Gef’s Daily Roundup

Crossroads Campaign

A three-year fundraising campaign for the Crossroads’ Young Carers Project has helped more than 100 young carers on the island. With four months to go, Quilter International employees are on schedule to hit their target of raising £30,000 for the project which helps children aged from five to 17 who care for relatives. The campaign’s aim was to raise £10,000 every year for three years with every pound being match-funded by the business. £40,000 has already been donated and that’s enabled the charity to introduce two more support groups, one-to-one sessions, take young carers off the waiting list (there are currently 71 on the list), and employ a Young Carers Worker.

Lifesaving Defibrillator

A new defibrillator has been installed outside the House of Manannan in Peel thanks to joint work between Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation and Manx National Heritage. The defibrillator is available for community use and those who need to access it should call 999 to be guided through the process. Paul Healey, Chairman of Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation said: ‘Defibrillators are safe and simple to use and give people who suffer a cardiac arrest a chance of life.  Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation have a growing network of the machines installed across the island and it is great to see Manx National Heritage providing venues for the equipment to help save lives.’

Laxey Duck Race

Laxey will be hosting its duck race day on Saturday (August 21) starting from Laxey Valley Gardens and sending the ducks down to the harbour. The race returns after a few years off and is part of a wider event including bouncy castles, street food, a Bushy’s tent and live music. The event begins at 12pm on the Laxey Washing Floors and duck tickets cost £2 per entry, the owner of the first duck across the line will win £150.

Sean Lock

British comedian and frequent panel show contestant Sean Lock has died at the age of 58. Best known as a team captain on the long-running 8 Out of 10 Cats and it’s spin-off Cats Does Countdown show, Lock died after a battle with cancer. Lock also wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High aswell as co-writing the screenplay for the 2001 film This Filthy Earth. Many of the nation’s top comedians have paid tribute to Lock, including 8 Out of 10 host Jimmy Carr who tweeted: ‘Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying. I’ll miss him so much.’ Fellow team captain Jon Richardson also remembered Lock, tweeting: ‘I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and ten years working alongside him didn’t diminish that in the least. An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.’ Presenter Richard Osman, who was a producer on the show, also tweeted: ‘Over 15 years producing 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Sean Lock made me laugh so much and so often. A unique and brilliant comic voice. Love to his family and his many friends.’

Boris on Afghanistan

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of failing the Afghan people and British soldiers during a heated debate in the House of Commons. MPs from both the PM’s Conservative party and the opposition, including former PM Theresa May, criticised Mr Johnson for not doing more to help those stuck in the country after the Taliban took control in the last week. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said that the PM had shown a ‘staggering complacency’ whilst the Defence Committee chairman and Tory MP, Tobias Ellwood, said that UK forces should never have left the country.

R Kelly

The New York trial of R&B star and alleged sex offender R Kelly has begun today, he stands accused of charges on racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery, which he has denied. The 54-year-old Kelly, full name Robert Sylvester, and members of his crew are accused of recruiting women and girls for illegal sexual activity with the singer, with some of the claims going back to the 1990s. The singer, who has been in custody since 2019 after being denied bail, has faced many accusations and court cases throughout his career but this latest trial comes after the release of the documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ which laid out stories of sex with underage girls, physical abuse, child pornography and even accusations of trapping six women in a ‘sex cult’. Recently, one of Kelly’s lawyers, Thomas A Farinella, admitted that the singer had sex with the late singer Aaliyah, who he married in 1994 at the age of 27, when she was 15, after she listed herself as 18 on the wedding certificate.

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