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Texas Republican lawmaker says he won’t wear a mask on the House floor unless he tests positive for coronavirus




  • Texas Republican Louie Gohmert said he doesn’t wear a mask on the House floor because he doesn’t have the coronavirus but would wear one if he tested positive.
  • Gohmert told CNN that he keeps “being tested” and doesn’t have COVID-19, so he doesn’t wear a mask, adding he’s “not afraid.”
  • Vice President Mike Pence earlier this week at a press conference listed ways Americans could protect themselves from catching the coronavirus but did not mention mask usage or social distancing. 
  • Despite the polarization surrounding facial coverings, experts agree their widespread adoption could help communities control the spread of COVID-19.
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Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said on Friday that he doesn’t wear a mask on the House floor because he’s tested negative for the novel coronavirus. He said he would wear one should he test positive for it. 

“I keep being tested and I don’t have it. So I’m not afraid of you, but if I get it I’ll wear a mask,” the 66-year-old lawmaker told CNN. 

As CNN noted, Gohmert is one of several Republicans who have been seen on the House floor sans a mask. Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, and Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho have also been spotted on the House floor without masks, according to the report. 

While masks aren’t required on the House floor, according to the Washington Post, but have been required in committee meetings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended the wearing of facial coverings in public settings, particularly when it is not possible to maintain a distance of six feet.

“I don’t have the coronavirus, turns out as of yesterday I’ve never had it. But if I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask,” Gohmert told CNN on Friday. Gohmert did not say when he had last been tested for the virus, CNN reported.

His comments come as the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas continue to increase.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, also a member of the GOP, said he reopened bars in the state too soon and ordered them to close and ordered restaurants to reduce their dine-in capacity to 50%. On Friday, Texas officials reported 5,707 new cases of COVID-19 — just shy of its all-time record 5,996 set the day prior.

While cases in New York, once an epicenter of COVID-19 in the US, have continued to decline since the end of April, cases in the US as a whole have reached record highs. According to NBC News, there were 45,942 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday — the largest single-day increase in the US so far.

While some, like the president and vice president, have suggested the increase in COVID-19 cases is due to the increase in testing capacity, experts have refuted these claims in hardest-hit states like Florida

“We want the American people to understand that it’s almost inarguable that more testing is generating more cases,” Pence said Friday at a press conference where he falsely claimed the US had flattened the curve

At the same conference, in which Pence did not wear a face mask, the vice president did not include social distancing or facial coverings when he listed ways the public could reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, as USA Today noted. 

Deaths from the virus have not seen a similar spike, though as experts have previously warned, the COVID-19 death rate is a lagging indicator, meaning it could take two to three weeks for it to reflect new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

As Business Insider’s Aria Bendix noted, despite the polarizing opinions from politicians Americans about the implementation of facial coverings, a growing body of research suggests that the widespread adoption of masks would be effective in enabling communities to control the spread of the virus

Part of the polarization began earlier this year when US leaders urged against the panic buying of masks over fears it would deplete supplies for medical personnel, but since April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that masks are a useful tool in curbing the spread. 

President Trump has refused to wear a mask in public even during a tour of a factory that was producing face masks. Last month he shared a tweet that argued face masks represent “silence, slavery, and social death.”

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Dymax Introduces 9906-AA Low-Shrinkage Cationic Epoxy for the Asia Active Alignment Market




SINGAPORE, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dymax, leading manufacturer of rapid light-curing materials and equipment, has developed a light and/or heat-curable cationic epoxy for active alignment of camera modules, optical components, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and other ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) assemblies used in automotive applications.

Diagram of Optical Path Optimization in Active Alignment

Optical components, lenses in cameras, CCD chips or complex optical devices need to be positioned economically and efficiently. Active alignment is the primary solution for making high-precision image systems manufacturable and feasible in final products, where devices need to align down to micron accuracy. 9906-AA has very low volumetric shrinkage, high Tg, and low coefficient thermal expansion (CTE), and was developed to meet these rigorous active alignment requirements.

The flexibility to cure very fast with broad spectrum UV light, LED light, or low temperature heat accommodates a variety of application needs. As our next generation cationic epoxy, 9906-AA and has improved 85°C/85% RH resistance, exhibits less overall movement through thermal excursions, and features higher viscosity and thixotropy to maintain bead shape upon dispense. In addition, the material can be refrigerated and shipped/stored at 1-5°C, and not frozen. Dymax 9906-AA meets NASA ASTM E595 low-outgassing specifications making this solution ideal for critical optical components. All these characteristics help manufacturers improve time-to-market, reduce scrap costs, and enhance overall image quality.

Typical camera module applications include bonding the lens barrel to holder, lens bonding, and bonding the holder to printed circuit boards (PCBs).

About Dymax

Dymax develops innovative rapid and light-curable materials, dispense equipment, and UV/LED light-curing systems. The company’s adhesives, coatings, and equipment are perfectly matched to work seamlessly with each other, providing design engineers with tools to dramatically improve manufacturing efficiencies. Major markets include aerospace and defense; medical device; and consumer and automotive electronics.

For additional information on Dymax, visit 


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TuSimple Reports Receiving 6,775 Orders For Its Self-Driving Electric Truck




Self-driving trucking company TuSimple Holdings (NASDAQ:TSP) said on Monday it scored 1,000 new bookings in April and added 1,200 in the first quarter, taking its total booking to 6,775 trucks so far.

What Happened: The San Diego-based autonomous trucking company that raised $1.35 billion in a public offering last month is gearing up to launch driverless 18-wheelers in partnership with Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV) beginning 2024.

The company said trucking companies Penske Truck Leasing, Schneider National Inc (NYSE:SNDR) and US Xpress Enterprises Inc (NYSE:USX) are among the large freight transportation companies in North America to place the orders. 

TuSimple and Navistar had last year announced a strategic partnership to co-develop L4 autonomous heavy-duty trucks. 

About 53% of its total bookings now are from truck carriers, 30% from rail operators and 17% are from shippers and parcel carriers, the company CEO Cheng Lu said.

Reservations are non-binding and require a $500 truck deposit.

Why It Matters: The development comes at a time as competition in self-driving technology picks up pace. On Monday, Plus announced a SPAC deal with plans to launch autonomous trucks in 2021.

Plus is working on mass production-ready, low-cost Level 4 autonomous driving technology for the long-haul trucking sector. 

See Also: Autonomous Trucking Company Plus Announces SPAC Deal: What Investors Should Know

In the trucking industry, there is a driver shortage, high driver turnover and about two-thirds of costs are made up from labor and fuel.

Price Action: TuSimple shares closed 0.54% lower at $37.09 on Monday.

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Bella Aurora launches its first treatment for white patches on the skin




– Almost 2% of worldwide population have white patches on the skin caused by lack of pigmentation1

– World Vitiligo Day is observed on 25th June

MADRID, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Bella Aurora Labs, a pioneering company that for more than 130 years has specialised in the study of melanocytes, has announced the launch of Repigment, its first ever line formulated to treat white patches on the skin. Repigment is the culmination of a more than four-year collaboration with Italian dermatologist and vitiligo specialist Dr Matteo Bordignon.

DrMatteo y Jordi Segura: Jordi Segura, R&D Director at Bella Aurora Labs and Dr Matteo Bordignon.

“As experts in the study of melanocytes and skin pigmentation, we can offer a solution to skins with abnormal pigmentation. Approximately two per cent of the global population has this skin condition which, although it is not painful, has a psychological impact.” says Jordi Segura, R&D Director at Bella Aurora.

“In the course of my work as a dermatologist, I treat numerous people with hypo- pigmentation, most of whom are desperate to find an effective treatment. With Repigment, we now have an opportunity to improve these people’s lives, making my ten years of research even more significant.” says Dr Matteo Bordignon.

It was in 2013 that Dr Bordignon published2 his discovery that the MIA protein, produced abnormally by melanocytes, is responsible for hypopigmentation or the formation of white patches on the skin. His studies demonstrate how the MIA protein breaks the adhesion system of melanocytes to the basal membrane, from which they become detached and are lost. It is the absence of melanocytes that causes the appearance of white patches.

The new treatment for hypopigmentation

Repigment is Bella Aurora’s first ever effective treatment for white patches. As well as stopping new white patches from developing, this patented product also restores the pigment to the affected areas.

The new Repigment line consists of the repigmenting cream that contains the Repigma12 peptide to block the MIA protein, and RepigmentSun capsules, a food supplement that prepares the skin for exposure to the sun or for booth radiation sessions.

Recommendations: apply the cream twice daily to the affected areas and take one capsule with a glass of water with a meal to protect the skin. The treatment must be accompanied by exposure to natural sunlight or artificial UV light under the supervision of a health professional. It is recommended to follow the treatment for at least six months or until the area is fully repigmented.

Repigment is available on 

Results of 150 days of treatment and phototherapy3.
It is necessary to continue with the treatment until the complete repigmentation.  

#Repigment #WhitePatchesTreatment

About Bella Aurora

Bella Aurora, as part of Bella Aurora Labs, has a history that dates back 130 years. As a result of its experience in the study of melanocytes, Bella Aurora has developed an efficient solution that eliminates dark spots from the skin.

Bella Aurora has invested in decades of research into the different mechanisms that influence skin pigmentation processes. The company’s scientific expertise in this area has resulted in the launch of patented B-CORE 221TM on the market, an exclusive technology that will represent a turning point in the treatment of abnormal pigmentation.

It already has a solid presence in Europe, Asia and the US and is on a mission to become an established world leader in skin pigmentation and the number one for eliminating dark spots and white patches.

About Dr Matteo Bordignon

Dr Matteo Bordignon qualified in Medicine and Surgery with the highest scores and honours from the University of Padua. In 2009, he specialised with honours in Dermatology and Venereology at the University of Padua, one of the most prestigious in Italy and one of the oldest in the world. He is also the author and co-author of numerous articles in international scientific journals and during his training he took part in clinical trials and laboratory activities. In the research field, after years studying vitiligo, Dr Bordignon was the first to identify the relationship between the MIA protein and this skin condition.

To request an interview with Dr Matteo Bordignon, please contact Alejandra Delgado.

1. Source: European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

2. Bordignon M, Castellani C, Fedrigo M, Thiene G, Peserico A, Alaibac M, et al. Role of alpha5beta1 integrin and MIA (melanoma inhibitory activity) in the pathogenesis of vitiligo. J Dermatol Sci. 2013 Aug;71(2):142-5.

3. Source: Bordignon M. Development of a new topical treatment for vitiligo based on the MIA-inhibitors technology. 2020; Jan. Data on File.

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Clarity Gold Acquires Strategic Surface Rights Over the Destiny Project in the Abitibi Region




VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clarity Gold Corp. (“Clarity” or the “Company”) (CSE: CLAR, OTC: CLGCF, FSE: 27G) is pleased to announce the purchase of surface rights of two lots for a resulting total area of approximately 82 hectares over a key portion of the Destiny Project in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt in Quebec.

The surface rights cover the core of the historic work and were purchased from a local family in the region. Securing these surface rights will allow the company to work efficiently and provide security to advance the project.

“After much due diligence, we are thrilled to acquire these surface rights. It will allow the company to cost effectively carry out its work as our drilling program progresses. It is a move forward for the security of advancing this Project as a long-term investment,” said James Rogers, CEO of Clarity. “In addition to providing easier access to the work area these surface rights secure a space for project infrastructure as we advance.”

The total purchase of $250,000.00 for two lots, at $125,000.00 per lot involves a cash payment of $25,000.00 per lot at closing, with the remaining balance of $100,000.00 per lot payable in 4 equal consecutive installments of $25,000.00 every quarter following the closing. The previously mentioned total area is net of an approximately 1.86 hectare portion of one of the lots that will be subdivided and transferred to the vendors. Clarity will have a right of access servitude through this subdivision.

About the Destiny Project

Clarity Gold Corp. is actively drilling and advancing the 5,013 ha Destiny Project is located in the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt along a major structural break which is largely underexplored. The project has excellent infrastructure, with road access approximately 75 km NNE of the city of Val d’Or and has considerable work done to date including over 50,000 m of diamond drilling.

For a more detailed account, the reader is encouraged to refer to the Company’s website.

About Clarity

Clarity Gold Corp. is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of gold projects in Canada. The Company has entered into an option agreement to purchase 100% of the Destiny Project, Clarity’s flagship asset, a gold-focused project in the mineral rich Abitibi region in Quebec. The Company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is listed on the CSE under the symbol “CLAR”. To learn more about Clarity Gold Corp. and its projects please visit

James Rogers
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 1 (833) 387-7436

The Canadian Securities Exchange (operated by CNSX Markets Inc.) has neither approved nor disapproved of the contents of this press release.


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