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Congress panel calls on Amazon chief Bezos to testify

first_img“Although we expect that you will testify on a voluntary basis, we reserve the right to resort to compulsory process if necessary,” said the committee, which said it had additional questions for Bezos about e-commerce competition.The Judiciary Committee specifically cited a Wall Street Journal report from April 23, based on interviews with former and current employees as well as internal company documents, which claimed Amazon used sensitive information from private sellers for its own competitive advantage.”If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious,” the panel wrote.While testifying before a subcommittee last year, Amazon general counsel Nate Sutton said the company did not use seller data to compete with them, the letter noted.”As we told the Wall Street Journal and explained in our testimony, we strictly prohibit employees from using non-public, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch,” an Amazon spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.”While we don’t believe these claims made in the Journal story are accurate, we take these allegations very seriously and have launched an internal investigation.”The request for Bezos to testify came as Amazon shares skidded in the wake of the company cautioning that second quarter earnings would be wiped out by expenses related to COVID-19 as it works to keep up with surging demand at a time when many brick-and-mortar stores are closed.Topics : A US congressional panel on Friday called on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to testify about allegations the online giant used sensitive data from third-party sellers on its platform to develop competing products.In a letter to Bezos, the House Judiciary Committee said the claim, if true, would contradict sworn testimony by Amazon’s general counsel last year.”We expect you, as chief executive Officer of Amazon, to testify before the committee,” read the letter signed by its chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democratic congressman from New York, and others.last_img read more


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City open £200m training complex

first_img Press Association And with competition for the brightest young players increasingly stiff among European football’s biggest teams, he thinks City are now at the head of the queue. Fans of neighbours Manchester United, though, might bristle at his suggestion that local prospects now face an “easy choice” when it comes to their career path. “When we started training here with the boys I looked around and said ‘how amazing’. I think this is one of the best, if not the best, facilities in the world,” he said of the 80-acre base that was previously a polluted brownfield site. “If we go into the market and we compete to bring young players or first team players in, having a facility like this can only help. “When you are a young, talented player from Manchester – or worldwide – you want the best possible facilities to challenge and improve yourself. “(You want) the club that will give you the best chance because at that age you dream about being a first-team player and I think when you look at these facilities that will be an easy choice. “You can’t compare this to any other. Arsenal was really good, Inter was really good, but I think this training facility takes it to a different level.” The complex is connected to the Etihad Stadium by bridge and houses all of the club’s teams, from age-group sides to men’s and women’s senior squads – a total in excess of 450 individuals weekly. The first team will stay on site the night before home matches, while Vieira’s elite development squad team and Manchester City Women will play at an integrated 7,000-capacity stadium. But for some the true success of the project will only be measured in future by graduates from the youth set-up to the first XI. Vieira is intimately involved in helping deliver a target of four-to-six homegrown players in the senior side and is optimistic the CFA will accelerate the process. “We know how difficult it will be for them to make it but we have to fulfill the potential,” he said. “We have a responsibility to them and when you have a facility like this you give youth all the chance to make it. “Of course it is important because fans like to identify with the local players. “Seventy per cent of our Academy players are from Manchester. I look at my team in the EDS and the captain Kean Bryan was born five minutes from the stadium. “But when we talk about development it takes time. We have a clear idea of how we want to develop these young players and now we have to be patient, work hard and see who will be the next elite player.” City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who escorted Osborne on a tour, believes the opening represents the first stage of fulfilling a promise made when the Abu Dhabi United Group took over six years ago. “At the outset of his ownership, back in autumn 2008, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan set out his vision for the future of Manchester City Football Club,” said Khaldoon. “He pledged to bring success on the field and to nurture young talent, whilst at the same time remaining proudly rooted to the community in which it resided. “The cornerstone of the future, was a vision for youth development and sustainability; a vision to educate talented young footballers on and off the pitch and to do so in a facility supported by the best coaches and coaching programmes. The vision was underpinned by an unwavering commitment to the regeneration of the local area in both economic and environmental terms. “Today marks the beginning of a responsibility to deliver against the opportunities that this Academy now creates for us.” Osborne, who used the platform to announce a £50million five-year government investment in grassroots football, hailed the CFA development as a model example for others to follow. “I am a strong believer in improving sporting facilities for young people, which is why I am delighted to oversee the opening of the City Football Academy,” he said. “The partnership between Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council is a benchmark for public private partnership, driving investment into the north of England and developing projects where business and the community benefit.” The Barclays Premier League champions have been based at the state-of-the-art City Football Academy since October, but officially opened the doors on Monday at a glitzy ceremony attended by club greats and Chancellor George Osborne. Vieira, who runs City’s elite development squad, spent his playing days at the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan, but believes his new workplace puts the rest firmly in the shade. Patrick Vieira believes Manchester City’s new £200million training complex will help the club attract the best young players in the world – starting with the city itself.last_img read more


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Chorney and Ghegan Release Song to Benefit Sea Bright Rising

first_imgSEA BRIGHT –  Kicking off the new year, an original anthem to Sandy survival was born.Grammy nominated artist Linda Chorney was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy when her Sea Bright home was flooded. Fellow musician Michael Ghegan, whose Red Bank home also suffered storm damage, collaborated on a song called Bright Sea (Gonna Rise).Chorney premiered her song during VH1’s Christmas in Sea Bright special in a performance that moved the audience to tears.The recorded studio version now is available for download on Nimbit Music. Part of the proceeds will go to seabrightrising.org.last_img


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Sea Bright Mulls Switching High Schools

first_imgBoth Atlantic Highlands and Highlands passed resolutions at their final council meetings of 2018 expressing a willingness to determine if it is in the public interest to undertake educational shared services with Sea Bright in order to promote efficiencies and reduce expenditures. “There’s no way that New Jersey towns, ourselves included, can sustain taking on the costs of everything by themselves. We share services with Atlantic Highlands, we share services with Middletown, why not Sea Bright? How can we not look into helping out our neighboring town, especially when it could be a benefit to all of us,” Gonzales said. The decision to invest in this study also follows a recent bill proposed by state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) that would require New Jersey municipalities with populations less than 1,000 residents to consolidate with larger neighboring towns. According to the resolutions, Sea Bright has contracted a professional consultant to produce a feasibility study, and both the other boroughs have agreed to contribute up to $20,000 to the cost of the study.  “We’ve been very successful with shared services with neighboring municipalities and Monmouth County,” Hubeny said. “This is just another possibility for us, and another way we can potentially save our residents money.” Sea Bright taxpayers were shouldered with a school tax levy of $3.57 million to send a mere 26 borough students to Shore Regional High School during the 2018-19 school year.  Long said it’s the governing body’s goal to assess all aspects of its residents’ tax bills (school, municipal and county), which is why she stressed that schooling is just one of the possible shared services Sea Bright is exploring with Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. In March 2017, Sea Bright petitioned the state to force Shore Regional’s Board of Education to agree to a referendum vote for more equal distribution of the school tax burden. Previous petitions made directly to the board of education were denied. In a June 2018 meeting of the Sea Bright Borough Council, Long explained that while the school tax levy continues to rise, she expects the number of Sea Bright students attending Shore Regional to decrease significantly in the near future. Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said the regional school funding formula has long been a thorn in the side of Sea Bright tax-payers and forced the municipality to explore another option. “We’re exploring lots of possibilities for future shared services, which could include something as small as municipal court services, or as large as trying to change school districts,” Long added.center_img “Sea Bright has a longstanding issue with the regional funding formula because it requires that we pay a quarter of the Shore Regional High School budget, despite accounting for less than 5 percent of its student body,” Long said in a Jan. 14 interview with The Two River Times. That total equates to $137,308 per student. The tax levy was $3.3 million in 2017-2018 and $2.1 million in 2016-17. “This is not anything new. For many years Sea Bright has expressed an interest to join our school district. But recently they came and presented some facts to a committee that included council member (Steven) Boracchia and Mayor (Rhonda) Le Grice, and the governing body decided to take a step forward,” Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny told The Two River Times. Though none of the boroughs partaking in this study are immediately impacted by Gopal’s proposal, it’s the sentiment of consolidation and sharing services that Highlands borough administrator Kim Gonzales said was the push they needed to commission this study. SEA BRIGHT – Two neighboring municipalities have partnered with the borough on a feasibility study that will investigate the relocation of Sea Bright high school students to a new school district. “This is not a knock on Shore Regional. It’s solely to do with the formula. And in a climate when we’re all trying to save money, we can’t just look at municipal taxes only.” The current funding formula was instituted in 1975 and requires that regional district tax levies be allocated based on property values, rather than population or the number of borough students attending the school. Recent complimentary resolutions passed by the boroughs of Sea Bright, Atlantic Highlands and Highlands showed each Two River-area town make a financial commitment of up to $20,000 toward a study that will explore sending Sea Bright students to schools in the Henry Hudson Regional district, rather than the Shore Regional district. Hubeny said the boroughs were persuaded to investigate this partnership due to Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney’s push for shared services and the merger of school districts.last_img read more