Civil Defence

The island’s Civil Defence has a visit last night from the Lieutenant Governor Sir John and Lady Philippa Lorimer. Following a chat with the volunteers Sir John presented awards to two of the volunteers.

Jake Barnes was presented with the Commandant’s Cup which is presented to a new starter who has made a great impact on the Corps in the last 12 months.

Dr. Andrew Foxon was awarded the Civil Defence Trophy ‘Awarded to an individual who has continually demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond’.

The Governor and Lady Lorimer then took part in a missing person search exercise with two of the teams whilst another two teams searched in another area for a further two missing people.

Tree Planting

Due to the adverse weather forecast for this Friday February 18 (Storm Eunice) and Saturday 19, Arbory and Rushen Commissioners have decided to postpone their public Tree Planting session at Ballakilley Park this weekend.

Weather permitting work will continue on Saturday 26 10am to 2pm when they are hoping to welcome some local Brownies and Rainbows as assistants.

For further information please contact Community Champion Jane Glover on 492010 or email j.glover@arbrus.gov.im or Clerk Phil Gawne by phoning on 834501 or email clerk@arbrus.gov.im.

Beach Buddies

In response to the gov’s advice to avoid forests and plantations and the current weather forecast, Beach Buddies has decided to again call off Sunday’s event and will make another attempt to go to Glen Maye next weekend.

Appointment

Tim Glover MHK has been appointed as political member for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the Government Technology Service.

Cabinet Office Minister Kate Lord-Brennan MHK said: ‘I am pleased that Tim has taken up the invitation to join the Cabinet Office and to take on responsibility for the GTS. Technology will play an important part in the delivery of the Island Plan, with a continued push to ensure that more public services are available digitally and keep pace with change.  Being able to access services digitally – whether requesting a lateral flow test kit or submitting an income tax return – gives citizens more choice and convenience whilst enabling Government to deliver services more efficiently.’

Mr Glover said: ‘Technology touches every part of our lives and continues to evolve rapidly.  How the public interacts with Government has changed dramatically over the past 15 years, but it is important we don’t lose momentum.  A new Digital Strategy is due in May this year which will set out the roadmap for better digital services in the years ahead.  I look forward to helping to drive this work forward.’

Mr Glover is also a political member for the DoI and will continue in this role.

Red Alert

A rare red weather warning – the highest level – has been issued for parts of south-west England and south Wales on Friday, meaning there is a danger to life from flying debris.  The Met Office warned Storm Eunice could bring gusts of up to 90mph, causing significant disruption. 

Damage to homes, train cancellations and power cuts are also likely, it said. The red warning is in place from 7am until 12pm on Friday. It covers the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, as well as the south coast of Wales.

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