Month: March 2021

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Farmers’ Grants Farmers will have access to a wider range of grants from 1 April with the launch of the Agri-Environment Scheme. The new scheme introduces targeted funding options that encourage active farmers to implement changes on their land with outcomes that will see an efficient and productive food chain […]

Inspirational Anna

A quite remarkable woman is tackling a solo triathlon later this year and raising funds for a charity that has supported her. Anna-Lucia Parker, who lives with the auto-immune disease lupus, is racing in the Solo Sprint Triathlon, which is due to be held in Ramsey on May 8th. She […]

Farewell Frisco

Curraghs Wildlife Park is mourning the loss of their ‘old lady’, Frisco the red panda. Frisco was sadly put to sleep today. At over 17 years and 8 months old, the park said she was ‘exceptionally old for a Red Panda’. The average age red pandas live to is 14 […]

MSR Goes Zooming On

The school holidays are traditionally when Manx Sport & Recreation runs a variety of sports schools all across the island, but obviously this Easter it won’t be able to do that. Instead, it has decided it will run free Zoom classes for children and their families covering everything from dance […]

DoI Review Due Next Month

An independent review of the capacity and capabilities of the DoI is due to report at the end of next month. It is being carried out by management consultants Beamans, which previously delivered a report into the island’s education system that led to changes being implemented in the DESC. Chief […]

Ambassadors for Manx Sport

Fifty one athletes will receive Isle of Man Sport Aid (IoMSA) scholarships this year through a programme that will see them act as sporting ambassadors for the island. Recipients will receive financial support to help with travel and equipment and access to facilities at the Isle of Man Sport Institute […]

Union Doubts Gov Sincerity

Unite the Union has said the gov’s comments about safety measures on its buses ‘are not done with sincerity’.  Regional Officer Debbie Halsall was responding to comments made by Bus Vannin earlier today. She has said that drivers were told to clean down buses themselves and that Bus Vannin management […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Education to be ‘Personalised’ Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson has said his department is in the process of devising new strategic objectives that will guide the functioning and outcomes of the education service over the next five years’. In response to a question from Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper, he added: […]

Support Bubbles

Adults who live alone and lone parents and their children can now “team-up” with one other household when they feel they need support. CoMin agreed the change yesterday following the announcement that the current COVID-19 measures will stay in place until at least 6 April.  A person living on their […]

When Will It End?

The Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee – Prom Scheme Tim Baker DOI Minister  Nick Black CEO DOI Main scheme delayed by January lockdown and ongoing circuit breaker ‘Need to focus in the main job and get that finished’ November feasible time to look at the Horse Tram  The people […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

House Prices Policy and Reform Minister Ray Harmer has told Tynwald the provisional figures for 2020 house prices shows inflation of 6.5%. The figures, released after a request from Speaker Juan Watterson. The highest quarterly inflation was in Q1 in 2020 at 7.1% and this had dropped to 4.2% by […]

Ramsey Bin Men Isolating

One of  Ramsey Town Commissioners’ refuse collection teams are self-isolating after a positive Covid-19 test.  One member of the team developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus.  The other two crew members in the working “bubble” have been contact-traced, advised to self-isolate, and will also be tested.   Due […]

Green Living Grant

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot says his department is working to introduce a substantial energy efficiency scheme. The scheme will aim to help lower the emissions from homes on the island, which make up the biggest single portion of our carbon emissions. He explained: ‘The details are yet to be finalised […]

Fly Tippers Face Heavy Fines

People are being warned that fly-tipping will not be tolerated after a number of cases were reported on the island in recent weeks. Police and local authorities have taken to social media to share images of illegally discarded rubbish at local beauty spots including furniture, household waste and glass bottles. […]

Tynwald Question Time

Tynwald was back this week with members quizzing ministers on topics including school lunches, online degrees and medicinal cannabis. Julie Edge – On how many occasions in the last 12 months the published primary school meals menu has not been provided? Dr Al – From March 24 2020 to May […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Committee to Question Prom Works The Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee will be hearing evidence from DoI Minister Tim Baker and CEO Nick Black this week. The first part of the hearing will focus on the Douglas Promenade Scheme, and the second part will address matters relating to the […]

Building Control Regs Delayed by Covid

Proposed changes to building control fees and charges have been delayed for a second time due to coronavirus restrictions and pressure facing the construction industry. The Building Control (Fees) Regulations 2021 were due to be considered by Tynwald on Tuesday and could have seen fees increased by 4% from 1 […]

Unemployment Fell in February

Unemployment fell in February, down to 822, however these figures are from before the most recent lockdown began. The number of registered unemployed increased by 433 compared with February 2020, but the unemployment rate for February 2021 has fallen to 1.9% compared with 2.4% in the previous month January 2021.  […]

Thorntons Store to Close

A spokesman for Thorntons has confirmed the closure of its Douglas store. The chocolatier is to shut all of its 61 stores across the UK, putting 603 jobs at risk as it plans to move its operations online and focus on selling its products through supermarkets and other stores.. Speaking […]

Kinrade Appointed Education CEO

Graham Kinrade has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Department of Education, Sport and Culture on a permanent basis. In the position he will be responsible for more than 2,300 staff and a budget of £115 million. Mr Kinrade joined the department as a teacher in 1987 […]

Win an iPad with Gef x Manx Telecom

MANXIES! Have we got a treat for you! In our third lockdown, we’re bringing you a truly excellent prize, perfect for lockdown and beyond. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Manx Telecom to give away a 32GB iPad, in a gorgeous space black. A truly stylish prize.  Look, it’s […]

Terms Published for Steam Packet Review

The terms of reference for the review into self-isolation requirements for Steam Packet crews have been published. Stephen Hind, the Director of Audit Advisory in the Treasury, has been appointed to conduct the review. The Treasury is the sole shareholder of the Steam Packet. The gov says that the review will […]

Covid Support to Continue Through Lockdown

Financial Assistance will be extended until the end of the current lockdown, the gov has confirmed. Chief Minister Howard Quayle today confirmed that lockdown will continue until at least 00.01am on Wednesday March 31. The Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance (‘MERA’), which provides individuals and the self-employed who are made redundant, […]

Housing and Economic Stability will be Critical Post Covid

The Treasury Minister has told Gef that the island’s finances are in a secure position and indicated where he sees gov spending priorities post pandemic. Despite claims by some people online, Alf Canan said the island was financially well prepared for this lockdown, saying ‘absolutely, we can afford it’. He […]

Food Delivery Support Available

People who find themselves unable to shop for food and essential supplies due to coronavirus restrictions are being made aware of support available to them.  Currently more than 3,200 people have been asked to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and many more vulnerable people are shielding at home, making it difficult […]

IoM Gov Briefing – 15th March

Howard, David, Dr Al, Dr Ewart Well good afternoon everyone  Thank you for staying at home over the weekend, I know it isn’t easy NUMBERS All tests have been processed – no awaiting results 29 new cases 847 Active Cases 14 in Hospital HOWARD Trend is a downturn – Positive […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Is Your Banking Critical? The Isle of Man Bank issued texts today asking customers to ‘only enter the branch if your visit is absolutely critical’.   It added: ‘This could be for urgent cash transactions or to report fraud. Most day to day banking can be done via online or mobile […]

Could Laxey Get Pumped?

Manx Utilities has said it may consider pumping Laxey and Garff’s waste to Onchan in order to connect to the IRIS system, despite previously rejecting that proposal. Raw sewage is currently pumped through pipes into the sea at Laxey. MU is seeking suggestions for sites suitable for locating pumping stations […]

Many Questions

Tynwald is back again tomorrow and there is, as ever, a long list of questions for Ministers. Cannabis The most eye-catching questions come from Garff MHK Daphne Caine, who is seeking updates on the island’s position on cannabis. Mrs Caine is going to ask Health Minister David Ashford: ‘What plans […]

Women of Mann – Doorstep Vigil for Sarah

Content warning: This release mentions harassment, violence and murder. The Women of Mann are inviting residents of the Isle of Man to join a doorstep vigil on Monday 15th March at 9.30pm in tribute to Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old marketing executive whose killing has sparked worldwide conversation about violence against […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Darkness into Light Isle Listen has been chosen by the Irish suicide prevention charity, Pieta, to be their Isle of Man charitable beneficiaries for their 2021 Darkness Into Light event to be held on the island on May 8. The global event is held each year at sunrise, as a […]


Howard, David, Dr Henny Well good afternoon everyone. Sad news that another member of our community has lost their life to Covid-19 My heart goes out to family and friends. Sincere condolences The unhappy fact is that Covid has taken so many lives around the world We have now tragically […]