Opinion: Managing to stop Uber is just an obviously unsuccessful attempt to stop progress

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UBER is by far a better service then regular taxis. Plus as a user you can immediately provide feedback to other riders about your experience with this particular driver. Pricing is predictable, no surprises. No cash to count - all payments are done via the app. No tips required.

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Co­or­de­na­ção da cam­pa­nha do MPLA com Isa­ac dos An­jos

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.

CAB­BIES SEEK END TO UBER THREAT Taxi driv­ers staged a protest out­side the Mon­treal court­house on Mon­day as lawyers for the in­dus­try made an­other at­tempt in court to shut down Uber, the ride-shar­ing ser­vice that has been a thorn in the side of the taxi ind

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: NOVEM­BER 2013 Uber ar­rives in Mon­treal as an edis­patch ser­vice used by in­de­pen­dent taxi driv­ers to find fares. OC­TO­BER 2014 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. OC­TO­BER 2015 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. NOVEM­BER 2015 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. JAN­UARY 2016 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. MARCH 2016 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. JUNE 2016 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.

Anti-Uber protests clog French cities

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.”

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