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Reality, it seems, is subject to our decisions, and the new science of decision-making shows that thinking is something that we can all learn to do better.
Neuroscientists have used the latest functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to peek deep into the thinking mind and watch it process data, weigh decisions and make critical choices. What they see helps explain why we create one successive mess after another in our personal and professional lives.
The full series will then be available online via the iPlayer, including in ultra HD and high dynamic range, the first time the BBC has provided such content.
The series producer, Mark Brownlow, said it was impossible to overlook the harm being caused in the oceans: “We just couldn’t ignore it – it wouldn’t be a truthful portrayal of the world’s oceans. BBC executives were reportedly concerned about the series appearing to become politicised and ordered a fact-check, which it passed.
Many of the world’s biggest tech companies — Facebook, Google and Amazon from the United States, and Alibaba and Tencent from China — are competing with local businesses like Reliance, Flipkart and Paytm to win their loyalties.
“We have to figure out how to build the right products for them,” said Caesar Sengupta, the Google vice president who oversees Next Billion Users, its unit dedicated to creating products for emerging markets like India, Brazil and Indonesia. “This is a very high priority for Google.”
The German government has been accused of breaking its own rules on removing Afghan asylum seekers with a decision to deport a 26-year-old who fears he will be killed if returned.
Amnesty has accused Germany and other European countries of breaking international law by returning asylum seekers to Afghanistan at a time when civilian casualties in the country are at their highest for years. The deportation is part of a controversial policy in which male Afghan asylum seekers can be returned if they have been convicted of crimes or are considered to be “dangerous” suspects.
Portugal’s policy rests on three pillars: one, that there’s no such thing as a soft or hard drug, only healthy and unhealthy relationships with drugs; two, that an individual’s unhealthy relationship with drugs often conceals frayed relationships with loved ones, with the world around them, and with themselves; and three, that the eradication of all drugs is an impossible goal.
Portugal’s remarkable recovery, and the fact that it has held steady through several changes in government – including conservative leaders who would have preferred to return to the US-style war on drugs – could not have happened without an enormous cultural shift, and a change in how the country viewed drugs, addiction – and itself.
Now the story of Duarte’s fight to forge a better future for his community is the subject of a 16-minute documentary entitled The Good Fight that has been grabbing attention at film festivals worldwide, winning a string of awards including the 2017 best documentary short prize at the prestigious Tribeca festival in New York.
With a few borrowed gloves and castoff punchbags, in 2014 Duarte set up the boxing academy Abraço Campeão (Embracing Champions) to help children and young people develop their potential as well as the skills to forge a better future, despite growing up in a community blighted by armed conflict and decades of state neglect.
Billy Bush, the former NBC personality, told late-show host Stephen Colbert on Monday that listening to the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape is like a “a gut punch.” “If I thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have contacted the FBI and not just brought it to the attention of my producers,” he told CBS' "Late Show With Stephen Colbert." “Everybody had to kiss the ring of Donald because he was making the big money for NBC at the time.”