Post Office

Isle of Man Post Office has announced it has appointed a new sub postmaster for Port St Mary.

From February 28, David East will take over from outgoing sub postmaster Mr Jeff Calvert. Having bought the newsagents on Bay View Road in Port St Mary, Mr East applied and was successful in being awarded the contract to provide counter services on behalf of IOMPO and its commercial partners from his newsagents.

Mr Chris Thomas MHK, Chair of IOMPO, said: ‘On behalf of the IOMPO Board, I wish to thank Mr Calvert and his wife Tina for their tenure and for agreeing to facilitate a smooth transition of the counter service to Mr East, I wish everyone involved well for the future.’

An Extra Mile

As previously reported, the cast iron mile marker on the approach to the Parish of Michael from Cronk Y Voddy on the A3 road was smashed up in a RTC some months ago. The DoI’s blacksmiths have worked their magic and put it back together. It has been repainted and has been returned to site. A contractor is also rebuilding the wall around the marker that was also destroyed in the collision. In order to facilitate this work there are temporary traffic lights in place at this location.

The island’s iconic black and white mile markers are cast iron and date back to the 1860s and were installed on the instruction of the Island’s then Surveyer General James Garrow.

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies is again going to another new venue for a weekend volunteer event – this time to Glen Maye – on Sunday morning, February 13 from 10.30am.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘Equipment will be handed out in the main car park alongside the Waterfall Hotel and volunteers will have the choice of going to the beach (a 10 minute walk) or through the glen. Last week at Ballasalla (another new venue) we had 57 volunteers, including 12 who took part for the first time, collecting an estimated 200kg of rubbish from around the glen and village.

‘If you’ve never been before come along and give it a go. You will receive a friendly welcome and go home feeling better about the world! Families are particularly welcome.’

Zouma

Animal charity the RSPCA has taken West Ham defender Kurt Zouma’s pet cats away after videos emerged on social media of him kicking and slapping one of them. The RSPCA is liaising with Essex Police about the incident. ‘The two cats are now in RSPCA care,’ said a charity spokesperson.

The Premier League club say they have fined Zouma ‘the maximum amount possible’ and the fee will be donated to animal welfare charities. More than 150,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted, while one of West Ham’s sponsors, Vitality, has suspended its deal with the club.

Party Pics

A photo has been published showing Boris Johnson standing next to a bottle of bubbly at what appears to be a Christmas event in Downing Street.  Published by the Daily Mirror, the PM is pictured behind two staff, who are wearing tinsel and a Santa hat. A third colleague is also in the room, with the open wine bottle and crisps on the desk in front of them. The newspaper said the photo was taken on 15 December 2020 during a No 10 virtual Christmas quiz.

The Metropolitan Police is carrying out an investigation into rule breaking parties in Downing Street during the pandemic. The police are looking into 12 gatherings specifically – some of which the PM attended – but the event on 15 December was not considered by the force to have reached the threshold for criminal investigation.

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