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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 26, 2021, 06:50:54 PM »
CDC in USA are now saying pcr tests are not able to distinguish between flu and covid .

I think we need more information about this.

Quote from: Gmac
Rahm the golfer is a weird case he has had covid has antibodies and is fully vaccinated but still tested positive for covid but is not sick and never was sick.
Strange people are not a little more curious about this

It has been known for the last year and a half that people can have Covid and spread Covid and not feel any symptoms.

Quote from: Gmac
Strange people are not a little more curious about this

they are curious, I am sure there hundreds of scientists looking into it. If they can identify what is different about the people who do not get ill than perhaps some treatment may emerge from this.

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GAA Discussion / Re: UTV & BBC & RTE & TV3
« on: July 26, 2021, 06:38:26 PM »
I'm not sure politicians can do anything about it. It's a licensing issue, which your MLA has absolutely zero influence over.

It should be addressed within the Olympic movement. If people from the 6 counties can represent Ireland then the contract that the Olympics signs should allow their families see them on TV. But as we know from the GAA, money wins out in these things.

The IOC are notoriously angsty when it comes to broadcasting & marketing rights, among other things. Main problem is that the European broadcast area rights to the current Summer Olympic Games are held by Discovery Networks EMEA, whom have sub-let some of these rights to national broadcasters like the BBC* & RTÉ. In the past these rights where held by the EBU, of which both RTÉ and BBC are members and cross-border reception as such within Europe wasn't as much of a deal.

You get perverse incentives in these things. The European sports bodies might think that widespread coverage of their sports was good thing, but some association in Africa where half the people have no TV wants the maximum money obtained regardless of the effect on the sports. You get the same thing happening in the GAA.

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GAA Discussion / Re: UTV & BBC & RTE & TV3
« on: July 26, 2021, 05:53:20 PM »
I'm not sure politicians can do anything about it. It's a licensing issue, which your MLA has absolutely zero influence over.

It should be addressed within the Olympic movement. If people from the 6 counties can represent Ireland then the contract that the Olympics signs should allow their families see them on TV. But as we know from the GAA, money wins out in these things.

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GAA Discussion / Re: UTV & BBC & RTE & TV3
« on: July 26, 2021, 05:25:25 PM »
I live in the North and watch all my telly through sky.
I can't watch the Olympics on RTE because I'm geo blocked.
Same with International soccer and rugby.
What is my best option?

I’ve the Same problem.
Any advice out there
That would be something useful politicians up north could change.  Given the special situation of the north, there has to be reasonable grounds for overriding the geo block. And hard to see how it would cost Sky or RTÉ anything material.

Politicians rarely address such useful matters, for instance they did nothing about mobile roaming until the EU sorted it out for them. And while something could be done for the cable TV it is harder to do something about the satellite without creating a whole market in dodgy cards etc. One overlooked aspect of Brexit is that NI is not in the EU electronic services market. This could mean roaming charges for phones again, since at this point nobody has done actually anything to stop this. I had paid for NowTV for a month for the GAA games, but I found myself in the 6 counties last Saturday and had to buy another day pass notwithstanding, this did not have happen last year.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 26, 2021, 12:43:47 PM »
a lot of places that have sufficient space outside and have a working setup in operation will be in no hurry to open up inside, they can afford to wait and see.


All this talk about covid certificates and what not.  Heading down south on Saturday. Will I need a certificate to get into restaurants?  Double jabbed and all but want to make sure we have all the bits n bons

You need proof of vaccination and photo id with the same name on it for everyone over 18 in the party.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 25, 2021, 06:17:59 PM »

ROI weekly update.

8605 cases ( 1910 more than last Sunday, the week before we had a rise of over 3,000 cases)

22 in ICU (no change)
123 in hospital (32 more than last week a simliar rise as the week before (33)

This week the proportion of people with at least one vaccine in the 26 counties exceeded the 6 counties. For this reason and the vaccine requirements in pubs etc should mean that these case numbers do not take off too quickly.

Earlier in the year there was all sorts of bollix about the UK sending Ireland vaccines and other big talk. Not much actually arrived, of course.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2021
« on: July 25, 2021, 12:44:40 PM »
I see that face masks must be worn at all times in Croke Park, even when seated. That's absolutely crazy and totally unnecessary.

Makes sense for getting to and from seat but what’s the rationale for when seated … sounds like they’re making it up as they go along.

Would like to know who did the ticket planning for last week’s Armagh Monaghan game …. 3 sides of field mostly empty with the town terrace left crowded with absolutely no opportunity to social distance.

This is noticeable on TV games, crowds packed into one area of the ground and the rest empty. The GAA is its own worst enemy sometimes, both the organisers and the supporters suiting themselves rather than preventing Covid. Last summer we had exactly the same thing, some grounds with everyone spread out, others where everyone was in the stand between the 45s. If the GAA wants more crowds for later games then it must show that it can manage the crowds
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However, if people are spread throughout the stadium, then there should be no need for masks.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2021
« on: July 24, 2021, 11:08:15 PM »
PS,  no shops/ bars etc will be open in Croke Park
From  Rossfan

Bars are one thing, but why would they not sell bottles of water and the like?

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 24, 2021, 05:14:45 PM »
There will be 2500 fans in Killarney stadium for the game tomorrow wearing masks and spread out but probably 20k in the town watching from beer gardens and hotels all mask less , the stupidity boggles the mind . The fear is out of control and is not backed up by data, and judging by what I read on here 95% of the country is suffering from it

Correct. They should have more in the stadium and ban screens in bars and hotels. This is obvious.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 24, 2021, 01:17:12 PM »
I explained it. Not my fault if you still don’t get it

I don’t know what you think I said, but put it like this: do I think there’s possible other treatments/cures out there (and not just covid)? Yes. And do I think pharmaceuticals/governments would suppress such alternative medicines in order to sell their own medicines and makes huge profits? 100% absolutely.

You do realise that not all governments of the world work in concert. With Covid all over the world then some government somewhere would have tried something else and we would know about this.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: July 24, 2021, 01:01:52 PM »
Plantation Road in county Armagh. It's the straightest road I've been on. I've been on many unstraight rodes. About 4 miles of straightness.

Five mile straight outside of Draperstown. Named so because... well you get the idea.

When the national territory is entirely liberated, it will be renamed the Re-wilded road.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 24, 2021, 12:00:04 AM »
Got my third jab today. Hoping for a 4th by the end of the year.

I figured that you would be in the vulnerable category, Olly.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 23, 2021, 05:13:35 PM »
ahem,
    Questions being asked as to why 12 to 18 yo's aren't being vaccinated and it seems Bozo and his mates didn't procure enough BioNTec which is deemed to be the best for this age group.

A lot of EU countries are either catching up or ahead of GB in terms of vaccinated people and will overtake them in getting teenagers vaccinated and back into schools.

The British got off to a good start on the vaccines, after much mismanagement of Covid otherwise. Their plan was probably fairly OK for the original variant, get most adults vaccinated and some people with the disease and you'd be pretty much at a level where you have herd immunity. With this Delta though, having 60% of the population with Covid means it still circulates widely, and with so much of it around some of the 60& get it too although usually without serious illness. But Britain more or less declared it all over and so are not now doing many vaccinations, places like Canada and Singapore are passing them out and doing more vaccinations, and the EU countries like Spain and Ireland are not far behind.
But nobody will have a lot of teenagers vaccinated by September.

18-35 group weren’t vaccinated back last winter, yet there was no talk of a surge in that group then. Now when the vaccine rollout has filtered down to those ages, suddenly there’s a surge. Funny that.

You won't have a surge if things are closed.


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General discussion / Re: explosion in omagh
« on: July 23, 2021, 12:53:42 PM »
Aye, cause the Dublin and Enniskillen bombs all ended the bombing.

Different time. Omagh was not in the middle of a campaign but was an attempt to start one.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 23, 2021, 12:37:01 PM »
I find it strange that suddenly there’s s spike in cases aged 18-35 just when they’re pushing the vaccine for that group. The weathers better, people are outside more, the schools are closed. If we were to see a spike in cases, surely it would have been when kids were still at school, congregated indoors in classrooms, buses etc, and the weather was worse.

Of course there is an increase in cases among 18-35 because these have less vaccinations than everyone else and that is why they are pushing the vaccine. The British government opened things up in July to get the cases over before the schools reopen, but there will be a surge in the autumn if people remain unvaccinated.

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