Scallop fishermen have raised concerns about the impact on the fishery of planned oil and gas exploration and wind farm development.

Also in the news:

The late Stephen Christian, who was at the heart of the island’s film industry, was ’hounded to his grave’ according to former treasury minister Eddie Teare.

House and Home, formerly part of the Tynwald Mills complex, has gone into liquidation.

An update on Kush the red panda.

A proposal to give sex case defendants anonymity until any conviction is a threat to open justice, an MHK has warned.

Tributes are made in memory of a senior figure in the island’s business community who has been described as a ’really decent guy’ and ’a friend to many’.

So far 37 Laxey residents have applied for government’s £500 emergency assistance following the devastating flood at the start of the month - but only 15 have had pay-outs.

The barristers who represented the Cabinet Office at the area plan for the east inquiry cost the taxpayer between £50,000 and £75,000.

The island’s financial regulator has refused to say how much the taxpayer has spent on the liquidation of a series of failed investment funds.

Three people have appeared in court accused of trying to smuggle 300 grams of cocaine into the Isle of Man by boat.

Harbour chiefs may go back to dumping silt from Peel marina into the sea.

University College Isle of Man has criticised a pro-life demonstration outside its gates for ’causing distress’ to vulnerable students and those as young as 14.

A call to replace one of the Manx Electric Railway’s twin lines with a cycleway and footpath has been dismissed as a non-starter.

Garff MHK Daphne Caine has reopened the debate on how the island’s Chief Minister is elected.

Villagers have sought reassurances over a proposed housing scheme on the Underway at Port St Mary.

Learning disability charity Manx Mencap is to fund therapy sessions by a London-based centre for another year.

A 14-year-old has raised an astonishing £17,000 towards Rebecca House Isle of Man through a series of gruelling walks.

A Douglas man has been fined £200 after punching a hole in a door at his ex-partner’s home.

Home-grown star Samantha Barks is heading to Japan next year after being confirmed as starring in a production of the musical Chess.

An island businessman has agreed to settle £67m of claims relating to a number of his companies now in liquidation.

A rugby team’s temporary clubhouse has been targeted by vandals in the south of the island.

Children who learn predominantly through Manx Gaelic were given the chance to put their language skills to the test with a trip to an Irish-speaking school.

A woman has been fined £500 after slapping a bouncer at the Courthouse bar.

The children’s play area in the Sea Terminal has been removed following an incident of vandalism.

The chairman of the Steam Packet is to retire in March.

Our Island Life section leads with the latest psychological thriller novel written by local author Rona Halsall.

This week’s centre spread is from the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs.

There are 13 sports pages with the back page leading with Andreas Racing Association in a state of flux after much of the committee stood down at an extraordinary general meeting of the club last week. And a look ahead to this weekend’s sport on and off island.

There’s also your letters, the Isle of Man’s What’s On guide, a page of puzzles, a page of pictures from the past and a seven-day television guide and lots of community news.

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Last week, the team discussed everything from Hector Duff to Leeds United and looked 100 years into the past to find out what was on the front pages of the Ramsey Courier in 1919.