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Watch: Jon from S Club 7 on the group reforming

S Club 7 are to reunite in full for the first time in over a decade.

The group - whose hits include Reach For The Stars and Don't Stop Movin' - will perform a medley of their hits for the BBC's Children In Need Appeal on November 14.

The group split in 2003 after Paul Cattermole left.

Although some members have previously reunited for small-scale shows together, the performance will be the first time the group have performed together in 11 years. S Club 7 had four number one singles and sold 10 million albums.

Jon Lee from the group is in Jersey this week performing Copacabana at the Jersey Opera House and he took some time out to come and speak to ITV Channel TV.

Guthrie's England lose to Australia again

England's netball players lost their second match to Australia in the space of four days in the Tri-Series after they were beaten 54-47 in Canberra.

They did at least close the margin of defeat against the hosts, who beat them 55-37, in Victoria, on Sunday.

England stayed in touch for the first three quarters, but the match slipped away from them in the final quarter.

Next up for the Caesarean and her team mates are two matches against New Zealand on Tuesday and Friday of next week.


Nearly two thirds support same-sex marriage

The introduction of same-sex marriage in Jersey has taken a major step forward after a public consultation showed nearly two thirds support it.

Around 1,000 people took part in the consultation which closed today.

While the final responses are still being assessed, the initial count shows 60% back equal marriage for gay couples.

Guernsey is now preparing to start its own consultation next month.

It will look at a range of possible changes, including scrapping marriage altogether, so all couples can only get what is called a 'union civile'.

That would replace traditional marriage so that everyone is on a level playing field.

The majority of people are saying that same sex marriage should be introduced; but only just the majority of people. There are people in the community who are concerned about the introduction of same sex marriage.

– Ruth Johnson, led the States research

Some of that concern comes from religious groups.

The real problem is going to be that we move children into a position of accessories into a relationship where they are not made out of love between a mother and a father; we then artificially put them into a different kind of relationship and we deprive the children of access to one biological parent.

– Canon Gavin Ashenden, Anglican Church

Campaign groups say same sex couples are being treated as second class citizens.

At the end of the day, a section of the community is being denied a fundamental right; to marry, to enter into a commitment with the person that they love.

– Martin Gavet, Liberate

Islanders in Guernsey will be asked their views from next month. In Jersey, the consultation responses will now be looked at and the full findings reported by the Chief Minister in the States at the end of November or early December. In Guernsey, the public consultation will begin in November.

Met Police assisting in murder investigation

David Miller was visiting Thailand when he was murdered alongside another Briton

British police have arrived in Thailand to help with the investigation into the murders of Jerseyman David Miller and fellow tourist Hannah Witheridge.

A senior officer and crime scene specialist from the Metropolitan force are assisting the Thai Police.

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken to the Prime Minister of Thailand about the issue of the murders.

Two Burmese men are accused of killing the British tourists in Koh Tao last month.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, both 21, are accused of killing the British tourists in Koh Tao last month. The charges have drawn widespread criticism on social media that the two are being made scapegoats.

Today the fathers of two Burmese workers suspected of the killings appealed for a fair inquiry. Win Zaw Tun's father told media in Bangkok that he believed his son is innocent.

In my opinion, my boy is still young. He is very small, same height as me. He cannot commit a crime like that. He cannot kill anyone who is much bigger than him. I still believed that my boy didn't do it.

Now we work together with every side. I hope to see the right decision from everybody. I have already talked to the Myanmar Embassy. They help us a lot. Now it will be up to the Thai authorities to make the right decision. I hope my son will be set free. I'm waiting for an answer from the Thai side.

– Tun Tun Htike, father of one of the accused


Help for separated families


A Jersey charity that has supported separated families in the island for 17 years is offering islanders to come and get support at their next meeting.

The Jersey Centre for Separated Families supports couples and their children.

The service also runs Milli's Contact Centre which currently helps 39 children keep in contact with a parent. Most of those children are under 8-years-old. At full staffing levels, the service has 18 people working with those families.

Get in touch: Telephone: 07797-798192 or you can leave a message on 0800-735-1012

The meeting is on tomorrow (23rd) between 12.30pm and 2pm at St Paul’s Centre.

We offer you the chance to come along and join us for a chat, to ask questions or simply to meet other parents going through the same difficult situation and to know you are not alone. Sandwiches, tea and coffee will be available although you may wish to bring your own lunch.

– Jersey Centre for Separated Families

Bailiff doesn't expect politicians to pay

The Bailiff sitting in the chamber

The Bailiff of Jersey believes the planned dinner to celebrate politicians who are standing down should go ahead. Sir Michael Birt says he doesn't expect States Members to pay.

The event is staged at the end of each three-year political term, but concerns have been raised about the taxpayer footing the bill during tougher economic times.

The Bailiff's Dinner is a traditional way to mark the retirement of those States Members who are leaving the Assembly. I have spoken with the Chief Minister and the Chairman of the Privileges and Procedures Committee and we are in agreement that this year's dinner should go ahead.

– Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt
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