According to the newspaper, whole areas in Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Greenland were ravaged by fire in 2019, "largely due to hot weather and a spate of dry storms", and it is not unheard of for fires in cold regions to survive underground during winter, only to emerge in spring. … [Read more...] about ‘Difficult to Kill’: Scientists Reportedly Warn of a ‘Zombie Fires’ Threat in Arctic
Outrage Over Death in Police Custody Minneapolis protests began after George Floyd was pronounced dead in hospital after Officer Chauvin had pinned down his neck with his knee for more than seven minutes despite Floyd saying he could not breathe. A video of the incident taken by a by-stander went viral on social media, sparking protests that erupted into chaos, violence and subsequently looting. … [Read more...] about Day 4 of Anarchy: Crowds Defy Minneapolis Curfew as Rioting, Looting and Arson Continue – Video
More immediately, however, once this lockdown lifts, some people will lose jobs. Others will doff their sexy uniforms and don PPE costumes, face-shields and masks as they usher us on board — the upside of which is that cabin crew can’t be grounded for untidy hair or putting on weight anymore. But in general, these times need us to update that old adage about when God closes a door... she double-locks it! … [Read more...] about A brave new jobless world
"I don't agree with too much freedom. I think there needs to be structure. Kids that have no boundaries are quite anxious. They don't know what they can and can't do." … [Read more...] about ‘Lazy’ mum who gives kids chocolate for tea lets boy, 5, hurt himself ‘to teach lesson’
Last week Hike Messenger , the messaging app, became the latest startup to join the so-called ‘unicorn’ pack in India—companies valued at at least $1 billion. Hike has been the fastest of the pack to reach the milestone, in just about three and half years after launch. It took e-commerce major Flipkart five years, rival Snapdeal seven years and analytics firm Mu Sigma nine years to become unicorns. Hike is also the lone company in the unicorn pack that is free. It is yet to make money. Hike will only “start to try making money by 2018, perhaps 2020”, says 28-year old founder Kavin Bharti Mittal. Yet, thanks to the $175 million collected from a clutch of overseas investors (see Plenty of Funds), the app is valued at $1.4 billion. Mittal believes the $175 million raised by Hike “is like Flipkart raising $1 billion. That’s the value we see and we are the only local rich messaging app with scale in the country.” Says Vishal Tripathi, … [Read more...] about Is Hike Messenger worth the hype and $1.4 billion?