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    Interesting data simulations on social distancing here, at least the data scientist in me thinks so https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...ona-simulator/
    Last edited by B.A.; 15th-March-2020, 20:37. Reason: Updated link
    When things go wrong, blame McGahan

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      Link won’t open for me BA
      "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 Waterfordlad View Post
        Link won’t open for me BA
        Sorry, try now
        When things go wrong, blame McGahan

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          Perfect, thanks
          "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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            Apparently the Cheltenham festival is being renamed “Only Fools and Horses”
            "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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              USA appear to be getting their act together.

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                Originally posted by glorob View Post
                USA appear to be getting their act together.
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                Only fools and drunks argue over everything. If you don’t have a hangover the next day you’re not the drunk...

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                  Originally posted by B.A. View Post
                  Interesting data simulations on social distancing here, at least the data scientist in me thinks so https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...ona-simulator/
                  Very neat- although I’m not sure how it incorporates the possibility of re-infection- or the effect of erosion of social isolation.

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                    Originally posted by Oldschoolsocks View Post

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                    Dr Deborah Birx would appear to be one of the top three heading up the effort. She is a very able lady and has vast experience in the fight against HIV. I do not believe she will take bull**** from anyone and will do her best to see the right thing is done.

                    Individual States also appear to be taking action themselves and are not waiting for the President to give leadership.

                    CDC have just issued an Advisory recommending postponement or cancellation of events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the US for the next 8 weeks.
                    Last edited by glorob; 15th-March-2020, 23:20.

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                      Originally posted by glorob View Post
                      USA appear to be getting their act together.
                      In a such a big country with devolved powers you would always expect to see a level of fragmentation and lack of coordination but it seems particularly bad right now. Yes its easy to pick on Trump, and this is an emergency that would tax the most brilliant but there is a major gap in federal leadership, and the federal response itself is lacking - the airports shambles over the weekend (hundreds/thousands crammed into waiting halls for hours), the absence of clear direction for federal workers (agencies afraid to tell employees that can work from home that they should), the absence of widespread testing (they say that is now being fixed but not yet on the ground). And Trump still lies and dissembles and shifts blame. And R politicians still out there encouraging people "who dont feel sick" to socialize (google Gov of OK, Devon Nunes.
                      That attitude is reflected in polls where R are far less likely to do things like avoid going out

                      Real concern here that the Senate wont pass the House bill. Its scary to go through this at the best of times, but with a narcissistic, dishonest, weak president, its much, much worse. And no amount of good leadership at county, city and state level can overcome an incompetent president and weakened Federal

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                        The US was very fortunate to have Obama as President during the financial crisis. They are not so fortunate now. This will make George Bush’s response to Katrina look competent...

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                          France is apparently on the verge of complete confinement for the next 45 days.
                          Announcement to come tonight from the president.
                          Good things happen to those who wait, though mostly much too late.

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                            This relates to america but ireland and other european countries also adopted the stupid ban on liquids. Which conveniently boosted beverage sales for airports and airlines...

                            "The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s waiving the familiar 3.4-ounce limit for liquids and gels—for hand sanitizer only.* You may now bring a bottle of Purell as large as 12 ounces onto the plane to assist in your constant sanitizing of yourself, your family, your seat, your bag of peanuts, and everything else. All other liquids and gels, however, are still restricted to 3.4 ounces."

                            https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...ave-rules.html

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                              Originally posted by ephileth View Post
                              France is apparently on the verge of complete confinement for the next 45 days.
                              Announcement to come tonight from the president.
                              Bon Courage ephileth
                              Gwan Joe!!

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                                Lads, 'tis the end of days.

                                With no sport to write about even Wummisky gives a compliment (of sorts) to CJ, in his Lost Season Awards in the IT:

                                https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rug...nces-1.4203564

                                The Offload: Lost Season Awards recognise Stander’s outstanding performances
                                Gavin Wummisky


                                Strange days. The best-case scenario has rugby returning before summer as panic is eventually replaced by relief and even a little joy. In the likely event that this season is already over, and an unbeaten Leinster campaign will never come to fruition, The Offload feels obliged to dish out meaningless Lost Season Awards.

                                (For the worst-case scenario read The Road by Cormac McCarthy).

                                CJ Stander was already the strongest candidate for outstanding Irish player. Run the numbers. The decision to switch him from number eight to the blindside flank, to accommodate the rise of Caelan Doris, only lasted four minutes due to the Blackrock prodigy being knocked out on his international debut.

                                Stander, who was aware of increasing personal criticism, went into overdrive with two man-of-the-match performances in victories over Scotland and Wales. Interestingly, he evolved from one game to the next with 18 tackles and 14 carries for 27 metres, with four defenders beaten, against the Scots before dropping to nine carries for a paltry nine metres against Wales but this was supplemented with six passes. At Twickenham England kept the burly South African behind the gainline yet he still topped the Irish statistics with 18 carries (albeit for 17 metres) and 12 tackles.

                                The breakthrough artist of 2020 is probably going to be denied the pitch time to establish himself, until next season, but Ryan Baird will keep. The 21-year-old lock’s recent hat-trick against Glasgow had a little bit of everything.

                                That’s Doris, Baird and Stander mentioned in the same story. Now, all we need is this muscular trio to feature in the same pack


                                Word of mouth

                                “As a father of a child with a serious respiratory lung condition and many others like her, I urge the public to please listen to the professionals. I will do everything I can to protect her. Everyone has a part to play. I’m usually a private person but the actions of some people is really starting to worry me. This an extremely worrying and scary time and we all need to take immediate action. Please.” – Keith Earls, Munster and Ireland

                                By the numbers - 148

                                Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones was due to equal Richie McCaw’s international caps record against Scotland.


                                Madigan steps in again

                                The past four years have provided a cautionary tale for Irish players – in their prime – seeking a significant increase in salary over wearing the green jersey.

                                Ireland survived despite missing the highly skilled options to select Donnacha Ryan, Simon Zebo and Ian Madigan.

                                The latter’s decision to leave Leinster may have proved a lucrative career move but the 30-year-old has been stuck on 30 caps since coming off the bench against South Africa in June 2016. As Joey Carbery’s injury layoffs surpass his time on the pitch and Paddy Jackson’s removal from the IRFU payroll, Madigan watched from afar, all the while struggling for minutes in Bordeaux and then Bristol.

                                Now, by signing with Ulster, he has decided to do something about what he always stated was the number one priority: playing for Ireland.

                                In Belfast Madigan will face a similar challenge to what he encountered in France and England as Billy Burns is not only the established Ulster outhalf but the current third choice internationally behind Johnny Sexton and Ross Byrne.

                                Madigan will seek to move past Burns and Bill Johnston or he’ll play out an already interesting pro career dancing between inside centre and fullback (arguably his best position). Either way, Ulster should find plenty of use for him.

                                Interestingly, the English clubs – and not the RFU – blocked Maro Itoje’s opportunity to keep wearing the red rose after joining Ryan and Zebo at Racing 92 on a lucrative one-season deal. Seems like the stranglehold rivals will have on cheating Saracens is only just beginning

                                Ahead of the game

                                Imagine an international women’s side playing on the same bill as their men. It is already happening in July – presuming rugby is back up and running – when the Black Ferns face USA at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on the same day the All Blacks play Scotland. And that’s not all as New Zealand and Australia will compete for the Bledisloe and O’Reilly Cups at Marcel stadium, Melbourne on August 8th and SK Stadium, Wellington on August 15th.

                                “Every year the standard of rugby, not just here, but around the world, is growing and we need to be ahead of the game,” said Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore.

                                A few years ago the IRFU were offered a semi-supplemented chance to bring their women’s squad down to Australia with the men’s touring party. They declined. They do have Test matches to announce this summer, presumably in Donnybrook, as preparation for the NZ 2021 qualifiers in September.

                                What feels vital, in these unusual times, is that planning for the, however uncertain, future remains in place.

                                "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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