Lifestyle – Celebrity Net Worth http://celebritynetworths.org Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:47:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 10 Celebrities Who Have Worked in the Fast Food Business http://celebritynetworths.org/10-celebrities-who-have-worked-in-the-fast-food-business/ http://celebritynetworths.org/10-celebrities-who-have-worked-in-the-fast-food-business/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:04:38 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=8378 As many as 4.1 million people (Bureau of Labor Statistics data) are currently employed in the fast food business. Many of these are teenagers, and for many of them it is their first job. Hopefully, positions of line chef, fry cook, and drive-thru worker will in turn change to more prospective careers – as is …

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As many as 4.1 million people (Bureau of Labor Statistics data) are currently employed in the fast food business. Many of these are teenagers, and for many of them it is their first job. Hopefully, positions of line chef, fry cook, and drive-thru worker will in turn change to more prospective careers – as is the case with many of today’s successful and famous people who have been part of the business at some point in their lives. Whether it was a short summer gig or one that lasted a few years, here are ten famous people who, like many others, got their start in the fast food business.

10. Queen Latifah was employed at Burger King

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Queen Latifah, like many teenagers in need of spare cash, started working at Burger King when she was 15. It was her first job, together with her brother, she told Parade Magazine. After closing up a Saturday night shift, she would head out to hip hop class, according to her biography by Simone Payment, Queen Latifah. Even though her career focused on the spotlight – on movies and music, according to Forbes, she recently started back up in the fast food industry by opening up a Fatburger restaurant in Miami, Florida.

9. James Franco Worked at McDonald’s

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James Franco’s resume is packed with various jobs he’s had in the past – from teacher to author and painter; a job in the fast food business is no exception. At the beginning of his actor’s career after he dropped out of UCLA, he got a job at a McDonald’s drive-thru. To spice up his life there and to have some fun on the job, he would play with the customers and use different accents when they tried to order. Apparently, he was quite good at this since he even had a girl come back to the drive-thru after an Italian-accent stunt asking him to give her Italian lessons, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

8. Pink’s First Job was at McDonald’s

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Pink takes her work seriously – and not just her singing career where during concerts she performs acrobatic stunts while simultaneously singing. This dedication to her work goes back to when Pink was just 14 years old and needed to support her early singing career. When she starting singing in clubs, she also started working at McDonald’s for some extra cash. However, she is happy she left the fast food industry behind. According to Bosh.com, she said that she still has nightmares of being broke and having to work there. That shouldn’t be a problem, however, because it is very likely that her 50 awards which include the 2013 Billboard Music Award for Woman of the Year will keep her going for quite some time.

7. Jason Lee Worked at Taco Bell

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Jason Lee had quite a different life before becoming a famous actor through Kevin Smith movies and the TV show My Name is Earl. Not only did he work for Taco Bell, as stated in Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America’s Favorite Addiction, he also turned skateboarding into a professional career. This took off in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s during which he co-established Stereo Skateboarders. His acting career, fortunately or unfortunately, took him out of both of his past careers of professional skateboarding and making American-Mexican fast food at Taco Bell.

6. Eva Longoria Worked at Wendy’s

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In high school in the early 1990s, long before her acting career kicked off, Eva Longoria’s first job was at a Wendy’s, which lasted for three entire years. Even though she was employed at this branch in Corpus Christi for a while, it was only her part-time job, as stated by Corpus Christi Caller-Times. After Wendy’s, the actress-to-be graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and was also crowned as Miss Corpus Christi. Her acting career finally took-off with Desperate Housewives and then many other projects. However, the Wendy’s she used to work at does not bring her nightmares – in fact, she helped raise money for charity by serving food back at her local high school Wendy’s in Corpus Christi in 2008.

5. Russell Simmons Worked at Orange Julius

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Even if you make it big someday in the business world, that doesn’t necessarily mean you started out big. In fact, even high-level businessmen such as Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records and creator of a fashion line, got his first job in the fast food industry, working at Orange Julius when he was in high school. That $2.25 per hour paying stunt lasted only for a short while though, as he was let go after the first month. However, some good things did come out of this experience as it taught him a lot about discipline.

4. Rachel McAdams Worked at McDonald’s

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Rachel McAdams worked for a full three years at a Canadian McDonald’s before becoming known for her roles of Regina George in Mean Girls and Ryan Gosling’s object of affection and love in The Notebook. As she told to T Magazine, she never knew why her employers didn’t fire her – they used her only as a ‘friendly voice’ who greeted customers. As a daydreamer, she admits that she was slow and often organizing customers’ take-out condiment packets rather than paying attention to the growing lines.

3. Brad Pitt Worked at El Pollo Loco

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Brad Pitt might have had the best, or worst, job when it comes to positions in the fast food industry. Dressed as a chicken, the actor-to-be and Golden Globe-winner could be found outside an El Pollo Loco, trying to draw customers into the restaurant. He took this job, as well as many others, in order to pay the bills while he pursued his acting career after dropping out of a Californian college in the 1980s. Who knows, maybe that giant chicken you saw outside an El Pollo Loco in ‘80s California was the soon-to-be actor we all know today!

2. Star Jones Worked at McDonald’s

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Before Star Jones’ careers as a host for the talk show, The View, with Joy Behar and Barbara Walters and as a prosecuting attorney for Brooklyn’s district attorney, she also started out in the fast food industry, working at a McDonald’s. If you are familiar with the talk show host’s problems with weight, it may not come as a surprise to you that she was employed as a fry cook at McDonald’s. Fortunately, she was able to manage her weight thanks to gastric bypass surgery in 2003.

1. President Barack Obama’s Job was at a Baskin-Robbins

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The popular ice cream restaurant, Basin-Robbins, signifies a few very special moments in President Barack Obama’s life. According to the Los Angeles Times, not only was it his very first job, scooping ice cream at a Baskin Robbins in Honolulu, Hawaii, but it was also the place in front of which he shared his first kiss with wife Michelle. This happened across the Chicago Baskin-Robbins store, which now even has a plaque at the location that celebrates the event.

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Music Greats – the Best Selling Albums of All Time! http://celebritynetworths.org/music-greats-the-best-selling-albums-of-all-time/ http://celebritynetworths.org/music-greats-the-best-selling-albums-of-all-time/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:50:03 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=243635 Many of you will be avid music fans, who have enjoyed reading about your favourite artists elsewhere on this site, including some details of their releases, singles as well as albums, and have wondered just how good they – the artists – and their music is, or was, in terms of popularity in comparison with …

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Many of you will be avid music fans, who have enjoyed reading about your favourite artists elsewhere on this site, including some details of their releases, singles as well as albums, and have wondered just how good they – the artists – and their music is, or was, in terms of popularity in comparison with the music world in general.

The word ‘popularity’ is important, because it is not reflected only in the number of albums sold, or indeed singles in days gone by, so debates will continue to rage, and with good reasons; one is the accuracy of sales figures both past and present, and also because of the cost of buying, now very small through the internet, for example, when compared with vinyl 30 or 40 years ago. Attendances at concerts given by artists – often in conjunction with the promotion of their latest album – are also unreliable, both in absolute figures, and in calculating gate receipts, as ‘promotion’ can refer to the distribution of free tickets too.

Even then, just how ‘popular’ were artists – soloists, choirs, and orchestras for example – prior to the widespread availability of recorded material, including in the days when concerts were largely the province of the relatively wealthy, in the times of what is now referred to as ‘classical music’?

The Best Selling Artists of All Time is the subject of another article, but here we present a list of the top 30 verifiable album sales of all time, worldwide, excluding digital downloads, so only two albums – Adele and The Beatles Compilation – were released in this century. Five artists/bands appear more than once, and all albums sold at least 30 million copies worldwide. Naturally the USA is the biggest market, reflected by most albums’ sales, but it is not confined to American artists. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) – an organisation founded in Italy in the ‘30s, but now registered in Switzerland – attempts to collate the number of sales. In the USA, platinum indicates a million copies sold; several countries have adopted this certification system but many have lesser numbers, usually as something approaching a ratio of the population in comparison with the US.

Rank Artist Albums (millions)
1 The Beatles 265
2 Elvis Presley 210
3 Michael Jackson 175
4 Madonna 166
5 Elton John 162
6 Garth Brooks 145
7 Led Zeppelin 140
8 The Eagles 132
9 Mariah Carey 130
10 Celine Dion 125
11 Pink Floyd 118
12 Eminem 115
13 Whitney Houston 112
14 AC/DC 110
15 Queen 108
16 U2 105
17 The Rolling Stones 102
18 Billy Joel 100
19 Bruce Springsteen 100
20 Barbra Streisand 97
21 Aerosmith 93
22 Metallica 90
23 Phil Collins 85
24 Britney Spears 80
25 Rod Stewart 75

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Who ‘Gives’ the Most? Philanthropy Has Several Forms! http://celebritynetworths.org/who-gives-the-most-philanthropy-has-several-forms/ http://celebritynetworths.org/who-gives-the-most-philanthropy-has-several-forms/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:11:45 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=240294 Charity or philanthropy usually brings images of financial donations, to a greater (the Bill Gates of the world) or lesser (you and me) degree, each according to her or his means. The majority of celebrities you will read about on this site have their philanthropic activities identified – quite deliberately, as it gives a more …

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Charity or philanthropy usually brings images of financial donations, to a greater (the Bill Gates of the world) or lesser (you and me) degree, each according to her or his means. The majority of celebrities you will read about on this site have their philanthropic activities identified – quite deliberately, as it gives a more complete picture of the individual – usually in terms of finance, and sometimes specific to certain institutions or organisations. Supposing that you don’t have any spare cash, though – what can you still do to assist those who are in much more dire need of support than yourself? You have already started thinking, haven’t you!? So then, who do you think gives the most, identified by country?

‘Charity begins at home’ is an old adage – apparently from the 17th century King James bible – that you could do well to start out with, and which could also well be the motto of the Charities Aid Foundation(CAF). The Foundation is a charity in itself, but also far more than that. It is based in London, and under the patronage of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh endeavours to encourage philanthropy in its various forms, and the work of charitable organisations themselves.

CAF concentrates on three arms of philanthropy – donating money, helping someone you didn’t know who needed help, and volunteering time to a charitable organization.

It does this by:
a. endeavouring to ensure charitable (not-for-profit) organisations are consistently, transparently regulated legally; ie they do what they are designed to do.
b. encouraging people to donate in some way, also offering incentives to do so, eg tax deductability.
c. helping charities to campaign independently.
d. persuading developing economies to adopt philanthropy as part of their culture, society, especially in the middle classes.

So just how successful is the CAF, and more particularly in which areas of the world? CAF does not claim to be directly responsible for the level of philanthropy in any country, but its policies listed above are presented widely to appropriate authorities.

Each year since 2010, the CAF has conducted research into the level of philanthropy in over 140 countries, asking the questions – ‘during the previous month (NOTE!) have you donated money to a good cause, helped a stranger, and/or volunteered your time. “The ‘World Giving Index” averages the responses from these questions, counts the percentages, and hence arrives at the overall score and ranking.

Timing of research can be crucial, for example in Muslim countries around the time of Ramadan the efforts may be more positive. However, for the third successive year, and despite negative publicity regarding treatment of the Rohingya people, Myanmar tops the list, averaging 70% and way ahead of the USA in second place on 61% and Australia on 60%. That over 80% of Myanmar’s population are Theravada Buddhists is believed to be significant, as they traditionally donate regularly to monastic institutions, but topping the giving of money list too. The top five is completed by New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with Iraq tops for helping strangers (81%) and Turkmenistan for volunteering time (60%). CAF remarks that generosity increases in times of adversity, and that for the first time over 50% of all those surveyed worldwide helped a stranger.

Conversely, and disappointingly perhaps, only the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Indonesia of the Group of Twenty (G20), representing 85% of Gross World Product (GWP), are listed in the top 20 on a five-year average, little changed from previous years.
There are possibly some surprises in the following lists.

Following is a list of the top 20 ranked countries in 2016, courtesy of the CAF.

Rank Country Overall Index % Helping a Stranger % Donating Money % Volunteering Time %
1 Myanmar 70 63 91 55
2 USA 61 73 63 46
3 Australia 60 68 73 40
4 New Zealand 59 61 71 44
5 Sri Lanka 57 61 61 49
6 Canada 56 65 65 38
7 Indonesia 56 43 75 50
8 UK 54 61 69 33
9 Ireland 54 56 66 40
10 UAE 53 75 63 21
11 Uzbekistan 52 67 62 27
12 Kenya 52 70 44 42
13 Netherlands 52 55 66 33
14 Norway 50 52 67 31
15 Turkmenistan 50 49 40 60
16 Malta 49 47 73 28
17 Iceland 49 52 70 26
18 Bhutan 49 52 56 39
19 Kuwait 48 78 48 17
20 Denmark 47 54 62 23

 

Top 10 Countries by Participation in Helping a Stranger

Rank Country People (%)
1 Iraq 81
2 State of Libya 79
3 Kuwait 78
4 Somalia 77
5 UAE 75
6 Malawi 74
7 Botswana 73
8 Sierra Leone 73
9 USA 73
10 Saudi Arabia 73

Top 10 Countries by Participation in Donating Money

Rank Country People (%)
1 Myanmar 91
2 Indonesia 75
3 Australia 73
4 Malta 73
5 New Zealand 71
6 Iceland 70
7 UK 69
8 Norway 67
9 Netherlands 66
10 Ireland 66

Top 10 Countries by Participation in Volunteering Time

Rank Country People (%)
1 Turkmenistan 60
2 Myanmar 55
3 Indonesia 50
4 Sri Lanka 49
5 USA 46
6 New Zealand 44
7 Philippines 42
8 Kenya 42
9 Honduras 41
10 Ireland 40

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Entertainment Awards – What, Why, Who? http://celebritynetworths.org/entertainment-awards-what-why-who/ http://celebritynetworths.org/entertainment-awards-what-why-who/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:31:00 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=180626 Reading the biography of any successful entertainer – film and television stars, singers and musicians – and you will invariably read of the awards that they have won, and usually a number of others that they were nominated for, which in many cases is a genuine second prize. So how did these awards originate, what …

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Reading the biography of any successful entertainer – film and television stars, singers and musicians – and you will invariably read of the awards that they have won, and usually a number of others that they were nominated for, which in many cases is a genuine second prize. So how did these awards originate, what are they awarded for, and who decides the nominees and, most importantly, the winners?

The following are lists of the most important awards, which are very often highly prized acknowledgements of the talent displayed by the performer, and valued as such by the individual. Admittedly, some of the award presentation ceremonies may leave you cold – there seem to be so many and come around so quickly that the attitude can be – ‘Oh! No – not another one.’ – but the vast majority are annual only, and they do reward considerable effort as well as talent, on behalf of the individual winners and nominees.

There are 4 Major Film Category Awards: Critics Awards, Festival Awards, Audience Awards, Industry Awards.

CRITICS AWARDS – a noted group of critics vote annually

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Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI) – founded in 1930, now having members from more than 50 countries, with awards being presented by international film critics at a variety of festivals.

Crystal Globe Award (Globes de Cristal, France) – by the French Press Association, for home art culture, first held in 2006 and now encompassing 15 categories in film and TV productions.

International Indian Film Academy Awards – by the Indian Film Academy, for the Hindi language film industry, first awarded in 2000.

International Online Film Critics’ Poll – film critics from United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Poland, France and Canada. The award was created in 2007 to recognize excellence in film every two years, judged by journalists in addition to film critics.

BAFTA – UK film and television awards first held in 1949 – notionally a charity with around 6,000 members who vote on categories similar to the ‘Oscars’, on any films seen on British TV.

New York Film Critics Circle – awarded since 1935 by NY-based media critics, for worldwide performances in film (several other large US cities have similar Circles).

FESTIVAL AWARDS – to the best film shown at a specific festival

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There is a plethora of festivals now, but the most prestigious are recognised as being:

Venice – perhaps the oldest having first been held in 1932, The major awards are Golden Lion to the best film shown, Golden Lion Honorary for outstanding individual contribution to film-making, and Lion of the Future – self-explanatory!

Cannes – also originated in the 1930s, and one of the best known with the Palme d’Or for best film highly prized.

Toronto – since its founding in 1976, it has come to be appreciated for its concentration on independent films from around the world, and involvement of the public in influencing awards.

AUDIENCE AWARDS – which are voted for by the general public

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People’s Choice Awards – originating in 1975, now the method used is ‘True Reach, Visible Measures deploys a robust and patented set of technologies with the goal of capturing the universe of Internet video viewership data in near real-time.”(“Shoot” – October 2009) Estimates are that around 35 million votes are recorded.

INDUSTRY AWARDS – selected by professionals, peers working in the movie industry

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Academy Award (Oscars) – first presented in 1929, these are the most prestigious as the voters are themselves invited by the Board of Governors, being ‘stars’ of at least three films, and/or have been nominated for an award; ‘stars’ means leaders of film-making categories ranging from acting through directors, producers and screen-writers to music-score writers and make-up artists, in all nearly 20 categories. The origin of the nickname is disputed, but it was finally adopted in 1939.

Saturn – as for ‘Oscars’, but restricted to science-fiction productions, and first awarded in 1972.

Golden Globe – again as above, voted on by (currently) 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with separate film (15 categories) and TV (11 categories) awards, and first held in 1944.

Three specific award surveys are conducted by the Directors Guild of America (film, TV and Service and Achievement awards since 1936); Writer’s Guild (film, TV, radio and video games from 1949); and the Screen Actors Guild (film, TV and radio beginning in 1995).

WORLD MUSIC AWARDS

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These awards are somewhat simpler to describe, as they are decided by total sales, on-line voting by the general public to assess popularity, and are also distributed by continent.

Record sales to determine the best-selling artists during the past 12 months are decided by the organisation’s research. So the awards demonstrably honour those at the top of their profession in that year.

Awards are for: World’s Best Male Artist, Best Female, Best Group, Best Electronic Dance Music Artist, Best Entertainer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Song, Best Album, and Best Video.

The World Music Awards were first held in 1989 in Monte Carlo, and have been held there annually except in 2004 (Las Vegas), 2005 (Los Angeles), and 2006 (London).

Additionally, a Legend Award is a reward for artists who have made an outstanding contribution to music, less than 50 as of 2016.

Further, a Diamond Award acknowledges artists who have sold 100 million albums – to date only six artists have made the cut: Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Celine Dion and Bon Jovi. British-American band Fleetwood Mac have recently been reported to have reached this level of success, and so may soon join this select group.

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The Most Obese Populations in the World. Net Weight – Gross Worth! http://celebritynetworths.org/the-most-obese-populations-in-the-world-net-weight-gross-worth/ http://celebritynetworths.org/the-most-obese-populations-in-the-world-net-weight-gross-worth/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:27:44 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=181512 The recent death of Mexican Andres Moreno, apparently the world’s heaviest man at 444kgs, has again sparked the discussion on obesity, fast becoming a major health problem around the world, and not necessarily in countries which you might think of first! After all, to become obese the general consensus is that a person needs to …

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The recent death of Mexican Andres Moreno, apparently the world’s heaviest man at 444kgs, has again sparked the discussion on obesity, fast becoming a major health problem around the world, and not necessarily in countries which you might think of first! After all, to become obese the general consensus is that a person needs to eat a lot and exercise a little, suggesting that countries where people have high disposable incomes are more likely to have a higher percentage of obesity among the population. Of course, genetic, environmental and other factors can also have an effect on a person’s BMI, however, the World Health Organisation survey clearly indicates that a relatively sudden increase in wealth can result in laziness and hence obesity, not the lack of healthy foodstuffs.

An individual is defined as obese if his or her Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 30; BMI is calculated by dividing body weight in kilograms by height in metres, squared – eg 80kgs/(1.75m x 1.75m) = 26.14. According to health authorities, the ideal BMI is within the range 18.5 – 24.9: Morenos’ BMI was a mind-boggling 153.

The following points are significant: The WHO survey as of mid-2015, does not differentiate between men and women. Perhaps unsurprisingly, only one country in the top 25 for Quality of Life features in the ‘fattest’ list – the USA at number 19, but the suspicion is that many more of that country’s population fall into the 25-30 BMI band. Europe is not represented at all, nor is South America, and only one African country.

obesity66Three regions of the world account for 24 of the ‘top’ 25 most obese countries – the exception being the USA – The Caribbean, the Middle East including the Persian Gulf, and the South Pacific, with the seven worst cases being in the latter area. It is quite possible that climatic factors, ie heat and/or humidity, encourage a more sedentary lifestyle, but they could also suggest that over-eating should lead to a feeling of being uncomfortable, and be less of a problem: apparently not!

Two important points are common to many of these countries – a relatively recent influx or availability of western-style eating habits, ie ‘fast-food’, which has apparently proven popular with locals. Also, fast-food is very often cheaper than healthy alternatives, imitating western culture is often seen as a status symbol, ‘cool’.

Many of the countries with the highest obesity levels have relatively small populations.

Following is a list of the world’s 25 most obese nations, with the percentage of the population recording a BMI of over 30, plus relevant comments not previously mentioned:

world's 25 most obese nations

# Country percentage of population Comment
25 Oman 30.9%
24 Antigua and Barbuda 31%
23 Trinidad and Tobago 31.1%
22 Barbados 31.3$ highest rate of obesity-related cancer
21 Lebanon 31.9 low levels of education, information
20 Libya 33.1% low levels of fruit and vegetables eaten
19 USA 33.7% fast-food portions increasing in size
18 Saudi Arabia 34.7%
17 Bahrain 35.1% authorities have opened clinics to cope with the problem
16 Vanuatu 35.5% importation of processed foods
15 Bahamas 36.2%
14 Fiji 36.4% mixed ethnicity keeps the rate lower than S Pacific neighbours
13 Micronesia 37.2%
12 United Arab Emirates 37.3% 19% suffer from diabetes; increasing wealth leads to laziness
11 Kuwait 39.7% one of the richest countries in the world
10 Tuvalu 40.3% metabolism has apparently learned to ‘save’ for times of famine
9 Kiribati 40.6% processed foods replacing healthy alternatives
8 Qatar 42.3%
7 Marshall Islands 42.8% also diabetes sufferers
6 Niue 43.2% poor health care, advice
5 Tonga 43.3% cheap meat imports, huge appetites
4 Samoa 43.4% cheap meat imports now banned
3 Nauru 45.6% cash from resource sale; fried chicken and coke is most popular
2 Palau 47.6% fried food replacing fresh food
1 Cook Islands 50.8% fried fish has replaced raw fish

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10 Greatest Hollywood Dads http://celebritynetworths.org/10-greatest-hollywood-dads/ http://celebritynetworths.org/10-greatest-hollywood-dads/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:39:45 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=8357 One out of every three children, out of a total of 24 million in the United States, live in homes without a biological father. The majority of Americans, nine out of ten, agree that this is a very serious problem. In fact, some of the statistics associated with fatherless homes are quite shocking. According to …

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One out of every three children, out of a total of 24 million in the United States, live in homes without a biological father. The majority of Americans, nine out of ten, agree that this is a very serious problem. In fact, some of the statistics associated with fatherless homes are quite shocking. According to reports by the Fatherless Generation, 63% of suicides committed by youth occur in fatherless homes. 90% of children who are homeless or have run away from their homes, have lived without a dad – this number is 32 times higher than the nation’s average. Furthermore, 85% of children diagnosed with behavioural issues grew up without a father – and this is 20 times higher than the average. Hopefully these statistics will not apply to the kids on the following list since they have pretty great fathers!

The media is paying more and more attention to celebrity dads – or actors and singers who might gain that label in the near future. Kanye West, Jimmy Fallon and Ashton Kutcher already have it. Now it seems we are holding our breath to find out who the next father will be. Famous fathers are special in some ways – not only do they continue on entertaining us on our TV screens and in magazines, but they also somehow manage to provide a sense of normality for their families, something that is frequently missing in celebrities’ lives. This is definitely a challenging task, one that requires patience and skill. According to Michael Josephson, to be a parent requires all that, to create a child who does not rebel.

10. Brad Pitt

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How are some of the world’s most famous parents able to keep balance in their lives with six children? Brad and Angelina somehow make it happen, despite keeping up to their A-list expectations. Brad has admitted to Psychologies magazine that fatherhood has made him more alive and generous and that he has changed profoundly in other ways. He admires being a dad and the responsibilities that come with fatherhood – he says that it is invaluable to see his children grow up and know that they learned from you and will be just fine making their own way in the future. Even though Pitt’s net worth is $240 million, he says that his biggest wealth are his children. The basic values of family and the moments of happiness it can bring are some of the most beautiful things for him to experience.

9. Channing Tatum

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Not many women have not heard of Channing Tatum. He has appeared on our TV screens more than a few times – with roles in movies such as Magic Mike, The Vow, and 21 Jump Street. However, most recently he has taken-up a different kind of role – that of a father and… diaper changer. In fact, he admits that he is quite skilled at the latter because it is one of the most necessary jobs of taking care of young children, especially during their first year when the mom is on alert and on-the-job 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He goes on even further to say that he can change his daughter Everly’s diaper even when she is crawling and moving around. Even though he does say that there are some things which you learn as you go, it seems that whatever he has been doing has been working so far! His wife Jenna Dewan is very lucky to have him!

8. Will Smith

Will Smith family

Maybe back when he was the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith did not have that much fatherly material. However, he has definitely shown that he has plenty of that now. He tells Robin Roberts that fatherhood is like a test for him – that he experiments with being a dad and it’s all about teaching and showing his kids everything that he knows. He loves and cares for them as heartily as he can, and life will teach him and his family the rest. Back in the day when Will’s first son was born, a photo was taken of the two of them. He looked completely confused and says that now, when he looks back at the picture, he admits that he has no idea what he was doing with that little thing in his arms. However, it seems that all turned out for the best – even his wife Jada Pinkett Smith proudly says that Will is the best dad in the world. She mentions how he provides all the emotional support that is needed for her and their kids, and that that is immeasurable. Way to go, Will.

7. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck family

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck represent a more typical and traditional family when it comes to playing mom and dad roles. Jimmy Fallon talked to Jennifer on The Tonight Show, about her and Ben being parents. She said that she does all the typical “mom” roles and Ben plays the dad very well. A typical mom role, according to Jennifer, is someone who does all the functional things of the household which involves getting dinner made and helping the kids with homework. Ben, on the other hand, takes over all the ‘fun’ activities, except for watching “Frozen,” which like all the other parents, he is absolutely tired of watching over and over again.

6. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman Out With His Family In NYC

All Hugh Jackman asks for Father’s Day is to start the day with some breakfast in bed. Then he says that he tricks the kids into believing that Father’s Day is every day, so breakfast should also be brought to him every day in bed. Jokes aside, Hugh’s children, both adopted, mean everything to him. He says that his daughter, Ava, is a mini-version of his wife, Deb and that she will usually get more done than is planned on the agenda. And now that Oscar is 13, he is old enough to follow one of the family’s rules: volunteering. So he engages his inner gardener in a park in New York City. Another family rule is that Hugh can never be away from his family more than two weeks. So even if he has only been working away for a few days, he will rush home to see them. This is probably as humble as Hollywood ever gets.

5. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp at Narita International Airport

Johnny worships his kids and he is not afraid to admit that. They are his everything and he admits that if he would have to pick one thing to be good at in life, it would be caring for them. His fatherhood speaks for itself and definitely does not need any more explanation. Good for you, Johnny!

4. Matt Damon

Matt Damon family

Unlike some of the families on this list, Matt does not represent a typical man’s road into fatherhood. His marriage to Luciana Barosso, a bartender from Miami beach, made him an instant dad to Alexia, who is Barosso’s 14-year-old daughter from her previous relationship. Damon and Barosso now have three of their own children – 6-year-old Isabella, Gia who is 4, and Stella, their 2-year-old. However, Damon is definitely your protective father – he regularly checks up on his daughters at night to see if they are breathing and alive. He even got the nickname ‘Red Alert’ from his wife for doing this. He admits it himself – his paranoia and overprotectiveness got the better of him when he became a dad. Once his daughters become teenagers, they will most likely be under even more surveillance!

3. Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler family

Sandler talks fondly of his family and especially the school where he enrolled his 8- and 5-year old girls Sadie Madison and Sunny Madeline. He says that they go to a special school where the parents can visit them any day to have lunch with their children. Sandler says that’s what makes the school awesome and he definitely takes advantage of it – but he has to make sure he comes with an In-N-Out burger.

After releasing the movie Blended, Sandler said in an interview that fatherhood has brought a lot of changes into his life, the most obvious ones seen in his daily schedule changes. You will now find him at home if it’s past 9:30pm, having eaten dinner by 7, and in bed by 10:30 (otherwise, he’ll be cranky the next day). What might come as a surprise is that Sandler is not the relaxed type of dad. He often worries about his children, especially if they are upset or something is bothering them. His goal is for the kids to be happy and safe – and when they’re OK, then the whole family is OK.

2. Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey holds hands with son Levi, pregnant wife Camila Alves, and daughter Vida as they walk their dog around New York City

When choosing between priorities, there is no doubt that family is at the top of McConaughey’s list, especially now that his wife, Camila Alves, recently gave birth to their third child. He states that anyone who has children knows that every parent has to pick the most important things – that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Focus must be on the family, all the time. Even though other actors are trying to become more than just actors – producers and directors, McConaughey will not venture down that road and will work only as an actor. That may have to do with his role as a father and his clear vision of what fatherhood means. As work ends, he is glad to leave and return home to his number one priority – his family. Good thing McConaughey knows exactly what he needs and wants!

1. David Beckham

David Beckham family

After retiring from his career as a professional soccer player, David Beckham now works as a full-time dad, taking care of his four kids and wife Victoria Beckham. He has to make sure that the kids get to school on time, that they are fed, and that his daughter has a nice outfit picked for the day. Victoria has had a successful fashion line launch and David knows just how much work she has put into it – so he is ready to step up and help anywhere needed. In fact, David has been such a good father that he’s received multiple awards and recognitions – including having the Archbishop of Canterbury praise his fatherhood skills. He is proud to say that among his multiple other awards and recognitions, he is happiest about his family.

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The 10 Best-Paid Musicians in the World http://celebritynetworths.org/10-best-paid-musicians-world/ http://celebritynetworths.org/10-best-paid-musicians-world/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:36:47 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=6658 The music industry is very variable and unpredictable. Nowadays, you can download any music you want while staying home by simply clicking a link on the Internet . Because of this reason, celebrities are having hard times staying popular and making money. Most of the downloads are free so they significantly lessen the sales of …

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The music industry is very variable and unpredictable. Nowadays, you can download any music you want while staying home by simply clicking a link on the Internet . Because of this reason, celebrities are having hard times staying popular and making money. Most of the downloads are free so they significantly lessen the sales of music albums and lead brick and mortar shops to bankruptcy.

Moreover, in our digital age, where modern technologies control everything, there are great opportunities for every young artist to record their own music and become famous very quickly thanks to the international network. New talents are discoverd constantly and singles chart may change everyday making fame even more unstable and music fans pickier.

All the artists on this list are unique, but it‘s no wonder they have a few things in common that have made them so successful. First of all, they all have careers spanning decades. Also, these musicians tour continuously as it is one of the best ways to earn money since single and album CD sales are lower than they used to be. Being one of the best-paid musicians of the year means to release albums and tour, so each year the list varies. Here‘s the list of highest-earning artists in 2013.

10. Beyoncé Knowles – $53 million per year

Beyoncé Knowles consolidated her position of a top earner in music industry. Her Mrs Carter world tour, which she launched in 2013, earned her $2 million for every performance. The stunning amount of money the singer earned reflects the massive success of the tour. Of course, her CDs are bought in the stores, downloaded and still being played on the radio. Mrs Carter also has plenty of other sources of income: cooperation with Pepsi, being the face of H&M and even having her own clothing line called House of Dereon.

Beyonce Knowles Net Worth

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Fascism/Racism in the Modern World http://celebritynetworths.org/fascism-racism-in-the-modern-world/ http://celebritynetworths.org/fascism-racism-in-the-modern-world/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:58:54 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=232484 The word ‘fascism’ is bandied around a lot these days – especially in the democratic western world – but in most cases without many people who use it knowing what the word really means, by whom it was coined and why, and what it described, and should still describe. ‘Racism’ is a rather more obviously …

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The word ‘fascism’ is bandied around a lot these days – especially in the democratic western world – but in most cases without many people who use it knowing what the word really means, by whom it was coined and why, and what it described, and should still describe. ‘Racism’ is a rather more obviously defined.

A simple definition of ‘fascism’ is provided by the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary: “an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.’

‘Racism’ is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as – “Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior” Alternatively – “The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”

Of course these definitions automatically throw up questions regarding the use and definitions of other words, but firstly how, when and where did the word ‘fascism’ originate, and secondly, does anyone on the world stage qualify as a fascist or racist based on these definitions?

Although Roman in origin, the word ‘fascism‘ (actually ‘fascismo’) was first applied in modern history to the manifesto developed by Giovanni Gentile and adopted by Benito Mussolini in Italy in the years after World War One, and in broad outline signified a subservience of the individual to the state, in the supposed  pursuit of collective strength. To satisfy this aim, elements of nationalism (especially culture and race – hence racism), totalitarianism and statism (state regulation of life), autocracy and militarism (power invested in a strong leader) were of paramount importance.

Most importantly though, as an ‘enemy’ was necessary to demonstrate and perpetuate the superiority of this philosophy, the basic objective of fascism was specifically anti-capitalism (the ‘liberals’), and to combat communism/socialism, so being propounded as a middle-way between what were seen as two very extreme ideologies.

One can readily see that parts of fascist philosophy can be applied to various groups and individuals in the world today, but almost never in totality. In particular, comparisons with the worst individual proponents of fascism in the 20th century and their regimes – Mussolini (Italy), Hitler (Germany) and Franco (Spain) – do not bear anything more than a cursory inspection; the total collapse of their regimes was indicative of the abject failure of the philosophy – negative, abhorrent, insulting, demeaning. One could also theorise that the philosophy was also a useful vehicle for the personal self-aggrandisement of the leaders mentioned.

Interestingly, ‘liberals’ are actually ‘right wing’ conservatives, against both radical change and increased governmental control while supporting the rights of the individual, whereas ‘left wing’ communist philosophy – while not exactly as has been implemented in various countries around the world – seeks power through the collective strength of individuals. Fascism promotes the power of the state, but essentially controlled by a strong leader.

(In the pre-revolutionary French parliament, aristocratic liberal/conservatives sat on the right of the chamber, and commoners, socialists on the left.)

In modern politics, anyone who expresses opinions further to the right of normal conservative policy seems to be branded fascist and/or racist. How do some stand-up to this accusation?

In France, Marie Le Pen succeeded her father Jean-Marie Le Pen as president of the National Front (FN) party in 2011 – even including ‘national’ in the name of a party is enough to raise the ire of the opposition. However, Le Pen has also been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2004. She has partly moderated the stance of her father, and has even expelled members directly accused of racism, neo-Nazism (or petainism), anti-semitism, and has embraced such policies as same-sex couples being allowed civil union. None of these points indicate the philosophy of a fascist.

In the UK, until 28 November 2016, Nigel Farage was the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), also an MEP since 1999, and is labelled ‘fascist’ partly because he was a member of the Conservative Party, but resigned because his views are further to the right in political philosophy. As the name of the party he lead suggests, he was a strong proponent of the UK leaving the EU, which has been interpreted as him being anti-free movement within Europe, therefore anti-immigration– or at least tightly controlled, although his wife is German – and by extension ‘racist’. Farage has protested against ‘Romanians (possibly) living next door’ to him, and slated (most) Muslims as wanting to take over the country. By definition, there are elements of a racist philosophy in his remarks, but to label him a ‘fascist’ ignores the absence of other elements necessary to establish the point. (There is no reason to think that UKIP policies will change under a new leader.)

Finally, following what has been described as the most acrimonious US presidential election campaign ever, as of November 2016 Donald Trump has become the president-elect. Many of his remarks during the campaign were directed against minorities, religions, women, Mexicans specifically, while others were very pro-US isolationism in regard to trade and security especially, suggesting deep suspicion of other countries’ intentions. However, his wife is from Slovenia, and his first wife was from what is now the Czech Republic, so to label him ‘racist’, much less ‘fascist’, is to ignore most of the definition.

The one political philosophical element which binds all these three personalities together could be more accurately described as ‘nationalism’ – love for and defence of their respective countries, however controversial this attitude might seem to others. While this could be accepted as one element of fascism, in itself it is not sufficient to identify the person as ‘fascist’, or their political philosophy as ‘fascism’. Their collective problem is possibly not so much what they say, but how they say it – how they express themselves, which under the scrutiny and reporting of the media today, has clearly caused them a great deal of trouble in negative publicity.

In particular, the impression is that they are very intolerant of any other point of view to theirs, which suggests that they could have very significant problems if/when head of state!

Of course there are several other politicians in Europe in particular who have been labelled fascist, racist, nationalist, isolationist or similar. Most seem simply to be craving the independent status that existed in their country – in some cases for a relatively short period of time – prior to them joining the European Union (so-called), and it spreading its wings and dominating the legal as well as the trade and security elements of the constituent countries. However, there are other countries apparently still anxious to join the Union – definitely food for (deeper) thought by those countries which are already members!

In other parts of the world, people in less democratic countries may well live in fascist-type situations without realising it, or calling it something else, and perhaps tolerating their situation simply because it has improved somewhat from that of former regimes.

Regardless, calling anyone ‘fascist’ requires careful analysis that the definition applies, and equally a comparison in depth with those in history who developed and adopted the philosophy. Libel and slander can be serious charges to defend themselves against, for those who casually use the words against another!

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The Dangers of Travel! http://celebritynetworths.org/the-dangers-of-travel/ http://celebritynetworths.org/the-dangers-of-travel/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:11:14 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=227444 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 …

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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!

Mexico travel advisory

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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Air Pollution – Almost No-one Is Safe! http://celebritynetworths.org/air-pollution-almost-no-one-is-safe/ http://celebritynetworths.org/air-pollution-almost-no-one-is-safe/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:11:04 +0000 http://celebritynetworths.org/?p=227478 Air pollution is a frequently discussed topic worldwide – of course there are many elements which contribute to pollution overall, such as contaminated water, but unsurprisingly air pollution has the most serious impact on health standards of a large percentage of the world’s population, as it can be seen, tasted, as well as felt detrimentally …

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Air pollution is a frequently discussed topic worldwide – of course there are many elements which contribute to pollution overall, such as contaminated water, but unsurprisingly air pollution has the most serious impact on health standards of a large percentage of the world’s population, as it can be seen, tasted, as well as felt detrimentally in breathing. Reduced life expectancy – as low as 40 years in some countries – testifies to the seriousness of the situation blamed on air pollution. Watching or listening to news bulletins these days gives the impression that China – in particular Beijing and Shanghai – has the most serious air pollution problem, perhaps understandable given the large population, increasing urbanisation, accelerating industrialisation in recent years, and significant continuing reliance on fossil fuels. However, statistics are only as good as availability of data allows, so there are several regions and cities suspected as having far more serious problems in terms of air quality levels – reliable data is virtually non-existent for the African continent, with only 16 cities supplying reliable information.

The worst areas for air pollution are actually the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East, but there is no place for complacency around the world in general. The World Health Organisation(WHO) database now covers 3000 cities in 103 countries – of cities with over 100,000 people in low- and middle-income countries, WHO air quality guidelines are NOT met in 98% of them; even in higher income countries, the figure is 56%. Overall, this means that from available data, over 80% of people worldwide live in urban areas, and have air quality readings exceeding WHO limits.

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Although deaths are not recorded as being (directly) from air pollution, authorities around the world now accept that the declining quality of urban air in particular increases the risk of death from acute respiratory diseases, lung cancer, heart disease and stroke for the people who live in these areas, with a consequent and potentially unsustainable increase in the costs of health care. WHO estimates are that seven million deaths per year occur prematurely due to air pollution, three million because of the quality of outdoor air. What authorities do about it is another problem!

The Indian sub-continent has a problem similar to that of China, but Iran and other countries of the area are beset by the problem of sand- and dust-storms, which are very difficult to alleviate of course. Such an influence can vary significantly, but then burning the amount of coal for heating varies too, according to season, and the depressing fact is that more fossil fuel will be used in the worst effected areas as they transit through a period of major industrialisation before developing re-usable energy sources, similar to the process already passed by most first-world, developed areas.

Air Pollution Hits Parts Of China

Air quality is measured by the concentration of particulate matter – PM2.5 meaning particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres; a concentration of over 10 is considered by the WHO to pose a risk.

Zabol in Iran has recorded the most consistently dirty air, at a PM2.5 measure of 217 largely from dust storms. Following are the Indian cities of Delhi, Gwalior and Allahabad, then Riyadh and Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia. Many more cities in these two areas are at the top of the list, however, limited data from Lagos in Nigeria suggests that this city is in just as much discomfort from air pollution as those previously listed. Similarly, Ulan Bator in Mongolia is located in a natural bowl which retains polluted air above the city, including from burning fossil fuel.

Steel Manufacturing In China

Notable problem cities outside the areas defined above, which also includes southern Turkey, are identified in the following table for air pollution, although by no means as serious as those; secondly, all cities for overall pollution. The third table is of selected major cities, and the fourth the assessed cleanest urban areas in the world.

Air Pollution

City PM 2.5 level
Mauritius 66
Urumqi, China 61
Nanjing, China 52
Johannesburg, South Africa 51
Kathmandu, Nepal 50
Accra, Ghana 49
Baguio, Philippines 49
Temuco, Chile 48
Nis, Serbia 45
Fresno, USA 45

Other Major Cities

City PM 2.5 level
Hanoi 39
Lima 38
Rio de Janeiro 36
Venice 30
Bangkok 20
Frankfurt 19
Singapore 17
Paris 17
London 16
New York 14

General Pollution

Rank City Contaminant
1 Linfen, China Coal
2 Tianying, China Lead, heavy metals
3 Sukinda, India Hexavelent (steel)
4 Vapi, India Chemicals, metals
5 La Oroya, Peru Lead, copper, zinc, sulphur
6 Dzerzhinsk, Russia Chemicals
7 Norilsk, Russia Sulphur dioxide
8 Chernobyl, Ukraine Radiation
9 Sumgayit, Azerbaijan Chemicals, heavy metals, oil
10 Kabwe, Zambia Cadmium, lead

Cleanest Cities

Rank City Contaminant
1 Calgary, Canada excellent public transport; efficient garbage processing system
2 Honolulu, USA light manufacturing; efficient public transport system
3 Helsinki, Finland cheap, efficient public transport, wide streets= little congestion
4 Ottawa, Canada efficient public transport, public city-cleaning projects
5 Minneapolis, USA light rail, extensive bike lane system
6 Oslo, Norway pro-active greening of the city, bus fuel from human wast
7 Stockholm, Sweden significant percentage of ‘clean’ vehicles, only light and service industries
8 Zurich, Switzerland mass transit options: buses, boats, light rail/street-cars
9 Katsuyama, Japan tourist centre promoting cleanliness as a priority
10 Bern, Switzerland cleanliness promoted to attract returning tourists

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