Gef’s Daily Roundup

It’s been a big day news on the island, here’s a snippet of what else made the headlines today.

Gov working out exam future

After the announcement that GCSE and A-Level exams in the UK will be cancelled, the Education Department is developing its plans for Manx students. A spokesman told Gef: ‘The DESC will be working with schools and teachers to ensure that all our students get the grades they deserve and can progress with their future plans.’

UCM will help uni students

The DESC also said that university students who were planning on returning to colleges in the UK are advised to speak to their universities. Many courses have now been made available online and colleges are dissuading students from returning during January. Some subjects which include practical assessments such as medicine and health related courses, nursing and education will be re-starting as planned.

The spokesman added: ‘Should any students require further advice on perhaps changing their higher education course, practical support or pastoral care they are invited to contact UCM which has made some of their staff available to support Isle of Man students studying across.’

Paperchase on the brink

Stationary chain Paperchase is on the brink of going into administration after most of its stores were forced to close over Christmas. The company has 127 stores in the UK and employs about 1,500 people. The chain is the latest of a string of high-profile retailers to hit trouble in the past year.

Denmark allows six-week delay for second vaccine dose

Danish health authorities have said they will allow a wait of up to six weeks before administering a second dose of the vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Germany is also looking into delaying giving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to make supplies go further. The UK was the first country to confirm it would move to 12 weeks between the two jabs, having originally said they needed to be done within 21 days of each other.

Doc wipes out debts

An oncologist in Arkansas USA has wiped out nearly $650,000 (£480,000) worth of debts for 200 people after realising many of them were struggling to pay. Dr Omar Atiq closed his cancer treatment centre last year and has been working with a debt collector to recover unpaid bills. Over Christmas Dr Atiq wrote to his former patients saying the debts would be cancelled. Just occasionally, we can have nice things.