PHOTO: Chris Green Retirement in western countries is starting to become out of reach for many with spiralling cost of living and monthly expenses. The property booms in countries like Australia have pushed up rents for many who simply find it difficult to contemplate retiring in their home country. On a cobbled street in the south of Spain, Norah Ohrt lives like a typical Andalusian in a little white house with red flowers blooming from the windows. It’s a world away from what her life would be like if she was still living in Australia. The 71 year old former gallery owner says that in Perth she’d be living in state housing, surviving “on the smell of an oily rag on the Australian pension”. With property prices and cost of living on the rise, the number of Australians retiring overseas has dramatically increased in the past 10 years, with swelling expat communities in Thailand, Spain and Cambodia. In 2016, 11,660 Australians over 55 permanently relocated overseas, compared … [Read more...] about Retiring overseas. Is it getting too expensive to retire in your home country?
The government is considering the simultaneous rollouts of the coronavirus vaccines of Sinovac and AstraZeneca to head off the growing threat of the virus’ new mutations. Speaking to reporters following the arrival of the first batch of AstraZeneca’s AZD1222 last Thursday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government might begin deploying the vaccine to hospitals nationwide on Friday once immunization experts submit their recommendation on how to allocate the doses. “Ang ating timeline, ‘yung Sinovac matapos po natin ‘yung deployment this coming seven to 10 days and then pagsasabayin po namin ‘yan (Our timeline is to finish the deployment of Sinovac in the next seven to 10 days and then we will have a simultaneous deployment for AstraZeneca),” Galvez said. The shipment of 500,000 AZD1222 doses was donated by the global vaccine-sharing The Philippines has also purchased 17 million doses of AZD1222, with the help of private firms and local government units. Delivery is … [Read more...] about Govt races to beat variants, mutations
How great is the risk of contracting coronavirus outdoors? The chances of becoming infected with the virus are far slimmer outdoors than indoors. This applies to the original coronavirus as well as to its mutants. This is due to aerosols, which are tiny particles floating in the atmosphere, that play a key role in the spread of the virus. Experts say aerosols pose a smaller risk outdoors. "This has to do with air circulation being far more pronounced outdoors," says Nico Mutters, who heads the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health at Bonn University Hospital. "The winds have a quick diluting effect." Birgit Wehner, an aerosols researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, says the tiny particles we exhale dry and dissipate far quicker outdoors. However, a paper by the Aerosols Association — signed by Wehner and others — states that infections still cannot be ruled out when individuals gather in large groups without keeping a sufficient distance. This means … [Read more...] about Fact check: The risk of catching coronavirus outdoors