Uber Reaches $100 Million Settlement

maxresdefaultOn Thursday Uber announced their plans to settle lawsuits in California and Massachusetts from drivers who were hoping to be considered employees rather than contractors.

In response, Uber will pay $100 million to the drivers in these two states and has agreed to ease control over their drivers.

The drivers will remain independent contractors, and will not be considered employees.

In an article from the Los Angeles Times, Uber drivers expressed their mixed feelings about the decision.

For Uber driver Moon Lee, remaining an independent contractor is preferred because it allows him to act as a small business, without the responsibilities of running one.

Uber_ride_Bogota_(10277864666).jpgOn the other hand, Uber driver Arthur Bard remains conflicted on the settlement due to his wife’s diagnosis of multiple myeloma. While he is glad that remaining an independent contractor allows him to have control his own schedule, he is forced to work despite his wife’s illness as he does not have the same benefits of an employee, such as paid time off.

The lawsuit also allows Uber drivers to now solicit tips, and will protect them from being “fired” without warning in.

As with anything,  there are both positive and negative aspects of the settlement. However, Uber drivers remain hopeful that in the end the settlement will work to their advantage.




Here’s $1million, Now Unlock This Phone

According to Fox News, FBI director James Comey is giving us the latest on the San Bernardino attacker’s phone. Unlike updates on your phone this update required a $1 million fee. It seems the FBI paid $1 million for technology that would unlock the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone 5C.

Gunman Syed Farook was the former owner of the phone which has had Apple in a debate with the FBI due to it’s encryption regulations. This Thursday the FBI director made this announcement at a “moderate discussion” in London. Fox News claims Comey used phrases such as “a lot” or “more than I will make in the remainder of this job” when asked how much was spent to unlock the phone.

Fox News fact checked these statements and learned that the director stands to earn about $1.34 million during his remaining time in office. Although the director admitted this is not the preferred route he wished to take in uncovering the crime this purchase was well worth it. Justice Department officials are still unsure if the FBI will reveal the tools used to unlock Syed Farook’s phone.

Chief Clerk In it for the money not for the country

According to DNAInfo, in New York City during the state primary, there were more than a couple people who filed a complain..try over 1,000! According to the report, over 125,000 people were unable to give their vote during the voter roll held in Brooklyn.

The source of the problem turned out to be the mistake of Chief Clerk Diane Haslett-Rudiano.  They found she had, “accidentally kicked active voters off the list after doing a routine update to eliminate people who have died or moved.” This seems like quite a big mess-up for someone of such importance, who i’m sure has done this many times in the past. Fired immediately, the crime did not go without a thorough investigation for the Board of Elections.

Research has shown this is not the first incident with voters being treated poorly and hindering their chances to vote. If we want to get really dramatic, this could sound like a shady planned event. With the amount of tension between all of the politicians this year, it would not be surprising for a scandal to emerge sometime soon. Who best to meddle with than not the voters themselves?

Increase in suicide

Suicide rates have increased in America since 1999 and are continuing to rise. According to a CNN report, ” Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.”

The only improvement was with black males as they had an eight percent decrease in suicides between 1999 and 2014 as stated by CNN.

The report stated the largest increase was among American Indians and Alaska Natives and was followed by white men and white women. It is said by the report that the increase among American Indians and Alaska Natives could be their socioeconomic status which is on the lower end and can cause them to be more likely to use substance and alcohol.

All of the causes for suicide vary from not having coverage to get proper treatment for depression to antidepressants possibly not helping the patients. Overdosing on painkillers is also a top lead to suicide.

Chief Medical officer of the American Medical Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Christine Moutier stated, “Access to lethal means is one of the most significant risk factors for an individual to die by suicide.”

Donald Trump makes 9/11 tribute but mixes up wrong date

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is at it again with the crazy comments. This time he mixes up an important date in history with the name of a convenience store.

According to CNN, at a rally in Buffalo,NY, Trump showed his advocacy for New York City calling the attacks 7/11 instead of 9/11.

The New York native made remarks about the event stating, “Because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I’ve  ever seen in action.”

Trump did not correct himself.

Although the presidential candidate mixed up months of July and September, the terrorist attacks in 2001 have been a central theme in Trump’s presidential campaign. Calling the attacks as defining New York’s value.

Trump’s spokeswoman Katrina Pierson defended the candidate saying that “people misspeak all the time.”