On Your Bike

A shared footpath/cycleway in Pulrose was officially opened today. The newly-surfaced path runs alongside the edge of Pulrose golf course. It runs for 400m, from the new Toucan crossing at Anagh Coar Lane and New Castletown Road junction, to Springfield Road in Pulrose. 

It took not one but three gov ministers to open the cycleway. 

Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker said: ‘This route is an example of collaborating to achieve a positive outcome for our community – the Active Travel Steering Group, Douglas Borough Council and contractors have worked together, and hope that this new route provides real benefit to those that will use it.’

Education, Sport and Culture Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘This facility helps set the benchmark for future provision, ensuring we consider not just the access to our towns and schools, but provide children and families with the tools to make healthy and safe choices.’ 

Minister for Policy and Reform Ray Harmer added: ‘This path is another great addition to our current cycle routes. Our goal is to provide continuous routes of a high standard to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to walk or cycle into town whether it be for leisure or business or for other personal needs.’

Financial Crime

Staying on the front foot in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing is the focus of the gov’s Financial Crime Strategy 2021-23, which is published today.

In his foreword, Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK says: ‘In recent years, the Isle of Man has introduced a large number of measures to strengthen our legislative framework against money laundering and terrorist financing. These have been underpinned by significant investment in financial intelligence, law enforcement and asset recovery. Taking the profit out of crime is a fundamental objective identified by the Financial Action Task Force, the international body tasked with setting and monitoring standards. The Isle of Man has had increasing success in this area . . . and in a number of cases has been able to assist other jurisdictions in returning assets to the victims of financial crime.’

The Living Room

A new furniture concept store has recently opened in Douglas’ White Hoe Industrial Estate following a year of setbacks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Living Room – which was due to launch last year before the virus’ global spread – had its grand opening on Saturday, almost 12 months following its original launch date.

Craig Baxter, founder and director of The Living Room said: ‘It’s been a tough year for most of the Isle of Man’s small businesses, and it’s a testament to our community’s resilience that the Island’s business network has had the adaptability to carry on. From showcasing products online to identifying new local opportunities, we were able to unlock new ideas and systems. It’s always been important for us to build an ethically sound brand, and we have been working on building more sustainable partnerships with suppliers and collaborators.’

Having worked in the furniture industry for over 20 years, Craig has made it his mission to make great design and style available to everyone, keeping his finger on the pulse of contemporary culture and curating furniture that’s a welcome departure from everyday quotidian items. The Living Room aims to bring the best in Scandinavian design and style to White Hoe Industrial Estate. They’re also the Island’s official retailer of SITS sofas, a brand right at the cutting edge of fashion, design, and innovation, with countless finishes, colours, fabrics, and modulations to each of the sofas in the range.

Amber Means Go

Fully vaccinated UK residents arriving in England from amber travel list destinations will no longer have to quarantine from 19 July. They will, however, still need to pay for Covid tests before and after their return, the UK’s Transport Secretary said. Grant Shapps told MPs that under-18s returning from amber list places would also be exempt from quarantine. Travel industry leaders said the change was a ‘positive step’ but called for the amber list to be expanded.

Idiotic Fans

After what was a great night for England fans, bosses at the FA woke up this morning to two charges after fans booed the Danish national anthem and lasers were pointed at the eyes of keeper Kasper Schmeichel just before Harry Kane took an extra-time penalty. ‘The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course,’ said a statement from European football’s governing body.

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