Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 12, 2021 In leading by example, Bermuda’s Premier David Burt and Opposition Leader Cole Simons took the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. They were among the first residents to receive the jab and they both urged the island’s majority black population to reject “vaccine hesitancy” and get vaccinated. The Premier appealed to people to researching the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines for reassurance.

He added: “We are doing this today, as we feel that it is important to combat vaccine hesitancy, especially within the black community, and show that we as leaders are prepared to lead by example. There are disparities between the communities in Bermuda of willingness to take the vaccine. As we know, this disease, globally and in Bermuda, has had a disproportionately negative impact on persons of colour. Those are the facts.”

Burt contended that there was “an incredible amount of misinformation out there” about the vaccine, and said he is fully confident that it is safe and effective.

“I trust the science and the numerous regulatory authorities around the world that have studied it and assured us all that it is safe,” he said.

Minister of Health Kim Wilson and the Government’s COVID-19 test expert, Carika Weldon, were also among the officials who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination before members of the public got theirs.

The British government donated more than 9,500 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Bermuda and immunization priority is being given to rest home residents, essential workers and those aged 80 and above.

The next shipment of vaccines is not expected to arrive until the end of March.

As of Monday, four more people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Bermuda, taking the total confirmed cases since last year to 656.

January 16, 2021   LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. White’s low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and French fries brought in — along with a bouquet of roses — by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.

January 15, 2021   NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the Shubert Organization and was named general manager of all Shubert Theatres in 1964. The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Smith “influenced every aspect of the professional theater and earned the respect and admiration of everyone from the stage doormen to the greatest performers and creative talents of our time,” Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, said in a statement.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born in Philadelphia, Richman was a pharmacist but turned to acting. He joined the Actors Studio and in 1953 he starred on stage in the play “End as a Man.” He appeared on Broadway in “A Hatful of Rain” and “Masquerade.” He also portrayed Jerry in more than 400 New York performances of Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Boll said.

January 14, 2021  -Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose heart and wisdom have guided our work in service of Fred’s enduring legacy.” Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years, spanning the launch and end of the low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which presented Fred Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. His pull as America’s favorite neighbor never seemed to wane before his death in 2003.