Tuesday, December 07, 2021

August 1, 2021  The Guyana government on Friday announced a series of new measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) including unvaccinated persons now being required to make an appointment to visit and transact business at any government ministry or agency.

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony is also encouraging the public to make use of the 100 fixed vaccination sites to inoculate themselves against the virus as the country moves towards achieving herd immunity.

“Our capacity to do vaccination is great, so with 100 sites operating roughly with about 200 or so vaccines at each one of these sites per day, we can do so much more. But the sites are being underutilized because people are not coming.

“So, if we want to really reach herd immunity quick, we can do so because we have the capacity to do the vaccinations. We have people on the ground working, what we need people to come forward and get their vaccines,” Dr. Anthony said during Friday’s COVID-19 update.

He said that an average of 3,000 people is receiving a COVID-19 vaccine per day and that Guyana has many more strides to make before it reaches herd immunity.

“So far, we only have about half of our population, who would have taken the first dose and about 28 percent or so who have the second dose. So, we still have a far way to go to get herd immunity. We are pegging herd immunity around 85 percent of our population, and we are very far away from that.”

Meanwhile, even as the government has indicated relaxing some of the gazetted COVID-19 measures, it has announced that unvaccinated persons must make an appointment to visit any government agency or ministry.

“A member of the public who wishes to enter a ministry or government agency to access service shall be vaccinated. Where a member of the public is unvaccinated, that person may only access the service in person by appointment,” according to the gazetted regulation.

“Each ministry or agency would be responsible for putting in place their arrangements to allow for compliance with the new rules.”

It notes also that cinemas, betting shops and casinos can reopen at 40 percent capacity.

In addition, all operators and conductors of public transportation must be vaccinated and have their vaccination cards with them.

The operators of public transportation, such as minibus operators, taxi drivers, and speedboat operators, will now be required to be fully vaccinated in order to continue to operate.

The government said that the new regulations go into effect from Saturday, August 1.

The new gazette rule, signed by Dr. Anthony states: “every operator and conductor of any transportation service shall be vaccinated and have in their possession an official identifications document and their vaccination card and shall produce these documents when requested to so by a Police officer or any person authorized by the Minister of Health.”

The operators and conductors will also be responsible for ensuring their passengers wear a face mask.

Persons who wish to attend any cinema, betting shop and casino must show the card indicating that they are fully vaccinated.

Children, or those who are under the age of 18, will not be required to show a vaccination card.

There shall be no concession stand at a cinema and patrons would be required to wear a face mask at all times.

Dr. Anthony said the public must continue to observe the preventative guidelines, particularly masking in public, practicing social distancing, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.

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Entertainment

September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

Business News

September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

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