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  1. A body found off the coast of Noirmont in Jersey on 12 March has been confirmed as that of missing woman Valerie Jehan
  2. Body found in missing Alderney man search
  3. Martin McGuinness was 'warm and reconciliatory' - Jonathan Le Tocq
  4. A-level students debated student loans and affordable housing as they quizzed Jersey politicians
  5. First cruise ship of the season arrives in Guernsey
  6. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for Local Live today but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

    Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with  BBC Channel Islands News .

  2. Jersey university financing 'a difficult problem'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's assistant education minister says finding a solution to funding for university students is proving "very difficult" with no obvious solution available.

    Deputy Anne Pryke

    She was answering a question during Jersey's annual Youth Assembly debate, where teenagers from sixth form colleges are able to quiz ministers on issues that matter to them.

    Deputy Anne Pryke was asked why there was no solution in place to help pay for university education beyond a small loan scheme or means-tested grant.

    She said the States currently spends £10m per year on university funding through the grant system but would need up to £30m a year to pay for all students. She said they were looking at a number of options but there was no obvious solution.

  3. Alderney to explore an 'international identity' post Brexit

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney is committed to exploring an "international identity" post-Brexit, according to the President of the States of Alderney Stuart Trought.

    Stuart Trought

    He says more work is needed to understand the risks and opportunities island companies will face when Britain leaves the European Union.

    Mr Trought says no-one knows where Brexit will take the UK or what its consequences will be but he wants to make sure the island is consulted and engaged during the process.

    He says he accepts that on many matters it will be for Guernsey to represent Alderney but on some issues the island must put its own case forward. He has invited Sir Oliver Heald of the Ministry of Justice, and Bob Neill of the Commons Justice Select Committee, to visit Alderney this year.

  4. Long-standing feud led to stabbing in broad daylight

    Jersey Evening Post

    A former East End criminal who slashed a man’s neck in front of a group of French schoolchildren has been jailed for five years .

  5. Weather: Heavy rain to start the day

    BBC Weather

    There will be some late sunshine this evening and a dry and clear start to the night.

    However, heavy rain will arrive in the early hours accompanied by strong southerly winds. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map

    The main rain band will move off to France first thing but there will be showers during the day, which may be heavy and perhaps thundery. Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

  6. States 'must vote' on new sports body

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Plans to hand control of sport in Jersey to an independent body must wait for a vote in the States.

    The Assembly must approve the setting up of Sport Jersey, an independent body with a trust status.

    A spokesman says the new body would play an advocacy role for sports organsiations to help promote the needs of sports associations and improve physical literacy in primary schools.

    Constable Steve Pallett
    Quote Message: We are pretty well in place to go but advice we received said we'd triggered an old proposition around setting up of arms length bodies like this. It means we have to take the proposition to the States to get approval." from Constable Steve Pallet Assistant Minister for Sport
    Constable Steve Pallet Assistant Minister for Sport
  7. Survey finds politicians likely to vote for population plan

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A BBC survey of Guernsey deputies indicates they're likely to rubber stamp the new population management law when it comes back before the States next week.

    Just over half of all deputies took part in the survey. Eleven say they plan to vote in favour of the population management law, that's just over half of those that responded.

    Guernsey States

    The chairman of the confederation of Guernsey industry, Clive McMinn, said his members were concerned low-skilled workers would be worse off under the new population plan which will introduce set licences for different types of workers.  

    Responding to the survey Deputy Dawn Tindall said she will vote for the plan as she believes the new regime has the flexibility to address concerns from the business community about the position of lower-skilled workers. 

    Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher was the only politician to say outright he'll vote down the plans. He says improvements must be made first.

    Of those that responded 19% say they're undecided, and the same proportion declined to answer. If passed, the new law will come into effect on 3 April.

  8. Letter price rise due to 'drop in the value of the pound'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The fall in the value of the pound, higher costs from Royal Mail and an increase in the number of homes are among the reasons Jersey Post says are behind a rise in the cost of sending a letter.

    The government-owned company says since 2007 they have seen the quantity of letters they process drop by 60%.

    Jersey Post are putting up the price of a local letter by 1p, the price of a UK letter by 3p and simplifying the way Europe and global letters are sent to create a single 100g letter option - charging 73p to Europe and 90p to the rest of the world.

    Jersey Post
    Quote Message: Our customers have highlighted that keeping the cost of the postal service low is a real priority and we try to minimise the financial impact of our business and industry change on customers wherever possible. However, as an organisation we continue to face a number of major challenges." from Tim Brown Jersey Post Chief Executive
    Tim BrownJersey Post Chief Executive
  9. Michelin star chef to leave The Atlantic hotel

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Michelin star chef Mark Jordan is leaving the Ocean restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel in Jersey after 13 years in charge.

    Since joining the hotel in 2004 he has won four AA rosettes and a Michelin star. The restaurant was also featured on The Apprentice as part of a reward for the winning team.

    Mark Jordan
    Quote Message: Jersey is renowned for its outstanding food and I am excited about developing other culinary experiences in more locations across Jersey and beyond." from Mark Jordan Chef
    Mark JordanChef
  10. Ex-St John worker could be struck off

    Guernsey Press

    A former ambulance station officer this week faces being struck off after being accused of failing to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man who was found dead the following day .

  11. Could you benefit from a Comic Relief grant?

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Do you run a charity or a project that helps people and is in need of money to grow? Well Comic Relief might be able to help.

    Lenny Henry

    Ahead of Red Nose Day this Friday, the Head of UK Grants says she'd love to hear from Guernsey causes that could benefit from their funds in the future.

    Comic Relief funds more than 2,000 projects across the UK, addressing a range of issues, from homelessness and mental health to dementia and vulnerable young people.

    Gilly Green says those behind local causes should  head to their website  and apply for a grant.

  12. Jersey FA commitment to women's game questioned

    BBC Sport

    The former vice president of the Jersey Football Association questioned whether the Jersey FA were really serious about women's football in Jersey after it failed to find a way to organise a women's Muratti game.

    The event was cancelled after Guernsey could not find enough players who met the eligibility requirement for the game.

    Jersey women

    Kerry Petulla was the first woman on the board but stepped down earlier this month after two years. She said she had taken her role as far as she could and it was a hard decision to leave.

    Quote Message: When I looked into the history of the Muratti I found the men's game has only been cancelled because of world wars. I can't understand why if they are so committed to the women's game they can just say it isn't going ahead." from Kerry Petulla Former JFA Vice President
    Kerry PetullaFormer JFA Vice President

    JFA chief executive Neville Davidson said in a statement the FA were discussing their response. The Jersey FA has said it is committed to women's football and is working to get more younger players involved.

  13. 'More important than ever' to vote in Jersey

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister has said it is more important than ever to turn out and vote in the island due to the uncertainty as a result of Brexit.

    Senator Ian Gorst

    Senator Ian Gorst was being questioned by students from island colleges taking part in the annual Youth Assembly. He said there was a clear democratic deficit in the island when it comes to the way elections are held.

    He said: "We as a government are working on engaging members of the public to turn out and vote. We've got many more people registered because of that work but now we need to move on to ensure those people actually vote.

    "We are facing more uncertainty now than ever before because Europe is so uncertain and we are surrounded by that uncertainty. It has never been more important to turn out and vote than it will be in 2018."

  14. Rainy day fund returns to pay for hospital loan

    Jersey Evening Post

    A proposed £400 million loan to cover most of the costs of building the new hospital would be paid for by returns on Jersey’s ‘rainy day fund’, the Treasury Minister has said .  

  15. Biggest bus subsidy goes to school bus services

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's infrastructure minister says the school bus service gets the largest portion of the government's £4m per year bus subsidy.

    Deputy Eddie Noel said it costs a student £1.50 per day to get to school and back but the government pays an extra £7 per day per pupil to meet the true cost of the journey.

    Jersey bus

    He was being quizzed by students in the annual States of Jersey Youth Assembly. He said the true cost of the school bus is about £8.50 per return journey.

    The minister was also asked why the main buses are new with more leg room when the school buses were all much older buses.

    He said the services were tendered separately and in the future there could be a capital project to replace the buses but there isn't money available to do that at the moment.

  16. Cancelled women's Muratti back in the spotlight in BBC debate

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Football officials and players from Jersey and Guernsey joined in our radio debate today on the state of women's football in the Channel Islands.

    The annual women's Muratti between the islands was recently cancelled  because the Guernsey FA could not convince enough players to register directly with them. Many are instead aligned to Hampshire-affiliated Ormer FC.

    • Former Jersey FA vice-president Kerry Petulla, the first ever female board member, told us she quit because she had "taken things as far as she could"
    • Petulla wanted eligibility rules relaxed for this year's annual game between the rivals, saying "everyone wants to play in the Muratti"
    • Ormer FC secretary Vanessa Crispini-Adams is still hopeful this year's game will be reinstated, and has written to the organising Inter-insular Committee asking for a "derogation" of rules for 2017
    • Jersey FA and Guernsey FA both insisted they are committed to women's football in the Channel Islands
    • Former Jersey women's boss Tony Hoyland said grass-roots development in Jersey is now in a "really good place" but the "missing link" is at senior team level.

    You can listen back to  the hour-long debate  on our website - it begins three hours into the overall show.

  17. Showers getting heavier through the night

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay mostly dry this afternoon with a good deal of sunshine. The odd shower is possible.

    There may be a few further showers during the first part of the night, then during the early hours some more persistent and heavy rain will spread in. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


    Jersey weather


    Guernsey weather
  18. Hauteville House repair appeal is launched

    Guernsey Press

    An appeal to collect 100,000 Euros to restore the decorations of Hauteville House has been launched in France .  

  19. Jersey stamp prices to increase slightly

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    From 11 April it's going to get a little bit more expensive to send a letter or parcel as Jersey Post is putting up the price of a stamp.

    Jersey Post

    Sending a local letter will go from 48p to 49p and sending a letter to the UK, Isle of Man or other Channel Islands will go from 60p to 63p.

    The biggest change will be in sending letters to Europe and the rest of the world. Jersey Post is creating a single tariff, rather than the current 20g and 100g prices.

    Letters weighing 100g or less will now cost 73p to Europe and 90p to the rest of the world. It was 66p for a 20g letter to Europe and 93p for a 100g letter.

  20. Restaurant plan for burned down St Aubin workshop

    Jersey Evening Post

    St Aubin could get another restaurant if an application to develop a burnt-out former marine workshop on the Bulwarks is approved by the Planning Committee .