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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Government applauds life sentence in baby Daniel case

Government applauds and welcomes the life imprisonment handed over to the man convicted of abusing and murdering his former girlfriend’s son, Baby Daniel, in 2016. Government equally notes and welcomes the 20-year sentence that has been imposed on the child’s mother by the Gauteng High Court.

The two, Timothy Naidoo and her partner were convicted of Daniel’s murder in December last year in a barbaric act that sent shockwaves throughout our nation. Daniel suffered a broken elbow, broken femur, injured ribs and second degree burns to 60% of his body.

As a nation, we have a right to be outraged by these kinds of barbaric acts of abuse against innocent children and government applauds the criminal justice system for ensuring that perpetrators of these heinous crimes receive harsh sentences.

Government takes the issue of child abuse and neglect very seriously and as such our country has put in place child protection mechanisms such as legislation and international instruments that South Africa has ratified as a commitment to the protection of children’s rights. Key among these is Section 28 of the Constitution which specifically deals with and lays the foundation of children’s rights.

This torture suffered by baby Daniel is one amongst many ills against children, something that could indicate that as society we are failing to protect the most vulnerable. Government urges communities to be vigilant and expose abusers as deafening silence could only serve to encourage these brutal acts against children. It is crucial that parents and society be cognisant of the roles that they need to play in protecting children and in exposing any suspected child abuse activities or child exploitation.

Reporting abuse or neglect of a child can save a life. We urge communities to report any suspected child abuse, neglect or exploitation of children to any of the following hotlines.

Source: Government of South Africa

Interdepartmental Task-Team Ministers brief media on grievances lodged by South African truck drivers, 4 Apr

Ministers to present the report on the inter-departmental task team established to deal with grievances lodged by the South African truck drivers on the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa

Members of the media are invited to the media briefing on the presentation of the Inter-Departmental Task Team report, established to deal with grievances lodged by the South African truck drivers regarding the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa.

This report is the consolidation of the work done by the Interdepartmental Task-Team led by the Directors-General of the Department of Transport, Labour and Home Affairs.

The media briefing is to be attended by Ministers in the security as well as the economic cluster of government including the KZN Premier and the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison.

At the conclusion of the Ministers meeting, the Ministers will present the report to the truck drivers foundations.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets Thabo Mofutsanyane learners and opens Adelaide Tambo Secondary school, 6 and 7 Apr

Ramaphosa to meet 10 000 Thabo Mofutsanyane learners and open new school in Welkom

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Honourable Cyril Ramaphosa will meet 10 000 grade 11 and 12 learners in Thabo Mofutsanyane District on Saturday, 06 April at Charles Mopeli Stadium, 09h00.

The President will be accompanied by Free State Premier, Honourable Sisi Ntombela and Education MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe.

The meeting forms part of the provincial government’s outreach programme to bring government closer to the people and improve service delivery.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, 07 April, the President will officially open Adelaide Tambo Secondary school in Thabong Township, Welkom in Lejweleputswa District.

About R 57 million was injected to build the state of the- art school with 24 classrooms, 3 Science laboratories, Media Centre, School Nutrition Programme Centre and a Hall.

The media is invited to cover both events.

Kindly note that the transport for journalists is available.

Source: Government of South Africa

Help prevent children ‘from becoming victims in the first place’, implores Guterres at campaign launch

From killing and maiming, to recruitment, sexual abuse and abduction, violence against children in armed conflict can take many forms, said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a special message delivered at the launch of a new UN advocacy campaign on Tuesday – Act to Protect Children Affected by Conflict.

Should a child survive and be fortunate enough to be released to a reintegration programme, they still have only a slim chance of recovery, he said in remarks read out at a launch event in UN Headquarters, by staff member Sharon Riggle.

The UN chief pointed out that a lack of resources and a failure to provide long-term assistance to victims and their communities have made many children open to a second victimization, either through the stigmas they carry or through inadequate education and growth opportunities, leaving them trapped in a cycle of violence and despair.

The new global campaign aims to raise worldwide awareness, assist children in need and prevent them from becoming victims in the first place, according to Mr. Guterres.

Crucially, this initiative will offer children an opportunity to raise their voices, he stressed, inviting everyone to ensure it reaches all corners of the world so no child ever fears being left behind again.

Protecting ‘used and abused’ children

Chairing the launch event, Virginia Gamba, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said that the campaign would better protect children who have been used and abused by – in and for – armed conflict around the globe.

She maintained that there was an urgent need to raise awareness about what she terms the six grave violations, namely the killing and maiming of children; recruitment or use of children as soldiers; sexual violence against children; abduction of children; and attacks against schools or hospitals.

We need it to highlight the impact of conflict on children she stressed, along with putting a strong emphasis on tangible actions to end and prevent them.

While noting the important progress achieved so far, Ms. Gamba argued that our work is far from over.

Consensus, tools will not bring the change we need if they are not followed by tangible actions for the children who need it the most, said the Special Representative.

She highlighted some of the actions that the campaign would push for, including the Paris Principles, the Safe Schools Declaration and the more recent Vancouver Principles.

We can join forces to advocate for these endorsements, she said, because norms matter and the agreements bring us one step closer to implementation where they can have a real impact in children’s lives.

Ms. Gamba recalled that the international community painstakingly developed the Action Plan through the Security Council and urged all signatories to fully implement it with a clear focus on ending violations and preventing their reoccurrence.

We cannot expect that children who have faced the worst of humanity will be able to recover on their own, she asserted, flagging the Global Coalition for Reintegration, which aims to improve the availability and quality of these essential services.

In conclusion, she announced upcoming campaign events, in Brussels, Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali, among others, encouraging everyone to join forces and ACT to Better Protect Children Affected by Armed Conflict.

Children exposed

For her part, Bintou Keita, the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said that she had seen children, the lifeblood and our future, exposed to too many repulsive acts of violence for too long.

Ms. Keita cited children killed in conflict-prone areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq, Myanmar, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, to name a few, saying that they also comprise 69 per cent of civilian casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war.

Providing protection to children affected by armed conflict is not only a legal responsibility but also a moral obligation she declared.

Calling the ACT campaign of vital importance to keep the eyes of the world focused on children’s suffering, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix lamented that armed groups are proliferating and grave child rights violations are increasing.

He said that the UN peacekeeping missions in Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan, all have child-specific mandates, assuring the UN’s commitment to this cause.

Source: UN News Centre