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NFL/BLACK LIVES MATTER

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  • Posted On : 06-Aug-2020
The NFL/NBA is now allowing athletes to express social justice issues by kneeling down during the national anthem.This is a great step forward in addressing systemic racism against minorities in this country.In 2016 Colin Kapernick kneeled down during the national anthem to protest against police brutality against minorities he was then ousted from the NFL. After that , the NFL banned athletes from dropping down to their knees during the anthem. In an article titled "Will NFL players kneel during national anthem again"? The author states the following: "During a preseason game in 2016, San Francisco quarterback Kaepernick quietly began his protest of police abuses by sitting on the bench during the national anthem. That season, 14 players joined Kaepernick sitting, kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem." "Kapernick has been without a contract since 2016. In 2019, Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid, who also knelt in protest, settled a collusion grievance cases against the NFL." I addition, president Trump politicized the issue of systemic racism/police brutality. The same article states the following: "In September 2017, President Trump further politicized the issue when speaking to a group of his supporters during a rally, “wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘get that (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.” The NFL Commissioner recently admitted fault for not allowing players to protest.An article by the BBC titled "NFL says players' protests during national anthem should be allowed" states the following "We were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.' "The NFL had previously banned players from dropping to one knee, a practice started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016." Let's all be thankful for courageous activist like Colin Kapernick. Combined with his lead and civil unrest with the black lives matter protest change has begun! Thank you Colin, NFL, and NBA players!

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INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS

INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS

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  • Posted On : 03-Aug-2020
With November elections approaching cybersecurity experts say there is a risk for phishing. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many states have significantly decreased in person voting sites and replaced them with mail in votes. State and local public officials say they do not have the resources to deal with the dual process of voting. This is largely in part of funding going to support pandemic control measures for in person voting sites. Public officials predict that there will be historic turn out and participation this November election. Federal funding is necessary to increase cyber security. An npr.org article titled "With November Approaching, Election Officials Still Face Safety, Security Fears" state the following regarding cybersecurity threats: "At the same time, the threat of foreign interference in the elections remains a concern, as it has been since the 2016 election. Intelligence officials continue to warn that foreign actors — especially Russia, China and Iran — are trying to disrupt this year's voting with disinformation and attempted cyberattacks." "Evanina said that the diversity of election systems makes it difficult to "broadly disrupt or change vote tallies without detection." However, he added that adversaries are also using social media to "increase discord and to undermine confidence in our democratic process." "Some government workers, Masterson noted, still share computer passwords and other credentials, and even use default passwords commonly known to outsiders. Masterson also warned that election workers continue to fall for phishing attacks that allow hackers to install malware, including ransomware that could paralyze Election Day operations." "This November we're likely to see historic levels of turnout and participation," said Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a voter advocacy group. "If we don't provide the $3.6 billion that states need to institute proper reforms, I fear that we're bracing for a disaster."

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REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN THE FALL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN THE FALL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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  • Posted On : 02-Aug-2020
With fall approaching public health officials, school districts, and parents have difficult decisions to make regarding the safe reopening of schools for in person instruction. Some states, for example, Florida has announced that school, specifically in Miami and Broward counties students will not return for in person instruction until at least October. They will begin the school year with virtual instruction. In some towns in Massachusetts they have announced plans to reopen with many changes. Some of them include: All teachers and staff wearing masks/face shields, students in second grade or higher wearing masks/face shields, desk to be six feet apart, breaking up classroom sizes by groups that rotate attending in person instruction two days a week, no group activities, increased sanitation of school facilities, and even outdoor tents for instruction. Sates will be faced with extraordinary fiscal challenges to meet these demands. Many parents remain hesitant to send their children to school for fear of them becoming infected. Another sentiment from parents is that the "new normal" school set up for children seems difficult for them to adjust to. The American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend for children to get back to in person instruction (of course safely). There has been evidence to support that especially younger children do not thrive with virtual learning and are at increased risk for falling behind. Yet another discussion is the safety of teachers and school staff when reopening. What are your thoughts about schools reopening in the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic? https://youtu.be/Cv4yeHoJ9Wg

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