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  • “So far this season, there have been 45 million flu illnesses, at least 300,000 hospitalizations, and up to 46,000 deaths from flu, of which more than 100 are pediatric–a higher total at this point of the year than any season in the past decade.
    New York State is reporting 156,659 positive cases to date, according to the CDC. The latest data (ending March 21) shows a 45% decrease in reported cases from the previous week.”

    https://www.rochesterregional.org/news/2020/01/flu-season-2020

    Deaths due to flu in the USA alone, 46,000 is almost the same as the worldwide number, 53,216 for COVID-19.

    Deaths in the USA for COVID-19 at 6,088, more than 7X less than flu deaths.

    New York has 156,659 positive cases of flu and so far, 245,184 cases of COVID-19.

    To date there have been at least 300,000 hospitalizations for flu, about 30K per day.

    There are currently 13,383 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in New York.

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  • Ongoing studies..

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8181257/Coronavirus-damage-brains-patients-reports-suggests.html

    “Some coronavirus patients may suffer brain damage as a result of the devastating infection, doctors around the world are warning.

    One Florida patient in his 70s lost the ability to speak at least temporarily, The New York Times reported.

    Brain scans of a woman in her 50s taken in Detroit revealed that some of her brain cells had died as a result of a rare complication of the infection.

    And similar attacks on the central nervous system have been seen in Italy and China.

    While neurological complications so far seem to strike a small subset of the more than 700,000 people who have the virus around the world, the reports paint a worrying picture of its potential for long-term effects.

    Dark spots in brain scans (show by arrows) indicate cell death in patients with encephalitis, the brain swelling condition a 58-year-old woman treated in Detroit developed from COVID-19 (file)”

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  • “Media body calls on Bradshaw to clarify statement This statement has the potential to give people the impression, especially at this time when the island requires information on the local situation, that they should not rely on the media for it.”

    the governemnt better don’t try to cover up anything, especially deaths, because people will find out and send it to INTERNATIONAL MEDIA…whom they cannot browbeat nor scare…with their small island shite..they will know what for…just try it and see.

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  • “We have 45 cases of the virus so we will close the supermarkets for 2 weeks.”

    u now have 46 cases, try to keep up.

    46 X 10…potential super spreaders…

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  • Listen to those who are actually conducting real time studies…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8180793/Just-breathing-talking-spread-coronavirus.html

    “Just breathing and talking can spread coronavirus, a renowned medical group warned the White House Wednesday night.

    A leading member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and former Harvard School of Public Health dean, Dr Harvey Fineberg, told CNN that while surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers, he himself is going to be wearing a bandanna or other face covering.

    Dr Anthony Fauci, a White House coronavirus task force member and leading infectious disease expert said that the subject of having Americans cover their faces in public is a ‘very active discussion’ among the committee.

    Research remains mixed on whether surgical masks work as well as N95 respirators and whether cloth face coverings do much at all to prevent infection, but Dr Fauci noted that they might be protective, and certainly wont do harm – as long as medical workers have enough.”

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  • hopefully there will be new respect for scientists. Prior to this out break the lawyers, economists, medical doctors, management and political scientists and accountants were the toast of the town. All of the above can only now cower hoping for a solution.

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  • @Dr.Lucas

    The political system we have require individuals from the society to participate. The objective of a politician/political party is to win popular favour with the electorate. If scientists want to influence the system there appears to be a conundrum?

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  • DavidApril 2, 2020 6:29 AM

    Obviously the woman will be deported when Jamaica opens its borders, until that happens she resides at Dodds
    Xxxccccccccccccccccccccccc

    How come CAL is shovelling passengers from Mia to barbados but govt cant make arrangements with Jamaica to send the Jamaican woman back to her homeland travelling via CAL

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mr Blogmaster, please clarify re “If scientists want to influence the system there appears to be a conundrum?” What is that conundrum or difficult proposition for scientist?

    The world may be governed by politicians but for the entirety of my life and as far as I can grasp from reading history our life revolves around and is directed by scientific knowledge…abdolutely no conundrum !

    Who has propelled us to understand gravity; force fed us to accept the horizon was not the end of the world or breathed new life into us with artificial hearts or bionic limbs… scientists, scientists, scientists and more scientists.

    Who took us to the moon and created the bombs that blew us to radiation hell…scientists!

    Science is the alpha and omega of life and always has been! Whether it’s glamorous or rather its professionals get their due is a matter of generally uninformed opinion… we tend to focus on RiRi’s latest look or the latest BS in WH but none of that ever takes away from the fundamental gravity and importance of scientists.

    Could never!

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  • @Dee Word

    If current political systems are failing as Dr. Lucas opines should the scientists develop a strategy to better influence the system? Become involved in political systems. Master the art of political manipulation to achieve their end in the interest of mankind? By any means necessary?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @John, what is your reason for the continued push on the flu?

    What is the point of citing: “So far this season, there have been 45 million flu illnesses, at least 300,000 hospitalizations, and up to 46,000 deaths from flu, of which more than 100 are pediatric–a higher total at this point of the year than any season in the past decade.[…] Deaths due to flu in the USA alone, 46,000 is almost the same as the worldwide number, 53,216 for COVID-19.[…] Deaths in the USA for COVID-19 at 6,088, more than 7X less than flu deaths.”… What is the POINT?

    In the 2017-2018 season you could have also told us that the flu accounted for: an estimated 45 million illnesses, 21 million associated medical visits, 810,000 related hospitalizations, and 61,000 deaths.

    Or that in 2016-2017 :The overall burden of influenza was an estimated 29 million illnesses leading to 38,000 associated deaths.

    And in 2015-2016 there was an estimated 24 million influenza illnesses and 23,000 flu-associated deaths.

    Is your point that these last two year has seen an explosion in flu illnesses and deaths and that that bears careful review on possible causes?

    Because surely you CANNOT still be trivializing the impact of covid19 as compared to the flu virus based simply on the sterile numbers!

    In which year did the flu virus wreck such havoc on the economy of every western democracy … or caused such rapid and crippling contagion?

    Just wondering what (to revery to earlier post) as a scientist you are using your more informed thinking to resolve here!

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  • April 3, 2020 7:22 AM

    @John, what is your reason for the continued push on the flu?

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    The most I have talked about is the Spanish flu of 1918, the swine flu of 2009 and MERS and SARS … not the flu flu.

    Why are there such great disparities between countries and states/provinces within countries with COVID-19 and not the flu flu?

    Why is New York such a disaster area when none of the other states in the US come close to its experience?

    Spain and Italy have 234 and 230 deaths per million, the US has 18 deaths per million for the COVID-19 virus.

    New York has 2,538.

    There are 25 states with less than 25 deaths.

    The nearest state to New York is New Jersey with 513 deaths, 5 times less.

    Does flu flu have such wide disparities between countries and states/provinces within countries?

    Do you have an explanation?

    “If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs ….”

    The reason I appear to you to be pushing the flu is because I have kept my head and am watching ” … all around losing theirs …”.

    Simple really!!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler
    April 3, 2020 7:22 AM

    In which year did the flu virus wreck such havoc on the economy of every western democracy … or caused such rapid and crippling contagion?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You may have stumbled on to something and I will watch and see if you are capable of figuring it out for yourself.

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  • Why is the distribution of deaths/100K by state in the US due to flu flu and that due to COVID-19 so disparate .. or is it?

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/flu_pneumonia_mortality/flu_pneumonia.htm

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  • John
    April 3, 2020 9:03 AM

    de pedantic Dribbler
    April 3, 2020 7:22 AM
    In which year did the flu virus wreck such havoc on the economy of every western democracy … or caused such rapid and crippling contagion?

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    Again, why if flu causes so many more deaths than COVID-19 and has been at it every year has it not been able to dent ANY western democracy?

    What is the difference?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, be careful what you wish for… re should scientists “develop a strategy to better influence the system?”

    Political opinions are many since the dawn of time …Ceasar, Marx, Mussolini, Lincoln, Hitler et al all acted on deeply held opinions about failing political systems of their day… so nothing particularly newly failing now!

    But I would argue that we are already at the confluence of science and political manipulation and it’s already a grave privacy and human nightmare unfolding.

    Let’s understand what “scientists develop[ing] a strategy to better influence the system” means NOW.

    *That’s the internet of things (with 5G): or a fully connected always on world…step away from the commercial stuff for a moment, and embrace the realities of big brother geo-tagging and plotting our every step… having an ability for complete psychological control and influence!

    *It means citizens being injected with nano-particles that can be used to help detect/cure brain tumours, for example… but for every good use of nano tech is also bad: they can be triggered to create a response in our body to cause a heartattack, for example.

    Two simple examples.

    Science and politics or scientists “mastering the art of political manipulation” is also Cambridge Analytica or the Internet Research Agency … it is scary and dangerous… be careful what you wish for!

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  • @Dee Word

    Do not agree with you. Take climate change as one example.

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  • The virus may not have been manufactured …. but …. it’s spread has been.

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  • I understand that Supermarkets are very busy and the parking lots are overflowing, the very thing that the Gov’t sought to prevent by shuttering the Supermarkets to avoid close contact by shoppers is happening as people in the parking lots are so close one may think Kadooment Day came early.

    The Bajan public has extended a lot of goodwill to this Gov’t, it may have squandered it “bigly”.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    A very interesting exchange wrt to the roles of the scientists and the politicians. Why do we need to separate them? Are we not all a little bit of both? Mainly at the applied levels?. This crisis requires specialist at every junction. It is not simply a scientific issue, however we define science.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Sergeant at 10 :21 AM

    You seem surprised at the crowds at the supermarket. I am not. We should know by now the crisis psychology of Barbadians. Prior to the escalation.the shoppers were queuing in an orderly fashion. The only thing amiss was space control in the queues. The six feet space needed to be demarcated for 200 feet long queues. The queues were that long.
    Secondly I would not have closed Supermarkets.

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  • @Vincent

    How time flies. In my youth a similar discussion was dominated by C.P. Snow’s lecture, The Two Cultures, Read it. It still dominates British intellectual life.
    At the same time, read anything by Chris Christakis, a Yale professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, sociology, medicine, statistics and data science, and biomedical engineering. I have not read it yet, but have read reviews of his Blueprint: The evolutionary origins of a good society.
    What a man?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, what about “climate change”?

    I argue to you that there is already a confluence of politics and scientific influence and you cite climate change…EH!

    You are making my exact point, senor!

    Our ENTIRE overwrought (good and bad) perspectives of the effects of fossil fuels on our environment and climate is due to the heavy influence of scientists…without their deep input where would we be and what would the pols rely upon to drive their narratives.

    So I have NO idea how your remark validates your disagreement!

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  • We have Trump who rubbishes climate change, a politician. We have mainstream view of scientists who support man’s behaviour of negatively affecting climate change. Any way moving on.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin at 10:43 AM

    Thanks very much for your suggestions. I am still in the process of understanding the mechanics and methodology of complex systems. I am sure that the authors cited will assist my progress.

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  • Another reason to shut down the borders, people can be very dishonest and it could cost lives.

    Never wait until it happens then rush to stop it.

    https://www.looptt.com/content/grenada-covid-case-leaves-undetected-now-uk-4?fbclid=IwAR24lzVk1PuuXypu05KrB4gv6pdsux-cOKL1hsj8Uv7nafQP6LBfSjR6LOs

    “Grenada’s Health Minister Nickolas Steele is incensed after a COVID-19 patient who was confirmed last weekend left the island undetected on the same day he was supposed to get his results.

    The individual is now in the United Kingdom (UK).

    According to Minister Steele, the patient was tested on March 26 and the results were returned on March 28, which was when health officials attempted to contact the man without success.

    The matter was reported to the police and it was then confirmed that the individual and his family left the island onboard Air Canada before he got his results.”

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  • John
    April 3, 2020 10:17 AM

    The virus may not have been manufactured …. but …. it’s spread has been.

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    If somebody has willfully spread the virus, somebody else is going to retaliate!!

    …. and not in tweets!!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    So fast Mr Blogmaster, you are moving on…having NOT made your point 🤣

    Of course Trump, Bolsonaro and a host of other conservatives voices shout down climate change … so your point in context of this is what: that scientific voices are not heard. Really!

    This started when you asked “should the scientists develop a strategy to better influence the system?”…how does the fact that the current POTUS and his political party being climate deniers, negate all the heavy influence of scientists under the previous administration or how their studies and work influenced Greta Thunberg at 16 to be invited to address the UN on Climate Change!

    Are they not many anti-vaxxers out there who decry the validity and efficacy of vaccinations with their political syncophants… is it not the heavy influence of scientists with their own political synchophants who counter that!

    I simply say to you that scientists are fully vested in most deep political fights..the doc’s argument about their (or his) influence conveniently overlooks the reality that there is a continuous nature of who’s up and who is down…science is always there and always used as fit for purpose to influence.

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  • @VC
    I am not surprised, I will be surprised if there are no altercations among those in the queues. Everyone accepted the original curfew, they knew they would be inconvenienced but it was in the country’s best interest and they would still be able to go to the Supermarket and purchase their groceries. When you give people 8-10 hours notice that this shopping is being curtailed that is a recipe for disaster. I read where some Supermarkets were going to be open early to accommodate Health care workers and immediately I thought how about those workers whose shifts overlapped the “early” hours that the Supermarkets was supposed to be open for them?

    BTW there was a rumour making the rounds that there was more to come, ah wonder if some people (politicians) knew in advance and took advantage of that and stocked up prior to the announcement.

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  • @Dee Word

    Because if scientists become active in the political parties for example they stand a chance of leading the thinking of the political class.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 12 :11 PM

    “Leading the thinking of the Political Class?” Why? These are two distinct skill sets. Their diverse approaches and contributions to the functioning of human society are equally essential. Scientists, as understood in this blog ,think linearly. The politician usually has to think non-linearly. The latter has many constituencies to satisfy and must factor these into his decision making.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    CP24 and CBC. Doug Ford about to give the “scary” projections.

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  • @Vincent

    Agreeing with you. It means there will always be tension AND the political class winning the final argument.

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  • This government has FAILED miserably, a cluster fcuk and cockup all rolled into one, people have to look for food now if they can’t get supermarket delivery and they and their CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY….imagine going 2 weeks without food.

    On a sad note, am sure many loved Bill Wither’s music as much as i did.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8184937/Lean-On-Me-Lovely-Day-singer-Bill-Withers-dies-81.html

    “Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time – including Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine – has died from heart complications his family said in a statement. He was 81.”

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  • My lord! This thing has backfired! They should have definitely given people more notice! The huge crowds at the supermarkets may very well speed up the spread of the virus. People are practically on top of each other!

    Major mistake! Should have been anticipated.

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  • Wura,

    And Just the Two of Us. Really good.

    This one is quite appropriate in these trying times.

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  • John, you really need to give it a rest. Who spread the other pandemics???

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  • The lockdown presents and opportunity for representatives to do what they were voted in to do, serve their constituency. Right now they aren’t and some weren’t doing anything as Ministers anyway.

    What some don’t understand is many citizens don’t have the luxury to buy in bulk because of a number of reasons; the way they shop, their financial situation, lack of storage space. This is why the supermarkets seem overrun everyday.

    I visited Cheapside market to day, was in and out in under 20 mins. Meat, ground provisions and vegetables. Zero stress.

    Unfortunately we have adopted the american lifestyle of shopping in supermarkets and buying processed or ready done foods, many will not see Cheapside as an option. We therefore have to find a way to organise supermarket runs.

    30 constituencies, 14 days.
    Using a seven day cycle, lift the curfew on four constituencies per day (8 -12 and 12 – 4). Those with smaller populations can double up (St. Andrew, St. Joseph).
    Distribute specific arm bands for constituents who intend to go out. Police will check arm bands and control access to stores.
    Organise the ZRs and transport board to transport to specific supermarkets, pharmacies etc and back
    I doubt Ryan can mess this up

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  • Back fired is the understatement a more appropriate word is Madness a 26 minister cabinet govt and not a valuable idea to stop this madness
    Now a picture of a banana republic in fright

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  • @Redguard

    Agree with you. The blogmaster did the same recently.

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  • And of course here is someone reviving the cousins from the Palace talking UTTER SHITE from as far back as 2018, a wicked sentiment they all still hold…they can’t stand that the African population is exploding….according to them it will endanger wild life…the nerve of these bloated self-serving clowns….steupppss..

    “Prince William has warned that the future of wildlife is under threat from rapid population growth, as he prepares to welcome his third child.

    The Duke of Cambridge, 35, made the comments at the Tusk gala dinner in London on Thursday night, saying: ‘In my lifetime, we have seen global wildlife populations decline by over half.

    ‘We are going to have to work much harder and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist.

    ‘Africa’s rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050, a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month.”

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  • NorthernObserver

    so many links posted….this how cell phone use is being tracked in Bim

    Click to access 2020-03-29_BB_Mobility_Report_en.pdf

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Hants
    scary? Sounds like a CYA exercise in underway at all levels, which unfortunately means the apparent cohesion of public levels will now be challenged.

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  • Fellow Canadians

    I am starting a campaign to press the government in to putting forward Keith Sandiford’s name for a knighthood. If we all write a letter to the president she may be swayed. We also need the support of other Bajan-Canadians. He is the greatest living Barbadian historian and public intellectual.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Fellow?
    KS is worthy.

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  • We must not let them do to Keith what they did to Kamau. They see the Diaspora as disposable. Let’s make it happen.

    Fellow???? I am fond of some Canadians.

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  • @Hal

    a Keith Sandiford taught me at school. is it the same one? he was dark skinned and taught English Lit and History.

    i have read Keith Sandiford’s work about the early years of Combermere and even quoted some here.

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  • Greene

    I don’t think so. He taught at Roebuck Street (now the Transport Board) in 1955. He is now in his 80s.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Greene
    he was a professor at the University of Manitoba…..but… there are two persons with the same name, about a decade apart in age, who are both Barbadians, historians and teachers/professors. The younger one, taught at Cawmere. The one of which @HA speaks is a prolific author, and loves his cricket and wrote extensively on the the sport and its personalities

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  • @ Northern

    The older one also taught at Combermere. Very generous with his knowledge, of which I am a beneficiary. He did not teach me.

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  • Donna
    April 3, 2020 1:22 PM

    John, you really need to give it a rest. Who spread the other pandemics???

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Only looked at COVID and flu flu numbers.

    You should try looking at them but appreciate not many can deal with numbers.

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  • CURRICULUM VITAE

    NAME: KEITH ARLINGTON PATRICK SANDIFORD

    DATE OF BIRTH: 2 March 1936

    PLACE OF BIRTH: Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies

    CITIZENSHIP: Canadian

    MARITAL STATUS: Married (12 October 1963)

    CHILDREN: Two: son (born 1966) and daughter (born 1970)

    ACADEMIC TRAINING:

    Bay Street Boys’ School (Elementary), Barbados (1941-46)
    Combermere School (Secondary), Barbados (1947-55)
    University College of the West Indies (UCWI), Jamaica (1956-60)
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1960-64)

    CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES:

    1952 School Certificate (Ordinary Level, G.C.E. London)
    1953 Higher School Certificate (Advanced Level, G.C.E. London)
    1957 Intermediate B.A. (UCWI-London)
    1960 B.A. Honours, History (UCWI-London)
    1961 M.A. History (Toronto)
    1966 PhD. History (Toronto)

    PRIZES AND AWARDS:

    1947 Progressive League Scholarship to Combermere School
    1956 Barbados Government Scholarship to UCWI
    1957 First Year Arts Faculty Prize, UCWI
    1959 American History Prize, UCWI

    1960 British Commonwealth Scholarship to Canada
    1963 Province of Ontario Graduate Fellowship
    1968 Canada Council Grant
    1973 University of Manitoba Research Grant
    1979 University of Manitoba Research Grant
    1980 University of Manitoba Research Grant
    1985 SSHRC Research Grant
    1986 SSHRC Research Grant
    1987 Meritorious Service Plaque (Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba)
    1990 University of Manitoba Outreach Award
    1991 Multicultural History Society of Ontario Award of Excellence
    1991 University of Manitoba Merit Award for Excellent Teaching
    1992 Barbados Cricket Association Award for Contributions to Cricket History
    1992 UM/SSHRC Research Grant
    1992 University of Manitoba Merit Award for Outstanding Service
    1993 Meritorious Service Plaque (Barbados Association of Winnipeg)
    1995 Combermere School Heritage Award for Contributions to the Combermere Community (Presented by the Combermere School Old Scholars’ Association)
    2000 Black History Month Committee (Winnipeg) Award for Lifetime of Achievement and Contribution
    2001 Community Service Award (Caribbean Millennium Community Project Committee) for Outstanding Service to the Caribbean Community for More Than 25 Years
    2002 Combermere School Old Scholars’ Association Award
    2004 GOLD CROWN OF MERIT (GCM) awarded by the Government of Barbados “in recognition of his contribution to education and community service”.

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

    1955-56 Teacher, Combermere School, Barbados
    1955-56 Lecturer, Modern History, Barbados Evening Institute
    1962-64 Tutor, Modern British History, University of Toronto
    1964 Lecturer, Summer Session, University of Toronto
    1964-65 Lecturer, York University, Toronto
    1965-66 Lecturer (part-time), University of Toronto
    1966-70 Assistant Professor, History, University of Manitoba
    1967 Instructor, Summer Session, University of Toronto
    1970-82 Associate Professor, History, University of Manitoba
    1982-98 Professor, History, University of Manitoba
    1998 Adjunct Professor, University of Winnipeg
    1999-2002 Senior Scholar, University of Manitoba
    2002 Professor Emeritus of History, University of Manitoba

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  • John
    April 3, 2020 4:50 PM

    Donna
    April 3, 2020 1:22 PM
    John, you really need to give it a rest. Who spread the other pandemics???
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Only looked at COVID and flu flu numbers.
    You should try looking at them but appreciate not many can deal with numbers.

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    Assume the flu flu spread is natural.

    The differential is remarkable.

    Some thing unnatural about the spread of COVID!!

    Simple to see.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @HA
    you can confuse anybody…lol
    First you tell @Greene, you don’t think the elder taught at Cawmere, but at Roebuck, now you are telling us he did?

    I have no idea, for I met him for the first time just before 2000, as I recall the pending Y2K discussion we had, and talk about cricketers. He is an authority on cricket, particularly the BCL and the WI teams of the 50’s and early 60’s. A visit to his University office after, yielded he also wrote on topics to History in and of West Indians.

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  • @ Northern

    Apologies. Combermere used to be in Roebuck St, in the building now occupied by the Transport Board. That’s where he taught.

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  • @Northern

    Believe it or not i understood exactly what Hal meant. Cawmere used to be where Transport Board is before moving to Waterford. so Hal was was trying to tell me this Sandiford taught at the Roebuck Street Cawmere and not at Waterford. It is a Cawmere thing lol

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    II. CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:

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    `Imperialism, Colonial Education, and the Origins of West Indies Cricket’, in Hilary McD. Beckles, ed. An Area of Conquest: Popular Democracy and West Indies Cricket Supremacy (Ian Randle Publishers: Kingston, Jamaica, 1994), 1-14. Reprinted in Cricket Lore (January 1998), Volume 3, Number 4: 23-29.

    `Innovations in Manitoba’ {with NICK CUMBERBATCH & HAROLD MARSHALL} in Vincent D’Oyley, ed. Innovations in Black Education in Canada (Umbrella Press: Toronto, 1994), 98-107.

    `Cricket in the West Indies: The Rocky Road to Test Status’, in Hilary McD. Beckles, ed. A Spirit of Dominance: Cricket and Nationalism in the West Indies (Press University of the West Indies: Kingston, Jamaica, 1998), 16-44.

    `Introduction’, in Brian Stoddart & Keith A.P. Sandiford, eds. The Imperial Game: Cricket, Culture and Society (Manchester University Press, 1998), 1-8.

    `England’, Ibid, 9-33.

    `Rt Excellent Sir Garfield St Auburn Sobers’, in Francis W. Blackman, ed. For the Love of Country: The National Heroes of Barbados (National Cultural Foundation of Barbados: Bridgetown, 2001), 129-142.

    `Cricket and a Crisis of Identity in the Anglophone Caribbean’, in Adrian Smith and Dilwyn Porter, eds. Sport and National Identity in the Post-War World (Routledge: London & New York, 2004), 128-144.

    `Apocalypse? The Rise and Fall of the West Indies’, in Boria Majumdar and J.A. Mangan, eds. Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: World Cup 2003 (Routledge: London & New York, 2004), 82-98.

    III. MONOGRAPHS:

    A Black Historical Calendar (Published by the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba, 1973; revised and reprinted, December, 1974; considerably expanded and re-issued, December 1980. Revised and reprinted by the Caxton Press, Winnipeg, 1981. Expanded and updated, December, 1985; revised and reprinted, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2007).

    Practical Ideas For Classroom Teaching (Published as a pamphlet by the Department of History, University of Manitoba, June 1990).

    The Barbados Association of Winnipeg, Inc: A History (Published by the Barbados Association of Winnipeg, 1992).

    Everton DeCourcey Weekes: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 1995). This is Pamphlet No. 29 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Clyde Leopold Walcott: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 1996). This is Pamphlet No. 33 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 1997). This is Pamphlet No. 37 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Gary Sobers: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 1998). This is Pamphlet No. 42 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Wesley Winfield Hall: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 2001). This is Pamphlet No. 61 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    The Caribbean Seniors of Manitoba 1977-2002: A Role Model for the Younger Community (Published by the Caribbean Seniors of Manitoba, 2002).

    J.D.C. Goddard: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 2002). This is Pamphlet No. 71 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Sonny Ramadhin: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 2003). This is Pamphlet No. 73 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Notes on the Caribbean (Published by the Caribbean Seniors of Manitoba, 2004).

    Roy Edwin Marshall: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 2005). This is Pamphlet No. 90 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Some Famous Black Inventors (Published by the Caribbean Seniors of Manitoba, 2006).

    Alfred Lewis Valentine: His Record Innings-by-Innings (Published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians: Nottingham, 2006). This is Pamphlet No. 94 in the ACSH `Famous Cricketers’ Series.

    Heroism & Slavery (published by the Caribbean Community Cultural Centre: Winnipeg, 2007).

    IV. SCHOLARLY ARTICLES (appearing in refereed journals):

    `The Great Victorian Prison Experiment: A Critique’, Proceedings of the Second Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference (University of Manitoba, 1967), 59-64.

    `A Comment on the Origins and the Establishment of the British Civil Service Commission’, ibid., 74-75.

    `The British Cabinet and the Schleswig-Holstein Crisis, 1863-64′, History (October, 1973), 18: 360-83.

    `British Historians and the Schleswig-Holstein Crisis’, Canadian Journal of History (December, 1974), 9: 293-309.

    `W.E. Gladstone and Liberal-Nationalist Movements’, Albion (Spring, 1981), 13: 27-42.

    `The Victorians at Play: Problems in Historiographical Methodology’, Journal of Social History (Winter, 1981), 15: 271-88.

    `Cricket and the Victorians: A Historiographical Essay’, Historical Reflections (Fall, 1982), 9: 421-36.

    `English Cricket Crowds during the Victorian Age’, Journal of Sport History (Winter, 1982), 9: 5-22.

    `Amateurs and Professionals in Victorian County Cricket’, Albion (Spring, 1983), 15: 32-51.

    `Sport and Victorian England: a Review Article’, Canadian Journal of History (April, 1983), 18: 111-17.

    `Cricket and the Victorian Society’, Journal of Social History (Winter, 1983), 17: 303-18.

    `Victorian Cricket Technique and Industrial Technology’, The British Journal of Sports History (December, 1984), 1: 272-85; reprinted in the Australian Cricket Journal (1985-6).

    `The Professionalization of Modern Cricket’, The British Journal of Sports History (December, 1985), 2: 270-89; reprinted in the Australian Cricket Journal (1986-7).

    `Cricket and the Barbadian Society’, Canadian Journal of History (December, 1986), 21: 353-70; reprinted in the Australian Cricket Journal (1988-9).

    `The Peculiar Economics of English Cricket Before 1914′, {with WRAY VAMPLEW} The British Journal of Sports History (December, 1986), 3: 311-26.

    `The Elite Schools and Cricket in Barbados: A Study in Colonial Continuity’, {with BRIAN STODDART}, The International Journal of the History of Sports (December, 1987), 4: 333-50. Reprinted in Hilary Beckles and Brian Stoddart, eds. Liberation Cricket: West Indies Cricket Culture (Manchester University Press, 1995), 44-60.

    A Study in the Administrative Technique of an Effective Headmaster: Combermere School under Major Cecil Noott, 1946-61', {with EARLE NEWTON}, Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs (March-June 1988), 14: 41-57.Combermere School under G.B.R. Burton (1897-1925)’, Journal of Caribbean Studies (Spring, 1989), 7: 99-113.

    `The Birth of the Professional Cricketer’s Benefit Match’, The International Journal of the History of Sport (May 1991), 8: 111-23.

    `The Roots of a Great School: Combermere’s First 200 Years’, The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Vol. XVI 1993: 16-31.

    `County Cricketers’ Benefits and Testimonials’ {with WRAY VAMPLEW}, The International Journal of the History of Sport 16 (March 1999), 87-116.

    `Cricket, Culture and the Barbadian Identity’, Culture, Sport, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2 (Spring 1999), 81-107.

    `Shooting Hoops Against Darwin’s Athletes: A Barbadian Response to John Hoberman’, The Sports Historian (November 1999), Vol 19, No.2: 84-111.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, and you should have gotten that nuance as well🤣… As those of us who have many cawmere friends know (was just ‘drinking’ with two famous ones and their Kolig bro) that School was also at the Garrison!

    And too re Keith Sandiford the younger he is a prof in US now…cant recall the School…and the elder Sandiford also wrote a historical a/c of the Combermere School.

    I was gifted a copy many years ago!

    I gone.

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  • I was at the Walk Mall at Welches, St. Thomas this morning at about 10:30, the people shopping at the big box store which name I can never remember, and at IMart were in orderly lines about 6 feet from each other. A good number had brought their umbrellas to shield themselves from the heat of the sun. The parking lot was almost but not quite full, as some people had parked in the lots of the nearby fast food place, and hardware store which were both closed, so I was able to move around without any close encounters of the COVID-19 kind (I hope). I wanted to buy some fruit as I was running low, but because of the long lines I left without buying anything as I know that 2 weeks or 2 months without fruit won’t klll me. i do have some green and yellow vegetables on hand and some ground provisions which I bought from a village shop as well as some frozen cassava and sweet potato which I grew myself in the rainy season.

    Little Johnnie picked up 3 or 4 necessities from the shop in the village where we were both raised.

    My mangoes ripen starting the second week of May, and it is a very, very generous tree. Small fruit but very sweet and mellow.

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  • @DPD

    met an oldster at our reunion one year and the man told me i didnt go to the school i went to the garrison. so i asked if you went to the garrison why you come to our reunion to which he replied, “Cawmere at the Garrison, youngster.” we had a right laff but then i had to listen to a half hour of reminiscence.

    do you know how many HC and other old school fellas and ladies come to our reunion? man, plenty. say they are jealous of our camaraderie lol. lots of drinks and shiite talk

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  • John
    April 3, 2020 4:55 PM

    John
    April 3, 2020 4:50 PM
    Donna
    April 3, 2020 1:22 PM
    John, you really need to give it a rest. Who spread the other pandemics???
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Only looked at COVID and flu flu numbers.
    You should try looking at them but appreciate not many can deal with numbers.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Assume the flu flu spread is natural.
    The differential is remarkable.
    Some thing unnatural about the spread of COVID!!
    Simple to see.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All the experts advising Trump revising their models and guesstimates.

    How those crazy predictions passed them is beyond me.

    Trump probably straightened them out.

    Once you have experience with numbers you just get a feel for them.

    Trump is a boss at numbers!!

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  • Your PM is sharing…hope she fixes that massive cockup.

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  • God is a Bajan!

    Our leader is well again. She looks better than ever.

    I’m sure she’ll lead us through this difficult time.

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  • Here is the scale of the human migration to the US over the period in question.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/disaster-motion-34-million-travelers-poured-us-coronavirus/story?id=69933625

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  • NorthernObserver

    @HA
    appreciate the clarification….I guess then it turns out that both Keith Sandifords taught at Cawmere.
    My grandfather went there, but pre Roebuck, I think he told me where Queen’s College used to be. Or was it as @DIW noted, at the Garrison?

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  • Stable genius or what?

    “If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs …!!

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dems-media-change-tune-trump-attacks-coronavirus-china-travel-ban

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  • @ Northern

    Opposite Queen’s Park. Yes, both taught at the old school. But it is Keith, the elder, that we must press for to be knighted in recognition of his huge contribution, not only as an historian, but as a community activist and public intellectual. Bajans tend to treat the Diaspora as out of sight, out of mind, until they want a Gatherin’.

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  • In California with twice the population of New York 285 people died from COVID-19.

    In New York, 3,218 are dead.

    10X.

    California is a port of entry from China.

    I don’t know the difference in numbers entering through California vs New York but there is a month between the first case being reported in California and the first reported in New York.

    If numbers of travelers explain the difference then one would expect that most people from China entered the US through SFO and LAX.

    California reported its first case on 26 January, 5 days before the Trump ban.

    It was the third case in the US.

    The first case in New York was 1st March, 2020, more than a month later.

    New York exploded thereafter.

    California did not.

    The first case in Italy was 31 January, 2020.

    In Spain it was 31 January 2020 followed by disaster.

    In England it was 22 January 2020.

    In Taiwan it was 21 January 2020, 5 deaths so far.

    New York is a month behind.

    An argument could be made that the genie was released from the lamp at two different times.

    It could also be argued that the health services in differing places are differently capable.

    There is also the argument that the population demographics, age, sex, smokers is a factor.

    The differences in times between California and New York is cause for concern.

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  • The first case in South Korea was 20 January, 2020, 6 days before California reported.

    South Korea has 177 deaths in a population of 51.5 million.

    California has 285 deaths in a population of 40 million.

    New York is 10 X.

    Pause for a moment and think!!

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  • What about India?

    First case reported 30 January 2020.

    Population 1.3 billion.

    China population about the same.

    India seems to be on another planet.

    The outbreaks appear targeted.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @John
    continually searching for something which makes sense? too many arguments? too many unknowns. How can CA and NY be so different? Gotta sep NYCity from NYState and look beyond China arrivals and festivals.

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  • India, Taiwan??

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  • John,

    Los Angeles population density is 8,000 per square mile.

    New York city has a population density of 26,000 per square mile.

    You are focusing on numbers, how could you miss this, which is the most critical one for contagion?

    It was obvious from the beginning that New York city was highly vulnerable to this, due to the population density.

    Any area of density is vulnerable.

    There is a warning in the for all countries too. I mean all. Read between the lines.

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  • India, Taiwan, have some sort of immunity perhaps?

    California has more contacts with China so maybe largely immune?

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  • Crusoe
    April 4, 2020 3:28 AM

    John,
    Los Angeles population density is 8,000 per square mile.
    New York city has a population density of 26,000 per square mile.
    You are focusing on numbers, how could you miss this, which is the most critical one for contagion?
    It was obvious from the beginning that New York city was highly vulnerable to this, due to the population density.
    Any area of density is vulnerable.
    There is a warning in the for all countries too. I mean all. Read between the lines.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    India, Taiwan?

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  • Milan, Madrid?

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  • Manila, Seoul …?

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  • Philippines have 136 deaths, Manila is most densely populated city on earth.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_proper_by_population_density

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  • Naples is more densely populated than Milan.

    Barcelona vs Madrid? Similar populations, not sure of sizes.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, I don’t know the full chronology (I should search that Sandiford book with all this time on hand) re locations but due to my years in Bajan scouting I can add a little tidbit…

    There is (certainly used to be) a plaque on that old QC site validating it as the founding location of Bdos first scout troop… And which school had that distinction of first patrol and troop: Combermere.

    Ipso facto… It was once located right there also !

    Maybe your granddad was one of Lord Baden Powell’s early Bajans scouts!

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  • @ Hal April 4, 2020 2:26 AM
    “Opposite Queen’s Park. Yes, both taught at the old school. But it is Keith, the elder, that we must press for to be knighted in recognition of his huge contribution”

    What is this talk of Knighthoods? I hope you are not serious.

    The younger Sandiford went to Combermere, we were in sixth form together when I did modern studies. He got a scholarship to one of the Universities in Puerto Rico. The last time I saw him was in the area near ST.Mary’s Church. At that time he was a professor of English at Louisiana State University. Told me that I should leave the island, that any one who exercised critical thought ran into trouble.

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  • John,

    Apart from naming cities, what is your point? All of those have a quarter or less the population density of New York. A couple far less than even that.

    But well done naming countries, cities.

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  • David,

    Seeing as we cannot do so the at the physical one, I will follow DR.GP who has gone AWOL and call it, the BU Rumshop, rum and coke for me please.

    Doorlys or Cockpur, none of that bourgeoisie stuff for me please. I am a simple fellow.

    While you are at it, pour one each for Yardfowl and Bonnie Peppa. Good time to remember them.

    Thank you Sir.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Sigh!

    To @ John Soliloquy… Re “20 patients on 1000 bed Hospital ship in New York.”

    And this is to tell us what?

    The hospital ship is supposed -according to published reports- handle non Covid19 patients…

    That only 20 cases have been so far transferred is a big deal why?

    And why are we nitpicking this type of non- issue.

    Why don’t you ask why your stable genius FIRED the INDEPENDENT watchdog Inspector General of the Intel Services!

    Firing the FBI director was egregious …BUT we moved on … now this career civil servant whose role is to investigate and report on infelicities WITHOUT any political favor being terminated because he reported against the POTUS.

    Incredible !

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  • @Crusoe

    Wishing all the best to you and family. The blogmaster prefers a little brandy these day.

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  • John,

    Per above, with one exception where your are correct, Manila. However, there are two issues comparing New York with Manila.

    The first, is whether the deaths are accurately reported as being due to coronavirus as the resources to test or check on deaths are substantially less. The second, the president of that country has given the forces shoot to kill orders for those who breach curfew.

    Quite a difference in approach and what outcome could you then expect, but less infections and deaths attributed to the virus.

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  • david
    April 4, 2020 7:05 AM

    Likewise Sir, to you and your family. Enjoy your brandy.

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  • On a real serious note. UK must change their history books to educate their own people TO THE TRUTH
    ..then all of Europe will follow. Yall have been ALSO lying to ya own people for centuries, the truth must be told.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1997560273677539&id=1939203956179838&sfnsn=mo&d=n&vh=e

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  • @ Robert

    Keith senior should be awarded the nation’s top award. We must not only celebrated second rate lawyer/politicians, but people of outstanding qualities otherwise, such as education and community activism. Keith senior meets all these qualities.
    Keith junior was right about being crucified for developing critical qualities.

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  • Crusoe
    April 4, 2020 7:07 AM

    The first, is whether the deaths are accurately reported as being due to coronavirus as the resources to test or check on deaths are substantially less. The second, the president of that country has given the forces shoot to kill orders for those who breach curfew.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Classification is clearly an issue.

    A person dying from COVID-19 who also has flu or who dies from flu and has COVID-19 or who dies from respiratory ailments is still dead.

    Look at the classification for deaths in New York or any other state online.

    In Manila, people shot by security forces won’t be classified as COVID-19 deaths!!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler
    April 4, 2020 7:02 AM

    Sigh!
    To @ John Soliloquy… Re “20 patients on 1000 bed Hospital ship in New York.”
    And this is to tell us what?
    The hospital ship is supposed -according to published reports- handle non Covid19 patients…

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    DUUUUUH

    Tells us 20 beds needed to be made available for COVID-19 sufferers!!

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  • Seven out of 10 of the top ten causes of death in New York are from Comorbid conditions involved.

    EG, HEART DISEASE the top cause claimed 44K in 2019, FLU/PENEUMONIA, #6 claimed 4,5K.

    HYPERTENSION, #9, claimed 2.7K.

    COVID-19 supposedly account for 3,218 deaths.

    If a person with COVID-19 dies because his/her heart stopped beating, and he/she also has heart disease, how is the death attributed?

    It is possible that if another cause of death is created the total deaths in New York may be no different from normal!!

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/newyork/newyork.htm

    FOR SURE CLASSIFICATION OF CAUSE OF DEATH IS AN ISSUE.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    “Tells us 20 beds needed to be made available for COVID-19 sufferers!!’ 🤣🤣😂

    You have waaaayy too much time on your hands… that’s the purpose of the ship … to free up beds…so your stating THE OBVIOUS is now the thing! 👍🏿

    BTW I had a vision (dream) last night…strange one too …not sure if that’s my COVID final call …anyhow I said that to segue to: what were your visions last evening? Your post and retort re the hospital ship suggests they may have been over-bearing🤔!

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