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The closure of a tax loophole has hit profits at online birthday and Christmas cards retailer Moonpig.

Dart Group starts no-frills airline

Football: Ten-yard test for free-kicks

A NEW law aimed at penalising unsporting behaviour at free-kicks is being introduced on a trial basis in the first-round of the Auto Windscreens Shield next week.

Travel: What price paradise? (pounds 1.79)

Nerys Lloyd-Pierce finds sandy beaches, very yellow butter and real peace on the still-feudal Channel Island of Sark

Sports Internet pays pounds 19.7m for loss-making Surrey Group

THE RUSH towards offshore betting continued yesterday when Sports Internet, an Aim-listed company only formed in March, snapped up bookmaker Surrey Group in a pounds 19.7m agreed deal.

KLA weapons on sale in Britain

WEAPONS FROM the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) that were supposed to have been surrendered to Nato troops are on sale in Britain.

Letter: Defying the Nazis

Sir: Julia Pascal commits a grave injustice when she asserts that Ambrose Sherwill, the first president of Guernsey's Controlling Committee, was "the only island politician to come out of this history [the registration of Jews as demanded by the German occupation authorities in the Second World War] with real honour".

Historical Notes: Germany has faced its past. Why can't we?

In 1942, Theresa Steiner, a Viennese Jew, was betrayed by the Guernsey authorities and gassed in Auschwitz. Puppet governments in Guernsey and Jersey helped with the deportation of several Jews as well as the deportation of non-Channel Island residents to work camps in Germany. Victor G. Carey, the island's Bailiff, was Guernsey's Petain. After the war France condemned Petain but Carey received honours. One of his grandsons, who came to see my play Theresa in 1990 told me, "At the Liberation, the Government didn't know whether to hang my grandfather for treason or knight him." In 1945 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth gave Victor Carey his knighthood.

Bowls: Ireland take home title

ENGLAND, THE favourites to recapture the Home International Championship, saw the title snatched from their grasp by Ireland in a dramatic finish at Les Creux Club in Jersey yesterday.

Gearing Up for the Two Big Ones

HOW ARE the big holiday companies planning to cash in on the two big events in the next six months, the eclipse in August and the Millennium celebrations at the end of the year?

Stamping out the Sark Lark

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