Beach Buddies

The first volunteer event of 2022 for Beach Buddies takes place this weekend on Sunday at The Lhen on the northwest coast from 10.30am.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘This is a beautiful stretch of the Manx coastline where large numbers of seabirds live and breed, with numbers increasing in recent years (maybe we have helped? If so, that’s brilliant!).

‘As always, Beach Buddies provides all the necessary equipment (gloves, bags, litter pickers) and we remove all the items collected, recycling as much as we can afterwards including plastics, glass, tin cans, hard plastics and metals. The remainder goes to the EFW (Energy From Waste plant) to be turned into free electricity.

‘If you have never been before, then please come along and join in. No need to register, just turn up if you can and join in and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. Please say hello and introduce yourself if you’ve not been before. We love seeing new volunteers. Families are particularly welcome. Please park with a thought for others. The car park at The Lhen is not massive, so polite and careful parking is required.’

Ballasalla

Manx Utilities will be starting work at Station Road, Ballasalla from Monday for seven to 10 days to replace a number of manhole covers, this will require the use of temporary traffic lights between the hours of 9.15 am to 3 pm only

Bailed

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy, who has been charged with rape and sexual assault, has been released from prison on bail. The 27-year-old is accused of attacking five women between October 2020 and August 2021. Mendy, who attended a hearing at Chester Crown Court, had been held in custody since his arrest in August. The France international faces seven counts of rape and one of sex assault. He had been due to go on trial this month but it has now been put back to June at the earliest.

Djokovic

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has thanked people ‘around the world’ for their support as he awaits a decision on his deportation from Australia. Djokovic landed this week to play in the Australian Open, having controversially been given an exemption to Australia’s vaccination rules. But he was dramatically denied entry on landing. Djokovic is currently in immigration detention in Melbourne with a court challenge due on Monday.

Pottier

Oscar-winning actor Sir Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94, with his death being confirmed by Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell. The actor was well known for his long and highly-acclaimed acting career.

The first Black man to be awarded a Best Actor Academy Award. Sir Sidney received the honour for the 1964 film Lillies of the Field.

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