Gef’s Morning Brief

TV Signal

The Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority is receiving reports that some viewers in the south of the Island are still experiencing television reception issues.

The mast operator has confirmed that engineers are working to resolve this issue and that normal service will resume as soon as possible. The authority said: ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank viewers for their continued patience while this matter is resolved.’

Rushen MHK Juan Watterson said: ‘The mast operator has confirmed that engineers are working to resolve this issue and that normal service will resume as soon as possible. They have arranged for engineers to attend all three masts before noon tomorrow (now today), however, they have requested this be escalated to a sooner date/time if possible.’

Positive Action Group

In the last few years PAG has published three articles, by local parent and education campaigner, David Watts, on the subject of IOM Primary and Secondary school performance. The body of work has gained considerable interest and attracted thousands  of readers.

His latest publication entitled “An IOM Good Schools Guide”, is the most comprehensive to date and contains a wealth of data related to the academic results from each of the Island’s 32 primary schools, encompassing Reception Year and Key Stages 1 and 2. 

Rather than merely relying on the written word David has agreed to present his findings at PAG’s July public meeting. He will explain his method of investigation, which has largely been achieved via FOI requests, his interpretation of the results will be given and questions from the audience.

Roger Tomlinson of PAG said: ‘The large following, gained by Mr Watts’ research, from far and wide, is a testament to his dedication that aims to fully understand the IOM educational system. We do hope that parents will come along, and more importantly participate in the meeting. PAG campaigned hard for the FOI legislation and we are pleased that Mr Watts has certainly used it to garner valuable data.’

The event is on at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas, on Monday June 27 at 7.30pm, admission, as ever is free.

Yacht Rescue

Port St Mary RNLI volunteers were called to assist four people on board a 30 foot yacht with engine problems on Saturday.

Following a VHF Radio call to HM Coastguard, Port St Mary RNLI volunteers launched on Saturday (18 June) to a 30 foot yacht situated off Kallow Point that had suffered engine failure and required assistance. Having established that the four crew on the vessel were not injured, the helm assessed the situation and a tow line was established and made way back to the Inner Harbour.

RNLI/Port St Mary

Port St Mary RNLI helm, Morgan Guy said: ‘The crew of the yacht had a working VHF radio which meant as soon as they were in trouble, they could call for help. The yacht made port without incident at 4:15pm under the supervision of the volunteer crew who assisted in making a secure berth on the inner Harbour of Port St Mary. The RNLI always advises anyone who requires assistance, or who sees someone else in trouble to call 999 and ask for HM Coastguard.’