Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people and countries as a whole have been taking drastic measures to help keep the virus at bay and their people safe. At first, we haven’t imagined the magnitude of the virus and how badly it would affect things and people on a global scale.
It started out with talk of a few football leagues and matches “maybe” getting postponed for the time being. That alone had left football maniacs who were looking forward to such events quite angry and worried. Regardless, they hadn’t thought of things getting worse and claimed that it was just a vague idea being proposed.
A week later and everything had gone up in flames. One by one, it had been confirmed that these leagues and matches are postponed and some even cancelled unfortunately. On the long run, the countries were forced to shut down all public domains that could help gather people around and make the virus spread even worse.
Schools and Universities were also shut down to be thoroughly quarantined ans steralized giving people the privilege of working from home . From there, things had began going haywire. Everything was being shut down for sanitation and people were sent home to break the chain.
What was uncertain about being postponed was the 2020 Olympic Games that people were seriously looking forward to. This is one of the most important sports in history and people from various countries travel the globe to watch such an event. This is exactly why it has officially been decided that the Olympics is being postponed till 2021. What?
In regards to the millions of people who were going to show up in Tokyo to watch the games take place, this event had to be postponed for countless reasons. First of all, there are currently no flights or airlines that are working because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Secondly, the athletes might be physically prepared to compete but mentally they are extremely stressed and worried leaving them unfit to participate. Lastly, many athletes have been infected with the virus which means that the teams would be uneven thus the scores would be unfair.
“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them.”- Australian Chief
At first, both Australia and Canada had already decided to not compete and withdraw from the Olympics this year due to safety reasons. After some serious reconsidering, it was decided altogether that the games would be postponed till next year.
It was announced as of Sunday that 5,683 cases have been confirmed in the UK leaving at least 281 dead. Do you guys expect that in the health state the world is in, it’s fit to go on with initiating the Olympic games? No way.
It’ll jut be a year away, it’s not like it’s permanently getting cancelled. We’d rather be safe than sorry.
Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre Will Launch Virtually In September
Egypt’s Ministry of Culture is launching its 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) online this September.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the festival’s new management decided to hold this year’s edition online for the very first time, in light of the current situation caused by the pandemic.
The move was taken to ensure the health and safety of the participants and visitors.
Last year, the festival witnessed participation from 40 countries, with around 22 productions presented during the festival. The 2019 edition took place at various theatres in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The main competition saw performances from around the world, including the US, Brazil, Switzerland, Kosovo, Portugal, Hungary, Morocco, Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, South Africa, Nigeria, and Congo.
The festival will be headed by Alaa Abdel Aziz Suleiman, a young theatre maker who adds so much to the edition from noticeable changes and adjustments.
According to Suleiman, the deadline for application forms from the teams wishing to participate in the festival is on August 10th. The festival administration confirmed that the ongoing pandemic has posed challenges for theatrical practices, whether on the production side or in presenting the works themselves.
This US Museum Inaugurated an Exhibition Dedicated to Egypt’s Sunken Treasures
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now hosting the Egyptian exhibition, Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt, which was inaugurated on July 3rd.
The exhibition sees different historical periods and is also showcasing 293 artifacts that were recovered from the cities Heracleion and Canopus in the eastern port of Alexandria and the port of Abu Qir.
It also houses two large statues of Isis and Serapis in addition to statues of a Sphinx and some ornaments and household items.
“When people come to this exhibition, they’re going to see amazing works of art that reveal the diversity of the ancient world and the ways that the civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome interacted and influenced each other more than 2,000 years ago,” said Peter Schertz, curator of the exhibit.
“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see treasures recovered from two powerful ancient Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago.” The official website of the museum wrote about the exhibition.
“This exhibition features a staggering array of objects from these excavations, supplemented by treasures from museums across Egypt. The objects on view piece together the economic and cultural significance of these destroyed city centers and showcase the artistry, religious practices, and traditions of their people.” It added.
Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is organized by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Dear Class of 2020: Heartfelt Speeches From A-Listers to Future Change-makers
Due to the current situation caused by the pandemic, graduation ceremonies have been taking place virtually and in order to support those students who have been denied the fun part of their final year, celebrities and public figures have given them inspiring virtual commencement speeches during live streams instead.
The latest event, YouTube Originals “Dear Class of 2020,” featured appearances from Barack and Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Billy Porter, Kerry Washington, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.
They all joined together yesterday to celebrate the next generation and speak on some of the unfortunate events that have recently taken place.
The event was a partnership between the Reach Higher initiative, which Michelle Obama started at the White House, and YouTube.
The four-hour graduation ceremony was supposed to take place on June 6, but was postponed to honor George Floyd’s memorial service, and thus took place yesterday instead and here are some of its highlights…
The queen Beyoncé delivered a beautiful speech during the broadcast. She spoke on her fears when she started her own company and how she managed to trust herself.
She also discussed the current global crisis and her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter protests that are taking place all over the world.
“Thank you President Obama and Mrs. Obama for including me in this very special day. And congratulations to the Class of 2020. You have arrived in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic, and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black human being. And you still made it. Thank you. We’re so proud of you, for using your collective voice and letting the world know that Black Lives Matter.” She said.
Alicia Keys praised the younger generation for “inspiring the world to see our collective humanity” through protests, calling on everyone to “empathize with those who seem different on the surface.”
Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obama congratulated students for their ‘long journey.’
“Today is the culmination of a long journey,” Barack said. “Just as you were rounding the final turn, the world threw a pandemic your way. … That’s a lot to ask of anybody, but despite all that, here you are.”
“What’s happening right now is the direct result of decades of unaddressed prejudice and inequality,” Michelle said. “For too many people in this country, no matter how hard they work, there are structural barriers for them that just make the road longer and rockier. … If you can’t even approach the police without fearing for your life, well, then how do you even begin to chart your own course?”
And as always, Lady Gaga also made an appearance to deliver a heartfelt message to the graduates.
#DearClassOf2020, you are the seeds of our future, and you have the power to make this world a better place. Join me, @BarackObama, @MichelleObama and many others with @YouTube in honoring your accomplishments today at 12PM PT https://t.co/gExT3J51zJ pic.twitter.com/HlPSVQxpPy
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 7, 2020
Gaga said there is “much to be sad about, there is much to be celebrated. You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this country’s evolution. You’re watching society change in a deeply important way.”
If you’re in the mood to be inspired, click here to watch the entire thing and see who else had something to share with the future change-makers.
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