According to the Bloomberg Vice Index, treating yourself to a weekly habit of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes can cost you as little as $41.40 in Laos and a whopping $1,441.50 in Japan.
Bloomberg compared the price of a basket of goods — tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and opioids — in more than 100 countries relative to the U.S., where your fix of the vices adds up to almost $400, or about a third of the weekly income.
The Top 50 of this Index is listed below. The results will surprise you for sure:
According to authors of the 10th annual Global Peace Index, in 2016 there are now only 10 countries in the world which can be considered completely free from conflict and truly at peace – in other words, not engaged in any conflicts either internally or externally – than there were in 2014.
The ongoing and worsening conflicts in the Middle East region, the refugee crisis (and the lack of a solution) and an increase in deaths from major terrorist incidents have all contributed to the world being less peaceful (and more dangerous) in 2016 than it was in 2015.
According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, a think tank which has produced the index for the past 10 years, the 10 countries free from conflict are:
- Costa Rica
Source: Global Peace Index
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Sierra Leone is apparently the most circular country in the world according to data analysis performed by pappubahry.com
Nauru and Zimbabwe make up the top 3.
Egypt is apparently the most rectangular country in the world according to data analysis performed by pappubahry.com
Vatican City and Sint Maarten make up the top 3.
1. National University of Singapore (established 1905) – Singapore
2= Nanyang Technological University (established 1981) – Singapore
2= Peking University (established 1898) – China
4. University of Hong Kong (established 1911) – Hong Kong
5. Tsinghua University (established 1911) – China
6. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (established 1991) – Hong Kong
7. University of Tokyo (established 1877) – Japan
8. Pohang University of Science and Technology (established 1986) – Republic of Korea
9. Seoul National University (established 1895) – Republic of Korea
10. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (established 1971) – Republic of Korea
Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016
According to US business magazine Forbes, Real Madrid have remained the most valuable football team in the world for a fourth year in a row. They lead the way from rivals Barcelona in 2nd and Manchester United in 3rd place. My beloved Tottenham Hotspur are still in the Top 10!
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- Real Madrid – US$3.645 bn (£2.52billion)
- Barcelona – $3.549bn (£2.46bn)
- Manchester United – $3.317bn (£2.3bn)
- Bayern Munich – $2.678bn (£1.85bn)
- Arsenal – $2.017bn (£1.4bn)
- Manchester City – $1.921bn (£1.33bn)
- Chelsea – $1.661bn (£1.15bn)
- Liverpool – $1.548bn (£1.07bn)
- Juventus – $1.299bn (£900million)
- Tottenham – $1.017bn (£704m)
Source: Forbes’ top 10 world’s most valuable football teams
Apparently from a recent survey, we should all call our mothers more often . . . I agree!
As of December 31, 2015, the five most populous countries in the world are:
- China (1.37 billion),
- India (1.2 billion),
- United States of America (323 million),
- Indonesia (256 million), and
- Brazil (204 million).
Source: According to the data cited by Bank of America Merril Lynch (BAML)
Source: Mailman – Report prepared by Shanghai-based consultancy which looks at commercial success, engagement and social media.
Source: FT.com, Box Office Mojo
- The number of billionaires in China has overtaken that of the United States for the first time, an annual survey said Thursday, calling it a “turning point” for the super-wealthy.
- China now has 596 billionaires, up a “staggering” 242 over the last year, Shanghai-based luxury magazine publisher Hurun Report said, surpassing the 537 billionaires in America.
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Source: Yahoo News Singapore