"We may see a cumulative effect of last year's fire season in the Arctic which will feed into the upcoming season, and could lead to large-scale and long-term fires across the same region once again", he said. These so called "zombie fires" can apparently persist for months, smouldering underground in areas such as peatlands, only to flare once again once the weather becomes warmer. … [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
Flying crew: With no food being served onboard comes no need for those pesky people. While I feel bad for jobs being lost, I can’t help but wonder if it is down to karma. But don’t despair cabin crew, if you still wish to fly, buy a ticket like the rest of us, and you will know why empathy matters. … [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?