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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As the Gaza death toll mounts, France and Turkey want the US president to change his mind over recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is expected to reject an invitation to meet Donald Trump in Washington, amid a strong emerging consensus among key advisers that there are âno conditionsâ for dialogue following the US presidentâs formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital.
The issue of how best to respond to Trumpâs announcement is at the centre of a series of emergency meetings of senior Palestinian leaders, which began on Saturday. They are expected to conclude early next week with a rare meeting of the PLO central council, and have already concluded that Abbas should not meet vice president Mike Pence when he visits Israel and Palestine just before Christmas.
To the blast of electric guitars, the revving of Harley-Davidsons, applause and tears, France bade an emotional farewell to 74-year-old Johnny Hallyday, Franceâs rock and roll ânational heroâ on Saturday.
The centre of Paris ground to a halt as the wave of national grief that had overwhelmed the country following the death of the singer, known as the French Elvis, on Wednesday morning finally broke.
Foreign secretary did not get to speak to key decision-makers in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case: the revolutionary courts
Not long before travelling to Tehran for two days of talks, Boris Johnson described Iran as resembling âone of those Russian dollsâ, in the sense that there is a state within the outer democratic Iranian state, primarily run by the Revolutionary Guards.
At one level, the bulk of his high-stakes talks were with the outer state of the president, Hassan Rouhani, and the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. But in his efforts to secure the release of the UK dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, it could be argued that he did not gain access to the inner state and revolutionary courts, the true decision-makers in her case.
Call comes as Palestinian man stabs Israeli security guard following Donald Trumpâs announcement about Jerusalem
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has warned US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was a âthreat to peaceâ as he hosted the countryâs prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his first foreign trip since Donald Trump provoked widespread condemnation with the decision.
The joint appearance by the two men, following talks in Paris, came after tear gas was used to disperse protesters outside the US embassy in Beirut and a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalemâs central bus station in the first attack in the city since Trumpâs announcement.
European Investment Bank expected to approve loan on day of summit to mark second anniversary of Paris deal
The EUâs bank has come under fire for moves towards approving a âŹ1.5bn (ÂŁ1.3bn) loan for a gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to western Europe as the French president, Emmanuel Macron, prepared to hosted a climate change summit in Paris.
The latest â and many ecstatic fans are saying the best â dispatch from a galaxy far, far away has opened with a poignant tribute to its lost princess Carrie Fisher, who died last year soon after finishing filming her final appearance as Leia.
Speaking in LA, Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the film, said: âLetâs all have a blast tonight for Carrie.â He was introducing the world premiere of the latest outing for one of the most successful movie franchises.
The regional poll on 21 December that was meant to restore normality is achieving the opposite
They are the elections that many believe could shape Spainâs future by paving the way for Catalan independence. But divisions are emerging among the separatists â and the leader of the leftwing party ahead in the polls is floundering as she comes under scrutiny.
As campaigning for the 21 December elections reaches a climax, political leaders are ignoring their traditional focus on issues such as the economy and have turned this monthâs contest into a race between two blocs â secessionists and constitutionalists.
Genetic source found for disease that killed 750 round the world
Scientists have pinpointed a population of virus-infected bats, which they have linked to the mysterious outbreak of Sars disease 15 years ago. Hundreds died as the virus spread around the globe but its source was never traced.
Now, after years of searching across China, where the disease first emerged, researchers reported a few days ago that they had found a remote cave in Yunnan province, which is home to horseshoe bats that carry a strain of a particular virus known as a coronavirus. This strain has all the genetic building blocks of the type that triggered the global outbreak of Sars in 2002.
Moore, who leads Democrat Doug Jones in the polls before Tuesdayâs Senate election in Alabama, spoke to Guardian reporter Paul Lewis in August
As election day in Alabama draws near, a video of controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore telling a Guardian reporter âmaybe Putin is rightâ to condemn same-sex marriage has been widely shared online.
Dolomites resorts have had to rely on snow machines since the 1980s, but now nature has finally done the job
No challenge appears insurmountable for the people who live among the dramatic and sublime peaks of the Italian Dolomites. Before a cableway was installed at Perca, a commune close to the village of Brunico in the Puster valley district, GĂŒnther Auer and his childhood friends would scale the mountain by foot to slide back down on their wooden sledges.
They might not have reached as far as the 2,275-metre plateau of Plan de Corones (Kronplatz in German), which today involves an aerial gondola ride of almost 30 minutes, but back in the 1960s they were more or less guaranteed plenty of snow. âYou never saw green or brown areas, it was all white,â said Auer, who has been a ski instructor for more than 40 years.
Sally Burch included on list of 63 journalists and NGO officials banned from December meeting over âsecurity concernsâ
A British journalist has been deported from Argentina after the government included her in a list of 63 people who are prohibited from attending the World Trade Organisation ministerial conference, which takes place in Buenos Aires on 10-13 December.
At the capitalâs Ezeiza international airport, shortly before being placed by authorities on a flight back to Ecuador, where she lives, Sally Burch said: âIâm a British journalist and Iâm being rejected entry to Argentina.â
âSin taxesâ to reverse the rapid global growth in meat eating are likely in five to 10 years, according to a report for investors managing over $4tn
âSin taxesâ on meat to reduce its huge impact on climate change and human health look inevitable, according to analysts for investors managing over $4tn of assets.
The global livestock industry causes 15% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and meat consumption is rising around the world, but dangerous climate change cannot be avoided unless this is radically curbed. Furthermore, many people already eat far too much meat, seriously damaging their health and incurring huge costs. Livestock also drive other problems, such as water pollution and antibiotic resistance.
The US ambassador to the UN has said women who accuse the president, Donald Trump, or anyone else of sexual harassment or assault âshould be heardâ. Speaking to the CBS programme Face the Nation on Sunday, Nikki Haley added âwomen should always feel comfortable coming forward and we should all be willing to listen to themâ
A Met Office yellow extreme weather warning for snow and ice has been extended to much of the east coast of England, as well as Scotland and the south-east, until at least 4pm today. An ice warning for central England and Wales remains in place.
An assessment from from the chief forecaster said:
With cold conditions and some snow lying over parts of England, as well as further rain pushing in from the southeast during the second half of the night, icy stretches have formed on untreated surfaces. At the same time some snow will fall over parts of southeast England this morning and early afternoon as well as over parts of East Anglia in the afternoon. However, most accumulations here should be above about 100 m. This is only a low impact warning with impacts much less widespread and less significant than across parts of England and Wales on Sunday.
A sun-baked Niemeyer treasure, a decaying Montana schoolhouse and a scary manmade cave are just some of the striking pieces shortlisted for the 2017 Art of Building photography awards. The winner will be announced in January
Forbidden from striking, officers in Montrealâs 4,600-strong police force wore non-regulation colourful cargo pants, checkered clown trousers and animal-print leggings in their three-year fight over pensions. They won a 20% pay rise
At the intersection of Saint Catherine Street and Bishop Street in downtown Montreal, it was hard to miss the group of police officers, standing outside the station, watching for jaywalkers. But the first thing you noticed was not the badges or the guns, but their fluorescent camouflage-print trousers.
Trapped between the Burmese army and the Chinese border, the stronghold of the Christian Kachin people is quietly gearing up for its first film festival
Laiza is a city under siege â sort of. On one side of this remote, mountainous but important settlement in Myanmarâs breakaway Kachin state lurks the dreaded Burmese army. On the other, marking the city limits, is the Chinese border. âPeople are worried,â says Dau Hku, an official with the rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which controls Laiza as the de factocapital of its small and shifting breakaway territory. âEveryone knows we are within shelling range.â
In theory, the Burmese army â known as the Tatmadaw â could attack the city at any moment, and in theory, Laizans would have nowhere to run. Most people arenât officially allowed to cross the border into China.
New technology allows us to map the movements of animals in stunning detail. These seven maps from Where the Animals Go offer a glimpse into the lives of animals trying to make their way in our increasingly urbanised world
As Addis Ababa creaks under the weight of a mushrooming populace, sub-Saharan Africaâs largest housing project is under way. But who benefits?
Wrapped in a white shawl and sporting a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Haile stares out at his cattle as they graze in a rocky patch of grass. âMy family and I have been here since I was a child,â he says, nodding at the small, rickety houses to his right. âBut we will have to leave soon.â In the distance loom hulking grey towers, casting long shadows over his pasture. This is Koye Feche, a vast construction site on the edge of Addis Ababa that may soon be sub-Saharan Africaâs largest housing project.
Koye is the latest in a handful of miniature cities that are gobbling up land all around the Ethiopian capital. Since launching the integrated housing and development plan (IHDP) in 2006, the Ethiopian government has built condominium estates like these at a pace unrivalled anywhere in Africa. To date, more more than 250,000 subsidised flats have been transferred to their new owner-occupiers in Addis Ababa and smaller towns. Situated 25km south-east of the city centre and covering over 700 hectares of land, Koye will house more than 200,000 people in row upon row of muscular concrete high-rises.
SĂŁo Paulo was built by successive waves of migration, from the Portuguese to the Japanese and Italians, and in more recent years Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians and Bolivians â a diversity celebrated in its burgeoning restaurant scene
We are grateful to everyone whose ideas and opinions made our weeklong in SĂŁo Paulo series richer. Here are some of the thoughts â and criticisms â you shared
âIt is a great white concrete dream, or nightmare,â wrote Patrick Semple, a Guardian Cities reader, of SĂŁo Paulo, his home since February. âIt is a fabulous party, infuriating and starkly beautiful. It is more expensive than London, yet people can get by on the street.
âIt is noisy, all the time: the school day starts at half-past six, the bars close at 3am, music is as ubiquitous as the car fumes. The roads are ruinous. When it rains, rivers erupt in the gutters; when itâs hot they fill up with people. From high up, the city at night looks like Godâs chandelier has just crashed to earth.â
In recognising Jerusalem as Israelâs capital, the US president has hindered the prospect of peace in the region
The relish with which Donald Trump signed the declaration recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel left me with a sense of cold resignation at the obduracy of the man. He was almost gleeful; the power he now wields enables him with the stroke of a pen to bring about historical changes to our suffering world. But I was neither surprised nor angry â those emotions having long since been spent.
I have lived under Israelâs occupation for 50 years and listened to many empty declarations while witnessing the Jewish settlements expand, destroying our beautiful landscape and rendering us Palestinians strangers in our own land. Israel has never had to be concerned about the formal positions that the US observed, which considered it an occupier of the territories, including East Jerusalem, it has held since 1967, nor by the oft-repeated position that the Israeli settlements are illegal. This was because these formal positions were never followed by any implementation on the part of the US.
Further property partially collapsed and dozens of houses have been evacuated in blast which was felt a mile away
Three people have been hurt after a gas explosion destroyed a house and damaged several others.
Everybody has been accounted for after the blast, which led to the evacuation of dozens of properties in Birstall, north of Leicester. Nearby homeowners described being woken up by a huge bang which shook doors and windows.
Rolling coverage of the dayâs political development as they happen, including Theresa Mayâs statement to MPs about the UK-EU Brexit deal
Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, has welcomed David Davisâs clarification of what he said yesterday (see 10.01am), Skyâs Darren McCaffrey reports.
BREAK: Irish PM says heâs âdelightedâ to hear of @DavidDavisMP remarks this morning - âvery happy with the clarificationâ via @GavReilly from TV3
Here is a summary of all the points from David Davisâs interview on LBC.
Iâm afraid the chancellor slightly misspoke ...
It says at the beginning of the thing nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. Itâs a classical European Union thing. They put it in every treaty. They put it there, not us. Itâs about paragraph 5, I think. [See 10.22am.]
Anyone in any doubt that David Davis was lying or mistaken yesterday shld read para 96 of the EU-UK agreement he made. Divorce bill contingent only on agreeing transition & âframeworkâ for trade deal; not a âtrade outcomeâ as he said on #Marrpic.twitter.com/aLwj4G7x7x
That would be a very hard way to get into Britain. You would have to be a fairly dumb people smuggler to come that way.
Whatâs the requirement of my job? I donât have to be very clever. I donât have to know that much. I just do have to be calm.
You probably donât know, I canât drink orange juice. Itâs poison to me. Itâs my Kryptonite.
MPs warn foreign secretary against pursuing investment in country with poor record on corruption and human rights, ahead of controversial London summit
Boris Johnson has come under fire over Britainâs stance on trading with Sudan ahead of a controversial forum due to take place in London on Tuesday.
A group of MPs have signed a letter to the foreign secretary warning the government against pursuing investment in a country rife with corruption and where the president is wanted for human rights violations.
President delivers threat after three of four main opposition parties refuse to take part in Sundayâs mayoral polls
Venezuelaâs ruling socialists triumphed in nearly all mayoral elections across the country, as President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ban opposition parties from future elections in the oil-rich country wracked by economic crisis.
Hundreds of supporters shouted âGo Home, Donald Trumpâ to interrupt Maduro at a rally late on Sunday in the colonial centre of Caracas, where he announced that pro-government candidates had won more than 300 of the 335 mayoral offices.
Prime minister says âsubstantiveâ reasons for challenge were lack of economic leadership and poor cabinet consultation
Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets citing 30 consecutive losses in the Newspoll when he challenged Tony Abbott for the prime ministership in late 2015, because that metric has become a political distraction.
He said he challenged Abbott two years ago because Abbott was not providing the economic leadership Australia needed and he was not treating cabinet properly.
Arenys de Munt, where simmerings of discontent first came to the boil eight years ago, prepares to vote again next week
Arenys de Munt, a two-taxi town of a little under 9,000 people that lies an hour north-west of Barcelona, hides neither its colours nor its loyalties.
Its hues are the red and yellow of the traditional Catalan senyera flag, the red, yellow and blue of the separatist estelada banner and the many colours of the strings of laconic but insistent pennants that hang between the pollarded plane trees of the high street, each reading simply: âYesâ.
Members of the tiny Japanese community, which was vilified in the 2009 documentary, speak to the Guardian about fishing and their way of life
Taiji is still in darkness when a dozen men gather at the quayside and warm themselves over a brazier. While the rest of the town sleeps, they sip from cans of hot coffee, smoke cigarettes and talk in hushed tones.
As soon as the sun edges above the peninsula, they take to their boats, steering out to sea in formation in search of their prey: the dolphin.
French manufacturer of milk brands including Milumel, Picot and Celi, which are also sold in Pakistan and Sudan orders recall after children fall ill
French baby-milk maker Lactalis and health authorities have ordered a major international product recall because of fears of salmonella contamination, following 26 cases of children falling sick in France.
Company spokesman Michel Nalet said ânearly 7,000 tonnesâ of production may have been contaminated, but the company is unable to say currently how much remains on the market, has been consumed or is in stock.
Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drainpipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa and Asia, report reveals
Hospitals are detaining hundreds of thousands of people against their will every year â many of them mothers and their newborn babies â simply because they are too poor to pay their medical bills, a study has found.
The practice, which is widespread across parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, sees patients chained to drainpipes, starved and abused, and forced to perform sexual acts in exchange for cash to pay off their bills, according to the paper published by Chatham House this week.
When a Sri Lankan family moved to the Gulf in search of a better life, they reckoned without stringent labour laws that would bring unspeakable grief
Holed up in an apartment on the seventh floor of a tower block in Sharjah, the family of five desperate Sri Lankans were racking up debts and disquiet at an alarming rate.
Unable to pay fines that had been mounting daily since their visas expired four years earlier, they felt trapped. The fatherâs passport had been withheld by an employer, which meant the 55-year-old could neither find work in the United Arab Emirates nor leave the wealthy Gulf state to seek employment elsewhere.
With nearly a million Rohingya driven out of Myanmar in what the UN has called textbook âethnic cleansingâ, Lucy Lamble hears about the situation on the ground in Bangladesh â and how the international community can help
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmarâs Rakhine state in the wake of a brutal offensive by the Burmese army. Traumatised men, women and children with horrific stories have arrived in Bangladesh, and NGOs and the Dhaka government are struggling to cope.
Lucy Lamble is joined by Dr Champa Patel, head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, and Asif Saleh, senior director of communications, strategy and empowerment, from Brac, an NGO working in Bangladesh and beyond, to discuss the humanitarian situation in Coxâs Bazar and the politics of the crisis.
Dedicated nurses play a key role in helping rape survivors in South Africa, yet their future is threatened by a funding crisis that has lurched from bad to worse
Up to a quarter of women in South Africa are raped. Most survivors never report the crime, yet those who seek support may fall under the care of people like Teddy Ceba and Mabel Qhathatsi, forensic nurses who provide health and criminal justice services in Free State province.
For more than a decade, Ceba and Qhathatsi have worked together at one of the countryâs 55 Thuthuzela Care Centres, one-stop clinics that, operating at public hospitals or within communities, form a critical strand of South Africaâs anti-rape strategy.
Across West Bengal, a bank run by and for sex workers ensures they keep their earnings safe and avoid the loan sharks â and means they can get an official ID
As a sex worker in Kolkata, Rita Roy had no access to her own money. The brothel madam kept her earnings âsafeâ â shoving the notes into her bra â and whenever Roy needed money, she would never get the full amount she asked for.
Roy, 36, did not have a bank account. When she needed money to treat her fatherâs heart condition seven years ago, she was forced to visit a loan shark to borrow 2,000 rupees (ÂŁ23). In one year, 13,000 rupees extra (ÂŁ150) was due from the interest.
The government hopes its investment will lure foreign firms and boost the economy â but low wages and poor infrastructure may see it falter
Concentrating intensely, Haimanot Ayele picks up three pins from a pile and places them into a hole on a wooden board. He repeats the exercise for 90 seconds â a test of his dexterity.
The 23-year-old has travelled 56 miles to the city of Hawassa, in southern Ethiopia, to try out for a job in the textile business at the Chinese-built industrial park â a facility that should eventually cover 300 hectares (741 acres) â which was opened by the government in July 2016 to boost the economy and help it break free from aid.
After Alan Duarte lost nine of his male relatives to violence, he set up a boxing academy to help young people develop their potential. His work is now the subject of an award-winning documentary by British filmmakers, The Good Fight
The men in Alan Duarteâs family do not die from natural causes. Gun violence in the favela complex of AlemĂŁo, Rio de Janeiro, has claimed the lives of 10 close male relatives. After the death of his brother, Jackson, Duarte decided to fight back.
With a few borrowed gloves and castoff punchbags, in 2014 Duarte set up the boxing academy AbraĂ§o CampeĂŁo (Embracing Champions) to help children and young people develop their potential as well as the skills to forge a better future, despite growing up in a community blighted by armed conflict and decades of state neglect.
Rights group urges International Criminal Court to open investigation into crimes against humanity committed over past 18 months in brutal state crackdown
Police have killed dozens of children in the âwar on drugsâ in the Philippines in the last 18 months, Amnesty International said.
The rights group urged the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into crimes against humanity in the violent crackdown, including the deaths of an estimated 60 young people by police and vigilantes. Some of those killed were deliberately targeted in anti-drugs raids, while others were caught in the crossfire. There have also been âriding in tandemâ attacks, carried out by vigilantes on motorcycles, which are often paid for by police, Amnesty said.
I was extremely hesitant to share my immigration status, and my sexuality â but I did it, and Iâm stronger for it. I say to others like me: you are not alone
Put yourself in my shoes for a moment.
Youâre a child. Youâre five years old. You leave the country you were born in for another. Youâre with your mother, and all you have is a few belongings, the promise of seeing your father again, and the hope for a better tomorrow.
Two days after Americaâs closest allies denounced it in the United Nations, a day after an Israeli air strike killed two in Gaza and hours after protests erupted near the US embassy in Lebanon, Donald Trumpâs ambassador to the UN relayed his message to the world: âThe skyâs still up there. It hasnât fallen.â
Inequality predicts homicide rates âbetter than any other variableâ, says an expert â and it is linked to a highly developed concern for oneâs own status
A 17-year-old boy shoots a 15-year-old stranger to death, apparently believing that the victim had given him a dirty look. A Chicago man stabs his stepfather in a fight over whether his entry into his parentsâ house without knocking was disrespectful. A San Francisco UPS employee guns down three of his co-workers, then turns his weapon on himself, seemingly as a response to minor slights.
These killings may seem unrelated â but they are only a few recent examples of the kind of crime that demonstrates a surprising link between homicide and inequality.
We have the figures: if youâre a woman who enjoys paid work or relaxing activities, having kids will cramp your style
It seems so obvious: having kids affects men and women differently. Sure, emotionally and financially but most clearly in the simple way mothers and fathers spend their time. And when you actually look at how 10,900 Americans carve up 24 hours, the conclusion is pretty stark: if youâre a woman who enjoys paid work or relaxing activities, having kids will cramp your style. Being married with kids also isnât looking like a great idea according to the numbers.
Donald Trumpâs unilateral move to back Israelâs claim to holy city has reunited competing factions across the Middle East to a common cause
The Trump administrationâs recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital has drawn widespread condemnation across the Arab world, with political leaders, commentators and locals labelling the move as provocative and a threat to global security.
The US presidentâs recognition of the holy city as Israelâs capital reveals an administration out of its diplomatic depth
âToday,â asserted Donald Trump, marking the formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital: âI am delivering.â The question in the aftermath of a statement that has upended decades of carefully crafted diplomacy is: what has he delivered?
A recent investigative report by New York magazine found a pattern of bullying of the showâs co-hosts. Itâs time leadership is held accountable
When I was growing up, listening to NPR in the morning was more of a staple than orange juice. After graduating from the University of Michigan, my first job included a rotation at the local public radio station, WUOM. My family loves public radio. I love public radio.
More than 15 years later, in 2007, I was recruited to join what I was told would be a new morning show driven by diverse voices and themes at WNYC, along with partners the BBC, the New York Times and WGBH-Boston, distributed by PRI. I thought Iâd died and gone to professional heaven. The show would become The Takeaway. I could not know it was going to be an excruciating, painful ride that would haunt me nearly 10 years later.
A ferry carrying more than 200 passengers has become stuck in windy conditions in Calais, the local government said on Sunday. The Pride of Kent, which was bound for Dover at about midday, is believed to have run aground on a sandbank in the harbour
Horses at the San Luis Rey training centre in San Diego fled from their enclosure as wildfires engulf the area. Volunteers loosened the fence of a pen enclosing the animals who quickly ran away, panicked by the thick smoke
Iraq has formally declared its fight against Islamic State over after three years of heavy combat. Isis has been driven from all the territory it once held in the country, the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced in Baghdad on Saturday, although surviving militants are widely expected to launch a guerrilla war
Donald Trump endorses Senate candidate Roy Moore at a Florida rally, warning that rival Doug Jones is a 'liberal Democrat' who would be 'completely controlled' by Democrat party leaders. 'So get out and vote for Roy Moore,' Trump tells the cheering crowd
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Friday during protests against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In Gaza, two Palestinians were shot dead and one protester was seriously injured. The clashes erupted as Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, prepared for 24 hours of urgent consultations with other Palestinian factions, including Hamas, which were expected to conclude with the cutting of ties with US peace negotiators and the cancellation of a planned visit by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, later this month
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