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TT Festival attracts 40,000 visitors — p7

Explaining the benefits of mediation — p6-7

Survey seeks your views on renewable energy — p9

Isle of Man is not a tax haven, says Cameron Island has fair and open tax system and deserves support for taking positive action

Phil’s aiming to reach new heights

>>> United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Isle of Man should not be labelled as a tax haven. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron highlighted the positive action taken by the Isle of Man and the other Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories on international tax matters.

Watch the Prime Minister deliver his remarks on tax transparency

He told MPs that Britain’s Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories deserve support for the steps they have taken to promote transparency and fairness. Responding to questions about his statement on the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Mr Cameron said: ‘I do not

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INSIDE: Health review

>>> Island policeman Phil Drowley proudly flies the Manx flag from the top of Everest after reaching the summit in 2008. Not content with scaling the world’s highest mountain, he is now preparing for the final leg of his attempt to climb the highest peaks in each of the seven continents.

Jobs and skills


Phil, acting Chief Inspector of operational policing with the Isle of Man Constabulary, has already ticked off six on the list. That leaves just one — Carstenz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, at 15,629 feet the tallest peak in Australasia. • Read all about Phil’s epic adventure on pages 4-5.

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Language requirement

Strong record on tax transparency

The Isle of Man Passport, Immigration and Nationality Office has announced a new English language requirement for foreign nationals applying to settle permanently in the Island or taking up British Citizenship here. The change, which takes effect from October 28 this year, is in line with a UK move to ensure that all applicants can speak English well enough to assist with their integration into the community.

Isle of Man has been leading the tax agenda for years


Outsourcing of services The Department of Social Care is proposing to outsource some of its residential care services for adults with a learning disability. The move is part of the broader Adult Services Rebalancing Programme and the recent public consultation on the second five-year Learning Disability Strategy 2013–2018. Story:

Custody block plans Plans have been submitted to construct a new custody block at police headquarters in Douglas. Subject to permission being granted, the development would replace the existing facilities, which have reached the end of their operational life. Story:

Did you know? The Isle of Man is on the OECD White List of countries complying with the global standard for tax co-operation and exchange of information.

IMPORTANT GROUNDWORK: Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK (right, second from top) with David Cameron and the leaders of the other Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories at the Trade, Tax and Transparency event in London in June

Continued from page 1 think it is fair any longer to refer to any of the Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies as tax havens. They have taken action to make sure that they have fair and open tax systems.’ He added: ‘It is very important that our focus should now shift to those territories and countries that really are tax havens. The Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, which matter so much — quite rightly — to the British people and Members, have taken the necessary action and should get the backing for it.’ The Prime Minister’s comments have been welcomed as a further endorsement of the Isle of Man’s commitment to

in fact The Isle of Man is situated in the middle of the Irish Sea at the centre of the British Isles. It is 33 miles (53km) long and 13 miles (22km) wide at its broadest point, with a resident population of 84,500.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency with its own government and laws, made in Tynwald, which was founded more than 1,000 years ago and is the world’s oldest continuous parliament.

The Island has a distinct cultural and political identity. It is not, and never has been, a part of the United Kingdom. Nor is it part of the European Union, with which it has a special and limited relationship allowing for free trade in agricultural and manufactured products.

It is the policy of the Isle of Man Government to be both economically competitive and internationally responsible in supporting the interests of its people. More information about the Isle of Man Government can be found at

remaining at the forefront of global standards. Organisations such as the OECD, IMF and Financial Stability Board have all highlighted the Isle of Man’s track record on co-operation and transparency – a message that has now been reinforced in the strongest possible terms by Mr Cameron. The Prime Minister’s remarks support the view that the Isle of Man is a responsible business centre with a competitive, clear and simple tax regime. The endorsement also follows commitments made in June by the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories at the pre-G8 Trade, Tax and Transparency summit hosted by Mr Cameron in London.

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Preparations for health services review >>> Preparations are under way for the independent external inspection of the Isle of Man Health Service. Officials from the West Midlands Quality Review Service (WMQRS) visited the Island last week to discuss the details of the review process. WMQRS will conduct a rolling programme of reviews over the next two to three years, covering the Island’s entire health service. The first inspection, scheduled to start in November, will focus on critical care services at Noble’s Hospital.

The inspection has three main aims: 1 To provide an assessment to the Manx public, politicians and the Isle of Man Health Service itself of the quality of care provided to patients. 2 To identify areas where services are in need of improvement, with special reference to any areas in which there is an unacceptable risk to patient and/or staff safety. 3 To comment upon the sustainability, or otherwise, of services currently provided in the Isle of Man. Story:


Addressing the skills shortage New college course and streamlined work permits >>> The Isle of Man Government is working with the private sector to help address the skills shortage in key sectors of the local economy. Initiatives include the launch of a new Manufacturing Technician Skills programme at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education and the fasttracking of work permit applications for certain engineering and ICT jobs. A total of 14 students have been selected from more than 60 applicants for the new manufacturing course, which has been developed in conjunction with leading Island companies. The aim is to help students gain the technical skills they need to work in hightech manufacturing and to address the growing demand in the Isle of Man for skilled workers. Government has worked closely with the private sector to develop the new course, recruit additional skilled staff and buy new manufacturing equipment for the students to use.

The Departments of Economic Development and Education and Children have provided the necessary funding of more than £250,000 for the programme this year from savings within their existing budgets, so there has been no additional cost to the taxpayer. Story: >>> The work permit process for skilled information and communication technology (ICT) and engineering workers has been streamlined to help address the skills shortage in these sectors. Applications will now be considered within two working days as part of efforts to grow the Island’s economy and reduce bureaucracy on businesses where appropriate. It is hoped that the changes to fasttrack relevant work permit applications will help local employers to secure the skilled workers they need in the short-term. Story:

NewsDigest... Tax agreements As part of the Isle of Man Government’s programme of signing Double Taxation and Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs), Treasury Minister Eddie Teare MHK has signed TIEAs with Italy and Lesotho. These agreements are the Island’s 30th and 31st TIEAs and the Island now has 41 agreements that meet the OECD international standard on tax cooperation and transparency. Story:

Vaccine shortage An interruption to supplies has created a shortage of Yellow Fever vaccine in the Isle of Man. The viral disease is transmitted by several species of mosquito and is endemic in tropical regions of Africa and South America. The vaccine will be in short supply in the Island until at least January 2014 and people are being advised to think carefully before booking holidays to affected regions. Story:

Support for Vision 2020 The business community has been thanked for supporting a major initiative to plan for the Isle of Man’s economic future. ‘Vision 2020’ is led by the Department of Economic Development and is a critical component in shaping Government’s strategy to grow the economy. Action plans are being developed with a view to implementation early in the New Year. Story:

Did you know? The Island is home to a diversity of niche, quality food producers and manufacturers. Apart from fish and shellfish, we also have cheeses, beers and meat products which consistently win international awards

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Phil’s aiming to reach new heights with latest venture Phil Drowley is the only local man to climb Everest. Now he’s training hard for the final leg of his challenge to scale the highest summits in each of the seven continents

It’s part of Phil Drowley’s training for his next daunting challenge – an attempt on Carstenz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, at 15,629 feet (4,884 metres) the tallest peak in Australasia. The weight Phil’s carrying will help condition him to carry his equipment on the 21-day expedition. If the acting Chief Inspector of operational policing with the Isle of Man Constabulary is successful, he’ll be the first person from the Island to scale the highest summits in each of the seven continents. Phil proudly flew the Manx flag from the top of Everest, the world’s highest mountain, at 28,320 feet (8850 metres), in


4,884 Height in metres of the tallest peak in Australasia

2008. He has also reached the tops of Vinson Massif in Antarctica (15,670 feet/4897m); Aconcagua in South America (22,267ft/6959m); Denali in North America (19,821ft/6194m) and Europe’s Mount Elbrus (18,054ft/5642m). What he described as his ‘mountain climbing odyssey’ began when he climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, with four police colleagues in 2000. He said the striking-looking Carstenz Pyramid, or Puncak Jaya, to give it its proper title, was ‘the most exotic mountaineering location on earth’.

‘The peak is located in the Sudirman range of the Maoke mountains in western Papua. It’s a large limestone escarpment jutting out above the tropical rainforest on the island of New Guinea and is one of the most remote of the seven summits,’ he said. ‘It is the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes and the highest island peak in the world.’ As well as his Snaefell runs, Phil, 46, is training hard at his gym, the Nautilus.

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I was so proud to become the first person from the Isle of Man to climb Everest, but to become the first to complete the seven summits was always my dream and I hope I achieve it

>>> The only local man to climb Everest can be seen most evenings running on the slopes of Snaefell carrying a rucksack filled with heavy bottles of water.




Number of days of the expedition in Papua New Guinea

Year of Phil’s first challenge climbing Kilimanjaro

Number of climbers to have ascended the ‘Big 7’

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‘This will be the final leg in a journey that has seen me travel all over the world meeting some great people, some of whom will be lifelong friends as a result of the experiences we have shared,’ Phil said.

You can make a donation to Ronald McDonald House Isle of Man Family and Friends via Just Giving at

If Phil succeeds in his latest challenge, he’ll join an elite group of just 230 climbers who have ascended all seven continents’ highest mountains.

Alternatively, donations can be left at any police station, marked acting Chief Inspector Phil Drowley

‘I was so proud to become the first person from the Isle of Man to climb Everest, but to become the first to complete the seven summits was always my dream and I hope I achieve it,’ he said. Phil speaks to community and charitable groups about his adventures and will visit schools before he sets off in November. Pupils will then follow his progress. As with other climbs, he’ll raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Isle of Man Family and Friends.

Europe: Elbrus (18,054ft) Russia

North America: Denali (19,821ft) USA, Alaska

He said: ‘The Manx public are always so generous when it is a worthwhile cause. I have raised money for lots of local charities over the years but it seemed very fitting, as I started my journey raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Isle of Man Family and Friends, that I should complete it by doing so again.’

Asia: Everest (28,320ft) Nepal

South America: Aconcagua (22,267ft) Argentina

Antarctica: Vinson Massif (15,670ft) Chilean Sector

The houses provide a home from home for families of children being treated at hospitals, alleviating the additional challenge of finding and paying for accommodation at an already stressful time.

Phil, who is married to Lorraine and is a father and grandfather, hopes to raise several thousand pounds.

Australasia: Carstensz (15,629ft) Indonesia

The family stayed at Ronald McDonald House while Freya was a patient at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Since then the charity, which Andy chairs, has raised almost £350,000 for Ronald McDonald Houses all over the UK.

Africa: Kilimanjaro (18,864ft) Tanzania

The charity was founded by Port St Mary family Andy and Alison Kelly in memory of their daughter, Freya, who died of a congenital heart condition aged just under two years old.

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Helping families cope with the trauma of separation >>> Divorce is acknowledged as one of life’s most traumatic events. It is also recognised that lengthy, costly, stressful and bitter legal disputes are not in anybody’s best interests, particularly when children are involved. Mediation is increasingly being seen as an alternative way to support families experiencing the trauma of a relationship breakdown. A Duty Mediation Scheme has been introduced at the Isle of Man Courts of Justice with the aim of providing faster and more cost-effective resolution in cases of divorce or separation. Here, we explain the potential benefits of mediation …

• What is Family Mediation?

• Impartial. Family mediators do not direct, advise, express personal opinions or make decisions. They will often supply substantial information and guidance to help move discussions forward • About helping people to make their own decisions • Confidential and legally privileged to the participants. This means that until a point is reached where proposals are contained within a written summary, noone is able to use or refer to the

Family mediation can help parties reach a negotiated settlement of most, if not all of the issues and minimise the possibility of protracted and fractious legal proceedings

Family Mediation is ... • Independent of the Family Court and Government officials • An alternative way to address family and financial questions which inevitably arise when two people separate. It aims to help parents reduce the impact of family breakdown on their children • Principally a way of helping families reach agreement about how to continue to look after their children. Family mediation in also offered to couples who may or may not have children to help them to reach agreement about financial matters • Voluntary. No one is forced to go to mediation; although it is fair to say that the Court may strongly recommend couples to find out about, and try, mediation

discussions that take place.

• What are the benefits of mediation? • The primary benefit of mediation is to help the parties reach a negotiated settlement of most, if not all of the issues and minimise the possibility of protracted and fractious legal proceedings • It is far preferable when parents agree on issues relating to their children. Family mediation can assist parties in reaching common ground and agreeing upon what is in the best interests of their children. It can save some of the stress and costs of contested hearings in respect of both family and financial proceedings.

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Judiciary actively encourages parties to consider mediation at directions hearings Continued from page 6 • What is the purpose of the Duty Mediation Scheme? • The Duty Mediation Scheme has been arranged between the Family Court and the Manx Family Mediation Network to help make people aware that there are different paths through the complexities of divorce and separation and that these can lead to good arrangements for children and financial settlement • The scheme sessions are at the same time as Court sittings so anyone in attendance can gain an introduction to family mediation and access information. Family mediators’ time is given freely with no cost to the Court or the Government.

• What is the Family Court’s approach to mediation? • Parties are asked if they have been through mediation on application forms • Mediation leaflets and information about what the court expects from parents is provided to those making new applications • Leaflets are provided at the Isle of Man Courts of Justice • The Judiciary actively encourages parties to consider mediation at directions hearings.

• How is mediation funded? • By the parties • In certain circumstances via the Legal Aid system.

• What is the Manx Family Mediation Network? • MFMN is an association of trained and qualified family mediators practising in the Isle of Man which works to help couples reach a negotiated settlement without the need for litigation.

HELPFUL HINTS A list of registered mediators is available to view on the Courts of Justice website

Cav goes downhill ... fast! >>> Isle of Man cycling superstar Mark Cavendish broke the 100 kilometres an hour barrier – that’s more than 62mph – when he tackled a section of the TT course on closed roads. Cav rode an 8km stretch of the famous Mountain Course, involving 400m of descent into Ramsey via the Gooseneck and Ramsey Hairpin. After clocking up a top speed of 101km/h, the multiple Tour de France stage winner declared it ‘an incredible experience.’

Watch Cav’s amazing ride here

2013 TT Festival attracts 40,000 visitors to Island >>> The 2013 TT Festival attracted almost 40,000 visitors to the Isle of Man, according to a survey released by the Economic Affairs Division of Treasury. A total of 6,160 interviews were conducted with passengers departing the Island between Monday of Practice Week and Wednesday following Senior Race Day. Among the headline statistics are: • Almost 40,000 visitors came to the Island for the TT in 2013, up 27% on the comparable figure for 2010. • On average, they stayed 6.5 nights and spent £668 on the trip – a total of £26.2 million. This represents an economic benefit to the Island of £18.9m and a benefit to Government of £3.5m. • The number of TT visitors in the Island on any one day reached a peak of just over 25,000 on Sunday 2 June (Mad Sunday). • 73% had been to the Island previously for TT, and 2% tend to visit for other events such as the Southern 100 and MGP. An electronic copy of the full report is available to download at

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Apply for an 18+ proof of age card >>> If you have ever been challenged when purchasing age restricted items such as cigarettes or beer, then it would be a good idea to apply for one of the Isle of Man’s 18+ Proof of Age cards. New versions of the card came into operation on 1 July and enable holders to prove they are old enough to purchase tobacco products, alcohol, fireworks, films, solvents and petrol. This removes the need to carry other documents such as a passport, which would be costly to replace if lost.

HELPFUL HINTS To obtain a Proof of Age card you will need to complete an application form which can be downloaded via the link below or from the Welcome Centre.

Proof of Age cards cost £10 and are valid for 5 years. They are available to purchase from the Welcome Centre in Douglas Sea Terminal from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

SOCIAL MEDIA THE Isle of Man Government is committed to being as open and inclusive as possible with its communications. In addition to working with the local media, Government issues news, information and updates via a variety of different channels. Many Departments engage with social media and full details can be found on the main Government website. More information:

Deadline looming for personal tax returns >>> Have you submitted your tax return …? The deadline is looming and people are advised to get their tax affairs in order as soon as possible – and not leave everything until the last minute. If you don’t meet the cut-off point of 6 October for 2012-13 personal tax returns you will face a £100 penalty. If you haven’t yet submitted your return, why not do it online? Simply register for Government Online Services and then follow the link to enrol for Income Tax Services. Personal help is also at hand. Every day between 11.30am and 2pm until 4 October, a dedicated team of officers will be available to help people who wish to complete their tax return online. Conducting your tax affairs online means you can submit information from the comfort of your own home and avoid the potentially large queues at the tax office, particularly in the final weeks before

the deadline. Alternatively returns can be put through the letterbox at the front entrance to Government Office in Bucks Road, Douglas, or the letterbox on the second floor of the building.

Click on the link to watch a video about the enrolment process

HELPFUL HINTS To make the most of online services visit the Government website Get safe online to ensure your internet dealings are secure

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Renewable energy survey >>> What are your thoughts about renewable energy? Should the Isle of Man try to harness wind power to generate more of its power in the future? If so, should we go for onshore or offshore wind turbines? A renewable energy survey is currently being conducted by Durham Business School.The aim is to gather a comprehensive overview of people’s attitudes towards environmental issues, and clean, green and low-carbon

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technologies. The survey is being funded by the Durham Energy Institute and responses will remain confidential unless respondents are happy to provide contact details. While the Isle of Man Government and Manx Electricity Authority are not subsidising this initiative, they will receive the final report which will help to inform renewable energy strategy. Participate in the survey:

You can play an important part in helping to shape the Isle of Man’s future by responding to Government consultations on a wide range of issues. To find out more visit

>>> What should the new House of Keys constituencies be called? Do you think ‘Malew, Arbory and Castletown’ would be too much of a mouthful? The Isle of Man is preparing to replace the current mix of three, two and one-seat constituencies with 12 equal constituencies of two seats each. And there’s an opportunity for you to play your part in this historic process. Suggestions for the names of new constituencies are being invited prior to the drafting of legislation to bring them into effect. The new constituencies are as follows with the names suggested by the Boundary Review Committee in bold: • Ayre and Michael – the current constituencies of Michael and Ayre • Ramsey – the current constituency of Ramsey • Garff – the current Garff

Names for the 12 new two-seat House of Keys constituencies

HELPFUL HINTS Suggestions for names of the new constituencies should be submitted no later than 5pm on 7 October 2013 Email: Or write to: Mrs Ann Craine Chief Secretary’s Office 3rd Floor, Government Office Bucks Road, Douglas, IM1 3PN Maps of the new House of Keys constituencies can be seen at:

constituency (Laxey, Lonan and Maughold) plus Onchan parish and Howstrake (from Onchan) • Onchan – the current Onchan constituency minus Onchan parish and

Howstrake • Douglas West – based on the polling districts Anagh Coar, Ballaugton, Pulrose • Douglas Central – Albany, Ballabrooie, Eastfield, Quay, St George’s, Somerset and Tynwald, plus part of Garden City • Douglas North – Glencrutchery, Willaston and most of Garden City • Douglas East – Crescent, Derby, St Ninian’s, Strand, Windsor • Middle – the current Middle constituency plus the parish of Santon, (from Malew and Santon) • Malew, Arbory and Castletown – the current Castletown constituency plus Malew, (from Malew and Santon), and Arbory, (from Rushen) • Rushen – the current Rushen constituency minus Arbory • Glenfaba and Peel – the current constituencies of Glenfaba and Peel.

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School helps to bring a ray of sunshine into young lives The Pre-School Assessment Centre – run by the Department of Education and Children – ensures children with special needs are assessed and their requirements identified when starting school. Joanna Radcliffe, a politics and government graduate who trained as a teacher of the deaf, has headed the centre for 22 years. She explains its work

• What are the centre’s main roles?

Youth and Community Centre at Pulrose. Many people still refer to us by our old title of ‘The Sunshine School’.

therapists, occupational therapists and sensory services.

Working with consultants and early years practitioners to identify difficulties or differences in a child’s learning pathway. From a detailed assessment, we support parents and carers in their understanding and management of developmental delay, disorders or syndromes. We deliver programmes tailored to children’s needs up to the point when they make the transition into school.

• Who does the centre work with?

• How do you shape what you provide for them?

We currently work with 140 children, all with different needs and big personalities, ranging from children with development delays and social communication disorders to those with physical disabilities or complex needs.

Via continuous assessment and planning that comes from regular involvement with parents and detailed knowledge of child development. All our children are unique, so their programmes are equally unique.

• Where is the centre based?

• How are children referred to you?

We were initially at Ballaquayle Infants’ School and then at Anagh Coar School and we now have purpose-built facilities in the

By early years practitioners, health visitors, health consultants, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, physio-

• How many staff do you have? I’m directly responsible for two teach-

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We work with children with different needs and big personalities

• How do you involve parents? We work closely with parents/carers. They are integral to our work in planning for their children’s needs. Our children tend to be involved with many other agencies, as well as us. Staff meet families to consolidate information and help them make sense of it. Parents use observation rooms and video interactive equipment to share experiences with their children and monitor their progress. It’s important for us to address every family, and their needs, individually and appreciate what is very real for them at home.

• What other agencies do you work or liaise with? The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, the children’s advocate, courts, social services, charities and voluntary groups such as Crossroads Caring for Carers and the Children’s Centre, as well as special interest and pressure groups.

• How do you measure the centre’s success? Through parents feeding back the progress they see in the children, through children’s increased interactions with the people and environment around them and through schools’ feedback on progress. We want to create opportunities for children in all settings and increase understanding of all those working with our children of the issues they face.

• What are your challenges? The sheer numbers of children coming through the centre. We are a small team and, compared through Ofsted with equivalent centres in the UK, are outstanding value for money. Improving our ability to integrate health care for children with acute care needs in schools is another challenge, as is building a more integrated framework that supports the health and well-being of parents/carers.

• What is a typical day at the centre? It’s a balancing act of meeting new referrals, providing ongoing assessments, classes, training and family and multi-disciplinary meetings. Staff go off-site to visit children in schools or nurseries and help train staff from those settings. Children join the nursery sessions at 9am and make use of two nursery rooms, a sensory room, wet area and outdoor play area. Newly referred children are seen with parents in the consulting room. If it is an assessment day, two children and their parents will meet with a teacher in the consulting room.

• What personal satisfaction do you get from your role? Being able to fathom the crucial pieces of information a child needs to break through the communication barrier is illuminating. We all have a responsibility to support children’s rights and remove barriers to learning. It’s the first step to building opportunities for all of our children so they feel valued and part of a community. I’m satisfied when we can do just that.

We all have a responsibility to support children’s rights and remove barriers to learning, so they feel valued and part of our community

ers, two senior special education support officers and a part-time administrator, but the centre is a specialist hub where key workers network with other practitioners.

MEDIA SPOTLIGHT A round-up of coverage about the Isle of Man in the international media

Manufacturing centre of excellence >>> Aerospace Manufacturing magazine puts the spotlight on the Isle of Man in a special feature about material coatings business Highland Scientific. The report says the Isle of Man is increasingly becoming well-known as a centre for high-tech manufacturing. The cluster consists of 22 companies and is a joint initiative between the Department of Economic Development and the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce. Between them, member companies employ more than 800 highly skilled personnel, a figure that’s grown by more than 32% in eight years. Read more:

Aaron Cook claims taekwondo gold in Mexico >>> Isle of Man taekwondo star Aaron Cook secured victory in the Pan-American open in Mexico. Cook, 22, defeated Javier Quesada of Costa Rica 12-3 to claim gold in the city of Queretaro. He was impressive in comfortable victories over athletes from Mexico and Canada in the opening rounds before a dominant 14-5 defeat of United States fighter TJ Curray in the semi-finals. Read more:

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Big emphasis on youth during culture celebration >>> Schools and youth groups will be making the most of the opportunities presented to them by Island of Culture 2014. Participating in the Arts Council’s celebration of the Island’s culture is one of the priorities for education in the academic year that’s just started. Representatives from the Department of Education and Children’s primary and secondary schools, the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education, King William’s College, the Youth Service and the Music Service have joined the Arts Council, Manx National Heritage and the Manx Heritage Foundation in planning events that will engage and leave a legacy for young people. Jo Overty, the DEC’s Island of Culture 2014 co-ordinator, said: ‘There’s already a tremendous amount going on across education, culturally, and an incredible amount of talent among pupils, as anyone who has seen a school production or attended an art show would testify. ‘This year is about enhancing that, encouraging young people to try something new or take an interest in an aspect of our diverse culture they may not have explored.’

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY: There will be no shortage of activities

A collaborative dance project, a drama festival and a concert at the Villa Marina for the youngest children are all planned, while schools have everything from fashion shows to food festivals to look forward to. Scoill Vallajeelt has already made a film with wildlife artist Dr Jeremy Paul that he’ll show during his exhibition at the Manx Museum, which started this month. Forty local organisations and individuals have agreed to work with young people. These range from a group of Renaissance musicians to a man who has worked for the UN for 30 years, and from a 92-year-old, decorated pilot to a Punch and Judy exponent. Anyone keen to get involved should email for a chat about what they could offer. Jo said it was hoped lasting links could be forged between these volunteers and schools.

‘It may be that a pupil picks up a musical instrument, a camera, a paintbrush or a pair of scissors or dances or writes poetry for the first time and thinks – “this is for me”. That’s the kind of legacy we hope for from Island of Culture 2014,’ Jo said. Martin Barrow, Director of Education, added: ‘Our schools offer their pupils a rich and diverse cultural experience and this year of culture offers an opportunity to celebrate that more widely within the community. It also provides support for schools to undertake new or more complex projects. ‘Whatever schools do to get involved, it is an opportunity for our young people to have fun, have their talents celebrated and for us all to make the most of the freedom to innovate that the education system on the Island offers.’

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September 2013 e newsletter  

September newsletter from the Isle of Man's Chief Minister

September 2013 e newsletter  

September newsletter from the Isle of Man's Chief Minister