Monkey Business

A review of the Curragh’s Wildlife Park (CWP) will be carried out this summer to identify a set of long-term and sustainable goals for the popular family attraction.

The Park, which is situated on a globally recognised wetland site, also has a large café, play spaces and provides education and community engagement in conservation. DEFA, which runs the CWP, is looking to appoint a consultant to start the review next month. 

It will set out a range of options to develop the Park economically, so it can become less dependent on taxpayers.

The chosen consultant will work with key stakeholders and research other zoos, with similar constraints,before producing a range of fully costed recommendations and potential opportunities for the next 25 years.

Minister Clare Barber said: ‘The Curragh’s Wildlife Park is a popular family attraction and we want to explore all our options to make this community asset more sustainable. The review will help us to establish a set of strategic objectives that are affordable and achievable in the long-term.’

Bitcoin Pizza Day

Sunday May 22 is Bitcoin Pizza Day (no us neither).

On this date back in 2010, an early crypto currency adopter purchased two pizzas using Bitcoin in
what is widely believed to have been the first ever time the digital currency was used to buy physical
goods. The event also showcases how far digital currencies have come in a short time span. Twelve
years ago, 10,000 Bitcoins were worth two pepperoni pizzas. Today, the same 10,000 BTC are worth
over £315 million, making this the most expensive takeaway order in history.

To celebrate, anyone interested in learning more about Bitcoin, are welcome to stop by the Hubb in
Victoria Street, Douglas, on Friday May 20, the last working day before Bitcoin Pizza Day, for
some free pizza and networking from 4pm.

Jason Scales, CEO of the HUBB commented: ‘The Isle of Man is currently experiencing impressive
growth in the digital sector and has fast established itself as a centre of excellence for new
technologies such as digital currencies. It is important to communicate these positive developments
to the public and create excitement around the subject.’

And Frank Schuengel, Managing Director of a local crypto currency egaming operator, added: ‘Bitcoin and digital currencies are more and more findings their way into our every day lives, and not
just in the egaming sector where the Isle of Man is an acknowledged leader in the field of regulated
crypto currency gaming. Yet despite all the amazing growth we have seen already, we are still very
much at the start of what crypto currencies can really do.’

Keeping the Throne

Godfrey Egee has been re-elected as chairman of Port Erin Commissioners as the local authority’s AGM. Marc Morley will serve as vice chairman.