Fireworks

Don’t forget there is a public fireworks display in Laxey tonight. Garff Commissioners and Laxey Fire Station are staging their display from 7pm in the Laxey Valley Gardens, with refreshments available. Proceeds from the event will go to the Fire Fighters Charity. People are invited to bring a torch, but not their own fireworks. 

Tomorrow sees Ramsey and Port Erin firework displays. Both start at 7.30pm but they are distinctly different displays.

In Ramsey, Mooragh Park will be open from 6pm with entertainment, food and drink concessions.  A children’s Marvel Superhero themed fancy dress competition will take place at the Water Play area at 6.30pm with Iron Man and Captain America doing the judging.

In Port Erin, they are doing something different and using quiet fireworks. The Commissioners have opted for ‘low noise’ fireworks to address concerns that the loud bangs that accompany firework displays can cause severe anxiety in children, adults, pets and other animals. A number of local businesses will be open as well as food stalls by the beach to have a shop or grab something to eat and drink Finnish candles will be lit on the beach from 6.30pm.

Mountain Crash

Yesterday morning at 06.15am crews from Ramsey and Douglas were mobilised to a single vehicle RTC on the Mountain Road. On arrival the Incident Command discovered a single vehicle had left the road with 1 occupant still inside. Crews worked alongside Ambulance crews to transfer the occupant to the waiting Ambulance at the road side. Crews then made the vehicle safe for recovery and left the scene in the hands of the Police.

Cancer Services

Manx Care’s Clinical Director of Cancer Services will be the guest speaker at an Isle of Man Cancer Services User Forum (CSUF) event next week.

Professor Partha Vaiude will give a talk at the Palace Hotel in Douglas on the diagnosis and treatment for this form of the disease, allowing members of the public, people living with cancer and their families to ask him questions in an informal, non-clinical setting. The event on Monday November 8 is an important way of engaging with members of the public and listening to their feedback on the provision of one of the areas of cancer treatment and support services here on the island.

Looking ahead to the event, Professor Vaiude commented: ‘I am really looking forward to having the chance to speak about my work with members of the Cancer Services User Forum, and providing an insight into the broader provision of cancer services within Manx Care. Sadly this is an area which is likely to affect so many of us at some point in our lives – whether that be directly or indirectly. I really welcome the opportunity to speak at events such as this, and hopefully to give people reassurance about the services and treatment available and to answer any questions in a friendly and relaxed environment.’

The event begins at 7.30pm. Professor Partha Vaiude is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Isle of Man Skin Service Lead and Adjunct Professor of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University.

Going Off Coal

More than 40 countries are committing to shift away from coal, in pledges made at the COP26 climate summit, the UK government says. Major coal-using countries including Poland, Vietnam and Chile are among those to make the commitment.  But some of the world’s biggest coal-dependent countries, including Australia, India, China and the US, did not sign up to the pledge. Coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change.

Not My Fault

Joe Biden has rejected suggestions that his Democratic party’s shock loss in the Virginia governor’s race was a verdict on his presidency. President Biden argued that the miring of his legislative agenda in a Capitol Hill logjam did not sway the outcome. He cited ‘Trump voters’, schools, jobs and petrol prices as other reasons for the surprise defeat of Terry McAuliffe. Republican Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer, came from behind to win the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday.

Tory Sleaze?

Labour has accused the Conservatives of ‘wallowing in sleaze’, after the government backed a vote to change the system for disciplining MPs – blocking the suspension of a former minister.  Owen Paterson was found to have broken lobbying rules, but said he was not given the chance to clear his name. Writing in the Guardian, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Tory MPs had voted ‘to let off one of their own’.

The cross-party Standards Committee had recommended that Mr Paterson be banned for 30 days after being found to have misused his position as an MP to benefit two firms he worked for. But on Wednesday, the government whipped MPs to back an amendment to halt the case and set up a new structure to overhaul the standards system.  Labour, the SNP and Lib Dems voted against the plans, along with 13 Conservative MPs, while dozens of Tories abstained. But it was carried by 18 votes after a heated Commons debate.

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