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Uber-backed scooter startup Lime and European challengers Tier and Dott have been chosen as the three companies that can operate electric scooter rentals in Paris.
The city is set to formally announce the results of its tender on Thursday, but leaked emails seen by Business Insider indicate Lime has won a spot.
German competitor Tier is also one of the permit winners, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision. Amsterdam-based Dott is another winner, according to one source with direct knowledge of the result.
Paris was inundated with scooters until it decided to pick just three operators. The city is seen as Europe's most profitable market.
The decision will be confirmed on Thursday, but looks to be a loss for US scooter giant Bird which in 2019 spoke of plans to hire more than 1,000 staff in Paris.
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Lime, the scooter startup backed by Uber, has been chosen as one of only three companies that can operate electric scooters in Paris, which is seen as Europe's most lucrative market.
The city of Paris is set to formally announce the results of its seven-month-long tender on Thursday, but leaked emails seen by Business Insider show that Lime, based in California, is among the winners.
German startup Tier, which recently raised $22.7 million in fresh funding, is also believed to have won a spot, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision. Amsterdam-based Dott is also a winner, according to one source with direct knowledge of the result.
Lime did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
The office of the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, declined to comment. Hidalgo launched the tender to reduce the number of scooters on the streets, after firms flooded the streets of Paris with rental vehicles.
Tier and Dott declined to comment.
Lime laid off more than 80 staff earlier this year after coronavirus hit the company's revenues but has since received investment from ride hailing giant Uber. The $170 million investment was a de facto deferred purchase that slashed Lime's valuation by 80%. Provisions are in place for SoftBank-backed Uber to buy the scooter startup in two years.
One source close to Lime said the company believed that turning around its image in the city over the past year was key to its success.
Paris is seen as Europe's biggest market, and before the tender, scooters swamped the city. In 2019, the mayor said: "We need order and rules to assure road safety and to calm the streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods of our city."
"It's not far from anarchy and it's extremely difficult for a city like ours to manage this kind of service," Hidalgo added in comments to France 24.
Paris is key for scooter startups in part because the vehicles have, until very recently, remained illegal in the UK.
The Paris result appears to be a major blow to the ambitions of US startup Bird, which in 2019 announced plans to hire 1,000 staff in Paris. The fallout from the race could be vital to the future of the industry.
One Lime investor previously predicted that only two or three companies would be successful in Europe going forward, meaning M&A and consolidation is a distinct possibility.
Silicon Valley scooter startups continue to dominate the market, but European rivals are confident of catching up. US firms including Bird and Lime have attracted waves of venture capital funding, raising $623 million and $935 million respectively, per Crunchbase data.
Earlier in 2020, pre-COVID, Bird bought European scooter operator and one-time competitor Circ, and subsequently cut many of its former competitors' staff, as well as some 420 of its own months later, to help streamline the business. SEE ALSO: A Lime investor predicts only 2 or 3 scooter players will win after COVID-19, meaning there's going to be a major crunch in Europe
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Linkin Park have sent a cease and desist letter to Donald Trump, after he retweeted a campaign-style video featuring one of the band’s songs.The group’s track In The End was used to soundtrack a pro-Trump video posted on Twitter by staff member Dan Scavino, which was then shared on the president’s page.However, it didn’t stay up for all that long at all, and within a few hours, the clip had been pulled from the social media site, and replaced by a message reading: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”pic.twitter.com/ioVHmZnPzU— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) July 17, 2020Making their stance explicitly clear, a message was then posted on Linkin Park’s Twitter page, which said: “Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorise his organisation to use any of our music.“A cease and desist has been issued.”Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020Twitter told Sky News that they respond to “valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives”.Since the clip was taken down, fans have been re-sharing a tweet criticising Donald Trump which was posted by Linkin Park’s late frontman Chester Bennington in 2015, which read: “Donald Trump is a greater threat to the United States than terrorism.”Donald Trump is a greater threat to the United States than terrorism.— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) December 11, 2015Bennington went on to repeat this message in tweets posted in 2016 and 2017. Linkin Park is far from the first musical act to take issue with their music being used in conjunction with Trump, though.Last year, Sharon Osbourne blasted the US leader for using the Black Sabbath track Crazy Train in a campaign video, and making it clear that Trump was “forbidden” from using her husband Ozzy’s music in future videos or at his rallies.A year earlier, Rihanna issued a typically withering response after learning that her song Don’t Stop The Music was being played at pro-Trump political events, writing: “Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up!”A week earlier, singer and music producer Pharrell Williams also sent the POTUS a cease and desist letter, after his tune Happy was played at a Trump rally on the same day as a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“I literally had to create this role for myself,” says the Neighbours actor Georgie Stone, 20, speaking to HuffPost UK down the phone from Melbourne. “Because there are no roles in Australia. None. I had to write to an executive producer to create a role for me. That’s how scarce these opportunities are.”First she was a trailblazing child trans activist, becoming the youngest trans child to receive hormone blockers in Australia aged 10. Her treatment was to set a precedent which led to a change in law around access to hormone treatment for young trans people.More recently, she took her activism to the small screen, developing the first trans character for Australian soap Neighbours.In a few short years, Georgie Stone has made history by blurring the lines between acting and activism. Schooling viewers about transness in the soap opera since her character Mackenzie arrived in 2019, in real life she is proudly outspoken on trans rights and believes, for one thing, that cisgender people playing trans roles is “grossly unfair.” “There are so many trans actors looking for these parts,” she stresses, although she’s also keen to assert her desire to work on strong female non-trans roles when she eventually explores work outside of Neighbours.Now permanent on the Australian soap, Georgie works closely with scriptwriters to help assure her character is as representative of the trans experience as possible. And the story of her development as a young trans person culminates in her gender confirmation surgery scenes, airing in the UK on July 22 and 23. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgie Stone (@georgiestone) on Feb 29, 2020 at 12:45am PSTThe surgery plot may be the last time Mackenzie’s gender identity is dealt with directly. Georgie hopes that in the future storylines, Mackenzie will be approached in the same way they would be for any other young female character on the show.But the surgery storyline felt like an essential inclusion.This surgery isn't making Mackenzie a girl - she is already a girl.Georgie Stone“It is a very personal subject and I wanted it to be done well and respectfully,” says Georgie from her home in suburban Melbourne. “It is about the surgery,” she continues, “but it’s more about making it clear that this surgery isn’t making Mackenzie a girl - she is already a girl, she just wants this for her own comfort, this is purely for her own benefit but it’s there so she can now move on. Onto the things that she is passionate about, like law.”While for many trans people surgery feels essential, Georgie stresses that it is only physical - having surgery doesn’t help trans people overcome any mental health challenges they may be facing. Mental health issues, such as feelings of shame, are very common among trans people, and the LGBT+ community more widely. Georgie says she is privileged not to carry a heavy burden of shame around with her, partly because she had supportive parents, although she describes to HuffPost UK how the “process” of dealing with shame is ever-present in her life, much like it is in Mackenzie’s. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgie Stone (@georgiestone) on May 10, 2020 at 8:15pm PDT“It’s weird, because I’m proud of who I am and I’m proud to be trans, and then sometimes there are these moments that I just really wish that I wasn’t,” says Georgie. “They’re fleeting and those feelings go away, but sometimes they’ll just come back, and those feelings of shame creep in again when you’re feeling especially vulnerable or something’s happened in your life. What I wanted with Mackenzie was to show that it’s a process.”Georgie calls Mackenzie “an alternative reality version of myself”: less confident, less comfortable in her own skin, but ultimately sharing the powerful experience of being trans in this era of change for transgender people. While the majority of Australians and Brits are supportive, there are still waves of feminists who argue, much to the upset of people like Georgie, that trans women aren’t women - and some prolific figures have recently made headlines.I realised this isn’t my problem, this is her problem, actually. I’m not at fault here, there’s actually nothing wrong with me. It’s other people’s shit that I’m having to deal withGeorgie StoneJK Rowling’s recent controversial comments on transness were deeply upsetting for Georgie. “It was just another one of those moments where I crumbled, and I wished for just a very small second that I wasn’t trans, just so I wouldn’t feel so bad, so I wouldn’t feel so attacked by someone who I looked up to,” she says.“And then that second was gone and I realised this isn’t my problem, this is her problem, actually. I’m not at fault here, there’s actually nothing wrong with me. It’s other people’s shit that I’m having to deal with.”What would she say to Jo Rowling?“I’ve fantasised a lot about what I would say,” she ruminates. “I would really love to just sit down with Jo and explain to her why modern day feminism is so important to include trans people.“I don’t agree with where she’s coming from,” she continues, “but I see what she’s stuck on in terms of her perceived fear of trans activism and how that will lead her down a bad path. I’d just love to help her out of that and explain to her why she’s wrong, but I don’t know if she really wants to listen and that’s the disappointing part.”Expecting to be confronted by hateful comments online and in real life is an unfair but inevitable experience for trans people and explains why so many suffer from bad mental health.Georgie says: “Mackenzie carried more shame and anxiety with her and she’s definitely less confident in herself, and less trusting of other people, and I wanted her to come across as someone who’s really really unsure of who she is, not in terms of her gender identity but in terms of who she wants to be as a person.”“I think it’s important to see that sometimes when you’ve been bullied for a long amount of time like Mackenzie, or she’s had years of trauma, it’s not something that you can shake very easily,” she says. “It’s not a black and white journey from A to B of going from ashamed to not anymore, it’s kind of a cycle or bumpy road where it’ll all come back.”As the story of Mackenzie’s transness simmers, Georgie hopes to create an authentic female lead with the character: one that isn’t solely defined by their romantic relationships but has career aspirations and independence. She hopes to still be contracted on Neighbours in a year, but what about further down the line?“I want to keep playing trans characters and keep, I suppose, educating people,” she says. “But I’d also love to play characters that aren’t trans or their gender identity isn’t mentioned. I think that would be really cool - my main thing is I just love acting, I just love the job.”Neighbours airs on Mondays and Fridays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.Useful websites and helplines:The Gender Trust supports anyone affected by gender identity | 01527 894 838Mermaids offers information, support, friendship and shared experiences for young people with gender identity issues | 0208 1234819LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for LGBT people in Scotland. 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