Knock Offs

Counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of £7,000 have been seized and forfeited following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading. 

The investigation was launched after the OFT was made aware that fake items by recognised brands were being sold at car boot sales on the island. More than 300 items including designer clothing, shoes and cosmetics were later seized and prevented from being sold to consumers.

Martyn Perkins MHK, Chairman of the OFT, said: ‘Counterfeit goods are often substandard and in many cases present a safety risk to the consumer. Examples of dangerous or unsafe counterfeit goods include car parts, which may compromise the roadworthiness of cars, cosmetics, which are unregulated and could be harmful to sensitive skin, children’s clothing that can easily go up in flames, electrical hair styling products presenting the risk of electrocution, ‘designer’ sunglasses that do not offer protection against UV rays, cigarettes and alcohol. Safety should always come before a bargain and if it seems too good to be true it probably is.’

Anyone who thinks they have been sold counterfeit goods, or suspects somebody is selling them, can contact the OFT on 01624 686500.

Port Office Set to Return to Profit

Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) is, subject to audit, set to report a profit for 2020/21. 

This follows a modernisation strategy, laid before Tynwald in 2018, set out the business’ mission, vision and key objectives to make the business sustainable both now and into the future, with the overriding aim of providing services that meet the changing needs of postal customers in the long term, as a modern self-funded Post Office. A mid-term review, along with a refresh of the strategic actions necessary to take the business forward, has recently been undertaken as the business continues on its transformational journey. 

Chairman Julie Edge MHK said: ‘The success to date is testament to the whole team which makes up IOMPO, and I am proud to be chairman of this well-run and forward-looking establishment. As well as the financial achievement and success in implementing pension reforms, the business has also seen enhancement and efficiencies to the way in which each of its four main divisions: Mails, Retail, Integrated Mailing Solutions (IMS) and Stamps and Coins operate, with reductions in headcount and heightened use of technology.’

Butt Out

Douglas Council is offering a £200 cash prize as first prize in its competition to design a poster aimed at stamping out the ‘toxic blight’ of cigarette-related litter and encouraging smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts responsibly.

Environmental Services Chairman, Councillor Ritchie McNichol, said: ‘It’s said that cigarette butts are the most littered item on Earth. Smoking-related litter has a hugely detrimental impact on the environment; it blights our streets and green spaces and projects a deeply negative image of our town. 

‘The council does all it can to keep the streets of Douglas clean, but the general public must also play their part. And it’s with this in mind that the council has launched this design-a-poster competition, in a bid to discourage the all-too-prevalent antisocial practice of dropping cigarette ends in the street. In short, cigarette littering is a community problem that demands a community response.’

The winning poster design will be used in an anti-cigarette-related litter campaign and will attract a £200 cash prize. A further £100 cash prize will be awarded to the best junior submission. The prizes will be awarded by the Mayor Jon Joughin.

Mini Glasto

Glastonbury organisers have secured a licence for a one-off concert this September. Mendip District Council, which covers the festival’s Somerset location, approved the licence, allowing up to 50,000 people to attend the show.

It does not guarantee that an event will take place in September, but means the first hurdle has been cleared. Organiser Emily Eavis recently told the NME the event would be called Equinox.

Vaccines Work Against Indian Variant

Boris Johnson says there is ‘increasing confidence’ that the Covid vaccines are working against the Indian strain of Covid-19 despite an increase in cases of the variant. A decision on the further unlocking of England is likely to be taken in the coming weeks, with the UK gov seeking to end all restrictions by the end of June. 

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