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  1. As of yesterday any updates on the coronavirus has to be approved and released by the Whitehouse. This reminds me of living in South Africa with the censorship of the press. I remember the days when those yellow police vans pulled up to cafe's and confiscated the newspapers and sometimes Scope magazine. So do your own research as its all fake news!
  2. (COVID-19) The virus in on the cusp, US warns that the nation will see severe disruption to Daily Life, and the virus could become pandemic. Americans warned to be prepared for an outbreak here. Here is a link to the CDC web site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/related-stigma.html Not that the CDC is its former self. When Trump took over he cut a lot of jobs and millions of dollars. News Break: Trump is going on National TV tonight at 6: pm to discuss this issue.
  3. The new Public Charge rule came into effect on Friday. This mainly affects lower-income people with Green Cards who have not become citizens yet. that have fallen on hard times and claimed benefits from the Government for assistance or food stamps. Here is the link https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/27/supreme-court-allows-trumps-public-charge-immigration-rule.html
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    Land Reform

    interesting article. Mike Pompeo standing up against South Africa's land reform. Angela Merkel from Germany has also expressed concern and will consider closing the BMW Mercedes Benz car plants. https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Pompeo-South-Africa-land-reform-plan-would-be-15066762.php#photo-19054452
  5. Hi, it's some gas stations in NYC but not all. In New Jersy, there is no self-service. They do not expect tips and its not mandatory to tip them. But its quite nice to get your windshield washed.
  6. Actually, in New York, you are not allowed to pump your own gas. They do it for you. (Probably worried about fires)
  7. https://www.yahoo.com/news/im-south-africa-spent-2-172420068.html
  8. Telkom is in the process of replacing the old Telkom Landline phones with the new 3G FLLA WI-FI Phone. I called family in Cape Town last week, the quality of these phones is terrible. They are very loud and have a lot of distortion and echo on the line. Telkom's advice is to turn the volume down on both ends it helps a bit, but really the quality standards in South Africa are deteriorating. They are rolling out these new phones to all neighborhoods as Telkom says it will be less maintenance for them. Just be aware when calling family in SA that the phone service is going downhill.
  9. Just a Heads up! South African Airways will be having a massive strike this coming weekend scheduled for Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November. SAA has canceled all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November 2019 to minimize the impact of disruptions for its customers. https://www.eturbonews.com/418590/south-african-airways-union-strike-could-spell-the-end-for-airline/ https://simpleflying.com/saa-strike-bankrupt/
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    I have learned over time no matter how fancy the Hotel is always run the shower in the bathroom before you unpack, often the bath is blocked up with hair and other matter that the water builds up before draining out. So you could be standing in all sorts of fecal matter. If the shower/bath does not drain. Ask for another room or get housekeeping to fix it immediately. Another tip is to unplug the phone at night. We once got a call at 2:00 am in the morning saying we were making too much noise, but we were actually fast asleep. I gave the manager quite a dressing down the next morning, they gave us a $150.00 discount and $50,000 point credit but we would never stay there again. This was in an upmarket Hilton. So there are no guarantees with any of the hotels.
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    Motel 6 is generally not the greatest place to stay. - Often hear about murders and a place for guys to stay when their wives have kicked them out of the house. As you stayed at a Clarion they have loyalty points register and ask for your rewards number. There is a nice Clarion at Ocean City Maryland, right on the beach and the also have a dog floor for guests that are traveling with dogs. Really a nice place to stay for a few days in the summer.
  12. South Africa played England in Japan this morning and won the Rugby World Cup by 32 points to 12 ...... Well done to the Springboks! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/02/sports/rugby/england-south-africa-rugby-world-cup.html
  13. Part-time jobs for Census takers in 2020 for about 8 weeks from March 2020. But you can apply now for positions for next year. Recruiting in earnest will start in January 2020 Must be a US Citizen, age over 18, have a car and prepared to work part-time. The pay is up to $25.00 an hour Search Census taker jobs in your area https://www.census.gov/about/census-careers/opportunities/location/regional-office-careers.html
  14. Congratulations on securing your Citizenship. I don't blame you for not doing the dual citizenship route. It's a nightmare to renew SA Passports. Good to have you back!
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