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Boeing’s Starliner test nearly ‘catastrophic’ failure, NASA says – Seeking Alpha

February 6th, 2020

5 more Canadians test positive for coronavirus aboard quarantined cruise ship –

February 6th, 2020

Five more Canadians on a cruise ship that has been quarantined off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total on board the vessel to seven.

The Canadians were among 41 positive tests for the virus identified in the latest round of tests conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Health, according to a statement from Princess Cruises, the operator of the Diamond Princess.

“This is the last batch to be tested and the quarantine end date will be Feb. 19, unless there are any other unforeseen developments,” said a statement from the cruise line.

The cruise line said the nationalities of the new cases, in addition to the Canadians, were one from Argentina, five from Australia, 21 from Japan, one from the United Kingdom and eight from the United States.

Another 20 passengers were previously identified as being infected with the virus. Two of those previous cases were Canadians.

Princess Cruises said local public health authorities will immediately disembark those guests for transport to local hospitals. It said staff are doing their best to make the quarantined passengers comfortable.

Reporters wait outside the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan’s Port of Yokohama. (Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News/AP)

“Guests will continue to be provided complementary internet and telephone service to stay in contact with their family and loved ones,” it said.

“In addition, we have added additional live TV channels and a large selection of in-room movies available in multiple languages. The cruise activities staff is packaging games, puzzles and trivia and delivering them to guest staterooms.

“The health and safety of our guests and crew remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with the Japan Ministry of Health on all protocols and procedures.”

The ship carrying 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew was first quarantined in Yokohama on Tuesday following a confirmed outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the Canadian mission in Tokyo has been in touch with the Canadian passengers on the ship to offer them consular assistance and the government will look to the cruise line to repatriate them when the quarantine is finished.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that Japan will deny entry of foreign passengers on another cruise ship heading to Japan — Holland America’s Westerdam, on its way to Okinawa from Hong Kong — because of suspected virus patients found on the ship.

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 31,400 people globally. The latest figures report 636 deaths and 31,161 confirmed cases on mainland China.

In addition, Hong Kong has had 22 cases, including one death. Macao has had 10 cases. Most of the deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December.

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Vancouver couple on board cruise ship stranded outside Taiwan – Global News

February 6th, 2020

A Vancouver, B.C., couple is among thousands of cruise passengers in limbo due to the new coronavirus — even though there are no confirmed cases on board their ship.

The Japanese government said Thursday it won’t allow Holland America’s Westerdam to dock at any of its scheduled ports.

That was news to Stephen Hansen and Carolle Sauro, who are among the 271 Canadians currently on board.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: B.C. man among those stuck on quarantined cruise ship in Japan

At the time Hansen spoke with Global News, no such announcement had been made. Regular updates were given on the ship indicating that the next port of call had been cancelled and further information would follow.

“I anticipate now this morning, once people are awake, the captain will come on and let people know,” Hansen said in a late-night interview.

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“But I’m hearing it first from you guys.”

The Westerdam is stranded off Taiwan with 1,455 guests and 802 crew onboard.

The operator, Holland America Line, said the ship is not under quarantine and there are no known cases of the new coronavirus on board.

However, Japanese media outlets citing the country’s prime minister said that the ship was denied entry due to suspected coronavirus cases.

0:32Coronavirus outbreak: Champagne says 2 Canadians who tested positive on cruise ship are now at health facilities

Coronavirus outbreak: Champagne says 2 Canadians who tested positive on cruise ship are now at health facilities

“We are closely monitoring the evolving situation with respect to coronavirus that originated in mainland China and our medical experts are co-ordinating closely with global health authorities to implement enhanced screening, prevention and control measures for our ships globally,” Holland America said in a statement.

The cruise departed from Hong Kong on Feb. 1 on a 14-day tour of Taiwan and Japan, though many passengers, including Hansen and Sauro, have been on board for longer because they were on a previous voyage.

The Westerdam was supposed to arrive at five ports of call in Japan before passengers were to disembark in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

READ MORE: Japan finds 41 new cases of coronavirus on cruise ship as China death toll rises to 636

“Now that we can’t get into Japan at all, we don’t know where we’re going to end up, how long it’s going to take to get there and what arrangements we can take to get home,” Hansen said.

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With all of the uncertainty, the couple will have to cancel their flights home at a cost of a few thousand dollars, Hansen said.

Hansen called on the cruise line to be more transparent with passengers about what is happening.

“Right now, our main concern is let’s get home. But this has turned into a disaster and it’s not going in the right direction,” he said.

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The Westerdam is one of several large cruise ships unable to arrive in port due to restrictions intended to curb the spread of the new virus.

The new coronavirus strain, which is believed to have started in Wuhan, China, has led to the deaths of 636 people in that country. It has spread to two dozen nations, including Canada, where seven patients have been diagnosed.

About 3,700 people aboard the Diamond Princess will undergo testing and quarantine for at least two weeks while the vessel is docked at Yokohama. Japanese health officials said the number of passengers who have tested positive for the virus has risen to 41.

Officials said among 41 positive tests for the virus identified in the latest round of tests conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Health, seven Canadians tested positive for the new coronavirus aboard the ship.

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READ MORE: Chinese doctor who sounded alarm on new coronavirus has died: reports

There are 251 Canadians on board overall, including Rose and Greg Yerex of Port Dover, Ont.

Rose Yerex said Princess Cruises is trying to do the best it can to accommodate passengers in the circumstances. Those on board have internet access, allowing them to connect with their families, she said.

Yerex has had to cancel flights and a hotel as well.

“There’s no way we can book anything else because have no idea as to how or when or where this is going to end,” she said.

READ MORE: 2 Canadians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship quarantined in Japan

In Hong Kong, another cruise ship with 3,600 passengers and crew was quarantined for a second day pending testing with three cases on board.Taiwan has now banned international cruise ships from docking.— With files from Global News’ Redmond Shannon and Alanna Rizza and Reuters

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo spotted in the wild – Neowin

February 6th, 2020

As health professionals treat coronavirus patients, global search for cures and vaccines accelerates – South China Morning Post

February 6th, 2020

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As China grapples with the public health crisis related to a new form of coronavirus, health professionals around the country and the world are looking for vaccines for the infection called 2019-nCoV. While efforts to contain the spread of the disease gather pace, health workers are finding that effective treatment and isolation of those already infected are key.

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Surface Duo spotted in the wild with possible front-facing flash – Windows Central

February 6th, 2020

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could be delayed by coronavirus outbreak; Nintendo Switch production also affected –

February 6th, 2020

Nicki Minaj Sounds Off on Trump, Regrets and Fake Retirement in Wild Talk – Rolling Stone

February 6th, 2020

After a long day of panels, discussions and demos highlighting touring business trends at the Pollstar Live 2020 conference in Los Angeles, a keynote conversation between mega-mogul/manager Irving Azoff and the notoriously unabashed Nicki Minaj felt radical, refreshing and carefree.

Plenty of previous guests talked in circles, providing fluffy, media-trained responses rooted in carefully curated self-promotion. Not so for Azoff, known for his in-your-face attitude, and Minaj, who he dubbed the “Howard Stern of Beats Radio.” The duo covered a wide array of topics – The Grammys debacle, “retirement” and Trump were all discussed. And while she fanned away tears from her perfectly made-up face at the mention of Kobe Bryant, the pair mostly engaged in a tongue-in-cheek, “give the people what they want” approach. Here are nine things we learned about the rapper.

1. New Music Is Coming
Minaj strutted onstage to a snippet of new material as Azoff yelled to the crowd, “Should we drop that record?” “Now they want me to put it out,” replies Minaj. “So maybe I’ll put it out…” She snickers to a cheering crowd, asking once more, “Should I put it out?” Azoff responds with glee, “It’s national leak day!” Later in the talk he says, “I’m sure [Republic Records CEO] Monte Lipman is gonna have a heart attack when he finds out we’re gonna leak the set-up track later tonight or tomorrow.”

Minaj said that if they dropped the record on, say, Friday, they might do a new episode of her Queen radio show on Friday or Saturday as well. Fans can expect to hear that she’s in a good place on this album, with Azoff adding that he’s encouraging her to start her own label. The rapper also expresses that she’s “excited to go back on the road,” though she provided no details on timing.

2. She Supports Ousted Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan in Her Fight Against the Recording Academy
“What do you think about the Grammys, Nicki?” Azoff asks. “You’re asking me of all fucking people what I think about the Grammys?,” Minaj says. “Who was that lady that left them and started talking shit about the real deal, about what’s going on over there? What’s her name?” After some assistance from the crowd, she continues, “Well, shout out to [Deborah Dugan]. We need strong women that are willing to say what they have to say, even when they’re getting backlash for it. And every strong woman in here knows exactly what I’m talking about. But, you know what? I’ve got respect. Anybody who’s won a Grammy, I feel you oughta be proud of that. That’s a great achievement. But think the way we judge talent has changed. And that’s all I’ll say about that.”

3. She Regrets Some of Her Social Media Posts…
Azoff pokes fun at Minaj, asking her if she’d “been on Twitter at all today?” The question comes as a result of reinvigorated beef between the star and her ex, rapper Meek Mill, who accused her of condoning sexual assault allegedly committed by her brother against a minor. Minaj accused him of abusing women, including herself. “I was hacked! I got hacked this morning, you guys,” Minaj jokes. “Don’t believe anything you saw… the good old ‘hacked’ excuse.” Irving questions, “Now, is that shit premeditated or does it just happen?” “It just happens,” she says. “And listen, it never fails. Every time I do it, five minutes later, I’m like, ‘Why the fuck do I do that?’ You know what I mean? Every single time! But it’s a good lesson in knowing how to master your anger and emotions. So, every time I do that, I give myself a talking to in my head. Like… ‘Okay, you played yourself. You shouldn’t have did that. You learned your lesson again. Now, you kinda gotta learn that lesson!’ So, I gave myself that talk today, sir!” “I do the same shit, and then I just do the same fucking shit the next time,” Azoff says.

4. …Especially That “Retirement” One
They also discuss Minaj’s short-lived “retirement,” in which she tweeted (then deleted) last year, “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now.” “Another time where I shouldn’t have had social media on my phone,” she says. “That’s why for the last three months I haven’t had social media on my phone. I just recently put it back on my phone and I’m about to take it back off… I don’t know how many of you guys have done this. But do you notice that when you take social media off your phone, you as a person feels happier? Or more at peace? You guys really should try it. I promise you. Because it’s too much of nonsense and nothingness, and looking at what everyone else is doing and comparing yourself to other people… when you’re having a great life. You are having a great freakin’ life! People didn’t wake up this morning. We’re good! And then we go on social media and make ourselves depressed.”

“I don’t ever think to myself, ‘What’s gonna keep me relevant?’” she added. “In fact, when I posted the retirement tweet, I did think to myself for a while, ‘Lemme just retire.’ I really felt that was a good idea at that time, but now I don’t. Social media is a tool. It can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. And if you don’t have that mental strength to navigate through it, it can cost you everything. You gotta be so careful with it. It’s only for the tough ones, really. It’s not for the faint of heart.”

5. The “C—sucker of the Day” Award
Azoff recalled when client Travis Scott and Minaj, who was not his client at the time, were in a battle for the Number One album. Scott took the top spot, but according to Azoff, plenty of people believed that Scott “created some new ways” (i.e. manipulated) around the chart system with bundles that lumped album sales/downloads in with “everything from Coca-Cola cans to merch, to posters, to backstage passes.” “He really cared about Number One and she really cared about Number One,” he said. “And I think she ended up Number Two. So, I got this great award, and I got really fascinated and started listening to the radio show. And then I heard one day that she and her management had parted company. And we’d never met, so I just called the bitch up, and here we are!” The “award” he’s referring to is “the cocksucker of the day” honor, which Minaj bestowed upon him in a heated episode of her radio show, in which she accused Azoff of allegedly launching a smear campaign against her NICKIHNDRXX tour.

6. She Regrets Some of Her Past Work
Azoff asked if there are any hits she wishes she didn’t release because she now has to play them live every night and she’s sick of it. “I wish I had never recorded ‘Anaconda,’ she says of her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling hit. “I like the video, but ick. My first-ever solo song on Billboard was ‘Your Love.’ To this day, I like the video but I hate the song. I could go on and on. I hate ‘Starships.’ I mean, ew… ‘Starships are meant to fly?’ Why did I do that?” When talking about records she wishes she wrote or had involvement in, she brings up Beyoncé. “When I heard Beyoncé’s album and she did a song called ‘Sorry,’ I was like, ‘Girl! Why you didn’t let me do 12 bars on that?!’ I was thinking that in my head, because I love that song.”

7. She Has Mixed Feelings About President Trump
“I’m not gonna jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon,” she said when asked about the president. “I don’t like that. I get that a lot of people don’t like him for obvious reasons. But, what stuck with me was the children being taken away from their parents when they came into this country. That really bothered me because I was one of those immigrant children coming to America to flee poverty. And I couldn’t imagine a little child going through all of that, trying to get to another country because they didn’t have money in their country, or whether you’re fleeing from war … and then being taken away from the one person that makes you feel comfort. That is what really raised my eyebrows. That is what made me go, ‘Something about this doesn’t sit right in my spirit.’ But! On Celebrity Apprentice, I think he was funny as hell.”

8. She Has a 10-Year Timeline That Involves Having Children
Minaj beams when she tells the audience what she expects her future to bring? “A lot of babies!” she says as her husband claps in the audience. “Everyone is always on pregnant belly alert with me. That’s another reason why I had to lose that damn weight. I’m like, ‘wait a minute!’ I wanna really enjoy when the pregnant belly is there. I don’t wanna be fat and have y’all thinking I’m pregnant all the damn time. God! But, you know what? What I see in 10 years… Before I had a dime, I always said I’d try to watch what Jay-Z did and how he handled hip-hop and entrepreneurship. I always look at him; I take my notes from him. So where you see Jay is right now, that’s what I want to be in the Nicki Minaj way. I wanna still be a staple, but giving open doors for new people to not only rap, but to do things in the tech space, putting on concerts and stuff like that. I think I’ll always be in music in some way.”

9. She Has a Special Affinity Towards Jews
“I think Jewish people are like black people. They say whatever the fuck they want to say,” she said. “I’m always like, ‘Why do I like Larry David and Judge Judy so much?’ It must be a Jewish thing.” Azoff then tells his son, Jeffrey, to “call Larry and get her on [Curb Your Enthusiasm].” “Please do that,” she enthuses. “I’d love that.”

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Summit County officials: 6 Keystone Resort employees have the mumps – FOX 31 Denver

February 6th, 2020

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Six employees at Keystone Resort in Summit County have cases of the mumps, according to county health officials.

Summit County Public Health said it is investigating the situation alongside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“Public health officials believe there is minimal risk to members of the public who have had interaction with the ski area, and there is currently no known spread into the larger community. People may want to check their vaccine status to ensure they are protected against mumps,” Summit County said in a statement issued Wednesday. 

The county says Keystone Resort has been fully cooperating with the investigation.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling in the cheek and jaw glands. Other symptoms may include a low-grade fever, fatigue, lack of appetite and headache. Rare symptoms include swollen testicles, meningitis (spinal fluid infection), encephalitis (brain infection) and hearing loss.

About 1/3 of people with the mumps do not show symptoms, county health officials said.

The disease is spread by saliva or by respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat.

“People with mumps can spread the illness to others from two days before symptoms start and for five days after. Most people with mumps get better within two weeks with bed rest, fluids and medications to reduce pain and/or fever,” county health officials said.

Mumps is prevented by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. However, it cannot stop the disease once a person is exposed.

“Two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended for children, with the first dose at 12-15 months of age and the second dose at 4-6 years of age. Mumps vaccine immunity can decrease over time, so some people who have been vaccinated can get mumps. The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. Adults born before 1957 are generally considered to be immune to mumps and do not need to be vaccinated, but other adults should make sure they have been vaccinated,” county health officials said.

Anyone with mumps symptoms should contact their health care provider or Summit County Public Health: 970-668-9161.



Judge Rules That Kesha Defamed Dr. Luke in Texts With Lady Gaga That Claim He Raped Katy Perry – Vulture

February 6th, 2020

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On Thursday, Page Six reported that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled that Kesha defamed Dr. Luke when back in February 2016 she texted Lady Gaga that he raped fellow pop star Katy Perry. In the 2017 defamation case, Dr. Luke sued Kesha for allegedly lying when she claimed that Dr. Luke drugged and raped her. In court, Dr. Luke claimed that Kesha texted Lady Gaga that he allegedly raped Katy Perry in an attempt to boost Kesha’s own case against him. The case which Dr. Luke refers to is Kesha’s explosive 2014 lawsuit in which she sued Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery; she ultimately dropped the case in August 2016. In a deposition in 2017, Katy Perry denied that she had ever been sexually assaulted by Dr. Luke.

In the decision on Thursday, Schecter wrote, “Kesha made a false statement to Lady Gaga about Gottwald that was defamatory per se. There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry. Moreover, publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability.”

As well as ruling that Kesha had defamed Dr. Luke, Schecter ordered that Kesha must pay Dr. Luke over $373,000 in interest for her late payment to him on over $1.3 million in royalties. Not only must Kesha pay interest, but Schecter rejected Kesha’s sole remaining counterclaim against Dr. Luke asking to be let out of her contract with KMI, Dr. Luke’s record label, which continues to collect royalties from Kesha’s music. (It’s unclear if he’ll profit off her newest album, High Road, too.)

Dr. Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera released the following statement on his behalf: “Dr. Luke is pursuing this lawsuit to seek recovery for the serious harm Kesha’s false accusations of rape have caused Dr. Luke, his family and business.” This ongoing saga is not yet over, as Dr. Luke’s larger defamation case against Kesha on the grounds that Kesha defamed the music producer by alleging that he raped her still has the potential to go to trial. Lepera’s statement added, “Dr. Luke looks forward to the trial of his case where he will prove that Kesha’s other false statements about him were equally false and defamatory,”

In a separate statement, Kesha’s lawyers said the following: “Judge Schecter issued rulings today on motions for summary judgment in the Dr. Luke litigation. We disagree with the Court’s rulings. We plan to immediately appeal.”