Uber Snowed Out by Jonas

Jan 24, 16 Uber Snowed Out by Jonas

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  Now we know there is one thing that can stop Uber in New York, and that is a blizzard of historical proportions. Because of the dangerous road conditions throughout the eastern seaboard due to Winter Storm Jonas, Uber has decided to halt their service from Saturday in New York City and in New Jersey. The announcement of the suspension of Uber’s service came in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a travel ban. Beginning on Saturday afternoon Uber customers received a message on their apps that service was temporarily halted due to the hazardous road conditions caused by the blizzard. During past storms Uber has been criticized for price gauging with exorbitant surcharges because of the bad weather. This year, before Jonas arrived, Uber had come to an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to limit prices during the bad weather. It is not known what that price limit was, and it is a moot point anyway, since there is no service anyway. Service from Uber has also been halted in Lancaster and Harrisburg,...

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Brooklyn Boa Busted for Riding MTA without Paying

Dec 28, 15 Brooklyn Boa Busted for Riding MTA without Paying

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With flashbacks to the famed Bronx Zoo Cobra, another large snake of the boa constrictor variety was caught riding the B12 bus along East New York Avenue a few Saturdays ago. As soon as the driver spotted the snake, eight stops into his route, he immediately turned his bus around and headed back to the depot. Apparently there were no other riders on the bus. Back at the depot workers removed some bus panels to reach the snake, who was trying to get closer to the warmth from the engine. Workers from Animal Care and Control took the snake to somewhere, presumably safer than an MTA bus. Someone for the MTA said that a different driver had seen someone with a snake in a bag enter the bus the day before. The driver assumed when the passenger with the snake left the bus, that he took his snake with him. Wrong! “A guy brought a snake with him on the bus,” the source said. “I guess it got too big for him to take care of, so he left it on the bus in a...

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Knife Wielding Man Claims to be ISIS Fighter in Brooklyn

Dec 22, 15 Knife Wielding Man Claims to be ISIS Fighter in Brooklyn

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Police say that a 23-year-old man threatened paramedics with a butterfly knife in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn on Sunday morning. The man, Jancer Abreu, claimed he was a member of the terrorist organization ISIS, was arrested after he began waving around the knife while screaming “I am ISIS.” The incident happened at 6am at the corner of Wycoff Avenue and Stanhope Street. Officials described Abreu as emotionally disturbed. He was handcuffed and then arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment. Officials do not believe Abreu is a bone fide ISIS fighter. No one was injured during the incident. The man is awaiting arraignment as of Sunday...

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Police Seize Weed and ‘Rooms Shipped from West

Dec 06, 15 Police Seize Weed and ‘Rooms Shipped from West

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Reacting to a tip from Homeland Security, the NYPD grabbed a shipping container at the Brooklyn waterfront filled with marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs. The container, which arrived in Brooklyn from Oregon and California, had over 290 pounds of pot and other drugs within. The police observed as two men and one woman drove up to the container in a U-Haul truck and a Hyundai at Maspeth Avenue dock in East Williamsburg. They watched as the threesome transferred the contents of the container into the truck, and then drove away. The police followed and stopped them at Morgan Avenue, saying they had gone through a red light. After a search warrant was obtained by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, the three were arrested and charged with multiple counts of drug possession. The three, who are residents of Long Island, said they were paid $1,000 per person to bring the drugs to a storage unit in Long Island. They are Michael Clemente, Frank Hollen, 27, and Hollen’s fiancée Emily Lynch,...

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$31 million Raised at Annual FIDF Dinner

This year, the 9th annual Hollywood gala dinner raised a staggering $31 billion for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.  Attended by a vast array of celebrities, the event was chaired by Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl. The largest donation was received from IFCJ founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.  He donated $8.4 million to the cause.  The IFCJ – International Fellowship of Christians and Jews – also recently provided financial aid for victims of the latest wave of terror to hit Israel. The gala has been growing steadily each year.  As Saban pointed out, “for the past nine years I have watched this gala grow into the preeminent charity event it is today, and I am truly humbled by the funds raised, which are a testament to the importance of the FIDF organization and its mission. The overwhelming support from the Los Angeles community continues to amaze me.” The night before, Saban hosted an event that celebrated Eckstein’s recent publication entitled ‘The Bridge Builder.’  A hundred people hailing from the business, entertainment and non-profit sectors attended the event.  The book accounts Eckstein’s work through the IFCJ of fostering and developing positive relationships and understandings between Christian and Jews around the world – a cornerstone of the... dieta na cellulit

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Diversity a Priority in Manhattan/Brooklyn Schools

Nov 23, 15 Diversity a Priority in Manhattan/Brooklyn Schools

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Beginning with the new school year in September, 2016, seven elementary schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan will take measures to make their schools more diverse. The plan was announced by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Carmen Fariña. The plan, which could be just the beginning of a wider policy that could dramatically change the look of New York’s classrooms, will reserve as much as 60 percent of classroom seats for children who either are learning English as a second language, have a parent in prison, or are in the child-welfare system. At the moment there is one school in Park Slope, PS 133, which uses diversity quotas to increase enrollment of children from low-income families or are behind in their English abilities. This program was implemented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg two years ago. The program will at first only be used in kindergartens and pre-k students in the seven designated schools. Expect the plan to be expanded if it is seen as a success. “Students learn from the diverse experiences and cultures of their fellow students,” Fariña said. “It’s important that our schools match the diversity of our city.” New York City schools are among the most severely segregated in the country. Educators have recognized the problem and have tried to solve it for many years. Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on the promise that he would address the problem and look for solutions, but this is the first time the de Blasio government has allowed school principals to decide on the quotas. The seven schools which begin implementing their own quotas are: East Village Neighborhood School East Village Earth School Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights Academy of Arts and Letter in Fort Greene, Brooklyn The Brooklyn New School in Carroll Gardens The Children’s School in Park Slope, Brooklyn Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School in Prospect Heights,...

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