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 round where they played Premier League giants Spurs and despite the 5-0 scoreline, did themselves proud in the game shown live on BBC1. The shirt can be found here

Minister Welcomes Union Decision

Education Minister Dr Al has welcomed the news that the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers has agreed to suspend its action short of striking.

Dr Al said: ‘I recognise their concerns and personally thank union members for their trust and support. The DESC and I are dedicated to resolving the ongoing industrial dispute and this announcement demonstrates the commitment of the NASUWT to work with us and the other teacher unions, so we can move forward together and deliver a resilient and student-focused education service that is fit for the future. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with all unions and their representatives to overcome any outstanding areas of concern, and continue to build an education service that we are all rightly proud of.’

Culture Vannin Award

Historian Peter Kelly has been recognised by Culture Vannin for his lifelong contribution to Manx cultural heritage. Mr Kelly has been awarded the RBV – or Reih Bleeaney Vanannan to give it its full title. A well-known figure not only within Manx antiquarian and heritage circles, but also within the wider community. He is recognised far and wide for his research, writing and case-work for the Isle of Man Victorian Society. Congratulations to a proper Manx Legend.

No Glastonbury

Glastonbury has been cancelled for a second year running due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said: ‘With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website.’

Biden Gets to Work

On his first full day as President, Joe Biden is set to sign 10 executive orders to boost the fight against Covid. The aim is for America to give 100 million vaccine doses by the end of April, and reopen most schools safely within 100 days. Vaccine centres will be established at stadiums and community facilities. There will be more funding for state and local officials to help tackle the pandemic, and a new office will be established to coordinate the national response.