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  1. Three suggested for referendum campaign panel

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The members of a panel - that will decide which campaign groups will be given official status and taxpayers' money ahead of Guernsey's first referendum in October - have been suggested.

    Former bailiff Sir de Vic Carey, Jurat Stephen Jones and Graham Daldry, the Creative Director of Specsavers, have been put forward by the States Assembly and Constitution Committee.

    The referendum will consider options for electoral reform including island-wide voting and a mixture of island-wide and district or parish based elections.

    There are five options due to be considered in the vote on 10 October and the official campaign group is entitled to a £5,000 grant as part of the campaign for their preferred option.

    There can only be one official campaign group for each of the options.

    • Option A: One island-wide district, elections held every four years. All 38 deputies elected at same time
    • Option B: Seven electoral districts, elections every four years. Each district elects five or six deputies
    • Option C: One island-wide district to elect 10 island-wide deputies and seven districts to elect remaining 28. Elections every four years with island-wide held before district
    • Option D: Four electoral districts, with elections every four years. Each district elects nine, 10 or 11 deputies
    • Option E: One island-wide district with successful candidates serving six years. Elections held every two years for a third of deputies so 12 or 13 elected each time
  2. Saturday's Condor Liberation sailings cancelled

    Condor Ferries has cancelled tomorrow's Liberation's sailings between the Channel Islands and Poole.

  3. Islanders urged to check water supplies after 'high demand'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Due to an unexpected "high demand" Guernsey Water is asking islanders to check all water supplies for bursts or leaks following this week's cold weather.

    A spokeswoman said this includes "feeding fields, vineries and unoccupied properties" that owners will be responsible for.

    Hose pipe covered with ice
  4. Further tide warnings for Guernsey's east coast

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Waves are expected to break over sea walls with debris strewn over east coast roads and paths tonight, as Guernsey Met issues a further tide warning.

    Waves crash over Guernsey's east coast
    Image caption: Traffic was diverted inland on Guernsey's east coast earlier

    It's in force from 19:13, with a 32ft (9.7m) high tide combing with a force five-to-six southeast to south wind.

    There's a similar warning in place for the east coast on Saturday morning at 07.29.

  5. Mark gets lost in Alderney

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    Video caption: Mark Steel is in Saint Anne, Alderney which is the most northerly of the Channel Islands.

    In Saint Anne, Alderney - the most northerly of the Channel Islands, Mark takes in the wildilfe and manages to get lost on the 3 mile long and 1.5 mile wide island.

  6. Guernsey hotel under new ownership

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Peninsula Hotel has been sold to new owners.

    Peninsula Hotel entrance

    The site in the Vale is under the ownership of the family which also controls the Fleur du Jardin hotel in the Castel, and Les Douvres Hotel in St Martins.

    The hotel has 99 en-suite bedrooms and conference facilities.

    The new owners say they have "exciting" plans for the site.

  7. Charities highlight costs of planning applications

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey charities are having to think twice about new projects because of the cost of planning application fees, a local care provider has claimed.

    Jersey Cheshire Home - a residential facility for disabled adults - is building an extension that will include three additional en-suite bedrooms and upgrades to six existing ones, along with building a dedicated therapy room.

    David Lord, from the home, said: "I think the costs of these applications makes charities look twice at what they are going to put an application in for - to make sure they don't waste any money."

    Jersey's planning minister has just agreed to halve Jersey Zoo's £12,000 bill for building projects.

  8. Coastal warning for south and east coasts

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Parts of Jersey could be flooded tonight because of a high tide and strong winds.

    Jersey Met has issued an orange warning, meaning that waves and debris could come over sea walls along the south and east coasts.

    High tide at 19:06 combines with a 38ft (11.5m) high tide.

    It will be the first challenge for recent repairs on the wall near St Helier, which had to be patched up after winter storms.

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  9. Regulator warning over Australian 'investment firm'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Financial Services Commission is warning that a fake Australian investment business is trying to defraud islanders out of their money.

    The business called "Focus on Market" is approaching islanders offering investment opportunities in a variety of shares, stocks and foreign exchange transactions.

    If you've been contacted by this business, you should contact the commission.

  10. Political group 'will help island-wide voting'

    Edward Rowe

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It's claimed a "political association" announced today by three "like-minded" deputies will help people at the ballot box in 2020, should Guernsey opt for island-wide voting in a referendum later this year.

    Deputy Carl Meerveld, who unveiled the idea from his garden shed earlier today, said moving from a district to island-wide system of voting would mean candidates could be judged on policy over personality.

    Three deputies in a shed

    By creating associations under his favoured island-wide system, voters could easily identify which group of deputies supported the same principles, he said.

    "We have to work out a mechanism for how people can elect 38 deputies in one day. If you have associations then they can decide that they support the principles of the association.

    "That helps them select their candidates.

    "We hope this will swing to more policy-based debates where people are asking questions about the policies and how they are going to handle them, as opposed to whether they like the individual," he added.

  11. Lifeboat charity to launch next week

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A new lifeboat organisation for Jersey will be officially launched next week.

    The Jersey Lifeboat Association will be independent of the RNLI, and hopes to run alongside other services.

    Crew and supporters of the former all-weather crew in Jersey came together to form their own organisation after falling out with the lifeboat charity.

    The association hopes to buy its own boat, and has started raising money to buy a vessel and equipment.

    It's been formally registered as a charity and has former senator Ben Shenton as its chairman, who said it will officially launch on Thursday, 8 March.

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  12. Little Chapel 'a sanctuary' from the snow

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Thanks to John Silvester who sent us this photo of Guernsey's Little Chapel earlier this week.

    John says it provided "a peaceful sanctuary in the face of 'The Beast from the East'".

    Guernsey Little Chapel in the snow
  13. Guernsey 'political association': What are its aims?

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Three Guernsey politicians have today announced their intention to form a political association. But what are they trying to achieve?

    • To "fundamentally improve" the way in which the States of Guernsey functions
    • The adoption of island-wide voting in the referendum being held in October
    • To field a number of candidates at the 2020 General Election
    • Candidates will support "a common manifesto" agreed by members
    • The association "will not be a political party", its founders say
    • Members "who are, or become, deputies, will be free to vote as they wish"
  14. 'Political association' unveiled by three deputies

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    First we had the Charter 2018 political alliance, on Wednesday there was a meeting of two senior deputies and 40 islanders on "building a new form of politics", now there's a yet to be named "political association", started by three island politicians.

    States of Guernsey Chamber

    The association, founded by deputies Peter Ferbrache, Carl Meerveld and Joe Mooney, has been unveiled today from Deputy Meerveld's garden shed.

    He said it was in no way connected to Charter 2018, a like-minded group of politicians, which all three are members of.

    On the association, Deputy Ferbache said: "Our key objective will be to fundamentally improve the way in which the States of Guernsey functions, with our initial objective being to campaign for the adoption of island-wide voting at the public referendum scheduled to be held on 10 October this year."