Barbados Cuts Final Ties With British Monarchy

Barbados has removed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, officially becoming a republic on the 55th anniversary of the Caribbean nation’s independence from the United Kingdom. What do you think? “Does Barbados not fear seafaring privateers in the employ of France or Spain suddenly invading?”  Colene Noyes, Saddle Polisher “Oh, right, shit … Read more

UN unlikely to allow Taliban, Myanmar junta to represent their countries, diplomats say – National |

A United Nations committee meeting on Wednesday is unlikely to allow Afghanistan’s Taliban or Myanmar’s junta to represent their countries at the 193-member world body, say diplomats. Rival claims have been made for the seats of both countries with the Taliban and Myanmar’s junta pitted against ambassadors appointed by the governments they ousted this year. … Read more

Moderna CEO says COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against Omicron variant – National |

Drugmaker Moderna’s CEO set off fresh alarm bells in financial markets on Tuesday after he warned that COVID-19 vaccines were unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant as they have been against the Delta version. Crude oil futures shed more than a dollar, the Australian currency hit a year low, and Nikkei gave … Read more

Biden’s three messages about the new Omicron variant

US President Joe Biden, flanked by Dr. anthony Fauci (R), delivers remarks to provide an update on the Omicron variant in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 29, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) President Biden underlined three messages in his address to Americans on the new Omicron variant of the … Read more

The Omicron variant has a number of troubling mutations. Here’s what we know about them so far

US President Joe Biden speaks to the media at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland as he arrives from Nantucket, Massachusetts, on November 28. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) New US travel restrictions on southern Africa have come into effect, as the Biden administration seeks to respond to concerns over the Omicron variant. The Biden administration is restricting … Read more

Live updates: Omicron variant cases spread and countries rush to impose travel bans

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks out from a shopping mall in Beijing, Nov. 29, 2021. (Andy Wong/AP) As countries around the world scramble to impose travel bans to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, China remains outwardly calm — at least for now.  Despite two confirmed … Read more

US announces travel restrictions over new Covid-19 variant

Travelers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27. (Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images) President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. Acting on advice from the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, … Read more

Ukrainian Calgarians commemorate Holodomor victims: ‘It’s part of us’ – Calgary |

Ukrainian Calgarians commemorated the Holodomor — meaning “death by hunger” in the language — on Saturday, honouring victims and raising awareness about the famine-genocide. People sporting masks, including Mayor Jyoti Gondek, gathered inside St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor in Calgary to pay their respects. During 1932-3, millions died from a manmade famine after policy decisions … Read more

Omicron COVID-19 variant leads to travel restrictions, containment efforts – National |

With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines. A host of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada Iran, Japan, Thailand and … Read more