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The Dangers of Travel!



Travellers beware! If you have plans to travel to South or Central America, the United States or South Africa, be warned – as many tourism experts say: ‘Do not travel alone!’. In these areas and countries are found the 50 most dangerous cities in the world, in terms of crime in general and homicides in particular. True, some of these cities would not be at the top of most peoples’ lists as places to visit, but you may well have to transit them, and that in itself could be dangerous, as car-jackings and kidnappings are as common as outright homicides in many places, and far more lucrative!

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Annual statistics correlating information from around the world are produced by CCSP-JP, a Mexican NGO, and the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think-tank on security and violence. NOT included are war zones, or cities for which there is little or unsubstantiated data. Only cities which have a minimum of 250,000 people are listed, and both organisations admit the difficulty of comparing statistics between countries, and even between cities in the same country, because of differences in reporting and retention of records, usually as a result of limited resources available. This means that cities with good record-keeping may be unfairly ranked. The rankings are based on numbers of homicides per 100,000.

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However, on one statistic there is no disagreement, and that is that the Venezuelan capital of Caracas is top of the list of most dangerous cities. The country as of mid-2016 is suffering through a period of inflation that is touching 200%, with the drop in the oil selling price having a very significant effect on national income – the situation is clearly ripe for an increase in crime. Homicides are at 120 per 100,000 in Caracas, with attendant muggings, theft, drug gangs and street crime very common.

Countries in Latin and Central America dominate world crime statistics, conspicuous in that the areas are notionally ‘at peace’, although there are some encouraging signs. The notorious Colombian city of Medellin is no longer on the list, when just five years ago the homicide rate was over 70. The rate in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula – top of the list for several recent years – has halved, although still over 100. Mexican cities on the list have fallen from 12 to five, also in five years.

Regretfully there are significant downsides too – only eight cities in the ‘top 50’ list are outside Latin and Central America, four in South Africa and four in the USA. El Salvador has taken over from neighbour Honduras as the country claiming the highest murder rate, and its capital San Salvador with a population of 1.8 million has experienced a doubling of the homicide rate to 1900 in just one year. The number of Brazilian cities on the list has risen from 14 to 21 in five years – not a comforting thought for travellers as well as the sporting fraternity visiting for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Somewhat surprisingly considering the unrest and terrorist activity elsewhere on the continent, South African cities figure prominently on the list, with Johannesburg and Cape Town leading the way. The USA’s position is perhaps less of a surprise, considering the prevalence of fire arms frequently reported, along with incidents of mass murder. Baltimore, St Louis, Detroit and New Orleans have all risen on the list from the previous year, with homicides on the rise countrywide.

There is some general good news – regardless of what is frequently highlighted in the media concerning instances of violence around the world, the assessment by both organisations is that it is in fact declining, albeit slowly. Many deaths are currently the result of ‘civil’ conflicts and acts of terrorism, otherwise the world in general has never seen a more peaceful overall environment. Except for in Latin America, violence has declined everywhere in the world in the last five years, and even from the last year.

Rank City Murder Rate (per 100,000)
1 Caracas, Venezuela 119.87
2 San Pedro Sula, Honduras 111.03
3 San Salvador, El Salvador 108.54
4 Acapulco, Mexico 104.73
5 Maturin, Venezuela 86.45
6 Distrito Central, Honduras 73.51
7 Valencia, Venezuela 72.31
8 Palmira, Colombia 70.88
9 Cape Town, South Africa 65.53
10 Cali, Colombia 64.27
11 Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela 62.33
12 Fortaleza, Brazil 60.77
13 Natal, Brazil 60.66
14 Salvador, Brazil 60.63
15 St. Louis, U.S.A. 59.23
16 Joao Pessoa, Brazil 58.4
17 Culiacan, Mexico 56.09
18 Maceio, Brazil 55.63
19 Baltimore, U.S.A. 54.98
20 Barquisimeto, Venezuela 54.96
21 Sao Luis, Brazil 53.05
22 Cuiaba, Brazil 48.52
23 Manaus, Brazil 47.87
24 Cumana, Venezuela 47.77
25 Guatemala, Guatemala 47.17
26 Belem, Brazil 45.83
27 Feira de Santana, Brazil 45.5
28 Detroit, U.S.A. 43.89
29 Goiania, Brazil 43.38
30 Teresina, Brazil 42.64
31 Vitoria, Brazil 41.99
32 New Orleans, U.S.A. 41.44
33 Kingston, Jamaica 41.14
34 Gran Barcelona, Venezuela 40.08
35 Tijuana, Mexico 39.09
36 Vitória da Conquista, Brazil 38.46
37 Recife, Brazil 38.12
38 Aracaju, Brazil 37.7
39 Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil 36.16
40 Campina Grande, Brazil 36.04
41 Durban, South Africa 35.93
42 Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa 35.85
43 Porto Alegre, Brazil 34.73
44 Curitiba, Brazil 34.71
45 Pereira, Colombia 32.58
46 Victoria, Mexico 30.5
47 Johannesburg, South Africa 30.31
48 Macapa, Brazil 30.25
49 Maracaibo, Venezuela 28.85
50 Obregon, Mexico 28.29

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Investing Advice from Millionaire Mohnish Pabrai



Purchasing the stock exchange is mind-boggling for lots of individuals. Comprehending it looks like such a complex process which we leave it for the significant investors to fathom. However, are you aware the most successful stock traders live from the philosophies. Warren Buffett is really a known to maintain his investment principles quite fundamental, also it worked. Warren Buffett is really one of the very successful investors and among the richest guys on the planet. He likens it to the entire procedure for flipping a coin, “Heads, I win. Tails, I don’t drop a lot of.” This lets you know how seriously he takes Buffett’s theory within the diversification of investments. Based on Warren Buffett, diversification is really a protection against ignorance. Being a real Buffett disciple and following Buffett’s principles plus a few of their own sets of basic principles appeared to work. For individuals who don’t know, Mohnish Pabrai is an investor and philanthropist. Then a longonly equity fund he handled could create a cumulative 517% internet to investors versus. 43% for the S&P 500 Index since beginning in 2000. This implies an outperformance of 1103%. The globe was amazed and Pabrai became a star investor. Discover several hints and lessons as he shares how he was competent to do it.

Read Warren Buffett

According to Pabrai, it all started for him by reading Warren Buffett’s annual letters to investors and other Buffett books (The Essays of Warren Buffett, Warren Buffett Speaks and Thoughts of Chairman Buffett) and biographies written by Lowenstein and Schroeder. Pabrai is a living proof it pays to read.

Own It

Following closely Buffett’s example of not looking at stocks as just pieces of paper but internalize that you’re actual owners of these companies. As a joke surely no wise businessman will take his investments. Who wants a company that appears questionable and undervalued? He constantly weighs in both the negative risk and possible prior to making an investment.

Patience Is a Virtue

Another investor Pabrai seems as much as is Charlie Munger who’s a huge proponent of waiting. He believes that you’re able enough to earn money by means of purchasing or selling but within the waiting. And waiting isn’t the simplest thing to do this you demand every ounce of someone’s forbearance. Yes, sometimes what you’re looking forward to is some sort of disaster to occur that will significantly change the share prices. To stay positive about this would be to consider reaping something from the unfortunate circumstances which could present.

Learn from Mistakes

The fact is it doesn’t usually benefit the best constantly. You develop some, you lose some. Whenever you purchase shares, you must monitor carefully how it will. Pabrai says that after a particular trade doesn’t function, you discover immediately what might have went wrong so that you won’t do the same errors over and over. It is worth it to be aware of how others do it, if it’s right or wrong, in order to learn away from their successes and failures.

Checklist Investing

Another guiding light in Pabrai’s means to success is Atul Gawande’s novel The Checklist Manifesto. He recognized that there were clear signs within the initial location, when assessing how a trade went all wrong. So he made a check list which consists of around 98 questions he examines before making a trade or investment. These questions vary from leverage to debt covenants, moats, union and labor relations, direction and possession. Pabrai noted that since he incorporated using a checklist in investing, his error rate decreased quite considerably.


Pabrai will be the first to inform you that not one of his investment ideas are original and groundbreaking. After all investing is actually not an originality competition. He picks on other people’s minds. The Buffet partnerships in the 1950’s was the design for the arrangement of his own fund. Furthermore, he gets investment ideas from investors he greatly admires. For example, he lifted the structure of his own fund straight from the Buffett partnerships of the 1950’s.

Give Back

Pabrai collectively with his wife began the Dakshana Foundation in 2005. It was the Pabrai’s intention to provide back to society at least two% of their earnings that’s about $1 million annually. Their primary focus was supposed to utilize the cash to help relieve the poverty within their state in India. How they are doing it is through supplying tutorial services for the lowest of poor students of India to ensure that they’ll have the ability to pass the grueling entrance examinations of the very competitive institutions such as the IIT Joint Entrance Examination and the AllIndia Engineering Entrance Examination, get great jobs and assist their loved ones. Again-all of Pabrai’s non-profit initiatives were inspired by Warren Buffet who’s a huge philanthropist himself.

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Quality Of Life – Net Worth!?



So in terms of quality of life, just how rich are you? What is your real net worth, your wealth, and not simply in money? How hard do you have to work to satisfy your need for what you want out of life? Perhaps as important – how many years are you likely to live for, to enjoy your hard-earned riches?

Firstly, how is quality of life assessed, and secondly, how many hours a year do you need to work to earn this standard of living? A third – but immeasurable – factor could be priorities in what any person regards as important to his/her quality of life; perhaps you are happy to have little disposable income left after paying essential expenses, if it means working fewer hours but spending more time with family and friends. Or perhaps you are asset rich but time poor? For example, Americans are generally regarded as ‘rich’, but only five countries’ populations work longer hours, and the USA’s standard of living is only in the middle of the table. So maybe you will live a little longer, because you haven’t needed to work too hard.

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Quality of Life Index is estimated by the OECD using a formula which includes purchasing power, health care, climate and safety indexes – the higher the better – and house price to income ratio, consumer price, pollution and traffic commute time indexes, the lower the better, all given weightings according to assumed importance.

Hours worked on average per year is the other side of the coin – a person may well have a relatively high income coupled with low or moderate expenses, but how much time is left for the person to enjoy his or her relative wealth? In the longer term, years of life expectancy depend on many factors, the most influential being diet and availability of medical care, except of course the negative effects of protracted conflict in which the country may be directly involved, perhaps partly borne out by Switzerland topping the list for quality of life – it managed to remain neutral during the two World Wars.

Efficiency would appear to be the key – that is, if the number of hours worked is relatively low, but quality of life is assessed as high, then in these times of increasing ‘free trade’ around the world, the country must be efficient otherwise it could not compete very well, with obvious consequences. This hypothesis may be born out by comparing the figures for Germany and Greece – the Germans would appear to justify their reputation for efficiency, and the Greeks for inefficiency, given that the latter spend 50% more time in working hours but manage to produce a score for quality of life 20% lower than the Germans. Only Mexico and South Korea of OECD countries work longer hours.

Quality Of Life

In the top 10 countries for quality of life, Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway also score well, and further down the table, French workers spend less than 1500 hours at work, so are apparently an example of being satisfied with a slightly lower standard of living. Switzerland would also appear to maintain a reasonable balance between work and play. Japanese live the longest, by some margin even over the Swiss, but are in the bottom half of the table in quality of life and hours worked – their diet is recognised as very healthy, however.

Following is a list of the top 25 countries, for which data is available through the OECD; the first column is a score which identifies the relative quality of life; the second column is the average number of hours worked per year by the population; thirdly, life expectancy should reflect the other two, and although the spread of years is relatively narrow, with just a couple of exceptions, Denmark and Germany surprise a little by their ranking – maybe a little too much beer and a few too many dumplings!? However, the bottom three in each criteria, Belgium, South Korea and Croatia respectively, are all in the bottom six in all criteria.

# Country Score

Average Hours

worked per year

Years of

Life Expectancy

1 Switzerland 208.4                 1576                  82.5
2 Denmark 206.49                 1438                  79.25
3 New Zealand 201.06                 1752                  81.05
4 Germany 199.7                 1363                  80.57
5 Australia 198.79                 1663                  82.15
6 Austria 192.4                 1629                  81.39
7 Netherlands 192.4                 1421                  81.23
8 Norway 188.9                 1408                  81.7
9 Spain 186.41                 1699                  81.98
10 Sweden 185.81                 1607                  81.98
11 Finland 184.01                 1643                  80.77
12 USA 183.96                 1788                  79.68
13 Portugal 181.18                 1852                  79.16
14 UK 180.25                 1669                  80.54
15 Canada 177.23                 1708                  81.76
16 Japan 176.06                 1734                  84.74
17 Slovenia 175.93                 1550                  78.01
18 France 173.56                 1489                  81.75
19 Croatia 172.89                 1665                  80.68
20 Ireland 171.92                 1815                  80.68
21 South Korea 170.29                 2163                  80.04
22 Czech Republic 167.38                 1763                  78.48
23 Israel 166.63                 1867                  82.27
24 Greece 165.33                 2060                  80.43
25 Belgium 162.49                 1576                  80.88
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