Western Wellbeing

The Western Wellbeing Centre in Peel is holding an Open Day next week to raise awareness of the services it offers, and to celebrate the provision of community care in the heart of the West of the Island for over a year.

The centre is home of the Western Wellbeing Partnership and provides integrated community care to people living within the catchment area for Peel Medical Centre, ensuring that people who need access to health and social care services can do so closer to their homes. Manx Care and Third Sector organisations work together to deliver a seamless person-centered, multi-agency health and social care service through a single point of referral that will deliver better outcomes for our population.

The Open Day on Wednesday 22 September will allow people to look at the centre’s facilities at its base on Derby Road (opposite Shoprite car park), as well as find out more about the regular drop-in sessions it hosts. This includes with Community Mental Health, the District Nursing team, the Benefits team (providing assistance with making a claim, queries with ongoing claims or advice), Hospice Isle of Man and the Welcome Centre Community Support team.

The Open Day takes place on Wednesday 22 September between 2pm and 6.30pm at the Western Wellbeing Centre, Derby Road, Peel. The event will be a drop-in session and refreshments will be available.

Top Lawyer

Local advocate John Rimmer has been named as one of the Top 100 Private Client Lawyers by Citywealth. His inclusion on the list comes after a year in which Citywealth said lawyers ‘really had to go above and beyond’ to quickly adapt and respond to the changes and added complexities created by the pandemic and lockdown measures.

John has also been shortlisted for Advisor of the Year – Succession Planning/Trusts Law in the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards 2022 and his practice Advocate John Rimmer has been shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year – Isle of Man.

John Rimmer

Commenting on the announcement, John said, “It is an honour to be included in such a prestigious listing and to be held in such high regard by others in the industry, which has certainly seen its fair share of challenges over the past 18 months. Iam delighted that the work of my colleagues has also been recognised and proud of the fact that, as a practice, we strive first and foremost to deliver the very highest quality service to individuals, families, charities, and trustees. 

‘We always aim to work with the highest professional integrity and in the interests of the Isle of Man, but we also insist on balancing our commitment to work with our staff’s family lives. Even before the pandemic, we allowed staff to be flexible with holidays and working hours, and where they work from – and they have more than repaid us by their hard work and dedication. This additional recognition from Citywealth and our peers is very much appreciated by us all.’

Prince Andrew

A judge has ruled that Prince Andrew’s US lawyer can be served with legal papers in a sexual assault case filed by Virginia Giuffre in New York. Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled Ms Giuffre’s lawyers could take the US route to serve papers on the prince. Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was sexually assaulted by the prince at three locations including New York City. Prince Andrew has consistently denied the allegation. Separately, the High Court in London has given the prince’s lawyers until next Friday to appeal against its decision to serve papers on him in the UK.

Judge Kaplan, whose ruling emerged in public court records overnight, said that given the dispute over whether the papers had been served in London, it was now entirely lawful for him to order that they should be sent to the prince’s Los Angeles-based lawyer Andrew Brettler.

Wales Covid Pass

People in Wales will need to show a pass proving they have been fully vaccinated or had a negative Covid test to attend clubs and large-scale events. The new rules begin on October 11. Customers will be able to use an NHS Covid Pass to show they have been vaccinated, or had a negative lateral flow test in the past 48 hours. The pass will be needed for clubs, indoor no-seating events with more than 500 people and outdoor no-seating events with more than 4,000 people. It will also be required for any event with more than 10,000 people.

AUKUS Ruckus

The US and UK are facing growing international criticism over a new security pact signed with Australia. The deal – seen as an effort to counter China – will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines. But the move angered France, which said it had been ‘stabbed in the back’, while China accused the three powers of having a ‘Cold War mentality’.

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