Manxmen to Play World Champion

Local pool players David Addinall and Tommy Mille have been drawn to play against World Snooker Champion Mark Selby later this month. The pair will play the Jester from Leicester in the ‘Ultimate Pool Pairs Cup’, which is streamed live on Freesports TV on Monday evenings. Selby, who won his fourth world title at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre earlier this year, is teaming up with his brother-in-law, the multiple-time world Pool champion, and suitably named, Gareth Potts. Addinall and Miller will face the pairing in the group stages on Monday September 27.

Manx Bard

Owen Atkinson has been confirmed as the new Manx Bard, which is sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council and supported by Culture Vannin. The title goes to the island’s ‘most worthy poet’ after an annual competition. 

On being appointed, Owen said: ‘I’m so grateful to have been chosen for this. The creative community on the island has given me SO MUCH over the last 18 months, and is probably the reason I decided to stay over here (like so many other young people don’t). I’m excited to have the privilege to be able to add to that spirit now —and, of course, to share my poetry on a bigger platform! For now, I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed and will spend a few days taking it all in. Big plans coming soon, stay tuned!’

DQ’s New Associate

Law firm DQ Advocates has announced the appointment of Rachel Winterbach as Associate and Registered Legal Practitioner with its prominent Corporate and Commercial department. Prior to joining DQ, Rachel practised in South Africa at one of the country’s top five law firms where she advised on tax implications in various transactions and on tax affairs of high net worth individuals

Graduating from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with an LLB in 2017, and in 2018 with a diploma in intellectual property law cum laude, during 2019 and 2020 Rachel completed her practical vocational training contract, passing all four board exams in one sitting with an 80% average, before being admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa earlier this year.

Andrew Harding, Director of DQ’s Corporate and Commercial Department, commented on the appointment: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Rachel from South Africa. Her skills and expertise will further strengthen our practice, making sure we can react quickly and focus on specific corporate and commercial needs with practical advice. DQ’s dedication to developing a strong workplace culture, fostering opportunities for learning and professional development, combined with our reputation in the marketplace as a leading firm of advocates, enables us to recruit ambitious, high calibre professionals internationally, ensuring we continue to be ideally placed to advise our clients on a full suite of corporate and commercial matters.’

Speaking about her move, Rachel said: ‘It’s truly exciting for my career to bring me to DQ in the Isle of Man. With their culture of respect, excellence and integrity I’m looking forward to my future and working to develop DQ’s excellent reputation for first-class delivery of tailored legal services.’

Mendy’s Bail Bid Rejected

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been refused bail and remains on remand as he awaits trial. The 27-year-old has been in custody at HMP Altcourse in Merseyside since last Friday, when he appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault. Three of the rapes are alleged to have taken place in October 2020 and he is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in early January this year. He is also charged with raping a woman last month. The footballer, who has been suspended by the club pending investigation, is due to appear at Chester Crown Court on September 10.

Morgan Cleared

ITV has been cleared by media regulator Ofcom, which has rejected a record 58,000 complaints about Piers Morgan’s criticism of the Duchess of Sussex.

The ex-Good Morning Britain host said he didn’t believe what Meghan said in her Oprah Winfrey interview in March. Ofcom said restricting his views would be a ‘chilling restriction’ on free expression but criticised his ‘apparent disregard’ for the subject of suicide. Morgan said the decision is a ‘resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios’.

Texas Abortions

A law banning abortion from as early as six weeks into pregnancy has come into effect in Texas. It bans abortions after the detection of what anti-abortion campaigners call a foetal heartbeat, something medical authorities say is misleading. The law, one of the most restrictive in the country, took effect after the Supreme Court did not respond to an emergency appeal by abortion providers. Doctors and women’s rights groups have heavily criticised the law. It gives any individual the right to sue doctors who perform an abortion past the six-week point.

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