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GAA Discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage interviews Sean Cavanagh
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:43:35 AM »
Peter Canavan believes there is an 'agenda' against the Red Hand county

"I do believe that Tyrone are on the receiving end whenever there is negativity attached to gaelic games. It appears to be pointed up in this direction pretty quickly. I would say there is an agenda going on in that regard," he said.

There is an academic explanation for how Tyrone do it. Caravan whining is par for the course.
“Tight cultures have strong norms and little tolerance for deviance, while loose cultures are the opposite.

A discovery I and my team published in Science is that the strength of a culture’s norms isn’t random. Though they were separated by miles, and in some cases centuries, tight cultures as diverse as Sparta and Singapore have something in common: each faced (or faces) a high degree of threat, whether from Mother Nature – disasters, diseases, and food scarcity – or human nature – the chaos caused by invasions and internal conflicts.

Analysing hundreds of hunter-gatherer groups, as well as nation-states including the Aztecs and Incas, we found that cultures that experienced existential threats, such as famine and warfare, favoured strong norms and autocratic leaders. Our computer models show a similar effect: threat leads to the evolution of tightness.”

General discussion / Re: Christmas markets in Europe
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:57:38 PM »
Vienna was class
It means nothing to me

I once had a dream about that back when I was younger. The song was playing and the news man announced the world was going to end and there was a white light and an explosion. Was surreal
That must have been scary. It is still a cracking song

General discussion / Re: Christmas markets in Europe
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:19:01 PM »
Vienna was class
It means nothing to me

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:41:07 PM »
Property prices in north of England may stagnate or even reduce in the event of a hard Brexit, but in south of England there are not enough houses to meet demand. I honestly don't know how the ordinary 5/8 person/family does it. Property where I live sells in less than 2 weeks, and it's crazy money.
London prices will fall when interest rates go up as they always do

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:15:40 PM »

Would love to see the assumptions used. Neoliberalism is a shit system if you want to grow demand.

Hurling Discussion / Re: hurler of the year so far anyone?
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:26:39 PM »
Limerick never won one. The rule seems to be that it goes to the all Ireland winner, unless someone from Waterford is in contention.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:44:38 PM »
The UK is close to signing trade deals with Rockall, Ballyhaunis and Glenamaddy.

If it is money and population based there is no point in reinventing the wheel.
The money should go to existing distribution points in the Pale, namely Dundalk, Drogheda United, St Patrick’s Athletic, Bohemians, Shelbourne etc

There may be some problems with the style of football played but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker especially with short kick outs. Over time the hand pass could be phased out.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:40:12 AM »
The richest 1% own 60% of all assets

Chaos will deliver them more

He described Brexit as a “profound constitutional moment for Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland”.
“Brexit will threaten the peace process and weaken protections for human rights and equality,” he added. “It risks disrupting North-South co-operation, increasing racist immigration enforcement and dividing British and Irish citizens.
“It could also reduce international oversight of human rights and introduce a new focus for conflict between divided communities. Many of these matters have simply been neglected in the discussions thus far, and that must change.”

The 1998 Agreement found nuanced solutions to difficult issues of sovereignty, identity and the Border, embedding these in a rights-respecting framework,” he said.

Brian Gormally, director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice, said Brexit could even “reignite the conflict”.
He added: “As the leaving process lurches ever nearer to a hard or no-deal Brexit, there is a risk of nationalists becoming more and more disillusioned at the disregarding of the will of the majority here, while unionists coalesce in defence of Brexit and the Border.

Hurling Discussion / Re: hurler of the year so far anyone?
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:10:57 PM »

The Hurler of the Year award, which will be voted on by inter-county players, is also likely to go the wire. Joe Canning is nominated with team-mate Pádraic Mannion and Limerick's Cian Lynch.

Exactly what I've been saying.
More contests = more manliness = more entertainment.
High catching, long range kicking and score taking: bring back Boylan.

Interesting article

« The Football Review Committee started with that and decided to look to the public to get a steer and through the website we got 3,000 submissions from the public and players. The consensus was that they wanted to see high catching, long-range kicking and score-taking; they were the key ones.”

General discussion / Re: Vicky Phelan and cervical check
« on: September 13, 2018, 08:45:59 AM »
Catastrophic Failure

In a note to the Minister for Health Simon Harris at the start of his report, the author, Dr Gabriel Scally, said there were many indications that the system in place “was doomed to fail at some point”.
The report published on Wednesday, says there were serious gaps in the governance structures of the screening services.
“In the specific case of CervicalCheck, there was a demonstrable deficit of clear governance and reporting lines between it, the National Screening Service and the higher management structures of the HSE.
“This confusion complicated the reporting of issues and multiplied the risks. It is clear that there are also serious gaps in the range of expertise of professional and managerial staff directly engaged in the operation of CervicalCheck. There are, in addition, substantial weaknesses, indeed absences, of proper professional advisory structures. These deficiencies played no little role in the serious issues that concern this Scoping Inquiry.”
The report said that “unlike many similar problems in healthcare delivery, and screening in particular, it was impossible to narrow the focus to a few or even a small number of areas”.
“The problems uncovered are redolent of a whole-system failure”, the report states.
The Scally report says the current policy and practice in relation to open disclosure in the health service was “deeply contradictory and unsatisfactory”.

It said that in essence there was “no compelling requirement on clinicians to disclose” . It said it was left up to their personal and professional judgement.
There was, unfortunately, limited public health medicine input into CervicalCheck and I firmly believe that was to its detriment. The time has surely come where public health physicians are accorded the same recognition as clinical colleagues and their skills deployed at the core of all public health programmes. I hope that movement on this matter can take place in the near future.”

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