Political News: Gerson & Capehart On Afghanistan, School Mask Mandates

Students returned to school in a number of states this week amid a new surge of COVID cases and a fierce battle over mask mandates. Republican governors in states like Arizona and Texas have tried to stop school districts from mandating face masks, drawing sharp criticism from some parents and educators, and action from the white house. John Yang reports from Florida, the epicenter of this debate.

Boat Tour: Gargano Coast Puglia, Southern Italy (4K)

A Boat ride and tour along the 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁, region 𝗣𝘂𝗴𝗹𝗶𝗮, south of Italy, starting from the town of Peschici, to Vieste, along the main attractions and inside the most beautiful caves / grotte.

Video timeline: 0:00 – [Brief intro] 2:00 – [Boat tour begins / Peschici Harbour☀️] 4:07 – [Peschici] 6:42 – [The Bay of “Trabucchi”☀️] 7:44 – [The Bay of St.Nicola] 8:39 – [The Bay of Zaiana☀️] 8:59 – [Trabucco of Punta Manacora☀️] 9:33 – [Bay of Manacora] 10:53 – [Bay of Cala Lunga] 11:13 – [Watchtowers and their history☀️] 11:46 – [Cala dei Turchi☀️] 12:28 – [Bay of Gusmay] 13:06 – [Abandoned Trabucco☀️] 13:27 – [Bay of Manacore☀️] 19:24 – [Tower of Sfinale☀️] 20:10 – [Bay of Sfinale] 21:00 – [Bay of Crovatico☀️] 22:07 – [Island of Chianca☀️] 22:49 – [Spiaggia Lunga (Long Bay)☀️] 30:53 – [The city of Vieste☀️] 33:18 – [Lighthouse of Vieste / Island of St.Eufemia☀️] 34:19 – [Punta St.Francesco and Church of St.Francis☀️] 35:02 – [Pizzomunno and the history of Cristalda and Pizzomunno☀️] 36:26 – [Beach of Pizzomunno☀️] 41:12 – [Bay of Portonuovo] 42:17 – [“High coast of Gargano”☀️] 43:41 – [Paradise Bay☀️] 44:25 – [Arch of St.Felice☀️] 46:00 – [Bay of St.Felice] 48:00 – [Grotta della Campana / Bell Cave☀️] 51:11 – [The “Head of the Gargano”☀️] 54:00 – [Grotta Sfondata / Crashed Cave☀️] 57:48 – [Grotta dei due occhi / Cave of the two eyes☀️] 1:00:48 – [Bay of Campi] 1:03:40 – [Cave of the Tomatoes☀️] 1:08:23 – [Arch of Porto Greco☀️] 1:13:02 – [Bay & Cave of Pugnochiuso (closed hand bay)☀️] 1:15:43 – [Bay of Portopiatto] 1:17:14 – [Lighthouse of Pugnochiuso☀️] 1:17:55 – [Bay of Pergola☀️] 1:20:35 – […the hand of the giant…☀️] 1:21:49 – [Cave of Padre Pio☀️] 1:23:29 – […a skull…☀️] 1:25:31 – [Grotta dell’Amore / Cave of Love☀️] 1:29:00 – [Bay of Vignanotica☀️] 1:33:21 – [Baia dei Colori / Bay of Colours☀️] 1:40:16 – [Bay of Zagare☀️] 1:42:00 – […horse drinking…☀️] 1:43:10 – [Bay of Mattinata and Saracen Mountain☀️]

Health: Looking Out For Diverticulitis (Harvard)

Tech Views: China’s New Modular Space Station

China says its spacecraft has more advanced technology. While the future of the nearly 23-year-old International Space Station remains uncertain after 2024, China says its newly equipped Tiangong station will be up and running by next year. WSJ unpacks the design and technology of both space stations. Photo: CCTV; NASA

Museum Tours: Highlights Of The Met Cloisters, NYC

Join curators, conservators, and horticulturists as they discuss some projects they have been working on over the past year and experience the magic of The Met Cloisters.

Featuring: Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, The Met Cloisters Carly Still, Managing Horticulturist, The Met Cloisters Lucretia Kargere, Conservator, The Met Cloisters Julia Perratore, Assistant Curator, The Met Cloisters Yvette Weaver, Assistant Horticulturist, The Met Cloisters

Featured Artwork: Book of Flower Studies, ca. 1510–1515, Made in Tours, France (acc. no. 2019.197) Altar Predella and Socle of Archbishop Don Dalmau de Mur ca. 1456–1458, Made in Saragossa, Aragon, Spain (acc. no. 09.146) Apse from San Martin at Fuentidueña, ca. 1175–1200, Made in Segovia, Castile-León, Spain (L.58.86a–f) Video by Steadfast Productions in association with The Met

Aerial Views: Dominican Republic (4K Video)

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It’s known for its beaches, resorts and golfing. Its terrain comprises rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. Capital city Santo Domingo has Spanish landmarks like the Gothic Catedral Primada de America dating back 5 centuries in its Zona Colonial district. 

News: Top 5 Stories For August 20, 2021 (Reuters)

August 20, 2021: Biden, Afghanistan, Capitol bomb threat, Storm Grace, COVID booster shot, Australia

1. President Joe Biden is brushing off criticism of his administration’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal because he and his aides believe the political fallout at home will be limited, according to White House allies and administration officials.

2. A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol surrendered to police after a standoff that paralyzed a swath of Washington for more than five hours.

3. Tropical storm Grace dumped heavy rain on Mexico’s Caribbean coast but appeared to have spared tourist resorts serious damage as it moved across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico, where it was forecast to strengthen again.

4. The Biden administration’s plan to provide COVID-19 vaccine boosters is based on concerns that a decrease in the vaccines’ ability to protect against milder infections could also mean people will have less protection against severe illness, a premise that has yet to be proven, scientists said.

5. Two million residents of Sydney will be under nightly curfew from next week to slow the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus that is spreading across New South Wales state.

Walking Tour: Basel – Switzerland (4K Video)

Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.