Social norm change needed to curb distracted driving

first_imgDrivers who take their eyes off the road to use a wireless device, or indulge another distraction such as eating or putting on makeup, cause almost 3,500 deaths and 400,000 injuries a year, but they tend to get off with light sentences. According to Jay Winsten, director of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication, combating distracted driving is challenging because there is no social stigma attached to it.In a Feb. 6, 2018 article on the website FairWarning, Winsten said that people often respond to learning that he’s working on a campaign against distracted driving by joking about their own transgressions. But Winsten, who helped popularize the Designated Driver concept in the 1980s, noted that people used to have similarly lax attitudes about drunk driving.Winning tougher sanctions will require legislators, judges, and juries to examine their own distracted driving behavior, he said.Read FairWarning article: What Happens When a Driver Kills Someone While Fiddling With A Cellphone? Often, Not MuchLearn moreCurbing distracted driving with “situational awareness” (Harvard Chan School news)Despite more regulations, texting while driving remains a growing safety concern (Harvard Chan School news)Putting the brakes on distracted driving (Harvard Chan School news)Preventing Deadly Distracted Driving (Harvard Chan School Forum video) Read Full Storylast_img read more

NCUA identifies supervisory priorities for 2018

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarters The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in a letter to credit unions announced its supervisory priorities in 2018.The agency identified the following seven areas for supervisory focus in 2018: cybersecurity assessment, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, internal controls and fraud prevention, interest rate and liquidity risk, automobile lending, commercial lending, and consumer compliance.With respect to automobile lending, NCUA will focus on portfolios with the following concentrations — extended loan maturities of over 7 years, high loan-to-value ratios, near-prime and subprime, and indirect lending programs. continue reading »last_img

TRACK : Hursey develops into elite distance runner during career at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Katie Hursey only started competing in track and field at North Carroll High School (Md.) to stay in shape for soccer. When she started having success, her allegiances switched.But that was only the start.‘I really fell in love with it once I came to college, being around everyone on our team who loves it,’ she said.Now a record-holding, fifth-year senior at Syracuse, Hursey has enjoyed a historically successful career with the Orange. At last weekend’s Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., Hursey finished first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.57. The distance runner holds the school record in the event, running it in 10:08.44 at the preliminary round of the 2011 NCAA outdoor championships.Hursey said she wants to break the record again this year. When the Orange travels to Philadelphia this week for the Penn Relays, Hursey will stay in Syracuse to prepare for her next chance to break the record at the Big East championships from May 4-6.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s pretty neat,’ she said of having a Syracuse school record. ‘I hope to get it again this year. They’re always getting improved on, so it’s nice to have one.’Hursey said winning the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational has boosted her confidence. In preparation for the conference championships, Hursey said she needs to continue working hard in practice and maintaining the right mindset.In last year’s Big East championship, Hursey finished second and senior Heather Stephens placed third, both just under five seconds behind Connecticut’s Meghan Cunningham.‘I think we have the motivation from last year because both of us know we can be the best,’ Stephens said.If Hursey proves herself as the top steeplechase runner in the conference, the victory will serve as reassurance that she pursued the right sport out of high school.Despite her lack of track experience, Hursey excelled as a runner immediately.Hursey showed she was a raw talent and won Maryland state championships in a multiple events. She also caught the eye of Syracuse head coach Chris Fox.‘She didn’t know anything about the sport,’ Fox said. ‘There was something about her being so inexperienced, but being so good, that was appealing.’The support of the Syracuse coaching staff and her teammates made the transition in college much easier, Hursey said. Under their direction, Hursey has made incredible strides in her time with the Orange.‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve improved so much,’ Hursey said. ‘I’ve accomplished things I never would’ve thought possible coming in.’Fox said the distance runner has enhanced her skills each year, from handling the rigors of practice to taking better care of her body. But he knows she has plenty of room for improvement.Fox said if Hursey runs like she did at Princeton, she is capable of winning the Big East championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Fox said she needs to stay out in front, be patient for the first five laps and then use her strength and hurdling ability to take over the last half-mile of the steeplechase.Aside from earning another shot at a national title, Hursey has her eyes set on something she has wanted her entire college career. Last year, she was named second team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but she isn’t going to settle for that.‘Hopefully I can be a real All-American this year,’ Hursey [email protected]center_img Published on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

Regional Officials Warn that Illegal Migration from Brazil Could Increase COVID…

first_img“That is a dangerous situation,” he said, adding that he has since raised the matter with the local Toshaos. “They are 23 new cases in the region, that in addition to the 18 we had before. Of those 18, four have recovered and one died, so that is 23 and 13 active cases that we now have.” Parker said. Regional Executive Officer of Region 9, Carl Parker, said there have been 36 active COVID cases, all of being imported. But he made it clear that no resident of Lethem in Region 9 has been diagnosed with the virus and that the cases were imported from neighbouring Brazil. “Despite all the pleading, begging and information out there, persons are still not adhering to the safety guidelines,” Parker stated. “Persons are still coming across the border and when they reach the villages, residents are hiding them, so when the team shows up, they are told that they are no persons from the border. Community leaders have been called on to ensure residents are adhering to the health guidelines.center_img GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A senior regional official in Guyana says the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Region 9 of the country has become a challenge as a result of the increased number of illegal travel from Brazil. Staff conduct disinfection at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 16, 2020 (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso) Guyana has recorded 389 cases of the virus with 20 deaths. Brazil is one of the countries in the world with a high number of deaths associated with the virus. As of July 28, Brazil recorded some 2,455,905 COVID-19 cases and 88,000 deaths. “But now we know persons are coming from the border. Those cases did not come from Lethem, we have no reports of anyone in Lethem with COVID, everything is from across Brazil,” Parker said, warning that the practice of harbouring migrants threatens local communities with the spread of COVID-19. CMClast_img read more