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  1. States defers debate on Justice Review

    Debate on the Justice Review has been deferred until Wednesday, 22 July.

    The review faces four amendments and a lengthy sursis - a delaying motion.

  2. Proposals for anti-discrimination legislation approved

    States members have agreed to the introduction of the anti-discrimination law in two phases, first focusing on race, disability, sexuality, religion and carer status.

    The first phase is expected to come into force in 2022, but the law has to be drafted and returned to the States for approval before it becomes enshrined in law.

  3. Nearly £1m spent on primary care during coronavirus

    A three-month agreement between the States of Guernsey and the island's primary care providers to ensure islanders could reach related health services during the coronavirus pandemic cost £992,861.

    The island's GP surgeries are run by three private firms.

    The contracts with the HealthCare Group and Island Health LLP paid for the services used.

    However, the Queen's Road Medical Practice committed to a partnership contract and received £690,226.

    This "enhanced partnership" will continue for four years building on the work previously done on familial hypercholesterolaemia testing where early indications have shown really positive results.

    The Committee for Health and Social Care says this work with feed into its plans for a Partnership of Purpose involving closer working with primary care and anticipates that it will be presented to the Assembly by the end of the year.

  4. States meeting: Technical glitches ironed out

    You can now listen live to the States of Guernsey meeting via our website.

  5. Supporters turn out for third day of States meeting

    With debate on anti-discrimination laws continuing those supporting the introduction of the new laws.

    Currently the first phase, which will include race, disability, carer status, sexuality and religion, will be introduced in 2022, if the States approves the amended proposals.

    Listen live on 1116AM. Our online feed is currently unavailable and engineers are working on the issue, but if you're unable to listen via the radio the States now provides a session specific feed with the morning feed for 17 July here.

    Anti-discrimination supporters
  6. Reopening Castle Cornet 'will be different'

    Castle Cornet
    Image caption: Scaffolding covers the Upper Barracks building

    There will be no noon-day gun and the cafe will be shut when Castle Cornet reopens from 10:00 on Saturday.

    The changes are due to the works on the Upper Barracks building, that building's position and delays due to Covid-19.

    Four museums within the castle will be open and extra benches have been set out for those who want to bring their own picnic.

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  7. Equality advisory committee amendment fails

    An amendment to the proposed anti-discrimination law seeking to establish an Equality and Rights Advisory Committee, which would have advised the States has been rejected by deputies.

    Members are now debating giving the Committee for Employment and Social Security £105,000 a year for educational initiatives.

    The committee would be tasked with funding "proactive work to raise awareness and change attitudes in relation to prejudice and discrimination in the community".

    The current proposal would give the committee £45,000 a year to do this.

    Two more amendments are up for consideration:

    • To cement the gender neutral language of all drafting of legislation
    • Changes to birth registration in Guernsey to guarantee "equal treatment to diverse family types"
  8. Still to be debated in anti-discrimination law

    Four amendments to the proposed anti-discrimination law in Guernsey are still to be voted on by the States.

    Deputies are currently debating a proposition to establish a Equality and Rights Advisory Committee, whose responsibilities would include to advise the States on matters of discrimination, monitor the implementation of the law and "investigate and review" issues if asked to do so.

    The three further amendments to be discussed:

    • To cement the gender neutral language of all drafting of legislation
    • Increasing funding for Committee for Employment and Social Security to fund anti-discrimination campaigns and education
    • Changes to birth registration in Guernsey to guarantee "equal treatment to diverse family types"
  9. Anti-discrimination law timeline compressed

    The categories of sexual orientation or religious belief will be brought forward as part of proposed anti-discrimination legislation, following States approval of an amendment.

    Should the law be approved, the first phase of implementing the rules will now include race, disability, carer status, sexuality and religion, which will be introduced in 2022.

    The second phase, planned to be implemented by 2024, will ban discrimination based on age and the "modernisation" of the sex discrimination law.

    Further amendments are being discussed before a final vote on the amended proposals will take place.

  10. Anti-discrimination debate begins in States

    Protesters outside Royal Court

    The States has begun debate of the proposed anti-discrimination legislation, for which hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Royal Court on Wednesday.

    The proposals would begin with making discrimination on the grounds of disability, carer status and race illegal, with subsequent bans discriminating on the basis of religion, gender, sexuality and sex expected in later phases.

    However, the proposals are subject to significant revision, with nine amendments to the policy letter lodged before debate began.

    Listen live on 1116AM or online.

  11. 'Come forward' for test with Covid-19 symptoms

    Islanders who have symptoms of coronavirus have been urged to "come forward" to get tested by Public Health Services.

    These include:

    • Fever (rigors, chills, can't get warm, high temperature.)
    • Muscle ache (fatigue, exhaustion)
    • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
    • Loss of smell or taste
    • Continuous new cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath, chest tightness
    • For the over 80s - loose stool, mild fever, not themselves with a cough presenting later

    Director of the service, Dr Nicola Brink, said she was "concerned" that GPs were reporting an increase in patients showing these symptoms who had not arranged for a test themselves.

    She stressed no one had tested positive for Covid-19, but argued islanders "can't be complacent" and must self-isolate at home until they test negative.

    Dr Brink added: "It is important to stress that these symptoms could be associated with many other viral conditions and we still have no known positive cases on island.

    "I really want people to come forward for testing if they have any of these symptoms, no matter how mild.

    "Please contact the Clinical Helpline by calling 01481 756938 or 01481 756969 to arrange for testing."

  12. Gender neutral language to be used in updated financial laws

    Legislation aiming to update Guernsey's financial regulation will be redrafted to use gender neutral language, following successful amendments approved by the States.

    The updated laws, which are seeking to consolidate and modernise the island's financial regulation system, will be redrafted and submitted to the States after the removal of gender-specific references.

    The amended legislation was also approved in principle, but efforts to have them sent straight to the Privy Council for approval failed.

    As a result, they will have to be reapproved by deputies, expected to be at the next meeting in August.

    Gender neutral drafting of legislation has been in place in the UK since 2007 and in Guernsey since 2012.

    The amendments were proposed and seconded by Deputies Dawn Tindall and Christopher Green, who argued that laws which "could be on the statue book for 20 years" should be drafted in line with this policy.

  13. UK's Huawei 5G cut 'allows analysis time in Guernsey'

    Telecoms company Sure says the UK's decision to end its relationship with the tech giant Huawei allows for time to analyse a similar move.

    UK mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December. They must also remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

    Sure confirmed it has been using Huawei technology in its 5G mobile trials in Guernsey, but the committees for Home Affairs and Economic Development said they were getting prepared for a "likely need to adopt a similar approach against a similar timeline as that set out in the UK".

    Alastair Beak, from Sure, said the timing worked in Guernsey's favour because "we have not started to make this significant investment in the 5G network."

  14. Future Guernsey Dairy project funding approved

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Milk crates stacked at Guernsey Dairy

    The funding for a project to build a new or update the existing Guernsey Dairy will come from the States capital reserves, following deputies' approval.

    Proposals to refurbish or replace the current facility were lodged in March, with the project expected to cost about £25m and be completed by 2024.

    The policy letter from the States’ Trading Supervisory Board, which administers Guernsey States owned assets, described the dairy as "not fit for purpose" and in need or "major refurbishment or new build".

    The dairy has been in use since 1951 and received a poor hygiene rating in 2016 as a result of problems with the building, issues which hope to be permanently resolved by the Future Guernsey Dairy Project.

  15. Guernsey 'likely needs similar approach to UK on Huawei'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News Online

    The States of Guernsey and local telecommunications operators are reviewing a decision in the UK about the use of Huawei equipment in telecommunications networks, the island's government has said.

    The British government decided to end its relationship with the Chinese company because of fears over data security.

    UK mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December. They must also remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

    However, local telecoms company Sure has confirmed it has been using Huawei technology in its 5G mobile trials in Guernsey.

    The committees for Home Affairs and Economic Development said they had been worked with telecommunications operators "to ensure that they are aware of the UK’s stance and the likely need to adopt a similar approach against a similar timeline as that set out in the UK".

    They added they would "meet again with them in the coming weeks to continue these discussions".

  16. Anti-discrimination laws: 'Keeping my fingers crossed'

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Protesters

    Kiri Knight, from Guernsey's Ron Short Centre, said the turnout for the anti-discrimination protest was "brilliant" and she was "keeping my fingers crossed" deputies approve the proposals.

    "We're glad to be getting all the support we need for this debate," she added.

    Ms Knight, who is blind, said deputies needed to consider lowering the pavements for people like her or with other disabilities.

    She said: "It's making it impossible for people like us to have guide dogs."

    Kiri Knight and Tanya Bretel

    Tanya Bretel echoed Ms Knight's view "the pavements are too high for everbody" with disabilities in Guernsey.

    She added the cobblestone streets in St Peter Port were also a serious issue preventing mobility for many people.

    Ms Bretel said she was "very excited" to be with the other protesters and it was "lovely" so many people had turned out.

  17. 'No more delays' to anti-discrimination law

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Ellie Jones and protesters

    Ellie Jones, head of LGBT charity Liberate, said her organisation had come to the protest to ensure the legislation goes through "with no more delays".

    She explained discussion of disability rights had been ongoing for 13 years, with proposals being "stalled" whenever they came to the States.

    Ms Jones said: "It's 2020, it's time that we had protection for people from discrimination.

    "If you have no way to find recourse within the law, then what's the point of trying to fight it?"

  18. Calls for 'culture change' over discrimination

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Protesters

    A disability rights campaigner who organised a protest outside the States of Guernsey to advocate for the proposed anti-discrimination legislation has called for "culture change" in Guernsey.

    Karen Blanchford, from the Guernsey Disability Alliance, said she was "so pleased" the issue was being debated.

    However, she acknowledged even if the legal protection was approved it was "not the end of the road" in Guernsey and changes were long overdue.

    Protesters

    Ms Blanchford said: "You can really feel the passion.

    "Obviously it's not just legislation, we're looking for culture change."

    She argued the States and business groups must support business owners to navigate the proposed legislation, making it "as easy as possible" for them.

    "Especially small and medium businesses, how do we provide them with the right information training, workshops, materials, codes of practice?"

  19. Anti-discrimination petition signed by more than 4,300

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Protesters outside States chamber

    Protesters handed a petition with more than 4,300 signatures in favour of planned anti-discrimination legislation to Guernsey's senior politician.

    They also gave deputies hot drinks and cake as they clapped them on their way to the chamber.

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  20. Anti-discrimination protest outside States

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Protesters outside States chamber

    Several hundred protesters formed a tunnel outside the entrance to the Guernsey Royal Court building on Wednesday morning to advocate for proposed anti-discrimination legislation.

    Deputies are due to debate the proposed ordinance this week, which would make discrimination on the basis of disability, carer status and race illegal.

    The inclusion of sex, gender, and sexuality based discrimination laws are also planned for the future, however the exact timeline is subject to change because of a number of amendments to the legislation.

    Gavin St Pier speaking to a protester

    Protesters lined the pavement, clapping deputies as they arrived for debate and handing out cakes and coffee.

    Karen Blanchford, who is from the Guernsey Disability Alliance helped organised the protest, said she the turnout was "absolutely amazing".

    She said: "I'm so, so grateful to all our members and all the other equality organisations who pulled together to get a wonderful tunnel of support as the deputies came through."

    Deputies walking through clapping protesters