Bring out Your Bras

Girlguiding on the island is working with the charity ‘Against Breast Cancer’ to collect used, surplus or even new bras to give them a new lease of life and raise funds for research into secondary breast cancer.

Women are asked to deposit their unwanted bras into one of the bright pink bra banks across the Island, which are located at Corinthians Football Club, Ballafletcher; Keystone Law, Old Courthouse, Athol Street, Douglas; the Bowl at the IOM Football Association HQ and FC IOM home games and Douglas Library, Victoria Street.

The bras will be sent to Africa, where they will be sold at affordable prices by small businesses, benefitting the local economy. 

Girlguiding Isle of Man County Commissioner Karen said ‘We’re asking all of the ladies on the island to have a sort out and donate bras they no longer wear and help us fill the bra banks, which will be in place until the end of December. Many of our members have been affected by breast cancer, and as a charity for girls and young women, this is something that is close to our hearts. This scheme has so many benefits – as well as raising funds and supporting small businesses in Africa, it keeps waste bras out of landfill.

Girlguiding Isle of Man runs Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers for girls and young women aged from 4 to 18. To find your local group, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk or www.girlguidngiom.im 

Lib Vannin Chair Joins Commissioners

Paul Weatherall, who unsuccessfully stood in Ayre & Michael during the General Election, is one of three new members of Ballaugh Parish Commissioners. Paul Weatherall has joined Rachel Andrew and Robert Perry in being elected unopposed to the board which already contained Chairman Steven Curphey and Vice Chair, Liza Nicholson.

Mr Weatherall said: ‘It is good to know that our Commissioners can now function properly, although it is still unfortunate that so few people are prepared to come forward to serve our community in this way. In that regard, I am disappointed that an election wasn’t required.

‘You will know that I recently stood as a Liberal Vannin candidate, seeking to represent you as one of your MHKs for Ayre & Michael. You will be aware then of my background and views on a wide range of issues affecting the Island, including all of us who live here in Ballaugh. I will represent you on Ballaugh Parish Commissioners as a member of Liberal Vannin. Having the support of a political party is important, as I can share ideas with Lawrie Hooper, our MHK and now Minister for Health & Social Care, and fellow party members and supporters. As one of your Commissioners, I can bring this collective experience to bear on your behalf. My first loyalty, however, will always be to you,  the residents of Ballaugh.’

He has listed improved bus services and helping local amenities and businesses such as the local shop/post office, pub, school, recreational facilities remain successful as his priorities, as well as being against Greenfield development in the parish.

Tax Payments Due

Payments of any outstanding amounts for 2020/21 personal tax assessments and 2021/22 payment on account notices are due on January 6 2022

There are several ways to pay tax bills, including an online service payment facility which allows people to avoid potentially large queues at the Income Tax Division office as the payment date approaches. For more information, please visit www.gov.im/incometax and select Payment Methods.

Register for Government Online Services at www.gov.im/onlineservices and then follow the links to enrol for Tax Services. Assistance can also be provided in completing the process either in person at the Income Tax Division or by telephoning 685400.

Football is For The Fans

English football needs an independent regulator to stop it ‘lurching from crisis to crisis’, says the chair of a fan-led review into the sport. Former sports minister Tracey Crouch is calling on the government to create a new independent regulator for English football (IREF). The review says this is necessary for the long-term financial stability of the men’s professional game. ‘This is a huge opportunity for football,’ Crouch told BBC Sport.

I Was Spiked

A government minister has told the BBC how her drink was spiked on a night out in 2019 and has called for tougher action to prevent further incidents. 

‘I found something black in the bottom of my drink. I pulled it out and didn’t really think anything of it, and threw it on the floor,’ says Mims Davies. ‘It was only later on I thought, blimey, what was that?’

The Conservative MP has only a partial memory of a night out in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, having blacked out after her drink was spiked.

I Quit

Sweden’s first ever female prime minister has resigned just hours after she was appointed.  Magdalena Andersson, was announced as leader on Wednesday but resigned after her coalition partner quit the government and her budget failed to pass.  Instead, parliament voted for a budget drawn-up by the opposition which includes the anti-immigrant far right. 

‘I have told the speaker that I wish to resign,’ Ms Andersson told reporters. Her coalition partner, the Greens Party said it could not accept a budget ‘drafted for the first time with the far-right’. Ms Andersson said that she hoped to try to become prime minister again as a single party government leader.

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