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New Yorks City’s Subway System Has A Collaboration With The City’s Libraries

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Going on a lengthy commute? well the New York Public Library has got you covered. In collaboration with the MTA, New York State, TransitWireless and the Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries, NYPL is bringing us the “Subway Library,” a platform that provides commuters with access to free e-books, short stories and more—whether you’re above or below ground.

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Flight Delayed Or Cancelled There’s An App & Compensation for That

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AirHelp is a service that helps airline passengers receive the compensation that’s owed to them after a disrupted flight (including cancellations, delays, and overbookings). All you have to do is file a claim through AirHelp and we’ll take it from there – sometimes even taking the airline to court!

If you win your claim, AirHelp takes a 25% administrative fee for handling the claim. If you don’t win your claim, you pay nothing.

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A pickup point for Uber at LaGuardia airport in New York. Uber has faced criticism before over its treatment of drivers.

A pickup point for Uber at LaGuardia airport in New York. Uber has faced criticism before over its treatment of drivers. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Uber to pay New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars after admitting to underpaying them for two-and-a-half years by taking a larger cut of drivers’ fares than it was entitled.

Under the terms of service the ride-hailing company put in place in November 2014, Uber was supposed to take its percentage of the commission – ranging between 20% and 25% – after deducting sales tax and a local fee to fund benefits for injured drivers. Instead, the company calculated its commission on the gross fare, resulting in more money for Uber and less for drivers.The average payout-per-driver will be about $900. With tens of thousands of drivers eligible for a refund, the company will be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. An Uber spokesperson said that the company discovered the mistake in recent weeks, as it was preparing to roll out a new pricing scheme.

However, questions about Uber’s calculation of New York City commissions were raised nearly a year ago in a class-action lawsuit filed by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA). The suit, which was filed in federal court in New York in June 2016, alleged that Uber’s deduction of sales tax and the injured driver fee after the commission was calculated violated the terms of service and amounted to wage “theft”.

Uber also has admitted to underpaying US drivers. In March, the company paid refunds to UberBlack drivers in Philadelphia after charging them an extra 5% in commission for about 18 months. In January, Uber agreed to pay $20m to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that it had tricked drivers with false promises of higher earnings.

 

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New York City Collected Nearly A Billion In Fines 2016

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Data revealed that New York City received a record 993 Billion in fines last year. Noise pollution and littering  up 51 %. Parking tickets accounted for 55% of fines. The Mayor promised to ease financial burdens on city businesses.

eSports Cruise To Set Sail

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On October 20, the Gamer Gauntlet will set sail from Port Canaveral with a wide variety of special guests from the gaming industry on board.  Organizers confirmed that Marvel Vs. Capcom pros Yipes and Persia would be hosting their own tournament on the cruise while other fighting game stars like PR Balrog, Snake Eyez, Master and Vanessa Arteaga would also be on the ship. Perhaps the biggest announcement of the week, however, came when Echo Fox’s Justin Wong confirmed that he would also be setting sail on what has now been deemed #CruiseCon.

For four days an entire Royal Caribbean cruise ship will be packed with gaming tournaments, full immersion gaming rooms, cosplay contests and other sources of entertainment that are catered specifically to the gaming community. While there have been gaming groups and conventions hosted on cruise ships in the past, this will be the first time an entire chartered U.S. cruise will be setting sail as a trip dedicated solely to creating a video game-lover’s paradise out at sea.

So while you will still have the option to spend four days getting spa treatments or hitting the rock climbing wall, guests will also have the option to watch Video Games Live perform, attend a special event for women in tech and gaming, try out Microsoft’s HoloLens, experience new VR technologies, dance the night away at a cosplay party and mingle with some of the biggest eSports stars around.

Uber Now Working On Flying Taxis

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Helicopters, quad copters, or space-age airplanes, all the craft will have to be capable of vertical takeoff and landing, called VTOL, in order to fit into mini-airports, known as vertiports, spread around cities. And they will have to be quiet enough to take off and land near homes and offices without driving people crazy. Local, state, and federal agencies all have to get on board and convince the public that the technology is safe and not too intrusive.  Dubai has already green-lit a program by Chinese drone maker EHang (unconnected to Uber) that will start sky taxi flights in July.

The likely plan in all cities is to locate vertiports on top of buildings.

Uber’s taxis will start service with fully certified commercial pilots, who may be the company’s first full-time drivers.

Restaurants

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Photographer: PAOLO TERZI Fotografo, Modena

A re-interpreted crab cake at Osteria Francescana, ranked No. 2 this year.

The Top 50 (Last year’s place in parentheses)

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York (3)
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (1)
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain (2)
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France (6)
  5. Central, Lima (4)
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain (10)
  7. Gaggan, Bangkok (23)
  8. Maido, Lima (13)
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain (7)
  10. Steirereck, Vienna (9)
  11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York (48)
  12. Arpège, Paris (19)
  13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (58)
  14. Restaurant André, Singapore (32)
  15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy (17)
  16. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil (11)
  17. Le Bernardin, New York (24)
  18. Narisawa, Tokyo (8)
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen (28)
  20. Pujol, Mexico City (25)
  21. Alinea, Chicago (15)
  22. Quintonil, Mexico City (12)
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow (18)
  24. Amber, Hong Kong (20)
  25. Tickets, Barcelona (29)
  26. The Clove Club, London (26)
  27. The Ledbury, London (14)
  28. Nahm, Bangkok (37)
  29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy (39)
  30. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain (21)
  31. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (72)
  32. Attica, Melbourne (33)
  33. Astrid y Gastón, Lima (30)
  34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands (38)
  35. Septime, Paris (50)
  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (45)
  37. Saison, San Francisco (27)
  38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain (16)
  39. Relae, Copenhagen (40)
  40. Cosme, New York (96)
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai (42)
  42. Boragó, Santiago (36)
  43. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy (84)
  44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia (65)
  45. Den, Tokyo (77)
  46. L’Astrance, Paris (57)
  47. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany (35)
  48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (34)
  49. Tegui, Buenos Aires (68)
  50. Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium (53)

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