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Summary

  1. Record number of people working in Jersey
  2. 'Too many Guernsey workers experience genuine poverty'
  3. Free antenatal classes for all expecting parents in Jersey
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Rob Byrne

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What's on: Guernsey Fireworks displays

BBC Radio Guernsey

Fireworks
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Events are going on across the Bailiwick from today until Guy Fawkes Night, on Sunday. The displays include:

  • Today at 17:15 - La Houguette School, Route des Adams, St Peters
  • Today at 17:45 - The 2nd Guernsey Scout Group, Rue de Haut, Vale, including a Best Guy competition
  • Saturday at 18:30 - North AFC
  • Saturday at 19:00 - St Martins FC
  • Saturday, time to be confirmed, at Castle Breakwater, St Peter Port
  • Sunday - Guernsey Rugby Club
  • Sunday, time to be confirmed, The Butes, Alderney

In-work poverty: How is it defined?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

We have heard today that one in five Guernsey households are at risk of in-work poverty.

But what is it?

The scrutiny committee says the definition applies to a household with at least one person of working age having an income below 60% of the average.

In Guernsey, the average annual salary is £31,906.

If a household is reliant on just one income, it means they would have to be earning less than £19,144-per-year to fall under the definition of "in-work poverty".

However, in the 51 pages of the In-work poverty review, it's not entirely clear what the absolute figure is.

Amazon looking into smart speaker glitch

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Why is this device directing a BBC radio fan in India to Guernsey?

Amazon has responded to a frustrated listener of BBC radio limited to just BBC Radio Guernsey.

A glitch on Stanley Pignal's smart speaker in Mumbai meant his voice-activated device directed him solely to the Channel Island station.

The BBC approached Amazon and Tunein, the companies behind the technology.

Now, the tech giant has said it would be looking into the matter.

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Cloudy water warning for southeastern parishes

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Households that went without water in St Martin, St Andrew, and Forest earlier today may notice their water is still discoloured or cloudy.

But Guernsey Water says continuing to run the water will mean it will eventually clear.

The utility thanked customers for its patience after a burst water left customers without water for more than two hours' this morning.

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Weather warning issued

A strong wind warning has been issued for the Channel Islands, with gusts of up to 35kt (40mph) expected soon.

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Centuries-old arquebus ball found in Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

A rare arquebus ball, a projectile which was used from the 1400s to penetrate plate armour, has been found in a field in St Brelade.

Minister 'encouraged' by visitor numbers

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Peter Ferbrache
BBC

A rise in the number of visitors staying in Guernsey's guest accommodation this summer has been welcomed by the island's economic development minister.

The figures showed a 5% increase in the number of visitors who stayed in the island in the three months to September, compared to the year before.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache said he was encouraged by the rise during the important period for Guernsey's tourism industry.

"It is particularly encouraging to see the continued increase experienced for staying visitors and importantly, for visitors staying in commercial accommodation, as these groups generate the greatest financial return to the local Guernsey economy."

"It is also encouraging to see the return of the day visitor market, which had been in decline over the past few years,” he said.

Concern over 'unstable, insecure, low-paid' contracts

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's government has been criticised for not monitoring how zero-hours contracts are being used.

New figures show 11% of island workers are on the contracts, that don't provide guaranteed working hours for workers.

Deputy Geoff Southern said although guidelines are available for employers, no-one is making sure workers are being protected.

"These are unstable, insecure jobs, often low-paid jobs which are not of a great deal of benefit to the economy," he said.

BreakingChild behind hoax Admiral Park call identified

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police say they have identified the person responsible for making a hoax call to a store in Admiral Park earlier this week.

The call caused the Waitrose supermarket to be evacuated for several hours while the police's bomb disposal team carried out a search.

A spokeswoman said: "Due to the age of the individual concerned, the matter will now be referred to the Children's Convenor."

The emptied Admiral Park car park
BBC

Weather update: Hill fog and rain on the way

BBC Weather

A cloudy evening with hill fog expected and rain also arriving.

At first any rain will be light and patchy but later it will become persistent and sometimes rather heavy. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Jersey:

Jersey weather forecast
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Guernsey:

Guernsey weather forecast
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Durrell scientist part of orangutan discovery team

BBC Radio Jersey

New orangutan species discovered

A scientist who worked in Jersey has been involved in a project to identify a new species of orangutan.

Ian Singleton has worked with Durrell on its conservation programmes.

He was part of the team which identified the Tapanuli orangutan, showing it was different to the other two species already identified.

"It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years," he said.

The species lives on Sumatra island and numbers only about 800 in total, making it the most endangered great ape in the world, he said.

Mr Singleton is now director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.

Alderney appoints new chief exec

BBC Radio Guernsey

Andrew Muter
Andrew Muter

The States of Alderney has appointed the CEO of a Nottinghamshire council as its top civil servant.

Andrew Muter will start as the island's chief executive in February 2018, the States of Alderney said.

He replaces Guernsey civil servant, Adrian Lewis, who took on the role on a temporary basis after Victor Brownlees resigned in May 2017.

Mr Muter currently works as the chief executive of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

He said he was "absolutely delighted" to take on this "important role".

"It is vital that Alderney creates a sustainable future for itself and I look forward to working with members of the States of Alderney and with the community to try and achieve this.”

Vance names unchanged squad

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has made the rare decision to name the same squad for a second consecutive game.

The Green Lions host 12th-placed Herne Bay at Footes Lane aiming for a fifth win in seven games.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

It means experienced quartet of Simon Geall, Angus Mackay, Ryan-Zico Black and Matt Loaring will all be in the stands for Saturday's match.

Guernsey beat Herne Bay 5-1 the last time the two sides met at Footes Lane thanks in part to a brace from Ross Allen.

Guernsey squad: Will Dennis, Frank Tobin, Alex Le Prevost, Jamie Dodd, Harry Tobin, Tom De La Mare, Thomas Dodds, Kieran Mahon, Seb Skillen, Charlton Gauvain, Glyn Dyer, Craig Young, Dave Rihoy, Ross Allen, Paris Pereira, Robbie Legg.

Regulator raising fees in 2018

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Licence fees in Guernsey for finance companies will, for the most part, increase by 3% across all sectors for 2018.

The Guernsey Financial Service Commission (GFSC) says there will also be a flat fee of £2,000 for change of controller applications.

In order to deal with the fall in fees generated from banking licences and more of a focus on the conduct of the sector, the GFSC has also proposed an increase to banking supplementary fees to 50% of their base annual fee.

Summer visitor numbers up on 2016

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Tourist signs in St Peter Port, Guernsey
BBC

The number of people visiting Guernsey in the three months to September increased by 8% compared to the year before.

An overall increase in departing visitors, excluding cruise passengers and yachtsmen, was recorded by Visit Guernsey surveys.

The growth was driven by a 5% increase in staying visitors compared to 2016, it said, with 10% more bed nights sold in commercial accommodation.

Air travel dropped by 2%, while sea travel saw a "strong increase", up nearly a quarter on the year before.

Jersey needs to 'look outside of the EU' for seasonal workers

BBC Radio Jersey

Union and EU flags
PA

Jersey will struggle to attract seasonal workers due to Brexit believes the island's economic development minister.

Senator Lyndon Farnham said the lower value of the pound and better economic performance in Eastern Europe is already encouraging workers to stay at home.

Jersey will have to look elsewhere for hotel and farm workers, he said.

"Britain is finding it hard to attract people to come and work in the sterling area because of the value of the pound.

"I do think we're going to have to look outside of the EU for seasonal workers in the future," he said.

Millionaire charged with fraud over links to Jersey businesses

Jersey Evening Post

A millionaire businessman and philanthropist from Sydney has been charged with defrauding the Australian tax office of $30 million by failing to provide them with information about his involvement with two Jersey companies.

Bonfire night burns: Would you know what to do?

BBC Radio Guernsey

A sparkler
BBC

Here's some handy first aid advice from Guernsey's St John Emergency Ambulance Service ahead of Guy Fawkes Night on Sunday.

  • Check for any danger to you and the casualty
  • Stop the burning getting worse by removing the patient from the heat source
  • Cool the burn, run it under cool water for at least 10 minutes
  • Don’t use creams, gels or butter
  • Assess the seriousness of the burn
  • If it is larger than the size of the casualty’s hand, on the face, hands or feet, or a deep burn, call 999
  • If the casualty is a child call 999
  • Remove any jewellery or clothing near the burn, but don’t try to remove anything that is stuck
  • Cover the burn in kitchen cling film or a clean plastic bag
  • Be prepared to treat for shock
  • If in any doubt call 999 or get the patient to the emergency department

Poverty affecting those 'well above minimum wage'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Deputy Peter Roffey
BBC
Deputy Peter Roffey has led the review into in-work poverty

A planned rise in Guernsey's minimum wage won't address the issue of in-work poverty, a scrutiny review has found.

Later this month politicians will be asked to increase the minimum rate by 55p, to £7.75 per hour.

The review, released today, says evidence indicated "increasing the level of the minimum wage from the existing level to the proposed figure will not address the majority of in-work poverty issues affecting the island."

"The real issues are affecting those people with a level of income significantly above the minimum wage, not in receipt of benefits, yet still struggling to make ends meet."

Jersey labour market: The highlights

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's labour market bulletin, released today, has thrown up some interesting data. Here are some of the stats we've picked out from the data:

  • 61,660 were employed in June 2017, the highest recorded to-date
  • The number of jobs grew by 2.2% compared to the year before, a growth of 1,340
  • "Private education, health and other services" saw 430 more roles, compared to 2016, while 250 more people working in finance compared to the year before
  • Employment in finance has reached an eight-year high
  • 75% of all jobs were full-time

Forecast hospital relocation costs almost double – to £80m

Jersey Evening Post

The forecast cost of relocation works for the island’s new hospital have almost doubled in 12 months, according to recently released funding proposals.

Travel: La Gibauderie closed for a week longer

Electricity work on Guernsey's La Gibauderie in St Peter Port has been extended by a week, meaning the road is now expected to re-open on Saturday 11 November "at the latest", the States says.

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Guernsey FC's Thamesmead date change

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC's trip to Thamesmead Town has been put back by over a month.

Thamesmead Town FC
Richard Brooks/Thamesmead Town FC

The Green Lions were due to travel to Princes Park next Saturday, but Thamesmead have progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy and will host Isthmian Premier Division side Metropolitan Police on 11 November.

The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday 13 December with a 19:45 kick off.

Travel: St Peter Port road closed

BBC Radio Guernsey

George Street in St Peter Port will be closed to traffic between 11:00 and 13:00 today as scaffolding comes down from a building there.

Elsewhere, the Route de Saumarez in the Castel has now re-opened.

Vale Road is closed for a total of 12 weeks, with bus route 22 suspended and route 21 operating via the Bridge.

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BreakingWater supplies restored after burst main

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Water supplies have been restored to households across multiple parishes in Guernsey, after problems for more than two hours this morning.

Guernsey Water says a burst water main in the Forest was the cause of the problem.

The company says supplies are now restored.

Jersey Reds aim to finalise squad early

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds expect to finalise which members of their squad they want to keep for next season by Christmas.

The island side, who are currently 10th in the Championship, brought in 22 new players in the summer.

"We've begun our retention process already," boss Harvey Biljon said.

Harvey Biljon
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"I would hope over the next four to five weeks our retention for next season is completed and that brings the continuity we want going into next season," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"It also gives us the opportunity to know early what positions we're recruiting in and that will help us to recruit the right people early, and plan early, so next season is an even more smooth transition, and we can hopefully be stronger again."

Ronez talking to model fliers, shooters over quarry impact

Guernsey Press

Ronez has already shown "good community spirit" in its preparations to quarry the Chouet headland, the president of the Model Flying Club has said.

'Don't drink and ignite, don't drink and drive' warn police

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One in 10 working on zero-hour contracts

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A warehouse worker
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Data released today by the States of Jersey shows that 11% of island workers are on zero-hour contracts.

In the UK, there has been a backlash against the contracts in the last few years, with some firms having been accused of exploiting workers by using them.

In Jersey, 6,150 of jobs were on the contracts at the end of June 2017, with the highest proportion in "miscellaneous" sector, including recruitment agencies and cleaning companies, at 29%.

Workers in hotels, restaurants, bars made up 18% of those on zero-hour contracts, while 19% were in education, health and other services.

Public sector jobs accounted for 8%, with an increase in the number of States of Jersey staff on zero-hour contracts, up by 70.

BreakingWater supplies 'back soon'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders across multiple parishes experiencing issues with their water supply this morning should have normal service resumed by 10:00, Guernsey Water has said.

A burst water main in the Forest is behind the problem, with water expected to return to all affected properties soon with the exception of those properties in the immediate vicinity of the leak, bosses said.

Weather: Mostly cloudy and mild

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

There is a risk of some mist and fog patches today, but it will be a mostly cloudy day, with some sunny periods and highs of 14C (57F).

Alex Osborne presents that Channel Islands weather forecast on 3 November 2017
BBC

Jersey labour market: The headline figures

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey labour market infographic
States of Jersey Statistical Unit

BreakingWater main leak causing problems in St Martin

BBC Radio Guernsey

A water main leak is affecting large parts of St Martin, Guernsey Water says.

Engineers are currently trying to find the leak and stop the flow of water.

Customers are advised not to call the company unless it is urgent.

Free antenatal classes for all expecting parents

BBC Radio Jersey

An antenatal class
NCT

All expectant and new parents in Jersey will be offered free antenatal classes.

The States of Jersey's Babysteps Programme will be available over the next two years, extending a scheme that was only available to a small number of families.

Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore claims those who have attended the programme to-date have experienced less anxiety around pregnancy than parents who haven't.

'Too many Guernsey workers experience genuine poverty'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

A review looking into how people working in Guernsey can still face hardship has called for action from the island's government.

It found one in five of Guernsey households are at risk of relative poverty, when household income is 60% or less than the average.

Scrutiny Vice President Peter Roffey, who led the review, said "limited resources and a scarcity of data available" hampered its work, but it was clear that "too many of those in work, experience genuine poverty."

One theme that emerged, he said, was a small increase in earnings leading to a significant loss of States benefits and allowances outweighing any earnings increases.

High housing costs are also a prime cause of in-work poverty, and recommendations include tackling the long standing issue.

There's also widespread agreement in the review that it's time to address the cost of primary healthcare.

It's spelt out in no uncertain terms it's now time for the Committees for Health and Social Care, Employment and Social Security and Policy and Resources to act. The States is yet to comment.