Parish Walk Drop In

Still thinking of entering this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk? Got your entry in already but would like to ask some questions or check some details?

Then come along to one of two free drop-in information sessions being held by the Manx Telecom Parish Walk committee, designed to give you all the answers you need and provide you with the latest information on the event.

The sessions will be held at the Manx Harriers Clubhouse at the NSC on Friday May 7 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and on Saturday May 8 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The Clubhouse is situated on the perimeter roadway of the outdoor facilities at the NSC.

Further information and online registration is available at www.parishwalk.com.

RNLI Mayday Call

Its volunteers save the lives of countless people in danger at sea and now the RNLI is asking for our help.

The charity is now putting out its own Mayday call as it faces a busy summer. As more people choose to holiday closer to home, more funds are needed to ensure the lifesaving service is able to keep everyone safe.

Chris Gaskin, Area Lifesaving Manager for the Isle of Man said: ‘Despite a period of 2020 spent in lockdown on the Isle of Man, our lifesavers remained on call and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.  As another summer approaches, we know that our lifesavers face more huge challenges in keeping everyone safe, which is why we’re now the ones sending out our own Mayday call and asking for help.

‘Our annual Mayday fundraising campaign is our call for your support to help keep you and your family safe at the coast this summer.’

Launching on Saturday 1 May and running for the whole of the month, the RNLI’s annual Mayday campaign asks people to sign up to support the charity and is calling on supporters to join the Mayday Mile and cover at least one mile in any way they like in order to raise vital funds.

Chris added: ‘Our lifesavers drop everything to run to the lifeboat station when the call comes, so we’re asking our supporters to put themselves in the crew’s boots and join the Mayday Mile. Every penny raised during Mayday will go towards ensuring we are ready to save even more lives this year.’

To sign up for the Mayday Mile, or to make a donation in support of the RNLI’s lifesavers, visit RNLI.org/supportMayday

Boris Accusations

Labour has accused Boris Johnson of lying over who paid for renovations to his Downing Street flat. The PM’s spokesman has refused to say whether he received a loan from the Conservative Party to cover the costs.  But shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has demanded a “full and frank” explanation from the PM. 

Meanwhile the High Court has decided to look into Boris Johnson’s decision that Home Secretary Priti Patel did not break Whitehall rules over bullying.

The PM refused to sack Ms Patel last year after he found she had not breached the ministerial code, which sets behavioural standards. But the FDA senior civil servants’ union, which brought the case, argued that Mr Johnson had “erred”. The court will now give a full hearing into its claims against him.

And if that wasn’t bad enough for Boris, two witnesses told ITV News they would ‘speak under oath’ that he did make the ‘bodies pile high in their thousands’ comments.

Arlene Hanging On

Over in Northern Ireland, First Minister Arlene Foster looks under pressure as the BBC is reporting that members of her party, the DUP, are being asked to sign a letter of no confidence against her. 

The BBC is reporting: ‘The letter is being circulated among Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs and NI Assembly members. The party said it would not be commenting. One assembly member told the BBC he was presented with the motion on Mrs Foster, who is NI’s first minister, but declined to say if he signed it. It is understood 21 MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly), four MPs and one peer have already signed the letter.’

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