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  1. OK. For what it's worth I'm going to try and explain why genomics is important in a ssRNA virus epidemic. No doubt it will end up being recited badly at a briefing, but, well, whatever. You read it here first. The COVID19 viral genome is a little under 30,000 letters long and is made of single stranded (ss)RNA, not DNA. One of the aspects of ssRNA viruses is that they mutate faster than DNA viruses, because they don't have a proof-reading capability when they make copies of their RNA to make more of themselves. This is a double-edged sword. It can be advantageous to the virus as it m
    32 points
  2. Rachel has tried every which way to re-offer her services. This last tweet wasn't the first time she's reached out. Government has made it very clear they do not want her to be involved. I want her to be involved. Not because I don't like the government, not because I don't trust the government, Not because I want to see her 'win' and them lose, not because she's my mate or my old school friend or because she posts on here and seems like a bloody good egg. I would like her to be involved because what she's offering is something very very special for the Island. Something we may, shou
    28 points
  3. Ouch, this thread is back. Not unexpected I suppose.
    27 points
  4. I think you'll find most so called anti-government rhetoric is focused on government-stupidity and government-selfishness. In recent times - under Brown, Bell and now Quayle - all too many government spending decisions have hardly been effective, efficient nor economic. Can you name ONE major IOM Govt project that has ever been delivered on time and to budget? And remember the "Scope of Government" reports of 2006 and then 2012? The whole of government and all of its systems needs a top to bottom overhaul. Nothing has been done, in fact instead it continually spirals out of control o
    26 points
  5. I do hope so. I'm incredibly lucky to be in the financial position to not have to worry about how much my legal fees cost, nor worry about instructing those lawyers in the first place. Is it so hard to believe that I might be an honest and genuine person who just wanted to help the COVID19 effort?
    24 points
  6. I am not trying to censor anyone, but neither should you. At first I thought IOMG did a very good job, but started questioning when the Dr Glover debacle reared its head. The letter shredding event undermined the confidence I had. Whether the letter existed or not, and if it did who it was from, was neither here nor there. But that it was used as a justification in some odd way of not only the Dr Glover situation but more importantly removing what seemed to a great many a vital tool in our armoury, on-island genomic testing. It was almost juvenile. Up until that point, I thought DA
    24 points
  7. There's only one solution to this mystery, an unpalatable one for sure. Someone is going to have to go buy the paper.
    24 points
  8. 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
    23 points
  9. 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
  10. I have no idea whether it existed as I never saw it and am only aware of it's content from the briefing where it was read out. But the error in judgement lies completely with the Minister in deciding to use it to discredit me. It completely showed his true character, in my opinion.
    22 points
  11. Re the PAC, It was staggering, concerning and enraging all in one go. Of course there is another side to the story, but what was delivered today, the inauguration day of Manx Care, gave little hope for those involved to retrieve the position. After that, if anyone believes that IOMG in its entirety has made a good job of the response to Covid rather than being extremely lucky is not living in the real world. Was the Xmas/NYE outbreak due to the lack of testing? Were the right people advising on policy and taking the proper scientific advice? Who did write that letter and why? H
    22 points
  12. I lost my job last year during the first lockdown. Compromised immune system means I can't work again where I'm mixing with the public. Since last March I've been on income support of £102 a week. That is topped up by a government pension of £117 a month. That's an annual income of £6708. My gas, electric, rates and house insurance come to £168 a month. That leaves me with a weekly income of £82 to feed me, my animals, buy fuel and food. Three weeks ago after borrowing from friends, I came off income support and launched a business. I invested all the money in stock - I have n
    22 points
  13. Have you never heard the term whistle-blowing? Dr G. tried every avenue and was well aware of what was at risk on her island. She isn't doing this for publicity, she's been offered far better gigs than helping out testing for COVID on a small island. But she wants to put her neck out, for the good of the island. It's a pandemic, we don't have time for cricket. We are currently in a situation that could have plausibly been avoided, if the calls for testing had been listened to months ago. The outbreak on the island is actively impacting upon people's health, both mental and physical.
    22 points
  14. With respect, you are. Without @rachomics on island PCR testing for covid would not have happened when it did, if at all. Of course, Rizwan Khan and Steve Doyle were vital too - sorry don’t know Dr Shields. One reason Rachel needs to be involved in testing strategy discussions is logistics. She knows better than everyone how much we can do here, and how quickly etc. It’s no good someone announcing a mass-testing policy at borders, for example, if there’s been no discussion as to how it might or might not work.
    22 points
  15. 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.
    22 points
  16. Then when the scientist gives evidence to a Tynwald Committee that causes public concern about his department, he promises a point by point rebuttal. This gives the impression that everything the scientist said was guff. It's going to be so detailed he needs to give the CS preparing it time off to recharge their batteries before embarking on the task. He keeps promising for several weeks. Then when the public has forgotten the detail of the testimony he provides a much shorter response to the Committee leaving several points unrebuffed. When asked when the promised rebuttal will be publis
    21 points
  17. I have been following MF for the CV past year it helps me deal with the situation l found myself in. My husband was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, he is now on palliative and life extending drugs, no cure. I have a condition which effects my nervous system. We have always worked and was saving for our travel plans for when we retired . We are unable to get a internet shopping slot from Tesco, l have been trying for the past year. One of us has to go once a fortnight and accept the risk. We cannot afford the other delivery options shopping as the food is too expensive. Our inco
    21 points
  18. If it were me, the people present at the particular venues would have been offered a test 10 days post-exposure (whatever date that happens to be) and told to isolate in the mean time. That wouldn't have affected too many people's livelihoods as their test would have been at some point this coming week and a lot of people have still been on annual leave until tomorrow morning. Yes some would have been badly affected by an isolation but I can't see any employer in this situation being anything other than supportive. Instead of logically thinking it through, they've randomly tested a numbe
    21 points
  19. I quite enjoy Manx Forums. There's nothing wrong with a bit of satire. Happy to defend myself, wherever that may be. I grew up knocking around Willaston so while you may believe that someone with my qualifications and standing should be supping some cocoa or a brandy while surrounded by scholarly journals and listening to Radio 3, I would say that your stereotypes need to change to reflect the realities of the modern scientist.
    21 points
  20. 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.
    21 points
  21. In that case, it sounds like you've all the qualifications necessary, tbh.
    20 points
  22. I’d have much more respect for these back bench warriors if they’d been holding government to account properly throughout the entire administration and not simply 6 months before a general election.
    20 points
  23. Oh and I'll give up my voluntary moderator status if you like, if I can call you a fucking prick.
    20 points
  24. After today’s briefing I’m increasingly concerned that Dr. Ewart, rather than being an independent, reliable and well-informed voice of clear and comprehensive advice and information to the public, is becoming, or more disturbingly has become, simply a mouthpiece for Quayle’s view of the situation. I want more confidence in the Island’s Director of Public Health than I presently have.
    20 points
  25. I didn't withdraw my services in the middle of a health emergency. I volunteered my services in the middle of a health emergency in March, got brought on board and then at least 3 other people took credit for my skills and expertise for 8 months. I was told I didn't work for the DHSC both privately and (very) publicly in the press. So I resigned, with the expectation that I would continue the same work as the external contractor David Ashford had been describing me as. The DHSC decided to ignore my lawyers, didn't know what they needed in enough detail to write it down specifically in an
    20 points
  26. We could have one every 60 yards along the prom...."£1m", "£2m"...."£35m"
    19 points
  27. At the beginning? So in 2009 when I first started Tweeting? I had a Twitter account throughout my time as a UK Government scientist before I moved back to the IoM, they had no problem with it. It just seems to me that no-one is allowed to criticise any IoM Government actions and IoM Government are absolutely livid that they don't have any control over me.
    19 points
  28. I'm sorry, but Quayle doesn't get to decide if the advice was clear. The only thing that tells you if advice was clear is how the public at large understands it. If they (or even a reasonably large percentage of them) are confused, then the advice wasn't clear. That's what 'clear' means. It's typical of the arrogance and stupidity of those who are in charge of running the Island, both politicians and civil servants, that they think all they need to do is issue a single statement at 13 to midnight on New Year's Eve and then everyone on the Island will telepathically know exactly what t
    19 points
  29. As I write this Joe Biden is on the cusp of being handed the keys to the White House. Gazing not so deeply into my crystal ball, I see this story in next weeks ‘Examiner’... ’Agneash man’s close encounter with President!’ A resident of Agneash has been telling the Examiner how he nearly met new US President ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden. Terry Stupid, who is Chief Government Arse-Licker at Gef the Mongoose, was on holiday in Pennsylvania in 1979 when he saw a man in a big hat walking a dog. ‘I though ‘that’s a big hat’’ enthused Terry, ‘I wonder if that fella is a local big-wig with a big-hat t
    19 points
  30. 0845: 4 Nov 2020 My Dearest Ellan, By the time you wake up, take the envelope off the mantelpiece and read this, I will have gone. I couldn’t handle the big ‘goodbye’. It would have been just too hard. There’s stuff that needs saying though, and a letter can be a better way. It takes the emotion out of the moment, and gives us both time to reflect on what has been, what might have been, and what is still to come. I fell in love with you at first sight. A single day in your company, a fleeting encounter, led to us spending more and more time together. As we g
    19 points
  31. This is what is so extraordinary. Except it now appears they had since Wednesday morning to get the response correct and they still managed to come up with something that made a staged denunciation at a Stalinist show trial sound convincing and reasonable in comparison. It's incompetence taken to the highest level. Blaming the media for reporting stuff was never going to go down well either. I can't help wondering if Quayle is behind this - if only because not even the hapless 'communications professionals' that he surrounds himself with can be that useless. The sort of petty spite wi
    19 points
  32. How do I apply? It was. Although my Taxa Genomics insurance covers almost everything a medical research and clinical diagnostics company might need. They were given the option of reactivating me on "the bank" or paying my commercial rates. They heard my commercial rates and chose to reactivate me on "the bank". I didn't mind, I didn't need the money and wanted to help. Probably true. Give them a couple of weeks until the current reagents run out and then we'll ask this again if the legal agreements aren't in place. That'll be an interesting conversation. They are bein
    19 points
  33. David Ashford was asked by a Tynwald colleague (Edge) to supply to the Tynwald Court the point-by-point rebuttal of Dr Glover's claims made by her in front of a Tynwald Committee, an assurance he had given some weeks ago and repeatedly reiterated. He declined to do so, stating that he had previously made statements to that effect to media outlets including Moulton TV. That is not what was asked for. He was asked to supply the promised rebuttal to, and in, the Court of Tynwald. His failure to respond in the correct manner is a massive disrespect to not only his Tynwald colleagues but
    18 points
  34. What happens next is crucial. They have too much invested to do an about turn My prediction is that they carry on with the smear campaign. It’s too late to play the victim and it’s got to be one or the other. They’ve lost a LOT of public sympathy, I’m not sure this is the time to play that card. They’ll be gathering as much info against genomics, and collecting experts and make such a fuss that we will forget that they’ve treated this woman appallingly. This government (not all of it) is toxic the treatment and actions taken toward Dr Glover have been exactly those used by a toxic
    18 points
  35. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/bus-drivers-at-risk-from-people-joyriding-in-lockdown/ Really? Our CM has obviously never been on a bus. The ones I have seen in the last few weeks ( and most of the time) are mostly empty and the poor fuckers riding on them don’t look like they’re experiencing any joy whatsoever. And I earn a reasonable salary, but I can’t afford to ‘joyride’ on the bus. So, it’s not the bus drivers’ fault for licking each other in the canteen; it’s not the bus company’s fault for not following health and safety at work; it’s not the go
    18 points
  36. Genomics from last Friday just received back today. Henrietta says it will be interesting to see the results from positive cases over the weekend. She knows who she should’ve called then.
    18 points
  37. Firstly, she is Dr Glover, as in PhD. Secondly, I am not sure many of us are confusing the two. Simply, testing is "do you have it" and genome testing is "what do you have". What we are saying is she is an microbiologist with expertise in really little things and finding them. We do not have anyone else with that expertise. What we are fighting at the moment is a really little thing, and even smaller bits of it. If you have read any of her tweets, she found the very machine needed to set up the lab for testing, unused, under a cover and had another bit of kit needed. She
    18 points
  38. Gaslighting. It's called gaslighting. I had a lot of respect for Ashford during this past spring and summer, but not now, not after the way he's handled this situation. It's appalling. It's a very small, selfish person who would wilfully jeopardise the health and safety of an entire community, rather than admit they made an error in judgement and apologise. Thank you, Rachel, for all you (and your team/company/partner) have done for the island. The vast majority of us appreciate what you've achieved, even if certain narcissists in government do not.
    18 points
  39. It was Josem of Lib Vannin who submitted the FOI request. What's unfair about your comments about Dr Glover, is that her comments aren't aimed at the ordinary front-line staff. Her "beef" is that the politicians and senior leaders didn't draw on her expertise when formulating testing policy. The political response was dismissive - focusing on her employment status rather than expertise. She resigned from whatever role she had. Bit of a storm in teacup, really. It reflects badly on the decision making process in Government and Quayle's attitude raised questions. But a line could
    18 points
  40. Most professions, whether they are brick-layers or engineers or micro-biologists, require qualifications (and they all have skills that I do not). It takes time and ability to acquire these skills; the more complex the subject, the more time and ability. There is maybe only one profession that requires no skill or ability (apart from the age-old profession), and that is being a politician. The attitude of the politicians in regard to this topic annoys the hell out of me. Yes, no-one is indispensable, but to replace someone like Dr. Glover is extremely difficult and time-consumin
    18 points
  41. 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
  42. She agreed to be paid as bank staff because that worked out to be the easiest and quickest way to organise things and to pay her in the middle of a crisis. But she wasn't exactly able to pick her own hours because of that crisis - she was having to work all possible hours just to keep things going. Effectively they were getting a full time professional contractor at much lower bank rates. Once the crisis lessened during the Summer, she obviously wanted to regularise things and to put the Path Lab Covid testing on a more professional basis, less dependent on her personally and the equipm
    17 points
  43. I doubt you've listened to a word of that broadcast. And if you did, you'll only hear what you want to hear. This pitchforkery you speak of, would you rather we all just shut up, bend over and unflinchingly accept another shafting from the well-lubed government strap-on? This is supposed to be a democracy where dissent and free-speech is constitutionally our right. You're obviously surprised that some of us are less supine and believe in scrutinising the machinations of those who're paid by us to work for us and to have our best interests at heart.
    17 points
  44. It was full on. She has made it clear and specific to me who and where the faults are. Some people will be looking at the jobs section tomorrow in my view. Allegations of stealing copyright, people copying codes, abusing copyright which can be evidenced, letters ignored, nasty letters form AGs office, was a member of staff then wasn't, then was again - it is very murky stuff and 3 hours of it. She hardly paused for breath. If it is all true then people changes are desperately needed bacuse someone it appears may need to come clean about the whole situation. This will cost them (or us
    17 points
  45. Did you just hear how Dr Ewart spoke to PM? Utter disgrace.
    17 points
  46. There have been many on here, me included trying to point out that this virus is not just about old, vulnerable people. In the UK teachers refused to go back to school because they were not safe environments. They had done their research and knew that children were increasingly becoming infected and were taking the virus home to their families and then back to school again. They had every right to refuse and their headteachers could not run a school without staff. They were NOT refusing to work - only refusing to attend an unsafe environment. The UK government had to do a u turn. Thi
    17 points
  47. As a news agency I'm sure Paul Moulton could hire in someone for a day to ask questions at the next briefing: HQ: I now pass over to Paul Moulton from IOM TV, Paul. IOM TV: I'm afraid Paul couldn't make it today. Hello I'm the intern Dr Rachel Glover, my first question to David Ashford
    17 points
  48. Everyone knew they weren't prepared to do enough testing at the most high risk time of the year, and behold, cases got through. Blame it all on the new strain and punish the Great Manx Public for their (gov) own mistakes and then hail themselves as saviours when this lockdown 'works' for taking strong early action. My contempt is boiling over.
    17 points
  49. I can't think of a single jurisdiction during this pandemic that has thought 'we really locked down too early'. Plenty did the opposite. Messing about with tier 3, tier 4, wear masks, take-away beer only, keep your distance etc demonstrably doesn't work. If the rumour mill is correct - we have multiple locations and community spread - then I'd advocate a strict, complete lockdown - just like in March - for a short time, instead of too-ing and fro-ing for a couple of weeks while cases build such that we have to lock down.
    17 points
  50. If you've chosen to travel for non-essential reasons in the winter during a global pandemic then it's entirely right you should pay for your tests. If you've traveled for medical reasons then it is entirely right you should not. It really is that simple.
    17 points
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