Saddle Up

Sight Matters is inviting islanders to saddle up and place their bets for a ‘Night at the Races’ this month. The charity’s popular, family-friendly race night will return on Friday November 12 at Corrin Court, Onchan from 7pm. 

Throughout the evening, eight horse races will be played on a large screen with the exciting return of the highly anticipated pig race. Bets can be placed at just £1 per horse or £2 per pig, with special prizes up for grabs on the evening. Tickets cost just £5 and include homemade soup and dessert, with guests welcome to bring their own soft and alcoholic drinks. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a horse race for £10. 

Debbie Thomson, Sight Matters Volunteer & Community Services Lead, said: ‘Events like this are a huge part of our fundraising efforts and help us continue to provide the vital support and services to the blind and visually impaired community in the Isle of Man. It’s fun for all ages so why not gather your friends and family and come and join us for an evening of laughs and giggles, all while raising money for our charity!’

For further information or to book tickets for the 2021 Night at the Races, contact Sight Matters via email: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and will not be permitted to place any bets.

Sign Up Before We Make You

Landlords are being encouraged to join the Voluntary Landlord Registration Scheme, in preparation for a mandatory register being introduced next year. The benefits of joining the scheme while it is voluntary include: Free registration for the first five years, including automatic transfer onto the mandatory register in 2022 – subject to further self-declaration. The Landlord Registration (Private Housing) Bill 2020 completed its passage through the branches of Tynwald in July 2021, and will lead to the registration of landlords, their representatives and properties becoming a legal requirement during 2022. In order to be added to the voluntary register landlords will be required to make a self-declaration and provide documents to prove that both they and the property meet certain management, condition and safety standards. 

Minister Tim Crookall said: ‘Landlords are encouraged to sign up onto the voluntary register now, whilst it is free and to make the transition to the mandatory register easier for them when the time comes.’

Free Britney

Britney Spears’ father has requested the ‘immediate termination’ of the conservatorship he presided over that has controlled his daughter’s life for more than 13 years.

In new court documents, a lawyer for Jamie Spears stated: ‘Britney’s recent testimony and requests to take personal control of her estate and affairs have made clear that continuing the conservatorship is contrary to her desires. Jamie sees no reason why the conservatorship should continue for any amount of time and asserts he has no interest in the conservatorship continuing.’

In June, the pop star gave explosive testimony to a Los Angeles court in which she alleged she had been held against her will in a psychiatric institution and denied agency over her reproductive rights and in her romantic relationships.

Scottish Police Arrest Loch Ness Monster

Scottish Police ‘seized the Loch Ness Monster’ this morning as protesters planned to use a giant inflatable on the river Clyde to highlight climate debt.

The Jubilee Debt Campaign say they intended to float the eight-metre-long Nessie replica along the Clyde in an effort to raise awareness of the growing threat of debt burdens for lower income countries.

Eva Watkinson, head of campaigns at Jubilee Debt Campaign, said: ‘The debt crisis facing lower income countries has been excluded from debate at COP26 and now police have prevented the ‘Loch Ness Debt Monster’ from highlighting this fundamental issue. Lower income countries’ unsustainable debt is preventing them from fighting the climate crisis. And when climate disasters hit, countries are pushed into further debt to pay for reconstruction. Rich polluting countries created the climate crisis and should take responsibility by cancelling the debts of countries that need it and ensuring climate finance is given in grants, not more loans.’

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