Bird Auction

An auction of 25 pictures to raise for money for Manx Wild Bird Aid has been arranged by Ciara Kilgallon. You can find the auction on her Facebook page here.

UNESCO

Organisations contributing to a more sustainable Isle of Man were rewarded at the third UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Awards.  The awards celebrate those contributing to the Man and the Biosphere Programme’s global aims of sustainable development, conservation and education.

The economy award went to Capital International Group for its ‘Conscious Capital initiative, integrating environmental, social and governance initiatives, with a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. 

The education winner was Dawn Colley, biodiversity and education officer with Manx Wildlife Trust, who educates schools and the community about nature and wildlife, partly under contract to the Isle of Man Government. 

The energy award went to The Children’s Centre, which has, with expert guidance, converted its whole site to solar energy and planted 100 trees. 

The enjoyment and engagement winner was Tanya Anderson of Lovely Greens, who shares her love of gardening and nature on TV and radio, on her popular social media channels and in a new book. 

The environment award went to PlasticBusters, whose community clean-up initiative, encouraging people to adopt and keep clean areas has global participation. 

The awards were hand-crafted from local wood. Winners were chosen by a panel from Government and the private and third sectors. 

Howard Quayle, Chief Minister and Chair of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, said: ‘Our Biosphere status connects us with the issue that challenges us all – how to live more sustainably now, to conserve what we have for the future.’

TT Scoreboard

The DfE has confirmed plans to install video screens displaying the planned new live television broadcast for fans in 2022 as an interim solution while the TT scoreboard is being replaced.

A spokesperson for the DfE said: ‘In line with our new strategy we are exploring new ways of bringing this event to life and the live video screens next year will be an exciting way to bring the action to fans at the Grandstand. Our plan remains, however, to ultimately deliver a new fit for purpose TT scoreboard that reflects the heritage and tradition associated with over a century of TT racing.’

The previous scoreboard was dismantled at the end of last year following a detailed structural survey, which confirmed that the scoreboard was no longer structurally viable.

Christmas Chocolate Chaos

The BBC is reporting that the maker of Quality Street and Lion bars has said it is experiencing some supply chain problems ahead of the Christmas period.  A number of sectors have had problems with their supply chains due to a chronic shortage of HGV drivers.

Mark Schneider, the Chief Executive of Nestle said: ‘Like other businesses, we are seeing some labour shortages and some transportation issues but it’s our UK team’s top priority to work constructively with retailers to supply them.’ When asked whether he could guarantee Quality Street would be in the shops this Christmas he replied: ‘We are working hard.’

Andrew

Prince Andrew has been granted access to a sealed document his lawyers believe could help end the sexual abuse case being brought by Virginia Giuffre. A US judge gave permission for the agreement between Ms Giuffre and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to be shared with the prince’s lawyers. Ms Giuffre’s lawyers had made the offer to release the document but believe it will be ‘irrelevant’ to the civil case. The Duke of York, 61, has consistently denied Ms Giuffre’s allegations. Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was sexually assaulted by the prince at three locations including New York City.

Craig, Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig has capped the launch week of his final James Bond movie by becoming the 2,704th celebrity to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. It was unveiled outside 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, in honour of the fictional British spy’s code number. Just yards away is the star of his predecessor as Bond, Sir Roger Moore. Craig, who has played 007 since 2006, said it was an ‘absolute honour to be walked all over in Hollywood’.

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