Raad Ny Foillan

A section of the Raad Ny Foillan is subject to an emergency closure order from 8am today for one week. The coastal pathway will be closed from Port Lewaigue to Port E Vullen Beach as part of the wooden infrastructure on this route needs immediate repair.

Peaceful Retreat

The Guardian has named the Calf of Man as of Britain’s 10 most peaceful retreats. The Calf was listed number two on the list which also included the Lake District and North Yorkshire Moors. Written by Sarah Turner, the Guardian said: ‘Apart from the weekend of the TT race, the Isle of Man is a restful place (and not even part of Great Britain). Beyond the reach of the most adventurous motorcyclist, the Calf of Man, a nature reserve, can only be reached by boat from Port St Mary and Port Erin. It is a prime place in which to see bird life – including the native Manx shearwater, kittiwakes and peregrines – on an unsullied 600-acre outcrop in the middle of the Irish Sea. Up to eight visitors can be accommodated in the island’s stone-built hostel, but you’ll have to bring all equipment with you.’

Cyberisle

A team from the UK’s national cyber security agency will be taking part in CyberIsle 2021, as the flagship conference is once again staged at the Villa today. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) offers practical guidance and support to industry, business, public sector organisations and the general public across the UK, acting to improve online safety for all and to reduce the harm caused by cyber security incidents. Organisers are preparing to welcome delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors to the Villa for a day of networking, talks and demonstrations which will see current best practice in cyber defence and awareness explained and shared. The event is free and open to all and anyone wishing to attend can still register online at: https://cyberisle2019.eventbrite.co.uk/

Another Firm Goes Under

Goto Energy has become the latest UK energy firm to cease trading amid a sharp rise in wholesale gas prices. The firm supplied gas and electricity to around 22,000 domestic customers who will now be moved to a new supplier. It joins a number of small firms that have gone bust following a global spike in gas prices.  Energy regulator Ofgem will now find a new supplier for households, who are asked to do nothing until the transfer takes place in the coming weeks. Goto Energy’s collapse takes the number of customers affected by the current wave of UK energy company failures to more than two million.

Rishi Dishes up New Rules

Some large UK businesses will have to start disclosing their environmental impact, under new rules to be brought in by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.  The requirements will also apply to investment products and pension schemes.  It comes ahead of November’s COP26 meeting in Glasgow, where world leaders will discuss their climate commitments. Experts say the UK, which is hosting the event, is not currently on track to meet its own emissions targets.

Cancer Battle

BBC News presenter George Alagiah is to take a break from TV to have treatment after “a further spread of cancer” was discovered, his agent has said. The 65-year-old journalist, one of the faces of the BBC News at Six, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014. Last June, he said it had spread to his lungs, liver and lymph nodes. Now, he has said his doctors want to hit the new tumour ‘hard and fast’. He will have chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the coming months.

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