Gef’s Daily Roundup

Steam Packet’s Hew Hire

The Steam Packet has announced the appointment of Seamus Byrne as its new Customer Services Manager. With a wealth of experience in the travel industry, he will officially begin in the role on November 1.

Seamus has held various senior hospitality and marketing roles and, more recently, was instrumental in the successful plan and launch of a multi-million pounds hotel development in the Island.

Commenting on his appointment, Seamus said: ‘I am extremely passionate about delivering great customer service which is why I’m thrilled to be joining the management team of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. It is truly an exciting time for the Company and I am looking forward to working with the team to ensure we consistently deliver an exceptional customer experience for our passengers travelling to and from the island.’

Managing Director Brian Thomson added: ‘I am delighted to welcome Seamus to the Company. He is a highly motivated and experienced individual who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role and help provide the continued consistent delivery of customer service to our passengers. Seamus’s contribution to the business will be invaluable going forward and we wish him every success in his new position.’

Change to Schedule

Meanwhile the Packet has also announced that due to the weather forecast on Saturday evening, the sailing 7.15pm sailing from Liverpool has been brought forward to 6pm with passengers asked to check in by no later than 5.30pm. The change in time is not good news for Everton fans who would be going to see the Toffees play this weekend. Rafa Benitez’s side kick off at 3pm making a 6pm sailing a tight squeeze if they intend to watch the end of the game.

Love Tech

Join the Love Tech team and leading Isle of Man tech companies on 29 October between 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Villa Marina for the inaugural Half Term Tech Fest. The event is free to attend and is aimed at 11 – 18-year-olds.

Throughout Tech Fest, attendees will get to experience the world of technology first-hand. There will be an opportunity to try coding with Code Club, look at retro technology supplied by Isle of Man Vintage Computing Club and even try the Oculus Quest II VR headset. Representatives from Isle of Man companies ManSat, Memory Lane Games, Derivco, PDMS and Riela Cyber & Tech will have stands at the event to talk about job opportunities for people on the Isle of Man. Readynez and University College IOM will be there too, showcasing various training opportunities available locally. 

Angela van den Berg, Chair of Love Tech said about the event: ‘We are delighted to be holding a Half Term Tech Fest on Friday 29th October for the Island’s young people. There is a fantastic programme that really showcases the best of the technology opportunities on the Isle of Man to hopefully inspire our next generation of digital talent. Spaces are limited, so please make sure that you register ASAP on Eventbrite to secure your place. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the companies and individuals who are supporting this event including Digital Isle of Man. And last but not least, a big thank you to the British Computer Society for kindly providing the Occulus Quest II VR headset as a prize for the treasure hunt!’  

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Three Dads Walking

Nicole Kidman has donated £10,000 to three fathers walking 300 miles to raise funds for a suicide prevention charity after their daughters took their own lives. Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen are nearing the end of their journey between their homes in Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Norfolk. The actress said she was ‘profoundly moved’ by the ‘Three Dads Walking’.

Kidman told the suicide prevention charity Papyrus, for whom the fathers are raising money, that they were “three completely brilliant dads, doing a completely brilliant thing, to benefit so many”.

‘Given the circumstances of the past 18 months and the impact of the pandemic, especially on the young, their work is particularly important right now,’ she said.

The fathers have raised more than £460,000, helped by a £10,000 donation from Daniel Craig and £10,000 from former footballer and manager Lou Macari.

Assisted Dying

Ex-Labour MP Frank Field has announced his support for assisted dying and revealed that he is dying himself. Lady Meacher read out a statement from Lord Field in the House of Lords, where peers are debating a new bill to legalise terminally ill adults seeking assistance to end their lives.  It said that he had recently spent time in a hospice and that he was not well enough to attend debates.  Lord Field urged other members to back the bill in his absence.  The 79-year-old spent 40 years as the MP for Birkenhead, and briefly served as minister for welfare reform in Tony Blair’s first term in government.

Spiking Arrests

Police say two men have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into spiking incidents in Nottingham. Nottinghamshire Police has received 15 reports of spiking where the victims believe they were injected with a needle. The force said there had also been 32 reports of people being spiked by having their drink contaminated since September 4. The men, aged 18 and 19, remain in custody as police inquiries continue.

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