Do you run a business that seems to run you? It does not have to be this way. There are 7 keys that can improve your business results and help you achieve success with much less stress.
1 Take Charge
The first key is to realise that success will not just happen, it is up to you to make it happen. Successful people claim to be in control. They refuse to be victims. They accept responsibility for the results their business achieves and take the blame themselves if things go wrong. When we are in control we can choose what to do. We can't always control the situation but there are two things we can control - our attitude and our skills. We can get stronger, we can get smarter, we can get better at all the skills we need to run our business. We can take charge of ourselves and our business and change the results we are achieving.
2 Know Where You Are Going
Without having specific goals, business owners often find working in the business becomes an endless drudgery. If being in business is not exciting, enjoyable and rewarding, then why be in it? It is exciting and rewarding for the few who are really successful. The difference is that they have a clear idea of where they are going and each day they can see their business making progress towards their clearly defined goals.
If our goals are not clearly defined it is easy to become like the mouse on the treadmill. We can expend a lot of effort going nowhere. All we can do is react to the pressures the business creates. The second key is to decide where you are going. When you know where you want your business to go, you can determine what needs to be done to get there. Doing these things creates excitement and enjoyment. Instead of struggling on with meagre rewards, we can make progress towards success in a steadily growing and entirely planned way.
3 Spread The Word
You will never succeed by keeping your business a secret. You need to spread the word to let people know about your unique products or services. With many small businesses, there is a tendency to be reactive. If sales slow down, you decide to advertise to address the situation. When work picks up, advertising is stopped. The result of this approach is haphazard advertising which produces haphazard results. Rather than haphazard advertising, a planned advertising and promotion strategy can be applied to address specific goals.
Instead of one broad objective of "getting more sales", strategies can be developed in three areas. Firstly strategies should be developed to actively encourage word of mouth and a system for generating referred leads. Secondly, planned advertising approaches are needed to generate a steady flow of new enquiries. Thirdly, strategies can be developed to increase the value and frequency of purchases from existing customers. Marketing must not be left to chance. The third key is to spread the word, by developing planned, consistent and effective advertising and promotional systems and strategies.
4 Do What You Do So Well They'll Come Back And Bring Their Friends
The difference between the truly successful business and the average business is that successful business' leaders live, breathe and preach quality, where the average business' leader only pays lip service to it. There are many companies that have built their reputation on the quality of the service they provide as much as the product they sell. Even if we haven't been, I'm sure we all know the reputation Disneyland has for the quality of the experience of a visit there. The title of this key is a quote (paraphrased) from Walt Disney. This man lived and breathed this attitude and accepted nothing less from his employees. The outworking is that standards and procedures are established so that employees know what is expected of them in every situation, particularly in an interaction with a customer. Delighted customers come back with their friends.
5 Train Your People To Do It Better Than You
When we start a business based on our own unique skills, we have a difficult choice when we get too busy to cope with all the work our expertise has created. We need to spread the load by employing others to do some of the work. This is the critical point in the business' development. If the business owner gets this right, the future of the business is assured, but if it goes wrong, the business is doomed.
Many business owners wish they could clone themselves. They are unable to find anyone who can work as well as they do. Usually there has been some resistance to this move, but eventually the need becomes obvious. Business growth is always stifled by the owner hanging on to the work they enjoy. Having made the choice to grow, the key to unlocking this potential is to train the new people to be better than yourself.
6 Keep The Score
The greatest danger in a growing business is for the owner to lose control. This fear causes many to choose to stay small because they do not want the worries of growing too big.
WHAT YOU MEASURE YOU CAN IMPROVE!
A business' performance needs to be managed and controlled. So many business owners worry about getting the work done, but they don't measure results, they don't keep score. Keeping the score indicates how well the business is going towards achieving its goals. If performance is behind expectations, steps can be taken to improve. If the score was not kept, no one would ever know that performance was substandard, and the goals would quite likely never be reached.
7 Celebrate Your Victories
Regeneration of our physical and emotional resources comes when we celebrate victories. One of the problems we have in small business is that we think we are too busy to take time off to celebrate. Even if we just get away from the business and relax, we come back rejuvenated and are usually able to tackle our work with a renewed vigour. Imagine how inefficient it becomes, using a battery powered machine, if we keep on working harder and harder to get the work done and never stop to recharge the batteries. If we don't stop at times to recharge our batteries we keep working hard but become totally ineffective.
When we plan our future and set goals it is easy to determine when to celebrate. Without goals to achieve, we can keep on working until it becomes a drudgery. Celebrations put excitement into what we do.
Implementing the 7 keys to unlock the profit potential in your business could be what you need to end the frustration you feel from trying to build your business but seeming to take one step forward and two steps back. These are the keys to freedom from the daily grind of business pressure, the keys to gaining the rewards you deserve from the efforts you put in. It is up to you to take hold of the keys and unlock the hidden profit and excitement that is the potential your business holds.
Greg Roworth is a business consultant and author of "The 7 Keys to Unlock Your Business Profit Potential." With over 25 years practical experience in business ownership and management, Greg has, over the last 12 years, worked with hundreds of small and medium size enterprises, assisting the owners to grow their business profitably and at the same time reduce their stress levels. His successful business development program results in development of a business that works so well that the owner doesn't have to.
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Responding to a question about hiring vans, May said:
We must look carefully, of course, at the powers that our police and agencies need to be able to deal with terrorism. That‚Äôs why the government has initiated a review, which we did after the attacks that took place in Manchester and London earlier this year, to look at the capabilities that our police have to deal with this threat.
But, as we see from the attack in Barcelona, this is a threat that is faced across the world and we must work together to rid the internet of the poisonous material that drives terrorism and to deal with the terrorists.
Theresa May says the authorities are looking into reports of a British child believed to be missing in Spain following the attacks.
Can you make a city safe against terrorists using vehicles as weapons? No, is the short answer, no more than you can against terrorists using other everyday items to execute attacks.
But authorities can do much to mitigate the threat, at least to some obvious targets. With hindsight, officials will be regretting not moving faster to boost security measures on Las Ramblas boulevard, packed with tourists on a sunny August afternoon, after vehicle attacks elsewhere in Europe since last year.
There is no way Zimbabwean first lady will be arrested over model‚Äôs allegation of assault in hotel, says source in Pretoria
South Africa plans to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe‚Äôs first lady, Grace Mugabe, after she was accused of assaulting a model at a hotel in Johannesburg, government sources have said.
Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels, 20, with an electrical extension cord after Engels went to see the Mugabes‚Äô sons Robert and Chatunga at the Capital 20 West hotel in Johannesburg‚Äôs upmarket Sandton district.
Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran
Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq‚Äôs war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad‚Äôs credentials across the region.
Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia‚Äôs long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein.
Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. But as oil and water reserves dwindle, the energy-guzzling citystate heads for an existential crisis
It is 9am and the temperature in Kuwait City is 45C and rising, but already people working outside. A row of litter-pickers are already hard at work along a coastal highway, their entire bodies covered to protect them from the sun. Outside one of the city‚Äôs many malls, valets hover beside the air-conditioned entrance, while two men in white hats huddle wearily next to their ice cream stands.
Other city residents are luckier. They can avoid the outdoors altogether, escaping the inferno by sheltering in malls, cars and office buildings, where temperatures are kept polar-cold.
Donald Trump on Thursday lamented the removal of ‚Äúbeautiful statues and monuments‚ÄĚ commemorating the Confederacy, saying that he was ‚Äúsad‚ÄĚ to see America‚Äôs history and culture ‚Äúripped apart‚ÄĚ by efforts to take down the memorials.
Trump finds himself increasingly isolated after defending the white supremacists who led a march on Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong given six to eight month sentences for roles in anti-government occupation known as the umbrella movement
Hong Kong‚Äôs democracy movement has suffered the latest setback in what has been a punishing year after three of its most influential young leaders were jailed for their roles in a protest at the start of a 79-day anti-government occupation known as the umbrella movement.
In choosing a jury for entrepreneur‚Äôs fraud trial, the court dealt with anger over his treatment of the Wu-Tang Clan and concerns that he looked like ‚Äėa snake‚Äô
Don‚Äôt disrespect the Wu-Tang Clan ‚Äď not if you want a fair trial. The transcripts for jury interviews from the trial of Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur who became ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs most hated man‚ÄĚ, are out ‚Äď and they show that finding 12 good men (and women) was no easy task.
Shkreli was convicted of fraud earlier this month after deceiving investors in two failed hedge funds. But the perpetually smirking ‚Äúpharma bro‚ÄĚ is best known for hiking the price of a drug used by people with Aids by 5,000% and for buying the only copy of a 2014 Wu-Tang Clan album, then refusing to let people listen to the whole thing.
Jason Burke reports from the Imvepi camp, where strangers are forging family units to replace those splintered by war
This, then, is a family. There is 23-year-old Gloria Keoji, the only adult, and six children. The oldest is 17, the youngest three months. There are five girls and a boy. The ties that bind them are made more of blood spilt than blood shared but, they insist, they are a family nonetheless.
All have their tales of violence, told fast and quietly while looking at the red soil between naked and calloused feet, or staring into the vast blue sky above the bush. These memories are too fresh to confront face on.
Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks
The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.
Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.
White House figure tells the American Prospect magazine there is no military solution to North Korea and warns of a China trade war
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has given an unusual interview in which he claimed there was no military solution for North Korea, the far right was a ‚Äúcollection of clowns‚ÄĚ and the left‚Äôs focus on racism would allow him to ‚Äúcrush the Democrats‚ÄĚ.
Bannon, who has been called the mastermind behind Donald Trump‚Äôs nationalist agenda, made the controversial and unsolicited remarks to Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of the American Prospect, a leftwing political magazine, in an interview published Wednesday.
Late musician‚Äôs family write an open letter to demand the ‚ÄėCash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology‚Äô
The family of Johnny Cash have said they were ‚Äúsickened by the association‚ÄĚ with a Charlottesville right wing protester photographed wearing a T-shirt with the musician‚Äôs name emblazoned on it during this weekend‚Äôs violent marches in Virginia.
Officers seeking younger brother of man arrested on suspicion of hiring van that was used to kill 13 people on Las Ramblas
Spanish police investigating the Barcelona terrorist attack are hunting an 18-year-old man who is suspected of driving the van that ploughed along Las Ramblas on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100.
Police sources told Spanish media they were looking for Moussa Oukabir, the younger brother of Driss Oukabir, who was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of hiring the van used in the attack. Driss Oukabir has denied involvement and is reported to have told police that his identity documents were stolen before they were used to obtain the vehicle.
Some urban experts say stripping roads of lights and barriers, and encouraging ‚Äėshared space‚Äô, could make them safer for all users
Imagine an alternative world without traffic rules, where you approach a junction and there‚Äôs no encouraging green light to get you on your way. Instead, all traffic is free, your movements aren‚Äôt controlled and all vehicles ‚Äď regardless of the number of wheels or legs ‚Äď have to interact with each other by instinct. Utopian madness? Chaos, confusion and traffic-clogged streets? Maybe not.
In a timelapse video of an intersection without any traffic signals in Ethiopia‚Äôs capital, Addis Ababa, this apparent chaos has been captured in action.
Statues installed on five buses with the support of the Seoul mayor ‚Äď although use of public space to highlight this wartime atrocity has angered Japan
Buses serving several routes in central Seoul have acquired a new and highly controversial passenger: a barefoot ‚Äúcomfort woman‚ÄĚ, wearing a traditional hanbok dress with her hands resting on her knees.
Appearing on the front seat of buses in the South Korean capital earlier this week, the statues were installed by the Dong-A Transit company as a potent reminder of an unresolved wartime atrocity whose roots lie in Japan‚Äôs 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula.
The Great Fire destroyed much of a city home to thousands of refugees, but once again Thessaloniki has become a place of multicultural amnesty
It was a spark from a homemade stove falling on a pile of straw at a refugees‚Äô hovel that‚Äôs said to have instigated a new phase in the history of Thessaloniki, Greece‚Äôs second city. A century ago, on 18 August 1917, the fire grew into an inferno that destroyed 9,500 houses, left 1 sq km of the city in cinders and 70,000 homeless.
As the centre of operations for allied forces in the Balkans during the first world war, Thessaloniki had no fire service and its water supply was requisitioned by foreign soldiers ‚Äď which, along with the Vadaris wind, is why the Great Fire attained historic proportions.
Streets across the world are littered with gum, and although many cities have tried and failed to eradicate these sticky circles, Mexico City continues to wage this seemingly unwinnable war
Each night dozens of trucks carrying 15 people depart from Mexico City‚Äôs downtown to Francisco I Madero Avenue, the most famous pedestrian street in the capital. Armed with 90C vapour guns called Terminators, the group begins the laborious task of combing the street looking for small, black circles fastened to the ground.
It takes them three days, working in eight-hour shifts, to go through the 9,000 sq metre avenue. By the end, they have removed a total of 11,000 pieces of chewing gum.
In three years, 10,000 people were killed in Ju√°rez ‚Äď and a quarter of its houses abandoned to gangs. Can the city‚Äôs young people reclaim those spaces for themselves?
At the age of 14, Alan has already been given the nickname El Botellas(Bottles) by his friends. The teenager dropped out of school and now drinks heavily, spending much of his time at a dilapidated home on the outskirts of the Mexico border city of Ciudad Ju√°rez.
On a particularly hot Saturday afternoon, a former gang member turned community activist, Israel R√≠os, appears at the house. ‚ÄúYou are too young for this!‚ÄĚ he scolds. R√≠os promises to give the assembled kids English classes, despite El Botellas‚Äô insistence that he is not interested in learning.
Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public
‚ÄúI love to take off my headscarf,‚ÄĚ says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. She‚Äôs sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables in the Mother‚Äôs Paradise, a park in the Iranian capital. She‚Äôs wearing a fringed mint-green T-shirt through which you can see her bare stomach. ‚ÄúWe can wear airy clothes here, and that‚Äôs a freedom I really enjoy.‚ÄĚ
Behind her, a group of women wearing T-shirts and skinny jeans are dancing to loud pop music. One of them climbs on top of a table and sways her hips to the rhythm of the music. A group of schoolgirls wearing white headscarves stop to watch.
Years before he found fame as a Magnum photographer, Elliott Erwitt was commissioned to document the city of Pittsburgh. Many of the images he took as a 22-year-old lay forgotten for decades, but have now been compiled in a book
The cultural capital of Kandy ‚Äď controversial location for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ‚Äď survived Sri Lanka‚Äôs civil war relatively intact. Now it‚Äôs thriving, thanks in no small part to an infamous relic: one of the Buddha‚Äôs teeth
On a hill directly above Kandy there is a statue of Buddha in a seated posture, palms on his lap, signifying meditation. This is far from the most important shrine in this Buddhist-majority city, or indeed an unusual sight in Sri Lanka ‚Äď the country is peppered with polished white or golden statues that are visible from afar, distinctive amid vegetation. Nonetheless, its proximity to Kandy makes it a good point from which to contemplate the city ‚Äď and a highly Instagrammable one.
On a scorching spring afternoon, western tourists snapped photos under the indifferent eye of Buddhist monks, while one could hear distant religious chants mixed with the sounds of 90s European dance hits at a party ‚Äď a scene that pretty much represents the vertiginous change happening in Sri Lanka which, less than a decade after the traumatic civil war ended, is experiencing a tourism boom.
Historic cities are buckling under the pressure. Could targeting repeat visitors be one way to make tourism less of a burden on people who live there year-round
Not all tourists count getting drunk before noon and desecrating a local monument or two as top priority for a break away, but those that do have come to represent the masses in the cities where they let loose.
Confederate symbols have become a crucible of racial tension in the US. White nationalists claim they are important monuments ‚Äď but are they just a way to rewrite an ugly history and revive the battles of the past?
In St Paul‚Äôs memorial church in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Friday, just up the street from where white supremacists were gathering for a torchlight rally, Cornel West explained why African Americans saw the removal of Confederate monuments as so important.
On hearing that hundreds of white supremacists were gathered in a nearby park, the civil rights leader said, with a hint of weariness: ‚ÄúThese are chickens coming home to roost. We should have eliminated these statues a long time ago.
The Jewish couple have kept quiet since president‚Äôs defence of antisemitic protesters. Asks a rabbi: ‚ÄėWho knows if this is what will set people over the edge?‚Äô
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are facing a potentially awkward reception from Washington‚Äôs Jewish community after Donald Trump‚Äôs astonishing defence of antisemitic protesters.
The US president‚Äôs daughter and son-in-law have been conspicuously silent since his reiterated claim on Tuesday that ‚Äúboth sides‚ÄĚ were responsible for last Saturday‚Äôs violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one civil rights activist dead. White supremacists waved insignias from Nazi Germany, abused Kushner and yelled: ‚ÄúJews will not replace us.‚ÄĚ
Chris Birch remembers the British empire‚Äôs scramble to destroy its records as colonial rule came to a close, and Nitin Mehta lists the achievements of India since partition
There has been a lot written this week about the 70th anniversary of Britain‚Äôs hasty retreat from India in 1947 (Editorial, 15 August), but I‚Äôve seen nothing about the burning by the British government of documents recording the details of British colonial rule. According to Colonial Office papers in the National Archives at Kew, west London, ‚ÄúThe press greatly enjoyed themselves with the pall of smoke which hung over Delhi during the mass destruction of documents.‚ÄĚ The same thing happened all over the British empire, and was even given a cynical name: Operation Legacy. In Trinidad, where I was at school, the governor was urged to hurry up with the weeding of documents as ‚Äúit is a long job that needs doing thoroughly and it would perhaps be a little unfortunate to celebrate Independence Day with smoke‚ÄĚ. The Colonial Office had been helpful, even advising the governor: ‚ÄúYou may like to know that, as an alternative to fire, it is permissible to pack documents in well-weighted crates and sink them in current-free water at the maximum practicable distance from the shore.‚ÄĚ Thus were historians deprived of much valuable source material, as the British government made sure that the full story of British colonial rule over so much of the globe would never be told. Chris Birch London
‚ÄĘ In the article titled Partition, 70 years on (Review, 5 August) your contributors failed to acknowledge a single Indian achievement. India is a relative place of calm. Tens of millions of people from different faiths and ethnic background go about their lives with no fear. Many have achieved the highest positions in Indian society. This is a country where persecuted Zoroastrians, Bah√°‚Äô√≠s, Tibetans and many others have found a safe home; that embraced mother Theresa and gave her the highest honour; where Jewish people have lived for 2,000 years and never faced any persecution. India‚Äôs education system has produced people who now dominate Nasa and the Silicon Valley in US. Some Indian educational institutions are among the best in the world. India is a world leader in IT, it has a multibillion-dollar space commerce business, launching satellites for many countries. It is one of the few countries to have designed a super computer. There are 56 Indian companies featured in the Forbes 2000 list of the largest and most powerful companies in the world. Midnight‚Äôs children have achieved a lot. Nitin Mehta London
An open letter from political figures around the world calls on Beijing to free three jailed pro-democracy activists
The decision by the courts in Hong Kong to sentence three courageous, principled young men to jail yesterday is an outrageous miscarriage of justice, a death knell for Hong Kong‚Äôs rule of law and basic human rights, and a severe blow to the principles of ‚Äúone country, two systems‚ÄĚ on which Hong Kong was returned to China 20 years ago.
Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law helped lead the umbrella movement in Hong Kong in 2014 ‚Äď one of the most peaceful and restrained movements of public protest the world has ever seen. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law have already served the penalties imposed by a court a year ago. Joshua Wong served 80 hours of community service and Nathan Law 120 hours. Alex Chow received a three-week suspended prison sentence a year ago. Yet the Hong Kong government decided to reopen the case and seek tougher punishments. Yesterday the court of appeal jailed Joshua Wong for six months, Alex Chow for seven months and Nathan Law for eight months.
As Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash face high court cases over citizenship, the constitution says parliamentarians cannot be ministers if not validly elected
Labor has opened a new front in the Turnbull government‚Äôs citizenship crisis, raising the prospect that ministers may be unable to validly execute their ministerial duties under the constitution while there is a question about whether they have been validly elected.
Fourteen people have been confirmed killed in two attacks in Spain on Thursday. Thirteen died when a van was driven in to crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and one person was killed by a car in Cambrils, a coastal town 75 miles (120km) to the the south. The horrific events appear to have begun the night before, in another town 120 miles south of Barcelona.
The deadly attacks in Catalonia ‚Äď in which at least 13 people were killed in a van attack in Barcelona, before five suspected terrorists were shot dead in a second incident in Cambrils ‚Äď appear to be connected to an explosion on Wednesday night in Alcanar, 200km south-west of Barcelona
Political figures from the UK, US and around the world call for release of three jailed umbrella movement activists
Prominent political and legal figures around the world have condemned the ‚Äúoutrageously unjust‚ÄĚ imprisonment of three of Hong Kong‚Äôs best-known pro-democracy activists, calling on China to immediately free the ‚Äúpolitical prisoners‚ÄĚ.
Marise Payne says Australia has power to ‚Äėred flag‚Äô coalition attacks but declines to comment further on death of Sharrouf‚Äôs two sons in the airstrike
The defence minister, Marise Payne, says she has received reliable reports that Australia‚Äôs most wanted terrorist, Khaled Sharrouf, was killed last week.
But she would not say if Australia played an operational role in the airstrike ‚Äď on an Islamic State stronghold in Syria ‚Äď that also caused the deaths of Sharrouf‚Äôs two sons, Abdullah, 12 and Zarqawi, 11.
Women of the Baiga tribe have traditionally been marked as a sign of identity. But as more girls go to school, they are starting to reject the practice, which they say is ‚Äėpainful and embarrassing‚Äô
Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny again
The government is facing questions over transparency after almost ¬£2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees.
The news comes with Egypt‚Äôs security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing of political opponents and journalists.
Land rights activists applaud rejection of case brought by Brazilian state that claimed it was due compensation for award of territory to native inhabitants
The Brazilian supreme court has ruled in favour of two tribes in a case that is being hailed as a significant victory for indigenous land rights.
The unanimous decision ‚Äď which went against the state of Mato Grosso do Sul ‚Äď settled a dispute over land traditionally occupied by indigenous people and ordered the authorities to respect the demarcation of land.
A port city in the Tunisian capital might seem an innocuous setting for the celebration of a Christian tradition, yet the rekindling of the procession of the Assumption speaks of a culture that defies sectarianism
About 150 people are crowded into the 19th-century church of Saint Augustin and Saint Fid√®le in the Tunis suburb of La Goulette. More are gathered outside in the summer heat, behind the iron railings lining the narrow streets of Little Sicily, the neighbourhood where the fishing town‚Äôs Italian migrants once settled and established themselves.
The crowds have come to see the first procession of the Assumption to be staged in the city since the tradition died out in the early 60s. In its heyday, the flower-decked statue of the Virgin of Trapani would be carried through the packed streets of La Goulette to the harbour where, alongside the area‚Äôs Muslim and Jewish population, priests would bless the fishing boats and their crews.
Hundreds gather at Freetown mortuary to search for loved ones as UN evaluates risk of further landslides, after disaster that has so far claimed 400 lives
Hundreds have queued outside a mortuary in Freetown to search for their loved ones, following a mudslide on Monday that has claimed at least 400 lives.
A further 600 people are still unaccounted for, according to the Red Cross, which has continued to search for bodies buried in the debris. Recovery efforts have been hampered by the country‚Äôs dangerous terrain, a lack of equipment and the sheer scale of the tragedy.
Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown
Sierra Leone‚Äôs president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the country‚Äôs capital.
A national emergency has been declared after the city suffered heavy flooding, thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades.Freetown‚Äôs mayor, Sam Gibson, said 270 corpses had been recovered and were ‚Äúbeing prepared for burial‚ÄĚ, while the chief coroner told Reuters that nearly 400 bodies had been found. Estimates of the numbers missing vary: the Red Cross reported that 600 people have not been traced, while the country‚Äôs interior minister has said thousands are unaccounted for.
Critics allege that it is not just caste discrimination leading many Dalits in Nepal to turn away from Hindu beliefs and become Christians
Ram Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. ‚ÄúMy second child died from tuberculosis at just six months. I‚Äôm still haunted by it,‚ÄĚ Sunar says, sitting outside her concrete block hut in the village of Thakaldanda, in southern Nepal‚Äôs Makwanpur district.
The apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona underlines three harsh lessons learned by security services ‚Äď and the general public ‚Äď over recent months and years.
The first is that the use of vehicles as weapons is now an established tactic by extremists, one of the dozen or so employed in the last two decades that should be considered a standard part of the terrorist arsenal. In the last 13 months there have been similar attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
Detention of protest leaders highlights how ‚Äėone country, two systems‚Äô framework is on a knife edge, activists say
For Hong Kong‚Äôs embattled democracy movement the 20th anniversary of the UK‚Äôs handover to China has been nothing short of an annus horribilis.
But on Thursday afternoon, just minutes after the former British colony‚Äôs high court had transformed him into one of the city‚Äôs first prisoners of conscience, Joshua Wong struck a decidedly an upbeat tone.
The Republican party was left reeling after the president defended those who took part in a white supremacist rally. Here‚Äôs a look at who said what
The Republican party is reeling after Donald Trump defended people who took part in a far-right rally with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
The president insisted there was ‚Äúblame on both sides‚ÄĚ as he appeared to assert a moral equivalence between activists protesting racism and neo-Nazis carrying signs with swastikas and racial slurs during the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In 2016, Louise Vincent lost both her teenage daughter and her right leg. The leg had been injured in a car accident; after doctors failed to treat her pain effectively, she ultimately relapsed into opioid addiction and an infection festered.
Her daughter, Selena ‚Äď who, like her mother, had diagnoses of both addiction and bipolar disorder ‚Äď died at 19 of an opioid overdose while in rehab. Her mother had sent her away to try to protect her. But the program turned out to be so negligent that it had no overdose protocol or antidote on hand.
We break down how the White House, Breitbart News, Steve Bannon and Trump‚Äôs cabinet are all connected to recent events in Charlottesville
Activists say so. A group of civil rights and faith leaders called on Donald Trump to directly disavow the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville on Saturday and fire White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka and senior adviser Stephen Miller, whom they say ‚Äúhave stoked hate and division‚ÄĚ.
The president‚Äôs refusal to properly condemn the attack in Charlottesville is consistent with past comments and a divisive campaign that stoked hatred
After the deadly violence involving white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Donald Trump‚Äôs failure to find the right response, Barack Obama stepped into the void with an assist from South Africa‚Äôs first black president, Nelson Mandela: ‚ÄúNo one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.‚ÄĚ
Trump‚Äôs tepid response, so stark in contrast to his predecessor‚Äôs handling of tragedies such as the Sandy Hook school and Charleston church shootings, is arguably the low point of his short presidency to date. It is likely to dominate journalists‚Äô questions at his next public appearance ‚Äď originally expected in Washington DC on Monday but now unlikely during his single day in the capital.
No previous US president of modern times would have failed to condemn his country‚Äôs white nationalists. This one did
As George W Bush‚Äôs speechwriter put it this weekend, it is one of the ‚Äúdifficult but primary duties‚ÄĚ of a political leader to speak for a nation in traumatic times. A space shuttle explodes, a school student goes on a shooting spree, a terrorist flies a plane into a building, a hurricane floods a city. When such things happen, Michael Gerson wrote in the Washington Post, ‚ÄúIt falls to the president to express something of the nation‚Äôs soul.‚ÄĚ Yet if Donald Trump‚Äôs words about the violent white extremist mobilisation in Virginia on Saturday ‚Äď which an under-pressure White House was desperately trying to clarify on Sunday ‚Äď are an expression of its soul, America may be on the road to perdition.
The original United States of America was built on white supremacy. The US constitution of 1787 treated black slaves as equivalent to three-fifths of a free white and gave no rights at all to Native Americans, who were regarded as belonging to their own nations. After the civil war, Jim Crow laws enforced segregation across the defeated south and comprehensively disfranchised African Americans for nearly a century. Writing Mein Kampf in the 1920s, Adolf Hitler praised America‚Äôs institutional racism as a model from which Nazi Germany could learn. Only in the postwar period, and then slowly and incompletely, was meaningful racial equality pursued by the land of the free.
The white supremacists Donald Trump is loath to criticise made city‚Äôs plan to remove a Confederate statue their rallying point
Eight years ago, as the nation‚Äôs first black president took office, pundits debated whether Barack Obama‚Äôs election marked the rise of a ‚Äúpost-racial America‚ÄĚ.
On Saturday, hundreds of American neo-Nazis and white nationalists clashed with anti-fascist demonstrators in the streets of a liberal university town, sending the city into chaos as the governor declared a state of emergency. The white nationalists had planned to rally around a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee, which Charlottesville, Virginia, had decided to remove from a public park.
Police commissioner Josep Lluis Trapero says two people have been arrested who are suspected of direct links to the Barcelona van attack and an earlier explosion at a flat 200km away in Alcanar in which one person was killed and several injured. Neither of the detainees was the driver of the van in Thursday‚Äôs atrocity, he said. The arrests took place in the northern Catalan town of Ripoll and in Alcanar. The incidents in Barcelona and Alcanar are being linked to the killing by police of four terror suspects in Cambrils, 120km from Barcelona.
People take cover as approximately eight shots ring out in the town of Cambrils, about 120km from Barcelona early on Friday. Catalan police later confirmed that officers shot dead four alleged ‚Äėperpetrators‚Äô and injured one more during the counter-terror raids there. It follows the deaths of at least 13 people in a van attack in Barcelona.
A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground attached to a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, says she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring
The Dugway proving ground is run by the US military in the middle of the Utah desert. Inside the 800,000-acre facility, staff test some of the deadliest biological and chemical agents on Earth, developing procedures to counter their effects and train military units in simulated hostile environments
Hundreds of people gather at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Wednesday evening for a candlelit vigil against hate and violence. Marchers assembled peacefully in the same place where hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists marched on Friday, when several fights broke out. There were chaotic scenes at the weekend during another rally in which a counter-protester was killed.
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