Seven things that happened in the world today that we thought you needed to know:

Santa Claus is coming to town

After Douglas held its Santa Dash on Wednesday, it’s Ramsey’s turn this weekend. Taking place at 11am on Saturday morning the town’s Santa Dash is in aid of the Isle of Man Food Bank and is sponsored by Edgewater Associates. It has been organised by Ramsey Town Commissioners, Ramsey Rugby Club and Northern Athletic Club.

New homes in the north

Staying in Ramsey, property developer Dandara has applied to build 19 new homes at Auldyn Way, Auldyn Walk and Gardeners Lane. If approved, the development would consist of a nursery, a shop with two apartments above it and 17 terraced or semi detached homes, each with two or three bedrooms. Each house would also have two parking spaces each. 

Free festive meals

Again staying up north, the Ramsey Park Hotel is offering free festive lunches to anyone over 70 living in Ramsey, Andreas and Bride. The hotel, owned by three time Grand National winning owner Trevor Hemmings, has already provided over 500 meals this winter to residents living in care homes or sheltered accommodation. Anyone that would like to be included, is asked to call Katrina at the hotel on 818123.

Veep gets the jab

US Vice President Mike Pence has received the Pfiver vaccine live on air in a bid to encourage Americans to take the jab. Mr Pence also announced that the Moderna vaccine is nearing approval and that it could even be granted today. 

UK R number goes up

The R number, which tracks the rate of infection in the UK, is estimated to have gone up to between 1.1 and 1.2, according to government advisers. The UK’s growth rate of Covid is estimated to be between 1% and 4%. Last week, the number was put at 0.9 – 1.0, with a growth rate of -2% to 0% per day.

Blizzard traps 1,000 drivers

In Japan a heavy snowstorm has left more than 1,000 motorists stuck for more than two days. Authorities have distributed food, fuel and blankets to the drivers on the Kanetsu expressway, which connects the capital Tokyo to Niigata. The snowfall has also left more than 10,000 homes in the north and west without power.


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