RNLI Donation

Local musician Katie Lawrence recently presented Peel Lifeboat Chairman Stuart Blackley with a donation of nearly £230, raised on behalf of the lifeboat at a concert which Katie organised. Thanking her, Stuart said: ‘We are very grateful for Katie’s interest in Peel lifeboat and for the community’s generous support. Such donations help to provide crew with essential training and equipment.’

Cost of Covid Messaging

An FoI, submitted by advocate Ian Kermode, has revealed that the Cabinet Office spent £122,338.95 on Covid leaflets, notices and pull-out adverts between February 2020 and September 2021. The response to FoI added that £24,991.20 was paid to Manx Radio and £52,828.95 was paid to Isle of Man Newspapers.

Busy Day for Emergency Services

Crews from Douglas Station attended a flooding incident and two separate road traffic collisions on Monday, on what proved to be a busy day for the emergency services.

The RTC on the New Castletown Road

In the morning crews were mobilised to Brown Cow Hill to assist the DoI with flooding on the road. Crews used pumping equipment to help clear the road and were in attendance approximately one hour. At 3.515pm crews responded to reports of a single vehicle collision at Douglas Golf Club. On arrival crews discovered a single vehicle had left the road. Crews stabilised the vehicle and assisted the driver out, who was checked over by the Isle of Man Ambulance Service. At 10.10pm crews were again mobilised to reports of a single vehicle road traffic collision on the New Castletown Road. The occupant was able to free themselves from the vehicle before crews arrived and they received treatment from the ambulance service. Crews remained on scene to provide fire cover and ensure the vehicle was made safe for recovery.

Light trails on the Isle of Man 

A fantastic collection of drone astro light painting photos by photographer Glenn Whorrall have been shared by the Guardian. Glen uses long-exposure night time photography to picture the trails drawn by drones equipped with extra lights. As well as celebrating Glen’s stunning work, they also show off the island’s astounding dark skies.

You can see all the spectacular pictures here.

COP26

More than 80 countries have signed up to a global methane pledge, agreeing to cut emissions by 30% by the end of the decade. Brazil, where stretches of the Amazon rainforest have been cut down, was among the signatories on Tuesday. The pledge includes almost £14bn ($19.2bn) of public and private funds. Elsewhere billionaire spaceman Jeff Bezos has pledged $2bn to restoring nature. The money from the Bezos Earth Fund will go to restoring landscapes and transforming food systems, he told the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country has become the first to commit to reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 75% on 2012 levels by 2030. Oh and Leornardo DiCaprio is in town too.

Hello Again Antonio

Tottenham have appointed former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte as their new manager until summer 2023. Spurs sacked Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday after just 17 games, with Spurs eighth in the table. Conte returns to London after winning the Premier League at Chelsea (2016-17) and the FA Cup in 2018 before being sacked later that year.

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