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  1. I was hoping and waiting to see that a change of Government might have made a change. Unfortunately we are now just over 1 year in and things are just getting worse. This almost seems to me like the proverbial camel's straw: Want to develop a falling down warehouse on the Quay – No Want to develop a falling down cottage/cafe on the beach – No Want to bring new business to the Island without excessive red tape – No Want a grant to make your house more green – No Want to have any kind of realistic renewable energy plan – No Want a Government infrastructure project remotely on time or on budget – No Want any Government project to be successful – No Want schools at least on par with the UK – No Want a functioning health service – No Want some horses pulling a tram blocking the middle of an arterial main road – yes
    14 points
  2. Really? Criticising a politician for their actions or lack thereof is ok but to start this post talking about appearance and making claims of a mid life crisis is low. It seems another case of double standards on these forums and dare I say misogyny.
    11 points
  3. I actually like this Governor. He's been far more active and engaged with life on the IOM than previous ones. He's also seemingly up for anything. Fair play to him .
    11 points
  4. 9 points
  5. Slow clap for DEFA and the planning committee. More glaring evidence that for some unknown reason, Govt seems hellbent on doing everything it possibly can to stifle development. When is someone organising a coup. I'm available whenever.
    9 points
  6. When I was a kid, when I was a little boy, I always wanted to be a dinosaur. I wanted to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex more than anything in the world. I made my arms short and I roamed the backyard, I chased the neighborhood cats, I growled and I roared. Everybody knew me and was afraid of me. And one day my dad said, 'Bobby, you are 17. It's time to throw childish things aside,' and I said, 'Okay, Pop.' But he didn't really say that, he said, 'Stop being a fucking dinosaur and get a job.'
    8 points
  7. Let me help. I wear a nice suit and I look clean and tidy but I’m not nearly as smart as I try to project and I haven’t got a bloody clue about any of the stuff I’ve been thrown into. It’s nothing like helping people with lost wheelie bins or dog shit. The LAST thing anyone promoted to an integral post like this is to talk about ‘steep learning curves’. All is does is show the electorate that you’re way in over your depth. And he is. Bless.
    8 points
  8. 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
  9. I think this is wrong. Of course we need the UK for the complex and the rare, but for the simple routine business of healthcare the last thing we need to do is partner the UK. Their NHS is on its knees. I was at a conference last week and speaking to several friends who still work there, the last thing we need is to be a satellite unit of an NHS trust. If that’s what we do we’ll always be an afterthought and the first to suffer in times of stress (ie always) What we need is to make working here significantly more attractive than working there and get people to commit to the island’s health service long term, rather than relying on a succession of interim appointments who are seen as the next saviour figure. And this isn’t just about money - it’s about working conditions. Let’s offer mentoring for all new starters, retention premiums, free childcare and other employment perks, sabbaticals, guaranteed wind down working from age 55. Many other things I might not have thought of. I still maintain that healthcare here is pretty good if you can access it. And that is the problem. The admin side needs to be improved with regard to cancellations which we’ve all heard about. And access needs to be improved which simply means more staff. Attracting them has to be a priority.
    8 points
  10. Not really followed this thread but at least Stu is supporting the gas extraction. He would still get my vote.
    8 points
  11. 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
    7 points
  12. It could have been written on one page. However, this sentence in the first paragraph: "We would like to thank all of our patients for your continued support and sharing our journey with us" seems to be an "It's all about me" statement. They are not running yet another boutique coffee bar. I do not have the possibility of taking my "support" anywhere else. I do not get ill so that I can help them on their journey to wherever they think they are going.
    7 points
  13. Should be a planning condition on ALL new builds.
    7 points
  14. This just reinforces my view from attending some of the IOM Government Conference last week that were all fucked. They will stand on stage trotting out a load of aspirational and delusional bullshit about population growth and new opportunities and then the next minute it’s officers are delivering brain dead shit like this. The site is an absolute eyesore. Anything on that site would be better than what’s there already. The only message it’s sending out to anyone is don’t invest a penny in the IOM. If you’re a developer go to Jersey, or Guernsey or Manchester or Leeds. Don’t be bothered going through the process of trying to make a faded dismal Victorian shit-tip of a town (which now thinks it’s a City) any better for the people who live there as you’ll just be throwing money into a hole in the ground. This makes me so angry. This Island has totally had it.
    7 points
  15. This is truly cringeworthy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone in politics who might not bring much to the table but did have some principles? So Rob wants to conveniently sweep away all the questions about honesty and decency in Government, including those of perjury. I have news for him; It’s not up to unprincipled imbeciles to decide what is forgotten. The questions will continue to be asked until the truth comes out.
    7 points
  16. Shall I explain how it works for you? The 3 month period, May to July, is not an absolute reference, you appear to have interpreted this as wages have grown 6% in those 3 months, a easy mistake to make but suggesting potentially an annualised rate of growth of perhaps 24%. The ONS uses a 3 month rolling average to iron out any potential peaks or troughs in the data. Therefore the comparison is not May 2022 to July 2022 but a comparison of the 3 month average rate of wage growth from May-July 2021 to May-July 2022. According to the ONS, this was 5.5% across the economy, 6% in the private sector, 2% in the public. Small sample size? The ONS surveys 9,000 firms, employing c13.8 million employees. The response rate was 81%. Perhaps 11 million employees covered. Covid issues? The ONS do acknowledge this, but suggest the impact is somewhat minimal, “Previously we noted that certain sectors were affected by a small amount of base effect because of the winter 2020 to 2021 lockdown. This is now having a minimal impact on the growth rates because the number of employees on furlough dropped from May 2021, however a number of employees did continue to be on the furlough scheme until it ended on 30 September 2021.” Hospitality? That is a fair point, the sector that includes hospitality did grow by greater than the average. The ONS state “The wholesaling, retailing, hotels and restaurants sector saw the largest regular growth rate at 7.0%, followed by the finance and business services sector at 5.9% and construction sector at 5.4%.” Another country? That is potentially a valid point but that country is the UK, a nation that has more impact upon our domestic economy than any other. A nation that has control over our Monetary Policy, considerable influence over direct (NI) and indirect (VAT) taxation, that we rely on for food, materials and energy and that a significant number of Island employees work for parent companies based in the UK. To reiterate, the ONS has surveyed 9,000 firms, of which 81% responded, covering over 10 million employees. They believe the impact of Covid lockdowns and furlough on the data is now minimal. They have compared wages in the period May-July 2021 with same period in 2022, utilising a 3 month rolling average to smooth out the data. In that time they report that wages in the private sector have grown 6%.
    6 points
  17. Ha, I can picture this as some sort of lesson about a (relatively) wealthy small dumb trusting village being taken to the cleaners by various evil construction companies.
    6 points
  18. Thirteen weeks holiday is more than adequate compensation for working a few extra hours. Talk of not getting overtime is just silly. It looks like many teachers are just unhappy in their jobs but not sure whether that’s due to the unions stirring the pot or bad management by the DESC. But I know from experience that if you're unhappy in your job getting more money isn’t going to make you any happier. You’re best just leaving and doing something else.
    6 points
  19. 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.
    6 points
  20. I've not seen the comments on the page but in defence of people with ADHD, some of these expectations are very difficult to meet when you have issues with your executive functions (the functions of the brain responsible for planning, orgsnisation amongst many other tasks). This isn't a behavioural disorder, it's a neurodevelpmental disorder. Ie your brain isn't functioning the same way that neurological people's does. I'd love to see what strategies BHS will be putting in place to work with students to assist them to achieve these goals (which will in turn form good strategies for employment) I was a "good student", obedient the vast majority of the time, very respectful. But my goodness transitioning from task to task, lesson to lesson was really really hard and I was often the last to leave a classroom and last to arrive at the next classroom flustered and panicking. I ended up with depression, anxiety and a self harmer through never feeling like I was doing well enough - despite my very good grades. Eventually diagnosed with adhd in my late 20s. Explains a lot and with medication and some ADHD specific strategies for my challenges I'm doing better in adulthood. I don't want a "free pass" for my daughter who also has adhd and will be going to Ballakermeen in several years, I want her to be adequately supported to achieve her best
    6 points
  21. Be thankful. IoM would have coped much better with Covid if Hetty had worked zero days per week. To many senior bureaucrats employed full-time by IoMG but doing part-time workloads on the IoM due to small scale, IMO. Public Sector needs to spend less on chiefs & more on indians.
    6 points
  22. 6 points
  23. And this is bang on the point. There appears to be sod all recognition at leadership level, in Manx Care as in the wider Manx Public Sector, that culture needs to change, radically. The Manx Public Sector will continue failing, and dragging down the island and the quality of life experienced by most of the island's residents, until its culture is reformed.
    6 points
  24. I can’t see many people supporting them to be honest. Just a vocal minority on here under a cloak of anonymity. Even the Facebook support is tepid and largely from teachers themselves. Almost everyone else who has kids at school seems to be pissed off with the way their kids have been taught in the last two years especially.
    6 points
  25. As I implied earlier, we are paying the price for over regulation. Teachers are expected to do so much more than teach. There's something badly wrong in the minds of those who develop the working patterns for educators. They have to endure the almost complete breakdown of classroom discipline which takes a heavy toll when you are unable to do anything about the little disruptive scrotes who ruin your lessons! Money is only half the story, I don't think IoMG have the nous or the balls to deal with this, we are going to get into a real mess. This is symptomatic of the knife edge our government have been walking for years, kicking the can down the road in many areas such as health and education, travel and the general viability of the island. Well, the house of cards is about to collapse, "the white elephants are coming home to roost", in the words of a great politician!
    6 points
  26. That bit of curved concrete once had a purpose, but no longer.
    6 points
  27. The sand level is several feet higher than it was 30 years ago, which then stops the wave breaking effect of the seawall which is designed with a shape to break the waves up, but which is now buried under the sand which comes right to the level of the prom. If you were to dig opposite the Empress by memory there are 10 or 15 steps down to the beach which are now completely buried. I remember jumping down to the beach opposite the Palace. We don’t need a new sea wall along there, we need to move all the sand so the wall that is already there can do what it was designed to do
    6 points
  28. We are. Honestly this thread is pointless. It's just the same handful of people ignoring whatever statistics are put in front of them so they can continue to be angry at the imaginary work conditions they want to believe teachers have.
    6 points
  29. It is hard, but these conversations need to be had. I’ve been at a conference all week, and today’s meeting was about the latest research into fragility fractures and how best to treat patients who suffer them with the aim of prolonging their lives. The research methodology and the people doing this are very impressive indeed, and you’d certainly want them on your side. However, I often treat patients and fix them up to prolong their lives, but do think have I done anybody any good? Is another 6 months of bewildered existence in a nursing home better than dying? I don’t think it is, but all the guidance/pathways/lawyers/medical regulators/coroners/religious authorities say it is. So we keep doing it. It’s not what I want to happen to me, and I’ll do whatever I can in my twilight years to make sure it doesn’t. Another example I heard today. My daughter is a police officer (not here, in a large UK city) and they took a call from a nursing home asking them to investigate an unexpected death. In a 105 year old. Fortunately the sergeant taking the call fended it off, as there were no obvious suspicious circumstances such as a smoking gun. But seriously? At that age it’s almost unexpected that you survive the night. I don’t know the answer. It’s probably better education and understanding of what a frail, dependent existence is really like, combined with greater autonomy over one’s future. We should certainly continue medical research though, but perhaps (and I’ll get shot down for this - ageism is not acceptable) concentrate on childhood cancers and young adult suicide prevention, along with many similar other examples, rather than strategies to keep 90 year olds alive until they’re 91. As for the other end of the age spectrum - congenital life limiting conditions - I’m certainly ‘pro-choice’ rather than ‘pro-life’, but recognise that ethically it’s even more difficult to say anything at all. Legislating against 1st cousin marriage/procreation might be something though - this is another unspoken issue in certain areas of the UK that seem to have a higher rate of recessive genetic conditions.
    6 points
  30. Still not reassuring, sexualising what is an infantile cartoon type character by dressing as a fantasy schoolgirl. Doesn't matter about the age, its how it presents. It's like the Japanese cartoon characters that are personified by very young girls and adored by Japanese men. I am not a prude, but I find sexualising stuff that is really all about kids (the cartoon character and the portrayal as a schoolgirl) disturbing. I wonder if it recognised on the Copine scale. I don't find the full dress up as a cartoon cat quite so bothering really.
    5 points
  31. They wonder why they currently have a problem with discipline in schools and then you read something like this. Within 24 hours of self declaring like this the whole family should get a visit from CAHMS and leave it at that. It’s got nothing to do with the school having to accommodate to meet its ‘inclusivity’ targets.
    5 points
  32. I'll probably be slammed for this, but one way of determining if it is a real mental health issue: put them in a room with lots of spiders. If they run out screaming, it's self-indulgence. If they come out licking their lips, we have a real issue.
    5 points
  33. The problem with role of the VS and similar organisations is that they have no 'skin in the game'. They can just object endlessly with no consequences, no implications, no cost. They can get every ancient building, or part of a building, whether it is significant or not retained. They don't have to buy them or pay for their folly. They don't have to trade off "You can knock this down, but you have to keep this." Cannan is right. They are holding the Island back and something has to change. I, for one, hope that Newson's/Kell saga will be a watershed moment.
    5 points
  34. and that's maybe the problem, for a long time people have taken on extra work at their own detriment to help out and the powers that be then just expect it and take those workers for granted
    5 points
  35. The trouble has been that over the last 30 years, teachers have taken on more and more responsibilities and tasks, curricular and other, for the good of the pupils and because they took pride in their job, wanting to do their utmost best for them. However, these ‘extras’ (overtime, I think you call it), have become the norm at every level of the profession and between these and coping with disruption, it has become an almost impossible job.
    5 points
  36. 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.
    5 points
  37. I’d imagine getting out of bed is a steep learning curve for Rob C.
    5 points
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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 !
    5 points
  41. by hippy hair you mean..... her hair down? what absolute madness
    5 points
  42. 5 points
  43. I am not a teacher, nor associated with the profession in any way. I just want our kids to be well educated. Madness right.
    5 points
  44. But the wages aren’t “shite”. If you don’t like it leave. Apparently there are plenty of well paid jobs about. But as part of that process you’d be walking away from your final salary pension (not been offered in the private sector for the last 30 years), and your holidays, and your other benefits. And if it’s as bad as you say you can even take less money for the sake of your mental health. Plenty of people have done exactly that after covid. It’s not always about money.
    5 points
  45. I’ve just done some digging. I have compared my good lady’s payslip in Sept 2011 (the earliest she has to hand) with her payslip in Sept 2022, this includes the uplift to London Fringe +1% last year. She does exactly the same job, paid at exactly the same scale at exactly the same point on that scale, full time, permanent, no change whatsoever. The difference in Gross Pay is 17.02%, for clarity the Sept 2022 figure is 17.02% higher than the Sept 2011 figure. This is not made up, this is a fact. The RPI index in Sept 2011 stood at 152.1. In August 2022, last month, this figure stood at 234.2. So the rate of RPI inflation in that period would be (234.2-152.1)/152.1, 82.1/152.1*100 =53.94%. This, again, is a fact. CPI is a slightly different measure, in Sept 2011 this stood at 117.3 and by Aug 2022 had risen to 149.5, a rise of 27.4%. This, again, is a fact. The Bank of England expects the annual inflation rate to remain c10% for the foreseeable future. To summarize the above, between Sept 2011 and Aug 2022, RPI increased 53%, CPI 27%. In the same period, average gross weekly wages on the IoM, according to the Annual Earnings Survey, rose from £601 in 2011 to £762 in 2021, a rise of 26.7% (as yet, no data for 2022). This is, again, fact. In the UK as a whole, for comparison, overall earnings rose from 145 (Sept 2011) to 195.5 (July 2022) on the ONS index, a rise of 34.8%. Again, just facts. In terms of housing, the latest IoM Housing Market Review shows average property prices rising by 29.6% between Dec 2011 and Dec 2021. Again, just facts. To summarize, between Sept 2011 and Sept 2022: IoM Gross Weekly Wages increased 26% (does not include 2022, presume this would be somewhat higher now, UK rose 5.7% year on year to July 2022) IoM RPI increased 54% IoM CPI increased 27% IoM Property Prices increased 29% (Dec 2011 to Dec 2021) Her gross pay, doing exactly the same role at exactly the same scale in an Island school, increased 17% over those 11 years. No emotion, no lies, just facts. I’ve provided as many links as I could to the various sources. Note: There was a public sector pay freeze imposed in 2010 and all those figures would be even more unfavorable but I don’t have the exact figures to hand and wouldn’t like to be accused of misleading.
    5 points
  46. Not a chance, one flight a day to Heathrow is on the cards...
    5 points
  47. Who on earth comes up with these "concept drawings" - the promenade walkway is not a bloomin' art installation - all that is needed is a durable, practical surface that will not be damaged by things like the funfair - it should be kept for pedestrians only. If they raise the existing sea wall by 1.2m pedestrians will hardly see anything of the beach - it will be like walking through a tunnel. It is time Government put an end to these crackpot ideas and started delivering what the people of this Island actually need. It is Fantasy Island at the moment!!
    5 points
  48. From today's Grauniad: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/24/1973-summerland-leisure-centre-fire-isle-of-man-survivors
    5 points
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