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Easter again celebrated globally among COVID-19 restrictions

Easter again celebrated globally among COVID-19 restrictions

World
April 4 (UPI) -- Christians worldwide celebrated Easter Sunday for the second year amid coronavirus restrictions, including lockdowns in some nations, as the death toll mounted despite widespread rollout of life-saving vaccines. COVID-19's deaths and cases have grown exponentially. Last Easter there were 122,600 fatalities and 1,969,718 infections in tracking by Worldometers.info. So far Sunday, the totals are 2,863,566 deaths and 131,817,713 cases. Meanwhile, nearly 653 million doses have been administered with most types requiring two shots among a population of 7.9 billion. Advertisement About 20% of the deaths have occurred in the United States for a total of 554,985, according to Johns Hopkins tracking. And cases are 30,702,245. Though the pandemic is somewhat stabilizing in the Unit...
England Under-21s lose AGAIN as Aidy Boothroyd’s side beaten by Portugal to leave them rock bottom of Euro 2021 group

England Under-21s lose AGAIN as Aidy Boothroyd’s side beaten by Portugal to leave them rock bottom of Euro 2021 group

Sports
England Under-21s were left rock bottom of Euro 2021 Group D as they were beaten 2-0 by Portugal on Sunday evening. It is two straight defeats for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in the tournament without scoring a single goal. AFP England Under-21s were poor again at Euro 2021 Pressure is growing on the manager with his side struggling despite a wealth of talent at his disposal. Noni Madueke and Japhet Tanganga were given their England Under-21 debuts for the vital Euro 2021 following the opening 1-0 defeat to Switzerland. Steven and Ryan Sessegnon were also recalled by boss Aidy Boothroyd, with Callum Hudson-Odoi missing from the squad through injury. Getty England Under-21s have plenty of talent, including Arsenal’s Emile...

EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat

World
The European Union says Britain’s “unilateral action” over trading rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue to escalate between the two sidesByThe Associated PressMarch 3, 2021, 10:15 PM• 2 min readBRUSSELS -- The European Union said Wednesday that Britain's “unilateral action" on trade rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue to escalate between the two sides.Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič said in a statement that UK's decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation" of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol.The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between No...

How the Texas power grid failed and what could stop it from happening again

Finance
Karla Perez and Esperanza Gonzalez warm up by a barbecue grill during power outage caused by the winter storm on February 16, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather, power outages and traffic accidents to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation.Go Nakamura | Getty ImagesMillions in Texas are still in the dark following the deadly winter storm that caused the state's worst blackouts in decades, leaving households without power as temperatures dropped to record lows. While the state scrambles to restore power, questions are arising about why Texas was so ill-equipped, and what can be done to ensure this doesn't happen again. A confluence of factors led to the historic blackouts, and officials a...
Watch: SpaceX flies, crashes Starship moon rocket again

Watch: SpaceX flies, crashes Starship moon rocket again

Science
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- SpaceX's test flight of the company's deep-space Starship rocket ended for a second time in a fiery explosion on the landing pad Tuesday in Boca Chica, Texas, after the Federal Aviation Administration modified the company's license to allow the launch. The rocket, named SN9, ascended to a height of more than 6 miles and performed a flip manuever. But after it descended, its engines appeared to ignite improperly, according to live video SpaceX provided. Advertisement The explosion is not necessarily a setback because the company is gathering data about the craft as it tests, said John Insprucker, the principal engineer at SpaceX, during the broadcast. SpaceX is known for losing rockets during early testing as it explores new designs. "We've done a lot of good things. We jus...