UN Celebrates International Youth Day

Commemorating International Youth Day, top UN officials have called on leaders around the world to “do everything possible” to enable young people to reach their fullest potential.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended young peoples’ lives and aspirations and heightened their vulnerabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the younger generation’s resilience, resourcefulness and engagement

“They are the young people who have risen up to demand climate action. They are mobilizing for racial justice and gender equality and are the champions of a more sustainable world”, he said in a message marking International Youth Day.

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Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Answers Important Registration Questions

While lots of vehicle-related services are available online, there are many that require an in-person visit, most commonly to your local county tax office.

Some county tax offices, which conduct many transactions on behalf of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, are operating with service changes and varying operating hours or procedures due to COVID-19. In some cases, county offices are closed, or only processing limited transactions. Almost every county may be reached by phone or email.

Below are answers to our most frequently-asked questions about how to complete transactions when your tax office is closed:

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New Tom Green County COVID-19 Fatality Reported

The San Angelo Health Department has confirmed another COVID-19-related death in Tom Green County:

• Female, 70s, Tom Green County

This brings the total COVID-19-related death count in Tom Green County to 40: 30 from Tom Green County and 10 from other counties. We do not have any further information about the patient at this time.

Fort Worth Neighborhoods Come Together to Help City Clear Park of Overgrowth

Eastside neighborhoods West Meadowbrook, Handley and Ryanwood joined forces with the city’s Park & Recreation Department to clear overgrowth and dense vegetation in hopes of discouraging illegal activity in Stratford Park, 4057 Meadowbrook Drive.

Concerned with ongoing issues in the park, illegal activities, litter and overgrown brush, the neighborhoods reached out to District 8 Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray, who led them to the Park & Recreation Department for help.

The parks department met with West Meadowbrook resident Denise Boyce to discuss assistance with removing the overgrown brush. “Ms. Boyce had told us she could round up some volunteers to help clear the debris and trash,” said Michael Tovar, Park & Recreation district superintendent. “And true to her word, she did!”

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United Nations Restarts Polio Vaccine Programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Programs are expected to be rolled out across Pakistan and almost half of Afghanistan this month, after vaccination drives in July reached some 780,000 children and three provinces in the two countries, respectively.

Critical, to avoid fresh emergency
“These life-saving vaccinations are critical if children are to avoid yet another health emergency”, said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.

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Fort Worth Municipal Court to Open Satellite Branch at Golden Triangle Branch Library

Beginning August 18, the Fort Worth Municipal Court will open the doors to its new satellite joint service location at the new Golden Triangle Library, 4264 Golden Triangle Boulevard in far north Fort Worth.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“This new location continues the court’s and city’s goal of providing great customer service directly accessible to all of our community,” said Court Director William F. Rumuly.

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Fort Worth Golden Triangle Library to Open August 18

It’s finally open. No, really, it is.

The Golden Triangle Branch Library, 4264 Golden Triangle Blvd., will open to the public for limited-service at 10:30 a.m. August 18.

This library in far north Fort Wort was originally forecast to open in summer 2018. Construction delays – and eventually a change in construction companies – kept postponing the completion, but Library staff kept moving forward.

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Dallas ISD Packing Tech Packs, Hot Spots for Students

A $20 million investment by Dallas ISD will allow the district to deploy iPads to approximately 46,000 students in pre-K through 2nd grade and Chromebooks for 14,000 students in grades 3–5 prior to the start of school on September 8.

The Dallas ISD Technology Department will host drive-up technology deployment events at each elementary school campus in the weeks leading up to the start of school (see the schedule of deployment events for every elementary school). Parents will receive a backpack of supplies for each student. Inside that backpack will be the assigned computing device, charger, earbuds, a mobile Internet hotspot if the student doesn’t have access to the Internet at home, and basic instructions in both English and Spanish for logging in and how to obtain technical support.

“We will finally realize our vision of providing one-to-one technology for every Dallas ISD student,” said Dallas ISD Chief Technology Officer Jack Kelanic. “The computer and home Internet access are foundational tools to help ensure every student is successful this school year.”

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BREAKING NEWS: JOE BIDEN PICKS KAMALA HARRIS AS VP

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee and former Obama Vice-President Joe Biden has picked California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

The first Black woman to represent California in the United States Senate, Harris grew up believing in the promise of America and fighting to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans. Harris’ father immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica to study economics and her mother immigrated from India. Her mother told her growing up, “Don’t sit around and complain about things, do something,” which is what drives Kamala every single day.

She started fighting for working families in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on prosecuting child sexual assault cases. From there, she became the first Black woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney. In this position, she started a program to provide first-time drug offenders second chances with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find a job.

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United Nations Monitoring Belarus Following Disputed Election

The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday.

Protests broke out overnight in the capital, Minsk, and other cities, ahead of preliminary results announced on Monday, which showed longtime President Alexander Lukashenko had won 80 per cent of the vote, thus securing a sixth term in office.

Thousands were arrested in the protests, which continued for a second night, international media reported on Monday.

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FCC Announces Reduced Inmate Calling Charges

The Federal Communications Commission today took a major step toward comprehensively reforming rates and charges for the inmate calling services (ICS) within its jurisdiction. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has twice rejected and remanded the FCC’s past efforts to address rates and charges for ICS. Recognizing the need of incarcerated individuals and their families to stay connected, the Commission today responded to the court’s remands and made several proposals to ensure just and reasonable rates and charges for these services, as required by the Communications Act.

First, the Commission responded to the D.C. Circuit’s remand on the issue of ancillary service charges. These are separate fees that are not included in the per-minute rates that ICS providers charge for individual calls. The court directed the Commission to consider whether these charges can be segregated into interstate and intrastate components for the purpose of excluding the intrastate components from the reach of the FCC’s rules. Today’s Order finds that, as a practical matter, these charges cannot be segregated between interstate and intrastate calls except in a limited number of cases. As a result, ICS providers are generally subject to the FCC’s rules when it comes to ancillary service charges. This means that ICS providers generally cannot charge incarcerated individuals and their families ancillary service charges other than the types allowed by the Commission’s rules and providers generally cannot charge ancillary service fees above the Commission’s applicable fee caps.

Second, in an accompanying Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC proposed new rate caps for interstate ICS calls based on extensive analysis of the most recent cost data submitted by ICS providers. Specifically, the Commission proposed to substantially reduce its interstate rate caps—currently $0.21 per minute for debit and prepaid calls and $0.25 per minute for collect calls—to $0.14 per minute for debit, prepaid, and collect calls from prisons, and $0.16 per minute for debit, prepaid, and collect calls from jails. The FCC’s proposed interstate rate caps use a methodology that addresses the flaws identified by the D.C. Circuit underlying the Commission’s 2015 and 2016 rate caps and that is consistent with the Communications Act. The Further Notice also proposes to adopt rate caps for international ICS calls for the first time.

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FCC Approves Frequencies for 5G

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the White House and Department of Defense that the 3.45-3.55 GHz band will be made available for next-generation, commercial wireless services:

“I commend the President and Department of Defense for today’s announcement that the 3.45-3.55 GHz band will be made available for commercial 5G deployment. This is a key milestone in securing United States leadership in 5G. I also would like to thank FCC staff for their work to help create a framework that will promote 5G service in this important band.

Together with the spectrum being made available for 5G in the C-band as well as the 3.5 GHz band, we are now on track to have a 530-megahertz swath of mid-band spectrum available for 5G from 3.45 to 3.98 GHz. The FCC looks forward to moving quickly to adopt service rules for the 3.45 GHz band and then hold an auction to bring this prime mid-band spectrum to market.”

BREAKING NEWS: SHOOTING AT THE WHITE HOUSE

A suspect has been taken to a hospital after being wounded by Secret Service personnel for firing a gun at The White House.

The president was taken to the Oval Office and kept there for several minutes.

The president was in the middle of a press conference when he was informed of an active shooter and taken to safety by the Secret Service.

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BREAKING NEWS: SHOOTING AT THE WHITE HOUSE, PRESIDENT UNHARMED

The White House and President Donald Trump were fired upon by a lone gunman this afternoon.

The president was taken to the Oval Office as a safety precaution.

The unidentified suspect was shot Secret Service personnel and taken to the hospital.

U.S., EU Agree to End Sharing of Personal Information

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission have initiated discussions to evaluate the potential for an enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework to comply with the July 16 judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case. This judgment declared that this framework is no longer a valid mechanism to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States.

The European Union and the United States recognize the vital importance of data protection and the significance of cross-border data transfers to our citizens and economies. We share a commitment to privacy and the rule of law, and to further deepening our economic relationship, and have collaborated on these matters for several decades.

As we face new challenges together, including the recovery of the global economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, our partnership will strengthen data protection and promote greater prosperity for our
nearly 800 million citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.

San Angelo-Tom Green Health Department Confirms New COVID-19 Death

The San Angelo Health Department has confirmed another COVID-19-related death in Tom Green County:

-Male, 60s, Tom Green County

This brings the total COVID-19-related death count in Tom Green County to 38 – 28 from Tom Green County and 10 from other counties. We do not have any further information about the patients at this time.

Today @TheLibrary for Tuesday, August 11, 2020

VIRTUAL Summer Reading Program

Location: Remote
Contact: 3256557321

The fun continues with this year’s Summer Reading Program–Imagine Your Story.

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White House Announces Program to Combat Illicit Drugs

Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced $15.9 million in discretionary funding for its High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program, adding to the $266 million provided in baseline funding released earlier this year. Combined, this represents the highest award level ever for the HIDTA program. This new allocation of discretionary funds expands the HIDTA Overdose Response Strategy (ORS)—a public health-public safety partnership designed to reduce overdoses and save lives—to all 50 states.

“At a time when police are facing unprecedented challenges and extraordinary pressures, I am thrilled to say that ONDCP and the Trump Administration are funding law enforcement through our HIDTA programs at the highest level in our Nation’s history,” ONDCP Director Jim Carroll stated. “The men and women who put their lives on the line day in and day out in some of the most dangerous drug trafficking areas of the United States deserve nothing less. And thanks to discretionary funding that expands the HIDTA Overdose Response Strategy to all 50 states, the United States stands ready to save more lives by bringing together law enforcement and public health partners as never before.”

The mission of the ORS is to reduce the incidence of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses by supporting and implementing evidence-based interventions and improving information sharing across federal agencies and participating states. The ORS works at the Federal, state, and local level on law enforcement, response, treatment and recovery, and prevention efforts.

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Fort Worth Lead-Safe Program Helps Residents

If your home was built before 1978, it could have lead. The Lead-Safe Program helps eligible residents protect children from lead hazards when they live or spend extended periods of time in homes with deteriorated lead-based paint.

Program services are free to owners and renters and can include:

  • Inspection and risk assessment.
  • Painting interior/exterior surfaces.
  • Replacing doors, windows or siding.
  • Other urgent health and safety repairs.

An updated application process allows residents to apply online, and new COVID-19 safety procedures help protect residents, city employees and contractors

President Trump Campaign Says President Leads While Biden Falters

This week was disastrous for Joe Biden: he repeatedly made racially charged comments to reporters, abandoned his appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, and had his economic message undercut by the fantastic July jobs report. While President Trump provides strong leadership during this time of crisis, Joe Biden’s diminished mental state is only becoming more and more apparent. Steve Cortes, Trump 2020 Senior Advisor, and David Harris Jr., Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board Member, discussed all this and more in tonight’s ‘War Room Weekly’ hosted by Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 Communications Director.

“This week, Joe Biden re-emphasized his utter incapacity to serve as President of the United States, which is made all the more apparent when contrasted with President Trump’s strong series of actions to ensure prosperity for the American people,” said Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 Communications Director. “As Joe Biden hides in his basement, President Trump is demonstrating his incredible capacity to lead the American people during a time of crisis.”

“In his diminished mental state, Joe Biden said out loud what many other Democrats silently believe: that they deserve unconditional support from minority voters, even after spending decades shipping jobs overseas and undermining the American family,” said Steve Cortes, Trump 2020 Senior Advisor. “I know that in November, the American people will reject Joe Biden’s socialist agenda and re-elect President Trump to ensure another four years of greatness.”

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Chinese President Xi Calls for Coordinating Input on New 5-Year Plan

President Xi Jinping has underlined the need to combine top-level design and public opinions in compiling the 14th Five-Year Plan.

Formulating and implementing the five-year plans for economic and social development are important ways for the Communist Party of China (CPC) to govern the country, said Xi, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He stressed the need to broaden channels for the public to express their opinions and offer their suggestions as compilation of five-year plans involves all aspects of economic and social development and is closely related to production and the life of the people.

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United Nations Says Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Share Important Message on Nuclear Arms

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit.

“Your example should provide the world with a daily motivation to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Sadly, three-quarters of a century after this city was incinerated by an atomic bomb,the nuclear menace is once again on the rise,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement delivered in Nagasaki by Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

In remarks delivered to the Peace Memorial Ceremony, the UN chief hailed Nagasaki as a true example of resilience, recovery and reconciliation.

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New Juno Science Returns Suggest Ammonia Storms on Jupiter

New results from NASA’s Juno mission at Jupiter suggest our solar system’s largest planet is home to what’s called “shallow lightning.” An unexpected form of electrical discharge, shallow lightning originates from clouds containing an ammonia-water solution, whereas lightning on Earth originates from water clouds.

Other new findings suggest the violent thunderstorms for which the gas giant is known may form slushy ammonia-rich hailstones Juno’s science team calls “mushballs”; they theorize that mushballs essentially kidnap ammonia and water in the upper atmosphere and carry them into the depths of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

The shallow-lightning findings will be published Thursday, Aug. 6, in the journal Nature, while the mushballs research is currently available online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

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UT-San Antonio Professor Receives Trial COVID-19 Vaccine

While Mary Dixson was scrolling through social media one day she came across an advertisement for Pfizer’s COVID-19 experimental vaccine hosted by the Clinical Trials of Texas. Without hesitating, she said, Dixson knew this was something she needed to do to help.

After signing up and going through a health screening, Dixson, a distinguished senior lecturer in the Department of Communication, discovered she would be Patient 001—the first individual to receive the phase 3 trial vaccine.

“There are only four ways out of this pandemic. One is it just goes away on its own, and the second is we live through it and lose a lot of people,” said Dixson. “The next one is a treatment. And the last one is the vaccine—and it’s the most likely. But the only way we’re going to get that vaccine is if we get the 30,000 people in the trial. And I told myself that I’m a healthy woman and I’ve never had any reaction to a vaccine, so I might as well be one of the people to give it a shot.”

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