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Audio: Ami Vitale on how meeting Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, changed her life

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Bears, Elephants, Environment, Extinction, Featured, Indigenous Peoples, Photography, Podcast, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Ami Vitale, a photographer for National Geographic who documented the death of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan.As celebrated as her nature and wildlife photography is, Vitale started off as a war zone photographer. She came to realize that humanity’s strained relationship with the natural world was behind each of the human conflicts she covered, however, and then, when she first met Sudan in 2009, she was moved to focus on nature photography.On today’s episode, Vitale tells us about how meeting Sudan changed her life and discusses a few more of the stories she’s documented throughout her highly decorated career, including China’s efforts to rehab its panda population and the wildlife sanctuary in Kenya that rescues orphaned elephants and helps them return to the wild. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Ami Vitale, a photographer for National Geographic who documented the death of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan.Listen here: Ami Vitale’s work for National Geographic magazine and many other publications has taken her to over 100 countries and won her numerous awards. She’s been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and won five prizes from World Press Photos, including 1st Prize for her story about the first ever community owned and operated elephant sanctuary in Africa. She was even named one of 50 Badass Women by Instyle Magazine along with the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madeleine Albright, and former Mongabay Newscast guests Jane Goodall and Margaret Atwood.As celebrated as her nature and wildlife photography is, however, Vitale started off as a war zone photographer. She came to realize that humanity’s strained relationship with the natural world was behind each of the human conflicts she covered, however, and then, when she first met Sudan in 2009, she was moved to focus on nature photography.On today’s episode, Vitale tells us about how meeting Sudan changed her life and discusses a few more of the stories she’s documented throughout her highly decorated career, including China’s efforts to rehab its panda population and the wildlife sanctuary in Kenya that rescues orphaned elephants and helps them return to the wild.Here’s this episode’s top news:Study declares ancient Chinese paddlefish extinct‘Tainted timber’ from Myanmar widely used in yachts seized in the NetherlandsNew monkey discovered on “island” amid deforestation in BrazilAmi Vitale. Photo courtesy of Ami Vitale.A panda keeper does a health check on the cub of giant panda Xi Mei at the Wolong Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province, China. October 31, 2015. Photo by Ami Vitale.Joseph Wachira saying goodbye to Sudan. Photo by Ami Vitale.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Dope: State drug controller of Punjab suspended

first_imgThe Punjab government on Thursday suspended the state drug controller with immediate effect in the wake of reports of availability of banned drugs in certain shops outside National Institute of Sports at Patiala.”The Punjab Health Department suspended Bhag Singh, State Drug Controller with immediate effect,” a spokesman said in Chandigarh.”Bhag Singh has been suspended for negligence of duties,” he added.Noting that during the period of suspension, he would be required to report at the Punjab Health System Corporation SAS Nagar Mohali headquarters and will not be allowed to leave without a prior permission.Meanwhile, the health department on Thursday began cancellation of licenses of chemist shops for selling banned steroids without prescription to the players receiving training in National Institute of Sports.On the instructions of Punjab Health Minister Satpal Gosian, the health department raided shops in the vicinity of NIS Patiala and three shops were found selling banned steroids and records of seven shops were found not in order.Ten shops were issued show cause notice by the department.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

India vs England: Sachin ruled out of ODI series

first_imgIt seems the wait for Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton will continue for some time as the batting maestro has been ruled out of the ODI series against England with a right toe injury. Tendulkar has been ruled of action for the next four weeks.Tendulkar, who aggravated a decade-old toe injury forcing him out of the rain-washed opening One-day International (ODI) on Saturday, had consulted a leading surgeon in London earlier on Monday.With seven first-choice players already forced out of the ODI team so far, Tendulkar’s absence comes as a big blow to the beleaguered Team India in England.With the Men in Blue hunting for their first win of the tour, the experience of Tendulkar would have been crucial for India’s fortunes.last_img read more

Flaunt your sleeves this summer

first_imgUsing some silhouette tricks, you can easily play around with different types of sleeves and hide the fuller arms, say experts. This summer is all about large bell sleeves, puffy ones or full lengths.Cold shoulder sleeves feature a flash of skin just on the tops of the arms. Apart from being practical, the style is gorgeous and is a hot favourite among women looking for trendy ways to appear slim and stylish.Puffy sleeves are named for the way the sleeves extend out in round puffs around the upper arms or at the shoulders. They draw attention to the shoulders and away from the bottom region and are perfect for pear-shaped women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBishop sleeve is a large sleeve which is fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered at the cuff. It gives a bohemian look to an outfit and is used for dramatic effect. It looks best on a flowy relaxed outfit like a shift dress.Large bell sleeves: This 1990’s trend is quite a hit these days, and are roomy too. While styling such kind of sleeves go full volume. Pair them with culottes or a ruffled skirt, or balance the proportions out by pairing it with skinny jeans or slim trousers. Go for solids while picking such kind of sleeves. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFull-length sleeves: Contrary to our thoughts, these are the most useful sleeves when it comes to summers. They are the saviour of your hands from harmful rays of the sun, especially for women who ride a 2-wheeler every day, or for women with field jobs. Long sleeves dresses or tops are best paired with minimal accessories, so it’s a great idea to go for prints when opting for them. You can accessorise them with the bold cocktail ring, finishing your sleeve with a flourish.Kaftan sleeves are a summer staple. Own loads of solid as well as printed kaftan tops and work them up with your classic denim shorts.Roll-up sleeves have always been in trend. They are in fact a summertime classic. Go for urban checked, striped or solid shirts with rolled up sleeves and combine them with your straight fit trousers and a pair of chic flat sandals.last_img read more

Rethinking Chatbots Theyre Not Just for Customers

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Grabbing that morning Starbucks fix got a little easier this year, thanks to artificial intelligence. Starbucks launched a new feature in January that allows customers who own iPhones or Amazon Echos to order their coffee through voice-activated assistants. Depending which device they use, customers can also ask check their Starbucks account balances, inquire about seasonal specials and find out which baked treats are available at their local stores.Starbucks has said the use of digital assistants helps it provide more personalized customer experiences. These assistants are also more cost-effective (than the humans who normally would put in customer orders). They facilitate faster, more valuable engagement.There’s even more to AI’s impact: While the Starbucks example (along with other uses for chatbots and digital assistants) focuses on external efforts — benefitting customers, in this case — chatbots can be immensely helpful in internal efforts such as:Workflow and communicationImplementing AI can improve workflow and facilitate communication among team members. If someone runs late to a meeting, for instance, his or her digital assistant can ping other participants, telling them to push back the start time.This will prevent everyone from needing to hop on the phone or send texts, delaying the meeting further. The chatbot will handle the logistics, so the humans involved can focus on getting to the appointment and having a productive discussion.Digital assistants also drive shorter sales cycles. A salesperson might offer a presentation to a potential customer, then return to the office to type up a report for the presales or solutions teams — a time-consuming but necessary responsibility.But if this salesperson records the conversation, a digital assistant can extract the most important details from the transcript, fire off a few short emails and move on to the next high-level task.Related: Create Your Own Chatbot Online and Increase ProductivityDecision-making and organizational processesAnother aspect of AI useful to entrepreneurs is how it can help them enhance decision-making and streamline processes across their organizations. Specifically:1. Identifying (and eliminating) tedious interactions among team members. What regular interactions — no matter how large or small your company — annoy your employees or waste their time? Those are the interactions digital assistants can take over.Take, for example, Overstock’s Mila chatbot. Mila manages the interaction — via a company app — with an employee calling in sick. Mila will first offer sympathy, then collect relevant information about this person’s schedules and responsibilities.Next, “she” will contact the person’s manager so he or she can plan accordingly. Mila replaced Overstock’s outdated call-in hotline, for instance, saving the company time and money on lengthy back-and-forth phone conversations.Sales teams also benefit from automation. Representatives see the greatest success when they invest in warm, qualified leads. However, warm leads take time to convert, and salespeople must log detailed notes about every interaction to guide that person toward a purchase.Without those notes, leads go cold. But logging notes is time-consuming, and reps need to focus on other tasks. Virtual assistants can relieve that burden, ensuring that sales reps have the information they need without spending hours documenting it.2. Putting the staff’s time to better use. Outsourcing low-level tasks to AI allows teams to spend time on priority projects. For example, instead of having your team answer common questions, you might implement customer-support chatbots. These can provide answers to oft-repeated queries and direct customers to human reps for more complex issues.The Nanorep chatbot will even flag gaps in a company’s knowledge base to make the team aware of the information customers seek. That lets employees focus on bigger-picture issues rather than FAQs.As for customers: They’re becoming more accustomed all the time to dealing with chatbots, so don’t worry about putting them off by using an AI system.One survey from Deloitte University Press found that 22 percent of consumers interviewed had used chat apps to manage basic banking services; so people are familiar with the concept. As long as the system works well and delivers answers, customers will appreciate the service.Related: We Test-Drive a Personal Chat Bot for Customer Service3. Let bots assist, not replace, your team. Chatbots and digital assistants offer ways to improve productivity and customer service, but they can’t replace your human employees. So, leverage small-scale AI to enable your workers to focus on complex, challenging tasks that boost the company’s overall performance.Simple time-saving functions such as Slack’s Worklife bot streamline employees’ workflows to minimize the amount of minutiae they have to cope with. That way, employees can redirect that energy to more important tasks. By 2025, digital data will hit a trillion gigabytes, according to an IDC report. With so much information coming at them every day, workers need all the help they can get.Related: Is Your Startup Ready for Artificial Intelligence?In the end, chatbots and digital assistants don’t benefit just the customer — a business’s internal processes have just as much to gain from their advantages.Business leaders who recognize the value of these AI functions will be rewarded with more streamlined operations and a more productive team — two things no one would say no to. June 8, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more