Abigail’s Party

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM are bringing a production of ‘Abigail’s Party’ to Onchan this October to raise funds for local lung cancer patients and their families.

This iconic play by Mike Leigh, made famous by Alison Steadman, will be performed by a top class cast of local actors including Howard Caine as Laurence.

Laura Jones, RCLCF IOM community and events officer said : “We are delighted to bring this show to local theatre goers and supporters. The venue is Onchan Methodist Hall and dates are 14, 15 and 16 October so please come along and support our charity. All funds raised will help support local patients and their families and also go towards pioneering research into the disease. Over the last 30 years, RCLCF has funded over £30 million in lung cancer research focusing on two primary areas – early detection of lung cancer and improving the patient experience.’

Laura added: ‘This means every research project we fund, every step we take closer to new diagnostic techniques, every life we save is because of the donations we receive from our individual and corporate supporters. Audiences are invited to don 70’s attire to get in the mood and will be treated to 70’s music and memories and great acting. To book online click here or telephone Laura Jones on 331389. Show starts at 7.30pm.

Our New £400m Debt

With the Treasury announcing it has successfully raised a 30 year sustainable bond, HSBC has confirmed it helped structure the sustainable finance framework under which the Bond was issued and along with Barclays and Santander worked as joint active bookrunner to deliver the funding.

An amount equivalent to the funds raised will be invested in line with the framework in a number of environmental and social projects, such as clean transport, renewable energy, climate change adaptation, access to essential education and healthcare, affordable housing and employment generation.

Jaime Amoedo

Jaime Amoedo, Head of Commercial Banking for HSBC in the Isle of Man said: ‘At HSBC, in partnership with our clients, we’re using our expertise, size and global reach to help companies, governments and institutions achieve their net-zero ambitions. Working with the Isle of Man Government is an excellent example of how the financial sector can lead the way in helping to build an inclusive, prosperous society and a more sustainable future for all.’

A Night of Returns

On the night when Evander Hollifield and David Haye step back into the ring, Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr have been announced as special guest commentators. The former US president will provide commentary as Haye, aged 40, and Holyfield, 58, step back into the ring for separate fights in Florida on Saturday night. Because the world just needed that extra bit of crazy.

Trump has said: ‘‘I love great fighters and great fights. I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event.’

Geronimo

Initial findings of the post-mortem examination of Geronimo the alpaca suggest he did not have signs of Bovine TB, supporters of the culled animal claim. The alpaca was the subject of a contentious battle over animal culling, when the UK gov ordered him to be killed over an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis.

In a statement, his owners’ lawyers said: ‘As reviewed by Dr Iain McGill and Dr Bob Broadbent, the preliminary gross post-mortem findings are negative for visible lesions typical of Bovine Tuberculosis. For clarity there are no white or cream caseous, enlarged abscesses typical for bTB in alpacas whether in the lungs, bronchial, mediastinal or retropharyngeal lymph nodes.’

Unconstitutional

The Mexican Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that the criminalisation of abortion is unconstitutional. The new ruling invalidates articles of the Penal Code of Coahuila that punished those who have abortions with up to three years in prison. Supreme Court Chief Justice Arturo Zaldivar said: ‘Today is a historic day for the rights of all Mexican women.’ The decision could pave the way for the decriminalisation of abortions across the country.

Bitcoin

On its first day as legal tender in El Salvador, the price of Bitcoin crashed to its lowest point in nearly a month, falling from $52,000 to under $43,000 at one point. Platforms such as Apple and Huawei weren’t offering the government-backed digital wallet, known as Chivo, and servers had to be pulled offline after they couldn’t keep up with user registrations.

Brazilians

Eight Premier League players will be stopped from playing for their clubs this weekend after Brazilian football authorities triggered a Fifa rule to prevent them appearing. The move comes after Premier League clubs refused to allow their players to travel to red list countries which would have resulted in the players going into mandatory quarantine. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Leeds United will all be affected but the clubs have indicated they will seek to defy this ban. FIFA, in its usual selfless manner, had asked for exemptions to quarantine rules to be given to players around the world to travel for international games, but this was rejected by the UK and other countries.

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