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Controversial proposals to introduce tighter regulations for commercial

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People with disabilities in Jersey say they are facing daily

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difficulties because of limited access to commercial premises.

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Although the island's government is holding a public

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consultation into the concerns, disabled residents say the island

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has a long way to go to become disabled-friendly.

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John's local Post Office is soon to be based here at the reception

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But the only way in is up these stairs.

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The provision of a ramp or an outside lift which

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wheelchairs could use is obviously going to solve problem.

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And it's a good opportunity for the Jersey Evening Post

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and Jersey Post to be in the vanguard of a lot of local

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businesses over here to provide for this sort of facility.

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But like many old buildings in Jersey, this one wasn't designed

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And changing it isn't as simple as it seems.

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We've got the added complication of having it as a through road

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as well, so we have traffic running right by those stairs.

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So we've got to be considerate of how people would get

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So we'd have to look at building a refuge

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for them first and foremost, so it would mean a whole redesign

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of the front of building, which is why we're spending a bit

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more time than just putting a ramp up.

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Navigating around St Helier can be a bit of a minefield.

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Door and step, so I have to push with a hand that works.

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Pam is partially paralysed after a stroke, and often

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While she has sympathy for businesses, she feels the island

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has a long way to go to become disabled-friendly.

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Temporary ramps that can be lifted up and taken

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And I think it's time that Jersey really has to start thinking

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Voisins told us that they do have ramps for people who need them.

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the Infrastructure Minister, and Jersey Post either

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didn't get back to us, or they said it didn't come

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But with new disability laws set to come in next year,

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disabled access could soon be higher on people's agenda.

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Three Guernsey midwives who are facing charges of misconduct

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following the death of a baby in 2014 will have to wait

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until next month for the outcome of their hearing.

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Roisin Gauson has been following the case.

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to conclude at the end of last week, but it's run on, and panel chairman

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Alexander Coleman has taken the decision to adjourn

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This means there's an anxious wait for the three nurses concerned.

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They're all facing charges of misconduct,

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following the death of a child, who's at the centre of this.

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Baby A died hours after birth in January 2014.

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And this hearing has also heard about a similar case,

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Lisa Granville reviewed both of those cases and concluded no

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The NMC claims she was wrong in doing so, and the hearing has

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heard that if the death of Baby B had been adequately investigated,

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the death of Baby A 'may have been prevented'.

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At the tail end of last week, the parents of Baby A gave evidence.

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They said that drugs to induce labour were wrongly given,

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The midwives at the time, Antonia Manousaki and Tuija Roussel,

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admit giving the drug without a written prescription,

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but the hearing also heard of a culture known as the 'Guernsey

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way', which used verbal orders and different standards

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All three midwives who worked on Loveridge Ward at the time face

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a series of charges, and while they accept

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It's also important to note that since these events took place,

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substantial investigations, reviews and improvements have

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The hearing was originally scheduled for ten days.

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It'll now resume for a further two weeks, on February 6th.

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Controversial proposals to introduce tighter regulations for commercial

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vessels in Guernsey have been making waves among the island's

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Following the adoption of the UK Port Marine Safety Code,

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the Harbour Master must review current legislation and also

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A proposed Bailiwick of Guernsey code is at the consultation stage.

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Poor communication, complacency, and a failure to follow safety

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procedures led to this passenger ferry hitting a reef last year.

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And now safety regulations are being tightened up.

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A consultation's underway that will affect all

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Some of the key proposals are that there needs to be:

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More qualifications for crew members.

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And also, a full-time engineer present for every journey.

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Guernsey's Harbour Master is proposing the changes.

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He says safety is ultimately his responsibility.

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We aren't suggesting people are not experienced or don't have a wealth

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of knowledge and competence, but we need to have that

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in some sort of structure that we can enforce and monitor,

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as the agency and, ultimately, the people who have to stand

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there and explain in the awful event of an incident happening.

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This man's worked in shipping for 50 years

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But he says the new safety code would mean that he wouldn't be

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allowed to work on any commercial vessels.

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The qualifications, as currently written,

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are very stringent and, as it stands, I wouldn't be able

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I'm not sure it was the intention, but that's how it's worded,

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and that's why you engage in consultation.

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And there's not that much time to fine-tune the detail.

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The consultation finishes at the end of the month, with the new code

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For the first time ever, Jersey baptism, marriage and death

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records going back to 1540 have been made available to search online.

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A collection of 72,000 images can now be viewed at Ancestry.com,

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due to a two-year collaboration with Jersey Heritage.

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Jon De La Haye has been delving into the island's history.

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We have got a lot of different people here, a gunner in the Royal

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Artillery, somebody whose father was a painter. An illegitimate child, a

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lot of information people can use to trace their family history.

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A 19th-Century baptism register from St Helier,

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now accessible online for anyone to see.

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Thousands of images, featuring hundreds of thousands

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of people between 1540 and 1940, are now available -

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and these documents have already helped those tracing their roots.

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We actually had a couple in on Saturday, and they came

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They knew that the gentleman's grandfather had left

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Jersey in the 1920s, but they didn't really know anything

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Within an hour, we were back to the 1760s, by using

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Looking at the baptisms, the marriage of the parents.

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They're wonderful for building up the family tree.

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Many of Jersey's more famous residents also

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feature in these records, from Jessie Boot, World Number One

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golfer Harry Vardon, and Lillie Langtry.

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The Church of England documents needed to be legally

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released by Jersey's Dean, who thought they should be

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The churches are owned by the parishes and people,

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so should belong to them, to be accessed.

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The secrets of 400 years of Jersey's history is now available

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to members of this website, but also for free, here

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Will we be scraping ice off the windscreen in the morning?

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Thank you, hello and good evening, another cold night across the

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islands and we will see Frost and perhaps more available moisture in

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the air. That means more frost on the grass first thing tomorrow. The

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weather for the week ahead is still relatively cold, we are looking at a

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lot of dry weather. Still dry. Feeling the cold. And also becoming

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quite windy later. We wait until the end of the week and weekend before

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milder air gets in. There is cloud which is rain bearing to the West,

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making slow and not regular process -- progress. That is still around

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tomorrow and Wednesday. Slowly and steadily creeping towards us, but

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with slow progress. You will notice plenty of isobars on Thursday. A

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strong wind and a low temperature. Friday, a hint of perhaps less cold

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air and later in the day perhaps the chance of patchy and showery

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outbreaks of rain. Outbreaks and low temperatures overnight and a cold

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night with frost. And tomorrow, another lovely day, a fine day with

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plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Not very warm, 8-9 , but not as cold as

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last week. Eventually becoming westerly and south-westerly winds.

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The cloud is stubborn on Wednesdays and starts as mist and fog. A cold

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wind on Thursday and Friday, temperatures go back up. Next

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weekend, generally more cloudy, so a cloudier weekend, slightly milder

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and also a risk of some fog. Have a good night.

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Do have a look at our Facebook page and you will find great pictures

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people have sent in the day of the Jersey weather.

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That's your news this Monday evening.

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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Particularly pool on the M5 in south-west England. Very foggy

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across parts of the West Country. This fog is tending to spread its

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way further eastwards. Some fog as well across parts of Yorkshire.

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Northern Ireland and Scotland are mild but damn. This is how we will

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start the day. At eight o'clock in the morning, quite a lot of fog

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around which could affect the major airports. What all of us have seen

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fog. There will be Sunni areas to western fringes of England and

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Wales. Across Northern Ireland and Scotland it is much milder. Some

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patchy rain around coming in on the Bruce, particularly over the hills

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in the West. Much of that will fade away. It will be relatively mild.

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For England and Wales, much of the fog were clear. Some of it will not

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sell it will be especially chilly. Quite a contrast in temperatures

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again. -- so it will be especially chilly. Despite sunshine, it will be

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on the chilly side. The fog will come back again. On Wednesday

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morning, Central and eastern parts are particularly prone. Some

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sunshine will emerge. Rather more cloud for Northern Ireland and

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Scotland. Most of the rain will be held at bay. Still relatively mild.

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A real edge to that further south and east. It would be a sign of

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things to come. On Thursday we will tap into some particularly cold air

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sitting over the continent for several days now. Europe is frozen

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at the moment. Some of the freezing cold air will head towards us on a

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stiffening south-easterly breeze. Some places will not get above

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freezing, maybe the odd snow flurry. Wherever you are, it will feel cold.

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All

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