Gef’s Daily Roundup

Family Cycling Event

The first ever Cycle 360 Corrin’s Folly Challenge will be held next month on August 22 with races for all ages, Mexican street food from Fire & Ice and more from Noa Bakehouse. The 3.3 miles course, which starts and finishes at the Transport Museum near Peel Harbour, includes a 450ft hill climb and is open to anyone aged 13 or over. There will be four different classes for people to enter with the juvenile and youth race open to 13-16 year-olds, the junior race for cyclists aged 17-18 and the Senior, Master, Veteran, Grand Vet and Super Vet races for those aged 19+. You can find more info on the event at

Volunteers For Research Body

The search is on for volunteer recruits to the Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee – the body which provides oversight to health and social care research projects carried out on the island. The Committee is tasked with reviewing the ethical dimension of research proposals that involve human participants, tissue or data. The Committee currently has vacancies for an expert member and a lay member, and applications are invited from those with prior experience of working in health and social care or in research, as well as those with no previous involvement in these areas. Chair of the Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee, Lillian Boyle, said: ‘Harnessing research to transform the care people receive can be a powerful tool for good, but with that comes the need for responsibility and governance to ensure people are protected.

Manx Student Studies Chimpanzees

Manx student Rachel Jarvis has released the poster for her PhD topic: ‘Investigating the Relationship of Overall Health with a Focus on Cardiovascular Health, Serum Biomarkers and Vitamin D Levels in the European Chimpanzee Population.’ Jarvis is a Veterinary Medicine and Science student at the University of Nottingham and is completing the study in collaboration with fellow Nottingham students, a Uni of Birmingham student and Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. Twycross is renowned as a World Primate Centre and conservation charity and Rachel’s research will help find new ways to identify a common heart disease in chimpanzees. You can read her poster here.

Mini Manx Heritage Transport Festival

The Mini Manx Heritage Transport Festival got underway today and was marked by a special event to celebrate the 125th (+1) anniversary of the Snaefell Mountain Railway. Director of Transport Services Ian Longworth cut the cake and said: ‘We were unable to celebrate last year due to the pandemic, but didn’t want this anniversary to pass without some acknowledgment – and our Mini Manx Heritage Transport Festival presented a great opportunity to mark the occasion. We have been overwhelmed by the support our railways have received from residents, enthusiasts and tourists and want to thank everyone for making a difference. Simply buying a ticket and enjoying the fantastic experiences you can have on all our heritage railways means that people will continue celebrating rolling stock anniversaries for years to come.’ The Festival continues all weekend and you can find more details here.

Ian Longworth celebrates the Snaefell Mountain Railway

Chris Whitty Attack

A 24-year-old man has plead guilty on one charge of assaulting England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty. Lewis Hughes apologised for any upset caused and admitted he had lost his job as an estate agent with his barrister telling the court that he had recognised the Professor from the TV and wanted a selfie for his mum, as he would have if he’d seen Justin Bieber. Jonathan Chew, who was there under the same charge, plead not guilty and will return to court on November 23 to stand trial.

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

There was infighting at the House of Mouse recently as Marvel actress Scarlett Johansson sued Disney over the way they released ‘Black Widow.’ The Oscar winner said that her earnings from the film were tied to its box office success and so the film’s hybrid cinema and premium streaming release strategy was a violation of the contract. Disney hit back saying that they had fully complied with their side of the contract with the strategy, which included a release to Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee, and revealed that Johansson had already earned $20 million from the blockbuster. It’s not the first time the issue has come up as Hollywood studios attempt to release their films in a profitable way as cinemas reopen. Earlier this year, Warner Bros was forced to negotiate with its talent after announcing that they would be doing simultaneous releases in cinemas and on their HBO Max streaming service for all their titles in 2021, allegedly blindsiding actors and filmmakers with the announcement.

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