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Summary

  1. Hundreds attend meeting discussing Jersey lifeboat service's future
  2. Guernsey's States to discuss minimum wage, population laws and overseas aid
  3. Attempt to reduce tax that could be paid by larger retailers in Jersey rejected
  4. St Anne's School in Alderney 'still needs to raise learning standards', inspectors say
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

Proposed arts cut 'handled badly'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Proposed arts and sports funding cuts in Guernsey were handled badly according to the vice president of the committee responsible.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher of the Economic Development Committee was responding to a number of questions in the States of Guernsey about proposals not to fund sports or arts events from the Events Group Budget from next year.

There was an outcry from event organisers and associations which led to the committee reversing its decision to cut the funding last week.

Deputy Kuttelwascher says he regrets the negative impact the proposals had on the community.

Flood precaution warning

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders living in flood-prone areas should take precautions to protect their homes, Jersey Fire and Rescue have warned after a week’s worth of rain fell on Monday afternoon and evening.

Former Guernsey harbourmaster elected as Jurat

BBC Radio Guernsey

Former harbourmaster, Peter Gill has been elected as a Jurat of the Royal Court in Guernsey.

He was nominated by Deputy Matt Fallaize and seconded by Deputy Mary Lowe.

Mr Gill received 47 votes in the second secret ballot with Stuart Crisp receiving 38 votes.

Callum Beaton was eliminated from the process in the first round of voting to become a professional juror in the court.

Evening weather: Breezy, cold and showers

BBC Weather

The evening and night will stay breezy and cold. There may still be a few showers in places.

A touch of frost will form in sheltered areas. Minimum Temperature: 5 Deg C (41 Deg F)

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Jersey
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Guernsey
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Cambrai affected Guernsey ‘for generations’

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Dignitaries, serving soldiers and family members of those who fought at Cambrai were given a tour of the World War One battle site that had a “horrendous effect on Guernsey for generations to come”.

Chris Oliver, chairman of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust, led the walk stopping at points to relay the events that took place on those spots 100 years before.

People have traveled from the Bailiwick and as far away as Australia for the anniversary, which will be marked tomorrow by the unveiling of a memorial stone.

Crowd
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Crowd walking
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Head teacher 'delighted' at improving report

BBC Radio Guernsey

The head teacher of St Anne's School in Alderney says he is "encouraged" by a recent inspection of the school.

Inspectors from Scotland visited the school for children aged four to 16 earlier this month and found while there were areas that needed improvement, it had improved since the last visit in 2013.

Martin Winward said he was delighted by the findings from the inspectors which praised the hard work and dedication of staff to improve since the last report.

There was a malaise and low aspirations across the school. We had pockets of teaching success but it wasn't consistent. We had to make a number of changes to get the school back on track.

Martin WinwardHeadteacher, St Anne's School

Choir 'gutted' to miss out on Russell Watson concert

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey choir says it is "gutted" it won't be able to sing with Russell Watson this weekend.

He was due to appear at the Jersey Opera House with the Progressive School of Music choir but the venue says he has a chest infection and won't be able to perform.

Jersey Opera House
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The performance has now been reschedule until the end of May next year and anyone with tickets has been asked to go to the box office to get them changed.

The choir says it rehearsed for five weeks in preparation of the concert and "worked miracles" to be ready on time.

They said: "We feel as if we are all dressed up with nowhere to go."

Call for more women politicians in Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

States Members must take action to encourage more women into politics and not just tick boxes, the leader of the UK’s Women’s Equality Party has said.

Les Blanches developer allowed to apply again

BBC Radio Guernsey

A developer has been told he can apply again for planning permission to build homes on Les Blanches site in St Martins in Guernsey.

The original application by Island Development Limited would have seen 20 houses and 17 flats built on the site. This was refused and was then scaled back to 12 houses and 14 flats.

It went to tribunal and the Planning Tribunal panel has given permission for the company to apply for permission again but with restrictions.

They want an expert assessment of the landscape, wildlife and biodiversity attributes of the site before any decision is made over the building project.

Former deputy to lead lifeboat campaign

BBC Radio Jersey

A former Jersey deputy will help to coordinate the appeal for an independent lifeboat in Jersey.

Phil Rondel was at a meeting last night at the St Helier town hall where people had to be turned away after the hall reached capacity.

He'll be part of a panel which will look at how an independent service could be set up in the island, after the St Helier crew parted company with RNLI in a row over coxswain Andy Hibbs.

The meeting was chaired by Constable Simon Crowcroft, who says many people were understandably upset by the way the charity had treated the island.

Island fighting hard to be left off EU’s ‘tax haven’ blacklist

Guernsey Press

A leaked version of a list of non-EU uncooperative tax jurisdictions being drawn up by the European Council appears to indicate that the island will not be included when the final list is published next week.

States spend thousands securing Fort pool

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's government spent more than £7,000 trying to keep people out of restricted areas of Fort Regent this year, a freedom of information request revealed.

This includes areas such as the former swimming pool which was closed more than a decade ago and the walkway to the old cable-car station.

Earlier this year the States spent money on new fences and barricades to stop people getting in and they plan to spend about £13,000 on CCTV cameras for the site.

This is a fraction of the £3.5m it will cost to remove the building including £1m for the cost of removing asbestos.

Fort Regent
BBC

States to remember Guernsey Light Infantry

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's politicians will suspend their proceedings tomorrow to honour the sacrifice made by members of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry in the battle of Cambrai.

The States Assembly will fall silent for two minutes to remember the events of exactly 100 years ago.

Deputy Gavin St Pier made the announcement in a statement on the Guernsey Armed Forces Covenant during today's sitting.

In their shoes: Honouring Guernsey's fallen

Aurigny has record quarter on Gatwick route

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey government owned airline Aurigny says it has seen record passenger numbers on its Gatwick route.

Aurigny
BBC

Between August and October there were nearly 90,000 passengers flying between Guernsey and Gatwick.

Commercial Director, Malcolm Coupar says it points towards a strong end of year with bookings already up for November and December.

The news comes as Aurigny plans to launch its own dedicated team at Gatwick Airport with the training of 20 ground handling operators recently completed.

Mr Coupar says it is part of a move to give customers the best possible service on the island's lifeline link.

Ports monitoring sunken yacht for diesel leak

BBC Radio Jersey

A 62ft (19m) yacht that sunk off Portelet in Jersey earlier this month is being continuously surveyed by Ports of Jersey.

The government owned company are checking on the boat that struck a buoy and quickly sank to make sure no diesel leaks into the sea.

A spokesperson for the department says there are no reports so far and a salvage company is waiting for settled sea conditions before removing the boat.

States could see rate payments double

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's government may have to pay more in rates than planned after politicians agreed to an amendment to the budget.

Politicians have already agreed to pay parish rates on its buildings but the treasury wanted more time to find a way of paying for it.

In a change agreed this morning, the States would also have to pay Island Wide Rates, almost doubling the annual bill to £1.8m.

The 2018 budget debate continues and can be heard on the BBC News budget live page.

States buildings
BBC

Masnieres clearly aware of WW1 sacrifices

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

It’s clear from the well-maintained memorial in Masnieres that the residents are well aware of the sacrifices made during World War One.

Having spoken to some residents in the area some are clearly aware of the actions of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry during the Battle of Cambrai.

The unveiling of a memorial tomorrow will ensure visitors and locals alike are aware of the sacrifice made in the small road called Rue Verte.

World War One memorial in Masnieres
BBC

Guernsey flag flying in Masnieres

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A small French town is preparing to mark a significant anniversary for Guernsey.

The actions of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry 100 years ago this week stopped a strong German counter attack that threatened to cut off a number of British units.

However, it cost the unit heavily with half of the 1,000 strong unit being killed, wounded or listed as missing in action.

A memorial marking the sacrifice made by islanders is due to be unveiled tomorrow.

French and Guernsey flags flying outside the Masnieres Town Hall
BBC
French and Guernsey flags flying outside the Masnieres Town Hall
BBC

Islanders drink over a glass of wine a day

Jersey Evening Post

On average Islanders over the age of 15 drink more than a glass of wine a day or more than ten pints a week, new figures show.

Boat owners warned over sinking risk in heavy rain

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey boat owners need to take responsibility for securing their vessels in severe weather says the Guernsey Harbourmaster.

Captain Chad Murray issued the warning after a number of boats started to sink this week due to flooding in heavy rain.

Captain Chad Murray
BBC

Make sure your boat is securely moored, make sure systems are correct and functioning and you have a responsibility as a boatowner to ensure they are seaworthy if you want them in our marina.

Captain Chad MurrayGuernsey Harbourmaster

Ten teachers resign over complaints in three years

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

A BBC freedom of information request has shown in the past three years up to ten teachers in Jersey have resigned or been dismissed after complaints were made against them.

There have been 28 complaints in total which range from bullying and harassment, to fraud, to child safety issues and concerns over a teacher's capability.

Out of the 28 complaints there have been 16 disciplinary cases with up to ten members of staff resigning from their post or being dismissed as a result.

In order to protect the individuals identity the exact number of people who left their teaching roles weren't given.

Jersey States continue budget debate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey politicians continue the 2018 budget debate, including a new 20% tax on large retailers profits, funding for higher education and calls for online retailers to charge GST when shipping to the island.

The debate started yesterday with an amendment by former treasury minister, Senator Philip Ozouf who wanted to reduce the proposed retail tax from 20% to 10%. That was rejected.

States Sign
BBC

There are a number of amendments politicians need to work through before they can debate and vote on the budget as a whole.

These include:

  • Require the States to pay parish rates on their buildings
  • UK firms should be encouraged to charge GST
  • CICRA should investigate the liquor trade in Jersey
  • Introduce a 25% marginal tax rate for higher income households

You can see the full list of amendments and propositions on the States Assembly website.

Meghan Markle to Bergerac in four steps

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Earlier in his career Jersey born comedian Will Smith would take any actor or actress and link them to Jersey based detective show Bergerac within six steps.

He was challenged on Twitter today to link Meghan Markle, fiancée of Prince Harry, to Bergerac and did so in just four steps.

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Guernseyman in Bali forced to leave village as volcano erupts

Guernsey Press

A Guernsey underwater photographer has been evacuated to a fishing village in Indonesia to get out of the path of Mount Agung.

Bursary available for 'good original ideas'

BBC Radio Jersey

Young people with a good idea that would benefit the community could get a bursary of up to £9,000 from the Lions Club of Jersey.

Paul Pearce from the Lions Club says they are looking for originality and the winning project would be mentored by the club.

Mr Pearce said: "We don't want to be paying money to an existing organisation or charity. The winning scheme will be funded by the bursary.

"It could be anything that benefits the community and will be paid for an idea, not for an existing organisation."

Call to release lifeboat cash from RNLI

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Former RNLI coxwain Andy Hibbs says Jersey people should have access to money they raised for the RNLI so it can be used for an independent service instead.

Hundreds of people attended a meeting to discuss setting up an independent lifeboat service last night with many turned away after the St Helier Town Hall room was full.

Andy Hibbs
BBC

It comes after the RNLI closed the St Helier lifeboat station last month as they could no longer work with the former crew. The crew had decided to become independent of the RNLI following the way the charity handled an issue with the coxswain.

There were concerns raised last night that money raised for lifeboat cover for Jersey may not be used by an independent service here because it's in a protected RNLI account.

The new independent lifeboat committee say they may contact the Attorney General to find out what legal right they have to money raised for lifeboat cover and whether it is specifically for RNLI use or for general lifeboat cover use on island.

St Anne's School 'needs to raise learning standards'

BBC Radio Guernsey

An inspection at St Anne's School in Alderney has found the school still needs to raise learning standards.

Education Scotland visited the school for four to 16 year olds earlier this month and inspectors found a strong and improving ethos which has been developed through the work of staff over the last number of years.

Headteacher Martin Winward says the school has come a long way since the last evaluation four years ago.

He said he was delighted with the inspection findings and praised the hard work and dedication of staff.

St Anne's School
BBC

Online £8 million fundraising drive to bring dolmen back to Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

A Jerseyman is hoping the public will help him raise £8 million to buy an Oxfordshire estate which comes with a Neolithic dolmen that once stood on a hill in the Island.

Russell Watson cancels Jersey show due to infection

BBC Radio Jersey

Singer Russell Watson will not be performing in Jersey this weekend as planned because he is unwell.

He was due to perform at the Jersey Opera House but has a chest infection so has had to reschedule.

He will now perform on 24 and 26 May next year and anyone with tickets needs to speak to the Opera House box office to have them changed over to the new dates.

Russell Watson
BBC

Arts funding and minimum wage on States agenda

BBC Radio Guernsey

Overseas aid funding, the minimum wage and changes to the population management law are all on the agenda for the States of Guernsey as they meet today.

There are 14 questions for the President of the Committee for Economic Development, Peter Ferbrache, on the plans to remove funding for arts and sports and other questions for the committee on Aurigny and Alderney.

You can listen to the debate on the BBC News site.

Guernsey States
BBC

Jersey emissions reduction scheme 'doesn't go far enough'

BBC Radio Jersey

Plans by the States of Jersey to bring down the emissions coming from cars in the island don't go far enough according to an environmental pressure group.

Yesterday the States voted to increase Vehicle Emissions Duty on vehicles that produce a higher amount of CO2 over lower emission vehicles.

Nigel Jones from Jersey in Transition says the measure is a good step but is only a tiny contribution to what is actually needed.

He said: "In the UK the government gives grants to reduce the price you pay for low emission cars and we are doing it the other way around."

Vehicle
PA

Guernsey FC 'shock' at Allen departure

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC's all-time leading scorer Ross Allen is to leave the club.

The 30-year-old, who has scored 239 goals in 226 games is moving to New Zealand.

Allen helped the island side win back-to-back promotions in their first two seasons, as well make the FA Vase semi-finals, and won an award after a 54-goal season in 2013-14.

"It's a bit of a shock in a sense of timing, but we did know it was coming," Guernsey FC director Nic Legg said.

Allen took a break from the Isthmian league Division One South side 12 months ago to go travelling, and has now decided to emigrate.

Ross Allen
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In his time at Guernsey FC Allen has scored three or more goals on 28 occasions - 20 hat-tricks, five four-goal hauls, twice scoring five times in a game and once scoring six.

"This is the last year I could apply for my working holiday visa, so the opportunity is too good to pass up," Allen told the Guernsey FC website.

"I feel that travelling woke me up to a few things and it was time to make a decision.

"The plan is to find some work over there and get set up with a team, whilst exploring as much as I can.

"I love Guernsey FC but I have to do what's right for me. I'm eager for new adventures and experiences, and I have the freedom to pursue those challenges myself."

‘Island could benefit from UK alliances’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey can see a future for its financial services industry as part of an ‘alliance of major global financial centres’, according to one of its leading politicians.

Today's weather: Cold and breezy

BBC Weather

Today will be similar to yesterday, with a local frost in sheltered parts followed by sunny spells and scatterd showers in a cold north wind.

Showers will probably be less widespread than yesterday, but may still be briefly heavy at times. Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

Jersey

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Attempt to cut planned retail tax rejected

BBC Radio Jersey

An attempt to reduce the amount of tax that could be paid by larger retailers in Jersey has been rejected.

Jersey
BBC

The 2018 budget includes a plan to tax large retailers 20% on profits generated on island but the former treasury minister, Philip Ozouf, tried to get that figure reduced to 10%.

States members voted not to reduce it, despite warnings it could lead to higher prices for consumers.

Treasury Minister Alan Maclean said that hadn't happened in other places where it had been introduced.

The budget debate continues today and can be heard on the BBC News budget live page.

Drone used in search for Polar Bear the missing dog

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders are being asked to help look for a seven-year-old labradoodle called Polar Bear who has been missing since Thursday.

Call to protest over lack of disability strategy law

BBC Radio Guernsey

People in Guernsey with a disability are being urged to "go out and protest" over a lack of progress on an inclusion strategy for the island by a campaigner.

Andrew Rees Sherrin said disabled people in Guernsey still had no rights and it was time to put an end to discrimination.

A protest was planned to coincide with the States sitting today, but has been postponed until next month to allow for more time to organise parking and carers.

Executive director of the Guernsey Disability Alliance Karen Blanchford said things were happening with the strategy itself, but the legislation was where there were delays.

The States' disability champion, Deputy Sarah Hannsman-Rouxel, said she had been working behind the scenes with committees to find where the blockages were, and whether they needed more resources to make the strategy legislation a reality.

Forest Road closed in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Mura Masa up for two Grammy awards

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey musician Mura Masa has been nominated for two Grammy awards for his self-titled debut album.

Mura Masa
BBC

The DJ, born Alex Crossan, was put forward for best dance/electronic album and best recording package.

The 21-year-old uploaded his first tracks to Soundcloud and one of the songs, Lotus Eater, was picked up by BBC Radio 1.

He was soon playing sold out shows and entered the UK singles chart at number 25 with Lovesick. The song also reached number one on the Spotify Viral charts.