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Study: Chronic fare evaders pose challenge for TriMet, but ‘systemic racial bias’ unlikely

The report showed a spike in one area: fare officers classifying 2,706 incidents as occurring with a rider of “unknown” race, a nearly three-fold increase over the previous report. Enforcement officers, using their perception, register a passenger’s race on their report. Renauer said the data don’t show that increase correlated to unfair enforcement, but he said it may represent a training issue that should be addressed.

Systemwide, TriMet continues to see remarkably high numbers of passengers believed to be riding without paying a fare.

According to the study, the estimated percent of MAX riders who don’t pay rose to 16.6 percent in 2017, up more than 2 percentage points from 2016.

Kelsey, TriMet’s general manager, said the agency has about 60 fare enforcement officers but. is…

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Race-Based Minimum Wage Challenge Overturned on 14th Amendment Grounds

On July 25, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit overturned the Northern District of Alabama’s dismissal of a challenge to Alabama’s Minimum Wage and Right-to-Work Act (the “Act”) on the basis that the Alabama State Legislature may have violated the Fourteenth Amendment in enforcing the Act. In April 2015, the City of Birmingham – which is 72 percent African American and 30 percent below the poverty line – passed an ordinance to raise its minimum wage from $8.50 per hour to $10.10 per hour. The ordinance went into effect in February 2016. However, the very next day after the…

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Lack of diversity in top orchestras remains a major challenge for musicians of color

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Nathaniel Taylor was 5-years-old when the deep, mellow sounds of a cello being played on Sesame Street commanded his attention. Elmo was the interviewer. World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma was the musician.

Years later, when he began learning the cello, classical music stole his heart.

Now Taylor, 25, is trying to pursue a professional career playing the instrument he loves, but he’ll need to break into the austere world of classical music for that to happen. That’s a path filled with a numerous challenges — arguably more so for Taylor, who’s half African-American and half Filipino.

Most classical music professionals in major symphony orchestras around the country are white,…

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Millennium Challenge Corporation Announces New Collaboration with the African Development Bank

The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash and African Development Bank Group Senior Vice-President Charles Boamah today announced new opportunities for collaboration between the institutions. The announcement was made during the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) mission stop in Côte d’Ivoire.

“We are excited to be expanding this important partnership with the African Development Bank in support of our shared commitment to reducing poverty through economic growth,” MCC COO Jonathan Nash said. “The African Development Bank will continue to be an important partner for MCC as we explore our new authority to invest regionally.”

In his remarks, Charles Boamah, Senior Vice President, African…

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Vula Mobile wins Sanofi Africa@Tech challenge

South African remote diagnostics platform Vula Mobile has won first prize in the Sanofi Afric@Tech initiative, following a live pitch event held at the Viva Tech conference in Paris last month.

French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi launched the Afric@Tech challenge with the goal of identifying and rewarding the startups revolutionising practices in the health sector in Africa.

Disrupt Africa reported 10 startups from around the continent were chosen to take part in the Afric@Tech live pitch event at the Viva Tech conference in Paris, where they showcased their solutions to the international audience.

South Africa’s Vula Mobile – which connects rural health workers with specialist medical teams via smartphone – has been named first prize winner, and…

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​Race 11 Day 2: Upwind Caribbean Challenge

Life at an
angle continues on Day 2 of Race 11: Nasdaq Race from Panama to New York, with
the Clipper Race teams calculating their best approach to the first mandatory
gate between Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

The fleet
remains split in two, though all teams are now on a starboard northerly tack.
The group to the west remains strongest on the leaderboard, but the racing is
tight in the leading pack, with just 18 nautical miles between first and eighth

IMAGE: All positions correct at time of publishing.

Sanya Serenity Coast is currently second in the standings
and Skipper Wendy Tuck comments: “We have another day or so to go bashing away
upwind and then the tricky tactics of which way to go through the islands. We
are in AIS range with about six other boats so always nice to…

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