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Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Just 2 months after the fatal accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a driverless Uber car, Uber has halted its driverless car program. The program, based in Arizona, had previously provided employment for over 300 people.   The people of Arizona had voiced their concerns about the program, forcing the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, to take action. In response, he has now decided to ban the company from allowing any more driverless cars on Arizona roads.   Choosing not to fight the issue in the courts, Uber has abided with this request and has now officially stated that it is ending its driverless car program in Arizona.   So does this mean the end of driverless cars? Almost certainly not. Uber has announced plans to restart its program in Pennsylvania. In return for allowing the program, the state is likely to see an increase in jobs. Conversely, Arizona is set to lose 300 jobs, as Uber staff are relocated. Uber to offer staff more benefits This news comes on top of other recent news surrounding Uber, most notably that the firm has promised to give more benefits to Uber drivers in the EU. This was in response to being put under pressure from the EU, which was complaining that Uber was effectively treating Uber ‘contractors’ as employees, yet not paying the necessary taxes and benefits. As a result, Uber will now pay for maternity leave and provide other healthcare benefits.   Does this mean that Uber will soon offer USA drivers more benefits? It is hard to say. Although the EU decision sets a precedent, EU...
Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

If you’re a big sports fan, then you probably already heard about the drug testing controversy regarding Russia and the Olympics. This has now spilled over into the world of soccer, with officials recently announcing that Russia will not be allowed to play any part in the drug testing of soccer players for this summer’s soccer world cup.   The games, ironically being held in Russia, will see the world’s best 32 national soccer teams compete to become world soccer champions. The games will be hosted in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. However, despite all games taking place on Russian soil, FIFA officials have declared – in no uncertain terms – that Russia will be be involved in the anti-doping procedures.   Michael D’Hooghe from FIFA was quoted by the Times as saying: “My basic condition to lead the anti-doping policy in Russia is that everything would be done from the very beginning to the last point by FIFA without Russian intervention…That means the chaperones, who take the players from the field, will be designated by FIFA and will not be Russian.” What drugs do they test for in professional sports? Using performance enhancing chemicals is nothing new and is said to have been done even as far back as the olympics in ancient Greece. However, the practice is of course unfair, which is why drug testing exists. But what type of drugs are actually tested for?   In short, the tests aim to find any drugs which have been banned by the appropriate sporting authorities. These include:   Anabolic steroids Androstenedione Human Growth Hormone...
5 Services you didn’t know were offered at RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah

5 Services you didn’t know were offered at RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah

When you hear the name “RiteCare Medical Center” you may be able to guess a couple of the services which are offered here. Yes, the center is a Hialeah urgent care center, and yes, the center also provides primary care in Hialeah. However, there are several other very useful services which are provided, which perhaps you do not know about. Here are 5 of them: 1. Physical examinations There are many types of physical examinations and all of them are provided here onsite at RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah. Patients can come to RiteCare for immigration physicals, pre-employment physicals, DOT physicals, as well as many other physical examinations. 2. Drug testing RiteCare provides drug testing for regular patients, as well as employment alcohol and drug testing in Hialeah. There are a variety of drug panels to choose from, plus a range of testing methodology. Testing can be done via urine, blood, and hair collection, among other ways. 3. Treatment of Auto Injuries As you may know, Florida has a “no fault” auto insurance system, whereby each auto accident victim receives up to $10,000 in medical expenses. This may seem like a lot, but it can quickly disappear with expensive hospital fees. Of course, if your injury is life-threatening, you should proceed immediately to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911. However, if your injury is NOT life-threatening, then it may benefit you to go to RiteCare’s Auto Injury Clinic in Hialeah. Treatment is of a high-standard, while still being affordable, meaning that your PIP money ($10,000) goes further. 4. Occupational Therapy As the name suggests, occupational therapy is usually...
Miami Dade tops the list of most car accidents in 2017

Miami Dade tops the list of most car accidents in 2017

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles has released data showing that Miami Dade had a total of 63,157 car accidents 2017. This puts Miami Dade well ahead of all other counties, with Broward County far behind in second place with 40,324. Florida as a whole saw 387,900 accidents with 246,285 resulting in injuries (Source: https://patch.com/florida/miamibeach/florida-counties-top-most-car-accidents-2017). What is causing the high number of auto accidents? There are many contributing factors to these high figures. Some factors we would expect, such as drink driving, bad weather, inexperienced drivers, as well as drivers over the age of 65 (drivers over the age of 65 were twice as likely to have been involved in an accident).   However, there were also many lesser known contributing factors. According to the data, the month with the most accidents was March (with 37,395 accidents), while Fridays are the day of the week when you are most likely to be involved in an accident. It seems that rush hour is also a factor, with a higher percentage of collisions happening between 4:00pm to 5:00pm.   On a macro level, another contributing factor is the growing population of Florida and of South Florida in particular. The increase in population leads to an increase in cars on the road, which subsequently increases the chance of accidents. What should I do if I have been involved in a car accident? If you or anyone involved in the accident has sustained life-threatening injuries, then you should call 911. However, if your injuries are not life-threatening, then another option is to visit an accident clinic specializing in the treatment of auto injuries,...
4 Tips for Safe Exercising and Injury Prevention from Medical Center Hialeah

4 Tips for Safe Exercising and Injury Prevention from Medical Center Hialeah

Engagement into fitness and healthy lifestyle has never been so visible as in recent decades. Indeed, exercising is a great way to stay healthy, obtain an athletic body and even socialize. This growing trend has reached various people groups – teenagers and the elderly, men and women, occasional joggers to triathletes and record breakers.  With all the benefits and positive image in mind, people tend to dive into new active routines often without the proper physical condition. Right away they want to lift heavier weights, go on longer runs, and bring more intensity to their workouts. This may simply sound like a high level of motivation, but the problem is that it is often is unrealistic – and sometimes even dangerous.   Physical therapists from our Medical Center in Hialeah share some tips to make your exercising safe 1. Evaluate your health condition and fitness level This involves assessing your lifestyle, including diet and activity level as well as screening your medical history. Whether you feel dizzy occasionally or experience back pain, which may seem minor to you, scheduling an appointment with a medical professional is necessary before the start of a new routine. Medical Center Hialeah may become your reference point, as physical therapists there do not only deal with injuries, but also help you to detect and prevent potential risks. 2. Choose an activity tailored to your needs and interests Selecting the best workout is about understanding yourself, your lifestyle, and goals. If you do not plan to run a marathon, do not force yourself to run one hour daily. If you are busy with family and...
Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in Fatal Crash

Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in Fatal Crash

Last month (in March) a self-driving Uber car was involved in a fatal crash, resulting in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Despite having a human safety driver onboard, both the car and the driver failed to see the pedestrian, who was attempting to cross the road. Unfortunately, as we know, pedestrian auto injuries are common, however this particular accident is significant. This is because it involved a self-driving Uber car. Self-driving technology is predicted to be safer than human-driven cars, because machines are less likely to make ‘human errors’. But this fatality raises questions about self-driving technology. Are human-drivers safer than self-driving technology? Internal video footage showed that even the safety driver was unable to prevent the accident. Plus, it appears that the pedestrian was crossing in the dark where there was no crosswalk. This suggests that it would have been difficult for even the best of drivers to have spotted the pedestrian and to have stopped in time. In general, self-driving cars have driven for thousands of hours with almost no accidents. As a result, they are considered to be safer than human-drivers. And certainly, it looks like the future is heading in that direction, even if this particular fatality raises questions around the technology. If I am involved in an Uber accident, which insurance pays for medical care? If you are involved in an Uber accident, it can be a very stressful situation. First, you or others in the car may be injured. Second, you may be wondering who is going to pay for medical treatment, not to mention repairing the cars etc. As soon as...

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