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by Botha Boy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29281
Views: 809110

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Sadly Pfizer Vaccines are shipping slower than expected at the moment: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55666399 They say they are changing production so they can deliver more late march overall. However surely by then things will warm-up and it won't be so urgent. Surely such a move would s...
by Botha Boy
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

We have 1800 ventilators, I think. Which we probably don't need. I sincerely hope not! How do we have so many ventilators and so few critical care beds trained up to use them after 9 months ? I see a Primetime episode in the future on COVID tendering practices ... as we proceed to pay the higher ta...
by Botha Boy
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Brexit Britain Must Rescue Ireland
Replies: 127
Views: 4694

Re: Brexit Britain Must Rescue Ireland

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by Botha Boy
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

camroc1 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:36 pm Ireland to get initial € 1bn share of Eu € 5bn "Brexit Fund".

https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit/2021/011 ... ries-fund/
Only ? ... :frown:
by Botha Boy
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Was talking to a chap in the know about things and he was in a major hospital outside Dublin today and they had one vial of vaccine in the fridge. They had months. No wonder they are lobbying RTE so heavily to blame the EU How many are in the -70 degC freezers at the HSE ? 80,000 vials delivered an...
by Botha Boy
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

A balanced piece by Prof Dingwall who is on the UK's NERVTAG group. He argues - Covid19 is real, but what is being observed in hospitals and ICUs today by frontline medical staff does not represent the general experience if you catch Covid19. The main risk from the virus will be addressed once the m...
by Botha Boy
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Will Donald Trump.....
Replies: 65
Views: 2611

Re: Will Donald Trump.....

He is beginning to make Hitler's exit look dignified ...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

danthefan wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:09 pm 800 in a day is one per minute for about 13 hours straight so I'm going to go with nah.
Thanks for pointing this out, Dan.

Should have checked that information better. :thumbup:
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

800 in a day is one per minute for about 13 hours straight so I'm going to go with nah. That's fine until they release the COVID on your ass ! :lol: The point is we are being told we are at a cataclysmic juncture, yet the application of 95% effective vaccines into the country (v.v. good for vaccine...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 23174
Views: 550966

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

FT is hardly a left rag (yes I understand they are a strong remainer backing paper). The article was still interesting (about the current status of UK's Financial services) though it was written with a pessimisstic tone. It would be extremely interesting to look back on the output from the ft over ...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

800 in a day is one per minute for about 13 hours straight so I'm going to go with nah. That's fine until they release the COVID on your ass ! :lol: The point is we are being told we are at a cataclysmic juncture, yet the application of 95% effective vaccines into the country (v.v. good for vaccine...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Ignores the fact that everyone in the EU has the same cold store problems, but no-one else is losing 4 days. We saw on the news this evening Spain, Germany, Italy they’re all vaccinating already. Bizarrely we have some Irish posters defending the delay, I wonder why And Slovakia and Hungary were ou...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29281
Views: 809110

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

More Vaccine good news: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/26/millions-receive-oxford-jab-jan-4/ Millions to receive Oxford jab from Jan 4 Two million people will receive their first dose of either the Oxford vaccine or the Pfizer jab within a fortnight By Harry Yorke, WHITEHALL EDITOR 26 Dec...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

The hospitals are inundated so we did the usual cancellation of surgeries. Get vaccines going, are you mad? ~2000 hospital beds free across the country (they do send anyone they can home for Xmas) and a far lighter load in the hospitals than typical for this time of year (less A&E alcohol related d...
by Botha Boy
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Donnelly sating they'll start vaccinating in four days while standing in front of a fridge full of vaccines. Why not in four hours? You won’t hear too many medical union reps on the radio for the next couple of weeks I don't know why they are not getting going with this. There are only 10000 doses ...
by Botha Boy
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 23174
Views: 550966

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

I thought the landbridge was 20 hours vs the direct ferry routes of 40 hours, and a large proportion of your exports depend on the time difference? Again, I can't see why Irish trucks cant be sealed for customs purposes for UK transit. Irish goods will transport now across the land bridge sealed an...
by Botha Boy
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 23174
Views: 550966

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

As for travel Terry some clarification. For tourism and leisure you can travel to Schengen ( all EU countries except Ireland, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria) for 90 days, then have to leave for 90s days before going back. For work, work permits are required (except Ireland) For moving, residence per...
by Botha Boy
Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

But we will all get a rosette from NPHET for complying so well that we had no extra deaths this Winter compared to the last few years ... :thumbup: we are all Winners ! Right ? Something to look forward to as you are locked down for the next few weeks/months under NPHET panic over rising qRt-PCR tes...
by Botha Boy
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Big Moany Tony and crew now want to close down all non-essential retail from Stephens Day. (Cue: mad rush tomorrow ... :lol: ) Meanwhile old people die at the same rate as every other year, while businesses perish and debts pile up. I hope next year they test for influenza by qRT-PCR so that we can ...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

I see RTÉ are taking the situation so seriously that they’ve bumped mrs brown’s boys Xmas special for an extra dose of prime time misery porn. I wouldn't watch either! I hate to break it to you ... you are all going to get a bad flu this year ... But better than watching Mrs Brown's Boys ... :lol: ...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Closing barbers is ridiculous. Just tell them they can open but no indoor waiting room, appointment only, wear masks and record names for contract tracing. It’s completely unfair to close them. No, they have clear data that the virus transmits thru copies of the Daily Mail and The Sun in clip-joint...
by Botha Boy
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

To give it some perspective there was 0 covid deaths in the past 24 hours in the entire country. And that’s with everyone tested multiple times. We are closing down our country and there are fewer people dying than normal for this time of year. It’s a bit of an over reaction you’d have to say. Ther...
by Botha Boy
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29281
Views: 809110

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Even more damaging than the slowness of the EU approval process is the fact that they have only bought a tiny number of the Pfizer vaccinations. They were persuaded by Macron to instead buy millions of doses of the French Sanofi vaccine candidate. This has run into problems and won't be approved un...
by Botha Boy
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29281
Views: 809110

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Even more damaging than the slowness of the EU approval process is the fact that they have only bought a tiny number of the Pfizer vaccinations. They were persuaded by Macron to instead buy millions of doses of the French Sanofi vaccine candidate. This has run into problems and won't be approved un...
by Botha Boy
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

This mutation was first detected in Brazil in April, next in Mexico & US, Italy in May, UK in September and has built slowly from there to complete panic last week with never being noticed before as a driver either of infection or death. Already observed in Scotland and The Netherlands. It may very ...
by Botha Boy
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29281
Views: 809110

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Last Line wrote: Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:17 am A few EU countries are now stopping flights from UK due to concerns over the new variant. Blimey baldrick!
They should be thankful that they are not a bunch of minks ... :lol:
by Botha Boy
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

The data which returned supposed 90% efficacy was due to a manufacturing error where they dosed with less than what the clinical trial protocol intended. And they only tested folks under 55 in Brazil. So although you get a result of 90% efficacy, it is not good practice to rely on a retrospective re...
by Botha Boy
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/food-and-drink/new-dining-ban-a-death-knell-for-restaurants-says-leading-chef-1.4440744?mode=amp&fbclid=IwAR2X4pPYmG4AJS2bM5q7r__EbcBy4Cx4cz8kWxgF372P3KXPs6l7T39CXrE For all of us lucky enough to be still in work, worth a read - there is a very dark side to...
by Botha Boy
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners
Replies: 1035
Views: 31791

Re: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners

wamberal wrote: Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:51 pm The King of Sweden seems to have some doubts about the efficacy of the Swedish strategy. What would he know, I wonder?
I presume he is a virologist, immunologist or an epidemiologist; otherwise he is not qualified to comment.

Interweb rules apply for COVID19 ... :smug:
by Botha Boy
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners
Replies: 1035
Views: 31791

Re: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners

Fatality wise, Sweden is going very well compared to ‘Europe’ in the second wave. So far. The regular, hyped media stories from the UK and USA - places that have death rates exponentially higher since summer - are a bit weird. Sweden's CFR for the second wave is certainly better than the likes of t...
by Botha Boy
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29281
Views: 809110

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

So the poorer countries have asked for IP to be suspended on Covid19 vaccines in order to manufacture generics and the richer countries have basically said no? plum. Isn't it likely that assurances were made to the pharmaceutical companies at the start of all this that they would not be sold down t...
by Botha Boy
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners
Replies: 1035
Views: 31791

Re: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners

Sweden took an approach that has been demonised by some. With their mild lockdown measures thru most of the year, they have performed comparably if not better than most large European nations who instituted lockdowns of varying levels of severity. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EpYnzAUXEAMSUs2?format=j...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners
Replies: 1035
Views: 31791

Re: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners

Data is better than emotion, right ... :D There is clearly an extrapolation on the graph which may be proved wrong, but worth seeing over the next few days if Sweden run through the same seasonal virus burst that the rest of the continent has done, with completely different counter measures. Would b...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners
Replies: 1035
Views: 31791

Re: It's official, Sweden declare themselves the Covid winners

Finland ready to help its anti-lockdown neighbour with hospital beds. Norway noticeably quiet. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/covid-19-coronavirus-sweden-running-out-of-intensive-care-beds-as-cases-soar/NV27IJI3G7RSG5XDC2OQROZVKM/ Thank God, New Zealand spotted this from the other side of the wor...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

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Big Moany Tony is pissing me off as well.

I wonder could we get the face-licking trend moving with the young ones again ... for kicks ! :D
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Do you trust the vaccine?
Replies: 496
Views: 14780

Re: Do you trust the vaccine?

The Danmask study showed that there was no statistically significant benefit to the mask wearer, ie people wearing masks catch covid at similar rates to non mask wearers. That's also counter intuitive isn't it? If we are saying masks are a barrier to the virus, even a weak barrier. Why do surgeon w...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Do you trust the vaccine?
Replies: 496
Views: 14780

Re: Do you trust the vaccine?

Still probing. Still testing. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/08/covid-mixed-vaccine-trial-likely-to-begin-in-uk-next-month Indeed. I'm on the Novavax trial, which is another different mechanism, I think. Novavax. The management team who wanted a huge payout for the senior executives if ...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Do you trust the vaccine?
Replies: 496
Views: 14780

Re: Do you trust the vaccine?

Its difficult to imagine that wearing a mask isn't better than nothing at all. Surely even cupping your hand over your mouth is better than absolutely nothing, let alone a properly fitted medical mask. I always wear a mask in public unless there's considerable distance between people (e.g. standing...
by Botha Boy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 105195
Views: 3429770

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Whilst you're on Winnie, what's your opinion of the role of the 1848 Europe wide revolutions in the creation of the modern European nation state ? The era of nationalism Led to Garibaldi eventually unifying Italy The final downfall of the french monarchy The beginning of Bismarck and the unificatio...
by Botha Boy
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Do you trust the vaccine?
Replies: 496
Views: 14780

Re: Do you trust the vaccine?

are fairly aligned on masks. They have become political, hence my warning that they may not be all that some folks say, but they do seem to make sense especially if you are infected and wear one. The downside will be the likely spread of non-viral conditions like pneumococcal infections from people...