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Uber sacks 400 staff in restructuring exercise

@Uber has laid off about 400 employees in the company. The downsizing by the company is in line with plans to cut down operational expenses after Uber recorded a significant loss in its first quarter. Uber began its operation in Nigeria in 2014.

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Ride-hailing company, Uber, has sacked  about 400 staff as part of the ongoing restructuring in the organization

The company said the move is in tandem with its quest to cut down operational expenses after recording significant loss in its first quarter as public entity.

The job cut took place globally in Uber’s Marketing Department.

The company had reported a $1 billion loss in its first quarter as a public company. It was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in May 2019.

The listing was recorded as one of the worst Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the United State after Uber experienced disappointing first-day trading. The stock of the car-hailing firm fell 7% at $41.57, dragging down the initial IPO price of $45.

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Uber had said it might never be profitable with the yearly loss of $1 billion despite its growing revenue. This has contributed to the cost-saving exercise carried out by the company, with about 75 offices affected globally.

According to a report, Uber’s revenue grew by 20% to $3.1 billion, compared to $2.5 billion in the corresponding period of 2018, while its gross bookings rose 34% to $14.6 billion in the first quarter. The company’s food subsidiary, ‘Uber Eats‘ was, however, the key growth driver.

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Before the exercise, Uber’s restructuring exercise had forced its Chief Operating Officer, Barney Harford and Chief Marketing Officer, Rebecca Messina, to step down in June this year. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dara Khosrowshahi, said their exit was due to his decision to be more involved in the company’s core businesses – Uber Rides and Uber Eats.

While reacting to the lay off in Uber’s internal memo to its employees, Khosrowshahi explained that the company’s teams were too big. This, according to him, created overlapping work, made for unclear decision-making, and could lead to mediocre results.

“As a company, we can do more to keep the bar high, and expect more of ourselves and each other.”

[READ ALSO: Should Gokada be afraid as Uber launches boat service in Lagos?]

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Khosrowshahi stated that the company’s current position has to be addressed fast.

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“Today, there’s a general sense that while we’ve grown fast, we’ve slowed down. You can see it in Pulse Survey feedback and All Hands questions, and you can feel it in much of our day-to-day work. This happens naturally as companies get bigger, but it is something we need to address, and quickly.”

Uber’s CEO and Jill Hazelbaker, who leads marketing and public affairs at Uber, said the structure of the company’s marketing team would be more unified going forward.

It was disclosed that Uber’s Vice President of Performance Marketing, Mike Strickman, would head the reorganized marketing team, while a yet-to-be hired Head of Global Marketing would be tasked with managing the heads of product marketing, brand, Uber Eats, B2B, research, planning and creative.

Note: Before the downsizing, Uber had 1,200-persons strong marketing department with 24,494 global employees as of March 31 this year.

Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

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BREAKING: It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than Saudi Arabia – President Buhari

Nigeria sells petrol at N161 per litre when the same is sold at higher in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ghana, Chad, and Republic of Benin.

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The Federal Government has said that it does not make sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Niger Republic and Republic of Benin, other oil-producing nations.

This was disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari during his Diamond Jubilee Presidential Broadcast to mark the nation’s 60th independence anniversary on Thursday.

He said, “We sell petrol at N161 per litre when same is sold at higher in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ghana, Chad, and Republic of Benin among others. It does not make sense for petrol to be cheaper in Nigeria than Saudi Arabia and other oil producing states.”

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Google launches Chromecast with Google TV

Google unveils the Chromecast device to stream contents from Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ and Netflix.

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Alphabet Inc’s Google, some hours ago, launched Chromecast with Google TV, a hardware platform designed to show contents from leading streaming services like Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ and the most popular streaming service company, Netflix.

The tech juggernaut unveiled the Chromecast streaming device that now comes with a remote control. It will cost $49.99 in the U.S, and will be available in other countries by the end of 2020.

The real advantage this device holds looks to be the underlying search smarts that serve as the foundation for so much of what Google does. Here’s the company discussing the new feature in a blog post:

“Google TV’s For You tab gives you personalized watch suggestions from across your subscriptions organized based on what you like to watch—even your guilty pleasure reality dramas. Google TV’s Watchlist lets you bookmark movies and shows you want to save for later.

You can add to your Watchlist from your phone or laptop, and it will be waiting on your TV when you get home. 

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Best of all, you’ll also have access to thousands of apps and the ability to browse 400,000+ movies and TV shows sorted and optimized for what you like—ask Google Assistant to see results from across your favorite apps, like YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, Stan, 9Now and ABC view, among others.”

The new Chromecast with Google TV comes in a compact and thin design and is packed with the latest technology to give you the best viewing experience. It neatly plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and tucks behind your screen.

Hardware composition:

  • Switching it on, the new Google Tv comes with a crystal clear video in up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second in no time. With Dolby Vision, you’ll get extraordinary color, contrast, and brightness on your TV.
  • The Hardware also supports HDMI pass coupled with Dolby audio content.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 30th of September 2020, 201 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 58,848 confirmed cases.

On the 30th of September 2020, 201 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,549 samples across the country.

To date, 58,848 cases have been confirmed, 50,358 cases have been discharged and 1,112 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 509,555  tests have been carried out as of September 30th, 2020 compared to 507,006 tests a day earlier.

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  • Total Number of Cases – 58,848
  • Total Number Discharged – 50,358
  • Total Deaths – 1,112
  • Total Tests Carried out – 509,555

According to the NCDC, the 201 new cases were reported from 13 states- Lagos (77), Rivers (37), Plateau (25), FCT (13), Kaduna (12), Ogun (12), Adamawa (8), Taraba (7), Imo (4), Kwara (2), Osun (2), Abia (1), Oyo (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 19,461, followed by Abuja (5,709), Plateau (3,450), Oyo (3,261), Edo (2,626), Rivers (2,432), Kaduna (2,419), Ogun (1,850), Delta (1,802), Kano (1,737), Ondo (1,631), Enugu (1,289), Ebonyi (1,040), Kwara (1,036), Abia (895), Gombe (883). Katsina (861), Osun (839),  Borno (745), and Bauchi (699).

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Imo State has recorded 572 cases, Benue (481), Nasarawa (450), Bayelsa (399),  Jigawa (325), Ekiti (321), Akwa Ibom (288), Niger (259), Adamawa (248), Anambra (237), Sokoto (162), Taraba (102), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara (78), Yobe (76), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

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