The timeline means more than 32m people — almost half the UK population — will have been offered a first dose of the vaccine in time for local elections to take place on 6 May. Pubs and restaurants could reopen in April without alcohol Ministers are considering a a temporary “booze ban” as part of the government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown set to be unveiled on 22 February, the Telegraph reported. Samuel Kasumu, adviser to the Prime Minister on ethnic minorities, announced the target in a resignation letter leaked to the BBC that he later retracted. whatsapp Details of the vaccine rollout programme revealed yesterday that the government plans to have all adults in the UK vaccinated by May. 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Can You Pass It?QuizscapeUndoCarsGeniusThese 4 Loaded SUVs Are Now Dirt CheapCarsGeniusUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesUndo Show Comments ▼ Ministers are understood to be weighing up whether to delay the reopening of pubs until the majority of adults have been vaccinated (Getty Images) Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, said: “We welcome the opportunity to have sensible and pragmatic discussions with the government about the pace and nature of reopening. Lucy Powell, Labour’s shadow minister for business and consumers, slammed the proposed alcohol ban as a “half measure”, warning that it would be “deeply damaging for pubs and hospitality”. But ministers face mounting pressure from business leaders to drum up a strategy for reopening the hospitality sector, which employs around 3.2m people across the country. “It’s important that any restrictions deliver the maximum health benefits for minimum economic harm. That’s why we are pleased they are revisiting curfew and substantial table meals. “Ideas like this could see Covid cases rise and business thrown under the bus needlessly. The vaccine gives us a way out — the last thing businesses need now is ridiculous speculation about reopening under unviable terms.” “Rather than forcing them to open but not sell alcohol, the government should protect jobs and businesses by making the furlough scheme smart and giving businesses access to the emergency support they need – keeping it in place until necessary measures are lifted,” she said. The alternative to an alcohol ban is said to be to delay the reopening of pubs and restaurants until later in the year to allow for the widespread rollout of Covid vaccines. Schools are expected to be the first to reopen when lockdown restrictions are eased, after the PM insisted returning pupils to the classroom was the government’s “number one priority”. Discussions within Whitehall around reopening the hospitality sector are understood to remain stalled over whether to allow two households to mix in public venues, and to ditch the “substantial meal” requirement that featured in England’s tier system. whatsapp Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted it is “still early days” to start talking about opening up society, despite last week promising 2021 would see the return of the “Great British summer”. Share Ministers are understood to be weighing up whether to delay the reopening of pubs until the majority of adults have been vaccinated (Getty Images) Also Read: Pubs and restaurants could reopen in April without alcohol Scientists are understood to be concerned that a return to serving alcohol after months of closure would significantly compromise adherence to social distancing. Saturday 6 February 2021 12:21 pm Ministers are understood to be weighing up whether to delay the reopening of pubs until the majority of adults have been vaccinated (Getty Images) Also Read: Pubs and restaurants could reopen in April without alcohol Pubs and restaurants could reopen as soon as April on the condition that they agree not to sell alcohol, according to reports. Under plans being considered, venues will only be able to serve alcohol through takeaway pints in April, before fully reopening in May. “But it’s vital that the ongoing support takes into account the latest economic situation. 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EssaysDuring Quarantine, a Zoom Writers’ Room Became My Connection to the Outside WorldThe experiment brought me up close and personal with quirky strangers—and saved me from my quarantined selfBy Annabelle Gurwitch – June 15, 20201178ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItI’d been on social media, scrolling past heaping homemade family meals of risotto ai funghi and strawberry rhubarb tarts, while I hunched over my kitchen sink eating tuna straight out of a can. I’d always feared it might come to this: I was becoming Blanche DuBois. A Streetcar Named Desire ends with Blanche—unmarried, financially insecure, beauty fading, and, horror of horror, dependent on the kindness of strangers—unceremoniously carted off to the loony bin. Clearly, I was headed in that direction.An empty nester in the midst of a destabilizing divorce, I’d been feeling upbeat about keeping my inner Blanche at bay. I was taking in boarders to meet my monthly nut, volunteering at the local high school, busy with freelance work, and hiking daily with a friend. I had a desk in a shared workspace that provided me with watercooler camaraderie.In a matter of days, my tenant had hightailed it home, gigs evaporated, the office space shuttered, and my hiking buddy started running a little house on the quarantine for her five young children. My own kid, a college senior (preferred pronouns: they, them, theirs), was sheltering in place near their campus on the East Coast. Alone, distracted, untethered to a daily schedule, I found time was folding into itself. Writing complete sentences seemed a Sisyphean task.In a manic panic, I fired off an impromptu email to 180 or so writers, some I hadn’t spoken to in years, others with whom I had even more tenuous connections, to join me for three hours of writing together over Zoom. I imagined something like the festive bustling green room of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, but that’s not quite what I got.Day 1I changed out of my night pajamas and into my day pajamas and opened my Zoom session expecting to find dozens of writers stationed at their desks. Five showed up. There was one stranger, three acquaintances, and a Westside comedy writer friend I hadn’t seen in ages because I live on the Eastside and this is L.A.I laid out informal rules of engagement for what I hoped would become a productive writing session. After chatting for 15 minutes or so, we’d mute ourselves, write for 90 minutes, break for a chat, and write again for 90 minutes. Fifteen minutes turns out to be an interminable length of time in live cyberspace with veritable virtual strangers, and we began writing after just five minutes.The Westsider kept us entertained with Zoom green screen globe-trotting, which seemed novel at the time. One minute, he was writing in front of the Eiffel Tower (OMG!), the next, on the Golden Gate Bridge (hilarious!), and finally, in a Trader Joe’s aisle lined with empty shelves (funny and uncomfortably close to home).When I was able to tear myself away from the crepey way my neck looked onscreen, I stole glances at the others, delighting in seeing living people. For the first time in a week,I was able to resist Googling “where’s Dr. Fauci?” every ten minutes. I dashed off haphazard invitations for the next day over email and on social media.Day 2Two returning writers and three I’d never met—one from Tampa, one from Chicago, and another Westsider—materialized at the appointed time. Dispensing with the chat altogether, we muted ourselves and got to work.Chicago was seated on a twin bed in a child’s bedroom, and every so often a spritely girl, maybe 7 in age, swooped in for a hug and skipped away. This simple interaction elicited what I can only describe as a Handmaid’s Tale heart-wrenching response. A child! Do we still have those?Suddenly, I was treated to a close-up of Tampa’s crotch. Oh, no, is he going to disrobe and masturbate? I held my breath. What was I thinking inviting strangers? He was merely rising to take a stance at his standing desk.During those dull, aching hours of writing, our expressions varied between looking like we were suffering gastric distress, had just learned that our IRAs had tanked, or were experiencing the sort of blankness you see in dementia patients.Sometimes a quizzical look would pass over someone’s face. Only later did I realize that the whiteboard in my office was visible behind me. It read: dry vagina, divorce, cat lady. Westsider sent me a message: “It feels a little weird having cameras on, but it’s also comforting. I’m sure once I get to know everyone I’ll be even more comfortable.”I didn’t have the heart to tell her how much I was hoping to not get to know anyone. My daily check-ins with friends and family were essential, but also emotionally fraught reminders of my isolation. The anonymity but intentionality of our intimate vacuum proved a salve, our silent transactions buoying my spirits as if surfing the energy of a crowded street.Day 3I was the only writer to sign on. For a moment, I felt the relief of a grade school snow day reprieve. I was tempted to sign off and break into my stash of dark chocolate with sea salt, but on the off chance that someone might turn up, I reprimanded myself to “Go to your Zoom and don’t come out until you’ve gotten something accomplished!” Thankfully, Tampa, another Chicagoan, a newbie from Pasadena, and two new Westsiders trickled in. One of the last, an inveterate café-writer from Topanga, wrote into the chat, “Being able to see your names on the screen means I already knew more about you than I’d know about the people sitting around me in a Starbucks.” Before making a bathroom run, Pasadena couldn’t resist inquiring, “Will you be here for a little while? Would you mind watching my stuff?”I also realized that it wasn’t just Zoom making me look jowly; the Botox had fallen out of my face and this was actually how I looked.Day 4A strange new normal of signing on, greeting each other, and getting to work set in. I stopped bothering to put on makeup. Tampa, Chicago, a Westsider, and two newcomers from Brooklyn joined in. One of the Brooklynites asked, “What is this?” with the confused expression of someone who’d stumbled into the wrong party. But after hearing the brief rundown, they remained for the entire session and an additional hour, closing the joint down.That night I sent a text to my kid, on a whim. “I’m all alone in the writers’ Zoom room I told you about, might you join me?” At 22, they’re in that curious individuating stage. Under normal circumstances, we rarely speak; instead, I’ll receive texts: “Can you add money in my account until my paycheck clears?” or “What do you clean piercings with?” I wasn’t even aware they had a piercing, much less five. Since college moved online, they seemed to be majoring in Rubik’s Cube and minoring in sourdough starter, so I was certain they were otherwise occupied. In what might be the most compassionate act bestowed on me as a mother, my child signed on. I didn’t mute this session. I wrote accompanied by the gentle click-clacking of the cubes sliding into place, as soothing as ASMR. It was only when I took a break from rapturously gazing up at my child—a stranger to me now—that I spotted her in another window. A young woman entered the screen and took off the majority of her clothing. We’ll never know who was more shocked, us at witnessing this striptease together, or our hapless Zoom bomber who’d gone to the trouble of plotting a disruption only to find an audience of two, a mother and her child.Day 5I spent the early morning hours mourning my IRA, haggling with my insurance company over an outrageous medical bill, and talking with my spouse about conducting a mediation over Zoom so we could finalize our divorce during the pandemic. Oh, and I received official notice that my kid’s graduation ceremony was canceled. I also realized that it wasn’t just Zoom making me look jowly; the Botox had fallen out of my face and this was actually how I looked. I wept—more like howled—for several hours straight. If not for the possibility of a Zoomful of strangers waiting for me, I might still be howling.“I thought there’d be hundreds of writers,” said DTLA, a new addition, upon entering and seeing only four others. “Me too. I’m going to mute you now,” I said, reveling in the modicum of control afforded a Zoom host in the midst of worldwide chaos.The last hour of my Zooming that day, it was just Tampa and me. I don’t know anything about Tampa except that he’s a librarian who prefers writing at night, but it’s possible that during those five days I spent more time with him than I did with my ex during the last year of our marriage.I’d always resisted that phrase “something is everything” because there’s always a new something and if all those somethings are everything, then everything is everything, and if everything is everything, then everything is meaningless and everything is nothing. It turns out that Zoom is everything. And Tennessee Williams might have gotten it wrong as well because the kindness of strangers rescued this Blanche’s sanity.Three months into lockdown, for several hours five days a week, my virtual Zoom writers’ workroom persists. Each time I hit “end meeting for all,” I feel grateful for both the online company and the fact that in a muted Zoom, no one can hear you scream.Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and best-selling author. Her next collection of essays, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility (Counterpoint), is out in spring 2021.RELATED: These L.A. Zoom Backgrounds will Spice Up Even the Lamest CallsStay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook and Instagram. 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Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin By Siun Lennon – 15th June 2019 Previous articleLaois youth group calls for local support ahead of national awardsNext articleYour guide to the game as Laois camogie begin their All-Ireland championship campaign Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Home Sport GAA Laois Ladies U-14s in All-Ireland bronze semi-final this weekend SportGAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football Team WhatsApp It’s all systems go as the U14 Laois Ladies U-14 panel are getting ready for the All-Ireland bronze semi-final this Saturday.Fergal Feighery take on Westmeath in the All-Ireland U14 Bronze semi-final in St Rynagh’s GAA in Banagher on Saturday, June 15 at 1pm.St Brigid’s club leads the way with seven representatives while Timahoe carries five players and Park-Ratheniska makes up four players on the team.Portlaoise, St Conleth’s, Sarsfields and Ballyfin all have two players each on the intercounty setup.Meanwhile Graiguecullen, The Heath, Ballyroan, St Joseph’s, St Paul’s, Killeshin and Mountrath have one representative each.Captaining the U14 side is Kate Wall of St Brigid’s while the team manager is Fergal Feighery.Joining him on the management team are Annemarie Lloyd and Eamon O’Brien.The squad have already competed in the first round of the All Ireland Series, where they played Monaghan, Kildare and Donegal on the day.The team had an impressive win over Leitrim in their quarter-finals and had previously played a closely fought match against Westmeath in the blitz series.Westmeath came out on top that day but the Laois girls will be determined to reverse that result tomorrow and make it to the All-Ireland Final.SEE ALSO – Stradbally duo ‘inking’ up for Kolbe Special School fundraiser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp GAA Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook TAGSLaois Ladies FootballLaois Ladies Footballers GAA GAA Laois Ladies U-14s in All-Ireland bronze semi-final this weekend Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory
IG Wealth expands offerings for HNW investors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Alternative investments, Pooled funds, Short sellingCompanies Dynamic Funds Maddie Johnson Related news “With the addition of this new Pool, financial advisors have greater options to use liquid alternatives in a manner that best suits their clients – whether it is standalone funds or a single-ticket solution,” Mark Brisley, managing director of Dynamic Funds, said in a statement. 123RF CI GAM launches Bitcoin mutual fund IG Wealth Management expands mandate of U.S. equity private pool Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Dynamic Funds, a division of 1832 Asset Management L.P., has announced the launch of the Dynamic Liquid Alternatives Private Pool, its fifth liquid alternative offering. The pool seeks to maximize absolute returns by investing in one or more alternative mutual funds, Dynamic said in a release. It uses three alternative strategies: long-short equities, long-short credit and alternative income.
iStock Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media But Canada’s response at both the federal and provincial levels also contributed to a “historically large fiscal deficit,” although the report said Canada’s net public debt is expected to remain low relative to other G7 countries.“Economic and social restrictions put in place since March 2020 have helped to mitigate the first and the second wave of the virus, but they came at significant cost,” the report said, noting that the economic rebound slowed during the second wave of Covid-19 infections and “Canada still needs to boost its productivity.”The IMF report suggests Canada should do a broader review of its employment insurance system to address gaps in eligibility after the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ended. CERB and the wage subsidy program had flaws during the initial rollout, the report said, with workers fearing the loss of full CERB payments after earning $1 more than $1,000 per month cap, and the initial thresholds for the wage subsidies became a hurdle for businesses.“The crisis exposed gaps in Canada’s social safety net that should be addressed,” the report said. “The lessons from the crisis represent an excellent opportunity to review the EI system.”The report’s authors suggest that Canadian officials could reduce uncertainty for consumers and businesses by tying the expiration of emergency benefits to an automatic trigger like the unemployment rate, instead of arbitrarily announcing the end of such measures.“Benefits that abruptly expire complicate planning decisions and could increase precautionary saving. This could delay the recovery and ultimately increase fiscal costs. Clear and credible communication of the exit strategy will be key,” the report said.The report also calls on Canadian banks to help prepare mortgage borrowers for higher interest rates down the road.“Even well-intended measures — like direct subsidies and tax deductions — can have perverse effects on housing affordability by favouring those that can already afford to buy a house at the long-term disadvantage of those that cannot, thus worsening existing inequalities,” the report’s authors wrote. Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCan Keywords Coronavirus, Employment InsuranceCompanies International Monetary Fund Anita BalakrishnanCanadian Press Related news Canada’s economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic has earned praise from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but the global lender also has recommendations for future government spending.The Canadian government and Bank of Canada’s response to the pandemic was “timely, decisive and well-co-ordinated,” the IMF said in a new report released on Thursday. In particular, the organization said Canada’s economy would have had a “harmful,” “even larger collapse” without emergency benefit spending from the government, and that the Bank of Canada helped avoid major disruptions in financial markets and is striking the right balance on interest rates.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The beginning of a new year brings with it renewed hope and recharged expectations. As individuals, we reflect on how well we did last year and where we did not do so well. We focus our minds on what we must do to make this a better year than last year. For a nation it is no different.2007 was an eventful year. There was the staging of Cricket World Cup. There were elections at both the Parliamentary and Local Government levels which saw a change of government for the first time in more than 18 years. Our athletes and the Sunshine Girls did us proud.A number of new hotels commenced construction or started operations and tourist arrivals, although declining for the first 9 months, rebounded well with new energetic promotional activity and this winter season promises to be one of our best ever. We successfully concluded, along with our CARICOM partners, an Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe which provides new opportunities for economic development.But it was a year of mixed fortunes and we encountered many problems. We were plagued with the outbreak of malaria, dengue fever and leptospirosis which, thankfully, we have now been able to contain. We were hit by Hurricane Dean which wreaked havoc in many parts of the island and this was followed by three months of persistent heavy rains that brought more damage and distress.For most of the year there was pressure on the exchange rate and we experienced a 6% depreciation which we have only recently been able to stabilize. We had to contend with a 50% increase in the price of oil – the largest increase the world has seen in over 30 years – and this has driven up the cost of electricity, gasoline and fertilizers. And then there were significant increases in the cost of vital commodities such as wheat and corn which reached record levels and this has pushed up the price of flour, bread, cornmeal, chicken feed, chicken meat and a whole range of basic necessities, putting pressure on the cost of living, especially for the poor.There are worrying signs that the world is heading into a global recession and this is bound to have a further negative effect on our economy.We are not alone in this. Countries all over the world, especially developing countries, are wrestling with the same problems – problems that are beyond their control but to which they must respond.But the greatest problem we faced in 2007, as we did the year before and for years before that, was the high crime rate – the violence and the killings that have made so many of our people frightened, scared and angry. These are the problems that tested us in 2007. They are the challenges that confront us in 2008.And as we begin the new year, as we prepare ourselves to face these challenges, I call on all Jamaicans of goodwill who love their country and who share my belief that we can overcome these challenges, that we have it within us to make Jamaica the best country on the planet Earth – I call on all of you to unite, to join hands, to resolve to play your part in making 2008 a year of triumph over adversity, a year of victory despite the whirlwind of uncertainty, a year in which our people will enjoy a better life.Let us make a fresh start.We have signaled that fresh start. In keeping with the commitments we made prior to the election, we are introducing a raft of measures to transform our system of governance:Giving more authority to the Parliamentary Opposition because they play an important role in our framework for good governance and if we cannot work together as leaders we cannot expect to work together as a people;Giving greater freedom to the Press because it is through them that we in authority are held accountable;Strengthening and protecting the rights of ordinary citizens because the power belongs not to us but to them;Stamping out corruption because corruption and prosperity for all do not go together.We are making a fresh start!The new Police Commissioner has signaled a fresh start in dealing with crime. He has the full support of the Government and we will be giving priority to providing the resources that he will need to defeat the criminals and make Jamaica safe again. But it can’t be done without your help. Some of you out there hold the key to rooting out crime. You continue to be the missing link. Many of you know enough that if you were to come forward and assist the Police, we would be able to find the guns, round up the criminals, secure their conviction, put them away and make Jamaica safe once again. Come forward! We need your help! Take a stand! Let’s make a fresh start!I have said over and over that our ultimate success will require jobs, jobs and more jobs. Too many of our young people are wasting away, willing to work but not able to find work. Investments and job-creating investments will be one of our major priorities for 2008. We are already in negotiations with potential new investors and a number of exciting new projects will be announced shortly. Education and training will be an important part of our focus because the jobs that will be created in this technologically-driven age will require skills which our young people must have.At the same time, we recognize that small, micro and medium size enterprises represent the best means of creating new jobs within the shortest possible time. Several new initiatives will be introduced in the new financial year to facilitate start-ups and expansion in these sectors.At the last sitting of Parliament I announced that we had earmarked $500 million to help cushion the effects of recent price increases. The details are being worked out, discussions will be held with the Opposition and it is expected that Cabinet will receive the final proposals within the next few days.But I must speak to an issue which underlies all our efforts and considerations. Our fortunes for 2008 will depend to a great extent on ourselves – every single one of us – how we conduct ourselves, how we behave toward each other, how we live as a community, how we avoid or resolve our disputes, how we bring up our children.We have a choice. We can either be part of the problem of 2008 or we can make ourselves part of the solution for 2008.Some years ago, the then Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson introduced the Values & Attitudes programme, recognizing that dysfunctional behaviour was an impediment to growth and development. The Most Hon. Edward Seaga spoke about the need for character education, and Education Minister, Andrew Holness, is about to launch a Parenting Commission.These all speak to a critical social deficit which is rooted in the breakdown of the family structure. For, although our schools and churches serve to reinforce basic concepts and values, it is within the family that these concepts and values are formed and nurtured. It is there that behaviour is inculcated; it is there that the values of love and tolerance and respect are instilled.Build better families and we build better homes. Build better homes and we build better communities. Build better communities and we build a better nation.We have to make a fresh start to rebuild the family unit as the cradle of an orderly society that is serious about growth and development, serious about creating a better life. We must do this to redeem our young males, to give new purpose to young lives, to ensure that our children are brought up properly and do well in school, to minimize conflicts and resolve those conflicts when they occur, to keep our surroundings clean because our homes are kept clean.We intend this year to mount a partnership with civic bodies, community-based organizations, churches, schools and patriotic individuals to launch a national thrust focusing on the family, emphasizing the responsibility of the family, training and strengthening weak family units. It will be a national crusade in which the relevant Government agencies will be engaged in partnership with civil society.And in making this fresh start, let’s prepare ourselves for the changes that must come. For we can’t start afresh to do the same things in the same old way. Changes must come and in effecting those changes there are tough decisions that will have to be made which may not, in all cases, be popular. But some things have to stop and be stopped.We have to make a fresh start!As I lead this nation into the New Year filled with all its challenges and uncertainties, I feel a sense of hope, a sense of courage and a sense of determination. As His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie declared to the United Nations in October 1963 “We know that we shall win, for we are confident in the victory of good over evil”.The vast majority of us Jamaicans are good people. Rise up, I say! Rise up and take your place! Let’s make Jamaica God’s little kingdom on this earth! Let’s make a fresh start for 2008 and beyond. 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FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said that the Government would be aggressively pursuing tax collection from delinquent persons.Tax collection, he emphasised, would help solve some of the nation’s economic problems.The Prime Minister was addressing some 400 Jamaican nationals and friends of Jamaica at a town hall meeting, held at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, South Florida last week.In a wide-ranging presentation, Mr. Golding said the Government has taken a decision to find alternative sources of energy, given the high price of oil on the world market.He also spoke of reducing the country’s dependency on imported foods, adding that new farming methods would be applied using modern technology, as well as targeting investors to explore food projects throughout the island. “We are too rich to be poor,” he stressed.The Prime Minister pointed out that currently there were about 365,000 persons living below the poverty level and that budget provisions would target assistance programmes.Regarding education, Mr. Golding spoke of plans to strengthen early childhood education programmes; and on crime, he said there were plans to strengthen the capacity of the security forces as well as making greater use of technology and equipment.The Prime Minister said he would like to see the Diaspora movement become more structured and focused, so that nationals could play a greater role in governmental decisions at home.Referring to Jamaicans abroad as “our greatest ambassadors,” Mr. Golding said that the island could not survive without its Diaspora.While he was proud of the significant contribution to the island, in terms of remittances, the Prime Minister argued that the country could extend more than just token acknowledgement. He said it was important to engage the experience, knowledge and skills of the Diaspora more effectively in tackling some of the problems at home.A question and answer session followed. Mr. Golding was accompanied by newly appointed Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson.On Saturday (March 29), the Prime Minister and his delegation worshipped at the Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church with a 500 strong congregation, largely Jamaican nationals. Officiating pastor was Dr. Keith Harding, also a Jamaican national.Mr. Holding ended his visit on March 30 when he was guest speaker at the second annual Community Service Awards ceremony of the Jamaica Consulate. Thirteen Jamaican nationals were honoured for pioneering work, preservation of culture and extraordinary achievements. RelatedGovt. to Pursue Delinquent Tax Payers Advertisements RelatedGovt. to Pursue Delinquent Tax Payers Govt. to Pursue Delinquent Tax Payers UncategorizedApril 4, 2008 RelatedGovt. to Pursue Delinquent Tax Payers
Expert commentary UK COVID-19 strain and vaccines in Australia Brisbane is going into lockdown after just one case of a new British strain of the virus was detected there.What do we know about this strain so far? Professor Trevor Drew, Director of CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness“The UK variant is one of many that have occurred in different parts of the world.Emergent viruses do change over time,so in that sense this is entirely to be expected. These changes are driven by several factors as they adapt to their new host,and due to other pressures, such as increasing levels of immunity in the populations in which they circulate.“There are actually several mutations in different viral proteins of the UK variant, compared to the original SARS CoV-2,and scientists are still confirming the effects of these mutations.“One potential effect is to make the virus more infectious. In theory, this might be caused by increasing the efficiency of the virus to bind – and the mutations in the spike protein might contribute to this. But other mutations in different parts of the virus might also contribute to increased infectivity. This might involve virus entry into the cell, the efficiency of replication, or other ways in which the virus might avoid other arms of the immune response, resulting in increased excretion of live virus, over a longer period.“It is interesting to note that some of the mutations in the spike protein of the UK strain are also seen in a new strain which has emerged in South Africa – but there are also other, significant differences between the two viruses, which indicates they are not closely related. This indicates that these particular mutations are likely giving the virus some sort of advantage over conventional strains, which is resulting in them becoming more dominant.”Does it cause more transmission and/or severe disease?Professor S.S. Vasan, CSIRO’s COVID-19 Project Leader & Senior Principal Research Consultant“It is natural for SARS-CoV-2 to mutate, and we expect more mutations as the rollout of vaccines will put the virus under selection pressure. Therefore, since March 2020, we have been tracking variants of this virus across the world. In recent months key variants have been identified in Denmark, Malaysia, South Africa and the UK, of which the last two are currently of concern.“From the data I have seen, the UK variant is more transmissible but does not appear to increase disease severity or mortality. There is anecdotal evidence from South Africa that its variant may result in more cases of severe disease in younger patients, but we have to wait for more peer-reviewed data on this.“It’s only a matter of time until the two new variants originating from the UK and South Africa find their way to different parts of the world, so it will be prudent to sequence the virus genome from all imported cases and check for the variant(s). The UK and South African variants share the N501Y mutation which enhances receptor binding affinity, and the well-known D614G mutation which is now present in over 90% of the isolates of this virus.”Will the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines work against this new strain?Professor S.S. Vasan, CSIRO’s COVID-19 Project Leader & Senior Principal Research Consultant“Our research last year showed the D614G mutation (otherwise known as the ‘G-strain’), another more transmissible form of the virus, should still be vulnerable to vaccines that targeted the spike protein.“We used experiments as well as biomolecular modelling to draw our conclusions.Based on that, I expect the new variants from UK and South Africa are also unlikely to affect vaccine efficacy,although it will take time to get this experimentally confirmed.“In general,vaccines induce an immune response to multiple sites on the spike protein, so alterations to one or two sites may not be so important.Nevertheless, we continue to monitor changes in this virus very carefully,so we are alert to any potential future impacts on vaccine efficacy.”How long until a vaccine becomes available in Australia?Dr Rob Grenfell, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Director“On 7 January the Australian Government announced the rollout of a vaccine for COVID-19 will be brought forward to mid- to late-February, once approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.“This is a great step towards controlling COVID-19 in Australia.“The vaccine will be made available in a staged process in Australia, through targeted vaccination programs to the most vulnerable and at-risk people as determined by an expert committee.If the first vaccine approved is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, this staged process will be necessary as the first supply will be 10 million doses (enough for five million people),and considering the logistical challenges of distributing this vaccine at -70 degrees Celsius.“For the rest of us, with more vaccines eventually available, we can hope to see immunisations for the general public as the year progresses.”How is this all being done so fast, and is it safe?Dr Rob Grenfell, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Director“It’s important to note that while the logistics are being sped up, safety is remaining everyone’s top priority. We can be reassured by the approach that Australia’s independent Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is taking, as one of the most stringent regulatory agencies in the world.“This outcome has only been possible because the world’s scientists, organisations and funding have all been laser-focussed on solving the one problem.It’s a significant milestone in scientific history.“Which ever vaccines are approved by the TGA will have passed stringent Phase III human clinical trials, as is standard for all vaccines approved for other diseases in Australia.“But the process doesn’t end there. As vaccines are rolled out here and overseas, any side effects will be closely monitored.We’ve already had an example of this, with new advice issued for the Pfizer vaccine in the UK late last year for people with a history of severe allergic reactions.“It’s also reassuring to know that a few million people have already received the Pfizer vaccine overseas without major safety issues.Health authorities will continue to monitor.”Once we get a vaccine, what will happen in Australia?Professor Trevor Drew, Director of CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness“A vaccine will reduce the number of people getting severely ill.However, vaccines are unlikely to completely eliminate virus circulation.“This is because there are still likely to be people who are not vaccinated,so virus may still have an opportunity to transmit – especially in densely populated areas,or in cohorts which have lower vaccine coverage.“We also know that current vaccines are unlikely to induce’”sterile immunity’,meaning that there may still be a mild infection and re-excretion of virus in a vaccinated person. This means there is a possibility that they can transmit the disease, even if they seem healthy.“We also need to keep in mind that immunity will create another selective driver for mutation of the virus. So it’s important to ensure that, once vaccines are deployed, coverage is maximised and full immunity is achieved as quickly as possible, also by giving the two doses within the timeframe recommended by the manufacturer.“For these reasons,it will not be possible for life to go back to normal immediately. It is important that we continue to follow the established protocols to avoid transmission, even once a vaccine is deployed in Australia. We will need time to be able to be sure the vaccine is effective in stopping the virus from circulating, as well as preventing disease.”How do scientists refer to specific mutations?Professor Trevor Drew, Director of CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness“The genomic material of the virus consists of a chain of molecules, a bit like a string of beads. These molecules, called nucleotides, are arranged in a specific order and form the “genetic code” of the virus, with every three nucleotides encoding an amino acid – the building blocks of proteins–so their order is really important. If a nucleotide changes, that can change an amino acid, which can then result in a change in the structure of the protein.“Every virus has a designated “Reference Strain” which is used when referring to any changes. So, a mutation which is described as “N509Y” means that the amino acid N at position 509 in the reference strain is changed to a Y in the mutant.All our proteins are comprised of combinations of up to 20different amino acids, each designated by a different letter, so the possible combinations are huge. But for a mutation to be tolerated, it must at least not affect the function of the protein. And for it to persist, it needs to provide some advantage.“Sometimes deletions occur in the genome, which results in some amino acids in the protein being completely deleted. In such a case we simply refer to it as, for example, an H69/V70 deletion or ΔH69/V70, which means that amino acids H and V at positions 69 and 70 are missing in the mutant.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Published: Sept. 2, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Two CU-Boulder faculty members are finalists for the 8th annual Colorado Book Awards. Law professor and murder mystery novelist Marianne Wesson is a finalist in the Adult Fiction category for her book, “Render Up the Body.” “Im delighted, of course, especially because it is possible to read Render Up The Body as nothing more than a work of genre fiction,” said Wesson. “But I hoped the book would find readers looking not just for a mystery, but also something more. This recognition is very meaningful to me, and very satisfying.” John Behrendt, a Senior Research Associate with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), is a finalist in the Adult Non-Fiction category for his book, “Innocents on the Ice.” The book is about his experiences from a 17-month Antarctic Expedition during the International Year 1957-58 and his 40 years of Antarctic research. Behrendt explains the changes in scientific activities and environmental awareness in Antarctica today. “I am very pleased to have ‘Innocents on the Ice’ judged a finalist for this award,” said Behrendt. “I intended it not only as an account of my youthful adventures in Antarctic exploration, but as a more mature reflection on how the United States Antarctic Program has evolved during the transition from ‘heroic’ to the ‘scientific age.'” The book awards are sponsored by the Colorado Center for the Book. The awards are given annually to Colorado authors of the best books published each year as judged by a panel from the Colorado book community. CCFTB began the awards as a way to champion Colorado authors and, in particular, to honor the winners and promote their titles throughout Colorado and the nation. There are seven categories overall including Poetry, Guide Books, Romance, Childrens and Young Adult. CCFTB will announce the winners on Oct. 29 at an awards ceremony at the Denver Press Club.