Fuel Dips

Yesterday saw the first of a series of planned joint operations between the Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit and Customs, aimed at commercial vehicles. This saw them ensuring that vehicles are roadworthy and all documents were in order, including Operator Licences. Eleven vehicles were stopped resulting in; All having their tanks dipped by customs

1x Reported for summons
1x Vehicle Seized
3x Words of advice given
3x Fixed Penalty Notices being issued.

A statement said: ‘The next joint operation will be mixture of static points and mobile patrols. We are committed to ensuring our islands roads are safe for all. Those who drive with no insurance/ tax or in a vehicle in an unroadworthy condition can expect to have it seized.’

150 Years of Education Act

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the 1872 Isle of Man Act for Public Elementary Education, which introduced compulsory education, eight years ahead of England and Wales, transferring control of education from the Church to the State.

To celebrate, as well as to inform others, Rushen Heritage Trust has arranged for Angela W. Little, Professor Emerita at UCL Institute of Education, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a past President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education, to present a talk. Prof Emerita was previously educated at Rushen Primary School and Castle Rushen High School.

You can find out more or book tickets here.

Birds

Manx Wild Bird Aid is appealing for people to watch for any birds which may have fallen out of their nests during this week’s storms.

The charity said: ‘Pigeons and doves are already nesting, and their babies often get blown out of their nests during storms. Remember, unlike songbirds pigeons and doves should not leave the nest until they can fly, and if they’re on the ground unable to fly they need help. So keep your eyes open, check your garden and get in touch if you find any babies in need of help.’

Winter Olympics

Great Britain have their first medal of the Winter Olympics after the men’s curling team defeated the United States 8-4 in a nail-biting semi-final to guarantee at least silver. Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan stole one in the penultimate end and held out. The Scottish quartet will play Sweden for gold at 6.05am on Saturday. Thirteen days in, it ends concerns the British team might finish without a medal for the first time since 1992.

Ukraine

Russia is preparing to fabricate a reason to invade Ukraine, the US says, warning that an attack could happen in the coming days. On Thursday President Joe Biden said military action could begin imminently, but stressed that a diplomatic solution was still possible.

His top foreign policy official later listed several ways Moscow could stage justification for an attack. Russia said the claims were ‘baseless’ and accused the US of stoking tensions. It has repeatedly denied any plan to invade its eastern neighbour. Moscow insists it is moving troops away from the Ukrainian border, but that claim has been fiercely contested by Western powers.

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