Hector’s Legacy Goes On

Way back during the first lockdown, Ramsey Grammar School student Lola Tebay won the Hector Duff Spirit of Normandy Trust Essay writing competition. Part of the prize was money for books that were bought by the RGS History Department. Sadly, war hero Hector died in November 2020, but his son Tony and his wife Glynis stepped up to present the books to the school.

Leader of History, Andrew Wilkinson said: ‘The books are a useful addition to our library and will be especially useful to teach our new A Level coursework unit on Women’s Suffrage and our new Year 8 unit on the history of Black people’s lives in Britain and the USA. We wouldn’t have been able to run these courses without these resources. The books will also be a constant reminder of Hector’s contribution to the school along with a reminder of Lola’s excellent essay.’

Tony and Glynis added: ‘The history books provide yet another example of Hector’s link to RGS and he is really part of the history of the school.’

The presentation took place in the Hector Duff Study Centre at RGS.

Glynis and Tony Duff, along with Year 12 student Adam Shaw (age 17)
and Year 10 student Lola Tebay (age 15).

Unemployment Drops

A total of 751 (1.8%) people were registered as unemployed in April 2021, a reduction of 187 compared with the previous month. The gov’s figures show that this is also a reduction of 596 compared with April 2020. There were 795 vacancies notified to the Job Centre in April, which is an increase of 330 compared to March. 

However the International Labour Organisation estimates that 1,196 people are unemployed and looking for work compared to 1,638 in March 2021.

Rising Star

Less than a year after being launched, Clarity Consulting Limited has been recognised as a rising star in the global iGaming industry after being shortlisted in the EGR B2B Awards 2021.

The Douglas-based advisory business was founded by Tina Rawlinson FCCA and is now one of only six businesses from all over the world that are in the running to win the ‘Services Rising Star’ category of the annual awards. Since Clarity Consulting launched in August last year, the business has grown rapidly and already has a strong reputation which has been built on Tina’s wealth of experience and expertise within the iGaming sector.

Tina Rawlinson

Tina said: ‘Being recognised by your peers is always rewarding, but even more so after the challenges of the past year. I’m very proud that the business has been shortlisted for an award which celebrates the very best service providers in the global online gaming industry. It’s the icing on the cake after a fantastic start for the business. It’s also pleasing to see several other Isle of Man-based service providers shortlisted in other categories because it shows that the Island’s iGaming sector continues to go from strength to strength.’

TT Events

A series of local events are organised to take place between May 22 and June 23 in place of what would have been the 2021 Isle of Man TT Races.

Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly said: ‘The decision to cancel this year’s TT Races was a difficult one to make, but was made to provide clarity and certainty to race fans and those involved in the event. It does however have immediate impacts on the Island’s Travel and Tourism businesses. 

‘In the absence of traditional events, and whilst travel to the Island remains restricted, community events provide a great stimulus by encouraging our residents to explore the Island, travelling to different towns and villages for special events and experiences, in turn increasing their domestic spending throughout the island. To be sustainable in the long term, local enterprises, including those in the visitor economy, need our custom. The visitor economy alone underpins approximately 3,000 jobs and so by making an effort to support locals we can have a real, positive impact towards both sustaining employment and economic activity here in the Isle of Man.’

A full list of events can be found at www.visitisleofman.com/whats-on

Hugging Day

Hugging day, go to the pub day, whatever you want to call it, the big day is here for England and Wales as the next phase of reopening begins. Holiday flights abroad, to a small number of countries, are restarting and galleries, theatres, sports stadiums, cinemas and soft play centres in England are also reopening. In Scotland, most areas are moving from level three to level two restrictions, while most islands will move to level one. Northern Ireland is due to make changes next week.

Irish Sea Border

The BBC is reporting that the UK is proposing to phase in new Irish Sea border checks on food products in four stages from October. The details are contained in a Northern Ireland Protocol roadmap shared with the EU, which has been seen by the Beeb. The protocol is the part of the Brexit deal which creates a trade border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In March, the UK delayed introducing some new border processes without EU agreement. That led to the EU starting legal proceedings against the UK.

Platinum Treebilee

People across the British Isles are being urged to plant trees in an initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The Queen joined Prince Charles as he planted the first Jubilee tree at Windsor Castle earlier this year to launch the scheme which he said was the launch of a ‘tree-bilee’.

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