(TMU) — A popular Chinese consumer electronics company has shipped crates full of tens of thousands of respirator masks to Italy, stressing that the losses faced by the people of Italy due to the coronavirus epidemic are painful for all of humankind.
The Chinese tech company, Xiaomi, sent the shipments of FFP3 masks to the Italian Civil Protection Department, the government body responsible for coordinating the distribution of resources to local authorities, reports China Daily.
The crates were covered in flyers bearing the Xiaomi “Mi” logo and quotes from the poetry of ancient Roman philosopher Seneca that read:
We are waves of the same sea, leaves of the same tree, flowers of the same garden.
Siamo onde dello stesso mare, foglie dello stesso albero, fiori dello stesso giardino
Italy continues to stand firmly as the epicenter of the global crisis, exceeding even China’s death toll last week despite its much smaller population.
Xiaomi International has become a very popular global brand in recent years, with consumers flocking to the company for its ability to produce flagship phones for a competitive price, as well as excellent mid-range and budget phones with nearly flagship quality. The eccentric company also makes a number of other devices ranging from electric scooters to rice cookers, air conditioners, “smart” mini washing machines, and even tennis shoes.
On its Facebook post announcing the donation, the company said that the action was a result of the company’s feeling of responsibility to the people of Italy who enthusiastically embraced the brand when it entered the local market two years ago.
The post noted:
“Since we arrived two years ago, we have felt loved and deeply integrated into the life of the country. This is also why we felt a duty to support Italy in the management of the COVID-19 epidemic, by donating a first important quantity of FFP3 masks.”
Da quando siamo arrivati due anni fa ci siamo sentiti amati e profondamente integrati nella vita del Paese. Anche per…
Chew Shou Zi, CFO and president of International Xiaomi Corporation, said in a statement:
“The continuous growth and rapid expansion of Xiaomi in Italy are closely linked to our users, fans and the general public; this gesture therefore does not represent only a way to thank and to give our support, but it is the tangible demonstration that we feel like an integral part of this country. And it is precisely this sense of belonging, combined with deep solidarity, that imposes a high sense of responsibility on all citizens as a global company.”
Users greeted the move, with one commenting:
“I’m happy to see that humanity is still alive. Great quote, btw.”
While another replied:
“Xiaomi is a different kind of corporation; it’s a community, a global community making a true difference in the world.”
Over 6,500 Italians test positive for CoViD-19 every day, with the average age of those dying standing at 78.5 years.
Over the weekend, at least 1,400 people died in Italy as the country races to control the horrific spread of the novel virus. On Sunday, an additional 651 Italians died, bringing the death toll to at least 5,400.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.