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Don’t bet on a speedy States helping out

MUCH of the talk at this year’s Institute of Directors debate was about how the island needed to regain the fleetness of foot that had brought it such success in the past.

School vision deserves its sporting life

THE debate over how much to spend on sports facilities at the new La Mare de Carteret Schools will be worrying for the island’s sporting community, which already fears some important lessons have not been learned.

Problems at La Mare arrive too late

GIVEN that the schools at La Mare de Carteret passed their 25-year lifespan at the turn of the century and have been high on the agenda for redevelopment ever since, it is disappointing that the States will be under considerable time pressure over its decision in November.

Paid parking opponent false starts

AS IS his democratic right, paid parking opponent Al Brouard wants to reinvigorate the debate by placing a requete demanding improvements to the bus service before Town parkers start paying.

HSSD facing triple crisis

NOT before time, the costly deal to keep the ambulance service running came more into focus last week.

CIAS readies for safe return

FOR more than 30 years, volunteers from Channel Islands Air Search have been the ‘eyes in the sky’ for rescue operations. The organisation did this until last November without incident and is proud of an excellent track record.

System will resist change

FRUSTRATION at the pace of change was all too evident last night as 800 guests of the Institute of Directors called for a slimmer, faster States capable of adapting to the modern world.

Ambulance deal done in the dark

IN A FLURRY of double negatives, the deputy chief minister yesterday declared that the island had somehow been saved. Quite what from was hard to tell as all the minister would say was that ‘we are now not in danger of not having an ambulance service in Guernsey’.

Resignations shift focus from tragedy

THE folly of the HSSD board’s sudden resignation was laid bare at the weekend as the focus inevitably shifted all too rapidly away from the crisis within the department and on to a grubby game of political musical chairs.