Bandits on Radio 1

Manx band the Voodoo Bandits are to be featured on Radio 1 this weekend. The band, who have picked up a considerable following on island, announced their upcoming single ‘I’m a Loser’ will be featured on R1’s BBC Music Introducing Show hosted by Gemma Bradley. They said: ‘We’re so freakin’ excited for this one, it’s a huge milestone for us Manxies!’

You can pre-save the track on Spotify.

MNH New Chief

Manx National Heritage (MNH) is delighted to announce the appointment of Connie Lovel to the position of Executive Director. It follows the retirement of Edmund Southworth after 12 years in the post.

Connie, who will be relocating to the Isle of Man in early August to take up the position, has a wealth of experience in the heritage and tourism sectors and joins MNH directly from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) after almost seven years.  The NTS is the largest member organisation in Scotland, and like MNH for the Isle of Man, is responsible for the care and promotion of the nation’s natural, built and cultural heritage.

Manifesto Launch

The Manx Labour Party is launching its election manifesto this weekend. They will be describing their plans for education, health, housing, environment, the economy, agriculture, policing, government reform, and policies for the older generation.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Old Friends Club on the corner of Prospect Hill and Finch Road, opposite the ‘wedding cake’ building.

MLP Leader Joney Faragher said: ‘We have an extremely exciting year ahead with both the local and general elections being contested by our members. We invite you to come and see what the fuss is all about!’

The event starts at 10.30am, with guest speakers from 1pm and manifesto launch from 2.25pm.

DUP

The DUP ( remember them?), have a new leader as Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has been elected to replace Arlene Foster. Mrs Foster will step down as party leader on 28 May and will then leave her role as NI first minister at the end of June.  It is the first time the DUP have ever held a leadership election.

Portugal Welcomes Brits

British tourists will be allowed to enter Portugal from next Monday. Portugal is on the UK’s “green” list for unrestricted travel from then, but there had been confusion over whether the Portuguese would reciprocate. Coronavirus is still causing concern in Portugal and the country has extended its state of calamity to 30 May.  The gov in Lisbon said anyone arriving would need to take a negative PCR test before departure.

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