Gef’s Daily Roundup

Island Remembers Prince Philip

Chief Minister Howard Quayle has extended his condolences to the Royal Family upon the death of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh earlier today. Mr Quayle said: ‘It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Throughout his life the Duke of Edinburgh had a profound impact on national life, including here in the Isle of Man, not least through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. His Royal Highness visited the island on a number of occasions and many in our community will have fond memories of meeting him. On behalf of the Isle of Man Government I extend my sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the whole of the Royal Family.’

Across the island residents and many of our charities have shared experiences of meeting the Prince on one of his visits to the island. As a mark of respect, the flags at Government House and other government buildings have been lowered to half mast.

30 Under 30

Manxie Beckii Flint has been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 class for 2021. Flint, who first rose to fame as Beckii Cruel, tweeted: I can’t even explain how overwhelmed I feel to be honoured in this list! Myself, Alice, and Joe started @pepperstudiohq just over 2 years ago after losing our jobs and decided to take the plunge into starting our own business.’ 

Forbes said in its bio of Pepper Studio that it is ‘an influencer marketing agency that has built mission-driven campaigns for some 300 clients including Bodyform, for which they recently promoted women’s health education with a spotlight on endometriosis, menopause, fertility issues and sexual health.’


Following the return to work of certain sectors from April 6 and 12 and the announcement that financial support will be extended for those who can’t yet return to work, Treasury is asking customers currently receiving MERA payments to let them know if they’re not able to return to work yet so that they can be paid MERA for an extended period.

Treasury Minister Alf Cannan said MERA ‘has been extended by two weeks to Sunday April 25, to provide a sufficient period of financial cover whilst some restrictions remain in place’. 

He added: ‘Anyone receiving MERA who didn’t return to work on Tuesday April 6, and hasn’t been in touch with Social Security already, should let Social Security know as soon as possible so that any further payment of MERA due to them can be processed. Customers are asked to confirm their expected return to work date by completing the secure online form a link to which is provided at the top of the MERA webpage before Friday April 15.’

Dog Walkers Asked to Help Protect Uplands

Dog owners are reminded to keep their pets on leads at all times when visiting uplands to avoid disturbing endangered ground nesting birds and livestock. Upland sheep are beginning to lamb and ground nesting birds including endangered species such as curlew and hen harrier will soon be nesting and if disturbed could abandon their nest.

As the lambing season is also well underway people are urged to consider how their actions can negatively impact both livestock and wildlife. People are reminded they can continue to walk their dogs, if kept under control, in our plantations or glens as an alternative during the coming months.

Under the Wildlife Act 1990 it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb nesting birds and anyone found doing so could face a maximum fine of £10,000.

The most recent lockdown has again led to a large increase in the number of people visiting the uplands, the vast majority of whom enjoy the relatively unrestricted access to the publicly owned upland estate in a responsible manner. However, land tenants have reported a number of incidents where dogs have been running free on the hills and amongst livestock.

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot said: ‘‘It is great to know that people are getting out and exploring the countryside, but a small minority of the visitors are behaving irresponsibly. The message is very simple – please keep your dog on a lead and take your litter home.’

England’s Going on a Summer Holiday

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said people in England can start thinking about booking foreign holidays again this summer, 

But he said the cost of Covid tests need to be driven down, amid criticism from the travel industry. Mr Shapps has also given more detail on the traffic light system which will see countries graded on their risk. Passengers will have to take the tests before leaving and on returning – even from low-risk ‘green’ countries. There will also be a watch list for countries most at risk of going from green to amber to provide greater assurance for those looking to travel abroad.

Floyd Trial Continues

A doctor at the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has said George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen during his arrest. Contradicting the defence, Dr Martin Tobin said fentanyl did not cause Mr Floyd’s death. He said even a ‘healthy person…would have died’. Mr Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest last May. The ex-officer is on trial for murder and has denied the charges against him.

Belfast Burns

19 police officers were injured on Thursday night, bringing the number hurt in a week of violence across Northern Ireland to 74. Police deployed water cannon for the first time in six years after coming under attack again in Belfast. Crowds rioted on both sides of gates that separate a loyalist area and a nationalist area in west Belfast. Petrol bombs, fireworks and stones were again used to attack police, who have faced rising disorder since 29 March.

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