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Posts made in February, 2016

We Asked Uber Drivers for Their Thoughts on Uber’s Latest Press Release

By on Feb 29, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

Uber’s cherry-picked drivers aren’t telling the whole story. By now you know that Uber has recently come under fire for slashing their prices. Drivers have been causing a stir and even planned a protest to disrupt the Super Bowl. The other day, we received a press release from Uber titled “Uber Drivers in Every Borough Share Stories on Price Cut Impact.” It began with some data showing an increase in trips in NYC, stating there have been about 25 percent more trips in Manhattan and the Bronx and about 37 percent more in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Again, Uber is attempting to lead everyone to believe that lower fares = more trips = a better experience and higher earnings for drivers. While the first part of the equation is true, we (and the many drivers we’ve spoken to over the past few weeks) have explained time and time again why the second part isn’t. The release went on to share quotes from five obviously cherry-picked drivers. Joel from Brooklyn said, ”I’ve been seeing more trips in Brooklyn and Manhattan and less wait times—you get the calls quickly. … I can make my weekly goal in less days now.” Saul from Manhattan echoed, “It’s definitely been busier in Washington Heights, Yonkers, Riverdale. Demand used to drop off after 10am, and now it doesn’t. I don’t wait long for the next request once I finish a trip. All of my friends who drive with Uber have said the same thing.” You get the picture, but you can read the full release here. The experiment went differently when we tried it. Based on everything we know about both this Uber saga and public relations, it was clear this press release wasn’t telling the whole story. So we showed this press release to five completely random NYC Uber drivers and asked for their thoughts. Here’s what they said: Moncef Drives in all five boroughs “What Uber is doing—the price cuts—it’s not working, not for us. We have more trips but less money, and more hours for sure.” Farrukh Drives in Manhattan “Uber is like a stubborn and spoiled child, when you tell them that it’s wrong what they are doing – they won’t listen to you, and will...

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Ontario Landowners Association Press Release on Bill 100, Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act

By on Feb 28, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

Now we move onto Section 12 (2) that describes the eligible body “as one who is acceptable to become a registered owner of an interest in land”. Section 12 (3) says “an owner of land may grant an easement, with or without covenants, to one or more eligible bodies. Section 12(4) confirms that eligible bodies can then convey land to other bodies. Section 12(6) says “the eligible body shall register the easement against the land affected in the proper land registry office and, once registered, the easement and any covenants contained in the easement, run with the land against which it is registered”. In Section 12(8) it says that eligible bodies can transfer its rights to another eligible body. Now this is where the property owner must be very careful and put written conditions on the use of the trails. There is nothing in this Act that requires the entities who make an agreement with property owners to fully explain the consequences of signing up for an easement. There is also nothing in this Act that requires a written ‘wet-ink’ signed contract with witnesses to protect the property owner who may not understand the words of the contract. There is nothing in this Act which explains that once the owner has agreed to an easement, although they still own the land, they have lost the right to use the land as they want. For any of those who think that you can change an easement, which is a contract, Section 13 makes it very clear when it states, “an eligible body may enforce an easement that is registered on title to the land, including any covenants contained in the easement against the owner of the land and against any subsequent owner of the land, against which it is registered. The folks from the OTC insist that they are content to continue with the traditional handshake agreements that have served us well in the familiar spirit of community and insist that they do not need a registered easement to continue their trails network. However, nothing in this Act spells out this option clearly. It would seem then, that the only reason to sign an easement would be to help extend...

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‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ news, release date: Meta-Novel for upcoming Ubisoft game titled ‘The Division: New York …

By on Feb 28, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

(Official Website/Tom Clancy’s The Division)Screenshot from ‘The Division’ The game guide and “meta-novel” for the upcoming Ubisoft game, “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” is now up for preorder on Amazon, Barnes Noble and Chronicle Books, according to the report from PC Gamer. The book, which is titled as “The Division: New York Collapse,” will contain several guides for the IP as well as other important details for the narrative, most especially in the events right before New York City, the place where the virus originated, falls down. PC Gamer also added on their report that players will see some “handwritten notes” made by the previous owner of the book. With that in mind, it seems like “The Division: New York Collapse” novel will act as some sort of prologue to the main narrative of the game. “This is the best version of what’s sometimes called ‘transmedia’: separate stories that are told about the same world,” book author Alex Irvine said. “You can read the book and play the game, and both are separate experiences—but they mean even more when you do both.” “The readers will have many clues to find, and many puzzles to solve, in order to figure out the hidden answers inside this book. It’s quite a ride for the reader, and the book is a beautiful artifact, too,” Irvine continued to explain the contents of the novel. Watch “The Division: New York Collapse” trailer below, taken from Ubisoft U.K. official YouTube channel. Meanwhile, Ubisoft has recently launched a new video clip, showcasing the full potential of the visuals for “Tom Clancy’s The Division” on the PC platform, specifically the 60 frame rates per second capabilities of the game. In terms of launch content, “Tom Clancy’s The Division” will tell the whole story of tragic event in three different perspectives: The Virus storyline, the factions, and the rebuilding of New York City right after the incident. “Tom Clancy’s The Division” is set to come out on March 8, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC...

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Nintendo NX News: The Latest on Release Date and Partnership with EA

By on Feb 27, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson A Nintendo video game logo is seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, California, United States, June 17, 2015. With fans anticipating the release of the upcoming console from Nintendo, details about the new device were recently revealed. It was revealed that Nintendo will be making a big release in the upcoming year. It was stated that the company will put focus on the Nintendo NX, as well as the mobile gaming market. However, there has yet to be any official news coming from the company regarding its plans for the year. A user named Trevelayan999 revealed some information regarding the release of the new console on NeoGAF. The user stated, “My verified source from Nintendo has informed and shown proof of an internal US marketing budget and scheduling overview for 2016 focusing on Wii U and 3DS, with key parts highlighting The Legend of Zelda NX to be a holiday 2016 release either same day at Zelda Wii U or shortly after during the Nintendo NX holiday 2016 launch window.” He also stated that the Launch games for the Nintendo NX besides the Zelda NX have yet to be revealed. In addition, it was stated that the company has a large budget for the games and consoles released this year. Furthermore, there have been rumors regarding what the upcoming console can present for the company. It was stated that the company could reunite with EA, in order to move forward with their products. Rumors began circulating when it was reported that EA and Nintendo were holding several meetings together. With that, fans have been anticipating their partnership once again. The possibility of it was also hinted previously when the CEO of Nintendo John Riccitiello teased abou it. However, it has yet to be confirmed. While Nintendo has yet to release any information, it was stated that they will be giving out more details regarding their new product this...

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