Monday, March 3, 2014

World's Most Honest People

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand are leaders when it comes to the world?s least corrupt countries, according to Transparency International?s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012, which marks countries on presented on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Denmark, Finland and Sweden (pictured) are leaders when it comes to minimizing the influence of corruption, according to Transparency International?s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012.


DenmarkrnWith a large welfare state and a highly prosperous economy, Demark is ranked as the least corrupt country in the world.rnrnScore: 90


FinlandrnFinland is known to have a very low number of corruption charges. It is believed that the nation has successfully fought against government corruption and now Finland?s records are among the worlds most transparent.rnrnScore: 90


New ZealandrnNew Zealand is very well known for its democratic institutions strength, government transparency and lack of corruption.rnrnScore: 90


SwedenrnSweden is considered to be one of the most highly developed states in the world. The country is ranked among the top 10 least corrupt countries in the world.rnrnScore: 88


SingaporernSingapore is consistently rated as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Singapore is known for its freedom of speech, effective criminal justice, order and security.rnrnScore: 87


SwitzerlandrnSwitzerland has the best environment records among nations in the developed world. It is among the oldest constitutions in the world and ranks as one of the top 10 countries with least corruption.rnrnScore: 86


AustraliarnWith an organized political culture, Australia is listed among the world?s top 10 countries which are known to be transparent and least corrupt.rnrnScore: 85


NorwayrnNorway uses a civil law system and features a free market activity. The country is one of the least corrupt countries in the world and a notable participant in international development.rnrnScore: 85


CanadarnThe Canadian government guarantees basic rights and freedoms that is usually not overridden. This makes Canada one of the least corrupt countries in the world.rnrnScore: 84


NetherlandsrnNetherlands characterized by its neutrality and has a long tradition of social tolerance. The country is listed among the world?s least corrupt countries.rnrnScore: 84



World's Most Desirable Employers

LinkedIn analysed billions of interactions on its platform to identify 100 companies with the highest brand engagements. These are also companies that employees want to work for the most. The following are LinkedIn's top 14 companies.

14 Nike : Headquarters: Beaverton, Ore. Employees: 28,000. The most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Footwear, Sporting Goods, and Apparel


13 GE : Headquarters: Fairfield, Conn. Employees: 165,000. The most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Six Sigma, Gas Turbines, and Power Generation


12 BPrnrnHeadquarters: London, U.K.rnrnEmployees: 58,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Petroleum, Oil/Gas, and Upstream


11 Johnson & JohnsonrnrnHeadquarters: New Brunswick, N.J.rnrnEmployees: 82,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical Industry, and FDA


10 NestlernrnHeadquarters: Vevey, SwitzerlandrnrnEmployees: 76,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: FMCG, Trade Marketing, and Food Industry


9 ShellrnrnHeadquarters: The Hague, NetherlandsrnrnEmployees: 73,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Petroleum, Upstream, and Oil/Gas


8 PepsiCornrnHeadquarters: Purchase, N.Y.rnrnEmployees: 69,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: FMCG, Consumer Products, and Shopper Marketing


7 AmazonrnrnHeadquarters: Seattle, Wash.rnrnEmployees: 47,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Distributed Systems, Scalability, and Algorithms


6 FacebookrnrnHeadquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.rnrnEmployees: 13,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Python, Algorithms, and Distributed Systems


5 MicrosoftrnrnHeadquarters: Redmond, Wash.rnrnEmployees: 151,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Cloud Computing, Partner Management, and Enterprise Software


4 Proctor & GamblernrnHeadquarters: Cincinnati, OhiornrnEmployees: 65,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Consumer Products, FMCG, and Shopper Marketing


3 UnileverrnrnHeadquarters: London, U.K.rnrnEmployees: 56,000rnrnThe most common skills listed on profiles of employees: FMCG, Consumer Products, and Trade Marketing


2 Apple : Headquarters: Cupertino, Calif. Employees: 77,000. The most common skills listed on profiles of employees: iLife, iWork, and OS X


1 Google : Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif. Employees: 71,000. The most common skills listed on profiles of employees: Distributed Systems, Python, and Google Adwords



UAE Projects Announced In 2013

Along with the Expo 2020 masterplan, these are some of the upcoming projects we can't wait to see. Announced in 2013, projects like rotating and Hollywood-themed tower is going to only take you higher up the skyline.


Underwater hotel - Set to be built just off the Dubai?s coast, the property will consist of several discs, with the deepest being set 30m underwater. A deluxe hotel combined with a real marine adventure is also set to be part of the project. There hasn?t been any official date set to this development yet.


Entisar Tower - Sky gardens, plenty outdoor swimming pools, entertainment and leisure facilities, indoor running track, two tennis courts, and a conference and events centre is set to feature in the 100-plus storey skyscraper. According to officials, the tower set to be build on Sheikh Zayed road will take four years for its completion.


Al Habtoor City -To be built on the site of the former Metropolitan Hotel, on Sheikh Zayed Road, the AED 11 billion project would comprise of more than 3,000 hotel and residential suites. Al Habtoor City, billed as the world?s biggest residential and hospitality development under is expected to be complete construction in 2016.


Dubai canal - The 3km canal project which will be completed in 2017 within three phases will will span more than 80,000 square metres. It is set to extend from the Business Bay district,crossing the Sheikh Zayed Road, between Safa and 1st Interchanges, and will pass across Al Wasl Road and terminate at the Arabian Gulf. The RTA said it is expecting marine transportation to be used by more than six million passengers per year.


Mohammad Bin Rashid City - Announced in 2013 and the first phase set to be complete in 2016, the Mohammad Bin Rashid City will be of the one of the lowest density residential developments in the world. Located near the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, the city will have more than 60% of open and green space amongst 1,500 the villas alongside retail zones, leisure and sports attractions.


Culture Village - The Arabian-themed development will be a promenade over 2km featuring the luxury Palazzo Versace Hotel and the D1 Residential Tower scheduled for 2014. The Al Manazel Creek project would consist more than 70 bedroom apartments and a retail area facing the creekside. This project will reflect UAE?s culture, heritage and rich history.


EXPO Master plan - Dubai Trade Center ? Jebel AliThe site for World Expo 2020 Dubai will be at the Dubai Trade Centre in the Jebel Ali area - a 438 hectare site equidistant from the centres of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, capable of producing enough solar power to cater for 50% of its power needs. The newly inaugurated airport Al Maktoum International is part of this massive complex.


Dubai Frame Project - The project features a museum which will highlight both the old and new sides of Dubai, with Burj Khalifa visible through one side, and older parts of the city such as Dubai Creek and Deira on view through the other. The 150m tall window-frame like structure at Zabeel Park is set to be completed by the end of 2014, according to Dubai Municipality.


Dubai Eye - Can?t get enough of superlatives; The UAE announced the world\'s largest ferris wheel off the coast at Jumeirah Beach Residence in 2013. The 210-metre \'Dubai Eye\' will be another iconic structure, offering stunning views of Dubai\'s coastline, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. The project is set to be completed in 2015.


Tower of flowers - A French architect bid to build the Middle East?s first tower covered in trees and pot plants, dubbed the ?Flower Tower? in Dubai. The effect created by plants and trees built into the structure of the building, gives residents the impression they are surrounded by a forest. There has been no official announcement on its completion.


Hollywood?s Paramount tower - In conjunction with Hollywood studio Paramount, Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, will feature 215 luxury studio, one-three bedroom apartments and one 932 sqm penthouse on the top floor. The project will reflect Hollywood glitz, aping California?s lifestyle. The tower is set for completion in 2016.


The Lagoons - The waterfront city masterplan is part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid City which will stretch over six million square metres. The project will be built on the banks of the Dubai Creek and three times the size of Downtown Dubai. The project will also include retail, commercial and residential zones that will be built around central parks.


Dubai?s rotating tower - Dynamic Tower will be a rotating skyscraper measuring 80 stories high and rotating a full 360 degrees every 90 minutes. The idea was mooted in 2008 during the financial crisis, but in 2013 it was announced that the project was going to go ahead. The design includes around 79 huge wind turbines that will generate electricity to rotate the floors.


Titatanic themed restaurant - Damac Properties, the luxury developer behind the upcoming Paramount Towers project proposed a Titanic-themed restaurant as one of the main attractions.The restaurant would be shaped as the ill-fated cruise liner and would feature memorabilia from the 1997 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The project is expected to finish by the end of 2015.



10 Visa-free Destinations For Indian Citizens

Indian travellers may rue the declining rupee but there are other perks to being an Indian citizen. Holders of Indian passports have visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to about 52 countries and territories around the world. At least 28 of these nations allow Indian passport holders to visit without a pre-issued visa.

1. BHUTAN : Bhutan, the happiest little nation in the world, is among the most sought-after Himalayan destinations for tourists but the Himalayan mountain kingdom is very conservative when it comes to tourism. Travel writer Pico Iyer mentioned it in his book, Falling off the Map, as one of the world\'s remotest places. Until recently, Bhutan restricted tourist numbers. Though that has changed, the country still requires foreign tourists to pay for their entire holiday in advance and travel on a pre-issued tourist visa. Flying into Bhutan\'s solitary airport at Paro is possible only through the national carrier Druk Air, which operates flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangkok and Yangon. rnrnIndian citizens, however, have it easier. On production of a valid passport or voter\'s identity card, a permit is issued that is valid for two weeks.


1. BHUTAN : Bhutan, the happiest little nation in the world, is among the most sought-after Himalayan destinations for tourists but the Himalayan mountain kingdom is very conservative when it comes to tourism. Travel writer Pico Iyer mentioned it in his book, Falling off the Map, as one of the world\'s remotest places. Until recently, Bhutan restricted tourist numbers. Though that has changed, the country still requires foreign tourists to pay for their entire holiday in advance and travel on a pre-issued tourist visa. Flying into Bhutan\'s solitary airport at Paro is possible only through the national carrier Druk Air, which operates flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangkok and Yangon. rnrnIndian citizens, however, have it easier. On production of a valid passport or voter\'s identity card, a permit is issued that is valid for two weeks.


3. COOK ISLANDS : The Cook Islands lie in Polynesia, off the coast of New Zealand. They are named after Captain James Cook, who discovered them for the western world in 1770. Since 1965, the islands have been self-governed with free association to the government of New Zealand, which controls the islands\' defence, foreign affairs (including passport control) and currency. Immigration is strictly controlled. Indian citizens are allowed to stay for up to 200 days without a visa, but must show proof of reserved accommodation and are not exempt from paying the departure tax of NZ$55 for adults and NZ$15 for children. Rarotonga International Airport, the main port of entry to the Cook Islands, is connected to Auckland via daily flights and weekly flights from Sydney, Fiji and Los Angeles. rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: INR 1,60,000 (via Singapore and Auckland)rn


4. DOMINICA : Not to be confused with the Caribbean nation known as the Dominican Republic, the island of Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by the British. It has beautiful hiking trails, rainforests and beaches with great opportunities for snorkelling. Indian citizens are allowed to stay for 22 months without a visa. rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: INR 2,00,000 (via Paris and Saint Maarten)rn


5. EL SALVADOR : El Salvador, the most densely populated country in Central America, lies between Guatemala and the Honduras. Volcanoes, mountains and cloud forests offer plenty of nature discovery and hiking opportunities. Old colonial towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites beckon heritage tourists. Indian nationals are permitted to stay for a maximum of three months without a visa. rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: INR 1,44,000 (via Paris and Miami)rn


6. GRENADA : The beautiful Caribbean islands of Grenada offer much to tourists in the form of beaches, waterfalls, historic forts and spice gardens. Indian tourists can travel visa-free in Grenada for up to 90, but must show proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of their travel.rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: INR 1.60,000 (via London and Miami)rn


7. HAITI : Haiti is off the travel map for most tourists owing to the devastation left by the 2010 earthquake. One of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, its current political situation and concerns over the safety of tourists has prompted many countries to issue strict travel advisories. That said, Indian tourists are welcome without a visa for a maximum stay of three months.rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: INR 1,52,000 (via Dubai and New York)rn


8. JAMAICA : Jamaica is the most populous of the English-speaking Caribbean countries and its easygoing culture, cuisine and music, besides its many beaches, are attractive to tourists. Indian tourists can stay without a visa on producing a passport valid for six months and sufficient proof of funds and onward travel. rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: 1,53,000 (via Dubai and New York/ Toronto)rn


9. MONTSERRAT : Not to be confused with the Spanish region of the same name, Montserrat is an island in the Caribbean southeast of Puerto Rico and once a popular resort. Since 1989, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions forced its closure but the island is slowly limping back. Indian citizens must show proof of citizenship but can travel visa-free on furnishing proof of onward travel and adequate funds. rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: 1,30,000 (to Antigua, via London) and a 15-minute air-hop from Antigua to Montserrat (about INR 5,000)rn


10. MICRONESIA : The far-flung Federated States of Micronesia are a group of 607 islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, comprising the states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. It is considered one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world, with pristine coral reefs, quaint cultures, exotic food and picturesque islands. Indian citizens can travel visa-free for 30 days upon producing proof of sufficient funds, onward travel and accommodation. rnrnApproximate cost of round trip flight: 2,04,000 (via Hong Kong, Guam and Truk) rn



World's First Floating City

The Florida-based company Freedom Ship International is seeking $1 billion in capital funding to start building a city within a ship ? complete with residences, shopping venues, schools and a hospital ? that sails constantly around the world. The ship would measure 4,500 feet long and 350 feet high, according to the company.

This concept image shows what Freedom Ship International hopes to have their giant floating city look like. It would include all the amenities of a city on land, with the added bonus of sailing around the world.rn