Daily Archives: 02/16/2021

TRAVEL: US CDC lists Guyana as ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 transmission

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guyana has been listed among the countries with Level Four COVID-19 transmission by the United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In layman’s terms, this means that Guyana is a very high-risk country for transmission.

Given its high-risk status, the CDC has advised persons against travelling to Guyana, stating that
“Travellers should avoid all travel to Guyana.”    Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Guyana’s Budget for 2021 – By Stabroek News

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Back in the finance seat,  Minister Ashni Singh announced that the old age pension will rise to $25,000 per month from $20,500 and public assistance will increase from $9,000 per month to $12,000. He costed these two measures at $4.5b. Water tariffs are to be reduced by 5% across the board and the Value-added Tax zero rate is to be restored to  key food items including wheaten flour, “basic breads” and cooking oil among others.        Continue reading

EDUCATION: Universities need to wise up – or risk being consigned to history – The Guardian

By: John Naughton – The Guardian – Sat 13 Feb 2021 16.00 GMT
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The pandemic has shown that other ways of teaching and learning are possible
  • Students locked down at Manchester Metropolitan University express their frustration to passersby.

    Photo: Students locked down at Manchester Metropolitan University express their frustration to passersby. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The thing about pandemics, observed the historian Yuval Noah Harari, is that they tend to accelerate history. A couple of years ago, appalled by the environmental, financial and working-time costs of running research conferences, I wondered aloud how long it would take for many of these events to be conducted online – and gloomily predicted that it would take another decade.