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I’m stuffed…this can’t be healthy (at Papa John’s)

I’m stuffed…this can’t be healthy (at Papa John’s)

Which is the best certification to obtain in order to teach English as a foreign/ second language abroad? (SIT TESOL, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA)

Answer by Jenni Phillip:

It depends on where you want to go really. A CELTA is good for teaching in the likes of the Middle East and the UK/ other English speaking countries. It is very expensive though and takes a whole month of 9-5 in a classroom so not ideal if you’re working, and it is directly focused on teaching adult learners.

A TEFL certificate from an accredited and internationally recognised provider (e.g. TEFL Org UK) is perfectly adequate to gain paid TEFL teaching positions all over the world. The content is very similar to what you learn during CELTA, it is just less time in a practical setting and you can combine 2 or 3 day practical sessions with online tuition.
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Coffee @ Mang Inasal (at Robinsons Place Cainta)

Coffee @ Mang Inasal (at Robinsons Place Cainta)

What recourse would the international community have if Russia invades Ukraine?
Considering that conflict in Ukraine would bring it to the very door of Europe, how can the nations of the world respond?
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What recourse would the international community have if Russia invades Ukraine?

Answer by Anonymous:

Russia does not need to invade Ukraine, since Russia already has part of  its Navy, namely, its Black Sea Fleet stationed in Ukrainian territory, in Crimea. Note that Russian naval infantry (Marines) battalions and naval air squadrons are also stationed in Crimea. Take a look at these photos:

Celebration of the Navy Day in Sevastopol (2011)

So, define “invasion”, please. What if Russian Marines leave Sevastopol and occupy Crimea? Would that be an invasion? Since Crimea was part of Russia for 171 years and is populated mainly by ethnic Russians, why would the “international community” be entitled to a “response”, even if merely a diplomatic one? Was Russia entitled to a “response” when Kosovo was given independence from Serbia in 2008?

Here are some Russian Marines in Sevastopol, Crimea during the Navy Day in 2011:


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Is Beijing rattled by the events unfolding in Ukraine?

Answer by Paul Denlinger:

The Chinese Communist Party learned a lot from the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004 and 2005.

In particular, it learned of the role of western-supported NGOs in supporting the democratic opposition. As a result, the party clamped down on all western NGOs in China, and they needed to prove that they were completely financially independent of western support. Since the Chinese government could control all financial support coming from inside China, most of them had to shut down. My understanding is that much of the current unrest still comes from western-financed NGOs in Ukraine; this would not be allowed to happen in China.

So, no, they are not rattled by events in Ukraine. They know what has happened, and they have many ways to prevent it from happening in China.
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Fiestatime Drinking Emperador (at Morong, Rizal)

Fiestatime Drinking Emperador (at Morong, Rizal)

Teatime (at Morong, Rizal)

Teatime (at Morong, Rizal)

Japanese Power Lunch & Investors Conference (at Acacia Hotel Manila)

Japanese Power Lunch & Investors Conference (at Acacia Hotel Manila)