Naomi Osaka clinches fourth Grand Slam and “best player in the world” title
Naomi Osaka cemented her position as “the best tennis player in the world” by winning her fourth Grand Slam on Saturday. She defeated American Jennifer Brady and maintained her perfect win record. Osaka and Monica Seles are the only women to win their first four major final appearances in the Open era.
Fauci blamed for 500k death milestone
The United States hit a sobering milestone in terms of COVID deaths: 500,000. This grim figure renewed interest in the #FireFauci tag on Twitter, with many blaming Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert. Fauci stated the death toll could have been lower and credited the initial lack of unified action for the rise in deaths.
High electricity bills plague icy Texas
Texans battling the unusual cold now have to contend with escalating electricity bills. The state is already struggling with water and power supply, along with general financial problems because of the windstorm. Most people who received such high bills said they came from electricity provider Griddy, which only operates in Texas. The full picture of financial loss can only be understood in one to three months, said an energy expert to the Associated Press.
Inclusive Zoe doll now available at Target
In a bid to globally celebrate curly and natural hair, Yelitsa Jean-Charles founded Healthy Roots, which is also the home of the Zoe doll. Zoe’s striking curly hair notably stands apart from her straight-haired counterparts who became more mainstream. She is emblematic of inclusion and representation for children. The doll is now available for purchase at Target too.
United Airlines rains over Denver
Denver witnessed another kind of rain this weekend. An engine malfunction on a United Airlines flight caused aircraft debris to shower over the Colorado city on Saturday. United Flight 328 was forced to return to Denver International Airport following the debacle. Even though no one was injured, this isn’t United’s first brush with engine failure. It’s occurred before in 2018 as well.
Djokovic’s win drowned out by anti-vaccination boos
Novak Djokovic’s record-extending ninth Australian Open win was overshadowed by the crowd inside the Rod Laver arena who booed at Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka when she mentioned the global vaccine rollout. The incident sparked global outrage and also points to the larger divided reaction to the concept of vaccination against the raging pandemic.