Blog entry by Waliyah Sahqani

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by Waliyah Sahqani - Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:08 AM
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1. The Shadow of China - Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

The U. S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 provoked a global discussion in academic and regulatory circles about the so-called “shadow banking”, the regulators of financial systems and the rapid financial liberalization and deregulation. The very rapid economic growth of China caught by surprise the global community and researchers are wondering if the U.S. crisis of 2008, that shook the world, could be occurred again due to the lack of transparency in much off balance sheet or non-bank activity that characterizes China's system. So, let’s take a deeper look into China's shadow banking.

2. Top 5 Foreign Tourist by Nationality of Indonesia's Tourism in Feb 2016 & Review - Okta Liem

Indonesia has numerous beautiful islands. We have around 17.508 islands and 8 UNESCO nominated world heritage. In addition, tourism has been one of the most important contributor to boost economy. In the other side, global financial crisis is still looking for a point of equilibrium. How they impact on Indonesia tourism ? Trying to answer this question by taking sample in February 2016 and taking 5 Nationality of the most contribute for Indonesia Tourism. The result that they are come from Asia Pacific and they contribute about 50% of tourism revenue. Even more, the number of visitors around the world is increasing to visit Indonesia.

3. European Union in Panama Papers - Mona Elmaraghy

My story is about the most countries which have mentioned people in panama papers. So, I divided the countries according to their continents. I found that the most of issued people are located in the European Union countries. So, I decided make deep search to know why? My data sources are the international newspaper websites such as BBC, Guardian, NY Times, and etc. In addition, Wikipedia and the online database of Panama Papers on the website of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) were used as sources for my data. 

4. Drought in India- where goes the missing water? - Amaia Landaburu

Water has become a scarce resource in India. Around a quarter of the Indian population has suffered from this year’s drought, affecting more than 330 million people, 313 districts and 158,205 villages. As per the Central Water Commission data, the country’s major reservoirs are 79% empty. The Data by the Water Footprint Network reveals that while India is a top water virtual exporter, 97% of its population is experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month of the year.

5. The number of Spanish centenarians has tripled within 15 years - Pablo Maderuelo

The number of Spanish centenarians (15,000) has tripled within 15 years. According to the Government, the figures of centenarians will rise faster over the next few decades. There will be 301,275 in 2060. A boy or girl who has just been born in Spain has a life expectancy of 83 years, when it was only 35 a hundred years ago. It’s expected that this data will continue to rise and the life expectancy at birth will be 90.9 years for men and 94.3 years for women in 2063.There is a higher life expectancy in the center and the north of Spain and lowers in the south and southwest. Three maps show the differences among the Spanish Autonomous Communities.

6. PM 2.5, an invisible to modern people芊綺朱(Qian Qi Zhu)

In recent years, the situation of air pollution is getting worst, Because the industrial development. So the air pollution is becomes seriously. It’s also affect people’s health. PM 2.5 is very small suspended particulate matter. PM 2.5 can cause asthma or any other disease of respiratory system. Also increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and mortality rate. It's a danger and deadly. And we have to solve the problem.

7. The denser the city, the more we move - Marianne Bray

Many people think the greater the space we have, the more we move. A recent study dispels these myths, showing the more people that lived in an area and the higher the number of public transport stops, street intersections and parks within walking distance, the more city-dwellers moved. In this story, find out which cities around the world are “activity-friendly.” Then walk around the streets of Wellington and Hong Kong yourself to see why people here are active. Compare that to the streets of Baltimore, where urban decay and car-centric planning have kept people inside.

8. War killed Iraqi Women's Dreams - Saadoon Altimimy

Highlighting the tragedy of widows & orphans in Iraq, that never ends. With each car bomb or suicide bomber strapped with explosives or a bomb, the number of orphans and widows in Iraq rises. The suffering of widowhoods extends to all aspects of social life from poverty to destitution, family degradation and sometimes social and moral corruption. Sociologists warn of the growing violence in Iraqi society, which definitely will affect the widows and orphans. Many humanitarian organizations are warning that this country that is rich in oil, culture and civilization will be the home for widows and orphans.

[ Modified: Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 6:24 AM ]