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Trump's ratings are up 2 points to 48%.
at 20:20 27 Mar 2020

You really do have to wonder.
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As I suspected - this is definitely going to end up with many more
at 15:23 27 Mar 2020

pregnancies.

"There are fears about the long-term implications of a global condom shortage after the world's largest manufacturer was forced to stop production due to the coronavirus outbreak."

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-malaysia-karex/condom-short
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769 die in Spain within 24 hours
at 15:18 27 Mar 2020

Really hope that's their top end.
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Putin had it right all along.
at 11:59 27 Mar 2020

He's not daft is he.

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Worth a listen - a couple of interesting points for us as a Club to consider
at 15:38 26 Mar 2020

and an interesting insight in Barcelona's culture.

https://www.mln.org.uk/2020/03/26/the-damian-hughes-episode/

We do, indeed, seem to be stuck in the middle of change. More interesting is that when you are going through change, these is a point of the change curve where it looks like failure, you have to get past that. Assuming you have equipped everyone with the skills to do so.

I wonder if we, as a team, have an approach and culture anywhere near as defined as that of Barcelona (in this case study)? Or even if we have one at all?
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Remember when we bailed out the Banks?
at 08:28 26 Mar 2020

I see they are doing their bit to help us:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52043896
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Off licences now classed as 'essential' and can now stay open.
at 17:32 25 Mar 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52033260

WTF?
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Chris Witty stating at the briefing...
at 17:23 25 Mar 2020

that these anti-body tests have yet to be fully evaluated.

So, they are not fully tested and signed off in terms of accuracy.

Also stating - this is not something we'll be buying over the Internet next week. These tests will only go to critical groups, such as NHS workers.
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Fuming: The Governments Job Retention Scheme
at 08:52 25 Mar 2020

So, anyone else worked out the irony of this scheme yet? Though it could well be me being too tired to be in a state of mind to work it out.

The scheme is for those organisations that 'cannot' pay their staff. so you don't have to make them redundant. I quote from the Govs website:

"If your employer cannot cover staff costs due to COVID-19, they may be able to access support to continue paying part of your wage, to avoid redundancies."

Now, here's the rub....also from the Govs website:

"HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers."

Anyone spotted the key word in that paragraph:

reimburse

Yes, that is right people. For those organisations that cannot pay their staff the Gov will reimburse you. So, how does a company pay it's staff when they can't afford to? Guess where you'll be directed....to the Government Business Interruption Loan scheme. Again from the Govs website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-

So, a scheme that is setup to pay peoples wages in this time of crisis is actually a reimbursement scheme. For those businesses who can't afford to pay their staff, this is utterly useless and will require you to take out a loan to pay your staff, which you will be reimbursed for but will have had to take a loan to cover those costs (plus interest).
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Wildlife Photography - just take a few mins to appreciate everyone.
at 14:01 24 Mar 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-52007548

The huntsman spider is utterly amazing.
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So, stay at home, only go shopping for the essentials.
at 08:50 24 Mar 2020

Can safely say that it's not being adhered to this morning in N Essex either.

Unbelievable Jeff!

Note: actually and sadly - it's not. People huh?!
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Lockdown it is then. (n/t)
at 20:33 23 Mar 2020

As I've been saying since last week.

This was always the end game.
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Sorry for negative post but just feeling the need to share
at 16:55 23 Mar 2020

Not been a good day today, further confirmation of projects cancelled and work put on hold.

In the space of 10 or so working days - we have seen our business go from consistent year on year steady growth and recruitment to around 10% income of last month as of April.

Fully appreciate others will be in a similar boat (or worse)...we are faced with using our cash reserves to try and see us through this period. The Gov bail out, as things stands, would only see 80% of wages covered for anyone we put on furlough until May - given most of our work has been pushed back to at least September, this leaves a sizeable hole.

People are losing their lives and livelihoods - never had I anticipated it would be quite like this.

Apologies, for the negative tone - just the reality at the moment.
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My posture is never great at the best of times
at 15:06 23 Mar 2020

For those working from home, in tight spaces, small desks, on sofas or using laptops.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/working-from-home-posture-back-pain
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So...Gov covering wages....not as far reaching as promised?
at 11:44 21 Mar 2020

According to the BBC:

It is understood the wage subsidy will apply to firms where bosses have already had to lay off workers due to the pandemic, as long as they are brought back into the workforce and instead granted a leave of absence.

So...Gov covering wages up to £2.5k only applies if you've already laid people off?
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Look after yourselves and take this seriously people.
at 20:33 20 Mar 2020

We've just heard from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), who issued a stark warning to young people about the virus.

"One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared," Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

"Data from many countries clearly shows that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalisation.

"Today, I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you"

He added: "Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else."
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Got the round of golf in....course was busy
at 13:45 20 Mar 2020

No one in the bar or restaurant - people seemed to be being sensible, no hand shakes etc.

Ball cleaners were all closed, no bins had to take rubbish home and not allowed to take flags out.

Windy, cold but a decent round and, for the first time this week, felt slightly normal!
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If anyone thinks it will be over quickly...
at 13:42 20 Mar 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51977802
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So, Boris confirmed that measures will be taken to enforce self-distancing
at 07:42 19 Mar 2020

(it's you Londoners fault! ;) )

Seriously though, MoD have confirmed additional troops on stand by (around 20,000) to help the Civil Authorities.

It's been clear for a while now that our trajectory is no different to that of China and Italy - all we have been doing is pushing the timing back as much as possible.

I would expect us to be in lock down by Monday, if not earlier.
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So...Boris confirms further measures to curb socialisation may follow.
at 17:36 18 Mar 2020

No surprise.

In answer to being questioned that Londoners are not following the advice.
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