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Summary

  1. Lifeboat crew moves to split from RNLI
  2. 'Norovirus-like' infection forces closure of hospital ward
  3. Gay man encourages discrimination victims to speak out
  4. Household waste charges of up to £461 a year
  5. Chief Minister wants change to Bailiff's role in Jersey
  6. Guernsey has 'fragmented' health care system
  7. Live updates on Tuesday 14 November 2017

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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Zoo wants to keep bird enclosure

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Zoo wants to keep an aviary for the release of red-billed choughs into the wild because many birds return there to sleep and get extra food.

The birds are acrobatic members of the crow family that have unique, bright red, curved bills.

Red-billed chough
Andrew Kelly

The zoo got planning permission to build the enclosure on a field five years ago, but was meant to remove it. It's now asked the planning department for an extension.

Dr Glynn Young, head of birds at the zoo, says many birds visit the site to feed.

"They're hopefully finding their own food out there in the wild, but we're not entirely sure they are getting an adequate food supply as Jersey's not got a brilliant insect population at the moment."

'Law change possible' to satisfy European tax demands

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister says his government will continue to refine the island's tax policies, following criticism resulting from the Paradise Papers.

The States heard some laws may be adjusted to satisfy concerns over companies moving shifting their profits to the island.

Senator Ian Gorst said the "challenge" would be to "give confidence" to our European neighbours.

The island may need to therefore "refine our processes, our system, if necessary legislation, to continue to give that confidence", he said.

Castle breakwater closed for three weeks

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

The breakwater by Castle Cornet will be closed for three weeks so repairs to the bridge can be carried out.

Foot access remains to the castle.

Breakwater
BBC
Breakwater
BBC

Wedding businesses ‘should be able to say no to gays’

Jersey Evening Post

Wedding businesses – from musicians to photographers – should be allowed the right to refuse to give their services at same-sex marriage ceremonies on religious grounds, a church group has said.

Weather update: Mist and fog possible

BBC Weather

It will remain rather cloudy into the evening with low cloud and hill fog.

There will be further patchy rain or drizzle and where the skies clear, mist and fog will readily form.

Jersey:

Jersey weather forecast
BBC

Guernsey:

Guernsey weather forecast
BBC

RNLI dispute: Coxswain wants report on dismissal

BBC Radio Jersey

Lawyers for the St Helier lifeboat coxswain will try to force the RNLI to release a full report on why he was sacked and later reinstated.

Since then a crew member has resigned, and last night the rest of the crew announced they were going to leave the organisation and set up an independent rescue boat instead.

Mr Hibbs says he has a right to know the allegations made against him.

The RNLI said it would consider the crew's position, and hoped to meet them again next week.

In pictures: Bailiwick weapons amnesty

Weapons
Guernsey Police

Day one of Guernsey Police's weapons amnesty, which also covers Alderney and Sark, has yielded a trove of weapons, including three shotguns, several pistols and BB guns, ammunition, a large collection of knives, two samurai swords and a flail mace.

Weapons
Guernsey Police
Weapons
Guernsey Police

We need to know who owns what and where - Hodge

Paradise Papers debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Dame Margaret Hodge calls for public registers of "beneficial ownership, showing who owns what and where" in the UK's overseas territories and crown dependencies.

She asks: "Would Bono have invested in tax havens if he thought we would all know?"

Dame Margaret says former PM David Cameron understood the need for transparency when he called on overseas territories "to rip aside the cloak of secrecy".

However, she accuses the government of having "watered down" the commitment to public registers over the last two years.

"Transparency can and does change behaviour," she argues, and adding that the UK government has acted over the use of death penalty in overseas territories and against discrimination against gay people.

Childhood obesity: How does Jersey compare?

Data released by the States of Jersey shows one in five Jersey children between the ages of four and five are obese.

But how does that compare to regions across England?

States of Jersey Statistics Unit and NHS Digital data on obesity
States of Jersey Statistics Unit and NHS Digital

Does the magic money tree grow offshore?

House of Commons

Parliament

Dame Margaret Hodge
BBC

Labour's Dame Margaret Hodge opened the emergency debate on tax avoidance and evasion earlier.

She describes the revelations in the Paradise Papers as "a national and international disgrace".

Her Labour colleague Jack Dromey comments that Prime Minister Theresa May said "there is no magic money tree" during the general election campaign, yet "they grow on the Cayman Islands, in Bermuda and in Jersey".

Shotguns, daggers and a mace handed in

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guns and ammunition
Guernsey Police

There's been a "positive reponse" to Guernsey Police's weapons surrender initiative, the force said.

As part of the national campaign, the force has received three shotguns of various calibres, several pistols and BB guns, a large collection of knives including hunting knives and ceremonial daggers, two samurai swords, a flail mace and ammunition..

Guernsey and Alderney residents can hand weapons in at island police stations, while Sark residents can be given to the constable.

The surrender ends on 26 November.

‘Foul-flooded properties to get priority over roads’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey Water is to address areas that are prone to flooding as part of its new surface water strategy, it has said.

Obesity levels stay the same in 4 to 5-year-olds

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

One in five Jersey children aged between four and five are overweight or obese, according to States figures released today.

Obesity in the age category has remained flat since 2011, data in the Jersey Child Measurement Programme shows.

Obesity levels had dropped by 8% in the preceding ten years.

Jersey Statistical Unit child measurement programme infographic
Jersey Statistical Unit

We need to know who owns what and where - Hodge

Paradise Papers debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Dame Margaret Hodge calls for public registers of "beneficial ownership, showing who owns what and where" in the UK's overseas territories and crown dependencies.

She asks: "Would Bono have invested in tax havens if he thought we would all know?"

Dame Margaret says former PM David Cameron understood the need for transparency when he called on overseas territories "to rip aside the cloak of secrecy".

However, she accuses the government of having "watered down" the commitment to public registers over the last two years.

"Transparency can and does change behaviour," she argues, adding that the UK government has acted over the use of death penalty in overseas territories and against discrimination against gay people.

Longue Hougue preferred waste site

BBC Radio Guernsey

Map of the Longue Hougue reclamation site
States of Guernsey

Guernsey's land reclamation site at Longue Hougue is being described as the best future site for the island's inert waste.

More than 100,000 tonnes of the waste is generated by local construction and demolition activity and does not decompose, but can be re-used in construction and landfill.

The site has been selected by the States from a shortlist of five, and will be subject to an environmental impact assessment and a planning enquiry.

Senior project coordinator Rob Roussel says Longue Hougue is looking like the best option.

"In terms of the capacity of the site, It's got reasonable longevity. It doesn't cover the full 20 years of the strategy, but we estimate 11-15 years of fill life at this site."

Business that unfairly dismissed gay worker says tribunal process 'flawed'

Tania Targett

BBC Radio Jersey

One of the first employers to be fined under anti-discrimination laws has branded the process "totally flawed" and called for the way these complaints are handled to be reviewed.

John and Alison Baker, of Island Greetings Limited, were fined more than £4,000 last year after a discrimination tribunal found they had unfairly made a gay man redundant and that he had been harassed on the job.

John Baker said he and his wife support the spirit of the law but felt the tribunal, which heard the matter over four days, took far too long and that the process was biased against small employers.

Mrs Baker said she went into the process confident it was going to get thrown out, but came out of "drained, exhausted, and very upset and unhappy".

'Visit your GP, not the hospital, if you have virus symptoms'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

People in Jersey experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, or a fever should contact their GP, says the island's director of infection prevention and control.

Jersey's hospital has closed a ward to admissions after an outbreak of a "norovirus-like" infection that has seen seven patients and four staff members affected.

Dr Ivan Muscat says islanders with these symptoms should contact their GP, and adopt preventative measures to prevent the outbreak spreading.

Everyone can play their part by not coming to the hospital if they are showing symptoms and by adopting simple methods of enhanced hygiene; the single most effective way to prevent the spread of this type of infection is with handwashing, using soap and water."

Dr Ivan MuscatDirector of Infection and Control

Harbour master 'disappointed' by lifeboat dispute

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's harbour master says the current break down in relations between the RNLI and the St Helier Crew is disappointing.

In a statement, Captain Bill Sadler said he recognised and valued both the RNLI’s long track record of saving lives in Jersey and "the selfless service of its volunteer crews".

He said he would "work hard" with both parties to ensure this continues.

Jersey lifeboat
Jersey lifeboat

The RNLI has served Jersey for over 100 years and the island is indebted to the charity and its volunteers for saving hundreds of lives during that time. It has a proven track record, invested heavily in boat design and technology, and its training is second to none. Equally, I have a huge respect for the local volunteer crew, support staff and fundraisers."

As Harbour master, I have a legal responsibility to coordinate search-and-rescue operations in Jersey’s territorial waters and will therefore, continue to work with existing SAR partners, both volunteer and full time to give the most comprehensive provision of search and rescue coverage for the island as we can and will look to work positively with any new proposed service."

Captain Bill SadlerJersey harbour master

Brexit minister re-iterates 'historic' island ties

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The minister representing the Crown Dependencies' interests in Brexit negotiations says the relationship between the UK and the islands will be strengthened.

Robin Walker MP was speaking following a fourth meeting between island leaders and his department yesterday, which came just three days after they met at the British-Irish Council in Jersey, where discussion focussed on the recent release of the Paradise Papers.

“Our historic ties with Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are highly valued, and we will strengthen those relationships as we seek an exit deal that works for everyone.

“These discussions have always been very productive and help ensure that we address specific areas of importance as we approach exit," he said.

Breaking'Norovirus-like' infection forces hospital ward to close

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

An increase in cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in three wards at Jersey's General Hospital has led to one of them closing to admissions.

There is also restricted visiting at the ward, while containment measures have been brought in on two other wards, the Health and Social Services Department said.

A total of seven patients and four staff members have been affected by the outbreak of what is being described as a "norovirus-like" infection, the department said.

'Speak out' says unfairly dismissed gay man

Tania Targett

BBC Radio Jersey

A gay man who was found to have been unfairly dismissed by a Jersey company is encouraging victims of discrimination to speak out.

Ryan Flanagan has since left the island after an employment tribunal ruled in his favour last year.

His employers, John and Alison Baker of Island Greetings Limited say the tribunal process is "totally flawed", and are calling for a review into the way discrimination cases are handled.

Mr Flanagan says despite the process being a difficult one, he is glad he spoke up.

"I definitely encourage people not to put up with discrimination because if you put up with discrimination then you are letting it happen to someone else who might be more vulnerable than yourself.

"Definitely come forward, it is worth it because if you feel like there is nobody there for you and there's nothing you can do about it, it's wrong," he said.

BreakingHospital tries to contain 'Norovirus-like' infection after outbreak

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Hospital
BBC

Jersey's hospital is restricting staff access to a ward which is closed to new admissions after an outbreak of what is being described as a "norovirus-like" infection.

There has been an increase in cases of diarrhoea and vomiting on three wards at the hospital, the health and social services department said.

Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Ivan Muscat, said "enhanced environmental cleaning" was continuing and staff access to the affected ward had been restricted to those "deemed to have an essential need".

“We wish to assure members of the public that clinical management of patients on the affected wards will not be compromised.

“The situation will be reviewed regularly by the infection prevention and control team and hospital senior management on at least a daily basis,” he said.

'All we want to do is save lives'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A director of the RNLI says it's been a challenging time for the charity after the St Helier lifeboat crew asked to split from the RNLI and run an independent service.

It follows the sacking and subsequent reinstatement of the Jersey station's coxswain Andy Hibbs earlier this year after all the crew walked out.

Leesa Harwood
BBC

We're going to go away and think about that and look for a way forward. Stations move in and out in time, but it is unusual [for them to go independent]. All we want to do is save lives. It's been a really challenging time. We'll think about the charity and come up with some proposals."

Leesa HarwoodRNLI director of community lifesaving and fundraising

Waste changes going back to politicians

Edward Rowe

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

Half a million pounds of additional support will be needed for households in receipt of benefits when new waste charges are introduced next year

Guernsey's politicians will be asked to confirm arrangements for the new household waste charges, published yesterday.

The system including a new pay-as-you-throw charge has previously been agreed by the States but deputies are being asked to approve some changes to the detail.

One of the main changes is to the method to be used for the new pay-as-you-throw charge.

Previously, it was proposed islanders would need to purchase official bags for refuse and recycling. But the plan now is to sell specially designed stickers, through local retailers, which can be applied to standard bin bags.

The stickers will only be required for general refuse, while kerbside recycling bags will be free.

The new scheme is expected to come into effect in the second half of 2018.

Politicians divided on Bailiff role

BBC Radio Jersey

Ahead of a debate which could change the historic dual role of Jersey's Bailiff, deputies are split on whether the position should continue as both the head of island's legal affairs as well as speaker in the States.

The care inquiry has told us, even though it wasn't in their remit, 'look guys you really need to be doing this, you need to restore trust in your institutions, you need to combat this idea of the Jersey way and one of the things you need to do to do that is to introduce a proper separation of powers'. How many times to we need to be told this?"

Deputy Montfort Tadier

I am concerned that people are saying 'we have to do it because the independent care inquiry told us to'. They did not. What we have to do is look at things sensibly, and possibly yes, follow their recommendation to do a review."

Deputy Simon Bree

Weather: Cloudy and mild

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Alex Osborne presents the BBC Channel Islands weather forecast
BBC

The Channel Islands are seeing a rather cloudy day today.

Some sunny spells are possible this afternoon, with a light-to-moderate westerly breeze.

The maximum temperature is 12C (54F).

Good morning from Sark

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our weather watcher in Sark for sending this early morning snap in. Looks a bit chilly there.

Sark sunrise
BBC

Spiralling health costs warning

BBC Radio Guernsey

Failure to change Guernsey's health care system will see the cost of delivering it significantly increase over the next decade, it has been warned.

Health & Social Care President Heidi Soulsby has set out plans to transform the service, after successive reviews highlighted problems.

"Our current service is unsustainable.

"We've got a fragmented system, we don't provide direct access to a number of services, we don't have fair access in many areas," she said.

Dual role of the Bailiff being debated

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Rather like having constables and senators in the States, it is a reform suggestion that has divided opinion for years.

The dual role held by the Bailiff has been criticised by a number of external reviews and the Chief Minister wants it changed.

Today, Jersey's politicians will start deciding whether the Bailiff should keep his historic dual role.

Some can't see why there needs to be a change, and why Jersey should bow to outside pressure, while others say there may not be outside pressure, but Jersey is at odds with most other places.

The reforms set out by the Chief Minister follow comments in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report and recommendations by other reviews.

Senator Ian Gorst has suggested an elected speaker preside over the States instead of the Bailiff and that should start after the next election.

But there's a challenge to that, with former Bailiff, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, calling for a referendum on the issue.

Waste charges: Household costs

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey recycling collection
BBC

Guernsey's politicians will be asked again to approve changes to the way islanders pay for their waste to be disposed of.

The changes, which were already largely agreed by politicians, are expected to come into effect in the second half of 2018.

Here's a reminder of what's planned:

  • A household producing one bag of refuse per fortnight will pay around £5.10 per week, or £265-a-year
  • A household producing one bag of refuse per week will pay around £6.37 per week, or £331-a-year
  • A household producing two bags of refuse per week will pay around £8.87 per week, or £461-a-year

Why is Jersey's lifeboat crew trying to separate from the RNLI?

Rob England

BBC News Online

In a statement the crew said the RNLI had made efforts to work with them to "rebuild a good working relationship" after the reinstatement of their coxswain.

But they said the reasons for the sacking, and details of the RNLI's investigation, had not been released.

In addition, they said they had lodged an official complaint on another matter, which had not been upheld, they said.

The RNLI described it as a challenging time, and that it would look for a way forward.

More: Jersey lifeboat crew move to split from RNLI

Hundreds of people protest against the sacking of coxswain Andy Hibbs back in April
BBC
Hundreds of people protested against the sacking of coxswain Andy Hibbs back in April

We feel that there has been no evidence of the proposed 'working with the crew to rebuild the relationship' and we are now simply being threatened with RNLI policies and procedures and told to in effect 'do as you are told'. This has left us in a very difficult position."

St Helier lifeboat crew

Jersey lifeboat crew move to split from RNLI

Rob England

BBC News Online

St Helier lifeboat
BBC

The St Helier lifeboat crew has asked to split from the RNLI.

It follows the sacking and subsequent reinstatement of the Jersey station's coxswain Andy Hibbs earlier this year after all the crew walked out.

At a meeting last night, the crew said they would carry on running the station with the charity until arrangements are made for the split.

The RNLI has told the BBC it will discuss what the crew said and meet them again later this week.

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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