Kush

Kush the Red panda has moved enclosure, temporarily. This is in preparation for Panda breeding season. Kush and Sara are well represented in the endangered breeding program, having now had three cubs to pass on their genes.

A spokesperson for the Curraghs Wildlife Park said: ‘We have been asked not to breed this year. After last years failed contraception we decided the best way to comply with the studbooks plan was a physical separation. Hopefully he will settle in his temporary home, which is the other side of the Coati enclosure. Pandas would not normally live together in the wild so he shouldn’t mind the single life for a while. Sara, Aria and cubs Jinshar and Millish are still in the main Panda enclosure.

‘We are hopeful with the Coati walls being quite high, this should deter him from a quick jaunt back to the old pad!’

Given his record of escaping, we’re not ruling out another breakout from the island’s most famous, and adorable, fugitive.

Beach Buddies

Bill Dale and the Beach Buddies (seriously why have they not started a folk band?) return to the south of the island this weekend with a volunteer event in Port Erin on Sunday October 24 at 10.30am. The meeting point is at the entrance to Spaldrick and Bradda Glen.

Charity founder Bill said: ‘There are all sorts of areas to cover, and volunteers will be given a number of options of beaches and glens as to where they would like to tackle.We have had lots of new volunteers yet again at recent events, and it’s been really encouraging to see new faces. If you’ve never been before, this could be the day to have a go. We provide all the equipment and the event lasts no more than 90 minutes, ending promptly at 12 noon. Everyone welcome – all ages and abilities.’

Niarbyl

That isn’t the only news from the charity as it has provided an update for the Knockusey Cottage at Niarbyl. Bill said: ‘To update on the cottage at Niarbyl, for which we have a lease with Manx National Heritage, we want to report that we’re working with MNH to sort out the problems with the roof.On the face if it, the roof looks to need a few slates replacing and some work done on the walls, but it’s not quite so simple.MNH officers have been to look at it, and they have a number of ideas to repair the roof and make it look perfect again.So, please don’t worry – the roof is currently watertight and should be OK for the winter. The plans are for any changes to be made early next year.We can still, host our very popular regular school trips, educational visits, company visits, volunteer events and craft days.’

Disability Network

Two island speech therapists are looking to organise a group for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease with the aim of improving communication. Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Amy and Rebekah by emailing info@traynorspeechtherapy.im or phoning 312999. Parkinson’s can affect the volume, clarity and intonation of speech and reduce the ability to change facial expressions making communication more difficult.

All Aboard!

Good news for anoraks (mostly Sam), the DoI has confirmed that the steam railway will kick off the heritage rail season next year on March 4. This will be followed by the MER on March 16, Snaefell Mountain Railway on March 19 and….. THE HORSE TRAMS on April 28.

The Queen

The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for preliminary medical checks and is now back at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has said. The 95-year-old monarch returned from the private hospital in central London at lunchtime on Thursday and is “in good spirits”, the palace added.

The Queen had cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday.  She was given medical advice to rest for a few days after a busy schedule of public engagements.

In a statement on Thursday night, Buckingham Palace said: ‘Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.’

Baldwin

A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set. Police in the US state said Mr Baldwin discharged the weapon during filming for the 19th Century western Rust. The woman was taken to hospital but died of her injuries. The man, the film’s director, was receiving emergency care.  A spokesperson for Mr Baldwin told AP news agency the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks.

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