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  1. Seems that way given Maarmsy quote tweeted the tweet linking it to their original semi cryptic tweet about the long-standing member of staff. FWIW if the owner of the new, and Barry anonymous Twitter account is on here. You don’t NORMALLY replace a doctor before firing one, doing that is the sort of thing that Employment Tribunals take a dim view of. Furthermore, I’ve been involved in the change of employment for over a thousand doctors, (not hyperbole), as far as I recall only a handful of those were appointed to replace someone already in post. Most were appointed after the fact and those appointed before were due to known issues like retirement or change in circumstances to reflect return to, or completion of, training which is known about roughly 4 months in advance.
  2. City were officially away in the far/middle East but because of Euro 2012 any player involved in that didn't travel so we beat a fairly strong City side. Grounds got a last minute winner and we were 1-0 up at HT.
  3. Club doctor - Dr Rob Beardsell has left, and the club are actively recruiting. https://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/2021/july/16072021-club-doctor/ Presumably, until the post is filled, we will be paying extra for this required post on matchdays. FWIW the club needs to improve its advert there’s a glaring omission, but this is my field and I don’t expect the club administration to be as keyed in as I am.
  4. Did I imagine that we were rumoured to be signing the Brazilian women's player Marta a few years ago? I actually think the best female players are already good enough to play professionally in the men's game, but at our level the physicality of players would seriously restrict their role. However, not every professional league relies on big physical cloggers at the lower level.
  5. AL is not Simon Corney, his record at getting good value for players is pretty good. I also don't think he'd sell a player to a team in League 2.
  6. The taking the knee has quite an interesting history. Colin Kapaernick (?sp) the San Francisco 49ers quarterback stopped standing for the US national anthem (played before every NFL game even those in Canada / Mexico / UK) because of the oppression of black men by various police forces across the US. But instead of standing he remained seated on the bench. Nate Boyer a former NFL player for the 49ers biggest rivals, Seattle Seahawks, who happens to be a former US Marine was quite publicly outspoken about Kapaernick's activities. Not because he didn't respect the reason behind Kapaernick remaining seated during the anthem but because Boyer felt it was disrespectful to the millions of US service men and women fighting and sometimes dying to "protect US freedoms and values around the world". So Boyer met with Kapaernick to discuss other methods of protest. Between them they came to the solution of "taking the knee" akin to what people do at graves when showing their respect. So from that point Kapaernick took the knee instead of remaining seated. I think at the next game Boyer was stood behind him demonstrating his approval for the gesture. That's how taking the knee became a thing. Now a millionaire former US marine and a multi-millionaire 20-something don't exactly sound like radical Marxists trying to convert people to Marxism. But that's just me.
  7. He was a proper gentleman Mr Wilkins. Think I remember him bossing a game at Qpr when he was well into his 30s. Paul Gerrard debut.
  8. I was being facetious, I know better than anyone why people don't pay to get treated for Infectious Diseases in this country. You may pay your income tax etc. But where do you think the funding has come from to do the research to say wear a mask, get vaccinated, keep your distance? Some magic money tree? What about people who've been paying income tax in this country but because of where they were born still have to pay for NHS treatment? Surely by your logic they shouldn't. PS The actual cost of most medication is a lot more than the current prescription charge. I'm not even going to cover how much it costs for various tests and treatment. Not many people pay enough in tax to cover their cost to the NHS of their life. I know I've already got my money's worth from the NHS and I'm the same age as you.
  9. Re the average age of death its true the average life expectancy AT BIRTH is about 81 years old (less for men, higher for women). It may be true that the average age of death from COVID-19 is 83 (I don't know but I doubt it considering the source and who is citing it). However, if you get to 65 (no longer retirement age) the average life expectancy for men is 83.8 years old and for women it's 86.1 years old. As certain people were fond of telling us the number of people dying in hospital with COVID-19 under 65 who didn't have any preexisting medical conditions was about 70 in January. A lot of words are doing a lot of heavy lifting there particularly the absence of preexisting medical conditions which excluded well over half the population. Some of those with medical conditions will be those that account for the differences between life expectancy at birth and life expectancy at 65. It's the same people making the argument about life expectancy who are the same ones who are anti-mask, who will have to really be nagged to get vaccinated, if they do at all. But all these fully expect the NHS to care for them when they get COVID-19. The expertise and experts they are ignoring because they don't think they'll get COVID-19 are the same expertise and experts who they ask for help when they do eventually get ill. I'm very happy to have those who don't want to wear masks to take personal responsibility, but they should also take personal responsibility to pay for their NHS treatment if they get COVID-19. If people are truly exempt from wearing masks then that doesn't apply.
  10. I don't think they would. Just because that's how it is defined doesn't mean the people compiling the statistics don't have a bit of common sense. The 28 days from a positive COVID-19 test is designed to identify those that have died from another medical cause, such as say Cancer, who had a dose of COVID-19 a few weeks before. Those people die from. Cancer exacerbated by COVID-19. The same way they may die from Cancer exacerbated by flu or a dose of food poisoning.
  11. If someone gets hit by a bus who just happened to have a positive COVID-19 test less than 28 days ago. They will go down as having died from trauma (being hit by a bus) on their death certificate. Some officious junior doctor may mention COVID-19 but I bet most won't, junior doctors tend to have a bit of common sense. The only way COVID-19 gets mentioned in that scenario is if they were hit by a bus outside the hospital after leaving the hospital having been admitted for COVID-19. People dying of stuff other than COVID-19 will get COVID-19 mentioned on their death certificate if it is remotely relevant though. PS there are a multitude of causes for pneumonia, coronavirus being one. The number of deaths from influenza from the ONS are 1598 (2018) and 1223 (2019). Those were daily totals for deaths with COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic. Let me reiterate COVID-19 is not just a bad case of flu, it is not comparable with the flu.
  12. No they don't. 20,000 is 5x the number of deaths from flu in 2018/19, (3,966). There were some spells of 4 days in the last 15 months where more people were dying with COVID-19 than a whole 12 months of flu. Since 2015/16 only 1 year, 2017/18, has had more than 20,000 deaths from flu. Deaths from flu is a bit of a misnomer too, the virus testing for flu is no where near the levels of virus testing for COVID-19. A death from flu is often based on clinical features of the right sort of infection. Some of those deaths from flu will have actually been deaths from a coronavirus, or other non influenza virus. People did complain about the number of deaths from flu in 2017/18 but the complaints were not as widespread. Most of the NHS was on high alert at some point due to the flu in 2017/18 too. Your general point about living with COVID-19 is a reasonable one though. Eventually the country should start living with the virus but doing that may mean mask-wearing, not going into work if you feel under the weather (unlike previously), that should mean a well over due rise in sick pay, not going to social activities if you don't feel well etc. Oh and getting a vaccine when you can. The numbers of infections currently don't make sense for further reduction in preventative measures. Johnson appears to be making the same mistake he made 12 months ago around opening up to support the economy. Funny how the countries with the strictest restrictions over COVID-19 have had in general the best economic growth since February 2019 though.
  13. Re The vaccine, there are a number of issues. Firstly any vaccines maximum effectiveness is dictated by the % of the population that have had the full dose. If not enough of the population have had the vaccine then lots of people who have had the full dose will get COVID-19. When Bolton had a lot of COVID-19 there were some people dying who had both doses. I've seen a case of a disease in someone who had their full course of vaccines because not enough people had their vaccine. That vaccine is more effective than COVID-19's vaccines. Thanks to idiots and conspiracy theorists the vaccine uptake for COVID-19 vaccines is poor even if there is availability. Secondly, any vaccine doesn't offer its full protection straight away the standard rule of thumb was 4 weeks but there's good evidence for 2 weeks for the COVID-19 vaccines. Thirdly no-one knows how long the immunity gained from the vaccine lasts, no one will know for a number of years (they can't). Anyone eligible for the flu vaccine for health reasons is getting a booster of COVID-19 vaccine for that exact reason. Fourthly the number of cases in the country is having a serious effect on the NHS. Fortunately this effect is not because of the numbers of people seriously ill or worse in hospital but the staff. No organisation can run without staff and already fatigued NHS staff are having to isolate due to close contact with COVID-19 or have the disease. They may even be asymptomatic, so would normally be going into work but can't. Lots of hospitals around the country are still on high alert, and it's getting worse. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I wouldn't be surprised if Johnson is forced to do a u-turn on opening up on the 19th in some parts of the country. Finally because people doubled jabbed are still getting the virus and have symptoms that increases the risk of there being a mutation which the vaccine offers little or no protection against. That could be apocalyptic chaos.
  14. Picking a team to best match the opposition also prevents the opposition from planning their tactics around stopping you. Opposition managers will know some but not all of England's starters. Planning for a front 3 of Saka - Kane - Sterling isn't the same as planning for a front 3 of Foden - Kane - Sterling with Mount just behind. Southgate has also recognised that some players play against their opposite number in club games clear psychological advantages can be gained. See Saka against the Czech full back he had tormented in the Europa League. Eventually England will meet a side good enough to cope with changing shape and with a good manager to recognise that shape change is needed. I think there are 3 teams left who can do that but we can only meet 1 of them in the final.
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