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  1. Paradise Papers: Jersey 'won't be affected by negative publicity'
  2. 'Twenty complaints by children in Jersey care since 2014'
  3. Single parents and over 65s living alone 'poorest in Guernsey'
  4. Former Jersey prop gets England call-up
  5. Butter prices going up after supply shortage
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Waiting list for 'mental health classes'

BBC Radio Jersey

A secondary School in Jersey says it's got a waiting list for a new programme teaching the skills needed to manage mental health.

The Resilient School project is running for year ten students and staff at Haute Vallee School.

Maxine Griffiths, assistant headteacher, says it gives students, parents and teachers the skills needed to better manage physical, emotional and psychological health.

Haute Vallee School

Data protection commissioner to step down

Rob England

BBC News Online

The pan-island data protection commissioner for Jersey and Guernsey will leave her post in March 2018, it has been announced.

Emma Martins started as commissioner for Jersey in 2004, and took on duties in Guernsey in 2011.

Recently Ms Martins oversaw the development and implementation of new data protection laws in Jersey and Guernsey in the run up to the adoption of new regulations from the EU, which come into effect in May 2018.

Following her departure the two jurisdictions will appoint their own commissioners.

A States of Guernsey spokesman said the reason for the split was down to "material differences" in the new data protection laws of each island.

Adding these differences would "cause difficulties" for a pan-island commissioner the states were "keen to avoid".

Public employees ‘must feel able to speak out at work’

Jersey Evening Post

States employees must feel they are able to speak out if they want to make a complaint at work, and must not feel like ‘troublemakers’, the Home Affairs Minister has said.

Evening weather: Dry evening with clear spells

BBC Weather

A dry evening with some clear spells, however, cloud will spill in from the northwest overnight, giving some patchy light rain towards dawn.

Turning breezy near windward coasts. Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F)





All new schools to feature sprinkler systems

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

All new schools built in Jersey will have fire safety sprinkler systems fitted as standard including Les Quennevais secondary school which is due to open in 2020.

Les Quennevais School

The education department says only one primary school currently has a sprinkler system, the recently built St Martin's school.

A spokesman says there are no plans to fit them in to existing schools and it would be "costly and difficult" to do so.

Education says it works closely with fire officers and has a robust fire safety and evacuation procedure in place for all schools.

Flybe profits fall by half over previous year

BBC Radio Jersey

Regional airline Flybe has seen its half year profits fall compared to last year. The airline blamed IT costs, maintenance and hte fall in the value of sterling for the reduction.

Flybe, which started in 1979 as Jersey European Airways operates out of Exeter operates between Jersey, Guernsey and the UK.

Although the company had revenues of £418m this year, once costs were taken into account profits were £8.5m compared to nearly £16m this time last year.

Scope of Hotel Dunchoille site development depends on design

Guernsey Press

More than 10 units of residential accommodation could be built at the Hotel Dunchoille site depending on the design, a draft development framework has said.

Deputy says upheld complaints 'part of an intimidation attempt'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

St Helier politician, Deputy Sam Mezec was the subject of several complaints over comments he made on social media over the past three years, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed.

He describes them as being part of a wider "targeted campaign" to intimidate him by an organised group. He says he has had to get the police involved in relation to the groups actions.

Deputy Mezec is the chairman of Reform Jersey, the island's only political party with three members who regularly go up against the Council of Ministers.

Deputy Sam Mezec

In the past few months there have been a series of similarly worded requests for information on prominent opposition politicians including Deputy Judy Martin and Deputy Mike Higgins.

The questions in the FoI request, from an anonymous source, asked about how many propositions and amendments they had brought, whether they were successful, and if they referred to their own parishes.

Deputy Mezec was the only politician to face questions about complaints over his conduct. Three of ten complaints were upheld but he only had to appear before the Privileges and Procedures Committee once where he explained the wider intimidation.

Donkey statue pair call for public support

BBC Radio Guernsey

The couple behind a campaign to put up a donkey statue in Guernsey are calling on islanders to show their support.

Geoff and Jenny Dorey first proposed the idea of a kicking donkey statue at the harbour as a millennium project.

It caused controversy at the time and failed to get either political or planning support.

Since then they have put forward proposals for different sites in St Peter Port but the States is refusing to listen.

Donkey statue

Men urged to comment on benefit rates

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Less than a quarter of responses to a social security benefits survey have been from men, according to the States of Jersey.

Pregnant Woman

The survey is asking people to share their thoughts on benefits people receive when they have a baby or lose a loved one.

In a Facebook posts the States of Jersey asked: " Do Jersey men care less than women about how much we pay in Social Security contributions and what benefits we’re entitled to?

"Even if you don’t find yourself in these positions – these still affect you as you’re paying for them from your contributions every month."

'Best in the world' butter 'the cheapest'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey's butter may be the "best in the world" but it has been the cheapest on supermarket shelves for some time, according to an island dairy farmer.

It's led to shortages of the golden stuff, with the government-owned dairy now raising its wholesale price by 12%.

Some care inquiry documents to be kept off island to ensure witness anonymity

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Archive has started to collate thousands of documents from the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

The £23m inquiry worked through hundreds of thousands of pieces of evidence as part of its research into decades of abuse in Jersey's care system.

Archive Director Linda Romeril says she and her staff will catalogue and index all the material so that anyone who wants to look through it can do so.

Any documents identifying witnesses who asked to remain anonymous will be kept off the island and out of the public domain.

Jersey Care Inquiry
Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

Wind warning issued

BBC Weather

Jersey Met has issued a wind warning for the Channel Islands with force six winds expected later today.

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'Mixed reaction' to proposed States staff contract changes

BBC Radio Jersey

The body representing civil servants in Jersey says it has been busy with calls and emails from staff about proposed changes to their contracts.

The States of Jersey plans to streamline its pay structures and have the same terms and conditions for all staff.

The union Unite says the offer to staff hasn't yet been agreed by the joint unions and the Jersey Civil Servants Association says it has had a mixed reaction from staff.

Cyril Le Marquand house
Cyril Le Marquand house is the main office for many of Jersey's civil servants

La Gibauderie to remain closed until next week

Guernsey States has confirmed La Gibauderie, in St Peter Port, will remain closed until 17 November to allow Guernsey Electricity more time to complete their work.

The work was originally due to end last week, but the closure has now been extended twice.

EU tax blacklist: Island could fail on one test

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey should meet the "majority of criteria" to avoid being blacklisted as a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction by the EU next month but could fall down in one area, an States spokesman has admitted.

Police 'spend £400,000 on overtime in 2017 so far'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police have paid out more than £400,000 in overtime to staff during the past six months, a Freedom of Information Request has revealed.

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Nearly half of that money was in May and June as part of the investigation into the murder of Ana Rebelo.

Ms Rebelo, 51, was found dead in a property on Victoria Street, St Helier, on Tuesday 4 April. So far nobody has been charged with the murder.

Since then the monthly spend on overtime has reduced and in October the bill was just over £50,000.

Alderney questions agenda of TV crew’s slave worker film

Guernsey Press

A TV crew investigating the graves of potentially thousands of World War Two slave workers is causing unrest in Alderney with some islanders fearful of how the island will be portrayed.

Optimists Club to join in Christmas Parade

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Optimists Club in Jersey has confirmed it will be entering the Battle of Flowers Christmas Parade after previously saying it would not take part.

Steve Bouchard from the club says he has been asked by "many members of the public" to take part.

The Christmas Parade sees floats from the summer Battle of Flowers transformed with lights and a festive theme.

The Optimists will be taking part with their second place winning float, Bossa Nova but giving it a Christmas make over and renaming it "Feliz Navidad".

Optimists Club Float

Development levy 'will put money back into community'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey landowners may have to pay a tax to the States if their land is rezoned for development.

Jersey's environment minister says some owners see the value of their land go up enormously if they get permission to build on it.

Deputy Steve Luce says he wants some of that profit to benefit the wider community.

Deputy Steve Luce

For example agricultural land at the moment averages about £7,000 per vergee but if I put a stamp allowing housing on the land it becomes worth hundreds of thousands of pounds per vergee."

Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister

Mud brings extra realism to trench dig

Guernsey Press

The digging of a replica First World War trench by secondary school pupils took on extra level of reality yesterday as heavy rain turned the ground to mud.

Paradise Papers: Blackstone used Jersey trust to avoid tax

BBC News Scotland

Private equity firm Blackstone avoided tens of millions of pounds in UK taxes on property deals in Glasgow and London, the Paradise Papers show.

Documents revealed the company used trusts in Jersey and "complex company structures" in Luxembourg.

The Paradise Papers contain millions of documents leaked from offshore law firm Appleby and others.

Blackstone said its investments were "wholly compliant with UK tax laws".

St Enoch Centre
The St Enoch Centre is a large mall in the centre of Glasgow and was on the list of properties owned by Blackstone

Reds make one change for Scottish clash

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds make just one changes to their starting side for the visit of London Scottish to St Peter on Friday night.

Josh Hodson comes in on the wing to replace injured centre Apakuki Ma'afu.

Ma'afu's place in midfield is taken by skipper Scott van Breda, who moves from full-back to cover him with Auguy Slowik coming from the wing to replace van Breda at 15.

Scott van Breda
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The only other change sees Oli Bryant return to the replacements bench ahead of Jason Worrall having recovering from an injury sustained at Ealing five weeks ago.

Jersey Reds: Slowik; Pincus, van Breda (capt), Best, Hodson; Cope, Hardy; Woolmore, Selway, Armstrong, Sexton, Voss, Rogerson, Joyce, Pitman

Replacements: Saunders, Godfrey, Atalifo, Kolo'ofa'i, Bartle, Dudley, Bryant

Mobile masts 'meet guidelines'

BBC Radio Jersey

A review of mobile phone masts in the Channel Islands has found they all meet international guidelines.

Mobile Mast

The independent audit on the 274 masts was arranged by the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) following the roll out of the 4G networks across the islands.

Sure, JT and Airtel-Vodafone won the right to create the 4G service in 2014 and a recent study by CICRA found they were the fastest in the British Isles.

However the 4G network roll out required significant changes to the existing masts which is what the audit studied.

Fifty-one juvenile sexual abuse cases not taken to court

Jersey Evening Post

Fifty-one allegations of juvenile-on-juvenile sexual abuse have not been taken to court during the past five years due to insufficient evidence, no suspect being traced or a lack of co-operation from the alleged victim, the Jersey Evening Post has revealed.

Butter price rise 'unlikely to put people off'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 12% increase in the cost of Guernsey butter is unlikely to stop people buying the product, Guernsey Farmers' Association has said.

Guernsey Butter

I think local consumers will get a bit annoyed but the fact is the butter is incredibly popular. It is a good product it's just a shame not everyone can get it at the same time.

James WattsGuernsey Farmers' Association

There has been a shortage of butter in the UK and Europe recently which has led to Guernsey butter becoming more attractive on the island.

Former Jersey prop gets England call-up

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Jersey prop Harry Williams has been named among the replacements for England's opening autumn international with Argentina.

Harry Williams
Getty Images

The 26-year-old, who left Jersey after spending the 2014-15 season at St Peter, will win his third cap if he comes on.

He started both of England's tour games to Argentina in the summer, and is only the second former Jersey player to play for England, following in the footsteps of island-born Matt Banahan.

Seal pup avoids big tides

Jersey Evening Post

A seal pup was spotted perching on top of one of the highest rocks in an offshore reef after it was taken there by its mother to avoid this week’s spring tides.

Single parents and over 65s living alone 'poorest in Guernsey'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Single parent households and homes with one person over the age of 65 are the poorest in Guernsey, according to recent States figures.

Old woman
Getty Images

The data comes from the 2015 Guernsey Household Income Report which was recently published. It revealed the average household income before tax and housing costs was more than £70,000 per year.

However, for those in the lowest 20%, including single income families and retired households, the average income was up to £23,872.

However, Employment and Social Security President, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc says low income single parent families are benefiting from enhanced welfare payments aimed at improving their income.

On this day...

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Until 1948 the States of Jersey Assembly included Jurats. These are jurors elected by the legal profession. This changed in 1948 when the island-wide roll of Senator was created.

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'Twenty complaints by children in care since 2014'

BBC Radio Jersey

In the past three years there have been 20 complaints by children and young people about Jersey's care system, it has been revealed.

The figures, which are from a Freedom of Information request, include 12 complaints made to the Children's Residential and Secure Services between October 2015 and September 2016.

Of the 20 complaints, 11 were about staff behaviour and five about the provision of care or the facilities.

The States of Jersey is yet to comment.

Guernsey FC capitulate against Whyteleafe

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC twice threw away a three-goal lead and conceded four times in the final 18 minutes as they drew 4-4 with Whyteleafe at Footes Lane.

Ross Allen gave Guernsey an early lead before Dave Rihoy struck twice to put the home side 3-0 up after 36 minutes.

Sam Clayton pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute, but Guernsey's Craig Young looked to have made the game safe a minute later.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

But 60 seconds after that Jake Connaris made it 4-2 before Nkori-Venceslas Bola got an 84th minute goal followed by an own goal with two minutes left.

The result was the first time Guernsey FC have dropped points having had a three-goal lead in their six-and-a-half year history.

The points lifts the Green Lions up a place to 19th in the Isthmian League Division One South.

Public inquiry ordered into starter-home plan

Jersey Evening Post

A public inquiry is to be held into plans to build 65 affordable homes on two fields in St Peter.

Today's weather: Cloudy with light rain

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy morning with occasional rain and drizzle.

The cloud and rain will clear away to the southeast to leave a bright afternoon with sunny spells and occasional showers.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).


Jersey weather


Guernsey weather

Butter prices going up due to supply shortage

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Dairy has announced the cost of Guernsey butter will go up by about 12% to combat shortages in the island.

Andrew Tabel from the dairy says it lowered the amount of butter exports recently to keep up with local demand but it is still outstripping supply.

There has been a shortage of butter in the UK and Europe recently which has led to Guernsey butter becoming more attractive on the island.

Guernsey Butter

Jersey 'won't be affected by negative publicity'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey "won't be affected by the negative publicity" from the Paradise Papers says Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean.

Senator Alan Maclean

He was speaking to a group of business leaders at an Institute of Directors meeting where he said the work already done to show the world Jersey is a well regulated and transparent finance centre would pay off.

One of the main revelations about Jersey in the Paradise Papers was a suggestion Apple became tax resident in the island in 2015 after a law change in Ireland.

Apple denies moving money out of Ireland that year and Jersey's financial regulator says there is no evidence money was held in the island by Apple.

Senator Maclean told the Institute of Directors that it is important people aren't influenced by perception and instead focus on facts.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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