Gef’s Daily Roundup

Castletown Panna

Castletown Commissioners will be installing a Panna (Street Football) arena in the Ballalough park in the coming days. This is portable apparatus, which can be moved to different locations around the town.

If it proves popular, we may potentially be able to arrange some free coaching and perhaps a knockout competition in the square at a later date. What is Panna…? – If you want to learn more, information can be found via the following link.

Richmond, FINALLY!

A reminder that Colas (IOM) Ltd are to undetake remedial surface dressing on Richmond Hill this week. They plan to start work on site tomorrow (Tuesday). The works are to be completed this week, ahead of the Southern Agricultural Show. There will be a 20mph speed limit through the works, with traffic management in place where necessary.

This is work to fix issues with the surface dressing which was applied in 2018. The DoI said that Colas is paying for the work.

Fibre, Under the Sea

A new multi-million-pound fibre optic cable running under the sea has further strengthened the Isle of Man’s connectivity to Ireland and the UK, with onward connections to continental Europe and the US.  The high-tech cable built with the latest high speed technology will enhance the island’s existing infrastructure now and into the future, benefitting businesses and residents alike.

Alf Cancan, wearing his DfE Minister hat, said: ‘Access to global data networks through subsea infrastructure is critical for our future economic growth. Businesses place great importance in the quality of our off-island connectivity so I welcome the investment by Aqua Comms and its partners in this new subsea infrastructure, and am delighted to see the cable go live.

‘The development of sustainable telecommunications and off-island connectivity is one of the key priorities of the Island Plan and helps to create a supportive environment where the economy thrives.’

Irish-headquartered Connectivity Services provider Aqua Comms has worked closely with the Isle of Man Government to install the new Celtix-Connect 2 cable, as part of its wider strategy to develop the North Atlantic Loop. This installation is now complete, with 47 miles (75km) of fibre optic cable laid in Manx waters and connected to two landing points on the Isle of Man, in Port Erin and Port Grenaugh.