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Summary

  1. Jersey RNLI inshore lifeboat back in service
  2. Meerveld resignation: Politician 'responsible' for page
  3. Jersey's government is being urged to make education for pre-school children a priority
  4. Three-hundred-and-seventy-one weapons handed in across the Bailiwick
  5. Updates on Monday 4 December 2017

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Politician 'went beyond his brief' with £10K Facebook campaign

A deputy who resigned today after asking a PR agency to promote a proposed States education policy "went beyond his brief", according to Guernsey's education committee.

In a statement the committee said Deputy Meerveld was asked to "engage" with the agency and "obtain creative ideas".

Adding, they did not authorise him to organise a publicity campaign for the States.

"He has accepted that this was a mistake and has now resigned," the committee said.

Its response comes after allegations the £10,000 for the campaign had been taken from funds given to the committee to explore the possibility of a two-school model for Guernsey's secondary education system.

The committee deny this, and say the £93,000 earmarked for the two-school model plans were not used on the campaign.

A spokesman said: "The committee was very clear that monies could not be used from that source."

Business as usual says Waves boss

A call for a judicial review over the operation of the Waves air-taxi service is not a matter for the firm to comment on says Waves CEO Nick Magliocchetti.

The appeal by Blue Islands is due to return to Guernsey's Royal Court later this week.

The airline argues the way Waves is operating means it needs an air transport licence, which it does not have.

Plane and logo
Waves

We are a Guernsey-based company, listening to the local community demanding more flexible travel solutions and employing local staff whenever possible. We are adding value both to the island’s community and economy."

Nick MagliocchettiWaves CEO

Weapons amnesty: What happens to the firearms?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Police officer
BBC

Some of the 55 live firearms handed in to Guernsey Police will be destroyed, the force says.

Others are being kept awaiting the formal licensing process.

Items of significant historical interest will be valued independently, allowing the person who surrendered them to decide whether they wish to sell, or donate the items to a museum, Ch Insp Phil Breban says.

Weapons handed in to Guernsey Police during amnesty
BBC

WW2 torpedo and other finds

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Part of a World War Two torpedo found by police on a Herm beach this weekend is just one of many wartime devices found and assessed by Guernsey Police's Bomb Disposal Unit.

It is thought Saturday's discovery could be a buoyancy compensator section of a torpedo, so not dangerous.

But plenty of explosive remnants of war have been blown up down the years.

After the war half the force performed bomb disposal duties alongside their normal roles.

Officers have dealt with thousands of items, and currently deal with about 24 items each year.

Part of a WW2 torpedo
Guernsey Police

Weather: Largely cloudy and dry overnight

BBC Weather

Winds will remain light this afternoon.

Tonight it will be largely cloudy and dry, however there is a chance of one or two light showers in the far west.

Under any clear skies some fog patches may form.

Jersey:

BBC Jersey weather forecast
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Guernsey weather forecast
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EU tax blacklist due to be released tomorrow

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

EU finance ministers will gather tomorrow to decide whether to approve an EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions, or tax havens.

Ian Gorst, Pierre Moscovici and Gavin St Pier
States of Guernsey and Jersey

The Economic and Financial Affairs Council will decide whether or not to adopt the list, with a decision expected by the afternoon.

It is not yet known if Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man will feature.

Politicians from the Channel Islands met with Economy and Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici last month to discuss their "continued commitment" to meeting EU standards on matters of tax transparency and economic substance, the island governments said in a joint statement.

Drink-drive campaign: 'We need your help'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Police are appealing for the public's help as they launch their 2017 Christmas campaign to clamp down on drink-driving.

More than half of previous prosecutions as part of the annual campaign were down to the public’s help, police said.

In 2016, 143 drivers prosecuted for drink driving in Jersey. 72% were men.

Chance to have your say on Jersey's culture, arts, and heritage

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There are two meetings next week for islanders to give their views as the States of Jersey forms its new culture strategy.

The States has already spoken to groups in the arts, community and heritage groups, government departments, constables and consuls representing different national groups residing in the island.

You can have your say at the Société Jersiaise, Pier Road, on Monday, 11 December, from 19:00 to 20:30 and again on Tuesday, 12 December, from 12:30 to 14:00.

Free calendar aims to reduce amount of food going to waste

Guernsey Press

Islanders are being encouraged to start picking up good habits to help reduce the amount of food they waste.

Food safety teacher digests Co-op decision

BBC Radio Jersey

A food safety and hygiene teacher at Jersey's Highlands College says he'd think twice about serving out of date food to his family.

The Channel Islands Coop says it will watch the results of an initiative in England where out of date food is being sold at discounted rates.

Pawel Kulon says he would personally take the risk, but would think twice about serving out of date food to others.

"If I was cooking for my family, that would be another question.

"Do I want my family to take the same risk I take?"

Public to be asked about university fees

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Ministers and officials will meet later this week to discuss the details of new plans to increase funding for higher education.

Last week, the treasury minister announced more financial support for students and their families.

Details are still being released following the announcement during the 2018 budget, but education says it should encourage more people to go on to higher education after school.

Next week a consultation will be launched asking islanders what they think of the States paying the fees for most students and increasing the amount they're given to live on.

Tracy Mourant, from the Education Department, says it'll be a chance to find out what people think.

Former Jersey priest 'apologises' to congregation

BBC Radio Jersey

A former Jersey parish priest who left the island after years as rector of St John has been forced to apologise to his new congregation, after it was claimed he described them as cold and unwelcoming.

In a letter to the congregation of All Saints Church in Burbage, Wiltshire, he reportedly said they were arrogant and liked to gossip.

The Bishop of Salisbury read a copy of the letter, and called the Reverend Andy Thewlis to a meeting to explain himself.

A diocese spokesman said Reverend Thewlis has since written to his congregation to apologise, and is now taking a three-month sabbatical while he considers his future.

Ross Allen

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says the club will adapt following prolific striker Ross Allen's move to New Zealand.

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Charities can apply for lottery funds

BBC Radio Guernsey

Bailiwick charities can now apply for Christmas Lottery funding.

Tickets for this year's draw are already selling fast, with the first prize currently £845,000.

Charities can apply online for a lottery grant, or for further information.

The deadline is 31 January 2018.

Autumn weather stats: Jersey

Twitter

It might only be 20 odd miles away, but autumn was a little warmer and quite a lot wetter in Jersey than it was in Guernsey, data shows.

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Autumn weather stats: Guernsey

Twitter

It was drier and duller than average in Guernsey over the past three months, data from the Guernsey Met Department shows.

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Clinton Pringle: Plan for park memorial

Jersey Evening Post

A memorial to Clinton Pringle, the child who was fatally injured after being hit by a van in Tunnell Street in June 2016, in the form of a pond, paddling pool or play area could be built in the Millennium Town Park, the St Helier constable has said.

£10K spend on Facebook page was 'against staff advice'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A £10,000 social media campaign to promote a three-school vision for secondary education was agreed by education's politicians against the advice of civil servants, it has emerged.

Education, Sport and Culture Vice President Carl Meerveld has resigned, taking "sole responsibility" for asking an external PR company to set up the Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

The States senior committee Policy and Resources says the whole education committee reversed an earlier decision, taken on 8 November, when it accepted officer advice that "this was not an appropriate campaign to embark on".

Blue Islands challenges States 'air taxi' decision

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

An airline which markets itself as an "on-demand air taxi service" is operating outside of Guernsey air licensing rules, it has been claimed.

Waves aircraft
Waves

Court documents filed on behalf of airline Blue Islands show the company believes Waves should not be exempt from having a licence as an "air taxi service", as in its view, it does not meet the criteria set by the States.

Waves launched in September and is operating flights between Guernsey and Jersey.

Blue Islands has called for a judicial review of any decisions made by the States Transport Licensing Authority.

The airline believes Waves does not meet the criteria of an "air taxi service" because it sells individual seats, rather than a whole aircraft being chartered.

Blue Islands says it understands seats have also been marketed on flights that have no passengers booked on, which it says is another contravention.

Finally, the airline adds Waves sets the flight destination, and not the customer, another breach.

The matter will return to Guernsey's Royal Court later this week.

Blue skies over St Peter Port

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Brass for sending in this lovely picture of St Peter Port Harbour.

So lovely, it's an editor's pick for the day.

St Peter Port Harbour
BBC

'It feels like I'm retiring'

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Ross Allen
Fran Torode

Guernsey's football community has been saying so-long to record goalscorer Ross Allen this weekend.

The GFC striker is leaving the island for New Zealand, but says he might be back in a green shirt in the future.

"It feels like I'm retiring this week," he said.

"It's a really funny feeling because I've had all this nice stuff mentioned in the press and people saying thank you."

Despite the accolades the 30-year-old, who has scored 239 goals in 226 games, insists his playing days are far from behind him.

He would like to keep playing into his late 30s.

Review 'could look at RNLI breakdown'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey politician says there should be a review into what happened between the RNLI and the St Helier all weather crew.

Deputy Steve Luce, a former lifeboat volunteer, says there are still too many unanswered questions.

He says it would be good to get a better idea of how the relationship between the two sides deteriorated, and a review would be very helpful.

"Once we have [lifeboat] cover, then maybe we need to look and see where we're going, why we're here, and maybe that's a direction [a review] we should look at," he said.

The St Helier lifeboat crew asked to split from the RNLI after the sacking and subsequent reinstatement of the Jersey station's coxswain earlier this year.

Allen 'could be back' in green

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey FC's all-time leading scorer hasn't ruled out returning to the club in the future.

Ross Allen being substituted in his final game
Fran Torode

Ross Allen, 30, has left the island for New Zealand, where he plans to play club football.

"I'm just so grateful to have been a part of it from the start, from day one," he told the BBC.

"I don't know what's going to happen, I could be back in a few months, in a year, two years.

"I've still hopefully got a few good years of playing left."

Mobile priority for competition regulator

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Man holds mobile phone
Thinkstock

Getting the Channel Islands ready for high speed 5G mobile services is just one of the future priorities for the consumer watchdog.

Value for money, and a fresh publicity drive of Guernsey competition law are some of the other priorities.

The regulator, the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CIRCA), is asking for the public's views on its objectives for next year.

It wants to highlight the 2012 Guernsey Competition Law with public bodies and to promote the benefits competition can provide them. CICRA says awareness of the Guernsey law is significantly underdeveloped.

In the telecoms sector CICRA says in the medium-term there could be a cut in fixed line and mobile operators in the Channel Islands.

As a result, the watchdog wants consumer protection similar to that of the UK, and prices are set at a sustainable and equitable level.

Sunny November recorded in Jersey

Twitter

Jersey certainly lived up to its reputation of being one of the sunniest parts of the British Isles last month, with 109 hours of sunshine, the most for 11 years.

The number of sunshine hours was significantly higher than the monthly average of 85.

It was also slightly warmer than average, at 10.3C (50.5F).

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‘Waves is operating illegally’ - Blue Islands

Guernsey Press

Airline Waves is operating illegally, its rival Blue Islands will argue in court.

November 'drier than average' in Guernsey

Twitter

Last month was slightly warmer, drier and sunnier than average, figures released by the Guernsey Met Department show.

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Weapons hand-in effort 'tremendous'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police says it's happy with its haul of 371 weapons as part of a two-week amnesty last month.

The weapons, including shotguns, pistols and knives, were handed in voluntarily across the islands.

Ch Insp Phil Breban said he was "really pleased" with the number of islanders who handed weapons in, meaning it would now be less likely these items would fall into the wrong hands.

Guernsey Police with some of the weapons handed in
Guernsey Police

To collect more than 300 weapons in a fortnight is a tremendous effort, and I would like to thank everybody involved."

Phil Breban (right)Chief Inspector, Guernsey Police

Victim asks court to go easy on attacker

Jersey Evening Post

A man who was punched in the face in a St Helier pub urged prosecutors to show leniency when dealing with his attacker because the two had made up.

Group scrutinising marriage laws

BBC Radio Jersey

A government review group says same-sex marriages in Jersey could be null and void if they don't get the new equal marriage law right.

A scrutiny panel is looking at the laws this week.

Deputy John Le Fondre, the group's chairman, says this law has wide-reaching consequences.

"It affects 30 odd separate laws, and obviously it will have a significant impact on quite a large number of the population at some point in their lives," he said.

WW2 torpedo found in Herm

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

World War Two Torpedo on Herm
Guernsey Police

A bomb disposal team from Guernsey was sent to Herm at the weekend after reports of an unusual object being uncovered during a very low tide.

It is thought it could be a buoyancy compensator section of a torpedo, and was therefore free from any explosives.

It will now be recovered and may go on display as part of war walks events in Herm next year, police said.

Guernsey weapons haul: In numbers

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Three-hundred-and-seventy-one weapons were handed in to Guernsey Police as part of a two-week national initiative.

Weapons surrendered to Guernsey Police
Guernsey Police

The most unusual, no doubt, was a substantial replica Star Trek blade.

Among the haul were 27 shotguns, 13 pistols, seven revolvers, eight rifles, 189 knives, 13 swords, and a spear gun.

There was also a replica mace.

Stark trek blade
Guernsey Police

Minister backs RNLI return

BBC Radio Jersey

RNLI lifeboat leaves St Helier for Poole in November

A Jersey minister says getting the St Helier inshore lifeboat back in action is a step in the right direction.

Environment Minister Steve Luce, a former lifeboat volunteer, says the priority has to be getting both boats back into action. The RNLI is bringing its inshore boat back into service today but all-weather lifeboat the George Sullivan is still in the UK after a dispute between the charity and former crew.

Deputy Luce said: "Now that the inshore boat is back and ready to go I'm sure they will be concentrating all their efforts on trying to get the George Sullivan back in St Helier and working as quickly as possible."

BreakingThree-hundred-and-seventy-one weapons handed in

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A national police amnesty has seen 371 weapons and about 3,000 rounds of ammunition handed in across the Bailiwick, police say.

Weapons
Guernsey Police

Operation Aztec ran between 13-26 November.

Among the 371 weapons there were 55 live firearms, 202 blades and 114 other weapons.

'No immediate plan' to sell beyond best before dates

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Channel Islands Co-op won't be joining a fellow independent supermarket in selling food beyond its "best before" dates, its CEO says.

A supermarket aisle
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Colin Macleod says he became aware of the initiative last week and plans to look into it further to see whether it could be an option in the Channel Islands.

East of England Co-op will become the first major retailer to sell food beyond its best before dates.

The chain's 125 stores in East Anglia will sell dried foods and tinned products for just 10p in a bid to cut food waste.

The UK throws away 7.3 million tonnes of food every year, according to the Food Standards Agency.

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