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CRISPIN R. ARANDA OUT of many, one. The 2016 Republican presidential primary was the largest ever for any political party in American history. From a total of 17 major candidates who joined the race on March 23, 2015, only three stood standing on May 3, 2016: Sen. Ted Cruz of…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA THE US Senate‘s 50-49 vote that shut down the federal government Friday last week, January 19, 2018, echoes the divide that President Donald Trump has created and continues to turn into cataclysmic partisan chasm. The reason? Both parties were catering to their base, not the entire electorate…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA 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.…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA 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…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA 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…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA 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…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA 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,…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA “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…

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CRISPIN R. ARANDA 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…

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