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  1. Former education buildings to become housing

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Planning Service is inviting comments on plans to build residential housing at the former Education Offices in the Grange.

    According to the proposals, the number, mix and type of units will be influenced by the historic setting and the need to preserve the special interest of the main building, which is protected.

    A single storey timber clad building at the north of the site is not protected and its temporary use as a children's nursery comes to an end in the summer.

    Comments on the draft development framework can be emailed to or sent in writing by July 19th.

  2. Holocaust remembrance representative appointed

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Historian Dr Gilly Carr has been appointed as the Channel Islands’ representative to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

    The IHRA is an organisation which aims to promote Holocaust remembrance, education and research worldwide.

    Dr Carr, a professor at the University of Cambridge, is a specialist in the history of the Channel Islands during World War Two.

    She will be tasked with helping the international community understand the history of the islands during occupation.

    The appointment comes as comes as the result of a 2016 decision to give the holocaust greater recognition in Guernsey.

  3. Jersey man sentenced for rape

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for rape.

    Brett Kean, 41, was found guilty of rape and two counts of indecent assault in April.

    Jersey's Royal Court also put him on the sex offenders register for 10 years and banned him from contact with the victim.

  4. New Guernsey film producers aim for A-list stars

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The producers behind an attempt to turn one of Victor Hugo's famous tales into a feature film have published their wish list of actors to take the lead role.

    Set in Guernsey, Toilers of the Sea tells the story of Gilliatt, who attempts to win the approval of his love interest's father by rescuing his ship.

    Tom Hardy

    Dave Shanks and Joy Mellins have said they want either Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Jason Isaacs or Chris Pine to take the main part.

    They are anticipating a £10m budget for the movie, and want to film it in Guernsey.

  5. Former education offices to be repurposed

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's planning authority is inviting comments on plans to build residential housing at the former offices of the education committee in the Grange.

    The number, mix and type of units will be "influenced by the historic setting" and the need to preserve the "special interest" of the main building, which is protected.

    A single-storey timber clad building at the north of the site is not protected, and its temporary use as a children's nursery comes to an end in the summer.

    Former education offices
  6. 5G health concerns will get full debate

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A former risk-assessment worker in Guernsey wants a full debate on the health risks that 5G internet might pose, before it's rolled out locally.

    David Green said he's sure 5G will cause bad health to islanders.

    He said it's not about picking sides but rather consulting with doctors, scientists and locals on whether the new technology is worth it.

    According to some national service providers, 5G will offer download speeds as much as 100 times faster than existing 4G networks in the UK.

    5G logo above a smartphone

    Some people have questioned whether there are health risks from 5G, but experts and regulators say there is no evidence of danger.

    Similar fears were expressed around earlier mobile internet and wi-fi.

    More than 200 scientists appealed to the EU to halt the rollout of 5G, saying that electromagnetic fields may be harmful to humans and the environment, and could increase cancer risks.

    But the EU said exposure from 5G will be far below limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.

    Guernsey's government will debate the rollout of 5G before the end of 2019.

  7. Employment courses for school leavers

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey business owner is setting up courses teaching school leavers how to get employed.

    Temporary recruiter, Labour Force Guernsey, said young people leaving education have little idea about the requirements and realities about the world of work.

    The 'introduction to employment' course will cover things like right to works and income tax codings, the importance of different communication methods and reliability and punctuality.

  8. Manslaughter arrest after footballer's death

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Emiliano Sala

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act in relation to the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala.

    The striker, who had signed to Cardiff City, died in a plane crash in January off Alderney along with pilot David Ibbotson.

    A spokesperson for Dorset Police said a 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire had been arrested and released while investigations continue.

    The force added the families of the two men who died had been told.

  9. Deputies work to improve accountability of civil servants

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey deputies are spearheading a move to improve the accountability of top civil servants.

    The island's most senior government officials will now be working across committees and there is a concern from some politicians that this may lead to a lack of accountability.

    The plan, from deputies Michelle Le Clerc and Heidi Soulsby, would see a clearer explanation of what it means to be accountable to a committee.

    It would also see formal mechanisms for principal committees to provide feedback on the performance of senior roles.

    Despite this, the plan does not override the Policy and Resources Committee's responsibility to act in the role of the States as employer.

    The plans will be debated next week as part of an update to the government's overarching plan.