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BANGKOK — Thai officials on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of government efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines. The action against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit came just a day after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that that his government will prosecute anyone who shares false information about coronavirus vaccines. Thanathorn, former leader of the dissolved Future Forward Party, accused the government of acting too slowly in procuring the vaccines. He also pointed out that the government’s main contract for vaccine supply was made with a Thai company owned by the royal palace. The government and the company deny any wrongdoing. “What Thanathorn said is not true at all. The monarchy has nothing to do with the vaccines and they are not in the position to respond to him in the public,” said Thosaphol Pengsom, a vice minister attached to the prime minister’s office. Vice Minister of Digital Economy and Society Newin Chochaiyathip said at a news conference that anyone who shares Thanathorn’s broadcast or distorted information about vaccines and monarchy judged to be distorted would be prosecuted. Thanathorn’s office said he had no immediate comment. The government has increasingly used the law against defaming the monarchy to crack down on critics. The law, widely know as Article 112, makes insulting King Maha Vajiralongkorn or his family punishable by three to 15 years’ imprisonment. Thanathorn has long been a thorn in the side of Prayuth’s government. His party, critical of the army, a pillar of the country’s establishment, made a strong third-place showing in the 2019 general election, but he was forced out of Parliament when a court ruled that he had broken an election law. His party was later dissolved on a similar technicality. He has faced a number of legal cases which supporters charge are politically motivated. Also Wednesday, six activists from Thailand’s pro-democracy movement reported to police to acknowledge Article 112 charges against them. Their appearance at a central Bangkok police station was the latest skirmish between Thailand’s royalist establishment and the youth-led protest movement that caught fire last year with a series of well-attended rallies around the country calling for major political reforms, including of the country’s influential monarchy. The six protesters were charged by police with insulting or expressing malice toward the king in connection with a December protest at a Bangkok shopping mall. The charge sheet offers no details. According to a member of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, who asked for anonymity because she was not authorized to release information, police explained that the charges were related to wearing short cropped T-shirts at their protest to make fun of the king and his queen. Two minors were not accused of wearing inappropriate attire but of having signs or making hand gestures supporting the protest. Photographs of the king casually wearing cropped T-shirts have circulated widely on social media and have been published overseas, but not in Thai mass media, which does not publish undignified photos of the royal family. The monarchy is revered by many Thais and until recently was almost universally treated as an untouchable institution. But the protest movement charges that monarchy is unaccountable and wields too much power is what is supposed to a democratic constitutional monarchy. From November to January this year, about 50 people have been charged with lese majeste — though none has yet gone to trial. Most if not all cases were based on statements made at public rallies or posted on the internet. Critics says the law can easily be abused because anyone — not just royals or authorities — can lodge a complaint. After Vajralongkorn took the throne in 2016, he informed the government that he did not wish to see the law used. But the escalating criticism of the king late last year prompted Prayuth to declare that the protesters had gone too far and could now expect to be prosecuted for their actions. ——- Associated Press video journalist Tassanee Vejpongsa contributed to this report. Grant Peck And Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul, The Associated Press
BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry described outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday as a “doomsday clown” and said his designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity was merely “a piece of wastepaper.” The allegations of abuses against Muslim minority groups in China's Xinjiang region are “outright sensational pseudo-propositions and a malicious farce concocted by individual anti-China and anti-Communist forces represented by Pompeo,” spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing. “In our view, Pompeo’s so-called designation is a piece of wastepaper. This American politician, who is notorious for lying and deceiving, is turning himself into a doomsday clown and joke of the century with his last madness and lies of the century," Hau said. Pompeo’s announcement Tuesday doesn’t require any immediate actions, although the U.S. must take the designation into account in formulating policy toward China. China says its policies in Xinjiang aim only to promote economic growth and social stability. The U.S. has previously spoken out and taken action on Xinjiang, implementing a range of sanctions against senior Chinese Communist Party leaders and state-run enterprises that fund repressive policies in the vast, resource-rich region. Last week, the Trump administration announced it would halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from Xinjiang, with Customs and Border Protection officials saying they would block products from there suspected of being produced with forced labour. Many of the Chinese officials accused of having taken part in repression are already under U.S. sanctions. The “genocide” designation means new measures will be easier to impose. Tuesday’s move is the latest in a series of steps the outgoing Trump administration has taken to ramp up pressure on China over issues from human rights and the coronavirus pandemic to Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. China has responded with its own sanctions and tough rhetoric. China has imprisoned more than 1 million people, including Uighurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups, in a vast network of prison-like political indoctrination camps, according to U.S. officials and human rights groups. People have been subjected to torture, sterilization and political indoctrination in addition to forced labour as part of an assimilation campaign in a region whose inhabitants are ethnically and culturally distinct from the Han Chinese majority. The Associated Press reported on widespread forced birth control among the Uighurs last year, including the mass sterilization of Muslim women, even while family planning restrictions are loosened on members of China's dominant Han ethnic group. China has denied all the charges, but Uighur forced labour has been linked by reporting by the AP to various products imported to the U.S., including clothing and electronic goods such as cameras and computer monitors. James Leibold, a specialist in Chinese ethnic policy at La Trobe in Melbourne, Australia, said international pressure appears to have had some effect on Chinese policies in Xinjiang, particularly in prompting the government to release information about the camps and possibly reducing mass detentions. “So hopefully we’ll see a continued continuity with regards to the new (Joe Biden) administration on holding China to account," Leibold said in an interview. “And hopefully the Biden administration can bring its allies along to continue to put pressure on the Chinese government," he said. ___ Associated Press journalist Dake Kang contributed to this report. The Associated Press
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In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Jan. 20 ... What we are watching ... Canadians will be watching with bated breath as a new U.S. president takes office today. President-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris are to be sworn in at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The pandemic has placed limits on the size of the crowd that would typically gather in the U.S. capital for the ceremony. So has the lingering threat of violence after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building this month to stop the transition of power, egged on by the president himself. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed ahead of the event, further stoking anxiety among Americans and concerned observers. Wanda Beatty plans to watch the ceremony from her Peterborough, Ont., home, switching between news outlets while chatting online with family. Three of Beatty’s sisters live in the U.S. and she says the instability has taken a toll on them. "I'm not worried for their safety, I'm just worried, really, for their mental health," Beatty said in an interview this week. "It's such a bizarre, unprecedented time." Katie Thompson of Thompson Chiropractic in Barrie, Ont., says the clinic plans to stream the proceedings live after several patients asked to schedule appointments around the event. "It feels like we have been building up to this day for, well, quite frankly, four years." --- Also this ... OTTAWA — Conservative members of Parliament will vote today on whether one of their own can remain on the party's benches. Derek Sloan is facing potential expulsion from caucus just 15 months after he was first elected as an MP. Party leader Erin O'Toole triggered the effort to boot him after learning Monday that Sloan accepted a donation from a known white nationalist last year — news that broke one day after O'Toole declared there's no room in his party for far-right extremism or racism. Sloan has acknowledged he did accept the donation, but has claimed there was no way he — or any other MP — could have vetted every single contribution to his campaign. Sloan's aggressive social conservative views have been a thorn in the Conservatives' side ever since he ran for leadership of the party last year. He's faced accusations he's racist, drawn condemnation for his views on LGBTQ rights and for his anti-abortion stance, all leading to periodic calls he should be tossed from the party's benches. --- And ... OTTAWA — Canada's central bank will update its economic forecast for the country Wednesday when it announces its interest-rate decision, offering a glimpse into its outlook for COVID-19 recovery. The Bank of Canada said in October the country had been spared from a worst-case economic scenario, but it still didn't see a recovery taking hold until at least 2022. Since then, case numbers have grown and severe restrictions put in place in parts of the country to curb the spread of COVID-19. Given the economic conditions, there is widespread expectation that the Bank of Canada will decide today to keep its trendsetting policy rate at 0.25 per cent. Bank governor Tiff Macklem has said the key rate won't move from near-zero until inflation is back at the bank's two per cent target. Separately this morning, Statistics Canada will release its headline inflation reading for December. Financial data firm Refinitiv says the average economist estimate is for a one per cent increase in prices at the end of 2020 compared to the same month in 2019. --- What we are watching in the rest of the world ... India has begun supplying coronavirus vaccines to its neighbouring countries, as the world’s largest vaccine making nation strikes a balance between maintaining enough doses to inoculate its own people and helping developing countries without the capacity to produce their own shots. India’s Foreign Ministry said the country would send 150,000 shots of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine, manufactured locally by Serum Institute of India, to Bhutan and 100,000 shots to the Maldives today. It said after that vaccines will be sent to Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and the Seychelles. The ministry in a statement late Tuesday said regulatory clearances were still awaited from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius. Meanwhile, Pfizer has delayed distribution of its vaccine as part of its efforts to increase manufacturing. The company is trying to double its production of vaccine doses to two billion this year and is planning to temporarily curb production at its Belgian facility to make upgrades that will allow for that increase. Pfizer Canada spokeswoman Christina Antoniou said the delivery delays will affect other countries besides Canada and the European Union, but the company has not identified them. --- On this day in 1993 ... U.S. President Bill Clinton picked up his saxophone to jam with the likes of Ben E. King, Clarence Clemons, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick and Chuck Berry at several of the dozen balls honouring his inauguration. --- ICYMI ... A Canadian neonatal intensive care nurse who spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Washington, D.C., has been fired, her employer says. The London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ont., confirms its termination of Kristen Nagle, who had been suspended since November after attending a similar rally in the city. Nagle was one of two Canadian nurses who drew attention for speaking in Washington on Jan. 6. before supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, leading to five deaths. In a statement, the London hospital says it suspended Nagle without pay in November for actions "not aligned" with its values and then began an internal investigation. "Safeguarding the health of our patients and their families, staff and physicians is of the utmost importance and remains our top priority," the statement says. Nagle, a 14-year registered nurse, could not immediately be reached for comment. --- And this ... Each day, translator Nicole Gagnon wakes up and heads to work worried she'll experience further loss of hearing — a sense even more vital to her livelihood than for many workers. Gagnon says she and other federally employed interpreters are suffering from injuries that range from tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears, to headaches, nausea and "acoustic shock" after nine months of translating parliamentarians online via fuzzy laptop mics and poor internet connections. “I definitely am more tired. There’s excessive fatigue involved," says Gagnon, who has worked as a translator for 35 years, seven of them freelancing on Parliament Hill. Seven in 10 respondents to a new survey have experienced auditory issues that forced them to go on leave for recovery, says the association representing some 70 accredited interpreters who translate English into French and vice versa at federal government proceedings. The strain of Zoom-based proceedings has also prompted shorter shifts and more requests for transfer to non-virtual assignments during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a shrinking pool of available translators. "As more and more of the staff interpreters sustained injuries in those early days, they began calling more and more on the freelance interpreters such as myself. But we are now suffering the same injuries because of the work involved," said Gagnon. "The systems were not meant for interpretation." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021 The Canadian Press
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Public health officials have expressed concern about a new strain of COVID-19 after cases of the UK variant were identified in Ontario. New modeling projections suggest this new variant, called B117, could drop the virus’s doubling time significantly, meaning that daily case counts could double every 10 days by March. There’s evidence that this new strain is about 56 per cent more transmissible, according to co-chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, which could lead to higher case counts, increased ICU occupancy, and higher mortality rates should community transmission occur. The first known cases of the UK variant in Ontario were in a man and a woman who initially withheld information about being in close contact with a recent traveller from the UK. The couple is now facing charges. At least four new COVID-19 variants have been identified around the world. These include the UK variant B117 and a variant that originated in South Africa. “One also emerged recently in Nigeria, and Japan is reporting as of Sunday that they detected a new variant among travelers returning from Brazil,” said Justeen Mansourian, Public Health Nurse on the Communicable Disease Team at Public Health Sudbury & Districts. Mansourian told The Sudbury Star that not much is known about the new variants at this time, but the Public Health Agency of Canada is closely monitoring the situation. “What we know so far is that there is evidence that these variants increase the transmissibility of COVID-19. An individual who catches a new strain is more infectious and contagious, but the severity of the actual disease or the course of the illness is not more severe,” she said. “Early data is not showing that the new strain has any impact on any type of antibody response, and when I say that I am talking about the vaccine. You need a lot of mutations within a virus, within the genetic sequencing, for it to actually affect the vaccine itself. We’re not there yet.” What people need to appreciate about any virus, she added, is that variants or mutations are quite normal. As an example, she cited the influenza virus. “The flu virus mutates often, and sometimes it mutates within the same season. There are also several thousands of variants of the influenza virus. There are so many mutations that it actually changes the behaviour of the virus,” she said. “That’s why sometimes you hear that a vaccine was not effective during a particular year.” With only a handful of mutations identified so far, it is unlikely that the COVID-19 vaccine will become less effective. The real concern at this point is that increased transmissibility will drive COVID-19 rates up, putting pressure on an already strained health-care system and potentially increasing mortality rates. Growth in COVID-19 cases in the province is over seven per cent on the worst days. If this trend continues, Ontario could eventually see more than 40,000 cases per day. Cases have soared in Public Health Sudbury & District’s service area in the new year, and outbreaks have been declared at Amberwood Suites, Extendicare and the Elizabeth Centre, as well as Ecole St. Denis. The provincial government has imposed a stay-at-home order to try to get things under control. The governing body monitoring the COVID-19 variant situation is the Public Health Agency of Canada. Samples are sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory, located in Winnipeg, for genetic sequencing. “There are sentinel sites across all labs in Canada, and samples are sent pretty much at random. There’s a very, very large surveillance program in Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia right now,” said Mansourian. “The majority of any sequencing that’s established comes out of those three provinces, but we do know that the first two variants were identified in Ontario.” According to Ontario public health officials, 500 to 600 samples are being tested each week. Experts are working on compiling data from across the country to identify variants “as soon as possible and understand what the implications are.” “In the grand scheme of things, what we really need to know from a public health perspective is that nothing changes,” said Mansourian. “We just need to be more hyper-vigilant about following all public health protocols and provincial regulations to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” The Local Journalism Initiative is made possible through funding from the federal government. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SudburyStar Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star
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Global Radiofrequency-Based Devices Market to Reach $11. 22 Billion by 2030. Market Report Coverage - Radiofrequency-Based Devices Market Segmentation.New York, Jan. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Global Radiofrequency-Based Devices Market: Analysis and Forecast, 2021-2030" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p06009301/?utm_source=GNW • Product – Generators, Electrodes, Applicators, Probes, Cannulas, Needles, Others (Pumps, Pads, Clamps, Forceps, Wires, Sheaths, Footswitches) • Application – Pain Management, Aesthetics, Oncology, Cardiology, Others (ENT, Gynecology, Urology, General Surgery) • End User – Hospital, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Specialty Clinics, Others (Rehabilitation Centers, Nursing Homes, and Research and Academic Institutions) Regional Segmentation • North America – U.S., Canada • Europe – Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Rest-of-Europe • Asia-Pacific – Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, Rest-of-Asia-Pacific • Latin America – Brazil, Mexico, Rest-of-Latin America • Rest-of-the-World Growth Drivers • Rising Incidence of Chronic Diseases • Increase in Geriatric Population • Advantages Over Traditional Ablation and Aesthetic Treatment Methods • Increasing Awareness Toward Aesthetic Treatments • Technological Advancement in the Radiofrequency-Based Devices Market Challenges • High Cost Associated with Radiofrequency-Based Treatments • Lack of Skilled Healthcare Professionals • Restrictive Reimbursement Landscape Market Opportunities • Development of Low-Cost Radiofrequency-Based Systems • Better Healthcare Infrastructure and Increase in Awareness Toward Radiofrequency-Based Devices in Developing Nations Key Radiofrequency-Based Companies Profiled Abbott Laboratories, AngioDynamics, Inc., ALMA Lasers (Sisram Medical Ltd), ArtiCure, Inc., Avanos Medical, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, CONMED Corporation, Cutera, Inc., Medtronic plc, Merit Medical Systems, Inc., Smith & Nephew, Stryker Corporation, Venus Concept, Inc., Bramsys Indústria e Comércio Ltda, BVM Medical Limited, Diros Technology Inc. Key Questions Answered in this Report: • What are the key regulations abiding the development, commercialization, and clinical use of radiofrequency-based devices, across different regions? • What are the key technological developments on which the current industry leaders are spending their major share of research and development (R&D) investment? • Who are the leading players holding significant dominance on the global radiofrequency-based devices market, currently? • What are the key strategies incorporated by the players of the global radiofrequency-based devices market, to sustain the competition and retain their supremacy? • What is the current annual demand for radiofrequency-based devices across different regions and what is their growth potential in the forecast period? • What is the current market potential of radiofrequency technology, and what are the factors deciding the growth potential of radiofrequency technology in the forecast period? • What is the current revenue contribution of different product types in the radiofrequency-based devices market, and how would it evolve in the forecast period? • What is the current revenue contribution of different applications in the radiofrequency-based devices market, and how would it evolve in the forecast period? • Is the overall radiofrequency-based devices market expected to grow or contract in the future? Why? • What are the similar technologies available in the market? How do the alternative technologies compare and impact global radiofrequency-based devices market? • What are the major technological investments happening in the radiofrequency-based devices market by the key players? • Which is the pricing analysis of the radiofrequency-based products and procedures? • Which radiofrequency-based devices applications segment is growing and contracting, respectively? Why? • What is the current and future market scenario of the global radiofrequency-based devices market? • What are the different entities in the supply chain analyses for the radiofrequency-based devices market? Market Overview Reducing the impact of surgical interventions on patients has been the direction of evolution for surgery in the last few decades. Acknowledging the benefits, such as low blood loss, low post-operative recovery time, the lower possibility for post-operative infections and complications, and above all, lower chance of requirement of a revision procedure, minimally invasive surgical technologies have been witnessing impressive growth in demand across the globe. The growing demand for MIS procedures has consequentially resulted in massive demand for image-guided ablation treatments.One of the predominant image-guided treatments employed in minimally invasive surgical procedures radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA has emerged as the most commonly used technology for thermal ablation in bone, kidney, liver, lung, heart, breast, lymph nodes, nerves, and soft tissues, among others. Radiofrequency-based devices are also used in aesthetic treatments, such as skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, skin, and neck laxity, and body contouring, among others in a non-invasive manner. Healthcare experts have found radiofrequency to be one of the most rapidly evolving technologies, and the global market for radiofrequency-based devices is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 12.81% over the forecast period of 2021-2030. The market is driven by certain factors, which include the rising incidence of chronic disorders, elevating geriatric population, rising demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures, the increasing amount of healthcare spending in developing economies, and technological advancements in the field of ablation and aesthetic treatments. There is a significant opportunity for the growth of the global radiofrequency-based devices market during the next ten years.The rise in the geriatric population across the globe, as well as the rise in prevalence of chronic diseases, are driving the growth of RF-based devices for pain management, oncology, and cardiology applications. The adoption of advanced technologies, such as the use of multipolar radiofrequency devices, is also expected to drive patient acceptance for sophisticated ablative and non-ablative procedures. Additional modalities, such as fractional RF, sublative RF, phase-controlled RF, and combination RF therapies that apply light, massage, or pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs), are contributing to the rapid adoption of radiofrequency in aesthetic treatments. Within the research report, the market is segmented on the basis of product type, application, end users, and region. Each of these segments covers the snapshot of the market over the projected years, the inclination of the market revenue, underlying patterns, and trends by using analytics on the primary and secondary data obtained. Competitive Landscape The key players have predominantly been involved in M&A activities, launched new products, and ventured into synergistic partnerships aimed at either co-developing new technologies or strengthening consumer reach by combining marketing efforts of both the companies. Companies such as Stryker Corporation, Boston Scientific Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Company, Smith & Medical, Avanos Medical, YA MAN LTD., Cynosure, Medtronic plc, Venus Concept Inc, and Abbott Laboratories are expected to maintain their market dominance during the forecast period. On the basis of region, North America holds the largest share of installed base and units sold due to improved healthcare infrastructure, rise in per capita income, and improvised reimbursement policies in the region. Apart from this, Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions are anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. Countries Covered • North America • U.S. • Canada • Europe • Germany • Italy • France • Spain • U.K. • Netherlands • Switzerland • Rest-of-Europe • Asia-Pacific • China • India • Australia and New Zealand • South Korea • Japan • Singapore • Rest-of-Asia-Pacific • Latin America • Brazil • Mexico • Rest-of-Latin America • Rest-of-the-WordRead the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p06009301/?utm_source=GNWAbout ReportlinkerReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place.__________________________ CONTACT: Clare: email@example.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
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