Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Accused on benefits drank 16 pints
A MAN on income support who drank 16 pints the day before his probation interview has been warned about wasting taxpayers’ money.
During the sentencing of the 52-year-old for making 12 obscene and threatening phone calls to police and being disorderly in a pub, Relief Magistrate Peter Harris said that most people would find it ‘offensive’ that the taxpayer was funding his drinking.
Mr Harris, who sentenced the man to six months’ probation and fined him £400, said: ‘The events on 4 March, while it may be in connection with a chain of events, only happened because of your excessive drinking of alcohol.
‘You are a mature man. I note that you are seeking employment and have some part-time work.Given it is the taxpayer currently funding your drinking it is something which most people would find offensive.’
Taser guns right for Jersey, says Home Affairs Minister
|The electrical weapons are used to subdue violent suspects|
Taser guns should be used by police in Jersey despite the risk of causing injuries, the island's Home Affairs Minister has said.Speaking at a public hearing, Ian Le Marquand said he accepted the guns, which affect muscle control, could lead to suspects falling over.
Despite this, he added the Taser guns were right for the island.
A review by the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel is investigating whether the guns should be introduced.
Earlier this month, about 200 people were questioned and 60% said they would not trust the States of Jersey Police to use Tasers responsibly.
The survey, which is still continuing, is part of the review.
It is considering when Tasers might be used in Jersey, the alternatives, the human rights issues, the costs involved and police training.
The electrical weapons are used to subdue violent suspects.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Scrutiny to hear police case for use of Tasers
AT a Scrutiny hearing today, States police chief Mike Bowron will argue that his officers should be armed with Tasers.
Mr Bowron is due to appear at a hearing before the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel this afternoon to make the case for issuing Taser stun guns to his officers.
The panel, chaired by Deputy Jeremy Maçon, has already had 400 responses from members of the public – an unusually big response for a Scrutiny review.
Also due before them today were the Jersey Human Rights Group and The Jersey Police Association, both of whom were giving their evidence this morning.
Ozouf returns from Emirates tour
Above: Senator Philip Ozouf and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
Senator Philip Ozouf, has completed his tour of the Emirates.
The Treasury Minister visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai with the aim of securing further business with the Gulf region.
The visit is part of a series of initiatives by ministers to promote the island throughout 2012.
Senator Ozouf said: "I am very pleased with the progress that the Jersey Finance representative office in Abu Dhabi has made over the last 12 months. The team there has helped secure solid business flows for Jersey business and developed key contacts, which were fully utilised during my time in the region this week.
"One of the main objectives of my visit had been to call on Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), whose Jersey branch is currently hosted by AIB. I met the Chief Executive Officer and other senior executives from the bank, together with Sean Costello from Jersey Finance, Abu Dhabi.
"The showcasing of the holographic portrait Equanimity at two key events was a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate both our commitment to The Crown and our growing relationship with the UAE. Our image of the Queen is a powerful symbol, reinforcing the heritage of our jurisdiction.
"This weeks news of a double-dip recession in the UK and of job losses at HSBC further emphasises the need for Jersey to continue to diversify its markets geographically. We began this strategy 10 years ago in the UAE. We now have significant business from this region and there is more for us to secure.
"As the financial crisis continues in Europe, it is even more important that we redouble our efforts to extend Jerseys market share in the regions that are seeing growth, especially in the Finance and now Digital sectors. Investment of energy, time and resources is essential for us to boost business and create jobs in Jersey."
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Parents ‘used teenage daughter like a slave’
A TEENAGER was treated like a slave by her parents, who forced her to wash their clothes by hand and cook and clean for them instead of going to school.
The Youth Court heard that the 17-year-old, who could barely speak any English, had been treated ‘abysmally’ by her family.
An investigation into allegations of neglect by the parents had been dropped by police on 14 February, the court heard.
Youth Court panel chairman Bridget Shaw said that she was ‘astounded’ that the daughter and Children’s Services had not been informed of the dropping of the case until late March.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named to protect her identity, was in the Youth Court on Tuesday to be sentenced for larceny offences. It was then that the details of her ‘very sad’ background were revealed.
Jersey States is 'failing' disabled children report finds
The States is failing vulnerable families who are struggling to care for their disabled children in Jersey, according to a report.A review by a government panel into respite care for young people found the services were not good enough.
Deputy Kristina Moore, from the review panel, said in some cases children had been sent to the UK because Jersey could not provide for them.
Health Minister Deputy Anne Pryke said she was studying the findings.
She said: "Until we have had an opportunity to consider the findings and recommendations in full we are unable to comment on the detail of the report.
"While the Scrutiny Panel limited itself to a review of services for children and young adults, we will also be taking into consideration the feedback received directly from adults with special needs who use our day services.
"These services provide activities and care for the clients in addition to respite for their families."
'under investment' Deputy Moore said they found because of poor planning and under investment the services were not coping with demand.
She said some respite services were so unpredictable they had caused stress and families to break down.
The report from the States scrutiny panel said: "We have failed to care for a section of society that is in most urgent need of protection.
"We have neglected our responsibility to invest in services and structures that help families stay together under the immense pressures of full-time care."
The review also found respite homes were often being used inappropriately for emergency care.
It also found that although they were designed for short stays, they were being relied on for long-term care.
Deputy Moore said that this meant families who needed occasional breaks from the pressures of caring for a disabled child could not be guaranteed the help they needed.
The report had not found any problems with the level of care provided by staff.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Funny how the J.E.P and Cover-up TV always try to grab the limelight when something beneficial to the well being of the common people is revealed!
Lets make NO MISTAKE here, the only reason that any corruption, incompetence, or outright criminality ever makes it into the public domain is simply because
"THE BLOGGERS ARE WATCHING"
No doubt the "Filthy Rag" & "Cover-up TV" will be
buying themselves another of those expensive awards on the back of this
Jersey Bloggers List
Reluctantly Released Today!!!
"THE (alleged) FULL REPORT CAN BE
READ AT THE LINK DIRECTLY BELOW"
READ AT THE LINK DIRECTLY BELOW"
A damning report into safety standards at Jersey's General Hospital has finally been made public.
The Aitkenhead Report was commissioned following the death of a patient, 75-year-old Joseph Vasse, following a routine hernia operation.
The existence of the publication has been known about for a month, but authorities have always said the law prevented them from releasing it.
Today, health bosses say the report was just a snapshot in time, and things have since improved.
Professor Aitkenhead found:
- Safety is below England's minimum standards.
- Risk management is eight years behind the UK.
- Five doctors are under-performing.
Professor Alan Aitkenhead said: "Jersey General Hospital is a small general hospital.
"It undertakes relatively minor procedures because major procedures tend to be exported to the mainland.
"It has fewer medical staff than hospital in the United Kingdom and less management resources than hospitals in the United Kingdom and all of these things have tended to make things rather slower then than has happened in hospitals on the mainland."
He also found:
- Doctors have no financial incentive to improve themselves.
- Staff believe there is political and media pressure not to suspend doctors after serious incidents.
- The man in charge is on a temporary contract, with no obvious successor waiting in the wings.
Professor Aitkenhead's first report was carried out last summer.
He also did a follow up last month. And he spotted signs of improvement.
The need for clinical governance has been recognised.
He says safety standards are improving.
But he is sticking by one of his overriding arguments that doctors need appraisals.
Today hospital bosses had their say.
Clinical director Dr Andrew Luksza said: "Not that long ago we had doctors on restricted practise, so we had picked up concerns, and now there are no doctors on restrictive practise so we've taken action and the situation has improved."
Hospital Director Andrew McLaughlin said: "Jersey General Hospital is the safest hospital in Jersey and always has been.
"It's now better than ever and we carry on trying to make it as good as we can be.
"We have fantastic staff.
"They're completely commited to what they do and they deliver a quality of care that exceeds that I've seen in hospitals across the UK."
For weeks the focus has been on getting this report published.
Now it is out in the open, the pressure is on for health bosses to prove to islanders that they have learned lessons and that the hospital is safe.
Jersey's cost of living rose by 4.7% in 12 months
The cost of living in Jersey rose by 4.7% over the past year, according to official figures.
The growing costs of motoring, food and housing added to the rise in RPI with food prices up by an average of 6% over the past year.
Petrol prices also increased and according to the Statistics Unit there was a rise in the cost of car insurance.
In contrast, fares and other travel costs fell by 2% over the 12 months.
Breakfast cereals, cheese, processed meats, cooking oils and fats were the most expensive things to buy. Fresh food, vegetables and eggs were slightly cheaper.
Costs for rent or mortgages, rates and maintenance of homes led to an overall rises in housing costs of 4%.
Duncan Gibault, States Statistician, said putting the Goods and Services Tax up to 5% in June also made life more expensive.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Top doctors want reports on patient safety released
JERSEY’S most senior hospital doctors have written to the JEP to reassure Islanders that the Hospital is safe and have called for the release of the Aitkenhead reports on patient safety.
On the same day that Health Minister Anne Pryke has defended her department in a strongly worded letter to the JEP, the 12-strong senior clinical body – made up of clinical directors, medical directors and the Hospital’s senior manager – say that the reports must be published to avoid ‘misreporting and misrepresentation of the facts’.
It is understood that legal wrangling over the wording of the Health and Safety Law is holding up the release of the reports.
The letters come as the Health department prepares to release redacted versions of the patient safety reports, which are thought to criticise safety standards and raise concerns over appraisals of top clinical staff.
App will help find missing children
Their faces are now instantly recognisable to millions around the world - missing and abducted children whose images are imprinted in our minds.
But what if we had have known these faces as soon as they had disappeared - would there have been a different outcome?
One Jersey businessman believes so.
He has invented a mobile phone app designed to help find missing kids.
Stephen Fern says the concept is simple.
If you lose your child you send an alert to people who have the Lost Kidz app.
Mr Fern said: "When I press that button, everyone within about a square kilometre will actually receive that alert with a photograph of the child and a description.
"Basically if they have the child in front of them they can phone me directly or if they've got information that maybe they've seen the child or seen the child in a car or with somebody else they can text that information to me."
A child going missing can be a parent's worst nightmare and many think using technology nearly all of us have access to would really help.
But some are wary. They have concerns that paedophiles could take advantage of the system.
While Mr Fern admits that is a possibility, he insists we are far better off with the app than without it.
Mr Fern said: "Without the app, that predator can act completely unhindered and unchallenged as they did in the Jamie Bulger case and walk away with your child and nobody even knows that your child is missing.
"With the app, you're pressing the button and you're bringing together the hundreds if not thousands of good people there are in every society who are now on your side."
Mr Fern says this is the first app of its kind.
He is planning to launch it in the US early next month.
Jail for man who drank ten pints and crashed two cars
A MAN who drank an ‘enormous amount of alcohol’ on St Patrick’s Day then crashed two cars – one of them stolen – has been jailed.
The man, who drank ten pints before getting behind the wheel, caused a three-car pile-up at St Aubin after attempting to drive home in his car, the Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday.
He then fled the scene on foot before stealing a car that a man had left running while he dropped his elderly mother off at La Haule Manor nursing home. He crashed the second car close to his home in St Peter.
The unemployed 36-year-old was jailed for ten months, banned from driving for four years and ordered to pay £200 in compensation.
Population controls will not be sufficient, Scrutiny concludes
WITH just weeks until a new immigration system comes into force, a Scrutiny review has found it is ‘very unclear’ how it will give ministers any power to control population levels.
The review has also found that the failure of the current control mechanisms are responsible for the increase in population seen in the 2011 Census, which has brought the Island to the brink of a population of 100,000.
With just a week to go until the Strategic Plan debate that will guide States policies for the next three years, the Corporate Services Scrutiny sub-panel, chaired by Deputy James Reed, says interim measures proposed to protect jobs for Islanders in advance of a full population debate in 2013 did not reassure them.
The sub-panel found that ‘we cannot have confidence in what is being proposed by the Council of Ministers, given that the current control mechanisms for population and migration are failing, and have been for the last three years’.
Monday, April 23, 2012
States workplace bullies
‘getting away with it’
WORKPLACE bullies in the public sector are escaping unpunished because their victims are often too scared to make a complaint, a union spokesman has claimed.
Nick Corbel, from the Unite union, said that workers fear ‘serious repercussions’ from their colleagues and other senior staff if they allege they are being bullied or harassed.
And he claims that others are being deterred because those who are called in to investigate the complaints are themselves States workers who may know the accused.
Mr Corbel spoke to the JEP after the paper submitted a request under the Freedom of Information code for figures on bullying and harassment in the States.
ST HELIER honorary police handed out nearly £25,000 more in fines last year than in 2010 – an increase of about 60 per cent.
According to the annual St Helier Honorary Policing Report, the parish collected £61,825 in fines in 2011 compared to £37,555 the previous year.
The number of people attending parish hall inquiry increased by 33 per cent to 2,529 Islanders, including 213 youths.
Vingtenier Mitch Couriard, who helped to compile the report, said that crackdowns on behaviour in the town centre and motoring offences had contributed to the increase in people ordered to attend a parish hall inquiry.
It's Christmas again for St Helier Fraudsters!
|Slyman Crowcroft, loser, and traitor to the people.|
And failed stand-in Father Christmas and repugnant coward.
Tough Shit Slyman, you had a choice, and you made the wrong one.
In the words of your corrupted mate...."So Be It" :)
Dan-evil Scaife, sponsor of child abuse, and utter tosser.
The twat that refused to charge the child-abusing Bonner's
on the say so of???This is a competition now! For those few who have been paying any attention!!!
Having looked at the figures banded about here, I cannot help but read in utter disbelief, the horseshit the J.E.P put out on behalf of the Government Twots!!!
When in court a few weeks ago, as we were today, our little Common Law crew witnessed just one of the courts victims of fraud cough up nearly a Grand in parking tickets.
They must have creamed in about three grand in the short time we were there. And those are just the small few that went to court, most pooping their pants and paying up at the Parish Hall to avoid
(the threat of violence)"COURT"
They must get their figures from the same place they get their "Laws"
Anyone wishing to witness the fraud first hand, please attend
"THE MAGISTRATES COURT"
this Friday at 10.am