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States to consider changes to divorce laws

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

A change to laws governing how couples divorce, legally separate and annul a marriage could be introduced under a new proposal.

The amendment would increase the powers of the Royal Court to dictate the "division of assets" in cases of divorce, legal separation and annulment.

According to a spokesman for the Policy and Resources committee the change would "to help to reduce some of the conflict and challenge" that comes with legal separation.

"[The amendment] will ensure that the Court is further enabled to ensure fairness, and therefore justice, in matrimonial proceedings, in terms of how assets are shared between parties," he added.

The proposals will be put before the States for consideration in September.

Guernsey proposes raising minimum wage

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Committee for Employment & Social Security has proposed raising the adult minimum wage by 40p to £8.50 per hour from 1 January 2020.

The changes would come as part of a five-year process to raise the island's minimum wage.

If approved, the change will include a 55p raise to the minimum wage for 16 and 17-year-olds, putting their hourly rate at £8.05.

The larger proportional increase to the young person's rate is part of the same plans, which would see the two wages become the same by 2023.

Employment & Social Security have also proposed to increase the maximum "offsets" for accommodation and food that an employer can deduct from a person’s wages as part of their employment.

The accommodation only offset would rise from £78 per week to £82, while the combined offset could increase from £109 per week to £114.

We see [the proposals] as a positive step, assisting with the reduction of in-work poverty and ensuring that workers in low earning sectors are not exploited.

Deputy Michelle Le ClercPresident, Committee for Employment & Social Security

Les Amarreurs boats to be moved to improve grass quality

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Boat owners using Les Amarreurs are asked to contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS) if they have boats stored on grassland near the slipway.

Any unclaimed boats or kayaks remaining after Friday 13 September will be stored off site and may be offered to the public if not claimed.

The clearance is being undertaken to allow the worn grass behind the beach to regenerate, the States of Guernsey said.

It added the improved covering of grass and other maritime plants there will help to bind and protect the sand and soil, reducing the loss of sand on to the footpath and road surface.

Charter flights from Germany to start next spring

BBC Radio Guernsey

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Charter flights from Germany to Guernsey will start next spring.

Tour company Globalis Erlebnisreisen will offer specialist Channel Island hopping packages, flying from sixteen German airports from April until October.

Visit Guernsey, which is tasked with promoting the island, has been working to secure the route for nearly two years.

Winds of force seven expected across the islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

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Nurse pay row: 'Our voices aren't being listened to'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A senior nurse in Guernsey says the fight for equal pay will continue for as long as it takes for the States to listen to their demands.

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition urging Guernsey's politicians to debate the ongoing pay dispute in the September States meeting.

Debbie Harris, a ward sister, says it sometimes feels "our voices aren't being listened to".

"We're going to keep going until we get some results," she said.

"Please listen to us, we're not going to go away. We will continue with this."

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From our point of view, we'd like to see equal pay for work of equal value. We'd like to see things sorted out as soon as possible to get that certainty for all concerned.

Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident of Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee

Swimmers call for 50m pool to keep pace with competitors

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's swimmers are calling for a 50m pool to be installed in the island in time for the 2021 Island Games.

The pool at Beau Sejour is 25m long and has six lanes compared to the 50m pool swimmers used in Gibraltar for the Island Games.

The swimming club says a longer pool would make training for the Commonwealth Games, and other national events, easier.

Sarah Parfitt, Guernsey's swimming coach, says it's "important" to improve the facilities if the island is to keep pace with competitors.

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As with everything, we have to move forward. We have to keep thinking about how we raise our game. How do we continue to compete with the likes of England, Scotland, Ireland who have way better facilities than us?

Sarah ParfittGuernsey's swimming coach

Channel Islands weather: A dry start with rain later

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A largely dry and cloudy start, but rain will spread from the west later in the day, perhaps with some heavy and thundery outbreaks.

It will turn rather breezy.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F)

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Guernsey's economy grew in 2018, new figures show

BBC Radio Guernsey

New figures from the States show Guernsey's economy grew by 1.7% last year.

They show the average worker contributes more than £52,000 to the economy a year.

That figure is almost 30% greater than Jersey's figure.

Finance remains Guernsey's most significant money earner, bringing in more than 40% of the £3.3bn the economy was worth in 2018.

Winds of force six expected across the islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across the islands.

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Former teachers say new education model is 'flawed'

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than 50 local teachers have signed a letter to the States saying Education's two-school model is "flawed".

They say they support the general principle and direction of travel but say it will not work across only two sites.

A one-school, two-site plan was agreed in the States in October, which would turn four separate schools into a single, multi-site school.

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Les Beaucamps High School is one of the schools proposed for redevelopment

At the core of the teachers' argument is research from the UK which says pupils do best in schools where there are no more than 1,000 students.

The letter says the model planned for Guernsey could see two schools with about 1,450.

The 57 former teachers who have signed the letter say a three-school model with about 800 students in each would be better for pupils, transport, the environment and the States' finances.

The teachers all agree that the Grammar Sixth Form centre should be retained.

The letter's been published less than a month before Education ask the States for funding for two big colleges at Les Beaucamps and St Sampsons.

The Education Committee has been approached for comment.

Channel Islands weather: Dry but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Cloud will break up through the morning to leave a largely dry afternoon with a good deal of sunshine.

It will be breezy with the chance of one or two showers.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

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Guernsey GDP grew by 1.7%

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.7% between 2017 and 2018, according to new figures published by the government.

GDP is the sum (measured in pounds) of the value of goods and services produced in the economy.

The total GDP for the island was £3.3 billion, which translates to a per capita figure of about £52,500.

The report also outlines the island's Gross Value Added (GVA), a similar measure to GDP which factors in the impact of taxes and subsidies on product to the overall figure.

Total GVA for 2018 was estimated by their report to be £3.2 billion.

Other key statistics from the report:

  • The island's GDP per capita is 65% greater than the UK as a whole
  • GVA per capita is 29% larger than Jersey's
  • The finance sector remains the largest single contributor, accounting for 41% of the island's GVA
  • Non-finance industry sectors contributed 51%, with households making up the final 8%
  • However, productivity decreased by 1% in real terms from 2017 to approximately £100,000 per worker
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Glasshouses into storage units plans put on hold

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Proposals to clear out glasshouses and turn them into storage units on Oatlands Lane in St Sampson’s have been put on hold by the Development and Planning Authority (DPA).

DPA members said they voted to defer a decision while they sought further clarity from planners about their intentions for the area.

In a meeting that lasted more than four hours at Beau Sejour, members of the DPA seemed to ebb and flow in their take on the plans.

About 60 people turned out to listen to the discussion, and speakers objecting to the proposals said they’re worried about the impact on the “character” of the area, and road safety. Planners said there was potential for a "significant contribution" to the wider area.

DPA board members were split in their conclusions, and wanted to introduce minor conditions before approving the plans, such as soundproofing the site to reduce noise pollution.

Discussions between the authority, planners and local residents will continue at a later date.

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Policy and Resources 'welcomes' education recruitment review

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Guernsey's top political committee has written a letter offering "full cooperation" with an official review into education recruitment on the island.

President of the Policy & Resources Committee, Gavin St Pier, said they would provide the Scrutiny Management Committee with "relevant" material, witness testimony, and "written statements and supporting material" from civil servants and the government.

The planned review was announced after controversy surrounded the recent appointments to key civil service positions, including allegations of interference on the part of the head of the committee in charge of education.

Deputy St Pier also recognised that the "unscheduled review" by the island's main political oversight body is an urgent matter, offering extra resourcing if necessary.

Sala death: Investigators warn of carbon monoxide dangers

Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before he was killed in a plane crash and it is likely his pilot was also affected, accident investigators said.

Tests on the striker's body found enough evidence of the harmful gas to cause a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness, an interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) stated.

It is likely that pilot David Ibbotson was also "affected to some extent" by exposure to carbon monoxide, the document added.

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BreakingSala and pilot exposed to carbon monoxide

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Footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson had been exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide in the cockpit of their private plane when it crashed in the English Channel on January 21, the Air Accident Investigation Branch said.

Two arrests over Guernsey burglaries

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two people have been arrested in connection with a spate of burglaries in Guernsey at the end of July, police say.

Six burglaries, all between the junction of Les Amballes and the Bouet and the Pitronnerie Industrial Estate, took place overnight on 27 July, with thousands of pounds of cash and goods stolen.

Two 19-year-old men have been arrested and released on bail, pending further inquiries, Guernsey Police said.

Meeting debates turning glasshouses into storage units

BBC Radio Guernsey

Proposals to clear out glasshouses and turn them into storage units on Oatlands Lane in St Sampson have been discussed by the Development and Planning Authority.

Planners, local residents and politicians shared their views in a meeting at Beau Sejour on Wednesday morning which saw about 60 people turn out.

Those objecting to the plans said they were worried about the loss of agricultural land, the impact on the "character" of the area, and traffic and road safety.

But planners said there was potential for a "significant contribution" to the wider area

A decision will be made on the plans at a later date.

Oatlands Lane plans
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CI weather: Unsettled with heavy rain possible

BBC Weather

Wednesday is looking on the unsettled side with outbreaks of rain, extensive cloud and brisk winds.

The rain will generally be light to moderate in intensity, but a few heavier spells are still possible.

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

Jersey:

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Airport to install full body scanner

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Airport is spending £1.5m on additional staff and new security equipment, including a full body scanner.

The scanner will be in place by the end of September.

Airport authorities will also work with security firm G4S to recruit and train more staff to help reduce queues and personal searches, issues which have been a cause of passenger complaints for months.

Head of Aviation Ash Nicholas apologised to passengers, acknowledging that the service that has been provided has "not been acceptable".

Queues at airport
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CI weather: More unsettled with cloud and winds

BBC Weather

A largely dry Tuesday evening, but overnight showery rain is expected to move across the islands and winds will tend to strengthen.

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

An unsettled Wednesday, with outbreaks of rain, extensive cloud and brisk winds. However, rain may ease towards the end of the day, perhaps allowing some late sunny spells to develop.

Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

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Extra 80 parking spaces at Guernsey hospital

BBC Radio Guernsey

An extra 80 parking spaces have opened at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

The spaces, at the south end of the campus, next to Oberland Road, have been set aside for staff.

Managers said it was hoped the spaces would address the difficulties staff, patients and visitors faced parking at the site.

One person in hospital after two-vehicle crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

One person has been taken to hospital after a road crash in Guernsey.

Police, St John Ambulance and Guernsey Fire Service were called to the scene of the two-vehicle collision in the Castel.

Rue Du Presbytere was closed after the crash but has since been cleared.

The condition of the person taken to hospital is not known.

Channel Island spots make Lonely Planet's top 500

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Locations across the Channel Islands have been included in a list of the top 500 sights in the British Isles.

Eight places locally have been named by international travel guide Lonely Planet.

Among them are Guernsey's south coast cliffs that come ranked at 163, La Coupee in Sark at 255.

In Jersey, the island's war tunnels came in at 326.

Alderney's rugged coast and Herm also made the grade.

Tom Hall, from Lonely Planet, said the islands had featured on the list for offering exquisite coastlines and old-world charm.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival topped the list.

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Guernsey buses see increase in passengers

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's bus services are being used by people more than ever before, according to new figures.

The operator, CT Plus, said movements had increased for the sixth year in a row, with nearly 900,000 passenger journeys recorded between January and June 2019 - an increase of more than 56,000 compared to the same time in 2018.

Since 2013, passenger journeys in this period have gone up by more than 250,000, or a rise of 42%.

July this year also saw the highest number of passengers recorded in a single month since records in the current format began - a total of 217,758.

The States of Guernsey said passenger growth had exceeded all expectations, adding that visitor numbers in the summer months significantly increased the number of journeys undertaken across the service.

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Channel Islands weather: A cloudy start

BBC Weather

Some Tuesday morning showers are expected along with rather cloudy conditions.

However, there's an improving picture into this afternoon as it becomes increasingly dry and sunny.

Highs of 17C (62F).

Jersey:

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CI weather: Showers clearing before a fine Tuesday

BBC Weather

Showers will tend to move in from the west through Monday night, but there will still be some drier and clearer interludes.

Minimum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

It will be a generally fine Tuesday, as it should be largely dry with sunny spells. A few showers are still possible and afternoon sunshine may turn hazy.

Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

Jersey

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Guernsey

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Alderney-Guernsey ferry warns of weather disruption

BBC Radio Guernsey

The ferry operator that runs sailings between Alderney and Guernsey has warned weather disruption could affect Tuesday's crossings.

The Little Ferry Company has faced major disturbance with its service in the past few days because of high wind speeds and rough seas.

It said it will keep passengers updated on any changes through its Facebook page.

Little Ferry Company
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Roadworks extended after additional cable fault found

BBC Radio Guernsey

Roadworks on the Vauqueidor in Guernsey have been extended until Friday after an additional cable fault was found.

Guernsey Electricity has been carrying out planned repair work to a low voltage cable but found unrelated issue on an adjacent cable.

The company said it had pushed the road closure back to 16 August to enable engineers to fix the fault "as quickly and safely as possible".

Two examined for smoke inhalation after fire in house

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two people were examined for suffering possible smoke inhalation after a house fire in Guernsey, emergency crews say.

The St John Ambulance Service said it was called to a property in Hauteville, St Peter Port, at about 05:00 on Sunday after the blaze broke out.

Those treated did not require to go to hospital, staff said.

A number of other people in the building at the time also "declined treatment", the service said.

Retail areas in Guernsey require 're-purposing'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

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Key business areas in the St Peter Port like Mill Street might need to be re-purposed to avoid the growth of vacant shop fronts.

The vacancy rate in town centres across the UK has reached its highest level since 2015 at 10.3%, according to a survey conducted by the British Retail Consortium.

BBC Business reporter Elisabeth Mahy noted an improvement in the commercial activity at the lower end of Mill Street, but said further up the hill it becomes clear that many closed businesses are not being replaced.

This over-reliance on retail is said to be a major cause of concern for town centre managers around the country, as retailers continue to struggle to compete with online shopping pricing.

'Inconvenient' roadworks disrupting Guernsey business

BBC Radio Guernsey

Summer roadworks in Guernsey are causing "a lot of frustrations" for islanders, according to a local business owner.

Tony Hansen, the owner Hansen's sandwiches, described the extent of the roadworks as "inconvenient" for the running of his business.

"[Roadworks] are holding things up and causing a lot of deliveries to be late and a lot of meetings to be later," he added.

Nineteen roads around the island are either closed to traffic or disrupted by the implementation of one way systems and traffic light changes.

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Channel Islands weather: A largely dry day ahead

BBC Weather

Early showers should clear leaving the afternoon largely dry with some decent spells of sunshine.

It will be cool and breezy.

Highs of 17C (62F).

Jersey:

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New taxi app close to launching in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new taxi app could launch in Guernsey if 20 drivers on the island sign up.

Go2 is an app that works in a similar way to Uber that was founded in Jersey in January.

It links users to drivers in their area and allows them to pay directly through the app once they've arrived at their destination.

Co-founder Robbie Andrews says they already have 400 islanders in Guernsey signed up to use it.

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Edward T. Wheadon House lift now operational

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The new public lift at Edward T. Wheadon House has now been installed and is operational, the States of Guernsey has said.

The lift was installed as part of other work to improve the building, including replacing the staff lift, installation of accessible toilets and improving accessibility throughout the building.

The States has thanked people for their understanding while the works were ongoing.

Guernsey development plans need to be 'commercial'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Four areas earmarked for development by the States of Guernsey need to be "rejuvenated for the sake of future generations".

That's according to the president of the Policy and Resources Committee.

The work will be part of the Island Development Plan which will focus on the Lower Pollet, the South Esplanade, Mansell Street and Leale’s Yard in St Sampsons.

Deputy Gavin St Pier says the projects need to be "commercial" and able to turn a profit:

Deputy Gavin St Pier
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These are areas which have been identified by the States and the previous States and that's why it is timely that we should be getting on with them because it is about improving what we have for future generations. Clearly, these projects have to be commercial and capable of generating a return for developers. But equally, those developers do need to know what is likely to be acceptable within a given area.

Deputy Gavin St PierStates of Guernsey

Channel Islands weather: Dry then showery and windy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry in the morning but there are but showers expected later, some of which are likely to be heavy and thundery.

It will be windy and showery tonight and tomorrow.

Maximum Temperature: 19 to 23C (66 to 72F)

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Wind warning upgraded to orange across islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

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Islanders' chance to go behind the scenes at hospital

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The Princess Elizabeth Hospital is giving islanders a rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the operating theatres, speak to medical professionals who work there and learn about a career in healthcare.

On Saturday 17 August, an Operating Theatres Open Day is being held from 09:00 until 13:00.

Adults will see how staff prep for a procedure, learn about the specialist equipment used in the theatre and can even have go scrubbing and gowning.

There will be a "Kids’ Corner" where children can also dress up in gowns and masks, or try their surgical skills out in a life-size game of Operation.

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We’re really looking forward to welcoming people into our operating theatres. It’s a side of healthcare we know people are curious about but many won’t ever get the chance to see how it works, or meet the people for whom the theatre is their office. And we’re really hoping it offers a bit of inspiration to anyone considering a future career in healthcare.

Vicky OgdenOperating department practitioner

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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Nurses' pay: Petition to put pressure on officials

BBC Radio Guernsey

A petition seeking to push the situation surrounding nurses' pay to a full debate will be presented to the States of Guernsey next week.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) hopes it will pressure the island's elected officials to debate the issue when they return to the chamber on 25 September.

Industrial action and planning for a march and rally in September are also in discussion by the RCN.

Nurses are asking the Policy and Resources Committee (P&R) to increase their pay rate to bring it in line with other professionals locally.

P&R, which acts as an employer for nurses, said the States was to look to balance any pay increases for nurses.

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Channel Islands weather: Clouds and rain

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning with possibly a few showers.

The showers will clear to the north and it will be mostly dry in the afternoon, although rather cloudy.

Heavier, steadier rain will push north-east in the evening and last into the night

Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

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'No difference' to UK-Guernsey travel in no deal Brexit

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Director of International and Constitutional Affairs said there will not be "any difference" traveling to and from the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Jo Reeve said: "We're still part of the common travel area and that was very much a key objective of ours. We've achieved support for that from the UK and the EU has recognised the importance of it."

In a no-deal scenario the UK would immediately leave the European Union with no agreement about the "divorce" process.

This means the UK would leave the single market and customs union, arrangements designed to help trade between EU members by eliminating checks and tariffs.

Concerns with Island Development Plan 'ignored'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Vice Chairman of Douzaine Council Rob Gill says serious concerns they raised about planning and development have been ignored by the States.

The Douzaine Council, which represents the island's parishes, identified five key issues they have with the Island Development Plan earlier in 2019.

Whilst Vice Chairman Gill acknowledged the States proposed an infrastructure plan in 2011, he claimed that is not what the council are looking for from planning.

"We are employing civil servants to answer these questions, not just to build a load of houses and decide where the solution comes from when the traffic infrastructure is gridlocked," he said.

Deputy Dawn Tindall, president of the Development and Planning Authority, said they will be rolling out a communication plan which she hopes will address concerns with infrastructure proposals.

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