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Plastic pollution found in island’s waters ‘comparable’ to North Sea « Guernsey Press

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Plastic pollution found in island’s waters ‘comparable’ to North Sea « Guernsey Press

- The Dutch ship, Fantastiko, which is operated by the foundation By The Ocean We Unite and crewed by researchers and volunteers whose work is to sample the rate of non-degradable plastic matter gathered in waters, came to St Peter Port Harbour last week before setting off towards Sark. The Channel Islands’ expedition was the third that the team has undertaken, in which it collected its 40th sample from North Sea waters
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Pop star Pixie Lott to perform at Herm event « Guernsey Press

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Pop star Pixie Lott to perform at Herm event « Guernsey Press

- The popstar, who has 1.7 million followers on Twitter, will make a special appearance at the newly-launched Sunset on Herm event on Sunday 24 September. The event, which will feature British DJ Anton Powers and a closing performance by Ms Lott, will be open to those over the age of 13 and their families. The musical pair came together to release the popular single, Baby, back in March
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No security screening for Waves passengers « Guernsey Press

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No security screening for Waves passengers « Guernsey Press

- However, Gus Paterson said the Uber-style air taxi’s application for a 2-REG air operators’ certificate will have been treated against the same standards as a commercial operator. ‘An AOC is an AOC – there is no difference in the very high standards applied to different types of operation,’ he said, referring to an air operator’s certificate, the commercial transport licence for airlines
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I may go if States don’t back us, says Ferbrache « Guernsey Press

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I may go if States don’t back us, says Ferbrache « Guernsey Press

- Economic Development is set to report to the States at the end of the year about its ‘direction of travel’ on work streams across its mandate. This includes reviewing how to improve air and sea links, encourage growth in the economy, stimulate construction activity and investigating whether the new population law works for all sectors. Committee president Deputy Peter Ferbrache said the States would have to decide whether it backed his committee’s vision for the future
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CT Plus take action after bus driver jumps queue « Guernsey Press

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CT Plus take action after bus driver jumps queue « Guernsey Press

- It happened at about 11.45 on Sunday morning, and Jamie Rive and his partner Kirsty had just come from Chouet and were waiting at the junction of Mont Cuet Road with L’Ancresse Road. There were a lot of cars waiting to emerge from Les Clotures Road, said Mr Rive. ‘We noticed a reasonably long queue of traffic of around 15-20 vehicles stacked up behind a learner driver who was clearly very new to driving,’ he said
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Apprenticeships under review « Guernsey Press

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Apprenticeships under review « Guernsey Press

- College of Further Education principal Louise Misselke said it was looking to see how it operated the scheme and if the relationship with employers works successfully. ‘We’re also looking at how we can expand it into other areas of the economy,’ she said. It comes after a PwC benchmarking review into Education, Sport & Culture said the college should review the terms of the apprenticeship grant and course fees given to and charged to local employers
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Water quality rating won’t put us off, say Pembroke regulars « Guernsey Press

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Water quality rating won’t put us off, say Pembroke regulars « Guernsey Press

- Ongoing reviews of water quality at bays around the island found there to be unusually high levels of intestinal enterococci – bacteria usually found in animal faeces – and E. coli on occasions this summer. It is the only Guernsey beach to post a ‘poor’ result over a four-year average, something that Guernsey Water, Environmental Health and Agriculture Countryside and Land Management have investigated over the last year, but to no avail
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Licensing scheme for outdoor activity firms in the pipeline « Guernsey Press

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Licensing scheme for outdoor activity firms in the pipeline « Guernsey Press

- The idea was revealed in a planning approval for Outdoor Guernsey to store kayaks at Cobo’s car park and utilise some of the grassland for its operation. Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services was consulted on the application and said there had been six calls last summer from islanders who had difficulties parking below the Guet due to Outdoor Guernsey’s kayaks
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Pembroke’s ‘poor’ water a mystery « Guernsey Press

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Pembroke’s ‘poor’ water a mystery « Guernsey Press

- It is the only Guernsey beach to post a poor result over a four-year average, and its weekly tests this summer have been erratic, with six excellents, one good and three poors. The Bathing Water Partnership – which includes Guernsey Water, Environmental Health and Agriculture Countryside and Land Management – has been looking into the cause over the last year, but has found no proven cause of the poor results
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‘Connectivity in all its forms is the priority’ « Guernsey Press

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‘Connectivity in all its forms is the priority’ « Guernsey Press

- Chris Williams, the committee’s chief secretary, who took up the role in June after a high-flying career with business advisers Deloitte in the UK, spoke at an Institute of Directors’ lunch when he outlined some of the committee’s workstreams and challenges. Connectivity in all its forms, including air, sea and digital infrastructure, was the number one priority, he said. As announced earlier this year, the committee is poised to take a report to the States before the end of 2017 with proposals for a new system of air route licensing
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‘Additional pupils will not increase costs’ « Guernsey Press

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‘Additional pupils will not increase costs’ « Guernsey Press

- Education, Sport and Culture has announced it wants to slash the colleges’ grant by £3.5m. to under £1m., but it has faced criticism, including from Deputy Trott who branded the plan ‘utter madness’ and said it was in our best interests socially, financially and educationally to ensure the colleges prosper, pointing out it cost £11,500 per child per year to educate someone at one of the high schools
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One-legged Old Elizabethan completes round-island swim « Guernsey Press

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One-legged Old Elizabethan completes round-island swim « Guernsey Press

- Old Elizabethan Mr Bisson, who has one leg, returned to the island this week to complete the long-held ambition and did so in the impressive time of 11 hours 35 minutes. The last islander to swim the 21.1 miles was 36-year-old Adrian Sarchet in 2011 in a time of 11 hours 25 minutes. A keen sportsmen while growing up in the island, aircraft tester Mr Bisson lost his leg in a car accident aged 23
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Condor alter high-speed ferry route « Guernsey Press

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Condor alter high-speed ferry route « Guernsey Press

- CCTV will now also be used to monitor the pools during arrivals and departures to monitor how effective this is, additional signs pointing out the dangers have been installed and work will happen on using warning devices when sea conditions change. Guernsey Harbours released its report this morning into the incident on Saturday 8 July when sudden waves knocked children into the walls of the pool
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Condor CEO remains keen on inter-island ferry service « Guernsey Press

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Condor CEO remains keen on inter-island ferry service « Guernsey Press

- Paul Luxon remained disappointed that Economic Development pulled the plug at the last minute on a trial service which would have started in May. ‘I had been trying for the past 12 months to find options for an inter-island service,’ he said. ‘We looked at vessels from all over the place, but they were either very expensive – punitively expensive – or only prepared to do a full-year charter
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Aurigny praised for fulfilling its Alderney pledge « Guernsey Press

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Aurigny praised for fulfilling its Alderney pledge « Guernsey Press

- A German Dornier, supplied complete with crew by manufacturer RUAG, has been instrumental in helping the airline to maintain the increased service during the island’s busiest week for tourists. The wet lease plane has been now been replaced by G-OMAF, another loaned plane, which had returned to Germany for repairs to its navigational system, meaning Aurigny has three serviceable planes in operation serving Alderney
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Judges impressed by Town floral displays « Guernsey Press

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Judges impressed by Town floral displays « Guernsey Press

- Judges Roger Burnett and Jim Goodwin completed an itinerary that began in Oldham at the start of last week and which took in England’s Elswick, Harrogate and Portishead, Northern Ireland’s Hillsborough, and Aberdeen in between. Mr Goodwin said he had been to Guernsey many times before both as a judge and on holiday. ‘The Town is beautifully floral and you have the colours of the flowers everywhere,’ he said
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Tourism website changed over Guernsey 'nudist beach' concerns

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Tourism website changed over Guernsey 'nudist beach' concerns

- GUERNSEY’S tourism body has been forced to change its website – after hinting that a secluded bay may be a nudist beach. Until recently, Visit Guernsey’s website had carried the wording that Le Jaonnet Bay ‘is not officially a nudist beach, but may not be appropriate for families’. All reference to nudism has now been removed, and the description now reads: ‘As Le Jaonnet is one of Guernsey’s harder beaches to get to, it does not attract many visitors, making it ideal for a peaceful day in the sun
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  • Pop star Pixie Lott to perform at Herm event « Guernsey Press
    Pop star Pixie Lott to perform at Herm event « Guernsey Press

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    The popstar, who has 1.7 million followers on Twitter, will make a special appearance at the newly-launched Sunset on Herm event on Sunday 24 September. The event, which will feature British DJ Anton Powers and a closing performance by Ms Lott, will be open to those over the age of 13 and their families. The musical pair came together to release the popular single, Baby, back in March
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Politics & Government

  • Three sitting members ousted by Alderney in FAB link protest vote « Guernsey Press
    Three sitting members ousted by Alderney in FAB link protest vote « Guernsey Press

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    Alex Snowdon, who at 28 was the youngest candidate in recent years, gained a place in the 10-seat States, as did anti-FAB running mate Mike Dean. Property owner Mr Snowdon said: ‘One of the main reasons that I stood for election was because I have strong concerns about the proposed FAB [France-Alderney-Britain] link. I do not believe that Alderney has had enough information about it. I believe that we need
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Sports

  • Matt ‘so proud’ to be all-time No. 1 « Guernsey Press
    Matt ‘so proud’ to be all-time No. 1 « Guernsey Press

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    MATT LE TISSIER admitted that he was ‘honoured’ to have been named as Guernsey’s all-time top sporting star ahead of ‘so many fantastic names’. Now 48, the Southampton legend remains the only local footballer to have ever been capped for England, playing eight times for the national side. ‘I am very honoured and in many ways a bit embarrassed because if you look at the rest of the top 10,
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Business

  • Collapsed investment fund: Four arrested for fraud
    Collapsed investment fund: Four arrested for fraud

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    FOUR men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud in connection with the collapse of a fund which left investors - including Jersey residents - losing their life savings. The men, who have not been named, were arrested in Guernsey this week before being released on bail pending further inquiries. A criminal investigation was started in October, led by Guernsey’s Economic Crime Division, as part of a case with global links
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Technology

  • Teenager admits hacking offences linked to TalkTalk data breach « Guernsey Press
    Teenager admits hacking offences linked to TalkTalk data breach « Guernsey Press

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    The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, found a vulnerability in the website when using a "hacking tool" then posted details of this vulnerability online, Norwich Youth Court heard on Tuesday. While he did not exploit the information for gain, the TalkTalk website was targeted more than 14,000 times after the boy exposed the vulnerability, said Laura Tams, prosecuting. The teenager was arrested in Norwich on November 3
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Health

  • Campaigners call for States to make care of elderly a priority « Guernsey Press
    Campaigners call for States to make care of elderly a priority « Guernsey Press

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    Ageing Well in the Bailiwick, a group of voluntary and private organisations working with and for older people in Guernsey and Alderney, made the call following a meeting about policy with States representatives. While it said it did not see its job as providing specific answers to how the services would be paid for, chairman Dominic Wheatley said the best option was for the public sector to work together with
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Family & Parenting

  • Last day on children’s ward for popular staff nurse Sandie « Guernsey Press
    Last day on children’s ward for popular staff nurse Sandie « Guernsey Press

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    Staff nurse, and lead oncology nurse for children, Sandie Mallett, started work at The Princess Elizabeth Hospital in 1976. She stopped in 1978 to have two daughters, Sara and Emma, but returned on a part-time basis in 1984 and has been there ever since. She now found herself looking after a second generation. ‘A mother who I previously nursed as a premature baby, recently came in with a premature baby of her own,’ she said
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Society & Culture

  • Brothers’ cemetery could open once more to public « Guernsey Press
    Brothers’ cemetery could open once more to public « Guernsey Press

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    The graveyard, which is known as the Brothers’ Cemetery, by the Candie Road/St Julian’s Avenue junction, has been closed since the 1970s. But over the last two years a team of volunteers has been repairing the tombs and tidying up the area. Brothers’ Cemetery Volunteer Group spokesman Phil de Jersey said everything had been progressing well and all the tombs had been repointed and made safe. ‘It’s the final push
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Curtain goes up on Guernsey Festival of Dance « Guernsey Press
    Curtain goes up on Guernsey Festival of Dance « Guernsey Press

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    A big dress rehearsal took place at Beau Sejour at the weekend, and each group was given 20 minutes on stage. Festival committee member Catherine Webster said the dancers were all very excited, and it was a great opportunity for them and a chance to celebrate dance. Thousands of pounds have been spent on all the various costumes for the performances and the last five months have seen lots of
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Education

  • Art student is awarded scholarship to Brock University « Guernsey Press
    Art student is awarded scholarship to Brock University « Guernsey Press

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    Aaron Shakerley, 19, has just completed his international baccalaureate in art and has been offered the annual place. The graduate position has been offered available for a number of years and offers an opportunity for islanders to study at a high level while also experiencing a different culture and lifestyle. The placement exists because of historic ties between the university’s namesake, Sir Isaac Brock, and the island
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Travel & Recreation

  • Apprentice of the Year Rebekah has food and travel on her mind « Guernsey Press
    Apprentice of the Year Rebekah has food and travel on her mind « Guernsey Press

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    Rebekah Williams, 19, has worked with the Sarnia Hotels Group since leaving St Sampson’s High School, initially at Les Rocquettes and now at Moore’s Hotel. She said she had been inspired to pursue cookery as a career from starting food tech lessons in Year 7 at school, and following work experience placements, including one at Les Rocquettes, she sought to launch her career there, while also spending the past three years on day release at the college
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Science & Nature

  • ‘Lobby your deputies for environmental protection’ « Guernsey Press
    ‘Lobby your deputies for environmental protection’ « Guernsey Press

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    Standing Up For Guernsey’s Environment are campaigning to get support for amendments put forward by Deputy Barry Brehaut to be included in the Policy and Resource Plan, which sets out where the island should be in 20 years’ time. The group, which is a collective of representatives from La Societe Guernesiaise, RSPB, Guernsey Trees for Life, National Trust, Guernsey Climate Action Network, Guernsey Conservation Volunteers and La Societe Conservation Herd,
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Law & Crime

  • Sarah murder-accused has ‘secret’ to share only with her parents « Guernsey Press
    Sarah murder-accused has ‘secret’ to share only with her parents « Guernsey Press

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    It emerged yesterday that Dutchman Richard de Wit, who has reportedly converted to Islam while in jail, is willing to disclose some details about Sarah Groves’ death, but only to her parents. But before they fly out to India, the couple are first seeking confirmation about the truthfulness of Mr de Wit’s claims. ‘The problem we have is that it’s an arduous, unpleasant, horrible, costly journey,’ Mrs Groves said. ‘We
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Media & Information

  • La Mare pupils look to make waves with radio station « Guernsey Press
    La Mare pupils look to make waves with radio station « Guernsey Press

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    The La Mare de Carteret student-run radio station went live on air at the end of this week – it began playing music, running school adverts and had a live exclusive interview with the Policy & Resources Committee president Gavin St Pier. As part of the schools more hands-on curriculum, the station is a new project set up by teacher Danny Furness, head of performing arts at La Mare de
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Life & Style

  • Burnouts, music at Pleinmont headland for Chaos Festival « Guernsey Press
    Burnouts, music at Pleinmont headland for Chaos Festival « Guernsey Press

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    Hundreds braved the strong winds to get involved with the festivities. As well as live music, there were burnouts, a chilli con carne eating contest, tattoo competitions and barrel lifting. ‘Ozy’ Chris Chadwick said the festival, which is in its 13th year, had gone really well. ‘It’s been great,’ he said. ‘Everyone has been having fun as always. It was more blowy than last year, so it is nice and cool
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Motoring

  • States to look into securing supply of hydrocarbon fuel « Guernsey Press
    States to look into securing supply of hydrocarbon fuel « Guernsey Press

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    PROPOSALS to help secure the future supply of hydrocarbon fuels to the island are being developed. The Hydrocarbon Supply Programme, announced by the States yesterday, will review the security of Guernsey’s current supply chain and make recommendations on how best to secure the island’s long-term fuel needs. It will include the import of petrol, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel and heavy oil. nts-cta-button btn">Be the first to comment Meetings are to
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