Parvez Shaikh

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Pieter Hugo's best photograph: the hyena men of Nigeria

The guys ​always ​had scratch marks everywhere from the baboons – they were always getting into fights with them<p>I first learned about Nigeria’s “hyena men” in 2005, thanks to a picture that had gone viral. The caption said they were debt collectors in Lagos. I knew I had to find them. The country …

South Africa

Get Ready For The "Bitcoin Bounce"

It’s been a brutal six months for crypto-currencies.<p>Bitcoin, Ethereum, and hundreds of other cryptos have gotten <i>crushed,</i> falling 70% or more from …

Cryptocurrency

8 Life Stages of a Photographer

If you've been a photographer for a while, you know that there are certain developmental stages that every photographer goes through.From newbie that …

Photography

Here’s how you can make better use of your time

<b>How can I make better use of my time?</b><p>There are only two ways to make better use of your time.<p>To create and follow a clear plan of action for each …

Time Management

10 great road trips around the world: readers’ tips

Winning tip: Transylvania, Romania<p>This is a wonderfully underrated road-trip destination. From Bucharest, take Road 1 towards the Carpathian mountains, to the well-preserved medieval towns of Braşov and Sighişoara. On the way, you’ll often be surrounded by dense, dark woodland and craggy peaks, …

National Parks

Behind the Scenes Perspective of What a Photographer Sees and What They Capture

Professional photographer Philip Haumesser transformed a desire to take better pictures of his children into a thriving business, and now he's sharing some of his secrets with the world. By showing behind the scenes images of his photo shoots, Haumesser inspires aspiring photographers to get out …

Photography

On Your First Backpacking Trip, Don't Do These Things

Backpacking and camping can be daunting to get into as a beginner—from knowing what to pack, finding a campsite, to knowing how to layer properly—it's hard not to feel like you're the only one if the world who doesn't know how to do it right. But even us here at <i>Outside</i> have made our share of …

Backpacking

New hope for world's rarest feline with discovery of two Scottish wildcat kittens

The world's rarest cat has received an unexpected population boost after two orphaned kittens were discovered in Scotland.<p>Just 35 Scottish wildcats were thought to remain in the wild in Britain, and the sub-species is in danger of dying out because the animals often breed with feral domesticated …

Wildlife

India’s abuse of women is the biggest human rights violation on Earth | Deepa Narayan

Over 50% of Indian men and women still believe that sometimes women deserve a beating<p>India is at war with its girls and women. The planned rape of eight-year-old Asifa in a temple by several men, including a policeman who later washed the clothes she was wearing to destroy evidence, was …

Human Rights

How to Make Money as a Writer in 2018 [Infographic]

When you tell people you’re a writer, one of two things will happen. Either they instantly assume that you earn big bucks or they give you that look …

Writing

Some of the Best Last-minute Prime Day Deals on Laptops

Thinking of buying a new laptop? Then checkout some of the best Prime Day deals on laptops to help you find the right one for you, at the right price!<p>…

Windows 10

India’s Battle for Same-Sex Love

Five judges on India’s Supreme Court are hearing a challenge to a law that criminalizes homosexual sex — Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, introduced by British colonial authorities in 1861 and kept on the books in independent India.<p>The Indian government told the court, which began hearings …

LGBTQI

“Ouvrir la Voix”: A Radically Frank Documentary About the Experience of Black Women in France

Not long after France beat Croatia in the final match of the 2018 World Cup, on Sunday, the French sociologist Edgar Morin, who is ninety-seven, tweeted that the victory of the team—which is predominantly nonwhite—is an occasion to celebrate the “one and multicultural” France. “Let’s enjoy these …

Women of Color

Stop Acting Like You're Going To Live Forever

Everyone knows someone who always appears to be frantically busy. Too busy sweating the small stuff. Too busy to take on new opportunities. Too busy to enjoy themselves.<p><b>“Busy” is not an indicator of success. “Busy” means ineffective time-management or poor prioritization.</b><p>The attitude of “it will be …

Time Management

Vis island, Croatia: how can I resist your Mamma Mia charms?

Despite its low-key vibe, Vis has enough sights to avoid beach-centred boredom<p>Croatia can feel like an actor that, despite talent and charisma, never quite makes it to mega-stardom. If it’s the case of needing the right role then <i>Mamma Mia 2</i>, due out next week, might just do the trick for Vis, an …

European Travel

Cat Climbs on Unflappable Owner’s Head During TV News Interview

Recently, Jerzy Targalski, a Polish historian and political scientist, was interviewed by the Dutch news show <i>Nieuwsuur</i> about the Polish Supreme …

Pets

See Seven Famed Ancient Ruins Restored Back To Their Former Glory

The Ancient Wonders of the World are but seven. In truth, every country has a building, a monument, a relic of something ancient and historic that could qualify as a ‘wonder’.<p>Fascinating as these ruins are, every visitor will at some point start to imagine what they were like in their heyday and …

Archaeology

How a Seattle designer builds safe, outdoor spaces for cats

Catio Spaces wants to let cats outside—while keeping them safe<p>Cynthia Chomos was never a cat person—that is, until a neighbor’s cat found her as she was gardening in her Crown Hill backyard.<p>“My neighbor’s cat wandered my way and started hanging out with me when I got into gardening,” said Chomos. …

Pets

Great Leaders Are Confident, Connected, Committed, and Courageous

Brad was leading a difficult turnaround of his company and had decided to fire his head of sales, who was a nice guy but wasn’t performing.<p>Three months later, he still hadn’t fired him.<p>I asked him why. His answer? “I’m a wimp!”<p>Brad (not his real name — I’ve changed some details to protect people’s …

Leadership

Insider Hotel Secrets For The Affluent Traveler

You want honest advice that no one else will give you? Talk to Anthony Melchiorri.<p>Mr. Melchiorri is an hotelier extraordinaire. A former Air Force protocol officer, he takes a no-nonsense approach as a wildly successful “hotel fixer” on the Travel Channel’s original series <i>Hotel Impossible</i>. In this …

Hospitality

Facebook wants to own your face. Here’s why that’s a privacy disaster

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>Scanning your face is easier than remembering a password, …

Privacy

Stunning Under-the-Radar Hikes in Europe

Travel<p>Explore Europe's natural landscapes through these lesser known hikes.<p>Global tourism is on the rise. There was a six percent increase in worldwide travelers in 2017, and nearly 52 percent of Americans plan to visit Europe in the next two years, according the World Tourism Organization. While …

Hiking

Who needs Paris? 10 smaller cities with just as much culture and style

Forget Paris, Rome and Vienna; these smaller cities are just as big on culture and style.<p>1. Vintage Seville<p>Andalucia’s lively capital may lack size, but it offers an atmospheric old town, 12th-century architecture, the Moorish Alcázar palace and the grand square of Plaza de España, combined with …

European Travel

Afraid To Mess Up? Why You Often Just Need To Wing It!

When was the last time you decided to wing it?<p>Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, credits Amazon’s explosive growth with his high-velocity decision making. In his annual letter to shareholders, he shared his approach:<p>Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you …

Self-improvement

9 Signs You Have What It Takes to Be Extremely Successful

Are you headed in the right direction?<p>"Is working at the grocery store a good job?" my 13-year-old daughter recently asked. "Don't give me the long answer, dad. Please just say yes or no."<p>We all could argue over the definition of success. It means something to different to everyone. Some of you …

Motivation

4 cryptocurrency trends to watch out for

The cryptocurrency market has survived a lot of things: major exchange hacks, involvement from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ban on cryptocurrency ads by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online giants, and unpredictable government intervention and attempts at regulation.<p>All …

Cryptocurrency

New Paper Reveals Massive Bitcoin Backing

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have been handed huge support this morning from researchers at Imperial College London, who have said digital currencies are primed for mass adoption.<p>According to the paper — entitled “Cryptocurrencies: Overcoming Barriers to Trust and Adoption” — bitcoin and …

Cryptocurrency

What I Tell My Friends Who Ask Me What Digital Camera to Buy

All for less than $1,000.<p>I grew up taking pictures and making videos, I went to film school, and I’ve kept on snapping away in the years after …

Cameras

The top 12 cryptocurrencies and what they are—and aren’t—good for - MIT Technology Review

Bitcoin (BTC)<p>Launched: 2009 Market value: $163 billion<p>The strengths: The original crypto­currency, Bitcoin is the largest and most popular blockchain …

Cryptocurrency

On Instagram, brown girls are fighting India’s narrow idea of beauty

If you live in India and are not a fair-skinned, thin girl, it is more than likely that you have received your fair share of backhanded compliments. Statements (and advice) like “You are really pretty for a dark girl” or “If you lost a little weight, you would be really beautiful” are aplenty. …

Mainstream Media