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  1. Be sure to distinguish between Medical Lab Technician and Medical Technologist degrees. The Technologist is a 4 year science degree. The MLT is a 3-4 semester course with a heavy emphasis on practical work. There is a year of prerequisite courses needed before entering the MLT program. The Canadian program you mentioned sounds like an MLT program -- both are good career choices, the Technologist offers much more opportunity for career growth . Just a word on graduates of non-US medical schools wanting to work in the US. All medical school graduates, domestic or foreign, must complete a 1-3 year residency program before obtaining a medical license.
  2. I've done a some research on Philippine coconut sugar in the past. Price is about $5-$7/kilo in small packages .. perhaps $3/kilo in bulk (e.g. 1000 kilo lots). It's popular in the health food industry in Japan-US-Europe -- hi glycemic index but sometimes falsely advertised as a sugar substitute -- it's still 95% sucrose. It's non-GMO, which might make it popular if the backlash against GMO foods gets any stronger. The Phils government is making a big push on the product hoping it will be an incentive to get plantation owners to replant. There's a marketing company in Rizal called Nature's Blessing (you'll see them on 21foods.com and Sulit). They are a USDA certified organic food supplier. They sell the sugar in sealed glass jars suitable for export .. US customs duty is $0.40 per kilo.
  3. Here is the address of Big Brother -- http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/criminal-history-summary-checks
  4. Research recommends (lol) ... when I was growing up butter was bad and margarine was good .. then margarine became bad and butter not so bad ... olive oil was once good, Canola bad .. but now Canola is made from GMO seeds which isn't bad yet but might be soon ..and baby aspirin (to those who were asking on the forum when they could purchase it) well it was a good thing because it can prevent heart attack (according to research by the aspirin companies ... lol) now it turns out that it can also cause internal bleeding and give you a stroke so it's not recommended unless you are at risk of having a heart attack ... but if you've been taking it stopping might not be a good thing because stopping could also give you a heart attack ... you can't win here. Now my favorite is the PSA test which may or may not detect prostate cancer .. it was once universally given to men over 40 but a few years ago most doctors decided to not give the test because there were too many false positives .. except the urologists still said it was a good thing (and it was a good thing for them because when you had a positive result you had to go to them for more testing so they got more $$$) .. now the even the urologists have been shamed into admitting that "research suggests" the test might not be so great. .. which reminds me of the old joke about the man who went to see a doctor because of the pain in his foot .. "It hurts when I walk, Doctor." "So don't walk," the doctor replied, "and don't forget to pay $25 on your way out."
  5. Congrats Dalidali. FYI: The Philippine Law your are probably interested in is RA #9262 "Anti Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004." It defines a father's failure to give economic support to his children and their mother (assuming he has the means to do so) a criminal offense. Because it is punishable by a year in prison, this makes failure to give child support an extraditable offense according to the US-Phils extradition treaty. If the father resides in the Phils, he can be prevented from leaving. The catch-22 is that a woman in need of support will not likely have the means to pursue an extradition case . Again congratulations.
  6. I think what people are describing here is a badly corrupted system of criminal justice. Criminal prosecution in the Phils is patterned after the American/English system. The definition of crimes are often based on Spainish law. A good description of it can be found here -- http://www.chanrobles.com/criminalprocedure.htm#1985%20RULES%20OF%20CRIMINAL%20PROCEDURE%20-%20RULES%20OF%20COURT%20OF%20THE%20PHILIPPINES If they have knowledge of a crime, police can certainly make-out a criminal complaint and start an investigation. It's not an actual legal requirement that they wait for a member of the public to make the complaint first. In actual practice I'm sure they look the other way on many occasions. In the US, when organized crime was a huge problem in the 20's,30's and 40's -- this also happened a lot. Crimes weren't prosecuted because people were paid off or the criminals were too powerful.
  7. These ratings don't really have a lot to do with the amount of poverty in a country. India has a higher credit rating (Baa3) that the Phils (BB+) but has hundreds of millions of destitute citizens. China has a AA- rating but has 200 million people living on $2 a day. Greece has a bad rating (Caa1) which is much lower that the Phils but has less poverty (as a per cent of it's total population) than China. The rating is an estimate of the country's ability to repay it's outstanding loans ... it also measures the safety of it's government bonds. This is important to the Phils. It's 25 yr bond pays about 6%. The higher the investment rating, the more likely foreign investors will buy the bonds. This increases the pool of foreign currency available to the government.
  8. TSA had a big problem with this in it's early days. These guys had all the advantages. They'd x-ray the bags and know which one's carried the good stuff. Now they have security guards watching the security guards ... lol
  9. Actually I think it's a good topic (how legal systems differ from one country to the next) .. but maybe not quite on topic here and I think it's good to keep a neutral point of view or else you'll get into politics. I'm still trying to figure out what "murder" and "homicide" mean in the Philippine system. Without knowing what these terms mean, it's hard to understand what's going on in the Anikow case. Thomas asked "So it isn't murder if a weak person stab a stronger person?" Maybe it isn't murder under Philippine law. This is from the Daily Inquirer:Dec 12, 2012 Four small Filipinos pitted against a trained US Marine officer cannot be considered “abuse of superior strength.” Using this argument, the lawyer of one of the four men accused of murdering George Anikow, an American serving in the US Marines, asked the judge hearing the case to downgrade the murder charge filed against his client to homicide, which is a bailable offense.
  10. CCleaner is pretty good at finding this stuff .. also Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal tool
  11. Did not know this ... the cost in the US will vary a lot depending on where you live and whether or not you have insurance.
  12. The place to ask is not the US embassy/FDA but the nearest Philippine Consulate. This is from the website of the Philippine Consulate in Australia. http://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/15959-list-of-controlled-meds-when-entering-for-a-holiday/ "Bringing Medicine into the Philippines Over the counter drugs are available in pharmacies or drug stores in the country. However, if visitors insist on bringing their own prescriptive drugs, they may do so but only in quantities sufficient for the duration of their stay in the country. Visitors taking prescription drugs (tablets and ampoules) should bring a letter from their physician stating the condition for which they are receiving treatment and the dosage. The amount of drugs brought into the country should also be sufficient for the duration of the visit. For those who are travelling onward to another country, they are advised that separate quantity of drugs should be sealed and declared again before exiting the country." Hope this helps.
  13. .. the problem would seem to be in the transportation costs. Even from Honolulu, if you have to add $1000 - $1500 in airfare to your bill, it's not cost effective for most procedures.
  14. Interesting question. A 100,000 wouldn't surprise me (not counting Fil-Ams), given the fact that you can live in the Phils forever on a tourist visa as long as you follow the rules. I do know the Philippine government hasn't a clue.
  15. Bad choice of words. The video did not show enough to convince the judge that the defendants acted in a conspiracy or with "superior strength" -- the last element is needed to carry a charge of murder. So the judge granted bail. “After a perspicacious review of both the testimonial and documentary evidence of the prosecution, the court is of the view that the evidence of guilt, insofar as it indicts the accused for murder, is not strong and thus entitles all to bail,” the judge said. The prosecutor also worried about the judge ruling against conspiracy. She wondered if only the defendant who stabbed the victim would be held responsible for the homicide. I was reading the account in the Inquirer: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/363311/anikow-murder-suspects-granted-bail
  16. The trail is on-going. The last hearing was on April 25 in which the knives were introduced as evidence. In the US legal system innocence is presumed until a guilty verdict is returned. Bail is granted unless the accused is a danger to the community or a flight risk. The Philippine system is a little different. If the judge concludes there is strong evidence that the accused committed the crime, he can deny bail. The prosecutor in the Anikow case said the granting of bail was not a good sign because it indicated the judge did not find the evidence against the 4 accused to be strong. The video apparently does not show much. The main evidence is the testimony of the security guards. The prosecutor thinks the charges might be reduced from murder to homicide (manslaughter in American legal terms). The defense has pointed out that Anikow may have hit one of the defendants before he was stabbed, that had he been brought to a hospital within 10 minutes of being stabbed he could have survived (it took over 40 minutes to get him to a hospital), and they have criticized the police for not taking a blood sample immediately to test for alcohol, rather than testing his stomach contents at autopsy -- a less reliable method. The defense is trying to make the case that Anikow was belligerent, intoxicated, that he was a military man trained in the art of hand-to-hand combat, and that the defendants acted in self defense. The prosecution is trying to show the attack was unprovoked.
  17. Western Union will transfer money bank account to bank account without a fee, according to their website. They make money on the currency exchange. There's no free way of transferring money.
  18. Some "Islamic people" are indeed devout and conservative, just like some "Christian people". But some smoke, and drink and curse as bad a sailors, just like some "Christian people". I've always found it best to leave my preconceived notions at home when I venture out into the world. Regarding "interracial marriage" my friend in Davao has informed me that people there are the most diverse (mixed) in all of the Philippines -- Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Arabic -- all of which makes for a very beautiful culture. But you will miss all of this unless you leave at home your ideas of how people are. IMHO :cheersty:
  19. .. Marcos was definitively propped up by all of the American administrations .. as long as they had their military installations they turned a blind eye to Marcos sucking the country dry. The oligarchies are a complex subject I don't pretend to understand. Regarding "sowing the seeds of democracy" the US made an honest attempt. If the result is less than perfect, I think you need to consider the starting point. In 1900 local government was in the hands of the village priest. The US administrations set up a school system, made English the national language, and established a national legislature around 1915, making it the oldest in Asia. Officials have always been elected by clans, the one who can bring home the most bacon is the one that gets elected. I'm not sure in Japan or Korea (of for that matter the US) is that much more democratic. Money has a lot to do with who gets elected .. what's important is whether people have the power to kick out "the bastards" when they become intolerable.
  20. You have to be careful about lumping countries together and comparing their rates of development. Each country has it's own particular history which effects its economic progress. Regarding the Philippines you have to consider the destruction caused by the 21 years of Marcos rule. The country is just beginning to recover from that disaster. It's growth rate increased from 3% in 2011 to 7% in 2012 and is expected to continue to grow at 6%-7% over the next two years. Corruption and bad government are still a problem but it as huge improvement over the Marcos days. If peace can be brought to Mindanao the mineral wealth there will cause a big surge in development. There's plenty of wealth in the Philippines right now, but it's being hoarded at the top. If the people at the bottom can ever get their fair share, then the country will grow quite nicely .. all the ingredients are there. Btw Max Weber's thesis is largely discredited. (France, a Catholic country, industrialized just as fast as England.) A really good book on the history of the American involvement in the Philippines is "In Our Image" by Stanley Karnow about $13 from Amazon.
  21. Metro Bank (largest bank in the Phils) sees a stronger peso by the end of the year breaking through the 40 pnp/$ barrier. Seems like it's better to change money now ... but who knows? http://business.inquirer.net/116845/peso-rises-as-world-bank-projects-over-6-economic-growth-for-ph
  22. For whatever it is worth, the State Department reported 10 US citizens murdered in the Philippines in 2012, along with 4 suicides and 7 deaths due to traffic fatalities. http://www.travel.state.gov/law/family_issues/death/death_600.html This site allows you to compare the Phils to other countries. Over 600,000 Americans visited the Phils last year and there are 300,000 American citizens living in the Phils, according to the State Department. They don't distinguish between citizens of Filipino ancestry and those without.
  23. Well, if the US and the EU fail, (that's only 40% of the world economy!) I'm not sure it will be much better in the Phils unless you have a fishing pole and your own rice field :) . But this report will be good news for you ... http://business.inquirer.net/116845/peso-rises-as-world-bank-projects-over-6-economic-growth-for-ph. And the Kroner is very stable against the PHP -- in fact it's gained about 10% in the last year. So I think you'll do good as long as your wife doesn't take all of your Kroners :hystery:
  24. I remember hearing Lefty on the radio growing up ..... (if you remember 45's that puts you in a certain age group)
  25. --Thomas, by "safe" I meant that the economy is in no danger of collapsing ... so you will not lose your money through bank failure or currency collapse (as is happening in Crete right now). The US Fed has pursued a 0% interest policy for several years now but has no trouble selling Treasury Bonds. Other countries buy the bonds not because they expect a profit but because it is a safe place to keep their money. A strong currency is good for individuals but not necessarily good for a country. Your Swedish Kroner will buy twice as many dollars as it would ten years ago. That's good for you when you visit the US. A Swedish business will find the US an attractive place open a plant because it's Kroner will buy more dollars, so a "weak" currency is good for the US economy. It also makes American exports cheap for foreign buyers and it pulls a lot of money into the US stock markets. But it's not so good for Americans who live or travel overseas. Bob .. you're such a pessimist!
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