Broadband

Manx Telecom has announced that it has completed its programme of work to replace the core broadband network for the island and that it is now live and fully operational.

Launched in September, the project is part of a continuous programme of investment in telecoms infrastructure in the Isle of Man. Leveraging fibre technology, the new broadband network provides a significant upgrade in capacity and enhanced resilience.

Commenting on the announcement, Manx Telecom CEO Gary Lamb said, ‘I’d like to thank all the teams who have worked so hard to install and deploy the new network. We were focussed on reducing as much as possible any inconvenience to our customers and so they were migrated across to the network in stages. Most work took place between midnight and 6am to minimise any possible disruption.’

Probation

Douglas Borough Council has commended its partnership with the Isle of Man Prison and Probation Service’s community service order programme.

The community service team have been assisting the council by providing work groups for a range of community projects, the most recent of which was cutting back overgrown areas along Manor Lane in Willaston. 

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Housing and property committee chairman Janet Thommeny said: ‘Thanks to the community service team a number of our green spaces in Douglas are being rejuvenated. The council is pleased to be supporting the Probation community service programme; it is a mutually beneficial scheme which not only helps with the rehabilitation of offenders but also improves the environment and benefits local communities.’

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The probation service’s Andy Sutton added: ‘The Isle of Man probation community service group are pleased to be given the opportunity to assist Douglas Borough Council in a number of projects. These are not only a benefit to the local community, but also gives the service users skills and pride in what they can achieve using teamwork.’

Museum’s TT Challenge

Between now and January 2, all visitors to the Manx Museum’s motorsport-themed exhibit will have the opportunity to win daily prizes by taking part in a special challenge to conquer the Snaefell Mountain Course.The TT game is giving visitors the chance to experience truly realistic automotive thrills on two wheels, without the need to don your leathers

The Manx Museum TT challenge will run throughout the festive period with prizes for the fastest lap recorded each day, while the person who records the fastest lap over the fortnight will receive two annual MNH passes for their family. Covid-preventative measures, including both hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes, are in place throughout the Museum.

The Manx Museum will be open daily 9.30am-4.30pm (including Sundays), except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Strictly

An average of 11 million people tuned in to watch EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis become the first deaf contestant to win Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday. After being named the winner, Ayling-Ellis paid tribute to professional partner Giovanni Pernice, saying he ‘always had a piece of her heart’. The show had a peak audience of 12.3 million – giving BBC One a 57.8% share in the overnight ratings.

Germany Ban

Germany has become the latest European country to ban most travellers from Britain, to try to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. German nationals and residents will still be allowed to enter from the UK. They must have a negative test and quarantine for two weeks, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. The measures take effect from Sunday evening and France has already introduced similar curbs as coronavirus infections surge in Britain.

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