Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

Transit officials worldwide worry that ride-hail apps like Uber and Lyft are creating traffic and pulling passengers away from public transit. Amid that concern, Florida’s Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in 2016 tried something unusual: It began to subsidize rides on Uber, taxis, or wheelchair-accessible cars that ended at a public transit stop. In a sense, the experiment made Uber into public transit. In many ways, the project feels like the future, an innovative embrace of Silicon Valley. The county nixed two poorly performing bus routes and used that money to give riders $3 breaks, and later $5 breaks, on Uber or taxi rides to specified public transit stops. By swiping to a special screen inside the app, Uber riders can …

Donald Trump’s July 4 spectacle just keeps getting more and more absurd

(CNN)When President Donald Trump initially announced his plan to take over the usually non-partisan July 4 celebration in Washington way back in February, I wrote a piece with this headline “The utter absurdity of Trump’s July Fourth bash.” “Big 4th of July in D.C. ‘Salute to America.’” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. “The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World. Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” With the festivities now only days away, the full picture of what Trump has planned is coming into focus. And boy, oh boy, is it over the top. Among the …

Ball, Winkleman and Feltz among top BBC earners

The stars’ salaries are published as part of the BBC’s Annual Report and covers the period from April 2018 to March 2019. BBC star salaries 2018-19: Who earned what? What else did we learn from the annual report? However, as usual the list is not a fair or complete reflection of what all celebrities at the BBC earn. Actors and some entertainment presenters who work for the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Studios are not included. As a result, the stars of some of the BBC’s biggest programmes – like Top Gear and Doctor Who – are absent from the list. In the past 12 months, Chris Evans has left for Virgin Radio, replaced by Zoe Ball. As a result, his …

Brexit backstop ‘has to change or go’, says Hunt

How PM hopefuls view Brexit and the Irish border Tory leadership: Compare the candidates Who chooses the next PM? Hunt sets 30 September ‘no-deal deadline’ Boris Johnson backtracks over Scottish funding The backstop – the most controversial part of the deal Theresa May negotiated with the EU – is a position of last resort to prevent any new checks or controls on the Irish border after Brexit. The UK and EU would prefer to maintain the border status quo through a comprehensive trade deal. The Conservative Party’s 160,000 members will begin voting next week and Mrs May’s successor is expected to be announced on 23 July. Backstop Mr Hunt was first to take to the stage at the event. “We …

There is a rottenness at the heart of the Border Patrol

(CNN)As progressive members of the House of Representatives traveled to Texas to see immigrant holding facilities for themselves Monday, ProPublica published a news story about a highly offensive Facebook group made up of current and former Border Patrol agents. A slap on the wrist won’t do here. Any agent making comments this vile is a danger to migrants and should be fired immediately. Agents who are members of this group and failed to report coworkers, or simply observed and laughed along, should also face professional consequences. But beyond the surfacing of the social media account, it’s the culture of the entire agency that has been exposed here, and this was all predictable. This is an agency, after all, staffed by …

Trump’s rant about Megan Rapinoe devolves into treatise about PC culture in the NBA

President Donald Trump complained about U.S. Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s statement about not to attend any potential White House ceremonies should they win the this year in a Twitter rant on Wednesday morning. The president was responding to comments Rapinoe made when speaking with soccer magazine Eight by Eight where she said she would not be “going to the fucking White House” if the team wins the World Cup, adding that she did not think Trump would invite the team. The comments seemed to spark Trump, who said that he planned on inviting the team to the White House regardless of whether the team wins the international soccer competition. Then he went on a tangent about other sports. “Womens …

Hit anime series ‘Attack on Titan’ is coming to an end

The new teaser features Mikasas voice sayingEren, please, come back, in Japanese, and refers to season 4 as the final season. The manga is still in progress (although its expected to end in the next two years), so this may be aGame of Thrones situation where the shows ending differs slightly from the original canon. Attack on Titan isnt quite as ubiquitous now as it was in 2014 and 2015, but its still receiving strong reviews in season 3. However, its also begun to earn more criticism for its potentially fascistic political subtext, which originated with the manga. Like the first three seasons, season 4 ofAttack on Titan is expected to air on Crunchyroll to overseas audiences. The 10 best …

First Openly Non-Binary Senate Candidate Seeks To Make Politics More Inclusive

Say what you want about Bre Kidman. They’ve heard it all before.  At 31, the political newcomer is jumping into one of 2020’s most highly anticipated elections ― the Senate race in Maine ― and “flipping the bird to the notion of electability” along the way.  non-binary person to run for Senate and, if elected, they would be the first openly It would be an understatement to say winning the Democratic Party’s nomination and defeating Republican incumbent Sen. their campaign website. “I am not slick or polished, but I am smart and passionate.” Earlier this month, while electronically filing their financial disclosure forms for the race, Kidman Natalie Josephine Jones Kidman was one of dozens of Mainers to fly down …

Yesterday review predictable romcom

Danny Boyles fantasy about a world without the Beatles turns into a Richard Curtis greatest hits show This high-concept romantic comedy is billed as a collaboration between two of the most distinctive voices in British cinema. But, in fact, it is Danny Boyle rather drowned out by Curtiss instantly recognisable writing style. In fairness, its a style that has proven highly successful over the years: the joshing, bantering dialogue; the mannered inarticulacy with members of the opposite sex; the mortifying public declaration at the crest of the third act. But it feels a bit like an overfamiliar playlist of greatest hits. Theres a heart-sinking moment when you realise that you know exactly where the story is going. And you wish …

In search of the perfect pub: what makes a great British boozer?

Theyre under threat but theyre fighting back. How famous London pubs are adapting to a changing world Milky tea, fish and chips, the local pub: these were once the enticing mainstays of British life. Theyre all still there, of course, but outside the home we drink far more coffee than tea, and on the high street the curry house and chicken takeaway long ago supplanted the deep-fried attractions of the fish and chip shop. Of the traditional triumvirate only the public house remains in a primary position, but that too is under threat. It is estimated that Britain has Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), and thats certainly the impression. Last year it describedthe situation as dismal. Almost on cue, Sohos …

Kim Kardashian Officially Asked To DROP Kimono Trademark – By The Mayor Of Kyoto, Japan! – Perez Hilton

Kim Kardashian West delighted many with the introduction of her new shapewear line. Dubbed “solutionwear,” her take on Spanx purported to solve numerous problems regular wearers have had with the slimming undergarments in the past. Unfortunately the name she chose stepped on a lot of toes. Over 127 million in fact. See, Kim called her line Kimono. Yes, the traditional Japanese garment. Why? We don’t know. Perhaps a portmanteau of Kim and “mono” as in it’s all one garment? (Though that isn’t even true in many cases.) Either way, it’s not only confusing as there’s another article of clothing called a kimono — it’s also culturally insensitive. Why? It’s the name of a traditional, culturally significant garment of a nation — …

To spite Putin, come visit Georgia

(CNN)Dear travelers, wine drinkers, hikers and beachgoersDear epicureans, romantics and historiansDear anybody looking for an adventure or wanting to spite Russian President Vladimir Putin. The country of Georgia needs you. If you’ve ever considered visiting this small Black Sea nation nestled between Russia and Turkey, now is the time. For those of you who have already been, it is time to return. It was not. But because of Putin’s actions (and a previous Soviet strategy to divide and conquer the region) 20% of this country is occupied by Russian forces. The truth is complex, but it’s not hard to understand: Georgians want their country back. And they want to share it with visitors because they are proud of this land. …

30 Photos Of Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization In The Exclusion Zone Around Chernobyl

While not fit for human habitation, wildlife has made a remarkable comeback in the exclusion zone; there are said to be more than 60 different types of mammals living there including wild boar and elk. Wolves are doing especially well, with a population that is seven times the size of wolf populations in neighboring reserves. Proof of this can be seen in this fascinating list compiled by Bored Panda. Marvel at the way that grey concrete blocks are gradually giving way to greenery, as plants and trees slowly engulf the ruins of the former Soviet town. You can also meet some of the local wildlife celebrities, who are looking remarkably healthy considering the highly contaminated land around them. #2 Tree Growing On …

5 Queer People on How They Found Their Chosen Families

It's a fairly common tale in the LGBTQ+ community: Queer people move away from home and build new families of their own. They go to cities, find friends and partners, and form a network. Since many queer individuals are rejected (or just simply tolerated) by their families of origin, this new support network is a place where they can shine and be their authentic selves. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Pose knows this. Yet, with the spread of social media, messages boards, and apps, the ways in which LGBTQ+ folks find each other has changed dramatically. Some still find their chosen family IRL, but others do it by popping up in someone's DMs. To mark the conclusion …

The New Charlie’s Angels Trailer Is Here

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. Today we have the first trailer from the new reboot of Charlie's Angels and a whole lot of news about Netflix. Let's get going. The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here OK, so maybe we don't need another Charlie's Angels movie, but dammit—this looks really fun. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also plays Bosley, the film stars Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart—who is having the most fun—as the Angels and also Patrick Stewart as another Bosley. The movie, which seems fully dedicated to the notion that Kristen Stewart should face-punch bad guys in every film and possibly be the new 007, hits theaters in November. …