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Toronto resident travelling to China for Lunar New Year unfazed as coronavirus spreads

Toronto·NewToronto resident travelling to China for Lunar New Year unfazed as coronavirus spreadsA Toronto woman — one of millions of people heading to China for the Lunar New year — seems unfazed by the coronavirus outbreak, which has left 17 people dead amid more than 540 confirmed cases.‘I will go home and just basically spend time with my grandma,’ Nancy Li saysMillions of people are heading to China for the Lunar New year as that country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. (Larry Guerriero/CBC)A Toronto woman — one of millions of people heading to China for the Lunar New year — says she is unfazed by the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed 17 people amid more than 540 confirmed cases. Nancy Li is travelling to the Chinese city of Guangzhou Wednesday night as the SARS-like coronavirus spreads and health officials in several places expand their enhanced checks. "This is the first time I go back in five years, that's why it's particularly important for me to go," Li..

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19 killed in attack in disputed South Sudan border region: official

At least 19 people were killed Wednesday when suspected nomadic Misseriya herders from Sudan attacked a village in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei along the border of South Sudan, according to UN peacekeepers, although local authorities gave a much higher toll. Abyei has been contested since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, while there have long been tensions between the South Sudanese Ngok Dinka community and the Misseriya herders who traverse the area looking for grazing. The United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) which has been deployed to secure the area since 2011 said in a statement that "19 people are reportedly dead and 25 wounded while three children are reportedly missing and 19 houses burnt from the Dinka community." However Kuol Alor Kuol, the chief administrator of the Abyei area, told AFP that the number of dead stood at 32. "Thirty-two people were killed among them children and women, and secondly about 24 people are wounded ... and about 1..

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Young Peoples Theatre forced to cancel shows amid rotating teachers’ strikes

TorontoYoung Peoples Theatre forced to cancel shows amid rotating teachers' strikesYoung People's Theatre says it's been forced to cancel seven upcoming performances of Jungle Book and place 22 others on hold due to the ongoing dispute between teachers and the provincial government in Ontario. The theatre company estimates it will lose a minimum of $250,000. YPT says uncertainty, restrictions on field trips will cost them a minimum of $250KA scene from the Young People's Theatre production of Jungle Book. Several shows have been cancelled and others have been put on hold due to the uncertainty created by rotating teachers' strikes. (Young People's Theatre)Young People's Theatre says it's been forced to cancel seven upcoming performances of Jungle Book and place 22 others on hold due to the ongoing dispute between teachers and the provincial government in Ontario. More than one million students across the province will face a day off school this ..

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TTC staff release $4.6B shopping list, including new vehicles, station upgrades

TorontoTTC staff release $4.6B shopping list, including new vehicles, station upgradesA report released Wednesday by TTC staff calls for the expenditure of $4.6 billion on new capital investments, including streetcars, subway cars and expanding Bloor-Yonge subway station.Report includes recommendation to buy 60 new streetcars, new subway cars for Line 2New subway trains are just one of the items on the TTC's $4.6-billion wish list. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)A report released Wednesday by TTC staff calls for the expenditure of an additional $4.6 billion on new capital investments, including streetcars, subway cars and expanding Bloor-Yonge subway station. The TTC's 2020-2029 Key Capital Investment Priorities report also recommends the TTC use most of that money for significant investments in repairing and upgrading transit infrastructure to ensure the system is in a "state of good repair." It's all part of "the most significant investment in upgrading our transit system in the c..

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Catch Amadou And Mariam In Concert

Amadou and Mariam, who achieved global success by combining West African influences with rhythm and blues will thrill patrons to a night of amazing music in a thoroughly-worth-experiencing concert. The music duo, Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia, met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed at the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra starting their huge career in music which experienced a shaky start. They eventually became musical collaborators, married, started playing in shows together and broke through to an international audience in the late ‘90s and swiftly became celebrated musical ambassadors of Africa, collaborating with the likes of Damon Albarn from Blur and touring with U2 and Coldplay. Today, Amadou and Mariam are major award-winning artistes; famous for creating a unique sound called "Afro-Blues", consisting of traditional Malian music and other musical influences from different parts of the world. Their experimental nature is exemplified by their co..

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Give Chocolates As ‘Gift Of Love’ On Special Occasions’

The Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts, Barbara Oteng Gyasi has encouraged Ghanaians to consider patronising and giving out 'Made In Ghana' chocolates as gifts to special people during occasions. According to her, this move will not put money in the pockets of the sellers but also boosts the country's economy. Speaking on the theme; “My Chocolate Experience: My Holistic Well-Being" at the launch of the 2020 National Chocolate Day in Accra, the Minister said "Patronising Made in Ghana Chocolate will help position our cocoa and chocolate experience as a strong element in Ghana's tourism experience" The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts in 2005, coined the National Chocolate Day which occurred at the same time with Valentine‘s Day with the aim of promoting the purchase and eating of Made-in-Ghana chocolate and other cocoa products. She added that Digital Campaign Competition will be held where participants will be asked to upload a picture of themselves hav..

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Children’s Teeth: 20 Myths, Facts & Stats

With tons of diffused and confusing information on the Internet, caring for children's oral health can be a real hassle. That's why we decided to explore the awareness of the most popular notions on the topic Children's Teeth while also busting some myths. Check out the results and learn what are people's thoughts on the following: When should be a child's first dental visit? Are electric toothbrushes appropriate for children? Is it okay to let children drink bottled milk throughout the night? Are bad teeth passed from parents to children? #1: Children's first dental visit should be at the age of 3-4 years: MYTH It's disturbing that 76% of respondents agree with this statement and the percentage is relatively the same for both parents and non-parents. In fact, your child should visit the dentist for the first time as soon as their first tooth erupts (usually between 6 and 12 months). Why is that needed? One of the main reasons is called early childhoo..

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Markets DISMISS Trump impeachment – but monitor China trade relations and Coronavirus

Credit: AFP Listen to articleThe bullish financial markets are indifferent to the Trump impeachment trial – more concerning is the U.S.-China trade deal and the Coronavirus, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial services and advisory organizations. The comments from deVere Group chief executive, Nigel Green, come as U.S. President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial got underway on Tuesday in the Senate, with Democrats calling for his removal from office and Republicans determined to have him acquitted. Mr Green says: “A major geopolitical event such as the impeachment trial of a U.S. President would, typically, send shock waves through financial markets. “This has not been the case here. The seemingly relentlessly bullish markets have largely shown indifference to the impeachment process. “This is because investors see the likelihood of Trump being removed from the White House following a Senate trial as almost zero.” He continues: “However, wha..

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Volkswagen ordered to pay $196.5M in emissions scandal

TORONTO -- German automotive giant Volkswagen was ordered Wednesday to pay a $196.5-million fine to the Canadian government after pleading guilty in an emissions-cheating scandal. Judge Enzo Rondinelli handed down the record-setting fine hours after the automaker formally pleaded guilty to all 60 charges it was facing. The Crown and Volkswagen jointly suggested the penalty, which falls short of the maximum $265 million the company could have been forced to pay. But prosecutors said the penalty is more than 20 times higher than Canada's previous record environmental fine, a contention Rondinelli supported as he ushered in what he described as new standards for environmental accountability. "The proposed fine here indicates that a new era of environmental protection is upon us," Rondinelli said in his decision. "The proposed fine here would be the biggest fine imposed in Canada for an environmental infraction, by a wide margin." Volkswagen and the Crown submitted an agreed..

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2 Toronto pharmacists charged in York Region opioid bust

Toronto2 Toronto pharmacists charged in York Region opioid bustTwo pharmacists are among a group of six people charged in connection with opioid trafficking in York Region. Police arrested 4 other people, seized $500K worth of pills, $220K in cashPolice in York Region have two pharmacists in connection with an opioid trafficking investigation. (CBC)Two pharmacists are among a group of six people charged in connection with opioid trafficking in York Region. Police arrested the Toronto pharmacists, a man and a woman aged 39 and 30 respectively. They face a number of charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a forged document with intent, according to a York Regional Police news release on Wednesday. Last year, investigators with the police Intelligence Bureau started looking into a group of people believed to be trafficking opioid pills. In December, police executed search warrants in Toronto. Officers arrested several people. Further investigation..

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