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  1. 24 points
    Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with 1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes; • 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use • 4 Multipurpose Patient Monitors for use on wards or Intensive Care. • 5 Suction Units • 8 Adult Advanced Life Support Bags • 3 Paediatric Advanced Life Support Bags • 130 Immediate care cases (prepacked with lifesaving medical equipment) • 130 Scoop Stretchers • All extra medical equipment currently held in stock 2. We have made available our three frontline ambulances should they be required. These assets have a total value of £750,000 3. The unpaid volunteers of the Hogg Motorsport Association are currently on standby to assist the Isle of Man Ambulance Service in any way they can We remain committed to supporting the Health Service and the Manx community while the Covid-19 Pandemic continues in any way we can. We wish to thank everyone who has donated to the Rob Vine Fund which makes this gesture possible. The Directors of the Rob Vine Fund.
  2. 14 points
    It's not almost impossible to police at all. Take a walk out, how many people do you see flouting the restrictions really? Christ, to read on here you'd think it was armageddon out there. Whenever I've been out for a walk everyone walks a safe distance away, nods politely and goes on there way. Even queuing for the supermarket it's perfectly civilised and orderly. People need to appreciate virtually the whole island is off work at the minute and they all need fresh air at some point, there is a whole island to go for a walk and get some exercise so let people use it, let's not get all Stasi about it.
  3. 9 points
    But I'm worried that it will make me go blind.
  4. 9 points
    She'll have discovered boys and alcohol by then, the climate will be last thing on her mind.
  5. 8 points
    Then the fishermen would ask why they can't fish at the reservoirs for 6 hours because it's "almost certainly doing nothing to spread infection". The fell runners would ask why they can't run on the hills for 6 hours because it's "almost certainly doing nothing to spread infection". The dog walkers would ask why they can't stroll in the plantations for 6 hours because it's "almost certainly doing nothing to spread infection". We're all being asked to make sacrifices and those who still want to carry on with no change think they're better than everyone else. In the case of cyclists they could be forgiven as they spend most of their lives acting like the rules don't apply to them anyway.
  6. 8 points
    I find Christians attitude laughable, if business can't pay nor indeed if the individual can't pay then he can stamp his foot as much as he likes he'll get nothing, or he'll further run Douglas into the ground ! Silly little man !!
  7. 8 points
    But enough about Norfolk.....
  8. 8 points
    You obviously missed the documentary.
  9. 7 points
    Given the state of the stock market, my spreadsheet shows I'll be able to retire when I'm 561. Otherwise no big plans at all.
  10. 7 points
    Yes, they do. UK money is created by accounting entries at the Bank of England. The UK can create cash at will. I am not suggesting it should as inflation and devaluation may be the result but they do have this powere. That is a big difference between the UK and the IOM. UK Gov makes money, IOM Gov has to use UK cash and can only spend what it earns.
  11. 7 points
    During this crisis...all govt salaries should be reduced to the level of support being offered by govt to the private sector. ETA:Other than the health service and front line key workers.
  12. 7 points
    I have bronchiectasis, asthma and COPD and I'm 73 so thank LL for his attitude LL.not! I've been in lockdown for two weeks now so hope that before that I didn't pick it up. If I do get it I am dead and it's a heavy psychological burden I can tell you. My doctor niece, my best friend nurse, my policeman son and my WHO director son thank LL for his attitude........NOT!
  13. 7 points
  14. 7 points
  15. 6 points
  16. 6 points
    Government themselves stopping regular work. I actually didn't realise they'd started.
  17. 6 points
    If I was a seriously rich family in London I'd not be looking at this island. Not in a million years would I still be here if I was minted. It's a decent place for a reasonably wealthy family who have existing ties here and who use it as a base as they have already factored in the downsides to be here. A newcomer wouldn't last two minutes.
  18. 6 points
    Manx Radio will be found wanting in all this, and fail to respond to and represent the level and scale of events. There's an indifference to politics up there nowadays and it's barely hidden. At least Tim Glover seems to have stepped up though and is asking some good questions at the press briefings. Brindley and the gang are still pumping out the same inane trivia, thinking they're providing relief and keeping the national spirits up. The grown-ups have long left the building.
  19. 6 points
    I'm a marshal, decision model is not complex. Even if it ran we'd be down to 20% visitor levels (if that) and likely little if no medical cover. Even if medics wanted to come, doubt they'd be granted leave. Average age of marshals is mid 50s and only 25% of all marshals are local. And we need a minimum of 640 each time. Simply on those 2 factors alone it should be pulled now. I don't know why the organisers themselves haven't pulled it already. Only likely reason they haven't might be insurance/cost/sponsorship reasons - liabilities defunct through forced cancellation by govt.
  20. 6 points
    A locked and separate parking facility below the courthouse is available to MHKs and MLCs. One space, nearest to the access door to the offices is nominated for the Chief Minister.
  21. 6 points
    the contaminants won't be an issue if someone with a few quid wants to build a big house on it.
  22. 6 points
    Once witnessed a trial in front of High Bailiff Henry Callow. This was in Castle Rushen and nearly 40 years ago. Man charged with breaking and entering and theft of 8 bottles of alcohol. He’d been found in a ditch asleep, with his swag, full bottles, close by. 4 months later, at trial, all the bottles were empty.
  23. 6 points
    No. Who gives a damn about a few wagon loads of tarmacadam. Phil Gawne got to put every ounce...nay...milligram...of his persuasive powers he had gained during his incumbency in CoMin to extract many, many, ££££££££££millions from the Isle of Man taxpayer, and direct it towards his family and newly found friends in the Isle of Man landowning contingent. Then and for a long, long time to come. You suckers.
  24. 5 points
    I admire the consistency with which that man spouts rubbish. It takes a lot of hard work to be such a fool, so frequently, for so long.
  25. 5 points
    People are stupid. If they get within punching distance then they deserve it.
  26. 5 points
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fnl0n6/im_a_critical_care_doctor_working_in_a_uk_high/fla4cux/ " I'm sad to say that I do have the details, and there has been intense discussion about this over the past weeks. To answer your question: "herd immunity" would have been a beneficial outcome to slowing virus growth to a prolonged period of time. It was not a primary outcome. That said, the official policy was wholly wrong and when all the dust has settled, when all the costs and lives have been counted, people have to make their governments accountable. I'll tell you what happened in the UK. Over the past decade, eminent figures in public health developed complex models that would help inform the UK response to a pandemic. The response plan would allow slow spread through a population and a number of deaths that would be deemed acceptable in relation to low economic impact. Timing of population measures such as social distancing would be taken, not early, but at a times deemed to have maximal psychological impact. Measures would be taken that could protect the most vulnerable, and most of the people who got the virus would hopefully survive. Herd immunity would beneficially emerge at the end of this, and restrictions could relax. This was a ground-breaking approach compared to suppressing epidemics. It was an approach that could revolutionise the way we handled epidemics. Complex modelling is a new science, and this was cutting edge. But a model is only ever as good as the assumptions you build it upon. The UK plan was based on models with an assumption that any new pandemic would be like an old one, like flu. And it also carried a huge flaw - there was no accounting for the highly significant variables of ventilators and critical care beds that are key to maintaining higher survival numbers (https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2020/03/government-documents-show-no-planning-ventilators-event-pandemic ). So, come 2020 and COVID-19 causes disaster in China, Iran and Italy. Epidemiologists and doctors from around the world observe, and learn valuable lessons: the virus is insidious with a long incubation, any population actions you take will only have an effect weeks later the virus spreads remarkably quickly and effectively the virus causes an unusually large proportion of patients to require invasive ventilatory support early large scale testing, and social distancing measures, are effective at stopping exponential growth stopping exponential growth is VITAL to preventing your critical care systems from being overwhelmed. Everyone in the world could see these things. But despite this, very few governments chose to act. The UK did the opposite of acting. In an act of what I see as sheer arrogance, they chose to do nothing, per the early stages of their disaster plan. There was some initial contact tracing, but this stopped when it was clear that there was significant community spread and exponential growth. And after this? They did not ramp up testing capabilities. They did not encourage social distancing. They did not boost PPE supply, or plan for surge capacity. They ignored advice from the WHO, public health experts in other country; epidemiologists, scientists and doctors in their own. I can tell you with certainty now that they did not even collect regular statistics for how many COVID patients were being admitted to critical care in the UK. They did nothing. What were they thinking? Maybe that what had happened in China, and was happening in Italy, couldn't possibly happen in the UK, right? It was impossible. The persisted with the original plan with no modification. Well COVID-19 is not flu. That is perfectly clear. And it was clear that the UK numbers were following, exponentially, the same trend as Italy. But still the government and their advisers stuck to their guns and put out reassuring messages. I would ask here - why did they still think we would be different? Finally, a team at Imperial informing the government's response put up-to-date COVID-19 data into the historical models that the UK plan was based on (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf ), and predicted in a best case scenario 250,000 deaths and excess of 8x surge capacity of UK intensive cares. They concluded that our approach was wrong, and that "Epidemic suppression is the only viable strategy at the current time". Where are we now? The government has instituted a number of measures that they previously called "unscientific", but has not mandated them. We are far, far into the exponential curve both in deaths and critical care numbers, and there is at least two weeks more growth until any of the half-hearted measures taken might kick in. We do not have sufficient testing capability for even hospital patients, who sometimes wait days for a test result. There are not enough tests for anyone in the community, or any healthcare workers who might have symptoms. Hospitals are scrambling to produce surge capacity, and several smaller hospitals in London are now overwhelmed with COVID and out of ventilators. There is clearly not enough PPE in the country and we are rushing to secure supplies. Don't believe the UK government propaganda when they say that they are only advancing along the same plan at a faster pace. It is total bollocks. Their plan was wrong, kaput, totally broken. They chose to perform an experiment on an entire population, a trial of 'new epidemic mitigation strategy in UK' vs 'epidemic suppression in rest of the world'. They didn't listen to other experts from all over the world, and in this arrogance they did not observe the lessons or data that was there, plain to see. They have backtracked completely and are now doing what most world public health experts and what the WHO asked them to do in the first place. They've wasted a month, at least. Will they suffer? Hell no. It will be the vulnerable in the population, the unlucky young, and the medical staff at the front line. When the final counts return in months or a years time, don't let them get away with it."
  27. 5 points
    There was actually a big case on the Island where an official had been selling ration books (that is real dark end of the black market). I'll search it out, it may well be more relevant in the coming months Well anyway that aside, I've stock piled precisely nothing. Zero. Zilch. I'll eat what is available when needed. If there are no bog rolls in the shops The Courier will come in handy.
  28. 5 points
    Jesus...Corona virus day 1 here...hundreds of elderly folk scared...shopping in chaos, and the school kid breakfast wankers still playing their shit music and talking shite. This island and its national radio station are run by idiots at all levels.
  29. 5 points
    The couple next to you should have been told if you dont reside on the island you're not going.
  30. 5 points
    Well the pension is going up a few quid but taking all these increases into account we will be worse off. I feel for the little families who have all these increases to contend with without any increase in wages. In fact I feel for everyone today, when the MHKs nod these increases through perhaps they should remember we are not all on fifty grand plus a year.
  31. 5 points
    "Wrap up Howzer, FFS. The Dominos order has arrived."
  32. 5 points
    This is a village of 80,000 people. It should be simple to run.its just been allowed to become overly complex and nobody has stopped and asked why.
  33. 5 points
    You're probably right but we do still exist and we are a Crown Dependancy so we will be in a Sir Humphrey's file in a cabinet somewhere. It's in no-one's interest to do anything other than maintain the status quo and hope we tick along in the background, which may require a tweak of the VAT agreement, for example, to ensure this happens. The rest is up to our civil servants/elected officials to attempt to maintain some semblance of an economy. Which as you say, doesn't bode well.
  34. 5 points
    I suppose I should reserve judgement until I've seen the supporting evidence. But I would have also supposed that Baker and Boot would have shared that evidence before decreeing that they will, without consultation, prohibit sporting and leisure activity that has been carried out for many decades. So, this seems to be another example of politicians who are proving incapable of tacking the big issues the Island faces (the economy, public finances, the health service and the gaping public sector pensions deficit) instead deciding to occupy themselves micro-managing peoples lives. The Island was once a relatively laissez-faire sort of place, provided you didn't try to upset the establishment of course. We're increasingly moving away from that towards a regime where not-particularly-competent petty bureaucrats seek to dictate our dailiy activities. We're moving towards "anything that is not controlled is forbidden" territory. Fireworks, kids biking up at the mines; what's next for a ban? I had high hopes for Baker. He's certainly smart enough and he's fundamentally a decent bloke. Sadly it seems he's just been assimilated into the prefects' gang.
  35. 5 points
    Nothing to do with it. You only test people who need testing - there are set criteria. If everyone with a runny nose gets tested (and swabs have to be sent to the uk) the labs would get overwhelmed - I imagine the test is a PCR, which is a little more involved and time consuming than say a urine dipstick. In my view if cases pick up in the UK then TT would be cancelled. Not to prevent spread of the virus necessarily, but because ITU beds all over the place will be rammed, with no capacity to look after the dozen or so smashed up bikers we produce each year.
  36. 5 points
    This is what happens when you replace a female PM with a male one. They can only do one thing at a time.
  37. 5 points
    There might be some benefit to the Island, it's tourist attractions, operators and other outlets if the cruise companies didn't rip the arse out of the passengers! I've seen the numbers and they don't stack up. If we have to spend money on Douglas Harbour then it should done to improve access to the existing infrastructure for ALL vessel types, not just cruise liners. If not, then let's not bother at all.
  38. 4 points
    As somebody who likes cycling, it is more to do with the fact that rules have been put into place and at every turn, idiots are looking for loopholes
  39. 4 points
    It amazes me the amount of dickheads that headed away on holiday 2 weeks ago and now expect to be 'rescued'. Didn't you notice something going on/not going on at the feckin airport 2 weeks ago?
  40. 4 points
  41. 4 points
    You can't beat a redhead for satisfaction guaranteed.
  42. 4 points
  43. 4 points
    Are you fucking joking..? This is a man more out of his depth than a midget swimming above the Marianas Trench.
  44. 4 points
    H&B Spars will be next...but at their prices only to push people in.
  45. 4 points
    UHT milk is restricted to only 3 per customer. I would rather drink my own urine than whatever is in those cartons.
  46. 4 points
    I wouldn't pat yourself on the back too hard, it wasn't exactly the lottery numbers you foresaw.
  47. 4 points
  48. 4 points
    It seems you don't get it. Your options are: 1) A nationalised airline to guarantee the service year round running In competition with private UK based airlines. That will require government subsidy. 2) A nationalised airline running as a protected service to meaning that any subsidy would be minimised. 3) The free for all that is open skies with airlines coming and going and leaving us in the position we are in today. A nationalised airline is the ONLY way we can take control of our requirement for assured transport links. As an Island, that is too important (in my opinion) to expose to market forces. it's a nationally important issue that needs to be properly considered.
  49. 4 points
    They would have needed evidence for that though and generations of kids have been riding up there for over 30 years with no ill effects (as far as I know) to supply that evidence. Everything Boot came out with in that interview is completely without published evidence at hand to support. Nothing. Just make it up on the hoof. As I've posted before; what about the contamination from the Raggatt juice they pump into the harbour on a regular basis?
  50. 4 points
    Unfortunately comments have now been turned off and people will now have to make fools of themselves in private. Unlike our old friend A Reporter who has based their entire article on a Twitter stream rather than actually bothering to talk to the woman and shows their close attention to detail by saying:
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