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20-year-old Tasmanian George Vaughan had three main goals for his trip to the United States last month: see a Metallica concert, visit Niagara Falls, and go to a landfill in the US state of Alabama.The landfill, he hoped, would help him realise a dream he’d held for six years: to see a laughing gull, a “seagull” generally considered a nuisance by your average American beachgoer.Most logs contain sparse notes, just a few sentences describing rarer birds so that other users know the poster isn’t lying.But here’s how Vaughan described a bunch of gulls on a boardwalk:For comparison, here’s what I typically write for laughing gulls, the black-headed gulls many Americans are almost guaranteed to see on a skip whenever they step outside in the summer:The young Australian’s posts described the most ignored birds of North America in well-written, excited prose, celebrating the “evocative” sounds of the Canada goose, the “pleasing shape” of the mockingbird, and the beauty of turkey vultures, which Vaughan lauded as “more graceful aéronauts” than hawks.
When rumors surfaced last week that Amazon was having second thoughts about its New York headquarters, most observers took it as a bargaining move.Locals were pushing Amazon for more concessions, and if the company seemed ready to walk away, it might take the pressure off.With so much time and money invested, it seemed irrational to simply call it off.For months, local politicians had been pushing Amazon on taxes and unionization.Activists booed executives out of city council meetings while protests circled the proposed construction site.With the mayor and governor bought in, no one thought they could stop the project entirely, but maybe if they made enough noise, they could unionize the janitors in the new buildings or shame Amazon into a few extra education programs.
Amazon has cancelled plans to build one of its second headquarters in New York, after the e-commerce giant encountered unexpected opposition to its plans.Amazon’s decision to create a second headquarters outside its Seattle home, had triggered a bidding war between various US states.Indeed, Washington DC at one stage had been widely tipped as leading the race for the location of Amazon’s second headquarters.But in November Amazon chose Queens in New York, as well as a site in Northern Virginia for its two secondary headquarters – known collectively as HQ2.Amazon’s plan had been to invest $5 billion in the construction and operation of the two campuses, including the creation of 50,000 new jobs.Amazon had previously admitted that economic incentives were a factor in its decision on where to locate HQ2, but it always said that attracting top talent was the leading driver.
Amazon cited opposition from local politicians as a large part of the reason it will not move forward with the deal.Sanders, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has been a consistent and vocal critic of Amazon's treatment of its workers.Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday congratulated New Yorkers for "standing up to the power of Amazon" after the tech giant canceled a plan to build a second headquarters, called HQ2, in the New York City borough of Queens."The people of New York and America are increasingly concerned about the power of large multinational corporations and the billions in corporate welfare they receive.A number of local politicians, including Democrats like New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson, New York Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, New York state senator Mike Gianaris, were opposed to the plan for a new Amazon headquarters in Long Island City.The politicians expressed concern with the impact on the city's residents and economy.
Amazon will still build HQ2 in Crystal City, Virginia, where it can focus on hiring talent there and amplifying its federal presence near Washington, DC.Analysts believe that building a headquarters near Washington, DC is also a strategic move to win a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.Analysts say canceling its plans for a New York headquarters will not affect the near term or long term outlook on Amazon, nor will it impact its business strategy, especially since Amazon already has a presence in New York.Amazon is pulling out of its plans to build its second major headquarters in New York, but an arguably more important piece of the HQ2 strategy remains intact, as it still plans on coming to the Washington DC area.It does plan to continue building out a headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, as well as another office in Nashville.It's important to Amazon's business, say analysts, as it makes the company more competitive for large government contracts — particularly in the case of Amazon Web Services, the company's market-leading and very profitable cloud computing arm.
Amazon has abandoned plans to build its second headquarters in New York City, after facing strict opposition from both state and local politicians.The world's third-most valuable company had announced plans to split its second US headquarters, known as HQ2, across New York and Virginia in November last year.The move was expected to create 25,000 jobs.However Amazon faced an unwelcome reception from some local residents in the Queens neighbourhood where its new site was destined to land, who objected to the $2.8bn (£2.2bn) in incentives that the tech giant was promised in exchange for choosing New York.Amazon said in a statement that it will not seek out a replacement site elsewhere, nor shift any of the jobs planned for the headquarters to another campus."For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term," the company said.
Amazon will no longer build a second headquarters in New York City, following pushback from residents and local lawmakers who were concerned about what the influx of high-skill, high-paying jobs would do to an area already facing fast gentrification.“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Amazon wrote in a statement this morning.Amazon said it is canceling the plans because a “number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence.”Amazon does not plan to search for another HQ2 location, but will move forward with its existing plans to open major campuses in Northern Virginia and Nashville.Amazon’s plan to move into Queens was largely hashed out in secret, without input from local lawmakers.There was immediate backlash after it was announced, in part because of the major concessions that New York agreed to give Amazon in order for it to move in.
Amazon’s plans to invest in New York-area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, despite Amazon’s announcement today that it will no longer open one of its HQ2 locations in New York City.The retailer decided to end its plans for the New York headquarters after significant backlash from local politicians and citizens alike who, as Amazon put it, “have made it clear that they oppose our presence.”The deal Amazon had brokered with New York politicians had included up to $1.5 billion in grants and tax breaks in the state, in exchange for bringing 25,000 new jobs to the NYC area.But Amazon jobs weren’t all the company was investing in — the company had also recently said it would fund educational programs and training at New York-area high schools and colleges.Specifically, Amazon said it would fund computer science classes in more than 130 New York City-area high schools, including both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes.The classes would be offered across all five NYC boroughs, including more than 30 schools in Queens — the planned location for the new headquarters.
It’s official: Amazon is no longer moving forward with plans made last year to bring 25,000 jobs to New York City.Amazon released a statement today saying that it will not be building a headquarters in New York City.It will move forward with plans to bring 25,000 jobs to a Washington, D.C. suburb, and 5,000 jobs to Nashville, where it’s establishing a new operations hub.After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture — and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents.
After facing opposition from lawmakers and residents, Amazon might not built its second headquarters in New York after all.Sources who are “familiar with the company’s thinking” spoke to The Washington Post on Friday, and said the e-commerce giant might reconsider its deal in the face of vocal opposition to the deal.Even if the deal falls through with New York, the deal with Virginia would still stand.“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia have been so welcoming,” a source familiar with the matter told the Post.The blowback began after an anti-Amazon rally that was held the day after the deal was announced and has been a point of contention at local town halls, according to Vox.Don’t celebrate / mourn the loss of Amazon just yet
Today MediaLink, the advisory firm that has become a ubiquitous presence in the media and advertising industries, announced the hire of Christopher Vollmer as managing director.The newest member of the firm’s leadership team will work in its New York headquarters and report directly to CEO and chairman Michael Kassan.Vollmer joins MediaLink from Strategy & , the consulting division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a partner and leader of the global entertainment and media advisory practice.He worked at Booz & Company from 1995 to 2014 before PwC acquired that group.“Chris has one of those rare, strategic minds that’s simultaneously focused on driving actionable change and impact,” said Kassan in a statement.“As a senior advisor in every sense of the word, Chris brings our clients incredibly valuable expertise at a time when their focus is squarely on strategic and operational transformation to accelerate growth and profitability.
I don't have a fairy godmother fashioning magic glass slippers that fit me perfectly, but Nike's self-lacing Adapt BB shoes come pretty damn close.The new $350 "smart sneakers," set for release Feb. 17, re-create the magical "Back to the Future" moment when Marty McFly tries on self-lacing Air Mags and exclaims, "Power laces, all right!"And though Nike has pulled off this trick before -- first with the special edition Nike MAG for Michael J.But if you don't want to use your phone, there are two buttons on the sides.On the app, you can swipe up and down to adjust your levels of tightness, and save settings based on certain situations, like if you were planning on running, or on sitting at a desk.Nike said it'll be regularly releasing updates to the app for more features.
According to its sources — and confirmed by our own — SoftBank is now in “detailed negotiations” to invest a comparatively modest $2 billion more into WeWork, plans that could be firmed up as soon as the end of this week.The government-backed funds of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which committed $45 billion and $15 billion, respectively, to the Vision Fund, haven’t been been known before to push back against the person pulling its levers, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son .Indeed, given the vast sums of money that the Vision Fund has put to work since being announced in late 2016, it seemed there were few if any checks on Son or the 80-plus people who work for the Vision Fund.Just some of its many bold bets include, most recently, a $500 million investment in Cambridge Mobile Telematics, an eight-year-old, Boston-area company that previously raised just one round of funding of less than $20 million to build out its technology.The Vision Fund also recently led a $400 million round into Emeryville, Ca.-based Zymergen, which manufacturers molecules for a wide array of industries and already counted SoftBank as an investor.Still, according to that Journal piece, the two anchor investors were less enthusiastic about a giant new investment in nearly nine-year-old WeWork for numerous reasons, including that they see WeWork as a real estate play and both already have plenty of real estate in their portfolios; that WeWork CEO Adam Neumann would still control the company even while SoftBank was looking to acquire a majority stake; and because SoftBank has already committed $8 billion into WeWork in recent years, including through an agreement last year to invest a fresh $4 billion into the company via a convertible note and a $3 billion warrant that gave it the right to buy additional equity in WeWork.
Laura Loomer, a right-wing provocateur who was banned from Twitter last week, handcuffed herself to a door at the tech firm's New York headquarters on Thursday.Holding up a megaphone and donning a yellow Star of David on her chest, Loomer accused the tech firm of applying a "double standard" and suppressing conservative speech, a video of the protest shows.New York police officers cut through the restraint after about two hours of protest.Loomer was kicked off the social network for violating its rules against hateful conduct after she criticized Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, who will be one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.In the tweet, Loomer called Omar "anti-Jewish" and "pro-Sharia."Twitter, which has been under pressure to combat hate speech, denied it booted Loomer from the platform for her political beliefs.
Julia Alexander / The VergeEarlier this afternoon, alt-right Jewish commentator Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to the front doors of Twitter’s New York headquarters, while wearing a Jewish star and carrying a bullhorn and a number of printed-out tweets.She says she’s demonstrating in protest of the alleged shadowbanning of conservatives on the social-media platform, and the “double standard” of allowing figures like anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to remain on the site.“Twitter is upholding sharia when they ban me for tweeting facts about sharia law,” Loomer shouted early on in a Periscope livestream that kicked off around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.“I’m here today to stand in solidarity with the millions of conservatives around the world who have been silenced.”Loomer was permanently banned from the platform earlier this month for hate speech against Minnesotan Democratic Representative-elect Ilhan Omar.
The latest one we’ve uncovered even lived at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City for a while this summer.It’s the Ecological Living Module, or EDM, cooked up in a weird science partnership between architectural firm Gray Organschi and no less than Yale University’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture.Trust us, it’s tiny — just 230 square feet, or 21 square meters — but this weird, wedge-shaped dwelling can be operated completely independently of existing utilities and infrastructure.Not that we’re planning for that eventuality.It’s a pretty great project overall, meant to address housing issues from both a social and environmental standpoint.“Today, one billion people live in informal settlements, often without reliable electricity, water, sanitation, or food,” the design team said.
UBS held an innovation competition last week for junior bankers in its investment-banking division.The winning team, known as Dal.ia, proposed using artificial intelligence techniques to automate some of the job's more mundane tasks, such as building financials models and creating term sheets.They weren't presenting an idea for a takeover, or even trying to win the right to manage some institution's wealth, but rather competing for a chance to bring some fresh technology ideas to UBS's investment-banking division.Events like these are taking place across Wall Street as firms look for ways to engage younger workers and source good ideas for bringing technology deeper into investment banking.These include building financial models, creating pitch books or filling out standard documents.Read more: Here's why Wall Street hasn't had an innovation since the ATM
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