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27th February The Local Papers In The Strand This Sunday


THE Isle of Man Examiner has been published almost every week since 1880. During all that time, it has been in a similar format, with traditional large ‘broadsheet’ pages. However, times have moved on in the newspaper industry. Many readers these days prefer the compact or tabloid format. They say it’s easier to read. Here at Isle of Man Newspapers, we are considering whether the Isle of Man Examiner should follow newspapers such as The Times and The Independent in the UK and change format to a compact shape.Its pages would then be the same size as those in the Manx Independent and the Isle of Man Courier, and there would, of course, be a lot more of them than you get with the broadsheet Isle of Man Examiner. Changing format is not something we’d do on a whim. We have been conducting a lot of market research into the idea. We’ve printed a dummy copy and have been gauging views from readers and advertisers. But we still want to hear from you. You can have your say at a special afternoon when you can meet the editor, Richard Butt, and some of the team at Isle of Man Newspapers. You will be able to see a dummy copy of the tabloid Examiner for yourself. We’d love to hear your views about it. You can also ask the editor about how we produce our newspapers and how we decide what to put in them. It all takes place at the Strand Centre in Douglas from midday till 4.30pm on Sunday, February 27.
Come along and tell us what you think!

Launch of Fearless Saturday 5th February

Strand Shopping Centre is the venue for the launch of the Fearless brand in the Isle of Man. The new initiative is designed by the independent charity Crimestoppers to urge young people to be Fearless against crime and particularly the reporting of it.

The launch is to take place on Saturday the 5th February led by young people from Douglas Royal Ladies Football and Ballakermeen High School who will be supported by local Crimestoppers representatives who will be available to provide information on the new initiative. 

The launch is being organised by the Isle of Man Crimestoppers East Region Representative Zoë Hawley.  She explained: ‘The launch has been organised to introduce the Fearless brand to the Island. This new youth brand introduces young people (target age range 11-17) to the Crimestoppers concept but has been specifically designed to offer channels for younger people to report information about crimes anonymously and without fear of repercussions. 

‘The Fearless website – www.fearless.org, also provides education on criminal activity that might affect young people on the Isle of Man. Issues covered from a factual perspective include crimes arising from drugs and alcohol, cybercrime, bullying, theft and vandalism. The site offers games, quizzes and access to relevant “You Tube” excerpts.

‘Young people are one of the most important audiences for Crimestoppers and Fearless is being launched to help provide avenues for them to pass on information about crime safe in the knowledge that their identity will never be revealed and that, through this channel, they will not have to speak to the police.’

The launch on Saturday 5th February will take place in the Stand Shopping Centre, Douglas from 9.00am until 17.00pm with representatives available throughout the day handing out merchandise and promoting how young people can access the Fearless materials.

• Crimestoppers IoM is a Manx Registered Charity dedicated to fighting crime across the Island. Designed to focus on issues that are important to the community – improving crime detection, enhancing quality of life and giving residents and visitors alike ‘Freedom to Flourish’. For more information including current appeals for information please visit www.crimestoppers.co.im

• Key contact: Stuart McCudden-Chairman 01624 649000/07624 24777

Crossroads For Carers

Crossroads held a very successful Christmas Market in The Strand which hosted some of the new designers and traders on the Island. The Photograph shows various members of Tynwald supporting the Carers Rights Day



British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch

For the last few years the Isle of Man Branch of The British Legion have used The Strand to launch their Poppy Appeal.  The photograph shows the IOM Cadets and the Mayor of Douglas at the launch.

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