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  1. Cushions from missing plane found on French beach
  2. - Search by AAIB to start this weekend
  3. - Family visited Burhou
  4. - Home affairs minister pays tribute to searchers
  5. Updates on Wednesday 30 January 2019

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  1. Weather: Showers to fade before a cold night

    BBC Weather

    Wednesday evening and overnight the showers will tend to fade to leave it dry with clear spells.

    Cloud will tend to thicken into the early hours. A chilly night.

    Minimum Temperature: 1 to 4C (34 to 39F).


    On Thursday any brightness will be short lived as the cloud will continue to thicken bringing rain from the south-west later in the morning.

    The rain may be locally heavy into the afternoon.

    Maximum Temperature: 3 to 7C (37 to 45F).

  2. 'Drink spiking' victim woke up in hospital 'petrified'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A woman who believes her drink was spiked while she out with friends and family in Guernsey has warned people not to drink anything that does not taste right.

    Steff Robilliard fell unconscious and woke up in the emergency department after an evening out with family and friends.

    St John Emergency Ambulance Service has issued guidelines on staying safe while out drinking.

    They say people should let someone know where they are going out and what time they expect to be home, never to leave their drink unattended, and not to accept a drink from someone they do not know.

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    Video caption: Steff Robilliard woke up in the emergency department after an evening out
  3. 'More powers needed' to ensure animal exports continue

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Minister for the Environment believes the island may need to react quickly to changes caused by Brexit to minimise the impact on animal and animal produce exports.

    Deputy John Young is asking the States to give him the power to make "essential" changes to Jersey's animal health, aquatic animal health and animal welfare legislation "as a consequence of Brexit".

    Quote Message: With the likelihood of the UK and EU concluding a withdrawal agreement impossible to predict, Jersey must ensure its legislation is ready for exit day. Furthermore, any future arrangement may not effectively and immediately provide for all relevant areas." from Proposal put to the States of Jersey
    Proposal put to the States of Jersey

    He says the changes are "needed immediately after 29 March 2019, even if a transition period is agreed between the UK and the EU" as without them rising concerns over disease controls would damage trade.

    His proposals says the consequences of failing to make the amendments include:

    • Reduced ability to restrict the import of animals of lower health status, including those from regions where serious diseases are present which are not present in Jersey
    • Reduction in ability to enforce or facilitate appropriate welfare standards during transport.
    • Failure to meet international standards for official controls on national animal health status, including import controls.

    If approved the minister would only be able to exercise the powers until the end of 2020.

  4. Emiliano Sala: Search vessels 'will work together'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    David Mearns, the man leading the private search for the missing plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, says he will work in "close coordination" with the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).

    The AAIB said it would carry out its own underwater search after cushions were found on a beach near Surtainville on France's Cotentin Peninsula, on Monday, by French authorities.

    The plane disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, on board last week.

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  5. 'Essential' survey short about 400 households

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A survey about household expenditure being carried out by the States of Guernsey is asking more households to take part.

    So far about 600 of the 1,000 needed have taken part in the two-week survey, which gathers anonymous information on the goods and services bought by residents and runs until the end of April.

    Quote Message: It's really important to make sure the inflation indices are kept up to date. They have a direct impact on most people's lives through income support payments, pension payments, maintenance payments, rental negotiations, wage negotiations - anything that's indexed linked or negotiations will often use those inflation payments even if they aren't index linked." from Helen Walton Head of Data and Analysis for the States of Guernsey
    Helen WaltonHead of Data and Analysis for the States of Guernsey
  6. BreakingEmiliano Sala: Cushions 'likely' to be from missing plane

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Two cushions washed up on the French coast at Surtainville are "likely" to be from the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

    The AAIB said it was now launching its own search in coordination with the Sala family to "maximise" the chance of locating any wreckage.

    Part of a seat cushion was found on a beach near Surtainville, in Normandy, on Monday, with a second cushion found in the same area later that day, the AAIB said

    "From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft," it added.

    Cardiff City's signing, Sala, was on a flight with pilot David Ibbotson, which disappeared over the English Channel more than a week ago.

  7. Emiliano Sala: Family visits Burhou

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Burhou, viewed from Alderney

    Emiliano Sala's mother has visited Burhou, a small uninhabited island off Alderney.

    On Tuesday, two of the Argentinian footballer's friends and mother Mercedes took a boat to the island, with assistance from Alderney’s harbour authorities.

    They spent around 15 minutes on Burhou, Alderney harbourmaster Mark Gaudion confirmed.

    An earlier search of the island by foot on 24 January found “no trace” of the plane carrying the Cardiff player and pilot David Ibbotson, Guernsey Police said.

    Sala, 28, and Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, were on board a light aircraft that disappeared from radar over the Channel Islands on 21 January.

    After a plea from Sala’s sister not to give up, more than £320,000 has been raised for a private search to continue, led by David Mearns, said to be a renowned shipwreck hunter.

    An underwater search is expected to begin on Sunday, Mr Mearns told reporters.

    Emiliano Sala's family and David Mearns at a press conference

    Images had circulated on social media during the official search prompting speculation that flares were fired from Burhou - later dismissed by searchers.

    Sala's family previously viewed the island by air on Monday during a flight from Guernsey which covered the official search area.

    Burhou sits about 1 mile (1.6km) northwest of Alderney. The protected bird sanctuary is half a mile (0.8km) long and contains a small hut which can be rented by summer visitors.

  8. States pay tribute to searchers for missing plane

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A "desperately sad incident" is how Guernsey's home affairs minister described the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

    Deputy Mary Lowe has praised the previous and ongoing efforts of volunteers and the emergency services in trying to locate the plane, which went missing on Monday, 21 January.

    An official search was called off on Thursday, but a private search began at the weekend.

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    Video caption: Guernsey volunteers and emergency services praised for efforts to locate missing plane.
  9. Snow on Thursday: Crisp and even maybe but not deep

    Jersey may experience some snow on Thursday, according to Jersey Met.

    But don't expect to build a snowman.

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  10. Green light given to plan for 165 new homes in St Helier

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Chief Minister John Le Fondre has been defeated in his attempt to change plans to redevelop Ann Court in St Helier.

    Deputy Steve Luce asked the States to allow the treasury minister to sign the necessary loan papers so that Andium homes can get on with the building 165 homes there.

    He said he was frustrated and annoyed that the plan had been held up for so long.

    Senator Le Fondre had stopped the treasury minister from signing the loan, because he wanted the plan to be changed to halve the number of homes - putting in extra shops and a new States office instead.

    But members, led by the treasury and housing ministers, spoke against the move.

    They voted by 26 votes to 20 to support Deputy Luce, who said the contractors on the site had "spent a lot of time and money... let's just get on and deliver it".

    A spokesman from Andium Homes said the company was pleased with the result.

  11. Rogue employees warning for Guernsey businesses

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Companies in Guernsey need to be vigilant for rogue employees who can pose a risk to their businesses, a lawyer has said.

    The GTA University Centre has teamed up with the law firm to explore how companies should deal with difficult employees.

    Carly Parrott, counsel for offshore law at Carey Olson, says rogue employees are a common problem in Guernsey.

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    Video caption: Carly Parrott says rogue employees are a common problem in Guernsey.
  12. Ten candidates stand in St Helier by-election

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The candidates for the St Helier districts 3/4 on 27 February were confirmed at a nomination meeting on Tuesday:

    • Francesca Ahier
    • John Baker
    • Guy de Faye
    • Lyndsay Feltham (Reform)
    • Inna Gardiner
    • Geraint Jennings
    • Nick Le Cornu
    • Anthony Lewis
    • Andrea Mallet
    • Gordon Troy
  13. About 20,000 EU residents will have to apply to stay

    BBC Radio Jersey

    It's thought there are 20,000 people from the European Union who will have to apply to stay in Jersey after Brexit, the home affairs minister has told the States.

    People from the EU living in Jersey must apply for so-called settled status when the UK leaves the European Union.

    The scheme opens on 11 February.

  14. Manchester flight cancelled due to snow

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Snow has closed Manchester Airport so Aurigny has cancelled its Wednesday morning return flight.

    Passengers are being offered the choice of cancelling or moving to a later flight.

    Aurigny plane