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  1. Can you guys start a separate thread titled "Jersey is ace - oh no it isn't" and leave this one to a discussion on IOM and the coronavirus?
    18 points
  2. I'll put a big disclaimer here that I'm not the person who decides who gets tested and when. Saying that, I am a scientist who understands that if you test someone on the day they arrive and their exposure to the virus was at on the way to the ferry/plane, that test is going to come up negative because no test in the world can give a result based on exposure. The test is for actual infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. So let's say that we test everyone on arrival. We end up giving out a large number of negative results to people who are going to be going into isolation fo
    14 points
  3. Early on in all this I remember calculating (from a published paper) that Log(t) (where t is the time from exposure to testing positive) follows a normal distribution. These figures may well now have been refined somewhat, but the mean (of t) was 5.1 days. Using a log normal distribution, about 78% of people if infected on day 0 will test positive by day 7. So, the vast majority of returning travelers, if positive, will be positive on day 7 given their exposure may well be a day or 2 before their travel. Jersey's approach is far riskier, and I fully agree with Rachel's point about the
    12 points
  4. This is woolley’s final contribution on Manxforums which will come as a blessed relief to some, no doubt, and so, ladies and gentlemen, I crave your indulgence one last time. Considering that I’ve written so much here, I can’t even recall what it was that moved me sufficiently to sign up to MF in the first place. It’s all lost in the mists of time, but it was clearly the start of something that endured and became a part of my routine. All things, both nice and nasty, eventually come to an end. When I’d idly pondered in the past how I might conclude my MF tenure other than by fa
    12 points
  5. May I suggest building a very expensive Police Station close to Douglas Town Centre with cell / holding facilities - possibly near the end of Walpole Avenue opposite the Bus Station.
    11 points
  6. I'd love nothing more than for you to be right. However, in retrospect in A&Es in Liverpool we were seeing cases of covid mainly in young adults from late January/early February, but there was a bit of denial and no real plan on a national level. It was from March it got really messy and the number of cases at that time point was a huge under estimate, doctors were going through notes and binning swabs from people who were being discharged to save testing capacity. The hospitals were somewhat spared because everything else stopped, wards cleared of elective patients, people staying away fr
    11 points
  7. IMHO Watterson is the epitome of everything that is wrong with Tynwald. It's not just the demeaning of his post and that of his colleagues with that disgraceful episode on the bus. But it does give a good, solid, starting point to the fact he cares so little about the gravitas of his position and those who voted for him that resigning was simply not an option. When you add to that his pechant for jetting off to sunnier climes four square and all found to dress up and ponce about like some latter day Little Lord Fauntelroy when he should be available to field the issues of his constit
    11 points
  8. Scrap the president post it’s just for people who believe they are very important ( when most of the general public don’t give a s%%t about this ceremonial nonsense fancy dress gig) or make it a part time £25k salary max. It’s just a cop out if standing politicos rush for that gravy train carriage.
    11 points
  9. Expect better from you on this. You like driving fast and think you should be allowed to go for it ‘if it’s safe for you’. So do I actually, but in an attempt to follow Spock’s principle that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few I’d be happy to relinquish those rights. My views on speed limits and overtaking on the mountain are nothing to do with my personal comfort and all to do with overall road safety. You’ve either misunderstood my thoughts, or are being deliberately obtuse making me out to be a selfish twat who is personally uncomfortable driving at speed.
    11 points
  10. At least the promenade will be finished by then.
    10 points
  11. Might have to destroy Douglas to make it though, though that might be an argument in favour. Also, we need a massive fog horn on North Barrule that miaows disapprovingly at England every hour, on the hour, at an amplitude and frequency sufficient to cause the whole of Liverpool to shake.
    10 points
  12. Hmm, well, the lack of symptomatic people calling 111 and the lack of people in respiratory distress in Nobles would be the data that says you're wide of the mark here. There is no scenario with COVID19 where 100% of cases are asymptomatic so if we had a on-Island COVID19 epidemic on our hands then testing wouldn't be the only way it was detected. In the March-May epidemic on-Island around 10% cases were hospitalised (similar to other countries around the world). Every patient admitted to Nobles is tested so we'd be picking it up. Testing on arrival will cost a lot of money. You seem
    10 points
  13. Johnson is just a pathological liar and gaslighter. He’s spent his whole life claiming he’s not fucked that woman / fathered that child / done this thing / done that thing. He lies so freely that it’s difficult even for the people near a him to notice. The current target of his gaslighting is students. They’re now to blame for the catastrophic fuck up he and his government has made managing the COVID pandemic. The agenda is to cowardly blame students for ... being students. Do you think if COVID happened in 1982 he and his Bullingdon Club mates wouldn’t have been out coking and boozing it up w
    9 points
  14. To be fair she's not being appointed for her experience, she's being appointed for her vote. That's why she's been put in two malfunctioning Departments - so that whatever ridiculous or dangerous or corrupt nonsense the DoI or DESC come up with, she will be obliged to support them in Tynwald and the Keys. She's being paid to become a nodding dog.
    9 points
  15. The media is not helping anyone in this mess, printing conflicting opinions by so called experts, figures that can not be authenticated, and generally causing mistrust, fear, exasperation. Gutter press at it’s worst. If no one watched the news, ditched papers and just got on with their lives I think we would be in a better position in six months time. I still think we should take sensible precautions and keep the borders restricted and accept and enjoy the position we are in, many people would give anything to be able to be in this state.
    9 points
  16. Am I the only one to think this character assault on Dilligaf is a little bullying in nature? I've half a mind to report the thread to John Wright. Oh, wait...
    9 points
  17. Quirkio wont be returning for his benefit. It will be because constituents keep on stopping him in the street and begging him to come back and sort the place out.
    9 points
  18. Quite but apparently they have put her into a witness protection scheme and she has had some plastic surgery done. She now looks like this.
    9 points
  19. Well, I am old and obviously a bit slow on the uptake, but can someone explain to me how an electric car that is running on electricity that is generated by burning natural gas can be considered to be carbon-free? ( Not to mention any conversion losses along the way, battery manufacturing, battery disposal, and other stuff...)
    9 points
  20. Nothing in Manx politics would depress me more than the return of Gawne. He's the pound-shop messiah to a small clique of nationalists and wool-wearing supporters.
    9 points
  21. Tynwald is like a pig in a wheelbarrow. It can't push the wheelbarrow and it's too lazy and comfortable to get out of it.
    9 points
  22. It's an expensive (to us) role, it's not democratically elected, It serves little obvious constitutional purpose, the holders tend to enjoy dressing up and gadding off around the world to pontificate at meetings of various Commonwealth bodies which we're not rightly members of, damaging the environment as they go It's a position that has had it's day & should be disposed of
    9 points
  23. IoM Govt will be taking £100 off each resident. And that's just for starters...
    9 points
  24. You have to work hard, and really engage with your doctor and specialist to move things forward. I might have been lucky, but in the three ops I’ve had at Nobles things have been great, although the lead up to the first one took many years and I learned from that. Ive recently had to have an urgent MRI which has fortunately come back clear, but the waiting list was six weeks. There is private capacity out of hours for private work, and things will improve shortly with the second machine coming on line. What really needs looking at is us spending money on vanity bridges rather than divert
    9 points
  25. Well, if the tinfoil hat fits? I blocked a couple of people last week on twitter for the usual troll-like behaviour instead of just ignoring them. The bit I didn't expect was that these people would then follow me in accounts under their own name within a few minutes (at odd hours of day). Re-reading their troll accounts after realising who they were in real life was a pretty entertaining few minutes. If you don't like what I have to say, don't follow me? For info, I don't have to be involved with COVID19 on the Island, don't need the money, don't need the hassle or the trolling,
    9 points
  26. Just wait until the pretty inevitable situation in the IOM of the first case of community transmission. There will be a complete public meltdown followed by a stampede back behind closed doors. It’s encouraging to know that right from the start here Quayle, Ashford, and the rest have been really clear on the likelihood of COVID-19 returning because they know the reality of the situation. But the penny hasn’t dropped for most people even if they heard them say that. That’s because the main government PR focus has been on building the false illusion of the magic bubble that’s protecting us all s
    8 points
  27. It’s actually for breaking the law, but I’m sure you really know that.
    8 points
  28. From time to time I have been paying attention to this thread I created last April. The discussion has evolved mainly onto the issues of the border restrictions and there has been an underestimation, in my opinion, of the problem of not been able to travel freely with the UK. Some business are simply not viable without freedom of movement. Some people also will find it very difficult for reasons related to their personal circumstances. I would guess, if you are a pensioner and most of you social life is on the island, this may not be apparent. I have absolutely nothing against pensioners roote
    8 points
  29. I worked in the public sector in the UK in the 90s and there was a cost cutting drive in that period. As a manager I was asked to look at cost savings in my area and, like everyone else, I presented the options with the shroud-waving commentary about loss of service. The net result was that making decisions about what to get rid of fell to the Centre. They responded to this difficulty by simply cutting budgets between 5 and 10% for the following year, leaving management in the field to decide what to cut. We all made those decisions and lived within the reduced budget. Within IOM Government
    8 points
  30. Boys'll be on time and a turd
    8 points
  31. The staffing or lack of isn’t the issue, it’s the lack of a proper plan to start with. It’s a major road, a major project, managed by people who aren’t up to the job. The contractors are working with people who don’t know what they are doing. I repeat, how has Nick still got that job?
    8 points
  32. 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
    8 points
  33. Testing asymptomatic people has a very low yield. Even Bolton, which appears to be the corona capital of the UK, has (from memory) only 160 cases per 100,000 people. So that's 1 for every 600 people at random you test. Testing everyone on arrival would not find many cases. We're testing everyone admitted to hospital, with no cases found since April. I think that's reasonable evidence that there is no meaningful covid in the community. There may well have been cases who have done the right thing, isolating for 14 days on their arrival, that we don't know about. If they're asymptomatic
    8 points
  34. I'm not sure there is a panic. Except for you banker and nom de plume. I dont see anybody else panicking
    8 points
  35. A town or village need hub facilitys. A bank, pharmacy, doctors, post office, newsagent, cafe spring to mind. Economic pressure and online alternatives have slowly removed the social fabric of towns by stripping out these facilities. Where possible thought should be given to the creation of shared spaces that supply many of these services. Those that know me would probably accept that I embrace technology, but I also appreciate the value that a central community/social hub brings to any town or village.
    8 points
  36. @Neil Down @Cambon @Southfork @Nom de plume @Banker stop this tit for tat, immediate, knee jerk, disparagement of one another’s posts. It’s childish, in the extreme, puts other posters off, wrecks the thread. Repetition will result in a ban. And I mean ban, permanent, not suspension. @dilligaf don’t jump on the bandwagon. You will only get pulled in. This a public moderator warning. It’s final and not open to challenge. You may not agree. But you need to accept. last time I issued a warning like this @woolley lost the plot, challenged, was suspended, flounced and left. W
    8 points
  37. A lot of nonsense in this thread, as usual. Most organ donors are patients with head injuries or catastrophic brain haemorrhages. They're 'alive', as in their heart is beating, but on ITU on a ventilator. Their brain is dead. There are established tests for this, and they have to be carried out twice, at separate times, with more than one doctor involved, and there has to be no sedative drugs going etc. It's all very tightly regulated. Organs are harvested by a visiting team from the UK, usually in the evening or at weekends, with a separate theatre team. Transplant surgery is h
    8 points
  38. Lucky he was only pissed and shouting. If he'd spewed up they'd have sentenced him to a term as President.
    8 points
  39. Anyone know if Shoprite has ran out of bog roll yet?
    8 points
  40. I think it does. Otherwise there’d be speculation and rumour, and the usual suspects moaning that the government are not telling us anything.
    8 points
  41. Well I did not think The Nations Station could stoop any lower but it never fails to disappoint. Because they did not get the result they had expected at the Covid Media announcement they are now dredging the UK for anyone who is stupid enough to think they will achieve 2 minutes of fame by spouting crap on our own Mickey Mouse Radio Station, no one, absolutely no one has ever achieved fame by speaking on M.R. They had a beauty, not really ,seen the photo, this morning who is living in Wiltshire but Momma.....how she was referred to lives in Peel ....she reckons she should be shown more
    8 points
  42. Rest assured there will be absolutely no impact on anyone in IOM Government at any time whatsoever whether there is a 99% downturn in whatever they are employed to do or not.
    8 points
  43. John wright has left me in charge for the week, gave no specific instruction, he trusts my judgement. One more peep out of you or the sultan and it's the banhammer for both of you. Dont try me.
    7 points
  44. 7 points
  45. It’s another element of our future which we are going to have to come to terms with if the event is not going to run next year. If it doesn’t, then we are in an interesting position on a number of levels. Lack of course familiarity of riders, deterioration of skills of officials, changes on the palatability of risk. Maybe the future lies in a “Revival” festival, with a racing schedule split between Billown, a re- engineered Willaston and Jurby, with a ‘parade day’ celebrating the Mountain course at parade speeds thus reducing the marshaling burden. It could be much more inclusive and att
    7 points
  46. Oh for the love of God, please understand that there is no test that will pick up if you were exposed to the virus at Lancaster train station on the way to the Ben. Testing on day 7 is the only sure way of knowing whether you are likely to be spreading it around, which is why you have to isolate for at least 7 days. I'm getting so frustrated having to explain basic biology of infection to people who seemingly refuse to understand, and demand to get a negative test on arrival so they can go to the pub and get pissed three days after they arrive on the Island. Under the auspices of "freedom". As
    7 points
  47. He’s a big fan of grandiose uniforms - I’d support the retention of the President role so long as Spewin’ agreed to wear costumes from 70s sci-fi series, starting with Space 1999, then Blake’s 7 and finally as one of the Angels from Captain Scarlet.
    7 points
  48. It is not just about swearing how do think the children felt when this stupid woman started shouting and following their father ? She got off lightly, bullies like her are disgusting even if she had not been swearing screaming abuse at a man whilst he had his children with him, or not, is dreadful she seems a right piece of work.
    7 points
  49. With the exception of Jessopp, the other candidates weren't standing on a party platform, were they? Also, they're not on here making dodgy claims about having published more policy than anyone. If you'd trundled along as an independent and just blurted out "Hey! I'm Michael Josem, vote for me because I think there should be more houses and less paedos!", then fine. But you didn't, you stood as a representative of a party that's been around for a sufficient amount of time for it to have figured out a solid political identity and nailed down the details. So, you're coming up wit
    7 points
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