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Uber to Acquire Postmates and Enter Grocery Delivery Business in the Americas

Uber to Acquire Postmates and Enter Grocery Delivery Business in the Americas

Ride-hailing service Uber announced it will acquire Postmates and also begin to offer grocery delivery in certain countries in the Americas.
Postmates is a U.S. company that offers local delivery of restaurant-prepared meals and other goods.
The $2.65 billion, all-stock acquisition of Postmates calls for Uber to run the business alongside its own food delivery business, Uber Eats.  Uber said it would maintain the Postmates app separate while merging some aspects of …

TSA Official Says Agency is Failing to Protect Security Screeners, Flying Public, During Pandemic

TSA Official Says Agency is Failing to Protect Security Screeners, Flying Public, During Pandemic

The agency that operates security checkpoints at the nation’s airports is not doing a particularly good job at protecting the screeners who work there as well as the flying public, according to a top-ranking official there.
Jay Brainard, a federal security director at the Transportation Security Administration, is responsible for transportations security in Kansas and filed a complaint that the agency. He filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that the agency withheld …

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ at Bayville Drive-In Movie Theater, Long Island

Drive-in movie theaters are experiencing a kind of renaissance amidst the backdrop of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
For the uninitiated, a drive-in movie theater is comprised of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a radio transmitter, and a large parking area for the automobiles from which the audience will watch the movie.  Some have concession stands, others offer carhop service to the vehicle, and some offer both.
In much of …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.
Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is typically the smallest and least expensive vehicle it offers.  In the case of the Stuttgarters, this would be the A-Klasse, …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

Reviewing cars during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic here in the New York area was one of the few things I could really look forward to and the temporary drop in traffic made far longer day trips possible as a perverse form of compensation.
Every spring, like clockwork we have added a Mazda Mazda6 to our short-term press fleet and its arrival was always greatly anticipated.
One reason is because all …

In Vienna, A Hotel Room Comes with A Night at the Opera

I haven’t been to a live performance in a concert hall since seeing “My Fair Lady” at the Volksoper in early March, because, uh, social distancing and all, and I miss it quite a bit.  While it’s doubtful that Broadway will reopen before late fall at the earliest, and the Metropolitan Opera, which cancelled its fall season last week, may reopen New Year’s Eve, I now have the opportunity to …

Restaurant Review: Cagen – New York’s Best Sushi as Takeout Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Four and a half years ago, I ventured to the East Village to try what I understood to be the one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, Cagen.  In it, I found chef and owner Toshio Tomita, who spent 16 years working for Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame.
Perhaps I had been misinformed as I left believing Chef Tomita had built an establishment that vied with the best …