We Had No Choice

Following critical comments made on social media by a Chief Sector Marshal, ACU Events Ltd, race organiser of the TT Races and Manx Grand Prix, and the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association said they had ‘no option’ but to dismiss the official from his role.

The statement refers to comments made by Mike Brown, who said he was ‘disgusted’ at the decision to drop the MGP down to a nine day event.

They added: ‘The TTMA held an emergency Board of Directors meeting to discuss the issue and reached the unanimous decision that the individual’s position as an Official of the races was untenable, supporting ACUE Ltd’s original recommendation. The individual concerned was given the opportunity to withdraw the comments but declined. The same individual had already been in dispute with the race organisation about the new Safety Management System, introduced to ensure the maximum possible level of safety for competitors and individuals officiating on the TT Mountain Course. It is also considered unacceptable for any individual to undermine such a critical initiative.

‘Both the TTMA and ACUE, and the Isle of Man Government, remain grateful, and respect the commitment, from the thousands of volunteers who give up their time to officiate at any Motorsport event on the island. However, any official, particularly one who accepts a senior position within the race organisation, is required to operate in line with protocols commensurate with the role and prestige of the event and to adhere to the ACU National Sporting Code with regard to officiating on the TT Mountain Course.’

Raad ny Foillan

Walkers are being asked to be careful while walking part of the island’s coastal footpath after erosion and land slips on the Raad ny Foillan between Port Mooar to Maughold Church.

At this time the path remains open to the public and is passable with care. Anyone using it should be aware that in one eroded section, walkers will have to leave the path, walk on the beach before re-joining the path. Improvements are being planned which will probably necessitate future closures of the path when works are underway.

Police Appeal

Officers in the south of the island are appealing for information after rocks were thrown at two windows of a house in Ballacriy Park, Colby, at about 10.50pm on Saturday night. Anyone with info that could assist police in identifying the people responsible are asked to contact police on 631212, quoting reference 97/5009/22.

John Lewis

Retailer John Lewis has said it won’t be following other businesses in cutting sick pay for its unvaccinated employees. It comes after Ocado, Next and Ikea revealed they only pay the legal minimum to unjabbed staff if they have to isolate due to Covid exposure. John Lewis’s operations director Andrew Murphy said he ‘cast no judgement’ and that ‘we just don’t believe it’s right to create a link between a partner’s vaccination status and the pay they receive’. He added: ‘When life increasingly seems to present opportunities to create division – and with hopes rising that the pandemic phase of Covid may be coming to an end – we’re confident that this is the right approach for us.’

Root

Despite a, let’s face it, absolutely shite Ashes series Down Under, England’s Joe Root has been named as the ICC test cricketer of the year. Despite the poor end to the year, Root hit 1,708 runs in 2021, the third most in a calendar year in tests. The England captain said he was ‘incredibly proud to receive this award’.

Assange

The UK’s High Court has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can take his case opposing extradition to America to the Supreme Court. The court ruled on Monday he had an arguable point of law that Supreme Court justices may want to consider, this means Assange can now petition the UK’s highest court for a hearing, stalling any extradition from the UK. Assange is wanted in the US over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011. Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice, said the case had raised a legal question over the circumstances in which judges received and considered assurances from the US about how he would be treated in prison.

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