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Meet Mansa Musa I of Mali – the richest human being in all history

A new study has produced an inflation-adjusted list of the richest people of all time



When we think of the world’s all-time richest people, names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and John D Rockefeller immediately come to mind.

But few would have thought, or even heard of, Mansa Musa I of Mali – the obscure 14th century African king who was today named the richest person in all history.

With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I would have been considerably richer than the world’s current richest man, Carlos Slim, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68 billion.

The list, compiled by the Celebrity Net Worth website, ranks the world’s 24 richest people of all time. The list advertises itself as the top 25, but only 24 names appear in the list.

Although the list spans 1000 years, some aspects of wealth appear consistent throughout history; there are no women on …


Mango Outbreaks Connected Through Interviews


Health investigators collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention managed to link two separate Salmonella outbreaks to Mexican-grown mangoes through the oldest trick in an epidemiologist’s field book: patient interviews.

Since August, the CDC worked with state and local health officials to investigate a number of Salmonella illnesses from a strain known as Braenderup that they soon publicly tied to mangoes grown by Agricola Daniella, which issued a full recall after its products were linked to the outbreak.

Behind the scenes, local investigators in 3 states were also wrestling with another Salmonella outbreak, this one identified as Salmonella Worthington, a strain rarely found in the U.S.

“The entire country will normally see maybe 15 Worthington cases in a year,” said Ian Williams, Ph.D., Chief of the CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. “Here, we had 16 in just a couple w…


Territory mangoes heading west

By Matt Brann

Wednesday, 17/10/2012

Quarantine changes in Western Australia have allowed more mangoes from the Northern Territory to be sent across the border and sold into Western Australia this year.

If Territory growers can prove their crop is free of mango seed weevil, they'll have permission to sell fruit into the Perth markets.

Ian Quin, from Tou's Garden, about 50 kilometres south of Darwin, was packing mangoes for WA yesterday and says it'll be the first time the farm has sent mangoes west.

"We'd like to send about 20 per cent of our crop to WA," he said.

"It's really great because it takes some of the pressure off the east coast markets and there's no competition about it, because whether we're in there or someone else, the main thing is to spread the market around, which is great."

Mr Quin said the farm had to cut open more than 3,000 randomly selected mangoes to prove it was free of the pest.

Mangoes from…


World Food Day: How Big Companies Support Smallholder Farmers ...

By 3p Guest Author |

 October 16th, 2012

By: Denise Knight, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at The Coca-Cola Company

Can mangos and passion fruit change the world? 

Innovative collaboration with smallholder mango and passion fruit farmers is enhancing their incomes and helping ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the local fruit industry, while creating a supply chain model with the potential for scale and replication.

In many parts of the world, meeting the food needs of the local population is already an enormous challenge. 

And yet by 2050 to meet the needs of an estimated 9 billion people, global food demand is expected to double. 

With that growth comes added pressure to an already strained agriculture structure, making sustainable farming and food production a clear and essential need.

Today – World Food Day (#WFD2012) – is a day to recognize the importance of smallholder farmers around the world. Approximately half a billion low-income, smallholder farmers and the…

Walker's World: Why the IMF was wrong ...

by Martin Walker

Frankfurt, Germany (UPI) Oct 15, 2012

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

In the five years since the financial crisis began, economic analysis has been dominated by the Keynesians who want more government stimulus spending to restart growth and the followers of Hayek and the Austrian school who insist on austerity by cutting public spending and paying down debt.

Now we should start paying attention to the French. For most of the crisis, the International Monetary Fund, the nearest we have to a system of global economic governance, has been in French hands. 

Its leaders have been two French finance ministers in succession, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (more famous now for extra-curricular activities) and Christine Lagarde, a lawyer by training.

The IMF chief economist since 2008, Olivier Blanchard, is probably more important. On leave from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is a professor of economics (he previously taught at Harvard), he along wit…

Fue detenida una mujer que admitió ser la hija de “el Chapo” Guzmán en EE UU ...

Publicado el 16 de oct de 2012 1:02 pm 

(Redacción Internacional, 16 octubre EFE).- Una mujer embarazada que aseguró ser hija de Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán, el narcotraficante más buscado del mundo, compareció el lunes por la mañana ante un tribunal de Los Ángeles acusada de intentar entrar en EEUU con documentación falsa, informó hoy el diario “Los Angeles Times”.

El rotativo cita en su edición digital a un alto funcionario policial y la denuncia presentada por los agentes de inmigración tras su detención el viernes en el puesto de control de San Ysidro, por el que la mujer pretendía entrar en Estados Unidos.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar reconoció en el interrogatorio que era la hija del jefe del cartel de Sinaloa, según un agente cuya identidad no precisa el diario.

En su visita al juzgado federal, donde fueron visiblemente reforzadas las medidas de seguridad, la detenida fue asistida por los abogados Jan Ronis y Guadalupe Valencia, famosos por asistir a reconocidos narcotraficantes …

Marina de México captura a presunto jefe regional de Los Zetas

Octubre 16, 2012 12:57 pm

La Marina mexicana capturó en el estado norteño de Coahuila a cinco presuntos miembros de Los Zetas, incluido Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Díaz, supuesto jefe regional de la organización criminal, informó la institución.

Rodríguez Díaz, alias “Alfa Metro”, fue detenido el domingo pasado junto a Olegario Moreno Ibarra, alias “La Salchicha”, luego de enfrentarse a tiros con personal naval que realizaba un recorrido terrestre por el poblado de Guerrero, indicó la Secretaría de Marina en un comunicado.

Según la nota, Rodríguez Díaz era jefe de Los Zetas en la zona norte de Coahuila, dado que tenía “bajo su responsabilidad el control operativo de los miembros de esa organización en las ciudades de Piedras Negras, Ciudad Acuña y Cinco Manantiales”.

El personal naval decomisó a los detenidos dos armas largas, dos armas cortas, dos cohetes, una granada de fragmentación, 1.376 cartuchos útiles de diversos calibres y 16 cargadores, además de cuatro paquetes con cocaína, entre ot…

BARACK OBAMA : A Presidency Squandered ...

OCTOBER 16, 2012 4:00 A.M.

In January 2009, the future seemed to be all Barack Obama’s.

By Victor Davis Hanson


Barack Obama is sworn in as president, January 20, 2009.

Victor Davis Hanson

The Obama narrative is that he inherited the worst mess in memory and has been stymied ever since by a partisan Congress — while everything from new ATM technology to the Japanese tsunami conspired against him. But how true are those claims?

Barack Obama entered office with an approval rating of over 70 percent. John McCain’s campaign had been anemic and almost at times seemed as if it was designed to lose nobly to the nation’s first African-American presidential nominee.

One-percenter magnates welcomed Obama. 

If Steve Wynn, Donald Trump, and Mort Zuckerman now blast Obama, just four years ago they seemed to have found him a relief from George W. Bush. Christopher Buckley and the late Christopher Hitchens openly endorsed him. Republicans like Colin Powell, Scott McClellan, and Doug Kmie…

Cuba elimina el permiso de salida al exterior en esperada reforma migratoria ...

Publicado el 16 de oct de 2012 9:35 am |

Foto: EFE / Archivo

(La Habana, 16 oct EFE).- Cuba anunció hoy la eliminación de los permisos de salida para viajar al extranjero y dejará sin efecto el requisito de la llamada carta de invitación dentro de una esperada reforma migratoria que entrará en vigor a partir del 14 de enero de 2013.

El sitio oficial Cubadebate y la edición digital del diario Granma informan este martes de la actualización de la política migratoria vigente para “ajustarla a las condiciones del presente y el futuro previsible”.

“El Gobierno cubano, en ejercicio de su soberanía, ha decidido eliminar el procedimiento de solicitud de permiso de salida para los viajes al exterior y dejar sin efecto el requisito de la carta de invitación”, señala la nota publicada por estos medios.

De este modo, a partir del 14 de enero del 2013 “sólo se exigirá la presentación del pasaporte corriente actualizado y la visa del país de destino”.

El sitio oficial Cubadebate y la edición digital del …



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Coronado Beach in San Diego, California
Coronado Beach is the number one beach in the 22nd annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University. Coronado Beach in San Diego is a 1.5 mile long, wide sandy beach set against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado with its peaked red roof and classic Victorian architecture. The beach is popular for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and beachcombers. The beach is very flat, making it great for skim boarding and walking, and the sand has a silvery sheen because of the presence of mica. Families arrive in the morning, toting umbrellas, beach towels and picnic coolers for an all-day stay. A great team of lifeguards stands watch.

Coronado is a quaint small town combined with sophisticated luxury and the wonderful …

1500 year old 'Angel Oak' in Charleston, South Carolina ...

The Angel Oak has come to symbolize Charleston, South Carolina. 

 It is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island near Charleston. 

 The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft.

The Angel Oak Tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant.

The City of Charleston now owns the property.  

The Angel Oak Park is free and the tree should be added to any visit to Charleston, Kiawah or Seabrook Islands.