The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the country hard with over 600 cases of the virus India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced a 21 day lockdown to curb the growth of the coronavirus outbreak. Many celebrities, national and international, took to social media and urged their fans to stay in their homes. Now, Pawan Kalyan has announced that he will be donating Rs 1 crore to the PM relief fund.
The actor took to Twitter to share the news. He wrote, “I will be donating Rs.1 crore to PM relief fund to support our Sri @narendramodi ji,in turbulent times like this. His exemplary and inspiring leadership would truly bring our country from this Corona pandemic..”
However, that was not all. He also announced, “I will be donating Rs.50 Lakhs each to both AP and Telangana CM relief funds to fight against Corona pandemic.”
Pawan Kalyan is renowned for his philanthropic work. He founded a charitable trust called Common Man Protection Force. It assist citizens who fall under EWS in states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In addition, Pawan Kalyan donated Rs 1 crore to Kendriya Sainik Board. This was used for the welfare of the families of soldiers. Moreover, he has also donated Rs 20 lakhs for the Uttarakhand flood victims back in 2017.
In addition, South Indian stars like Rajinikanth, Suriya, Nithiin, Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi have also donated money to support the daily wage workers of Film Employees Federation of South India.
Film Employees Federation of South India has recently released a statement requesting celebrities to come forward to support the daily wage workers who are currently jobless due to the pandemic.
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Chris Cuomo Tears Up While Discussing Coronavirus Fight: “It’s a Surreal Existence”
The ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ host got emotional while remembering how his son was watching him sleep earlier in the day.
Chris Cuomo returned to airwaves while battling the coronavirus on Friday, during which time he offered an update on his condition, which he called a “surreal existence.”
During an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 with neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, the Cuomo Prime Time host said of his current condition, “I’m doing better than I deserve. Sanjay told me a few days ago — everything takes a few days to sink in with me — you can’t wake up expecting to be better like you have a cold or or a virus. You get depressed because it’s going to be a long slog and I accept that now. I get that this is going to be a long fight.”
He added, “I know I’m looking at about twice the time I’ve had so far, so that’s what it is. I’m lucky and I’m loved, and I just go day by day.”
When asked whether he’s worried about the virus, Cuomo said that he’s primarily concerned that his wife or children could catch the virus from him. He added that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that 80 percent of people who die from coronavirus in the U.S. are 65 or older, “I see the 80 percent a little differently than I used to.” He said, “I have my kids sending me all these different cutouts on social media of mothers who’d died and 30-year-olds who died and 50-year-olds who died. There’s this acute awareness and appreciation.”
Cuomo added, starting to tear up, “I woke up this morning and I didn’t hear my son’s quad [bike] anymore, he’d been riding around and all of a sudden I didn’t hear it and he was watching me sleep. And I knew he was watching me because he was worried.”
As for his daily routine, Cuomo said that he hasn’t been watching Netflix or keeping up on the news because he has been “so lethargic.” “It’s a really surreal existence,” he said. “It takes all of my energy to do a [segment] like this.”
Later on in the appearance, Cuomo, Cooper and Gupta spoke with Fire Department of New York paradmedic Aline Bocanegra-Reich, who has tested positive for coronavirus and is taking care of two children while her husband is also sick. “Honestly, I am very afraid of going back to work and possibly contracting this again,” she told the group. “Our needs aren’t going to be met, they haven’t been met. We’re in danger every single day and we still have to figure out a way to feed our family because we are paid so poorly.”
Ever since he first revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, the Cuomo Prime Time host has offered regular updates on his condition while continuing to host the show from his home. The TV host, who is the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has shared stories of hallucinations, chipping a tooth, insomnia and losing 13 pounds in three days from sweating so much.
“The best medicine is to not get it. Prevention,” he told Anderson Cooper on March 31.
“What I’m worried about is duration. And my fear is I’m going to get through this and then I’m going to get something else … like pneumonia.” – CNN’s @ChrisCuomo speaks with @AndersonCooper and @DrSanjayGupta about his fight with Covid-19. https://t.co/HUXxxSC0kt pic.twitter.com/DgESjbWxgq
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 4, 2020
Drake’s “Toosie Slide” Video and the Emerging Rules of Quarantine-Core
Since the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant announced that he tested positive for coronavirus a few weeks ago, Drake, who’d been with him a few days prior to the diagnosis, has been self-isolating at his home in Toronto. It’s sleek and chilly, full of gleaming marble surfaces, some art by KAWS, and an indoor pool, all of which are on display, MTV Cribs–style, in the music video for the new song “Toosie Slide” that he released on Friday.
The song is made for TikTok—not in the offhand sense that the dance Drake describes in its chorus lends itself to imitation, but that he worked on it with popular users of the platform. The dancers and musicians Toosie, Hiii Key, and Ayo & Teo are the source of the Toosie Slide: “Drake hit me up and was like, ‘Yo, I need your help,’” Toosie told Rolling Stone on Thursday. “So he sends the record. It was just an idea at the time. It was just the hook and a verse. I came up with this dance. [Drake said,] ‘What you think? You think you can come up with a dance for this song that I made?’” The four of them were together and “came up with it pretty fast.”
And if Drake engineered the song for a platform, he and director Theo Skudra built the video for the pandemic. As self-isolation and social distancing become increasingly broad and familiar mandates, he wears a face mask and gloves in the video and showcases the palatial emptiness of his current situation. The video opens by scanning a vacant Toronto; at the end, fireworks go off, with no one else in sight to see them. Over this period there have been coronavirus raps, scores of delayed albums, concerts, and festivals, Instagram Live producer battles and DJ sets, an uptick in rappers recording feature verses, and now, maybe, a kind of quarantine-core aesthetic.
The state of celebrity affairs and social media use amid the coronavirus pandemic has meant that we’ve likely never seen more of their dwellings than in recent weeks, and that more home inventory is on the way. “Toosie Slide” and the Toosie Slide should take off, to the extent that they haven’t already—the choreographers were demoing the dance earlier this week and the music video is currently the number one trending video on YouTube.
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Bon Jovi gets to wash dishes during the crisis of the coronavirus
“If you can’t do what you do… Do what you can,” wrote Jon Bon Jovi in his account of Instagram recently. And, as well, has put hands to the work. The crisis of the coronavirus has been braking in dry to many sectors, among them, the music and the shows. Different artists have had to postpone concerts, to delay releases and cancel recordings in order to respect the containment measures implemented in each of the affected countries. But the vocalist of the rock band that bears his name has not stood still and has decided that if you can’t make music, you can perfectly wash dishes in one of the three restaurants of solidarity that it possesses in the state of New Jersey.
The singer founded the chain JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011 with the purpose of the people without resources could eat for free. The establishments are not exactly social eaters, so to enjoy a menu that includes vegan, kosher, halal and gluten free— they must offer something in exchange: a donation or time working as a volunteer. “Soul Kitchen is like any other restaurant,” said Bon Jovi to the BBC. “You have to understand that those needs do not have the opportunity to go to a restaurant”, he explained. To date, we have served over 105,000 meals and 54% have been financed with donations, according to data provided in the web page. This initiative has the support of the foundation, The JBJ Soul, the project of the musician to help the homeless.
In the wake of the spread of the virus and the measures implemented to minimize its spread, there are many people, especially seniors and families at risk of social exclusion, which have been affected by the confinement and require the services of the social eaters or is this type of initiatives to be able to feed themselves. The high demand has forced the foundation to reduce rations and to avoid the consumption within the premises. Those who need it, must approach one of the three establishments to pick up the menu.
Bon Jovi wanted support in the logistics of their local becoming a volunteer, either by scrubbing in the first restaurant that opened, located in the town of Red Bank, New Jersey. Their second location, which opened its doors four years ago, is located very close to Toms River, one of the towns most affected by hurricane Sandy, which occurred in 2012.
The past month of January was premiered by the third party, this time at Rutgers University, in the city of Newark, very close to New York, becoming the first community kitchen that is set on the premises of an educational facility. It should be noted that the average debt of a graduate in the united States amounted to 28.400 dollars (more than 25,000 euros), according to data from the organization The College Board of 2018. A situation that leads to more than 44 million americans to drag some kind of debt since the completion of their higher education studies. In function of its development, Bon Jovi believes that this last property can serve as a national model to implement the idea in other centres. “We’ll see how it goes this”, expressed the artist during the inauguration, as he picked up the local media NJ.com.
The foundation of the author of Livin’ on a prayer account also with a center that advises people on health and offers nutritional assistance, as well as training for the food industry. It also has a food bank and a school for children at risk, initiatives that Bon Jovi has made more than a decade in the state in which he grew up.
At the end of February made public its collaboration with the prince Henry of England. Together, they recorded in the studios of Abbey Road —where the Beatles created 11 of their 13 albums— Unbrokena song of solidarity, composed by the musician, with the purpose of raising funds for the Foundation Invictus, which helps military veterans injured by post traumatic stress.
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