WASHINGTON: Online retailer Amazon.com has cancelled plans to build its second headquarters, nicknamed HQ2, in New York City following mounting opposition.
The company placed the blame for its decision on some local politicians who were unhappy with the tax incentives it was promised. Amazon said these lawmakers were opposed to the move and were unwilling to work with it on the plans.
“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,” Amazon said.
The e-commerce company had originally announced a plan to split off its new headquarters between Queens, New York and Crystal City, Virginia, after a year-long competition which involved 200 cities across America.
The company, however, noted that it will continue with its plan to build its headquarters in northern Virginia and will also continue to grow its teams in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.
Amazon said it will not reopen its search for a new second location for its headquarters.
Fawad Ch. launches lunar calendar
ISLAMABAD: Fed. Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday has launched moonsighting website (pakmoonsighting.pk,) and a calendar:
According to the lunar calendar, Muslims in Pakistan will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on 5th of June (2019). Talking to NPTV he said that the website would halt the moonsighting controversy that the nation faces every year.
Pakistan among top countries where Facebook restricted most content
KARACHI: Pakistan ranked second in the list of countries where social media giant Facebook restricted maximum content.
The total content curbed in Pakistan by the platform doubled between July and December 2018, according to Facebook’s latest transparency report released on Friday.
4,174 items were restricted in Pakistan during the second half of 2018, as compared to 2,203 pieces from the first half of the year.
According to the breakdown of the content restricted in Pakistan, Facebook suspended 3,811 posts, 343 pages and groups, 10 profiles and one album. On Instagram, the platform restricted a total of nine items — seven posts and two accounts.
China slams US ‘lies’ about Huawei-government ties
BEIJING: Beijing on Friday accused the United States of spreading “lies” about Huawei after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the telecom giant was not being truthful about its ties to the Chinese government.
Huawei has been thrust at the centre of escalating tensions between the world’s two top economies, with President Donald Trump saying Thursday the fate of the company could be included in any deal to resolve their trade war.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he was not aware of the “specifics” of Trump’s comments and repeated that dialogue must be based on “mutual respect”.
The Trump administration has infuriated Beijing by blacklisting the smartphone and telecommunications company over worries that China uses it as a tool for espionage and allegations of breaking Iran related sanctions.
Huawei has repeatedly denied that it works with the Communist-led government.
“To say that they don’t work with the Chinese government is a false statement,” Pompeo said.
Lu said US politicians have spread rumours about Huawei without providing evidence.