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El Tombro

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  1. Maybe because Mowbray has been here for five years and even if we won the next three or four we all know what comes after that. It's too repetitive. I didn't feel disappointed with today's performance. It's Rovers, and it always gives you that proud feeling when we score and/or win, but the bigger picture is just all too predictable. That's probably why supporters struggle to enjoy a win these days. If this was a 2-0 victory under a new manager we'd be bouncing off the walls. But we just know how it will pan out, and we can't avoid looking at the predictably bigger picture under Mowbray.
  2. I am. After having endured his progression and development over the last few seasons he's just started to become a good player at this level with some level of effectiveness. Dack will be back soon but I think Rothwell has just started to show the type of player he always promised to be.
  3. Let's not discredit Reading for pulling one out of the bag for Mowbray 🥴 Even after going 2-0 up Reading could have easily scored a couple from some diabolical defending. Thankfully Reading were so tame up front that we got away without conceding. Overall we didn't deserve to come away with nothing but both sides looked mid-table nonentities. Brereton has gone off the boil as of late but I can imagine international duty, travelling, and Championship duty can all take their toll. Gallagher deserved MotM today. He is doing OK and has been better than Big Ben as of late.
  4. I can't bring myself to tune in much after a defeat but is that what Mowbray said? If so, isn't the irony there that part of the reason the club is losing so much is because he is still in situ? I'm at a loss how to feel for the Reading game. A defeat won't kill him off. In fact, I reckon these owners would allow us to get relegated under Mowbray. They seem to have zero gauge of what quantifies success and failure in football. The interview with Venkatesh Rao when Kean was manager - along the lines of "things will turn around, the gods of fate are with us" - basically sums up how they seem to operate the club. Will the balance sheet ever sink in?
  5. There won't be a shortlist. I'll make a big fat presumption. If Mowbray gets us promoted (don't laugh) the mutual gentleman's agreement is that he'll get an extended, juicy contract. If Mowbray doesn't get promoted then they mutually want to call it a day and move on. Say what you will about Mowbray, but I reckon deep down even he will have had enough by season's end if it hasn't worked out, and if we aren't relegated, he can always pull out the "bad situation, reluctant owners" card. I don't think the latter scenario (not getting promoted) means that much of a plan is in place right now. It will be left until the last minute if we are to appoint anybody, and it will be down to whether or not the said individual does enough brown-nosing when they go over to India or have that Zoom call.
  6. @Gav This is Amazon's job list for the UK. The bonuses are listed in the icon at the left of each job listing. I saw "PRO RATA" next to the bonus amount on one of the adverts. I am very curious what the catch is. I find it very difficult to digest that they are giving a flat £1,500.00 bonus to workers in a temporary job that pays ~£10.00 per hour. Do they get it in time for Christmas as you suggest? Or is it given at the end of 12 months' work or something? It seems too good to be true and I'm convinced there will be some stipulations. I'm almost tempted to apply and enquire. Edit: The bonus is paid pro rata over the course of a year. It's not a signing on bonus at all. More like a loyalty bonus. There are also some jobs advertised as "fixed term" which could mean a few months over Christmas, in which case many of the £1,000.00 pro rata bonuses advertised would be a maximum of £250.00. There are other cases where the bonus is paid up front but if you quit or get fired, you have to pay it back pro rata. So basically, that's the catch. You don't pocket £3,000.00 upon arrival in your new job at Amazon (or £1,000.00 which seems to be the common amount). You must stay there for a year to receive that, and that's IF it is a permanent job and not a fixed term job "just for Christmas". The original article, particularly your headlining of it, is extremely misleading, but I suppose it's difficult trying to clutch at straws for positives about Brexit.
  7. Do you think those employees would come from the unemployed roster? Or from another competitor? I am extremely cynical about companies like Amazon, Uber, Facebook, Airbnb, and so on. Their business practices are designed to take all and give nothing. I am simply not a supporter of them and this move by them will only strengthen them while potentially shutting down competitors.
  8. The article states that there is only one role that they found which has a £3,000.00 welcoming bonus for a temporary worker there, with some other roles being offered with less. It also doesn't really go into detail about the roles of these workers (warehouse management, warehouse floor workers, etc.). Even if it was all as good as it sounds, how can Amazon using its financial muscle be a Brexit bonus when they are an evergrowing monopoly that kills business competition? They are using an aggressive hiring policy that competitors can't match. Like @arbitro, I'm sceptical of how far this generosity of Amazon's really goes and what their ulterior motive is. My suspicion is that they want to harbour all of the workers possible whilst leaving their less well-off competitors with nothing. A monopoly showing its muscle where competitors simply can't is never good news.
  9. My view is that Trump deliberately called it that to incite the public against China and stoke up more nationalist sentiment. He did it in the run up to his Presidential victory with Mexicans, didn't he? He's got a track record of blame of this type. Weren't there a lot of racially incited cases against Chinese ethnics in the US? Did Trump calling it "The China Virus" help? I would argue, unequivocally, no. My point is that I would have liked to have seen less talk from him and more action on a global level, but it was no surprise to me that neither were forthcoming.
  10. Trump (a Republican) never took Coronavirus seriously, didn't encourage wearing face masks, and his followers took notice and mostly followed suit if photographs from rallies and the storming of the Capitol are anything to go by. Not all Republicans are fond of Trump, and they'll listen to the experts that are trying to protect us all, but the comments from @47er are not without reason. Regarding the bit in bold, Coronavirus has been very political, and my previous paragraph exemplifies how. Didn't Trump call Coronavirus a hoax? Followed by "The China Virus"? Followed by a remark about drinking bleach? Followed by discouraging the wearing of face masks? Trump appeared to hold medical and scientific experts in contempt and was, instead, more interested in playing a blame game both inside and outside the US than looking for a global solution that might have seen us all in a far better position today. He's not the only culprit but he's the prime example of how Coronavirus has been made political as opposed to being treated for what it is - a fatal new virus that needed swift and collaborative action.
  11. One of my clients is a large online retailer. They binned me off (as a freelancer) almost immediately after the first lockdown was announced last March and gradually binned off a large number of employees in the following months. By the time Black Friday and Christmas came around they really struggled to get those same workers back (of which some had found other jobs by then) or to get new skilled workers in. I'd managed to find other sources of work by then but they were asking me for far more than they normally did, and still are. It's clear that they got rid of far too many staff and they lost potential sales because they couldn't fulfil marketing campaigns that bring in the dosh. In their defence the pandemic could have panned out a lot worse and it was no surprise to me how many of them pushed the staff panic button. It's a case of protecting shareholders first and workers second. Nothing new there, then.
  12. Fair play for getting an electric car. Electric cars are a step in the right direction, but you can't ignore the fact that these things can't be green washed because there absolutely is an environmental cost to the manufacture of them (more so than gasoline cars) and running them. Your response felt defensive (my post was not designed as an attack on you at all) but we shouldn't green wash electric cars and think that there are no downsides to them. It is not a binary issue.
  13. Be careful to label electric cars as both clean and green because that is simply not true. It's true that electric cars don't give off emissions themselves but their carbon dioxide footprint during manufacture is 15% to 68% greater than that of gasoline cars. The electricity itself is also not created emission-free. That should change over time but probably not before the lifetime of your electric car is up.
  14. That reminds me. Did you hear about the 48 new hospitals the government is building? 😄 The government is basically doing up 48 hospitals across the entire country. I read that either one or zero of those is really a new hospital. It just seems to me that this government's forte is hoodwinking the public with words. Climate change might actually start to improve if there was more action and less hot air.
  15. My former employer took on a couple of workers from the EU. Both were in their early 20s and superb at their jobs. They moved on to excellent jobs after a while; one going to a local fashion giant and the other going to Microsoft in the US. The salaries they were on were frankly dismal and were considerably less than what British equivalents had received at the same level during my time there (I was part of the recruitment process although not part of determining salaries). Immediately after taking the Spanish guy on my boss made a comment to me about "Spain has 25% unemployment so I don't have to pay him as much as you lot, plus he's only young". I suspect it was a widespread issue and it has had a big part to play in not just the haulage crisis but most industries in the UK. Business owners are going to need to find workers from within these borders and that's going to be a huge challenge; a reduced pool of workers to choose from as well as difficulties finding the skills. For the tech industry I would be concerned about the possibility of more and more outsourcing abroad. This is something that the industry has had to contend with for a while, but I suspect it could worsen if it's going to be hard for that skill set to come into the UK when British workers can't fulfil it all. Which brings me to "levelling up". What does it mean? Who is included in that? What is occurring right now in the UK to "level up"? Will it increase the number of skilled workers? These are things that the government has to act very quickly on before we start seeing workforce problems in other industries. The cabinet is almost exclusively pro-Brexit. It's a pity that this sole issue is the benchmark for becoming a cabinet member as opposed to competence, but now is their chance to shine in the scenario that it fought for. We're closing in on two years since we left the EU. Things seem to be moving at a snail's pace and it makes for pretty grim reading so far.
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