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  1. mike in atlanta
    26/03/2020

    stay safe Walter. don’t hope for too much sanity. as with common sense, there’s not a lot going around.

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  2. omgarsenal
    26/03/2020

    You bring up a very salient point about Clubs, even monied ones, not being able and also unwilling to pay the exorbitant and inflated transfer fees demanded by agents and the selling clubs. My take on this is that the really rich, sponsored clubs with deep pockets will take advantage of the buyer’s market and sweep up a fistful of top players each, loaning them out or keeping them on ¨ice¨ as the expression goes. These players will just be happy with a steady, flagrantly excessive wage and keep their mouths shut, otherwise they could find themselves sold on to a lesser club paying lower wages. The situation in Belgium is reflected throughout Europe but as you rightly say, England has their heads firmly up their posteriors, FIFA,EUFA and many sweet FAs are also in denial. When the bill has to be paid, they’ll scream blood murder, act surprised and beg the governments,clubs, supporters, taxpayers, non-sporting industries, sponsors etc. to bail them out as ¨Football is too big to fail¨, just like the banks.
    Hope the misses is well and symptom-free……what is semi-isolation?

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  3. WalterBroeckx
    27/03/2020

    omg, we can come out to go to work if you work in a job that is considered as necessary. As mine is (I don’t see it that way but hey…).
    You can go out for shopping for food (other shops are closed). And you can go out for a walk with the persons living under the same roof or for a ride on a bike. But it has to be near to where you live.
    But for the rest you have to stay in your own house or garden. Stay at home is the most used sentence these days in Belgium or in Dutch: “Blijf in uw kot”

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  4. WalterBroeckx
    27/03/2020

    Omg I forgot to mention that we also cannot see our children or visit them.

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  5. Gord
    27/03/2020

    OT: COVID-19

    For people who want to see the current virus problems as a map, I think the best overall tool is the Johns Hopkins near real-time map supported by arcgis.com (it is called a “dashboard”). Google lists many maps (dashboards) of a similar nature also at arcgis.com.

    There are lots of news outlets (aka drain pipes) which purport to have maps of the outbreak, which are nominally useless. Canada seems to be leading the way in the production of these useless “maps”. Colouring individual Canadian provinces or territories for how many cases they have, or drawing a circle with a radius that is a function of cases and placing that circle on an outline of a province or territory is NOT a useful map.

    I provided a methodology to CBC BC, in case they wanted to try and produce a useful map. They don’t know me from Adam, so little chance they will even read what I sent, let alone study and implement it.

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  6. Gord
    27/03/2020

    OT: COVID-19

    While it doesn’t have maps, FT seems to have a good page on this topic as well. Of course, they have to have their cookies.

    https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

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  7. Gord
    28/03/2020

    Brickfields (possibly others)

    The director of a hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti (Dr. Jerry Bitar) has been kidnapped. The hospital is refusing new patients until he is returned. Most of the news on this, is in languages other than English.

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