Daily Archives: April 3, 2019

La dernière grande ville nord-américaine sans services VTC vient de trouver sa solution avec Kater

Le 30 mars, Kater, une entreprise de technologie basée à Vancouver, a lancé la phase bêta de la première application VTC de la ville

VANCOUVER, 3 avril 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Kater Technologies Inc. a lancé la phase bêta de la première application VTC (en anglais, ride-hailing) de Vancouver le 30 mars dernier. L’application permet de mettre en relation les utilisateurs avec des chauffeurs VTC à la demande au moyen de leurs smartphones pour jouir de déplacements sûrs, prévisibles et fiables. Kater lancera sa flotte complète de voitures plus tard ce printemps.

Le PDG de Kater, Scott Larson, a déclaré : « Vancouver est une ville unique en ce qui concerne la réglementation des transports et des services VTC, et nous pensons que Kater est la solution à bon nombre des dilemmes de mobilité qui nous affectés pendant trop longtemps. D’un simple clic, vous pouvez réserver une voiture Kater pour venir vous chercher, obtenir une estimation du coût et de l’heure d’arrivée de votre déplacement, vérifier le nom et la plaque d’immatriculation du chauffeur, suivre votre voiture à son arrivée, payer via l’application et évaluer votre chauffeur. »

L’activité des VTC est un sujet controversé à Vancouver, puisque la législation en vigueur prévoit des exigences en matière d’autorisation, de règles de délimitation, de restrictions de prix et de qualifications des chauffeurs, ce qui empêche les entreprises traditionnelles du VTC de pénétrer sur ce marché. Kater a développé une solution hybride respectant le cadre réglementaire actuel.

Kater exploitera sa propre flotte de voitures neuves qui ne pourront être réservées que par le biais de l’application. Les chauffeurs de Kater auront la garantie de toucher un minimum vital de 20 dollars l’heure et pourront gagner jusqu’à 35 dollars l’heure. Les chauffeurs disposeront d’une voiture et les frais d’entretien, d’assurance, d’autorisation et de licence VTC, si nécessaire, seront couverts.

« Nous avons trouvé une solution immédiate qui est conforme à la réglementation en vigueur et offre une alternative indispensable aux Vancouvérois. Notre approche intelligente en matière de mise à l’échelle nous permettra de ne pas aggraver les embouteillages ou la pollution à Vancouver pendant les heures de pointe, et le succès des chauffeurs sera garanti grâce à un salaire minimum vital de 20 dollars l’heure. La sécurité est une priorité absolue pour Kater et, à ce titre, tous nos chauffeurs doivent posséder un permis professionnel de classe 4 et une licence VTC, en plus d’une formation rigoureuse. Je pense que le modèle de Kater peut être déployé dans d’autres villes du monde qui sont confrontées à certains de ces problèmes et qui recherchent des solutions plus globales », ajoute Larson.

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Somali Who Died in Mogadishu Blast Had Sought Refuge Abroad

In the end, Ahmed Salah Hassan could not escape the violence he repeatedly tried to flee.

The Somali native, who’d sought refuge from the Horn of Africa country’s armed conflict in South Africa and then in the United States, was among 12 people killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a restaurant on Mogadishu’s busy Maka Al-Mukarama road last Thursday.

Failed bid for US asylum

Hassan, 29, with a wife and 6-year-old daughter, had failed in a bid for U.S. asylum. He had spent all of his nearly two years in the United States in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before being returned to Somalia in January 2017.

What is hurting the family is that Ahmed endured and suffered during his journey to America, and eventually he got deported to Somalia, his older stepsister, Fatima Salah Hassan, told VOA’s Somali service in a phone call late Sunday. She said she and other relatives didn’t understand why he was sent back to his homeland, given the country’s insecurity and the fact that he had committed no crime.

The unfortunate thing is, in Mogadishu, we’ve had 30 years of civil war, she said.

Hundreds of civilians killed in Somalia

Ongoing conflict in Somalia, with combatants including warring clans, al-Shabab terrorists, Somali government and military forces, plus African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops, has claimed hundreds of civilian lives, Human Rights Watch reported last year. It noted that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia reported 1,228 civilian casualties between January and September 2017, about half by al-Shabab.

At a campaign rally last week in Michigan, President Donald Trump accused immigration attorneys of coaching their clients to tell U.S. officials, I am very afraid for my life. According to a Mediaite account, the president suggested lawyers were promoting exaggeration of any dangers. It’s a big, fat con job, folks. A big, fat con job.

Hassan was among at least 350 Somalis returned from the United States from 2017 into mid-2018, VOA’s Somali service calculated, based on interviews with Somali immigration officials and deportees.

Fatima Salah Hassan said Somalia’s insecurity had prompted her brother, the youngest of eight siblings, to leave for South Africa in 2005. He first went to Port Elizabeth on the continent’s southern tip, then moved to Johannesburg, working for convenience stores.

But South Africa proved unsafe, too, with xenophobic attacks on foreigners surging in early 2015. Fatima Salah Hassan and one of her brother’s friends, Hassan Abdullahi Aalim, said killings there prompted Hassan to set out for the United States that spring.

In May, he arrived at the U.S. southern border, requesting asylum at the crossing in Brownsville, Texas. The following January, an immigration judge in Oakdale, La., denied his request at a court hearing. Before and after the decision, Hassan was held in ICE custody.

In January 2017, he was removed from the U.S. after receiving appropriate legal process that found he had no lawful basis to remain in the country, ICE reported in an email to VOA.

Since his return to Mogadishu, Hassan had been unable to find steady work, Fatima Salah Hassan said. On the day of the explosion, he had gone to meet friends and was considering a move back to South Africa, she said.

Aalim, who befriended Hassan in South Africa and now lives in Mogadishu, remembered the bombing victim in a Twitter post. He noted his sadness that Ahmed escaped Xnephobic in SA to seek better life in #USA.

Source: Voice of America

Italy Rebuffs Ship with 64 Migrants Rescued in Sea Off Libya

Italy’s interior minister said Wednesday that he won’t offer safe harbor to 64 migrants rescued off Libya by the German humanitarian group Sea-Eye.

The people brought to safety from a rubber dinghy off the coast of Zuwarah, west of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, included 10 women, five children and a newborn baby, the group said. Sea-Eye said on Twitter that its rescue ship, the Alan Kurdi, picked them up after Libyan authorities couldn’t be reached.

Sea-Eye is asking Italy or Malta to open a port to the ship. Italy’s anti-migration interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said the Alan Kurdi, like other private rescue ships before it, won’t be welcome in Italy.

“A ship with a German flag, German NGO, German ship owner, captain from Hamburg. It responded in Libyan waters and asks for a safe port. Good, go to Hamburg,” Salvini said.

Both Italy and Malta have refused to accept ships that humanitarian groups have patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, leading to numerous delays in getting rescued migrants to land while European countries haggle over which will take them in.

Sea-Eye said another 50 migrants it has been searching for since Monday remain missing.

Source: Voice of America