Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived

Mansa Musa travelled to Mecca with a caravan of 60,000 men and 12,000 slaves. The trip to Mecca helped put Mali and Mansa Musa on the map. In a Catalan Atlas map from 1375, a drawing of an African king sits on a golden throne atop Timbuktu, holding a piece of gold in his hand.

Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived

By Naima Mohamud (BBC Africa) The richest man of all time. That title belongs to Mansa Musa, the 14th Century West African ruler who was so rich his generous handouts wrecked an entire country’s economy. “Contemporary accounts of Musa’s wealth are so breathless that it’s almost impossible to get a sense of just how wealthy […]

50 countries ground the Boeing 737 Max after Ethiopian Airlines crash

The 737 Max crisis has wiped more than $25 billion off Boeing's market value

50 countries ground the Boeing 737 Max after Ethiopian Airlines crash

By CNN In the past 24 hours, international concern over the possible dangers of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft has only continued to grow. US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday afternoon he would immediately ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, amid concerns over their involvement in two major plane crashes less than six […]

Lawsuit: Black workers at UPS facility in Ohio faced decades of racial hostility

"African-American employees come to work each day not knowing whether a racist comment or conduct will confront them, being concerned that smirking or laughing white employees are ridiculing them because of their race, and walking on eggshells to avoid triggering a problem," the suit reads.

Lawsuit: Black workers at UPS facility in Ohio faced decades of racial hostility

By N’dea Yancey-Bragg (USA TODAY) Nineteen workers at a United Parcel Service distribution center in Ohio are suing their employer, claiming management at the facility “enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged a culture of racism and racially discriminatory conduct.” The company itself is named as well as five supervisors and managers who defendants say maintained a […]

Gig Economy: Cultivating Holding Environments for Precarious and Personalized Work Identities

In the absence of organizational or professional membership, workers experience stark emotional tensions encompassing both the anxiety and fulfillment of working in precarious and personal conditions.

Gig Economy: Cultivating Holding Environments for Precarious and Personalized Work Identities

By Gianpiero Petriglieri, Susan J. Ashford, Amy Wrzesniewski (SAGE Journal) Building on an inductive, qualitative study of independent workers—people not affiliated with an organization or established profession—this paper develops a theory about the management of precarious and personalized work identities. We find that in the absence of organizational or professional membership, workers experience stark emotional tensions […]

Africa’s Richest Man Aliko Dangote’s Empire

Aliko Dangote’s plan to reduce Nigeria’s dependency on fuel imports will carve out an even bigger slice of the nation’s $376 billion economy for his empire.

Africa’s Richest Man Aliko Dangote’s Empire

By By Tom Metcalfand Devon Pendleton (Bloomberg) The best way to appreciate the scale of Aliko Dangote’s empire is to hitch a ride on one of his private jets. A half-hour after his Bombardier Challenger 605 takes off from Lagos Airport, it descends into a seemingly desolate area of Kogi State in central Nigeria, dusty fields […]

A Common Household Ingredient Might Sabotage Your Antibiotics

Triclosan is an ubiquitous chemical, found in everything from body wash to lip gloss to deodorant to household cleaners to mouthwash. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration finalized its ban of triclosan.

A Common Household Ingredient Might Sabotage Your Antibiotics

By Ed Cara (Gizmodo) Your daily gob of toothpaste or spritz of body spray might be inadvertently mucking up your antibiotic treatment, suggests new research. It found that a common household antimicrobial ingredient—triclosan—seemed to reduce the potency of antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections by a hundred-fold, at least in mice. Triclosan is an ubiquitous […]

Existential crisis for the multibillion-dollar car insurance industry

Without humans to cause accidents, 90% of risk is removed. Insurers are scrambling to prepare. Self-Driving Cars might kill auto insurance as we know it.

Existential crisis for the multibillion-dollar car insurance industry

By Paul Tullis (Bloomberg) …If nobody’s driving, why do we need auto insurance? Premiums—and company revenue—are based on a driver’s likelihood of being in an accident, as well as actual crash rates. With more than 90 percent of accidents caused by human error, taking the driver out of the equation is going to mean big […]

Amazon Blames NYC Politicians for Canceling Second Headquarters

Trillion-dollar companies going shopping for billion-dollar subsidies should be publicly shamed.

Amazon Blames NYC Politicians for Canceling Second Headquarters

By Derek Thompson (The Atlantic, Feb. 14, 2019) Amazon said on Thursday that it will cancel its plans to add a second corporate headquarters in New York City. The company had pledged to build a campus in Queens’ Long Island City in exchange for $3 billion in subsidies. In a statement, Amazon blamed local politicians for […]

The Making of Kevin Durant: Two-time NBA Finals MVP and Budding Entrepreneur

No matter where he spends the rest of his career, Kevin Durant is determined to set himself up for success for the rest of his life.

The Making of Kevin Durant: Two-time NBA Finals MVP and Budding Entrepreneur

By Ramona Shelburne (ESPN) Life as a two-time NBA Finals MVP and budding entrepreneur can be a little like taking a speedboat down the chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — sensory and experiential overload around every turn. “My platform is hoops,” Durant says. “Billions of people are watching, so why not leverage it […]

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