Monthly Archives: October 2011

Teach a man to fish: Can aid restrict a country’s ability to grow?

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AS THE ANCIENT CHINESE proverb goes, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” Are the effects of huge fundraising efforts temporary? Does aid actually help or hinder?

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HOT HOTELS: Harbour Grand, Hong Kong

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As soon as the doors were opened for me by a porter dressed in immaculate indian garments, I was stunned. Continue reading

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Let’s get naked in Croatia!

    

I can’t say I wasn’t warned. My host for my press trip to Croatia made a conscious effort to brief me on the flight to Rovinj about the Eastern European norm to lounge au naturel in their spas.

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Breaking News: Javan rhino is ‘extinct in Vietnam’

THERE IS ONE JAVAN RHINO left in the Vietnam wilderness deeming the species extinct in the country.

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Breaking News: New ‘Hotel Buckingham Palace’ once Prince Charles is king?

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HISTORIAN AND PRESENTER Andrew Marr said Prince Charles is considering making Windsor Castle his home once he is king and turning Buckingham Palace into a ‘‘government hotel and centre for events”.

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Kick It Out: “Unless you’re a white male footballer, you are subject to discrimination.”

KEVIN COLEMAN – GRASSROOTS Development Officer for Kick It Out – spoke with journalists today after video footage of a clash between John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand sparked a racism debate on Twitter.

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HOT HOTELS: Mahua Kothi, India

Mahua Kothi, India. Some rights reserved - see below.

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Set in the surrounding area of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh (central state of India), the tented lodges of this resort are designed to replicate traditional Indian village-style cottages, called Kutiyas. Continue reading

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Former News of the World employee asks: What if phone hacking produces positive results?

Bob Satchwell – the Executive Director of the Society of Editors and a former assistant editor at News of the World– asked two thought-provoking questions in a talk at the University of Westminster yesterday, that may be on the minds of many but voiced by few:

  • What if, as a result of Milly Dowler’s phone being hacked, she had been found alive?
  • What if, someone working for a newspaper hacked into a phone, took the evidence to the police and the police said, “Fantastic! How did you do that?”


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Breaking News: Endangered Animals Freed and Shot Dead in Ohio

FORTY-EIGHT WILD ANIMALS – including 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions and two grizzly bears – were shot dead by police today after a released prisoner freed animals from his Ohio game preserve, before shooting himself.

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Smooth Criminals: The sophisticated tiger trade

The tiger trade is one of the largest criminal networks in the world, fetching around $10 billion a year. Comparatively, the cocaine trade is worth $70 billion, placing the two infamous industries on a similar scale.

The tiger parts trade is extremely complex and highly sophisticated, making it a tricky trade to understand and eradicate. And the fact that the Chinese government turns a blind eye means it continues to flourish in the background.

There used to be over 100,000 tigers roaming freely in the wild by the 20th century. Now, there are around 3,200 left. And counting. The mightiest animal in the jungle is now also the most vulnerable.

The reason for the decline? Human(un)kind – please hold your bloody hands up.

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