Archive for Current Events

Covid-19 Restrictions/Mask Mandates by State

With the bewildering number of reports about openings/closings/mask wearing/school closures, especially in this area where we receive media reports from four different jurisdictions (Jersey City, New York City, New York State, and New Jersey), it is almost impossible to remember all the permutations. This feature from The New York Times goes a long way to alleviating the confusion; it is updated daily.

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What Will Work Look Like in a COVID-19 Environment?

This insightful report from McKinsey poses many questions that need to be answered about the nature of work and the need to acknowledge a new reality in the workplace.

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Guided Reading Lists

JSTOR has started publishing curated lists of accessible writings pertaining to current topics of interest. From African American studies to disability literature to pandemic articles, these timely and scholarly collections provide insightful explorations of relevant literature. Well worth a perusal.

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A Curated Selection of Writings on Institutional Racism

In words of one syllable or less – Wow!

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Statements from Libraries on Racism and Violence

Dozens of pronouncements are available here, courtesy of Infodocket.

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Tips for Handling Isolation? Talk to an Astronaut

Talk about living for months in a confined environment. Three retired NASA astronauts with a great deal of experience in living in isolation give us their tips for surmounting what is for some a daunting prospect. At least we can breathe fresh air. (And the air is noticeably cleaner in areas where people aren’t travelling to work.)

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CRS Reports on COVID-19

The Congressional Research Service, the think tank of the Library of Congress, has generated numerous reports on COVID-19 in response to inquiries by both staff and legislators in Congress. The reports touch on many topics of pertinent interest, such as: COVID-19 Economic Stimulus: Business Payroll Tax Cuts; COVID-19 and Direct Payments to Individuals: Historical Precedents; COVID-19 and the Cruise Ship Industry; COVID-19 and Broadband: Potential Implications for the Digital Divide; and The Defense Production Act (DPA) and COVID-19: Key Authorities and Policy Considerations. These are just a few of the recent documents made available.

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A Literature Review of COVID-19

This review from the American Chemical Society details publication patterns, top-cited articles, and a plethora of other features that discuss this disease.

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What Are States Doing About COVID-19?

As every state now has at least one case of COVID-19, these two sites will greatly assist you in ascertaining what other states are proposing/undertaking: NCSL Coronavius (COVID-19) Resources (National Conference of State Legislatures) containing valuable links to pending legislation in all the states; and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know (National Governors Association) giving one access to executive orders and other public pronouncements arranged by state.

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Up-To-Date Statistics on COVID-19

For those who want the most current figures on COVID-19: the number of confirmed cases, the countries/regions where the disease is (there were so many cruise ship cases that “cruise ship” is listed in this country enumeration), number of deaths, number of recoveries, please utilize this site courtesy of Johns Hopkins University.

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Under What Rules Does the Senate Operate Impeachment Trials?

There are a set of rules – 26 in total -under which the Senate carries out its mandate for an impeachment trial. A more understandable explanation for the process is found here; you can also find an informative primer at this site.

 

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Congressional “Debate” Over Impeachment

The term “debate” is a misnomer. What actually occurred is that members of the House could briefly express their opinions and then allow the next legislator to state her/his opinions. If you want to read what the various speakers said, you have recourse to today’s Congressional Record, starting at page H12135; a video of this 12-hour proceeding can be found at C-SPAN.

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NJCU Considered A “Halo Development”

According to GRID Real Estate’s “City of Jersey City Development Trends – Early 2019” report, NJCU with its PPP-sponsored housing/retail construction is trending hot and has been labeled a “halo development” signifying that this building activity is considered to have a positive impact on the surrounding community.

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California Wildfires in Pictures

This feature is from The New York Times. A picture can be worth a thousand words.

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2019 9/11 Ceremonies Live

You can watch (or view later) the ceremonies from New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. Numerous resources concerning 9/11 can be found here – the September 11 Digital Archive. Where were you when the towers fell?

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Guide To Brexit Abbreviations and Phrases

What is a hard Brexit? The term “alternative agreement”means what? What is “Article 50 TEU”? These and other terms are explained (along with embedded links where necessary) in this Brexit Glossary recently published by the UK Parliament Library.

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Renovation Plans for the Port Authority Bus Terminal Revealed

This 181-page scoping document¬†presents three alternative construction scenarios to replace the aging structure, considered the world’s busiest bus terminal. Options include¬† rebuilding it while still having buses use the terminal, converting the bottom level of the Javits Center into a bus terminal, or using the bottom level of the Javits Center to accommodate long-haul buses and leave the terminal to service commuters, primarily from New Jersey. This press release provides additional information.

Here is a brief official history of the bus terminal; here is an FAQ about the master plan.

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2019 NJCU Commencement Live!

Watch here it on NJCU’s YouTube channel; it starts at 9am.

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Who is Running for President in 2020?

As far as can be tabulated – everyone is. With Joe Biden stepping into the ring this morning, there are at least 22 confirmed candidates. This feature from The New York Times serves as a handy guide for this crowded field. For more information, please go to this Ballotpedia site to see the more than 600 individuals who have filed with the FEC to run for president; this page also offers up a host of salient reference points.

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Timeline for Hudson Yards

The most ambitious project in recent history for New York City has finally come to fruition – the official opening of the gigantic Hudson Yards project is just a couple of days away. Please look at this article (along with its links) to follow the years-long efforts (including an Olympic bid for NYC) to get this multi-billion site up and open.

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