Billionaires 2019: The Total Worth Of Billionaires Shrank By $400 billion

This is the second time in a decade that both the number of billionaires and total wealth shrank. According to latest figures, there are 2,153 billionaires but there were 55 more than a year ago. Also, the 46% (994) of them are poorer than they were in 2018.

Findings of the latest billionaire count

The findings cap the worth of ultra-rich at $8.7 trillion that was $400 billion up in the previous year. Altogether 247 (11%) of the billionaires are dropped out of the ranks since 2009 at the height of global financial crisis.

• Asia-Pacific has 60 fewer 10-figure billionaires

• China has 49 fewer billionaires than 2018

The only nations that witnessed a surge in the number of billionaires are the US and Brazil. In the US, there are 607 new billionaires including 14 of world’s 20 richest people. Jeff Bezos of Amazon is again the Number 1 in the world. He is closely followed by Bill Gates at Number 2.

Newcomers in the list of billionaires

A total of 195 people joined the list of billionaires in 2019. Colin Huang is the richest newcomer. The founder of Chinese discount web retailer Pinduoduo, … Read the rest

Partial Solar Eclipse

Watch Partial Solar Eclipse As Ring-Of-Fire On Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019 is going to be very special for sky-watchers, space fans and nature lovers across the world. A rare annual solar eclipse will coincide with Christmas this year and the solar eclipse would be visible online.

Annual solar eclipse

It occurs when a New Moon is furthest from the Earth on its elliptical orbit, it fully eclipses the Sun that appears as a “ring-of-fire” or “ring-of-light” around the Moon. On Christmas, the moon will appear about 1% smaller. It is a partial solar eclipse and the observers are advised to wear protective solar eclipse glasses.

See Christmas Day Rind of Fire Solar Eclipse

The eclipse would be visible along a path that is 118 kilometers wide. It will be visible from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, southern India, norther Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Guam. Also, the Middle East, south-east Asia and Australia would witness a partial solar eclipse. The Sun will rise as a ring of fire in Saudi Arabia and set as a ring of light in Guam.

Time of the Christmas Day Solar Eclipse

The Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC) of the partial solar eclipse is 2:29 AM but the action … Read the rest


Christmas Photoshoot Gives Magic Moments To Families Of Hospital Kids

Christmas has arrived and people are getting ready for the celebrations but there are thousands of kids that are missing their families, holidays and festivities. Hospitalized for various medical ailments, these kids will celebrate Christmas with a group of photographers.

Photographers for kids

Seasoned photographers have teamed up to give hospitalized children a magical experience with Santa. They have named it Christmas Wish Project and it involves meet-and-greet photoshoots with Santa at hospitals. The pictures are edited and improved to look like kids are enjoying Christmas with Santa. The images are then sent to families of the kids.

An experience editorial team does the behind the scenes job. Green screen shots are transformed into magical wintery scenes said Erin Michalski who is in-charge of the Canadian photoshoots.

The edited images are made to look like Santa playing video games with a child on a snowy rooftop. In another image, Santa is seen holding a baby in stable and two boys riding a polar bear in the North Pole.

Photos are sent to parents

Michalski said that the pictures were for parents and are sent through emails. She said that the parents thanked her for the pictures. Some parents had tears … Read the rest


Early Sunset Behind Fatal Traffic Injuries In Shopping Season

According to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, the spike in deadly car rashes was due to early sunsets in holiday season. He said that people were out for different activities but early sunsets were creating problems.

Press conference on traffic related injuries and fatalities

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was speaking to the media ta press conference in Long Island City on Monday. He squarely said traffic-related injuries had increased due to Hanukkah and Christmas shopping. Also, there were more delivery box trucks on the street. He stressed that the shopping rush and short daylight had increased the traffic fatalities citywide but for the first time in six years.

Data about traffic injuries and fatalities

A total of six pedestrians lost their lives in three days from Wednesday to Friday in traffic collisions in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. In one of the accidents, Zhisheng Lin (67) lost his live after being hit by a driver who was trying to turn his vehicle into a parking garage on 18th December. Lin had head injuries and he died the next day.

Also, there was a sharp increase in the death of cyclists in traffic related injuries. More cyclists lost their lives … Read the rest


China Sees Hong Kong Boiling In Support Of Uighurs

Pro-democracy protestors rallied in Hong Kong streets to show solidarity with Uighur minorities in China. They said that their condition was no different than that of Uighurs in mainland China.

But a protestor went ahead and pulled a Chinese flag hoisting over a government building during the rally. This short incident of violence was enough for the riot control police to swing into action to disperse the protestors.

Uighurs in China

China is facing flak from the world community for keeping over 10 lack Uighurs out of whom most are Muslims in captivity in north-west province Xinjiang. Earlier Beijing used to deny having any Uighur camps but it now says that these camps are vocational training centers for fighting against terrorism.

Hong Kong with Uighur

Hong Kong has kept a close watch over the Uighurs camps in Xinjiang and for this reason, people protesting against the illegal detention of Uighurs have become a common sight in Hong Kong. Sunday rally was also dedicated to support the cause of Uighur Muslims.

Sunday rally in Hong Kong

More than 1000 people gathered at a square in Hong Kong to listen to the pro-democracy protestors. They said that … Read the rest


Jasprit Bumrah And Shikhar Dhawan Could Join Team India For T20 And ODI Series Against Sri Lanka And Australia

Jasprit Bumrahcould make a comeback to the India squad after recovering from stress fracture. A decision on his inclusion is likely to be taken in Monday meeting of the national selectors. Team India is going to play limited-overs series against Sri-Lanka and Australia.

Upcoming matches of team India

Indian cricket team will play three T20 international matches against Sri Lanka and as many ODIs against Australia. The Sri Lankan series would start from January 5 and Australian series would commence on January 14. Teams for both the series would be decided on Monday.

Jasprit Bumrah’s selection

Depending on his fitness status, the selectors would make the best decision about his inclusion in the team. He would have to produce a fitness certificate from where he did his rehabilitation. It is to be noted that he didn’t do his rehabilitation at BCCI’s National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Indian team physio Nitin Pateland trainer Nick Webb have already checked Bumrah in Visakhapatnam where he bowled full tilt before them. Also, he has an opportunity to play a Ranji to add more overs under his belt before Australian series starts. Another factor in his inclusion is the opinion of the captain. The selectors would … Read the rest