Giuliani denies any wrongdoing in new ‘Borat’ movie bedroom scene

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Rudy Giuliani is shown in a compromising position in a hotel room with a young woman acting as a television journalist in a scene in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest mockumentary, a sequel to his hit “Borat” film.

The scene shot in a New York hotel room in July — which resulted in Giuliani calling police — includes a moment when Giuliani is seen lying on a bed, tucking in his shirt with his hand down his pants and the young woman nearby.

Giuliani went to the hotel room thinking he was being interviewed about the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response. The young woman is flirtatious with him and invites him to the bedroom, which is rigged with hidden cameras.

Giuliani then asks for her phone number and address. He lies back on the bed to tuck in his shirt after she helps remove his recording equipment, and he has his hands in his pants when Baron Cohen rushes in wearing an outlandish outfit.

Baron Cohen, who was disguised as part of the crew, screams that the young woman is 15 years old. Up to that point, there is no indication she is underage. The character, who is Borat’s daughter, is played by Maria Bakalova, who is listed as 24 years old on the Internet Movie Database site,

Speaking on his weekly radio program on WABC on Wednesday afternoon, Giuliani called the scene “a hit job.”

“I am tucking my shirt in, I assure you, that’s all that I was doing,” he said. He said he realized he was being set up when the woman asked whether he wanted a massage.

“At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate,” Giuliani tweeted. “If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone-cold liar.”

The former New York City mayor called police after that encounter, but there is no indication an investigation was launched. Giuliani spoke to the New York Post’s Page Six column about the encounter in July but did not mention the bedroom aspect.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who profiled Baron Cohen ahead of the the film’s release, tweeted Wednesday about the scene: “It’s even wilder than it sounds. Beyond cringe.”

Trolling those close to President Donald Trump is a central theme of the new “Borat” film, a sequel to the 2006 mockumentary that saw Baron Cohen’s character travel the United States, espousing sexist, racist and anti-Semitic views and eliciting similar responses from unwitting subjects.

For “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” Baron Cohen returns as his alter ego from Kazakhstan in a plot that involves trying to give his daughter as a gift to Vice President Mike Pence.

The closest Borat gets is the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he shouts to Pence that he’s brought a woman for him. Dressed in a Donald Trump costume and with Borat’s daughter, played by Bakalova, slung over his shoulder, Baron Cohen is swiftly escorted out by security.

That leads to a second scheme involving Giuliani that ends up in the hotel room scene.

Giuliani finalized his divorce from his wife of 15 years in December.

Baron Cohen has made a history of poking fun at conservative figures. For his 2018 Showtime series “Who Is America,” the British comedian got former Vice President Dick Cheney to sign a waterboarding kit. A sketch with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore involved the comedian administering a “pedophile test.” Moore has sued over the encounter.



Hospitalised COVID-19 patients can have ongoing symptoms for months -study

FILE PHOTO: People walk past an illustration of a virus outside a regional science centre, as the city and surrounding areas face local restrictions in an effort to avoid a local lockdown being forced upon the region, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Oldham, Britain August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) – More than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital still experienced symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, anxiety and depression for two to three months after their initial infection, according to the findings of a small UK study.

The research, led by scientists at Britain’s Oxford University, looked at the long-term impact of COVID-19 in 58 patients hospitalised with the pandemic disease.

It found that some patients have abnormalities in multiple organs after being infected with the novel coronavirus and that persistent inflammation caused problems for some for months.

The study has not been peer-reviewed by other scientists but was published before review on the MedRxiv website.

“These findings underscore the need to further explore the physiological processes associated with COVID-19 and to develop a holistic, integrated model of clinical care for our patients after they have been discharged from hospital,” said Betty Raman, a doctor at Oxford’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine who co-led the research.

An initial report by Britain’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) published last week showed that ongoing illness after infection with COVID-19, sometimes called “long COVID”, can involve a wide range of symptoms affecting all parts of the body and mind.

The Oxford study’s results showed that two to three months after the onset of the COVID-19, 64% of patients suffered persistent breathlessness and 55% reported significant fatigue.

MRI scans showed abnormalities in the lungs of 60% of the COVID-19 patients, in the kidneys of 29%, in the hearts of 26% and the livers of 10%.

“The abnormalities detected … strongly correlated with serum markers of inflammation,” Raman said. “This suggests a potential link between chronic inflammation and ongoing organ damage among survivors.”

Reporting by Kate Kelland in London. Additional reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams and Steve Orlofsky


US deficit hits record highs

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The US budget deficit climbed to an all-time high in 2020, due to spending to help the economy cope with the crisis caused by Covid-19. It exceeds $ 3 trillion, far beating its previous record.

The Covid-19 dived them United States in the worst health crisis since the Spanish flu of 1918 and the worst recession since the crisis of 1929, with a record budget deficit of over $ 3 trillion.

The federal state deficit for the 2020 fiscal year ended in September reached 3,132 billion dollars, against 984 billion in 2019, i.e. a tripling, the US Treasury revealed on Friday (October 16). It is by far the largest deficit ever recorded by the United States, since it is more than double the previous record.

The year 2020 therefore dethrones 2009, when, in the midst of a recession linked to the financial crisis, the deficit had climbed to 1.4 trillion dollars. The accounts of the world’s largest economy have thus been weighed down by the explosion in public spending, which has “considerably increased”, underlines the Treasury in its press release. They jumped 47% to reach 6.5 trillion dollars.

The month of March had indeed seen the Covid-19 spread on American territory. Workers who could were then forced to work from home, while shops and restaurants had to close, laying off, at least temporarily, their employees.

The White House and Congress had urgently adopted a $ 2.2 trillion stimulus plan, extended by $ 500 billion in April, and which included, among other things, direct checks to Americans, additional aid for the unemployed, and even more. loans to help small and medium-sized businesses continue to pay salaries.

Millions of layoffs

However, these measures did not prevent tens of millions of redundancies, pushing unemployment benefits to unprecedented levels, the rights of which had also been opened to other workers, the self-employed in particular.

As a result, the Department of Labor’s spending reached $ 477.5 billion in 2020, or $ 441.1 billion more than expected. “This increase is mainly due to higher spending on unemployment insurance,” said the Treasury in its press release.

The unemployment rate, which was 3.5% in February, peaked at 14.7% in April. As for receipts, they too have helped drive up the deficit. They have decreased very little compared to 2019, but the federal government initially thought it could raise a little more money. But the unexpected drop in income for millions of businesses and Americans reduced the amount of taxes they paid.

A new recovery plan

The deficit had already risen sharply in 2019, approaching $ 1 trillion at a time when the US economy was at its best after ten years of growth. Not surprisingly, the debt is also increasing, reaching $ 26.9 trillion at the end of September.

For now, the government can count on a contained cost of debt thanks to interest rates close to zero. But in the long term, debt servicing risks translating into lower budgets for education or social programs, economists warned.

However, Donald Trump, during his presidential campaign in 2016, called himself “the king of the debt”, vehemently criticizing the supposedly too large spending by the Democrats under the Obama administration.

The Trump administration and the Democrats have been discussing for three months, in an attempt to adopt a new stimulus package, which faces deep disagreements between the two camps in particular on its amount, which will constitute an additional burden on the state budget .

With AFP


The risk of catching Covid-19 from an airplane is very low, according to a study

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US Army researchers have established that the risk of transmission of Covid-19 is almost zero on board long-haul Boeing 767s and 777s, provided all passengers wear a mask at all times.

The risk of catching the Covid-19 in a plane is very low if passengers wear a mask, according to a study carried out aboard long-haul Boeing 767 and 777 and published Thursday, October 15 by the United States Army Transport Command (US Transcom) and the Agency for advanced defense research projects (Darpa).

The researchers measured with fluorescent tracers and sensors the volume of contagious aerosols transmitted to other passengers by a dummy simulating an infected person, breathing normally. The most exposed passengers, materialized by sensors, were logically those seated either right next to the “infected” mannequin, or directly in front of or behind him.

However, according to some 300 tests carried out on the ground and in flight during eight days in a row in August, in cooperation with the company United Airlines, 99.7% of the infected particles had been eliminated in 5 minutes before reaching the closest passengers, thanks to the sophisticated ventilation system of the devices tested. If the spread is extended to the 40 seats closest to the contaminated person, the reduction in aerosols reaches 99.99%.

These results led military transport officials to conclude that even at full capacity, the level of transmission of the virus was zero during twelve flight hours.

“Encouraging” tests

The tests only investigated the hypothesis of an infected passenger, and assumed that all passengers wore a mask at all times and did not consider the risk of transmission of the virus from an infected passenger moving around the cabin .

But “they are encouraging,” noted the head of the study for Transcom, Commander Joe Pope. “For both the 777 and the 767, calculations show that it would take 54 hours of flying in a row to inhale enough viral load to get sick.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the US military has suspended most movements of troops and their families, causing delays in assignment changes and family relocations.

With AFP


U.S. CDC takes down coronavirus airborne transmission guidance

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday took down its guidance warning on possible airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus, saying that the draft recommendation was posted in error.

The now-withdrawn guidance, posted on the agency’s website on Friday, recommended that people use air purifiers to reduce airborne germs indoors to avoid the disease from spreading.

“CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted,” the agency said.

The CDC did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment on when the guidance will be updated.

The health agency had said that COVID-19 could spread through airborne particles that can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond six feet.

Presently, the agency’s guidance says the virus mainly spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, which can land in the mouth or nose of people nearby. (

Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump took exception to comments from the CDC director, who said masks might be even more effective than a vaccine for the novel coronavirus that could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021.

That followed a New York Times report that guidance about novel coronavirus testing posted last month on the CDC’s website was not written by the agency’s scientists and was posted over their objections.

The World Health Organization has not changed its policy on aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, it said on Monday.

The agency still believes the disease is primarily spread through droplets, but that in enclosed crowded spaces with inadequate ventilation, aerosol transmission can occur, said Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program.

Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Kate Kelland in London; Editing by Ramakrishnan M. and Shinjini Ganguli


The French film “Mignonnes” created controversy in the United States

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In the United States, a French film arouses an outcry: “Cuties” or “Mignonnes”, by Maïmouna Doucouré, broadcast on Netflix. The director wanted to tell the difficult construction of a young girl, shared between her family and her desire to join a group of dancers expressing themselves in an unbridled manner. What to provoke the wrath of the ultra-conservatives across the Atlantic. Republican Senator Ted Cruz even seized the US Department of Justice.

In this program, it will also be about the non-standard forest fires still active in California and the resulting controversies. The issue of global warming is taking pride of place in the countryside.

Finally, we are less than seven weeks from the US presidential election. For the moment, Democratic candidate Joe Biden still leads the polls. The one that some described there is little as “too smooth” there any chance to win? We will ask our correspondent, Sonia Dridi. She devotes a book to him which comes out this week.


The fossil of the last predatory dinosaur on the planet found in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Paleontologists from the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences said on Monday they had found the remains of a predatory dinosaur (Megaraptor), making it one of the last carnivorous dinosaurs to inhabit the planet.

And the southern province of Santa Cruz saw the discovery in mid-March. After the experts studied the fossil remains of 10 meters, they realized that they were studying the remains of a predatory dinosaur from the end of the “Age of Dinosaurs”.

“This is the moment that occurred 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs became extinct,” Paleontologist in charge of the project, Fernando Nobath, told Reuters. “And this megaptor that we must study now will be one of the newest representatives of this group.”

This type of dinosaur was thinner than Tyrannosaurus rex and was fast and had a long tail that allowed it to maintain its balance. Nobath said they had the muscle and legs outstretched to make strides.

“The defining feature of this megaraptor was its long arms and its thumb ended with a claw about 40 cm long” to allow it to pounce on its prey, Nobath added.

Prepared by Abdel Fattah Sharif for the Arabic Bulletin – Edited by Hassan Ammar


TikTok sale deadline won’t be extended, says Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump has said no further time will be given to ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to divest the US business of the video-sharing app.

Donald Trump has declared that no additional time will be given to ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to sell the activities in the United States of the video sharing application. / Photo taken on September 9, 2020 / REUTERS / Dado Ruvic

“TikTok will either be sold or closed,” the US president told reporters Thursday night, before a trip to Michigan. “The deadline will not be extended,” he added.

No immediate feedback could be obtained from TikTok.

Donald Trump ordered the Chinese group on August 15 to sell TikTok’s American activities within 90 days because of concerns about the management of private data. This period was initially 45 days.

ByteDance, while engaging in discussions with Microsoft to cede TikTok’s activities in the United States to it, on August 24 attacked Donald Trump in court to contest his ban.

The Chinese group is also in discussions with other potential buyers including Walmart and Oracle, according to sources familiar with the matter.

For the moment, ByteDance has not reached any agreement with these potential buyers as the deadline set by the US administration expires in mid-September.

According to the Bloomberg agency, ByteDance is unlikely to be able to sell TikTok’s U.S. assets by September 20.

Accused by the Trump administration of constituting a threat to the national security of the United States in view of the vast data it collects, ByteDance is seeking to strengthen itself in other countries.

The group plans to invest several billion dollars and recruit hundreds of employees in Singapore over the next three years, Reuters learned Friday from a source familiar with the matter.

Another source said ByteDance transferred engineers from China to Singapore this year.

As part of its global expansion, ByteDance plans to make Singapore the beachhead for its business in Asia, outside of China, according to Bloomberg.

With Aishwarya Nair in Bangalore and Yingzhi Yang in Beijing; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Blandine Hénault


MARKET POINT-Slight downturn in sight in Europe after the new decline in US “techs” (updated)

 (Actualisé avec futures sur le CAC, clôture de Tokyo, marché obligataire en
Europe et propos de Lane)
    * Les indices européens attendus en repli autour de 0,3%
    * A Wall Street, les géants de la "tech" sont repartis à la baisse
    * Les futures US en hausse, possible soutien pour l'Europe boursière
    * Le pétrole recule encore

    par Blandine Henault
    PARIS, 11 septembre (Reuters) - Les principales Bourses européennes sont
attendues en légère baisse vendredi après le nouveau recul des grandes valeurs
technologiques américaines la veille à Wall Street. 
    Les contrats à terme signalent pour l'ouverture une baisse de 0,25% pour le
CAC 40 parisien, un repli de 0,31% pour le Dax à Francfort et
de 0,28% pour le FTSE à Londres.
    Après leur rebond en Bourse mercredi, les géants américains de la "tech",
poids lourds des marchés d'actions mondiaux, sont de nouveau repartis à la
baisse jeudi, un mouvement qui alimente la nervosité des investisseurs sur fond
d'interrogations sur les perspectives économiques. 
    Les futures sur les indices américains évoluent pour l'instant en hausse de
0,6% à 1%, ce qui pourrait venir soutenir la tendance en Europe.
    La Bourse de New York a fini en baisse jeudi au terme d'une séance agitée,
marquée par le recul des géants de la technologie et l'annonce de chiffres du
chômage aux Etats-Unis qui confirment le manque de vigueur de la reprise.
    L'indice Dow Jones a cédé 1,45% à 27.534,58 points et le S&P-500
 a perdu 1,76%, à 3.339,19 points. Le Nasdaq Composite, à forte composante
technologique, a reculé de son côté de 1,99% à 10.919,59 points.
    Les grands noms de la "tech" tels qu'Apple (-3,32%), Microsoft
 (-2,8%) et (-2,86%), ont tous fini en net recul
après leur rebond de la veille.
    Seul Tesla Inc a gagné 1,38%, ce qui a permis au Nasdaq de résister
brièvement avant de passer dans le rouge.
    EN ASIE 
    La Bourse de Tokyo a gagné 0,74%, encouragée par la hausse des
futures de Wall Street et l'abaissement d'un cran de l'alerte sanitaire au
coronavirus dans la capitale Tokyo. 
    Les Bourses chinoises sont pour leur part orientées en hausse après
l'annonce d'un accord entre la Chine et l'Inde sur un désengaement de leurs
troupes à leur frontière commune.
    Le CSI 300 des grandes capitalisations de Chine continentale gagne
    Le dollar est pratiquement inchangé face à un panier de devises de référence
 mais s'apprête à signer sa deuxième semaine de hausse consécutive depuis
mai alors que la nervosité observée sur les marchés d'actions nourrit l'appétit
pour les actifs jugés plus sûrs. 
    L'euro évolue à 1,1834 dollar, après avoir bondi jusqu'à 1,1916 la
veille à la suite de la réunion de politique monétaire de la Banque centrale
européenne (BCE) qui a dit prévoir une récession un peu moins forte en 2020.

    La livre sterling se stabilise face au dollar et à l'euro
après avoir souffert tout au long de la semaine des vives tensions entre Londres
et Bruxelles sur leur accord de libre-échange post-Brexit.
    La devise britannique se dirige vers un repli hebdomadaire de 3,4% face au
dollar et à l'euro, sa plus mauvaise semaine depuis mars.
    Le rendement du Bund allemand à dix ans perd près de trois
points de base dans les premiers échanges, à -0,459%, après les propos de
l'économiste en chef de la BCE, Philip Lane qui a déclaré que la banque centrale
ne pouvait se permettre d'être "complaisante" au regard de la faiblesse de
l'inflation en zone euro.
    Les données définitives de l'inflation allemande ont confirmé vendredi une
baisse des prix à la consommation en août.
    De son côté, le rendement des Treasuries à dix ans est stable, à
0,6854%, mais pourrait réagir à la publication, à 12h30 GMT, des chiffres de
l'inflation aux Etats-Unis. 
    Le marché pétrolier poursuit son repli vendredi après l'annonce par l'Energy
Information Administration (EIA) américaine d'une hausse inattendue de deux
millions de barils des stocks de brut aux Etats-Unis la semaine dernière.
    Le baril de Brent abandonne 0,3% à moins de 40 dollars et celui du
brut léger américain (West Texas Intermediate, WTI) perd 0,1% à 37,26
    Les deux contrats de référence se dirigent vers une baisse de plus de 6% sur
la semaine, leur deuxième repli hebdomadaire consécutif sur fond de craintes
d'une deuxième vague épidémique susceptible de menacer la reprise économique. 
 USA     12h30  Prix à la consommation         août        +0,3%         +0,6%
                - sur un an                                +1,2%         +1,0%
                Indice "core CPI"                          +0,2%         +0,6%
 * 1re estimation
    (Certaines données peuvent accuser un léger décalage)
 Indices       Dernier    Var.       Var. %     YTD                 
 Nikkei-225    23406,49   +171,02    +0,74%     -1,06%              
 Topix         1636,64    +11,78     +0,72%     -4,92%              
 Hong Kong     24475,85   +162,31    +0,67%     -13,17%             
 Taiwan        12675,95   -15,80     -0,12%     +5,66%              
 Séoul         2396,69    +0,21      +0,01%     +9,06%              
 Singapour     2485,78    -6,31      -0,25%     -22,87%             
 Shanghaï      3258,43    +23,61     +0,73%     +6,83%              
 Sydney        5859,40    -49,10     -0,83%     -12,34%             
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  La clôture précédente                                             
 Indices       Dernier    Var.       Var. %     YTD                 
 Dow Jones     27534,58   -405,89    -1,45%     -3,52%              
 S&P-500       3339,19    -59,77     -1,76%     +3,36%              
 Nasdaq        10919,59   -221,97    -1,99%     +21,70%             
 Nasdaq 100    11154,12   -241,72    -2,12%     +27,72% Détail de la séance à Wall Street                                 
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 séance à Wall Street MARCHES                                                           
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 l'EuroStoxx50 Les valeurs à suivre à Paris et                                   
 en Europe :                                               
  La séance précédente :                                            
 Indices       Clôture    Var.       Var. %     YTD                 
 Eurofirst     1425,72    -8,59      -0,60%     -12,21%             
 Eurostoxx 50  3312,77    -12,06     -0,36%     -11,55%             
 CAC 40        5023,93    -19,05     -0,38%     -15,96%             
 Dax 30        13208,89   -28,32     -0,21%     -0,30%              
 FTSE          6003,32    -9,52      -0,16%     -20,41%             
 SMI           10387,44   -19,13     -0,18%     -2,16%              
               Cours      Veille     Var. %     YTD                 
 Euro/Dlr      1,1836     1,1813     +0,19%     +5,58%              
 Dlr/Yen       106,16     106,13     +0,03%     -2,48%              
 Euro/Yen      125,66     125,37     +0,23%     +3,04%              
 Dlr/CHF       0,9102     0,9104     -0,02%     -5,95%              
 Euro/CHF      1,0775     1,0758     +0,16%     -0,71%              
 Stg/Dlr       1,2812     1,2803     +0,07%     -3,37%              
 Indice $      93,2780    93,3360    -0,06%     -3,01% TAUX                                                              
                          Dernier    Var.       Spread/Bund
 Bund 10 ans              -0,4580    -0,0320                        
 Bund 2 ans               -0,6750    -0,0110                        
 OAT 10 ans               -0,1662    -0,0320    +29,18              
 Treasury 10 ans          0,6854     +0,0010                        
 Treasury 2 ans           0,1389     -0,0020 PETROLE                                                           
 (en dollars)  Cours      Précédent  Var        Var.%      YTD
 Brut léger    37,25      37,30      -0,05      -0,13%     -39,14%
 Brent         39,93      40,06      -0,13      -0,32%     -39,53% (Édité par Patrick Vignal)


A digital dance competition that extends from Argentina to the world

Dancers Facundo Luque and Manuela Lafaye in Buenos Aires, in a photo dated August 24, 2020. Photo: Horacio Surya – Reuters.

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – With theaters around the world closed, three South American dancers have created a digital competition for eagernesses to dance and have chosen Instagram as the new stage for the stage, where competitors from Argentina and Brazil to Israel and Italy send clips of their movements.

The competition, which is open to all, attracted hundreds of applicants, some of them professionals and some of them young men dancing in their homes during periods of general isolation. A jury of renowned experts rate each dance and viewers can also vote with the like option.

“We were astonished by the participants’ desire for people to see them, express themselves, dance and what is happening to them now, “said Facundo Loki, the Argentine who organized the competition with other dancers.

“When we started the project, we thought that anyone could participate,” added Lucky, 23, a member of the ballet troupe at the Teatro Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires.

During the competition that ends on Sunday, dancers compete to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic or to honor an artist. In one of the videos, a mother wears a doctors’ coat and a muzzle while looking after her daughter while she dances.

Bath Steinhofer, 11, who studies classical dance and took part in the competition from Buenos Aires, said her participation was an expression of appreciation for Russian photographer Yulia Artemieva, who does the work of likening ballet dancers to flowers.

“I would like to win, but the goal is really to have fun,” she added. It feels great when people click on the ‘like’ option and when people see me. It’s like a stage. ”

“I think the dance is now going through a big crisis,” said Manuela Lavaye, 24, who is also one of the competition organizers, and dances in a group in the United States, but is in isolation in her hometown of Buenos Aires.

“It’s complicated because a lot of the teams don’t have the money to get through the situation,” she added. I think the dance world will change a lot and we still do not know how, but it is a matter of waiting and continuing to be creative in the process. ”

Preparation of Doaa Muhammad for the Arabic Newsletter – Edited by Suha Gadu