Lambing Season

Dog owners are asked to remember to ensure that all dogs are kept under control when you’re enjoying walking the island’s public rights of way. Many of the paths run through or are adjacent to farmland and it is important that dogs are kept under control, not only to protect the lambs, but farmers also have the right to defend their animals on their land. The Dog Act affords farmers the right to shoot on sight any dog that is attacking or worrying livestock.

Police Appeal

Did you witness a road traffic collision at 5pm, Wednesday December 29 at the St Ninian’s traffic lights? A Nissan Micra has been travelling from Ballanard Road towards Ballaquayle Road when it has been struck by a vehicle from behind. This has left damage to the Nissan and the offending vehicle.

A police statement said: ‘The vehicle is believed to be a white van with KMN as part of the registration. The driver would have known they have hit the Nissan. The offending vehicle did not have its lights on. Its likely the van is still sat somewhere with front end damage and the bumper possibly removed. Have you seen one like this recently?’

If you witnessed this collision please contact Police HQ on 631212 quoting reference 97/63240/21. Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Sale for Charity

Isle Listen – one of the island’s leading mental health charitable organisations – has announced details of support from Property Wise, with £100 being donated to Isle Listen for every property listed and sold over £200,000 between January 1 and March 31 2022.

Tony Weston, Director of Property Wise, said: ‘We’re delighted and extremely proud to participate in supporting Isle Listen in this way. The charitable organisation undertakes hugely important and amazing work to support the mental health of our Island’s young people, and my own family has hugely benefitted from their support very recently. We can’t thank Isle Listen enough and feel strongly that their expertise and services truly fill a void within the current health service, and as a charity, they do so free of charge and without any government support.’

Isle Listen’s Head of Marketing, Symon Walmsley, added: ‘We could not continue to do what we do without the amazing support of our Island community, and I’m thrilled that Property Wise want to show their support of our work in this very generous way. At Isle Listen, we’re already becoming a catalyst for change as we work towards removing the stigma that surrounds mental health and empower our Island’s young people with the skills and emotional resilience to navigate 21st century life.’

Novax Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says he is focused on playing in the Australian Open next week after winning a court battle that overturned his visa cancellation. The 34-year-old Serb said he practised on court in Melbourne within hours of leaving an immigration detention hotel. But Australia’s immigration minister still has powers to re-cancel the visa and deport the unvaccinated player.

Ikea

Ikea has cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who need to self-isolate because of Covid exposure, joining a growing list of firms changing their rules. The retail giant acknowledged it was an ’emotive topic’ but said its policy had to evolve with changing circumstances. From this week, sick pay cuts will be implemented at Wessex Water and in the US several major companies have starting penalising unjabbed workers.

It comes as firms struggle with mass staff absences and rising costs. At Ikea unvaccinated workers who are required to isolate could now receive as little as £96.35 a week – the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) minimum.

Badgering Away

A hungry badger is thought to have unearthed the largest collection of Roman coins ever to have been discovered in northern Spain, reports say. The treasure trove was discovered close to the den of an animal in the municipality of Grado, Asturias. The animal is thought to have uncovered the treasure as it desperately searched for food last winter, a harsh one.

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