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 symbolic way of giving hope to those in our community in suicidal crisis, or self-harming.  

The event usually incorporates a 5km community walk, but this year due to the global pandemic, it will be held virtually and supporters can choose to walk, run, swim, cycle or simply watch the sunrise, knowing that people all around the world are doing the same to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Something that sadly, the Isle of Man isn’t immune to. 

Registration details will follow soon on Isle Listen’s social media pages. 

Blood Donations During Lockdown

Blood donation sessions are continuing during the current lockdown, with a number of additional safety measures in place to protect those who attend to give blood and members of staff. 

Planned sessions are taking place at the Jubilee Suite in Westmoreland Road, Douglas to ensure essential blood supplies are maintained – and donors able to attend should continue to give blood as normal. Donors currently in self-isolation are asked to contact the donor secretary on 650637 so that appointments can be reallocated.

Before attending, donors will be asked to complete a pre-appointment COVID-19 assessment form. Members of the Blood Donor Service team will attend to one donor at a time as a further safety measure, and are providing a point of contact for visitors should they need to report they have developed symptoms of COVID-19, or are asked to isolate. 

People who are self-isolating and are due to attend Noble’s for a procedure are being asked to contact the hospital in advance of their appointment. 

Lottery Fund

Manx Lottery Trust has secured funding of £6 million from The National Lottery Community Fund for its Community Awards programme.

The new agreement between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Manx Lottery Trust is for a ten-year period to March 2031, with a total of £600,000 to be granted per year. Launched in 2015, the programme aims to improve local communities and the lives of people most in need by distributing grants between £2,501 and £50,000.

To date, Manx Lottery Trust Community Awards have funded 153 projects, reaching communities across the Isle of Man. In order to secure funding from the scheme, applicants need to demonstrate that their project will achieve at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Bringing people together and building strong relationships across communities

  • Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities

  • Helping more people reach their potential by supporting them at the earliest possible stage

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of the Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘We are delighted to secure funding for the next 10 years and this certainty will allow the Trust to build on the successful delivery of the Community Awards Programme. We are proud to be able to award money raised by National Lottery players so that good things happen across the Island.’

For more information on current Manx Lottery Trust programmes, visit www.mlt.org.im

Missing Woman’s Body Found

A body that was found during the search for Sarah Everard has been confirmed by police as hers. The 33-year-old marketing executive disappeared as she walked home in south London last week. A serving Met officer remains in custody having been held on suspicion of Ms Everard’s kidnap and murder.

Get Your Own Netflix

Some good news for those of us who pay for everyone else’s Netflix is testing a feature to clamp down on people sharing passwords with other households. Some users have started to get notifications which ask them to verify they live with the account holder. A statement from the company said: ‘This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorised to do so.’

Coal Mine Inquiry Ordered

A public inquiry will be held into plans for the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years after a government U-turn. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has now decided to ‘call in’ the controversial application for a new mine near Whitehaven, Cumbria. 

Seeing Double

More twins are being born than ever before but the world may now have reached peak twin, researchers say. About 1.6 million twins are born each year worldwide, with one in every 42 children born a twin. Delayed childbearing and medical techniques such as IVF have seen the rate of twin births rise by a third since the 1980s.

Bond Villain Isn’t Going to Mars

Elon Musk’s plans to send humans to Mars are a ‘dangerous delusion’, according to Britain’s chief astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees. Lord Rees, who has been the astronomer royal since 1995, dismissed the billionaire’s plans at a World Government Summit panel in Dubai.