A weekend of celebrity cricket, a quiz hosted by Chris Tarrant and a free concert in the heart of St Peter Port has raised over £20,000 for The Guernsey Lord’s Taverners -making it the most successful weekend event in the charities history.
Sponsored by JT for the seventh year, the Summer Celebrity Cricket Weekend has become a high point of Guernsey and Herm’s social calendar. A new free event organised by the JT team, was added this year: JT Celebrity Market Rocks, which attracted over 700 people to Market Square last Friday to hear some of the Island’s most popular bands.
On Saturday, a sell-out ‘big quiz’ at St Pierre Park Hotel, hosted by ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ quizmaster Chris Tarrant, was a huge success and the next day, around 250 people sailed to Herm to watch The Herm XI narrowly beat The President’s XI in a fun but keenly fought cricket match which came down to the last ball of the match.
Cliff Parisi (Minty from Eastenders) won Player of the Team for the winners and Lorraine Chase won Player of the Team for the losers. However, former England International cricketer Andy Caddick stole the show with his big hitting and a string of sixes during his innings.
Other visiting celebrities included comedian Ian Irving, Game of Thrones actor Struan Rodger, crime fiction writer Felix Francis and Dead Ringers impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw.
Alex Ford of The Guernsey Lord’s Taverners said: “This was our biggest and boldest Summer Celebrity Cricket Weekend yet and it was an incredible success. My thanks go to everyone who joined together to make it three days to remember, including our visiting celebrities, supporting Islanders and JT, without whom this would not have been possible. The money raised will make a real difference to young people in Guernsey.”
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JT is working in partnership with Startup Guernsey and the Digital Greenhouse along with six other leading companies within Guernsey to offer the first Discover Digital student internships this summer.
Over 40 applicants applied for the scheme, with a total of 11 students selected after interview to take part in the programme. Successful candidates include students from Ladies College, Elizabeth College, The Grammar School Sixth Form Centre and The College of Further Education. Some are still in full time secondary education whilst others are at University studying towards degrees in computer science, maths, electronic engineering and sustainable product design.
The five-week paid summer internship has been designed specifically for the island’s post-16 students at Sixth Form, CofFE or university who are passionate about the digital world and seeking to work on projects for local employers on their digital projects.
Running from 17th July until 18th August 2017, participating companies employing interns for one-week and five-week projects include KPMG, Sure, the States of Guernsey, First Central
Group, PwC, Healthspan and JT.
JT are delighted to have recently signed up to support the scheme and Tamara O’Brien, Deputy Managing Director, Guernsey at JT, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this important programme. As the only locally owned telecoms provider in the Channel Islands, we are acutely aware of the need to nurture homegrown talent in the digital sector.
As of the 15th June, regulation means that UK providers will allow customers to use their services anywhere within the EU, at no extra cost. The Channel Islands are not part of the EU and so do not benefit from the new rates, however, thanks to the extensive work from our roaming team, we have been able to negotiate cheaper rates with our partner networks in all EU countries (and many others), allowing us to pass on savings to our customers.
As of Thursday 15 June, mobile phone users in Europe will be free to use their regular call, text and internet allowances anywhere within the EU at no extra cost under new rules which abolish data roaming charges across the union.
The Channel Islands are not part of the EU and hence do not benefit from the new rules. Since JT became aware of the EU mandate, it has been working hard to secure a pricing reduction. Across Europe, there is considerable disparity between operators about how they are servicing their customers in line with the new lower EU roaming rates and there has been confusion around compliance and the real benefits for the user. Mindful that customers needed clarity and the best deal possible, JT reached out to their international partners to discuss an arrangement for its customers.
Talking to over 150 EU-based operators that provide JT customers with roaming across the EU, JT has successfully negotiated lower agreements with each operator. Consequently, JT will offer new rates for roaming in July.
These rates will be substantially and dramatically lower than JT currently has to charge, albeit they will not be able to match exactly the EU rates.
Dominic Vye, JT’s Head of Commercial Development, said: “For some years, we have been working closely with international providers and it is a testament to these strong relationships that our customers can now use their phones like they do at home. Without these relationships, it is unlikely that we could have negotiated such a fantastic deal for our JT customers.”
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