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Summary

  1. All-weather lifeboat to return to Jersey this afternoon
  2. Islands not on tax blacklist - EU officials
  3. Jersey ports performance to be checked
  4. Loss-making Alderney routes 'should be preserved'
  5. Sark football boss 'fancies his chances' against YouTubers
  6. Updates on Tuesday 5 December 2017

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  2. Lifeboat return brought forward 'due to weather'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: All-weather lifeboat returns to Jersey

    The return of the RNLI all-weather lifeboat George Sullivan to St Helier was brought forward due to deteriorating weather conditions over the week, a spokesman for the charity has said.

    The Tamar class vessel was originally due to return to the island by the end of the week.

    Crew from the Jersey’s other RNLI lifeboat station at St Catherine were at the harbour to welcome the boat on to the pontoon.

  3. Gatwick staff move aims to improve communication

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    States-owned airline Aurigny has started using its own ground handling team at Gatwick Airport.

    It means check in, baggage handling, boarding and aircraft preparation will all be handled by Aurigny employees, rather than contracted staff.

    Staff and plane
    Quote Message: This should help us to improve the way we handle disruption and improve the way we can communicate with passengers. Of course, it is a big step and it’s going to be incredibly busy in the first few weeks, but I’m confident this is the right move for the airline and Guernsey as a whole." from Dave Cox Aurigny’s Ground Operations Manager
    Dave CoxAurigny’s Ground Operations Manager
  4. All-weather lifeboat safely moored in St Helier

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    George Sullivan in port

    The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat the George Sullivan has returned to harbour in St Helier.

    The Tamar class vessel successfully arrived from Poole at about 17:00.

    A spokesman said the return of the vessel was an “important milestone” in returning a full lifesaving service to Jersey.

    George Sullivan in port
  5. Senator Sir Philip Bailhache in first official visit to India

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, Jersey's Minister for External Relations, will make his first official visit to Mumbai and New Delhi.

    Senator Sir Philip Bailhache

    Meetings with government ministers, senior officials and business representatives on Wednesday to Friday are aimed at developing closer ties.

    Jersey has seen an increasing use of island investment vehicles to channel money into India for infrastructure projects and the island hosts a number of Indian firms.

    Senator Bailhache said there was a "strong potential" to further relations amid a "growing demand for secure and efficient cross-border transactions".

  6. Residential builds on green zones 'significant departure from Island Plan'

    Plans to build on two sections of green zone land in Jersey will be the subject of planning inquiries.

    The Minister for the Environment, Deputy Steve Luce, has called for the inquiries on both proposals because if approved, they would be a significant departure from the island plan.

    This is because there is a presumption against development in the green zone.

    An inquiry about proposals for a four-bedroom home and a new holiday village of 27 two and three-bedroom self-catering units, at Tamba Park, St Lawrence will start on 19 February and last five days.

    A second public inquiry will examine plans to build 65 homes on La Route du Manoir, St Peter will start on Monday, 5 March and is expected to last three days.

  7. 'Your chance to shape health services'

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    The chairman of a group set up to get feedback on the island's health service says it is up to islanders to shape the future of their health service.

    Carewatch was set up six months ago to act as the voice of the community during a time of transition to a new model of healthcare.

    Martin Gavet and Roger Allsopp

    Retired surgeon Roger Allsopp (right) says the group is in a strong position because it will speak directly to the Committee for Health and Social Care.

    "It's up to everyone in Guernsey to participate to keep this island healthy.

    "If we can listen to people, we can see what's needed, we can talk to the board and we've got a real opportunity of people being involved in changes that will effect us all," he says.

  8. Digital 'age of consent' planned

    Naomi Dunning

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Thirteen-year-olds in Jersey could legally be allowed to go on social media sites without the consent of their parents under new data protection laws due to be debated by the States next month.

    The draft law suggests a new digital age of consent, at 13, when children can legally use social media sites, for example. It's already law in the UK, the US and the European Union.

    Below that age, parents and guardians have to give their consent.

  9. Call to probe £10k Facebook campaign

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The president of Guernsey's Education, Sport and Culture Committee has hit back at critics in the wake of a PR campaign that backfired.

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley is calling for an immediate investigation by the States Internal Audit.

    It follows the resignation of committee Vice President Carl Meerveld, who said he took full responsibility for spending public money on a Facebook page promoting his committee's preferred option for a three-school model of secondary education.

    Then followed intervention from the top table in the form of a statement from Deputy Gavin St Pier saying investigations appeared to show other members of education were involved as well as Carl Meerveld.

    Mr Le Pelley has returned with a strongly worded request to Gavin St Pier to initiate an audit immediately.

  10. Avoiding EU blacklisting: Future tax changes required

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey and Guernsey's government still face the prospect of finding themselves on the EU's tax blacklist if they don't address concerns about their tax systems.

    The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man were not on a list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions agreed by EU finance ministers today.

    However, as developed countries, they have a year to address concerns centered on their tax regimes facilitating offshore structures which "attract profits without real economic activity".

    Guernsey Chief Minister Gavin St Pier says his government will engage directly to "further strengthen our approach to economic substance".

    Senator Ian Gorst
    Image caption: Jersey Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst

    Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst says discussions could include creating enhanced reporting obligations or "changes to our legislation on economic substance".

    Senator Gorst hinted at law changes after the Paradise Papers revealed Apple became tax resident in Jersey after a law change in Ireland.

  11. 'Political' tax blacklist a 'missed opportunity'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A group that campaigns for tax transparency has labelled today's EU blacklist - which has omitted Jersey and Guernsey - as "politically led".

    EU finance ministers approved a list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions, or tax havens, earlier today.

    Tax Justice Network CEO Alex Cobham says the list appears to be a "political fix" with members picking their "least favourite countries" rather than producing an objective list.

    “While EU members like the Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg are the greatest procurers of global profit shifting but are excluded; and while the UK has sought to frustrate the blacklisting of its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories at every turn, the list is hard to take seriously," he says.

    Both Jersey and Guernsey's governments said their omission was the result of their commitment to tax transparency.

    They will have to report back to the EU by the end of next year after concerns were raised over the role their offshore industries played in attracting profits without real economic activity.

  12. Guernsey tax blacklist omission 'fully justified'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's chief minister has welcomed the EU's decision not to blacklist the island as a non-cooperative jurisdiction, or tax haven.

    Seventeen jurisdictions, including Panama, Barbados and Bahrain are on the blacklist, but all three of Britain's Crown Dependencies are not on it.

    Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, are, however committed to reporting back by the end of 2018 on what they are doing to address facilitating offshore structures attracting profits without real economic activity, or "substance".

    Gavin St Pier
    Quote Message: This clear reaffirmation from the EU that Guernsey is a cooperative jurisdiction is very welcome, fully justified and should be of no surprise to anyone who knows us." from Deputy Gavin St Pier Guernsey Chief Minister
    Deputy Gavin St PierGuernsey Chief Minister
  13. BreakingGovernments welcome EU tax decision

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey and Guernsey's governments have welcomed the decision of EU finance ministers not to include the islands on a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, or tax havens.

    Both islands are not on the blacklist of 17 jurisdictions, which includes Panama, Barbados and Bahrain.

    They have, however, asked to address concerns the EU has on their tax regimes facilitating offshore structures which "attract profits without real economic activity".

    Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst said: “This outcome reflects the island’s commitment to the highest standards of tax transparency and information exchange. We cooperated fully with the Code Group throughout the screening process, and have actively pursued a good neighbour policy in our relations with the EU. These positive interactions have borne fruit."

  14. Jersey not on tax blacklist, despite charity calls

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey hasn't been put on the EU's blacklist of tax havens despite calls from Christian Aid and Oxfam to include it.

    The European Union has released a blacklist of 17 countries - which includes Bahrain, Barbados and Grenada.

    It says these countries are not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes, after 10 months of investigations by officials.

  15. All-weather lifeboat expected in Jersey at 16:00

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The RNLI says the St Helier lifeboat station's all-weather vessel is expected to return to port at about 16:00, depending on weather conditions.

    The boat was withdrawn by the charity and sent to Poole in November after the lifeboat station closed.

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

  16. Analysis: More resignations could follow

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Sign
    Image caption: Gone are the days of the Board of Administration - but are the political problems Guernsey is currently experiencing down to the new system of government?

    Two Guernsey politicians have resigned in a fortnight and other resignations could well follow. But does that prove our new system of government isn't fit for purpose, as some have suggested?

    Possibly, but only more time will tell.

    Last month on a Sunday Phone In I put it to Deputy John Gollop that the first cracks had started appearing in the new system of government after two key committees were at loggerheads over the population management law.

    I believe since then the cracks have widened to a similar size to some of those in the L'ancresse anti - tank wall - another issue which remains unresolved by the way.

    The key resignations of Deputies Carl Meerveld and Peter Ferbrache come at a time when some of the most important issues facing this assembly are being debated.

    Some may simply just see this as the cut and thrust of politics but I think if you're in government you shouldn't underestimate the damage this is doing to the States as a whole.

    Voters won't forget the handling of certain issues come the next election, we've seen plenty of previous evidence of that in the past.

  17. BreakingIslands not on tax blacklist - EU officials

    Reuters

    European Union finance ministers have adopted a blacklist of tax havens which includes 17 non-EU jurisdictions seen as not cooperative on tax matters, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said.

    American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates are the countries listed, officials said.

    Mr Le Maire said that other 47 jurisdictions are included in a public "grey" list of countries that are currently not compliant with EU standards but have committed to change their tax rules.

    The Channel Islands and Isle of Man do not feature on the blacklist.

    More to follow.

  18. First stages of all-weather training completed - RNLI

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The return of the St Helier lifeboat station's all-weather vessel is an "important milestone" in restoring lifesaving services to the area, the RNLI has said.

    The charity says the first stages of training a new crew for the boat are complete.

    Quote Message: Volunteers with previous lifeboating experience have already completed the first stages of their all-weather training in Poole and will now return to the island, with the recently serviced lifeboat. We hope to have the boat back in full service with the new crew by the end of March 2018." from Liam Krige Area Lifesaving Manager, RNLI Channel Islands
    Liam KrigeArea Lifesaving Manager, RNLI Channel Islands

    The boat was withdrawn last month and the lifeboat station closed by the RNLI after a dispute with the old crew.

    Video content

    Video caption: Crew sacked and station closed in RNLI St Helier dispute

    Prior to the boat's removal, the old crew told the charity they wanted to split from the RNLI after disputes with local management.

  19. BreakingAll-weather lifeboat to return to Jersey this afternoon

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The RNLI has announced the all-weather lifeboat "George Sullivan" will return to Jersey this afternoon.

    The boat was withdrawn by the charity and sent to Poole in November after the lifeboat station closed.

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

  20. New levy will raise house prices - building boss

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey builders are claiming the price of an average house could go up by more than £13,000 if the States introduce a new tax.

    The Infrastructure Levy would affect new homes, and is payable by landowners who get their property re-zoned for housing.

    Jersey housing being built

    Speaking at the Construction Council's AGM, chairman Martin Holmes said the tax was an inflationary measure.

    "It's highly likely that land prices will rise, QED, house prices will rise and that's something the industry is not scaremongering about.

    "They are very keen to ensure it doesn't happen because at the end of the day we very much appreciate the need for affordable homes on this island," he said.