Shining a light on the island’s sports stars

The Isle of Man Sports Awards will be held in front of a live audience in 2021 to celebrate the achievements of the island’s leading athletes, coaches and teams. Despite the 2020 sporting calendar being limited by Covid-19 restrictions, the evening will return to the Villa Marina on 25 March. Nominations for the 11 categories, including sportsman and sportswoman of the year, have now opened, with people encouraged to put forward names and details of their achievements by January 29. This year the under-21 categories will be combined and a new award in honour of Leonie Cooil will celebrate an individual or individuals who have demonstrated resilience and courage to others within Manx sport.

Tynwald sits tomorrow

The (hopefully) final sitting of 2020 kicks off at 10am tomorrow with Speaker Juan Watterson overseeing proceedings. Statements are due to be made on the most recent developments in the Covid pandemic and the outcome of the Brexit trade negotiations and members will vote on the continuation of new measures announced by the Chief Minister last week. And don’t forget that later in the day at 4pm HQ will lead a Brexit press briefing which will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

South Africa travel warning

Anyone who has visited South Africa in the past few weeks is being asked to call the 111 service and arrange to be tested for Covid-19. A new variant of Covid was detected in South Africa at the beginning of October and has spread rapidly through the country.  On December 22, two cases of the South African variant were detected in the UK. The 111 service is open every day from 8am to 8pm.  There is no charge for this test.

Shetland shutdown

Scotland’s Shetland Islands, off the northern coast, are ‘almost certain’ to go into the toughest Covid restrictions after a rise in cases. The islands have had 30 new cases within the last week with 120 people isolating. About 23,000 people live on the Shetlands and this is its worst outbreak of coronavirus since the pandemic began in March.

Spain to keep anti-vax list

Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa says the country is to create a list of everyone who refuses to take a Covid vaccine and share it with EU member states. Mr Illa said the list would not be made accessible to the public or to employers. Despite this he said that vaccination in Spain will be voluntary. Over 1.8m Spaniards have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic with the country recording over 50,000 deaths from the virus.