Gef’s Daily Roundup

Disabled Sports Boost

A project that enables children with disabilities to try new sports at the NSC has been given £3,000 to buy new equipment.

Currently around 80 children from 13 schools take part in Manx Sport and Recreation’s (MSR) Disability School Sports Programme that started in 2017. It is run by trained coaches with help from University College Isle of Man students, who are mentored in return.

The cash has been spent on an indoor athletics kit, basketball hoops, curling sets and variety different balls, bibs and cones and means more sports can be taught and enjoyed.

Gareth Lloyd, Disability and Activities Coordinator, said: ‘The programme allows children to try new sports in a fun and inclusive environment, and encourages pupils to continue their involvement in sport through other events and schemes MSR and schools offer. This money is a real boost and means we’ve been able to revamp the programme with new equipment.’

David Morgan, Chairman of the Sports Liaison Committee said: ‘It has been a pleasure for Isle of Man Sport to help with this initiative to increase the opportunities for our Island’s young disabled people to be physically active. Hopefully some will be encouraged to take up a chosen sport and go on to represent the Island in the future. We have specific funding available to assist sports clubs in encouraging athletes with disabilities and welcome applications to our Sports Liaison Officer.’

Children from 13 Special Educational Needs (SEN) units currently participate in weekly sessions with sports including basketball, netball, football, athletics, cricket and golf.

The lessons take place at the NSC between 9am and 3pm each Tuesday.

Tynwald Petitions

Residents wishing to present Petitions for Redress on Tynwald Day are being reminded that Petitions must comply with the Standing Orders of Tynwald. Guidance for potential petitioners is available on the Tynwald website or from the Tynwald Library (Tel: 685520). Petitioners are strongly encouraged to seek advice from the Clerk of Tynwald in advance of submitting their Petition. All Petitioners should gather at 10.15 am on 5th July, at the Lych Gate to the Royal Chapel.

If you are petitioning Tynwald, let Gef know at hello@gefthemongoose.com.

Captain Tom Continues to Inspire

Primary school children will be able to read about the inspirational story of Captain Sir Tom Moore after the Chief Minister gifts a book to each school. 

The illustrated book ‘One Hundred Steps – The Story of Captain Tom Moore’ – tells the story of how Captain Tom inspired the world during his £33m fundraising efforts.

Nine-year-old Ballacottier pupil Dylan Walton, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, took on a series of challenges after being inspired by the heroics of Captain Tom and Tobias Weller. This included climbing to the summit of the island’s tallest peak and has seen him raise over £28,000 for charity.

Howard Quayle said: ‘Captain Tom and Dylan have made such an enormous difference in a year that has been difficult for many, and I hoped this book will act as a record of what we have faced, and a reminder that even in the most challenging of times we can still achieve great things. I am proud of the way our community and schools have responded to the pandemic, and would like to thank all of our teachers and staff, parents and pupils, for helping us to get where we are today.

‘With the difficulties of the past year in mind, we wanted to make this uplifting gift in a positive way with our Biosphere pledge in mind – supporting the local economy and sourcing the books locally and organising delivery by hand using a network of parents and staff to ensure the environmental impact is kept to a minimum.”

Dylan, who has also been gifted a copy of the book to recognise his achievements, said: ‘Sir Tom was a great man and I can’t wait to read all about his life.’

Chancery Advisors

Independent financial advisers Chancery Advisors Limited has been granted Associate Firm status by the Personal Finance Society (PFS), the leading professional body for the financial planning industry. 

Part of the Chartered Insurance Institute, the PFS is committed to ensuring its members observe the highest standards of best practice and good governance.

Chancery Advisors’ managing director Rob O’Connor said: ‘We’re enormously proud to be accepted as members of such a leading independent body as the PFS so soon after launching the business. We share the PFS vision of ethical practice and see our associate firm status exemplifying our guiding principles of integrity, trust and unassailable client focus that form the bedrock of all that we do.’

Chris Connor, Luke Simpson, Rob O’Connor and David Bone of Chancery Advisors Limited

Boris Burka Jib ‘Insensitive’

The BBC is reporting that Boris Johnson’s comments about women wearing the burka have given an impression that the Tories are ‘insensitive to Muslim communities’, an independent review has said.  The PM ordered a report in 2019 into how the party handles discrimination allegations. It found anti-Muslim views were seen at local association and individual level. But claims of ‘institutional racism’ were not borne out by evidence of the way complaints were handled.

Boycott Belarus

Several European airlines have said that they will not fly over Belarus, days after a dissident journalist was arrested on a flight diverted to Minsk. Air France is the latest major carrier to ban overflights. Neighbouring Ukraine and Poland are stopping all flights to and from Belarus. Western countries accuse Belarus of hijacking the Ryanair plane carrying journalist Roman Protasevich on Sunday. The Greece-Lithuania flight was rerouted over a supposed bomb threat.

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