Manx Fishing Not Affected by EU Ban
A ban on UK fishermen exporting their live catch in the EU without processing it will not affect the Isle of Man. A gov spokesman said: ‘The Isle of Man fishing industry is not affected as we do not currently export live bivalves (mussels, oysters, clams, cockles or scallops) to the EU.
‘Wild caught scallops destined for the EU are landed and processed on the Island by local fish processors in accordance with EU Regulations. Scallops taken from our local fisheries are growing wild and harvested from deep water beds, and the Isle of Man does not, therefore, have any classified production areas; meaning that further purification is not required prior to sale.’
Urgent Keys Questions
Douglas East MHK Chris Robertshaw and Douglas South MHK Clare Christian have been granted leave to ask urgent questions in tomorrow’s Keys sitting. Mr Robertshaw will ask The Chief Minister what provision the JCVI guidelines make for protecting essential services such as the Steam Packet service and responding to the likelihood of transmission of Covid Infection? And Mrs Christian will ask DfE Minister Laurence Skelly.
Care Home into Flats
A former care home in Laxey could be developed into flats, if planners back the scheme. Crystal Care Limited is seeking to convert the former Glen House Residential Home, New Road, Laxey into 10 flats with a separate outbuilding being converted into a single dwelling. The 23 bed care home has been closed for a number of years.
In 2020, the gov refunded £10.9m of VAT on the import of aircrafts into the European Union via the Isle of Man. The figure was released after an FoI request. It revealed that two people applied for refunds between October 1 and December 31, both of which were successful.
Liberal Vannin Targeting Constituencies
Liberal Vannin has embarked on its 2021 publicity drive to let voters know what the party stands for. A spokesman said: ‘We are also encouraging people to get involved in politics on the island, by joining or supporting Liberal Vannin. Leaflets are being delivered one constituency at a time, starting in the North this month with Ayre & Michael ‘With local elections in April and the General Election for the House of Keys in September our message to voters is simple: “You can make a difference!”.’
The party’s leaflet for the constituency can be seen on its website www.liberalvannin.im.
Jersey – Guernsey Airbridge Suggested
A Jersey minister has said that Guernsey’s latest outbreak might mean that now was the right time for the islands to align their policies. Jersey’s Environment Minister John Young has suggested that the islands could now look at introducing a Jersey-Guernsey travel corridor, once cases have reduced. Guernsey is now in its third week of lockdown. While the number of new cases in the second outbreak have been rising, the number of new cases has dropped in recent days. There are currently more than 360 active cases in Guernsey, compared with 59 in Jersey.
Deputy Young said that now was the time to introduce common policies and create trust between the islands.
Jersey has not applied the same border restrictions as the Isle of Man and Guernsey, so it remains to be seen what impact any potential air bridge would have on our own relationship with the Channel Islands.
Min Aung Hlaing, the man who led a military coup in Myanmar (also known as Burma), has said the election victory by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, had been unfair. The military seized power last week and declared a year-long state of emergency in Myanmar with power handed over to Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
Ms Suu Kyi and senior leaders of her National League for Democracy Party (NLD), including President Win Myint, have been put under house arrest.