Gef’s Daily Roundup 🐮

Attempted Suicide

The Emergency Services Joint Control Room recorded 49 attempted or threatened suicide attempts in the island during 2019, the DHSC Minister has revealed. The figures show a year-on-year decrease since 2018 when there were 94 calls recorded, followed by 75 in 2019 and 67 in 2020.

However, Lawrie Hooper advised: ‘There is no central recording mechanism for attempted suicides, however data does exist within the Emergency Services Joint Control Room (ESJCR) system if an ambulance has been requested to provide a response if someone is either attempting or threatening suicide. This data will not be fully accurate as incidents where an ambulance has not been requested will not be included, i.e. if someone has been taken to the Emergency Department or if medical assistance has not been requested.’

Picky McPickface?

The Southern Civic Amenity Site Board has launched a competition inviting the Southern primary schools to name the site’s new waste handler due for delivery in April. Each of the schools classes have been asked to select a name they feel best suits the new machine with the Board selecting a winner. The winning class will be invited to the site for a formal naming ceremony which will see the chosen name proudly displayed on the waste handler.

Got Milk?

Yes it is indeed time for another DEFA fact.

Did you know the amount of cow’s milk produced on the Island’s 30 dairy farms each year could fill an Olympic swimming pool an incredible 57 times? 🐄 Nearly 26 million litres of milk is sold annually on the Island, 6.5 million is sold as liquid milk, the balance being used to make delicious yogurts, cheese and butter.

Wagatha Christie

Rebekah Vardy said it was ‘war’ after Coleen Rooney publicly accused her of leaking stories, a court has heard. A trial is due to start in May, and the two-day hearing this week is to decide what evidence can be used when that comes around.

The “Wagatha Christie” row broke out in 2019 when Mrs Rooney said fake stories were leaked to the press after only being seen by Mrs Vardy’s Instagram. Mrs Vardy denies the accusations and is suing Mrs Rooney for libel. On Tuesday, the High Court heard that WhatsApp messages between Mrs Vardy and her PR and friend Caroline Watt had been disclosed ahead of the trial.


Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, an intense western starring Benedict Cumberbatch, leads this year’s Oscar nominations with 12. It is closely followed by Dune, which has 10, and Belfast and West Side Story, which have seven each. Olivia Colman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Garfield are among the British acting nominees in the leading categories. Dame Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds are nominated for supporting roles. Both appeared in Belfast, Sir Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical black-and-white film about a family in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

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