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JJReyes last won the day on April 6

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  1. Sorry. I meant "Total Language Immersion."
  2. Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate being told that a good relationship and trying to achieve happiness is the path to having a successful life rather than possessing material goods. There have been ups and downs, but overall life has been good. I will be withdrawing from the forum for a few months. My first language is Spanish growing up in Madrid as a small child. The second is Tagalog after our family's return to Manila when my grandfather passed away. English is third upon entering first grade. The situation today is primarily English, passable Tagalog and very limited Spanish. While visiting Central America, my wife and I have agreed on a concept called, "Total Language Emersion," which means only Spanish. Hopefully, it will help me recover the language. This will include our watching Telemundo and CNN en Espanol television programs. Supposedly neural waves in my brain have retained the language. This is the reason I understand Spanish, but can no longer speak it. Looking forward to visiting the Philippines towards Christmas and spending up to six months revisiting many places.
  3. There are pros and cons both ways. My proposal for the Philippines is a tiered system whereby a two years nursing graduate receives certification as a caregiver, assuming they run out of money or encounter academic difficulties. Caregivers will be badly needed for the domestic and international aging population who want to relocate to the Philippines for inexpensive assistance (me!). Nurses who prefer to be employed in the Philippines don't need the one year practice required by foreign governments before employment. The requirements for registered nurses and those planning to work overseas remains the same. On paper, the compensation seems acceptable. Nurses will tell you that after "contributions" it is much less. The current policy is the government won't allow nurses to leave because they are needed for the pandemic. Fear of contracting the virus and insufficient salary means hospital are undermanned.
  4. The Philippine policy is difficult to understand. The nursing schools currently graduate about 90,000 a year. The nursing board makes the national examination so difficult that only one third receive their registered nurse credentials after the first attempt. An additional requirement, knowns as "practicum" is working for a clinic or hospital for one year without pay. The prestige, private hospitals at one time charged new nurses a fee to work for them for free! This practice has been stopped. The only way to recover the cost of education, the training expense by providing free labor, etc. is to work overseas. To keep them at home, current government policy tells them they can't leave because they are needed. Local pay scale is so low nurses cannot hope to repay the debt during their lifetime. The nurses are indentured servants. The policy increases frustration and results in threats of work stoppage. The solution is double their salary; pay the stipends they were promised; improve the working conditions. This is what's happening in the United States. The per hour wage was increased. The hospitals and local communities provide incentives like free food and lodging at a nearby hotel. (It's also a way to prevent infecting family members.)
  5. I am in no way justifying the practice, but the treatment of nurses in the Philippines is similar to going through a US Marine Corp boot camp. The goal of every nursing student and the families that support them is overseas deployment to the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, etc. They can earn salaries to support families at home until, hopefully in the West, they can petition to get family members to join them. Long hours typically means 12 hour shifts and during this pandemic, seven days a week in the Philippines. Low salaries means not paying them what was promised. What can you do? Sue a government health clinic or hospital. It is better to keep quiet, get the signatures on the paperwork and letters of commendation before applying for overseas work. Anyway, these nurses want to go overseas to earn lots of money so the Philippine attitude is we can take advantage in the meantime. When I try explaining government condoned corruption, this is one example I use.
  6. The latest report shows 4,081,959 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered during a 24 hours period in the United States. The average for the past week is 3 million per day. One reason for the rapid increase is the involvement of neighborhood drugstores with the vaccination effort. The biggest group is CVS Health with 9,941 stores in 2019. CVS Health alone has the capacity to administer 20-25 million shots a month. I wanted to find out if this is done out of patriotism or profit motivated. While my two shots were free for me under government programs, someone had to be paid to administer it. For Covid-19 vaccine administration services furnished before March 15, the Medicare payment rate for a single dose was $28.39. It is now $40.00. If you do the math, for 20 million shots a month, CVS Health alone could receive $800 million in compensation. Medical professional recruiters in the Philippines are demanding the lifting of the deployment embargo imposed by the government. Doctors and nurses are threatening work stoppage because they are overworked and underpaid. Rumors are circulating that some Philippine hospitals can no longer accept new patients because they don't have staff. The holy grail for most Filipinos is working in the United States. So how much are nurses being paid during the pandemic? According to the New York Post, recently retired nurses are being enticed to temporary positions to administer vaccinations. The rate is $70 an hour for a 40-hour week ($2,800) plus a stipend of $2,200 or a total of $5,000. That's $20,000 a month to administer the vaccine! The prime staffing nurses working the Covid-19 hospital wards are typically paid $110 to $120 per hour, plus stipend, plus housing which is usually in a nearby hotel. But they can't find enough nurses! The US government might therefore issue temporary, medical emergency visas. So help us! We need Philippine nurses.
  7. I don't care about the award. But $1 million sounds pretty good to me. Best to quit and enjoy life at his age. Instead, because of all the criticism, Fauci, his wife and daughters now require security. My advise is to retire, write a book and make a few more millions.
  8. I checked their Go Fund Me page. So far, $30 has been raised with a goal of $15,000. The story is a little suspicious. You are helping a man get off drugs, he steals your passport, then pays someone to report you to the authorities, which results is being placed in a government blacklist. Somehow this gentlemen gets off the blacklist, but the drug addict or another Pilipino is able to get it reinstated. Corrupt government officials are involved. This problem started three years ago whereas the preacher has been in the Philippines for five years. The reason given why he has to leave is medical problems. My curiosity is up. Someone please follow up on this story. It is starting to get interesting.
  9. Clearly, this preacher broke the law. Pay the fine. All this could have been avoided if the preacher stayed home and helped the homeless in his community. You don't have to go to a foreign country if there is an equivalent need back home.
  10. BTW - Dr. Anthony Fauci has won a top international prize given by a private Israeli foundation. The award is the $1 million Dan David Prize for his defense of science and advocacy of COVID-19 vaccinations now being used worldwide. I wonder how many of his critics have received a similar honor.
  11. Bravo. Most unusual in the Philippines. Are you sure about the full disclosure? When rumors spread I was now a rich Americano, relatives whom I didn't know I had, wanted to see me to ask for money or propose a new business scheme.
  12. Canada, like the Philippines, is on hold in our bucket list. In the meantime, the US government has agreed to "loan" the Canadians 1.5 million doses of Astra-Zenica from its stockpile while waiting for this vaccine to be approved by the FDA. If the borders reopen sometime in the summer, we are considering taking our motorhome to the Canadian Rockies. My wife and I will reconsider the Philippines as a possible destination for Christmas and beyond assuming it reopens. There are already 90 countries welcoming Americans and the US dollars that will be spent in their local economy.
  13. Does anyone know if cultural traditions like penitents whipping themselves in public during Holy Week is still permitted or has the government clamped down on the practice?
  14. The CDC announced that fully vaccinated persons can travel. Yes! No need to feel guilty about it. The downside is airline ticket prices are going up. The tickets we purchased a few weeks ago were American Airlines, Los Angeles to Miami on first class, Miami to Quito on business class for $856.00 per person round trip. No rebooking fees if we want to change dates. Probably the last bargain prices of 2021. In the meantime, the Philippines is now red flagged by UK, meaning if you are from or have passed through the Philippines during the past 10 days, you cannot enter. UK citizens and those with residency rights are exempt, but they have to quarantine and be tested for Covid-19.
  15. I am also reading articles claiming that a vax passport value will be limited as more and more people get vaccinated. During the next few years, governments need to demonstrate that they are doing something about a perceived problem. One of them is limited entry to those foreigners who have been vaccinated. The same for public venues like stadiums, arenas, shopping centers, etc. Only locals and foreigners who have been vaccinated may enter. (Again, maybe not applicable for the United States and the United Kingdom.)
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