Shortly before he was discovered by Animals bassist Chas Chandler and lit a fuse under the international music scene with the Experience, Jimi Hendrix was more of a jobbing musician.
During the mid 60s he played with the likes of Little Richard and the Isley Brothers and managed to get himself into a laughably bad contract with notorious label boss Ed Chalpin while playing with Curtis Knight & the Squires.
While in that band he recorded a track called “Station Break”, which has just surfaced online after 50 years and sees him sticking to a more restrained style that hints at his signature sound of the late 60s – while wearing a pretty special jacket. Read more…
Earlier today, Indian police said they intend to pursue legal charges against Uber for failing to do a background check on the driver accused of raping a passenger in Delhi.
This evening the story has taken an even darker twist: According to new police reports, quoted by NDTV, the driver accused of the Delhi attack was previously imprisoned for seven months after being charged with raping a 22-year old women in 2011.
As Pando reported earlier this year, Uber had previously failed to do adequate background checks on its US drivers, resulting in at least one driver being allowed to drive, despite having served prison time for a felony. The driver was later accused of assaulting a passenger in a racially-motivated attack.
Earlier today, a day after the alleged Delhi attack, Uber posted a statement to its blog, insisting that safety is its #1 priority:
Safety is our #1 priority and in India, Uber exclusively partners with registered for-hire drivers who have undergone the commercial licensing process, hold government issued IDs, state-issued permits, and carry full commercial insurance. Uber also has a GPS trace and record of all trips that occur on the platform – information that has been shared with the authorities. We will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation to bring this crime to justice.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has posted an additional statement, also at a hidden URL on the Uber blog, in which he blames India’s lax background check requirements for the company’s failure to vet its driver:
What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime. We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery.
We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs. We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women.
Paul Carr is editorial director of Pando. Previously he was founder and editor in chief of NSFWCORP.