Sport Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

RALLYING: Rowe and Evans in title duel

MARTIN ROWE and Gwyndaf Evans meet in a head to head showdown at the Manx International Rally starting today, with this year's Mobil 1 British Championship title the prize awaiting the victor. The pair, who have dominated the 1998 series, winning every round between them, start level on points and knowing whoever gains the better result becomes the champion.

Motor Cycling: TT hero rides a storm to the end

Alan Seeley sees the hero and villain of Manx racing, Phil Read (left), finish a poignant final lap

Windfall for Regional air staff

STAFF at British Regional Airlines will receive windfalls averaging just over pounds 3,000 each when the group floats on the stock market next month with a price tag of around pounds 100m.

Letter: Thoughtful Duchess

ONE THING that impressed me about the Duchess of York was that, at the end of a cruise on board a yacht, she knew the names of every one of the 21 crew, and thanked each one of them for looking after her. That was a unique and thoughtful thing for a "celebrity" to do.

Letter: Dangers of cannabis

R E STEBBING (letters 25 February) echoes fashionable but misinformed opinion by claiming that "the evidence that cannabis is non-habit-forming and less damaging than heroin, tobacco and alcohol is now overwhelming".

Scaling the heights in Famous Five country

With its dramatic scenery and unique history, the Isle of Man is a welcome refuge from the rest of the world, writes Colin Dallibar

Letter: Cornwall too

Sir: The British-Irish initiative on Northern Ireland includes the proposal to set up "an inter-governmental council to deal with the totality of relationships, to include representatives of the British and Irish governments, the Northern Ireland administration and the devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales".

Police officers suspended

Two police officers from the Isle of Man have been suspended from duty after an incident in Manchester.

Sporting solecism

Ungeometric mixed metaphor of the week: "It just all went pear- shaped, in a nutshell."

OBITUARY : K'tut Tantri

Romance was the key to K'tut Tantri's extraordinary character and life. As journalist, hotelier, guerilla fighter and writer with particularly close links to Indonesia, she jealously protected her history by deliberately obscuring her past, by endlessly changing her aliases and by constantly reinventing herself.

Guam's governor seizes main chance

When a plane full of young families crashes into the side of a hill, as Korean Air flight 801 did last week on the American island of Guam, it is vain to look for a silver lining. But for the Governor of Guam, Carl TC Gutierrez, some good has come out of the tragedy.

Q&A: Baltic exchange

Q. What is the background to the rather unique sporting event called the Island Olympics?

Travel: The Celtic island tamed by Nature

Man gave up trying to farm Skomer, off the Pembrokeshire coast, but the puffins and rabbits have thrived, writes Nicola Swanborough

12-year-old Manx girl is spared return to island jail

The 12-year-old girl at the centre of the child-jailing furore on the Isle of Man admitted in court yesterday to seven assaults and five cases of criminal damage, but escaped further imprisonment after her lawyer pleaded for understanding.
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