Breaking:

Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa again and intends to deport him, with a legal challenge now his only hope of defending his title.

Artist in Residence

Manx Wildlife Trust is inviting proposals for a year-long funded artist residency. Working with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man partners and funded by Isle of Man Arts Council, the residency is aimed at connecting new audiences with Manx nature.

You can find out more, including how to apply here.

Sheep!

We had to share this one. DEFA have informed us that we humans are not the dominant mammals on this island after all, we are seriously outnumbered, by sheep. Yes, it turns out that farmers on the island look after around 116,000 of the wooly creatures.
DEFA said: ‘This includes more than 20 different breeds ranging from Scottish blackface (the sheep you see on the mountain) to the more exotic Zwartbles without forgetting the indigenous Manx Loaghtan.’

New Faces

University College Isle of Man has welcomed a number of new faces to its staff in recent weeks and they all wanted to say hello.

In addition to the previously announced appointment of the new principal, Jesamine Kelly, who was handed the baton from Jo Pretty, Mona Devereau, Maciej Mirejewski, Roxy Langstaff and Steve Clague have joined the management team.

UCM has also welcomed seven new lecturing staff; Dr Adi Shklarsh, Lecturer in Programming, Andrea Whitaker and Sophie Hinks, Lecturers in Health and Social Care, Jadene Kieswetter, Lecturer in Business Administration, Mairead Downey, Lecturer in Business, Amy Gale, Lecturer in Computing and IT and Richard Dennett, Lecturer in Accountancy.

Commenting on the appointments, Jesamine Kelly said: ‘I’m pleased to be welcoming a cohort of new staff to UCM at a really exciting time. We’ve got great plans for our students and the future of higher and further education on the Isle of Man. I have fond memories of my time at UCM and I want to make sure that students passing through our doors have the same fantastic experience, laying a solid foundation for their future success. The standard of education and the student experience is directly attributed to the highly experienced and skilled team at UCM, so it’s lovely to be welcoming the new members of staff into the fold.’

Havana Syndrome?

Four more US diplomats working in Geneva and Paris have fallen ill with a suspected neurological illness known as ‘Havana syndrome’, US media is reporting. 

Three diplomats became sick in the Swiss city and one in the French capital last summer, with some 200 people affected over five years. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the American gov was working to get to the bottom of the mystery. There are fears an adversary may have targeted diplomats with microwaves.

Boris’ Lockdown Party

The Met Police will wait for the result of the civil service probe looking into the No 10 party in May 2020, attended by Boris Johnson, before deciding whether to investigate.

They said they would give it ‘further consideration’ if civil servant Sue Gray’s inquiry into parties unearthed potential criminal offences. The force said they rarely investigated breaches of Covid law retrospectively. But Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said the police ‘mustn’t turn a blind eye’. The PM is facing fury from his own party over the drinks on May 20 2020.

Meanwhile the Telegraph has splashed this morning with this:

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