The Isle of Man Passport Office has reminded people of the need for a valid passport as many look to travel abroad for the first time in a couple of years. Most countries in Europe require visitors to have at least six months left on their passport, you can double-check if yours will be valid here. The Passport Office said they encourage people to apply for one in plenty of time, passport application forms can be found here.
Sight Matters (also known as Manx Blind Welfare Society) has announced the return of the Coast to Coast Walk next month on Sunday 5th September from Douglas to Peel, via the Heritage Trail. There is also the option of a shorter alternative route beginning in St John’s. The 12-mile long walk will start at 1:30 pm, with check-in from 12 pm at the NSC. Check-in for the shorter three-mile route will open at 2:45 pm at St John’s School car park, with walkers expected to set off for 3:30 pm. Debbie Thomson, Sight Matters Volunteer & Community Services Lead, said: ‘The 2020 walk was a record-breaking year for us, with almost 600 participants taking part on the day and in excess of £8,000 raised for our charity. It will certainly be hard to beat, but I have no doubt we can make it happen with every penny raised going back to our charity and helping to support blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man. The Heritage Trail is a beautiful walk which is reasonably flat and gentle, making it suitable for all ages, abilities and four-legged friends.’ For more information and to download a registration and sponsorship form, visit: www.mbws.org.im/vision-awareness-week/coast-to-coast/. The closing date for entries is Tuesday August 31, and the entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
The gov has announced that Riela Cyber, the Ballasalla-based Cyber Security Operations Centre, is the platinum sponsor for CYBERISLE 2021. The event, at the Villa Marina on Tuesday October 19, ‘aims to help Manx businesses, institutions and the wider community better understand how to protect their operations, assets and reputations.’ Across the day sponsors and contributors will present a wide range of initiatives and intelligent ideas to raise awareness of cyber-crime, build resilience and highlight its impact on users at home, at work and in the community. Industry experts will present case studies, practical tools and insights to promote the importance of cyber security, asking the key question: ‘how prepared are you and your network?’ The event is free and open to everyone and will run from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, registrations can be made online at https://cyberisle-2021.eventbrite.co.uk.
Legendary Man Utd footballer and Ballon d’Or winner Denis Law, who scored 237 goals in 404 appearances at the club, has spoken on his Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia diagnosis, saying he wanted to address it whilst he still can. He said: ‘You hope that it won’t happen to you, even make jokes about it whilst ignoring the early signs because you don’t want it to be true. You get angry, frustrated, confused and then worried, worried for your family, as they will be the ones dealing with it. However, the time has come to tackle this head on, excuse the pun. I recognise how my brain is deteriorating and how my memory evades me when I don’t want it to and how this causes me distress in situations that are beyond my control.
‘I do understand what is happening and that is why I want to address my situation now whilst I am able, because I know there will be days when I don’t understand, and I hate the thought of that right now.’ He also asked for donations to Alzheimer’s Society, which his daughter Di will be fundraising for by completing the Thames Bridge Trek on September 11.
New research has revealed that almost two thirds of yoghurts marketed to kids contain a third of the maximum daily sugar intake for four to six year olds. The research calls for a ban on ‘child-friendly’ packaging and says that health claims which highlight the presence of calcium and vitamin D are distracting parents from looking at the nutrition labels. Katharine Jenner, the campaign director at Action on Sugar, said: ‘Clever marketing techniques such as advertising, promotions and packaging are powerful tools to get children hooked on the sweet stuff from a young age and for life.’ In a table of the worst yoghurts, Nestlé’s Rolo mix-in toffee pot came in on the top with 5.5 teaspoons of sugar per pot. Some of the lowest sugar contents were the Nush almond milk strawberry tubes, Coconut Collaborative mango and passionfruit and Yoplait Petits Filous.
Covid Booster Jabs
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said he is confident that Covid-19 booster vaccination jabs will begin next month ahead of official guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). JCVI member Professor Adam Finn had earlier said that a decision on the topic was imminent, with those who are ‘very unlikely to be well protected by those first two doses’ likely to be recommended a third one, although he added that more evidence would be needed to confirm a broader programme.
Wally the Walrus
Wally the Walrus, who has travelled around 2,500 miles since March around the coast of Western Europe, has been spotted off the coast of Cork in Ireland with visible injuries. Seal Rescue Ireland is attempting to launch a ‘sea coach,’ made from an old boat, to allow the animal to rest before he travels back to the Arctic but have held off after he was spotted looking agitated and stressed. The executive director of the charity, Melanie Croce, said: ‘the location where he is now, he’s getting repeated harassed and approached by boats. There are a lot of people who are not respecting the distance, coming up and sticking cameras in his face. We don’t want him to hang in this area because of the boats that are swarming him and not respecting’. The injuries, on his flipper, are thought to have come from climbing on and off of boats as he is approached by curious humans.