5 things to know for September 16: Coronavirus, police, elections, Middle East, nature

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1. Coronavirus

2. Police violence

Officers in Louisville, Kentucky have reached a $ 12 million settlement with Bretton Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit. The city has also agreed to broaden police reforms as part of the negotiations. It is one of the largest settlements associated with the city’s police shootings and historic move marked by grief and unrest following Taylor’s murder in March. However, activists are quick to say that this does not mean justice has been served, as there has been no raid on her house. Meanwhile, the Rochester City Council in New York passed three bills addressing police funding and authorized an independent investigation into Daniel Prude’s death in police custody in March. And in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a man who was attacked with a knife over the weekend was shot dead by a deadly police shot.

3. Election 2020

President Trump attended a town hall with undeclared voters last night, and it was a very different scene than his freewheeling, campaign-filled political rallies. Voters claimed him to have reduced the coronovirus, and Trump responded that he had in fact “up-played” it, directly contradicting previous comments he made on the record. Joe Biden gets his turn at the hot seat at a CNN event in Pennsylvania last night. Oh, and things are going awry on the voting front. Both the Biden and Trump campaigns are interested in accelerating ballot-watching efforts in the Battleground states, due to concerns that the process would be delayed to post the vote. This could give Trump room to thwart his claims that delaying the count is evidence of voter fraud.

4. Abraham Agreement

Leaders of Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates gathered in Washington yesterday with President Trump to sign the Abraham Accord, a peace treaty that essentially normalizes relations between Israel and the two Arab countries. Such a scene was initiated by the US, and Trump called the moment “the dawn of a new Middle East”. For Bahrain and the UAE, peace efforts with Israel could pave the way for a stronger relationship with the White House, including improved access to military equipment. For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the deal is a major foreign policy victory because some Israeli leaders have managed to sign peace agreements with fellow countries in the region before that.

5. Environment

In 2010, 196 countries together formed a plan to protect the Earth’s ecosystem from man-made destruction over the next 10 years. 2020 is here, and the world has failed to meet a single goal. The United Nations’ Global Biodiversity Outlook report states that biodiversity is declining at a record rate, and that only six of the 20 targets set by the 2010 Achie Biodiversity Target have been “partially achieved.” What did the world do right? The global rate of deforestation has decreased one-third compared to the previous decade, established better fishery practices, and we have managed to significantly expand the number of protected natural areas. But habitat loss and degradation are at high levels, as is pollution levels.


Kim Kardashian West is the latest celebrity to join a Facebook boycott

She and a slept of other celebrities will stop posting on Instagram today, similar to the way their parent company, Facebook, handles hate.

In Amazon’s new virtual ‘luxury stores’, you can’t buy anything unless you’re invited

Worries about running an old online fancy department store, now available online!

Hershey’s new website describes how to trick or treat safely in the United States

It is a great idea until you realize what a sad state of affairs we have.

Here’s how to help your brothers and sisters in this difficult time

No, you don’t have to limit them to different parts of the house (even if it is a very attractive option).

Coupling, Philadelphia Brewery, Now Available in Western America

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Japan officially names its new Prime Minister

Yoshihida Suga has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan in a vote of parliament today. The right-hand man of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will now take over the reins as the leader of the world’s third-largest economy.

Today’s date

“Our veterans lived 24 hours a day, seven days a week in front of toxic smoke, dioxin – everything. And now they are being told, ‘Hey man, is this stuff bad for you? I don’t know.’

Former “Daily Show” host John Stewart, beating Congress, which says it is leaving veterans trapped in toxic burn pits at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan

in today’s date

4.7 million

This is how many acres of running West Coast wildfire have consumed. The situation is still grim and at least 34 people have died, but weather conditions may improve soon, providing relief from the blasts.

Today’s weather

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And finally

Pep a little in your step

Irish step dance is very good. Let’s see something! (Click here to see.)