Summer Reading Challenge

A prize presentation for winners of the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge has added to Henry Bloom Noble Library’s recent packed programme of events. Over the school summer holidays the library, a service provided by Douglas Borough Council, held the ‘Wild World Heroes’ Summer Reading Challenge, supported by Lloyds Bank. The nature-themed challenge aimed to alert children to how they can help to protect the environment and tasked them to read six books of their choice during the school holiday. 

Ahead of the awards presentation by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Janet Thommeny and Councillor Natalie Byron, borough librarian Jan Macartney said that 110 children had completed the challenge. She continued: ‘Wild World Heroes revealed some amazing creativity in the craft competition and book reviews, and we’re extremely grateful to Lloyds Bank for their support and enthusiasm for the challenge.’

Lucy Felton from Lloyds Bank said: ‘It was a pleasure to support the Summer Reading Challenge and to see the fantastic competition entries. 2021 has been a challenging year educationally and so for children to have risen to the challenge of reading six books over the holidays is an outstanding achievement.

Laxey Floods Update

An event will be held in Laxey tomorrow aimed at explaining the flood-alleviation work that has taken place so far and what is planned for the future. A drop-in session will take place from 1pm at the Working Men’s Institute in New Road, where plans will be on display and officers from will be available to answer questions.

At 6pm, Director of Highways Jeff Robinson will speak about the work completed to date and plans for the next year; Director of Flood Management Neil Cain will also explain flood risk plans and provide details of the surface water scheme due to start next month on Minorca Hill.

How Much and Where?

Treasury Minister David Ashford has said it is not possible to map out gov spending by constituency. Onchan MHK Julie Edge submitted the written question before she was a minister and indeed before mr Ashford was Treasury Minister.

His response added: ‘Whilst data may have been able to be divided out manually for some parts of the capital budget, the data would not be fully accurate as there are significant sections of the capital budget that are allocated to island wide schemes. Examples of capital commitments included in this category would be investment in the hospital, heritage rail, roads, Police equipment/property, etc. Revenue schemes are almost entirely spread island wide, and as such could not be separated by constituency and centrally managed funds would also be the same.’

Latvian Lockdown

Latvia has announced a month-long Covid-19 lockdown after an unprecedented surge in infections, becoming the first country in Europe to reimpose far-reaching restrictions amid a new wave of cases in countries across the continent. The Baltic country has one of the highest rates of new Covid cases relative to population in the world.

Morocco

The African nation has banned flights to and from the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several UK airlines and holiday companies have been told by the Moroccan government that flights will be suspended from 23:59 BST on Wednesday until further notice.  Flights between Morocco and Germany and the Netherlands have also been suspended.  The BBC has contacted the Moroccan embassy and tourism office, as well as the UK Foreign Office for comment.

Patel Demands Update

Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked police forces for an update following a number of cases of women reporting being spiked by needles in nightclubs. Police chiefs have also been tasked by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to urgently assess the scale of the problem around the country. One student, who believes she was injected in a Nottingham club, said she felt ‘vulnerable’ and ‘violated’.

Covid Restrictions

Some Covid restrictions must immediately be reintroduced if England is to avoid ‘stumbling into a winter crisis’, health leaders have warned. The NHS Confederation said a back-up strategy, or Plan B, which includes mandatory face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, should be implemented. UK cases have been rising sharply but deaths are well below the winter peak.

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