Bat’s Life

Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx Bat Group have come together to sign a memorandum of understanding that the organisations want to work more closely in the conservation of bats and their habitats, education and helping achieve the goals of the Isle of Man Biosphere.

The island is home to seven different species of bat. All these species, and their roosts, are protected by law after the Manx bat population declined, along with their habitats. Bat ‘hotspots’ across the Island include Silverdale Glen, Port Soderick, Summerhill Glen, and Onchan Wetlands, a MWT nature reserve.

Signing on behalf of MWT was CEO Leigh Morris, he said: ‘I’m delighted that MWT have signed an MoU with the Manx Bat Group (MBG). The conservation of bats in the Isle of Man is extremely important and is something MWT are constantly involved with, particularly with our ecological surveys. An official link-up with MBG mirrors the relationship we have with Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch (MWDW) and Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW), which shows the IOM that we are working closely together for Manx nature and its conservation.’

MGB chair Nick Piner added: ‘The Manx Bat Group are very pleased that their relationship with Manx Wildlife Trust is to be deepened by entering into this MoU, after all, we have similar aims, to look after our wildlife heritage. I am sure that the MoU will lead to greater collaborative working between the two organisations at a time when the Bat Group, in particular, is seeking more members and more volunteers to assist with its extensive programme of surveying and monitoring the various bat species on the island.’

Bitcoin

CoinCorner CEO, Danny Scott, says he wants to see 20% of Manx businesses accepting Bitcoin as a payment method by 2025. The Bitcoin exchange, which has its headquarters in Douglas, already has more than 50 local businesses signed up and accepting Bitcoin

Scott said: ‘Over the last few years, we’ve seen Bitcoin mature into what is now a household name. As a result, we’ve seen an increase in businesses enquiring about Bitcoin, wanting to take advantage of what is currently a $600 billion market.’

Bitcoin is the world’s largest cryptocurrency and is fast becoming a popular payment option – thousands of businesses around the world now accept Bitcoin. Earlier this month, El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, meaning that under the law, Bitcoin must be accepted by businesses when offered as payment for goods and services.

Carl Nassib

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has become the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib, 28, made the announcement in a video posted on his Instagram account.

He said: ‘Just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person so I hope that you guys know that I’m really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important.’
Nassib has also donated $100,000 to Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America

Bumble

As a dating app, Bumble has always done things differently and this week it has temporarily closed all of its offices to combat workplace stress. Created by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, the app puts women in charge of the app and deciding whether or not to message mutual likes. The move has been widely praised by staff and executives on social media. The pandemic has provided an ideal chance for Bumble to grow and saw Ms Wolfe Herd become the youngest woman, at 31, to take a company public in the US when she oversaw Bumble’s stock market debut in February.

Losing Your History

Unesco has recommended that Liverpool’s iconic waterfront lose its world heritage status as a result of the unsympathetic developments in recent years. The threat of Liverpool’s demotion has dragged on for more than 10 years after modern developments on the waterfront. Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson has called on the committee to defer any decision for 12 months and said deletion would be ‘hugely unfair’.

The DUP

Over in Northern Ireland, the DUP leadership nomination period has closed, with only one candidate, Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, coming forward. If approved by the party’s electoral college, which is expected to meet on Saturday, Sir Jeffrey will replace Edwad Poots who was forced out just days after taking on the role after a deal he struck with Sinn Fein. 

Pardon

The Spanish gov has formally pardoned nine Catalan separatists who were convicted over a failed independence bid in 2017. The leaders were imprisoned after being found guilty of sedition in 2019. Three others were convicted of disobedience but not jailed at the same time. The pardons have sparked controversy in Spain and tens of thousands protested against the decision this month. But the gov in Madrid argues the move will help calm tensions over Catalonia.

‘With this act, we want to open a new era of dialogue and reconciliation, and end once and for all the division and confrontation,’ said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Whether that is true, remains to be seen, but with the Spanish gov making it clear that it will not grant independence to Catalonia and separatists winning a majority in the regional elections in 2021, this battle for democracy in one of the EU’s big players seems far from over.

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