Sarah Everard

The Met Police officer who murdered Sarah Everard after kidnapping her under the guise of an arrest has been sentenced to a whole-life prison term. This means Wayne Couzens will never be freed and will rightly die in prison.

In handing down the sentence Lord Justice Fulford described the circumstances of the kidnap, rape and murder as ‘grotesque’. He said Ms Everard was ‘an intelligent, resourceful, talented and much-loved young woman, still in the early years of her life’.

Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, who is again under pressure to resign, said that a ‘precious bond of trust has been damaged’ between the force and the public.

Unleash the Ravens

After weeks of playing off island, FC Isle of Man is finally able to play its first competitive game on Manx soil, well astro turf, but you get the idea.

The game at the Bowl on October 30 is against Brocton FC and will be followed by consecutive home games against Stafford Town and Rocester on November 6 and November 13 respectively. All three named clubs have confirmed that their respective travelling parties meet the Island’s border entry criteria. Kick off times for all three matches will be 6.30pm.

Cream of the Crop

Isle of Man Creamery has recently presented its annual milk producer awards. The awards are decided based on a number of milk quality measures with the highest achievers being recognised with a trophy in specific categories.

The Gawne Family who farm at Pooil Vaaish, between Castletown and Gansey, were presented with three awards by Isle of Man Creamery Managing Director Findlay Macloed for their outstanding performance in highest average butterfat, highest average protein and highest average milk price during 2020.

Also recognised with awards were:

  • Kennaa Farm – Most consistent milk volume profile in year
  • Ballachrink Mooar Farm – Lowest average cell count in year
  • Ballacorkish Farm – Lowest average bactoscan for the year

Findlay said: ‘Presenting the Producer Awards is always a highlight of the year for me. At the Creamery we have stringent food safety and quality standards and it’s great to be able to reward the producers who strive to achieve the best results. We measure all aspects of the milk from fat and protein to bacteria and somatic cell count to ensure that our milk is of the highest standard. If the milk we are supplied with does not meet our criteria it isn’t accepted into the Creamery to use in our products. Our product quality is something we are very proud of and will continue to be at the forefront of our business.’ 

Seize the Digital Opportunity

The impact of lockdowns, and the pandemic generally, has revolutionized electronic transactions worldwide. And that means leading jurisdictions need to make sure legal frameworks are modernized so that effective laws are in place to protect businesses, consumers and citizens. That’s the background behind a call from the Chamber of Commerce urging businesses and the general public to take part in gov consultation about the Electronic Transactions Act 2000 and broader legal framework for electronic identification, digital signatures and electronic transactions. Click here for full details about the consultation which closes on October 29. It provides an opportunity for businesses and the general public to give their views on how the Island can match or improve upon legal reforms that have been put in place in other jurisdictions. Chamber is hosting a free webinar on October 7 (9.30am to 10.30am) for members who want to learn more about the issues involved. Click here to register.

Free Britney

A judge has suspended Britney Spears’ father from the legal arrangement that gave him control of her life after Spears accused him of years of abuse. Jamie Spears was appointed her guardian in 2008, amid concerns over her mental health. On Wednesday, a judge handed the role to a man appointed by Spears. Fans around the world have supported her through the #FreeBritney campaign. Those outside the court in Los Angeles cheered and whooped when they heard the news.

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