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  1. >...The sooner they get on and make the iplayer accessible by a licence number the more sense it will make. All in good time. Since iPlayer was launched by the BBC at a cost of around £6M in Dec 2007, there have been significant upgrades. In Feb '11 links to C4, ITV's 1,2,3 and 4, E4, More4, S4C and Channel 5 among others were included. July '11 saw the launch of an international version. Similarly, in Apr '14 a relaunch was included to improve the service showing the programmes 30 days post live broadcast, up from 7 days previously. Popularity of the service was acknowledged when in Jan '14 a broadcast of Sherlock - The Empty Hearse, received an initial 4.2M UK downloads, increasing to 3.5B(illion) worldwide for 2014! So, with all of the above hard work and success achieved, you'll forgive the 'powers that be' the lack of business savvy in addressing the blatant loophole that fails to adequately charge for the service. TBT.
  2. >...it looks like recording a program on a hard drive device and watching it later counts as watching it live. Correct. The legal requirement for a licence is if you are "receiving a live broadcast". And that can be from any broadcaster e.g. BBC, ITV, C4, Sky etc; you will still need to pay the BBC their fees of £145.50/annum It doesn't matter when you watch it; it's receiving the live signal that triggers the licence requirement. Similarly if you receive a colour broadcast (recorded onto video/harddrive etc.) you will need a colour licence, even if you only play it back via a B&W tv. Don't answer the door when the inspectors knock is the best option. Ignoring all correspondance, has served me well since the late 80's. If they persist, ask them to leave whilst simultaneously filming them. The threat of a YouTube appearance seems to be like a cross to a vampire. Finally, film them driving their vehicle and report them for 'suspected' no insurance for business use. TBT.
  3. Is this vessel related? Judging by the TT access road, it's mid to late 80's. TBT.
  4. Don't know if he owned it but certainly had involvement with it when it was the Anchor pub. Before Woodford's timeI think Pacini group were involved in a watersports venture there and tried to make it a sandy beach by depositing tons of the stuff from elsewhere. I think Douglas Corpy sold it late 70's/early 80's to the guy who built the massive catamaran down there about 1985. >...to the guy who built the massive catamaran down there about 1985. This snap from 1986. I think it was a guy called Keig who built it. Related to the Keig's photographers in town? TBT.
  5. Yes, and also the Scarlett and Santon Scooter Scrambling Club - Secretary Steve Stansfield - who aim to resurrect the Hillclimb event of the early 70's. I can remember my elder sister walking us TBT's there across the Pully golf course, past Kewaige school, up past to the 'real' Fairy Bridge, down to the tin shed that sold pop at Oakhill bridge and then along Marine Drive (before the stabit yard was comissioned) down to the Glen. About a 7 mile round trip from Braddan. It really doesn't seem like 45 years ago. Time and Tide... TBT. Edit:sp.
  6. The Corpy have finished with the horse tramways and aim to clear their books by late July '16, saving Douglas ratepayers £250k/annum in the process. Tramways staff are on notice and offers for livestock, rolling stock and buildings are all up for grabs. Longworth is now in negotiations to take over the HT via a Trust. So, confidentiality permitting, let's see how this pans out. TBT.
  7. How much do you think BV would have paid for the confidentiality clause? And is it best use of BV resources to include one? I mean it's common knowledge at Banks Circus (no pun intended) that the management are incompetent; as the transcript for the tribunal illustrates. TBT. https://www.gov.im/lib/docs/registries/tribunal/et1517.pdf Thanks for the link but I gave up after about 8 pages of childish bullshit. The whole thing runs to 26 pages of ner, ner, nah, nah, nah by forty year old men who seem to think they are still at school. Actually I don't blame the guy for wanting a payout as who would want to return to work and re commence having to interact with pricks like that on a daily basis? > The whole thing runs to 26 pages of ner, ner, nah, nah, nah by forty year old men who seem to think they are still at school. Correct. It's all about who went on strike and who supported the management. Hence why the two disciplinaries were rigged by Longworth and Grimshaw. That's why they requested (in the blue corner) the acting attourney general, who defended them at the tribunal. However, the tribunal Chairman exposed the scam and found for the driver who was supported (in the red corner) by the Unite union. That's why there's an expensive confidentiality clause requested by BV. Driver is compensated, management hush up the obvious. Only the taxpayer loses. TBT.
  8. How much do you think BV would have paid for the confidentiality clause? And is it best use of BV resources to include one? I mean it's common knowledge at Banks Circus (no pun intended) that the management are incompetent; as the transcript for the tribunal illustrates. TBT. https://www.gov.im/lib/docs/registries/tribunal/et1517.pdf
  9. How do you reach 60k? Compensation can be determined by a number of factors including:- Whether the employer followed the correct arbitration procedure (ACAS). Reason for dismissal. Age when dismissed. Length of service (pre and post 41 yo). Gross pay. Loss of future salary/pension. Length of time complainant requires compensation. Whether the Company (e.g. Bus Vannin/taxpayer) wish to include a mutually agreed confidentiality clause into the package. TBT. Edit:- One could always request a true figure from BV accounts reference the 'Freedom of Information Act'. Whatever the figure, Grimshaw and Longworth need reining in quick sharp.
  10. Compensation package agreed this afternoon (Fri 12). A confidentiality clause requested (and paid for by Bus Vannin the taxpayer) prevents futher embarrasing disclosure. A revised, best estimate, in the region of £60k+ would be my new take on the situation. TBT.
  11. £12k from the tribunal, but deserves more. TBT. Eta: Only my estimation, as yet the tribunal figures haven't been determined.
  12. >Anything more is ridiculous. This whole sorry saga was 'handbags' at best. Easily solved by furthering the understanding that neither could be considered for overtime duty until they 'shake hands' on the matter. So the only ridiculous aspect is that Longworth costs the taxpayer over £100k/annum with benefits. This chap really is the epitome of 'the Emperor's clothes'. And Grimshaw is aptly named too, make no mistake, he exits the process smelling of shit! No surprise there, as he entered with an identical aroma. If their grievance deliberations could be proven to be vindictive (ref', plaintiff supported the drivers strike), then it's not for the taxpayer to foot the bill for any managerial malpractice. L&G adversely manipulated proceedings, which the tribunal had no truck with; so good on them. As L&G have extravagent pension pots, why not fund a equitable compensation package out of those? TBT.
  13. I would recommend that neither Grimshaw nor Longworth undertake further grievance procedures without further training and close supervision to a standard for a period therafter. I'd go a little further and say I have an unease as to the motivation of the pair to carry out the procedure correctly; as I'm yet to be convinced that their findings within the error prone process weren't malicious. That both hold senior managerial positions is beyond comprehension. Ultimately, the flawed processes of grievance and appeals procedures cost a man his job, the tribunals time/expense and the taxpayer will have to fund the compensation package. Meanwhile Longworth continues his managerial incompetence at Ellerslie where he masquerades as something 'high up' in the DOI. TBT.
  14. I can just imagine the effect on the TT if a car driver lost control and went into the crowd like Howarth's bike did a few years ago. 1000 kilos of metal at over 150mph would create some carnage before it stopped. And I doubt Nobles could cope, they were maxed out with the above incident. The precedent has already been set at the end of Sulby Straight when some nomark ran out of skill long before he ran out of road. There'd be a hue and cry over safety, possibly to the detriment of the motorcycle races as a whole. It adds little to the spectacle, there are numerous Manx rallies already offered for cars, and factoring the lap into the TT schedule can cause delays to those wanting to get home from work post racing. And it sets a dangerous precedent regarding road drivers too. The motorcyclist killed on open roads at The Creg was hit by a Subaru that was being driven irresponsibly. Jurby is available, that's a perfectly sensible alternative. TBT.
  15. >Thank fuck someone had the backbone to stand up and say no. +1 The Google system is still only in the development phase; and with Nobles waiting lists what they are, why add to that list if the development requires a few 'tweaks' prior to full roll out? I mean a car run by a computer, it's going to crash isn't it? Or at point of collision the airbag is going to ask whether you really want it to deploy; or the anti lock brakes won't, on the grounds of you've forgotten your password! "An opportunity missed", yeh, but for who? I think we've been this way before, notably with the Ronaldsway radar. Which incidentally still hasn't achieved CAA certification, requiring the old radar to be kept in service at taxpayers expense. TBT.
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