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Court dismisses former Transnet director's bid to challenge his dismissal
Court dismisses former Transnet director's bid to challenge his dismissal September 18, 2018 at 03:57PM https://ift.tt/2DaMJkY

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Seth Radebe's application against Gordhan dismissed - Public Enterprises  PoliticswebFull coverage

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How spiders terrorized a UK neighborhood with nursery rhymes — Quartz
How spiders terrorized a woman with a creepy midnight nursery rhyme September 18, 2018 at 03:24PM https://ift.tt/2OBRNjG

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of: For months on end, a woman living in Ipswich, England, was awoken nightly by the far-off strains of a child’s recorded voice, singing the nursery rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring.” Eventually, the noise would depart—only to come again another day.

“The first time I heard it it was the most terrifying thing ever,” the woman, who did not want to be named, told the BBC. “I went cold and felt sick, and thought, ‘What on earth was that?'” Frightened by the song’s “threatening undertones” and questioning her sanity, she finally decided to take matters into her own hands and call on the local borough council, she told the Ipswich Star. “I started to ask myself why I was living with this when I could do something about it.”

The next time the woman heard the song in the middle of the night, she rang the council’s rapid response team, and sent them in the direction of the noise.

In what must have made for a terrifying scene in the middle of the night, the team found the music blaring out from a loud speaker over an industrial premises down the road. While they’d initially found the woman’s claim “difficult to believe,” a spokesperson told the paper, “it sounded very eerie at that time of night. We appreciate that people living nearby would find it quite spooky.”

In fact, the music had been designed as an anti-trespassing measure, like a kind of siren to deter “opportunistic thieves.” The sound is activated by motion sensors, and supposed to be heard only on the estate itself, but it had accidentally been turned up so loud that it was audible even on neighboring roads.

As for the intruders, they were probably too small for larceny. Spiders had triggered the siren by crawling across the lenses of the cameras, sometimes resulting in the song playing for hours at a time. It’s since been turned down—so the itsy bitsy spiders can cavort to their hearts’ content, while their neighbors get some sleep.

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Computer Scientist urges Ghana to embrace blockchain technology - MyJoyOnline.com
Computer Scientist urges Ghana to embrace blockchain technology September 18, 2018 at 03:19PM https://ift.tt/2D86mKn Computer Scientist, Professor Nii Narku Quaynor is advocating for the adoption of blockchain technology to help improve financial inclusion and facilitate business in the country. via JoyOnline - Ghana Business https://ift.tt/2wG0lN1
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Hog manure is escaping from 13 lagoons in North Carolina after Florence — Quartz
Hog manure is escaping from 13 waste lagoons in North Carolina September 18, 2018 at 03:09PM https://ift.tt/2NTbSon

The poop has left the pen.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence have “overtopped” 13 pig-manure lagoons in North Carolina, causing waste to escape the earthen pond-like structures, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality said today (Sept. 18). Rain and flooding have caused structural damage to four of the lagoons and inundated nine more.

North Carolina is one of the biggest hog-farming states in the US—second only to Iowa—and its two biggest hog-farming counties were directly in the path of the storm. Its 9.7 million pigs live on some 2,100 hog farms and generate a lot of manure: About 10 billion pounds of wet animal waste are produced in the state a year.

Hog farmers store the waste in uncovered, earthen lagoons, some the size of Olympic pools. The waste is sprayed on crop fields as fertilizer.

Flooding from Florence is far from over. It is already the worst rainstorm to hit the East Coast of the US in recorded history, and streams and rivers are expected to continue swelling for days.

“While there are more than 3,000 active lagoons in the state that have been unaffected by the storm, we remain concerned about the potential impact of these record-shattering floods,” the North Carolina Pork Council, an industry group, said yesterday.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew inundated 14 hog-manure lagoons. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd flooded “dozens” of hog lagoons and caused half a dozen of their containing walls to fail. The waste that escaped eventually wound up in estuaries, and was blamed for algae blooms and fish kills.

It is unclear how many, if any, live pigs have been affected by the flooding from Florence, and the council did not immediately return request for comment.

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Key growth for African country ready to invest in gaming - MyJoyOnline.com
Key growth for African country ready to invest in gaming September 18, 2018 at 02:49PM https://ift.tt/2PJ9Aph The burgeoning gaming industry in Africa has been thrown into stark relief during 2018 with countries across the continent driving key measures to capitalise on emerging sectors and authorities keen to discuss the direct and indirect investment opportunities ahead. via JoyOnline - Ghana Business https://ift.tt/2wG0lN1
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How Metail takes the guesswork out of online shopping | AWS Startups Blog
How Metail takes the guesswork out of online shopping September 18, 2018 at 01:51PM https://ift.tt/2NoTmEW

In recent years there has been a movement in the clothing retail industry to create new shopping experiences. Companies like StichFix and TrunkClub, for example, completely removed the need to visit a physical retail location through their delivery of monthly, personalized packages of clothes. Don’t like something? Totally fine, just ship it back.

Another startup bringing innovation to the changing industry is Metail, a developer of technology that enables users to virtually try on clothes and easily switch between potential outfit combinations. We’ve all ordered something online, expected it to fit like a glove, and then been disappointed upon its delivery. Metail is working to eliminate that guesswork.

But it’s not only consumers that benefit from the London-based startup’s platform. Retailers are also given the ability to simplify the modeling process. Metail’s Composed Photography tech only needs to shoot each model once, and then captures the clothing collection separately. This enables retailers to more easily scale its models and reduces the time needed to showcase products.

At a high-level, there are two main parts to Metail’s infrastructure, per Chief Technical Officer Jim Downing. There’s a backend that produces the digital models of the garments, and there’s the production half that handles body model prediction, garment modeling, real-time rendering, along with the data and analytics.

Learn more about the 10-year-old company in the above video.

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Akufo-Addo to receive Outstanding Leaders Award in New York - MyJoyOnline.com
Akufo-Addo to receive Outstanding Leaders Award in New York September 18, 2018 at 01:49PM https://ift.tt/2MIUm1F President Akufo-Addo will receive the 2018 U.S.-Africa Business Center Outstanding Leaders Award in New York. via JoyOnline - Ghana Business https://ift.tt/2wG0lN1
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High Court sets aside bid by former Transnet director to challenge his removal
High Court sets aside bid by former Transnet director to challenge his removal September 18, 2018 at 01:23PM https://ift.tt/2NjWL86

High Court sets aside bid by former Transnet director to challenge his removal  Eyewitness NewsFull coverage

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Ex-Transnet board member fails to prove Gordhan was racist to dismiss him | Fin24
Ex-Transnet board member fails to prove Gordhan was racist to dismiss him September 18, 2018 at 01:23PM https://ift.tt/2pjOiDz

Ex-Transnet board member fails to prove Gordhan was racist to dismiss him  Fin24Full coverage

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Ghana beyond aid agenda: Ghana to stop exporting raw materials - MyJoyOnline.com
Ghana beyond aid agenda: Ghana to stop exporting raw materials September 18, 2018 at 12:48PM https://ift.tt/2MGE8G9 Ghana could soon stop exporting raw materials to the international market as part of initiatives proposed to enhance the ‘Ghana beyond aid’ agenda, Senior Minister Yaw Osarfo Marfo has said. via JoyOnline - Ghana Business https://ift.tt/2wG0lN1
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Tesla's stock tanks after reports of an SEC criminal investigation into Musk's statements — Quartz
Tesla’s stock tanks after reports of an SEC criminal investigation into Musk’s statements September 18, 2018 at 12:26PM https://ift.tt/2xsK6VO

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised on Aug. 7 he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private for about $420 per share. His words on Twitter may be coming back to haunt him. Bloomberg reported today (Sept. 18) that the SEC is launching a criminal investigation alongside a civil inquiry, citing two unnamed sources. Federal prosecutors are already examining whether Musk’s comments violate securities law, and a pair of class-action lawsuits have been filed over the matter.

That sent the stock into a freefall dropping more than 4% in a matter of minutes.

Musk’s disastrous bid to take the company private has continued to blow up in his face. On Aug 13, he wrote a blog post laying out a rationale for Tesla as a private company, which prompted an avalance of criticism from investors and analysts. After engaging bankers at Silver Lake, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to advise him, the CEO backtracked about 10 days later, writing a second post, ”Staying Public,“ in which he admitted “the better path is for Tesla to remain public.” But the damage is likely done.

Still, shortly after the news broke on Tuesday (Sept 18), Musks did not seem overly concerned.

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Former Facebook exec: How to show your boss you deserve a promotion - Business Insider
A former Googler and Facebook exec shares the best way to show your boss you deserve a promotion September 18, 2018 at 11:55AM https://ift.tt/2MIXpa3

Libby Leffler, a former Facebook executive and Google employee, is now the vice president of membership at SoFi.

Leffler said that the best way to show your boss you deserve a promotion is to start doing that job today, instead of waiting until you get a title bump.

"You don't always have to ask for permission," Leffler said.

Recently, a woman came to Libby Leffler asking for career advice. She wanted a role like Leffler had at Facebook, as a strategic partnerships manager — but she didn't know how to get there.

Leffler shared with the woman some wisdom based on her own experience: "Why don't you start doing that role today? Not tomorrow, not a month from now. If that's the role that you really want, start doing it."

Today, Leffler is the vice president of membership at personal finance company SoFi. She spent about seven years at Facebook, in different roles; before that, she was an account strategist at Google.

Leffler told Business Insider that, once you've begun tackling the responsibilities you'd earn if you were promoted, you can come to your manager and say, "Here are all the things that I've taken on additionally in the last [however many] days, and the ways I've been contributing to the team. I'd like to level up and receive a promotion to this new opportunity."

Leffler's advice recalls something I heard when I worked with career coach Rebecca Fraser-Thill. "Sometimes we do have to act as if," Fraser-Thill told me.

That is to say, don't wait around until someone gives you a title bump to take on new challenges. Instead, take on new challenges and then show why you deserve the title bump.

As Leffler put it, "you don't always have to ask for permission."

SEE ALSO: A former Googler and Facebook exec shares the first thing you should do when you start a new job

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How can you tell if your former boss will give you a good reference? — Quartz at Work
How can you tell if your former boss will give you a good reference? September 18, 2018 at 11:23AM https://ift.tt/2xsjMeh

Q: How can you tell if your former boss will give you a good reference?

Dear Wishful Thinking,

The first and most obvious way to know if you can count on a former employer to give you a thumbs-up would be to ask yourself: Just how good a job did I do for her?

Did you routinely show up to work and meet deadlines? Were you courteous, respectful, and willing to go the extra mile? A trusted teammate, colleague, and employee? If so, it’s safe to expect a reciprocal nod in return. If not, it’s best to temper your expectations.

You might also consider the strength of your working relationship and the manner in which you departed. Some good questions to ask yourself:

Did I give adequate notice and reason for leaving?

How polite, respectful, and helpful was I throughout the transition?

To what degree were lines of communication kept open before, during, and after the process?

Was I responsive and courteous when my boss had questions?

Things change, people change, and new opportunities arise. A good boss understands this and, in fact, often gives talented individuals room to grow and move on, noting that parting on good terms can create opportunities for these same individuals to return wiser and more experienced at a later date. Many former bosses are, in other words, perfectly willing to provide a positive reference .

However, a boss left feeling shortchanged, or left holding the proverbial bag, is unlikely to prove a cheerleader. And you’d be well-advised to find alternate references if you’re uncertain as to where the chips would fall. Maybe the most important lesson to keep in mind here is simply to always do unto others as you’d ask they do unto yourself. Remember: Hell hath no fury like a former employer that’s been scorned.

Scott Steinberg is the author of The Business Etiquette Bible.

Do you have a workplace etiquette question? Submit to Scott by emailing work@qz.com.

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BREAKING NEWS: Seth Radebe loses court bid against Pravin Gordhan September 18, 2018 at 11:20AM https://ift.tt/2QFpMsQ

BREAKING NEWS: Seth Radebe loses court bid against Pravin Gordhan  Business DayFull coverage

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Women in tech only hold 20% of employee equity — Quartz at Work
The other gender pay gap: Women hold only 20% of employee equity September 18, 2018 at 11:01AM https://ift.tt/2D4xied

Equity isn’t just something to strive for in the workplace. It’s something to own.

Though salary is often the proxy we use to determine an employee’s success, it’s equity that lets employees own a share of the financial value they help create. Equity builds wealth. And women aren’t getting enough of it.

A new report released today (Sep. 18) from Carta (formerly eShares) shows women make up 35% of equity-holding employees, but hold only 20% of employee equity. The data, which was compiled from 180,000 employees across 6,000 companies, shows women employees own just $0.47 for every dollar of equity owned by their male colleagues. This comes on top of the other well-known gender pay gap, which shows women earn $0.82 in salary for every dollar earned by men.

When it comes to female founders, the gap is even wider. Women founders own just $0.39 for every dollar of equity owned by male founders, according to the report.

“One of the main reasons the gender equity gap exists is because women are underrepresented in higher equity roles like founders, executives, engineers, and early employees,” said Henry Ward, Carta’s (male) CEO & co-founder. “It’s a big gap and it will take time to fix through hiring, training, and corporate diversity initiatives. But we can accelerate that change by looking at the problem top down, starting with restructuring boardrooms and leadership teams.”

California is taking a step to shrink the gap with a proposed law that would require companies to add more women to their boards. But steps like this are half measures compared with the scope of the problem.

Unlike cash, equity—whether in real estate or ownership of a company—often increases in value over time. Without having to do additional work, equity can add to an employee’s wealth. That’s why you see early recruits at companies like Facebook and Twitter become millionaires seemingly overnight when they’re given the opportunity to exercise their options.

If women don’t share equally in the ownership of the companies they are helping to build, it doesn’t just impact their own financial upside. Equity lets employees build the kind of wealth that gets passed down from one generation to the next, which fuels the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors.

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The worst job markets in America right now - Business Insider
The 13 worst cities in America to find a job right now September 18, 2018 at 10:51AM https://ift.tt/2xuwg5d

Careers site Zippia recently ranked the worst job markets in America for 2018.

The two worst job markets in America were both in New Jersey, according to Zippia.

The rankings were based on each metro area's unemployment rate, the change in unemployment rate from 2017 to 2018, and the average wage decrease from 2017 to 2018.

If you're looking for a new job, you'll probably want to avoid the following cities.

Careers site Zippia recently named the 10 worst job markets in America according to three factors measured by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: unemployment rate, change in unemployment rate from 2017 to 2018, and the average wage decrease from 2017 to 2018. (You can see the list of the best job markets here.)

According to Zippia's numbers, the two worst job markets in the country are both in New Jersey, while West Virginia, Washington, and California all also claimed multiple metro areas on the list.

Read on to see the 13 worst job markets in the country.

SEE ALSO: The 13 best cities in the US to find a job in 2018

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13. Longview, Washington

Employed population: 37,100

Unemployment rate: 6.2%

Annual mean wage: $47,430

12. Fresno, California

Employed population: 372,770

Unemployment rate: 7.5%

Annual mean wage: $45,510

11. Charleston, West Virginia

Employed population: 111,090

Unemployment rate: 5.4%

Annual mean wage: $43,590

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Fired Transnet boss Radebe loses court bid to get job back – The Citizen
Fired Transnet boss Radebe loses court bid to get job back September 18, 2018 at 10:47AM https://ift.tt/2xq6JKm

Fired Transnet boss Radebe loses court bid to get job back  CitizenFull coverage

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China hits back levying tariffs on $60bn of US goods - MyJoyOnline.com
China hits back levying tariffs on $60bn of US goods September 18, 2018 at 10:47AM https://ift.tt/2QFVK8n

China will levy tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese products, as previously planned, but has reduced the level of tariffs that it will collect on the products.

The tit-for-tat measures are the latest escalation in an increasingly protracted trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

On Monday, the U.S. administration said it will begin to levy new tariffs of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese products on Sept. 24, with the tariffs to go up to 25 percent by the end of 2018.

Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to hit those goods with 25 percent tariffs immediately.

“China is forced to respond to U.S. unilateralism and trade protectionism, and has no choice but to respond with its own tariffs,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement on its website late on Tuesday.

China will levy tariffs on a total of 5,207 U.S. products, at 5 and 10 percent, instead of the previously proposed rates of 5, 10, 20 and 25 percent, even as the products remain unchanged from the previous plan, the finance ministry said.

China will impose a 10 percent tariff on U.S. products it previously designated for a rate of 20 and 25 percent, and 5 percent tariffs on goods previously under the 5 and 10 percent rates.

Items previously designated to be hit by 20 or 25 percent tariffs included products ranging from liquefied natural gas and mineral ores to coffee and various types of edible oil. Those goods will now be taxed 10 percent.

Goods previously marked under the 10 percent category included products such as frozen vegetables, cocoa powder and chemical products. Those products will now be taxed 5 percent.

The new tariff measures will take effect at 12:01 p.m. (0401 GMT) on Sept. 24.

China will further respond accordingly if the United States insists on increasing tariffs, according to the Finance Ministry.

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