Tip to Reopen

The Western Civic Amenity Site will reopen tomorrow at 8am. There will be a queuing system with a maximum time limit of 15 minutes and one person allowed out of a vehicle. As previously, a face covering is requested to be worn.

MNH Launches New Database 

Manx National Heritage has announced the launch of a new database and website, www.isleofmanher.im. The new website provides access all in one place for the first time to information and records on the Isle of Man’s historic environment, familiarly known as the Historic Environment Record.

Historic Environment Records (HERs) are information services that provide access to comprehensive and dynamic resources relating to the archaeology and historic built environment of a defined geographic area. They contain details on local archaeological sites and finds, historic buildings and historic landscapes and are regularly updated.

Speaker Moves on Bank Charges

Speaker of the House of Keys Juan Watterson is seeking to bring a motion to April’s Tynwald sitting in response to charges introduced by the Isle of Man Bank.

In a post on Facebook, he said: ‘The Isle of Man Bank’s decision to charge charities and not for profits is reminiscent of a business that has lost its soul and all sense of community.  In order to stop others jumping on this bandwagon, I hope to move a motion in April Tynwald that will pave the way for all licensed banks to require them to allow charities and not for profit clubs to do basic banking for free.

‘Charities are the heart and soul of the community. Every pound given to charity is a pound donated by a person who wants to see it put to the charitable purposes of the charity, to developing sport or the arts, not to line the pockets of bank shareholders. I accept that the IOM Bank has a disproportionate number of charity accounts compared with others on the Island, but there are better ways to deal with this than a £10 per month charge and 2.5% on all cash banked. The direction is clear: bank online, close branches, add to the estimated £1.3 billion of profit made by RBS this year. This is not behaviour fitting of a formerly Manx company that still shamefully bears the name of this Island.’

George Floyd

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, is into its second day, Sky News is showing continuous live coverage of the trial. 

Met Cleared of Inappropriate Actions

The Metropolitan Police acted ‘appropriately’ at a vigil for Sarah Everard in south London earlier this month, a police watchdog has found. The force came under intense criticism after women were handcuffed and removed from crowds on Clapham Common. An inspector found that officers did not communicate enough on the night – but the response had been ‘measured’.

Lenny’s Rallying Call

Sir Lenny Henry has written an open letter urging black Britons to take the Covid-19 vaccine. The comedian and actor said people should ‘trust the facts’ and guard against misinformation. The letter has been signed by high-profile figures such as actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, YouTube star KSI and actress Thandie Newton. Vaccination rates among black Britons are considerably lower than among white Britons.

Salisbury Poisonings

A retired judge has widened the scope of an inquest into the death of a woman who came into contact with the nerve agent Novichok to allow scrutiny of the role played by the Russian state. Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in July 2018. Baroness Hallett said the inquest would be ‘fair, fearless and thorough’. Ms Sturgess’ death followed the attempted poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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