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Roger Mexico

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  1. Significant of course that they didn't announce they wouldn't be appealing till the last possible date so as to drag matters out for as long as possible.
  2. The Manx Radio piece on waiting list times, does that rare thing for them of actually linking to the documentation. And then, because it's an FoI request, the servlet problem means that such a link will be useless after about five minutes. For those who want to know what they are talking about, the FoI Case ID is 2447659 and the Title : Waiting times and targets. The response confessed that "Unfortunately the reason for referral is not recorded digitally in order to separate out specific pathways". Which meant they were unable to give any information on waiting time for cataracts. And these are just the waiting times to see a specialist after referral from GP, there's nothing to indicate how long after that it will take for something to be done.
  3. And a lot of us predicted exactly this outcome. but the politicians couldn't see beyond their hope that this would stop those pesky constituents bothering them with their problems. And of course it hasn't done even that. The last few weeks have illuminated the problem of what the DHSC and its Minister are actually for. If they are are supposed to be monitoring Manx Care and setting its priorities, then they should be the ones publishing this data and the Minister shouldn't be commenting in this way, the responsibility lies with Cope and Foster.
  4. As far as I can tell the increases being discussed are in freight prices and special offer fares - neither of which are covered by the User Agreement.
  5. The real question is just how much of a money making scheme it is for the government though, rather than just certain individuals or outside companies.
  6. He's allowed to operate it for contract parking - and indeed did before the space was needed to temporarily replace the one across the road. I don't think he had that much custom (it's a bit out of the way for Athol Street and then Covid hit) and he clearly wanted it to become a proper car park park again. I doubt it will happen as it looks too much like taking the piss and DoI/DBC don't want the competition.
  7. Neuro-linguistic programming: Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a pseudoscientific approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States, in the 1970s. NLP's creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.[...] They claim as well that, often in a single session, NLP can treat problems such as phobias, depression, tic disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, near-sightedness, allergy, the common cold, and learning disorders. NLP has been adopted by some hypnotherapists and also by companies that run seminars marketed as leadership training to businesses and government agencies. There is no scientific evidence supporting the claims made by NLP advocates, and it has been discredited as a pseudoscience Scientific reviews state that NLP is based on outdated metaphors of how the brain works that are inconsistent with current neurological theory and contain numerous factual errors. Reviews also found that all of the supportive research on NLP contained significant methodological flaws and that there were three times as many studies of a much higher quality that failed to reproduce the "extraordinary claims" made by Bandler, Grinder, and other NLP practitioners. Ashford believing pseudoscience - who could imagine such a thing?
  8. So you're saying the problem is that we didn't pay Jez and Annie enough money? 😆 The fantasy that we could be like Birmingham or Manchester is what got us into this mess in the first place. I'm not sure the economic model they use will survive much longer even there, but it certainly would never have worked here. We have a low population with an already high level of airport usage and have spent the last 50 years concentrating our tourism spending on people who like motorbikes (not very air-friendly). So growth of internal and external passenger numbers will be restricted. All our destinations are effectively domestic and domestic air travel has been stagnant in the UK for a long time. Similarly business travel was in long term decline even before Covid. The additional sources of revenue that have been the big earners for UK airports in recent years (parking, refreshments, shops) don't work in the same way here. You can't attract airlines if there aren't the passengers for them to carry and make profits from. The airport is an essential for the Island as well so it's not like they can junk it if it's not making money. And if you privatise it, the company who runs it will have you over a barrel. None of this is an excuse for how badly it has been run, indeed failure to take these realities into account is the biggest reason for this mess.
  9. It would be interesting to know if Manx Care have managed to deliver the 600 cataract operations that they claimed they would have managed by the end of March and whether it cost the £1.86 million they said it would (ie £3100 per operation).
  10. Keep up at the back. You need a proper privatised airport to get those sort of salaries.
  11. Not necessarily and as usual nothing is 100% in medicine. Some vaccines prevent infection in the vast majority cases by arming the bodies immune system against the pathogen, but all vaccines also use that protection to lessen the effect of such infection. With the current Covid vaccines there's evidence of infection being reduced substantially after vaccination, but that gradually fading over subsequent months. So far protection against Covid coming more serious seems to have held up much better over a longer period.
  12. Not really, though there might be challenge over the amount that was charged. But even assuming there are no notices (and they're notorious for being less obvious on private sites), you can't just park anywhere you want on private land if there's nothing there to forbid you. Even apart from the fact that it's been a paid car park till earlier this month. The current lack of enforcement is mainly suggestive of the lack of dynamism of the present owners (which is why it should probably come back into public ownership) but there's no guarantee that such tolerance will continue.
  13. That's the problem such places are going to have. They require an endless supply of younger workers who will cope with the pressure and are happy with low-ish wages. And demographics mean that there are fewer of them around and sources of them from outside the UK are drying up for various other reasons.
  14. The Manx Radio item actually says that it was a visitor who had been injured. The problem is that the gaps in the prom are now not just wider than they were in the past (as documented on the Prom thread) but they are now playing about with them to try to make Longworth's 'improvements' to the horse trams work.
  15. You wouldn't be 'guilty' of anything, but the owners would be entitled to issue you with an invoice for a charge which they could then sue you for if you didn't pay. I'm not sure there even a need for there to be a notice, though it would help their case if there was.
  16. Well co-opting outside professionals is what Manx care does all the time - both is sending patients across for specialised assessment and treatment and in bringing specialists to the Island for clinics. But actions such as the one to tackle the cataract backlog are only really useful as one-offs. The ideal is that such situations should never arise in the first place and that common operations, such as for cataracts, should be done locally and speedily.
  17. Well quite a lot of embarrassment - but possibly also liability which would be a worry both for the Airport and the security contractors.
  18. Interesting piece of information in a Manx Radio piece: Douglas South member Sarah Maltby will ask what risk assessments have been carried out in relation to signs on the route when the House of Keys sits next week. She's raising the issue after she learnt a visitor had been injured when his bicycle wheel got stuck in the rails. The solution is stupid, because even more signs will just make the place yet more confusing and signs aren't very effective at warning against a continuous hazard (how many do you put up and where?). But this is yet another disaster, predicted by many, that derives from Longworth's completely unauthorised fantasy of running electric trams along the Prom.
  19. I don't know if they ever got permission to operate non-contract parking, though it wouldn't surprise me if it had been part of a deal. But the lack of warning signs doesn't mean that people are entitled to park there for free (or at all) - any more than would be to park on your lawn if you hadn't put a No Parking sign up.
  20. But that's privately-owned (now), and so will have reverted to contract parking or however they are using it. So anyone leaving their car there, no matter for how short a time, is at risk of action from the owners.
  21. The thing about Ashford is that he clearly can't bear to be out of the limelight. He resigned on 20 May and, rather than lie low for a bit in decent silence, he immediately starts asking questions so as to keep his name prominent. His first written questions went in on 26 May and he had several oral questions in on the first possible Keys (14 June). Clearly he loves the sound of his own voice and thinks himself the great statesman, but it's extremely odd to have someone going on about things not being done by a government of which they were a prominent member. There was a classic example in that Keys when he was complaining about the lack of progress with an autism strategy (despite Hooper pointing out that it had been put out for consultation a few months ago). He even referred to his time at DHSC, but seemed to think the way it had "dragged on for a long number of years" had nothing to do with his nearly four years there. He either lacks any self-awareness or completely lacks shame.
  22. LCY possibly, but LHR was in the same position as it had been three years previously.
  23. One one hand it sounds like an urban myth. On the other... it is Ronaldsway. Anyone one know how Chris Thomas's review of the incident is getting on?
  24. Dublin only started again in March, so it may be taking some time to get back to previous levels - people may have booked indirect flights in advance for instance. Six days a week I think but not Saturday, which suggests a business component. I was very surprised that LHR was higher than LCY, to the extent that I checked the figures. Can't cross-check with CAA as May not loaded. I don't think the figures will be much altered by a shift in TT dates as TT air travel is shorter and more central[1]. Thinking about it, I should have included MAN as more of a business destination like BHX and LCY and some of the decline there may come from that. [1] Looking at the 2019 figures, which does show some early TT departure in May, I do wonder if there is some over-counting of TT visitors. I can't imagine many people flying over specifically for the pre-TT and then back again. It's possible they are including anyone who says they might be looking at some of the racing, even though the purpose of their visit is really something else.
  25. I thought I'd have a look at what passenger levels were actually like at the Airport and whether they had got anywhere near to pre-Covid levels[1]. It's quite instructive: IOM Airport Pax May 2019 v May 2022 Dest Pax 2019 Pax 2022 Change BFS 2333 1972 -15% BHX 3899 1907 -51% BRS 2660 2530 -5% DUB 4602 2696 -41% EDI 732 897 23% LGW 16592 14704 -11% GLA 48 -100% LHR 2222 1901 -14% LPL 21551 11851 -45% LCY 4589 1585 -65% LTN 4516 -100% MAN 16096 8098 -50% Non-S 669 1373 105% Total 80509 49514 -38% Overall passengers are down by nearly 40%, but it's clear that the destinations which have been worse hit are those which might be seen as business destinations (such as LCY and BHX). As it happens there was a similar attempt at providing an LHR route three years ago and the figures show that it's no more successful this time - it would be interesting to know just how much has been spent helping other people slot-sit. It's also notable that the figures show the previous network is now more or less restored - only the part-seasonal LTN flight isn't back. Routes to the North seem worse affected than elsewhere, despite the extra easyJet to Manchester - which may explain why they are stopping for the Summer. Are people preferring the boat for reliability or cost, or still just travelling less? [1] May 2022 are taken from IOM Airports own website, but because the monthly passenger figures pre-2020 have vanished from the Government website (perhaps to hide how things had fallen) I've reconstructed May 2019 from the CAA's statistics for the month. I'm not sure the non-scheduled figures are comparable, but it's fairly minor.
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