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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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With a week until the final poll, French voters face a choice between the unpalatable and the unacceptable
At the university of Paris Nanterre, on the outskirts of the French capital, Antoine Guerreiro of the union of communist students was handing out leaflets urging students to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the presidential election next Sunday.
Or, to be strictly accurate, to vote against the Front Nationalâs Marine Le Pen. Guerreiro can find very little â if anything â to support in Macronâs programme, but needs must. The alternative is worse. Continue reading...
The town of Central Islip is confronting both the brutal Salvadorean street gang and the fear of sweeping community deportations after a crackdown
The first victims were high school friends Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16 â killed as they were out on an evening walk last September. A week later, the bodies of Oscar Acosta and Miguel Garcia-Moran, both 19 and missing since the start of the year, were found near an abandoned hospital. Then, this month, four teenage boys were killed close by in a park in Central Islip, a predominantly Latino town on New Yorkâs Long Island, 40 miles east of Manhattan.
In that incident, the killers used machetes or other sharp instruments, their grotesque handiwork betraying the cruelty and ritualism of MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, a neighbourhood street gang with its roots in El Salvadorâs civil war of the 80s and 90s. Continue reading...
The French presidential hopeful has made no secret of her admiration for Russiaâs strongman leader, but her relationship with Trump is less clearcut
The week after Donald Trump won the US presidential election last November, Marine Le Pen was inaugurating the headquarters of her own election campaign in Paris, less than a mile from the ElysĂ©e Palace she hopes to move into soon.
The far-right, anti-immigration Front National leader had been the only French political leader to back Trump in his bid for the White House. She has also made no secret of her admiration for Russiaâs president, Vladimir Putin. Continue reading...
The president is learning the limits of power
On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.
The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop May Day becoming a rallying point for socialists and unionised workers, but for an embattled president learning politics on the job it has an added resonance. Continue reading...
Users trying to access online encyclopaedia via Turkish internet providers receive âconnection timed outâ error message
Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the countryâs telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.
Later on Saturday, Turkish authorities said they had sacked more than 3,900 civil servants, and military and police personnel as the purge of alleged anti-government officials continued, and also banned TV dating shows. Continue reading...
Gessica Notaro has become the face of a campaign to end violence against women
On the sixth anniversary of her brotherâs suicide, Gessica Notaro, a dolphin trainer and former Miss Italy finalist, thought that she would die too.
As she returned home from dinner with friends on 10 January, the 28-year-old had acid thrown in her face, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend Jorge Edson Tavares, 29. Continue reading...
Her husband is the convicted killer some call the Palestinian Mandela
Not long before Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned leader of Fatah, called the largest hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in recent years, his wife, Fadwa, and daughter Ruba visited him in Hadarim prison, Israel.
âThe last time I went to visit him with my daughter was two to three months ago,â recalled Fadwa last week on the 11th day of the strike. âMy daughter said to him, âI wish you wouldnât do this. We donât see you very often. My brothers donât see you. We will worry about you and not be able to visit.â He replied: âI know itâs going to be painful for the familyâ.â Continue reading...
Soviet-made plane crashed into hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, government says
A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said.
In a written statement, the ministry of the revolutionary armed forces said the Soviet-made, twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26 took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6.38am and crashed into a hillside outside the town of Candelaria about 40 miles away. Continue reading...
Vladimir Putin is riding high, expecting a fourth term as president and allegedly influencing elections from the US to France â but Alexei Navalny is determined to stop him
Alexei Navalny is in good spirits for a man who can hardly step outside without being insulted, assaulted or arrested. Earlier this month he was released from a 15-day stint in a Russian jail. And on Thursday, in Moscow, unknown assailants threw green dye in his face, the second such attack in recent months. But his habitual half-smirk never seems to waver.
Perhaps it is because, as Vladimir Putin prepares to stand for yet another presidential term in elections next March, Navalny is threatening to bring some life to the arid landscape that is Russian politics. Navalny was imprisoned because of a protest he called for on 26 March. It surprised everyone with its size. In Moscow alone, police detained more than 1,000 people, and jailed dozens. Although the numbers were small in absolute terms, people protested in dozens of towns across Russia, marking a worrying new development for the Kremlin. Continue reading...
NestlĂ© bows to environmental backlash over popular home brewing system
Coffee company Nespresso â part of Swiss multinational NestlĂ© â is to trial a scheme for consumers to recycle their used aluminium capsules for the first time in the UK, in the face of a growing environmental backlash against increasingly popular single-serve pods, many of which end up in landfill.
A six-month pilot, starting this week in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will allow Nespresso Club members to recycle their used capsules through their council household recycling service, using special purple bags provided by the company. The boroughâs 190,000 residents will only be able to put out capsules made by Nespresso. Continue reading...
Pope Francis says widespread war would destroy âa good part of humanityâ while president, asked about likelihood of military action, says: âWeâll seeâ
Pope Francis has said a third country should mediate the dispute between North Korea and the US, which he said had become âtoo hotâ, risking a war in which âa good part of humanityâ would be destroyed.
Related: North Korea nuclear threat: should California start panicking? Continue reading...
Pedro CanchĂ© has finally won an apology for being jailed after he criticized a state governor. But, he asked, what about the 104 journalists killed since 2006?
Pedro CanchĂ©, an indigenous journalist and activist in the southern Mexico state of Quintana Roo, had a hunch the local authorities were closing in on him for his coverage of angry protests over rising water rates in local Mayan communities.
So he filmed a video criticizing the intensely image-conscious state governor, Roberto Borge, and uploaded it to YouTube in August 2014. Just a few days later, police pulled CanchĂ© from his car and threw him in prison on charges that he had sabotaged a local waterworks. Continue reading...
Call for commission to reconsider celibacy as condition of priesthood as number of priests in England and Wales plummets
Catholic bishops in England and Wales are facing a fresh call for a national commission on the ordination of married men amid mounting concern that the churchâs celibacy requirement is contributing to a shortage of priests.
The call for a review of celibacy as a condition of priesthood comes after Pope Francis signalled last month he was open to the possibility of ordaining married men under specific conditions. The issue is expected to raised at a synod next year on vocation. Continue reading...
Peopleâs Daily says US president could âendanger the global economyâ and damage âexport-oriented countriesâ
Chinese leaders are worried about Donald Trump engaging in a âtax warâ with Beijing, potentially fuelling tensions between the two countries already strained by problems such as North Korea, trade and the South China Sea.
A commentary in the Peopleâs Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist party, attacked Trumpâs plan to reduce taxes on companies and simplify swaths of US tax code, highlighting Beijingâs fears the move could harm businesses back home. Continue reading...
Police clash with striking union workers in streets of Rio de Janeiro and SĂŁo Paulo as protesters in 26 states demonstrate against Michel Temerâs proposed reforms
Brazilian unions have ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer with a nationwide general strike that closed schools, disrupted transport networks and led to clashes with public security in several cities.
Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro and SĂŁo Paulo blocked key roads with barricades of burning tires on. Riot police used teargas and percussion grenades to try to disperse the crowds and open the routes. Continue reading...
Presidential hopefulâs comments on French TV raise the possibility of migrant camp springing up to the UK
Emmanuel Macron, the favourite in the race to become the next French president, has suggested that he would want to renegotiate an agreement that allows British border police to operate in Calais.
The centrist politician, who will go head to head against Marine Le Pen in the final round of the election on 7 May, said: âI want to put the Le Touquet border deal back on the table. It must be renegotiated, especially the parts that deal with the fate of isolated child migrants.â Continue reading...
Politicians voted 46-0 in favour, but pro-Russian lawmakers boycotted session and outside parliament hundreds of anti-Nato protesters gathered
Montenegroâs parliament has supported the Balkan countryâs membership in Nato in a historic turn toward the west amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.
Politicians voted 46-0 to ratify the accession treaty with the western military alliance. They then stood up and applauded the decision. Continue reading...
Nationalist protesters attacked politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker
The EU and Nato have pleaded for calm in Macedonia after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje on Thursday, attacking politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker.
The protesters, supporters of former prime minister Nikola Gruevskiâs conservative, Russia-backed VMRO party, demanded new elections. Continue reading...
Frustration mounts among locals on the Greek island, where refugees feel like prisoners with no hope of getting to mainland Europe
On a clear day the channel dividing Chios from the Turkish coast does not look like a channel at all. The nooks and crevices of Turkeyâs western shores, its wind turbines and summer homes could, to the naked eye, be a promontory of the Greek island itself. For the men, women and children who almost daily make the crossing in dinghies and other smuggler craft, it is a God-given proximity, the gateway to Europe that continues to lure.
Samuel Aneke crossed the sea almost a year ago on 1 June. Like those before him, and doubtless those who will follow, he saw the five-mile stretch as the last hurdle to freedom. âYou could say geography brought me here,â said the Nigerian, a broad smile momentarily dousing his otherwise dour demeanour. âBut it was not supposed to keep me prisoner.â Continue reading...
Tickets cost up to $12,780 for music event endorsed by influencers on Instagram but social media reports suggest âdisasterâ
It was billed as an Instagram-worthy luxury festival in the Bahamas â but the supposedly glamorous Fyre festival seems to be anything but.
Tickets for the festival, which was co-organised by the rapper Ja Rule, cost up to $12,780 for a luxury four-person package. Festivalgoers were promised âa cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and foodâ. Continue reading...
Hundreds of marches held around the US including in Washington DC, Seattle, Boston and San Francisco
Thousands of people across the US have marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat to demand action on climate change mass protests that coincided with president Donald Trumpâs 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections.
A sea of protesters taking part in the Peopleâs Climate March swarmed in front of the White House to demand Trump rethink plans to reverse the climate change policies. Continue reading...
The Canadian thinker is determined to defend his university against interference by the Hungarian state
Michael Ignatieff is living life in reverse. Most people opt for their most demanding roles early on, then a quieter life. But after a career in philosophy, novel-writing and journalism, Ignatieff chose politics in his native Canada, followed at the age of 69 by his most difficult role to date: rector of the Central European University in Budapest. It is a task that has led him into battle to defend academic freedom against the onslaught of the Hungarian government, as its populist prime minister, Viktor OrbĂĄn, strives to bring the CEU to heel through a new education law.
Under recent Hungarian legislation aimed at overseas-registered universities, staff will have to acquire work permits, which the CEU says will restrict its ability to hire staff. The government is also demanding that the university open a wing in America and that it no longer teach US-accredited courses. Continue reading...
The Ukrainian city of Lviv â long noted for its Habsburg-era buildings and vibrant cafes â is in the throes of a trash crisis. Who is really to blame?
An enchanting city in western Ukraine, Lviv has gained a pleasant reputation for its rugged, Habsburg-era beauty and vibrant cafe scene. More recently, however, it has become known for something entirely different: heaping piles of trash.
For months, Lviv has struggled to properly dispose of the several hundred tonnes of waste it produces each day. Municipal officials say local trash collectors face restricted access to nearby landfills, leaving them few other places to turn with the cityâs rubbish. Continue reading...
Home to iconic movie scenes and late-night cheap feasts, New Yorkâs diners have been dramatically declining as a result of rising rents. Photographer Riley Arthur set out to document those remaining
New York-based freelance photographer Riley Arthur has an obsession with diners in the Big Apple. In fact, she has photographed more than 135 of them in all five boroughs (@dinersofnyc). âI see it as both a living archive as well as a historic one,â she says. âIâm rushing to document as many as possible.â
New York City was once home to thousands of diner establishments; now roughly 215 are left, according to the cityâs public records. Even in the 18 months since Arthur began her project, eight diners she had photographed have closed. Some of these â Hectorâs, Pearl Diner, Square Diner â count among the five last standalone diners in the city. Continue reading...
Famous for its beaches and nightlife, Hungaryâs favourite holiday destination empties out in the colder months, leaving it a bleak ghost town. Former resident Marietta Varga captures a surreal urban landscape devoid of people
Born in 1992, Marietta Varga (@mattivarga) grew up in the Hungarian city of SiĂłfok by the beaches of Lake Balaton. After a decade living abroad, she recently returned to capture a nostalgic portrait of her hometown.
âSiĂłfok is often called Hungaryâs summer capital as so many people flock there in the warm months,â she says, âso for most people the city is only known as their holiday destination. But those who grow up here can see the town in an entirely different way.â Continue reading...
Driving to work, driving to dinner, driving to meet friends âŠ this quintessentially American invention requires a limitless supply of land and resources. Los Angeles is infamously sprawling but is it the worst offender?
As a young child in Glasgow I was desperate to visit the United States, to see its incredible landscapes and its legendary urbanism: the Grand Canyon, the Manhattan skyline. But it wasnât until visiting much later that I experienced what is truly the iconic American landscape: the strip, that stretch of multi-lane road leading off into the distance, surrounded on either side by fast-food restaurants, islands of retail lost in seas of asphalt.
Strip development, and its cousin the shopping mall, are symbols of Americaâs gift to urbanism: sprawl. Los Angeles may be the worldâs most famously sprawling city but is it the worst culprit? What about Montreal, or Brisbane, both low density cities in countries with no shortage of space and a strong love of the car? Continue reading...
As Rauma reaches its 575th year, residents of this surprisingly cosmopolitan city will celebrate its the beauty of its Unesco-listed old town, and its history as an important medieval port
The city of a smidgen under 40,000 people on Finlandâs west coast, clustered around an immaculate Unesco-garlanded wooden old town, celebrates its 575th anniversary this week. Depending on how you classify these things, that makes Rauma either the countryâs third, fourth or fifth oldest chartered town. Anyway, itâs old âŠ with enough of a concentration of culture to make Unesco look twice: the bronze age cairns at nearby SammallahdenmĂ€ki also made it on to the World Heritage list. Continue reading...
Seattle has become the first major US city to shut a public bike share scheme. Was it the helmet law âŠ or the lack of cycle lanes and the notorious hills and rain?
A small group of supporters, journalists and a city councilman gathered at the end of last month to take Seattleâs cycle share bikes out for one last spin. Mayor Ed Murray had pulled the plug on the Pronto system after two-and-a-half years of low ridership, financial troubles and waning political support.
Sitting tall on the clunky, lime green bikes, our group of 10 pedalled through downtownâs heavy evening rush hour traffic, picking up a few more mourners on Pronto bikes en route. Continue reading...
When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles 60 years ago, the construction of their stadium was meant to forge the cityâs rise to modernity. Instead it provoked a racially charged battle of eviction and protest that shaped LA for decades to come
On 10 April 1962, amid ceremony and celebration, Dodger Stadium, major league baseballâs modern showpiece, opened in Los Angeles. It was a day of pride and accomplishment for Walter OâMalley, the 58-year-old owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had moved his team from New York in 1957 in order to build the ballpark of his dreams, one with every possible amenity and convenience. Now here it stood in the former Chavez Ravine neighbourhood, a beautiful setting overlooking downtown Los Angeles to the south and the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.
The city of Los Angeles also had reason to be proud. It had attracted the Brooklyn Dodgers, a storied and successful baseball franchise, with the promise of the finest stadium in America. Here it was, adorned in vibrant earth-to-sky colours, with unobstructed field views and the biggest and most technologically advanced scoreboard in the game. It was already being called the wonder of the baseball world, a grand civic monument befitting a world-class city. OâMalley, the Dodgers and Los Angeles had done it. Continue reading...
This small city in Guatemala hosts one of the worldâs most famous Holy Week parades â but the influx of visitors brings new challenges to its ancient streets
In much of the Catholic world, especially Spanish-speaking countries, huge religious parades â procesiĂłnes â are staged to mark the days leading up to Easter. Religious collectives, often grouped around brotherhoods or guilds, parade shrines of Christ or the Virgin Mary through the streets, often with burning incense, spine-chilling chants and a little light flagellation.
The city of Antigua, in southern Guatemala, is no exception â in fact, it leads the pack, with spectacular procesiones that are among the worldâs most iconic. Antiguaâs parades are a voluptuous, baroque, often dramatic affair â and not a brief one. âA parade can easily come out at 3pm and finish at 2am,â says Mary BolaĂ±os, a local photographer. She says the marches are an experience âone should live at least onceâ. Continue reading...
From Prague to Los Angeles, tours led by homeless guides are showing visitors the dark heart of familiar cities â but does it help, or is it just poverty porn?
It is a Friday afternoon in late winter and I am standing outside Pragueâs central train station, near a bronze statue of Woodrow Wilson, stripping to my long underwear. A few minutes earlier Iâd met KlĂĄra, from the tourism group Pragulic, who hauled carrier bags filled with the clothes I would wear over the next 24 hours as a homeless person.
Along with my new outfit, she gave me two things: a late-model Nokia programmed with contacts for the police, fire department, Pragulicâs staff and my guide, Robert, and an envelope containing my budget â 20 koruna (60p). âYou can use it to change in the bathrooms in the station,â she says, âor you can save it and change out here.â Continue reading...
In 1950, Indiaâs prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru invited the architect Le Corbusier to design a modernist city that broke with the countryâs colonial past. Shaun Fynn explored the world heritage site Continue reading...
Arrival of Thaad defence system in Seongju fails to reassure villagers as voters in Seoul call for engagement with Pyongyang not threats
It took just a few hours to transform Seongju from a sleepy farming village in the South Korean foothills into a symbol of the US military might ranged against North Korea.
Once a retreat for amateur golfers , the Lotte Seongju country club is now in the hands of the most powerful military in the world and its South Korean allies. Continue reading...
Police arrest man after âviolent and sustained attackâ left Londoner Archie Sheppard dead
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 48-year-old man who was stabbed to death on a bus.
Archie Sheppard, from Neasden, north-west London, was subjected to a âviolent and sustained attackâ on the top deck of a No 189 bus before being discovered by a passenger. Continue reading...
Unless both sides bend, there can be no resolution. Imaginative leadership is essential
It has long been considered axiomatic, at least on Europeâs political left, that Palestine lies at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict and that lasting peace in the Middle East depends, first and foremost, on resolution of this decades-old struggle. In recent years, such thinking has been overtaken by events. The problem has been sidelined. Yet as the region approaches the 50th anniversary of the six-day war that left Palestinian land under permanent occupation, and as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners begin their third week on hunger strike in Israeli jails, fears of a new intifada are growing. It is time to refocus attention on this dangerous stalemate before it again explodes into open, violent confrontation.
Related: Wife of jailed Fatah leader tells of her fears for hunger strikers Continue reading...
My father, Ben Obumselu, who has died aged 86, was a leading literary critic, a key figure in the Biafran war and, later, an influential political adviser in Nigeria. A combination of scholarship and political engagement informed much of his life.
He was among a formidable generation of university graduates in the mid-1950s poised to lead Nigeria at independence in 1960. At Ibadan University, where he studied English and classics, he was the first president of the National Union of Nigerian Students. Like his contemporaries, the writers Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chris Okigbo, he was a protege of the pioneering professor of English Molly Mahood. Continue reading...
The speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania returns to familiar campaign themes and includes a dig at the âvery boringâ White House correspondentsâ dinner
Donald Trump returned to familiar territory on Saturday in a bullish campaign-style speech in Pennsylvania to mark his 100 days in office.
In a performance that suggested the president was still in election mode, he repeated his scathing attacks on the media and his well-worn pledges to build a wall, destroy Isis, drain the swamp and revive the military. Continue reading...
Treasurerâs move comes after pressure from former WA government, which blamed âunfairâ federal GST carve-up on budget deficit
Scott Morrison has ordered a review of the way the goods and services tax is distributed among the states and territories.
The treasurerâs move comes after years of heavy campaigning from the former Liberal government in Western Australia, which blamed the âunfairâ federal GST carve-up on its $3.9bn budget deficit before this yearâs WA election. Continue reading...
SeĂĄn Cookeâs father says his sonâs dream of playing in the UK was harmed when he was denied the opportunity to play in front of talent scouts
An Irish teenager has lost a case taken against his former football club, where he claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after he was dropped from the team as a 13-year-old.
SeĂĄn Cooke, 18, sued Carrigaline United over alleged ill treatment by coaches at the club. Cooke told Judge SeĂĄn OâDonnabhain at Cork circuit court that he was a good player who hoped to play professionally in Britain, but was not given the chance to play in front of talent scouts after he was allegedly dropped. Continue reading...
Deportation of Phan âSandyâ Phan-Gillis, who was arrested on a business trip and accused of espionage, comes at a time of warming China-US relations
An American woman who was arrested on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the US.
Jeff Gillis said his wife, Phan âSandyâ Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles from the southern city of Guangzhou on Friday evening. The couple planned to stay in LA a few days to visit relatives before returning to their Houston home, he said. Continue reading...
Rapper says event, which has been likened to Lord of the Flies, was ânot a scamâ as co-organiser admits he was âa little naiveâ
The organisers of a luxury music festival in the Bahamas have apologised after the event descended into chaos, drawing comparisons to The Hunger Games and The Lord of The Flies.
Fyre Festival, on the private Great Exumas island, had been billed as a âcultural momentâ for monied millennials, with tickets costing up to $12,780 for a four-person package. It was heavily promoted on Instagram as an opportunity to mingle with models and âinfluencersâ, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. Continue reading...
Donald Trump has condemned North Korea for âdisrespecting the wishes of Chinaâ after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile despite rising tensions in the region.
The unsuccessful test comes as the United States pushed for tougher sanctions to curb the countryâs nuclear threat. Writing on Twitter, the US president said Pyongyang had defied Chinese president Xi Jinping by going ahead with the launch. Continue reading...
The original advertisement for the beleaguered Fyre Festival in the Bahamas promises a âtransformativeâ experience on a âremote and private island ... once owned by Pablo Escobarâ. The festival had to be abandoned after ticket-holders arrived to find the site unfinished Continue reading...
Buildings, streets and statues across Britain commemorate men who may have been philanthropists, but also owned and traded slaves. Now a number of cities are starting to face up to their histories
Edward Colston is, says Katie Finnegan-Clarke, âalmost like a cult figureâ in Bristol. There is a Colston Street, and Colston Tower is on Colston Avenue. There is even a Colston bun, which you might eat on Colstonâs Day. Finnegan-Clarke, one of the activists in the Countering Colston campaign, went to Colstonâs Girlsâ school, where âthere are statues everywhere, and we had three ceremonies every year to celebrate his life.â Colston was a 17th-century philanthropist who gave great sums of money to the city â money he had made from slavery. This week it was announced that there would be one less Bristol institution bearing his name. The concert venue Colston Hall â which has been a target for activists for decades â will reopen in 2020, after its refurbishment, with a new name.
âWe knew it was the right thing for the organisation,â says Louise Mitchell, the chief executive of the trust that runs the venue. âItâs very important to us as a progressive forward-looking arts organisation that we include everybody, and people felt uncomfortable entering the building because of the perception that it had in some way profited from the slave trade.â Continue reading...
A conflict could involve Northâs neighbours â South Korea, China and Japan â which along with the US are Australiaâs top four trade partners
Australia may indeed be âblindly and zealously toeing the US lineâ with regards to North Korea â at least openly â but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike Pence for the cameras, there is no doubt that, privately, Australian diplomats are offering their US counterparts advice geared towards resolving the North Korea dilemma peacefully.
There is good reason to believe that the current rise in tensions is not simply the latest political ploy by Pyongyang, and that the Trump administration is indeed prioritising the situation. The US president, Donald Trump, reportedly told UN security council diplomats on Monday to âsolve the problemâ of North Koreaâs nuclear weapons, while the entire US Senate was warned during an unusual briefing by the White House on Wednesday that Pyongyang posed âan urgent national security threatâ. Continue reading...
Venezuela unrest | Song of the Mugwump | Cameron and Brexit | Serotaâs birthday âsurpriseâ | Grandparents
We note the growing concern across Latin America that elements of the right wing within Venezuela have called again for the ousting of the elected president, NicolĂĄs Maduro â including overt calls on the military to oust the president â before the constitutional end of his term (Editorial, 26 April). This follows the US decision to renew sanctions against Venezuela. With Donald Trump attacking Venezuela during his election campaign, there is great concern that he may step up intervention aimed at regime change. We call for respect for Venezuelaâs national sovereignty and an end to such interventions.
John Pilger, Richard Gott, Andy de la Tour, Michael Mansfield QC, John Hendy QC, Judith Amanthis, Dr Julie Hearn, Dr Hazel Marsh, Professor Frank Land, Salma Yaqoob
âą Re Boris Johnsonâs mugwump comment (Letters, 28 April): I have the illustrated sheet music of Billy the Mugwump, bought and sung to me by my mother in about 1949. It goes: âBilly the Mugwump, full of glee, sat all day in a rhubarb tree. His mug was red and his wump was blue, and his little tail wagged âhow do you doâ.â Billy was colourful, kind and friendly. Continue reading...
- US secretary of state addresses special session of UN security council
- China and Russia warn US not to threaten military force to solve crisis
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The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has warned that failure to curb North Koreaâs nuclear and missile abilities could lead to âcatastrophic consequencesâ, while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. Continue reading...
Crackdown on corruption continues with presidential order after nationwide verification of academic credentials
The president of Tanzania has ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates.
Elected in October 2015, John Magufuli has also dismissed several senior officials, including the head of the governmentâs anti-corruption body, the tax chief, a senior rail official and head of the port authority as part of a wider anti-corruption drive. Continue reading...
Italian intelligence document reveals how group has infiltrated Europe using scheme meant to treat wounded Libyan soldiers
Italian investigators believe that a number of Islamic State fighters from Libya have slipped into Europe by infiltrating a scheme designed to give hospital treatment to wounded regular Libyan government soldiers.
A Italian intelligence document seen by the Guardian reveals a complex network in which, from 2015, members of Isis and others linked to jihadi movements have infiltrated Europe pretending to be injured, so as to be treated in clinics and then freed to move elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East. Continue reading...
Emmanuel Macronâs drama coach when he was 15 is set to break new ground by having a formal job description as first lady
Last July, when Emmanuel Macron was economy minister in FranĂ§ois Hollandeâs government and his barely hidden presidential ambitions were dismissed as a naive fantasy by the political class, he held his first rally at a smart venue on Parisâs Left Bank.
Before the crowds arrived, he took to the stage to rehearse his speech in front of a handful of volunteers from his new political movement En Marche! (On the Move), a âneither right nor leftâ grouping he said would revolutionise French politics. âWe are the party of hope,â he told the almost empty auditorium, captured by the film-maker Pierre Hurel, who was discreetly documenting his rise. Continue reading...
Chief medical officer rules out return of Ebola after deaths of 11 people linked to attendance at funeral of religious leader, but no clear answer has been found
Eleven people have died and five are in hospital in Liberia after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organisation (WHO) said was linked to their attendance at the funeral of a religious leader, officials have said.
âWe are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is ... Ebola,â said Liberiaâs chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, adding that samples from the victims had been sent abroad for further testing. Continue reading...
Facebook Live makes everyone a broadcaster. But with content ranging from laughing mums to rape and murder, how can it manage the risks of open publishing?
What is Facebook Live?
Facebook has been steadily pushing people to use its live streaming product, which was launched in 2015 but slowly rolled out to all users over the course of 2016. As a pitch, itâs simple: load the Facebook app, point your camera at anything and broadcast, live, to your friends and followers around the world.
Does anyone really want to watch what their Facebook friends are doing, live? Continue reading...
Some do, it seems. The serviceâs first viral hit came in May 2016, when 37-year-old Texan mum Candace Payne used the feature to demonstrate a Chewbacca mask she had bought for her son. Payne tries on the mask, which makes the Star Wars characterâs roaring sound when she opens her mouth â and bursts into laughter. The laughter makes more roaring, which causes more laughter, and so on. The four-minute video has had 166m views.
FN says Jean-FranĂ§ois Jalkh, only named acting president this week, is preparing legal action over comments reportedly made 17 years ago
Marine Le Penâs replacement as acting leader of Front National during the final days of her French presidential campaign has stepped down to prepare his legal action over allegations about past statements he made apparently questioning the existence of Nazi gas chambers.
Jean-FranĂ§ois Jalkh, who was named interim president of the far-right party after Le Penâs decision to stand aside, reportedly told an academic in an interview in 2000: âI believe we should be able to discuss this issue [of gas chambers].â Continue reading...
Top official slams Whitehall notion of colonial-style trade deals and says devising pact between UK and African, Caribbean and Pacific states would take six years
The head of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations has ruled out a free trade deal with the UK until at least six years after Brexit and taken a sideswipe at the idea of a new British trade empire.
The ACP chief, Dr Patrick Gomes, condemned âreactionaryâ Whitehall talk of a second era of British colonialism â dubbed âEmpire 2.0â â and poured scorn on the governmentâs trade strategy. Continue reading...
To eradicate slavery we need to understand what drives slaveholders, says American sociologist and academic â and itâs not always just about money
It took hours to arrange my first conversation with Paratapa. He agreed to an interview for my research on contemporary slaveholders, but he wasnât free until late evening. When he finally greeted me on his sprawling estate, I learned why. He balances the demands of his large farm in India with the presidency of a local agricultural bank that makes loans to farmers like him.
I met Paratapa while travelling across India to interview men whose businesses rely on bonded labour, a form of modern-day slavery. During our conversation, it became clear that where I saw human rights and labour violations, he saw something else. He explained that, in his fatherâs and grandfatherâs time, his family âused to keep bonded labourers, and they used to stay here, even their children and their wivesâ. Continue reading...
After the civil war that claimed 250,000 lives ended with last yearâs accord, Lucy Lamble investigates how Colombiaâs communities plan to build lasting peace
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Caught in a complex war driven by inequality, narco trafficking and territorial control, most Colombians have never experienced peacetime. A conflict that spanned half a century, and was played out between paramilitaries, the government and Farc rebels, caused a huge death toll and displaced close to 7 million people. Continue reading...
Parliamentary committee takes aim at âshameful neglectâ of schoolchildren in poor countries as development secretary is urged to devote more funding
MPs have urged Priti Patel to spend more of the overseas aid budget on education, in order to tackle a âglobal learning crisisâ.
There has been a âclear declineâ in foreign aid spending on education since 2011, lagging behind the outlay on health disaster, government and civil society, the international development committee said. At the culmination of a nine-month inquiry, the committee called on the UK to raise the amount of foreign aid spent on education by 2%. Continue reading...
When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the rise
As a newlywed, Maryamâs husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then she got pregnant, and everything changed.
âFor a week, I was in shock. If my husbandâs family knew I was pregnant, they would never let me finish university,â Maryam said. Continue reading...
UN secretary general AntĂłnio Guterres tells humanitarian donors conference war-torn country is facing âa tragedy of immense proportionsâ
The UN has been promised half the amount requested for its humanitarian appeal for Yemen, secretary general AntĂłnio Guterres has said, as activists on the ground said relief was being prevented from reaching its recipients.
Donors at a fundraising conference in Geneva pledged sums to take the total promised to $1.1bn (ÂŁ860m), in a $2.1bn appeal that was only 15% funded previously. Continue reading...
Fear of prosecution under UK and US counter-terror laws hinders those trying to provide humanitarian assistance in areas held by Islamic militants
Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations from delivering vital emergency assistance to millions of people facing starvation and fatal diseases in drought-hit Somalia.
Senior humanitarian officials say the laws, which target any individual or organisation found to have materially assisted a terrorist group, exert a âchilling effectâ on vital assistance in areas of Somalia controlled by Islamic militants from al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate. Continue reading...
Commons committee questions official figures for how much the Department for International Development has lost
The governmentâs claims of low levels of fraud in Britainâs overseas aid budget do not seem credible given mounting evidence of missing money, the House of Commons financial watchdog has said.
The public accounts committee questioned official findings on how much the Department for International Development (DfID) has lost to overseas corruption after its budget increased by more than a quarter to nearly ÂŁ10bn since 2011. Continue reading...
Innovative insurance scheme gives a lifeline to vulnerable pastoralists, as three years of poor rains kill thousands of livestock across northern Kenya
The Kenyan government is scaling up an innovative livestock insurance programme that uses satellite imagery of drought-hit areas to offer a safety net to vulnerable farmers. The Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (Klip) monitors forage conditions throughout the two annual rainy seasons, triggering payouts to pastoralists when vegetation dies back to critical levels.
The payments are designed to enable families that depend on livestock to purchase animal feed to keep their herd alive. Continue reading...
All of us have read an inspiring or heart-wrenching article and thought, What can I do to help? With Outside in America, we are pioneering a solution
Two months ago the Guardian launched Outside in America, a groundbreaking reporting project on the countryâs homelessness crisis. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by a full-time homelessness editor, the Guardianâs writers, photographers and film-makers have been reporting deeply on an urgent and underreported topic â but with an extra and innovative dimension. Continue reading...
The favourite for the French presidency braved a picket line to explain the flaws in his rivalâs promises to furious factory employees
In an era when politiciansâ interactions with the public are stage-managed to the last image-obsessed detail, when meaningless slogans are all they are allowed to utter and when no candidate is allowed near any situation that might misfire, it was a rare moment.
Related: Marine Le Pen springs surprise visit on Macron during picket line campaign trip Continue reading...
Headlines of âbiggest tax cut everâ obfuscate a plan light on specifics on how to pay for it and that, like healthcare reform before it, is already meeting stiff opposition in Congress
âSomebody put out the concept of a hundred-day plan,â Donald Trump said last week. That somebody was Donald Trump, who set out a âcontract with the American voterâ for his first 100 days in office during a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last October.
Despite playing it down, the president is now in a headlong rush to rack up achievements before Saturdayâs milestone. The frenzy continued on Wednesday with what the White House described as the most significant tax reform since Ronald Reagan in 1986 and one of the biggest tax cuts in history for both individuals and corporations. Continue reading...
Presidentâs plan to slash corporation tax may have short-term benefits but Congress will want to know how he intends to make up lost revenue
Donald Trumpâs corporation tax cut is straight out of the Ronald Reagan playbook. According to the current occupant of the White House, the reduction from 35% to 15% will pay for itself because US companies will invest more.
The argument is that higher levels of investment will raise the growth rate and, in turn, raise corporate profits. Consequently, the tax take will be no different at 15% than it was at 35%. Continue reading...
Russian officials accuse Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of siding with the west after rejecting plan to reinvestigate evidence of sarin gas
An increasingly bitter dispute between Russia and the west over an inquiry into the recent chemical weapons attack that killed about 80 people in Syria has revealed the extent to which the two sides are unable to agree on basic facts â or even agree a process to ascertain the truth. Continue reading...
Well ahead in the polls, centrist candidate must come out of his comfort zone to show he understands Franceâs divisions
The independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, who is now favourite to win the French presidential election against the far-right Front Nationalâs Marine Le Pen, spent much of his first day of the final-round campaign behind closed doors, fine-tuning strategy. His triumphant victory speech after topping the first-round vote had given way to discussion across France of the difficult challenge he now faces.
The election map of France was a reality check. Far from an outright victory for Macronâs moderate centrist brand of business-friendly, internationally minded, socially liberal values, it showed a country more fractured than ever. The Front National cemented its place on the French political scene, winning swaths of the deindustrialised north and east, as well as the south, while Macron took the west. He was strong in cosmopolitan cities, while she was strong in small towns and rural areas that felt abandoned. Continue reading...
As President Trump approaches 100 days in office, Adam Gabbatt surveys the resistance movementâs biggest moments so far, key groups, and challenges ahead
Itâs not just by chance that Donald Trumpâs first 100 days have been so underwhelming. The presidentâs failure to pass healthcare reform, to ban people from entering the country, and arguably to achieve anything of note (beyond his supreme court justice) is down, in no small part, to the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people across the country.
Activists have pressured their representatives, held mass demonstrations and scrambled to protect those at risk in a rollercoaster few months. Trump has until January 2021 to turn things around, but there seems little sign of the resistance fading away. Continue reading...
Former PM bows out after leading centre-right to rare defeat in first round of presidential election
FranĂ§ois Fillonâs disappointing ejection from the presidential race completes a humiliating journey from possible president to yesterdayâs man for a candidate fatally tarnished by a string of embezzlement allegations.
Fillon, the choice of the centre-right Les RĂ©publicains party, was languishing in third place according to most projections issued immediately after polls closed. Some even forecast that he might lose third spot to the leftist maverick Jean-Luc MĂ©lenchon. Continue reading...
Art Jones, a prominent neo-Nazi who has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a Holocaust denier, speaks at a National Socialist Movement rally in eastern Kentucky on Friday night and accuses Donald Trump of having âbetrayedâ him. Jones specifically points to Trumpâs failure to secure funding for a border wall and implement a ban on Muslims, saying he regrets voting for him in the presidential election Continue reading...
The US president gives his weekly address as he reaches 100 days in office, which he says have been the most successful in history. He refers to job creation in the automotive industry, the Dakota pipeline and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch as a supreme court judge as some of his most important achievements Continue reading...
Whether ordering airstrikes, signing executive orders or getting excited in a big truck, the focus of Donald Trumpâs first 100 days in office has been himself. The Guardian selects some of the presidentâs highlights Continue reading...
Donald Trump tells the National Rifle Associationâs annual meeting that the organisation has a âtrue friend and championâ in the White House. Trump emphasised his support by telling the crowd âthe eight-year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing endâ Continue reading...
Donald Trump reflects on his first 100 days in office in an interview with Reuters, saying he misses aspects of his former life and is finding the presidency more work that he expected. He says the lack of freedom to go anywhere or to drive has been frustrating Continue reading...
Hereâs the one minute of pure enjoyment that you didnât know you needed to see. Keeper Jess Stockton gives Melbourne zooâs Brazilian tapir a good raking over for World Tapir Day (27 April) Continue reading...
Masked protesters storm the parliament building in Skopje after the election of a new speaker, voted for by opposition Social Democrats and MPs representing ethnic Albanians. The incident follows a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government Continue reading...
This year, Koningsdag marks the 50th birthday of the Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander. The national holiday is marked by parades and street markets, and is enjoyed in a spirit of oranjegekte, or âorange madnessâ, reflecting the Dutch national colour Continue reading...