Port St Mary Opens Up

Port St Mary opened up this morning when a large hole appeared in the road at the junction between Plantation Road and Station Road as the island experienced heavy rain. The Isle of Man Southern Policing Team described it as a collapse in the road in a post on Facebook and traffic lights are now in place to guide road users after a response from the Police, DoI and Manx Utilities.

Beach Buddies At The Southern

Whilst Beach Buddies are usually known for helping to clear up our seaside, this weekend they will be at the Southern Agricultural Show to assist in tidying the field. The charity have been given a handful of free tickets for volunteers who will stay at the end of the event both days to clear litter and then return on Monday to finish the job properly. The tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and you can register your interest by emailing beachbuddiesisleofman@gmail.com.

Manx Living Wage

The minimum wage on the Isle of Man will be brought in line with the national living wage, which currently stands at £10.87, within the next five years. The move was approved by Tynwald after a recommendation from a select committee on poverty after an investigation which found that 44% of respondents did not have an income that matched their expenses. The committee also found that just under 50% of those surveyed did not have the ability to buy enough food and over half said they struggled to keep themselves warm.

Fully Jabbed Travellers Avoid Isolation

Double vaccinated travellers coming to England from amber list countries who received their jabs in the EU or US will no longer need to quarantine on arrival from Monday, although a test is still required before they arrive and on their second day there. Currently, the rule only applies to those who received their jabs in the UK but the change has been pushed by the travel industry and some residents for some time as they seek to travel easier and visit relatives abroad. The move comes despite the fact that the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is still urging residents not to travel to the UK and the US border is still closed to UK travellers who are not citizens of the United States.

Ethiopian Refugees

The head of the UN World Food Programme has said that the agency will not be able to feed the 24,000 refugees stuck in the Tigray region of Ethiopia by Friday if 170 trucks in neighbouring Afar aren’t allowed to move immediately. The Ethiopian government has blamed delivery problems on the ‘provocation’ by Tigray forces in the region but the UN says it is the only remaining route into conflict-torn Tigray. Fighting between armed groups around the refugee camps has only risen in recent months with two refugees killed in July according to the UN.

Breaking Bad Actor Collapses

Actor Bob Odenkirk, known for his roles in Breaking Bad, Fargo and Little Women, collapsed on the set of the former show’s spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’ yesterday during production of the show’s final season. 58 year old Odenkirk is now being treated in a hospital in New Mexico, where he was filming, but the reason for the collapse has not yet been disclosed. The Emmy nominated actor got his start in the industry writing for comedy shows including Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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