Gef’s Daily Roundup

Get registered nan

More than 4,300 island residents over the age of 80 are to be invited to come forward for a vaccination to protect themselves from the effects of Covid-19. 

Letters will be sent to the over-80s from today, along with an information leaflet explaining what is involved in having a vaccine and the vital role it plays in the fight against Covid-19. A separate process is in place for those who live in a care or nursing home.  Residents are asked to respond swiftly to the letter but only those who are able to make their own way to Noble’s are invited to register at this point, further information will be sent to those who need support with travel or are housebound. 
After registering, people are asked to wait for their appointment call, which may be in several weeks.

Alf calls for patience

Treasury Minister Alf Cannan has reminded applicants for the latest round of the Salary Support Scheme that they should not make an application until they have paid their staff for the period to January 31. 

The award is based on confirmation by the applicant that the staff for which they are claiming have been paid, and that the business has suffered a downturn during the period. Businesses which have already submitted a claim for Period 12 will be contacted by email after February 1 to check there are no changes to the application. If confirmation is not received, the application will not be approved.

Niall vs The Special One

This weekend non-league eight tier side Marine FC, based in Merseyside, will be getting an extra 85,000 or so supporters  (give or take a few Spurs fans) as PE teacher/goal scoring hero Manxman Niall Cummins lines up against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. Niall, who put Marine into the third round of the FA Cup with a late winner in the second round, played for Ayre United, Ramsey and RYCOB during his time in Manx football and if he can do it on a wet and windy Saturday at Billy Goat Park, he can certainly do it against Spurs. See how Niall and Marine get on live on BBC 1 this Sunday, kick off is at 5pm.

Brisbane lockdown

Whether you agree or disagree with the gov’s decision to lockdown the island in light of recent Covid cases, they acted quickly and decisively. But even HQ’s gov must be in awe of Brisbane which has gone into a snap three day lockdown after just one new case was confirmed as a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with Covid.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread. Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

Belgian’s Zoom fail

One of the weirder stories of the week, a Belgian politician was caught out by a full length mirror as he appeared on a Zoom call with Belgian Radio 2 this week. Appearing in a rather smart shirt Bart de Wever failed to notice his reflection was revealing to those watching online that he was wearing only his underpants and no trousers. To be fair to him, he fronts it out like a champion, turning the camera to reveal his bare legs below the desk and saying: ‘The year begins with a particularly embarrassing moment. I will remember this for a long time.’