Greta Thunberg Story

15–year–old student from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, speaks about how change needs to come for climate justice.

Thunberg’s speech talks about justice for the climate and she pointed out that the world leaders are too scared to be unpopular, and not mature enough to handle it.

She points out the impact it would make if we all strive for justice when she says, “if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.”

Thunberg states, “We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis,” and explains to solve this crisis by leaving fossil fuels in the ground and focusing on sustainable solutions for the future.

Rising COVID-19 Infections Cause Bars in the UK to Close Early

Some bars in the northeast England are attempting to combat the spread of COVID-19, and have started to close early after Britain put tougher restrictions in place. Daily infection rates rising back to the levels seen last May caused the British government to take action.

In an article from the Associated Press, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that these limitations would ban social interaction with other households, require leisure and entertainment venues to close at 10 p.m. and open at 5 am, and require bars and restaurants to only provide table service.

People are concerned with the rising spread of the virus and the shortage of Widespread testing, which is needed to those infected know to self-isolate. I think the article should have mentioned this at the beginning since it is important as to why the restrictions are happening.

Morningside Student Views about the School Year with Covid-19

School has been back in session at Morningside College for multiple weeks, and this year is different due to Covid-19.

Morningside student Chloe Pieper is currently quarantining and talks about some of the ways Morningside has adapted to the pandemic.

Quarantining for the second time, Chloe said, “I do like how they are doing testing, but I hope they could speed it up, because the process is way too long to figure out if you have Covid or not. By the time you could receive negative results, you may have recently gotten Covid.”

Chloe explained that she was sent to quarantine because a student in one of her classes was positive for Covid-19.

Trump Administration Signs an Executive Order to Ban the App TikTok if they do not Sell their United States Operations

The New York Times stated that Trump recently signed an executive order to block TikTok if ByteDance, the internet company which owns the app, did not sell its U.S. operations by mid-September. Trump frequently voices his ideas about TikTok, saying it is a threat to national security due to the fact that the company has ties with China.

On August 24th, TikTok acted in response to the ban of the app by suing the Trump administration. The suit was filed accusing the United States government of depriving it of due process when Trump issued an executive order that could block users from using the app in the United States.

The New York Times mention that in the suit against the United States government, the company made a statement saying “We do not take suing the government lightly; however, we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights, and the rights of our community and employees.” They went on to explain that they currently employ over 1,500 people in the United States and noted that they had future plans that involved hiring over 10,000 workers.

The white house’s actions are pushing ByteDance and TikTok to seek a buyer for the app’s U.S. operations. While fighting the United States government in court, TikTok is continuing to negotiate a sale, and have been discussing possible deals. People who know was discussed have said the talks are fluid and they haven’t reached a deal.

Beijing, China reacted to the situation Trump has put TikTok in, by imposing technology export rules that could put an end the potential sale of TikTok to an American Buyer. The New York Times posted a quote from the White House trade adviser Peter Navarro where he threatened Chinese-made apps when he told Fox Business, “It is critical that this country not use apps that are made in China, or that can take our data and go to servers in China.”

If China does stop a sale from being made, the Trump administration might retaliate in some way starting an endless conflict back and forth. Preventing the country from using Chinese apps could damage to companies that use apps such as WeChat, a Chinese messaging app with 1.2 billion users. Large corporations such as apple have already started preparing themselves in case of a potential ban.

Before the conflict surrounding TikTok, relations between the United States and China have already declining, other aspects such as in technology and trade.

While TikTok is dealing with the conflict from the ban, they are also handling changes in management. Chief executive Kevin Mayer, announced on August 26th that he is resigning. Mr. Mayer, 58, stated that the reason he was prompted to leave the company was due to changes in TikTok’s structure.

According to The New York Times, TikTok released a statement commenting on Mayer’s announcement, which said the political dynamics of the last few months changed his role, and that the company fully respects the decision to resign. Mr. Mayer sent a note to employees, where he wrote “the future is incredibly bright” for TikTok.

As of now, Mr. Mayer has not specifically stated when he will step down.  ByteDance is trying to reach a deal to sell TikTok, but nothing has been finalized.

Classes Go Online this Fall for Millions of U.S. Students

The New York Times wrote in a live update article about Covid-19 that Nine drug companies pledge to “stand with science” and wait to push out a vaccine until it has been fully evaluated.

Students are returning to school, but many schools have switched to online classes because of the pandemic. The drug companies have said, “We believe this pledge will help ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which Covid-19 vaccines are evaluated and may ultimately be approved,” to ensure a safe reopening of schools in the future.

Overturned Texaco Truck Causes Gas Flood Catastrophe

A Texaco gasoline truck was overturned at 48th St and Correctionville Road. The gas flooded sewer lines, streets, and ditches for two blocks around, causing cars to be rerouted.

Four families had to be evacuated because of sewer-line gas and Fire Chief Charles Hochandel said, “The firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for just such an occurrence.”

Fire Fighter Breaks Leg Climbing Tree to Save Cat

Fire Fighter Bob Harwood climbed 50 feet in a tree to save a cat at 102 11th Ave. He fell the last 15 feet after a dead limb broke and broke his left leg.

Harwood was admitted to St Luke’s Hospital after, and both him and the cat are fine.

South Iowa City Man Dies in Collision on Hwy. 28, Three Hospitalized

Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Moyer Quick, aged 65, collided with Randy Radin, aged 17, at 11 am yesterday morning in a two car collision. Moyer’s autopsy showed that he had a heart attack that may have caused the accident. Quick’s vehicle rolled once and the two vehicles were sent into the ditch after Radin’s rear end was struck while Quick passed on the two-lane highway. The three survivors were transported by ambulance to Sioux City General Hospital. Dorthy Quick has been released, Maxine Steuerwald is scheduled to be released, and Radin is still in critical condition.

C.D.C.’s Current Covid-19 Vaccine Plans

The New York Times posted an article, “What We Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid-19 Vaccine Plans,” giving info on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s preparations for two coronavirus vaccines. The C.D.C. also told public health agencies that they might be ready by October or November.

The vaccines have gone through extensive early tests. Researchers test them on animals, then three phases of testing on humans before widespread use.

Currently these vaccines are on Phase 3, where the trials establish if the vaccine is safe and effective enough.

South Iowa City Man Dies in Collision on Hwy. 28

Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Moyer Quick, aged 65, collided with Randy Radin, aged 17, at 11 am yesterday morning in a two car collision.

Quick’s vehicle rolled once and the two vehicles were sent into the ditch after Radin’s rear end was struck while Quick passed on the two-lane highway.

The three survivors were transported by ambulance to Sioux City General Hospital.

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