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Fire training facility opens on Isle of Man

New fire training facility has opened on the Isle of Man Credit: ITV

A new fire training facility has opened on the Isle of Man. This means that local firefighters can undertake essential training without the need to travel to the UK - saving approximately £50,000 a year. A controlled fire was set today to show how the specially-engineered compartments are used to create a realistic environment in terms of working in extreme heat, humidity, smoke and restricted visibility.

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IoM Council of Ministers chosen by Chief Minister

Chief Minister Howard Quayle was previously Minister of Health and Social Care before accepting his new role as leader of the Council of Ministers Credit: gov.im

The Isle of Man's Chief Minister Howard Quayle has today announced who will head Government departments.

The Council of Ministers is made up of eight different sections under the Chief Minister's leadership. They are:

Economic Development – Laurence Skelly

Education and Children – Graham Cregeen

Environment, Food and Agriculture – Geoffrey Boot

Health and Social Care – Kate Beecroft

Home Affairs – Bill Malarkey

Infrastructure – Ray Harmer

Policy and Reform – Chris Thomas

Treasury – Alfred Cannan

As the Isle of Man prepares for a general election, we find out who the candidates are

Later this week - voters will go the polls in the Isle of Man's general election.

The island is almost entirely self-governing and the 24 successful representatives will control virtually every aspect of public life, from law and order to health.

There's been a form of government in theIsland for 1000 years.

So what does the future hold for this former Viking settlement?

Adam McClean has been to the island to find out.

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Family in desperate bid to government for son's treatment

A family on the Isle of Man who have desperately tried to convince the government to fund drug treatment for their son will have to move away.

Finley Hesketh, 7, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare muscle-wasting disease which largely affects boys.

His parents have tried in vain to pledge for funding of Translarna from the Island's Government who say they don't have the funds to pay for it.

Watch: Isle of Man Cricket Team prepare for Swedish tournament

The Isle of Man Cricket team are on their way to Sweden to play in the World Cricket League.

Over the next 5 days the squad will play alongside Sweden, Germany, Gibraltar, Israel and Spain. They're currently in division two but if they do well it could pave the way for them to compete in the World Cricket League and Cricket World Cup.

Cricket coach Greig Wright told Helen McKenna how the tournament will play out.

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