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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Week's KAL Cartoon

Source: +The Economist 

Otter having dinner at the table


This otter has impressive table manners or what do you think?

Monday, August 25, 2014

People Prefer to Take Orders from Robots than Bosses

You could be taking orders from Honda's Asimo someday if we are to go by this report


It must be an ego problem....

Research coming out of MIT confirms that in a two-human, one-robot team working toward a common goal, the humans would rather the robot be in charge.

Not only do human participants prefer taking robo-orders when it comes to tackling a manufacturing task, but the robot ended up leading the team in a more productive manner than the humans could.

The fully-autonomous condition proved to be not only the most effective for the task, but also the method preferred by human workers. The workers were more likely to say that the robots “better understood them” and “improved the efficiency of the team.”

[Project lead Matthew] Gombolay emphasizes that giving robots control doesn’t mean a team of cyborgs will be running the show. It means the tasks are delegated, scheduled, and coordinated via a human-generated algorithm.

This experiment was conducted in two other arrangements as well — manual, in which all tasks were coordinated by a human, and semi-autonomous, in which one human worked delegated its own work and the robot delegated tasks to the other human.
You can see how the various setups compare against each other in the data below. The team's two hypotheses are confirmed: that the level of automation in a system greatly affects efficiency, and that people want to be involved without the burdens of small management decisions.

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Cameroonian Striker Dies in Algeria After Being Hit by a Rock

 
Albert Ebosse died after being hit by a rock on Saturday night

This is awful news coming from Algeria... report from Yahoo

Albert Ebosse, a striker from Cameroon, died in the hospital Saturday night after being hit as players left the field following a 2-1 loss for his club, JS Kabylie. Ebosse had scored his side's equalizer from a penalty in Saturday's game before they went on to lose 2-1 at home to USM Alger in the northern city of Tizi Ouzou.

The 24-year-old Ebosse, the leading goal-scorer in the Algerian league last season, was apparently hit by the rock hurled from a section of JS Kabylie supporters angry at their team's loss. Ebosse was struck as players walked off after the game and fans began throwing rocks at them. He was taken to the hospital around 500 meters away from the stadium, where he died.

''We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence,'' Issa Hayatou, the president of the African confederation, said in a statement on Sunday.

Algeria's interior ministry ordered that a police investigation be opened into Ebosse's death, JS Kabylie said in a statement on the club's website.

Ebosse ''succumbed to a head injury,'' JS Kabylie said. There were no immediate reports of any other players being hurt.

The president of Algeria's professional league said he was present at the game but left minutes before the incident.

''I am still finding this tragic death hard to grasp because I was at the stadium just minutes before this tragic incident and Albert Ebosse was still running in all senses of the word before my eyes,'' Mahfoud Kerbadj said.

The Algeria Football Federation and the professional league both ordered emergency meetings over Ebosse's death. Officials from JS Kabylie and the match officials were summoned to a special meeting on Monday, league president Kerbadj said, and the stadium where the incident took place was closed until further notice.

Algeria Football Federation President Mohamed Raouraoua said he hoped that ''the perpetrators of this unspeakable act are severely punished.''

Ebosse joined Kabylie last year and became an immediate success, scoring 17 goals last season as his team finished second to USM Alger, the opponents on Sunday, in Algeria's top league. Algiers team USM Alger also offered its condolences.

''JS Kabylie's Cameroonian striker has lost his life after being hit in the head by something launched from the stands,'' USM Alger said. ''This terrible news is saddening for football in our nation and in Cameroon and arrives like a bombshell.''
Ebosse's body was transferred to a military hospital in preparation for it to be flown home to Cameroon, his club said.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Job Vacancies in a Top Telecoms Infrastructure Company


Vacancies exist for below positions in a top Telecoms infrastructure
company based in VI,  Lagos. Pls send CVs of ONLY suitable candidates
to careers@ihsafrica.com & adebayo.bakare@ihsafrica.com.

1. Accounts Receivables Manager
2. Accounts payable Manager
3. Fixed Assets Manager/Senior officer/Officer
4. Inventory Manager/Senior Officer/Officer
5. Regional Finance Manager/Officers
6. Documentation & Logistics Officers
7. Collections
8. Financial Analyst
9. Regulatory Officer
10. Benefits Officer
11. Bank reconciliation Officer
12. IT supports
13. Senior procurement Managers
14. Vendor Development & Performance Manager
15. Fleet Coordinators
16. Procurement specialists
17. Senior legal Counsels
18. Legal Counsels
19. Legal Officers
20. Compensation & Benefits Manager/Officer
21. Regional HR Officers
22. Regional HSE Officers
I wish you the best as you apply.

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