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  1. Lowlands incident: Noxious gas sign of potential explosive

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The incident - which saw businesses in Lowlands Industrial Estate evacuated and Braye Road closed for about an hour - involved a potential explosive.

    A local security firm called Guernsey's emergency services as while deactivating pressurised fire extinguishers one emitted a noxious gas.

    A spokesman said this is a sign it may have been used in the manufacture of illicit substances and such extinguishers become volatile and potentially explosive.

    Bomb Disposal officers and firefighters made the item safe.

    Some businesses have reopened.

  2. Braye Road reopened after 'incident' in industrial estate

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Police have reopened Braye Road in the Vale, which was closed due to an incident.

    The Joint Emergency Services Control Centre says the incident was reported in Lowlands Industrial Estate.

    Businesses in the area reported being asked to evacuate by police.

    Officers remain in the area.

    Police officers in Lowlands Industrial Estate
  3. Businesses evacuated while police deal with 'incident'

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Braye Road in Guernsey has been closed and nearby businesses evacuated by police.

    Officers are not commenting on the nature of the incident, but staff from some of the businesses have said it relates to a problem with a fire hydrant.

  4. Climate change not an emergency decide island politicians

    Edward Rowe

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States of Guernsey has voted not to declare a climate emergency.

    Deputy Dawn Tindall's amendment to the Policy and Resources Plan lost by 28 votes to 7.

    Arguments against declaring the emergency included doubts over how effective any declaration would be, and a supposed lack of evidence that climate change is affecting the island.

    A previous proposition on climate change - to recognise the issue is at a critical point whilst taking steps to reduce it - passed unanimously.

    Power station
  5. 'We would have walked'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The president of Guernsey's environment committee has said he would have resigned if he had received a report like the one published about the Committee for Home Affairs on Monday.

    An independent review into the Committee for Home Affairs was commissioned amid "serious concerns" about governance.

    Mary Lowe

    The committee's president, Deputy Mary Lowe, has been accused of "harassing or bullying" staff, as well as threatening and insulting the report's author, Professor Catherine Staite.

    Deputy Barry Brehaut said that other committee presidents, including himself, "would have walked" if they received a similar review.

    Deputy Lowe has said she will not resign.

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  6. Housing and healthcare declared priorities

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey States members have voted to alter the island's future plan and make affordability of housing and primary and emergency healthcare government official government priorities.

    The deputies who submitted the change say it is a good way for committees to focus on the most important issues facing the island whilst they work on the plan.

    However, President of Health and Social Care Heidi Soulsby says the necessary work on these areas is already being done and the declaration is meaningless.

    The overall plan faces further amendments before being voted on.

    Affordable housing
  7. Solar farm proposed to increase sustainability

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney politicians are looking into creating a solar farm on the island as they attempt to reduce carbon emissions from the island.

    The island's electricity is currently supplied by oil. There have been investigations into the tidal power opportunities for at least a decade with little progress.

    Alex Snowdon, Alderney's representative in Guernsey's States, said that Alderney Electricity is looking at other options with the island's government for supplying power.

    Solar panels
  8. Longer sentences for child sex abuse to be debated

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A petition asking for stronger sentences for convicted child sex abusers in Jersey has reached the 5,000 signature threshold, meaning it must be considered for a states debate.

    The document asks that anyone who abuses children, or who looks at or makes indecent images of them, should face longer in prison and be put on the sex offenders register for life.

    In a previous response, after the petition reached 2,000 signatures, Jersey's attorney general said it was not common practice to set minimum sentences.

  9. Death investigation has cost £70,000 so far

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An investigation into the death of a Latvian man whose body was found in a burnt out car has cost £70,000 so far.

    It is almost 18 months since 33-year-old Mikus Alps' 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.

    Mikus Alps

    Police have so far spent more than 1,200 hours on the investigation, not including the external efforts of the National Crime Agency, UK Home Office pathologists and forensic handwriting specialists.

    No one has been arrested in connection with the death, and Guernsey Police have not classified it as a murder investigation.

    Burnt out car
  10. Alderney States president has had 'huge amount of support'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The new president of the States of Alderney says he has had a huge amount of support from the community since his appointment.

    Former barrister William Tate takes over the role from Stuart Trought.

    Mr Tate, the only man willing to take the reigns, said he was confident he could take the island forward.

    The only other candidate, Jack Gates, withdrew from the race after "receiving abuse".

    Alderney States president declaration
    Quote Message: I have had a massive amount of support from people of all generations, of all backgrounds. And although it can always be argued that to go in without a mandate from the public in some way weakens the position, frankly, in a community like ours - which is so closely knit - if people don't want you, they let you know." from William Tate President, States of Alderney
    William TatePresident, States of Alderney
  11. Protest held outside States of Guernsey

    Edward Rowe

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Access to secondary pensions, climate change prevention and the future model of secondary health care are just some of the issues on the States of Guernsey's agenda this week.

    The island's plan for government is the big ticket item at Tuesday's meeting, with debate expected on a diverse range of topics from climate change to housing; and decisions due on what updates and additions should put into the priorities for government to work on.

    In the meantime, members of Extinction Rebellion Guernsey have been protesting outside the States building, saying they want the government to come up with a climate action plan before 2020.

    Extinction Rebellion Guernsey protest
  12. Environment boss considers seaweed licensing

    BBC Radio Jersey

    People who want to collect seaweed from Jersey's shores to use commercially might soon have to get a licence first.

    The environment minister is considering new laws to govern how people use various kinds of weed.

    At the moment, some companies use it for products such as food and body care products, as well as farming.

    Deputy Jon Young said he hoped the new laws would keep Jersey's seaweed levels sustainable.

    In the meantime, a trial is under way to see if an algae that blooms in Jersey in the summer months can be turned into compost.

    The States said officers were piloting a scheme to tackle the build-up of sea lettuce, a common edible green algae, which can build up in large clumps and release a foul smell. It is due to continue throughout the summer.

  13. CI weather: Largely dry with sunnier spells

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    A largely dry Tuesday with a mixture of cloudier intervals and sunnier spells.

    CI weather

    There will be a gentle northerly breeze through the day.

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

  14. Average Guernsey director holds three positions

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The average director in Guernsey holds more than three positions at the same time.

    In May, there were 11,790 people registered as directors of Guernsey companies, but they held 35,641 positions.

    Nearly 80% of those 35,641 positions were held by male directors.

    The statistics come as it's revealed that men who work at the States of Guernsey earn 12.5% more than women.

  15. Gender pay gap at States is 12.5%

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Men who work at the States of Guernsey are paid 12.5% more than women, new statistics have revealed.

    As of 21 May 2019:

    • Women at the States of Guernsey were paid an average of £36,756
    • Men were paid £42,016
    Gender pay gap

    The pay gap for those earning under £50,000 a year was 3.9%, however for those earning more than £100,000, women earned an extra 2%.

    In a statement, the States of Guernsey said "any variation in annual salary is likely to be down to the number of hours worked in any particular role".

    The island's government acknowledged the fact that men make up more than 70% of roles that pay more than £100,000.

    "Historically there have been roles that appeal more to one gender than another and this may continue to be the case going forward."

    The gender pay gap for all UK sectors in 2018 was 17.9%.