So much has happened during this year and what better way to close off the year than with Uncensored. On December 29 and 30, the show will be pushing comedy beyond the boundaries. It is the only one of its kind in Guyana.It’s comedy in its purest form; there is no holding back. All the pertinent issues, all the hot topics, the comedians get an opportunity to express themselves while at the same time feeling comfortable doing so. Of course it’s an adult only show.Uncensored has been an eagerly anticipated event triggering overwhelming responses from the public. This annual show has earned a high place as the foremost event in stand-up comedy with overwhelming box office pull.The show is an attempt at removing certain limitations and allowing comedians the liberty of expressing themselves, and making the kind of jokes they would not otherwise be allowed to make anywhere else.The show will be staged at the National Cultural Centre and will see comedians competing for over $1 million in cash and prizes.The line-up of comedians includes defending champion Chris Gopaul, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Michael Ignatius, Kirwyn Mars, Mark Luke Edwards, Mark Kazim, Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine, Kirt “Chubby” Williams, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Jermaine Grimmond, Malcolm “Wickedee” Ferreira and many more.Newcomers are Marlon Jacobs and Paul Burnette. The show is billed to start precisely at 20:00h. Tickets are $1000, $1500 and $2500 and are available at the National Cultural Centre.
The conclusion published Monday in an online edition of the British journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases is unwelcome news for public-health officials in the United States who are preparing to launch the annual flu-shot campaign. This season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes that a record 132million doses of flu vaccine will be manufactured for the U.S. market, but the federal agency has been having a hard time boosting the number of Americans who line up for the shots. Last year, at least 18 million doses of flu vaccine went to waste. Clearly worried that a study casting doubt on the value of the vaccine might undo years of efforts to boost immunization rates, both the study authors and top U.S. health officials said the elderly still should seek out the shots. The authors confirmed a strong consensus that the flu shots are effective for people under 65. “There absolutely should be no change in the recommendations,” said Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where part of the latest study was carried out. HEALTH: But the authors did confirm that the immunization can help people under 65. By Sabin Russell SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE A team of National Institutes of Health researchers has concluded that the often-touted benefits of flu shots to people over the age of 70 are highly exaggerated – there is no real proof they provide protection to the frail elderly. In sum, the real proof that flu shots cut the death rates of people over 70 is “slim,” the authors concluded.