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  1. You could try showing how organised outside activities hurt anyone, as a starter?
  2. Not surprising is it? Until there's some straight answers to straight questions this will, rightly, be a cause for concern. It won't just vanish because it may be inconvenient for some. SG acts as though it is not answerable or responsible for its' series of unsupported, by facts, actions. We won't go into other matters which are currently, seemingly, hitting the fan and dragging the pro independence Greens into the mire.
  3. It's an interesting choice of words by Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Public Health and Sport: “We are aware of the importance of football, at all levels, to many people in Scotland and I’m happy that we have been able to work closely with the Scottish FA to allow the resumption of some further football activity – starting with SPFL Leagues 1 and 2, SWPL1 and clubs still in this season’s Scottish Cup. “This could only happen alongside enhanced measures to keep everyone safe, including mandatory weekly COVID PCR tests for all players and staff. “We continue to discuss with the Scottish FA and other stakeholders to ensure football at all levels can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.” In order to come up with any important policy statement, or changes, there has to be a routine "Risk Assessment". I don't doubt that preparing one here would have been difficult, given the responsibilities involved. However, where is it? Anybody know where to find these things on the SP web site? I am curious as to how the link is made between organised outdoor activities ( not just football below the SPFL) and new Covid variants. Is anyone aware of any such link which has been in the media? If not, maybe the SG is just playing safe based upon advice from their Advisers? If so, where is this Advice? Where can it be found on the SP web site. Any ideas? If the Risk Assessment and the Advisers words of advice are not available there is a real concern as to why that should be. Why the secrecy?
  4. It's an interesting choice of words by Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Public Health and Sport: “We are aware of the importance of football, at all levels, to many people in Scotland and I’m happy that we have been able to work closely with the Scottish FA to allow the resumption of some further football activity – starting with SPFL Leagues 1 and 2, SWPL1 and clubs still in this season’s Scottish Cup. “This could only happen alongside enhanced measures to keep everyone safe, including mandatory weekly COVID PCR tests for all players and staff. “We continue to discuss with the Scottish FA and other stakeholders to ensure football at all levels can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.” In order to come up with any important policy statement, or changes, there has to be a routine "Risk Assessment". I don't doubt that preparing one here would have been difficult, given the responsibilities involved. However, where is it? Anybody know where to find these things on the SP web site? I am curious as to how the link is made between organised outdoor activities ( not just football below the SPFL) and new Covid variants. Is anyone aware of any such link which has been in the media? If not, maybe the SG is just playing safe based upon advice from their Advisers? If so, where is this Advice? Where can it be found on the SP web site. Any ideas? If the Risk Assessment and the Advisers words of advice are not available there is a real concern as to why that should be. Why the secrecy?
  5. Apparently good enough to let the whole of the SPFL and Womens Prem get the go ahead. Some Highland League clubs OK to play in the Scottish Cup. Silent about anyone below that as yet. Some may take that as everyone-else finished for the season. Let's hope those negative individuals are proved wrong ASAP.
  6. Any news on other matters discussed i.e. at the General Meeting of clubs?
  7. Thinking that the situation could be managed by the SG but I doubt their will to do so but if they did then the senior leagues would have to find ways to complete the seasons.
  8. Looks as though the SG has really been put on the spot by the good news about the vaccines. Sorry, meant great news!: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56240220 Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% By Nick Triggle and Michelle Roberts BBC News Monday 1st March, 2021-03-01 A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows. The Public Health England data showed the effect kicked in three to four weeks after vaccination. It was based on people over 80 who were the first to receive the jab. Government scientists hailed the result, saying vaccines would soon take the UK "into a very different world". More than 20 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a vaccine. That's over a third of the adult population. But the scientists stressed two doses were still needed to give the best protection. It comes after similar findings were published by Scottish health authorities last week, which they hailed as "spectacular". Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the latest vaccine results were "very strong". He added: "They may also help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks." Real life impact .......... Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England's head of immunisation, said there was growing evidence showing that the vaccines were working to reduce infections and save lives. "While there remains much more data to follow, this is encouraging and we are increasingly confident that vaccines are making a real difference." The PHE data, which has not been peer reviewed, also suggested the Pfizer vaccine, which started being rolled out a month before the AstraZeneca vaccine, leads to an 83% reduction in deaths from Covid - this was based on over 80s who had died. And it showed vaccination cuts the risk of people over 70 developing any Covid symptoms by around 60% three weeks after a first dose.
  9. Looks as though the SG has really been put on the spot by the good news about the vaccines. Sorry, meant great news!: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56240220 Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% By Nick Triggle and Michelle Roberts BBC News Monday 1st March, 2021-03-01 A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows. The Public Health England data showed the effect kicked in three to four weeks after vaccination. It was based on people over 80 who were the first to receive the jab. Government scientists hailed the result, saying vaccines would soon take the UK "into a very different world". More than 20 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a vaccine. That's over a third of the adult population. But the scientists stressed two doses were still needed to give the best protection. It comes after similar findings were published by Scottish health authorities last week, which they hailed as "spectacular". Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the latest vaccine results were "very strong". He added: "They may also help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks." Real life impact .......... Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England's head of immunisation, said there was growing evidence showing that the vaccines were working to reduce infections and save lives. "While there remains much more data to follow, this is encouraging and we are increasingly confident that vaccines are making a real difference." The PHE data, which has not been peer reviewed, also suggested the Pfizer vaccine, which started being rolled out a month before the AstraZeneca vaccine, leads to an 83% reduction in deaths from Covid - this was based on over 80s who had died. And it showed vaccination cuts the risk of people over 70 developing any Covid symptoms by around 60% three weeks after a first dose. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, said the decision to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to older people was "clearly vindicated" - some European nations have refused to give it to the over 65s because data from the trials was mainly on its effect among younger adults. He said the judgement made by the UK authorities was that it was simply "not plausible" it would only work on younger adults. He said other countries would doubtless be "very interested" in the data coming out of the UK. And he added: "It shows us how - if we are patient... the vaccine programme is going to take us into a very different world in the next few months." ...............
  10. That's a great idea. Could you dig up the rule/regulation or whatever it is and copy it onto here? Serious question. A long long time ago it was OK to drop the ball i.e. forward provided you could get your boot to it before it hit the ground or went out of play. It wouldn't be called out as a knock forward if you managed that. I have no idea of the rule/regulation these days so it would be interesting to see what it says.
  11. The discipline of the Wales side has been immense in this tournament so far and that of their first three opponents has been woeful. That's the difference so far. They're trying to do the basics first and then add to that if they can. It's exactly what NZ have been doing for decades. No surprise there with Pivac in charge.
  12. But the ground isn't showing as being in Lanarkshire. There's already a senior league which covers the Lothians. Luncarty moved to their nearest senior league which meant going south not east.
  13. If the other West Lothian Juniors allegedly wanting to move to the WoS are politely rejected (for whatever reason) would it still make sense for Harthill to pursue a move to the WoS?
  14. Would their Reserves be accepted into the WoS ?
  15. Harthill's ground is, however, in Greenrigg, West Lothian.
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