Day: October 15, 2020

UAB engineering student killed in Birmingham shooting was ‘amazing young man’

The shooting death of a 24-year-old UAB mechanical engineering senior has shocked his friends and family who are trying, without success, to make sense of the unimaginable crime.

Jesse Alan Marchant Birt died early Monday morning after the shooting outside of his apartment at TimberChase Apartments on Beacon Parkway East. He was a 2014 graduate of Auburn High School and the son of a Timothy Birt, a licensed family counselor, and Jamie Marchant, an author and English Literature instructor at Auburn University.

“We’re devastated,” Timothy said. “He was our only son and he had such a bright future.”

Jesse lived at TimberChase with his best friend Chassidie Hairston. “He was the nicest, most patient person I have ever met,” said Hairston, Jesse’s roommate of three years after the two met in an engineering class their freshman year of college. “He did everything with me. He was my gym buddy, he

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Nearly 40 percent increase in mental health concerns during pandemic, local resources to help

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The pandemic has affected us all in different ways in nearly all aspects of life.

For some, this pandemic might be their first time experiencing depression or anxiety. For others, it may make getting necessary mental health help more difficult. A recent study by the CDC shows that they’ve seen a 40 percent increase in people experiencing mental health and substance use concerns.

Dr. Dave Miers, the Director of the Behavioral Health Program at Bryan Medical Center, said normally it’s expected 1 in 5 people will experience mental health problems in their life and the pandemic may only exacerbate that. He said the unknown of it all coupled with long-term isolation recommendations can really take it’s toll.

Dr. Miers said if your sleep and appetite habits change, you become irritable, lose interest in things you normally enjoy or have suicidal thoughts, it is time to reach

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Riders could quit unsafe Giro after 17 police escort officers test positive

Riders at the Giro d’Italia are considering a walkout after 17 further positive Covid-19 tests on Thursday, all of them involving police motorcycle escort officers at the E-bike event which accompanies the men’s race.

Earlier this week, two teams, Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma, withdrew from the race after positive tests, while pre-race favourite Simon Yates abandoned last weekend after developing positive symptoms. The police escort riders who tested positive were not part of the main race bubble, but Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) said he and his team-mates were nevertheless “starting to feel unsafe” and were considering a mass walkout.

“I have to be honest, my head is not really in the race after the news of the 17 infected police officers,” De Gendt said ahead of the start of Stage 12 in Cesenatico, which was eventually won by Ineos Grenadiers’ Jhonatan Narvaez from the break.

“Things are going badly in this

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What kind of COVID mask was Nick Saban wearing?

News of Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday put scrutiny on the most visible aspect of his personal routine to avoid the virus – his mask.

According to Andrews Sports Medicine, Saban wears a SHEMA97 Functional Active Mask, which goes for less than $15 online.

According to the company, the mask uses nano fabric technology and a micro dustproof fabric with a 97.1% fine dust filter rate, filtering particles down to 1 micron. It has three layers that are sewn together into one.

Alabama is one of several SEC teams, including Auburn, which uses the mask, which was designed in part by Dana Marquez, associate athletics director of equipment operations at Auburn University. Marquez helped design the mask along with the North American Group, based in Atlanta. The mask is manufactured by SHEMA, a South Korean company that has been making masks for years.

Marquez said

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Party leaders should reject First Minister’s hole-in-the-corner invite

On other subjects we heard acres of waffle from Ms Sturgeon, who on her day can ‘haver’ for Scotland. She did, however, say that she’s to announce a new ‘strategic framework’ next week about how she plans to continue the fight against Covid. However, the word ‘announce’ is not exactly accurate because what she’s planning is to share what she’s up to only with the leaders of the opposition parties in the next few days, with ordinary MSPs not getting the chance to accept or reject her proposals until the week beginning October 27.

This is the oldest trick in the book for politicians under attack – suck in the opposition party leaders, make them feel important and, more significantly, get them on-side. As a result, if they’re wise, the Tory, Labour, Green and Lib Dem leaders will say ‘thanks but no thanks’ to this Trojan horse of an invitation.

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President Trump’s Medicare drug discount cards face uncertain path

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are distancing themselves from the idea, each emphasizing that they were not consulted by the White House before the president’s announcement, said three officials familiar with their thinking. Still, Verma has been involved in the plan’s development, officials said.

The cards — and letters telling people they will be arriving — cannot be issued unless a plan is approved by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Health officials say OMB has been reviewing drafts, but a senior administration official declined to confirm that, saying only that a plan is at HHS.

Outside the administration, Trump’s intended drug debit cards are drawing criticism from the pharmaceutical industry, budget and health policy experts of both political parties, and even a conservative publication.

A trio of senior House and Senate Democrats is

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a mesmerising Riz Ahmed discovers fame isn’t everything

Dir: Bassam Tariq; Cast: Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan, Anjana Vasan, Aiysha Hart; Cert TBC, 90 min.

Riz Ahmed is a major actor, so furiously present in Mogul Mowgli it gives you a new appreciation of his talent. He co-wrote this intensely personal film with its director, Bassam Tariq, to address their shared inheritance and sense of being torn between two worlds.

The character Ahmed’s playing, a British-Pakistani rapper called Zed who’s just on the cusp of making it big, isn’t exactly a self-portrait, but he’s plugged into a fizzing, high-voltage circuit Ahmed knows his way around better than most. “Where I’m from is kind of long,” he tells a crowd, in one of the film’s handful of bracing performance pieces.

A west-Londoner who has put Muslim traditions some way behind in the rear-view – adopting Zed as a moniker over Zaheer, for instance – he’s been

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You’re Most Likely to Sacrifice This to Pay Off Your Debt, Study Says

The coronavirus pandemic has done more than make people fear for their health—it’s seriously increased many people’s concerns about their financial wellbeing, as well. According to a September survey from the Pew Research Center, 33 percent of Americans used savings or retirement funds to pay bills during the pandemic, leaving countless financial futures in limbo. However, a new survey from Move.org reveals that many Americans would be willing to take a drastic step to eliminate certain financial stresses COVID: 72 percent of respondents said they’d give up their home to live in a van in order to pay off debt.

Not everyone was so on board with the idea of a life on the road, though: seven percent of respondents said they wouldn’t consider van life under any circumstances. Paying down debt isn’t the only reason folks were willing to trade in the comforts of home for a van, though.

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Prime Day 2020 Recap: Top Products Sold, Most Popular Items, Deals


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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is over and while the orders are still being counted, it’s expected to top last year’s record-breaking numbers for both items sold and total revenue.

While Amazon doesn’t reveal earnings data, the site says Prime members saved more than $1.4 billion on Prime Day 2020, with best-selling products around the world including the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum, LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, and Lego Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet.

Prime Day 2020 was also a success for what Amazon calls “independent third-party sellers” (I.e. the mostly small and medium-sized businesses that rely on the site as a marketplace to sell their own products and creations). Amazon

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How to deal with election anxiety

If this upcoming election has you feeling anxious, you aren’t alone.

A new survey by the American Psychological Association found 68% of Americans say this election is a significant source of stress in their life. That’s up from 52% in the 2016 Presidential Election.

With negative advertisements and posts online, doctors say it’s normal to feel a heightened sense of anxiety during this time and they have some ways to help you cope.

Dr. Elizabeth Rice with Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Medical Center says limit how much time you spend on social media and make an effort to spend time outdoors every day.

She also recommends eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and learning to manage your stress in a healthy manner.

“This may be starting something like a mindfulness practice or learning a deep breathing technique and starting to use these throughout the day on a consistent

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