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7 Reasons You Want Referral Business and How to Get Them
Studies have proven that there is one reason why people don't do more referral business: they don't ask. There are two reasons why, they forget or they don't have a strong enough relationship with their clients, so they don't feel comfortable
The truth is every professional should strive to have all of their business be referral because the benefits of referral business are undeniable and extensive.
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Top 10 Ways Websites Makes Me Suffer
I believe some people create and publish websites for the sole purpose of tormenting their visitors. Browsing various websites and navigating the Web can often be like trying to read on an airplane while a kid kicks the back of your seat and the baby next to you alternates between screaming, crying and drooling on you.
Business Profitability - 10 Ways To Boost
10 Ways to Boost your ProfitabilitySo many business owners work hard - really hard - just to break even or keep afloat. Each one of us deserves reward for our efforts, whether that be financial or personal.
Wealth Building Scams
I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news.
Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions. The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be.
Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit
Most people wish they read more. It is an activity that is both fun and enlightening.
Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication
Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills:
Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.
7 Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To
Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results
OverviewAbraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance.
Your Leadership Shopping List
'Tis the season to give. And finding the right gift to give the people on your team can be challenging.
Top Seven Reasons to Publicize your Business with Articles
Do you want to be #1-10 on Google and other search engines? Do you want quadruple your Web sales in five months? Promote your business to the top with these 7 reasons to write and submit how-to articles.
Top Ten Tips for Online Publishing Success
Use the checklist below to make sure your article, tip, or book excerpt will get published and make you a household name on the Internet.
Top Ten Things to Do to Make your Signature File Sell
Always include a powerful signature on every email you send out, even to friends. It's even more important when you send out articles to opt-in ezines (no spam) and top web sites in your field--more important than your article's message.
The Top Ten Ways to Attract Buyers, Not Just Visitors to your Web Site
Have you put a lot of effort, time, and money into your site and are frustrated with low sales?
If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject; you are excellent at your craft. You have a great service and maybe a great product to sell.
Plan Your Success In Seven Ways
Many businesses lose money yearly because they don't think creatively about the future. They run their businesses doing what they think they should: dealing with customers, dealing with problems, ordering for their business, and paying their expenses.
Want a Web Site that Turns Lookie Loos into Buyers? Seven Passion Copywriting Tips
Web Site Blues? Need one, don't know where to start? Got one, but aren't getting enough sales?
If you need a Web site soon you may be wondering where to start and who to trust. All Web masters are not equal.
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Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.
New figures obtained by the Guardian reveal the surge in usage of plastic bottles, more than half a trillion of which will be sold annually by the end of the decade. Continue reading...
Government reportedly seeking EU approval of drastic changes to asylum procedures after surge in refugee arrivals
The Italian government is considering blocking boats carrying migrants from landing at its ports after nearly 11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in five days.
It has been reported that the government has given its ambassador to the EU, Maurizio Massari, a mandate to raise the issue formally with the European commission to seek permission for a drastic revision of EU asylum procedures. One idea being discussed is denying docking privileges to boats not carrying Italian flags that seek to land in Italian ports, mainly in Sicily or Calabria. Continue reading...
Fragments of three skulls found at GĂ¶bekli Tepe have hallmarks of being carved with flint after being scalped and defleshed first
Fragments of carved bone unearthed at an ancient site on a Turkish hillside are evidence that the people who spent time there belonged to a neolithic âskull cultâ â a group that embraces rituals around the heads of the dead.
The remains were uncovered during field work at GĂ¶bekli Tepe, an 11,000-year-old site in the south-east of the country, where thousands of pieces of human bone were found, including sections of skulls bearing grooves, holes and the occasional dab of ochre. Continue reading...
Mitch McConnell hopes to forge agreement before Senate recess as Trump promises âgreat, great surpriseâ â but polls show little support for measure
As Republican leadership attempts to heal the deep divisions in the party to save their stalled healthcare bill from collapse, some lawmakers are proposing a more novel solution: bipartisanship.
On Wednesday, Republicans paraded before Senate majority leader Mitch McConnellâs office with a range of concerns and demands about the healthcare bill, which a recent analysis found would leave 22 million more Americans without health insurance over the next decade. Continue reading...
Russia warns US of proportional response to any preemptive measures against Syrian forces as US official calls intelligence behind warning âfar from conclusiveâ
US defence secretary James Mattis has said that Syria appears to have heeded a warning from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.
Meanwhile Russia, the main backer of President Bashar al-Assad, warned that it would respond proportionately if the US took preemptive measures against Syrian forces. Continue reading...
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ 2017 class includes Gal Gadot and Barry Jenkins, attempting to make good on a promise to diversify
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it had invited a record 744 new members to its governing body, surpassing the 683 invitations issued in 2016.
The Academy has been under pressure to diversify its membership for several years, reaching a crescendo in 2015, when all 20 acting nominees were white, prompting the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and a collective push to ensure the awards showâs governing body included more women and people of color. Continue reading...
US president accepts Emmanuel Macronâs invitation to attend ceremony marking 100th anniversary of Americaâs entry into first world war
Donald Trump will attend Franceâs Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on 14 July, after accepting an invitation from the French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Macronâs office said on Wednesday that the US president would attend the traditional Paris military parade as part of the commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the first world war. US troops will join French soldiers in the annual display of military might on the Champs ElysĂ©es. Continue reading...
- Homeland security proposes enhanced screening of personal devices
- Current restrictions to be removed if airports meet new requirements
US Homeland Security secretary John Kelly on Wednesday unveiled enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States in what officials said was a move to prevent an expansion of an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices.
âInaction is not an option,â Kelly said, saying he believed airlines will comply with the new screening. But he said the measures were not the last step to tighten security. Continue reading...
Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres among signatories of letter warning that the next three years will be crucial to stopping the worst effects of global warming
Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years, a group of prominent experts has warned.
Warnings over global warming have picked up pace in recent months, even as the political environment has grown chilly with Donald Trumpâs formal announcement of the USâs withdrawal from the Paris agreement. This yearâs weather has beaten high temperature records in some regions, and 2014, 2015 and 2016 were the hottest years on record. Continue reading...
- PM says lethal shot from 3,540m within Canadaâs advise-and-assist mission
- Opponents say Canadians deserve truth about Canadaâs true role in Iraq
A record-shattering lethal shot fired by a Canadian sniper in Iraq has reignited a longstanding debate over Canadaâs role in the region, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling reporters it was âentirely consistentâ with the countryâs non-combat mission and should be celebrated.
Last week, the defence department confirmed reports that a Canadian sniper had shot an Isis militant from 3,540 metres (2 miles) away. The shot surpassed the previous world military record for the longest confirmed kill â held by a British sniper who took aim at a Taliban fighter in 2009 â by more than a kilometre. Continue reading...
Philippines president tells soldiers trying to suppress uprising linked to Isis that that he will protect them if they accidentally kill civilians
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has assured troops he would protect them from any legal action if they accidentally killed civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.
Duterte ordered the army to destroy the militants aligned with Islamic State who attacked Marawi on 23 May, sparking fighting that has left more than 400 combatants and civilians dead. Continue reading...
US scientists have investigated the makeup of the perfect smile, saying the findings could be useful for clinicians working to restore facial movement
If you want your smile to appear pleasant, you might want to avoid a dazzling beam, research suggests. A study by scientists in the US has found that wide smiles with a high angle and showing a lot of teeth are not the best at creating a positive impression.
âA lot of people donât understand how important their smiles are and how important this aspect of communication we do with each other every day is,â said Stephen Guy, a co-author of the research from the University of Minnesota. The authors say the findings could prove valuable for clinicians working to restore facial movement and expression to those who have experienced facial paralysis. Continue reading...
Five research teams say there is no compelling evidence there is an upper limit on mortality, disputing claim in Nature
The maximum human lifespan could far exceed previous predictions, according to work that challenges the idea that humans are approaching a hard limit on longevity.
The latest research comes in response to a recent high-profile paper that concluded âmaximum longevity has hit a ceiling of 114.9 yearsâ â a claim that prompted extraordinary levels of criticism from the scientific community. Now five separate research teams have launched critiques of the work in a series of papers in the journal Nature. Continue reading...
Gen Richard Reboul has requisitioned an Alpha jet about 10 times since August to fly to and from Provence home, report claims
The distance by road from Bordeaux, in the south-west of France, to the attractive town of Salon-de-Provence in the south-east is 373 miles (600km), a journey that with luck and an absence of embouteillages (traffic jams) will take between five and six hours.
The train takes at least seven, and a commercial flight just over one, plus a half-hour drive from Marseille airport. So for weekends away at his place in Provence, the acting commander-in-chief of the French airforce took a fighter jet instead, according to the investigative and satirical weekly Le Canard EnchaĂźnĂ©. Continue reading...
Pyongyang says Park Geun-hye pushed forward plan to assassinate Kim Jong-un and it has imposed death penalty on her
North Korea has threatened to impose the death penalty on the Southâs former president Park Geun-hye over an alleged plot to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un.
Park had âpushed forwardâ a supposed plan by Seoulâs intelligence services to eliminate the Northâs leadership, Pyongyangâs security ministries and prosecutors said in a joint statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency. Continue reading...
Decision says countryâs courts are able to operate âthe way Google operates â globallyâ, but civil liberties advocates warn of censorship online
Canadian courts can force Google to remove results worldwide, the countryâs top court has ruled, in decision criticised by civil liberties groups that argue such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet.
In its 7-2 decision, Canadaâs supreme court found that a court in the country can grant an injunction preventing conduct anywhere in the world when it is necessary to ensure the injunctionâs effectiveness. Continue reading...
Bill to grant full marital rights to gay couples hastily put on agenda after chancellor signalled shift in her position on issue
A lesbian couple who inspired Angela Merkel to soften her opposition to same-sex marriage have said they will invite the German chancellor to their wedding if a bill to legalise the ceremony is passed on Friday.
A free vote is expected to take place in the Bundestag on Friday, a day before the summer recess after being hurriedly put on the parliamentary agenda on Wednesday by the Social Democrats (SPD), Merkelâs junior coalition partners. The SPD said last weekend that an agreement on same-sex marriage would be a central condition to any future coalition. Continue reading...
Authorities in two states are looking into a nonprofit led by an attorney to Donald Trump, after the Guardian reported it had steered tens of millions of dollars to the attorney, his family and their businesses.
Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina, and Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, said on Wednesday they would be examining the operations of Jay Sekulowâs group Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case). Continue reading...
If greenhouse gas emissions arenât reduced, ice-free areas are expected to surge by as much as 17,000 square kilometres
Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail.
If emissions of greenhouse gasses are not reduced, projected warming and changes in snowfall will cause ice-free areas â which currently make up about 1% of Antarctica and are home to all of the continentâs terrestrial plants and animals â to increase by as much as 17,000 square kilometres. Continue reading...
President says explosives failed to detonate in incident following months of increasing violence against his rule
A police helicopter launched grenades at Venezuelaâs supreme court building on Tuesday evening following months of protests against the countryâs president, NicolĂĄs Maduro.
Maduro said âterroristsâ had lobbed two grenades that failed to detonate. Some reports put the number of grenades higher. Local media suggested a former police intelligence officer had carried out the attack. Continue reading...
Representatives from islandâs divided communities â and from UK, Turkey and Greece â are meeting as UN signals it will withdraw its troops if talks fail
The leaders of Cyprusâ estranged Greek and Turkish communities have embarked on a defining attempt to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four decades afterit was divided by war.
The conference, which opened in the cool of the Swiss Alps on Wednesday morning, brings all the main players to the table â including representatives from Cyprusâ guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and Britain â in what is being billed as an arena âfor big and lasting decisionsâ. For all, it will amount to an historic effort to bridge chasms that have remained unbridgeable since 1974, the year that Turkey seized the islandâs northern third in response to a coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece. Continue reading...
Alex Vavilov, born and raised in Canada, âvindicated and happyâ years after he was stripped of citizenship when his parents were arrested by the FBI in 2010
The son of two deep-cover Russian spies has had his Canadian citizenship restored after a long legal battle. The Canadian government had stripped Alex Vavilov of his citizenship after his parents were exposed by the FBI as KGB spies who had spent several decades pretending to be Canadian.
Vavilov was born Alexander Foley in Toronto and grew up in France and the US, believing his parents were Canadian-born naturalised Americans. However, in 2010, his parents were arrested by the FBI in a roundup of 11 Russian spies. At the time, Alex was 16. Continue reading...
Koi pla, raw fish ground with spices and lime, is thought to kill up to 20,000 people in Thailand every year
A doctor in Thailand whose parents died from liver cancer after eating a much-loved raw fish dish is travelling the countryâs rural north-east to warn people off the recipe.
Koi pla, a cheap plate of raw fish ground with spices and lime, is eaten by millions of Thais, especially in one of the nationâs poorest provinces, Isaan. Continue reading...
Framed Time cover featuring president and the headline âThe Apprentice is a television smash!â has reportedly been seen hanging at five of Trumpâs clubs
Time magazine has asked the Trump organisation to remove fake covers bearing his image from his golf clubs.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that a framed Time cover featuring Trump and the headline âDonald Trump: The âApprenticeâ is a television smash!â [sic], seen hanging at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, was faked. Continue reading...
Researchers in Canada say âzonal wavesâ in upper atmosphere may explain why people have reported oddly well-lit evenings since Roman times
The Romans referred to it as the ânocturnal sunâ. Later accounts describe it as an unexplained glow â bright enough to read a book by â that would sometimes light up the night sky.
Now researchers from York University in Canada have come up with a possible explanation for the rare phenomenon known as âbright nightsâ. Using satellite data, two atmospheric scientists from the Toronto institution suggest that the bright nights are not due to the sun or meteors, but instead the result of converging âzonal wavesâ in Earthâs upper atmosphere. Continue reading...
Criteria for travellers from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen â and all refugees â to take effect on Thursday
The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim-majority nations and all refugees, requiring a âcloseâ family or business tie to the United States.
Related: Trump travel ban ruling is racist and unfair, Iran says Continue reading...
About 11,000 officers will be deployed during Chinese presidentâs visit as areas of the city are made off limits to the public
Swaths of Hong Kong have been placed under an unprecedented security lockdown as Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in the city to mark 20 years since the UK handed the city back to China.
Mass protests are expected to greet Xi on the 1 July anniversary, an annual tradition amplified by his presence in the city. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker Nathan Law, were arrested after they staged a sit in the night before Xiâs arrival. Continue reading...
Vanilla Air apologises after staff prevent friends from assisting member of a disability non-profit organisation
An airline in Japan has apologised to a disabled passenger who was forced to crawl up a flight of stairs to board his plane.
Hideto Kijima, who uses a wheelchair, had to hoist himself from the runway at a tiny airport on the resort island of Amami up to the aircraft door, after staff at Vanilla Air refused to allow his friends to carry him aboard. Continue reading...
- Pell will return to Australia to âclear his nameâ after being charged by police
- Move against third-ranking official in Vatican sends shockwaves around church
Cardinal George Pell, Australiaâs most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police.
The charges were served on Pellâs legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday and they have been lodged also at Melbourne magistrates court. He will appear at the court on 18 July. Continue reading...
Women bring case against Shell in the Netherlands seeking damages and public apology for state executions carried out by military court in 1995
The widows of men who were hanged by Nigeriaâs military government in the 1990s have launched a civil case against Shell, accusing it of complicity in their husbandsâ executions.
Esther Kiobel, the widow of Dr Barinem Kiobel, and three other women whose husbands were hanged in 1995, served a writ in a Dutch court this week, following a 20-year battle with the oil giant. Continue reading...
Three-quarters say they and their communities are targeted unfairly by police tactic, which has declined steeply
Three-quarters of young black and minority ethnic (BAME) people believe they and their communities are being targeted unfairly by stop and search despite a steep decline in the use of the controversial tactic, according to new research.
A survey commissioned by the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA), a coalition of 120 organisations, also found that more than a third of BAME people aged 16 to 30 did not believe police used fair information to decide who they stopped and searched. Continue reading...
In what is likely his last great urban intervention, the billionaire is constructing a massive new airport. The $13.4bn project is highly complex and controversial â can he pull it off?
It is sometimes hard to tell where Carlos Slim stops and Mexico City starts. He controls most of the mobile phone, landline and internet markets. His telecoms company, Telmex, installed the cityâs surveillance cameras. Grupo Carso, his flagship infrastructure conglomerate, runs the cityâs principal water treatment plant. His bank, Inbursa, is Mexicoâs sixth largest. He even owns the cityâs only aquarium.
In 2015 Slimâs companies accounted for 6% of the entire countryâs GDP, according to the Mexican media outlet El Universal. These holdings run parallel to a vast network of strategically located retail properties. But more than anywhere or anyone else, the 77-year-old tycoon and sometime worldâs richest man has grown with the capital. Like a ghost in a shell, Carlos Slim has become part of Mexico Cityâs urban fabric. Continue reading...
With hundreds of thousands of visitors descending on the capital for the 150th Canada Day, this humble and unassuming city is flashing a bit of skin
Ottawa is not a grand capital city. It lacks the stunning boulevards of Paris, or economic oomph of London. But it is a fitting capital for Canada all the same â or, at least, for the vision of the country many Canadians like to project: humble, unassuming, getting the job done in the shadow of more grandiose neighbours (in Ottawaâs case, Montreal and Toronto).
The cityâs Parliament Hill overlooks the Ottawa river valley which divides Ontario and Quebec, and where the lines between the nationâs two solitudes most obviously and frequently blur as a reminder of Canadaâs unity. Continue reading...
When the 13-storey tower block toppled it exposed problems at the heart of the construction industry in a country where 400 residential buildings collapse each year
Pensioner Madiha Abdel Alim was heading home to her flat in Alexandria when she looked up and noticed something strange: the 13-storey block in which she lived was suddenly tilting precariously over the narrow road.
Concerned, she immediately contacted the local authorities. âThey did nothing,â says Alim. âThey said, âoh, thatâs normal. Itâs a very tall buildingâ.â Three days later, the tower toppled and crashed into the building across the road. Continue reading...
From âmanspreadingâ to a public grooming ban, tell us about the dos and donât of your daily commute
Commuting through a city is stressful enough without other people breaking the unwritten codes of public travel and getting in your way. But the rules arenât the same everywhere, and trying to figure out where to stand or when to give up your seat can take some guessing if youâre new to a city.
In Toronto, the city authorities are clamping down on rule-breakers in a new social media campaign encouraging travellers to document transgressions by their fellow travellers, like riding the train without shoes... Continue reading...
Toronto is just the latest city to run ads on its transit system telling people to behave â but is the real problem our transport networks themselves?
What are the unspoken rules of using public transport in your city?
âOMG!,â tweeted Lamont Dex in April 2017. âWhy is there always that one person who thinks itâs okay to block the door on the train?! #Move #TTCâ
At the time, his complaint got little attention. Roughly a month later, it was plastered on advertisements across Torontoâs transit system â part of a new etiquette campaign called âYou Said Itâ, showing what your fellow riders have tweeted and complained about. Continue reading...
Once known as the City of Lakes, urban sprawl has destroyed 85% of Bangaloreâs fresh water and pollution has ruined much of the rest. Can Lakshmi and her mother find clean water today? Continue reading...
Evangelina Chamorro became a symbol of hope after she survived being swept two miles in a mudslide â but her story reveals the cityâs shaky foundations
The extraordinary video of a Peruvian woman coated in mud emerging from a brown sea of pallets and wooden poles was viewed around the world. Evangelina Chamorro, who had been feeding her pigs when she was swept for two miles downhill in a huge mudslide, became the poster girl for resilience during the countryâs worst floods in living memory.
Remarkably, the 32-year-old was treated for minor injuries and left hospital just a week after the incident in March. The psychological scars, however, are taking longer to heal. Continue reading...
Ahead of World Refugee Day, life is deteriorating in the Libyan desert city that used to be a âmelting potâ but has since become a hub for human trafficking
Deep in the Libyan desert at the confluence of several migration routes from sub-Saharan Africa, this oasis city of 130,000 hit the headlines earlier this year. The United Nations migration agency reported that some new arrivals at this staging post to Tripoli and the Mediterranean coast, 400 miles north, were being âsoldâ at modern day slave auctions.
Itâs a worrying development for Sabha â always liable to become involved in the modern refugee crisis by its position â and World Refugee Day 20 June serves as a reminder of how vulnerable migrants are in places like this semi-lawless enclave, caught between tribal and political factions in post-revolution Libya. Continue reading...
Itâs no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer â who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin â the same thing: itâs the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too
Joeâs voice takes on a mocking tone.
âYou gotta quit driving!â he says. âDonât drive as much.â He rolls his eyes and looks around at his pals, a handful of them perched on moulded plastic lawn chairs in a tiny town in central Wisconsin. Heâs talking about the way city people look down on rural folks like himself. In his normal voice he adds: âYou gotta drive 20 miles to work? You canât cut that in half.â Continue reading...
The Canadian prime minister wore rainbow-striped socks emblazoned with âEid Mubarakâ to Torontoâs gay pride parade â and itâs not his only political pair
Name: Sock diplomacy.
Appearance: Colourful. Continue reading...
Former court of appeal judge chosen to preside over public inquiry, which will seek to establish the reasons why so many perished in tower block fire
A recently retired court of appeal judge who specialised in commercial law has been appointed to head the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. Sir Martin Moore-Bick, 70, only left the bench last December.
Among his more controversial cases was a decision allowing Westminster council to rehouse a tenant 50 miles away in Milton Keynes. It was later overturned by the supreme court. Continue reading...
Ngugi wa Thiongâo cancels attendance because of Nya Tider, but organisers says âdialogue is best way to beat racism and xenophobiaâ
Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiongâo, often tipped for the Nobel literature prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of a right-wing extremist newspaper, his publisher said Wednesday.
The 75-year-old author of A Grain of Wheat (1967) and Petals of Blood (1975), wrote an email to his Swedish publisher Modernista informing them he would cancel his attendance at the Gothenburg Book Fair âin solidarity with the writers withdrawing and of course with the concerns behind their withdrawal,â referring to the newspaper Nya Tider, which will be represented at the fair. Continue reading...
Pope instructs cardinals â from Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador as well as Mali â to be servants, not âprincesâ
Pope Francis gave the Catholic church five new cardinals Wednesday, sombrery instructing them to act as servants and not âprincesâ in a world where innocents are dying from wars and terrorism, slavery persists and refugee camps often are living hells.
Reflecting Francisâ attention to the poor, three of the five cardinals hail from developing nations and regions: Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Laos; Bamako Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Mali; and Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chavez, who continued working as a parish priest while serving as San Salvadorâs auxiliary bishop. Continue reading...
Expansion of data-matching program aimed at scrutinising whether personâs earnings from trusts or family daycare make them ineligible for welfare, government says
Centrelink has insisted it has no plans to use the automated debt recovery system to target aged pensioners from next week, despite concerns from Labor and some community groups.
From Saturday, Centrelink will expand its data-matching program, which it uses to compare an individualâs reported income to records held by the tax office. Continue reading...
Xiâs visit marks 20 years since Hong Kong was handed back to China, and amid fears are growing Beijing is tightening its grip on the city
Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest before a visit by President Xi Jinping.
Wong was among around 30 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a harbour front statue and were led away into police vans. Continue reading...
Departing Senate leader has been a rival of Michel Temerâs and apparently wants to distance himself from the deeply unpopular president ahead of re-election bid
Another thread of support has been cut away from Brazilâs scandal-plagued president Michel Temer after the ruling partyâs senate leader resigned and declared the government to be âdiscreditedâ.
Renan Calheiros quit his post just hours after the supreme court sent a request to the legislature for the president to be put on trial for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the meat-packing company JBS. Continue reading...
Some speculate that Oscar Perezâs actions were an orchestrated distraction from the Maduro regimeâs further consolidation of power
It seemed like a scene from an action movie: the extraordinary tale of a stolen aircraft, a rogue intelligence agent and a daring attack on the symbols of state power in a beleaguered tropical nation.
Related: What do we know about the Venezuela helicopter attack? Continue reading...
Lawyer Michael James Polak
calls for justice for a client he says is among more than 200 people seized by the security services in Bangladesh
Bangladesh high commissioner Nazmul Quaunine defends his governmentâs human rights record and claims the Guardian is wrongly reporting the situation in Bangladesh (Letters, 27 June). I disagree.
Over 200 people have been disappeared by the security services under the current government since 2009. One of the more high-profile disappeared people is my client Ahmad Bin Quasem, or Arman as he is known to friends and family. He is a Bangladeshi barrister who was disappeared by the security services in front of his wife, sister, and two young daughters. The UN working group on enforced and involuntary disappearances called on Bangladesh to âact now to halt an increasing number of enforced disappearances in the countryâ and to immediately reveal Armanâs whereabouts. Armanâs disappearance has also been raised in a parliamentary question by Shabana Mahmood MP. Despite this, there has been no action nor response from Bangladesh. Continue reading...
Home secretary says those women must have access to terminations in England as pressure mounts to scrap charging policy
Women from Northern Ireland must have access to terminations in England, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, has said as pressure mounted from Tory backbenchers for the government to reconsider its policy of charging the women for NHS abortions.
About a dozen Conservative MPs are understood to have expressed concerns about the situation in light of their partyâs confidence and supply arrangement with the anti-abortion DUP. Continue reading...
BBC Watchdog investigation of iced water from the three major coffee chains found faecal coliform bacteria in samples
Ice from three major coffee chains in the UK has been found to contain faecal bacteria.
An undercover investigation revealed that iced water obtained from high street outlets CaffĂš Nero, Starbucks and Costa Coffee all contained faecal coliform bacteria, with a positive test found for seven out of 10 samples from Costa and three out of 10 samples from the other two chains. Continue reading...
Islanders expelled from Indian Ocean home argue that UK decided to create protected area to stop them returning
Chagos Islanders expelled decades ago from their homes on the Indian Ocean archipelago by the UK have taken their case to the supreme court.
Opening a fresh legal challenge to restore the rights of the exiled islanders, Nigel Pleming QC said that a United Nations vote last week signalled a significant shift in international opinion on the dispute and that there was increasing pressure on the UK to allow native Chagossians to return to their homes. Continue reading...
World Food Programme chief hopes US presidentâs daughter will help stave off cash crisis putting over a million lives at risk
The head of the UN World Food Programme has said he is hopeful Ivanka Trump will lobby her father into a U-turn on cuts to humanitarian aid in the face of an urgent cash crisis that is imperilling hundreds of thousands of lives.
David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina who supported Donald Trumpâs campaign for the presidency, said Congress and the Senate had already defied the new president to ringfence $980m (ÂŁ764m) for famine relief this year. Continue reading...
Ambassador to Russia says Gulf states imposing demands are willing to be subjected to same monitoring regime
The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have said they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial links with states that continue to trade with Doha.
The warning, the latest escalation in the three-week dispute, was made by Omar Ghobash, the United Arab Emiratesâ ambassador to Moscow and one of the most articulate figures in the row that has racked the region. Continue reading...
Paul Manafort registers with US justice department over $17m of consulting work he did with Ukrainian party in 2012-14
Donald Trumpâs former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the US justice department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with US government officials.
In a filing on Tuesday, Manafort said his firm, DMP International, received more than $17m (ÂŁ13.2m) from the Party of Regions, the former pro-Russian ruling party in Ukraine, for consulting work from 2012 to 2014. Manafort is the second member of the Trump campaign to register as a foreign agent. Continue reading...
A helicopter reportedly stolen and flown by a police officer was seen dropping grenades on to the supreme court and the interior ministry. Gunfire could also be heard during the attack, which was condemned by President NicolĂĄs Maduro in a televised address. The police officer involved later released a video statement in which he was flanked by four heavily armed men. Continue reading...
Government accused of weakness over assault on Hong Kong democracy âŠ Grenfell relatives create own death list âŠ Boaty McBoatface goes into action
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20 years after the handover, the last governor praises âbraveâ young activists battling to have their voices heard as China breaches its promises on freedoms
âThere were flashing lights and hooting and cheering,â the last governor of Britainâs last colony recalls of the night he sailed out of Hong Kong for the very last time.
It was 1 July 1997 and as the royal yacht Britannia slipped out of Victoria Harbour and embarked upon its final, historic voyage across the South China Sea, Chris Patten kicked back with a glass of red wine. Continue reading...
Chris Patten, Hong Kongâs last governor, handed the former colony back to China on 1 July 1997 to be ruled with a degree of autonomy under a system called âone country, two systemsâ. Anger at Chinaâs refusal to grant genuine democracy to the former British colony sparked an unprecedented 79-day street protest in 2014. Here he reflects on leaving Hong Kong and what the game plan should be going forward Continue reading...
Hong Kongâs last governor is âastonishedâ at Britainâs behaviour and says it must be firmer as it searches for a post-EU trade relationship
The British governmentâs âkowtowingâ to China on issues including human rights and Hong Kongâs quest for democracy will become increasingly craven following the UKâs departure from the European Union, the former colonyâs last governor has warned.
In an interview with the Guardian marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kongâs return to Chinese control, on 1 July 1997, Lord Patten attacked what he called Londonâs repeated failure to challenge Beijing over its erosion of the territoryâs freedoms and autonomy. Continue reading...
Study suggests ending child marriage would save governments and donors hundreds of billions annually, rein in population growth and improve lives
Ending child marriage could add more than $4tn to the global economy, curb population growth and transform the lives of millions of young women worldwide, claim researchers.
A study by the World Bank and the International Center for Research on Women, the first to quantify the financial cost of the practice, suggests that eradicating child marriage would save governments money while enabling girls to complete their education and get better jobs. Continue reading...
Planned improvements to Rioâs favelas have meant increases in rent, forcing the poorest families into squatting in unoccupied buildings. Photographer Tariq Zaidi visits the Mangueira community favela, less than 1km from the showpiece MaracanĂŁ stadium, to see what life is like for the women living there
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State Departmentâs annual report rewards Myanmar for efforts against recruitment of child soldiers, but says China not doing enough to end trafficking
The US asserted on Tuesday that Myanmar is no longer one of the worldâs worst offenders on human trafficking, removing it and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.
But in its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the State Department also demoted China to the lowest ranking over its trafficking record, putting it in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. Continue reading...
World Bank denies claims by human rights groups that bank-funded projects in Uzbekistanâs cotton industry are using child and forced labour
The World Bank is accused of funding agricultural projects in Uzbekistan that are linked to state-sponsored child labour and forced labour in the cotton industry.
In a report out on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said they documented systematic forced labour and cases of child labour in an area where the Uzbek government is implementing a World Bank-funded irrigation project. Continue reading...
Peruâs president condemns conditions of âslave workersâ as four young people die in blaze in Lima, at least two of whom were reportedly imprisoned inside
Peruâs public prosecutorâs office has opened an investigation into human trafficking and labour exploitation following a fire in the capital that killed four young people.
It is claimed that at least two of the men, Jorge Luis HuamĂĄn, 19, and Jovi Herrera, 21, had been locked inside a container on the roof of the Nicolini building in Lima by a boss they only knew as âgringoâ, when fire ripped through it on 22 June. Continue reading...
Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesnât opt for market-based development, according to report by Tony Blairâs Institute
Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with âcatastrophicâ consequences for the global economy, new research has found.
The report predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a âwake up callâ for governments across much of the continent, as well as international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed. Continue reading...
China is setting up agricultural centres across Africa, but in Zambia â where the majority of farmers are female smallholders â few women get the chance to learn
On the highway heading towards Chongwe, 15km south-east of Lusaka, the red Chinese lettering, high flagpoles and gleaming modern architecture of the Zambia Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ZATDC) stand out amid the vast fields of maize.
It is one of 25 such centres built across the continent as part of a grand plan to bring agricultural training to local people, helping them produce better crops with higher yields, so that food security is improved for everyone. Continue reading...
Once the family breadwinner, Hossein Panahi was among 150 people who died when a bomb ripped through the Afghan capital in May. Now his kin are destitute, adding to the toll of lives wrecked by the countryâs violence
As an only son, Hossein Panahi was his familyâs sole provider. He supplied his sisters with clothes, his ailing parents with food and medicine, and built them all a house to live in.
His salary meant his two older sisters did not have to marry young for dowry, but could wait for men they loved. He also put his third sister through law school. Continue reading...
Sportswear brands review spate of incidents in factories where employees on short-term contracts work 10-hour days in soaring temperatures
Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the worldâs best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to conditions.
Over the past year more than 500 workers in four factories supplying to Nike, Puma, Asics and VF Corporation were hospitalised. The most serious episode, recorded over three days in November, saw 360 workers collapse. The brands confirmed the incidents, part of a pattern of faintings that has dogged the 600,000-strong mostly female garment workforce for years. Continue reading...
Regressive gender politics are resurgent in 2017, as demonstrated by a Republican bill that would be devastating to womenâs health
A decade or two ago, the notion that 13 men would be plotting the fate of American womenâs healthcare behind closed doors, that they would delight in defunding the womenâs health organization Planned Parenthood and impeding healthcare access for millions of American women, would have felt like the politics of a bygone era.
Midway through 2017, it feels more like deja vu. Continue reading...
As US mulls strategy over countryâs support for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, experts say tougher stance could drive Pakistan toward China and Russia
The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace.
Similar tactics have failed in the past, and analysts warn that the US can only influence the south Asian country by coupling force with diplomacy, which Donald Trump seems to shun. Continue reading...
Analysis: The president celebrated the decision to allow parts of the ban to take effect, but ultimately, âthe president might well lose on thisâ, says a legal expert
Donald Trump was quick to proclaim victory when the supreme court decided to allow elements of one of his most controversial policies to take effect before justices hear the case in the fall.
âTodayâs unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,â the US president said in a statement. âIt allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.â Continue reading...
The US supreme court has reversed lower court rulings, allowing the immigration order to take partial effect. Hereâs what that means
A watered-down version of the Trump administrationâs âtravel banâ is to take effect over the summer following a supreme court decision on Monday reversing a series of federal court rulings on the ban.
The decision by the USâs highest court raises a number of questions about what the new ban will mean for people in the six Muslim-majority nations affected, as well as for a president who has been repeatedly stymied by the judiciary in the first five months of his administration. Continue reading...
Treatment of dying Nobel peace prize winner is emblematic of Chinaâs iron rule. Tania Branigan on the remarkable man she nearly met â the day he was arrested
There was no sign of Liu Xiaobo in the Beijing coffee shop â a confusion over the place or time we had arranged to meet, I assumed. But he wasnât answering his mobile phone and a call to his home brought worrying news: 10 police had arrived late the night before and taken him away.
Even then, the writerâs disappearance did not seem overly concerning. Chinese dissidents and activists were used to pressure from the authorities and brief detentions for questioning, or worse. But Liu enjoyed a relative degree of tolerance because of his high profile, though heâd been jailed over 1989âs Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests when he helped broker a peaceful exit from the square for the remaining demonstrators amid the bloody crackdown â and again in the 90s. Continue reading...
The national media failed to cover large swathes of the US pre-election, while rural voices have been quieted by the decimation of local news. Our On The Ground project aims to remedy these issues
Sarah Smarsh is a journalist, but sheâs not typical, at least not by national media standards. For starters, sheâs a fifth-generation Kansan who grew up below the poverty line, feeding livestock and helping grow wheat on a small farm. She got her first taste for investigation and justice by following her grandmother, a probation officer, at the county courthouse in Wichita.
Growing up, she rarely read about people she knew â farmers, carpenters, factory and restaurant workers â in the mainstream media. After more than 15 years covering Kansas politics and culture on the ground, sheâs more committed than ever to her home, and to people often stereotyped or misunderstood in national coverage. Continue reading...
The Guardian interviewed people from across the country who have relied on the coverage for life-saving assistance and what could happen if they lose it
On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled legislation that would satisfy a long-held campaign promise: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan would also achieve another GOP priority: deep cuts to Medicaid, a program that covers the healthcare needs of nearly one in five Americans.
Related: Will losing health insurance mean more US deaths? Experts say yes Continue reading...
Using government data, doctors and academics have tested whether a lack of healthcare coverage increases the probability of death. Most conclude it does
The Republican healthcare bill announced on Thursday would cause thousands of Americans to die each year, according to physicians who study government data.
Using national health surveys, doctors and academics have tested whether a lack of health insurance increases the probability of death. Most have concluded that it does. Continue reading...
Donald Trump said getting approval of the Republican healthcare bill would be âvery toughâ but predicted lawmakers would at least be close to passing the bill and might âget it over the lineâ. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his meeting with most of the Republican senators Tuesday was positive. The Senate delayed its vote until after the Fourth of July holiday Continue reading...
A man from Nevada was rescued from the Yuba river in California after being swept away by strong currents. The California highway patrol winched 25-year-old Kalani Tuiono to safety, who had managed to hoist himself on to a rock just before a 40-50ft waterfall. Shortly after, the patrol had to rescue the manâs girlfriend, who ended up stranded after going to look for Tuiono Continue reading...
Around 30,000 honey bees swarm on a ledge at One Times Square, where the New Yearâs Eve ball drop happens, in New York. Andrew CotĂ©, a fourth generation beekeeper of AndrewsHoney.com, was called to the rescue and used a vacuum to suck up the bees, who he said were looking for a new home Continue reading...
US President Donald Trump has spoken to Irelandâs newly-elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar from the Oval Office. During the call, reporters from the Irish media were present. At one point Trump tells Varadkar he has âa lot of these beautiful Irish pressâ in the room and singles out Caitriona Perry, asking her to come forward and tell him her name. As she explains who she works for, Trump says âshe has a nice smile on her face so Iâm sure she treats you well.â Perry, Washington correspondent for RTE, posted the exchange on Twitter, calling it âbizarreâ. Continue reading...
A reporter challenges deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday after she accused the media of perpetuating fake news against the Trump administration. Karim tells Huckabee Sanders that she is being inflammatory and adds that journalists are subject to professional standards Continue reading...
Angela Merkel speaks at an event in Berlin on Tuesday. Asked about her use of Twitter the German chancellor says she doesnât tweet but searches for what interests her. The interviewer then asks how Merkel keeps on top of US politics, to which she responds she just types Donald Trump Continue reading...
Fourteen-year-old Sota Fujii has broken a historical record by winning 29 consecutive shogi matches. The game is similar to chess and is played on a 9x9 board. Fujii won the game during the first round of the prestigious Ryuo championship in Tokyo. If he wins the tournament, he will take home 43m yen (ÂŁ302,000) in prize money Continue reading...
Xiahe is famous for its Labrang monastery, the largest edifice of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and home to the largest number of monks outside the Tibet Autonomous Region. The monastery was founded in 1709 Continue reading...