Gef’s Daily Roundup

Home Vaccines Begin

Today, the vaccination rollout began for housebound patients. Beatrice Quirk, aged 97 from Douglas said she didn’t feel a thing. She was vaccinated by Anna Quirk (no relation), a Senior Nurse in the Community Nursing team.

Patient Transfer’s Executive Lounge

Patients returning from hospital appointments in the UK have a comfortable venue in which to wait for their flights home. Coronavirus restrictions in the UK mean that patients must leave hospital after their appointment and should arrive at the airport no more than two hours before their flight – and for some, this has left a question over where to spend time between the two venues.

Now, all patients from the Isle of Man travelling through Liverpool for their appointments, will have access to the privately-run XLR lounge at Liverpool Airport. The agreement between the Patient Transfer service and XLR provides a safe and peaceful area for patients to wait for their flight, where they are welcome to use the facilities and enjoy light refreshments.   

The lounge, situated in a separate building a short distance from the main terminal, will be available from Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. All patient transfer patients picked up by Comcabs after their appointment will now be taken directly to the XLR lounge if they arrive at the airport earlier than their check-in allows. Those who are arranging their own transport should contact the Patient Transfer team who will arrange access to the lounge. Once the check-in desk is open, transport will be available to take patients to the terminal building. 

Minister David Ashford said: ‘We understand that people may be concerned about having to travel to the UK during the pandemic, so knowing that we can offer a comfortable, secure and convenient place to wait is great.’

Gambling Licence Granted

Online sportsbook Lord of the Pot has been granted a B2C licence by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. 

Aimed at esports and sports fans, LOTP has entered the ‘final stages of preparation’ to launch its content via the necessary approval from the regulator. Furthermore, the sportsbook operator was supported during the licensing process by Amber Gaming to ensure that it was compliant with regulations. 

A spokesperson said: ‘The Isle of Man sets that standard when it comes to licensing online gambling organisations and with its understanding of the Asian market, it was the perfect fit for our business.’

Josem’s Figures

Liberal Vannin Party secretary Michael Josem has produced a chart which shows the island’s vaccine rate compared to that of the UK, Republic of Ireland and the other Crown Dependencies.

He said: ‘As of Sunday 7 February, the Isle of Man has administered 13.9 doses per 100 people. England has administered 19.1 doses per 100 people, ahead of Wales (18.8), Northern Ireland (17.0) and Scotland (15.6). The three EU nations have administered from 4.2 doses per 100 people (Ireland) to 5.0 (Iceland) to 8.2 (Malta).

‘For the first time, the Isle of Man administered more than 4,000 vaccine doses in a week, with 4,057 doses being administered in the week ending 7 February. That’s a slight rise from 3,993 the previous week (the week ending 31 January).’Li


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Trump on Trial

He’s back! Well, kind of. Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial has begun in the US Senate, the first time a president has gone on trial after leaving office. He faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection” in a speech to supporters ahead of a deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6. Trump’s legal team has called the trial ‘absurd and unconstitutional’ on the basis that he has already left office.

Brexit Worse than Feared

The boss of one of Britain’s big retailers says Brexit has turned out to be ‘considerably worse’ than he feared.

Peter Cowgill, chairman of JD Sports, said the red tape and delays in shipping goods to mainland Europe meant ‘double-digit millions’ in extra costs.

He told the BBC JD Sports may open an EU-based distribution centre to ease the problems, which would mean creating jobs overseas and not in the UK.