Isolation Changes

Following the regulations passed by Tynwald yesterday, anyone who has recently travelled to the island and was in self-isolation at 12.01am on April 30 will have their isolation period reduced from 14 to seven days. This change is only applicable to those who have been in the UK or Channel Islands for 14 days prior to their arrival onto the island and opted to undertake the testing pathway on their arrival. The reduced isolation is subject to a negative COVID-19 test on day six – with additional restrictions in place between days seven and 10. They will also be eligible to claim a refund for any variance in testing costs where applicable. The Travel Notification Service will contact those affected.

Minimum Wage Consultation

The Minimum Wage Committee is seeking views from businesses and workers as part of a review into the rates of the minimum wage in the Isle of Man.

Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly has requested the Minimum Wage Committee make recommendations on any changes to the rate of the minimum wage to come into effect during 2021. In response to this request, the Minimum Wage Committee is seeking views from both businesses and individuals on this important issue and would welcome written submissions from interested parties.

Mr Skelly said: ‘I recognise that the past year has been challenging for both individuals and businesses. The purpose of this review will be to ensure that the committee is able to fully examine the variety of challenges faced across our economy, so that any ultimate decision is fully informed by the challenges and views of the Manx community. Any changes to the minimum wage rate in the Isle of Man must balance the needs of employers and our working population, and continue to support the position of our Island as a progressive, diverse and attractive place to live and work.’

Submissions can be sent to the Minimum Wage Committee by email to employment.dfe@gov.im, or by post to the following address:

The Secretary to the Minimum Wage Committee, Department for Enterprise, Nivison House, Prospect Hill, Douglas, IM1 5ET by June 4. 

App to Tap

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is refreshing Refill Isle of Man to further reduce single-use plastic use and waste on the island. Launched on the Island in 2019, a free app shows people where they can refill reusable water bottles when out and about. 

It has now been expanded so that people can use their own containers to refill with food, cleaning products and other items from shops, cafés, restaurants and museums.

The Refill Refreshed scheme makes it easy to find participating businesses and lists the Refill items they provide. As well as appearing on the app, businesses will display a distinctive blue sticker in their window to make customers aware of the service.

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot said: ‘Plastic pollution is a critical issue and one that negatively impacts the environment, wildlife and, potentially, our own health. The island has a great community spirit and people are becoming increasingly more aware of environmental issues, so the expanded Refill Refreshed scheme has the potential to become embedded in people’s everyday life. Disposable items are relatively new to society and we could easily live without them, so it is about planning ahead and having refillable items with you – it could make all the difference to our Biosphere.’

The Refill app can be downloaded for Apple, and for Android.

Trumped

Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s Oversight Board. But it criticised the permanency of the ban as beyond the scope of Facebook’s normal penalties. It has ordered Facebook to review the decision and ‘justify a proportionate response’ that is applied to everyone.

Jab The World

Wealthy countries such as the UK should send spare vaccine doses to virus-hit nations before organising booster jabs, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said. Special envoy David Nabarro told the BBC top-ups and extra vaccinations ‘should come a bit later’. He said Covid was ‘bigger than ever, it’s fiercer than ever and it’s causing more distress than ever’ worldwide. The UK has said its booster programme could start as early as September.

Nonutuplets

A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors had detected during scans. Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco after Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care. The five girls and four boys were born by Caesarean section and were doing well, Mali’s health minister said. It is extremely rare to give birth to a set of nonuplets – and complications during and after birth often mean the babies do not survive. Of the two sets of nonuplets known about – one born to a woman in Australia in 1971 and another to a woman in Malaysia in 1999 – none survived.

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