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PAG Event: Political Party Platform

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 "Political Party Platform"

Panel and audience discussion


Manx Legion Club Market Hill, Douglas

7:30 pm Monday 24th September 2018

The event is free and open to all

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2018 23:26

PAG Event: Wellness: A Health Model for the isle of Man

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"Wellness: A New Health Model For The Isle of Man"

Presentations and panel discussion

island wellness

Manx Museum Theatre 


7:30 pm MONDAY 25th June 2018

For its eighth and final public meeting of the political year Positive Action Group (PAG) returns to the theme of healthcare. The meeting will be at the Manx Museum Theatre, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, Monday 25th June starting at 7:30 pm. PAG has invited four speakers each to give a short 7 minute presentation about various aspects of healthcare in the IoM. They are:
Nigel Taylor, General Counsel, Jurby Wellness:
Outlining the legal support for: 1) Patient Autonomy, 2) Fully Informed Consent. 
Helping to increase the feedback from the patient and to ensure their concerns and voice is always acknowledged.
Gordon Wilson, Managing Director, Callin Wild Consulting:
1) Healthcare Affordability, 2) Manx Agriculture / 'Food Is Medicine' Opportunities. 
Outlining the financial unsustainability of the current health model and looking at Island 'food economics' opportunities.
Courtenay Heading, Founder, Jurby Wellness:  
1) Our Brilliant Body, 2) Disease, as a: Toxin, or a Lack. 
Highlighting how our body serves us, if we feed it well and avoid the toxins to which we are increasingly subject.
Hon David Ashford, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Care:
An Update on Our Future Health Vision. 
With nearly six months in post, Minister Ashford is recognised as being open to change, and will outline what he aims to achieve in this Parliament and beyond.
Following the presentations the audience will be invited  to contribute to a panel discussion.
As usual the event is free and is open to all
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2018 15:51

PAG Event: "GDPR: D-Day is here"

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"GDPR: D-Day is here" 

A presentation by Iain McDonald, IoM Information Commissioner

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Manx Legion Club, Douglas  

7:30 pm MONDAY 21st May 2018

The event is free and open to all.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:22

PAG Event: Meeting our population challenge with Paul Craine

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PAG Event

"Meeting our Population Challenges - a response"

presentation by Paul Craine 

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Manx Legion Club, Douglas

7:30 pm MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018


- All Welcome -

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 21:52

League Tables and Benchmarking Pupil Attainment

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A parent's view of league tables and benchmarking pupil attainment.Secondary-schools-performance

The issue of League Tables and related benchmarking of pupil performance between jurisdictions has recently come to the fore with the publication by Daphne Caine MHK of her annual Children’s Champion Report together with questions being asked of the Department of Education, Sport & Culture (DESC) in a recent (16th March 2018) sitting of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee.

The DESC has long been opposed to league tables and in December 2017 published a document highlighting their arguments against such.

The Department’s Service Delivery Plan (2016-2021) highlights that part of its vision is for “a world class education system for all…”.

The author submits that part of any world class education system would be an enviable benchmarked record of attainment whilst acknowledging and ensuring that other outcomes such as key skills and the development of personal qualities have a prominent and important role in the curriculum. Such skills and qualities are not however, in the author’s opinion, mutually exclusive to high academic attainment.

As a parent of two children now in Key Stage 3, I analysed a variety of responses made by the Department in relation to requests (submitted by myself and other individuals) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2015. Such requests sought attainment data for the end (Year 6) of Key Stage 2 (KS2 which overall encompasses Years 3-6) for each of the Island’s thirty-two primary schools over a period of years.

My initial focus has been on the most recent academic year (2016-17) where full attainment results were only published by the Department subsequent to the applicant seeking a review by the Information Commissioner whereupon the Department was directed to release the information sought by the applicant....

[for more please click on document link]

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:17

PAG Event: 2018 Manx Budget explained

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The 2018 Manx budget explained

A presentation by Hon Alf Cannan MHK, Minister for the Treasury


Monday 26th February 2018 at 7:30pm 

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas  

The event is free and open to all

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:35

Pag Event: Meeting the Health Challenge

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Public Meeting

'Meeting the Health Challenge'

a presentation by

Hon David Ashford MHK 

Minister for the Dept Health & Social Care

Department of Health Isle of Man logo

Monday 26th March 2018 at 7:30pm

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:59

PAG Event: Cruising Cash Cows?

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PAG public meeting

Cruising Cash Cows? Perceptions and Misperceptions

a presentation by Dr Ross Klein

Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Monday 27th November 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Manx Legion Club, Douglas

The event is free and open to all


 We are now used to seeing small cruise ships moored in Douglas Bay.

The Government is considering a proposal to build a £60 million deep water terminal to receive the latest generation of cruise liners. These vessels hold up to 5000 passengers. On the face of it this would seem to be good for our economy. But there are always two sides to a story. What might the full impact be on the Isle of Man? That's what Positive Action Group (PAG) will debate at its November public meeting.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 15:44

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