UBER DRIVER AND CLIENT FIGHT ‘WITH WEAPON’ IN BUSY SOUTH WEST LONDON STREET

Uber storyTwitter user @Mickalars posted the video on 14th January 2017. In the footage, a brawl breaks out between a passenger and an Uber driver in one of London’s busy streets near Queenstown Road.

The two men are seen throwing violent swings at each other as cars rushed past. At one point, one of the men is seen punching the other then swinging a weapon before the pair continue to trade blows. According to onlookers, the weapon resembled what looked like a spanner or wrench.

The video was filmed by a London taxi driver going by the name Mick. In the footage, an unidentified woman is seen trying to desperately break up the row, but she seems to be overwhelmed. According to police, an Uber driver in his 40s reported that he had been assaulted by a passenger that same night.

The brawl took place on Wandsworth Road at around midnight. According to an Uber spokesman, it was the Uber driver who called the police.

An Uber driver tragically struck and killed a 6 year old girl and Uber denied responsibility.

How to Treat Cab Drivers, According to Cab Drivers

By CAROLINE THOMPSON on vice.com

Try not to have sex or eat in the back of the car, for starters.

Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers wear a lot of different hats. On any given shift, they can be therapists, confidants, or even boxing-match referees. Often they see us at our most stressed or vulnerable. Or, um, drunk. In short, the job is much more than just carting people from point A to point B. They’re meeting several demands from several passengers several times a day.

What do they want in return? We rounded up a few and asked them.

Don’t Keep Us Waiting

It takes a lot for me to give riders a low rating, but having me wait outside your house for more than five minutes is one way to do get one. I could pick up multiple people in that time, especially if I’m using Pool. Waiting five minutes can mean missing out on one or two other passengers, and if there’s another Pool rider in the car waiting for you too, that makes their ride longer! Be ready when I get there. —Jalil Mcgee, 27, Uber driver for a year and a half

Stop. Slamming. Our. Doors.

I bought a nice car for Uber, and I want to keep it nice! But no matter what I’m driving, people always are slamming doors. I don’t understand how people don’t seem to realize that this is not good for the car. I never yell at anyone or downrate them for it, but it does really bother me when you slam my car doors. Just close them gently! It’s not that hard! —Alex L., 38, has been driving taxis and limos for five years, and Uber for two.

This has always been a pet peeve of mine, even outside of the job. I don’t know what it is, maybe they were raised in a barn, but I hate it when passengers slam my doors. They’re like animals! Sometimes they slam the door so hard the entire car shakes, and I’m afraid the windshield is going to shatter. —Jalil

We See a Lot of Weird Sex Shit

On a late night ride, I glanced into the backseat to see these two girls straight up fingering each other in my car. I turned around real quick and they were like, “Don’t mind us! Just having a little fun before we get home!” I was like, “Hey man, do your thing, just don’t make a mess back there.” Jalil

I had a drunk couple ask me if I could pull over so they could fuck without falling around when I made turns. I asked if they really couldn’t wait, and the dude handed me a $50 bill. So I did it. I put in my headphones until they were done. Every time I hear Drake, I get flashbacks to those five long minutes. It was an easy $50, though! —Joana Hayworth, 32, Lyft and Uber driver for two years

Please Acknowledge Me as a Human Being

I hate when people get in my car and don’t say a word to me, which happens more than you’d imagine. I get it, not everyone wants to talk, but you can’t even say hi? You could be getting into a random car that’s not your Uber. Just check in with me. Say, “Hi, how are you?” Then tell me your name. Then you can stop talking! —Danielle Bender, 26, Uber driver for six months

Don’t Leave Shit in My Car on Purpose

This has actually happened to me more than once. I’ll drop a guy off, then 20 minutes later I’ll get a notification from Uber that he left something in my car. Usually it’s something dumb like a water bottle, and when he comes out to get it, he will try and ask me out. The joys of being a female Uber driver! Hate to break it to you, boys, but I’m married! —Joana

We Lowkey Love Listening to Your Ridiculous Arguments

I won’t say don’t get into fights in my backseat, because that is honestly really entertaining. I had a couple get in a fight about ghosts once. I picked them up, and the woman was mad at the guy because he had liked his friend’s engagement status on Facebook. Through the course of their argument, I came to learn that his friend had been previously engaged, and that his old fiancée had died. The woman thought it was too soon for the guy to be getting engaged again, and the man agreed but kept repeating, “He’s my best friend, and I’m happy for him.” The fight escalated until the woman was screaming at him, “What do you think her ghost would say if she was here to watch all this!?!” That was a fun ride for me. —Will Quam, 25, Uber driver for one year

Don’t Downrate Me for Something I Can’t Control

Uber’s navigation system is buggy. Sometimes it will put you in a different location than where you are. Usually people are cool about this, but I’ve had people yell at me when I arrive because I’m a block away from where they are, and then rate me lower than five stars because of this. Traffic is another thing that is not my fault! Sometimes the roads are clogged, and I can’t get around it. Screaming in my ear and threatening to downrate isn’t going to magically clear up the highway. I’m sorry you’re late, but if you’re getting into my car at rush hour, you should know what to expect.Joana

Eat When You Get Home, You Animals

I take pride in my car and hate it when people eat things in my backseat. Sometimes they even leave their trash and takeout containers, and I won’t notice until I get home at the end of the night. That makes me look bad to other customers, so please be respectful and take your trash with you!Alex

I once had a guy eating soup in my car. Soup! I told him to put it away, and he was real lippy about it. Dude, soup is not a car-suitable food. Eat when you get home! —Joana

No One Ever Tips Us (Though We’d Love It if They Did)

I think I’ve been tipped twice the entire time I’ve been an Uber driver. Lyft lets you tip in the app but Uber doesn’t. In the Uber driver-training video, we are instructed that if people try to tip us with cash, we have to first refuse. If they continue to offer us cash, we are to inform them they don’t have to tip. If they offer a third time, we are then able to accept. But I always accept the first time, because it literally never happens. I did have a very drunk man try to give me all the money out of his wallet once, but for the sake of karma, I refused. —Will

No Life Advice, Please

Riders think they can say anything to their drivers. They figure they’ll never see this person again, so they might as well tell them everything! So I get people who tell me every issue they ever had in their lives, but I also get people telling me how I should live my life or how the world should be, and those people were the worst. People tell me I need to stop driving and go get a full-time, corporate job or something. —Will

We Hate Your Shitty Music

I like to play music I think everyone will enjoy. Oldies, general ambiance music, you know. So it really bugs me when someone gets into my car and immediately asks for the aux cord, and then puts on some dumb shit I can’t stand, especially in a Pool. It’s pretty much guaranteed other riders aren’t gonna like it either, and then I look like an asshole. —Jalil

Oh, You Know a Better Route?

I get a lot of people telling me how to get to places I know how to get to. I just let them tell me, honestly. It usually takes way longer their way, but especially if I’m driving my limo, I’m making a lot of money off that extra time. In general, your driver probably knows how to get to where you’re going faster than you do, but we won’t argue with you if you want us to change directions. —Alex

This Is Not a Clown Car

If you’re trying to fit more people in my car than I have seats to fill, I’ll just tell you to piss off. It happens a lot. Someone will request three seats, and I’ll pull up and see five people waiting on the curb. “Can we just squeeze?” No! You need to call another car. I don’t play that shit. It’s already annoying enough to be driving on a Saturday night. You don’t think I’d rather be out there partying? Then to have people try and get one over on you. I really don’t need that extra bullshit. —Jalil

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JFK, LGA, EWR: Which NYC airport do I pick?

Major transportation hubs have to be plunked down at the very periphery of city limits, leaving jetlagged travelers to deal with the confusion of how to get out of the purgatory that is western Queens or central New Jersey.
On top of that, all of the city’s three major airports, JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia ranked dead last among major American airports for on-time arrival.
But all’s not lost. You can hack your travel by picking the right airport based on your destination.
Staying mostly in the outer boroughs? Then JFK or LaGuardia may be right. Coming on a red-eye from Europe? Newark’s your best friend.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Located in: Southern Queens (though some incorrectly think it’s still in Brooklyn).
Choose it if: Your final destination is in Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, or pretty much any other neighborhood in the borough.
Fuggedaboutit if: You’re trying to visit a friend in upper Manhattan — you’ll spend half of your vacation on the subway.
Worst thing about airport: The immigration lines sadly aren’t an urban legend, and can add hours to your overall travel time as you wait to go through customs. Welcome to New York!
Best thing about airport: Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Uptown Brasserie, which lets you reclaim the dignity you lost in customs.
Distance to Times Square: 15.7 miles, an hour and a $60 UberX will get you to the neon lights of Broadway. You can also take the AirTrain from your terminal to Jamaica Station in Queens to switch to the A, E, or J subway lines or to the Long Island Rail Road to Penn Station in Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Newark Airport is your best bet if you're staying on the west side of Manhattan.

Located in: The scenic Chemical Coast of New Jersey (but hey, at least there’s an IKEA nearby!).
Choose it if: You’re staying in Manhattan, you’re doing a “Sopranos” tour, or you prefer views of the Jersey interstate (and the Statue of Liberty) to post-industrial Queens.
Fuggedaboutit if: You need fancy foodie fare — post-security, your options are limited to the likes of Dunkin’ Donuts and diners.
Worst thing about airport: It’s in New Jersey.
Best thing about airport: It’s in New Jersey.
Distance to Times Square: Again, you’re looking at about 15 miles to get to Manhattan, but depending on the time of day and congestion at the Holland Tunnel, it could be much quicker than JFK, or much, much worse. If you prefer public transit, there are regular trains from Newark to Penn Station.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Located in: Northern Queens
Choose it if: Your final destination is in Long Island City, Astoria, Williamsburg, Manhattan’s East Side, if you really like dealing with never-ending construction, or there was no other way to get into New York.
Fuggedaboutit if: You want to be on time; LGA is often ranked the worst airport in the US for flight cancellations and delays.
Worst thing about airport: Former veep Joe Biden once likened it to a “third-world country.”
Best thing about airport: Joe Biden probably didn’t know there were also coyotes spotted around the airport!
Distance to Times Square: The 11-mile trip will take about a half hour and set you back approximately $30 for an Uber. A few city buses pick up from the airport, including the M60 that goes through Queens and then across 125th Street in Manhattan.

Wikileaks shares massive CIA hacking tricks

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever batch of confidential documents on the CIA, revealing the breadth of the agency’s ability to hack smartphones and popular social media messaging apps such as WhatsApp.

A total of 8,761 documents have been published as part of ‘Year Zero’, the first part in a series of leaks on the agency that the whistleblower organization has dubbed ‘Vault 7.’

In a statement WikiLeaks said ‘Year Zero’ revealed details of the CIA’s “global covert hacking program,” including “weaponized exploits” used against company products including “Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.”

According to the cache of documents released, the CIA’s Mobile Devices Branch (MDB) has developed multiple tools and systems to hack popular smart phones and remotely order them to send both location data as well as audio and text communications.

The phones’ cameras and microphones can also be remotely activated at will.

Such tools and techniques allow the CIA to hack social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman before encryption can be applied, WikiLeaks claims in the statement on their website.

The time period covered in the latest leak is 2013 to 2016, according to the CIA timestamps on the documents themselves.

Delays At LaGuardia Airport After Lightning Strike Leaves Hole On Runway

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — LaGuardia Airport is experiencing delays after a lightning strike that left a hole on a runway Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the lightning strike created a hole on Runway 22 shortly after 11 a.m., causing traffic and delays for incoming and outgoing planes.

The FAA says arriving flights could experience delays of up to 1 hour and 35 minutes. Departing flights could see delays of up to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The runway was closed, but was reopened at around 12:40 p.m.

A new terminal just for animals has opened at JFK Airport

A new terminal just for animals has opened at JFK
Photograph: Courtesy Ark Development LLC
JFK just got a brand-new luxury terminal, but don’t get too excited. This one’s already gone to the dogs.

The Ark at JFK is a new, $65 million facility in a 178,000-square-foot warehouse at JFK that houses a splash pool, overnight kennels, micro-chipping services to track pets and will eventually even have an in-house pet spa.

As part of phase one of the project which opened today is an Equine and Livestock Export Center, Aviary In-Transit Quarantine and a Pet Oasis. The “Oasis” offers information on traveling with pets, customs clearances and quarantines as well as veterinary care.

When the entire terminal opens later this summer, it will serve as a holding area for pets traveling to and from the airport. The next phase will include a grooming area, and an import/export area for horses. The final phase will house a “veterinary clinic, veterinary blood laboratory, and pet boarding and grooming facilities.”

Sounds like your dog may soon have a nicer time going through JFK than you.

Cuomo’s LaGuardia AirTrain, Possibly NY’s Worst Transit Idea, Is Actually Happening

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 AT 4:44 P.M.

Behold, a rendering of Cuomo's LaGuardia AirTrain

In theory, a rail connection to LaGuardia Airport is a no-brainer: 86 percent of passengers take cars to the airport, constantly battling construction and rush hour-related delays to have the opportunity to navigate LaGuardia’s battered and aging concourses (lucky for them, their flight is most likely delayed anyway). Still, it would be nice to have a way to get to the airport that doesn’t rest on the whims of the ever-mercurial Grand Central Parkway. Enter Governor Andrew Cuomo, a man committed to making New York “New York” again, a place where we can build “something big and [say], ‘Geez, that’s us, boy. That’s New York at its best.’”

As part of Cuomo’s plan to build a completely new LaGuardia airport that he unveiled last year, he briefly mentioned an AirTrain from Willets Point, of a similar build as the JFK AirTrain. Transit advocates laughed at the idea. Why would he build its terminal at Willets Point, which is even further from the city than the airport itself? For a while, Cuomo barely mentioned the AirTrain. Everyone thought it was dead. Then, the idea came back to life, and worse, it looks like it’s actually happening. Yesterday, the governor’s office issued an RFP for the design and engineering of the Willets Point to LaGuardia AirTrain. Brace yourself for a boondoggle.

To get a sense of what an unmitigated disaster Cuomo’s plan will be, you have to look at the history of a mythical rail connection to LaGuardia. Since at least the 1980’s, as New York City began its financial recovery, there’s been a strong push for a one-seat ride, preferably on the New York City subway itself. The N is the closest train to LaGuardia and the city, and it terminates at Ditmars Boulevard, just 2.5 miles away from the airport. In 1998, the MTA, Port Authority, and city decided to pool their money and connect the city’s two airports to the trains. LaGuardia would get an N train extension, and JFK, a monorail, dubbed an “AirTrain,” that would go 4.5 miles along the Van Wyck expressway to the international airport. The JFK AirTrain got built. The N Train extension did not.

The N train extension was summarily executed by local opposition, mainly due to the the fact that NIMBY’s didn’t want an elevated subway line cutting through their neighborhood. Every local politician also objected, and by 2002, and the mayoralty of Michael Bloomberg, the idea was dead. But Cuomo picked up an essential lesson from the ordeal — communities are more receptive to an elevated line that cruises along an existing right-of-way than an elevated train that would shade an entire neighborhood. By the time he got to announcing his version of a LaGuardia rail connection, he had internalized that lesson completely. As long as the AirTrain avoided anywhere anyone actually lived, it could be built.

Cuomo's LaGuardia AirTrain, Possibly NY’s Worst Transit Idea, Is Actually Happening (2)

Looking at a map, Willets Point sits closer to the airport than the N’s terminus. But it’s on the wrong side of the airport. In a world where Cuomo’s AirTrain exists, it would be served by the already chronically crowded 7 train, as well as the Long Island Rail Road station at Willets Point. That LIRR station, however, is on the Port Washington Branch, cutting it off from the rest of the LIRR system. So if you were on Long Island and wanted to get to LGA via Cuomo’s AirTrain, you would have to take a train to Jamaica, then probably another one to Woodside, and finally grabbing a train going back just the way you came, but bound for Port Washington. If you had the choice of doing that, or taking a car, you would take a car.

Studies have shown that Cuomo’s proposal will save no one any time whatsoever from the existing bus options, which have the advantage of connecting to the express trains at Roosevelt-74th Street in Jackson Heights. In addition, there’s no plans to add any capacity whatsoever on the 7 line, nor is it feasible to add any non-rush hour express service without a fourth track on the elevated line, making Willets Point almost forty minutes away from Grand Central, provided you’re receiving the fastest service the 7 train has to offer.

But Cuomo is insisting on the Willets Point connection because it’s the most expedient. By building above a train depot and having the train zip alongside the Grand Central parkway, he’ll avoid any community complaints. And, he’ll finally have a train.

Not only is the state moving ahead with this plan under the ludicrous idea that it will get riders from midtown to LGA in thirty minutes, but it appears to be staking a claim to much of the area around Willets Point, including a contested piece of land where the city has been removing car repair shops off the land for more than a decade. Instead of even pretending they’ll be building a mixed-use community on the toxic location (like local officials have done), the governor’s RFP states that LaGuardia’s car rental companies will go there instead.

So what will this unnecessary rail link, which might even make commutes worse for New Yorkers on the 7 line, cost taxpayers? Like almost all of Cuomo’s projects, that’s still undisclosed. Last year Cuomo tossed out $450 million, a price that transit experts found to be wildly optimistic. At the time, he said that amount would come from “existing sources.” Now, that number is no longer being bandied about. In the RFP, Cuomo has announced that the financing would come from “public-private partnerships,” a preferred method of Cuomo’s for avoiding huge hits to the budget for infrastructure spending by offering massive tax breaks to developers instead. One wonders how much in lost tax revenue this train from nowhere will eventually cost New York State, but rest assured, it will likely be far more than $450 million.

Is there any chance to get Cuomo to back off his plan? What about an AirTrain that runs along the Grand Central from Jackson Heights instead, and connects to the E/F/M/R and 7 trains, and sits two 7 train stops away from the LIRR? Wouldn’t that be worth consideration? Or, what about giving the N extension another shot? Unfortunately, neither of these are being considered at all. We’re stuck with the Willets Point AirTrain, which Cuomo says it will be up and running by 2023. We’ll be living with the governor’s shortsightedness and penchant for sparkly toys that serve no real purpose for long after

‘Let them in’: Hundreds protest at JFK airport after Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

‘Let them in’: Hundreds protest at JFK airport after Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
A spontaneous protest has engulfed New York City’s JFK airport after a number of immigrants, including US green card holders, were detained there Saturday, on the back of travel restrictions introduced by President Donald Trump.

Trump’s executive order on Friday banned citizens from six Muslim majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days unless they possess a diplomatic visa, and barred refugees from Syria indefinitely.

Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ sees passengers detained at airports, threatens Silicon Valley

At least 12 immigrants were reportedly detained at JFK airport on foot of the ban prompting activists to quickly organize a protest calling for the release of  those refused entry into the country.

Iraqi translator and former interpreter for the US army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq Hameed Khalid Darwees, was one of those detained, but was released after his lawyers petitioned a federal court.