Studies have proven that there is one reason why people don't do more referral business: they don't ask. There are two reasons why, they forget or they don't have a strong enough relationship with their clients, so they don't feel comfortable
The truth is every professional should strive to have all of their business be referral because the benefits of referral business are undeniable and extensive.
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I believe some people create and publish websites for the sole purpose of tormenting their visitors. Browsing various websites and navigating the Web can often be like trying to read on an airplane while a kid kicks the back of your seat and the baby next to you alternates between screaming, crying and drooling on you.
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Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions.† The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be.
Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills:
Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.
Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results
OverviewAbraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."† As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance.
Do you want to be #1-10 on Google and other search engines? Do you want quadruple your Web sales in five months? Promote your business to the top with these 7 reasons to write and submit how-to articles.
Always include a powerful signature on every email you send out, even to friends. It's even more important when you send out articles to opt-in ezines (no spam) and top web sites in your field--more important than your article's message.
Have you put a lot of effort, time, and money into your site and are frustrated with low sales?
If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject; you are excellent at your craft. You have a great service and maybe a great product to sell.
Many businesses lose money yearly because they don't think creatively about the future.† They run their businesses doing what they think they should: dealing with customers, dealing with problems, ordering for their business, and paying their expenses.
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Undercover investigation by China Labor Watch exposes low wages, hazardous chemicals and overtime beyond legal limits
Xiao Fang thinks she‚Äôs one of the luckier workers making Barbie dolls for the Christmas market at the Mattel toy factory in Chang‚Äôan.
True, she says, she works 11-hour days, six days a week, and shares a dormitory with nine other women and gets to see her husband only once a week. She had to leave her three-year-old daughter back home in Sichuan. And there is only a communal bathroom, and if they want hot water they must fetch it from another floor. But at least she has a job, she says. And others have it worse.
Electric-car evangelist is the target of concerted negative online campaign linked to influential rightwing network
He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies - including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, solar power firm Solar City, and SpaceX, which makes reusable space rockets ‚Äď can help resist man-made climate change.
South African-born Elon Musk is a billionaire green evangelist, a bete noire of the fossil fuels industry who talks about colonising Mars and believes it may be possible that we‚Äôre living in a computer simulation.
Holocaust survivor among those warning against voting for Norbert Hofer of the Freedom party
As Austrians vote for their next president on Sunday, many will be cheering on Norbert Hofer, the rightwing populist, in the belief that he represents a break with his party‚Äôs national socialist roots.
With a boyish smile and six years of experience as a rhetoric coach, Hofer has used the year-long election campaign to present himself as the respectable face of the Freedom party (FP√Ė), which in the 1990s still praised the ‚Äúproper labour policies‚ÄĚ of Adolf Hitler.
City records show citations and charge of ‚Äėillegal interior building structure‚Äô
Former resident says she reported building to fire marshal in 2014
An Oakland warehouse in which a fire killed at least nine people had a history of violations and complaints, city records show. A police spokesman said ‚Äúmaybe at least a couple dozen‚ÄĚ people could have died in the blaze.
After taking office with hopes of enacting change, the PM has failed to gain the trust of voters who see politics as a scapegoat
When Matteo Renzi strode into the Italian prime minister‚Äôs residence of Palazzo Chigi 34 months ago, having outmanoeuvred the old guard in his party to become the country‚Äôs leader, he was widely regarded as Italy‚Äôs last best hope.
The former mayor of Florence was a maverick reformer with big plans to turn around Italy‚Äôs moribund economy and ‚Äď if he played his cards right ‚Äď would stand at the helm of a centre-left majority that seemed strong enough to crush the rising Five Star Movement (M5S) and its angry anti-establishment rhetoric, and bury conservatives who were still reeling from the political demise of Silvio Berlusconi.
General Assembly to pass resolution recognising need to investigate death of former general secretary who died in 1961 plane crash
What caused the 1961 plane crash that killed former UN secretary general Dag Hammarskj√∂ld? A Swedish-led UN inquiry the following year concluded that the plane, the Albertina, had crashed in northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) as a result of ‚Äúpilot error‚ÄĚ. But this failed to satisfy many who have long suspected foul play.
There were claims that the Albertina, which was carrying Hammarskj√∂ld and a 15-strong team seeking to negotiate a ceasefire in the breakaway African republic of Katanga, was riddled with bullets. Several witnesses said they saw as many as eight white men, armed and in combat fatigues, at the crash site.
On 8 September 1940, Marcel Ravidat‚Äôs black-and-white mongrel, Robot, dived into a hole in the ground in pursuit of a rabbit. The 17-year-old Ravidat retrieved his pet, and returned a few days later with three friends to explore what appeared to be an underground cave. Dropping into the rocks, they entered a grotto where the flickering light of their oil lamp lit upon a painting of a red bull. The rest is prehistory.
Trudeau‚Äôs approval of project some find analogous to Standing Rock incited thousands of activists, politicians and First Nations members to increase action
Opponents of a contentious Canadian pipeline project are preparing for a lengthy, multifaceted battle that will see thousands take to the country‚Äôs streets, courts and legislatures to contest the government‚Äôs recent approval of the project.
Leader says outsiders are ‚Äėconcentrating on the negative side‚Äô of what the UN and Malaysia claim is ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the international community on Friday of stoking resentment between Buddhists and Muslims in the country‚Äôs northwest, where an army crackdown has killed at least 86 people and sent 10,000 fleeing to Bangladesh.
Aung San Suu Kyi appealed for understanding of her nation‚Äôs ethnic complexities, and said the world should not forget the military operation was launched in response to attacks on security forces that the government has blamed on Muslim insurgents.
Exclusive: new details and photographs emerge of the accused terrorist captured by security services in Turkey
The first photographs have emerged of Australian senior Isis member, Neil Prakash, following his capture and imprisonment in Turkey.
The photographs obtained by the Guardian show the accused terrorist with a face that has thinned noticeably since he appeared more than six months ago in publicity material as one of the extremist group‚Äôs chief recruiters.
A Republican-led panel promoted a misleading tabloid story alleging earth may not be warming, relying on data that leaves out important points of context
Climate scientists have denounced the House committee on science, space and technology after the Republican-held panel promoted a misleading story expressing skepticism that the earth is dangerously warming.
On Thursday afternoon, the committee tweeted a Breitbart article alleging: ‚ÄúGlobal Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists‚ÄĚ. The story linked to a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, which claimed that global land temperatures were plummeting, and that humans were not responsible for years of steadily increasing heat.
More than 200 donors, policy makers and FGM experts joined senate minority leader Harry Reid at Washington DC summit
A Kenyan expert pleaded with delegates at a US summit on female genital mutilation (FGM) on Friday not to waste any more time sending white men and consultants to Africa ‚Äúto tell us how to stop this‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúI am a village girl but I have a university education, I know my people, and how to reach them ‚Äď we got this,‚ÄĚ Domtila Chesang from West Pokot, told the high-level event in Washington DC, hosted by senate minority leader Harry Reid.
Miguel Quiroga‚Äôs father-in-law asked for forgiveness, as flight plan revealed inadequate fuel reserve for journey that killed most of a Brazilian football team
The father-in-law of the pilot who was operating the charter flight which crashed in the Andes killing 71 people, has asked for forgiveness, amid growing evidence that the aeroplane embarked with barely enough fuel to complete the journey.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to continue Islam Karimov‚Äôs iron-fisted rule in Uzbekistan, which has no free press or opposition
Uzbeks will elect a new leader for the first time in more than 25 years on Sunday. Just don‚Äôt expect a Trump-like upset.
About 18 million people are eligible to vote for a successor to Islam Karimov, the long-time dictator who died in September after ruling Uzbekistan ever since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Join us for coverage of crucial polls which may decide the fate of both a far-right presidential candidate and the Italian PM
A brief guide, first, to who‚Äôs who and what‚Äôs what in the presidential election in Austria, where polls have just closed.
The candidates: Hofer, a 45-year old engineer who has risen through the ranks of his Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant Freedom party. A smooth talker with a ready smile, he changes his style, tone and the contents of his message depending on his audience. Van der Bellen is a former economics professor, running as an independent but backed by the Greens. He‚Äôs strongly supportive of the EU, is in favour of liberal migration policies, and often sounds the alarm against what he sees as Europe‚Äôs rightward drift
Good afternoon and welcome to the Guardian‚Äôs live coverage of what could prove a pivotal day in European politics.
Polls are about to close in Austria, where voters are choosing a new president who, surveys predict, could be the first freely-elected far-right leader of a western European country since the second world war.
The president has a cordial relationship with his successor, who questioned his birthplace and whom he called ‚Äėunfit‚Äô and ‚Äėunprepared‚Äô to enter the Oval Office
Last Saturday, a phone rang at the White House. The caller was requesting the president. The message was relayed and Barack Obama returned the call. On the other end of the line was Donald Trump.
All that is known about the conversation is that it lasted 45 minutes. What was discussed, and in what tone, is not matter of record and is perhaps familiar only to the two men. But it is not the only time that the soon-to-be 45th president has called the 44th in what must be the most peculiar handover of modern times.
PM traveling to Bahrain for Gulf Cooperation Council summit in pursuit of first post-Brexit trade deal with bloc
Theresa May has been urged not to set aside human rights concerns in pursuit of a lucrative post-Brexit free trade deal with the Gulf states when she visits Bahrain this week.
May is traveling to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) annual summit in Manama. The largest political party in Bahrain has been banned from the summit and both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been heavily criticised for their conduct in their bombing campaign in the Yemen civil war.
After the president-elect antagonized China with a phone call, the national-security wing of the party met in California, uneasy in a new age of foreign policy
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, nestled atop a majestic peak in the southern California mountains near Los Angeles, hosts many monuments to Reagan‚Äôs politics and achievements. Statues portray him riding a horse in triumph or genially waving to the tour groups waiting to see his museum. An actual Air Force One plane is on permanent display. Children play on a concrete barrier freshened up by graffiti of a butterfly with pink wings, once a piece of the Berlin Wall.
On Saturday, the library hosted a more bizarre monument to newer conservative politics: the Reagan National Defense Forum, a conference that provided subtle eulogies for the failed movement to stop Donald Trump.
Despite this goal, female players report that as in many areas of life, there is still a stark divide in opportunities, and players at the tournament say the game is suffering from neglect. Africa‚Äôs best women‚Äôs team doesn‚Äôt have enough money for friendlies, and players describe having fought patriarchy at every level to get where they are today.
Installation features used knickers said to illustrate number of attacks that take place against women each day
Thousands of pairs of used knickers have been hung above the streets of Johannesburg as part of an installation to raise awareness about the country‚Äôs record rates of rape.
Devised by two sexual assault survivors, the installation consists of washing lines 1,200 metres long displaying 3,600 pairs of pants ‚Äď matching the number of rapes estimated to occur on a daily basis, according to the artists.
Descendant given document revealing chain of responsibility for death, from Soviet leader to three executioners
A young designer in Russia plans to sue the state in an unprecedented case after an archivist sent him evidence appearing to name the agents of Joseph Stalin‚Äôs secret police who executed his great-grandfather.
Denis Karagodin, 34, received the document in the post after repeated requests to the Federal Security Service (FSB) for information about the circumstances of his great-grandfather‚Äôs execution.
Campaigners say thousands of vulnerable people are being held without trial as MPs look to extend Lagos ban nationwide
With Nigeria‚Äôs parliament poised to extend a controversial law banning the ‚Äúmenace of street begging‚ÄĚ throughout the country, campaigners are warning the policy has already resulted in the persecution of tens of thousands of disabled and mentally ill citizens.
Street begging is illegal in Lagos, Nigeria‚Äôs most populous city, and carries fines of around N15,000 (¬£38) and up to three months‚Äô imprisonment. Those who fail to pay the fine are incarcerated until they are able to pay up.
The Kremlin has joined forces with Chinese authorities to bring the internet and its users under greater state control
Russia has been working on incorporating elements of China‚Äôs Great Firewall into the ‚ÄúRed Web‚ÄĚ, the country‚Äôs system of internet filtering and control, after unprecedented cyber collaboration between the countries.
A decision earlier this month to block the networking site LinkedIn in Russia is the most visible in a series of measures to bring the internet under greater state control.
Hunger follows displaced people around north-east Nigeria, as Boko Haram and climate change drive millions from their homes
As Ali Kawu eases his handcart to a halt on a recent morning in north-east Nigeria, it is the first time he has dared to stop walking in more than 24 hours.
A day earlier, at 8am, Boko Haram militants raided his village. Kawu, 25, escaped with what he could ‚Äď his wife, their three children, and kindling for a fire. They left behind their papers, six sacks of beans, up to 15 dead neighbours, and 10 kidnapped villagers. Then they walked all day and all night.
The Daily Show host‚Äôs new book reveals how he bridged the race gap to become one of the country‚Äôs brightest exports
Trevor Noah is regarded as one of South Africa‚Äôs biggest exports: the boy from the townships who made it big in the US and ended up hosting The Daily Show, one of the most influential satirical news programmes on American television.
Years of Boko Haram insurgency have left large swaths of farmland inaccessible and many roads unnavigable by aid convoys
More than 120,000 people, most of them children, are at risk of starving to death next year in areas of Nigeria affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, the United Nations is warning.
Intense fighting in parts of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon has left more than 2 million people displaced, farmers unable to harvest their crops and aid groups unable to reach isolated communities. One small state in Nigeria has more displaced people than the entire refugee influx that arrived in Europe last year.
Ever since the collapse in crude prices in 2014, the big oil-producing countries have plotted a way to regain control and improve their battered finances. But agreeing which countries would bear the pain of the steepest production cuts had proved an insurmountable challenge.
The leader of a remarkable yet much-derided east London borough has his own, distinctive ideas about social progress and change
When visiting Barking and Dagenham it is possible for Londoners from different parts of town to imagine that they have slipped back in time. That‚Äôs partly about architecture, because this piece of the eastern suburb mosaic, slotted between Newham, Redbridge, Essex-minded Havering and the north side of the Thames, is still so visually synonymous with the 30,000 homes of the famous Becontree estate, a huge public housing development, conceived, in the words of Municipal Dreams, ‚Äúin the brief, post-Great War coupling of hope and fear. Homes fit for heroes and the concern that those very heroes might succumb to Bolshevism in 1919‚ÄĚ.
It‚Äôs also about accents: the London style of speech cemented in national sentiment by apples, pears and the spirit of the Blitz, but now getting scarce in Shoreditch, still greets the ear pretty often round here, including in the Town Hall. And then there‚Äôs attitude, which is where Barking and Dagenham can be misunderstood. I asked council leader Darren Rodwell if he thinks the borough has an image problem. ‚ÄúAbsolutely,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs that we‚Äôre white racists who work at Fords. But that is snobbery. The reality is, we‚Äôve got one of the best communities in London ‚Äď if not the best.‚ÄĚ
Trump advisers point to China‚Äôs measured reaction but experts say Beijing leaders will be privately enraged and unnerved
Donald Trump‚Äôs controversial decision to hold a 10-minute phone call with Taiwan‚Äôs president, Tsai Ing-wen, was caused by the billionaire‚Äôs lack of foreign policy experience, a mouthpiece for the Chinese government has claimed.
Ghanaian and Turkish crime rings ‚Äėpaid corrupt officials to look the other way‚Äô to illegally obtain authentic documents
Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake US embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the US State Department has said.
Until it was shut down, the sham embassy was housed in a rundown, pink two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew an American flag outside. Inside hung a portrait of the US president, Barack Obama.
Motorists who cause death by dangerous or careless driving could get longer prison terms under plans unveiled by ministers
Dangerous drivers who kill while using a mobile phone at the wheel could face life sentences under plans unveiled by ministers, bringing the punishment in line with those charged with manslaughter.
Motorists who cause death by speeding or street racing, or through careless driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, could also be handed life sentences if proposals to increase the 14-year limit for the offence are adopted.
Talks have been held on how to get food and medicine to besieged people including use of parachute drops and edible drones
The US and UK have been holding talks to explore ways to airdrop food and medical supplies to eastern Aleppo and other besieged populations in Syria.
The talks have been going on for months in Washington and have considered a broad range of possibilities, from parachute drops to creating an air bridge with drone flights, and even flying in edible drones that can be taken apart and eaten.
New programme aims to safeguard historical sites in war zones from destruction like that carried out by Isis
France has committed $30m (¬£24m) towards protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime, the first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.
Fran√ßois Hollande announced the contribution during a conference jointly organised by France and the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Backers of the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage conference hope to attract an initial $100m for the fund.
Italians explain how the referendum on political reform has morphed into a battle between populist forces and the status quo
Italians will vote on a series of changes to the country‚Äôs political system on Sunday, in a vote that could have far-reaching implications for the country‚Äôs politicians, banking sector and future in the Eurozone. But what began as a vote on whether to simplify the country‚Äôs elaborate political system has, for many, morphed into a complicated decision over who governs the country.
According to Italian voters who responded to a Guardian callout, prime minister Matteo Renzi‚Äôs leadership is under close scrutiny. If Italians vote against Renzi‚Äôs reforms, the prime minister has said he will resign ‚Äď a promise that is proving too enticing for some.
Voters to decide between the political establishment and rising populist forces in referendum that could see Renzi resign
Italians are heading to the polls to vote on a referendum that is seen as a test of rising populist forces in the country against the political establishment, in a contest that could end in the resignation of centre-left prime minister, Matteo Renzi.
Voters are deciding whether or not to approve sweeping changes to Italy‚Äôs constitution and parliamentary system, reforms that Renzi has argued would increase political stability and give the government more flexibility to tackle enduring economic problems.
Najib Razak tells Kuala Lumpur rally attended by thousands ‚Äėthe world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place‚Äô
Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a ‚Äúgenocide‚ÄĚ of Myanmar‚Äôs Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbours and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence.
Najib said the rally at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur would send a strong message to Aung San Suu Kyi‚Äôs government that ‚Äúenough is enough‚ÄĚ.
President-elect‚Äôs recent actions in the region indicate he is content to break with Washington orthodoxy even as it comes with real risks
In three phone calls with key Asian leaders this week, Donald Trump has once again upended expectations. We may now indeed have a radical break in the US approach to the region.
The first of these, with Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan, came with a detailed text of the conversation released by the Pakistani prime minister‚Äôs office. He is reported to have lavished praise on Sharif and the country more generally in what appears to be Trump‚Äôs typically solicitous approach to relationship building.
Government will prohibit naming of streets or monuments after Fidel Castro in keeping with his desire to stop a personality cult developing
Cuban President Ra√ļl Castro said on Saturday his government would prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel in keeping with the former leader‚Äôs desire to avoid developing a personality cult.
The younger Castro told a crowd gathered to pay homage to Fidel Castro in the eastern city of Santiago that the country‚Äôs National Assembly would pass in its next session a law fulfilling his brother‚Äôs desire that, ‚Äúonce dead, his name and likeness would never be used on institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, and that busts, statutes or other forms of tribute would never be erected‚ÄĚ.
Opponents of Chile‚Äôs dictator sang in his prisons. Now the daughter of two survivors tells of her mission to help their music live again
Many testimonies exist ‚Äď legal, historical, political and human ‚Äď to the horrors of the military coup and ensuing dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean general who died 10 years ago this week.
But as all Latin America recalls the man whose brutality defined an era, no record better captures the ethos of its suffering than the collection of music made, performed, heard and sung by prisoners in the network of centres for political detention and torture operated by Pinochet‚Äôs brutal regime.
Ministers to consult on increase in 14-year upper limit for causing death by speeding, street racing or while using a mobile
Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences under plans put forward by ministers. Those causing death by speeding, street racing or while using a mobile phone will face the same sentences as people charged with manslaughter.
Offenders who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs could also be handed life sentences ‚Äď an increase on the current 14-year upper limit.
After the eulogies and denunciations, the Torres family supplies a more nuanced perspective on Cuba‚Äôs revolutionary leader
Before Fidel Castro‚Äôs interment in a Santiago cemetery this morning, there have been eulogies by leftwing presidents, football stars and famous singers. But to understand the true significance of the revolutionary‚Äôs death, it is more revealing to wander down a rutted alley in the little-known Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padr√≥n.
Heinrich Steinmeyer wanted to thank village of Comrie for its kindness ‚Äėwhen he was at the lowest point of his life‚Äô
It‚Äôs the stuff of TV drama: schoolgirls befriend a German prisoner of war being held in Scotland during the second world war. After learning that he had never seen moving pictures, they smuggle him out of the camp for the day and take him to the cinema so he can watch a film for the first time.
Thousands of Chapeconese supporters and mourners attend a wake for the victims of the Colombian plane crash at Arena Cond√° stadium on Saturday. The coffins of the football team, supporters and journalists who lost their lives are carried into the stadium under heavy rain
Hundreds march around detention centre perimeter to denounce rise in hate crime in wake of Brexit vote
The largest protest staged against Britain‚Äôs most notorious detention centre has taken place, as up to 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Yarl‚Äôs Wood to denounce ‚Äúimmigrant bashing‚ÄĚ in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Campaigners from across the UK protested at the Bedfordshire immigration removal centre on Saturday, demanding that the facility, which mainly houses women, is closed immediately.
Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responds to US Senate vote to extend sanctions for 10 years, which Iran says violates last year‚Äôs nuclear deal
A Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years shows the world that Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.
Iran has vowed to retaliate against the ISA extension, passed unanimously on Thursday, saying it violated last year‚Äôs agreement with six major powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for lifting of international financial sanctions.
Woman who talked to mayor about airport expansion plans said she was associated with Trump Organization, official says
Weeks before President-elect Donald Trump‚Äôs controversial phone call with Taiwan‚Äôs president, Tsai Ing-wen, a businesswoman claiming to be associated with his conglomerate made inquiries about a major investment in building luxury hotels as part of the island‚Äôs new airport development.
Aeroplane, which took off from island of Bangka, is thought to have crashed with 15 people on board, according to reports
An Indonesian police plane with 15 people on board has gone missing on a flight to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, according to reports.
The plane, which took off from Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, is thought to have crashed on Saturday between the islands of Mensanak and Sebangka or Gentar, a police report seen by Reuters said.
While much of the world has focused on Brazil‚Äôs sporting, political and economic news, photographer Tomer Ifrah has spent the past year capturing small events of daily life in Rio de Janeiro and S√£o Paulo
From bronze-age Iraq‚Äôs market-driven cities to the riches of Antwerp to the tech revolution in India, Greg Clark identifies the many waves of urban globalisation in an extract from his new book, Global Cities
History shows that cities have tended to embrace international opportunities in waves and cycles. They rarely break out into global activity by themselves. Cities participate in collective movements or networks to take advantage of new conditions, and often their demise or withdrawal from a global orientation is also experienced jointly with other cities as circumstances change, affecting many at once.
The world‚Äôs first great market-driven cities were established more than 4,000 years ago in the early bronze age, and their rich history is only now beginning to be understood. An urban revolution was taking place, with most residents of what is today southern Iraq living in cities, and this process of urbanisation was accompanied by trade on a new scale.
Denmark‚Äôs capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city ‚Äď there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow?
Bicycle sensors in Copenhagen clocked a new record this month: there are now more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In the last year, 35,080 more bikes have joined the daily roll, bringing the total number to 265,700, compared with 252,600 cars.
Copenhagen municipality has been carrying out manual traffic counts at a number of city centre locations since 1970, when there were 351,133 cars and 100,071 bikes. In 2009, the city installed its first electric bike counter by city hall, with 20 now monitoring traffic across the city.
From London to Lagos, cities across the world are reacting to the rise in begging with a variety of often controversial measures. But what is the right response to this complicated human story ‚Äď from cities and residents alike?
For other cities, however, begging is a much more recent, if growing, phenomenon ‚Äď and often a controversial one. While the reasons for this global rise are complex, the responses to the issue vary both in their severity and their success rates.
This War of Mine follows civilians trying to survive in a war-torn city, telling a story that‚Äôs become increasingly poignant amid the current refugee crisis
In March 2014, a few months before the release of This War of Mine, the developers at 11 Bit Studios were discussing potential endings to their video game story of civilians trying to survive in a war-torn city. Wojciech Setlak, one of the writers, suggested they have a neighbouring country intervene, sending in troops to gain control of part of the weakened nation.
A month later, in the real world, militia flying Russian flags ‚Äď known to the locals as ‚Äúlittle green men‚ÄĚ ‚Äď appeared in eastern Ukraine. ‚ÄúIt was uncanny,‚ÄĚ says Setlak. ‚ÄúWe had anticipated something that actually happened.‚ÄĚ
In Belgium, cars are cherished possessions and driving is a staple of everyday life. But two of its major cities are making forcible efforts to cut down the traffic on their streets ‚Äď with wildly different results
One morning in 1997, Frank Beke, the mayor of Ghent, woke up to find he‚Äôd been sent a bullet in the post. For the next few weeks Beke wore a bulletproof jacket, while police stood guard outside his house and accompanied him everywhere he went. ‚ÄúI was very anxious for my family,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúI was protected by police but my wife and my children weren‚Äôt.‚ÄĚ
The culprit was eventually found and arrested ‚Äď a man who owned a shoe shop in the Belgian city‚Äôs medieval centre. His motive? Beke‚Äôs plans to pedestrianise the area around his shop.
As anti-LGBT sentiment grows in Indonesia ‚Äď with proposals to criminalise gay sex and public condemnations from government ministers ‚Äď young Jakartans share stories of discrimination and hopes for the future
The year 2016 seems to have provided a helping hand for the increasing discrimination against Indonesia‚Äôs lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The constitutional court is currently mulling over a petition to revise the criminal code to make intercourse between same-sex couples illegal.
The conservative Islamic group driving the petition, Family Love Alliance (Aliansi Cinta Keluarga), argues that the country‚Äôs current laws lean too heavily towards western values, which they see as at odds with ours in Indonesia. Patrialis Akbar, one of the judges in the constitutional court, has said: ‚ÄúOur freedom is limited by moral values as well as religious values ‚Ä¶ We‚Äôre not a secular country ‚Äď this country acknowledges religion.‚ÄĚ
Executives from Indonesia‚Äôs Lippo Group conglomerate don‚Äôt like wasting time in the capital‚Äôs infamous traffic jams. Oliver Holmes straps in for a 12-minute ‚Äėhelimousine‚Äô ride ‚Äď a journey which can take two hours by car
Millions of Jakartans spend hours a day sitting in gridlock, wondering how to better avoid what has been officially declared the world‚Äôs worst traffic. They‚Äôll surely be snarling at the answer cruising above their heads: helicopters.
Indonesia‚Äôs super-rich can fly into the airport by chartered jet, jump into a helicopter to the city for a meeting, and even whizz over to a hospital roof for a doctor‚Äôs visit ‚Äď all without touching a road.
The minority group has had a huge impact on Indonesia‚Äôs capital. But the success of its small elite has led to recurring discrimination and bloodshed ‚Äď which has come to a head as Jakarta‚Äôs ethnic Chinese governor runs for election
Before Jakarta, there was Batavia, the 17th-century capital city of the Dutch East Indies, built with the skill of just a few hundred ethnic Chinese artisans who had settled as traders along the shore.
Growing number ‚Äď and scale ‚Äď of crises around the world is not matched by countries‚Äô will to tackle them, experts warn
The United Nations is expected to launch its biggest ever appeal for humanitarian funding amid growing fears that major donors no longer have the political will to address proliferating crises in Yemen, Syria, Nigeria and elsewhere.
The annual appeal, to be launched on Monday against the backdrop of a struggling global economy, a rising tide of nationalist sentiment epitomised by politicians such as Donald Trump, and growing compassion fatigue, will seek to raise roughly $22bn (¬£17.4bn).
From Liberia to Colombia and beyond, women have compiled a vast archive of methods to combat threats to their rights. The US need only follow their lead
Many in the US are emerging from their initial shock at the outcome of the presidential election to confront its likely impacts: a legitimation of right-wing identity politics, worsening climate change and militarism, assaults on women‚Äôs rights and LGBT rights, and the gutting of basic public services.
In Uganda, which has a high youth population, 24% of 15- to 19-year-old women are either pregnant with their first child or already mothers. Access to contraception and reproductive health services is hit and miss, particularly in rural areas. Reproductive Health Uganda operates a network of mobile clinics to help women in remote regions get vital services
Joana Silochina Foster, the formidable Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer who died last month, co-founded Africa‚Äôs first feminist philanthropic institution
Before the fourth world conference on women, held in Beijing in 1995, Joana Silochina Foster, a Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer, attended a workshop organised by the Global Fund for Women. She happened to be seated next to Dr Hilda Tadria, a Ugandan scholar and activist whom she had not met before. Turning to Tadria, Foster said: ‚ÄúWhat we really need are our own resources.‚ÄĚ
And so the idea of a fund for African women was born. At the time, it was a groundbreaking notion: no such institution existed on the African continent, where funding for women‚Äôs rights was primarily channelled through international NGOs based in the global north.
Ban Ki-moon said deadly outbreak that killed up thousands ‚Äėleaves a blemish‚Äô on United Nations‚Äô reputation, ending six years of refusing to claim responsibility
The United Nations has admitted for the first time that its peacekeepers were directly responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti, bringing to an end a six-year delay in which the world body consistently ducked responsibility for importing the disease that has potentially killed up to 30,000 people.
In a 16-page report released on Thursday setting out what is being billed as a new approach to fighting cholera in Haiti, the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, cites expert opinion about the cause of the deadly outbreak. It found that ‚Äúthe preponderance of the evidence does lead to the conclusion that personnel associated with the [UN‚Äôs peacekeeping] facility were the most likely source‚ÄĚ.
Developing states could lose out as reviews of British aid signal fresh emphasis on economic interests following Brexit vote
UK aid will be more closely allied with trade policy after the British government signalled a new approach to development assistance that may risk sidelining poorer countries.
Two long-awaited reviews published on Thursday promised to change the focus of British aid, with the government pledging to do more in fragile and conflict-riven states and to expand work across the ‚Äúarc of instability‚ÄĚ that bends from north Africa to the Middle East.
As we mark World Aids Day with a conservative US administration looming, it is vital that progress on HIV prevention in girls and young women is not undone
Over the course of more than a decade, the US government spent in excess of $41bn (¬£33bn) on HIV prevention and treatment without investing in targeted prevention for adolescent girls and young women abroad.
Infant mortality rates in Afghanistan were once among the world‚Äôs worst, but a new children‚Äôs unit at Kandahar‚Äôs Mirwais hospital is accelerating slow progress
Among the tiniest of the premature babies slumbering in incubators at the Mirwais hospital, one bore a name chosen by hospital staff. At five days old, ‚ÄúFatima‚ÄĚ had been abandoned by her mother after being born so early that her family assumed she was destined for the grave.
Had her relatives grasped the welcome transformation unfolding at the government-run medical centre in Kandahar, the largest city in southern Afghanistan, they might have held their newborn a little tighter.
Amid heavy shelling in the Syrian city, local resident Umm Leen gave birth to her son a month early. With food and other basic resources scarce, and the ongoing siege intensifying, she fears what the future holds. Here, she tells her story
The siege has been bad, but we didn‚Äôt fear it as much as we fear the bombs.
My eldest daughter is 16. She was six months pregnant, but suffered a miscarriage two weeks ago. I had a son of 12, but he was killed by a piece of shrapnel that pierced his heart. My youngest is a baby boy, aged three months ‚Äď I gave birth to him during the siege.
He made the company a punchbag during his anti-globalisation election crusade, and now takes credit for saving jobs. But how did it happen, and who really won?
Donald Trump scored an early public relations win this week as he took the credit for persuading a US firm not to outsource jobs to Mexico. But the case ‚Äď and its implications ‚Äď are more complex than they first appeared.
US president-elect‚Äôs ill-considered dealings with Taipei illustrate inexperience that could be exploited by China, say experts
Not for the first time, and almost certainly not for the last in this two months of shadow government by Twitter, it is far from clear whether Donald Trump has made US foreign policy by accident or on purpose.
As has also become normal in the ‚Äúpost-truth‚ÄĚ aftermath of the bitter election, the facts surrounding his telephone conversation with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen are in dispute. Reacting to the wave of alarm caused by the call, upending 37 years of US diplomatic practice in a few minutes, the president-elect protested in a tweet that it was Tsai who had called him, implying he just happened to pick up the phone.
Trump follows Bill O‚ÄôReilly and Piers Morgan, but top Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Paul Ryan don‚Äôt make the cut
Donald Trump, with over 16 million followers on Twitter, famously follows only 40 people himself. If you take a look at his list, it‚Äôs like your dad joined Twitter to find out what all the fuss was about, followed his direct relatives and everyone in his book club, then got bored.
It has a sudden, inorganic feel, as if it were built in a day; nearly a quarter of the follows are for his own hotels and golf clubs, so a lot of the timeline is filled with pictures of diced vegetables and there are as many links as hyperlinks.
Little is known about how exactly Trump plans to distance himself from his sprawling empire, which owns hotels and golf resorts and businesses including a winery and modeling agency, and whether his plans would truly be enough to avoid placing his private and public interests on a collision course.
At Jean-Georges, a three-star Michelin restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in New York, it‚Äôs a rich man‚Äôs world, and one where the US president-elect feels at home. This has also been evident in his appointments so far, as the so-called ‚Äúblue-collar billionaire‚ÄĚ looks set to preside over the wealthiest administration in modern history.
Populist, nation-first parties to contest key elections buoyed by Brexit vote and Donald Trump victory
In Italy and Austria this weekend a shaken EU faces the first of a series of pivotal electoral tests that could profoundly change the political landscape of the bloc, and conceivably herald the end of the European project in its current form.
Fran√ßois Hollande‚Äôs announcement that he will not seek re-election opens the field up. Here are some runners and riders
After France‚Äôs Socialist president, Fran√ßois Hollande, announced he would not run for re-election, his party will seek to prove wrong the pollsters who say the French left is too weak to make it through to the final round of the presidential election next spring.
Sgt Ray Kelly of the Alameda County sheriff‚Äôs office speaks after a fire at a party in a warehouse in Oakland, California, that left nine people dead and 25 unaccounted for. Kelly says rescue teams are having to deal with ‚Äėvery twisted debris‚Äô and will use excavators to remove wreckage. ‚ÄėWe are talking about maybe bringing in cadaver dogs to help us out, using remote technologies, robots and whatnot, to get into spots that are really tight,‚Äô he says.
Oakland firefighters tweeted footage of flames erupting through the roof of a warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district on Friday evening. According to local media, at least nine people are dead and 13 missing after the fire broke out during a party. Fire chief Teresa Deloach-Reed told the East Bay Times newspaper the building had no sprinkler system
Donald Trump potentially sparked a diplomatic row with China on Friday, after speaking with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on the phone. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi says he hopes the call will not change the longstanding US policy towards China
In an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS‚Äôs 60 Minutes, House speaker Paul Ryan says he speaks with President-elect Trump almost every day. Ryan said Trump will be ‚Äėan unconventional president‚Äô, but he believes he is up to the job
The bodies of those who died in the Colombia plane crash on Monday, were repatriated to Brazil on Friday. The plane, which apparently ran out of fuel, killed 71 people including most of a Brazilian soccer team on its way to a regional cup final.
Thousands of Gambian people take to the streets of Banjul on Friday to celebrate the election win by businessman Adama Barrow over the autocratic president Yahya Jammeh. The outgoing president, who seized power in 1994, has told officials that he will concede defeat.
President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he would nominate retired marine corps Gen James Mattis, known as ‚ÄėMad Dog‚Äô and renowned for his tough talk and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, to lead the Pentagon. ‚ÄėBut we‚Äôre not announcing it till Monday so don‚Äôt tell anybody,‚Äô Trump told a rally in Cincinnati
Italy‚Äôs constitutional referendum on Sunday has become the latest front in the global tide of anti-establishment sentiment. The prime minister, Matteo Renzi, says he will resign if Italians reject his proposed reforms ‚Äď and Eurosceptic populists stand ready to reap the benefits. There is also the prospect that political turmoil could reignite Italy‚Äôs banking crisis
Earlier this year, the Guardian reported the story of Tyra Patterson, a woman serving a life sentence in Ohio. She has been accused of taking part in a group robbery that led to the murder of 15-year-old Michelle Lai but has always maintained her innocence. Now, the victim‚Äôs sister who witnessed the shooting is asking Governor John Kasich for Patterson‚Äôs release. In an exclusive interview, Holly Lai Holbrook explains how Patterson‚Äôs release would set Lai Holbrook free
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