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    Bars, restaurants, cinemas & cafés closed here in France, effective since midnight. Local election day today will be interesting, not sure what kind of turnout to expect...
    Good things happen to those who wait, though mostly much too late.

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      From tomorrow no travel from UK and Ireland allowed to US.

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        Originally posted by ephileth View Post
        Bars, restaurants, cinemas & cafés closed here in France, effective since midnight. Local election day today will be interesting, not sure what kind of turnout to expect...
        Why on earth where the elections not postponed?

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          The UK (or Tory anyway) attitude to school closures is closely related to their warped view of the education system to begin with.

          The Ofsted rating regime has created environment which is based on hard measurable progress from the second they walk in the door at 4 years old. Teachers are running away from the profession because of the stress and unsustainable hours (about only half of which is actually spent teaching, the rest on processing data and reporting to satisfy Ofsted) while children at 5 years old are having stress breakdowns because they can't do what the ciriculam says they should be doing.

          While other countries have a more holistic approach (with obvious pinch points at exam years) allowing lost time to be picked up from unexpected closures, the English system doesn't allow for that.

          Despite the above, they actually have far less respect for teachers compared to other countries and often see them as glorified childminders, so their role in this is to take the kids to let more important people get on with their lives. I'm not sure any other country in the planet has been as bothered about the GDP impact of school closures.
          "There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment"

          Paul Theroux

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            Strange to see so many stag and hen parties in Dublin City yesterday. Seemingly pubs in Temple Bar were heaving while more responsible establishments took the decision to close.

            Keith Earls took to Twitter to highlight dangers to his child and other vulnerable people.

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              Very good YouTube video explaining the England/Wales position but couldn’t post it for some reason. I found it immensely reassuring anyway. That is not to say the Irish position is the wrong one, just that this is not a one size fits all situation.

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                Originally posted by busby View Post
                The UK (or Tory anyway) attitude to school closures is closely related to their warped view of the education system to begin with.

                The Ofsted rating regime has created environment which is based on hard measurable progress from the second they walk in the door at 4 years old. Teachers are running away from the profession because of the stress and unsustainable hours (about only half of which is actually spent teaching, the rest on processing data and reporting to satisfy Ofsted) while children at 5 years old are having stress breakdowns because they can't do what the ciriculam says they should be doing.

                While other countries have a more holistic approach (with obvious pinch points at exam years) allowing lost time to be picked up from unexpected closures, the English system doesn't allow for that.

                Despite the above, they actually have far less respect for teachers compared to other countries and often see them as glorified childminders, so their role in this is to take the kids to let more important people get on with their lives. I'm not sure any other country in the planet has been as bothered about the GDP impact of school closures.
                It isn’t GDP that is the concern, but ensuring that all those we need to keep society functioning are available to do their work. Teachers or their families need nurses and doctors to work, they need social care to support their elderly relatives, etc. It’s not about teachers being unimportant, and most that I know realise that their role as educators also fulfils a child care function, as well as a far wider social function in terms of the social and emotional development of the kids in their care. Schools that I know are already doing an outstanding job in encouraging the children to reflect on the role the have to play in the new circumstances, and well as reassuring them that we are not facing Armageddon.

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                  Increase of 39 yesterday. Up from an increase of 20 the day before.

                  Total is 129 now.

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                    Originally posted by Chrizzzie View Post

                    Why on earth where the elections not postponed?
                    That's the current French government for you. Guess they wanted none of the bother of rearranging them later on.
                    We went to vote this morning, quite surreal atmosphere with some people clearly doing the right thing and keeping their distances, while others behave like nothing is going on.
                    Good things happen to those who wait, though mostly much too late.

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                      Good practical advice on this video
                       
                      Last edited by Waterfordlad; 15th-March-2020, 11:43.
                      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                        Tweet from Keith Earls

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                        "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                        Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                        Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                          Originally posted by Chrizzzie View Post

                          Why on earth where the elections not postponed?
                          Cynical me says they are confident of winning now. If they postpone and make a hames of this virus thing then they might not win the rescheduled elections.

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                            Reports from Germany that Trump attempted to pay German scientists working on a vaccine to exclusively give any vaccine to the US.

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                              Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
                              Reports from Germany that Trump attempted to pay German scientists working on a vaccine to exclusively give any vaccine to the US.
                              Why like? Whats his twisted idea of a benefit to him?


                              Sooner hes ****ed out and shown to be the pariah he is the better for the human race
                              I am the million man.

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                                Well the pubs in Ireland have been asked to close from this evening. The only entity that managed that before was the church. Stay safe everyone and remember to wash your hands.
                                Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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