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  1. I'd agree, synthesised 'meat' just isn't cricket.
    13 points
  2. Terry again misses the point, the people who travelled were allowed to within certain restrictions. As far as we know, all stuck to those restrictions. So, rather than the recent outbreak being down to "selfish" (nicely emotive) people it was down ineffective (nicely objective) measures.
    7 points
  3. That's a ridiculous question. If it's your child or your spouse then it's pretty essential - isn't it? If it's the man who once cut your grass in the 1970's then probably not. I think most people would know the difference.
    6 points
  4. Today's subject brought to you by TF is selfish teachers, the DOE (who are they?) and Christmas travellers (that old chestnut). It's a good one. An emotive subject guaranteed to get everyone riled and ready to argue for six/seven pages while he ties you in knot (swells). Don't get suckered suckers. Last night I did. Don't be like me.
    6 points
  5. I suppose it was probably inevitable, and incredible it hadn't happened sooner. The reason I say avoidable though is because of those reasons you've given. Everyone knew the christmas/new year period was going to be a time of higher risk cos of all the extra travel, and the insane infection rates in the UK, and everyone knew our testing regime was probably not strong enough and had been warning of it for months. So I'd say we're both right.
    6 points
  6. It would be nice if the centre got no use whatsoever.
    5 points
  7. The figure of 1 per 5000 was set when practically everyone was vulnerable to infection, and overall the rate of hospitalisation was about 5% and rate of death about 1%. Now, and more so in the near future, vaccination will considerably lower those figures - if for example our susceptible population is only the under 50s, with everyone else protected, then hospitalisation rates will be much lower 5%. So it's not unreasonable that as vaccination levels increase, the goalposts can move and we could accept a higher figure than 1 per 5000 before moving to level 3.
    5 points
  8. I refer the Honorable Gentleman to a reply I gave earlier. (And if he finds these facts as unpalatable as last time, that's really not my problem)
    5 points
  9. i hope you learned your lesson.
    5 points
  10. My honest appraisal on the remaining injections currently is that there being prudent and making doubly sure they enough regardless of situation to enable them to give second dose where required . The difference will clearly be taken up over the next week or so with first injections. Yes, maybe being a tad cautious but the stink that would happen if there wasnt enough vaccine to give the second dose when due doesnt bear thinking about . Sorry but I broadly agree with current operational decisions. And before anyone says it , no I have nothing to do with governement and never have . I have no t
    5 points
  11. Pfizer needs nice new walls for the queueing room and makeshift barriers for the queueing partitions. Astra Zeneca requires marble floors, new partition cubicles and outdoor queueing.
    4 points
  12. There was an interesting discussion in this thread. Josem posted a load of off-topic gibberish but people ignored it and the thread rolled on, until Buncha Wankas bit, and the thread becomes a tired re-hash of what it means to be Manx. The lesson is ignore Josem's bullshit.
    4 points
  13. Because two of them are relatives and another is a neighbour across the road.
    4 points
  14. That second lockdown wasn't avoidable, it was inevitable, partly because people had become complacent and partly because the testing and tracking wasn't rigorous enough. We struck lucky with the tracing. I actually think some lessons have been learned in this instance. Lettergate shone a light on an amateurish attempt at political arse-covering, it's a pity we shall probably never know the real truth behind its appearance.
    4 points
  15. I knew a bloke, lived in Malta Road in London. There was a street light right outside his front door, about 6 or 7 feet away. He went out in the dead of night, lifted the 3 paving slabs on the pavement, hastily scoured-out a 2x2 inch trough underneath them, and laid a 4mm armoured cable from the base of the street light into his gaff and replaced the pavers. He already had his lights, heaters and extractors connected up in his massive loft and the next day, he donned a high-viz vest, put out some cones and warning tape around the lamppost, unlocked the panel on the base with his triangular gas
    4 points
  16. And that's what you are basing your argument on? Let me just ask you something. Have you never, in your life, or have known of someone in your life who has had a serious misjudgement made against them? One that is extremely unfair? Have you ever heard how, in desperation they shout out to anyone who will listen, and try to explain what actually happened rather than the smear campaign is suggesting? I agree, DRG does herself no favours, but I can see exactly why she does it. This is a human being who has worked tirelessly for the IOM. Someone whose intellectual property was used
    4 points
  17. You missed cup cakes and oil of evening primrose.
    3 points
  18. Yes but also no one from care home needed hospital treatment so shows it does give protection from serious illness. As has been published plenty of times the vaccine does not prevent infections just serious illness
    3 points
  19. Don't worry I'm not putting my head above the parapet on this one, not when Uhtred's got his dander up like that!
    3 points
  20. there's fuck all intensive about the islands farming !! the abattoir can barely tick over. i guess there's intensive subsidy and grant grabbing, maybe that's what's the reference was referring to ? mellon by name melon by nature.
    3 points
  21. End of the day, the manufacturers of these vaccines recommend two doses approximately 3 weeks apart. The Island's health service is following that advice and ensuring there is a stock of vaccine to do give second doses as recommended by the manufacturer. The British government has gone for a one shot approach to begin with, seemingly as they think it's the best option while they attempt to get their sky high figures under control. We're in the fortunate position of being able to do things properly and by the instructions. So do I defend 13,000 doses being in stor
    3 points
  22. you've seen the values the IOM constabulary place on drugs, even MEA prices can easily be swallowed up with those mark ups.
    3 points
  23. This 13000 stock number, lets look at what that actually is. It's 3608 people booked for their first jab over the next week or so, and their second dose in 3-4 weeks time, and 5252 booked in for their second dose. So they aren't exactly 'sat in the cupboard', they're being used. You could maybe say the 3608 could be sped up a bit, but the other 9375 can't. Source It just seems like once again you're moaning for the fucking sake of it.
    3 points
  24. I know what a fucking Manxie is and what it fucking isn’t. I can label Johnny Foreigner quick as look at him. By which I mean any bugger not from down my way. For example, bloody Wattersons from over the Bridge, Corrins from Peel and Cowells from Douglas. Foreigners the lot of ‘em. And don’t get me started on those aliens from Laxey.
    3 points
  25. There's been a previous thread on this topic, and it's interesting that the Commissioners have actually been quite reluctant to progress the project - planning went through back in 2017. So whether there's pressure from the Government (and the DoI in particular) to give more money to their mates in the construction industry I don't know.
    3 points
  26. There is already a “soft” interview facility at the back of the Old Nobles Pathology facility, for interviewing and observing victims of alleged sexual assaults. It has appropriate separate waiting, AV recording and observation facilities. Speculation, but locating the facility next to there might be sensible. But, I agree, it’s the keeping the forensic clinicians up to date and not just training, but experience and in service refreshers that’ll be the difficult thing.
    2 points
  27. Chester Street Hub. Chester St will vaccinate solely using pfizer and Ronaldsway Astra Zeneca, according to the man in pub/word on street
    2 points
  28. And he’s said they’ll revisit in May, or not before May, which is when it’s anticipated, approximately, all over 50’s will have been vaccinated.
    2 points
  29. A good article but I doubt it’s going to of use here. We did have a good, tried and tested biotech industry built up well over 30 years. A pandemic hits the island, and our vain arrogant leadership mess around a Manx expert, one of its own. The Cleantech/Clean-sweep era from the late 1980-90s died a death. Manufacturing is on its arse - we don’t have a slipper factory! Strix whilst having a presence here makes its products in the Far East. There are various craft and artisan foodie makers here, but hardly great job creators, and exporters. I used to be able to buy Manx Cheese fr
    2 points
  30. There is a huge difference between the levels of infections & those who potentially might require hospitalisation. The border policy was introduced to protect Nobles. Please don’t be confused.
    2 points
  31. I ate fried spicy crickets (or something resembling grasshoppers anyway) in Mexico. Weren't too bad actually.
    2 points
  32. My family could only see other members of their family in the UK for one day at Christmas. Several people I am aware of went swanning off the island and stayed with family in the UK - that IS breaking the law (UK law). So if my UK based family have to abide by the rules, what makes it OK for someone from the island to go across to stay with or visit family?
    2 points
  33. I didnt suggest any laws had been broken by the act of going to the UK. It just seems to me (and I'm not alone in this thinking) that a number of people could have just done what you (or indeed i) did which was stay here.
    2 points
  34. Yeh, please don't. I'm not sure how Christmas travellers and teachers are an old chestnut exactly. Any normal and sane person could agree that given the escalation in covid in the UK in the last 6 to 8 weeks of 2020 you would need to be thinking long and hard about whether the trip was REALLY necessary. We had a reasonable volume of people (not just teachers) who travelled unnecessarily.
    2 points
  35. The real problem was the number of selfish people who should have remained on the island rather than went to the UK for Christmas and New Year on unnecessary trips. Give it a miss ffs. Like most of us have for twelve months where trips have been cancelled. It was comical that about 15 teachers wouldn't be teaching in the first two weeks.of term because they were isolating. Dept of Education should have been all over that but I believe they devolved any decisions down to head teachers.
    2 points
  36. I was, but the letter bullshit, the smug complacency and the avoidable second lockdown have changed my view somewhat.
    2 points
  37. He must have run out of lawyers by now surely. Only a john wright/barry stevens dreamteam could possibly save him now.
    2 points
  38. Our government 'should' have informed the public that they knew COVID-19 was in the community the minute they knew. They let thousands of people go out and mix on the busiest night of the year. The government 'should' have made an announcement to the public on January the 1st. The government 'should have taken advantage of the offer from Dr Glover to do a full genomic testing regime (for free) and have a FULL testing report back by the end of the day rather than have to wait the NINE days it took. These are just some of the things our government 'should' have done to act in ou
    2 points
  39. So you’ve never watched a 70s vampire movie then?
    1 point
  40. This was all sorted about 5 years ago, but they faffed about, refused to do the right thing, spend the money and put the infrastructure in place. The expert subsequently decided enough was enough and took their expertise to the adjacent Isle. its a real indictment of where priorities lie.
    1 point
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  42. I would think it's not down to how much use it might get, rather its availability.
    1 point
  43. Interesting that the new cases in Guernsey include 2 staff members and 2 residents of a care home who received their first jab 3 weeks ago. They also have someone who was positive last year so that doesn't give immunity either.
    1 point
  44. There can be no plan. It's difficult to plan beyond the next 4 weeks. Things will eventually re-open. But they will do so in their own time. If only there was a Manx saying that would apply...
    1 point
  45. If you go back through the CM's statements, you will find more detail about the state that the UK needs to be in before our border gets opened up a bit. On 3 September, he said "As set out in our borders framework, for a move from Level 4 to Level 3, we would need to see a reduction to a rate of one in every five-thousand people. The UK still has a considerable way to go to reach this." Currently, the UK rate is 260.6 per 100,000 population. That's 13 per 5,000 people. (It's a higher figure in the North West.) Don't look for any changes in the border level for a good while yet.
    1 point
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  47. I always understood the reason he moved after Charters going was to try and sort out the financial mess in health . Had that from a very good source but happy to be corrected .
    1 point
  48. Bottom line is. If you were driving someone in a taxi off the boat who was carrying the SA variant. Would you like to know later that day or in five working days time? I think the rest of us would like to know quicker too. That's the bottom line. Everything else is fudge and cover up.
    1 point
  49. As there are 4000 variants, a future mutation may arise that is unaffected by the vaccines currently available. Or we may find that one particular vaccine is more effective against one particular strain. The quicker this happens the better for the victim. It's like being ahead in the game...
    1 point
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