|—||Initial phase will consist of 100 room luxury hotel|
|—||If gaming legalised, facilities expanded to:|
|—||600 room luxury hotel|
|—||Multi-level casino over 130,000 sq ft|
|—||Slot machines, games tables, race & sports books|
|—||27 acre beach resort|
|—||250 ft beach frontage on Fongkue Beach|
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Photo: Rem Fowler won the inaugural TT in 1907 riding on a Norton
Friday, November 28, 2008
Watch it here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nXbfQbd9yi8&feature=email
Members are: Katie Lawrence, David Kilgallon, Adam Rhodes, fiddles; Rachel Higham and Patrick Knight, flutes; Rebecca Hurst, concertina; Mary Molloy, button accordion; Russell Cowin, double bass; Kirsty Lawrence, piano and John Ryan, drums.
More info and videos at http://comhaltaslive.ie
Or subscribe via iTunes at http://tinyurl.com/comhaltas
Hat Tip: Illiam Cassidy
Thursday, November 27, 2008
One of my friends in the Manx Fire Brigade was interviewed with some of his colleagues for a project that has them training fire brigades in Eastern Europe. There is a chance I might join them on their trip to Romania next May.
I think this link should work for you if you are not on a mac: http://www.manxradio.com/audiovault/HeadsTUES-2.wma You can find it under Tuesday, Talking Heads 2 here: http://www.manxradio.com/listenagain.aspx
Feel free to pass this on.
Tom (the US Firefighter)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Manx a lot, says Blatter
In a shock announcement this lunchtime, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has annulled Brazil's application to host the 2014 World Cup, giving the rights instead to the Isle of Man...
Check out the Onion Bag
Hat Tip: Jim Kneale
Monday, November 24, 2008
Aer Arran is to launch three-times daily services between London City Airport and the Isle of Man from 19 January 2009. The service will compete with daily flights operated on the route by VLM.
The airline plans to use the 72-seat ATR72-500 aircraft for the service, (see photo) the first time that the aircraft will have been used at London City Airport.
Hat Tip: Illiam Cassidy
Saturday, November 22, 2008
One of the ways that we try to achieve this is by charging users for the spectrum - or airwaves - they use. This already includes a huge array of public and private sector users, including MOD, NHS, ambulance, police and taxi firms. But we recognise the special position of safety of life charities, which is why they receive a 50 per cent discount on their current fees.
What we are proposing in the maritime case is simply to change the ways fees are worked out so that they aren’t based on the admin costs of issuing a licence, but on how much spectrum is used. Under our proposals the RNLI might actually pay less than they do now. We estimate that they could pay around £20,000 compared to the £40,000 that they currently pay.
The consultation closed at the end of last month. Ofcom will now take stock of the responses, and any updates will be posted on the Ofcom website (www.ofcom.org.uk).
I remember back in the 1970s seeing a headline in the Examiner that read, "Police dog strength doubled" and on reading the article discovered that they had bought another one.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
His website http://www.royaltyofman.com contains information regarding his claim to be the de jure King of the Isle of Man (he has been crowned by an archbishop according to his website). Googling him is fun, too as there are lots of different opinions flying around about him.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The background: (From the Daily Telegraph...)
LIFEBOAT crews fear being scuppered by crippling new charges for using their radios from Ofcom, the communications regulator. The RNLI could see the price of using its VHF emergency frequencies rise to £250,000 under plans to charge the full commercial rate. The charity, which saves hundreds of lives every year currently pays an annual £48,000 at a discounted rate of 50 per cent. It relies on donations and fears the move will have a disastrous impact on fundraising. Peter Bradley, RNLI operations staff officer, said: 'It's a lot of money when you think in terms of lifeboat days and little old ladies collecting pound coins.' 'We could buy several inshore lifeboats for the same amount.' 'The Government rely on us to provide this search-and-rescue service, at a cost of £124 million a year, but they want to charge us for doing it!'
Ofcom has set out plans to bring 'market forces' into maritime and civil aviation communications in a policy it calls Administered Incentive Pricing. £250,000 represents an awful lot of charity collections, even more so in the current economic climate so, if like me you feel strongly enough about this, please sign the petition below.
Please forward to anyone you think might help by signing the petition.
Hat Tip: Marion
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The IoM was also an internment camp for civilian aliens (under British control) and there is an interesting page about their lives here. In WWII, existing property, which was mostly requisitioned bed and breakfast places, were cordoned off and used as camps - different camps catered for different nationalities - women and children were housed around Port Erin and Port St Mary in the south which had controlled access from the rest of the Island; UK Fascists and Italians were interned at Peel, and a section of central Douglas promenade was cordoned off for use as a series of male camps.
Photos:Ramsey, Knockaloe Camp & Douglas Promenade,
Photo: Wreckage of B-17G #43-38856
Cast members Imelda Staunton and Sir Derek Jacobi were there to greet them. The film, which stars Burt Reynolds as a washed-up Hollywood actor, was chosen last month to replace original choice Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The BBC has a video here.
Actress Imelda Staunton (right) was among the cast members present
Monday, November 17, 2008
On the 16th of November 2008, a group of adults and children from the parish of Maughold made their way up to the summit of North Barrule to pay their respects at the memorial to the 31 American Airmen who had died when their B17 Flying Fortress aircraft crashed on the mountain in dense mist on the 23rd of April 1945.
The memorial is visited every year around the time of ‘Remembrance Sunday’, but this year local children were encouraged to accompany their parents on the walk to the site. It is hoped that this will encourage the young to carry on this act of Remembrance. The children were held spellbound as they were told the story of the terrible tragedy that had taken place on the mountain over 60 years before.
Those from the parish of Maughold who were on this year’s visit included Member of Tynwald, Mrs Clare Christian MLC and Mrs Marinda Fargher, the Chairman of Maughold Parish Commissioners.
The memorial is also visited around the 23rd of April each year by members of the Manx Aviation Preservation Society; on this occasion the American Flag is flown from the flagpole erected at the memorial. The aircraft was from the 381st Bombardment Group based at Ridgewell, near Cambridge, England and had been on its way to Nutts Corner in the north of Ireland where the airmen were to have enjoyed a short break from their operational duties.
Harold Ennett was working at Margher-e-Kew Farm, Hibernia, Maughold on the morning of the crash and saw the aircraft flying in from the coast at around 500ft. He saw the plane disappear in to the mists swirling around North Barrule, and moments later heard a terrific explosion.
The men were were buried on the 27th of April 1945 at the American Military Cemetery at Madingley near Cambridge.
Hat tip: Maughold Commissioners.
I'm guessing they couldn't ship the hamper prize but imagine the glory! Isle of Man Newspapers and 'I Love Manx' have teamed up to give you the chance to have your recipe selected by top local chef Kevin Woodford. The top four recipes selected by Kevin will be made and sampled by a panel of judges at an Isle of Man farmers' market to be held at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on Saturday, December 6. The winning recipe and runners up will receive a delicious hamper containing the finest Manx produce and a copy of Laxey School's 'A Taste of the Isle of Man' Manx cookbook. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a your recipe and method, remembering to include full contact details and a daytime telephone number.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions -- music, dance, stories, drama and ritual -- that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe. An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for nearly 25 years, the Washington Revels produces "The Christmas Revels" at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. The eight performances over two weekends in early December draw over 10,000 people annually.
This year, the 26th annual Christmas Revels will celebrate in French-Canadian style with Québécois singing, dancing, music and tales. Join the acclaimed Revels company (over 75 performers, ages 8-70) on this journey through the deep winter woods to the settlement of Trois Rivières, where villagers gather to greet the New Year and the legends of the Voyageurs and their Flying Canoe come to life! Three internationally renowned performers from Québec -- step dancer Pierre Chartrand, fiddler Éric Favreau, and accordion master Stéphane Landry -- are the featured guest artists and tradition-bearers for this joyous, colorful show, sure to have you tapping your toes and singing along in true Revels fashion! Tickets now on sale!
Location: Lisner Auditorium of The George Washington University
We're going: Date: Sunday, December 7, Time: 1:00pm (Accessibility Services)
Orchestra A-N: Adult $45 Youth $27
Terrace AA-JJ: Adult $45 Youth $27
Terrace KK-RR: Adult $30 Youth $20
Terrace SS-UU: Adult $18 Youth $12 (and sitting here)
Wheelchair Spaces (Row N) Adult $45 Youth $27
Youth = 18 and under$12-27
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS...
ONLINE: Go to: washingtonrevels.tix.com
Service charges: $2.50 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
BY PHONE: 1-800-595-4849 (24 hours, 7 days per week)
Service charges: $3.75 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
GROUP SALES: 10% off for groups of 10-19
20% off for groups of 20 or more
Available through the Revels office only at 301-587-3835.
Service charges: $2.50 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
Concert and party!
Also, Maggie (a friend of GWAMS) & friends will be playing at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis at 7 pm on New Year’s Day. Assuming everyone is sufficiently recovered from the prior evening, this could be fun. The Ram’s Head Tavern onstage offers a performance package that includes free parking at Gott’s garage, a free Fordham draught and 10% off the dinner check. However, tables are arranged such that we would have to move quickly if we wanted to be relatively together instead of scattered hither, thither and yon.
Dec. 6 ( Saturday)- 7:30 pm. An Evening of Celtic and Christmas Music. Featuring: Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer, Irish singer Pat Egan on vocals and guitar; Sue Richards on Celtic harp and Laura Byrne on Irish Flute. Adults: $18, Seniors & students: $10/Under 13-$5.Tickets and Information: (703) 765–4342,St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria VA 22308. http://www.saintlukeschurch.net/newsfeed.asp?choice=ACNS
Jan. 1 (Thursday), 2009. 7pm. Welcome in the New Year with Maggie's Music & friends. A compelling blend of Celtic music sure to dazzle and delight! with Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer); Sue Richards, Celtic harp; Pat Egan, vocals, guitar; Laura Byrne-Egan Irish flute; Jim Eagan, fiddle and Irish dancer Shannon Dunne. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St, Annapolis, MD. Tickets:410-268-4545. http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here are the links -- click away! Every headline below is a clickthrough although you may have to sign up for the FT.com free service.
There's a video here too.
Forced to stand on its own three legs
Financial services: New chapters open in economic success story
Economy: Innovation at root of quest for diversity
E-business: Building a base for online commerce brings net gains
Air and sea links are vital for prosperity
Isle of Man Steam Pocket: Plotting fresh course for ferries veteran
Professional services: Wider range of clients keep firms busy
Services for shipowners and the super-rich: registers ring up strong growth on the seas and in the air
Finding the right berth worldwide
Energy: Tide may turn for renewables policy
Telecommunications: Making the right connections
Aerospace: Innovation in space and on the ground
Lifestyle: Safe, scenic – but bring an umbrella
Tourism: Catering for more discerning clients
TT racing: Critics seek ways to put the brakes on festival of speed
Who’s who: Top personalities in politics and business
Coping in stormy weather
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Beginning in January 2009, SES SL will support a five-year plan to establish and manage the programme through the auspices of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and using the resources of the International Business School and the newly formed International Institute of Space Commerce based at the Nunnery in Douglas.
SES SL will kick start the programme in January with a 30,000 Euros initial investment, plus an additional 50,000 Euros per year from 2009-2013, including one SES SL scholarship. In view of the rapidly growing role of space commerce on the Isle of Man, one of the residential sessions of the programme will take place on the Island. Everyone is very pleased with this, “The growing success of SES and the other space related companies on the Island is further evidence of the growing diversification of the Island’s economy,” said Treasury Member with responsibility for the space industry, Alex Downie, MLC. www.ses.com.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sergeant Dave Cameron from Cumbria and three Isle of Man soldiers, Kingsman John Quaggan, Kingsman Stuart Dawson and Kingsman James Kelly, who are in the Island representing their battalion for Remembrance Sunday, are presenting the library with a gift of a framed photo in return for the young members’ support during the Battalion’s tour of duty in Basra, Iraq, which came to an end this summer. Members sent the soldiers drawings, gifts and letters of support, which boosted the soldiers’ morale while they were in Iraq.
The Regiment – the North West’s Infantry – recruits from Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and the Isle of Man. While in the Island the soldiers are also attending a civic dinner and taking part in Douglas’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony, where they will lay a wreath.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Its most recent appearance was at the funeral of its inventor, Cyril Cannell. The Peel P50 was the first in a series of experimental microcars built in the 1960s at his fibreglass firm Peel Engineering Company.
Seventy P50s were produced between 1963 and 1964, not many remain, but this one was bought by Peel's Manx Transport Heritage Museum after a public appeal in 2005 and it stood guard as its creator was laid to rest.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Evidence dealing with savers in the Isle of Man begins at 2h 05m 45s but the comments about the UK needing to take 'a long hard look at the relationship with the Isle of Man, a tax haven sitting in the Irish Sea' can be seen at 2h 16m 50s -- or so I am told, I can't get it to fast forward.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
For gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
With the US presidential election this week we are looking at how this could affect the Island, particularly given Barack Obama's views of offshore financial centres. We would welcome any comment you, or another NAMA member, would like to include in our coverage.
I hope you can help with this and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Rachael Bruce, Reporter
Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd,
Be don't have a election this year so here's what the IOM government looks like from a distance. Dating back to Viking origins over 1,000 years ago, Tynwald is the oldest legislature in the world in continuous existence. It has two branches: the House of Keys and the Legislative Council.
Her Majesty the Queen as Lord of Mann is our Head of State. Her personal representative on the Island is His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, who is appointed by the Crown for a five-year term. The Island is a Crown Dependency which, through its ancient parliament, Tynwald, enjoys a high degree of domestic legislative and political autonomy.
Every five years the House of Keys is dissolved by the Lieutenant Governor and a General Election is held to elect members of the House of Keys. The voting system used is Proportional Representation (PR). The House of Keys is the lower branch of Tynwald, which consists of 24 members who represent single member and multi-member constituencies. The members of the House of Keys are directly elected by the people of the Isle of Man. The majority of Members sit as independents, and the virtual absence of party politics has contributed to the remarkable stability of the Manx system.
Eight of the eleven Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs), are elected by the Members of the House of Keys; the remaining Members of Legislative Council are the ex-officio members, H.M. Attorney General, the Lord Bishop and the President of Tynwald, who is elected by Tynwald as a whole.
The Legislative Council generally acts as a revising chamber for Bills which are usually introduced in the Keys. The Royal Assent to Tynwald Bills is given by the Queen or, now more commonly, by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor.
The two branches sit separately throughout the parliamentary year principally to enact primary legislation; they sit together as Tynwald Court mainly to debate matters of policy, approve delegated legislation and to adopt financial motions. On 5th July each year, Tynwald Court assembles in the open air on Tynwald Hill at St. John's, a Viking site of the Manx parliament, to conduct parliamentary business and receive petitions for redress from aggrieved citizens.
Kelly's Note: Technically the Isle of Man Government has a tricameral system, not a bicameral system as is widely reported, because -- as described above -- it meets as its two parts and then together to make some laws, which makes three parts. Hat tip: Alex Downie, MLC
Monday, November 3, 2008
Manx note: The Faragher's had a notable experience -- possibly unique for the Island -- when their Ballahick farmhouse was split in two by an earthquake.
Sunday, November 2, 2008