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In 2017, suicide claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Here are 5 steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain:

  • ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  • KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  • BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  • HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  • STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
  • For more information on suicide prevention go HERE

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Coping with Traumatic Events

Overview

A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Experiences like natural disasters (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods), acts of violence (such as assault, abuse, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings), as well as car crashes and other accidents can all be traumatic.

Ways to Cope

Healthy ways of coping in this time period include:

  • Avoiding alcohol and other drugs;
  • Spending time with loved ones and trusted friends who are supportive; and
  • Trying to maintain normal routines for meals, exercise, and sleep.

In general, staying active is a good way to cope with stressful feelings.



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CDC: CORONA VIRUS 2019 – (COVID19)

MENTAL HEALTH AND COPING

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  

The emotional impact of an emergency on a person can depend on the person’s characteristics and experiences, the social and economic circumstances of the person and their community, and the availability of local resources. People can become more distressed if they see repeated images or hear repeated reports about the outbreak in the media.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • People who have preexisting mental health conditions including problems with substance use
  • Children
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

Additional information and resources on mental health care can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) NATIONAL Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.

Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse

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UN mobilizes global cooperation in science-based COVID-19 responses

From leading research and development to assess potential treatments for #COVID19, to supporting the deployment of medical robots in China, the United Nations is mobilizing international cooperation to harness the power of science, technology and innovation to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.ANTÓNIO GUTERRES08 APR 2020 | SECRETARY-GENERAL

“Now is the time for unity”

The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges this world has faced in our lifetime. It is above all a human crisis with severe health and socio-economic consequences. The World Health Organization, with thousands of its staff, is on the front lines, supporting Member States and their societies, especially the most vulnerable among them, with guidance, training, equipment and concrete life-saving services as they fight the virus.  


faith

noun ˈfāth  plural faiths ˈfāths  , sometimes  ˈfāt͟hz 

Definition of faith

 (Entry 1 of 2)1a: allegiance to duty or a person LOYALTY lost faith in the company’s presidentb(1): fidelity to one’s promises(2): sincerity of intentionsacted in good faith2a(1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God(2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religionb(1): firm belief in something for which there is no proofclinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return(2): complete trust3: something that is believed especially with strong convictionespeciallya system of religious beliefsthe Protestant faith on faith: without questiontook everything he said on faith

faith verb ˈfāth  faithedfaithingfaiths

Definition of faith (Entry 2 of 2)


transitive verb archaicBELIEVETRUST


Stages of faith development

James W. Fowler (1940–2015) proposes a series of stages of faith-development (or spiritual development) across the human life-span. His stages relate closely to the work of Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg regarding aspects of psychological development in children and adults. Fowler defines faith as an activity of trusting, committing, and relating to the world based on a set of assumptions of how one is related to others and the world.

  1. Intuitive-Projective: a stage of confusion and of high impressionability through stories and rituals (pre-school period).
  2. Mythic-Literal: a stage where provided information is accepted in order to conform with social norms (school-going period).
  3. Synthetic-Conventional: in this stage the faith acquired is concreted in the belief system with the forgoing of personification and replacement with authority in individuals or groups that represent one’s beliefs (early-late adolescence).
  4. Individuative-Reflective: in this stage the individual critically analyzes adopted and accepted faith with existing systems of faith. Disillusion or strengthening of faith happens in this stage. Based on needs, experiences and paradoxes (early adulthood).
  5. Conjunctive faith: in this stage people realize the limits of logic and, facing the paradoxes or transcendence of life, accept the “mystery of life” and often return to the sacred stories and symbols of the pre-acquired or re-adopted faith system. This stage is called negotiated settling in life (mid-life).
  6. Universalizing faith: this is the “enlightenment” stage where the individual comes out of all the existing systems of faith and lives life with universal principles of compassion and love and in service to others for upliftment, without worries and doubt (middle-late adulthood (45–65 years old and plus.

No hard-and-fast rule requires individuals pursuing faith to go through all six stages. There is a high probability for individuals to be content and fixed in a particular stage for a lifetime; stages from 2-5 are such stages. Stage 6 is the summit of faith development. This state is often considered as “not fully” attainable.


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What is a Social Experiment ?

A Social Experiment is a kind of psychological or sociological research for testing people’s reaction to certain situations or events. The experiment relies on a particular social approach, when a main source of information is people with their own knowledge and point of view. To carry out a social experiment, specialists usually divide participants into two groups — active participants (people who take action in some event) and respondents (people who react to the action). Throughout the period of experiment, participants are monitored by specialists to identify the effects and differences as a result of the experiment.

Social experiments have also been used by companies to collect data about consumers and their opinion about a product or some particular topic.

History

In 1895, American psychologist Norman Triplett constructed one of the earliest known social experiments, in which he found out that cyclists managed to ride a bike faster when racing against another person rather than racing against the clock. He duplicated the experiment in a laboratory using children and fishing reels and received similar results. Field social experiments had proved to be efficient as it reflects real life due to its natural setting.

The social experiments that are commonly referred to today were conducted decades later, in which an experiment is done in a controlled environment such as a Laboratory. A famous example of which is Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment in 1963. Social experiments began in the United States as a test of the negative income tax concept in the late 1960s and since then have been conducted on all the populated continents.

During the 1970s, criticism of the ethics and accusations of gender and racial bias led to a reassessment of both the field of social psychology and the conducted experiments. While experimental methods were still employed, other methods gained popularity.

Ethics

Social experimentation has raised many ethical concerns, due to its manipulation of large groups of the population, often without the consent or knowledge of the subjects. In certain cases, Social experimentation has been staged unknown to the viewer in order to promote the image of the individual or for the pure purpose of generating controversy.

Researchers also believed that the impact of Informal Social Experiments via social media videos may have negative consequences on formal social marketing research as well as the society in general, detailing that while Informal Social Experiments addresses moral and social issues such as child safety, self-confidence etc, producers of these social experiments do it for their own gain and benefits. Wikipedia



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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Iowa City Community School District, Iowa, to Ensure Accessible Playgrounds

06/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Attorney General William P. Barr’s Statement on Protests in Washington, D.C.

06/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband and Michigan U.S. Attorneys on Michigan Governor’s Decision to Adjust Reopening Plans

06/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider for the Eastern District of Michigan, and U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge for the Western District of Michigan issued the following statement:

Attorney General William P. Barr’s Statement on Protests in Washington, D.C.

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Mississippi Department of Health Services Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability in Connection with SNAP Quality Control

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Department of Justice Awards Nearly $400 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

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The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist’s concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth’s but with ingredients that could be similar to those of Earth’s atmosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Senior military leaders being called to testify to Congress about George Floyd protest response
Lawmakers want explanations from top defense officials about how troops will be used and why active-duty forces are being deployed.
Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes
President Donald Trump’s warning that he would deploy the United States military to any state that refuses to take aggressive action against rioting rests on a longstanding presidential power that gives wide latitude to the White House, legal experts said Monday.
Not even a severed arm could stop him from taking down Nazis — now his story is a graphic novel
The native Hawaiian’s road to history began when he witnessed the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor first-hand.
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Yemen: ‘Hanging on by a thread’, UN chief requests funding to meet staggering humanitarian crisisMore than five years of conflict have left Yemenis “hanging on by a thread, their economy in tatters” and their institutions “facing near-collapse”, the UN chief told a virtual pledging conference on Tuesday, calling for a demonstration of solidarity with some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Humanitarian Aid
UN OCHA/Giles ClarkeFROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in YemenA “tragedy” fueled by the spread of COVID-19 which is unfolding in Yemen could affect millions of people there, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday.Humanitarian Aid

IFAD/Christine NesbittCoronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroadWith a euro here and a dollar there, remittances – the money that migrant workers send home to their families – have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and lift tens of millions out of extreme poverty.Economic Development©

UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene‘Unprecedented’ financing needed to halt recession of ‘unparalleled proportions’: MohammedAs COVID-19 has halted economic activity and threatens social wellbeing across the globe, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a wide-ranging policy discussion on Tuesday, exploring financing options to address the pandemic and mobilize the resources needed for a proactive recovery.SDGs

UnsplashAddress ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urgesUrgent action is needed to address “the major disproportionate impact” of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday.Human RightsPAHOPut human rights at the centre of coronavirus response urges Muhammad-BandeThe nations of the world must put human rights at the heart of their ongoing response to COVID-19 and ensure that everyone can enjoy “justice and peace” wherever they may be, the President of the General Assembly said on Tuesday.Human Rights

Coral Reef Image Bank/Erik Lukas‘Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy‘Dogged pragmatism’ is needed to save the Ocean as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.Climate Change
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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  1. Guard troops in DC say they want to ‘give people the opportunity to express their First Amendment rights’
(Military Times) Hours after the sometimes chaotic protesting died down, two soldiers with the D.C. National Guard kept watch at the mostly calm corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street N.W.
 
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  2. Goldfein: ‘Every American should be outraged’ at police conduct in death of George Floyd
(Air Force Times) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein denounced the death of George Floyd and the conduct of the Minneapolis police who killed him in a strongly-worded memo Monday night.
 
  3. After George Floyd’s death, Trump administration told military’s service chiefs to remain quiet about unrest
(Washington Post) At least twice in the last week, senior Trump administration officials in the Defense Department directed service chiefs to keep quiet on the issue, even though some expressed an interest in responding to a painful moment in the nation, said three defense officials with familiarity with the discussion.
 
  4. Senior military leaders being called to testify to Congress about George Floyd protest response
(Military Times) Angry lawmakers will summon top Pentagon leaders to Capitol Hill next week to explain what role military personnel will play in responding to growing demonstrations of racial unrest in major U.S. cities and whether President Donald Trump have overstepped his authority as commander in chief.
 
  5. Esper on Trump church photo-op: I thought we were going to ‘talk to the troops’
(NBC News) In an exclusive interview, Esper also said he had “no idea” about the plan to use force to disperse protesters ahead of Trump’s staged visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
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  Military children shouldn’t be penalized for seeking mental health care, senators say
(Military Times) Senators are seeking to end “undue discrimination” against military dependents and civilians with prior mental health conditions who seek to enter the military.
 
  These are the active-duty units deployed to DC region for protests
(Military.com) Some 1,600 active-duty soldiers are now staged just outside Washington, D.C. awaiting possible orders to support protest response in the city, the Pentagon announced Tuesday night.
 
  SOUND OFF: How do you feel about active-duty military deployments to quell the protests?
(Military Times) We want to hear from service members.
 
  Pentagon says it doesn’t want active duty troops facing protesters
(Breaking Defense) The Pentagon is distancing itself from President Trump’s suggestion to use active duty troops to quell the protests and rioting that have erupted across the country, even as more National Guard forces from around the country pour into the nation’s capital.
 
  Pentagon says Guard did not tear-gas protesters; Downplays role in militarized response
(Defense One) A senior official also said SecDef was unaware of the plan to clear a public park for a Trump photo op.
 
  More US military leaders decry bigotry and violence amid US unrest
(Stars & Stripes) Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein on social media Tuesday endorsed a message of frustration the previous day by his service’s top enlisted leader and promised action against bigotry and inequality in the service.
 
  Trump offers ‘domination’ of DC protests as model for states
(The Associated Press) Claiming he is backed by a “silent majority,” President Donald Trump turned the nation’s capital into a model for the overwhelming force he believes critical to stop sometimes-violent protests that have spread across the country in a time of racial unrest.
 
  Former commanders fault Trump’s use of troops against protesters
(New York Times) After military helicopters carried out a “show of force” mission to discourage protesters, retired senior military leaders condemned their successors for deploying such tactics.
 
  It just doesn’t seem right’: Pentagon officials on edge over military leaders’ dealings with Trump
(Politico) For years, top military leadership has tried to minimize the perception that the armed forces are being used by the president for political purposes.
 
  Here’s what you need to know about the Pentagon’s riot response and martial law
(Military.com) The Pentagon has ordered a small contingent of active-duty soldiers to alert status, on standby to join thousands of National Guard troops to help police quell civil unrest amid protest demonstrations across America. But the unprecedented situation is still a long way from martial law, legal experts say.
 
  Joint Chiefs chairman walks DC streets amid protests: We protect freedom of speech
(The Hill) Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, surveyed the National Guard’s curfew enforcement in Washington, D.C., Monday evening, saying the military was there to protect freedom of speech.

civ·ics/ˈsiviks/nounBRITISH

  1. the study of the rights and duties of citizenship.

Definitions from Oxford Languages

Civics 

derives from the Latin word civicus, meaning “relating to a citizen”, and the Latin civica, a garland of oak leaves worn about the head as a crown, a practice in ancient Rome wherein someone who saved another Roman citizen from death in war was rewarded with the civica and the right to wear it. It is analogous to modern day military medals. The term itself ultimately derives from the Latin civis, meaning citizen. The English usage of civics relates to behavior affecting other citizens, particularly in the context of urban development. 

Civic Education (in the United States)

is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties. It includes the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens―as opposed to external factors―in the operation and oversight of government.



Protests against police brutality have been taking place in cities across the United States including in New York city.
US must address deep-seated grievances to move beyond history of racism and violenceVoices calling for an end to “the endemic and structural racism that blights US society” must be heard and understood, for the country to move past its “tragic history of racism and violence”, the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday.Human Rights

OCHA/Gema CortesWHO chief updates journalists on Ebola outbreak, COVID-19 treatment studyNearly 50 staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners arrived in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, location of the country’s latest Ebola outbreak.Health©

Ethiopian Midwives Association‘Stronger response’ key, to build a safer and more stable future: GuterresUN chief António Guterres is calling for greater unity and solidarity to defeat COVID-19 and build a better world in the wake of the global pandemic.Health

UNDP/Levent KuluBicycles: Setting the wheels of change in motion during and after COVID-19 World Bicycle Day highlights the potential for transforming the way the world moves around, before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, helping create a healthier, more sustainable future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.Health

UN Photo/Jean Marc FerreAsian countries urged to honour right to freedom of expression, over pandemic fearA dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region have seen an alarming clampdown on freedom of expression during the COVID-19 crisis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday.Peace and Security©

UNICEFUN chief underlines need to protect refugees and migrants in COVID-19 pandemicThe UN Secretary-General has expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a rethinking of how the world supports refugees, migrants and internally displaced people.Migrants and Refugees
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Justice Department Resolves Fair Housing Act Lawsuit Against Guam’s Government for Racial and National Origin Discrimination

06/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today an agreement with the Government of Guam, as well as the Chamorro Land Trust Commission (CLTC) and its Administrative Director, to resolve claims that Guam’s Chamorro Land Trust Act (CLTA) discriminated against non-Chamorros on the basis of race and national origin in the allocation of Government of Guam land. 




FIND YOUR Y

Message on Reopening Ys

As communities around the country adjust physical distancing regulations, Ys are considering a number of factors to determine when it is appropriate to reopen their doors. The health and safety of members and staff will be the primary considerations in their planning. Each Y will refer to local conditions and guidelines from health officials to determine the best time to open and which services will be safe to offer. 

Locate Your Nearest Y

In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,700 YMCAs with approximately 19,000 fulltime staff and 600,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities across the country.



Neller latest military notable to address racism in the US: ‘Things will not go backwards in this country’
“America is great but because we move forward and get better… socially, economically, culturally, educationally …. In all ways.”
Why the Marine Corps is eyeing new virtual reality flight simulators for recruiting eventsMarine Corps Recruiting Command is looking to procure at least six virtual reality flight simulators the Marine Corps Flight Orientation Program could share with applicants at recruiting events.

Rifle-toting vet arrested after dressing up, trying to join National Guard crowd control formationWong’s time in formation didn’t last, as puzzled troops began to question the authenticity of the unfamiliar service member.
Marine Corps Times

Coronavirus leading to ‘desperately unequal’ learning levels: UNICEFWith nearly 1.2 billion children out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, inherent inequalities in accessing the internet and other tools, allow them to continue their studies threatens to deepen the global crisis in learning, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday.Culture and Education

Unsplash/Habib DadkhahProtect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.Climate Change

UNMISSVital UN peace and security work continues amid COVID-19 challengeThe military chiefs at three UN missions in Africa and the Middle East have shared how they are protecting peacekeepers from COVID-19 while also fulfilling their mandates in rapidly changing environments.Peace and Security

World Bank/Curt CarnemarkIndia must follow Supreme Court orders to protect 100 million migrant workers: UN rights experts The Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million migrant workers, after coronavirus measures left them jobless, forcing them to travel long distances home, UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday.Human Rights

UN Photo/Loey Felipe‘Global solidarity’ needed, to find affordable, accessible COVID-19 vaccineIn the race to end the coronavirus pandemic, the UN chief reminded a virtual medical conference on Thursday that “a vaccine, by itself, is not enough”.  Health

Danilo Pinzon/World BankPhilippines drug campaign directive seen as ‘permission to kill’: UN rights officeA campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines that began in 2016 has led to the killing of at least 8,600 people but the real figure could be three times that number, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Thursday. In a report citing “near-impunity” for the killings, which have continued along with other alleged abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN office noted that the High Commissioner for Human Rights stood ready to assist “credible efforts towards accountability”, both nationally and internationally.Human Rights

UNAMID/Albert Gonzalez FarranSecurity Council extends peacekeeping mission in Darfur, forges new presence in SudanThe Security Council on Thursday extended the deployment of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and set out the parameters for a follow-on mission that will start its work on 1 January next year.Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Four Florida Men Charged for Their Roles in a $54 Million Compound Pharmacy Kickback Scheme

06/05/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Four Florida men were charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday for their alleged participation in a compound pharmacy kickback scheme.




Credit Union

credit union is a member-owned financial cooperative, controlled by its members and operated on the principle of people helping people, providing its members credit at competitive rates as well as other financial services.

Worldwide, credit union systems vary significantly in terms of total assets and average institution asset size, ranging from volunteer operations with a handful of members to institutions with assets worth several billion U.S. dollars and hundreds of thousands of members. In 2018 the number of members in credit unions worldwide was 274 million, with nearly 40 million members being added since 2016.

Commercial banks engaged in approximately five times more subprime lending relative to credit unions leading up to the financial crisis and were two and a half times more likely to fail during the crisis. American credit unions more than doubled lending to small businesses between 2008 and 2016, from $30 billion to $60 billion, while lending to small businesses overall during the same period declined by around $100 billion. In the US, public trust in credit unions stands at 60%, compared to 30% for big banks. Furthermore, small businesses are eighty percent less likely to be dissatisfied with a credit union than with a big bank.

“Natural-person credit unions” (also called “retail credit unions” or “consumer credit unions”) serve individuals, as distinguished from “corporate credit unions“, which serve other credit unions.

Credit unions differ from banks and other financial institutions in that those who have accounts in the credit union are its members and owners, and they elect their board of directors in a one-person-one-vote system regardless of their amount invested. Credit unions see themselves as different from mainstream banks, with a mission to be “community-oriented” and “serve people, not profit”.

Credit unions offer many of the same financial services as banks but often use different terminology. Typical services include share accounts (savings accounts), share draft accounts (checking accounts), credit cards, share term certificates (certificates of deposit), and online banking. Normally, only a member of a credit union may deposit or borrow money. Surveys of customers at banks and credit unions have consistently shown significantly higher customer satisfaction rates with the quality of service at credit unions. Credit unions have historically claimed to provide superior member service and to be committed to helping members improve their financial situation. In the context of financial inclusion, credit unions claim to provide a broader range of loan and savings products at a much cheaper cost to their members than do most microfinance institutions.

Credit unions differ from modern microfinance. Particularly, members’ control over financial resources is the distinguishing feature between the cooperative model and modern microfinance. The current dominant model of microfinance, whether it is provided by not-for-profit or for-profit institutions, places the control over financial resources and their allocation in the hands of a small number of microfinance providers that benefit from the highly profitable sector. 

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Why Thomas Jefferson Signed the Insurrection ActWith his political career in ruins after killing Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr set off to claim lands in the Southwest—and President Jefferson intended to stop him.READ MORE
Tulsa’s ‘Black Wall Street’ Flourished as a Self-Contained Hub in Early 1900sBefore the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Greenwood Avenue featured luxury shops, restaurants, movie theaters, a library, pool halls and nightclubs.READ MORE
How AIDS Remained an Unspoken—But Deadly—Epidemic for YearsHealth officials first became aware of AIDS in the summer of 1981, but U.S. leaders remained largely silent for four years.READ MORE
HISTORY This Week PodcastEpisode 22: A Century of Stigma for Black America and Mental Health. In 1840, U.S. Marshals conduct the Census with its newest question about mental health. The practice feeds a racist lie of the time: freedom causes African Americans to go insane.LISTEN NOW
Sheyann Webb: Smallest Freedom FighterSheyann Webb became involved with the civil rights movement when she just was 8 years old. On March 7, 1965, Webb was the youngest participant in the civil rights demonstration that became known as Bloody Sunday. Watch Now ›
‘I Am a Man’National Guard troops line Beale Street during the sanitation workers strike in Memphis on March 29, 1968. (Bettmman Collection / Getty Images)

Military members arriving in Hawaii exempt from state quarantine rules
Members of the U.S. military arriving in Hawaii will not be subjected to the state’s quarantine rule resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, but service members will follow a separate order restricting their movements.

Trump orders massive cut to U.S. troop numbers in Germany: report
The Wall Street Journal reported that troop levels would drop by 9,500 servicemembers under the plan.

Defense Department coronavirus cases spiked this week, passing 10,000
As the Defense Department prepares to lift controls on traveling and base access, cases are spiking.

Esper, Milley refuse to testify before the House next week
HASC chairman Rep. Adam Smith requested the two appear next week to explain comments and actions from the past week.

USFK commander: Racism and bigotry aren’t welcome in the US, military
“If you don’t think there is a problem, you might be part of the problem.”

Veterans cemeteries to resume some committal, memorial services next week
Most funeral services at the VA sites have been prohibited since late March.

Military exchange, MWR operations hit hard by effects of pandemic
MWR employees are facing an immediate risk of furlough, without COVID assistance, comptroller says.

Veterans unemployment drops in May, but worries about long-term job market linger
The jobless rate dropped by nearly a quarter from April to May, settling at 9 percent last month.

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan conducts airstrikes against Taliban attacking ANDSF checkpoint, first since Eid ceasefire
Violence continues in Afghanistan as US Forces-Afghanistan hit Taliban attacking Afghan troops.

Carrier Theodore Roosevelt is back operating in the Pacific after being sidelined by virus
Ten long weeks after a massive coronavirus outbreak sidelined one of the Navy’s signature warships, the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has returned to sea and is conducting military operations in the Pacific region.
Marine Corps Times

First Person: Countering COVID-19 misinformation in VenezuelaThe virus of false information and fake news which has proliferated globally as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, has not spared the crisis-wracked South American country, Venezuela. But the United Nations there is countering the misinformation by making sure that Venezuelans receive trustworthy and reliable information about the deadly virus.Health

Unsplash/Jérémy StenuitWHO urges mask use in confined public areas, where coronavirus still spreadsGovernments in areas with widespread COVID-19 transmission should encourage the use of non-medical masks on public transport, in shops and in other locations where physical distancing is difficult, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends, in updated guidance published on Friday.Health

World Bank / Sambrian MbaabuWorld Environment Day: COVID-19 crisis demands fundamental rethinkThe COVID-19 health crisis should be seen as a clarion call to “fundamentally rethink our relationship” with natural ecosystems and shrinking biodiversity, the UN cultural agency chief said on Friday, World Environment Day.Climate Change

MINUSMA/Harandane DickoTerrorist groups exploiting COVID-19 in Sahel, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security CouncilCOVID-19 is complicating an already complex security situation in the Sahel, with terrorist groups exploiting the pandemic as they step up attacks on national and international forces, the UN’s peacekeeping chief said on Friday.Peace and Security

UN News/Daniel DickinsonIndependent rights experts urge US to address systemic racism and racial biasNearly 30 independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council are calling for the United States to reform its criminal justice system in the wake of a recent spate of killings of African Americans, including at the hands of the police.Human Rights

WMO/Tapio NiemiMay confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdownLast month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, in an urgent appeal for Member States to renew their efforts to tackle climate threats.Climate Change

Unsplash/Habib DadkhahProtect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.Climate Change
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.
UN NEWS

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The Coronavirus can live in the air for up to 3 hours

ge·ol·o·gy

jēˈäləjē / noun

  1. the science that deals with the earth’s physical structure and substance, its history, and the processes that act on it.
    • the geological features of an area.”the geology of the Outer Hebrides”
    • the geological features of a planetary body.”the geology of the surface of Mars”

Definitions from Oxford Languages

Geology 

(from the Ancient Greek γῆ,  (“earth”) and -λoγία, -logia, (“study of”, “discourse” is an earth science concerned with the solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they change over time. Geology can also include the study of the solid features of any terrestrial planet or natural satellite such as Mars or the Moon. Modern geology significantly overlaps all other earth sciences, including hydrology and the atmospheric sciences, and so is treated as one major aspect of integrated earth system science and planetary science.

Geology describes the structure of the Earth on and beneath its surface, and the processes that have shaped that structure. It also provides tools to determine the relative and absolute ages of rocks found in a given location, and also to describe the histories of those rocks. By combining these tools, geologists are able to chronicle the geological history of the Earth as a whole, and also to demonstrate the age of the Earth. Geology provides the primary evidence for plate tectonics, the evolutionary history of life, and the Earth’s past climates.

Geologists use a wide variety of methods to understand the Earth’s structure and evolution, including field workrock descriptiongeophysical techniqueschemical analysisphysical experiments, and numerical modelling. In practical terms, geology is important for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation, evaluating water resources, understanding of natural hazards, the remediation of environmental problems, and providing insights into past climate change. Geology is a major academic discipline, and it plays an important role in geotechnical engineering.


This was 2 weeks ago. It was unimaginable then that it could get astronomically worse. We propose that the officers responsible for the murder of George Floyd, which triggered a global protest against ongoing police brutality and systemic racism during a global pandemic be held criminally responsible for the second wave now approaching. In a more just world, mayors of the cities of protest would have had mobile hygiene stations to accommodate the protesters. Perhaps officers instead could have handed out masks to fellow human beings for their safety and well being. In a just world..

Notify NYC: New Yorkers with symptoms or questions about COVID-19 can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge 9 am – 9 pm.

6/7 –



NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out the next wave of police reforms on Sunday, including shifting funds from the NYPD to youth and social services, in the aftermath of days of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” de Blasio said. “I also will affirm we will only do it in a way that is certain to continue the city will be safe.”


ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

Inside the Secret Life of New York’s Grand Central Terminal

Take a look into the past, present, and future of the world-famous train depot

By Stefanie Waldek


An illustration of the exterior of the proposed newly rebuilt Penn Station, where Madison Square Garden and the current transportation hub are now located.Photo: Jeff Stikeman for Rebuild Penn Station

The New Penn Station: Everything You Should Know

Replacing NYC’s most despised transportation hub—a win for both preservationists and more than 600,000 commuters a day—could be closer to happening than we thought.

By Guelda Voien

The main waiting hall in the proposed new Penn Station.Photo: Jeff Stikeman for Rebuild Penn Station

6/8 –

World Ocean’s Day💦



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Saturn’s Moon Titan Drifting Away Faster Than Previously Thought
The new research by scientists at NASA and the Italian Space Agency has implications for the entire Saturn system as well as other planets and moons.
› Read the full story
Three New Views of Mars’ Moon Phobos
Taken with the infrared camera on NASA’s Odyssey orbiter, the images reveal temperature variations aboard the small moon as it drifts into and out of Mars’ shadow.
› Read the full story

Marine Corps bars public display of Confederate flag on installations
“The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps.”
Marine recognized for performing CPR, saving life of unresponsive man at Walmart gas station
“It was no surprise me that he was the one who saved that man’s life.”
Travel restrictions lifted by DoD at these states and host nations
Thirty-nine states and five host nations meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions.
Plan to pull American troops from Germany worries US lawmakers
The White House has reportedly ordered troops levels in Germany to be slashed from about 34,500 today to 25,000.
Germany: American troop reduction could harm NATO security
Germany’s defense minister suggested Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plans to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops out of Germany could weaken not only the NATO alliance but the U.S. itself.

Naval Academy alumni board member resigns after accidental broadcast of racial slurs on Facebook
A Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees member resigned from his position Saturday after an accidental Facebook Live video broadcast him and his wife making racist comments and using racial slurs while talking about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Military commissaries seeing ‘strong sales’ with newly eligible disabled vets
In spite of hurdles, disabled veterans are using their new commissary benefit.
Here’s where commissary customers may find a silver lining in the pandemic
Commissaries are expanding ways to make it easier for customers to shop, in the pandemic and beyond.
National Guard moving out of DC as questions remain about how military handled George Floyd protests
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard talked to reporters Sunday the use of National Guard troops during protests in D.C.
An apolitical military is essential to maintaining balance among American institutions
Together, our U.S. military and civilian leaders must work to keep our military apolitical—as our founding fathers intended.
Marine Corps Times

‘Stand strong’ for justice over impunity, Security Council hears

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Security Council members hold an open video conference in connection with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

In tackling the myriad global challenges posed by COVID-19, the world must not ignore the perils of endemic hatred and division, and instead, “stand strong” in the face of those who favour impunity over justice, a senior UN judge told the the Security Council  on Monday.

No time to take ‘foot off the pedal’ as coronavirus pandemic worsens: WHOThe COVID-19 pandemic is worsening globally, with more than 136,000 cases recorded on Sunday: the highest number in a single day, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Health

UNDP Eurasia/Karen CirilloCoronavirus: World Bank confirms deepest recession since World War TwoThe COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2 per cent this year, representing the deepest recession since World War Two, and triggering a dramatic rise in extreme poverty, the World Bank said Monday in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.Economic Development

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe‘Stand strong’ for justice over impunity, Security Council hearsIn tackling the myriad global challenges posed by COVID-19, the world must not ignore the perils of endemic hatred and division, and instead, “stand strong” in the face of those who favour impunity over justice, a senior UN judge told the Security Council on Monday.Peace and Security

WFP/Giulio D’AdamoSolidarity is the world’s ‘best line of defence’: UN General Assembly presidentBack in September, the world committed to a landmark political declaration on universal health coverage. Now, in the throes of the COVID-19 crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly has reiterated the importance of investing in health as “an investment in human capital, social and economic development and the empowerment of all people”.SDGs

UNDP/Dhiraj SinghAs consumption rises, here’s why sustainable fisheries management mattersGlobal consumption of fish hit a record high in 2018 and is set to rise in the decade ahead, highlighting the need to ensure sustainable fisheries management, according to the latest report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Economic Development

Coral Reef Image Bank/Tracey JenWorld Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet greenThe COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day.SDGs

UNDP/Azza AishathFROM THE FIELD: Pacific islanders confront twin threats of climate change and coronavirusPeople living on an isolated island community in the Pacific Ocean are finding ways to reduce their dependence on expensive imported food while promoting climate resilient farming techniques, thanks to a programme supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Climate Change
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

6/9 –

Fifth Tennessee Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Offense for Beating Inmate and Conspiring to Cover up the Incident

06/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Jonathan York, 33, pleaded guilty to using unlawful force on an inmate and then conspiring to cover up the incident while York was serving as a correctional officer with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee D. Michael Dunavant, and FBI-Memphis Special Agent in Charge M.A. Myers.

Co-Owner of Puerto Rican Online Aquarium Business Pleads Guilty to Illicit Trafficking of Protected Reef Creatures

06/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former resident of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to export smuggling and two felony violations of the Lacey Act for collecting, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced.

Medical Technology Company President Charged in Scheme to Defraud Investors and Health Care Benefit Programs in Connection with COVID-19 Testing

06/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The president of a California-based medical technology company was charged in a complaint unsealed today in the Northern District of California, in connection with his alleged participation in schemes to mislead investors, to manipulate the company’s stock price and to conspire to commit health care fraud in connection with the submission of over $69 million in false and fraudulent claims for allergy and COVID-19 testing.

Harvard University Professor Indicted on False Statement Charges

06/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was indicted today on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. 




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This Sustainable, On-Demand Fashion Platform Will Help 10 Black Designers Launch Their Own Brands

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UN NEWS
Act now to avert COVID-19 global food emergency: GuterresAlthough the COVID-19 pandemic could push nearly 50 million more people into extreme poverty, this and other dire impacts of the crisis can be avoided if countries act immediately to shore up global food security, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday.Health

UN News/Daniel DickinsonArrest of Sudanese war crimes suspect ‘extremely significant’: UN rights chiefThe arrest of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman, commonly known as Ali Kushayb, an alleged former Janjaweed militia leader in the restive Darfur region of Sudan, has been hailed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as an “extremely significant development”.Law and Crime Prevention

UNICEF/DE WETNew UN report highlights link between gender, climate and securityEven as countries buckle under the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must consider the links between gender inequality and crisis, particularly in communities affected by climate change and conflict.Peace and Security

OCHA/Gema CortesInvest in humanitarian relief now, to limit possible ‘catastrophic’ impact of coronavirusThe Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) heard strong appeals on Tuesday for more funds to be steered into the UN’s COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, as it opened its annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment – the first to be held via video-teleconference.Humanitarian Aid

IOM/Jorge GalindoConflict-hit Nigerian families living under COVID-19 lockdowns, on ‘life-support’Help and funding are needed urgently for millions of people in Nigeria who have been hit severely by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including conflict-hit communities “on life-support” in the north-east, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.Humanitarian Aid

UNDP Guatemala/Caroline TrutmannFROM THE FIELD: The UN’s mission to transform agriculture, for people and planetHow can agriculture become better able to resist major international shocks such as climate change, and health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic?Economic Development
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

6/10 –

Department of Justice Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Support of Free Speech Challenge to California’s COVID-19 Ban on In-Person Political Protests 06/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a lawsuit by plaintiffs Ron Givens and Christine Bish, two individuals seeking to hold peaceful in-person protests of 500 to 1,000 people with social distancing on the grounds of the California State Capitol Building.

Government Contractor Resolves Charges Relating to Fraud on General Services Administration Contract to Modernize State Department Building 06/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Alutiiq International Solutions LLC (AIS), a subsidiary of Afognak Native Corporation (Afognak) and an Alaskan Native Corporation, within the meaning of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, that performs construction work on government contracts, has entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) and has agreed to pay over $1.25 million to resolve the Justice Department’s investigation into a kickback and fraud scheme perpetrated by a former AIS manager on a U.S. Government contract administered by the General Services Administration (GSA), announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security Propose Rule on Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal 06/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (collectively, the Departments) submitted to the Federal Register for publication a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend multiple provisions of the Departments’ regulations to create more efficient procedures for the adjudication of claims for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) regulations.  The NPRM is now available for public inspection and is expected to publish in the Federal Register in the near future.

South Korean Engineering Company Pleads Guilty to Defrauding U.S. Army, Agrees to Pay $68.4 Million 06/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (SK), one of the largest engineering firms in the Republic of Korea, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud, in connection with a fraudulent scheme to obtain U.S. Army contracts through payments to a U.S. Department of Defense contracting official and the submission of false claims to the U.S. government.

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Continues Hearing on Community Engagement 06/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Re-Training probably cannot fix this


#AdventureAtHome Week 2: Enjoy Birding
Birding is a simple and fun activity to take part in from anywhere in New York State. Birds are everywhere from the city to rural areas, and it’s easy to get started. Birding is fun for all ages and does not require special expensive equipment. Get started today!Watch our I Bird NY playlist for how-tos and inspiration. Learn more and take a 2020 I Bird NY ChallengeStay tuned for a special Spanish Facebook live event 9 a.m. on all things birds. Or, check out our Facebook live Birding 101 in English. Find a place to go bird watching.

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The Census Bureau is collaborating on this effort with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service.

When: 1-3 p.m. EDT

Who:             

  • Victoria (Tori) Velkoff, Associate Director for Demographic Programs
  • Jennifer Hunter Childs, Center for Behavioral Science Methods, Census Bureau
  • Jason Fields, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, Census Bureau
  • Stephen Blumberg, National Center for Health Statistics
  • Chris Chapman, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Shawn Bucholtz, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Christian Gregory, USDA Economic Research Service

Access: The webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. Attendees will be able to ask questions before and during the presentation by email at census.survey.feedback@census.gov.

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Now that the Defense Export Control and Compliance System (DECCS) is deployed, find out the tips and tricks to get your company set up for success in the new system.  We will go over commonly asked questions, best practices and there will be plenty time for Q & A.
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Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), briefs Security Council members during the open video conference in connection with the International Criminal Court and Sudan.
new coronavirus: WHOResearch is ongoing to determine how the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who show no symptoms of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday.Health

UN News/Shirin YaseenRights experts condemn use of force against journalists covering US protestsJournalists covering ongoing protests denouncing systemic racism and police brutality in the United States must be able to do their job in peace, two experts on the right to freedom of expression said on Wednesday.Human Rights©

UNDP Mauritania/Freya MoralesThroughout COVID-19 recovery, ‘plummeting’ clean energy costs can help climate actionAs COVID-19 hits the fossil fuel industry, a new UN report published on Wednesday shows that renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritize clean energy in national economic recovery packages and bring the world closer to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
 Climate Change

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderSudan: Indicted war crimes suspects must be brought to justice – ICC prosecutorBuoyed by the surrender of a key Darfur war crimes suspect, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging the Security Council to press Sudan to do more to bring other indicted persons – including ex-president Omar Al-Bashir – to justice.Peace and Security

UNDP/Fahad KaizerCOVID-19: ‘Unparalleled economic shock’ threatens development hopes and gainsAs the diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world, an “unparalleled economic shock” is putting development gains at risk, the UN chief told a meeting of high-powered business leaders on Wednesday.SDGs
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

6/11 –

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband Sends Letter to Montgomery County Maryland Executives Expressing First Amendment Concerns Regarding County Orders 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband sent a letter to Montgomery County Maryland executives expressing First Amendment concerns regarding county orders. The letter urges County Executive Elrich and the County Council to ensure that the county’s executive orders and enforcement of them respect both the right of residents to assemble and practice their faith.

Former DEA Official Pleads Guilty to Elaborate $4 Million Fraud Scheme 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) public affairs officer pleaded guilty today to defrauding at least a dozen companies of over $4.4 million by posing falsely as a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Two Former Earthwater Executives Plead Guilty for Investment Fraud Scheme Targeting Elderly Victims 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two former executives of EarthWater Limited (EarthWater), a Dallas-based company, have pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges for their role in a multi-million dollar high-yield investment fraud scheme that targeted elderly victims.

Fifteen Defendants Plead Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy in International Cyber Fraud Scheme 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Fifteen defendants have pleaded guilty to-date for their roles in a transnational and multi-million dollar scheme to defraud American victims through online auction fraud.

The Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Support of Equal Treatment of Washington State Church Based on Recent Supreme Court Ruling 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in a Washington State federal court supporting the First Amendment religious freedom claims of a Pierce County church, explaining how a recent Supreme Court decision, South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom (May 29, 2020), supports the church’s claim. 

Former Rapids Parish Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Offense for Assaulting Inmate 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Dominic Davidson, 27, a former Correctional Officer with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO), Detention Center 1, in Alexandria, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to one misdemeanor count of using excessive force against a pretrial detainee housed at the facility.

Gambian Man Indicted on Torture Charges 06/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Gambian man previously residing in Denver, Colorado was arrested today for torture charges stemming from his actions specifically intended to inflict severe physical pain and suffering on individuals in his custody and control in The Gambia in 2006.




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BEYOND NOW: PROTECTING PEOPLE THROUGH INNOVATION AND GOOD POLICY IN THE COVID EIRA

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In this 90-minute session, government leaders, NGO partners, and innovators will deliver a series of stimulating talks.

Drawing on their unique experiences, they will showcase examples of policy actions and both public and private sector-led responses—across education, health, food security, digital connectivity, and social protection.

World Bank Managing Director, Mari Pangestu will kick off this event and share key findings from the recently published reportProtecting People and Economies: Integrated Policy Responses to COVID-19.

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LIVE WORKSHOP – The Rocket, Pocket and Socket Science: Innovative Methods for Project Supervision in FCV Contexts
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.

Signs and Symptoms

While most but not all traumatized people experience short term symptoms, the majority do not develop ongoing (chronic) PTSD. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some experiences, like the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD. Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD. The course of the illness varies. Some people recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic.

A doctor who has experience helping people with mental illnesses, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

  • At least one re-experiencing symptom
  • At least one avoidance symptom
  • At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
  • At least two cognition and mood symptoms

Re-experiencing symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts

Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. The symptoms can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing symptoms.

Avoidance symptoms include:

  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience
  • Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event

Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.

Arousal and reactivity symptoms include:

  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Having angry outbursts

Arousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic events. These symptoms can make the person feel stressed and angry. They may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

Cognition and mood symptoms include:

  • Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event
  • Negative thoughts about oneself or the world
  • Distorted feelings like guilt or blame
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities

Cognition and mood symptoms can begin or worsen after the traumatic event, but are not due to injury or substance use. These symptoms can make the person feel alienated or detached from friends or family members.

It is natural to have some of these symptoms for a few weeks after a dangerous event. When the symptoms last more than a month, seriously affect one’s ability to function, and are not due to substance use, medical illness, or anything except the event itself, they might be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months. PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or one or more of the other anxiety disorders.

Do children react differently than adults?

Children and teens can have extreme reactions to trauma, but some of their symptoms may not be the same as adults. Symptoms sometimes seen in very young children (less than 6 years old), these symptoms can include:

  • Wetting the bed after having learned to use the toilet
  • Forgetting how to or being unable to talk
  • Acting out the scary event during playtime
  • Being unusually clingy with a parent or other adult

Older children and teens are more likely to show symptoms similar to those seen in adults. They may also develop disruptive, disrespectful, or destructive behaviors. Older children and teens may feel guilty for not preventing injury or deaths. They may also have thoughts of revenge.

Risk Factors

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.

Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also lead to PTSD.

Why do some people develop PTSD and other people do not?

It is important to remember that not everyone who lives through a dangerous event develops PTSD. In fact, most people will not develop the disorder.

Many factors play a part in whether a person will develop PTSD. Some examples are listed below. Risk factorsmake a person more likely to develop PTSD. Other factors, called resilience factors, can help reduce the risk of the disorder.

Some factors that increase risk for PTSD include:

  • Living through dangerous events and traumas
  • Getting hurt
  • Seeing another person hurt, or seeing a dead body
  • Childhood trauma
  • Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
  • Having little or no social support after the event
  • Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home
  • Having a history of mental illness or substance abuse

Some factors that may promote recovery after trauma include:

  • Seeking out support from other people, such as friends and family
  • Finding a support group after a traumatic event
  • Learning to feel good about one’s own actions in the face of danger
  • Having a positive coping strategy, or a way of getting through the bad event and learning from it
  • Being able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear

Researchers are studying the importance of these and other risk and resilience factors, including genetics and neurobiology. With more research, someday it may be possible to predict who is likely to develop PTSD and to prevent it.

Treatments and Therapies

The main treatments for people with PTSD are medications, psychotherapy (“talk” therapy), or both. Everyone is different, and PTSD affects people differently, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. It is important for anyone with PTSD to be treated by a mental health provider who is experienced with PTSD. Some people with PTSD may need to try different treatments to find what works for their symptoms.

If someone with PTSD is going through an ongoing trauma, such as being in an abusive relationship, both of the problems need to be addressed. Other ongoing problems can include panic disorder, depression, substance abuse, and feeling suicidal.

Medications

The most studied type of medication for treating PTSD are antidepressants, which may help control PTSD symptoms such as sadness, worry, anger, and feeling numb inside. Other medications may be helpful for treating specific PTSD symptoms, such as sleep problems and nightmares.

Doctors and patients can work together to find the best medication or medication combination, as well as the right dose. Check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration websitefor the latest information on patient medication guides, warnings, or newly approved medications.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”) involves talking with a mental health professional to treat a mental illness. Psychotherapy can occur one-on-one or in a group. Talk therapy treatment for PTSD usually lasts 6 to 12 weeks, but it can last longer. Research shows that support from family and friends can be an important part of recovery.

Many types of psychotherapy can help people with PTSD. Some types target the symptoms of PTSD directly. Other therapies focus on social, family, or job-related problems. The doctor or therapist may combine different therapies depending on each person’s needs.

Effective psychotherapies tend to emphasize a few key components, including education about symptoms, teaching skills to help identify the triggers of symptoms, and skills to manage the symptoms. One helpful form of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. CBT can include:

  • Exposure therapy.This helps people face and control their fear. It gradually exposes them to the trauma they experienced in a safe way. It uses imagining, writing, or visiting the place where the event happened. The therapist uses these tools to help people with PTSD cope with their feelings.
  • Cognitive restructuring.This helps people make sense of the bad memories. Sometimes people remember the event differently than how it happened. They may feel guilt or shame about something that is not their fault. The therapist helps people with PTSD look at what happened in a realistic way.

There are other types of treatment that can help as well. People with PTSD should talk about all treatment options with a therapist. Treatment should equip individuals with the skills to manage their symptoms and help them participate in activities that they enjoyed before developing PTSD.

How Talk Therapies Help People Overcome PTSD
Talk therapies teach people helpful ways to react to the frightening events that trigger their PTSD symptoms. Based on this general goal, different types of therapy may:

  • Teach about trauma and its effects
  • Use relaxation and anger-control skills
  • Provide tips for better sleep, diet, and exercise habits
  • Help people identify and deal with guilt, shame, and other feelings about the event
  • Focus on changing how people react to their PTSD symptoms. For example, therapy helps people face reminders of the trauma.

Beyond Treatment: How can I help myself?

It may be very hard to take that first step to help yourself. It is important to realize that although it may take some time, with treatment, you can get better. If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor. You can also check NIMH’s Help for Mental Illnesses pageor search online for “mental health providers,” “social services,” “hotlines,” or “physicians” for phone numbers and addresses. An emergency room doctor can also provide temporary help and can tell you where and how to get further help.

To help yourself while in treatment:

  • Talk with your doctor about treatment options
  • Engage in mild physical activity or exercise to help reduce stress
  • Set realistic goals for yourself
  • Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can
  • Try to spend time with other people, and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Tell others about things that may trigger symptoms.
  • Expect your symptoms to improve gradually, not immediately
  • Identify and seek out comforting situations, places, and people

Caring for yourself and others is especially important when large numbers of people are exposed to traumatic events (such as natural disasters, accidents, and violent acts).

Next Steps for PTSD Research

In the last decade, progress in research on the mental and biological foundations of PTSD has lead scientists to focus on better understanding the underlying causes of why people experience a range of reactions to trauma.

  • NIMH-funded researchers are exploring trauma patients in acute care settings to better understand the changes that occur in individuals whose symptoms improve naturally.
  • Other research is looking at how fear memories are affected by learning, changes in the body, or even sleep.
  • Research on preventing the development of PTSD soon after trauma exposure is also under way.
  • Other research is attempting to identify what factors determine whether someone with PTSD will respond well to one type of intervention or another, aiming to develop more personalized, effective, and efficient treatments.
  • As gene research and brain imaging technologies continue to improve, scientists are more likely to be able to pinpoint when and where in the brain PTSD begins. This understanding may then lead to better targeted treatments to suit each person’s own needs or even prevent the disorder before it causes harm.

DEFENSE NEWS
Today’s Top 5
  1. Trump opposes changing bases named for Confederate generals
(Military Times) President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he “will not even consider” renaming U.S. military bases currently honoring Confederate leaders, calling them “part of a great American heritage.”
 
  2. Defense committee chairman expresses ‘profound frustration’ with Esper
(Defense News) The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee today expressed “profound frustration” with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper over a “unacceptable” lack of response to a request that Esper appear before the committee.
 
3. Here’s what the CENTCOM commander says about the possibility of Syria, Afghanistan withdrawals
(Military Times) The general who helms U.S. Central Command said that any withdrawal from Syria will “ultimately be a political decision,” while still warning about 10,000 ISIS detainees at prison camps in the region, about 2,000 of whom he characterized as “hardcore foreign fighters” during a Middle East Institute event on Wednesday.
 
  4. NORAD: F-22s intercept Russian bombers near Alaska
(Air Force Times) Two formations of Russian bombers were intercepted by F-22 Raptor fighters Wednesday after they entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, North American Aerospace Defense Command said.
 
  5. TRANSCOM pulls back $7 billion contract to privatize military household goods moves
(Military Times) A $7.2 billion contract for outsourcing the management of moving service members’ household goods has been pulled back by the U.S. Transportation Command.

UN NEWS

COVID-19 highlights ‘life and death’ stakes for greater digital cooperationManaging the digital divide better, has become “a matter of life and death” for people unable to access essential healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief has told a virtual high-level meeting on rapid technological change.SDGs

TANZBATT 7/Ibrahim MayambuaWomen integral to battling coronavirus and pushing for lasting peace and securityThe coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the differentiated impacts that COVID-19 is having on women, including new obstacles to their meaningful participation in peace processes.Peace and Security

MINUSCA/Biliaminou A. AlaoCOVID-19 in Africa: WHO urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000COVID-19 is accelerating in Africa, with more than 200,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday.Health

UN Photo/Harandane DickoUN chief urges continued international support for Mali amid growing terrorist threatThe UN Secretary-General has stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali, as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles, including terrorism, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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A Message from Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities:

Racism and the Health of Every American

“The past few weeks have been an extremely difficult time in the United States. George Floyd’s death was so painful to witness. Even more painful is the knowledge that he was only one in a long, long line of African American men and women who have been killed by police in America. It is a relentless, terrible history, and his death was yet another reminder of injustice in our lives. It is the same injustice that American Indians suffered in colonial times and the 19th century, losing their lands and being victimized by war. It is the same injustice that led to mass deportation of Mexican Americans—people born in the United States—in the 1930s. It is the same injustice that led to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. This is our history.

I have watched the protests—at times coupled with violence but mostly peaceful—and been heartened by the Americans of all races who have continued to show up, day after day, to say that Black lives matter and structural racism must end. This is a society that is proud to say that all are created equal, with liberty and justice for all, but the history of injustice is clear. People are not standing for it anymore.”

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UN chief calls for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’, with many stranded at seaDue to COVID-related travel restrictions, hundreds of thousands of the world’s two million seafarers have been “stranded at sea for months”, said the UN chief on Friday, calling for them to be categorized as “key workers”, during the pandemic.Health

OCHA/Gema CortesHealth experts concerned about indirect effects of COVID-19 on women and youthAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about its impact on women, children and young people.Health

UNICEF/Prashanth VishwanathanChild labour gains since 2000 ‘could be wiped out by COVID’, UN warnsHuge gains made towards ending child labour over the last 20 years, risk being reversed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Friday, in an appeal for governments to continue investing in measures that have helped reduce the number of youngsters working, by 94 million, since 2000.Human Rights

MONUSCOAmidst COVID-19 challenges, UN ‘remains operational’ across Central AfricaThe coronavirus pandemic has compounded increasing economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing States and regional institutions across Central Africa, the regional UN envoy told the Security Council on Friday.Peace and Security©

UNHCR/Sourig AboutaliAmid COVID-19 and climate change, UNHCR appeals for $186 million for Sahel refugee and displacement crisisThe UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance in the Sahel amidst fears that the conflict in the vast African region – exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – will spread.Migrants and Refugees©

UNICEFFunding shortfall affecting critical water, sanitation services in YemenChildren in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster need help more than ever, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, in an appeal for more support to provide basic services in Yemen.Humanitarian Aid
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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In computer scienceartificial intelligence (AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. Leading AI textbooks define the field as the study of “intelligent agents“: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is often used to describe machines (or computers) that mimic “cognitive” functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as “learning” and “problem solving”.

As machines become increasingly capable, tasks considered to require “intelligence” are often removed from the definition of AI, a phenomenon known as the AI effect. A quip in Tesler’s Theorem says “AI is whatever hasn’t been done yet.” For instance, optical character recognition is frequently excluded from things considered to be AI, having become a routine technology. Modern machine capabilities generally classified as AI include successfully understanding human speech, competing at the highest level in strategic game systems (such as chess and Go), autonomously operating cars, intelligent routing in content delivery networks, and military simulations.

Artificial intelligence was founded as an academic discipline in 1955, and in the years since has experienced several waves of optimism, followed by disappointment and the loss of funding (known as an “AI winter“), followed by new approaches, success and renewed funding. For most of its history, AI research has been divided into sub-fields that often fail to communicate with each other. These sub-fields are based on technical considerations, such as particular goals (e.g. “robotics” or “machine learning“), the use of particular tools (“logic” or artificial neural networks), or deep philosophical differences. Sub-fields have also been based on social factors (particular institutions or the work of particular researchers).

The traditional problems (or goals) of AI research include reasoningknowledge representationplanninglearningnatural language processingperception and the ability to move and manipulate objects. General intelligence is among the field’s long-term goals. Approaches include statistical methodscomputational intelligence, and traditional symbolic AI. Many tools are used in AI, including versions of search and mathematical optimizationartificial neural networks, and methods based on statistics, probability and economics. The AI field draws upon computer scienceinformation engineeringmathematicspsychologylinguisticsphilosophy, and many other fields.

The field was founded on the assumption that human intelligence “can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it”. This raises philosophical arguments about the nature of the mind and the ethics of creating artificial beings endowed with human-like intelligence. These issues have been explored by mythfiction and philosophy since antiquity. Some people also consider AI to be a danger to humanity if it progresses unabated. Others believe that AI, unlike previous technological revolutions, will create a risk of mass unemployment.

In the twenty-first century, AI techniques have experienced a resurgence following concurrent advances in computer power, large amounts of data, and theoretical understanding; and AI techniques have become an essential part of the technology industry, helping to solve many challenging problems in computer science, software engineering and operations research.

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Global Conquest 

is a computer game developed by Microplay Software in 1992 for the PC (DOS). It is a version of Empire with numerous gameplay upgrades and a multi-player mode supported via modems.

Global Conquest is a strategy game where the object is to discover territories and conquer the world through strategy and management of military and economic resources.

The game always involves four opponents, which may be controlled by the computer or human players, and can be played via modem. The world is generated for every game, with the environment composed of oceans, plains, forests, swamps, or mountains, to which the players add units such as infantryarmorsubsairplanesbattleships, and aircraft carriers. Players start with, and can manufacture, a spy unit that can not only steal secrets but can see with wide-ranging eyes. A player’s Comcen is the most powerful piece, and a player is out of the game upon losing the Comcen. A player’s collection of cities, also known as burbs, creates units and must then financially support them with money dumped into the treasury each turn.

As with Bunten’s earlier game M.U.L.E.Global Conquest is designed to balance gameplay between players. Random events are adjusted so that the player in first place is never lucky and the last-place player is never unlucky.

In 1992 and 1994 surveys of science fiction games, Computer Gaming World gave Global Conquest four-plus stars out of five, stating that its “main strength is modem play coupled with detailed military operations” The magazine later named it one of 1992’s best wargames. The game was reviewed in 1993 in Dragon #189 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in “The Role of Computers” column. The reviewers gave the game 4 out of 5 stars.


Images of the star Proxima Centauri captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft (left) and a ground-based telescope (right). Use a stereo viewer for these photos; if you don’t have a viewer, change your focus from the image by looking “through” it (and the screen) and into the distance. This creates the effect of a third image in the middle; try setting your focus on that third image. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Brian May/Las Cumbres Observatory/Siding Spring Observatory)


ARCHITECTURE

14 Beautiful Examples of When Historic and Modern Architecture Come Together

It doesn’t happen often, but when old and new architecture are joined in a thoughtful manner, the results can be dazzling

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Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct with Minors in the Republic of Kenya 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Lancaster County, Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty today to engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Issues Further Update to Memo on the Applicability of the Wire Act to Non-Sports Gambling 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Department of Justice Announces Launch of Civil Rights Reporting Portal 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice today announced the launch of the Civil Rights Reporting Portal. This new online tool will make it easier for the public to report a civil rights violation.

Justice Department Files Civil Action to Support Major Expansion of Arlington National Cemetery 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice filed today a civil action on behalf of the Department of the Army for the taking of roadways owned or operated by Arlington County, Virginia, by eminent domain for the purpose of expanding Arlington National Cemetery.  The taking and relocation of these roadways, together with future planned acquisitions from the Commonwealth of Virginia, will establish a single, contiguous parcel of land south of the existing cemetery.  The incorporation of this land into the cemetery will create a 49-acre contiguous parcel available for cemetery development.

Office for Victims of Crime Awards Nearly $2 Million to Respond to Elder Fraud 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Executions Scheduled for Four Federal Inmates Convicted of Murdering Children 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at White House Summit on Protecting the elderly 06/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT




DEFENSE NEWS

Today’s Top 5
  1.Trump calls out China, protests and the Afghanistan war in West Point Class of 2020 graduation speech
(Military Times) Much of the President Donald Trump’s commencement address at the United States Military Academy’s Class of 2020 graduation and commissioning ceremony Saturday focused on the legacy of West Point and its graduates ― from fighting fascism in the World Wars to protecting black students during desegregation in the 1960s.
 
  2. White House ties with military face major test
(Wall Street Journal) Respect for military could be imperiled by embroiling it in domestic politics, retired generals have warned
 
  3. ‘The walk’ thrust Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Milley reluctantly into spotlight
(The Associated Press) In his first eight months as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley carefully crafted a low-key public profile. He knew that splashy and sassy were unlikely to endear him to his boss, President Donald Trump.
 
  4. Cadet becomes first observant Sikh to graduate from West Point
(The Hill) The United States Military Academy at West Point will graduate its first observant Sikh cadet on Saturday.
 
  5. Military base namesakes include slaveholders, failed generals
(The Associated Press) As much as President Donald Trump enjoys talking about winning and winners, the Confederate generals he vows will not have their names removed from U.S. military bases were not only on the losing side of rebellion against the United States, some weren’t even considered good generals.

United States of America 🇺🇸

The United States, including its territories
CapitalWashington, D.C.38°53′N 77°01′W
Largest cityNew York City40°43′N 74°00′W
Official languagesNone at federal level[a]
National languageEnglish
Ethnic groups (2018)[7]By race:76.5% White13.4% Black5.9% Asian2.7% Other/multiracial1.3% Native American0.2% Pacific IslanderEthnicity:18.3% Hispanic or Latino81.7% non-Hispanic or Latino
Demonym(s)American[b][8]
GovernmentFederal presidential constitutional republic
• PresidentDonald Trump (R)
• Vice President[c]Mike Pence (R)
• House SpeakerNancy Pelosi (D)
• Chief JusticeJohn Roberts
LegislatureCongress
• Upper houseSenate
• Lower houseHouse of Representatives
Independence from Great Britain
• DeclarationJuly 4, 1776
• Articles of ConfederationMarch 1, 1781
• Treaty of ParisSeptember 3, 1783
• Current constitutionJune 21, 1788
• Bill of RightsSeptember 25, 1789
• Last state admittedAugust 21, 1959 (Hawaii)
• Last amendmentMay 5, 1992
Area
• Total area3,796,742 sq mi (9,833,520 km2)[d][9] (3rd/4th)
• Water (%)6.97
• Total land area3,531,905 sq mi (9,147,590 km2)
Population
• 2019 estimateIncrease 328,239,523[7] (3rd)
• 2010 census308,745,538[e][10] (3rd)
• Density87/sq mi (33.6/km2) (146th)
GDP (PPP)2020 estimate
• TotalIncrease $22.321 trillion[11] (2nd)
• Per capitaIncrease $67,426[11] (11th)
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• TotalIncrease $22.321 trillion[11] (1st)
• Per capitaIncrease $67,426[11] (7th)
Gini (2017)Positive decrease 39.0[12]
medium · 56th
HDI (2018)Increase 0.920[13]
very high · 15th
CurrencyUnited States dollar ($) (USD)
Time zoneUTC−4 to −12, +10, +11
• Summer (DST)UTC−4 to −10[f]
Date formatmm/dd/yyyyyyyy-mm-dd
Mains electricity120 V–60 Hz
Driving sideright[g]
Calling code+1
ISO 3166 codeUS
Internet TLDGeneric top-level domain.com.org.net.edu.gov.milccTLD (generally not used in the U.S.).us.pr.as.gu.mp.vi.um


Children caught in conflict facing ‘brutality and fear while the world watches’Boys and girls used and abused in armed conflict have had their childhoods replaced by “pain, brutality and fear while the world watches”, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said on Monday.Human Rights©

UNICEF/Carola AndradeCOVID-19: Preparations for southern flu season must be a priority: WHO’s TedrosDespite the ongoing global response to COVID-19, the world cannot lose sight of the significant public health risk posed by influenza, which affects every country every year and takes its own deadly toll, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday. Health

George Fakhry/UNITADIraq: UN probe into ISIL atrocities making ‘real progress’, Security Council hearsThe special UN Investigative Team probing ISIL atrocities in Iraq is making “real progress,” its chief said on Monday, as it begins to pinpoint the perpetrators of some of the worst crimes committed by the terrorist group during its years-long occupation of large swathes of the country.Peace and Security©

Sarah ScaffidiHuman Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debateAfter a three month long COVID-19-enforced break, the Human Rights Council resumed on Monday, giving the green light to a rare Urgent Debate on racism, alleged police brutality and violence against protesters sickened by the killing of American George Floyd in police custody.Human Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Joint Statement by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox and Senior Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General Office of Justice Programs Bill Woolf before the Senate Judiciary Committee 06/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT



Family court 

was originally created to be a Court of Equity convened to decide matters and make orders in relation to family law, such as custody of children and could disregard certain legal requirements as long as the petitioner/plaintiff came into court with “clean hands” and the request was reasonable, “quantum meruit”. Changes in laws and rules have made this distinction superfluous.

Family courts hear all cases that relate to familial and domestic relationships. Each state and each country has a different system utilized to address family law cases including decisions regarding divorce cases.

In the United States

Family courts were first established in the United States in 1910, when they were called domestic relations courts, although the idea itself is much older. In the United States family court falls under the heading of Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. These types of courts deal only with a specific type of case and they are presided over by a single judge without a jury, except in the State of Texas, where parents have a right to a jury, instead of a judge; a right which is almost always invariably waived in favor of settlement instead of further litigation.

Family Law 

(also called matrimonial law or the law of domestic relations) is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations.

Overview

Subjects that commonly fall under a nation’s body of family law include:

This list is not exhaustive and varies depending on jurisdiction.

Conflict of laws

Main articles: Conflict of marriage laws and Conflict of divorce laws

Issues may arise in family law where there is a question as to the laws of the jurisdiction that apply to the marriage relationship or to custody and divorce, and whether a divorce or child custody order is recognized under the laws of another jurisdiction. For child custody, many nations have joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in order to grant recognition to other member states’ custody orders and avoid issues of parental kidnapping.


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This global color mosaic of Neptune’s moon Triton was taken in 1989 by Voyager 2 during its flyby of the Neptune system. Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS
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UN NEWS
Security Council: Time is on no-one’s side in Syria, warns top UN envoyWith war-weary Syria in economic freefall and protesters back on the streets, all sides – domestic and international – must find a way forward that helps its people overcome their suffering and shape their own future, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen says.Peace and Security

UN News/Reem AbazaRights experts call for global opposition to Israel’s annexation plansNearly 50 independent human rights experts are calling for the international community to oppose Israel’s plan to annex significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank beginning as early as next month.Human Rights

UN News/Daniel DickinsonTrade in many developing countries projected to ‘nosedive’, warns UNCTADTrade in many developing countries is expected to take a “nosedive” in the second quarter of 2020, owing to the unprecedented effects of the coronavirus pandemic, UN economists said on Tuesday.Economic Development

WFP/Karolyn UreñaCOVID-19: UN agencies warn against rising hunger in Latin America and the CaribbeanThe number of people in Latin America and the Caribbean living in extreme poverty could surpass 83 million this year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a significant rise in hunger, according to a UN report released on Tuesday.Humanitarian Aid

UNSOMFROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 just the latest crisis facing SomaliaDevastating floods, desert locusts and the COVID-19 pandemic constitute a ‘triple threat’, that risks reversing political and security gains made in Somalia in recent years, the United Nations is warning.Health©

UNICEF/Omar AlbamSyrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impactThe COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic spike in the number of Syrian refugees in need of emergency assistance in the last three months, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, in an appeal for funding to confront new challenges posed by the health emergency.Migrants and Refugees

UNESCOConviction of Filipino journalist ‘a new low’, says independent UN expertThe conviction of prominent Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has been described by an independent UN expert as “a new low in the Philippines’ protection of the freedom of expression” and “the ability of an independent media to function in the country”.Human Rights

IFADUN chief in ‘support migrants’ plea, as remittances drop by 20 per cent predictedMarking International Day of Family Remittances, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has released a message appealing for “people everywhere” to support migrants, at a time when remittances – the money migrants send home to support their families – have fallen by more than $100 billion, causing hunger, lost schooling and deteriorating health, for tens of millions of families.Economic Development
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  1. Senate’s top Republican ‘OK’ with removing Confederate names from military bases
(The Associated Press) Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’s “OK” with renaming military bases such as Fort Bragg that are named after Confederate Army officers, declining to side with President Donald Trump and other Republicans opposed to the move.
 
  2. NATO chief plays down concern over US troop withdrawl plans in Germany
(The Associated Press) NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday played down concern that the United States will rush to pull thousands of its troops out of Germany, saying that Washington has made no final decision on when such a withdrawal might take place or even how it would happen.
 
  3. Military leaders promise to address systemic racial disparities in the military justice system
(Washington Post) Disparities in how white U.S. troops and service members of color are treated in the military justice system have persisted for years and new efforts are needed to understand racial bias and its consequences, senior officers told a congressional panel Tuesday.
 
  4. ‘I could fill an ocean with the tears’: Wife of crashed F-15 pilot mourns his loss
(Air Force Times) The young F-15 pilot who was lost when his plane crashed in the North Sea near England Monday was remembered by his family, friends and the Air Force as a loving, kind and faithful husband.
 
  5. Elaine McCusker, Pentagon comptroller, resigns
(Defense News) Elaine McCusker, who has been serving as the Pentagon’s acting comptroller for 18 months, has resigned, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Tuesday.
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A Cosmic Baby Is Discovered, and It’s Brilliant

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The Red Planet’s surface has been visited by eight NASA spacecraft. The ninth will be the first that includes gathering Mars samples for future return to Earth.
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UN News/Daniel Dickinson
George Floyd, an African American, was killed after being restrained by police in the United States

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday heard powerful testimony from the brother of George Floyd, whose death, captured on video, while a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis, has sparked worldwide protest.

‘I am my brother’s keeper’, Philonise Floyd tells UN rights body, in impassioned plea for racial justiceThe UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday heard powerful testimony from the brother of George Floyd, whose death,  captured on video, while a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis, has sparked worldwide protest.Human Rights

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeTurkish diplomat elected President of historic 75th UN General AssemblyVolkan Bozkir of Turkey was elected President of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly in a vote held on Wednesday that was emblematic of its time.UN Affairs

Luis Díaz IzquierdoWelcoming early results on use of dexamethasone in sickest COVID-19 patients, WHO warns it’s ‘no cure-all’The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday hailed news from the United Kingdom that a common steroid, dexamethasone, can potentially help save the lives of patients with severe cases of COVID-19, but it warned that it is by no means a cure-all.Health©

UNICEF/Tanya Bindra‘New contract’ needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at bayThe UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change.Climate Change

Unsplash/ Tristan BilletUS Supreme Court ruling ‘extremely positive’ for LGBT community, says UN Rights ExpertA UN expert on Wednesday hailed an historic judgement issued by the United States Supreme Court on 15 June that firing a person on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is unlawful.Human Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Public Health Webinar Series on Blood Disorders – Overview of Novel Thalassemia TreatmentsJoin us for an Overview of Novel Thalassemia Treatments

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World Refugee Day: End conflict that drives ‘appalling’ displacement numbersUN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises.Migrants and Refugees©

UNICEF/Anush BabajanyanCountries fail to protect a billion children from violence each year, UN warnsEach year, half of the world’s children – around one billion youngsters – are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence because countries fail to follow established strategies to protect them, according to a new UN report issued Thursday.Peace and Security

UN Photo/Manuel EliasKenya wins final contested seat on Security CouncilKenya has been elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, defeating Djibouti for a seat designated for African countries.UN Affairs

FAO/Elisabeth TsehloFROM THE FIELD: Adapting to Lesotho’s changing climateLiving in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho comes with its fair share of challenges, including land degradation and climate change, which are upending traditional farming practices. Climate Change©

UNHCR/Vincent TremeauUN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displacedGlobal displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year – almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago – owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.Migrants and Refugees
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Juneteenth Message from Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was first announced to enslaved African-Americans in Texas.  On that day, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that the enslaved were now free.  This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became the official policy of the United States on January 1, 1863.

Attorney General William P. Barr on the Nomination of Jay Clayton to Serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Readout of Attorney General William P. Barr’s Visit with Boston and New York City Police Departments 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Virginia Attorneys Plead Guilty for Orchestrating a $200 Million Extortion Scheme Targeting a Multinational Chemicals Company 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two licensed Virginia attorneys pleaded guilty today to federal extortion charges, admitting their roles in a scheme to extort a multinational chemicals company by threatening to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if their demands for a $200 million payment disguised as a purported “consulting agreement” were not met.

The Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest Defending the Constitutionality of Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in Idaho federal court defending Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act against a challenge under the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.  

Colorado Tax Evader Pleads Guilty to Fleeing to Avoid Serving Five Year Prison Sentence 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Colorado tax defier pleaded guilty yesterday to failing to surrender to serve his prison sentence for tax evasion and illegal possession of a firearm, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Stafford County, Virginia, Over Blocking of Islamic Cemetery 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that Stafford County, Virginia, violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by enacting overly restrictive zoning regulations prohibiting an Islamic organization from developing a religious cemetery on land it had purchased for that purpose.  

Former Norfolk Doctor Sentenced For Role In Internet Pharmacy Organization 06/19/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former Norfolk physician has been sentenced for his role in a long-running Internet pharmacy operation, the Department of Justice announced.



DEFENSE NEWS – Military Culture
  Juneteenth marks a momentous occasion for the military, too
(Military Times) Juneteenth is a celebration of liberation for African Americans and Union troops.
 
  Bear Grylls is rebooting ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo’ — with Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan






Human Rights Council calls on top UN rights official to take action on racist violence

UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Protests have been occurring daily in New York City against racism and police violence, following the death of George Floyd.

Human Rights

The UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, is to spearhead efforts to address systemic racism against people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, the Human Rights Council decided on Friday. The resolution – decided unanimously without a vote – follows a rare Urgent Debate in the Council earlier in the week, requested by the African group of nations, following the death of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota.

UN News/Daniel Johnson
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, briefs the press in Geneva. 
World Refugee Day: End conflict that drives ‘appalling’ displacement numbersUN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises.Migrants and Refugees

UN-Habitat/Julius MweluHaiti needs a strong COVID-19 response to maintain national stabilityThe UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) and 19 UN agencies there have been working together to support a country in the throes of a pandemic that could challenge the nation’s delicate balance of stability, security and development, the head of the Mission told the Security Council on Friday.Peace and Securit

UNICEF/Artem GetmanCOVID-19: UN health agency warns of ‘new and dangerous phase’ as cases mountThe world is entering “a new and dangerous phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infection rates continue to climb, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.Health©

UNICEF/Frank DejongCOVID-19 intensifies ‘brutal crime’ of sexual violence in conflict Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is “a brutal crime” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief underscored on Friday, the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.Human Rights

ILO/Marcel CrozetNew UN report offers blueprint for greener, more resilient world of workJobs, livelihoods and the well-being of workers, families and businesses across the globe, continue to take a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic; with micro, small and medium enterprises in particular, suffering the dire economic consequences, according to a new policy brief released by the UN on Friday.Economic Development

UN News/Daniel JohnsonHong Kong: Draft law on national security must comply with rights obligationsThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that her office was closely following developments as China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress, holds talks on a proposed national security law for Hong Kong.Human Rights

United NationsWithout funds, ‘no choice’ but to suspend most aid flights, warns WFPA critical warning was issued by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP4) on Friday, declaring that it may soon have “no choice” but to suspend “most” of its critical aid flights, because of a lack of funding.Humanitarian Aid
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Allgood KL, Hunt B, Rucker MG. African American: White Disparities in HIV Mortality in the United States: 1990-2009. Journal of Racial Ethnic Health Disparities. 2016;3(1):168‐175. doi:10.1007/s40615-015-0141-8.

Bor J, Venkataramani AS, Williams DR, & Tsai AC. Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of African American Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental studyLancet. 2018;392(10144):302‐310. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31130-9.

DeGue, S, Fowler, KA., & Calkins, C. Deaths Due to Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System, 17 U.S. States, 2009-2012. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016; 51(5 Suppl 3), S173–S187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.08.027

Erosheva, EA, Grant, S, Chen, M, Lindner, MD, Nakamura, RK, & Lee, CL. NIH peer review: Criterion scores completely account for racial disparities in overall impact scoresScience Advances. 2020; 6(23). eaaz4868. 10.1126/sciadv.aaz4868.

Ginther DK, Schaffer WT, Schnell J, et al. Race, ethnicity, and NIH research awardsScience. 2011;333(6045):1015‐1019. doi:10.1016/science.1196783

Hoppe TA, Litovitz A, Willis KA, et al. Topic choice contributes to the lower rate of NIH awards to African-American/African American scientistsScience Advances. 2019;5(10): eaaw7238. Published 2019 Oct 9. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aaw7238

Williams, DR. Stress and the Mental Health of Populations of Color: Advancing Our Understanding of Race-Related StressorsJournal of Health and Social Behavior, 59(4): 466-485, 2018.


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6/21 –


Men and Mental Health

Overview

While mental illnesses affect both men and women, the prevalence of mental illnesses in men is often lower than women. Men with mental illnesses are also less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. However, men are more likely to die by suicide than women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental disorder is the first step toward getting treatment. The earlier that treatment begins, the more effective it can be.

Warning Signs

Men and women can develop most of the same mental disorders and conditions but may experience different symptoms. Some symptoms include:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Aches, headaches, digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life
  • Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people

Mental disorders can be treated: If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor or visit NIMH’s Help for Mental Illnesses webpage. Communicating well with your health care provider can improve your care and help you both make good choices about your health. Read about tips to help prepare and get the most out of your visit. For additional resources, including questions to ask your health care provider, visit the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


People in parts of China, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, India, and Pakistan will be able to see the eclipse.

6/22 –

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Continues Hearing on Community Engagement, Holds Hearing on Research Perspectives 06/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Justice Department’s Antitrust Division And The Securities And Exchange Commission Sign Historic Memorandum Of Understanding 06/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Securities and Exchange Commission have signed an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to foster cooperation and communication between the agencies with the aim of enhancing competition in the securities industry. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division announced the first-ever MOU between the Antitrust Division and the SEC, which was executed with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton before a discussion on equity market structure hosted by MIT’s Golub Center for Finance and Policy this afternoon.

Massachusetts Man Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud 06/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Massachusetts man was arrested today and charged with allegedly filing fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $13 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider on New York City’s Reopening Plans 06/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT


DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. Capt. Crozier won’t be reinstated as the commander of the carrier Theodore Roosevelt
(Navy Times) The decision came after a deeper probe into how Crozier handled a highly publicized COVID-19 outbreak on the ship.
 
  2. Troops would see 3 percent pay raise, more child care and family support programs under House plan
(Military Times) Military Times obtained an early copy of House personnel plans for the annual defense authorization bill, set to be voted on this week.
 
  3. Air Force CMSgt JoAnne Bass to become first woman to serve as senior enlisted member in any branch of the services
(Air Force Times) The next chief of staff of the Air Force, Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, said Bass has the experience for the job and a leadership style that matches his own.
 
  4. The Pentagon wants to forge ahead with robot warships, but Congress wants to slow the train
(Defense News) Lawmakers are wary of giving the Navy too much leash on unmanned warships.
 
  5. Remains of one of two missing Fort Hood soldiers found
(Army Times) The remains of one of two missing Fort Hood soldiers were discovered Friday in Killeen, Texas, according to Fort Hood officials.



UN NEWS: WHO reports largest single day increase in COVID-19 casesThe World Health Organization (WHO) reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases over the course of Sunday, registering more than 183,000 new infections in 24 hours, bringing the total to some 8.8 million cases worldwide, with more than 465,000 deaths.Health

United NationsFirst Person: Ending violence against women – ‘men and boys — I am talking to you’, says UN Deputy ChiefMen and boys who “turn a blind eye” to violence against women, must accept that they are “accomplices to violence” according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. Women

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeNew Assembly president pledges to serve UN ‘as a whole’, building consensusThe expectations and views of each of the world’s regional groups and its members “will be equally important and valuable to me”, the newly elected president of what will be the 75th UN General Assembly, told an informal meeting of the world body on Monday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Loey FelipeCOVID ‘exacerbating existing vulnerabilities’ in Central African Republic: LacroixThe Central African Republic (CAR) is making progress as it prepares for presidential and legislative elections in December, but the political situation is still fragile – and security conditions volatile – amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said on Monday.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Karin SchermbruckeCountries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages, within next two monthsStocks of medication for HIV patients could run out in the next two months, because of higher costs linked to lockdowns and COVID-19 border closures, UNAIDS said on Monday.Health

Delphine BuysseFROM THE FIELD: Painting the post-pandemic world in SenegalA group of mural artists in Senegal is painting its vision of how the world may look after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, whilst providing important information about how, in the meantime, to stay safe from the deadly virus.Migrants and Refugees
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UN Affairs
The expectations and views of each of the world’s regional groups and its members “will be equally important and valuable to me”, the newly elected president of what will be the 75th UN General Assembly, told an informal meeting of the world body on Monday.

6/23 –

Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on Introduction of Lawful Access Bill in Senate06/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Today, Attorney General William P. Barr issued the following statement on the introduction of a bill that would give law enforcement access to critical digital evidence if permitted by a court while also protecting privacy. The legislation is sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton, and Marsha Blackburn.

Antitrust Division Issues 2020 Annual Newsletter Update 06/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice issued the 2020 edition of its annual Newsletter Update today. The Newsletter highlights the Antitrust Division’s recent activities, including responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, successes on civil and criminal enforcement, international cooperation, and competition advocacy. The Newsletter also includes a message from Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim.

Department of Justice Announces $42 Million to Combat Illegal Manufacture and Distribution of Methamphetamine and Opioids 06/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Texas Man Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud, False Statements and Money Laundering 06/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Texas man was charged in an indictment unsealed today with wire fraud, false statements to a financial institution and money laundering for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $3 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Court Finds Miami-Area Tax Preparer and His Business in Contempt for Violating Permanent Injunction 06/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
On June 23, 2020, a federal court in Miami, Florida issued an order holding Vilbrun Simon and Simon Accounting & Tax, LLC in contempt for violating a permanent injunction that bars them from preparing or filing federal tax returns for others.

Alabama Tax Preparer Indicted for Filing False Returns 06/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury in Birmingham, Alabama, returned an indictment today, charging an Alabama tax preparer with filing a false tax return for herself and preparing false tax returns for clients, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town for the Northern District of Alabama.


  1. House lawmakers put limits on the Air Force’s planned Global Hawk divestment
(Defense News) The House Armed Services Committee will allow the Air Force to retire a portion of its RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone inventory in fiscal year 2021 as long as it can meet certain conditions.
 
  2. US Navy announces intent to ink $10 billion in contracts for first 2 Columbia subs
(Defense News) The US Navy is poised to ink almost $10.4 billion in contracts with General Dynamics Electric Boat to procure the first two Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines, which carry more than a dozen nuclear missiles on constant deterrent patrols.
 
  3. House bill charges Guard, Reserve forces with defending the nation in cyberspace
(Fifth Domain) A House Armed Services Committee draft of the annual defense policy bill calls for the National Guard and Reserve components to assist in defending the nation in cyberspace.
 
  4. US soldier plotted with Satanic neo-Nazis to ambush his own unit overseas, feds say
(Army Times) A U.S. soldier assigned to an installation in Europe has been charged with trying to plan a deadly ambush on members of his own unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an “occult-based neo-Nazi” group known as the “Order of the Nine Angles,” according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
 
  5. Production workers strike against major US Navy shipbuilder
(The Associated Press) More than 4,000 workers went on strike against one of the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilders Monday after rejecting a three-year contract. It was the first strike by production workers at Bath Iron Works in 20 years.

Military Culture

It may be called the ‘Forgotten War,’ but the Korean conflict set the stage for decades of tensions
(Stars & Stripes) The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War” in the United States because the 1950-53 conflict was overshadowed between World War II and Vietnam.




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Sethuraman Panchanathan commits to continued inclusiveness, advancement of fundamental research.


UN agency assisting Palestinians working at ‘full capacity with inadequate resources’Some 75 countries and non-governmental organizations have  pledged  $130 million in financial commitments to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, following a  virtual conference on Tuesday,Migrants and Refugees©

UNICEF/Aminadab JeanUniversal, inclusive education ‘non-negotiable’Inclusive education should be a “non-negotiable” right for all children, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new report launched on Tuesday.Culture and Education

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeExtreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMOReports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday.Climate Change

UNMISSDevastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths,’a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hearsSouth Sudan is facing the twin threat of COVID-19 and an uptick in violence that risks unravelling a fragile ceasefire and derailing the peace process, the top UN official in the country says. Briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, David Shearer said that so far, nearly 2,000 cases of novel coronavirus – and 35 deaths – have been recorded in South Sudan.Peace and Security

TANZBATT/Ibrahim MayambuaUN condemns killing of Indonesian peacekeeper in DR CongoThe United Nations has strongly condemned an attack believed to be carried out by rebel militia on peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which left one Indonesian ‘blue helmet’ dead, and another injured.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Guy HubbardWidows must not be left out of efforts to build back better after COVID-19When countries begin building back from the COVID-19 pandemic they must also work towards dismantling laws that discriminate against women, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for International Widow’s Day on Tuesday.Women

World Bank/Henitsoa RafaliaFrontline public servants lauded for ‘remarkable acts of service to humankind’ As the world continues to grapple with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday paid tribute to frontline public sector workers for their “remarkable acts of service to humankind”, marking Public Service Day.UN Affairs©

UNICEF/Parvez AhmadCOVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian childrenWithout urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Statement from Assistant Attorney General Beth A. Williams on the Senate’s Confirmation of 200 Judges 06/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT

WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Superseding Indictment 06/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment today charging Julian P. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with offenses that relate to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme 06/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
An Oregon resident pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States by filing false claims, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

New York City Businessman Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion 06/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
An Edgeworth, Pennsylvania resident pleaded guilty today to tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

British Man Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison For Fraud Scheme That Victimized Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Consumers 06/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Gareth David Long, 41, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison for running a scheme to steal millions of dollars from hundreds of thousands of consumers, the Department of Justice announced.

Texas Man Charged with COVID Relief Fraud 06/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Houston funeral director has been taken into custody on allegations he fraudulently sought over $13 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.


DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
  1. Pentagon’s top tech experts, Griffin and Porter, resign
(Defense News) The Pentagon’s top two technology experts have submitted their resignations.
 
  2. No Ma’am: Pentagon down to just handful of women appointees, spotlighting history of inequality
(Defense News) When Elaine McCusker, Kathryn Wheelbarger and Lisa Porter announced their resignations from the Department of Defense within a week of each other, it represented more than just the opening up of more empty seats in the Pentagon.
 
  3. A low-flying ‘show of force’
(Washington Post) Two military helicopters roared over demonstrators in Washington protesting after the death of George Floyd, producing winds equivalent to a tropical storm.
 
  4. Congress has questions about the Air Force’s and Navy’s next-generation fighter programs
(Defense News) The House Armed Services Committee wants to limit the amount of money the Air Force and Navy get for their respective sixth-generation fighter programs until it gets some answers.
 
  5. John C. Stennis was an ardent segregationist. Is it time to change the carrier’s name?
(Navy Times) Back in the 1950s, The Mississippi Democrat was a signer of the so-called “Southern Manifesto,” which opposed civil rights efforts. Three decades later, he was the only Southern Democrat to oppose a national holiday in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King.


Hudson RiverNet
News from the Hudson River Estuary Program
Connected: The Hudson River EstuaryThe Hudson River estuary is among the most productive of Earth’s ecosystems. Key commercial and recreational species like striped bass, bluefish, and blue crab depend on nursery habitat here. Bald eagles, herons, waterfowl, and other birds feed from the river’s bounty. Globally rare freshwater tidal marshes, mudflats, and other significant habitats in and along the estuary support a great diversity of life.Much of DEC’s work on the estuary is coordinated by the Hudson River Estuary Program, established in 1987 to protect these estuarine species throughout their life-cycle and to enhance and restore the state’s natural resources upon which these species and their habitat depend.Find out about the web of life in the tidal Hudson and the interconnected initiatives of DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program. WI8atch Connected: The Hudson River Estuary Program on DEC’s YouTube channel.

NASA’s TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star
The newly discovered planet’s parent star is still encircled by the disk of material from which both objects formed, giving scientists a glimpse at early planet evolution.
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This Hopping Robot Could Explore the Solar System’s Icy Moons
SPARROW, a steam-powered robotic concept, could one day take giant leaps over some of the most hazardous terrains known (and unknown) in the solar system.
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NASA Extends Deep Space Atomic Clock Mission
Smart phone apps provide nearly instantaneous navigation on Earth; the Deep Space Atomic Clock could do the same for future robotic and human explorers.
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170 signatories endorse UN ceasefire appeal during COVID crisis

UN Photo/Sahem Rababah
Refugee children at the Zaatari camp in Jordan.
COVID-19: Recovery will be slower following ‘crisis like no other’, IMF predictsEconomic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to be more gradual than previously forecast, according to a report published on Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Economic Development©

UNDP Turkey/Levent KuluCoronavirus: 10 million infections milestone looms – WHO’s TedrosThe world is on track to reach 10 million coronavirus cases within the next week, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief executive said on Wednesday, a “sober reminder” that as research continues into therapeutics and vaccines, utmost efforts are needed now to suppress transmission and save lives.Health

UNRWA/Marwan BaghdadiUN chief urges Israel to abandon annexation plansThe UN Secretary-General has called on Israel to scrap plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, a move that could occur as early as next week.Peace and Security

UN Photo/Sahem Rababah170 signatories endorse UN ceasefire appeal during COVID crisisUN Member States, Observers and others, sent a strong political message this week, with the announcement that 170 signatories have now endorsed the UN’s call to silence the guns, and stand united against the global threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

6/25 –

“Compound King” and Wife Sentenced in $21 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme; Fugitive Sought 06/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Houston pharmacist and his wife were sentenced today for their roles in an approximately $21.8 million Department of Labor (DOL) – Office of Workers Compensation Programs and Federal Employees Compensation Act fraud scheme.

Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I. and Alcon Pte Ltd Agree to Pay over $233 Million Combined to Resolve Criminal FCPA Cases 06/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I. (Novartis Greece), a subsidiary of Novartis AG, a Switzerland-based global pharmaceutical company, and Alcon Pte Ltd, a former subsidiary of Novartis AG and current subsidiary of Alcon Inc., a multinational eye care company, have agreed to pay a combined total of more than $233 million in criminal monetary penalties to resolve the department’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).




DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. Hundreds of DC National Guard troops activated to help protect monuments
(Military Times) D.C. law enforcement have requested back-up from the National Guard.
 
  2. 1,000 more U.S. troops to Poland as Trump and Duda discuss NATO’s eastern flank
(The Associated Press) “We’ve never been closer to Poland than we are right now,” Trump said.
 
  3. Republicans eye meeting on troubled Pentagon policy nomination
(Defense News) With support eroding for President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Pentagon’s top policy job, Senate Armed Services Committee Republicans are planning an emergency meeting to discuss the fate of the nomination, congressional sources say.
 
  4. Soldier dies in non-combat incident in Jordan
(Army Times) The unidentified soldier was a member of 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, which operates Patriot missile batteries.
 
  5. Missing Fort Hood soldier case rises to the Army secretary’s level as family pushes for more transparency
(Army Times) The Army is now saying that the disappearance of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen officially involves “foul play,” according to the missing soldier’s family and legal advocates.


1,000 more U.S. troops to Poland as Trump and Duda discuss NATO’s eastern flank
“We’ve never been closer to Poland than we are right now,” Trump said.
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The decision by the United States to authorize sanctions targeting staff at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence”, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.Law and Crime Prevention

Yemen: millions of children facing deadly hunger, amidst aid shortages and COVID-19Millions of children in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster could be pushed to the brink of starvation, due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Humanitarian Aid

UNDP ZambiaUN tallies action so far to fight COVID-19, and roadmap out of the pandemicAmid the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN has mobilized to save lives, control transmission of the virus and ease the economic fallout, Secretary-General António Guterres told journalists on Thursday, speaking at the virtual launch of his report on the Organization’s response to the crisisUN Affairs

WMO/Boris BaranExtraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightening strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing recordsNew records for extreme lightning bursts, or ‘megaflashes’, during 2019, have been made official, more than doubling the size and duration of the previous record flashes, the UN’s weather agency, WMO, announced on Thursday.Climate Change©

UNICEF/Jean-Claude WengaDR Congo: eastern Ebola outbreak defeated, ‘mission impossible’ now a ‘sign of hope’ After nearly two years and 2,280 deaths, the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is finally over, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Health©

UNICEF/Marko KokicUS sanctions against international court staff a ‘direct attack’ on judicial independenceThe decision by the United States to authorize sanctions targeting staff at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence”, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.Law and Crime Prevention

UNAMID/Amin Ismail$1.8 billion pledged to assist Sudan’s people on the road to peace and democracyA High-Level Sudan Partnership Conference took place on Thursday gathering some 50 countries and international organizations together in Berlin, generating pledges to bolster the African nation’s economic and political transformation to the tune of $1.8 billion, and discuss the challenges that lie ahead.Peace and Security

Unsplash/Ian UsherDigital tools being used to track people as never before, warns UN rights chiefThe internet and new digital tools are being manipulated as never before to infringe on people’s right to free assembly, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology during peaceful demonstrations.Human Rights

World Bank/Ghullam Abbas FarzamiCoronavirus casts ‘huge shadow’ over Afghan life as multi-dimensional crisis continuesThe COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health emergency, but a multi-dimensional crisis for Afghanistan, dealing its people a painful blow just as Kabul and the Taliban prepare for peace talks in Qatar, the top UN official in the country says.Peace and Security

UN Sudan/Ayman SulimanFROM THE FIELD: Sudanese women ready to ‘break taboos’ and run for officeSince the 2019 Sudan protests, which ushered in a transitional government, and the promise of more rights, over a thousand women have felt emboldened to enter politics in a bid to enact lasting democratic change.Women

UNODCCOVID-19’s far reaching impact on global drug abuseMore than 35 million people around the world now suffer from drug addiction, according to the latest annual report on the scourge, from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released on Thursday, which also analyzes the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global drug markets.Law and Crime Prevention

ILO Photo/John IsaacFirst Person: Innovation brewing at Hawaii coffee farmInnovation and experimentation are helping a coffee farm in the US state of Hawaii to prosper in a competitive market, an approach which has helped the company to get through the global COVID-19 pandemic.Economic Development
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Russian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Transnational Cybercrime Organization Responsible for more than $568 Million in Losses 06/26/2020 12:00 AM EDT
One of the leaders of the Infraud Organization pleaded guilty today to RICO conspiracy. Infraud was an Internet-based cybercriminal enterprise engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and other contraband. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the announcement.

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband on Federal Court’s Religious Liberty Ruling Concerning New York City and New York State 06/26/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division issued the following statement in response to the federal court ruling today regarding religious liberty in New York City and New York State

Chinese Citizen Convicted of Economic Espionage, Theft of Trade Secrets, and Conspiracy 06/26/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Hao Zhang, 41, of China, was found guilty of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, and conspiring to commit both offenses today, announced the Department of Justice. The ruling was handed down by the Honorable Edward J. Davila, U.S. District Judge, following a four-day bench trial.

Department of Justice Applauds Congressional Passage Of Reauthorization Of The Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement And Reform Act 06/26/2020 12:00 AM EDT
On June 25, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed identical bills, H.R. 7036 and S. 3377, to repeal the sunset provision of the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act (ACPERA).

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Holds Hearing on Policing Culture and Community Engagement 06/26/2020 12:00 AM EDT
This week, the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice continued its series of hearings on community engagement, with testimony from faith leaders, and held a hearing on policing culture.  The hearings were conducted via teleconference and featured expert witnesses who provided testimony and answered questions from the commissioners.



The Adirondack Park is a part of New York’s Forest Preserve in northeastern New YorkUnited States. The park’s boundary roughly corresponds with the Adirondack Mountains. Established in 1885, it was the first state preserve of its type in the nation. Unlike most preserves, about 52 percent of the land is privately owned inholdings heavily regulated by the Adirondack Park Agency. This area contains 102 towns and villages, as well as numerous farms, businesses, and an active timber harvesting industry. The year-round population is 132,000, with 200,000 seasonal residents. The inclusion of human communities makes the park one of the great experiments in conservation in the industrialized world. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.

The park’s 6.1 million acres (2.5×106 ha) include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats including wetlands and old-growth forests. Wikipedia


Speak out against torture, an ‘abhorrent denial of human dignity’, urges UN chief Human Rights

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After surviving military enslavement in Guatemala, Maria Ba Caal received help through an emergency grant from the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
Global partners require $31 billion to speed up COVID-19 medicines for allMore than $31 billion is needed over the next 12 months to develop medicines that will be effective against COVID-19, and make them available to all people, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners said on Friday.Health

UN Photo/YouldUN marks 75-year milestone anniversary of founding Charter The UN Charter “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a virtual ceremony on Friday, commemorating 75 years since the Organization’s foundational text was signed.
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Unsplash/Man ChungIndependent UN rights experts call for decisive measures to protect ‘fundamental freedoms’ in ChinaThe repression of “fundamental freedoms” by the Chinese Government prompted nearly 50 UN independent experts on Friday to express their continuing alarm, urging the country to “abide by its international legal obligations”.Human Rights

MINUSMA/Harandane DickoIn central Mali, community fighting and impunity, ‘overwhelming’ efforts to protect civiliansFeeding an entrenched cycle of violence and reprisal, 580 civilians have been killed in Mali so far this year, as worsening security conditions and widespread impunity undermine efforts to protect people caught in intercommunal fighting, the UN Human Rights chief said on Friday. Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Delil SouleimanSyrians ‘face unprecedented hunger amid impending COVID crisis’Syrian communities devastated by years of civil war now face an “unprecedented” hunger crisis, just as urgent action is needed to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, UN humanitarians said on Friday.Humanitarian Aid

WMO‘Historic’ Caribbean dust storm shows value of forecast services: UN weather agencyA massive dust storm currently blanketing many parts of the Caribbean, posing a significant threat to regional health, has revealed the importance of having effective warning systems in place, the World Meteorological Office (WMO) said on Friday.Health©

UNICEFYemen: millions of children facing deadly hunger, amidst aid shortages and COVID-19Millions of children in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster could be pushed to the brink of starvation, due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Humanitarian Aid

UN Women/Ryan BrownSpeak out against torture, an ‘abhorrent denial of human dignity’, urges UN chiefTorture is an “egregious abuse of human rights”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture.  Human Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

6/27 –



Explore Local Fishing: Free Fishing Weekend June 27 – 28

A dad and his young daughter who is holding a fishing rod smile at the camera as they sit by the Hudson River.DEC has announced a Free Fishing Weekend for June 27 – 28. DEC encourages all anglers, new and experienced, to recreate locally and seek out fishing opportunities close to home. DEC’s Places to Fish in NY webpages are a reliable source for those ready to plan their next fishing trip.

During designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license. Although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

DEC reminds anglers to maintain safe social distancing while fishing this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read the social distance guidelines to protect yourself and others (PDF). Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information on boating guidelines and safety, go to NYState Parks website and DEC’s website. Learn more about responsible recreation at #Recreate Local.


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Chinese National Guilty of Laundering Millions for Mexican Drug Cartels 06/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Chinese national pleaded guilty today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with laundering more than $4 million in drug proceeds generated by large-scale cocaine trafficking in the United States

Ten Defendants Charged in $1.4 Billion Rural Hospital Pass-Through Billing Scheme 06/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Ten individuals, including hospital managers, laboratory owners, billers and recruiters, were charged in an indictment unsealed today for their participation in an elaborate pass-through billing scheme using rural hospitals in several states as billing shells to submit fraudulent claims for laboratory testing. The indictment alleges that from approximately November 2015 through February 2018, the conspirators billed private insurance companies approximately $1.4 billion for laboratory testing claims as part of this fraudulent scheme, and were paid approximately $400 million.

The Department of Justice Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against the Owner and Manager of Rental Properties in Davenport, Iowa 06/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner and manager of rental properties in Davenport, Iowa violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting a female tenant to sexual harassment and retaliation.

Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt Announces Departure from Civil Division 06/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT




DEFENSE NEWSToday’s Top 5
  1. Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments
(Washington Post) Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.
 
  2. Spies and commandos warned months ago of Russian bounties on U.S. troops
(New York Times) The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan helped tip off U.S. officials.
 
  3. Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against American troops in Afghanistan
(The Associated Press) President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he had been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan.
 
  4. Pentagon to provide 1,700 troops, aircraft and other support to Independence Day festivities
(Military Times) The Pentagon will contribute 1,700 troops, aircraft for flyovers and other support as part of July 4th celebrations toned down from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
  5. Allies worry US drawdown could embolden Russian aggression
(Military Times) The wrap up of a long-planned series of military exercises in Europe as President Donald Trump threatens to reduce troops in Germany shows the importance of the military partnerships and raises concerns about the ability to counter Russia should U.S. support dwindle.
 


You must not hate your brother in your heart. You must surely reprove your fellow citizen so that you do not incur sin on account of him. You must not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people, but you must love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.— Leviticus 19:17-18


Maternal Substance Use: Consequences, Identification, and Interventions

Grace Chang – Prenatal exposure to substances such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and opioids has become increasingly common, despite the known risks to fetal and maternal health associated with use of these substances during pregnancy. This review describes the latest information regarding maternal substance use during pregnancy and some of the barriers that may limit the full potential of effective interventions.

COVID-19 pandemic ‘not even close to being over’, WHO chief warnsNearly six months after the new coronavirus first emerged, the COVID-19 pandemic is “not even close to being over”, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.Health©

UNICEF/Can Remzi ErgenExtend cross border ‘lifeline’ into Syria, Lowcock urges Security CouncilWith COVID-19 cases in Syria multiplying, its economy in freefall, and some households cooking weeds to eat in order to survive, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator is pressing the Security Council to extend its authorization for cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey.Humanitarian Aid©

UNICEF/Tanya BindraWater cooperation between States ‘key’ to  Blue Nile dam projectThe Blue Nile is “critical for the livelihoods and development” of Egyptians, Ethiopians and Sudanese, the top UN official for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs told the Security Council on Monday, urging those States to reach a construction agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).Peace and Security

WFP/Morelia ErósteguiFood is best vaccine against chaos, insists UN World Food Programme headTens of millions more people are likely to go hungry this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday, as it announced plans for a massive boost to its global aid operation so it can reach them.Humanitarian Aid

UNRWA/Marwan BaghdadiIsrael’s illegal annexation plans for Palestine, ‘disastrous’ for wider Middle East – BacheletThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Israel on Monday not to proceed along the “dangerous path” of annexing a swathe of occupied Palestinian territory, urging the Government to listen to its own former senior officials along with the “multitude of voices around the world”.Human Rights

University of Hawaii/Henry WeilanFirst Person: Looking to the skies to understand the climate crisisCould studying the cosmos help us to fight the climate crisis? Two astronomers at the University of Hawaii think that knowledge of the solar system may help to slow down the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.Climate Change
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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The Department of Justice Warns of Inaccurate Flyers and Postings Regarding the Use of Face Masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband reiterated today that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent.

Attorney General William P. Barr’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Department of Justice And Federal Trade Commission Issue New Vertical Merger Guidelines 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission issued today new Vertical Merger Guidelines that outline how the federal antitrust agencies evaluate the likely competitive impact of mergers and whether those mergers comply with U.S. antitrust law. These new Vertical Merger Guidelines mark the first time the Department and the FTC have issued joint guidelines on vertical mergers, and represent the first major revision to guidance on vertical mergers since the Department’s 1984 Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines, which the Department withdrew in January of this year.

Guam Ambulance Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Medicare Ambulance Fraud Scheme 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two owners of Guam Medical Transport (GMT) were sentenced to prison terms today for their roles in a health care fraud and money laundering scheme that resulted in a loss to the United States of approximately $10.8 million, one of the largest single Medicare ambulance fraud cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

The Justice Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission Partner to Alert Public of Contact Tracing COVID-19 Fraud Schemes 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
 In continued effort to fight fraud connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission are partnering to alert the public of emerging threats to steal money and sensitive information through contact tracing scams. Contact tracing is a process underway to identify people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instruct them to quarantine, and monitor their symptoms. Contact tracing scams often appear in the form of text messages or telephone calls seeking money, or Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, along with other sensitive information not required for authentic contact tracing.

Opioid Manufacturer Indivior’s Chief Executive Officer Pleads Guilty In Connection With Drug Safety Claims 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The chief executive officer of Indivior PLC, Shaun Thaxter, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Abingdon, Virginia to a one-count information charging him with causing the introduction into interstate commerce of the opioid drug Suboxone Film, which was misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. 

Seattle Doctor Charged with COVID Relief Fraud 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Seattle doctor was taken into custody today on allegations that he fraudulently sought over $3 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

Former Colorado Judge Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Task Force Investigation of a Drug Trafficking Organization 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former Colorado judge pleaded guilty today to obstructing a federal task force investigation of a large-scale drug trafficking organization.

Fifth Pharmaceutical Company Charged In Ongoing Criminal Antitrust Investigation 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA was charged for conspiring to fix prices for generic drugs, the Department of Justice announced today.

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft on Federal Court’s Decision that Legal Challenge to Illinois Governor’s Sweeping COVID-19 Orders Belongs in State Court 06/30/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft issued the following statement on yesterday’s ruling, agreeing with the Justice Department, that a legal challenge to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders belongs in Illinois state court rather than federal court:


DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. White House aware in 2019 of Russian bounties on American troops in Afghanistan, officials say
(The Associated Press) Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.
 
  2. Lawmakers demand answers on reports of Russian bounties for American military lives
(Military Times) House leaders are demanding an emergency briefing on reports of Russian officials offering bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying the president either should have known or should have been told about the serious allegations.
 
  3. Military gears up to fight racial bias, a longstanding adversary
(Wall Street Journal) Black service members face obstacles in trying to reach the top—and even when they get there.
 
  4. Senators aim to limit Trump’s ability to remove troops from Germany
(The Hill) A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump’s ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements.
 
  5. US could buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 under Senate proposal
(Defense News) The U.S. would be able to buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 air defense system under legislation proposed in the Senate last week. The proposal is one powerful lawmaker’s attempt to alleviate the impasse between Washington and Ankara over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

‘I can’t breathe’: This is the Marine who protested outside the Utah Capitol in uniform for racial equality
With George Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” emblazoned on black tape covering his mouth, Winn stood in his dress blues outside the Utah Capitol for three hours, despite the nearly 100 degree Fahrenheit heat that melted his shoes.
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Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security CouncilThe UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN’s top political official said on Tuesday.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Delil SouleimanSyria: Top UN officials appeal to donors to help end ‘shocking’ scale of suffering The UN chief called on the world to step up “financial, humanitarian and political commitments”, to help end nearly a decade of brutal conflict and suffering across Syria, in a video message delivered to the fourth Brussels Donor Conference on Tuesday.Peace and Security

UN Photo/Antoine TardyBachelet renews call for accountability in Philippines war on illegal drugsThe Human Rights Council should consider supporting new accountability measures against perpetrators of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ so-called war on illegal drugs, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday.Human Rights

ILO/Yacine ImadalouHard times forecast for global job recovery in 2020, warns UN labour agency chiefThe impact of the COVID-19 crisis on jobs has been much worse than expected initially, the head of the UN labour agency said on Tuesday, in an appeal to Governments, workers and employers, to agree on a sustainable economic recovery plan to reduce inequalities laid bare by the pandemic.Economic Development©

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WELCOME TO LA JOLLA, CA

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is the First International Fashion Film Festival founded in North America.
 
All events take place in and around La Jolla’s pristine coastline, parks, bays and famous Prospect Avenue, offering attendees a world-class seaside resort experience.

LA JOLLA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL

July 24-25, 2020

HOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM AWARDS™

Global Recognition

THE CANNES OF THE FASHION FILM WORLD

Be Part of a Collaborative Global Creative Community • Get recognized • Network in Hollywood’s Hangout

THE INDUSTRY LEADER

“Dominates the fashion industry scene as the leading international marketplace for fashion film” – George Leon for FilmCast Live

THE VENUE

La Jolla’s new home: The world class “Conrad”. 85 million dollars, 50K square foot performing arts center 

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

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