ThinkGeek closes site, moves in with GameStop

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. ThinkGeek closes site, moves in with GameStopOver 40 US physical locations to remain open, online sales to close July 2Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 14th June 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGameStopGamestop subsidiary ThinkGeek will be shutting down its online gaming and pop culture clothing, accessory, and toy store and moving the bulk of its business into GameStop brick and mortar and online stores.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Over 40 physical ThinkGeek store locations in the United States are planned to remain open after the website ends its sales on July 2, 2019.It hasn’t been a great year for GameStop, which saw a stock drop back in January as it gave up trying to sell the company due to lack of financing. Following this, GameStop said it would commit to a focus on its core gaming business, as well as on collectibles.GameStop then posted a $673 million full-year lost in its financials reported in April for the year ending February 2, 2019. That loss took into account the $700 million the company earned from the sale of its Spring Mobile business back in November 2018.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGameStop opening new US east coast fulfillment centerNew 700,000 square-foot Pennsylvania facility opens later this year, intended to support ecommerce “transformation”By Brendan Sinclair 8 days agoGameStop CEO reportedly due to receive $179m windfallOutgoing chief benefits from GameStop stock surgeBy Marie Dealessandri 20 days agoLatest comments (2)Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.A year ago Ah, Gamestop. Where independent retailers get bought up to go die. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDaniel Trezub QA Analyst, LudiaA year ago Oh no! Where will we be drooling over useless expensive pieces of pop culture that look so cool we just HAVE to share the link with our geek friends, but never buy any of it? (especially if you’re in Canada)last_img read more

Umeme’s power distribution contract hangs in the balance

first_img Finance and Policy BRICS TAGSpower distributionPresident MuseveniUgandaUmeme Previous articleWorld Bank approves $20m IDA grant for MauritaniaNext articleNigeria urged to connect 6m households to achieve 2030 goal Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Featured image: Stock President Yoweri Museveni has directed energy minister, Irene Muloni, to explain why Umeme’s power distribution energy losses are high despite increased investment in the network.Umeme’s power distribution concession will be expiring in seven years and the company has expressed interest in having it extended. However, President Museveni has ruled out renewing the electricity distributor’s contract.Distribution energy losses are currently sitting at 17.2%, down from 19% two years ago.The Daily Monitor reported that Museveni said due to energy losses, electricity consumers are paying 26% higher.This is said to be in the case of domestic consumers, who are now required to pay more for power. Read more: Umeme proposes lifeline tariff increase“I am now directing you to furnish me with the explanations on all these matters,” the President said in a letter addressed to Muloni.“In the meantime, there should be no question of renewing Umeme’s concession. By copy of this letter, I am also directing the [Inspector General of Government] to look into these issues,” his letter stated.Uganda should instead look for “a cheaper way of modernising and expanding the distribution and distribution lines,” he said.Investment in power distribution networkThe Daily Monitor reported that the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) was pushing for a Chinese firm, whose name UEDCL did not reveal.UEDCL managing director, Joseph Katera, noted that the government should invest more of “its own money” in the network.That money, according to a source, was to be provided by a Chinese firm, who would then buy out Umeme’s depreciated investment at the end of the concession in 2025.It was reportedly against this background that Umeme had as of 2017 started engaging key policymakers to lobby for an extension, arguing that it is better placed than any company to distribute power in Uganda. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generationlast_img read more

Three organisations rally behind Nigeria’s Green Bond Programme

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock The Climate Bonds Initiative, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, and Financial Sector Deepening Africa have jointly committed to develop a Green Bond Programme in Nigeria.A cooperation agreement to deepen green finance in Nigerian debt capital markets was signed this week between the three organisations at the Climate Bonds Initiative annual conference in London.Access to finance has been identified as one of the key challenges to achieving a green transition. Read more: JSE’s green bond segment could boost ESG investing in South AfricaThe federal government has included green bonds as an option to finance the programmes and projects identified in Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) on climate change, with a focus on addressing key challenges such as poverty, unemployment, environmental degradation, climate change, the infrastructure gap and food security.Evans Osano, FSD Africa, Director – Capital Markets Development commented: ” It is expected that this programme will improve access to a complementary source of longer-term capital alongside traditional, shorter term bank loans, while contributing to the financing of ‘green’ investments and improving the environment.”Green Bond market supports low carbon growthIncreasing access to both domestic and international bond markets and capital pools is an increasingly important strategy in supporting low carbon growth and national development goals.Bola Onadele. Koko, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, CEO, also commented: “As a Securities Exchange with a passion for developing the Nigerian Capital Markets, FMDQ is excited and optimistic that our pursuit to develop a Green Bond market in partnership with reputable institutions such as FSD Africa and the Climate Bonds Initiative will help address infrastructure gaps and environmental challenges in a sustainable manner to deliver prosperity for Nigerians.”“Nigeria has the opportunity to be a regional driver of green finance, demonstrating how Africa can leverage long-term capital to meet its vast infrastructure needs. In turn this will help establish a secure and sustainable future with new economic opportunities,” said Justine Leigh-Bell, Climate Bonds Initiative, Director – Market Development. Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA TAGSClimate changeGreen bondsgreen investmentsNationally Determined ContributionsNigeria Previous articleWorld Water Development Report seeks nature-based solutionsNext articleExclusive interview: Global competition for solar innovation Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector last_img read more

Texas woman accuses Border Patrol agent of demanding ID, stopping her for speaking Spanish

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — Two U.S. citizens were stopped and questioned last week by a Border Patrol agent in Havre, Montana, for speaking Spanish at a gas station, one of the women told ABC El Paso, Texas, affiliate KVIA-TV.As she was being questioned, Ana Suda recorded the interaction on her cellphone, the video of which has gained traction online.The agent can be heard saying, “Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here and saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here.”Andrew Meehan, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assistant commissioner for public affairs, told ABC News Sunday night that the “agent used a poor choice of words, for sure.”Speaking Spanish alone “is not enough” to pull someone over or ask for ID, he said, though adding it’s possible that the agent still “very well could have been following procedure.”An internal investigation into the incident has been launched, according to CBP.The woman was not detained but stopped in a consensual encounter, according to a Border Patrol official. She was not prevented from leaving, the official said.Suda said she entered the convenience store to buy eggs and milk when she was approached by the agent.“I was next in line when I heard my friend say something in Spanish and then I looked and a Border Patrol agent was behind me,” Suda told KVIA-TV.“He asked where I was born, so I looked at him and I said, ‘Are you serious?’” Suda added. “He’s like, ‘Yes, I’m serious,’ but, you know, with a very authoritative voice.”Suda asked whether she could pay for her items, to which he responded “no.”“He’s like, ‘No, give me your ID,’” she said. “I said, ‘I will give you my ID and I will go and pick up my cellular phone because I’m going to record you,’” Suda said.The Border Patrol official told ABC News that speaking Spanish is not something you can solely detain someone on, but it is something you can use as one factor for the totality of the circumstance.Speaking Spanish in a place like Havre, Montana, for example, catches one’s attention, according to the official.The Border Patrol said in a statement, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers are committed to treating everyone with professionalism, dignity and respect while enforcing the laws of the United States. Although most Border Patrol work is conducted in the immediate border area, agents have broad law enforcement authorities and are not limited to a specific geography within the United States.“They have the authority to question individuals, make arrests, and take and consider evidence,” the statement continued. “Decisions to question individuals are based on a variety of factors for which Border Patrol agents are well-trained. This incident is being reviewed to ensure that all appropriate policies were followed.”Suda, who was born in El Paso, Texas, plans to file a lawsuit, she told KVIA-TV.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

These were NYC’s top office leases in August

first_imgClockwise from top left: 733 Third Avenue, 24-01 44th Road in Long Island City, 83 Maiden Lane, and 1745 Broadway (Credit: Google Maps)August was a fairly slow month for New York City’s office leasing scene, with only 464,100 square feet of space leased across the top 10 deals made public. A sizable portion of that total comes from EisnerAmper’s lease at 733 Third Avenue, which is more than double the size of the next largest lease on the list. Other big tenants on the list include public relations firms, tech companies and the New York Times.All in all, August’s top office leases represent a huge step down in size from the square footage in July. July’s top 10 office leasing deals totaled 2.9 million square feet, roughly six times August’s total of 464,100. The total is also a step down year-over-year. The top 10 office leasing deals of August 2018 totaled about 1.3 million square feet.1) EisnerAmper, 733 Third Avenue, Grand Central – 125,000 square feetThe accounting firm inked a 15-year lease for 125,000 square feet of space at 733 Third Avenue, including a street-level private entrance. The firm is relocating from the nearby 750 Third Avenue. Neil Goldmacher, Robert Emden and David Emden of Newmark Knight Frank represented the tenant while Tom Bow and Ashlea Aaron of Durst Organization represented the landlord in-house.2) New York Times, 24-01 44th Road, Long Island City – 57,846 square feetThe news media company signed a 15-year lease for 57,846 square feet of space at 24-01 44th Road, where they will relocate 350 of their employees from their headquarters at 620 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. With this new lease, the building also known as Court Square Place is now completely occupied. Robert Mitchell of Byrnam Wood represented the tenant while Greg Smith and Lauren Calandriello of JRT Realty represented the landlord, United Nations Federal Credit Union.3) WeWork, 83 Maiden Lane, Financial District – 56,000 square feetJust before its rocky IPO filing, the co-working firm inked a 15-year lease for 56,000 square feet of space at 83 Maiden Lane, bringing the building to full occupancy. Kent Swig and Andrew Simon of Helmsley Spear represented both the tenant and the landlord, AHRC New York City.4) PDT Partners, 1745 Broadway, Midtown West – 50,000 square feetThe investment management company inked a lease to renew its 50,000 square feet of space at 1745 Broadway. Ben Friedland, Silvio Petriello and Mike Movshovich of CBRE represented the tenant while Robert Lowe of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Invesco Real Estate.5) Unqork, 114 Fifth Avenue, Flatiron – 40,000 square feetThe tech company inked a sublease for 40,000 square feet of space at L&L Holding Company’s 114 Fifth Avenue. Jason Birk and Steven Marvin of Olmstead Properties represented the tenant while Carl Eriksen, James Ackerson and James Einstein of CBRE represented the sublandlord, Univision Communications. The building is also home to Mashable, MasterCard and Capital One.6) Longevity Brands, 250 West 39th Street, Garment District – 34,000 square feetThe swimwear company expanded its 10-year lease for 34,000 square feet of space at 250 West 39th Street, consolidating its two Manhattan offices. Elliot Zelinger and Marc Schoen of Savitt Partners represented the tenant while William Golden and Bill Fressle of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Alduwaliya US Real Estate. Other building tenants include Muji and Stoll America.7) McCubbin Hosiery, 200 Madison Avenue, Garment District – 26,476 square feetThe leg apparel retailer signed a five-year sublease for 26,476 square feet of space at 200 Madison Avenue. The space was formerly occupied and sublet out by Rose Associates.8) Havas PR Worldwide, 200 Madison Avenue, Garment District – 26,401 square feetThe PR firm expanded its 5-year sublease for 26,401 square feet of space at 200 Madison Avenue, taking up the other half of Rose Associate’s space at the building, making for the building’s (and the space’s) second appearance on this list..9) Downtown Music Publishing, 155 Sixth Avenue, Soho – 26,399 square feetThe music rights manager signed a lease for 26,399 square feet of space at 155 Sixth Avenue, relocating from their former space at 485 Broadway. Ross Perlman and Ryan Gessin of Newmark Knight Frank represented the tenant while Peter Shimkin, David Falk and Kyle Ciminelli of Newmark Knight Frank represented the landlords, Trinity Church Wall Street, Norges Bank Real Estate Management and Hines.10) MassMutual, 10 Grand Central, Grand Central – 22,000 square feetThe insurance company signed a lease for 22,000 square feet of space at Marx Realty’s newly redeveloped office tower at 10 Grand Central. Stuart Romanoff and Amy Fox of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant while Howard Hersch, Sam Seiler and Cynthia Wasserberger of JLL represented the landlord, Marx Realty & Improvement. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Restaurants can reopen their dining rooms in Miami-Dade starting next week

first_imgPhoto illustration of Mayor Carlos Gimenez (Getty, iStock)Restaurant dining rooms in Miami-Dade County can reopen beginning on Monday, more than a month after restaurants were ordered to close indoor seating due to spiking coronavirus cases.Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said restaurants will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity indoors, as long as tables are spaced at least six feet apart with a maximum of six people per table. He said the decision came after consulting with medical experts and the White House.The countywide 10 p.m. curfew will remain in effect. Gimenez said that the county will revisit pushing the curfew to 11 p.m. after Labor Day weekend. He also added that he plans to keep the beaches open, though that can change.Individual cities may be stricter with the reopening guidelines, but cannot be less restrictive than the county.Gimenez called it the “first step” and said “we must keep our guard up.”The announcement comes as the uptick in coronavirus cases begins to slow in Miami-Dade. The 14‐day average positivity rate in Miami-Dade is 10.29 percent as of Tuesday, according to the county’s New Normal dashboard.To date, Miami-Dade has had 153,385 cases and 2,277 deaths. Statewide, 605,502 positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported, and nearly 11,000 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.Gimenez said restaurants will be required to keep doors and windows open if possible, and keep the air conditioning running. Diners can only remove their masks once food and drinks are present on their tables, and must wear masks when they leave their tables.Countywide, a number of restaurants have either closed permanently, been unable to offer outdoor dining, or have decided to close temporarily due to the effects of the pandemic on their businesses. Shortly after the mayor announced restrictions in July, restaurant owners protested that decision.Casinos and bars will remain closed, though Gimenez hinted that casinos may be able to open sooner than bars.Write to Katherine Kallergis at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Serhant, B6 team up to market UES rent-to-condo conversion

first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Message* Full Name* Ryan Serhant and B6 Advisors’ Zach Redding and Dylan Kane with 809 Madison Avenue (Getty; Google Maps; B6)In the usual division of labor in real estate brokerage, commercial is commercial, residential is residential and never the twain shall meet.Now, brokers from either side of that seemingly impassable border are joining forces to market a listing on Madison Avenue and 68th Street.Zach Redding and Dylan Kane of B6 Real Estate Advisors and celebrity resi agent Ryan Serhant — who recently launched his own brokerage — are working together to find a buyer for a post-war luxury rental building on the Upper East Side.The B6 brokers thought the 12-story brick building would fetch its highest price for a buyer who will convert it to condominiums, so they chose a broker with a deep network in the resi development space.“It’s really unusual to see commercial and residential brokers work together,” Kane told The Real Deal. “This makes the strongest marketing process possible.”ADVERTISEMENTThe asking price for the 31-unit building at 809 Madison Avenue is $69 million, or nearly $1,670 per square foot. Owner Churchill Real Estate bought the property last year for just shy of $57 million.Of the building’s 31 apartments, 27 are market-rate and 4 are rent-stabilized. The property also has three retail suites. The B6 brokers said demand for condos remains strong on the Upper East Side, despite sluggishness in the market across the city.Redding, who’s worked with B6 founder Paul Massey since his Massey Knakal Real Estate days; and Kane, who recently joined the company from Newmark, said they think the unique marketing venture will attract the best pool of potential buyers.Kane described the financial terms of the collaboration as a fee-sharing agreement.Serhant, meanwhile — of “Million Dollar Listing” fame — recently departed Nest Seekers to launch his own brokerage. Last week he announced he picked up the assignment to market sales at Extell Development’s 458-unit Brooklyn Point project.Contact Rich Bockmann Email Address*last_img read more

Taconic, Nuveen land $600M recapitalization for life sciences hub

first_imgContact Akiko Matsuda A rendering of 125 West End Avenue, Nuveen Real Estate managing director Nadir Settles and Taconic co-CEOs Charlie Bendit and Paul Pariser (Photos via Taconic, Nuveen)A major life sciences hub on the Upper West Side has completed a $600 million recapitalization.Taconic Partners, in partnership with Nuveen Real Estate, has been at work to transform an office building at 125 West End Avenue, and recently secured $393 million in construction financing from Apollo Global Management and Oaktree Management, the Commercial Observer reported. In addition, as part of a $600 million capitalization, LaSalle Investment Management has joined the project as an $207 million equity partner.A former Chrysler Corporation facility, the 400,000-square-foot property is located near the north end of the now-shrinking Automobile Row on the Far West Side of Manhattan. Until January, the eight-story building was occupied by Walt Disney/ABC. In 2018, the media giant sold its sprawling Upper West Side campus to Silverstein Properties for $1 billion, and Silverstein then sold three buildings in the portfolio, including 125 West End Avenue, to Taconic and Nuveen.“The transformation of 125 West End Avenue into a state-of-the-art, life-science hub and our recapitalization of this project is a testament to the resilience of New York City and the promise of this emergent sector,” said Chris Balestra, Taconic’s president and chief investment officer.JLL Capital Markets’ Evan Pariser and Geoff Goldstein arranged the construction loan. CBRE’s William Shanahan, Darcy Stacom and Steven Purpura negotiated LaSalle’s equity investment.The life science sector has been a bright spot in the city’s office market in the pandemic. But because science and medical labs require special settings such as powerful electrical systems and enhanced ventilation, the lack of enough supply in the city caused life-science startups incubated in New York City to look for permanent locations in places such as Boston, experts have said.“As Taconic and Nuveen set out to address the lack of supply of lab space in the market, we do so with confidence in our team and in the strength and resiliency of New York City,” Nadir Settles, Nuveen’s managing director, said in a statement. [CO] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreBlackstone to acquire life-sciences portfolio for $3.45BNuveen teams up with Taconic on ABC campus buyLife-sciences sector proves safe haven for landlords Full Name* Email Address* Message*last_img read more

Boxer Herreligaen: Crisis in KIF Kolding, but “they can and they will”

first_img1 Comment Ortega leaves KIF Kolding after 18 months! 6.Skjern4211104:955 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 4.GOG4211107:865 11.Ribe-Esbjerg410390:972 Pingback: Klibba.com » Boxer Herreligaen: Crisis in KIF Kolding, but “they can and they will” ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSurprisingly convincing defeat in Kristianstad at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League was just a start of the horrible week for the Danish champions KIF Kolding Kobenhavn. Last Monday, the best Danish team lost once again in away match, this time against Midtjyland – 25:24. The team of Henrik Kronborg is now on position 9 in the domestic Championship, while not too many EHF CL players and coaches believe that Danes can avoid the last two spots in the group of the VELUX EHF CL…STANDINGS: 10.Aalborg4202102:974 13.Nordsjaelland410386:992 8.Midtjylland4202109:1054 12.Mors410395:1072 7.Skanderborg420294:954 New era in Kolding with Antonio Carlos Ortega: Trophies in Denmark, step further in CL 14.Skive400480:1110 1 Comment 1.Bjerringbro/Silkeborg4310112:937 2.Arhus4301103:986 Recommended for you Danish Play-off semi-finals start on May 18 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:kif kolding kobenhavn, Velux EHF CL 5.Sonderjyske4211100:975 9.Kolding420293:934 3.Holstebro4301111:1136last_img read more

Veszprem’s new faces for two easy weekend wins

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Telekom Veszprém – Balatonfüred KSE 40:28 (23:16) Telekom Veszprém – Dabas KC VSE 36:17 (19: 9) In these two matches Veszprem could see the newcomers Cupara, Yahia, Lauge, Borozan and Moraes. Related Items:Telekom Veszprem handball Dabasi KC VSE: Podoba, Holló, Balogh – Garajszki, Kezhovity, Perisic 3, Fisherman, Zakics 5 (3), Borsos 2, Szabó 2, Lepsényi, Országh, Szöllősi 1, Laurinyecz 1, Mikita 2, Ács 1 Telekom Veszprém: Sterbik 1, Cupara – Manaskov 3, Yahia 3, Tönnesen 2, Nilsson 3, Marguc 6, Lauge 1, Strlek 6 (2), Terzic, Blagotinsek 2, Mahé 4 (2), Mackovsek 2, Lékai 3 Balatonfüred KSE: Pottery, Bősz, Andó – Hard 4, Varga, Bóka 1, Déber, Németh 2, Jimenez 2 (1), Szöllősi 2, Stevanovic 4, Topic 5, Rodriguez 2, Shynkel 1, Branch, Máthé 5 (1) Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for youcenter_img Fresh look of Veszprem Arena: “Waiting for Gerflor” 1 Comment “BRUTAL REACTION” IN VESZPREM: “Don’t PLAY with them in pre-season anymore” ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Hungarian champions have opened season with two wins in domestic League. Dabas 36:17 and Balatofured 40:28 were just for warm-up for the season in which David Davis has again the same goal – to win everything, but with slightly moderated team. Season is over for Kent Robin Tonnesen Telekom Veszprém: Sterbik, Cupara – Manaskov 6 (2), Yahia 4 (1), Moraes, Tönnesen 2, Gajic 6, Nilsson 4, Marguc, Lauge 2, Blagotinsek 1, Nenadic 5, Lékai 3, Borozan 7. Pingback: Les nouveaux visages de Veszprem pour deux victoires faciles en fin de semaine – Handball Actu 1 Comment last_img read more