LA County opens vaccination for all residents above 16
Starting Tuesday, Los Angeles will begin vaccinating residents aged 16 and above. The county had initially planned to open eligibility for this category from April 15. But with more American states opening up eligibility criteria ahead of schedule, it is plausible for California to join their ranks too. County-run sites are now taking appointments for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Matsuyama sets new records in golf
Hideki Matsuyama won the 85th Masters on Sunday to become the tournament’s first Asian-born champion and the first Japanese man to win a major golf championship. Until now, the 29-year-old had not won a championship since 2017 and his ranking had dropped to 25. This win proved Japan’s prediction of him being their breakthrough star. Matsuyama’s victory also comes at a time when Asians are globally being violently targeted for the spread of the pandemic.
America’s repeated run-ins with police violence
The United States’ troubled relationship with police violence assumed center-stage this weekend and soon after.
- Maryland became the first state to repeal its powerful Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights on Saturday. It redefined how the police are held accountable. The repeal gives civilians a role in police discipline for the first time and mandates body cameras among other changes.
- Minnesota witnessed hundreds of people protesting on Sunday night because a police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright following a traffic stop.
- A Black and Latino Army officer slapped the police force of Windsor, Virginia with a lawsuit this weekend after he was pepper-sprayed during a violent traffic stop incident last December.
Harry attends Prince Philip’s funeral alone
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, leaving behind a contentious British legacy marked by racism, colonialism, and imperialism. A notable presence at his funeral was his grandson Prince Harry who attended the service without his wife Meghan Markle and his son. “He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next,” said the Duke of Sussex in a statement published on Archewell Foundation.
Lloyd Austin’s “ironclad” commitment
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin strategically avoided any mention of Iran in his public statement during his two-day visit to Israel, even when he was asked about it. This is significant because the US is engaged in indirect talks with Iran to rejoin the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and other world powers. Austin even declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel. His visit to Israel is the first for a Biden cabinet member.
France’s hijab ban of 2021
France worked overtime to introduce yet another hijab ban on its residents. This time, it extends to girls under 18. The ban comes at a time when Paris is working to pass an “anti-separatism” bill that aims to make France more secular. But the hijab ban pushes Muslim women out, and many are calling this a law against Islam. The ban would be enforced if the Separatism Bill is passed.
DMX’s family honors the late rapper
After days of private grieving, rapper DMX’s daughter Sasha was the first of his children to break the silence when she honored her late father on Twitter. Sasha’s message came a day after X’s ex-wife Tashera Simmons paid tribute to him on Instagram, on her 50th birthday. The rapper whose real name was Earl Simmons was an institution in the rap world since the 1990s. He passed away on Friday after being hospitalized due to a heart attack.
The beginning of Ramadan
Today marks the first day of Ramadan, the holy month that’s ninth in the Islamic calendar. It is believed that Prophet Muhammed was given the Quran (the holy scripture) during this time. Ramadan will be observed until May 12, after which the fast will be broken on Eid-ul-Fitr.