Police Appeal

Damage has been caused in the nature garden at Victoria Road Primary School over the weekend of March 12/13. If you have any information regarding the matter then please contact Castletown Police Station on 822222, or Police HQ on 631212, quoting reference number 97/12875/22.

Recipe for Marketing?

Local food and drink producers are invited to take part in a series of marketing masterclasses designed to help boost their brand and customer reach. Each session costs £50.

The four workshops, developed in association with DEFA’s Food Matters strategy, will be served up by food business specialist Fiona Fitzpatrick and social media expert Kirsty Lawrence. The weekly two hour sessions will be held at the Engine House in Castletown and start at 5.30pm on April 6.

  • Wednesday 6 April – Understanding the opportunity for your product
  • Wednesday 13 April – Building a brand that can win
  • Wednesday 20 April – The digital Eco-system and the importance of engaging content
  • Wednesday 27 April – Crafting great social media and an introduction to Facebook and Instagram adverts

Clare Barber, Minister for DEFA, said: ‘As part of the Food Matters Strategy we are looking to grow the industry by £50m by 2025, so we are delighted to team up with Fiona and Kirsty to empower our producers to reach new audiences and optimise the way they connect with consumers.’ 

Local producers can register here, or find out more information by emailing food@gov.im.

Home Schoolers

The Education Minister says there has been a drop in the number of students being educated at home. Across primary school (12) and second school (16) age children, there are 28 children recorded as being home schooled. This is down from 42 in 2020/21 (22 in primary school and 20 in secondary school) but slightly up from 27 in 2019/20 (primary 11 and secondary 16). The figures were requested by Garff MHK Daphne Caine.

Minister Julie Edge said: ‘It is worth noting that children are removed from the Home Education Register once they have reached the age of sixteen, as they are no longer at compulsory education age.’

Bank Levy

Views are being sought on the proposed introduction of a levy on banks to fund the operating costs of the Isle of Man’s Resolution Authority. A consultation on the Bank (Recovery and Resolution) Act 2020 Administrative Levy Order 2022has been published today via the gov’s Engagement Hub.

The FSA was established as the Resolution Authority for banks in the Island in 2020. In line with relevant international standards, the legislation allows a failing bank to be either resolved or wound up in an orderly fashion, without losses falling on the taxpayer.

It is intended the operating costs of the Resolution Authority will be recovered through a levy on the banking industry. The legislation has been drafted following responses to a public consultation issued in February 2021. The Resolution Authority’s operating costs are separate from any resolution fund/costs that could arise in a crisis.

Feedback is now being invited on the content and timing of the draft Order, which will come into effect later this year, subject to Tynwald approval. Comments can be emailed to ruth.baxendale@iomfsa.im or by post to Ruth Baxendale, Isle of Man Financial Services Authority, PO Box 58, Finch Hill House, Bucks Road, Douglas, IM99 1DT.

Six Years Too Late

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says she should have been freed six years ago, in her first news conference since being released from Iran last week.

During the conference, she expressed frustration at the UK gov saying ‘I shouldn’t have been in prison for six years’ and that she felt ‘left behind’. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe said there was a ‘whole lot of catching up to do’ with her daughter and husband, and asked for privacy going forward. Her husband Richard, who waged a six year public campaign to have her freed, said he is looking forward to retiring from public life now the family is reunited.

Attention is now turning to efforts to free Moran Tahbaz, a dual British-American citizen who is also being held in Iran. Mrs Zagheri-Ratcliffe told reporters her family want to support Mr Tahbaz and said ‘he should have come home with us’.

Sir David Amess

The death of MP Sir David Amess was an assassination by a ‘committed, fanatical, radicalised Islamist terrorist’, a court has heard. Sir David, MP for Southend West, was stabbed during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on October 15.

Ali Harbi Ali had carried out reconnaissance of potential targets over several years, including cabinet minister Michael Gove, the jury heard. The 26-year-old denies murder and preparing acts of terrorism.