Archive for the ‘Isle of Man’ Category

Manx students sign up to racist Facebook group

May 1, 2009

The 95 members of the group, entitled ‘Keep the Isle of Man White & Free from Foreigners’, included students from every Manx secondary school, but 33 appeared to be currently enrolled at Ballakermeen.

Isle of Man Newspapers staff were made aware of the page earlier this week and were able to access its content before it was removed overnight Wednesday/Thursday.

Steam Packet management firm Macquarie suspends share trading

May 1, 2009

The investment bank asked the Australian Stock Exchange for trading in its shares to be suspended pending an announcement of a possible capital injection.

The move has taken observers by surprise.

Prospect Hill sealed off in ‘suspicious substance’ police probe

May 1, 2009

POLICE sealed off part of Prospect Hill in Douglas, earlier today after a suspicious package was found at the Alliance and Leicester building.

An unidentified and suspicious substance was found in an envelope, sparking a full scale alert.

The alert has now been stepped down and police say ‘attention will now focus on a potential criminal investigation’.

Swine flu advice for all UK homes

April 29, 2009

Dozens of people across the country are being tested for the infection, with the first two confirmed cases being Iain and Dawn Askham, of Polmont, near Falkirk, who had been on holiday in Mexico.

Swine flu virus: Manx travellers in Mexico

April 29, 2009

No further details in relation to how many or who they are have been released, but a Thomas Cook spokesman said the company would look to assist holidaymakers wanting to return home early.

Environmental schemes celebrated at awards ceremony

April 29, 2009

More than £18,000 was donated to 17 organisations in the HSBC Environmental Awards 2009, developed in partnership with Isle of Man Newspapers and the Department of Local Government and the Environment.
An extra £2,500 will be donated to two schools soon.

Cost of treatment at UK hospitals reaches £8m

April 29, 2009

Health Minister Eddie Teare announced in the House of Keys on Tuesday that an independent audit had been launched into the size of the bills from the UK NHS.

He revealed that the cost has risen from £3,687,435 in 2004-05 to £5,800,190 in 2007-08 and then shot up again to £7,970,192 in 2008-09.

Drinkers hit in pocket as UK budget forces price hike

April 27, 2009

Prices of imported drinks will be going up by two or three pence in Heron and Brearley’s 48 Manx pubs this week following a 2 per cent rise in alcohol duty.

But real ale drinkers will be happy to hear the firm plans to hold the current price of Okells for ‘as long as possible’.

PAG renews call for freedom of information legislation

April 27, 2009

It made its call to coincide with its third annual general meeting tonight (Monday).

PAG has been lobbying for more open, accountable government and it believes a Freedom of Information Act is a critical step towards this.

Chief minister Tony Brown has on a number of occasions reaffirmed his intention to introduce an Access to Government Information Bill but so far no legislation has been announced.