London mayor says firms must play by the rules as Uber faces license renewal

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said everyone must play by the rules when asked on Thursday about taxi app Uber’s (UBER.

FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the company logo for Uber Technologies Inc on the day of its IPO at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said everyone must play by the rules when asked on Thursday about taxi app Uber’s (UBER.N) London license, which is due to expire in less than a month’s time.

“It would be inappropriate for me during a time we’re considering the application from any operator to comment on it and give a running commentary,” Khan told LBC radio.

“You will know my track record which is standing up to the big boys, and they are boys, and make sure everyone plays by the rules whether you’re a big business or whether you’re a small business and I don’t care how many lawyers you employ or how big your PR budget.”

Regulator Transport for London decides on licenses and is chaired by Khan.

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Editing by Paul Sandle

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Imran Khan to be sworn as PM on 18th August.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will take the oath as prime minister on August 18, Senator Faisal Javed said on Friday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will take the oath as prime minister on August 18, Senator Faisal Javed said on Friday. PTI chairman Imran Khan, whose party secured 116 general seats in the National Assembly in the July 25 polls, is set to become the country’s next prime minister.

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned a session of the National Assembly

Imran Khan, Mamnoon Hussain, PM, National Assembly, PTI, Faisal Javed,

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Cannes 2018: Mahira Khan looks regal in a pastel saree

After making beautiful appearances at the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival, Bollywood divas- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, …

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan’s debut Cannes journey was an eventful one. Here’s a look at the actress’ fashion journey there

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Mahira Khan at Cannes Film Festival. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/mahirahkhan

After making beautiful appearances at the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival, Bollywood divas- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor have returned to the Bay, after spelling their magic at the French Riviera. Along with these stunning beauties, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan also made a mark at the prestigious festival.

Mahira Khan made her Cannes debut this year and chose vibrant colours to represent her brand. The actress walked the red carpet for cosmetics giant L’Oreal Paris. To end her Cannes trip, the Raees actress wore a pastel saree with a ruffled border, black sleeveless blouse with diamonds cut on it. Hair tied in a fish-tail braid, she looked ethereal.

She captioned the picture as, “I don’t know how kids these days post so many pictures so quickly.. this is killin’ me! (in a good way, in a good way..) Thank you @menahelandmehreen @alieljewellers P.S this was from last evening.”

Khajoor waali choti 🌴🤷🏻‍♀ï¸Â

A post shared by Mahira Khan (@mahirahkhan) onMay 14, 2018 at 12:10am PDT

Earlier, she had worn a black off-shoulder dress after the ensemble she was due to wear got stuck at the customs and didn’t turn up in time. “I’m nervous,” she wrote before making her red carpet debut, but her confident demeanour was a head-turner at the gala, where she and Sonam walked one after another. Mahira dedicated her representation at Cannes as an “ode to the people I have loved so much…. and have inspired me since I was a little girl. Starting from my Ama to Minaal and Rooha… down to all my girls back home in Pakistan”.

The actress excitingly had taken to her Instagram account to make her Cannes announcement. Adding some humour to her post, she had written, “My name is Cannes and I’m not a (sic).”

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Khan: ‘Dereliction of duty’ in failure to make tech revolution work for all

Mr Khan will also warn Uber and other tech firms that all companies “must play by the rules” in the markets in which they operate. The Labour mayor is the first British politician to give a keynote speech at the South by Southwest conference in Texas. Mr Khan is set to accuse politicians and governments …

Politicians are guilty of a “dereliction of duty” by failing to ensure the tech revolution has worked for everyone in society, Sadiq Khan will warn.

The London mayor will urge the likes of Facebook and Twitter to improve their response to criticism, or face the possibility of further regulation.

Mr Khan will also warn Uber and other tech firms that all companies “must play by the rules” in the markets in which they operate.

The Labour mayor is the first British politician to give a keynote speech at the South by Southwest conference in Texas.

Mr Khan is set to accuse politicians and governments of “sitting on their hands while the tech revolution has happened around them”.

He will add: “It must ultimately fall to government – working with tech businesses and leaders – to ensure that this revolution is not detrimental to our long-term progress.

I’m at #SXSW today and tomorrow to talk about how cities, governments, business and educators can work together to shape the future of tech so that it works for everyone. You can watch my keynote speech tomorrow at 2pm CST/7pm GMT here: https://t.co/qtYA2Y9dDQpic.twitter.com/8Qa4s6kMjy

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 11, 2018

“There’s been a dereliction of duty on the part of politicians and policymakers to ensure that the rapid growth in technology is utilised and steered in a direction that benefits us all.”

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Mr Khan is expected to read out some of the racist, abusive and illegal tweets that he has received since becoming mayor.

He will also raise concerns over social media’s role in influencing elections and referendums, spreading fake news and enabling extremists to radicalise and brainwash others.

“Facebook, Twitter and other platforms are finally starting to react to the criticisms and are developing technology to make sure the reporting process becomes quicker and more effective,” he is expected to say.

“But with the skills and resources these companies have at their disposal, I believe it’s possible to go further and faster.”

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If this does not happen, Mr Khan will say that more countries “will start to follow or go further than what Germany has done”.

Mr Khan will also hint at his ongoing row with Uber, with Transport for London having refused to renew the taxi service’s licence in September.

Mr Khan will say that in some cases innovation and the sharing economy “risks being used as cover to break-up decades of established and hard-fought rights”.

He is expected to say: “There must be greater responsibility taken by some tech companies for the impact they’re having on the world.

“And, crucially, no business or industry should ever consider itself above the local rules, or laws set by democratic processes.

“In London, we’ve been clear with Uber and other companies that everyone, no matter how big or small, must play by the rules. No exceptions.

“Our economies have always needed new regulations in place to meet the needs of workers and consumers when the environment changes. Evolving economies must mean evolving regulation, and today is no different.”

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The gold-medal-worthy show of talent you might have missed at PyeongChang’s Olympic Winter …

Coated entirely in Vantablack VBx2—the material that ignited indignation among the art world when Anish Kapoor exclusively licensed a sprayable paint version—Khan’s Hyundai Pavilion is the world’s first super-black building; Vantablack capable of absorbing 99% of the light that hits its surface.

The Olympic Winter Games might have wrapped for another four years, but there’s little time for the snow to settle, as the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are set to crown new winter heroes. Unless you’ve made the trip to South Korea yourself, though, there is one gold-medal-worthy show of talent that you might’ve missed: Brit architect Asif Khan’s victorious feat of design darkness.

Asif Khan, Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Coated entirely in Vantablack VBx2—the material that ignited indignation among the art world when Anish Kapoor exclusively licensed a sprayable paint version—Khan’s Hyundai Pavilion is the world’s first super-black building; Vantablack capable of absorbing 99% of the light that hits its surface. “From a distance the structure has the appearance of a window looking into the depths of outer space,” the designer explains, the pavilion’s exterior pierced by a field of illuminated stars.

Commissioned by Hyundai as part of a global mobility initiative, the pavilion’s ten metre high parabolic façades give way to a starkly contrasting interior—a multi-sensory hydrophobic water installation occupying the inside of the 35m x 35m structure; emitting a staggering 25,000 singular water droplets every minute. Brightly lit and immersed in complete white—taking the eyes a few minutes to adjust—the overwhelming juxtaposition gives visitors the sensation of walking through an all-enveloping cloud of darkness and into the light; Khan capturing the essence of the South Korean car manufacturer’s vision of a clean, sustainable future.

“As your eyes adjust,” Khan continues, “you feel for a moment that the tiny water drops are at the scale of the stars. A water droplet is a size every visitor is familiar with. In the project I wanted to move from the scale of the cosmos to the scale of water droplets in a few steps. The droplets contain the same hydrogen from the beginning of the universe as the stars.”

Asif Khan’s super-black pavilion remains on location accessible to the public until 18 March at the Olympic Plaza, Pyeongchang-gun.

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Asif Khan Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang
Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang
Asif Khan, Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
Asif Khan Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang
Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang
Asif Khan Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang
Hyundai Pavilion PyeongChang

Photography © Luke Hayes

Client: Hyundai Motor Company

Design: Asif Khan

Main Contractor: Hyundai Engineering

Interactive Engineer: iart

Facade coating: Surrey NanoSystems

Corian fabrication: Cutting Edge

Structural Engineer: AKTII

Environmental Engineer: Atelier Ten

Environmental Sound: Why Do Birds?

Interior contractor: GL

Local Architect: USD

Agency: Innocean Worldwide

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