Chewing The Fat

Tynwald’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee will be taking oral evidence on Monday afternoon. The committee, chaired by Clare Barber MHK, will hear from Mr Ian Mansell, Director of Regulation, and Mr Glenn Blacker, Head of Environmental Health at DEFA. The focus of the hearing will be on how the Meat Plant is regulated, in particular with regard to food hygiene and health and safety issues.  

You can listen to the committee hearing live here from 2.30pm.

Parks and Recreation

Across the island many parks and attractions will get back up and running this weekend ahead of the summer. Onchan Commissioners have said their pleasure park will fully reopen, initially just on weekends before moving to every day opening during school holidays. Manx National Heritage will also be opening the Manx Museum and House of Manannan galleries from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Other MNH sites will reopen from May 1.

Sport is also back this weekend with senior football returning as Corinthians hunt down the Premier League title.

On This Day

It was on this day in 1945 that 31 servicemen lost their lives in the Island’s most deadly air-crash.Just weeks before the end of World War II, 31 American military personnel were going for a short period of leave in Northern Ireland from their base in England. At around 10.25am it flew into the cloud around North Barrule and crashed into the side of the hill.All 31 men were lost, making it the most deadly aviation accident ever to occur in the Isle of Man. Thank you to Culture Vannin for detailing the history of this crash, for more info, head to their Facebook page.

International Aid

Figures released in Tynwald show the island spent £2.25m of its international aid budget in 2020/21. The original budget for international aid was £2.5m. In total £700,000 was spent by the disaster emergency committee, £315,626 was used for small grants, £2,827.31 was spent on small countries financial management, £30,000 went on awareness raising grants and £1.2m was spent on international partnerships.

Caitlin for Governor

Big news out of America, former Olympic athlete Caitlin Jenner is today expected to announce she is running for Governor. We can’t wait to see what becomes of this. 

Justice is Delivered

A bit of a difficult story to explain if you don’t know it, so I’d advise people who aren’t familiar with it to read the full story here

High Court Judges have quashed the convictions of 39 former postmasters. They were convicted of stealing money, with some imprisoned, after the Post Office installed the flawed Horizon computer system in branches. That system made it look as though the people were stealing money when they weren’t. A further six cases were quashed last year, making this the one of the most widespread miscarriages of justice in English legal history. The Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates potential miscarriages of justice, is reviewing another 22 cases.

There were more than 700 prosecutions based on Horizon evidence. The commission and the Post Office are asking anyone else who believes their conviction to be unsafe to come forward.

Covid Cats

Scottish scientists have identified two cases where cats are believed to have caught Covid from humans.Researchers at the University of Glasgow said both cats developed the virus after their owners had it. They were of different breeds and lived in separate households. One displayed mild symptoms but the other had to be put down. Scientists now want to improve understanding of whether pets can play a role in infecting humans. The cases were found as part of a screening programme of the feline population in the UK. Researchers believe both pets were infected by their owners, who had Covid-19 symptoms before the cats became unwell. You can read the full version here.

Ryan Giggs

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court next Wednesday, a Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said.

Navalny Ends Hunger Strike

Russian President’s main opposition Alexei Navalny has announced he is ending his hunger strike after 24 days of refusing food in jail. He said he had twice been seen by doctors and ‘given the progress and circumstances, I am ending my hunger strike’.

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