Heads Up: Distracted Walking is Dangerous

Walking while distracted Wexting

A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. Fortunately, no trains were approaching that Philadelphia-area station at that moment. The man recovered his balance and climbed out of danger. Security cameras captured the whole incident and the images were sent to The Associated Press. The risks of distracted walking are getting everyone’s attention.

Hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. treat an increasing number of injured pedestrians. The cases include:

  • a 24-year-old woman who walked into a telephone pole while texting
  • a 28-year-old man who was walking along a road when he fell into a ditch while talking on a cellphone
  • a 12-year-old boy who was looking at a video game when he was clipped by a pickup truck as he crossed the street
  • a 53-year-old woman who fell off a curb while texting and lacerated her face
  • a 67-year-old man walking along the side of a road was hit a by a bicyclist who was talking on a cellphone as he rode

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/texting-while-walking_n_1717864.html

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http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/09/13/distracted_walking_wexters_fall_stride_and_blunder_into_youtube_videos_and_mortal_danger.html

TO-ing and FRO-ing in the MIDDLE EAST

 

 

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“Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter.”

 

 

 “Bill Clinton sticks his foot in Syrian quagmire.”

 

 

Going out on a limb, Pope Francis met to pray with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter noted “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important.”

 

 

“Palestinians to walk away from peace talks.”

 

 

“Powers seek ‘first-step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks.”

 

 

“Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is the Iranian equivalent to Obama’s victory in 2008: an electorate that voted overwhelmingly for hope and change, understanding that the process will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington.

 

 

[U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry told reporters he was flying home to Washington to meet with President Obama to reassess the peace negotiations and whether there was a path forward. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend, if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.”

 

 

“Syria chemical arms: ‘Global red line’ crossed – Kerry”

 

 

“For U.N. Chief, a Dance of Diplomacy Is Halted by a Misstep. Ban Ki-moon… choreographed a precise diplomatic sequence on Syria that relied on others to perform their roles equally precisely. The choreography did not go as planned, and Mr. Ban stumbled under the spotlight.”

 

 

Women in Saudi Arabia: Unshackling themselves

 

 

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The Sole of Canadian Politics

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“The grass doesn’t grow under Justin’s feet.”

“Hudak falls well short in Ontario campaign, steps down as PC leader.”

“Keystone missteps, Senate scandal have Harper stumbling.”

“‘I’m not stepping aside’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford insists.”

“Alberta’s next Tory premier better walk on water.”

“Ontario political parties walking a fine line with Ontario’s ethnic voters.”

“Who will fill (all of) Jim Prentice’s shoes?”