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  1. #14545
    Quote Originally Posted by DashingDon  [View Original Post]
    Based on plummeting covid case rates in Metro Manila, Bureau of Immigration chief Jaime Morente is optimistic that travel restrictions for inbound tourists will be lifted soon, but cautions that the decision is up to the Inter Agency Task Force, per Philippine Lifestyle News, October 11. Currently, there are no outbound restrictions for Filipinos however, only Filipinos, Balikbayans and foreigners with residency permits are permitted to enter.
    Interesting. That looks like a copy / paste from a news article. Regarding the plummeting covid case (or death) rates in Metro Manila, does anyone have evidence of that?

    Some evidence of the opposite. See attached pics, from: https://doh.gov.ph/2019-ncov/.

    The graph is the death rate (rolling 7-day average) for the NCR since the pandemic start. Note from July 1 of this year to present, it appears to be an uptick-and-hold (not a plummeting decline).

    Also of interest: https://doh.gov.ph/press-release/80%...CT-HUCs-IN-NCR.

    Showing the majority of cases coming from only a handful of hotspots (from the pic, guessing Manila, QC, Caloocan, Pasig, and Valenzuela). Headline from the article:

    80% OF NEW COVID-19 CASES COME FROM 11%-30% OF BARANGAYS IN NCR PLUS AND SELECT HUCs IN NCR
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  2. #14544

    Ramp'and it up

    From an October 7 article on new shipment of 5. 5 million doses of vaccines to Phils:

    https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-deliver...e-philippines/

    Manila, October 7, 2021 The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, delivered an additional 5,575,050 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.

    The vaccines, delivered in five separate shipments to Manila, Cebu, and Davao between October 1 to 6, were part of the 500 million doses of Pfizer the United States is making available for distribution through COVAX, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.


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    From another, today, 1. 8 million doses:

    https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-provide...e-philippines/

    Manila, October 13, 2021  The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, delivered an additional 1,842,750 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.   

    The vaccines, delivered in two separate shipments to Manila on October 10 and 11, were part of the 500 million doses of Pfizer the United States is making available for distribution through COVAX, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. This follows last weeks delivery of 5.57 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Philippines.
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  3. #14543

    Some Points

    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    Nice.

    OTOH, there is this article on UAL cutting flights out of SFO:

    https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranc...html?ana=yahoo

    From the article:

    United (NASDAQ: UAL) suspended SFO nonstops to Calgary, a Canadian energy and business center; Northwest Arkansas National Airport, popular with tech vendors and other suppliers to Walmart, based in nearby Bentonville; Toronto; St. Louis; and Oklahoma City. SNIP.

    SFOs dominant carrier did not have an immediate comment on the suspension of nonstop flights involving Bay Area airports, but the airline industry has been moving rapidly to adjust service schedules as the Delta variant cooled demand for business travel and delayed return-to-office plans at many companies. SNIP.

    But SFOs nonstop service to Shanghai, which had been Uniteds only nonstop service to China from San Francisco, has also been suspended through February. Bay Area residents traveling to Shanghai from SFO will have to travel through Seoul, South Korea, according to the Cranky Flyer travel blog.

    United told investors last month that it sees dim prospects for recovery in travel to Asia. "We're not expecting our Asian capacity to get back to normal anytime soon," said Andrew Nocella, United's chief commercial officer.


    Apparently Andrew is not reading this Board.
    China is still not allowing entry to non-citizens unless you can get a "special visa" which are hard to come by, and the quarantine requirements for entry, even for returning citizens, is very strict. So not surprising that United is having troubles getting enough passengers to fill up an airplane.

    The pilot shortage in the USA is very real and will only get worse if the US government insists on all pilots being vaccinated. Would not be surprised if most airlines start chopping their less profitable routes and just fly those that they have pilots and crew to handle.

    I hear Southwest is offering free flights to passengers who know how to fly a 737.

  4. #14542
    Quote Originally Posted by DashingDon  [View Original Post]
    Based on plummeting covid case rates in Metro Manila, Bureau of Immigration chief Jaime Morente is optimistic that travel restrictions for inbound tourists will be lifted soon, but cautions that the decision is up to the Inter Agency Task Force, per Philippine Lifestyle News, October 11. Currently, there are no outbound restrictions for Filipinos however, only Filipinos, Balikbayans and foreigners with residency permits are permitted to enter. SNIP Can't wait.
    Nice.

    OTOH, there is this article on UAL cutting flights out of SFO:

    https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranc...html?ana=yahoo

    From the article:

    United (NASDAQ: UAL) suspended SFO nonstops to Calgary, a Canadian energy and business center; Northwest Arkansas National Airport, popular with tech vendors and other suppliers to Walmart, based in nearby Bentonville; Toronto; St. Louis; and Oklahoma City. SNIP.

    SFOs dominant carrier did not have an immediate comment on the suspension of nonstop flights involving Bay Area airports, but the airline industry has been moving rapidly to adjust service schedules as the Delta variant cooled demand for business travel and delayed return-to-office plans at many companies. SNIP.

    But SFOs nonstop service to Shanghai, which had been Uniteds only nonstop service to China from San Francisco, has also been suspended through February. Bay Area residents traveling to Shanghai from SFO will have to travel through Seoul, South Korea, according to the Cranky Flyer travel blog.

    United told investors last month that it sees dim prospects for recovery in travel to Asia. "We're not expecting our Asian capacity to get back to normal anytime soon," said Andrew Nocella, United's chief commercial officer.


    Apparently Andrew is not reading this Board.

  5. #14541
    And speaking of vaccines. Its possible that there might be misinformation out there on social media.
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  6. #14540

    Go All Blacks

    Covid comparison numbers for New Zealand. For the period of August during the Delta outbreak, of 1622 cases: 86% unvaccinated, 10% single dose, 4% double dosed (100% of total cases). Of those hospitalized: 91% unvaccinated, 7% single dose, 2% double dose (100% of hospitalizations).
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  7. #14539
    Quote Originally Posted by SoapySmith  [View Original Post]
    First person from the Philippines ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RArvuCLElaY

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/08/media...ntl/index.html

    Here's an account put together by the Public Broadcasting Service in the states. Be advised it's about an hour and 40 minutes long, but it is sort of riveting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQpjfWV_p6E

    Maybe this balances out some of the frequent accounts about Filipinas stealing, lying, and infecting mongers.
    Enjoyed the last one, PBS / 1000 cuts. However, it doesn't discount the lying nature of pinoys (it might show the exceptions to the rule). Good work SS, food for thought.

  8. #14538

    Re opening of Phils

    Based on plummeting covid case rates in Metro Manila, Bureau of Immigration chief Jaime Morente is optimistic that travel restrictions for inbound tourists will be lifted soon, but cautions that the decision is up to the Inter Agency Task Force, per Philippine Lifestyle News, October 11. Currently, there are no outbound restrictions for Filipinos however, only Filipinos, Balikbayans and foreigners with residency permits are permitted to enter.

    International travel for the vaccinated is starting to return with almost daily reports of loosening of restrictions; Malaysia and Singapore being the latest to announce partial re openings.

    Maybe soon the games will begin again with gusto as planeloads of merry foreigners descend on the fair shores of the motherland. The board abuzz with chatter about the latest conquest; punters earnestly seeking advise from fellow hobbyists on the moral fiber of this or that bar girl; and the inevitable storm in a teacup regarding the member who 'paid too much' and thus 'ruined it for the rest of us'.

    Can't wait.

  9. #14537
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    A serious drop in March 2020, from 64.11 to 59.61 in one month. The Covid effect?
    Yes, it was a serious drop of 7%, in just one month. I'm sure it had something to do with Covid, it must have spooked the currency traders!

    The GBP / PHP exchange rate over the last 2 and a bit years I have been here has bobbed up and down a bit every month, as do all exchange rates, but that 7% drop was the sharpest fluctuation during that time period.

  10. #14536
    First person from the Philippines ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RArvuCLElaY

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/08/media...ntl/index.html

    Here's an account put together by the Public Broadcasting Service in the states. Be advised it's about an hour and 40 minutes long, but it is sort of riveting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQpjfWV_p6E

    Maybe this balances out some of the frequent accounts about Filipinas stealing, lying, and infecting mongers.

  11. #14535
    Quote Originally Posted by Bushes  [View Original Post]
    SNIP this might help remind people of what comes from these beautiful islands.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WNMSo-sfAk
    Hahaha that's great.

  12. #14534
    Memory challenged is a big problem. For the non Covid variety, this might help remind people of what comes from these beautiful islands.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WNMSo-sfAk

    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pfizers-c...032404881.html

    From the article:
    In comparison, vaccines for other conditions such as mumps, measles, and rubella only show small decreases of about 5% to 10% each year in neutralizing antibody levels, wrote the researchers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mdemde  [View Original Post]
    There can be nothing worse than travelling a quarter or a half way round the world, like the 3 people mentioned in this news report (link below), only to be told by immigration staff when you arrive in the Philippines that they won't let you in!

  13. #14533
    Quote Originally Posted by Mdemde  [View Original Post]
    The GBP / PHP rate is also working well for me!

    I normally do a monthly transfer near the end of every month from my UK bank to my bank in the Philippines and keep a record in a spreadsheet of the exchange rate. It has varied between a low of 59.61 in March last year and a high of 68.07 in July this year. At the end of last month I got 67.89.
    A serious drop in March 2020, from 64.11 to 59.61 in one month. The Covid effect?

  14. #14532

    GBP / PHP rate

    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    Some good news, the USD / peso is back up above 50:1, working well for me.
    The GBP / PHP rate is also working well for me!

    I normally do a monthly transfer near the end of every month from my UK bank to my bank in the Philippines and keep a record in a spreadsheet of the exchange rate. It has varied between a low of 59.61 in March last year and a high of 68.07 in July this year. At the end of last month I got 67.89.
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  15. #14531

    Pfizer immunity protection diminishes

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pfizers-c...032404881.html

    From the article:

    In the first study, researchers from Qatar found that Pfizer's immunity protection drops to as low as 20% just four months after a person receives their second dose. They based their report on observations of infections among Qatar's over 900,000 vaccinated people. The researchers found that Pfizer's protection against infection was "negligible" shortly after the first dose, but jumps to 36.8% three weeks later. When people receive their second dose, immunity protection increases to 77.5% after about a month.

    But once that month is over, Pfizer's immunity effectiveness declines steadily, hovering at around 20% after the four-month mark, per the researchers..
    SNIP.

    Still, Pfizer's protection against hospitalization and death remained "robust" at 90% or higher for six months after the second dose, it said.. SNIP.

    The other study, conducted in Israel, looked at 4,868 healthcare workers. It reported that people have substantially decreased COVID-19 antibodies just six months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer's vaccine. The drop is especially prominent among men, the elderly above 65, and those with weakened immune systems.

    In comparison, vaccines for other conditions such as mumps, measles, and rubella only show small decreases of about 5% to 10% each year in neutralizing antibody levels, wrote the researchers.
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