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Mike J

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  1. I expect we will begin to see it incorporated into the annual flu shots in the coming years as covid goes from pandemic to endemic.
  2. I am on my wife's plan. The plans we have in place for the mother-in-laws care givers include their respective family members.
  3. I think that Philhealth reimburses room rates based on the classification of health issue (A to D) and the classification/size of the hospital (level 1 thru 3). The patient can choose to have a private room but the amount Philhealth pays would still be based on the illness and the hospital, not the "patient" choice of room. So if the illness can be treated in a ward, Philhealth is going to reimburse based a ward rate for that class of hospital.
  4. I think most expats would agree that Philhealth is a bargain as far as insurance goes. It only pays a portion of the bills but is very low cost compared to commercial coverage. We provide Philhealth for the workers who care for my wife's mother. It has helped their family members out in more than one instance.
  5. I kind of remember having electronic finger prints when getting my ACR card and also applying for driver license? I believe the electronic image is stored on the card but could be wrong. Also I was finger printed with ink and later questioned by PNP personnel when my name came up on the "hit list" when applying for my 13A visa. That was a bit nerve wracking as the guy with my name has a rather lengthy list of offenses and was "wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide". .
  6. Welcome to the forum. I think you will find us to be a helpful and friendly bunch.
  7. Mostly BS for sure. It really smacks of the "Live like a King for less than $1000 per month" that used to be posted all over the internet. I live in the province and the last beer (SM Pilson) I bought was 75 peso. And there is no WIH that you could buy a livable house for 50K (1 million peso) in Subic.
  8. I am still fond of my add on. Kind of captures the pros and cons of living here.
  9. So true. It is my wife who ends up feeling the grief, abuse, and hurt.
  10. Issues with family seem to be a common problem when married to a Filipina. My wife is so discouraged with some of her siblings that we have discussed moving to another area to get away from family. Both of us are about fed up with the "damned if you do, damned if you don't", "what have you done for me lately" attitude. It can be a challenge for sure. Fortunately my wife sees what we have contributed to family as opposed to what they think we should contribute. The saying "No good deed goes unpunished" comes to mind. Best of luck. We are considering moving after my mother-in-law passes just to get away from the this $hit. Sorry end of rant as this is your story, not mine.
  11. I am a small town guy and love my sedate life here. In Moalboal it takes me about five minutes to get from our house on the ocean to the mall. Maybe six minutes if the traffic is really heavy. On the other hand, the nearest real hospital is almost three hours away. Flying means leaving the day prior to your flight and staying in a hotel next to the airport in Mactan.
  12. I miss good beef. In the almost nine years I have lived here I have had two fairly good, but not great, steaks. The rest, regardless of cost, were of very poor quality. Tough and dry with a lot of gristle, even if cooked correctly (I prefer medium rare) they were a real disappointment.
  13. Or as @Jollygoodfellow says, you die one month into a six month extension. Last thoughts as Jolly suffers serious chest pains; "Crap what a waste, I could have used that extension money for some serious drinking"
  14. Created by then President Aquino in 2014 via Executive order No. 168. <snip> Chairperson : Department of Health (DOH) Members : Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Department of Justice (DOJ) Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Department of Tourism (DOT) Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) <end snip> https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2014/05/26/executive-order-no-168-s-2014/
  15. I suspect it comes from Australia or New Zealand to save on transportation costs? <snip>McDonald’s gets their beef from numerous farms and ranches that are located in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.<end snip> https://querysprout.com/where-does-mcdonalds-get-their-meat-supplier-type-of-meat-more/
  16. I was wondering just how old you might be? Thinking to myself, was it WW2 or maybe even WW1?
  17. You are not the only one who has doubts about their reporting. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-s-low-covid-death-toll-prompts-questions/ar-AAWAG4q?cvid=50a2294e69544f93b1d5b2a5c51471a9 Two years into the pandemic, China's resurgent Covid-19 outbreak has revived questions about how the country counts deaths from the virus, with persistently low fatalities despite rising cases. Shanghai, China's largest city, has logged 190 deaths among more than 520,000 infections in nearly two months -- a fraction of the rate in outbreaks fuelled by the Omicron variant in other parts of the world. The figures have been trumpeted by the ruling Communist Party as proof its strict zero-Covid pandemic approach works, but experts say the data alone does not tell the whole story. - How does China's toll compare? - Shanghai, the hardest-hit city in China's current coronavirus wave, has logged a case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.036 percent -- 36 deaths per 100,000 people infected since March 1. China had wrestled domestic infections down to a trickle before the latest outbreak but, even so, the death toll is low compared with other countries lauded as Covid-19 success stories. "If Shanghai had a similar CFR to New Zealand -- 0.07 percent in its current Omicron outbreak -- then it would have seen more than 300 deaths," Michael Baker, professor of public health at the University of Otago in New Zealand, told AFP. China has recorded fewer than 5,000 deaths from Covid-19, despite logging nearly 200,000 symptomatic cases and more than 470,000 asymptomatic cases since the start of the pandemic. Countries have used different methodologies to identify and count coronavirus deaths, however, making comparisons difficult. India, with a comparable population to China's 1.4 billion, officially reported 520,000 Covid deaths after a devastating outbreak swept the country last year -- though a forthcoming World Health Organization study reportedly puts the actual toll at four million. Paul Tambyah, president of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, said some countries with high tolls such as Britain have regularly recorded anyone who dies within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test as a Covid death. A WHO spokesperson said the organisation had held "extensive consultations with all countries" on death data, without commenting specifically on China. - What do the numbers show? - One explanation for the low toll is that China may be "very strict about classification of Covid-related deaths", Tambyah told AFP. China's health commission told AFP its toll counts virus-infected people who die without first recovering from Covid. That leaves open the possibility of patients with underlying conditions aggravated by the virus being excluded from the toll if they die of those conditions after meeting the official criteria for Covid recovery. Another factor could be China's policy of aggressive mass testing, which may uncover more infections than countries such as India that have faced test shortages. "The chances of you finding positive but asymptomatic and mild cases are very high," statistically pushing down the overall death rate, Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease specialist at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, told AFP. But even so, "there is always a lag between cases being identified and reported, and people getting sick and dying from this infection," added Baker. The fatalities from the Wuhan outbreak at the beginning of the pandemic were later revised upwards by 50 percent by Chinese authorities. Prabhat Jha, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto, said the overall toll from the current outbreak could be "a very large number" due to the large number of under-vaccinated elderly, and vaccines with lower efficacy rates. - What's the official explanation? - Top Chinese epidemiologist Wu Zunyou has attributed the country's low death rate to its strategy of early detection through mass testing. "Keeping the scale of the outbreak to a minimum will completely avoid deaths caused by a squeeze on medical resources," Wu said. Beijing has also seized on the low death toll as an endorsement of its strict Covid policies, claiming to have placed human life above freedoms, unlike Western democracies that have suffered heavier tolls. Mai He, a pathology expert at Washington University, said the data was "very much politically affected". - What about excess deaths? - "Our best measure of undercounting Covid comes from comparing reported Covid deaths to excess mortality," Ariel Karlinsky, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a technical adviser to the WHO, told AFP. That would mean comparing deaths attributed to all causes during the pandemic with numbers from non-pandemic years. Karlinsky said China has been "skittish" about this number, with more detailed data shared only with "select researchers". Jha said previous estimates from China published in the international BMJ medical journal showed excess short-term deaths in Wuhan but not in the rest of China, which tallies with the official narrative of deaths.
  18. Beer googles = "me be strong hard @ss "
  19. I was thought you had already decided to move back to the US? Possible change of plans?
  20. Yes. There is also a ban on carrying firearms during the campaign season, and also distribution of public funds. The distribution of funds is an effort to prevent current office holders from using public funds to circumvent the buying of votes. All things considered I think the three bans are appropriate and probably prevent injuries, deaths, and misuse of public funds. https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/12/23/Comelec-gun-liquor-ban-resolutions-2022.html For gun control, Resolution No. 10741, promulgated on Dec. 16, mandates the establishment of checkpoints in all cities and municipalities, as it prohibits the bearing, carrying, and transporting of firearms "and other deadly weapons." Each checkpoint, it said, must be "well-lighted, properly identified, and manned with uniform personnel." They must also have three feet by four feet (3'x4') signboards to distinguish the place, and warning signs for motorists to slow down. Spot checkpoints may be set up "where the circumstances warrant," according to the Comelec. No person shall be subjected to any physical or body search without reasonable ground, or be obliged to open glove compartments, trunks, and bags, it said. Likewise, searching personnel must be in their personal protective equipment (PPE), and shall comply with the minimum public health standards at all times. The resolution also clearly stipulated that should any person ignore the checkpoint, the commanding officer or team leader must immediately report to the adjacent teams or police stations for proper action. If one is confirmed to have violated the gun ban, the standard operating procedures of the Philippine National Police shall apply. All personnel manning the checkpoints are prohibited from soliciting or extorting money and accepting voluntary offers of cash and gifts from the public, the poll body said. In another development, the Comelec is bent on implementing a two-day liquor ban, with the exemption of foreign travelers in hotels, restaurants, and other similar establishments certified by the Tourism Department as "tourist-oriented." These foreigners must secure prior written authority from the regional election director of Metro Manila — if the establishment is located in the capital region — or the provincial election supervisor or city election officer. The liquor ban will be enforced from May 8 to 9, 2022. Violators may face imprisonment of up to six years, be deprived to vote, and suffer disqualification to hold public office. On election day, the Health Department is directed to ensure complete and enough resources for first-aid assistance, and coordinate with authorities for the establishment of health stations and implementation of COVID-19 measures. The Comelec has also deputized the Interior Department, the National Police Commission, and other law enforcement agencies and government instrumentalities. They will be tasked to provide security in polling places, among several other functions, to "ensure free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections." Prohibition on release of public funds, etc. No government official or employee, including those at the barangay level, and state-owned or controlled corporations, shall release, disburse, or expend public funds for all kinds of public works from March 25 to May 8, the day before the election. But there are exceptions to the prohibition, such as the maintenance of existing or completed projects, works undertaken by contract through public bidding or awarding before March 25, emergency projects following calamities, irrigation works, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects, among others. During the same period, all national and local government offices, agencies, and instrumentalities will not be allowed to appoint or hire any new employee, and create and fill any position. Designation of any existing or incumbent official or employee is not covered by the prohibition. A total ban on promotion, salary increases, and grant of privileges will be in place. Meanwhile, transfer of officers and employees in the civil service, and the Armed Forces and PNP, as well as suspension of elective provincial, city, municipal, or barangay officers will be prohibited from Jan. 9 to June 8 next year, except in some cases. Such dates mark the beginning of the election period.
  21. Good to hear you are feeling better. Thanks for keeping us posted.
  22. I think there really is a shortage of fries. Multiple Facebook posts on a Moalboal based page where people are asking where they can buy frozen french fries to cook at home.
  23. Two years of covid was rough, then a super typhoon was really bad, and now McDonalds has stopped selling large fries. https://ph.yahoo.com/news/mcdonald-philipines-halts-sales-large-042940177.html Coconuts Manila Fri, April 22, 2022, 12:29 PM If you’ve recently left a McDonald’s counter frustrated and clueless as to why they’re out of larger french fry sizes, then the fast food chain has some answers: McDonald’s Philippines has announced that the global shipping crisis has caused a shortage of their beloved french fries. “Our regular fries are extra special these days,” the brand wrote on social media. “The supply of our World Famous Fries is limited because of the global freight crisis. That’s why you haven’t been seeing our fries in big red fry boxes (medium, large, and BFF) in the stores.” At the moment, McDo customers can only order regular-sized french fries. The Philippines isn’t the only country suffering from a french fry shortage, though. In January, the Washington Post wrote that COVID-19 and other factors such as bad weather and labor disputes were causing issues with the potato supply chain. Following that, countries such as Singapore and Indonesia have suffered from significant spud shortfalls leading to limits on french fry orders. In South Korea, the problem is so bad that McDonald’s there has recently resorted to replacing french fry side orders with chicken nuggets or cheese sticks instead.
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