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Tomorrow's weather: Sunny with a risk of showers

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On Thursday there will be sunny periods which become increasingly prolonged through the day.

There will be a risk of showers until early afternoon, then fair or fine overnight.

Minimum temperature: 10C (32).

Register plans 'the opposite of leadership'

Chris Quevatre

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Plans to open up the Crown Dependencies' registers of beneficial ownership to the public are "the opposite of leadership", according to a tax pressure group.

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Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man's chief ministers, Gavin St Pier, John Le Fondré and Howard Quayle

Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man have released proposals to gradually open up the registers of who ultimately owns companies in the island, meaning the EU, businesses and eventually the general public will have some level of access over the next four years.

It took the allied powers six months to plan and successfully carry out the D-Day landings. It took Thomas Edison two years to create the light bulb. The Crown Dependencies have today set out a three-year plan to table a discussion in parliament with no commitments and no details on whether they will comply with emerging international standards on beneficial ownership transparency.

John ChristensenTax Justice Network

Watson gets Wimbledon wildcard

Adam Durbin

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Guernsey tennis player Heather Watson has been given a wildcard to play at Wimbledon.

Wildcards are awarded by Wimbledon's committee to players who are not ranked highly enough to qualify automatically.

Watson reached the third round of the tournament in 2017 and is currently ranked 113 in the world.

Britain's number two is joined by fellow British wildcards Laura Robson, Naomi Broady and Katie Boulter.

Weather: Mainly cloudy with mist and fog

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It will be a mainly cloudy morning with mist and fog patches.

There will be occasional showers, perhaps heavy and thundery, turning to prolonged periods of rain.

It will clear by late afternoon with sunny spells developing.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Sark on the hunt for a new Seneschal

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Sark is looking for a new Seneschal.

It's the most senior job in the island's government, and residents of Sark are being invited to apply.

The equivalent of Guernsey's Bailiff, the Seneschal oversees both civil and criminal court proceedings in Sark's government.

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There's been a Seneschal on the island since Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne in the 1500s.

The job description comes with strict requirements, including the need for decisiveness, integrity, independence of mind, a commitment to justice, fair treatment and ability to maintain authority when challenged.

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Current Seneschal Jeremy La Trobe Bateman has to retire at the age of 65, although under Sark Law he can reapply for a further five-year term.

Applications must be in by Monday 1 July.

Boys to be offered HPV vaccine

Kay Langlois

BBC Radio Guernsey

Boys between the age of 12 and 13 in Guernsey will be offered the HPV [human papillomavirus] vaccine for the first time.

The injection helps to protect against the viral infection which can be passed on during sex and is linked to cervical and vaginal cancers. It has been offered free of charge to girls in Guernsey since 2008.

The Health and Social Care Committee said it was now extending the vaccination programme to boys to offer them similar protection against HPV-related cancers, including some genital cancers, in later life.

The majority of throat, head and neck and anal cancers in both men and women are also linked to HPV.

CI weather: Showers to get heavy overnight before clearing

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Showery rain will tend to be replaced by heavier showers tonight. Some showers could be on the heavy and thundery side.

Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Any lingering rain should clear through Wednesday morning to then leave a dry and increasingly sunny rest of the day. A gentle to moderate breeze.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

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States backing for Heathrow hits Aurigny revenue

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Aurigny lost about £80,000 in revenue in May due to the States-subsidised Flybe Heathrow service, the local airline has said.

Third-party insurance law for mobility scooters questioned

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A Guernsey disability campaigner wants to know why people using a mobility scooter in the island need third-party insurance while those riding electric bikes do not.

Aindre Reece-Sheerin said it did not make sense that something which could travel up to 30mph did not need insurance, while the scooters - which are restricted to 8mph - do, discriminating against disabled people.

The Environment and Infrastructure Department said it did not believe the law was designed to discriminate but accepted the points raised were worth considering.

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Weather: Showery rain and gentle winds expected

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Showery rain will move in from the south later but there will still be drier interludes.

A generally cloudy day with gentle winds.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea film plans need funding

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One of the people behind plans to film an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel, Toilers of the Sea, says there's great enthusiasm for shooting it in Guernsey but more funding is still needed.

A group of filmmakers has already been to the island to scout locations for the £10m feature film.

Speaking to the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce about the project, producer, David Shanks says some members have already backed the plans but more support is needed.

"Lots of enthusiasm but that's yet to be translated into hard cash," he said.

"Generally, I think if we could ride this momentum of goodwill, we’ll be alright."

Victor Hugo in his writing room, and on the balcony of his Guernsey home in 1868
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Victor Hugo in his writing room, and on the balcony of his Guernsey home in 1868

Thunderstorms expected across islands in next 24 hours

Hayley Westcott

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CI weather: Getting cloudier with showers

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Late spells of sunshine on Monday evening and clear spells for a time tonight. Cloud amounts will start to increase in the early hours however.

Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

A dull and wet Tuesday with spells of rain for much of the day. Later on, there will be a risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

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Software problems affect paper tax return forms

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Guernsey's Revenue Service is asking customers who have not yet filled in tax returns to do them online if possible.

Staff said they were experiencing issues with software that scanned in paper returns.

They said customers who had already submitted paper returns faced a significant delay in getting their assessments back.

Extra staff are going to be based at Edward T Wheadon House to support customers who wanted to submit their returns online, staff added.

Meanwhile, the building's public lift is still out of action.

Staff said alternative arrangements had been "put in place for any customers who are unable to use the stairs, to ensure that they can continue to access our services".

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Weather: Sunny spells and light winds

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It will be a fine day with plenty of sunshine and little in the way of cloud.

There will also be light winds.

Highs of 18C (64F).

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Planning policies action plan will be 'cost-effective'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

The Development and Planning Authority (DPA) has released its action plan on changes to Guernsey's planning policies.

The DPA says it lays out a clear direction for addressing a wide range of issues and not only that concerns raised by the public and politicians will be addressed, but how it also contains innovative ways to empower the community in the process.

It claims the plan is designed in a way that is proportionate and cost-effective.

Some of the issues covered include the development of brownfield versus greenfield sites and affordable housing.

The authority says while most of the actions in the plan are able to be undertaken within current resources this year, the Policy and Resources Committee has been advised of the possible need for further resources for 2020.

Weather: dry tonight

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Any lingering daytime showers should soon die out and it will be dry tonight. There will be some clear periods at first, although will become cloudier later in the night.

Minimum: 11°C

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Hyperbaric chamber delayed and over budget

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

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A Hyperbaric chamber in Plymouth

The installation of a new hyperbaric chamber at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital is expected to be completed by the end of July, following "unavoidable" delays.

A hyperbaric chamber is a medical device for treating decompression sickness, a critical medical condition caused by scuba diving accidents.

A spokesman for the Heath and Social Care committee said that the chamber and its container were too heavy to be lifted into position safely.

A new "bespoke" housing has been designed to accommodate the chamber outside the hospital's emergency department.

On top of the delays the project is expected to come in at £68,000 over the original quoted budget of £340,000 from five years ago.

The difference is explained by growing manufacturing costs of the chamber, the cost of the new housing and changes to exchange rates between the pound and euro since 2014, according to the spokesman.

High number of hedgehogs needing help in Guernsey

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Guernsey's animal charity, the GSPCA, says it's dealing with a high number of hedgehogs needing help.

The charity recently released eight back into the wild but still has 127 hedgehogs in its care.

Guernsey's hedgehogs can find themselves in need of care for a number of reasons.

Many of them have been injured by strimmers and hedgecutters, while others have conditions or diseases that need treatment.

Of the eight recently released, one had been separated from its mother, while the others either had injuries, mange or were extremely thin.

The charity is currently hand-rearing 14 baby hoglets and says all of its intensive care units are full, meaning the animals are often having to double up.

It's appealing for help to fund new units so it can cope with the demand.

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Winds of force six expected across the islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

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Guernsey Airport cafes to be rebranded

Miranda Griffin

BBC Radio Guernsey

Refurbishment works will begin on the two cafes at Guernsey Airport at the start of next week ahead of a new, full re-brand.

Works are expected to last about six weeks.

The upstairs and airside cafes will be rebranded as Bailiwick Bar and Kitchen - which Guernsey Airport says will offer value for money and quality.

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The commercial manager of ports, Doug Wright admits the renovation may cause some inconvenience for travellers but the project has been planned to minimise disruption and should be completed before the summer holidays.

Temporary catering outlets selling food, tea, coffee and other cold drinks will be available to customers but no alcohol will be served whilst the temporary measures are in place.

The airport added passengers will see a "considerable enhancement" in the food and beverage offer when the refurbishment is complete.

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

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There will be some sunny spells and it will be warmer than recent days.

There will be a few scattered showers around during the day, but they are not expected to be heavy.

Highs of 17C (62F).

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Passengers reassured about airport staff shortages

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Passengers are being reassured there are no safety issues at Guernsey Airport following shortages in ground staff.

The airport has received complaints about delays resulting from shortages in security staff and baggage handlers.

Colin Le Ray, General Manager of Ports, says a second baggage handler will be in place from this weekend.

We've investigated a few reports that have been passed to us and there's nothing in those reports that we consider to be unsafe...but there have been delays, there have been some challenges, I think, in the last two or three weeks, particularly on Saturdays and Sundays. We genuinely think that, from this weekend onwards, that situation will begin to improve."

Colin Le RayGeneral Manager of Ports

States to spend £200m in 10 years on IT services

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States has agreed to spend £200m in the next decade on a complete reform of IT services with the UK technology firm, Agilisys.

The debate surrounding the contract with Agilisys was wide ranging, with some concerned the policy lacked detail.

Ultimately, the proposals were approved with 27 in support and three against.

There were four abstentions.

Weather: Bright periods with chance of showers

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There will be some bright or sunny periods but with a chance of showers.

The showers may be heavy and thundery at times and it will be a relatively cool, breezy day.

Highs of 15C (59F).

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CI weather: Persistent and thundery showers

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Showers will continue through Wednesday evening and overnight. They should ease and become more isolated, but a few will persist. Some clearer intervals later.

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

There may be some bright or sunny intervals on Thursday, but there will be showers and perhaps some longer spells of rain too. The showers may become heavy and thundery locally.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

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National Crime Agency helps Mikus Alps death investigation

John Fernandez

BBC Radio Guernsey

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Officers from the UK's National Crime Agency have been in Guernsey to help with the investigation into the death of Mikus Alps, Guernsey Police have confirmed.

It is almost 18 months since the 33-year-old Latvian man's remains were found in a burnt out car at Petit Bot.

He was last seen alive in the early hours of 8 January 2018, the same day his car was discovered by police.

A shotgun and "other items" were also found with Mr Alps' remains in the car.

Guernsey Police said they had had a number of final reports from UK agencies involved in the case and that they were continuing to work closely with them.

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Police hunting £56k worth of snatched jewellery

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Police in Guernsey are trying to track down £56,000 worth of stolen gems.

The jewellery was taken in August last year and many pieces are still missing.

"If you’ve been offered any of the jewellery, or have any information about where it is, we would like to hear from you," police said.

"The owner is understandably keen to be reunited with them."

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Inder elected to economic committee

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Neil Inder has been elected onto Guernsey's Economic Development Committee.

He replaces Deputy Dawn Tindall, who stepped down after becoming president of the planning authority.

Deputy Inder received 22 votes to Deputy Victoria Oliver's, even though she was the favoured candidate of the committee.

Neither Deputies Inder or Oliver were present for the vote, which took place via secret ballot.

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Is Brexit uncertainty helping Guernsey housing market?

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Uncertainty surrounding Brexit is pushing people to explore a move from the mainland to live locally.

That's according to one Guernsey estate agent which said it had seen a growth in the number of people wanting to relocate to the island.

The director of Swoffers said open market sales were similar to that of last year, despite the continuing Brexit negotiations and uncertainty.

Shauna Clapham said it was impossible to say whether Brexit would be good for Guernsey in the long-run, but added the island would continue to attract people due to its favourable tax rates, low crime rate, high standard of education and supportive business environment.

On top of this, Matt Brouard, the director of Cooper Brouard Estate Agents, says a so-called "Corbyn effect" - with people being concerned if the UK Labour Party leader becomes prime minister - and other factors have been good for Guernsey's open market.

Environmental group calls for herbicide and pesticide ban

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey environmental group wants a blanket ban on the use of herbicides and pesticides in the island.

The Pollinator Project has joined others, calling on the States to investigate banning the chemicals which they claim are harmful to the environment.

Its co-founder, Barry Wells, said the States should follow nearby France and ban pesticides entirely.

The States said it was working to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides in the island, but, to remove them completely, the alternatives must be economically viable.

Weather: Grey and overcast with showers likely

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Any remaining early Wednesday rain will largely clear, but it will stay grey and overcast for most.

Showers will likely develop into the afternoon with the risk of thunder.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

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Police targeting 'anti-social behaviour' at weekends

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Guernsey police have arrested 38 people over the last three months as part of a "proactive uniformed operation" on Friday and Saturday nights in St Peter Port.

There were also four warnings, two stop searches and 109 checks of alcohol licences, as officers were instructed to take a "low-tolerance approach".

The ages of those arrested ranged from 17 to 63 and 63% were men.

A police spokesperson said that whilst the operation had finished, a "firm" approach to anti-social behavior would remain at weekends.

This operation came about following an analysis of intelligence and statistical data into where and when the calls for anti-social behaviour were peaking. This identified the pattern of problem areas and times, when the risk of anti-social behaviour and assaults were greater. We developed this operation specifically to be visible and proactive.

J-P Le BretonChief Inspector Operations, Guernsey Police

Calls for 'urgent' climate change funds

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Deputy for the South East wants Guernsey's climate change action plan to have allocated funds and resources to ensure it's completed as quickly as possible.

Next month the States will look at what the updated policies are for government going forward. Creating a climate change action plan is on the agenda.

It's great that they have included it in the plan but they have said no resources are immediately available. I'm sure some will come along soon and then we will get onto it. I would like to see a little bit more urgency so I would like to see some dedicated resource put into that to make sure that we can crack on."

Deputy Lindsay De Sausmerez

Heavy rain gradually clearing

Lucy Martin

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A wet start for many, with persistent rain for a spell during the morning.

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It will gradually be turning more showery through the afternoon as rain clears, with dry spells later.

Maximum temperature: 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F)

Impact of licence fee changes to be 'explored'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Following the decision of the BBC Board to remove blanket free TV licences for over-75s in the UK, a spokesman for the BBC has said that they will "explore the implications with the Crown Dependencies".

Jersey currently subsidises the TV licences of the over-75s, while Guernsey pays for the over-65s on a means-tested basis.

No change to this system has been announced by the BBC or Channel Islands governments.

Guernsey's Lower Canichers closure delayed until Wednesday

Rory O'Reilly

BBC Radio Guernsey

The closure of the Lower Canichers in Guernsey has been delayed until Wednesday.

The road, next to the Swan Pub, had been scheduled to close from Monday morning until March 2020 to allow work for a derelict building behind the pub to be demolished and redeveloped.

However, it is used by businesses close to the site for unloading and deliveries, and is a popular route for taxi drivers to get to and from the rank.

It is now due to be shut from Wednesday instead.

D-Day memorial flotilla on display in Guernsey

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Boats from a memorial flotilla that have been in France to commemorate the D-Day anniversary will be on display to the public later near the Crown Pier.

The boats have been part of events in England and France and have now stopped in St Peter Port before heading back to Portsmouth.

The flotilla has been shown off in Portsmouth's historic dockyard, at Pegasus Bridge near Caen and in Cherbourg for the D-Day commemorations which marked 75 years since the landings last week.

The vessels will be available for public viewing from 10:00 until 16:30.

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Three taken to hospital after two-car crash in Guernsey

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Three people were taken to hospital after a two-car crash in Guernsey.

It happened on the Rue D'Albecq in Castel at about 13:20 on Saturday.

A woman from one of the cars was treated for a suspected neck injury at the scene and taken to the emergency department at Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Two others - who had been in the second car - were examined by emergency ambulance staff and also taken to hospital.

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CI weather: A cloudy and showery start before cloud breaks

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A cloudy start to Monday, with scattered showers spreading north across the area.

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Cloud breaking to allow more in the way of sunshine during the afternoon, but the odd shower still possible.

Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Guernsey politician wants to stub out cigarette butt issue

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

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A Guernsey politician wants to know how many people have been fined for dropping cigarette butts in the past year.

During a recent campaign, 75,000 cigarette butts were collected by members of the public.

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez says dropping cigarette butts is a littering offence that can result in a £75 fixed penalty notice.

The South East Deputy is asking the Committee for Home Affairs how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in the last 12 months and in the last five years.

She wants to know how frequently the police run campaigns targeting littering and how adequately resourced the force is to enforce the law effectively on a day-to-day basis.

Airport security delays lead to frustration

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A politician has questioned the efficiency of Guernsey Airport's security, which he feels could be affecting tourist's view of the island.

Deputy John Gollop said he has been "compelled" to ask questions of the board in charge of the airport after the significant number of complaints on social media.

Guernsey Airport said it is looking to introduce technology that could reduce the requirement for physical bag checks at the airport and help address concerns raised by passengers.

G4S, the security firm responsible for Guernsey airport, explained that the more stringent requirements being applied for searches are in order to comply with UK aviation regulatory standards.

Ensuring the safe travel of passengers travelling through Guernsey airport is our primary concern and of utmost importance. Security checks are carried out to ensure adherence to strict compliance in accordance to the Civil Aviation Authority and ensures the safety of all passengers and crew on-board.

Simon HaywoodChannel Islands Operations Director, G4S

Weather: Mixture of sunny spells and showers

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Early rain will soon clear north to leave a mix of sunny spells and heavy - potentially thundery - showers.

It will become very windy later in the day.

Highs of 15C (59F).

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'Large amounts' of standing water on Guernsey roads

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Guernsey Police has reminded drivers to take "appropriate care" when driving.

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