Island residents are invited to attend the 2021 AGM of the Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival this month.

It will take place on Friday November 19 at the Worship Centre, Trinity Church, Rosemount in Douglas, where Guild officials will provide a summary of the past 12 months and look ahead to plans for the 2022 Festival.

Chairman of the Guild, Anne Clarke, said: ‘Everyone is welcome to attend our AGM and it is hoped that we will see old and new faces who are interested in this wonderful community event. It’s a great opportunity to reflect and also look forward to another exciting festival which is highly anticipated after a two-year hiatus – excitement is already building.’

Island Plan

Liberal Vannin is hosting an evening to debate the gov’s new draft Island Plan. The evening is at 7.30pm, on Monday, November 22 at the Manx Legion Club, Douglas. 

Workshop groups will focus on the 5 core strands in the plan: Building great communities; An island of health and wellbeing;
A strong and diverse economy; An environment we can be proud of; Outstanding lifelong learning and development opportunities for all.

Paul Weatherall, Liberal Vannin Chair, said: ‘Liberal Vannin welcomes the opportunity to contribute positively to this Island Plan. Among the improvements that we’d like to see included in the final version are: a Youth Strategy; a re-focused Animal Welfare Bill; more emphasis placed on government being open and transparent in the way it conducts its business; and improving productivity and value for money across departments and agencies. We also note that there’s no mention of Government working in partnership with local authorities in meeting these island-wide objectives. The Programme for Government must set out more focused objectives and clear targets across all areas of government (especially in relation to Housing and Climate Change), so we can measure government performance over the next five years.’


In the early hours of this morning, fire crews from Douglas station were mobilised by the Emergency Joint Control Room to reports of a structure fire at a property on Stanley Place, Douglas.

On arrival the Officer in Charge identified smoke issuing from the rear of the property. A Breathing Apparatus team were deployed and quickly identified a fire which was in the rear yard of the property and extinguished the fire using a hose reel. It was established quickly that no occupants were in the property. A further Breathing Apparatus team were deployed to check the property for potential fire spread and hot spots with the Thermal image camera.

Crews then ventilated the property and remained in attendance for approximately two hours. Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service would like to urge people to think about the way they park their vehicles to prevent lives from being put at risk.

COP Coal

A draft agreement at the COP26 climate summit has watered down commitments to end the use of coal and other fossil fuels, as countries race to reach a deal after two weeks of talks.  While the language around fossil fuels has been softened, the inclusion of the commitment in a final deal would be seen as a landmark moment. A deal must be agreed by the end of the summit, which is in its final hours. The UN meeting is seen as crucial for limiting the effects of global warming.

Dutch Lockdown

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is set to declare Western Europe’s first partial Covid lockdown of the winter, with three weeks of restrictions for shops, sport and catering. His caretaker government is responding to record infections and rising intensive care cases in hospitals. Much of Europe is facing a surge in cases, blamed partly on low vaccine take-up in several countries.


The man who organised the flight which killed footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.  David Henderson, 67, of Hotham, East Riding of Yorkshire, was found guilty last month of recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft. He also admitted to a charge of trying to arrange a flight for a passenger without permission or authorisation.  Sala and Mr Ibbotson died in January 2019 in a crash in the English Channel juster after Sala had agreed to join then Premier League side Cardiff City.

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