Ukraine

Chief Minister Alf Cannan will use part of next week’s Tynwald sitting to make a statement as to the ongoing situation in Ukraine. No further info has been released on this, but it could be a chance for the Chief to signal further changes to sanctions and/or waiving visas for people coming to the island from Ukraine.

FLUME!

The working flume at the NSC will be unavailable on Thursday evening while the manufacturer inspects both slides. All other facilities, including the leisure pool, will remain open and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. It’s not even funny at this point.

Fire Callout

Early this morning crews from Douglas were mobilised to reports of an alarm sounding and a smell of smoke at a residential property. On arrival crews made entry into the property and a Breathing Apparatus Team assisted the occupant in evacuating and then quickly established that the cause of the smoke was burnt food.

A fire service spokesman said: ‘The occupant was given oxygen therapy at the scene by Firefighters until paramedics arrived. Crews used a Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan to clear the property of the smoke and were in attendance for approx. an hour.

‘The call to the emergency services was made by a neighbour who was alerted to the incident due to the smoke detector being activated and the quick arrival of the Fire Service prevented the situation escalating. This incident highlights the importance of working smoke alarms, when there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.  Working smoke alarms save lives, they give early warning in the case of fire which can enable occupants to get out of the property in the early stages of a fire, which in turn allows us to get to you more quickly.’

Trees!

Student’s from the University College’s Landscaping and Conservation course have been working with the charity at Billown Quaries, which is owned by Colas. In the autumn, the students completed their fencing and habitat management units, and in March the students were joined by the organisation’s senior leadership team to plant 300 trees.

The initiative, which is being funded by Colas, aims to provide a protected environment for the island and its biosphere.

Jesamine Kelly, UCM’s Principal, said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Billown Quary to see what our students have been working hard on over the last few months, and being able to plant a few trees myself was brilliant. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Horticulture students to get real-world, practical experience of the industry they’ll be joining when they leave UCM. A huge thank you to the team at Manx Wildlife Trust and Colas for making this experience possible.’

Leigh Morris from The Manx Wildlife Trust added: ‘We’re delighted to be working with UCM on this important project. Not only have the students been able to hone and practice their skills but they’ve how essential the work they do is for the protection of our beautiful island and wildlife.’

Footage of the tree planting is available at www.ucm.ac.im

Endurance

Scientists have found and filmed one of the greatest ever undiscovered shipwrecks 107 years after it sank. The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was found at the weekend at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. 

The ship was crushed by sea-ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape on foot and in small boats.  Video of the remains show Endurance to be in remarkable condition.