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  1. Perennial problem explaining to northern hemisphere people that the Liberal party is our conservative party. And to confuse things even more? Our Labour party is spelled Labor.
  2. Namibia knock out Ireland! I always enjoy watching Ireland but it's probably better for cricket to have more African representation in the WC, especially after Zimbabwe were effectively banned from entering the tournament. ETA: Oh and the England v India test series will resume at 2-1 next July! Edgbaston to host the fifth test.
  3. Interesting @maarsen. Both me and my partner are unqualified in Ontario so this could be a welcome change from a self-centered perspective. Separately, Canada yesterday crossed the coveted 90% mark of eligible people with at least one vaccination. This is something to be proud of. But hopefully with vaccine mandates about to hit a number of industries, that number can climb even higher before the weather turns cold. In terms of double vaccinations, we are set to hit the 90% mark in early December.
  4. I think Scotland will get at least one more win on the board before this is done! I agree that India are narrow favourites. Then comes England, Windies and Pakistan. The rest are also contenders depending on the form of star T20 players like Maxwell, Rashid Khan or de Kock. Having said that, it's always a bit of a lottery in T20. Windies could easily fall into a heap, while an unfancied team like SA or NZ could get on a roll.
  5. So Scotland and Bangladesh are through to the main tournament. Sri Lanka and either Ireland or Namibia will join them. Looking forward to the weekend's matches (especially the greatest show on Earth - India v Pakistan on Sunday).
  6. I think it's working...OK so far? Take Italy as an example of a reasonably cautious customer. The Green Pass (vaccine passport) is in full effect for a lot of settings, including for all workplaces as of this week. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in indoor public places. Night clubs are at 50% capacity indoors. Daily cases are at 4.1 per 100k people, currently (and probably) at the end of a downward trend. As a comparison, the UK is at 66 per 100k, Germany at about 14. That's not to say that these measures will be enough to stave off the next surge of cases and hospitalizations. But they aren't treating the pandemic as "over" by any stretch.
  7. Some jurisdictions have been strong and fairly consistent on mask-wearing, reduced capacities for high-risk settings, vaccine passports, no return to the office etc. But I agree that other jurisdictions (notably the UK; many US states) have gone the other way at their peril.
  8. North America will probably be in the same situation as Ireland in a month or so. I don't see how more indoor gatherings + waning immunity (throw in a variant too) can't be a recipe for increased caseloads. I take the point that January is not the best reference point. I guess I'm trying to be somewhat hopeful for what lies ahead (but have learned better!)
  9. I was using Our World In Data, so I defer to your Govt source on the numbers. I didn’t mean to imply though that the health care system wasn’t under pressure now. It absolutely is. I’m just wondering what the impact will be as things deteriorate this winter, including as compared to previous stages of the pandemic.
  10. I think it would be much more of a surprise if cases didn't go up. The question mark for me is the extent of pressure on health care systems. England as an example has been dealing with elevated caseloads for a number of months but hospital admissions have never exceeded 800 per day during that time. That compares to a (quite staggering) 3,500 per day in January.
  11. Not a bad return, although I agree both on Greg and the visuals. This episode almost had too much Logan in it. I think I prefer it when he is used more sparingly, allowing the tension to rise as the other characters plot and backstab. Also, I miss Marcia and Rhea!
  12. Crazy! Scotland will just need to beat Oman and PNG to qualify if they hold on here.
  13. Bangladesh should chase it easily but that was a respectable recovery from the Scots. I like that there’s a qualifying tournament to give the lower-ranked teams have a chance to enter the main bracket. ETA: Having said that, the Tigers are making a meal of the chase so far…
  14. Hard to do much shopping in cross-border settings so long as the testing requirement is in. Fraud aside, it’s a bit of a pain and costly to get the test. I’ll be interested to see if Canada holds the line on that one.
  15. What about the religious exemption? I know at least one person at my work seeking it (on dubious grounds). I hope employers play hard ball.
  16. My work is about to wade through the mire of people claiming religious and medical exemptions for vaccinations. I don’t envy that task from an HR perspective. It looks like Canada has pretty much maxed out at 90% of eligible people getting vaccinated. Even AB is at 85% now, which isn’t so bad. We really need 5-11s to be eligible in order to boost overall immunity and hopefully stop the next surge in cases. So far, the vaccines have stunted the so-called fourth wave very nicely in Ontario.
  17. Russia and the US are both looking rather bad right now on a per capita basis, putting volumes to one side. Russia = 0.65 deaths per day, per 100k people US = 0.49 deaths per day, per 100k people Fair call on Romania, which is at 1.65 (more than double Russia). For comparison, the UK is at 0.17. (Source - FT.com)
  18. I’m sure the PM is 100% on board, though it was a little odd to hear it first from Perignon.
  19. Not Russia? ETA: Actually, the US and Mexico don't look pretty compared to other countries either right now (at least in terms of fatalities per capita). They only look half-decent on a time series as they are coming off their latest peaks.
  20. A few updates: Mansfield Park: This is slower and more contemplative than the other Austen masterpieces. I liked the fact that Fanny (the protagonist) is so different to Austen's usual heroines. Her brooding, reflective nature appealed to me and you spend a lot of time in her head. But this did drag a little. P&P, S&S and Persuasion are all superior works IMO, but MP is better than Northanger. Emma is the last one on my Austen reading list. Call Me By Your Name: I enjoyed the film, so thought I would check out the novel. At first I was put off by the overly dramatic style. But the later parts are more wistful and mellow, which I found to be quite moving. Now I can't quite work out whether I like the film or the novel more! I definitely don't think this needed a sequel though. Life of Pi: I didn't enjoy this much. The first quarter or so felt like a combined theology and zoology lecture. The rest was a decent enough survival story but I didn't really get into it. My Brilliant Friend: Another one that put me off a little at the start but I persevered and am glad I did. The prose is the real winner here. Ferrante is able to capture moods and feelings and interactions in an easy, flowing fashion that pulls you along. Much of the plot and characters are otherwise fairly conventional for a coming-of-age story. This one gets extra points for me for being set in post-war Naples, not worlds away from the upbringings of my grandparents in Calabria and Sicily. Will end up reading the entire arc I think.
  21. Haha OK I'll give up on being hopeful. I agree that Cook's loss is major, but he had a bit of a weird Ashes in 17/18 (averaging 47 but most of his runs in one innings). The other thing is that, as Jeor says, Australia is not as good as it was in 17/18. They still have a great attack, but Warner isn't the player he was and hardly anyone in the team has much recent long-form cricket behind them (only Head, Neser, Harris and Marnus, who played County seasons).
  22. Why give the Feds and States any excuses? They have had loads of time (around a year) to deal with both: Geographical accessibility - by giving local community-controlled health organizations in regional and remote Australia reliable and early vaccine supplies Community hesitancy - by funding and empowering local organizations to inform Aboriginal communities of the benefits of vaccine take-up On the first point, let's not forget that most Aboriginal people live in major cities and well-populated regions. Only about 20% of Aboriginal people live in remote areas, where geographical access is a problem. I'll give the Canadian example as a point of contrast - by May 2021, 75% of First Nations and Inuit adults had already had their first jab. That is higher than was achieved for the non-Indigenous community at the same time, which didn't hit 75% until June. Again. Pathetic, Australia. This is where McGowan is heading over in WA. He is already flagging some baseline rules (mask-wearing - which is not a thing in WA) and lower stadium/concert capacities once the borders are open from around February.
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