The U.S. hit a new daily average for vaccinations
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proved that for the first time, more than three million people, on average, are getting vaccinated every day in the United States. More states like California, Colorado, and Connecticut, are opening eligibility to all adults. This is keeping in line with President Joseph Biden’s announcement of making every adult eligible by the summer. But experts warn against being complacent, as this is a dangerous moment to let guards down.
Haaland sets up Missing and Murdered Unit
Deb Haaland addressed the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous Americans by setting up an investigative unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This vital move is one of her first acts as Interior Secretary. According to ABC News, Indigenous women are more than 10 times susceptible to murder. Underfunding and lack of interest contribute to these cases remaining unsolved.
The former crown prince of Jordan is detained
Jordanian authorities restricted the movement of Prince Hamzeh bin Hussein by ordering him to remain in his Amman palace amidst an investigation into an alleged plot to unseat his older half-brother, King Abdullah II. Twenty people supposedly involved in this plot have also been arrested and more are expected. The Biden administration has been updated on these arrests because Jordan is a vital partner in the U.S.-led counterterrorism operations.
Thandie Newton reclaims her name
Actress Thandie Newton reclaimed the original spelling of her Zimbabwean name “Thandiwe”. This means that all future references to her and her future films will be credited with the name Thandiwe Newton. In fact, “Thandie” was the result of a spelling error in the credits of Newton’s first film Flirting (1991). “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine,” she told British Vogue.
The eclectic mix of Inspiration4
The Inspiration4, the first all-civilian orbital mission in history, finally added the last two recruits to the four-person team. This SpaceX group is an eclectic mix, with some of them even likening the selection to finding the Golden Ticket. One of the two newcomers is Christopher Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin employee and U.S. Air Force veteran. The other is Sian Proctor, a geologist, analog astronaut, and artist who is a professor of planetary science at the South Mountain Community College in Arizona. Their teammates are mission leader Jared Isaacman, the billionaire founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, and Hayley Arceneaux, a childhood cancer survivor. The flight is slated to take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center no sooner than September 15, 2021.
Busy weekend for basketball
Basketball fans experienced a rollercoaster of emotions this weekend. Saturday saw the Gonzaga Bulldogs preserve their perfect season because of Jalen Suggs’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer. They defeated the UCLA Bruins 93-90. The Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team won their first NCAA championship since 1992. They defeated the Arizona Wildcats for the third time this season with a final score of 54-53.
The SAG results
Los Angeles’s famed award season marked the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) on Sunday. It’s the only awards show voted on entirely by actors. Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Minari‘s Youn Yuh-jung won the best supporting actress category, while Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman bagged the best actress and actor awards for Maa Rainey’s Black Bottom.