Billionaire wealth tops $7 trillion
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Monday, September 22, 2014
The combined wealth of the world’s billionaires now exceeds the collective market capitalization of all the companies in the Dow Jones industrial average, according to a recent study.
The Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census found that the number of billionaires around the world increased by 155, to total 2,325. Their wealth grew by 12 percent in 2014, to reach a record $7.3 trillion.
Where is the money?
Europe is home to the highest number of billionaires and the most billionaire wealth. The region counts 775 among its ranks of super-rich and they possess a combined $2.37 trillion.
But among individual countries, the U.S. can claim the most billionaires, with 571 in 2014. It’s trailed by China with 190, and the United Kingdom with 130.
The real story is Asia, however, which is the fastest-growing region in terms of wealth. Over the past year, wealth grew by 18.7 percent, or 30 percent of the net increase in global billionaire wealth. The population of super-rich shot up by 10 percent, with 52 newly minted billionaires, 33 of them from China.
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Excerpt added from “The Guardian” in regards to the package offered to some of the Scottish in exchange for a no vote…
” James Gray, another Tory MP and former shadow Scottish secretary, has also joined the rebellion, saying: “Talk about feeding an addiction. The more you give them, the more they want, and we would be back with calls for independence within a decade or sooner. For too long the rights of 55 million English have been subordinated to the shouting of 4.5 million Scots. That must end.”
Published on Sep 18, 2014
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Johns Hopkins study finds significant gap in demographics, experience and partisanship between Washingtonians and the Americans they govern
Johns Hopkins University political scientists wanted to know if America’s unelected officials have enough in common with the people they govern to understand them.
The answer: Not really.
Surveying 850 people who either work in government or directly with it, researchers found that the inside-the-Beltway crowd has very little in common with America at large. Washington insiders are more likely to be white. They are more educated. Their salaries are higher, they vote more and have more faith in the fairness of elections. They are probably Democrat and liberal. They more diligently follow the news. And they think the mechanizations of government couldn’t be easier to comprehend. More…
18 September 2014
UNITED NATIONS. KAZINFORM Some 100 children have died in the Syrian opposition-controlled areas of the north-western Idlib province where the UN measles vaccination campaign was held, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari said on Wednesday.
Earlier media reports suggested 40 children died following measles vaccination.
The diplomat told Itar-Tass that he had information about the death of 100 children. Jaafari said the tainted vaccine was made in Turkey. He said Syria urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate the incident, ITAR-TASS reports.
The Syrian ambassador to the UN put the blame for the children’s death on UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos. He said the tragedy occurred through Amos’ fault because she insisted on co-operating with the terrorists in that region.
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Thursday, 18 September 2014
The UN has halted a measles vaccination campaign in northern Syria after at least 15 children died after receiving shots, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed in a joint statement.
“UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria,” the statement said. “The deaths of the children occurred in areas where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.”
The children were all under the age of two, Reuters reported, citing aid workers.
Around one hour after being given a second round of the measles vaccine in Idlib on Tuesday, the children demonstrated signs of “severe allergic shock,” said Abdullah Ajaj, a physician administering the vaccinations at a medical center in Jarjanaz, according to AP. The second round of vaccinations began in Idlib and Deir Ezzour on Monday.
Following the vaccine, some of the children’s bodies swelled and they suffocated to death. More…
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
A village in the Swiss canton of Zurich has expressed anger over the situation of just one refugee family. To carry on supporting a mother from Eritrea and her seven children, authorities aim to increase taxes, media report.
Just over 1,000 people live in the village of Hagenbuch, which is forced to spend over 60,000 Swiss francs (around US$64,000 euro) a month on the family – 30 percent of the monthly expenses for the entire village.
The authorities are pondering a tax increase of at least 5 percent, Blick newspaper reported.
“I don’t know where to turn. I think we have no other choice but to raise taxes,” Mayor Therese Schlaepfer told the daily.
She also expressed her anger at the fact that immigrants have only rights and no obligations. According to the mayor’s words, the situation is causing the obvious outrage of the villagers as well.
A woman from Eritrea and her seven children moved to the quiet village three years ago, with a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, and the possibility to extend it later.
The municipal government immediately took responsibility for paying her rent and also gave the family 2,600 francs a month to cover living expenses.
English: School at Hagenbuch, canton of Zürich, Switzerland Esperanto: Lernejo en Hagenbuch, Kantono Zuriko, Svislando Deutsch: Schule in Hagenbuch, Kanton Zürich, Schweiz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Saturday, 13 September 2014
The family of US journalist James Foley – who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State – had been “threatened” by the US government with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom for him, Foley’s mother told the media.
Obama administration officials repeatedly warned the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to the Islamic State jihadists who were holding and, ultimately, beheaded their son, his mother and brother said this week.
“We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling,” Foley’s mother Diane said in an interview with ABC News.
“I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance,” she elaborated in another interview with CNN. “It didn’t seem to be in [US] strategic interest, if you will.”
NATIONAL SEP. 11, 2014 – 06:50AM JST ( 25 )
A Japanese F-15 jet approaches a Chinese plane (out of frame) in a spot where the two countries’ air defense zones overlap, in June.AFP
More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.
A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.4% of Chinese envisage a future conflict, with more than a fifth of those saying it would happen “within a few years”, while 29% of Japanese view military confrontation as a possibility.
The findings come ahead of the second anniversary Thursday of Japan’s nationalisation of disputed islands in the East China Sea that have formed the focus of tensions between the Asian giants.
Underlining the lingering row over the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into their territorial waters on Wednesday morning.
China regards them as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu Islands.
The survey was conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation the Genron NPO and the China Daily, a Chinese state-run newspaper, in July and August.
It questioned 1,000 Japanese aged 18 or older and 1,539 Chinese of the same age range in five cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xian. More…
English.news.cn 2014-09-09 10:04:52
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) — Harvard University announced Monday its school of public health has received 350-million-U.S.-dollar donation, the largest in Harvard’s history, from a charitable foundation run by Hong Kong billionaire brothers Ronnie and Gerald Chan.
The gift from the Morningside Foundation will also lead to the renaming of the School, which will be called the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in honor of the two’s late father, the university said in a statement.
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Dean Julio Frenk said the gift will focus on four global health threats: pandemics old and new, such as malaria, Ebola, cancer, and obesity; harmful physical and social environments such as those resulting from tobacco use, gun violence and pollution; poverty and humanitarian crises such as those stemming from war and natural disasters; and failing health care systems around the world.