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  1. 5 hours ago, BrettGC said:

    If anyone in Dumaguete knows of anyone selling a little runabout for around PHP150-180k or less, let me know. 

    I know of a Suzuki nulticab in good nick

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  2. 46 minutes ago, Clermont said:

    Have you ever tried to stop a mob of sheep going through an open gate. Once the border is open, it's open. :cheers:

    I wouldn`t count on it mate, you could be in line at an immigration entry point here and the rules change then you would be sent back. They make rules but don`t allow for different circumstances of individual people, 1 rule 1 line no divergence.

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  3. 23 hours ago, scott h said:

    Being one of the original Ludite's, I finally got a smart phone and figured out how to install the Kendal app.

    Been catching up on all the books that have come out in the last 10 years....I am one happy puppy :nudie:

    So Thanks to all the guys who put up with my simple minded, stupid questions. 

    I bought a smartphone 2-3 weeks ago my oh my wish I had done it before then, banking and a few other things are so much easier now with an app. I wonder will they ever start charging for using their apps when we have no other choice but to use them in the future?

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  4. On 1/22/2022 at 10:13 PM, graham59 said:

    My second and current wife has never been to the UK, and so although I am being paid a UK State Pension while resident in the Phils, I don't believe that she will ever receive a penny from the UK government, and indeed, why should she ?

    In my case I paid in for 29 years, one year short of a full pension and at the time I could not afford to pay the extra year.

    I don`t collect my pension for another 5.5 years, so is it fair that if I die my wife gets no pension, even if I start colecting is it fair that she still gets nothing except a one time payout. I don`t think one glove fits all and some re-thinking by the government needs to be done, 29 years for  potentially no payout mmm.

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  5. On 1/15/2022 at 6:27 PM, Snowy79 said:

      Like most things there's a lot of fake news

    Yes there was a story that in a  Cebu ( I think it was there) hospital all the ICU beds were taken and people were queing outside to get in, it showed a photo of a long queue outside the hospital. It was later explained that there were only 2 beds taken and the queue was people waiting for there test results who were not allowed to leave until they got the results. Now maybe even that was fake news. The media has a lot to answer for I hope some body takes them to task but that might be too close to taking away freedom of the press.

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  6. On 1/14/2022 at 2:25 PM, hk blues said:

    A couple of thoughts -

    First of all, the data is out of kilter with other places where the unvaccinated are more likely to fall ill with Covid thus take a test thus be found positive - I wonder why Olongapo is so dramatically out of line?  Or, is it such a small sample to be irrelevant.

    Secondly, might it be the case that the unvaccinated have already had Covid thus have built up immunity?  

    Well most of the tested are workers so they would have been vaccinated, so it kind of makes sense that most of the cases are found in vaccinated people.

  7. 1 hour ago, Slim Jim said:

    WHY NOT make the requirements for getting married more difficult than just making it easier to get divorced?... not just in the Philippines, but everywhere!

    The point is that it was near impossible even for the locals to get an annulment even if they had split up for 20 years. As long as they put a cap on the price I see less problems than complications.

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  8. On 12/31/2021 at 8:25 AM, BrettGC said:

    As Tom says, it's a pretty fluid (no pun intended) situation.

    That's when I'm looking at flying.  Given the uncertainty at the moment in Cebu I'll probably just bite the bullet make my booking in the next day or so for Manila (direct from Sydney with PAL) and do my 5-6 days there then head down to Dumaguete.  Pity, was hoping to catch up mate and since there's no water the only reasonable option I can see is beer :cheersty:.  Oh well, next time. 

    If you two get to gether drinking in Cebu city then I suggest we set up a go fund me post for Bail money.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

    Dumaguete city escaped reasonably well from what I read. Member Kevin has posted on FB that his power is back on.

    Yes we did escape the worst of it we just had lots of trees down which caused the power outage. Up the coast both ways from here thay did no fare so well. Southern Cebu has been hit very badly tremendous amount of damage in Dalaguete. We wanted to send money to my in laws but cannot as nothing is working. I don`t do it very often but this time I will count my blessings. This is in Babayungen my wife`s hometown in Dalagutete, I think it`s the barangay hall. Poor farmers live up there and could do without this added hardship as a lot of other people could.


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  10. I remember reading a story not so long ago that some of the senators here are saying that a foreign company should be allowed to fully own a company as opposed the the current situation where they can only own ( I think) 40%. If they were alowed to own it would encourage investment and create more meaningful employment, which would be good for the economy here.

    I saw Thailand allow this and in 20 years their economy improved greatly.


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  11. On 12/8/2021 at 9:45 PM, Eddie1 said:

    Having been out drinking with you on more than enough occasions I feel it's fair to say that you certainly got the last part off to an art form ya bloody tightarse!      :hystery: :thumbsup::hystery:

    Yes well you`re the one with short arms and deep pockets, when is the last time you shared your Calimansi.

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  12. On 12/8/2021 at 12:46 PM, hk blues said:

    A fair percentage of facebook posters only post to show what they have - a strategically draped hand with an expensive watch, the nice big TV in the background etc etc.  

    I'm not suggesting at all your wife is like that by the way.

    She just shows her flowers rarely does she post any wealthy items.


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  13. 10 hours ago, Jack Peterson said:

     So very true Graham But my watchword which can be taken as Advice is " Never be in the wrong Place at the wrong time, saying the wrong thing to the wrong people or Person" keeping a low profile is always best, never talking about or showing big amounts of Cash and or expensive stuff  

    Also as you know watch out when the carnival is about.

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  14. You need to be more vigilant when the carnival is in town, my experience over 10 years is that crime goes up when they are about. I don`t live on a gated community and i feel quite safe to very safe here. Dogs are helpful if you train them not to bark at every little noise as after a while people take no notice of continually barking dogs and they wont gave a quick look over your houses way. Make friends ( at arms length) with the locals that always helps and don`t splash the cash too much. Good luck hope it works out for you.

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  15. A bit long winded.

    COVID-19: Some Omicron cases have 'mild' symptoms and experts should know more about transmission 'within days' - WHO
    Wed, 1 December 2021, 11:40 pm·4-min read

    Some Omicron cases are experiencing "mild" symptoms and experts should have more information about the transmission of the new COVID variant within days, an epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

    This is faster than the "weeks" the WHO had predicted last week it would take to assess the data available on the strain after designating it a "variant of concern", its highest rating.

    At least 23 countries, including the UK, have now reported Omicron cases and the WHO expects that number to rise.

    Speaking at a news conference, Maria van Kerkhove said one of the possible scenarios was that Omicron may become more transmissible than Delta but experts do not yet know about its severity.

    See latest COVID updates in the UK and around the world

    She said the WHO had seen reports of Omicron case symptoms ranging from mild to severe disease.

    "There is some indication that some of the patients are presenting mild disease," she told reporters.

    And she said there was a suggestion of increased hospitalisations across South Africa, one of the first nations to detect it, but she pointed out that this could be down to more cases there.

    The organisation said earlier this week preliminary evidence raised the possibility the COVID variant has mutations which could help it evade an immune-system response and boost its ability to spread from person to person.

    It comes as a key group of UK scientists warned Omicron could trigger a surge in COVID infections bigger than previous waves in the country with a risk it may overwhelm the NHS.

    Experts on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), which advises the government, held an extraordinary meeting last week to consider the new COVID variant, known scientifically as B.1.1.529, following its detection in South Africa.

    According to a note of their meeting, which was observed by both a key Department of Health official and England's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, the group concluded the introduction of Omicron to the UK "might have very serious consequences".

    Nine more cases of Omicron have been detected in England, taking the total to 22, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

    The people who have tested positive and their contacts are all isolating. Work is taking place to identify any links to travel to southern Africa.

    Omicron cases have now been identified in the East Midlands, East of England, London, the South East and North West.

    A further case has been detected in Scotland, bringing the total there to 10.

    Meanwhile, Dr Mike Ryan, WHO's emergency director, said there was no evidence yet that giving booster jabs to the whole population, including healthy people, will provide greater protection against the disease, and said governments around the world should ensure all vulnerable individuals are offered at least one vaccine dose.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to offer a booster COVID shot to all over-18s in the UK by the end of January.

    But, responding to a question from Sky's Tom Clarke, Dr Ryan said: "Right now there is no evidence that would suggest that boosting the entire population is going to necessarily provide any greater protection for otherwise healthy individuals against hospitalisation or death.

    "The real risk of severe disease, hospitalisation and death lies in particularly at-risk and vulnerable individuals who do require protection against all variants of COVID-19."

    And his WHO colleague, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, said: "Our goal should be to protect those who have not received their primary course of vaccination."

    The NERVTAG meeting, held via telephone conference on Thursday afternoon, came the day after South African authorities first reported the discovery of the Omicron variant.

    The UK government added six southern African countries, including South Africa, to its travel red list on Friday. A further four countries were added over the weekend.

    Other nations have also introduced travel bans, but the WHO said those restrictions are having an impact on global co-operation against Omicron by causing "challenges" to the sharing of laboratory samples from South Africa that can help get a better grip on the new variant.

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    WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for "tailored" intervention by countries, including testing travellers before and after they arrive in a country, and advised against "blanket travel bans" that "place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods".

    The high number of mutations on the protein spike that Omicron uses to infect human cells could mean existing vaccines need to be modified.

    Some vaccine manufacturers have tried to calm fears about the new strain by predicting existing jabs would continue to prevent severe disease.

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