In your Manx Independent, we lead with a report about the island’s declining birth rate.

A Tynwald committee has been looking into it.

The teachers’ strike has been called off. We have coverage inside.

The big debate is about assisted dying. We talk to Dr Alex Allinson, who wants to change the law, about his views.

The letters page has a lot of correspondence about it too and the Manx Bard has written a poem about the issue.

Also this week:

Twenty-year-old Adam Joseph Craig Gallagher has been sentenced after punching a man in Regent Street in Douglas.

Geography teacher Jim MacGregor will be climbing a total of 50,000 metres throughout this year to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Daniel John Carpenter has appeared in court charged with possessing more than 30,000 indecent images of children.

Reporter Gemma Nettle speaks to Family Library manager Sue Jolly about its large number of services and its biggest ambitions or the future.

TT star Conor Cummins ‘rocketing’ costs for the closure of his business in Ramsey.

Twenty-six-year-old Charlotte Megan Gatt has admitted laundering more than £35,000.

The police are now recruiting people to join a new taskforce in a campaign to tackle financial crime.

Teenager Nathan Paul Cannell has been sentenced after failing to give information about the driver of a vehicle after a police chase.

Ramsey pub landlady Paulette Bevan-Kelly shares her favourite songs.

Gary Weightman of Vannin Photos looks back at gigs he’s photographed in the last year.

Manx band Post War Stories have released their first studio album since the their launch in 2012.

Health chiefs are hoping to recruit more dentists to tackle a shortage that’s hitting patients around the island.

Paul Craine MLC looks at the statistics behind our warming climate.

The chief constable pays tribute to a former colleague who has died.

The latest Post Office stamps celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Twenty-five years after it closed, we look back at Bushy’s Brew Pub.

Among dozens of sports stories, the Isle of Man Table Tennis Association has confirmed its selection of players that will fly the Manx flag at this year’s NatWest Island Games.

There is also plenty of community news, our puzzles pages, the gig guide and a seven-day television guide.

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