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 confirm that the Topshop store in Douglas will be permanently closing.’ The news is a sad one, not only for those of us who like to buy comfy jeans, but most importantly for the staff who have lost their jobs.

Search for New Gov Begins

The island’s search for the next Governor to replace Sir Richard Gozney is on. A job listing on the gov’s careers website says the role comes with ‘an official residence and a salary of £108,208’. 

It adds: ‘The role involves working closely with the Isle of Man Government to promote the island’s interests at public and social events, representing The Queen on ceremonial occasions and hosting Royal and VIP visits at the official residence, Government House. The Lieutenant Governor is also required to perform a range of executive functions and to exercise delegated authority to give Royal Assent to primary legislation brought forward by the island’s parliament, Tynwald.’

Buddying Up

The island’s favourite environmentalist, Beach Buddies founder Bill Dale has been talking to an American audience about the charity’s success. Bill took part in an interview with members of the University of Central Florida for its Global Perspectives website. Bill started Beach Buddies in 2006 after walking his dog and finding a huge amount of plastic. From cleaning one beach, Bill has gone on to organise hundreds of beach cleans, with thousands of residents volunteering. Bill also speaks to the island’s schoolchildren and says it is ‘the most important’ part of the work he does. See the full interview here

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Douglas Council has confirmed that its recycling bin collections will start up again from Tuesday. A spokesman said the kerbside collections will begin with Round 7 and asked that: Any glass is placed in one container, Mixed tin cans/plastics placed together in another container, Paper and brown cardboard in another.

Poland’s Abortion Ban Comes In

One giant step backwards for mankind, Poland’s controversial aboriton laws, effectively banning them, came into force at midnight last night. The move was first passed in October and has caused mass protests since. The law states that abortion is only allowed in the most extreme cases, when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or if it puts the mother’s life in danger.
Reuters reports that one protester, Gabriela Stepniak, said: ‘I want us to have our basic rights, the right to decide about our bodies, the right to decide what we want to do and if we want to bear children and in what circumstances to have children.’