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Farmers’ Grants Farmers will have access to a wider range of grants from 1 April with the launch of the Agri-Environment Scheme. The new scheme introduces targeted funding options that encourage active farmers to implement changes on their land with outcomes that will see an efficient and productive food chain […]

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 […]

MSR Goes Zooming On

The school holidays are traditionally when Manx Sport & Recreation runs a variety of sports schools all across the island, but obviously this Easter it won’t be able to do that. Instead, it has decided it will run free Zoom classes for children and their families covering everything from dance […]

DoI Review Due Next Month

An independent review of the capacity and capabilities of the DoI is due to report at the end of next month. It is being carried out by management consultants Beamans, which previously delivered a report into the island’s education system that led to changes being implemented in the DESC. Chief […]

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: […]

Support Bubbles

Adults who live alone and lone parents and their children can now “team-up” with one other household when they feel they need support. CoMin agreed the change yesterday following the announcement that the current COVID-19 measures will stay in place until at least 6 April.  A person living on their […]

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 […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

House Prices Policy and Reform Minister Ray Harmer has told Tynwald the provisional figures for 2020 house prices shows inflation of 6.5%. The figures, released after a request from Speaker Juan Watterson. The highest quarterly inflation was in Q1 in 2020 at 7.1% and this had dropped to 4.2% by […]

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 […]

Fly Tippers Face Heavy Fines

People are being warned that fly-tipping will not be tolerated after a number of cases were reported on the island in recent weeks. Police and local authorities have taken to social media to share images of illegally discarded rubbish at local beauty spots including furniture, household waste and glass bottles. […]

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 […]

Building Control Regs Delayed by Covid

Proposed changes to building control fees and charges have been delayed for a second time due to coronavirus restrictions and pressure facing the construction industry. The Building Control (Fees) Regulations 2021 were due to be considered by Tynwald on Tuesday and could have seen fees increased by 4% from 1 […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Committee to Question Prom Works The Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee will be hearing evidence from DoI Minister Tim Baker and CEO Nick Black this week. The first part of the hearing will focus on the Douglas Promenade Scheme, and the second part will address matters relating to the […]

Thorntons Store to Close

A spokesman for Thorntons has confirmed the closure of its Douglas store. The chocolatier is to shut all of its 61 stores across the UK, putting 603 jobs at risk as it plans to move its operations online and focus on selling its products through supermarkets and other stores.. Speaking […]

Unemployment Fell in February

Unemployment fell in February, down to 822, however these figures are from before the most recent lockdown began. The number of registered unemployed increased by 433 compared with February 2020, but the unemployment rate for February 2021 has fallen to 1.9% compared with 2.4% in the previous month January 2021.  […]

Kinrade Appointed Education CEO

Graham Kinrade has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Department of Education, Sport and Culture on a permanent basis. In the position he will be responsible for more than 2,300 staff and a budget of £115 million. Mr Kinrade joined the department as a teacher in 1987 […]

Win an iPad with Gef x Manx Telecom

MANXIES! Have we got a treat for you! In our third lockdown, we’re bringing you a truly excellent prize, perfect for lockdown and beyond. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Manx Telecom to give away a 32GB iPad, in a gorgeous space black. A truly stylish prize.  Look, it’s […]

Food Delivery Support Available

People who find themselves unable to shop for food and essential supplies due to coronavirus restrictions are being made aware of support available to them.  Currently more than 3,200 people have been asked to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and many more vulnerable people are shielding at home, making it difficult […]

Covid Support to Continue Through Lockdown

Financial Assistance will be extended until the end of the current lockdown, the gov has confirmed. Chief Minister Howard Quayle today confirmed that lockdown will continue until at least 00.01am on Wednesday March 31. The Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance (‘MERA’), which provides individuals and the self-employed who are made redundant, […]

Terms Published for Steam Packet Review

The terms of reference for the review into self-isolation requirements for Steam Packet crews have been published. Stephen Hind, the Director of Audit Advisory in the Treasury, has been appointed to conduct the review. The Treasury is the sole shareholder of the Steam Packet. The gov says that the review will […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Is Your Banking Critical? The Isle of Man Bank issued texts today asking customers to ‘only enter the branch if your visit is absolutely critical’.   It added: ‘This could be for urgent cash transactions or to report fraud. Most day to day banking can be done via online or mobile […]

IoM Gov Briefing – 15th March

Howard, David, Dr Al, Dr Ewart Well good afternoon everyone  Thank you for staying at home over the weekend, I know it isn’t easy NUMBERS All tests have been processed – no awaiting results 29 new cases 847 Active Cases 14 in Hospital HOWARD Trend is a downturn – Positive […]

Could Laxey Get Pumped?

Manx Utilities has said it may consider pumping Laxey and Garff’s waste to Onchan in order to connect to the IRIS system, despite previously rejecting that proposal. Raw sewage is currently pumped through pipes into the sea at Laxey. MU is seeking suggestions for sites suitable for locating pumping stations […]

Many Questions

Tynwald is back again tomorrow and there is, as ever, a long list of questions for Ministers. Cannabis The most eye-catching questions come from Garff MHK Daphne Caine, who is seeking updates on the island’s position on cannabis. Mrs Caine is going to ask Health Minister David Ashford: ‘What plans […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]