Gef’s Daily Roundup

Covid Arrests

A Freedom of Information request by advocate Ian Kermode has revealed that 71 people have received a custodial sentence for breach of the island’s Covid regulations after 215 arrests between March 2020 and March 2021. The number of arrests also includes 35 juveniles, people under the age of 18, but it is not known how many of those received a custodial sentence. The FoI request also revealed that the police had issued 37 fixed penalty notices.

Coffee Charity Campaign

A charity campaign run by MannVend has raised £1,066 for the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust. The Manx company created a new coffee blend last July and called it #IOMstory to support the Visit Isle of Man campaign which celebrates ‘all that is great about the island.’ £1 from every 1kg bag of the coffee sold is being donated to a Manx charity and the Healthcare Trust is the first to receive a donation. Tracey Leahy, Managing Director of MannVend, said: ‘We chose the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust as the first charity to receive a donation because the NHS is going through the most challenging time in its history.’

RNLI Trophy

The RNLI All-island Beach Tug of War Trophy took place this weekend with the Southern Nomads rugby team reclaiming their title after a gap of 36 years since the event last took place. They were awarded with the wooden trophy, hand-carved in the 1980s, after the final against the Isle of Man Young Farmers team. The 14 teams that took part included four of the island’s RNLI stations, of which Port Erin got the furthest, and a mix of sporting groups and businesses. There was also a team, named ‘Toni’s Cronies,’ made up of a group of friends visiting the island who were paired with some locals on the day, getting all the way to the semi-final. The event’s JustGiving page has raised £360 for the lifesaving charity and you can still donate here.

Prince Andrew

An American woman who has accused Prince Andrew, the Queen’s son, of abusing her when she was 17 has filed a civil case in New York. Virginia Giuffre alleges she was brought to the Manhattan and US Virgin Islands homes of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the London home of his associate Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the royal. Speaking on the allegations in 2019, Andrew, who was a long-time friend of Epstein, said: ‘It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,’ despite a photo released that shows him with his arm around her. 

University Fees

As A-Level results day sees thousands of students collect their grades and many begin the transition to university, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson hinted that students in England should not be charged the full term fees if they do not receive face-to-face teaching in the next year. The issue has been brought up frequently in the last year as universities were forced to bring lectures online thanks to social-distancing rules but charged the same fees to students, many of whom argued that they were not receiving the same level of education as before.

Covid Vaccine

The UK government have announced that over 75% of UK adults have received their two Covid jabs, or 39,688,566 people. Over 47 million have received their first dose in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a ‘huge national achievement.’

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