Tag Archives: COVID 19

GUYANA: VACCINE POLITICS – Shouting ‘Fire’ In A Crowded Cinema – by Ralph Ramkarran 

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News reports on June 17 reveal that 224,853 persons in Guyana, representing 46.2 percent of the targeted adult population had taken the COVID 19 vaccine. Of these 94,243 persons or 19.4 percent have taken the second dose. Region 10 with 14 percent lags far behind the other regions. In all except Region 8, which is at 29.6 percent, more that 40 percent have been vaccinated with at least one dose. Region 6 is at 54 percent and Region 1 is at 55.9 percent.  (See REGIONS MAP below)

Notwithstanding the excellent work that is being done to vaccinate as many people as possible, there are wide reports of vaccination hesitancy among the population. Responsible employers are complaining about significant resistance to the taking of vaccines by staff, which is very concerning. The above figures, particularly for Region 10 should be a cause for serious concern. It is such that the Government has begun house-to-house vaccination in that Region.    Continue reading

David Jessop | Regional tourism outlook brightening

| April 18, 2021   
Recently published visitor arrival figures indicate that Caribbean tourism has started down the long road to recovery. Following a disastrous 2020, during which governments closed borders to try to halt the spread of COVID-19 and months when the sector all but ceased operations, visitor numbers are now slowly increasing.

According to Tourism Analytics, the Aruba-based consultancy that publishes tourism arrivals figures on a rolling basis, stopover visitors to the island Caribbean, excluding Haiti, declined by 66.1 per cent from 23 million in 2019, to 7.8 million last year.    Continue reading

BUSINESS: The office is dead! Long live the office in a post-pandemic world – Opinion

By The Conversation – July 24, 2000

Introduction: The future of the office has become an open question after the coronavirus lockdown forced tens of millions of Americans to work from home. Will office workers flock back to their cubicles and water coolers when the pandemic ends? Or will employees want to hold on to their newfound freedom and flexibility, while employers eye the lower costs of the lack of a physical footprint?

At least a few companies have already answered this question: Twitter, for example, says most of its employees can continue working from home forever, making the office merely a place to meet clients. We asked three scholars to weigh in on the future of the office.        Continue reading

Toronto Canada: Cancellation of the QC & Bishops’ Associations: 12th Night Dance

Bishops’ High School (Guyana) Alumni Association, Toronto Chapter   &

Queen’s College (Guyana) Alumni Association, Toronto Chapter

Cancellation of the QC & Bishops’ 12th Night Dance

MEDICAL: The aliens among us…… How viruses shape the world – The Economist

  • They don’t just cause pandemics
Leaders – Aug 22nd 2020 edition – The Economist
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EDUCATION: COVID-19: Colleges and Universities are facing possible financial disaster

COVID-19 upends the college experience in the USA – Video

ABC News’ Terry Moran reports on college students pushing for tuition refunds during the pandemic, while some universities face financial pain.

EDUCATION: UK universities facing possible financial disaster, research says

After-effects of coronavirus outbreak could affect one in 20 students and cause steep job cuts

New graduates at a UK university.
 Estimates found that the UK higher education sector will endure losses of between £3bn and £19bn in 2020-21. Photograph: Bailey-Cooper Photography/Alamy Stock Photo 

As many as 13 British universities could face financial disaster from the after-effects of the coronavirus outbreak, affecting one in 20 students in the UK and causing steep job cuts, according to research.    Continue reading

Medical: Learning From the COVID-19 Failure — Before the Next Outbreak Arrives

Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold –

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker – HEADS OF STATE 

“Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose. Someday, after the next pandemic has come and gone, a commission much like the 9/11 Commission will be charged with determining how well government, business, and public health leaders prepared the world for the catastrophe when they had clear warning. WHAT WILL BE THE VERDICT?” 

That is from the concluding paragraph of an essay entitled “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” that one of us, Michael Osterholm, published in Foreign Affairs in 2005. The next pandemic has now come, and even though COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in late 2019, is far from gone, it is not too soon to reach a verdict on the world’s collective preparation. THAT VERDICT IS A DAMNING ONE.            Continue reading

Coronavirus Pandemic & Paranoia vs Fearing, Caring & Sharing – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam – Commentary

Amidst the panic what message are we sending to the kids.

The news has been received—Yes, the coronavirus is here. Fear Not.

But mass panic is also here- FEAR.

As a health care professional for more than four decades, there is very little to which I have not been exposed in my profession – HIV, whooping cough, tuberculosis, shingles, measles, hepatitis, diphtheria. And with noteworthy exception of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Acute Syndrome), very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or straight-out scared.            Continue reading