Page 24 of 24 FirstFirst ... 14222324
Results 346 to 355 of 355

Thread: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Wuhan Pneumonia

  1. #346
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    ruin-therapy & covid

    Urine cures COVID, Christopher Key, recently arrested Alabama anti-vaxxer, falsely claims
    Updated: Jan. 10, 2022, 3:16 p.m. | Published: Jan. 10, 2022, 3:16 p.m.

    Christopher Key, of Futondale, is an outspoken anti-vaxxer.

    By Tandra Smith | tsmith@al.com and Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com
    An Alabama anti-vaxxer recently arrested in Jefferson County is touting urine as a cure for COVID-19.

    Christopher Key is the founder of “Vaccine Police,” a website that gathers anti-vax news across the internet.

    Key posted a video to his Telegram account over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast, saying that the urine cure has been around for centuries.

    There is no scientific evidence to support Key’s claim.

    “The antidote that we have seen now, and we have tons and tons of research, is urine therapy,” Key said in the video. “I know to a lot of you this sounds crazy, but guys, God’s given us everything we need.”

    Key added that the vaccine is the worst bioweapon he’s ever seen. There is no scientific evidence indicating the COVID vaccines pose any health risk.

    “Now drink urine! I drink my own urine!” Key said in the video.

    The video came on the heels of his arrest after a recent court appearance.

    Key appeared in front of Jefferson County District Judge Katrina Ross on Jan. 4 for an incident that happened last April.

    Key was inside of the Whole Foods in Cahaba Village Plaza on U.S. 280 and refused to wear a mask.

    Key was eventually asked to leave by the staff and after refusing to do so, was arrested and charged with third-degree trespassing.

    A similar situation played out inside of the courtroom on Jan. 4, when he was asked to both wear a mask and stop recording inside of the courtroom.

    In the video, which can be seen on his Twitter account and on his website vaccine-police.com, Key said that he had a medical/religious exemption to wearing a mask and that it was his right to record his own court proceedings.

    Judge Ross eventually ordered Key be taken into custody.

    “Defendant was advised several times to put on a mask if he wished to address the court and to turn his camera off,” Ross stated in her order. “Due to his failure to comply with the Orders of this Court, his bond is revoked.”

    Key was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Jan. 4 at 2:12 p.m and released on bond at 4:24 p.m. Jan. 5.

    Following his release, Key posted a video to his Twitter account, thanking his followers for their support while he was behind bars.

    In August, Key made news in Missouri after saying Walmart pharmacy workers could face execution for administering the COVID vaccine.

    In a 30-minute video posted to Facebook live, Key went to the Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, to spread his anti-vaccine message.

    Key was also mentioned in a letter issued by the National School Boards Association that asked federal law enforcement for help policing threats against school officials.

    The letter documented more than 20 instances of threatening behavior across the country and referenced Key, who has protested central Alabama school board meetings.

    The Alabama Association of School Boards cut ties with a national group two months after the letter was sent.

    Key is not the only Alabamian who has been in the news for their anti-vax beliefs.

    A couple known as the “Alabama Pickers” died in September of last year after being outspoken on their beliefs for months.

    A few months earlier, a Pell City man thought COVID was a hoax until he died of it.

    The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 61,234 new cases last week, nearly doubling the previous high.
    threads
    health-benefits-of-urine
    Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-Wuhan-Pneumonia
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  2. #347
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    Free test kits for US citizens

    Four per household - https://special.usps.com/testkits
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  3. #348
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    The Maskalorian

    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  4. #349
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    Postponed

    Hong Kong Film Festival Delayed Due to Omicron Surge
    The decision came as little surprise as Hong Kong continues to weather its worst infection surge of the pandemic.

    BY PATRICK BRZESKI

    FEBRUARY 23, 2022 12:53AM

    Hong Kong GETTY IMAGES

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival, scheduled to have kicked off on the last day of March, has been indefinitely postponed due to an ongoing wave of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

    The decision comes as little surprise given the severity of the city’s current infection surge. Since Feb. 15, Hong Kong has reported about 5,000 new daily infections, with cases threatening to overwhelm local healthcare and quarantine facilities.

    On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s chief executive said that the government would require the city’s entire population of nearly 7.5 million people to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing in March. Local cinemas have been shuttered since early January, and city officials said earlier this week that social distancing measures would be extended until April 20.

    Hong Kong’s government, acting under ever-growing deference to mainland Chinese policy, have held fast to Beijing’s “COVID zero” policy of total elimination of the virus. Although Hong Kong had great success in managing the early phases of the pandemic, the high transmissibility of the omicron variant has resulted in spiraling caseloads since the start of 2021.

    The city’s mandatory three-week quarantine policy for all inbound travelers already had assured that this year’s film festival would have been an entirely local affair. Hong Kong Filmart, the influential international content rights market that typically runs in tandem with the festival, opted months ago to take place as an entirely virtual conference this year. The online-only Filmart will carry on with its planned dates of March 14-17, according to organizers.

    The Hong Kong film festival was scrapped in 2020 because of the first phases of the pandemic, and last year it took a hybrid online-offline form. With Hong Kong tethered to China’s “COVID zero” policy, many local industry figures believe it could be years before the festival is again able to invite the world to its screenings.
    threads
    Asian-Film-Festivals-and-Awards
    covid
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  5. #350
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    slippage

    Mar 13, 2022 8:28pm PT
    China Box Office Slips to Lowest Weekend of the Year as COVID Resurfaces


    By Patrick Frater

    ©Raymond Depardon / Magnum Photo
    Mainland China’s theatrical box office slipped to its lowest weekend total of the year as the market suffered a combination of rising COVID cases and a lack of new releases.

    Nationwide box office between Friday and Sunday amounted to just $19.2 million, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway. It was the fifth weekend of decline since the splashy opening of eight major titles on Feb. 1 for the Lunar New Year holidays.

    “The Battle at Lake Changjin II,” which dominated proceedings at New Year, remained at the top of the chart for the sixth consecutive weekend. It earned a lowly $4.6 million over three days for a cumulative total of $635 million.

    Recent days have witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases in China that has caused the return of restrictions in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen as well as epicenters Jilin and Changchun in the Northeast.

    On Sunday, mainland authorities reported a total of 3,100 new locally transmitted cases of the disease in people who have symptoms and those who do not (China’s official count does not include asymptomatic cases as confirmed) and started to allow the results of rapid antigen tests in its data set. These are the highest daily figures in China in two years.

    China is operating a zero-COVID policy which entails largely closed borders, mass vaccination and localized lockdowns. Mainland China has reported 112,000 infections since the beginning of the outbreak in January 2020 and 4,635 deaths. Some 1.24 billion people have received at least one vaccination shot.

    It has been reported locally that some cinemas in Shanghai and Shenzhen were closed in response to the latest spikes. But a nationwide closure of movie theaters, like the five and a half month disruption in 2020, has so far been avoided.

    Another factor in the slumping box office is likely to be a continuing shortage of major new films. The weekend’s highest new entry was the fourth-placed “Do You Love Me As I Love You?”. The film is a Taiwan-produced romance that released in other Chinese-speaking parts of Asia in the third quarter of 2020.

    Monday sees the release in China of “Uncharted,” timed to give it a shot at the one day Qingming festival. And, if COVID conditions do not cause widespread cinema closures, Friday will see the release of “The Batman.”

    threads
    The-Battle-at-Lake-Changjin-2-Water-Gate-Bridge
    Chollywood-rising
    The-Batman
    covid
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  6. #351
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    PRC cinemas closing again...

    Maybe The Batman won't dethrone TB@LC2...

    ‘The Batman’ Headed for Weak China Opening Amid COVID Outbreak, Cinema Closures
    Amid fraught geopolitics and virus-related release challenges, Hollywood studio films are earning a fraction of past China grosses.

    BY PATRICK BRZESKI, KAREN CHU
    MARCH 15, 2022 8:27PM

    The Batman COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES™ & DC COMICS
    Hollywood can’t seem to catch a break in China lately. Just as U.S. studio tentpoles were beginning to return to the country at scale, a COVID outbreak spanning two thirds of China’s provinces is shuttering cinemas and casting a pall over local consumer activity all over again.

    Approximately 30 percent of all Chinese movie theaters have been temporarily closed over the past week, according to exhibition industry consultancy Artisan Gateway. The regions hardest hit include major population centers like Shanghai and Shenzhen.

    Locally transmitted COVID cases rose on Tuesday by more than 5,000 new infections nationwide. While low by Western standards, the current outbreak represents China’s largest caseload since the pandemic first emerged in Wuhan in 2020. Local officials are scrambling to maintain their “COVID zero” policy of total eradication of the virus, resorting to their usual playbook of mass mandatory testing and the total shutdown of cities comprising tens of millions of residents.

    If Beijing leaders fail to get a handle on the infection surge soon, economists warn that China’s growing response could result in major supply chain snarls in the world’s manufacturing base, further jeopardizing the global economic recovery.

    Within the movie sector, box office analysts had been looking forward to the China release of Warner Bros’ The Batman on Friday for some indication of the country’s current appetite for U.S. superhero fare. A source close to the film, however, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the latest tracking suggests an opening of just $15 million to $20 million, down from earlier projections in the $25 million to $30 million range.

    “Our optimistic assessment is that Warners will be lucky if The Batman opens above RMB 100 million ($15.7 million),” adds James Li, co-founder of Beijing-based film industry market research firm Fanink, which has been tracking the title. “On the pessimistic side, they may be lucky to get half that,” he says. “There are four tier-one cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen), and these are the major markets where moviegoers tend to be the most pro-Hollywood — and half of them are currently shut down.”

    Domestically, The Batman has earned $245 million, with the worldwide total sitting at about $472 million.

    Director Matt Reeves’ take on Gotham’s dark knight is somber in tone and runs nearly three hours long, hence the rather modest original sales expectations. But the film will be the first U.S. superhero movie to open in China in nearly a year and half, after local regulators passed on the release of the last five Marvel tentpoles (Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home) due to suspected political reasons. Hopes were high that The Batman might give the studios some hint of their former glory in the massive China market.

    Sony and Tom Holland’s Uncharted is similarly struggling in China amid the theater closures and diminished interest in U.S. moviemaking. The action adventure film has earned $114 million in North America and $302 million worldwide so far. But it has brought in just $4.5 million in China since its opening on Monday and local ticketing app Maoyan projects it to finish locally with just $13.2 million.

    Chinese consumers’ declining enthusiasm for U.S. moviemaking is becoming increasingly unmistakable. After a decade of pulling in enormous blockbuster grosses from China, the only Hollywood films to earn over $100 million in the country in the past two years plus were Legendary Entertainment’s Godzilla Versus Kong and Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga. Meanwhile, more than 20 Chinese titles have sailed past the $100 million mark during that same period, and the very biggest local blockbusters have earned more than $500 million a piece.

    Other upcoming Hollywood titles headed to China in the weeks ahead include Roland Emmerich’s disaster action film Moonfall (March 25), Sony’s animation sequel Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (April 3) and Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 8).

    “Over the past two years, the Hollywood brand has definitely taken a hit in China — for a variety of reasons related to supply, the actions of authorities and local market dynamics,” says Li. “It’s going to take some time and strong marketing effort to re-engage Chinese consumers around the Hollywood brand.”

    There is some concern in the mainland Chinese industry that the plight of neighboring Hong Kong could foreshadow what’s to come if health officials aren’t able to tamp down the current COVID outbreak soon.

    The omicron variant arrived in Hong Kong near the start of the year and local cinemas were closed on January 7 as infection caseloads skyrocketed. The suspension came on the heels of a strong box-office recovery in the semi-autonomous city, with Spider-Man: No Way Home taking more than $14 million in just two weeks in December 2021. A month after cinemas were ordered to suspend business, two major multiplexes – Broadway Hollywood and Cinema City Victoria – announced their permanent closure as their leases ended. Although the box office returns in Hong Kong in 2021 showed 125 percent growth compared to 2020, from $69 million to $155 million in total sales, the latest outbreak has decimated the local exhibition business. The theater industry missed out on the lucrative Lunar New Year holiday season in February, and the Hong Kong releases of West Side Story, Death on the Nile and The Batman, originally scheduled for January, February and March 2022, respectively, were all scrapped. The local government has indicated that reopening theaters won’t be considered until at least April 20.

    Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.
    threads
    The-Batman
    covid
    Chollywood-rising
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  7. #352
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    A brigade of Black Knights

    Wow. Just when you think you've heard everything...

    Arrested martial arts duo planned to ‘build an army,’ Hong Kong national security police say
    The pair, who were arrested last Sunday, were accused of preparing for “revolution” by Steve Li of the National Security Department.

    by CANDICE CHAU
    19:35, 22 MARCH 2022

    A 59-year-old combat coach and his 62-year-old female assistant arrested last Sunday under the colonial-era sedition law were planning to “build an army,” according to Hong Kong police. Weapons – including crossbows, swords, bows and arrows, and air guns – were found at locations in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin, and Ma On Shan during the investigation.

    Senior Superintendent Steve Li of the National Security Department said on Tuesday that, since March 2020, multiple allegedly seditious articles have been published on the Facebook page of a training centre used by the pair. However, the police did not indicate whether they had published the posts.


    Senior Superintendent of the National Security Police Department Steve Li in an online press conference held on March 22, 2022. Photo: Hong Kong Police, via video screenshot.

    According to Li, the posts involved inciting others to use force to overturn the regime, and inviting netizens to practise martial arts “in preparation for a future revolution and resisting the regime.”

    “For example, some of the posts read ‘Hong Kong people keep it up, establish a shadow government and self defence forces to demand repayment from communist bandits, overturn the Communist Party with a revolution using force,'” said Li.

    Some posts published in late February were also suspected of inciting others to resist the government’s Covid-19 policies, such as claiming that the vaccines would create harmful toxins.


    Weapons confiscated by the police during the searches in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin, and Ma On Shan. Photo: Hong Kong Police, via video screenshot.

    Apart from weapons, police also found cash, most of it in foreign currencies, amounting to HK$380,000, as well as leaflets and posters.

    The pair will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon.

    Possible national security offence
    The senior superintendent also said that the pair’s alleged offences “far superseded seditious acts,” and that the police force was discussing with the Department of Justice about adding charges under the national security law.

    “For example, we can see that the target is clear, emphasising on building an army, a brigade of black knights, supporting Hong Kong independence, targeting the regime of the People’s Republic of China and the SAR government,” said Li.


    Cash and leaflets confiscated by the police during searches conducted in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin and Ma On Shan. Photo: Hong Kong Police, via video screenshot.

    The anti-sedition law, which falls under the city’s Crime Ordinance, is different from the Beijing-imposed national security law.

    Last amended in the 1970s when Hong Kong was still under British rule, the sedition legislation outlaws incitement to violence, disaffection and other offences against the British Crown.

    The national security law, implemented in June 2020, criminalised subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to transport and other infrastructure.

    The police also fined four people present at the arrest of the pair for violating the two-person Covid-19 group gathering limit. Li said that the police will also investigate whether participants of martial arts classes also took part in illegal activities.
    threads
    Busted-Martial-Artists
    covid
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  8. #353
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    Robotic dog equipped with a loudspeaker broadcasts anti-pandemic measures in China

    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  9. #354
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    Dumbledore

    China Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Opens to $10M Amid Mass Cinema Shutdowns
    Approximately 54 percent of Chinese movie theaters are currently closed as the country battles local COVID outbreaks.

    BY PATRICK BRZESKI

    APRIL 10, 2022 10:41PM

    COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES

    Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore cruised to an easy win during its opening weekend in China, but the prize was smaller than usual.

    The Harry Potter spinoff sequel earned just $9.7 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway. Thanks to ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, an estimated 54 percent of China’s cinemas are currently closed.

    The first Fantastic Beasts film opened to $40.4 million in China in 2016, and the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, debuted to $36.6 million in 2018.

    Social scores for the Secrets of Dumbledore were solid, if unexceptional: 8.7 on Maoyan, 8.7 from Alibaba’s Taopiaopiao and 6.7 on Douban.

    The film performed somewhat better on Imax, earning $1.5 million in the giant-screen format, or 15 percent of its nationwide total. Dumbledore played on 360 Imax screens, roughly half of Imax’s usual outlay.

    In recent months and years, Hollywood titles have been earning conspicuously less than they once did in China, but the current COVID closures make it difficult to assess whether the general trend of waning local enthusiasm for U.S. movies was also a factor in Dumbledore’s lackluster opening.

    Sony’s animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 4 earned just $1.4 million in its second weekend for a running total of $6.2 million. Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) earned $32.2 million in China.

    Other U.S.-made titles added similarly tiny sums. Escape Room 2, in cinemas for its second weekend, added $940,000, taking its total to $5.2 million. Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall, which was co-financed by Chinese studio Huayi Brothers Media, added $900,000. The film has earned $19.4 million since its local release late last month — slightly better than its $19.1 million North American total.
    threads
    Fantastic-Beasts
    Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-Wuhan-Pneumonia
    Chollywood-rising
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  10. #355
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    45,475

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Wuhan Pneumonia

    Kenneth Tsang, Hong Kong Actor With Such Hollywood Credits as ‘Rush Hour 2,’ Dies at 86 in COVID Quarantine Hotel
    The veteran leading man appeared in dozens of Hong Kong films, as well as Hollywood hits like 'Rush Hour 2' and James Bond film 'Die Another Day.'

    BY PATRICK BRZESKI


    APRIL 27, 2022 3:41AM
    Hong Kong COURTESY OF HONG KONG


    Veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang, whose screen career spanned over 50 years, was found dead Wednesday at a hotel in Hong Kong where he was undergoing the city’s mandatory travel quarantine for COVID-19. He was 86.

    The actor was quarantining at a hotel in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district after returning from a trip to Singapore, according to the South China Morning Post, which cited a local government source. Tsang was discovered unconscious in his hotel room after knocks on his door by health care workers conducting daily checks went unanswered. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The newspaper’s source said Tsang had tested negative for COVID on Tuesday.

    Tsang’s screen career began when he was just a teenager, with appearances in The Feud (1955) and Who Isn’t Romantic? (1956). By the 1960s, he was a regular leading man, starring in a variety of detective films and classic kung fu movies. Later prominent roles included parts in John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow (1986) and A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987), as well as opposite Chow Yun-fat and Leslie Cheung in Once a Thief (1991). He then made his Hollywood debut in Chow Tun-fat’s The Replacement Killers (1998), going on to act in Jackie Chan’s Rush Hour 2 and the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002), along with many other Hong Kong and U.S. movies.

    Hong Kong currently requires all travelers from overseas to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine at a designated hotel at their own expense. On Wednesday, the city reported 430 new Covid-19 infections, up 83 from the day before, with eight deaths attributed to the virus.
    threads
    RIP Kenneth Tsang
    covid
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •