Business Optimization 101: Your Quick Reference Guide

Growth and expansion are typically the concepts that remain prevalent in the business owner’s psyche. If you’re a corporate leader or entrepreneur who has been looking for ways to optimize your business so the company can keep growing and growing, now is the time to get things underway. Use the helpful hints and tips in this quick reference guide to ... Read More »

Business Growth 101: Your Quick Reference Guide

Business growth is not a mysterious process. Rather, it transpires when company leaders consistently implement growth strategies that work. To ensure that your company gets and remains on the path to perpetual growth, utilize some or all of the expansion techniques outlined for you below: 1. Optimize Your Equipment. One business-building strategy you can employ to keep your company growing ... Read More »

Reports: Several Injured in Explosion in Istanbul

An explosion at Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district, which is popular with tourists, has injured several people on Tuesday, Turkish media reports said. At least two people were hospitalized, the private Dogan news agency reported. The cause of the explosion, which could be heard from several neighborhoods, was not immediately known but state-run TRT television says the blast was likely caused ... Read More »

Oscar Pistorius seeks leave to appeal against murder conviction

Athlete applies to take case to South Africa’s constitutional court after his earlier conviction for culpable homicide was overturned Oscar Pistorius in October 2014. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters Oscar Pistorius has applied for leave to appeal to South Africa’s constitutional court in a last-ditch attempt to overturn his murder conviction for shooting dead his girlfriend in 2013. He is facing a ... Read More »

Polish journalists protest at state control of public broadcasting

Demonstration follows presidential signing of controversial media law Demonstrators outside Kraków’s radio station. Photograph: Orchard News The enactment of Poland’s media law, which allows its government control over state broadcasters, has met with considerable journalistic opposition within the country. Following last week’s signing of the bill into law by the Polish president, there have been protests at various centres. On ... Read More »

Catalonia’s separatist government will struggle to break stalemate with Spain

The new Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, may want independence but he has major obstacles to overcome Carles Puigdemont is applauded by his predecessor Artur Mas in the regional parliament. Photograph: Matthias Oesterle/Zuma Press/Corbis Catalonia has a separatist government. It took months of negotiating and a deal that was sealed only hours before the deadline for fresh elections, but the new ... Read More »

Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival

PM says police report’s failure to mention incidents at 2014 event amounts to ‘double betrayal’, while reports emerge on New Year’s Eve attacks in Malmö Stefan Löfven, Sweden’s prime minister. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Sweden’s prime minister has condemned a “double betrayal” of women after allegations that police covered up sexual harassment by recent immigrants at a music festival in ... Read More »

Trucks from aid convoy enter besieged Syrian town of Madaya

Médecins Sans Frontières says boy and four men died of starvation in Madaya on Sunday The Red Cross convoy at a government checkpoint outside the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. Photograph: EPA Trucks from an aid convoy carrying food, medicine and hygiene kits have begun to enter the besieged, starving Syrian town of Madaya in an agreement that has also ... Read More »

Saudi-led strike hits Yemen hospital

Saudi-led strike hits Yemen hospital A hospital in central Yemen has been hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike, the state news agency says, a day after aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) reported that a “projectile” had killed four people in one of its clinics. Saba, the Yemeni news agency run by the dominant Houthi movement since it seized ... Read More »

North Korea holding US citizen for spying

North Korea holding US citizen for spying A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea for subversion said he spends eight hours a day digging holes at a labour camp, while a naturalised American citizen said he is being held by the state for spying, CNN reported from Pyongyang. If confirmed, Kim Dong Chul, who CNN said was ... Read More »