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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. 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
  4. 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
    26 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
    24 points
  7. 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
    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. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Oh and I'll give up my voluntary moderator status if you like, if I can call you a fucking prick.
    20 points
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
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  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
    18 points
  32. @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
    18 points
  33. 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
  34. Well, to answer the question on this thread, I have no intention of running in the next few years. However, I do know how large complex organisations work and how to manage them. My experience prior to moving back to the IoM and setting up my own company demonstrates that (DEFRA, Capita). I certainly know how to run a large department and manage C-Suite staff more than an ex-barman without the critical thinking skills and analytical mindset a postgraduate education provides.
    17 points
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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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  40. My father was one as well. I agree entirely with your sentiments.
    17 points
  41. Lots of anger on here and I so get it totally. But can I just say my thoughts are with any on here that are financially affected by this latest lock down. If also you dont meet criteria for any or some of the help available I feel your pain. I know whats its like to really struggle , no heating and scrimping on food just to get by . I was on my own going through bad times so if any on here have families to support then it really magnifies the issues. I know talk is cheap but sincerely mean what I say . Stay strong guys and so hope you all get through this ongoing pandemic .
    16 points
  42. They have no intention of building bridges. They'd rather the whole thing disappeared. The bottom line is that someone had the absolute gall to challenge them on some of their statements. They retaliated with a completely unbelievable story of an anonymous letter supporting their spin that was shredded the day it arrived. The public, understandably smelled a long tail. The government were ridiculed and someone had to pay. It was never going to be them. They chose Dr Glover. What they didn't consider (because they never look further than the nose on their face) is
    16 points
  43. Genomics...explained simply. By Genomes. Oompa loompa doompety doo I've got a Covid message for you Oompa loompa doompety dee If you are wise you'll listen to me What do you get when you fail to do tests? A lockdown with jobs lost and people all stressed What kind of berk, brings here people to work, Bringing a virus...that's gone beserk! We don't like the look of it! Oompa loompa doompety doo I've got a Covid puzzle for you Oompa loompa doompety dee If you are wise you'll listen to me What do you get when you fail to address The fall in
    16 points
  44. I have more influence now that I tweet my expertise then I ever had when I was on "the inside" after volunteering my expertise. If they fancied sending everything from the NYE cases to date down to my lab I'd sequence them all in 24hrs and in 36 hours they'd have the transmission chains of all cases since then mapped, linked, characterised and a report sent back for Henrietta and the contact tracing team to match up with their tracing data.
    16 points
  45. It's a safe place right now because of the Manx people, not the Manx politicians. None of us want to be "the person who brought it back" so we isolate and make sure we don't transmit the virus by being extra careful. That's not down to the politicians at all. I don't understand why people seem to attribute it to them.
    16 points
  46. Ratio of admissions to deaths is not that different, testing is obviously out due to the massive capacity increase like just about everywhere in the world. The current UK situation is impacting on our healthcare here. Just today I’ve tried to deal with a handful of referrals that have had treatment in UK that hasn’t worked out and can I sort it here, or patients who really ought to go across for treatment but can’t as their capacity is gone. Only 1 out of 8 theatres running, that sort of thing. Don’t just take my word for it - listen to radio 4, or watch BBC’s hospital programme. We’
    16 points
  47. Easy analogy really. If your in a fight you dont leave the guy/girl with the gun out of the battle ! We are faced with a uncertain future as far as lots of things go so currently left with numpties in charge who know jackshit and a person with knowledge , Rachel , left on the periphery. You couldnt make it up. We are governed and led mostly by ego driven people that believe their own hype and are not bright or intelligent enough to see the big picture. This all has confirmed what many of us have suspected for along time.
    16 points
  48. It's classic Manx Civil Service isn't it? What someone makes a criticism of how something works, instead of answering that or even altering the way you do things in response, you attack the critic personally for daring to suggest that anything you do could ever be wrong. The fact that Ashford is stupid or weak enough to go along with it is not a good sign.
    16 points
  49. 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
    16 points
  50. Well I for one welcome having something well organised on the Island for a change.
    16 points
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