Gef’s Daily Roundup

Hub Costs

An FoI request has revealed that over £71,000 has been spent on equipment needed for the island’s vaccine hubs. The total bill for items that ‘cannot be provided from general use’ includes:

  • 2 x Specialist Ultra Low Temperature (-70) freezers for Pfizer BioNTech vaccine Storage purchased at a cost of: £12,536.00.

  • 6 x Specialist fridges for general vaccine storage purchased at a cost of: £19,770.00.

  • 2 x Specialist freezers (-20) freezers for Moderna vaccine storage purchased at a cost of: £7,260.00.

  • 22 x dressing trolleys for Chester St and Airport Hub: £4,045.09.

  • 2 x AED 3 BLS defibrillator for Chester St and Airport Hub: £2,529.68.

  • 57 x plastic 70 litre sack holders for Ward 20, Chester St and the Airport Hub, for clinical waste collection: £9,204.68.

  • 12 x high back office chairs in vinyl for hub admin teams: £1,116.00. 12 x wheelchairs for Chester St Vac Centre 1,224.36.

  • Specialist vaccine porters for safe transportation of vaccines between vaccine storage facility and various administration sites: £1,703.46.

  • Specialist temperature monitors for vaccine porters and remote monitoring of fridges: £2,020.

  • IT equipment and required upgrades for administration provision at Chester St and the Airport: £10,802.25.

Other costs for the vaccine roll out sees £250,000 set aside for delivery teams, but this is estimated to initially cost £185,000. Other costs include £25,630 for management of the programme, £17,634 for nursing staff and £2,675 for admin staff.

Pigs Hang up Trotters

One of the island’s best bands Pigs on the Wing have decided to call it a day. A statement on the Pink Floyd tribute band’s Facebook page said: ‘We have had the most fantastic 25 years, and it’s no exaggeration to say the Pigs have been one of the most successful and best loved local bands ever to have graced the stages of our little Island.

‘Thank you for all of your loyal support over the years, it is very much appreciated. Sorry we never got to do a farewell gig, but sadly it wasn’t to be. So – next time you hear wish you were here on the radio, we hope you will think of all the great moments we have shared together.’ 

Duke Moves to St Barts

The Duke of Edinburgh has been transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital (infamous to fans of Sherlock) for continued treatment, after 13 nights at another London hospital. Doctors are treating Prince Philip, 99, for an infection. They will also undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace said.  The duke is responding to treatment and ‘remains comfortable’, it added. He is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.

Thin Blue Line in Retreat

The Daily Mail has revealed that more than half of Britain’s police stations have closed in the past ten years. At least 667 stations with front counters allowing the public to talk to officers have been shut down since 2010 in drastic cost-cutting measures.

Many more have closed temporarily during the Covid pandemic, prompting fears they will never reopen. Critics say the closures show that ‘justice is in retreat’ and selling police stations is ‘an invitation for criminals to move in’.

A similar move on the Isle of Man at the start of the last decade saw stations close as the island moved to one central HQ and three hubs in Peel, Ramsey and Castletown.

Former President Guilty

No not that one! Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced for three years after being found guilty of corruption charges. Sarkozy was said to have forged a ‘corruption pact’ with his lawyer and a senior magistrate. Two years of his sentence has been suspended and he is unlikely to actually go to jail as the third year can be served with certain conditions such as electronic tagging and home confinement. 

He’s Back!

Donald Trump is back and dropped hints he will run for President again in 2024. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former President said he would not be starting his own party as it would split the Republican vote. Critical of his successor President Joe Biden, Trump said US policy has gone from ‘America first to America last’.

The former president remains banned from social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, over his response to January’s deadly riot at the US Capitol.

Myanmar Update

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has been seen for the first time since she was detained in a military coup, after she appeared in court via video link. The ousted leader appeared to be in ‘good health’ and asked to see her legal team, reports say. Two new charges were announced against Ms Suu Kyi, who was arrested after the 1 February coup. Meanwhile, protesters took to the streets again despite Sunday seeing the deadliest day yet with 18 killed.