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Summary

  1. World War Two bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour delays Clipper
  2. Legal history to be made: Guernsey jurats sworn in to Jersey court
  3. Uefa membership could bring 'hundreds of thousands' to Jersey
  4. Updates on Wednesday 22 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it for Local Live today, but join us again from 08:00 tomorrow morning for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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

Backlog of Jersey mail made office look 'like Christmas'

Kenan Osboure, an operations director from Jersey Post, said the backlog of mail caused by delivery plane cancellations made the sorting office look "like Christmas".

The plane that normally delivers the mail has been delayed or cancelled due to the recent fog.

Mr Osbourne said staff had put in overtime to deliver "special delivery" and "first class" packages.

Ambulance service missing target times in a third of 'serious' calls

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's ambulance crews are only getting to two thirds of their most serious emergency calls within their target time, a freedom of information request has revealed - and the figure is slipping further as they are trying to deal with more calls.

Staff aim to get to the scene of the most serious calls within eight minutes - but only managed that in 67% of incidents last year compared to 69% the year before.

Jersey A&E
BBC

Officers say the service is becoming increasingly stretched, giving last Wednesday as an example when they were called out 18 times in less than 4 hours.

In 2010, the ambulance was called to just over 6,300 emergencies, but last year that had risen to 8,700.

The Chief Ambulance Officer Peter Gavey says the service may review its staffing levels for the future.

Criticism of finance sector in the Channel Islands 'unfair'

Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Courts and Justice, Ministry of Justice
Parliamentlive.tv

A UK government minister has called criticisms of the financial services sector in the Channel Islands "unfair".

In a meeting of the Justice Committee inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies, Sir Oliver Heald said Crown Dependencies had "responded well to the calls for openness".

The inquiry was created to discuss how the UK exiting the EU would impact on the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The UK is responsible for the islands' international relations.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

There is a gale-force wind warning in place for the Channel Islands this evening.

This is the forecast for Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

And this is the outlook in Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

GHA to start work on building 90 affordable homes this year

Guernsey Press

Work will start on more than 90 affordable homes this year, as the Guernsey Housing Association aims to meet ever-increasing demand.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey's ambulance crews are only getting to two thirds of their most serious emergency calls within their target time, an FOI reveals
  • A bomb which delayed the Commodore Clipper getting into Portsmouth this morning has been detonated at sea
  • New figures show that Emily and Oliver have been the most popular baby names in Jersey for the past three years

Guernsey

  • Guernsey has been chosen to launch the first ever commercial use of "blockchain technology" in the private equity market
  • A heart doctor living in Guernsey but standing in tomorrow's Stoke Central By-Election says he'll be back at work on Monday, regardless of the result
  • The president of Guernsey's Chamber of Commerce hopes politicians value the "vital" e-gaming industry that he says brings much needed diversity to the economy

And the winner for the boys...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There aren't really many surprises on this one.

The most popular baby names for boys in Jersey born from 2014 to 2016...

Boy's names
Jersey Stats Unit

It seems like Jersey residents are a fairly conventional bunch when it comes to naming their children.

Not an Apple or Harper Seven in sight...

'I've been promised I can drive a tractor in Sark'

Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Courts and Justice, Ministry of Justice
Parliamentlive.tv

Sir Oliver Heald mentions he's been "promised" he can have a go at driving a tractor the next time he visits Sark.

The MP is reporting to the panel of the parliamentary inquiry looking at the implications of Brexit for Crown Dependencies.

Who is Jersey's new signing?

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds have today announced the signing of South African Ayron Schramm, but who is he?

  • Age: 21
  • Position: Back-row (Number Eight)
  • Educated: Kearsney College, near Durban, where former pupils include England caps Brad Barritt and Matt Stevens
  • Former clubs: KwaZulu-Natal U18, Sharks (Durban)

And what does he look like? Well, here he is...

Ayron Schramm
BBC

Guernsey 'at the forefront' of financial innovation

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's chief minister says the island is "at the forefront of financial innovation" after it was announced that Northern Trust will be launching the first ever blockchain private equity fund from the island.

Blockchain is a new technology that allows transactions to be distributed in real time to people that need financial information.

It means regulators, auditors, administrators and fund managers can share live information from one source.

As a jurisdiction we continually monitor new technologies, support businesses in developing ground-breaking new ideas and provide a supportive environment where products can not only flourish but be first-to-market. The fact that this pioneering solution to the private equity market has been domiciled in Guernsey... shows the commitment of government to being at the cutting edge of financial services technology."

Deputy Gavin St PierGuernsey's Chief Minister

Taxi drivers call for police to impound illegal cabs

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders who operate illegal taxi services should have their vehicles impounded, according to the chairman of the Jersey Taxi Drivers Association.

Jersey's most popular baby names revealed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The top 10 most popular baby names for children has been released by the Jersey Stats Unit.

The list is based on children born between 2014 and 2016.

Here are the most popular girls names...

List of popular girls' names
Jersey Stats Unit

There are some pretty standard names on there, but also a couple of surprises.

I'm told Ava is popular because it's the name of Myleene Klass' daughter, in case you're wondering...

BBC Weather Watchers: Mooooo

BBC Weather Watchers

Cows must be used to the sight of a smartphone peering over the hedge, as we get quite a lot of cow-based Weather Watcher photos sent in.

This one's from Theo in St Ouen's, Jersey.

Cows
BBC

Fancy becoming a Weather Watcher?

Here's how to do it.

Guernsey doctor candidate in Stoke by-election

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey heart doctor is standing in tomorrow's Stoke Central by-election.

Dr Zulfiqar Ali, from Stoke, works for the Medical Specialist Group. 

He's taken three weeks' holiday to campaign for the Liberal Democrats in the hotly contested seat, where, among others he’ll come up against UKIP leader Paul Nuttall.

Stoke candidates Zulfiqar Ali (Lib Dem), Jack Brereton (Conservative), Paul Nuttall (UKIP) and Gareth Snell (Labour)
BBC/PA
Pictured left to right: Zulfiqar Ali (Lib Dem), Jack Brereton (Conservative), Paul Nuttall (UKIP) and Gareth Snell (Labour)

Stoke had the highest proportion of leave voters in the EU referendum, but Dr Ali wants to see Britain stay in the single market and a second vote on any exit deal.

He says if he wins, he's not going to "wash his hands" of his cardiology work in Guernsey, and that he'll be back at work on Monday, regardless of the result.

A full list of the candidates standing in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election can be found here.

Portsmouth Harbour: World War Two bomb detonated

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A World War Two bomb containing 290lb (131kg) of "high explosives" has been blown up after being found in Portsmouth Harbour.

The 500lb (227kg) German device was discovered in the early hours following dredging works, prompting the suspension of rail and ferry services.

The discovery delayed the Commodore Clipper by just under three hours this morning.

Royal Navy experts detonated the device off the Isle of Wight...

Long-term role of Alderney breakwater being considered

Guernsey Press

Options for the future of the Alderney breakwater are being reviewed by Environment & Infrastructure, with the aim of establishing a long-term purpose ‘beyond just routine maintenance’.

Jersey club captain signs for Worcester

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey lock Pierce Phillips, who was named club captain in July, is to leave this summer to join current Premiership side Worcester Warriors.

Pierce Phillips
BBC

The announcement of Phillips' exit comes just a day after Worcester confirmed Jersey prop Simon Kerrod would be making the same move from St Peter to Sixways.

Phillips has so far made 48 appearances for Jersey, scoring three tries.

The Reds have also confirmed flanker James Doyle has been released from his contract, and that they've signed 21-year-old South African back-row forward Ayron Schramm.

Little Chapel will be 'world-class attraction'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A "world-class attraction" will be created at Guernsey's Little Chapel, according to the foundation's vice chairman.

Work to restore the island's most visited tourist site is approaching the halfway point.

John Silvester says the £500,000 project will enhance its already enviable reputation.

We're going to produce an absolutely stunning, world-class attraction. We would love to see the thing listed properly in the world as a place to visit. All the cruise passengers want to come, that's another reason why we've got to be finished for Easter."

John SilvesterVice President, Little Chapel Foundation
Little Chapel scaffolding
BBC

Blockchain technology: What is it?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I've done my research, I've phoned around, I've read the press release.

I'm slightly closer to understanding what blockchain technology is.

Computer script
Thinkstock

Blockchain technology is a way of allowing everyone involved in a financial network to receive live updates about what's going on.

If you administer, regulate, manage or potentially invest in a fund you can find out - whenever you want - what transactions are being made; whether it's a new investment, a change of ownership, or anything that affects the value of your stake.

Each entry into the ledger, which is the point of source for all accounting techniques, is time-stamped and cannot be changed, meaning there is a shared record of everything that happens.

It is commonly used for Bitcoin transactions, for which there is a public ledger which constantly grows as "completed blocks" are added in chronological order every time a transaction is made.

The use of blockchain technology in the private equity market is unprecedented, and Northern trust will be administering the first ever commercial use from its Guernsey office.

Fog passengers 'forced to make own arrangements after being denied place on ferry'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A number of passengers who've seen their flights disrupted by fog say they were forced to make alternative travel arrangements, after ground staff at Gatwick refused to organise them a place on a ferry back to Guernsey.

Poor visibility over the last few days has led to flight cancellations, with Aurigny providing hotel accommodation and seats on Condor ferry crossings for those left stranded.

Jim Holland, who initially planned to travel home with his wife and young child from Gatwick on Sunday, is complaining that passengers waiting the longest to get home weren't being given priority.

We were told that the later flights from Monday night were going on a ferry, and the earlier ones weren't. We had to stay in London and try and get flights, even though we were told by cabin staff that they'd flown too many hours, and the flight ticket office said they didn't know if there were even any planes there, so it was even longer delays for us. So we asked if we could do the ferry but they point blank said no, even with the little'un. So we made our own way down there, booked our own tickets, and sorted ourselves out."

Jim Holland

World War Two bomb detonated at sea

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The World War Two bomb which delayed a Condor ferry getting into Portsmouth this morning has been detonated. 

The 500lb bomb was found overnight in Portsmouth Harbour and led to a 500m exclusion zone in Portsmouth until 08:00 this morning.

All movements on the water were suspended for 5 hours - affecting cross-channel and Solent ferries.

A number of World War Two bombs have been found by dredgers who are making a channel for new aircraft carriers.

Guernsey launches world's first 'blockchain' technology

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey has been chosen to launch the first ever commercial use of "blockchain technology" in the private equity market.

The new system is designed for people seeking "greater transparency, security and efficiency".

This how it's been described:

A blockchain network provides real-time insight and transparency to all parties, including the fund managers and investors as well as allowing regulatory access when required. The blockchain solution allows the fund to transfer ownership stakes and be managed, serviced and audited throughout the investment lifecycle on a transparent platform offering “one version of the truth” to participants who gain access via secure means."

StatementStates of Guernsey

If you have absolutely no idea what that means, you are not alone.

I'm looking into it...

Farmer 'frustrated' after giving up organic production

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey farmer is frustrated that the authorities are now promoting organic farming methods - after he had to give up organic production due to a lack of support.

Darren Quenault says he tried hard for a long time to run his dairy farm along organic lines, but the States didn't offer enough help.

Now policies have changed, and farmers have been encouraged to work in an environmentally friendly way - or they won't get any subsidies.

Vegetables
Thinkstock

String of big projects could bring in £300m for construction industry

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's construction industry is welcoming the news that four major projects could be heading its way in the coming years.

Earlier this week the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture revealed new plans for its rebuilds will be submitted shortly.

This joins major work at Leale's Yard and Admiral Park which are due to start soon.

Leale's Yard plans
CI CO-OP

The total value of the work could top £300m, although there's no guarantee that local contractors will be used to carry it out.

The President of the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association, Steve Roussel, says after years of a "dearth of work" it's excellent news. 

Tech company calls for e-gaming partnership

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A local technology company is calling for Guernsey and Alderney to work together in partnership to grab a larger slice of the $100bn e-gaming industry. 

It's been a successful growth area in Alderney but logistical issues have been limiting potential growth in the sector.

Many of these companies are successfully licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, but the electricity needed to power their data-hungry servers costs three time as much in Alderney as in Guernsey.

E-gambling
Thinkstock

When it was taken over by gambling firm William Hill, Sporting Bet moved its server business out of Guernsey, at a cost of 100 jobs.

But Guernsey tech firm C5 Alliance argues the island must once again show that its e-gaming industry is open for business.

Guernsey Committee for Economic Development will be meeting with a group of entrepreneurs in the sector next week to see how they can seize the possible opportunities. 

World first for Guernsey's financial services sector

Guernsey Press

Guernsey has been revealed at the location for the first-ever commercial use of blockchain technology for the private equity market.

Treasury minister argues for equality in waste costs

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's assistant treasury minister says it's important that all 12 parishes are treated equally when it comes to paying for waste removal. 

It comes as the parish of St Helier has lost an appeal against a court ruling that parishioners should pay for waste disposal.

An agreement - known as the Bellozanne Covenant - that the parish didn't pay for waste became void when the disposal operation moved from Bellozanne to La Collette.

The constable of St Helier argued the agreement was for all time but the Department for Infrastructure, which oversees waste disposal, claimed it could be ended with reasonable notice.

Overdue mail to be delivered after fog delays

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Jersey's overdue mail should be delivered from today - as Jersey Post tries to catch up on a backlog caused by the recent fog.

It wasn't just half term holidaymakers who were affected by the recent foggy conditions.

Friday's mail aircraft had to stay in the UK - and then Monday's was cancelled too.

Post
Thinkstock

It meant that special delivery items from last week didn't make it to the island - but were put on the boat instead to guarantee they got here.

Jersey Post says they will be sent out to island addresses today.

The same applies to anything sent by Fedex and other letters and parcels.

Interim operations director Kenan Osborn says the service should be back to its normal schedule by the end of the week, and he's thanked customers for their understanding.

At the scene: Portsmouth bomb to be exploded underwater

Jo Palmer

Reporter, BBC Radio Solent

The discovery of an unexploded 500lb bomb at Portsmouth Harbour has affected Condor Ferries sailings today. 

The bomb's now been towed out of the harbour by the Royal Navy to the Solent, where a controlled explosion will be carried out underwater.

Bomb
Royal Navy

Even when these bombs are dredged up, provided they're dropped straight back into the water - which is the safety procedure - they're actually relatively easy to deal with.

The procedure is, you find it, you drop it back in the water, you call in the bomb squad, the bomb squad then tow it out - and that's the risky bit.

The World War Two bomb was discovered at about 03:30 this morning, the third to be found in four months.

Guernsey acting as 'support service' for Alderney e-gaming industry

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The politician with responsibility for the e-gaming sector has responded to claims the government needs to do more to support the industry. 

Deputy Joe Mooney says he's speaking to businesses to address any concerns. 

Local tech firm C5 Alliance is calling on Guernsey's government to demonstrate its e-gaming industry is open for business, after it missed out on the growth seen in other jurisdictions.

Deputy Mooney says the government is supporting the sector, and that Alderney has an important future role.

Alderney is very well regarded in what they do. Their disadvantage is obviously electricity generation on-island. From my point of view we are a support service for Alderney, and we need to grow that. There is opportunity - even with Brexit - that we need to be looking at."

Deputy Joe MooneyCommittee for Economic Development

Only half of lost property claimed back from police

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey Police say only half of the lost property handed in is claimed back by its owners.

Superintendent James Wileman says the property team does its best to get people's belongings back to them, but it's easier if they're identifiable. 

The police have given Jersey Hospice Care a selection of unclaimed jewellery, which has mounted up over the last three years, to raise funds.

Supt Wileman says it makes sense to give some items back to the community.

'Snares big enough to trap dogs'

BBC Channel Islands News

Jersey Police say they aren't investigating snares found in Les Mielles nature reserve, as they haven't had any formal complaints. 

They've been described as illegal, dangerous and a risk to dogs. 

The recent discovery of three snare traps in a popular walking area in Jersey has sparked warnings to dog owners. 

But it's the sophistication of these latest devices that has caused real safety concern...

Campaign against GST the highlight of CGI chairmanship

Guernsey Press

The Confederation of Guernsey Industry has elected a new chairman.

Legal history to be made: Guernsey jurats sworn in to Jersey court

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Legal history will be made in Jersey next month, as jurats from Guernsey will be sworn into the island's Royal Court for the first time, to hear a case involving a Jersey jurat. 

The court wants to avoid any potential conflicts of interest for the Jersey jurat's colleagues in the Royal Court.

A recent change to the law allows the substitution to be made - and Guernsey's deputy bailiff will preside over the case, which will be held on 6 March.

Acting Dean is sworn in

Jersey Evening Post

The Rev Paul Brooks was sworn in as the Acting Dean during a ceremony at the Royal Court yesterday.

Gale warning for the Channel Islands...

BBC Weather

The Jersey Met Office has issues a gale warning for the Channel Islands.

Force 8 winds are expected later today, with gusts nearing 60 mph.

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Fog: Jersey Post deals with a backlog of mail

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey Post is dealing with a backlog of mail as prolonged periods of fog have disrupted flights since last Friday.

Uefa membership could bring 'hundreds of thousands' to Jersey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey football could be hundreds of thousands of pounds better off if it manages to join Uefa, according to the president of the Jersey Football Association.

Uefa has already rejected the island's application once - but now there will be an appeal.

The president of the JFA will travel to Switzerland with other island officials for a meeting of the court of arbitration for sport in June.

Barcelona with Champions League trophy
Getty Images

Phil Austin will miss the Island Games to go to the hearing - which will rule on whether members of Uefa will be allowed to vote on Jersey's membership.

He says that if Jersey were allowed to compete in the qualifying round of the Champions League, they'd be entitled to a share of the TV revenues.