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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2008, 12:10 GMT
A review of the newspapers

The investigation into child abuse on Jersey, following the discovery of human remains at a former children's home, continues to receive wide coverage. The Telegraph, along with others, has been talking to a number of people who claim they were abused at the home. One - called Pamela -- tells how she was given large doses of valium before being sexually abused. She says she was stripped naked and locked in a ten foot square punishment cell for days at a time. She says boys and girls would be offered drink and cigarettes in return for carrying out sex acts. The paper has also been finding out about the history of the building. When it was converted into a youth hostel four years ago, it says, builders discovered a trapdoor leading down to a windowless room in which there was a single chair complete with shackles.

The Mail gives over its front page -- and nine others -- to a campaign to get rid of plastic shopping bags. It shows a family of four returning to their car laden with supermarket shopping bags and contrasts that with photographs of a turtle chocking to death on shredded plastic, the corpse of a gannet strangled by the handle of a carrier bag and a stork -- unable to fly because it has become wrapped in plastic blown from a rubbish dump. Britain, it says, gets through 13 billion plastic bags a year: that, it tells its readers, is 13 billion ways you can help.

The Telegraph reports that millions of benefit claimants will be forced back to work in the biggest shake-up of the welfare state for 60 years. Large parts of the benefits system, it says, are to be privatised with companies hired to find jobs for the unemployed. Those firms will be given incentives of up to 50-thousand pounds each to get people back to work and reduce the country's 12 billion pound annual incapacity benefit bill.

A senior government official in China has told the FT that the diversion of water resources to Beijing for the Olympics threatens the livelihoods of millions of people in north-western provinces. Mr An Qiyuan says that some factories in the affected provinces will have to close to fulfil the water needs of the games.

Still on a sporting theme, according to many of the papers Chelsea are in crisis following their defeat in the Carling Cup, a competition it has to be said the top clubs claim not to take too seriously. Despite this, the Mirror reports that the club's manager, Avram Grant, cancelled a trip abroad in order to deal with the growing player unrest at Stamford Bridge. That has -- in part -- been prompted by what the Sun calls an F-word war between the Chelsea captain John Terry and the Dutch coach Henk Ten Cate about the intensity of the training sessions. And that little tete a tete, according to the Mail, prompted the club's owner Roman Abramovich to hold a third in a series of crisis meetings since what it calls the Carling Cup Final shambles.



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