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World’s Deadliest Wealthy Countries

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 5, 2012

By Howard Steven Friedman,  Statistician/Economist for International Organization, Columbia University

 Before diving into any detailed analysis of government data, I usually hear the voice of one of my professors telling his favorite statistics joke. It went something like this, “Statisticians are brilliant people. They can analyze raw data, develop complex models, draw causal inferences and make bold projections of the future. They do this fearlessly, without concern for the minor issue that the data itself came from the fellow down the hall who wrote down whatever he felt like so he could get paid.” Analyzing government data isn’t quite as bad as that joke, but statisticians do need to be concerned about the danger of “garbage in garbage-out” in any work that do.

So how do these concerns about data quality relate to identifying the world’s deadliest wealthy countries? It starts with the fact that the data for crime is notoriously fraught with quality issues. Criminologists use the phrase the “dark figure of crime” to describe the amount of crime that goes unreported or undetected. This “dark figure of crime” represents the gap between the true crime rate and the rate found in official reports.

Knowing that the “dark figure of crime” is so large, I decided to focus on homicide rates in this article. Why homicide? For starters, it is a critically important measure of crime since it is perhaps the most extreme of possible crimes, the taking of a life. More importantly, it is considered to be one of the more reliable crime statistics.

So which wealthy countries have the highest homicide rates? Of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the countries with the five highest homicide rates are, in order: Mexico (highest), Chile, Estonia, the United States and Turkey (fifth highest). Anyone looking at that list would likely call out the fact that these countries, while all being in the OECD, are not equally wealthy. In fact, the United States has a GDP per capita that is more than twice that of any of the other top four most deadly OECD countries. A simple scatterplot, where each data point represents a different country and the US is displayed prominently, gives a clearer picture of how America stands. The graph below shows that for the OECD countries, the US has one of the highest rates of GDP per capita (a rough, but commonly used metric of wealth). You will also quickly see that the US is a major outlier in the general observation that wealthier countries tend to have lower homicide rates. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot Air Balloon Crash In New Zealand Kills 11

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 7, 2012

A hot-air balloon crash in New Zealand has killed eleven people after going up in flames.

 

According to police and witness reports the balloon hit power lines, causing “the whole basket to go up in flames”

 

Eyewitness Bevan Lambess, told Reuters: “The wicker basket was on fire and I saw something holding it down – it looked like ropes but I got closer and it was actually the top (electric) power line that was holding the basket down.”

 

“It probably still would have been 15m in the air. I slowed down and then the whole basket started to go up in flames.”

 

There were no survivors from the horrifying incident, which occured in Wairarapa, 50 miles from New Zealand’s capital Wellington.

 

Police said two people attempted to jump from the balloon before it hit the ground.

 

Superintendent Mike Rusbatch called the incident a “tragedy” for everyone involved and their families: “There were five couples on board along with the pilot”.

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Shadows of Everest – Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 19, 2011

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Weta Find! World’s Largest Insect Weighs Three Times More Than A Mouse (Pictures)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 2, 2011

The world’s biggest insect has been found on a remote island in New Zealand, and it weighs three times more than a mouse.

Nature lover Mark Moffett found the giant weta up a tree on the Little Barrier Island and even managed to feed the critter a carrot.

He was delighted to find that at 71g, it was the largest insect ever recorded in terms of weight.

The 53-year-old former park ranger said: ‘Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta.

“We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree.

“The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found, she weighs the equivalent to three mice.”

With a wing span of seven inches, the more squeamish traveller might be put off by the weta, but Moffett was fascinated.

The rare species used to live on the mainland but were made extinct by rats. The massive insect is an example of island giganticsm, where species thrive because of a lack of natural predators.

Moffett told the Daily Mail:

“She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away.

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Quality Of Life Index 2010: Which Country Has It Best? (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2011

The Hffington Post

In order according to this post 

1. France

2. Australia

3.  Switzerland

4. Germany

5. New Zealand

6. Luxemburg

7. United States

8. Belgium

9. Canada

10. Italy

 

 

 

 

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Bhutan dashes refugees’ home-coming dreams

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 17, 2011

KATHMANDUThousands of Bhutanese refugees living in miserable conditions in Nepal, India and elsewhere had their hopes of being able to return to their homeland dashed on Saturday as Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley said they would have to prove again that they were bona fide Bhutan citizens.

Thinley, who had arrived in Kathmandu Friday on a three-day visit, headed back for Thimphu on Saturday after talks with Nepal’s Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal on regional as well as bilateral issues. Over 105,000 Bhutanese refugees languishing in closed camps in Nepal since their eviction in the 1990s and almost 30,000 more living in India as well as members of the diaspora now scattered all over the world, had been heartened for a brief period after Thinley had agreed, on Nepal’s prodding, to resume talks to enable them to return home.

But the refugee euphoria vanished on Saturday when the Bhutanese premier refused to acknowledge them as citizens, instead alluding to them as “people in the refugee camps”. He also said his government is asking Nepal to undertake a fresh “examination” of the camp residents to see how many were bona fide nationals. “… Whether or not they are Bhutanese refugees is a subject of discussion,” he said.

This is the same ploy the Buddhist kingdom used in 2000 to stall the homecoming of the refugees, who comprise nearly one-fifth of the Bhutanese population. Despite an international outcry, Bhutan sought to categorise the camp residents into genuine citizens, those who had surrendered their citizenship voluntarily, non-Bhutanese and criminals. Bhutan insisted only the first category had the full right to return to Bhutan and understandably, the verification gave the certification to only a small percentage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Japan Earthquake 2011: More Earthquakes Rock Japan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2011


Natural disaster could be minimised a lot if we really think about the nature and our future generation­s, however; even our world leaders are running for unnecessar­y short- term selfishnes­s and do not want to be real hero in the history.
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NEPAL: Government to merge Bhutanese refugee camps

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 1, 2011

KATHMANDU, 28 February 2011 (IRIN) – The Nepalese government hopes to turn the seven Bhutanese refugee camps

Photo: David Swanson/IRIN Thousands of Bhutanese refugees have been resettled

in eastern Nepal into two over the next two years.

“Given the large number of people that have been resettled, this is a logical move,” Jay Mukunda Khanal, head of Nepal’s National Unit for the Coordination of Refugee Affairs, told IRIN, adding: “We hope to complete this effort by the end of 2012.”

Known as `Lhotsampas’ in Bhutan, the refugees are Bhutanese citizens of Nepalese origin who have been living in the camps since the early 1990s when some 108,000 fled to Nepal after being evicted from their homes by the Bhutanese government, which had passed a law stripping them of their citizenship.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 43,500 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries since 2007.

As of 28 February, the USA had accepted the largest number (just over 37,000), followed by Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK.

Currently there are 69,203 refugees in seven camps: Beldangi I, Beldangi II, Beldangi II extension, Khudunarabari, Timai and Goldhap (all in Jhapa District); and Sanischare (Morang District).
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New Zealand Quake: Earthquake Rocks Christchurch

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 22, 2011


What’s going on with Oceanian countries?
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New Zealand Military Releases UFO Files

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 23, 2010


When we will be able to catch up UFO and Yeti really and not in articles?
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“Frames of War”: A Nepalese eyewitness account

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 22, 2010

After covering conflicts throughout Asia in the 1990’s, Kunda Dixit returned to his home in Nepal in 1996. After almost a decade as a war correspondent, he decided it was time to use journalism in a different way, a developmental way. Little did he know, he had walked into a war much closer to home.
Amanda Hoh and Elise Dalley l Auckland, New Zealand

When Kunda Dixit returned to Nepal in 1996, the Maoist rebels had recently launched their attack against the Nepalese monarchy and despite a desire to distance himself from wartime carnage, involvement become unavoidable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Laura Dekker, Dutch Teen Sailor, Sets Off To Cross Atlantic

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2010


Good luck Laura Dekker!
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Disasters Create Losses Of $222 Billion Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 1, 2010


Really dreadful data.
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Kapilavastu Day Movement National Committee formed in New Zealand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 25, 2010

Kapilavastu Day Movement National Committee formed in New Zealand. After Global Committee of the Movement,NewZealand is the fifth country to form National Committee. Spain was the first, Belgium the second, UK the third and Canada the fourth to form National Committee and many countries are preparing to form their National Committees. Here is the full text of the mail sent by Baburaja Maharjan, the Regional Coordinator to look after Australia, New Zealand and surrounding countries,  from New Zealand:

It’s my pleasure to inform all of you that Kapilvastu  Day Movement, New Zealand National Committee is formed to preserve and protect one of the world’s renowned heritage – Kapilvastu, Lumbini; birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. This committee will encourage all concerned people and organizations to contribute raising awareness on people against misleading information regarding the birthplace of Buddha.

Why do we need this movement?

  1. India is constantly and vigorously trying to establish newly built copy of Kapilvastu as original birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha
  2. India has already engaged in propaganda warfare using world’s largest film making industry, Bollywood. Movie “Chandani Chowk to China” is just an example Read the rest of this entry »

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New Zealand Miners Dead After Second Blast At New Zealand Mine

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 24, 2010


My condolences to their families and friends in this tragic incident.
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