Masks Policy Remains

While the the gov has removed all legal requirements to wear face coverings on public transport and in health and social care settings, Manx Care has said it is continuing to ask that visitors to any of its settings continue to wear medical grade IIR fluid-resistant face masks.

This includes Noble’s Hospital, Ramsey District Cottage Hospital, Primary Care Settings including GP surgeries, and all Care Homes and Day Services. It alsocontinues to ask all members of the public to voluntarily take a Lateral Flow Test (LFD) around 45 minutes to one hour before visiting one of its health and social care settings in order to detect individuals who may be infected with the Covid-19 virus, but who may be asymptomatic. 

Marina

An FoI has revealed that just over £2m of the budget to remove silt from Peel Marina has been spent in the last two years.

The DoI said: ‘The total spend from the approved budget since January 2019 to December 31 2021 is £2,971,790.’ There is still no final plan for where the silt that has been removed will end up and the dept is working with DEFA to resolve how future build up can be prevented.

Credit Union

A grant from Manx Lottery Trust will significantly enhance the service and user experience for members of the Manx Credit Union (MCU).

The organisation has been awarded more than £9,000 for a new mobile banking app which will allow members to check their savings and loan balances, request transactions, e-sign documents and more, as well as allow MCU to fully integrate online forms with its software system. The mobile application system was created especially for credit unions and is used by a number of them across the UK.

Left to Right: David Talbot, Aidan Mallinson, Wendy Shimmin, Ellie Chapman and Ian Yates from the Manx Credit Union

David Talbot of the Manx Credit Union said: ‘This app will allow us to take our service to the next level, providing efficiency, convenience and better access for our members. Our clients frequently ask if we have mobile banking and, among certain age groups and demographics, it is now the preferred method of engaging with financial institutions. It is important we make ourselves as accessible to our members as possible and this app will be invaluable in helping us achieve this and bringing MCU into the digital age. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Manx Lottery Trust for its generous funding and allowing us to make this enhancement.’ 

Because We’re Worth It

The impact of Scotland’s Covid restrictions on business and hospitality have been “worth it”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Ms Sturgeon said she understood the measures had a ‘very adverse’ effect.  But she told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme that ‘we’re hopefully seeing Scotland firmly on the downward slope’. Restrictions introduced over the festive period are being phased out, with nightclubs reopening and large indoor events resuming from Monday.

Russia

The UK has accused President Putin of plotting to install a pro-Moscow figure to lead Ukraine’s government. The Foreign Office took the unusual step of naming former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev as a potential Kremlin candidate.  Russia has moved 100,000 troops near to its border with Ukraine but denies it is planning an invasion.  UK ministers have warned that the Russian government will face serious consequences if there is an incursion. 

In a statement, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: ‘The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking.’

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