Search and Rescue

The island’s Search and Rescue Dog Association is buzzing that one of its potential dog teams passed the obedience test on Sunday morning after a three day callout. The group said: ‘This is a tough test and shows a level of control and competency to be a potential search dog. Potential dog handler Olivia Crowe and her collie Mop will now proceed to a stock test, and upon completion they will be officially confirmed as a trainee dog team with SARDA IOM. Congratulations to Olivia and Mop from all of us here at SARDA IOM!’

Football’s Going Away

The senior Isle of Man FA National squads make a return to off-island competition on Saturday when they travel to Flintshire, Wales, to take on Airbus UK broughton Football Club. Both teams have new management in place who are looking keenly ahead to the Island Games in Guernsey next July.

The Canada Life Women’s National Squad named by Manager, Wayne Lisy, and coach, Kira Buchan: Rebecca Cole, Rebecca Corkish, Lisa Costain, Eleanor Gawne, Louise Gibbins, Kayleigh Greggor, Casey Halsall, Megan Kelly, Tia Lisy, Katie Lovelady, Stevie Mallon, Erin Sells, Holly Sumner, Chloe Teare.

Blane Slattery’s first Men’s National Squad is as follows: Jamie Callister, Declan Cummins, Chris Duggan, Ryan Gartland, Tiernan Garvey, Daniel Gerrard, Philip Kelly, Dean Leece, Morgan Naylor, Brody Patience, Dylan Pickles, George Rawlinson, Robbie Ward, Kyle Watson, Nick White, Matthew Woods.

Welcome Review

The Manx Labour Party has welcomed the news that Liverpool John Moore’s University is to conduct a review into illicit drugs on the island which will look at other jurisdictions that have explored decriminalisation of cannabis.

The party said: ‘Clearly our current drug policy has failed to either eliminate drug use or stamp out the trade in illicit drugs. The biggest danger associated with cannabis is the risk of being caught with it. With more countries moving to legalisation it’s important that we modernise our drug policies.

‘Reviews such as this do not come cheap but having an MLP MHK Sarah Maltby in Treasury has helped keep this important policy direction on track. We recognise this review is vital to start to enable Tynwald to have the data, and a clear evidence base, to properly inform a wider debate on drugs policy.’