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Jul 17, 2014

UK firm touts one-man flying machine for police and military

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17 (Reuters) – Once the preserve
of science fiction, a one-man flying machine is now a viable,
cost-effective option for the police and military, according to
UK manufacturer Parajet International.

Paramotors – which require pilots to use a parachute-shaped
glider and a motor-driven propeller strapped to their back -
have been popular among amateur flying enthusiasts and
extreme-sport fanatics for several years.

Jun 24, 2014

England’s early World Cup exit dashes UK pubs’ bumper summer hopes

LONDON (Reuters) – British bars and pubs are already counting the costs of England’s early World Cup exit, their expectations of a bumper summer dashed by the team’s failure to make it through the tournament’s first round.

England’s World Cup performance had been expected to add millions of pounds to the British economy as fans packed out watering holes for live match screenings and a wave of consumer goodwill swept the high street.

Jun 11, 2014

Taxi drivers sow traffic chaos in Europe in battle with Uber car service

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe’s top cities on Wednesday by mounting one of the biggest ever protests against Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

Drivers of hundreds of London’s black taxis snarled traffic in the streets around Trafalgar Square, hooting their horns as they passed Downing Street, the home of Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Houses of Parliament.

Jun 11, 2014

Taxi drivers in Europe go head-to-head with car-hire app Uber

LONDON/PARIS, June 11 (Reuters) – Commuters in London,
Berlin, Paris and Madrid faced a day of traffic chaos on
Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests
against the threat of Uber, a U.S. car service which allows
people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on major arteries into the
city centre on the morning commute, while in London, up to
12,000 taxi drivers planned to tie up the streets around central
Trafalgar Square, just a stone’s throw from Prime Minister David
Cameron’s official residence, from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Jun 11, 2014

Taxi protests against Silicon Valley ride-app Uber threaten European gridlock

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Commuters faced a day of traffic chaos in London, Berlin, Paris and Madrid on Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests against Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

Paris commuters faced gridlock getting into the city on Wednesday morning when taxis slowed traffic on major arteries into the center. In London, up to 12,000 taxi drivers plan to tie up the streets around Trafalgar Square, just a stone’s throw from Prime Minister David Cameron’s official residence, from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Jun 6, 2014
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Jun 6, 2014

Black taxis challenge U.S. car service Uber for streets of London

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – They have been the kings of the
British capital’s roads for over a century but now the often
opinionated drivers of London’s iconic black taxi cabs are
battling a high-technology rival that threatens their dominance.

In their sights is Uber Technologies Inc., a San
Francisco-based company whose application lets people summon
rides at the touch of a smartphone button and uses satellite
navigation to calculate the distance for fares.

Jun 6, 2014