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Summary

  1. New 'rigorous' school inspection produces mixed results
  2. Airline launches Southend and Liverpool routes
  3. Island politicians talk tax in Brussels
  4. Updates on Friday 25 January 2019

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  1. Channel Islands overnight weather: Mild and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    There will be clear spells and occasional banks of cloud tonight. Any cloud may be thick enough to produce a little drizzle, however.

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    Jersey weather forecast

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    Guernsey weather forecast
  2. 'Good chance of finding plane on sea bed'

    Mike Wilkins

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Richard Keen

    An experienced diver who has recovered aircraft from Channel Islands' waters says it is likely the missing Piper Pa-46 Malibu which disappeared on Monday will be found.

    An investigation has begun into the missing plane carrying Cardiff City's £15m signing Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson on board.

    Diver Richard Keen said: "I think there's a fairly good chance of finding the aircraft, and I am almost certain it's on the seabed.

    "The aircraft shouldn't be too far from where it's last known position was, but you're never too sure of the facts - it's just a very sad affairs."

    The search near Alderney was called off on Thursday afternoon despite pleas from Emiliano Sala's sister.

    Other aircraft that have ditched around Guernsey were found quickly by crab pot fishermen, whose pots often tangle in aircraft on the sea bed, Mr Keen said.

    Fishermen were known to operate in the area of the plane's last known location, meaning there was around a 50% chance of finding it in the next three months, Mr Keen added.

  3. Messi and Maradona join calls to continue Sala search

    BBC Sport

    Lionel Messi has joined calls from across football to continue the search for missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

    The plane carrying Argentinian, 28, disappeared on Monday near Guernsey and a three-day search of the English Channel was called off on Thursday.

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    Guernsey harbourmaster Capt David Barker said it had been a "difficult" decision to call off the search, but the chances of survival were "extremely remote".

    Players including Manchester City's Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, and Diego Maradona have used the social media hashtag #NoDejenDeBuscar - "do not stop searching".

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  4. Island politicians talk tax in Brussels

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's chief minister and Jersey's minister for external relations have met with an advisor to the European Union's tax commissioner ahead of the publication of the EU's 2019 tax blacklist.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier and Senator Ian Gorst met the representative of Pierre Moscovici today to discuss how the islands have fulfilled their commitments to addressing EU concerns over economic substance, a joint statement said.

    The islands introduced new laws before the end of 2018 after the EU raised concerns about so-called brass plate companies shifting their profits to the low tax islands.

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  5. Reds prepare to face leaders on TV

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds have made two changes as they prepare to face Championship leaders London Irish in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday.

    Both changes come in the backs - Tongan centre Apakuki Ma'afu misses the trip to Reading after being banned for four weeks and is replaced by Mark Best, while Brett Herron is preferred to Aaron Penberthy at fly-half.

    Auguy Slowik celebrates scoring against London Irish

    The game will be the first as director of rugby for Jersey boss Harvey Biljon, who agreed a new contract with the club earlier this week.

    Sunday's 13:45 GMT kick-off is live on Sky Sports and is Jersey's first appearance in front of the TV cameras this season.

    The Reds are the only team to beat last season's relegated Premiership side so far this season. Their 17-14 victory at St Peter in November came thanks to a spectacular try from Auguy Slowik.

    Jersey Reds: Slowik; Worrall, Newey, Best, Van Dam; Herron, Homer; Godfrey, Maddison, Atalifo, Sexton (capt), Beckett, Bartle, Argyle, Venter

    Replacements: Selway, Morley, Rodman,McKern, Upfield, Howley, Penberthy.

  6. Guernsey airline launches Southend and Liverpool routes

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A blue Islands plane in Flybe livery

    Guernsey airline Blue Islands - a franchise partner of Flybe - has launched new routes to London Southend and Liverpool.

    The Southend flights will be daily from Guernsey, commencing in May.

    The Liverpool route will be twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays operating between May and September.

    The airline's CEO Rob Veron said the new flights demonstrated the airline's commitment to serving the Channel Islands.

    Stobart Aviation, which owns London Southend Airport, is part of the £2.2m consortium buying Flybe, subject to shareholder approval.

  7. Les Beaucamps head: 'School needs period of stability'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Les Beaucamps High School needs a period of stability, its recently appointed executive head teacher has said, after inspectors criticised staff retention and absence.

    Liz Coffey, the Executive Head of Guernsey's two secondary schools, has responded to the findings by Terry Carr Consultancy - who conducted the inspection:

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    Video caption: 'School needs period of stability'
  8. Condor cancels French sailings

    BBC Radio Jersey

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    Condor's ferry services between Jersey and St Malo have been cancelled on Saturday due to industrial action by staff at the French port.

    Sunday's sailings have also been cancelled due to a poor weather forecast for the bay of St Malo.

    Meanwhile passengers travelling between Poole, the Channel Islands and France on Friday are also facing disruption because of the weather, with afternoon and evening departures being brought forward to the morning.

  9. New 'rigorous' school inspection produces mixed results

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Les Beaucamps High School in Guernsey has had high levels of staff absence, while the retention of staff has been poor, an inspection has revealed.

    It's the first time a secondary school in the island has been inspected against an updated and more rigorous framework.

    The inspection was carried out by Terry Carr Consultancy, which has a one-year contract to inspect Bailiwick schools.

    Les Beaucamps High School

    However, the report said the school's strengths included students' achievements in English and maths and improvements in science.

    Inspectors also praised the skills and commitment of teachers and staff in student engagement and said behaviour in the school was good.

    From this September, inspections will be carried out by Ofsted, the body which inspects schools in the UK.

  10. Friday's weather for the Channel Islands: Cloudy with patchy drizzle

    BBC Weather

    The morning will be cloudy with occasional drizzle and mist with a risk of fog patches.

    Channel Island Friday am weather map

    However, there's the chance of some brighter spells developing in the afternoon, with maximum temperatures between 8 and 11C (46 and 52F).

  11. Jersey nurses can ballot for strike action over pay

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Royal College of Nursing has said its Jersey members can ballot on strike action, as the dispute over States pay continues.

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    It's the first time the union has ever approved such a vote and the Jersey branch says it will give members a say if talks don't immediately result in an improved offer.

    The States Employment Board, which oversees pay, says it is planning talks with unions to explore ways to resolve the ongoing dispute with public sector workers.