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  1. What do you mean am I qualified? If you mean have I visited businesses pre-lockdown who had changed their operations then yes I had - these included offices, warehouses and logistics operations. If you mean do I know that there has been a lot of consultation and planning between business organisations and government departments about how to re-open safely then yes I do and this has been across many sectors. What qualification and practical experience of disease control do you have to back up your claim that thousands will die as a result of people returning to work in a safe way? It would be really interesting if people were only allowed to post practical solutions on here rather than moan and use hindsight to state the obvious or just make wild assumptions - it’s so easy to complain and so difficult to take responsibility for actually doing something.
  2. I don’t see it as a rush to come out of lockdown, just a gradual easing of a few specific areas. Germany currently has all shops open, also restaurants and hairdressers - we are weeks if not months away from that as the PM clarified tonight. Germany will give valuable lessons as will South Korea who have had to close bars down after a spike in infections. I think ultimately people need to earn the removal of lockdown by showing step by step that they can follow the rules, setting out a rough timeline shows what’s possible if people behave in the right way.
  3. The infection numbers are higher as we are a few weeks behind some of the others, The infection rate is a different thing . The numbers are a fall on previous UK numbers which would point to the ‘R’ rate being below 1 which is good news so infection numbers should continue to fall on this basis. Germany have reported a potential increase in their ‘R’ rate to over 1 since they relaxed lockdown which is a concern for everyone, although they do seem to be being very un-German and not following the rules particularly well. Maybe their initial success in keeping the mortality figures low has led to a false sense of security. Hopefully that won’t happen here.
  4. Businesses were operating social distancing and enhanced hygiene rules prior to lockdown so many can safely operate already. Many construction sites are still working and have adapted to the new requirements so why shouldn’t the others? Much more is going on behind the scenes than the general public realise, I work for a large business in one of the UK’s key industries and there is already a phased nationwide plan for when and how that industry will re-open as safely as possible - subject of course to the current data trends continuing to improve. The authorities are rightly trying to manage the flow of information to the public and its a very difficult balancing act. The virus will be with us for a while yet and practically we cannot stay home for all that duration so we need to learn to live with it by adopting the right measures. Not everyone will follow them of course and they will need dealing with but the vast majority will do it as they have so far.
  5. It’s nothing to do with multi-culturalism, globalisation maybe yes.
  6. I’ve been to some of these markets in Southern China. I don’t particularly have a problem with what they eat, as I get their view that it’s strange we prioritise one animals worth over another’s e.g a Dog over a Cow. They treat all animals equally i.e all are ok to eat. The problem is that these animals are not farmed but taken from the wild and sold live which allows the spread of all sorts of things from animal to human. Hong Kong used to have issues with this type of thing so they closed the wet markets and it solved the problem, China has yet to do this but the rest of the world needs to apply political and economic pressure to ensure they do.
  7. I get that Wolves strategy worked ref promotion but that year their turnover was £26.4m and they registered a loss of over £57m! The players they signed were simply unaffordable for a Championship side but they gambled and won. Had they not gone up they would have been in a huge mess with the efl. Its basically what Chansiri tried to do but Wolves spent ****loads more, not really a viable strategy for Wednesday nor anyone else for that matter.
  8. There have been 2 insightful articles in the Athletic this week about the case. The efl seems intent on continuing the prosecution and want to do it quickly so the deduction is known before the end of the season. It also said the clubs legal strategy is to cause as much delay as possible, it’s the same QC that worked on the QPR case and that went on for 4 years. It also set out the punishments as they are pre-determined to an extent. For the £18m loss it’s 12 points, then upto another 9 points for ‘deceit’. I think it’s a dangerous thing to delay it, especially when a re-building job is required in the Summer. What decent players would sign on the back of a points deduction?
  9. Great idea I think. I travel a lot and have seen on the continent how train station development can kick-start regeneration, the Dutch did this as a response to the financial crisis and it worked really well. businesses and residents like to be close to major transport hubs so if this frees up more land for this it can only be a good thing. Also it will join the train station to the city centre and make a much nicer entrance to the city centre for visitors. i get the historical criticism of SCC but they have to look at maximising the potential benefits of HS2 and this shows they are serious about it.
  10. I think they are saying no one living in Sheffield has the virus. The 2 people from Buxton who are in the isolation unit at the hospital were from the Japanese cruise ship so no members of the public in Sheffield have been exposed to them.
  11. You can park in the carpark opposite the market for £2 I think if you have a cinema ticket. We live in south-west Sheffield so the Light is popular for us and our friends as it’s easier to get to and is better than any of the older cinemas out of town. Also love the Curzon. Footfall in town has moved massively to the Moor and will continue too, Fargate and the area around John Lewis is 50% down recently. The units on Fargate are simply too small for most retailers of note so the Moor will be the location of choice and over time will improve in terms of the retail offer. That’s why the likes of Next have now moved. Ive not seen what the councils plans are for Fargate but I think it’s a tough thing to solve. It’s well suited for boutique retailers and restaurants but Sheffield can’t sustain that level of spend. Maybe Fargate should be re-zoned as office space?
  12. For me this whole issue is the most disgraceful episode in our countries recent history. Hundreds if not thousands of innocent children first abused, and then ignored by the authorities who were then complicit in some cases of enabling further abuse. The issue is still further compounded by apologists who in their efforts to appear PC and ‘right on’ use the fact that all ethnicities are capable of CSE to defend or excuse these evil crimes. It’s the worst case of Two wrongs don’t make a right that I have ever seen and shows a total lack of compassion and intelligence. The facts are that 94% of grooming cases investigated in the last few years involve Pakistani men, and if you want to get really specific it’s Pakistani men from particular tribal regions. it’s obvious there is a cultural issue, these are areas where it’s acceptable to marry 12 year old girls and so on so what is seen as normal there is illegal and immoral here. It needs calling out to stop it, and the cover-up by the authorities and the media perpetuates the problem and creates more victims. Compare the media coverage to that of a similar scale disaster - Grenfell. It just doesn’t compare and I just don’t understand why this lack of coverage is continuing once the facts are known. I know people involved in these cases on both the prosecution and the victim-support side and this isn’t going away anytime soon, in fact it could be said that what we have seen so far is the tip of the iceberg. There must be a public enquiry backed by legal status or the authority figures simply won’t give evidence when asked (as most of Rotherham council did). Also otherwise decent people need to stop being apologists for the perpetrators in some misguided attempt to fight racism, this only makes you part of the problem rather than the solution.
  13. There will be issues with this policy no doubt, but hopefully the authorities will have the sense to be flexible where required when problems become apparent - especially around Social care. However, there is also a bigger longer-term economic change that this is part of. European migrant workers have given a lot to this country, but the opportunity to use this cheaper labour has been massively exploited by business. In the relevant sectors it has driven down wages, job security (zero hours contracts, gig economy etc) and necessitates tax and benefit support from the government for those struggling as a result. it (along with the financial crisis) has led to a collapse in training budgets and businesses investing in people for the long-term. It also drives down the productivity of our economy as it’s cheaper to throw labour at a problem rather than invest and develop long-term efficient solution through automation or new systems and processes. The more productive the economy is the higher wages and taxes will grow. The more automation in an economy the higher the level of skilled jobs and wages (Germany is the most highly automated economy in the world). If we want a higher wage, higher skilled economy with job security this process has to be gone through unfortunately. Sorry for the boring economics on this, I get all the concerns about xenophobia etc and I too have many Polish friends who are great people and hard workers but for the long-term benefit of the country we need to go through this (painful) process. If we take the Brexit issue away from this and just think about what type of economy we want in the future it makes sense, not just for people born here but also migrants who want to build their lives here and not struggle on low wages. Just a bit of real world context from a national business I used to work in that employed over 20,000 staff, many thousands of these not too far from here. 15 years ago a full time warehouse operative earned £22,000 plus benefits, overtime etc. That job now is only guaranteed 12 hours per week and even if they get full hours it’s just £18k per year. A huge decrease when you take into account inflation, the impact on the surrounding area has been dire as the business is a major employer. I used to sit in meetings with the logistics director about annual pay awards and their stance was always why do we need to increase wages when we can get more migrant workers in on less money? A terrible attitude to have with no concern for their people and the job they were doing but unfortunately one repeated across the country. Also just for further context I am not a union person or supporter and still have a Senior role in a major business today, I am pro-business but from an insider perspective people are being exploited and freedom of movement has been a huge part of this.
  14. I agree we know now but it took a long time for the internment camps to be exposed. Ive spoke to a business friend in Hong Kong this morning who is in touch with people within mainland China. They are saying it’s much worse than is being reported in terms of deaths and several other areas/City’s are preparing to be quarantined. In addition to the health risks the damage this could do to the world economy is huge. Factories are closed and goods are not being made and shipped which will start to show as shortages in stores and manufacturers here within 6 weeks or so.
  15. It’s pretty easy for the Chinese authorities to hide this, if in fact these figures are true. They’ve hidden much bigger things in the past and even recently with the internment camps estimated to hold anything upto one million Muslims for ‘re-education’. They covered up the outbreak initially in November and December, I know people in Hong Kong who feel it’s much worse than the authorities are letting on. They have control of all media and there is no external internet provider, also social media is controlled and mostly Chinese owned so they can do what they want unfortunately.
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