Silverdale Glen

A small section of path surrounding the lower pond at Silverdale glen has been closed off until further notice due to concerns over the stability of the bank. This small section of path (approximately 60m) will remain closed until remedial works have been completed. DEFA has apologised for the inconvenience.

Co-op

The Co-op is seeking a local Manx community partner to establish a local community fridge on the Isle of Man. A Community Fridge is a social space that brings people together to eat, connect, learn new skills and reduce food waste.

‘This is a great opportunity for a local group to increase services to our local community, and to benefit from the leadership and guidance from the UK’s leading community fridge network,’ said Andy Corrie, Area Manager for the Manx Co-operative Society.

The successful group will receive £4,000 in direct financial funding, support & training to set up a fridge, and membership to Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network which operates community fridges across these Isles. The Community Fridge Network offers free guidance to groups wanting to set up their own community fridge, and provides comprehensive support, design assets, peer support, health and safety templates as well as discounted fridges and freezers!  Local groups who wish to apply must apply by the end of January online here.

New Clerk

Tim Cowin has been appointed Town Clerk and Chief Executive for Ramsey Town Commissioners following the retirement of Peter Whiteway who had been in the position since 2002. Having worked in Ramsey as a Director of a construction project management company, he worked for the DoI for the past eight years.

Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners, Alby Oldham, said: ‘On behalf of the Commission I am pleased to welcome Tim as the new Town Clerk and look forward to working alongside him. I would like to thank Peter for the diligent work he has undertaken and wish him a happy retirement.’

Mr Cowin added: ‘I am delighted to have taken up this challenging and influential role in Ramsey a town I love, grew up in and together with my wife have brought up my three children. Peter Whiteway has done a sterling job over the past 19 years, and I look forward to building on the great work that he has done and wish him the very best in his retirement.’

Boris

Boris Johnson was meant to face the House of Commons today when Labour Deputy Leader Angela was allowed to ask an urgent question about the party arranged by his private secretary in May 2020, when the UK was in lockdown. But, surprise, surprise, he didn’t turn up, sending Minister Michael Ellis in his place.

Mr Ellis confirmed that an ongoing investigation into allegations of Tory parties during lockdowns and periods of Covid restrictions will be investigated by civil servant Sue Gray and that if the Met Police choose to investigate as well, then Gray’s investigation will be paused.

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner told the Commons the PM’s ‘absence speaks volumes’ and added: ‘The public have already drawn their own conclusions.’

Pig Heart Transplant

A US man has become the first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig. David Bennett, 57, is doing well three days after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore, doctors say.

The transplant was considered the last hope of saving Mr Bennett’s life, though it is not yet clear what his long-term chances of survival are. ‘It was either die or do this transplant,’ Mr Bennett explained a day before the surgery. For the medical team who carried out the transplant, it marks the culmination of years of research and could change lives around the world.

Surgeon Bartley Griffith said the surgery would bring the world ‘one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis’.

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