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Aurigny has been branded a disaster, with Alderney politicians, business leaders and travellers saying the airline has caused chaos.

It is after all of the Trislander planes which serve the island were grounded, leaving the island with no air links.

Aurigny's apologising and says a four-month delay in replacing those aircraft is 'beyond their control.'

It is understood emergency talks are being held in Guernsey about Aurigny's failure to deliver the new planes on time.

Alderney's government says unless there is an urgent resolution, they'll charter a plane and expect Aurigny to foot the bill.

Tamsin Eames reports.

Witnesses to teenage assault sought

Police in Guernsey are appealing for witnesses to an alleged assault on Saturday.

It resulted in a teenage girl receiving significant facial injuries

It happened near the bus station at around 5pm.

Police have now reviewed CCTV footage and would like anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward. They can contact PC Dover or PC Wright on 01481 725111, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


'Mary's Wish': Helping bowel cancer sufferers in Guernsey

A new scheme to help support people who suffer from bowel cancer has been launched in Guernsey.

'Mary's Wish' was set up in memory of Mary Sebire, a former Trustee of Bowel Cancer Guernsey. It aims to put people in touch with others who have been affected.

Bowel cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the islands. There are around 40 to 45 cases per year, and it particularly affects people over 65.

It claims around a dozen lives a year, but if detected early, more than 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer are successfully treated.

Catching bowel cancer early could save your life.

Know the symptoms, know what's right for you, and know when to go and see your GP. In addition to that, prevention is important as well - there's an awful lot of research that shows being physically active, reducing the amount of red meat and processed meat all help.

– Di Matthews, Health Promotion Unit

Views wanted on Sunday trading in Guernsey

Guernsey's States have launched a consultation to find out what the public, retailers and parishes think of the current restrictions on Sunday trading.

They are seeking people’s opinions on whether they should be relaxed.

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This survey is seeking to obtain the views of a wide range of islanders; the first time this has been done.

The more people who do, the better the picture the Department will have of public opinion as it develops proposals to be taken to the States towards the end of next year.

– Deputy Kevin Stewart, Commerce and Employment Minister

The consultation starts today and continues until the end of January. Printed copies are available from the ten parish Douzaine rooms/Constables offices, Raymond Falla House, Sir Charles Frossard House, Beau Sejour, The Guernsey Information Centre, The Guille-Allès Library.

Fill out the survey online, or request a hard copy.

Jersey webcam breached by Russian website

Jersey is one of 250 countries to have security cameras breached by a Russian-based website.

The feed from a private CCTV camera in St Helier, featured on the site which broadcasts footage from webcams and baby monitors.

The hackers target systems by using default passwords or no log-in codes.

The public is being warned to change their passwords.


'Money will be tight', warns new Sports Champion

Jersey's States' new Sports Champion, Steve Pallett, concedes 'money will be tight' over the coming years.

Constable Pallett - who is also Assistant Education, Sport and Culture (ESC) Minister - has just been installed as the person charged with promoting sport and attracting investment.

The move will also see Sport come under the umbrella of Economic Development rather than ESC, as the States targets more funding for sport.

But he warned: "Money will be tight over the next three or four years. I think I've got to fight for sport when the Medium Term Financial Plan comes around [in 2016] just to make sure [various sports] are supported in the right way."

Jersey States' Sports Champion, Constable Steve Pallett

Constable Pallett and his team addressed leading sports figures at a meeting at Le Rocquier School last night.

They spoke about the infrastuctural investment that is currently taking place on facilities such as Springfield, FB Fields and Les Quennevais swimming pool.

But sports teams will already be thinking about their budget for next year as they bid for a slice of the States' £325,000 pot for 2015.

Hugh Raymond, Jersey Sports Council

Nick Le Cornu reacts to election rejection

The Royal Court has rejected an application by Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli to challenge the result of the election in St Helier District No 1.

The pair presented their case following the revelation that the paperwork of one of the winners, Scott Wickenden, wasn't properly completed.

It was ruled that Mr Wickenden's failure to comply was both, "technical" and "inadvertent", therefore not a matter of substance.

Mr Le Cornu has issued a reply to the media.

Election results are more than just private disputes, they are of significant public importance. It has rightly been stated that “the right to vote would be merely abstract if the right to sue to enforce it was not guaranteed in law”.

The mistakes made in the conduct of the election in District No 1 St Helier should be a reminder, to candidates and those who administer elections, of the need for rigor, not only in the nomination process but also throughout the election.

The responsibility to present a valid nomination paper rests entirely on the prospective candidate. In addition, it is of concern that a candidate’s negligent mistake in completing and presenting a nomination form was not picked up during the process of advance checking and final acceptance, by those with responsibility for electoral procedures in the Parish of St Helier.

– Nick Le Cornu

The following matters of importance flow from the electoral challenge brought to the Royal Court:

  1. Bad practice is identified and rectified

    1. Good practice is established
    2. Those responsible are held to account
    3. Lessons are learnt
    4. The electoral process is improved for future elections
    5. Public confidence is maintained in the electoral process
– Nick Le Cornu

Police asked witness to 'remove' sexual abuse allegations

A witness in the Jersey Care Inquiry into allegations of historical abuse has said that the police asked her to remove allegations of sexual abuse in her statement.

'Miss K' has been giving evidence about her time at the Blanch Pierre family group home.

Dornier test flights promised 'in the next few days'

In response to critcism over the late delivery of the Dorniers, the Portuguese company supplying them say it has been the slow delivery of parts which has delayed them.

They do however, hope to have the aircraft ready to go in the near future.

We have now completed and tested the modification and we expect to test fly the aircraft in the next few days.

Barring any further unforeseen problems, I hope to be flying the aircraft here myself in the near future.

– Mr Sergio Leal, Commercial Director of Grupo 7, based in Portugal
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