Photo essay: The drive-in sees a resurgence throughout the world


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As movie theaters, concert venues, museums, and the majority of large event spaces remain mostly closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people are turning to a retro solution to continue experiencing arts and entertainment.

Drive-in movie theaters have made a comeback, but that’s not all. People are attending drive-in concerts, watching sporting events via drive-in gatherings, and even going to drive-by art shows. Big retailers like Walmart are buying into the trend; the chain is teaming up with Tribeca Enterprises to turn 160 of its parking lots into drive-in theaters from August to October. And while the drive-in is evocative of the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s, people are taking part in drive-in activities throughout the globe—sometimes using boats and bicycles for similar purposes—as seen in the photos below.

Take a look at how people are getting creative about absorbing their arts and culture in a socially distant group setting.

The opening night of Paris Plages “Le Cinema Sur L’Eau”, a free floating cinema at La Villette on July 18 in Paris, France. Thirty-eight Electric boats were installed on the Quai de Seine in compliance with social distancing rules, with 150 deck chairs on the banks of the canal, to screen the short film “Corona Story” by Victor Mirabel.
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A woman gives concession snacks to a man sitting in a car as racing fans watch the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race, the first race of the season, at a drive-in cinema at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands on July 5.
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L.A. Galaxy fans watch the MLS is Back Tournament game against the Portland Timbers at a drive-in viewing party at the Rose Bowl in California on July 13.
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A performer from the Las Vegas Circus performs in front of the car crowd at Porto Alegre in Southern Brazil on June 21. The Brazilian show was closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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An aerial view shows a packed Tribeca Drive-In, a monthlong temporary drive-in theater in Pasadena, Calif.
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Two women sit in front of their car as they watch the American musical movie “La La Land” at the new DiverAuto drive-in cinema in Bormujos, Spain on July 11.
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A bike-in concert in Mantova, Italy on July 12. Concertgoers ride their bicycles to a live show, allowing fans to experience a traditional open-air concert from the comfort of their saddles.
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Dancers wearing traditional South Korean clothes perform on stage at a drive-in concert in Seoul on July 17.
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People watch a movie at a drive-in cinema in Sabaneta municipality near Medellin, Colombia on July 7.
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Coronavirus case increase sees Woolworths encourage masks in NSW, ACT and some Queensland stores


Woolworths has announced customers and staff will be “strongly encouraged” to wear facial coverings in NSW, ACT and some Queensland stores from next week due to the increase in coronavirus cases.

Woolworths released a statement on Thursday saying the request would apply to its supermarkets, metro stores, Big W, Dan Murphy’s, BWS and ALH Hotels from Monday.

New South Wales has seen 150 new cases of coronavirus cases across the last fortnight and has issued public health alerts for multiple venues across Sydney after confirmed cases.

An epidemiologist has urged Sydneysiders to wear face coverings on public transport, but the NSW Government has ruled out making them mandatory for now.

Woolworths chief executive Brad Banducci said the request was for the “safety and wellbeing of our customers, teams and communities”.

“Even though wearing a face covering is not mandatory in NSW, ACT or Queensland, as the largest private sector employer with stores in almost every community, we feel it’s important we lead the way in helping reduce community transmission of COVID-19,” he said.

“We’re asking our teams to lead by example, and this includes our group executive team.

“Masks and face coverings are a highly visible symbol of the persistence of COVID-19. By encouraging and role modelling their use, it will further support the steps we need to collectively take to stop the spread of the virus and keep our team and customers safe.”

Woolworths also “strongly encouraged” customers and staff at Woolworths Group stores “within hot spot areas” in Queensland to wear facial coverings from Friday.

Queensland Health has launched a contact tracing and testing response in Logan and Brisbane’s southside encompassing multiple restaurants, two schools and a medical practice after two new COVID-19 cases were detected.

The front of the Woolworths in Spring Farm under a cloudy sky.
Woolworths says the move is due to an increase in coronavirus cases.(ABC News: Kevin Diallo)

The statement said face coverings would be provided for staff to wear for the foreseeable future.

Masks have been shown to offer protection against both getting and spreading the virus.

The Woolworths statement said face coverings would be mandatory in all Victorian stores from Sunday, in line with the Victorian Government’s announcement for compulsory use across the state.



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NT sees 11 arrivals from coronavirus hotspots as hundreds of travellers cross newly opened borders


Hundreds of people have entered the Northern Territory after its borders officially reopened on Friday, with 11 arrivals from Victoria and Sydney entering mandatory supervised quarantine, police say.

Northern Territory Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said 915 people crossed the Territory’s borders between midnight and 9:00am.

The Northern Territory reopened its borders on Friday for the first time in over four months, however, all arrivals from declared coronavirus hotspots must enter two weeks of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has declared Victoria and Greater Sydney coronavirus hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory.

Hotspot arrivals will undergo two weeks of quarantine at the ex-workers’ village.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

The NT Government has strongly dissuaded prospective arrivals from Victoria and Sydney — who will be burdened with a $2,500 bill for their 14-day quarantine — from entering the Territory.

Mr Chalker said the 11 people who entered the NT Government’s mandatory quarantine protocols “are currently making their way by road into those facilities”.

“We have plans in place to be able to facilitate that and ensure that they travel safe within their existing bubble to limit any exposure to any Territorians,” Mr Chalker said.

Mr Chalker implored arrivals to honestly state where they have travelled from, and anyone who offered misleading information on arrival forms could potentially face three years in jail.

The Howard Springs facility was first mobilised as a quarantine zone back in February when Australian evacuees from Wuhan and the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship were flown to Darwin.

The first coronavirus cases on Australian soil were diagnosed at the facility when four evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive.



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Ethiopia’s week of unrest sees 239 dead

At the very least 239 folks have been killed and 3500 arrested in much more than a 7 days of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest obstacle still to its Nobel peace prize-profitable key minister.

In the Oromia region, the toll includes 215 civilians together with nine law enforcement officers and 5 militia associates, regional law enforcement commissioner Mustafa Kedir instructed the ruling party-affiliated Walta Tv set on Wednesday.

Officers previously stated 10 individuals have been killed in the money, Addis Ababa, eight of them civilians, amid outrage just after a popular singer was shot useless past Monday.

Hachalu Hundessa had been a rallying voice in anti-governing administration protests that led to Primary Minister Abiy Ahmed using electric power in 2018.

Mr Abiy swiftly launched political reforms that also opened the way for extended-held ethnic and other grievances in Africa’s 2nd most populous place.

The navy was deployed all through the outrage that followed Mr Hachalu’s dying.

In remarks very last week when putting on a armed service uniform, Mr Abiy claimed dissidents to whom he experienced recently prolonged an offer you of peace had “taken up arms” versus the government.

He hinted there could be inbound links among this unrest and the killing of the military main previous yr as very well as the grenade thrown at one of his individual rallies in 2018.

The 3500 arrests have bundled that of Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed and more than 30 supporters.

The Oromo make up Ethiopia’s major ethnic group but experienced under no circumstances held the country’s top rated write-up until they helped provide Mr Abiy to energy.

Community studies have mentioned that in some sites ethnic Oromo have attacked ethnic Amhara, and in Shashamane town some men and women were heading residence to household examining identification playing cards and focusing on Amhara people.



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Essendon sees off Collingwood AFL challenge to post 15-point victory at MCG

Essendon has defeat a slow start off and survived a late Collingwood fightback to give its finals drive a substantial strengthen with a breathtaking 15-position upset of the premiership fancies.

Dylan Shiel was almost everywhere for the Bombers with 29 disposals and seven clearances, even though Jake Stringer kicked 3 ambitions in the 10.3 (63) to 7.6 (48) win at the MCG.

But Stinger limped off in the dying stages with a correct ankle damage that could put a sour note on the victory for the Bombers, who before in the day uncovered they would be relocating to Queensland for at least the subsequent block of fixtures.

Collingwood kicked the initial three targets of the match in the opening 12 minutes but did not control yet another right until early in the last expression.

In between, Essendon midfielders Shiel, Devon Smith and Andrew McGrath took the match away from Collingwood at the contest and stand-in captain Michael Hurley marshalled a superb rebound defence.

The Bombers kicked eight consecutive ambitions and led by 28 details early in the closing term, just before Collingwood threw caution to the wind, booting 4 swift goals to trim the margin again to 3 points.

Essendon, however, steadied when Jacob Townsend caught Darcy Moore holding the ball and transformed the no cost kick.

Shiel fittingly kicked the sealer late in the match.

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The consequence was a different blow for Collingwood, who experienced vice-captain Steele Sidebottom and veteran Lynden Dunn suspended in the course of the develop-up to the match for breaches of AFL coronavirus protocols.

The Magpies brought in Adam Treloar, Matt Scharenberg and Travis Varcoe for all of their initially matches for 2020 and bought off to a scorching start out when Jaidyn Stephenson two times kicked targets from marks deep in the forward pocket.

But Smith and Shiel assisted get the ball transferring the Bombers’ way and their efficiency in assault — a few plans from their initial 5 forays forward — observed the scores stage yet again by quarter-time.

Essendon’s midfield received on top at ground stage in the 2nd term and took control of the clearance battle even with Magpies star Brodie Grundy finding initially hand on most of the hit-outs.

McGrath labored his way into the contest and ruckman Andrew Phillips was competitive in his first match for the Bombers.

Hurley and fellow key defender Cale Hooker were rock stable for most of the evening in defence as the likes of Adam Saad, Jordan Ridley and Will Snelling presented bounce out of the back again 50 percent.

Essendon kicked eight consecutive aims and the unfortunate Magpies imagined they had stemmed the tide when Jordan De Goey’s shot bounced into the intention umpire on the line, but it was dominated a driving on assessment.

Brayden Maynard was superb in defence for Collingwood, Treloar racked up 30 disposals on return and Stephenson completed with 3 plans.

But the Magpies skipped ball magnet Sidebottom and wounded star defender Jeremy Howe, and had few winners on the evening even with virtually pinching victory in the remaining term.

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As the U.S. sees record coronavirus cases, the ECB’s Lagarde says the worst is over in Europe


European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will be “restrained” and will change parts of the economy permanently.

While the worst of the crisis might be over, it’ll take time for the “phenomenal” jump in savings to trickle into higher investment and spending, she said in a webinar on Friday. The recovery will also be “incomplete” as trade is unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels and productivity may be weaker.

“We probably have passed the lowest point, and I say that with some trepidation,” Lagarde said. “The airline industries, the hospitality industries, the entertainment industries are going to come out of that recovery process in a different shape, and some of them will probably be hurt irremediably.”

Her remarks follow comments from ECB Chief Economist Philip Lane, who cautioned earlier this week that early signs of economic improvement may not be a good guide to the speed and robustness of the recovery.

The ECB has rolled out a 1.35 trillion-euro ($1.52 trillion) emergency bond-buying program and a suite of other tools including cheaper and looser financing for banks to help steer Europe out of the deepest peacetime recession in almost a century.

Lagarde noted the “massive” increase in government and company debt that she said must be repaid. But she also said monetary policy and fiscal policy are working hand-in-hand, and interest rates are exceptionally low.

This crisis could be transformational because “there will be industries that will arise from those changes,” she said.

The president called on policy makers to be extremely attentive to those that are most vulnerable, including the poor, the young and women, who have been the most affected by the crisis.

“Many work in hospitality, short-term contracts, those jobs will go first,” she said. “And women, they’re always affected more in times of crisis.”

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India coronavirus toll sees record jump of 2,000 dead


India’s official coronavirus death toll leapt by more than 2,000 on Wednesday as the hard-hit country struggles to contain a ballooning health crisis that has overwhelmed hospitals.

The news came as Germany urged its nationals in India to consider leaving for their own safety, while France warned its citizens in New Delhi to stay home unless going to an airport to return to Europe.

Authorities said the sharp increase in fatalities to 11,903 was mainly due to Mumbai and Delhi updating their figures.

Death tolls in both cities have been increasing in recent days.

Mumbai blamed unspecified accounting “discrepancies” for the increase of 862 to 3,165 deaths.

Delhi added more than 430 fatalities, taking its total to over 1,800.

Officials said 93 of the Delhi deaths and 55 in Mumbai had been in the previous 24 hours.

The epidemic has badly hit India’s densely populated major cities and Chennai in the south has ordered a new lockdown from Friday because of a surge in cases.

Hospitals in Mumbai have been overwhelmed, while the government has sent specially-adapted railway carriages to Delhi and authorities have taken over hotels and banquet halls to accommodate coronavirus patients.

Germany recommended its citizens in India to “seriously consider whether a temporary return to Germany or another country with an assured health care system makes sense”.

“Case numbers are still rising strongly. This increases considerably the risk of infection,” the foreign ministry said.

People with the coronavirus or other serious medical needs have “no or very little chance of being admitted to hospitals. This increases considerably the health risks of a stay in India,” it added.

The French embassy in Delhi also sent a warning to its nationals saying that hospitals in the city are “more and more saturated”.

It said people should stay home unless there is an emergency “or it is to reach an airport for a flight to Europe”.

Air France and German carrier Lufthansa have organised a number of special flights from Delhi to Europe this month for people trying to leave the country.

India is the fourth worst hit country in the world with more than 354,000 infections, official figures show.

Experts say the real number of cases is likely much higher and have called for greater testing.

The Delhi government alone has warned that it could have 550,000 cases by the end of July.

But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has declared a nationwide lockdown imposed in late March a success and has been steadily lifting restrictions.



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