There were four representatives from Sark, three from Alderney and one from Guernsey present at the meeting.

The Guernsey rep, Deputy Al Brouard says Brexit has added a new dynamic to the council meetings...

It is even more important for the Bailiwick to work together more closely together as we look to work closely with the UK as it leaves the EU. The islands were well prepared for the outcome of the EU referendum and are now engaging regularly with UK Government and Parliament. The challenge will be to maintain the pace of this engagement during 2017 and the Council is committed to playing a role in that process.”

Deputy Al BrouardPolicy and Resources Committee

‘Let me take floral group to the Champions of Champions’

Guernsey Press

Despite being ousted at the last moment from a position she has held for a decade, Katina Jones has said would be willing to return to leading the St Peter Port floral group.

It's Earthworm Watch!

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you're at Plat Douet School on Friday, you won't be able to worm your way out of this one.

Earthworm experts from the Natural History Museum and the Earthworm Society of Britain are in Jersey this week as part of a national citizen science research project called Earthworm Watch.

Earthworm Watch
Earthworm Watch

The representatives are carrying out an Island-wide earthworm survey, and training a number of residents on how to continue the research and contribute to the project.

On Friday they'll be at Plat Douet School from 09:15 until 10:15 working with the school's Eco Committee.

Big retailers may have to pay corporation tax

Jersey Evening Post

Large retailers in Jersey could be forced to pay corporation tax within two years as ministers consider the introduction of a so-called ‘Tesco tax’ in the Island.

St Pier warns against no confidence vote

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's most senior politician is warning against a vote of no confidence in the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

It follows a failed attempt to overturn the States decision on the 11-plus, meaning the island will now move to all-ability schools.

Gavin St Pier
BBC

The issue has split the committee, and the position of its president has been called into question.

Gavin St Pier says a vote of no confidence would be an unwelcome distraction as the States try to work out how to deliver a non-selective form of education in Guernsey.

Alderney musician wants population law change

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Alderney musician Robert J Hunter is backing calls from island politicians to rethink a population law supported in the States of Guernsey last week.

Mr Hunter, who grew up in the island but now lives in London, says many young people in Alderney are frustrated at not automatically having the right to live and work in Guernsey, and as a result many move to the UK. The same law applies to Sark residents.

The 24-year-old - who last year topped a global iTunes album chart for his blues record - says the population rules should change.

We're all part of the Bailiwick, and to me it's a no-brainer. If Alderney people are paying their money into the Guernsey system I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be able to live in Guernsey. It's just a bizarre law that needs to be reformed really."

Robert J HunterMusician
Robert J Hunter
BBC

Matt Le Tissier: ‘coach gave naked massages’

Guernsey Press

Former Southampton and England star Matt Le Tissier is the latest footballer to speak out in the wake of historic abuse claims in the sport.

Guernsey girl shortlisted for national youth award

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A young girl from Guernsey has been shortlisted for the UK Young Person of the Year Award.

Millie Bourgaize, who won the Guernsey Community Foundation Youth Award this year will attend the UK Youth Awards at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, followed by an exclusive event at Buckingham Palace.

Millie has overcome social anxiety - which caused her to fall behind at school - and with the help of the Prince's Trust has become a confident public speaker, and has been consulted on local youth policy.

I really appreciate the Youth Commission nominating me for this award. I am amazed that I have been shortlisted and been given the opportunity to go to London. I am looking forward to meeting other young people, who will inspire me to do more and give back to young people like me in my community.”

Millie Bourgaize

Age Concern looking for new base in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

The charity Age Concern is raising money for new premises as it's being forced to turn people away.

The group which represents older people says its current building in St Helier doesn't have enough room.

An elderly couple
AFP

Its services are under pressure as more people live to be older than in past generations.

Age Concern offers meals, hair dressing, computer courses and social events at its headquarters in Windsor House.

States of Guernsey release bird flu guidelines

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Just a few hours after advice from Jersey, the States of Guernsey have issued their own guidelines on what to do if you're worried your poultry may have bird flu.

The pathogenic H5N8 virus has been found in dead, wild birds in various countries in Europe, and there are fears it could spread further north.

What should I look out for?

Here are the symptoms that the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management office say you should look out for:

  • Swelling of the head
  • Darkening of the comb and wattles
  • Lack of appetite
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Diarrhoea
  • Drop in egg production
  • Sudden death without any signs of disease or accident being present

If you suspect one of your birds could have bird flu, you must inform the States Vet, David Chamberlain, and your own vet.

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or five or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, you should also report this to the States Vet.

What is an ormer?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The ormer is commonly found on low tides in the Channel Islands, and is seen as a local delicacy.

The ormer is an alabone - or mollusc - which is a common name for sea snails.

You are only permitted to gather them on specific tides, with the 2017 dates released for Guernsey today.

Ormers
BBC

A quick internet search also told me that ormers are 40% protein, so if you're ever stuck in the wild, I'm sure Bear Grylls would suggest finding a few.

I'm ashamed to say I've never tried one, but I've heard mixed reviews.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey people who own poultry are advised to keep contact with wild birds to a minimum to reduce the risk of their birds contracting avian flu
  • The charity Age Concern is raising money for new premises as it's being forced to turn people away from its current building in St Helier
  • JT says it's not involved with an investigation into how its undersea internet cables were broken last week

Guernsey

  • Guernsey's most senior politician is warning against a vote of no confidence in the Education Committee
  • Alderney musician Robert J Hunter is backing calls from island politicians to rethink a population law supported in the States of Guernsey last week
  • Brexit and its consequences for the islands dominated the agenda at the fourth meeting of the Bailiwick Council

Education defiant despite threat of no confidence vote

Guernsey Press

A vote of no confidence is now expected in the Education, Sport & Culture committee after it released a defiant but defensive statement.

What's in the Women in Finance Charter?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Chairwoman of the Women's Development Forum, Michelle Johansen, wants the States of Guernsey and Jersey to follow the UK government in introducing a Women in Finance Charter.

But what does that charter involve?

The charter says it "reflects the government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms".

Women in Finance Charter
HM Treasury

What are the actual requirements?

Women in Finance Charter
HM Treasury

Death of remand prisoner

Jersey Evening Post

An investigation is under way into the death of a prisoner who was on remand at La Moye.

Charity fund open to applications

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey charities are being asked to apply for funding from the RBC Wealth Management Charitable Donations Fund. 

With more than 300 registered charities in the island, the fund aims to offer smaller donations to a broad range of charities that will benefit islanders.

Charity box
BBC

Chris Blampied, Head of Banking at RBC Wealth Management, said he's keen to hear from other charities that benefit the local community and support one of three areas; youth and education, amateur sport and health and wellness. 

He added that a little goes a long way, so those seeking help should get in touch.

Ormering: What are the rules?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you are considering heading out to do a bit of ormering next year, here are the rules you've got to abide by...

  • It is only allowed on specific days - generally those of the full moon, new moon and two days following, between January and April each year
  • Only ormers larger than 8cm (3in) can be harvested
  • While collecting you can not be partially or fully submerged, or use any breathing equipment, snorkel or diving suit
  • Once gathered they cannot be kept unpreserved for more than two days after the permitted days, with preserved meaning cooked or pickled, but not deep frozen
  • You cannot shuck (remove the flesh from the shell) an ormer at sea
  • Ormers can not be exported without permission from sea fisheries
  • Breaching of any regulations can lead to a fine of £5,000 or six months imprisonment
A bag of ormers
BBC

Sub-zero scores for ‘tacky’ Arctic Village as stallholders pull out

Jersey Evening Post

Three stallholders have pulled out of the Arctic Village because they were not making enough money – as the attraction faces mounting criticism from visitors who claim it is ‘tacky’ and ‘overpriced’.

BT to investigate broken cables

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

JT are leaving the investigation into what happened when three underwater fibre optic cables were severed to UK telecoms company BT.

The incident happened last week, and is thought to have been caused by a ship dragging its anchor across the sea bed.

The crew of the gas tanker King Arthur has been questioned about it.

A smartphone
Getty Images

It's thought work to repair the three cables will cost £750,000.

Daragh McDermott of JT says they are leaving the investigation to BT in England.

Phil Sharp: Great feeling to have world record

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey sailor Phil Sharp says he hopes to hold on to his new world record for a Channel sailing for a while after breaking the previous holder's time by more than three hours.

He took just nine hours and three minutes to sail from the Isle of Wight to Dinard aboard his 40ft offshore Class 40 yacht named Imerys, averaging a speed of 15.3 knots.

His record has just been officially ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

It's fantastic news and a great feeling to have an official World Record under my belt, and this cross-Channel route, so close to home, had been beckoning for a while. It was an adrenaline-packed crossing, but far from straightforward as I was faced with challenges right from the start."

Phil SharpSailor
Phil Sharp
SOLINE LE GRAND / SIG PHOTOS

Police looking for help to identify drunk drivers

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Police are asking you to tell them if you know someone is drink driving.

At the launch of their Christmas campaign, officers said there is no excuse for taking to the road after drinking too much.

drink driver
Thinkstock

Last year two thirds of prosecutions came after tip-offs from other islanders.

Acting Insp Paul Smith says they welcome information about anyone who might be putting people in danger.

Campaign group wants 'efficient transition' to all-ability education

Penny Elderfield

Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

With the decision to scrap the 11-plus made it's now up to the education committee to get on with the job.

But it won't be without scrutiny.

A number of students have formed a group called Guernsey's Campaign to Abolish Selection in Education to make sure the committee delivers.

They want the current President Paul Le Pelley to step down so someone else can take on the task...

Campaign for all-ability schools: Greg Webb

Sharp's Channel sailing record ratified

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey-based sailor Phil Sharp has had his single-handed cross-Channel record officially ratified.

He completed the 138 nautical mile voyage from Cowes to Dinard in nine hors three minutes and six seconds last month and has been acknowledged as the fastest single-handed crossing in a yacht less than 60 feet long by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

Phil Sharp
Phil Sharp Racing

"It's fantastic news and a great feeling to have an official world record under my belt," Sharp said.

Sharp sailed his 40-foot Imerys yacht between the Isle of Wight and northern France on 24 November, taking almost three hours off the previous record that had stood for 12 years.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the weather for this evening.

Here's the forecast for Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

And it's a slightly colder night in Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

Women's Development Forum wants to follow UK equality initiative

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Women's Development Forum (WDF) wants to see a move to follow the UK government's stance on how to get women into top roles in business.

It comes as new figures, released under a Freedom of Information request, show only 30% of women in public sector jobs earn more than £60,000 a year.

The UK Treasury's Women in Finance Charter - which the chairwoman of the WDF wants to follow - describes itself as "a pledge to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry."

"The charter reflects the government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms. A balanced workforce is good for business – it is good for customers, for profitability and workplace culture, and is increasingly attractive for investors."

What we'd like to see at the WDF is to follow the Treasury's initiative in the UK - their Women in Finance Charter, which makes this issue a board-level accountability issue. It brings those biases to the surface. What we'd love to see is the States of Guernsey and Jersey leading the way on this issue."

Michelle JohansenChairwoman, Women's Development Forum

M&S fund bags new Xmas lights

Guernsey Press

Five new lighting displays have been installed in the High Street as Marks & Spencer donated £20,000 towards ensuring Town has a ‘bright Christmas for years to come’.

Poultry warning due to bird flu

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey people who own poultry are advised to keep contact with wild birds to a minimum to reduce the risk of the birds contracting avian flu.

The States vet says there have been no cases here and there's a reduced risk of it coming here because we have fewer poultry than in the UK.

Chickens
AP

Theo Knight-Jones says there's been some outbreaks of a strain of the flu in northern and central Europe but it hasn't affected people.

The virus has largely been spread by migrating wild birds. 

Campaign group calls for Education President to step down

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A group of young people campaigning for the introduction of four all-ability secondary schools in Guernsey think the current politician in charge of education should step down from his role. 

Speaking on behalf of the "Guernsey's Campaign to Abolish Selection in Education" sixth form student Gregg Webb says Deputy Paul Le Pelley should be replaced by the Committee's Vice President, Carl Meerveld.

Paul Le Pelley
BBC

Deputy Le Pelley failed to convince the States last week to revert to the 11-plus exam, and now the head of the online campaign group says he should go.

Ormering tides released

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A big moment in Guernsey now, as I can officially reveal next year's ormer tides...

Ormer tides
States of Guernsey

Ormers are protected by regulations governing when you can go "ormering", in an effort to keep the collections sustainable.

Looking at the dates of the tides this year, you could gather a bunch of ormers on 13 February, and serve them up fresh for Valentines Day!

Your views on Alderney and Sark residents moving to Guernsey

Facebook

Deputy Peter Roffey says young people from Alderney and Sark should be allowed to live in Guernsey without restriction.

Currently residents from other islands in the Bailiwick would need a housing licence to live in Guernsey.

Here's what you've been saying on Facebook...

Steven: Assumed they could already, of course they should be able to.

Hannah: It's crazy this is even a question! Being part of the Bailiwick means it should be a right. How it's taken this long to be brought up is maddening, as someone who had the difficulty of moving here when I was 19!

Brian: Does that include Sark? If so, they should pay their way!

Deputy Neil Inder has also been having his say on the BBC Radio Guernsey Facebook page...

Inder comments
BBC

Remember, if you want to get in touch, you can always send us an email.

Sharp's sailing record confirmed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jerseyman Phil Sharp has officially broken the World Speed Sailling Monohull Record across the English Channel.

I know what you're thinking: "That was two weeks ago!"

You're right - it was on Friday 24 November - but it's only just been ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

Phil Sharp
PHIL SHARP

Alongside breaking the Outright Monohull Record, the WSSRC has also confirmed an additional record as the fastest single-handed Channel crossing of any yacht below 60ft.

Well done Phil!

Fountain Street lights to be switched on next week

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The second wave of St Peter Port's Christmas lights are due to be switched on early next week.

Guernsey Electricity will complete the cabling on Sunday.

Town lights
BBC

The Chairwoman of the Christmas Lights Committee, Jacquie Robin, says originally it wasn't planned to light Fountain Street this year, so permission has had to be gained from building owners which has slowed the process.

Since Saturday's switch on there have been problems with the town display - periodic black outs have occurred in the Arcade and Pollet - which Jacquie Robin puts down to the age of the lights.

Tree planted in memory of first female doctor

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's first female doctor, former Jersey College for Girls pupil Lillian Grandin, has been remembered at the school. 

Former pupils and teachers gathered yesterday to replant a clipping from a tree planted in Lillian Grandin's memory at the old school site.

Tree being planted
JCG

After studying medicine Lillian Grandin travelled to Shanghai in 1906 where she treated the sick and trained Chinese women in midwifery and nursing.

Alderney musician supports housing change

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Normally when we hear from Robert J Hunter, he's released a new track or got a number one album, but this morning the Alderney-born singer has had a few things to say about the proposal to allow Alderney and Sark residents to live in Guernsey without the need for a licence...

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Mug helps buy prostate cancer diagnosis tool

Guernsey Press

New prostate cancer diagnostic equipment is now available in the island, following a four-year funding commitment from Male Uprising Guernsey.

Campaign group welcomes 11-plus decision

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A group of young people calling themselves "Guernsey's Campaign to Abolish Selection in Education" has welcomed the recent States decision to scrap the 11-plus.

The States voted 21-19 in favour of sticking with a decision made in March to move to all-ability schools rather than a selective system.

New states members
BBC

Previously called "Guernsey's Political Party", the campaign group is made up of seven students from La Mare de Carteret School and the Sixth Form Centre.

In a post on Facebook the group said members want to see a four-school model.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • The former England and Guernsey footballer Matt Le Tissier has told the BBC his treatment by the former Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins was "very, very wrong". Mr Higgins has denied the allegations
  • An Alderney politician says it's time to recognise the economic contribution of young people from his island and Sark under new population management laws 
  • A group of young people calling themselves "Guernsey's Campaign to Abolish Selection in Education" has welcomed the recent States decision to scrap the 11-plus and has called on the current President of Education, Sport and Culture Paul Le Pelley to step down

Jersey

  • Police are asking you to tell them if you know someone is drink-driving
  • The first of three severed underwater internet cables has been fixed
  • Jersey's first female doctor, former Jersey College for Girls pupil Lillian Grandin, has been remembered at the school

One down, two to go...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

One of the three Jersey telecoms cables - cut by an anchor dragged along the seabed - has been fixed.

The telecoms operator has been working with BT and Sure - who co-own the fibre optic cable - to repair it, but bad weather in the Channel delayed the operation.

Cable boat
Jersey Telecoms

The CS Wave Sentinel has been the only vessel on site but now another has been called in. 

JT hope the other two severed cables will be repaired early next week.