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Summary

  1. Clinton Pringle inquest: Boy died of multiple injuries
  2. Battle of Cambrai: Memorial unveiled
  3. Major redesign of Jersey Airport revealed
  4. Jersey Post delays due to staff sickness
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Kirch vouchers available for over 70s from today

BBC Radio Jersey

People over the age of 70 are able to collect Christmas vouchers donated by the David Kirch Charitable Trust from today.

David Kirch
BBC

The vouchers for the Channel Island Coop are worth £110 and can be collected from parish halls with proof of address.

Jersey businessman David Kirch made his fortune in property and when he turned 70 decided to give his money away in the form of vouchers for all Jersey residents over the age of 70.

The vouchers are valid until 31 December but can only be collected until 15 December.

Need to ask how 'fantastic lifestyle' is funded

Jersey Evening Post

Personal debt is driving Island workers to ‘bad behaviour’, according to the director of enforcement at the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Cambrai sacrifice 'had a lasting impact on Guernsey'

Guernsey historian and expert on the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, Chris Oliver, said the sacrifice of the infantry at Cambrai had a lasting impact on the island for generations.

He said: "Families who then didn't have brothers, uncles, husbands because of what happened on that day 100 years ago. It had a real lasting affect on the island."

The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry memorial has been unveiled 100 years to the day that islanders began a costly three-day defence to ensure the British lines stayed intact.

Memorial at Cambrai
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States to examine adding Coop to new retail tax

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's government will examine whether the Channel Islands Coop should pay a new retail tax on its Jersey profits along with other large retailers.

Coop Grande Marche
BBC

The new tax is part of the 2018 budget currently being debated by politicians in the States of Jersey.

Currently it is exempt from the new tax as it has mutual status and so is not classed as a business like other retailers.

Former treasury minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, said it should be taxed like other large retailers as it would have an unfair advantage in the island market over other food businesses.

The budget debate continues today including calls for a review of the alcohol industry in the island and is available to listen to on the BBC News budget live page.

FAB proposes alternative route for cable link

BBC Radio Guernsey

The developers of a project to connect France and Britain's electricity grids using a cable going across the channel and running through Alderney have submitted an application to the States of Guernsey for an alternative route.

In a statement the FAB link project developers say due to the delays of Alderney's Land Use Plan and continuing uncertainty around whether they can submit a planning application for cables they have had to come up with an alternative that avoids landing the cable in Alderney.

FAB development manager Chris Jenner says the new application does not mean the cable could not still go through Alderney and talks are still ongoing with the islands government to find a solution.

History of the Jersey Airport

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Ports of Jersey, the government owned company that runs the airport and harbour in Jersey has released details of a multimillion pound redevelopment of the island's airport.

It will include the removal of the original 1937 building which has been used as the arrivals hall for a number of years.

Jersey Airport
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  • The first aeroplane landed in Jersey in 1912
  • Originally the beach at West Park in St Helier was used as the airfield
  • On 10 March 1937 Jersey Airport opened in St Peter, costing £127,000
  • Within a year about 20,000 visitors flew to Jersey into the island's airport
  • In the 1950s a new Tarmac runway was built with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year
  • In 1997 a new departure terminal was opened, providing more space for passengers
  • In 2012 the top two floors of the arrivals building were demolished
  • In 2016 airport authorities were given permission to demolish the rest of the 1937 building

Standards lowered ahead of unveiling

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

About 40 standards representing veterans associations and the British Royal Legion branches of Guernsey and Sark were lowered to honour all those who have served in the armed forces.

The wider impact of World War One and the impact it had on the people of Masnieres, where the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry memorial has been unveiled, were themes throughout the memorial's dedication service.

The unveiling was 100 years to the day that islanders began a costly three-day defence to ensure the British lines stayed intact.

Standards lowered
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Guernsey and Sark Royal Legion flags
BBC

Guernsey States rejects move to consult on overseas aid

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's States members have agreed to continue funding overseas aid after a move to try and put it out to public consultation was rejected by States members.

Deputy Lester Queripel and Deputy Joe Mooney say they put forward the amendment after being approached by many islanders who believe taxpayers' money shouldn't be sent overseas when the States are "struggling to support those locally".

Deputy Queripel says they don't see anything morally wrong or shameful in wanting to consult islanders on the issue of sending taxpayers money overseas.

Jersey budget: 25% tax rate proposal rejected

Jersey Evening Post

Proposals to scrap the personal tax rates and bring everyone on to a marginal rate of 25% have been rejected by States members.

Guernsey flag to be sent annually as part of relationship

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Guernsey flag that "proudly flies" over the memorial alongside the French flag will be replaced annually, Guernsey's Bailiff has said.

Memorial stone and flags
BBC

His comments follow the unveiling of a memorial to the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry in the town of Masnieres on the 100th anniversary of the unit's first action, which took a heavy toll with half of the men killed, wounded or reported missing.

Guernsey flag and RGLI standard in the Town Church
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The Guernsey flag flying next to the RGLI standard will be sent to Masnieres next year

The new flag will have spent the previous 12 months next to the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry’s colours in the Town Church, in St Peter Port.

Airport plans will 'reduce queuing times'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It will take less time to get through security at the new Jersey Airport terminal when it's built, according to those behind the plans.

Steve Tanner, project lead for Ports of Jersey, says a new security system and layout will reduce waiting times.

Airport
Ports of Jersey

Work is expected to start next year to remove the original 1937 building and extend the current departures hall which will include adding a mezzanine level and new departure gates.

They haven't released exact details yet and Mr Tanner is asking people to get in touch with any ideas for ways to improve the airport for passengers.

Airport
Ports of Jersey

The pressure is on to get it right. As a frequent passenger myself, I want to get it right.

Steve TannerProject lead for Ports of Jersey

Wreaths laid at Masnieres WW1 memorial

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Ahead of the dedication of a memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry in defending Les Rues Vertes from a German counterattack Guernsey and French dignitaries laid wreaths on the Masnieres World War One memorial to mark the wider implications of the conflict.

Bugler
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The Last Post marked the start of a two-minute silence
Wreath laying
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French representatives laid flowers at the memorial
Colin Vaudin laying a wreath
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Lt Col Colin Vaudin from the RGLI charitable trust laying a wreath

Jersey Post delays due to staff sickness

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Post says a number of staff being off work because of illness has meant some areas have experienced delays in deliveries.

Forty new people have been brought in to help over the busy Christmas period, but David Mcgrath from the mail service says if staff are off sick then certain routes will have delays.

He said: "We are very sorry some of our customers have experienced delays in deliveries over the past 24 hours. Any delayed deliveries will arrive 24 hours later."

Piece of Guernsey rests with islanders never found

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Following the unveiling of the memorial to the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry in Les Rues Vertes the island's Bailiff told an official reception that although the bodies of many of the islanders who fell in the battle were never found at least a piece of Guernsey rests with them now.

The stone was unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the start of a three-day defence of the village, which although the island unit remained staunch it was at the cost of half its strength.

Memorial stone
BBC

The memorial is elegant but stunning in its simplicity: the Guernsey flag flying alongside the French flag with the panels behind and in the centre a piece of Guernsey, a large chunk of granite carved out of the rock on which we live and which was home to the brave soldiers whose bodies lie nearby.

It has not been possible to take our sons home to bury them in their own soil but instead we have brought a piece of our island to lie in your soil."

Sir Richard CollasGuernsey's Bailiff

Losses of the battles hit all the islands

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Memorial and tributes laid
BBC

Among the many wreaths, crosses and flowers laid at the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry memorial unveiled this morning is one from the people of Sark.

When the unit formed in June 1917 it included men from Alderney and Sark.

The losses of the battles around Les Rues Vertes - with half the 1,000-strong formation being killed, wounded or missing in action - hit all of the islands hard.

Of the 32 men from Sark who fought at Cambrai with the RGLI four were killed, eight wounded, one wounded and captured and three others were taken prisoner.

Wreath
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Online retailers to be urged to charge GST

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey have agreed to urge online retailers and digital companies such as Amazon, Netflix and Mothercare to charge Jersey's Goods and Services Tax rather than UK Value Added Tax which isn't applicable to Jersey purchases.

Websites
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The proposal came from former treasury minister Senator Philip Ozouf as an amendment to the 2018 budget.

He said the goal was to bring down the cost of living for islanders by encouraging companies to charge GST at 5% rather than VAT at 20%.

A number of companies charge the same price in Jersey for products sold to Jersey as they do when being sold within the UK, despite VAT not being chargeable in the island.

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States could still reject 20% retail tax

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

States members could still reject plans to apply a 20% tax on the profits of Jersey's largest retailers.

Jersey's politicians are still debating the 2018 budget which includes plans by the treasury to get more tax from businesses and wealthy islanders.

About 20 companies will come under these proposals, both owned locally and outside the island.

Deputy Andrew Lewis said the concerns for people on low incomes are not addressed in the budget.

BreakingClinton Pringle 'died of multiple injuries'

Emma Chambers

BBC Channel Islands News

An inquest into the death of Clinton Pringle, who was knocked down by a driver in St Helier last year, found that he died from multiple injuries.

The three-year-old was with his mother, aunt and cousins when he crossed the shared space area along Tunnel Street heading for the Millennium Town Park.

Clinton Pringle
Pringle Family

The inquest heard it was a route the family, that was on holiday in Jersey from Scotland, had not used before.

Deputy Viscount Mark Harris heard a statement from the boy's aunt Melissa Anderson, who said they'd taken that path as it was "safer than Bath street, which is busy and has a narrow pavement".

Clinton was hit by a van driven by Rebekah le Gal. She was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving, but pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was given an eight-month suspended sentence.

A post-mortem report by forensic pathologist Dr Russell Delaney concluded that Clinton had been severely injured. Dr Delaney said due to the nature of those injuries he believed Clinton would have been instantly unconscious, and would not had been aware of what had happened.

He died three days later in Southampton hospital. The inquest continues.

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Street parade to remember Guernsey's fallen in Cambrai

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Soldiers, civilians and dignitaries have been among those marching through the streets of Marnieres in Northern France, to mark 100 years since the Battle of Cambrai.

Earlier today, a memorial was unveiled to recognise the contribution made by the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry.

Review of alcohol industry in Jersey agreed by States

BBC Radio Jersey

A review will be carried out to work out whether Jersey's drinks trade charges too much for beer and other alcoholic drinks.

The review was proposed as an amendment to the 2018 budget by former treasury minister, Senator Philip Ozouf.

The States agreed to the review and will happen next year if the States approve the budget as a whole later today.

Senator Ozouf called for the review as he says alcohol prices in Jersey are "much higher" in Jersey than the UK once duty and sales tax has been removed.

They fought magnificently – divisional commander

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Following the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry's action at Les Rues Vertes their divisional commander, who had been born in Guernsey, wrote to the island's government.

Guernsey has every reason to feel the greatest pride in her sons and I am proud to have them under me fighting alongside my staunch veterans of three years' fighting.

Many officers distinguished themselves, among whom I may first mention Le Bas, and after him, Stranger, Stone and Sangster. I regret casualties of the battalion were heavy, a further proof if needed, that they fought magnificently."

Major-General Sir Henry de Beauvoir De LisleCommanding officer, 29th Division

The islanders had given up their historic exemption from conscription in order to form a regiment.

This newly formed unit had its roots in the island's militia and after leaving Guernsey in June 1917 it lost nearly half its strength in a three-day defensive action during the Battle of Cambrai.

What's in the Jersey 2018 budget

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey are debating a multi-million pound budget for 2018 that includes new taxes, allowances and funding.

As well as increases on cigarette and alcohol duty, the Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean announced plans to reform the tax system and extend the university tuition grants scheme.

These include:

RGLI ‘fought with the steadiness of veterans’

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Battle of Cambrai was the first major action for the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry. They started in a support role but ended up being moved to the front to prevent a German counterattack from breaking through the British lines.

There are no hardier men in the Empire than these Channel Islanders, and they fought as keenly as young troops could, and with the steadiness of veterans."

Report by The Times special correspondent
Guernsey Press article
Priaulx Library

This follow up report from Cambrai was featured in the Guernsey Press, which reported that as a result “the Guernsey flag was hoisted at the Royal Court House” and flags flown throughout the island.

As the now familiar white, red and yellow flag was not adopted until 1982 it’s assumed it was the regimental flag that was flown above the Royal Court.

Six changes for Jersey's trip to Nottingham

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon has made six changes to his side for Friday's trip to Nottingham in the Championship.

The game comes six days after a disappointing performance as the islanders lost 20-10 at home to Yorkshire Carnegie.

Joel Dudley and Oli Bryant link up as both half-backs are replaced - Kieran Hardy moves to the bench while Brendan Cope goes to full-back and Auguy Slowik moves to the wing with Josh Hodson dropping out.

Harvey Biljon
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Roy Godfrey comes into the front row and takes the captain's armband in place of Jake Woolmore, while hooker Jared Saunders is preferred to Nick Sleway and Uili Kolo'ofa'i gets a start at lock in place of James Voss.

Jersey Reds: Cope; Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Slowik; Bryant, Dudley; Godfrey (capt), Saunders, Armstrong, Sexton, Kolo'ofa'i, Joyce, Nagle-Taylor, Rogerson

Replacements: Selway, Woolmore, Atalifo, McKern, Argyle, Hardy, Worrall

St Helier lifeboat closure 'could impact RNLI nationally'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The closure of Jersey's lifeboat station in St Helier may have an impact on the RNLI nationally according to the chairman of the fundraising committee in Guernsey.

Celia Allen made the comments after more than 250 people attended St Helier Town Hall to hear about plans for a new independent lifeboat service.

St Helier town hall meeting
BBC

The station was closed by the RNLI earlier this month after it said it could no longer work with the crew after they announced plans to establish an independent lifeboat service.

Mrs Allen says she's saddened to see the Jersey station close due to the impact it has had on the crew, the RNLI locally and supporters nationally.

The RNLI says it is working to get the St Helier station up and running as quickly as possible and started training volunteers on the inshore lifeboat earlier this week.

A new committee has been established by the former St Helier crew to raise funds to establish an independent lifeboat service for the island.

North Beach gets electric vehicle charging stations

Guernsey Press

Owners of electric or hybrid vehicles will be able to top them up at the North Beach in future, with charging stations now being installed.

Removal of original airport building 'sparked redevelopment'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The need to remove the original 1937 arrivals building from the Jersey Airport site due to safety issues has sparked plans for a major redevelopment project.

Jersey Airport
BBC

The plans by Ports of Jersey will see everything put under one roof in a two-storey open plan building with work expected to start next year if planning permission is given.

Passengers will use the same departures entrance as now but an escalator will take them to an open plan upstairs area with views out to sea.

Airport concept
Ports of Jersey

Work will start on the departures building first before the old building is removed.

The final details are yet to be published, but concept images can be found on the Jersey Airport website.

Jersey politicians continue 2018 budget debate

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians in Jersey will continue debating the 2018 budget today including an amendment calling for an inquiry into the liquor trade in the island.

Senator Philip Ozouf, former treasury minister, has called for the competition watchdog CICRA to launch a full investigation into pricing structures and funding of the island's alcohol industry.

Members will then move on to debate the budget as a whole which includes plans to offer tuition fee grants to all university students, a 20% tax on large retails and other measures.

States of Jersey
BBC

You can listen to the debate on the BBC News budget live page or watch on the States Assembly website.

Islanders in the dark during ‘darkest day’

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The heavy casualties of 30 November 1917 have been called by some the island’s darkest day.

As we mark the 100th anniversary, those at home in Guernsey were completely unaware of the fate of their loved ones.

Graves
BBC

While reports of the battle came through in the newspapers it wasn’t until early in 1918 that the first specific information about the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry came through.

The initial reports said one officer and 14 other ranks were dead, eight officers and 266 other ranks wounded and two officers and 214 other ranks were missing.

News of the missing and wounded filtered in throughout the year – in October 1918 the Guernsey Press was still carrying confirmations of the deaths of soldiers previously reported missing on 1 December 1917.

We can only imagine the experience of those in Guernsey with the fate of so many family, friends and neighbours unknown.

Nearly 1,500 islanders never returned from WW1

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Sir Ian Corder
BBC

Les Rues Vertes was the end of a generation in Guernsey. Overall it is estimated that from an island population of just over 30,000, 8,000 fought in the Great War, of whom 1,470 never returned."

Sir Ian CorderLieutenant Governor of Guernsey

A large piece of carved granite is being unveiled in the village of Marnieres as a permanent memorial to the sacrifice of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry 100 years ago in the Battle of Cambrai.

Islanders set aside historic exemption 'to protect civilization'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The setting aside of the "historic exemption from conscription" to establish the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry must be remembered, the island's lieutenant governor has said.

Sir Ian Corder said in French that it was "not through idealistic patriotism but through a sober desire to fight, alongside their allies, to protect the fundamental values of civilization – irrespective of the cost, which they knew would be dreadful".

RGLI heading off to war
BBC

Channel Islanders value their Norman roots. Many family names of the men who fought here are identical to those on French memorials throughout the Cotentin.

Men of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark were proud to serve their Sovereign - even if their mother tongue was Norman French. This was a British battalion like no other!"

Sir Ian CorderLieutenant Governor of Guernsey

Memorial site decorated for service

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Dignitaries from Guernsey and France are gathering in Northern France to mark the island's contribution in World War One.

A large piece of carved granite is being unveiled in the village of Marnieres as a permanent memorial to the sacrifice of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry 100 years ago in the Battle of Cambrai.

When we saw the site yesterday the building behind had broken windows. Today banners showing poppies and the silhouettes of soldiers give a solemn air to the occasion.

Memorial
BBC
French soldiers
BBC

In Pictures: RGLI parade

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A memorial made of Guernsey granite will be unveiled today in Masnieres, in France.

A century ago today during World War One, the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry stood against relentless attacks by German troops.

The memorial remembers them and the many others who died in the Battle of Cambrai. Dignitaries from Guernsey and France as well as relatives and friends will attend the ceremony

Parade
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Parade
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Parade
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£30,000 increase in money raised by Jersey Poppy Appeal

BBC Radio Jersey

The 2017 Poppy Appeal in Jersey raised £30,000 more than in 2016, raising a total of £199,000 to support local service men and women.

Lt ColTim Daniels, chairman of the Royal British Legion Jersey branch thanked the island community for their "incredible generosity".

He said the money raised would make a real difference to people's lives.

Poppy
BBC

Jersey Airport: £42m transformation planned

Jersey Evening Post

Plans for a multimillion-pound overhaul of Jersey Airport have been unveiled.

Concept images of airport project revealed

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Work will start next year on a major multimillion-pound redevelopment of Jersey Airport including new departure gates and the demolition of the original 1930s arrivals hall.

Departure Gates
Ports of Jersey
The project will include the construction of new departure gates
Jersey Airport
Ports of Jersey
The arrivals hall will be on the ground floor of the current departures building which will also be extended
Airport
Ports of Jersey
A new mezzanine floor will be built into an extended departures building that will have shops and seating for departing passengers

Parade assembles in Masnieres

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey and Sark standards among a number of French as veterans and school children assemble for the parade to the RGLI memorial.

Parade
BBC

Work on bridge to castle is a priority over breakwater

Guernsey Press

A survey is being undertaken with a view to restoring the bridge between the Havelet slipway and the Castle Breakwater.

Today’s weather: Frequent showers and chilly winds

BBC Weather

A rather cloudy day is expected, with frequent showers, and only occasional sunny spells.

Showers could ease a little during the afternoon, although one or two could continue to feed in from the English Channel at times.

Maximum temperature: 7C (45F)

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