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Expert evidence continues at Inquiry

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry continues today.

The panel will hear from expert witness Richard Whitehead.

The Director ofCivil Division, Law Officers' Dept. at States of Jersey will pick up from where he left off on the 3th September, when he last appeared before the Inquiry.

He is giving evidencee about Jersey legislation in relation to children from 1945.


Beaulieu's Sister-Marie Louise turns 90

Pupils at Beaulieu School in Jersey have been celebrating the big birthday of one of its founder teachers.

Sister Marie-Lousie turned 90 yesterday and celebrated with a party attended by pupils past and present.

Current student Eleanor Johnson had the honour of baking the birthday cake after winning the 'Beaulieu Bake-Off' earlier in the year.

Sister Marie-Louise also marked the day by cutting the ribbon on the refurbished primary school.

Local athletes return home triumphant

Jersey's Special Olympic atheletes have made a triumphant return home from the European Games.

Six local gymnasts competed as part of a 49 strong Team GB.

The Jersey competitors came home last night with a combined 33 medals, 14 of them gold.

Here's how they got on individually:

Arron Bonnar: 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Alexander Buesnel: 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze Cailiegh Quail: 5 Gold Chloe Russell: 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze James Lang: 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Jessica Viera: 1 Gold and 4 Silver

JT fares badly on broadband satisfaction survey

JT has come bottom in a Channel Island customer satisfaction survey of broadband users.

500 islanders in both Jersey and Guernsey were surveyed by an independent company for the Channel Islands competition regulator.

The local providers of broadband are Newtel (in Jersey), JT and Sure. Customers were asked to give their opinion on the quality of service, billing and the level of customer service they had received.

On quality of service, JT received a "satisfactory" or "highly satisfactory" score of 32%. Newtel were on 50% with Sure at the top on 76%.

The story was the same when Jersey customers were asked about billing. Newtel came top with 86% followed by Sure on 81% with JT scoring a lowly 25%.

In Guernsey, JT was rated better than Sure, but the satisfaction ratings were low for both - JT scoring 35% and Sure 29%. On billing JT gained 66% with Sure on 48%.

Senatorial candidate drops out


There are now 18 islanders standing to become Senator in Jersey's General Election.

Shirley Baudains-Osborn has dropped out of the race due to ill-health.

The following announcement was made at the first Senatorial hustings this evening (Monday) in Grouville.

It is with a heavy heart that I am withdrawing from this election.

I am currently being treated for a severe debilitating bacterial eye infection, which started on Nomination Night and has been getting steadily worse, even with strong doses of antibiotics. The eye specialists are contemplating surgery on the abscess. Because of this I feel I must concentrate on getting better.

I wish my fellow candidates all the very best and offer my apologies to all of my supporters.

– Shirley Baudains-Osborn

Around 50 islanders were present for the Hustings. The next will take place tomorrow at St Clement Parish Hall at 7.30pm.


Budget concerns

Jersey States have spent the afternoon debating amendments to the Budget 2015, with many members expressing concern abut the full proposals.

Some back benchers say the Budget may struggle to get passed. But the Treasury Minister is warning, unless it is passed, the Treasury will not be able to collect taxes from the 1st January.

Senator Philip Ozouf says he "hopes States members won't be irresponsible" in not approving the Budget...

But the Minister's critics, including Deputy John Le Fondre, continued today to bash the Budget, saying it is too optimistic and won't work in reality...

The debate will continue tomorrow, but it could be a close call as to whether this Budget will get passed.

Shoppers voice concerns about food supplies

People in the Channel Islands are being reassured there will be enough food on-island, if bad weather prevents freight ships making deliveries.

The message follows the announcement from the Co-op that it is closing down its Guernsey and Jersey warehouses in the new year.

Shoppers have expressed their concerns today that it could mean sparse or empty shelves could be a more common occurrence in future.

But the government official charged with planning for civil emergencies says there are contingencies in place.

Katie Robinson reports...

Allen still absent for Green Lions

Guernsey FC will once again be without top scorer Ross Allen when they welcome Folkestone Invicta to Footes Lane on Saturday.

After a return to the starting line-up which coincided with three straight victories, Allen missed Tuesday’s 3-0 away defeat to Faversham.

The Green Lions will also be without central defender Alex Le Prevost who suffered a broken arm in that loss.

But Tony Vance is able to recall captain Sam Cochrane to cover for Le Prevost’s absence and also attacker Marc McGrath, who has been so effective off the bench in recent weeks.

Midfielders Ryan Zico Black and Dave Rihoy are also back but the likes of Matt Loaring, Rhys Jordan and Tom Strawbridge remain side-lined.

Folkestone are just a point and a place below Guernsey going into the match although they do have three games in hand.

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