5 issues you need to know this weekend
Part of the Chinese rocket is expected to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere
Heads up! No, in the truest sense of the word: A piece of a large Chinese rocket is expected to hit Earth sometime on Saturday. But we don’t know where the piece will end up or how big it will be. Where it will hit “cannot be determined for a few hours after re-entry,” the Pentagon said in a statement earlier this week. It’s roughly 100 feet long and is one of the largest pieces of space debris to fall to Earth. Typically, discarded nuclear missiles plunge into the sea shortly after launch and do not go into orbit like these. The US has no plans to launch the missile. It should be noted that the Chinese government told the world on Friday that the missile would largely burn up upon re-entry, posing little threat to people and property on the ground. “The likelihood that this process will cause damage on the ground is extremely slim,” said State Department spokesman Wang Wenbin.
The rise of COVID-19 in India leads to further lockdowns
More states across India have declared bans as coronavirus cases rise across the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is under pressure to implement a nationwide shutdown. In particular, the government in Tamil Nadu announced on Saturday that a full lockdown would begin on Monday and for the past two weeks. A full lockdown was announced on Thursday for Tamil Nadu’s southern neighbor Kerala, Kerala, which began on Saturday and will last through May 16. The moves come after India reported a record high of 4,187 deaths on Saturday and a total of over 400,000 confirmed cases on another day. The embattled country recorded 414,188 cases on Friday, a new global high. Experts say that even these dramatic tolls are under counted. In India, infections have risen in a catastrophic turn since February, due to more contagious varieties as well as government decisions allowing large crowds to gather for religious festivals and political gatherings.
Celebrating mothers on mothers day
After a difficult year, people take the time to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday. Aside from gifts, flowers, and chocolates, this is also a great time to see what mothers actually need. Economic and cultural changes have changed the landscape of motherhood in recent decades, adding new pressures and needs. The pandemic added more stressors, exacerbated existing ones, and spawned new ones. On this Mother’s Day, let’s not just show mothers that we cherish them in a single day, but that we cherish them all year round. Research shows that mothers are better parents and better workers when they have support, and it is time for them to expect it. That being said, if you’re looking for last minute gifts, Reviewed.com has you covered with their Mother’s Day gift guide.
“This is a rock concert!” ‘Vax Live’ event will air on Sunday
Are you a fan of music AND fair vaccine distribution? Then mark your calendars for “Vax Live: The World Reunification Concert” by Global Citizen, an event designed to encourage people to get vaccinated and convince world leaders to adopt COVID-19 vaccines worldwide to make available. A one-hour issue will air Saturday at 8 p.m. ET / PT on ABC, CBS, and iHeartMedia channels and at 11 p.m. ET / PT on Fox. YouTube will be streaming an extended 90-minute version on Global Citizen’s site. The event was taped last week in front of around 20,000 vaccinated health and key workers at SoFi Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. Jennifer Lopez, the Foo Fighters with Brian Johnson, J Balvin and HER from AC / DC all performed at the concert. Also on stage were Prince Harry, Ben Affleck, Selena Gomez, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn and Olivia Munn. Steve Coogan and Nisha wrote.
From cars to space travel to live TV: Elon Musk as the presenter of ‘SNL’
“Saturday Night Live” turns things upside down with its next host: Elon Musk. The coveted slot for NBC’s late night comedy sketch show, usually occupied by actors like Carey Mulligan or musicians like Nick Jonas, is now reserved for Musk, CEO of Tesla and chief engineer of SpaceX. He is joined by the musical guest Miley Cyrus, who released her latest album “Plastic Hearts” in November. As a high-flyer, Musk wasted no time sharing sketch ideas that he would like to turn into reality: “Irony Man,” a character who “defeats bad guys with the power of irony,” “Baby Shark & Shark Tank”, which “merge” to form Baby Shark Tank “and” Woke James Bond “.
Contributor: The Associated Press