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    Corona Virus

    There are a few reasons that I can think of. If the china figures for the virus are replicated in the U.K then The kill rate with no medical intervention will be close to 10%! The very high percentage of people with severe symptoms e.g. needing medical assistance to survive 15-20%! One quarter of those will be critical needing treatment on the Intensive care unit. If 2000 are infected then the hospital will need 5% of 2000 = 100 Intensive care beds with doctors and nurses to treat them. The hospital will need 10-15% of 2000 = 200 - 300 will need to be treated on the high dependency ward. How many U.K hospitals have the equipment beds nurses and doctors to treat this many at any one time. A significant percentage of those with severe symptoms will suffer long term permanent damage to their health. It is a very close relative of SARS, MERS viruses that have CFR of 10% and 35%. It is an RNA single strand virus it can and will mutate the million-dollar question is will it mutate to a less deadly or more deadly strain with a CFR of 10%,35%! History has proven that viruses can mutate to more deadly versions 1918-1919 Spanish flu proved this.
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    Corona Virus

    China CDC Weekly Vital Surveillances: The Epidemiological Characteristics of an Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diseases (COVID-19) — China, 2020 http://weekly.chinacdc.cn/en/article/id/e53946e2-c6c4-41e9-9a9b-fea8db1a8f51
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    Corona Virus

    The good news from the data is if you are under the age of fifty the case fatality rate (CFR) is not much to worry about @0.2% The bad news is the case fatality rate rises rapidly above the age of sixty @3.6% The exact figures for CFR will not be known until the end of the epidemic Because of the lag effect of up to 28 days from infection to recovery or death. Dr John Campbell COVID-19 Wednesday 19 February Update
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    Corona Virus

    It is my understanding that the young fit and healthy 20-35-year olds died with Spanish flu because of a cytokine storm. They drowned when their lungs filled up with liquid. There were no drugs available to suppress the immune system in 1918-1919. The 40-55-year-old survived because their own bodies immune system was less aggressive and only killed the virus. Those over the age 55 died because their immune system was not good enough to fight off the flu virus. https://www.breakthroughs.com/foundations-science/inside-cytokine-storm-when-your-immune-system-too-strong I doubt the use of antibiotics would have saved the 20-35-year olds. Antibiotics may have saved those over the age of 35 with secondary infections. I am not an medical expert this is just my opinion.
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    Corona Virus

    Dr John Campbell update Thursday 13 February https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aWQzJlabrM If you have time it is worth watching the rest of his videos on the nov corona virus
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    Corona Virus

    What makes this virus worse than the flu is the high percentage of people who will get secondary complications. 20% compared to 1% for the seasonal flu. E.g. need to be given oxygen The best we can hope for is china can contain this outbreak log enough for a vaccine to be made. Dr John Campbell gives a good explanation of the new Coronavirus virus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1naDPFio04 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z05ZrMfKUDc “If there’s large numbers, we’re not going to be able to treat them all Let’s hope there’s not.”
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    Anyone had tomove back to UK for financial reasons?

    I have to agree the world today certainly different to a couple of decades ago Most of my working life if you were a good worker after 3 months the majority of employers would give you a full-time permanent contract. In the U.K those day are long gone employers now seem to go out of their way to find ever more creative ways to avoid giving workers any job security. I work for a logistics company and a significant percentage of workers are trapped In a never-ending loop zero-hour contract – short term contract – zero-hour contract. With ever decreasing number obtaining full time permanent jobs.
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    Anyone had tomove back to UK for financial reasons?

    I am sorry to be blunt this is how it is in the U.K today. The UNVERSAL BENEFIT system is corrupt and not fit for purpose. If you have the misfortune to need to claim universal credit At some point you can and will be forced under the threat of sanctions into accepting a zero hour Contract that can fail to deliver a single paid hour of work for weeks at a time. Also, if your claim for universal credit is successful there is a minimum of five weeks delay before You receive any payment.
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    Anyone had tomove back to UK for financial reasons?

    My experience I could find work short temp work or farm labouring but could not get a permanent skilled job with long term prospects. Unfortunately, I was approaching 50 the last thing I wanted was zero job security. I loved Melbourne and Australia but I could see that it made no economic sense for me to stay in Australia. When I returned to the UK. I had to rely on my savings and job agency until I found a permanent job. It took me over one year to get a permanent job back in the U.K. Up to the age of 47 I could pick and choose where I worked now I am past 50 I have no choice but accept whatever I can get
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    A one party country

    Australia and just about every western economy have had one party in control the party’s name is the neoliberal party for the last 30+ years. Make no difference what colour jacket they wear red, blue, yellow. Australia have had a very good run of luck a free ride due to china’s boom. There are a number of reasons a recession is may be on the way China’s growth is slowing down The world economy is slowing down. There is too much private debt in just about every western world economy.
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    Need to go back to the uk to help with mum

    If you have not worked in the U.K in the last two financial years then you cannot claim carers allowance.
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    1000 questions.

    6.You can make voluntary class 3 National Insurance payments to make up for some of the missing years of contributions for years working outside the U.K. State pension age in the U.K has changed recently depending on date of birth.
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    Things to do in the UK

    National Space Centre near Leicester about 1.5 – 2hr drive from Rotherham https://spacecentre.co.uk/ never been so not sure how good it is.
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    Will OZ landline phones work in the UK?

    I agree with Bobbsy. I worked as a test engineer for fax products manufacturer for 15 years until 2002. The telecoms standards of Australia and the U.K are close but they are different. The line components for Australia and the U.K were not the same on the products we sold. So yes they will work in both countries. But There is a theoretical possibility that a none U.K approved phone could damage the phone exchange!
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    Average UK Salary

    Average wages is totally meaningless as it includes ALL workers’ wages divided by the number of workers. Senior workers in investment banks, footballers on x million pounds per year distort the average figure upwards. 21K is not bad pay for a starting wage What people earn before and after tax. If you are earning above 26k then 70% of the working population are earning less than you. These figures are two years old. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/percentile-points-from-1-to-99-for-total-income-before-and-after-tax
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    UK unemployment rate

    ¬My observations of zero hour contracts. I have heard most the augments from the apologists for zero hour contracts. People choose to work zero hour contracts as the like the flexibility to work around family life etc. The vast majority of people I have spoken to who are on zero hour contracts would prefer Full time or at least fixed guaranteed number of hours. People have the flexibility to work the hours they choose. If a person is not available 24/7 for work when the agency want them They sulk and you find there is no work for you for a few days or weeks! The flexibility is all on the employer’s/ agency side willing to drop any worker at any time they choose for no other reason that they can! All zero hour contracts are the same and provide people with the opportunity to learn valuable skills At different companies. This is at best half true but only in industry requiring skilled, semi-skilled workers. Stacking shelfs, warehouse operative are not skilled jobs! A zero hour contract working and learning valuable skills for a high tech company that could one day be the next Google or apple. Or a zero hour contract engineer / health care professional with decades of experience earning £30-£50 per hour. IS NOT the same as a zero hour contract at minimum wage £7.20 per hour doing an unskilled job stacking shelfs etc. at a company that perhaps only one in a thousand will ever be get the opportunity to progress to a well-paid full time job? Unfortunately it is the low skilled minimum wage jobs that are seeing the dramatic rise in zero hour contracts
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    UK unemployment rate

    My observations from the real world. Most of my working career at companies through the 80’s, 90’s if you worked for a Company and were good at your job after 12 weeks you were offered a permanent contract Did not matter if you were a production worker or a skilled engineer If not you were shown the door out. (An unwritten code of conduct between the owners of capital and workers that most decent companies would follow). This has changed in the last decade the companies I have worked for go out of their Way to avoid giving people full time permanent contracts adopting the sports direct business model of zero hour contracts. Ask a private company for any meaningful training any one would think the cost of the training was taken direct from the manager’s wages! Since 2008 all the risks and costs of capitalism have been pushed onto the workers and the taxpayers. When I was on zero hour contracts my monthly wage varied from £1100 down £170! On one occasion I had two weeks with zero pounds!! This is one reason why people end up using food banks they are in NO-MANS LAND between paid work and the benefits system. Not ticking all the right boxes to claim benefits but also not getting enough paid hours to Pay basic living costs.
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    UK unemployment rate

    My experience in the east midlands is similar to Perthbum experience. I know about 30 peaple on zero hour contracts. 29 of them ether hate zero hours contracts or are resigned to the fact this is all they can get. One of them was ok with zero hour contracts and that was because he had a PHD in Maths And was applying for jobs in the city of London. In my experience that works out at a little over 3% who like zero hour contracts.
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    UK unemployment rate

    Correction. The UK unemployment RECORDED rate currently stands at just 4.7%, the lowest in 40 years. Unfortunately the RECORDED unemployment rate does not match the real level of unemployment. If it did then the number of zero hour contracts would be declining and not increasing by 100k to 900k! Employers would not be able to get away with offering zero hour contracts as the only option for Employment at 4.7% unemplyment. The pay rate for all advertised jobs would be increasing not declining. The tax credit bill, housing benefit bill would also be declining. Something does not add up.
  20. Unfortunately there is more than one type of National insurance contributions It is the EMPLOYER'S NI that affects your eligibility for carers allowance & none means tested JSA. EMPLOYEE NI is a separate contribution and is for pensions and other benefits. I remember at the time 5 years ago finding this get out clause on the government web site. sorry i lost the links when i upgraded my PC.
  21. The benefits system has become a minefield / tick box system. To be able to claim (carers allowance) one of the boxes you have to tick is do you have Employer,s National insurance to your name in the last 2 years?
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    Australian Films

    film making is not one Australia strong points but there have been a few good films. You could try THE DISH
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    Going back to the U.K am I entitled to benefits ?

    That is not correct. If you have not worked in the U.K for more than two years you cannot claim carers allowance. As you will not have EMPLOYERS NI contributions for the previous two tax years. But there may be other benefits you may be able to claim.
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    Disposable income in UK cities

    The low figure for nottingham does not surprise me at all I have less disposable income than when I was living in Buckinghamshire with a mortgage Than I do mortgage / rent free in Nottinghamshire. Nottinghamshire is a low wage economy unless you are lucky enough to work for an employer with nationally agreed wages. Found this a few months ago never realized that so many people are paid below a living wage The number of people who are paid below a living wage. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/revealed-quarter-million-greater-manchester-10245215
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    What's the point of.....

    Unfortunately my experience has not been as good I joined the free version It was useful for getting in contact with ex work collages who I had lost touch with. As for helping me getting relevant job offers a complete waste of time I have received several offers for job’s for Mechanical engineering jobs, computer programming jobs Via linked only problem my skills are in electronics engineering and IT support. I was constantly pestered join there paid for version! I have now set my email to reject linked emails into junk email.