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Food and drink festival offers taste of our island

The tastes and textures of Manx produce were showcased in fine style at the Food and Drink Festival over the weekend.

Specially-erected marquees at the Villa Marina gardens in Douglas housed one of the island’s largest gatherings of producers, with stalls cooking up samples and revealing preparation techniques.

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Also found around the grounds for the Saturday and Sunday event was live cow milking, have-a-go wheat milling and butter making, as well as some of the lambs and beef calves whose parents were rescued in the snowdrifts that hit the island so heavily in the spring.

Special guests were the ‘Fabulous Baker Brothers’, Tom and Henry Herbert, who also appeared in the Manx LitFest area, and signed copies of their cookery books at the storytelling marquee.

The pair were also there to judge the I Love Manx chef competition.

Tantalising taste buds in the final was Marcus Purcell, head chef at the Glen Helen Inn, who cooked up a poached fillet of Manx beef, with thyme-infused poached egg and chips cheese and gravy. He was, however, pipped to the post by Joan Mowat of Tanroagan restaurant in Douglas’ winning dish of Manx queenie pie with smoked bacon.

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See you at the Royal Manx!

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Taking place on the 9-10th August, the Royal Manx Agricultural Show is located at, Knockaloe Farm, Patrick. Tickets are £6 on Friday and £8 on Saturday. Children 4-14 years £1. (Sorry, no entry for dogs on Saturday.)

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Isle of Man’s ‘Fairtrade island status’ renewed until 2015

The Isle of Man’s status as a Fairtrade island has been officially renewed until 2015.

The island was first awarded the status in 2008 and has to reapply every two years.

Fairtrade’s Adam Gardner said: "The movement is thriving in the Isle of Man and people should be proud of the work being done."

Fairtrade aims to ensure food and drink producers are paid a fair price wherever they are in the world.

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The Isle of Man’s application was co-ordinated by the One World Centre (OWC) in St John’s, a registered Manx Charity.

“There are so many successes which you should be proud of, from setting up the website to the achievement of a Fairtrade Diocese”

Adam Gardner Fairtrade Communities Campaigns Manager

OWC Director Rosemary Clarke said: "We are delighted that there is still growing support for the principle of fair trading.

"We have lots more activity planned for the coming two years to keep the momentum going and we’re very interested in hearing from new Fairtrade suppliers or outlets on the island."

The application included reports on the island’s first Fairtrade conference, the launch of a website, as well as various school and community projects and visits from Fairtrade producers.

The new website offers a directory of island suppliers offering Fairtrade products.

The Isle of Man was first awarded the status in 2008 after the Manx government agreed that people attending council meetings, offices and the Tynwald canteen will be offered Fairtrade tea and coffee.

The government is also encouraging more local firms to sell Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade campaign manager Adam Gardner added: "It has been a huge pleasure to learn of all that has happened since the status was last renewed."

"There are so many successes which you should be proud of, from setting up the website to the achievement of a Fairtrade Diocese".

Ms Clarke said more than 50% of the island’s Anglican churches now use Fairtrade products.

There are currently 11 Fairtrade islands across the British Isles, including Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Wight.

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Fairtrade outlets sought on Isle of Man

Are you a retailer or caterer on the Isle of Man selling Fairtrade products? The Isle of Man is currently renewing its status as a Fairtrade Island and, as co-ordinator of the application, the One World Centre Isle of Man is seeking to compile a list of all shops, cafes, restaurants and other outlets who use Fairtrade supplies.

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The Island first won Fairtrade Island status in July 2008 for its support of fairly-traded goods and produce. Buying Fairtrade ensures that producers, often small-scale businesses in the developing world, are paid a fair price and not exploited by middlemen in the supply chain. This allows the producers to invest in their businesses to make them more sustainable, provide better working conditions and improve the lifestyles of their workers and families in their local area.

One World Director Rosemary Clarke says, “We know already there are a number of shops, cafes and restaurants who have used Fairtrade goods and produce for some time but we would like to build an up to date list of all the outlets where Fairtrade items are available or used. This will help demonstrate the Island’s ongoing commitment to supporting Fairtrade and we can also highlight Fairtrade outlets to potential customers who wish to buy from them.”

Retailers and caterers who use Fairtrade goods and products should contact the One World Centre on 800464 or by email at owciom.org.

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Launch of Isle of Man Energy Awards 2013

LOCAL organisations of all sizes are being encouraged to submit entries for the 2013 Energy Awards, which are now open to submissions. Schools are also invited to submit entries for the 2013 Junior Energy Awards which are being run in conjunction with the Department of Education and Children and kindly supported by HSBC. Winners will be announced at the 2013 Energy Expo being held in August as part of the Royal Manx Agricultural Show.

Laurence Skelly MHK, the Department Member with responsibility for Energy commented on the Energy Awards:

‘The Department is committed to helping minimise the impact of our energy use on the environment. These awards highlight excellent examples of energy saving initiatives that are being implemented across the Island. They also enable recognition of the Island’s Energy Champions and I hope this will encourage local organisations to consider potential energy saving opportunities.’

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Nick Winsor, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man commented on the Junior Energy Awards:

‘We are delighted to support the Junior Energy Awards. School children understand the need for sustainability and to minimise our impact on the environment. The Junior Energy Awards provide an opportunity to recognise their creative and innovative ideas.’

Dr Ken Milne, Senior Manager for Energy Policy, Department of Economic Development added:

‘We would like to hear from any local organisation which has made significant energy savings over the course of the past year as a result of measures they have taken to make them more energy efficient. We would also like to hear from the schools regarding successful eco projects undertaken by local children. I would also like to thank HSBC for the financial support for the Junior Energy Awards. ’

Organisations wishing to submit an entry for the Energy Awards should visit the Department’s website www.gov.im/ded/Energy/energyexpo.xml to download an entry form or telephone 01624 682367.

For details of the Junior Energy Awards go to www.gov.im/education/competitions/energy.xml.

Any organisation wanting to nominate an individual to receive energy efficiency training to become an Energy Champion should visit www.gov.im/ded/energy/energychampionshome.xml or telephone 01624 682367.

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More than 1,600 plastic bottles cleared from Isle of Man beach

More than 1,600 plastic bottles have been cleared from an Isle of Man beach by a local beach cleaning organisation.

Dozens of volunteers from Beach Buddies filled more than 75 bags of litter in 90 minutes at Ballaugh Cronk.

Organiser Bill Dale said: "It is a record amount of litter, Ballaugh is well known as one of the main collection points for rubbish."

Plastic barrels, fishing gear and nets, and one full barrel of used diesel oil were also among the items collected.

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‘Known for litter’

More than 800 people have signed up to help with clean-ups around the island.

Mr Dale said: "It was an exceptional effort to completely clear an area of coastline which is well known as having a constant litter problem."

Volunteer Tim Cross said: "My heart sank when I saw the incredible amount of plastic bottles.

"However, around 90 minutes later the area had been totally cleared of all rubbish, with more than 1,600 plastic bottles separated for recycling, together with a large bag of tin cans and metal. "

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Great work Beach Buddies cleared 1,600 plastic bottles off IOM Beaches

Beach Buddies Clean UP Isle of Man Beaches

More than 1,600 plastic bottles have been cleared from an Isle of Man beach by a local beach cleaning organisation.

Dozens of volunteers from Beach Buddies filled more than 75 bags of litter in 90 minutes at Ballaugh Cronk.

Organiser Bill Dale said: “It is a record amount of litter, Ballaugh is well known as one of the main collection points for rubbish.”

Plastic barrels, fishing gear and nets, and one full barrel of used diesel oil were also among the items collected.

‘Known for litter’

More than 800 people have signed up to help with clean-ups around the island.

Mr Dale said: “It was an exceptional effort to completely clear an area of coastline which is well known as having a constant litter problem.”

Volunteer Tim Cross said: “My heart sank when I saw the incredible amount of plastic bottles.

“However, around 90 minutes later the area had been totally cleared of all rubbish, with more than 1,600 plastic bottles separated for recycling, together with a large bag of tin cans and metal. ”

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IOM charity gets more than 1,300 food parcel requests

The number of Isle of Man residents in need of help with food parcels is at an “all time high,” a charity has said.

The Salvation Army said it had received more than 1,300 referrals for food parcels since the latest annual Christmas appeal started in October.

Capt Simon Clampton said: “People can get desperate at this time of year and they don’t know quite where to turn.”

The charity said the number of people requiring help from them had risen by more than 200 since last year’s appeal.

Capt Clampton, said: “Our appeals help a high percentage of the island’s population and their success relies purely on the generosity of the public, so it does emphasise that a great deal of people care deeply for their communities”.

“There has been a large rise in those needing our help this year. The numbers have reached an all time high,” he added.

“Perhaps people at the bottom end are forgotten at times but a lot of people on the island feel like they would like to help and there is a genuine feeling of empathy and sympathy for those who are less fortunate than themselves,” he said.

In 2011, the charity helped more than 1,000 people in need of food packages as well as providing 325 children with toys, all of which were donated by Manx residents.

The number has shocked some residents.

John Comish, from Douglas, said: “I am very surprised. It seems like a staggering amount of people.”

Sarah Watterson, from Onchan, said: “Bills are going up and people are just finding it harder and harder to cope.”

The Salvation Army said it expected the number of people needing help to rise as Christmas got closer.

Reported by BBC News Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Water chiefs reviewing situation that led to ‘boil’ advice

THE Water and Sewerage Authority is considering what lessons can be learned – and what changes it can make – after exceptionally wet weather meant it was unable to guarantee the quality of our water supply last month.

A review has been carried out after the authority had to issue boil water notices due to higher than normal levels of sediment in the supply for two and a half days, from July 8 to 10.

Director of operations Mike Dewhurst said: ‘We did have a review meeting and from that meeting we are looking at lessons to be learned, any improvements that could be made and any future changes to the plant which may or may not be required.

‘There are several things we are looking at in some detail as we speak. We are in the process or reviewing all the processes and making sure that they are as good as they can be.’

The authority said incoming raw water into the Douglas Water Treatment Works was of an ‘unprecedented poor quality’. The level of sediment – dissolved organic matter, iron and manganese – washed from the hills and removed by the works, changed the chemical balance of the treatment process and affected the quality of the water going into the supply.

The authority is now considering the feasibility and cost of making some ‘minor modifications’ to the pipework at the works, in Greenfield Road.

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Mr Dewhurst said: ‘The changes would be to put in an additional bypass pipework so we could potentially waste some of the water – not put it into the supply, effectively. It would just give us more flexibility really.’

Another area being looked at was how the authority could most effectively communicate with its customers.

He said that the boil water notice was first issued in ‘unusual circumstances’ being on a Sunday.

In addition, the Public Health Directorate issued a statement to allay residents fears, saying the water had never been contaminated with sewage or any other toxic product. An original message issued by the police on behalf of the Water and Sewerage Authority suggested it was.

Mr Dewhurst said: ‘We are working with other agencies to see what technologies are available and what would be the easiest way to do that.’

Periods of heavy rainfall have continued to fall since the beginning of July, but despite that, Mr Dewhurst said there had been no further problems with water quality. ‘We are being extra vigilant to make sure everything is running well,’ he said.

Advice was issued that water should be boiled before drinking, preparing food, cleaning teeth and washing wounds. The affected areas were: Douglas, Onchan, Baldrine, Lower Laxey, Crosby, Glen Vine, Santon, Ballasalla, Castletown, Ballabeg, Colby, Arbory, Port Erin and Port St Mary.

Schools opened as usual using bottled water, while businesses in the service industry were left boiling large amounts of tap water to cater for their customers or, in the case of nursing homes, vulnerable charges.

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Boil Water Notice Lifted – Isle of Man

Boil Water Notice Lifted

The Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority would like to further advise its customers that the precautionary Boil Water Notice is now lifted and there is no longer any need for you to boil your water.

All investigations have determined that the drinking water quality is of a satisfactory standard and the Authority would like to thank its customers for their patience in this matter.

Customers that have further concerns are advised to contact the Water and Sewerage Authority’s Customer Services Department on telephone number 695949.

Update: 10/07/2012 10:00 hrs