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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Month: August 2021

China reports no new local Covid-19 cases for first time since July, as Delta outbreak wanes

China reported no new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Monday for the first time since July, according to its National Health Commission (NHC)

China has been grappling with the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant since July 20, when a cluster of Covid-19 infections were detected among airport cleaning staff in the eastern city of Nanjing.Since then, it has spiraled into the worst outbreak China has seen since 2020, spreading to more than half of the country’s 31 provinces and infecting more than 1,200 people. The surging cases driven by Delta were seen as the biggest challenge yet to China’s uncompromising zero tolerance virus policy.

Local authorities responded by placing tens of millions of residents under strict lockdown, rolling out massive testing and tracing campaigns and restricting domestic travels.

The strict measures appeared to be working. Daily infections have fallen steadily over the past week into single digits, down from more than 100 from its peak two weeks ago.And on Monday, the country reported 21 imported cases and zero locally transmitted symptomatic infections — the first time no local cases have been recorded since July 16. It also reported 16 asymptomatic cases, all of which were imported too, according to the NHC. China keeps a separate count of symptomatic and asymptomatic cases and does not include asymptomatic carriers of the virus in the official tally of confirmed cases.If the trend continues, China could become the world’s first country to control a major Delta outbreak .

Doubling down on zero-Covid

China is one of a number of countries, including Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, that have sought to completely eradicate Covid-19 within their borders.Authorities closed off borders to almost all foreigners, imposed strict quarantines for arrivals, and launched targeted lockdowns and aggressive testing and tracing policies to stamp out any cases that slipped through the defenses. And for more than a year, these measures had been largely successful in keeping cases close to zero.But fresh outbreaks driven by the Delta variant are prompting some countries to rethink their approach.In Australia, several major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and the capital Canberra, have been placed under weeks of lockdown, but cases have continued to surge. On Saturday, the country recorded its highest single-day caseload since the pandemic began, while thousands of people took to the streets to protest against prolonged lockdowns.In an opinion piece published in Australian media Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted at an end to the country’s zero Covid-19 restrictions, saying the lockdowns “are sadly necessary for now” but “won’t be necessary for too much longer.” He said the Australian government intended to shift its focus from reducing case numbers to examining how many people were getting seriously ill from Covid-19 and requiring hospitalization.

Kylie Jenner is expecting a second child

Kylie Jenner and rapper Travis Scott are expecting a second child. The couple – who have been in an on-again-off-again relationship since 2017 – already share three-year-old daughter Stormi, but Jenner has always been open about wanting another brother or sister for the little girl. “I want seven children in the future, but not right now,” the cosmetics guru once said. Jenner has not yet commented on the news.

Review Sweet Girl – Bitter Pill For Jason Momoa

The shortest description of Sweet Girl is “Jason Momoa against big pharma,” but there’s more going on in this action movie than just revenge on rogue pill-turners. Unfortunately, the makers choke on their ambitions.

Jason Momoa is a standout among today’s action stars. Okay, he’s big, wide and full of tattoos, just like Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista, but with his hairy head and disarming smile, he most resembles a cross between a hippie and a biker. After Game of Thrones and Aquaman, this offers opportunities in the field of acting and he takes them with Sweet Girl, an action film in which he plays a man who shows as much emotion as he has muscles.

dirty games
Momoa plays Cooper, an ordinary man who has to deal with a lot of adversity. First, his wife is diagnosed with cancer, then the drug that could make her better is withdrawn from the market, and finally the inevitable happens: she dies. Now he’s on his own with his teenage daughter, but he’s not going to let it go. Dirty games in the pharmaceutical industry are responsible for his misery, so he takes a heavy-handed approach to the big bosses.

Unbelievable
By the standards of an action movie, Momoa and Isabela Merced, who plays his daughter, are given enough time and space to make the more intimate scenes work. But every time the pace picks up and the chases and fights take over, the weaknesses in the scenario become apparent. Things get off to a bad start when Cooper has a meeting with a journalist who knows more about the rotten corporation’s practices. It serves purely as plot info, but the way it is written leads to a totally unbelievable conversation. And there will be many more such moments.

SWEET GIRL: JASON MAMOA as RAY COOPER. CLAY ENOS/NETFLIX © 2021

Easy target
Not only inform, but also in content is wrong. Just when you think how can this common man grab those high-security CEOs to teach them a lesson, they just walk out of their safe boardrooms for some vague reason so Cooper can get them. The baddies are very flat anyway, with the exception of a mercenary who thinks himself so great that he talks more than shoots: he is especially bloody irritating.

lame trick
And then the twist. We won’t reveal anything of course, but towards the end of the film the film takes a turn that puts a large part of the events in a new light. At least, that’s what the authors undoubtedly intended. But the truth is that on balance it all doesn’t matter. This superfluous grip does not become the wow moment that the makers had in mind, but a silly trick that also fails.

Conclusion
We get what Jason Momoa saw in this movie: he gets a chance to put more humanity into his role than is usual for this kind of action work. It is not his fault, but the writers should have looked critically at their script before the cameras started rolling. In this form, you especially remember the crooked dialogues, unbelievable complications and a pointless twist.

CEO Elon Musk promises a humanoid robot on “Artificial Intelligence Day”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (50) has announced the market launch of the prototype of a humanoid robot called “Tesla Bot”. Musk spoke on Thursday (local time) on the occasion of the company’s “AI Day” (“Artificial Intelligence Day”) – that the robot could take on dangerous, repetitive, or boring tasks in the future. The robot with the human-like appearance will have “profound effects on the economy,” said the entrepreneur. “In the future, physical work will be an option. If you want to do it, you can do it, but you don’t have to do it.”

The Tesla Bot will be around five feet eight inches (1.73 meters) high, weigh 57 kilograms and be able to do numerous jobs, from attaching screws to cars to picking up purchases in the store. The Tesla robot will be equipped with eight cameras and a fully-fledged self-driving computer and use the same tools that Tesla uses in the car. He sees the robot as the answer to a shortage of skilled workers. It is important not to let the machine turn out to be “super expensive”.

“He’s supposed to be friendly, of course,” Musk explained. The robot will also be designed in such a way that it is not particularly fast. “You will

“The most difficult thing about a useful humanoid robot is that” it cannot navigate the world without being specifically trained. “But that has to work line by line without explicit instructions. The device gets” a kind of screen at the head for useful information “, but otherwise run autonomously.

Nicole Kidman’s quarantine exemption sparks outrage in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s decision to grant Hollywood star Nicole Kidman an exemption from quarantine so she can film a series about the lives of wealthy ex-pats has angered residents.

Hong Kong is witnessing one of the most stringent and lengthy quarantine measures in the world and requires people arriving from countries considered to be at high epidemic risk to self-quarantine for 21 days in a hotel, but the authorities allowed the 54-year-old actress to bypass these procedures.

The Bureau of Trade and Economic Development confirmed that the Australian star and other members of the film crew were exempted for “specific professional work”.

The tabloids have followed all of Kidman’s looks since her arrival on August 12 to Hong Kong in a private plane from Australia, and her most prominent activities are shopping two days after her arrival and then starting to shoot in the Sai Wan neighborhood on Hong Kong Island.

Arrivals Series
Nicole Kidman is the executive producer of the “Expats” series, which is inspired by Janice Y. Kay Lee’s 2016 book about the luxurious lives of three American women in the city.

Since Kidman’s arrival, there has been a lot of comments on social media about her exemption from confinement and the wealthy foreign elite living in Hong Kong.

angry comments
A large number of angry comments were posted on Facebook through the widely-followed “People in Quarantine in Hong Kong” group page, which focused on the fact that foreigners residing in the city had not seen their families for nearly two years due to the measures.

Beijing MP Elizabeth Coate said she was “concerned about this exemption granted by the government,” noting that she had “received a number of complaints from Hong Kong residents.”

Hermann Maier: “I am no longer interested in skiing”

Winter sports icon Hermann Maier is currently not often seen in public, but the “Herminator” made people sit up and take notice in the ORF interview.
The two-time Olympic ski champion and three-time world champion retired from the World Cup in 2009. In “Stöckl” in the ORF2 interview, the 48-year-old reappeared on TV screens. Maier talked about his active career, the steps after that, and how he lives now.

At the age of 23, the “Herminator” entered the Ski World Cup very late, but with the help of his family he made it anyway: “Nowhere is anyone who likes to lose. In my environment, it was always like that If someone tells you that it won’t work, then you have a completely different mindset. I am very grateful that I was granted this. “

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Now at 48 years old, Maier is enjoying the peace and quiet: “I don’t miss the public at all. I would never have actually looked for it, that’s why I also became a ski athlete. You go down the mountain at 140 km / h, but nothing more. “

“I haven’t disappeared from the scene, when I was active it was very different, you have advertising contracts, you are the focus. You can’t hide there either. Now I just don’t have to add my mustard everywhere”, explains the “Herminator” in the ORF broadcast.

A ski comeback doesn’t have to be: “I wouldn’t go down the Streif anymore. I could probably slide down, but Kitzbühel is another topic with sponsors and all the hype. Kitzbühel lives from the action and the celebrities, skiing actually gives so much. “

“When you stand by the mousetrap in summer, you wonder how you should actually drive down there. The sheep stand around there in summer,” laughs the family man.

However, Maier’s criticism of current sporting events makes people sit up and take notice: “I’m currently no longer interested in skiing. It’s the same with skiing and football. If you don’t bring people and fans to the track, then it’s just like a video game, there is no emotion at all. “

His fall at the 1998 Olympics was also a topic: “I am glad that I had the youthful recklessness in me when I was young. I dared myself a lot and always tried to find my limit. It was just a question of when was it enough? In Nagano 1998 I was very close to a serious injury, but I’m glad I risked the whole thing. “

Conference League: Tottenham loses to Paços de Ferreira with a goal by Lucas Silva, ex-Flamengo

Tottenham got off to a bad start in the Conference League, the new European competition created by Uefa. This Thursday, the Spurs lost 1-0 to Paços de Ferreira, in Portugal, in the first game of the playoffs.

The Portuguese’s winning goal was scored by striker Lucas Silva, revealed by Flamengo (he defended the Rio de Janeiro club between 2018 and 2020).

At 45 of the 1st time, the Brazilian received an excellent ball and, face-to-face with goalkeeper Gollini, hit low to score.

Now, Tottenham, who used a mixed team on Thursday, will need to reverse the result in the duel back, on August 26, this time in London.

Remember that whoever makes it through this clash will enter the Conference League group stage.

Championship status
As a result, Paços de Ferreira plays for a draw in the return match to qualify for the group stage.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will need to seek a two-goal win if they want to advance in the competition.

The ex-Flemish player was a torment in the lives of Tottenham supporters.

Very fast and constantly changing positions in attack, he stood out a lot in the match.

In his goal, he showed great precision in the submission, even earning compliments from coach Jorge Simão.

It was Brazilian’s 2nd goal in 6 matches for Paços de Ferreira this season.

Tired, he left for the 2nd time for Delgado’s entry.

Bad: Tottenham’s defender
Even with a line of five defenders and counting with the Argentine Romero, recently hired, the Spurs defense was leaked.

Films about Suzane von Richthofen and Daniel Cravinhos to premiere on Amazon Prime Video

Since they were announced, the two films The Girl Who Killed My Parents and The Boy Who Killed My Parents, with the stories of Suzane von Richthofen and Daniel Cravinhos, have caused controversy.

This Thursday (19), a novelty caught the public by surprise: the production, initially scheduled for theaters, will come out in streaming, on September 24th.

Metrópoles contacted Amazon Prime Video’s advisors to find out what had motivated the decision. The information was that the streaming bought the rights to the film and that the details of the negotiation would not be disclosed.

“The company does not disclose any details regarding the negotiations of productions”, says the statement.

Initially designed to debut in theaters in 2020, A Menina Que Matou os Pais and O Menino Que Meu Pais would have simultaneous screenings. However, the Covid-19 pandemic caused the film to be postponed, which has now reached streaming.

In addition to the health issue, Metrópoles found that the possibility of exhibiting the production internationally is one of the attractions of streaming. Amazon Prime Video announced that the features will be released in 240 countries and territories where the service is available.

Still, in 2020, Amazon Prime Video released, at once, four national films, at a time when theaters were closed. Thus, the following titles entered the platform’s catalog: A Gruta, No Gogó do Paulinho, Carlinhos e Carlão and Os Espetaculares.

The movies
Each feature is approximately 80 minutes long and tells a different point of view of the story of the couple Suzane von Richthofen and Daniel Cravinhos. The scripts are based on information contained in the case file that ended with the conviction of the two for the death of Suzane’s parents.

In 2002, Suzane and Daniel shocked Brazil when they pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of Manfred and Marisia von Richthofen. Throughout the films, the couple’s case and possible motives for committing this atrocity are presented. A real crime drama about one of the most brutal murder cases in the country. Released simultaneously, the two films show each other’s points of view: The Girl Who Killed the Parents is inspired by Daniel’s testimony, and The Boy Who Killed My Parents is based on Suzane’s.

Directed by Mauricio Eça and screenplays by Ilana Casoy and Raphael Montes, the films starred Carla Diaz, Leonardo Bittencourt, Allan Souza Lima, Kauan Ceglio, Leonardo Medeiros, Vera Zimmermann, Augusto Madeira, Debora Duboc, Marcelo Várzea, Fernanda Viacava, Gabi Lopes, and Taiguara Nazareth. The production is by Santa Rita Filmes in co-production with Galeria Distribuidora and Grupo Telefilms. The executive producer is Marcelo Braga, who also signs the production of the films along with Gabriel Gurman, Ricardo Constianovsky, Silvia Cruz, and Tomas Darcyl.

Katerina Karavatou and Krateros Katsoulis – Love, the unforgettable marriage, the common television course, and the separation

After ten years of marriage, the couple announced their divorce today
The news of the separation of Katerina Karavatou and Krateros Katsoulis, after ten years of marriage and two children, shocked the Greek showbiz today.

The couple has been together since 2009, while they had a civil wedding on July 25, 2011.

They have two children, Aelia and Arion, who they keep out of the limelight, taking care to hide their faces when posting photos with them.

From friendship to a fairytale love
The two met at an ALPHA event and from the first moment, it was obvious that there was a strong attraction and mutual sympathy.

But the two of them were then in other relationships, as a result of which they kept in touch with each other on a friendly level – until love turned everything upside down.

Katerina Karavatou had said about their acquaintance:
“I would not say that it was love at first sight because I was late to appreciate his talents. (Laughter) The first thing that won me over at Crater, when we started talking on the phone before we even decided to go out on a date, was that he really laughed with all his heart at every joke I told him. And as you all know, jokes are not my strong point! “

With the feet of Salah and Lewandowski, the start of the record-breaking season

With the launch of some European leagues such as the German Football League “Bundesliga”, the English Premier League “Premier League” and the Spanish First Division “La Liga”, a number of stars have returned to prove their quality with their numbers and statistics.

In this regard, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah became the players who scored at least one goal during the first round of the domestic leagues for more than one consecutive season.

Lewandowski took the lead. In the 42nd s of the Borussia Monchengladbach match, he scored the equalizer for his team, and thus the Polish striker scored in the first round matches in the last 7 seasons of the German League, a record in the Bundesliga.

Robert scored against Hamburg in the first round of the season (2015-2016), Werder Bremen in the season (2016-2017), Bayer Leverkusen in the season (2017-2018), Hoffenheim in the season (2018-2019), and Hertha Berlin (2019-). 2020), Schalke last season (2020-2021), and Mönchengladbach this season (2021-2022).

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