No more painful tests for kids

A parent-led campaign to end finger-prick testing for children with type 1 diabetes is to be officially launched this week.

The Monitors4Kids initiative, which is backed by the Manx Diabetic Group, is aiming to raise money for pain-free monitors as an alternative to the painful finger-prick blood testing over the next two years.

Its launch will take place on Thursday (July 19) at Cycle 360 in the Isle of Man Business Park.

Leading the campaign is Jo Wilkinson along with her 12-year-old daughter Danielle, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged two.

Jo said: ’The monitors mean that children don’t have […]

Junior Tynwald: We need more than the TT to entice tourists

The island is ’too dependent’ on the TT for tourism.

That is the admission by Department for Enterprise member Rob Callister MHK.

Mr Callister was answering a question from Douglas Central MHK Michael Synott on the department’s plans to attract tourists throughout the year.

The island currently receives a quarter of tourists during the annual two week TT festival and recent figures showed tourism numbers have fallen.

Mr Callister said: ’We are aiming at growing tourism on the island as well as the contribution to residents.’

One of the ways the department is looking at improving tourism is by extending the season from […]

Tributes after death of TT commentator

Tributes are being paid to commentator Maurice Mawdsley who has died.

A familiar voice at the TT – and the Southern 100 races – he passed away yesterday.

MHK Rob Callister has responsibility for tourism and motorsport – he says: “Maurice became synonymous with the TT and his commentary provided colour and detail not only to a trackside audience but latterly on-line to a worldwide audience who were able to follow the races remotely.

“Maurice made a major contribution to the profile and success of the TT Races and will be sorely missed.

“On behalf of everyone associated with the TT Races I’d like […]

Callister confident on overall TT numbers

Air figures awaited after drop in sea numbers

Despite a dip in Isle of Man Steam Packet numbers over TT, the member with responsibility for the event at the Department for Enterprise is optimistic about overall numbers.

The Steam Packet has reported a drop of 2,500 passengers and 801 motorcycles this year compared to TT fortnight a year ago.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister says he is waiting for the air arrival figures before a full assessment can be made.

Source: Manx Radio

More visitors expected for TT next year

ExaminerTwo weeks of broken records and unbroken sunshine at this year’s TT will attract more visitors in the future, the politician responsible for motor sport says.

The 2018 festival has been hailed as ’one of the best TTs’ by MHK Rob Callister.

He said: ’Given the racing this year and the weather, I would expect to see an increase in visitors next year.

’It was one of the best TTs in history, where there were smashed records in every race.

’There was a great atmosphere throughout both weeks and locals and visitors took advantage […]

Fans ‘spending more’ at TT 2018

Initial figures promising, says DfE.

Initial evidence suggests fans have been spending more money this TT.

That’s according to the MHK responsible for motorsport in the Department for Enterprise.

Though official figures have yet to be published, Rob Callister says local economic indicators are positive – though the total number of visitors may have fallen slightly on last year.

It comes months after a government report showed a sharp fall in overall visitors to the Island last year.

He says a combination of good weather and new tourist attractions have made for a busy year.

Source: Manx Radio

Await course car incident findings – MHK News Home

Too early to comment says motorsport head

Changes to the way TT is run could be introduced following a serious incident during this year’s racing.

An investigation is continuing after Kent rider Steve Mercer was struck by an official course car after an incident in qualifying on Wednesday, 30 May.

It happened in the immediate aftermath of another incident which killed local rider Dan Kneen.

Mercer remains in a stable condition in hospital in Liverpool.

Police, government officials and the ACU are looking into what went wrong.

The MHK in charge of motorsport is Rob Callister.

Source: Manx Radio

Tourism advert set for ITV: Watch it here right now

A campaign to lure tourists to the island is set to feature in TV adverts starting next week.

The short film, called ’The Isle of Man – The Extraordinary Story’ will be shown on ITV’s Granada and Border regions as well Channel 4’s on-demand online service.

The advert is narrated by Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones star John Rhys-Davies.

The adverts will be shown in 22 slots of 30 seconds each with the full 90-second advert featuring prominently during Tuesday, May 29’s live episode of Britain’s Got Talent.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister, Department for Enterprise member for tourism and motorsport, said: […]

TT 2018: new look at grandstand

TT interviewAs TT 2018 gets ready to start we take a look at the grandstand area to see some of the changes that have been made this year. We talk to the MHK who has Government responsibility for the event Rob Callister.

Source: Isle of Man TV channel – material from the MTTV archive – produced by Paul Moulton for PMC-TV

Link to Video on Youtube

New travel partner for 2019 TT races

Three companies have been awarded contracts to provide travel and accommodaton services for fans visiting the TT, Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT next year.

Visit, owned and operated by Mann Link Travel Ltd, Freedom Travel Isle of Man, and Terrific Travel Ltd, a company developed by Duke Marketing, have been granted licences to provide services by the government’s Department for Enterprise.

Rob Callister MHK, the Department for Enterprise member with responsibility for tourism and motorsport, said: ’It’s great to see three strong local companies awarded official partner status for TT travel and accommodation services.

’Their proposals demonstrated the potential […]

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