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Isle of Man government seek public's ideas to save money

The Isle of Man government are asking residents to submit their own ideas on how money could be saved.

The government say they're calling on the public to help them decide where best to cut money to sustain services, as they face reductions of 25 million pounds over the next five years.

The scheme is the brainchild of Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan MHK. It's being called an online 'ideas hub', and anyone who wants to take part must register their details online. The deadline for submissions is 14 May 2017.

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We hope that the public will give serious thought to how government could streamline its services, cut waste or do things in new and innovative ways. We are eager to see how they will respond to the challenge and are hoping to see some exciting new ideas.

After all, it's the public’s money that government spends to deliver services. With their input we aim to make the required savings and help build a sustainable future for the Island.

– Bill Shimmins MHK, IOM Government's SAVE campaign

Drop-in sessions are also being held around the island during April. Ministers are inviting people to come and discuss their ideas in person. Sessions are planned for Douglas, Ramsey, Peel and Castletown.

For those people who do not wish to use the online ideas hub, we will also be publishing a series of newspapers ads later this month which provide write-in forms that can be completed and submitted to us.

Every idea submitted through the website or on the write-in forms will be looked at by the SAVE team, as it develops proposals for the Council of Ministers to consider. Council will decide which to develop further and implement across government.

– Bill Shimmins MHK, IOM Government's SAVE campaign
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The online “ideas hub” can be found on the government website at www.gov.im/save

Fracking experts warn only a quarter of shale gas might be recoverable

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Only a quarter of the shale gas in one of the UK's biggest reserves might be recoverable due to limited space to develop the necessary wells, academics have said.

The Bowland Shale - the rock thought to hold most of our shale gas reserves - is found throughout large parts of northern England, as well as parts of the Midlands, north Wales and the Isle of Man.

Areas in the North West offered to explore for shale gas fracking. Credit: Oil and Gas Authority

Immovable infrastructure such as buildings, roads and rivers put constraints on the area of the Bowland Shale that could be developed, say researchers from experts consortium ReFINE (Research Fracking in Europe).

They mapped possible sites on to the areas licensed for potential gas extraction.

They concluded that within a typical 10km by 10km square, only a quarter of the area could accommodate wells when existing properties, natural features and transport links were factored in.

Our findings suggest that the number of wells that could be developed could be limited by existing and immovable infrastructure which, in turn, would reduce the amount of shale gas that could be extracted."

– Sarah Clancy, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University

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Girl, seven, victim of suspected hit and run on Isle of Man

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Police on the Isle of Man are appealing for witnesses to a suspected hit and run involving a seven-year-old girl.

At around 6:55pm last night - Wednesday, March 29 - between the junction of Allan Street and Westmoreland Road, Douglas a suspected white four-by-four hit the girl, who was walking with her brother.

The car failed to stop at the scene on colliding with the girl, resulting in bruising.

If anyone saw this incident taking place or has any information they are asked to contact PC 170 McLean at Douglas Police Headquarters by telephoning: 01624 631435

IoM lifeboat crew rescue stranded yacht

Sir William Hillary was launched early this morning in Douglas to assist a yacht which had ran out of fuel. Credit: Mike Howland, RNLI Douglas

RNLI crew on the Isle of Man rescued a yacht which had ran out of fuel around 2am this morning.

The Sir William Hillary lifeboat was launched from Douglas Harbour to help the vessel from Kirkcudbright, Scotland with two people on board.

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IoM RNLI called out twice to rescue fishing vessel

The fishing vessel was towed back to Douglas twice & berthed at the Battery Pier. Credit: RNLI Douglas

A fishing boat sailing from the Isle of Man that was towed back to shore by Douglas RNLI had to be rescued for a second time in the exact same spot.

The Sir William Hillary was called out yesterday morning to attend the vessel which was approximately 12 miles south east of Douglas when its engine failed.

The crew left Douglas for a second time making for Holyhead when in virtually the same place the boat's alternator failed.

The fishing vessel was again taken under tow back to Douglas and berthed at the Battery Pier.

Sir William Hillary returning to the same fishing vessel. Credit: RNLI Douglas
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