Gef’s Daily Roundup

Budget Day

Check out our socials and gef.im to see loads of coverage of and reaction to today’s Budget.

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies will be taking to Douglas beach this weekend as the charity seeks to tidy up the seafront after our recent stormy weather. Founder Bill Dale said: ‘We will be holding the event on Sunday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon, with a different meeting point this time, due to the ongoing promenade works scheme. Volunteers are asked to meet at the northern end of the promenade at the slipway opposite the Regency Hotel.

‘There is a massive amount of rubbish to be collected from amongst the large piles of seaweed, and we advise that wellies might be the best footwear option, or waterproof walking boots. It’s not going to be a day for shorts and trainers!’

TT Homestay Rollover

Visit Isle of Man has announced the rollover of Homestay registrations following the cancellation of the 2021 TT Races which were due to take place from Saturday May 29 to Saturday June 12. 

All currently registered hosts will be contacted by email (or post where no email address is held) with full details of the above. Any registered hosts that do not receive this correspondence can contact the MiQuando Homestay team (please check junk/spam folders first).

Homestay hosts wishing to rollover their registration should inform MiQuando as soon as possible by contacting hosts@iomhomestay.com.

Those who wish to cancel their registration should inform MiQuando by completing and returning this form: https://homestay.miquando.com/content/forms/Homestay_TT2021_Cancellation_Form.pdf

Lib Vannin Seeking Candidates

With local and national elections coming up in the next few weeks and months, the Liberal Vannin Party is seeking candidates. For an informal discussion about standing for election, contact: Lib Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper, MHK  lawrie.hooper@gov.im or 473478 pr Paul Weatherall, Chairman, paul.weatherall@manx.net 479436.

Moves to Restrict N.Ireland Abortions

The DUP (remember them?) has proposed a new law to prevent abortions being carried out in NI in cases of non-fatal disabilities. N. Ireland’s abortion laws were only updated last year following legislation passed in Westminster. 

There is no time limit for terminations when there is a “substantial risk” a fetus would suffer a severe mental or physical impairment. Campaigners have argued the law allows abortions without time limit for conditions such as Down’s syndrome. A private member’s bill brought by Paul Givan, backed by disability rights campaign group Don’t Screen Us Out, is seeking to overturn the law.

Scottish Kids Going Back to School

Scottish Leader Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the country’s youngest pupils will be returning to school from next Monday. Other age groups will continue to learn from home, apart from some secondary pupils who need to complete coursework. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was unlikely that any other pupils would return to school before 15 March at the earliest.