RNLI Callout

Port St Mary RNLI was called out on Wednesday night after what turned out to be a false alarm. Volunteer crews were called out after reports of paddle boarders being in difficulty. Having established that the two paddle boarders were both safe and well, Port St Mary RNLI’s inshore lifeboat escorted them back to shore.

Helm of the inshore lifeboat Morgan Guy said: ‘On this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent, but we would like to thank the observer for raising their concern. If you ever see someone in difficulty, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’

Port St Mary Lifeboat Press Officer Kirsty Pendlebury, added: ‘It has been a busy Summer for Port St Mary RNLI and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of the volunteer crew and station officials who remain on-call 24/7, for their time and dedication to continue to Save Lives at Sea.’

A Bespoke Purchase

Island based professional services firm Wilton has agreed terms to acquire Bespoke Trustees Limited and Bespoke Investments Limited, expanding its pension book and investment offering into the EU.

Wilton’s founder and Group CEO, Tony Flanagan commented: ‘I am very excited about this new acquisition as Wilton continues to expand its pension and investment profile. We remain dedicated to ensuring that pension investments are administered cleanly and safely as we continue to provide one of the most competitive services in the market. We are committed to good customer outcomes and will particularly focus on fair pricing and customer choice for available investment offerings.’

Election Observers

The team of international observers that will be observing next week’s General Election has arrived on the island. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR) has been invited by Tynwald to make an independent and impartial assessment of the electoral process.

This is the first time that CPA BIMR has been invited to observe a general election in the Isle of Man. The Mission will assess the election against international standards, commitments and obligations as well as domestic laws.

Head of Mission, Stewart Dickson MLA from the Northern Ireland Assembly said: ‘This is the first election to which the Isle of Man has invited an international election observers from CPA BIMR. Election observation promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It also helps to build public confidence in the electoral process.’

Staying at Home

Most people do not believe workers will return to the office full-time after the coronavirus pandemic, an exclusive survey for the BBC suggests. A total of 70% of 1,684 people polled predicted that workers would ‘never return to offices at the same rate’. The majority of workers said that they would prefer to work from home either full-time or at least some of the time. But managers raised concerns that creativity in the workplace would be affected.

Jockey Banned

Jockey Benoit de la Sayette has been banned for six months after failing a drugs test just days after denying taking cocaine. The 18-year-old was shown in a film at a party where cocaine was used, with the Professional Jockeys’ Association claiming it was a ‘malicious’ video. But De la Sayette failed a test days later, when the British Horseracing Authority took samples from the rider. He may be able to resume riding on 17 October as the ban has been backdated.

Hold On Yellow Brick Road

Sir Elton John has postponed his upcoming 2021 UK and European tour until 2023, due to a hip injury from this summer when he ‘fell awkwardly’. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates will be rescheduled, the 74-year-old singer confirmed on Thursday. 

Royal Dyche

The Premier League’s longest serving manager Sean Dyche has extended his stay at Burnley for another four years. Dyche originally took over at Burnley in 2012 and has seen the club go down and come back up again twice while also taking Burnley into Europe for the first time in over 50 years.

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