Indigenous agents fight deforestation with drones and AI in Brazilian Amazon

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Mongabay

Siã Shanenawa strikes a markedly different image from the stereotypical view of Brazil’s Indigenous people using bows and arrows as their main tools. Siã Shanenawa’s weapons of choice are drones and GPS devices to monitor the Katukina/Kaxinawá Indigenous Reserve where he lives, in the Amazonian state of Acre. There’s a reason he’s using these tools: the Katukina/Kaxinawá reserve is the one that’s at the greatest risk of deforestation in Acre, according to a study by the Brazilian conservation nonprofit Imazon, developed exclusively for Mongabay. Using its artificial intelligence tool called Pr… Read More “Indigenous agents fight deforestation with drones and AI in Brazilian Amazon”

How to Avoid Getting Catfished … on Airbnb

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InsideHook

By Lindsay Rogers Choosing the perfect Airbnb is a fickle business. There are always a handful of factors that take priority over others, your personal non-negotiables, like proximity to the closest airport, number of beds, access to wifi or accessibility in general. But then there are secondary variables to consider, like the occasion, overall cleanliness, heating and cooling, whether it’s a shared space, etc. Aesthetics play a significant role in my own Airbnb selection process. Point being: we all have preferences. And because Airbnbs are subject to far less oversight than hotels, hosts can… Read More “How to Avoid Getting Catfished … on Airbnb”

Biden vows to tackle inflation ‘head on’ as price surge hits 30-year high

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AFP

Baltimore (AFP) – President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that US shoppers were paying too much for everyday goods, vowing to tackle inflation “head on” after government data showed it had reached a 30-year peak last month. The sharp spike in the consumer price index (CPI) reported by the Labor Department surprised economists and the White House alike, and came as Biden headed to Baltimore to promote the $1.2 trillion infrastructure overhaul he argues can turn the tide. “Today’s economic reports (show) unemployment continuing to fall but consumer prices remaining too high,” Biden said in a … Read More “Biden vows to tackle inflation ‘head on’ as price surge hits 30-year high”

Georgia House passes political map that safeguards Republican majority

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — The Georgia House voted Wednesday to remap the state’s 180 districts in a way that protects a shrinking Republican majority and adds new metro Atlanta districts to accommodate population growth. The 99-79 vote, almost entirely along party lines, clears the way for the General Assembly to finish redistricting itself within days, a rapid process that began a week ago. The state Senate passed its maps on Tuesday, and Republican leaders will soon consider how to draw Georgia’s congressional lines as they attempt to gain seats. Redistricting is required every decade to ensure each distric… Read More “Georgia House passes political map that safeguards Republican majority”

Rivian shares leap in market debut, topping value of Ford, GM

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AFP

New York (AFP) – Electric truck maker Rivian soared in its Wall Street debut on Wednesday, making the company worth more than traditional automakers Ford and General Motors. Shares in the company backed by Amazon and Ford leapt as high as 50 percent in its first day of trading, taking Rivian’s market capitalization to more than $100 billion, if stock options and other convertible shares are taken into account — well above Detroit’s legacy manufacturers. The red-hot startup is taking advantage of investor enthusiasm for the electric vehicle sector, where star performer Tesla recently surpassed… Read More “Rivian shares leap in market debut, topping value of Ford, GM”

The Best Places to Buy Prescription Glasses Online

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InsideHook

By Logan Mahan As someone who has worn prescription glasses since middle school, I understand the burden of not only having to acquire new glasses every couple of years but wanting those glasses to compliment my face. The latter is often harder. No offense to my eye doctor and brick-and-mortar optical shops, but sometimes the selection just isn’t up to par, and in an age where glasses are so stylishthat even those with 20/20 vision want to wear them (gag!), the visually impaired among gotta keep up. May I introduce to you, then, the World of online prescription eyeglass stores. Before I tested… Read More “The Best Places to Buy Prescription Glasses Online”

There Is Nothing on Earth Quite Like a Safari Through South Africa and Botswana

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InsideHook

By Jake Emen We’re two hours into a rainy game drive, not a big cat or intriguing herd of animals in sight, when our guide, Lazarus, suddenly pulls his safari-equipped Land Cruiser off the road. “There are some impala here,” he says, the vehicle crunching over dead branches as he inches it into a thicket. Now, it’s been a slow session, but you don’t stop for impala on a game drive after the first 30 seconds of your first day on safari, unless those impala are about to become some lion’s meal for the evening. What Lazarus meant was that impalas are the only guaranteed animal we’d find out here…. Read More “There Is Nothing on Earth Quite Like a Safari Through South Africa and Botswana”

Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey have advanced position in forming reliable East-West bridge – Berimuhamedov

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Azer News

By Trend Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey have advanced and active position in the formation of a reliable East-West transport and energy bridge, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in an interview to TRT World, Trend reports on Nov. 10. According to Berdimuhamedov, the format of the trilateral summit “Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan-Turkey”, expected to be held in the near future, meets the long-term interests of the three fraternal states and peoples, and therefore is in great demand and will be fully realized. “At present, the level of relations between Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and … Read More “Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey have advanced position in forming reliable East-West bridge – Berimuhamedov”

VW plans new game-changing electric car plant to counter Tesla

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DPA

Volkswagen is planning to build a cutting-edge electric car plant close to its German headquarters, at the same time as Tesla’s “Gigafactory” near Berlin prepares to start production. To make room for a car that’s been dubbed the “Tesla fighter,” the German carmaker is limbering up to build a new state-of-the-art factory for its flagship Trinity electric car model, due to enter showrooms in 2026. If the VW board gives the go-ahead in December, the new green-field facility will be built close to the company’s main plant at Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony. The move is a potential game-changer for Volk… Read More “VW plans new game-changing electric car plant to counter Tesla”

Counterfeit prescription pills loaded with fentanyl a growing menace in overdose crisis

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — It’s hard to be sure what Alissa Saunders thought she was taking the night she died of a drug overdose — a ground-up Percocet, maybe, or a pulverized bar of Xanax. One thing seems clear enough, though: She didn’t know it was fentanyl. Saunders, a 22-year-old certified nursing assistant who loved to camp, fish and hang out with her family, was found unresponsive last March in the New Lenox townhouse she shared with a roommate, a straw flecked with powdered residue on the nightstand beside her. Detectives investigating her death found text messages and a Snapchat video suggesting a fri… Read More “Counterfeit prescription pills loaded with fentanyl a growing menace in overdose crisis”