Saturday, 2 April 2016

Echo: Amazons new Wizard

(AP/Jeff Chiu)
Amazon Echo.

When Amazon executive Dave Limp first saw the pitch for the product that would become Echo in 2011, his main reaction was doubt.

"This is going to be hard," Limp recalls thinking. "It foretold a magical experience. But it would require a lot of inventions."

The reaction was understandable given the lofty goals outlined in the Echo's original plan: It envisioned an intelligent, voice-controlled household appliance that could play music, read the news aloud and order groceries — all by simply letting users talk to it from anywhere in the house.

Since that time, the Echo has emerged as Amazon's sleeper hit, a hot-selling gadget that's being hailed as the standard-bearer for an entirely new computing paradigm in which Amazon suddenly has an edge on rivals such as Apple and Google.

But the Echo's path into consumers' homes was hardly a sure thing. The gadget was stuck in Amazon's in-house labs for years, subject to the perfectionist demands of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and lengthy internal debates about its market appeal. And in the wake of the high-profile failure of Amazon's smartphone, the industry rumors that circulated for years about a speaker product languishing within Amazon's labs seemed like more confirmation that the ecommerce giant lacked the chops to create a game-changing hardware device.

The story of the Echo's origins, recounted by several insiders, reflects the ambitions and challenges within Amazon as it quietly set its sights on the tech industry's next big battleground.

“It was an evolution of a product that was hard,” Limp, who is Amazon’s SVP of Device, told Business Insider. “I can’t underestimate the amount of work and invention that went into this.”

Upfront pain

(AP Photo)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon's Bezos was a huge supporter of Echo from the get-go. But he also held the team to extremely high standards, given the unusual nature of the product the company was trying to invent.

One major concern for Echo was latency, or the time it took for Alexa — the name of the talking virtual assistant that powers Echo — to respond to any query.

The average latency of existing voice-recognition technology at the time was around 2.5 to three seconds, so the Echo team initially set the goal at two seconds, according to an early team member.

But when the team presented its plan to Bezos, Amazon’s CEO countered with a much more ambitious target.

“I appreciate the work, but you don’t get to where it needs to be without a lot of pain,” Bezos told the team in a meeting, according to one early team member. “Let me give you the pain upfront: Your target for latency is one second.”

The team was “shell shocked” because even companies that worked on voice recognition for decades were only able to bring latency down to three seconds at the time. But at the same time, Bezos' directive also motivated the team to go for what seemed like an impossible goal.

“You did such a good job convincing me that latency matters that I want to make sure you believe in yourself,” Bezos said, according to the team member.

The key to getting latency down was to collect as much data as possible and constantly apply them to improve the product. The team did thousands of internal tests and weekly data analysis with speech scientists. Eventually, the team was able to bring latency down to below 1.5 seconds, far exceeding the speed of its competitors.

“That’s just Jeff — he characterized the goal in a way that was crystal clear. It was a big, bold, top-down challenge, and I expected nothing less,” another early Echo employee said. “It was hard engineering, but we just did it.”

Amazon's Limp acknowledged that reducing latency was a big focus, but did not recall a specific one-second target.

(Business Insider)
Amazon introduced two new Echo products recently called the Echo Dot, left, and Amazon Tap.

Wizard of Oz testing
Echo’s biggest challenge was that there was no product of its kind in the market to refer to. Sure, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Voice Search were there, and Microsoft had the Kinect, but the concept for Echo was fundamentally different in that it had no screen for users to interact with.

To succeed, the Echo and its built-in Alexa virtual assistant would need to be very responsive and conversational. It really had to feel like talking to a human being.

That's where the Wizard of Oz experiment came in.

The test involved a human “wizard” sitting in a separate room and responding in real-time to any voice query a human testing subject would make to the Echo, often without telling the tester in advance. For example, if the subject asked Echo, “What’s the weather like in New York?” the wizard in the other room would quickly type and send out an answer through Echo’s voice.

The goal was to collect information on what types of responses worked and what didn’t work, as the subject would later fill out a satisfaction report on what they liked. For example, 50 people would go through the same script, but with varying response times or sentence structures.

“It was almost a psychology experiment to figure out what does it take to really make people excited?” one of the early members of the team recounted. “We focused maniacally on quality of speaking. It was a constant science project.”

Another reason Amazon put so much focus on Alexa’s quality was because it saw the voice system eventually being used in other devices, serving as a broader platform. Already, Amazon allows third-party hardware makers to integrate Alexa into their own products, like Samsung’s doing with its refrigerators and Ford with its own cars.

Not a music device

Echo was featured in Amazon's first ever Super Bowl ad this year.

Even as the Echo team made progress solving technology problems, there were questions about the best way to market the gizmo and about what the right "hook" would be to get consumers to buy it.

That hook was found in internal data: More than 40% of the early Echo testers said their main intent was music-related, according to the early team member. Echo doubled-down on making music a more prominent feature.

The very first prototype resembled a smaller hockey-puck-sized device, but its size soon expanded to include a more powerful speaker, the person said.

“We needed stuff that people would use a lot and build frequency of engagement,” the early Echo team member said. “Music was going to be that thing — the reference point that people know they like.”

But music was a double-edged sword in a sense because it could also give the false impression that Echo was simply a music player, and cause people to overlook some of its unique features. Bezos was particularly wary of the Echo being perceived as just a music player, according to the early employee. He understood the importance of using music as an entry point to consumers, but sometimes questioned why the team spent so much time on improving music features.

Part of that attitude might have to do with Bezos’s lack of music passion, the early employee theorized. When asked to play music on Echo for the first time, Bezos ordered a song from the soundtrack of the movie “Battlestar Galactica,” referring it as one of his favorite songs, the person recounted.

Regardless, Echo ended up improving its speaker quality and song selection, and it now accounts for roughly 25% of the wireless-speaker market, according to research firm 1010 data.

It's also been successful at not positioning itself as just a music player. In recent months, it’s added new functionalities like checking bank accounts, ordering pizza, or calling an Uber taxi by just talking to it. It’s also compatible with internet-connected appliances made by companies Nest and IFTTT, making it a central hub for controlling other connected-home devices.

(AP/Jeff Chiu)
Amazon SVP of Device Dave Limp.

The next billion-dollar opportunity
Echo’s resounding success seems to have surprised even people internally. Amazon's Limp said the team realized within minutes of taking pre-orders that it picked way too low a number for initial estimates. One of the early employees said Echo hit a million pre-orders in less than two weeks, a far better pace than the iPhone, which took about 70 days to reach the same milestone.

Amazon declined to confirm any of Echo's sales numbers. But all signs point to Echo being one of the biggest hits in Amazon’s hardware history. It’s been on the market for less than a year, yet it's been met with high demand, consistently ranking in Amazon's best-sellers list. Echo was also the top-selling device priced over $100 on Black Friday, and was one of the top five items ordered on Christmas Eve through Prime Now, Amazon said.

Perhaps the biggest signal that Amazon is banking on Echo's future potential showed up earlier this year when the voice-controlled device was prominently featured in the online store’s first-ever Super Bowl ad. It’s why some people are convinced that Echo will end up creating Amazon’s next billion-dollar business.

Limp says the sales numbers aren’t a priority at this point. Rather, he’s more focused on making the product better and smarter. “At Amazon, we believe the next big platform is the voice,” Limp said at a recent press event for Echo. “What we’re trying to do is to build a computer in the cloud that’s completely controlled by your voice.”

And that’s perhaps what makes early team members proud of their work — they reached for the stars and invented what could be the next big technology platform that only seemed possible in science fiction.

“It really felt like working on something you didn’t know whether you would ever achieve, but it was worth trying because it was a cool vision,” one of the early employees told us. “What nerd kid didn’t grow up wishing they had a Star Trek computer?”
Source: yahoo

How Much Doctors Actually Make: Dollar Rates

Ever wondered how much money doctors make in various specialties? Well, you're about to find out.

The online medical resource Medscape, which is owned by WebMD, just came out with its 2016 Physician Compensation Report, which features data from more than 19,200 doctors in 26 specialties. All the data is self-reported and based on information collected for Medscape's yearly survey.

The five highest-paid doctors, by specialty, were orthopedists, cardiologists (doctors who deal with heart issues), dermatologists (doctors who deal with skin issues), gastroenterologists (doctors who deal with stomach and intestinal issues), and radiologists (doctors who use things like X-rays and ultrasounds to diagnose or treat disease).

The five lowest-paid doctors were pediatricians (child physicians), endocrinologists (doctors who specialize in hormonal imbalances), family physicians, HIV and infectious-disease specialists, and allergists.

Take a look at the graphic below to see the average earnings for doctors from each specialty:

(Dragan Radovanovic/Business Insider)

Doctors are making more overall, but a few are making less
Overall, all doctors made more on average this year than they did last year, according to the survey. Yet there were some exceptions. Compared with average salaries from last year, for example, allergists and pulmonologists (who specialize in lung conditions) saw their incomes dip by an average of 11% and 5%, respectively. Two other specialties saw no change: pathologists and plastic surgeons.

Interestingly, rheumatologists and internists (doctors who treat autoimmune conditions and chronic conditions, respectively) made significantly more money this year (their averages increased by a whopping 12%), while nephrologists and dermatologists saw increases of 11%.

Travis Singleton, senior vice president of national physician search firm Merritt Hawkins, told Medscape he thought one of the reasons internists are making more is simply because their demand is increasing as baby boomers reach retirement.

"Over 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, driving demand for internists, and their compensation, higher," Singleton said.

Two other factors that affect doctors' incomes: geography and gender
The three states with the highest earners this year were North Dakota ($348,000), New Hampshire ($322,000), and Nebraska ($317,000); the states with the lowest included Rhode Island ($224,000), the District of Columbia ($226,000), and Maryland ($231,000).

Women also earned significantly less than men overall. While male primary-care doctors made an average of $225,000, women with the same job title earned an average of $192,000. Male specialists made roughly $324,000; female specialists made about $242,000.

(Business Insider / Dragan Radovanovic)
Source: Yahoo

Thursday, 31 March 2016

On: See the FIVE Nigerians on The Forbes 2016 Billionaires List and Their Full Profiles.

The latest Forbes World Rich list profiled 1,810 billionaires across the globe.

Volatile stock markets, cratering oil prices and a stronger dollar led to a dynamic reshuffling of wealth around the globe and a drop in ten-figure fortunes for the first time since 2009.

Five Nigerians including Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, Folorunso Alakija and Abdulsamad Rabiu, were named in the Forbes 2016 World’s Billionaires’ list that was released on Tuesday.

On: These 10 Habits Are The Difference Between Successful And Unsuccessful People!

There is no secret recipe to become a successful person. There is no manuscript or film you can watch to become successful. What are the things that recognize a person as successful or unsuccessful? Some conventional habits and characteristics are the things that separate the strong from the weak. Successful people set forth their habits to achieve excellence and unsuccessful people do not settle on their terrible habits and struggle. Here are the key differences in habits between the two types of people.

1. Strong sense of self-awareness
With a strong sense of self-awareness you would be able to go out with confidence and you can face challenges and hold a faith in yourself that you can handle the ups and downs that come with living. Successful people have a strong sense of self-awareness: they know who they are and they are comfortable with themselves. They recognize themselves as unique individuals.

On the other hand, unsuccessful people have a narrow-minded vision of themselves and their character in the world. They might be extremely good at work and want to contribute towards changing the world or the environment they live in, but their effort is self-oriented and personally driven.

2. A desire to improve
The desire to improve generates challenges, experiments, which gives purpose and positive change. Even a failed attempt will create opportunities or challenges almost always more positive than total failure to act. Unsuccessful people generally don’t take risks and feel comfortable by staying on the “safer” side. They won’t feel happy going out of their comfort zone.

Successful people look forward to growing and take action to make positive changes in their careers. Irrespective of the desire of the attempt to improve, and regardless of the actual outcomes, this is an important difference between successful and unsuccessful people.

3. Expressed appreciation
You will hardly catch a successful person talking about his or her successes. In fact, a successful person rarely talks about him or herself. Successful people understand great success is the outcome of a team’s hard work. They give importance to the assistance they get from others.

Unsuccessful people find a wrong spot in everything and will display failures and hide others’ successes. They use a negative tone with other people around them and do not believe in anything.

4. Sense of ownership
Successful people look forward to learning from mistakes. They recognize their faults and take responsibility to make sure not to repeat mistakes again. They are accountable for their own actions.

On the other side, unsuccessful people are persistent; they think they are always right and they know it all, and consider themselves superior to everyone else.

5. Target and goal-oriented
Effective people have short-term and long-term goals which give them direction to meet success. That serves as a guideline and helps keep themselves motivated and on track. They set actual goals they can accomplish while unsuccessful people scramble to discover what they need to do next.

6. Confidence to face any problem
A truly successful person is never defeated by issues that appear in front of them any time. They put up a fight no matter how bad the situation. Successful people’s determined spirit gets stronger with problems. When they fall, they get back up.

7. Big-picture thinking ability
Big-picture thinking brings totality and maturity to an effective person’s thinking which broadens his or her outlook by striving to learn from every experience. While small thinking of unproductive people shortens their vision and leads them to become a follower, not the front-runner.

8. Approach towards work
Another commonality found in the successful is they find pleasure in their work. They focus on essential parts of their work that are quantifiable. That gives them the greatest sense of achievement and brings happiness at work. Unproductive people focus thinking on survival, and take all the good credit from others.

9. Value of time
Productive and effective people never waste time. Successful people endow a great value on their time. They understand time is the most treasured asset they possess, so they do everything they can to acquire supreme results.

Unsuccessful people cannot get ahead in life, because they don’t value time in their life. They look for any excuse to take a break from what they are doing. They get confused and they love putting things pending until the next day. They don’t complete work, responsibilities or projects on time.

10. Ability to delay gratification
Successful people possess higher patience, an aptitude to postpone the enjoyment of their work. They have an ability to work hard to accomplish a goal which is not achieved for a long time. It takes a lot of skills unsuccessful people lack or have not experienced. These comprise proper planning for the upcoming challenges, association, self-confidence and tolerance. These sorts of people by and large can’t see the forest through the trees.

by Tay
Source: Sunday

On: From Napoleon Bonaparte To Mandela, Here Is A Little-Known Quality Great Leaders Share!

Some say we are in a dark age of leadership, With so many challenges facing the world, now more than ever we need better leaders.

But what does “better” mean? Several of today’s leaders are visionary; many possess noble values and the ability to manage severe disruption.

But there is one key quality that I would argue is too important to disregard, and missing in many of today’s most powerful people: meaningfulness.

The power of meaning

While reading an article about the top 10 traits of successful leaders, I began thinking of some of history’s most prominent leaders. Napoleon Bonaparte’s regard for social equality spurred him to design the famous Napoleonic Code of legal reforms.

Abraham Lincoln’s mission to end slavery in the United States and reunite the country was a fundamental pillar of his leadership. Almost 100 years later, Martin Luther King continued Lincoln’s legacy, becoming the voice of the African-American people crying out for racial equality.

Having meaningfulness is different from having a vision. Vision inspires action, but meaningfulness is the bedrock behind that action. A vision can be designed and constructed. A vision can be borrowed and made yours. A vision does not necessarily need to come from a leader’s heart and soul, but meaningfulness does.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, once stated that “there are four ingredients in true leadership: brains, soul, heart and good nerves”. I believe that meaningfulness is the synergy between heart and soul, and you either have it or you don’t.

Viktor Frankl, the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz and authored the book Man’s Search for Meaning, simplifies the sources of meaning into just three elements: love, work and suffering. According to Frankl’s Auschwitz experience, those who had a strong sense of meaning in their lives were the most resilient.

Resilience is an essential quality for modern leadership because shocks and disruptions are a constant factor in today’s corporate and geopolitical context. Frankl wrote: “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life.” This sense of responsibility to something greater than oneself seems to be at odds with today’s leadership culture.

In many pockets of modern business and politics, the interests of the few take precedent over those of the many, and the rise in the globe’s wealth gap is a clear symptom.

As Emily Esfahani Smith wrote in an article for the Atlantic: “leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a giver” rather than a taker. She continues: “Meaning … is enduring, it connects the past to the present to the future.”

This, combined with a giving philosophy, can certainly be seen as an attribute of effective leadership.

A 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey identified the top 10 leaders most admired by CEOs. Two years later, another survey of millennials by the World Economic Forum resulted in a similar list. In fact, both survey results had two top five leaders in common: Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

Here we have two seemingly different groups, the world’s business elite and the newest generation of income earners highlighting how important meaningfulness can be to leadership. We should be asking ourselves a simple question: how do today’s leaders compare?

How family can play a role in better leadership

Should leaders treat employees like family? This is an interesting question. A great leader looks to nurture a team through hardships and successes in order to maximize the development and growth of each team member. As such, it is not too different from parenting.

As a relatively new parent of two, my own sense of meaning has changed: the well-being of my family now drives my sense of purpose. Translating this sense of selfless service into a professional context can be a powerful source of meaningfulness. I believe that individuals who apply a family philosophy could transform themselves from good leaders into great ones.

This also requires understanding that people can be motivated by different things, and by acknowledging these motivations and addressing them individually, leaders are more likely to achieve better results.

Sharing is another facet of family life: it strengthens a sense of trust, support, commitment and community. According to the OECD’s Better Life index, we spend a considerable amount of our lives in the workplace, so it’s a good thing when leaders encourage a sense of shared success (and shared accountability) among the people they are responsible for.

A call to action

Meaningfulness in leadership takes into consideration the needs of everyone, not just the privileged few. It would be great if demanding this from our leaders became a global standard. “Future leaders will embrace missions that are visionary and describe what their companies will deliver to the world. And those missions will matter to a much larger group than just shareholders,” writes Lisa MacCallum on the World Economic Forum blog website.

The world is in need of more meaningfulness in its leadership, and it is our responsibility, as citizens and employees, to influence the decisions on who is appointed to lead us. It is we who are ultimately responsible for providing the world with better heads of state and business, people who are driven by motives greater and more important than themselves.

We deserve and should demand better, because only with more meaningfulness in leadership can we collectively improve the state of the world.
Source: sundayadelajasblog

On: Grills2Grills: Nigeria's Ultimate Automobile & Bike show is here!

 Grills2Grills, Nigeria’s ultimate automobile and bike show, opens to the public over the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd, 2016, as a one-of-its-kind Nigerian exhibition of unique classic cars, super cars, muscle cars and motorbikes from private collectors and owners in Nigeria.

The event will hold at the Main Bowl of Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Nigeria is a country that has cars and bikes ingrained in the fabric of its culture & it remains a relevant market for the automobile and bike industry.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Oil And Gas Business Opportunity Now Opened To All

How a Medical doctor who earns #171,000 monthly started making #2.5million monthly from Oil and Gas biz despite the fall in crude oil price without owning a Fuel station.
By Dr Adeogun Emmanuel O.

On: Saudi Arabian billionaire flies £1m fleet of gold cars to London (Photos)

A billionaire from Saudi Arabia, arrived in London over the weekend with a fleet of gold cars worth more than £1million.

His vehicles include a £370,00 Mercedes G63, a six-wheel off-roader, a Bentley Flying Spur, worth £220,000, a £350,000 Rolls-Royce and a £350,000 Lamborghini Aventador SV, Daily Mail reports..

They were spotted parked outside the five-star Mandarian Oriental hotel near Hyde Park over the Bank Holiday weekend before being driven through Kensington.


Victoria Daropale and Benjamin Onaji - both winners of the 2015 Nigeria's Next Super Model (season 9) recently flew out to Spain for the prestigious contest after bagging the freebies from NNSM which included a brand new car, cash prizes, modeling contracts and several others. Victoria just before the contest, walked at Barcelona Fashion Week.
I guess its been a long time coming; congratulations to them.- oscroyal.


On : Comedian AY's wife, Mabel, shares more stunning photos as she turns a year older today

 Its her birthday!.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Jadore Fashion- Polka Dot Mix

This post is brought to you by Chicwish. As always, all opinions are mine.- Stella

What I Am Wearing:
Chicwish skirt  // Chicwish top // Jacket //Christian Louboutin heels // Lipstick "Lady Danger"

Egypt plane hijack: Man arrested

The man believed to be responsible for hijacking an Egyptian airline flight has been arrested, according to officials, after some of the remaining people aboard were seen today fleeing the plane, one through the cockpit window, on the tarmac at an airport in Cyprus.

The suspected hijacker of the EgyptAir flight that was diverted to Cyprus today had initially released all but seven passengers and members of the crew in what officials say was not terrorism but may have been motivated by a personal issue.

Negotiations were ongoing with the hijacker, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy Ateyya said during a news conference today, as three people were later seen walking off the plane and a fourth climbing out the cockpit window.

The Foreign Ministry of Cyprus tweeted the name of the suspected hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa.

Officials had said before the standoff ended that the captain, his co-pilot, a flight attendant, security guard and three passengers were still on board.

The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus says it is looking into whether any U.S. citizens are involved.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said the incident was not terror-related.

"It's not something which has to do with terrorism," he said.

An EgyptAir official declared that flight 181 heading from Borg El-Arab Airport in Alexandria to Cairo Airport was diverted to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus during the hijacking. The plane took off just before 6:30 a.m. local.

A statement from the Egyptian aviation authority said that flight 181 is an Airbus with 55 passengers aboard the flight in addition to crew members.

The aircraft landed safely at Larnaca at 7:50 a.m.

The first released passengers were seen coming down the stairs from the plane and boarding a bus on the runway to be taken to the terminal.

An official with the Civil Aviation Authority told ABC News that not all the passengers have been allowed to leave the plane.

So far, no one has claim responsibility for the hijacking.
source: yahoo news

On: EgyptAir hijacker a professor, demands to see estranged Cypriot wife

The hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to Cyprus has an estranged Cypriot wife he has demanded to see and who is being brought to Larnaca airport, a government source said.

On: EgyptAir hijacker identified, overtook plane due to ex-wife, officials say

(CNN)[Breaking news update at 5:43 a.m. ET]

On: Egyptian plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers released

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — An Egyptian man hijacked an EgyptAir plane Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, where most passengers were eventually allowed to get off, though the crew remained on board, Egyptian and Cypriot officials said.

On: Marissa Mayer could get up to $37 million if Yahoo gets sold

Marissa Mayer's tenure at Yahoo could be wrapping up soon. But if she plays her cards right, she could make out like a bandit.
Rumors are heating up about a deal to sell Yahoo. If there is a sale, Mayer could get ousted. In that case, she would take home about $37 million, according to the terms of her employment contract.
This would trigger the release of all her stock awards. In virtually any other scenario, Mayer would have needed to stay at Yahoo for a certain period of time in order to cash out those rewards.
She would get to take home three years salary ($3 million), roughly $9.5 million in stock awards that are scheduled to vest over the course of 2016 and about $24.5 million worth of awards that are scheduled to vest down the road.
But Mayer could get fired before Yahoo is sold, in which case her payout would be significantly less.
In that case, Mayer would take home $12.5 million: $1 million in salary, a $2 million cash bonus and $9.5 million in stock that would vest in 2016.

In either scenario, her golden parachute will be worth significantly less now than it was a year ago.
Yahoo's (YHOO, Tech30) stock price has fallen 23% over the past 12 months. She was granted a huge chunk of stock awards as a kind of signing bonus at the beginning of her employment in July 2012, the bulk of which have already been released into her account.
A year ago, Mayer would have taken home $110 million had she lost her job because of Yahoo's sale and $26 million if she was fired without a sale.
Related: Marissa Mayer is in the fight of her life
Though Yahoo says it is actively exploring a sale of the company, it is currently fighting a battle on two fronts. Activist hedge fund Starboard Value called for the removal of Yahoo's entire nine-member board last week -- including Mayer, who also serves as a director.
That wouldn't necessarily impact Mayer's job as CEO, but Starboard has expressed strong dissatisfaction with Mayer's efforts to turn around the company.
Mayer's hefty pay package has been the subject of shareholder ire. She made $42 million in cash and stock in 2014, despite being docked $13 million for the company's poor performance. Mayer's 2015 compensation is due to be reported next month.
CNBC reported Monday that Yahoo is in the early stages of negotiating a sale with an unnamed bidder. Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and private-equity firm TPG Capital are rumored to have expressed interest.
Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) isn't interested in buying Yahoo outright anymore (it made an unsolicited $45 million takeover offer in 2008), but it would like to help back a potential deal, in an effort to salvage its lucrative search and advertising deal with Yahoo, according to Re/code.
A spokeswoman from Yahoo declined to comment on the rumors or on Mayer's potential golden parachute.
By David Goldman March 28, 2016 15:30PM EDT
Source: cnn

On : Prince William attended Ex Girlfriend Jecca Craig’s Wedding this Easter Weekend in Kenya

CHIPPENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 29: Jecca Craig attends the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield on March 29, 2014 in Chippenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, spent Easter weekend in Kenya where he was one of 150 guests at the wedding of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica “Jecca” Craig (pictured above), to Professor Jonathan Baillie at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

During his four-day trip, which lasted from Thursday, March 24 till Sunday, March 27, Prince William also visited the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Tusk Trust, a conservation charity aimed at protecting wildlife and promoting education in Africa.

The Duke and the bride were said to be romantically involved after college and had remained friends after their split. She had also attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding in 2011.

Duchess Kate stayed back in the UK during his trip.

Photo Credit: Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Source: bella naija

Breaking News: Egypt plane carry 55 passangers hijacked lands in cyprus

More details/ update soon.

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the hijacked EgyptAir plane that has landed in Larnaca in Cyprus. (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

Monday, 28 March 2016

On: Meet Najat Belkacem Who Has Gone From A shepherd Girl In Morocco To The Education Minister In France!

Meet Najat Belkacem Who Has Gone From A shepherd Girl In Morocco To The Education Minister In France!
The first woman and the youngest person – at 36 -to ever make French Minister of Education. As well as first Muslim.

While some are too busy shouting ‪#‎BanMuslims‬ or ‪#‎BanMoroccans‬, Najat Belkacem quietly reminds us that immigrants are an asset – and that believing in our children and investing in them with the right character traits and the right education literally means the sky is the limit.

For the record, Najat became determined to succeed in politics when she observed the rise of Le Pen (France’s Donald Trump) and the right wing in France. She recalls how at her first fundraiser – as she welcomed guests in and took their coats many mistook her for the house maid. Today, she’s called “The New Face of France.”

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (born Najat Belkacem on 4 October 1977) is a French socialist politician, who on 25 August 2014 was the first French woman to be appointed Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research, joining the second Valls government.

Previously she was Minister of Women’s Affairs (16 May 2012 to 25 August 2014, Ayrault government and Valls government),Minister of City Affairs (2 April 2012 to 25 August 2014, Valls government), Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (2 April 2012 to 25 August 2014, Valls government), and Government spokesperson (16 May 2012 to 31 March 2014, Ayrault government).

She was the spokesperson of Ségolène Royal’s campaign during the 2007 French presidential election and again in 2009 for the2011 French Socialist Party presidential primary. Since 2008, she has been a councillor of the city of Lyon, responsible for major events, youth and community life.

Second in a family of seven children, Najat Belkacem was born in the Moroccan countryside in 1977 in Bni Chiker, a village nearNador in the Rif region. Her grandmothers were respectively Spanish and Algerian. In 1982 she joined her father, a building worker, with her mother and elder sister Fatiha, and grew up in the suburbs of Amiens. She graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies) in 2002. At theInstitut she met Boris Vallaud, whom she married on 27 August 2005.

She joined the Socialist Party in 2002 and the team of Lyon mayor Gérard Collomb in 2003, leading actions to strengthen local democracy, the fight against discrimination, promotion of citizen rights, and access to employment and housing.

Elected to the Regional Council of Rhone-Alpes in 2004, she chaired the Culture Commission, resigning in 2008. In 2005, she became adviser to the Socialist Party. In 2005 and 2006 she was a columnist for the cultural programme C’est tout vu on Télé Lyon Municipale alongside Stéphane Cayrol.

In February 2007 she joined Ségolène Royal’s campaign team as a spokeswoman, alongside Vincent Peillon and Arnaud Montebourg.

In March 2008 she was elected conseillère générale of the Rhône department in the cantonal elections with 58.52% of the votes in the second round, under the banner of the Socialist Party in the canton of Lyon-XIII.

On 16 May 2012, she was appointed to French President François Hollande’s cabinet as Minister of Women’s Rights andspokeswoman for the government.

She supports having the French government force Twitter to filter out hate speech that is illegal under French law, such as speech that is homophobic. Regarding same-sex marriage in France, she has stated that its legalisation is a matter of “historic progress”.

She describes herself as a “non-practicing Muslim”.


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