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General discussion / Re: Na Gardaí
« on: June 18, 2020, 10:29:14 AM »
Terrible news. RIP and sincere condolences to his family.
Absolutely awful.

With the recent events in America, him having a gun was a complete handicap. Both the Garda and the sc**bag would have realised there's no way the Garda can use a gun on an unarmed man. Once the sc**bag gets it, the rules change.

There would have been protests on the streets had the Garda shot the sc**bag. Especially if the sc**bag turns out to be from a particular community.

Devastating for the family and for the Gardai.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 13, 2020, 05:10:40 PM »
I missed the whole neutral debate.

I know it's off the table now, but why did the people in favour of it think it a better option than playing in the designated home team's stadium? If it's behind closed doors either way, I can't see any merit to neutral?

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: May 13, 2020, 05:05:56 PM »
There's an argument that under 40s should be let play away (and work away for that matter). The number of deaths in this age group from Covid is tiny and almost all with an underlying condition. So as much chance of dying from a sudden heart attack as Covid-19.

Obviously there'd need to be common sense, nobody with even a cold should be playing or attending games. People who have asthma or who are obese should stay away too, but I think a coherent case could be made to allow the healthy U40s try and get back to normal. (I'm over 40 by the way so should be kept under current lockdown measures for a little while longer!)

Totally missing the point. the less than 40 year old can get infected, can take up a hospital bed, can put strain on our hospital and front line workers, can infect their work colleagues, can spread disease to the vulnerable and yet as you say only a tiny amount of them will die.

Very very few healthy under 40s need hospitalisation when they catch Covid-19.

There'll always be risk. And if going out to do groceries and take exercise is acceptable risk to society, then letting healthy under 40s play ball is increasing that risk by a tiny amount compared to the benefits it will have.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 13, 2020, 01:44:46 PM »
Meanwhile IBEC calling on the Government to borrow Billions (€15bn to stimulate the economy + €25bn further for investment projects).
The irony after 40 years of telling Government to stop spending and keep their noses out of business.
Hopefully mé féin Anglo American Thatcher/Reagan neo liberalism is now consigned to history.

IBEC has nothing to do with Anglo American Thatcher/Reagan neo liberalism, mé féin or otherwise. It is mainly funded by the banks, ESB, RTE, VHI, Eir etc. Those guys have been living their lifetimes off subsidies. An Irish Thatcher or Reagan would cut through them like butter.

?????
Who do you think funds it? Granted, this is from 2008 but I haven't heard of any major changes in the meantime. https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/1m-a-year-in-public-money-props-up-ibec-26476643.html

A deliberately misleading article by Shane Ross! He presumably had the full facts but chose only to tell those that could skew an article the way he wanted it.

True, €1m of IBEC's subscriptions are paid by bodies like ESB, Dublin Airport, RTE, etc. But there's no mention of how that compared to total subscriptions received.

I know that IBEC's total income is €24.9m for 2018. But giving the reader the full facts so they could make an informed decision was not part of the "journalist's" remit when writing that article. 


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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 13, 2020, 01:28:51 PM »
Listen. You may outwardly propel that this season must finish. That is, I suppose what supporters must do. But if inwardly you can convince yourself that it’s feasible for competitors to accept the legitimacy of a competition, when proposing changes to its core structures with 25% of that competition still remaining, then you might as well convince yourself that Santa Claus exists.

This is the bit that surprised me from the beginning. For me, a big essence of fairness is everyone being aware of all the rules at the start and not changing anything substantive until the competition ends. Relegating teams when the season has not been completed, or not promoting teams because the season was not completed is blatantly unfair. I believe those countries that rushed into saying the season is either deemed to be completed or just void made big mistakes.

So I would have gone down the line of finishing the season, however long that takes. If it takes till Christmas, then next season is only half as long, but everyone knows it at the start. It'll be unusual having the transfer window open in the summer, when the "season" is still ongoing, but at least it's the same for everyone and it has to open as normal, with so many contracts ending in the summer.

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: May 13, 2020, 12:23:46 PM »
There's an argument that under 40s should be let play away (and work away for that matter). The number of deaths in this age group from Covid is tiny and almost all with an underlying condition. So as much chance of dying from a sudden heart attack as Covid-19.

Obviously there'd need to be common sense, nobody with even a cold should be playing or attending games. People who have asthma or who are obese should stay away too, but I think a coherent case could be made to allow the healthy U40s try and get back to normal. (I'm over 40 by the way so should be kept under current lockdown measures for a little while longer!)

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General discussion / Re: Flybe
« on: May 11, 2020, 02:30:41 PM »
Remembered this evening that it was Revolut I used to pay for my flybe flights. So I've completed their online chargeback request. Now to await their response!

Money returned by Revolut today. Took just over 8 weeks, but at least it worked!

There was a bit of pain at the start when they repeatedly looked for "proof I didn't receive the goods or services I purchased" but eventually I was able to convince them that Flybe was dead, and then took another 7 weeks to process.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 11, 2020, 09:06:38 PM »
Another table. Not sure there's any surprises

Deaths in Europe per population (no of deaths per million population) as of this morning with estimated population
...

Great info, thanks. If you have a recurring source or link for this, an update every so often would be great so we can follow trends etc.

Site below has that information for the world. Can be sorted by # deaths, deaths per m pop, reported cases, # tests per m pop etc.
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/


Really wish people would stop pushing this. The absolute spread of a virus and the success of efforts to combat it are not a function of population.
Who the feck is "pushing" it??
Stats are of academic interest to many people, but you need to be careful of the conclusions you draw.
Some people just have no head for stats and so should absolutely ignore them.
Population is a factor, but by no means the most important factor. Population density for one is more important, and there are lots of others.

But I find it quite interesting, for example, the number of reported Covid 19 deaths in the following European countries and US states, all which have a population of in and around 10 mill, and to hypothesise as to why such huge variances arise between them:

Michigan 1,276
Sweden 887
Portugal 470
Georgia (US) 429
Czech 129
Greece 93
North Carolina 89
Hungary 85
Belarus 23

Another interesting one is that Romania's reported death rate has been running from the very beginning on a day by day basis almost in line with Ireland (apart from maybe the last 2/3 days where we've pushed ahead a little bit), despite the many differences in circumstances including their population being around 20 million.

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What 3 clubs did Clough build up from nothing?  Derby, Forest and? He also failed at Brighton and nobody ever thought him to be a credible English manager.


The FA at the time didn’t want him, but to say nobody ever thought Clough to be a credible candidate for England manager is pure garbage!  Utter nonsense.

There were literally media campaigns to try and get the FA to appoint him.
They didn’t want him because of his no-nonsense combative personality. He was a regular match pundit and publicly criticized the FA countless times.  He would have been a complete pain in their collective arses.

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Why is he so bitter? What is he bitter about?

I get Kimmage to a point but not this guy.

He has a few loose screws perhaps?
Without doubt. And likes a drink even though he should steer clear.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 11, 2020, 11:39:18 AM »
I see George Lee tweeted yesterday that 156 Irish Covid deaths relate to nursing home residents. 54% at the time.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 11, 2020, 09:24:09 AM »
Are the countries including deaths in care homes ? I believe France are now
Bit odd if they were excluding previously?!

I believe Spain's numbers include a very significant number in nursing homes.
They haven't put numbers on it in Ireland, but I think a decent sized number of our deaths have been in nursing homes.

France and Belgium's deaths have really increased over the last 4 or 5 days. Seems to be getting very little coverage compared to Spain, Italy and the UK, but they are definitely in the same bracket.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 11, 2020, 09:18:24 AM »
Number of reported Covid-19 deaths per million of population in the US:

1   New York    406.55
2   New Jersey    219.55
3   Louisiana    164.13
4   Michigan    128.89
5   Connecticut    125.31
6   Massachusetts    90.76
7   Washington    71.18
8   DC    62.81
9   Colorado    49.02
10   Rhode Is    46.67
11   Illinois    46.64
12   Indiana    46.15
13   Georgia    43.81
14   Vermont    38.40
15   Nevada    37.78
16   Delaware    35.56
17   Pennsylvania    35.35
18   Maryland    29.48
19   Mississippi    27.33
20   Oklahoma    23.16
21   Wisconsin    22.46
22   Florida    22.29
23   Ohio    20.09
24   Kentucky    20.00
25   Missouri    17.50
26   Kansas    17.24
27   Alabama    16.67
28   New Hampshire    16.67
29   California    16.08
30   Idaho    15.63
31   South Carolina    15.32
32   Tennessee    15.31
33   Arizona    15.16
34   Virginia    15.13
35   Maine    12.78
36   Oregon    12.31
37   Minnesota    10.75
38   Puerto Rico    10.54
39   Iowa    10.16
40   Texas    9.86
41   Alaska    9.86
42   New Mexico    9.22
43   North Carolina    9.06
44   Nebraska    8.95
45   North Dakota    8.57
46   Arkansas    8.00
47   South Dakota    7.36
48   Utah    6.07
49   Montana    6.00
50   Hawaii    5.71
51   West Virgina    2.70
52   Wyoming    -
 

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General discussion / Re: COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
« on: April 10, 2020, 06:53:46 PM »
https://www.revenue.ie/en/employing-people/documents/pmod-topics/guidance-on-operation-of-temporary-covid-wage-subsidy-scheme.pdf


3.13 states living in Northern Ireland is not an issue.

That confirms it alright cheers:

Is an employee who resides in Northern Ireland eligible?
Employers can claim the subsidy in respect of cross border workers where the employee is exercising an Irish
contract of employment in the Republic of Ireland, and where the employer satisfies the conditions of the scheme.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 10, 2020, 06:45:33 PM »
Another table. Not sure there's any surprises

Deaths in Europe per population (no of deaths per million population) as of this morning with estimated population

1   Spain    330.77
2   Italy    304.65
3   Belgium    219.39
4   France    185.00
5   Netherlands    139.30
6   United Kingdom    119.07
7   Switzerland    110.23
8   Luxembourg    83.20
9   Sweden    77.75
10   Ireland    52.60
11   Denmark    40.86
12   Portugal    40.10
13   Austria    32.78
14   Germany    31.04
15   Slovenia    21.50
16   Norway    20.00
17   Estonia    18.46
18   Iceland    17.14
19   North Macedonia    15.00
20   Romania    12.72
21   Turkey    10.81
22   Czech    10.47
23   Cyprus    10.00
24   Bosnia    10.00
25   Moldova    9.67
26   Serbia    8.80
27   Greece    8.21
28   Hungary    7.94
29   Albania    7.93
30   Finland    7.64
31   Lithuania    6.80
32   Croatia    4.88
33   Poland    4.58
34   Bulgaria    3.43
35   Montenegro    3.33
36   Belarus    1.70
37   Latvia    1.58
38   Slovakia    0.37



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