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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:48:27 PM »
Does every pupil have access to a computer at home? The internet?

Are they expected to be able to learn from home? When was this explained to them? Have they had any experience of this previously? Have they had adequate training on it? Have teachers been given adequate training on teaching remotely? Are they able to cater for all learners? Special Educational Needs pupils with entitlement to Classroom Assistants?

It is simply wrong. It is heaping added pressure on young people in what is already an anxious time for them.

So what  is the solution? Some test done last year which the student never expected to count for anything? That doesn't pressume people?

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:25:50 PM »

Allow the teachers who teach them to do their job, they’ll have done assessments I’d assume over the years, and will be better placed to know how well they’ll do.

I am. I am expecting  them to  continue their classes during this time and continue grading stuff and  so on.

[/quote] Predictive grades will be used here possibly along with previous tests and course work, this is extraordinary times but putting kids through this while not covered all topics is unfair
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A levels have components in many cases, the Leaving does not.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:02:33 PM »
That’s pure daft!

Testing for the biggest exams of their lives, but the smart experts on here think they can be taught online  ;D

Easy to sneer. They can't be taught in school, what is the alternative?

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:17:12 PM »
Exams are going ahead in the south. How the feck are they managing that? Seems like a poor call.

I think it is doable. While doing an exam you are separated and this separation can be doubled. The issue arises before and after the exam, staggered start times and similar strategies can work here.
There are bigger issues than that. When are the kids going to be back in school to be taught for these exams? How do they catch up on the time lost? How many kids will be freaking out at this news? Physically exams can be taken, yes!

They can  do their class  online. These are 18 year olds  for  the most part, adults, not kids. If there are no exams then there cannot be any university admittance, and a whole year would  be lost. Anyone that can't hack studying online won't suit university anyway so it doesn't matter if they don't do the exam.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:04:55 PM »
Exams are going ahead in the south. How the feck are they managing that? Seems like a poor call.

I think it is doable. While doing an exam you are separated and this separation can be doubled. The issue arises before and after the exam, staggered start times and similar strategies can work here.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:59:21 PM »
The Tories are getting a lot of flack from the Tory press.

They are trína chéile. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse for them.

Many Telegraph readers are of the older generation.

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:58:35 PM »
Looks like club grounds are being ear marked for testing sites (in the North anyway).

Wonder will there be any objections from locals of this happening.

Personally think the more testing the better but no doubt some ill informed 'locals will think it is being brought to their doorstep

These multiple sites will be for locals and will be drive through affairs in general. 
Great if the 6 counties gets organised,  we can drive the virus down everywhere.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:12:57 PM »
Just crossed the million confirmed cases worldwide.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:58:22 PM »
Young and old are dying of this, you’d have to be a junkie to want to catch it first and gamble with being healthy after it.

Many young people don't seem to think that they'll die and you have the "it's only the flu" crowd.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:19:19 PM »
Getting a test to see who’s immune to this is the most important thing to develop, millions of people could be locked inside who already had the virus and don’t know about it , testing someone today doesn’t mean they won’t have it tomorrow, people can’t be locked up for months as businesses and  livelihoods are destroyed thus communities as a result are shattered for years .

Yes, but you need to be careful that you do not create an incentive to get the virus in order to be declared immune.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 02:52:29 PM »
WHO is considers changing guidance on wearing face masks..

While everyone wearing face masks may help protect each individual - when hospital staff cannot get sufficient face masks to protect themselves I feel its better if they just keep guidance as is.

It seems that a cotton mask can be some use. Can O'Neills etc not make these and leave the N95 class masks for the health staff.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 01:52:39 PM »
Deaths per million

Italy                 218
Spain         214
Belgium            87
Netherlands   78
France           62
Switzerland   58
Iran                   38
UK                   35
   
Ireland             17
   
South Korea       3
China               2
Singapore   0.7
Taiwan            0.2

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 12:22:12 PM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/newton-emerson-stormont-must-agree-to-disagree-for-powersharing-to-survive-crisis-1.4218065

The UK government’s plan for testing is set out clearly in the March 16th report from its advisers at Imperial College London, which caused the sudden switch in approach from mitigation to suppression.
The report’s only reference to testing outside hospitals says: “As case numbers fall, it becomes more feasible to adopt intensive testing, contact tracing and quarantine measures akin to the strategies being employed in South Korea today.”
In other words, it is too late for the UK to use testing on the way up the peak of the epidemic but it can suppress the peak with other measures then introduce testing on the way down.

Unsurprisingly, London is having trouble admitting this. Michael Gove, the deputy prime minister, was suspiciously evasive on the subject at a press conference on Tuesday. The apparent lack of urgency is creating mistrust in the UK and Ireland and causing a split at Stormont, where the DUP has accepted UK scientific advice and all other parties except Sinn Féin either concur or are observing collective responsibility.

UK Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van Tam on Peston last night more or less said the same thing.  Testing at this point in the UK is irrelevant as the virus has now escaped them and they're banking on people adhering to social distancing to bring the contamination rate down.
It's on the other side of the curve that they really want to be testing for immunity as much as whether you've got it or not which brings me back to Trumps quote on the UK policy where he couldn't even bring himself to say herd immunity.

Utter gobshites.

The virus has escaped them in London, but it shouldn't mean that testing and tracing might still not be possible in NI or Cornwall.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 01, 2020, 09:45:57 PM »
Without a doubt the GAA being quick off the mark will have saved countless lies. In South Derry very few, if any listened to Bojo and co and went with the Dublin/WHO approach.
"How many of the dead are catholic and how many are protestant" is a tiresome question that was repeated too often during the troubles, but it will be interesting to see the effect the two different approaches will have. If unionists were so determined to prove their Britishness that they wanted to ignore WHO warnings...

Two thirds of OAPs are unionists, and that will be most of the deaths anyway, which may confuse the analysis.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:13:51 PM »
560 odd deaths today i dont think too many be thinking its beat

But i concur, any sort of levelling off or positive stats from eg Italy (with "only" 750 odd today) and people will be itchin to get back to normal

Italy has levelled off to some extent, with someone only dying every 3 or 4 seconds. Bit to go still!
New York State has 2200+ dead, and is not anywhere near levelled off.

"Normal" is some distance away.

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