News 

Trump is taking his time to fill more than 500 key jobs, and that could stymie his agenda

“If Trump is serious about his stated intention to leave a lot of jobs unfilled, then his agenda is likely to be undermined” writes Josh Barro for businessinsider.com.au. If you don’t put your people in jobs at departments and agencies, then holdover staff and civil servants will have more control over what those agencies do.If personnel is policy, then choosing not to have personnel is choosing not to have policy. Source: businessinsider.com.au Share This:

Read More
News 

Amazon Cloud Services Outage Takes Down Amazon Video, Websites and Internet-Connected Light Bulbs

“However, after past outages, Netflix has worked on being less dependent on single Amazon cloud regions, meaning that resources are dynamically being shifted if parts of Amazon’s cloud services go down” writes Janko Roettgers for variety.com. A number of internet services were affected by an  outage of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure lasting multiple hours Tuesday.Notably, Netflix’s streaming service remained available, despite the fact that Netflix is making heavy use of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure as well. Source: variety.com Share This:

Read More
News 

Film Review: ‘In This Corner of the World’

“As an important naval and artillery base during the war, Kure serves as an apt location to gauge deteriorating conditions on the Pacific front” writes Maggie Lee for variety.com. The value of the individual and the power of love over nationalism are reiterated when Suzu thanks Shusaku for “seeking me out in this corner of the world.”. Perhaps as a backlash against the populist “Your Name,” “In This Corner of the World” enjoyed rapturous raves by local critics, winning a number of top national film awards, most notably Best Japanese…

Read More
Heads-up News 

Tokyo Trading Session Heads Up Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tokyo opening news digest This E-Commerce Platform Helps Merchants Unlock A Trillion-Dollar Market Zoey CEO Uri Foox discusses the vision behind his company, disrupting the e-commerce space, and reshaping the way brands build digital storefronts.   Kensho Nabs $500 Million Valuation In Round From S&P Global And Wall Street’s Six Biggest Banks Daniel Nadler, 33, Kensho’s founder, tells Forbes exclusively the company has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round led by S&P Global, which values the three-and-a-half year-old startup at over $500 million.   FinTech 50 2016…

Read More
News 

Employees of Kay and Jared Jewelers Claim Years of Rampant Sexual Harassment

“Around 250 former employees of Sterling Jewelers, the multibillion-dollar company that operates Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, report that they endured rampant discrimination and sexual harassment in their time at the company, The Washington Post reported on Monday” writes Hayley Macmillen for cosmopolitan.com. The case is still ongoing, and now 69,000 current and former female employees of Sterling are involved, claiming sexual harassment or abuse, discrimination — many claim a company-wide gender pay gap — or both.They alleged that during the late 1990s and 2000s, female employees…

Read More
News 

Who Is Sean Spicer? 12 Things to Know About Trump’s Pick for Press Secretary.

“In his 15 years working in Washington communications, Spicer has established a working relationship with the Washington press corps, which should have (theoretically, at least) made his transition to press secretary a relatively smooth one” writes Kayleigh Roberts for cosmopolitan.com. On Dec. 22, Donald Trump announced his White House communications team and named Sean Spicer as press secretary and special assistant to the president. Source: cosmopolitan.com Share This:

Read More
News 

Bidder for Green Investment Bank launches judicial review over sale

“A fund which wanted to buy the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has launched a High Court case questioning the Government’s decision to provisionally award the deal to Macquarie” writes Rhiannon Bury for telegraph.co.uk. The threat of a court case adds to concerns which have been growing about Macquarie’s planned takeover of the state-owned bank.The GIB was originally set up in 2012 with £3.8bn of state funding to encourage private and public sector investment into environmentally friendly projects.The bank turned its maiden profit of £9.9m in the 2015/16 financial year and…

Read More