Gef’s Morning Brief

Poverty Committee

Tynwald has voted unanimously to re-form the Poverty Committee.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister said: ‘The previous Committee has certainly put down some solid foundations, but it will be the new committee members of Joney Faragher and Sarah Maltby of the Manx Labour Party, along with Tanya August-Hanson, Juan Watterson and myself who will need to look at many of those social issues that were raised on the doorstep during the House of Keys general election. In my opinion this committee has just the right structure and balance to seriously look at some of our most urgent social issues facing many in our community at the moment.’

Top Lawyer

Appleby partner Garry Manley has received the Gold award for “IFC Lawyer of the year, partner” at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2021, which highlight leaders under 40 in the wealth sector who excel at work and also make an important contribution to society.

Garry received the highest award in the category and is the only Isle of Man lawyer recognised at this year’s awards.  This is the second time Garry has been recognised by Citywealth, having received the Silver award at last year’s awards.

Faye Moffett, Managing Partner for Appleby Isle of Man, said: ‘Congratulations to Garry on receiving this prestigious award. Garry is a renowned M&A lawyer with a level of onshore M&A experience that is unmatched in the local market.  He has led on many of the largest and most high-profile Isle of Man M&A transactions since his return to the Isle of Man five years ago and is a very worthy winner of this accolade.’

Ireland Restrictions

New Covid-19 restrictions in the Republic of Ireland are due to ‘another surge’ of the virus, the Taoiseach has said. Micheál Martin said the ‘advice is now that everyone should work from home unless it is absolutely necessary’.

Workers began to return to offices in September when restrictions were eased. Mr Martin also confirmed an earlier closing time of midnight for bars, restaurants and nightclubs from Thursday. Ministers made the decision as senior government figures fear further restrictions may be needed.

A Cure for HIV?

A woman from Argentina appears to have rid herself of HIV without drugs or treatment – the second documented case of its kind in the world. Doctors believe the patient’s immune system cleared the virus on its own. Tests on more than a billion of her cells found no viable trace of the infection, Archives of Internal Medicine reports. If this process could be harnessed, it might offer a way to wipe out or effectively cure HIV, experts say. The findings are further proof a few people are born with natural resilience to HIV.

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