If you are a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan, this app will teach you how to speak in High Valyrian

While only one character can speak native High Valyrian on “Game of Thrones,” viewers nationwide are picking up a few words and phrases from an unlikely source: Duolingo, the free language-learning app. High Valyrian isn’t the only fictional language Duolingo has to offer. That’s not the case when it comes to High Valyrian, where Peterson is a contributor and develops the courses for free. The origins of High Valyrian come from the book that inspired the show, written by George R.R. While users


While only one character can speak native High Valyrian on “Game of Thrones,” viewers nationwide are picking up a few words and phrases from an unlikely source: Duolingo, the free language-learning app. High Valyrian isn’t the only fictional language Duolingo has to offer. That’s not the case when it comes to High Valyrian, where Peterson is a contributor and develops the courses for free. The origins of High Valyrian come from the book that inspired the show, written by George R.R. While users
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If you are a 'Game of Thrones' fan, this app will teach you how to speak in High Valyrian

“Skorverdon zaldrīzoti Daenerys ēza?”

Translation: How many dragons does Daenerys have? It’s not a ridiculous question if you’re a fan of the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones,” which returns for its eighth and final season on Sunday. The language? It’s called High Valyrian, the tongue of the ruined Valyrian Freehold empire, and it’s one of four languages created by linguist David J. Peterson spoken on the show.

While only one character can speak native High Valyrian on “Game of Thrones,” viewers nationwide are picking up a few words and phrases from an unlikely source: Duolingo, the free language-learning app.

Duolingo first offered lessons in High Valyrian in 2017 and, since then, 1.2 million people have started the course. In the last two weeks leading up to the premier of the final season, Duolingo has seen a near 65% increase in people taking the course, said Sam Dalsimer, a spokesman for Duolingo.

High Valyrian isn’t the only fictional language Duolingo has to offer. Star Trek fans can find Klingon, a language constructed by Marc Okrand and centered around spacecraft, warfare and weaponry.

To offer languages on Duolingo, the company usually relies on hundreds of volunteers and employees to develop course material and monitor users’ experiences. That’s not the case when it comes to High Valyrian, where Peterson is a contributor and develops the courses for free.

“We teach over 30 languages and most have thousands of people who speak them and are capable of helping us teach them.” Dalsimer said. “There’s only one person on planet Earth who knows the language, and that’s David Peterson.”

The origins of High Valyrian come from the book that inspired the show, written by George R.R. Martin. Peterson won a contest to develop the more common language used on “Game of Thrones” called Dothraki but was asked to build High Valyrian later in the series. His goal was to create a classic language that could give birth to many others, similar to Romance languages, and Peterson noted it had to fit with the names Martin created for the book, such as Daenerys, Viserys and Rhaella.

There are now 824 words of High Valyrian that users can learn on Duolingo, and that number continues to grow. Peterson said there are now 2,000 words in the full version of the language he maintains.

“With every single language I create I keep working on it for the rest of my life or until I’m not happy with it,” said Peterson, who has created more than 50 languages. “It will basically just be another one of my languages, it’s not like it’s going to get any special treatment.”

When Peterson first encountered Duolingo, he felt it could revolutionize the way people learned languages. It had a great interface, it was free and, as a linguist, it’s the dream for people like him to create languages people would have access to, although he didn’t foresee how popular High Valyrian would become.

Today, High Valyrian has 822,000 active learners, or those who have used the course in the last 12 months. That’s more than Czech, Norwegian, Vietnamese and Hungarian.

“I imagined it would attract casual interest, but I never imagined there would be that many people who would actually be interested in taking the course,” Peterson said.

There is one statistic Peterson is particularly proud of: 44% of users who came to Duolingo to learn High Valyrian went on to practice other languages. While users may not perfect High Valyrian, Peterson sees the language as a “gateway drug” to learners discovering other cultures.

“As we become more economically focused, people view language as a tool as opposed to an art piece in and of itself or cultural history,” Peterson said.

More than 40% of the world speaks one of eight languages, although there are more than 7,000 worldwide. UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has labeled 2,680 languages in danger as it celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages, designed to raise awareness to disappearing languages.

“It’s nice that the UN is putting this emphasis on indigenous languages because people need to start addressing this issue,” Peterson said. “We’re losing them and we’re losing them quickly, and once they’re lost, they’re lost.”

Duolingo has worked with communities and volunteers like Peterson to develop courses in endangered languages, such as offering lessons in Hawaiian, Irish and Navajo, Dalsimer said.

“Those courses are driven entirely by volunteer contributors and for them it’s more about a desire to preserve their language and their culture because they see it as being endangered, and it is,” Dalsimer said. “Languages die every year and Duolingo can help them preserve it.”

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“I remember thinking that if David Peterson ever taught the ‘Game of Thrones’ language I would definitely check it out,” said Andrew Feinberg, a volunteer for Duolingo who has used the app since its beta version nearly seven years ago.

Except when Duolingo announced it would offer High Valyrian courses, Feinberg thought it was a joke. He helped Duolingo develop its Norwegian and Japanese platforms, and he’s witnessed the company’s pranks in the past, like when it offered pirate and zombie languages.

But Feinberg noticed the only contributor to the course was Peterson. That’s when he realized it wasn’t a joke.

Peterson, dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as “Hollywood’s go-to language guy” has created languages for many film and television projects, including the movies “Thor: The Dark World” and “Doctor Strange.”

“I had sort of stalked him on YouTube and watched all those videos on how he created those languages,” Feinberg said. “I was really excited for it. I knew that he was a serious linguist who had complimented Duolingo before.”

Now Feinberg manages learning groups on Facebook for Japanese, Chinese, Norwegian and, a day after its introduction, High Valyrian, which has amassed over 200 members learning alongside Peterson himself, who encourages people to use and develop the language in conversation with each other even if that means moving beyond what he imagined.

“It’s always a little different since I did create High Valyrian and, in a sense, there is an arbiter to determine what is right and what is wrong,” Peterson said. “But as long as I’m here I feel like not only do I want to, but I should be there to try to help people out.”


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Video of kids singing ‘Huawei is beautiful’ goes viral in China

A video showing kids singing patriotic lyrics about embattled Chinese technology giant Huawei has gone viral, according to Communist Party-run news agency Global Times. The short clip, which was translated by CNBC, features kids singing and dancing and contains lyrics such as “Huawei is beautiful” and “China-made chips are the most valuable.” It was created by the Zhou Dan Children Music Studio based in Zhuhai, south China, but Huawei has distanced itself from the video. The video was posted on


A video showing kids singing patriotic lyrics about embattled Chinese technology giant Huawei has gone viral, according to Communist Party-run news agency Global Times. The short clip, which was translated by CNBC, features kids singing and dancing and contains lyrics such as “Huawei is beautiful” and “China-made chips are the most valuable.” It was created by the Zhou Dan Children Music Studio based in Zhuhai, south China, but Huawei has distanced itself from the video. The video was posted on
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Video of kids singing 'Huawei is beautiful' goes viral in China

A video showing kids singing patriotic lyrics about embattled Chinese technology giant Huawei has gone viral, according to Communist Party-run news agency Global Times.

The short clip, which was translated by CNBC, features kids singing and dancing and contains lyrics such as “Huawei is beautiful” and “China-made chips are the most valuable.”

It was created by the Zhou Dan Children Music Studio based in Zhuhai, south China, but Huawei has distanced itself from the video.

The video was posted on Twitter by the Global Times — presumably for an international audience since Twitter is blocked in China.

On an official Huawei page on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, the company said that the “work was created by the netizens without the knowledge and participation of Huawei.”

“What is the best phone in the world? Everyone says it’s Huawei,” one of the lyrics says.

Another says that “Huawei is earning reputation and honor for China.”

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story

The song comes amid continued pressure from the U.S. on Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, which has been accused of committing bank fraud to evade American sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets.

Intelligence agencies, including from the United States, have warned that installing the company’s networking equipment is an unnecessary risk for critical telecommunications infrastructure because there is a chance it could enable Chinese government spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied there is such a risk and has denied all allegations.

The dance academy that created the video posted a message on its official WeChat page saying that Chinese brands like Huawei “contain generations of ambitions and dreams.”

—CNBC’s Qian Chen contributed to this report.


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Twitch created a business around watching video games — here’s how Amazon has changed the service since buying it in 2014

Livestreaming has become one of the most popular forms of online entertainment today. Websites such as Twitch, YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer are capitalizing on livestreaming by incorporating another form of popular media: video games. During the site’s launch, Twitch had close to 3.2 million unique visitors per month. In 2012, the site grew to 20 million visitors per month, and by 2014, tech giants Amazon and Google both tried to acquire the site. Watch this video to find out more about the his


Livestreaming has become one of the most popular forms of online entertainment today. Websites such as Twitch, YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer are capitalizing on livestreaming by incorporating another form of popular media: video games. During the site’s launch, Twitch had close to 3.2 million unique visitors per month. In 2012, the site grew to 20 million visitors per month, and by 2014, tech giants Amazon and Google both tried to acquire the site. Watch this video to find out more about the his
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Twitch created a business around watching video games — here's how Amazon has changed the service since buying it in 2014

Livestreaming has become one of the most popular forms of online entertainment today.

Websites such as Twitch, YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer are capitalizing on livestreaming by incorporating another form of popular media: video games. According to Newzoo, the video game industry raked in an estimated $138 billion in 2018.

When Twitch launched back in 2011, the company focused on esports and gaming. During the site’s launch, Twitch had close to 3.2 million unique visitors per month. In 2012, the site grew to 20 million visitors per month, and by 2014, tech giants Amazon and Google both tried to acquire the site.

Today, it’s one of the biggest platforms for streamers such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. The site has over 3 million monthly streamers on the platform.

Watch this video to find out more about the history of Twitch.


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It turns out the World Record Egg was created by a 29-year-old advertising creative

The creators of the World Record Egg, which some marketers have estimated opened a multi-million dollar advertising opportunity, was created by advertisers after all. But the revelation that the egg was created by an advertising creative suggests the inventor understood the buzz it could create. The commercial appears to be an extension of the account’s mental health initiatives, which include donating a cut of merchandise proceeds to mental health charities. The ad directs viewers to the websit


The creators of the World Record Egg, which some marketers have estimated opened a multi-million dollar advertising opportunity, was created by advertisers after all. But the revelation that the egg was created by an advertising creative suggests the inventor understood the buzz it could create. The commercial appears to be an extension of the account’s mental health initiatives, which include donating a cut of merchandise proceeds to mental health charities. The ad directs viewers to the websit
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It turns out the World Record Egg was created by a 29-year-old advertising creative

The creators of the World Record Egg, which some marketers have estimated opened a multi-million dollar advertising opportunity, was created by advertisers after all.

The account, which cracked Kylie Jenner’s record for the most ever Instagram likes on a photo, was developed by 29-year-old advertising creative Chris Godfrey, with help from friends Alissa Khan-Whelan and C.J. Brown, The New York Times reported Sunday. Before The Times revealed the identity of the people behind the account, many tried to take credit for its invention. Marketers told The Atlantic the opportunity to crack out of the famed egg could be worth as much as $10 million to a brand.

The egg’s creators said those claims of the opportunity’s value were “greatly exaggerated,” according to The Times. But the revelation that the egg was created by an advertising creative suggests the inventor understood the buzz it could create. Godfrey, who works for The & Partnership in London, told The Times he chose an egg for the universality of the object and said he was inspired by Jenner’s record-setting photo. The original egg photo had over 52 million likes as of Monday.

Now, the egg has its own commercial, produced and aired with streaming service Hulu. The commercial appears to be an extension of the account’s mental health initiatives, which include donating a cut of merchandise proceeds to mental health charities. In the commercial, the words, “The pressure of social media is getting to me” appear above an image of a cracked egg. The ad directs viewers to the website of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with mental illnesses. An MHA spokesperson told CNBC the World Record Egg reached for permission to list the organization’s site in the video, but MHA was not involved in the production of the commercial.


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Tesla created ‘the iPhone of the electric-car market,’ says investor

Shares of Tesla fell 10 percent on Friday after the company announced layoffs, but the electric-car maker is still in the lead position on a technology that is taking over the world, said an early Tesla board member. He is moving faster than anybody else, going global faster than anybody else, and today, Tesla is essentially the iPhone of the electric-car market,” said Westly, a California politician and venture capitalist who was an early investor in the company. While other premium automakers


Shares of Tesla fell 10 percent on Friday after the company announced layoffs, but the electric-car maker is still in the lead position on a technology that is taking over the world, said an early Tesla board member. He is moving faster than anybody else, going global faster than anybody else, and today, Tesla is essentially the iPhone of the electric-car market,” said Westly, a California politician and venture capitalist who was an early investor in the company. While other premium automakers
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Tesla created 'the iPhone of the electric-car market,' says investor

Shares of Tesla fell 10 percent on Friday after the company announced layoffs, but the electric-car maker is still in the lead position on a technology that is taking over the world, said an early Tesla board member.

Tesla’s Friday announcement that it will cut 7 percent of its workforce is a sign CEO Elon Musk is taking steps to “right-size” the company and prepare it for the future, said former Tesla board member Steve Westly.

” He is moving faster than anybody else, going global faster than anybody else, and today, Tesla is essentially the iPhone of the electric-car market,” said Westly, a California politician and venture capitalist who was an early investor in the company.

While other premium automakers have now jumped into the electric-car market, they were caught “with their shorts down when the tide went out,” and Tesla now has a large lead in that market, Westly said. The company also posted a surprise profit in the third quarter, and Musk has said he expects Tesla to be cash-flow positive and profitable going forward.

“They’ve won the North American premium market race,” he said. “The challenge now is to win the mass market, to go international. I think he is preparing the company to do that. I wouldn’t bet against him.”

However, not everyone agrees with Westly’s assessment.

Tesla’s fourth-quarter update indicated that more than 75 percent of new Model 3 orders came from new customers rather than the existing reservations list. Almost all of those new orders were for mid- and high-price variants of the sedan, said Rajvindra Gill, an analyst for Needham.

Gill estimates that about 90 percent of the 420,000 reservations on that list built up the last couple of years are customers who wanted the still-unreleased standard battery version of the vehicle, which is $35,000.

The issue is that as the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles continues to wind down, Tesla could start to see customers cancel reservations in the first and second quarter if the company cannot make the planned $35,000 base model quickly enough.

The other issue is that Tesla’s profitable quarter depended in part on selling the more expensive versions of the Model 3, which should make up a smaller piece of the total if Tesla begins producing the cheaper version.

“So I think there’s a lot of risk to the name given the level of valuation we see in this name, given the level of debt the company has, and given the level of competition that will be entering the market this year and next year,” Gill said.


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Job growth falls short of expectations in November: 155,000 payrolls created vs 198,000 estimate

Job growth slowed in November amid fears that economic growth is losing steam. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 for the month while the unemployment rate again held at 3.7 percent, its lowest since 1969, the Labor Department reported Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payroll growth of 198,000 and the jobless rate to hold steady. A separate gauge that includes discouraged workers and those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons, sometimes called the real unempl


Job growth slowed in November amid fears that economic growth is losing steam. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 for the month while the unemployment rate again held at 3.7 percent, its lowest since 1969, the Labor Department reported Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payroll growth of 198,000 and the jobless rate to hold steady. A separate gauge that includes discouraged workers and those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons, sometimes called the real unempl
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Job growth falls short of expectations in November: 155,000 payrolls created vs 198,000 estimate

Job growth slowed in November amid fears that economic growth is losing steam.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 for the month while the unemployment rate again held at 3.7 percent, its lowest since 1969, the Labor Department reported Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payroll growth of 198,000 and the jobless rate to hold steady.

Average hourly earnings, a closely watched sign of whether inflation pressures are building, again rose at a 3.1 percent pace from a year ago. The monthly earnings gain of 0.2 percent fell short of estimates for a 0.3 percent increase. The average work week edged lower by 0.1 hours to 34.4 hours.

Stock futures turned positive following the weak report as traders bet it may mean the Federal Reserve is less aggressive next year on rate hikes.

A separate gauge that includes discouraged workers and those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons, sometimes called the real unemployment rate, rose from 7.4 percent to 7.6 percent.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell 0.3 percent to 5.9 percent, tied for its lowest on record.

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This dealmaker created billions of dollars in market value but quit to find a ‘greater purpose’

Then she set up her own business, Tandon Capital Associates, in 1992. “I was on this absolute breakneck pace with Tandon Capital … I was doing deal after deal and creating I think billions of dollars in market value,” Tandon told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones.” “I hadn’t signed on the dotted line … something happened to me; I couldn’t sign the contracts. “I started to think … ‘Is this what my life’s going to be, I’m going to do one deal after another, after another?’ … I locked my door and I just wante


Then she set up her own business, Tandon Capital Associates, in 1992. “I was on this absolute breakneck pace with Tandon Capital … I was doing deal after deal and creating I think billions of dollars in market value,” Tandon told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones.” “I hadn’t signed on the dotted line … something happened to me; I couldn’t sign the contracts. “I started to think … ‘Is this what my life’s going to be, I’m going to do one deal after another, after another?’ … I locked my door and I just wante
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This dealmaker created billions of dollars in market value but quit to find a 'greater purpose'

During the 1980s, Chandrika Tandon was a highly successful McKinsey consultant and became the first Indian-American woman to be elected partner at the firm.

Then she set up her own business, Tandon Capital Associates, in 1992. “I was on this absolute breakneck pace with Tandon Capital … I was doing deal after deal and creating I think billions of dollars in market value,” Tandon told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones.”

But one day the business was about to sign a “very, very signature deal,” she said. But she couldn’t do it. “I hadn’t signed on the dotted line … something happened to me; I couldn’t sign the contracts. I just was paralyzed,” she said.

Tandon came to a crossroads in her life. “I started to think … ‘Is this what my life’s going to be, I’m going to do one deal after another, after another?’ … I locked my door and I just wanted to understand, I wanted to think. I cried. I just was trying to figure out who I was, what was success, why was I put on the planet? What was my greater purpose?” she told “The Brave Ones.”


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Facebook has created ‘too many adversaries,’ says analyst who just downgraded the stock

Stifel on Wednesday published a note saying it has lowered its rating for Facebook shares from “Buy” to “Hold,” saying political and regulatory blowback could restrict how the company operates in the long term. “Facebook’s management team has created too many adversaries — politicians/ regulators, tech leaders, consumers, and employees — to not experience long-term negative ramifications on its business,” the firm said in a note. Stifel also published the latest results from an on-going survey


Stifel on Wednesday published a note saying it has lowered its rating for Facebook shares from “Buy” to “Hold,” saying political and regulatory blowback could restrict how the company operates in the long term. “Facebook’s management team has created too many adversaries — politicians/ regulators, tech leaders, consumers, and employees — to not experience long-term negative ramifications on its business,” the firm said in a note. Stifel also published the latest results from an on-going survey
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Facebook has created 'too many adversaries,' says analyst who just downgraded the stock

Stifel on Wednesday published a note saying it has lowered its rating for Facebook shares from “Buy” to “Hold,” saying political and regulatory blowback could restrict how the company operates in the long term.

“Facebook’s management team has created too many adversaries — politicians/ regulators, tech leaders, consumers, and employees — to not experience long-term negative ramifications on its business,” the firm said in a note.

The lower rating comes after a rough year in which Facebook has experienced numerous scandals, a 30-million user data breach, declining and stalling growth in key markets, an executive exodus and its worst stock performance since going public in 2012.

Stifel also published the latest results from an on-going survey of Facebook users.

The results showed 79 percent of those surveyed now believe Facebook’s impact on society is neutral or negative, compared to 73 percent in survey results published by the firm in January. The survey also found that 60 percent of respondents said they rarely or never used Facebook Stories, Marketplace or video, which are some of the company’s key new products.

Stifel said there is no downside to holding Facebook shares, but the firm no longer believes the company’s upside is what it once was.

“We believe Facebook will struggle to return to the company that it once was or that investors expected it to be in the long run,” the note reads. “We prefer Amazon, Alphabet, and Netflix, as U.S.-based mega caps with similar thematic trends and more stable operating environments.”


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Ukraine has created ‘artificial conflict’ with Russia, VTB Bank chief says

Ukraine’s president has created an “artificial conflict” with Russia just to boost his chances in a presidential election set to happen in Ukraine in March next year, the president and chairman of Russia’s VTB Bank has claimed. “I think you should look for somebody that benefits from this and actually it’s Mr Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, definitely,” Andrey Kostin told CNBC at VTB’s Russia Calling Investment Forum on Wednesday. “The original idea of his was to postpone elections as it l


Ukraine’s president has created an “artificial conflict” with Russia just to boost his chances in a presidential election set to happen in Ukraine in March next year, the president and chairman of Russia’s VTB Bank has claimed. “I think you should look for somebody that benefits from this and actually it’s Mr Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, definitely,” Andrey Kostin told CNBC at VTB’s Russia Calling Investment Forum on Wednesday. “The original idea of his was to postpone elections as it l
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Ukraine has created 'artificial conflict' with Russia, VTB Bank chief says

Ukraine’s president has created an “artificial conflict” with Russia just to boost his chances in a presidential election set to happen in Ukraine in March next year, the president and chairman of Russia’s VTB Bank has claimed.

“I think you should look for somebody that benefits from this and actually it’s Mr Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, definitely,” Andrey Kostin told CNBC at VTB’s Russia Calling Investment Forum on Wednesday.

“The original idea of his was to postpone elections as it looks from public opinion polls that he won’t perform very well, so creating this additional tension that has led to a martial law (and to a situation) where he might extend his presidency,” he told CNBC’s Julianna Tatelbaum.

“That’s our point of view, it’s a very artificial conflict,” he said.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-11-28  Authors: holly ellyatt, sega volskii, afp, getty images
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‘Fearless Girl’ on the move, but leaves footprints for visitors to stand in her place

Overnight into Wednesday, workers removed the 50-inch tall bronze statue of a girl with her hands on her hips. The piece was created by Kristen Visbal and installed in March 2017 on the same plaza as Arturo Di Modica’s “Charging Bull” bronze sculpture to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” State Street commissioned the statue to call attention to the role of women in corporate America and its “gender diversity index” fund. But the artist who created the bull fought to have the girl statue rem


Overnight into Wednesday, workers removed the 50-inch tall bronze statue of a girl with her hands on her hips. The piece was created by Kristen Visbal and installed in March 2017 on the same plaza as Arturo Di Modica’s “Charging Bull” bronze sculpture to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” State Street commissioned the statue to call attention to the role of women in corporate America and its “gender diversity index” fund. But the artist who created the bull fought to have the girl statue rem
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-11-28  Authors: liz moyer, anadolu agency, getty images
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'Fearless Girl' on the move, but leaves footprints for visitors to stand in her place

Overnight into Wednesday, workers removed the 50-inch tall bronze statue of a girl with her hands on her hips. It will be installed near the NYSE by the end of the year. The piece was created by Kristen Visbal and installed in March 2017 on the same plaza as Arturo Di Modica’s “Charging Bull” bronze sculpture to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” It was controversial from the start.

State Street commissioned the statue to call attention to the role of women in corporate America and its “gender diversity index” fund. But the artist who created the bull fought to have the girl statue removed, complaining that it was an advertising gimmick that gave his creation a negative connotation.

State Street said it wants people to “stand for her” at the original spot to continue the mission of inspiring gender diversity.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-11-28  Authors: liz moyer, anadolu agency, getty images
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