20’s Plenty

The DoI has introduced a town centre 20mph zone in Ramsey centred on the harbour and main shopping areas of the town. It includes Parliament Street, all the quayside roads, South Promenade, together with all link roads within the area bounded by Albert Road, Queens Promenade and Bowring Road (by roundabout at Derby Road).

Cyberisle

Tickets are now available for CyberIsle, the island’s annual cyber security conference, which is set to return in October.  Now in its fourth year, the updated CyberIsle will be host to a programme of interactive and thought provoking presentations, panels and workshops for businesses, charities and individuals. 

CyberIsle 2022 will take place on Wednesday 19 October at the Comis Golf Club, Santon. The event will run from 9am to 5.30pm with opportunities for networking and Continuing Professional Development throughout the day.

Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, Jane Poole-Wilson said: ‘The world of cyber security is ever-evolving, and I hope that this event will help people, businesses and charities to feel a little more secure and provide them with the tools and understanding to protect themselves digitally and respond to any issues.’ 

Speakers and panel members will include cyber-security experts and professionals at all levels from across the public and private sectors.

There are a number of opportunities for businesses to participate in the event through sponsorship options and a trade stand presence during the day. Interested parties should visit the OCSIA website or contact CYBERISLE@gov.im for more information. The event is free to attend, and people are asked to book spaces where possible. More information on the day’s speakers and the agenda will be released soon.

Wales and Dolphins

The Steam Packet has assisted in the safe return of specialist equipment for tracking the behaviours of porpoises and dolphins in the Irish Sea.

The device, which resembles a length of drainpipe, was discovered in June by local residents Sam and Voirrey Samson, while walking their dog on Gansey beach. They handed it in to Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch (MWDW), who identified it as an underwater monitoring device belonging to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) containing important data. It has since been returned to Dublin.

Clowie Russel, Marine Mammal Ecologist at IWDG, explained: ‘This device is vital to Static Acoustic Monitoring (SAM) and is critical for research necessary for us to deliver a Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan on behalf of Dublin Port Company to meet compliance with planning permission and licensing obligations for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project.

‘SAMs detect dolphin and porpoise vocalisations and log their occurrence. This enables us to gather information on the use of spoil grounds by harbour porpoise prior to, and during, dredging campaigns, and to monitor if any displacement from the site occurs.’