Border Security Bill

A public consultation has been extended on a short Bill that the gov says ‘would enable the island’s existing enforcement agencies and public bodies to share information to assist the prevention of unlawful movement of people and goods into and out of the island’.

The Bill would provide a statutory basis for existing enforcement agencies and public bodies to share data. The public consultation runs until Thursday 17 February 2022. The consultation had originally been due to close this week and hadn’t been publicised, something Sam pointed out last week.

Listen to History

The first 100 sound recordings from ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’ spanning nearly a century’s worth of sounds and voice from the Isle of Man are now available on imuseum.im, with more to follow during 2022.  

Released by Manx National Heritage, the charity responsible for the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage, in advance of the Manx Museum’s 100th anniversary, the first recordings unlocked include stories of folklore and superstitions. One such story tells of a Buggane roaring down Spanish Head at the Sound and another of fishermen firing a bottle of rum into Black Head Cave to bring them good luck at the start of the fishing season. 

The recordings are part of a unique collection of around 600 sound recordings, digitised from the Manx National Heritage Sound Archive, set to become available online thanks to the ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’ (UOSH) project, a UK wide project to preserve and provide access to thousands of rare and unique sound recordings.

Euros in UK

The UK and Republic of Ireland football associations have agreed not to bid for the 2030 World Cup. They will instead focus on a joint bid to host Euro 2028

The decision comes after the UK government committed £2.8m to a feasibility study into the bid.  Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee chair Julian Knight had previously described the prospective World Cup bid as a ‘giant, expensive vanity project’. 

The feasibility study included an analysis of the economic impact, the political football landscape and the likely costs of hosting major international tournaments.  Following the study, the football associations of the Republic of Ireland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland will focus on an official bid to host Uefa Euro 2028.

Guernsey

People in Guernsey are being told to brace themselves for tax rises as the States tries to find an extra £83m a year to meet the needs of an ageing population. 

Leaflets are being sent to islanders outlining the financial challenges facing policy makers as people live longer. 

Deputy Mark Helyar, Treasury lead for the Policy and Resources Committee, said: ‘This summer, the States will be asked once again to make a decision on how to tackle the increasingly urgent problem of funding public services in the future. We have talked about the seismic shift that is our changing population make-up. This is not the fault of any generation of islanders, but it is a reality that must be addressed.’

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