Summer Sixes Hockey
After five weeks of action, the 2021 Rossborough Summer Sixes Leagues concluded this weekend with the winners and runners up being decided in the final two matches at the NSC. Sixteen teams took part across two hockey leagues, a Social Mixed League and Pro Mixed League, so all ages and abilities had the opportunity to get involved and dip their toes into the world of hockey. ‘Plan.com’ came out on top in the Social League, with ‘Canada Life International’ named runners up. In the Pro League, it was ‘One Hit Wonders’ who took the victory with ‘Southern Stick Magnets’ just behind in second place.
The annual Microgaming Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon took place on Sunday in the north of the island with hundreds of runners taking part. The course takes participants from Ramsey to Bride, Andreas and St Judes before finishing in Ballacloan stadium with all finishers given a medal. Microgaming said: ‘A massive well done to everyone who participated in this year’s Microgaming PlayItForward Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon – you continue to inspire us every year! As always, a special thanks to our fantastic team of #PlayItForward volunteers for assisting with set up, handing out medals, and being on hand at the finish line for all the runners! Thanks also to the Isle of Man Marathon Committee, Isle of Man Veteran Athletes’ Club, the staff at St John Ambulance for providing first aid assistance, and to Manx Timing Solutions for logging hundreds of runners.’
London’s iconic Tower Bridge was stuck open today, leaving thousands of cars and pedestrians unable to cross over thanks to a technical failure. The City of London Police had to warn people in the English capital to avoid the area as the situation caused major traffic issues. The 127-year-old bridge normally opens around 800 times a year and the City of London Corporation said that investigations into the source of the fault were underway.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has denied claims that security services under his control were involved in the death of dissident Vitaly Shishov who was organising help for Belarus residents that had fled to Ukraine. Mr Lukashenko, who has been in power for 27 years, has faced criticism from governments around the world after a disputed election last year and faces tightening sanctions from the UK and the US. When asked about the UK government’s move to bring in more sanctions on economic sectors in the country, the President replied: ‘You can go choke on your sanctions … you are American lapdogs.’ Anti- Lukashenko demonstrations following the election saw police detain thousands of protestors and use batons and tear gas to break up the protests. Opposition politicians say that over 600 political protestors are still imprisoned.
Geronimo the Alpaca
A protest to save an Alpaca condemned by the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs took place outside of Downing Street today. Protestors were looking to save Geronimo the alpaca who is under a euthanization order after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis following importation from New Zealand. However, owner Helen MacDonald said that she believes the tests are returning false positives. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley is amongst those who have expressed concern over the issue.