One of the island’s best beauty spots has received a face lift after DEFA finished its work replacing pathway from the car park down to the waterfall at Glen Maye. The public toilets are also open after their recent refurbishment. The next phase of works will be the replacement of the footbridge at the bottom of the glen – dates to be confirmed. This will be followed by improvements to sections of the top path early next year.
Income Tax Penalties
An FoI request by advocate Ian Kermode has revealed that at the start of October there were 9,281 individual tax returns remained outstanding. This had led, as of October 22, for 6,193 penalty charges being issued, however after appeals or based on assessments, this number may have reduced and some may yet still be cancelled. Mr Kermode’s FoI also revealed that the total value of all penalty charges issued are £618,792.
This year’s figure is far higher than the previous four years. In 2016/17, there were 4,391 charges issued for non filling, in 2017/18 this rose to 4,572, in 2018/19 it rose again to 5,248 before falling in 2019/20 to 5,160.
Onchan Commissioners have issued notice that a firework display will be held in Onchan Park on December 1 at about 7.15pm. The display will last for about 15 minutes.
The Dullest Man in Britain
It’s that time of year again when pop stars, footballers and fashion models start flogging their annual wall calendars, hoping for an easy money-maker. And it’s not hard to see why – as over 16million of us still purchase wall calendars, with Liverpool Football Club and Minecraft already lined up as bestsellers for 2022.
But one new release stands aparts from the rest.
‘Benches of Redditch’ lovingly depicts 12 benches in and around the West Midlands town and has been compiled by the UK’s self-proclaimed ‘dullest man’. Retired printer, Kevin Beresford, 69, has been making calendars as a hobby for the last 18 years, including an infamous ‘Best UK Roundabouts’ calendar which first appeared in 2003. Now, he is hoping to sell more copies of this latest venture than Meghan Markle’s children’s book, ‘The Bench’.
DO YOUR JOBS
Boris Johnson has set out plans to ban MPs from working as paid consultants, in the wake of the row over former Tory MP Owen Paterson. Mr Paterson was found to have used his position to lobby for two firms paying him – reigniting debates over MPs’ outside employment. In a letter to Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the PM said MPs should adopt a ban ‘as a matter of urgency’. This would stop MPs from ‘exploiting their positions’, he added. Implementing such a ban would require a change to the MPs’ code of conduct, requiring a formal vote in the House of Commons.
English cricket is ‘institutionally’ racist, says former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq. Rafiq, 30, told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that racist language was ‘constantly’ used during his time at Yorkshire. In an emotional testimony, he also said the club gave him ‘inhuman’ treatment after his son was still-born in 2017. He added the issues he faced at Yorkshire are ‘without a shadow of a doubt’ widespread in domestic cricket.