Broadway will ask for vaccines and masks to the attending public

Broadway will ask for vaccines and masks to the attending public

In preparations for the reopening of the theaters in Broadway, the rooms announce new measures to protect the public from the coronavirus pandemic. For that, they will require attendees to be vaccinated against Covid and to wear chinstraps during the functions.

This was announced by the producers of the most important theater circuit in the world, with millions of spectators per year who come from different parts of the planet to enjoy the shows.

Members of the audience must wear face masks and present proof that they are fully vaccinated, that is, certificates for vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the WHO, when they enter theaters, the Broadway League said in a press release.

There are already the posters. Spectators are missing, arriving between September and October. Photo EFE

These new measures, however, will have some exceptions, and it is in regard to children under 12 years of age, for whom there are still no approved vaccines. Also exempted from those new rules will be people with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent their vaccination, theater operators said. But in those cases, those attendees will have to show negative Covid-19 testing evidence.

On the other hand, the use of protective masks or chinstraps, by the public, will be mandatory in theatrical spaces, except in those places specifically designated, such as those destined to eat or drink before or after the performances.

The Genie from "Aladdin" may be magical, but he could not prevent theaters from closing since March 2020. AFP Photo

The Genie from “Aladdin” may be magical, but he could not prevent theaters from closing since March 2020. AFP Photo

“Since vaccination has proven to be the most effective way to stay healthy and reduce transmission, I am pleased that theater owners have decided to implement these collective safety measures in all of our Broadway homes,” said the president of the Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin.

Actors and technicians, all vaccinated

The move comes, on the other hand, a day after the Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents almost 52,000 actors and theater directors, also announced that it will require that members of the cast and technical team of the rooms are fully vaccinated against Covid.

Unvaccinated company members, including those under the age of 12, should continue to wear chinstraps, practice social distancing when possible, and be tested at least twice a week for the disease. These protocols apply to both Broadway productions and shows endorsed by the same union throughout the rest of the United States.

Bruce Springsteen's one-man show is the only one currently running on Broadway. Reuters photo

Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show is the only one currently running on Broadway. Reuters photo

This new protocol is ahead of the imminent opening, in the coming weeks, of many in New York City. The one-man show of Bruce Springsteen it is the only one currently on Broadway.

While, Pass Overby Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu opens Wednesday at the August Wilson Theater. Most of the other theaters will open in September or October after having been closed by the pandemic since March 2020.

For now, these measures will apply to shows that hit the billboards through October 31, representatives of the Broadway League said. For performances from November onwards, theater operators will review the policy and decide whether or not to make changes, based on sanitary conditions later on.



Colombia demands humanitarian treatment for its citizens detained in Haiti

Colombia demands humanitarian treatment for its citizens detained in Haiti

The meeting sought to verify the health status of the arrested Colombian citizens, most of them former members of the Army, and to offer them the possibility of communicating with their families through a letter.

“Together with the attorney for the Public Defender’s Office, they were asked about some key elements of the process that is currently being carried out against them,” explained Fajardo, head of the humanitarian commission that the government of Iván Duque sent to Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

Fajardo must now make a report that will be sent to the Colombian authorities, and to the OAS itself.

According to the site of the Bogotá newspaper El Espectador, the meeting was possible after the intervention of the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, in the face of complaints from Colombia about the impossibility of accessing its citizens.

The event generated a crossroads of responsibilities: the Haitian authorities alleged that the appropriate procedures had not been carried out for the permit granted in these cases by the Ministry of Justice, and Colombia said that it had been requested through the Foreign Ministry and the embassy in Bogota from the Caribbean country “by note verbale on July 16, without a response” yet.

In parallel, a diplomatic letter known today shows Bogotá’s demand for Haiti to comply with “the moral and legal obligation to protect the detainees who are under its jurisdiction,” according to the terms in which Vice Chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez wrote to him. to the Haitian ambassador in Bogotá, Jean Mary Exil.

A consular mission that was in Port-au-Prince in recent days “revealed irregularities” in the process and, according to the Foreign Ministry, some detainees suffered injuries without receiving adequate care.

“We demand that the perpetrators of these behaviors that are harmful to their rights be investigated and punished,” Ramírez said in his letter, reported by the AFP agency.


Why did the San Pablo Cinematheque catch fire? Political fight after another blow to the culture of Brazil

Why did the San Pablo Cinematheque catch fire? Political fight after another blow to the culture of Brazil

Culture of Brazil He suffered a severe setback again after the flames burned a part of the Cinemateca de San Pablo, which brings together the largest film archive in South America.

The fire spread Thursday night through one of the institution’s warehouses, which houses a part of Brazil’s cinematographic history, and once again revealed the neglect suffered by culture in recent years.

The world of cinema regretted the losses caused by the fire, which originated during an air conditioning maintenance, and attributed the accident to the “omission” by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, responsible for the management of the institution.

“It was already known that this could occur due to the omission of the federal government in the management of the Cinemateca. This is a crime,” the Brazilian actress and director Bárbara Paz said on her social networks.

In addition to dozens of actors and directors, the governor of San Pablo, Joao Doria, one of Bolsonaro’s main political rivals in the conservative field, also raised his voice and affirmed that the event is the result of “contempt for art and the memory of Brazil”.

“The gradual death of the national culture,” stressed the governor.

A long list of fires

And it is that the fire of the cinematheque adds to a long list of institutions and cultural entities that have been the target of the flames in Brazil, where budget cuts in the Culture area have intensified in recent years.

In 2018, a fire of great proportions devoured the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, the oldest in the country and which housed some 20 million pieces dating from different periods, including historical documents, dozens of dinosaur bones, mummies, and stuffed animals. and the skeletal remains of Luzia, the oldest woman in South America.

In 2015, the flames consumed the Museum of the Portuguese Language, located in the “Estação da Luz” of São Paulo and that paradoxically this Saturday will reopen its doors again after almost six years of reconstruction work.

The cinematheque fire itself appeared to be a “déjà vu”. The fire already burned in 2016 about 300 films in the central building of the institution, corroded by the greatest crisis in its history and a continuous cut in resources.

“An announced crime”

The Prosecutor’s Office recently alerted the government about the possible risks faced by the cinematheque, responsible for keeping the audiovisual memory of the country, and it opened last year a process of “abandonment” against the Executive after he did not renew the contract with the organization that managed the institution.

Center officials published a manifesto this Friday in which they considered that the fire registered on Thursday is an “announced crime” and represents the “loss” of a part “of Brazilian history.”

“Our history has been continually being extirpated, as a project. Unfortunately, we lost one more part of the Brazilian historical-cultural heritage,” the document highlights.

The special secretary of Culture of Brazil, Mario Frías, for his part, attributed the deterioration of the cinematheque to previous efforts, which, in his opinion, used “public money from culture to buy political support from the artistic elite.”

“We are trying, with a lot of dedication and effort, to structure these teams, but what was destroyed in decades is not built in a year,” Frías said on his social networks this Friday.

Tension with the government of Jair Bolsonaro

The relationship between the cultural sector and the government has been tense since the beginning of the administration of the leader of the Brazilian extreme right, a fierce critic of the so-called “cultural Marxism” and that downgraded the Ministry of Culture to the status of Secretariat, dependent on the Tourism portfolio.

Bolsonaro even appointed Regina Duarte, known for her roles in famous soap operas, as Secretary of Culture to “pacify” the relationship with the sector, but the actress left office months later amid various controversies.

The president came to propose the direction of the cinematheque as a consolation, but the one considered for many years as “the bride of Brazil” never came to assume.

Source: EFE



Violinist Ara Malikian denounced being discriminated against from the Latin Grammys

Violinist Ara Malikian denounced being discriminated against from the Latin Grammys

The charismatic Lebanese violinist of Armenian descent, Ara Malikian, considered that he was disqualified from the selection of albums that aspire to the Latin Grammy Awards where he was not nominated for the album 15 -with whom he celebrated a decade and a half of career- for “not be latin enough“.

“In Lebanon I was not considered sufficiently Lebanese because I was of Armenian origin, the Armenians did not consider me sufficiently Armenian because I was born in Lebanon. When I settled in Europe, they did not consider me European because I was not born in Europe. It took me years to be at peace with myself for who I am and accept being the eternal foreigner, “wrote the musician on his Twitter account.

In his social media publication, the artist who performed three times on Argentine stages, added in his discharge: “I have lived in Spain for 20 years and I have Spanish nationality And I just got disqualified from the Latin Grammys for not being Latin enough. I was already nominated for one of these Grammys four years ago and played the opening gala three years ago. Does anyone understand something …?

Malikian, one of the times he came to Argentina to play. I would go back to Luna Park in November. Photo Clarín Archive

Malikian fled Beirut at age 14 escaping the civil war, and since then he lived in different countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, currently residing in Spain and having been named adoptive son of the city of Zaragoza, where his wife is from.

The violinist’s music assumes that diverse palette capable of embracing different times and styles and therefore his repertoire is from Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Paganini a Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Radiohead passing through Manuel de Falla and Paco de Lucía, among others.

The violinist performed at the Madrid-Barajas Airport to present "Petit Garage", his new album, on January 1, 2021. Photo EFE

The violinist performed at the Madrid-Barajas Airport to present “Petit Garage”, his new album, on January 1, 2021. Photo EFE

A cinematographic portrait of him made by Nata Moreno in Ara Malikian, a life between the ropes It deserved the Goya for the best Documentary awarded by the Spanish Film Academy in 2020.

The case of The Weeknd

Last year, the controversial Grammys left out of the competition The Weeknd, despite the fact that his last job, After Hours, was considered one of the best albums of the year according to the American Music Awards o los Billboard Music Awards, entre otros.

What happened? According to the artist’s testimony, the Grammy jury does not have “transparency,” he said after not having received no nomination despite being one of the favorites.

"The Grammys are not transparent," accused the musician The Weeknd. AP Photo

“The Grammys are not transparent,” accused the musician The Weeknd. AP Photo

“The Grammys are still corrupt”, accused from their networks. “They owe the transparency to me, my fans and the industry …”, he fired on Twitter.

It was extremely striking because the singer was able to put his songs at the top of the charts, reaching, in some cases, more than 300 million views. However, the Grammys did not consider it to have been their year. The reasons, unknown to date, at the time made noise inside the popular music awards ceremony.

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed not to be nominated. I was also surprised and I can understand what you are feeling. His music this year has been excellent, and his contributions to the music community and the world in general are worthy of admiration, “he even said. Harvey Mason Jr., in front of the Grammys.



Uruguay retakes full presence in education without compulsory distancing

Uruguay retakes full presence in education without compulsory distancing

The new protocol eliminates the determination to maintain the distance of one and a half meters, but establishes that students keep as much distance as possible.

Silva stressed at a press conference that it is important for families, teachers and officials to remember that this situation is the product of “an effort by all and among all.”

The new measure aimed at maintaining presence in education is complemented by the use of face masks, hand hygiene and as much ventilation as possible in the classrooms.

This decision is part of a process of returning to the presence, from this Monday until the end of the year, Silva said, quoted by the local newspaper La República.

Silva emphasized that it is a measure “that will be developed jointly, among all those who participate in education,” and also highlighted the permanent dialogue with the Ministry of Public Health.

Along these lines, he considered that this made it possible to take appropriate decisions during the course of the pandemic.

The coronavirus in the eastern country was the main cause of deaths so far this year despite having 70% of its population vaccinated with at least one dose.

Uruguay, which suffered an unexpected outbreak shortly before, adds 381,000 infections and 5,953 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest official data.

This week it barely exceeded 200 cases one day and never reached 10 daily deaths.


Alegría nao tem fim: Rio de Janeiro announced that the festivities are back on the streets

Alegría nao tem fim: Rio de Janeiro announced that the festivities are back on the streets

Few people in the world know how to celebrate like the Cariocas. The carnival is a sample of that crazy and massive celebration that this year was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. That is why now the city of Rio de Janeiro will celebrate the end of traffic restrictions in September in its best way: with four days of street parties.

Between September 2 and 5 there will be “small events, free of charge and distributed throughout all the regions of the city, with options for culture, leisure, sport, gastronomy and children’s recreation“anticipated Mayor Eduardo Paes.

During those days, some streets will be closed to traffic, emblematic places will be specially illuminated and on the promenades there will be disc jockeys and local artists will perform.

There will also be gastronomic festivals and discounts on the prices of the museum tickets and monuments.

A football match will also be held at the Maracaná stadium in which the Renace Río Cup will be played and for which the public is expected to can occupy up to 50% of the capacity from the stands, according to the Sputnik news agency.

These activities will have the purpose of “celebrating the return of the cariocas to the streets“, they stressed from the mayor’s office.

The announcement on the removal of restrictions is planned in three phases: in early September outdoor activities can be held; since October, those who are fully vaccinated they will be able to enter discotheques, and from November, the chinstraps will be mandatory only in the public transport and health centers.

In order for this schedule to materialize, the authorities are counting on the fact that in September 77% of the adult population have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 45% is already fully protected (with two-dose or single-dose drugs).

“We know that Rio is going to work again; it is a plan that can go backwards, but the data indicates that we are living a better moment; not ideal yet, but better“Paes said at a press conference.

“There is little left to overcome this bad phase of our lives,” the mayor was enthusiastic, who confirmed the celebration of the end of the year parties on Copacabana beach and the Carnival in February.

Likewise, Paes stressed that the calendar of events that the mayor’s office will promote, under the slogan “Rio de nuevo”, will end on September 2, 2022, which will be designated as “reunion day“.

The numbers of the pandemic

They registered 1,318 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, with which the accumulated number of victims since the beginning of the health crisis reached 554,497, official sources reported this Thursday.

In the same period, the country reported 42,283 new infections from the coronavirus, which raised the total number of infected to 19,839,369, according to data released by the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass).

For several weeks, the pandemic has presented a clear downward trend in the South American giant, of about 210 million inhabitants, despite the fact that the figures remain at high levels and confirm it as the second country with the most deaths from covid-19 in absolute terms, behind only the United States.

According to Conass, the daily average of deaths in the last 7 days stood at 1,069 this Thursday, the lowest figure recorded in 5 months, while the average number of daily cases in the same period was 45,094, which represents a slight increase compared to last Thursday (37,313).

With information from Télam.