The chairman of Tesco has stuck his head above the parapet for the first time defending the supermarket's "poor" performance and promising not to flinch from the tough action required to turn around the ailing UK chain. At a bad tempered shareholder meeting Tesco's army of small investors turned out to accuse the management of "arrogance" and having lost shoppers' trust. They also pointed to the supermarket giant's deteriorating financial performance as reflected in its slumping share price. But Sir Richard Broadbent pleaded for patience. "We know the share price performance has been poor. But it is important that we do not flinch from the decisions needed to shape a competitive business for the future." The retailer's shares were worth £4 when Philip Clarke took the helm in 2011 but closed at 283.75p, a near six-year low. "You and we want to see better performance," continued Broadbent. "We believe the steps we are taking will deliver better performance in a sustainable fashion … [Read more...] about Tesco chairman pledges to turn around ailing supermarket group
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Amazon Echo's smart assistant Alexa told a shocked customer to kill their foster parents. The alarming revelation, which happened last year, is one of a string of blunders from the speaker which involves talking about sexual acts and dog defecation with users. The outbursts stem from an initiative to make Alexa converse more like a real person and allow it to 'banter' with customers. This facility needs to be deliberately enabled by the owner and is currently still being refined. Scroll down for video Amazon Echo's smart assistant Alexa told a customer to kill their foster parents. The outbursts stem from an initiative to make Alexa converse more like a real person and allow it to 'banter' with customers (stock) A hack earlier this year on Amazon has been traced back to China and may have exposed some customers' data, according to five people familiar with the events. New research is helping Alexa mimic human banter and talk about almost … [Read more...] about Alexa told one customer to KILL their foster parents and chatted about dogs defecating and sex acts after Amazon launched its ‘let’s chat’ AI experiment
Living in a five-bedroom house and running a successful business, Chris Lee and his family had a good life. But after suffering with multiple health issues, as well as some financial problems in the following years, Chris suddenly found himself homeless . In October 2016, he left his home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham - before bailiffs could come knocking at his door. Chris and his partner, and her daughter, five, ended up sleeping in their car on and off for four months, until a friend offered them a shed to sleep in, reports the Birmingham Mail . Now, as they continue to work at rebuilding their lives, they have set up a project called Just the Ticket in a bid to help other people who might be going through something similar. At the age of 55, Chris had a stroke, and was later diagnosed with prostate cancer. In the following years, his successful property company folded and he was forced to sell all his worldly possessions. Chris, now 64, said: "We had the big house, the car, … [Read more...] about ‘I went from having a 5-bed home and a business to spending Christmas in a shed’
Source: Self-Love/Fee Images from Pixabay How Treatable Are Narcissists? The age-old problem with diagnosing mental disorders is that once you pin someone with a label, you tend to “fix” that person in time and space. Labels are typically both reductive and absolutist. And in this curious world of ours, just about everything human is relative—and changeable. To make matters more complicated still, there are instances where a person’s psychopathology is irremediable—say, in a hard-core sociopath, or one with severe autism or organic brain damage. And to add yet another level of complexity, one problem that, say, almost all discussions on narcissism encounter is that—like virtually all mental and emotional disorders—there are degrees of this disturbance. Many individuals reveal narcissistic traits, while a only a few of them embody a full-blown narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). In my own professional work with narcissistic individuals, … [Read more...] about Can You Help a Narcissist Become Less Self-Absorbed?
Marlon Williams is a former Lyttelton choirboy and one-time model. Now based in Australia, the 24-year-old alt-country maverick was a five-time nominee at the 2015 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, held at Auckland's Vector Arena on Thursday. The man credited with leading the charge to change New Zealand's perception of country music had the most nominations and impressed many. Williams' nominated categories at this year's awards included Album of the Year, Single of the Year (for the song Dark Child, written by his Christchurch mate, Tim Moore), Best Alternative Album of the Year, Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. He won the Best Male Solo Artist and the coveted Breakthrough Artist of the Year, the latter award presented by Lorde. Next he heads to the ARIA Awards in Australia where he is nominated for Best Blues and Roots Album. He was also recently nominated for the coveted APRA Silver Scroll Award. Last year Billboard Magazine named him in a list of … [Read more...] about Marlon Williams: the ‘Prince of Lyttelton’