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Rukovoditel Project Management Software

Our plans for 2018 include updating our website and adding some new and very exciting website plans.

Until recently we have always used Project Pier which was a lovely application, did everything we wanted –  but unfortunately seems to be no longer supported (last update around  2015 –  and their website is now gone!).

A quick Google brought up a great many new offerings, with an array of options, features, free trials, limited space or team members etc etc .

Doing a quick list of what we actually needed helped to narrow this all down, one of the big ones being an application we can host on our own network.

We ended up with handful of applications and  I proceeded to install them one by one so we could evaluate how well they met our needs.

My short list included:

  • OrangeScrum
  • Rukovoditel
  • qdPM
  • ZenTao
  • WebCollab

I found that many of the older or more mature applications did not support php 7.0 as yet – this is a real consideration for me when choosing a new application as we really don’t want to have to support php5 any longer than necessary.

I did have a clear winner and the easiest application to deploy was Rukovoditel –  the installation was a breeze and required no additional server configuration or tweaking, it was basically the case of upload, extract and complete the browser based install screen .

We have decided to use Rukovoditel to keep track of all the tasks and to do’s while updating our website and hosting packages.

These are the main reasons for this decision:

  • Easily customisable to meet our teams needs
  • Open source and free to install
  • Supports PHP 7 which older applications don’t
  • Actively under development
  • Active forum  with ongoing support from the developer
  • Additional plugins bringing some interesting features – available at a small fee (not yet tried)
  • A lifetime license for plugins once acquired (a big positive)
  • Supports multiple file uploads
  • Has comments field (useful for us, recording time spent on a task etc)
  • Supports a ticketing system on a per project basis.

One small point: It does take some time to get used to all the customisation options and features. Of course, this is time well invested when you get an end result that works for you.

You will find that most of the customisation is a bit hidden away and especially if like me you have been looking at a few application.  I did end up going around in circles a bit thinking ” I am sure the settings are here somewhere”  – well they ARE –  most of the customisation actually takes place under the Entities list   – see screen capture below .



For anyone looking to replace Project Pier with a modern, up-to-date project management application , Rukovoditel looks like it can do the job.

To find out more and get your copy  visit

Take up cycling and get healthier and fitter

An initiative to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take up cycling recommences next week.

Bike 4 Life, run by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) offers weekly sessions around the National Sports Centre raceway. 

Ari Brooks, Sports Development Officer with MSR said:

‘We welcome those with long-term health issues and those recuperating and trying to regain fitness after illness or operation. 

‘Bike 4 Life is also suitable for those with disabilities and with reduced/little mobility, including wheelchair users, amputees and those with coordination problems. 

‘We provide a range of inclusive and specially adapted bikes including tandems, trikes, special needs bikes, hand cycles, quad bikes and mountain bikes for participants to use.

‘Bike 4 Life also welcomes individuals who have always wanted to cycle but are wary of riding on roads,’

Ari continued:

‘The NSC offers a safe and enjoyable cycling environment for those riders who want to gain more confidence while socialising with family and friends.

‘Cycling has many physical and psychological benefits. It is a healthy, low impact exercise that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.’ 

Sessions take place every Tuesday from 25 April to 29 August. They run from 1-6pm.

There are no sessions during TT fortnight.

It costs £2 per session to take part plus £2 to hire a bike. Participants are welcome to bring their own bikes.

For more information about Bike 4 Life, contact Ari Brooks on 688575 or email Ari Brooks.

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Green Walk and Talk a great way to get fit

An initiative that encourages people to get fit while enjoying the beautiful Manx countryside recommences on Friday 28 April.

Green Walk and Talk is a variation on the Walk and Talk event held weekly at the National Sports Centre.

Participants undertake a different short walk each week throughout the summer.

Lesley Patterson, Healthy 4 Life Coordinator with Manx Sport and Recreation, said:

‘The Programme for Government promises to increase the number of people exercising and decrease the number falling ill from preventable illnesses, many of which are caused by inactivity.

‘It also pledges to increase use of our natural environment and encourage more people outdoors to improve their wellbeing.

‘Green Walk and Talk is a great way to improve fitness and mood while socialising and enjoying a scenic walk, perhaps somewhere you haven’t visited before.

‘Walks are guided by fitness instructors, are no longer than two miles in length and are mostly on the flat, although sometimes off road,’ Lesley continued.

‘They are open to people of any age who want to get fitter and healthier and explore the Island. Whole families can join in and appreciate the benefits of exercise in beautiful settings.

‘The walks will benefit anyone seeking to regain fitness after illness or injury.

‘We are grateful to the Departments of Environment Food and Agriculture and Infrastructure for helping us to plan routes.’

Dates, times and locations of walks and advice about walking can be viewed by visiting Green Walk and Talk. Details are also at the Isle of Man Government Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal and at the NSC and regional swimming pools.

Fourteen of the 15 walks cost just £2 to take part in, including a cup of tea/coffee at the end.

The final walk on 18 August is around the Curraghs Wildlife Park, where a small admission charge applies.

‘Those completing 10 or more walks will be admitted to the park free of charge if taking part on 18 August,’ said Lesley, ‘while those who complete all 15 walks receive a prize and a certificate, too.’

For more information, email Lesley Patterson, Healthy 4 Life Coordinator, or call on 686852.

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New horse tram season set to get under way

Isle of Man Railways are all set for a successful second year of operating the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway which will commence this Saturday 8 April 2017.

The first horse tram will depart Derby Castle at 09:00 and continue on timetable N until 1730. The last tram departs from the Sea Terminal end of the line at 17:50.

Horse tram fares are £3 for adults and £2 for children for single journeys. Day tickets are available at £6 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for a family. Season-long Go Horse Tram cards valid until 5th November 2017 are £30 for adults and £20 for children and holders of Isle of Man senior citizens’ 60+ cards. Go Explore cards are valid for travel on all bus and rail services operated by Isle of Man Transport, including the horse trams.

All Go Horse Tram cards, tickets and free timetables are now available from Derby Castle ticket office and the Welcome Centre in Douglas Sea Terminal.

Three local companies have pledged their support to the horse trams by continuing advertising on the trams. Okell’s has the no. 18 double deck tram, while Conister Bank will have no.44 and Athol Garage no.43 bulkheads.

Any other organisations or businesses interested in supporting this year’s horse tram service by taking advertising on other available bulkheads, winter saloons or toast racks should contact Hannah Lo Bao in Isle of Man Transport’s customer services department, tel 01624 694322 or email [email protected]

More information on this year’s horse tram service can be found on Isle of Man Railways’ website on the horse tram page at

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2016 Isle of Man Sports Awards – winners announced

The Isle of Man’s elite athletes were yesterday honoured at the annual Isle of Man Sports Awards. 

The event, staged by Isle of Man Sport and sponsored by Isle of Man Bank, saw sporting talent gather at the Villa Marina to celebrate the success stories of 2016. 

Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, said:

‘For a small Island, we abound with sporting talent and our athletes’ success at the highest level does much to boost our reputation internationally. 

‘Tonight’s awards show the breadth of talent we have in the Island and demonstrates how our investment in top quality facilities and programmes is paying off. 

‘The athletes recognised tonight dedicate massive amounts of time and effort to achieve their potential and it’s wonderful to have been surrounded by so many current and future stars. 

‘In recognising our achievement on the world stage, we must pay tribute to those stalwarts who contribute to sport at grass roots level and give up time to nurture the talent of the future,’ the Minister went on. 

‘The Programme for Government aims to get more people more active more often and via this and our 10-year Strategy for Sport, we are nurturing those who will be winning medals, breaking records and standing on this stage being recognised in the years to come.’ 

The Sportsman of the Year award was won by ‘The Manx Missile’, Mark Cavendish, silver medallist in the Olympic cycling omnium and winner of four stages of the Tour De France. 

Swimmer Charlotte Atkinson, took the title of Sportswomen of the Year after becoming a British champion in the 100m and 200m butterfly. 

Moto GP rider Cal Crutchlow, won the Isle of Man Ambassador Award, while cyclist Matthew Bostock was named Under-21 Sportsman of the Year and motorcycle trials rider Ella Doherty took the Under-21 Sportswoman award. 

Coach of the Year was won by Raj Nandha, of the Isle of Man women’s hockey team, who has refined his coaching skills and learning as part of Isle of Man Sport’s Coach Development Programme. 

Swimming’s Ben Grainger picked up his third successive Disability Sportsperson of the Year award. 

The Isle of Man sidecar trials team saw off competition to scoop the title Team of the Year. 

Tony Mepham was awarded Administrator of the Year for his tremendous work and effort within football. 

The Veteran Sportsperson was awarded for a second time to 2016 Parish Walk winner Richard Gerrard, who continues to excel in race walking on and off Island. 

There was a standing ovation for Dursley Stott as he was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement recipient in recognition of his many years of work within the Commonwealth Games and shooting. 

Dursley was a member of the first Isle of Man team to compete at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, held in Cardiff in 1958. 

Professional snooker player Darryl Hill was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his European Under-21 Championship win in 2015, earning himself a place on the professional circuit.

The Sports Awards committee is led by Gary Corkhill, the executive chairman of Isle of Man Sport, and comprises IoM Sport members Sarah Corlett and Richard Radcliffe and Business Administrator Paul Callow; Paul Bridson, Head of Sport, Leisure and Recreation with the Department of Education and Children; Chris Quine, Sports Performance Co-ordinator with the DEC, and sports journalists John Watterson (Isle of Man Newspapers) and Tim Glover (Manx Radio). 

Gary said:

‘It was another fantastic night at the Villa Marina and we have once again demonstrated that our Island punches above its weight in the world’s sporting arena. 

‘The ongoing success of local athletes at international level in 2016 made our deliberations difficult and we must congratulate not only our award winners but all those who were shortlisted.’ 

Ian Perry, Director of Premium and Business Banking with sponsor Isle of Man Bank, commented:

‘It is incredible to see the pace at which sports development on the Island continues to move and it’s a privilege to celebrate this with some of our elite athletes. 

‘I’d particularly like to congratulate Mark and Charlotte, winners of the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles respectively, and wish all of those shortlisted every success for their future sporting careers.’ 

Guest of honour at the event was Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, who captained Great Britain’s Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team in Rio and was team GB flag-bearer at the games’ closing ceremony. 

The evening also saw the presentation of Isle of Man Sport Aid scholarships to up and coming athletes who will receive financial and other support over the coming year. 

Also recognised on stage was Daniel Richardson, from St Ninian’s High School, who contributed the most hours in 2015/16 in the Sure Sports Leader Programme of the 43 young people who signed up. 

The full list of award winners is: 

Sportsman of the Year sponsored by Isle of Man Bank – Mark Cavendish (cycling) 

Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Isle of Man Bank – Charlotte Atkinson (swimming) 

IOM Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Department of Economic Development – Cal Crutchlow (cycling)

Under 21 Sportsman of the Year sponsored by SMP Partners – Matthew Bostock (cycling)

Under 21 Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Newfield – Ella Doherty (motorcycle trials)

Team of the Year sponsored by Mylchreests Group – Manx Sidecar Trials Team

Coach of the Year sponsored by Crowe Clark Whitehill – Raj Nandha (hockey)

Sports Administrator of the Year sponsored by Conister Bank – Tony Mepham (football)

Disability Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Manx Radio – Ben Grainger (swimming) 

Veteran Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Microgaming – Richard Gerrard (walking) 

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Isle of Man Newspapers – Dursley Stott (Commonwealth Games and shooting).

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NSC offers something for all in society

The National Sports Centre (NSC) has something for everyone in society, including those with disabilities, recovering from illness and injury and seeking to socialise and find new hobbies.

If you haven’t visited for a while, you are welcome to look around and see all that’s on offer.

NSC March 2017 2That is the message from Geoff Corkish MBE MLC, chairman of Tynwald’s Advisory Council for Disabilities, and from David Gawne MBE, chairman of the Isle of Man Live at Home Schemes and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The message is in line with the Programme for Government, which aims to get ‘more people more active more often’ with the resulting health and social benefits.

In terms of access to the NSC, there is disabled parking, ramps front and back for those who can’t manage steps and, at reception, a hearing loop for customers with hearing difficulties.

In the swimming pool, there are dedicated disability-friendly changing and shower facilities and a hoist into the pool.

Those with disabilities can access the NSC’s outdoor facilities such as the athletics track and the all-weather pitch. These facilities’ changing rooms have dedicated shower and toilet facilities for customers with disabilities.

The NSC was badly damaged when wide-scale flooding affected the Island in December 2015.

In carrying out refurbishments, the Department of Education and Children has ensured the 20-year-old venue is even better equipped for disabled visitors.

There is improved access to changing facilities in the sports hall area and new, disabled-friendly showers. There’s easier access to the bowls hall, and onto the bowling green itself, for wheelchair users.

There are a wide range of programmes and sessions for adults and children with disabilities and for those taking their first steps into or returning to an active lifestyle.

The Strategy for Sport 2014-2024 pledges to make sport more accessible to those with disabilities.

Mr Corkish – a member of the Department of Education and Children – said:

‘People may assume the NSC is only for those who have a certain level of fitness and/or mobility.

‘In fact, the centre offers plenty for those who are returning to fitness or who have disabilities and we would welcome anyone who hasn’t visited to take a look around our improved facilities and find something to suit them.’

Another key objective of the Strategy for Sport is promoting social inclusion.

Mr Gawne said use of the NSC would assist those wishing to socialise for a few hours a week.

He said he was impressed by the refurbishment works, the ambiance of the centre and the wide range of activities on offer, which embrace all ages and abilities.

‘Isolation and loneliness is a big issue facing the Island and not just among the elderly but people of all ages,’ he said.

‘If not addressed, this will have significant implications for the economy and for health and social care.

‘Socialising and having focal points improves individuals’ health and well-being, gives them a better quality of life and is aligned to Government and the third sector’s commitment to community-based care.’

Mr Gawne added.

‘Equally, there are people of differing abilities of all ages living within the community whose lives could be positively impacted upon by the NSC activities and  exercises which can be tailored to their needs as part of an integrated care programme.’

The NSC is open from 7am to 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 8pm on weekends and bank holidays. It has a café that is open daily from 8.30am to 8pm and is a popular meeting place.

For further information, visit National Sports Centre, email [email protected] or ring +44 1624 688588.

Photo: Mr Corkish MBE MLC, Mr Gawne MBE, Carl Glover, General Manager: Sports Facilities of the NSC, and Ari Brooks, Disability Sports Development Officer, demonstrating how those with disabilities can more easily access the facilities and showing chairs used for wheelchair basketball, one of many sports offered.

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Increase in television and media coverage for TT

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Coverage of the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy reached an audited audience of almost 30 million people worldwide, according to the latest independent research and analysis from Kantar Media, an industry leader in broadcast viewer measurement.

The worldwide television audience grew by 2.4%, which represents an increase of over 700,000 people compared with the 2015 viewing figures.

The TT was also featured or referenced in over 15,000 online articles published in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 28%.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development commented:

'It is reassuring to see continued growth in the worldwide media audience for the TT Races as it underpins both our visitor strategy and the event's commercial programme. We need to ensure that we continue to grow the interest in the TT, not only in terms of the visitor economy, but also by increasing the number of fans who follow the event from their own homes as they also make an economic contribution to its long term viability.'

Rob Callister MHK, Political Member at the Department with responsibility for Tourism and Motorsport added:

'It is important that we look to capitalise on the continued growth and rising interest in the TT by ensuring that we can support visitor travel and accommodation. A key part of the long term development of the TT Races, and Festival of Motorcycling, will be to develop the Island's infrastructure to ensure that we can capitalise on the potential increase in visitors.'

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An opportunity to explore “Otherworlds” this half term!

ThorManx National Heritage is inviting children to explore ‘Otherworlds’ in a trail of discovery at the Manx Museum and House of Manannan this February half term.

On the trail through the ‘Otherworlds’, children will encounter myth and legend from Manx folklore at the Manx Museum and uncover Viking mysteries in the galleries at the House of Manannan.  All children successfully completing their journey through the ‘Otherworlds’ will have their completed trails entered into a competition to win a signed print by award winning artist Juan Moore, who designed the characters featured on the trail.

The trail at the Manx Museum links to the Sophia Morrison exhibition commemorating the life of the famous Manx folklore and fairy tales author, and cultural activist. The touring exhibition from Jorvik ‘Valhalla: In search of the Viking dead’ is at the heart of the ‘Otherworlds’ trail at the House of Manannan in Peel.

Each trail costs £1.  These super voyages of discovery end on 24 April 2017.  Proceeds from the sale of the trails will help support the work of Manx National Heritage in the care and promotion of the heritage and culture of the Isle of Man.

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New volunteers sought for Curraghs Wildlife Park

Do you have time to volunteer at one of the Island’s leading attractions?

The Curragh’s Wildlife Park is recruiting volunteers ahead of the busy summer season.

An open day on Sunday 5 March will allow potential volunteers and Friends to visit the Park, learn about its work and meet staff and current helpers. If you would like to attend, email [email protected] or phone +44 1624 693582 for more information.

The Park, in Ballaugh, is home to 75 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. It is open daily from April to October and last year attracted 55,000 visitors.

Among the many roles that volunteers can undertake are feeding time talks, presentations in the Rainforest Theatre, running the Discovery Hut, and hosting craft activities. They can also help with practical work parties and fundraising events.

Volunteers are enrolled as members of the Friends of the Curraghs Wildlife Park, a charity founded to support the work of the Park.

David Cretney MLC, Member of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture responsible for the park, said:

‘The Park is an important part of our visitor economy and popular with local families, too.

‘Our volunteers and Friends play a key role in helping us show off this excellent facility to those who come to see us.

‘We have a number of stalwart volunteers and Friends on whom we rely but numbers inevitably dwindle over time and we are looking to boost the numbers to allow us to maintain and enhance the activities visitors experience.’

Liz Brunswick, the Park’s Education Officer, continued:

‘Volunteers don’t need any qualifications or experience of working at a wildlife park or zoo, as we will train them in the areas they’ll work in.

‘We are looking for people who like animals and are friendly, enjoy meeting people and have some time to spare. We would also love to hear from people with DIY skills or who have experience of marketing and fundraising as these are new areas where volunteers would be especially useful.'

Liz added:

'It’s important to point out that volunteers are not directly involved in animal care, as these are specialised roles, filled by our keepers.

‘There is no minimum commitment in terms of hours, but it’s important that people are reliable once they commit to attend, so advertised activities happen as scheduled.’

Those keen to volunteer after attending the open day will be invited back to an initial training day on Sunday 19 March, when they will learn in more depth about how they will contribute.

Volunteers are provided with a Wildlife Park polo shirt so visitors recognise them.

Several times a year, volunteers meet for further training and to stay updated on the Park’s activities.

‘Volunteers must be 18 but there’s no upper age limit. Volunteering is a good addition to a CV for a young person but is equally fulfilling for someone with time to spare during the daytime, someone newly retired etc.’

To find out more about the Park or book tickets, visit and follow the Park on facebook and Twitter @lizwildlifepark

The Park’s current (winter) opening hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm (last admission 3pm). It switches to summer hours on 1 April.

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Pleasure craft insurance bye-laws

Tynwald will this month be asked to support a proposal to require the owners of pleasure craft to have appropriate insurance in place.

The intention is to ensure that private boat owners are insured for any damage caused to other vessels or property within the Island’s harbours.

The Department of Infrastructure will seek approval for the Harbour (Pleasure Craft Insurance) Bye-laws 2017 at the February sitting of Tynwald.

The proposed new measures will require the owners of pleasure craft to have in place third party insurance cover. This will apply to vessels berthed in the Island’s marinas and outer harbours, as well as those launched from slipways or visiting from outside the Island.

Failure to comply with the bye-laws could result in a fine of up to £5,000 in addition to the pleasure craft being detained.

The Department wrote to a number of registered boat owners last year and has displayed information in its harbour offices to provide advance notice of its intentions.

Tim Baker MHK, DOI Member with responsibility for Ports, said:

‘Many owners of pleasure craft already have insurance in place and view these bye-laws as a positive step. The aim is to help protect people’s assets, as well as our harbour infrastructure, from damage caused by incidents such as accidental collisions or vessels breaking away from their moorings during adverse weather. There are millions of pounds worth of pleasure craft berthed in our marinas and harbours and it makes sense to ensure they are adequately covered.’

Subject to Tynwald approval, the new bye-laws would come into effect on 1 March for pleasure craft berthed in marinas and on 1 April for all other vessels.

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