Rihanna is Officially a “National Hero” in Her Native Barbados

Not many superstars can say they have a national day in their honor. Now, Rihanna can, having accepted the title of “national hero” in her native Barbados on a historic day for the country, as it officially became a republic and Queen Elizabeth II was removed as head of state.  Rihanna at the inauguration of … Read more

A beginner’s guide to backstage passes – National

If there’s one question I get most often about live shows, it’s this: “How can I get a backstage pass to [insert name of artist here]? The short answer is always the same: “You can’t. Besides, what did you think you’d find backstage, anyway? Caligula-strength orgies with groupies? Wild parties catered with all manner … Read more

Will COVID-19 booster shots protect against the Omicron variant? Experts undecided – National

As countries race to stem the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, questions are swirling over whether Canada’s rollout of vaccine boosters should be sped up to safeguard against its impending spread. The new variant, declared Friday by the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus’s fifth variant of concern, prompted panic among nations, … Read more

Dutch find 61 COVID-19 cases on South Africa flight, believe some are Omicron variant – National

Dutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 COVID-19 cases among people who flew from South Africa on Friday and believe at least some infections are of the new omicron variant. The cases were discovered among 624 passengers who arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on two flights on Friday before the Dutch … Read more

U.K. reports first two cases of new Omicron COVID-19 variant – National

Britain became the latest country Saturday to report cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus as world governments sought to shore up their defenses by slapping restrictions on travel from nations in southern Africa. U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that two people have tested positive with the omicron … 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 … Read more

Canadians optimistic about this year’s holidays, but still plan to take precautions: poll – National

A majority of Canadians feel the second holiday season spent under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic will be better than the first, a new poll suggests — though many will still be taking steps to keep themselves safe. The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 66 per cent of people who … Read more

‘A huge concern’: South Africa scientists scramble to combat spread of Omicron variant – National

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country. In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of … Read more

Stephen Sondheim, the master who reshaped musical theatre, dies at 91 – National

Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91. Sondheim’s death was announced by Rick Miramontez, president of DKC/O&M. Sondheim’s Texas-based attorney, … Read more

Omicron variant: AstraZeneca exploring impact on vaccine, antibody cocktail – National

AstraZeneca said on Friday it was examining the impact of a new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly in South Africa on its vaccine and its antibody cocktail, adding it was hopeful its combination drug would retain efficacy. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated a new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, detected in South … Read more