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Checklist for Hiring a Private Investigator


Looking for an old friend? Want to know if your spouse is cheating? Need to check out a potential tenant or employee?A good private investigator (PI) can help you obtain these answers. And as with any expert you hire-a doctor, a lawyer, an insurance broker-it benefits you to take the time to ensure you're hiring a professional who has experience, quality reputation, and good-business ethics.

The Top Ten Ways to Stop Procrastinating Now


10. Procrastination Condemnation - Lose the Labels! All those things you call yourself, such as lazy, scattered, disorganized, not good enough, incompetent, or stupid, for example, aren't helping you get things done, are they? You've learned to believe them, and you think they've become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Surviving When Clients Arent Rolling In


As the holiday season starts to settle in, the workload for many Micro-Businesses can slow down.Service-based businesses in particular consider this a slow time of the year.

Seven Steps to Achieving Your Dream


"Vision is the spectacular that inspires us to carry out the mundane." -- Chris WidenerCan achievement be broken down into steps? Well, it isn't always that clean and easy, but I do know that those who achieve great things usually go through much of the same process, with many of the items listed below as part of that process.

Top 7 Ways to Profit from Foreign Trade


Here are seven excellent ways to earn income from international trade.1.

10 Things To Do When Business Slows Down Over The Holidays


I'm sure you've seen it happen every year: your business slows down during predictable times, like the summer vacation months or year-end holidays. For the self-employed who rely upon steady cash flow, this can be a disconcerting time.

Top 10 Ways to Use Quotations to Be Healthier, Happier and More Productive!


Most people have at least one favorite quotation from a famous or not-so-famous person. Some people collect them like baseball cards, figurines or classic cars.

Top 10 Tips on How To Write About Yourself


Many people find it really hard to write for business and marketing purposes about themselves and/or their product or service - much harder than it is to write about someone or something else. If that sounds familiar, read on; in this article professional business writer Suzan St Maur shares her top tips on how to write about yourself and what you do, efficiently and effectively.

The 10 Benefits of Cross Cultural Training


Cross cultural differences can and do impede upon communication and interpersonal relationships. In the business world this occurs daily, where people from different cultures interact and are expected to perform and make decisions.

Business Meeting Etiquette


Business etiquette is essentially about building relationships with colleagues, clients or customers. In the business world, it is these people that can influence your success or failure.

The Ten Best Kept Secrets For Protecting Your Business Property Against Theft


1. Locks and Padlocks - Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double cylinder deadbolts with removable collars.

10 Nifty Tips for Better Business Cards


Not having a business card is as bad as using an eMail address that ends in AOL.com It's just not professional.

Top 10 Stumbling Blocks that Limit Business Growth


Never in history have more entrepreneurs launched more new businesses! In America, thousands of business open their doors every single day! Unfortunately, most of them (over 90% of them) also close their doors within two years. Businesses are started with high hopes and glorious dreams.

Top 10 Steps to Build Your Professional Practice Now!


1. Examine everything in your office from the view of a new client! If necessary, spruce it up.

Top 10 Items to Review & Build Your Business Now!


In building and runnng an independent private practice or small business, there are many items that need to be monitored closely and should be reviewed periodically. Year-end is a traditional time do this, and this week's Letter is a "Top Ten" of items to review as the year draws to a close, or whenever you decide to pause, reflect, take stock and re-assess.

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220,000 people left homeless in southern Indian state after unusually heavy rain

More than 324 people have died in the worst flooding in nearly a century in the south Indian state of Kerala.

Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, an international airport has been closed and more than 220,000 people have been left homeless after unusually heavy rain in the past nine days.

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Couple also ‘showed great difficulty in answering questions asked by people of the opposite sex’

The Swiss city of Lausanne has blocked a Muslim couple’s bid to become Swiss nationals over their refusal to shake hands with members of the opposite sex.

The municipality said it refused to grant the couple’s citizenship application over their lack of respect for gender equality, Lausanne mayor Gregoire Junod said.

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President suggests first target would be DoJ official Bruce Ohr amid report a list of prominent figures has been drafted

Amid mounting criticism after he revoked the former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, Donald Trump threatened to similarly punish a current official and is reportedly preparing to do the same to others who have criticized him.

The president’s remarks and the report from the Washington Post escalated worsening tensions between the White House and the intelligence community.

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Central Coast club hopes to turn eight-time Olympic gold medallist into A-League material in just three months

A-League club Central Coast Mariners are leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to get Olympic legend Usain Bolt’s professional football career up and running.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion touched down in Sydney early on Saturday for what the Mariners are calling an “indefinite training period.”

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Controversial MEP links up with Leave Means Leave to fight Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is to lend his support to a hard-Brexit campaign group, he has said.

Farage accused MPs and the Lords of refusing to enact the result of the 2016 EU referendum and said he would join forces with the property tycoon Richard Tice to argue against Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal.

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DUP councillor Graham Craig says poster, which refers to killing Catholics, is ‘offensive and derogatory’

A poster of a brain which features slogans such as “Save Ulster from Sodomy” and “Fuck the Pope” has outraged a Belfast politician.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) councillor Graham Craig said the poster, which has been erected in Belfast city centre, is “anti-Protestant ... offensive and derogatory”.

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Washington mayor hits back at Trump’s reprimand after reports emerged that planned parade could have cost $92m

The military parade Donald Trump ordered up for Veterans Day will not happen in 2018, the US defense department said, after reports emerged that the event could cost around $92m – more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.

Trump blamed “local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly)“ for the delay in tweets on Friday, saying the cost was “ridiculously high” and they “know a windfall when they see it”.

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Leap brings calls for ministers to act to prevent so many children getting grossly obese

Growing numbers of children and young people are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease usually seen in those aged over 40, in the latest sign of worsening childhood obesity.

The number of people aged up to 25 with the condition in England and Wales increased from 507 in 2013-14 to 715 in 2016-17 – a 41% rise.

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Musk says he has endured ‘the most difficult and painful’ time in emotional interview as confession wipes billions off Tesla value

Elon Musk has said the past year of his professional life has been “excruciating” and that stress over his business had caused his health to deteriorate. To make matters worse, the confession wiped billions off the value of Tesla, the electric car company he founded.

In an emotional interview with the New York Times, the founder of electric carmaker Tesla also revealed that the pressures of work had caused him to spend his birthday stuck in the Tesla factory and almost miss his brother’s wedding.

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Critics say Russian leader’s attendance undermines EU’s tough stance over Ukraine

Vladimir Putin is to attend the wedding of Austria’s foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, triggering outrage among critics who say the invitation undermines the EU’s stance against Russia over Ukraine.

The Russian president will drop by on Saturday afternoon to raise a glass to Kneissl and her groom, the businessman Wolfgang Meilinger, in a vineyard in Austria’s picturesque Styria region, before flying to Berlin for talks that evening with Angela Merkel.

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Playground oases could benefit students and city alike, but will making them public prove too controversial in a city on high alert?

It’s only 10am but the heat is already radiating off the asphalt at the École Riblette, a primary school on the outskirts of Paris. Sébastien Maire, the city’s chief resilience officer, points to the school’s lower courtyard, a classic heat trap: surrounded by concrete walls that reflect sunlight inside. Last June, the courtyard hit 55C (131F).

“For three days, school activities stopped,” Maire says. “It was not possible for the children to study, nor to go into the schoolyard. We would forbid them because it’s 55 degrees – you can fry an egg on the ground.”

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Reports warn it could run out of groundwater by 2020. Has Delhi run out of time to reverse years of mismanagement and unchecked urbanisation?

It’s about 4pm on a muggy monsoon day in Wazirpur, a low-income urban village in Delhi. A group of 30 women are lined up in the 34C heat (93F) behind an assortment of empty coolers, buckets, petrol containers – anything they can store water in once the government tanker arrives.

“We’ve been here since 10am,” says 55-year-old Gudi. “You never know if the tanker will come or not – we come here every day and wait.”

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Hotter, drier summers in Australia mean longer fire seasons – and urban sprawl into bushland is putting more people at risk

At first the smoke on the horizon “didn’t look like anything major,” says Joe Mercieca of that day in 2013. But then the wind picked up.

His house in the Blue Mountains, an hour and a half out of Sydney, was soon surrounded by the blaze. “I told my wife it was too late, let’s retreat,” he says. Mercieca, Merylese and their dog took shelter in the concrete fire bunker they had built beneath their house. “We sat in there and listened to everything explode.”

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Cities are already up to 10C hotter than surrounding areas. As temperatures rise, here are four ways to cool cities down – saving both lives and energy

If you’ve felt uncomfortably hot in a city this summer, chances are it’s not just because of the weather. Look around any urban centre and you’ll see the built environment itself exacerbates summer temperatures.

Vehicles stuck in traffic emitting heat. Airconditioners pumping waste heat into the air. Concrete and asphalt across almost every surface, absorbing and radiating the sun’s rays. Urban canyons formed between tall buildings, trapping heat at the street level.

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In her first nonfiction book, Mary K Pershall examines the complex mental and institutional issues that led to the ‘unimaginable horror’ of her child taking another’s life

Mary Pershall dared to hope. Her daughter, Anna, had agreed to go to rehab, to tackle her dependence on alcohol, synthetic cannabis and ice. In return, Mary had put aside her scruples and driven to an adult store so that Anna could buy synthetic cannabis. It’s not an uncommon bargaining chip used by despairing parents. It would keep Anna’s withdrawals at bay until she was safely under medical supervision, but also – hopefully – secure her cooperation.

Not long after, Mary was chopping vegetables in their comfortable home in Oak Park, a northern suburb of Melbourne, when she spotted Anna walking briskly off down the driveway. She dropped the knife and ran after her.

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Why did the Morandi bridge collapse? The clues lie in divisions within the populist coalition of Five Star and the League

Genoa’s Morandi bridge, which collapsed this week with the loss of at least 39 lives, was of exceptional strategic importance in Italy and beyond. The motorway it carried across the Polcevera stream was no ordinary road. It linked the two halves of Genoa. It was the corridor along which goods shuttled to and from Italy’s second-biggest port. And it was part of one of the main routes between Italy and France.

Why was the Genoa bypass not built? The answer tells us something about modern Italy

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Administration officials seek to reassure allies as US pulls funds for stabilizing captured areas, citing contributions from allies

The US is preparing for the “final phase” in its war against the Islamic State in Syria, aimed at concentrations of Isis fighters in the Euphrates valley, senior administration officials have insisted, even though it is cutting $230m from its budget to stabilise areas of Syria captured from Isis.

They said on Friday that the cut from US funding had been more than compensated by $300m in extra contributions from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other US allies, and that the US remained committed to the “enduring defeat of Isis”.

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Just 30 of the prehistoric fish known to exist, raising fears oil wells will push it to extinction

Bright blue, older than dinosaurs and weighing as much as an average-sized man, coelacanths are the most endangered fish in South Africa and among the rarest in the world.

Barely 30 of these critically-endangered fish are known to exist off the east coast of South Africa, raising concern that a new oil exploration venture in the area could jeopardise their future.

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Human rights panel says leftist leader cannot be barred as a candidate until his legal appeals have been completed

The UN human rights committee ruled on Friday that Brazil’s imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva cannot be disqualified from upcoming presidential elections because his legal appeals are ongoing.

The committee issued the finding following an urgent request filed by Lula’s lawyers on 27 July.

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Chinese netizens call for boycott of 85 Degrees Celsius Bakery after visit from Taiwan president

A popular Taiwanese bakery chain has become the latest victim of worsening tensions between China and Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing claims is part of China.

After a visit from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen, the 85 Degrees Celsius Bakery attracted anger and calls for a boycott from both sides of the Taiwan strait this week.

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Abbott says new plan to regulate rather than legislate energy emissions is ‘no way to run a government’

Peter Dutton says he supports Malcolm Turnbull and the policies of the government as the prime minister is moving to overhaul the national energy guarantee in an attempt to stave off a conservative-led revolt that threatens his leadership.

In a post on Twitter, Dutton delivered a nuanced statement of his position, saying Turnbull had his support, and his view remained the same as on Thursday, when he told the Sydney radio host Ray Hadley he would take up any disagreements he had with cabinet colleagues privately.

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US law ignores the violence routinely suffered by women in prostitution, and actively criminalises victims. Here, after a Guardian investigation revealed the exploitation cycle in US prisons, two activists say enough is enough

Every day on the streets of the US, women are being raped, viciously attacked and left for dead. When women do die, their killings almost never make the local news and the perpetrators who commit these horrendous acts of violence do so with almost total impunity.

Under the country’s laws, these women are victims. But their lives are deemed worthless by the public and the state. They hold no political agency or economic power and, while they are incarcerated time and time again, the perpetrators – the people who hurt them – are never jailed.

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Rajasthan moves to tackle above average infant mortality rate by promoting natural feeding in first hour of life

The Rajasthan government has launched a campaign to promote breastfeeding, particularly in the first hour after birth, in a bid to improve the state’s infant mortality rate.

There were 41 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in the north-east Indian state in 2016, compared with the national average of 34.

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Contractor who claims senior UN population fund official sexually harassed her says agency has prejudiced criminal investigation

The UN has been accused of obstructing a police investigation in India following claims of sexual assault against one of its senior officials.

Prashanti Tiwari, who says she was sexually harassed and groped while working for an organisation contracted by the UN population fund, UNFPA, said the agency had tried to block a criminal investigation by claiming immunity for its staff, including the alleged perpetrator.

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In a country where anti-gay violence is often excused as unjust provocation, a fatal shooting has raised fresh fears

Simge Avcı loved practical jokes, says her roommate Bahar, recalling how her friend would giggle after pretending to spill the contents of an empty teapot on her startled victims.

Bahar (not her real name), 25, had lived with Avcı for seven years in Samsun, a small, sleepy city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey.

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The grisly truth behind a baby’s death has caused an outcry in a country where abortion laws take scant heed of circumstance

Fika* gave birth alone in her room at night. The baby came out alive.

According to her testimony, the 15-year-old from Sumatra cut the umbilical cord with a razor and then the baby went limp and died. She held it up, but it didn’t cry.

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When Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’ on Twitter, some still managed to be shocked

The question of how to cover the revelations of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a woman who sorely tests the principle of my enemy’s enemy is my friend, twisted US journalists into caveat-issuing pretzels this week. She is an unreliable witness with a huge axe to grind; she is, as those who watched her on The Apprentice may recall, highly vindictive. She was also prepared to tolerate Donald Trump’s sexism and racism as long as he was paying her salary.

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The appearance of the president’s daughter-in-law may be a surprise to even those watching closely

It’s often said that no one who finds their way into Donald Trump’s orbit manages to escape entirely clean. But Lara Trump, wife of the president’s son Eric, has largely managed to buck that trend over the past couple of years.

Related: Omarosa releases new tape of Trump campaign's 'hush money' offer

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Main elements of crisis remain unaddressed, with eventual bailout most probable outcome

Until reports came on Thursday night that the US was preparing to impose more sanctions, the Turkish government had had a decent few days. The currency crisis, which threatened to become chaotic on Monday, had improved. The lira had almost returned to its level of a week ago. During that time, the country had increased liquidity in its banking system, unveiled $15bn (£11.8bn) of direct investment from Qatar, announced a clampdown on short-sellers and on Thursday its finance minister, Berat Albayrak, talked the language of fiscal discipline on a phone call with investors. There have been worse fightbacks.

Yet there is a big difference between buying time and turning a corner. Turkey has merely achieved the former. All the main elements of the crisis remain unaddressed. The Qatari money was pledged at impressive speed but the external funding requirement is enormous – about $220bn during the next 12 months, economists estimate.

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The president’s decision to strip the former CIA director of his access to intelligence has drawn widespread criticism

Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of the former CIA director John Brennan was deemed an “unprecedented” use of executive power by a president intent on using his office to settle personal scores.

While the White House sought to paint Brennan as a partisan figure, the president has ignited an avalanche of criticism from national security officials across both sides of the aisle.

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Donald Trump has defended his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who faces 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud. Trump’s comments came as a jury convened in Virginia, following a three-week trial in which federal prosecutors called 27 witnesses to testify against Manafort. He faces up to 305 years in prison

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Floods in the southern state of Kerala in India have left more than 320 people dead and more than 220,000 displaced. It is believed the death toll will rise, with more rain predicted and thousands of people still awaiting rescue

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Footage shared on social media shows a man appealing for help from his home in Chengannur, southern India. 'I reached out to everyone, including the MLA,' he says, referring to the Kerala state government.

A state official has said a breakdown in the communication systems is making it difficult to reach people in the worst-affected areas. 

At least 164 people have died since 8 August, and more than 223,000 displaced by the worst flooding in the region for nearly a century. Further heavy rain is expected to push water levels even higher.

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Roads have been damaged, mobile phone networks are down and more than 150,000 people have been left homeless after unusually heavy rain this month in the Indian state of Kerala. Thousands of military and civilian boats and aircraft have been mobilised for the rescue effort

Kerala floods: death toll reaches 164 in worst monsoon in nearly a century

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The trial of Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has begun in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. The 69-year-old has been in held in pre-trial detention for alleged spying allegations. Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Peter Weir has taken to the stand as a character witness. Ricketson has been making films for decades in both Australia and Cambodia

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The US president has always had a problem with the media – or, as he calls it, 'fake news' – which he expresses in verbal attacks at press conferences, rallies and on Twitter. Despite concerns raised about his words potentially inciting violence, Donald Trump's criticism of the media seems to be escalating

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In the aftermath of a suicide attack on a Kabul education centre, which killed at least 48 people, witnesses spoke of the long wait for emergency services to help with the victims of the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the Taliban denied involvement

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