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  1. finlo

    Petrol Prices

    Diesel is effectively heating oil with the addition of a lubricant. The reason diesel is going up so much is the increase in the amount of heating oil being used in the domestic market. It is unfair that domestic heating oil and gas are taxed at such a low rate, with motorists effectively subsidusing them. Not quite, domestic heating oil uses 28 sec kerosine/parrafin large commercial heating units use 35 sec red diesel which is the same as road diesel plus the red dye.
  2. The ships were visited in Liverpool by the ITF that is how we have the proof of the wages paid to the crew. And with regards to your question about the if the vessels crews were paid more than the Steam Packet then the unions would be fighting the Steam Packet to get a pay rise for there members, the unions are out to protect there members not the Steam Packet. But as we know that would not happen as the rates of pay in the Isle of Man and the UK are way above those in the former eastern block countries all of these crew members are from. I believe that the company did flag out to the Bahamas at one time but they were still paying Isle of Man / UK rates of pay, the flagging out was not to get around paying lower rates of pay, around that time a lot of companies flagged out for tax reasons, this was just a practice of the time. You will also note that a lot of the companies who went away from the Isle of Man and UK flags have now returned as the respective governments have made it more attractive than it was before they left. As I have stated, the unions are not out to protect or even stand up for the company, we are only interested in protecting the conditions and employment of our members. If Mezeron carry on winning frieght from the Steam Packet the company could be forced into liquidation and cease operating altogether, this would then allow Mezeron if they so wished, to operate a RoRo service from Douglas using the link spans as the Steam Packet would have broken the user agreement. As Mezeron are now owned by Dohle who we know for a fact only employ seafarers from the former eastern block and would not be interested in employing the then redundent ex Steam packet employees, you would have a shipping company operating from the Isle of Man paying poverty wages under slave conditions. This is moraly wrong and should be nipped in the bud before it goes any further. As I have said all along, it will be the people of the Isle of Man who loose out in this, not the fat cats at the top of both companies, it is the Isle of Man that will be left with a sub standard service crewed by people who are being exploited by a company who appear to have no regard for the welfare of there employees. If any of you on this forum are happy to let this happen then all I can say is shame on you, and lets hope that you are never in the same situation that the employees of the Steam Packet are in now. Do you think these crew members from Eastern block countries / Indian / Chinese / Filipino etc etc don't actually live very well in their own countries on sea farers wages? I know of Filipinos who pay servents to look after their homes, based on the money they make at sea. What do you base your statement of 'slave conditions' on? and what makes you think people who choose a job at sea are being exploited ? Morals v business, no competition. Clearly the SPCO is not Manx anymore, and the Australian bankers can go and rot. Everyone on this island has been fleeced by these pirates at some time or another, and this is just the shake up we need. You are missing the point, the point is not that some Phipino's can employ servants from the wages they earn at sea but the fact that to compete with the Philipino the british seaman would have to drop to £2.40 per hour. As we all know some one living in the Isle of Man could not live on £2.40 per hour, so as I have said, this is unfair competition on the work force and there needs to be some sort of legislation put in place to stop this happening. It would not be possible for a company to start employing lets say foriegn cleaners at £2.40 per hour to work in the Hotels on the island as there is legislation such as NMW and work permits in place, there is nothing in place to stop this happening to vessels working out of the Isle of Man. I have been a seaman for all my working life and have worked on ships with multi national crews, I can tell you from experience that the majority of foriegn nationals do not earn wages that enable them to employ servants, most of them are supporting families back home just the same as UK nationals. I agree with you Morals V Business, no competition. Thats why we need the likes of the ITF and the unions to protect the worker from being exploited otherwise we would all be on poverty wages and working under slave conditions. As I have stated in previous post's, the unions are not standing up for the company, we are trying to protect our members jobs and the terms and conditions that they enjoy at the moment. You say that the Steam Packet has been fleecing the manx public for a long time, I have to say that the figures have proved otherwise with the majority of passengers travelling on some sort of special offer. You do hear of the case when a person wants to travel on the same day they book paying top dollar, but that would be the same if you wanted to travel with Easy jet today or indeed if you travel by train in the uk on the same day as you book. If you book in advance then you get the better deal, thats the way it goes. A friend of mine needed to got off Island durung the bad weather, he had a flight booked to Gatwick wich cost over £200, he also booked a rail and sail ticket to London in case the Airport was closed this cost him £87 return. It was a good move on his part as on the day of travel Gatwick was closed due to the snow, so I wouldn't say that £87 return to London is fleecing the Manx public, I would say it is offering a good reliable service at a reasonable price. Yes £87 as a foot passenger aint to bad, but most people need to take their car and you fail to say how much that smarts!
  3. Nearly right, exept the fire station was there long before those houses were felled. When Shoprite was extended in 1985 the houses and old wooden dole office were flattend and surfaced over to make up for the carpark space that was lost.
  4. No it isn't, berthing in Ramsey is tidal, if the tides out no boat or ship can get in or out. Cue for more posts on why Ramsey should have a Marina>>>>>>>>>>>> Keep up at the back, they have been docking in Douglas for some time now.
  5. Allegedly they have got the Tesco contract hence the new vessels.
  6. I noticed the other day that the airport garage has had a Manx Petroleums rebrand. Don't know if it's a one off or an indication of more things to come. Don't know how good it'll be for the consumers if we're down to just one fuel supplier running a monopoly here though. You noticed! They have advertising the re-branding of Manx Petroleum petrol stations on Manx Radio for some time now. They may well have been but it was a Total station until it was "rebranded".
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    Delorean

    They are GRP just clad in stainless. ETA as Max power has already stated.
  8. Just what are the Ramsey wardens duties and how much is it costing for him to run around all day as the dog shit is now the doi's job and he only gets out of his van to put notices on the town notice boards, should he not be walking around the town to save fuel costs ? A certain ex cop used to do this about 10 years ago and for a morning here and an afternoon there he used to pick up £1750 pcm from each of the larger towns on the island!!
  9. nearly all modern gas hobs have a safety feature so if the flame isn't lit the gas stops coming out when you let go of the knob. so not too much danger really. if you get one that needs 240v to work the ignition on the rings then isolating the hob would make it very difficult to light it up at all. I think it not lighting may kinda be the problem!
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    Geneva

    Dont know but you can bet your arse there's a dam sight more to do there than there is here! sorry quote bit went a bit nuts.
  11. Hi do you know if its understrung or overstrung cheers.
  12. Boarding the new Queen Mary II in France perchance?
  13. Nope everywheres closed down (insert venue of choice)
  14. Dog bones were exported from there to the Americas but for what reason i know not.
  15. They had Slegaby up/down north the other night???
  16. I was'nt commenting on the use of proper skirting trunking RE 17th regs, more so on the idea of routing grooves into the back of timber/MDF skirting.
  17. To run cable at skirting level it would have to be in the wall at least 150mm from surface or enclosed in an earthed conduit/trunking or be mechanically protected to withstand nails/screws etc. Otherwise cable runs in walls or partitions have to installed within 150mm of the top of wall or partition or within 150mm from the angle of two joining walls vertically and be protected by a 30mA RCD.. Reg 522.6.6 from the very expensive Regs book which will probably gather dust just like the 16th edition one has been for the last 10 years! is it not also allowed to run horizontaly and verticaly between sockets and switches? Yes.
  18. To run cable at skirting level it would have to be in the wall at least 150mm from surface or enclosed in an earthed conduit/trunking or be mechanically protected to withstand nails/screws etc. Otherwise cable runs in walls or partitions have to installed within 150mm of the top of wall or partition or within 150mm from the angle of two joining walls vertically and be protected by a 30mA RCD.. Reg 522.6.6 from the very expensive Regs book which will probably gather dust just like the 16th edition one has been for the last 10 years! 150mm! that would be some wall! its 50mm
  19. you can't just hide mains cables behind skirtings etc these days they have to be run in special "zones" as per 17th edition wiring regs.
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    Traffic Chaos

    Came along there about 9-50pm and saw no tailbacks can you predict that there will be CARNAGE on the road , better tell nobles so they will be prepared in A&E ! Try it between 7am &9am then dickhead. Why would i want to go there at that time of the day, fannyface. there is far to much traffic Yeah whatever, what i'm getting at is as its been taking people up to two hours to get to buttyland from both Peel & Ramsey at the moment it seems madness to be on the radio all day bragging about major roadworks on one of those routes.
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    Traffic Chaos

    Came along there about 9-50pm and saw no tailbacks can you predict that there will be CARNAGE on the road , better tell nobles so they will be prepared in A&E ! Try it between 7am &9am then dickhead.
  22. finlo

    Traffic Chaos

    As all traffic from the minor roads is presently being forced on to the main one's and it's non urgent work couldnt they delay it a few days??
  23. finlo

    Traffic Chaos

    Anyone care to speculate on the level of traffic carnage on the Peel road tomorrow due to the D.O.T's major roadworks in Glenvine given that the talebacks are currently stretching back to the QE2?
  24. Sod shop local you can buy a second car with what you can save by buying away. Speaks from experiance even pre CC.
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