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Too many patients, barely enough beds: How hospitals are handling the flu overload – WJBF-TV

January 15th, 2020

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — Doctors say this year’s flu season is only going to get worse. Hospitals in The Garden City are experiencing overcrowding.

“All of the hospitals have been in emergency medical diversion at some point,” said Augusta University Medical Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Philip Coule. “Meaning, they are saying we can’t handle any ambulances right now because we’re too full.”

Influenza B got here early, and the virus joined the regular flu season. Then you have other viruses circulating. It’s a combination that’s causing a lot of folks to get sick.

“Influenza B behaves a little bit differently,” explained Dr. Coule. “It mutates more slowly than other types of influenzas. Because of that, many adults might get a little sick with Influenza B. However, children who have never been exposed to it may get a more severe case of the flu, than say, adults.”

The Chief Medical Officer says the Augusta University Medical Center has had to open additional beds to keep up. He says having a new hospital in Columbia County would help.

“Columbia County is growing rapidly,” said Dr. Coule. “The health care demands of Columbia County is growing rapidly. It just demonstrates a lack of capacity and the problems it creates when we don’t have enough hospital beds and no hospital in Columbia County. As that would be an additional location for people to go.”

Dr. Coule adds people who are high risk to the flu should come to the hospital to be evaluated. He advises others to get plenty of rest and take Motrin.

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‘You called me a liar on national TV,’ Warren tells Sanders after Iowa debate – CBC.ca

January 15th, 2020

Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense, post-debate exchange in which she refused to shake his outstretched hand, according to audio released Wednesday by CNN.

The Democratic presidential rivals are strong progressives who had steadfastly refused to attack each other for more than a year on the campaign trail. But that changed Monday, when Warren said that, during a private meeting between the two in 2018, he disagreed with her that a woman could win the presidency.

Sanders, a senator from Vermont, has denied that, and did so again during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, which was hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register and held in Iowa, whose first-in-the-nation caucuses are Feb. 3.

Warren stood by her account and said it was time to confront the larger issues of sexism in politics.

That exchange lasted only a few minutes. But after the debate was over, Warren, a Massachusetts senator, approached Sanders, who put out his hand for her to shake. Instead, she confronted him, and the two talked briefly in tense tones.

Neither campaign would confirm what was said Tuesday night, but CNN released the audio Wednesday. As she is refusing his extended hand, Warren repeats, “I think you called me a liar on national TV.” Sanders gently brushes her with his hand, then says, “Let’s not do it right now.”

“You want to have that discussion?” he continues. “We’ll have that discussion.” Warren replies, “Anytime.”

Sanders then adds, “You called me a liar,” before concluding, “All right, let’s not do it now.”

The exchange was interrupted by fellow candidate and environmentalist Tom Steyer, who said, “I don’t want to get in the middle of it” and greeted Sanders as the senator walked away.

Warren’s and Sanders’ aides have for days attempted to de-escalate the feud as some progressives worry that ill will between the cause’s two leading voices will ultimately hurt both of them and could benefit more moderate Democratic presidential hopefuls like former Vice-President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Release of the audio is likely to ensure the political fight continues — at least for now.

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Duchess Meghan Markle visits another Vancouver organization: Justice for Girls – Straight.com

January 15th, 2020

Another Vancouver-based charitable organization devoted to important social causes has been graced with an appearance by the Duchess of Sussex.

On January 14, Markle visited Justice for Girls, which was formed in 1999 to address the needs and equality of girls and has an office located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, not far from the Downtown Eastside where Markle’s previous visit was located.

Markle discussed the issues of climate justice and Indigenous rights with members of the organization.

Justice for Girls has had a special consultive status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2009.

Markle also visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre on January 14. The organization offers a safe space for women and children and supportive services.

 

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Her visits are her first public appearances since she and Prince Harry made a surprise announcement that sent shockwaves that they would “step back” from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family, would work towards becoming financially independent, and would divide their time between North America and the U.K.

The announcement came after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent a six-week winter vacation in Canada, and were spotted in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island.  

On January 13, the Queen said in a statement that she has had “constructive discussions” on the future of her grandson and his family, and that the Royal Family is supportive of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s desire to create a new life for themselves.

“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” the Queen stated.

She added the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stated that they do not want to rely upon public funds for their lives.

“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.,” the Queen said.”These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

 

 

 

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Duchess of Sussex visits ‘Justice for Girls’ charity in Vancouver – CTV News

January 15th, 2020

VANCOUVER — Photos have surfaced of the Duchess of Sussex visiting another Vancouver charity on Tuesday.

Two black and white photos were posted to Twitter by the charity Justice for Girls and show Meghan posing with several women in an office.

“Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples,” the post said. “Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership.”

Justice for Girls does advocacy and outreach work to help girls receive access to education and promote girls’ human rights.

Meghan also spent part of Tuesday afternoon visiting a women’s centre in the Downtown Eastside. International photographers had camped out for a glimpse of her on Vancouver Island and snapped pictures of her boarding a float plane that apparently took her to the mainland.

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre later posted a photo of Meghan posing with a number of its employees.

“Look who we had tea with today!” the post read. “The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community.”

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provides everything from meals to clothing to computer access for women and children in the neighbourhood. It also operates a low-barrier emergency shelter.

Kate Gibson, the acting executive director of the centre, said Meghan’s visit lasted more than an hour and that she was interested in hearing about the work the organization does for women in the neighbourhood.

“She was very interested in the plight of women in our community. And she would really like to learn more about things that she’s interested in like women’s issues,” said Gibson. “She has a real heart for it.”

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Andrew Weichel

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Ranking The 2020 Oscars Best Picture Nominees By Their Rotten Tomato Scores – Screen Rant

January 15th, 2020

Best Picture? It sounds like a category at the World Photography Awards. But films are pictures too, they are motion pictures. The Best Picture Award has been presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science since 1929. It is also closely linked to the Best Director award, since one film usually ends up winning both awards.

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This year, a total of 9 films were nominated for Best Picture. It’s a tight race, and we can’t wait to see who will take home the award. The award will be presented on the 9th of February during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Here are the Best Picture nominees, ranked according to their scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

9 Joker – 69%

It’s a bit surprising that a film with a 69% score ended up having the most nominations. The movie might be called Joker, but humor doesn’t live here. The film is extremely dark. Nobody ever thought that DC villains would one day be more popular than the superheroes. And there’s even more villainy coming with films such as Birds Of Prey.

In Joker, Arthur Fleck desires a career in stand-up comedy, but his jokes are dry as a gunslinger’s boots in a spaghetti western. He also suffers from a condition that makes him laugh uncontrollably. When bullies pick on him inside a train, he kills them all and breaks bad, becoming the villain we all know as Joker.

8 Jojo Rabbit – 80%

Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, and Rebel Wilson in Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi went from directing the CGI-heavy Thor: Ragnarok to directing this movie. The man deserves a round of applause. While directors like Scorsese tend to concentrate on specific genres, directors like Waititi enjoy making films about anything.

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Jojo Rabbit takes us to the height of World War II. A young German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) is shocked to discover that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has a conscience, and she’s hiding a Jewish girl in their home. The boy has grown up knowing Jews are bad, so this puts him in a dilemma. Roman Griffin Davis is also rumored to be the star of the upcoming Home Alone remake.

7 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – 85%

Tarantino came back with a vengeance after the previous film The Hateful Eight failed to scoop any major awards. He also made sure to enlist two of his favorite actors—Di Caprio and Brad Pitt—to make sure nothing went wrong. And nothing did go wrong. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood might be a mosaic, but it’s a superb film.

The film follows Rick Dalton, a former star of a western TV series, and Cliff Booth, his stunt double. The two are struggling to find gigs because Hollywood is changing before their eyes.

6 1917 – 90%

It has been called the World War I version of Saving Private Ryan. Director Sam Mendes would beg to differ though. 1917 has many unique elements, including the long-shot film technique where the camera never leaves the two main protagonists. Mendes already won a Golden Globe for Best Director and he’s likely to scoop the award again at the Oscars.

1917 follows two British soldiers on the battlefield during World War I. The two are sent by their commanding officer to deliver a message to the British 7th Division that will stop them from being ambushed by the Germans. The stakes are high, because one of the two soldiers has a brother in the 7th Division.

5 Ford V Ferarri – 92%

There aren’t many good car movies based on real-life stories. However, last year we were lucky to get Ford v Ferarri. The film reminded us of Rush, another recent car-themed biopic. It’s hard to tell which of the two films is superior. Surprisingly, Rush was snubbed by the Academy a few years ago, despite being nearly flawless.

While Rush was about the rivalry of Formula One legends James Hunt and Nicki Lauda, Ford v Ferarri follows skilled auto engineer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the daredevil racing driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they team up to build a race car for Henry Ford III. The trio hopes to end Ferrari’s dominance at the 1966 Le Mans.

4 Little Women – 95%

Saoirse Ronan Jo March Little Women

When it comes to the Oscars, Meryl Streep is never missing in action. Here, she is only a supporting character, but she’s there nevertheless. No Best Supporting Actress nomination? No problem. When Little Women gets announced as the winner, she is going to walk to the stage with everyone else. Meryl is simply a legend. But enough about Meryl.

Little Women mainly revolves around Jo March and her complicated relationships with family and associates. Apart from Best Picture, it received five other Academy Award nominations. The American Film Institute also selected it in its top ten films of the year list.

3 Marriage Story – 95%

Marriages can be difficult, and Marriage Story shows us just how extreme a couple’s marital woes can get. In it, an actress and her husband, who is a successful theater director, struggle through a draining divorce that ends up pushing them to their extremes, both emotionally and creatively.

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Scarlett Johanson has been on fire, and she stars as the actress Charlie. Apart from Best Picture, Marriage Story received five other Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay.

2 The Irishman – 96%

Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, The Irishman is about former mob hitman Frank Sheeran and his associations with crime boss Russel Buffalino, as well as controversial Workers Union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). The film is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, which is written as per Frank’s own recollections. Frank’s story, especially the claim that he killed Hoffa, has been disputed by many, but Scorsese has made it clear that he does not care one bit.

1 Parasite – 99%

There have been many great South Korean movies, but Parasite made history as the first to be nominated for Best Picture. The storyline revolves around two families: the Park family, who are wealthy, and the Kim family, who are street smart. The Kims see an opportunity to gain from the Parks, so they take it.

The Kims start providing various services for the Parks, and they are paid handsomely. However, a third party soon appears, threatening to mess up with the perfect relationship between the Kims and the Parks. Someone has to do something about it, but who will it be?

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6 Major Arrow-verse Questions We Have After Crisis On Infinite Earths – CinemaBlend

January 15th, 2020

Which Earths Survived And Which Ones Didn’t?

A lot of worlds were destroyed in “Crisis On Infinite Earths,” and while we do know that some worlds lived and even combined following the defeat of Anti-Monitor, we have no idea on a bulk of other things. Is Earth-99 gone forever? What about Earth-X? Viewers saw the worlds that contained Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and even the Green Lantern world were protected, but there are many Earths we don’t know the fate of.

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Japan Confirms First Case of New Chinese Coronavirus – The New York Times

January 15th, 2020

BEIJING — Japan on Thursday reported its first case of a new coronavirus that has sickened 41 people in China, adding to concerns about the spread of the virus outside Chinese borders ahead of a major holiday.

A Chinese man in his 30s has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Japanese health ministry said Thursday. The man, who was a resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, had returned to Japan on Jan. 6 after traveling to the Chinese central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. The man was hospitalized on Jan. 10, but was discharged five days later because he had recovered, according to the health ministry.

Japan’s health ministry said the patient had not visited any seafood markets in China. The World Health Organization had said it was highly likely that the virus had spread from a seafood market in Wuhan, which also sold live fish, animals and birds.

“It is possible that the patient had close contact with an unknown patient with lung inflammation while in China,” Japan’s health ministry said in a statement.

It was the second confirmed case of the new coronavirus reported outside China in the last week. In Thailand, authorities also detected the country’s first case on Monday in a 61-year-old Chinese woman.

Dr. Sopon Iamsirithaworn, director of the communicable diseases division at Thailand’s public health ministry, said the woman also had not visited the seafood market. However, the doctor said that the woman went to a smaller wet market near where she lives.

The woman who tested positive is in good health now, according to Dr. Suthat Chottanapund, a senior official of the disease control department from Thailand’s health ministry. But he said health authorities are waiting until the labs confirm that she is free from the coronavirus before discharging her. She said she wanted to do some sightseeing after she is discharged, he said.

The revelations that both patients in Japan and Thailand had not visited any seafood markets are troubling signs that the outbreak could be spreading beyond people who had contact with the market.

Alarm is growing across the region after Chinese health authorities said in late December that a new mysterious virus had caused dozens of people to fall ill in Wuhan. The Wuhan health commission said on Wednesday that the risk of a rapid spread of the virus among humans is low but it could not rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the virus. Officials also said they detected the first cluster of the virus involving members of a family.

The World Health Organization has reiterated that there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus.

While the new coronavirus appears to be less virulent and deadly than the virus that caused the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak, many questions remain. Experts say they want to know how the virus was transmitted to humans and the incubation period of the patients. The last case in China was detected Jan. 3. and the minimum incubation period for some viral infections is 15 days, suggesting that it may be a few more days before authorities can determine the full extent of the illness.

That has fueled concerns among governments across the region, especially ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins next week, a time when hundreds of millions of people in China travel.

Ben Dooley contributed reporting from Tokyo. Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono contributed reporting from Bangkok. Elsie Chen contributed research from Beijing.

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Rocky Johnson, Professional Wrestler and Father of Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, Dies at 75 – The New York Times

January 15th, 2020

Rocky Johnson, the hard-bodied professional wrestler known as Soul Man who battled racism early in his career and later helped train his son, the actor Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, has died. He was 75.

His death was announced on Wednesday in a statement by World Wrestling Entertainment. No cause was given.

Mr. Johnson rose from small-town Canada to fame in the 1980s as a muscular wrestler who bounded off the ropes, delivered punishing jabs and called himself “the king of the dropkick” for his ability to dispatch opponents with that singular move.

His opponents included well-known figures in the professional wrestling world, like Greg (the Hammer) Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis. But he was perhaps best known for pairing with another black wrestler, Tony Atlas, in a tag team known as the Soul Patrol.

The two became the first black world tag team champions in W.W.E. history when they defeated the Wild Samoans on Dec. 10, 1983, according to World Wrestling Entertainment, which released a video clip of some of Mr. Johnson’s highlights on Wednesday.

In an interview with thehannibaltv.com, Mr. Johnson recalled the many successes he had in a career that took him around the world, but said there was also racism in professional wrestling, “then as it is now.”

“Now, it’s more covered up,” Mr. Johnson said in the interview. “But there was a lot.”

Mr. Johnson said he fought against such prejudice, refusing to take part in some degrading performances.

“I was headstrong,” he said in the interview. “I kept myself in shape and the stuff they were doing in the South, I wouldn’t go for. They wanted to whip me on TV, like they used to do with the slaves and all that. I said, ‘No. I came in as an athlete, and I’ll leave as an athlete.’ And they respected me for that.”

When his son showed an interest in wrestling, Mr. Johnson said, he offered to train him.

“‘I’m going to train you 150 percent,’” Mr. Johnson recalled telling his son, in the interview with thehannibaltv.com. “And I was hard on him. But he never gave up.”

Born Wayde Douglas Bowles on Aug. 24, 1944, Mr. Johnson grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and moved to Toronto as a teenager. He boxed as a young man and recalled sparring with George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.

He adopted the name Rocky Johnson, he said, as a tribute to two of his favorite boxing greats: Rocky Marciano and Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Mr. Johnson’s sports-entertainment career began in the mid-1960s with the National Wrestling Alliance. But he found his greatest success when he began his tenure with what is now the W.W.E. in 1983, the company said.

Mr. Johnson retired from the ring in 1991. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.

The younger Mr. Johnson eventually became the more famous member of the family, as the star of action and comedy movies.

He made his debut as a W.W.E. wrestler in 1996, and his father was a frequent part of his act, leaping into the ring and defending his son when he looked to be in trouble.

In 2008, the younger Mr. Johnson helped induct his father into the W.W.E. Hall of Fame, where the company said “he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers.”

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‘You called me a liar’: Warren accuses Sanders in heated post-debate exchange – Global News

January 15th, 2020

Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense, post-debate exchange in which she refused to shake his outstretched hand, according to audio released Wednesday by CNN.

The Democratic presidential rivals are strong progressives who had steadfastly refused to attack each other for more than a year on the campaign trail. But that changed Monday, when Warren said that, during a private meeting between the two in 2018, he disagreed with her that a woman could win the presidency.

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Sanders, a senator from Vermont, has denied that, and did so again during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, which was hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register and held in Iowa, whose first-in-the-nation caucuses are Feb. 3. Warren stood by her account and said it was time to confront the larger issues of sexism in politics.

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That exchange lasted only a few minutes. But after the debate was over, Warren, a Massachusetts senator, approached Sanders, who put out his hand for her to shake. Instead, she confronted him, and the two talked briefly in tense tones.

Neither campaign would confirm what was said Tuesday night, but CNN released the audio Wednesday. As she is refusing his extended hand, Warren repeats, “I think you called me a liar on national TV.” Sanders gently brushes her with his hand, then says, “Let’s not do it right now.”

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“You want to have that discussion?” he continues. “We’ll have that discussion.” Warren replies, “Anytime.”

Sanders then adds, “You called me a liar,” before concluding, “All right, let’s not do it now.”

The exchange was interrupted by fellow candidate and environmentalist Tom Steyer, who said, “I don’t want to get in the middle of it” and greeted Sanders as the senator walked away.

Warren’s and Sanders’ aides have for days attempted to de-escalate the feud as some progressives worry that ill will between the cause’s two leading voices will ultimately hurt both of them and could benefit more moderate Democratic presidential hopefuls like former Vice-President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Release of the audio is likely to ensure the political fight continues — at least for now.

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Warner Bros. Asked for Flash’s DCEU/Arrowverse Crossover | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

January 15th, 2020

The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” pulled off its most shocking cameo at Warner Bros.’ insistence. According to producer Marc Guggenheim, the studio asked him to include Ezra Miller’s Flash in the Arrowverse event for the first-ever crossover between the DCTV shows and the DC Extended Universe.

“We were series wrapped on Arrow, and we were wrapped on the whole crossover. We were in post and some episodes were locked, and some were soft-locked,” Guggenheim told Variety. “I got a phone call from [Warner Bros. boss] Peter Roth saying, ‘I know you’re locked, but can you put Ezra into the crossover?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘How, you’re series wrapped? And you’re wrapped on the crossover.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I know, but if you’re telling me Ezra Miller can be in the crossover, I can make it happen.'”

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“I called Eric Wallace who who is the showrunner of Flash, and he called up Grant Gustin — because the one thing that was our only concern was the thought we didn’t want to do it unless Grant was 100 percent on-board with it. And he was,” he continued. “He was incredibly enthusiastic and on-board with it. And then we got on the phone with Ezra Miller and told him the scene I had written and he was completely into it. And we just went.”

“We put together a unit of the Flash crew on the Flash set [since Arrow’s team, which had produced the rest of the hour, was gone]. And much to our surprise, no one noticed Ezra Miller was in Vancouver and no one leaked it from the crew, which we appreciate. So we were able to keep it a surprise.”

“Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the latest five-show crossover between all the Arrowverse series, is now available on The CW’s streaming service in its entirety.

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