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As Amazon drops New York City project, progressives claim a major coup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time on Thursday in calling Amazon’s decision to scrap plans to build a major New York outpost with nearly $3 billion in city and state incentives a big victory for progressive politicians. The democratic socialist congresswoman has become the face of the Democratic Party’s ascendant left wing, thanks in part to her upset victory last year in a district near the proposed Amazon.com Inc development. “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers &…

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Failed London Garden Bridge project cost £53m

Image copyright Heatherwick Studio Image caption A review of the project said £43m of taxpayers’ money had been spent A failed plan to build a bridge covered with trees and flowers over the River Thames in central London cost a total of £53m, it has been revealed. A Transport for London investigation showed The Garden Bridge Trust spent £161,000 on a website and £417,000 on a gala event for the abandoned project. The design of the bridge cost more than £9m and the charity paid its executives a total of…

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Holocaust row taints Hungary’s House of Fates museum project

Image caption The site’s giant Star of David will be lit up at night Pilots landing after dark at Budapest international airport will soon have a new star to navigate by – a giant Star of David. It will be lit up from the side of a tower resembling stacked cattle trucks. The illumination will be so bright that permission was sought from Hungarian airport authorities. The Star of David, made of perforated steel, is the crowning glory of the new House of Fates museum, built on the site of…

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Science 

Climate change: UK carbon capture project begins

Image caption The project aims to capture one tonne per day of CO2 The giant Drax power station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, has become the first in Europe to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from wood-burning. Drax burns seven million tonnes of wood chips each year to drive generators to make electricity. The firm has now begun a pilot project to capture one tonne a day of CO2 from its wood combustion. The technology effectively turns climate change into reverse on a tiny scale, but it’s controversial. How does it…

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Sports 

Soccer: Longevity has its place as Qatar’s project 2022 reaps rewards

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – He may not get there with them, but if Qatar’s fast-improving squad do make a decent fist of their World Cup campaign in 2022, the host nation will have plenty to thank Felix Sanchez for. A computer generated image of Lusail Stadium that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, with seating capacity of 80,000, in Lusail City, north of central Doha, Qatar. Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy/Handout via REUTERS On the face of it, the amiable Spaniard has transformed the footballing fortunes…

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Wisconsin governor’s office says evaluating shift in Foxconn LCD display project

(Reuters) – The Office of the Governor of Wisconsin said Wednesday it is evaluating changes in Foxconn Technology Group’s project in the state after Reuters exclusively reported the Taiwanese company is reconsidering building a liquid crystal display panel factory there. The governor’s office has been in touch with senior leaders at Foxconn after news, it said in a statement. Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source link

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Aetna, other health insurers team up with IBM on blockchain project

FILE PHOTO: Logos of CVS and Aetna are displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp’s Aetna and a host of other health insurers said on Thursday they have partnered with IBM Corp to create a blockchain network aimed at cutting costs in the healthcare industry. The companies intend to use blockchain technology, which allows the sharing of databases across a network of computers, for processing…

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Firefly Aerospace is behind Florida rocket project: sources

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Firefly Aerospace Inc, a resurgent rocket company founded by a former SpaceX engineer, plans to build a factory and launch site at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Spaceport in a $52 million deal, people familiar with the project said on Wednesday. The Firefly project is strategically important for the Cedar Park, Texas-based startup as it competes with several other new entrants vying to cash in on a big jump in the number of small satellites expected in the coming years. Companies like Firefly, billionaire British entrepreneur Richard…

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Innocence Project: Carer cleared of sex assault ‘treated like monster’

Image caption “I’ve lost almost 11 years of my life, I’m not going to get that back,” says Gareth Jones When Gareth Jones was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit, he told his little niece that he was going away to work with Santa Claus. Through his three and a half years behind bars he kept this story going, telling her he was at an airport waiting to fly to Lapland while speaking to her from the prison phone. “I feel sick that I’ve lied to…

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Google China: Has search firm put Project Dragonfly on hold?

Image caption Google’s plans for a Chinese search engine have reportedly halted Google has reportedly “effectively ended” plans for a censored search engine in China. The Intercept, which revealed the existence of Project Dragonfly in August, says Google has been “forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using” to feed the project. And access to data “integral to Dragonfly… has been suspended for now, which has stopped progress”. Google said it had no immediate plans to launch a Chinese search engine. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption…

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