food / travel

Red Hot Chilean Chain Hopes To Crown Itself Hot Dog King Of South America

Chileans love hot dogs. Just ask G&N, whose Doggis restaurants dominate the local fast food market with annual domestic sales of roughly $100 million. The company is now hoping Doggis will be able to fetch similar earnings across the continent.

Hot Dog, South American-style (Paul Lowry)
Hot Dog, South American-style (Paul Lowry)


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SANTIAGO -- Already the top dog in Chile's fast food market, the Santiago-based holding company Gastronomía y Negocios (G&N) is now looking to export its signature franchise – Doggis – to the rest of the South America.

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Face In The Mirror: Dutch Hairdressers Trained To Recognize Domestic Violence

Early detection and accessible help are essential in the fight against domestic violence. Hairdressers in the Dutch province of North Brabant are now being trained to identify when their customers are facing abuse at home.

Hair Salon Rob Peetoom in Rotterdam

Daphne van Paassen

TILBURG — The three hairdressers in the bare training room of the hairdressing company John Beerens Hair Studio are absolutely sure: they have never seen signs of domestic violence among their customers in this city in the Netherlands. "Or is that naïve?"

When, a moment later, statistics appear on the screen — one in 20 adults deals with domestic violence, as well as one or two children per class — they realize: this happens so often, they must have victims in their chairs.

All three have been in the business for years and have a loyal clientele. Sometimes they have customers crying in the chair because of a divorce. According to Irma Geraerts, 45, who has her own salon in Reusel, a village in the North Brabant region, they're part-time psychologists. "A therapist whose hair I cut explained to me that we have an advantage because we touch people. We are literally close. The fact that we stand behind people and make eye contact via the mirror also helps."

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