iPad Donation

Port Erin Commissioners has donated seven iPads to Southlands Residential Care Home. The iPads which were surplus to requirement having been replaced with newer models, were previously used by the former Board. Chair of Port Erin Commissioners, Godfrey Egee presented the iPads to Southlands residents on Friday 22 January.

Mr Egee said: ‘The Board was delighted to be able to make this donation to Southlands, which does a fantastic job caring for our elderly residents from Port Erin and further afield. With the recent lockdowns faced by Southlands during the recent spikes in COVID cases, these iPads will hopefully make things easier for residents to keep in touch with family & friends.’

Rebecca Dooley, Manager at Southlands added: ‘We were delighted to receive the call to offer the iPads which will be of great use to our residents to read news, books and most importantly, being able to contact their loved ones during these difficult times.’

Send a Cow

UNICEF UK has been awarded £1.4 million from the Isle of Man’s International Development Fund to help create a safe environment for Syrian refugee children. The charity will receive £1,411,431 which will be used to provide care services to 12,500 children, education to 1,200 parents and caregivers and efforts to raise awareness of child protection issues of Syrian refugees in Iraq.

This is the second of two charities selected to receive International Development Partnerships (IDP) funding in 2021 – Send a Cow was also awarded funding to help people affected by climate change issues in rural Africa.

Ramsey

Ramsey Town Commissioners have set the rate for the 2022-23 financial year at 445p.  This is a 7.2% rise over the 2021-22 rate which is slightly over the rate of inflation for the Isle of Man that stood at 6% in December 2021.  The new rate will represent an increase in real terms of approximately 74p per week for a typical three-bedroom property within the town.

Juan McGuinness, Lead Member for Finance and General Purposes,  commented: ‘Following a detailed review of costs and projects the Commission has had to set a rate that is prudent and invests in our town.  Inflation caused by volatile supply chains and unprecedented increases in price of goods coupled with central Government effectively enforcing a 3.5p rate rise for the Northern Swimming Pool are things that can not simply be ignored. The Commission, through its budget process and ongoing review of costs and projects, has ensured that services will be maintained and enhanced, that important projects to revitalise and sustain Ramsey for the future are undertaken, and that the Commission’s infrastructure is upgraded and renewed.’

Russia

US President Joe Biden has warned there is a ‘distinct possibility’ Russia might invade Ukraine next month, the White House says.  Russia meanwhile says it sees ‘little ground for optimism’ in resolving the crisis after the US rejected Russia’s main demands. The build-up of tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders in recent weeks has stoked fears of an invasion. Russia denies it is planning an attack.

Channel 4

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is to investigate Channel 4 after an extended outage over its subtitle services. The broadcaster experienced several major outages late last year, caused by issues at the centre which handles its playout services. Its subtitling, signing and audio descriptions were all affected, prompting the National Deaf Children’s Society to call for action. Channel 4 told the BBC it was sorry for ‘significant impact’ of the outage.

A statement from Ofcom said: ‘We have found that Channel 4 managed to meet the statutory requirement to subtitle 90% of its programme hours over 2021 on most programmes. It also met its requirements for audio description and signing. However, Channel 4 fell short of its subtitling quota on Freesat, a satellite TV platform used by around two million UK homes.’

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