Month: January 2021

Children’s Mental Health Week

As the island’s children return to school today after the circuit break lockdown children at Manor Park and Anagh Coar primary schools will be learning about the importance of looking after their mental health as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.  Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity and the […]

Ask Your GP About Jabs

Members of the public who wish to raise queries about their vaccination are reminded they should review the Frequently Asked Questions page on the gov.im website for advice, or contact their GP – not seek guidance from 111.  The 111 service has been tasked with registering people for their jabs and booking appointments. The […]

DHSC Returns to ‘New Normal’

Health and care services across the island will return to their pre-lockdown ways of operating when the circuit break restrictions are lifted at 12:01am tonight. Staff and volunteers who have been subject to shielding will be able to return to work and the café, shops, canteen and ward trolley service […]

Post Office to Stay Open

Isle of Man Post Office  has some good news for its customers in Port St Mary. After reaching agreement with the sub postmaster Jeff Calvert to extend the existing contract for an additional period, all services will be maintained until at least July of this year. The sub postmaster of […]

Mending a Broken Heart in Lockdown

Breakups are painful and lockdown is tough. Blend both together and you’ve got yourself a monster cocktail of mentally draining TURMOIL. Heartbreak comes in all kinds of intensities and that’s down to a plethora of variables; how long you were dating, how messy it ended, who dumped who, how the […]

Vax, Dash & Scroll

The gov’s Vax Dashboard has gone live, giving keyboard warriors and genuinely interested people something new to look at. Information on the dashboard includes the total number of people vaccinated in phase 1. This is broken down by the brand of vaccine used, first and second doses, age groups and […]

It Could’ve Been Much Worse

We’ve been lucky on the Isle of Man, from the first warning signs of an outbreak on New Years’ Eve, we’ve acted quickly and mostly quite sensibly, but what has happened around us? Just as we’re heading back out of our own Lockdown 2.0, Guernsey is in theirs, with over […]

Ramsey Rate Increase

Ramsey Town Commissioners have confirmed that residents’ rates are to go up by 1% in the next financial year. A statement said: ‘The new rate shows the Commission’s commitment to maintaining a viable and sustainable financial plan while continuing to invest in the Town and meeting increased costs. The most […]

GOV UPDATE – 29th JAN 2021

HOWARD (NEW PAISLEY TIE), DAVID, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  THANKS FOR JOINING  THANKS FOR TUNING INTO THE PUBLIC Q&A ON WEDNESDAY.  I DIDN’T KNOW SEWAGE COULD BE SO INTERESTING  NUMBERS 14 RESULTS AWAITING 2 NEW CASES, BOTH TRAVELLERS, ALREADY IN ISO 29 ACTIVE CASES NO ONE IN HOSPITAL […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

I Do Like Mondays Good news! Brewers H&B has confirmed that all of its pubs that were open before the circuit breaker lockdown will reopen on Monday. A spokesman said: ‘We’re delighted to announce the reopening of our pubs from Monday 1st Feb. All our pubs will be opening as […]

The Real Ritchie

Dursley McLinden, Many of you will have seen the heart wrenching Channel 4 show, It’s a Sin, written by the wonderful Russell T Davies, but what many of you won’t know is the tragically sad true story behind the character Ritchie Tozer and his links to the Isle of Man.  […]

Order! Order!

There’s an extraordinary sitting of Tynwald on Tuesday, but we haven’t actually had the order paper yet, so that makes a political preview a tad more difficult than it should be. But fear not, the Keys and the MLCs both have a full plate. Legislative Council Starting upstairs for a […]

Don’t Turn up Early for Jab

The public are being asked not to turn up too early for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments. At the Airport Vaccination Hub today, a significant number of people have been arriving at least thirty minutes early for their appointments, with some as early as an hour before, leading to queues. People […]

Douglas Rates up 1.6%

Douglas Council has announced that the rate levy for the 2021-22 financial year has been set at 451 pence, an increase of 1.6% over the previous year. Council Leader David Christian MBE JP delivered his annual review and presentation of the budget, in doing so he said that setting the […]

Airport Hub Opens

The island’s vaccination rollout programme has stepped up a gear with the opening of the airport vaccine hub. Built in the check-in area of Ronaldsway, the hub includes 10 vaccination cubicles, each kitted out with all necessary equipment. The jabs are being administered by nurses from the Health Visiting and […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

A Hole in the High Street When the rest of the island’s shops reopen on Monday, Topshop and Topman will not be one of them. The store’s 11 staff have been made redundant and the process of clearing the store is well underway.  A London based spokesman said: ‘We can […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Quarterbridge Road From 9am on Monday Quarterbridge Road will be made one way between the Quarterbridge Roundabouts and to a point just south of the junction with Selborne Drive. This will be in place until Sunday 28 February. Work to reconstruct the pavement along Quarterbridge Road resumes on Monday having […]

BRIEFING Q&A WITH JAMES DAVIS

HOST: JAMES DAVIS FROM ISLE OF MAN ADVERTISING AND PR FEATURING: KATHRYN MAGSON, DR H AND THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC ANNETTE QN: WHY IS THE IOM VACCINE ROLLOT SO MUCH SLOWER THAN GUERNSEYS? KATHRYN: WE DON’T BELIEVE OUR PROGRAM IS BEHIND, WE STARTED A WEEK LATER THAN GUERNSEY. WE WILL […]

Manx Engineering’s Global Value

Engineering and manufacturing businesses based in the Isle of Man have continued to prove their significance on a global scale as they have stepped up to support the local and international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning their expertise to designing and producing essential medical equipment to help combat the […]

It Could’ve Been Much Worse

We’ve been lucky on the Isle of Man, from the first warning signs of an outbreak on New Years’ Eve, we’ve acted quickly and mostly quite sensibly, but what has happened around us? Just as we’re heading back out of our own Lockdown 2.0, Guernsey is in theirs, with over […]

Through the Keyhole

Keys were back in session this week, with MHKs meeting without their MLC colleagues for the first time in 2021. Here’s a quick brief of what we know from the written questions. No NI Holiday Douglas South MHK Paul Quine asked Treasury Minister Alf Cannan what plans the Treasury has […]

Manxman Plans Progressing

Plans for the Steam Packet’s new vessel, Manxman, due to replace the Ben-my-Chree when she comes into service in 2023, are progressing well. The detailed design of both the external and internal features of Manxman are currently being undertaken by a team of experts. This vital phase is the longest […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Docs in Training GPs will be attending their latest, virtual training session on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 January. As such, routine GP appointments will not be available between 1pm and 6pm. Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently should ring their surgery for an appointment with the on-call […]

IOM GOV UPDATE – 26TH JAN

DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY  THE CHIEF IS BUSY THIS AFTERNOON NUMBERS 0 NEW CASES 10 AWAITING RESULTS  ACTIVE CASES DOWN TO 30  DR HENNY ON THE SITUATION  GOOD NEWS – NO SURPRISE / UNEXPLAINED CASES  CONFIDENT WE HAVE CONTAINED THE TRANSMISSION CHAINS  AS LONG THERE ARE NO NASTY SURPRISES, […]

Vax, Dash & Scroll

The gov’s Vax Dashboard has gone live, giving keyboard warriors and genuinely interested people something new to look at. Information on the dashboard includes the total number of people vaccinated in phase 1. This is broken down by the brand of vaccine used, first and second doses, age groups and […]

Bun Fight on the Buses

The leader of the Liberal Vannin Party has criticised the gov’s plans for elderly residents to travel to the island’s vaccine hubs. Lawrie Hooper was allowed to ask an urgent question in this week’s Keys for how residents will access the hubs at Chester Street and the Airport which turned […]

Island is Failing Victims

An MLC is criticising the lack of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre on island, which has forced victims to travel to the UK without forensics taken from the body – which may result in strong evidence for court cases being lost.  Tanya August-Hanson was due to ask for an update […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Vaccine Scammers Some lowlife scum have been making calls and sending emails about making Covid vaccination appointments. The Police have reminded people how these appointments are made and warned the public to be vigilant for scammers.  A spokesman said: ‘The correct process is:- You will initially only get a letter […]

Order! Order!

After the exciting January edition of Tynwald, it’s back to Upstairs Downstairs this week as MHKs and MLCs have busy order papers. Question Time Starting with questions, Claire Chirstian has an urgent question on domestic abuse during lockdown. In response to this, Justice and Home Affairs Minister Graham Cregeen has […]

The Isle of Man Foodbank

Neal Mellon of the Isle of Man Foodbank The Isle of Man Foodbank, set up and run by Neal Mellon, with a band of volunteers, is providing much needed support for men, women and children across the island. Gef visited the Foodbank this past week, keeping our two metres at […]

Schools Preparing to Open

Plans for the reopening of all Isle of Man schools will step up a gear this week. Schools closed on Thursday 7 January, except for 14 educational hubs maintained for vulnerable children and those of essential workers. This week, local hubs will be created at all primary schools to deliver […]

Covid Support Extended

Covid financial support measures MERA and the Salary Support Scheme have both been extended to assist those who are unable to return immediately to work following the coronavirus circuit breaker lockdown. People who have been able to return to work over the weekend, or who will be returning to work […]

Rally Red Flagged

The Manx National Rally, planned for May 14 and 15, has been cancelled because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Organiser and promoter Manx Auto Sport had been in the advanced stages of planning for the two-day rally which would see a host of competitors from across the UK and beyond […]

Grief in Isolation

Adrian Robinson, who travelled to the UK for his Mum’s funeral and is now back on the Isle of Man, self-isolating for at least two weeks. He has been living on the Isle of Man with his wife and daughter for nearly five years. His mother died in the UK […]

Parents Asked To Keep Children Home Until Schools Reopen

Parents are asked to keep their children at home whenever possible next week ahead of the planned reopening of schools, nurseries and child-minders on Monday 1 February. On Thursday, Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK, announced the Island will begin easing restrictions this weekend with socially distant outdoor meetings permitted and trades allowed to […]

School Gets Quizzical

Braddan School has been delighted to create a weekly Family Quiz that will be run throughout lockdown. Deputy Head Bronwyn Ward told Gef: ‘The reaction to this event has been very positive and brings our IOM community together in a positive way during this time (not only the lockdown, but […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Buy Cummins’ Shirt The shirt worn by the Isle of Man’s very own FA Cup hero in Marine FC’s second round tie versus Havant & Waterlooville is being auctioned on by the club. Cummins scored in the 120th minute of the game to send Liverpool based Marine to the third […]

GOV UPDATE – 21st JAN 2021

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE COMIN MET FOR A CHAT ABOUT THE MEASURES GONNA TAKE YOU THROUGH OUR VIEWS AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR NEXT STEP, BUT FIRST… NUMBERS 0 AWAITING  0 NEW CASES 48 ACTIVE  1 HOSPITAL  NEW FEATURE: DAVID’S TOPICS TOPIC 1 – OVER 80 […]

Overcoming Adversity – Extraordinary Islanders Finalists

Media partnership with Extraordinary Islanders The Overcoming Adversity award, sponsored by Boston, is celebrating the individuals who have demonstrated strength during the pandemic, managing to achieve incredible things while facing their own personal challenges.  Dylan Walton 8-year-old Dylan has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, but that didn’t stop him setting an […]

Tynwald in Brief 2

Over 8,000 Residents Traveled in 2020 A written Tynwald response has revealed that 8,004 island residents were allowed to travel back to the island in 2020. From March 26 to July 20, when the island’s borders were on the Level 5 restrictions, there were 1,556 residents who returned to the […]

Lib Vannin Call for Weed Consultation

Liberal Vannin Party chairman Paul Weatherall has called for a public consultation on recreational cannabis after September’s General Election. The party said that around the world, attitudes are changing towards the “War Against Drugs”, with many jurisdictions either legalising cannabis for recreational use or decriminalising it.  Some, like Portugal, have […]

Can’t We Inject Some Urgency?

The island will continue to follow its planned vaccine rollout schedule, the health minister has confirmed, despite suggestions from MHKs that we should copy the system of other areas. Bill Shimmins MHK, in this week’s Tynwald sitting, suggested to Health Minister David Ashford that if he wants to speed up […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Baby Names The Civil Registry has revealed the most popular first names given to baby girls and boys in 2020 were Ella, Leo and Oliver. Leo, Oliver and Noah were the most popular boys names chosen in 2020, followed by Theodore which was also the most popular boys name in […]

Hospital Availability Changes Daily

There have been days where wards at Noble’s Hospital have had just one free bed each, but the situation changes everyday, the Health Minister has told Tynwald. David Ashford was being quizzed on capacity at Noble’s and why capacity has been lower this winter than it was during the summer. […]

Tynwald In Brief

Area Plan I warned you all it would be back on the radar and well now it is. The Area Plan for the East looks set for its day in court. In a written answer Policy and Reform Minister Ray Harmer confirmed that as of January 12 two claims were […]

A Son’s Tale of Lockdown Travel

Adrian Robinson has been living on the Isle of Man for nearly five years. He works as Head of New Product Development at plan.com and lives with his wife and daughter in Santon. His mother died on 17 December after falling down the stairs and being hospitalised with a dislocated […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Blood Donation Law Change Mooted A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the DHSC is considering changes to laws which prevent homosexual men from donating blood. In its response, the DHSC said: ‘Historically, the UK changed the law due to a new testing protocol for HIV that was impossible […]

It’s Biden Time

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll be aware that Joe Biden will be sworn in tomorrow to replace Donald Trump as President of the USA. Biden beat Trump by winning 306 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 232. Here’s Gef’s guide on what and when to watch […]

Mending a Broken Heart in Lockdown

Breakups are painful and lockdown is tough. Blend both together and you’ve got yourself a monster cocktail of mentally draining TURMOIL. Heartbreak comes in all kinds of intensities and that’s down to a plethora of variables; how long you were dating, how messy it ended, who dumped who, how the […]

Manx Gaelic Gets Extra Protections

Some good news for those who like to greet each other with a fastyr mie and try chat up lines like Vel oo çheet dys shoh dy mennick and By vie lhiat daunsey lhiam?  The gov has received confirmation that Part III of the European Charter for Regional or Minority […]

GOV UPDATE – 18th JAN 2021

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY 12, USUAL LINE UP IS IN THE ROOM / ON ZOOM  COMIN LADS MET THIS AM, WILL TELL YOU ABOUT IT AFTER THE… NUMBERS 12 AWAITING RESULTS  4 NEW CASES 2 TRAVELLERS 2 HIGH-RISK CONTACTS IN ISOLATION  53 ACTIVE CASES VACCINATIONS […]

Blue Monday

Why is Blue Monday known as the ‘most depressing day of the year?  Well, someone once did a calculation that suggested today is the one day of the year when a range of factors collide to make us feel pretty awful. Bad weather, post-Christmas debt, disappointment from failing at New […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Urgent Questions Ahead of this week’s Tynwald sitting, President Steve Rodan has given permission for three MHKs to ask urgent questions, two for Chief Minister HQ and one for Treasury Minister Alf Cannan: Jason Moorhouse is to ask the Chief Minister – If he will make a statement on the […]

Care Home Rollout Starts Monday

Residents of Southlands care home in Port Erin will be the first people on the Isle of Man to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine tomorrow as the rollout moves into care homes. Unlike the Pfizer jab which has so far only been administered for three days a week, the DHSC intends […]

Care Home Visitor Suspension Extended

A suspension on visiting care homes has been extended until the end of circuit breaker lockdown. The DHSC’s homes for older people, dementia care residential units and its learning disability community homes remain closed to all non-essential visitors, to minimise the risk of Covid transmission to residents and staff. Additionally, […]

Schools’ Remote Planning Pays Off

Two primary schools have been able to put well laid plans into action to ensure the kids of Laxey and Dhoon don’t miss out on education during lockdown. The schools, which are in fact run as one school with an executive headteacher, held a webinar for parents to explain the […]

IOM GOV UPDATE – 15TH JAN

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY 9 OF LOCKDOWN 2.0 NUMBERS 12 PEOPLE AWAITING RESULTS  1 NEW CASE FROM A TRAVELLER 39 ACTIVE CASES 1 IN HOSPITAL  MASKS SOME PEOPLE CAN’T WEAR THEM FOR VALID MEDICAL REASONS  PLEASE CONSIDER THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE A LEGIT REASON, JUST […]

Changes Made to Business Support

Changes have been made to the Circuit Break Lockdown Coronavirus Business Support Scheme to provide support to more businesses and the self-employed. The revised scheme provides eligible businesses and self-employed persons with a £1,500 grant towards business overheads where they have been adversely affected by the circuit break lockdown measures. […]

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

GPs are continuing to embrace Covid working to cut down on the number of people needing to visit their surgery. What Happens Now? Patients who want to make an appointment with their GP should call the surgery in advance to arrange an appointment, which may be conducted on the phone, […]

What to Watch

Last lockdown we were all enthralled with Tiger King. Thankfully the misery of that show has evaded us this time around, but what else is there to make sure everyone can find something to watch? Period Dramas If you like your fancy frocks and horse carriage based pieces, you can’t […]

Many Questions

A rare treat for Tynwald members next week as they have a captive audience of about 85,000 members of the Great Manx Public and boy have they come prepared as they deliver a whopping 64 questions, 33 of which are due an oral (not giggling, this is serious parliamentary business) […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Homes for Former Military Site The DoI has applied to build new homes in Jurby on the Former Military Camp Site adjacent to the Bretney Estate. The plan includes 21 new homes, including three public sector bungalows, a ‘Community Hub’ with a community garden, four green houses, 10 hobby/small business […]

No Shortage of Meds

Patients who have regular repeat prescriptions are asked not to request additional supplies of their medication or to ask for it any sooner than it is due. In line with instructions from the DHSC, GPs will only prescribe a normal supply of medication, and will not provide a repeat prescription […]

TTM: 20 Minutes with David Ashford

Sam sat down (via Zoom) with Health and Social Care Minister David Ashford MBE and discussed a variety of topics surrounding the ongoing pandemic. Sam and David spoke about why the vaccine roll out is being done in the way it is, why we are better getting our share via […]

The Jane Continues to Deliver

The Jane Crookall maternity unit is reassuring expectant mothers that care is continuing to the same high standard as normal but with restrictions on visiting. Guidelines are in place to protect patients and staff during the Covid restrictions and are in line with Noble’s visiting criteria which allows only one […]

New Covid Symptom Added

The gov has tonight added shortness of breath to the list of symptoms for Covid-19 and released the details of new locations that pose a low risk of the virus. Shortness of breath was added today by the DHSC’s Clinical Advisory Group in line with European Centre of Disease Prevention […]

Love at First Show

Campaign in conjunction with VillaGaiety Here at Gef, we’ve been shot by cupid’s arrow and are feeling the lurrrvvv 😍 With Valentine’s just around the corner, we’ve teamed up with VillaGaiety to share the love with our Love at first show campaign. We’re craving some stories that aren’t to do […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Manx Students Fees Fixed Manx uni students will pay home fees to attend all English universities and colleges from 2021 after clarification was received from the UK Government. An increasing number of higher education institutions in England had indicated to the Isle of Man Government that they were planning to […]

Control and Change

In the face of sudden or large-scale change, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of worrying excessively about things that are beyond our control. Dealing with any new situation or environment is often going to be uncomfortable or stressful, however the ongoing situation with regards to […]

GOV UPDATE – 13th JAN 2021

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY ON ZOOM WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY 7 OF LOCKDOWN 2.0 NUMBERS 1 PERSON AWAITING TEST RESULT 127 WAITING FOR TESTS 8 NEW CASES 4 LINKED TO EXISTING CLUSTER 3 TRAVEL RELATED 1 UNKNOWN / SPORADIC 36 ACTIVE CASES 1 IN HOSPITAL DAVID SOZ FOR CONFUSION […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Image credit: Isle of Man Constabulary Cop News The Police have announced the roll out of its new Covid Response Unit. The unit, led by Sergeant Lee Wright, provides a response to those in isolation having returned to the island, or having been directed to isolate by 111 or the […]

Testing Times

Cast your minds back to the start of March 2020, when we began to see cases of Covid stack up in the UK and questions were being asked surrounding what happens when the virus would come to the island. This was before we were testing for the virus on our […]