Paul Sutton

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Torbay Covid update 17/8/2021

From Monday 16th August self-isolation rules for contacts are changing share icon

What is changing?

  • It is no longer a legal requirement for people who are fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Contacts are strongly advised to take a PCR test and to limit social contact.
  • Anyone with symptoms is still advised to self-isolate and get a PCR test as soon as possible.

Fully vaccinated means:

  • People who have been vaccinated with an approved vaccine in the UK
  • There were 14 days between the final dose of the vaccine and last contact with the case.

Other groups who are exempt from isolation if they are a contact:

  • Children and young adults under 18 years and 6 months
  • People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons

In summary:

  • Contacts who are fully vaccinated or otherwise exempt will be advised to take a PCR test and limit social contact but will not be required to self-isolate whilst waiting for results of their PCR test.
  • Under 5s will only be required to take a PCR test if they were in contact with a case in their own household.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated and are not exempt will still be required to take a PCR test and isolate for 10 days from their most recent contact with a positive case.
  • If you are in isolation on the 16 August and fully vaccinated, you can stop isolation from 16 August.

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Devon and Cornwall GNU / Linux user group meeting – May 2021

The next Linux user group [1] meeting will take place, this Saturday at 12:00 on Meet.jit.si. Please see website, for more details and a link to the video chat. Our IRC channel is open 24/7 and can be found at [3].

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1 Devon and Cornwall GLUG 2 GNU 3 Freenode

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Torbay Covid 19 update 5th March 2021

An update from Torbay’s director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant Lincoln Sargeant

Our cases are falling steadily in the Bay which is great news and we need to keep them coming down, but the virus is still spreading between families living in different households.

Next week is the start of an exciting journey for many of us with the first step of the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’.

From 8 March;

  • Schools and colleges start to open with regular testing for staff and pupils
  • Wrap around provision able to operate for all children as normal. Parents and carers will need to check with individual schools and providers for specific offers
  • Care home visits allowed with one nominated and tested visitor
  • Outdoor recreation as well as exercise is allowed as a household and with one person outside the household/bubble.

Please remember that despite the easing of some restrictions;

* We are still in lockdown * We need everyone to keep to their own households/bubble when indoors * Keep making space * Keep your contacts to a minimum

In his video this week, our director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant reflects on the year since our first case of COVID-19 in the Bay, the difficulty for all those grieving the 148 lives lost to COVID-19 in Torbay, and he looks to the future as we ease out of lockdown. Watch the video.

Thank you,

Dr Lincoln Sargeant

Keeping people safe and well Vaccine latest

Anyone who has received a letter from the National Booking System inviting them to book an appointment should use the website or 119 to book an appointment. The NHS is urging people who have received a letter not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination.

The programme of second doses in care homes is being rolled out during March.

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Torbay Covid testing

Testing Facilities in Torbay

There are two testing centres in Torbay for people with COVID-19 symptoms:

Torbay Leisure Centre Car Park, Clennon Valley, Paignton Lymington Road Coach Station, Torquay (mobile testing unit)

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Promoting Torbay

I have set up an account on Mastodon (https://mastodon.org.uk) in order to help promote Torbay in South Devon, UK and what is has to offer.

  • Follow this account: @TorbayUK@mastodon.org.uk

This is a small project, I am not getting paid to do this, but hopefully, in undertaking this I am able to demonstrate initiative and other useful skills.

I will be adding photos and information / links to local attractions, etc.

Hopefully see if the local Tourist board will look in to getting on the Fediverse more formally, to help promote.

As the UK is in another Covid19 lockdown, to avoid yet another holiday season being written off, The cost to the local economy, if this happens, will be catastrophic. Why not take the time to explore as many ways to promote the local area and business as possible.

One way to get the fediverse to grow is to perhaps have accounts such as this, as it gives people a reason to join as there is something interesting to follow.

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CPD Update – 10th July 2020

Just completed week 1 of Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started with FutureLearn

I intend to take this, along with a few other related courses aimed at supprting STEM in schools. Hopefully this will lead to paid employment Open to discussion directly with schools.

I seem to have quite a lot of STEM related knowledge e.g:

Chemistry Astronomy Electricity Digital logic Basic programming

So would really like to support STEM in schools.

Note: I will not get a certificate for this because I cannot afford it, so will just do the free route and link to my profile which should provide sufficient evidence of undertaking this.

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Rowcroft Hospice Male Trail

This years male trail in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

Date : Saturday 7th March Time : 11am

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South Devon Tech Jam – January 2020 Write Up

South Devon Tech Jam – January 2020 Write Up

Today we had a busy jam, with a good few activities going on. I arrived about 9:30 am to start setting up.

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Main work area, with Pi's, Minecraft server etc

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Lots of stickers and other free stuff.

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We now have a RetroPie set up, with games. Here I have a Pacman game ready to go.

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Paul B spent most of the jam helping Lucy with refurbishing a BBC Micro computer. This seemed to go really well.

We also had a visit from Adam Shoreland from the Wikimedia foundation. Adam spent time explaining what he is doing Adam also explained to two of our younger attendees about Wikidata and how to edit this via the Wikidata website. Adam also explained how to use Wikidata:SPARQL query service

Related to this

We also had a visit from Gordon Henderson come along and demonstrate a mechanical calculator, as well as a few other people who were working on their own projects etc.

We also noted down some of the network port numbers so that I can ask if more ports can be either enabled or confirmed if they are connected. This will make it easier to connect to the wider internet if required.

In all a good event and looking forward to next month. The next jam will be on Saturday 8th February 2020

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