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China set to let most cinemas re-open from Monday as pandemic ebbs

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China will allow most cinemas to reopen from July 20, the film administration said on Thursday, six months after they were forced to close as part of draconian measures to contain the novel coronavirus.

The relaxation has been long-awaited in the world’s second-largest film market, where lockdowns have eased gradually as infections have dropped sharply since March, with many restaurants and malls open for months.

Cinemas in low-risk areas will resume operations but curbs, from limited film showings to mandatory masks, will still apply, although those in medium- and high-risk areas will stay shut, the China Film Administration said in a statement.

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No area in China is now categorised as high-risk, the government said, however, and just four neighbourhoods in Beijing, the capital, are graded medium-risk.

“This is breaking news for the industry and people are thrilled,” said Gao Jun, former general manager of Beijing-headquartered Xinyinglian Cinema Chain.

“This industry is in a desperate situation because of high operational cost: the rent.”

Cinemas that re-open will have to limit audiences to 30% of normal and keep vacant seats between patrons, who are required to book in advance and not carry in food and drinks, the film authority said.

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The theatres were forced to shut in late January as China battled the virus that emerged in its central city of Wuhan late last year, before spreading worldwide to cause 14 million infections and 583,000 deaths.

Shares in China’s largest cinema owner, Wanda Film jumped on the news, to end up 1.1% per cent, outperforming a drop of 5% in the benchmark Shenzhen Composite Index.

“Wanda Film’s preparations are progressing in an orderly fashion,” the company, which runs more than 600 cinemas nationwide, said in a statement, adding that it planned to announce re-openings.

Last week, it forecast a swing to a first-half net loss of up to 1.6 billion yuan ($230 million), from a gain of 524 million yuan in the corresponding period last year.

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Social media users welcomed the news, despite the restrictions.

“I have many films that I want to watch in the cinema!” said one user on Sina Weibo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some men stop their girlfriends from supporting me because…Toke Makinwa

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Toke Makinwa has accused some men of preventing their girlfriends from supporting her so they don’t level up.

The media personality alleged that such men are scared of their toxic masculinity being checked.

She also stated in her Twitter post that the girlfriends to such men ‘will see the light someday.’

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Toke’s tweet reads:

“Some of Ya”ll don’t want your girlfriends to level up so you’ll rather they don’t stan me cos once they do your toxic masculinity will be checked, they will see the light some day. cheers to you still.”

Toke Makinwa is a Nigerian radio personality, television host, vlogger, lifestyle entrepreneur and author.

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Veteran actress Toyin Tomato loses mum

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Yoruba Nollywood actress, Yeye Toyin Adegbola, also known as Toyin Tomato is currently in sorrow as she’s mourning her late mum.

The popular script interpreter took to Instagram to reveal that her mum has passed on.

Sharing photos of her mum, she wrote:

“Good night Maami, abiyamo tooto. Iya adura,my gist partner, friend, aunt and mother, u came,u saw and u conquered. D vacuum u left will be missed greatly. We love u so much but God loves u more. Kindly send our utmost regards to ur parents and all ur siblings in heaven. Odaaro Taiyelolu Ejire!!!”

See her Instagram post below:

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I want to remove my womb – Toyin Lawani shares touching story

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The popular Nigerian Fashion entrepreneur, Toyin Lawani has shared her bitter encounter with how she battled with fibroids and how she has decided to remove her womb.

In a lengthy write up on her Instagram page, she narrated how she found out she had fibroids at age 23 while she was still pregnant with her first child. She stated that she went through hell as she was bleeding continuously for 9 months when she was still pregnant.

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According to Toyin, she had no other choice than to book an appointment at the hospital to remove her womb as she had undergone 5 surgeries over the years in Nigeria, UK, Dubai, and the USA but to no avail. She disclosed that after successful surgery, she will share a secret with everyone.

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“I found out I had Fibriod’s when I was 23 years old, while pregnant for my ist Daughter @therealtiannah, it was hell for me, I bled for 9months straight, always thinking Ayenshemi 🤣 nowhere they didn’t carry me o, no herbs they didn’t give me, with time figure it out, I’m 38 now and I’m still dealing with it, have had at least 5 surgeries over the years in Nigeria, UK, Dubai, USA and they keep coming back,” Toyin wrote.

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