The Straits Times Could Malaysia be home to the world’s oldest (and undiscovered) person? A 150-year-old registrant on the Election Commission’s (EC) official website has raised eyebrows, after Democratic Action Party (DAP) Youth publicity secretary Abdul Aziz Isa questioned his existence on Facebook. On Mar 25, Aziz said he came across the details of the registered voter while looking through a list of voters on the EC website. According to the screenshot he provided, the registered voter’s birth date is listed as Jan 1, 1868. Free Malaysia Today reported that Aziz wrote in Malay: “If this information is valid as obtained, this means Malaysia has created a world record for having a 150-year-old citizen.” He also called for the EC to investigate and clarify if Malaysia indeed is home to the world’s oldest person. “Such a case raises the question of the legitimacy of the EC as an independent and fair polling body. “Do not let … [Read more...] about 150-year-old voter registered in Sarawak could be world’s oldest person – but is he even real?
The world’s largest bottler of Coke shuttered its operations in a town in southwest Mexico on Friday. Coca-Cola Femsa said the shutdown was prompted by constant aggression from organized-crime groups. Attacks on big companies and multinationals have been rare in Mexico in the decade since the country ramped up its war on drugs and organized crime. Coca-Cola Femsa, the world’s largest Coke bottler, said on Friday it was indefinitely shutting down operations in Ciudad Altamirano, a town at the northern edge of Mexico’s Guerrero state, because of harassment from organized crime and a lack of response by authorities. “The measure was taken to put first the security of more than 160 workers who work in the distribution center,” the firm said in a release. “The lack of necessary conditions to operate in an efficient and secure manner in this zone … as well as the recent unjustified … [Read more...] about The world’s largest Coke bottler is shutting down operations in one of Mexico’s most violent states because of constant attacks
The 2015 MIPIM Awards finalists are out, naming what an international group of architects, developers, and real estate insiders see as the top 40 new developments of the past year. The 40 developments were nominated across 10 catagories, as well as a special jury prize. One winner from each category will be chosen at the ceremony the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festival in Cannes, France on March 12. Though the contest has an international scope, developments in Europe and Asia dominated the shortlist. Center Parcs Woburn Forest (Nominated for Best Hotel And Tourism Resort) Bedfordshire, United Kingdom Architect: Holder Mathias Developer: Center Parcs Other: WTI, Schletterer, Edmond Shipway, PBA Description: 'These feature Center Parcs' largest and most sophisticated 'sub tropical swimming paradise' (STSP), a state of the art spa, sports facilities, and conference venue together with a wide range of restaurants, retail offers and leisure activities. The whole complex is … [Read more...] about An international real estate competition named 40 new developments the best in the world
For the last six decades, homicide has been much more common in the US than in other developed countries. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development recently published a book called “How Was Life?”, in which researchers assembled historical statistics on a number of measures of economic and human development and quality of life going back as far as 1820. One of the areas the book includes is personal safety, and one of the metrics used to determine safety is homicide rates. The book includes a chart showing homicide rates since 1950 in the US, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia: The US rate was vastly higher than the other Western countries throughout the last sixty years. The book’s authors note that the period from the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s showed elevated homicide rates in a number of developed countries, but the chart illustrates that that jump was most severe in the US. A table from the report showing homicide rates for … [Read more...] about The US Has Had The Western World’s Worst Rate Of Homicide For At Least 60 Years
Nabisco’s Oreo, the world’s top-selling cookie, celebrates its 100th birthday today. In honour of the iconic chocolate wafer’s anniversary, the Kraft Factory in Montreal, Canada allowed journalists to take a tour of the 30,000-square-foot-plant — where more than 1 billion Oreo cookies are produced each year — for the first time. Sidhartha Banerjee of The Canadian Press got the inside scoop on how the popular sandwich cookie is made: Step 1: Granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, water and other ingredients are blended together in a 2,000-pound tub. The batter is then thickened into a dough. Photo: CTV News Montreal Step 2: The dough is then pressed onto a moulding machine. The machine shapes the dough into a cookie wafer while pressing the iconic Oreo emboss and brand name onto them. Photo: CTV News Montreal Step 3: The cookies are then baked in an 85-meter-long industrial oven. A fans cools the wafer before being flipped and … [Read more...] about OREO: How The Best-Selling Cookie In The World Is Made