Manx Gas

Something you may have missed this weekend. As first reported by Gef on Saturday, Manx Gas has applied to the utilities regulator to seek a second review of gas pricing on the island. An increase of 27.5% was only agreed to by Tynwald back in October.

School Meals

Another one from the weekend, on Tuesday the gov will go to Tynwald to seek approval for meal vouchers to support families whose children receive free school meals. You can read about that here.

Police Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses in relation to an altercation between two males that occurred in the vicinity of Athol Street and Tynwald Road in Peel, at approximately 12.05am on Sunday morning. It is believed that there may have been a number of people in the area, who may have witnessed the incident. If anyone has seen anything or can assist officers with enquiries, they are being urged to contact the Police quoting the reference number 97/60469/21, which would assist Police with investigating the incident.Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800555111.

Church Apologises

A Catholic diocese in Sicily has apologised after a Bishop (wrongly!) told children that Santa doesn’t exist. Bishop Antonio Staglianò also said Santa’s red costume had been chosen by Coca-Cola for publicity, Italian media report. In an apology, Rev Alessandro Paolino, from the diocese of Noto, said the Bishop had tried to underline the true meaning of Christmas.

But despite what the Bishop says, we all know the truth that Santa (aka Father Christmas) is of course very real.

Wales Restrictions

New restrictions are likely ‘in the next few weeks’ in Wales to deal with the new Omicron variant, the health minister has said. Eluned Morgan said the Welsh government wanted ‘to act proportionately’, but a spike in cases of the variant was expected ‘quickly’. She said there would come a point when ministers could advise people against going to Christmas parties.

Tornadoes

A desperate search for survivors is under way in parts of six US states devastated by powerful tornadoes that have left at least 94 people dead. Dozens more people are missing and entire towns were destroyed by about 30 tornadoes on Friday. President Biden has declared a disaster in Kentucky, the worst-affected state. At least 80 people have died in the state, including dozens in a candle factory, and the death toll is expected to rise above 100.

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