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Petition calls for change to IoM domestic abuse law

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An online petition to change sentencing for domestic abuse cases on the Isle of Man has been launched.

Local charity 'Safe, Strong, Secure' is urging the IOM Government to review the legislation system following a recent suspended sentence case.

Tamasin Wedgwood from the charity describes on the petition how the Manx court "displayed a totally inadequate understanding of abuse."

The petition can be found here.


IoM Harbours Strategy approved for £80m refurbishment

Ramsey Harbour Credit: IOM Gov

The Isle of Man's Tynwald Parliament has approved a Harbours Strategy which would include building an £80m refurbishment of Douglas Harbour.

It would cover the island’s five key ports – Douglas, Ramsey, Peel, Port St Mary and Port Erin – and includes support for the £11 million development of deep water berthing facilities to allow cruise ships to dock at Victoria Pier, Douglas.

The proposals set out following the review identify a three-year order of works covering seven different areas, with an estimated total cost of £80.37m.

IoM Commonwealth Games team set off for Gold Coast

The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games team 2018. Credit: IOM Commonwealth Games Association

The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games team have set off for the Gold Coast 2018 Games.

They will be settling into the Sunshine Coast for a week before moving to the athletes’ village in Gold Coast.

The Games will take place over 12 days, between April 4 and 15, and temporarily be home to more than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories.

IoM sailings between Heysham affected due to tidal conditions

Sailings between the Isle of Man and Heysham have been revised following tidal condition assesments.

The Steam Packet Company have rescheduled today's 14:15 sailing from Heysham to Douglas to depart at 15:30.

Departures over the next three days may also be affected.

Passengers should check the company's website for more information.

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Five women elected into IoM Legislative Council

Government Buildings in Douglas Credit: ITV

Five women have been elected as members of the Isle of Man's Legislative Council today.

Members of the House of Keys voted in favour of Jane Poole-Wilson, Kate Lord-Brennan, Tanya Humbles, Marlene Hendy and Kerry Sharpe.

15 candidates were nominated overall, with each member needing 13 votes to secure a win.

The Legislative Council is made up of 11 members, with others securing wins including Kevin Cartledge, Shirley Corlett, Dawn Joughin, Juan Kelly, Andrea Chambers, John Skinner, Alistair Ramsay, Christine Wheeler, Richard Furner and Andrew Hardy.

WATCH: IoM School children plant trees for 10th anniversary of Trees of Life project

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School children on the Isle of Man have planted the 5,000th tree ten years on from saplings first planted at Conrhenny plantation.

'Trees For Life' saw Year 1 and Year 3 pupils from Henry Bloom Noble Primary plant the 5,000th tree in the community woodland.

Some saplings had been brought over from Scotland for the occasion.

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