Top celebrities like Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio have raised concern about Amazon fires.A massive fire has been blazing through the Amazon rainforests in Brazil for days, causing immense loss of rich flora and fauna that abound the region. Not just that, the skyline in cities in and around the forests have been engulfed in smoke due to consequent air pollution. Several environmentalists and researchers have pointed their fingers at cattle ranchers and woodcutters for starting the fire while the government had blamed NGOs for the inferno.The fires have stirred people across the world, who have since been clamouring for donations from big corporates to douse the flames and restore the delicate ecological balance of the forest. Several A-list celebrities are among those who have been talking about ways to prevent and stop the potential global catastrophe that can spell doom for way too many people.Close Some of these superstars have even sought accountability from the country’s … [Read more...] about Amazon fires: Top celebrities like Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio speak out
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A week rarely goes by without a CEO or public figure issuing an apology. Often it’s warranted, such as the recent apology issued by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who, in an interview with Axios, compared the death of a woman hit by one of his company’s autonomous vehicles to the killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. advertisement advertisement But in a social media world where outrage is easily shared, sometimes apologies are not necessary. In fact, apologizing when you don’t need to can destroy your career or company, says Sean O’Meara, coauthor of The Apology Impulse: How Business Ruined Sorry and Why We Can’t Stop Saying It. “It’s time to stop abusing the word ‘sorry’ and restore some credibility to the act of apologizing,” he says. “Our hypersensitivity to the smallest criticism has us apologizing for the most trivial things and withholding big apologies when they’re … [Read more...] about How to address an issue without saying ‘I’m sorry’
Prakhar Misra and Sharmadha SrinivasanLast month, the Indonesian planning minister announced that the country is looking to move its capital from Jakarta to an undecided city with Palangkaraya being a prime contender. The main reasons cited for this move are the infrastructure woes of Jakarta—like congested streets and inadequate sewerage networks—and the threat of rising sea levels due to climate change. Indonesian policymakers will have to answer a barrage of questions on the purpose and functions of the new city in order for this move to be a success. This process and its implications will also serve as a precedent for other countries, India included.The National Development Planning Minister stated that among other reasons for this move, balancing the centre of growth in Indonesia away from Jakarta was important. After all, Java contributes to 60 percent of Indonesia’s GDP. Some say that it is the less-developed eastern part of … [Read more...] about Urban Planning | The potential of moving the national capital
In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on December 8 said he would write to chief ministers and high court chief justices of all the states to complete investigation into cases of rape and those registered under the POCSO Act in two months.Trial of such cases should also be completed within six months, the Union law and justice minister said."I am going to write letters to all the chief ministers urging them to complete the investigation within two months in rape and POCSO cases," Prasad told reporters.Close Incidents of rape and crimes against women are unfortunate and highly condemnable, Prasad said. related news PM Modi stresses on role of effective policing in ensuring that women feel safe, secure SAD hails Citizenship Bill, but wants Muslims also covered Delhi-NCR's air quality likely to remain in 'very poor' category on Monday "I will also write to the chief justices of all the high courts to dispose of expeditiously all cases relating to rape and POCSO pending in the Fast … [Read more...] about Rape, POCSO case probes should be completed in 2 months: Ravi Shankar Prasad to write to CMs, CJs