Storm Arwen:

An Amber weather warning for high winds is in place across the Isle of Man from 6pm tonight until 11am tomorrow.Residents are being encouraged to take precautions and to plan journeys carefully. The Mountain Road and The Sloc and Rushen Round Table Road will close at 7pm this evening and reopen at 9am on Saturday. There may be some disruption to bus services.

Manx Youth Orchestra

The Manx Youth Orchestra will mark its 50th Christmas performance with a special concert in Douglas on December 11 including adaptations of songs by Adele, Nirvana and Wham. Since 1971, the orchestra has given thousands of young musicians the opportunity to play together in a variety of groups and around 150 children will take part in their latest concert.

It will be held at the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall and include performances from several groups including string and jazz orchestras, wind bands and the full Senior Manx Youth Orchestra. The musical extravaganza, which will get underway at 7.30pm, will see the audience encouraged to sing along to seasonal favourites, carols and modern classics.

Maggie Richardson, Head of Music Service and conductor of the Senior Manx Youth Orchestra, said: ‘This concert will mark the orchestra’s 50th Christmas and we are looking forward to raising the roof in the Royal Hall yet again.Our young musicians have put together a sparkling programme of light classical music, music from stage and screen, traditional carols and pop and rock classics like Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and the latest James Bond track by Billie Eilish. We will have something for everyone.

Tickets are on sale here.

£15,000 Raised at Charity Night

More than 80 women enjoyed champagne and canapes and raised almost £15,000 for an invaluable island charity. The Abbey restaurant in Ballasalla was the venue for a Ladies Night in aid of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, sponsored by ZEDRA Isle of Man.

The Douglas-based trust specialist is a regular supporter of the charity which was formed in 2012 and has since raised around £4million towards building and equipping the state-of-the-art breast unit at Noble’s Hospital.

It recently participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, most notably by sponsoring a fundraising ball which raised £28,000 and arranging a bake sale which made a further £600 and the support continued for the Ladies Night where guests enjoyed a champagne and canapes reception, followed by a delicious two course meal before dancing the night away to DJ Matt Fletcher.

With a raffle and auction of jewellery, supported by RHS Jewellers, along with a watch from Dunwell Jewellers, the event raised £14,500 which will be used towards funding additional Mammogram equipment in the dedicated Manx Breast Unit.

ZEDRA Managing Director Joanna Bodell said: ‘The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group is an amazing charity with a fabulous bunch of ladies who are so hard working and committed to the cause. It was again a pleasure to support them for what was a great evening. We are incredibly lucky to have this team raising money which is used on our island for our islanders.’

Tragic Death

A 12-year-old girl has died after suffering ‘catastrophic injuries’ during an argument in Liverpool city centre. Ava White was with friends when she was assaulted at 8.40pm on Thursday. Merseyside Police previously said she had been stabbed but later said a post-mortem examination would be carried out to establish the cause of death. Four teenage boys, aged between 13 and 15 and from Toxteth, have been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

New Variant

The new Covid variant circulating in South Africa that prompted UK travel restrictions is a ‘huge international concern’, the health secretary says.Sajid Javid said experience has shown ‘we must move quickly and at the earliest possible moment’. He said it might be more transmissible, vaccines might be less effective against it and it might affect one of the UK’s major treatments, Ronapreve. No cases of the variant have yet been detected in the UK.

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