Category Archives: Medical

The Unraveling of America  – Anthropologist Wade Davis | Rolling Stone 

How COVID-19 Signals the End of the American Era

Anthropologist Wade Davis | Rolling Stone 

Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. For the first time in the history of the world, all of humanity, informed by the unprecedented reach of digital technology, has come together, focused on the same existential threat, consumed by the same fears and uncertainties, eagerly anticipating the same, as yet unrealized, promises of medical science.

In a single season, civilization has been brought low by a microscopic parasite 10,000 times smaller than a grain of salt. COVID-19 attacks our physical bodies, but also the cultural foundations of our lives, the toolbox of community and connectivity that is for the human what claws and teeth represent to the tiger.          Continue reading

TRAVEL: GCAA publishes schedule of repatriation flights to Guyana from USA

Eastern Airlines

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has published the schedule for repatriation flights to Guyana from the United States.

Over the next three weeks, US-based Eastern Airlines will operate six repatriation flights from Miami and New York.

According to GCAA’s published schedule, the flights will be conducted on August 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.

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VENEZUELA: How COVID-19… or Something Like It… Killed Pablo – opinion

The names and locations of this story have been changed to protect the victims. The rest, the dollarized everything, the wrecked hospital, the overcrowded morgue, the corrupt funeral home, is all real 

Kaoru Yonekura | Caracas Chronicles 

It happened just after midnight on Tuesday, June 16th: Pablo died without coughing, his chest choked with fear. To avoid pain, he’d cough while sleeping knowing, perhaps, that he couldn’t live like that anymore. He could’ve died of COVID-19 the same way, at least, four people did in the previous hours. It was never confirmed:    Continue reading

BUSINESS: GOLD: After Covid-19; just how high will prices go in the 2020 gold rush?

The precious metal has passed $2,000 an ounce and analysts believe it will rise a lot further

Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent –Thu 6 Aug 2020 15.27 BST – The Guardian

 In the five trading days to 3 August the total volume of gold traded was 251m ounces, worth £133bn. 

The price of gold soared to a record $2,047 (£1,538) on Wednesday as investors panicked by fears of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic rushed to buy the yellow metal as a safer place to store their wealth.

The gold price has risen by 34% since the start of the year, and this week broke through the $2,000 an ounce barrier and kept rising, as investors worry about Covid-19, as well as rising geopolitical tensions and the weakening of the US dollar.      Continue reading

TRAVEL: BARBADOS: First interCaribbean flight lands – new COVID-19 testing rules outlined

Barbados: Inaugural interCaribbean flight 715- August 4. 2020

First interCaribbean flight lands
Nation News. Barbados  – 04 August 2020

The inaugural interCaribbean flight 715 touched down at Grantley Adams International Airport on Tuesday, minus the usual fanfare associated with such an event.

Regional customer service specialist of interCaribean Gilles Bussutil said Barbados would be the southern hub for the 29-year-old airline, which also operates flights to St Lucia, Dominica and Grenada.        Continue reading

BUSINESS: CANADA: Governments and some major companies are promoting “remote work”


[blogTO -August 2, 2020]  Scotiabank and Shopify are among the major Canadian companies asking employees to work from home until at least 2021, presumably prompting many staff members to rush out and stock up on pyjamas.

Canada is experiencing an unprecedented shift to remote work, with about one-third of Canadians now officially working from home throughout the pandemic.

While some jobs require that employees be physically present at work (e.g. mail couriers, healthcare workers, retail assistants, plumbers), many office jobs can transition to remote work with minimal difficulty.          Continue reading



Canadians don’t have to go back to 1918 and the start of the Spanish flu pandemic to find an analogy to today. For decades, waves of polio outbreaks gripped the country with fear, death and uncertainty, as recently as the 1950s.

At times, the outbreaks caused Canada to limit travel from the United States. Special hospitals were set up in some provinces to help children paralyzed by polio when physiotherapy was established. The iron lung began appearing in hospitals to assist patients’ breathing. School openings were delayed in many communities in a bid to reduce polio’s spread.

Ultimately, about 50,000 Canadian children were infected with polio during four major epidemics, and 4,000 of them died.          Continue reading

Ninety-five Ghanaian nurses arrive in Barbados

Barbados — Connects with Ancestral Home in Ghana and Africa

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COVID-19: Repatriation Flight: 98 more Guyanese return home from Trinidad

Passenger being sanitized as the disembark the Caribbean Airline flight at the Cheddi lagan International AirportDPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The most recent group of repatriated Guyanese on Wednesday breathed a sigh of relief after they touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Many of them have been separated from their loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic and are now happy to be back home.

Today’s Caribbean Airlines repatriation flight from Trinidad saw the return of 98 Guyanese after approval was granted by the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF).      Continue reading

UK: Business: Empty city centres: ‘I’m not sure it will ever be the same again’ – Guardian UK

People in Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol on the impact of lockdown and hopes of a return to normal

People walk past empty office space in Leeds city centre
 Empty office space in Leeds city centre. 

Boris Johnson has given the green light for employers to start bringing staff back to offices from the beginning of August. But in three city centres the Guardian found concern about whether the old normal would ever return.

Leeds – ‘A lot of people are saying they’re not coming back’                Continue reading

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