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    E-gaming is a sector we can be proud of, says Quayle

    Must admit I struggle with this being a positive from a moral prospective in that its an industry just distributing money from one person to another and not actually producing anything, although some would say people get enjoyment from it just like drinking a pint down the pub. However its a Global Industry, here to stay so why not have a good share of it on the Island and encourage its growth as it definitely produces economic benefits for our Island.
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    Supertour 2018

    You only get criticized on the Isle of Man when you do something. Lesson from this Derek is DO NOTHING. I hope it all goes well for you and Peter and hope its a financial success and becomes a yearly event. I must admit I did think it was Government Policy to encourage more bespoke events to assist our Tourism Industry and therefore your venture must tick the relevant boxes. It gets a big thumbs up from me and I have no interest in "super cars" whatsoever but I am passionate about promotion of our Island and anything that does that gets my vote.
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    Self Promotion

    The post was to highlight that on one hand they slate social media but on the other hand they use it. You have to accept the good with the bad. I don't disagree with the DED advertising itself but as they have appeared to target the IOM only I can't really see the point.
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    Self Promotion

    Has anybody else noticed that the DED have got a campaign going on Facebook boosting the number of likes to their main page and also boosting many of their postings obviously at a cost. So on one hand the use of Social Media is frowned upon by Government but on the other hand it's used to promote itself.
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    It's not unusual

    Appears to be a bit of a cyber war going on according to IOM News with many spoof Facebook accounts being set up to discredit Tiny Cow which are being deleted. Over to the conspiracy theorists.
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    It's not unusual

    Here's the latest in all its glory from the Isle of Man News Site. This guy doesn't seem worried about legal threats or ever getting his dispute sorted with the Dept. https://www.facebook.com/theisleofmannews/posts/953466338091321:0
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    It's not unusual

    Another thing that surprised me is that neither IOM Newspapers or Manx Radio have got a statement from Tiny COW in reply to the DED. I did notice on the Isle of Man News site that they had offered the AGs Department and a Tecky Guy the opportunity to visit their offices and go through their computers to validate the emails and documentation they had released.
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    It's not unusual

    I assume that Manx Radio News will only report what is fact and that is that Madrell has been suspended and comments from facebook etc. are being investigated. I'm sure if or when anything else develops it will on the news. Couldn't understand why they only mentioned one of the allegations, nothing to do with the suspension.
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    It's not unusual

    Must admit Stu I was very surprised by the reporting of these allegations by Manx Radio this morning. You reported on the allegation in relation to the compliance with financial regulations but made no mention in relation the allegation of the contract being altered after the date of the concert so that a confidentiality clause could be inserted so that the Manx public could not be informed of the alleged loss. This has been substantiated with various screen shots of emails and documents on the Isle of Man News site and wouldn't have taken a lot of work to validate the same. It appears that you have released into the Public Domain half a story, is there a reason for this?
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    It's not unusual

    I see on the Isle of Man News site that they appear to have obtained a copy of a letter sent out by the CEO to the employees at DED. Firstly it doesn't look like an attempt to try and draw in the 'rank and file' has worked very well in that straight away the document has been leaked and secondly that the CEO states that they have made a statement defending the Department against the allegations and that allegations are being made with little or no evidence. After looking at the documents shown on the Isle of Man Site, subject to them being demonstrated to be authentic then I don't see it quite as the CEO.
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    It's not unusual

    As I said previously not a good day again for the Isle of Man if proven. Another allegation that many appear to have missed from the postings on that site was the one of splitting up the fee payment for the Tom Jones concert to avoid finanancial regulations. This allegedly being done by the CEO. This surely can't be true?
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    It's not unusual

    Yes the latest appears pretty damning, but do you know what as a Manxman and somebody that is proud of my Island I feel pretty sick, fed up and embarrassed. Here we go again another scandal. Why can't honesty prevail and if mistakes are made own up to them. I don't knock anybody who makes a mistake, I have made plenty myself.
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    Hill Street Police Raid

    Amazed that none of this has been picked up by the local media. All over Google.
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    Nick Hurt named new Isle of Man manager

    Lagman you make some interesting points and I hope the following answers some of the questions you have raised. Sealand are NOT a member of CONIFA as I understand they dont meet their entry requirement. There is quite a large difference between the IOMFA side and the Ellan Vannin side. To represent the IOMFA you basically have to just be registered with a local club in other words you can have got off the boat sign on for a local team and if good enough the following week you could be selected to play for the representative side of the IOMFA league although there is a two year residency rule for the Island Games The IOMFA is a County Association of the English FA hence the reason that the IOMFA side wear the shirts of England in the UEFA Regions Cup (we must be one of a very small minority where we allow an often referred to "National Team" to represent another Country, I dont think you would see the Irish team wearing an England shirt). The IOMFA side also does not include players who are Manx and off Island playing professional football. The IOMFA generally play against amateur footballers. The IOMFA play against County sides and Club teams as well as Countries in the Island Games. The IOMFA runs and governs all football on the Island, leagues, juniors etc which is funded by the English FA. MIFA/Ellan Vannin has no involvement with domestic football on the Island. Ellan Vannin is strictly an International Team representing the Isle of Man where all players have to be Manx born or have Grand Parent rights and does include players who are on professional contracts. Ellan Vannin does not play against club or county teams and majority of the teams it plays and will play against consist of semi or full professional players. Approx 50% of the Ellan Vannin squad playing against Occitania in Toulouse on 30/12 are not currently part of the IOMFA Rep Team. There are more International Football Teams outside FIFA than within it and ConIFA has the chance to expand massively and further membership applications are being considered at the AGM to be held in Macedonia on 3/1/2015. I am also aware that 4 FIFA teams have contacted ConIFA to explore the possibility of membership/matches against ConIFA members but dont include any of the "big guns". Your idea of a tournament in the UK is I understand a very realistic possibility with a major tournament to be held in 2016/17 using two premiership grounds and one championship ground but again I doubt it will include the "big guns". I think the ConIFA ethics and morals including the heritage and cultural aspect set it apart from FIFA and why it appears to be gaining serious momentum and credibility in just over 16 months. In its first tournament, the World Football Cup it was covered by 69 countries and reached a population of in excess of 400 million. I hope this has given you some insight into what ConIFA and Ellan Vannin is about.
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    Ellan Vannin Football Team

    Quite right Jim the team that is referred to as the National Team at the moment is a representative team of the IOMFA (a County Association of the English FA) and is selected from the IOM Leagues and as such there are no criteria for player selection apart from the Island Games where there is a two year Residency rule. Also they only select Amateur players. To be eligible to play for Ellan Vannin you have to be Manx by birth or "grandfather" rights and you can also be on a professional contract. As Chris Bass says in the article probably the first time that football has been represented by a truly Manx team.