Hey everyone, we hope you had a good weekend, we know it’s tough right now, but we’ll get through this.
A website has been launched today aimed at providing advice, support and information to protect against flooding on the island and comes as part of changes made after the Laxey flood of October 2019. The website iomfloodhub.im will provide information on the risk of flooding from the sea, rivers and surface water in the form of an interactive map. Site visitors can also report incidents of flooding to a system supported by existing response teams within the DoI.
Parents of children who normally receive free school meals are this week receiving vouchers to spend on essential groceries while schools remain closed. The scheme will see eligible parents receive a one-off voucher to cover the three week period – equivalent in value to 15 free school meals. The value of the vouchers will be £35.00 for each primary school child and £44.00 for each secondary school child. The voucher can be used at any Shoprite store before it expires on 31 January 2021. The Coop has also said it will be accepting the vouchers at its stores and that parents can take any children they need to with them into their stores in order to do their shopping. There are currently 2,040 children eligible for Free School Meals.
Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris ‘Next Slide Please’ Witty has warned that the English NHS is facing ‘the worst’ weeks of the pandemic. Prof Witty has urged people in the UK to avoid all unnecessary contact with others. His stark message comes as Boris announced the UK has given out 2.4 million Covid vaccine jabs to about 2 million people. Tens of thousands of more people are due to get a jab this week after seven mass centres opened across England. Some people will have had two vaccines, while the majority have had one. The PM also said the UK gov ‘may have to do more’ if cases continue to rise as rapidly as they have in recent weeks.
Democrats v The Donald
Democrats are continuing in their bid to oust President Trump in the final days before he officially leaves office. The party has now introduced articles of impeachment against Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ and claims he actively encouraged the violence seen at the Capitol Buildings. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats will attempt to impeach Trump for a second time – a first for any US president – if Vice-president Mike Pence and Trump’s White House cabinet do not first evict him under the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution.
Football in Chaos
Top flight football in the UK is in turmoil this week with more players and coaches testing positive across the British Isles. The Premier League has acted by postponing Spurs’ game v Aston Villa and instead saying Jose Mourinho’s side will play Fulham, whose game against Chelsea on Friday has been moved to Saturday. Meanwhile in Scotland champions Celtic, fresh from a controversial trip to Dubai, will have 13 first teams and their manager in isolation for their game against Hibs tonight, with the SPL insisting the game goes ahead.