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ed fournier

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  1. Please can you delete this post/thread. No longer needed. Thanks.
  2. I’ve heard that track n’ trace will be abandoned tomorrow.
  3. I love watching the starlings and their boisterous ways. They can’t get enough of the mealworms I’ve been fattening them up with since the winter. They now have a load of chicks in tow when they arrive on the feeder. The chicks are bigger than the parents and still demand to be fed - even when they are standing right next to the food. Plenty of poor parenting going on. The jackdaws also make an appearance with us, but I just try to chase the buggers off.
  4. Happy days: A5 ROAD – RICHMOND HILL, BRADDAN DRAINAGE WORKS The Department of Infrastructure is to undertake work to improve surface water drainage on the A5 road at the bottom of Richmond Hill, Braddan. It is intended that this work will deal with issues of water lying on the carriageway especially in winter months. The Department has appointed a contractor to undertake this work. The project includes the installation of new drainage pipes both down the hill and across the carriageway, with additional gullies and manholes being installed. Preparative work will start on site, tomorrow (Wednesday 5 May) with exploratory trenches being dug and site set up work being undertaken. The road will be subject to two way temporary traffic lights, which will be in place for 24 hours a day until the end of the working day on Tuesday 11 May). The traffic lights will then be temporarily stood down. The main part of the scheme will get underway on Thursday 20 May, with an anticipated completion date of Saturday 24 July 2021. The road will remain open to two way traffic throughout, but with one carriageway at a time being closed, and traffic will be controlled by temporary two way traffic lights, which will be in situ 24 hours a day. The speed limit on Richmond Hill will be reduced to 30mph during the main period of the works. Highway Services
  5. I was reminded of the kipper joy sketch...
  6. I've seen other signs going up elsewhere in the upland areas - for example, the 'footpath' heading south-west from this point (near the summit of Slieau Whallian): https://goo.gl/maps/FXa3YuVVHTxzuvZg6 ... now says 'Private'. The signs weren't there a couple of weeks ago. It's just an area of gorse - no livestock.
  7. I’ve used them a couple of times. Great service and very efficient.
  8. Thanks for that. I think someone needs to make this clearer on the website.
  9. But it says this on the exercise page... If you have been told to self-isolate, you can exercise for an hour a day only.
  10. Can anyone tell me if you can exercise beyond the boundaries of your house if you have been told to self-isolate? Govt website suggests you can go out for an hour but I’ve heard conflicting advice. Thanks https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/leaving-the-house-exercise/
  11. Can anyone recommend a company or useful chap/chapess that can install a relatively simple LAN network in our home? I've had enough of running flaky internet run through the powerline and patchy wifi. I don't fancy doing it myself particularly. It would involve running a few cables around the house and installing a handful of sockets in the walls. Thanks.
  12. Resurrecting an old thread. Are there still multiple agents on-island that might install your sky package?
  13. The chinook helicopter that landed at the hospital this evening was apparently carrying equipment to help sort the internet issues. A generator I hear.
  14. My son wants to run the Overwatch game on his (fairly budget) laptop. I have been looking at the minimum requirements for the game. These include: Video - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (or like) Processor - Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650 I know diddly squit about the internal dynamics of a computer so I have no idea if our laptop would be up to the job. This is what we have: Video - Intel UHD Graphics 610 Processor - Intel Pentium 5405U 2.3 GHz I don’t know if this is ok or not, so if some kind soul could help me out I’d be muchly grateful.
  15. Many teachers will be quite happy to carry on with ‘action short of strike’ for months and months to come. No meetings to go to. No classroom observation or performance management. No lunchtime activities to run with students. For most this in itself will represent a significant improvement in working conditions
  16. This is a renewed mandate for the current industrial action. Not an escalation as such. No doubt it’s going to go on for some time to come.
  17. Qualtroughs are the absolute bee’s knees. Such helpful people. Never patronise you if you’re just a humble DIYer looking for some good advice.
  18. How many years has Manx Forums been around?
  19. I predict that the 'Action Short of Strike' will expand in the autumn to cover parents' evenings if the dispute isn't resolved this summer. The new pay deal from the UK is best for new entrants (they're getting over a 5% pay rise). They really need to attract some good brains into the profession on the island and the only way that's going to happen is with a further pay award.
  20. Teachers will be getting a 3.1% pay rise in the UK in the autumn it says in the Times today. This will be mirrored in the IOM.
  21. A graduate's debts also need to be part of those calculations. A direct comparison with the Channel Islands isn't quite what its seems. The Jersey teacher's pay dispute settled a few years ago (which resulted in a substantial pay rise) was only sorted by the signing of an agreement with their government which effectively blunted the power of the unions. Qualified teachers in Jersey (2020) start on £37,702 - for the IOM it's £24,373. However, the prices in Jersey are somewhat above that of a flat in St. Pauls Sq Ramsey: https://property.jerseyeveningpost.com/search?buyrent=b&market=&parish[]=stbrelade&parish[]=stclement&parish[]=grouville&parish[]=sthelier&parish[]=stjohn&parish[]=stlawrence&parish[]=stmartin&parish[]=stmary&parish[]=stouen&parish[]=stpeter&parish[]=stsaviour&parish[]=trinity&spider=&minbeds=0&txtsearch=&minprice=0&maxprice=2000000 Teachers in the UK (and therefore here) may be in for a pay rise in the autumn anyway. I can't see the IOM Gov giving a further payrise on top of this. Perhaps the unions should look at other areas in which they can compromise - for example the T&C of service or the pension. The NASUWT and others have created enormous expectations as to the size of the money tree just up the road. Both sides need to save face.
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