Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 1:10 PM EST Dec 21, 2018 As the call for a ride came in, Tea Motley recognized the address. It was at the Delray Senior Housing complex. Motley had been there — maybe once — before and wondered if she would be seeing a familiar face. A driver in a Ford ride-share program that the automaker is testing, Motley said she is enjoying her new job. "I get to meet different people," Motley, 37, said as she wheeled her way down southwest Detroit's streets. "Sometimes you get so wrapped up in your own troubles you forget that there are people out here who appreciate the things you do." The free program uses a small fleet of Transit vans to help low-income Detroiters get to and from two Gleaners-run food pantries at Ford community centers in Mexicantown and on the city's east side. Since the pilot program began in November, it has given rides to about 100 people, including 78-year-old Annie Floore, who … [Read more...] about Ford free ride-sharing program to help low-income Detroiters
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In Minnesota, Xcel Energy put out a pledge to be carbon-free by 2050 via news release late in the day on Tuesday — complete with prepared quotes from Colorado politicians. In Colorado, it was a big story, the first big utility pledging to be carbon-free. And it was played that way by Xcel at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where political leaders got invited to speak, too. It certainly looks like a savvy PR move to invite that state’s governor-elect, who had just successfully campaigned in part on a pledge of all-renewable electricity statewide by 2040, to stand behind a podium with an Xcel Energy logo and talk carbon-free electricity. Yet attributing this pledge to simple PR doesn’t give Xcel nearly enough credit. The desire for carbon-free energy in the left-leaning enclaves of Colorado aren’t that different from those of many Fortune 500 companies here in Minnesota. And providing what people want is fundamental to what a successful business does. … [Read more...] about Xcel’s pledge to be carbon-free by 2050 makes good business sense
Recovery firm steps in with free car after 'death drivers' steal car from disabled man BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A recovery firm has stepped in and given a car to a man with a disability after thieves stole his vehicle in north Belfast. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/recovery-firm-steps-in-with-free-car-after-death-drivers-steal-car-from-disabled-man-37516770.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37197449.ece/a1d64/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-08-09_new_43127309_I1.JPG Email A recovery firm has stepped in and given a car to a man with a disability after thieves stole his vehicle in north Belfast. Thieves stole the vehicle on a weekend which has seen a spate of so-called 'death drivers' stealing cars around in the north Belfast area, with a reported four car thefts. The man, who has not been named, lives on the Cavehill Road with his family. Awakening on Saturday morning, he found his car - a Pugeot 206 - had been … [Read more...] about Recovery firm steps in with free car after ‘death drivers’ steal car from disabled man
The Washington Post Published 9:40 am, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts: Q: I've hit the web hard on this, but would appreciate your thoughts on a late August/early September visit to Yellowstone National Park. What are the chances of snow versus smaller crowds? A: Crowds should lessen after Labor Day, but if you really want the place to yourself, go in the winter. In August the park receives on average 822,000 people; in September, 630,000; in November, 13,000. No one can predict weather these days, but the park can receive snow in higher elevations in the fall. However, early September is more summer than fall, so you likely won't see any of the white stuff. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Street fight during SF's Pride Festival Navdeep Thind, @_KingDeep A kayaker paddles with great white sharks off Northern … [Read more...] about Talk Travel: Think November for a crowd-free Yellowstone
Since the first bank opened its doors in Siena, Italy, in 1472, banks have held onto something that is now being touted as more important than money – data. Unfortunately, however, it's taken the best part of five-and-a-half centuries to fully understand what impact this data could have on the industry, and more importantly its customers.Fast forward to today, the game changer that the industry needs to kick start the innovation era is here. Open Banking or PSD2 will enable third parties outside the traditional banking world to access customer data, with their permission, and stoke the fires of innovation in a market that is not renowned for it. In fact, whilst it might have been a long time in the making, Open Banking is set to have a hugely positive impact on the UK economy, with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) estimating that it could provide a much needed £1bn boost, and 17,000 new jobs.Could there be any pitfalls?The success of Open Banking hinges … [Read more...] about Is there really a market for Open Banking?