Swiss ‘money pool’ goes on sale

Updated 04 December 2013
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Swiss ‘money pool’ goes on sale

BASEL, Switzerland: Fancy taking a dip in a sea of Swiss francs, or scooping up fistfuls of coins? Your wildest dreams could come true thanks to a sale with a political edge.
Would-be buyers have a chance to snap up a century-old huge safe deposit vault containing eight million five centime coins, or 400,000 Swiss francs ($441,000).
On sale via JamesEdition, a Sweden-based online luxury clearing house that matches sellers and bidders for anything from real estate to private jets, the vault and its contents have attracted a string of confidential offers, organizer Che Wagner told AFP.
The coins were earlier this year dumped in front of the Swiss Parliament by Wagner and fellow campaigners seeking a minimum monthly government stipend of 2,500 Swiss francs for each of the country’s eight million inhabitants, regardless of age and income.
Measuring almost 45 square meters, the vault is in a former bank in the northern Swiss city of Basel.
The building houses the campaigners who, using the famed Swiss system of direct democracy, mustered enough signatures to push for a plebiscite on the minimum stipend within the next three years.
The vault currently belongs to a member of the referendum committee, and the potential sale price has not been revealed.
The campaigners are organizing the sale in order to fill their coffers for what is expected to be a tough referendum battle on the stipend issue.
“It’s going to be an interesting campaign, and we’ll need 10 million Swiss francs,” said Wagner, 25.
“But we’re not doing this for the money,” he insisted, adding that he hoped the vault’s buyer would open it to the public.
While critics dub the handout scheme far-fetched, the campaigners say it is high time for a radical rethink of how work and society function.
If it were to pass, the measure would cost an estimated 200 billion Swiss francs a year, which the campaigners say could be funded by a better share-out of social security, a reduction in salaries, and taxes.


Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.” (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019
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Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

DUBAI:  US rapper 50 Cent took Twitter by surprise as he teased fans with a joke about a potential name change.

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.”

This was after the rapper was added to Jeddah World Fest’s line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Tweeps took to the cheeky tweet by storm, replying with warm messages like “welcome to Saudi 50 HALALA.”

Another Saudi fan wrote, “many thanks 50 Halala.”

The music sensation told his 10 million followers, “I been around the world a few times there’s no place [like] JEDDAH.”

He also shared his experience at the festival with excited fans and wrote, “I had a ball at Jeddah fest, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The music festival is part of the Jeddah Season of activities which falls under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) ambitious program of seasonal entertainment for the Kingdom.