KINDALA MANUEL|EDIÇÕES NOVEMBRO O antigo governador da província de Benguela Isaac dos Anjos afirmou ontem que integra agora a estrutura central de coordenação da campanha eleitoral do MPLA. POLÍTICA 4
Após a sua exoneração do cargo de governador provincial de Benguela a 8 de Junho de 2017, o engenheiro Isaac dos Anjos integra actualmente a estrutura central de coordenação da campanha eleitoral, avançou o próprio ao Jornal de Angola.
A informação foi prestada ontem durante a cerimónia de abertura da reunião plenária extraordinária do Comité Provincial do MPLA em Benguela, que elegeu Rui Falcão Pintro de Andrade para o cargo de primeiro secretário provincial do partido naquela província.
A eleição de Rui Falcão surgiu na sequência das alterações havidas a nível do Governo Provincial de Benguela, com a exoneração de Isaac dos Anjos do cargo de governador. Em face disso e tendo em conta a necessidade de regularização da direcção do partido na província, com a nomeação de Rui Falcão para o cargo de governador provincial de Benguela, o secretariado do Bureau Político do MPLA, nos ternos dos estatutos do partido, decidiu convocar a conferência extraordinária com a finalidade de proceder à cessação de mandato e eleição do novo primeiro secretário provincial.
Com efeito, foi produzida a resolução nº 3 do secretariado do Bureau Político sobre a cessação do mandato do primeiro secretário provincial e membro do comité provincial do partido, Isaac dos Anjos, e a sua chamada para exercer funções na estrutura central campanha.
The taxi industry says Uber, which allows users to hail a ride using a mobile phone application, is operating illegally and is a threat to their business. The company relies mostly on drivers using their personal cars to provide the service, and the drivers don’t have taxi permits. Despite numerous protests by taxi drivers, Quebec recently reached a deal on a one-year pilot project to allow Uber to operate legally.
Here are some of the major developments in the ongoing conflict between Uber and the taxi industry:
Uber arrives in Montreal as an edispatch service used by independent taxi drivers to find fares.
Uber gets the attention of the taxi industry after it launches its Uber X app, which allows customers to book a ride and pay the fare using an app on their mobile phone. Uber X is staffed with drivers using their own cars who sometimes undercut the rates of cabs.
The city of Montreal makes it mandatory for taxi drivers to accept credit and debit card payments as a way of modernizing the taxi industry.
Uber announces that its business in Montreal is booming one year after the Uber X app was launched. The company says there are close to 300,000 Uber requests logged each month and a ride is offered on the Uber platform every nine seconds. Meanwhile, the Montreal Taxi Bureau says it has seized about 400 cars operated by Uber drivers for violating the law that requires taxi drivers to have permits. Uber has challenged all of those seizures in Montreal Municipal Court.
Transport Minister Robert Poëti, who considered Uber a pariah of the taxi industry, is shuffled out of the Quebec cabinet. Poëti said Uber engages in illegal transportation, since its drivers do not hold taxi licences, nor do they have the same insurance as the rest of the taxi industry.
The union representing thousands of taxi drivers files for permission to launch a class-action suit against the mobile ride-hailing application saying it’s engaging in unfair competition.
MAY 12, 2016
Quebec’s new Transport Minister Jacques Daoust tables a bill to force Uber drivers to buy taxi permits to operate legally. It also threatens to increase fines for anyone found to be driving for money without a valid taxi permit.
MAY 15, 2016
The Quebec Liberal Party’s youth wing successfully passes a resolution that calls on the government to work with companies that have new business models, like Uber. Young Liberals say they don’t want Uber to leave the province and say Quebec should do more to embrace innovation.
The government passes Bill 100, which calls for ride-hailing companies to adhere to Quebec’s existing system of taxi permits, or risk facing stiff penalties. But the law also gives the government and Uber until Sept. 8 to hammer out a pilot project, which would see Uber operate legally in the province within its own special category.
SEPT. 6, 2016
Uber threatens to shut down operations in Quebec if the company can’t come to an agreement with the Quebec government on a pilot project.
SEPT. 8, 2016
New Transport Minister Laurent Lessard and Uber reach a deal on a pilot project that allows Uber to operate legally. The one-year deal requires Uber drivers to have a Class 4C driver’s licence and insurance, undergo a criminalbackground check, have their car inspected and pass customer service training. But it does not require them to hold the same type of permit as taxi drivers, which can cost up to $200,000. Instead, Uber will pay a flat fee to the government on each ride, which will go into a fund to help modernize the taxi industry.
SEPT. 16, 2016
The taxi industry applies for an emergency court injunction to stop the pilot project, but a judge turns down the request saying the case isn’t urgent. Drivers claim the pilot project would legitimize Uber and cause irreparable harm to taxi drivers, who would not only lose revenue, but see the value of their taxi permits plummet. The judge orders the parties to return to court in January for a hearing on a permanent injunction against the government’s pilot project.
SEPT. 27, 2016
Taxi drivers return to court to apply for an injunction banning Uber from operating in the province because they claim the service is illegal. A decision is expected on Tuesday.
Violence erupts and cabbies from other countries gather in Paris to lend support in fight against controversial competitor
Black smoke rose from piles of burning tires at Porte Maillot, one of the main gateways to the French capital, while taxi drivers hurled stones at riot police, and one screamed: “Uber, go home!”
The war between licensed taxis and Uber Technologies Inc.’s car service spilled into streets across France on Thursday, as thousands of drivers snarled traffic around the French capital and other cities. They blocked access to both of the main Parisian airports and to train stations. Altercations broke out between Uber operators and taxi drivers.
“I’m safer in Baghdad,” singer Courtney Love wrote on Twitter, claiming that taxi drivers ambushed her car from Charles de Gaulle Airport and were hitting vehicles with metal bats. Ms. Love said she escaped on the back of a motorcycle taxi, as drivers threw stones.
Growing violence raises pressure on the government to accelerate a crackdown on Uber in one of the firm’s largest European markets. Cabbies are demanding that officials move faster to block the company’s Uberpop service, which uses unlicensed drivers. Cabbies say that is unfair competition.
“In the 24 years I’ve been a cab driver, my future has never been in so much danger,” said Ahmed Elmoatamid, a 62-year old Parisian who joined a protest at Gare du Nord, one of Europe’s busiest train stations, after his night shift ended.
The fight in France comes as Uber faces regulatory opposition in markets across the world. Courts in Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have banned Uberpop. Indonesian police said this week that they had opened an investigation into the firm.
French officials responded to the unrest Thursday by promising tougher enforcement of a law passed last year that makes operating a system such as Uberpop punishable with a fine of up to €300,000 ($415,000) and two years in prison.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Thursday said he had asked police chiefs to issue decrees banning the service. He also asked prosecutors to begin investigations into Uber. But it is unlikely either move will have any immediate effect. A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said such an investigation, which began this spring, is still under way. And Uber has said it would not stop offering Uberpop until a court orders it to do so.
“Uberpop is illegal,” Mr. Cazeneuve said, but he admitted that the service “can only be banned after a court decision.”
“The government is just trying to make noise to calm down the taxis,” said Pierre-Dimitri GoreCoty, Uber’s Western Europe chief. “They are trying to calm things down by saying Uberpop is illegal, but no court has decided that.”
Uber has responded to the new French law with a flurry of legal appeals at the French and the EU level, arguing the law is discriminatory and violates the principle of free enterprise. France’s constitutional court is to rule in the coming months. Following an Uber complaint, the EU last month also sent a letter to France outlining concerns with the new French law.
So far, the French crackdown has centred on Uberpop drivers. The French Interior Ministry said police have opened cases against 420 drivers, which could lead to fines or impounding of vehicles. Mr. Cazeneuve said Thursday he will instruct police to redouble those efforts.
French cabbies weren’t alone in their protests on Thursday. Drivers from several countries joined them on the streets of Paris to show solidarity against Uber.
Nuria Navarrete, 35, drove from Spain in her taxi, which displayed a sign that read, “Je suis taxi.” She said the protests will go on “as long as it’s necessary.”
“We’ve managed to stop Uber in Barcelona, and now we’re going to do the same thing in the rest of Europe,” she said.
Brian Ghairbhain, a driver of a London black cab, also drove to Paris for Thursday’s protest, snapping pictures as the tires burned near Porte Maillot. “Uber hurts us, so we are going to make them suffer just as much,” Mr. Ghairbhain said as he watched the mayhem. “It’s a global fight.”