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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
Maternity misconduct - Tribunal hears the death of a baby
at Guernsey's hospital may have been prevented.
Substantial increase, a call for tighter control
The numbers we have seen are all concern to us. We want to ensure
that we are able to support people at the right level but also ensure
we do not have too many people coming to the island.
And you may have heard the mention of snow in the forecast because of
this area of low pressure on Thursday. Well the Channel Islands
see find out later. The death of a baby born
on Guernsey's maternity ward 'may have been prevented' had a previous
incident been properly investigated, Three midwives are facing
charges of misconduct Mike Wilkins has been following this
case and joins us now from our Guernsey newsroom,
so Mike just remind us how we got Well, the sad starting point
of this story is the death It happened in 2014
at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. Following the death,
all members of the then Health and It was and continues to be
a very shocking moment A major review was then carried out
by the nursing watchdog the Nursing This highlighted a series
of problems throughout But up until today we still didn't
know why that baby died and the circumstances
surrounding its death. So what happened
at the hearing today? Three Guernsey midwives
are charged with misconduct. Adult nurse Lisa Granville,
Antonia Manousaki, They were working on the
Loveridge Ward when a child, referred to only as Baby A,
was born just after midnight This desperately ill baby required
resuscitation and died An internal investigation
conducted by Granville, who was then head of risk
management, found 'no significant difficulties in care delivery'
and no further action was taken. But an investigation by the local
authority found that the baby's heartbeat hadn't been properly
monitored and its condition should've been reported
to a consultant. The NMC said the midwives
administered medication And there were claims
that the baby's death Yes it emerged today that another
Baby, referred to as Baby B, The NMC says that had
the death of Baby B been adequately investigated,
then the death of baby A may I have to stress that all three
midwives accept some of the charges against them but also deny
some of them. The hearing's expected
to last four weeks. New measures are being brought
in to cut the number of migrants Big companies with lots of non-local
staff could have some Ministers say it's needed to control
the island's population, Migrant workers fill
many of the posts in this hotel, as they do in much
of Jersey's hospitality sector. But now, there's to be
a cut-down on work licences. In Jersey you need a licence
to hire a migrant worker. After 5 years, they can work
anywhere, and the licence can be used to bring another worker
into the island. But the States are going to review
all big businesses to see if some of their licences can be
gradually taken away. We've got to work carefully
with them to encourage them to employ as many local people
as possible and not to automatically think they need a new licence
to bring additional people We've got to do something to control
the population and we believe this mechanism will do a good
job in achieving that. And the population's grown well
beyond the States' predictions. Despite plans for 325
new workers a year, in 2015 there were around 1,500,
with final figures for 2016 But the Chamber of Commerce fears
the impact on businesses that can't find the skills or staff they need
within the island. assurances to businesses that
if a company can prove they've absolutely tried to source
an employee locally and they can't do that there is flexibility
in the system in terms of bringing We need to try and sort jobs for the
local workforce before we put -- look elsewhere. We have got to look
after our people that are already resident on the island.
Whatever the public appetite for them, the question
is will the new measures actually work in controlling the island's
A man has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.
The arrest follows the incident at Temple Stores
in St Helier last week, where a shop owner was held
at knife point as cash and phones were stolen.
Jersey Police say they have a thirty one year old man in custody.
Loss of business and loss of staff - that's the concerns of employers
in a Jersey trading estate following a Government
The Rue des Pres estate was littered with rusty, abandoned cars
Most have been removed but replaced with huge charges
Rusty, unloved, and bad for business.
The government told the owners of these abandoned vehicles
to remove them or they'd be towed from this trading estate.
Most of them have now gone, but they've been replaced
with a hefty parking charge that business owners say
I think going from nothing for our staff who've been here -
some of them have been here 20-30 years,
they've never had to pay for the parking and now they'll have
to pay or face paying up to ?123 a month, it's just not affordable
so some of them will consider seeking alternative
employment which will be detrimental to the business.
Richard's also worried he'll have to find staff to replace the ones
I'm really happy here, I like my job, I like what I'm doing
but I can't afford to pay more than ?100 a month.
These concerns have been put to the minister in charge of roads
and parking who says the money will pay for upkeep.
We have to recoup the costs of maintaining the estate
and policing it and there are some quite lumpy capital sums that
are involved in that to maintain the roads,
to resurface the roads etc it's got to be self financing.
So we said that the maximum will be ?123 if the costs were more
than that then we'll have to cut our cloth to fit
but if it's less than that then we'll charge less.
While efforts to clean up the estate are appreciated,
until a cheap solution is found - Workers here will have
Jersey airport has reached a 16 year high in passenger numbers, just
under 16 million passengers passed -- passed through last year, an
increase of 20,000 from last year. The highest number recorded since
the year 2000. Musicians in Jersey are calling
for more places to perform. The Songwriters Society was formed
last year to help songwriters It's latest event was a sell out,
showing there's a real thirst for original local music
as Elisa Da Silva found out. Local talent, playing to a local
audience in a uniquely local venue. The Lido at Harve des Pas was home
to a swell of sound waves as singer songwriters
strummed their original music. The Songwriters Society
is a collaboration project The event is being praised by Jersey
musicians working in the UK. I think local musicians
themselves are doing a lot, I think that i'd always drum
about the venues, more and more venues even smaller venues
but decent venues with decent stage and decent sound system
like you've got here tonight we just need more of that -
it will encourage young I think we need to support
local artists a lot more, so actually I think these kind
of events are fantastic because actually we get to see
what Jersey has to offer. It struggles a bit with venues
etcetera but there's so much talent of the songwriters society hosted
by local musician David Keenan. He hopes to continue it
onto 2017 and inspire local I think there aren't any venues
where you can share a heartfelt song that's taken you time to write maybe
when it's in a band it's got energy you can take it back
there and you can play with it at festivals and stuff but I think
they're happy to have It seems the success
of the night has re-ignited the spark in both
listener and performer. With the songwriters
society lighting the way, the 2017 music scene
is looking brighter. Elisa Da Silva, BBC
Channel Islands News, Jersey. Many people have written
songs about the weather We'll with David Braine it's
bound to be a number one. I have been tempting you, I think
the only white thing we are likely to see is perhaps a few high
showers, perhaps some frost but snow will be elusive. It is finely
balanced at the moment, I come to Thursdays forecast in just a moment.
Tomorrow will be windy, winds increasing overnight. There will be
rain around. It will be brighter by the afternoon because this weather
front is one -- the first of two. This moves into another advance the
foot of the afternoon and introduces cold air. There is another weather
system that will drop down from the north and development into an area
of low pressure on Thursday. That is the one that is giving us a really
big headache because the risk of call the northern edge that area of
low pressure as it develops and it is capable of producing some sleet
or snow. How much, we will see. Showers possible overnight, it will
be generally quite a mild night and we could get into single figures at
eight or 9 degrees. He windy day tomorrow, the winds from the West
and north-west and a scattering of showers in the morning and then
brighter and drier conditions into the afternoon but it does remain
quite breezy and it will feel quite cold by the end of the day. Seven or
8 degrees. This is Thursdays forecast, the front coming in from
the North develops an area of low pressure for us, it could be a windy
affair free time on Thursday and just as the band of cloud and
predominantly rain moves away and up towards Belgium, there are a few
wintry showers that will follow perhaps even the odd hail shower
across the island as we move into the evening on Thursday evening.
That is when the call the arrives. These are times of high water for
tomorrow. Choppy conditions for our surfers, the biggest waves will be
along the northern shores of Guernsey. The Windsor
north-westerly, Force five or 46, the visibility good to occasionally
moderate. Thursday is mainly rain but a big drop in temperatures for
Friday and Saturday. Thank you. Tantalisingly close but
no need for the snow shoes. I will see you at eight.
this is the stage of the programme we usually get very hungry,
which is fortuitous as in a moment we'll be meeting a woman
who could be an award-winning dinner lady.
Expressing yourself in Exeter - the poetry project which
And the Green Army on the march as the first batch of tickets
go on sale the FA Cup replay against Liverpool.
A dinner lady from South Devon is about to go head-to-head with six
others in the hope of being crowned the best School Chef
The challenge is to make a main meal and dessert and the winner
will go on to compete for the national title.
Catherine Deane makes dinners each day for the children
at Yealmpton Primary School, and has enlisted the help of some
This is going to make me feel hungry.
Spotlight's John Ayres has been to see her cooking up a storm.
A lot has been made in recent years about the importance of school food.
Nutritious and healthy meals help children to concentrate,
and hopefully they will lead healthier lives in the future.
So school chefs like Catherine Deane are putting