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Summary

  1. Aurigny to end London City Airport flights 'due to lack of demand'
  2. Dozens of homes earmarked for St Sampson, Guernsey
  3. Jersey's chief minister's "thoughts and prayers" with families and friends of falling tree victims in Madeira
  4. Two Jersey parishes complete road speed limit reviews
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Rob England

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Rob England

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Calls for Alderney French to be taught in schools

BBC Radio Guernsey

A pair of islanders who are creating a dictionary of Alderney patois want to see the language taught to schoolchildren.

Based on memories of his family speaking it 70 years ago, Royston Raymond and Sally Pond have translated more than 2,000 words into Alderney French.

Mr Raymond said he would like to see Alderney French treated in the same way as Jersey and Guernsey's native french languages Jèrriais and Guernesiaise, by being taught in schools in the island.

Royston Raymond and Sally Pond
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Sally Pond and Royston Raymond

A cloudy evening, with rain and drizzle into tomorrow

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It will be a cloudy night, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

Breezes will sweep in for a time, but underneath the cloud and rain it will feel rather humid tonight.

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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Airline decision 'killing the goose that lays the golden egg'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A representative of the finance sector in Guernsey has come out against State-owned airline Aurigny's decision to cancel its services to London City Airport from 27 October.

David Oxburgh, Chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association, said the route was "vital for the industry" and hoped the States of Guernsey could find an alternative provider.

The Committee for Economic Development has said it is already approaching other airlines.

With roughly half the employment taxes coming from those working in the finance sector this rather smacks of killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Hopefully the Committee for Economic Development can see the benefits of supporting an operator on this route under a public service agreement and will be able to act quickly to address this.

David OxburghChairman, Guernsey International Business Association

Virtual reality art exhibition to come to Liberty Wharf

Rob England

BBC News Online

A virtual reality art exhibition, supported by Digital Jersey and Arts House Jersey will showcase virtual reality (VR) environments created by local artists.

The exhibition, called FLUX, will take place on 16 September, with free access to part of the exhibition for the public from 10:00-16:00, and full ticketed access from 20:00 until late.

The event is being organised by new digital start-up companies Snap.je and Virtual Reality Jersey, who say it is an opportunity to show how VR has advanced from a gimmick to a "serious concept", with new possibilities.

Digital Jersey boss Tony Moretta says the event could be good for the industry.

Virtual Reality is one of the latest technologies to bring both disruption and opportunity to traditional industries. For example, the use of Virtual Reality in treating patients with phobias, or allowing architects to provide VR walkthroughs of a building, is transforming the commercial and consumer experience. Digital Jersey is delighted to support this event, bringing together artists with technologists to encourage the development of new skills and new business ideas.

Tony MorettaChief executive officer, Digital Jersey

States 'approaching other airlines' to take over Guernsey-London City route

Rob England

BBC News Online

The future of the Guernsey-London City route is uncertain, as the States say they are approaching other operators to take over.

The States-owned airline Aurigny announced it would be discontinuing flights to the UK airport due to a lack of interest, and high operational costs.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Committee for Economic Development said whilst he acknowledged Aurigny's decision, there could be advantages in other operators taking the route on.

Aurigny plane
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This is commercially the right decision for Aurigny, but the Committee for Economic Development believe that marketed better and operated in a more efficient basis this route has the potential to be economically advantageous to Guernsey. As such, the committee is already talking to potential operators who may be interested in operating over this route.

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey

Jersey comes second in national pétanque tournament

Rob England

BBC News Online

A team of Jersey pétanque players have come second in this year's home nations tournament on the English south coast.

The island's team lost out to host nation England, who have won the event every year since 2000, but came out ahead of Wales and Scotland.

It is Jersey's second year in the tournament, which took place at the Hayling Island leisure complex.

Jersey will play host for the tournament next year.

Andy Limbrick, chairman of the Jersey Pétanque Association said they could be in an even better position next year.

Jersey Pétanque Association
Jersey Pétanque Association

We’ll have a bigger pool to choose from because some of our top players weren’t available to travel to England. We might just be in a position to scare even the English.

Andy LimbrickChair, Jersey Pétanque Association

Heritage group submits 'alternative plans' for church development

BBC Radio Jersey

A group who are fighting plans to upgrade facilities in St Lawrence church have submitted their own alternative plans.

Heritage campaign group, Save Jersey's Heritage, have said their plans are more cost effective and more sympathetic to the building.

The parish wants to upgrade the toilet facilities for the 20th century church, and give disabled access by building an extension.

Marcus Binney, president of the group, says current proposals will hide one its best historical features.

The cannon door, which is a particular feature of Jersey churches because every parish was required to have a cannon to defend us against the French, is beautifully exposed at the moment, but will be concealed in the toilet extension.

Marcus BinneySave Jersey's Heritage

Local support needed to 'resurrect' Alderney French

BBC Radio Guernsey

A pair of islanders working on an Alderney French dictionary are calling for an "Auregnais Societe" to be set up, similar to those in Guernsey and Jersey, to promote the island's language and culture.

83-year-old Royston Raymond has been re-learning the local patois and has worked on a dictionary containing more than 2,000 local words.

Former french teacher Sally Pond has been helping him, and wants to resurrect the language through the new societe.

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We'd get adults and parents involved for children to learn through them. But we've got to have the will from local people to learn that. We do intend to start teaching patois in September.

Sally Pond

Aurigny: Existing bookings for London City flights to be refunded or rescheduled

Rob England

BBC News Online

Passengers with tickets for Aurigny flights departing after 27 October for London City Airport have been reassured by the airline they will be contacted to make arrangements to refund or replace the journey.

Auringy jet inside
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The States-owned operator announced it would be axing the route from this date due to a lack of demand, and high operational costs.

The airline said passengers would either be offered a full refund, or alternative flights on Aurigny's network.

Customers will be contacted by the airline itself, or their relevant travel agent.

Pink substance ‘definitely not pollution’

Guernsey Press

Fears that a pink substance which has appeared on some local beaches is pollution have been dismissed by a marine biologist.

New tariffs cards to be displayed in Jersey taxis

Rob England

BBC News Online

Cards outlining new tariffs for taxis in Jersey have been printed and are to be displayed in all vehicles, according to the Department for Infrastructure.

It says the cards will allow passengers to easily see how their fares are calculated.

The cards also set out the maximum level of fares for all taxi-cabs, excluding booking fees from private hire companies.

However, drivers and companies are able to charge less if they want.

Taxi tarrifs
States of Jersey

Lender to close with the loss of seven jobs

Jersey Evening Post

Lombard Finance in St Andrew’s Place is closing with the loss of seven jobs.

Nominations put forward for new jurat in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two nominations have so far been put forward to replace the jurat of Guernsey's Royal Court Terry Snell, who is retiring.

Guernsey Royal Court and States Chamber
BBC

Alan Stevenson Boyle is proposed by Deputy Heidi Soulsby and seconded by Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq.

Callum Andrew Beaton is proposed by Deputy Lyndon Trott and seconded by Deputy Charles Parkinson.

The deadline for nominations is 16:00 on Friday 18 August, and the election will take place on Wednesday 6 September.

Dedicated Aurigny team to be based at London Gatwick

Rob England

BBC News Online

Passengers travelling with Aurigny from Guernsey to Gatwick will be dealing with the company's own staff door-to-door in the future, the airline has said.

The carrier announced it will be deploying its own ground operations staff at the UK airport to "enhance customer experience".

The change was announced alongside the news the company would be stopping flights to London City Airport.

Aurigny plane
BBC

We believe this is the right thing to do for our customers and for Guernsey. [Having Aurigny staff at Gatwick] will help us to cut disruption, improve our customer service and enhance the overall experience we offer on the busiest route to the island.

Mark DarbyCEO, Aurigny

'Shop window smashed and alcohol stolen'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A shop window has been smashed and alcohol stolen from the premises in Jersey, police have said.

It happened at the Food Hall in Val Plaisant, at about 01:00 on Tuesday.

Police are viewing the CCTV and want to speak to a man in connection with the incident.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Food Hall
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The window has since been fixed

Fuel drained from car in Castel

Rob England

BBC News Online

Fuel has been drained from a car in Guernsey, police have said.

The vehicle, a green Honda Civic, was parked near the main Grandes Rocques bus stop in Castel.

It happened between Friday 4 August and Sunday 6 August.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Air travel costs 'unlikely to fall'

BBC Radio Guernsey

it is difficult to see the cost of air travel falling in the near future, an airline boss has said.

CEO for Blue Islands, Rob Veron, said islanders have "short memories" when it comes to travelling off-island, with fares historically costing more, in real terms, than today.

Mr Veron said prices are set "for a reason" and costs are "continuing to increase" for airlines.

Blue Islands plane
Blue Islands

In 2016, Blue Islands signed a franchise agreement with Flybe.

Guernsey Community Foundation awards nominations open

BBC Radio Guernsey

Nominations for this years Guernsey Community Foundation awards are now open.

The event, now in its seventh year, celebrates excellence in the charitable and voluntary sectors, with awards in seven categories.

Award categories include:

  • Charity of the year
  • Fundraising team of the year
  • Outstanding individual achievement

Organisers say the awards recognise outstanding contributions to community spirit in the island.

Nomination forms and full criteria can be downloaded from the Community Awards website, and hard copies can be requested by email or post.

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 13 September and the awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday 31 October.

Increased 'efficiency' on Gatwick route to help with 'competitive fares' - Aurigny

Rob England

BBC News Online

Cancelling Aurigny flights to London City Airport from October is expected to improve services to Gatwick and Stansted, adding more "efficiency" and more "competitive fares" to the routes, according to the airline.

Aurigny planes
BBC

Aurigny announced it will operate its last flights to the airport on 27 October.

The carrier outlined a number of reasons for the closure, including a "lack of demand" for the service, high costs and restrictions imposed by large scale construction works in London, such as Canary Wharf.

A spokesman from the States-owned company said the spare capacity on their Gatwick and Stansted routes would be able to make up the demand from passengers.

They added, the increased "efficiency" on the Gatwick route should allow the airline to maintain or improve the "competitive nature" of their fares.

Take a tour of the States Assembly in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Ex-Lumiere Wealth MD’s fraud trial to start in 2018

Jersey Evening Post

The Royal Court trial of the former managing director of a wealth management firm which was closed following an alleged international fraud scandal is not likely to take place for about another year.

Flights to London City Airport made 'no commercial sense' - Aurigny

Rob England

BBC News Online

Aurigny plane in hangar
BBC

Flights to London City Airport did not make "commercial sense", according to the head of the States of Guernsey owned airline, Aurigny.

Mark Darby said the decision to stop flights to the UK airport from October had not been taken "lightly", but key factors, including high costs and a lack of demand, despite promotions, did not make the service viable.

The States Trading Supervisory Board said it supports the decision by the airline, which it says is under "considerable pressure" to improve its finances.

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BBC Radio Guernsey

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Winning Battle of Flowers team seeks permanent base

BBC Radio Jersey

The winning Jersey Battle of Flowers team is on the hunt for a permanent base.

St Clement picked up the Prix d'Honneur award at the parade with the sea inspired float, Aquaria, but have had to dismantle it because it has nowhere to keep it.

Ahead of the 2018's event, the local association says it will have to rush to build the main part of the float in the final weeks before battle because it doesn't have a permanent base.

Association chairman, Graham Gibson, says as a result they will probably have less time to construct their entry than other teams.

Aquaria
BBC

‘Tell us when we should fly’

Guernsey Press

Business travellers in Guernsey and Jersey are missing an opportunity to influence inter-island air schedules.

'Up to 15 months' for road speed reviews

BBC Radio Jersey

It could take up to 15 months for Jersey parishes to complete speed limit reviews on the island's roads.

At the end of last year a three-year plan was proposed by the States, aimed at cutting the number of serious road injuries.

Each of the 12 parishes are reviewing speed limits and have untl 2019.

So far, only two, St Brelade and Grouville, have completed the work.

We reckon it will take about a year from the parish starting the process to us actually being able to get the signs put up, maybe 15 months, something like that.

Dave MalpasTransport planner, States of Jersey

'More than 50% of seats empty' on Aurigny services to London City Airport

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Aurigny airline has outlined multiple reasons behind its decision to cancel flights to London City Airport from 27 October.

Aurigny plane
BBC

More than 50% of seats on Aurigny flights to London City Airport were empty during the last two years, according to the latest information from the States-owned airline.

It also said "high operational costs" attributed to the route, including high airport and handling fees, had made it difficult for it to offer "economically viable" fares.

Weather played a factor in the airline's decision, with a spokesman saying the airport was "prone to weather disruption", especially at times when Guernsey also faced bad weather conditions, making the situation worse.

Jersey archer in GB silver medal team

BBC Sport

Jersey archer Lucy O'Sullivan has helped Team GB to a silver medal.

She won a silver at the Archery World Cup in Berlin and now has her eyes on the Mexico City 2017 World Archery Championships.

She said it was a nerve-wracking but incredible experience.

Lucy O'Sullivan
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Lucy O'Sullivan competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

It was such a good team, we were all under 5ft 1in, so the GB team were all shouting out 'hi-ho hi-ho, it's off to work we go', but it was incredible, we sort of beat the giants I guess. Not just giants metaphorically, they were also just really tall people.

Lucy O'Sullivan

Aurigny to end services to London City Airport

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey States-owned airline Aurigny says it will end its services to London City Airport at the end of October due to a "lack of demand".

It is just one of the decisions taken by its board as a result of a States review.

The airline says it is committed to Gatwick and plans to appoint a new ground handling team at the airport.

Aurigny
BBC

Walking ‘Muratti’ to be held

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey is set to do battle with its bitter Sarnian rivals yet again later this month when a ‘Muratti’ with a difference is held at Springfield.

Falling tree kills 13 on Portuguese island of Madeira

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister has said his thoughts are with the families and friends of people killed after a tree fell on to a crowd in the Portuguese island of Madeira.

The 200-year-old oak crashed down on people in a crowded square, killing at least 13 and injuring 49 more at the religious ceremony, the Lady of the Mount Festival.

People had gathered outside a church in a village in the hills overlooking the town to celebrate the Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption, which took place on Tuesday and is a public holiday.

At the last census in 2011, Portuguese and Madeiran nationals made up the third largest population group in Jersey.

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Pointues Rocques development: Have your say

BBC Radio Guernsey

Up to 150 new houses could be built in the Pointues Rocques area of St Sampson, under a new draft development framework published by the States of Guernsey.

Islanders have been invited to comment on the plans before they are put to a vote by the Development and Planning Authority.

The States' Senior Planning Officer Julian Pentland said any new housing must be "in keeping with the character" of the area.

Majority of parishes yet to complete speed review for roads

BBC Radio Jersey

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The States is hopeful a review of speed limits on Jersey's roads will be completed by the end of 2019.

So far only two parishes out of 12 have completed a review of the speed limits on their roads, as outlined in a three-year plan to make Jersey's roads safer.

St Brelade and Grouville have completed the work, which will be reviewed by the States, while a third, St Martin, is close to finishing.

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BBC News Online

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