PR pitch to Ola reveals the inner workings of UK ride-hailing politics

A UK PR firm pitching to run an account for Ola has proposed running a campaign to politicize ride-hailing as a tactic to shift regulations in its favor. The approach suggests that, despite the appearance of ride-hailing platforms taking a more conciliatory position with regulators that are now wise to earlier startup tactics in this space, there remains a calculus involving realpolitik, propaganda and high-level lobbying between companies that want to enter or expand in markets, and those who hold the golden tickets to do so. In 2017 Estonia-based ride-hailing startup Taxify tried to launch in London ahead of regulatory approval, for example, but city authorities clamped down straight away. It was only able to return to the UK capital …

Backed by Serena Williams and Usain Bolt, Lets Do This raises $15M from EQT

Back in September, endurance events marketplace Let’s Do This (a YC alumni) raised a $5 million seed round from a number of U.S. investors, including Olympic star Usain Bolt and tennis star Serena Williams. As much as I’d like to get excited, this is slightly par for the course for a lot of sports-oriented startups that catch the eye of a celebrity. Not that they are without merit, of course. Suffice it to say, their sports stars, plus a strong push to get funding from Silicon Valley, has landed the startup with a $15 million Series A round led by European/U.S. VC EQT, with participation of the previous investors, including Trulia founder Pete Flint, Y Combinator, alongside, yes, you guessed …

Vaping Influencers Give Feds a Headache

By Chaseedaw Giles, nicotine vapes may harm young users brainsand are Young users are more likely to adopt e-cigarettes when they engage with social media-based advertising. Some influencers use the hashtag #nominors, which has over 10,400 posts and, in theory, sets a boundary. In practice, it can do the opposite and attract underage traffic. The hashtag #vaping alone has more than 9 million posts, featuring elaborate smoke tricks, e-juice flavors, attractive models and stylish vaping devices. While federal agencies play catch-up, researchers worry its too little, too late. In theory, a couple of rules govern marketing. Regardless of platform, e-cig advertisements cannot include demonstrably false statementsincluding unproven claims that the devices help people quit smoking, an argument often deployed by …

‘Ford v Ferrari’ strains credulity to make Ford Motors an underdog hero

Aimed at the heart of Baby Boomer dads,Ford v Ferrari boldly positions the Ford Motor Company as underdog heroes. Sure, the boss Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) is kind of a buffoon. Sure, the two leads are constantly beset by suits who undercut their every move, just like every other film of this type. But in the end, we still have to swallow the idea that the Ford corporate behemoth deserves to win at any cost, both financially and in terms of dirty tricks against competitors. Ford v Ferrari RELEASE DATE: 11/15/2019DIRECTOR: James MangoldRELEASE: TheatricalMatt Damon and Christian Bale star in this glossy 1960s drama about the Ford Motor Companys first attempt to win the grueling 24-hour race at Le …

Football-mad girl ‘struggled’ to find team

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Girls are better at football than boys” When football-mad Ayah Abduldaim moved to Cardiff from Libya aged 11, she spoke little English and struggled to find a team to play with. But that love of the game helped her to settle in her new home and is still a major part of her life. Now 19, she coaches girls in Grangetown in a similar position for the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust. Wales has 370 girls’ teams but 3,438 for boys – the FAW Trust wants 20,000 registered girls playing by 2024. When Ayah arrived at Fitzalan High School, her educational background meant she had to study at a primary school-level …

YouTube star KSI defeats Logan Paul in a controversial boxing rematch

(CNN)It’s a bit of a deja-vu moment. In the fourth round of the game, “Paul landed a big uppercut, sending KSI crashing down to the canvas,” subscription-based sports service DAZN said. “However the ref ruled that it was a punch behind the head and a push that made KSI taste the mat. It was ruled a knockdown and a two-point penalty for Paul.” “I think if you do the math, the two points that I got taken away from me was the reason I lost tonight,” Paul said. So, will there be a third fight? Paul says he’d love another round. As for KSI, he says: “It’s done fam.” OK but why are they fighting? Excellent question. The two controversial …

Australia’s women footballers get equal pay in landmark deal

(CNN)Australia’s top women soccer players will now earn the same as their male counterparts after a landmark deal Wednesday that aimed to close the gender pay gap between the country’s national teams. “Football is the game for everyone, and this new CBA is another huge step toward ensuring that we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity,” said FFA Chairman Chris Nikou in a statement. “This is truly a unique agreement. Every national team, from the Socceroos and Matildas, down to the Youth National Teams as well as the Cerebral Palsy National Teams have been contemplated in this new CBA.” Gender pay gap in soccer Equality in sport has been in the spotlight in recent years with many cases …

Snow causes ‘hazardous’ road conditions

Two football matches in the Cymru Premier have been called off due to the weather – Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met and The New Saints v Carmarthen Town. Image Copyright @Steffan_W_1991 @Steffan_W_1991 A mountain bike centre at Llandegla, Denbighshire, has been forced to close due to deteriorating conditions on nearby roads, according to One Planet Adventure which runs the facilities. Other roads affected by the snow include: A470 Dolgellau to Mallwyd A458 Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool A483 Newtown to Berriew BBC Wales forecaster Derek Brockway said rain was spreading across Wales with snow in other areas. Report End of Twitter post by @BreconMRT Image copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Jak Image caption Snow in Pen-y-bont-fawr, Powys Report End of Twitter post by …

Chinese team FunPlus Phoenix wins League of Legends World Championship

New York (CNN)Chinese team FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) defeated European rivals G2 Esports to win the World Championship finals of esports phenomenon League of Legends. FPX, a relatively newer group that formed in 2018, represented China, which had a team win the crown last year. After the game FPX member Doinb, said, “Before this, a lot of people said that a mid laner that played my playstyle doesn’t deserve to win the championship, but I think I finally proved that I deserved it.” Every year League of Legends, puts on a show at its World Championship esports finals. In 2017, it flew a giant dragon into a bird’s nest during during the Beijing finals using augmented reality. Last year, it had …

Toxic soccer matches: Stabbings, fascist salutes and banners mocking Mussolini

(CNN)Stabbings, fans appearing to make Nazi salutes as well as supporters mocking former Italian leader Benito Mussolini combined to produce a toxic atmosphere in a leading European football game Thursday. The Rome club has found it difficult to shake off historical associations with fascism. Mussolini was a reported fan of the club and in the past, Lazio has had players who have openly displayed fascist beliefs, such as Paolo Di Canio. Former Lazio player Di Canio, who also used to play for Celtic, said in 2005 that he was “a fascist, not a racist.” READ: Italian youth soccer team scales back plans to play in blackface after criticism During the Glasgow game, the Celtic fans unfurled a banner with an …

Ford reveals electric Mustang with ‘stunning’ acceleration

(CNN)Ford unveiled a fully electric 900-horsepower Mustang at a car show in Las Vegas Wednesday. It’s not for sale, but the customized Mustang is intended to gauge interest in a high-performance electric car, Ford said. The Mustang Lithium is powered by an 800-volt battery system, more than double the power of most electric cars on the road today, according to Ford. The driver can select from four driving modes, including Sport, Track and Beast. The fourth is a Valet mode for when you have to hand someone else the key. The Mustang Lithium was also created as a way to test heat management systems in an electric car, according to Ford. Electric car batteries and motors tend to heat up …

Trump Got Booed At A UFC Match, So This Just Isnt His Week

Steven Ryan/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images Trump Got Booed At A UFC Match, So This Just Isn’t His Week By Lara Walsh Nov 3, 2019 Just a few days after a less-than-warm welcome at the Nationals and Astros game in Washington D.C., Donald Trump encountered a mixed reception yet again as he became the first sitting U.S. president to attend a mixed martial arts match. While UFC president Dana White has long been a Trump supporter, even speaking in support of the president at the 2016 Republican National Convention, it appeared that the crowd was not as enthusiastic when Trump made an entrance at the event. As shown in videos circulating Twitter, Trump got booed at a UFC match on Saturday, …

Smoke ’em, pass ’em Week 10: London calling

Start em, sit em, and other fantasy football advice. Fantasy football has always been a game more frustrating than fun. With the amount of useful and, honestly, unnecessarily thorough information available it would seem we could curb some of the frustration. Just pick good players. But its never been that easy and it never will be. Data is useless. How else can we explain the Jacksonville Jaguars not throwing every down against the Houston Texans on Sunday morning in London? Hyde vs. Fournette is sure to attract many new British fans because they love soccer and no one ever fuvking scores in that sport. — Dexter's Library (@Dexters_Library) November 3, 2019 I woke up Sunday morning excited for the London …

Starbucks Revealed 4 New Holiday Cups & 5 Festive Drinks Hitting The Menu This Year

Courtesy of Starbucks Starbucks’ Holiday 2019 Drinks Are Coming Back Nov. 7 With All Your Faves By Daffany Chan Nov 6, 2019 It may still feel like Pumpkin Spice Latte season, but it’s time to switch gears. Starbucks has unleashed this year’s winter menu, and it’ll get you sippin’ on holiday spirit in no time. Starbucks’ holiday drinks are coming back Nov. 7, so get ready to enjoy all your faves this season. According to an email from Starbucks to Elite Daily, holiday drinks will make their annual return to Starbucks menus on Thursday, Nov. 7. That means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy beverages like the Peppermint Mocha, which has become a true holiday classic for coffee fans. …

Prestigious Breeders’ Cup Marred By Yet Another Horse Death At Santa Anita

Cup officials said in a statement about two hours after the race that Mongolian Groom had been euthanized after sustaining a serious fracture to his left hind leg. Mongolian Groom was part of the early pace in the 1 1/4-mile race. But jockey Abel Cedillo sharply pulled up the 4-year-old gelding near the eighth pole as the rest of the field charged toward the finish line. It almost worked, too, with the only injury coming in the last of the 14 Cup races over the two days of racing. A green screen was rushed onto the track to block Mongolian Groom from the view of 67,811 fans and a prime-time television audience. He was loaded onto an equine ambulance and …

12 Things You Should Know Before Falling For An Introvert

Mitzi J Hernandez Updated November 7, 2019 By Zun Zun Introverts: we’re the so-called misanthropes, loners, or lone wolves of society. However, truthfully, we’re not antisocial or weird. We’re not particularly shy nor are we unapproachable, though we can certainly come across that way. If you have feelings for an introvert, here are 12 things you should know before falling for them. 1. We introverts are not very social. We will avoid being in crowded places, and some weekends we won’t want to go out at all. But we’re not unreasonable: just because we don’t want to go out doesn’t mean that we will hold you back if you want to. Just don’t try to force us when we don’t …