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Thousands on Isle of Man favour online census forms

More than 3,000 households on the Isle of Man have gone online to fill in the interim census form in the first two days. Credit: ITV

The total for Isle of Man census returns received to date is around 18,000 out of an estimated 37,000 occupied households.

More than 3,000 households on the Isle of Man have gone online to fill in the interim census form in the first two days.

Anyone who has not yet completed the census is encouraged to do so online by the 6 May cut-off for submission.

It's the first year to offer the option of online completion and the island's Government says the initial response is encouraging, with 1 in 6 returns being completed online.

Same sex marriage Bill approved on Isle of Man

Six members at the House of Keys voted for the Bill this afternoon, with three against. Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man's Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill has been met with approval from members of the Legislative Council after its third reading.

Six members of the Legislative Council voted for the Bill this afternoon, with three against.

After a public consultation was posted on the Isle of Man Government website, the results showed 76 opposed the Bill, 10 were neutral and 90 supported.

Manx law stated homosexuality was illegal until 1992 and civil partnerships were legalised in 2011.

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Isle of Man to light beacons for the Queen's 90th celebrations

The beacons at St John’s and Snaefell summit will be part of a network of more than 1,000 being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and UK Overseas Territories. Credit: ITV.com

The Isle of Man is taking part in a special event to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

A beacon will be lit on the Green at St John’s at 8.30pm tonight by Allen Corlett, Captain of the Parish of German, who will read a message of congratulations on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Members of the community are invited to attend and take part in the tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who as Lord of Mann is the island's Head of State.

The beacon at St John’s will be part of a network of more than 1,000 being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and UK Overseas Territories.

The Isle of Man Civil Defence Unit is also planning to shine a light from the summit of Snaefell as part of a number of beacons being lit at the four highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis (Scotland), Mount Snowdon (Wales), Scafell Pike (England) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland).

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Bibby wins historical Isle of Man cycling race

Ian Bibby finishing the men's 113 miles over three laps at the Manx International Grand Prix Credit: SWpix.com

A historical cycling event returned to the Isle of Man yesterday as part of the second leg of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series.

Team Sky's Ian Bibby won the men's 113 miles of racing over three laps of the Manx International Grand Prix, with Kimberly Ashton (Casp racing) winning the two-lap women's race, the first round of the women's road race elite series.

The first MIGP was held in 1936, becoming a favoured race for cyclists from all over the world - the last professional tournament was held in 2003.

A huge crowd showing their support on the Mountain Course near Ramsey Credit: SWpix.com

Jake Alderman of Saint Piran and Tristan Robbins of Madison Genesis made the first real break of the race, pulling away and gradually increasing their lead to 2.20.

They continued to lead until Manx rider Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) closed the gap.

The penultimate King of Mountains award was taken by Adria Moreno Sala (Raleigh GAC) and the lead pack was thinned down to six after Kennaugh attacked.

Bibby and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) managed to break free from the final six, before Bibby attacked Rowsell and went on to win.

The Isle of Man is currently bidding to host the 2018 British National Championship.

Man in court accused of contacting alleged rape victim

The accused will return to Douglas Courthouse on 12 April Credit: Helen McKenna

A man from the Isle of Man has been arrested for allegedly contacting a woman who claims he raped and assaulted her.

The 46 year old man is accused of raping and beating up the woman on 12th September last year.

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes described the allegations as 'extremely serious' and fixed a committal date for 31st May.

The man will return to Douglas Courthouse on 12 April.

Isle of Man junior doctors get no changes to contracts

Junior doctors play a significant role in the delivery of care on the Isle of Man, both at Noble’s Hospital and GP practices. Credit: Isle of Man Government

Junior doctors on the Isle of Man will not see changes to their contracts of employment.

Those who are employed under the Department of Health and Social Care, who work both in Nobles Hospital and GP surgeries, will not have their terms and conditions changed like doctors in England.

Changes in England will mean doctors will be paid less for working weekends to create a "seven-day service". This has been met with disagreement by the British Medical Association.

Health and Social Care minister Howard Quayle said that no changes would mean that the Isle of Man's tradition of working with doctors and their representative would continue:

Junior doctors in England face the new Credit: PA

We have to strike a delicate balance with our terms and conditions for employees. This means making sure that our rates of pay and benefits represent value for money for the taxpayer whilst enabling us to attract and retain talented health and social care professionals. I think our current arrangements have that balance right.

– Health and Social Care minister Howard Quayle
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