Its like Fiji's introverted little brother, not backward just quieter. By my very rough grip on geography Vanuatu is a scattering of islands north of New Caledonia and east of Fiji. Port Vila is the capital on the island of Efate with a population of roughly 40,000. I can't tell you much about the demographic beyond the fact that there's a fairly heavy French influence and the Chinese have a sturdy commercial presence.
Suddenly 700,000 people turn up. These people are displaced and traumatised. They're hungry, homeless, tired and desperate. But there are no houses, there's no power, no running water, no sewerage and precious little food to go round. Monsoon rains have churned the streets into knee-deep mud. It may seem implausible but this is the grim reality for the Rohingya people currently seeking refuge in Bangladesh.
That was the advice Marie Palzer's sister gave her before she entered the Mongol Derby - the world's longest and toughest horse race. A race that crosses 1000km of Mongolian wilderness on wild horses, through extremes of heat and cold, wild dogs and wolves, dust and driving rain. To be fair, there's a bit to be nervous about. "The training and the research of the country and gear I would need ... when I thought about it all I was so overwhelmed.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".