Uber 'panic button' on the way?

Uber 'panic button' on the way?

A number of people have a host of issues with Uber, and one that keeps cropping up is the safety of passengers who use the service.

While drivers are vetted, some say that the company aren't doing enough. There's been cases, globally, of passengers being attacked or sexually assaulted by drivers, and Uber seem to be doing something about it.

In South Africa, after a series of attacks, Uber are introducing a 'panic button', or an 'SOS' service if you prefer.

While some think Uber haven't done enough, others have argued that drivers who have attacked passengers have had no previous criminal record and passed all relevant security checks.

Either way, this new service is an attempt to rectify the situation.

At the moment, this is only a pilot scheme which will take place in Johannesburg, but the plan is that it will roll out to anyone using the app, anywhere in the world.

The app will contact local authorities, but you'd hope that the very existence of the service will act as a deterrent in itself. It couldn't possibly stop all crimes from occurring, but it's a start.

Is it something that all taxi services should be looking at?


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    Sky Data poll: Just 20% confident in FA abuse investigation

    The Sky Data poll also finds a third of people are less likely to allow a child to play for a football club following the scandal.

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    More than half of people say they do not have confidence in the Football Association's ability to investigate allegations of sexual abuse within the sport, a Sky Data Snap Poll reveals.

    Eighteen UK police forces are now looking into claims of historical child sex abuse in football after receiving calls from more than 350 people who say they were victims.

    FA chairman Greg Clarke has admitted he cannot be sure whether historical abuse in football has been covered up, and has described the scandal as "the biggest crisis" he has ever seen in the sport.But, according to the Sky Data poll, 57% of people do not have confidence in the FA to investigate the claims, while just 20% say they are confident in the organisation.

    The founder of Enough Abuse UK, Marilyn Hawes, told Sky News she was not surprised by the results - and expected confidence to drop further.

    "I fear an organisation that has had such an endemic magnitude of failure and clear cover-up that (no one) should trust them."Also in the poll, 48% of people said the scandal would make no difference to whether they would send a child to play at a football club.

    Some 37% said it would make them less likely to send a child to play football.

    Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,014 Sky customers via SMS on 2 December. Data are weighted to the profile of the population

    Meanwhile, Southampton Football Club has become the latest to contact police after receiving information relating to the abuse.

    A spokesman said: "The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes, and with our full focus."

    Ten suspects have now been identified and the National Association for people Abused in Childhood said it had seen a tenfold increase in the number of adult victims registering for their support groups in recent weeks.

    Ex-Chelsea striker Gary Johnson, 57, said his Premier League club had asked him to sign a "gagging order" and paid him £50,000 not to go public with allegations that he was sexually abused by the club's former chief scout Eddie Heath.He told the Daily Mirror: "I think that they were paying me to keep a lid on this. Millions of fans around the world watch Chelsea.

    "They are one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world.

    "All their fans deserve to know the truth about what went on. I know they asked me to sign a gagging order and how many others are there out there?"Chelsea FC said it has launched an independent inquiry which it will share with the FA but it has not denied paying Mr Johnson.

    Solicitor Tom West said he had been contacted by another former first team player, who was remaining anonymous, who had been to the police to allege he had been sexually assaulted by Heath.

    Mr West told Sky News: "Eddie Heath used to hang around the offices at Stamford Bridge and would grope my client and some of the other boys when they were playing snooker.

    "Eddie Heath was a big chap - apparently 6'6, he had an intimidating presence and I think it was quite frightening for my client."

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    Labour's Brexit bill amendments likely to delay Article 50

    In a week when the Government appeared to be signalling a softer flavour of Brexit, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has clarified some of Labour's plans - for the first time confirming the Opposition will seek to amend a likely Article 50 Bill being prepared by Government.

    Speaking to me on the fringes of the conference of European left-wing leaders, Mr Corbyn volunteered the position.

    It is an important detail, presuming the failure of the Government's Supreme Court Appeal next week.

    The Labour leader was at pains to say it was not about stopping Brexit, as had been suggested by his predecessor Tony Blair.

    "You can't say to people 'you vote, you take the decision. Sorry, you've made the wrong decision. You've got to take it again'."

    But nor did he absolutely rule out a possible further referendum on exit terms, a policy which was passed at Labour Party Conference in September.

    He also did not repeat the idea from his close ally Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell that there were "enormous opportunities" in Brexit. That quote angered some Labour MPs.

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    The clarification means that it is less likely Theresa May will be able to get through an Article 50 notification by her end of March deadline.

    The Supreme Court is expected to report back on the Government's appeal not before mid January, and possibly at the end of the month.

    It is still Labour's position that it will not block Article 50, but it will try to insist on plans being published for new trading arrangements and protection of social rights.

    It means the attempt to amend it will take longer, and also open up further amendments in the House of Lords.

    Mr Corbyn also reflected on a very disappointing night for Labour in the Richmond Park by-election, where its candidate Christian Wolmar lost his deposit.

    He said: "It shows that there was a very odd by-election where the sitting Tory resigned to protest to the Government about Heathrow, everybody apparently agreed that there shouldn't be a third runway in the by-election, a by-election that was called about Heathrow expansion - the subject that dare not speak its name through out the campaign - it became a campaign about something else.

    "It was an area that voted strongly to remain in the European Union. Zac Goldsmith voted against remaining in the European Union. And so there was a split there and we have never won the seat accordingly."

    Visiting Prague on the same weekend as key polls in Austria and Italy, the Labour leader earlier warned of the populist "political parasites" feeding off migration anger.

    He was due to go on to visit a former concentration camp north of Prague, Therezin.

    He denied himself that Labour was trying to channel a form of a left wing populism.

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    Vegetarian cafe owner who refuses new £5 note shocked at 'hatred'

    The businesswoman has put up signs to warn customers and says she spoke with staff who are very supportive of her decision.

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    A vegetarian cafe owner who has refused to accept the new £5 note because it contains animal fat says she has received a backlash.

    Sharon Meijland, who runs the Rainbow Cafe in Cambridge, made the move earlier this week after it emerged the currency contains tallow, which is used in the production process.

    The businesswoman claims her customers have been supportive, but she has been left shocked and frightened by some of the "hatred" from other people.

    She said: "Our own customers who are actually in the restaurant in Cambridge have been very favourable, but on Facebook there's been a good deal of charming comments such as 'I hope this comes back to bite you in the a**"'.

    The 66-year-old said she believes some people are reacting in such a way "because I made a stand" and said she had been wrongly accused of seeking publicity for the cafe.

    Fury among vegetarians, vegans and members of religious groups erupted once it was confirmed by the Bank of England the polymer notes contain animal fat.

    The new 5 pound note311ceecb6519842016a6768fa50c684f2aa4cd5aat "potential solutions".

    It said it was treating the concerns with the "utmost respect" and was in discussion with its supplier, Innovia.

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