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  1. Far too simplistic PK, almost like the guy on R4 this morning who almost said that 1 death from covid is 1 too many, and that if anyone at all dies from it it shows the government response has been incompetent. Was it you? In any public health crisis decisions have to be made that consider the greater good as the outcome, not 'all deaths can be avoided'. On a weekly basis here I'm seeing patients who are far worse off than they would have been if we'd have not had a hospital lock down. And I'm a glorified carpenter, and the IOM position with regard to getting back to routine healthcare is far better than yours. Colleagues in other specialties, particularly in the UK, are seeing patients who are literally going to die, from cancer for example, because covid prevented them being treated in a timely fashion. My own mother could have been in that situation - back in March she was given the option of surgery (but we're worried about covid so perhaps don't!) or putting off treatment until god knows when, by which time she may have been incurable. Fortunately she had the benefit of my surgical mentality advising her to 'just cut it out' and it's all been fine. Others have not been so lucky. So there are going to be increased fatalities whatever you do. You may consider them all to be unnecessary, like the guy on R4 who thought nobody should die, ever. But it ain't that simple, and people that don't agree with you don't necessarily have 'issues' as you so snidely put it.
    8 points
  2. I don’t know that - why are you assuming it? Is it because you’re assuming that immunity = antibody levels? Immune system’s a bit more complex than that. And what immune mechanisms are getting driven by an effective vaccine that won’t be activated by an actual infection with a whole virus, as opposed to bits of one or altered ones? Herd immunity is absolutely what is needed here - it’s working out the best way of getting it while protecting the vulnerable, and maintaining core health services and infrastructure that is the issue. Or perhaps I’m as stupid as Bozo too? PS I’m also going to the pub in a bit, to see some live music.
    5 points
  3. As much use as lining up on the beach and trying to hold back the tide.
    5 points
  4. 3 points
  5. Why would anyone want to be an MHK next time round. Like most CM’s before him Quayle will just leave a very large shovel behind in his office. Yet another CM who has changed nothing and achieved nothing. I expect more than a few bail outs. It seems to me that the last few administrations just kick the big problems down the road. Unfortunately now we have the mother of all problems ( although this one not their fault ) and Quayle will do zilch and leave for the next administration to sort out. Apparently the tax payer is going to bail out hotels over the winter now. Why ? Who will come stay in them even when the IOM opens. Lots of hotels on the market now and let’s face would you stay in them or eat in them. I would not so let them go to the wall. Why should we bail them out?
    3 points
  6. The Steam Packet shouldn't need subsidies. If they have spare capacity, they should price and market those periods and sailings so as to encourage more use of them, but they shouldn't need to be paid to do so. The Company has been pretty useless at this for as long as I can remember - the cash cows of the TT and the freight charges meant that they didn't really have to do anything to make big profits and they could just slumber away doing the same thing year to year without change and without reacting to changing conditions over and during the year. Maybe the experience of this year will spur them into more creativity when things get back to normal, but the fact that people are hoping for more innovation because they have been taken over by the Isle of Man Government, shows you how sluggish they have been in the past.
    3 points
  7. Well, if it does that to a man as reasonable and level headed as yourself dilli then there's no hope for the rest of us. I'm going to go smash my telly up and set fire to the bathroom just in case this comes about.
    3 points
  8. Why protest? Do you want a bank that is competitive and thus viable or one that lives in the past?
    3 points
  9. The introduction of drivers hours legislation on the island is long overdue
    3 points
  10. I have been in contact with Nick Black and Keith Podmore via Rob Callister and asked them several questions: A good friend who owned a building company has looked over this and tbh he was shocked at just how unprofessional and how open to abuse the whole thing is... I just dread to think just how much the whole thing will end up costing both in monetary terms and time. Below is the email trail (I've removed some personal details etc) I have put my questions in italics Dear Maire, Nick Black has requested I respond to your recent emailed questions, responses provided below. Should you require any clarification or have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please verify what local firms are involved and under what conditions are they integrating with the main contractor? The following companies are sub-contractors to the main contractor: o Stephen Christian and Sons Ltd o Excel o Island Drainage & Groundworks Ltd o JCK Ltd o K Henry Construction Ltd o Gibson Paving o SCUK Global Services o Watling Streetworks Ltd o Sweeney Groundworks Ltd o TQC o RGW Ltd o Island Civils & Plant Ltd o C&C Groundworks Ltd o DWT Ltd Are there detailed drawings for every aspect of the works or is the work being carried out merely with schematics. If there are detailed drawings are they being produced on an ad hoc basis or were these available to the main contractor at tender? Detailed design drawings are provided for all aspects of the construction work. At tender stage, a full set of outline design drawings were provided. Finalised detailed design drawings have been updated where required and provided to the Contractor throughout the construction period. Was there a BoQ, Bill of Quantities, produced prior to tender, in fact, does one exist at all? If there is a BoQ in existence, are there any contingencies allowed for, if so what are these contingencies and in what sum? A detailed Bill of Quantities was provided at Tender Stage. The Contract is procured under the ‘NEC ECC Option B – Priced contract with bill of quantities’. A Client contingency of £1.25M has been allocated to the scheme. Please can you confirm that the penalty clause commences on March 2021 despite Covid 19. The penalty clause commences 6 weeks after the Completion Date. With reference to your comment, " We already have every civil engineering contractor on the Island working on the scheme with the exception of one firm that is too busy." Are these firms being employed (a) as sub-contractors by the main contractor, (b) nominated sub-contractors or, (c) directly by the Dept of Public Works and on loan to the main contractor? The firms listed above are employed as sub-contractors by the main contractor. The exception to this is a DOI workforce whom are undertaking works at the side streets on Loch Promenade; this work was de-scoped from the main contract following the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown. Have any extensions been granted in principle, if so, how much time has been awarded? Under the Contract, the Completion Date can be changed following a Compensation Event that has demonstrated a time impact to the programmed work on the critical path. Following the re-start after the COVID-19 shutdown and to date, the agreed Completion Date of 31st March 2021 has not changed. Are there regular site meetings to discuss progress, if so, is there a Quantity Surveyor acting on the government's behalf at these meetings? Progress meetings are held weekly. There are also numerous other meeting which are held on a weekly / two weekly or monthly basis. Bell Burton Associates act on behalf of the Department as Cost Consultants and attend all necessary meetings. Who is the Quantity Surveyor? See above On Tue, 8 Sep 2020 at 12:54, Black, Nick <nick.black@gov.im> wrote: Dear Maire I have answered your questions within the email below. I have put them in bold so that you can work out what has been added. Nick What is the budgeted manpower for the works and how many workers should be on site at any one time? The Contractor has provided a programme for completing the works and is responsible for providing sufficient plant and labour to achieve this programme. There is no minimum or maximum figure to accompany this requirement. Worker numbers will also fluctuate based on the activities being undertaken, however the current daily average is 50 construction workers on site. Given the size and economic impact of the project would it not be prudent to have a minimum of man power for the work, I would argue that there are not on average 50 daily - maybe 50 over the course of a full day but I have driven down mid morning and mid afternoon and the most I counted was 47 - the least was 3 (on a working day) Speaking to a project manager who is used to doing major works he has advised that there should be 150-200 per day especially given the time scales. That would be great but we already have every civil engineering contractor on the Island working on the scheme with the exception of one firm that is too busy. We cannot import labour from the UK due to border controls. We have committed as many of our own staff as we can. The contractor would love to be able to find more staff but we are a small Island with a limited workforce. what are the penalty clauses for overruns on works schedule? For late completion, the Contractor will be liable for £3,000 per week of overrun. thanks please confirm that this will kick in March 2021 It will, unless the contractor makes any successful claims for extra time under the NEC contract process. Are there any clauses for roads not reopening as per timetable - IE Broadway over 7 weeks late In the case of Broadway no- this was a decision of the Department to facilitate the re-opening of 2 way traffic. is there a detailed schedule of works? The Contractor provides a comprehensive programme of work to completion. Additionally the contractor provides a four week look ahead programme which is published on the myProm website. I'm afraid that this is usually out of date - where can the public find the comprehensive programme of works from beginning to planned completion? I will ask for the up to date links to be sent to you. what is the cost for the unused machinery that sits on the site? As per above, the Contractor provides the plant required to undertake the work. Unused plant on site does not incur additional cost to Government.' Why has the full prom been worked on at one time rather than in sections? Due to the nature of the work and topography of the Promenade, it is necessary to install new services (gas main, water mains etc.) in long lengths. These lengths have where possible, been kept to a minimum. Since the impact of Covid-19, the Department have worked with the Contractor to complete the scheme by March 2021. To achieve this, larger sections of works are again inevitable. The Department made it clear that it was choosing additional disruption now to give the visitor economy the best possible start to 2021. Noted, however given the limited amount of manpower and actual workers on site is this feasible? Would it not be prudent to concentrate more crew at a smaller site? The Minister made it clear that he wanted to get the scheme done before the 2021 visitor season. The Department asked the contractor to accelerate the scheme and in doing this removed a lot of the constraints that had been imposed to reduce the impact of the works. Length of closures was one of the restrictions that we removed. what has Loch prom alone taken almost 2 years The works undertaken on Loch Promenade (new gas main, new water mains, new high and low voltage electric cable installations) have all taken a considerable length of time to install. The highway and footway construction is being completed after the installation of these services and the landside footway now almost complete. It must also be stated that throughout the work, access to businesses, residents etc. has always been maintained and this inevitably slows down the construction work and efficiency of construction. Again the above - even with access maintained - this area of prom should not take more than 2 years to complete, why have more staff not been used to get this completed sooner? As before- there are no more suitable construction workers available to the scheme.
    3 points
  11. What mad person allows him access to technology?!
    3 points
  12. Well it would help if you didn't post stuff like this:
    3 points
  13. This actually used to happen. At one time the Steam Packet used to offer cheap day-return tickets (when it was possible to do a day return and have a decent amount of time to spend in Liverpool/Dublin/the Island. They were actually less than half the price of an 'ordinary' return and so some people did exactly what you suggested. The Steamie reacted by interrogating any passengers who they suspected would not be returning the same day and sometimes even refusing them passage. It meant no one ended up wanting to go on day trips for fear of something embarrassing happening. Typically the Company actually put far more effort into trying to detect those who they thought might be 'cheating' them, than they did in trying to get more people to use the boats.
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. I heard that at lunchtime. Could not believe A Wint saying that it was a unique idea and great. That has been suggested for decades by hundreds of people. Why should all taxpayers subsidise the fares so a few hoteliers make money, that generally does not filter back into our economy. I would be a bit p***** o** if my taxes went to help some hopeless hoteliers afford to jet off to Spain for the winter.
    2 points
  16. Hang on, you've spent weeks going on about job losses yet here you are supporting job losses. Maybe that's funny yeah?
    2 points
  17. I’m not sure why you claimed my post was nonsense and then go off on some bizarre mad rant about the incompetence of Boris Johnson. I hate Johnson but I think herd immunity while shielding and safeguarding the elderly and vulnerable from day one was the most obvious and best way to deal with this. Now the whole country is fucked as Johnson lost control when he was in hospital and total covid-obsessed loons like some of the Public Health Englanders and Matt Handjob took over and drove the agenda that was all about proving how “hard” you’re going to be to kill covid compared to any other country.
    2 points
  18. He's probably perpetually angry 'cause Castletown Commissioners have to be the least achieving on the island & he has to pay them rates At least he can calm himself chopping dead animals into bits & it's not even illegal
    2 points
  19. I bet he was writing on the screen with a felt tip
    2 points
  20. I don't know that story, but I think it depends on the severity of the assault. However, this isn't just nicking an opportunistic nicking of grand. It's premeditated, it's a betrayal of a position of trust, it's taking taxpayer's money that's intended to help those in need.
    2 points
  21. The taxi couple sound like chavs from Central Casting.
    2 points
  22. Nope I say & mean that in my - very expensive - experience of runnng a business serving the visitor industry the TT kills trade for about a week before the event and about a week after the event, making the event itself literally pointless from an enterprise perspective
    2 points
  23. Watching the TV this morning you get the impression that the UK is genuinely in some sort of meltdown spiral and that so many people actually want a second wave and for further lockdowns to happen in order to pretty much validate their entire existence and beliefs. How did they manage to brain wash so many people in positions of authority to buy into the fact that the answer is so many stupid and unenforceable rules and restrictions? Even every tinpot local council now seems to think they've been press ganged into the covid frontline and have to lock down peoples lives with zero tolerance as Public Health England seems to have brainwashed everyone to join the cause. Sorry to read about your mother you must be pleased you took the right approach. As you say so many are now in the position that they’re screwed - and many not only know they’re going to die but also that there’s a good chance that they’re going to die alone without their family around them due to ever increasing restrictions and controls. It’s just cruel and inhuman. A proper human shit-show to look forward in your last few weeks or months on earth. The whole situation is badly screwed up already and it’s going get worse when the furlough is pulled back as that’s when the real personal despair is going to hit many millions of people who are just about holding it together currently hoping that their lives will return to normal and their job will just be handed back to them like nothing ever happened.
    2 points
  24. Been like that for years. That's nothing new.
    2 points
  25. The capricious nature of judicial decisions on the Isle of Man outstrips anywhere else on earth I’d say.
    2 points
  26. I was an enthusiast for quite a while but as the deaths and injuries kept mounting up it began to be uncomfortable - not with the racing but the impact on the island. Seemed incongruous when celebrating a 'festival' when death and injuries were being announced. I try to get off island for these last few years as getting around the island seems to gets more difficult and the roads just seem less safe than in the old days. (I think that is the standard of driving / riding though.)
    2 points
  27. Even in your most argumentative days I thought you had something to say. You called me many many names, yet I still thought you had an angle on things. You now come across as a complete fool, who has a feeling of superiority. What do you feel gives you the right to judge every other poster on here.You deride anyone who opposes your view.
    2 points
  28. Only if someone tells him they're made from potatoes.
    2 points
  29. It annoys me that these politicians suddenly become excuse makers for the contractor. The client ie the taxpayer just doesn't get a look in. They forget they are representing us, not their mates in Government and Tynwald, and the contractor.
    2 points
  30. Heard him on Mannin Line today saying when he was on Rushen or Malew Comms, they installed speed reading wires inBallasalla and he reckons a car was clocked at 110 mph between the Whitestone and Clagh Vane council est.( sp). FFS. It must have been Nigel Mansell in the Williams. That 5 mins on ML should stop him being elected alone.
    1 point
  31. Looks like PK IS UNRAVELING again
    1 point
  32. They'd have to come with a large entourage to provide all their meals rest rooms etc etc.
    1 point
  33. Re IOMSPC, How much cheaper do we expect them to be? They already do day returns for next to nothing and off peak with a car is not unreasonable either. You may have to start giving tourists "IOM Vouchers" like Jersey did to their own residents to get anyone over here.
    1 point
  34. Err, he's always angry. Like about everything. Also, parking in Castletown is fine, there's a lot of it if you are either prepared to walk more than 10 feet or horror of horrors pay 20p if you can't find a free space. And the butcher is perpetually angry, I don't know what's up with him.
    1 point
  35. At least two of them will be shut.
    1 point
  36. What a load of mis-informed nonsense. Bozo is narcissistic and lacks any human empathy. So after being given the options he went for herd immunity because he figured it was the option that did the least damage to the economy. Never mind that it was a leap completely into the dark the moron. After being told the potential catastrophic fatalities all that changed. But the idiot still locked down too late hence 65k excess deaths. With a lack of testing capability due to doing no preparation they ended up with no idea at all of the scale of the problem they were facing. Hence the Nightingale hospitals Germany was doing 500k tests a week back in March FFS! But still Rees-Mogg had to get up on his hind legs and bitch about folks complaining about the shambles that is Bozo's administration. So no, they are not using "bad predictions" or whatever nonsense you can dream up. A lot has been learned in the last seven to eight months. Of course, Dominic Cummings destroyed what little faith folks had in Bozo's locking down "reasoning" but the idea that Covid isn't infectious until gone 10 pm is as dumb as the hole in a cows arse....
    1 point
  37. You should really use a conditional tense here - given that absolutely nobody serious ever watches TV in the morning.
    1 point
  38. Looks like the teflon-shouldered Black and Robinson chaps are trying to offload the responsibility for their epic clusterf@@k onto the contractors. In true, self-preserving civil servant fashion. Baker is merely their lapdog messenger. This will all come out in the wash, I'd guarantee it.
    1 point
  39. But you should worry about ANY unnecessary fatalities. The fact you clearly don't means you have "issues" shall we say...
    1 point
  40. They just think my post on how Sweden didn't lock down which made a massive difference to the number of fatalities but little or no difference to their economy is enough pages back that they can ignore it and carry on spouting their nonsense.
    1 point
  41. No. More ignorance from you. 200 due to the collapse of Flybe does not mean 200 Flybe workers. You made that up. Go and look at the government website and the monthly stats. There is always a boost to the figures in the summer due to school leavers. Around 1000 leave every year. Around 300 go to college. What do you think the rest do? The unemployable are not on disability. They are the unemployable. You should do some research and educate yourself before you accuse people of making things up.
    1 point
  42. Residency relates to the owner and not the vehicle; if the owner is resident in the Isle of Man then the car has to be Manx registered immediately https://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/drivers-and-vehicles/vehicle-registration-and-licensing/
    1 point
  43. Do the official figures count residents who clear off ? If departing locals are counted AND they do homestay lets then is it double counting if visitor numbers but without visitor spend.
    1 point
  44. Everywhere! Funny also how these places stank to high heaven if you went in them during the day yet wasn't noticeable of an evening.
    1 point
  45. We’ll still be blaming covid in 15 years.
    1 point
  46. On a slightly wider note it seems poor forward thinking to me that Ballasalla used to have a bank and a post office together with small shops most of which have now gone but yet a huge estate is being built. Castletown is now going to benefit from 96 new houses I read on a noticeboard and yet facilities are closing there too !
    1 point
  47. Baker rattled my cage when he made light of the cracking on the red concrete early on in his tenure . Insignificant most of them . Yeah right . In a approx 300 mtre length there were approx 472 from memory in that area alone . Yes I counted them as he wound me up making light of a serious issue. Baker hasnt a clue either as neither did Harmer . And yes it was a last minute decision as there was no way out as it was clearly running overtime again and they spun it to look as if they were doing everyone a favour by opening the roads. Sadly they forget the whole contract was due to finish next month .
    1 point
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