Gef’s Daily Roundup

Cav Tours Britain

The Manx Missile is the first headline rider to be announced for the 2021 Tour of Britain after his history-making ride at the Tour De France. Cav will be representing his team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, at the event which begins in Cornwall and makes its way through Wales and northern England before finishing with two stages in Scotland. The 2021 tour will be Mark’s 12th time participating, he said: ‘It has already been a special year for me, and riding the Tour of Britain will be a great way to see so many of the people who have supported me throughout. It is a race where I have always enjoyed success and I am really looking forward to race with what I know will be a strong Deceuninck-QuickStep team.’

ManxAid Quiz

ManxAid are holding their quiz night on Wednesday 25 August with the chance to win £50 and a trophy, and support those in need. The event will be held at the Fig & Olive in Douglas from 7:30pm with an entry fee of £7.50, money is being raised for the charity which purchases goods and equipment for those in need on the Isle of Man. Spaces are limited and to book your place you can contact Wendy on 07624 331367 or by emailing manxaid@manx.net.

Beach Wheelchair Service

Port Erin now has a specialized beach wheelchair after being presented it by Disability Networks thanks to funding from Celton Manx. The southern town is now the second to provide the service after another DeBug all-terrain wheelchair was presented in Ramsey in February. Fellow Disability Networks director Beth Martin said: ‘The directors are truly overjoyed how the community supports the concept of beaches being accessible to most people and we are deeply grateful. Never have we needed to access the beaches more to help our mental health than during the pandemic and this facility will help families to go together. Before, if one of a family group couldn’t go to the beach, often no-one went.’ The service is offered free of charge and to hire the Port Erin beach wheelchair, you can contact Port Erin Commissioners, 832298, or for the Ramsey wheelchair, contact the Pepsi Max Bowl branch of Outdoors Ramsey on Queen’s Promenade by ringing 819082.

Manx Equestrian Team

TREC Isle of Man sent a team to represent the island at the national championships in Wales earlier this month and finished with an amazing second place Reserve Champion and two impressive sixth places. Riders Gillian Newey and Caroline Hawley competed in the Level 2 Pairs to get 2nd place with Jo Ralston in the Level 2 individual event and Sam Frize in the Level 2a. TREC originated in France and sees riders and their horses compete in three phases, orienteering, MA: a control of paces section where competitors must canter as slowly as they can, then come back along the same route walking as quickly as they can, without breaking pace, and PTV: a course of typically 16 obstacles to navigate, including jumps, ditches, banks and bending.

Sam Frize, Jo Ralston, Caroline Hawley and Gillian Newey at the GB TREC Championships

Afghanistan Evacuations

Militant group the Taliban have assumed control over the country of Afghanistan after taking the capital of Kabul following a 20 year war with the Afghan Armed Forces, aided by the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Germany. Their quick takeover, after the withdrawal of foreign forces, has led to many countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens and allies out of the area. The UK gov is currently working to bring home over 4,000 British nationals and eligible Afghans currently in the country, though the Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has admitted that ‘some people will not get back’ and many Afghan people will have to instead make asylum application after the evacuation effort. The UK ambassador, Sir Lauries Bristow, was due to be airlifted out of the capital but has stayed in Kabul airport to personally sign visa applications. The airport has seen dramatic scenes in the last few days with hundreds of people running alongside military planes and attempting to grab onto the side, some videos posted to social media also appear to show people falling from planes taking off.

Haiti Earthquake

At least 1,297 have died in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation on Saturday which is also expecting a tropical storm this week. The quake came 11 years after the country was devastated by one of a similar magnitude in 2010 with aid teams rushing to recover as many people as possible before tropical depression Grace hits the worst affected areas. There are fears that the storm could cause landslides making roads already difficult to pass even worse, thus blocking paths for aid workers and supplies. Over 30,000 families have reportedly been left homeless by the disaster with humanitarian organisations calling for drinking water and shelter for survivors.

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