Biosphere Picnic

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man has announced a new initiative for individuals and organisations to join in on a series of sustainable picnics next year known as the Biosphere Bee Community Picnic. Organisers can register their events through the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man website from September 2021 and they will be provided with digital resources such as posters and invitations that will enable them to plan and advertise their Biosphere Bee Community Picnic. Organisers will also receive guidance surrounding sustainability and Biosphere values, local produce, getting permissions to use land and keeping people safe to refer to during the planning and delivery of their Biosphere Bee Community Picnic.

Exam Results

More than 1,200 pupils will receive their A-level and GCSE grades in the Isle of Man this month, despite the cancellation of all exams due to the global health emergency. Results for Year 11 and 13 students have been obtained by schools using a range of evidence after following rigorous processes to ensure fairness and consistency, this evidence was then passed to awarding bodies to determine final grades. A-Level students will be the first to receive their grades on 10 August, along with those studying Level 3 BTEC. GCSE results will be awarded two days later on 12 August.

Scotland Social Distancing

Almost all of Scotland’s Covid-19 restrictions will be dropped from August 9 after an announcement by Nicola Sturgeon. The move means social distancing will end in the majority of settings, allowing for greater capacity in pubs, restaurants and event venues. The new rules will also allow fully vaccinated close contacts of a Covid-19 case to avoid self-isolation but will keep face coverings in certain public spaces. The announcement comes a few weeks after England made a similar move and as Scotland recorded 799 new cases on Monday. Around 90% of the over 18 population in the country have had at least one dose of a vaccine with over 70% having two jabs.

Olympics

It was another day of success for Team GB at the Olympics as cyclist Jason Kenny joined Bradley Wiggins as Britain’s most decorated Olympian. Two golds and one silver from the sailing, two silvers in cycling, one in boxing, one in athletics and a bronze in diving had put GB ahead of Russian Olympic Committee to fifth position in the overall medal table. The day also saw American gymnast Simone Biles return to the competition with a bronze in the women’s beam final. The hugely successful gymnast has dropped out of most of her finals in the last week due to mental health issues and what she described as the ‘twisties,’ or being disoriented in the air, something which could have led to serious injury, the beam event notably lacks twists.

Wuhan Resurgence

The Chinese city of Wuhan, the first place in the world to detect the Covid-19 virus, will be testing all of its 11 million residents after seven locally transmitted cases were recorded, the first in over a year. The country is seeing one of its biggest outbreaks of the virus in recent months with 300 cases detected in the last 10 days including 90 just today.

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