Monday, November 11, 2013

Botswana

Botswana
Botswana made the news this week as DeBeers has moved its global diamond trading centre to Gaborone. The country had already been the world's largest producer of diamonds but in a strategic move the European company has moved its trading focus from South Africa to Botswana.

A food unique to Botswana includes Seswaa, which is a heavily salted mashed-up meat.

Approximately one in six Batswana has HIV, giving Botswana the second highest infection rate in the world after Swaziland.





Botswana Key Facts

Map from World Fact Book - CIA 

Capital - Gaborone Population - 2.02m (2010 est) Area - 1,246,700 sq km
Water - 2.6% Currency - Pula (BWP)
Landlocked - Botwsana is surrounded by South Africa , Namibia , Zimbabwe , Zambia , Angola Language - English ,Setswana
Independence - From the UK (1966)
GDP - 18.26 bn USD
GDP per capita - 9,624 USD
Drive on the - left
Calling Code - +267
Internet TLD - .bw
HDI - Ranked 119th (0.634)
HIV/AIDS Rate - Ranked 18th Botswana


PocketInfo Quiz

Q What is the name of the Super Typhoon that hit The Philippines in November 2013 which affected over 4 million people? Answer Here

Q Qatar have kept the rights to hold the World Cup in 2022 and Sepp Blatter has maintained it will not be moved to January or February because of what event? Answer Here.

Random Fact - Beer is everywhere in Germany. Germans have a phrase, “Das ist nicht mein Bier.” It translates literally to mean “This is not my beer,” which is used colloquially to mean, “That’s none of my business.”

Botswana Flag


Pocketinfo Reference - Botswana , Diamonds ,economic Geography , Gaborone , World Trends - updated Nov 11 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Best place in the world for women 2013 - ranked by lowest gender gap

WEF - Global Gender Gap Report
 
Topic | Global Gender Gap Report
Source | World Economic Forum
 
The Global Gender Gap Index seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men, across a large set of countries and across the four key areas of health, education, economy and politics.
 
Scandinavia once again leads the way with Iceland showing the best rating for the lowest gender gap across the 4 areas. Northern European countries generally fare well compared with other countries. The WEF attributes this, in part, to policies that help people balance the twin demands of work and family life.
 
86 of 133 countries showed improvements 

Top 10 countries

1. Iceland
2. Finland
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Philippines
6. Ireland
7. New Zealand
8. Denmark
9. Switzerland
10. Nicaragua

Who is the WEF?
The World Economic Forum is the foremost global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society who are committed to improving the state of the world.


Pocketinfo Reference - Geo-location , Gender Gap , Socio-economic Geography , , World Trends - updated Oct 26th 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

37 Items to stock up on if the debt ceiling isn't raised

Spam Shares could be set to rise!


Topic | Debt Ceiling and those elusive 37 items
Location | USA

Save your money - don't go buying any secret list of 37 items in the event of a disaster - here is what you should stock up on in the event that those dumbass politicians cause a global meltdown this month.

In no particular order ( and if you don't have a baby or any pets - buy our not so secret recommendation pictured to the left).

Water, pasta, rice, Canned soups, meats, veggies, fruit.

Popcorn, salt, milk (condensed or powdered), cereal, beef jerky, grains.
Cooking oil, sports drinks, nuts, pickles, dried fruits, spices, honey, crackers.

Baking essentials, power bars, instant rice, coffee, alcohol.

Hard candies, dehydrated canned entrees, juice powders, protein drinks, peanut butter, Long lasting treats ( twinkies, etc.)

Salsa, Ramen noodles, fresh fruit, baby food and pet food.

Key Ingredients missing from the list - Spam, Sugar. 

USA , Debt Ceiling , Republicans , Democrats , Obamacare , Updated 14th Oct 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Android Mobile Apps for Travel - Review



Guest Post | Ray Thomson
Topic  | Travel Apps for Android

Some of the best known free android mobile apps for travel

If you are a smartphone user, you can make your travel experience pleasant by using travel mobile apps. There are several travel apps that provide valuable information on flights, hotels, theaters, restaurants, and entertainment. These mobile apps also can help you save much money during travel by finding discount offers and coupons for the specific geographical location. However, the trick lies in finding the right mobile apps among the hundreds of travel apps in the app store. Here, we list out some of the great performing free android travel apps for your perusal.

YP Local Search & Gas Prices

YP Local Search & Gas Prices is free android mobile app available at the Google Play store. The mobile app from Yellowpages.com LLC, as the name suggests, is an amazing app, when it comes to finding almost anything in a specific location. You can compare gas prices in any given location or find hotels, restaurants, or entertainment available nearby as you travel. The app also gathers information on discount offers at local stores and provides you with discount coupons. However, the publisher warns users to check with local vendors, as not all local stores and service providers accept mobile discount coupons form YP aka the Yellow Pages.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What to avoid in mobile app development

Mobile App Development

Guest Post - Nash
Topic - Mobile App Development
 
What to avoid in mobile app development

The popularity of mobile apps is growing by the day. People download useful apps from app stores and use them to accomplish their everyday tasks. Mobile app development also has become a lucrative profession. 

Today, there are hundreds of mobile app developers in the four corners of the world, yet the number is insufficient to meet the growing app demands. If you have chosen mobile app development business, you have done the right thing at the right time. The internet is crowded with “how to” articles on mobile app development. This article, on the other hand, intends to provide you with some insights on what not to do while developing mobile apps, thanks to Los Angeles Innopplinc app developers for their valuable inputs.

Most entrepreneurs in the mobile app development field check the app stores to gather ideas of creating innovative apps. While this is a good practice, creating an app which is similar to one that already exists isn’t a good idea. You need to think out of the box to be creative and innovative. Redundancy is one major cause for apps going unnoticed in the app stores. While the purpose of mobile app is simplifying tasks, many developers, in fact, are trying to make simple things complicated.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Future is Unwritten

Write your own future... Thanks Joe

Topic | Blog Post - The Future is Unwritten
Location | Sydney, Australia
Reference | Vietnam - Straight to Hell

Last night I just rested in my hotel room - zonked - trying to shake off what I thought was a start of a virus. As I was reaching for the remote to turn the room into darkness the sight of a young Joe Strummer and Mick Jones persuaded me to watch what turned out to be a very interesting 'rockumentary' about one of my favourite all time bands - The Clash.

It was released back in 2007. What gave it credibility was having some quite famous individuals commenting on the Clash including Bono , Steve Buscemi , John Cusack (one of my favourite actors) and dozens of other celebrated musicians and artists.

Joe Strummer (b 1952) passed from this planet way too soon and I still remember hearing of his passing back in 2002 and being quite shocked by it. He died of a heart problem which may well have been passed to him through inherited DNA. I managed to see him live in 1991 at the Brixton Academy when he fronted the Pogues. The highlight for me was when the Pogues played 4 Clash songs. I was almost in tears!

Everyone has different musical taste but for me The Clash experimented more with music than any other band through the 1970's and 1980's.

Bono has described the Clash as "the greatest rock band. They wrote the rule book for U2.


Some of the Accolades
 Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (2004)
VH1 ranked the Clash 22nd of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
London Calling was ranked as the sixth greatest album of the 1970s by NME
In 1989, Rolling Stone ranked it as the best album of the 1980s

Anyway - here is one of my top 5 Clash songs.... Straight to Hell
( I still crank this up with the windows fully wound down going over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to release the tension of worklife)



If you can play on the fiddle
How's about a British jig and reel?
Speaking King's English in quotation
As railhead towns feel the steel mills rust
Water froze
In the generation
Clear as winter ice
This is your paradise
There ain't no need for ya
There ain't no need for ya
Go straight to hell boys
Go straight to hell boys
Wanna join in a chorus, of the Amerasian blues?
When it's Christmas out in Ho Chi Minh city
Kiddie say papa papa papa papa papa-san take me home
See me got photo, photo, photograph of you
And mamma mamma mamma-san
Of you and mamma mamma mamma-san
Lemme tell ya 'bout your blood bamboo kid
It ain't coca-cola it's rice
Straight to hell boys
Go straight to hell boy
Go straight to hell boys
Go straight to hell boys
Oh papa-san
Please take me home
Oh papa-san
Everybody they wanna go home
So mamma-san says
"You wanna play mind-crazed banjo
On the druggy-drag ragtime U.S.A?
In Parkland international
Hah, Junkiedom U.S.A
Where procaine proves the purest rock man groove
And rat poison"
The volatile Molatov says
Straight to hell
Can you cough it up loud and strong
The immigrants, they wanna sing all night long
It could be anywhere
Most likely could be any frontier
Any hemisphere
No man's land
There ain't no asylum here
King Solomon he never lived 'round here
Straight to hell boy
Go straight to hell boy
Go straight to hell boys
Go straight to hell boys

RIP Joe - The Future is Unwritten.


Monday, September 23, 2013

The Tour Championship - FedEx Cup winners 2007-2013

Henrik Stenson | Winner Tour Championship


Topic | Golf's Richest Tournament
Location | USA

So what is the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship?


  • Players pick up points throughout the regular season in each event they play. Most golf tournaments give 500 points to the winner
  • To qualify for the FedEx Cup the top 125 players enter the play-offs, which consist of four tournaments where victory carries 2,500 points
  • The FedEx Cup contenders are whittled down to 30 players for the final event, the Tour Championship
  • Points are reset, so the number one player has 2,500 points, number two has 2,250 and so on to number 30, who has 210
  • In theory, all 30 players could win the FedEx Cup, but only the top five are guaranteed to take the trophy if they win the Tour Championship

Winners of the FedEx Cup since its inception in 2007.

2013: H Stenson (Swe)
2012: B Snedeker (US)
2011: B Haas (US)
2010: J Furyk (US)
2009: T Woods (US)
2008: V Singh (Fij)
2007: T Woods (US)

Image - Via CT Post

FedEx Cup , The Tour Championship , Henrik Stenson , Golf

How to Identify Spam on Facebook

Guest Post | Jessica

Guest Post - Jessica Carol
Topic - Facebook

Facebook might just be the biggest thing to happen to the internet since Google.

With over a billion users and counting and being the inspiration behind an award winning movie; the burgeoning social media website has provided a solid platform for its vast user base to share their life experiences, upload pictures and videos of those funny or cherished moments, or simply enjoy a game of Farmville with family and friends. However, despite of all the countless goodies, not all is hunky dory for the social media giant which has popularized the “Like” and “Poke” buttons all over the world.
The internet might be everywhere but so are spammers, and the mother of all social networking websites has been on the hit list of the notorious for quite some time now. With 1/7th of the planet as its customers, these spammers aim to trick that enormous clientele into participating in quizzes, apps or games that pave the way for malware to enter ones system in disguise.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Countries which allow same sex marriage - DOMA struck down

Same sex marriage

Trend | Gay Marriage
Topic | The change in global societies views to same sex marriage

a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all But it's a damn good place to start

For the first time, the Supreme Court in the US has attempted to make sense of the rules around gay marriage.The Court has struck down a law denying federal benefits to gay couples and cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

The US is close to following Norway , Sweden , Denmark , France , Spain , Belgium , Portugal , Canada , Uruguay , Argentina and New Zealand in allowing same sex marriage. Still plenty of grey on that map.

The justices said that the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, discriminated against same-sex couples. There were celebrations in Washington DC.

Now its time to put pressue on the country you live in if the law hasn't been changed to show this equality.

Same Love.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mobile Application Development Trends

Mobile Application Development Trends


Topic | Mobile Application Development Trends
Guest Post | Cygnet
 
Ask people why they buy smartphones and most of them will answer “we love the apps these phones offer.” Apps have become the heart and soul of smartphones. They have simplified our life, entertain us, increase our productivity and let us remain connected with our friends and family 24×7. From blocking unnecessary calls to viewing PDF documents, all your professional and personal work can be done easily using a phone or tablet.

Mobile app development business is booming at present all over the world. Especially, mobile app development companies from India are becoming very popular due to the high quality service and low price they offer to clients. These people constantly try to create something new and innovative to impress users. Their activities define the trends and shape up the future course of this business.

If you are a newbie to mobile application develoment, read the following paragraphs to understand the latest trends.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Salesforce is biased towards the Northern Hemisphere

Salesforce uses the seasons to launch its updates
Trend | Northern Hemisphere domination
Location | Global , New Zealand

I've been a Salesforce user since 2005 and have been merrily using the cloud based CRM system putting in updates for my various employers over this time.

However, today whilst I logged into the cloud I got rather annoyed at the spring flower logo (pictured left) which greeted me on my home page.

A glance outside my office window brought back images of the last remnants of  autumn. Stubborn leaves clinging on before dropping into the detritous of nature's natural compost heap. The last throes of the most beautiful season holding on before the colder Southern winds blast up from the Antartic.

Living in a relatively temperate part of New Zealand will mean that snowfall is very unlikely this far North but the Southern Alps and the volcanic plateau (dominated by Mt Ruapehu) in the North Island will be caked in white powder around the start of the ski season at the end of June.

It's an upsidedown world!

Now as a geographer I know that there are many more people living North of the equator. All of Europe and North America lies above the dividing line of the world, China and India (the 2 most populace countries) also lie above the equator. According to the gatekeepers at Wikipedia...

Earth's northern hemisphere contains most of the planet's land, and roughly 90% of its human population. (1)

So what defines the Northern Hemisphere dominance in terms of population? This may help explain it...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Key Dates in History - by Country 1950's

Australis foreground | aka SS America

Topic | History 1950's
Trend | Key historical events

This weekend was my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations Mum and Dad.

We enjoyed an excellent family dinner and then went back to their house to watch the NZ All Blacks play against France in the first International rugby test of the 2013 season.

Part of our gift to them was a 50 year timeline on a scroll highlighting key historical events during their married time together intermixed with family milestones and memories. I pesonally would like to thank them for making the brave decision to up root our young family in 1973 and relocating us from the South of England to New Zealand aboard the Australis. (pictured in foreground above).

After completing the 50 year timeline I realised I don't know too much about the decade before my birth so this is a post highlighting some key dates from the 1950's.


1950: Beginning of the Korean War.
1950: 22rd Academy Awards - "All King's Men,"
1950: 64th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Budge Patty beats Sedgman (61 8-10 62 63)
1950: 79th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 279 at Royal Troon
1950: 1st US Black delegate to UN appointed-ES Sampson
1950: Telephone Answering Machine created by Bell Laboratories
1950: US Pres Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb
1951 : Colombo Plan comes into effect (The plan currently has 27 members)
1951: UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY
1951: London's Royal Festival Hall opens.
1951: 65th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (64 64 64)
1951: 1st Dutchman to win Tour de France (Wim Van Est)
1951: King Leopold III of Belgium gives up throne to son Boudouin I
1951: US, Australia & New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty
1952: PGA approves allowing black participants
1952: Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the UK.(Feb 8th)
1952: 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway (Feb 14th)
1952: PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb (Feb 26th)
1952: Island of Heligoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
1952: Mr Potato Head, introduced (May 1st)
1952: 15th modern Olympic Games opens - Helsinki, Finland (Jul 19th)
1952: Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth ( Jul 25th)
1952: The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed. ( Aug 22nd)
1952: Ernest Hemmingway's "Old Man and the Sea" published
1952: First regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express. ( Nov 14th)
1952: 1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced (Nov 21st)
1952: Over 4,000 die in London from Smog pollution (Dec 5th)
1953: Independence of Cambodia.
1953 : 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres ( Jan 29th)
1953: Severe winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
1953: "Bwana Devil," the 1st 3-D movie screens (Feb 18th)
1953: Academy Awards are first broadcast on television (Mar 2nd - on NBC)
1953: Ernest Hemingway wins Pulitzer Prize (Old Man & The Sea)
1953: 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA) May 18th
1953: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London (June 2nd)
1953: Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president (June 18th)
1953: 1st Corvette manufactured (June 30th)
1953: Heavy earthquake hits the Ionian islands, 435 killed (Aug 12th)
1953: Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed (Aug 21st)
1953: 1st successful operation of separation of Siamese twins ( Sep 17th )
1953: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia ( Oct 14th)
1953: Laos obtains independence from France ( Oct 22nd)
1954: The Soviet Union generates first electricity by nuclear power.
1955: Signing of the Warsaw Pact.
1955: Antimatter first produced.
1956: Independence of Sudan and Tunisia and full independence of Pakistan
1957: Launch of Sputnik 1 and the beginning of the Space Age;
1958: Great Chinese Famine begins in China.
1959: Cuban Revolution. Independence of Cyprus and Singapore.
1959: Admission of Alaska and Hawaii into the United States
1959:  Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) founded. CND's symbol, the peace sign



1950's ,  Socio-economic Geography , Country Information , City Information , World Trends - updated 9th June 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Frank Ocean - Lost. Should have been a bigger hit globally


Topic | Locations in Music
Artist | Frank Ocean
Song | Lost

Big shout out to NZ music fans for supporting this very underrated Frank Ocean song.

I always enjoy music well done with references to places. In this catchy tune Frank mixes cities with countries in his lyrics but when you listen to the track your mind wanders to the locations bringing up distinct mental images.

Miami is the only location of the 6 mentioned that I haven't been too yet but it has been represented in so many music videos and films that it is just as familiar to me as Tokyo or Amsterdam

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 46
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 13
Denmark (Tracklisten) 14
Germany (Media Control AG) 85
New Zealand (RIANZ) 5
Slovakia (IFPI) 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 53
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 9



Now you're lost
Lost in the heat of it all
Girl you know you're lost
Lost in the thrill of it all
Miami, Amsterdam
Tokyo, Spain, lost
Los Angeles, India
Lost on a train, lost


Locations in Music , Frank Ocean , USA , New Orleans , Louisana, R&B , Music Trends - updated 5th June 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

One Billion Rising - Social Media and its power

Trend | Social Movement via new tech
Location | Global
Source | One Billion Rising

The word "billion" refers the statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion of the global population. I saw the original clip whilst on a business trip in Singapore and it was presented as part of the power of social media in the digital age.




 Powerful and emotional.

(to be edited )

One Billion Rising , Eve Ensler , updated 27th  May 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pinterest introduces new pins - Monetisation get closer

Pinterest | On the road to profit

I received this email update today from Pinterest. Pinterest is still a site I don't utilise enough and demographically is likely to have a much higher female contigent than Instagram. Based on their announcement below they are looking to add value to their huge traffic metrics.

Topic | Pinterest
Trend | Monetisation

We’re excited to introduce pins with more information! You’ll now see:

  • Product pins for things with pricing, availability, and where to buy (makes sense)
  • Recipe pins that include cook time, ingredients, and servings ( New Vertical )
  • Movie pins with content ratings, cast members, and more( IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes watch out)


We hope this makes all the inspiring things you find on Pinterest more useful. Check out our blog post for more details.

Happy pinning!

- The Pinterest Team


  Pinterest , Social Media , web 2.0 , Monetisation - updated May 24th 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Yahoo! buys Tumblr and makes David Karp!

Tumblr - tumbled into Yahoo! ownership

Trend | The Internet War , Yahoo!'s reshaping
Topic | Tumblr acquisition
Location | USA , New York




Marissa Mayer used some of the Yahoo! cash accumulated to purchase the quirky but popular microblogging site Tumblr over the weekend.

Despite Tumblr only having revenue of $13m USD it appears Mayer thought the purchase would add some trendy content to its journey to counter the likes of Google , Facebook and the reinvention of MySpace. The heavy mobile usage also seems to be a key factor for her convincing the board to swoop on Tumblr.

David Karp founded Tumblr in 2007 from his New York , Manhatten apartment and must be smiling today as he and the Tumblr team accepted a $1.1 billion USD purchase for his blogging platform. Karp left school early and he had already taught himself to code (at the age of 11) and is now set to join the ranks of other sub-30 year old millionaires.

Monday Note - the week that was

Armed Defenders Squad - Called Out

Trend | Modern Society , Social Media
Location | Auckland , New Zealand

Last week was an incredibly strange week. It started off with a text from my wife just before lunchtime on the Monday that the school my two sons go to was in Lockdown due to someone running across their school grounds with a gun.




 Literally seconds later there were texts and emails from the school confirming that the police had requested the whole school to go into lockdown and the armed defender's squad had cordoned off the area.

The police had requested that all people keep out of the perimeter but that didn't stop some parents going down to the Albany Highway to be close to their children (One woman was arrested for trying to get through). Meanwhile over the next 4 hours the school continued to send out both emails and SMS information to keep parents and caregivers informed of the situation.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Top Watch Brands of the World in 2013


Rolex | Still number one in the Watch market.

Location | Global , Switzerland
Trend | Designer Watches

Call it a weakness of mine but I just love looking through those high end windows of the high end watch manufacturer's when I am travelling abroad and look forward to the day I can walk into one to negotiate a sale.

It got me thinking about what makes a watch valuable. The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has a fantastic collection of top-end watch manufacturer's. (see blog entry about Singapore). Franck Muller and IWC are two of my favourite styles. Rolex has never done it for me though they obviously do for over a staggering 21% of the elite brand market.

Here is a brief snippet from one of my recent searches with accompanying chart of the top 10 watch brands by value.


Forbes magazine conducted an interview with Tim Stracke (CEO of Chrono24) about the watch brands and models of high value.

Rolex | dominant in the Top 10
The interview was done by Ariel Adams (aBlogToWatch) for Forbes and he asked Tim Stracke about the high value brands on the market, but also whether certain brands and models will retain their value.
As shown in the above graphic, where Chronolytics supplied the Top 10 overview of the brands that received most interest by watch consumers, you can see that the Top 10 brands take up to almost 60% of the total interest. We could say that these brands, and particularly Rolex (with 21.16%), are brands of high value. These brands dominate the watch market. Especially when you take into account that these numbers are based on approx. 40 million monthly page impressions on the Chrono24 website. However, the other +/- 40% is to be spread over all other watch brands that are being offered on Chrono24 (over 450 different brands).
Louis Moinet | Rare Watch of note.

Rare Watches | Louis Moinet Meteoris Watch $4.6 million - Made from pieces from a meteorite, asteroid and the moon. This series came in a set of four tourbillion watches. The Tourbillon Asteroid dial features a hand-crafted fragment of the mysterious Itqiy meteorite which formed close to the Sun thousands of years ago before making its way to Earth. Its spectacular black and white pattern throws into stark relief the central silvered hour and minute hands as well as the main spring and tourbillon escapement that are revealed by the dazzling open-work dial architecture. Meteoris is a planetarium depicting the entireSolar System all represented gravitating around the Sun. A considerable technical feat since most planetariums have previously depicted only a limited number of planets. The Meteoris planetarium also serves as a showcase for four stunning unique tourbillon timepieces, each featuring a rare meteorite: Tourbillon Mars, Tourbillon Rosetta Stone, Tourbillon Asteroid and Tourbillon Moon.

Above from Top 10 Most Expensive Watches | by Americanlivewire


Designer Watches , Basel World  Rolex, Omega , Breitling , IWC , Patek Philippe , Panerai City Information , Designer Trends - updated April 29th 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

The week that was in Singapore

Bugis Street | A Highlight of the week


Location | Singapore
Trend | Tech and Demographic shifts

This week I have been up in Singapore and its now the 7th or 8th time I've visited the city/island/state/country. (take your pick). As always I have been keeping my eye open for trends and this is a collection of some observations from the past few days.

Changi Airport - Changi is still my favourite allround airport in the world. Sure there are better club lounges (like the Koru club lounge in Sydney) but few have so many amenities to kill off that layover time and the provision of so much free internet acces is a boon to any seasoned traveller. If you dont have a smartphone or laptop to utilise the free wifi just grab one of the hundreds of free computers scattered around the 3 terminals. Also relaxation zones like free cinema , a butterfly enclosure , great kids play areas and some lovely fishing pools filled with koi and serviced by delicate waterfalls.

SMRT - The Singapore SMRT was generally a lot busier than usual and many people I spoke to mentioned that the increase in population has created this problem. The upside is that for $2.10 SGD you can go one way from Changi Airport to the central city - no huge surcharge like they place on visitors to Sydney airport which for a similar length trip is about $17.00 AUD.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country located in Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.







Ethiopia is one of the oldest locations of human existence known to scientists. Our species Homo sapiens originated near modern day Ethiopia.
  

Key Facts and Figures Ethiopia
 
Capital : Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Population : 91.1m ( Has grown by 20m+ since 2007)
Area :
1,104,300 sq km (Ranked 27th)
Currency : Birr (ETB)
Language : Amharic (Main Language)
GDP : $103 bn
Urban Population : 65.8%
Drive on the - right
Star Alliance Hubs - Austrian Hubs: Vienna
Calling Code - +251
Internet TLD - .et
HDI - Ranked 173rd (0.396) Low
Press Freedom Index139 /178


Nazret is rated the best website for news on Ethiopia.

Ethiopia , Country Information , Horn of Africa updated 21st April 2013