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  1. Oh dear. My boss was knowledgeable, intelligent, knew her subject very well, was clear in her view of the results she expected, didn't suffer fools gladly and always but always put our pupils first. The workplace was a special needs school. Sadly she suffered a blood clot on her brain and died at an early age of 59 yrs old. Very sad, she taught a lot of folk how to be better humans and how to help those less fortunate than ourselves, a very sad loss indeed.
    9 points
  2. This is similar to my current situation. I traveled back from UK with my semi-vaccinated son. I'm vaxxed so just got on with it, no tests, he tested negative on day 1. If he tests positive on Tuesday coming then my understanding is that he will then have to isolate, but I just carry on as normal. He's been out and about for a few days already, when presumably he would have been maximally infectious (if positive - this is hypothetical). I'm not sure I understand the point of the 6 day testing - it's a bit like closing the door after the horse has bolted isn't it? Same as you checking in to a hotel for a couple of days. What's the point, unless of course you fancy a couple of nights away from the house? The next step is what is the point of day 1 testing? We've repeatedly been told that it misses most infections (assuming exposure was on or just before the day of travel) so why bother at all? I don't think it'll be very long before we relax a bit further, and scrap testing altogether except for those that are symptomatic. The new normal for me should be stay off work/school if ill, wear masks in shops and on the bus if symptomatic and you have to go out, but otherwise just get on with it.
    7 points
  3. What is absolutely remarkable, is despite all the very very obvious cock-ups, no has been held responsible and furthermore, no-one ever will. They will still keep their jobs/positions and continue to give this forum more good laughs at sheer ineptitude. Even worse though, there's not even the slightest hint of embarrasment from any of those involved. Unbelievable!!!
    7 points
  4. Not much chance of them putting any actual meat in the chilli or providing free wifi this year then!
    6 points
  5. They can run any whichsoever way they want. There isn’t an approved way. It’s a sun symbol. Like the swastika. That runs both ways as well. Not that it’ll stop endless Manxies claiming there is a correct way between clock and anti-clockwise or that they should be running and never kneel to England. Even the coinage flips
    5 points
  6. Involving weapons not seen on a battlefield in a millenia.
    5 points
  7. Again though , all this confusion about what you can and cannot do. Mind blowing that once again the powers that be cant get it right. Facebook is full of irregularities with what they are getting told depending on who they ring and even who they speak to. Government comms once again useless .
    4 points
  8. Indeed, it's very much frowned upon. And you could lose your job.
    4 points
  9. Allan Bell was very good in that report. Of course they should issue an apology. With hindsight the IOM was an awful place at that time and out of kilter with most of the progressive world. As Bell says they couldn’t (and wouldn't) sign up to the human rights act while it remained a criminal offense. Many still remember the Nobles Park toilet affair which was nothing short of overt victimization and public shaming with the benefit of time.
    4 points
  10. I feel sorry for the tourist industry . If really want to come here for family etc reasons then you’ll do all the faff. If not , sod it I’ll go elsewhere. But again a system designed by civil servants - aka idiots.
    3 points
  11. no excuse, should be done
    3 points
  12. There are numerous hypothetical scenarios such as you have outlined. The IOMG have decided that, on balance, this is a risk they are prepared to accept, for the sake of the economy, and many peoples' sanity. It is up to you, and your family, of you are prepared to accept the 'risk' you have outlined. There is no silver bullet answer. It's your choice.
    3 points
  13. Just approach any commissioner from any area, put to them a suggestion of centralising local social and sheltered housing. It is so funny, it blasphemy. I do it just for the stuttering and looks I get of sheer contempt.
    3 points
  14. Have you seen their prices lately? Thats just two all day breakfasts and a couple of pints
    3 points
  15. I’d be taking that with a pinch of salt. There’s always a reservoir of “bugs” ( viruses and bacteria ) in the community. They’ve been living a normal life behind the tightly controlled border.
    3 points
  16. Lol. My experience with my own, and family, TNS, isolation and public health notices is they are badly written, the on line guidance often conflicts with what’s on the form and both conflict with the actual regulation(s). Plus, if you phone up to enquire, and speak to more than one person, you get conflicting advice. The “best” experience I had was us both being given out of date/wrong notices as we got of the boat. Then sending someone round later the same day to hand over the correct ones ( they were still wrong ).
    3 points
  17. To be fair/fare/fayre, the Racket were between a rock and a hard place when it came to keeping a service going. Most of the freight comes overnight, so it can be distributed early morning, and the fresh stuff is on the shelves same day. Putting it onto a daytime sailing would add another day to its delivery time, because it would arrive here after everyone has knocked off for the day. Newspapers would have to come by plane (even more expensive). Most passengers come on daytime sailings, and with few passengers travelling, it looks easy to take off the daytime sailing...... but..... most of the people coming over will have been "essential workers", and making them travel overnight is not exactly looking after them! It looks as though Government decided that the schedule ought to be maintained, and for once I think they were right.
    3 points
  18. England played well, penalty choices were a bit odd, the subs seemed very late, Grealish should’ve been on earlier in my opinion but if they won it would be a different story and everyone would be singing Southgates praises, I think it just pays to be humble with how far they have come. Unfortunately the biggest issue with England by far is the so called fans, booing through the Italian national anthem, the stadium emptied out before the medals were even handed out. I bet there will be plenty of criminal damage, fights between rival fans and many wives being beaten tonight, it’s shameful behaviour and they could learn a thing or two from how Southgate handles defeat.
    2 points
  19. I totally agree. Either we are getting on with it now nearly all vulnerable are double jabbed, or we may as well close the borders. The situation is currently stupid! What is the point in all this faff to get back to the island? Crazy!
    2 points
  20. Stop testing healthy people. Stop isolating healthy people. It's insane.
    2 points
  21. I think we seem to have got into the habit of waiting for government to tell us what to do at every turn, the time has come with the vaccine, for us to make our own decisions regarding our health and wellbeing.
    2 points
  22. I don’t think we’d be able to justify lockdown again. It wouldn’t surprise me if at some point we see some measures being introduced. If masks bring us freedom to crack on, that’s a fair trade realistically. Though, I’d expect them to push the status quo past election season if they can.
    2 points
  23. Maybe there is a plan to run similar trams along the Promenade? But as things stand (I have heard the sound of horse trams clip-clopping past our house for the last 25 years) there is no requirement for anything other than a single track. It is as clear and obvious as it can be.
    2 points
  24. But trams in Manchester do (mostly) go down the middle of the road, just like the horse trams did. So that would be an argument for keeping things as they were. The real problem has been Longworth's fantasy of running electric trams on the horse tram tracks (even though that was excluded by Tynwald) and the way the DoI tried to accommodate that fantasy.
    2 points
  25. Logic or scientific evidence seems to have very little to do with the public health measures that the Manx government has been adopting. Though that's been pretty true from the start. The Covid vaccines mainly work to reduce death and serious harm, but also help to stop the spread in two ways. Firstly they make it less likely for those vaccinated to catch the disease, perhaps for AZ it's about a 60% reduction. Secondly they reduce transmissability, how likely it is to be passed on the someone else. Again I've seen figures of around 60% reduction. So if the two ways work independently (they probably don't) the likelihood of catching and passing it on should be 40% x 40% = 16% of previous. So about a sixth. It's not without effect, but it shows that someone vaccinated, who is living with a person isolating with the virus still has a substantial risk not just of catching it themself but passing it on to others.
    2 points
  26. The horse tram tracks have added have added complexity and expense to every stage. So many hidden indirect costs
    2 points
  27. Known and unknown sources dont matter any more. We are in the phase of learning to live with it. That should mean no more lockdowns.
    2 points
  28. The logic is.....that being vaccinated changes it from an almost certainty that you will catch it, to a possibility that you could catch it and an even smaller chance that you would infect others.
    2 points
  29. I suggested as much back in 2010. A ‘Northern Powerhouse’ - Ramsey, Lezayre, Ballaugh, Michael, Jurby, Andreas, Bride, Maughold. All administered from Ramsey, with substantial Keys representation as well. Return functions such as housing and waste management to central government so they could simply concentrate on quality of environment issues Moving on from this micro-parochialism would be a big step forward for the reform of politics on the Island. It wouldn’t stop people having a say but it would be a darn sight more efficient.
    2 points
  30. Yes, the tactics employed were disgraceful and it was an establishment witch hunt for which an apology is the least to be done. Were the tactics even legal?
    2 points
  31. I am in his constituency, have a shredder, and am, indeed, looking forward to him knocking on my door.
    2 points
  32. They've done well given a near £33m revenue contraction year-on-year
    2 points
  33. Sounds good just need to avoid being assimilated into the Borg!
    1 point
  34. To add to my previous comment, they tested negative day 1 and the 2+2 partner was allowed out no problem, then the test on day 6 was positive and they they’ve been told the household has to isolate regardless of vaccination status, but they aren’t required to have a further test? They’ve seen the mixed comments on Facebook and are in the process of speaking to 111 again. The positive case has had 1 vaccine, absolutely no symptoms whatsoever and is quite pissed off that she has to isolate while 2+2 can travel freely without any tests, can only see that getting worse while more people are being forced to isolate.
    1 point
  35. While you're here a little bit of weedkiller wouldn't go amiss around the town or is eco bollocks the excuse?
    1 point
  36. It's a genuine concern and not hypothetical.
    1 point
  37. I hear the godfathers are meeting up in Jurby to agree on the new territories after the election.
    1 point
  38. Coat of Arms dates to 1896, when it changed from Douglas Town Commissioners to Douglas Borough Council. The Kiannoortys Word interpretation isn’t as clear as Government. Reiltys would be a better word for government.
    1 point
  39. I generally agree although I think you have oversimplified it, perhaps to cater for your audience. The chance of being infected has some proportionality to the size of the does you are exposed to. An infected person who has been fully vaccinated would be expected to rid themselves of the virus before it reproduces enough to start being shed in large quantities, thus making that person less infectious. I do agree that a vaccinated person has a resonable risk of becoming ill if they stay for long periods in the presence of an unvaccinated person who has tested positive
    1 point
  40. Don't tell Laurence or RC that.... 😂
    1 point
  41. An absolute anathema not only to the Govt and public sector ethos but also political egos. It amounts to an admission of failure that can open up all sorts of cans of wriggly things and cause any amount of embarrassment and questions, that's why it doesn't happen very often. It's much better to stay schtum and pretend that all's well and let the public seeth whilst still being obliged to pay for it. After all, they can't actually do anything about it, short of turfing the political figurehead out at the next election, which means FA in the great scheme of things.
    1 point
  42. Operating costs were down from nearly 25m to just over half that.
    1 point
  43. Ditto. Can't beat a female boss.
    1 point
  44. Some questions being raised about how long and at what level the vaccination protection lasts. Hence the talk of possible "boosters" in future.
    1 point
  45. You won't get past the accountants though....
    1 point
  46. Stolen from Facebook but had to resize as file to big, didn’t disappoint.
    1 point
  47. I don’t disagree. We’ve spent 4.5 million and counting on subsidising LoganAir. If the government didn’t own the Steam Packet the private owners would have had us over a barrel for subsidy. As it is they’ll no doubt capitalise the loss. I posted the P&L as a snapshot and record. The press and no one else had spotted it. I think the Steam Packet have done a brilliant job. It’s a blip caused by external sources. But it illustrates just how fragile assumed income streams can be in business.
    1 point
  48. Not sure what you mean, but just seeing the P&L doesn't really give the full picture.
    1 point
  49. I will vote for Daphne again, and hope that the incoming HoK is less misogynistic and open to new ideas. Perkins can do one, after his 'Boot' - licking and support of the establishment. (His pamphlet is awful, too). Gareth is a clever cookie for a scientist, so he'll get my second vote.
    1 point
  50. I was going to wait, but yes I am also standing for election in the Douglas South local elections. My main focus for Douglas, will be on legalising weed, prostitution, opium dens, casinos and poker bars. People's right to carry firearms, gun shops, pay day loan establishments, horse drawn cocktails and pawn shops. Oh yeah and 'save the trees' and all that.
    1 point
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