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  1. We are still of course working on our lobster 'grow-out' aquaculture, but a few weeks ago we started assembling the fine-netting, needed to construct a large net enclosure. This new enclosure will primary focusing on fish and bivalve mollusk production. In the image below shows my wife kayaking out to the are where we have a small crew setting the needed poles and assembling the netting. The first if this project is locates a few meters directly behind the pole-hut (presently use for house early developing lobster pueruli), but eventually this whole area will be literally consumed by various types and styles of 'grow-out' nets. As I am really interested in both multi-cropping specie types, and 'grow-out' aquaculture and mariculture; means I will be required to use a multitude of different configurations and setups, and a wide range of net-types. This new net we are currently building on this post, is basically the 'center-core' and is intended to function as a nursery net. This center-core net uses a fine-netting embedded directly into the seafloor, with a thick natural seaweed flooring and sandy bottom. Making this center-net an ideal secure garden marine sanctuary enclosure, capable of housing a diverse selection of bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops etc.). This center-net will also serve as temporary housing for early-stage fish (fry, fingerlings) until obtaining sizes to be relocated to larger netting enclosures. As this facility expands additional net enclosures will be added. The center-net will also serve as temporary housing for early-stage fish (fry, fingerlings) until obtaining sizes to be relocated to larger netting enclosures. As this facility expands additional net enclosures will be added. This fish 'grow-out' net structure is the core, of what will soon be a much larger outer-net configuration, designed to house a wide variety and diverse selection of specie-types. This center core net uses a fine-netting embedded directly into the seafloor, with a thick natural seaweed flooring and sandy bottom. Making this center-net an ideal secure garden marine sanctuary enclosure, capable of housing a diverse selection of bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops etc.). These nets will later extend all the way back to the very outer-edge of island's mangrove, and will also extend into the 1-hector saltwater pond as the volume of nets increase. This photo shows the the size of the area behind this new net, so it can give one an idea of the size of net area still to cover. . We are also presently working on those used nets we got from a neighbor last month. So once we finish with this new center-core net, we can start working on some of the outer nets. fun, fun, fun...
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  2. Got the Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 vaccine today, before going in the VA workers asked if my wife wanted to also get it. We both got it at the same time. If United States Veterans want to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one shot) for there spouse or caregiver the below is how to contact VA Manila. The below is from an email sent out by the VA Manila Director. A dedicated phone line has been set up at the VA Manila Clinic to accommodate the high demand to schedule vaccine appointments. Veterans can contact the Manila Outpatient Clinic at +63-02-8550-3888, Press Option 2 for the Outpatient Clinic, then press 3 for COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling. Please understand that there may be extended hold times over the next several days as we try to schedule as many Veterans as possible. The Clinic’s phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8AM to 3PM. Additionally, the Clinic’s phone lines will be open on Saturday, July 10 from 8AM to 3PM.
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  3. So T three of these and you are good to go?
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  4. I'll bet the study was sponsered by the coffee growers association! https://www.healthshots.com/health-news/a-study-reveals-that-drinking-coffee-may-prevent-covid-19/ Eureka! A study reveals that drinking coffee may prevent Covid-19 Updated on:12 July 2021, 11:19am IST A shot of coffee is enough to keep you up and running. In fact, if a new study is to be believed, coffee might also prevent covid-19. Nikita Bhardwaj 106 Likes Coffee for the kill! Image courtesy: Shutterstock Listen to this article Coffee lovers and haters, this news is for both kinds of people. First, let’s cut the chase and spill the beans right away. There’s news of a study that has been performed in the US, and the results reveal that coffee might help to reduce the risk of Covid-19. Shocked? Well, so are we! Who would have thought your favourite cup of joe that’s a saviour for all those long and hectic days can also be the probable solution for Covid-19? Here’s everything that this study has revealed This study was led by researchers from Northwestern University and it was published in the journal Nutrients. It suggests that drinking one or more cups of coffee per day is associated with about a 10 per cent decrease in risk of Covid-19, compared to less than one cup daily. Are you a coffee buff? Image courtesy: Shutterstock. The thing is that coffee consumption has positive effects on inflammatory biomarkers such as CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumour necrosis factor I (TNF-I). The point to be noted here is that these biomarkers are also linked to Covid-19 severity and mortality. Further, drinking coffee has been associated with lower risk of pneumonia in the elderly population. Not just coffee, but there are other foods that you can include to reduce the risk of coronavirus. Researchers suggest that including more vegetables and reducing the consumption of processed meat can also help in developing better immunity towards the virus. Well, this is really great to know that coffee can be your shield against Covid-19. But there are certain contradictions that you need to keep in mind, before you start sipping on that cuppa. Here are some side-effects of drinking too much coffee When it comes to food, moderation is the key. That’s why it is important to know how much coffee is too much coffee. Dr Vivek Jha, senior consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, advises that you shouldn’t exceed three to four cups a day. Say yes to coffee but in moderation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock But what if you overdo it? Here’s what all can happen: Drinking too much coffee can give you heartburn. It can also lead to panic. As coffee is a diuretic, it can make you pee every now and then, which will further lead to dehydration. Too much coffee can hamper your sleep schedule, which can impact your skin, hair, and your productivity. Too much coffee can also make it hard for you to conceive. A study conducted by researchers from the Australian Centre for Precision Health at the University of South Australia found that long-term, heavy coffee consumption – can increase the number of lipids (fats) in your blood to significantly heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Drinking coffee can also lead to facial twitching. A cup of coffee right in the morning can make you poop better but too much of it can lead to acid reflux as well. So yes, you can try including coffee in your day to day life to beat Covid-19 woes, but ensure that you limit its consumption to prevent other health maladies.
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  5. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day...
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  6. Seems my twitchy face , perfect morning crap, and 6 cups a day are good news then. Cheers. .
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  7. This is huge, When are the Philippines going to follow suit? (from https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/indonesia-regulator-allows-ivermectin-use-covid-treatment) Indonesia Regulator Allows Ivermectin Use For Covid Treatment Merely mentioning the name of the vaccine-busting drug Ivermectin in the US is enough to get you carted off for "questioning" to the nearest illegal CIA blacksite, have the NSA leak all your private information to MSNBC, WaPo and the NYT and quietly shipped off to Guantanamo for permanent re-education under the daily auspices of Critical Race Theory. But not in the "banana republic" of Indonesia, where on Thursday, Ivermectin was officially approved for covid treatment in a vicious blow to the "buy my vaccine" pharmaceutical lobby around the world. According to Bloomberg, Indonesia’s food and drug regulator, known as BPOM, has issued a letter approving the distribution of Ivermectin, Remdesivir, Favipiravir, Oseltamivir, immunoglobulin, Tocilizumab, Azithromycin and Dexametason to be used in treatment of Covid-19, according to a statement from the agency. The latter, Bloomberg adds, was issued as guidance for distributors of the drugs. The startling development - if only to the anti-Ivermectin oligarchs in "developed" Western nations - takes place two weeks after eight hospitals in Indonesia began conducting clinical trials on Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine that has appeared to be a potential Covid-19 medication and which is greatly hated by the establishment due to its low price and its ability to eradicate the covid plague which the establishment desperately needs to perpetuate a state of constant near-panic not to mention enabling trillions in fiscal and monetary stimulus, following a permit issued by the national agency of drug and food control. BPOM's head Penny K. Lukito said at a press conference on Monday (June 28) that global data and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Ivermectin, previously used for deworming, can also be used for Covid-19 treatment. However, while the BOMP said on June 28 that data are still being collected and the results are not conclusive, it appears that two weeks later it has found enough conclusive data to formally approve Ivermectin for covid treatment. Indonesia is scrambling to contain the covid pandemic, having overnight surpassed India’s daily Covid-19 case numbers, and becoming Asia's new virus epicenter as the spread of the highly-contagious delta variant drives up infections in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The country has seen its daily case count cross 40,000 for three straight days -- including a record high of 54,517 on Wednesday -- up from less than 10,000 a month ago. Officials are concerned that the more transmissible new variant is now spreading outside of the country’s main island, Java, and could exhaust hospital workers and supplies of oxygen and medication. That said, Indonesia’s current numbers are still far from India’s peak of 400,000 daily cases in May, and its total outbreak of 2.7 million is barely a tenth of the Asian giant’s 30.9 million. India, with a population roughly five times the size of Indonesia’s 270 million people, saw daily infections drop below 39,000 on Wednesday as its devastating outbreak wanes. The Southeast Asian country reported about 900 deaths daily on average in the past seven days - compared to just 181 a month ago - while India reported an average of 1,027 daily fatalities. As Bloomberg observes, the outbreak in Indonesia underscores the consequences of an unequal global distribution of vaccines that has seen richer countries gobble up more of the supply, leaving poorer places exposed to outbreaks of variants like delta. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called the growing divide a “catastrophic moral failure.” He is of course referring to the inability of pharma giants like Pfizer to deliver millions of doses to poor countries like Indonesia which won't pay it tens of billions of dollars. Well, poor countries like Indonesia are taking matters into their own hands, and we wonder what China Ted will say now that the Asian nation has found a way out of the vaccine squeeze: one involving the use of the single most hated compound by rich pharma barons everywhere. Upon learning the news, social media had some amusing, if painfully accurate, reactions.
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  8. Problem is its ever changing so what open now may not be in February. Yes there is an issue coming back for tourist at the moment but who knows when that will change. Best you marry someone and take her with you to make it easier to get back if things are still the same later.
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  9. Saw this online for travel to the States Visit The USA COVID-19 Travel Guidelines Webpage did not have a date on it. If I read it right you should be able to travel to the States. My question would be is what type of visa are you in the Phil with. Unless you have a 13a you might not be able to return at all for the foreseeable future
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  10. L prefers native chicken because she has allergies to all kinds of things...native chicken seems safer for her. I enjoy it, but agree that it tends to be a bit dry and overcooked and not as tasty as commercial chicken... All that being said, I would always prefer native chicken for the lack of hormones and other artificial "improvements." I would rather eat two or three native chickens than one plump, carcinogen, hormone stuffed foreign bird...
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  11. My wife brings home the occasional native chicken. She really likes it but I do not care much for it. Too small for me, looks like they are using song birds or something. And the meat is dried out from the cooking. The only part I like is the skin which has a nice flavor from the basting. My favorite way to fix chicken is to buy boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. Sometimes I need to bone and skin them myself. Cut into long strips about one inch thick. Soak the strips in a mild salt brine for about an hour. Pat dry, coat with flour, dip in an egg white wash (egg white and a little water), then dip in panko bread crumbs. Deep fry to a golden brown. Tartar sauce - make my own with dill pickle, minced onion, ground pepper, and mayo Honey mustard sauce - Mayo, honey, yellow mustard (the kind you squirt on hot dogs), minced onion optional. Good eats!!!
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  12. Up to 250,000 php is tax free BUT that doesn't mean anyone earning below that doesn't need to do anything, they still have to register their business and pay the annual registration fee as well as file tax returns etc. I am an online teacher and have to do all of that regardless of how meagre my income way be.
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  13. I drink 2 16oz cups a day, less than 3 so I'm ok.
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  14. The way I see it, regardless of how effective it is,,,your more protected now than you were this morning
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  15. Just had my second shot of Sinovac. Beggars can't be choosers.
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  17. I'd have taken Sinovac instead of Astra Zeneca if that was the vaccine that was offered to me too and I don't believe it has any significant safety concerns. The technology used to make the vaccine is well understood and well established... however there is increasing evidence that the general type of vaccine that Sinovac falls into (whole virus - innactivated or weakened) is less efficacious than some other types. Of course one could also say that the type of vaccine that Astra Zeneca is is less efficacious than the new RNA vaccines (which would also be true). At the end of the day most of us don't get a choice of vaccine *shrug*.
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