Top 7 or 10 Tips

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.
Go to the great site with beauty products Clinique tilbud

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: Slow Down 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. 1.

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. 1.

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.

More Articles from Top 7 or 10 Tips:
2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11


News Tips


The political fallout from Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen continued on Saturday, as critics said the president-elect could be paving the way to an alteration of decades of US foreign policy.

Related: Gaffe or provocation, Donald Trump's Taiwan phone call affects global stability

Continue reading...

Undercover investigation by China Labor Watch exposes low wages, hazardous chemicals and overtime beyond legal limits

Xiao Fang thinks she’s one of the luckier workers making Barbie dolls for the Christmas market at the Mattel toy factory in Chang’an.

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.

Continue reading...

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 – 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’re living in a computer simulation.

Continue reading...

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’s 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 (FPÖ), which in the 1990s still praised the “proper labour policies” of Adolf Hitler.

Continue reading...

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 “maybe at least a couple dozen” people could have died in the blaze.

Related: Oakland 'Ghost Ship' warehouse party fire leaves nine dead and 25 missing

Continue reading...

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’s residence of Palazzo Chigi 34 months ago, having outmanoeuvred the old guard in his party to become the country’s leader, he was widely regarded as Italy’s last best hope.

The former mayor of Florence was a maverick reformer with big plans to turn around Italy’s moribund economy and – if he played his cards right – 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.

Continue reading...

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 Hammarskjöld? 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 “pilot error”. But this failed to satisfy many who have long suspected foul play.

There were claims that the Albertina, which was carrying Hammarskjöld 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.

Continue reading...

UN envoy warns of terrible battle for full control of city from which tens of thousands have fled under heavy bombing

Syrian government forces have taken control of more than half of Aleppo’s rebel districts after fierce bombardments and ground advances forced tens of thousands to flee.

The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said on Saturday he anticipated a “terrible battle” for complete control of the city.

Continue reading...

£48m recreation of French caves will let visitors experience magic of the ‘prehistoric Sistine chapel’ for first time in decades

In the Dordogne village of Montignac sur Vézère, the story of how one boy and his dog discovered one of the most haunting examples of prehistoric art has gone down in local folklore.

On 8 September 1940, Marcel Ravidat’s 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.

Continue reading...

Trudeau’s 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’s streets, courts and legislatures to contest the government’s recent approval of the project.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that the Liberal government had cleared the way for Kinder Morgan’s C$6.8bn Trans Mountain Expansion project. Designed to transport Alberta’s landlocked bitumen to international markets via Vancouver’s harbour, the project will expand an existing pipeline to nearly triple capacity on the artery to 890,000 barrels a day.

Continue reading...

Leader says outsiders are ‘concentrating on the negative side’ 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’s 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’s 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.

Continue reading...

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’s chief recruiters.

Continue reading...

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: “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists”. 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.

Continue reading...

The motion, backed by 171 lawmakers in the 300-seat legislature, will be put to a vote in the National Assembly on Friday

South Korea’s opposition parties have filed an impeachment motion against scandal-hit president Park Geun-Hye as a fresh weekly protest was expected to draw a million protesters, organisers said.

The motion, backed by 171 lawmakers in the 300-seat legislature, will be put to a vote in the National Assembly on Friday.

Continue reading...

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 “to tell us how to stop this”.

“I am a village girl but I have a university education, I know my people, and how to reach them – we got this,” Domtila Chesang from West Pokot, told the high-level event in Washington DC, hosted by senate minority leader Harry Reid.

Continue reading...

Coffins of football team, supporters and journalists who lost lives met by Brazilian president Michel Temer at Chapeco airport

The bodies of the football team killed when their plane crashed in Colombia earlier this week have been returned to Brazil.

Many of the 71 victims were players or supporters of the Chapecoense football team, which had chartered the plane after reaching the final of the Copa Sudamericana being held in Medellin, Colombia.

Continue reading...

Miguel Quiroga’s 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.

Related: Chapecoense plane crash: fans' anger after confirmation plane ran out of fuel

Continue reading...

Anti-establishment group receives mandate for power-sharing pact after talks to build five-party coalition fail

Iceland’s president has invited the anti-establishment Pirate party to form a government, after the right- and leftwing parties failed in their bids.

Guðni Jóhannesson made the announcement on Friday after meeting with the head of the Pirate’s parliamentary group, Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

Continue reading...

Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to continue Islam Karimov’s 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’t 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.

Continue reading...

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’s who and what’s 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’s strongly supportive of the EU, is in favour of liberal migration policies, and often sounds the alarm against what he sees as Europe’s rightward drift

Good afternoon and welcome to the Guardian’s 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.

Continue reading...

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Donald Trump’s business success is evidence the US president-elect is a “smart man”.

Related: Republican defense community fills Reagan shrine with prayers over Trump

Continue reading...

Police say a man has been arrested after a local politician and two journalists were shot with a rifle in small town

A mayor and two journalists have been shot dead by a gunman in the southeastern town of Imatra in Finland.

The three women were shot multiple times in the head and chest by a sniper who opened fire on a pedestrian area in the nightlife district of the small town just before midnight on Saturday.

Continue reading...

The president has a cordial relationship with his successor, who questioned his birthplace and whom he called ‘unfit’ and ‘unprepared’ 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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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’s 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.

Continue reading...

Despite social and sporting progress, even the best teams at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations struggle to fund friendlies

Shortly after the opening ceremony of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the hosts declared that when it came to football there was “no distinction” in the support given to men and women.

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’s best women’s team doesn’t have enough money for friendlies, and players describe having fought patriarchy at every level to get where they are today.

Continue reading...

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’s 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 – matching the number of rapes estimated to occur on a daily basis, according to the artists.

Continue reading...

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’s 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’s execution.

Continue reading...

Campaigners say thousands of vulnerable people are being held without trial as MPs look to extend Lagos ban nationwide

With Nigeria’s parliament poised to extend a controversial law banning the “menace of street begging” 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’s most populous city, and carries fines of around N15,000 (£38) and up to three months’ imprisonment. Those who fail to pay the fine are incarcerated until they are able to pay up.

Continue reading...

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’s Great Firewall into the “Red Web”, the country’s 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.

Continue reading...

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 – 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.

Continue reading...

The Daily Show host’s new book reveals how he bridged the race gap to become one of the country’s brightest exports

Trevor Noah is regarded as one of South Africa’s 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.

Related: Late-night hosts on Trump victory: 'It feels like the end of the world'

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

Proposal to rename Astana after Nursultan Nazarbayev was buried in declaration passed by both chambers of parliament

If Kazakh politicians get their wish, the capital city will be renamed to honour the country’s first and only president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The suggestion to rename Astana was buried in a declaration unanimously passed by both chambers of parliament on Wednesday.

Continue reading...

The cartel’s deal hammered out in Vienna may put a floor under the price of crude, but Saudi Arabia has failed to destroy the US fracking industry

Two years of wrangling were needed before Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Opec oil cartel could agree a cut in production at its meeting in Vienna last week.

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.

Continue reading...

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’s 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, “in 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”.

It’s 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’s 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. “Absolutely,” he says. “It’s that we’re white racists who work at Fords. But that is snobbery. The reality is, we’ve got one of the best communities in London – if not the best.”

Continue reading...

  • Yemeni Shawqi Awad Balzuhair held without trial since October 2002
  • Pentagon says release leaves 59 prisoners at US base in Cuba

A prisoner from Yemen at the Guantánamo Bay detention center has been released and sent to the West African country of Cape Verde for resettlement.

Related: US accused of gross incompetence in cases of eight Afghans at Guantánamo

Continue reading...

Cuban officials canceled plans to broadcast ceremony at Santa Ifigenia cemetery after Raúl Castro announced ban on naming sites after Fidel

Fidel Castro’s ashes were interred in a private ceremony on Sunday morning, ending nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century.

Related: Three generations of Cubans united by gratitude to Fidel Castro

Continue reading...

Trump advisers point to China’s measured reaction but experts say Beijing leaders will be privately enraged and unnerved

Donald Trump’s controversial decision to hold a 10-minute phone call with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, was caused by the billionaire’s lack of foreign policy experience, a mouthpiece for the Chinese government has claimed.

Related: Critics say Trump's call with Taiwan may alter decades of foreign policy

Continue reading...

Spokesman says One Nation also planning to run candidates in next New South Wales and Western Australian state elections

One Nation has set its sights on Tasmania as the next political battleground, with plans to register candidates in the next state election.

A spokesman told Guardian Australia efforts are under way to register a party there, to capitalise on interest in the party since the federal election.

Continue reading...

X2 model has second shot in case first fails to subdue suspect but critics say use of device should be curtailed

Police officers across Britain are expected to be issued with a new and more powerful Taser gun despite calls for use of the potentially fatal weapon to be curtailed, the Guardian has learned.

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, is due to give approval to the new model of the electric stun gun within weeks.

Continue reading...

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

Continue reading...

Ghanaian and Turkish crime rings ‘paid corrupt officials to look the other way’ 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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

FSB security service reports death of Rustam Aselderov, head of Isis in region, who it links to several attacks

Russia’s FSB security service has said it has killed an “emir” of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus.

The FSB said in a statement that “among the neutralised bandits was the head of the Caucasus region’s branch of the Islamic State, Rustam Aselderov, and four of his close associates”.

Continue reading...

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.

François 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.

Continue reading...

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’s political system on Sunday, in a vote that could have far-reaching implications for the country’s politicians, banking sector and future in the Eurozone. But what began as a vote on whether to simplify the country’s 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’s leadership is under close scrutiny. If Italians vote against Renzi’s reforms, the prime minister has said he will resign – a promise that is proving too enticing for some.

Continue reading...

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’s constitution and parliamentary system, reforms that Renzi has argued would increase political stability and give the government more flexibility to tackle enduring economic problems.

Continue reading...

Najib Razak tells Kuala Lumpur rally attended by thousands ‘the world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place’

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s 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’s government that “enough is enough”.

Continue reading...

President-elect’s 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’s office. He is reported to have lavished praise on Sharif and the country more generally in what appears to be Trump’s typically solicitous approach to relationship building.

Continue reading...

Government will prohibit naming of streets or monuments after Fidel Castro in keeping with his desire to stop a personality cult developing

Cuban President Raúl 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’s 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’s National Assembly would pass in its next session a law fulfilling his brother’s desire that, “once 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”.

Continue reading...

Opponents of Chile’s dictator sang in his prisons. Now the daughter of two survivors tells of her mission to help their music live again

Many testimonies exist – legal, historical, political and human – 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’s brutal regime.

Continue reading...

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 – an increase on the current 14-year upper limit.

Continue reading...

After the eulogies and denunciations, the Torres family supplies a more nuanced perspective on Cuba’s revolutionary leader

Before Fidel Castro’s 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’s death, it is more revealing to wander down a rutted alley in the little-known Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón.

Related: Florida's Cubans take sober look at ties with homeland after post-Castro party

Continue reading...

  • General Atomics to provide 10 drones to Royal Air Force in $100m deal
  • Fallon heralds addition of firepower, imaging and intelligence gathering

Defense secretary Michael Fallon on Saturday announced a $125m (£100m) development deal with US arms manufacturer General Atomics under which the UK fleet of armed drones will double.

Related: UK defence secretary tells US only Nato can deter Russian threat

Continue reading...

King Emere was in a London court last week for the case that he hopes will allow him to sue Shell in the UK for polluting his tribal land

His Royal Highness Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, the paramount ruler and hereditary king of the Ogale community in the oil-rich Niger delta, is ready to explode.

Related: Shell and Nigeria have failed on oil pollution clean-up, Amnesty says

Continue reading...

Heinrich Steinmeyer wanted to thank village of Comrie for its kindness ‘when he was at the lowest point of his life’

It’s 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.

Related: The importance of Polish lessons in a post-Brexit world | Letters

Continue reading...

Thousands of Chapeconese supporters and mourners attend a wake for the victims of the Colombian plane crash at Arena Condá stadium on Saturday. The coffins of the football team, supporters and journalists who lost their lives are carried into the stadium under heavy rain

Continue reading...

Hundreds march around detention centre perimeter to denounce rise in hate crime in wake of Brexit vote

The largest protest staged against Britain’s most notorious detention centre has taken place, as up to 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Yarl’s Wood to denounce “immigrant bashing” 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.

Continue reading...

Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responds to US Senate vote to extend sanctions for 10 years, which Iran says violates last year’s 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’s agreement with six major powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for lifting of international financial sanctions.

Continue reading...

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

Continue reading...

Woman who talked to mayor about airport expansion plans said she was associated with Trump Organization, official says

Weeks before President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial phone call with Taiwan’s 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’s new airport development.

Related: China lodges complaint with US over Trump's Taiwan phone call

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

While much of the world has focused on Brazil’s sporting, political and economic news, photographer Tomer Ifrah has spent the past year capturing small events of daily life in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

Continue reading...

From bronze-age Iraq’s 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’s 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.

Continue reading...

Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – 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.

Continue reading...

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 – from cities and residents alike?

According to the latest surveys, there are now more than 400,000 beggars in India, of which around 46% are female. Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka alone is thought to contain 40,000.

For other cities, however, begging is a much more recent, if growing, phenomenon – 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.

Continue reading...

This War of Mine follows civilians trying to survive in a war-torn city, telling a story that’s 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 – known to the locals as “little green men” – appeared in eastern Ukraine. “It was uncanny,” says Setlak. “We had anticipated something that actually happened.”

Continue reading...

From the sounds of the great Rood Wooko market to worries about a vigilante defence group, journalist Jérôme William Bationo offers a local’s lowdown of Burkina Faso’s colourful capital city

Hospitality, culture, singed chickens, mopeds

Continue reading...

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 – with wildly different results

One morning in 1997, Frank Beke, the mayor of Ghent, woke up to find he’d 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. “I was very anxious for my family,” he says. “I was protected by police but my wife and my children weren’t.”

The culprit was eventually found and arrested – a man who owned a shoe shop in the Belgian city’s medieval centre. His motive? Beke’s plans to pedestrianise the area around his shop.

Continue reading...

As anti-LGBT sentiment grows in Indonesia – with proposals to criminalise gay sex and public condemnations from government ministers – 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’s 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’s 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: “Our freedom is limited by moral values as well as religious values … We’re not a secular country – this country acknowledges religion.”

Continue reading...

Executives from Indonesia’s Lippo Group conglomerate don’t like wasting time in the capital’s infamous traffic jams. Oliver Holmes straps in for a 12-minute ‘helimousine’ ride – 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’s worst traffic. They’ll surely be snarling at the answer cruising above their heads: helicopters.

Indonesia’s 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’s visit – all without touching a road.

Continue reading...

The minority group has had a huge impact on Indonesia’s capital. But the success of its small elite has led to recurring discrimination and bloodshed – which has come to a head as Jakarta’s 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.

How little has changed.

Continue reading...

Growing number – and scale – of crises around the world is not matched by countries’ 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).

Continue reading...

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’s rights and LGBT rights, and the gutting of basic public services.

A litany like this can feel overwhelming, but none of these threats are actually new. Just ask the indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock, or women in the 89% of US counties without an abortion provider, or people of colour targeted by racist law enforcement policies.

Continue reading...

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

Photographs: IPPF/Tommy Trenchard

Continue reading...

Joana Silochina Foster, the formidable Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer who died last month, co-founded Africa’s 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: “What we really need are our own resources.”

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’s rights was primarily channelled through international NGOs based in the global north.

Continue reading...

Ban Ki-moon said deadly outbreak that killed up thousands ‘leaves a blemish’ on United Nations’ 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 “the preponderance of the evidence does lead to the conclusion that personnel associated with the [UN’s peacekeeping] facility were the most likely source”.

Continue reading...

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 “arc of instability” that bends from north Africa to the Middle East.

Continue reading...

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.

Adolescent girls were instead lumped in with adult women in prevention programmes such as prevention of mother to child transmission, which was a critical intervention but did not address the unique health needs and risk factors for girls. In parts of Africa, 90% of new infections in adolescents occur in girls, so this left an enormous gap.

Continue reading...

Infant mortality rates in Afghanistan were once among the world’s worst, but a new children’s unit at Kandahar’s 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, “Fatima” 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.

Continue reading...

While UK aid channelled to the private sector should be more transparent, such investment can nonetheless have a big impact on the lives of the world’s poor

There has been no shortage of criticism levelled at the UK government over its recent proposal to increase the limit on aid funding it can channel through its private sector arm, the CDC.

The Department for International Development (DfID) has been under fire over issues ranging from lack of transparency to a failure to demonstrate development impact. The latter point was highlighted by a National Audit Office (NAO) report published on Monday.

Continue reading...

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’t 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 – I gave birth to him during the siege.

Continue reading...

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 – and its implications – are more complex than they first appeared.

Continue reading...

US president-elect’s 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 “post-truth” 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.

Continue reading...

Trump follows Bill O’Reilly and Piers Morgan, but top Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Paul Ryan don’t 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’s 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.

Continue reading...

The president-elect has claimed he will distance himself from his sprawling business empire. But little is known about how exactly this would work

Donald Trump claimed this week he would remove himself from his business operations in a bid to address the unprecedented conflicts of interest that would follow him to the presidency.

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.

Continue reading...

Opponents warn the administration is set to be packed with tycoons who will do nothing to fulfil his promise of helping working-class Americans

The appetisers were young garlic soup with thyme and sautéed frogs’ legs, diver scallops with caramelized cauliflower and caper-raisin emulsion. Donald Trump ate a prime sirloin with citrus glazed carrots; Mitt Romney chose lamb chops with a mushroom bolognese sauce.

At Jean-Georges, a three-star Michelin restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in New York, it’s a rich man’s 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 “blue-collar billionaire” looks set to preside over the wealthiest administration in modern history.

Continue reading...

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.

Shortly before last May’s G7 meeting in Tokyo, Martin Selmayr, the senior Brussels official who runs the cabinet of the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, tweeted what he described as his populist “horror scenario”.

Continue reading...

François Hollande’s announcement that he will not seek re-election opens the field up. Here are some runners and riders

After France’s Socialist president, François 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.

Related: François Hollande will not seek re-election as president of France

Continue reading...

Sgt Ray Kelly of the Alameda County sheriff’s 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 ‘very twisted debris’ and will use excavators to remove wreckage. ‘We 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,’ he says.

Oakland ‘Ghost Ship’ warehouse party fire leaves nine dead and 25 missing

Continue reading...

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

Continue reading...

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

Continue reading...

In an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes, House speaker Paul Ryan says he speaks with President-elect Trump almost every day. Ryan said Trump will be ‘an unconventional president’, but he believes he is up to the job

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he would nominate retired marine corps Gen James Mattis, known as ‘Mad Dog’ and renowned for his tough talk and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, to lead the Pentagon. ‘But we’re not announcing it till Monday so don’t tell anybody,’ Trump told a rally in Cincinnati

Continue reading...

Italy’s 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 – and Eurosceptic populists stand ready to reap the benefits. There is also the prospect that political turmoil could reignite Italy’s banking crisis

Continue reading...

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’s sister who witnessed the shooting is asking Governor John Kasich for Patterson’s release. In an exclusive interview, Holly Lai Holbrook explains how Patterson’s release would set Lai Holbrook free

Continue reading...

odrnews.com ©