Terry Cringle

The island’s journalist fraternity has lost its most senior member, as Manx Radio announced the death of Terry Cringle. A veteran of just about every form of media, Terry worked at the radio, for Isle of Man Newspapers and even had a few spells working with the TV networks.

In announcing his death, Manx Radio said: ‘Terry had a remarkable career in journalism which lasted over 70 years until he officially retired in the summer of 2020. His time at Manx Radio began in 1969 when he was hired to set up the in-house news gathering service and he was hugely instrumental in developing our news service, both on and off air.

‘Terry also presented many different features and programmes for Manx Radio including the Cringle File and most notably, the long running History Man series, which has ran for almost 20 years. Archive editions of the feature have been broadcast each week since Terry’s retirement and it’s still one of our most downloaded podcasts.

‘As well as broadcasting, Terry was a successful writer and his many columns and articles for various Island publications were also extremely popular, particularly his long running Times Past feature in the Isle of Man Examiner.’

Masks

Manx Care no longer requires the use of face masks in all of its health and social care settings – instead, they will now only be required in inpatient/outpatient/resident/service user areas.

With immediate effect and in line with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) guidelines, there is no longer a requirement to wear an IIR Fluid Resistant face mask within Manx Care building corridors, offices, or education facilities. Those who prefer to wear a mask may continue to do so, on a voluntary basis.

Individuals should continue to wear masks on entry to areas where there is contact with patients, residents and service users e.g. Wards, Care Home Units, Outpatients and Community Clinics. IIR Fluid Resistant face masks will be available for free at entrances to these areas. There will also be a red zone poster displayed in each of the face mask wearing areas to remind people of the need to wear one. Manx Care colleagues will also continue to wear face masks when visiting patients at home. 

This policy will continue to be reviewed.

Unemployment Up

The latest labour market report, compiled and published by the Statistics Isle of Man team at the Cabinet Office, shows the number of people registered unemployed was 309 for January 2022.

The figure increased by 18 persons from the previous month (December 2021), but has decreased by 725 persons compared to the same month last year (January 2021). The unemployment rate for January 2022 is 0.7%, remaining the same as the previous month.

Trees

Lieutenant Governor, Sir John Lorimer, the Mayor and Mayoress and Council Leader joined Douglas schoolchildren to plant 70 trees to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Pupils from all nine primary schools in the capital participated in the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative which encourages people across the British Isles to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’. It was co-ordinated in the Island by Douglas Borough Council with the trees planted adjacent to the new cycleway at Spring Valley, along the edge of Douglas Golf Course.

Children from St Mary’s Primary School were joined by Lieutenant Governor Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer and Lady Lorimer, Mayor Raina Chatel and the Council Leader to plant the first saplings with pupils from other schools in the town (St Thomas, Ballacottier, Scoiil Vallajeelt, Henry Bloom Noble, Mano Park, Kewaigue, Anagh Coar and Scoill Yn Jubilee) taking part in further planting throughout the week.

Mrs Wells said: ‘To reach a Platinum Jubilee is a remarkable achievement and the Queen’s Green Canopy is an ideal project to help educate our young people about the Island’s connection with the Royal family, what it means to us and why we’re celebrating it.

‘It was particularly pleasing to see so many children involved in what we’re doing as a community which will lead to a significant change in the landscape in the area going forward. Anything which contributes towards our environment is a good thing and I very much look forward to the Isle of Man playing its part in celebrations to mark this Platinum Jubilee year.’

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