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Harry and Meghan: How much privacy can they expect in Canada? – BBC News

January 22nd, 2020
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan pictured with their baby son, ArchieImage copyright PA Media
Image caption Meghan returned to Canada last week

Within hours of Prince Harry arriving in Canada to join his wife for the start of a new life away from royal duties, the couple issued a legal warning about media intrusion.

Pictures of Meghan walking her dogs while carrying her son Archie in a baby sling were published in newspapers and on websites. Lawyers said they were taken without her consent, by photographers hiding in bushes.

The couple say they want a different relationship with the media now they’ve stepped back from their life as senior royals. But have the rules changed? And what can they expect now that they’ve left the UK?

How much privacy can the couple expect?

Not much, according to Ingrid Seward, a royal biographer and editor of Majesty Magazine. She says she’s surprised the couple weren’t expecting the paparazzi to follow them to Canada.

“Of course the safest place for Harry and Meghan to be is in the UK,” she told Radio 4’s PM programme. “They haven’t been papped once since their marriage, and if they have been, no pictures have been printed.

“Those rules don’t apply in Canada. The paps can come from all over the world and lie in wait for them.”

The couple are believed to be alarmed by press activity near their current base on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Their lawyers say there have been attempts to photograph inside their home using long-range lenses and they accuse the paparazzi of being camped outside the property.

PR and media expert Rebecca May says that without the long-standing “gentleman’s” agreement between the Palace and the UK media to avoid using paparazzi photos, Harry and Meghan “will have to navigate their way through this new world without that protection”.

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Image caption The press have descended on Vancouver Island, near where the couple are believed to be staying

The CHEK news service, based in Vancouver Island, was one of the outlets which decided not to use the photo – taken in Horth Hill Regional Park – that prompted the legal warning.

Its news editor, Scott Fee, says he spoke to the photographer responsible who defended it, saying it was taken on public property.

He told BBC Breakfast: “That’s [the photographer’s] version. He said Meghan didn’t hide from the shot, she gave me a smile, she didn’t prevent it from happening – those are his words. If that’s how it played out – it’s hard to say.”

Mr Fee says his publication chose not to use the pictures, which appeared on the front page of the Sun, because they had to listen to their audience, who tend to be really protective of the couple.

He adds: “We do want to respect what the couple are saying as well. We’re not looking to be intrusive, we’re not looking to stalk the couple.”

However, he does acknowledge that his organisation will be closely following the story as it “unfolds in our own backyard”.

What’s the couple’s relationship with the media?

Prince Harry has long had an uneasy relationship with the media, having grown up aware of the impact the intense media interest had on the life of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes.

The prince has often compared his wife’s experiences of the press with those of his late mother.

In 2016, Prince Harry attacked the media for subjecting Meghan – then his girlfriend – to a “wave of abuse and harassment”.

Last year, Harry accepted damages and an apology from a news agency which used a helicopter to take photographs of the inside of his home in the Cotswolds.

The duchess is currently suing the Mail on Sunday over publishing one of her private letters to her father, Thomas Markle, accusing the paper of misusing her private information, breaching copyright and selective editing.

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Image caption Meghan has had close ties to Canada for many years, although she is an American citizen by birth

Days after confirming his wife’s legal case, the duke announced he would take legal action against the owners of the Sun, the defunct News of the World, and the Daily Mirror, in relation to alleged phone-hacking.

In his statement last October, the prince singled out Britain’s tabloid newspapers, saying that they had ruined his mother’s life and he wouldn’t let them ruin his wife’s.

BBC media editor Amol Rajan says the way to stay out of the media is not to be too interesting, adding that recent events have, ironically, seen interest in the Sussexes “radically increase”.

He says: “If you want to stay out of the media, it’s not about where you are, it’s about who you are and what you do.

“There is something desperately sad for the couple in the fact that, even in North America, you cannot get away from scrutiny – given that every passer-by has a smartphone.”

Don’t the couple need publicity for their careers?

Under their new arrangement with the royal family, Harry and Meghan will stop receiving public funds for royal duties.

However, the couple will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations, while they have previously said they plan to launch a new “charitable entity”.

PR and media expert Rebecca May says it is crucial that the couple’s advisers “guide them through this new maze and keep Canada’s press on side to help with this transition period”.

She says: “After all, to raise awareness for their charities and causes they need the media to spread the word. Therefore the key is to set boundaries and stick to them.

“Be up front and open with the press and they will be respectful if they know what rules you play by.”

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Image caption The Duchess of Sussex visited a women’s centre in Vancouver last week

She anticipates “a bumpy ride” for at least the next 12 months for the couple, adding that it will also very much depend on their next career moves.

“Inevitably, I don’t see their move to Canada helping them stay out of the media spotlight in the short to medium term, however, in the long term it could be a good move for them.”

Newspapers have claimed that Harry appeared to tout Meghan for voiceover work with Disney at the Lion King premiere in July.

The couple have previously looked to capitalise on the Sussex Royal brand – lodging an application to trademark the name in June last year, covering items such as books, calendars, clothing, charitable fundraising and campaigning.

It raised the possibility of Prince Harry and Meghan launching their own lines of products, from beauty to clothing – however the agreement with the Queen has cast doubt on that idea.

A brand incorporating the word “royal” may not be compatible with their agreement to step back from royal duties.

How does the law in the UK compare to Canada?

In the UK, you can generally take pictures of people in public spaces without permission. But there could be circumstances where it is not allowed, for example if the person was in an area where they reasonably expected privacy or your actions amounted to harassment.

Canadian privacy laws are similar to those in the UK, but there are also provincial statutes in Canada.

In the province of British Columbia, where Prince Harry and Meghan are staying, a separate Privacy Act is in force. In a public place, there may be a limited expectation of privacy under certain circumstances.

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Image caption Scores of photographers followed Meghan at official events in the UK

Canadian media lawyer Dan Burnett has worked on a number of privacy cases in the province and says the key question for the courts is whether there is “a reasonable expectation of privacy”.

He says: “Factors such as children and surreptitious photography would be important considerations supporting the potential claim in Meghan’s case.

“The fact it was in a public place would lean the other way, but if the photographers were hiding, that suggests they knew she considered it a safe, private space at the time.”

However, there is still a public interest exemption in Canada which could be used by journalists and photographers in some cases. A court considering a case would also have to take freedom of the press into account.

The privacy laws in Canada haven’t been as stringently tested as in the UK – with there being less of a paparazzi culture – so it is unclear what scenarios would amount to an invasion of privacy.

In the UK, privacy rights began to change with the passage of the Human Rights Act in 1998, which introduced a right to “respect for private and family life”.

The result has been a series of rulings against the media, such as Max Mosley who successfully sued the News of the World for breach of privacy, after it had published pictures of him with five sex workers.

Sir Cliff Richard used the same privacy law in 2018 to win his case against the BBC, which had showed helicopter footage of a police raid on his home.

What is the global interest in royal pictures?

Rebecca May says Prince Harry and Meghan’s move to Canada is drawing press attention from “all across the globe” and exclusive paparazzi photos could be “worth hundreds of thousands of pounds”.

She says: “There are extreme lengths photographers may go to to get ‘the photo’. You can expect bidding wars for exclusive images.”

Press intrusion is not a new problem for the royals, as Meghan’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, would testify.

In 2017, Catherine was awarded £92,000 in damages after a French magazine printed topless pictures of her in 2012.

At the time of the judgement, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield said the guilty verdict was not a surprise, adding “it’s almost a game these magazine play”.

He said: “They get the fines but they think it’s worth it – they get the extra sales from the photographs they publish.”

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Image caption The paparazzi were accused of harassing two-year-old Prince George in 2015

And the paparazzi have also targeted the royals’ children, In 2015, Kensington Palace issued an appeal to world media not to publish unauthorised images of two-year-old Prince George.

The palace said some paparazzi had gone to “extreme lengths” to take pictures and “a line has been crossed”.

A small number of media organisations, mostly in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US, had published photos of Prince George in “unacceptable circumstances”, it said.

However the palace said the “vast majority” – and all UK publications – had refused.


Woman critically injured in stabbing near York University –

January 22nd, 2020

A woman was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was stabbed near York University on Wednesday night.

Toronto police say the stabbing happened near York University in the area of Assiniboine Road and Evelyn Wiggins Drive, east of Sentinel Road, at around 10:10 p.m.

Emergency crews were called to the scene and found the victim with life-threatening injuries, paramedics say.

Police say a suspect, described as an Asian male, approximately 5′ 11”, and with a slim build, fled on foot.

He was wearing a black jacket, pants, a hoodie and a backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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Female seriously injured after being stabbed near York University – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

January 22nd, 2020

Bryann Aguilar,
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2020 10:50PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:25PM EST

A female has been seriously injured after being stabbed near York University on Wednesday night.

It happened in the area of Assiniboine Road and Evelyn Wiggins Drive, east of Sentinel Road, at around 10:10 p.m.

Police said the victim was located with serious stab wounds in her neck area. She has been rushed to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition.

The suspect, described as an Asian male, stands approximately five-foot-eleven, and with a slim build, fled the scene on foot, police said.

He was wearing a black jacket, pants, a hoodie and a backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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Virus spread, trade news send stocks in Asia into retreat early Thursday – MarketWatch

January 22nd, 2020

Stocks in China were hit hard in Thursday with Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges off 2% to 3% as the spread of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, spooked investors ahead of Saturday’s Lunar New Year holiday.

Coronavirus infections have more than doubled. Here’s how the mysterious illness from China spreads so quickly.

The Hang Seng index HSI, -2.14%  fell 2%, while the Shenzhen Composite was off 399106, -4.00%  over 3%. The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -3.17%  was down 2.7% and the CSI 300 000300, -3.57%  was losing 1.5%.

See how the stock market has performed during other virus outbreaks.

Japan’s Nikkei index NIK, -0.98%  closed down nearly 1%, weighed by disappointing trade news. Japan’s exports fell 6.3% on year in December, declining for the 13th consecutive month, according to data released by the Ministry of Finance on Thursday.

That marked the second straight year of red ink in trade for last year, hurt by a slowdown of demand in China. China’s trade tensions with the U.S. has hurt Japan’s trade, with Japan’s exports for 2019 falling 5.6% from the previous year, while imports fell 5.0%.

Japan had a trade surplus of 6.6 trillion yen ($60 billion) with the U.S. last year, as exports fell 1.4% from 2018, and imports fell 4.4%.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 benchmark index XJO, -0.63%   fell 0.6% despite positive data on jobs. Thursday data showed the country notching 28,900 new jobs in December, well above expectations. However, Ernst & Young chief economist Jo Masters says all the jobs growth was in part-time employment and, importantly, the pace of job creation is slowing. On average, the economy created 14,500 jobs a month in 4Q 2019, down from 27,100 3Q 2019.

The story was compiled from Dow Jones Newswires and Associated Press reports.


Seattle shooting: Manhunt after one person killed and seven wounded – BBC News

January 22nd, 2020
Police at the scene of a shooting which left one dead and seven injured on Pine street in central Seattle, Washington State. 22 Jan 2020Image copyright NIKESH PAREKH/AFP
Image caption Police asked the public to keep clear of the area following the shooting

One person was killed and seven others seriously wounded, one of them a child, when a gunman opened fire in a busy area of the US city of Seattle.

Police said the gunman fled the scene and was still at large. The motive for the shooting is not clear.

Footage from the scene showed officers tending to casualties on the pavement near Third Avenue and Pine Street.

The shooting took place shortly after 17:00 on Wednesday (01:00 Thursday), police added.

The city’s fire department said a woman had died at the scene and the other victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center in a critical condition.

A medical centre spokeswoman said one woman was in a critical condition, a nine-year-old boy was in serious condition and five other males were in satisfactory condition, the Seattle Times said. Victims had gunshot wounds to the legs, chest, buttocks and abdomen.

Tyler Parsons, who works at a nearby coffee shop, told the newspaper that he saw victims suddenly falling to the ground. He said several people ran into his shop to take cover.

“The shooting was just kind of terrifying,” he told the paper.

It was the third shooting in the city centre in less than two days, the Seattle Times reported.

On Tuesday, a man was fatally shot at a shopping centre a short distance from Wednesday’s shootings. The gunman in that attack also fled the scene.

Last March, two people were killed and two others critically injured when a gunman opened fire in Seattle before driving off in a stolen car and causing a fatal crash.

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One woman dead, seven injured – including child – in downtown Seattle shooting – Vancouver Sun

January 22nd, 2020

“There were a lot of people outside, guns came out, and people started running,” police said.

SEATTLE – EMT and Police give first aid to a shooting victim in downtown on January 22, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Getty Images / Getty Images

A woman was killed and seven people wounded in a shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday afternoon.

According to media reports, the incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street — three blocks east of the Pike Place Market.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told The Seattle Times that there were multiple shooters, with the violence set off by a dispute outside the McDonalds restaurant at the corner of Pine and 3rd.

Best said police responding to the incident found the eight victims in a one-and-a-half block radius. One person – a woman in her 40s – died at the scene and the others were taken to hospital.

“There were a lot of people outside, guns came out, and people started running,” Best said.

According to a spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center, a woman in her 50s was in critical condition and a nine-year-old boy was in serious condition.

Four others — a 35-year-old man, a 32-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, and a 34-year-old man — were in satisfactory condition, while a 49-year-old man had been treated and released by Wednesday evening. The victims were suffering from gunshot wounds to the legs, chest, buttocks and abdomen.

This handout image taken by Nikesh Parekh and posted on his Twitter account shows police activity at the scene of a shooting which left one dead and five injured on 4th Avenue and Pine street in downtown Seattle, Washington State on January 22, 2020.

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Witnesses reported hearing a steady volley of gunfire, leading to chaos on the streets as people fled in multiple directions. One victim was found inside the lobby of a building, another outside that building and another outside a coffee shop and another inside that coffee shop.

It was the third shooting in downtown Seattle in less than two days.

A suspect in this shooting has not been arrested.

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How to watch Star Trek: Picard online – stream the new show from anywhere – TechRadar India

January 22nd, 2020

Trekkies rejoice! Patrick Stewart will be beamed to our screens once again as Jean-Luc Picard, former Captain of the USS-Enterprise. Given the actor said he was done playing the character after the film Star Trek: Nemesis, there’s a guaranteed thrill for fans who watch Star Trek: Picard online as Stewart reprises the iconic role and reunites with The Next Generation cast members Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis after 18 years.

Watch Star Trek: Picard online: when and where?

Picard’s return will stream exclusively on CBS All Access starting from Thursday, January 23 and available at one minute past midnight in the early hours of the morning (or late on Wednesday night).

A new episode of ten total will be available every Thursday morning from 12.01am PT / 3am ET.

The new series won’t be all phasers blazing and warp speeds, however. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has promised a more “contemplative show” with a “real-world” look, and the final Star Trek: Picard trailer certainly establishes a wistful mood in addition to impressive visual spectacle. 

Beginning in the late 24th century, we find a retired Picard living a quiet life on Earth. Romulus has been destroyed and the former captain is still haunted by the unfortunate events at the conclusion of Star Trek: Nemesis. So, when a young woman named Dahj comes to him for help, he finds himself entering the intergalactic fray once more.

Read on to ‘make it so’ and watch Star Trek: Picard online wherever you are.

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If you find yourself far from home when the latest episode drops – abroad on business or taking an extended vacation – don’t let geo-blocks ruin your fun. “There’s a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle” Captain Picard once said, and rightly so.

Say you’re in a country where this content isn’t available. Utilizing a VPN will allow you to watch Star Trek: Picard online no matter where you’re situated. This simple piece of software changes your IP address, so you can access each episode live or catch-up with the series, just as if you were at home.

There are hundreds of VPNs to choose from. Our personal favorite is ExpressVPN. It’s quick, secure and uncomplicated to use. It’s compatible with numerous devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Xbox, PlayStation, and both iOS and Android software.

What makes ExpressVPN even more enticing is its flexible 30-day money back guarantee. But then again, if you sign up for an annual plan you’ll get a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant deal on an essential bit of software.

Once downloaded, search for the location of your home country or select it from the pre-defined list, and then connect. You should then be able to watch Star Trek: Picard online without any difficulty.

How to watch Star Trek: Picard online in the US

This much-anticipated series is exclusive to CBS All Access in the US, so you’ll have to register to its streaming site to keep-up with the intrigues of Starfleet in the late 24th century.

It’s $5.99 for their Limited Commercials plan, or $9.99 to stream without interruption. Both options come with one week FREE and you can cancel any time, so you could watch episodes free of charge.

Expecting to stick around? You’ll save 15% if you purchase an annual subscription.

How to watch Star Trek: Picard online in the UK (and for FREE)

UK viewers will need to wait 24-hours after the US broadcast to see the new Star Trek. Available from Friday, January 24 and exclusive to Amazon Prime Video, a new episode will be uploaded to the service every Friday over a period of ten weeks.

With Amazon Prime Video you get lots of benefits in addition to access to thousands of films and TV series, all for £7.99 a month. There’s also a 30-day free trial. This means you could watch four episodes of the series as they go live, or wait ten weeks and binge them all in one go, without spending a penny.

  How to watch Star Trek: Picard online in Canada

Canadian Trekkies have two options available. Firstly, cable channels CTV Sci-Fi and the French-language speciality channel Z will air Star Trek: Picard at 9pm ET / 6pm PT every single Thursday, starting from January 23. 

If you don’t have access to cable (or don’t want it), streaming service Crave has your back. It’s $9.99 per month, and includes hit TV series and premium channel Showtime. There are also a number of upgrade options available for an additional fee.

  How to watch Star Trek: Picard online in Australia

Thanks to Amazon Prime Video you can also watch Star Trek: Picard online in Australia from January 24, with the OTT service distributing the show internationally to over 200 countries.

Antipodeans can subscribe to Prime for $6.99 per month. If you’re new to Amazon Prime, however, you’re eligible for a 30-day free trial and could to watch about four episodes of this weekly drama as they become available, for nothing!


No exit: Wuhan sealed off as China steps up virus battle – Al Jazeera English

January 22nd, 2020

China has told the residents of Wuhan that they would no longer be allowed to leave, as authorities step up efforts to halt the spread of a new coronavirus that originated in the city in December and has now killed 17 people and infected 571.

“Without a special reason, city residents should not leave Wuhan,” the central city’s special command centre to combat the virus said on Thursday, according to state media.


The move is meant to “effectively cut off the virus spread, resolutely curb the outbreak and guarantee the people’s health and safety,” the notice said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Stations and the airport were closed from 10am (02:00 GMT) with buses, the metro system, ferries and long-distance shuttle buses also suspended. All public gatherings were cancelled in the city of 11 million residents.

The decision came as hundreds of millions of people are travelling across China for the Lunar New Year holiday, which starts on Friday, and state television said the number of confirmed infections had risen to 571.

Most patients are in Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei, but cases have appeared elsewhere in China and countries including Thailand, South Korea and the United States.

WHO decision delayed

In Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) delayed its decision on whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency and asked an expert committee to continue meeting for a second day on Thursday.

“We need more information,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The agency defines a global emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response.

When asked about Wuhan’s public transport shutdown, WHO chief Tedros said authorities were probably acting to prevent transmission and mass gatherings.

“We cannot say they have done something unusual,” he said.

Reporting from Hong Kong, Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown said China was keen to show the WHO it had the outbreak under control.

“If the WHO does declare a global public health emergency then that’s going to harm China’s international reputation,” he said. “That’s going to mean a big loss of face for China so I think China at this meeting is doing all it can to convince members that it does have this situation under control.” 

Wuhan’s tourism and culture department cancelled all group tours until February 8, Xinhua said.

Tourist attractions and star-rated hotels must also suspend all large-scale activities until that date, it added.

The provincial library and two leading local theatres cancelled exhibitions and performances, while four museums have suspended operations until further notice, it said.

The annual prayer-giving at the city’s Guiyuan Temple, an important Lunar New Year event that attracted 700,000 people last year, has also been scrapped.

The hashtag “Wuhan is sealed off” was trending on China’s microblogging website Weibo with more than 30 million views.

“Once there’s a suggestion of a new development, the first thought is to maintain stability” and stop rumours, “hoping that by muffling it, it will go away,” one user said on Weibo.

Comments deemed politically sensitive are regularly censored on the social media platform.

China virus

China is stepping up efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus with health officials in hazmat suits checking the body temperature of all arrivals from Wuhan on Wednesday [Emily Wang/AP Photo]

Others commended the government’s response, with one person saying “we should spare no effort in supporting all of the country’s policy decisions”.

The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause the common cold as well as more serious illnesses, such as the SARS outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003 and killed about 800 people.

Such viruses are zoonotic and originate in animals – the Wuhan outbreak is thought to have started in a now-closed seafood market where illegal wildlife was also sold – but there are concerns the infection could now be passed between people.

‘Under control’

Authorities in Thailand on Wednesday confirmed four cases – a Thai national and three Chinese visitors.

Japan, South Korea, the United States, Taiwan and Macao, a former Portuguese colony that is a semi-autonomous Chinese city, have all reported one case each. All of those affected were from Wuhan or had recently travelled there.

“The situation is under control here,” Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters, saying there were no reports of the infection spreading to others. “We checked all of them: taxi drivers, people who wheeled the wheelchairs for the patients, doctors and nurses who worked around them.”

Hong Kong confirmed its first case on Thursday.

Dr Peter Horby, a professor of emerging infectious diseases at Oxford University, said there were three criteria for the outbreak to be declared an international emergency: it must be an extraordinary event, there must be a risk of international spread, and a globally-coordinated response is required.

“In my opinion, those three criteria have been met,” he said. 

In Wuhan, pharmacies limited sales of face masks to one package per customer. Residents said they were not overly concerned as long as they took preventive measures.

“As an adult, I am not too worried about the disease,” Yang Bin, the father of a seven-year-old, said after buying a mask. “I think we are more worried about our kids.”

China virus

People in Wuhan have been queuing to buy face masks, which are restricted to one pack per customer [Dake Kang/AP Photo]

Medical workers in protective suits could be seen carrying supplies and stretchers into Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where some patients are being treated. 

Officials said it was too early to compare the new virus with SARS or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), in terms of how lethal it might be. They attributed the spike in new cases to improvements in detection and monitoring.

“We are still in the process of learning more about this disease,” Gao Fu, director-general of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at the news conference.

Gao said officials are working on the assumption that the outbreak resulted from human exposure to wild animals being sold illegally at a food market in Wuhan and that the virus is mutating. Mutations can make it spread faster or make people sicker.

One veteran of the SARS outbreak said that while there are some similarities in the new virus – namely its origins in China and the link to animals – the current outbreak appears much milder.

Dr David Heymann, who headed WHO’s global response to SARS in 2003, said the new virus appears dangerous for older people with other health conditions, but does not seem to be as infectious as SARS.

“It looks like it doesn’t transmit through the air very easily and probably transmits through close contact,” he said. “That was not the case with SARS.”

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Shooting in downtown Seattle leaves 1 dead, 5 others wounded –

January 22nd, 2020

Six people have been shot in downtown Seattle and one of those people has died, authorities said.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said authorities began receiving calls at about 5 p.m. local time Wednesday of multiple gunshot victims. One person was found dead in a heavily trafficked area of downtown and five others were taken to a Seattle hospital, he said.

Police Chief Carmen Best said what they believe is a lone suspect fled and police are searching for him. Multiple police units, including homicide and gang units, are at the scene, she said.

Tyler Parsons was working the register inside Victrola Coffee Shop nearby when the shooting occurred, the Seattle Times reported. He heard no shots — they play music loud in the store, Parsons said — but customers started dropping to the ground.

People were running behind the register, taking cover. He hustled five or six customers inside a back storage area, along with a coworker.

He waited a couple of minutes before walking back out. Parsons went into the building lobby and saw two victims: one outside, lying in front of the building, visibly injured but alive and moving. The second was inside the lobby, up against the security desk, with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg. He muttered, “I think I got shot, I think I got shot,” Parsons said.

Samantha Cook, 40, of Edmonds, said she was refilling her transit card in Westlake Station when she heard the shots.

“I was on the first set of escalators,” Cook said. “There were a lot of gunshots that started going off — maybe 10 or 11. It was just rapid fire.”

The scene was chaotic, she said.

It’s the third downtown Seattle shooting in two days. Police found a man with a gunshot wound in a mall stairwell Tuesday afternoon, who later died at a hospital. Police shot a person in another area of downtown Seattle earlier on Wednesday.

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Can royals Harry and Meghan realistically expect privacy? –

January 22nd, 2020

British Columbia’s privacy commissioner says the media should practice self-regulation when it comes to respecting the privacy rights of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

Michael McEvoy says press freedoms are vast in Canada, but he suggests the media exercise civility as the royal couple takes up residence near Victoria.

However, Alfred Hermida, a journalism professor at the University of British Columbia who worked as a reporter in the U.K., says the royal couple are hot news and they should expect to be making headlines when they step out in public.

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