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 UK Government’s announcement about the travel corridor and the possible impact on Isle of Man residents?

  • Julie Edge will ask HQ – If he will make a statement on Genomic testing by the Liverpool Laboratory?

  • Claire Christian will ask Mr Cannan – If he will make a statement about the circuit breaker business support schemes, with special reference to Business Support Scheme, Salary Support Scheme, and MERA?

Unemployment Dropped in December

In December there were 756 people registered as unemployed, down 14 from the previous month. This was up 380 compared to December 2019. This gives the island an unemployment rate of 1.8%. The International Labour Organisation’s estimate is that there were 1,201 people unemployed and looking for work in December 2020, compared with 1,215 in November 2020. This amounts to an unemployment rate of 2.8%. Unemployment has decreased steadily since April 2020, when it reached an over 20 year high of 1,347 people.

Stay Away If You Love the Darts

The Isle of Man International Darts Festival, due to be held in March has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The annual event was due to take place between March 11 and March 14 at the Villa Marina.
Rob Callister MHK said: ‘I know this will be a disappointment to our visiting darts players and fans, as well as the Isle of Man’s own darting fraternity. It has not been possible to find a suitable alternative date for the Festival later in the year so the decision has been made to reinstate the Festival between March 10 and March 13 2022. Further details of which will be released at a later date.’

A Quarantine Down Under

Australia’s Health Secretary Brendan Murphy has said the country is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated as planned. Dr Murphy, who spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March, said he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue ‘for some time’. Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense. England’s cricket team is due to be playing in Australia for this year’s Ashes series in November, but there is talk of delaying the series with a decision due in the coming weeks.

The Terminal

No not the Tom Hanks film, although that is brilliant. A man who was discovered living in Chicago’s O’Hare international airport. Aditya Singh, 36, was arrested on Saturday after airline staff asked him for ID. Mr Singh presented a badge that another worker had reported missing. He told prosecutors he was scared to go home due to Covid and had been living on handouts from passengers. Country Judge Susana Ortiz has criticised airport officials for the security breaches which allowed Mr Singh to live at the airport.