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Getty ImagesWhen Kim Kardashian treated dozens of her closest friends and family to an all-expenses paid luxury trip to a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday during a worldwide pandemic, it didn’t go over exactly well.The mother of four of course expected the backlash, so she attempted to ward off immediate criticism with an explanation posted to a collage of photos from the five-star getaway, surrounded by her bronzed sisters and glowing friends.“There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter,” she wrote. “For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shape me into the woman I am today. Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment.”“After two weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal for just a brief moment in time. I realize that for most people this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.”As is normal with the scandals that pop up with the Kardashians, the ridicule came quickly and died down just as soon. That is, until Thursday night’s episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians, where Kim revealed that she and her children had become sick with COVID-19 and were forced to quarantine.Buzzfeed News did some sleuthing to figure out the timeline of when the family contracted the virus, comparing the dates of the vacation to Kim’s social media activity. The outlet determined that Kim got sick roughly 10 days after returning from the trip in late October.During the episode, Kim mentions that her five-year-old son Saint was the first to display symptoms, later saying he caught the virus from someone at his school. It became a domino effect, with Kim and her seven-year-old daughter North West also testing positive, so the family and the filming crew went into quarantine for two weeks. She tweeted on Thursday that her daughter Chicago, three, and her youngest child Psalm, two, also became sick.Normally, it would be no problem to stop filming, apart maybe from a few self-recorded shots of Kim detailing her symptoms—much like how Khloe revealed her COVID-19 diagnosis earlier in the season. However, Kim was in the process of intensively studying to retake the “baby bar” exam (the test she must take after her first of four years of law school), which she previously failed, so the show must go on.She filmed herself toughing out her symptoms, which included an intense migraine, a 104-degree fever, and almost blacking out while taking the test.Shortly after Buzzfeed News pointed out the eyebrow-raising timeline of exactly when Kim caught COVID-19, she worked quickly to stamp out the report. “False,” she tweeted. “Nobody caught Covid from the trip. Saint was the first to have it in our family and he caught it from school from another student who tested positive first. I then developed symptoms and got it a few days after he coughed on me while caring for him.”However, reps for Kim declined to disclose to Buzzfeed News the date that she tested positive. When reached by The Daily Beast, her reps declined to comment. Of course, it’s always a personal decision to decide if someone wants to publicly announce if they have COVID-19. Obviously, if Kim had revealed that she and her family became sick right after returning from her vacation, all hell would have broken loose, the immediate assumption that she must have been exposed while on the lavish trip.But being vague opens the door for questions. Were any of her other family members possibly exposed to the virus during this time and did they quarantine? Based on the timeline, Buzzfeed News suggested that Kim might have tested positive on Nov. 7—just a few days after Kendall Jenner threw a packed, maskless birthday bash, which Kim seems to have attended, posting photos of sister Kylie and Scott Disick.not Kendall Jenner hosting a birthday party with all these celebrities in attendance ? pic.twitter.com/xCCj5FHKnt— Jack (@ctrlovato) November 1, 2020 Kendall tried to keep the party under wraps, instructing her 50-plus guests not to post photos on social media. But when booze is flowing, celebrities are dressed up in Halloween costumes, and the overall attitude that rules do not apply to the upper echelon, pictures of the event were bound to leak.She got further dragged over a video of herself blowing out the candles on her birthday cake while a masked waiter struggled to hold up the cake and, at the same time, keep his face away from her.Family matriarch Kris Jenner attempted to do damage control after the widespread backlash, saying they took every precaution they could, including rapid testing at the door of the party.“At Kendall’s, everyone got tested before they walked in the door and they had to wait a half an hour until … the results were in,” Kris Jenner told Andy Cohen. “So, we are really responsible, and we make sure that everyone in our family and our closest friends are tested religiously.”“We do what we can. We try to follow the rules. And then, if people are commenting and they’re being critical, I can’t control that,” she added. “I just can control how we behave, and I try to do the best we can.”The family’s response to the brewing COVID-19 scandal is typical of the smoke-and-mirror tactics the Kardashians have always embraced, working to spin a story into a narrative that works for them.Earlier this year, Khloe Kardashian had her team go on a blitz mission to remove what appeared to be an unedited and unfiltered photo of herself in a bikini that her grandmother had posted on Instagram. It looked noticeably different than the smoothed, glamorous shots Khloe normally posts.Small-time fan accounts receive intimidating messages that implied they could possibly get sued for copyright infringement if they didn’t immediately take down the photo. When reports got out of what Khloe’s team was doing, they tried to spin it.“The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Khloé looks beautiful, but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.”Later, an obviously defensive Khloe went on a bizarre Instagram Live to show off her stomach and body, in an attempt to prove that she really does look like her photos.In an extraordinary move last May, Forbes publicly walked back Kylie Jenner’s billionaire status, describing it as a “web of lies” that her team had told that “inflated the size and success” of her cosmetic company.The family has long omitted the full truth, from denying having had plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancements, Kim and Kanye West’s feud with Taylor Swift over the derogatory remark the rapper made about her in his song “Famous,” and a handful of other mini scandals.Fans have long loved the Kardashian family for welcoming them into their lives in a way that felt truly real. We’ve seen them live through heartbreak, bouts of family drama, and the silly moments in between. But more and more, the veil of authenticity has slipped and people might just not be interested in keeping up with them anymore.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Mehreen Pirzada likely to be cast in Nagarjuna’s ‘The Ghost’
Months ago, actress Kajal Aggarwal walked out of the project, citing personal reasons. After that, there were reports that actress Ileana D’Cruz would step into her shoes, which turned out to be false. From the close sources, it is learned that Mehreen Pirzada has joined the team of this upcoming movie, which is billed to be a thriller.
The makers are to soon make an official announcement regarding the same. Mehreen, who has been part of films like ‘Manchi Rojulochaie’ recently, is busy with her upcoming movie ‘F3’, starring Venkatesh and Varun Tej.
Director Praveen Sataaru, who got instant fame with his thriller ‘Garuda Vega’ seems to be quite confident of this movie. ‘The Ghost’ has Gul Panag and Anikha Surendran in key roles.
Two schedules of ‘The Ghost’ have already been wrapped up and a new schedule will be rolled out soon. Nagarjuna, who is currently busy with his upcoming family entertainer ‘Bangarraju’, will soon join the sets of ‘The Ghost’.
Diablo Immortal: Release Date, News, Trailer, Gameplay, PC, Mobile and All You Need To Know
Developers Blizzard announced that they would be making a new game named Diablo Immortal and we have all the information you need to know ahead of the game being released.
The upcoming free-to-play video game in the Diablo series is a huge new online multiplayer action role-playing game which takes place between the events of Diablo II and Diablo III.
The Diablo franchise is a lot of fun and has been very popular and successful for decades, with the first one being released all the way back in 1996.
With the game being so successful, there is a lot of pressure on the developers but we have no doubt that they will meet the expectations of the gaming community.
Here is everything you need to know about Diablo Immortal:
A specific release date has not been confirmed for the game, but we do know that Blizzard plans to release Diablo Immortal in 2022.
The gaming community will be over the moon to hear that a cinematic trailer has been released and it shows us that the game will take place in between Diablo II and Diablo III and will be a hack and slash adventure with tonnes of action.
Blizzard also gave us a sneak peak at the gameplay in the Diablo Immortal. This gameplay trailer revealed:
- You will be able to pick from six heroic classes
- There will be some epic powerful new abilities
- New Zones
- New Stories
- New Dungeons
- A huge multiplayer experience
Is it available on PC?
There have been a lot of questions around whether this game will be available on PC.
Sadly, Diablo Immortal will not be available on PC.
Diablo Immortal is a mobile exclusive, and will be available on both Android and iOS mobile devices.
We expect you will have to have your phone updated to the latest version in order to play the game.
This game will definitely be a lot of fun and we for one cannot wait to see it be released.
There will no doubt be a lot more updates over the next few months, including a possible release date, so be sure to keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates.
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US President Joe Biden addresses nation in wake of new Covid variant, says Omicron is a ’cause for concern, not panic’
US President Joe Biden took to podium on Monday to share his thoughts about the newly emerged Covid-19 variant Omicron. President Biden told Americans that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was a “cause for concern,” not a “cause for panic” and urged Americans to get vaccines and booster shots as cases of the fast-moving variant were reported around the world.
‘We’ll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion,” he said.
Suggesting that no cases of the new Omicron variant have been reported in the US, the president said that it is only a matter of time. “Sooner or later, we are going to see new cases of this new variant here in the United States and we’re going to have to face this new threat just as we have faced the ones that came before it,” he said while addressing the Americans through the podium.
He reiterated his plea for Americans to get vaccinated as a way to protect themselves against COVID.
“If you are 18 years and older and got fully vaccinated before 1 June go get the get booster shot today,” Joe Biden said today. “They’re free and they’re available at 80,000 locations coast to coast. A fully vaccinated booster person is the most protected against Covid,” he further said.
The President’s remarks come the same day his administration’s new travel restrictions in response to the omicron variant went into effect.
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Published on: Monday, November 29, 2021, 11:17 PM IST
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