Manx Care

The island’s healthcare service, Manx Care, has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Workforce Award. The service is in the running for the ‘Preceptorship of the Year – Under 1,500 Nursing Staff’ category for a programme it established to support newly-qualfied nurses and midwives through their first year of work. The preceptorship programme has been developed by the service’s Senior Practice Development Nurse, David Neilan, alongside Kelly Gold and Nicola Howard and differs from similar schemes in the way it supports staff in all areas as opposed to sticking to just one specialism.

Gardeners’ World

The Isle of Man will appear on tonight’s episode of the BBC’s Gardeners World as host Frances Tophill visits Castletown. The gardens on Queen Street will feature in the episode as Tophill finds how the community have coped with extreme weather. The show airs tonight on BBC 2 at 8pm.

Chamber of Commerce

A survey by the island’s Chamber of Commerce has found that around 75% of the businesses that responded have seen lower sales in the first week of August compared to last year. Chamber CEO Rebecca George said: ‘A key concern expressed in the survey is the lack of consumer confidence to go out, and the impact that is continuing to have on businesses in these service sectors. Many respondents commented that they feel Government is not doing enough to address this issue which affects retail, lifestyle and hospitality more than it does most other sectors because of the challenges of social distancing.’

Plymouth Shooting

A shooter in Plymouth has killed five people, including a three year old girl, before shooting himself. The incident is the worst mass shooting in the country since 2010 though Police have said it is not terror-related. Local MP Luke Pollard said the event was ‘unspeakably awful’ after people in the area were asked to stay inside as emergency services responded to a call around 6pm yesterday. In videos found online, but now removed by YouTube, the shooter blamed his life troubles on not having a girlfriend, expressed misogynistic views and described himself as an ‘incel,’ a term used by men online who blame women for their ‘inability’ to find relationships and are frequently linked to misogyny, self-pity and violence. Men identifying as such have been linked to previous violent acts including a shooting in California in 2014.

Britney Spears

There’s been a breakthrough for Britney Spears in her conservatorship case as her father, who she has accused of abusing his position in the role, has agreed to step down as conservator as part of an orderly transition. Although there is no timetable for when Jamie Spears will step down from the role, the singer’s lawyer said it was ‘a major victory for Britney Spears and another step toward justice.’ Court papers filed yesterday, in response to the pop star’s petition to end her father’s control of her estate, include Mr Spears lawyer saying he would be willing to step aside when specific matters are resolved.

Tony Bennett

Iconic big band, jazz and show tune singer Tony Bennett has retired from performing after 70 years in the business. The 95-year-old singer, who has won 18 Grammy awards, is stepping down on doctors orders as his son and manager Danny said: ‘Doing concerts now is just too much for him. We’re not worried about him being able to sing. We are worried, from a physical standpoint … about human nature.’ The singer found success with hits like I Left My Heart in San Francisco and performed his final sold-out shows last week at New York’s Radio City Music Hall with singer Lady Gaga, with who he has recorded two albums, Cheek to Cheek in 2014 and Love For Sale, to be released in October.

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