Gef’s Daily Roundup

Food and Drink Fest

Around 70 local producers will exhibit their mouth-watering creations at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival in the Villa Marina Gardens in Douglas on September 18 and 19.

The family-friendly event, sponsored by PokerStars, will offer the opportunity for visitors to sample a wide range of great tasting food and drink ranging from artisan breads and sizzling steaks to unique ice lollies and specialist gins. The action-packed programme will include cooking demonstrations, eating competitions, busker style music, live animals, crafts and children’s entertainment, as well as a food court featuring cuisine from around the world. This year’s event will also feature a new Drinks Pavilion hosting six local distillers and brewers.

The festival will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days entry is £5 per adult, £8 for a weekend pass and free for under 16s. Tickets can be purchased via the VillaGaiety website or by cash or by card on the day.

New Appointments

DQ is excited to announce that Mark Emery, Associate Director in its Dispute Resolution team, is to become head of the firm’s new Insolvency & Restructuring team.

The newly established Insolvency & Restructuring team will advise clients in respect of issues concerning compulsory liquidation, personal bankruptcy, voluntary liquidation, recognition of foreign insolvency practitioners, company rescue, schemes of arrangement and the responsibilities and duties of a company director when there are concerns regarding insolvency.

Mark qualified as a Manx Advocate in 2012 and since has regularly been ranked by Legal 500 as well as Chambers & Partners UK. Mark has regularly appeared at all levels of the Isle of Man High Court of Justice and is a key player behind DQ’s membership in the International Fraud Group, made up of handpicked of specialist fraud lawyers across the world.

Speaking about his appointment, Mark said: ‘I am delighted to head DQ’s new Insolvency & Restructuring team. DQ is already known in the Isle of Man as a market-leader in respect of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring, providing clients with a first-class, bespoke, and cost-effective service tailored to suit individual legal and business requirements.’

Iphone ID

Eight US states will accept driver’s licences and other state IDs stored on an iPhone, Apple has announced.  The feature, first announced at a presentation in June, lets iPhone users store IDs in the Wallet app. Some had expressed privacy concerns about handing over smartphones to police or security officials. Apple now says users do not need to unlock or hand over their phones for the system to work for airport security.  But it remains unclear if or how it might eventually work for other uses of ID, such as drivers stopped by police.

New York Flooding

At least 14 people have now died in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania following the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Some people were trapped in flooded basements and one body was retrieved from a vehicle. Showing the devastation caused, the BBC has obtained dramatic footage of floodwater pouring into 28th Street subway station in New York City.

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