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  1. She seems to be the only person with any sort of independent view left, I really admire her and I would trust her advice long before I would trust Ashfords or Quayle’s, unfortunately sheeple will disagree as they will only act when/if they’re told to do so. She seems to have a fine balance of common sense and intelligence, a lot to be admired for I think.
    15 points
  2. In a situation where 100% of the population are vaxxed, then all deaths from covid will have been vaxxed. It’s an obvious truth and one that shouldn’t be used to suggest that the vaccine is ineffective or that we shouldn’t be relaxing restrictions.
    11 points
  3. Now I've heard it all! She's no more qualified than you? And you're actually serious about that remark, lol...
    11 points
  4. It should just be a press release. I don't want to have to watch Howard read it (badly) off a piece of paper when I could just read it myself now.
    9 points
  5. If the rules around testing and isolation aren’t simplified, clarified and relaxed I expect the island to be effectively locked-down in a matter of days. Cases are going up, thus contacts of cases or suspected cases are going up more, resulting in many places being unable to function. Testing is going up in parallel with this, while swabbers and contact tracers are going off into isolation themselves. I foresee a big mess. If I were in charge I’d simplify testing to only those who were symptomatic or unvaccinated very close contacts (ie sleep together) of definite cases. Isolation would be only for definite positives - contacts, those awaiting tests, people testing negative but symptomatic - wear a mask. Everyone else - get on with it, wash hands, and cut down on the gratuitous continental style hugging/kissing.
    9 points
  6. Tithing is one of, if not the best grift in history, anyone who parts with his money thinking its for the church to do good is a fool and IMHO in the 21st century 'ALL' religions taking donations should have to pay tax on their profits. Its a scam pure and simple. watch evangelical tv for 10 minutes and its nothing but adverts for some shit ghost written books, some Chinese tat supposedly blessed or some poor orphan to get a new bible. Meanwhile the pastor gets a new jet, a new pool and gym for his mansion and wears more bling than Elton John.
    8 points
  7. Situation is very different. No one here was locked up for a year. We had total freedom for 11 of the last 17 months. We've now got 70% of the adult population double vaccinated. It’s not uncontrolled transmission. It’s not fucking anyone or everyone.
    7 points
  8. I can't be bothered to dig out my 9 month old post, but I do recall the bit you're quoting. The important word you seem to disregard is 'if' - at the time I was saying that 'if' their cases continued growing without some measures being brought in, then about 80% of the population would have been infected in a few weeks, giving herd immunity, along with an awful lot of collateral damage in the process. At that time in October Boris was planning for a nice family christmas for everyone, but then had to bring in restrictions as the NHS started to fall over. They probably do have herd immunity over there now. To a degree, at least. Cases may be going up, but deaths are not matching as they did over winter. Last antibody survey I saw indicated 80% coverage, so they're there or thereabouts. I am generally 'bullish' I suppose, with regard to lifting restrictions. I'm an optimist, generally. Restrictions were necessary to protect the NHS, but not any more I don't think. The NHS's problems now are likely to be due to pent up demand from non-covid work, and staffing issues due to overwork, covid-fatigue, burnout, mass early retirement, recruitment issues, and inability to cover rotas as people are still having to isolate as one of their facebook friends tested positive. Continuing restrictions will exacerbate those problems.
    7 points
  9. The damaging of the Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester and the violent hooliganism is dominating the main stream media this morning. Whilst rightly condemning the actions of some mindless people, funnily enough none of the broadcasters are mentioning the mass hysteria that was whipped up by the newspapers and TV about the football hype beforehand. The pre match coverage was the most intense I have ever seen - it seems every part of society had to be 'interviewed' and inappropriately galvanised, including schoolchildren, into demonstrating almost aggressive support for the English team. The pre match coverage went way over the top. When the team failed to deliver, what else did anyone expect. This is not just about racism. It is how people can be whipped up into a frenzy and then lost all sense of perspective and the ability for rationale behaviours. Mass hysteria = aggressive racism and violence. Hmmm, where have I heard of that before...
    7 points
  10. Any opinion you have is now invalid after revealing that you use that font.
    6 points
  11. Not all nature can move, unless it is a triffid a plant cannot, pupae cannot. it is not as easy as jumping from one user account to another on here you know The actual glen, surrounding woodland and the cliffs have a very good selection of wildlife.
    6 points
  12. Nice development and Dandara rarely go in the same sentence.
    6 points
  13. Am I in a miniscule minority who thinks very contemptuously about our DHSC Minister? Top World Class Qualified Pandemic Expert David Ashford MBE's Press Release last Friday said that there was no need for anyone here to be concerned about the three Astra Zeneca Batches which have been banned by Malta and others as they are not yet EU approved. He specifically said that no-one has any reason to worry as none of those three batches had been received in the Isle of Man. See: https://covid19.gov.im/news-releases-statements/no-covishield-vaccines-administered-in-the-isle-of-man/ I quote ''Minister for Health and Social Care, David Ashford MHK, said: ''As no Covishield branded vaccines have been administered here in the Isle of Man, there is no need for the public to be concerned about any EU travel implications.'' He surely knew, and he certainly ought to have known, his facts properly about this and he was quite simply and obviously completely misleading and wrong. There were in fact OVER FIVE MILLION DOSES of vaccine received by the UK which bear these batch nos. As the island gets 0.13% of all vaccine doses received by the UK then the IOM will have received and used around 6500 doses of those with the same three batch numbers received and administered here. no-one should be in any doubt about that despite 'Doctor' Ashford MBE's unqualified total assurances to the contrary. There is no suggestion that this vaccine is substandard. The issue is that the EMA has not authorised it because the Indian manufacturers are yet to seek a licence to use it in Europe. That is causing travel problems with some countries already including Malta. I feel strongly that Top World Class Qualified Pandemic Expert David Ashford MBE yet again owes everyone a big apology. Meantime, if you have had one or two Oxford / AstraZeneca jabs and wish to check your vaccination card to see if you had any from the relevant batch numbers which should be written or stamped on the vaccine card you received at your first appointment, the relevant numbers of the affected batches are as follows: 4120Z001 and 4120Z002 and 4120Z003. I have been astonished throughout these last 16 months at the permanent Teflon coated widespread popularity of Top World Class Qualified Pandemic Expert David Ashford MBE which I consider to be wholly misplaced. I have no idea why he is so popular in the face of his Great Shredding Incident after seeming to do his very best to discredit and undermine the island's own world class Genomics expert Rachel Glover and thereafter in that sort of vein. Not to mention also: the long-time lack of testing here, the wholly inadequate testing after they did eventually start to do some testing, the appalling lack of, and much later glacially slow, expensive Genomic Sequencing when our world-class expert Manxwoman Dr Glover consistently offered 24 hour turnarounds and to do so free of charge for many months only to be completely ignored, the obscenity of the needlessly delayed late Vaccine roll-outs from receipt of the first vaccines around mid December until after the DHSC's holidays were over in January, his forced apology to the House of Keys on 15 April after he gave the House of Keys completely wrong information about a Covid19 vaccine related death, his ridiculous and unique two week ''holiday' pause in June (''they need and deserve a holiday'') despite plenty volunteer jabbers being available at that ongoing most critical juncture which further endangered the population needlessly while at the same time his Government were opening up the borders etc etc etc etc. Did ''Minister Dr Top Class Pandemic Expert'' Ashford MBE really totally fail to understand that this has been, and remains, a race between vaccinations and infections..... All absolutely astonishing. The Isle of Man. Where seemingly you can fool almost all of the people all of the time... Am I the only one who thinks very contemptuously about our DHSC Minister?
    6 points
  14. I’m a smart guy & she’s no more qualified than I nor anyone else to have a reasoned opinion on this virus or the easing of restrictions. She can genome sequence with the best of them I’m sure. The University of Warwick & Sage experts have proved their incompetence on an all too frequent basis. There are no experts.
    6 points
  15. The Government have given up. Don't expect any sensible policies from them. They're following England headlong into the abyss.
    5 points
  16. When, oh when, will scientist realise that their job isn't to find out how things work - it's to tell anonymous posters on the internet what they want to hear.
    5 points
  17. Most people who know Ashford know he’s had a career of very little note so far. Bar manager, admin clerk and project manager then town councilor for the most profligate council in the IOM. He’s managed to just be part of whatever furniture exists and appears to have been drawn into politics as little old ladies seem to like him and he likes to feel important as he seems relatively insecure at just being David Ashford. On that basis I’m sure most people would also suspect that any of our COVID-19 responses have tangibly little to do with him.
    5 points
  18. Would it be fair to say that politically you have often tended towards the slightly more bullish side with respect to the relaxation of restrictions. That to me has long seemed both a political and a medical issue, with opinion seemingly often closely reflecting people's wider political and economic perspectives (the extreme end of that spectrum being occupied by the kind of freedom - kooks who write here about "face nappies" etc). Related to that - what progress do you see with respect to this previous idea? Where would you say that Britain is up to now with respect to herd immunity, 7 months on?
    5 points
  19. Wonder if creator law recognises 'doing business as a twat'? I do hope they breach the real law of the land at their court on 1 September then perhaps PC Plod, 'doing business as a police officer', can haul them off to 'their place of business' to await shipment to 'their place of storage' in Jurby.
    4 points
  20. Yes. Mainly by people like yourself predicting 7 pages of meltdown on here. Which never happens
    4 points
  21. 4 points
  22. Excellent move by CoMin this & the LFT home testing surveillance. Just need testing at the Grandstand to be dropped now & stop the reporting of case numbers. Only Covid hospital admissions are relevant at this point. Even then, they aren’t really.
    4 points
  23. How any of this relates to black lives matter i have no idea
    4 points
  24. 4 points
  25. My point was in answer to @Nom de plume claiming to be equally qualified. Dr Glover is an established scientist, whose background and training not only specialise her in her field but give her the skills to process and disseminate information and data, as well as being able to identify the shortcomings in those approaches. Note that a lot of established public health and virology scientists and professors share similar views as well.
    4 points
  26. Remind me what your PhD is in and Public Health England background is again, please. If you’re claiming you’re equally qualified. You just deride anything you disagree with. That’s no claim either way on your intelligence.
    4 points
  27. I think the government have backed themselves into a corner with public sentiment. Frankly, I think surveillance of the virus as it spreads is still very valuable information. But testing positive proves a bit of a nightmare for you and people around you, a strong deterrent to getting a test.
    4 points
  28. It was a good idea but we're all still going to talk about the remaining restrictions. Sorry, David
    3 points
  29. Looking at who is up for trial, hang the lot of them i say. Guilty
    3 points
  30. You are getting silly now.
    3 points
  31. Haven't they decided that CoMin is to have it's own legal advisers and the AG to become the Tynwald adviser? If they're going to initiate this sort of reform they might as well go the whole hog & hold popular elections for LegCo as well as take the vote away from the Bish
    3 points
  32. I think it sounds sensible, but strongly encouraged simply excludes the proportion of the population who don’t care or can’t be arsed. Personally, I think one thing we are missing is masks on public transport and in essential places like supermarkets and pharmacies. It would go a long way to reassure vulnerable people who are worried about bumping into the unwashed masses, and covers the places that people have to go. It also makes people a bit more conscious of hygiene and space. Combine that with messaging about being sensible, we’re in the middle of summer, so encourage people to socialise in the sunshine and general hygiene. Provide support for businesses, encouraging ventilation, fresh air and for public facing staff, maybe PPE and you roll it into a pragmatic but minimally invasive approach to mitigate against it spreading too fast.
    3 points
  33. 3 points
  34. A new home testing scheme has launched for close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, meaning an end to self-isolation. The increase in COVID-19 cases in recent days means a growing number of people are being identified as close contacts of someone with the virus. If they are not fully vaccinated, they have been required to self-isolate. With immediate effect anyone identified as a close contact, who has no COVID-19 symptoms, will no longer be required to self-isolate or have a PCR test. Instead, close contacts will be strongly encouraged to take part in a free seven-day home testing scheme and to be extra vigilant for symptoms. The change will apply retrospectively. This means anyone currently self-isolating because they were identified as a close contact is now released from isolation. The COVID-111 service will be emailing all those affected to confirm this. Anyone who is self-isolating because they tested positive for the virus must continue to self-isolate in accordance with their direction notice. Home test kits – called lateral flow devices – will be available in packs of seven, free of charge. Kits are available this evening between 8pm and 10pm from four schools in key areas around the Island: • North – Ramsey Grammar School car park in front of the East Building (nearest Parliament Square) • South – Castle Rushen High School car park • East – Ballakermeen High School car park • West – QEII High School car park Anyone collecting test kits this evening should wear a face covering. From tomorrow (Thursday 15 July), tests will be available for close contacts to collect from a number of pharmacies around the Island, with full details to be published. Close contacts are encouraged to take a test every day for seven days from when they are advised they are a close contact. An anonymous online reporting system is available for people to confirm their daily negative results at https://covid19.gov.im/about-coronavirus/testing-results/. Anyone who receives a positive home test result, or anyone who develops symptoms, should immediately isolate and call 111 and they will be offered a PCR test if necessary. If the PCR test comes back as positive, they will have to self-isolate for 10 days. Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK said: “Government is aware of the impact self-isolation is having on a number of organisations – particularly small businesses and some schools – and the concern this is causing. “We must continue to adjust our approach to COVID-19 as we adapt and learn to live with the virus. This is another step on that journey. We hope all close contacts will take part in our free home testing scheme. Not only will daily testing give peace of mind to close contacts, it allows Government to continue to monitor any spread of the virus, but is a less intrusive way that minimises inconvenience whilst helping to keep people safe.” “We need to recognise that the majority of close contacts do not typically go on to develop the virus, especially those outside the household of a positive case. Therefore we need to take a balanced approach to this, as we did when we removed fully vaccinated individuals from precautionary isolation. “Whilst there is of course a level of increased risk from this approach, we are now at the point where we must take a more proportionate response to these risks." The Chief Minister continued: “Personal choice, responsibility and judgement will remain important. If you’ve been identified as a close contact, think about how you go about your daily life in the 10 days after you’ve been notified. Please be safe, be smart, be kind. “A combination of daily self-testing and asking the public to consider mitigations and their personal choices is, on balance, an appropriate alternative to having large numbers of our community in self-isolation.” Whilst there will be no legal restrictions on close contacts, they should consider: • Telling their employer that they have been identified as a close contact and letting them know if they’ll be undertaking daily home testing • Telling friends, family and colleagues who may feel anxious or vulnerable • Thinking about who they interact with in the 10 days after being told they’re a close contact • Taking precautions that may make them and others feel safer, such as minimising face to face close contact, avoiding confined and poorly ventilated areas or wearing a face covering as appropriate. The Chief Minister will hold a COVID-19 briefing tomorrow (Thursday 15 July) at 4pm.
    3 points
  35. They must have added 4 cases to yesterday's published totals because it shows 48 as an increase of 14 on 30 not +18. They haven't updated the previous snapshot though. Maybe they didn't want to show more than 50 cases in a day.
    3 points
  36. Yeah there will be 20 minutes of waffling on before getting to the information people want to know, if they know what they are doing let people know now
    3 points
  37. The UK (don't know about IoM) has had compulsory vaccination in the past. In 1904 my grandmother was in court charged with not having her son vaccinated
    3 points
  38. If I'm running a customer facing business at the moment the staff would be in face masks and I'd be wanting them vaccinated.
    3 points
  39. I was born half a century too soon. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I literally prayed for a situation like we have, but I have to admit a pandemic was beyond the scope of my wildest dreams.
    3 points
  40. Those "terms of affection" weren't aimed at black people were they?
    3 points
  41. What? Mask wearing? There’s a pre-print study referenced here that suggests they go a long way as part of a package of sensible measures. https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/new-study-says-mandatory-mask-laws-were-single-biggest-factor-in-stemming-victorian-covid19-outbreak/news-story/b8ee6b9e29f59b87ae808f8436120699
    3 points
  42. This is like de ja vu island goes in to over kill on rumour and government will give an update tomorrow at 4pm. Why can’t they just have clear communication now and nip things in the bud.
    3 points
  43. They're literaly being called 'n*gger' and getting monkey stuff sent to them. Honestly, pay attention if you're going to comment.
    3 points
  44. Outside of the football frenzy issues this is a common belief but one unfortunately one that undermines the process of the abuse of power and influence and wealth. Bullies commonly use their position with the concepts of immunity ( will not come to any harm themselves from those higher up the chain because they do the same things and told me to do it anyway) and immunity (even if it comes to light no-one will do anything about it on behalf of the victims). Bullying is about safety in the knowledge of getting away with it. I do it because I can. The 'best' bullies I have met are some of the strongest minded individuals encountered. Clever, well-educated, skilled manipulators, charismatic. And people will emulate them.
    3 points
  45. The people worrying are those who thought the vaccine would eradicate covid and stop you getting it. Fact is with more restrictions easing we are going to see more cases in the coming weeks. It's good the isolation rules are being looked at, we were going to book our little one into Msr this summer but decided against it because if one kid tests positive then it's likely she will have to isolate, hopefully the announcement tomorrow will change that as the msr is excellent and she enjoys it
    3 points
  46. Double jabbed or not..... no vaccine is 100% effective. Why is it that even clever people can't see that? And there's always (to coin an Americanism) a backstory to each death.
    3 points
  47. So who is advising? The Emergency Advisory Group has not published any more minutes of meetings, are they meeting, is their advice being sought, who is running the show?
    3 points
  48. You have to wonder what some cyclists are taking/sniffing when you consider their aggression levels.
    3 points
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