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Team Jersey logo unveiled

Team Jersey NatWest Island Games logo

With the NatWest Island Games now less than 115 days away Team Jersey have unveiled their logo that all the athletes will wear when competing.

The logo, designed by LAB-6 along with Jersey Post and Team Jersey officials, will take pride of place on the official Team Jersey kit.

As well as appearing on the official team kit, there are plans to reveal official Team Jersey supporter merchandise for islanders to purchase and wear before, during and after the games.

We were obviously delighted to have Jersey Post back on board again as Team Jersey sponsor, but even more pleased with the level of involvement that they want to have with the team.

The logo is a real asset to the home games as we try our hardest to gather as much local support for our athletes as possible.

– Steve Jacobs, Team Jersey

St Michael's celebrate World Book Day!

St Michael's Preparatory school in Jersey have been getting into the spirit of World Book Day today.

They dressed up as their favourite book characters for the day to celebrate the occasion and transform themselves to another world.

The day is designed to celebrate the success of authors and encourage reading for pleasure all year round.

World Book Day Ltd is a registered charity whose financing comes mainly from contributing publishers, the sponsorship of National Book Tokens Ltd, literacy partnerships and other supporters.

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Three men punished for graffiti and criminal damage spree

Three men have each been given 180 hours of community service after carrying out a graffiti and criminal damage spree.

Ethan Millar and Daniel Pengelley who are both 20, and 19-year-old David Dyson took 'magic mushrooms' on the night of the 22nd of December and sprayed offensive graffiti on buildings, walls, vehicles and a phone box around the Route Des Capelles and Route Des Coutanchez area.

As well as offensive words they sprayed pictures of mushrooms, smiley faces and other phrases including 'Hail Satan' and 'Ha Ha Ha'.

The judge Philip Robey said he was giving the three the longest community service order he had ever issued and described the criminal damage as 'vile, obscene, offensive vandalism.'

The defendents for the three men all said they were sorry and remorseful for carrying out the offences.

Compensation orders were also issued which mean Dyson will have to pay more than £1700 while Pengelley and Millar will have to pay £419 each.

Met Police working with Channel Islands to tackle money laundering

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Benton from the Corruption Unit of the Metropolitan Police has said they have good relations with the Channel Islands as they tackle money laundering.

A report released yesterday on London property bought with corrupt money named Jersey as one of the preferred locations to conceal corrupt property purchases.

The report by anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International, found 14% of company owned property in London was held by anonymous firms in Jersey with 8.5% held in Guernsey.

Det Chief Inspector Benton has said it's a tricky situation as money moves so easily around the world.

25 planned CT scans cancelled after equipment failure

Princess Elizabeth Hospital

25 CT scans that were due to take place at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey today and tomorrow have been cancelled.

The disruption has been caused by a fault developing with the Health and Social Services Department’s scanner.

Arrangements to have the equipment repaired are now in place and they are hoping appointments will be back to normal by the end of the week.

The CT scanner is used for whole body imaging and diagnostic investigations as well as to assess patients who have suffered head injuries.

CT scanner Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

I would like to apologise to a number of planned patients who have had appointments for CT scans delayed as a result of this equipment failure.

Your appointments are being re-booked for early next week when we expect to have the scanner back in full use.

We have advised GPs locally, A&E, MSG and our intensive care unit so that anyone requiring an urgent CT scan can and will have the necessary arrangements made for them to travel to Southampton for their diagnosis.

Yesterday afternoon the CT scanner developed a fault and the equipment failed as a result.

Our staff took action very quickly and notified the manufacturer as soon as we were aware that we would be unable to resolve the problem.

– Richard Evans, Deputy Chief Officer of the Health and Social Services Department

Hundreds attend John Farley MBE funeral

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of former Jersey politician John Farley today.

Mr Farley was awarded an MBE for his services to the community and passed away at the age of 87 last month.

John Farley MBE

As well as serving in the States, he ran the Red Triangle Stores in the St Helier market since the 1950s.

He received his MBE for working with charities and amateur dramatic groups and the Battle of Flowers.

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Director of Education: I want to see more young people taking A levels

Jersey's Director of Education Justin Donovan has said he would like to see an increase in the numbers of youngsters in the island taking A levels.

It comes after the department published full details of pupils attainment for the first time.

Statistics from the latest academic year 2013/14 showed that students in England are currently outperforming the top pupils in Jersey.

The number of students taking all level 3 qualifications was far higher in England compared to Jersey and that is something the director would like to address.

Jersey taxpayers to fork out £20,000 for failed election challenge

Deputy-elect Scott Wickenden on the left

Taxpayers in Jersey will foot the £20,000 bill for a failed election challenge the Royal Court has ruled today.

Scott Wickenden was originally elected deputy for St Helier No. 1 after the island's latest elections in October 2014.

But Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli contested the outcome after it emerged one of Deputy Wickenden's nominators lives in St Helier No.2.

Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli contested the election outcome

Jersey's Royal Court then rejected an application for a complete re-run of the election in St Helier's No. 1 district last year.

The costs for that failed challenge ran to £20,000 and the court has today decided it will be the taxpayer, rather than any of the election candidates, that will have to stump up the cash.

The Royal Court stated that it was in the public interest to hear the case.

Dempsey: No concrete proposals on Premiership expansion

Current Premiership champions Northampton with the trophy Credit: PA image

Jersey RFC chairman Bill Dempsey says he’s yet to receive any official proposals from the Premiership to scrap promotion and relegation and expand the sport’s top league to fourteen teams.

Reports suggest that a radical overhaul of the professional game’s structure has been forwarded and Championship clubs will be given further details of the plans at a meeting at Twickenham later this month.

The change could be introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season, with the Premiership’s hefty BT Sport TV deal running out at the end of that campaign.

And whilst Dempsey is yet to be given any fine details of the idea, which would see Jersey unable to move up from the Championship for the foreseeable future, he’d study any plan that was presented.

To be honest at the moment it’s difficult to discuss because there aren’t any concrete proposals, there’s nothing actually on the table.

This idea has come up three or four times over the last fifteen years or so and on this occasion it’s come back up because of London Welsh’s position in the Premiership.

But there are four or five examples of teams that have come up and done really well in the Premiership, Northampton have been down there as have Harlequins and Exeter.

There are teams in the Championship that would support the idea because they still have Premiership shares but others wouldn’t make it easy.

– Jersey RFC chairman Bill Dempsey

Who pays for failed election challenge?

Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli

Who pays the legal costs for the failed challenge to the St Helier Number 1 election result will be revealed today.

Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli contested the outcome after it emerged one of Deputy Wickenden's nominators lives in St Helier No.2.

Jersey's Royal Court rejected an application for a complete re-run of the election in St Helier's No 1 district last year.

The court will now decide how the case will be paid for.

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