Saturday News

Bevan Goes Over for Sale


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Bevan Rodd

Manx rugby star Bevan Rodd scored his first try for Sale Sharks on Friday night. The prop went over the line just before halftime in the English Premiership game against reigning champions Exeter Chiefs. Bevan played about 60 minutes of the game, with Sale running out eventual winners 25-20.

Stick to the Greenways

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture says its staff have reported fresh motorcycle damage to areas of newly planted woodland in Ohio Plantation in Sulby. A statement said: ‘Riders are reminded that it is an offence to stray from Byeways and Greenway roads into woodlands or onto open heathland and the Department will prosecute those caught doing so. This is also a sensitive time of year for wildlife especially for ground nesting birds. It is an offence to disturb these birds.Please respect the Manx countryside and the guardians that manage it on behalf of the local community.’

Thomas’ Art Exhibition


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Erin Arts Centre is holding an exhibition for the wonderfully talented Thomas McAleer. 

Thomas is an 11-year-old student in year 6 at St Johns Primary school. During the first lockdown he enjoyed watching YouTube videos of artists and designers and inspired by Vexx, he started developing his own doodle/illustrations.

Thomas has always enjoyed making things to sell, he first set up a stall outside the house when he was five – he sold keyrings and bracelets to anyone passing. Last year though he took some of his work to a stall at the Peel Carnival. This inspired more work and, following different sites/pages online, he has enjoyed making different types of work for an Alphabet Art Challenge as well as pieces developed mixing his interests in doodles with watercolours. Thomas has been able to explore a wide range of media and processes for this work, spending varying amounts of time on the pieces in the exhibition (depending on how they have been created) Some pieces have taken an hour or two but his big map has taken over 80 hours.

The exhibition will be open from March 3 to April 9.

WWII Bomb Leads to Exeter Evacuation

More than 2,500 households are being evacuated after an unexploded World War Two bomb was found in Exeter, police say. Officers were called to University of Exeter halls of residence on Glenthorne Road at about 9.20am on Friday and declared a major incident. Hundreds of students were initially evacuated from 12 halls of residence after the explosive was found. Royal Navy bomb specialists are continuing to deal with the device.

Journalist Killing

A US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The report released by the Biden administration says the prince approved a plan to either ‘capture or kill’ Khashoggi. The US announced sanctions on dozens of Saudis but not the prince himself.  Saudi Arabia rejected the report, calling it ‘negative, false and unacceptable’. Crown Prince Mohammed, who is effectively the kingdom’s ruler, has denied any role in the murder.  Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and his body cut up.