Whale and Dolphin Watch

A grant of £1,334 has been awarded to Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch to fund new specialist equipment which will allow the group to take long-range photographs of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Manx waters. 

The grant, awarded by Manx Lottery Trust as part of its Smaller Grant scheme, has been used to purchase a Tamron 150-600mm lens and tripod for the group’s Canon DSLR camera. It will enable the group to capture long-range photos of cetaceans while out on its regular land-based surveys.

Jen Adams, Outreach and Education Manager at Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, said: ‘Photo-identification is a non-invasive method of recognising individual animals by looking at the unique cuts and scars on the dorsal fin. Good quality images will enable us to match animals with existing catalogues to see how often they are using a particular area and where else they travel over a broader geographical range, which is really exciting and an important aspect of what we do.’

Beach Buddies

A New initiative begins this weekend when Beach Buddies joins with local residents in Douglas on Sunday, July 11 for a community event at Manor Woods, alongside Scoill Vallajeelt in Douglas.

The event has been organised by former area MHK and MLC David Cretney. Beach Buddies is supporting the idea by providing volunteers to team up with local residents from 1pm, ending no later than 3pm.

David said: ‘Manor Woods is a special place, much valued for its nature and wildlife and enjoyed by residents. We wish it to remain as a natural area.’

Beach Buddies founder Bill Dale added: ‘The event is the first phase of the project to start tidying up and commence unblocking some of the ‘drainage’ after which the landowner has offered to take the rubbish away. Occasional clean-ups have been conducted around the Island’s schools by Beach Buddies over recent years, and this new initiative at Scoill Vallajeelt is now planned to kick-start a regular series of similar events across the island.’

Parcel Collections

The Post Office has agreed a deal with Mannin Retail to make it easier for people to collect parcels. Starting Monday, five new locations including Spar stores at Ballaugh, Port Jack, Westmoreland Road, Airport Garage and Colby. 

Parcel collection points give customers greater flexibility on where they can collect deliveries they may have missed. If the location specified on their Notice Left card does not suit them, they will be able to book a redelivery to any parcel collection point site on island.

However, the customer counter at the Southern Delivery Office, based in Ballasalla, will no longer be listed as a parcel collection site and will be closed to the public as of Saturday, July 10. 

Manx Youth Games

Sporting Club Isle of Man to become the new headline sponsor of the Manx Youth Games from 2022 to 2024. The Club will support the MSR event for the next three Games, reinforcing a commitment to support the Manx community by promoting their existing social and sporting capital.

Tony Keating, Chair, Sporting Club Isle of Man said: ‘The Club is really looking forward to our involvement with the Manx Youth Games. Sporting Club Isle of Man was established to provide a community owned structure to invest in creating opportunity through sport in the Isle of Man. We are driven to provide opportunities which will benefit as broad a range of our community as possible. Working in partnership with the Department and Manx Sport and Recreation to create entry pathways, free from financial barriers, for school children to get into sport makes us incredibly proud. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Scheinberg Family for their financial donation which has enabled us to fund the Manx Youth Games for the next 3 years.’ 

Wagatha Christie

So if you don’t know, this is epic. Rebekah Vardy (wife of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy) is suing Coleen Rooney (wife of Wayne) for accusing her of leaking stories. CR outed her in a notorious Insta post, but RV says it is false and libellous to accuse her of leaking.

However, in court today CR’s team claimed a ‘2-1 victory in the semi final’ as a judge ruled largely in her favour. Justice Steyn rejected RV’s lawyers’ bid at the High Court to issue a summary judgement on one part of Coleen’s defence to the long-running £1million libel suit against her. Although the judge did agree to strike out some sections of the Rooney defence – including a claim Mrs Vardy stole a seat behind Mrs Rooney at Euro 2016 to boost her profile – it left the majority of her case intact, and will only result in two paragraphs being removed, rather than the 12 demanded by Rebekah’s lawyers.


Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has been killed and his wife injured in an attack on their home in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Unidentified gunmen stormed the property at 1am local time, interim PM Claude Joseph said. He has called for calm and declared a state of emergency nationwide. Mr Moïse had led Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the world, since 2017 but had faced widespread protests demanding his resignation. The nation’s recent history has been plagued by coups, political instability and widespread gang violence.

Love Island Intruder

An intruder was removed from the Love Island villa on Tuesday after having breached security, ITV has confirmed. The broadcaster said that the uninvited guest, who is reported to be a YouTuber, didn’t come into contact with the contestants at the reality show’s complex in Majorca. A statement added: ‘As part of our stringent Covid safety measures, the villa area that was trespassed has been fully deep cleaned before being made accessible again to the islanders and crew.’

England v Denmark

Stay calm.

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