People’s Wood

A woodland planted to help the Isle of Man meet its climate change commitments has been officially opened by Chief Minister Howard Quayle in Santon. 

Mr Quayle announced the gov’s plan to develop the 45 hectare (111 acre) woodland in June 2019. The People’s Wood (Keyll yn Phobble in Manx) at Meary Veg can be accessed on foot from the Raad ny Foillan coastal path, and plans are in place for a car park.

A series of paths and seating which will enjoy panoramic views towards Castletown, the Langness Peninsula and South Barrule will be installed in due course. So far more than 70,000 broadleaf trees have been planted including Aspen, Willow, Sycamore and Oak.

The Chief said: ‘I am delighted to officially open the People’s Wood. In years to come, as it develops and matures, the area will boost carbon capture, create habitat and boost biodiversity. It is also a great place for people to connect with nature and our Biosphere for the benefit of their wellbeing.’

Air Monitors

Digital Isle of Man, an Executive Agency of the Department for Enterprise, has installed a number of indoor air quality monitors in the island’s schools and the Tynwald chambers as part of its Internet of Things (IoT) Accelerator Program. 

The indoor air quality monitoring project is the first IoT trial chosen by Digital Isle of Man due to its use of relatively low cost devices that capture lots of data, its benefits to health, and its credentials as a practical and inspiring example to use in educational and political settings.   

Sarah Ennett, IoT Manager at Digital Isle of Man said: ‘We are very proud to tell you about one of our first IoT trials on the island; one that is so important to protect the health, and support the development of, our island’s young residents. The pilot started at Scoill Phurt le Moirrey. We began planning back in spring and the devices have been collecting data since the beginning of June.  The results are really encouraging and we’ve learned a lot about how to talk to teachers and students about the devices, as well as how to calibrate and install the units themselves. We are now working closely with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture to install them in all of our island’s schools.’

An initial 70 monitors are being installed in schools.

Emma Raducanu

British teenager Emma Raducanu will contest the US Open final this Saturday. Having beaten 17th seed Maria Sakkari in the semi finals late on Thursday night, she will play another teenager, Leylah Fernandez, on Saturday night from about 9pm. The match is live on Amazon Prime, with industry experts saying the company is in talks to have the final shown free to air on British TV. 

Game Off

As fans of English cricket are aware, rain delays or cancellations are nothing new, but today the fifth and final Test against India at Emirates Old Trafford was cancelled after some of the tourists’ backroom staff tested positive for Covid-19. With India leading the series 2-1, England had been hoping to secure a win to tie the series and prevent a rare Indian series win on English soil.

End of the Party

Houseparty, the video-calling app owned by Fortnite-maker Epic Games, will close down in October. First launched in 2016, the app was acquired by Epic in 2019 as part of a multi-million dollar deal. In November 2020 it was integrated with Fortnite to let players see one another during multiplayer gaming sessions. However, the developers said their work on other Epic Games products meant they could not give Houseparty ‘the attention that it deserves’.

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