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What living conditions can Canadian evacuees from China expect in quarantine? – CTV News

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TORONTO —
Preparations are underway at the country’s largest air force base in Ontario in anticipation of the arrival of 250 Canadian evacuees who have been in lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus.

The Canadian citizens are expected to board a chartered plane in China on Thursday evening local time before arriving at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Quinte West, Ont., located approximately 170 kilometres east of Toronto.

From there, they will be transported to Yukon Lodge, a 290-room motel-like accommodation situated on the base. The facility is regularly used to house military families and other visitors to the base.

The Canadian returnees will then spend 14 days in quarantine to ensure they have not been infected with the new respiratory virus, which has infected more than 24,500 people globally and resulted in 492 deaths.

On Monday, Health Minister Patty Hajdu told reporters the quarantine is necessary to allow for “a full health assessment, follow-up assessment by public health officials, and support services as needed.”

Bill Glisky, the managing editor for InQuinte.ca, said the quarantined Canadians will be housed in relative comfort during their stay on the base.

“It really is, for all intents and purposes, a hotel. It’s not a luxury hotel, but it’s very comfortable,” he told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday.

During the 14-day period, Glisky said the facility’s regular staff won’t be working and he suspects the evacuees will be cared for by employees with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

If anyone develops symptoms of coronavirus, Hajdu said the traveller would be transported in coordination with the provincial health authorities to a local hospital for “further treatment, isolation, and contact tracing.”

Psychological effects

While the logistics of their stay at the base have been arranged, their psychological wellbeing in quarantine is another matter.

The Canadians in Wuhan have already been waiting in lockdown since Jan. 23 when the Chinese government imposed strict controls on the city of 11 million people in an effort to contain the outbreak. Once they land in Canada, they will face another two weeks of restrictions.

Steven Taylor, a professor and clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia, said the psychological effects of being held in quarantine can vary for each person.

“Some people do quite well, they cope reasonably well,” he told CTV’s News Channel on Tuesday. “Other people, they find it very difficult.”

Taylor said the nature of the quarantine contributes to how well people do during that period.

“Whether people are prepared, told what to expect. Whether it’s a situation where they have clear expectations about how long they’ll be there, the degree of isolation. Will they have contact with family and friends in quarantine?” he said.

On Monday, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government would be offering the quarantined individuals social support and mental health services during their stay in Trenton “given the stressful experiences many of these passengers will undergo or have undergone.”

The health minister said part of the reason they’re providing these services is because the passengers will be kept separate from each other during the 14 days.

“They will be isolated from one another. The isolation isn’t just for the group, it’s actually individuals who are isolated from one another,” she said during the press conference.

Those who may be struggling with the quarantine conditions may exhibits signs of irritability, insomnia, worry, and agitation, Taylor said.

For children, the psychologist said factors such as their support system and if they have enough activities contribute to how well they cope in quarantine. He said children are more likely to display physical signs, such as headaches or stomach aches, if they’re struggling.

As for what happens when they’re released from quarantine, Taylor said they may have to deal with stigma in their communities. However, he said the stigma is often short-lived and people can usually just “tough it out” until it passes.

More than 300 Canadians have asked to be evacuated from Wuhan, but the plane only has room for 250 passengers. It’s still unclear if a second chartered flight will be sent to take the others to Canada.

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Zimbabwean lecturer develops low-cost sun cream set to help people with Albinism

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Harare, Zimbabwe- Dr. Joey Chifamba, a University of Zimbabwe (UZ) chartered industrial chemist and pharmaceutical nanotechnology expert has developed a low-cost sun cream which is set to help people with Albinism.

According to Dr. Chifamba, the sun cream harnesses zinc and titanium from natural sources as well as indigenous trees and was made using 5th generation emerging technologies including nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Speaking to a local publication, The Herald, Dr. Chifamba said his ground-breaking sun cream will help people living with Albinism who suffer from actinic (solar-induced) skin damage, freckles, sunburn as well as other various skin cancers.

“No product has ever been developed to protect Albinistic persons from actinic damage. The sunscreens that are given to them are designed for white-skinned people and do not take into consideration specific conditions and differences found on Albinistic skins.

This makes them not very effective and not very suitable especially for all-day everyday wear since Albinism is a lifelong condition.

We employ nanosized metallic oxides sunblocks conjugated together with nano-optimized indigenous herbs with antibacterial, antifungal and wound healing effects to create aesthetically pleasing cosmeceutical products for every day all day use by Albinistic persons.

In our innovation we have developed ground-breaking cosmeceuticals which are not only sunscreens but complete actinic damage retarding treatments that consider Albinistic skin differences and deal with various symptoms of actinic damage including wrinkles, premature aging, inflammation, bacterial and fungal infections,” said Dr. Chifamba.

Furthermore, Dr. Chifamba said the products which were developed in consultation with the Albino charity organization of Zimbabwe and other Albino welfare groups, are already available to people living with Albinism who are registered with the charity organization.

People with Albinism have skin that is very sensitive to light and sun exposure. Sunburn is one of the most serious complications associated with Albinism because it can increase the risk of developing skin cancer and sun damage-related thickening of the skin.

Albinism is a rare genetic condition caused by mutations of certain genes that affect the amount of melanin your body produces. Albinism can affect people of all races and all ethnic groups

For most types of Albinism, both parents must carry the gene in order for their child to develop the condition. Most people with Albinism have parents who are only carriers of the gene and don’t have symptoms of the condition.

Other types of Albinism, including one that only affects the eyes, mostly occur when a birthing parent passes the gene for albinism on to a child assigned male at birth.

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Donald Trump loyalist, Alex Jones ordered to pay US$49 million in punitive damages

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Donald Trump loyalist, Alex Jones ordered to pay US$49 million in punitive damages

Austin, United States of America (USA)- A jury in Texas on Friday ordered Alex Jones, a loyalist to former US President Donald Trump, to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.

The jury announced its decision a day after awarding the parents more than U$4.1 million in compensatory damages and after testimony on Friday that Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of his media outlet, Infowars, were worth US$135 million to US$270 million.

Prior to Friday’s Court proceedings, Jones told his audience that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax and that the grieving parents of those who died were actors.

The total of US$49.3 million is less than the US$150 million sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among the 20 children and six educators killed in the deadliest classroom shooting in US history.

“He stood up to the bully Adam Lanza and saved nine of his classmates’ lives. I hope that I did that incredible courage justice when I was able to confront Alex Jones, who is also a bully. I hope that inspires other people to do the same. This is an important day for truth, for justice, and I couldn’t be happier,” said Lewis.

Before the jurors began deliberating about the punitive damages, Wesley Todd Ball, a lawyer for the family, told the jury that it had the ability to send a message for everyone in the country and perhaps this world to hear.

“We ask that you send a very, very simple message, and that is, Stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies. Please,” said Ball.

Jones, who has portrayed the lawsuit as an attack on his First Amendment rights, conceded during the trial that the attack was 100 percent real and that he was wrong to have lied about it, but Heslin and Lewis told jurors that an apology wouldn’t suffice and called on them to make Jones pay for the years of suffering he has put them and other Sandy Hook families through.

The parents told jurors about how they have endured a decade of trauma, inflicted first by the murder of their son and what followed, gunshots fired at the home, online and phone threats, and harassment on the street by strangers. They said the threats and harassment were all fueled by Jones and his conspiracy theory spread to his followers via Infowars.

Jones who was in the courtroom briefly on Friday but not there for the verdict still faces two other defamation lawsuits from Sandy Hook families in Texas and Connecticut.

Nevertheless, Jones has also claimed, among things, that the Pentagon was using chemical warfare to turn people Gay, that COVID-19 is not real and that September 11 was an inside job perpetrated by the government.

 

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FBI still worried of another attack from Afghan rebel groups

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Washington D.C, United States of America (USA)- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), head, Christopher Wray has expressed grave concerns over another attack from Afghanistan rebel groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS.

His comments come just days after the US killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan via drone strike.

“I am worried about the possibility that we will see al Qaeda reconstitute, ISIS-K potentially taking advantage of the deteriorating security environment, and I am worried about terrorists, including here in the United States, being inspired by what they see over there,” said the FBI director during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike, ending a years-long manhunt which placed al-Zawahiri near the top of the FBI’s most-wanted list. The 71-year-old Egyptian national headed up the group after the death of terrorist kingpin Osama Bin Laden in an American raid in 2011 and is thought to have helped plan the 9/11 attacks.

The Department of State also cited it believes there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of al-Zawahiri.

Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating a possible assassination plot against Iranian-American journalist, Masih Alinejad.

According to US news sources, a man was arrested carrying a loaded AK-47 rifle in a possible plot to assassinate her.

Alinejad herself shared security camera footage of the suspect at her front door on Twitter on Sunday, saying, “My crime is giving voice to voiceless people. The US administration must be tough on terror.”

The arrested man was taken in by Police after a traffic stop. They said he ran a stop sign and when they checked his vehicle, they found a gun in the backseat, according to the complaint filed by the FBI.

He was charged with possessing a firearm without a proper serial number. At his Friday (last week) hearing, the Judge ordered him to be held without bail.

The suspect initially claimed that he knew nothing about the weapon and said he was just in the area looking for an apartment, but later he told the investigators that he owned the gun and that he was looking for someone in Brooklyn.

In July last year, US prosecutors charged four Iranian spies with trying to kidnap Alinejad from her home in Brooklyn and taking her to Venezuela. Investigators said that they had also tried to lure her to the Middle East before that.

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