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Condor cancels crossing following forecasts of severe weather

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‘Alcohol duty rises are ruining the pub trade’

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Feasibility research under way for Guernsey University idea

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Guernsey lily a floral attraction

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Seven Bailiwick restaurants listed in new Michelin Guide

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BachmannHR puts in bid for inter-island ferry service

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Indonesia investigates StanChart over S$1.91 billion transfer

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Condor cancels crossing following forecasts of severe weather
The Guernsey to Jersey leg of Thursday's crossing from Poole to the Channel Islands will no longer go-ahead. Consequently the evening crossing from Jersey to Guernsey has also been cancelled. The Condor Rapide service from Guernsey to St Malo via Jersey has been brought forward by one hour and 55 minutes. Jersey Met is forecasting winds of up to gale-force eight around Jersey and severe gale-force nine mid-Channel on Thursday night as an area of low pressure moves across Britain   Read More ...
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RBS ‘is bringing the bank back to its roots’
The bank has centred its funds management banking in Jersey as part of the moves it is making to comply with ring-fencing requirements for British banks from January 2019, creating 120 jobs as a result. Eight of those jobs have been created in Guernsey. RBS chief executive Ross McEwan, speaking during a three-day visit to Jersey, confirmed the moves, which have been developing over the past year   Read More ...
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Places: Europe |  N.W. Europe |  Guernsey | 
‘Alcohol duty rises are ruining the pub trade’
Stephen Taylor, owner of the Cock and Bull pub, said it was cheaper to go out for a drink in the City of London than in Guernsey. ‘Our industry is quite key to the tourist industry and is slowly getting crippled. ‘The price is so high now that it is an expensive night out to go for a drink. ‘People are coming over here and are surprised at how much it is to have a meal and a drink, it’s more expensive than the City of London   Read More ...
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Services to fostering recognised by the Queen
Lilian Bale spent 45 years of her life fostering children with her late husband, Peter. She was 28 when she and her husband took on the first family group, which meant siblings could be kept together. However, she struggled to see them move on, so they converted two houses on Les Genats Estate into a foster home. The couple would have up to eight children at a time, bringing them up alongside their own children Sara and Chris   Read More ...
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Le Chalet ‘not viable as hotel’ – planning appeal
But the appeal panel has also rejected plans for 17 flats on the Fermain site, on the grounds of the proposed design. Vista Hotels Ltd bought the site in 2010 and closed it in 2012. The company had planned to redevelop the the area with a ‘valley vision’, which included the nearby four-star Fermain Valley Hotel. It also included converting the former Le Chalet into 17 apartments, but planning permission for that was rejected on the grounds that the hotel was still viable   Read More ...
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States bond: I would have borrowed more if I could have, says Deputy St Pier
This came out at the Scrutiny Management Committee’s public hearing, following its external review into the bond. Started in 2015, the £330m. bond, 15% of the island’s GDP, is set to be used over 32 years to debt-fund large projects around the island. Nearly three years in, only a fraction of the money has successfully been loaned on to fund projects such as these, leaving a large portion of it untouched   Read More ...
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Feasibility research under way for Guernsey University idea
Only two States-owned sites are said to be big enough and free from other commitments – the former Castel Hospital and part of Belgrave Vinery. ‘We are looking into potential courses of study, potential partner universities, potential sites, looking into the financial model for the operation of the university, and various potential funding models,’ said Deputy Charles Parkinson, who is on the working party investigating the option   Read More ...
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Cyber risk expert in warning to insurers
Cyber risk expert James Trainor, the former head of the FBI’s cyber division and now senior vice-president within Aon’s Cyber Solutions Group, said a 2014 study by the Centre of Strategic and International Studies that attributed annual losses of $445bn to cybercrime was now vastly underestimating the current position. ‘Various organisations have done research over the last couple of years and some suggest that the figure will go up to $6trillion,’ said Mr Trainor, who cited increased connectivity as one of the biggest factors for this rise   Read More ...
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‘Absurd plan only benefits doctors’
Policy & Resources president Gavin St Pier has entered the growing row over the plan, saying it will lead to taxpayers’ money paying for a property that will benefit the company’s partners, but not patients. The MSG is paid £17m. a year to provide secondary healthcare for the States, a contract only just re-negotiated. It now wants to move to Park Place, but both Health & Social Care and now Deputy St Pier argue it should go to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital   Read More ...
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Cattery mural a second win for Hemu
The 17-year-old was joint winner of the Sovereign Art Foundation Art for Guernsey scholarship and has now won the Floral Guernsey Young People’s Award for her mural on the cattery at the GSPCA. ‘I’m really pleased,’ said the Blanchelande College student. ‘The mural flowed because I draw animals in my spare time, I really enjoyed it.’ The mural took Miss Khankashi 10 days of near non-stop work to complete and is an adaptation of her entry into the Sovereign Art Foundation’s competition   Read More ...
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Charities will get gift aid on small donations from 2019
The revised gift aid scheme, which is detailed in the 2018 Budget, will enable charities to claim a grant on all individual donations of £10,000 or less, the Association of Guernsey Charities has said. However, acceptance for the relief will have to come from a newly-established Social Investment Commission, which will use public and private funds to invest in the charitable and third sector   Read More ...
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Fourth firm to bid for inter-island ferry service
The BachmannHR Group – a Guernsey-based offshore employment services firm – is to join Condor, Manche-Iles Express and Bumblebee Marine in tendering for the route. Although details of the proposed operation have not yet been publicly announced, it is understood that Jersey and Guernsey States would underwrite the venture. It is hoped the service – to run between Jersey, Guernsey and possibly Alderney – will operate daily during the summer next year   Read More ...
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Taxi drivers defend fixed fee for airport
The fare has been brought to light by a regular taxi user, who wishes to remain anonymous, who said he discovered the charge when he tried to book a cab to pick him up when he returned to the island. He said he was told that the drivers had got together and decided to charge a premium rate of £17 for ordered airport taxis, irrespective of how far the passenger wanted to go   Read More ...
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Guernsey lily a floral attraction
Held in the Victorian greenhouse, the event is open from 10am to 4pm daily up to and including Saturday 21 October. Festival organiser Rose Rankilor said Plant Heritage Guernsey had applied for national collection status, which took many years to achieve, and Plant Heritage UK was expected to give its decision on possible acceptance during November. Nerine sarniensis, or Guernsey lily as it is more commonly known, was a show-piece, but the collection was about hundreds of other cultivars too   Read More ...
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Seven Bailiwick restaurants listed in new Michelin Guide
They are Le Nautique, The Auberge, La Sablonnerie, The Slaughterhouse, Red, The Hook and Fleur du Jardin. The only restaurant of the group to be noted as one of the guide’s ‘best addresses’ was La Sablonnerie in Sark. The hotel and restaurant was given two rosettes for the 25th year running along with the Michelin plate, which is awarded to all those in the guide for ‘fresh ingredients, capably prepared: simply a good meal’   Read More ...
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Aviva buys a major stake in island-linked Wealthify
The deal is being reported as something of a change of heart for Aviva in its decision to enter the fintech market. The company said it was part of its move to build customer loyalty by offering customers insurance and investment services through its digital hub, MyAviva. Wealthify will be accessible to Aviva customers through the hub and the business also intends to accelerate development with Aviva’s backing   Read More ...
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Sueco trio will show cooking skills at Homelife Show
They will be at the Pavillion K&B stage kitchen and will demonstrate signature dishes. Patrick Filipe, Sueco’s new head chef, will be introducing many interesting ideas on new dishes, while Matt Simpson will be showing off signature dishes with full-time apprentice Bradley Travers. Mr Travers has been working with Sueco for the last two years and won a Tabasco UK competition earlier this year, beating many students from high-profile UK catering colleges   Read More ...
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Tags: Food and Drinks |  Cooking | 
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BachmannHR puts in bid for inter-island ferry service
The BachmannHR Group has expressed its interest to run between Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. CEO Nick Saul said his company had many years’ experience in the marine industry, including providing crew, advice and expertise to many of the world’s leading shipping companies. ‘Only last year we were contacted by the States of Guernsey to provide assistance and solutions when Condor Liberation was restricted from operating due to regulatory issues,’ he said   Read More ...
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Consultants’ move from near hospital a concern
The group has applied, via the property’s current owner, Harmsworth Pensions Funds Trustees Ltd, for a change of use for the current HSBC Private Bank offices at Park Place, Park Street, to medical specialist. If successful, it is understood that MSG will seek to acquire Park Place and to relocate its entire operation from Alexandra House and Mill House in Ruettes Brayes   Read More ...
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Indonesia investigates StanChart over S$1.91 billion transfer
JAKARTA — Indonesia is investigating reports that US$1.4 billion (S$1.91 billion) held by Standard Chartered Plc in Guernsey, mainly on behalf of Indonesian clients, was transferred to Singapore just before the island moved to new tax transparency rules, tax and regulatory officials said. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Guernsey's Financial Services Commission were looking into that movement of assets in late 2015 — months before the Channel Island adopted a global framework for the exchange of tax data   Read More ...
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Indonesia says investigating StanChart US$1.4 billion transfer to Singapore
JAKARTA: Indonesia is investigating reports that US$1.4 billion held by Standard Chartered Plc in Guernsey, mainly on behalf of Indonesian clients, was transferred to Singapore just before the island moved to new tax transparency rules, officials said. A source familiar with the matter said late last week, confirming news reports, that the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Guernsey's Financial Services Commission were looking into that movement of assets in late 2015 - months before the Channel Island adopted a global framework in the exchange of tax data   Read More ...
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Places: Singapore |  Indonesia |  Guernsey | 
Closed shops miss out on trade but tourists harbour no grudges
An estimated 600 people disembarked from The Black Watch, which arrived from Rouen en route to La Rochelle. An estimated 110,000 cruise line passengers disembarked in Guernsey 2017 despite 12 weather-related liner cancellations. VisitGuernsey said the benefits of cruise tourism are now being seen in repeat visitor statistics. Passengers returning to Guernsey on non-cruise holidays rose from 0.5% in 2015 to 3   Read More ...
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Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism |  Tourists | 
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Indonesia says investigating StanChart $1.4 billion transfer to Singapore
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is investigating reports that $1.4 billion held by Standard Chartered Plc in Guernsey, mainly on behalf of Indonesian clients, was transferred to Singapore just before the island moved to new tax transparency rules, officials said. A source familiar with the matter said late last week, confirming news reports, that the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Guernsey’s Financial Services Commission were looking into that movement of assets in late 2015 - months before the Channel Island adopted a global framework in the exchange of tax data   Read More ...
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Standard Chartered $1.4bn Guernsey transfer investigated
A $1.4bn (£1.1bn) money transfer between the Guernsey and Singapore offices of Standard Chartered is under investigation by financial regulators. The assets were moved in 2015, before the Channel Island adopted new rules on exchanging tax information with other countries. The accounts were flagged as suspicious by employees within the company, according to Bloomberg. Standard Chartered Plc said it was unable to comment   Read More ...
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Standard Chartered Faces Inquiry Over $1.4 Billion Transfer by Indonesians
LONDON — Regulators in Guernsey and in Singapore have opened an inquiry into Standard Chartered over the transfer of about $1.4 billion by clients with links to the Indonesian military. Standard Chartered, which is based in London but does most of its business in Asia, conducted an internal review of the transactions and self-reported them to regulators, a person with knowledge of the investigation who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said on Friday   Read More ...
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French ferry firm to seek inter-island tender
Manche-Iles Express has been running a route from the Channel Islands to Normandy since 2005 and a limited inter-island service since 2014. Economic Development has gone out for expressions of interest from companies wanting to run a daily passenger service between Guernsey and Jersey, which could attract a subsidy. Last year the company undertook 54 inter-island crossings in the six months between April and September   Read More ...
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Planning pays off as all on track on eve of Pride of Guernsey 2017 awards
Tomorrow night around 200 invited guests, including all 36 finalists, will be enjoying a popular new feature in Guernsey’s awards calendar. Among those attending are the Lt-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, and Lady Corder, and the Deputy Bailiff, Richard McMahon, and his wife, Sue-Yin. The event will mark year two of the tributes, which are aimed at acknowledging and rewarding islanders who do extraordinary things every day   Read More ...
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Alderney gannets’ appearance in ITV’s Liar is no coincidence
The hit series Liar has had nearly five million people glued to their sofas over the last month. It’s a did he/didn’t he five-episode suspense drama about a charming but sinister surgeon called Andrew Earlham – played by Ioan Gruffudd. It also stars Downton Abbey star Joanne Frogatt. In the last episode the pregnant investigating police officer, DI Vanessa Hormon, was shown relaxing with a healthy drink, watching a nature documentary on TV, unaware that her smoothie had been spiked and that she was about to be attacked   Read More ...
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Recycling campaign aims to net the ‘unusual suspects’
The What Goes Around Comes Around initiative, which is being launched locally as part of Recycle Awareness Week 2017, focuses on everyday products made from materials that people have recycled – anything from mobile phones to football kits to detergent bottles and sweet packaging. Waste prevention and recycling officer Ben Henry said research in the UK had identified that while almost 90% of packaging that comes from the kitchen is recycled, only 52% of the items we have in the bathroom is   Read More ...
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Sark plans milk import ban to protect its dairy
In a joint report, the Agriculture, Environment, Sea Fisheries & Pilotage Committee and Policy & Performance Committee hit out at the importation, which it says is ‘heavily subsidised’ by the Guernsey taxpayer. Chief Pleas will also be asked to secure the future of the island’s dairy through government taking control of the main site and enough grazing land to support it through long-term rental or lease agreements, and then potentially sub-letting this all out   Read More ...
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Tags: Dairy farming |  Milk | 
Places: Europe |  N.W. Europe |  Guernsey |  Sark | 
Smudge the missing pet cat is home after eight-week search
Katie and Rob Sweeney’s black and white cat went missing from the Four Paws Country Pet Hotel on 4 August while they were on holiday. Upon their return they started searching immediately for the eight-year-old family cat. There have been a number of sightings since and an active social media campaign was set up to help find the missing pet, but to no avail   Read More ...
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Household waste bills set to rise twice next year
A letter to all douzaines outlines progress on work to implement the new strategy, which will see any rubbish left after recycling shipped to Europe, most likely Sweden. States’ Trading Assets has called the douzaines to a meeting on Wednesday 4 October for a presentation that will allow them to go out to tender for new collection contracts. Ahead of the new system coming in, the gate fee at Mont Cuet will rise by 5% – pushing household bills up on average by 40p per month   Read More ...
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Young Business award winner dancing in streets at success
Brandi Attewell launched her dance school, B Creative, in 2010 and worked on it part-time while holding down a full-time job at Island FM until committing full-time to the business, including turning it into a limited company, earlier this year. Over seven years she has trained more than 100 street dancers, from four years of age to adults, and helped hundreds more to get fitter with a variety of weekly Zumba classes   Read More ...
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Funding for assisted places at Colleges amendment fails
Deputies Gavin St Pier and Lyndon Trott’s amendment contained a suite of options, the most prominent being plans for £2.3-£2.8m. worth of annual funding, which would allow the three colleges to set up assisted places. As an alternative it proposed scrapping States support altogether following the end of special placeholders, however this proposition received little support in the Assembly. 17 deputies voted for the amendment, 22 against   Read More ...
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Population law review ‘should be on fast bus not slow road’
After delivering his regular update on the committee’s work, which includes preparing a report on the new law’s impact on the tourist industry, Peter Ferbrache said that it would press ahead with that regardless of the wider review already taking place. ‘The hospitality sector cannot take the slow road to China, it has to take the fast bus from Torteval to Town,’ he said, after being questioned by Deputy David De Lisle   Read More ...
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College funding proposal dismissed as ‘fairy tale’
After Education, Sport & Culture president Deputy Paul Le Pelley presented the committee’s plans to reduce funding to the colleges to £900,000 a year, which he said provided a perfect ‘Goldilocks’ balance, Deputy Heidi Soulsby responded: ‘To me his whole policy looks like a fairy tale’. Deputy Le Pelley said their plans gave the three colleges ‘a lucrative cushion which could allow [them] to become even more choosy and their possible fees could rise still higher’   Read More ...
Categories: Education | 
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Shops struggle to find bags suitable for Aurigny flights
The airline will be introducing charges for hold luggage from next month as part of a new pricing structure. Ahead of that, it has faced criticism from passengers struggling to meet its requirements for carrying bags on board after new size gauges were introduced at airports and more strictly enforced. Buyer for Creasey’s Peter Le Page said it has always had problems stocking the right product   Read More ...
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Olivia brings her Art for Guernsey
Featuring 40 meticulously rendered and minutely detailed pen drawings, many of which feature local landscapes and settings, it’s the work of Olivia Kemp, who has been brought to the island by Art for Guernsey. ‘I am a collector of art and I spotted Olivia’s work in the James Freeman Gallery in London,’ said Art for Guernsey founder, David Ummels. ‘I made an approach and she liked the project   Read More ...
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Tags: The Arts | 
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Locally-registered 737 will be busier than most executive jets
The Boeing 737 jet, now operating under the call sign of 2-BASG, is expected to fly between 600 and 800 hours a year on charter, at a guide price of $16,000 an hour. More expensive and upmarket jets will fly perhaps just a third of those hours on corporate charter. However 2-BASG still has enough high-end features to impress. It has just 26 passenger seats and three lounges on board   Read More ...
Categories: Business | 
Places: Guernsey | 
August a record month for Aurigny on Gatwick route
Latest figures show the airline carried more than 31,200 passengers from Guernsey during August – the highest number it has ever carried on a route in a single month. It comes as the airline continues its preparations to take control of its own ground handling at the airport – a move announced at the same time as it said it was pulling out of London City because of a lack of demand   Read More ...
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