New Firefighters

The island’s Fire and Rescue Service have welcomed four new colleagues following their eight week foundation training course at the Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh, England. The new recruits, Brengur Britz, Samuel Walker, who gained the Silver Axe award for the top student on the course, Ross Thorley and Mark Kneen were welcomed to the service by Chief Fire Officer Kevin Groom and will be stationed at Douglas Fire Station. 

Where’s The Tuna?

A lab test commissioned by the New York Times has failed to identify any tuna DNA in a series of American Subway tuna sandwiches. A report by the Guardian says: ‘A reporter acquired “more than 60in worth of Subway tuna sandwiches” from three Los Angeles storefronts, then engaged a specialized fish-testing lab. Researchers were unable to pinpoint a species. 

“There’s two conclusions,” a lab spokesperson told the Times. “One, it’s so heavily processed that whatever we could pull out, we couldn’t make an identification. Or we got some and there’s just nothing there that’s tuna.”

Subway has fiercely defended the integrity of its tuna supply, calling a recent lawsuit ‘baseless’.

Dogs and Posties

A well worn out trope of cartoons is that dogs attack the postman, but there may actually be something in it. Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) has said that in the past five years over 50 dog attacks have been recorded. some leading to severe injury, medical treatment and extended sick absence for postal staff. With increased demand for parcels on the island, posties need to knock on doors more often than simply posting through the letterbox, so it is important to work with customers to ensure a safe working environment for postal colleagues and dogs. 

Geoff Rickard, General Manager Mails IOMPO, said: ‘The safety of our staff is paramount to us, especially our posties delivering and collecting a growing number of parcels as they need to knock doors rather than simply post letters through letter boxes. In addition to training our posties we therefore need to work with our valued customers to raise awareness of potentially dangerous situations that can arise in certain circumstances. Most dogs are playful rather than dangerous but if they perceive a threat, some will react defensively which can lead to difficult situations. By following our guidance we can reduce stress for posties, dogs and their owners and reduce upset and injury.’

Fisheries Support

Qualifying seafood businesses and fishing vessel owners in the Isle of Man are to receive further financial support to help them navigate the continued challenges brought on by the effects of the pandemic on the export market demand for seafood.

A funding package of up to £285,000 has been provided, via a Scheme approved by Tynwald on the 16 June, to help the industry which has been faced with depressed market demand from the UK and Europe and increased export costs due to Brexit. The amended Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme (CFISS) will provide qualifying businesses and boat owners with support grants to help pay their fixed costs for a further 12 weeks, backdated to April 2 and running until June 25. The scheme has now made £1.5m available to the industry since it was first launched in March of 2021.

The recent king scallop season, which provided regular work for fishermen and processors, closed on May 31 and crews and businesses traditionally use June to prepare for the opening of the Queen Scallop season that begins in July.

Ecocide

Legal experts from across the globe have drawn up a ‘historic’ definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the International Criminal Court to prosecute the most egregious offences against the environment.

The draft law, unveiled on Tuesday, defines ecocide as ‘unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts’.  If adopted it would become just the fifth offence the court prosecutes alongside war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression and the first new international crime since the 1940s when Nazi leaders were prosecuted at the Nuremberg trials.

Policeman Killed Ex-Footballer

A police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson. The former Aston Villa striker died after a stand-off with West Mercia police officers outside his father’s home in Telford, Shropshire in 2016. PC Benjamin Monk, 43, was cleared at Birmingham Crown Court of an alternative charge of murder. Monk’s trial had heard he tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds and kicked him twice in the head. He denied any wrongdoing and said he believed there was a danger to life for him and his colleague.

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