While the NSC will reopen on Monday as Covid restrictions are removed, the swimming pools and infamous flume slides won’t be open as work is still needed to complete them. It is hoped the flumes and leisure pool will be fully usable for the summer holidays as long as the Island remains free of Covid-19 restrictions.
Minister for Education, Sport and Culture Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘I apologise for the temporary closure of the pool hall whilst we work with specialist contractors to complete these essential works. I know many people and children have been looking forward to using the pool at the NSC and I ask for their patience whilst we look to finish this long-delayed project.’
Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot has confirmed that 17 Buildings that have been registered on the island since October 2016. Mr Boot was responding to a written question from Garff MHK Daphne Caine.
Those additions include Government House, the Windmill at Ballawhane Farm, Andreas, the Harbour Master’s Office, Peel, Port St Mary and Port Erin railway stations, the Foxdale clock Tower and the Groudle Glen Hotel.
The most recent additions, which were confirmed this week, are the Cosy Nook in Port Erin, Trafalgar House in Douglas and The Mitre, Kirk Michael, which brought the total number of registered buildings to 296.
Cav in Green
No win today for the Missile Mark Cavendish as he finished fourth in the sprint finish during the Tour of Turkey. But the Manxman does keep hold of the sprint classification green jersey as he leads Belgian rival Jasper Philipsen by one point with two stages remaining. Dr Glover will be one of three women representing Team GB in the prone shooting category.
Dr Glover to Represent GB
One of the island’s most famous faces, Dr Rachel Glover, has been selected to represent British Shooting at the European Championships in Osijek, Croatia from May 20 to June 6.
Tickets for Frozen The Musical in London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane have gone back on sale, with the show, fronted by Manx woman Sam Barks due to be open on September 8. Barks is taking on the lead role of Elsa.
Hong Kong Clampdown
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty of unauthorised assembly. Mr Lai owns the last remaining anti-Beijing newspaper in Hong Kong. Writing in his newspaper this week, the 73-year-old said: ‘It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.’
Hancock and Sister
A company in which Health Secretary Matt Hancock and his sister have shares has won contracts from NHS Wales, it has emerged. NHS Wales gave the company, which specialises in the secure storage, shredding and scanning of documents, £300,000 of business this year. Labour said it amounted to ‘cronyism at the heart of this government’. A UK gov spokesman said that Matt Hancock had acted ‘entirely properly’ and there was no conflict of interest.