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Sea Swimmer Arrested

A man has this morning been arrested in Laxey after police were called to the village’s beach for the second time in two days. At around 6am today this morning, officers attended the beach after a social media post that had been made from a person allegedly organising a swim […]

Ambassadors for Manx Sport

Fifty one athletes will receive Isle of Man Sport Aid (IoMSA) scholarships this year through a programme that will see them act as sporting ambassadors for the island. Recipients will receive financial support to help with travel and equipment and access to facilities at the Isle of Man Sport Institute […]

Union Doubts Gov Sincerity

Unite the Union has said the gov’s comments about safety measures on its buses ‘are not done with sincerity’.  Regional Officer Debbie Halsall was responding to comments made by Bus Vannin earlier today. She has said that drivers were told to clean down buses themselves and that Bus Vannin management […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Education to be ‘Personalised’ Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson has said his department is in the process of devising new strategic objectives that will guide the functioning and outcomes of the education service over the next five years’. In response to a question from Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper, he added: […]

When Will It End?

The Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee – Prom Scheme Tim Baker DOI Minister  Nick Black CEO DOI Main scheme delayed by January lockdown and ongoing circuit breaker ‘Need to focus in the main job and get that finished’ November feasible time to look at the Horse Tram  The people […]

Ramsey Bin Men Isolating

One of  Ramsey Town Commissioners’ refuse collection teams are self-isolating after a positive Covid-19 test.  One member of the team developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus.  The other two crew members in the working “bubble” have been contact-traced, advised to self-isolate, and will also be tested.   Due […]

Green Living Grant

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot says his department is working to introduce a substantial energy efficiency scheme. The scheme will aim to help lower the emissions from homes on the island, which make up the biggest single portion of our carbon emissions. He explained: ‘The details are yet to be finalised […]

Tynwald Question Time

Tynwald was back this week with members quizzing ministers on topics including school lunches, online degrees and medicinal cannabis. Julie Edge – On how many occasions in the last 12 months the published primary school meals menu has not been provided? Dr Al – From March 24 2020 to May […]

Women of Mann – Doorstep Vigil for Sarah

Content warning: This release mentions harassment, violence and murder. The Women of Mann are inviting residents of the Isle of Man to join a doorstep vigil on Monday 15th March at 9.30pm in tribute to Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old marketing executive whose killing has sparked worldwide conversation about violence against […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Darkness into Light Isle Listen has been chosen by the Irish suicide prevention charity, Pieta, to be their Isle of Man charitable beneficiaries for their 2021 Darkness Into Light event to be held on the island on May 8. The global event is held each year at sunrise, as a […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 12th MARCH

Howard, David, Dr Henny Well good afternoon everyone. Sad news that another member of our community has lost their life to Covid-19 My heart goes out to family and friends. Sincere condolences The unhappy fact is that Covid has taken so many lives around the world We have now tragically […]

Sports Awards Delayed

The Isle of Man Sports Awards have been postponed until the summer due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. The celebration of sport was to be staged at the Villa Marina in Douglas this month but has been rescheduled to Wednesday 2 June  The annual event sees the achievements of the Island’s […]

Islander Dies from Covid

A patient at Noble’s Hospital has died of COVID-19. This is the first death from the virus in the Isle of Man since 5 November 2020.  It takes the total number of people to have lost their lives to the virus on the island to 26. Chief Minister, Howard Quayle […]

IWD 2021: Manx Gals Club

This International Women’s Day, we asked you to share some love, and by God, you all came out in FORCE! Specifically, we asked you to nominate your favourite lady drinking partner who you thought deserved a whole MAGNUM of Whispering Angel, kindly gifted by our mates at The Wine Cellar. […]

Emergency Bus Timetable Introduced

Bus Vannin has introduced an emergency bus timetable which will be operated throughout the current lockdown. The temporary timetable replaces the usual weekday services with amended Saturday services; Sunday services see very little change. The key points of the new timetable are that:  services between Douglas and Peel on routes […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Animal Welfare We love them all, those creatures great and small and now a consultation on a Bill designed to protect animals from harm and mistreatment is open. The proposed Animal Welfare Bill 2021 was drafted following recommendations by a Tynwald Select Committee that in line with the UK regulation […]

Exercise Rules Changed for Some in Isolation

The gov has revised the rules around exercise for people who are in certain types of self-isolation. The review reflects the challenges some people could face where the virus spreads amongst members of a household, resulting in the self-isolation period resetting with each new case, and therefore lasting for a […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

How Grades Will Be Determined The DESC has shared a document explaining how students’ GSCE and A-Level grades will be determined this year. The grades will be based on what students have been taught and will be determined by their teachers based on a range of evidence. See the table […]

Through the Key Hole

Keys was back this week, delayed by a special sitting of Tynwald, MHKs met virtually on Tuesday afternoon, here’s some of the highlights from the written answers, including a special trip upstairs to the Legislative Council. No Timetable for Timetables Unashamedly indulging my own interest by putting this first, no […]

IWD 2021: Women In History

I could actually fill a book with the lives of the inspiring, strange, brave, scary, and fascinating women from Manx history. (Note to self: add this to list of potential book ideas.) Nevertheless, a word count is still a word count, even on International Women’s Day, so here’s just four […]

Gov Hints at New Air Bridges

With today’s announcement that the Classic TT and MGP have also fallen victim to Covid, the gov has hinted towards new air bridge links for the island. Last year of course an air bridge linked the Isle of Man with Guernsey, which allowed Manxies and Guerns to swap islands and […]

MGP and Classic TT Red Flagged

The Gov has confirmed that this year’s Classic TT and MGP races have been cancelled.  The races were due to run from Sunday August 22 to Friday September 3. Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly said: ‘Despite the undoubted progress that the Isle of Man and the UK are making in rolling […]

People Not Told Their Appointments Were Moved

People are reporting they have been turned away from the Chester Street vaccine hub, despite having an appointment for their second jabs. Second doses at the Chester Street hub were moved back from their original dates, with the DHSC saying those affected were sent letters confirming this. However, some people […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Montreal Protocol Extended Increased measures to protect the Earth’s atmosphere from ozone depleting substances, under an international treaty, have been extended to the Isle of Man. Having ratified the original Montreal Protocol the latest amendments bring the island in line with the UK with immediate effect after their Government accepted […]

Packet Will Transfer Southern 100 Bookings

Following the announcement that the Southern 100 has been cancelled, the Steam Packet has confirmed that affected passengers will be offered the opportunity to transfer their booking or receive a full refund.   From Wednesday 10th March, customers affected by the cancellation of the road race event will be able to transfer […]

Exit Strategy Published

Nearly a year after the pandemic began, the Manx gov has now published its proposed exit strategy, which will, in time, lead to the opening of our borders.  The document itself is just under 30 pages and consists of a history lesson, a look at where we are, and the […]

Southern 100 Cancelled

Not a major surprise, but still a major disappointment as the organisers of the Southern 100 have confirmed the races have had to be cancelled again this year. This decision means only the Manx GP and Classic TT have not yet been formally cancelled, but it is widely expected this […]

HQ’s Exit Strategy To Tynwald

Tynwald kicks off with President Steve Rodan reading a message from Lord of Mann, Queen Elizabeth II  HQ statement: Almost a week since we entered a third lockdown, thanks to all the public for playing their part. Only time will tell, a critical moment in this outbreak. Cases at a […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Smart Meters Manx Utilities will shortly begin installing meters for its much anticipated Island-wide smart metering system. Smart meters will form part of a smarter energy grid allowing Manx Utilities to be more precise about energy production and supply, enabling a reduction in waste and better support low carbon technologies […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 8th MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  NUMBERS 1 RESULT AWAITING 56 NEW CASES 369 ACTIVE TOTAL 8 IN HOSPITAL 1 ICU SNAPSHOT AS ALWAYS, MAY INCREASE AS THE DAY GOES ON HOWARD WE’RE TESTING LOADS OF PEOPLE AROUND 14% ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE  DR HENNY OF […]

Register For Jabs Online

Members of the public who have received an invitation letter, can now register for their COVID-19 vaccination online via covid19.gov.im/vaccine. People will then receive either an email, letter or phone call to confirm their vaccine appointments. The online form, which Gef called for last week when it became clear that […]

Clarity For Students

Manx students will not sit regular exams this year, with GCSE and A-Level grades to be determined by way of school assessed grades. It had already been confirmed that students across the UK would not be sitting summer exams, but the situation for Manx students was less clear as the […]

If You Have Symptoms, Call 111

Anyone with symptoms is asked to contact 111 immediately. Do not assume the symptoms are something else.   The Contact Tracing team are continuing to work tirelessly through the significant number of close contacts of those who test positive for the virus. They are asking people to be patient whilst the […]

81 New Cases as Over 600 Tested

Cases of Covid-19 have continued to rise on the island and six people are now being treated in hospital. A further 81 cases were confirmed after testing on Saturday meaning the total number of active cases now stands at 315. More than 1,000 people are currently in self-isolation – with […]

Schools to Stay Shut Monday

Hub schools, nurseries and childminders will not reopen on Monday. The Council of Ministers have reviewed the situation this morning, and have made the decision to extend the firebreak closure of schools, nurseries and childminders to help stop the spread of the virus, particularly amongst the Island’s young people.  There […]

Five in Hospital as Cases Rise

Five people are receiving treatment in hospital for Covid-19 related illnesses as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise on the island. A further 71 cases were confirmed on Friday meaning the total number of active cases now stands at 234. More than 1,000 people are currently in self-isolation – with […]

DHSC Confirms Cervical Screenings Can Continue

GPs have been asked to continue providing cervical screening services, with enhanced safety measures in place to protect patients and staff.   The Director of Public Health and the DHSC have confirmed that the procedure can continue to be offered safely, with mitigations to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.  It […]

Updated: Smear Testing Reinstated

A post on a GP’s Facebook page has said that smear tests can continue in general practice. Ramsey Group Practice has said: ‘We are pleased to announce we have just had word from Head of Primary Care that cervical screening can continue in general practice. We cancelled all our patients […]