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Tourism picture in Southwest Florida brightens in June, but dark clouds loom with rise in coronavirus cases

Collier County’s tourism industry brightened a bit in June.

Dark clouds still loomed, however, amid the coronavirus pandemic — and those clouds darkened in July, with signs of a pullback in demand after a rise in COVID-19 cases statewide.

“I have been watching occupancy on a weekly basis, and it has come down some from where we were. I’m sure that has something to do with the additional cases being recorded here in Florida,” said Jack Wert, Collier County’s tourism director.

Lee County’s tourism industry has also been hard hit by the pandemic. Its next report will be available in about two weeks.

In June, most of the metrics used to track the local tourism industry’s performance fell by double digits from where they sto...

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Buildings Painted Yellow in Ayodhya For ‘Bhumi Pujan’

Houses and buildings on the main streets from Tedhi Bazar to Naya Ghat in Ayodhya, where the convoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pass on August 5, are being painted yellow for the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony of the Ram temple construction.

Mayor of Ayodhya Rishikesh Upadhyay, said: “All houses and buildings on main streets of Ayodhya are being painted yellow.

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“We are trying to recreate the look of ‘treta yuga’, when Lord Ram ruled Ayodhya. Over 1 lakh earthen lamps will light up the holy city from August 3 to 5.”

Ayodhya houses painted yellow for 'bhumi pujan' event
He further said that ‘Ram Dhun’ will be played through 3,000 sound systems in Ayodhya. (Representational Image). Pinterest

He further said that ‘Ram Dhun’ will be played through 3,000 sound systems in Ayodhya to cr...

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Will Isaias ruin your weekend plans? Forecasters weigh in

It doesn’t look like Hurricane Isaias will be crashing any Southwest Florida weekend parties – that is, if there are any to crash.

Instead, residents are heaving a sigh of relief now that forecasters are predicting the storm will track toward the state’s east coast, rather than a trek up the middle as appeared might happen earlier.

Latest updates: Hurricane Isaias getting better organized; Florida’s east coast under hurricane watch

“Mostly we’re monitoring how far west it might go – if there’s any little wobbles, that might bring wind gusts,” said Brian Lamarre, a National Weather Service forecaster in Ruskin, which monitors the area from Tampa to Lee County, but he’s not expecting any extraordinary rain...

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Gajraj Rao has No Complaints that Recognition Came a Little Late in His Life

He has been in the industry for almost two decades but gained fame only in 2018. Actor Gajraj Rao has no complaints that recognition came his way a little late in life.

Rao made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with Shekhar Kapur’s “Bandit Queen” and was later seen in films like “Dil Se…”, “Black Friday”, “Talvar” and “Rangoon”. But 2018 changed the game for him after he featured in “Badhaai Ho”.

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“I have seen a lot of difficulties, given the background I come from. I had a no-frill childhood. I didn’t have a lot of privileges. I have had a very basic life. My parents worked really hard to bring up their children. I come from that background,” Gajraj told IANS.

Gajraj Rao on getting late recognition: Don't have complaints
2018 changed the game for him after...
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Brutal July presents Florida leaders with big coronavirus questions heading into August

July is coming to a close in Florida with nearly three times more coronavirus cases than when the month began and nearly twice as many COVID-19 deaths, marking an alarming escalation in the state’s outbreak.

It was a month that transformed Florida into one of the worst virus hotspots on the globe, putting the state at the center of the debate over how to balance economic and public health.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been among the least restrictive leaders of a major state or country, eschewing a mask requirement and allowing every business except bars to remain open. His approach largely has been to try to ride out the pandemic with minimal public health mandates.

“I think what we’ve seen is that the virus is i...

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