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Billionaire Lord Sugar slams remote during “virtual” BBC interview

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Lord Alan Sugar has made headlines for his strong opposition to remote work, even though he himself was participating in a remote interview with the BBC.

Despite the controversy surrounding his comments, many work experts find merit in some of his arguments.

Sugar’s anti-remote-work views gained attention when he shared them from a remote location, sparking a viral response on TikTok.

Sugar expressed his reservations about remote work, emphasizing that “you don’t learn sitting at home in your pajamas.”

He went on to state that he believes remote work is detrimental to morale and learning, asserting, “I know I learn from being with other people in an office.”

Business sentiment

While Lord Sugar’s stance may be more provocative than most, his sentiments are not uncommon, particularly among older and more established business figures.

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has described working remotely as a “grave mistake,” suggesting that it could make it easier for employers to dismiss employees due to a lack of personal familiarity.

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon referred to remote work as an “aberration,” while JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon suggested that remote workers at his bank should consider working elsewhere.

Tesla’s Elon Musk went even further, claiming that remote employees are merely pretending to work.

Skill based

Nonetheless, there is some validity to the argument that in-person work can be crucial for early-career professionals.

Many tasks and skills are better acquired through direct interaction with managers, and numerous employees admit to being more productive when working in the office.

The balance of pros and cons often leads to the conclusion that a hybrid work arrangement, led by employees’ preferences, is the most effective approach. This is why rigid return-to-office mandates, with no flexibility, are generally met with resistance.

Remote interview

However, Lord Sugar’s critique has been met with accusations of hypocrisy due to his remote participation in the BBC interview.

Critics have pointed out the contradiction in his stance, as he criticized remote work while embracing the freedom and flexibility it offers him to work from different countries and time zones. A representative for Sugar explained that he participated remotely because he was “out of the country.”

Responses on social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok highlighted the perceived inconsistency in Sugar’s comments.

Some users questioned whether he could set such terms for his own employees, given his stance, while others pointed out that owning multiple offices in London might indicate bias.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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U.S. planes told to land immediately as outage spreads

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Major U.S. carriers including American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines issued ground stops on Friday morning.

They are blaming communication issues, less than an hour after Microsoft resolved its cloud services outage that impacted several low-cost carriers.
It was not immediately clear whether the call to keep flights from taking off were related to the earlier Microsoft cloud outage. Apart from American and Delta, UAL and Allegiant Air too grounded flights.
The FAA did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Frontier said earlier that a “major Microsoft technical outage” hit its operations temporarily, while SunCountry said a third-party vendor affected its booking and check-in facilities, without naming the company.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said the department was monitoring the flight cancellation and delay issues at Frontier, adding that the agency will hold the company and all other airlines “to their responsibilities to meet the needs of passengers”.
Frontier cancelled 147 flights on Thursday and delayed 212 others, according to data tracker FlightAware. 45% of Allegiant aircrafts were delayed, while Sun Country delayed 23% flights, the data showed. The companies did not give details on the number of flights impacted.
Microsoft said its outage started at about 6 pm ET on Thursday, with a subset of its customers experiencing issues with multiple Azure services in the Central U.S. region as several countries reported massive IT disturbances. “There are delays to check-in and flight operations had to be cancelled until 10:00 am (0800 GMT),” the spokeswoman said, adding however that she could not say when they would resume

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Major Microsoft outage shuts down airlines, news and cloud servers worldwide

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A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks and telecommunications companies.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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Twisters takes the box office by storm as Disney’s Captain America mirrors recent U.S. political events

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Sequels, nostalgia, and the changing face of cinema

The recent surprise hit Twisters has taken the box office by storm, defying expectations and cementing itself as a standout success in a summer crowded with high-profile releases. This sequel to the 1996 classic Twister has captivated audiences with its blend of thrilling storm-chasing action and heartfelt storytelling.

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