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Summary

  1. Knife crime 'high' on Guernsey Police's agenda
  2. Channel Islands welcome UK parliament's company ownership debate deferral
  3. Guernsey sporting legend Ralph Anthony dies aged 67
  4. Jersey teachers reject latest pay offer
  5. Rise in Jersey's electricity prices 'inevitable'
  6. Updates from Monday 4 March 2019

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  1. CI weather: Showers before sunny spells on Tuesday

    BBC Weather

    Monday night will have clear intervals and showers. Some of the showers will again be heavy with a chance of thunder. Strong westerly winds will moderate a touch.

    Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

    Tuesday morning will have sunny spells and scattered showers while the afternoon will be cloudy with some more persistent rain moving in. Fresh to strong south-westerly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

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  2. Former Guernsey deputy Francis Quin dies

    BBC Radio Guernsey

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    Tributes are being paid to former Guernsey deputy Francis Quin, who passed away at the weekend at the age of 78.

    He first joined the States in 2000, topping the poll on his first election.

    His career included serving on the Recreation Committee, in the Home Department and the Culture and Leisure Department.

    Tributes included Chief Minister Gavin St Peter saying Mr Quin was never "without ... a smile on his face".

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  3. Knife crime 'high' on Guernsey Police's agenda

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's new head of law enforcement says his officers in Guernsey will do everything they can to prevent knife crime.

    In recent weeks, several teenagers have been stabbed to death in London, Greater Manchester and Birmingham.

    Ruari Hardy said the issue ranks highly in Guernsey Police's agenda going forward...

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    Video caption: Several teenagers have been stabbed to death in the UK in recent weeks
  4. Crown Dependency governments welcome debate deferral

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

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    The governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have welcomed the decision of the UK government to defer debate of the Financial Services Bill and its associated amendments.

    It was announced earlier the debate - aiming to force Crown Dependencies to make company ownership information of island firms public - had been postponed.

    In a joint statement, all three governments said the deferral "provides the opportunity for meaningful engagement with UK ministers and parliamentarians on the matter of public registers of beneficial ownership, in a way that does not contravene the well-established constitutional relationships between our Islands and the Crown".

    It noted that all three dependencies wanted to move forward in a way that "does not breach the rule that the United Kingdom does not legislate for the Crown Dependencies on domestic matters without our consent".

    "We are committed to exchanging adequate, accurate and current information on beneficial ownership to combat tax evasion, money laundering and corruption," the statement said.

  5. Financial Services Bill debate dropped by Parliament

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Financial Services Bill debate aiming to force Crown Dependencies to make company ownership information of island firms public has been postponed.

    Chief ministers from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are holding meetings in London in efforts to thwart transparency measures which could be forced on the islands.

    Shadow Treasury Minister Jonathan Reynolds argued on Twitter the amendments had been "nakedly pulled" to prevent the government being defeated.

    The proposed rules were looking to enforce new tax transparency rules by the end of 2020.

    Jersey States has welcomed the news that the bill has been dropped by Parliament.

    Constable Richard Buchanan, the assistant chief minister, said Jersey has a "highly robust" regulatory system.

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  6. Rise in Jersey's electricity prices 'inevitable'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Power prices in Jersey will rise by 3.5% from April, Jersey Electricity has said.

    The rise, which is the second in five years, is below the latest inflation figure of 3.9% and will add about 65p a week to the average domestic bill of £965 a year.

    Jersey Electricity's CEO, Chris Ambler, said the rise was "inevitable" following the fall in foreign exchange rates and other inflationary pressures.

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    Quote Message: We import 95% of Jersey’s electricity and our supply agreement with EDF in France combines a fixed price component with the ability to hedge our purchasing over a rolling three-year period. These hedging arrangements have sheltered our customers greatly in recent years, but the sustained weakness in sterling relative to the euro eventually flows through into our costs." from Chris Ambler CEO, Jersey Electricity
    Chris AmblerCEO, Jersey Electricity
  7. Car window smashed in Guernsey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The window of a parked car was smashed in Vale, Guernsey Police have said.

    It happened on Picquerel Road between 15:00 on 28 February and 15:00 on 2 March.

    The silver Peugeot Partner was parked next to a telephone box, officers added.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 725 111.

  8. Planning application for self-catering homes in St Martin

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There could be five new self-catering holiday homes in Jersey.

    A planning application by Peter Green Builders Ltd proposes a redevelopment of La Rue in St Martin.

    It involves demolishing a car paint shop and converting a garage, workshop and offices.

    Applicants Lee Glover and Andrew Robinson are working with Visit Jersey on the project - which says there's a shortage of self-catering holiday homes in the island.

    Mr Robinson said he is "confident" there is enough demand for holiday homes like this and it will be an "improvement" on what's there now.

    "It will enhance the area and be all granite - the traditional build," he added.

    The application can be found on the States website.

  9. Jersey road closure for fatal crash investigation work

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    St Peter's Valley in Jersey will be closed for about two-and-a-half hours later to allow investigation works to take place into a fatal crash.

    On Saturday, 18-year-old Aaron Banks died when the red Suzuki Jimny he was driving crashed with another car.

    The States of Jersey Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses.

    The road will be closed between Mont Fallu and Tesson Chapel between 11:15 and 13:40.

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  10. Winds of force eight expected across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There's an orange weather warning in place for wind across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

    It added winds of gale force eight are "imminent".

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  11. Jersey teachers reject latest pay offer

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's teachers strike is back on after they rejected the latest pay offer from the States.

    A strike planned last week was called off so a new deal from the States Employment Board (SEB) could be looked at.

    Andy Woolley, from the National Education Union (NEU), said he was "shocked" at how quickly his members turned it down.

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    He said it reflected the mood of anger among teachers who felt "undervalued after years of below inflation pay rises".

    The offer had been for the rate of inflation plus 1.3%, which Mr Woolley said was brilliant in theory but a disaster in practice.

    A date for the next strike has not yet been set.

    The States of Jersey had said previously said little money was available to increase pay further.

  12. Weather: Cloudy with showers

    BBC Weather

    Monday morning will be mostly cloudy with rain at times while this afternoon will have sunny spells and blustery showers.

    Some heavy bursts of rain are possible with a chance of thunder.

    Strong westerly winds.

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

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  13. Crown Dependency chiefs lobbying MPs in London

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Chief ministers from Britain's Crown Dependencies are holding meetings in London on Monday morning in efforts to thwart transparency measures which could be forced on the islands.

    On Friday, it emerged various amendments had been lodged to the UK's Financial Services Bill, being debated by MPs later.

    They seek to force Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man to make company ownership information of island firms public.

    Campaigners said offshore leaks had shown anonymous companies were open to abuse.

    The dependencies insist the move is unconstitutional and their private registers of company ownership are adequate.

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    Image caption: Crown Dependency chiefs Gavin St Pier (Guernsey), Howard Quayle (Isle of Man) and John Le Fondré (Jersey)

    One amendment lodged by Tory MP Andrew Mitchell and Labour's Margaret Hodge forces the islands to have publicly-accessible business registers.

    Under the plans, they will be in place by the end of 2020 "for the purpose of the detection, investigation or prevention of money laundering".

    Their amendment adds that the UK government must provide "all reasonable assistance" to the islands in setting the registers up.

    It has the support of at least 40 MPs, including former Tory cabinet ministers Ken Clarke, David Davis and Sir Oliver Letwin, senior Labour backbenchers Margaret Beckett and Ed Miliband, and deputy Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson.

    Ian Blackford, who leads the SNP group in Westminster, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas have also put their name to the amendment.

    The dependencies governments said they were "proactively engaging with the UK government and parliamentarians" to argue for rejecting the amendments.