Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is rocketing into space this month — boldly going where no other sci-fi actors have gone before.
Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that Canadian actor William Shatner will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12.
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At age 90, Shatner will become the oldest person in space. He’ll join three others — two of them paying customers — aboard a Blue Origin capsule. It will be the company’s second launch with a crew.
Bezos was on the debut flight in July, along with his brother and the youngest and oldest to fly in space. Shatner will break that upper threshold by eight years.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner said in a statement.
Also flying with Shatner: a former NASA engineer who founded a nanosatellite company; the co-founder of a software company specializing in clinical research; and a Blue Origin employee. The up-and-down space hop will last 10 minutes and reach no higher than about 106 kilometres (66 miles).
While no living sci-fi actors have gone to space, the ashes of James Doohan, the Canadian-born actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, were blasted into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2012.
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Bank of England will have to act to contain inflation – Bailey
“Monetary policy cannot solve supply side problems but it will have to act and must do so if we see a risk particularly to medium-term inflation and to medium-term inflation expectations,” Bailey said on Sunday.
“And that’s why we at the Bank of England have signalled, and this is another such signal, that we will have to act,” he said during a panel discussion organised by the Group of 30 consultative group. “But of course that action comes in our monetary policy meetings.”
(Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing by Alex Richardson)
UPDATE: U.S. expected to reopen border November 8, mixed doses eligible – BlackburnNews.com
UPDATE: U.S. expected to reopen border November 8, mixed doses eligible
October 15, 2021 7:25pm
There is word the U.S. will allow fully vaccinated Canadians with mixed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter when the land border reopens to travellers next month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said early Friday evening that individuals who received doses of two or more different COVID-19 vaccines, including the Astra Zeneca vaccine, will be considered eligible to enter the United States starting in November.
“While CDC has not recommended mixing types of vaccine in a primary series, we recognize that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records,” a statement from the agency read.
Earlier on Friday, a White House official told the Canadian Press on condition of anonymity, since the policy has not yet been made public, that the official reopening date for land borders will be November 8.
However, New York State Congressman Brian Higgins tweeted the date too.
The White House is indicating the U.S. will start allowing vaccinated Canadians to enter the U.S. through land ports of entry beginning on November 8. pic.twitter.com/dlWWZsL1wU
— Brian Higgins (@RepBrianHiggins) October 15, 2021
The Canada Border Services Agency also reminded Canadians what they would need to re-enter the country once land and water border points do open.
Travellers re-entering Canada will have to complete a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving at the border. They will also have to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the ArriveCan app.
“Antigen tests, often called ‘rapid tests,’ are not accepted,” said the CBSA statement.
For trips of less than 72 hours, Canadians and those registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents and protected persons can take their PCR test before they leave the country.
“Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada must continue to follow pre-arrival, arrival, and Day-8 molecular COVID-19 testing requirements, and quarantine for 14 days,” continued the statement.
Canada reopened its border to American travellers on August 9.
Travelling with kids under 12? What to know about the latest COVID-19 rules – Globalnews.ca
Canadians hoping to travel internationally for the holidays have much to celebrate.
A White House official told Global News on Friday that fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel to the U.S. by land or sea for non-essential trips starting Nov. 8. Later in the day, came the news that Canadians with mixed vaccines will also be able to cross the border.
And Canada lifted its quarantine requirement for vaccinated travellers entering the country by land and air back in July.
But one large group of vaccinated adults who may still have to shelve any plans for cross-border holiday trips: those with children under the age of 12 who cannot get the coronavirus vaccine yet.
While international travel with young children is possible, it remains riskier and more complicated. Here’s what to know.
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Re-entering Canada with kids under 12
Children under 12 who are travelling with fully vaccinated parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors don’t need to quarantine upon re-entering Canada but won’t be able to go back to their routines right away, either. That’s because they won’t be allowed to attend school, daycare or camp for 14 days after their return, according to guidelines posted on the website of the government of Canada.
The kids may also need to postpone seeing their grandparents for a while. Unvaccinated children returning from a trip abroad must avoid contact with people 65 years of age or older, as well as with those who have a compromised immune system or underlying medical condition that makes them more susceptible to complications from COVID-19.
Families must also ensure the children aren’t travelling on crowded public transport or attending crowded settings like amusement parks or sporting events.
Still, the kids won’t stay locked up in the house for two full weeks. They’re still allowed to go to the park, to head out for a walk, or to accompany their parents on errands to the grocery store or pharmacy, provided they avoid crowds, wear masks at all times, and maintain physical distancing.
There are also testing requirements. For unvaccinated children aged five and older, families have to provide negative COVID-19 results from tests taken right before entry, upon arrival, and eight days after coming back. As for adults, these must be molecular not rapid antigen tests.
Children under the age of five are exempt from the testing requirement, but parents should still include them as travellers in their submissions through the ArriveCAN app, which enables travellers to upload their trip details, test results and quarantine plans, if applicable. Use of the app has become mandatory for virtually anyone entering Canada by air, land or marine vessel.
In addition to the federal directives, parents should also check for any additional public health requirements in their local jurisdiction.
Children under the age of 12 travelling with unvaccinated adults must quarantine upon entering Canada.
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Travelling to the U.S.
Starting on Nov. 8, children under 12 will also be allowed into the U.S., provided they’re travelling with someone who satisfies U.S. vaccination requirements.
Canadians who have received two shots of the Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines will be able to enter the U.S. U.S. authorities have also said the U.S. will accept international travellers vaccinated with mixed doses of any FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, which include Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines.
There will be no need for a COVID-19 test to enter the U.S. by land or sea for vaccinated visitors. However, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three calendar days of travel is still required to board a flight to the U.S. for all passengers except children under the age of two.
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Regardless of entry requirements, travelling abroad with children who aren’t vaccinated remains “risky,” even if parents have received their two shots, says Anna Banerji, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
“There’s the risk of (unvaccinated children) getting sick or potentially spreading it,” she says.
The risk varies based on your destination, local rate of COVID-19 cases and vaccinations, as well as public health measures in place, she says. Some U.S. states, she notes, still have three times the average number of cases per population than Canada has.
“In many parts of the States, COVID is not under control,” she says.
Even if you’re flying to a destination with low rates of COVID-19 and stringent rules to contain the contagion, you’ll still be on an airplane for hours, potentially with people from all over the world, Banerji cautions.
The safer choice is to wait until young children have also had their full dose of vaccine, she says.
Earlier this month, Pfizer was the first vaccine maker to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11.
Pfizer has submitted its initial trial data to Health Canada and plans to make a formal submission by mid-October, a spokesperson previously told Global News. As of Friday, Pfizer had not made the submission to the regulator.
Banerji says she’s hopeful children aged five to 11 will be vaccinated within the next two to three months.
— with files from Global News national reporter Aaron D’Andrea
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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