CRISPIN R. ARANDA

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THE UK will need more than 40,000 nurses till 2026, the worst nursing shortage in the country’s history, but there’s not enough UK graduates to fill the vacancies. Large numbers of nurses from the National Health Service (NHS) are quitting because of staff shortages and low pay. Even nurses from…

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US President Donald Trump may have the lowest approval ratings of presidents during their first-year term, but the stock market and businesses are ignoring the political chatter surrounding the President’s competence and fitness for office. A government report on December 5 shows the US economy had added 148,000 jobs that…

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MY maternal grandparents – native Antipolonians – left my mother a 20-hectare property in what was then the San Luis barangay boondocks. About 8 hectares were turned into an orchard by my father who himself was a migrant from Pangasinan. The harsh climate of the north pushed my paternal grandparents…

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GROWING up in Antipolo, then a backyard town of Manila, Christmas was represented by guava and sampaloc branches festooned with white cotton, carefully pasted by liquid flour (gawgaw). The white cotton of course was supposed to be snow. Lots and lots of snow, hence White Christmas. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”…

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READY to fly or on standby? “Istambay” is a term I remember vividly from when I was a teenager. My mother told me that if I didn’t pursue and complete a college education, I would be like most male adults in town who just lounge around restaurants, bars, barber shops…

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“EVERY single undocumented immigrant, of which there are 11.3 million, have to go” was then presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign promise. Henceforth, Trump said on the campaign trail, “the United States will no longer be the dumping ground for everyone else’s problems” A year after, are immigrants coming or going?…

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A nurse should be familiar with a heart bypass: an open heart surgical procedure allowing blood to flow to the heart via alternative routes, if one or several vessels are blocked and thus, deprive the heart of the much-needed blood to keep it pumping and the patient alive. Where four…

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THE Grinch came instead of Santa Claus, green instead of red, but verdant was cause for pause and holiday anguish. Next month’s US Visa Bulletin – announcing who are nearing the end of their immigrant visa waiting days – stopped visa interviews and left hundreds of thousands hanging until next…

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ACTUALLY, this column is about how corruption in the Philippines has forced Filipino nurses to leave the country in droves, like passengers escaping the virus of politicians’ plunder—including the P3.8 billion worth of trains contracted with Busan Universal Rail, Inc. Okay, time to backtrack a bit. In July 2012, BBC…

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