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Summary

  1. Guernsey shares forfeited millions with US
  2. Crime levels in Guernsey fell in 2016, report shows
  3. Jersey looks to strengthen migration controls
  4. Inter-island ferry delay 'down to Jersey'
  5. Politicians questioned on botched PR campaign
  6. Guernsey headland work could 'bring back lost species'
  7. Updates on Friday 8 December 2017

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Alderney States funds island-wide broadband upgrade

Alderney could have the fastest average broadband speed in the Channel Islands if islanders sign up for an upgrade.

During 2018 the Economic Development Reserve will be used to pay for the installation and upgraded contracts for both households and businesses.

Sure has already commenced installation of new infrastructure to develop the network and reduce line lengths to households and businesses, as well as investing in an upgrade of the core fixed network to increase capacity."

Justin BellingerChief Digital Officer at Sure
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The two-year contracts will provide up to 60MB per second at Sure's Superfast rate of £35.99 a month with the States fund paying the difference between islanders' current contracts.

The government-funded initiative will also see connection upgrades or new routers paid for.

At the end of the two-year period, householders and businesses will be able to revert back to the original agreement and speed at no additional cost.

The States also plans to run a number of business and social initiatives in a bid to offer greater opportunities for home working, e-training, e-health and business start-ups.

Storm gate to remain closed

BBC Radio Jersey

Due to continuing strong winds the Elizabeth Marina Storm Gate will remain closed tomorrow, Ports of Jersey has said.

Industrial action leads to cancelled sailings

BBC Radio Guernsey

Condor Ferries has cancelled this evening's services from St Malo to Jersey and some of Saturday's sailings between the islands and the French port.

The firm says it is "due to further industrial action by St Malo Port Stevedores, which has flared up this afternoon".

Condor Rapide
BBC

No passengers will be allowed to board in St Malo, so the Condor Rapide will sail back to the islands empty.

Cancelled Services

  • Friday 8 December - St Malo to Jersey departing at 18:30
  • Saturday 9 December - St Malo to Jersey departing at 08:00
  • Saturday 9 December - St Malo to Guernsey departing at 08:00

Bus service Accessibility Card gets backing of campaigners

The Guernsey initiative allows anyone with difficulty using public transport to discreetly let the driver know their needs.

The scheme allowing islanders to let bus drivers know about any sight, hearing, speech, or other factors they want to be considered is being supported by the Guernsey Disability Alliance under its Make a Change campaign.

Card
CT Plus
Card
CT Plus

As an example CT Plus said the credit card sized card allows the holder to let the driver know about a sight or speech impairment or require the driver to tell them when they reach a certain destination.

CT Plus said the cards have been made available to associated charities across the Bailiwick and can also be requested from the bus terminus information kiosk.

Black returns for Guernsey FC

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has recalled Ryan-Zico Black for Saturday's trip to Sittingbourne in Isthmian League Division One South.

The former Nothern Ireland Under 21 international has not played since being sent off in September.

Ryan-Zico Black
Fran Torode

Jason Winch is also back having featured only twice in the last 14 months after a knee injury while Jamie Dodd returns after suspension.

But with Glyn Dyer injured and Craig Young, Dave Rihoy, Angus Mackay, Alex Le Prevost, Kyle Smith and Dom Heaume all unavailable Vance takes a relatively inexperienced squad to their eighth-placed opponents.

Guernsey squad: Dennis, Marsh, Geall, F Tobin, Dodd, H Tobin, Winch, De La Mare, Black, Dodds, Gauvain, Skillen, Loaring, Legg.

Jersey make five changes for Cup match

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds have made five changes to their side for the British and Irish Cup match with London Scottish.

Hooker Nick Selway returns after being on the bench for the 19-all draw at Nottingham while Fijian international prop Leeroy Atalifo also comes in.

Nick Selway
BBC

There are two other changes in the pack as Dave Mckern replaces Jerry Sexton in the second row and flanker Max Argyle makes his first start since September after recovering from injury and comes in for Conor Joyce.

The one change in the backs sees Jason Worrall replace the injured Auguy Slowick on the wing.

Jersey: Cope; Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Worrall; Bryant, Dudley; Godfrey (capt), Selway, Atalifo, Mckern, Kolo'ofa'i, Argyle, Nagle-Taylor, Rogerson

Replacements: Macfarlane, Woolmore, Armstrong, Voss, Joyce, Hardy, Abrahams

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Returned US millions shows authorities' 'dedication'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The return of more than £10m of criminal proceeds laundered through Guernsey to the US is testament to the "dedication and persistence" of local law enforcement, a senior Guernsey lawyer says.

The money has been returned under a 2015 bilateral asset sharing agreement with the US Department of the Treasury.

The £10.6m stems from two cases, the first in relation to the owner of an online poker company who defrauded customers, and had funds based on the island. The second case was £1.2m seized from Paul Hindelang, a large-scale importer of Colombian marijuana to the US in the 1970s and 1980s, who had laundered assets in Guernsey.

Megan Pullum Q.C.
States of Guernsey

This case illustrates the dedication and persistence of Guernsey law enforcement authorities in working with overseas authorities and in successfully bringing a case to conclusion despite the process taking several years. It is an excellent example of successfully tracing and identifying proceeds of crime across jurisdictions and of repatriating such proceeds."

H.M Procureur Megan Pullum Q.C.

Guernsey-based criminal cash transferred to US

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Guernsey will transfer more than £10m stemming from criminal activity to the US, the first time it has done so.

In 2015, the two jurisdictions signed a bilateral asset sharing agreement, with the US Department of the Treasury sending more than $2m in 2016.

The money in today's announcement stems from two cases.

The first was the owner of an online poker company who defrauded customers, and had funds based on the island. Raymond Bitar was prosecuted in New York in 2013 for his crimes.

US dollars
AFP

The second was Paul Hindelang, a large-scale importer of Colombian marijuana to the US in the 1970s and 1980s, who had laundered assets in Guernsey.

John P. Cronan, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, said: "Today’s announcement sends a strong message that the Department of Justice and our counterparts in Guernsey will not rest until defendants are brought to justice and denied the illicit proceeds of their crimes."

Jersey golf legend Tommy Horton dies

BBC Radio Jersey

One of Jersey's most successful sportsmen, professional golfer Tommy Horton MBE, has died.

The father and grandfather played in two Ryder cups, won 15 tour events around the world, 23 senior tour wins and the order of merit on five occasions.

Mr Horton was a well-known professional player and a lifetime member of the Royal Jersey Golf Club.

He was at the club last night, but became unwell and later died in hospital.

The club's general manager Darren Attwood said he was a legend in the game and always had time for those around him.

Guernsey shares forfeited millions with US

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

For the first time, Guernsey officials are sharing forfeited money with the US, following criminal cases in New York and Florida.

The forfeiture comes from two cases, including an online poker company called Full Tilt defrauding clients.

The second case involved Paul Hindelang, a large-scale importer of Colombian marijuana into the United States during the 1970s and 1980s.

US cash
Getty Images

The sharing of $14.3m (£10.6m) is the second of its kind, since a bilateral asset sharing agreement between Guernsey and US was set up in 2015.

On the other occasion in 2016, the US Department of the Treasury shared more than $2m (£1.5m) with Guernsey.

The money being transferred is half the amount recovered in Guernsey stemming from the two cases with Guernsey retaining an equal amount.

Immigration policy will 'strengthen controls'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Plans to curb immigration to Jersey will strengthen the ability of the island to control the population, the island's chief minister says.

States of Jersey migration policy
States of Jersey

The Council of Ministers wants to bring in time-limited work permits for lower-paid workers, proposing temporary or seasonal workers should be allowed to stay for up to 10 months, while year-round workers will be allowed to stay for up to four years.

Senator Ian Gorst, said: "This new policy will strengthen our controls, ensuring that migration is not too high or too low, enabling us to limit the impacts on our services, infrastructure and culture. It will also give us the flexibility we need to respond to fast moving technological developments and the challenges of an uncertain future."

'Ninety non-native species could invade Jersey seas by 2040'

Jersey Evening Post

The island is powerless to stop an invasion of more than 90 non-native sea species over the next two decades, a marine expert has warned.

Scrutiny hearing: Chief minister 'contributed to hysteria' on schools

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A member of Guernsey's education committee has accused the island's most senior politician of contributing to the hysteria surrounding secondary school reform.

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen was speaking at a scrutiny hearing on the recent resignation of Deputy Carl Meerveld following a botched PR campaign.

Deputy Gavin St Pier gives evidence
BBC
Deputy Gavin St Pier (centre) giving evidence to the hearing

Deputy Dudley-Owen told the hearing the statements provided by Deputy Gavin St Pier were irresponsible and factually incorrect.

Deputy St Pier is currently responding to the claims in his evidence.

Crime levels fell in 2016, report shows

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Levels of crime in Guernsey continue to fall, according to figures released in an annual report.

Data for 2016 from the law enforcement report shows criminal damage, assault, theft and drug offences were the most common crimes.

There hasn't been a report for 20 months but overall recorded crime is lower than 2015, while detection rates have improved slightly.

The report says the Bailiwick remains a low crime area.

What is changing is the use of technology with smart phones and computers frequently being used by criminals for drugs offences, scams or sophisticated financial fraud.

The High Tech Crime Unit was involved in 202 investigations in 2016 and examined more than 800 devices like phones and SIM cards.

Domestic abuse continues to be a problem with officers increasingly working with social services where children are involved.

Golfing legend Tommy Horton dies

Jersey Evening Post

Golfing legend Tommy Horton has died after falling ill at the Royal Jersey Golf Club on Thursday.

Scrutiny hearing: Politician 'met with three PR agencies'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician who resigned from the island's education committee in a row over a botched PR campaign has told a scrutiny hearing he did have the authority to engage with a PR agency for a Facebook campaign.

Deputy Carl Meerveld met with agency LR&D along with two other unnamed companies on 9 November.

Deputy Meerveld explained he had authority from the committee's president after a formal meeting ended the previous day.

Despite that he told the hearing he was solely accountable for the episode.

Business group welcomes immigration debate

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's Institute of Directors (IOD) has welcomed the publication of a new island migration policy.

The Council of Ministers wants to bring in time-limited work permits for lower-paid workers, proposing temporary or seasonal workers should be allowed to stay for up to 10 months, while year-round workers will be allowed to stay for up to four years.

IOD Chairman Chris Clarke welcomed the debate on the matter but hopes the island does not become "fixated" on numbers and negative sentiment around immigration.

Living on an island, we acknowledge that with any policy there will need be compromise but I am hopeful that with proper dialogue and a pragmatic approach the new policy can provide benefit to all: whether that is business, large or small; workers in finance or in hospitality; young and old; rich and poor; local or migrant.

Chris Clark
IOD Jersey

If we simply look at numbers we will never achieve the optimal result. We must welcome people from all over the world and build a vibrant, diverse, resilient community enabling a prosperous economy to ensure that the island is indeed sustainable.”

Chris ClarkIOD Jersey Chairman

Breaking£73k spent on two-school model, hearing told

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A sum of £73,000 has been spent by Guernsey's States to look into an alternative two-school model for secondary education.

The figure was confirmed by the Policy and Resources committee during a scrutiny hearing taking place this morning.

The hearing was told that sum of money had no specific PR budget.

Criminal checks part of new immigration measures

BBC Radio Jersey

People wanting to move to Jersey could face criminal checks if new plans to limit migration are approved.

The Council of Ministers says the checks would make the island safer and reduce the demands on the justice system.

States of Jersey net migration figures
States of Jersey

Similar systems are used in Guernsey and the Isle of Man, with Guernsey refusing entry to anyone with a serious criminal record.

Ministers say there are constitutional challenges facing the plans, as being part of the British Isles makes it difficult to stop British citizens moving here.

There are similar agreements for people from parts of Europe.

Work permits and crime checks for immigrants?

Jersey Evening Post

Work permits will be introduced for low-skilled migrant workers, and people coming to the island will face criminal background checks, if proposals lodged by the chief minister to control Jersey’s population are approved.

Inter-island ferry delay 'down to Jersey'

Sue Coryndon

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician says a delay meaning businesses have been unable to submit plans for an inter-island ferry route is down to Jersey's government.

Two of the four companies bidding to run the route have expressed concern over how long the successful ferry operator will have to prepare to run the Jersey-Guernsey route, due to be launched in May 2018.

They are yet to receive tender documents after expressing interest in running the route six weeks' ago.

"We have approved them [tender documents] here in Guernsey, they are now with Jersey and we await their response," Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher says.

"We are fully aware that if we don't have a response from Jersey soon there is a danger that the service might not actually materialise, I'm fully aware of that, but we cannot do it without Jersey, it's a joint venture."

The States of Jersey is yet to comment.

Political intrigue at scrutiny hearing

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Observers at a scrutiny committee meeting
BBC

It looks like most of those assembled to watch this morning's "snap" public hearing are politicians.

Along with memers of the public they're witnessing a probe by the scrutiny committee into how Guernsey's education committee sanctioned a PR company to run a £10,000 Facebook campaign.

Observers at a scrutiny committee meeting
BBC

Alliance ‘leading to cleaner water’

Jersey Evening Post

A partnership between the States, a utility company and farmers to improve Jersey’s water quality is making a difference, a government department says.

Icart work could 'bring back lost species'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Leaving areas of scrubland to grow on Guernsey's coastline would damage biodiversity, according to Guernsey's principal environmental officer.

Work is under way to restore coastal grass and heathland at Icart to curb a build up of scrub in the area. A 2010 States survey said 42% of coastal heathland has been lost historically.

Species including the cuckoo, Dartford warbler and turtle dove have all been lost as breeding species.

Andy McCutcheon
BBC

What we're looking to do is restore lost habitats and bring back some of the species that were lost and we are in danger of losing."

Andy McCutcheonPrincipal Environment Services Officer

Rain clouds captured over Guernsey

BBC Weather Watchers

We were told earlier that today would be a good one for cloud spotting, and that's exactly what our BBC Weather Watcher/cloud fancier Chris Cumulus has been doing.

He's sent in this rural scene, cows and all, from Guernsey.

Clouds over Guernsey
BBC

'Extend clause to those who oppose same-sex marriage'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey's government has been urged not to rush into new laws allowing same-sex marriage.

The Jersey Evangelical Alliance has written to a scrutiny panel looking at the law to argue people with strongly held religious views could be discriminated against under it.

Although religious officials are protected against discrimination laws if they refuse to marry a same-sex couple, the alliance says those providing services around a marriage don't have that protection.

It wants the States to extend a "conscience clause" to those with strongly held beliefs too.

The panel also heard from the equality charity, Liberate.

It's worried extending that to include businesses that don't want to serve same-sex couples would send out the wrong message.

Gale warning continues

Twitter

A gale warning remains in force across the islands, with force seven northwesterly winds persisting today.

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Politicians face questions on botched PR campaign

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A "snap" public hearing is taking place at 09:30 to look into how Guernsey's education committee sanctioned a PR company to run a £10,000 Facebook campaign.

A previous scrutiny hearing
BBC
A previous scrutiny hearing

The Facebook page, which was later taken down, promoted the committee's preferred three-school model for secondary education. In January, politicians are expected to decide on the model, or a two-school alternative.

Members of the public can attend the scrutiny hearing at St Martin's Community Centre.

You will be able to observe but are not allowed to comment or ask questions.

A good day for cloud spotting

Twitter

Work under way to restore Icart Point

BBC Radio Guernsey

Icart headland
BBC

Work is under way to restore coastal grass and heathland on Guernsey's south coast at Icart Point.

A 2010 survey found 42% of Guernsey's coastal heathland had been lost.

Andy McCutcheon, principal environment services officer, says habitat loss has been because scrub has taken over.

Weather: Rain could turn to sleet and snow later

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

There will be a mixture of some scattered showers, which could turn to sleet or snow this evening.

Some brighter intervals will occur between those showers, but there will be a brisk northwesterly wind.

The wind will touch gale force at times and feel particularly chilly, with a high of 5C (41F).

Alex Osborne presents the Channel Islands forecast
BBC

Suggestion to regulate social housing

BBC Radio Jersey

New laws could be introduced to regulate companies that provide social housing in Jersey.

Deputy Anne Pryke has suggested a regulator looks into rent levels, the quality and maintenance of homes and if people are able to live safely and independently in them.

Company finances would also have to meet performance standards under the plans being debated by the States assembly in January.

Inter-island ferry warning: 'Get on with it'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's government is being urged to get on with sending out tender documents if it wants to see an inter-island ferry operating by May 2018.

Bumblebee's vessel seen by air
BBC
Bumblebee's vessel on the way from Guernsey to Alderney

The Bachmann Group and Bumblebee Marine are bidding for the route alongside established operators Manche Iles Express and Condor Ferries.

Bumblebee's managing director Dan Meinke says the tender process may take two months, leaving a period of just 10 weeks for an operator to ready an inter-island service.

A spokeswoman for the Committee for Economic Development said full tender documents will be released "very soon" once agreed by island governments.

'Lack of transparency' in PR campaign - industry chairman

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Guernsey is describing a botched government PR campaign as unethical.

The institute is critical of those involved in education's attempt to promote its three secondary school model, which caused the resignation of Deputy Carl Meerveld last weekend.

CIPR Chairman Mark Oliphant says it should have been made clear the States was behind the campaign to avoid misleading the public.

"It made it look like it potentially could have been just a public forum established by activists supporting a certain viewpoint.

"It wasn't clear that actually it was a paid for campaign by, and supported by the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

"Clearly that lack of transparency doesn't represent professional public relations," he says.

The education committee said the campaign was not authorised and will be explaining its actions to a snap scrutiny hearing this morning.

Jersey looks to strengthen migration controls

BBC Radio Jersey

A system limiting how long someone can work in Jersey could be introduced as a way of reducing the number of people coming to live in the island.

St Helier
BBC

The Council of Ministers wants to bring in time-limited work permits for lower-paid workers, proposing temporary or seasonal workers should be allowed to stay for up to 10 months, while year-round workers will be allowed to stay for up to four years.

Ministers say lower-paid workers who stay permanently are putting extra pressure on public finances, as they pay less tax but become eligible for benefits and social housing.

They believe permits would increase the churn in the labour market, and reduce the number of people getting entitled to work status by about 700 each year.

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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