MT Relaunches OV

Manx Telecom has announced the relaunch of its Global Solutions division under the brand OV.

OV, derived from Of Vannin, the ancient name for the Isle of Man, will continue to serve the growing global Internet of Things (IoT) market along with its established global Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) and travel SIM business. Based on the island, OV directly employs more than 40 residents. 

OV Chief Executive Sutha Siva said: ‘The IoT and connected smart devices offer consumers and businesses endless possibilities that can improve how we live and work. It is forecast there will be around 25 billion connected devices by 2025.

‘Our mission at OV is to deliver the most appropriate connectivity solutions for customers’ IoT ecosystems so they can leverage the full potential of IoT and benefit from transformational productivity gains as a result.

‘The decision to rebrand was driven by a greater need to focus on the IoT industry, which is growing at 30-40 % each year, as well as our MVNE and mobile connectivity services. Using OV’s portfolio of tools, services and products, combined with Manx Telecom group expertise in successfully innovating, designing, and deploying IoT connectivity, we are gearing up for continued expansion in the IoT connectivity space and have ambitious plans for our Island-based operations.’

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Five of our island’s most talented photographers will talk about capturing images of nature in an event organised by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.

‘Nature Through A Lens’ will take place at the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre, Douglas, on Thursday 8 July at 7pm as part of Manx Wildlife Week (3-11 July).

Photo by Sean Corlett

Taking part are:

Leigh Morris, CEO of Manx Wildlife Trust, who takes spectacular underwater images while diving off the Isle of Man. Peter Killey, who photographs landscapes and some of our best-known birds. Mike Radcliffe, who captures the sea in all its moods, landscapes, marine life and birds. Catharine Devine, a recent graduate in photography from Manchester University, who practices a diverse range of photography, including people enjoying nature. Sean Corlett, whose love of nature inspired him to plant a wildflower garden and capture in incredible detail its insect visitors.

Arts in the Arcade

The Isle of Man Arts Council has announced a new “Arts in the Arcade” programme in the Villa Marina Arcade. The programme is a development on the popular “Summer Music Series”, which has taken place in the Villa Marina Arcade since 2009 and will feature workshops and concerts taking place throughout 2021 with all concerts free to attend. The “Summer Music Season” welcomes the Island’s brass bands to the stage during June, July and August on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm and Sunday afternoons at 3pm. “Soundbites” is a new Friday lunchtime series of acoustic concerts at 1pm where the public can grab a bite to eat at Café Villa and enjoy a varied programme ranging from blues to trad. The popular Wurlitzer concerts return on a Wednesday throughout July at 1pm.

Jane Corkill, Arts Development Manager said: ‘The development of our long running Summer Music Series is a great opportunity for the whole community to enjoy the arts in an iconic venue situated in the very heart of the Cultural Area, and we will continue to bring new ideas and artists to the programme.’

For more information contact the Arts Team at iomartscouncil@gov.im.

Body Belongs in Cemetery

Human remains found in a cemetery are no longer being treated as an ‘unexpected’ find by police. Detectives were called to Petersfield Cemetery in Hampshire on Friday after workers made the discovery. Previously, Hampshire Constabulary said cemetery staff had found the remains in ‘unexpected circumstances’. The force has since said the find was not suspicious. It added the remains were not found above ground and were instead ‘in their rightful place’.

Body Found in Dinosaur

It is a tad morbid today but Spanish police are investigating after a missing man’s body was found in a dinosaur statue. Authorities were alerted on Saturday after a father and his son noticed a smell emanating from the papier-mâché figure in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a suburb of Barcelona.  The father then saw the corpse through a crack in the Stegosaurus’ hollow leg. Police said the man had been reported missing by his family, and no foul play is suspected. Three fire brigade teams were called to the scene after the body was discovered, and firefighters cut open the dinosaur leg to retrieve it.

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