After three years without a stage win, Manx Missile Mark Cavendish has gone from one extreme to the other and won three stages of the Tour of Turkey in three days. The win leaves Cav as the race leader in both the points and general classifications.
Isle of Man on Film
Manx National Heritage has launched a new section of its iMuseum which showcases 22 short films on and around the island. Captured by amateur filmmaker J. Walter Royston, the film collection provides a rich and visually compelling record of life on the island from the late 1920s through to the 50s including royal visits, the TT and other snippets of island life. The films are viewable from www.imuseum.im by clicking the new Isle of Man on Film panel at the top of the homepage and then selecting which film you want to watch.
A Tynwald motion calling for a general debate on ME services on the island has been put on hold for a month, the Minister due to table it has confirmed. Graham Cregeen was due to call for a general debate on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and for Dr Helen Greg to be permitted to give evidence before Tynwald during the debate. However he confirmed to Gef that this now will not happen until next month’s sitting. One person living with the illness told Gef they had concerns about Health Minister David Ashford being ‘let off the hook’ over the lack of movement made on the subject in this administration and said the decision raised doubts over how much of a priority it is for the gov. They said: ‘It will no doubt feel like a long wait for the patients desperately trying to have their voices heard.’
Jersey’s Vaccine Passports
ITV’s Gary Burgess has reported that ‘covid vaccine certification to enable people from Jersey returning to the island to be treated as ‘green’ arrivals could be in place by mid-May’. Burgess tweeted: ‘The system will open in phases, for Jersey residents initially, and then for UK residents coming to the island. Aim is to have “first mover advantage.” The effect is that, if you can prove you have had two jabs, when arriving in Jersey you’ll isolate pending a test (around seven hours), and then be free, though will still have day five and day ten tests.’
About seven years ago, in a news story straight out of the 18th century, Russia annexed Crimea, a region in east Ukraine, it was quite astounding to see but the international community largely just kind of accepted it and moved on. Now Vladimir Putin’s forces are back in the news, with Ukraine saying Russia has amassed 40,000 soldiers on its border. This leads to questions about what Putin is up to with some international commentators suggesting he is responding to political moves in Ukraine and others saying he is testing how far he can push President Joe Biden.
The UK gov has resisted calls for a full parliamentary inquiry into lobbying and the contacts between the gov and Greensill Capital. Boris Johnson has launched a review into the finance firm’s links to David Cameron and top civil servants in his administration. Labour wants a broader inquiry into lobbying by a cross-party panel of MPs. The government says it will order Tory MPs to vote against Labour’s plan. Calls to examine lobbying have intensified in the past week as more details emerge of ex-prime minister David Cameron’s efforts on behalf of the now-collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital.
Flybe is Back
Just over a year after it collapsed, it appears that airline Flybe could be set for a return to the skies after its sale to a firm backed by private equity firm Cyrus Capital was completed. The deal, which was first announced in October 2021 will see new owner Thyme Opco change its name to Flybe Limited. The airline previously provided flights from the island to a number of places across the UK including Liverpool and Manchester. A spokesman said: ‘Subject to further success with vaccinations and relaxation of travel restrictions, we plan to launch a new and much improved Flybe sometime this Summer on many of our former routes where there remains a critical need for a strong, reliable, and customer-focused airline.’
Lions Choose Jersey
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has chosen Jersey as his teams training base ahead of the Lions tour of South African. Gatland has considered both of the Channel Islands for a training camp, with his trip to Guernsey proving controversial as he wasn’t required to isolate when he visited the island.