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  1. So is rose a good wine to pair with bangers and mash.
  2. Watch Abbott and Costello in their their new sitcom "We Be Presidential"
  3. I had a couple of those that I kept around my computer monitors, I had four of them, when I was working. I would tell people they were the result of the "buggy" code that I was writing.
  4. Scary stuff. This article says it could end up being another Spanish Flu epidemic. https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-coronavirus-has-the-same-death-rate-as-the-spanish-flu-pandemic-that-killed-50-m-people-151608803.html China’s deadly coronavirus may have the same death rate as Spanish flu, an expert has warned. Deaths from the new virus rose to 17 on Wednesday with hundreds of cases now confirmed, increasing fears of widespread contagion. The previously unknown flu-like coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from an animal market in central Wuhan city, with cases now detected as far away as the US. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 is widely regarded as “the deadliest in history”, and is believed to have infected around 500 million people worldwide, killing between 20 and 50 million. Chinese officials have confirmed 440 cases of the new coronavirus strain - 2019-nCoV - so far, with 17 deaths. Based on existing data, the disease is said to have a 2% death rate. This means that for every 50 people who catch the infection, one will statistically die. To put this into context, around one in every 1,000 who develop flu die, giving it a death rate of 0.1%. “This [2019-nCoV’s death rate] could be 2%, similar to Spanish flu,” said Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London. Professor Peter Horby from the University of Oxford pointed out that fatality estimations are based on “clinical data around hospital cases”. Of those in hospital, “15%-to-20% are severe cases”, defined as needing ventilation. Coronaviruses as a class are common, causing everything from the common cold to epidemics like severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars). 2019-nCoV is thought to have originated in animals before “jumping” over to humans. “Novel viruses spread much faster because we have no immunity,” Prof Ferguson said. Fatalities are occurring as a result of pneumonia, which comes about when a respiratory infection causes the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs to become inflamed and filled with fluid or pus, according to the American Lung Association. The lungs then struggle to draw in air, resulting in reduced oxygen in the bloodstream. “Without treatment the end is inevitable,” said the charity Médecins Sans Frontières. “Deaths occurs because of asphyxiation.” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned there is no specific treatment for coronaviruses If the infection triggers pneumonia, doctors work to combat the complication. When a virus is to blame – like 2019-nCoV – pneumonia may be treated via “antiviral medication”, according to the American Lung Association. Yet, Prof Horby argued there is “no effective anti-viral”. “Most pneumonia is bacterial,” he said. These infections tend to respond to antibiotics. “With viral pneumonia, care is ‘supportive’,” Prof Horby said. 2019-nCoV is not the first coronavirus that has got people panicked. Sars made headlines in the early 2000s after 774 people died across dozens of countries, mainly in Asia. Genetic analyses reveal 2019-nCoV is more closely related to Sars than any other coronavirus. “Sars was nearly universally severe,” Prof Ferguson said. “Most cases in China are described as ‘mild’. “We’re not sure what that means.” What is the coronavirus 2019-nCoV? The city of Wuhan is at the centre of the outbreak, which likely originated from infected animals at a market. Most of those who initially fell ill worked at, or visited, the market. China's National Health Commission confirmed the virus can spread person-to-person, with patients in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Cases have also arisen in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the US. Prof Ferguson claims Wuhan likely has around 4,000 cases, Yahoo UK reported. Like other strains of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV typically starts with flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Six coronaviruses are known to infect people, with this strain being the “seventh”. The pathogens trigger mild-to-moderate upper respiratory tract infections, like the common cold, according to the CDC. In rarer cases, coronaviruses can lead to lower-respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. These tend to occur in babies, the elderly or those with weak immune systems. Coronaviruses commonly spread via coughing, sneezing, shaking hands or touching a contaminated object. The virus enters the body if contaminated hands touch the eyes, nose or mouth. In rare cases, faecal contamination is to blame. US health officials are working on a vaccine against 2019-nCoV; however, it will likely be months before the first stage of trials are underway and more than a year before one is available to the public, CNN reported. For now, the World Health Organization advises people avoid “unprotected” contact with live animals, thoroughly cook meat and eggs, and stay away from those with flu-like symptoms. *The death toll was accurate at the time of publication.
  5. I have seen that type of scaffold being used on three story buildings. Guys up there with no ropes wearing shorts, flip flops, and a do rag for a helmet. Makes me cringe. But the scariest thing I have seen are those "hanging ladders" made from rebar that hang down from the top of tall buildings. Saw them being used in Cebu City where they were painting a new high rise building. The guys using them look like ants up there. If you saw that in the USA , the Occupational Safety and Health Administration department would shut you down in a heartbeat, fine the hell out of the company, and probably put the corporate officers in prison. I think here they are given a raise in pay for being innovative and saving money.
  6. In Moalboal and Panagsama shortage of water and low pressure is a big problem. The infrastructure has not kept up with the demand. During the day, weekends especially, the pressure drops so low that many areas have no water. Lots of trucks here with the 1 meter fibreglass tanks delivering water to areas with little or no pressure.
  7. Fell in love with her all over again with the movie "Grumpier Old Men". This was a sequel to "Grumpy Old Men". Both were great movies, I laughed my butt off while watching them.
  8. According to the Bureau of Immigration website it depends on your country of citizenship. That being said, not everyone involved in decision making may be familiar with that exception or the countries on the list. I see that the Australia and the USA are exempt from the 6 month requirement, while Sweden is not. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/travel-req 9.1. For aliens with diplomatic or bilateral agreements with the Philippines: Unexpired passport; Unexpired entry visa; and Validly-issued return ticket. Non-visa required aliens shall be admitted an initial 30-days. 9.2. For aliens without bilateral agreements with the Philippines: Unexpired passport; Unexpired entry visa; and (Philippine Foreign Post (PFP)-listed highly restricted aliens shall secure visa only at the PFP in their country of origin or legal residence.) Validly-issued return ticket. Note: The passport shall have at least six months’ validity beyond intended stay, unless the alien belongs to a non-visa required country who may be admitted into the Philippines with less than six months’ valid passports upon arrival and whose embassies/consulate extend or renew their passports in the Philippines. 10. Who are exempt from the “six-month passport validity” rule? Philippine passport holders; Former Filipinos and their dependents (immediate family members); Permanent residents and holders of other special visa categories requiring temporary residents (with valid ACR I-Cards); Passports of recognized foreign-government officials; Visa under CA 613, Sec. 9, except Sec. 9(a), and 47(a)(2) where visa validity extends beyond passport expiration date, provided, an embassy or consulate is maintained in the Philippines; Those admitted by the Commissioner on humanitarian grounds; and Pursuant to Operations Order No. SBM-2015-026, nationals of the following countries may be admitted into the Philippines with passports of less than six (6) months validity from date of arrival: Angola Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Benin Brazil Cambodia Canada Chile Cyprus Czech Republic Ecuador France Germany Greece Iceland Indonesia Ireland Isreal Italy Japan Korea Kuwait Laos Mexico Myanmar Netherlands New Zealand Niger Norway Papua New Guinea Peru Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Singapore Spain Switzerland Thailand Turkey United Kingdom / GBR United States of America Venezuela
  9. Hmmm, senate bills, presidential criticism, signing a petition, and posting the petition link for others. Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck . . . . it is probably a duck.
  10. Agree. After reading the article, it sounds the only real difference in the program is to have a return ticket and proof of accommodation during the "visit". How is that going to stop someone coming here to work for a POGO? https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/01/13/1984337/no-more-tourist-visa-arrival-pogo-workers MANILA, Philippines — Soon, Chinese tourists will no longer have any chance to overstay in the country. Under the amended rules of the Visa Upon Arrival (VUA) program, neither will they be allowed to gain employment in Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) establishments. Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson Undersecretary Markk Perete yesterday said their office hopes to publish and make effective a circular this week to impose stricter policies for Chinese nationals who are holders of VUA. This would cover Chinese visitors and businessmen who would be staying for short durations in the Philippines as well as athletes and delegates to international conferences. Once published, Perete said the VUA amendments would take effect immediately. He explained, “Technically what is required by law is a reasonable period to notify the public after the publication. But in this case, this (VUA) is a privilege being granted to foreign individuals. So, in essence, the publication requirement is enough notice, and the effectivity put in the department circular is immediate upon publication.” The amendments in the VUA are more “restrictive,” which means that Chinese tourists would have to present their round-trip tickets showing the length of their stay and the date of their departure from the Philippines before they will be issued a visa. “This will make sure that no one would overstay” in the Philippines, added Perete. Foreigners with VUA are only allowed to stay in the country for a non-extendible period of 30 days. If, for instance, a Chinese businessman issued with a VUA would only be in the Philippines to conduct business for 15 days, once he leaves, his visa would also expire. Also, tourists have to reveal their itinerary while they are in the country and show proof that they have booked accommodations such as presenting hotel billing receipts. “Aside from the round-trip ticket, if they are coming in as tourists they must have booked accommodations for every stop in their itinerary. The tour operator must be, of course, accredited. The tour operator must provide all the details where they will be staying, proof of accommodations,” Perete said. The DOJ official also said Chinese nationals who were issued a VUA would also be barred from converting the nature of their visa. For example, they could not convert their VUA into a work visa or a resident’s visa. Perete clarified though that the government is not singling out the Chinese but that it intends “to make sure that the Visa Upon Arrival facility would not be abused… We just put in more restrictions specifically because of complaints that many are using that facility to obtain employment in the Philippines.” There have been recent reports of several Chinese nationals illegally working in POGOs and as construction workers. “Some have used that facility to obtain employment, later on whether it is POGO or any other kind of employment. The complaint on the visa, some would get a Visa Upon Arrival and then convert it into another visa and then get more permits to be employed in POGO or any other businesses,” he added. Aside from the Chinese, the DOJ official said they are also studying the possibility of including other nationalities, who would only be staying briefly in the country, under the stricter VUA regulations. While the VUA was created with promoting the country’s tourism as one of its main goals, the DOJ would also have to take into consideration the security aspect and the capability of the BI to handle the increasing number of VUA applications. The incentive granted to foreigners reportedly stemmed from an executive order issued by former president Corazon Aquino. In 2017, then DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued the VUA granting special privileges for Chinese nationals. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) then issued “landing visas” that allowed travelers to receive their visa once they arrived at the airport.
  11. Not true, it is turtles all the way down. This photo was taken from the space station and posted on the internet by an anoymous source. Of course it was denied as a hoax by the deep state government.
  12. I have started looking up the item that I need on google, then bring up the image on my phone. Even when the clerk knows english items here will often be called by a much different name. Works very well and the workers seem to appreciate it also.
  13. We are still in the cooler rainy season, but it has been warmer than usual for sure. More mosquitoes this year than I have ever seen.
  14. Mike J

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  15. Yes they will lose their PH citizenship. The law that passed allows them to reacquire their Philippine citizenship and thus become dual citizenship, but it is not automatic as an oath is required. https://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2003/ra_9225_2003.html Republic Act No. 9225 August 29, 2003 AN ACT MAKING THE CITIZENSHIP OF PHILIPPINE CITIZENS WHO ACQUIRE FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP PERMANENT. AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE COMMONWEALTH ACT. NO. 63, AS AMENDED AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress Assembled: Section 1. Short Title – this act shall be known as the "Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003." Section 2. Declaration of Policy - It is hereby declared the policy of the State that all Philippine citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship under the conditions of this Act. Section 3. Retention of Philippine Citizenship - Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, natural-born citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the following oath of allegiance to the Republic: "I _____________________, solemny swear (or affrim) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I imposed this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion." Natural born citizens of the Philippines who, after the effectivity of this Act, become citizens of a foreign country shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon taking the aforesaid oath. Section 4. Derivative Citizenship - The unmarried child, whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, below eighteen (18) years of age, of those who re-acquire Philippine citizenship upon effectivity of this Act shall be deemed citizenship of the Philippines. Section 5. Civil and Political Rights and Liabilities - Those who retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this Act shall enjoy full civil and political rights and be subject to all attendant liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Philippines and the following conditions: (1) Those intending to exercise their right of surffrage must Meet the requirements under Section 1, Article V of the Constitution, Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as "The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003" and other existing laws; (2) Those seeking elective public in the Philippines shall meet the qualification for holding such public office as required by the Constitution and existing laws and, at the time of the filing of the certificate of candidacy, make a personal and sworn renunciation of any and all foreign citizenship before any public officer authorized to administer an oath; (3) Those appointed to any public office shall subscribe and swear to an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities prior to their assumption of office: Provided, That they renounce their oath of allegiance to the country where they took that oath; (4) Those intending to practice their profession in the Philippines shall apply with the proper authority for a license or permit to engage in such practice; and (5) That right to vote or be elected or appointed to any public office in the Philippines cannot be exercised by, or extended to, those who: (a) are candidates for or are occupying any public office in the country of which they are naturalized citizens; and/or (b) are in active service as commissioned or non-commissioned officers in the armed forces of the country which they are naturalized citizens. Section 6. Separability Clause - If any section or provision of this Act is held unconstitutional or invalid, any other section or provision not affected thereby shall remain valid and effective. Section 7. Repealing Clause - All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. Section 8. Effectivity Clause – This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or two (2) newspaper of general circulation.
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