In a week when Serpent, Reef and MHKs got additional funding, we’ve got the latest skeet…
Brand new head teacher for Ramsey Grammar
With Annette Baker retiring next year, Ramsey Grammar have appointed a new head teacher , Sarah Findlater. Devon-born Mrs Findlater has an impressive C.V, having worked in schools in London, United Arab Emirates and, most recently, Malaysia. She is also an author, having written books on her profession, and articles on teaching in the Guardian. We wish her the best in her new role on the island, and hope it doesn’t take her too long to acclimatise to the glorious Manx weather.
Moves to make island electric
Manx Utilities are moving forward with the infrastructure to support low emission surface transport on the island, in line with the net zero carbon emission goal that the island is aiming for by 2050. Currently, there are approximately 400 all-electric vehicles registered on island, with 37 charge points currently available on the island. The EU target is one public available charging point per 10 electric vehicles. A further 30 charging points are planned for Douglas prom.
This week, Tynwald voted to boost the MHK’s base rate of pay (the minimum earning of MHKs, with additional salaries for becoming ministers, chairmen or members of departments). The basic rate will rise from £43,479 (plus £7,400 for no questions asked expenses) to £65,098, which now includes their expenses as part of their salary. There will also be extra cash for the next Chief Min (30%), their Ministers, the President and the Speaker (15%), and all board chairmen (5%). With these pay rises taking effect after the general election in September, it’s certainly tempting to run as an MHK…
Record turnout to the light switch-on
Manxies once again made the most of our Covid-free status by turning out in record numbers to the Douglas Christmas light switch on. The event saw over 8,000 people turn up for the festivities, which included an outdoor cinema playing The Snowman, an ice sculpture and live music.
Flumes get their extra funding
While it may feel like 10,000 years since we were last able to slide down Serpent and Reef, there’s been some developments with Tynwald agreeing to spending the extra 227k to fix the flumes. With many MHKs describing the delay of the flumes as embarrassing. The additional monies will go towards fixing the staircase.
Local model signs contract
The island has a model in its midst, with 12 year old Gracie Kitchin having just been signed with Select Model Management in London, as one of their future faces. Select is one of the world’s biggest modelling agencies, and have represented some superstar models like Sienna Miller and Sofia Richie.
Sam Barks to perform at the Royal Variety Performance
This year’s Royal Variety Performance, held at the Blackpool Opera House, will include a performance by Laxey girl Sam Barks, with a song from Frozen the Musical. Earlier this year, it was announced that Sam was cast as your four year old’s favourite disney princess, Elsa.
In this week’s update, HQ announced that the new household isolation laws came into place, with 133 residents signing up for the accommodation scheme. Ashy also announced that he had shredded that letter (no update on whether he recycled) and that he’s also got a huge cyst on the back of his kneecap. Read the update here.
IOM C-19 weekly figures
Since the last government update, there have been five new cases of Covid-19, three of which were related to the preexisting cluster, and two relating to off-island travel.
Total number of active cases: 11