King Mswati III

In Swaziland, King Mswati III has given the head of the national parks service and its rangers complete immunity in the shooting deaths of suspected poachers under the country’s Game Act. But this has led to the shooting deaths of several subsistence poachers of small game, who were killed …

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The dangers of fracking

In many places, digging and pumping proceed without violent disputes over control of the resources, or major security operations. Yet localized conflicts may arise over land disputes, indigenous rights, environmental degradation, and socio-economic inequalities, often fuelled by ‘old, unresolved grievances and a history of marginalization of the affected groups’. Even …

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Zimbabwes illegal gold mining

With Zimbabwe’s mining towns turning into squatter-type informal settlements—urban centres in which municipal planning and public service provision are all but absent—the government then launched Operation Chikorokosa Chapera (‘finished with illegal gold mining’) in 2006. Its not nice to think about when you go, but look into …

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Loyalty and trust

Loyalty and trust will always be two of the most important factors I look for in business and in life. Nine times out of ten, I will choose to hire or do business with someone I trust completely over someone I trust mostly. We all make the occasional hiring blunder …

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Selflessness

She had a good point. From her perspective, it was a selfish request on my part. From the larger perspective, however, I viewed it as a selfless journey to undertake. I thought of it as sacrificing my own personal comfort for the sake of the greater good. Rather than staying …

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A bit about arthritis

The names that are given to different kinds of arthritis can be very confusing, and I want to explain a little more about undifferentiated arthritis. It is considered undifferentiated because the arthritis is at such an early stage that it hasn’t turned into full-blown rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or …

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Teddy roosvelt

Perhaps nobody epitomizes the graduating mindset better than the twenty-sixth president of the United States and personal idol of mine, Teddy Roosevelt.

For starters, Roosevelt was born with debilitating asthma. Rather than giving in to such a condition, which there would have been no shame in, he confronted it by …

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Where to aim

It's almost always best to aim for sites that don't use nofollow attributes so the SEO value is passed to your page and content. Nofollow attributes should be reserved for links coming in from spam or low-quality websites. Be sure your link strategies aim for building numerous high-quality links that …

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How to have a good architectural site

This list of good architecture practices is not exhaustive and will likely change with time, but it's a great start. If you can accommodate each of these when employing new design or technical architecture, you will find your site able to change with the agility that's needed for brands to …

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Caring for Bonsai

On a recent UK vacation, I bought a Bonsai tree and brought it home with me. Unfortunately, it didn't fair too well because of my neglect. Since then I've bought another and taken a lot more care of it. I've also researched into Bonsai trees quite a lot, especially how …

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Thoughts on Corporate Stewardship

Corporate failures are in the news every day, as are CEOs who lose their jobs when their companies’ fortunes decline. General Motors, perhaps the most iconic of these failures, took more than thirty years to die and could only be resurrected after bankruptcy. Many of the great and much-admired companies …

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How to get the most out of Lectures

Unlike lessons at school, a lecture can have up to a few hundred people in attendance. Lecture halls are typically full of tiered seating – a bit like going to the cinema – all facing a whiteboard or projector. The lecturer will stand at the front and deliver a presentation on a …

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What Makes Us Happy?

Most of your assumptions about happiness are likely wrong. Psychologists over the years have found that people are bad at perceiving happiness and estimating what will or will not make them happy. Furthermore, multiple surveys show that despite differences in income, geography, culture, and gender, people tend to have the …

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Introducing Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is spending time in a forest to reduce stress and feel a sense of wellbeing. It originated in Japan, where it is called shinrin-yoku, and it is now one of the cornerstones of Japanese healthcare. The Japanese have known for years that spending mindful time in the woods …

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Introducing Sushi and Sashimi

Ask someone outside Japan to name one Japanese food and the chances are high they’ll say sushi. The lightly vinegared rice topped with seafood has become the unofficial national dish. Sashimi – sliced fillets of raw fish served without rice – is perhaps less well known internationally, but is no less …

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The Feng Shui Octagon

Using the Feng Shui Octagon, or Octagon for short, is an instrumental element of Feng Shui analysis. It enables you to discern how the parts of your space (home, property, and so on) are affecting the corresponding parts of your life. All spaces affect you; the important question is this …

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Moving Out of a House Share

Entangled finances aren’t just restricted to romantic partnerships – plenty of housemates and friends also find themselves needing to cut their ties with each other at certain points in their lives. For example, when you move out of a house share you may not think this would impact your finances …

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The 6 principles of the GDPR

Brought into force in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set out to give individuals greater control of their personal data that's held by third-parties, such as retailers or social networks.

The six principles of the GDPR are the guiding ethical intentions underpinning the legislation. The principles set forth …

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Getting into the Right Business

Success, in any particular business, depends for one thing upon your possessing in a well-developed state the faculties required in that business. Without good musical faculty no one can succeed as a teacher of music; without well-developed mechanical faculties no one can achieve great success in any of the mechanical …

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A Brief History of Stained Glass

The first real examples of stained glass appeared in the early European churches built around the tenth century. At that time, stained-glass windows became the storytellers of religious history. Artists used paint on glass to tell the stories of the Bible and other holy books. In the 15th century, stained …

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How to make a Sales Call

Let’s demystify the proactive call. I have found that it really helps salespeople new to (or scared of) prospecting to break it down into its simplest elements. Below is the flow of a typical call at- tempt with a touch of coaching sprinkled in:

  • You initiate contact with the …
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Benefits of Dietary Supplements

Looking for ways to help you and your family's health and well-being? The quality of your diet is one very important place to start. Nutrition has an enormous impact on your health, affecting how you feel, how well you function, how well your body can fight infection . even how long …

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Detemining Your Business Niche

you want to start a business, but the thing that's holding you back is the market niche you know you need to choose. Establishing a niche market give you the opportunity to provide products and services to a group that other businesses have overlooked. You can think of a niche …

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Frog Juice

Health drinks can be a little hard to swallow sometimes, as anyone who’s ever choked down a bottle of kombucha can confirm. No matter how much honey, fruit, or packets of Splenda you toss into the blender, it’s hard to cover up the taste of kale to the …

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What does a Sikh Wedding Entail?

A Sikh wedding, or Anand Karaj, is a very family-oriented event with a festive atmosphere. Marriages are usually arranged by the families, in agreement with the bride and groom. Increasingly the couple choose each other and then seek the approval of their families.

The Official Sikh Code of Conduct expressly …

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