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7 Reasons You Want Referral Business and How to Get Them
Studies have proven that there is one reason why people don't do more referral business: they don't ask. There are two reasons why, they forget or they don't have a strong enough relationship with their clients, so they don't feel comfortable
The truth is every professional should strive to have all of their business be referral because the benefits of referral business are undeniable and extensive.
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Top 10 Ways Websites Makes Me Suffer
I believe some people create and publish websites for the sole purpose of tormenting their visitors. Browsing various websites and navigating the Web can often be like trying to read on an airplane while a kid kicks the back of your seat and the baby next to you alternates between screaming, crying and drooling on you.
Business Profitability - 10 Ways To Boost
10 Ways to Boost your ProfitabilitySo many business owners work hard - really hard - just to break even or keep afloat. Each one of us deserves reward for our efforts, whether that be financial or personal.
Wealth Building Scams
I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news.
Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions. The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be.
Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit
Most people wish they read more. It is an activity that is both fun and enlightening.
Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication
Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills:
Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.
7 Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To
Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results
OverviewAbraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance.
Your Leadership Shopping List
'Tis the season to give. And finding the right gift to give the people on your team can be challenging.
Top Seven Reasons to Publicize your Business with Articles
Do you want to be #1-10 on Google and other search engines? Do you want quadruple your Web sales in five months? Promote your business to the top with these 7 reasons to write and submit how-to articles.
Top Ten Tips for Online Publishing Success
Use the checklist below to make sure your article, tip, or book excerpt will get published and make you a household name on the Internet.
Top Ten Things to Do to Make your Signature File Sell
Always include a powerful signature on every email you send out, even to friends. It's even more important when you send out articles to opt-in ezines (no spam) and top web sites in your field--more important than your article's message.
The Top Ten Ways to Attract Buyers, Not Just Visitors to your Web Site
Have you put a lot of effort, time, and money into your site and are frustrated with low sales?
If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject; you are excellent at your craft. You have a great service and maybe a great product to sell.
Plan Your Success In Seven Ways
Many businesses lose money yearly because they don't think creatively about the future. They run their businesses doing what they think they should: dealing with customers, dealing with problems, ordering for their business, and paying their expenses.
Want a Web Site that Turns Lookie Loos into Buyers? Seven Passion Copywriting Tips
Web Site Blues? Need one, don't know where to start? Got one, but aren't getting enough sales?
If you need a Web site soon you may be wondering where to start and who to trust. All Web masters are not equal.
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Isisâs hold weakens as Iraqi troops plan last big push to retake Mosul while loss of al-Bab is big blow to terror group in Syria
Battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria continued to splinter Islamic Stateâs hold on both countries on Thursday, with Mosul airport seized by advancing Iraqi forces and the town of al-Bab finally falling to Syrian rebels.
Backed heavily by Turkey, rebels said they had recaptured nearly all of al-Bab, which had remained Isisâs westernmost stronghold throughout five months of intensive fighting and a key target of the war against the terror group. Continue reading...
Kuala Lumpur airport terminal where attack on North Korean leaderâs half-brother took place will be decontaminated, say police
Malaysian police have said the substance used in the killing of Kim Jong-nam was a âVX nerve agentâ, a highly toxic liquid used only in chemical warfare.
Malaysiaâs inspector general, Khalid Abu Bakar, later added that one of the two women suspected of the poisoning also suffered its effects. âShe was vomiting,â he said without elaborating. Continue reading...
- US secretary of state and homeland security chief hold talks in Mexico
- Tillerson admits differences as president defends deportation policy
Donald Trump issued a staunch defence of his expanded deportation policy on Thursday, claiming his administration was getting âbad dudes out of this countryâ, further souring an already tense visit to Mexico by his secretaries of state and homeland security.
The president made his remarks at a business forum in Washington while Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, was meeting his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray. Continue reading...
Dutch far-right leader stops campaigning in public for March polls after a member of his security team is arrested
The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and his populist Freedom party have suspended all public campaigning for next monthâs parliamentary elections following an alleged security leak.
Wilders, current frontrunner for the Netherlandsâ general elections, to be held on 15 March, said on Twitter: âVery alarming news. The PVV is suspending its public activities until all facts in connection with the corruption investigation are known.â Continue reading...
Syrian women gather at UN headquarters wanting to know if their sons, brothers and husbands are alive or dead
With the first day of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva bogged down in a row over the composition of the opposition delegation, five Syrian women stood outside the UN headquarters to remind the negotiators of what was at stake.
They held large photographs of missing sons, brothers and husbands, and had a simple request: to know their relativesâ whereabouts, and whether they were dead or alive. Continue reading...
Senator Leila de Lima taken into custody on charges of drug trafficking, outraging supporters and human rights activists
The highest-profile opponent of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterteâs deadly war on drugs has been arrested â on charges of drug trafficking.
The arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, had been announced on Thursday, outraging her supporters and human rights activists, who said the government had manufactured drug trafficking charges to silence her criticism of Duterte and intimidate others. Continue reading...
Ministers say scale of looting by autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh was much higher than originally thought and that he left country $1bn in debt
The former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh stole far more money from the state than previously thought, the new government has alleged, leaving the country with a âmonstrous debtâ of more than $1bn.
The autocratic former leader of the small west African country siphoned off at least $50m from social security, the countryâs ports, and the national telecoms company, according to two senior ministers in new president Adama Barrowâs government. Continue reading...
Enda Kenny says deal should allow for Northern Ireland to rejoin EU should it be united with Irish Republic
Ireland wants a special provision in any Brexit deal to allow Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU should it be united with the Republic.
The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said in Brussels that the deal between the EU and the UK should include language that would allow the north to easily return to the bloc. Continue reading...
More than a dozen high schools targeted and vehicles set ablaze amid anger at police after alleged assault on young black man
Teenage demonstrators have blockaded more than a dozen high schools in and around Paris, mounting makeshift barricades and setting fire to cars, scooters and rubbish bins, in protest at the alleged rape of a young black man by police.
Authorities said nine students were arrested in the suburb of Clichy after about 100 youths set two cars and a motorbike alight, threw stones and shattered a shop window . Continue reading...
State news agency insists leaderâs half-brother died of heart attack not poisoning, and blames South Korea for âconspiratorial racketâ
North Korea has lashed out at Malaysia over the death of Kim Jong-nam, accusing it of having a âsinister purposeâ and collaborating with South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated Kim Jong-unâs half-brother.
In the first report from state-run KCNA news agency since the attack on February 13, the government accused Malaysia of breaking international law by conducting autopsies on a diplomatic passport holder and withholding the body. Continue reading...
Three conservatives â one a settler â and Arab-Israeli to sit in 15-member court in move seen as victory for Ayelet Shaked
Israel has appointed three new conservative judges, including a settler, to its 15-member supreme court, in what is being painted as a victory for Israelâs rightwing justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, in her campaign to alter the political composition of the court.
The supreme court has long been seen by rightwingers as too liberal and not sufficiently representative of the religious right and settler movement in particular. Continue reading...
US withdrew guidance stating federal law requires transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity
The Trump administration has withdrawn a piece of federal guidance requiring transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity, in a move that could embolden many schools to restrict trans rights.
In doing so, the administration has signaled that it does not necessarily interpret current federal civil rights protections as prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. Continue reading...
Health experts are watching the progress of the tax to see if it will lower the rates of obesity-related diseases and type 2 diabetes
Mexicoâs sugar tax appears to be having a significant impact for the second year running in changing the habits of a nation famous for its love of Coca-Cola, and will encourage countries troubled by obesity and contemplating a tax of their own.
An analysis of sugary-drink purchases, carried out by academics in Mexico and the United States, has found that the 5.5% drop in the first year after the tax was introduced was followed by a 9.7% decline in the second year, averaging 7.6% over the two-year period. Continue reading...
Self-described outsider and centrist take surprise step of joining forces as veteran of three elections says France is at âextreme riskâ and needs âexceptional responseâ
Emmanuel Macronâs presidential campaign has been boosted by a surprise alliance with veteran centrist FranĂ§ois Bayrou.
Bayrou, the perennial âthird manâ of French politics, surprised supporters on Wednesday by offering to sacrifice a separate candidacy and join forces with the former Socialist economy minister, who is standing on a centrist ticket. Continue reading...
Officials have set a Wednesday deadline to evacuate Oceti Sakowin, a key encampment in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline
Only a few dozen people remained at the Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment on Wednesday night after the stateâs eviction deadline saw most of the activists leave voluntarily amid a show of force from law enforcement in riot gear.
Ten activists were arrested on the road near the camp, but police did not enter the camp, according to the North Dakota governor, Doug Burgum, who spoke at a press conference Wednesday evening. Burgum said the eviction had gone âvery smoothlyâ and that he expected the government to have âunfettered access to the camp starting tomorrowâ. Continue reading...
Frustrated constituents make their views known to representatives around the country, focusing anger on Trumpâs immigration and healthcare plans
Congresspeople nationwide have been facing angry crowds, protests and tough questions during this weekâs congressional recess, a time when senators and representatives often return to their home districts and hold âtown hallâ events.
Related: Republican Congress members face tide of protest in home districts Continue reading...
UN talks resume in Geneva with Russia asking the Syrian air force to respect the ceasefire but little prospect of departure for Assad
The UN special envoy to Syria has said he will give the latest round of peace talks that resumed in Geneva on Thursday âa serious tryâ, but cautioned against talking about a breakthrough in attempts to end the six-year civil war.
Staffan de Mistura convened his first morning meeting with the delegation of the Syrian government. He was expected to meet opposition figures later in the day. Continue reading...
In Rudong, where a third of the population is over 60, a university for older people is one solution to a changing demographic
It has been dubbed the âgrey wall of Chinaâ, a demographic shift so big you can almost see it from space.
The worldâs most populous country is getting old. Plummeting birthrates, the result of the much-loathed one-child policy, and dramatically improved life expectancy mean that by 2050 more than a quarter of Chinaâs population â almost 500 million people â will be over 65. Continue reading...
Kim Jong-unâs regime claims not to possess any chemical weapons, but the use of VX nerve agent to kill Kim Jong-nam could be designed to deter defectors
The use of one of the worldâs most potent chemical weapons, VX, to kill Kim Jong-nam, sends a powerful message to the rivals and enemies of his half-brother and likely murderer, the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.
It suggests that it was far more important to make absolutely sure the target was killed, than to try to cover up Pyongyangâs tracks. The brutal killing in public in an international airport will be chilling to any present or future defectors. Continue reading...
Malcolm Turnbull vows not to be provoked but Mathias Cormann âflabbergastedâ at âcompletely unhelpfulâ commentary
âą Abbott takes aim at Turnbull and lays out conservative manifesto
Senior cabinet ministers have rejected Tony Abbottâs conservative manifesto and gloomy assessment of the governmentâs fortunes, with Mathias Cormann labelling it a âself-indulgentâ and âdeliberately destructiveâ intervention.
Malcolm Turnbull has vowed not to be provoked by Abbott but endorsed Cormannâs attack and sharply contrasted his record of achievement with unfulfilled talk of the former prime minister. Continue reading...
Despite honourable intentions, this film addressing the Stalin-inflicted 1932-33 genocide in Ukraine is at times embarrassingly bad
At least Bitter Harvestâs release date is relatively timely, given the recent focus in the news on Russiaâs brutally aggressive, expansive ambitions. Putin may be accused of killing, but heâs got nothing on Joseph Stalin who instigated the genocide via famine of some 10 million Ukrainians in 1932-33, an atrocity now known at the Holodomor. This drama by director/co-writer George Mendeluk is one of the very few western films to address the subject, and while one may applaud the intention, the execution is markedly uneven.
Max Irons stars as Yuri, a Cossackâs son with dreamy eyes and notable daddy issues who deeply loves feisty local beauty Natalka (Samantha Barks). Not long after their marriage, Stalin (incarnated by Gary Oliver in cutaway scenes, practically twiddling his bushy, fake moustache) comes to power and the tractors of death start ploughing up the land. The dialogue is at times embarrassingly bad, and the death of practically every principal supporting character is marked by a shot of some prop being splattered with metonymic blood. On the other hand, the period details are impressive and must have cost a pretty kopiyka or two, and the film benefits visually from being shot on location. Continue reading...
Strongmen are back in vogue, but these six people are determined to defy the despots
These are trying times. We live in an age of autocracy when strongmen (they are almost always men) abuse their power to silence their critics, use brute force to stop people championing the vulnerable and rob people of their agency in the pursuit of power.
In a world flooded with triumphant nationalist statements and declarations of war, who speaks for the other side? Who is willing to risk solitary confinement and be torn from loved ones to speak for the voiceless? Continue reading...
From imprisoned journalists to the forthcoming referendum, tell us how the current climate is affecting you
Turkey, once held up as an exemplar of secular democracy in the Muslim world, is now the worldâs biggest prison for journalists. Since he came to power in 2014, president Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan has slowly tightened his grip on freedom of expression, choking his critics.
Editors of national newspapers now face life sentences for working âagainst the stateâ. People have been arrested for Facebook posts criticising the government and last week over 4,400 public servants were sacked in an act branded by critics as a witchhunt targeting the political opposition. Continue reading...
Mass walkout over reneged 2013 deal on boosting pay and staffing has left patients untreated and medical union leaders in jail
Kenyaâs hospitals have almost ground to a halt, with millions facing a third month in a row without healthcare as doctors strike over low pay and poor working conditions.
The public healthcare system has long been overburdened and underfunded, but has now virtually stopped functioning after 5,000 doctors walk out in December after attempts to reach a compromise with the health ministry stalled. Continue reading...
How Aisha Bakari Gombi, âqueen hunterâ in the fight against the worldâs deadliest terror group, became a heroine in north Nigeria
As seven abducted women and four children were being taken deeper into Sambisa forest, Aisha Bakari Gombi received a call.
The voice was familiar: an army commander asking her to assemble a group of hunters to track them down. Continue reading...
Andrei Zhukov praised by activists for singlehandedly identifying every NKVD officer involved in 1930s arrests and killings
For two decades, starting in 1993, Andrei Zhukov went down into a Moscow archive at least three days a week, spending hour after hour leafing through thousands of orders issued by the NKVD, Joseph Stalinâs secret police, searching for the names and ranks of the organisationâs officers.
The result is the first comprehensive survey of the NKVD men responsible for carrying out Stalinâs âGreat Terrorâ of 1937 and 1938, in which about 1.5 million people were arrested and 700,000 shot. While it is not the first study into the senior leadership of the NKVD, this is the first time that everyone â from the investigators to the executioners â has been identified. There are just over 40,000 names on the list. Continue reading...
Extent of crisis becomes clear as children of women caught up in tik epidemic struggle with hyperactivity and aggression
Justin Summers has a mop of curly brown hair and enjoys playing marbles. Aged seven, he is on the cusp of starting his 12-year journey through South Africaâs education system.
But before heâs even started, the outlook for his education is dire. His ability to learn has been severely compromised because his mother, Agnes, used methamphetamine while pregnant with him. She is now expecting her fifth child, and is still using the narcotic. Continue reading...
A small group of Buddhists led by a veteran of the USSRâs Afghan war has spent 21 years establishing a monastery in the Ural mountains. It sits on land claimed by a company belonging to one of Russiaâs most powerful oligarchs. After years of delays, a date has now been set for the complexâs removal. Photojournalist Amos Chapple visited the monastery for RFE/RL
A 7km forest trail leads up to the monastery on the summit of Mount Kachkanar, which rises 888 metres above sea level. After heavy snowfall, the hike can take up to seven hours.
Teams travel by sled down the mountain to collect supplies. Continue reading...
Dmitri Isaev is exploiting a legal loophole to help the transgender community from a secret location in St Petersburg
You wonât find any mention of Dr Dmitri Isaevâs clinic online, and patients canât look up the number in a phone book. Both name and address are kept secret, and those who would like an appointment with Isaev, a leading gender identity expert, must discover the location of his St Petersburg clinic by word of mouth.
The doctor has been working undercover after conservative activists led a campaign of intimidation against his clinic for transgender patients at Saint Petersburg State Paediatric Medical University. Continue reading...
Both left and right are promoting the idea of a basic wage for everyone, currently on trial, as a solution to the new world of work
When he got the letter after Christmas saying he was entitled to an unconditional income of âŹ560 (ÂŁ478) a month, Mika Ruusunen couldnât believe his luck. âAt first I thought it was a joke. I had to read it many times. I looked for any evidence it might be false.â
But the father of two was not the victim of a scam. He has been selected to take part in an experiment being run by the Finnish government, in which 2,000 unemployed people between the ages of 25 and 58 will receive a guaranteed sum â a âbasic incomeâ â of âŹ560 a month for two years. It replaces their unemployment benefit, but they will continue to receive it whether or not they find work. The government hopes it will encourage the unemployed to take on part-time work without worrying about losing their benefits. Continue reading...
Welland Valley, Leicestershire Wildlife sightings, even on a short walk across the fields, demonstrate the effect of these âgreen corridorsâ
The reed buntings sway on their vertical perches like trapeze artists waiting for the next trick. Bare hawthorn whips make a good vantage point from which to survey the landscape before they flit into a field of winter stubble to feed.
The males have a black head and smart white collar, adding to the appearance of professional performers. The females look at bit dowdy at first but, on closer inspection, their streaky brown plumage and fine white moustaches, running from the base of the beak across their cheeks, are just as handsome. Continue reading...
British suicide bomberâs wife says his views became extreme after he began associating with Islamic State recruiter Raphael Hostey
The wife of British suicide bomber Jamal al-Harith has revealed for the first time that her husband was radicalised a decade after his release from GuantĂĄnamo Bay by the Islamic State recruiter Raphael Hostey.
Shukee Begum also said he was given âsubstantially lessâ than ÂŁ1m in compensation for his detention from the British government. Continue reading...
Millions face starvation, but the world is turning away. We are too late to prevent this severe food crisis â but we can and must act now to save lives
How can a disaster be unprecedented and yet also entirely predictable and preventable? And how can it be that, when such a catastrophe can be halted, we still fail to do so? That is the situation now unfolding across four countries, where 20 million people may starve to death within six months. The first famine recorded worldwide in six years has already been declared in part of South Sudan. Yemen, northern Nigeria and Somalia are also on the brink, according to the Famine Early Warning System, which says global hunger levels are at their highest for decades.
In the past, famine was often misunderstood as an inadequate food supply. Now we have grasped that â notwithstanding the alarming implications of a soaring global population, climate change and the effects of current farming practices â the key question is who can access food. People die because of disintegrating governments as well as poor rains. In each of the current cases, the problem has complex roots, but the striking common thread is conflict: the impact of jihadist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, the civil war in South Sudan and a war â fuelled in part by British and US bombs â that has destroyed and paralysed Yemenâs ports, to devastating effect in a country which imported 90% of its food. In Somalia, the primary immediate cause is drought, but decades of conflict have left it vulnerable. Continue reading...
Sydney archbishop Anthony Fisher says he canât be assured priests are ânot misbehaving againâ and struggles with financially supporting abusers
Sydneyâs Catholic archbishop says he canât pretend there is remotely enough supervision of abusive priests to be certain they wonât sexually assault children again.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher said on Friday the church financially supports known abusers and tries to find out where they live when they want nothing more to do with the institution. Continue reading...
Statement comes amid calls from party leader Pauline Hanson for a ban on Muslim immigration, surveillance in mosques and a royal commission into Islam
The rise of political parties with challenging views on Islam such as Australiaâs One Nation are a âconcernâ, the Indonesian foreign ministry says.
The minor partyâs leader, Pauline Hanson, has called for a halt to Muslim immigration, surveillance cameras in mosques and schools and a royal commission into whether Islam is a policy or an ideology. Continue reading...
Geert Wilders, the far-right leader of the Dutch populist Freedom party, suspends his public election campaign on Thursday after an alleged security leak. A Dutch secret service agent who was part of the team responsible for protecting Wilders has been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal organisation. The justice minister, Stef Blok, said Dutch politicians could âcampaign safely on Dutch streetsâ and said the alleged leak had endangered no one
Geert Wilders suspends election campaign over alleged security leak Continue reading...
Pauline Latham tells Commons debate on child refugees from France that it is not the UKâs job to look after them
Critics of the governmentâs decision to close the door on refugee children from Calais have been urged to âstop being sentimentalâ by a Tory backbencher.
Pauline Latham, the Conservative MP for mid-Derbyshire, said other governments across Europe should be looking after the children in their jurisdictions, not Britain. Continue reading...
- âSexually explicitâ video of giraffe in New York zoo briefly removed by YouTube
- Owner Jordan Patch blames âhandful of extremists and animal rights activistsâ
The owner of a New York zoo planning to livestream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit.
Related: Giraffes facing extinction after devastating decline, experts warn Continue reading...
Letter signed by former DPP also calls for release of report into 2015 strike that killed Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan in Syria
Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has co-signed a letter to Theresa May calling for greater transparency on the UKâs use of a âkill listâ for drone strikes targeting British fighters in Syria and elsewhere.
The letter calls for the release of a report by parliamentâs intelligence and security committee (ISC) into the British drone strike that killed Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan in Syria in August 2015, as well as the names of any further targets killed in the name of self-defence. Continue reading...
Pope criticises âdouble lifeâ led by some members of his own church during the sermon of his private morning mass
Pope Francis has delivered another criticism of some members of his own church, suggesting it was better to be an atheist than one of many Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.
In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning mass in his residence, he said: âIt is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life. Continue reading...
Four months after the start of the operation to take back Iraqâs second city from Islamic State, we map the progress of the coalition forces
In June 2014, when the leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a global caliphate, he did it from Mosul, Iraqâs second city. Isis rapidly expanded its territory in Iraq and Syria throughout that year, but has since been gradually pushed back, partly due to US-led airstrikes. Losing Mosul now could spell the end of the jihadi groupâs ability to control large swaths of Iraq. Continue reading...
Jonathan Head would face up to five years in jail if convicted in case that rights groups say exposes problem with Thai law
A British journalist with the BBC could face up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.
Rights groups say the case exposes how Thailandâs defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to expose wrongdoing in an endemically corrupt country. Continue reading...
The salt flats in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, are the largest in the world and contain 50-70% of the worldâÂs lithium reserves Continue reading...
Crowd of 650 people gather in city centre, waving placards and flags in protest at Benjamin Netanyahuâs visit
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered at Sydneyâs Town Hall on Thursday evening to voice their anger at the historic visit to Australia by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the 650-strong crowd, many waved placards and flags and chanted as they moved down Pitt Street and through the central business district while a police helicopter hovered overhead. Continue reading...
Kim Jong-unâs multilingual, well-travelled older brother might have helped the country towards reform
As the news surrounding Kim Jong-namâs death gets increasingly surreal itâs easy to forget what he could have represented: a North Korea capable of gradual reform.
Unlike most of his fellow citizens he was multilingual and travelled around the world from a young age, and while he never crossed to a position of dissent â by speaking out about human rights abuses or befriending defectors â a North Korea with him in the power structure could have looked remarkably different. Continue reading...
George Clooney turns tables on Donald Trump âŠ Bowie and BeyoncĂ© among winners at the Brits âŠ and row over freed Gitmo prisoner who joined Isis
Hello, this is Warren Murray getting you up to speed. Continue reading...
A menâs social club celebrates their lack of hair in Tsuruta City with a bizarre game of tug of war Continue reading...
An annual get-together tries to âview baldness in a positive mannerâ and also involves a game of tug of war using suction cups
Itâs not normally a club that you want to join, but a few dozen Japanese men are prepared to make a go of it and celebrate their baldness in the Tsuruta City Bald Menâs Club.
Gathering for their annual event at hot springs in the city 700km north of Tokyo, members took turns competing in a game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup to each of their heads. The cup is attached to a single red rope and both sides then attempt to pull the cup off of their opponentâs head. Continue reading...
If Beijing allows human rights to deteriorate in Hong Kong, then the whole country will lose all hope of reform
Hong Kongâs leader Leung âCYâ Chun-ying is preparing to leave office following a five-year term marred by allegations of corruption, controversial remarks, and unfulfilled promises. He will be the first chief executive not to serve a second term.
With elections for his successor scheduled for 26 March, what does the future hold for Hong Kong? Continue reading...
Crown Prince Naruhito turns 57 and says he will share âpain and joy of the peopleâ like his father, who wants to step down due to old age and illness
Japanâs Crown Prince Naruhito has marked his 57th birthday by announcing he is ready to become emperor upon the expected abdication of his father, Akihito.
A government panel is debating how to allow the 83-year-old Akihito, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, to step down after he said in August that he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfil his duties. Continue reading...
Oxfam warns that inequality personified by clove cigarette tycoons Budi and Michael Hartono will damage the nationâs economy
The four richest men in Indonesia own as much wealth as the countryâs poorest 100 million citizens, despite the nationâs president repeatedly pledging to fighting âdangerousâ levels of inequality.
Oxfam on Thursday highlighted Indonesia as one of the most unequal countries in the world, where the number of dollar billionaires has increased from one in 2002 to 20 in 2016. Continue reading...
As US envoys visit Mexico City for talks, Luis Videgaray says his government will use the UN to defend migrants from deportation
Mexico has indicated it will not accept the Trump administrationâs new immigration proposals, saying it will go to the United Nations to defend the rights of immigrants in the US.
Luis Videgaray, Mexicoâs foreign minister, was responding to Donald Trumpâs plans to enforce immigration rules more vigorously against undocumented migrants, which could lead to mass deportations to Mexico, not just of Mexicans but also citizens of other Latin American countries. Continue reading...
Former GuantĂĄnamo detainee Jamal al-Harith was able to travel to Iraq because he was not considered a major security threat
The British former GuantĂĄnamo detainee thought to have carried out a suicide bombing for Islamic State in Iraq this week was not being monitored by the British security services when he left the UK in 2014.
Jamal al-Harith was not a subject of active investigation at the time, the Guardian understands, because he was not considered to be a major security threat, so there would not have been a reason to have stopped him travelling abroad to join the terror group. Continue reading...
How do ships safely navigate the San Francisco Bay? In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka gives a guided tour of the Bayâs marine traffic, tracks trees in major cities, and maps the US based on the flow of its commuters
How do ships safely navigate in and out of the San Francisco Bay? This animated story map by Sam Kronick of Mapbox answers this question by taking you on a guided tour of the Bayâs marine traffic.
Based on 24 hours of telemetry data from the US Coast Guard, the map displays in striking detail the paths taken by every ship to sail within the Bay harbour on 1 September 2014. Each ship is categorised by size, and the depth of the Bay waters are conveyed using colour, adding some context for interpreting the shipsâ movements. Continue reading...
As part of an effort to âclean upâ Brazilâs biggest city, mayor JoĂŁo Doria has been down on his knees, spraying grey paint over beloved street art. Locals are furious
For many of the 12 million people who live in SĂŁo Paulo, sitting in traffic and staring out the window at the graffiti-coated walls that line the 23 de Maio thoroughfare is a daily ritual, defining life in the city like the shake of a London umbrella or the swipe of a New York Metrocard. In a city locked in by traffic and grey high-rises, these long swaths of colourful, ever-changing graffiti images â beautiful, ugly, political and sometimes offensive â serve as jagged cuts in the cityâs visual monotony.
And then, one morning, the walls were grey. Continue reading...
Has the great urbanisation of our species over the last 5,000 years been good for humanity or bad? Itâs a story that can be told by examining ancient skeletons â which reveal incredible dangers, but also point to a bright future
The UN human settlements programme predicts that homo sapiens will soon be a majority urban species: 60% of humans will live in cities by 2030. More than 10 millennia of adaptations have gone into changing our lives from free-range to metropolitan. Yet in evolutionary terms this is a blindingly swift change of habitat, and to understand what it means for our future we must turn to the long view of archaeology.
The accumulation of humans in dense habitations â cities â has had enormous and frequently fatal consequences. Problems of access to resources, disease transmission and pollution follow rapidly on the heels of our great urban experiment. And it is precisely these problems, originating many thousand of years ago, that we must come to terms with if we are going to survive as a species. Continue reading...
The Cologne Public Library is serving as a social and educational space for the cityâs refugees, as counterparts across Germany increasingly become places for community engagement. Could the UK learn from this?
While a flurry of snow threatens to fall outside at any moment, Sanaw, a 30-year-old Kurdish Christian from western Iran, is proudly describing his involvement in a nativity play over Christmas.
He holds court at a table of eight fellow refugees, explaining in coherent German how the local theatre group, of which he has only been a member for a matter of months, has helped to improve his sense of belonging in Cologne, his home city for just over a year. Continue reading...
Maltaâs picturesque capital has been used as the set of Gladiator, Troy and Kingâs Landing in Game of Thrones â but it is also riven by subterranean passages that go back to the legendary Knights of Malta. As the city prepares to be European Capital of Culture, should the tunnels be opened to the public?
When Albert Dimech recognised us, rather than introducing himself, he simply said: âFollow me.â
Dimech had asked the artist Leanne Wijnsma and me to meet him in the centre of Valletta, Maltaâs capital city and the European capital for culture in 2018. Wijnsma had been commissioned by the Valletta 2018 foundation to create a piece of artwork about the cityâs subterranean world, and Dimech was our point of contact. Continue reading...
A new $53m BRT (bus rapid transit) system has the power to reduce Hanoiâs dreadful air pollution. Persuading residents of Vietnamâs rapidly expanding capital to ditch their motorbikes and private cars, however, will be another story
From his high-rise office building in Hanoi, Tran Dung can barely see his cityâs skyline behind the thick layer of smog. Before leaving work, the 25-year-old executive assistant checks the pollution reading on his AirVisual app, which provides real-time measurements of PM2.5 â the tiny particles found in smog that can damage your throat and lungs.
Hanoiâs PM2.5 levels typically range from 100 to 200 micrograms per cubic metre â regularly within the globally acknowledged âunhealthyâ category. But on 19 December last year, they hit âhazardous levelsâ at 343ÎŒg/m3, which was higher than Beijing. Continue reading...
Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air
When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.
Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. Continue reading...
Last month there were 300,000 doctorâs visits in Hong Kong linked to smog â much of which wafts over from mainland China. But in a busy town obsessed with money, will it take a direct economic hit to wake people to the danger?
At the age of three, Margaux Giraudon developed something akin to a smokerâs cough. Thereafter, she became all too familiar with the inside of her doctorâs office in Hong Kong.
For years, her father Nicolas Giraudon was told the same thing by doctors: âYour daughter is sensitive to changes in the weather.â Eventually she grew so ill that she was hooked up to breathing machines in the hospital for three days, inhaling medicine delivered in a mist. At that point, Giraudon decided it was time for the family to return to his native France. Continue reading...
Premature births across 183 countries may be associated with fine particulate matter, a common air pollutant, with Africa and Asia especially affected
Air pollution could be a contributing factor in millions of premature births around the world each year, a new report has found.
Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth is the leading cause of death among children younger than five years old, and can cause lifelong learning disabilities, visual and hearing problems, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Continue reading...
From particle-zapping bus stops to compact âsmartâ air filters, we examine the methods that tackle the symptoms of air pollution
Tackling the causes of air pollution has been on of the themes of our special focus this week, The Air We Breathe.
But in the short term, what about the symptoms? We examined some of the most common solutions to see if the claims they make are anything more than hot air. Continue reading...
Initial optimism quashed after it emerges that announcement of ânewâ government support for famine-hit country refers to funding already in place
The British government is facing questions after announcing it was responding to the declaration of famine in South Sudan by allocating ÂŁ100m of new money that had, in reality, already been reserved for the stricken country.
On Wednesday, the UKâs Department for International Development (DfID) released a statement trumpeting what it described as ânew humanitarian supportâ for South Sudan. Continue reading...
Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the countryâs unique cultural context
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When Boliviaâs government sought to protect children by keeping the minimum working age at 14, child protesters took to the streets. They demanded the legal working age be lowered. As a result, in some cases, children are allowed to work at the age of 10. Continue reading...
Kary Stewart analiza por quĂ© 850.000 niĂ±os trabajan en Bolivia y si los nĂșmeros pueden ser vindicados por el contexto cultural Ășnico del paĂs
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Cuando el gobierno boliviano tratĂł de proteger a los niĂ±os instaurando la edad mĂnima de 14 aĂ±os para trabajar, los manifestantes salieron a las calles. Exigieron que la edad legal de trabajo se redujera. Como resultado, en algunos casos, se permite que los niĂ±os trabajen a la edad de 10 aĂ±os. Continue reading...
Hopes of renewed impetus on efforts to prevent famine in north-east Nigeria tempered by concerns over omission of word âdonorâ from summitâs official title
Days after the worldâs first famine in six years was declared in South Sudan, the rich countries convening in Norway this week to discuss the Nigeria food crisis face pressure to stump up funds to prevent a second, in north-east Nigeria.
Uppermost on the agenda will be the failure of wealthy states to react more quickly to an international humanitarian appeal for more than 5 million people facing severe food shortages. Sensitive issues surrounding the Nigerian governmentâs ongoing offensive against Boko Haram militants in the stricken region are also likely to be discussed at the Oslo conference. Continue reading...
Funding response follows UN warnings that 40% of South Sudanâs population are in urgent need, with people already dying from hunger
New and existing funds provided by the EU and the UK government will be made available to South Sudan following the declaration of famine in the country.
The UN has warned that about 40% of South Sudanâs population are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and that people are already dying from hunger caused by famine in parts of the country. Continue reading...
UN agency and other organisations warn that 14 million people need urgent aid, with food shortages in the north-east driven by Boko Haram insurgency
Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five in north-eastern Nigeria will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, with up to 20% dying unless more is done to reach them, according to the UN childrenâs fund, Unicef, and other aid organisations.
The estimated number of affected children is now 450,000 (pdf), with 14 million people needing humanitarian assistance across the region. Continue reading...
Dialogue with Sudan to tackle migrant numbers is putting UK and EUâs reputation for championing human rights at risk, says parliamentary committee
UK and European Union attempts to reduce migration from Sudan risk giving legitimacy to its government, which has been accused of human rights abuses, politicians have warned.
The focus on cutting migration from Sudan âis likely to push the UK towards institutions and individuals with whom we differ on principleâ, said a report by MPs and peers (pdf) on the all-party parliamentary group for Sudan and South Sudan. Continue reading...
The aid operations hoping to save lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, and remembering the master statistician and development champion
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With famine declared in parts of South Sudan, and looming in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, Ben Quinn reported on the complex and innovative aid operations under way to save millions of lives. Agencies say that the difference between success and failure of the far-reaching food distribution drive hinges on whether donors will stump up the more than $5.6bn (ÂŁ4.5bn) needed to tackle food insecurity in the four countries.
And tributes poured in for data guru and development champion Hans Rosling, who died aged 68. Ann Linstrand, head of the vaccine unit at Swedenâs public health agency, remembered him as a kind and constantly curious genius who touched countless lives with his virtuosity for bringing figures to life, encouraging people around the world to engage with facts about population, global health and inequality that might otherwise have passed them by. Continue reading...
Despite Trumpâs âbad hombresâ rhetoric, refugees are more likely to be victims of crime, with criminal gangs often working hand in glove with the authorities
Marco MartĂnez had just stepped off the bus with five other Honduran migrants when four police cars sped into the terminal in downtown CĂĄrdenas. They ran, but were quickly captured. Continue reading...
Jamal al-Harith joined Isis and became a suicide bomber, but what did the future hold for the other UK citizens and residents?
Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq after joining Islamic State, was one of at least 17 British citizens and residents known to have been imprisoned in the US GuantĂĄnamo camps in Cuba.
All were interviewed by the British authorities on their return. In 2010 the government agreed to pay them millions of pounds in compensation. Continue reading...
Bureaucratic wrangles pose threat to US presidentâs campaign pledge but visit by top officials raises other contentious issues
Mexico will host its first high-profile Donald Trump envoys this week with at least one consolation: the proposed border wall is itself walled in, for now, by Washington bureaucracy.
Federal agencies are reportedly resisting the idea and Congress is hesitant to fund it, leaving the president fighting a lonely battle to keep his campaign promise. Continue reading...
Who are the people arrested and sought in connection with the assassination of the North Korean leaderâs half-brother?
Malaysian police are investigating the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-nam, who died from a seizure en route to hospital on 13 February after telling staff at Kuala Lumpur international airport that a woman had sprayed chemicals on his face.
Four people of different nationalities have been arrested and seven North Koreans are wanted in connection with the attack on the exiled half-brother of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. Continue reading...
Lord Neuberger thinks the media should have a âdegree of responsibilityâ in its reporting, but isnât that a curb on its liberty to speak out?
Those of us who thought Lord Neuberger, outgoing president of the supreme court, was best advised to say nothing while the Daily Mail was doing its foaming Brexit schtick about judicial âenemies of the peopleâ found fears confirmed when his lordship finally joined battle last week. âThe rule of law, together with democracy, is one of the two pillars on which our society is based,â Neuberger told the Today show. Indeed, judges were âthe ultimate guardiansâ of the rule of law.
Of course, the press and media âhave a positive duty to keep an eye on things. But I think with that power comes the degree of responsibility.â We donât want unjustified attacks âunderminingâ society. Continue reading...
The presidentâs belligerent approach to the press may distract from problems in the short term, experts say, but history shows such hostility can end badly
Though it was ostensibly called to announce his new nominee for the Department of Labor, Donald Trumpâs 77-minute freewheeling press conference on Thursday spent little time on the matter.
Instead, speaking to a room of reporters who repeatedly sought to clarify when and if Trump staffers had had contact with Russians, he recast the event as a referendum on reporters everywhere. Continue reading...
As we obsess over the latest tweet or never-ending breaking news, letâs not forget that the new administration is causing tangible harm every day
Resignations, Russians and pressers, oh my.
Weâre barely a month in, yet somehow every day feels like four years. If the president of the United States isnât having a complete meltdown during a press conference, then his nomination for labor secretary is withdrawing his name because of an old domestic violence accusation. And thereâs the whole campaign-staff-in-touch-with-Russians thing. Thatâs all! Continue reading...
The White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, made a rare public appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, in which he taunted the media for supposedly misrepresenting Donald Trump and his first month in office. Bannon, who has rarely appeared in public since joining Trumpâs White House, said the administration would continue to fight every day for Trumpâs vision. âIf you think theyâre going to give you your country back without a fight, youâre sadly mistaken,â he told the crowd Continue reading...
The White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized feminists and the Womenâs March during her remarks on the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington DC. Conway said she did not call herself a feminist because she is not âanti-maleâ or âpro-abortionâ Continue reading...
Luke Harding considers the many links between Donald Trumpâs administration and Russia. As well as praising President Vladimir Putin, Trump has surrounded himself with men with close ties with Russia. He has failed to quash allegations that his staff had improper contact with Russian officials, or that he has business interests in Russia Continue reading...
The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the justice and education departments were reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools. If changed, the decision could reverse a historic directive issued last May by Barack Obama designed to protect the rights of transgender students amid growing confusion and controversy at schools. Instead, individual states would be able to determine their own policies Continue reading...
Several fires were lit at the Dakota Access pipeline protest campsite in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, early Wednesday ahead of a deadline from authorities to abandon the area. For months, hundreds of Native Americans and environmental activists have occupied the site as they protest the pipelineâs construction, but Donald Trump has signed an executive order clearing the way for construction to move ahead Continue reading...