Single Use Plastics Could be Banned

A consultation has been launched on proposed legal powers that could see the sale and distribution of a range of single-use plastic products (SUPs) banned in the Isle of Man. Many of the products in the proposed legislation mirror the EU’s Single-Use Plastic Directive which bids to ban the 10 most commonly found plastic items on Europe’s beaches, and promote sustainable alternatives.

If passed, this legislation will make the Isle of Man one of the first jurisdictions in the British Isles to ban all the items listed under the Plastic Directive. Items that could be banned include single use plastic carrier bags, cotton bud sticks, cutlery, drink stirrers, plates, straws, and sticks for balloons, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene and all products made of Oxo-degradable plastic. The legislation also proposes a ban on personal care products that contain micro-beads.

New Stamps

The Isle of Man Post Office has unveiled a set of six stamps spotlighting a selection of the very special transport museums found on the Island. This collection, which was launched to coincide with Heritage Transport Week, focuses on road vehicles and is a tribute to the selflessly-dedicated enthusiasts who restore and preserve an extraordinary assortment of machines for the Manx public and visitors to enjoy.

Local designer Mark Redhead of Kllbr8 created the 6 stamps with images provided by each of the six Museums on Island: The Manx Transport Heritage Museum Peel, The Jurby Transport Museum, The Murray’s Motorcycle Museum Santon, The A.R.E. Collection Kirk Michael, The Millntown Collection Ramsey and the Isle of Man Motor Museum Jurby.

Upgrade for Ballaugh Water Treatment Site

Manx Utilities has invested £3 million to complete the upgrade of the 1950s sewerage treatment works in Ballaugh. Chairman Tim Baker said: ‘With the Island targeting improved water quality the Board approved the updating of the works to meet the increased load from development over the last 50 years and to ensure the stringent requirements of DEFA standards are met.  I am pleased that the area is now able to treat waste water in a modern and environmentally acceptable way and that Manx Utilities’ continued investment programme is delivering benefits to both the local environment and the residents of Ballaugh.’

Liverpool Stripped of UNESCO Heritage Status

The city of Liverpool has been stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage status after a vote by the UN committee found that recent developments, including plans for the new Everton stadium, created a ‘serious deterioration’ of the city’s waterfront. The decision marks only the third time a heritage site has lost its status in the 50 year history of the scheme, with the northern city joining Oman’s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary and Germany’s Dresden Elbe valley. The city mayor, Joanne Anderson, who claims it has been ten years since UNESCO last visited the city themselves, said: ‘Our world heritage site has never been in better condition having benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment across dozens of listed buildings and the public realm.’

The UN body said the Liverpool waterfront has suffered ‘irreversible loss.’ Image Credit: ShareAlike (CC BY-SA 3.0)

2032 Olympics in Brisbane

Though the Tokyo games are still a few days away, the International Olympic Committee are looking to the future by confirming Brisbane, Australia as the host city for the 2032 event. This will make the country one of few to host the game three times, after Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000, and came after a vote earlier today, despite the Queensland capital being the only bid still in the running. The successful bid for both the Olympics and Paralympics was celebrated by a display fireworks in the city and Paralympics Australia president Jock O’Callaghan, who said: ‘Our vision and plans are ambitious, as they should be, we will be guided by a relentless focus on inclusion, diversity and accessibility and we’ll be driven by the Paralympic ideals of determination, equality, inspiration and courage.’

Glastonbury Event Cancelled

Emily Eavis has announced that the one day Glastonbury event on Worthy Farm in September has been cancelled ‘for a number of reasons.’ Mendip District Council had approved a licence for up to 50,000 attendees with no camping but the festival team, who have been forced to cancel their main event for the last two years, said they would now be focussing on their family campsite which will feature food traders and a ‘village store.’

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