Good morning. Here are Monday’s headlines for this week.
Celebrities Lose Homes due to California Wildfires
Many people – including celebrities – have been affected by the deadly California wildfires this weekend.
Ferocious winds continue to whip up the wildfires that have already claimed 31 lives.
Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate, with many celebrities taking to social media to share their tragic experience.
Robin Thicke, Gerard Butler, and Neil Young are among the stars whose homes were ravaged by the Woolsey fire in Southern California.
The Woolsey fire, Hill fire, and Northern California’s Camp fire are the three major wildfires burning across the state right now.
The Camp fire is considered was the most destructive in California’s history after burning the town of Paradise to the ground.
China Announces Plans to Further Open its Economy
Beijing will continue to open up its economy despite the rising protectionism, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang confirmed on Monday.
Li’s made his remarks ahead of his trip to Singapore to meet with Asia-Pacific leaders.
The event is expected to focus on trade tensions involving different nations.
“China has opened its door to the world; we will never close it but open it even wider,” Li further said.
He also called for an “open world economy” amid the “rising protectionism and unilateralism.”
Li did not explicitly mention the escalating trade war between the United States and China.
Queens Hit-and-Run Leaves 29-Year-Old Man Dead
A 29-year-old was struck by a vehicle in Queens on Sunday.
The victim died and the driver fled the scene, authorities confirmed.
According to a report from the NYPD, the man was struck by the speeding car at around 5:30 p.m. local time.
He was crossing Continental Avenue in Forest Hills when the incident took place.
Witnesses said the man was knocked out of his shoes due to the impact of the collision.
The victim was rushed to North Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police did not immediately release his identity. The suspect remains at large.
Alibaba Hits $30 Billion Sales in 24 Hours for Singles Day
Alibaba beat its own record for the online retail blitz known as Singles Day.
The e-commerce giant confirmed that sales reached more than $30 billion over a 24-hour period on Sunday.
The whopping sales number beats last year’s record of around $24 million.
According to reports, the shopping extravaganza leads to higher sales compared to Cyber Monday and Black Friday combined.
The final tally on Alibaba’s platforms shows $30,802,477,608 of total sales – marking a 27% increase over the 2017 total.
Singles Day is an informal holiday celebrated in China. The November 11 date is meant to symbolize singletons.
Kim Kardashian West Dedicates People’s Choice Award to Wildfire Responders
The Kardashians recently paid tribute to the firefighters, policemen and first responders in California.
Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner won big at the People’s Choice Awards over the weekend.
Kylie Jenner was a no-show at the event.
The first family of reality TV accepted the award for reality show of 2018.
During her acceptance speech, Kim Kardashian West mentioned the recent tragedies in California.
“It’s been a really rough week in our home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and [for] our neighbors in Thousand Oaks and Malibu,” she said.
The makeup mogul also dedicated the award to “all of the firefighters, the law enforcement and the first responders” who have been serving the people in need.
Featured image: Wildfire growing rapidly in California. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Bjorgialt