Tynwald

Yes today’s the day, it’s the Tynwald Christmas Special, see what all your favourite characters get up to as they debate the Liverpool landing stage and pose 25 questions to ministers. See our preview herefor more.

Where’s Cav?!

A shortlist of six contenders has been announced for the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The nominees are diver Tom Daley, boxer Tyson Fury, swimmer Adam Peaty, tennis player Emma Raducanu, footballer Raheem Sterling and Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey. Now don’t get us wrong, they’re all great in their own right, but we’re a bit miffed by the omission of the Manx Missile Mark Cavendish who, let’s not forget, came back from injury to equal the record for the most stage wins on the Tour de France and clinched the green jersey 10 years after first winning it. We may be biased but we still think he should be shortlisted.

New Job

Diane Kelsey MLC has been appointed as political member for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for immigration and planning policy.

Cabinet Office Minister Kate Lord-Brennan MHK said: ‘I am pleased that Diane has taken up the invitation to support the work of the Cabinet Office. Her experience, skills, interest and oversight in these particular areas will be put to good use and I am confident that she will make a positive and constructive contribution.’

Mrs Kelsey, who was selected for LegCo in November, said: ‘As a newly elected MLC, it is a privilege to have been asked to support the Minister for the Cabinet Office for these detailed areas. I have specific interest in planning policy and past experience of immigration matters.  I look forward to working closely with the lead officers, Cabinet Office and Tynwald members in delivering good outcomes for our Island and its residents.’

Bond, British Bond

Whoever it is that plays the next James Bond, it will definitely be a British man, said producer Barbara Broccoli in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

‘I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond,’ she said. ‘I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles. I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women. He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race].’

Ukraine

Boris Johnson has told Vladimir Putin about his ‘deep concern’ over Russian forces amassing on Ukraine’s border. Tensions have been growing in the area, with Ukrainian authorities saying Moscow could be planning a military offensive at the end of January. The two leaders spoke on Monday, with Mr Johnson reiterating the need to deescalate tensions through diplomacy. But he also warned President Putin of ;significant consequences’ of any ‘destabilising action’ by Russia.

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