Daily Archives: 08/16/2020

COVID-19: What Dr. Fauci says the U.S. really needs to reopen safely – National Geographic

To prevent future surges, Americans need to become more unified about following public health guidance and take sequential steps to return to schools and businesses.

AMERICA’S PANDEMIC CONVERSATION has entered a rut, and it’s easy to understand why. After stay-at-home orders blunted this spring’s first surge, much of the United States moved to reopen in the summer, which only spawned more outbreaks.

Now, as autumn approaches, along with the prospect of spending more time indoors, the nation stands somewhat divided on whether to lockdown again or continue reopening. About 60 percent of Americans support the prospect of new stay-at-home orders, NPR reports, but nearly the same proportion is willing to spend time at malls, churches, and restaurants or send their child back to in-person schooling.

READ MORE: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/08/what-anthony-fauci-says-united-states-really-needs-to-reopen-safely-cvd/

“The Punt Trench” – Poem by Guyanese-Canadian Author Ken Puddicombe

Punts to be loaded with cut sugar cane – Sugar Estate in Guyana

My Poetry Corner August 2020 features the poem “The Punt Trench” from the first poetry collection, Unfathomable And Other Poems (2020), by Guyanese-Canadian author Ken Puddicombe. Since retiring from his accounting work, Puddicombe has been pursuing his love of writing. To date, he has published two novels and a short story collection.

READ MORE: https://rosalienebacchus.blog/2020/08/16/the-punt-trench-poem-by-guyanese-canadian-author-ken-puddicombe/

Guyana: British High Commissioner Dr. Greg Quinn saying “Goodbye” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Dr. Gregg Quinn

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

The tour of duty by the British High Commissioner to Guyana and Suriname, His Excellency Dr. Greg Quin, concludes at the end of the month – August 2020. Following is an exclusive interview which I had with the out-going diplomat. 
My first question was for him to reflect on the first time he learnt that he was being posted to Guyana. “When I was told I was coming to Guyana, I was hugely excited. This was going to be my first Head of Mission post and it was in a part of the world I had spent little time in before (bar a couple of holidays).
I have spent most of my career working on the Former Soviet Union (with spells in Ghana, Iraq and Washington). I made a deliberate decision to apply to come to Guyana. I wanted a new challenge. To see a different part of the world. To have an opportunity to demonstrate my skills outside that FSU arena.”    Continue reading