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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 05, 2021, 05:27:04 PM »
I detest the tories with every part of me, and Matt Hancocks crocodile tears earlier in the year really pissed me off, but just watching his briefing here, Robin Swann should have the notepad out. he shows the stats and explains them, its showing the numbers falling off the cliff like I said, by looking at the data the other day it was glaringly obvious to me with zero medical background that the vaccine is smashing Covid. Good to see Matt Hancock come out and say it, really upbeat from him. Positivity gives people a lift. I have no horse in the race in England, but even listening to MH I felt positive and lifted my mood. Hopefully our govt can take some pointers from this tonight. Makes so much sense, restrictions being replaced with vaccines and testing.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:56:45 AM »
I would agree Mac.  One problem is definitely with so little open everyone funnels to a small number of places.

Yeah thats what I was thinking, if everything is closed people will flock to where they can, open more outdoor things and people will be more spread out. its something that could easily be done now

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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:54:44 AM »
Got about 30 mins through Tom Hardy in Capone last night, literally the worst thing ive watched in my life, im actually proud that I made it as far as I did, brutal

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 05, 2021, 07:54:45 AM »
Agree Redhand
A slow opening is required
But also some common sense of what to open

Yeah, thereís a massive over reaction that when you say start easing restrictions now people just shout ah so you just want us to let it rip??

For example, the weather is changing so more people are gonna be spending time outside so theyíve been going to hotspots (Newcastle at the weekend there) canít blame people for being wanting to be out and about. So why not get outdoor places open like streamvale farm, the zoo etc. Gets people outside in a controlled environment and with reduced numbers. If you open the outdoor sports as well then straight away youíre gonna take a lot of the footfall from the beauty spots away still with minimal risk. To me itís lazy politics we are seeing here at the min

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 04, 2021, 05:15:09 PM »
Got my first jab there, got it in the health centre. Was well run, like clockwork was in and out in 2 mins then wait in the car for 15 and away. Really good to see so many people getting done
People talk about the possibility of vaccine certificates/passports, not just re travel but that some businesses when they open may require something like that for entry.

Without getting into the rights and wrongs of all that, did you actually get a certificate / piece of paper or similar saying you received the vaccine?

Yeah, when I went in they took my details and had all the cards laid out on a table with peoples names on them, kind of like when you go to cast your vote. The card has your name, date of vaccine what vaccine you got and the batch number. Thereís then a blank bit below for them to fill in when ya get the 2nd dose. Handy job

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 04, 2021, 04:55:25 PM »
Got my first jab there, got it in the health centre. Was well run, like clockwork was in and out in 2 mins then wait in the car for 15 and away. Really good to see so many people getting done

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 04, 2021, 08:55:12 AM »
Are they not look looking at it on the 18th?

They are.

But what are they looking at and what are they measuring it against on this date?


As said before it can't really be that hard to reveal the KPI's that need to happen before certain measures are relaxed, i.e. the R number, number of vaccinations of certain cohorts, hospitalisation rates etc etc so that when people act the bollox at house parties or travelling in from god knows where or a new strain comes along and impacts some of these things in a negative way then we know to expect either a slowing of the relaxations or a tightening again.
We are adults (well some of us are).

Robin Swann would have been better saying nothing last night, really came across as someone who had a script and not able to vary from it. I have zero time for Nolan but he asked the basic questions everyone is asking, what is the data? Robin Swann sept saying its a number of things but then wouldn't say what the numbers were for those things, I think the simple reason being with the vaccine rollout and how the numbers are going things would be opening up very shortly.

On the variant thing they keep talking about, im worried about this being used as a way of keeping people from asking too many questions, its already been stated by virologists that it would be more unusual if a virus didn't mutate and change.

as much as Boris is a clown he at least seems to be taking advice from a number of different experts in different areas and using them to blend together a plan, I think in Englands case the biggest thing they have done is said that the cases aren't going to be the driver going forward it will be the hospital admissions given that the vaccines main job is to limit the effects of the virus if you do catch it, to me that is def the most reasonable approach going forward.


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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:49:15 PM »
They keep saying Ďdriven by data not datesí but they donít tell us what the actual data is, the reason being anyone with a brain cell can work out looming at the ni COVID dashboard that the numbers are nose diving and the hospital numbers are looking a hell of a lot better. If they set out their perimeters then people would be calling them out. Itís like saying to a child youíre grounded until I decide youíve done enough housework to let you out but never actually giving the child something to work towards. Itís so frustrating the salary these people are on to come up with this kinda stuff. 

Things have improved, but there are still as many in ICU as 3 months ago.
They need to get the Covid out of the hospitals so that they can resume all the other treatments.
However, some kind of roadmap would seem possible, but they couldn't agree that it was Tuesday.

Thatís not true, thereís 4 less in ICU with COVID than the first tues in dec, also there are 9 more beds, so thatís a decent swing. There are as the same amount of free beds in ICU than are being taken by COVID patients (Iím not saying this is in anyway a good thing just pointing out that there is breathing space) also given that the demographic that would be most at risk of filling these beds have been vaccinated it would be reasonable to think their shouldnít be a massive surge in the ICU admissions.

Again looking at the data, the 7 day admission to hospital is off the cliff the over 80s is down 71%, 70-79 is down 55% and 60-69 is down 34%. It really doesnít take a genius to work out that the vaccine is the silver bullet, our most vulnerable are being protected. These stats and these rates are showing that things should be opening up around about now, thatís whatís annoying me, itís Michelle OíNeill telling us that they donít want to keep us at home for a minute longer than necessary, the numbers do not support what they are saying 

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:09:21 PM »
They keep saying Ďdriven by data not datesí but they donít tell us what the actual data is, the reason being anyone with a brain cell can work out looming at the ni COVID dashboard that the numbers are nose diving and the hospital numbers are looking a hell of a lot better. If they set out their perimeters then people would be calling them out. Itís like saying to a child youíre grounded until I decide youíve done enough housework to let you out but never actually giving the child something to work towards. Itís so frustrating the salary these people are on to come up with this kinda stuff. 

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 02, 2021, 04:14:51 PM »
Nothing but waffle. Never ever going to be voting for Sinn Fein again.

Same, I was frustrated but thought it was a good idea with regards to keeping lockdown in jan and feb for the health service, but now the goalposts have moved. Now capacity in hospital is only 1 of a number of things to be looked at, complete joke. Whatís the point in the vaccine if all the good work itís doing is being ignored.

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GAA Discussion / Re: When will club football start?
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:38:15 PM »
Careful Fear.......
32 County organisation
All Ireland ethos
No partitionism
No different approaches in 6 Cos.

Exactly, all island approach when it suits them, when outdoor sport is given the go ahead there is no justifiable reason for kids not to be back at it. I donít think anyone in the south with the GAA at heart would complain about games in the north back going
Lol, wait to you hear the moaning, this will be interesting

Outdoor sport in the north without spectators will be open on the first lifting of restrictions so the GAA really need to clear that up, if people are allowed to play soccer and rugby but not GAA itíll be a huge own goal for the GAA

The southern counties didnít wait on their northern colleagues in 2020. They hammered on ahead and started challenge games 2/3 weeks before the north got the go ahead. Despite John Horan big talk on TSG that everyone starts together it didnít happen.

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GAA Discussion / Re: When will club football start?
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:23:04 PM »
Careful Fear.......
32 County organisation
All Ireland ethos
No partitionism
No different approaches in 6 Cos.

Lol, wait to you hear the moaning, this will be interesting

Outdoor sport in the north without spectators will be open on the first lifting of restrictions so the GAA really need to clear that up, if people are allowed to play soccer and rugby but not GAA itíll be a huge own goal for the GAA

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General discussion / Re: Town Planning
« on: March 01, 2021, 02:41:50 PM »
Was reading an article, they reckoned that as the price of city centre and town centre property drops itíll be hoovered up by the likes of Amazon and other online retailers and used as distributions hubs, granted they are prob more talking about England but it is interesting and city centres will be completely different than what weíve known

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Fleg Lives Matter
« on: March 01, 2021, 02:19:44 PM »
Stormout is a complete shambles, I genuinely would rather have boris calling the shots than the clowns up there. Honestly we will never get anywhere with how itís set up. Our vote should be either united ireland or home rule. Honestly so sick of the green and orange politics, one says black the other says white and as much as we complain it will always be the same here. Needs ripped up 

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These are amateurs just like the players, players make more mistakes during a match than the referee.

The judgement calls are analysed as if they did this as their job,  the introduction of the Mark rules forward and defence marks, black cards, sin bins, now we have penalty calls outside the box.

Iím not talking about Championship football at Croke, Iím talking about some country pitch during a dive 4 league game, this is the reality, not the great lined out pitches with refs micíd up to linesmen and fourth officials and umpires.

Rugby and soccer referees don't do it for a living either. The Premiership is unique in having full time referees

And they still get it wrong even with VAR on board!

Well I'll look forward to the non discussion of the rules applied by the ref during the season, his interpretation of the rules will be fine, as its an easy call.

The referee's I've spoke to have said this will be a cluster f**k, no one of them have said brilliant this will make the game easier to manage. Like I said earlier, take this to a pitch with no lines, certainly a semi circle missing, and sidelines shouting for penalties..

County grounds during championship will have 8 officials helping out, 99% of the other matches played, won't.

Who plays on pitches without lines. Referees at all levels in football/rugby down to bottom of the barrel sunday league level are trusted to get make these decisions. They're playing on bang average pitches as well and they also have to deal with players/sidelines shouting for penalties, red cards as well.

The reason the rules are being brought in is to try to take cynical fouling out of the game and improve the game, not as a test for referees

I'm not saying the rules for cynical fouling is wrong, they have rules in place for it, for the past few seasons, its called a black card, sin bin.

This rule  is saying that the penalty area is now extended to the sidelines  of the 21 into the corner flag and in the D of the pitch, should the referee feel that that its a goal scoring opportunity, my problem is. and I'll have to administrate this in in every game, was that a goal scoring opportunity? I'm happy and in my knowledge I'll know, but I can see this turning into a farce.  Just my opinion

And yes, I've refereed hundreds of games at all levels and there are pitches that I go to every year around the county and indeed other counties and markings on the pitch are abysmal.

Making the referees job impossible, refs are now asked to implement the same standard/ rules in club games that are being done in top inter county games, the suits need to realise that GAA is played outside the big stadiums. Also on the pitches without lines etc, nothing compares to Mitchellís old pitch up at poleglass, never mind lines ya were lucky to see posts!

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