Ukraine

When Tynwald sits next week, the Chief Minister will seek leave to move a supplementary motion on Ukraine.

The motion reads: ‘That Tynwald supports Ukrainian sovereignty, democracy, independence and territorial integrity; condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine; is committed to fully supporting international sanctions against Russia; and further supports the protection of refugees and humanitarian relief in Ukraine.’

We wait to see what this will mean in a practical sense.

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies is going to the northern beaches again this weekend with a session for volunteers meeting at the Point of Ayre on Sunday morning March 13th at 10.30am. The meeting point is the car park on the eastern side of the lighthouse at the car park alongside the Beach Buddies big orange bin.

Postcode Data

Someone’s knocking at the door, somebody’s ringing the, actually no it’s not that. The Chairman of the Post Office, Chris Thomas MHK has revealed that the organisation was paid £493.20 last year for some of the admin work that goes into the usage of Manx postcode data.

In response to a question from Rob Mercer MLC, Mr Thomas said: ‘IOMPO pay Royal Mail (who own the postcode data) to utilise the data. IOMPO are then paid a small, variable amount annually for administrative work done helping to maintain the database, specifically, address information pertaining to the Isle of Man. Some common examples would be new build houses having their addresses established, or a house being renamed by the new owner. Last year, IOMPO were paid £493.20 for providing this service to Royal Mail.’

Snowboarding

Ollie Hill edged out team-mate Owen Pick to win Britain’s first Paralympic snowboard medal with bronze in the banked slalom LL2 event in Beijing. Hill, 32, making his Games debut, was third after the first of two runs in his lower limb category with a time of one minute 10.45 seconds. And while he was unable to improve in his second run, it was still enough for GB’s sixth medal of the Games. Pick, 30, at his second Games, was fourth, 0.19secs behind Hill.

Facebook

The owner of Facebook and Instagram will allow users in some countries to call for violence against Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers.  Meta says it has temporarily made allowances for some violent speech, like ‘death to the Russian invaders,’ that would usually break its rules. 

However, it says it won’t permit calls for violence against Russian civilians. The announcement came after Reuters news agency said it had seen internal emails outlining the policy shift.

‘In light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we made a temporary exception for those affected by the war, to express violent sentiments toward invading armed forces,’ a Meta spokesperson told the BBC.