Green Party Standing in Ramsey

The Isle of Man Green Party has announced that Party Deputy Leader, Lamara Craine will contest the the Ramsey North Ward by-election taking place on Thursday November 25.

Lamara said: ‘Truly excited at the opportunity to represent my hometown and work towards a brighter, greener future by implementing the progressive ideas I have in mind. Working together with local residents, businesses, and central government to bring about positive change for Ramsey.’ A founding member of the Ramsey Youthie Girls football team and the Ramsey Community Pinboard page on Facebook, Lamara holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Lancaster University and a Masters Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds.

Lamara represents the eighth Green Party candidate in Isle of Man elections in 2021. 

In announcing her candidacy, she joins Robyn Spencer and Jonathan Kinrade in declaring their intention to contest the by-election which came about as Ramsey was unable to fill its board due to a lack of candidates in the summer’s local authority elections.

Inflation Jumps Again

Inflation as measured by Consumer price index stood at 5% for September, an increase of 1.9% on the previous month. Transport, Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels and Furniture, household equipment and maintenance are the three biggest contributors to the increase in the rate of inflation. Each contributes to a 3.8%, 0.6% and 0.4% increase in the overall 12-month rate respectively.

All items within Transport category experienced an increase in prices. Air travel experienced the biggest increase in prices (68.0%), followed by petrol and oil (17.1%). Within Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels, oils and other fuels experienced the biggest increase in prices (46.1%) compared to same month last year. Within Furniture, household equipment and maintenance, other household equipment experienced the greatest increase in prices (13.8%) compared to September 2020.

Willow Lantern Workshops

Families and people of all ages are invited to participate in the Isle of Man Arts Council’s free lantern workshop sessions at the Villa Marina Arcade in Douglas on November 13 and 14 and 20 and 21. Led by members of the gov’s Arts Team, the sessions give families the chance to construct their own illuminated lanterns, using paper glued around a willow frame to form a wide variety of shapes and designs.

Arts Engagement Officer, Grainney Sheard said: ‘The willow lantern workshops are very popular and offer families the chance to get really creative. Each year we see a huge range of designs and sizes from the straightforward to the highly elaborate!’

At the workshops, families are shown how to make a basic lantern made from willow, provided at the workshop, and they are then invited to bring their creations along to the Lantern Parade on the 25th November taking place on the same night as the Douglas Light Switch On Sessions for the willow lantern workshops will be bookable via VillaGaiety.

Where’s Wolf?

CNN news legend Wolf Blitzer is in Edinburgh for the Cop26 climate summit this week. Yes Edinburgh. The conference is being held in Glasgow but Wolf sent out the below tweet showing him in a studio in the Scottish capital and seemingly confused as to where he should be. Many people have pointed out this mistake but none better than Specsavers who won the internet by tweeting him this:

You’re Fired!

Spurs have dismissed manager Nuno Espirito Sanchez after just a few months in charge. Having been far from the club’s first choice, Nuno experienced a good start to life as boss but with results falling off a cliff his final game saw his side lose 3-0 at home to Man Utd. Former Chelsea and Inter Malin boss Antonio Conte, known for his outbursts and short stays at clubs, much like the man Nuno replaced Jose Mourinho, is believed to be the favourite for the job.

Fishing Wars

The UK is prepared to take legal action against France over the ongoing row about post-Brexit fishing rights, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned. Last month, the UK and Jersey denied permits to dozens of French boats to operate in their waters. In retaliation, France threatened to block British boats from some of its ports and cut electricity to Jersey.  Ms Truss told the BBC that France was acting ‘unfairly’ in setting a deadline for issuing more fishing permits. Officials in Paris say that, unless this happens by Tuesday, they will take action. Emmanuel Macron is under massive pressure from the nationalist right in France in the lead-up to next year’s presidential election and a battle with Britain over fishing will likely only help his cause.

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