Isle of Man Creamery saw the breakdown of their milk carton packing machine yesterday meaning some lines of milk cartons will be unavailable until a new part is shipped over from Italy. They said: ‘The fault is with an electrical part and isn’t something we would commonly expect to have an issue with and as such we do not carry any spares on-site. To allow us to continue to collect milk from the 30 dairy farms that make up our cooperative, we are packing all milk into polybottles while the machine is out of order and will substitute our doorstep and retail customers where we do not have cartons available. We hope that the new part will arrive at the Creamery by the end of the week and the carton machine will be up and running again for the weekend.
‘We will continue to update our social media with any developments and would like to assure customers that they will still receive their milk, albeit packed into polybottles instead of cartons, until the machine has been repaired. We will work to rectify the issue as quickly as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’
The Cabinet Office’s Economic Affairs team has released their Labour Market report of June showing that the number of people registered unemployed on the island is at 495, putting it at 1.2%, down 112 from May when it was 1.4%. The number has also decreased from June 2020 by 638 people.
Island Welcome Space Cooperation
The gov has agreed that the Artemis Accords, an international agreement between governments participating in the Artemis program to return humans to the moon by 2024, should be extended to the Isle of Man. The Accords were first signed in October 2020 by the directors of national space agencies in eight countries, including the United States and Japan, it is the UK gov’s signature that will now be extended to the island. The NASA drafted agreement establishes a framework for cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of the Moon, Mars and other similar astronomical objects, grounded in the UN Outer Space Treaty which already applies to the Isle of Man. Chief Minister Howard Quayle said: ‘The Government supports the principles of the Accords, which build on existing international obligations that apply to the Island, and their extension will benefit relevant island businesses by ensuring that they are able to participate fully in activities of the Artemis programme.’
More Olympics History for Team GB
Team GB, who also represent Manx athletes, have had another historic day at the Olympics with six medals. This morning saw the first time since 1912 that GB will finish a Games with two swimmers gaining golds and the first one-two finish for over 100 years. Tom Dean’s win in the men’s 200m freestyle means he joins Adam Peaty with a gold medal and Duncan Scott’s silver finish behind him gave the team their first swimming one-two finish since 1908, especially remarkable given the fact that Dean has contracted Covid-19 twice in the last year. More history was made later in a turbulent gymnastics event when the women’s gymnastics team came back from a rough start to gain a bronze, the first GB women’s team medal in the sport since 1928. The event also saw Simone Biles, the most successful US gymnast of all time, withdraw due to a medical issue. Other medals came in the women’s Triathlon and Taekwondo and the team Dressage event, which made Charlotte Dujardin the most decorated female British Olympian of all time.
Lambeth Abuse Inquiry
An inquiry into abuse of children in care homes has found that Lambeth Council in London presided over a ‘culture of cover-up’ that lead to over 700 children suffering sexual abuse. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse found that the council allowed decades of abuse in five care homes under their charge saying: ‘With some exceptions, they treated children in care as if they were worthless.’ The report also discovered that despite over 700 complaints from former residents across three facilities, only one senior staff member was ever disciplined. A similar but separate review in Bradford found that some children there remain unprotected from sex exploitation.
Britney’s New Attorney
Britney Spears’ new attorney, Mathew Rosengart, who was selected by the pop-star after the resignation of her court-appointed lawyer, has moved forward with official paperwork to remove her father from her conservatorship. The singer spoke on her decade long conservatorship, which we explained here, earlier this month and called her father abusive in his role, adding that she wanted to press charges against him, also saying in June that he and her other conservators should be in jail.