Alf Force One

The Chief Minister’s trip to London has cost taxpayers just over £1,000, an FoI has revealed.

Alf Cannan, as well as the Executive Director, Crown & External Relations and the Head of External Relations, went to London between November 30 and December 2 to meet some of faces characters from Westminster.

Final meal details for the trip are not available yet, but £472.43 was spent on travel, with £678 being spent on hotels.

Careers Night

Career opportunities at PwC Isle of Man will be the focus of the firm’s annual Insight Afternoon on 21 December 2021.

The virtual event offers school, college leavers and graduates the chance to find out what training is available at PwC Isle of Man, along with openings for their summer internship programme, student training programme and also for experienced qualified individuals looking for a fresh challenge.

Samantha Pemberton, Senior Human Resources Manager at PwC Isle of Man, said: ‘We have a number of career routes via our student training programme offering structured career development, in addition to on-the-job learning and studying towards a professional qualification. Applications for our 2022 student training programme intake are now open with opportunities for trainee accountants and actuaries, and the event is a great opportunity to hear first hand from recent trainees and to ask them questions.

‘A range of people from across our business will share their experience of working at PwC, their route to joining the firm, the work they do, their studies, as well as offering an insight into the broader experience of office life from our work in the community and busy social calendar.’

The Insight Afternoon will take place virtually, from 2:00pm. To register your attendance, visit

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies is sporting a fresh new look thanks to a helping hand from the local community. 

Island residents can now spot the beach cleaning charity out and about in its distinctive new truck, which was transported to the island free of charge courtesy of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Funded through donations through individuals and organisations, including Ramsey-based AFD Software and the Gough Ritchie Trust, as well as a fundraising lockdown litter-picking event by Anna Cottle, it will replace the current vehicle which clocks up an average 20,000 miles around the island each year.

The red Isuzu DMax Fury will be in action at the regular beach cleaning sessions this winter and beyond. 

Founder of Beach Buddies, Bill Dale, explained: ‘Given the mileage we clock up most weekends – recovering large bags of marine litter and transporting vast quantities of rubbish which has been washed up on Manx shores – we realised we would need to acquire a replacement vehicle.

‘After a fairly major hunt lasting many months, we found another diesel-fuelled truck in Doncaster. We would have liked to buy an electric truck, but the cost was extremely expensive; however, we have made a commitment that our next truck will be an electric vehicle in keeping with the spirit and aims of our charity. We are really grateful to the Steam Packet Company – a long-time supporter of Beach Buddies – for offering free passage of the truck back to the Island. It is very much appreciated and makes a big difference to a charity like ours which is large on volunteer numbers, but very small in terms of finances.’

Boris Christmas Party

Boris Johnson has said he ‘certainly broke no rules’ as questions continue to plague the government over parties during lockdown last Christmas. A picture published in the Sunday Mirror showed the PM at a virtual quiz in Downing Street, appearing on screen alongside two colleagues. But sources have told the BBC other No 10 staff members sat in groups of six in a room in Cabinet Office. Mr Johnson denied any wrongdoing but said the event would be investigated.

United Game Off?

Manchester United are in discussions with the Premier League over whether it is ‘safe’ for Tuesday’s game at Brentford to go ahead after a Covid-19 outbreak at the Old Trafford club. Positives reported on Monday have been confirmed by PCR tests and operations at their Carrington training ground have been shut down for 24 hours. The club is concerned about infection risk and disruption to preparations.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank said his side are ‘planning to play the game’.

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