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  1. CI weather: Staying cloudy and largely dry

    BBC Weather

    Tuesday night is expected to be largely cloudy with the small chance of the odd spot of rain. The odd clearer break is quite possible though.

    Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

    Wednesday will see a lot of low cloud persist, and it may be rather misty at times too. It will stay largely dry, but a few spots of drizzle are quite possible.

    Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).


    Jersey weather


    Guernsey weather
  2. Student quizzes politician on independence

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's external affairs minister has been quizzed on whether the Channel Islands could sever their constitutional ties with Britain.

    De La Salle College's James Dunne asked the question at Tuesday afternoon's Youth Assembly.

    In reply, Senator Ian Gorst said: "At present no consideration is being given to altering our fundamental constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom, or in creating an independent Channel Island state."

    The right to self-government and judicial independence were guaranteed under the current relationship, he added.

    Senator Gorst also said the UK "does not legislate for the island without our consent."

    That position is currently being tested in the House of Commons, where UK MPs will be asked to back an amendment forcing greater financial transparency on Crown Dependencies.

  3. Striking teachers get political support at protest

    BBC Radio Jersey

    About 100 teachers protested in Jersey's Liberation Square as seven schools shut on Tuesday due to strike action by them.

    Union members said they were unhappy with the latest 1.3% plus cost of living pay offer for 2019.

    Teachers protesting

    Constable Richard Buchanan, from the States Employment Board, said he was disappointed at the strike and that teachers could not expect to get more than other public sector workers.

    Many Jersey politicians attended the protest in support.

    Deputy Rob Ward said more money should be released to pay the teachers more, adding: "We keep saying we value our staff, now we need to actually show it."

    As the deadlock continues, another teacher strike is expected next Tuesday.

  4. Guernsey sports coaches approved by leading UK agency

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Guernsey Sports Commission says qualified coach developers across a number of local sports will now be able to deliver UK Coaching's workshops and qualifications.

    It follows the announcement that it's been approved as a Licensed Workshop Partner of UK Coaching - the lead agency for coaching sport in the UK.

    Jeremy Smith, from the commission, praised the support given by the support of the Education, Sport and Culture Department.

    She said its funding of work in primary schools had been a "real catalyst for this positive change".

    Rugby match
  5. Jersey teacher pay row: 'A challenge' for government

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The board which sets the pay for Jersey's civil servants maintains it has made fair offers to teachers - despite schools being forced to close on Tuesday because they went on strike.

    Union members said they were unhappy with the latest offer, which would see them getting 1.3% plus the cost of living this year.

    Seven schools are shut as a result of the industrial action.

    Constable Richard Buchanan, from the States Employment Board, said he was "disappointed" at the strike and said teachers could not expect to get more than workers elsewhere.

    Jersey strikes
    Quote Message: It's unusual for workers in the private sector to get inflation every year as a pay rise. Companies that operate in the private sector need to keep their costs down to remain competitive. Obviously in the public sector it's different because you're not in a business. It is a challenge for the government to give inflation pay rises every year." from Constable Richard Buchanan States Employment Board
    Constable Richard BuchananStates Employment Board

    The constable said he was happy to meet protesters that gathered at Liberation Square.

  6. Bid for Town Church drinking fountain to be reinstated

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The drinking fountain at the Town Church could be back in working order, if planning permission is granted.

    The stone fountain, which is on the east side of the church next to the town quay, has been out of order for a number of years.

    Constables of St Peter Port have applied for permission to dismantle and reinstate it.

    Town Church
  7. Jersey schools close as part of strike action over pay

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Previous strike
    Image caption: Several strikes have taken place recently in a row over pay

    Seven schools in Jersey are closed due to strike action over pay.

    There's been widespread opposition to the latest pay offer from members of the National Education Union.

    Teachers said they were angry they had been offered the Retail Prices Index (RPI) rise plus 1.3% for 2020 after two years of imposed below-inflation deals.

    The closed schools are:

    • Grainville
    • Haute Vallee
    • Hautlieu
    • Jersey College for Girls
    • Le Rocquier
    • Les Quennevais
    • Victoria College

    The States has said there is no more money to give workers a better pay rise.

  8. Weather: Dry and cloudy with some sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be largely dry Tuesday, with a fair amount of cloud but also a few sunny spells at times.

    There are also chances of the odd spot of rain.

    Highs of 11C (51F).


    Jersey weather


    Guernsey weather
  9. Islanders urged to get international driving licence

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Drivers in Jersey are being advised to get an international driving licence and motor insurance for Europe - whatever happens with Brexit.

    If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, people will need to have a green card - which is an international certificate of insurance.

    It guarantees drivers third-party motor insurance cover for driving in Europe, but will not necessarily match the level of cover a person has at home.

    Motorists should check with their insurer to find out what level of cover they could get, officials said.