Plastic Free

A scheme that showcases businesses that have taken action to become plastic free has been launched by the gov and Beach Buddies.

Businesses that join the scheme will be presented with certificates and window stickers to display, and provided with support and advice in making practical changes. 

This scheme forms part of the Single Use Plastic Reduction Plan for the Isle of Man Community, and launches in celebration of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science.

This Plastic Free Business scheme comes ahead of the proposed introduction of legislation that will ban the following single use plastic items:

‘Plates, plastic carrier bags, stirrers, straws (with necessary exceptions i.e. medical use), cutlery, polystyrene food containers for immediate use, polystyrene cups, plastic stemmed cotton buds, balloon sticks and Oxo-degradable plastics.’

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot said: ‘This scheme will celebrate the businesses that are making huge strives to reduce plastic litter, and marine pollution in our Biosphere, and will hopefully encourage others to follow suit. We must now move away from single use fossil fuel based plastics, and this is a good step in that direction’

Bill Dale, Founder of Beach Buddies added: ‘Many cafes, bars and food outlets on the Island have already chosen to go plastic-free, but many have not, so a project like this makes a lot of sense and will hopefully encourage everyone to get involved. As a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, we should be taking decisions like this and setting an example.’

To register, email beachbuddiesisleofman@gmail.com

Agri-Environment

The gov has appointed Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) as its delivery partner for the Agri-Environment Scheme (AES).   

Under the AES farmers can apply for targeted funding for projects on their land that benefit the environment, enhance biodiversity or mitigate climate change. A wide range of grants are available for initiatives such as habitat creation, tree planting and flood reduction. The partnership will see the MWT providing free expert farm consultations and helping active farmers with applications, with DEFA maintaining full control of the AES. 

Minister Boot said: ‘Our hard working farmers are the custodians of our environment and this targeted support is helping them play an even bigger role.  The AES supports our climate change goals, encourages habitat creation, boosts bio-diversity and delivers on our UNESCO Biosphere targets, which are core Government objectives.  AES also supports active farmers to ensure that economic activity is maximised and the future of farming is sustainable – so we are excited to work with MWT to make sure these projects are as successful as possible.’ 

Leigh Morris, CEO of MWT, added: ‘We’re delighted to be able play an even greater role in protecting and restoring the Manx countryside, by helping to drive an increase in nature friendly farming across the 88% of the Isle of Man that is agriculture land. Our help will not cost Manx farmers a penny and we are looking forward to helping them to get the most from the scheme.’

Summerland

A memorial to mark the 48th anniversary of the Summerland fire will be held on the former site of the entertainment complex on Monday August 2. Organised by witness to the fire Tina Brennan, the service includes a minute’s silence and music from Ellan Vannin Pipes & Drums. Access to the site is by crossing the tramlines into the car park on the site. 

Underground, Overground, Cover Your Face

London Mayor Sadiq Kahn has said that face coverings must be worn on London’s transport despite restrictions easing on 19 July. Mr Khan said he was not prepared to put Tube, bus and other transport users at risk by relaxing the rules on face coverings. Face masks have been mandatory on public transport for the past year to reduce the spread of the virus. But those rules will be replaced with guidance advising passengers to wear masks only on busy services. Meanwhile Waterstones has said it will encourage its customers to continue wearing face coverings in its UK stores after they cease to be compulsory.

Peter Falconio

Australian Police have issued a fresh appeal for help to find the remains of a British backpacker murdered in the outback 20 years ago. The 28-year-old Peter Falconio was killed when he and his girlfriend Joanne Lees were ambushed near Alice Springs in 2001 but his body has never been recovered. Australian man Bradley Murdoch was found guilty of his murder in 2005.

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