Pride and Posting
Ahead of the island’s first Pride Festival, Isle of Man Post Office has temporarily redecorated its post box in the Sea Terminal in the colours of the Pride flag and is updating its social media pages. In addition to these gestures IOMPO’s dedicated sponsorship committee has agreed to support Isle of Pride with the printing of 5,000 postcards to be distributed during the festival.
Gemma Woodford, Human Resources Officer IOMPO, said: ‘Isle of Man Post Office is proud to be an equal opportunities employer with strong values reflecting our pledge to treat each other with fairness and respect embracing diversity and inclusivity. Our workforce has always been considered to be a vital representative delivering an essential service to the island’s communities and as such we provide equality awareness training and an environment where all individuals, including those from diverse backgrounds, feel welcome and accepted.’
Elsewhere, as the world celebrates Pride Month this month, AILO (the Association for International Life Offices) is renewing its commitment to showing leadership on diversity and inclusion.
Throughout the month, the Pride flag will be flying at the offices of AILO member Canada Life International as a symbol of the company’s support. Vicki Hotchkiss, Head of Talent and Organisation Development at Canada Life said: ‘In addition to member companies in the Isle of Man, AILO also has members in the UK’s other Crown Dependencies, the British Overseas Territories of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and in member States of the European Union. That puts the organisation in a strong position to lead on diversity, inclusion and equality within the life sector, and in doing so we also aim to set a positive example for businesses to follow in other sectors of the financial services industry.’
This of course all comes as the final touches are being made for the island’s first Pride Fest this weekend, with the Villa Marina being suitably repainted ahead of the event.
Bounty Day, the national holiday of Norfolk Island, was recognised by the flying of the Norfolk Island flag outside the Legislative Buildings in Douglas today, 165 years after the Pitcairn islanders arrived on Norfolk Island.
Pitcairners were descendants of the infamous sailors from the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (decent film with Mel Gibson will explain all you need to know) who, under their leader Fletcher Christian, began a new life in 1790 with their Tahitian consorts on the Pitcairn Islands in the south Pacific. The Pitcairns are roughly half way between New Zealand and Chile at around 5,500km from each. After outgrowing the tiny Pitcairns, a community of eight family groupings relocated in 1856 to Norfolk Island, just 750km northwest of New Zealand. The crew of the Bounty and indeed the mutineers had strong Manx links, Captain William Bligh married in Onchan and Fletcher Christian, while being born in England, had family ties to the Isle of Man.
Met Police officer Wayne Couzens has admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old vanished as she walked home in Clapham, south London, in March. Her body was found a week later in woodland near Ashford, Kent. Appearing at the Old Bailey via video-link, Couzens, pleaded guilty both to kidnap and rape. The court heard he also accepted responsibility for Ms Everard’s death but did not enter a plea on the charge of murder.
Miscarriage of Justice
Sara Rogel, from El Salvador, who was sentenced to 30 years in jail after being accused of terminating her pregnancy has been released on parole. Ms Rogel was convicted of aggravated homicide and violating the country’s strict abortion laws when, at the age of 20, she was taken to hospital with bleeding which she blamed on a fall at home. In January her sentence was commuted to 10 years and she has now been released. El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest bans on abortion, with no exception for rape or when the mother’s life is at risk with women jailed for suffering miscarriages or their children being stillborn.
Punching a Crocodile
A 28-year-old on holiday in Mexico saved her twin sister’s life by punching a crocodile that had attacked them during a night time dip. Georgia and Melissa Laurie, from Berkshire, were in a lagoon near Puerto Escondido, on Sunday, when the attack happened.
Ratko’s Appeal Rejected
Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has lost his appeal against a 2017 conviction for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The UN court upheld the life sentence for his role in the killing of around 8,000 Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
A Slap to the Face
French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to shake hands with supporters backfired today when one of them turned out to be an opposition supporter who slapped him. In a video widely-shared on social media, the man can be heard shouting ‘Down with Macron-ism’. Two people have since been arrested.