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Another Airliner Missing!

Posted by feww on December 28, 2014

AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

An Indonesia AirAsia AirBus 320-200, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board, has lost contact with air traffic control.

Flight QZ8501 went missing at 07:24 (23:24 UTC), the Malaysia-based AirAsia announced.

The Airbus disappeared about two hours into a three-hour flight, after requesting a “deviation” from the flight path, an increase in altitude to 38,000 feet from 32,000 feet, due to turbulent weather. Contact was lost some 200 nautical miles southeast of the Singapore-Jakarta FIR boundary, authorities said.

There were 162 people on board including 7 cabin crew, said the company in a statement:

  • Passengers: 138 adults, 16 children and one infant
  • Crew: Two pilots and five cabin crew
  • Nationalities: 156 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each of French, Malaysian and Singaporean.
  • “The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that one Briton was on board the flight, and next of kin have been informed,” Bbc reported.
  • According to the flight manifest, some 23 passengers were listed as no shows.

flight 8501 airasia manifest

Flight MH370

In March, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared with 239 people on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Flight MH17

In July, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shut down reportedly by a surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine. The wreckage was scattered over more than 10km between Luhansk and the neighboring Donetsk regions.

Flood Disaster

The disaster-stricken Malaysia is in the midst of its worst ever floods due to extreme rain events, which have forced more than 160,000 people to flee their homes in the worst-hit areas.

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Global Economic Table with Income from Drugs & Prostitution Included

Posted by feww on December 28, 2014

World Economic League Table (WELT) for 2014

The latest edition of Cebr Global World Economic League Table (WELT) for 2015 reveals interesting moves by the world’s largest  economies, say the authors.

The UK overtakes France (just) having revised our GDP figures to include earnings from drugs and prostitution. The French figures do not include these industries (which may well be larger than their British counterparts!).

Russia’s well known economic woes show it dropping to tenth place. The collapse in the Turkish Lira brings it down from 17th to 19th place. Korea moves up a place as do Italy (surprisingly but only because the Russian economy is in even worse trouble than the Italian economy!) India, the Netherlands, Belgium (who swap places with Norway) and Austria. Argentina drops 3 places as its economy collapses. [Cebr]

CEBR - WELT 2013-14
Cebr Global’s World Economic League Table (WELT) is an annual calculation by Cebr Global, Cebr’s global economic consultancy. The base data for 2013 is taken from the IMF World Economic Outlook and the GDP forecast draws on Cebr’s Global Prospects model to forecast growth, inflation and exchange rates. (Source: Cebr)

In its 2011 “End of the Year” entry titled Most Unethical Nations in 2011 [and Probably 2012] posted December 31, 2011, FIRE-EARTH said

World’s top 20 countries with the highest arms expenditure 


Top 20 countries with the highest military expenditure for 2010 shown as a percentage of the world total. Source: SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, War Resisters League and others.

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