Isle Of Man Ferry – MHKS Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Isle Of Man Ferry – MHKS 32 32 Farewell to Neil, a Manx meat champion Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:01:15 +0000

Isle of Man Meats has paid tribute to outgoing Tesco Douglas store manager Neil Connell, describing him as an ‘unsung hero of local produce’ for his efforts to bring Manx produce to the shelves of the island’s largest supermarket .

Neil is set to retire shortly after four and a half years at the helm of the Douglas store, capping a successful four-decade career with the multinational retailer.

His time at the store saw a marked increase in the promotion and availability of local produce, including the creation of a section dedicated to Isle of Man meats.

Neil explained the importance of widening access to quality Manx produce at Tesco, in particular award-winning beef and lamb from Isle of Man Meats:

‘It’s local. It supports farmers. He supports the island. It’s obvious.

“He also supports our store. If the ferry is not running, it means we have a strong and secure supply of excellent quality local produce available to our customers.

“I was lucky enough to work in Shetland for three and a half years.

“I am of Scottish origin, a mountain dweller, so I am used to this kind of environment.

“When you’re on an island, whether here or off the coast of Scotland, you have a community tied to that rock that you live on. Everyone depends on each other.

“It is important that big companies like Tesco recognize this, and we fully understand our responsibility to the communities of which we are a part.

“This is where local support is vital – whether that’s employing over 300 people locally or stocking shelves with great Manx produce.

“I’ve been proud to champion local growers and help open discussions with our buyers in the UK, who ultimately have the final say.

“For me now it’s back to my highland home to be closer to my family. I will miss this wonderful island and the amazing people.

Isle of Man Meats Plant Manager Phil Parsons said:

“I don’t think we would be where we are now without Neil’s attitude and commitment to Isle of Man Meats, our producers and consumers across the island.

“He has helped give our products the prominence they have at Tesco.

“It is through his continued efforts that we have been able to offer our customers a greater choice of fantastic meats, bringing with it all the benefits of choosing Manx, from reducing environmental impact to helping our farmers local.

“Neil is an unsung hero of local produce and all of us at Isle of Man Meats cannot thank him enough for his support. We look forward to continuing to work with his successor to further develop this important relationship.

TUI robbery ‘nightmare’ as police call and woman goes into labor Tue, 21 Jun 2022 04:30:00 +0000

A woman has described a TUI flight ‘from hell’ where police were called on board and a woman gave birth.

Council worker Naomii Thomas, 36, was on the delayed flight from Cape Verde to Bristol on June 8 when passengers reported he was ‘briefly bouncing’ at Bristol airport, before departing and to send an emergency code 7700 to make an emergency landing elsewhere. The plane eventually landed in Birmingham where passengers waited another two hours on the runway, leading some to become so angry that police were called to remove them and monitor the situation.

Naomii said these were not the first strange occurrences, and she believes the problems had started even before the plane took off from the African island, WalesOnline reports.

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Noamii said: “On departure the flight to Bristol was delayed by two hours and 45 minutes. We asked if we could stay at the hotel as it would mean avoiding a six hour wait at Cape Verde airport. , but they said no and gave us a voucher worth five euros.

“The airport was manic about the delays. It’s only small and because we were all there earlier than needed the queues were huge. It was an absolute nightmare.”

TUI apologized for the “inconvenience caused to customers on board” and said “the safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always our top priority”.

Naomii said: “When we boarded the plane the pilot spoke immediately, he said he would try to get us to Bristol as quickly as possible. The plane had not been supplied with food .”

“I had already understood from the way the plane had rushed from the ground that they were trying to get us home as soon as possible. We met a lot of people who were actually on credit with their holidays in causes delays. The pilot told us he would take a shortcut.”

Passengers said the plane hit the runway hard before coming back up into the air. Naomii said the pilot told them it was because the plane was too heavy to land. TUI denies that is the case and says the decision not to land was made due to poor weather conditions.

Naomii said, “I know sometimes you can hit the ground and it can be quite difficult, but it was a noticeable bump. You could see everyone was starting to panic at that point.”

The pilot said he would try to land again, but after three or four minutes of hovering over the airport, he told them they would try to land in Birmingham instead.

Naomii said: “We were sitting there [In Birmingham] for two hours. People started kicking and the police were called.

“One family was escorted out by police and some officers stayed after that. A woman then gave birth and they called paramedics on board.”

By the time they arrived in Bristol to collect their car, they had been delayed for ten hours and the whole ordeal had lasted over 20 hours after another delay at baggage claim.

Naomii said: ‘We have sent them three emails regarding compensation since landing and each time we have received a standard response saying they cannot locate the flight. We’ve had no communication as to whether we’re likely to get it or not, but we think we’re owed more than a grand. I know others who were on the plane who are in the same boat.

A TUI spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that TOM245 from Sal, Cape Verde, to Bristol was diverted to Birmingham on June 7 due to weather conditions at Bristol Airport. Our crew offered everything possible support during the flight before everyone is safely disembarked. We “would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused to customers on board. The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always our top priority and we would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding.”

]]> Cortlandville man arrested over child pornography allegations Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:57:42 +0000

A Cortland County man is under arrest following a child pornography investigation.

According to a written statement from the New York State Police, investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) at the barracks in Homer, New York, worked with the Troop C Computer Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Child Task Force. An investigation has been opened after an online tip was received by the task force.

Following their investigation, the NYSP says Mason L. Kneedler, 25, of Cortlandville, New York, was arrested on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

The NYSP says, “Kneedler is accused of possessing images consistent with child exploitation.” He is charged with five counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child. The charge is a crime.

No physical injuries were reported as a result of the arrest.

Kneedler is scheduled to answer the charges in Cortlandville City Court on July 11, 2022.

Anyone with information that could be useful to the investigation is asked to call the police. Anonymous calls, emails and messages can also be left with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by dialing: 1-866-730-8477 (ADVICE)by visiting, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile App. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police.  The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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Bournemouth beach covered in rubbish as 50,000 people descend on the area – with more to come this weekend Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:07:55 +0000

Rubbish was strewn across Bournemouth beach after a night of partying in the popular Dorset hotspot. The city saw temperatures of up to 26C and the evening remained warm, prompting people to stay outside to party.

In an image shared from the west of the central pier, rubbish can be seen strewn across the sand. Debris includes plastic, cans and bottles, all of which can be dangerous to wildlife in the area.

Sharing the image on Twitter, local Phillip Polden commented “It was the beach at 6am this morning how can people leave it like this!”. The litter will place increased demand on maintenance crews in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) ahead of what is expected to be a busy weekend.

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More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to Bournemouth this weekend to make the most of the warm weather. Tourism chiefs said around 50,000 visitors were on the seafront yesterday (June 17) and the same number is expected again today.

The conditions would have drawn many tourists to the coast to cool off. Traffic heading for the station queued for nine miles along the A31 and A338. The parking lots by the sea were full at 11am and people were queuing for 20 minutes to get an ice cream.

Most of the resort’s 30,000 hotel rooms are full for the weekend, while 3,000 deckchairs and 1,200 beach loungers have been rented.

Debbie White, 26, from Southampton, said: “I have the day off today but rather than lie I got up even earlier to make sure I had a parking space. I am glad i did because the roads were getting really busy when i arrived.

“It feels like being abroad. I have friends who spent thousands of pounds going to Turkey this week. They could have saved the money and stayed here instead.”

Chris Saunders, director of tourism at Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, said: “We estimate around 50,000 people visited the seafront today (June 17). Considering it’s mid-June and not in high holiday season, this is an impressive number.

“It’s been a great start to the summer and our beachfront services and kiosks have been doing very well and we understand that hotel and guesthouse bookings are also looking very good.”

Paul Clarke, of the Carktin Hotel, said: “Warm weather is exactly what hospitality businesses need. Most of us are trying to get back to where we were before the pandemic.

“We know that some visitors have given up on traveling abroad due to the issues of canceled flights. By coming to Bournemouth, they are enjoying the beach and the weather without spending time stuck in airports.”

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]]> Top eight moments from the 2022 Isle of Man TT Thu, 16 Jun 2022 13:15:21 +0000

Davey Todd goes down the mountain (twice)

As the TT fortnight approached, all eyes were on rising road racing star Davey Todd. The 26-year-old from Saltburn, North Yorkshire was due to ride for the factory Honda team in 2020, before it all came to a screeching halt. While it may have seemed like one door closed for Todd when the Honda deal disappeared, another was soon opened by the legendary Padgetts Motorcycles team. Padgetts are known as the de facto factory team when it comes to the Isle of Man TT, and with experienced chef Clive Padgett at the helm and local hero Conor Cummins as his teammate, things would have could not have been better organised. for Todd.

After a stellar performance at the North West 200 that brought home a quartet of finalist trophies, Todd continued his form in the first night of practice, setting the fastest lap of the opening session and showing that his Hours and hours of review on the official Isle of Man TT video game had paid off. However, it wasn’t his lap speeds or his potential that were the most memorable moments of practice, but his sheer dedication to the sport and the event that drove him to want to keep logging as many laps as possible. .

A breakdown at Casey’s – part of the fast section of the Mountain Mile – threatened his participation in the remainder of the third night of qualifying. While most runners would be resigned to the fact that they would be spectators until the roads reopened, Todd refused to give up. Sprinting across country to return to the Gooseneck, where top motorcycle journalist Adam Child was waiting to take him back to the pits, Todd would have to crawl through tunnels and culverts, some flooded, before finally rejoining his taxi ride at the start from the mountain road. This was for naught, however, as by the time Todd had returned to the pits, the session had been cut short for a non-race medical emergency.

As if that weren’t enough, just three nights later, on the final night of qualifying, Todd would suffer catastrophic engine failure, again on the mountain road. Live television footage showed the Padgetts Honda with a plume of smoke billowing behind it. Stopping at the Bungalow, this time Todd was able to jump onto the back of a nearby spectator’s enduro bike, and the two made it back down the mountain in time for Todd to participate in the Supersport session. later. that night.

It would be worth it in the end as Todd would go on to score a hugely popular first TT podium in the Superstock TT. It was almost another runner-up spot to add to his collection, but teammate Cummins had other ideas. More on that later…

Hush ‘Deck Disco’ will come to ferry operator Wightlink for Isle of Wight festival goers Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:23:00 +0000

A ‘Deck Disco’ set up by DJs from Isle of Wight-based Hush will bring musical entertainment to Wightlink at its Portsmouth car ferry terminal on June 16.

The company typically hosts quiet nightclubs, but the trio of DJs will turn up the volume on the car’s upper deck to get festival-goers in the party spirit.

Hush’s – DJ Crabbie, DJ Josh Peverley and DJ Stu Murray – will next head to the Isle of Wight Festival where they will perform silent disco at the Intoxicated Tea Rooms.

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DJ Crabbie and DJ Stu Murray from Hush perform on board a Wightlink ferry during the 2019 Isle of Wight Festival.

The 2022 Isle of Wight Festival will see performances from Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian and Muse, as well as many local singers and bands, including students from the Isle of Wight’s Platform One College of Music.

In recent years, celebrities such as Tom Jones, Roger Daltrey, Noel Gallagher, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Run DMC and the Stereophonics have been spotted aboard the ferry.

Wightlink Managing Director Keith Greenfield said: “We are delighted to see the festival return to its usual location and look forward to welcoming thousands of music lovers as they travel to the island to what promises to be a spectacular weekend.

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“We hope the party gets started early with entertainment at our Portsmouth ferry terminal thanks to our friends at Hush.”

Wightlink’s Camber Cafe will feature a selection of treats from local island vendors, including Grace’s Bakery and Island Roasted.

The Isle of Wight Festival runs from Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19.

Man over 70 dies near end of Jersey Shore 3-mile swim race Sun, 12 Jun 2022 20:29:30 +0000

LOWER TOWNSHIP – A man aged at least 70 died while competing in the annual Open Water Classic on Sunday morning.

The victim was near the end of the 3-mile race around 8:30 a.m. when he began to struggle, according to event organizer DelMo Sports and the Delaware River & Bay Authority.

Rescuers spotted the man in distress and got out to attempt a rescue. They took him back to the beach near David Douglass Sr. Memorial Park.

Despite the efforts of emergency medical services, the man could not be revived. He was taken by ambulance to Cape Town Regional Medical Center.

The victim has yet to be identified, but a statement from DelMo Sports and the DRBA confirmed he was from Wilmington, Delaware.

The Open Water Classic, part of the Escape the Cape Triathlon, begins with swimmers jumping off the Cape May-Lewes ferry.

“Appropriate safety precautions were followed,” DRBA spokesman James Salmon said. He added that the health and safety of athletes was the “top priority”.

DelMo Sports CEO Stephen DelMonte said he was “heartbroken”.

“DelMoSports and USA Triathlon have lost a beloved community member, and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” DelMonte said.

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The remains of a ‘huge’ killer dinosaur discovered in the UK Thu, 09 Jun 2022 11:17:00 +0000

The remains of Europe’s largest land hunter who was over 10 meters long and lived 125 million years ago have been found on the Isle of Wight. Several prehistoric bones belonging to the two-legged, crocodile-faced spinosaurid dinosaur have been discovered on the island off the south coast of England and have been analyzed by scientists from the University of Southampton.

The spinosaurid would have lived at the start of a period of sea level rise and would have surveyed lagoon waters and sandbanks in search of food. Doctoral student Chris Barker said: “It was a huge animal, over 10m (32.8ft) long and probably several tons in weight.

“Judging from some of its dimensions, it appears to represent one of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever found in Europe – perhaps even the largest yet known. It is a pity that it is only known from of a small amount of material, but these are enough to show that it was an immense creature.

The discovered bones of the ‘White Rock spinosaurid’ – so named for the geological layer in which the remains were found – include huge pelvic and caudal vertebrae.

How the best-preserved bones would have been positioned on the giant spinosaurid body

They were found by the now deceased dinosaur hunter Nick Chase near Compton Chine on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight in the geological structure of the Vectis Formation and are now on display at the Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown.

Dr Neil Gostling, corresponding author of the study published in the journal PeerJ, said: “Unusually, this specimen eroded from the Vectis Formation, which is notoriously poor in dinosaur fossils. This is probably the youngest spinosaur material ever known from the UK.

Co-author Darren Naish said: “This new animal reinforces our previous argument – ​​published last year – that spinosaurid dinosaurs originated and diversified in Western Europe before spreading.

“We hope that more remains will appear over time. Because it is only known in fragments at the moment, we have not given it a formal scientific name,” Naish added.

“We hope that additional remains will appear in time.”

A close-up of the spinosaurid's anterior tail (left) and dorsal vertebrae
A close-up of the spinosaurid’s anterior tail (left) and dorsal vertebrae

Scientists suggest that marks on the bone, including small tunnels drilled into a piece of pelvis, show the giant dinosaur’s body may have been picked up by scavengers and decomposers after it died.

Co-author Jeremy Lockwood, a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth and the Natural History Museum, said: ‘We believe they were caused by bone-eating larvae of a type of scavenger beetle . It’s an interesting thought that this giant killer ended up becoming a meal for a host of insects.

]]> Union warns Red Funnel strike action could cause ‘serious disruption’ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 10:09:00 +0000

A union representing some Red Funnel workers has warned that a potential pay strike could cause “serious disruption” to and from the Isle of Wight.

Unite, which makes up around 20% of the ferry company‘s workforce, says some workers are having to turn to food banks because of low wages, coupled with rising costs of living.

Red Funnel said it was “disappointed” that its latest offer – a 6.3 per cent pay rise – was rejected. It is to be hoped that a strike can be avoided.

About 120 customer service staff, shunters and evaluators, who work on the Red Jet and the Red Funnel car ferry, will be voted for strike action between June 14 and July 5.

Unite says the proposed 6.3% increase was for the lowest paid staff. All other roles were offered 4.5 percent.

He is asking for an increase that reflects “the real and rapidly rising cost of living”, which Unite says is 11.1%.

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said:

“Red Funnel’s treatment of this workforce is a disgrace. These workers have put themselves and their families at risk during the pandemic to keep ferry services running so food and essentials can reach the Isle of Wight. This is no way to repay them.

“Red Funnel must respect this workforce and pay fairly or face a strike.

“Unite is determined to give them a wage that allows them to live decently and, if our members go on strike, their union will be with them every step of the way.

The majority of employees at Red Funnel, which operates the lucrative routes, are on the national minimum wage, the union claims.

Unite says workers are finding it increasingly difficult to pay higher rents. Some are turning to food banks and “making the most of” food allowances at work to lower their bills.

Unite Regional Officer Ian Woodland said:

“A strike will cause severe disruption to travel to and from the island. But the fault for this disruption will lie with Red Funnel, which must recognize that many of its employees are rapidly sliding into poverty.

“We urge the company to offer a pay deal that reflects the skyrocketing cost of living so that strikes and the disruption they will cause can be avoided.”

Red Funnel says it attempted to enter into negotiations in October 2021, but Unite the Union did not submit its initial request until December 2021.

The results of the vote are expected in the coming weeks.

Isle of Man TT / The brutality of road racing Tue, 07 Jun 2022 13:57:31 +0000

It’s 1907. Motorcycles are a relatively new form of transportation; there’s more than one, so of course a race eventually took place, with predictable results in the days of zero safety gear. Street deaths caused by these noisy machines must be controlled.

The Isle of Man, a small island in the Irish Sea, becomes the location for a road race. A circuit is drawn, basic rules are laid down and the TT is born.

The race against the clock is a unique format. The runners start at specific times with a few seconds apart; they’re racing against the clock, but there’s a runner in their sights, giving them someone to run, someone to catch up with!

Jump forward to 1911 and Victor Surridge makes history twice. At the Glen Helen corner of the island circuit, he crashed and was thought to have died instantly. Probably unknown to passers-by and onlookers, he is not only the first person to die since TT racing began a few years earlier, he is also the first person to die on the Isle of Man involved in any kind of car accident.

Victor was 19 years old. It was his first TT race. He was a member of the Rudge Racing team. The incident happened during a practice lap.

Fast forward to 1982, the races were still taking place, the speeds were considerably higher and the TT made some weird history that year… no one died. In 2001, that same note entered the history books – a year with great races, but even better, no fatalities. It hasn’t happened since.

The balance sheet for 2022

Right now, as I wait for a ferry back to the mainland, the death toll has risen by three souls this year to a total of 263 driver fatalities since racing began all those years ago on the ‘Isle of man. There are still a few days of racing to go, including the Senior TT, the main race.

If you walk the course and look closely, you will see affected areas, memorial signs of rider deaths in various places.

This year Mark Purslow and Oliver Lavorel, both relatively new to racing on the island, lost their lives in solo races and sidecar races respectively.

Most can read this and blame inexperience for the deaths. You might think that makes sense, but just a few miles from the finish line at mile 27, Davy Morgan also crashed this week and died. It was his 80th race here. He was a well-known rider on the course with his distinctive pink helmet.

This helmet was a regular and recognizable sight in street circuit racing; Morgan has competed in hundreds of races across the Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Southern 100, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Macau Grand Prix, Oliver’s Mount and Irish National races, with many podiums and victories along the way.

Aged 52, Davy had considered stepping away from the sport in recent years, but the COVID-enforced hiatus had shown him what a life without racing would be like.

Speaking in 2020, he said:

… being away from racing has given me the opportunity to reflect on what motorcycle racing means to me, so I don’t feel like retiring from the sport yet, and it’s now been a part of my life for 27 years .

I got to see what it would be like without the bikes, and I’m glad I got it because if I had decided I was finished, I would have kicked myself!

The irony of this statement stings today, the day after his death.

The 2022 races are the busiest the island has ever seen, for both runners and spectators. The debate will resume: should this breed still exist today? Runners and spectators will tell you the same thing: it is the individual’s choice to run. They are not forced by racing teams; they do it for the love of the sport and the excitement this class brings.

There is an obvious brutality to road racing… what do you think?

The title image is one of the last photos I took of Davy entering Braddan Bridge, in a qualifying round, three days before his death.