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Ready to open cinemas after one week, say exhibitors

May begin with Tamil actor Vijay’s movie Master scheduled for release on January 13

Film exhibitors on Tuesday informed that cinemas would be ready to welcome moviegoers by next week. Theatres in the State had remained closed for nearly nine months following the COVID-19- induced lockdown.

A meeting of the Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUoK) and Film Exhibitors Federation held here decided to complete disinfection work within a week. “We will be ready to screen Tamil actor Vijay’s movie Master scheduled for release on January 13. However, the producers and distributors have to ensure a steady release of movies after reopening,” said M.C. Bobby, general secretary of the FEUoK.

Despite the government giving its nod to reopen cinemas with 50% occupancy from Tuesday, the exhibitors did not open stating that they need at least one week’s preparatory time.

Three shows a day

They pointed out that only three shows could be screened daily as per the timings prescribed by the government.

“We may need 45 minutes between each show to disinfect the cinema halls. The producers and distributors will have to agree on the restricted timings and earnings during this period,” said Mr. Bobby. The theatre owners reiterated their demand for a reduction on the tax burden and fixed electricity charges.

Antony Perumbavoor, producer and president of FEUoK, justified his decision to release Drishyam 2 on the over-the-top (OTT) platform while stating that he had not signed any contract agreeing to screen the movie in theatres. “The decision cannot be reversed despite the reopening of cinemas,” he said.

On whether the organisation was adopting double standards over its stance against those releasing the movies on digital platforms, Mr. Bobby said that they had opposed producers who had released their movies on the digital platform after collecting advance from the theatre owners.

Producers’ demand

Meanwhile, Kerala Film Producers Association and Film Distributors Association have demanded the settlement of the arrears incurred by the theatre owners before going ahead with a full-fledged release of movies.

A joint meeting of producers, distributors and exhibitors convened by Kerala Film Chamber here on Wednesday is expected to hold detailed discussions on the way forward.

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January 9, 2021 coronavirus news


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The headquarters of the Guerra and Gutierrez and Continental Funeral home chains are just several blocks away, on Beverly Boulevard, in the heart of Los Angeles’s Covid-19 death calamity.

They are in Montebello, short hearse rides from hospitals under siege from the pandemic — with the massive Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, Adventist Health White Memorial and Beverly Hospital to name just three on a horrifying long list.

Owner Richard Gutierrez told CNN before the pandemic he would handle 28 or so memorial services at his six mortuaries in a day, with the main cause of death being cardiac arrest.

Now says he’s laying to rest an average of 56 people a day, 70 percent of them victims of the virus.    

When asked about claims that the virus is fake, Gutierrez said: “Are you telling me that close to 400,000, people that have died is fake news? Try telling that to families that have just lost those people.

Try telling that to all the people in the world that have lost somebody. No, this is not fake. This is real. And it’s time that you either grow up and face facts or take your blinders off.”

LA County facing grim surge: The number of people dying of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County in a day is now equivalent to the number of homicide deaths the city saw in an entire year, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday.

Los Angeles County reported 318 deaths on Friday, the most ever in a single day. Nearly 12,000 L.A. County residents have died from the virus in the past year.

Medical experts say the the expected Covid-19 surge after the holidays has yet to arrive — and ICU units in the area are already filled.

Funeral homes are overrun: From Beverly Boulevard, clusters of family and friends, most Latino, dressed in black, can be seen gathering outside the overrun mortuaries.

But the mortuaries say they are delaying or turning away dozens of grieving customers a day.

Outside Continental Mortuary, owner Magda Maldonado complained of stress shredding her insides as she stood in front of a freezer trailer she bought just two weeks ago to currently store dozens and dozens of bodies.

The trailer is just feet from a shipping container, filled with more decedents, as they call them, in the funeral business.

“I am really really busy. I’m overwhelmed, I am with anxiety disorder now because of this,”  Maldonado told CNN.
“I’ve been medicated for that. And it’s really hard to continue working like that, my employees are overwhelmed and tired, and also they’re getting sick, their families are getting sick in the situation that I’ve never thought I was gonna go through,” she added.

When asked if she would soon have to tell families that she didn’t have room for bodies, Maldonado said: “that is really creating a stress for me, because I see all the calls that are going out and I’m not able to help those families.”

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Local artist turns cafe into gallery

A mutually beneficial partnership between two local business owners is bringing the outdoors to The Cobram Beach Club.

Local artist John Lindsay Taylor was a teacher for 35 years and also spent 10 years in finance before he swapped books for brushes and started his art gallery Sunstruck Artworks.

His acrylic paintings on canvas capture the beauty of the local environment.

Mr Taylor said the agreement started when The Cobram Beach Club owner Josh Sasse saw his artwork.

“Most of the paintings I’m bringing down here are of this area, but I do seascapes and landscapes and even portraits,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Sasse said his mission to support local businesses did not stop at food.

“I was actively searching for local artists because I wanted the place to feel like a community project,” Mr Sasse said.

“We get comments on the artwork everyday, people love it and its nice to celebrate local Australiana.”

On January 14, Mr Taylor rotated the displayed artwork which has been in the cafe since October 2020.

“Josh and I both came up with the idea to change the paintings at the same time, it gives the people in here something to look at,” Mr Taylor said.

“It has generated some business and gets my work out there — it’s a win-win.”

All of Mr Taylor’s paintings are available for sale.

Sunstruck Gallery is at 135 High St Cobram and is open by appointment.

For information, contact John Taylor on 0438 811 801, email [email protected] or visit http://www.gallery247.com.au/john-taylor

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Arizona battles a growing COVID-19 crisis


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