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  1. Or perhaps pursuing a failed 50 year old policy is a fools errand? 90% of offences are for cannabis, and if you have read the paper lately we are actively encouraging cannabis companies to the island. Licensed users buying from a reputable vendor will reduce offences of children being exploited. The scaremongering from the police on safeguarding has lumped sexual grooming offences with drug couriers for maximum headlines.
    8 points
  2. I'm always puzzled by the real meaning of "steep learning curve", and I actually think people use it incorrectly to mean "I'm out of my depth". What I think it means, is that if you plot a graph of "competence" on the y-axis against time, or other level of experience (for example, number of procedures carried out) on the x-axis, then a steep learning curve in fact means you get good at doing something rather quickly. A shallow learning curve would be a situation where it takes a long time to settle in. And learning curves, according to this interpretation, are generally logarithmic in shape - the more experience you have, the longer you have to keep at it to improve further. This is certainly the case for music practice. Apologies for the thread-jacking
    6 points
  3. You just wonder why anyone does anything in the IOM. There is literally no point as there is always some jumped up civil servant out to ruin your day and destroy your reputation and generally piss all over your parade whenever they feel like it. This just adds to the Newsons thread about why would anyone with any brains bother investing a penny into the IOM?
    5 points
  4. Was just coming to post this myself. An absolutely ludicrous fine passed down, for a gentleman with an exemplarily career and an untarnished record. Folk with any knowledge of fishing know that those few mm's make absolutely no difference and are just a regulatory decision passed down by the bods in gov. Fine should be wiped away and a warning issued, at a maximum.
    5 points
  5. Too much camping there, Gladys.
    4 points
  6. I’d imagine getting out of bed is a steep learning curve for Rob C.
    4 points
  7. The business pages of LinkedIn are awash with negatives about doing business here and the folly of this decision. The commentators are CEO, managing director type of level. How the hell they are going to grow the population with vibrant, economically active young people with decisions like this is beyond me. Government are bloody stupid !
    4 points
  8. I haven't contributed to this thread before. There is a real issue when people get involved with a cause because it is / they are 'right on'. We have seen many examples around the world where women's champions are actually men. So if this committee was in significant part well-meaning straight folk, it could never end well really. I advocate parades, festivals and parties replete with pink dogs!
    3 points
  9. It is fair enough - the vessel is old (24 years) but has a proven track record in the ports where it will primarily be sailing. I have seen older vessels with less capacity go for upwards of $13 - $17 million dollars. So the price is best described as fair.
    3 points
  10. Same as that Stonewall Charity in the UK? Appears to be a bunch of bigoted twats protesting about a bunch of bigoted twats.
    3 points
  11. Gladys/camping = Glamping!
    3 points
  12. Well his replacement has already taken over. Mr Lan Iongworth
    3 points
  13. If they hand them over to another group or company, the transaction needs a clause in it that the trams don't run when the TT course is closed.
    3 points
  14. To be fair there is quite a lot of negative feedback out there. I’ve been surprised by some of the comments on Twitter by quite well known business people. The timing is just terrible really only a week after they stood up in front of the public and gave it the big one about how open for business we are and about how brownfield development is a key aim of government. They’re basically full of shit.
    3 points
  15. Many years ago someone who had had a planning application refused by the then committee, apparently said to one of the members, who was a postman; "and what do you know about buildings apart from the size and shape of a letterbox".
    3 points
  16. What’s that got to do with having some sort order within an educational environment? Very few could have predicted Covid and no sector of western society was ready for it. Children need guidance on what the basic expectations are in life in general. Honestly you need to experience it to understand that some groups are becoming unteachable due to a continuous lack of ability to adhere to basic manners. If you were there you’d be shocked.
    2 points
  17. A METAR (meteorological aerodrome report) is an actual weather report, not a forecast. METARS are typically issued every 30 minutes and relate to the actual weather observed at 20 past and ten to each hour. Occasionally, if the weather warrants it, they will be produced and broadcast at any time. The forecast is known as a TAF (terminal aerodrome forecast). There are two types of TAF, short TAFs and long TAFs. Short TAFs are published every three hours and forecast the weather for the next nine hours. Long TAFs are valid for (if i recall correctly) 24 hours and tend to be only issued at larger airports, where long haul flights are due to arrive. This will allow crews operating those long flights to have something to hang their planning hats on bearing in mind it may be 14 hours from when they leave the briefing room to when they arrive at destination. Dublin is a long haul destination airport. Fraggle Rock International isn't. Thats why we don't have long TAFs here.
    2 points
  18. it's a shame that those rules have to be published, surely it's just common decency
    2 points
  19. Secondary schools are on a knife-edge with regards to behaviour. Mr Corrin is obviously very concerned and his ideas can only be a good thing. I think a lot of parents would agree with his sentiments.
    2 points
  20. The tourists aren't around the prom when the roads are closed because (surprisingly) 99% of them are around the TT Course watching the racing.
    2 points
  21. Not relevant to my post that you quoted, but, thanks for the update ? 🤷‍♂️
    2 points
  22. It does. I quite admire that person as he’s fairly confident in expressing views that won’t go down well with government which we all know can be self limiting in the IOM. The LinkedIn thread is quite revealing by the number of posters being openly critical. Things have to change here otherwise it just makes the whole future economic and population strategies a joke. Even the DfE supported this and it’s still been killed.
    2 points
  23. I heard the decision had been taken way back in early September. I don’t know how IoP directors/trustees came to self select. They were good at what they did, what they organised. But I couldn’t see any real community link ( is there an LGBTQIA+ community? Or are there many, disparate, conflicting communities? ). Think they were shaken and upset by the trans/police presence protest. They didn’t handle it well. Took it personally. Don't think they understood Pride as a political, protest and campaigning event, as well as a carnival and fun event. Not sure they actually raised anything for LGBTQIA+ causes. They did make a political expression, against protest and freedom of speech, and in favour of Gary Roberts statement that wasn’t an apology. Not sure what their validation was for any of that. Did they take any soundings, consult with anyone? Having put Alan Shea on a pedestal in 2021 he turned on them in late August 2022. At the end they were describing Alan as impossible and the trans as vicious. They couldn’t continue.
    2 points
  24. Deffo some dodgy side effects from the HPV jab the girl on the right had. I don't think the literature even mentions the possibility of facial hair.
    2 points
  25. It's to be expected .We're heading into winter when there's traditionally coughs and colds knocking about - we've lost some protection over the last 2 years due to covid restrictions. So now the cold and flu bugs will run riot. Australia have had their winter and had an epic flu season https://medcom.uiowa.edu/theloop/news/australia-is-facing-its-worst-flu-season-in-years-why-that-may-impact-us-in-the-us We really just have to crack on with it now.
    2 points
  26. [pedant mode]A lobster isn’t a fish, therefore a man who catches them isn’t a fisherman. In fact, it is more correct from an evolutionary perspective that a lobster refers to us as fish.[/pedant mode]
    2 points
  27. You have to be qualified to give advice? Don't tell anyone on here.
    2 points
  28. Pathetic underachievement! I reckon from the e-mails I received, I counted as at least four. There's a serious point here. Managing email lists ought to be the most basic of computer tasks and most organisations seem to manage it. If I buy more goods from a retailer or donate again to a charity or attend another event at a venue, they don't double up their email contacts. Yet the Government doesn't seem able to do the same thing. The highly-paid professionals are more amateurish than even the amateurs. You saw the same thing with content - even the emails that shifted the start time on Tuesday from 9am to 10am, linked to a schedule with a 9am start. Certainly the session I was in was frequently reminded that everyone had to be back in the Hall for Alf's closing speech. I suppose it depends if you consider 'herding' to involve cattle-prods or just lots of slightly nervous sheepdogs. As I've already pointed out, I reckon Cannan gave at least six speeches during the Conference, all well-delivered, bland, content-free and forgettable. Like the 'herding', it gave the impression that the whole thing had been organised as an ego-trip for him. This is probably unfair as he doesn't seem anything like as vain or self-important as his predecessor (he can also read out a speech competently) but it indicates how the aim of the civil service now seems to be pandering to the egos of the politicians (and no doubt each other) rather than actually doing anything.
    2 points
  29. I'm not angry just reflecting back on your views on a number of things previously. I bet you didn't raise them at the conference though in the manner you do on here. Not sure what made you feel uncomfortable but again no one was stopped from leaving or herded anywhere. Your post also doesn't actually seem to be contradicting that.
    2 points
  30. I suspect trying to 'charitise' the trams is an impractical idea that won't happen. As already noted, we've been here before with the Villa/Gaiety and there were no takers either commercial or volunteer, and that was in more friendly times for such ideas. To see why times are less friendly, you only have to look at the news. We've seen Graih announce it was closing, not because of lack of money but because of lack of volunteers and inability to recruit paid staff (any charity-run solution would certainly need some paid staff). And there are regular announcement that long-standing charities and sports clubs are or are considering closing. The problem never seem to be money, but lack of people, especially to serve on committees and in responsible roles. Some of this is self-inflicted by the Government. Since the AG's Chambers took over control of charities, bureaucracy and red tape has increased and become much more difficult to navigate. As ever the intention isn't to make things work smoothly, but to provide more work for lawyers. The excuse is to prevent abuse, but in practice it's about seeing to be doing something which the more serious abuses still thrive in Athol Street. But the additional paperwork and legal responsibility mean that people are less willing to continue serving running charities and it's much more difficult to recruit new people to take on such positions. But there are other demographic factors as well. Charities often rely on the retired and if you increase retirement age (especially for women) then there are fewer years of retirement for people to give. And younger volunteers are not just a smaller pool at the moment, rising costs and especially rent mean they have less free time and money to contribute and are less able to take up low-paid and stressful charity jobs. There will be an additional problem with the horse trams. Most preserved lines run away from other traffic, not through the middle of it. This leads to all sorts of potential legal and practical problems and clashes of priority. Even without the increases in red tape, no charity is likely to be willing to take on the responsibility without all sorts of subsidies and legal and financial indemnities.
    2 points
  31. I'm sorry but anyone who talks about 'customers' rather than patients needs to have a look at themselves. Will it be right that patients will want to come back again if services are that good. ?
    2 points
  32. Certainly a Business Development Director for a big international CSP posted about it expressing his dismay. Lots of comments from similar level business people, MDs, Lawyers etc "I'm supposed to attract business to the Island and this is what we have to deal with" 70 something likes. 40 something comments. Not a good look for the Isle.
    2 points
  33. I know a few of the group (younger players) have become very disillusioned with the situation. Training fodder in the main, lack of playing minutes despite the abundance of fixtures, limited. You can see why training at silly o'clock in the morning twice a week and seeing +35 year olds starting games over you would quickly grate. Disappointing as this project was billed as an opportunity & showcase for the Islands younger talent.
    2 points
  34. It is a lot easier for the tram to be on the tram tracks.
    2 points
  35. Having attended the IOM Government Conference last week this is all you can realistically expect. They don’t seem to realize that pointless over regulation is the only growth industry here. We have so many pen pushers in really well paid jobs trying to justify their existence and their next pay award that this is the end result. I’ve already told my kids to leave to pursue there careers rather than hang round here being held back in anything you want to do by people less talented than they are.
    2 points
  36. Her Majesty and I watched that last night and we both looked at each other and said in tandem... "Leadership". In other words if it's rotten at the top then you should probably expect the same lower down the order.
    2 points
  37. No doubt he will soon say he’s getting all the ducks in a row & some blue sky thinking is needed!!
    2 points
  38. It was being refurbished. The cubicle door and side panel were removed. You can see one of the brackets on the wall between the pan and urinal. New ones are now in place. However it’s quite usual to find the accessible loo inaccessible, or functionally unusable because it’s being used as a store. I just thought it was amusing. Anyway, the facility was, temporarily, disabled.
    2 points
  39. 2 points
  40. Prior to the BoE’s intervention today gilt yields were rocketing. Obviously, the global financial markets are a bunch of ‘woke pinkos’ who count among their ‘number’ the EU, the Office for Budget Responsibility, the IMF, Channel 4, Larry Summers, the Labour Party, Greta Thunberg, etc. All of these groups are said to hate Britain and they want to sabotage Britain and Brexit …. according to the Daily Mail that is their cunning plan. The clear and unequivocal truth is however very different - Truss’s irresponsible tax cuts caused all of the market mayhem. Bucket loads of smackeroos were spent on the Queen’s funeral pageantry. The length of the queues of people gawking at the Queen’s coffin will soon be a distant memory. These queues will be more than matched by ordinary Brits queuing to foodbanks. But not everyone will be suffering. The most privileged 1% of Brits (and that includes the Royal Family) are already doing even better under the Truss’s government. An early ‘winner’ is odious and fervent Brexiteer (and the donor to the Tories) Crispin Odey, who has just made himself another small fortune by betting against the pound (the first time he used this strategy when he made a bundle out of the crushing pound was after the Brexit referendum). I am sure he and his ilk have no problems with Thick Lizzy turning Britain into a third world country where the inequality between haves and have nots is off the scale. With peeps like these on her side, Liz does not give a dam that she is ‘unpopular’ with ordinary Brits – this must be what she always wanted.
    2 points
  41. Take care. Rob C. X
    1 point
  42. Oh yes Bettison and JPW. She won’t like conflict with the rozzers.
    1 point
  43. Where’s Barrie when you finally need him?
    1 point
  44. The whole point of keeping the Ben was to provide this type of cover when Manxman arrived. Does this mark a change in policy? Is Ben going to be sold or chartered out? Condor/Guernsey are on the look out. it’ll spend most of its time crewed and at Anchor off Warrenpoint. Think it’s spent longer on charter to Condor than CalMac. In fact she’s en route to Jersey from Portsmouth now.
    1 point
  45. I was there and saw what was going on. You don't believe me? Again no one has said doors were blocked. It didn't happen. Accusing someone of trolling is also common place when you don't have any sort of answer for them. Out of interest, since you have so much to say on the subject, why weren't you there?
    1 point
  46. I think he specifically told her she'll lose if she persisted with her complaints if I remember correctly
    1 point
  47. Strange, isn’t it. I thought it was the green guy who was balanced. The other was just a deranged climate change denier. We ( Western/Central/Eastern/Balkan Europe) wouldn’t have been in this mess over gas, and to a lesser extent oil, if we’d been historically more balanced and urgent about going green/non carbon dependent. That’s where the equation hasn’t been balanced. At this stage it’s not virtue signalling. Except that not enough is being done.
    1 point
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