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Good evening and welcome
to BBC Channel Islands.
I'm Clare Burton with
the headlines here tonight.
Big changes for States workers -
staff finally learn how new pay
and conditions will affect them,
but some unions aren't happy.
The issues around shift pay, meal
breaks, the valuation process,
pensions, all that has not been
A hike in property tax
for Guernsey as the budget
for next year is approved.
After a fine day today with good
spells of sunshine it is all strange
for tomorrow, if not cloudy with
rain. Stay tuned for the forecast.
Thousands of public sector staff
in Jersey today learnt
how they'll be affected by a major
overhaul of the States workforce.
For many it'll mean
a pay rise of up to 20%.
But others will see their wages cut.
There are also changes to working
hours, shift pay and meal breaks -
which the Government believes
will provide a simpler,
But some unions are angry the final
offer has been put to workers
without their agreement.
Emma Chambers has more.
Paramedics, civil servants,
nurses and manual workers -
the people who keep us healthy
and keep the island's
services ticking along.
But the time has come
for the Government to
change how these jobs -
as well as thousands of others -
are structured and paid.
The Government is modernising
the public sector to get rid
of what it's described as historical
an unfair framework.
It wants to reduce the current 75
pay grades and 20 sets of terms
and conditions within the States
of Jersey to 10 pay grades and 1 set
of T's and C's for all.
This will result in pay increases
for many between 7% and 21%.
This is about us meeting our
obligation as an employer to reward
people fairly, appropriately.
And you get the right pay for the
job compared to similar jobs in the
organisation. That has to be done.
But the Union Unite have hit back
saying this is a premature move.
spanning three years,
they still have concerns around
pensions, evaluation process
and fixing pay possibly below
the cost of living until 2020.
Under the circumstances
we will be recommending
rejection of the offer,
we need to get back
around the table.
There were some members of staff
who are going to do quite well out
of it but that won't apply
to everybody, some are going to be
financially hurt, and hurt badly.
States employees have already
starting seeking advice
within hours of the new changes.
We've received a large number
of emails as well as phone calls
at our branch office at this stage
it wouldn't be correct for us
to give too much information as many
members of staff are still waiting
to receive their information packs
but we've had varied responses.
The second phase of the pay deal
is still yet to be put
to uniformed services,
executives and teachers.
Union members now have to decide
whether they accept this final deal
which will cost the States
£47 million over
the next four years.
Guernsey's budget for
2018 has been voted
through by States members,
with very few changes
and little opposition.
But there was no shortage of passion
during some of today's speeches,
with issues such as Aurigny's debts,
fuel supplies and high-paid civil
servants all featuring.
Earlier our reporter
Mark Inchley joined me
from our Guernsey studio to explain.
Well, it's been described as
a budget the States can be proud of.
The headlines remain a 5%
increase in personal
income tax allowance,
increases on fuel,
alcohol and cigarettes
as well as on property tax or TRP.
Also money transferred
into States reserves
for the first time in a decade.
President of the Policy and
Resources Committee Gavin St Pier
described it as a fair and balanced
budget where low and middle income
earners would be better off.
But the debate did raise
other issues didn't it?
Yes a few.
The most passionate or emotional
speech of the day came from
Alderney Representative Louis Jean
who said it was time to stop blaming
Alderney for losses made
by the States-owned airline Aurigny
and he called for a forensic
analysis of its accounts.
The island itself is
very concerned over it
and the businesses are affected
by it and it's very serious.
Every man woman and child wants
a resolution to this and certainly
doesn't want to see the island
threatened or blamed for what's
going on when it's actually,
we feel, the management of Aurigny's
fault for not addressing
In response, Aurigny said it
provided an incredibly high level
of service to the Alderney community
and refuted any claims
that it doesn't support
the island's economy.
But there were other issues raised
during the States debate.
Deputy Peter Ferbrache complained
that there had been no review
of high-paid civil servants as part
of the wider transformation
of the States.
And Deputies Barry Paint
and Lester Queripel called for more
information about a review of how
fuel is delivered to the island
in future, threatening to leak
damaging information to the media
if they weren't given answers
by the end of the week.
Jersey's Treasury Minister has been
reassuring business leaders Jersey
IS a transparent and
well-regulated tax jurisdiction,
in the Paradise Papers.
The documents showed Apple
chose Jersey to shelter
some of its profits,
saving the company billions
in corporation tax.
The arrangement isn't illegal -
and the Jersey Financial Services
Commission argues there's no
evidence the firm
did keep cash here.
But Senator Alan Maclean told
a Chamber of Commerce lunch
the attention was 'unwanted'.
And the fact that this has come out
as unwanted, we would prevent it had
not happened. But we have to be
realistic, there will always be
circumstances like this and tell
other big or small and issuers, it
can get twisted in the national
international media to look at times
of much worse than perhaps is the
case. I think the facts when they
come out in this issue will prove
that jersey has not been involved in
An inquest has heard hospital staff
lacked the necessary
training to use equipment to move
a patient who fell from
a hoist and later died.
The 83-year-old woman
from St Clement was being
cared for on Oak Ward
at Jersey's St Saviour's Hospital
last March, when she fell
after being bathed.
As a result, the health department
has replaced the equipment and given
staff more training.
Marian McNamee was at
this morning's inquest.
The inquest heard how the patient,
Mary Cornish, had finished her usual
bathing routine when she fell
from the hoist being used
by nurses to lift her.
She hit and cut her
head on the ground.
She was transferred
to the General Hospital and later
developed bronchial pneumonia,
the recorded cause of death.
An inspector's report was read
to the inquest and we were given
access to a photographic
reconstruction where it could be
seen that a seat belt hadn't been
used with the hoist.
It was also found that staff
did not have appropriate
or up-to-date training to use
this specialist equipment.
Describing what she termed
weaknesses in the system,
the inspector recommended changes.
As a result the hoists have been
replaced and there is now a detailed
and regular training plan in place.
After the hearing Mrs
Cornish's daughters gave
the BBC this statement.
The family went on to tell us
they're encouraged that the health
department has taken action to keep
patients safe in the future.
Marian McNamee, BBC
Channel Islands News, Jersey.
Gun owners in the Channel
Islands who wish
to surrender their firearms can do
so from Monday, as part
of a national police appeal.
The Guernsey and Jersey forces
are joining a two-week British
campaign called Operation Aztec
urging people to hand in any
unlawfully held or unwanted
guns and ammunition.
Police say the amnesty
is an opportunity to get more
firearms out of harm's way.
Work to turn a Victorian fort
in Alderney into a luxury hotel
could start next year.
Plans to redevelop Fort Tourgis at
a cost of £17.5 million had stalled.
The developer blamed
the delay on the global
financial crisis and Brexit,
but he's now confident
work can start in 2018.
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Later in Spotlight with Justin
and Victoria, an injured
Royal Marine prepares to row solo
across the Atlantic,
helped by a Jerseyman who completed
the challenge 20 years ago.
helped by a Jerseyman who completed
the challenge 20 years ago.
First the weather and Dan is here.
Quite cool in the wings today but
bright, all change for tomorrow,
milder but a not cloudy. This is
earlier today, tomorrow a lot damper
for many. Cloud, missed and fork
with rain and drizzle as well. Today
between the areas of cloud, good
spells of sunshine but thanks to a
ridge of high pressure, short-lived
but that'll decay overnight and
allowing weather fronts to move in
for tomorrow. This one bringing a
lot of cloud and rain tomorrow and
the edge of that high pressure, for
the weather fronts push in for
Friday and into the weekend bringing
rain at times. At the moment, dry,
clear skies and temperatures dipping
quite swiftly this evening. Into
single figures but we start to see
the cloud pushing and and rain the
soil temperatures starts to pick up
again, like twins overnight,
north-westerly 's. Tomorrow starts
rather dumb, mist and fog, rain
through much of the morning. Feeling
and for the showers, bright spills
into the afternoon. Highs of 14.
Times of high water...
As for our coastal waters, wins
coming west north-west, generally
good visibility. Into Friday, still
a future was around, bright and
sunny spells but also breaks of
rain, milder and to Friday and that
of the weekend but winds picking up
and becoming breezy into the
weekend, wins from a northerly
direction which starts to make it
feel cooler. By Sunday, temperatures
could be ten or 11, a few showers
was around but bright and sunny
spells at times but also cold by
night. A bit of everything in our
forecast. That is
night. A bit of everything in our
forecast. That is the news and
weather from BBC Channel Islands
this Wednesday evening. I am back
after the news at 10pm.
And after a fine day today it's all
change for tomorrow, becoming a lot
cloud. Milder though with some
outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Stay
tuned for the forecast.
Now how does the idea of spending
three months at sea,
battling 30ft waves,
all alone in a tiny
rowing boat sound?
Well for one former Royal Marine
from Devon those are the challenges
he'll face next year as he attempts
to become the first physically
disabled person to row solo
and unsupported from Europe to South
Lee Spencer - who lost his right
leg in a freak accident
aims to leave Gibraltar in January:
all being well he'll reach Venezuela
some 3,500 miles later.
It's a massive challenge,
but as John Henderson reports,
Lee has form when it comes to rowing
across the Atlantic.
I need to get as fit as I can be, as
strong as I can be and as fat as I
can be. I'm doing that one well!
Because in January Lee Spencer will
be leaving his Devon driveway to row
across the Atlantic on this. A seven
metre long boat.
If you go that
It fills a bit unstable. But
the former Royal Moraine hopes to
roll into the record books.
first physically disabled person to
row from Europe to mainland South
America and the second one is want
to break the able-bodied record.
has form when it comes to rowing
oceans. He was part of the four-man
legless boat that became the first
all amputees crew to make it across
the Atlantic. Lee lost his right leg
when he was hit by debris as he
helped at a car accident. His solo
row is about changing perceptions
It is only when
I was rowing last time that I
realised that and still the same
person, nothing has changed.
will spend up to 18 hours a day on
the oars. There are six in case they
snap go overboard. He will shelter
from wild weather in a cosy capping.
His food with vacuum packed and his
toilet is a bucket.
I suppose having
road before, I kind of know I can do
it. But so low, thousands of miles
away, if anybody knows what going it
alone is like, it's this man. John
rode across the Atlantic 20 years
It was fantastic to have that
space and be in the middle of the
Atlantic with no wind whatsoever. It
was calm and I could see hundreds of
miles in every direction, five
kilometres deep, it was my own
private swimming pool.
before, Lee will be jumping into the
Atlantic to take a dip and clean his
It will be a little bit more
scary on my own but I'm looking
forward to it.
It'll be raising
money for two charities that help
service men and women but aware that
rowing across the Atlantic solo is
If the ocean says
not you, not today, there's nothing
you can do about it.
But who bet
against the rowing Marines making
history on the high seas.
A Somerset veteran of World War two
is doing all he can to make sure
the sacrifices of his generation
are never forgotten.
At 94, Stan Tooze braves
all weathers to sell poppies.
And he has no intention
of stopping any time soon.
Clinton Rogers has been to meet him.
According to Stan, a hat is all you
need, even if it did drop below
freezing last night. Nothing deters
this 94-year-old war veteran from
his outdoor dayshift. And so on duty
as the years most days in the
No, I don't
feel the cold. I'm too young for
I'd like to know what your
Just the Second World
Modest as well but always the
main attraction here.
He gives is
100% support, he is therefore
everything come sunshine, or rain,
he's always there.
Stan was part of
the sixth airborne division of the
Parachute division. He saw active
service in Belgium towards the end
of the Second World War. Inevitably,
their memories are still vivid.
day my mate was there one second on
the next thing he was knocked down
dead. I was still left.
It is why he
feels a duty to help raise money for
the Royal British Legion, to honour
the memory of his fallen colleagues.
How long do you think you will carry
on selling the poppies?
And 94. Get
another six years!
At the very least
I'd say. And I don't doubt it for a
minute, what a great man. I love the
line that is too young to feel the
cold. Now, I wonder what he would
make of this?
Could this be the shortest
stretch of double yellow
lines in the country...?
At just two feet long the freshly
painted markings in Hayle are barely
the length of a pram.
Cornwall Council says contractors
who'd been digging up the road
were simply replacing the existing
yellow lines - which as you can see,
were rather faded.
You might remember earlier this week
on Spotlight we featured Exeter
animator Ashley Thorpe
and his feature-length horror film.
Well it's won an award in New York.
Borley Rectory picked up
Best Animated Feature Film
at the Buffalo Dreams film festival
- which champions
The spooky film tells the tale
of a haunted house in Essex.
When the Countess of Wessex agreed
to come to Devon to help celebrate
the region's agricultural industry
she probably didn't expect to come
face to face with pink sheep.
But that's exactly what she
encountered at Agrifest today,
a major farming show
at Westpoint next Exeter.
And as Chloe Axford discovered
the brightly coloured sheep didn't
phase the royal visitor.
I don't get to go to many farming
chosen when I was told I was coming
here today I was a bit worried that
I might not be dressed quite right
for a day with livestock. But it
turns out I'm wearing exactly the
right colour. That's because today
is less how now Brown cow and more
hello, pink sheep. These died in the
wall use are due to be auctioned off
a cancer charity. So you are the
pink sheep expert. To the animal 's
Well, I didn't because she got
lots of attention and cuddles and
stuff so she loved it.
this week claim sheep can recognise
celebrities. So will recognise this
one? The Duchess of Wessex is
visiting as patron of a charity and
as much as you like the sheep she
wasn't tempted to take them home.
I'm not sure my husband would fight
me for that one. It's a wonderful
way of showing support for a charity
and I think it's a bit of fun.
sheep aside, this is big business
and those competing taken extremely
seriously. That's because a win here
can push the animal's Valley
Is big competition and
obviously you want to make the best
of your animal, so you do the best
to bring it out and try and beat the
Is it quite cut-throat?
Sky yes, it can be. Right, so time
to find out how to beat the
opposition. So this is your cow.
He's about to go in the Ring Fish
show so can you tell me what you are
And brushing up so he'll be
fluffy and prepped up for the judge
to look like he has been prepped.
Once in the ring, the cow came third
and, yes, I do know he is a steer
and not a cow. But now for the
auction everyone has been waiting
for. £2200 for a pink sheep, what a
bargain. I'm tempted to put a bid in
myself, I could do with a new
woollen jumper. BBC Spotlight, West
point. Lovely! Very well sprayed on,
Very well sprayed on, isn't it?
When staff at a residential care
home asked Lizzie Picken how she'd
like to celebrate her hundredth
birthday she told them
she wanted 100 birthday cards.
Well after Lizzie's request
was shared on social media more
than 1,000 were posted to her.
Today, as she celebrated her
centenary she was presented
with them which included one
from the Queen.
John Danks reports.
The morning post arrives and it's
all for one person.
Pickering, 100 years old today.
wonderful it's like being the Queen
Around 300 birthday cards
arrived for today including one the
Oh my goodness me!
she didn't know is that hundreds
more had already been delivered.
cannot believe it! I don't know that
All this from an appeal
for cards that staff put on social
media to help Lizzie celebrate her
big day. Alan Mak it just went
viral, everyone started commenting
and retweet in it and reposting
Every started saying
lovely, can I send a card? Then we
had children writing cards. Lizzie
was just so excited about the whole
situation. She thought it would be
absolutely hysterical to get this
many cards but busy we never
expected to many.
Well, I couldn't
-- I could have wept with joy
because everyone has been so kind.
I'm quite overwhelmed with it.
Lizzie never married nor had
children. Her older sister is 103
but wasn't able to travel down from
Birmingham where she lives. Two of
her oldest friends from her time as
a midwife in Plymouth was there
Something I didn't expect
that it's fantastic.
I would say the
same because we've known each other
for a very long time and each
birthday, we think will this be the
last one? Here we are, we've got to
100 and still going strong.
more than a thousand cards from all
over the world, she's going to be
Al never get through
them! And have to an extra year!
Spotlight, Plymouth. What a lovely
story. And, Lizzie, to wish you a
very happy birthday. And if you
plough through all those cards you
should find one from all of us on
the Spotlight team at some point. I
hope you've had a lovely day. Yes,
happy birthday. Now, onto the
weather forecast. It was a gorgeous
morning gorgeous morning this
What a lovely... It's all change for
tomorrow and Fred. It was quite a
cold start for many of us today,
some frost around. Also some mist
spots. This one caught on the way to
spots. This one caught on the way to
Tavistock. But it's it is up for a
fine and dry day with plenty of
sunshine around. We can take a look
at some pictures from earlier today.
This was taken from a drone operator
who has been to Lyme Bay today. Some
good spells of sunshine, blue skies
from many others, the sea has become
a bit calmer as well as the day has
gone on. Still have that westerly
wind with as though so it has been
feeling on the cool side but the
sunshine making up for that,
becoming milder for tomorrow. If we
take a look at tomorrow's outlook
then I'm afraid it's a lot cloudier,
some hillfort and brain injuries and
around overnight and into the
morning. We should see it clearing
some parts for some sunny spells to
develop but nothing like the
sunshine we have seen today. You can
see will the sunshine in a cloud
sandwich today. This has been a
clear spot thanks to a ridge of high
pressure that has been building in
for today. But it is short lived and
is retreating now allowing weather
fronts to move in. Further weather
fronts around the edge of this high
pressure coming in for Friday and
indeed as we head into the weekend.
Will see further outbreaks of rain
on Friday and to start the day on
Saturday. Also will start to see the
wind is picking up. You can see by
Saturday those isobars are quite
tight together. A breezy day to
start those winds coming in from a
northerly direction so it will feel
on the chilly side into the weekend.
Temperatures of 9-10 Celsius by
Sunday. Today though the cloud is
hung on in the south-west of the
country. For most of the day it is
being clear skies, a bit more cloud
pushing in through tonight. Through
the night will continue to see that
Bush the north and north and west
and thickening North... Mainly rain
and drizzle around overnight. A cold
start to the night in eastern areas,
with temperatures dropping to want.
As the cloud pushes in, the
temperatures will pick up again
through the night. Mild start
tomorrow, more than today. Still
some outbreaks of rain and light
drizzle. Into the afternoon, we will
see that cloud breaking a bit to
allow some sunny spells in for some
of us. Most of those showers
clearing. The wind so coming from
the North west, moderate.
Temperatures up from today. A high
of 13-14 Celsius. Looking at the
Isles of Scilly, rather cloudy here.
Some brightness coming through
particularly into the afternoon, the
chance of some showers around
though. High waterfall Bideford
tomorrow... The waters forecast
seasonal north-westerly four or five
picking up later with occasional
drizzle and generally moderate or
good visibility except any rain
showers. Our outlook then as we go
towards the weekend sees cloud
around on Friday. Some outbreaks of
rain through the morning, perhaps
brightness coming through the middle
part of the day before a heavier
band of rain in the evening. This
weather front brings further rain
perhaps on Saturday. But coming dry
and brighter as Saturday goes on. By
Sunday it will be a lot cooler,
temperatures are 9-10 degrees. Sunny
spells around but also heavy showers
at times. That's it from me, have a
at times. That's it from me, have a
good evening. That's all from the
team here. Thank you for all of your
e-mails on our top story tonight, we
will try and include some of them on
the programme is an tomorrow. From
others here, good night. -- from all
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