‘Always give up your seat for a monk’: the unspoken rules of public transport

Our readers share the dos and donts of their routine commute from rush-hour gymnastics to gossiping with the chauffeur

Navigating public transportation is intimidating and typically discouraging, however exactly what takes place when you get on the city in another city? How close is too near stand beside your fellow guest? And are you expected to speak with the motorist?

In an effort to comprehend worldwide public transportation rules we asked our readers to share the unmentioned guidelines of their day-to-day city commute . Amidst the scary stories of throwing up in tupperware and unintentionally overhearing phone sex, here are some ideas not likely to ever be promoted openly .

Tbilisi, Georgia: Get utilized to being intimate

With a woefully insufficient variety of buses and a chronically underfunded community transportation department, lots of Tbilisians count on privately-run yellow minivans, or marshrutkas to obtain around, stated Joseph Alexander Smith. Leaving the marshrutka from the rear seats includes substantial levels of forced intimacy with those you pass. A degrading experience that is difficult to prevent.

Changsha, China: All readily available area needs to be filled

Changsha train station, China. Picture: ChinaFotoPress by means of Getty Images

The scenario is comparable in Changsha, where the unmentioned guideline is: If there is an area, it has to be filled, stated a reader who asked to stay confidential. Male, female, [it] does not matter. Chest-to-chest, legs twined with others for stability … there is no possibility to reverse. You simply have to discover an area at shoulder level to see your phone.

Cork, Ireland: Drivers like chatter

In Cork you must come geared up with stories and the best modification

  1. for your trip, stated Sarah Murphy, who shared 6 basic ideas for circumnavigating the city:

    Be all set to

  2. talk with individuals typically older guests like a chat Do not provide the bus chauffeur big notes or little modification have it prepared or they will inform you to obtain off
  3. the bus Constantly thank the bus chauffeur even if they were 20 minutes late
  4. Run for the bus even if it has actually retreated from the stop most chauffeurs will let you on
  5. No loud music the radio is used many buses and the bus motorist will inform you to obtain off if your earphones are too loud
  6. And finally the bus chauffeurs enjoy a little bit of chatter.

Bangkok, Thailand: Always offer your seat up for a monk

In Bangkok you need to never ever point the soles of your feet at anybody, its thought about incredibly disrespectful in Thai culture. Constantly offer your seat up for a monk and if you remain in a public park or at a train station at 8am or 6pm, youre anticipated to stand totally still as the Thailand nationwide anthem is played, stated Simon Ostheimer.

Mumbai, India: Think of it like the health club

A regional commuter train in Mumbai. Picture: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

In Mumbai, taking a trip on public transportation needs to count to your advised daily dosage of exercise, stated Guardian commenter DeendayalLulla. As a regional train gets in the station individuals do a disco dance to obtain the seats … one needs to pull and press. Booking seats for your group is likewise another custom: mobocracy guidelines and a single guest has [no option however] to give up. Regional train journey is a great workout, [there is] no have to go to a health club.

Taipei, Taiwan: Never being in a concern seat

In Taipei, you ought to never ever being in a top priority seat, cautioned Mary Sipps. Like a great deal of transit systems, all buses and train automobiles have concern seats. The signs on them mentions one need to yield their seat to the senior, pregnant females and little kids however actually youre simply not expected to being in them at all, even if there are no individuals on board who require them, she stated, including that somebody as soon as pulled her earphones from her ears and yelled at her for this disobedience.

Berlin, Germany: Anything goes

The most significant guideline is that there are no guidelines. Definitely anything goes on Berlins public transportation. It is well-known for photos of individuals moving furnishings on the train, boarding with a pony or doing pop-up gigs and celebrations … My preferred time to utilize public transportation is on New Years Eve where it ends up being the citys biggest and most varied occasion, stated a reader from the city.

The only custom, if anything, is that bus motorists in Berlin will not be courteous. You have not experienced the real beauty of Berlin till you had a rough encounter with among them, she included.

Perth, Australia. Dublin, Ireland. Halifax, Canada and Aukland, New Zealand: Always thank the motorist

Readers from these 4 cities around the globe stated that a basic common courtesy would get you a long method on their transportation networks: thank the motorist. There is an unmentioned guideline in this city [Perth] that everybody and I suggest everybody states thanks to the motorist when alighting a bus, stated James Sobester. In Halifax, Canada, it is regular practice to scream thank you! to the bus or ferryboat attendant when leaving, included a reader who asked to stay confidential.

London, UK: Just follow the crowd

The something a visitor need to understand in London is that if in doubt, simply do exactly what everybody else is doing, stated Justin Aluko. Which, on any provided day, is most likely to consist of queuing spontaneously, basing on the right of escalators, and having your ticket all set when approaching the barrier. You are felt bitter by practically everybody behind you if you get to a barrier and believe that is a great time to search through your bags to discover your ticket no matter whether you are a traveler or a regional, he included.

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Philippines says beheaded civilians found in Isis-held town

Seventy-one security force workers and 299 militants eliminated and 246,000 individuals displaced in dispute given that 23 May

Five beheaded civilians were discovered in a Philippine city inhabited by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the armed force stated, cautioning the variety of citizens eliminated by rebel atrocities might increase greatly as soldiers retake more ground.

The discovery of the 5 victims amongst 17 bodies obtained would be the very first proof that civilians caught in besieged Marawi City have actually been beheaded throughout the five-week wait militants faithful to the Islamic State group, as some who left the city have actually formerly reported.

Seventy-one security force workers and 299 militants have actually been eliminated and 246,000 individuals displaced in the dispute, which emerged after an unsuccessful effort on 23 May to jail a Filipino militant leader backed by Isiss management.

President Rodrigo Duterte guaranteed to damage the militants in Marawi and stated the Philippines was now handling an extremely hazardous scenario due to young Muslims influenced by the mass madness of Isis.

All they do is simply to damage and eliminate, and eliminating in a most harsh method, he stated at an occasion where he got numerous sniper and attack rifles contributed by China to assist the military project in Marawi.

They delight in beheading individuals in front of cams. They need to be handled, with the exact same ferocity however not the cruelty, he stated.

The info about the beheadings came by means of a text to press reporters from Lt Cnl Emmanuel Garcia of the Western Mindanao Command.

Garcia did not react to duplicated ask for information.

A civilian rescue employee, Abdul Azis Lomondot, stated body parts were discovered, however without any evidence of beheading.

Military representative Jo-Ar Herrera stated bodies were discovered independently in 2 groups, of 12 and 5, however he was not able to validate if the 5 were beheaded.

The fight entered its 36th day on Wednesday, with extreme gunfights and battle in the heart of the town and black-clad fighters seen from afar running in between structures as surges called out.

The rebels hang on Marawi, while sustaining the full blast of a military for several years trained by its United States equivalents, has much of the area on edge, worried that Isiss impact might run much deeper than believed.

Those worries are likewise being felt in Malaysia and Indonesia, whose nationals are amongst the Maute group of rebels combating in Marawi, recommending the group might have constructed a cross-border network that has actually gone mostly unnoticed.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/philippines-says-beheaded-civilians-found-in-isis-held-town

How China changed Hong Kong: views from the city

As the 20th anniversary of the handover from the UK to China is marked, the Guardian talks to residents and officials about the shifts since 1997

Hong Kong is preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the territory from the UK to China. The moment will bring thousands on to the streets some to celebrate and others to protest. Here the Guardian asks six Hong Kong residents about their memories of 1997 and their thoughts on the citys future.

Yau Wai-ching, disqualified lawmaker

Hong Kong people have been forced to pay for a deceit.

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Yau Wai-ching in Hong Kongs Sheung Wan district. Photograph: Benjamin Haas for the Guardian

At midnight on 30 June 1997, I remember a heavy rain and my eyes nearly closing, almost falling asleep. But I didnt. I was forced to concentrate on my parents old television screen, watching two flags: one was the flag of United Kingdom, the other was Chinas. I tried to ask my mom about what was happening on that screen, but I could not understand, except for the one phrase that I learned that evening: handover.

Nothing changed the next day. In my world as a six-year-old I was waiting till September when I would become a primary 1 student. My parents said the handover meant nothing to them as they still had to work and pay taxes. Everything seemed to remain unchanged, exactly what the Chinese government promised to the Hong Kong people.

But then year by year, Cantonese began to be replaced by Mandarin, our constitutional laws made in the 1980s have been amended and interpreted by the Chinese government, and values among Hong Kongers changed after an influx of more than a million immigrants from China since 1997. Those mainlanders have come to dominate much of the social atmosphere. Locals are now always blamed as discriminating against those new immigrants if we ever expressed a different viewpoint and sometimes we are even slandered as fascists or racists.

In these past 20 years, Hong Kongers still believe in law and justice, fairness and democracy, but we no longer believe in the system and rules created by the Chinese government. Instead of becoming more like Hong Kong, the Chinese government will use any type of propaganda or immigration policy to make us more like them.

We have started to realise that the United Kingdom and China signed a treaty in 1984 that was supposed to protect Hong Kong, but it has turned out to be a deception and a joke. Since the handover all Hong Kong people have been forced to pay for that deceit.

Holden Chow, pro-establishment lawmaker

Hong Kong is part of China and we are Chinese: this is a fact and never in dispute.

Holden
Holden Chow at his office in Hong Kongs legislative council. Photograph: Benjamin Haas for the Guardian

I was in UK back in 1997 doing my A-levels, and I returned to Hong Kong before 1 July to witness the handover ceremony. As a patriot, I was always happy to see the handover and the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. I believe the one country, two systems works well: Hong Kong indeed has been able to sustain prosperity and with the full support from central government, we even have survived global economic crisis.

It is reasonable for us to expect challenges and conflicts to arise in the course of implementing the one country, two systems principle. But what really matters is how do we resolve such conflicts. The opposition or the so-called pan-democrats probably prefer stirring up conflicts, or to simply blow everything out of proportion. Owing to the Occupy movement orchestrated by the opposition, Hong Kong has become heavily divided. The pan-democrats might clock up public support in the course of instigating upheaval in the city, but that is done at the expense of the citys interests.

As a member of the pro-establishment camp, I reckon settling conflicts in an amicable way is a better choice than what the opposition has been doing.

The majority of Hong Kong people have never supported the notorious idea of Hong Kong independence. Hong Kong is part of China and we are Chinese: this is a fact and never in dispute.

The growth and development of China indeed offers opportunities to Hong Kong too. I trust one country, two systems is the best option for Hong Kong and for mainland China too, and the central government fully understands this. The opposition has always been falsely accusing that the city has totally lost our autonomy and rule of law, which is utterly untrue. A robust one country, two systems regime could be upheld only if the opposition stops attempting to ruin the trust between Hong Kong and central government, such as peddling separatism, or condoning the wrongful conduct in oath-taking saga.

Zhang Zhenping, dumpling stall owner

For all of Hong Kongs faults, its still a more free place.

Zhang
Zhang Zhenping, a dumpling stall owner originally from Tianjin, China, in her shop in Hong Kong. Photograph: Benjamin Haas for the Guardian

When I first arrived in Hong Kong from China in the early 90s, there was intense energy. I came here to make money, and even though I do not have a lot of education or culture, I lived well and I could provide for my family making dumplings in a restaurant.

Hong Kong was a far more equal place 20 years ago and there was more economic growth for everyone. People like me at the bottom still got bonuses and although I worked hard, sweating in kitchens making hundreds of dumplings, wontons and buns every day, my money felt like it was worth more. Now Im working even harder for less.

Since the handover life has become much harder for ordinary working people, prices for everything is going up and it has hit people like me the most. These changes dont affect the rich, but I only make food, because I dont have any culture and I can never be rich.

These days all the economic opportunities are in China; Hong Kong cant compete. My old boss from the restaurant closed his business here and went back to Beijing. He said he could make more money there.

I chose to stay, so I opened a dumpling stall three years ago. Its not much, but Im my own boss a little boss, but still a boss.

But despite all the hardship and bitterness, I feel better here. I go back to my hometown in China maybe once a year. People have money, but they have so much life pressures and are miserable.

I dont want to go back to the mainland, I dont like the politics there at least here people can say what they want. For all of Hong Kongs faults, its still a more free place.

Amy Cheung, artist

We seem to march towards unprecedented polarisation at every level of society.

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Artist Amy Cheung at her home in Hong Kong. Photograph: Benjamin Haas for the Guardian

I was studying in London in 1997, a year that marked my identity enlightenment. In Britain, many people asked me once they knew that I came from Hong Kong: How do you feel about Hong Kong being returned to China? Are you scared? Dont you worry about your liberal way of life being crushed by the Communist China? Are they going to control your press, internet, restrict your freedom of speech, religion, travel, currency and the rule of law?

Others speculated: You must be so happy that Hong Kong now returns to the embrace of the Motherland, ending your shame of living as colonised subject. You can now stand tall with pride to acknowledge that you are sons and daughters of the dragon, with 5,000 years of civilisation, part of a great China the Middle Kingdom.

My face went blank. Cold sweat. I opened my mouth but my tongue vanished. My brain scanned through the large quantity of information that had been spoon-fed to me since I was born, all data, facts, names, workbooks, trainings for tests and examsthat I excelled at to get to where I was. But I was so ignorant about the constituencies of my identity, cultural heritage; moral, ethical and national value; belief systems, duties, rights and all collateral issues related.

Was this intentional negligence a colonial education package? I still wonder. Twenty years ago, identity politics had failed to arrest either learners or educators attention, unlike today. I was thoroughly embarrassed by my inability to feel any emotion at that critical juncture of our history. I was not altogether indifferent, although it seems hard now to imagine that my generation grew up apolitical.

However, I did witness the self-determination discourse that took off steadily after 1997. An awareness of our political identity burst into our communal consciousness, from the momentum gathered around the anti-subversion law, anti-national education protest, the annual 1 July rally, umbrella revolution, and the endless paralysing fight between the pro-establishment and pan-democratic camp.

In 2017, I felt breathless to experience Hong Kong at such a high emotional altitude. Blood is easily boiled, grey zones get greyer, reconciliations are almost impossible. I dont know how, but we seem to march self-destructively towards an unprecedented polarisation at every level of society.

Karl Mayer, businessman

Hong Kong people are survivors who stand up quickly after a fall.

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Karl Mayer, a German businessman, in front of Hong Kongs Victoria Harbour. Photograph: Benjamin Haas for the Guardian

For a fast-moving city like Hong Kong, change is inevitable. Still little had changed immediately after the handover to China and for the first years the only obvious change was the knowledge that now the Chinese army was stationed in Prince Edward building hoisting the Chinese flag in the middle of Hong Kong.

In the late 90s, Hong Kong still seemed to remain a free city running its own system and still flourishing from being considered the gateway to China. Even the first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, at least tried to protect the interests of Hong Kong people and negotiate with the Chinese government on eye level. This, however, rapidly changed with the arrival of the new millennium and the gold-rush atmosphere in mainland China.

Hong Kong lost its role as gateway to China and international customers started to deal directly with the mainland. Hong Kongs response was to quickly adapt by trying to establish the city as an entertainment, amusement, shopping and tourism hub and the concept worked out with masses of tourists flowing into Hong Kong every year especially from China.

Becoming part of China will remain the big topic over the next 30 years and the subtle efforts from Beijing to infiltrate Hong Kong with language, education and the election system will become more overt and direct and will affect also other areas such as finance, trade, taxes and politics. To communicate this to the HK people and the world in a positive way will be the most important role of the newly elected chief executive.

The stream of tourists will eventually ebb, especially from China who will start travelling to countries further abroad. Although they enjoy excellent food and views in Hong Kong, the city does not bring home fond memories of being treated respectfully, kind and politely.

Only having old and rich people in a city who only come in the winter to rest and enjoy the warmth and pleasantries of Hong Kong will turn the city into something like Monaco in Europe.

On the other hand I have to say that I experienced Hong Kong people as survivors who stand up quickly after a fall and adapt rapidly to new situations as they have shown after the handover.

Richard Margolis, former UK diplomat

China must keep its promises but Hong Kong has to keep its side of the bargain as well.

Richard
Richard Margolis, a former UK diplomat who negotiated the terms of Hong Kongs handover to China. Photograph: Benjamin Haas for the Guardian

Twenty years after the handover, the key elements which make Hong Kong different from China are still present: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of conscience and an independent judiciary. Will this continue, especially since Hong Kongs importance to China has receded in the past 20 years? Answer: yes but only if both Hong Kong and Beijing keep their sides of the bargain.

Before explaining this, a couple of basic notions which are often overlooked:

  • It is not and never has been a necessary condition for Hong Kongs survival for China to be ruled by people who share the values that underpin Hong Kong.
  • All that is required of Chinas leaders is that they perceive a balance of advantage to them in continuing to accept Hong Kongs separateness.

That balance of advantage is less overwhelmingly obvious than it was 20 years ago, but still exists, in my view. And Chinas leaders have huge challenges excess industrial capacity, excess debt, slowing growth, rapidly ageing population which means that their overwhelming preference is for Hong Kong to get on with its separate existence, do what it needs to do to adapt to a changing world, stay competitive and not bother Beijing.

But Hong Kong has had a tendency since the handover to ask for special deals, such as CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement). And Hong Kong business people acquired the habit of lobbying in Beijing in pursuit of their interests in Hong Kong. All of these activities seem to me against the spirit of the handover arrangements, which were: You leave us alone and we wont bother you.

So my conclusion is that it is, of course, essential that China keep its promises but Hong Kong has to keep its side of the bargain as well.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/how-china-changed-hong-kong-views-city-handover-1997-uk-residents

Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

As United States mulls technique over countrys assistance for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, professionals state harder position might own Pakistan towards China and Russia

The Trump administration is thinking about taking a more difficult position versus Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, however professionals caution that pressure alone will not bring peace.

Similar strategies have actually stopped working in the past, and experts caution that the United States can just affect the south Asian nation by coupling force with diplomacy, which president Trump appears to avoid.

And tries to strong-arm Islamabad might press it deeper into a growing alliance with China and Russia , and cause more instability.

China, in specific, provides Pakistan a chance to counter the strengthened union in between the United States and India, whose existence in Afghanistan the Pakistani military thinks about an existential hazard.

Among the tools thought about by the Trump administration, inning accordance with Reuters , are broadening drone strikes, keeping help and withdrawing Pakistans status as a significant non-Nato ally.

But efforts to bully Pakistan into submission will just own Islamabad additional to China , stated Ayesha Siddiqa, author and research study partner at the School of African and asian Studies in London.

It likewise suggests that in Afghanistan, there will be more violence. Pakistan sees Afghanistan as an American-Indian job versus Pakistani interests, she stated.

Pakistan is commonly thought to support and harbour Taliban militants, and has actually been considered a spoiler in peace talks.

United States policy on Afghanistan is developing at a time when the defence department is especially effective in policy-making, after President Trump delegated authority to defence secretary James Mattis to set troop implementation levels there.

Meanwhile, the state department is compromised by a continuing outflow of veteran diplomats and a noteworthy absence of seriousness in changing them on the part of secretary of state Rex Tillerson , who has actually backed strategies to cut the department budget plan by a 3rd.

On Friday, the acting unique agent for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), Laurel Miller, left the post in addition to her deputy, leaving doubts over the future of the position, which was produced in 2009 by Barack Obama. A state department declaration stated that Tillerson has actually not decided on the concern.

Its a difference without a distinction whether a choice has actually been made, because there is functionally no one in the workplace, stated James Cunningham, a previous United States ambassador to Afghanistan. The essential part of this isn’t really whether there is an SRAP workplace. It is how is the senior authorities who is accountable for these concerns, and as far as I understand, that essentially does not exist. This is all part of the trimming, devitalizing, incapacitating of the state departments capability to take part successfully in diplomacy .

Economically, China has actually long gone beyond the United States in significance in Pakistan. The crown gem in Chinas Pakistani endeavor is a $62bn facilities task, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor . China has actually likewise gotten whatever from power business and agreements to gather trash to stakes in the Karachi stock exchange.

Its really various and extraordinary from exactly what Pakistani-American relations ever were. While the United States purchased Pakistan, its supremacy will never ever resemble exactly what the Chinese will be, stated Siddiqa.

For Russia, a US-Pakistani rift opens area to oppose American power, as it does through proxies in Syria.

Western authorities in Kabul think, partially for this factor, that Russia has actually increased its weapons support for the Taliban.

If I were Putin, Id be smirking and thinking, this is my opportunity to obtain back at the Americans and turn Afghanistan into another Vietnam, stated Siddiqa.

Russia has actually confessed to sharing intelligence with the Taliban, to eliminate Isis affiliates.

The Pakistani defence minister has actually contacted Russia to take the lead in stabilising Afghanistan, and in September, Russia and Pakistan performed their very first joint military drill near Peshawar.

However, Hassan Askari Rizvi, a Pakistani expert, stated there is a limitation to what does it cost? diplomatic turbulence nations in the area want to trigger.

For Russia, the very first choice in south Asia is certainly India, and for that reason Pakistan is not anticipating a significant shift in relations in the future, he stated. There might be a downgrading of relations in between them, however Pakistan and United States will not absolutely desert each other.

However, he warned versus magnifying drone strikes on Pakistani soil. Drones will not assist, he stated. If they are utilized on the mainland, Pakistan will decline it, and may strike back by shooting some drones down, he stated.

Barack Obama likewise aimed to persuade Pakistan, by cutting financial support and reducing diplomatic contacts. Obama never ever went to Islamabad in his 8 years as president.

Obama likewise connected to Pakistans arch-rival, India, whose prime minister Narendra Modi was invited by Trump at the White House on Monday, amidst reports that India would purchase 22 United States Guardian drones for its navy and talk about the possible shift of production of F-16s fighter jets to India.

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Thank you quite for purchasing devices from the United States. Constantly makes us feel great, Trump stated in a joint look with Modi in the White House cabinet space. Theres no one makes military devices like we make military devices .

If something joins different local powers, it is suspicion of American intentions in Afghanistan. In a desire to reject the United States its monopoly as a powerbroker, Moscow welcomed delegates from 12 nations to a peace conference on Afghanistan in March.

Meanwhile, the United States is most likely preparing a release of 4,000 extra soldiers to its longest war.

Countries in the area have actually long presumed the United States of desiring an irreversible base in Afghanistan under the guise of combating terrorists. They do not think in the counter terrorism authentic of the United States, stated Barnett Rubin, director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Program at New York University. If paired with strong diplomacy, #peeee

He included that a troop rise and difficult Pakistan line can just be successful. They cant do that by slashing the state department by one-third, he stated.

Afghans have actually lived under a geopolitical tug-of-war given that Russias and Britains 19th century Great Game. Now it appears more nations than ever want to use up financial and political capital to preserve a grip.

Unless there is an arrangement about Afghanistan in between Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and the United States, Afghanistan will be unsteady, Rubin stated. And if the concept is that Afghanistan is safeguarded and protected by ending up being an American base, there wont be a contract.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/27/trump-pakistan-terror-afghanistan-china-russia

Uber users are well aware of Uber’s toxic culture, and it’s affecting whether they’ll use the app

Uber users are watching.

Image: Farrell/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Uber’s toxic, crumbling corporate culture is making waves outside the tech world.

Uber users are keeping track of everything that’s been happening at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, and it’s affecting how they see the companyand whether they’ll use the ride-hailing app.

According to research by the media and technology firm Morning Consult, 57 percent of Uber users had heard a lot or some about “claims of bullying, sexism, and sexual harassment at Uber headquarters.”

Morning Consult surveyed 1,652 Uber users from June 15 to 21in the middle of Uber’s most recent scandals, but right before Travis Kalanick resigned from his position as CEO.

Fifty-five percent of Uber users heard about the barrage of executives fleeing the company. Forty-five percent of Uber users knew something about the Department of Justice’s investigation into Uber over Greyball, its program used to track regulators using Uber and skirt regulations. Forty-five percent of Uber users were also aware that another company (Google) sued Uber for stealing its self-driving technology.

Forty percent of users knew about the #DeleteUber campaign that started because of former CEO Travis Kalanick’s involvement on President Donald Trump’s business advisory council. Forty-nine percent of Uber customers knew that Kalanick was caught on tape berating an Uber driver during an argument over Uber’s price-cutting.

This data is important because it shows that Uber’s bad 2017 is breaking through well outside Silicon Valley at a time when the company is still seeking to grow its business.

As a result of all this bad news, 23 percent of customers said they stopped using Uber as frequently, even if they didn’t delete the app. Thirteen percent stopped using Uber entirely, but haven’t deleted the app yet. And 19 percent of Uber users followed through and deleted the app as a result of Uber’s many, many problems. Those numbers aren’t just in reference to the #DeleteUber campaign that lost Uber 500,000 accounts in its first week, but in response to all of Uber’s concurrent scandals.

The one-time Uber users who have abandoned the app (or at least limited their use of it) have some opinions on how Uber could do better.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they would consider using Uber again if Uber fired its current CEO and installed new leadership. Well, a day after this survey was completed, Uber did. So maybe they’d try it out again now?

Other Uber users said they’d return to Uber if it had lower prices and better data privacy. For 14 percent of Uber customers, nothing would make them go back.

The lesson here: Uber’s customers are paying attention. If Uber wants to save itself, it better get things under control.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/22/uber-scandal-awareness-data/

China landslide: families’ frustration grows as more than 100 feared dead

Families impacted by substantial slip that buried Xinmo town state they are worried by an absence of details and the fate of orphaned kids

Frustration grew on Monday amongst relative of victims of a landslide that buried a mountain town in southwestern China , with some grumbling about an absence of info and asking why they had actually not been moved from a location susceptible to land slips.

At least 93 individuals stay missing, in addition to 10 verified dead, after a landslide crashed down on the town of Xinmo , in mountainous Sichuan province, as dawn broke on Saturday.

The federal government has actually sent out some 3,000 rescuers, together with devices, to the location and has actually assured to do all it can to search for survivors while limiting gain access to for security factors.

The federal government of Mao county, where the town lies, published on Monday drone video footage of the catastrophe zone, revealing a lots approximately mechanical diggers moving through a huge landscape of debris, and guaranteeing to launch upgraded info in a prompt way.

About 100 member of the family, dissatisfied with exactly what they stated was restricted details, fulfilled federal government authorities at a close-by main school, stating they wished to return home, were worried about the restoring procedure and whether it would be done by winter season, and exactly what would take place to kids orphaned.

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These federal government authorities have actually been lying to us these previous 3 days, a middle aged male from Xinmo town who has actually numerous family members buried, informed Reuters after the conference, decreasing to offer his name.

They informed us we might return the other day early morning however they kept postponing and postponing providing all of us type of reasons. They informed us a main federal government authorities was going to concern visit us. He appeared and didnt even trouble to talk to us.

Another relative stated the federal government must have moved them from a location they understood was vulnerable to landslides.

There have actually been landslides prior to however nobody has actually ever recommended we move. The federal government understands its harmful to reside in these type of towns but they not do anything, stated the senior male, who likewise would not supply his name.

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The main China Daily mentioned Xu Qiang, a catastrophe specialist at the Ministry of Land and Resources, as stating massive movings in the location were hard.

Many of the villagers have actually been living here for generations and seen no significant geological catastrophes, Xu stated. This is their house and income and it is extremely challenging to encourage them to leave, specifically when you just have a hypothesis and forecasts.

Heavy rain set off the landslide, authorities have actually stated.

Sichuan province is likewise vulnerable to earthquakes, consisting of an 8.0 magnitude trembling in main Sichuans Wenchuan county in 2008 that eliminated almost 70,000 individuals.

Mao county sits beside Wenchuan. State media states the mountainside which collapsed onto the town had actually been damaged by the 2008 temblor.

County locals are mainly bad farmers of the Qiang ethnic minority and the location is the target of a hardship relief task, inning accordance with federal government authorities.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/china-landslide-families-frustration-grows-as-more-than-100-feared-dead

Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga

(CNN)Sometimes, sleep eludes us.

Maybe our brains won’t shut off or we find ourselves tossing and turning all night, unable to get comfortable. Whatever the reason for your lack of sleep, it takes a toll. Studies abound linking sleeplessness with increased risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and stroke, as well as depression, impaired judgment, memory lapses and other cognitive deficiencies.
Thankfully, there are some easy yoga-based techniques you can use nightly to fall asleep and stay asleep. It takes only about six minutes to leverage your body’s natural sleep-facilitating processes.
 
 
 
These are the same stretching, breathing and meditative methods used by my professional athlete clients. As a yoga trainer for numerous sports teams, it’s my job to help athletes restore their bodies and minds to perform at optimum levels. This includes creating sleep-facilitation programs to counter the effects of grueling game and travel schedules, so players can feel refreshed and ready.
I’ve designed this six-minute sleep program to be effective and accessible for most people, not just athletes.
 
It begins with two postures done bedside to address the tension that builds over the course of the day, particularly in your lower back and hip flexors. By lengthening and realigning these areas, you can prevent waking in the night due to stiffness, aches and pains.
Functional squat
Lengthens spine, especially low back; realigns pelvis and hips
Standing with your feet hip-distance apart and arms extended at shoulder level, exhale and sit back into a deep squat. Maintain weight in your heels. Avoid allowing your knees and/or toes to turn out. If you have difficulty squatting all the way down without lifting your heels or feeling unsteady, hold onto something secure, like your bed frame, for support.
Take three long deep breaths while squatting. Focus on relaxing your lower back with each exhalation.
If you experience discomfort in your ankles, knees or shins, try widening your stance and making sure you’re dropping back into your hips as opposed to pushing forward into your knees.
Warrior one with side bend
Lengthens calves, hip flexors and side waist muscles
From standing, step your right foot back, placing your heel down with your toes angled slightly out. Bend your left knee to align above your ankle. Keep your back leg straight. Place your left hand on your left hip. If balance is a challenge, place your left hand on your bed or other support, instead of your hip.
Inhale as you reach your right arm up and over your head to the left, stretching your right side and front of your hip. Exhale to hold the posture. Inhale and return your arm to your side. Step back to standing. Repeat on the opposite side, then get into bed.
Once in bed, practicing a gentle twist to promote blood flow in the abdomen helps initiate the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the “rest and digest” aspect of our autonomic nervous system, which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and inhibits the production of stress hormones.
Supine bent-knee twist
Stretches hip, groin and low-back muscles; increases blood flow in the pelvis and abdomen; enhances mid-back mobility; opens chest
Lie on your back with your legs extended and arms at your sides. Place a pillow under your head, if desired. Hug your left knee into your chest. Inhale as you place your right hand on the outside of your left thigh and reach your left arm to the left. Exhale fully as you gently twist from your mid-back to bring your left knee across your body to the right.
Take two more long, deep breaths. Unwind and repeat on the other side.
Employing deep diaphragmatic breathing supports the restorative action of your parasympathetic system. And because the diaphragm also works as a postural muscle, attaching to the ribcage and lumbar spine (low back) and running through the hip flexors, diaphragmatic breathing promotes proper ribcage, back and pelvis position, which decreases the likelihood of waking due to discomfort or the need to change position.
Pairing deep breathing with backward-counting meditation is a simple yet effective way to focus and relax a wandering mind.
Diaphragmatic breathing and backward-count meditation
Get comfortable with your head on one pillow and another placed under your knees. If you prefer a side-lying position, lie on your left side with a pillow between your legs.
Close your eyes. Inhale through your nose, filling the lowest lobes of your lungs and back of your ribcage. You should feel your lower ribs expand outward, as opposed to only inflating your upper chest. Exhale and focus on your lower ribs internally rotating and descending. It’s important that you feel your ribcage release downward as you exhale for proper function of your diaphragm. And a full exhalation is necessary to raise CO2 levels in your blood enough to inspire a natural, functional inhalation. When you think you’ve fully exhaled, contract your abdominal muscles to see if you can push out any remaining air. You’ll likely find some! Once you’ve fully exhaled, pause before inhaling.
Try to lengthen and deepen your breathing to match this pattern: five-count inhalation, five-count exhalation and two-count pause after exhalation.
Once you’ve established the breathing pattern, begin counting your breaths backward from 20 to 1. Concentrate your mind on an image of each number and the sensations of your breathing. If you still haven’t drifted off after 20 breaths (approximately three to four minutes), repeat the process, starting at 30 or 40 breaths.
Practicing this six-minute yoga program before bed should deliver consistent quality rest by creating an optimal physical (muscle relaxation and body positioning) and physiological (parasympathetic nervous system and diaphragmatic breathing) foundation for falling asleep and staying asleep.
Sweet dreams.
 
 

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Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/26/health/sleep-better-yoga/index.html