Tiwa Savage's ex feels embarrassed about being a co-parent

Tiwa Savage's ex Teebillz feels embarrassed about being a co-parent

Teebillz knows his responsibilities to his children and he has the dedication to make things works.

Tiwa Savage's ex Teebillz feels embarrassed about the status of being a co-parent but he believes he feels he is up for the challenge.

He made an observation concerning this status in a post he shared on IG today.

Having to tell his parents that he ended up being a father to many children with different mothers is not a conversation he is looking forward to.

In the post the music exec shared pictures of moments with his kids. He was quite the cuddler.

The relationship between Tiwa Savage and her ex has improved in recent months. Teebillz has been caught cheering up the singer as she continues an impressive music career.

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Things have relaxed since Tiwa Savage told Pulse that she regrets not paying attention to her instincts about him. Especially when it concerned his children.

"Before marriage, I didn’t know of his third child in Nigeria. A lot of people warned me about him, but I am going to say I made a mistake. At the beginning everyone says you can’t leave the marriage because our culture frowns on it. I made a mistake, do I have to wait ten years, 15 years?

"If I am not happy. And I was scared that if I ever find somebody else to marry me? That’s the misconceptions of our society. I don’t care if I ever get married again. I care about being happy for Jamil, I care about not walking on eggshells.

"I do want a man that works, that will help me with my financial burden. He doesn’t have to be a millionaire or billionaire, but at least someone that helps, and won’t put me in more debt."

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Strategy: A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a 'Marshall Plan' for Palestine's economy

Bashar Masri sees a new future ahead for Palestine.

Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians. The $1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state.

  • Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians.
  • The $1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state.
  • I found the city to be beautifully constructed with the facilities one might expect of a luxury real estate development. And though around 4,000 people are already living in the city, it feels very much like a place waiting to come alive.

As I sat in a French cafè al fresco, chatting with Palestinian-American billionaire developer Bashar al-Masri, it occurred to me that I could be anywhere.

But I wasn't anywhere. I was in the West Bank, the occupied territory home to 2.6 million Palestinians, 400,000 Jewish settlers, and scores of Israeli soldiers.

More specifically, I was in Rawabi, a $1.4 billion planned city constructed to serve as a model city for the new Palestinian state. At least, that's according to Masri, who came up with the plan over a decade ago.

"I'm a believer that we have a state in the making," Masri told Business Insider. "The question in my mind is not when we will have the state, but rather what shape the statehood will be in."

Masri believes Rawabi, whose master plan calls for housing for 40,000 and everything from a nightclub to a hospital, could form the economic backbone of Palestine.

"A Marshall Plan to pick up the economy," said Masri, noting the West Bank's 18% unemployment rate and moribund economy.

At first, sitting in the mixed-use public square that forms the heart of Rawabi, I couldn't shake the feeling that I might as well be in Maryland, where such shiny new developments abound. But as we sat, Masri pointed out the details: the pedestrian town center and the tiled walkways are based on the old cities of Nablus and Hebron, the city has five gates like the old city of Jerusalem, and the corniches and arches are drawn from Arabic architecture. Above us towered American-style office buildings.

Rawabi has received criticism from Palestinian activists who say it sugarcoats the occupation and Israelis who worry about having a large Palestinian city near Jewish settlements, but ultimately the success of Masri's vision will rest with the Palestinian people. Are they interested in what he's selling?

Masri and his associates gave me a tour of the nascent city. Here's what it was like:

Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians. With a price tag of $1.4 billion, it is the largest private sector project in Palestinian history.

The project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire who made his fortune on building projects in Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt. While Masri told Business Insider his goal is to make money, he hopes that Rawabi serves as a model for future Palestinian cities and economic projects.

Source: Washington Post

The master plan calls for building 8,000 apartments across 22 neighborhoods with a population of about 40,000. So far four neighborhoods have been built and approximately 4,000 people live in the city.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Rawabi is aimed at upwardly mobile middle-class Palestinians. It has all the services and amenities that would be impossible to find in Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine, and the surrounding towns and villages.

The prices of apartments, which range from $70,000 to $180,000, are cheaper than Ramallah, but still a fortune for most Palestinians, according to Jack Nassar, a Rawabi spokesperson. But, Rawabi has had no trouble with demand for buyers, according to Nassar.

Though the city is still in its infancy — people only began moving in August 2015 — there is nothing quite like Rawabi in Palestine.

The city is centered around the Q Center, a public square flanked by office towers, luxury shopping, cafes, and restaurants.

It's called the Q Center because the project's main investor is Qatar's Diar Real Estate Company, a sovereign wealth fund that put up two-thirds of the money.

Source: Washington Post

The open-air mall surrounding the Q Center has a cinema, cafes, restaurants, and two dozen stores selling everything from designer clothes to sneakers.

There's a 15,000-person Roman-style amphitheater for concerts and Broadway shows.

Nassar said the plan is to line the top of the amphitheater with restaurants, bars, and a cafe so attendees can enjoy dinner or a drink before a show.

The theater has already hosted several sold-out shows featuring singers from Jordan and Tunisia.

There is a extreme sports park with ATVs, bungee jumping, a zipline, and a climbing wall.

Facilities and services like the ATVs and the amphitheater have been a large draw for visitors to Rawabi from Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Israel.

There are plans to have eight schools. Currently, only the British-style Rawabi English Academy is operating. There are also plans for a hospital, a hotel, and a nightclub.

The city has a mosque under construction that has a capacity for around 2,000 worshippers, according to Nassar.

A church is next on the list to be built. Rawabi hopes to be 10% Christian, according to Nassar, and a church is potent symbol that Rawabi is "a city for all Palestinians."

"Rawabi must be a model for other Palestinian cities and a model for the future Palestinian state," Nassar said. "We are not resisting the Israeli occupation to end up under another dictatorship or another religious state. We want Palestine to be modern, democratic, and secular."

Rawabi is a symbol of Palestinians "defying the occupation," according to Masri, simply by existing. Sometimes in literal ways. The Palestinian flag that sits on a hill atop the city is the size of a living room.

Construction on the project began in 2010. About 85% of the cement to build Rawabi came from an Israeli company, which drew criticism from some Palestinian activists.

Source: The Globe and Mail

But all of the stone for the project comes from an onsite quarry and is shaped at an adjacent factory. Rawabi has suffered numerous setbacks during construction that ballooned its cost from the original estimation of $750 million.

Source: Bloomberg

While most of the city is in Palestinian Authority-controlled territory, you must pass through Israeli military-controlled territory to get there. That meant that Masri had to get Israel to build the access road, currently a dinky two-lane road. It took years to obtain a permit.

Masri had to also get Israeli approval for water and electricity to the city. The water became an issue that dragged on for years and nearly sunk the project. Much of the pushback came from the settler movement, where Israelis establish communities on lands within the Palestinian territories. The settlement of Ateret is basically next door to Rawabi.

Source: Middle East Monitor

The water issue was resolved in 2015, giving Rawabi a fighting chance of being a success. On the day I visited, the neighborhoods were a ghost town, though the Q Center showed signs of life.

Masri said that the success of Rawabi will rest on whether he can fill the office buildings with companies and, therefore, jobs. The unemployment rate in the West Bank is about 18%.

Source: World Bank

Since construction began, it has created about 10,000 related jobs per year. But Masri's goal is to draw major tech corporations to create 3,000-5,000 high-paying, permanent jobs. That goal is still a long way off.

Source: FDI Intelligence

Today, most of the businesses operating in Rawabi are owned by or invested in by Masri. The main company is Asal Technologies, a software development company that outsources developers. It includes Microsoft, Intel, and Israeli tech giant Mellanox among its clients.

Source: Asal Technologies, Haaretz

Because Palestine lacks natural resources and is, more or less, at the mercy of the Israeli military when it comes to imports and exports, Masri believes that creating a tech industry is critical to Rawabi and Palestine's success.

To that end, he's established Connect, a collaborative workspace and tech incubator run by Sari Taha, previously an analyst at Takwin Labs, a venture capital fund that invests in Arab-led startups.

Source: Haaretz

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Connect has the vibe and design of a WeWork. Palestine's young, highly educated, English-speaking population is a "gold mine for technology companies," Masri said.

There are currently about half a dozen companies operating out of Connect — all with funding from Masri's venture funds — and a few freelancers.

Source: Haaretz, The Times of Israel

The most successful startup operating out of Rawabi so far is Imagry, a developer that creates software and technologies for autonomous driving. The Samsung-backed startup has offices in Rawabi and Haifa, a coastal city in northern Israel.

Source: Imagry

Rawabi and its developers are striving to be forward-thinking. They have set up homeowners' associations for each neighborhood with the goal of getting residents to be politically engaged. A city council, which included members of the homeowners associations, was elected several months ago.

And while sewage, fiberoptic cables, and gas and water piping were constructed underground and out of sight, the buildings have solar panels and rain harvesting systems for sustainability.

And the developers have pushed to create a cultural life and a community that can endure with culinary events, weekly training courses, a mini-business degree program, and public lectures.

Connect, the tech hub, is currently hosting two French clothing designers who are working with two Palestinian designers for a December fashion show.

The success of Rawabi will rest largely on Palestinians' interest in the lifestyle that the city is selling and whether Masri can bring in the high-paying tech jobs he has called for. Time will tell on both of those. For now, the city is still a green sprout in the desert.

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Lifestyle: How GM went from bankrupt and on the brink of death to being one of the world's best-run car companies (GM)

Barra and Reuss revealing the Chevy Bolt in Detroit.

A decade after the financial crisis, General Motors is led by the best management team it's ever had and one of the best C-suites in business. CEO Mary Barra, president Dan Ammann, and vice-president Mark Reuss have overseen the birth of a New GM that's defining the future of transportation.

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  • A decade after the financial crisis, General Motors is led by the best management team it's ever had and one of the best C-suites in all of business.
  • CEO Mary Barra, president Dan Ammann, and executive vice-president Mark Reuss have overseen the birth of a New GM that's moving aggressively to define the future of transportation.
  • The turnaround has been impressive, as GM has racked up billions of profits and is preparing to launch 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023.
  • Before its 2009 bankruptcy, GM was known for internal conflict, but the company is now a model of cooperation.

General Motors' president, Dan Ammann, is a bundle of reconciled contradictions. When he laughs, it's like Santa Claus has come to town. When he thinks, the pauses are intense. When he makes a joke or offers a wry observation, his wit is extra dry.

Sitting in a small conference room at GM's downtown Detroit headquarters, the New Zealand native and former Morgan Stanley banker is dressed in a familiar combination of jeans, sport coat, dress shirt, and Pumas, an anti-auto-executive look and evidence of Ammann's role as GM's point man in Silicon Valley.

The bearded 46-year-old, who previously served as GM's chief financial offer, is mid-pause in reconsidering a comment he made about his fellow top executives at the world's second-largest automaker.

"You have three very different personalities," he says of CEO Mary Barra, executive vice-president and global product group president Mark Reuss, and himself. As with so many things about the guy, you understand that he's telling you something rather important without giving away too much.

I wouldn't want to play poker with Ammann. I'd leave the table broke, but enlightened.

The best in the business

Until the recent retirement of Chuck Stevens, 58, as GM's CFO after a four-decade tenure at the company, Ammann was one-quarter of the best management team in the auto industry. And, in the view of many, the best management team the 110-year-old behemoth, with 180,000 employees spread across the globe, has ever had.

GM has been led since 2014 by Barra, the first woman to run a major automaker. Ammann shares the C-suite with Reuss, a GM veteran whose father worked at the company and who oversees the development of dozens of new vehicles, and Dhivya Suryadevara, the new 39-year-old CFO who has garnered an impressive reputation. Barra describes Suryadevara, who will join her in the only female CEO-CFO duo in the industry, as "wicked smart."

Ammann also supervises Kyle Vogt, 33, the CEO of GM's Cruise self-driving-car unit. GM bought Cruise in 2016 for an all-in price of $1 billion; investments this year from Japan's SoftBank Vision Fund and Honda have made it worth almost $15 billion. Asked to characterize Vogt, who has in two years become an advocate for GM's ability to take startup technology and manufacture it at a massive scale, Ammann says he's laser-focused on solving "one of the biggest engineering challenges of our generation."

Barra, 56, and Reuss, 55, are both GM lifers from GM families (she joined in 1980, and he came on as a student intern in 1983). Ammann is the new guy. But in many respects he seems like the oldest member of the team. His studied circumspection stands in contrast to Reuss' gruff cheerfulness, his passion for the culture of the automobile, and Barra's empathic precision, counterbalanced with a usefully intimidating forcefulness.

Different personalities indeed. Amman is the intellectual, Reuss the enthusiast, and Barra the embodiment of the new GM, the giant corporation's post-bailout, post-bankruptcy incarnation.

Organizing GM for collaboration instead of conflict

The generalization is slightly unfair, but the point is that the trio actually isn't divisive. If this were the old GM — the company that thought what was good for America was good for General Motors — that might be the case. That's because the old GM was organized for conflict, with division heads fighting it out for resources and the mothership often lost in a labyrinth of ruinous financial complexity.

Instead, the current team is a model of earnest conflict transmuted into productive collaboration. If you'd quit paying attention to GM a few decades ago, you wouldn't recognize the carmaker these days. If crosstown rival Ford is family, with all the issues that implies, then GM is a country.

Until Barra's arrival, that assessment was true: Chapter 11 has chastened GM, but in 2010 the company still swaggered into the largest initial public offering in US history. The temptation was for GM to stage an imperious return to the corporate stage.

Barra, who had run both entire factories and human resources before being tapped by the board to become CEO in 2014, wasn't going to stick to that script. Before the financial crisis, GM believed itself to be indispensable. Barra, better than anyone, knew that was false. GM wasn't an empire. It was a fragile, if enormous, group of people who had to work together to survive and prosper.

That survival was immediately threatened. As soon as Barra became CEO, GM was embroiled in a massive recall caused by a single, innocuous yet ubiquitous part: an ignition switch whose malfunction led to 124 deaths, 275 injuries, and cost the company in excess of $2 billion. She persevered, however, and luckily she had four years of working with Ammann and Reuss to draw upon.

"The ignition-switch recall permanently changed me," she says. "It was a tragic situation, and if I could roll back the clock, I would. But it made me impatient. When's the best time to solve a problem? The minute you know you have it."

Ammann actually recalls interviewing with Barra in 2010, to assume the treasurer's job at GM. "She was very straightforward, down to business, yet very open," he says. "I felt good about it."

Getting the new GM up and running

While the banking crisis that had triggered the Great Recession had largely been resolved in 2010, the US auto industry was reeling. Annual vehicle sales in 2009 had fallen to a staggering 10 million, a harrowing plunge for a market that had peaked above 17 million in prior years. Chrysler also had to be bailed out, and after its own bankruptcy was rapidly merged with Fiat in a desperate rescue undertaken by the Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died unexpectedly this year. Ford had avoided restructuring when then-CEO Alan Mulally had presciently mortgaged the company to raise $24 billion, but its stock value fell below $2 a share.

GM CEO Rick Wagoner had effectively been fired by President Barack Obama when the government took a substantial equity stake in GM and organized bankruptcy financing. A succession of CEOs followed: Fritz Henderson, Ed Whitacre, and Dan Akerson. (The carmaker had just 10 CEOs before the financial crisis).

Externally, it was unclear the car business would recover. But Barra, Ammann, and Reuss weren't panicking.

"Those years set a strong foundation, when we worked together as peers," Ammann recalls. "We were getting the place up and running."

They were also revamping the automaker's byzantine financial system, which Obama administration "car czar" Steven Rattner, head of the Auto Task Force, had labeled as epically disorganized.

"We learned where we were making money and where we weren't," Ammann says, adding that GM also greatly streamlined its internal finances.

That process empowered Barra and Ammann to make long-overdue decisions, such as selling GM's perennially underperforming Opel-Vauxhall division in Europe to Peugeot in 2017. For Barra, return on investment became a mantra. There were no sacred cows, even brands that had been part of GM for decades.

Building a culture of trust

Ammann also spent a lot of time with Reuss as part of a traveling "road show" for investors before the IPO. Reuss for a time had been in charge of GM's Australian and New Zealand operations, so he and Ammann could bond over their common experiences in the Southern Hemisphere. They also shared an arid sense of humor and a love of fast machines. The latter is an affection they both recently indulged when they drove the new 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1 at Germany's famed Nürburgring track. (Reuss is well known for his skill behind the wheel, and if you ask around, people will tell you that Ammann is no slouch).

They might like to go fast, but they're dead set against getting cocky, even as GM has posted over $70 billion in profits since the IPO.

"Not in this business," Ammann says when asked if taking a breather after some good work is an option. "We're wholly dissatisfied."

Dissatisfaction doesn't lead to unresolved disagreement, however.

"We all agree that this device has a telephone," he says, waving his iPhone. "Mary and I never let an issue sit. We'll quickly get to a place where we can talk about it. I have no doubt that we make better decisions because of that. It creates a richer debate and a richer analysis."

The core concept for all three executives is trust, built on a mutual respect for what Barra calls "leveraging diversity of thought." That's critical because GM is huge; it combines manufacturing, financing, and technology on a mass scale, so it's always grappling with what Reuss calls' "big, complex problems." That requires frequent communication.

"If we're all in the office, we talk multiple times a day," Barra tells me while sitting in the same ultramodern talent-acquisition suite where I had interviewed Ammann. "If we're traveling, we speak several times a week, and sometimes on the weekends. We look at things from multiple dimensions and make better decisions."

Their diversity shows up in obvious ways. Ammann obviously prefers a more casual wardrobe, while Barra favors subdued, tasteful ensembles. Reuss is usually wearing a sharp suit, elegant shoes, and a wristwatch from his collection.

Barra has enormous respect for Reuss' vast automotive knowledge and admires Ammann's ferocious ability to learn and learn fast. She considers Reuss the best car guy in the business, recollecting that Dan Akerson called him the soul of the company. And she says that Ammann conducts himself as though he'd been at GM for decades, not just for eight years, thanks to his willingness to go everywhere and meet everybody.

Playing to win

Their views have rubbed off on her and now shape her leadership style.

"One of the words Mark hates is 'compete,'" she says.

A word he likes is "win," and Barra has translated that attitude into something of a mission statement.

"I ask people to give me a reason why we shouldn't be accountable to be the best," she says. "There's no answer for that. So once you get that as a mindset, you can then figure out what it's going to take to solve the issues that preventing you from getting there. Don't tell me why you couldn't do it in 1984. Tell me what it takes to get it done now."

GM has been doing plenty of winning since 2010, but, yet again, when I ask Reuss if it's pat-ourselves-on-the-back time, he looks at me as if I were insane. Being the largest automaker in North America and No. 2 in China — the world's biggest markets, comprising 14 million in new-vehicle sales for GM in 2017 — certainly counts for something in Reuss' book, and he's proud of how far the company has progressed.

But he refuses to relax, and he hasn't given into the temptation to rest on his accomplishments since a tough day over 25 years ago, when his father, Lloyd Reuss, at one point a candidate to become GM's CEO, was fired. The son, then just starting out at the company, had to make a difficult decision: Stay or go?

He stayed, but it wasn't a party. GM struggled through profitless years leading up the bankruptcy. When Reuss was in Australia, he and his team were essentially running GM's business there with whatever money came in the front door each day, as the financial crisis dried up corporate credit.

Post-bankruptcy, as GM shed brands, there were serious questions about whether it would be able to match the Japanese and German automakers, not to mention the upstarts, with innovative new technologies. For a few years, GM's most profitable vehicles, large pickup trucks and SUVs, were out of favor, as rising gas prices sent customers looking for small cars, hybrids, and even Tesla's all-electric vehicles.

The biggest change in GM's history

If Ammann is focused on creating a fleet of cars that can drive themselves and begin ferrying humans around big cities by next year, Reuss' main job now is to make sure that GM doesn't get beaten in the race to build the cars of the future.

The money is flowing from the fat margins thrown off by resurgent pickup and SUV sales, but neither Ammann, Barra, nor Reuss — especially Reuss — have any illusions about the fate of the internal-combustion engine. It might be with us for a bit longer, but GM's destiny is electric.

This isn't exactly news to Reuss, who was around in the 1990s when GM created the EV1. But with China's market expected to surpass 30 million in annual vehicle sales, on the road to as many as 40 million, his challenge now is to execute on the carmaker's plan of rolling out 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023 — the biggest transformation in the company's history.

With the Chevy Bolt, an EV with a 238-miles range that starts at $37,500 and has been on sale for over a year, GM has made an impressive start. But Reuss, in particular, understands that the electric car's hurdles in the marketplace remain as much psychological as technical.

"We've got to take away all the excuses of why people don't think an electric car is a primary car," he says. That means more charging options and faster charging choices. (Shortly after I spoke with Reuss, Barra, and Ammann, GM announced that Pam Fletcher, who had overseen the Bolt launch, would become the company's innovation leader and tackle the charging-infrastructure piece.)

And Reuss doesn't intend to run the new electric portfolio at a loss. "We expect the base case to be profitable," he says. "At all levels and for all brands."

Good times, bad times

Reuss, Ammann, and Barra know that since 2010 the auto industry has enjoyed nearly a decade of expansion, and that booming sales can't last forever. A downturn will arrive, and as skillful as the team has been so far, the real test is over the horizon.

Reuss has seen his share of recessions and is unflinching about what's in store for him and colleagues. He knows they won't find out if they're truly up to the task of running GM until the business gets hard. For her part, Barra, whose father worked at a GM plant, guards against overconfidence and regularly meets with GM's board to review models of downturns both moderate and severe. The worst aspect of this difficult yet important task is uncertainty.

"Every auto recession has been a surprise," she says. "You don't know what will drive it. But I'm confident in the work we've done. We'll figure it out."

According to Reuss, the team isn't locked into a war-room mentality.

"Mary is good at celebrating on the run. But she says, 'Here's where we did a good job, and here's what we need to work on. This is where we're not hitting it.'"

A thornier issue is the question of why GM's stock price has languished for years. Shares are down 30% over the past 12 months, while the S&P is up 10%. Barra has presided over a stock-buyback program that's returned billions to shareholders as GM has raked in cash, and the dividend has remained uncompromised and relatively risk-free at 4%.

Still, Barra has had to fight off two shareholder agitations since 2015, the most recent from Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn. The hedge fund wanted GM to create two classes of stock, one for fixed income, the other for growth. The company argued that the scheme would undermine its investment-grade credit rating, curtailing its financial options in a sales downturn. The proposal was voted down.

Stock prices matter. Ford CEO Mark Fields was ousted in 2016, replaced by former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett. But Ford's shares have continued to slide, and the carmaker's market capitalization has dipped below Tesla's. Wall Street considers the auto industry to be capital-intensive, growth-constrained, and forever vulnerable to market cycles. Since Tesla's 2010 IPO, it's built a few hundred thousand cars and never posted an annual profit. By contrast, GM has, in the same period, built tens of millions of vehicles and made over $70 billion. But Tesla shares are up over 1,000% and GM's are down 5%.

Ammann can point to the almost $15 billion in previously unrealized value that Cruise has added to GM as an enterprise, while Reuss insists that the only way for GM to move the needle on the stock price is to prove to investors that it can do what it says it will do.

"It's frustrating, but I don't think anything but results is going to change that," Reuss says.

"I agree with Mark," Barra says. "We've just got to keep proving ourselves. If we continue to do that over the long term, we'll earn a different reputation with investors."

A decade after the unthinkable happened

Almost 10 years on from the worst episode in GM's history, I was reminded as I spoke to Barra, Ammann, and Reuss about a winter visit I'd made to the Detroit headquarters in the years leading up to the bankruptcy. It was freezing cold and there was ice in the Detroit River. At a restaurant, a group of businessmen I overheard were lamenting their trip to Motown.

"It used to be fun to come here," one of them said.

GM wasn't concerned with fun back then. For a century, it had been loved and feared, admired and resented, praised and attacked. The idea that it could all go away was unthinkable.

But then the unthinkable happened. And when the new guard took over, it was clear from the outset that Barra and her team wouldn't revert to business as usual. But here's the thing: Old GM thought of itself as the toughest company on the planet. If somebody thought it was a fun-free zone, too bad.

But the old GM didn't know tough. And Barra, Ammann, and Reuss have proved that making some of the hardest calls in modern business, while taking some of the biggest risks, means that fun and tough can coexist.

GM has made it through two world wars, drastic shifts in the global economy, the Great Depression, and the Great Recession. But the biggest changes have come since the company rose for the ashes of bankruptcy, and although they won't allow themselves to take credit, Barra, Ammann, and Reuss — and Chuck Stevens, from the comfort of his well-earned retirement — would be forgiven if they did.

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Teen found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old talented Nigerian footballer in London

A teenager who prowled the streets of Hackney in a car before catching and stabbing a young Nigerian footballer to death was found guilty of murder on Friday, 19 October.Jonathan Abora, 18, of Dalmeny Avenue, N7, was found guilty of the murder of Israel Ogunsola, aged 18, of Hackney following a three-week trial at the Old Bailey.The court heard how shortly before 20:00hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, officers on patrol in Morning Lane, E9 were alerted to a serious incident close by.Officers arrived in Link Street, junction with Morning Lane, and found Israel suffering stab wounds. They assisted an off-duty paramedic in providing emergency first aid until the London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended.  Israel was pronounced dead at the scene at 20:24hrs. His next of kin were informed.A post-mortem examination took place on the afternoon of Thursday, 5 April at Poplar mortuary and gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.An incident room opened under the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command and a 17-year-old male was arrested late on Wednesday, 4 April on suspicion of murder.The first of those arrested was Abora who was 17 when he carried out the fatal attack. He admitted being at the scene and driving the car involved. He claimed to be acting in self-defence of a friend he refused to name. CCTV footage and forensic evidence confirmed his involvement in the fatal attack. Israel was riding his pedal bike when Abora and a second male located him. They immediately alighted their car and begun to attack Israel with large knives that they were carrying. The victim suffered six separate stab wounds in a sustained attack.Police believe Israel knew Abora and his associate and were and embroiled in a dispute.When interviewed, Abora refused to answer any of the questions put to him by detectives but admitted to being at the scene and carrying a large knife for self-protection. A member of the public who witnessed the attack told investigators how the attack against Israel was relentless with the clear "intent to kill."He will be sentenced on Monday, 5 November at the Old Bailey.DCI Chris Soole, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Israel was hunted by Abora who was armed and ruthless in his efforts to kill. Abora's attempts to claim self-defence were examined within the trial and ultimately found wanting by the Jury."He will have plenty of time to think about his actions in prison where he belongs. This case highlights the horror of knife crime and the devastation it causes to families and the wider community."Attending police officers did all they could to try to save the life of the Israel, rendering emergency first aid and chest compressions with the help of an off-duty paramedic until the ambulance service and London's Air Ambulance arrived"Whilst Abora has been convicted, we know he did not act alone. We will continue to do everything we can to trace a second suspect.""There are people in the area who know what happened that have yet to call police. Their information is vital to securing important evidence and apprehending everyone involved"   The post Teen found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old talented Nigerian footballer in London appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Tech: MIT is giving you control of a real person on Halloween in a dystopian game that sounds like an episode of 'Black Mirror'

A scene from the trailer for "BeeMe," an MIT Media Lab social experiment.

MIT Media Lab is launching a dystopian online social experiment called "BeeMe" on Halloween at 11 p.m. EDT. Users will control a person through their browsers by suggesting and voting on commands. The project aims to stoke conversations about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions.

  • MIT Media Lab is hosting a mass online social experiment on Halloween at 11 p.m. EDT.
  • Called "BeeMe," the goal of the "dystopian game" is to let participants control an actor and defeat an evil artificial intelligence program.
  • Internet users will program the actor by crowdsourcing commands and then voting on them.
  • BeeMe's creators say they want the project to stoke conversations about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions.

This Halloween, the creepiest event to attend might be a mass online social experiment hosted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MIT is famous for churning out some of the world's top engineers, programmers, and scientists. But the university's Media Laboratory is increasingly known for launching experimental projects in October that are designed to make us squirm.

In 2016, researchers at the MIT Media Lab created the artificial-intelligence program Nightmare Machine, which converted normal photos into into macabre images. (The results were predictably creepy.) Then in 2017, a researcher made AI software called "Shelley" that learned how to write its own horror stories. (These were also creepy.)

This year, members of MIT Media Lab are taking their desire to freak us out to the next level with a project called "BeeMe."

BeeMe is described in a press release as a "massive immersive social game" that aims to "shed a new light on human potential in the new digital era." But it also sounds like a choose-your-own-adventure episode of the show "Black Mirror."

"Halloween night at 11 p.m. ET, an actor will give up their free will and let internet users control their every action," Niccolò Pescetelli, who studies collective intelligence at MIT Media Lab, told Business Insider in an email about BeeMe.

Pescetelli added: "The event will follow the story of an evil AI by the name of Zookd, who has accidentally been released online. Internet users will have to coordinate at scale and collectively help the actor (also a character in the story) to defeat Zookd. If they fail, the consequences could be disastrous."

How MIT will let you control a person

The project's slogan is: "See what I see. Hear what I hear. Control my actions. Take my will. Be me."

The full scope of gameplay is not yet public. However, BeeMe's social media accounts and promotional materials reveal a few key details.

The person being controlled will be a trained actor, not a random person off the street. But where that actor will be located, how long the internet will exercise control of their body, and to what extent they will follow through on crowd-generated commands is unknown.

Participants will control the actor through a web browser, in two ways.

One is by writing in and submitting custom commands, like "make coffee," "open the door," "run away," and so on. The second way is by voting up or down on those commands, similar to the system used by Reddit. Once a command is voted to the top, the actor will presumably do that very thing.

This appears to be the origin of the word "bee" in the project's name: Internet users will have to act collectively as a "hive" to progress through the game.

BeeMe's Twitter account shared an eerie teaser video of the game on October 15.

"Many people have played an augmented reality game, but BeeMe is reality augmented," Pescetelli said in a press release. "In BeeMe an agent gives up their free will to save humanity — or perhaps to know whether humanity can be saved at all. This brave individual will agree to let the Internet pilot their every action."

It seems likely the whole event will be broadcast live — possibly on YouTube, based on BeeMe's teaser footage.

Why the researchers created BeeMe

The BeeMe project quietly went public in May 2018, when it joined Twitter as @beeme_mit. The tweets posted by the account appear to capture some of its thinking and evolution.

One tweet quotes philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who famously wrote in 1964 that "the medium is the message" — meaning that any new way to communicate influences what we say, how we say it, and ultimately what we think. McLuhan, who lived until 1980, is described by his estate as "the father of communications and media studies and prophet of the information age."

The account also references other visionaries, including analytical psychologist Carl Jung, social scientist Émile Durkheim, and biologist Charles Darwin.

"[In] the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed," BeeMe tweeted in August, quoting a famous saying of Darwin's (and likely as a tip on how to win the game).

Another tweet highlights a shocking act of performance art called "Come Caress Me," created in 2010 by Amir Mobed. In the installation, Mobed stands before a huge target with a metal bucket on his hed, and volunteers are led into the room to shoot him with a pellet gun. (Many do, not seeming to understand the ammunition is real.)

These and other BeeMe posts seem to reflect what the experiment strives to be on Halloween: Something that is on its surface fun, but reveals some hidden truths about ourselves and our digital society.

In a release sent to Business Insider, the project described itself this way: "BeeMe is a dystopian game that promises to alter the face of digital interactions, by breaking the Internet's fourth wall and bringing it back to reality. BeeMe wants to reopen a serious — yet playful — conversation about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions."

Whatever the game ends up teaching those who play or watch it, we'll find out on Halloween if humanity can pull together to save itself — or fail in dramatic disarray.

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Politics: Republican Patrick Morrisey is betting that bipartisanship is dead in his Senate race against Democrat Joe Manchin in deep-red West Virginia

Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia, running for U.S. Senate, speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump (L) looks on at a Make America Great Again rally at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

"I’m the polar opposite of flip-flopper Joe Manchin. Literally, you should go online and see this. If you go online you start to see the memes…" Morrisey said.

  • State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is the Republican challenging incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia.
  • Morrisey is branding himself as the "polar opposite" of Manchin, who regularly touts his bipartisan work in the Senate.
  • President Donald Trump won the state of West Virginia by nearly 50 points in 2016, which Morrisey believes is his ticket to unseat Manchin.

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — "I’m the polar opposite of flip-flopper Joe Manchin," Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey told an audience of about two dozen factory workers on Thursday.

"Literally, you should go online and see this. If you go online you start to see the memes — of Joe Manchin holding two different placards. Within three weeks, one saying he stands for Planned Parenthood and the other saying he stands for life. On the issue of life, you cannot have it both ways."

Morrisey is running on being the anti-Joe Manchin in West Virginia, railing against the incumbent Democrat senator's record of bipartisanship and often contentious voting choices. But Manchin is using that bipartisan aura to get him across the finish line in one of the hottest Senate races of the 2018 midterm elections.

For Morrisey, who for much of his career as state attorney general made a name for himself by suing and combatting the Obama administration, the race is about unseating a man he wants to paint as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's puppet.

Though Manchin votes in line with President Donald Trump's policies more often than he does with Democrats (60.8% according to tracking by FiveThirtyEight), Morrisey says it is an effort to obstruct and "empower impeachment."

Morrisey made it clear, through campaign stops and in an interview with Business Insider, that he is not like Manchin. Decisions won’t be up in the air until the final minutes of crucial votes, many topics will be non-negotiable, and perhaps most importantly for Morrisey, he has Trump’s stamp of approval.

"I think people are enthusiastic. They're fired up," he told Business Insider. "Because the stakes of this election are very high. West Virginia is at a critical juncture for control of the US Senate. Win in West Virginia, and we can put an end to this talk about having impeachment, obstruction, resistance."

Trump won West Virginia in 2016 by nearly 68 points, compared to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's abysmal 26. Morrisey and his supporters are counting on that to put him over the top. But that challenge has proven more difficult compared to other competitive races where Democrats are up for re-election in conservative-leaning states.

Manchin is banking on the appeal of bipartisanship

However you frame it, Manchin has a well-known reputation in Washington and nationally as one of the least liberal or most conservative Democrats in the Senate. He voted for both of Trump's Supreme Court nominees, but against the tax cuts. Pick an issue and it's hard to pinpoint exactly where he voted without looking it up.

"The people know who I am and I sure know West Virginia because I am West Virginia," Manchin told Business Insider. "I think that's the difference."

On Wednesday, Manchin published four separate op-eds co-bylined with Republican senators across several West Virginia newspapers. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Marco Rubio of Florida all touted bipartisan work on key issues like health care and energy.

Having members of the opposite party go to bat for you in the final stretch of a campaign is support you can't buy and praise you can only earn, Manchin said.

"I've never campaigned against a Republican in the center, I've never given money to a Democrat that's running against a Republican in the Senate for incumbents," he said. "I don't think it should be done. I used to hear that's the way it was done before. It's an unwritten rule — you don't do that."

But Morrisey sees that as a problem. He knows he's the right winger in the race and hopes everyone else in West Virginia takes notice.

"Everyone who follows the race knows I'm the conservative fire who's going to advance the Trump jobs agenda and Joe Manchin's a dishonest Washington liberal, who's going to empower the impeach, obstruct, and resist circus in DC," Morrisey told Business Insider. "And the more people see that, through the ads, through the appearances, then we're going to allow us to come out on top."

"Whether we're talking about the Trump tax cuts, the deregulating, and the Trump judges, there's so much good that's being done right now we can't go back," he added.

Manchin said he "could understand that Patrick Morrisey would be envious" of his support from Republicans. "Because that's not who he is."

In agreement with Morrisey on how bipartisanship can be an obstacle to the Republican agenda is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who hit the campaign trail in West Virginia in an attempt to bolster enthusiasm for unseating Manchin.

"Here's the thing, the other senator, the one you've got now, says, 'Oh I'm bipartisan! I'm for both sides!'" Paul said of Manchin. "Well he's for all the bad ideas that come from both sides."

But Manchin laughed off support from Paul, saying, "that helps me."

"I'm glad Rand came here because I don't think Rand's that popular in West Virginia or in that part of Kentucky," he said.

The calvary is coming in for Morrisey in the final two and a half weeks until Election Day. Vice President Mike Pence is stumping for Morrisey on Saturday, with personalities like Donald Trump Jr. to follow on Monday.

"Mike Pence, I know Mike Pence and he's just — I guess — doing his job," Manchin said. "Well he's a junkyard dog right now I guess. He has to go out and do it. And then they send Donald [Trump] Jr. God bless you, come on in."

"I'd rather have Jerry West. I'd rather have Bob Huggins. I'd rather have Nick Saban," Manchin said in reference to a recent ad touting support from the sports legends. "I'll take those three over those three any day."

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Tech: These are the 15 best video games to put your 4K HDR screen to the test

"Shadow of the Tomb Raider" is one of the prettiest games you can play in 4K.

Video games are ideal for showing off the power of 4K HDR displays. From race tracks to ancient tombs and foreign planets, games give viewers the greatest control of what appears on their screen.

Televisions with 4K and HDR functionality are more affordable than ever, but there's still a lack of actual 4K HDR content to watch. Luckily, video game developers are constantly pushing the boundaries of new visual technology, and there's no shortage of new games to showcase the power of modern displays.

Also known as Ultra HD, or UHD, 4K describes the display resolution. 4K images are 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, making them about about four times the size of an image at 1080p, the highest resolution currently offered by cable broadcasts. HDR is used to describe images with a high-dynamic range. As the name implies, displays with HDR have a higher contrast between lights and darks and a larger overall range of colors than older displays.

Video games are especially good for showing the effect of 4K and HDR due to their wide range of environments, dynamic animations, and dramatic shifts in perspective. From basketball courts and race tracks to ancient tombs and foreign planets, video games give the viewer the greatest control over what appears on their screen. They also have a higher frame rate than movies, meaning more images appear on the screen per second.

To play video games in 4K or with HDR, you'll need a console or PC strong enough to output the high resolution graphics. Gaming PCs capable of 4K and HDR vary in specs, but you can certainly build your own to turn your TV into a full-fledged media center.

For those looking for a more standard 4K solution, there are two main console options: the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

The standard PlayStation 4 costs $299 and can output HDR images, but it's not capable of 4K. A more expensive version of the console, the PlayStation 4 Pro, is 4K ready for $399.

The Xbox One has more variations, but both the $299 Xbox One S and the $399 Xbox One X are capable of 4K and HDR output. Certain games on the Xbox One X, even those without 4K or HDR output, will have better visual performance and load times compared to the S model.

Unfortunately some of the best looking games were developed specifically for Xbox One or PlayStation 4, so it's important to choose your console wisely.

Here are 15 of the best games to test your 4K HDR screen:

"Shadow of the Tomb Raider" (PS4, X1, PC)

The jungle environments of "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" are great for showing off the effect of HDR. Heroine Lara Croft makes her way through dimly lit caverns, sparkling canopies, and crystal clear water as she searches for ancient artifacts.

The game has added enhancements on Xbox One X, and the developers took great detail in rendering Lara's hair and her acrobatic climbing animations. "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" and many of the other games on this list feature a camera mode to let players capture their favorite visuals from all angles.

"Middle-earth: Shadow of War (X1, PS4, PC)"

"God of War" (PlayStation 4 Exclusive)

"Forza Horizon 4" (Xbox One, Windows Exclusive)

The "Forza" franchise is specifically developed for the Xbox One, and features stunning replicas of more than 500 real-life car models.

With varying weather conditions and hundreds of miles of open road to explore between races, "Forza Horizon 4" offers a mix of true-to-life detail and bombastic colors that's ideal for 4K HDR TVs.

"No Man's Sky" (PS4, X1, PC)

"Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" (PS4, X1, PC)

"Marvel's Spider-Man" (PlayStation 4 Exclusive)

"Marvel's Spider-Man" is probably the most impressive-looking PlayStation 4 exclusive, offering an impressive recreation of Manhattan for the titular hero to explore.

Spider-Man's signature swinging ability lets players explore New York City from all angles, and 4K resolution makes it even easier to see the skyscrapers on the horizon.

"Gears of War 4" (Xbox One, Windows Exclusive)

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" (X1, PS4, PC)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

"Red Dead Redemption 2" is due out October 26th, but is already promising to be one of the largest open-world games ever. Rockstar Games spent seven years sculpting the landscape of the Wild West and its frontier towns, resulting in an astonishing level of graphical detail.

"NBA 2K19 (PS4, X1, PC)"

"Horizon Zero Dawn" (PlayStation 4 Exclusive)

"Resident Evil 7" (PS4, PSVR, X1 PC)

Contrasting the open plains of "Red Dead Redemption 2," "Resident Evil 7" is a horror game set in a moldy, decrepit house in the bayous of Louisiana. Developer Capcom created a brand new engine for the game to take advantage of virtual reality development tools.

In order to create a compelling VR environment, Capcom added a host of enhanced textures to the game and updated models to appear more realistic even when the game is played without VR. Furthermore the added contrast of HDR makes the darkest areas of the game even more haunting.

"Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" (PS4, X1, PC)

"Final Fantasy XV (PS4, X1, PC)"

At base, video games make the most of the fine detail that 4K provides and HDR helps games feel more immersive. As movies and television work to catch up with new visual technology, video games will continue to be one of the best ways to explore ultra HD with the added bonus of an interactive experience.

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Tech: Will anyone want Steve Jobs' old toilet? The town of Woodside is considering selling dozens of items from the Apple CEO's one-time home

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The Town of Woodside has ended up in control of 150 items that once belonged to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The fixtures, which include sconces, a chandelier and yes, a toilet, were salvaged from Jobs' Jackling House after it was demolished 2011.

  • Next week, the Town of Woodside will discuss what to do with some of the housing fixtures salvaged from a former home of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
  • Jobs bought the Jackling Estate in 1984 and lived there for a decade. He intended to tear down the home and rebuild but because of litigation the house wasn't destroyed until shortly before his death.
  • Among the 150 items now in the town's possession are a silver-plated ice-tea spoon, a thermostat (circa 1925), and a chandelier. In all, the items have been appraised at $30,285.

Steve Jobs, cofounder and CEO of Apple, could boast legions of faithful fans and disciples across the globe, referred to frequently as "Apple fan boys."

Will any of them be willing to bid on their guru's old toilet, wall sconces, door handles, chandelier or silver-plated ice-tea spoon? Those are just a few of the items salvaged by the Town of Woodside, Calif. from Jobs' former home there, known as the Jackling Estate.

Jobs bought the home in 1984 and lived there a decade before renting it out. He intended to tear it down and rebuild on the land, but a group of local preservationists launched a court fight to save the Spanish Colonial style mansion which was built in 1925 for a copper-mining magnate.

While the case made it way through the courts, the famously obstinate Jobs let the house sit abandoned for years, rotting from neglect and exposure to the natural elements.

Eventually, Job won the right to demolish the home but that didn't occur until eight months before he died in October 2011.

The city of Woodside took possession of some of 150 items from the home before it was destroyed. The town says on its web site that the items have been appraised at $30,285.

Most of the items appear to have already been part of the home at the time Jobs purchased it.

Indeed, the toilet may have graced Jobs' derriere, but it's not exactly an example of the Jobs' aesthetic, which favors sleek and simple designs. To judge by the picture featured on the town's website, the ceramic lavatory dates back to the 1920s and looks more antique than airy. The site estimates its marketable cash value at $100.

A better value may be the brass, 8-inch thermostat, which dates back to 1925 and is described as being in good condition, albeit "functionally obsolete." Its $5 marketable value is a small price to pay for an item that, for all anyone knows, may have inspired the inventor of the iPhone to explore and re-imagine basic elements of consumer product design.

According to Kevin Bryant, Woodside's town manager, a sale of the items is just one of the possibilities the town council is considering. The council might also decide to offer the "artifacts" to the owners of a nearby home, which is the "only remaining home in Woodside designed by George Washington Smith," the architect of the Jackling Estate.

Those interested in arguing for a sale, can appear at the council meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday at at 7:30 p.m PT in Independence Hall, located at 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA.

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Tech: Walmart made a game that lets you see what it's like to work at one of their stores — here's how to play (WMT)

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If you've ever wondered what it's like to work at Walmart, now's your chance: the retail company has released an app to give you the experience.

If you have ever, for whatever reason, wondered what it'd be like to work at Walmart — well, now's your chance.

The retail giant has released a game for your smartphone that lets you live a day in the life of a Walmart manager. Over the course of your workday, you monitor inventory, stock shelves, adjust prices, and perform tasks to the satisfaction of your boss and customers alike.

The app, which Buzzfeed News first spotted, started out as a training tool for employees, Walmart spokesperson Michelle Malashock told Business Insider. The game, which is called Spark City, was piloted in a dozen Walmart stores over the summer before it was made public in Apple and Android app stores at the start of October. As of Oct. 16, the free app had around 60,000 downloads, Malashock says.

If you've ever played a Diner Dash-type simulation game (Sally's Spa, Cake Mania, Jane's Hotel to name a few), Walmart's Spark City works pretty similarly. I played through a (virtual) week of the game, which took about an hour.

I present to you, the exciting life of a Walmart retail worker in Spark City:

Before you start work, you can customize your character.

The customization options for your avatar may not be as sophisticated as those in Sims, but you can pick your character's gender, skin color, clothing and general hair and face features.

Congrats, you work in Walmart's dry grocery department! Say hello to your boss Cynthia, who will be looking over your shoulder the entire game.

Like any good boss, Cynthia will be there throughout your workday to provide feedback and criticism. She also introduces you to a bunch of complicated acronyms about customer satisfaction, sales and shelf stocks, which are used to measure your success and guide you through your tasks.

I forgot what Cynthia told me almost as soon as I started to play. You can pick up on the general idea of the terms as you play, although I can't guarantee you'll ever fully understand what's being measured and how you're evaluated.

You're provided with this handy (and useless) floor plan that shows the layout of the store.

You use the map, which sits in the corner of your screen, to switch between the places you need to perform tasks. You start each day in the back room, where you have to complete all your work before you can move into your assigned department.

I played through five workdays in the game, and in that time, the only locations that I needed to toggle between were the back room and the grocery section — so the floor plan seems kind of unnecessary. Walmart's spokesperson says that developers are in the process of adding a new level to the game that would take place in the "lawn and garden" section of the store.

If they really want to put the floor plan to good use though, Walmart's developers should consider adding a "Battle Royale" mode.

Each work day is started with a "Walmart Cheer" which is actually a real thing that Walmart employees do.

This is an actual thing that Walmart employees do — you can find numerous videos of the "Walmart Cheer" on YouTube and social media.

So, just like real Walmart employee, you and your coworkers start out every work day in Spark City by gathering in a circle in the back room and clapping.

In the back room, you'll check inventory and stock items. But it's pretty unclear what the right choice is, and there's also some convoluted math involved.

By the end of the work week, I still couldn't figure out what I did to get a positive reaction. Your success in the game in monitored by these metrics, which will float up above your avatar in green (good!) or red (bad!) after every task you complete.

If you do something wrong enough times, your boss Cynthia will pop up with some advice, including a math equation that you're supposed to use to make your decisions in the back room. I ended up making up my strategy as I went, and must have done OK because I kept my job.

You then move to the store floor, where you greet customers, restock shelves and adjust prices.

After you complete your work downstairs, you move to the store floor and click through the tasks that pop up. Once in a while there's an alert that pops up with a random task to do from your manager.

It's pretty similar to the work in the back room: it's confusing what you're supposed to do as you run around the store, but that is the life of a retail worker.

Once in a while there's an emergency, and you have to fend for yourself to figure out what to do. I didn't pick the right choice when there was a spill on the floor, and a customer fell in it.

I apparently chose wrong by deciding to clean up the spill myself. While my character was walking to get the cleaning supplies, the game actually shows a customer fall in the puddle. It's all good, I talked to the guy and still kept my job.

During my work week, the only emergency alerts I got were spills I had to clean up and, once, a potential shoplifter I had to monitor.

You get a report card at the end of each day telling you had you did.

I'm not going to lie, I got some joy seeing what I accomplished in the game. My progress report was generally better each day, so I'll take that as a sign that I could hold my own as a Walmart manager.

The game as it stands is pretty simple. Walmart says that it'll be adding new levels and features as soon as next month, because the app is still primarily a tool for training its employees.

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APO: Interview with Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos of Angola

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Many people around the world are familiar with Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian who is often described as Africa's richest man. But Isabel dos Santos, 45, an Angolan businesswoman, is Africa's richest woman and the eldest child of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was in power from 1979 to 2017.

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

But being a woman in a male-dominated business world is not always easy, especially for African women.

In this interview, she talks about business, being a woman in a world dominated by men and how she keeps steaming forward in spite of daily challenges.

How have the men in your life (father, husband, others) supported your growth as a female leader in business, and what advice can you give to men to help contribute to the growth of female leaders?

I realised quite late in life that my education had been quite rare for an African girl. My father raised me exactly has he had done my brothers, and never told me: ”girls don’t do this” or “girls can not be that”. At age 18, going to university, I was undecided on what to apply for, and I remember my father persuading me to become an astronaut or a computer scientist, it never crossed my mind that this is something that African girls don’t do and can not be.

Finally, I choose to study Engineering at University, and there was only one other girl (Chinese) in my class.

I do not ever recall hearing things like, “Don’t worry, your brothers will work and take care of you”, or “you are girl; one day will marry and find a nice man to take care of you”. I was taught to make my own way in life, and never to depend on any man being it father, brother, or husband.

This built in me a strong spirit of independence. My parents were both insistent on an education that focused on confidence and competitiveness.

As a woman I have also been lucky to have found and married an opened-minded husband who is also African, and who never saw my personal career or success as a threat, and who allowed me the time and space that I needed to dedicate to my work.

My husband has been a pillar of support throughout my career – crucial to my success. He has provided me always with honest advice and encouragement. He is a great father to all of our four children, being there for them when I am absent, during my long work schedules and overseas trips.

The advice I would give to parents is to establish very early on a sense of confidence and responsibility in their girls. Teach them to fend for themselves and to rely only on themselves. Teach your daughter life skills. Teach your daughter the skills on how to best manage her finances, her salary, and her investments wisely. And moreover, treat her as an independent person and whole human being with a true role in society, equal to that of a man's.

In a male-dominated society, what are some of the biggest challenges you face as a female business woman?

In the business world there are very few female peers, and it is till undoubtedly a very male-dominated society. Discrimination and prejudice exists. On various occasions in business meetings it has happened to me that the other party with whom I am negotiating will look solely at my male advisor or male lawyer, to see what he has to say, even though I am the owner /shareholder of the business and have already clearly stated my decision.

Your opinions are frequently second guessed simply because you are a woman. I am also often asked : “what business does your husband do? ” People just assume that as a woman and a mother you are someone less able to be negotiating at the table or that you built your own business. The toughest thing for women is to raise capital and investment for their business, as the financial system has “more confidence” in male-led projects.

Are there particular challenges that you face as an African woman?

Being very often the only black person in the room … is a challenge, people tend to treat you differently. Africa, has unfortunately been marketed in a very poor way. The narrative around African economies and African business isn't favourable, it’s full of negative connotations. Africa needs better marketing in order to promote its success stories better. There is very little knowledge of African businesses or key business players out there.

How do you maintain your strength to carry forward?

As an African person, I was lucky to receive a top education. In this way I am privileged, and this provides me with a great sense of duty, to do more for others, for my country and for our people. To inspire and help others build their dreams, build their business, get good jobs, and educate their children.

What opportunities exist currently in Angola or other countries in the continent for women who wish to make money and build successful enterprises?

Opportunities for me always start with a simple question: What do you know how to do? What are you good at? And there you will find your opportunity.

Angola in particular has many untapped resources: from minerals and agriculture, manufacturing to services and tourism. Each one comes with a different level of complexity, different need for investment, but all are strong and possible starting points.

The more complex the business, the more it will require, for you to be experienced and skilled, and the need for more capital. Today, the Angolan banking sector offers financing and loans for good projects and businesses, and it is true that interest rates are still high, and that some collateral or partial guarantees is required, as well as some starting capital (savings or land) as equity from the investors. Angola imports over $9 billion of food commodities and consumer goods. Today Africa as a whole continues to import vast amounts of commodities and consumer goods.

A good opportunity in Africa would be the medium scale production of agriculture produce or animal farming or manufacturing. Also in some countries, there is a growing middle class with a growing disposable income, and thus internal tourism such as lodges, and countryside bed and breakfasts are also a developing opportunity for small family-owned businesses. Good quality private education and private health care clinics are also sectors of potential business growth in Africa, as people want to invest in education for their children.

Bigger opportunities, for more capital intensive investments and bigger deals, lie in industries, such as glass or steal manufacturing for construction, or mineral exploration.

How can we get started?

Your best business bet is you, your skills, your motivation, and your passion.
You must have an idea, make a five year plan, prepare your money, ground your idea in detail, be persistent, and partner yourself with a trusted team. Stay passionate always, and execute – don’t delegate.

What are some tips and tricks you can share with young women about managing time, juggling responsibilities, and self-care with all your different ventures and responsibilities?

Time unfortunately is one of those things that none of us has enough of! We always end up sacrificing something, wether it be less time with our family, or our friends, or having our social life. Or even less time at the gym!

It’s a challenge. Priorities are key. You must allocate your time to your priorities, and your priorities must match your life expectations.

How do you manage your time with all your different ventures and responsibilities?

Because you are the richest woman in Africa, many people must ask you for charity and support for their social ventures.

Have you established a formalised way to give back?

Supporting social ventures has always been a priority. From the start, I have installed in my companies a specific division for social responsibility and sponsorship programmes. We sponsor several charities, and we run our own programmes.

My vision is that to have a better society; it’s important for us to give back and help others. Today, giving back has become part of our company culture, and we have thousands of employees that are volunteers and help run our programmes in the community.

We created a culture that engages people, and each person has the opportunity to play an active role in our social ventures. We finance and run a large and diverse programme of social responsibility initiatives such as: supporting a children’s Pediatric hospital where we are one of the largest donors and partners; we finance and run the largest nationwide campaign for the fight and prevention against Malaria; we sponsor a charity for clean water initiatives in poor communities; with our volunteers we run a “special day “ programme for underprivileged or sick children in which organise special play days and fun adventures, for over 10.000 children in all the country, to give them the experiences they would never otherwise have. Last year, I have started the first Christmas telethon, on the nationwide television network, it allowed us to partner up with several companies and businesses to further help and support communities needs.

I have encouraged all our employees to be part of our social responsibility programmes , as volunteers, as I believe we need to multiply our efforts and together we are stronger. I am personally very involved, as a donor, but also personally taking part in these actions, as well as in organizing social ventures and engaging with the community directly, as this is a firm commitment I have made to help improve our society.

How do you decide what causes to support, and when to say no?

I choose to support those initiatives that are focused on the needs of children, and with education and healthcare at the core of what I do. The fight against malaria is a cause that I carry very close to my heart and I am very committed to help to its eradication.

My commitment is for one day to see Africa brimming with entrepreneurs, from businesses small and big, with ambitious initiatives, full of perseverance, support and opportunities. In my vision, I believe that we have a true lever for change in Africa, and it’s not our resources, but our education. The quality of education we are able to give our children will determine the future of Africa. Anyone that dreams of changing Africa, education is the key. We must educate our girls, as they are the future mothers, and an encyclopedia of knowledge for their children.

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EFCC will move Fayose to Lagos to face trial – Source

EFCC will move Fayose to Lagos to face trial – Source

According to the source, Fayose has been served with the charges against him and his trial notice.

A source in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that former Governor Ayo Fayose may be relocated to Lagos to stand trial.

According to the source who spoke to The Nation, Fayose has been served with the charges against him and his trial notice.

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren also said that “Fayose has been served with charges alongside his company, Spotless.”

Fayose in EFCC custody

The former Governor has been in EFCC’s custody since he surrendered himself  on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

The anti-graft agency also obtained an order from a Federal High Court mandating it to keep Fayose for 14 days.

Dasuki loot

The Governor Gov is being investigated for allegedly receiving  N1.3 billion from the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The EFCC source said “We have preferred charges against Fayose at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

“He will be prosecuted for receiving N1.299 billion and $5.3 million from ONSA through a former minister, Musiliu Obanikoro.

“Although the illicit cash was released for the 2014 governorship campaign of Fayose, it was diverted to acquiring properties.

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“The minister flew N1.299 billion in cash in two flights to Akure Airport for Fayose, and it was Agbele who received the slush funds from Obanikoro.

“While Fayose admitted knowing Obanikoro, he told his interrogators that he did not collect $5.3 million from the ex-minister.

“The EFCC will relocate Fayose from Abuja to Lagos either on Saturday or Sunday for the trial.”

The EFCC has also released photos of a property which was wrongly acquired by the former Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose.

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"Dear son, your daddies are proud of you" – Bisi Alimi declares support for the Nigerian first black student president of Bournemouth Uni who just came out as gay

Bisi Alimi has declared his support for Dan Yomi after he came out as gay.Yomi, a Nigerian who became the first black student Union president of Bournemouth University, UK, came out on Instgram and received massive support. However, his parents, who are staunch Apostolic Faith members, are finding it hard to accept.  Yomi was also a fellowship president when he was schooling at Crawford University and some of his fellowship members are still in shock, while some have shown support for him.Bisi Alimi and his husband have also declared their support for Yomi.Below is what Alimi wrote: The post “Dear son, your daddies are proud of you” – Bisi Alimi declares support for the Nigerian first black student president of Bournemouth Uni who just came out as gay appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Lifestyle: Disappointing photos show what going to Harvard is like in real life

It turns out that going to Harvard looks a lot like attending any other US college.

Tiny dorms, tourists taking photos through your windows, temperatures below 30 degrees — real-life Harvard is a lot different than the version Elle Woods fed us.

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  • Harvard University is one of the most prestigious, and expensive, schools in the country.
  • So you'd think life as a student there would be wildly more luxurious and comfortable … right?
  • It turns out that going to Harvard looks a lot like attending any other US college.

It's no question that Harvard is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Some of the greatest minds have come out of the 400-year-old institution, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, eight presidents — the list goes on.

As a result, people apply that same level of prestige and luxury to how they perceive life at the college.

Fancy dormitories with spacious rooms and spectacular meals 24/7 are some of the things people think Harvard students are treated to during their college experience.

But in reality, going to Harvard looks a lot like going to any other university in the US.

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Surgeon says Diego Maradona must have artificial knees put in if the football legend is to carry on walking

Surgeon says injured Maradona must have artificial knees put in if the football legend is to carry on walkingFootball legend, Diego Maradona's surgeon has said he needs to have artificial knees if he is to carry on walking.German Ochoa confirmed the retired player has severe arthritis in both knees after Diego was seen in a video this week struggling to walk with the help of right-hand man Luis Campos at the training ground of the Mexican second division club he now manages.   He said knee replacement surgery is the only long-term option for the Argentine legend.According to Mail Online, the Colombian medic operated on the 58-year-old in 2004 and saw him again before the World Cup when he injected a gel-like fluid into his knee joints to ease his pain.He told Argentinian news website Todo Noticias: 'Maradona has severe arthritis in both his knees and has no cartilage left.'The bones rub together. It's a serious problem because it causes him a lot of pain and swelling and makes it difficult for him to move.'Maradona knows the solution is an operation and protheses in both knees.'He has to take a decision on knee replacement surgery in the short or medium term.Claiming a genicular nerve block, which uses anaesthetic to interrupt pain signals sent to the brain, would only ease the former footballer's discomfort temporarily, he added: 'There is no solution for arthritis. It leads to a total and progressive destruction of the cartilage and if it's not dealt with, it gets worse. That's why knee replacement surgery is needed.'Diego won't be left unable to walk, it's not going to get to that stage. Technological advances means there are solutions nowadays.'But the most intelligent way of reaching a solution is to operate on his knees. First one and then the other. Diego knows it because we've spoken about it many times.Aides added that after footage of Maradona struggling to walk emerged that he was suffering the consequences of his insistence on joining his squad in an informal training session and acting like he was still an active footballer.The post Surgeon says Diego Maradona must have artificial knees put in if the football legend is to carry on walking appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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We stand by you, Osinbajo tells flood victims in Bayelsa, Rivers

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Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said Osinbajo gave the assurance in Bayelsa State.

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has assured flood victims in Bayelsa and Rivers States that the Federal Government is committed to alleviating their pains.

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said Osinbajo gave the assurance in Bayelsa State.

Osinbajo spoke at St. John’s Catholic Church, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Igbogene, Yenegoa, Bayelsa after his inspection of flooded areas in the state on Friday.

He said that he was touched that despite the flood and what all the people  had been through, they were still able to welcome him warmly.

The vice president commended the very Rev. Joseph Okplema, the Vicar-General of the  parish for taking care of the flood victims. He said the Vicar’s action was exemplary of a Christian leader.

He said it was the duty of the state and the Federal Governments to ensure that they provided help and succour for the victims.

The vice president said that he looked forward to giving the victims  as much support as possible.

“This is one of the reasons why I am here; I am not here alone; I am with the Minister of Environment, Mr Ibrahim Usman Jibril and also the Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja to assess for ourselves, what exactly is going on.

“We want to know how bad it is; how many victims there are, the nature and extent of the disaster, so we can advise properly and give you the kind of comfort and succour you need.

“So that is why we are here and I am very happy that I have been able to see for myself.

“I want to commend you for your spirit, for not giving up at all, but remaining resolute and confident. That is the true Bayelsan spirit, the true spirit of the Nigerian.  We cannot give up and we will not give up.

“I want to say on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, on whose instructions I am here, that we will stand by you and make sure we provide what you need,” he said.

He said he had been told that some people still needed mattresses, nets and among others things.

Osinbajo said that he would make sure that everything needed by the victims was provided, adding that cow meat would also be provided to complement the food stuffs available.

He assured the victims that they would be properly taken care of and resettled at their respective homes

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Ohanaeze urges Buhari to grant Nnamdi Kanu presidential pardon

Ohanaeze urges Buhari to grant Nnamdi Kanu presidential pardon

This was made known in a statement signed by the group’s Deputy President General, Comrade Obinna Achionye in Ebonyi state on Friday.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (ONYCW) has called on President Buhari to grants the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu presidential pardon.

According to Vanguard, this was made known in a statement signed by the group’s Deputy President General, Comrade Obinna Achionye in Ebonyi state on Friday, October  19, 2018.

In the interest of national reconciliation

ONYCW also called on the Federal Government to drop charges against all Biafra agitators in the interest of national reconciliation.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide also said Buhari should extend amnesty to IPOB just like he released 500 Boko Haram detainees in Kano state.

The group’s statement reads: “We received the news of sighting Nnamdi Kanu at Israel with Joy, and as he is observing the Sabbath ordinances and Prayers.

“We Urge President Buhari to grant him Presidential pardon and squash all legal proceedings against him and other Biafra agitators in the spirit of National reconciliation and forgiveness, if Federal government can release 500 Boko Haram detainees in Kano and planning to give Amnesty to Boko Haram,this gesture should be extended to Ipob, and reversal of the tag that Ipob is a terrorist organization is imminent and they should allow peace to reign.

“We beg the Ipob followers not to go to the street now in the spirit of jubilation in other not to create political tension in the South East and South/south and fall victims of security agents, Until Oyc persuade Federal Government to reverse its decisions against Ipob.

“We Urge the South East Governors to close ranks and rebuild the palace of HRH Eze I. Kanu, which was destroyed during the Python dance, and ask the leader, Nnamdi Kanu to change strategy and embrace the hands of genuine Igbo brothers and leaders, We still ask Ipob to have rethink on its decision of Proscribing The parent body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and disruption of Ohanaeze events and gathering.

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“Oyc will lead any struggle to ensure self determination is not tagged terrorism, and ensure there is peaceful co existence between all stakeholders in Southeast.”

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This is following reports that Nnamdi Kanu was seen in Jerusalem, praying at the Wailing Wall.

Before now, Kanu’s whereabouts has been unknown, following an alleged attack on his father's compound by soldiers on September 14, 2017.

IPOB has severally called on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, claiming that Nigerian Army is holding keeping him at a secret location.

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Gunmen kidnap traditional ruler, wife in Kaduna

Gunmen kidnap Catholic Priest for 2nd time in 10 months

Mr Ibrahim Yakubu, a son in-law to the Chief, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, adding that the Police orderly to the paramount ruler was killed in the process.

Gunmen on Friday kidnapped Mr Maiwada Galadima, the Paramount Chief of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State and his wife along Kaduna/Kachia road.

Mr Ibrahim Yakubu, a son in-law to the Chief, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), adding that the Police orderly to the paramount ruler was killed in the process.

Yakubu explained that the Chief and his wife were taken away while returning to Kachia from Kaduna.

“The Kidnappers stopped the Chief’s vehicle at the military check point at Idon and shot his Police Orderly.

“Immediately, they took the Chief and his wife into the bush leaving behind two of his drivers, his daughter and a granddaughter,” he said.

Efforts to get police confirmation proved abortive as Mr Yakubu Sabo, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Kaduna Police Command was yet to pick telephone calls. 

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