Beach Buddies

Bill Dale’s charity heads north this Sunday, with the Buddies tackling the Point of Ayre. The meeting point is at 10.30am on the northern side of the main lighthouse. Last weekend was a record-breaker when 117 people joined in on Douglas beach, boosted by the team from Plastic Busters. We will be organising more events with them in the future. The charity is also fundraising for a replacement truck, the target is £15,000 and donations can be made here.

Charity Seeks Volunteers

Manx Blind Welfare Society relies on a team of dedicated volunteers to help deliver its vital support and services to around 500 blind and visually impaired people in the island. 

In particular it is looking for people to assist in the day-to-day running of its fundraising shop, The VIP Store, in Strand Street, Douglas. 

There are a range of volunteering opportunities including serving at the till, putting out stock, sorting through donations and transporting items to the shop from the Society’s headquarters in Onchan.   

There are other more general volunteering roles available with the charity too which could include reception duties, working in the library, recording and delivering the weekly news bulletin, driving or escorting members in the minibus, participating in a range of member activities, assisting with the acoustic shooting group at its Onchan-based headquarters Corrin Court and much more.

Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the local community and ideal for anyone wanting to enhance a university application or CV. We will work with you to find a role suited to your abilities and experience to ensure the opportunity is valuable for everyone. We understand that free time is precious but whatever you can spare, even just one hour a week, would be invaluable to us. You could even volunteer with a friend or family member so you can spend time together while supporting us! Any time you can give will be immensely appreciated.’ 

New Bike Race

The island’s reputation as a leading cycling destination will be further enhanced by the launch of a new event this Spring.

The Corrin’s Folly Challenge will take place on Sunday, April 11, supported and staged by Peel Town Commissioners and Cycle 360, with valuable input from ‘Manx Mud’ Club and Longest Day Longest Ride.

The endurance mountain biking time trial challenge will be open to anyone aged 13 or over with a total of four different classes to enter (juvenile, youth, junior and senior).

Starting and finishing at the Transport Museum on Mill Road, the course will include part of the old Railway Line, a section of the Raggatt and a mixture of hard surface, muddy lanes and footpaths with classes from one lap (juvenile) to five laps (seniors) with various prizes up for grabs.

The event was the idea of Peel Commissioner Ian Davidson who said: ‘‘At a lap distance of 3.3 miles and a climb of about 450ft, this is a challenge suitable for anyone but one where you can choose how much of a challenge you want to make it.’

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Business News

Colin Sheard, Synapse360 CEOColin Sheard, Synapse360 CEO

Colin Sheard, Synapse360 CEO

Synapse360, the managed IT solutions provider and part of the Manx Telecom group of companies, has launched a new brand identity and simplified product portfolio to support its plans to grow the business significantly both on and off the Isle of Man.

Focusing on the company’s ‘can do’ approach, the new branding reflects Synapse360’s commitment to providing straightforward, uncomplicated solutions that are scaled and costed appropriately to customer needs.

The new look was developed using customer and staff insights in conjunction with B2B Tech branding specialists, Fox Agency. The process gave Synapse360 an opportunity to revisit its core messaging in line with the company’s vision to ‘put brilliant IT services at the heart of every business’. 

CEO Colin Sheard said: ‘Following our acquisition by Manx Telecom in 2019, it’s become very clear that we are in an excellent position to provide other businesses with comprehensive but flexible managed services that allow them to focus on their core offerings whilst we take care of their IT, connectivity and data centre requirements. Having considered our strengths and reputation for being a driven, positive and enthusiastic partner, we really wanted to bring our people and their amazing “can-do” attitude to the fore. The new brand positioning perfectly captures our commitment to being refreshingly bright and uncomplicated.’

Fraisers and Tommy Pickles Are Back

The popular 1990s US TV shows Frasier and Rugrats are both set to be rebooted for the new Paramount+ platform. Frasier starred Kelsey Grammer as a pedantic psychiatrist with his own radio show. Rugrats will go from being a children’s cartoon to a CG animation, featuring the voices of the original cast. Grammer confirmed his show’s revival saying: ‘I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane.’

US To Release Murder Files

The US is set to release a report widely expected to implicate Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. President Joe Biden has read the intelligence report and is due to speak to the Saudi king soon. Mr Biden wants to ‘recalibrate’ ties with Saudi Arabia, which became closer under President Donald Trump. Khashoggi was brutally killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The crown prince denied involvement.