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Summary

  1. Warning over lack of supplies under a no-deal Brexit
  2. Strike causes changes to ferry timetable
  3. Third election candidate appears in expenses case
  4. GSPCA welcomes ban of 'potentially lethal' pesticide
  5. Oiled birds rescued from Guernsey coastline
  6. Watson faces Martic in Australian Open
  7. Updates on Thursday 10 January 2019

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  1. Strike forces school lunchtime closures

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Details of which schools are affected by next week's public sector strikes have been released by Jersey's government.

    Head teachers have written to parents and carers about the planned industrial action, which is expected to see teaching assistants strike on Monday between 11:30 and 14:00 and civil servants on Tuesday.

    Primary schools, nurseries and some secondary schools are closing during lunch times.

    Hundreds of workers are to strike again next week in a dispute over pay and conditions.

  2. 'No-deal will see islands' food supply dry up'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Congestion at Portsmouth's port under a no-deal Brexit scenario will lead to "enormous" problems for the Channel Islands' food supply, Sir Vince Cable has warned.

    The Liberal Decmocrat leader visited the port - which supplies the majority of the Channel Islands' food and medical products - on Tuesday.

    Sir Vince Cable and leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson
    Image caption: Sir Vince Cable with leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson

    Yesterday, Sir Vince told MPs the port was a "lifeline" to the Channel Islands.

    "If trade is obstructed at the port because of the need to comply with veterinary requirements, phytosanitary requirements and things of that kind, lorries will be obstructed and fresh produce will not be able to get through," he said.

    "Quite apart from the disruption to traffic, the whole system of agricultural trade and the supply of food to the Channel Islands will simply dry up."

    "We have an enormous practical problem resulting from this," he added.

    Yesterday, Guernsey's government said it was working to ensure the security of supply of foods, medicines, fuels and chemicals.

    On Monday, Jersey's chief minister will set out the island's no-deal plans.

  3. Condor Ferries passengers face strike disruption

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Condor Ferries passengers are set to face disruption due to industrial action by States of Jersey employees.

    The firm has altered its sailings on Monday, 14 January as a result of the planned strike.

    The two high-speed departures from St Malo to Jersey at 08:00 and 12:30 are being combined into one sailing at 11:50.

    It will also be re-routed via Guernsey to allow passengers to arrive in Jersey after clearing customs in St Peter Port.

    Quote Message: We are disappointed that the action being taken at such short notice is affecting the travel of our passengers. Condor is endeavouring to offer our customers the best possible alternative options in face of this disruption through third party industrial action." from Paul Luxon CEO, Condor Ferries
    Paul LuxonCEO, Condor Ferries
  4. Oiled birds rescued from Guernsey coastline

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    oiled bird

    The GSPCA says a number of oiled birds have been rescued from Guernsey's coastline this week.

    In the last five days, oiled guillemots have been brought in from Grande Rocques, Saints Bay, Castle Emplacement, Salerie Corner and near the smelly pond.

    The charity has also received reports of "heavy oil deposits, some saucer sized" around Pembroke and L'Ancresse.

    Quote Message: We have now helped six oiled guillemots and been made aware of others along the coast which can fly but have oil on their feathers. Two of the six are in intensive care units but four have been so badly affected we were unable to save them. If you see an oiled bird please call us immediately as if you try to chase and catch it they will often try and make it back out to sea." from Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager
    Steve ByrneGSPCA Manager
  5. Historic lifeboat to be restored

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It was a familiar sight to many, bobbing up and down in Guernsey's Grande Harvre Bay for decades, before it disappeared.

    Now, the old lifeboat which was a familiar site to residents in the north of the island has been tracked down by a nearby hotel owner.

    The lifeboat

    Ian Walker from the Peninsula Hotel now plans to restore and display the lifeboat, which served in the 50s, after finding it in St Sampson's harbour "in a very sorry state".

    It was previously bought by a local entrepreneur, who reportedly said he would restore it.

    The lifeboat will be displayed outside the hotel's entrance.

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    Video caption: Ian Walker on restoring the lifeboat
  6. Third election candidate appears in expenses case

    Freddie Miller

    BBC Jersey political reporter

    Deputy Hugh Raymond (left), Bernard Manning (centre) and Deputy Scott Wickenden (right) arrive at court
    Image caption: Deputy Hugh Raymond (left), Bernard Manning (centre) and Deputy Scott Wickenden (right) arrive at court

    A third candidate from Jersey's 2018 election has appeared at the island's Magistrate's Court charged with failing to declare election expenses.

    Bernard Charles Manning, 59, appeared alongside sitting deputies Hugh Raymond and Scott Wickenden.

    They are alleged to have failed to declare expenses and donations within 15 working days of the election last May.

    If found guilty they could all face fines, while the sitting deputies will lose their seats.

    The trio were bailed and are due to appear back in Jersey's Magistrate's Court on 31 January.

  7. 'Potentially lethal' pesticide ban welcomed

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A compound found in pesticides used by gardeners against slugs and snails is being banned in Guernsey.

    Products containing the active ingredient Metaldehyde will be banned from sale from 30 June 2019 and its use prohibited a year later.

    The Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has welcomed the news as the compound is "extremely dangerous to our wildlife as if consumed can be lethal".

    Hedgehog

    Manager Steve Byrne said: "Each pellet often contains other ingredients palatable to hedgehogs which they then ingest and can lead to a painful death."

    He said: "With 106 sick and injured hedgehogs in our care currently and 472 through the doors last year these 4 legged spikey garden friends that naturally help with clearing garden pests such as slugs and snails are the real lucky ones with this ban."

    Mr Byrne said other wild animals, birds and even farm animals will also benefit as they are all at risk of poisoning from Metaldehyde if consumed.

  8. Watson faces Martic in Australian Open

    BBC Sport

    British number two Heather Watson, who is ranked 93 in the world, faces world number 31 Croatian Petra Martic in the first round of the Australian Open.

    On Monday Watson went out in round one of the Hobart International - beaten 6-1 6-4 by Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.

    Heather Watson at the Hobart International
  9. Weather: Mainly dry but chilly

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    The weather in the Channel Islands will be mainly dry on Thursday with some sunny spells, but feeling chilly.

    Emily Wood

    It is then expected to continue mostly dry through the afternoon, but cloud will gradually thicken. Feeling chilly. Maximum Temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    Thursday evening and for most of the night it will be mostly cloudy with some patchy light rain or drizzle possible. However, there could be some clear spells developing towards the end of the night.