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first_imgJustin Merriman/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — One day after the funeral for Antwon Rose — an African-American teen killed by police — determined demonstrators returned to the streets of Pittsburgh.Patricia Bates said she is protesting Tuesday because of “the injustice and inequality that goes on in the city and all over the world.”“I want justice to be served,” she said, “and I want to know why? Why [are] you devaluing innocent people and black people in general? Why do you see no value in our lives?”Rose, 17, was shot dead while fleeing an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 after the teen and two others were pulled over in a car believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting. Rose’s deadly shooting was caught on cellphone video and sparked outrage from his family and community.Alexis Hemingway skipped work to join Tuesday’s demonstrations, he told ABC News.“It mean everything — this is history,” Hemingway said. “Being an African-American, protesting and marching is a part of our culture and I’m going to be here.”“These are our people,” he said. “It’s not just a race thing — it’s a humanity thing. And every time someone’s murdered and there’s no justice, there should be an outcry from everybody.”“I think this is the most effort we have shown collectively in the city in a long time,” Bates said. “I think the momentum of us getting together will thrive and keep going.”Protests began after the June 19 shooting and halted for Rose’s funeral on Monday. To prepare for more protests, the Pittsburgh Police Department said all officers will work 12-hour shifts starting Tuesday morning.The incident that led to Rose’s killing began with a separate shooting about 15 minutes earlier, when someone in a passing car shot and wounded a 22-year-old man.“Witnesses described the vehicle involved in the shooting and the description was broadcast” to officers, police said.An East Pittsburgh police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description and pulled it over, police said. The 20-year-old driver — whom ABC News has confirmed operated as a Jitney driver, which is similar to ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft — was ordered out of the car and directed to the ground, police said.Rose and another passenger in that car fled on foot, police said, and the officer fired at Rose.Rose was unarmed but he was found with an empty gun ammunition clip in his pocket after he was shot, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told ABC affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh.Two guns were recovered from that car, police said. The driver was detained and later released.Michael Rosfeld, the 30-year-old officer who shot Rose, told WTAE he had been with the East Pittsburgh Police Department for three weeks as a part-time officer and was sworn in hours before the shooting occurred.The Allegheny County Police and district attorney’s office are investigating.Meanwhile, on Monday Rose was laid to rest during an emotional funeral filled with song, prayer, applause and calls for action.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgSarah Newcomb is a behavioral economist at Morningstar Inc. In the financial advice industry, we take great care to help people understand the best products and services to assist them in reaching their goals. It can be equally beneficial to help them recognize and avoid dark patterns when choosing financial products and services.Obvious offenders are payday loans and exorbitant rent-to-own schemes, but there are many other forms dark patterns can take. Misdirection, obscured pricing, misinformation or intentional obfuscation, and hidden costs are common dark patterns. I’m sure you can think of at least one financial product that fits the bill. Anyone familiar with behavioral science knows the power of a good nudge. Some will be familiar, too, with the concept of sludge. Sludge is like an anti-nudge. Rather than removing friction to make a choice simpler, sludge adds friction or complexity to the customer journey for the purpose of entrapping or upselling consumers.That subscription you haven’t cancelled because you don’t want to have to call the company and argue with a live salesperson? The company could have made unsubscribing easy with a simple click; the fact that you have to hunt down the phone number from some remote recess of its website, and then call and talk to one of its trained sales reps is intentionally added friction designed to dissuade you from canceling. That’s sludge.Sludge is a new term coined by Sunstein, but the concept of dark patterns is not new. Dark patterns are common in video games and marketing, and can even be found in the design of some financial products.Put simply, a dark pattern is a user interface or product design that is engineered to trick or coerce users into doing something they wouldn’t otherwise do. For example, one dark pattern common in video games is known as “grinding,” where a user must invest hours into building a character’s abilities before real game play is possible. Hours in the game are habit-forming and can contribute to addiction.One Princeton University study analyzed online shopping sites and found more than 1,800 instances of dark patterns, representing 15 different types. In the world of finance, dark patterns can take the form of exorbitant interest, expensive surrender clauses or hidden fees. It can sometimes be difficult to identify dark patterns in financial products because whether something is a “feature” or a “dark pattern” may depend on the customer’s needs. For example, a homebuyer who intends to flip a property in two years might be very well-served by a variable rate mortgage in a low-interest-rate market. However, if the homebuyer plans to stay in that home for decades, that same product might trap them into payments they can’t reasonably afford when interest rates change. For this reason, knowing your clients’ needs and plans is just as important as knowing the attributes of the products they have to choose from.As research into dark patterns continues, no doubt we will see more and more tools for recognizing them and flagging problematic products and services with ease. We will one day be able to have AI scan the terms and conditions of a product or service and report dark patterns in milliseconds. This is not possible today.For now, consumers are depending on you — the adviser — to protect them from what they don’t see and don’t know. Learning more about how financial products are constructed and scrutinizing the financial marketplace for products that are transparent and sludge-free is just one more valuable service you can provide clients as you help guide them on the path to financial well-being.[More: Emotions are information] Cass Sunstein, author of the classic behavioral economics book “Nudge,” has just announced the upcoming release of a new book, “Sludge,” and it seems fitting to mark the occasion with a discussion about dark patterns and sludge in the world of finance.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Holly CookResidents of the Prairie Village homes associations north of 79th Street on Monday provided a fresh round of feedback to staff on the city’s proposed home design guidelines, with a number of attendees stressing the need for guidelines to help keep a cohesive aesthetic to their neighborhoods.The majority of attendees at Monday’s meeting owned homes in the Countryside East and Prairie Fields area. Members of the Prairie Village Homes Association also participated in the conversation. The city’s proposed guidelines include height limitations, massing standards and regulations concerning front façade elements. The guidelines will only apply to new builds and extensive remodels and will not affect any existing homes. One of the questions raised was how the city’s proposed recommendations would impact design guidelines adopted by the Countryside East Homes Association in 2013. Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan said the city’s recommendations would not supersede the homes association’s guidelines. The Countryside East design guidelines include size, height and footprint requirements. The guidelines address eave lines and do not allow for houses more than 1.5 stories. The guidelines do not dictate a particular architectural style and do not apply to interior renovations. Dennis O’Roark, member of the Countryside East Board of Directors, said the city’s guidelines presented at Monday’s meeting were a good start and stressed the importance of understanding how building recommendations could impact home values. “What we are setting up here are limitations that could drive value up or down,” O’Roark said. “We do not want to limit ourselves so we become a market victim.” O’Roark said greater flexibility in guidelines could help properties on smaller lots hold value.Jordan said the city’s regulations were designed as a response to complaints houses were being built too large, especially in relation to neighboring properties. Jordan said wall massing was another common complaint.A few attendees commented that the city’s guidelines will not address concerns with allowable size of homes. Architect Bruce Wendlandt, who assisted with drafting the guidelines, emphasized the standards were drafted to make houses appear smaller. “This was trying to bring the scale massing down at the streetscape,” Wendlandt said. Architect Todd Wetherilt questioned whether it would be valuable to focus guidelines on ensuring new builds or major renovations “borrow language” from adjacent homes. Wendlandt said it could be beneficial to consider looking at Fairway’s ordinances, which do contain guidance based on neighboring properties. Wendlandt also cautioned these types of guidelines could lead to pockets of very similar houses all in a row. One resident emphasized the importance of Prairie Village maintaining a variety of homes and commented that 71st Street from Belinder Avenue to State Line Road was a great example of a diverse, yet aesthetically pleasing collection of homes. Monday’s discussion was the second in a series of three public meetings aimed at gathering feedback on the proposed guidelines. Jordan plans to report feedback from the meetings to the Prairie Village City Council and emphasized the guidelines should be viewed as a work in progress. The majority of attendees at the Feb. 18 meeting agreed recommendations were on the right track but also noted they would like material requirements integrated into guidelines. Concerns the guidelines would create limitations while not addressing the allowed size of homes were also noted. Most of the individuals present at the Feb. 18 were members of the Prairie Village Homes Association. The final public meeting will take place at Prairie Village City Hall on March 2 at 6:30 p.m., and is aimed at homeowners north of 79th Street.last_img read more

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first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Email Sharecenter_img LinkedIn Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body’s main pain-blocking process – the natural production of opioids.Cognitive-based approaches found to reduce pain, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, distraction and even the placebo response, have been shown to work through this system. But does meditation also use opioids to reduce pain?In a study published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, reports that mindfulness meditation does not employ the endogenous opioid system to reduce pain. “Our finding was surprising and could be important for the millions of chronic pain sufferers who are seeking a fast-acting, non-opiate-based therapy to alleviate their pain,” Zeidan said.The Institute of Medicine estimates that approximately 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of more than $600 billion annually for treatment. And due to the increase in the number of people addicted to opiate drugs, from prescription medications to heroin, the Centers for Disease Control has labeled the problem an epidemic.To determine if meditation uses the body’s opioids to reduce pain, the Wake Forest Baptist researchers injected study participants with either a drug called naloxone, which blocks the pain-reducing effects of opioids, or a saline placebo.In this randomized, double-blinded study, 78 healthy, pain-free volunteers were divided into four groups for the four-day (20 minutes per day) trial. The groups consisted of: meditation plus naloxone; non-meditation control plus naloxone; meditation plus saline placebo; or non-meditation control plus saline placebo.Pain was induced by using a thermal probe to heat a small area of the participants’ skin to 49 degrees Centigrade (120.2 degrees Fahrenheit), a level of heat most people find very painful. Study participants rated their pain using a sliding scale.Zeidan found that the participants’ pain ratings were reduced by 24 percent from the baseline measurement in the meditation group that received the naloxone. This is important because it showed that even when the body’s opioid receptors were chemically blocked, meditation still was able to significantly reduce pain by using a different pathway, he said. Pain ratings also were reduced by 21 percent in the meditation group that received the placebo-saline injection.By comparison, the non-meditation control groups reported increases in pain regardless of whether they got the naloxone or placebo-saline injection.“Our team has demonstrated across four separate studies that meditation, after a short training period, can reduce experimentally induced pain,” Zeidan said. “And now this study shows that meditation doesn’t work through the body’s opioid system.“This study adds to the growing body of evidence that something unique is happening with how meditation reduces pain. These findings are especially significant to those who have built up a tolerance to opiate-based drugs and are looking for a non-addictive way to reduce their pain.”The next step for Zeidan’s team is to determine if and how mindfulness meditation can affect a spectrum of chronic pain conditions.“At the very least, we believe that meditation could be used in conjunction with other traditional drug therapies to enhance pain relief without it producing the addictive side effects and other consequences that may arise from opiate drugs,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img“End Plastic Soup” was just one of the many exhibitors at the Rotary International Convention held this year in Hamburg, Germany. Current actions for the Baltic Sea include:Reducing the nutrient load entering the Baltic Sea at the Kaunas, Lithuania, Wastewater Treatment Plant;Lifelong learning programs for wastewater treatment operators in Estonia; andRegional benchmarks for energy efficiency in wastewater treatment. “The Baltic Sea Challenge” is a free, international network focused on protecting waters and open to all actors. This group caught my eye because one of the main concerns of my Rotary Club in Guatemala is dealing with the myriad pollution issues in Lake Atitlan, our home body of water. I spoke with the End Plastic Soup people about publishing their materials in Spanish (and other languages) and was told that they are working on this. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group is a group of Rotarians whose purpose is to support Rotary clubs to effectively plan, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, where they are most needed in a collaborative, cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner, true to the principles of Rotary. https://wasrag.org/ Two Rotary Action Groups (RAG) in which I am interested had booths in the House of Friendship: WASRAG and ESRAG. WASRAG (Water and Sanitation) and ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability) One of many hats displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Courtesy/David Griggs center_img Started in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, this group is trying to make the 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. These creative hats had examples of the plastic soup polluting our waterways: https://endplasticsoup.nl/?lang=en. Various companies were selling products that might appeal to the project needs of certain clubs. For example, Shelter Box had a display. One of their boxes includes a large tent (an example of which they had set up), blankets, groundsheets and mattresses solar-charged lights, blankets, water containers and purification equipment, tools, rope, tarpaulins, and cooking sets containing a range of sturdy utensils. We in Guatemala are familiar with Shelter Boxes, as our District 4250 provided some to people displaced by the 2018 eruption of Fuego Volcano. https://www.shelterbox.org/ By DAVID H. GRIGGSForeign CorrespondentLos Alamos Daily Post The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group works for promoting ecological and food security and sustainably managing equitable access to natural resources address the root-causes of conflict, war and forced migration on our crowded planet. https://www.esrag.org/ Check them out at www.balticseachallenge.netlast_img read more

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first_imgSTOCKHOLM — Haldex announced that it has reorganized the company into a “functional organization.” The Group Management structure will be extended to include business development and global sourcing and logistics functions.   Haldex says this new functional organization will reduce complexity and optimize the processes through the entire value chain, from R&D to the final customer product. Effective immediately, the new functional organization will replace the present structure for the company’s two business units, Air Controls and Foundation Brake.   The Group Management will reflect the organizational change and will include the new functions of Business Development and Global Sourcing & Logistics.   As a result, Paul Bale will take the new position of SVP, Business Development. Bale joined the Haldex Group in 2000 and has held several senior-level management positions within the company.   Bjarne Lindblad will take the new position of SVP, Global Sourcing & Logistics. Lindblad brings nearly 10 years of relevant experience within Haldex and has held several vice president positions in the controlling and purchasing functions within the company.   Ulf Ahlén, CEO and president of Haldex, commented, “The new functional organization is a natural step in our continuous ambition to reduce complexity and to streamline the company. A functional organization simplifies the execution of our long-term R&D strategy, the rationalization of the supplier network, and supports the continuous work of standardizing business and production processes.   “I welcome Paul and Bjarne into the Group Management. Paul’s comprehensive product and technology knowledge, along with Bjarne’s extensive experience in strategic sourcing, will add valuable competence and creativity into the Group Management,” Ahlén said.   The company noted that this organizational change will not have a major effect on Haldex’s quarterly reporting format.   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgTALK AFRICA: AFRICA & THE UN UN using drones to help displaced people across Africa Over 144,000 people are affected by the ongoing heavy rainsand floods in Kenya, according to Kenya Red Cross./OCHAAt least 280 people have been killed and more than 2.8 million others affected by unusually heavy rainfall and flooding in eastern Africa, the UN humanitarian agency said on Thursday.The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said homes, infrastructure and livelihoods have been destroyed and damaged in the hardest-hit areas, and the risk of communicable diseases including cholera is rising.“Primarily driven by the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), the heavy rains are likely to persist into December and to intensify in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda,” OCHA said in its latest regional Flash Floods Update.The UN agency said the annual short rains which ordinarily last from October to December have been exceptionally heavy in Kenya and affected more than 160,000 people in 31 of the country’s 47 counties.“At least 132 people have reportedly died, including 72 who were killed by a landslide which buried their homes in West Pokot County,” said OCHA.The storms have caused destruction and damage of key infrastructure in Kenya, including houses, health facilities and schools, displacing an unconfirmed number of people and disrupting basic services.Roads and bridges were damaged, hampering effective humanitarian response efforts in affected areas.In Djibouti, the report says the equivalent of two years’ rainfall fell in one day, causing flash floods that have affected up to 250,000 people, including nine people killed.“In many areas, the floods are coming on the back of consecutive droughts, while in others people impacted by the floods are also suffering from conflict and violence,” said OCHA.“As families struggle to cope with these compounding and complex shocks, there is a high risk of their adopting negative coping mechanisms, including school drop-out and early marriage,” it warned.According to OCHA, flooding in Somalia has affected 547,000 people, including an estimated 370,000 who have been displaced and 17 killed.In South Sudan, where 908,000 people have been affected since June, the flooding has submerged entire communities, destroyed or rendered inaccessible basic services and markets, and caused crop losses which will result in an early start of the lean season in January.The UN agency said more than 420,000 people were affected by floods from August to October in Sudan, during which 78 people died and 49,500 homes were destroyed.OCHA said about 570,000 people have been affected in Ethiopia, including more than 200,000 displaced, and rains have negatively affected the harvest season.In Burundi, it said, 3,100 people were affected by torrential rains in Munyinga province, while in Uganda, flooding and landslides have impacted at least 12 districts, including Bundibugyo district, where more than 4,000 people were affected.In Tanzania, said the UN agency, the death toll is over 50, including 10 people who were drowned by a flood-swollen river.Relatedcenter_img Over One Million People displaced by floods in Nigerialast_img read more

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first_img First Published: 24th June, 2020 10:57 IST Also Read | Bubba Wallace noose incident: Wallace’s Girlfriend Posts Heartfelt Message(Image Credits: Bubba Wallace Instagram Handle, Sonoma Raceway Official Website) FOLLOW US LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Sujay Chakraborty Last Updated: 24th June, 2020 10:57 IST Bubba Wallace Noose Incident: Another Noose Disgustingly Discovered At Sonoma Raceway Bubba Wallace noose incident: Apparently another noose has been discovered at Sonoma Raceway in California. Local authorities are investigating the incident. Written By Just days after a noose was found hanging in the NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, apparently another noose has been discovered at Sonoma Raceway in California. Sonoma Raceway GM and Track President, Steven Page confirmed the news on Monday stating a noose was found at the facility over the weekend. It was a piece of twine tied to look like a noose, which was found on a tree at the Raceway. Also Read | Bubba Wallace Noose Incident NOT A Bubba Wallace Hoax Despite Online Speculation Suggesting OtherwiseNoose found at Sonoma Raceway: Similar to Bubba Wallace noose incident?“On Saturday, a Sonoma Raceway staff member discovered a piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose hanging from a tree on raceway property,” a statement from Steven Page read. “Our staff, on-site business tenants and local law enforcement have been contacted and asked to share any information they may have.” The statement also noted that the incident is being investigated by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. “Sonoma Raceway takes this incident very seriously and is dedicated to operating a facility that is welcoming to everyone,” the statement added. Sonoma Raceway is known for hosting NASCAR Cup Series races. It hosts the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event annually. This year’s event was moved to Charlotte Motor Speedway due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read | Bubba Wallace Hoax? No Charges In Bubba Wallace Noose IncidentSpeaking to NBC Sport, Steven Page said he was disgusted to see a noose being found on the property. Page said the employees of the raceway are very upset after the incident. As per reports, the Sheriff’s department will charge the perpetrator will ‘hate crime’ for his racist attack. The identity of the person who placed the noose on the property remains unknown. Meanwhile, according to the latest media reports about the ‘Bubba Wallace noose incident,’ no charges have been filed in the incident. The NASCAR investigation, as well as the investigation from the FBI, determined that the noose was in Garage No. 4 of Talladega Superspeedway since October 2019. The authorities further said nobody could have known Bubba Wallace would be assigned the same garage where the noose has been hanging for eight months now. Also Read | NASCAR Drivers Rally Around Bubba Wallace After Noose Was Found In Racer’s GarageThe video evidence during the NASCAR Investigation into the ‘Bubba Wallace noose incident’ confirmed that the noose was hanging in the garage from as early as October last year. “Richard Petty Motorsports fully cooperated with NASCAR and authorities as they conducted an investigation into the situation,” a statement from Richard Petty Motorsports read. “As a result of further investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was found that the item was not directed towards Wallace or members of the team. No member of Richard Petty Motorsports nor Wallace had any involvement with the presence of the rope.”last_img read more

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first_imgBANGKOK, Sept 23 – About 10,000 Thais, foreigners join Bangkok’s car-free day campaign, riding bicycles in the capital on Sunday.Saman Lertwongrat, representative of the Transport Minister joined the state and private sector in a parade of 12,000 bicycles from the Royal Plaza on the car-free day.  Thai Cycling for Health Association organised the event, aiming to alleviate global warming and encourage people to travel by mass transportation services, bicycles or on foot to help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Both Thais and foreigners wore red, white and blue, the colors of the Thai flag, and started the route at Dusit Palace heading to Lumpini Park. The event is scheduled to end around 3 pm.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement k8ltNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbmjj8q6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evzj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) axhWould you ever consider trying this?😱ogplzCan your students do this? 🌚1f7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cesc Fabregas has spent an incredible 4 and a half years at Chelsea before deciding to take on a new challenge at AS Monaco in Monte Carlo. The Spaniard believes his move was inspired by an old colleague – Thierry Henry.Advertisement Henry’s reign at Monaco just didn’t click and having managing just five wins in 20 games in all competitions and failing to lift them away from the relegation zone saw him get the sack.Advertisement His final league game in charge was a 5-1 thrashing at home to Strasbourg last weekend that left the club 19th in the table and three points from safety.“I am not going to lie, one of the main reasons for me coming to Monaco is that Thierry called me,” said Fabregas, who played alongside Henry at Arsenal between 2003 and 2011. “He wanted me to play every game, every minute.”Advertisement “We are sad for ‘Titi’ because I really think he will be a top coach, I am sure of it,” added Fabregas.“Football doesn’t wait and maybe it was not the right moment or he didn’t have the time to fulfil all his plans and everything he wanted to do. That is life, it happens.”Leonardo Jardim has come back for another spell at Principality and Fabregas looks to be a vital part of Monaco’s future. Advertisementlast_img read more

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