RNLI Tug of War

The revival of an RNLI tug of war last held in 1985 will take place this weekend on Sunday, August 8. The all-island beach tug of war competition will take place in Port St Mary, inspired by the discovery of the original hand-carved trophy made by former crew member Terry Kelly in the 80s. The original event took place for three years and was won each time by Nomads Rugby Club who will be back again to defend their title after 36 years, joined by four of the island’s RNLI stations and 10 other teams from business and sporting bodies.

GP Appointments

Routine GP appointments will not be available from 13:00 to 18:00 on Wednesday, August 11 as GPs attend their latest education session on the Health Service Transformation Programme. It is also an opportunity for Manx Care and GPs to work together to plan future developments in Primary Care. Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently should ring their surgery for an appointment with the on-call GP. Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to collect test results, make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.

Climate Charity

£1.37m has been awarded to an international charity that helps people affected by climate change issues in rural Africa. Send a Cow is one of two charities selected from the over 30 that applied for support through the International Development Partnership which aims to facilitate lasting and sustainable change through the creation of long-term partnerships between the Government and a number of respected international charities.

The charity will use the money to fund projects that help people affected by the impact of climate change in Burundi and equip them with skills to grow their way out of poverty, it will also help educate thousands more to manage their own natural resources, improve environmental sustainability and empower women to participate in environmental and economic activities.

Graduate Employability

The Department for Enterprise has launched a new programme designed to enhance recent graduate’s employability as they enter the job market. The Graduate Employability Training Programme comprises a two week intensive course to provide attendees with the skills required to help them get ahead in the workplace. It is intended that the training course will be delivered at multiple points throughout 2021 and 2022, scheduled in line with demand, and will be free to graduate applicants, with funding provided by the Economic Recovery Group. 

The first course commences on 6th September 2021 and offers 20 spaces available for graduates with training delivered by End2end academy, an Isle of Man based accredited training provider in management development, lean operational improvement, project, programme and change management.

Strictly Come Dancing

The BBC has announced that TV chef and Bake Off winner John Whaite will be part of Strictly Come Dancing’s first male same-sex partnership, largely suspected to be with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima. The news comes after the dance competitions first ever same-sex partnering last year between Boxer Nicola Adams and professional dancer Katya Jones, they were forced to drop out of the competition after week three when Jones contracted Covid-19. Whaite said on BBC Radio 2: ‘When they asked me if I’d be interested, I just bit their hand off because I thought, to do that and represent the LGBTQ+ community is one thing, but also just to see two men or two women dancing together, it’s not necessarily about sexuality, it’s just about intimacy and respect.’

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