The Suez Canal unplugged
The Ever Given container ship (this is the official name of the ship, and it’s owned by Evergreen Marine, hence the name on its side) that blocked the Suez Canal for a week has finally been dislodged by numerous tug-boats. The ship is heading to Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake for inspection. The problem is far from over because 200 other cargo ships (some of which have livestock onboard) are still waiting to pass through.
Day One of the Derek Chauvin trial
Almost a year after he killed George Floyd, the trial of disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial began this morning. Chauvin faces three charges, including second-degree murder for pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The now infamous video that sparked protests against racism in the summer of 2020 and testimonies from numerous witnesses make up the evidence being examined. The trial is happening in the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, less than five miles from the intersection where Floyd died. It will take place over four weeks.
Staples and Office Depot offer free lamination of vaccination cards
Staples and Office Depot are helping Americans prove they are vaccinated. The chain stores will provide free lamination of vaccination cards starting this week. Office Depot only offers this as an in-store service until July 25. COVID-19 vaccination cards are now shown as a badge of honor but there is a chance they will become a vital document of proof in the future when it comes to traveling and public socializing.
Black excellence honored at the NAACP Awards
The NAACP Image Awards, which honors Black excellence took place this weekend. Chadwick Boseman (posthumously) and Viola Davis won the Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture awards for Maa Rainey’s Black Bottom. Notably, Stacey Abrams won the title for Social Justice Impact because of her grassroots-level organization of voter awareness for the presidential elections that made Georgia blue. Eddie Murphy clinched the Hall of Fame award.
India celebrates Holi as COVID cases surge
India celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi in crowded conditions in spite of the country experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infection cases. People party in large numbers to throw colorful powder at each other over the course of two days to honor the festival. This is the second consecutive year when authorities asked citizens to stay at home for Holi. The Associated Press reported that India’s confirmed infections have exceeded 60,000 daily over the past week from a low of about 10,000 in February. On Monday, the health ministry reported 68,020 new cases, the sharpest daily rise since October last year.
Trump plays wedding crasher at Mar-A-Lago
Former President Donald Trump crashed a wedding at Mar-A-Lago on Saturday to toast himself and to give a scathing speech about China, Iran, and the state of affairs under President Joseph Biden. One-half of the couple in question is Jon Arrigo, the vice president of the Arrigo Auto Group in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump’s rant was met with general applause, especially when he dropped his now-signature quip: “Do you miss me yet?”