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Vital road works on IoM's Douglas Prom to get under way

Douglas Promenade will eventually be entirely resurfaced, according to IOM Government Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The first phase of a four-stage process to resurface the Isle of Man's busiest route will begin today.

From this evening heavy traffic is expected elsewhere whilst temporary fixes are made to Douglas Promenade.

The promenade is open with restrictions, using a contraflow system, so traffic will be slower than usual.

The government's advising people to plan in advance or take alternative routes.


The Isle of Man remembers the fallen on Armistice Day

The Isle of Man supplied troops, vessels and enemy internment camps Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The Isle of Man has joined commemorations for Armistice Day.

Crowds gathered this morning at Douglas War Memorial to pay respects to the 1,165 who lost their lives in World War 1.

'The Manxman' stands on top of a pillar overlooking Douglas Promenade Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

More than 8,000 Manx men were enlisted - over 80% of the island's male population of military age. The memorial has a statue of a soldier on a 50ft pillar of Manx granite, called 'The Manxman'.

Another service will be held there on Remembrance Sunday at 11am.

Comic apologises over IoM 'homophobic' comment

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Rufus Hound tweet Credit: Twitter

Comedian Rufus Hound has said sorry over a comment he made on Twitter about the Isle of Man being homophobic.

He quickly retracted the statement after a number of people complained on social media. The tweet came following Donald Trump's US election win yesterday. Hound posted on the site to ask if he could colonise the Island - and whether its homophobic residents would leave.

Statement retracted quickly Credit: Twitter

One resident a photographer from Peel posted: @RufusHound As a resident of the #isleofman, it's not a homophobic place so please colonise elsewhere.

Rhys Stewart said @RufusHound nothing like sweeping prejudice against a minority nation in order to vent your anger with Trumps views #asbadastrump #potkettle

Rufus who is currently starring in The Wind in the Willows quickly rectified his mistake claiming he was 'completely wrong.'

Same-sex couples on the island have been able to enter civil partnerships since April 2011, but not marriage until this year. Homosexuality was illegal on the island until 1992.


Couple's dismay over UK stance on civil partnerships

Martin Loat and Claire Beale who had civil partnership on Isle of Man Credit: ITV Granada

A couple that travelled to the Isle of Man for a civil partnership have expressed their dismay at UK law’s dismissal of opposite sex couple partnerships.

Martin Loat and Claire Beale made their way from London to the island because only same sex couples can be registered in the UK.

Under-Secretary of State for Education Lord Nash said in the House of Lords that UK law would not legalise heterosexual civil partnerships.

Martin said that he is disappointed, but not surprised at Lord Nash’s announcement:

We will continue the fight to get the UK Government to change the law so that Civil Partnerships are available to all couples in the UK - mixed sex and same sex. It is the fair and proper thing to do...and what's more it requires only a simple change to existing legislation.

– Martin Loat

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.

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:

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

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