Job cuts loom for Isle of Man fire crews

Isle of Man Examiner, December 2, 2014

Isle of Man Examiner, December 2, 2014

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Up to 10 retained firefighters could be made redundant to meet future budget cuts.

This week’s Isle of Man Examiner has the full story.

Also inside today’s issue, Lib Van leader Kate Beecroft has tabled an emergency motion in the House of Keys calling for Post Office closures to be put on hold. Mrs Beecroft is demanding as a matter of urgent public importance that the plans be postponed for three months while alternative cost savings are explored.

Business editor Duncan Foulkes speaks to the Lloyds Banking Group after it was reported yesterday that its insurance arm, Scottish Widows, was planning to sell off its Isle of Man-based investment business, Clerical Medical.

A slice of Manx tourism heritage is set to become a thing of the past as plans are revealed to demolish a dangerous walkway at Port Soderick.

And an inquest hears that an electrical fault was to blame for starting a domestic fire which led to the death of a 91-year-old man from Port Erin.

Elsewhere in the paper: the Education Minister is hoping to secure £8m to build a new school in Douglas; a Ramsey man calls for people to oppose the suggested site of a sports hall in the town; the dangers of legal highs are brought to the fore; the Phantom of the Opera is set to hit the Gaiety stage in August; Cringle cogitates on the pay and display parking on Douglas promenade; and reporter John Turner lifts the lid on a project to restore a penny farthing dating from the 1870s.

There’s all the usual sport from around the island in our eight-page Final Whistle pull-out, plus jobs, property and motors pages.

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