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  1. Weather: Rain clearing, but cloud will stick around

    BBC Weather

    Friday night will be cloudy with patchy rain at first but this will clear to the west.

    Cloud will then break but cloud is likely to roll in from the east towards dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 3 to 8C (37 to 46F).

    Saturday should be dry but it will be rather cloudy at times. Some sunshine should break through, especially through the middle of the day.

    Maximum Temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

  2. Weather: Mostly showers but some periods of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Friday night will still see some showery rain at first but this should clear to the west by midnight.

    The cloud will then break to leave increasingly lengthy clear periods.

    Minimum Temperature: 6 to 10C (43 to 50F).

    Saturday will be fine for much of the day with lengthy periods of sunshine.

    However, late in the afternoon and into the evening there is a risk of some rain spreading from the south.

    Maximum Temperature: 8 to 13C (46 to 55F).

  3. Cornish man's Titanic artefact on display

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A thermos flask belonging to one of the Cornish heroes of the Titanic is to go on display at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

    The flask belonged to Arthur West, who helped his pregnant wife and two daughters onto a lifeboat before perishing with the ship.

    Mrs Ada West later recalled the events of the night of 14 April 1912:

    Quote Message: We were all asleep when the collision took place, but were jolted in our berths – my husband and children not even being awakened, and it was only the hurrying of passengers outside the cabin that caused alarm. The steward bade us all get up and dress thoroughly with plenty of warm things. Arthur placed lifebelts upon the children and then carried them to the boat deck. I followed carrying my handbag. After seeing us safely into the lifeboat Arthur returned to the cabin for a thermos of hot milk, and, finding the lifeboat let down he reached it by means of a rope, gave the flask to me, and, with a farewell, returned to the deck of the ship." from Ada West Cornish Titanic survivor
    Ada WestCornish Titanic survivor

    That was the last his family saw of their husband and father.

    The flask is on loan from a museum in the United States and will be on display in Falmouth from 13 April, the eve of the 107th anniversary of the tragedy.

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  4. Driver arrested after pedestrian, 83, injured in crash

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    An 83-year-old pedestrian suffered "several broken bones" in a crash in St Helier on Thursday.

    The collision, which involved a silver Mercedes, took place at about 09:30 at the junction of La Route Du Fort and Cleveland Road.

    The vehicle was driving towards the tunnel at the time.

    junction

    The driver, a 70-year-old man, was arrested at the scene for causing serious injury by careless driving and was later released on police bail while inquiries continue.

    The elderly male pedestrian remains in hospital and is receiving treatment.

    Police in Jersey are asking for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

  5. Prince Charles has a pint in St Austell

    Prince Charles

    Prince Charles visited St Austell Brewery in recognition of the company’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

    The brewery was awarded the honour last year for sustainable development initiatives.

    St Austell Brewery’s chief executive, James Staughton and head brewer, Roger Ryman accompanied Prince Charles on a tour of the brewhouse, where he met members of the brewing team and local barley suppliers.

  6. Three vehicles involved in A30 crash

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Three vehicles are involved in the crash on the A30 that has closed the road heading westbound.

    The dual carriageway is closed between the A388 junctions of Liftondown and Launceston according to the Highways Agency.

    Devon and Cornwall Police and the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are on the scene.

    The Highways Agency said drivers were advised to come off the A30 at Liftondown onto the A388, continue along the A388 through Polson Bridge and Launceston to re-join the A30.

    It is not yet known if there are any injuries.

    There are long queues in the area.

  7. Oxfam defends report on islands' tax changes

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Oxfam sign

    Oxfam has defended a critical report published earlier this week on changes to tax laws in the Crown Dependencies and other "UK-linked tax havens".

    Guernsey's chief minister said the charity's criticism was "without any evidence", suggesting it should instead focus on its own "dire reputation and governance".

    The 2019 tax laws were introduced after the European Union raised concerns over companies artificially routing profits to the low-tax islands.

    Responding to Deputy Gavin St Pier's comments, the charity said: "Oxfam's core purpose is fighting for a just world without poverty, which includes tackling the issues and policies that keep people poor."

    In facilitating tax avoidance, it said "tax havens" played a major role in stripping poorer countries and regions from an estimated $170bn every year - revenue needed to educate children, provide medicines and midwives.

    "To help prevent tax avoidance, the UK government should ensure that the UK-linked tax havens commit to more fundamental reforms and greater transparency, including supporting the Overseas Territories to implement public registers of beneficial ownership by 2020, and requiring Crown Dependencies to do the same," Oxfam said in a statement.

  8. Private sector drives increase in employment figures

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An extra 1,100 private sector jobs saw the total number of jobs in Jersey rise to was 60,900, the highest December figure recorded.

    • 53,120 private sector and 7,780 public sector
    • 6,520 jobs in the economy were on zero-hours contracts, about 11% of all jobs
    • Wholesale and retail was the only sector to see an annual decrease - 40 fewer roles
    • The finance and legal sector saw the biggest annual rise - up 300
    • The number of jobs in finance is now at its highest level to date
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  9. Sark festival cancelled 'with huge regret'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Sark's 2019 Summer Festival has been cancelled, its organisers said.

    In a Facebook post, those behind the event said: "It is with huge regret and very heavy hearts due to unforeseen circumstances and factors beyond our control that we are having to cancel this years festival."

    "The Sark Summer Festival team would like to apologise most sincerely to all our followers and supporters we are so so sorry to let you down in this way."

    Ticket purchases would be refunded in the coming days and it is hoped the festival can return in 2020.

    Another island event - The Sark Folk Festival - returns in July after a break in 2018.

  10. A new home for GFC and the GFA

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Designs for a new football stadium in Guernsey have been approved by planners.

    Plans for the new ground in Victoria Avenue were revealed in March 2018.

    The joint project from Guernsey FC and the Guernsey FA will see both the club and association have their first official home.

    Guernsey FC has hired the pitch at Footes Lane since its inception in 2011, while the GFA have never had a permanent home since being established in 1893.

    Construction is expected to start in 2020, with hopes of the ground being ready for the Island Games in 2021, which will be hosted by Guernsey.

    New stadium

    The newly-created football facility will be used for GFC’s home games, GFA representative matches, and will also have a 3G training facility available for community use.

    The project will be part funded by the English Football Association in the form of grants.

  11. BreakingPlans for new stadium approved by planners

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey FC and the Guernsey FA have been granted planning permission to build a new stadium in Victoria Avenue.

  12. Two people hurt in St Saviour's Hill crash

    Facebook

    A car crash

    Two people were taken to hospital in the early hours of Friday morning after a car crash on St Saviour's Hill.

    Fire crews attended at 01:30, when they found the car had collided with a wall.

    Two people were taken to hospital, Jersey Fire & Rescue Service said.

  13. ‘Expect flood of people if Corbyn wins power’

    Guernsey Press

    A "flood of people" may be heading towards Guernsey if Jeremy Corbyn wins power in the UK, according to Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.

  14. Weekend of disruption for Alderney flights

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey airline Aurigny has apologised to customers after it had to reschedule Alderney flights this weekend due to "operational" reasons.

    Fourteen flights have been moved, while one has been cancelled.

    In a Facebook post, the airline said affected passengers had been contacted, and they could re-book for free or get a refund.

  15. 'Cornwall lithium mine could be European first'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A helicopter

    An Australian-owned firm is hoping Cornwall will become the first European hub for lithium mining.

    Métampère is just one company seeking to exploit the South West's natural resources, where mining investment is thought to be at its highest point in 40 years.

    Demand for lithium is mainly being driven by its use in electric vehicles, Métampère Chairman Roderick Smith said.

    "Lithium is in enormous demand - and in five years Western Australia has gone from producing a few tens of millions, to a few billion dollars' worth, and we believe we can do that in Cornwall.

    "There's no production of Lithium in the whole of Europe, so if we can build a mine - which we believe we can - in Cornwall, this would give the UK a strategic advantage over the rest of the EU," he said.

    The firm employs 15 people at their Roche office, and also use a helicopter as one method of narrowing the search for Lithium in Cornwall's granite hills.

  16. Tide alert issued for Guernsey's east coast

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Waves and debris are expected to spill over east coast sea walls later today, Guernsey Met has warned.

    At 20:02, a 9m (30ft) high tide combines with south-to-south-easterly winds, predicted to reach force six.

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  17. Oxfam criticises islands' tax changes

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Changes to laws in the Crown dependencies will not guarantee significantly more tax is paid in the European Union or in developing countries, Oxfam has warned.

    In its report Not Enough Substance?, the charity has assessed the effectiveness of the changes aimed at stopping profits being artificially routed to "UK-linked tax havens".

    Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man changed their tax laws in 2018 after pressure from the EU, and were subsequently kept off the bloc's so-called grey and blacklists.

    But the report warns companies could still establish a "token" presence in the islands or simply shift profits to other "tax havens".

    Oxfam sign

    The effectiveness of the laws also depended on how stringently the rules were interpreted and applied by island governments, and how the EU reacted to their actions, the report states.

    A requirement in Jersey to give authorities up to six years to assess whether a company is compliant may result in a "cat-and mouse game", Oxfam warned.

    In response to the criticism, Guernsey's chief minister Gavin St Pier said the island had delivered "an effective and proportionate regime".

    "Although rather predictably and sadly Oxfam - rather than concentrating on sorting out their own dire reputation and governance and instead of focussing on their core purpose - have found time to use their generous donors' funds to come out this week to criticise the regime's effectiveness, self-evidently, at this stage only three months into a new regime, without any evidence," he said.

    The BBC has approached Oxfam for comment.