World Kindness Day

More than 450 local young people showcased their colourful creativity in celebration of this year’s World Kindness Day. 

To mark the special day, which promotes acts of kindness and making the world a happier place, Grant Thornton Isle of Man invited local children to design a poster to show what kindness means to them. Posters had to be A4 and include the words ‘World Kindness Day 2021’, but otherwise could be as creative and colourful as the artist wished.

The judges also chose four posters which they felt deserved special recognition and these children were awarded a book voucher. The prizewinners were as follows. 


  • Age 5 and Below – Ariane Murray – Scoill Vallajeelt
  • Age 6-7 – Minha Kherati – Scoill Vallajeelt
  • Age 8-9 – Hugo Skelly – Marown School
  • Age 10+ – Anna Tamarova – Scoill Vallajeelt

Runners Up

  • Age 5 and Below – Ariadna Cretney – Onchan School
  • Age 6-7 – Ingrid Le Roux – Onchan School
  • Age 8-9 – Sophia Shooter – Onchan School
  • Age 10+ – Olivia Walton – Marown School

Special Recognition

  • Age 5 and Below – Robert Stoev – Onchan School
  • Age 6-7 – Elizabeth Weston – Scoill Vallajeelt 
  • Age 8-9 – Zane Quinn – St Mary’s RC School
  • Age 10+ – Poppy Bezance – Marown School

Lyndsay Brew, Associate Director at Grant Thornton Isle of Man, said: ‘We were absolutely blown away with the fantastic response to our World Kindness Day competition. The children showcased what kindness meant to them in a really creative way and it was incredibly difficult for the judges to only select a small amount of prize winners – we would have loved to give everyone a prize!  

Onchan School Presentation. (L-R) Ariadna Cretney, Robert Stoev, Richard Ratcliffe (Grant Thornton Director), Ingrid Le Roux and Sophie Shooter

‘We would like to say a huge thank you to Emma for helping us judge the posters and select the prizewinners, her contribution was very much appreciated. Also to everyone who celebrated World Kindness Day 2021 with us by creating and sharing their poster, and to the schools that got behind the initiative too. Next year we plan to be back even bigger and better so watch this space.’

Farming Knowledge

Farmers in the Isle of Man will be offered expert advice to help stay up to date with the latest innovations, techniques and technology through a programme launched on Tuesday. The Knowledge Exchange Programme (KEP) is a key part of the Government’s Agricultural Strategy which aims to enable active farmers to deliver a reliable and profitable food chain, while enhancing the Island’s natural environment.

The four-year programme will be delivered by one the industry’s leading agricultural and environmental consultants, ADAS, who will provide face-to-face support on farming and environmental matters, ranging from animal nutrition to carbon auditing.

DEFA Minister Clare Barber said: ‘This programme is an integral part of our Agri-Environment Scheme, and we hope it will empower active farmers to learn new skills and enable innovation to sustain a vibrant agricultural industry, while enhancing our cherished Biosphere. We also hope this programme can encourage more young people into farming.’

As around 75% of the island’s 330 farms specialise in cattle and sheep, it is anticipated that the first farms will be chosen from this sector.

James Dunn from ADAS, said: ‘We are excited to get started. Initially we will work with two farms to identify areas for improvement – ranging from increasing productivity from forage and profitability, to carbon auditing and emerging technologies. We will empower the farmers by working with them to set sustainable physical performance targets which will help them to improve the viability of their businesses.’


Amazon will stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the UK from 19 January, the online retail giant has said. It said the move was due to high credit card transaction fees but said Visa debit cards would still be accepted. Visa said it was ‘very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future’. Amazon said: ‘The cost of accepting card payments continues to be an obstacle for businesses striving to provide the best prices for customers.’

Inmate Britain

Nine Insulate Britain protesters have been jailed for breaching an injunction designed to prevent road blockades.  Activists began a wave of protests two months ago, blocking the M25, roads in London and elsewhere in the UK. Ana Heyatawin, 58, and Louis McKechnie, 20, were jailed for three months while Dr Ben Buse, 36, Roman Paluch-Machnik, 28, Oliver Rock, 41, Emma Smart, 44, Tim Speers, 36, and James Thomas, 47, all received four-month sentences. The group vowed to continue protesting.

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