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PAG public meeting: so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?

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PAG Public Meeting

...so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?

Presentation by

Jane Dellar, Chief Executive & Bill Mummery, Executive Director, Celton Manx Ltd.

7:30pm Monday, 25th January 2016

Manx Legion Club, Douglas

= Free Admission to all = 

Established some 55 years ago, the IOM Chamber of Commerce has experienced all the ups and downs of the Island's economy. In the past 12 months the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce seems to have adopted a higher public profile.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 18:10
 

Good Government in the Isle of Man!

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The question of how well we are governed rumbles below the surface of Manx political life.
 
Peel resident, Trevor Cowin, has been openly critical of departmental behaviour for a number of years and gratifyingly has been influential in gradual improvement.
 
This time he's taken his concerns to the Lieutenant Governor!
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:12
 

ID Checks on sea travellers - Tristram Llewellyn Jones

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  • isleofmansteampacketferryqueuesShould you be asked to provide on request, photographic verification of your identity at our sea ports?
  • Is lack of identity verification a weakness in the Island's law enforcement capabilities?
  • Whom exactly has raised concern that public and community safety is being compromised?
 
The DHA Consultation, which appeared out of the blue, has caused a great deal of public and media interest and PAG urges you to submit your views by the closing date of 12th February 2016.
 
Not unexpectedly, Island Civil Rights campaigner, Tristram Llewellyn Jones, has strong views about the principle and we 
publish his own response here......
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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:14
 

PAG public meeting: Our Generation: Offshore power for the Isle of Man?

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PAG Public Meeting

'Our Generation:  Offshore power for the Isle of Man?' 

Presentation by Steve Malley of Manx Tidal Energy on 30th November 2015.

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The Isle of Man Government has recently announced the granting of a survey license enabling local company Manx Tidal Energy Limited to carry out preliminary work to determine the practicality and commercial viability of offshore electricity production. Manx Tidal Energy will investigate the possibility of a tidal array on an area of the seabed off the Point of Ayre. 

The government have identified the development of an offshore energy hub as one of the key strategies of its long-term proposals to boost the economy: leasing parts of the Island’s seabed for renewable energy generation is expected to make a major contribution to public funds and local job creation.

In his presentation, Steve described the project, explaining how such a development would operate, generate and transmit power. He also spoke of the benefits to the Island and the obstacles to be overcome: in particular a environmental impact assessment, planning and UK subsidies which do appear to be under threat.

We thank Steve and Manx Tidal Energy for his excellent presentation and taking the time to make the case to our audience. 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 13:28
 

Party Politics Debate

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One of the aims of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCC) in the Isle of Man is 'to identify and address topical issues affecting members and the IOM". To that end the JCC staged a debat on Party Politics in the Isle of Man on 30th October 2015.

Liberal Vannin Leader Kate Beecroft MHK spoke in favour and was opposed by Chris Robertshaw MHK. Both speakers gave their kind permission to publish their speeches here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 13:39
 

Smaller, Smarter Government

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small-governmentIn a recent series of articles for the Isle of Man Examiner, Chris Robertshaw presented his case for what he refers to 'Smaller, Smarter' Government.

The views are of course his own.

These are all available for download below and we would most welcome comment.

If you'd like to contribute to our 'opinion' strand, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 22:54
 

Learning from Mistakes: Black Box thinking

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Observe-Interpret-Intervene-CycleSince becoming Chief Minister, Allan Bell has regularly stated that government must be prepared to take risks. This sentiment has also been supported by Minister for Policy and Reform, John Shimmin and DED Minister, Laurence Skelly. In preparing the ground for the adoption of a £50 million Economic Development package, all three warned that there could well be some failures within the various projects supported under the scheme.

The converse of this argument is for those in power also need to recognise when they have goofed and what's more to learn from the experience. 

Times columnist Mathew Syed succinctly makes the case for a positive attitude to failure in the "Soap Box" feature on BBC 2's Daily Politicson 28.10.15:

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:50
 

Another User Agreement? Under no circumstances!

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steampacketcrashMany people amazingly do not appear to appreciate fully the vital importance of our sea link.

It was this fact that prompted me some twenty five or thirty years ago to propose that the IoM Government should purchase the Company. A proposal that many other people have also suggested over the years.

This could still be done to-day for the IOMSPCo Ltd does not appear to have much collateral value.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:38
 
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