Isle Listen

Mental health charity Isle Listen is putting on a special showing of the Pixar classic Inside Out at Broadway cinema. The film is rated U which the charity says means it ‘is a great way to help children to learn about emotions in a visual way and is very relatable to everyday life.’ You can buy tickets for the film, which cost £5 for both children and adults, on the villa gaiety website or by clicking here.

Diverse Teaching

The island’s schools will consider trialling new schemes of work to expand teaching on race and ethnic minority themes in the next academic year from September. The schemes would be aimed at raising pupil’s awareness and understanding of ethnic minority themes in history, arts and the wider society. The news comes after over 600 people responded to a gov survey in December on the topic, with 40% saying they had experienced or witnessed racism ‘regularly or fairly regularly’ on the island. 64% of those who filled out the survey said the current curriculum should be adapted ‘with regards to ethnic minority people, their history, culture and customs.’ Three-quarters of respondents said all children, regardless of age, should be taught about racial awareness and 70% called for more ethnic minority speakers. The suggestions have been considered by a working party including teaching professionals and groups like POC IOM, MNH, the One World Centre, the Hardy Commission and Culture Vannin.

Vaccine Fundraising

The staff of Zurich International have been raising funds for ‘VaccinAid’ with a series of events including their Noble’s Park Parkrun takeover, bake sales, auctions and more. The campaign, which delivers Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments to vulnerable people around the world, is led by UNICEF UK and Crowdfunder and has delivered 80,400 doses through the donations from Zurich and the Z Zurich Foundation. Serena Wood, Isle of Man Community Champion for the Z Zurich Foundation, said: “All the funds we raised have been matched by the Z Zurich Foundation. While we’re all very proud of this incredible achievement the campaign does not end here. Across Zurich’s business units, and from Zurich employees to distribution partners, customers and the general public, we’ve seen the start of a global movement to help end this global pandemic. No one is safe until everyone is safe, so we’re continuing to encourage donations which can be made by clicking here.”


Activist Malala Yousafzai has called for countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees as many attempt to flee the country, which is now largely under Taliban rule. In a tweet, she said: ‘We watch in complete shock as Taliban takes control of Afghanistan. I am deeply worried about women, minorities and human rights advocates.’ The Noble peace laureate, who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for her activism around women’s rights and education before going on to address the UN, also spoke to the BBC, she said: ‘I think every country has a role and responsibility right now. Countries need to open their borders to Afghan refugees, to the displaced people.’ She also called on the world’s leaders to take ‘a bold stance for the protection of human rights’ saying: ‘It is important, not just for peace in Afghanistan, but for peace globally.’

New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a snap lockdown after the country’s first new Covid case in six months was discovered in Auckland. The lockdown will see the closure of schools, offices, and all businesses, aside from those deemed to provide essential services. Data released by the Ministry of Health showed that all cases detected at their border were of the Delta variant and authorities are working on the basis that this new case is of that type. Only around 20% of the country have been fully vaccinated after a slow rollout and the Oceanic nation will remain in lockdown for three days, whilst Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal town the infected man had visited, will remain closed for a week.


Financial services company Mastercard, which is the second most popular card network in the world, will stop issuing new debit and credit cards with a magnetic strip by 2033, with banks in many regions including Europe issuing the cards by 2024. The chip and pin system has been used for all card payments in the UK since 2006 but swiping your card, which was invented in the 1960s, is still the choice for some in the US. The company says that chip and pin and their new biometric, fingerprint cards are more secure and claim to be the first payment network to phase out the magnetic strip. A Barclaycard survey in 2020 found that 88.6% of all card payments in the UK were done through a contactless system.


Maki Kaji, who was known to many as the ‘Godfather of Sudoku’, after giving the puzzle its name, has died at the age of 69 from bile duct cancer. Kaji published the first Sudoku, as we know it, in his Nikoli puzzle magazine in the 80s, after wanting to simplify the ‘Number Place’ name given by US architect Howard Garns. Kaji sought to come up with a Japanese name and landed on Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru meaning ‘numbers should be single’, though after being pushed for a shorter name he came up with Sudoku, ‘in about 25 seconds.’ Though the true origins of the puzzle are not known, it is thought to have come to the Arab world from China in the 8th or 9th century, though some credit Euler, a Swiss mathematician, as its true creator.

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