Craig’s Heartstrong

A brilliant night for Craig’s Heartstrong saw the charity raise about £9,000 over the weekend. The night brought together the charity and Soccer Saturday/football legends Jeff Stelling, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas.

You can see pictures from the night, courtesy of Vannin Photos, by clicking here.

No Drone Zone

The island’s Civil Aviation Administration is reminding local residents and visitors not to use drones to film the TT or Billown Circuit practice sessions and races and is warning of potential prosecution and fines for those that infringe a ‘no drone zone’.

Breach of the restriction is an offence which is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to £5,000. Drones can pose a serious distraction to riders therefore race marshals are informed to immediately report any drones to race control and the police, which may result in the practice or race being halted.

A “no-fly” zone is in place from 29 May to 11 June inclusive which covers the TT Race Course, including all of the area within the course as well as 1000 metres outside the course during the times when the road closures are in force.

The Billown Circuit is located within the Airport’s existing “no-fly” zone for drones. A “no-fly” zone for the Red Arrows display is also in place on June 7 for the area within six miles of Douglas from 7.20pm until 8.10pm.

Use Water Wisely

As has become the norm, the Island is experiencing much drier weather as we enter the warmer months of the year and Manx Utilities is asking residents and visitors to use water wisely. As of 23 May, reservoir levels were at 88% (only 1% above average after the recent heavy rainfall).

Manx Utilities constantly monitors the Island’s raw water stocks working with the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture due to the water supplied from reservoirs to the Island’s rivers, which has to be managed carefully.  The Meteorological Office share predicted weather trends which are passed on to Water Companies.  This year’s latest outlook for April to June is indicating warmer temperatures and near normal rainfall.  

Chairman, Rob Callister MHK said: ‘Our island water stocks are exposed to the same climate change challenges as many other locations across the UK, however, the Island is different in that the only stocks we have are our own. Naturally as the weather becomes warmer, consumer demand increases, however we would hope that consumers do think about using water wisely. 

‘Manx Utilities has a dedicated leakage team who monitor hundreds of pressure and flow points throughout the the water distribution network for changes, which enables a quick reaction to leakage issues and resulted in an 18% reduction in the last 12 months. Manx Utilities continues to drive forward its plans for water main replacement on ageing frequent burst water mains.’