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“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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


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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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

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.  


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.



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).


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Population Profiles - Multi cultural group

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CDC’s One-Stop Shop

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2018, as of March 1, 2020. Suicide rates listed are Age-Adjusted Rates.

  • Suicide is the10th leading cause of death in the US
  • In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide
  • In 2018, there were an estimated 1.4M suicide attempts
  • Become an advocate to help prevent suicide

Additional facts about suicide in the US

  • The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2018 was 14.2 per 100,000 individuals.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men.
  • In 2018, men died by suicide 3.56x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 132 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2018.
  • In 2018, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.

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The US Government Is Still Spying on ActivistsCriminal Justice Reform InitiativeJohn Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian, and other civil rights leaders were unlawfully surveilled by the US government during the civil rights movement. The measures were justified by the FBI for a country “engaged in a form of social revolution.” Protesters remain monitored 60 years later. Without oversight, newer forms of surveillance like facial recognition technologies will be systematically weaponized against Black and brown lives. More

The Fight for Women’s Equality, Continued
Aspen Community Programs

It’s been a century since American women won the right to vote. In recognition of the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the McCloskey Speaker Series invited three powerful leaders to speak. Cecile Richards, Ai-jen Poo, and Katherine Grainger discussed the strides women have made toward gender equality and the hurdles that still remain. More

Ten Truths about Race and Racism in America
Citizenship and American Identity Program

If you want to understand what’s happening in America right now, start by acknowledging that racial oppression and white supremacy have been a part of the nation since it was founded. The Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity program, in collaboration with the Center for Native American Youth and the Latinos and Society Program, created a list of movements and moments from the country’s history to help every American contextualize systemic racism—and help repair the damage it causes.

People-Centered Tech Can Fix the Safety Net
Global Inclusive Growth Partnership

The pandemic put millions of Americans into immediate and ongoing economic peril. The safety net—that suite of government assistance programs that should have been there to help—was exposed as inadequate to deal with a crisis of this magnitude. As the nation rebuilds, organizations which help people access benefits through smart design technology can show us how to be prepared for the next economic shock. The Institute’s Financial Security Program and the Beeck Center are working together to map a way forward.

Aspen Ministers Forum- Madeleine Albright in Conversation with Jan Eliasson
Aspen Insight
Former US Secretary of State and Aspen Ministers Forum founding member Madeleine Albright sat down with Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat and former deputy secretary-general of the United Nations. The pair discussed the new thinking required to tackle present-day issues like a pandemic, climate change, and war.

In the News
In Newsweek, the Economic Opportunities Program’s Maureen Conway and Mark G. Popovich explain why a “Buy America” approach alone isn’t enough to restack the deck in favor of American workers.


9 Rural Farms of the 21st Century Featuring Stunning Modern Design

From Italy to Tasmania, a new book covers those farms with an eye on both sustainability and beautiful design

By Elizabeth Stamp

Some of the world’s most functional architecture can be found on the farm. From farmhouses to stables to barns, farming structures value simplicity and practicality above all. The efficiency of these buildings has long been an inspiration to modern architects designing homes, museums, and commercial buildings, but lately modern architecture has also been influencing farms. In the upcoming book 

 Princeton Architectural Press

The New Farm: Contemporary Rural Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, $45), author Daniel P. Gregory explores how farms have taken a bolder approach to agricultural design with striking exteriors, grand interiors, and inventive materials. Gregory showcases 16 farms around the world, from a cathedral-like dairy farm in New York state to sleek stables in New South Wales, Australia. Each of the family businesses offers a new take on farming traditions with an eye to sustainability and beautiful design.



Beyond Fun and Games: Playfulness May Help Combat Depression

Encouraging more playfulness in day-to-day life may offset depression and boost overall well-being, a new study reports.


Having an Existential Crisis? How to Know, What to Do

There are times when we are between chapters of our lives, when we feel adrift and uncertain about the future. While this is normal it can be challenging. Tips for moving through.


What Did I Miss? How Facebook Fuels Social Anxiety

How much time do you spend following what your friends are doing online? Apparently, monitoring others can lead to fear of missing out.


8 Ways to Manage Difficult Bosses While Working Remotely

Working from home during the pandemic can be extra challenging when you have boss conflicts. There are steps you can take to gain control.


Elon Musk Shows Neuralink’s Brain Implant in Live Pigs

Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s brain-computer interface in a demo with live pigs.


The Social Nature of Sleep

The power of sleep manifest when sleeping socially.


Are You Sure Your Partner Really Wants What’s Best for You?

In a close relationship you expect your partner to want the best for you but according to new research this doesn’t always happen. See what motives drive the unsupportive partner.


The Anatomy of Assholes

What actually is an asshole? Can modern-day personality science identify different types of assholes? Who isn’t an asshole? Let’s take a deep dive into the “asshole circumplex”.


We have an amazing plan

to house, to feed, and to cloth the homeless this winter and we could really use your help. It isn’t a bandaid to mask a problem. It, rather, is a vibrant and brilliant plan toward self sufficiency and independence. Please chip-in whatever you can.

In New York city, alone, as of June 2020, there were 58,736 homeless people, including 13,275 homeless families with 19,626 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up two-thirds of the homeless shelter population. … This includes over 44,300 homeless New York City children.

Homelessness in America – Women and children should ALWAYS have a safe place to rest, learn, work, and thrive.

Seventeen out of every 10,000 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2019 during HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count.  These 567,715 people represent a cross-section of America.  They are associated with every region of the country, family status, gender category, and racial/ethnic group.

Chip In to help house, feed, and cloth the homeless this winter.

Families with Children and Homelessness

exists when people lack safe, stable and appropriate places to live. Sheltered and unsheltered people are homeless. People living doubled up or in overcrowded living situations or motels because of inadequate economic resources are included in this definition, as are those living in tents or other temporary enclosures.

Each year between 2-3 million people in the United States experience an episode of homelessness (Caton et al., 2005). The psychological and physical impact of homelessness is a matter of public health concern (Schnazer, Dominguez, Shrout, & Caton, 2007). Psychologists as clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates must expand and redouble their efforts to end homelessness.

The mission of the APA Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness, commissioned by 2009 APA President James Bray, PhD, was to identify and address the psychosocial factors and conditions associated with homelessness and define the role of psychologists in ending homelessness.

The overall population of people living without homes, in the United States, can be divided into several subgroups including individual adults, families with children and unaccompanied youth who have left home, run away or “aged out” of foster care placements. …

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Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan P. Davis Announces Departure from Civil Division09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Colorado Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Moderating Disputes on Darknet Marketplace AlphaBay09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Colorado man was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Drozd to 11 years in prison

Four Charged For Multi-Million Dollar Elder Fraud Schemes09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Four individuals responsible for mass-mailing fraud schemes were charged with allegedly defrauding thousands of elderly and vulnerable victims, the department announced today.  Two U.S. individuals and two Canadian individuals were charged for their roles in operating the schemes, which collectively caused tens of millions of dollars in victim losses.  Two defendants were charged in the Eastern District of New York and two defendants were charged in the District of Nevada.

Michigan Man Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Michigan man was arrested today in connection with a wire fraud scheme involving $3.1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Elkton Man Pleads Guilty to Making Threatening Interstate Communications09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Phillip Cline, Jr., 39, of Elkton, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to making threatening interstate communications. Cline admitted that during a recorded phone conversation with an employee of an auto loan business, Cline threatened to physically harm the employee, whom he described using racial epithets.

Attorney General Barr Joins President Trump in Announcing $41 Million in Emergency Funding to Address the Public Safety Crisis in Wisconsin09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the District of New Mexico. Operation Legend was launched in Albuquerque on July 22, 2020, in response to the city facing a record-breaking homicide rate.

Antitrust Division Seeks Public Comments On Updating Bank Merger Review Analysis09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced today that it is seeking public comments into whether the division should revise the 1995 Bank Merger Competitive Review guidelines (“Banking Guidelines”) to reflect emerging trends in the banking and financial services sector and modernize its approach to bank merger review under the antitrust laws. Today’s announcement is part-and-parcel of the division’s broader efforts and increased focus on protecting competition in the financial markets and follows the recent remarks and announcement by Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim, concerning the realignment of commodities at the division.

The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Announce Critical Reforms to Enhance Compliance, Oversight, and Accountability at the FBI09/01/2020 12:00 AM EDT

DEFENSE NEWS Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. Gen. Brown: The Air Force isn’t getting bigger; to win wars it must must move airmen into undermanned jobs
(Air Force Times) The Air Force’s new chief of staff, Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, on Monday warned that the service can’t count on significant end strength growth, and will have to make better use of the airmen it already has if it wants to win a war against a major adversary.
  2. Army investigating soldier who made Holocaust joke on TikTok
(Military Times) “What’s a Jewish person’s favorite Pokémon?” asked 2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer. “Ash.”
  3. NATO: Russian Su-27 violates Danish airspace while pursuing B-52
(Air Force Magazine) A Russian fighter jet pursuing an Air Force B-52 violated Danish air space on Aug. 28, the same day a separate set of Russian fighters intercepted another B-52 in a manner U.S. officials say was unprofessional and unsafe.
  4. Congressional watchdog to review Army’s sexual harassment and assault prevention program
(Army Times) The Government Accountability Office accepted a request from Army veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to conduct an independent review of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, program, Duckworth’s office announced Friday.
  5. Navy E-2 Hawkeye crashes in Virginia
(Navy Times) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crashed Monday afternoon in Virginia, according to the Navy.


are biological states associated with the nervous system brought on by neurophysiological changes variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioural responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure. There is currently no scientific consensus on a definition. Emotions are often intertwined with moodtemperamentpersonalitydispositioncreativity and motivation.

Research on emotion has increased significantly over the past two decades with many fields contributing including psychologyneuroscience, affective neuroscienceendocrinologymedicine, historysociology of emotions, and computer science. The numerous theories that attempt to explain the origin, neurobiology, experience, and function of emotions have only fostered more intense research on this topic. Current areas of research in the concept of emotion include the development of materials that stimulate and elicit emotion. In addition, PET scans and fMRI scans help study the affective picture processes in the brain.

From a purely mechanistic perspective, “Emotions can be defined as a positive or negative experience that is associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity.” Emotions produce different physiological, behavioral and cognitive changes. The original role of emotions was to motivate adaptive behaviors that in the past would have contributed to the passing on of genes through survival, reproduction, and kin selection.

In some theories, cognition is an important aspect of emotion.


Geometric and Modular Representation Theory

Sep 1, 2020 – Apr 30, 2021


(/kɒɡˈnɪʃ(ə)n/ (listen)) refers to “the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses”. It encompasses many aspects of intellectual functions and processes such as attention, the formation of knowledgememory and working memoryjudgment and evaluation, reasoning and “computation“, problem solving and decision makingcomprehension and production of language. Cognitive processes use existing knowledge and generate new knowledge.

Cognitive processes are analyzed from different perspectives within different contexts, notably in the fields of linguisticsanesthesianeuroscience, psychiatrypsychologyeducationphilosophyanthropologybiologysystemicslogic, and computer science. These and other different approaches to the analysis of cognition are synthesised in the developing field of cognitive science, a progressively autonomous academic discipline.

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NSF and NASA partner to address space weather research and forecasting Space weather — solar wind, coronal mass ejections, magnetic storms, upper atmosphere disturbances — can damage infrastructure from electrical power supplies and computer networks to satellite and radio communications — and can even threaten astronauts’ health. Accurate forecasting of energetic events on the sun and in the near-Earth space environment is critical for national security and the wellbeing of society. To address this need, the U.S. National Science Foundation and NASA have partnered in funding six projects that will lay the groundwork for faster and more robust space weather forecasting capabilities.Motivated by the White House National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan and the National Strategic Computing Initiative, NSF and NASA created the Space Weather with Quantified Uncertainties program. The program brings together teams from across scientific disciplines to advance the latest statistical analysis and high-performance computing methods within the field of space weather modeling.

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NASA-led Study Reveals the Causes of Sea Level Rise Since 1900
Scientists have gained new insights into the processes that have driven ocean level variations for over a century, helping us prepare for the rising seas of the future. 
Study: 2019 Sees Record Loss of Greenland Ice
After a brief period of moderate ice loss, the Greenland ice sheet melted in 2019 at the fastest rate ever measured. 
Stunning Forecast: A Century of Ice Loss for Nearly 100,000 Glaciers
Glaciers in the High Mountain Asia region could lose substantial amounts of ice over the coming decades, a new modeling study shows. 
Update: Carbon Dioxide Concentration
July’s global average concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) was about 414 parts per million (ppm), up about 60 ppm from July 1990.
Update: Ice Sheets
Since 2002, Greenland has been losing ice mass at an average rate of 279 billion metric tons (BMT) per year, and Antarctica has been losing an average of 148 BMT per year. One BMT is about the weight of 14.7 billion people, or about twice that of everyone alive today.
Global Survey Using NASA Data Shows Dramatic Growth of Glacial Lakes
In the largest-ever study of glacial lakes, researchers have found that the volume of these lakes worldwide has increased by about 50% since 1990 as glaciers melt and retreat due to climate change.
Pinpointing Tropical Forests with High Ecological ‘Quality’
To aid policymakers in environmental decision-making, new high-resolution maps show forest location and ecological “quality,” taking into account information like tree height and forest canopy thickness.
NASA Study Maps the Roots of Global Mangrove Loss
Researchers have created the first map of the causes of global mangrove habitat change between 2000 and 2016—a valuable tool to aid conservation efforts for these vital coastline defenders.
Images of Change: Recovery of Mount St. Helens, Washington
A 1984 satellite image shows the affected area of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption largely barren. But four decades after the blast, the region had enjoyed a great deal of recovery.
Images of Change: Greening Landscape Shows Early Spring Near North Carolina-South Carolina Border
In much of the U.S., spring began unusually early in 2020. Compared to early March 2018, early March 2020 saw its earliest eruption on record of leaves and flowers on the North-South Carolina border.
Images of Change: Record Pools of Meltwater on George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica
An Antarctic ice shelf saw its most widespread meltwater pooling — spanning some 90 miles (140 kilometers) — ever recorded.

EARTH NOW – Keep an eye on our planets health with this stunning 3D visualizer

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I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time. Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.

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Emergency for global education, as fewer than half world’s students cannot return to school

© UNICEF/Frank DejonghChildren in Côte d’Ivoire wear face masks as they return to school after temporary closures due to COVID-19.Culture and Education

Classes for more than 450 million students starting the new academic year are expected to be entirely remote – or for some, a mix of distance and in-person learning – the UN education and cultural organization (UNESCO) has said. 

UNESCO, the lead UN agency for education globally, also highlighted persisting inequalities associated with distance learning that particularly impact vulnerable populations. 

“The educational crisis remains severe,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. 

‘No hope’ of reaching climate, development goals, without youth optimism and know-howWithout harnessing the energy, tech savvy and optimism of young people, the world has no hope of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the Paris Agreement on climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.SDGs

Kseniya HalubovichBelarus must stop torturing protesters and prevent enforced disappearancesIndependent UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on Belarus to stop torturing detainees and bring to justice police officers who have reportedly humiliated and beaten protestors in their custody, as mass demonstrations over the disputed 9 August presidential election continue for a fourth week. Peace and Security

UNAMA/Fardin WaeziAttacks on journalists are attacks on all civil society: UN rights chiefUN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged all countries to do more to protect journalists, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, as their work helps save lives.Human Rights

UNRWA/Khalil AdwanDeal to reduce recent Gaza tensions will aid fight against COVID-19The top UN official in the Middle East has hailed an agreement to reduce the latest tensions in and around Gaza amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Pasqual Gorriz/UNBeirut facing acute environmental crisis, warns UN energy specialistContamination from hazardous chemicals, landfill sites at capacity, and water pollution, are among the most urgent challenges faced by the Lebanese authorities and UN teams tackling the huge task of clearing up Beirut, following the massive explosion in the city’s port on 4 August.Economic Development©

UNICEF/Frank Dejongh‘Emergency’ for global education, as fewer than half world’s students cannot return to schoolClasses for more than 450 million students starting the new academic year are expected to be entirely remote – or for some, a mix of distance and in-person learning – the UN education and cultural organization (UNESCO) has said. Culture and Education

WFP/Abeer EtefaUN agencies support flood response in Sudan but warn aid stocks ‘rapidly’ depletingThe UN and its partners are supporting the Sudanese Government as it responds to recent severe flooding, which has killed 90 people and affected 380,000 others, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Tuesday.Humanitarian Aid

FAOFrom farm to fork: How food systems can power climate actionTaking specific steps to transform national food supply systems can help countries achieve climate goals and limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, a new joint UN report on climate action has found. 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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Three Former Caregivers Sentenced on Civil Rights and Obstruction Charges Related to Death of Disabled Resident09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Three former caregivers in Fulton, Missouri, have been sentenced for their roles in the death of a disabled resident at Second Chance Homes, an organization that provided housing and care for developmentally disabled persons through a Missouri Department of Mental Health initiative. 

Court Finds Individual and Company Liable for Violating the Clean Water Act when Filling Sensitive Tidal Channels and Marsh09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
In an order issued Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California agreed with the Justice Department that John Sweeney and his company, Point Buckler Club LLC, committed “very serious” violations of the Clean Water Act associated with the construction of a nearly mile-long levee in sensitive tidal channels and marsh without a permit.

United States Seizes Domain Names Used by Foreign Terrorist Organization09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The United States has seized “” and “,” two GODADDY websites, which were unlawfully utilized by Kata’ib Hizballah, a Specially Designated National and a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Ohio Tax Attorney Sentenced to Prison for Obstructing the IRS09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Columbus, Ohio, attorney was sentenced to 18 months in prison today, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney David DeVillers for the Southern District of Ohio.

Las Vegas Man Indicted for Falsifying Auto Collision Centers’ Tax Returns09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, returned a superseding indictment today charging a Las Vegas man with conspiracy to defraud the IRS, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, and Special Agent in Charge Tara Sullivan for the IRS-Criminal Investigation.

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend.  Today’s case is out of the Southern District of Indiana. Operation Legend launched in Indianapolis on Aug. 14, 2020 in response to the city facing record-breaking homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.  In just the first two weeks, the operation has already yielded impactful results; federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have seized 49 guns and arrested 18 fugitives.  

United States Reaches Settlement to Recover more than $60 Million Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice has reached a settlement of its civil forfeiture cases against assets acquired by Riza Aziz utilizing funds allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund, and laundered through financial institutions in several jurisdictions, including the United States, Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg.

Repatriated ISIS Fighter Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A repatriated ISIS fighter has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework With Australia, Canada, New Zealand, And United Kingdom09/02/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Today, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim signed a new competition enforcement framework between the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission, and competition agencies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
  1. China plans to double nuclear arsenal, Pentagon says
(Defense News) China plans to double its stockpile of nuclear warheads in the next decade, including those designed to be carried atop ballistic missiles that can reach the United States, the Pentagon said in a report released Tuesday.
  2. What war with China could look like
(Military Times) Pentagon war planners can envision a conflict with China starting in any number of ways.
  3. Fort Hood gets new acting commander; Army orders ’in-depth investigation’ into the chain of command
(Army Times) The Army has directed a new general to take acting command of Fort Hood, a central Texas military installation thrust into the public spotlight in recent months over a series of violent deaths and disappearances among soldiers stationed there, senior service officials told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
  4. U.S.-Russia military tensions intensify in the air and on the ground worldwide
(New York Times) Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.
  5. Marines lay out plans for gender integrating boot camp at the platoon level
(Marine Corps Times) The Marine Corps provided hints about its plans for gender integrating boot camp at the platoon level in a report to Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services released in the September meeting notes.

Governments at all levels are being tasked to think outside the box to meet today’s ever-growing list of challenges, especially in the midst of shrinking budgets and the ongoing pandemic.

The only way to be successful is to modernize and innovate. But, many agencies are saddled with slow legacy systems, untrained personnel and outdated processes. Governments need to find creative solutions to these problems, which often means looking at new technologies and solutions.


Government Innovators Virtual Summit: Solving Your Agency’s Biggest Challenge

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET /

6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT.

You’ll hear from government and industry experts about how to transform your agency with creative solutions and innovative ideas.


Virtual Summit Schedule

Review the schedule below for details and check back for speaker updates.
[9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT]
Virtual environment is open!

Download resources on cyber, cloud, digital services, customer experience, leadership and more throughout the environment. These resources will help you solve some of your agency’s biggest challenges.

[10:00 – 10:20 a.m. ET/7:00 – 7:20 a.m. PT] 
Opening Government Keynote: Rising to the Gov 2020 Challenge

Speaker: Louis Stewart, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, City of Sacramento

2020 has put historic pressure on governments across the country to serve citizen needs in new ways. As agencies shuttered their physical doors during the COVID-19 outbreak, agencies needed to find ways to still deliver critical government services. In this opening keynote, you’ll hear how one agency uses new technologies to meet mission objectives in the time of COVID-19.

[10:30 – 11:20 a.m. ET/7:30 – 8:20 a.m. PT]
Session 1: DevSecOps: The Future of Software Development and Delivery
Session attendees can earn one CPE

Speaker: James Harmison, Senior Solutions Architect, Red Hat

In this presentation, you’ll learn about the nature of software delivery in government today and the way development teams are organized and funded. Before proposing DevSecOps as a mindset and methodology, governments should explore the history of development, operations and security models. By taking a look at where this movement comes from, what it means to those who started it, and where it is heading, agencies can use lessons already learned by others and apply them to their own processes.

[11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m ET/8:30 – 9:20 a.m. PT] 
Session 2: How AI-Driven Analytics Are Transforming Gov
Session attendees can earn one CPE


  • Greg Little, Director of the Chief Financial Officer Data Transformation Office, Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
  • Monica McEwen, Vice President Public Sector, ThoughtSpot
  • Brian Shealey, Director, DoD/IC, Trifacta

The Presidential Management Agenda and the Cross-Agency Priority Goals featured clear guidance for using, optimizing and modernizing with artificial intelligence (AI) driving analytics. What are AI-driven analytics? And how are they able to help the government transform? In this engaging session, you will hear from government and industry experts, about how agencies use analytics as a true strategic assist.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How agencies are leveraging the increasing volume, variety, and importance of data as a strategic asset.
  • To shift from low-value to high-value work, increasing efficiency and lowering cost.
  • How to equip the 21st-century government workforce, from executives to front-line workers, to instantly analyze vast amounts of data to make informed decisions.

[12:30 – 1:20 p.m. ET /9:30 – 10:20 a.m. PT] 
Session 3: Fearless, Secure and Compliant: Optimizing the Cloud
Session attendees can earn one CPE


  • Brad Beaulieu, Cloud Security Architect, Booz Allen
  • Faisal Iqbal, Manager of Federal Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services
  • Drew Epperson, Palo Alto Networks Federal, Chief Architect

The cloud allows your agency to capitalize on efficiency, agility, and flexibility to transform operations – even within highly secure and regulated environments. Successful migration is the goal for government agencies looking to transition to, and optimize within, the cloud.

Fearless migration to the cloud includes a continuous security and compliance strategy that bakes these elements into overall cloud maintenance and operations. In this engaging panel discussion with government and industry experts, you’ll hear how agencies are using automation tools to securely audit and manage resources in the cloud.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How fearless migration empowers government agencies to adopt cloud technologies. 
  • The benefits of using automation tools to audit, maintain, and effectively operate in the cloud/ 
  • Examples of how cloud managed service providers can help automate operation models to achieve continuous compliance.
  • Methods for producing efficiencies and providing mission-driven, high-quality experience for end users.

[1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET/10:30 – 11:20 a.m. PT]
Session 4: Proactively Detect and Prevent Security Threats with AI-driven Analytics
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Speaker: Matt Porco, Principle System Engineer, Citrix Public Sector

The risk of data breaches has never been higher for government agencies, especially with large numbers of employees working from home. One bad actor with access to sensitive data can compromise IT systems leading to mission degradation and loss of citizen confidence. Key to mitigating this risk is continuous monitoring of user behavior for proactive threat detection.

Learn how analytics leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to provide complete visibility into user activity for real-time threat assessment and risk management.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How to go beyond rules-based security monitoring by using powerful AI and ML.
  • Why user behavior analysis is critical for countering insider threat.
  • How to integrate analytics into a broader security framework.

[2:30 – 3:20 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. PT] 
Session 5: Data + Analytics = Digital Transformation
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Andy MacIsaac, Director, Solutions Marketing, Public Sector, Alteryx, Inc.
  • Scott Beliveau, Branch Chief of Advanced Analytics, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Agencies are working hard to modernize legacy systems to meet new federal mandates. The ability to democratize data, automate processes and upskill resources are the keys to these digital transformation efforts.

In this engaging panel discussion, you will hear from government and industry experts about how agencies are looking to elevate their analytics capability through process automation to accelerate mission outcomes, improve service delivery and modernize operations.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to manage challenges agencies face when modernizing and automating processes.
  • How successful organizations have been able to meet federal mandate standards with automation and data analytics.
  • Why the convergence of data, process and people is critical to successful digital transformation efforts in government.

[3:30 – 4:20 p.m. ET/12:30 – 1:20 p.m. PT]
Session 6: Accelerating Government’s Data Storage Options in the Wake of COVID-19
Session attendees can earn one CPE

Speaker: Nick Psaki, Principal Engineer, Pure Storage

COVID-19 has upended the way that agencies work. The move to remote work has challenged how governments think about securely storing, sharing and utilizing their data. To optimize their data services, agencies need to take advantage of a storage-as-a-service subscription model so that they pay for only what they use on-demand.

In this engaging panel, you will hear from government and industry leaders about upgrading agencies’ legacy storage services without disrupting workflows.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How agencies using a storage-as-a-service model have been able to reduce downtime by more than 99%.
  • The biggest barriers facing the newly remote workforce in accessing and storing information.
  • How successful organizations have been able to properly scale and budget their storage needs.

[4:20 – 4:30 p.m. ET/1:20 – 1:30 p.m. PT]
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  • Chat with GovLoop and learn how our free resources can open up a new world of learning.

Patient Safety Bulletin
Webinar Series on Nursing Home Best Practices During COVID-19 Kicks off on August 25 Registration is now open for a free webinar series featuring expert-led discussions on infection prevention strategies, telehealth, and COVID-19 testing in nursing homes. The series “Nursing Home Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic” is part of the launch of AHRQ’s National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network and will be facilitated by Sanjeev Arora, M.D., Director of Project ECHO, Matthew Bouchonville, M.D., Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and Kedar Mate, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Webinar dates are August 25, August 26, and September 2. All sessions are at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET. Attendees can receive AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Register here.

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NSF institutes advance U.S. ability to harness the data revolutionData science is a rapidly growing field that requires the expertise of computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians to handle the analysis of ever-larger data sets. Big data affects how industry, academia and government operate, and the U.S. National Science Foundation is committed to leading the nation in foundational data science research.NSF is pleased to announce Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science, or TRIPODS, a collection of research projects tied to Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea. This big idea aims to accelerate discovery and innovation in data science algorithms, data cyberinfrastructure, and education and workforce development.”With NSF’s $25 million investment, these interdisciplinary teams will be able to tackle some of the most important theoretical and technical questions in data science,” said Division Director for Mathematical Sciences Juan Meza.Additionally, these TRIPODS institutes contribute to fostering a robust workforce in STEM, by engaging students and trainees from diverse disciplines, hosting summer school programs and other outreach events, and maintaining connections with industry to focus on real-world applications for data science.Given the importance and scope of these fundamental challenges, NSF is supporting two teams over five years focused on these topics in related but distinct ways.Foundations of Data Science Institute is a collaboration between the University of California-Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, partnering with Boston UniversityNortheastern UniversityHarvard University, Howard University and Bryn Mawr College. The goal is to better understand issues within data science including modeling, inference, computational efficiency and societal impacts. Research themes include the complex interactions between decision makers, the data they use and competing actors as well as methods for making use of vast amounts of data.Institute for Foundations of Data Science is a collaboration between the University of Washington partnering with, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUniversity of California-Santa Cruz and University of Chicago. Their research will lead to methods that are more computationally efficient, robust to errors and incomplete or ambiguous data, and better able to respond and act in changing environments. The team will also study the ethical and societal implications of data-driven algorithms, including privacy, unfairness and bias.Both teams are dedicated to diversity and inclusion and will feature extensive activities for different educational levels and career pathways. For instance, the Foundations of Data Science Institute plans to recruit participants for its workshops from groups traditionally underrepresented in fields related to data science and arrange meetings that enable them to work with senior researchers. Likewise, the Institute for Foundations of Data Science will organize events targeting diverse groups of middle school, high school and undergraduate students through local partnerships.”The TRIPODS program continues to lead the way in Harnessing the Data Revolution by addressing the most challenging and fundamental problems in data science,” said Division Director for Computing and Communication Foundations Rance Cleaveland.

What’s Up – September 2020
What are some skywatching highlights in September 2020? Spot the Moon together with Mars and Venus, along with the flickering star Fomalhaut, which had itself a planet…until it didn’t!
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A Machine-Learning Assist to Predicting Hurricane Intensity
NASA research could help to improve forecasts of whether a hurricane will suddenly intensify, which could give people in its path more time to prepare.
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The Moon Is Rusting, and Researchers Want to Know Why
While our Moon is airless, research indicates the presence of hematite, a form of rust that normally requires oxygen and water. That has scientists puzzled.
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UN dismayed over US sanctions on top International Criminal Court officials

ICCInternational Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.Law and Crime Prevention

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday noted “with concern” the imposition by the United States of sanctions against the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and another senior official, in the latest of a series of unilateral policy moves against the body.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the ICC of “illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction”, announcing sanctions against Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the Head of the Jurisdiction Complementarity and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochoko, in accordance with a US executive order issued in early June by President Donald Trump involving “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the ICC”.

ICCUN dismayed over US sanctions on top International Criminal Court officialsThe UN Secretary-General on Wednesday noted “with concern” the imposition by the United States of sanctions against the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and another senior official, in the latest of a series of unilateral policy moves against the body.Law and Crime Prevention©

UNICEF/Giovanni DiffidentiSecurity Council support ‘in action’ for Libya, crucial for its future, declares UN mission chiefThe top UN official in Libya urged the Security Council on Wednesday to press for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a return to negotiations, following the call from rival political leaders for a ceasefire on 21 August.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Lindsay MackenzieCOVID-19: ‘Game-changer for international peace and security’ – UN chiefThe world has “entered a volatile and unstable new phase” in terms of the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security, the UN chief told a virtual meeting with world leaders on Wednesday.Peace and Security

UN Women/Fahad KaizerWomen bear the brunt, as COVID erodes progress on eradicating extreme povertyThe coronavirus pandemic and its fallout will likely push 47 million more women into poverty, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty, new data released on Wednesday by the UN has revealed. Women
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 Reaches Settlement With City of San Antonio for Illegally Auctioning Servicemembers’ Vehicles09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with the City of San Antonio, Texas to resolve allegations that the city violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by auctioning or otherwise disposing of cars owned by protected servicemembers without first obtaining court orders.

President of Consultant Firm Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Fraud09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Richmond, Virginia, businessman pleaded guilty today to failing to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia.

New Jersey Attorney Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining $9 Million in Loans Meant to Help Small Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A New Jersey attorney was arrested today and charged with fraudulently obtaining approximately $9 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito of the District of New Jersey.

Three Peruvian Men Sentenced To Significant Terms Of Incarceration For Overseeing Call Centers That Threatened And Defrauded Spanish-Speaking U.S. Consumers09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Three Peruvian men have been sentenced to significant terms of incarceration for operating a large fraud and extortion scheme, the Department of Justice announced. 

Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Appointment of Antoinette T. Bacon as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Seafood Processor Pleads Guilty to Selling Foreign Crabmeat Falsely Labeled as Blue Crab from USA09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III in the Eastern District of North Carolina on charges that his company, Garland F. Fulcher Seafood Company Inc. (Garland Fulcher), at his direction, falsely labeled hundreds of thousands dollars’ worth of foreign crabmeat as “Product of USA.”

Ready-Mix Concrete Company And Individuals Indicted For Fixing Prices And Rigging Bids In Violation Of Antitrust Laws09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury returned an indictment against one company and four individuals for their roles in a long-running conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate markets for ready-mix concrete in the greater Savannah, Georgia area, the Department of Justice announced today.

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Justice Department Issues Modernized Merger Remedies Manual09/03/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice issued today the Merger Remedies Manual, which provides a framework for the Antitrust Division to structure and implement appropriate relief that preserves competition in merger cases.  The Merger Remedies Manual updates the Antitrust Division’s 2004 Policy Guide to Merger Remedies.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for Iraq hostage rescue
(The Associated Press) An American soldier who helped rescue about 70 hostages set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq has been approved to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during a daring 2015 raid, The Associated Press has learned.
  2. Esper punctuates WWII commemoration remarks with a warning to China
(Military Times) As troops, veterans and officials gathered aboard the battleship Missouri on Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender to end World War II, Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his keynote speech to put a fine point on where the post-war world order stands today.
  3. ‘Two years is just too long’: Grieving parents await answers in 2018 death of Lt. j.g. Asante McCalla
(Navy Times) It’s been just more than two years since Lt. j.g. Asante McCalla went missing aboard the guided-missile cruiser Lake Erie.
  4. Seventh US service member dies from coronavirus as military cases surpass 38,400
(Stars & Stripes) A seventh service member has died from the coronavirus as military cases of the disease surpass 38,400, according to the Pentagon.
  5. Bipartisan group of senators urges Esper to keep funding Stars and Stripes
(Stars & Stripes) A bipartisan group of 15 senators urged Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a letter Wednesday to maintain support for Stars and Stripes, which could be forced to stop publishing by the end of the month without Defense Department funding.

Six months after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the crisis still rages on. There have been more than 24 million confirmed cases and over 821,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, and many more losses as health systems struggle to cope with the demands. In this final episode of our Let’s Talk COVID-19 summer event series, we’ll discuss where we go from here—what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are responding to COVID-19 in more than 70 countries, while maintaining other essential health services.  

1:00 PM EDT

 We’re learning how to adapt to the evolving needs—from dealing with supply shortages to supporting essential workers to strengthening public health promotion. MSF teams have been working with local health authorities and community groups in the US and around the world to help slow the spread of the disease. We’re also taking action to ensure that any tests, treatments, and future vaccines for COVID-19 are safe, affordable, and available for all.

Join us for the conclusion of our eight-part series Let’s talk COVID-19. Together with our host, MSF-USA executive director Avril Benoît, our expert panel will answer your questions about the future of the pandemic.

Once you register, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to attend online. (You will also have the option to dial in by phone.)

*If you missed earlier events in our series, catch up here.

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Maintaining US leadership in AIThough you may not realize it, as you scroll through the morning’s headlines on your smartphone, you hold in your hands the culmination of years of federally funded academic research.Many of a smartphone’s component parts—from the touchscreen interface to its wireless connectivity—resulted from key breakthroughs made in university research labs. Years later, companies picked up these technologies, hardening the capabilities and integrating them into the device upon which we now rely.For nearly half a century, American ingenuity has pioneered the transformations that have enabled modern digital life and its devices—like your smartphone. This ingenuity has relied on collaboration between academic faculty and students, industry researchers, and government funders. It’s what makes America’s information technology ecosystem uniquely innovative.Research conducted at U.S. universities with federal funding, combined with industrial innovation, has led to new products that have contributed billions of dollars to economic growth and major improvements to our way of life.As recently highlighted in the National Science Board’s Vision 2030 report, to continue pushing forward the foundations of emerging disciplines like artificial intelligence, which are especially ripe for industry collaboration, new and dynamic partnerships must be created to link foundational and use-inspired research in creative, sustained ways…. Continue Reading

Alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader a ‘grave concern’, says chemical weapons watchdog

OPCWA plaque commemorating the opening of OPCW Headquarters.Peace and Security

The allegation that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a Cold War-era nerve agent is “a matter of grave concern”, the head of the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday. 

Mr. Navalny, a prominent anti-corruption activist, remains in a coma two weeks after falling violently ill during a flight from the town of Tomsk, in Siberia, to Moscow. He was later airlifted to Berlin for treatment, after Russian authorities allowed him to be moved. 

What is a Chemical Weapon?

A Chemical Weapon is a chemical used to cause intentional death or harm through its toxic properties. Munitions, devices and other equipment specifically designed to weaponise toxic chemicals also fall under the definition of chemical weapons.

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All toxic chemicals and their precursors, except when used for purposes permitted by the CWC in quantities consistent with such a purpose, are chemical weapons.

A common conception of a chemical weapon (CW) is of a toxic chemical contained in a delivery system such as a bomb or artillery shell. While technically correct, a definition based on this conception would only cover a small portion of the range of things the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) prohibits as ‘chemical weapons’.

Under the CWC, the definition of a chemical weapon includes all toxic chemicals and their precursors, except when used for purposes permitted by the Convention – in quantities consistent with such a purpose.

CW Definition in Three Parts


Toxic chemicals and their precursors

Toxic chemicals are defined as ‘any chemical which through its chemical action on life processes can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm to humans or animals’. 

This includes all such chemicals, regardless of their origin or of their method of production, and regardless of whether they are produced in facilities, in munitions or elsewhere.

Precursors are chemicals that are used for the production of toxic chemicals.


Munitions or devices

Any munitions or devices specifically designed to inflict harm or cause death through the release of toxic chemicals.

Among these could be mortars, artillery shells, missiles, bombs, mines or spray tanks.


Equipment ‘directly in connection’ with munitions and devices

Any equipment specifically designed for use ‘directly in connection’ with the employment of the munitions and devices identified as chemical weapons.

Examples of CWs include, but are not limited to:

  • Fully developed chemical weapons and the components of such weapons when stored separately (e.g. binary munitions).
  • Chemicals used to produce chemical weapons (precursors).
  • Chemicals used to cause intentional death or harm.
  • Items with peaceful civilian uses, when used or intended for chemical weapons use (dual-use items).
  • Munitions and devices intended for the delivery of toxic chemicals.
  • Equipment directly in connection with aforementioned munitions and devices.

The full and legal definition of a Chemical Weapon can be found in Article II of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Afghanistan: Near-record violence risks derailing imminent talks between Government and TalibanThe UN’s top official in Afghanistan has warned that with the formal launch of direct peace negotiations imminent, near-record violence in the country is creating an atmosphere of mistrust that risks derailing long-sought talks between the Government and the Taliban. Peace and Security

OPCWAlleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader a ‘grave concern’, says chemical weapons watchdogThe allegation that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a Cold War-era nerve agent is “a matter of grave concern”, the head of the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday.  Peace and Security©

ILO/Jared J. KohlerWomen are key to response and recovery out of the COVID era: Deputy UN chiefYoung women are fighting interconnected battles for “environmental, economic and racial justice”, the deputy UN chief said in a discussion on Thursday.Women©

UNICEF/UNI340770Beat back ‘catastrophic effects’ of COVID-19 on refugee education, urges UNHCRWhile children in every country have struggled with the impact of COVID-19 on their education, refugee children have been particularly disadvantaged, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said, amid fears many may not be able to resume their studies due to school closures, high fees or lack of access to technology to learn remotely. Migrants and Refugees

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe‘Galvanize multilateral action’, urges Assembly president at first in-person session since MarchAdhering to physical-distancing guidelines, the General Assembly met fully in-person on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months, with its president urging all Members to “galvanize multilateral action…to deliver for all”, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.UN Affairs

UNDP Eritrea/Elizabeth MwanikiMake COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic. 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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Russian National Indicted for Conspiracy to Introduce Malware into a Computer Network09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury in the District of Nevada returned an indictment today charging a Russian national for his role in a conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer

Russian National Indicted for Conspiracy to Introduce Malware into a Computer Network09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury in the District of Nevada returned an indictment today charging a Russian national for his role in a conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer.

Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be with DOJ, Preying on Elderly09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Philadelphia Men Charged with Child Sex Trafficking09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Three Philadelphia men were charged, by a federal grand jury, in an indictment unsealed today in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for their roles in a sex trafficking operation that exploited numerous minors from 2016 through 2017.

Two Self-Described “Boogaloo Bois” Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hamas09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced a federal criminal complaint charging Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas).

Illinois Woman Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Lamesha Conley of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 24 months in prison today for conspiracy and identity theft charges related to a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identity information, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. for the Northern District of Illinois.

Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on Cleveland Detective and Operation Legend Officer James Skernivitz who was Killed in Line of Duty09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/04/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Eastern District of Missouri.  Operation Legend launched in St. Louis on Aug. 6, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
  1. Nearly half of troops polled support changing names of bases honoring Confederate leaders
(Military Times) Nearly half of service members surveyed in the latest Military Times Poll favored renaming military bases that honor Confederate leaders and a large majority favored banning Confederate symbols and paraphernalia from all Defense Department locations.
  2. Troops: White nationalism a national security threat equal to ISIS, al-Qaida
(Military Times) Troops surveyed in the latest Military Times Poll identified white nationalism as a national security threat on par with al-Qaida and the Islamic State Group, and more worrisome than the danger posed by North Korea, Afghanistan or Iraq.
  3. U.S. troops to start extended exercises in Lithuania amid tensions over Belarus
(Reuters) U.S. troops and tanks will arrive in Lithuania on Friday for a two-month deployment near the Belarus border, but the government said the move was not a message to its Russian-backed neighbor, where protests continue over a disputed election.
  4. Report: Trump disparaged US war dead as ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’
(The Associated Press) A new report details multiple instances of President Donald Trump making disparaging remarks about members of the U.S. military who have been captured or killed, including referring to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as “losers” and “suckers.”
  5. Second Army reservist in Florida dies from COVID-19
(Army Times) A second Army reservist in Florida has died from the novel coronavirus. The two soldiers did not work together, according to Army Reserve officials.

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Why Testing is the Key to Getting Back to Normal

By Guest Author

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This piece was authored in collaboration with the leadership across NIH and represents a unified effort to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with excellence and innovation.

One thing we know for sure — every single person can help our country control the COVID-19 pandemic. From wearing a mask to washing your hands to maintaining physical distance and avoiding large indoor gatherings, each of us can follow proven public health practices that not only reduce our own chance of getting infected by SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes coronavirus disease, or COVID-19), but also prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our coworkers, friends and loved ones. Another thing that will help is testing as many people as possible.

Testing for COVID-19 is so important that in April 2020, the NIH launched the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative to develop rapid, easy-to-use, accurate testing and make it available nationwide. As part of this effort, the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program is about finding solutions to stop the spread of COVID-19, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable populations that have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. Previously, we reported about the launch of this project and our plans to develop community-based approaches to study how best to implement testing and prevention strategies for populations who are disproportionately affected by, have the highest infection rates of, or are most at risk for complications or poor outcomes from COVID-19.

Scientists from the NIH and across the country are working around the clock to establish programs that will ensure access to and acceptance of rapid and reliable testing around the country. Testing can help people determine if they are infected with SARS-CoV-2 — regardless of whether they have symptoms — and whether they are at risk of spreading the infection to others. Taking measures to prevent the spread of infection will be the most effective strategy for getting us safely back to work and school.

We want to take this opportunity to articulate why widespread testing is necessary, important, and achievable.

  1. 1. Testing saves livesTesting of all people for SARS-CoV-2, including those who have no symptoms, who show symptoms of infection such as trouble breathing, fever, sore throat or loss of the sense of smell and taste, and who may have been exposed to the virus will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by identifying people who are in need of care in a timely fashion. A positive test early in the course of the illness enables individuals to isolate themselves — reducing the chances that they will infect others and allowing them to seek treatment earlier, likely reducing disease severity and the risk of long-term disability, or death.Testing of people who have been in contact with others who have a documented infection is also important. A negative test doesn’t mean you’re in the clear; you could become infectious later. Therefore, even if you test negative, you need to continue to protect yourself and others by washing your hands frequently, physically distancing, and wearing a face mask. A positive test makes it clear that you have to isolate yourself, and that others with whom you have been in contact since the time of your exposure should also get tested.Since it is recognized that nearly half of all SARS-CoV-2 infections are transmitted by people who are not showing any symptoms, identifying infected individuals while they are presymptomatic, as well as those who are asymptomatic, will play a major role in stopping the pandemic.
  2. 2. Testing can be easy and quickInitially, the only test available required getting a sample from the back of a person’s throat. New developments, some of which are supported by two other NIH projects, RADx Tech and RADx-ATP (Advanced Technology Platforms), will provide more comfortable and equally accurate tests that obtain the sample from inside the nose. On the horizon for large-scale use are tests that will use a simple mouth swab or a saliva sample. A positive test for SARS-CoV-2 alerts an individual that they have the infection. Not only can they get treated faster, but they can take steps to minimize the spread of the virus.This is why it is so important to get the test results quickly, ideally within a few hours or less.Early in the pandemic, there was not enough capacity and limited supplies to collect and process the tests, which resulted in delays. However, lab equipment has improved, capacity and supply have expanded, and results are being returned, on average, within 3-4 days. In fact, point-of-care tests will be available that provide a result in less than 15 minutes!
  3. 3. Testing matters more in the communities affected the mostCommunities of color are disproportionately burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some individuals in these communities are essential workers, who cannot work from home, increasing their risk of being exposed to the virus. In addition, multi-generational living situations or multi-family housing arrangements can allow the virus to spread more quickly if one household member gets infected. Comorbid conditions that worsen the health risks of COVID-19, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes, are also more common in minority communities because of long-standing societal and environmental factors and impediments to healthcare access. Therefore, COVID-19 can spread quickly in these communities, and the impact of that spread is great. Testing, particularly of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals, is key to interrupting this spread.

Unfortunately, there still is a lot of confusion about where to get a test and who should get tested. It is becoming clear that for a person to test positive, they have to have a significant amount of the virus in their system. This means that if you have no symptoms but think or were told that you were in contact with a person with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself immediately, call your health care provider, and then get a test. If you have any questions, always call your health care provider or local county public health office. You can also contact the CDC Hotline at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Staying informed is essential. We encourage you to look to up-to-date, trusted sources of information about COVID-19, such as resources from the NIH website or MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer information resource. 

Over the next few months, you’ll have opportunities, such as those listed at the NIH’s vaccine trial sites, to help scientists discover if the vaccines being evaluated now are effective. If you become ill with COVID-19, you can participate in clinical trials underway to develop and evaluate a wide range of potential treatments, as well as several possible vaccines. So that these therapies will work for everyone, it is important for people from diverse communities across the country to participate in this research. We hope that in the not too distant future, these efforts will lead to therapies that will put an end to the pandemic.

In the meantime, let’s all continue to protect ourselves and others from getting infected, and get tested if you believe you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. 

Top Row (left to right):
Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., Director, National Library of Medicine
Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Middle Row (left to right):
Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director, National Institute on Aging
Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
George A. Mensah, M.D., Division Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Bottom Row (left to right):
William Riley, Ph.D., Director, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Tara A. Schwetz, Ph.D., Associate Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health and Acting Director, National Institute of Nursing Research
Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse


Child Abuse and Neglect Are Associated with County-level Socioeconomic Hardship and Drug-Related Offenses

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Child abuse and neglect are nationwide concerns. However, these problems happen more in some areas than others. A study was conducted to identify county-level socioeconomic and crime factors associated with disparities in substantiated abuse and neglect in Tennessee. The researchers found that both socioeconomic hardship and drug-related offenses increased the risk of child maltreatment.

The study included annual data for all 95 counties in Tennessee from 2004 to 2016. For each county, the researchers had the rates of child abuse and neglect cases that had been reported to child protective services and were substantiated—that is, the agency had determined that the child had most likely been abused or neglected. The data also included the race and ethnicity of children living in the county, the percentage of births to unmarried women, the teen birth rate, and the percentage of children in families receiving financial support from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In addition, crime rates for each county were available.

As the researchers predicted, substantiated child abuse and neglect over the 12-year period was higher for counties with higher rates of teen births and births to unmarried women. Counties with higher crime rates, particularly drug-related offenses, also had a greater risk of child maltreatment over time. Children receiving TANF and SNAP benefits were also found to have an increased risk of abuse and neglect. Compared with other racial/ethnic groups, the study found that counties with higher percentages of African American youth were associated with a lower risk for substantiated child abuse and neglect over time.

Although the study involved only one state and did not prove that these factors cause child abuse and neglect, it did show a pattern of increasing risk from 2008 to 2016 for counties with growing rates of crime, teen births, and births to unmarried women. Therefore, counties with these risk factors may benefit from efforts to prevent child maltreatment. Strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect might include a combination of school-based services and community programs, as well as law and policy initiatives. Future studies could also identify protective familial and neighborhood factors that can help reduce disparities in child abuse and neglect.

Morris, M. C., Marco, M., Maguire-Jack, K., Kouros, C. D., Im, W., White, C., Bailey, B., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2019). County-level socioeconomic and crime risk factors for substantiated child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse & Neglect, 90, 127–138.

25 years after Beijing’s Women Conference, significance ‘undimmed’

UN Women IndiaWhile women have come a long way since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action nearly 25 years ago, they still lag behind on virtually every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).Women

Exactly 25 years after the historic world conference in Beijing on the advancement and equality of women, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency declared on Friday that “its significance is undimmed”.

Looking back on the Fourth World Conference on Women in the Chinese capital, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said in a statement that “we have seen the strength and impact of collective activism grow and have been reminded of the importance of multilateralism and partnership to find common solutions to shared problems.” 

I don’t understand why Africa is still hungry’: UN envoy’s plan to transform food systems for allAgnes Kalibata, the former Rwandan Minister for Agriculture, has been tasked with leading the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit. In an interview with UN News, she outlined her vision for a transformed international system that is more resilient, fairer, and less harmful to the planet.SDGs

PAHOCOVID-19 impact on treatment for chronic illness revealedThe COVID-19 health crisis has caused massive disruption worldwide in diagnosing and treating people with deadly but preventable diseases, including more than one in two cancer patients, UN health experts said on Friday.Health

UN Women India25 years after Beijing’s Women Conference, significance ‘undimmed’Exactly 25 years after the historic world conference in Beijing on the advancement and equality of women, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency declared on Friday that “its significance is undimmed”.Women

UNRWA/Louise WateridgeUN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a health and socio-economic emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN agency for the region warned on Friday, noting a swell of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Humanitarian Aid©

UNICEF/MonticoUNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of COVID vaccinesUN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be leading procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available, the agency has announced.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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Family Fun: Old Field Trail Walk

We’ll follow the Old Field Trail to look for signs of wildlife. This rich habitat has animals of all sizes who make their homes, find their food, and raise their young in the brushy tangle that edges the trail. Let’s discover them together. Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by September 2 to register.

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Go Beyond The Lens of Local, USA Pandemic in Seattle

Here is a sneak peek at Soledad O’Brien’s short doc “Pandemic in Seattle.”

Soledad O’Brien and Rose Arce share the experience behind making the documentary PANDEMIC IN SEATTLE,  releasing on Local, USA this Monday Sept 7th.

The executive producer and director talk about the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on homelessness and public health in Seattle. Follow how the filmmaking team was able to capture these stories while staying safe during the pandemic.

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Condé Nast Spotlight

TEEN VOGUEHow Theater Programs Are Adjusting to Online Learning

ALLUREUlta Beauty’s Famed 21 Days of Beauty Sale Is Finally Here Again

Don’t miss out on your chance to score 50 percent off on iconic beauty products like It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Foundation, Benefit Cosmetics’ Precisely My Brow, and Kylie Cosmetics’ Lip Kits

SELF12 Dumbbell Abs Exercises That Will Seriously Work Your Core

The key to a strong core is not the crunch.

VOGUEHow Christopher John Rogers, Hanifa, and Other Small, Independent Brands Are Honoring Their Roots

WIREDClimate Change Drove the American Mastodon to Extinction

THE NEW YORKERSome Calming New Breathing Exercises to Try Out

THEM.Trans Cover Model Discusses Being Misgendered and Outed by The Atlantic

Spotlight: The Latest on The Coronavirus

SELFWhat to Do If You’re Anxious About Re-Entering the World

GLAMOURAll the Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

VANITY FAIRDwayne “The Rock” Johnson Reveals He and His Entire Family Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Spotlight: Elections 2020

THE NEW YORKERBattling Anxiety Over Making Sure Your Vote Gets Counted

TEEN VOGUEI’m Casting a Ballot Against Full-Blown Fascism

VANITY FAIRTrump’s Planning to Throw Everything He Can At Biden

THE NEW YORKERHow to Counter Trump’s Attempt to Manipulate the Election and the Census

Spotlight: Racism in America

THE NEW YORKERIs the N.B.A. Still LeBron James’s League?

BON APPÉTITFrom Pandemic to Protests: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Responding

WIREDJohn Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

PITCHFORKNina Hagen Shares New Song With George Clinton: Listen

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is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviewstexts, sanctified placespropheciesethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernaturaltranscendental, or spiritual elements. However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.

Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacred things, faith, a supernatural being or supernatural beings or “some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life”. Religious practices may include ritualssermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities and/or saints), sacrificesfestivalsfeaststrancesinitiationsfunerary servicesmatrimonial servicesmeditationprayermusicartdancepublic service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places, that aim mostly to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life, the universe, and other things. Traditionally, faith, in addition to reason, has been considered a source of religious beliefs.

There are an estimated 10,000 distinct religions worldwide. About 84% of the world’s population is affiliated with ChristianityIslamHinduism, Buddhism, or some form of folk religion. The religiously unaffiliated demographic includes those who do not identify with any particular religion, atheists, and agnostics. While the religiously unaffiliated have grown globally, many of the religiously unaffiliated still have various religious beliefs.

The study of religion encompasses a wide variety of academic disciplines, including theologycomparative religion and social scientific studies. Theories of religion offer various explanations for the origins and workings of religion, including the ontological foundations of religious being and belief.

Various practioners of meditation: The Hindu Swami Vivekananda, the Buddhist monk Hsuan HuaTaoist Baduanjin Qigong, the Christian St Francis, the Stoic sage Epictetus and Muslim Sufis in Dhikr.


Today’s Essentials


On Accepting COVID Restrictions: An Historical Pespective

Our ancestors understood that life can involve long periods of deprivation. They knew how to restrict their appetites and manage their resources. Do we?


Suffering From Election Anxiety?

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The Psychology of Wearing a Mask

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Helping Others Is Good for Your Health

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Book Review: “Friday Forward”

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Large Study Reveals How Many People Are Left-Footed

Previous studies have provided only rough estimates but a new large-scale study shows how many people really are left-footed.


Can Artificial Intelligence Help Us to Age Better?

Is artificial intelligence an asset for the aging brain? Here are the pros and cons.


Unlock Your Potential

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Men Fake Orgasms Too

That women can feign orgasms is to some extent common knowledge. Less known is the fact that men fake it too.


The Relationship Between Inflammation and Depression

The inflammatory process in the body is a critical response to fighting off infections, but over time it has also been linked to the development of depression.


Making Mentoring Work

A simple but effective approach.


What’s It Like Teaching in a College Classroom During Covid?

Have you been wondering about the college experience this fall? It’s alive and well on our college campus, despite some necessary restrictions and creativity from all.


Refuse to Be Resilient

Resilience is coping with and enduring adversity. Why not gain strength and thrive?


Two Actions that Will Simplify Your Life

Sometimes we think simplifying our lives is hard, but actually, it can be very easy. The key is to remember to do these two actions.

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Grandma Won’t Die… This Year

Keep distancing, masking, and washing.


Basic Patterns of Dream Content

The more we know about the basic patterns of dreaming, the more we can gain helpful insights about people’s mental and physical health.


“Deaths of Despair” Preceded Pandemic; What Will Follow?

Case and Deaton’s “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism” should not be overshadowed by COVID-19, a pandemic that adds to the pre-existing epidemic of needless deaths.


Mortality Salience During a Pandemic

Hard times may bring out the best—or the worst—in us.

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Does Perfectionism Hold You Back?

The Maladaptive Perfectionist?

If I Am Perfect Will I Matter?

Self-Sabotage, Just So

Finish Your Side Projects


7 Tips to Beat Harm OCD

Are you tormented by intrusive OCD thoughts about hurting other people? Confronting these thoughts and the situations you’re avoiding can help you overcome harm OCD. Here’s how.


3 Tips to Help You “Manage Your Manager”

Effective “upward management” involves far more than “kissing up to your boss.” Doing it well can boost your career.


Our Time Sense is Confounded by Awareness of Impending Death

Nearing the end of life is instrumental to one reason why we think time speeds up with age.


America Is Facing a Teen Suicide Pandemic

America’s teenagers are dying by suicide at alarming rates. What needs to happen now?


The FAQs of Daily Practice

Whatever you want to get accomplished—whether it’s learning a new language or losing weight and keeping it off—nothing is more than mastering daily practice.


Fresh Findings Friday! Attachment, Well-Being, and Meaning

In fraught political times, what helps immigrants in the U.S. achieve well-being?


Criminals Are Not “Pushed” Into Looting, Arson, and Violence

Criminals have plenty of ideas of their own and are suggestible to what inflates their sense of power.


How South Africa Is Handling COVID-19

Dr. Thirusha Naidu examines South Africa’s response to COVID-19, and explains how we can cultivate resilience better.


Gratitude and Its Impact on the Brain and Body

The ability for a gratitude practice to positively impact the brain and body is increasingly clear from a scientific viewpoint.


What Is the Unified Theory of Knowledge?

The Unified Theory of Knowledge (UTOK) consists of eight key ideas represented by a Tree in a Garden. It offers a 21st Century vision of how we might orient toward wisdom.


Why Do People Like Breakup Songs?

Breakup songs can help you identify your emotions, empathize with others, and find paths to overcoming the pain of romantic disappointment.


What’s the Root Cause of Many of the World’s Problems?

We tend to view the world, including others, in ways that are not rooted in truth, but in our evolutionary history. This is causing problems, yet points to a solution too.

Record cold temperatures and a rare September snow arrive this week

By Tyler Mauldin, CNN Meteorologist
Updated 2:20 PM EDT, Sun September 06, 2020article video

(CNN)An early taste of winter with record cold temperatures and snow — yes, snow — is on the way forthe Rocky Mountains.

A strong September cold front is set to drop out of Canada in the beginning of the week, making its presence known from the Dakotas all the way down to Texas by Wednesday.

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How a Railroad Strike Led to the Labor Day Holiday


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Today many Americans see Labor Day as time off from work, an opportunity to enjoy a barbecue with friends and family and a final moment of summertime relaxation before the busy fall season begins.

Labor Day 

is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day. (May Day was chosen by the Second Internationale of socialist and communist parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886.


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Build a better future with blue skies for all, UN urges, marking first International Day of Clean Air

Build a better future with blue skies for all, UN urges, marking first International Day of Clean AirThe first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is being commemorated around the world, on Monday, following the recognition by the United Nations General Assembly of the importance of clean air for the health and day-to-day lives of people. 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

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Justice Department Files Friend-of-The-Court Brief in Indiana Supreme Court Supporting Catholic Archdiocese’s First Amendment Rights in Former High School Teacher’s Lawsuit09/08/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Indiana Supreme Court explaining that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives the Roman Catholic Archdiocese the right to decide for itself who should personify its beliefs, inculcate its teachings, and instruct students at religious high schools affiliated with the Archdiocese. In its brief, the United States explains that three separate aspects of the First Amendment prevent a former Catholic high school teacher from suing the Archdiocese over his termination:  the church-autonomy doctrine, the Archdiocese’s right to expressive association, and the ministerial exception — a doctrine recently reaffirmed and clarified by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 7-2 decision two months ago in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru.

Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Western District of Tennessee. Operation Legend launched in Memphis on Aug. 6, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
  1. US Navy searching for missing Nimitz sailor in Arabian Sea
(Navy Times) The U.S. Navy is conducting search-and-rescue efforts Sunday in the Arabian Sea following reports of a missing sailor.
  2. Respect for troops, military sacrifice becomes an election friction point
(Military Times) The presidential campaigns aren’t just debating military policy now. They’re debating basic respect for the military.
  3. Trump: Stars and Stripes funding won’t be cut
(Military Times) President Donald Trump decreed via tweet that Stars and Stripes, an independent military newspaper subsidized by the Pentagon, will not lose federal funding.
  4. 1 U.S. service member in stable condition after being wounded by al-Shabab attack in Somalia
(Military Times) A U.S. service member was injured in Somalia this morning in an attack by the jihadi group Al-Shabab using a vehicle born explosive and mortars, according to U.S. Africa Command.
  5. Navajo Nation calls for investigation into Fort Hood deaths
(The Associated Press) The Navajo Nation has joined calls for an accounting of the deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the latest soldier from the U.S. Army post to die this year.
‘I sought help when I needed it’: Joint Chiefs vice chairman speaks out on mental health
Gen. John Hyten recalled seeking psychiatric help in a video posted Tuesday encouraging service members who are struggling to do the same

Dear Fellow New Yorker, 
The unofficial start of fall is here. Yesterday, on Labor Day, we honored the dedicated men and women in New York and across our country who make up our workforce, and we had special reason to celebrate them this year. During New York’s long and continuing fight against COVID, it was our workers, including the men and women of organized labor, who showed up every day and risked their lives to protect all of us. As we enter a new, post-Labor Day phase of the pandemic that presents new challenges, I want to update you on a few important matters. School Reopening First is the issue of schools. I recognize that many parents and teachers are nervous, and they have good reason to be. While we cannot eliminate the risks of COVID, we can arm parents and teachers with the facts. To that end, the State is requiring all school districts to report daily data on the COVID infection rate and new cases at every school. This information will be publicly available on a new online dashboard that will have constantly updated data for your school. In addition, the State launched a SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker that provides real-time, up-to-date data on COVID-19 testing and other vital information at each of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. With this transparently available data, parents and communities will be in a better position to make decisions and stay safe. Voting Second is the issue of voting. New York has taken a host of measures to make voting safer and easier during the pandemic. For the first time in our state’s history, all registered voters can request an absentee ballot (under the “temporary illness” excuse). If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, then there are several ways you can cast your completed, signed ballot. 1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 32. Drop it off at an Early Voting poll site between October 24 and November 13. Drop it off at a poll site on November 3 by 9pm4. Drop it off at your county Board of Elections Office starting September 8 through no later than November 3 by 9pm (see the list of county Boards of Elections Offices here) In addition to absentee voting, New Yorkers can also take advantage of Early Voting. For nine days, from October 24 to November 1, registered voters can cast their vote in-person at an early polling site. Of course, New Yorkers can still vote in-person on Election Day, November 3, as well. Whatever method you choose, make sure your voice is heard. Learn more about Early Voting and Absentee Voting.  I want to take a moment to thank you for your cooperation and responsibility over the past few months. Together we brought the infection rate down by taking simple, effective precautions like wearing a mask and getting tested. This new phase we are entering will test our diligence. We must continue to be careful and smart. It’s up to all of us to ensure our continued success in the weeks and months ahead. Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Children's Mental Health Update

New research: Mental health symptoms in school-aged children in four communities

A CDC study examined mental health symptoms in four different U.S. school districts. Based on teacher and parent report, about 1 in 6 students have enough behavioral or emotional symptoms and impairment to be diagnosed with a childhood mental disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common, followed by oppositional defiant disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Teachers identified boys, non-Hispanic black students, and students receiving free or reduced-price lunch more often as high risk for mental disorders than their peers in most sites, but there were generally no demographic differences in the percentage of students who met the criteria for a mental disorder based on parent report. The rates varied among the different sites.

Schools, communities, and healthcare providers can use this information to plan for healthcare and school service needs of children and adolescents with mental disorders. Screening, identifying, and referring children and adolescents to effective treatments can help reduce and prevent the negative effects of mental disorders.

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What kind of treatment do children with Tourette syndrome receive?

CDC recently published a study titled “Treatment Use Among Children with Tourette Syndrome Living in the United States, 2014” in the journal Psychiatry Research. The study was based on the 2014 National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and Tourette Syndrome.

Key findings:

  • Approximately 3 of 4 children with Tourette syndrome received treatment
  • Over 1 in 3 children with Tourette syndrome received both behavioral intervention and medication
  • TS treatment was more common with moderate or severe Tourette syndrome or co-occurring disorders
  • Over 8 in 10 children who took Tourette syndrome medication experienced adverse side effects

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Partnering with NASEM to Promote Emotional Well-being 

To help support additional emotional well-being needs during COVID, DHDD is partnering with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Children, Youth, and Families to build coping skills in children, adolescents, and their families. This project will support the development of online resources that use evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to increase resilience to anxiety and stress. Once developed, these new tools will be available in English

and Spanish.

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Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome 

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal (gut) pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19. 

Health Department-Reported Cases of MIS-C in the United StatesSince mid-May 2020, CDC has been tracking reports of MIS-C, a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19. MIS-C is a new syndrome, and many questions remain about why some children develop it after a COVID-19 illness or contact with someone with COVID-19, while others do not. As of September 3, 2020, CDC has received reports of 792 confirmed cases of MIS-C and 16 deaths in 42 states, New York City, and Washington, DC. Additional cases are under investigation. Misc-C Cases in

Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished

WFP/Marwa AwadMembers of family, who fled conflict, at their shelter in the Pissila camp for internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso.Humanitarian Aid

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level. 

Among them, some 156,500 children are “severely” malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children, according to UNICEF

Under ‘extraordinary circumstances’, General Assembly continues to serve the peopleThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has worked hard, under “extraordinary circumstances” to uphold its vital mandates, perform essential services, and ensure continuity in the name of the people the Organization serves, the president of the UN body said on Tuesday.Health©

UNICEF/Martin KingmanInternational Literacy Day: Celebrate educators, invest in learning potentialWith 1.4 billion people around the world lacking basic literacy skills, the head of the UN cultural agency on Tuesday urged all those involved in learning, to mobilize the investments needed that could unleash each person’s potential. Culture and Education

WFP/Ana BuitronFinance Ministers meet to refine ‘single ambitious menu’ for COVID-19 recovery and beyondThe UN Deputy Secretary-General has reminded Finance Ministers from across the world of their duty to help countries emerge from the social and economic chaos brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. SDGs

A gavel in a courtroom.Khashoggi overturned verdict ‘parody of justice’ – independent UN rights expertAn independent UN human rights investigator called the overturned verdict of Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey a “parody of justice” that spared “high-level” plotters. Human Rights

UN Photo/Laura JarrielAlexei Navalny poisoning must get independent probe, says UN’s Bachelet  UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged Russia to carry out or cooperate with a rapid and transparent criminal investigation into the poisoning of opposition activist Alexei Navalny.  Human Rights

ILO/Alin SirisaksopitInvestments in public health, an investment in safer future, urges TedrosThe world must be ready when the next pandemic comes, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, urging countries to invest more in public health as part of their efforts to recover from COVID-19. Health

WFP/Marwa AwadBurkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourishedNew data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level. 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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William M. Kelly, M.D., Inc And Omega Imaging, Inc. Agree To Pay $5 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims For Unsupervised And Unaccredited Radiology Services09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
William M. Kelly Inc. and Omega Imaging Inc., together, operate 11 radiology facilities in Southern California, have agreed to pay the United States $5 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly submitting claims to Medicare and the military healthcare program, TRICARE, for unsupervised radiology services and services provided at unaccredited facilities, the Department of Justice announced today.

Department of Justice Awards $16 Million in Grants to Advance Community Policing Efforts and Provide Active Shooter Training to First Responders Across the Country09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT

California Attorney Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Conspiracy Case09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Glendale, California attorney pleaded guilty today for conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and thereafter.

California Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Credit Card Payment Processing Scheme and Obstruction09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Glendale, California lawyer pleaded guilty today in connection with a conspiracy to defraud a bank into processing more than $5 million in credit and debit card payments for a student loan debit relief merchant that had previously been terminated by the bank’s risk department and his attempt to obstruct a federal grand jury proceeding and a civil investigation conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, both of which were investigating this scheme.

West Virginia Hospital Agrees To Pay $50 Million To Settle Allegations Concerning Improper Compensation To Referring Physicians09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Wheeling Hospital Inc., an acute care hospital located in Wheeling, West Virginia, has agreed to pay the United States a total of $50,000,000 to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting claims to the Medicare program that resulted from violations of the Physician Self-Referral Law and the Anti‑Kickback Statute, the Justice Department announced today.

Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates on Operation Legend at Press Conference in Chicago09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Former Texas Correctional Officer Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Violating Civil Rights of Inmate09/09/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former Senior Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Beaumont, Texas, was sentenced yesterday in federal court for assaulting an inmate housed at the facility.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. U.S. military is offered new bases in the Pacific
(Wall Street Journal) The Republic of Palau has asked the Pentagon to build ports, bases and airfields on the island nation, officials said, offering a boost to U.S. military expansion plans in Asia, as Washington aims to counter China.
  2. More than a million troops to get temporary pay hike with payroll tax deferral — but there’s a catch
(Military Times) More than a million military members earning $8,666.66 or less per month will see their paychecks increase by 6.2 percent of their basic pay beginning with the mid-September paycheck — but get ready for the bite out of your paycheck when you have to pay it back starting in January.
  3. Northrop wins the Air Force’s contest for next-gen ICBMs
(Defense News) Northrop Grumman has captured a $13.3 billion award for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent competition and will build the Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles, the service announced on Sept. 8.
  4. Missing Nimitz sailor identified as unsuccessful search is called off
(Navy Times) The Navy has called off search and rescue operations in the North Arabian Sea for a sailor missing from the aircraft carrier Nimitz, according to the U.S. 5th Fleet.
  5. Army chief denies that generals make war for arms makers
(Defense One) “We take this very, very seriously,” Gen. James McConville said in an interview with Defense One.


are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrelsground squirrelschipmunksmarmots (including groundhogs), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia. The earliest known fossilized squirrels date from the Eocene epoch, and among other living rodent families, the squirrels are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormice.

Census Bureau Data: A Comprehensive Overview

Whether you have been using, or are a newcomer to the site, this webinar has something for everyone! Join us on September 9th to learn how to search for and download data, use the map feature, and customize table views on Our presenter will take participants on a walk-through of the data tool, share helpful learning resources, and address the most commonly asked questions. We will also show the latest feedback and how your comments drive our development of the site.

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Alcohol-Related Disparities Among Women: Evidence and Potential ExplanationsNina Mulia and Kara M. BensleyEvidence shows that women from racial/ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ women, and women of low socioeconomic status are more likely to experience alcohol-related problems. Yet, it is unlikely that consumption patterns alone account for disparities. What else could be at play? In this review, the authors examine how differences in life course, health vulnerability, and access to care may explain why some women are more likely to experience the ill effects of alcohol misuse.
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NIH updates comprehensive resource to address college drinkingCollegeAIM stays in-step with latest college alcohol intervention researchFrom the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health.
CollegeAIM Available Now
Since it was first launched in 2015, the CollegeAIM (Alcohol Intervention Matrix) guide and website has provided research-based information to help college officials address harmful and underage student drinking by identifying effective alcohol interventions. Developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, CollegeAIM has now been updated to include revised ratings based on new research findings published since its original release.“Reducing harmful and underage drinking is an essential part of an overall strategy to protect the college community from COVID-19 and should continue to be a priority of college administrators long after the pandemic recedes,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director. “It’s important that CollegeAIM stay current with the latest findings on alcohol interventions, so college officials have the best chance to improve the health and safety of their students.”CollegeAIM compares and rates individual- and environmental-level interventions that have been evaluated in preventing and reducing harmful and underage student drinking. Environmental-level strategies target the campus community and student population as a whole; while individual-level strategies focus on individual students, including those in higher risk groups such as first-year students, student-athletes, and members of Greek organizations. CollegeAIM rates these interventions based on effectiveness, anticipated costs and barriers to implementation, and other factors. Its centerpiece remains a comprehensive and easy-to-use matrix-based tool to inform college staff about these evidence-based interventions.CollegeAIM represents an ongoing multi-year collaboration and an extensive review of the scientific literature. In the current update, 7 interventions were added to the nearly 60 interventions already included. Also, some interventions have received updated ratings of their effectiveness.“During the current pandemic, of course, one of the most important messages for college students, whether on campus or attending classes virtually, is that alcohol and COVID-19 don’t mix,” says Dr. Koob. “Alcohol has long been recognized as a social lubricant. Unfortunately, this is a time when taking precautions such as maintaining safe social distancing and wearing a mask are important in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, alcohol might make it harder for the body to protect against the virus if exposed.”CollegeAIM and other related resources on harmful and underage college drinking are available at


Why Is Asteroid Bennu Ejecting Particles Into Space?

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 images collected on Dec. 2, 2018
This image shows asteroid Bennu ejecting rock particles from its surface on Jan. 19, 2019

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 images collected on Dec. 2, 2018, by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s PolyCam instrument from a range of 15 miles (24 kilometers). Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
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The asteroid, which is being studied by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx, shows some surprising activity on its surface, and scientists are beginning to understand what might be causing it.

When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid (101955) Bennu, mission scientists knew that their spacecraft was orbiting something special. Not only was the boulder-strewn asteroid shaped like a rough diamond, its surface was crackling with activity, shedding small pieces of rock into space. Now, after more than a year and a half up close with Bennu, they’re starting to better understand these dynamic particle-ejection events.

collection of studies in a special edition of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets homes in on the asteroid and these enigmatic particles. The studies provide a detailed look at how these particles act when in space, possible clues as to how they’re ejected, and even how their trajectories can be used to approximate Bennu’s weak gravitational field.


UN News

Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres 

UNDP Colombia/Mauricio Enriquez O.The La Mojana region of Colombia is highly vulnerable to climate-change induced floods and droughts. By building resilience to these impacts, the project also insulates communities from other shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.Climate Change

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are at record levels, and emissions that saw a temporary decline due to the pandemic are heading towards pre-COVID levels, while global temperatures continue to hit new highs, according to a major new UN report.

United in Science 2020, released on Wednesday, highlights the increasing and irreversible impacts of climate change on glaciers, oceans, nature, economies and it’s cost on people across the globe; manifest more and more often through disasters such as record heatwaves, wildfires, droughts and floods.

Speaking at the launch of the report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized that there is “no time to delay” if the world is to slow the trend of the devastating impacts of climate change, and limit temperate rise to 1.5 degree-Celsius. 

Distrust of public institutions, health inequities could push more countries into conflict, UN political affairs chief warnsThe erosion of trust in public institutions, unequal access to health care and tensions around delicate peace negotiations, are among the risks amplified by COVID-19, which if not mitigated, could push more countries into violence, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.Peace and Security

UNDP Colombia/Mauricio Enriquez O.Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are at record levels, and emissions that saw a temporary decline due to the pandemic are heading towards pre-COVID levels, while global temperatures continue to hit new highs, according to a major new UN report.Climate Change©

UNHCRGreece: Devasting fire compounds overcrowding and COVID-19 challenges in refugee campUN agencies have offered support to Greek authorities on Wednesday after a major fire ripped through an overcrowded refugee camp overnight, destroying dwellings and forcing thousands to flee, many reportedly suffering from smoke inhalation.Migrants and Refugees

YPN for UNOCHAFresh war crimes fears highlighted in new Yemen reportThe war in Yemen continues to ravage the country and its people, senior UN-appointed rights investigators said on Wednesday, in a call for an international probe into suspected war crimes, and sanctions against the perpetrators.  Human Rights©

UNICEF/UN0159228/NaftalinSerious knowledge gaps must be bridged to battle deadly sepsis infectionsEfforts to tackle sepsis, which can damage multiple organs and result in death, are hampered by “serious gaps in knowledge”, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, according to a report launch on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO). Health

Public Health Alliance/Ukraine‘Essential lessons’ from HIV fight can help coronavirus response, says UNAIDSDecades of global experience in tackling AIDS can help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new UN report published on Wednesday has revealed. Health©

UNICEF/Marko KokicAttacks on education during times of conflict must stop: UN chiefEducation is a fundamental human right and an essential driver for peace and development, yet armed attacks targeting teachers, students and education facilities are on the rise, with some 11,000 incidents reported between 2015 and 2019, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday. Culture and Education

UNICEF/NooraniChildren’s lives at stake, COVID threatens to undo 30 years of ‘remarkable progress’COVID-19 threatens to undo decades of hard-fought progress in reducing deaths of children under the age of five, UN agencies have warned, calling on countries to ensure vital health services for children and women do not falter amid the global crisis.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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Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Delivers Remarks at the LeadershIP Virtual Series09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Broke. . . but Not No More: Opening Remarks–Innovation Policy and the Role of Standards, IP, and Antitrust

Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at a Press Conference Announcing the Results of Operation Crystal Shield09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Readout of Attorney General William P. Barr’s Visits to Chicago and Phoenix09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
This week, Attorney General William P. Barr traveled to Chicago, Illinois, and Phoenix, Arizona, to announce updates on Operation Legend and the results of Operation Crystal Shield, respectively.

Justice Department Settles with Florida Towing Company it Alleges Illegally Sold or Scrapped Servicemembers’ Vehicles09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today reached an agreement with ASAP Towing & Storage Company (“ASAP”) in Jacksonville, Florida, to resolve allegations that ASAP violated a federal law, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), by auctioning off or otherwise disposing of cars owned by protected servicemembers without first obtaining court orders. 

NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
An NFL player has been charged for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $24 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.

Department of Justice Awards Nearly $50 Million in Grants to Improve School Safety09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Seven Charged in Connection with a $2.1 Million Money Laundering Scheme that Involved Money from the Paycheck Protection Program09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Seven individuals were charged in an indictment in the District of South Carolina with laundering over $750,000 of fraudulently obtained funds, including over $390,000 obtained from a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. The seven individuals used a variety of methods to launder the money, including laundering the money through a casino. The indictment also identifies over $2.1 million in funds from twelve different bank accounts allegedly associated with the fraud scheme as subject to forfeiture which agents seized.

New York Brothers Charged With COVID-Relief Fraud09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two New York brothers were charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today for their alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking nearly $7 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, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.

Manufacturers of “Spice” Sentenced for Operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Other Crimes09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two defendants were sentenced Wednesday to 20 years each in federal prison for crimes committed in connection with the manufacture of synthetic cannabinoid products (commonly referred to as “spice”), operating a continuing criminal enterprise, manufacturing and distributing controlled substance analogues, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, maintaining a drug premises, and possession of a listed chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Russian Project Lakhta Member Charged with Wire Fraud Conspiracy09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A criminal complaint was filed today charging a Russian national for his alleged role in a conspiracy to use the stolen identities of real U.S. persons to open fraudulent accounts at banking and cryptocurrency exchanges.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt Delivers Remarks at the PPP Criminal Fraud Enforcement Action Press Conference09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Over the course of the past six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across our country and presented unprecedented challenges for ordinary Americans from all walks of life. 

Lexington Man Convicted of Multiple Counts of Sex and Drug Trafficking and Related Offenses, Including Witness Tampering09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
After a 7-day trial, a federal jury in Frankfurt, Kentucky, found Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington, Kentucky, guilty of charges related to his extensive and violent sex and drug trafficking operation that sold crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines throughout the Lexington area and forced young, drug-addicted women to prostitute. 

Attorney General William P. Barr and DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea Announce Results of Operation Crystal Shield09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Antitrust Division Announces Updates To Civil Investigative Demand Forms And Deposition Process09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division announced today that the Antitrust Division has implemented two uniform updates to its Civil Investigative Demand (CID) forms and deposition process: 

Asphalt Contractor To Pay $4.25 Million To Settle Claims That It Misled The Government As To The Materials Used To Pave Road09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. (DOCI), an Indiana-based asphalt contractor, has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting to the government the materials that it was using to pave federally-funded roads in the state of Indiana, the Department of Justice announced today.  Under the settlement agreement, DOCI has agreed to pay over $4.25 million over a period of four years.

Justice Department Updates 2015 Business Review Letter To The Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers09/10/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today issued a supplement to its Feb. 2, 2015 Business Review Letter from the Antitrust Division to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated (IEEE) (“the 2015 Letter”).  The 2015 Letter analyzed proposed revisions to the IEEE’s Patent Policy of that same year pursuant to the department’s Business Review Procedure, 28 C.F.R. § 50.6.  The Antitrust Division took this step to address concerns raised publicly by industry, lawmakers, and former department and other federal government officials that the 2015 letter has been misinterpreted, and cited frequently and incorrectly, as an endorsement of the IEEE’s Patent Policy.  Additionally, aspects of the 2015 letter had become outdated based on recent jurisprudential and policy developments.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
(The Associated Press) The United States will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by November, the top American commander for the Middle East said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to get America out of “endless wars.”
  2. Pentagon to pit AI against human pilots in live fighter trials
(C4ISRNET) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday that the Pentagon intends to conduct live trials pitting tactical aircraft controlled by artificial intelligence against human pilots in 2024.
  3. Wearing masks could become part of troops’ standard operating procedure
(Military Times) Wearing masks, wiping down work spaces and quarantine periods have presented a fringe benefit to military operations, most notably in the basic training environment. Fewer troops are coming down with communicable diseases, which take them out of the fight for days or even weeks.
  4. The first members of Space Force just deployed to the Middle East
( The U.S. Space Force has marked another milestone for the history books: the first official deployment of its troops — and it’s not to the moon.
  5. 19 years after 9/11, many Americans who fought in Afghanistan are torn over US pullout
(Stars & Stripes) Nineteen years after the attacks of 9/11, some American veterans of the war in Afghanistan wrestle with the idea that the pull-out of U.S. troops from the country was born out of a deal struck with the very enemy more than 2,400 of their brothers and sisters died fighting.

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5 NSF-supported STEM education resources that are perfect for virtual learning

For many parents, teachers and students, back-to-school routines look a little different this year. Whether you’re a teacher searching for lesson-planning content or a parent looking for activities to supplement classroom instruction, these five U.S. National Science Foundation-supported STEM education resources are perfect for virtual learning.

Time-lapse photo showing the movement of stars across the sky over the Gemini North telescope
Star trails over Gemini North. Photo Credit: Gemini Observatory

1.  My Sky Tonight (pre-K)

Figuring out how to best engage young children in science topics can be intimidating. Luckily, the My Sky Tonight project can help. Astronomy educators at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific teamed up with developmental psychology researchers to produce a set of research-based, hands-on astronomy activities rich in science practices and designed for preschool-aged children. Lessons include activity guides and videos that teach children about a range of topics, from the phases of the moon to the sun’s energy. Additionally, tutorial videos provide a primer on how to guide young children’s learning across a range of disciplines.

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Photo Credit: Mama Belle and the kids/Shutterstock

2.  Hands-on Chemistry Activities (grades K-12)

You don’t need a chemistry lab to teach chemistry. With the National Informal STEM Education Network’s “Let’s Do Chemistry” kits, learners explore what chemistry reveals about the world around them through hands-on activities involving everyday objects like chewing gumwater and soap. Each activity comes with handouts, instructions and training videos for teachers and parents, all of which are also available in Spanish.

graphic illustration of the science of the electromagnetic spectrum
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3.  Greenbank Observatory’s ‘Try it at Home’ Activities (grades K-12)

Did you know a little red cabbage juice can go a long way in teaching students about the pH scale? Learn about acidic and basic substances, the electromagnetic spectrum, birds of prey and more on the Greenbank Observatory’s “Try it at Home” webpage. Resources include worksheets, coloring pages and hands-on activity guides and are color-coded from green to orange to indicate difficulty level and whether adult supervision is required.

an illustrated worksheet designed to teach kids about the Earth's water cycle
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4.  Earth Science Worksheets and Resources (grades K-7)

Unlock the wonder of science with these printable worksheets from NSF that introduce learners to key Earth science concepts like plate tectonics, water cycles, fossils and more. Check out NSF’s Earth & Environment Classroom Resources page for related coloring books and videos.

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5.   Emoji Science Worksheets (grades 5-12)

Bring a bit of digitally inspired fun to your classroom with these emoji lesson plans. Lessons include engaging videos and hands-on activities that explore chemistry and physics using everyday objects. 

A penguin jumping into the water from a chunk of ice
Gentoo penguin leaping off ice flow into Mikkelsen Harbor, Antarctic Peninsula Photo Credit: Kelton W. McMahon, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

**Bonus: Virtual Field Trips (fun for all ages!)

Take your students on an adventure to the depths of the ocean or to the world’s largest solar telescope without leaving the classroom with these NSF-funded virtual escapes or invite one of our experts to speak with your class through our Speakers Bureau. Our scientists, engineers and other passionate professionals are available to provide STEM-related talks to your virtual elementary, middle, and high school students.


2019 ACS 1-Year Pre-Release Webinar

Learn more about the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year data release. This webinar will cover background information about the ACS, updates for this release, and where to find new data release information on the ACS website. We will also demonstrate how to access ACS statistics on the Census Bureau’s data dissemination platform,

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NIMHD-Funded Study Reveals Advertisements Increase E-cigarette Use Among Younger PopulationsResearch Spotlight: Advertisements Increase E-cigarette Use Among Younger Populations
E-cigarettes, which contain nicotine and other toxic substances, are harmful to the developing brain and respiratory health of young people. A study published in Pediatrics reveals that youth and young adults who had never smoked but came across e-cigarette marketing were more likely to use e-cigarettes in the future than those who did not encounter e-cigarette marketing at all. This was true especially for those youth who initially reported no interest in experimenting with e-cigarettes. Results of this research identify exposure to e-cigarette marketing as a reason for future e-cigarette use among tobacco-naïve youth and young adults.Learn More


UN News


Security Council demands an end to attacks on schools worldwide

UNICEF/Christopher MorrisMasha Khromchenko stands in the kindergarten classroom that took a direct hit from a shell in the Luhansk region, Ukraine. (23 September 2018)Peace and Security

The Security Council on Thursday demanded a halt to attacks on schools, together with students and teachers in conflict zones around the world, in a presidential statement coinciding with the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

The 15-member body issued the appeal as part of an open meeting where delegates expressed grave concern at a growing in attacks on educational facilities – nearly 500 last year alone, according to a report from the Secretary-General.

Classrooms under fire in 35 countries

Worldwide, 75 million children live in 35 countries in conflict.  The largest number of verified attacks on schools in 2019 were in Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Attacks on schools “seems to be an emerging tactic of war, particularly in the Sahel where schools are targeted precisely because they are schools – and even more if they cater to girls”, Virginia Gamba, the UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told the Council.

Leaders pledge ‘quantum leap’ towards fully funding COVID-19 vaccines and treatments Global leaders, including more than 30 Heads of State and Ministers, have underlined their commitment towards fast-tracking the development and production of COVID-19 tests, medicines and vaccines, that will be available for anyone, anywhere, who needs them. Health

UNICEF/Christopher MorrisSecurity Council demands an end to attacks on schools worldwideThe Security Council on Thursday demanded a halt to attacks on schools, together with students and teachers in conflict zones around the world, in a presidential statement coinciding with the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack.Peace and Security

UNDP HondurasNations of the South display spirit of ‘global solidarity’ – UN chief“The spirit of South-South cooperation and global solidarity”, is alive and well across the hemisphere as the word grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, said the UN chief in a message relayed to countries of the Global South on Thursday. SDGs

UNICEF/Amer Al ShamiIssues surrounding Syria’s chemical weapons programme must be resolved, to restore global confidence Until outstanding issues related to Syria’s initial declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile and programme are resolved, the international community cannot have full confidence that its activities have ended, the UN’s top disarmament expert told the Security Council on Thursday.Peace and Security

MINUSCAWork to achieve a culture of peace amid COVID-19 upheaval: UN Secretary-GeneralAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend economies and societies, while also threatening to erode trust in public institutions and democracy, it is critical that people everywhere continue to pursue peace. Peace and Security

Kseniya HalubovichBelarus: Ensure ‘full respect’ for workers’ rights during protests, ILO urges President LukashenkoVoicing deep concern over detention and arrests of trade unionists in Belarus, the head of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) called on President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a climate free from violence and intimidation against peacefully protesting workers. Human Rights

UNAMA/Nasim FekratUN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice PresidentThe United Nations has strongly condemned Wednesday’s attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, targeting the official convoy of the country’s First Vice President, Amrullah Saleh. 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.

9/11 –

Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the 19th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks09/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Operation Legend launched in Milwaukee on July 29, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.

Department of Justice Announces Charges of North Korean and Malaysia Nationals for Bank Fraud, Money Laundering and North Korea Sanctions Violations09/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice announced a criminal complaint charging Ri Jong Chol, Ri Yu Gyong, North Korean nationals, and Gan Chee Lim, a Malaysia national. The three were charged with conspiracy to violate North Korean Sanctions Regulations and bank fraud, and conspiracy to launder funds. The defendants allegedly established and utilized front companies that transmitted U.S. dollar wires through the United States to purchase commodities on behalf of North Korean customers.

Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at the Funeral of Cleveland Police Detective and Operation Legend Officer James Skernivitz09/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT

The Scripps Research Institute To Pay $10 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related To Mischarging NIH-Sponsored Research Grants09/11/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has agreed to pay the U.S. $10 million to settle claims that it improperly charged NIH-funded research grants for time spent by researchers on non-grant related activities such as developing, preparing, and writing new grant applications, teaching, and engaging in other administrative activities, the Department of Justice announced today.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. That day: Veterans share where they were on Sept. 11, 2001
(Military Times) That day, for many, is frozen in time. Much like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination, those who played witness to the events of 9/11 remember where they were, how they felt and who they were with the day of the attacks. These are seven stories of veterans who lived through the day.
  2. 9/11 was the ‘defining moment’ for soldier who will receive the Medal of Honor tomorrow
(Army Times) Freshly dug graves underscored the urgency of the hostage rescue mission in the predawn hours of Oct. 22, 2015.
  3. Here’s your chance to make a difference for the health of the force — for the next 50 years
(Military Times) Service members, check your email for an invitation to participate in a survey that will help researchers track health risks of deployment, military occupations and general military service for decades.
  4. AI’s dogfight triumph a step toward human-machine teaming
(Defense News) Human fighter pilots, your jobs are safe for now.
  5. Biden says US must maintain small force in Middle East, has no plans for major Defense cuts
(Stars & Stripes) Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he supports drawing down troops in the Middle East but if elected president would keep a small force there to prevent extremists from posing a threat to the United States and its allies.

Marine Corps Times

Your Marine Corps

Marine who grew up around his father’s New York fire station graduates boot camp on Sept. 11

Philip Athey

Rocco Cusano has been a firefighter in New York for nearly 30 years. His son, Justin Cusano grew up in his dad’s firehouse and joined the Marine Corps following high school. They each have their own connection to September 11th. This is their story. (Cpl. Shane Manson/Marine Corps)

On Sept.11, 2001, Justin Cusano was just nine months old.

But the day that changed America forever also a had profound influence on the new Marine, who graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, on the tragedy’s 19th anniversary. Read/Watch

Black Farming: Beyond “40 Acres and a Mule.”

September 11th & 12th 2020


This event is FREE and open to the public.

People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. 

This conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more!

Keynote SpeakersAnna-Lisa Cox, author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality and Terry Cosby, USDA – NRCS.

Other speakers include Kevin McGruder, Ph.D. and Cornelius Blanding, President of the Federation of Southern Cooperative.

Sponsored by Community Solutions, Antioch College, and The Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Evening Keynote Address by Anna-Lisa Cox Time: 7:00pm

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Conference Start Time: 9:00am

Registration: 8:15am

Location: Antioch College, McGregor Hall

9:00am – 4:00pm: Resource Fair with Central State University and Ohio State University extension offices, USDA, Farm-Credit of Mid-America

9:00am – 9:30am: Kevin McGruder, PhD, Moderator/Speaker

9:30am – 10:30am: Keynote Speaker: Terry Cosby, USDA – NRCS.

10:30am – 11:00am: Break

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch and Conversation

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Breakouts Sessions –McGregor Hall, 45 min. Breakout sessions to run concurrently; 1:30pm – 2:15pm; 2:15pm – 3:00pm

3:00 – 4:00pm: Farming Cooperative Presentation – Cornelius Blanding, President, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

4:00pm – 5:00pm: – Where do we go from here? – Facilitated discussion

Conference Adjourns



UN News


Switzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warn

Unsplash/Claudio SchwarzThe Swiss parliament building in the capital, Bern.Human Rights

A proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday. 

The draft legislation, currently before the Swiss Parliament, expands the definition of terrorism and no longer requires the prospect of any crime at all, they said, in a plea for a last-minute reversal by legislators. 

Expansive’ definition of terrorism 

Citing international standards, the experts defined terrorism as the intimidation or coercion of populations or governments through violence that causes death or serious injury, or the taking of hostages. 

Under the bill, “terrorist activity” may encompass even lawful acts aimed at influencing or modifying the constitutional order, such as legitimate activities of journalists, civil society and political activists. 

“Expanding the definition of terrorism to any non-violent campaign involving the spreading of fear goes far beyond current Swiss domestic law and violates international standards”, said the experts, all of whom were appointed by the UN Human Rights Council

“This excessively expansive definition sets a dangerous precedent and risks serving as a model for authoritarian governments seeking to suppress political dissent including through torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” 

Other sections of the draft law have also raised concerns, such as those giving the federal police extensive authority to designate “potential terrorists” and to decide preventive measures against them.  

Guterres condemns killing of journalists, following beheading of Mexican crime reporterFollowing the gruesome death of a Mexican journalist specializing in crime reporting, who was found beheaded on Wednesday, UN chief António Guterres has issued a statement condemning the increasing number of attacks made on media workers worldwide.Law and Crime Prevention

Kseniya HalubovichBelarus: UN chief deeply concerned over use of force against peaceful protestersSecretary-General António Guterres on Friday expressed deep concern over the continued use of force against peaceful protestors in Belarus and detention of those exercising their legitimate democratic rights.Peace and Security

WHO/Lindsay MackenzieWHO warns against potential Ebola spread in DR Congo and beyondEbola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.  Health

Unsplash/Claudio SchwarzSwitzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warnA proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday. Human Rights©

UNICEF/Ron Haviv VII PhotoNew fires at Greek island refugee camp destroy last remaining sheltersFresh fires at a Greek island centre for thousands of refugees and migrants, have destroyed all remaining accommodation for those affected by the initial blaze on Tuesday evening.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.

9/12 –

Cedar waxwing bird in a tree

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Photo Presentation: Seasons of Five Rivers

From field to forest, from ponds to flowing waters, Five Rivers’ habitats support an unusually wide variety of life within its 450+ acres at the edge of suburbia. Birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, and more await discovery! For DEC’s 50th anniversary, nature photographers Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner will showcase the beauty and diversity of this beloved place that is such an integral part of the Capital Region. Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by September 9 to register.

Photo credit: Scott Stoner


Hollywood Powerhouses Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani

Producing partners Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani sit on a vintage Steve Chase sofa in the reception area of Hillman Grad Productions. Interior design by Amie Mays. Cocktail table by &Tradition; Floor lamp by Bolia. Joshua Kissi 

Take AD Inside Their Los Angeles Office

At Hillman Grad Productions, the  duo has built a platform for BIPOC talents to take center stage in their own stories

By Mayer Rus

Photography by Joshua Kissi

Styled by Paige Wassel



Number Nuts

An underappreciated lot?


Loneliness at Pandemic U

14 tips for college students and their parents.


Studies Show Video Therapy And Telepsychiatry Work

Wonder if video therapy will work for you? Studies show that virtual psychotherapy and telepsychiatry help.


Superhero Grief: Talking To Your Kids About Death

Ways to help children cope with the loss of their heroes.


Coincidence, Conspiracy, and Complicity.

What do sudoku, word searches and conspiracy theories have in common? They are all the product of the human brains’ quest for plots and patterns.


No Bid

When states and their taxpayers compete to attract business, almost everyone loses.


Interview Training 101

Wonder how to best promote your current work without overstepping or speaking out of line during an interview? Follow these steps to put your best foot forward.


COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter: Scenes From New York

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, a drama therapist and photographer documents the events at they are played out in his New York City neighborhood.


Mens’ Sex Drive May Rise and Fall Due to One Brain Enzyme

New research suggests that males’ interest in sex may be strongly influenced by a brain enzyme called “aromatase.”


Three Japanese Ways Out of Stress

How do we decrease stress through Japanese concepts?


Not All Childhood Abuse Results in Mental Illness

New research suggests that in predicting future mental illness, the subjective experience of child abuse may be more important than objective records of maltreatment.


The Formula for Healthy Relating

This simple formula for healthy relating applies to all levels and kinds of relationships.


ADHD and Suicide Risk

COVID-19 has spotlighted concerns about mental health and suicide risk. ADHD is part of the mix.


Critical Thinking Dispositions

It’s not easy to find reliable and valid scales to measure CT dispositions. We worked with students and educators to develop a new measure.

Paffy Shutterstock

How We Justify the Unethical

Justifying Unethical Behavior

Crafty, Crooked, Creative

Leadership Lessons

When We Do Terrible Things


Fresh Findings Friday! Teacher Health, Stress, and Meaning

How can teachers preserve their health under stress? Meaningful work seems to provide an answer.


Psychology Explains Why War Heroes Are Not “Losers”

Heroes are held in such high esteem because they set aside any thoughts of their own well-being for the good of their group. However, is there more to the story?


Is the Year of the Woman Still a Distant Vision?

Research finds that traditional roles for women are becoming more popular.


Aging Well, Even with COVID-19

Five secrets to aging well can also help us address the stresses of living in a pandemic.


Serena Williams’—and Women’s—U.S. Open Victory

Despite losing in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, Serena Williams is a winner. As is women’s tennis.


A Vital Yet Underused Method for COVID-19 Prevention

Why hydrotherapy may be a useful tool in times of COVID-19.


Military Personnel and Veterans Deserve Respect

An article published in The Atlantic has caused intense anger among those who have served in the military and their families.


Solastalgia or Climatic Anxiety: What It Is and How to Cope

Wildfires, lockdown, isolation. Do you feel anxious? A few words on what is missing and how to cope with it.


Pandemic Breakups and How to Avoid Them

There has been a surge in divorce filings since the first lockdown. A few months of constantly being with the person you vowed to love forever has been too much for some couples.


Who’s in Charge of Your Daily Practice?

Whatever you want to get accomplished, whether that’s changing careers or learning to cook a new cuisine, nothing helps more than mastering daily practice.


What Kind of Parent Are You?

Want to know what kind of parent you are? Take the new Parental Analytical Style Scale (PASS) to find out!


How to Set Goals for Personal Change

Trying to become a different kind of person doesn’t work. Self-improvement succeeds when our goals align harmoniously with our existing personality style.


Cancel Culture

Call-out or cancel cultures are focused on shaming—publicly humiliate someone in person and on social media. For culture to change, the key is kindness.


Do You Believe in Relationship Magic?

Individuals who were overindulged as children view their relationship from an external locus of control and think that chance is the cause of their relationship problems.


Mornings, Meltdowns, and Mindfulness

We’re managing too much: We are doing all the “regular parenting” we had to do before and now, we are also responsible for so much more.

Condé Nast Spotlight

THEM.Gavin Grimm’s Former School District Won’t Stop Trying to Discriminate Against Trans Students

Gloucester School District hopes to overturn the student’s recent court victory.

THE NEW YORKERThe Crisis in the Skies of San Francisco

The West Coast’s wildfires, and the ecological crisis they portend, have never been more visible.

PITCHFORKT.I. Charged by SEC With Promoting Fraudulent Cryptocurrency, Agrees to Settlement

The Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered the rapper/actor to pay a $75,000 fine and not participate in future Initial Coin Offerings

ARCHITECTURAL DIGESTSee Inside Three Iconic British Palaces Without Tourists, Thanks to the Pandemic

VOGUEOil Pulling, Clé de Peau Beauté and an Easy Cat Eye: Malin Akerman’s Beauty Routine Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Mom Perfection

ALLUREThe Best New Skin-Care Products Launching in September

GQHow 3 Great NBA Bubble Photos Happened

Spotlight: The Latest on The Coronavirus

SELFSo, You Broke Social Distancing Guidelines. Here’s How to Deal With Your Guilt.

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELERThe Disney World Christmas Season Will Look Very Different This Year

TEEN VOGUEDemocracy Can Die in the Light Too

VANITY FAIRSaturday Night Live Will Return to the Studio for Live Shows This Fall

Spotlight: Elections 2020

THE NEW YORKERBattling Anxiety Over Making Sure Your Vote Gets Counted

TEEN VOGUEI’m Casting a Ballot Against Full-Blown Fascism

VANITY FAIRTrump’s Planning to Throw Everything He Can At Biden

THE NEW YORKERHow to Counter Trump’s Attempt to Manipulate the Election and the Census

Spotlight: Racism in America

THEM.Tell Me Why Is the First Major Video Game to Feature a Transgender Main Character

THE NEW YORKERHow Trump Could Win

VOGUEEverything You Need to Know About This Year’s Wild-at-Heart U.S. Open Semifinals

VANITY FAIRSpike Lee’s American Utopia Shows David Byrne in Peak Electrifying Form


VOGUE: Kerby Jean-Raymond Teams With Kering to Launch Your Friends in New York


Kerby Jean-RaymondPhoto: Craig McDean / Courtesy of Kerby Jean-Raymond

9/13 –

The Daily

9/14 –

The U.S. Reaches $1.5 Billion Settlement with Daimler AG Over Emissions Cheating in Mercedes-Benz Diesel Vehicles09/14/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced today a proposed settlement with German automaker Daimler AG and its American subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (collectively, “Daimler”) resolving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and California law associated with emissions cheating. 

Remarks by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen on the Settlement of Clean Air Act Claims against Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA LLC09/14/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/14/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Eastern District of Michigan. Operation Legend launched in Detroit on July 29, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates

United States Antitrust Agencies Co-Host the 19th Annual International Competition Network Conference09/14/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are co-hosting the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 19th annual conference, which opens today and runs through Thursday, September 17, 2020.  Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and FTC Chairman Joseph J. Simons are leading the U.S. agencies’ participation in the ICN’s first virtual conference.  Assistant Attorney General Delrahim and Chairman Simons will deliver opening remarks and speak on the conference’s showcase program addressing the challenges of enforcement in the digital economy.


September 14, 2020
This message includes updates on the 
COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air PassengersBeginning September 14, 2020, the United States Government will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health screening for these passengers. 
Read More

As of September 14, 2020 In the United States, there have been 6,503,030 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands. CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily. U.S. Cases

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand
  1. Afghanistan-Taliban talks begin in attempt to end 19 years of bloodshed
(National Public Radio) Afghanistan’s warring factions have officially begun what is likely to be a long and arduous process of negotiating a peaceful and prosperous future after nearly two decades of war.
  2. Pentagon’s top general calls out Nazis, communists, jihadis in 9/11 remarks
(Military Times) The Joint Chiefs chairman took the opportunity Friday, at the Pentagon’s Sept. 11, 2001, remembrance ceremony, to not only recognize those who gave their lives during those terror attacks and have since died fighting in their wake, but to share a reminder of what everyone has been fighting for.
  3.Trump lauds Medal of Honor recipient for hostage rescue
(The Associated Press) President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on a U.S. soldier Friday, calling him “one of the bravest men anywhere in the world” for his role in a daring 2015 mission to rescue dozens of hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq.
  4. The new US Air Force chief has a reputation of only asking for what he needs. He’s going to need a lot.
(Defense News) In September 2016, when the U.S. Air Force’s new chief of staff, Gen. Dave Goldfein, took the stage at the service’s largest conference, he spoke of the heavy responsibility of leading the service. He said the portraits of former chiefs had eyes that followed him like “a Harry Potter movie,” and he recounted his own experience as a young F-16 pilot in combat for the first time during Desert Storm.
  5.She once was barred from fighter jets. Now she’s the Pentagon’s only female four-star
( It was the morning of June 18, 1983. Jacqueline Van Ovost, just 17 at the time, got up early to witness history in the making.

The brainbrainstem, spinal cord, and nerves.

Human brain bisected in the sagittal plane, showing the white matter of the corpus callosum
Third ventricle shown in red. The third ventricle is one of the four connected ventricles of the ventricular system within the mammalian brain. It is a slit-like cavity formed in the diencephalon between the two thalami, in the midline between the right and left lateral ventricles, and is filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
Blue – Lateral ventricles
Cyan – Interventricular foramina (Monro)
Yellow – Third ventricle
Red – Cerebral aqueduct (Sylvius)
Purple – fourth ventricle
Green – continuous with the central canal
(Apertures to subarachnoid space are not visible)

Alcohol’s Unique Effects on Cognition in Women: A 2020 (Re)view to Envision Future Research and TreatmentRosemary Fama, Anne-Pascale Le Berre, and Edith V. SullivanStudies of alcohol’s effects on the human brain and cognitive functioning have revealed that chronic use may affect men and women differently, creating unique patterns of cognitive deficits that may require a different treatment response. In this review, the authors describe alcohol’s effects on cognition in women and report encouraging signs that many of these deficits can be reversed.
Read the full article

NIH National Institute of Mental Health
RDoC at Ten Years – Part 2: The Next Ten Years
 Research Domain Criteria Initiative (RDoC), a research framework that supports new ways of studying mental disorders.
In a previous message, Dr. Joshua Gordon discussed how the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) framework has changed the conversation in mental health research since its initiation in 2010. In this message, he looks forward to the next ten years of RDoC.Read more


Fear, Hope, and Zoom Fatigue: Back to School During COVID-19



Girls in school uniforms and masks

As schools reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students are facing challenges they’ve never imagined. Teen Vogue’s Fear and Learning in America series is exploring what back to school means for students this year, and what they think about learning during the coronavirus crisis.


NASA Monitors Carbon Monoxide From California Wildfires

This visualization shows a three-day average of carbon monoxide concentrations from Sept. 6 to 14
This visualization shows a three-day average of carbon monoxide concentrations, from Sept. 6 to 14, in the atmosphere over California due to wildfires. Higher concentrations of the gas appear as red and orange regions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
› Larger view

The observations from Earth orbit show high-altitude concentrations of the gas that are more than 10 times typical amounts.

NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), aboard the Aqua satellite, captured carbon monoxide plumes coming from California wildfires last week. There were 28 major wildfires burning across the state as of Sept. 14. This includes the August Complex Fire, which started on Aug. 17 and has since burned over 471,000 acres, making it the largest fire on record in California.


The Science of Wildfires

By Ota Lutz

Animated satellite image of Earth


Satellite Image of smoke above the Western U.S.


Data overlayed on a satellite image of the United States shows a thick cloud of aerosols over the western US

This image from the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite shows a pyrocumulus cloud from the Bear fire in California injecting smoke high into the atmosphere on Sept. 9, 2020, creating a thick blanket of smoke along the West Coast.  › Read more from NASA Earth Observatory | + Expand image

Update: Sept. 14, 2020 – This feature, originally published on Aug. 23, 2016, has been updated to include information on the 2020 fires and current fire research.

This animation shows how FireSat would use a network of satellites around the Earth to detect fires faster than ever before. | + Expand image


RSVP – 7:00PM EST /  a live preview and discussion of Doc World: Siqueiros: Wall of Passion, a co-production of ITVS and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Voces: Building the American Dream an election year special coming to PBS from LPB. During this special preview event, WORLD will showcase a collection of films that are coming to WORLD Channel from an esteemed group of LatinX filmmakers. See clips from their stories and hear their perspectives as they present their work and engage with our live online audience.

Rise to the occasion to tackle injustice, Bachelet urges Human Rights CouncilUN Member States gathered in person in Geneva on Monday for a new session of the Human Rights Council, where UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet urged countries to “rise to the occasion” to tackle injustice everywhere.Human Rights

WFP/Morelia ErósteguiCountries must ‘get their hands dirty’ to stem COVID and prevent future pandemics The COVID-19 pandemic has upended a world embroiled in chaos, unleashing catastrophic health, social and economic consequences along with irreparable harm to humanity, according to UN-backed report published on Monday.Health

UN Photo/Gema CortesUN peacekeeping chief outlines reforms needed to keep operations fit-for-purposeOver the next 10 years, the world could well be transformed by potentially lethal new technologies, climate disruptions and disruption caused by expanding cities, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday, outlining the adaptations required to keep the Organization’s flagship enterprise fit-for-purpose as it confronts daunting new security threats.Peace and Security

UN Photo/Mark GartenINTERVIEW: the top diplomat shepherding the General Assembly through its 75th yearThe Turkish diplomat elected to be the president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, is taking on the role as the Organization grapples with an unprecedented pandemic, and questions surrounding the future direction it should take.UN Affairs

Unsplash/Mostafa MerajiIran: ‘Secret execution’ of champion wrestler ‘deeply disturbing’ – UN rights expertsA group of five independent UN human rights experts have strongly condemned the summary execution in Iran on Saturday of a former champion wrestler convicted of murdering a security guard during anti-government protests in 2018.Human Rights©

Sarah ScaffidiJournalism under fire: UNESCO raises alarm over surge of attacks on media workers covering protestsClampdowns on the media have increased sharply in 2020, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, highlighting 21 protests around the world this year in which State security forces have violated journalists’ rights.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.

9/15 –

Quantadyn Corporation And Owner Settle False Claims Act Allegations of Bribery To Obtain Government Contracts For Simulators09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice announced today that QuantaDyn Corporation (QuantaDyn), headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, has agreed to resolve civil claims arising from allegations that it engaged in a bribery scheme to steer government contracts for training simulators to the company, as part of a broader settlement that includes a guilty plea by the company.  As part of the plea agreement, QuantaDyn has agreed to pay $37,757,713.91 in restitution, which also will resolve the company’s civil False Claims Act liability for the scheme.  William T. Dunn Jr., the majority owner, President, and Chief Executive Officer of QuantaDyn, has separately paid $500,000 to resolve his personal False Claims Act liability. 

Justice Department Settles With Texas Based Furniture and Appliances Chain for Charging Servicemembers Excess Interest09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Conn Credit I, LP, Conn Appliances, Inc., and Conn’s, Inc. (“Conn’s”), to resolve allegations that they violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) by charging at least 184 servicemembers excess interest on their purchases. 

Texas Woman Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining Nearly $2 Million in COVID Relief Funds09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Texas woman has been taken into custody on allegations she fraudulently obtained more than $1.9 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas.

Associate Deputy Attorney General Sujit Raman Delivers Remarks at the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)/Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)  Facial Recognition Technology Forum09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
As the Nation’s primary federal law enforcement agency, the U.S. Department of Justice enforces and defends the laws of the United States; protects public safety against foreign and domestic threats; and provides national and international leadership in preventing and investigating crime. Technological innovation has created new opportunities for our law enforcement officers to effectively and efficiently tackle these important missions. At the same time, such innovation poses new challenges for ensuring that technology is used in a manner consistent with our laws and our values—and equally important, with the support and trust of the American people.

Somerset County Man Admits Concealing Material Support to Hamas09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Somerset County, New Jersey, man admitted today that he concealed his attempts to provide material support to Hamas, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., and FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Jill Sanborn announced

District Court Orders Illinois Sprouts And Soybean Products Company To Comply With Food Safety Rules09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal court permanently enjoined a Chicago firm from preparing and distributing adulterated sprouts and soybean products in violation of federal law, the Department of Justice announced today.

Vermont Man Charged with Hiring Person to Kidnap and Kill a Man in a Foreign Country, and Producing and Receiving Child Pornography09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury in the District of Vermont returned a third superseding indictment today against a Burlington man for conspiring to kidnap and kill a man in a foreign country, murder for hire, and five child pornography offenses.

Former Employee At Los Alamos National Laboratory Sentenced To Probation For Making False Statements About Being Employed By China09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Turab Lookman, 68, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was sentenced on Sept. 11 to five years of probation and a $75,000 fine for providing a false statement to the Department of Energy.  Lookman is not allowed to leave New Mexico for the term of his probation.

Two Alleged Hackers Charged with Defacing Websites Following Killing of Qasem Soleimani09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two alleged computer hackers were indicted in the District of Massachusetts on charges of damaging multiple websites across the United States as retaliation for United States military action in January 2020 that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.

Justice Department Settles Claims Against Borough of Woodcliff Lake Involving Denial of Permit to Orthodox Jewish Group to Construct Worship Center09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the Borough of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, to resolve allegations that the Borough violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by denying zoning approval for an Orthodox Jewish congregation to construct a worship center on its property. 

Former DEA Agent and His Wife Plead Guilty for Roles in Scheme to Divert Drug Proceeds From Undercover Money Laundering Investigations09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent and his wife pleaded guilty Monday to all charges in a 19-count indictment unsealed against them on Feb. 21, 2020. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson accepted the guilty pleas in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend.  Today’s case is out of the District of New Mexico.  Operation Legend launched in Albuquerque on July 22, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.

Justice Department Settles Race Discrimination Case Against a Florida City Securing $195,000 in Lost Wages and Damages09/15/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that it has reached a settlement with the City of Venice, Florida, resolving its race discrimination lawsuit against the city. 

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand
  1. U.S. commander: Intel still hasn’t established Russia paid Taliban ‘bounties’ to kill U.S. troops
(NBC News) Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program.
  2. Attack on VA computer systems exposed personal information of about 46,000 veterans
(Military Times) About 46,000 veterans had their personal information exposed after hackers breached Veterans Affairs computer systems used to send payments to outside medical providers, department officials announced Monday.
  3. ‘This all could have been prevented’ — Inside the disappearance and death of Vanessa Guillén
(Task & Purpose) Lupe Guillén used to think she wanted to join the military. And why wouldn’t she? Her older sister Vanessa always dreamed of military service, and growing up, Lupe wanted to do everything Vanessa did.
  4. Chinese nuke arsenal next on Beijing’s ‘to-do’ list, US commander warns
(Voice of America) The commander in charge of the U.S. military’s nuclear arsenal has warned that increasing China’s nuclear stockpile is “next” on Beijing’s “to-do list.”
  5. Army COVID-19 vaccine may produce a side benefit: Cure for the common cold
(McClatchy) Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are advancing a vaccine that may be able to prevent strains of the common cold in the future.

Open Policy Session of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC)

The Open Policy Session will be held virtually due to COVID-19 to protect NIH staff, members of the Council, and the public. The Open Policy Session will be available for viewing over the internet via the NIH videocast only.

9:00 a.m. EDT – 12:35 p.m. EDT. 

To access the videocast please go HERE
The planned presentations and discussions include the following:  

• Joshua Gordon, NIMH Director, will give a report on NIMH.
• John Ngai, Director, NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN), will give a presentation about the BRAIN Initiative.
• NIMH staff will discuss concepts for potential future funding initiatives.

Due to the virtual nature of the meeting, only written comments may be submitted. These comments will be shared with Council members but will not be posted or shared via videocast. We recommend you check the NAMHC webpage for additional details and to view the final meeting agenda. Public comments may be sent to look forward to the upcoming Open Policy Session and hope you will be able to join us online via the videocast

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Directed Energy’s Contribution in the Gray Zone

“Gray zone” challenges have been defined by the U.S. SOCOM as “competitive interactions… that fall between the traditional war and peace duality,”* going beyond normal international interactions yet falling short of overt military force. When a country is faced with the need to counter gray-zone operations, it is typically faced with military target ambiguity and the need to have a proportionate response. There is little margin for error – an unintended injury or casualty could dramatically escalate international tensions.

Non-kinetic weapons may provide a useful proportional alternative to our conventional kinetic capabilities. Join us for a conversation on the potential application of directed energy to some of the unique challenges presented by gray-zone scenarios.Register Now

Virtual Event Details:

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
  • Registration is free

What You’ll Learn:

  • What are the parameters of gray-zone conflicts and what strategic opportunities do they present?
  • What are some specific examples of gray-zone conflicts?
  • What aspects of directed energy weapons make them well suited to addressing gray-zone conflicts? 


  • Kris Osborn
    Managing Editor, Warrior Maven, and Defense Editor, The National Review

Guest Speakers:

  • Col. Wendell B. Leimbach, Jr., USMC
    Director, Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office
  • Dr. David Stoudt
    Senior Executive Advisor and Engineering Fellow for Directed Energy, Booz Allen Hamilton
Directed Energy’s Contribution in the Gray Zone

Kim Kardashian West will freeze her Instagram to protest Facebook

By Donie O’Sullivan, CNN Business
Updated 4:01 PM EDT, Tue September 15, 2020
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New York (CNN Business)Kim Kardashian West, who has one of the biggest Instagram followings in the world, said Tuesday that she would be joining other high-profile users in a protest against Instagram’s parent company Facebook and its handlng of misinformation and hate.

Leonardo DiCaprio,

Jennifer Lawrence,

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are among those also taking part in the protest, which is slated to take place on Wednesday.

“I love that I can connect directly with you through Instagram and Facebook, but I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation,” Kardashian West wrote in a post published to multiple social media accounts Tuesday.


NASA Takes Flight to Study California’s Wildfire Burn Areas

A NASA aircraft equipped flies above California fires on Sept. 3


NASA's C-20A research aircraft takes off with the UAVSAR instrument

A NASA aircraft equipped with Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) flew above California fires on Sept. 3 and 10 to examine the ground below. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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While the agency’s satellites image the wildfires from space, scientists are flying over burn areas, using smoke-penetrating technology to better understand the damage.

A NASA aircraft equipped with a powerful radar took to the skies this month, beginning a science campaign to learn more about several wildfires that have scorched vast areas of California. The flights are being used to identify structures damaged in the fires while also mapping burn areas that may be at future risk of landslides and debris flows.

They’re part of the ongoing effort by NASA’s Applied Sciences Disaster Program in the Earth Sciences Division, which utilizes NASA airborne and satellite instruments to generate maps and other data products that partner agencies on the ground can utilize to track fire hotspots, map the extent of the burn areas, and even measure the height of smoke plumes that have drifted over California and neighboring states.

New General Assembly underscores ‘necessity of multilateralism’The 75th session of the UN General Assembly opened on Monday with a moment of silence against the unprecedented backdrop of the COVID pandemic, as the new president told delegates that the coronavirus had driven home the value of multilateralism “to address our collective challenges”. UN Affairs

San Francisco Fire DepartmentClimate change: Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destructionThe northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday, amid searing conditions that have contributed to devastating wildfires on the west coast of the United States.Climate ChangeYPN for UNOCHA

Famine threat returns to Yemen, amid upsurge in fightingThe spectre of famine has returned to Yemen as donor countries fail to make good on their 2020 pledges, amidst an upsurge in fighting, fresh hurdles for aid deliveries, and ongoing efforts to nail down a nationwide ceasefire, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Omar AlbamSyria: Bombshell report reveals ‘no clean hands’ as horrific rights violations continue Despite a reduction in largescale hostilities since a ceasefire in March, the UN Syrian Commission of Inquiry reported on Monday that armed actors continue to subject civilians to horrific and increasingly targeted abuse.Human Rights

ILRI/Barbara WielandUN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of diseaseThe continued degradation of the environment is increasing the likelihood of diseases spreading from animals to humans, warns a UN report on biodiversity, released on Tuesday.Health

UNDP/Rochan KadariyaUN urges a more equal, inclusive world, marking International Day of DemocracyThe United Nations marked the annual International Day of Democracy, on Tuesday, calling on world leaders to build a more equal, inclusive and sustainable world, with full respect for human rights. Human Rights

UN News/Ben Dotsei MalorEXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Shortsighted and ‘stupid mistake’ not to support affordable COVID vaccine for all, says GuterresThe march of COVID-19 which has “put us on our knees”, should be a lesson in humility for world leaders, and a lack of solidarity on the part of some richer nations towards developing countries, means we will all pay a heavy price, the UN chief has told UN News, in an exclusive interview ahead of the new General Assembly session. 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.

9/16 –

Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at Hillsdale College Constitution Day Event09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
I am pleased to be at this Hillsdale College celebration of Constitution Day.  Sadly, many colleges these days don’t even teach the Constitution, much less celebrate it.  But at Hillsdale, you recognize that the principles of the Founding are as relevant today as ever—and vital to the success of our free society.  I appreciate your observance of this important day and all you do for civic education in the United States

United States Citizen Who Joined ISIS Charged With Material Support Violations09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
An indictment and arrest warrant were unsealed today in the federal court of the District of Columbia charging Lirim Sylejmani, a Kosovo-born naturalized U.S. citizen, with conspiring to provide, providing, and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and receiving training from ISIS, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2339B and 2339D. 

Federal Court Bars Florida Tax Preparation Businesses and Their Tax Return Preparers From Preparing Tax Returns09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department announced today that a federal court in Orlando, Florida, permanently enjoined Advanced Tax Services Inc. and Genson Financial Group LLC from preparing federal tax returns for others and ordered the businesses to disgorge $710,191.55, jointly and severally, representing the ill-gotten gains that they received for the preparation of tax returns. The court also entered permanent injunctions and disgorgement judgments against defendants Lenorris Lamoute and Dosuld Pierre, whom the court found prepared tax returns for compensation at Advanced Tax Services. The order was entered on default because the defendants failed to defend against the government’s allegations.

Kansas Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A resident of Topeka, Kansas, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas on federal child pornography charges, Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced today.

U.S. Seeks to Recover More Than $300 Million in Additional Assets Traceable to Funds Allegedly Misappropriated from Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $300 million in additional assets allegedly associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund

Minnesota Man Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIS09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald for the District of Minnesota today announced that Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 23, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has been charged by indictment with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Two Iranian Nationals Charged in Cyber Theft Campaign Targeting Computer Systems in United States, Europe, and the Middle East09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two Iranian nationals have been charged in connection with a coordinated cyber intrusion campaign – sometimes at the behest of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) – targeting computers in New Jersey, elsewhere in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, the Department of Justice announced today.

Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Illegally Exporting Maritime Raiding Craft and Engines to China09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Yang Yang (34, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to submit false export information through the federal government’s Automated Export System and to fraudulently export to China maritime raiding craft and engines in violation of United States (U.S.) law, and also to attempting to fraudulently export that equipment in violation of U.S. law. Yang faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Owner of Long Island Diner Pleads Guilty to Not Paying Employment Tax09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A diner owner pleaded guilty today to failing to pay employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Remarks by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen at an Announcement of Charges and Arrests in Computer Intrusion Campaigns Related to China09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Seven International Cyber Defendants, Including “Apt41” Actors, Charged In Connection With Computer Intrusion Campaigns Against More Than 100 Victims Globally09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
In August 2019 and August 2020, a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., returned two separate indictments charging five computer hackers, all of whom were residents and nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with computer intrusions affecting over 100 victim companies in the United States and abroad, including software development companies, computer hardware manufacturers, telecommunications providers, social media companies, video game companies, non-profit organizations, universities, think tanks, and foreign governments, as well as pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong.

Montana Broker Sentenced to Prison for Multimillion-Dollar Investment-Fraud Scheme09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Montana man was sentenced to 87 months in prison Tuesday for his role in a multimillion-dollar international investment-fraud conspiracy.

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/16/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend.  Today’s case is out of the Northern District of Indiana.  While not a designated Legend district, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana works closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, which encompasses Chicago.  Operation Legend launched in Chicago on July 22, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.  Similarly, Legend was also launched in the Southern District of Indiana, which includes Indianapolis, on Aug. 14, 2020.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand
  1. The US Air Force has built and flown a mysterious full-scale prototype of its future fighter jet
(Defense News) The U.S. Air Force has secretly designed, built and flown at least one prototype of its enigmatic next-generation fighter jet, the service’s top acquisition official confirmed to Defense News on Sept. 14.
  2. Trump hails new ‘dawn’ for Middle East as Israel signs accords with Bahrain and UAE
(Washington Examiner) President Donald Trump declared the “dawn of a new Middle East” as he oversaw the signing of pacts between Israel and two Arab nations.
  3. Someone stole Leroy Petry’s Medal of Honor license plate
(Military Times) If you see someone driving around with a Medal of Honor license plate, the vehicle may not necessarily belong to a recipient of the military’s highest honor for valor.
  4. Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to ‘forever chemicals,’ official says
(The Hill) The coronavirus has caused a delay in researching alternatives to using cancer-linked chemicals in military firefighting foam, the director of the Defense Department’s Strategic Environment Research and Development Program said Tuesday.
  5. Coalition helicopter makes emergency landing in Syria. Officials say no injuries, no hostile fire
(Military Times) No personnel were injured when a helicopter with the U.S. led coalition fighting the Islamic State made an emergency landing in northern Syria, according to a U.S. official.

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Bringing scientists together to protect the Earth from space weather“One-hundred-sixty-one years ago this month, in early September 1859, a powerful magnetic storm generated by the sun collided with the Earth. The interaction triggered a worldwide event. Auroras, more commonly referred to as the northern and southern lights, became visible near the equator. Closer to the poles, people were awakened by near-daylight in the middle of the night. But along with the spectacular light show, the storm also left a serious mark — disrupting telegraph systems across the world.

The geomagnetic storm became known as the Carrington Event, named after the astronomer who observed sunspot and solar flare activity on the sun’s surface in the days before the storm. He correctly linked the increased solar activity to the ensuing coronal mass ejection that hit the Earth’s magnetic sphere, which surrounds and protects the Earth from cosmic radiation.” Continue Reading 



The Most Beautiful Greenhouses Around the World

Composed of 45,000 sheets of glass, the Palm House at Schönbrunn Palace Park in Vienna takes the cake as the largest glass house in continental Europe. Devised by designer Franz von Segenschmid and constructed by metalworker Ignaz Gridl in the 1880s, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.**
Photo: Courtesy of Federal Gardens

The designs of these glass buildings are as stunning as the natural wonders within

By Hannah Martin

A L L * A R T S
Episode Premiere
‘People don’t see beyond the criminal record. All they see is a criminal record.’ 

An art and advocacy group seeks criminal justice policy changes that keep people free
If Cities Could Dance 
The unstoppable joy of dancing bomba, Puerto Rico’s Afro-Puerto Rican dance of resistance
What to Watch
3 free events, from a meditative dance at the Met to musings on NoguchiREAD MORE
THEATERLeslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Heather Headley and more get ‘miscast’ for MCC Theater
DANCELearn the fundamentals of step-dancing with Lincoln Center teaching artist Ms. Yvonne
THE ART ASSIGNMENTIt happens. What to do when you love the art, hate the artist
WEEK IN REVIEWThe Metropolitan Museum of Art names its first-ever full-time Native American art curator and more art stories from last week
EVENTSWhat’s streaming today? An ongoing list of arts and culture events to watch



The Untold Story Behind Prince’s Iconic Sign O’ the Times Album Cover


There is only one Prince. The music legend may have left us in 2016, but his legacy lives through countless songs, videos, and visuals. There is always something original to discover within his prolific catalog. 

New Factsheet About Binge DrinkingFrom the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health 
Binge drinking infographic
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent—or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter—or higher. For a typical adult, this pattern of excessive alcohol use corresponds to consuming 4 or more drinks (female), or 5 or more drinks (male) in about 2 hours. Research shows that fewer drinks in the same timeframe result in the same BAC in youth; only 3 drinks for girls, and 3 to 5 drinks for boys, depending on their age and size.According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 67 million, or about 25 percent of people in the United States ages 12 and older reported binge drinking during the past month. To learn more about binge drinking and its consequences, visit:


NASA Missions Spy First Possible Planet Hugging a Stellar Cinder

WD 1856 b, a potential planet the size of Jupiter, orbits its dim white dwarf star every 36 hours and is about seven times larger. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
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The violent events leading up to the death of a star would likely drive away any planets. The newly discovered Jupiter-size object may have arrived long after the star died.

An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope has reported what may be the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only 40% larger than Earth.

The Jupiter-size object, called WD 1856 b, is about seven times larger than the white dwarf, named WD 1856+534. It circles this stellar cinder every 34 hours, more than 60 times faster than Mercury orbits our Sun.

Online Town Hall Event: Making It Plain…African Americans and The COVID-19 Vaccine Join Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with leading African American researchers and physicians for a two-part forum to provide the African American community with the facts and expert perspectives regarding the decisions associated with participating in COVID-19 vaccine studies and acceptance of proven safe and efficacious vaccines when available.
Date: September 16 and 17, 2020
Time: 7:00—8:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Streamed live hereThis event is sponsored by The Black Coalition Against COVID, a D.C. community-based grass roots initiative, with support from Howard University and HU WHUR Radio 96.3, Morehouse School of Medicine, the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College, the National Medical Association (NMA), the W. Montague Cobb/ NMA Health Institute and the National Urban League.NHLBI and NIMHD are collaborating on this event through the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. EventView Live Stream Here


UN News


Governments urged to protect poor against modern slavery, step up development financing

© UNICEF/Alessio RomenziA Nigerian girl, pregnant with twins after being forced into prostitution following her arrival in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea route from Libya, stands in a home run by an Italian NGO where she is being sheltered in Asti, Piedmont region, Italy.Human Rights

Unless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said. 

The warning comes from UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Tomoya Obokata, who presented his first report to a virtual session of the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday. 

UN chief: COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable and available to all  The continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues to top a long list of global concerns, the UN chief told journalists on Wednesday, noting that “the grimmest of milestones” is upon us. Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Alessio RomenziProtect lives, mitigate future shocks and recover better: UN-wide COVID-19 response Over the course of 2020 thus far, the coronavirus has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, infected millions of people, and wreaked socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights havoc, the United Nations said in a new report released on Wednesday.Health©

UNICEF/ArcosVenezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panelGrave rights violations against anti-government protesters in Venezuela, “amounted to crimes against humanity”, UN-appointed rights investigators said in their first report on abuses inside the Latin American nation.Human Rights

UNICEF/RichSouth Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along’, UN envoy tells Security CouncilAlthough the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday. Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Alessio RomenziGovernments urged to protect poor against modern slavery, step up development financingUnless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said.  Human Rights

UNICEF/Seyha LychheangMore research needed into COVID-19 effects on children, says WHO headMore research is needed into factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease among children and adolescents, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, adding that while children may have largely been spared many of the most severe effects, they have suffered in other ways. Health

Photo: UNEPOzone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on International DayThe United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Wednesday, recognizing the success of landmark global agreements in helping restore the protective layer around Earth. 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.

9/17 –

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend.  Today’s case is out of the Western District of Missouri.  Operation Legend launched in Kansas City on July 8, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.

Assistant Attorney General Delrahim Delivers Opening Remarks at the International Competition Network Conference09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT

International Competition Network Addresses Enforcement And Policy Challenges of the Digital Economy at United States-Hosted 19th Annual Conference09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The International Competition Network (ICN) held its 19th annual conference on September 14-17, 2020.  Co-hosted by the Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the conference was the ICN’s first virtual conference.  

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers Delivers Remarks at Cartel Working Group Plenary: Big Data and Cartelization, 2020 International Competition Network Annual Conference09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT

State-Sponsored Iranian Hackers Indicted for Computer Intrusions at U.S. Satellite Companies09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
An indictment was unsealed today charging three computer hackers, all of whom were residents and nationals of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran), with engaging in a coordinated campaign of identity theft and hacking on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization, in order to steal critical information related to U.S. aerospace and satellite technology and resources.

Former Foreign Exchange Trader Sentenced To Prison For Price Fixing And Bid Rigging09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Akshay Aiyer, a former currency trader at a major multinational bank, was sentenced to serve eight months in jail and ordered to pay a $150,000 criminal fine for his participation in an antitrust conspiracy to manipulate prices for emerging market currencies in the global foreign currency exchange (FX) market, the Justice Department announced today.

Colorado Man Charged with Hate Crime After Unprovoked Stabbing of Black Man09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Colorado man has been charged with a hate crime after stabbing a Black man from Ontario, Oregon while the man was sitting in a fast food restaurant, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon

Department of Justice and Partner Departments and Agencies Conduct Coordinated Actions to Disrupt and Deter Iranian Malicious Cyber Activities Targeting the United States and the Broader International Community09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Blue Bell Creameries Ordered To Pay $17.25 Million In Criminal Penalties In Connection With 2015 Listeria Contamination09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal court in Texas sentenced ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries L.P. to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for shipments of contaminated products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak, the Justice Department announced today.

Former Veterans Affairs Doctor Pleads Guilty to Three Civil Rights Offenses09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A doctor of osteopathic medicine who formerly worked at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Beckley, West Virginia, pleaded guilty today to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law by sexually abusing them.

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. Trump, Biden offer detailed breakdown of their military and veterans plans
(Military Times) In responses to a questionnaire compiled by the Military Officers Association of America, the presidential candidates promised a strong focus on military and veterans issues but varied approaches on their goals of helping troops and their families.
  2. Air Force extends COVID-driven fitness test suspension to January; waist measurements nixed
(Air Force Times) The Air Force announced Wednesday that it will further push back its suspension of physical fitness testing into 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  3. U.S. military peeks into the future to see its most daunting threat: China
(Washington Times) Secretary of Defense Mark Esper hammered home China’s position as the number one adversary of the United States during a speech on Wednesday.
  4. A 29-year-old Marine is dying of a rare brain cancer. Burn pits caused it, his family says.
(Connecting Vets) He and his family are adamant — Duva’s cancer was caused by toxic exposure during his service in Afghanistan, where pits of burning trash smoldered and smoked all day and all night, spewing noxious fumes into the air he breathed.
  5. Former Missile Defense Agency chief harassed female employee for 7 years, IG finds
( The civilian head of the Defense Department’s office overseeing strategic missile defense sexually harassed three female colleagues, one over the course of seven years — subjecting them to unwanted attention and touching, and even on one occasion taking an inappropriate photograph without permission, according to a new report from the Defense Department Inspector General.

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NIMH Virtual Workshop on Social Disconnection and Late-Life Suicide


Thursday, September 17, 2020

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET

Friday, September 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

Older male sitting alone on bed
Join the NIMH Division of Translational Research for this two-day virtual workshop to discuss the current state of the science on social disconnection and suicide. Suicide rates are higher in older adulthood than in any other age group and have risen more than 40% in the past 10 years. Social disconnection is one of the primary risk factors for suicide attempt and it is at its highest levels in late adulthood.Workshop topics include:the mechanisms by which social disconnection confers risk for suicide in older adulthood,potential treatment targets for future intervention development, andopportunities for and obstacles to effective implementation of interventions to address and prevent late-life suicide.
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Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Coffee Chat Series

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Advanced Manufacturing Team and Europe Team invite American exporters to join us for “virtual coffee chats” with our U.S. Embassy colleagues across Europe. These informal video discussions are through Microsoft Teams. Each session will cover the current status of the advanced manufacturing sector in the region and include a brief regional overview.

Register Here – September 17 – Russia / Ukraine / Georgia 11:00 AM EST

Advancing the Response to COVID-19:
Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
A Virtual Symposium Hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual symposium  on the impact of COVID-19 among minority communities. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium will feature promising practices, programs, and strategies for combatting the pandemic in order to achieve health equity in communities of color.

OMH invites our partners at the regional, state, Tribal and community levels to join us as we convene public health leaders from state and local levels to discuss their organizations’ response to address COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Opening Plenary |  Welcome & Opening Remarks  | 12:30 PM ET

Plenary Welcome
Secretary Alex Azar, JD, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesRADM Felicia Collins, MD, MPH, FAAP, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keynote Address

Giroir ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Closing Plenary | Call to Action & Closing Remarks  |  4:45 PM ET

SG & Leandris
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Chief Health Equity Officer, Director of Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionVADM Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, Surgeon General of the United States  



Public Health Webinar Series on Blood Disorders: Update on COVID-19 and Thrombosis Risk

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), has now spread to more than 180 countries. Currently, more than 17 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 680,000 associated deaths have been reported worldwide. Peer-reviewed reports from centers in several different parts of the world have raised the concern that the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be unusually high in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection, even when standard pharmacologic prophylaxis is administered. However, the published evidence varies with respect to the magnitude of risk increase, and there are still many unanswered questions. Registration is free.

The von Kármán Lecture Series:

Visualizing Space Exploration: AR, VR & Emerging Tech

Time: 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT; 0200 UTC)
We will explore how Augmented Reality, Virtual reality, and other forms of Mission Ops visualization can influence our Public Outreach and vice versa. As we delve deeper into the synergy of this work, we will see how it affects the way we design our spacecraft and the way we look at the world.

Brian White

Sasha Samochina, Deputy Manager of the Ops Lab, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jason Craig, Visualization Producer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

› Click here to watch the event live on YouTube
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Online Town Hall Event: Making It Plain…African Americans and The COVID-19 Vaccine Join Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with leading African American researchers and physicians for a two-part forum to provide the African American community with the facts and expert perspectives regarding the decisions associated with participating in COVID-19 vaccine studies and acceptance of proven safe and efficacious vaccines when available.
Date: September 16 and 17, 2020
Time: 7:00—8:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Streamed live hereThis event is sponsored by The Black Coalition Against COVID, a D.C. community-based grass roots initiative, with support from Howard University and HU WHUR Radio 96.3, Morehouse School of Medicine, the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College, the National Medical Association (NMA), the W. Montague Cobb/ NMA Health Institute and the National Urban League.NHLBI and NIMHD are collaborating on this event through the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. EventView Live Stream Here


Emissions Could Add 15 Inches to 2100 Sea Level Rise, NASA-led Study Finds

The Getz Ice Shelf in Antarctica
Ice shelves in Antarctica, such as the Getz Ice Shelf seen here, are sensitive to warming ocean temperatures. Ocean and atmospheric conditions are some of the drivers of ice sheet loss that scientists considered in a new study estimating additional global sea level rise by 2100. Credits: Jeremy Harbeck/NASA
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The new estimates project the impact that the planet’s melting ice sheets could have if greenhouse gas emissions continue apace.

‘Tens of millions of Yemenis’ devastated by unabated war and COVID-19 More than five years of war have “devastated the lives of tens of millions of Yemenis”, with experts estimating that up to one million may have been affected by COVID-19, the UN chief told the General Assembly on Thursday. Peace and Security

University of Oxford/John CairnsWHO chief makes last push for countries to join multilateral COVID-19 vaccine effortCountries which have not signed on to a global mechanism that has pledged to provide fair and timely access to a COVID-19 vaccine, are urged to do so before Friday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a virtual meeting of Member States, held on the eve of the deadline. Health

UN Photo/Mark GartenBolster fragile world to emerge stronger, UN chief urges, marking Peace DayA Japanese principle that finds beauty in broken things, should serve as guidance for today’s fractured world as we navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday during the annual ceremony at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September. Peace and Security

Photo: UN/Jean-Marc FerréHuman rights violations continue in Burundi under new Government: UN reportUN-appointed investigators have issued fresh warnings about ongoing rights violations and impunity in Burundi, since the death of former President Pierre Nkurunziza, who ran for a third term in 2015, in a move deemed by opposition to be unconstitutional.Human Rights

WFP/Giulio D’AdamoReversing land degradation can ‘pre-empt and manage’ conflictsTo help prevent conflicts and at the same time protect the planet, “we all must tackle environmental degradation”, a top UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/FazelCOVID pushes millions more children deeper into poverty, new study findsThe coronavirus pandemic has pushed an additional 150 million children into multidimensional poverty – deprived of education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation or water – a new UN study has found. Health

UN Women/Louie PacardoProtect health workers to save patients, WHO reiterates on World Patient Safety DayCOVID-19 has reminded the world of the vital role health workers play in relieving suffering and saving lives, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, underlining the need to ensure their safety and protection. 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.

9/18 –

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT
An Ohio man was charged on Aug. 13, 2020, in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio with illegally dealing in firearms without a federal firearms license.

Two Individuals Charged with Bribery Related to Iraq Contracts09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two individuals have been charged with bribery offenses in connection with Department of Defense contracts as part of the Fraud Section’s ongoing efforts to combat corruption and fraud in contracting on U.S. military installations overseas

U.S Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General and Justice Department Conduct Animal Welfare Criminal Investigations Training09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT
On Sept. 14 to 18, criminal investigators and attorneys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (USDA-OIG) and the U.S. Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) collaborated to put on a week-long training for USDA-OIG criminal investigators, as well as other federal law enforcement agencies on animal welfare criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Virginia Attorneys Sentenced for Attempting to Extort a Multinational Chemicals Company09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Two Virginia attorneys were sentenced today on federal extortion charges for 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.

Assistant Attorney General Beth A. Williams Delivers Remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General on Responsible Encryption and Lawful Access09/17/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Good afternoon, everyone.  First, I would like to thank Amie Ely and the wonderful team at NAAG for all of their amazing work, and for hosting this event on such an important topic.  Thank you as well to everyone in the audience for taking the time to join virtually for what should be a truly interesting conversation.  Perhaps it’s fitting that we are having a discussion — via webcam — that highlights the importance of digital evidence.

Justice Department Requires Divestiture In Order For Anheuser-Busch To Acquire Craft Brew Alliance09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice announced today that it is requiring Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (ABI), its wholly-owned subsidiary Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC (AB Companies), and Craft Brew Alliance Inc. (CBA) to divest CBA’s entire Kona brand business in the state of Hawaii and to license to the acquirer the Kona brand in Hawaii in order for AB Companies, a minority shareholder in CBA, to proceed with its proposed acquisition of the remaining shares of CBA.  The department has approved PV Brewing Partners, LLC as the acquirer.  The proposed settlement will maintain competition in the beer industry in Hawaii benefitting consumers.

Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Statement by Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg09/18/2020 12:00 AM EDT

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. Reports of an active shooter at Fort Hood untrue; soldier arrested for making ‘homicidal threats’
(Army Times) A soldier has been arrested by Fort Hood military police after making “homicidal threats” toward his leadership, the post said in a brief statement Thursday.
  2. U.S. admiral talks 3rd Chinese aircraft carrier: ‘Go ahead and build that big ship’
(USNI News) China’s pursuit of more aircraft carriers validates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to building more American aircraft carriers in the future, the U.S. admiral in charge of providing forces to the fleet said on Thursday.
  3. Military names new judge for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 trial
(New York Times) The selection of Col. Stephen Keane eliminates one crucial roadblock to restarting pretrial hearings in the long-running case of the five men accused of helping plot the attack.
  4. Union wants DoDEA schools to move to remote learning, citing death of Fort Knox DoD school counselor from COVID
(Military Times) Union wants DoDEA schools to move to remote learning, citing death of Fort Knox DoD school counselor from COVID
  5. Top admiral: ‘No condition’ where US should conduct nuclear test ‘at this time’
(The Hill) The top military officer in charge of the U.S. nuclear arsenal said Thursday there is “no condition” right now where he would recommend conducting an explosive nuclear test, though that could change in the future.


Top Three Self-Defeating Habits

1. Complaining 

Complaint is the enemy of happiness. Whatever satisfaction it delivers can be considered empty calories at best. There’s nothing wrong with feeling disgruntled, especially when it inspires us to grow and self-challenge, a dynamic Buddhists call “Turning poison into medicine.”

But chronic complaint without action forges patterns of negative thinking, pessimism, and hopelessness. It reinforces a sense of powerlessness in the face of frustration, saps your energy, and becomes a chronic source of discouragement for you and others around you. The result is an apathetic attitude that sucks the joy out of life. 

2. Self-neglect

No matter how you justify it, self-neglect leads to illnesses of the body, mind, and spirit. You can’t sustainably enjoy life or develop resilience if you’re sleep-deprived, don’t exercise, ignore healthy eating habits, or rely on substances. The mind craves stimulation, the body craves movement, and the spirit craves balance—people who chose to ignore all three and engage in self-neglect craft a lifestyle that is destined to result in depression or social anxiety

3. Procrastination 

Too often, we know what we should do, yet put off taking action. Procrastination leads to missed opportunities and regret. It feeds isolation, distrust, and emotional fragility. When we procrastinate, we deny ourselves a better way of being.

Challenging Self-Defeating Habits

Here are three simple ways you can start to undo self-defeating habits today:

  1. Write them down: List the habits you’d like to change, put them down on paper so you can begin to be more conscious of them. 
  2. Make an action plan: what steps can you take today to address those habits. 
  3. Seek out support: therapy, support groups, career coaching, continuing education classes, spiritual practices; there’s are endless ways available to inspire yourself to action. Defeating self-defeating habits with support is always more successful than challenging them alone.

Interested in getting started? These other posts will help:

NIMH Virtual Workshop on Social Disconnection and Late-Life Suicide


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET

Friday, September 18, 2020

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

Older male sitting alone on bed
Join the NIMH Division of Translational Research for this two-day virtual workshop to discuss the current state of the science on social disconnection and suicide. Suicide rates are higher in older adulthood than in any other age group and have risen more than 40% in the past 10 years. Social disconnection is one of the primary risk factors for suicide attempt and it is at its highest levels in late adulthood.Workshop topics include:the mechanisms by which social disconnection confers risk for suicide in older adulthood,potential treatment targets for future intervention development, andopportunities for and obstacles to effective implementation of interventions to address and prevent late-life suicide.
Learn more

Report Out Session of the HIV-Related Intersectional Stigma Research Advances and Opportunities Workshop

11:30 AM―2:30 PM ET

Sponsored by:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of AIDS Research

The NIH Office of AIDS Research and the NIMH Division of AIDS Research for a discussion about the outcomes of recent meetings of four workgroups focused on HIV-related intersectional stigma research advances and opportunities. The goal of this virtual workshop is to advance HIV prevention and treatment science, inform the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative, and bolster HIV efforts worldwide. During the workshop, researchers, government officials, and community partners will report on the following:

  • Development of a common understanding of the concept of intersectional stigma and discrimination within the context of HIV prevention and care;
  • Harmonization of methods and measurements of intersectional stigma and discrimination;
  • Identification of opportunities within, across, and beyond EHE jurisdictions to monitor intersectional stigma and discrimination;
  • Review of evidence-based interventions designed to reduce intersectional stigma and discrimination;
  • Integration and tailoring of intersectional interventions to advance EHE goals and improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes globally; and
  • Next steps to address research opportunities and advance implementation plans. 


Please register online to attend this free event.


Infrared Eyes on Enceladus: Hints of Fresh Ice in Northern Hemisphere

In these detailed infrared images of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, reddish areas indicate fresh ice
In these detailed infrared images of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, reddish areas indicate fresh ice that has been deposited on the surface. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/LPG/CNRS/University of Nantes/Space Science Institute
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Scientists used data gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during 13 years of exploring the Saturn system to make detailed images of the icy moon – and to reveal geologic activity.

New composite images made from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft are the most detailed global infrared views ever produced of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. And data used to build those images provides strong evidence that the northern hemisphere of the moon has been resurfaced with ice from its interior.

Cassini’s Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) collected light reflected off Saturn, its rings and its ten major icy moons – light that is visible to humans as well as infrared light. VIMS then separated the light into its various wavelengths, information that tells scientists more about the makeup of the material reflecting it.


Chris Rock Reveals He Was Recently Diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder

The comedian, 55, said he was diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder this year, which he said is “not great for one-on-one relationships” in his case, By Benjamin VanHoose

Chris Rock Reveals He Was Recently Diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder

Chris Rock is opening up about being diagnosed with a learning disorder as an adult.

In a new cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, the 55-year-old Top Five actor revealed that he, after a nine-hour series of cognitive tests this year, was diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD). Rock said the condition means he has challenges interpreting nonverbal signals in social situations. Read the full article

RELATED: Chris Rock Gets First Tattoo at Age 55 Alongside His Teenage Daughter


UN News


Leveraging youth to shape a better future, UN announces 17 Young Leaders for SDGs

UN-HABITATAs change makers and critical thinkers, young people can play an important role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. They can also lead and inspire countless others to join forces for a sustainable future.SDGs

The United Nations, on Friday, recognized 17 young advocates for sustainable development, who are leading efforts to combat some of the world’s most pressing challenges and inspiring the younger generation for a better future for all. 

The Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the diverse voices of youth from every region of the world, and are collectively responsible for activating millions of young people in support of the SDGs. 

Sustainable Development goals are ‘the future’ Malala tells major UN event, urging countries to get on trackThe Global Goals represent the future for millions of girls who want education, women who fight for equality, and youth fighting for clean air, UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai said on Friday, at a side event of the General Assembly, challenging Member States, “when are you planning to do the work”? SDGs

Kseniya HalubovichBelarus crisis under the spotlight at Human Rights CouncilThe Belarus Government should end “violent crackdowns” and “increasing repression” against protesters who are still contesting the result of last month’s Presidential elections, UN deputy rights chief Nada Al Nashif told the Human Rights Council on Friday.Human Rights

UNMISS/FlickrUN and partners promote sport as a tool to prevent violent extremismAmbassadors, senior UN officials, representatives of global sports organizations, and managers of some of the world’s top athletes met virtually on Friday to underline the role that sport can play in combating violent extremism and radicalization. Peace and Security©

UNICEF/UNI350093/IjazahCOVID-19 illustrates ‘woefully under prepared’ world – UN health chiefDespite efforts to break the global cycle of panic and neglect seen throughout multiple disease outbreaks, the UN health agency chief said on Friday that the new coronavirus has shown that the world was “woefully under prepared”.Health

WFP/Hugh RutherfordFROM THE FIELD: Love in the time of COVIDA young couple who hail from very different backgrounds, has demonstrated that even during a global pandemic, true love always finds a way.Health

UNIFEED‘Substantive’ talks on new constitution bring hope of forging path out of Syria’s near decade-long conflictWhile deep distrust persists among warring parties in Syria, a “faint but real ray of hope” emerged with the convening in Geneva of the Constitutional Committee after a nine-month hiatus, the top UN envoy helping chart a path out of the near decade-long conflict, told the Security Council on Friday.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Khalil AshawiUN rights chief calls for Turkey to probe violations in northern SyriaThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Turkey to launch an immediate independent investigation into violations and abuses committed in parts of north, northwest and northeast Syria, which are under the control of its forces and affiliated armed groups. Human Rights

UNICEF/Alessio RomenziNew wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officialsThe global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of instability. Humanitarian Aid

UN Women/Piyavit Thongsa-ArdEqual pay essential to build a world of dignity and justice for all, UN says, commemorating first International Equal Pay DayThe United Nations is marking the first ever International Equal Pay Day, on Friday, drawing attention to the gender pay gap – the difference between what a woman earns compared to a man, for work of equal value – and the systemic inequalities it is rooted in.  Women

UN-HABITATLeveraging youth to shape a better future, UN announces 17 Young Leaders for SDGsThe United Nations, on Friday, recognized 17 young advocates for sustainable development, who are leading efforts to combat some of the world’s most pressing challenges and inspiring the younger generation for a better future for all. 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.

9/19 –


Five Feet Tall but Towering Over All of Us: A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Reinstein Woods 20-2020 Festival 
September 19 – October 8, 2020The pandemic is preventing Reinstein Woods’ 20th in-person Fall Festival, so we are holding a 20-day-long celebration: the 20-2020 Festival! We invite you to get outside, become more sustainable, discover our long-term festival partners, and partake in online versions of “festival favorites.” There’s something for everyone!20-Day Get Outdoors Challenge:
Visit at least three of 20 participating parks, preserves and other lands owned by long-time festival partners between September 19 and October 8. How many hidden gems will you explore? In addition to bragging rights, your registration includes a Friends of Reinstein Woods mask. Register now!20-Day Sustainability Challenge:
Sign up to receive a daily email or text suggesting simple steps, big and small, you can take to help the environment. Anyone registering will be entered in a drawing to win a membership to Friends of Reinstein Woods. Register now!20 Partners in 20 Days:
Reinstein Woods’ social media will feature a different long-time festival exhibitor each day, from animal rescue groups to the Western New York Stormwater Coalition. Be sure to like us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to catch every day’s post!Online Festival:
Available for the entire 20-day celebration! Activities include a pond exploration “station,” instructions for making popular nature crafts from past festivals at home, and a “Critter Zone” that lets you discover interesting facts about the real-life version of costumed “critters” (including Smokey Bear) who visited past festivals. All this and more- even a “door prize” drawing! Visit our virtual fall Festival.

Condé Nast Spotlight

VANITY FAIR“McConnell Cares Only About One Thing And That’s Power”: Shameless GOP Plows Ahead to Replace RBG

After refusing to consider Obama’s nominee—nine months before the 2016 election—the Senate Majority Leader vows to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court pick, even as early voting in the 2020 race is under way.

TEEN VOGUELizzo and Senator Kamala Harris Talked About the Importance of Voting

“The moral of the story is vote, vote, vote, vote, vote.”

GLAMOURDonald Trump Pushes to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘Without Delay’

This goes directly against RBG’s final wish. 

THE NEW YORKERCan Trump and McConnell Push Through a Successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

VOGUEIf Trump and McConnell Rush to Fill Ginsburg’s Vacancy, They Might Face a Fight From Their Own Party

ALLUREDr. Pimple Popper Sent Kim Kardashian Her Brand’s New Super Cortisone+ Cream

WIREDMathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

Spotlight: The Latest on The Coronavirus

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELERWhat It’s Like to Tour Venice’s 14th-Century Quarantine Island

SELFNew CDC Data Sheds Light on the COVID-19 Risks Pregnant People Face

VANITY FAIRMeanwhile, In Sweden, the Royals Attended a Concert Without Masks

TEEN VOGUEThere Have Been Hundreds of Incidents of Anti-Asian Racism in 2020

Spotlight: Elections 2020

THE NEW YORKERBattling Anxiety Over Making Sure Your Vote Gets Counted

TEEN VOGUEI’m Casting a Ballot Against Full-Blown Fascism

VANITY FAIRTrump’s Planning to Throw Everything He Can At Biden

THE NEW YORKERHow to Counter Trump’s Attempt to Manipulate the Election and the Census

Spotlight: Racism in America

THEM.This Platform Is Creating a Sustainable, Accessible Future for Black Designers in Fashion

VOGUEMarine Biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on Her New Climate Podcast and How She Stays Motivated

PITCHFORKThe Blatant Hypocrisy of the Sotheby’s Hip-Hop Auction

ALLUREThese Afro-Latinx Beauty Industry Players Are Battling Anti-Blackness


Cardi B Opens Up About Offset Divorce: ‘Sometimes People Really Do Grow Apart’

Cardi B and Offset attend the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

by Rania Aniftos

9/20 –


Egypt tomb: 27 Sarcophagi buried for 2,500 years unearthed in Saqqara

A total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian necropolis.

They were found inside a newly-discovered well at a sacred site in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.

Thirteen coffins were discovered earlier this month, but a further 14 have followed, officials say.

The discovery is now said by experts to be one of the largest of its kind.

Images released show colourfully painted well-preserved wooden coffins and other smaller artefacts.

Saqqara was an active burial ground for more than 3,000 years and is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site.

“Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and haven’t been opened since they were buried,” Egypt’s antiquities ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

‘More secrets’

The statement adds that Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani initially delayed announcing the find until he could visit the site himself, where he thanked staff for working in difficult conditions down the 11m-deep (36ft) well.


How to Stop Yourself from Self-Sabotaging

Having trouble reaching your goals because you keep sabotaging your efforts? These 10 strategies will help you get there.


9 Questions to Assess the Health of Your Relationship

It helps to periodically step back and assess the current state of your relationship. Here’s how to get started.


5 Mechanisms that Drive Polarization

How do individuals and societies come to be so polarized?


Facing Your Fears: Dispelling the Myths of Exposure Therapy

It’s true that anxiety temporarily abates when you avoid feared situations. If that’s the case, why is avoiding things that make you anxious so problematic?


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How the Cerebellum Optimizes Split-Second Decision Making

New research helps to explain how the brain makes lighting-fast decisions about whether “to go, or not to go.”


5 Signs You Might be a Drama Queen

Are you always involved in a drama? You might not think you’re the central player but chances are, if this is a repeat cycle, you’re the one creating the drama & its consequences.


A Blended Family’s Breakthrough

Michael and Jane‘s big challenge was one that many couples in second marriages face: blending two families without diminishing the integrity of the marriage.


The Living and Dying of Oliver Sacks

Facing your mortality? Consider how to live more richly and love more deeply.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Challenged Ageism

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Giant Champion of Justice and Equality and Role Model Who Defied Ageism and Gendered Ageism.


Do Organizational Rankings Affect My Ability to Change Jobs?

Should I disclose that I have a job offer to my current employer?


COVID-19 Conspiracies: Making Sense of a Global Pandemic

Humans are pattern-seeking machines. People strive to make sense of the unimaginable, to regain control over devastating and haphazard situations. And COVID-19 is no exception.


Can a Walk in the Woods Improve Your Well-Being?

How can we counteract the stress of modern life?


Toxic Leadership; The Mental Health Mandate

A mentally impaired leader with the ability to reach a lot of people can cause as much destruction as an oil spill in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.


6 Mistakes You Might Be Making in Your Relationship Right Now

Unhappy couples often believe their problems are unique. In fact, most unhappy couples are unhappy in similar ways. Here are six common mistakes you may be making.


Are Men “Toxic Problem-Solvers?”

Are men more likely to be focused on solving a problem when they should focus on giving, or receiving, social support? Don’t be so sure you know the answer.


Are Our Children Learning that Winning Is All that Matters?

Are children getting the message that fairness and morality are less important than winning at all costs? Could this lead to a belief that ethics have become an antiquated concept?


Structural Violence, Social Justice, and Mental Illness

Remedying the stigma, social injustice and structural violence experienced by people with mental illness is a challenging, important, and increasingly urgent task.


An Unusual Twist to Exposure Therapy

Milton Erickson not only did exposure therapy in his office. He sometimes arranged for a patient to face his greatest fear in the outside world where the fear occurred.

Aleshyn Andrei/Shutterstock

Behind the Silent Treatment

Examining the cold shoulder

A Tactic of Abuse and Control

Recognizing Emotional Abuse

The Narcissist’s Victim

When the Threat Is Inside


Feeling Insecure in Your Relationship?

When it seems like your partner might leave you any day, it’s natural to feel insecure. But those feelings aren’t always based in reality.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Meditation on Time and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Rosh Hashana

There is a human need to mark the passage of time. On the eve of the Jewish New Year, an inspiring example of what a human life can be came to an end.


Police Reform Never Ends

Why does every generation have to demand police reform?


How Malaysia Is Tackling COVID-19

Understanding resilience through the lens of Malaysia’s COVID-19 response.


Dare to Trust Yourself

Whatever you want to get accomplished, whether it’s writing a stage play, learning Chinese, or healing from an injury, nothing helps more than mastering daily practice.


Understanding Human Knowledge

Part 2: This essay series introduces some key concepts and philosophy and summarizes the different frames for how we know what we know. This part focuses on how we know.


When Therapy Lets You Down

Have you had negative experiences in therapy? If so, you are seen and your recovery journey isn’t over.


The Footprints of Emotional Injury

We can wipe away the footprints of injury by identifying with our innate resilience and ability to heal.


What Would It Take for You to Forgive Your Partner?

It can be difficult for you to forgive a partner who let you down or betrayed you. New research on decision-making shows how, literally, you can “forgive and forget.”


The Dangers of Hiding What You Truly Feel

Are you being censored? Take action to protect your body.


The Psychopaths of Flannery O’Connor

She set her stories in “the Christ-haunted South.” Her characters are from a place and an era of segregationist Baptists, tent revival Pentecostals, and itinerant Bible salesmen.


Being Human 101: How Social Are Your Relationships?

COVID-19 may be helping us see perhaps more clearly than before why we need our social networks, and why our networks are more than merely social.


What to Do When His Divorce Doesn’t Seem to Be Happening

Having an affair with a married man? Does he swear true love, but won’t leave his wife? Spot the red flags, save yourself, and move on.



9/21 –

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Department Of Justice Identifies New York City, Portland And Seattle As Jurisdictions Permitting Violence And Destruction Of Property09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The U.S. Department of Justice today identified the following three jurisdictions that have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities: New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. The Department of Justice is continuing to work to identify jurisdictions that meet the criteria set out in the President’s Memorandum and will periodically update the list of selected jurisdictions as required therein.

Indictment Charges Alaska Man for Threatening a California Synagogue09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury in Alaska, returned an indictment charging William Alexander, 49, for threatening to kill the congregants of a California synagogue, the Justice Department announced today.

Justice Department Awards Nearly $101 Million to Combat Human Trafficking09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice today announced it has awarded nearly $101 million, through the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in funding to combat human trafficking and provide vital services to trafficking victims throughout the United States.

Convicted Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 270 Months in Prison09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that Senior Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Brian Folks, 45, to 270 months in prison today.

Chicago Tech Executive Charged with Illegally Exporting Computer Equipment to Pakistan09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Chicago-area resident who owns a Pakistani technology company has been indicted for allegedly illegally exporting computer equipment from the United States to a nuclear research agency of the Pakistani government.

Antitrust Division Supports Modernizing Merger Filing Exemptions For Certain Investments09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
On Monday, September 21, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim concurred in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Federal Register publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the premerger notification rules (the Rules) that implement the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR).

U.S. Taxpayer in Panama Papers Investigation Sentenced to Prison09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former U.S. resident and taxpayer was sentenced in the Southern District of New York to four years in prison for wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, false statements, and other charges.

New York City Police Department Officer Charged with Acting As an Illegal Agent of the People’s Republic of China09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a New York City Police Department officer and United States Army reservist, with acting as an illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding. Angwang was arrested earlier today in Williston Park, New York, and his initial appearance is scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

UK National Sentenced to Prison for Role in “The Dark Overlord” Hacking Group09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A United Kingdom national pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit aggravated identity theft and computer fraud, and was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest Challenging New Mexico’s More Stringent COVID-19 Capacity Limits on Private Schools than Public Schools09/21/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in a New Mexico federal court asserting that the States’ COVID-19 rules limiting private schools to operating at 25% of capacity but allowing public schools to operate at 50% of capacity violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.
  1. US sends mechanized troops back into Syria
(Army Times) Bradley fighting vehicles have headed back into eastern Syria, the Pentagon announced Friday, a move that comes after a tense encounter with Russian forces left four U.S. troops lightly injured last month.
  2. Teddy Roosevelt captain says he knowingly risked career with virus warning
(The Associated Press) The dismissed captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier knew he was jeopardizing his military career when he broke protocol and sent a now-famous email warning of possible sailor deaths due to a coronavirus breakout on board.
  3. Where Trump and Biden stand on foreign policy
(Wall Street Journal) President Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden have profound differences in key areas of U.S. foreign policy, but hold similar views about some major goals, including limiting troop deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan.
  4. Thornberry on overseas priorities, funding and advice to his successor
(Defense News) The House and Senate are expected to reconcile their respective versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, but not before the outcome of the Nov. 3 elections, according to House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
  5. Pentagon rewriting pandemic playbook after study faults COVID-19 response
(Politico) In confronting COVID-19, the Pentagon failed to initially account for the “global nature” of a modern pandemic.

Suicidal Behavior: Links Between Alcohol Use Disorder and Acute Use of AlcoholSuicidalBehavior2
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, ARCR encourages readers to learn more about the connection between alcohol use and suicidal behavior. A 2019 review found clear evidence that AUD is prevalent among individuals who die by suicide, and also demonstrated a link between blood alcohol concentration and risk for suicide attempts. Read Suicidal Behavior: Links Between Alcohol Use Disorder and Acute Use of Alcohol to learn more.


Comet Discovered to Have Its Own Northern Lights

This animation comprises 24 montages of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 2014


This composite is a mosaic comprising four individual NAVCAM images from the center of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 20, 2014

This animation comprises 24 montages based on images acquired by the navigation camera on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 2014. Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM
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An atmospheric light show previously relegated to planets and Jupiter moons is found on comet using data from ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft.

Data from NASA instruments aboard the ESA (European Space Agency) Rosetta mission have helped reveal that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been documented on a celestial object other than a planet or moon.A paper on the findings was released today in the journal Nature Astronomy.

On Earth, aurora (also known as the northern or southern lights) are generated when electrically charged particles speeding from the Sun hit the upper atmosphere to create colorful shimmers of green, white, and red. Elsewhere in the solar system, Jupiter and some of its moons – as well as SaturnUranus, Neptune, and even Mars – have all exhibited their own version of northern lights. But the phenomena had yet to be documented in comets.

Fall BOW Virtual Workshop

DEC’s Becoming an Outdoor’s-Woman (BOW) will host a fall BOW Virtual Workshop 

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September 21, 2020 – September 25, 2020. 

This event is free to participate.

Each evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., we will have a one-hour webinar introducing you to a new outdoor skill!

Virtual classes will include:

  • Food Preservation
  • Intro to Bowhunting
  • Fish and Game Cooking
  • Q & A Panel with Women Who Hunt and more!

Registration will open September 4th.

For more information on the workshop and other topics like this, sign up for the BOW newsletter, visit the BOW webpage, or contact BOW NY for more information.

Recorded Webinar: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

Watch the recording of AgrAbility’s webinar on land succession issues among African American farm families/ This webinar was held in July 2020, and it focused on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation. 

Watch now.

LIVE: UN ‘only as strong as its members’ Guterres tells UN75 event, looking to the futureOn Monday the UN marks the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders. The theme is, “The future we want, the United Nations we need”, and there is a strong focus on the role of youth, and ensuring the UN remains relevant for future generations.
•     Live broadcast of High-level meeting•    UNcomplicated podcast: the UN turns 75
•    UN75 photo story 
•    Richard Curtis video, Nations United
•   Lid Is On podcast, narrated by Julia Roberts
•   W.H. Auden’s “Hymn to the United NationsUN Affairs

UN CaribbeanOne million people share hopes and fears for future with the UNThe results are in from a massive, unprecedented crowd-sourcing survey of international opinion, launched in January 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Participants from all walks of life, women, men, girls and boys in developed and developing countries were encouraged to share their hopes and fears for the future and how the UN can help to bring about change. UN Affairs

University of Oxford/John CairnsGlobal solution to COVID-19 in sight, ‘we sink or we swim together’ – WHO chiefCOVID-19 is an “unprecedented global crisis that demands an unprecedented global response”, the chief of the UN health agency said on Monday, unveiling a plan to have two billion doses of coronavirus vaccine available by the end of 2021. Health

UN Photo/Mark GartenThe world must not be ‘neutral’ on enforced disappearances The international community “should not be neutral” on enforced disappearance, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday, calling for countries to strengthen cooperation in investigating and prosecuting perpetrators.  Human Rights

IAEADPRK nuclear activities still ‘cause for serious concern’, says UN atomic energy chiefNuclear activities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) “remain a cause for serious concern”, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in Vienna on Monday. Peace and Security

Unsplash/Cole KeisterStand together and build a just world, UN chief says in message for International Day of PeaceEven amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere must continue to make peace a priority, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday. Peace and Security

CC0 Public DomainSpain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee findsSpain violated the right to inclusive education of a child with disabilities, an independent UN human rights committee has found, calling on the country to end any educational segregation of students with disabilities in both special education and mainstream schools.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.

9/22 –

Statement By Department Of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec On The Execution Of William Emmett Lecroy Jr.09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec has issued the following statement.

Sargeant Marine Inc. Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay $16.6 Million to Resolve Charges Related to Foreign Bribery Schemes in Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Sargeant Marine Inc., an asphalt company formerly based in Boca Raton, Florida, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $16.6 million to resolve charges stemming from a scheme to pay bribes to foreign officials in three South American countries.

Department of Justice Marks 20th Anniversary of Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act with Comprehensive 20-Year Report09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today marked the 20th Anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by releasing a comprehensive report detailing how RLUIPA has helped preserve the religious liberty rights of thousands of individuals and institutions. 

Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates on Operation Legend at Press Conference in Milwaukee09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Delivers Remarks at Announcement of Results of Operation Disruptor09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Good morning. I am pleased to be joined today by FBI Director Christopher Wray, DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea, ICE Acting Deputy Director Derek Benner, and Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale.

International Law Enforcement Operation Targeting Opioid Traffickers on the Darknet Results in over 170 Arrests Worldwide and the Seizure of Weapons, Drugs and over $6.5 Million09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Today, the Department of Justice, through the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team joined Europol to announce the results of Operation DisrupTor, a coordinated international effort to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet. The operation, which was conducted across the United States and Europe, demonstrates the continued partnership between JCODE and Europol against the illegal sale of drugs and other illicit goods and services. Operation DisrupTor builds on the success of last year’s Operation SaboTor and the coordinated law enforcement takedown of the Wall Street Market, one of the largest illegal online markets on the dark web.

Justice Department Obtains $20,000 Settlement Against Tampa, Florida Towing Company for Unlawfully Selling Deployed Servicemember’s Car09/22/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that Target Recovery Towing Inc. (Target) has agreed to enter into a court-enforceable consent order to resolve allegations that it failed to obtain a legally required court order before auctioning off a car belonging to a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who was deployed overseas. 

DEFENSE NEWS – Today’s Top 5
Early Bird Brief, compiled by Diana Correll and Steve Weigand.

Preschool Curriculum: What’s In It For Children and Teachers (/Mommy’s and Daddy’s)

Preschool Curriculum is an accessible research synthesis of how and how much young children learn in the academic domains of oral language, literacy, mathematics, and science.


Drawing for Kids: Step-by-Step TutorialHere’s everything you need to get kids started with drawing, including a written tutorial and videos.
Learn More

Discover Your Creativity with Nathaniel Drew Content creator Nathaniel Drew discusses finding his creative voice and uncovering inspiration online.
Learn More

Create a Green Oasis
Uplift your spirit and your space with plant care tips from Christopher Griffin, aka Plant Kween!
Explore Now
Make Playful Symmetrical Patterns
Illustrator Charly Clements is back with a new class showing how to create playful designs using Procreate’s symmetry tool.
Explore Now
Take Creative Conceptual Photos
Discover how to shoot and edit compelling conceptual photographs on your phone with photo artist Amelie Satzger.
Explore Now

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2020 Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture

“Discerning Risks and Effects of Alcohol in the Midst of Adolescent Development”

1:30 p.m. ET

To view the lecture on NIH Videocast

Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D.Vice Chancellor for ResearchDistinguished Professor of Psychology and PsychiatryUniversity of California San DiegoSandra A. Brown, Ph.D.

Climate Smart Communities, Climate Justice, and Environmental Justice
Go Car Free for Climate this WeekCar free for climate graphic of sun rays and green landscape
This week is New York Climate Week. Join our fellow New Yorkers in making a difference on climate change this week by going car free! The Car Free for Climate event is taking place September 21 thru 27, and you can participate by taking the pledge to not drive your car at least one day during this week.Reasons to Go Car-FreeTransportation represents the largest source of New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions and the largest part of most New Yorker’s personal carbon footprint as well. In fact, it accounts for 36 percent of greenhouse gases in New York State. That’s more than electricity generation, waste, refrigerants, and agriculture combined.This is why it is critically important that we all lower our emissions from transportation in order to meet our nation-leading, economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of 40 percent of 1990 emission levels by 2030, 85 percent by 2050, and ultimately net-zero. Learn more about the impacts of climate change in New York.
Participating is simple! Here’s how:Take the PledgeTake the pledge to have your emissions reductions count towards our overall total! It just takes a minute. Note: you can pledge to not drive anywhere from one day to all seven days during the week.Don’t DriveSimply don’t drive the day(s) that you pledged not to. Alternatives include combining trips on other days, using options such as walking/biking, or even teleworking.PostIn a safe manner, take a selfie and post it to social media using #NYSCarFree to let everyone know about your commitment to making a difference and going car free.[Note: COVID-19 is still a risk. While not driving your vehicle during Climate Week, please follow all New York State Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding preventing the transmission of COVID-19, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.]Learn more and find resources to help you go car free on the NYS Office of General Services’ website.

ELLE: The 35 Very Best Natural Hair Product On The Market


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Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

By Joshua Gordon

Each September, people in the U.S. and around the world observe Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to help raise awareness and share information about this important public health concern. As director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), I have made suicide prevention one of my top priorities, and although I have written about suicide in the past, I wanted to revisit this topic to bring attention to this critical area of concern.

One often overlooked aspect of the rising rates of suicide in the U.S. is its impact on youth — and in particular, its impact on Black youth. Black people face increased rates of risk factors, including experiences of racism, higher rates of unemployment and financial and food insecurity, disparities in other aspects of health, and limited access to care, all of which result in an increased burden of mental illness in black communities. Despite this heavy burden, Black people and individuals in other racial and ethnic minority groups have historically had relatively low rates of suicide. But this has been changing recently, especially for Black youth. As of 2018, suicide became the second leading cause of death in Black children aged 10-14, and the third leading cause of death in Black adolescents aged 15-19. By combining data from 2001 to 2015, researchers were able to examine suicides among children ages 12 and younger and found that Black children were more likely to die by suicide than their White peers.

This crisis of Black youth suicide is beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) and the Congressional Black Caucus deserve credit for raising awareness of the issue and for establishing the Emergence Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. Their report, 

Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America,

was released in December 2019. This report describes key research findings related to suicide among Black youth. Most importantly, it provides research, policy, and practice recommendations to address this issue, such as improving research funding of minority scientists and increasing funding of research focused on Black youth suicide and Black youth mental health.

More research is needed on how suicide risk develops among Black youth, and how it can be best prevented. Significant questions remain in terms of understanding and predicting suicide risk among Black youth — while some risk factors have been well-researched and are clear (e.g., gender, victim of bullying and bullying others, LGBTQ+ discrimination, exposure to trauma, racial discrimination), there are other risk factors that are less clear. For example, some research suggests that Black adolescents who have contemplated or attempted suicide are less likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Another significant risk factor is access to firearms — research points to higher rates of Black youth mortality due to firearms compared to other racial/ethnic groups — which is why we’re supporting infrastructure to improve research on firearm safety for youth.

One factor that may be contributing to increases in the risk of suicide in Black youth may be disparities in access to mental health services. Black youth continue to be less likely to receive mental health treatment for depression when needed, compared to White youth. Rates of engagement in and completion of treatments for depression are lower for Black adolescents (compared to White adolescents), often due to negative perceptions of services and providers and reluctance to acknowledge symptoms. Black youth are also significantly less likely than White youth to receive outpatient treatment even after a suicide attempt.

The good news is that NIMH-funded research has begun to point the way towards better risk identification and effective interventions that can help reverse these trends. Implementing universal screening for suicide risk using the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions toolkit, developed by investigators in the NIMH Intramural Research Program, can identify youth at risk, including Black youth. And, targeted efforts such as school-based mental health clinics can improve engagement in mental health care among Black youth with depression.

Nonetheless, we need considerably more research focused on solutions for Black children and adolescents if we are to truly make a difference for those in need. Accordingly, NIMH continues to expand opportunities for scientists interested in studying these issues, as articulated in our recent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) in Research on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide. Other initiatives, including a call to establish Practice-Based Suicide Prevention Research Centers, though broader, are also designed to support work in minority communities and address disparities that affect Black youth. And we continue to look for additional opportunities to support science aimed at addressing this crisis. Black youths’ lives matter, and NIMH research must be aimed at saving lives and alleviating suffering in Black communities in need.


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Bridge, J. A., Horowitz, L. M., Fontanella, C. A., Sheftall, A. H., Greenhouse, J., Kelleher, K. J., & Campo, J. V. (2018). Age-related racial disparity in suicide rates among US youths from 2001 through 2015. JAMA Pediatrics172(7), 697–699.

Cummings, J. R., Ji, X., Lally, C., & Druss, B. G. (2019). Racial and ethnic differences in minimally adequate depression care among Medicaid-enrolled youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry58(1), 128–138.

DeVylder, J. E., Ryan, T. C., Cwik, M., Wilson, M. E., Jay, S., Nestadt, P. S., Goldstein, M., & Wilcox, H. C. (2019). Assessment of selective and universal screening for suicide risk in a pediatric emergency department. JAMA Network Open2(10), e1914070.

Fowler, K. A., Dahlberg, L. L., Haileyesus, T., Gutierrez, C., & Bacon, S. (2017). Childhood firearm injuries in the United States. Pediatrics, 140(1), e20163486.

Joe, S., Baser, R. S., Neighbors, H. W., Caldwell, C. H., & Jackson, J. S. (2009). 12-month and lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts among black adolescents in the national survey of American life. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry48(3), 271–282.

Lindsey, M. A., Chambers, K., Pohle, C., Beall, P., & Lucksted, A. (2013). Understanding the behavioral determinants of mental health service use by urban, under-resourced black youth: Adolescent and caregiver perspectives. Journal of Child and Family Studies22(1), 107–121.

Musci, R. J., Hart, S. R., Ballard, E. D., Newcomer, A., Van Eck, K., Ialongo, N., & Wilcox, H. (2016). Trajectories of suicidal ideation from sixth through tenth grades in predicting suicide attempts in young adulthood in an urban African American cohort. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior46(3), 255–265.


School Bus-Size Asteroid to Safely Zoom Past Earth

This illustration shows a near-Earth asteroid
This illustration shows a near-Earth asteroid like asteroid 2020 SW traveling through space. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Roughly 15 to 30 feet wide, the object will make its closest approach on Sept. 24.

A small near-Earth asteroid (or NEA) will briefly visit Earth’s neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 24, zooming past at a distance of about 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) above our planet’s surface. The asteroid will make its close approach below the ring of geostationary satellites orbiting about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) away from Earth.

Based on its brightness, scientists estimate that 2020 SW is roughly 15 to 30 feet (5 to 10 meters) wide – or about the size of a small school bus. Although it’s not on an impact trajectory with Earth, if it were, the space rock would almost certainly break up high in the atmosphere, becoming a bright meteor known as a fireball.

COVID-19 pandemic should be ‘shock’ to UN, revive multilateral order, France’s Macron tells world leadersThe coronavirus pandemic requires cooperation between nations and should serve as an “electric shock” to wake up the United Nations, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed on Tuesday during the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, held virtually this year.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Manuel EliasForgetting lesson of history ‘short-sighted’, Russia’s Putin says, calls for cooperation to tackle health challengesAddressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called on the international community to strengthen cooperation on a range of pressing issues and praised the UN’s successes, particularly through adherence to the world body’s Charter, in ensuring the post-war peace. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Manuel EliasIran not a ‘bargaining chip’, President Rouhani tells world leaders at UNIran is not a “bargaining chip” to be factored into elections and domestic policy in the United States, the country’s President, Hassan Rouhani has said, stressing that the overall era of dominance and hegemony by a few world powers is “long over.” UN Affairs

UN Photo/Manuel EliasRepublic of Korea stresses support for developing nations during COVID-19The President of the Republic of Korea has signaled his country’s support to developing nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes ensuring they have equitable access to any vaccines against the deadly new coronavirus.  UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSouth African President warns pandemic has set back African developmentDespite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Manuel Elias‘Joint action’ indispensable in addressing global challenges – Emir of Qatar As the world enters the threshold of the century’s third decade, it continues to face “emerging and unprecedented challenges”, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, told the opening session of the UN High-level General Debate on Tuesday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Manuel EliasAt UN General Assembly, Philippines’ Duterte denounces groups ‘weaponizing’ human rightsWhile every country has its own strategy to fight coronavirus, the world needs coordinated international efforts and a common purpose to end the crisis, the President of the Philippines said on Tuesday, underlining the importance of universal access to anti-COVID-19 technologies in the recovery from global pandemic. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe‘Enhance solidarity’ to fight COVID-19, Chinese President urges, also pledges carbon neutrality by 2060The Chinese President Xi Jinping called for enhanced international solidarity to fight the coronavirus on Tuesday during his UN General Assembly address, declaring that his country would aim to become carbon neutral, in the wider battle against climate change, by 2060. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeLook at both ‘full and empty parts’ of global glass, Turkey urges Member StatesSpeaking on the first day of the UN High-level General Debate, the President of Turkey stressed the need to “accurately and sincerely evaluate” what is happening in the world today.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Manuel EliasUnlike neoliberalism, coronavirus does not favour ‘richest one per cent’, Cuban President tells world leadersFaced with a global pandemic that has infected millions, killed thousands, forced borders to close, upended economies, and drastically changed lives, the world today needs the United Nations today as much as it did 75 years ago, the President of Cuba underlined on Tuesday. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Rick BajornasBrazilian President outlines action taken to address COVID-19 pandemic, unemploymentBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has highlighted social and economic measures his administration implemented, to address the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the politicization of the virus in South America’s largest country. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeRenew ‘collective commitment to multilateralism’, urges Assembly presidentThe COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented world leaders coming to New York to address the General Assembly in person, but the president of the world body stressed on Tuesday that the need for deliberation, is “higher than ever”.Human Rights

UN Photo/Rick BajornasUS delivering ‘peace through strength’: President Trump tells UNSpeaking on Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump lauded the military power of his country, which, he said, demonstrates that the country is “fulfilling its destiny as peacemaker, but it is peace through strength”.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeUN chief appeals for global solidarity at General Assembly, warns COVID is ‘dress rehearsal’ for challenges aheadIn his centerpiece address to the historic and unprecedented 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday appealed for global solidarity to overcome the COVID-19, and again call for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, by the end of the year. UN Affairs©

UNICEF/Nyan Zay HtetMyanmar: Mounting child death toll during Rakhine village assaults must end, urges rights expertThe assaults by security forces in Myanmar on villages in Rakhine state “need to stop”, and a ceasefire should be declared immediately, said the UN independent rights expert on the situation across the country on Tuesday.Human Rights

UN Photo/Manuel EliasSign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says GuterresThis year’s International Day of Sign Languages is being commemorated in the midst of a pandemic that has “disrupted and upended lives everywhere”, including those of the deaf community, the UN chief said on Wednesday.Human Rights

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeViolence leaves more than 300,000 ‘completely reliant’ on assistance in northern MozambiqueWorsening conflict, combined with a precarious humanitarian situation, has forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes and villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said. 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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Actress and best-selling author Gabrielle Union and her husband, three-time NBA champion and Olympic superstar, Dwyane Wade, wield immense influence in the world—but when it comes to finding inspiration in their own lives, they find it at home with their children.

During an ABC broadcast special unveiling of the 2020 TIME 100, TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, on Tuesday, Union and Wade shared why witnessing their children living freely has been a joyful experience.

“We have a daughter that is almost 2, who the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment and it’s beautiful to watch truly free children,” Union said. “We have another daughter who is 13, who has freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn’t ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring.”

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9/23 –

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Using Threats to Obstruct Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today announced that Ronald Wyatt, 22, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to intentionally threatening physical harm to a female victim, T.P., to obstruct T.P.’s free exercise of religion. As part of his plea agreement, Wyatt admitted that he targeted T.P., who is African-American, because of her race. 

Former Union President Sentenced for Violent Extortion09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The former president of Iron Workers Local 395 was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for his role in organizing a brutal assault on a group of non-union ironworkers in Dyer, Indiana.

Department of Justice Begins Second Distribution of Funds Recovered Through Asset Forfeiture to Compensate Victims of Western Union Fraud Scheme, Bringing Total to Over $300 Million09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice announced today that the Western Union Remission Fund began its second distribution of approximately $148 million in funds forfeited to the U.S. government from the Western Union Company (Western Union) to approximately 33,000 victims located in the United States and abroad. These victims, many of whom were elderly victims of consumer fraud and abuse, will be recovering the full amount of their losses.

Gilead Agrees To Pay $97 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability For Paying Kickbacks09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead), based in Foster City, California, has agreed to pay $97 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by illegally using a foundation as a conduit to pay the copays of thousands of Medicare patients taking Gilead’s pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, Letairis, the Justice Department announced today.

Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr on his Acceptance of the Christifideles Laici Award at the 2020 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT

South Carolina Man Sentenced for Making a Bomb Threat to a Clinic and Lying to the FBI09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Rodney Allen, 43, of Beaufort, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida, to 24 months in prison. Allen previously pleaded guilty to one count of intimidating and interfering with the employees of an abortion clinic by making a bomb threat and one count of making false statements to a Special Agent with the FBI.

The Justice Department Unveils Proposed Section 230 Legislation on Behalf of the Administration09/23/2020 12:00 AM EDT

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What’s Eating My Trees? (webinar) 

10 a.m. – Join NY ReLeaf’s Finger Lakes Region for an urban forestry webinar on this year’s gypsy moth outbreak. This past spring and summer, homeowners, forest owners, arborists and municipalities struggled with defoliation of trees due to this invasive caterpillar. The webinar will cover the basics of a gypsy moth outbreak, what areas were hit, what you can do to help your trees, and what to expect next year through three presentations from a variety of speakers. This webinar is approved for the following continuing education credits: CNLP (1.25 credits), DEC Pesticide applicator category 10, 2, 3a, 25, and 9 (0.75 credits), SAF (2 credits), ISA credits pending. Registration in advance is required; register online. Presenters:

  • Rob Cole and Jerry Carlson from DEC’s Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health will be providing an overview and updates on the gypsy moth outbreak of this year.
  • Shawn Kenaley, Finger Lakes Community College Professor, will be giving us a crash course in tree biology and stress responses.
  • Noreen Riordan, an ISA Certified arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, will be demonstrating how a gypsy moth inspection goes, what to expect, and what you can do to help your trees.

Department Of Justice And U.S. Patent And Trademark Office To Host Public Workshop On Promoting Innovation In The Life Science Sector

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a virtual public workshop on Sept. 23rd and 24th, 2020 to discuss the importance of intellectual property rights and pro-competitive collaborations for life sciences companies, research institutions, and American consumers. 

“Now more than ever, it is essential that we consider the role of regulation and antitrust enforcement on incentives for innovation in key areas of discovery, such as biotechnology and the life sciences,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim.  “We look forward to a robust discussion of the current legal climate and its impact on competitiveness, and are honored to collaborate with Director Iancu and his talented team at the PTO in hosting this event.”

The workshop will feature a fireside chat between Assistant Attorney General Delrahim and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu.  Former Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni will deliver a keynote address.  The workshop will include panel discussions of how patents and copyrights incentivize and reward innovation in the life science sector and the USPTO’s guidance on patentability for life sciences inventions.  In addition, panels will discuss how partnerships and collaboration can facilitate the development of complex biologics, and the role of antitrust enforcement and regulation in preserving competition and incentives for innovation among drug developers and their partners.  Panelists include leading figures from industry, government agencies, prominent research labs, the non-profit sector, academia, and the broader legal and economic community. 

The workshop is free and open to the public, although registration is required, and will be webcast from approximately 1–5 PM Eastern Time each day.  A recording of the workshop will be made available on DOJ and USPTO’s websites.  Registration information, an agenda, instructions on accessing the webcast, and a list of speakers will be available in the near future on the USPTO and DOJ event webpages.  Members of the press should email Brianna Herlihy at to register.

NIMH Livestream Event: Suicide Prevention Strategies

2:00―2:30 PM ET

Suicide is a major public health concern. More than 48,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States, and it was the 10th leading cause of death overall in 2018. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to help raise awareness and share information about this important public health concern. Although the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on suicide is still unknown, the slow but steady increases in the U.S. suicide rate remain a concern.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will host a livestream event from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, to discuss the latest in suicide prevention research, including ways to identify risk, and effective prevention strategies. Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of NIMH, will moderate this discussion with Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Special Advisor to the NIMH Director on Suicide Research, and Stephen O’Connor, Ph.D., chief of the Suicide Prevention Research Program in the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research.

Participating is easy.

  • Watch the livestream event on NIMH’s Facebook or Twitter feeds. You must have either a Facebook or Twitter account to watch.
  • Follow NIMH on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the livestream event and other information about mental health research.
  • Refresh NIMH’s Facebook or Twitter feeds at 2 p.m. ET on September 23rd to watch the livestream discussion.

The livestream will be archived on NIMH’s website and Facebook page so you can access it after the event is over.

Note: The experts cannot provide specific medical advice or referrals. Please consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions. If you need help finding a provider, visit If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454.

Learn about who the Census Bureau defines as Hispanic, which subgroups are included in the Hispanic count, and more in today’s webinar.

Census Academy Webinar Series:

Hispanics in the U.S.
Upon completion of this webinar participants will know who the Census Bureau defines as Hispanic and which subgroups are included in the Hispanic count. They will also learn what data is available and at what geographical levels. Finally, they will have seen a live demonstration on the Census Bureau’s access tool UsGray DividerDate: Today
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Dial In: 888-603-6971
Passcode: 7615476
Link: Log In Details
Event Password: census (If required, this password is only for users who join from a WebEx application or mobile app.)

Black Farmer Cooperatives: Tangible Solutions Webinar

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) are co-hosting a webinar to learn about the history of Black cooperative land ownership and its connection to racial equity in federal agriculture policy.

2:30 p.m. ET. 

Learn more and register.

Improving the environment, igniting rural prosperity

Perennial grain Kernza growing in St. Paul on the Twin Cities campus.

Multi-state Coalition Aims to Advance Agriculture by Driving Research, Education and Adoption of Kernza, the first U.S. Perennial Grain Crop 

A multi-state coalition of researchers, farmers, educators, industry leaders, policy experts, and climate scientists was recently awarded a competitive 5-year, $10 million grant through USDA NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program to scale the research, production, awareness and commercialization of Kernza, the first commercial perennial grain in the United States….For more information, read the University of Minnesota article.

President Ghani sets out ‘clear plan’ to advance UN values in AfghanistanPresident Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan told the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that his country was moving into the next five years “with a clear plan for progressing the values of the UN”, which are enshrined in its own constitution.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeDespite military wins against extremists, Iraq’s combat against terrorism is ‘far from won’, says President SalihBefore and after the emergence of the coronavirus, Iraq faced epidemics that were “no less deadly and dangerous to the world – terrorism and corruption,” President Barham Salih told world leaders in a pre-recorded address to the UN General Assembly. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderAt UN Assembly, Lebanese leader appeals for help to rebuild after Beirut explosionLebanon will need support from the international community to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in the port of its capital, Beirut, the country’s President told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.  UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe‘COVID-19 has exposed our past mistakes and failures’ says Kazakhstan PresidentThe COVID-19 pandemic has been a stress test for the world, and has exposed our past mistakes and failures, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, told world leaders, during his address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSaudi King outlines country’s contributions to pandemic response, denounces attack on its oil facilitiesSaudi Arabia continues to promote global response efforts and help countries reeling under the devastating impact of COVID-19, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeEuropean unity is an example to the world: Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of StateŠefik Džaferović, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State, used his address to the General Debate of the General Assembly on Wednesday to praise the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the help it has given to non-EU countries, such as his own.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Loey FelipeWe learnt lessons from the Ebola outbreak; DR Congo President says country moved swiftly to curb coronavirus spreadLearning its lessons from the Ebola outbreak, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took swift and decisive measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, when the first cases were detected in March, the country’s President told world leaders, gathered virtually, at the UN General Assembly. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Loey FelipeSri Lankan President calls on WHO to facilitate ‘universal access’ to COVID vaccineThe President of Sri Lanka has highlighted the success of his country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring the importance of a well-coordinated approach, underpinned by robust local health care system, to contain the disease. UN Affairs©

UNICEF/Shehzad NooraniGuterres advocates for digital world that ‘strengthens human rights, advances peace’Amidst a technological era that “beckons with vast opportunity”, new risks exist to global peace, stability and development, the UN chief told a side event of the General Assembly on Wednesday, aiming to help ensure access to digital technologies for all.Economic Development

World Bank/Simone D. McCourtieCountries urged to act against COVID-19 ‘infodemic’The UN and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the “infodemic” that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online. Health©

UNOCHAPut ‘people before politics’ in Lebanon, urges Guterres, following Beirut disasterIt’s time that leaders across Lebanon put “people before politics” following last month’s explosions in Beirut port, said the UN chief on Wednesday, which must serve as a wake-up call following a year of upheaval and clamour for reform on all fronts.Humanitarian Aid

ILO/KB MpofuImpact on workers of COVID-19 is ‘catastrophic’: ILO COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the second quarter of the year. Economic Development

World Bank/Dominic ChavezUN stands ready to support landlocked nations in pandemic recoveryThe UN system is standing in solidarity with landlocked developing countries, which lack access to vital trade links, and supporting them in their efforts to rebuild once the global coronavirus pandemic abates, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Economic Development

MINUSMA/Mikado FMMali: Rights expert calls for ‘immediate release’ of former officials detained during coupAn independent UN human rights expert has called on Mali’s coup leaders to release former government officials, who have been detained for more than a month. Human Rights

UN Photo/Manuel EliasSign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says GuterresThis year’s International Day of Sign Languages is being commemorated in the midst of a pandemic that has “disrupted and upended lives everywhere”, including those of the deaf community, the UN chief said on Wednesday.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.

9/24 –

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
On Aug. 27, 2020, Andrew Sheperd was charged by a federal grand jury with being a felon in possession of a firearm, with being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine .

Former Cancer Center President Indicted For Participation In Long-Running Antitrust Conspiracy09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Dr. William Harwin, founder and former President of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute LLC (FCS), for conspiring to allocate medical and radiation oncology treatments for patients in Southwest Florida, the Department of Justice announced today.

Over 300 People Facing Federal Charges For Crimes Committed During Nationwide Demonstrations09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Department of Justice announced today that more than 300 individuals in 29 states and Washington, D.C., have been charged for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations since the end of May.

Justice Department Announces Results in Fight Against the Opioid Crisis Two Years after Launch of Operation S.O.S.09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
In July 2018, the Department of Justice announced the launch of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S), a program aimed at reducing the supply of synthetic opioids in 10 high impact areas and identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.

U.S. Accountant in Panama Papers Investigation Sentenced to Prison09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A U.S. accountant was sentenced in the Southern District of New York to 39 months in prison for wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, aggravated identity theft, and other charges, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt and Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss of the Southern District of New York.

Maryland Man Sentenced to Prison for Intentionally Damaging the Computers of His Former Employer09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Maryland man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake today to 12 months and one day in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally accessing and damaging the computer network of his former employer. Judge Blake also entered an order requiring Stafford to pay restitution in the amount of $193,258.10 to his former employer.

Statement by Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec on the Execution of Christopher Andre Vialva09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT

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Working in partnership is key to fighting corruption

“Achieving long-term economic growth and shared prosperity requires us to work together with our partners in government, private sector, and civil society to address corruption and its corrosive impacts.”

— Mari Elka Pangestu

Enhancing government effectiveness & transparency: The fight against corruption

The World Bank has undertaken a fresh assessment of challenges governments face in tackling corruption, what instruments tend to work and why, and how incremental progress is being achieved in specific country contexts. Our flagship report is a timely piece of work that shows positive examples of how countries are progressing in their fight to #EndCorruption.

Catch the replay of our event, where we discussed the report and its findings with an expert panel about how the lessons learned can guide policy makers and anti-corruption champions.

Addressing food loss and waste: A global problem with local solutions

A third of all food globally is lost and wasted, amounting to significant costs to society: $1 trillion globally annually, 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and significant natural resource use are all associated with food that is grown but never reaches the table.

New World Bank analysis finds that reducing food loss and waste could play a significant role in reducing the environmental footprint of food while boosting food and nutrition security. Join World Bank Group President David Malpass and other speakers as they discuss tangible solutions for positive change… Read More>>

Department Of Justice And U.S. Patent And Trademark Office To Host Public Workshop On Promoting Innovation In The Life Science Sector

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a virtual public workshop on Sept. 23rd and 24th, 2020 to discuss the importance of intellectual property rights and pro-competitive collaborations for life sciences companies, research institutions, and American consumers. 

“Now more than ever, it is essential that we consider the role of regulation and antitrust enforcement on incentives for innovation in key areas of discovery, such as biotechnology and the life sciences,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim.  “We look forward to a robust discussion of the current legal climate and its impact on competitiveness, and are honored to collaborate with Director Iancu and his talented team at the PTO in hosting this event.”

The workshop will feature a fireside chat between Assistant Attorney General Delrahim and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu.  Former Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni will deliver a keynote address.  The workshop will include panel discussions of how patents and copyrights incentivize and reward innovation in the life science sector and the USPTO’s guidance on patentability for life sciences inventions.  In addition, panels will discuss how partnerships and collaboration can facilitate the development of complex biologics, and the role of antitrust enforcement and regulation in preserving competition and incentives for innovation among drug developers and their partners.  Panelists include leading figures from industry, government agencies, prominent research labs, the non-profit sector, academia, and the broader legal and economic community. 

The workshop is free and open to the public, although registration is required, and will be webcast from approximately 1–5 PM Eastern Time each day.  A recording of the workshop will be made available on DOJ and USPTO’s websites.  Registration information, an agenda, instructions on accessing the webcast, and a list of speakers will be available in the near future on the USPTO and DOJ event webpages.  Members of the press should email Brianna Herlihy at to register.

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The science behind HBCU success “Historically Black colleges and universities have proven to be extremely effective in graduating Black students, particularly in STEM. While HBCUs enroll about 9% of Black undergraduates in the U.S., they graduate a significantly higher percentage in critical fields such as engineering, mathematics and biological sciences. HBCUs represent seven of the top eight institutions that graduate the highest number of Black undergraduate students who go on to earn S&E doctorates.Despite the positive statistics and many success stories, not nearly enough scholarships exist surrounding the best practices at HBCUs or how to replicate them. The U.S. National Science Foundation established the HBCU STEM Undergraduate Success Research Center (STEM-US) to examine these strategies and how they might broadly inform higher education overall. Led by researchers at Morehouse College, Spelman College and Virginia State University, STEM-US will study and model the broadening participation success of 50 out of the nation’s 100 HBCUs.To learn more about this program, the HBCU way of life and the challenges HBCU researchers face, we talked with NSF Program Officer Claudia Rankins, who manages NSF’s HBCU program, and Cheryl Talley, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Virginia State University and one of NSF’s HBCU program’s lead researchers.” Continue Reading 

3D Virtual Skill-Share Series Hosted by Soul Fire Farm

The 3D series is a multilingual and multidimensional workshop series designed for B.I.P.O.C. (Black, Indigenous, &/or People or Color) to deepen skills in specific farming and homesteading practices in a culturally relevant, supportive, and joyful environment.

Soil Health

5 p.m. ET. 

Learn more and register.


International HOT Summit Mapathon, Brussels

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MSF-USA Virtual September Mapathon

6:00pm – 8:00pm ET


Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) invites you to participate in a virtual mapathon

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT on Zoom.

A special initiative founded by Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps is powered by volunteers around the world. Using OpenStreetMap, an open, free, and crowd-sourced platform, volunteers map underserved regions in order to provide international and local NGOs and individuals with geographic data to better respond to crises.

At this virtual mapathon, we will be mapping parts of the world’s most remote locations to help MSF respond more effectively to humanitarian emergencies like disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and more. Beginner and experienced mappers are welcome to join this event.
Mapathon Agenda
6:00 PM – Presentation on MSF and the Missing Maps Project.
6:30 PM –  Introduction of mapping project for the evening, a presentation from MSF staff, and a step-by-step iD Editor mapping tutorial.
6:50 PM – All users are mapping! MSF provides individualized support throughout the rest of the event.

Learn more about the Missing Maps Project.

and Watch our webinar series, Let’s Talk COVID-19.

UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’ during COVID pandemic

IMOSeafarers are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an essential role in maintaining the flow of vital goods, such as food and medical supplies.

LIVE: UN Climate Change Roundtable – a ‘just transition’ through climate action is key says GuterresLive coverage of the High-Level UN Climate Change Roundtable, featuring UN chief António Guterres, designed to rally momentum for more ambitious action to limit global warming and ensure sustainable post-pandemic recovery plans.  


UN chief warns that ‘the world has a fever and is burning up‘ Watch the roundtable live on UN Web TVUK and UN to co-host December climate event.  Climate Change

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderThrough solidarity, humanity will overcome COVID-19 pandemic: Timor-Leste PresidentThe COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of achieving a sustainable future for all people and the planet, the President of Timor-Leste said in his speech to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderSomalia committed to promoting democracy, accountability despite COVID-19 challengeSomalia is working with its international partners to build a democratic, inclusive and prosperous country for its citizens, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as ‘Farmajo’, told the UN General Assembly on Thursday. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeDespite ‘compromises’, peace remains elusive in Yemen, says President, calling for international support to save his countryThe President of Yemen on Thursday called on the international community to end the suffering of Yemenis through ensuring “decisive and active” pressure on “the Houthis and Tehran,” and for the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions demanding an end to the violence his country faced. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Rick BajornasLibya is a victim of migration, not its reason, says GNA President SerrajLibya, as a country of transit for migrants, cannot surmount the associated challenges without international support, the country’s Head of State told world leaders gathered virtually for the UN General Assembly, rejecting “unilateral” reports on the situation of migrants. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderViet Nam is ‘duty-bound’ to help strengthen the UN, world’s largest multilateral organizationAgainst the backdrop of the “extraordinary” circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, “global and regional multilateral mechanisms must be strengthened”, the President of Viet Nam told the high-level debate of UN General Assembly on Thursday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeOnly international action can restore security in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, says Niger PresidentIn a pre-recorded address on Thursday to the UN General Assembly, Mahamadou Issoufou, the President of Niger, stressed that only international action can restore security in the strife-torn African regions of the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, and expressed serious concern about the situation in Mali. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Rick BajornasCyprus committed to resuming peace talksPresident Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus stands ready to resume talks on the reunification of the island nation, the UN General Assembly heard on Thursday. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeAt UN Assembly, King Hamad affirms Bahrain’s commitment for a just peace in Middle EastBahrain’s establishment of relations with Israel is a “civilized message”, affirming the country’s commitment for a just and comprehensive peace for all peoples in the region, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebePandemic shocks world, reinforces need for multilateralism, says Estonian PresidentThe COVID-19 pandemic gave the world “a thorough shock” and taught several lessons on the realities of climate change, the President of Estonia said to the UN General Assembly on Thursday. UN Affairs

UNICEF/Juan HaroInternational community must unite, or be crushed by chaos, warns UN chiefThe UN Secretary-General on Thursday made an unequivocal case for strengthening multilateralism and building trust among the countries of the world in the face of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed gaps on multiple fronts. Peace and Security

IMOUN and partners press for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’ during COVID pandemicThe UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic Development

WFP/Saikat MojumderINTERVIEW: ‘Famine is preventable, if there is political will’The UN is warning of an impending hunger pandemic across the world, partly a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the World Food Programme (WFP) preparing to launch an unprecedented food aid operation, UN News spoke to WFP Assistant Executive-Director Valerie Guarnieri, on the devastating rise in hunger, and the scale of funding needed to feed those most vulnerable.Humanitarian Aid

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeUN chief and UK premier announce December climate summitWith the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted plans to hold the annual international UN climate meeting – known as the COP – this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced that they will instead co-host a “landmark global event” on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.Climate Change

World Bank/Philip SchulerCorruption and tax-dodging ‘rampant’, urgent reforms needed: UN panelTax abuse, money laundering and corruption, plague the global financial system, a high-level UN panel reported on Thursday, launching an interim report that underscores the need for urgent reforms to achieve the 2030 Global Goals (SDGs).SDGs

WFP/Rein SkullerudDeadly flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violenceHumanitarians have stepped up assistance to communities “on the brink”, who have been affected by devastating flooding in Africa’s Sahel region, where several hundred thousand people have been displaced by seasonal rains.Humanitarian Aid

UNDP BhutanFROM THE FIELD: Protecting the post-pandemic planetAn emphasis on sustainable development and fighting climate change will benefit countries around the world as they recover from the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, says 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.

9/25 –

NEWS – Todays Top 5

Operation Legend: Case of the Day09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Bates City, Missouri, man was charged in federal court after law enforcement officers seized nearly two dozen firearms and illegal drugs from his residence.

Georgia Man Sentenced to Prison for Running Ponzi Scheme09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Georgia man has been sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for running a Ponzi scheme that ensnared over a hundred victims, and induced college students and others to part with money for his own personal benefit.

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Delivers Opening Remarks at the 2020 Life Sciences Workshop09/24/2020 12:00 AM EDT

Former Rapides Parrish Corrections Officer Sentenced to 11 Months in Federal Prison for Assaulting Inmate09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department announced today that a former correctional officer with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO), Detention Center 1, in Alexandria, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court for assaulting an inmate detained at the facility.

Owner of Tax Preparation Business Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Returns09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A former Gulfport, Mississippi, tax return preparer was sentenced to 46 months in prison today for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Multinational Industrial Engineering Company To Pay $22 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Evaded Customs Duties09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Linde GmbH and its U.S. subsidiary Linde Engineering North America LLC (LENA) (together, “Linde”) have agreed to pay the United States more than $22.2 million to resolve allegations that Linde violated the False Claims Act by knowingly making false statements on customs declarations to avoid paying duties owed on the companies’ imports, the Justice Department announced today.

Justice Department Calls on San Francisco Mayor to End “One Congregant” Rule for Places of Worship to Comply with the Constitution09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The Justice Department today sent a letter to the San Francisco mayor explaining that the city’s policy of only allowing a single worshiper in places of worship regardless of their size, while allowing multiple patrons in other indoor settings including gyms, tattoo parlors, hair salons, massage studios, and daycares, is contrary to the Constitution and the nation’s best tradition of religious freedom.

United States Files Complaint Against Nutter Home Loans for Forging Certifications and Using Unqualified Underwriters to Approve Government-Insured Reverse Mortgages09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
The United States has filed a complaint under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 and the False Claims Act against Nutter Home Loans, f/k/a James B. Nutter & Co. (Nutter), for forging certifications and using unqualified underwriters to approve Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM), the Department of Justice announced today.

Two Former Deutsche Bank Traders Convicted of Engaging in Deceptive and Manipulative Trading Practices in U.S. Commodities Markets09/25/2020 12:00 AM EDT
A Chicago federal jury found two former employees of Deutsche Bank, a global financial institution, guilty today of fraud charges for their respective roles in fraudulent and manipulative trading practices involving publicly-traded precious metals futures contracts.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Partner Alert
Sickle Cell Data Collection Program ExpansionCDC is expanding the Sickle Cell Data Collection (SCDC) program by funding 9 states to collect essential data on sickle cell disease (SCD). The project aims to provide information that may be used to improve policy and healthcare standards, inform best practices, and illuminate pathways to deliver innovative treatments and cures in ways that can help address health disparities in SCD
Award recipients and the states they will cover are: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL), Public Health Institute (CA), Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. (GA), Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center (IN), Regents of the University of Michigan (MI), Minnesota Department of Health (MN), North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NC), the University of Memphis (TN), Medical College of Wisconsin (WI). 
The first year of this expansion is made possible by discretionary funding from CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (DHHS/OMH). There is currently no congressional funding to support the long-term expansion of the SCDC program.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors Now in Every State!NCBDDD is pleased to announce there is now an Act Early Ambassador in every state, the District of Columbia, and three territories. Act Early Ambassadors work with the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities so that children and their families can access needed services as early as possible.  

Act Early Teams to Support COVID-19 Recovery in 43 States and TerritoriesThrough an existing cooperative agreement, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and NCBDDD will provide support to 43 Act Early Ambassador-led or co-led teams to support COVID-19 recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources for children, families, and communities. The teams will conduct a rapid needs assessment and collaborate with early childhood systems and programs to carry out strategies to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities and share existing tools and programs to improve resiliency among families with young children during COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts.
Receipt and Timeliness of Newborn Hearing Screening and Diagnostic Services Among Babies Born in 2017 in 9 States.
In a recent CDC study to examine the timeliness of key events in the EHDI process from birth through diagnosis of hearing loss among different populations, authors found timely completion of newborn hearing screening was achieved by most of the population among participating states. Yet, findings showed certain groups appear to be at an increased risk for delayed diagnostic testing for hearing loss. 

Publications on Sickle Cell Disease

Trends in Sickle Cell Disease–Related Mortality in the United States, 1979 to 2017 was published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. 
Coronavirus Disease among Persons with Sickle Cell Disease, United States, March 20–May 21, 2020. People with SCD who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 may have increased risk for severe complications and death. 

Algorithms Utilizing Claims and Encounters Data to Identify Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease: A Critical Review of Approaches in U.S. Health Services Research was recently published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer.
Addressing Sickle Cell Disease: A Strategic Plan and Blueprint for Action, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides a blueprint and eight overarching strategies for improving health care for the approximately 100,000 people in the United States living with sickle cell disease (SCD).  
Using surveillance to determine the number of individuals with sickle cell disease in California and Georgia, 2005–2016 presents findings from SCDC on the birth prevalence and number of individuals with SCD in California and Georgia.  

Psychology Today


5 Visualizations to Help Lessen Anxiety

If you’re struggling with anxiety, trying to talk yourself out of doesn’t often work. Picturing your anxiety in a new way can help send it packing.


The Imperative to Stand Out and Its Hidden Injuries

Pervasive peer comparisons by adolescents attending high-achieving schools are fanning the flames of anxiety and depression symptoms, recent research finds.


Are You or Your Partner Sexually Frustrated or Shut Down?

Is COVID stress blocking your sex drive? You are not alone. Here, five tips for rebooting your libido.


What’s Linked to the Sharp Rise in Anxiety and Depression?

A new study shows how a sharp rise in mental health problems is associated with the conditions of our times.


How Millennials and Post-Millennials are Redefining Success

Emerging technologies are altering the very notion of what constitutes “work” and who are considered to be successful people.


The Three Faces of Nurse Ratched

Nurse Ratched is a villain for the ages. Does Netflix do her justice?


“I’ll Never Do that Again!” And then — Well, You Do!

We all have that one thing we keep doing or saying in our relationship that we wish we could stop. Here’s a solution.


Virtual Learning is Difficult: But Is It Too Much to Handle?

Young children may have difficulties with remote learning, but here are some suggestions for parents.


5 Psychology Studies That Support #BlackLivesMatter

For those who dispute the importance of the BLM movement, copious studies demonstrate that Black people face systematic, wide-ranging, and horrific biases.


Narcissism and OCD

Find out what happens when an OCD sufferer has Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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How to Overcome Life’s Challenges

Dealing With Hard Times

Designed for Success

Psychological First Aid

Care for Yourself Like a Therapist


Stress Management During the Pandemic

Many experts say that stress is our friend, but try to tell this to someone who is being bullied at work, or who is a victim of domestic violence, or who lost a loved one to Covid.


The Emotional Empowerment of Voting in the Age of Fear

The pressure and stress around recent elections has become so great that there is even a diagnosis – Election Stress Disorder.

A L L * A R T S
If Cities Could Dance
DANCEDancing an Indigenous future: Native American hip-hop and freestyle in Albuquerque
Tick Tock
PUBLIC ART‘Climate Clock’ in Union Square tracks time left until climate deadline
WORDSThe New York Public Library compiled 125 books they love for teens (and adults)
Suggested Listening
MUSICCatch a heartfelt performance by Magos Herrera and Celso Duarte in National Sawdust’s construction site
Video of the Day
MUSICComposer Ludovico Einaudi plays ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ surrounded by crumbling glaciers
ITELEVISIONHere are the winners of this year’s Emmy Awards
EVENTSWhat’s streaming today? An ongoing list of arts and culture events to watch


New Sea Level Satellite Arrives at California Launch Site

A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is removed from an Antonov 124 aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California


A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is transported on a truck to the SpaceX payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base

A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is removed from an Antonov 124 aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 24, 2020, after its two-day journey from an IABG engineering facility near Munich, Germany. Image credit: 30th Space Wing
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The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft will launch from the U.S. West Coast aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in November.

The world’s latest ocean-monitoring satellite has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California to be prepared for its Nov. 10 launch. The product of a historic U.S.-European partnership, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft touched down at Vandenberg in an Antonov 124 aircraft at around 10:40 a.m. PDT (1:40 p.m. EDT) on Sept. 24 after a two-day journey from an IABG engineering facility near Munich, Germany.

“The spacecraft had a smooth trip from Europe and is in good shape,” said Parag Vaze, the mission’s project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “Final preparations are under way to see the satellite safely into Earth orbit in a little under seven weeks.”


UN News


Pacific small islands and ‘Big Ocean’ nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy

UNDP Tuvalu/Aurélia RusekThe low-lying island nation, Tuvalu, in the Pacific Ocean is particularly susceptible to higher sea levels caused by climate change.UN Affairs

Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy. 

“All countries and peoples are in a global war against climate change. We have witnessed deadly fires in the US, typhoons in the Caribbean and in the Pacific, and floods in Asia. It is a war that we can win, but we must be much more aggressive in combatting it,’ David Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, the first of several Pacific Island leaders to speak today, said in a pre-recorded address. 

UN Photo/Loey FelipeJapan to ‘proactively lead’ on COVID-19 response effortsJapan has signaled its intention to take a leading role in global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga highlighting the links between recovery, health and economic development. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas‘Things have to change’ Canada’s Trudeau declares amid COVID-19 pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. UN Affairs

UNDP Tuvalu/Aurélia RusekPacific small islands and ‘Big Ocean’ nations at UN Assembly make the case for shift to clean energyFacing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderHuman rights, multilateralism and battling COVID-19, top focus of European UnionThe European Union has been at the forefront of international cooperation to defeat “the same common enemy”, COVID-19, the President of the European Council, told the UN General Assembly on Friday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderItaly calls for reinvigorated multilateral system to combat ‘invisible enemy’, COVID-19Today the world is faced with “an invisible enemy” that has upended lives, suffocated the world economy and limited freedoms, the Prime Minster of Italy told the United Nations on Friday.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Rick BajornasPrime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan warns of rising IslamophobiaThe driving force in international relations must be cooperation, in accordance with the principles of international law, and not confrontation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderPandemic is ‘a time to separate what is necessary from what is not’: Pope FrancisThe COVID-19 pandemic is a trial, but also “a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not”, Pope Francis told world leaders on Friday, in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly. UN Affairs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderHow long must we wait for a just solution, Palestinian President Abbas asks world leadersThe President of the State of Palestine addressed, via a pre-recorded video, the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, highlighting the suffering of his people and the misery they experience every day “while the world stands by watching.”UN Affairs

UNAMIDProgress on Sudan political transition, but challenges remain, Security Council hearsPolitical developments in Sudan continue to move along a positive trajectory, while planning for a UN mission to assist the transitional government is progressing, the UN Security Council heard on Friday. Peace and Security

World BankConflict, climate crisis, threaten fragile gains to advance women and children’s healthFragile gains made over the past decade to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child, released on Friday.Women

UN/file photoUpdated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workersAmid a potential global shortage in influenza vaccines and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency has advised countries to protect the elderly and health workers first.Health

UN News/Diana LealInclusion and more public participation, will help forge better government policies: GuterresNot only COVID-19, but climate protests, struggles for more inclusive politics, human rights and waning public trust, have put a magnifying glass to the social and economic injustices plaguing societies, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. Human Rights

Kseniya HalubovichBelarus must release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, stress independent rights expertsA group of UN independent human rights experts have called on Belarus to release prominent opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, voicing serious concern over targeting and persecution of opposition politicians by the State. 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.

9/26 –

NEW YORK: Free Fishing Day – Saturday, September 26

Angler fishing from kayak

Just because it’s fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy great fishing. DEC encourages everyone to take advantage of the Free Fishing Day this Saturday, September 26. This designated day coincides with National Hunting & Fishing Day, so what better opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the great natural resources our state has to offer. The requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. See what local fishing spots await by visiting our website.

9/27 –

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Condé Nast Spotlight

VANITY FAIRSir David Attenborough Dazzles Prince George During a Visit to Kensington Palace

The British national treasure showed his new film A Life On Our Planet to the Cambridges in an outdoor screening. 

ALLUREArmani Beauty’s Neo Nude Foundation Transforms My Skin With One Drop

It cancels out ALL of the redness, yet still looks like my skin. 

TEEN VOGUETrump’s SCOTUS Nominee May Be a Woman, But She Won’t Help Women

Having a conservative, anti-abortion woman replace RBG on the Supreme Court will put the rights of anyone who is not a white, straight male at risk.