And Simply Like That … type issues and subtlety isn’t a precedence

This article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of And Just Like That …

Waiting for the sequel to Sex and the City and just like that … (Binge, Foxtel on Demand) felt a bit like approaching a school reunion. There was a strange mixture of curiosity, anticipation and fear of making contact with once more familiar faces. How would the passing of more than a decade affect Carrie and Co, the friends who are so closely connected to their time at the turn of the century? And since this is SATC area, what would you wear? (In Carrie’s case, it turned out to be strange hats.)

For six seasons, between 1998 and 2004, the fashion-conscious writer Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her friends – the publicist Samantha (Kim Cattrall), the lawyer Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and the art dealer Charlotte (Kristin Davis) – scurried through Glitzy, up-and-coming Manhattan with chic restaurants, chic bars, cool clubs and enviable apartments. They wore flashy clothes and very high heels while gossiping about their love life, sex life and job over cocktails and cupcakes. Whatever it was, Sex and the City was a show about female friendship. (And yes, I would prefer to erase any memories of the deplorable films that followed the TV series.)

For fans of the show, the occasional drop-ins, and even those who hate it to complain about its superficiality and narrow-minded worldview, the hyped 10-part sequel raised questions. How would it deal with the significant absence of vicious libertarian Samantha after Cattrall’s refusal to participate in the production? How would women whose social and sexual life formed the content of the series in their thirties work as subjects in their fifties when they have settled into married life and two of them have children? And how would a show built on a quartet of white, cis-gender heterosexuals play out at a time when such a show wouldn’t even be commissioned without significant changes?

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A few answers came to light in the double episode opener. A driving force behind the original series, creator, writer, and director Michael Patrick King provided a mixed bag, some things well handled and some awkwardly, despite the fact that he managed to cause a series shock. Samantha’s absence was dealt with sensibly early on and reflected the much-noticed gap in real life: There had been an argument with Carrie, first professionally and then personally, whereupon Samantha left for London and avoided contact. Interestingly, like the days when actors left Neighbors and their characters allegedly moved to Queensland, Samantha was not killed and left the door open to return. Given that she was a cancer survivor, a more resolute explanation could have been, and not even have required a lame line about her being tragically hit by a bus as she crossed Fifth Avenue.

There was also a lovely afterword with Samantha’s formally disregarding the request for no flowers at Big’s funeral (Chris Noth, and yes, his character’s death was the shock). Touched by the gesture, Carrie allowed the coffin to be draped by the exaggerated floral decorations in the minimalist white funeral home. It seemed completely appropriate since this is a Sex and the City sibling, so style is important and subtlety is not a priority.

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To fill in the void Samantha had left and address the show’s lack of variety, was a trio of new characters, all women of color. Charlotte’s school friend Lisa Todd Wexley, “LTW” (Nicole Ari Parker), stormed into a restaurant where the women dined like a couture-clad returning to SATC. A chunky case of overkill led Charlotte to prepare for her arrival by stating that she was “a documentary filmmaker and philanthropist, her husband Herbert is an investment banker open for mayor, and she is on the International Vogue Best Dressed List “. Whoa, fivefold punch.
And as if those credentials weren’t enough for her to join the elite clique, she swung at their table and expressed her fondness for fries while wearing a bracelet – by an obscure, aspiring indie designer from Mississippi – that caught Carrie’s admiring eagle eye. Later she gratefully accepted a plastic cup containing the wine Miranda had smuggled into a concert at a music school. Welcome to the gang, LTW.

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WHO says delta Covid variant nonetheless the precedence regardless of omicron worries

The world is on high alert because of the new Omicron Covid strain – but Delta is still responsible for most of the current infections worldwide, the World Health Organization pointed out on Monday.

“Over 99% of cases around the world are due to the Delta variant, and the unvaccinated population has more deaths,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told CNBC.Squawk Box Asia“on Monday.” I think that’s our priority while we wait to find out more [the omicron] Variant.”

Last week the global health authority recognized the variant of Omicron, which was first designated as line B.1.1.529, as a variant of the concern. That means it could be more contagious, virulent, or adept at bypassing public health measures, vaccines, and therapeutics. The strain was first identified by South African scientists.

Delta, on the other hand, was first discovered in India.

Why are health professionals concerned?

Health professionals are concerned on the transferability of the Omicron variant in view of its unusual constellation of mutations and profiles that differ from earlier, worrying variants.

It is really important that anyone who has not yet been vaccinated or has only received one dose receives a full vaccination.

Soumya Swaminathan

Senior Scientist, World Health Organization

“The profile of the mutations strongly suggests that it will have an advantage in transferability and that it could, and possibly even, escape the immune protection you would get from a monoclonal antibody or from the convalescent serum after infection, for example.” against some of the vaccine-induced antibodies, “says US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“So it doesn’t have to happen, but it’s a strong indication that we really need to be prepared for it,” added Fauci.

WHO’s Swaminathan told CNBC that scientists need time to conduct experiments and collect data that would help them answer some of the basic questions surrounding the new variant.

“What we want to know is, is this variant more transmissible, even more than Delta? We want to know if there is a different clinical pattern, is it less severe if it causes disease?” She said, adding, “And thirdly, and very importantly, this variant is able to bypass immune responses either after natural infection or after vaccines.”

She also called on countries where the Omicron variant has been detected to release their clinical data and genome sequence data via the WHO platforms for scientists to investigate.

How quickly does the variant spread?

The omicron variant has now been detected in several places, including the United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. Many countries have tightened travel restrictions from southern Africa to curb the spread of the new strain.

Covid vaccine manufacturer Pfizer, BioNTech, Modern, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca called they examine and test the omicron variant.

WHO’s Swaminathan said for the moment it should be assumed that existing vaccines would provide some, if not complete, protection against the new strain.

“It’s really important that everyone out there who hasn’t been vaccinated or just received one dose gets a full shot,” she said.

“I think we still have a large number of people around the world who did not have their first vaccination and we also know that at the moment the Delta variant is the main cause of the pandemic around the world,” said Swaminathan added.

Information compiled by Our World In Data showed that around 43% of the world’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19. But only a small percentage of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.

The WHO has repeatedly criticized global vaccine injustice as most syringes were given in affluent or middle-income countries, including booster doses.

How a lot RRF cash was really permitted for precedence teams?

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Companies in priority groups accounted for nearly 72% of the 101,004 grants approved by the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

The groups, which include minority-owned, women and veteran-owned businesses, received 72,568 grants totaling $ 17.9 billion.

Funding granted to the groups represents 63% of the $ 28.6 billion approved in the Covid-19 aid program, which is designed to provide additional funding to the hardest-hit industry to complement the Paycheck Protection Program and Credit For Economic Injury initiatives.

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Editorial: Oklahoma use of federal COIVD-19 reduction cash included unwise, low precedence tasks | Editorial

Was it wise to spend $ 2 million on a marketing campaign with Stitt to lure tourists to the state when Oklahoma had a terrifying COVID-19 infection rate and Washington health officials discouraged unnecessary travel?

Was it wise to spend $ 250,000 to lure the Cattlemen’s Congress to the Oklahoma City Exhibition Center a few months after the Oklahoma State Fair was canceled because it couldn’t be held safely?

Was it a judicious use of taxpayer money to prepay $ 2.1 million for 1.2 million masks from a company that failed to deliver the goods?

Was buying $ 2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine, a drug hyped by former President Donald Trump but found ineffective against COVID-19, good business? If so, why is the state now trying to return all drugs?

The federal government gave a tremendous amount of money to Stitt’s office to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis, and much of that money – probably most of it – was being spent exactly as it should have been around the people and organizations that were Put down to bring relief from illness.

Some of that spending was disorganized at times, and none of it had the kind of legal scrutiny that is the hallmark of good government, but the blame lies with Congress, not Stitt.

Even so, there is much to be asked about how some of the aid was spent and we have not yet received a reasonable answer.

KOMO Cash Issues: Make Financial savings a Precedence

February 1, 2021

From an unexpected vet bill to a roof leak to thinking about the life you want to lead ten years from now, savings have never been more important. Learn how to save not only for the things you want, but in case the unplanned happens – because it will. Also, check out this month’s Money Matters to learn more about types of savings accounts and whether a Certificate of Deposit (CD) or Health Savings Account (HSA) is right for you. Because earning interest while you save money is one of the best things you can do financially.

To find out more, tune in to Money Matters on weekdays at 7:50 a.m. on KOMO Newsradio or visit WSECU.org/moneymatters.

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