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  1. My dad was unfortunately one of the residents who passed away at Abbotswood. It's very easy, after the fact, to focus on apportioning blame, to advise (from afar) on what ‘should have been’ – and assume that many of the people and organizations involved are incompetent. From our family’s perspective, in the early stages of the crisis, the staff (and management) at the time tried really hard to protect the residents – stopping all visits, sleeping on-site in two shifts to minimize passage in and out of the building and so on. In hindsight, this wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy – but the wor
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  2. In the current circumstances, really? I have not seen my mother, who is in a nursing home, for over 2 months, I get that and comply. I could not take my friend, who cannot drive, shopping even though she could get on a bus, I get that and complied. I could not have my daughter and granddaughter round for a meal, I get that and complied. (Still can't if her partner comes too.) I have to queue to go into any shop, even though I shop also for an elderly couple who are shielding, I get that and comply. I cannot have a trip off the island without having to isolate on retur
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  3. Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with 1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes; • 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use • 4 Multipurpose Patien
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  4. I am delighted to announce that I will be returning to Manx Radio’s Late Show on Wednesday 1st July. This follows a three week suspension after complaints were lodged against me for comments made by me and contributors to my programme on 3rd June. This led to an investigation by the regulator, the Isle of Man Communications Commission. Their report, published yesterday (24th June) concluded that Manx Radio had not breached the Broadcasting Code and that there was no case to answer. I feel strongly that people should be able to discuss things rationally and respectfully – it’s the onl
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  5. This is exactly the sort of idiocy that justifies what many think was the over the top camp Comis set up. Whereas most people can be trusted, it would only take one like this to spread the virus to a handful of people (who all think it’s perfectly safe and don’t practice their own social distancing) and we’re back to where we were in late March. I think the sentence is spot on.
    23 points
  6. Information Notice.pdf Not sure if the PDF link will work, but this is the official word. To everyone on here who has supported me, thank you sincerely. To my many detractors, have a nice day.
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  7. Even Santa will get three weeks in prison if he comes to the Isle of Man. That's what I've told my kids anyway.
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  8. 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?
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  9. There's a lot of difficult concepts and difficult decisions being made here. I'll have a go at a further explanation. Possible long post ahead. First the difference between 'public health' and what is generally known to be a medical consultation. During this pandemic so far I've been involved in a fair bit of the former - modelling the numbers, trying to predict how many patients we'll have to look after, what to do if we get overwhelmed - how, for example, you decide on who gets the last ventilator if more than one person needs it - predicting how much oxygen we'll need... For this fu
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  10. @Lost Login - (and anyone else who thinks this doesn't apply to them particularly) I seem to recall you're an accountant so you can do this. Set up your own model of exponential growth in numbers of patients infected with the virus starting from 1 last Thursday, using a daily growth rate of 29% (figure from UK growth in positives over the last few weeks). Probably 80% will get it as we have little if any native immunity. As many as 50-75% may be totally asymptomatic. Of the cases that get it, it varies with age, but broadly speaking about 20% need hospital care and of those 25% intensi
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  11. My father was one as well. I agree entirely with your sentiments.
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  12. Children don’t become feral all on their own. Children want boundaries, want to know where they stand. It helps them to feel safe and explore the world healthily. What’s happening in Onchan and elsewhere is the result of a generation (or two or three) growing up with few boundaries, and few sanctions for breaking those boundaries. Without them we all become feral. The police must get involved by the time it becomes unlawful, the teachers must get involved when the boundary breaking affects the learning of others. Neither are parents nor social workers, they are service providers
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  13. Well I for one welcome having something well organised on the Island for a change.
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  14. I expect the protest will be in front of the U.S. Embassy in Douglas - otherwise an IOM protest about police brutality in Murrica makes no sense except as a virtue signalling snowstorm. In other news (saw this on a graph earlier) , in 2018 the USA had around fifty thousand white on black violent crimes, compared with four hundred thousand black on black and around 550,000 black on white violent crimes. ALL Lives Matter!
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  15. I hope that no one forgets that it wasn't very long ago that that wonderful human being William Henderson MLC wrote a 30 page essay on why he couldn't live on less than £50000 per year. That is the attitude that is going to have to change.
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  16. nor do i, it is the coming back that fucks me off.
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  17. ...and I so wanted a long illustrious career at the DHSC I run my own company so my involvement with the DHSC to set up and keep the COVID19 lab running wasn't exactly in the professional career plan... Compared to DHSC employees and civil servants, I'm in the position where I don't need to worry about the mortgage payments if I get sacked for questioning things as I have my day-job at my company. So I question things. On the flip side of that I'm pretty sure there are a few in the DHSC and civil service who would love to see my head on a spike for daring to speak up. OK. So fir
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  18. There are a couple of subtly different issues here. I would not so much condemn them had they done so temporarily and put out a statement to the effect that the suspension was pending the outcome of the independent enquiry, full stop. This I would accept as protecting their legitimate commercial interest. They didn't. They immediately jumped aboard the manufactured bandwagon of outrage by putting out a statement distancing themselves from the programme and Stu Peters: ’For those people who heard the show, we wanted to publicly address what was said and make it clear that we in NO WAY cond
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  19. @Josem - I offered to talk to you about the methodology behind the modelling, but was not prepared to share the spreadsheet as it’s a working calculator, which depending on input variables could generate all sorts of outcomes which could easily be misused. You never replied and instead put in an FOI request. The modelling was done about 8 weeks ago and its predictions were used to inform planning, mainly at the hospital, and to illustrate to the decision makers how serious the situation could get if significant measures weren’t put in place. It was a ‘plan for the worst, hope for the bes
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  20. To be fair, I used to design, validate and deploy DNA tests for ssRNA viruses for the entirety of UK DEFRA plant health and food security. It was only for around 13 years so I suppose I know sod all about anything. We used to run 20,000 tests per week with the set-up we had at DEFRA so - right now - 200 ssRNA Coronavirus tests per days seems like small-fry. Some of my contemporaries are running the "Lighthouse Labs" in the UK. But because I'm from the IoM and returned to the IoM with my "skillz" I must know stuff all. God, I love Manx Forums. It's right up my street
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  21. Pull up a sandbag, and I’ll tell you why.... I’ve been visiting the Island since 1991,and lived here since 1998. I put my heart and soul into keeping it safe. My kids grew up here, and are better people for it. I like the community, the safety and the general pace of the place. It is also incredibly beautiful. But, Over this time I’ve become acutely aware of how it works. And the answer to that is ‘not well’. When we were being propped up with a couple of hundred million from the UK, it wasn’t too bad. But we got ahead of ourselves. We thought we were doing really well, and eve
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  22. Did I tell you about a time when Bill saved the day? A load of us, including Bill, were on the red-eye patient transfer to various specialists in Liverpool hospitals, more than half of us including Mrs Q were having procedures. It's a long day doing this, tiring, we all just wanted to get home. When we were collected, and returned to John Lennon, after standing around for ages, Flybe, without warning, cancelled the flight! We were dumbfounded and immediately some of us began ringing the Steam Packet to see about catching the ferry. This resulted in either an unanswered call or engaged tone, fo
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  23. Rhetorical on your part I suspect Roger, but let me answer anyway: Because he’s an Olympic standard twat.
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  24. 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
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  25. To be fair, the majority probably do sympathise with anti-racism, I do. Do I sympathise with this bunch as they are currently positioning themselves? No. Do I think there is racism on the island? Probably there is passive or latent racism but it will manifest itself as ignoramuses being mean and insulting, nothing like the actions that sparked the BLM movement in the US. The US has it's own peculiarities, such as gun ownership, militarization of the police and systems that do inherently seem to prejudice black people, but it is not necessarily all one-sided as many black American
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  26. Several things strike me about that letter: 1. It wasn't Stu's comments that have caused the backlash, but the vindictive campaign. There have been no racist comments on social media merely many people questioning the motives of this group. 2. Stu did not laugh at them, clearly it was at the inability to get a word in edge ways. 3. Again, it is anonymous. Who is this group? Are they like the Hardy Commission (will that name) who have written to the Dept of Ed to demand that anti racism is taught in our schools? When asked who they were and who gave them their "Commission" t
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  27. Of course they should reinstate him. They should have shown some backbone and not suspended him in the first place. Very weak leadership in the face of the hysterical followers of a cabal on social media.
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  28. It's a shame that some of us on here have been so equivocal and not given him greater support. I'm not part of the fan club and I rarely listened to the show, but he didn't say anything wrong; or as some have suggested, dig a hole for himself. He was ambushed by a couple of righteous true believers and handled it very fairly and very well. He could easily have put his foot in it - but he didn't. I'm a bit surprised that the support is so tepid.
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  29. I do find it all a bit uncomfortable when people are going round every link on Facebook encouraging people to complain about it. If the people who listened thought it was worth complaining about then absolutely crack on but this whipping people up into a frenzy to make an issue of something before they have independently made their own mind up is a bit wrong.
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  30. Just to get back to B and Q (boo hiss bring back Feltons to Peel) and to put a bit of a smile on your face and warmth in your hearts. A forum member previously unknown to me went to B and Q today and got the cement I needed for my stonework job and left it outside my house. Isn't that lovely? We're a lovely lot during a global pandemic.
    14 points
  31. Thread not locked. Just @dilligaf and @Mr Newbie on lockdown for a while. £855 charge for 14 days. Dick1 + Dick2 = suspension
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  32. There's a huge amount of conspiracy madness appearing in this thread - test bed for vaccine, military take-over etc - please can we stop. The real situation is perfectly clear and reasonable. I'll try to explain. First the 'curves' which everyone seems to talk about, but few probably understand. The curves are just a continuous mathematical model of how many positive tests you may see on a given day, based on an exponential growth function (which decreases as a higher proportion of the at risk population get infected). The three curves you see on the government site are based on an in
    14 points
  33. Being taught to knock a tune out on something and understand the rudiments of musical notation is a fine gift that will enrich the lives of any children exposed to it. As others have opined, I'd cancel RE before I'd touch music.
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  34. Jesus h christ alfuckingmighty mary mother of the holy ghost Mohammed and Joseph. I leave you fucking IMBECILES in charge of the place whilst I embark upon a spot of well earned gardening leave ( full pay minus new subscriber bonus). Decided to make use of my time by going on a bit of a world tour, get away from the pressures of always being forced to come up with solutions for other people's problems. Started in china, followed the silk road, couple of cruises then the big apple, finishing off with a tour of Europe's cities of culture. Arrived back early last week to find the place in total
    14 points
  35. It's not almost impossible to police at all. Take a walk out, how many people do you see flouting the restrictions really? Christ, to read on here you'd think it was armageddon out there. Whenever I've been out for a walk everyone walks a safe distance away, nods politely and goes on there way. Even queuing for the supermarket it's perfectly civilised and orderly. People need to appreciate virtually the whole island is off work at the minute and they all need fresh air at some point, there is a whole island to go for a walk and get some exercise so let people use it, let's not get all Sta
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  36. Hmmm personal freedoms. I can go to work, meet friends, go shopping, eat out, go to the pub and pretty much come and go as I please. Yes there is a 14 day self-isolation thing, but when I look around at the rest of the British Islands right now, I'll take that. I'm not really bothered about the basis on which it was done and the medical evidence is of no interest to me as I have no medical qualifications. PS Nice work JW - long overdue.
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  37. In his speech today Skelly said "19th March first case on the Isle of Man; 1st April first death on the Island. stop. pause" thus reading out his cue to stop and pause. Simply amazing.
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  38. I've explained this before Derek. From a friend working for a firm who is responsible for lots of services , not Auldyn etc , while they had a concept plan from day one ie what the finished job would look like they didnt have detail plans for contractors to be able to work too. So because of this it was literally a day to day operation to keep the contractors occupied till infrastructure plans were issued. Hence what we saw early in with the jumping of work areas and from a initial plan of work being abandoned and no structure to works. Also hence why there was very few men on the job. Been a
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  39. It would be stupid of Manx Radio to do anything other than reinstate Stu after this process. That's what it's for. He's been suspended, investigated, and now cleared. He should get his job back on Monday, giving a few days cooling off now that they have the report. That would be the sensible course of action. If he doesn't, then whatever his contract with the station, I would think he has some grounds for legal recourse. Let's hope it doesn't have to go down that route.
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  40. Mental health services are under stress, and just like in the UK it is failing to spool up for the pandemic of mental health that has been developing for years. But more than this, one of the missing provisions is a properly resourced social care service. From my policing days, when people came to our notice and were detained for assessment, they were often just released back into the community with varying degrees of follow up referral. In other words, they weren’t mentally ill. What they did need was a level of support to help them cope better with life. Because that wasn’t there they would
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  41. This is the most hilarious thing I've seen in days. We actually printed this out, laminated it and put it on the door to the containment lab that the coronavirus testing is being carried out in. I'm tempted to call the ABI 7500 machine we're using the "Covidometer 3000" (currently called Mike-or-Rona) and give it a name-badge. Epic.
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  42. So... let me explain The lab starts testing at 8am (ish) with all the hospital admissions from the previous afternoon and overnight. Those tests have results by about 5-6pm (ish) provided they weren't too snotty and needed extra processing which delays them a little. While they are being processed we also start processing a second batch which includes the morning hospital admissions and the grandstand (community) tests which arrive early afternoon. These are started in a second batch of testing which ultimately runs overnight and those results are ready about 9am (ish). Hope that helps t
    13 points
  43. PM me their details, I’ll report them. I don’t care who they are or how much they have in the bank.
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  44. If anyone in your household is socialising with friends / relations from another house hold, please ask them to stop now.
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  45. As a cyclist who has played a reasonably significant part in the cycling community in recent years my take is... STAY AT HOME! Trying to justify exceptions for one activity over another is not what everyone should be doing at the moment. The authorities, experts, police etc have made it clear that they want people to stay in as much as possible. An hour outside doing the permitted activities is enough. The self isolation argument falls down when every man and his dog drags a bike out the shed and the place ends up like Box Hill on a summer weekend. In so doing there will be more acci
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  46. bus vannin are only going to allow the buses to carry 10% of their capacity to reduce the risk of spreading infection among passengers, but they don't know where they are going to find the extra passengers to meet this figure.
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  47. With all this lock-down bollocks in the UK my friend is cooped up at home and has had to start talking to his wife. He’s just found out that she was made redundant by Woolworths.
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  48. A bloke spent a lot of his own money at Jurby and has had some tremendous stuff up there, like the Joey Dunlop exhibition, and the wall of bikes. why do we have to spaff taxpayers money on this?
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  49. This morning I received the results from the genetic sequencing bone marrow tests performed in mid October, and the blood samples taken at Nobles last week. No Leukaemia mutation detectable and all bloods within normal range. Only 09.15 and that made me smile today.
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  50. Never has so much been squandered by so many for the benefit of so few. The ONLY reason IOMG has declared this climate emergency (whilst the scientists are now saying it's nothing of the kind) is because someone mentioned to Howard and Geoffrey that the young people and usual disagreeable suspects were getting quite militant about it. Which means it's important to virtue signal about 'our planet' in the run up to the next election or risk losing votes. 14,500 FTE civil servants could be tasked with the 'climate emergency' and it wouldn't make a single jot of difference to climate change.
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