Summer Jabs

Students returning to the island will be offered their two jabs during the summer holidays. Special vaccination clinics have been arranged for the end of June and beginning of July for first doses of the Moderna vaccine. Second appointments will be available eight weeks later, to ensure students have had the full course before they head back to University. 

Student clinics will be held on June 26, and July 6 and 7 at the Chester Street vaccination hub in Douglas for first doses, with August 30 to September 1 earmarked for second jabs.

Those who wish to receive the vaccine need to be registered with a local GP (either normally on island or temporarily if already registered with a GP in the UK) and with the vaccination booking team at 111. When calling to register, students should advise the team they are a returning student. In addition to the dedicated student clinics, the team is planning final first dose clinics at the end of July for those who have delayed coming forward. Anyone who wishes to receive a vaccine should register immediately by calling 111.  

Active Travel

A new active travel schools officer has been appointed to inspire more children, parents and teachers to enjoy the benefits of building a short walk or cycle into their daily commute.

As part of the interview process candidates presented their ideas to children at Anagh Coar Primary School who then asked them how they would tackle the job. Following this Breeshey Harkin, a former secondary school teacher, was successful.

Breeshey will work across the island’s schools to promote the proven benefits active travel can have on physical health, emotional wellbeing and the environment. Cameron Skillen, headboy at Anagh Coar, was involved in the selection process, and said: ‘We were really impressed with all the candidates but Breeshey stood out.’

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘We are delighted to appoint Breeshey to this important role and I thank the children of Anagh Coar for their help and involvement. Travelling actively builds exercise into the daily routine and can increase the concentration of children. It is proven that there is a positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance and just 15 minutes of exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood.’

Tim Baker, Minister for Infrastructure, added: ‘Active travel to school wakes up the mind and body, helps to reduce congestion and pollution and improve safety around schools.’

A Peak Time to Register

There’s still time to register for the Manx 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of the Children’s Centre, urges the event’s sponsor, accountancy firm Crowe. The event challenges walkers to set off from sea level in Ramsey then conquer North Barrule, Snaefell and Beinn-yPhott, before finishing on Laxey Promenade.

Crowe CEO Phaedra Bird said: ‘We’ve been really excited to have teamed up with the Children’s Centre and to learn about their work with children, young people and families, as well as to hear about their truly amazing plans for the future to develop their services. There’s still time to register – my colleague Diane Clarke and I already have – so I’d urge anyone considering taking part to act now and register to support the life-changing work of the Children’s Centre.’

The Children Centre’s Sharon Connor said: ‘We’re very grateful to Crowe for their sponsorship of this life-enhancing community event that gets people out in the wonderful Manx countryside and raises funds to help us to deliver and develop our services. The local business community has really got behind the campaign with all kinds of practical support. More than 130 people have registered so far, but there’s still time to sign up and be part of something that will make a very real difference to the lives of children, young people and families.’

To register, email fundraising@thechildrencentre.org.im. To find out more about the work of the Children’s Centre, visit thechildrenscentre.org.im.

Police Corruption

It seems like another week, another scandale for London’s Metropolitan Police as it has been found to have been ‘institutionally corrupt’ in the way it concealed or denied failings over the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan. An independent panel, led by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, said the Met’s first instinct was to protect itself. Mr Morgan was attacked with an axe in the car park of a pub in south-east London 34 years ago. It is believed he was killed because of work he was doing as a private investigator. 

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: ‘We deeply regret that no-one has been convicted of Daniel’s murder. We have not stopped pursuing justice. We accept corruption was a major factor in the failure of the 1987 investigation. This compounded the pain suffered by Daniel’s family and for this we apologise.’

Scots Hold Back

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland will not be exiting all restrictions later this month but will instead continue with current levels until for at least another three weeks. 

Watt Were They Doing

The BBC has condemned protestors who abused one of their most senior journalists. A clip shared on social media shows demonstrators haranguing Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt on Monday outside Downing Street. PM Boris Johnson also tweeted: ‘Disgraceful to see the hounding of Nick Watt doing his job. The media must be able to report the facts without fear or favour – they are the lifeblood of our democracy.’

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