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January 21st, 2020

First case of coronavirus confirmed in U.S. – Global News

January 21st, 2020

The virus, originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei at the end of last year, has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and now one case in the U.S.

The Chinese government has been providing daily updates on the number of cases in a bid to head off public panic, as millions of people prepare to travel domestically and abroad for the country’s Lunar New Year celebrations starting this week.

Hubei had been asked to minimize public gatherings and people across the country were urged to avoid densely populated areas in general, the health commission said. China also would step up cooperation with the WHO, Li added.

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Don’t panic: A medical expert weighs in on the coronavirus – CTV News

January 21st, 2020

TORONTO — As confirmed cases of the coronavirus now exceed 400 in China, one medical expert suggests it is not yet time for Canadians to panic.

Officials in China reported late Tuesday that they’ve now confirmed 440 cases of the coronavirus, with nine deaths. Since the illness was first discovered, airports across the globe, including several in Canada, have begun implementing check points in an attempt to contain the disease.

“I think there’s a good chance that it might be a bit of an overreaction,” Dr. Michael Curry, a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Emergency Medicine, told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview. “We’ve all had a coronavirus in our past — probably about 10 per cent of common colds are caused by coronaviruses.”

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and other viruses that are known to cause the common cold.

The newly discovered virus can cause coughing, fever, breathing difficulty and pneumonia.

“This particular coronavirus does seem nastier than most, but preliminary data shows it’s not quite as bad MERS or the SARS coronavirus,” Curry said.

On Tuesday, the U.S. reported its first case of the coronavirus. There have been no such cases in Canada.

Canada’s chief public health officer has previously said there is no reason for panic as the risk to Canadians remains low.

Right not, the bigger concern in Canada is the influenza virus, which latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows has sent 802 Canadians to hospital and has killed 13 people so far this flu season.

In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that so far there have been at least 120,000 influenza-related hospitalizations and 6,600 deaths linked to the flu.

“We get very blasé about the flu because people think that they have the flu on a regular basis,” Curry said. “The death rate seems low, which is good news, but you multiply that by a population of eight billion and all of the sudden you start getting some really big numbers.”

While nine people in China have already been killed by the coronavirus, Curry notes that these new viruses often appear worse than they really are, in part because the full extent of those infected is not yet known.

For example, Curry explains that the swine flu in Mexico appeared to be extremely deadly during an outbreak in 2009, but it was only because the reports were only among the sickest people.

“I suspect that that pattern is going to play itself out here in China that it’s the really sick people that are being tested,” he said. “There’s probably a lot more people than 300 people with it — like a lot more, a couple of zeros more — but most of those people have relatively mild illnesses.”

When it comes to the airport screening measures, Curry said we won’t know how effective they’ll be until after the outbreak, but he’s skeptical.

“The hallmark of the airport screenings is about fever detection and self-reporting of symptoms,” he said. “People, generally after a long flight, they don’t want to be held up at an airport and face a quarantine. Self-reporting rates are going to be a lot less than 100 per cent.”

Curry also notes that with similar infections, patients are infectious long before they have any symptoms of the illness, which limits the effectiveness of the airport checks.

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Aerosmith Respond to Drummer Joey Kramer Lawsuit + Statement – Loudwire

January 21st, 2020

We’re just a few weeks shy of the 2020 Grammys, and lucky for rock fans, we’re getting to see a live performance from the legendary Aerosmith. Unfortunately, things are a little rough in the band’s camp right now, as drummer Joey Kramer is taking legal action against his bandmates for not allowing him to return to the kit for the event.

Aerosmith have responded to the news of Kramer’s lawsuit in a statement to People.

Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so.

Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week. We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse. Compounding this, he chose to file a lawsuit on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events. Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage.

The drummer, who’s been in the iconic rock group for 50 years, had to take a break from playing temporarily last year due to minor injuries. He claimed that once he was able to return to the band, he was asked to audition to play the role again.

A source close to the band confirmed to People that Kramer often failed to show up for scheduled rehearsals, and when he did, they did not find his test performances up to par with his typical playing in the past. “They all got on the phone with him after they heard the demo and talked it through with him,” the source explained. “They voted as a band, which they do with every decision, and it was four to one.”

However, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton still hope Kramer will join them for the MusiCares benefit gala, where the band are being named as the Person of the Year for their charity efforts, and the Grammys. “They just don’t want to risk a performance because he hasn’t been with them in six months,” the source concluded.

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January 21st, 2020

Netflix faces growth pressure in Canada as it picks up 125000 new subscribers – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

January 21st, 2020

TORONTO – Netflix recruited more Canadian subscribers in the final months of last year as it responded to an onslaught of new competition from Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus with an array of buzzworthy TV series and Oscar-calibre movies.

The global streaming company attracted 125,000 paid sign-ups in Canada during the fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2019, helped by popular TV series “The Witcher” and acclaimed films “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.”

Yet, while the results were an improvement over the 96,000 Canadian subscribers who joined in the third quarter, the company’s subscriber growth was down from the 218,000 new members who joined during the last three months a year prior.

Part of that slowdown could be attributed to the arrival of both Apple and Disney which launched their hyped streaming services within days of each other. Disney Plus, in particular, left a solid impact on pop culture when its Star Wars spinoff “The Mandalorian” sparked an obsession with viewers over the so-called Baby Yoda character on social media.

Netflix says despite the widespread attention both new streaming platforms attracted, there was a “more muted impact from competitive launches” outside the U.S., including in Canada.

Reed Hastings, the company’s chief executive, downplayed the arrival of Apple and Disney, saying in a call with investors that before they showed up a formidable competitor for viewership already existed in global powerhouse YouTube.

Spencer Wang, the company’s vice-president of finance, suggested the notion of the streaming wars is overplayed by outsiders.

“I know it’s exciting for folks to talk about – you know the clash of the titans and all that kind of stuff – but really the big thing that’s going on is a transition from linear entertainment to streaming on demand entertainment, which is really, really big,” he said.

“It’s very similar to the transition the industry went through from broadcast to cable.”

The latest Canadian figures were outlined as part of a broader commitment to provide its investors with a more extensive quarterly report that fleshed out data on growth in key countries. More detailed breakdowns of its regional membership numbers and revenue cover four regions – Asia-Pacific; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East & Africa; and U.S. and Canada.

The North American region was the lowest membership growth area for the streaming company, which it attributed in its financial report to “recent price changes and to U.S. competitive launches.”

Canadian revenues were higher at US$241 million in the three months that ended Dec. 31, 2019, marking an increase from nearly $164.9 million in the same period a year earlier when the company was phasing in a price increase with users across the country.

Overall, Netflix added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing expectations.

Netflix had said it expected to add 7.6 million subscribers, and analysts thought the service would fare even better. The increase pales slightly next to the 8.9 million subscribers the service added in the fourth quarter of 2018.

A report released Tuesday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on the state of the country’s communications industry offered further insight into the popularity of Netflix in Canada.

The 2019 Communications Monitoring Report outlines that subscription-based video-on-demand services – which include Netflix, Crave and Quebec-based Club Illico – generated $2.5 billion of revenue for the entirety of 2018. Netflix was by far the largest chunk of those revenues, representing 65 per cent, while Amazon Prime Video came in a distant second with an eight-per cent share of total revenues.

– with files from The Associated Press

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2020.

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Rihanna & Drake Spotted Getting Cozy Again In NYC After Hassan Jameel Split — Watch – Hollywood Life

January 21st, 2020

New year, new go at romance? The same day that Rihanna’s split from Hassan Jameel was revealed, she was spotted getting close with Drake at a concert in New York City.

Giving it another go? Rihanna and her ex Drake got up close and personal at an A$AP Rocky concert in New York on January 17. The former couple was attending the event as part of Yams Day, a benefit concert honoring the late A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams. A fan took video of the pair together looking cozy. The reunion came on the same day the news dropped that Rihanna, 31, and her boyfriend of two-and-a-half-years Hassan Jameel had split. Already Drizzy was right there by RiRi’s side. These two just can’t quit each other.

Drake and Rihanna dated briefly in the fall of 2016. That came after he famously told Rihanna while presenting her with the Video Vanguard Award at the August  2016 VMAs that he’d been in love with her since he was 22-years-old. She was absolutely floored and soon the pair started dating exclusively. Unfortunately, that commitment fizzled out. By Dec. 2016, Drake, 33, had moved on to a flirtation with Jennifer Lopez, 50. They shared cuddly Instagram pics together over several months that followed.

It would be so amazing if these two rekindled their romance because their chemistry is insane! Their collaborations, their concert appearances, their playful PDA over the years…it’s always been so electric. Rihanna and Drake are positively made for each other. Fans have always loved them together and now that some time has passed, maybe Drizzy is in a place where he can settle down and be a one woman man. Rihanna proved with Hassan that she’s capable of a committed long-term romance.

It’s still unclear what caused RiRi and Hassan’s breakup. Rihanna was first photographed with the Saudi billionaire in June of 2017, making out in pool while in Spain. Though she kept their relationship fairly private, Rihanna just gushed about him to Vogue only four months ago. In Oct. 2019, she said, “Yeah, I’m dating. I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy,” though she didn’t refer to Hassan by name. Now that he’s out of the picture, Drake seems to have impeccable timing when it comes to reconnecting with RiRi.

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Trump impeachment: Senators clash over rules as trial opens – BBC News

January 21st, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) walks to the Senate floor at the start of the trialImage copyright EPA
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The US Senate has rejected repeated Democratic attempts to secure new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment as his trial began.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile backed off on a plan to fast-track the hearings after coming under pressure from fellow Republicans.

Democrats said this would have been no less than a cover-up.

Mr Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstructing the congressional inquiry. He denies wrongdoing.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Mr Trump dismissed the accusations against him as “just a hoax”.

Senators have taken oaths to act as impartial jurors, hearing arguments for six hours a day, six days a week in a trial presided over by the US Chief Justice, John Roberts.

Trial proceedings on the first day ran late into the night.

It is only the third time in US history that a president is facing an impeachment trial and it is unclear how long it will last.

Mr Trump was impeached last month by the Democratic-led House of Representatives.

But the Senate, which is controlled by his fellow Republicans, is not expected to convict the president and remove him from office.

How were Democrats blocked?

By party-line votes of 53-47, the Senate rejected three Democratic bids on Tuesday to obtain documents and evidence in the impeachment trial.

Senators blocked a motion from Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to subpoena White House files related to Mr Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

They also rejected follow-up motions demanding a subpoena of records and documents from the state department and White House budget office.

In his opening statement, Adam Schiff, the House Democrat leading the impeachment case, said most Americans “do not believe there will be a fair trial”.

“They don’t believe the Senate will be impartial,” he added. “They believe the result is pre-cooked.”

The president’s legal team had earlier demanded he be immediately acquitted, calling the trial “a dangerous perversion of the constitution”.

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How did Mitch McConnell come under pressure?

Backed by the president’s lawyers, Mr McConnell had initially planned to condense the opening arguments from three days to two.

But after a meeting with senators, including some Republicans, Mr McConnell agreed on Tuesday to three days for opening arguments.

The senators had expressed concern about how middle-of-the-night sessions would look to US voters.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the president’s lead lawyer, said: “It’s a fair process. There is absolutely no case.”

Several more days of procedural tangles are expected.

Democrats want current and former Trump administration officials such as ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify.

But Republicans are postponing debate over witnesses and documents until later in the trial.

What are the charges?

First, the president is accused of seeking help from Ukraine’s government to help himself get re-elected in November.

It is claimed that, during a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he held back military aid as he sought an anti-corruption investigation into Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden, whose son, Hunter, held a board position with a Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma.

The second allegation is that, by refusing to allow White House staff to testify at the impeachment hearings last year, Mr Trump obstructed Congress.

The Senate is hearing the case as the Democratic-led House voted to impeach Mr Trump on 18 December.

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China’s coronavirus death toll rises to 9 with 440 confirmed cases: health officials – Global News

January 21st, 2020

The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Chinese health officials said as authorities stepped up efforts to control the outbreak by discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province.

Another 2,197 cases of close contact with patients had been confirmed and there was evidence of “respiratory transmission” of the virus, National Health Commission vice-minister Li Bin told reporters.

As China also vowed to tighten containment measures in hospitals, the World Health Organization (WHO) is due to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to determine whether the outbreak of the new coronavirus constitutes a global health emergency.

READ MORE: China virus outbreak: What we know, and don’t, about the mysterious illness so far

The virus, originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei at the end of last year, has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

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The Chinese government has been providing daily updates on the number of cases in a bid to head off public panic, as millions of people prepare to travel domestically and abroad for the country’s Lunar New Year celebrations starting this week.

Hubei had been asked to minimise public gatherings and people across the country were urged to avoid densely populated areas in general, the health commission said. China also would step up cooperation with the WHO, Li added.

READ MORE: CDC announces first U.S. case of Chinese coronavirus

Officials found to have covered up infections would be a “sinner for eternity before the Party and the people”, the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Commission said in a post on its WeChat social media account that was subsequently deleted.

“I’m not sure that we could expect more of them at this stage in the outbreak, particularly when they are understandably focused on responding to the outbreak and trying to contain it ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations,” said Adam Kamradt-Scott, an infectious diseases expert at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney.

Fears of a pandemic similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak that started in China and killed nearly 800 people in 2002-2003 have roiled global markets, with aviation and luxury goods stocks hit particularly hard and the Chinese yuan tumbling.

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1:30CDC reporting first case of coronavirus in U.S.

CDC reporting first case of coronavirus in U.S.

The WHO said on Tuesday the new coronavirus was likely to spread to other parts of China and possibly other countries in coming days.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said new cases would appear as China stepped up monitoring. “If you increase surveillance and testing you are likely to get new numbers,” he added.

FLIGHT FEARS

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, one of the airlines affected the most by the SARS outbreak, said it would allow flight attendants to wear a surgical mask while operating mainland China flights due to concerns over the new virus.

4:49Preparing for the arrival of the Coronavirus from China

Preparing for the arrival of the Coronavirus from China

The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union said it had received a “tremendous” amount of messages from members concerned over catching the virus, and attendants on all flights should have the option to wear a mask.

“All of them are worried about the risk they are taking every time they go to work,” the union said on its Facebook page.

Taiwan joined Australia in warning citizens to avoid travel to Wuhan, and airports around the world have stepped up screening of travellers from China.

“I want to call on our nationals please not to visit this region if not necessary,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page.

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1:43WHO says new China virus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide

WHO says new China virus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide

A Bank of Korea official said worries over the virus may impact domestic consumer spending.

Fifteen medical personnel are among those infected in China. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. The viral infection can cause pneumonia and can be passed from person to person.

Though the origin of the virus has yet to be identified, WHO said the primary source was probably animal. Chinese officials have linked the outbreak to Wuhan’s seafood market.

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Harry and Meghan warn paparazzi after landing in Canada – CBC News: The National

January 21st, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lawyers are claiming photos of Markle were taken in Victoria without her consent and that the photographer was hiding in the bushes. They also allege that photographers have been camped outside the property the couple has been staying at. This could test British Columbia’s privacy laws.

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