Gef’s Daily Roundup

Football Club Targeted by Vandals

Onchan AFC’s junior setup on Blackberry Lane has been targeted by idiots with nothing better to do than smash up a container used for toilets and storage. The club, which has over 200 junior members from the village, Douglas and further around the island, has previously been targeted at their Nivison Stadium home. The damage is likely to have cost over £600. 


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Adult Learning Disability Jabs

Vaccinations offering protection from serious illness caused by Covid-19 are to be offered to all adults with a learning disability (LD) at an earlier point in the programme than originally planned. The DHSC has chosen the Greenfield Park/Tall Trees day services complex as the vaccination hub, as many adults with a learning disability from across the island regularly enjoy the activities and support provided there. Read more about this here.

Decline in England Covid Cases

There has been a ‘strong decline’ in levels of coronavirus infections in England since January, say scientists tracking the epidemic. Imperial College London’s React study found infections have dropped by two-thirds across England since lockdown began, with an 80% fall in London. But virus levels are still high, with one in 200 testing positive between 4 and 13 February.  This is similar to levels seen in late September 2020.

Northern Ireland to Stay in Lockdown

BBC News NI has reported that the Stormont executive has agreed that lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended until 1 April. But children in primary 1 to primary 3 (aged four to seven) will go back to school in Northern Ireland on 8 March. Restrictions were imposed on 26 December to manage the spread of Covid-19.

Grenfell Inquiry

A technical manager at the maker of the Grenfell Tower cladding told colleagues poor fire test results on the product needed to be kept ‘very confidential’.The request, in capital letters, was in an email sent in 2010 and produced at the public inquiry into the 2017 fire. It was sent by French national Claude Wehrle, an Arconic manager who refused to come to the UK to give evidence.

Arconic’s cladding panels formed the system used at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London, and have been blamed for the rapid spread of the fire, which led to 72 deaths.

Vaccine Film Roadblock

A star-filled video urging people from ethnic minority communities to get the Covid vaccine will be shown across the UK’s main commercial TV channels later.

Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal and Romesh Ranganathan are among the celebrities who feature in the video. It will be screened on ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 at 21:56 GMT. STV and various Sky TV channels will also take part in the TV ‘roadblock’.

The film will not be shown on the BBC because the corporation’s charter prevents it from taking part in campaigns.