Gef’s Daily Roundup

Petition Against Passports

A petition calling on the Manx gov to reject Covid passports has collected just under 500 signatures. The petition, created by Giles Ackerley says: ‘Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable. Also that businesses can’t refuse to serve people without a vaccine card letter etc.’

Post Office Backlog

The Easter break, issues caused by silt in Douglas Harbour and unprecedented volumes has left the Isle of Man Post Office with a backlog of parcels. 

A statement said: ‘Our teams are working very hard to catch up whilst adhering to social distancing and safety measures to keep the team and our valued customers safe at all times. Customers who receive an automated SMS or email that their item is ‘out for delivery’, should accept this as confirmation that their item has arrived on island, and IOMPO will endeavour to get the item delivered as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience the delay has caused and thank you for your patience.’

Share na Veg

Culture Vannin has shared a short film about one of the most important centres of traditional music in the Isle of Man for over 45 years. Share na Veg, Manx for ‘better than nothing’, was created in the 1970s at Albert Road School by teacher Mike Boulton and since then has inspired young people in the north to fall in love with music and the island’s cultural heritage. The short film, which was filmed at Bunscoill Rhumsaa in December, can be seen below.

Force of Nature

All of the forces we experience everyday can be reduced to just four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force. Now, physicists say they have found possible signs of a fifth fundamental force of nature. The findings come from research carried out at a laboratory near Chicago. The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) said the result ‘provides strong evidence for the existence of an undiscovered subatomic particle or new force’. But the results from the Muon g-2 experiment don’t add up to a conclusive discovery yet.

Punter’s Payout

A man who won £1.7m on an online jackpot has had his win confirmed by the High Court in England after gambling giant Betfred had refused to payout. Andy Green, from Lincolnshire, scooped the prize in January 2018 while playing a blackjack game on his phone. The bookmaker refused to pay out, claiming the error meant the game was not operating properly. High Court judge Justice Foster ruled in Mr Green’s favour and said the company had no grounds for withholding payment.

Crucible’s Full House

The World Snooker Championship in Sheffield looks set to be the first capacity crowd sporting event in the UK as the phased return of fans to sport continues. 

The return of fans will be staggered throughout the event, with the venue in Sheffield starting at 33% capacity. World Snooker says face coverings will be required in the venue but social distancing ‘will not be expected’ as the number of fans increases. It looks to be a big year for snooker fans as Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan is seeking a seventh world title while Stephen Hendry, who dominated the sport during the 1990s, winning seven titles, is seeking a return to the Crucible after ending his retirement.

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