Gef’s Daily Roundup

Cav Wins

Manx Missile Mark Cavendish rocketed home in today’s Tour of Turkey to win his first stage since 2018. Today’s win also leaves Cav top of the general classification after two stages. Chief Minister Howard Quayle tweeted his congratulations to Cav, saying the win was a ‘phenomenal effort from the Manx Missile’.

The Missile is the most successful British rider in the history of the Tour de France, with 28 wins, making him the second most successful rider in the history of the race.

Customs and Excise

People are being warned to follow the rules when importing goods from outside the UK after a sharp rise in the number of parcels being detained. As of January 1, when Brexit was finalised, goods brought or sent to the island from outside of the UK are subject to new import prohibitions, restrictions and licensing. 

So far this year 50 packages have been seized by Customs and Excise compared to just 12 in the previous year. While some of these items had previously been permitted from Europe, people are being reminded to check import restrictions before making purchases.

The majority of the detained packages contained products of animal origin (such as sausages and dried vacuum packed meats), plant materials (such as garden flowers, seed potatoes and cannabis seeds) or veterinary medicines which should only be purchased on island or from UK suppliers. 

Information about what is classed as a controlled item or what goods are not permitted for import can be found on the Customs and Excise Website.

Cost of Lockdown

The Department for Enterprise has paid a further £1,504,000 to businesses through the Coronavirus Business Support Scheme (CBSS). The Scheme opened at the start of the island’s third lockdown on March 3 and is meant to support businesses with their overheads. On April 1 it was announced that in recognition of the circuit break extension, businesses in eligible sectors would automatically receive additional funding of £1,000. This additional support excluded the construction, gardening & horticulture and windows & external cleaning sectors. The total amount of funding paid to support businesses through the CBSS, as of Thursday April 8, stands at £8m.

New Digs

Corlett Bolton has announced its move base in the west of the island to more spacious and renovated premises at 48 Michael Street, Peel. Corlett Bolton & Co already has Douglas and Port St Mary offices and will next year celebrate its 30th anniversary.  

Director Sally Bolton said: ‘Since opening the Peel office, we have been proud to provide a comprehensive service to our clients from Peel and the West,including, Family law, Wills, Trusts, Land and Conveyancing, Employment law, Business and Civil litigation within the locality. Our new larger premises will now enable us to offer a wider variety of legal services to clients in the west of the Island in the main shopping street.’

National Fail

In a bizarre attempt to honour the memory of Prince Philip, National Rail removed all colour from its website, leaving it in black and white. But the idea backfired after some customers complained they could no longer read the website and asked the company to go back to normal. As if that wasn’t bad enough, someone else noticed that they hadn’t spelt the Duke’s name right either after mistakenly spelling it Phillip instead of Philip. Since then, the website has reverted back to being in colour.

Aller en Train

The French gov is seeking to ban short-haul internal flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. Over the weekend, lawmakers voted in favour of a bill to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours. Connecting flights will not be affected. The planned measures will face a further vote in the Senate before becoming law.

Track and Trace App

An update to the NHS Covid-19 app has been delayed after it was blocked by Apple and Google on privacy grounds. As coronavirus lockdown measures were eased across the UK from midnight, the NHS Covid-19 app was meant to include a new feature that would keep logs of every venue app users had attended and checked-in to using a QR code. But this form of location tracking has been explicitly prohibited on privacy grounds by Apple and Google, who collaborated together to design the exposure notification system used on all iOS and Android devices.

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