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Summary

  1. Man charged with historic sex abuse in Jersey
  2. States of Jersey: Care inquiry debate continues
  3. Guernsey's most senior committee 'unsure' about secondary education reform
  4. Unemployment falls in Jersey to lowest since 2009
  5. Police capture escaped horses 'including one dressed as a zebra'
  6. Updates on Friday 7 July

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By Rob England

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States member says he'll work to restore his reputation

Deputy Andrew Lewis says he hopes to restore his reputation after the Jersey Care Inquiry said he'd lied to them and to the States.

The report said he lied when explaining his decision in 2008 to suspend the Police Chief Graham Power.

He's faced growing calls for his resignation as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

But he told the States he'd been under pressure at the time and had used the wrong words giving answers in a debate.

Chief minister to ask states to increase minimum wage by 2020

The chief minister has asked the States Assembly to speed up proposals to increase the island's minimum wage to 2020, instead of the agreed date of 2026.

The States of Jersey approved proposals to increase the minimum wage in Jersey by 45% of the island's mean weekly wage by 2026.

The decision came after the chief minister's department published a report which said the wage increase would have a "significant impact" on low-paid employees, but could mean higher costs to businesses, affecting employment and inflation.

For context, if this was to be done today it would see the wage increase from £7.18 - £7.88 per hour (10%), but the States warned this would change in line with the island's mean weekly wage which can vary year on year.

However, following the proposal's approval in the States, the chief minister suggested the timetable could be "too slow".

Senator Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

Overall, however, this report shows that the States’ aspiration to achieve a minimum wage of 45% of earnings by 2026 is too slow. I therefore want to accelerate the timetable, delivering this change by 2020. This will benefit many workers, and support our overall objectives for our economy, population and society. I will be bringing a proposal to the States later in the month to deliver this."

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister of Jersey

Guernsey's construction industry 'welcomes' education plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

A representative from Guernsey's construction industry has said he welcomes the latest plans for the reform of the Island's secondary education.

The option favoured by the Committee for Education Sport and Culture includes the rebuilding of La Mare de Carteret school.

Steve Roussel, the President of the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association, said it was good for the industry to have "certainty".

La Mare de Carteret
Brian Green

We thought La Mare de Carteret school was gong to be developed a couple of years ago, the tenders went out, construction firms put a lot of money into actually putting together those tenders for it then to be pulled. It's difficult for firms to plan for the future, to have some sort of certainty and some sort of steady programme for work is much better for the industry, and much better from the island as well.

Steve RousselGuernsey Building Trades Employers Association, President

Reform Jersey blasts States over minimum wage proposals

Rob England

BBC News Online

Reform Jersey have slammed the States proposals to increase the minimum wage in Jersey, saying they do not go far enough.

A spokesman compared the proposals to UK government targets of having a national living wage reaching £9 by 2020, with a current minimum wage of £7.50 per hour, compared to the islands £7.18 per hour, which the party says is the lowest in the British Isles.

They added the decision to increase the island's minimum wage by the mean weekly wage, rather than the median, currently a difference of 52 pence, "does not go anywhere near far enough".

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In recent weeks and months there has been much political discussion on the effects of poverty in our society. We believe that proposals need to be considered to end poverty wages in Jersey and promote a real living wage which workers can live on without needing to claim benefits

Deputy Sam MezecReform Jersey

Inspectors give ‘creative’ Castel Primary thumbs-up

Guernsey Press

Castel primary school is striving to ‘break the glass ceiling’ and increase the breadth of opportunities for its pupils, its head teacher has said following an independent inspection that commended the school’s ‘creative and stimulating’ curriculum.

JT EU roaming charges drop following UK network decision

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Telecom have reduced their EU roaming charges following the move by UK networks to abolish the charges.

Customers will see significant improvements in data costs abroad.

A spokesman for JT said although the company was "very proud of its new low rates", it still advised customers to "roam responsibly" to avoid excessive bills.

He added: "Customers can use JT’s app to monitor their usage and/or ask for their data to be capped."

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JT

States member 'should resign' over police chief suspension

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey States members have been told the politician who took the decision in 2008 to suspend police chief Graham Power should resign.

The care inquiry said Deputy Andrew Lewis lied in the States and to the inquiry when explaining the decision to suspend him.

Deputy Lewis denies deliberately misleading the house and the inquiry.

Yesterday the Attorney General said as a States member he could not be charged with perjury, but Deputy Jackie Hilton told the States he should go.

Watson out of Wimbledon

Children in Jersey care 'are now safe'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health minister claims children in care in Jersey are now safe - after a series of improvements in care services.

Senator Andrew Green says there has been a lot of investment since concerns were first raised about young people in the island - including the appointment of nearly 50 social and residential workers.

He says the lessons learned from the care inquiry will help to make the island's system more caring and safer for young people.

'Azarenka still thinks like a champion'

Sam Smith

Former British number one on BBC TV

Azarenka 3-6 6-1 6-4 Watson

I thought Heather was outstanding in the first set.

It's always going to be difficult going up against a player who is a Grand Slam winner and was ranked number one in the world at one point.

She may not have that number by her name at the moment but she still thinks like a champion.

Two months of 'engagement' on school plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

Negotiations between the States of Guernsey and the island's colleges are continuing as plans for the future of secondary education are developed.

Two months of engagement has begun with parents, teachers and students as well as the wider public before the States vote on the issue later this year.

Here are the plans.

Azarenka leads Watson

Jersey's oldest Normandy veteran dies aged 101

BBC Radio Jersey

The oldest Jersey veteran of the Normandy campaign, Peter Utley, has died aged 101.

Mr Utley served in armoured cars in a reconnaissance unit, and took part in the Battle for Caen and the Falaise Gap.

After the World War Two ended he worked in a camp, trying to re-house refugees who had been transported away from their homes by the Germans.

Mr Utley was awarded France's highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur.

Azarenka 3-6 6-1 1-2 Watson

BBC Sport

Everyone loves some fancy graphics. So here you go...

Azarenka has mixed things up and is getting the rewards.

From this in set one...

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to this in set two...

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Heather Watson is battling hard for what could be the finest win of her career. She dashes all over the court and her hard work comes off with a deft drop shot, but Azarenka did not reach world number one for no reason as a quality forehand brings us back to the third deuce.

Then, much to the delight of a packed Centre Court, Azarenka goes long as Watson just keeps her nose in front. A gutsy hold of serve at a vital time.

She could be making it easier for herself though, as these first serve statistics show.

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Azarenka 3-6 6-1 Watson

Road to close for 'emergency repairs'

Hauteville, in St Peter Port, will close from approximately 14:30 for emergency repairs to an electricity cable.

Pedvin Street traffic will exit via Lower Hauteville (one-way in the reverse direction) and Tower Hill. Works are expected to continue over the weekend.

Access to Val Fleury Estate and Pandora Hotel will be from the top of Hauteville.

Azarenka's change of tactics

Azarenka 3-6 3-0 Watson

BBC Sport

Watson's performance has forced Azarenka to change her tactics compared to her wins over Catherine Bellis and Elena Vesnina in the opening two rounds.

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BBC

Watson takes first set

BBC Sport

Heather Watson takes the first set 6-3 against Victoria Azarenka.

Sunshine and blue sky

BBC Weather

Sunshine will continue this afternoon and it will feel warm in the light winds.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F)

In Jersey:

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BBC

And in Guernsey:

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BBC

Dream start for Watson

Businesses set for ice tests

Guernsey Press

Precautionary ice tests at local businesses will highlight any bad practice and bring poor hygiene standards to light, the College of Further Education’s hospitality and catering programme manager has said.

Jersey man charged with historic sex abuse appears in court

Luxmy Gopal

BBC Channel Islands News

A man has been charged with 26 historic sex offences, the oldest dating back to when he was 10 years old.

Antony John Quant, 49, from St Helier, Jersey, has been charged with offences spanning from 1978 to 1991, Jersey Magistrates' Court heard.

The charges include rape and indecent assault of children.

He was released on bail subject to conditions, including not being allowed to be alone in a room with any children.

He is due to reappear in court on 20 July.

'Nothing ventured, nothing gained', in latest sea lettuce plan

BBC Radio Jersey

William Peggie from Jersey's Department of the Environment said the most recent failed plans to tackle sea lettuce were worth a try.

It's disappointing that nothing more positive came out of it, but it's something we thought had sufficient merit to give a go. There are other options I think to try in the future but it just seemed like it had a bit of merit. Interested parties, who had obviously supplied the proposal to us and it's one of those situation where you think, well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

William PeggieDirector of Environment / Deputy Chief Officer

Care inquiry 'could be catalyst for social change'

BBC Radio Jersey

Ministers are claiming the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report could be a catalyst for social change in the island.

The home affairs and education ministers said they believe the report shows the island where it needs to make changes.

Deputy Rod Bryans said the Council of Ministers has already started to act on recommendations made in the report, and they could have a wider impact on life in the island.

Bristol City game 'unheard of' - Vance

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says they are "very lucky" to be playing Bristol City in a friendly on the island on Saturday.

Guernsey FC

Bristol City game 'unheard of' - Vance

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says they are "very lucky" to be playing Bristol City in a friendly on the island on Saturday.

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Campaigner says care inquiry 'fell short' of investigating police suspension

BBC Radio Jersey

A campaigner at the heart of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has said he believes the inquiry fell short of investigating the reasons behind the suspension of former Jersey chief police officer Graham Power in the midst of the early abuse investigations.

Rico Sorda called on Deputy Andrew Lewis to resign over claims that he lied to the house and the care inquiry over his suspension of Mr Power.

Yesterday Deputy Lewis said he never deliberately misled anyone.

New education plans 'bests interests' of young people

BBC Radio Guernsey

There is always concern about change and the implications it will have. I would like to reassure the public that the first primary concern of the committee in developing these plans has been the best interests of the young people, and making sure the people in the system now are not disadvantaged through the changes and making sure the new system will serve our next generations even better than our current one does.

Deputy Carl MeerveldVice President, Committee for Education, Sport and Culture

President of the Policy and Resources (P&R) Committee, Gavin St Pier, claims the finalised proposals from the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture became available to P&R members at the same time as the wider community.

For this reason Deputy St Pier says the committee has not as yet had time to discuss them. He says P&R will need time to analyse and reflect on the plans before determining its collective position.

Deputy St Pier says members will also require time to scrutinise the underlying financial detail and assumptions, and also plan to discuss the plans with the education committee before confirming its position publicly.

Trial scheme to tackle sea lettuce 'has not worked'

BBC Radio Jersey

A trial scheme to tackle sea lettuce around Jersey's beaches has not worked, according to the Department of the Environment.

St Aubin's bay
BBC

Following a successful proposal from a local scientist, officials ploughed furrows in the sand in St Aubin's Bay to move the seaweed but they collapsed quicker than expected.

The department said it was difficult to plough the furrows to the required depth and it took longer than expected.

They also observed no change in the growth of the algae, and during the process had concerns how the ploughing may imapct on the beach.

A spokesman said there were other options available to try and reduce the problem in the future.

Sex offender must notify police when leaving the island

Jersey Evening Post

A sex offender who failed to tell police that he was leaving the island when subject to an order requiring him to give seven days’ notice before travelling has been bound over for 12 months.

Emergency services stood down after reports of 'man in distress' on beach

Rob England

BBC News Online

Emergency services were called after reports of a man "in distress" on the beach at La Mare last night.

Police said after a thorough search nothing was found or seen in the area, and services were stood down.

La Mare beach
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Man charged with historic sex abuse

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man charged with 26 counts of historic sex abuse is due in Jersey's Magistrates' Court today.

Police said the incidents happened from the early 1980s to the early 1990s.

Officers confirmed the charges were brought as part of Operation Whistle, Jersey police's ongoing inquiry into child abuse.

Unemployment falls in Jersey to lowest since 2009

BBC Radio Jersey

The number of people out of work in Jersey has fallen to an eight-year low of 1.000.

Figures released by the States of Jersey Statistics Unit show the number of people who were registered as actively seeking work in June fell to 1,000, the lowest recorded since October 2009.

The overall number of those actively seeking work in June was 160 lower than the previous quarter, and 390 lower than the same quarter in 2016.

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Guernsey roads survey to assess which areas need repairs

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new survey of Guernsey's roads will enable the island's Traffic and Highway Services to assess those which are in most need of repair.

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All 260 miles are being examined by a visiting team of surveyors at a cost of £14,000.

The senior manager of the service, Peter Falla, said this was the most cost effective way of finding the problems.

However, the main cause had already been identified as the amount of "utility excavations" by service providers, he added.

BBC Radio Jersey care inquiry debate: Your comments

Rob England

BBC News Online

What about our inadequate mental health service, should this not go alongside with these recommendations? A) for support of the victims and B) for the prevention to cruelty/abuse of children and adults."

Mary O'Keeffe

What support is also given to those who work in this sector and have had to deal with the horrific accounts? We sometimes forget that they are also humans with such an important job to do. Some people expect these people to be superhuman."

Greig Mcdonald
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Care inquiry report: Deputy says he didn't deliberately lie

BBC Radio Jersey

Deputy Andrew Lewis has denied he deliberately lied to the house over the suspension of police chief Graham Power - although he's admitted that he did make mistakes.

The deputy was responding to claims made in the care inquiry report.

The suspension of Graham Power was a controversial move at the time, and the deputy says he has faced years of criticism for it.

The allegations in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report claim that he misled the house over when the decision to suspend the police chief was taken.

The States committee which reviews members' behaviour is to look at what Deputy Lewis told members about his suspension in 2008.

Andrew Lewis
BBC

In a statement to the house as part of the care inquiry debate, he said that he had already admitted one mistake he'd made in the house over dates of decisions - and he said that two other instances were simply errors and there was no deliberate intent to mislead anyone.

He's upset his mistakes have been perceived as lies - and still believes that the decisions he took in 2008 were the right ones.

Police capture escaped horses 'including one dressed as a zebra'

Rob England

BBC News Online

LIVE: BBC Radio Jersey care inquiry debate

BBC Radio Jersey

Island Games team is feted at vin d’honneur

Guernsey Press

A vin d’honneur was hosted last night to celebrate the hard work, team spirit and individual accomplishments of Guernsey’s successful Island Games in Gotland.