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CDC responds to public concern over Wuhan coronavirus quarantine in Texas –

February 13th, 2020

SAN ANTONIO — On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first Wuhan coronavirus case in Texas.

During a press conference in San Antonio, Dr. Jennifer McQuiston with the CDC said one of the 91 people being held in quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base had the virus. That person is now in an undisclosed hospital under strict quarantine.

The 91 people are U.S. citizens or residents who had been evacuated from China and placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The group’s release date is set for Feb. 20 as of Thursday. In wake of the confirmed case, the release date had not yet been pushed back.

Dr. McQuiston said an investigation into the patient’s movements and contacts would be thoroughly investigated, and the release date could change.

dr. McQuiston fielded questions from reporters asking her to respond to Texans who are frustrated that people are being brought to Texas to be quarantined.

“Think about what it would be like if you or a loved one were over there and what you would want us to do for them. We are Americans; we bring our people home and we take care of them,” she said.


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West Coast Express trains cancelled Thursday night and Friday morning due to protests on tracks – CTV News

February 13th, 2020

VANCOUVER — Commuters who use the West Coast Express will face a second day of service cancellations because of an ongoing demonstration on the tracks, TransLink announced Thursday night.

The announcement comes after train service on the line was also cancelled Thursday afternoon because of the protest.

TransLink said in a statement it had been advised by Canadian Pacific Railway that it would not be able to run any service on the line on Friday.

“Protesters are currently blocking Canadian Pacific tracks on the Pitt River Rail Bridge and we are unable to move trains, conduct necessary maintenance safety checks, and perform routine inspections this evening,” TransLink said.

The transit agency said a bus bridge would be set up for passengers heading from Mission to Coquitlam Central Station but warned that buses would be “busier than normal.”

The demonstrators said they were inspired by other rail blockades across the country; CN Rail was forced to shut down its entire Eastern Canada network and Via Rail had to halt passenger trains across the country Thursday.

“We saw it’s had a huge economic impact. It’s really shut down Canada in line with the call from Wet’suwet’en, so we are taking that tactic as well,” said Isabel Karpp with Red Braid Alliance.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a tweet posted Thursday night that blocking the West Coast Express is “not lawful or peaceful protest, it is unacceptable and a disgrace.”

The demonstrators told CTV News they are in it for the long haul and have no plans of leaving the tracks near Pitt Meadows until the RCMP leave the Wet’suwet’en territory.

“We understand and we regret that some regular, working-class people are disrupted in their day-to-day lives. That’s an unfortunate consequence but the more pressing reality is the colonial invasion, the genocidal raid on the Wet’suwet’en people up north,” Karpp said.

Some of those WCE passengers said they feel angry by the situation and frustrated by the demonstrators.

“You’re angering everyone else who may have been on your side once upon a time. You’ve got a big group of people you’re disappointing,” said Maxine Harvey. “There are other places you can protest to get your point across.”

According to TransLink, there are more than 2.8 million trips on the West Coast Express every year, and about 11,000 per weekday.

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Coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19 cases spike on quarantined cruise ship docked in Japan – Global News

February 13th, 2020

The new strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has spread on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, infecting 218 passengers, including 12 Canadians. As Crystal Goomansingh reports, a starkly different situation is playing out in Cambodia, where Holland America’s MS Westerdam is docked.

Also, Robin Gill reports on what’s behind the spike in COVID-19 cases in China.

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CDC director says coronavirus could stay in US through this year and beyond: CNN | TheHill – The Hill

February 13th, 2020

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday that the coronavirus will likely stay for “beyond this season, or beyond this year,” as the disease has the potential to propagate in the United States.  

“Right now we’re in an aggressive containment mode,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN. “This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”

He said it could become a disease like the seasonal flu, the “only difference is we don’t understand this virus.” 


Redfield went on to question whether China has the situation under control and suggested the country allow the CDC to conduct on-the-ground work. 

“Right now there’s no evidence to me that this outbreak is at all under control, it’s definitely not controlled,” he said. “The sooner we can help them get it under control, the better for the whole world.”

So far, only the World Health Organization (WHO) has been helping China assess the outbreak. When asked if the CDC is not working in China for political reasons, Redfield said, ”All I can say is it is above the director of CDC because I know he would love to have that as a system.”

“There’s a lot of information we don’t know — that’s why I offered to provide assistance, direct assistance, and send our CDC folks over there back on January 6 to really help them gather that information and also to help us see the information first hand that we need to help make the right public health recommendations for our nation,” Redfield said.

“That letter has not been responded to yet by the official Chinese government.”

Redfield’s comments come the same day the CDC announced the 15th confirmed case of coronavirus in the U.S.

The U.S. has evacuated and quarantined more than 800 Americans from Wuhan since the outbreak started last month; 600 are still in federal quarantine facilities.

According to WHO, there are more than 47,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, most of them in China.


Waterbury Teacher Dies of Flu: Family – NBC Connecticut

February 13th, 2020

The Waterbury community is mourning the loss of a middle school teacher who family said died of the flu.

Waterbury Public Schools officials confirmed Harley Gaafar died late Tuesday afternoon and said they were “devastated” by her passing.

Gaafar taught ESL at West Side Middle School and was well-liked by her students, district officials said. There will be social workers and grief counselors available for staff and students.

“Superintendent Verna D. Ruffin and the Waterbury Public Schools community expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Harley Gaafar. Ms. Gaafar was an English as a Second Language teacher at West Side Middle School. She was a beloved member of the staff. Grief counselors and social workers have been made available to support the students and staff as they grieve,” district officials said in a statement.

Gaafar worked with the district for seven years. She was 28 years old.

Dr. Warren Corson III, who worked with Gaafar and her sister at the Pillwillop Therapeutic Farm in Wolcott, described her as a natural teacher with an “intoxicating” smile that she shared with everyone.

“Those who have encountered Harley will tell you that no matter the pain you were feeling when you met her, you would be smiling before you walked away. She just had that way about her,” Warren wrote.

Services will be Friday.

There have been 40 flu-related deaths in Connecticut this season, according to state health officials.

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  • Most people who get sick with the flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs and will recover in less than two weeks.
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  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
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  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.


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February 13th, 2020

Gayle King accepts Snoop Dogg apology, says it was never her intention to add to pain over Bryant’s death | TheHill – The Hill

February 13th, 2020

CBS News anchor Gayle KingGayle KingSnoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King in Kobe Bryant flap: I was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘overreacted’ Rose McGowan hits Snoop Dogg for Gayle King comments: ‘Death hurts. Grow the f— up’ Scarborough: ‘Media silence is deafening’ condemning Snoop Dogg attacks against Gayle King MORE accepted an apology from Snoop Dogg after he appeared to attack her for raising the subject of the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant‘s rape allegations in an interview. 

“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” King told The Associated Press.

Last week, the 48-year-old rapper launched epithets at King, calling her a “Funky dog head b–ch,” and accused her of holding Bryant to a double standard. 


“I was raised better than that,” Snoop Dogg said in his apology, days later. “I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful.”

Snoop Dogg also mentioned in a video on Instagram that, “Two wrongs don’t make no right.”

“When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it,” he continued. 

King also told the wire service in a statement that it “was never her intention to add to the pain.” 

Bryant died late last month in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a Colorado hotel employee. The charges were later dropped after the employee declined to cooperate with prosecutors. She eventually settled with Bryant outside of court. 


King brought up the allegations in an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge that was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?” King asked Leslie.

“It’s not complicated for me at all,” Leslie replied. “I just never see, have ever seen him being the kind of person that would be, do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”

Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreySnoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King in Kobe Bryant flap: I was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘overreacted’ Rose McGowan hits Snoop Dogg for Gayle King comments: ‘Death hurts. Grow the f— up’ Snoop Dogg: I didn’t threaten Gayle King, but she ‘was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant’ MORE confirmed on NBC’s “Today” that King was distressed, as the journalist received death threats after the interview, and she was absent from “CBS This Morning” last Friday.

“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times,” King said. “I don’t always get it perfect, but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”


Billie Eilish’s James Bond Theme: Nobody’s Done It Better in Years (Column) – Variety

February 13th, 2020

Billie Eilish has officially filed her James Bond theme, and for anyone who worried that she was too young — dare it be said, too green — for the task, there was no need to worry. The 18-year-old gets it, even if she wasn’t yet born when the Broccolis were commissioning what some of us still think of as “late period” Bond themes from the likes of Garbage and Sheryl Crow. The teen with the Midas touch has not picked this occasion to develop a cold finger.

No Time to Die” is one of the better Bond songs of the last 25 or 30 years, coming in ahead of a lot of entries that seemed promising and didn’t really work: besides Garbage’s and Crow’s, there were underwhelming efforts from Chris Cornell and the team of Jack White and Alicia Keys, worthy artists that tried to contemporize the idea of what a Bond theme should be, at their mortal peril. (The less remembered about Madonna turning Bond techno, the better.) It’s much more in the successful lineage of the last two tries, Adele’s “Skyfall” and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” which happened to be the first two to ever win the Oscar (shamefully). But Eilish arguably does a better job than those two of both acknowledging the John Barry musical tradition and sticking with something is very much hers and hers alone.

Which is to say: Yes, there are blatant echoes of Monty Norman’s seminal Bond theme from 1962 — four times! What more could a Bond traditionalist want? But Eilish also sticks with something that is already very much a signature: She darn-near whispers through the song.

Somewhere, Shirley Bassey is saying, “Turn it up, girl!” And somewhere, Shirley Bassey is wrong, because the quietude works just fine in a theme that works to Eilish’s “lend me your ear — no, closer, please” strengths.

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Stylistically it has some strong similarities with the Adele and Smith songs of late, with a soft keyboard intro eventually giving way to strings and brass. But Eilish extends the stillness far longer than they did; it’s just a little past halfway into a four-minute track that the hint of a beat kicks in, and even then, the percussion disappears again for a hushed coda. You might almost be thinking this is going to be a sort of reprise of Eilish’s quietest songs, “When the Party’s Over” or “I Love You,” before the orchestration and timpani fire up at the end of the first chorus, and you remember, “That’s right, Hans Zimmer did assist with this.”

So did Johnny Marr, of the Smiths. Presumably that’s him there, at the very end, playing the so-called “spy chord” that traditionally ends Norman’s classic instrumental theme. (Guitarists still debate exactly what that chord is; here’s a jazz buffs’ rabbit hole to go down in which enthusiasts debate whether or not the originating ’60s guitarist, Vic Flick, played an Em/maj9 — you be the judge.) That’s hardly the first time the Norman theme (often attributed to Barry) pops up in the four minutes: You can hear what sounds like a faint synth version of the familiar riff 33 seconds in, and then a loud and blatant guitar iteration at the minute mark. Citing these may seem silly to non-buffs, but after the tradition of integrating the original theme was foregone by so many other recent Bond songwriters, it’s nice to hear Eilish and her brother-collaborator, Finneas, nodding so reverently to tradition.

And maybe they needed to go the extra mile in including these throwback touches because their contribution to the canon is so different, in a few  ways. One big immediate point of distinction is in the lyrics. “Skyfall” and “Writing’s on the Wall” (from “Spectre,” because not even the people that thought “Skyfall,” “GoldenEye,” “Moonraker” and “Thunderball” were good song titles were going to give you a song called “Spectre”) sounded mournful and ominous but ultimately had hopeful, romantic, uplifting themes. None of that for Eilish — or maybe it’s more like none of that for the movie, because she and Finneas say they wrote to the storyline and script they were given. If that’s so, “No Time to Die” is going to be filled with romantic betrayal.

Let’s hope so. One effect of the majesty of John Barry’s songs and scoring over the years was that they sometimes lent the Bond films a little more gravitas than they really merited. The near-mysticism of something like “You Only Live Twice” didn’t make for the most natural segue into dumb sexual badinage with Miss Moneypenny, but it let us imagine that the characters had deeper undercurrents than what we saw on the screen. The one 20th century film that really let Bond have a real, ultimately doomed emotional attachment was “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” which, ironically — deliberately — had the most cheerful-seeming theme of them all, Louis Armstrong’s “We’ve Got All the Time in the World.” Of course the films do, or once did, have a tradition of sensual love songs, like “For Your Eyes Only” or “Nobody Does It Better,” suggesting that the sexy clinches Roger Moore found himself in on a life raft at film’s end might last longer than a one-rescue stand. Bassey excelled, of course, at the themes that were steelier and/or villain-themed: “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” the unused “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”  — a tradition taken over, with pretty strong results, by Paul McCartney (“Live and Let Die”) and Tina Turner/Bono/the Edge (“GoldenEye”).

In modern times, the pop singer-songwriters being drafted have had to deal either with increasingly unwieldy post-Ian Fleming monikers (“The World is Not Enough” is kind of a garbage title — sorry, Shirley Manson) or the odd demand that every other modern theme have “die” in the title. (Following “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Die Another Day” and “Another Way to Die,” this is the fourth song in eight films to go precisely that fatalistic. The producers should just make it easier and title the next Bond film “Die! Die! Die!”) One reason so many of the Bond songs from the last couple decades have been so mediocre is probably the songwriters trying to fulfill the assignment without having the slightest idea what to write about. Even what everyone would have considered the best of the contemporary choices, “Skyfall,” is something close to pure, indecipherable mush as a set of lyrics. Not to begrudge Adele or her co-writers their Academy Award, but it was hard to let Adele’s soaring voice really tug at you when it seemed like she might have been singing about a housing tract.

“No Time to Die” doesn’t really soar, and doesn’t really mean to. Although Eilish does get about as belty as she’s going to get for a bit in the final minute, she’s comfortable sticking with an intimate tone that’s more subtle jazz chanteuse than brassy Bassey, and that’s a big part of what makes the track appealing as well as just different. Listening to it, you can’t help but wonder anew what it might’ve been like if Amy Winehouse had gotten it together to finish the track she was offered.

We can hope the movie is this dark, too — at least those of us who are actually geeky enough to hope James Bond movies will get dark can. But even if it isn’t, Eilish’s tragedian-leaning contribution will still be in that rich, earlier tradition of theme songs that made it seem like there might be love at stake, as well as the world, or Fort Knox. For four cool minutes, “No Time to Die” lets us consider just how lonely it might get in Bond’s world when the party’s over.

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‘The evenings are empty.’ People in China are using video games to keep each other company – CNN

February 13th, 2020

Family remembers Waterbury teacher who died from the flu – WFSB

February 13th, 2020

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) — Health officials say eight more people have died from flu complications, including a middle school teacher in Waterbury.

The number brought the total of flu-related deaths so far this season to 40.

Waterbury school officials confirmed to Eyewitness News on Thursday that a teacher was among those who have died from the flu.

Officials said Harley Gaafar, an ESL (English as a second language) teacher at West Side Middle School died. 

Her family said she came down with the flu last week and she was diabetic, which complicated things. 

“It was sugar, it was everything along with that, so they were trying to control a couple of things at once,” said Lujan Gaafar, the victim’s sister.

The district learned about Harley’s death on Tuesday.

Grief counselors have been made available for students and staff. 

“The school community is devastated and deeply saddened,” Waterbury school officials said. 

“Someone I knew, someone I’ve seen before just died, like out of nowhere,” said Saxon Thomas, a student. 

School officials say Harley’s classroom is untouched, serving as somewhat of a memorial for an inspiring teacher who made such an impact on her community and was the pride of her family. 

“It takes someone passing away to see how much love and support she really did have. The amount of people who reached out to us in the last two days has been amazing,” Lujan Gaafar said. 

Even in death, Harley’s family is hoping she can still teach. They said this should be a reminder for everyone to get their flu shots, even if they’re healthy. 

The Waterbury Islamic Cultural Center released a statement saying, “It is with a heavy heart to report that Harley Gaafar (a young Muslim Girl who belongs to our Muslim Community of Greater Waterbury Area) passed away [Tuesday].”

The district is continuing to be vigilant in terms of cleaning and disinfecting schools. 

The flu continues to be reported as widespread across the state.

A closer look at this week’s flu statistics can be found here.

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According to the latest report, 7,991 patients tested positive for influenza as of Feb. 8 and 1,705 have been hospitalized.

Health experts remind people that washing hands often is a great way to prevent the illness, in addition to getting a flu shot. They said it’s not too late to get one.

To find out where to get a flu vaccine, click here.

Flu season generally runs into late March.

Anyone who gets the flu can pass it to someone at high risk of severe illness, including children younger than 6 months who are too young to get a flu vaccine.

Health officials are reminding folks about what precautions to take to try to avoid getting sick:

  • Cover your cough and wash your hands afterwards
  • Wash hands frequently during the day with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid infecting others
  • Disinfects frequently touches surfaces in your home: counter tops, doorknobs, faucets