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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Reaches 56 as U.S. Finds Third Case

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Public health officials in Toronto announced on Saturday night that test results showed that Canada has its first “presumptive” case of coronavirus.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, said the patient is a man in his 50s who returned to Toronto on Jan. 22 after visiting Wuhan, China. The following day he was admitted to a major Toronto hospital with a respiratory infection. He is now in stable condition.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said that while they “are convinced” they have a positive case, a government laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will run additional tests for confirmation, which is why health officials are still calling it presumptive.

On Saturday, Portugal’s health ministry said in a statement that doctors were monitoring and treating a patient in the Curry Cabral hospital in Lisbon, who is believed to have contracted the virus during a recent stay in Wuhan. The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, was described as being in a stable condition. The Portuguese ministry is awaiting the results of hospital tests to confirm the virus.

In a sign of the growing global dread about the disease, Taiwan said on Sunday that it would bar all visitors from China’s Hubei Province to the self-governing island, where a handful of cases have been confirmed. Taiwan’s government also said it would suspend applications from Chinese citizens for travel permits except in special cases, such as disease control or humanitarian medical assistance.

In a sign that the central government was ramping up its response to contain the outbreak, China’s National Health Commission said it would send 1,230 medical experts to Wuhan to assist in treatment.

The army has sent another 450 people, from three military medical universities, to Wuhan, according to a state media article that the health commission shared on its website. And the air force sent military transport aircraft to the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an and Chongqing to pick up emergency airlifts of medical team members and medical supplies for Wuhan.

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Redditors create ‘Earth sandwich’ by placing bread on opposite sides of the globe, just because

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These two guys just created the largest “sandwich” on the face of God’s green sandwich!

A few months back, Etienne Naude, a 19-year-old college student in New Zealand, reached out to the Reddit community for help making something he called an “Earth sandwich,” which, as he explained, is only achieved when “two people at opposite parts of the world place a piece of bread at the exact… opposite ends of the globe.”

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Naude also explained that, due to his location in New Zealand, he’d need a little help from a sandwich artist living in Spain.

“Hi, I live in Auckland New Zealand, I am wanting to make a thing called an earth sandwich,” Naude wrote a post shared to the r/Spain subreddit. “I was wondering if there was anyone who lived around Olvera, Villamartin or Sevilla who wanted to be part of this and make the other half of the sandwich?”

Judging by the comments, Naude was flooded with folks willing to give it a go.

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“From there I narrowed down who was in the region,” he told Mashable.

After coordinating over the Internet, Naude and his new pal in Spain eventually achieved his dream, documenting the resulting “sandwich” on Reddit.

“We made an earth sandwich!” he proudly declared in the follow-up post, which also contained a photo of himself and his Spanish counterpart posing with the “top” and “bottom” slices of bread.

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Oh, and in case anyone was concerned, Naude noted that he and his friend in Spain used the same type of bread, lest anyone question the legitimacy of the snack.

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‘Sesame Street’ comforts children displaced by Syrian war

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NEW YORK — ‘œSesame Street’ in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the Syrian civil war.

Sesame Workshop – the nonprofit, educational organization behind ‘œSesame Street’ – has launched a new, locally produced Arabic TV program for the hundreds of thousands of children dealing with displacement in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

‘œThe thing that became very apparent in our work on the ground is how critical the need was for the children of this region and children who have been affected by traumatic events to have the social and emotional skills they need,’ said Sherrie Westin, president of Social Impact & Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

Called ‘œAhlan Simsim,’ which means ‘œWelcome Sesame’ in Arabic, the show will feature Elmo, Cookie Monster and Grover, as well as two brand new Muppets – the boy monster Jad, who had to leave his home, and Basma, a purple girl monster who befriends the young stranger. An adorable goat named Ma’zooza adds comic relief.

Each 26-minute show will explore emotions experienced by all kids but particularly relevant to those dealing with trauma and will offer coping skills for feelings like anger, fear, frustration, nervousness and loneliness. In one episode, Basma shares her toys with Jad, since he left his behind. Some of the strategies include belly breathing and expression through art.

A variety show in the second half of each episode offers creators the chance to bring in local celebrities and attract an adult audience to hammer home the message. ‘œThe humor has to be there always, which is the ‘˜Sesame’ spirit,’ said Khaled Haddad, an executive producer.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

‘œAhlan Simsim’ will premiere Feb. 2 on MBC3, a pan-Arab satellite network that reaches 20 countries in North Africa, the Gulf and the Levant, as well as YouTube and national broadcasters across the region.

Production is based in the Jordanian capital Amman, with input from writers and performers from across the region. Dialects will be diversified, from Jordanian to Saudi.

‘œWe know a lot about children and children’s development and what’s needed. But we always want to learn from people on the ground,’ said Westin. ‘œWe know that when children can see themselves, identify with these characters and when they can relate to the story lines, we are the most effective.’

Targeted for children ages 3-8, the show will steer clear of the larger political, social or religious issues. “To the best of our ability we are not making political statements,’ Westin said.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

‘œThe spirit behind ‘˜Sesame Street’ has always been it doesn’t matter if you have purple fur or yellow fur,’ said Scott Cameron, a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer who serves as executive producer of the new show. ‘œIt’s a place where children can feel safe and supported and where real things are tackled – like fear of the dark, frustration or loneliness. We try to always do it with comedy alongside the heartfelt.’

The show is at the center of a wider push together with the International Rescue Committee that includes direct services, including home visits, classrooms and health clinics, all enhanced by Sesame materials like storybooks, puzzles, games and videos. One episode, for example, will show Jad terrified of going to the doctor and then will explore that fear.

‘œIt’s more than a TV show. It’s a massive intervention,’ said Cameron. ‘œIt’s a world where children and their families can feel safe and secure. And it’s a world where the media content is meant to be a portal into a fuller, broader set of humanitarian assistance.’

The program was initially funded by a $100 million award by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The LEGO Foundation then awarded an additional $100 million to deepen the play-based learning of ‘œAhlan Simsim’ and gave Sesame Workshop the chance to expand to Bangladesh to serve families affected by the Rohingya crisis.

Since the Syrian conflict broke out in 2011, some 5 million children have been displaced internally and outside Syria, according to the U.N.-backed Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. Its report this month said the youngsters have been ‘œrobbed of their childhood’ by violations from all sides.

“Sesame Street” has had a presence in the Middle East for decades, starting when the show ‘œIftah Ya Simsim’ premiered in 1979 in Kuwait, followed by local Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli versions of ‘œSesame Street.’

This time, to assess which early childhood interventions work best in crisis settings, Sesame Workshop is working with New York University’s Global TIES for Children center to independently evaluate both the direct services and mass media components of the program.

Creators hope the lessons learned in the Middle East can be translated to other regions, just as things ‘œSesame Street’ learned in American inner cities can help all children. “It will reach children throughout the Middle East but the benefits will be to all children,’ said Westin.

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        



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