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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: Today at 12:26:17 PM »
It's funny how so many people have become both public health and virologist experts nearly overnight - a bit like how so many people in Britain to this day have spent the last few years 'splaining how frictionless international border technologies work.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 27, 2020, 04:56:11 PM »
Don’t treat your piles by shoving frozen potatoes up your bum

Doctors are imploring embarrassed piles sufferers to stay away from bizarre online ‘treatments’ – including popping pieces of frozen potato up their bum.

Those struggling with haemorrhoids are being urged to swerve spud suppositories and instead stay hydrated, enjoy a fibre-rich diet and visit a GP if things don’t improve.

Experts warn there is no medical evidence to back up the ‘old wives’ tales’, one of which involves inserting frozen French-fry sized potato slices into the anus for 30 seconds at a time for three to five days.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:42:35 PM »
It's Florida. Most USA'ians regard the state/place as a punchline for oddball, weird & "the f*ck?" behaviour. Not hugely different to quipping "Only in America..." by us freedom-hating terrorist-luvin commies that reside outside of its borders.

If you've time to kill, do a search for "Florida man" or "Florida man meme" through your favourite Internet search engine. You should be able to read loads of stuff like those mentioned below...

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:03:31 PM »
Is Healy Park going to be playable? Is the contingency to move it to Edendork on Sunday?

Fintona's training pitch is always on standby. ;)

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 26, 2020, 04:43:19 AM »
A senior child protection official in Indoniesia is facing calls to resign after she reportedly claimed women could get pregnant from swimming in the same pool as men with “an especially strong type of male sperm”.

Sitti Hikmawatty, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner for health, narcotics and addictive substances, made the claim during an interview with local news site Tribun Jakarta last week.

She said: “There is an especially strong type of male sperm that may cause pregnancy in a swimming pool. Even without penetration, men may become sexually excited [by women in the pool] and ejaculate, therefore causing a pregnancy.

“If women are in a phase where they are sexually active, [such a pregnancy] may occur. No one knows for sure how men react to the sight of women in a swimming pool,” she added.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:51:50 PM »
Anyone else having technical problems watching the club championship draws? Keeps reloading for me.

GAA Discussion / Re: Should the GAABOARD Shut Down
« on: February 20, 2020, 06:23:47 PM »
Donaghy was on OTB this morning talking further on it, but if I'm honest if anything he's made his viewpoint less clear. He doesn't want GAA forums banned now he just wants us all to have our real names and addresses attached to our accounts via our passports. He seems to use social media and forums interchangeably so I'm not sure how much he actually understands about his issue.

He's essentially asking for the moon on a stick.

Anyone can pretty much set up a forum like this, with anonymous usernames etc. anywhere in the world.

How would he intend to enforce such rules on sites which have discussions on GAA topics only as part of a larger community, like

What about those whom don't have a passport of another high level of personal ID like a driving licence?

How would such forums be able to comply with EU GDPR laws if personal data is to be stored, not to mention potential security breaches?

To the best of my knowledge, this forum here is hosted in the USA, and while even before GDPR kicked in, WHOIS info regarding was obfuscated (though a little more research didn't take too much trouble to work out what county the domain owner is from ;) - no, it's not Tyrone, so stop hassling Ziggy!)

The cat is out of the bag regarding online places like this. If the Great Internet Wall of China and other attempted controls by oppressive regimes, top-of-the-line hired lawyers for Hollywood studios, sports broadcast rights holders, music record labels etc. not to mention general law enforcement policing illegal online material continue to having to engage in never-ending battles to stop critical reporting or copyright theft online, then what bloody chance does something like the GAA have?

If someone nearing retirement age came out with this suggestion 15 to 20 years ago I could sort of give an allowance to them perhaps not knowing how the likes of Internet forums and message boards worked. OTOH someone like Donaghy is of an age whom would have grown up interacting with the internet and should be familiar with how it works - he has no excuse, especially in 2020.

This isn't a dismissal of how online communities like this forum behave and conduct themselves though, and to the general broad public reputation it or anything like it has. However it can only police that within its own boundaries. The one possible saving grace for those critical of forums like here is that most younger generations no longer really bother using them - most users are at least in their mid-30's and most such long running forums like this one have been seeing gradual falls in activity and new members joining up, with a large portion of those "joining" having been previously banned and attempting to rejoin under a new nom de plume. Teens and young adults OTOH tend to stick within certain social media and messaging platforms which can be quite fluid as to where they camp & decamp to.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:44:31 PM »

General discussion / Re: Digital Re-tune
« on: February 17, 2020, 10:52:16 PM »
A reminder that in just over two weeks time, on Wednesday 4th March, the "old" Saorview transmission frequencies will be permanently switched off. If your channels from the service still show a full stop at the end of the channel name, as well as the programme guide showing a "Viewer Advisory" notice, then you should do a retune on your TV or receiver to pick up the new "permanent" transmissions. If after a retune you still have a full stop at the end of the channel name, you will probably need someone out to check your reception set up if it is beyond your own knowledge or capabilities.

Given the amount of transmitter sites in use across the network, it's impossible to say for certain what frequency you may need to retune to, so below is a list of the main transmitter sites with retuning info where necessary - each site broadcasts two multiplexes. The service areas mentioned are a very rough approximation, and you may be picking up either a different transmitter in said area, or you might be picking it up outside of the areas mentioned. There are a number of relay transmitter sites, some of which are also having their old frequencies switched off.

If you are watching channels via Saorview that don't have a full stop at the end of the channel name, and the programme guide doesn't have a viewer advisory notice, then it is very unlikely you will need to retune to continue watching/listening these services.

More info:
Tel: 1890 222012 or (01) 258 3540 (ROI only)
In NI, you can call the Freeview Advice Line on 0800 1000288 - (see reference to Saorview in the FAQ's near the bottom of the page).

* Carin Hill (Co. Longford)
Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Roscommon, Leitrim (South), Galway (East), Tipperary (North), Fermanagh (South)
No change, retune should not be required. RF Channels 44 & 47.

* Clermont Carn (Co. Louth)
Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Armagh, Down, Tyrone (East), Derry (South), Dublin (North), Antrim (South), Kildare (North)
Changing from RF Channels 52 & 56 to 42 & 45, aerial change *may* be needed.

* Dungarvan (Co. Waterford)
Waterford (West), Cork (East)
Changing from RF Channels 55 & 59 to 32 & 34, aerial change *may* be needed.

* Holywell Hill (Co. Donegal)
Donegal (NE), Derry City, Derry (North), Tyrone (North)
Changing from RF Channels 30 & 33 to 22 & 25, retune required but no aerial change should be needed.

* Kippure (Co. Wicklow)
Wicklow, Dublin City, Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Offaly (East), Down (South facing coasts)
Changing from RF Channels 54 & 58 to 34 & 35, aerial change *may* be needed.

* Maghera (Co. Clare)
Clare, Galway (except western areas), Galway City, Limerick, Roscommon (South), Mayo (South), Kerry (North), Tipperary (North), Cork (North)
Changing from RF Channels 48 & 55 to 46 & 48, retune required but aerial change should not be needed.

* Mullaghanish (Co. Cork)
Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare
No change, retune should not be required. RF Channels 21 & 24.

* Mount Leinster (Co. Carlow)
Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Tipperary, Kildare, Wicklow (South)
No change, retune should not be required. RF Channels 23 & 26

* Spur Hill (Cork City)
Cork City & environs
Changing from RF Channels 45 & 49 to 39 & 45, retune required but no aerial change should be needed.

* Three Rock (Dublin)
Dublin City, Dublin, Meath (South)
No change, retune should not be required. RF Channels 30 & 33.

* Truskmore (Co. Sligo)
Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Donegal, Fermanagh, Roscommon, Galway (NE), Cavan (West), Tyrone (West)
Changing from RF Channels 53 & 57 to 42 & 45, aerial change *may* be needed.

* Woodcock Hill (Co. Clare)
Limerick City & environs in Limerick & Clare
No change, retune should not be required. RF Channels 44 & 47.

If in some parts of NI you no longer have reception from Saorview, you may be able to receive RTE1, RTE2 & TG4 in standard definition via a few Freeview transmitter sites. If available, these should be picked up by your receiver during a manual retune, though a Freeview HD badged TV/receiver, or one which has a DVB-T2 tuner, is required. TG4 is on 51, RTE1 is 52 and RTE2 is 53 on the Freeview channel guide where available.

Also for some viewers in NI whom can currently receive some services that include CBeebies HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Quest HD, 4seven HD, Freesports & Now 80's, the frequencies these channels transmit on are also moving from their temporary channels of 51 & 60 to 55 & 56.

For viewers doing a manual tune of their TV/receiver that ask for a frequency rather than an RF channel number (usually 21 to 68/69, sometimes also 5-12), the following is a conversion into megahertz (MHz) to tune into. If it is asking for kilohertz (kHz), just add '000' to the end of the MHz frequency.

RF Channel 21 - 474 MHz or 474000 kHz
22 - 482
23 - 490
24 - 498
25 - 506
26 - 514
30 - 546
32 - 562
33 - 570
34 - 578
35 - 586
39 - 618
42 - 642
44 - 658
45 - 666
46 - 674
47 - 682
48 - 690

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:36:12 PM »
Brexiteer complains about about what it means to be a British citizen travelling in the EU now & in the future... (though nothing's actually changed - he's in the non-Schengen queue AIUI, open to correction)

Colin Browning @ColinBrowning14
"Absolutely disgusting service at Schiphol airport. 55 minutes we have been stood in the immigration queue. This isn’t the Brexit I voted for."

In case you don't fancy clicking the link, and I wouldn't blame you, this is his Twitter profile Bio...

Love all things Leicestershire, STH at LCFC since 1981. Love a pint of Tiger. Let’s make Britain Great again 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 One of the 17.4 #Brexiteer

General discussion / Re: Great Newspaper Headlines.
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:22:02 PM »
It is Valentine's Day after all... 💘🍆

Dog walker left red-faced when pet pooch playing fetch returns with a dildo

Richard Crum and working Cocker Spaniel Florence were enjoying their usual morning walk through Osset on February 2 when the four-year-old dog fetched more than a stick.

Running back over to her 50-year-old owner, Florence dropped the pink object at his feet, initially leaving him confused as to what she’d discovered abandoned next to the cycle path.

After looking closer however, it was clear the rubber 'toy' was indeed a discarded dildo, something which Florence looked incredibly proud of finding lying down next to it on the grass.

General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:03:04 PM »
Cheers for that. However, what is joint enterprise

Joint Enterprise, also known as Common Purpose, is a doctrine in Common Law jurisdictions which implies liability to all those involved in the enterprise from an action by anyone within it. A recent example from last year was the trial of the two boys who were accused of murdering Anastasia Kriegel with both convicted of that charge.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:50:13 PM »
Off me head, venues that can hold floodlight fixtures...

* Stewartstown
* Greencastle
* Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon
* Fintona (Training)
* Dromore (Training)
* Carrickmore (Training)

To add, has the work at Garvaghy on its floodlight pitch been completed, and is Strabane's training pitch suitably floodlight?

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: February 13, 2020, 07:02:59 PM »
Championship draw this day week apparently. With Healy Park out of action from the start of the summer. Who is likely to host the big games/ county finals?

Fintona's training pitch. 😛

General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: February 12, 2020, 07:07:59 PM »
Man charged in connection with Lyra McKee murder

Police in Northern Ireland have charged a 52-year-old man in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

The man, who was arrested yesterday, has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and professing to be a member of a proscribed organisation.

He will appear at Derry Magistrates Court tomorrow.

PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: "I have always said a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Lyra was killed, and while today is significant for the investigation the quest for the evidence to bring the gunman to justice remains active and ongoing."

Ms McKee was shot dead in Derry as she observed rioting on 18 April last year.

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