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  1. One of the best things about this poll is the potential impact it will have on future player recruitment and retention. I'm sure our inability to recruit better players under the old regime was because of the reputation of our owner. Now players looking for a move, out of contract and, dare I say it, available for a fee will be much more motivated than before. Well done, Carol and Kevin, for lifting our profile to such heights.
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    In the full list covering overall readiness, France ranks 11th, Germany 14th, Spain 15th and Italy 31st. China ranks 51st.
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    One of the key questions coming out of this terrible crisis is how well prepared nations have been to cope with catastrophic global biomedical events. In late 2019, ironically just before the corona virus infection emerged, Johns Hopkins University and the Economist Intelligence Unit published an in-depth report on the readiness of the world's nations to deal with such a crisis. The report was authored by scientists from the University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Its conclusion was that no country was fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics and that, collectively, international preparedness was weak. It then went on to list the readiness of individual nations based on the evidence it had collated. The list covers 196 countries and the top five are: 1. USA 2. UK 3. Netherlands 4. Australia 5. Canada Overall, the average state of readiness was 40.2%, a frighteningly low score. One of the things that occurred to me was that, however bad it might seem here, we are in a so much better position than many, many other countries and we should count our blessings. Imagine being in some of the poorer countries of the world, like many in Africa or Asia where preparedness is below 20%. Those poor people do not stand a chance if they become infected with this dreadful virus. This is huge wake up call, which hopefully will result in an equally huge paradigm shift when the dust finally settles. https://www.ghsindex.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-Global-Health-Security-Index.pdf
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    A couple of days ago, I posted a video describing the conditions in the Wuhan wet market where Covid-19 first appeared. Since then, I came across this, which describes them in even greater detail and with some graphic photos and video (please do not watch if you are squeamish about animal cruelty). https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11264885/china-wet-markets-coronavirus-world-knees/ These practices, enshrined in Chinese law, need to be stopped. In case any one thinks I have a particular beef (so to speak) with the Chinese, try this about Deer Wasting Disease from USA Today. It concerns a known pathogen that causes a neurological disease for which there is no vaccine and no cure. The virus is so robust, it has been heat-treated at 1000C and survived. It has yet to make the transition from deer to humans but it is only a matter of time - the next accident waiting to happen: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/02/16/zombie-deer-chronic-wasting-disease-could-affect-humans/2882550002/ The point to all this is that the world has a serious problem with these practices. While its attention is gripped by this, we need to lobby the WHO to ensure that internationally agreed standards of food hygiene and production are in place before we have yet another wholly avoidable pandemic. We are going to pay a terrible price for these vile zoonotic culinary practices unless concerted action is taken. Interestingly, the USA Today article was published in December - just before Corvid-19 sprang to life. Sadly prophetic.
  5. Jermaine Holwyn was one such centre back, if memory serves me correct. No one can forget his contribution to allowing a four goal lead slip at home to QPR, so I was saving my vote for him the centre back category. That draw still haunts me - I always think of it as a defeat!
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    Just to lighten our spirits in these challenging times, here is how the lockdown is being enforced Italian-style: https://mobile.twitter.com/RymMomtaz/status/1242157350074662916 Done with panache!
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    Just breaking - another piece of research, this time from Iceland where scientists say they have identified 40 different mutations of the Covid-19 (which is worrying for the prospects of developing a vaccine) and traced seven cases to the same English football match: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-seven-confirmed-cases-all-21747922 It would be interesting to know which one!
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    Jacko, could I please ask if this was this directed at me? I'd like clarification because, for the record, I think Trump is an odious boor. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything he does is wrong though I know this is an article of faith on the left whose criticisms are increasingly (if that were possible) irrational and unreasonable. To answer your point, the very purpose of the EU is to demonstrate solidarity with its members yet it is egregiously failing to do so, whereas Trump has always been, shall we say, overtly nationalistic. Whether I support either of them makes no difference to the argument, if the evidence warrants it.
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    The problem is we'll never know how many more would have died if they hadn't done it. My guess is that it would have been infinitely worse. The research we have so far shows that societal measures do work. Try this interesting piece from the University of Southampton: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/03/covid-19-china.page
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    I thought Mario Cuomo's presentation (which I watched in part) on the restrictions he was imposing on New York was impressive. But then I learned that for a city with a population of 8.6 million, the hospitals only had 3100 respirators. It made me wonder whether he had ever done any emergency planning for a pandemic like this, brought in the various health providers and drawn up an emergency response. The answer is clearly no but, for that, he's probably no worse than anyone else in authority because as far as I can see complacency has won the day. Global economy? What can possibly go wrong? NO ONE has addressed this issue, they're making it up as they go along, and it's going to result in thousands and thousands of deaths.
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    No, Jacko - don't think that's entirely right to be fair. Euronews reported: "France has forced a face mask manufacturer to cancel a major UK order as the coronavirus-inspired scramble for protective gear intensifies. The NHS ordered millions of masks from Valmy SAS near Lyon earlier this year as COVID-19 threatened. But amid a global shortage, France earlier this week ordered the requisition of all protective masks made in the country" https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/06/coronavirus-french-protective-mask-manufacturer-scraps-nhs-order-to-keep-masks-in-france Which simply reinforces my point that the French, along with many of the other countries in the EU, have been looking after themselves first and foremost. The border guards were simply following the orders of the French government who then backtracked for reasons best known to themselves. Who knows why?
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    Try this, in the specialist political press: "Europe Fails To Help Italy in Coronavirus Fight" "Rome's request for facemarks and medical gear have been met with silence." https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-aims-better-control-coronavirus-responses/
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    On the day Trump was meeting his health advisers to consider banning flights from China, which made the US one of the first countries to do so and undoubtedly saved many lives, what were the Democrats doing? Answer: nothing apart from serving papers on Trump for his impeachment. And when push turned to shove, Merkel and other European leaders refused to give any medical aid to Italy, Macron confiscated deliveries of medical grade masks to the UK and the Greeks had to turn to China for medical assistance. Yet very little has been made of this. It seems that criticism of the lack of, or inappropriate action in relation to the coronavirus has become very selective and, unfortunately, rather partial.
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    Good luck, HV - keep yourself safe.
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