Gef’s Daily Roundup

Ewe Have to Control Dogs

The police are again asking dog walkers to keep their animals on a lead, particularly when around sheep. The Constabulary have received reports of sheep worrying in the Barnell Lane area of Patrick between March 18 and 20. 

A statement said: ‘This has resulted in a mother ewe becoming trapped in the overgrowth. Unfortunately, the ewe could not be saved and as a consequence the farmer is now having to hand rear a lamb. Please can all dog walkers ensure that their dogs are kept under control and that livestock are not worried.’

New Head Teacher

Riss Forrester has been appointed as the new head teacher for Ballacottier Primary School.

Riss Forrester

Riss Forrester

Having worked for the Salvation Army managing the island’s first Bail and Probation Hostel for several years before becoming a teacher, Mrs Forrester is an avid fan of outdoor learning and play. She is even a trustee for the charity Isle of Play.

Since completing her PGCE at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001, Mrs Forrester has taught schools across the Island including St Mary’s Roman Catholic School, Auldyn School, Scoill Phurt le Moirrey and Manor Park Primary School in her 20 year career. She has also recently been the acting head of Ballacottier.

Mrs Forrester said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to lead Ballacottier School and look forward to seeing all the children, parents and staff back at school soon.’

Marine Drive Petition

A woman whose dog was rescued from Marine Drive has launched a petition to install emergency free phones because of the drop in phone signal in the area. 

Laura Eckersley said: ‘After some very sad incidents of late, and the potential for more footfall on this road, I believe it is necessary for people to have the ability to make a phone call should something go wrong. I would hate for anyone to have to go through what I did and having to run to my car and drive just to be able to call 999. Every second is critical in an emergency. I also had to make the tough decision of staying in a phone signal zone for the coastguard to call me back rather than returning to my boyfriend and advising him to stay where he was, as instructed by the coastguard/

‘The Department of Infrastructure have released plans to open up Marine Drive to the public by permanently cutting off access for cars. Marine Drive is a beautiful spot and I agree it would be nice to walk or cycle along there without the fear of coming across traffic but when you need a vehicle to get to a clear phone signal these plans could make it difficult to call for help. Should someone twist their ankle or like in this case, a dog falls down the cliff, quick access to a phone is vital. Please help me by asking the Department of Infrastructure to consider this whether the plans go ahead or not. If something is done then we can prevent anyone else having to be in such a scary situation.’

The petition can be found here

Gamesys Moves In

The Tevir Group has announced it has agreed a tenancy agreement with Gamesys for the first floor of ‘55 Athol Street’. 

Ben Wood, General Manager, Isle of Man Office at Gamesys Group said: ‘I’m very pleased to have reached agreement on this new lease and to be moving to 55 Athol Street. This will enable us to bring our Isle of Man operations together under one roof and to further expand the team to support our growing community of players.’

The Athol Street site underwent a significant transformation following Tevir Group’s acquisition of the building  including a gym, changing rooms with showers and a secure bike park among other features.

Tomlinson Conviction Overturned

The convictions of 14 trade unionists in 1972 has been overturned by the Court of Appeal in London. Two dozen trade unionists who picketed during the national builders’ strike were charged with offences including unlawful assembly, conspiracy to intimidate and affray. Lawyers representing them had argued the destruction of witness statements made their convictions unsafe.

Ricky Tomlinson (centre) was one of the people jailed in 1972 whose conviction has now been overturned

Ricky Tomlinson (centre) was one of the people jailed in 1972 whose conviction has now been overturned

Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson was convicted and jailed for two years. He said: ‘It is only right that these convictions are overturned.’

Flawed Process

The handling by the Scottish gov of allegations against former First Minister Alex Salmond was ‘seriously flawed’, a committee of MSPs has concluded.

The committee has said that women had been badly let down by the government. And they said they found it hard to believe that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was not aware of concerns about Mr Salmond’s alleged behaviour before November 2017.

They also said Ms Sturgeon had misled their inquiry in her evidence. Ms Sturgeon has already been cleared of breaching the ministerial code by a separate independent inquiry headed by senior Irish lawyer James Hamilton.

Scotts go to the polls in around six weeks time, with opinion polls showing Ms Sturgeon is likely to win a small majority. If the SNP does win this, it will only increase the pressure for IndyRef2.

Tonight a vote of no confidence in Nicola Sturgeon has been defeated by 65 votes to 31, with 27 abstentions.

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