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  1. I recall reading something similar some years ago. In my neighbourhood the residents leave their bins for emptying on their driveways, so they don't obstruct the pavements etc. However, when the bins are emptied, the refuse collectors often return the bins to the pavement, and not the driveways, which then causes an obstruction for anyone using the pavements. In those situations, it appears the property owner would be liable for leaving their bin out, whereas if the refuse collectors returned it to where they got it from, there wouldn't be an issue, other than the emptied bins creating an unsightly vista.
  2. Mysteron

    Peoples Wood

    I occasionally cycle around this area and last time out noticed all the new planted saplings. When mature they will most probably obscure what are presently fabulous countryside views extending as far as Langness peninsula and South Barrule. Having said that, if I want to look at Langness and South Barrule I can easily do so from vantage points elsewhere. I'm undecided whether the 'wood' will complement the surrounding area or detract from it - only time will tell. However, I consoled myself by remembering that government are experts in this particular area, so its unqualified success is assured. I just hope they've planted the right type of trees that poo bags can be hung from. A quick browse of other threads on this forum seem to suggest that others are as equally baffled by the government's environmental strategies as I am. Around my neighbourhood they've stopped maintaining some roadside grassed verges, and 'planted' Bee Preservation Area signage instead. Now this initiative is laudable - the wildflower patches they've sown around Douglas look fantastic when in bloom. However, none of the Bee Preservation Areas in my neighbourhood have any wildflowers in them, and nor did they before they put the signage up. The signage therefore just seems like a weak excuse not to maintain the verges.
  3. I drove along some of that stretch of road last night during darkness. When my headlights picked out the pavement weeds I slowed down, as initially I thought it was a small animal - as they were about the size of a sitting hare or cat. So maybe the government and local authorities are actually onto something......naturally occurring speed restricters. The other side of that coin though is we then become blasé to their presence, until the occasion they turn out not to be a weed.
  4. There may well be an element of over-egging going on, who knows? It was recently reported that controlled drugs seizures had increased during the pandemic - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-57672595 - which now might present a clearer picture of the scale of offending. The scale may have been known to police already and for a long time possibly. Now everybody knows. It's debatable whether or not the Isle of Man has a controlled drugs problem, when compared to anywhere in the UK. Nevertheless, the recent increase in seizures over here would tend to suggest that a problem does indeed exist here. In view of that, it might seem reasonable for the Chief Constable to seek extra resources in an effort to try and combat it.
  5. No more than it does someone who owns a prestigious motor vehicle etc. But if they acquired the item using the proceeds of crime, then the answer to your question is yes.
  6. Why wouldn't criminals purchase expensive jewellery and watches on the Isle of Man? They're doing so elsewhere apparently - https://www.watchpro.com/prosecutors-crack-down-on-retailers-selling-rolex-watches-for-cash/ There can't be many easier ways of carrying £100k through a border crossing than on your wrist or fingers.
  7. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/significant-problem-with-merseyside-criminals-exploiting-young/ Nothing in the Manx Radio article either to suggest the £20k watch was purchased for cash.
  8. It's reported that recruitment and retention is, or is becoming, an issue, which may partly explain how there are seemingly less officers out and about. Every one seems to want to see more bobbies on the beat. Is this the most cost effective way to police though? The public demand immediate responses to most incidents nowadays, and the quickest way to get officers there is by vehicle. The nearest officer on foot could be some distance away when the emergency call is made, and even in some cases elsewhere on the island, vehicle back-up could be twenty minutes or so away. The world is a different place to how it was when bobbies regularly walked the beat, and while their return may be desirable for some, there would be significant cost implications attached, at a time when resources are scarce.
  9. Whatever vision the Government has for the island's cyclists/ramblers etc, when it is 'completed' will it give the island any discernible advantage or unique selling point over what the UK currently has to offer? I doubt it. So, how will it increase our tourism numbers appreciably, if that is even its ultimate objective? I regularly visit the Lake District, and have often wondered why would anyone bypass what that area has to offer just to get to the Isle of Man, and what we have to offer. At the moment, there appears to be a Field of Dreams element to the Government's thinking - Build it, and they will come.
  10. Mysteron


    Is a Non-Disclosure Agreement breach a matter for the police? Sounds more like a civil matter.
  11. According to this article he'd not had a Covid vaccination. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/eriksens-former-cardiologist-says-he-had-no-history-heart-concerns-2021-06-13/
  12. Mysteron

    Isle of Pride

    So if the public toilets element of the offences is still illegal today, could that possibly explain why the requested/expected apology from the Chief Constable has not been forthcoming, or is there another reason entirely? In the historic cases, were the police acting in response to complaints from members of the public, or did they act unilaterally in their decision to investigate the offences? I'm simply trying to ascertain what the police did wrong, that warrants an apology today.
  13. I'm probably being pedantic, and haven't read the full report, but the above Conclusions refer to 'organisational size and structure', the former presumably referring to staffing numbers. The Conclusions then say the organisational structures were logical and appropriate, so no mention of, or comment on, the organisational size. The purpose of the review was to identify any inappropriate drift upwards in salary and/or grades, so again, no mention of staffing numbers. Nothing to see here, carry on...
  14. Mysteron

    Isle of Pride

    If the acts committed back then were committed today, would they still constitute the same criminal offence, or a different criminal offence or no criminal offence now? My recollection, jogged by what Mr Shea said in the Paul Moulton interview, talking about Douglas Promenade, is he was alluding to activities committed in public toilets. If my assumption is correct, had those activities occurred in private, would any criminal offences have been committed?
  15. Beware of double-edged swords. Government were indeed the driver for fibre being rolled out, according to the surveyors who attended my property. Very laudable, on the face of it. Despite driving MT liveried vehicles, the surveyors told me they were not MT employees, but contractors, but that could possibly just have been an excuse not to accept receipt of my immediately redundant fibre router, which had been delivered to me the day before. I asked how many site surveys had been failed due to no ducting etc into properties - "loads". So the conundrum which could be developing, is who will end up paying for ducting installation to properties, if there turns out to be a significant number of customers not prepared, or unable to, pay for it themselves, as per MT's t&c's? The alternative solution is the erection of telegraph poles, which was not well received by residents at Ballacriy, Colby recently. I would expect their consternation to be repeated island-wide. So who will pay for the ducting etc installation, in order to realise the Government's ambition (in September 2020), "to accelerate the roll out of ultrafast fibre broadband to pass >99% of homes by one year"? As always, the devil will be in the detail as to the interpretation of that statement. It just might mean fibre cable to the junction box outside your house, and not to it. There are most certainly not >99% of households in my neighbourhood having fibre installed, if what the site surveyors said is true, but in any event, IOMG's September 2020 dream may have been achieved already, using an infrastructure that was already there, but just needed new fibre cabling added. Ronald Reagan once said "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem". As I said earlier, this could get interesting.
  16. Mysteron


    Not according to a Register search on the IOM FSA website.
  17. The copper line comes up through a concrete floor, without conduit/ducting. It can't be retracted.
  18. My fibre marketing call promised to save me £2.xx per month. My subsequent site survey showed there is no MT ducting into my property, so it's either (a) excavating a trench from the pavement to my property, at my cost, as per MT's t&c's or, (b), they will erect a number of telegraph poles in my neighbourhood to service the significant number of customers in the vicinity in the same situation as me. MT knows someone that will excavate the trench from the pavement to the external wall of my property for "about £350", which still leaves me with the cost of a hole through the external wall. So, for an anticipated outlay of what will probably be at least £500 when all is said and done, I can look forward to offsetting that against my £2.xx per month saving. I'm currently paying for an 'up to 40mbps' broadband package, which is somehow currently delivering speeds in excess of that, so I won't be ordering fibre. The site surveyor said most people in a similar predicament to me are not proceeding with it either, with one customer apparently stating they would use their £350 trench saving to acquire a chainsaw, in the event telegraph poles are erected in the neighbourhood. It could get interesting.
  19. If you're referring to the late Dr Christopher Fenton, they do have the same surname, but I don't know if they were related.
  20. No need for caveat emptor in parts of Turkey. In Kusadasi several years ago, the tourist shops displayed signs advertising "real counterfeit" and "genuine fake" merchandise. One shop even proclaimed it had the "bestest realest fakes" in Turkey.
  21. Helicopter - A million parts rotating rapidly around an oil leak waiting for metal fatigue to set in.
  22. Mysteron


    Never mind heritage, demolition of the Peel quayside warehouse is probably warranted to necessitate IOMG's new link to St Patrick's Isle. Was scheduled to start after they finish Douglas Prom, but now rumoured to be built in conjunction with it. Rather than simply plagiarising the Faroe Islands blueprint, the Isle of Man is determined to robustly pursue a more technically complex solution, which could include water flumes cascading into the roundabout. The dredging of Peel marina is just an elaborate smokescreen to conceal IOMG's true intentions. When open, the undersea roundabout will undoubtedly increase visitor numbers to/from the Isle of Man, as well as linking up with the new cruise ship terminal at Fenella Beach. Remember, you read it here first. https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/55216715
  23. According to the Criminal Damage Act 1981, it's punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, so has always been a jailing offence like you say. Criminal damage by fire (arson) or with intent to endanger life is punishable with life imprisonment.
  24. Douglas Fire Station on Peel Road opened shortly before Police Headquarters did (late 1970's), and it wasn't long before flooding affected the former site. By the mid- to late- 90's, there was talk of centralising the police and fire service on Glencrutchery Road, and accommodating the personnel by adding a new floor to police headquarters, which apparently, was designed with that option in mind. Conjecture then dictated that an ambulance HQ could be placed on the same site - Nobles was on Westmorland Road at the time - thereby better serving a growing Onchan etc.
  25. I seem to recall that the preferred site for the then new Nobles Hospital, was the triangular section of land bordered by Kewaigue, Fort North roundabout and the bottom of Richmond Hill. It ticked the box of being outside the TT course, as being inside it was considered unviable at the time. The site was also deemed ideal for Ronaldsway patient transfers, especially when the TT Course was closed.
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