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London Uber drivers to charge electric car fee

London Uber drivers to charge electric car fee

Technology
Uber is planning to add a surcharge to all fares booked via its app in London to help its drivers buy electric vehicles.The fee, expected to be 15p per mile, will be introduced "early" in 2019.Uber said drivers working for 40 hours per week could get cash help of about £1,500 a year from passengers via the top-up fee.The ride-hailing firm said the scheme would also contribute towards plans to curb air pollution in the capital.Uber said it expected the scheme to raise more than £200m ($ 260m) over the "next few years" to help drivers swap vehicles. It said the fee would add about 45p to the average London journey. It hopes to hand cash to 20,000 drivers to hel...
5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News A proposed rule from the White House would make it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they have received certain kinds of public assistance — including Medicaid, food stamps and housing subsidies. Green cards allow them to live and work permanently in the United States. “Those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. The proposal, announced Saturday night, marks a new frontier in the administration’s long-term effort to curb immigration, both legal and illegal. It already has spurred intense criticism from Democrats, anti-poverty activists, health care organizations and immigrants’ rights ...
3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Cody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.His bail was posted at $ 150,000 (£114,000).Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a campaign group that offers blueprints for creating 3D printed guns.He was deported back to the US from Taiwan on 22 September, having travelled there before police could speak to him.In August, a 16-year-old said she had been paid $ 500 (£380) to have sex with him at a hotel in Austin, Texas.The legal age of consent in the state is 17.Mr Wilson's lawyer Samy Khalil said: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. "That's our focus right now, rep...
Beckham to go on trial over speeding charge

Beckham to go on trial over speeding charge

Entertainment
David Beckham is to go on trial for allegedly speeding in west London earlier this year. The former England footballer is accused of driving a Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone on the A40 in Paddington on 23 January.His case is listed to be heard on Tuesday at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court in Battersea, south west London.However, as this hearing is just administrative it will be held behind closed doors alongside several similar cases with only a magistrate and a legal adviser present.A not guilty plea was entered on 17 August, according to the court list. Image: The Beckhams have owned several Bentleys over the years, including this one in 2007 If Beckham is found guilty he could receive three points on his licence ...
Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...