Articles from March 2017



Chief Minister outlines benefits to Island of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status

bioshpereChief Minister outlines benefits to Island of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status

The Island’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve greatly enhances its reputation as a special place to live, work and visit.

That is the message from Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK, who today chaired the first meeting of a group that will ensure the Island gains maximum benefit from UNESCO’s recognition.

The Island last year became the first entire jurisdiction to be admitted to the world network of Biosphere Reserves.

The honour recognises the Island as ‘a special place for people and nature’.

Today’s gathering of personnel from Government, business, charities and environmental groups marks the formation of the Isle of Man Stakeholder Partnership Group.

On the agenda were the group’s future composition and how the Island can maximise the potential of the Biosphere recognition.

The Programme for Government promises to ‘build and promote our UNESCO Biosphere accreditation for the benefit of our economy, environment and community’.

The Chief Minister said: ‘The Biosphere designation tells those looking to invest, work, live and holiday in the Island what a special place we are.

‘It tells businesses looking to set up and attract employees that we have an enviable quality of life.

‘It complements our efforts to grow our important visitor economy.

‘And it hopefully instils in local people a tremendous sense of pride in the Isle of Man.’

For further information, visit www.biosphere.im/index.php, follow UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man on Facebook and @BiosphereIoM on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Isle of Man Ship Registry Rings the Changes

ship registryIsle of Man Ship Registry Rings the Changes

The Isle of Man’s highly successful Ship Registry is evolving to meet the needs of the modern shipping world by streamlining its existing processes, introducing a new fee structure and adding extra value to the world class service provided.

 

From 1st April 2017 the Ship Registry will no longer carry out the safety management, security and labour convention inspections audits. With over 400 internationally trading ships, it is essential that the Registry provides global coverage for the regular surveys and inspections required by the international conventions. Therefore these services will be fully delegated to the ship’s Classification Societies (Class). Class have a network of global offices and will be better placed to deliver these services within the allocated time windows.

 

While these services are moving outside the Ship Registry’s delegation, the Register will be introducing a new regime of General Inspections, carried out by the Ship Registry’s own team of surveyors from 1st April 2017. The new regime will satisfy the Register’s Flag State obligations and ensure the quality of ships on the register are operating to the very highest standards expected by the Isle of Man.

 

Martyn Perkins MHK, Member of the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for the Ship Registry, commented:

 

‘The expertise that exists on the Isle of Man, both in the Registry team and the private sector, means that pragmatic and bespoke solutions can be provided for all requirements prior to registry and this strong customer service continues while the vessel is in service to ensure the needs of the client can be fully met at all times. The changes to existing services will make the register even more attractive, as it aligns its offering to some of the world’s larger flags, with the extra benefit of retaining its own inspection regime using its own surveyors to add real value as a Flag State.’

 

Dick Welsh, Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry, commented:

 

‘The Isle of Man Ship Registry is already a very successful Flag, posting tonnage growth of over 9% in 2016 and reaching Number 12 in the World Table of Flag States by tonnage, the highest position achieved to date. The move to full delegation of Class services, a system already favoured by many of our clients, will grow our appeal even further.

 

‘We have consulted widely on the changes and received positive feedback from both clients and Class. We can now utilise our own surveyors to better effect to inspect the vessels and monitor the work Class are carrying out on our behalf.  We will be able to arrange these inspection visits at a time to suit the client and provide comprehensive reports which will add real value.’

 

Mark Robertshaw, Chair of the Isle of Man Shipping Association, commented:

 

‘The Ship Registry has consulted extensively with the Island’s shipping industry and we believe the new regime will streamline the process for managing new ships and add further appeal to the Island’s world-class Ship Register.’

 

A new, simplified fee scheme will also be introduced to support the changes and provide a single annual fee to cover annual registry and inspection fees. This means the Flag will continue to provide excellent value for money, particularly in comparison with the larger open registers. It will also allow greater certainty and consistency in financial planning for owners and operators.

 

New Telecom Connection Voucher Scheme

New Telecom Connection Voucher Scheme

The Department of Economic Development has launched a Telecom Connection Voucher Scheme (TCS) for local businesses. The scheme provides £500 towards the cost of connection and first year broadband or leased-line rentals for new Isle of Man businesses established in an export earning sector.

Following a recent review of the Island’s telecoms infrastructure, the scheme has been developed to add an extra measure to the wider package of support and financial assistance available to make it easier and more attractive for people looking to start a business on the Isle of Man.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, commented:

‘The Telecom Connection Voucher Scheme offers a further benefit for local entrepreneurs looking to make the first leap in setting up their business on the Island or for existing local businesses starting a new venture. It also gives an extra incentive for off-island businesses looking to set up on the Island and complements the suite of financial assistance schemes that are available through the Department of Economic Development to businesses considering the Isle of Man as their base.

‘The TCS is aligned with both the Government’s Digital Strategy and Programme for Government by offering opportunities that will encourage businesses to establish and grow in the Isle of Man. The introduction of this scheme further demonstrates our commitment to creating a supportive and nurturing business environment for local business.’

The scheme has been introduced to support businesses looking to set up their company within the primary export earning sectors on the Isle of Man and will initially run to 28th February 2018. To apply, businesses must be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Economic Development.

More information about the Telecom Connection Voucher Scheme and other Grants and Assistance support is available at www.whereyoucan.com/EDS

Anyone interested in learning more about the scheme should contact Richard Cuthbert on 01624 682367 or richard.cuthbert@gov.im

 

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Knockaloe to be let for agricultural use">Knockaloe to be let for agricultural use

Knockaloe to be let for agricultural use

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) is to let Knockaloe Farm to agricultural tenants.

Via estate agent Chrystals, the Department is advertising the opportunity to rent the farm as a whole or in lots.

Knockaloe is historically significant as it housed an internment camp during World War One. More recently, Government operated it as an experimental farm. That closed in 2010.

Last year, after public meetings and consultation, DEFA invited interest from organisations keen to invest in developing the site to incorporate visitor attractions, education, food and heritage.

However, after careful consideration, the Department has opted not to pursue any of the proposals at present.

The site will also continue to house the Mart and the Royal Manx Agricultural Show.

DEFA will adopt a suggestion that emerged during the consultation process and create a new pedestrian route through the farm. It will also investigate other proposals that emerged.

Dogs must be on leads from 1st April at Ayres reserve – reminder">Dogs must be on leads from 1st April at Ayres reserve – reminder

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Dogs must be on leads from 1st April at Ayres reserve – reminder

Dog walkers are reminded their animals must be on leads at the Ayres National Nature Reserve from Saturday 1st April to protect ground nesting birds.

The requirement comes under bylaws and extends until Monday 31st July. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £2,500.

The resringed plover chick freshly hatchederve is an important refuge for ground nesting birds that have declined in numbers in the Isle of Man.

Curlew, lapwing, oystercatcher, ringed plover, little and Arctic tern, skylark and meadow pipit all lay eggs on the ground at the reserve.

When chicks hatch, they move away from nests under the watchful eye of their parents. It can be five weeks before they can fly, during which time they are vulnerable.

Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: ‘Our abundance and variety of bird life is one of many reasons the Isle of Man is a special place to live, work and visit.

‘It also contributes to our coveted status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Ayres signage‘We appeal to dog owners to act responsibly and we’ll be working with the Isle of Man Constabulary to ensure anyone who flouts the bylaws is penalised.’

Constable Chloe Keegan, a Wildlife Crime Officer with the Constabulary, said: ‘There is clear signage at all entry points onto the Ayres National Nature Reserve showing that from the 1st of April until the 31st July each year, dogs must be on leads. 

‘We would ask that dog walkers respect this law or make the choice to exercise their dog off the lead elsewhere. Anyone found exercising their dog without a lead may find themselves in court and facing a substantial fine.’

 

‘Coach of the Year’ sponsor applauds island’s sporting talent

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Sponsor of Isle of Man Sport’s Coach of the Year award Crowe Clark Whitehill has applauded the island’s sporting talent.

Presenting Isle of Man women’s hockey team coach Raj Nandha with the award, the accounting firm’s director Phaedra Bird congratulated Mr Nandha on his success in encouraging his players to be the best they can and praised the island’s top athletes for their sporting achievements at home and abroad.

She continued: ‘As an accountancy practice which places great emphasis on providing our people with opportunities to further their professional development and acquire the skills to advance their careers and succeed, we understand the vital role training plays. We were therefore delighted that Raj’s coaching of the Isle of Man women’s hockey team to help them to achieve their sporting potential has been recognised by Isle of Man Sport with this award which Crowe Clark Whitehill has been proud to sponsor. We wish Raj and the team every success in the future.’

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Registration open and lead speakers announced for ISLEXPO 2017

Registislexpo17ration open and lead speakers announced for ISLEXPO 2017

Following the success of the inaugural conference last year, ISLEXPO returns for 2017 with a focus on accelerating business growth. Registration is now open for the free two-day event taking place on 24th and 25th May at the Villa Marina in Douglas.

Hosted by the Department of Economic Development, the extended conference format offers a wider range of opportunities for local businesses and visiting delegates, featuring inspirational speakers, lively panel discussions, digital workshops and expert insights from local entrepreneurs and business leaders. 

There will be more interactive content for delegates, as well as an increased presence from the Island’s different emerging sectors, including digital media and local food and drink. ISLEXPO will also highlight the benefits of living and working on the Island.

Lead speakers will include Co-founder of innovative business software company EnterpriseJungle and UNICEF business mentor – Emma Sinclair, Former Head of Google UK and Ireland, and high-profile digital entrepreneur – Dan Cobley and Master Investor and Author, Jim Mellon. Further announcements and the full programme will be released in April.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, said:

‘ISLEXPO is the culmination of dynamic ideas, strong industry support and a drive for innovation on the Isle of Man. This event is a unique opportunity to hear dynamic speakers share their journey to success, sample extraordinary local produce and network with the Island’s business community.

‘Last year’s ISLEXPO was centred on entrepreneurialism and was attended by over 1,000 delegates, resulting in a number of funding applications received. This year’s message has moved forward to one of ‘growth’ and we will be showcasing the success of the £50mil Enterprise Development Scheme and the many funding and support opportunities available for local and relocating businesses.’

Stuart Nelson, Director of Barclays in the Isle of Man, said:

‘Following the success of last year’s event Barclays is very pleased to be sponsoring ISLEXPO again. Barclays is committed to helping new businesses and assisting entrepreneurs in growing their ideas into a prosperous business proposition and this is something I will be discussing as a panel speaker at the event. We will also be hosting a breakout session for entrepreneurs and start-ups to offer advice on business plans.’

Current sponsors of ISLEXPO 2017 include KPMG, Equiom, Barclays, Keystone Law, Manx Telecom, The TISE, Sure and First Names Group.

The event agenda will closely support the strategic objectives of the Programme for Government, promoting the Island as a place where local entrepreneurship is supported and more new businesses are choosing to call the Isle of Man home.

To register for a free place at the conference and to see full details of the agenda, please visit www.islexpo.com

Sponsorship opportunities are still available to businesses looking to support the Island’s business community and bring great value to the event. For sponsor information, please visit www.islexpo.com

Young people help Government tackle menace of cyberbullying">Young people help Government tackle menace of cyberbullying

The Children’s cyber bullyingServices Partnership is listening to the views of young people as it considers how to protect them from the menace of cyberbullying.

The Department of Education and Children’s Youth Service led a focus group comprising students from the DEC’s five secondary schools, University College Isle of Man (UCM) and Café Laare.

This was after respondents to a Youth Survey – conducted on behalf of the partnership – voiced concern about bullying online.

The focus group carried out its own research among peers and recently met the Children’s Services Partnership to present its suggestions.

The students acknowledged the support they already receive and acknowledge that cyberbullying is taken seriously.

They said they would like to see:

 

·         More hard-hitting and engaging education in schools on cyberbullying

·         Additional emotional support in schools

·         Further education for teachers on trends in, and perils of, online behaviour.

 

Emma Macaulay, Area Youth Worker with the DEC, said: ‘The Youth Survey, conducted by the Youth Trust, demonstrated that cyberbullying was worrying young people.

‘Cyberbullying is unique to this generation so it’s important that we listen to young people and understand the impact it has on them.

‘It is also important to let young people have input into how cyberbullying can be tackled so it has less of an impact on their lives.’

Emma continued: ‘Focus group members worked over several months, sharing experiences and considering how support meets their needs.

‘They highlighted the damaging psychological effects of cyberbullying, suggested teachers needed more training and support and advised that early invention was key to mitigating the effects of bullying, saving costs and problems down the line. Among their ideas was to increase the capacity of “listening services” in schools.

‘The group gave an excellent and engaging presentation and it was well received by the Children’s Services Partnership, which promised to look into the recommendations and invited the young people back to a meeting later this year for further conversations.’

Professor Ronald Barr, Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Education and Children and chairman of the Children’s Services Partnership, said: ‘Like more visible forms of bullying, cyberbullying can have a corrosive effect on young people and it is important we listen to them as we set about tackling it.’

The Children Services Partnership includes representatives of Government Departments that work with children, organisations providing care on their behalf and the voluntary/charitable sectors.

It works to ensure children grow up healthy and achieving, resilient against adversity, safe from harm and abuse and positively engaged.

HM Attorney General officially sworn in">HM Attorney General officially sworn in

governorHM Attorney General officially sworn in

Long-serving Manx advocate John Quinn has today (Friday 17 March 2017) been officially sworn in as Attorney General in the Isle of Man.

Mr Quinn took the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Attorney General at Government House. The Warrant of Appointment was given by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

 

Mr Quinn was also appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.

The Lieutenant Governor said: ‘The Attorney General plays a fundamental role in maintaining the Isle of Man’s reputation as a modern democratic nation. There will be many challenges in his time ahead and I am confident that Mr Quinn will ensure our local and international interests are well protected. His experience and firm leadership are exactly what the Attorney General’s Chambers requires in these changing times.’

Mr Quinn, who has served as Acting Attorney General since March 2013,  will act as legal adviser to the Lieutenant Governor, Council of Ministers, Government Departments and Statutory Boards. He will also attend sittings of Tynwald and the Legislative Council.

The Attorney General is required to offer guidance on matters of law and issues relating to the Isle of Man’s domestic and external interests. He is also responsible for representing the Crown in the prosecution of offences and for the drafting of Government legislation.

A Past President of the Isle of Man Law Society, Mr Quinn will bring a wealth of experience to the role having successfully managed and developed several legal practices over a 30-year career in Manx advocacy.

Mr Quinn said: ‘I am honoured to be appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to the position of Attorney General and also to be made a QC. I will endeavour to serve the Crown and the Isle of Man to the best of my abilities. I have enjoyed the challenge of the past four years and look forward to continuing to lead the work of the Attorney General’s Chambers.’