Gef’s Daily Roundup

Back to Back Wins for Cav

Manx Missile Mark Cavdenish has recorded his second victory in two days as he cemented his place at the top of the rankings in the Tour of Turkey. Cav nipped past Belgian Jasper Philipsen on his way to victory in a near copy of Monday’s race. A tweet on his team Deceuninck – Quick-Step said it best: ‘Class is permanent.’

Image Credit: Deceuninck – Quick-Step Cycling Team

Protected

Three buildings including a former beachside café and a pub have been added to the Isle of Man’s Protected Buildings Register.

The Cosy Nook in Port Erin, Trafalgar House in Douglas and the Mitre in Kirk Michael were all added on Friday 9 April, after investigations concluded they had the special architectural or historic interest required. It means the buildings are now protected from demolition, or any alteration or extension that affects their character without first receiving registered building consent.

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot said: ‘Our built environment plays an important role in our cultural and national identity, and we are delighted to register these buildings and preserve them for future generations.’

The Manx stone cottages known as the Cosy Nook had been run as a café before it closed in 2019, while Trafalgar House, which is currently on the market, was converted from a pub into a residential property in 2010. Parts of the Mitre are believed to have been built in the 16th century, making them around 500-years-old.

Harbour2Harbour

Registration for the Harbour2Harbour Walk is now open. The event will take place on Sunday May 16 and invites people of all ages and abilities to get involved. Starting at 10am in Castletown Square, participants will follow a scenic route along the southern coast, finishing at the former Marine Biological Centre in Port Erin. The organisers are again staging a second start at Port St Mary for those who prefer a shorter route. Entry costs £12.50 for adults or £7.50 for under 18s and over 60s. Registrations can be made online at www.hubclubsci.im/harbour2harbourentry

The event raises funds for charities in the south including Southern Community Initiative. In the five years that Dandara has sponsored the Harbour2Harbour Walk, more than £21,000 has been raised for the beneficiary charities. In the event that it is unable to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions, a virtual alternative will be held which will challenge participants to complete the nine-mile distance at their own pace between Friday May 14 and Monday May 24.

Stamps

One of my favourite stories of the day, as the Isle of Man Post Office has announced the launch of a set of stamps to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Manx National Trust, which is now part of Manx National Heritage. The stamps document the environmental and historical importance, unique character and outstanding natural beauty of the Calf of Man.

Local photographers Peter Killey, Mike Radcliffe, Paul Corrin, Dr. Lara Howe, Kevin Scott, Hannah Ehlers, Shaun Murphy, Mike Caine and Alex May provided the wonderful pictures which were turned into 10 stamps by local designer Emma Cooke of EJC Design, along with further products including a special edition of eleven postcards. 

Moderna

The rollout of the Moderna vaccine has begun in England, a week after it was first used in Wales and Scotland. It will be available at 21 sites, including the Madejski Stadium in Reading and the Sheffield Arena. Along with the Pfizer jab, it offers an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for under-30s, after concerns about a possible link to very rare blood clots. Wales and Scotland began using the Moderna vaccine last week with Elle Taylor being the first person in the UK to get the jab.

Bunny Theft

A weird story from England as a £1,000 reward is being offered after a rabbit said to be the biggest in the world was stolen from its Worcestershire home. Police believe the Flemish giant rabbit was taken from its enclosure in Stoulton on Saturday night. Darius is recognised by Guinness World Records as being the longest rabbit alive at 4ft 3in (129cm). Owner Annette Edwards is offering the reward and said the theft of her pet was a ‘very sad day’. 

Northern Ireland

Church leaders in Northern Ireland have appealed for politicians to provide a unified response to the recent ‘heartbreaking’ scenes of violence in the country.

In a joint open letter, they have called on them to ‘renew their commitment to peace, reconciliation and the protection of the most vulnerable’. The growing escalation of violence continued on Monday night as a car was dumped on a railway line and set alight on the line between Derry with Coleraine. A train with six passengers on board was forced to make an emergency stop with Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon saying the quick reactions of the train driver had saved lives.

Johnson & Johnson

The company has decided to ‘proactively delay’ the rollout of its vaccine in Europe after reports in America of extremely rare blood clotting. The US Food and Drug Administration said six cases of severe blood clotting had been detected in more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine. Meanwhile Dutch authorities have said the benefits continue to outweigh the risks of vaccination.

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