CoMin Training

A number of ministers have undergone media training since the new CoMin was formed, the Chief Minister has revealed.

Alf Cannan was asked what training ministers have had since the 2021 General Election by Speaker Juan Watterson.

He said: ‘Since the 2021 General Election, the priority of the newly formed Council of Ministers has been to formulate and deliver the Island Plan within their departments, confirming what we plan to achieve over the course of this Administration.

‘A number of Ministers have undertaken a range of media training, and over the coming weeks Ministers will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of sessions aimed at further assisting them in fulfilling their ministerial duties whilst in office.’

Shall we FoI it? Yeah go on then.

Committee Time

The Social Affairs Policy Review Committee will be taking oral evidence on Wednesday next week from senior figures in the Dept of Home Affairs. This annual oral evidence session covers a range of topics and will be attended by Minister Jane Poole-Wilson and CEO, Dan Davies.

The Members of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee appointed by Tynwald are Ann Corlett (Chair),Daphne Caine and Tim Glover. The committee is sitting at 2.30pm.

Douglas Bins

As reported by BBC Isle of Man, Douglas Council is indeed dropping its bin collections to fortnightly, sort of. People will instead of weekly collections be made to use recycling bins the other week instead. Council leader Clare Wells said that alternating between recycling and black bin collection services would save about £25,000 a year. Some people on Twitter have criticised a lack of consultation over the move. Only one councillor voted against the council’s budget for the 2022-2023 financial year at the rate-setting meeting on Wednesday.

Sue Gray

We still haven’t seen the Sue Gray report and with today being Holocaust Memorial Day, it is unlikely that it will emerge on Thursday, it may appear on Friday, but for now the political bubble journos from the UK are saying Monday looks more likely.

Andrew

Prince Andrew has denied being a close friend of convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, in a legal response to the woman who is suing him in the US for sexual assault.  Lawyers for the prince also say he wants to go before a jury to contest the claim brought by Virginia Giuffre.

The Duke of York has consistently denied all the allegations against him. Ms Giuffre alleges he assaulted her when she was 17 at homes owned by Maxwell and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. But in the 11-page court document, filed on Wednesday, Prince Andrew’s legal team list a number of reasons why they believe her civil lawsuit should be dismissed. One factor they ask the court to consider is the issue of consent.

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