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General discussion / Re: Sports insurance
« on: August 14, 2022, 08:36:14 PM »
The club I coach at is the same division as Willowbank. We run a players injury fund where all players contribute and then lads who miss work from an injury can apply to. I dont think we have insurance. In terms of costs we charge all players and have 3 adult teams and 4 youth teams I think. Lots of public funding been secured by the club and it has a very strong community focus.

I know a few teams pay players in our division or the higher divisions and fund it through bars and social clubs as well as sponsors. Im often surprised how so many teams survive.

Weve had a few injuries already as the hot weather has made a lot of pitches hard, weedy and almost unplayable. The season has also started a month ish early to allow for the World Cup.

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Just putting out the feelers to see if everyone is good to go again for the upcoming season. If you could confirm either way with your team name i'd appreciate it. Will then sort out promotion/relegation based on last season's standings.

Can new teams join?
I will do my best to accommodate new teams also yeah, so if anyone is interested just let me know.

I would be interested if possible

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Just putting out the feelers to see if everyone is good to go again for the upcoming season. If you could confirm either way with your team name i'd appreciate it. Will then sort out promotion/relegation based on last season's standings.

Can new teams join?

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General discussion / Re: What TV to Buy
« on: July 13, 2022, 04:11:42 PM »
Mother wants a small cheap tv for a bedroom in Donegal.  House has a decent aeriel and gets RTE/BBC etc in main room.  If I buy her a tv in the north will she be able to use the smart apps and pick up digital channels etc in the bedroom

This should not be a problem, you may have to change the country setting on the tv. However, the likes of the BBC will not work on an app in Donegal without a lot of VPN stuff, you'd might be better to extend the aerial cable. All4 does work in the ROI and is a good resource, but you may have to set the TV briefly to UK to install the app.

Thanks

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General discussion / Re: Murder or self-defence?
« on: July 13, 2022, 04:10:58 PM »
Not that this is a court of law, but what the point of this thread here?

https://www.gov.uk/reasonable-force-against-intruders

Very hard to know where exactly a homeowner would stand.

So has this fella been sentenced as such because he acted at the front gate? Should he have waited till they were inside the front door?

Or was there another thing we aren't aware of?


'cos if you have to wait till they are physically inside the house, then its not hard to envisage how a group of intruders could cut you off from any "dependent" family members inside the house.

Ahh the immigration act defence, rushed through parliament after the outcry over Tony Martin.  As I explained above you are entitled under the law of self defence to act proportionally to what you honestly believe is happening.  Provided that act is not disproportionate you may claim self defence.  Under the Immigration Act defence you can claim defence of property provided your actions are not grossly disproportionate. So there's a little more wriggle room in what you may do to respond to someone you perceive attacking your property.

Whether it would have applied to Tony Martin who shot intruders in the back as they fled is open to some debate.

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General discussion / Re: Murder or self-defence?
« on: July 13, 2022, 04:03:46 PM »
I would have thought manslaughter due to self defence. But we don't know all the evidence. Interesting as there was a lot of discussion last week about the Deliveroo driver killing a teenager by using knife but acquitted of murder and manslaughter. I would have thought both cases were manslaughter.

Wonder is there a difference in law in both jurisdictions? Seems like self defence is hard to know whats allowed and what isn't.

Self defence is a full defence to murder, i.e. if you acted in self defence then you are not guilty of either murder or manslaughter.  The law is actually pretty clear in this area, you are entitled to act with reasonable and proportionate force to what you honestly (as opposed to reasonably) believe is happening or going to happen.  So for example it would be self defence if you stabbed someone because you honestly believed they had a gun and were going to shoot you but it wouldnt be self defence if you shot someone you thought was going to beat you up.

Self defence also doesn't give you carte blanche, so say if you incapacitated an assailant and removed their weapon you couldn't claim self defence if you then went on the kill them as at that point youd no longer be defending yourself

Self defence also applies if you are defending an other.

 

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General discussion / Re: Murder or self-defence?
« on: July 13, 2022, 03:57:53 PM »
Im not familiar with British law but I always understood that murder was where you intentionally set out to kill someone and manslaughter was where you killed someone but didnt mean to kill them - you might have just been out to give them a hammering etc.

So striking someone on the leg with a slash hook falls into the 2nd category surely? I mean if you were trying to kill someone with it you'd hardly go for their leg?

Sorry havent been on the board for a while or might have been able to assist. Can not comment on this case for reasons of privilege but can maybe assist with the more general issues.

At common law so in both jurisdictions to be guilty of murder two things must be proven.  Firstly you must have done an act that has directly resulted in the death of an other and secondly when doing that act you must have had the intention to either kill or inflict really serious harm.  So an individual can be successfully prosecuted for murder if they were only intending to give someone a really good hiding providing what they were intending to do amounted to really serious harm.

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General discussion / Re: What TV to Buy
« on: July 13, 2022, 03:35:02 PM »
Mother wants a small cheap tv for a bedroom in Donegal.  House has a decent aeriel and gets RTE/BBC etc in main room.  If I buy her a tv in the north will she be able to use the smart apps and pick up digital channels etc in the bedroom

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Galway AIQF
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:48:36 PM »
This is too close to call me for me. Armagh have played 12 matches against Division 1 sides (as they were at the start of the year) and I think Galway have played 2. Will that make a difference? Will the 4 week break help or hinder Galway?   Who knows. I think the issue might be Armaghs consistency or lack thereof.  At times they have looked brilliant this year but at others theyve looked really ordinary. They will need something closer to the former this weekend.  Anything can happen this weekend and it like the rest of the season before reminds me of why I love our games. I just wish we had a whole summer of this to look forward to.

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Derry by 5
Dublin by 18
Galway by 3
Kerry by 4

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Westmeath by 2
Cavan by 8

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GAA Discussion / Re: VEO Cameras 🎥
« on: June 16, 2022, 06:03:42 PM »
I have one if you need any info

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 08:10:59 PM »
Just as easily there could be two Ulster teams in the last 4 we will have to wait and see

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 09:41:21 AM »
Having seen Armagh and Derry up close (Armagh too many times unfortunately), I think Derry would win that potential semi-final matchup. I think Armagh play some lovely stuff but in my opinion Derry are cuter and are more than capable of sticking with Armagh physically. I also think McKaigue would swallow Rian O'Neill up and that is really Armagh's attack - as good as Armagh's forwards are in general, everything runs through O'Neill in terms of playmaking as well so if you nullify him they really struggle.

I also don't think Armagh have anyone that could live with the likes of Glass and Rodgers when they get going.

But really I may be over-egging Derry a bit. They just remind me of Donegal in 2011/12. I think they can go as far as they want to this year. They may come up short for Sam if they face Dublin as the Dubs are just so good at playing against the system Derry play now, but I think they can beat any other team left in the competition. It's all about their mindset now and in that regard I think Clare is the perfect draw for them because while Clare are clearly a very good side, I think Derry should beat them even if they're not fully tuned in.

Don't mean to discount Galway either, that quarter final is a toss-up really. I expect that to be the pick of the quarters, it should be a cracking game - 2 very similar teams in their talent and while Galway have gone defensive against Mayo for example, they're more than capable of playing the attacking expansive game. I don't know Galway's defenders too well, who would be earmarked for Rian O'Neill? For Armagh I would put Jarlath g on Shane Walsh to try and stick with him athletically and maybe force him back the other way. Forker will go on Comer I'm guessing.

I think a lot will depend on the mindset of Derry. Very easy to loose focus after ending the drought for provincial honours. On paper Id expect Derry to beat Clare but it will be interesting to see how they handle the longish lay off, the favourites tag and the refocusing after Ulster.

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