Princess Diana's Car To Be Auctioned
Princess Diana photographed at the International Leonardo Prize in 1995 by Nick Parfionov
A 1994 2.5l Audi Quattro convertible once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales and to be auctioned by COYS at their traditional sale at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire in England on June 29th has gone on display in London at the Grange St. Paul's Hotel.[More]
Europe, Unemployment and Instability
By George Friedman
The global financial crisis of 2008 has slowly yielded to a global unemployment crisis. This unemployment crisis will, fairly quickly, give way to a political crisis. The crisis involves all three of the major pillars of the global system -- Europe, China and the United States.
The level of intensity differs, the political response differs and the relationship to the financial crisis differs.
But there is a common element, which is that unemployment is increasingly replacing finance as the central problem of the financial system.
Filipino Farmers - A Dying Breed?
Historically, as countries have industrialized, the number of small farms has dwindled, with workers opting for city life. But the Philippine government is concerned that this trend could exacerbate food insecurity in an import-dependent country already struggling to meet current...current food demand.
"The average age of the Filipino farmer is 57. Assuming an average life span of 70, we might reach a critical [shortage] of farmers in just 15 years," said Asterio Saliot, director of the Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute.
Alternative Energy Source Could Alter Geo-Political Balance
The Geopolitics of Shale
By Robert D. Kaplan
According to the elite newspapers and journals of opinion, the future of foreign affairs mainly rests on ideas: the moral impetus for humanitarian intervention, the various theories governing exchange rates and debt rebalancing necessary to fix Europe, the rise of cosmopolitanism alongside the stubborn vibrancy of nationalism in East Asia and so on. As the 20th century showed us, ideologies -- whether communism, fascism or humanism -- matter and matter greatly.
The Persian Gulf sheikhdoms are fabulously wealthy not because of ideas but because of large energy deposits underground. You get the point. Intellectuals concentrate on what they can change, but we are helpless to change much of what happens.[More]
007 Bond Goes Green
All eyes of the fashion world were at this year's Academy Awards, where celebrities were styled from head to toe by some of world's most prestigious fashion labels.
Gowns worn by the stars on the red carpet were admired, discussed and debated with passion by fashionistas, media commentators and movie fans alike.[More]
Fraudster Netted £1.14M In 29 Year London Hospital Scam
Monthly billing scam went on for nearly 3 decades defrauding HCA International
The 62 year old owner of a wedding venue in Cornwall admitted defrauding her employers out of £1.14million over a 29 year period and entered a guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Anne Baker (pictured above in a police photo), 62, of Manderley, South Petherwin, Cornwall, pleaded guilty at Southwark to committing fraud offences totalling £1.14 million.
Mrs Baker was employed as a Radiology Manager for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in one of its London facilities, and retired in March 2012 following 29 years service.
HCA is the largest private operator of health care facilities in the world.[More]
Pope To Resign
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday announced he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th.
He will become the first pontiff to do so in 600 years.
In his declaration released by the Vatican today, he states that infirmity is the main reason.[More]
Pop-Up Housing Project Adaptable Worldwide
An award winning design from London architects Levitt Bernstein to a UK problem could easily be utilized in PHL
A competition for a social housing project in London has thrown up a winning team with a novel and very interesting solution to short term housing provision, especially for single homeless.
Although thought out specifically with London's own social problems (and solutions) in mind, with a bit of ingenuity this could easily be tweaked for use in the Philippines.[More]
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