The Isle of Man Safeguarding Board has worked hard to deliver its priorities during a busy and challenging year.

The Board’s annual report, which will be tabled at October’s sitting of Tynwald, highlights its performance between April 2020 and March 2021.

Inter-agency co-operation and commitment have been key in this challenging year, according to the Board’s independent chair during the period, Glenys Johnston OBE. Mrs Johnston was succeeded by Mrs Lesley Walker on 1 April 2021. The report sets out what the Board has achieved, and identifies the further work required, acknowledging the challenges caused by COVID-19.

Mrs Lesley Walker, incoming chair, commented: ‘I am already working closely with all of the agencies and organisations that make up the Safeguarding Board in the Isle of Man, to ensure effective collaborative working and improvements in multi-agency safeguarding practice, in spite of any challenges we may face. Collaboration has always been at the heart of the Board’s work, and I have already seen evidence of the commitment from all agencies to drive forward work on our new priorities at a significant pace. I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs Johnston OBE for her work over the last three years, especially during this recent, highly challenging period.’

Election Damage

The police are asking people to stop defacing and removing posters related to this year’s General Election. Several candidates have had posters damaged or removed from their positions during the campaign. Sergeant Andy Reed has said if the incidents are reported to the police, they will be investigated.

Texas Abortion Battle

The US Justice Department says it will protect clinics that perform abortions in Texas, a state with a near-total ban on voluntary pregnancy terminations. The department said it would ‘provide support from federal law enforcement’ when a clinic, reproductive health centre or patient was ‘under attack’. A new Texas law bans abortions from as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland has said: ‘We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction or property damage in violation of the FACE Act.’

Emma Raducanu

She’s only gone and done it. The sensation of British tennis Emma Raducanu is through to the Quarter Final at the US Open. The Canadian born 18-year-old took just over an hour to pick apart home crowd favourite Shelby Rogers to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final. On her seven match run from the qualifiers, she has not dropped a set and lost just 15 games.

British Airways

The Times is reporting that an employment tribunal has criticised British Airways for showing a ‘lack of empathy’ for veteran Steve Jones, despite the company having signed the military covenant. Jones, an RAF veteran of 18 years, is to be awarded compensation after winning his claim for disability discrimination and harassment against BA. The tribunal was told that Jones, who suffers from PTSD, had texted his manager to say that he was on his way to hospital after having given his daughter CPR. When he returned to his job, the former air force bomb disposal expert, whose wife had died from the same condition that afflicted his daughter, was told he was being investigated for potential gross misconduct. Compensation will be agreed at a later hearing.


Ending on a cute note today, a giant panda in a Spanish Zoo has given birth to twins. Madrid’s Zoo Aquarium announced the birth of the as-yet-unnamed cubs on Monday, describing their arrival as ‘a great contribution to the field of conservation of a threatened and high-profile species that is an icon among those who love and protect nature’.

The panda twins at Madrid’s Zoo Aquarium. Photograph: Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

The siblings are the fifth and sixth cubs born in the zoo to Hua Zui Ba, a female panda, and her partner, Bing Xing, who are on loan from China.

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