Norway happiest place on Earth

Norway has displaced Denmark as the happiest country. (AP)
Updated 21 March 2017
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Norway happiest place on Earth

NEW YORK: Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens.
The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the UN in 2012.
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the UN.
“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special adviser to the UN secretary-general, said in an interview.
The aim of the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to wellbeing.
Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top 10 countries.
South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic were at the bottom.
Germany was ranked 16, followed by the UK (19) and France (31). The US dropped one spot to 14.
Sachs said the US is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse.
“They are all aimed at increasing inequality — tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the health care rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction,” he explained.
The rankings are based on six factors — per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.
“The lowest countries are typically marked by low values in all six variables,” said the report, produced with the support of the Ernesto Illy Foundation.
Sachs would like nations to follow UAE and other countries that have appointed Ministers of Happiness.

 


England wins World Cup match, fan mounts car, falls off – well why wouldn’t he?

Updated 19 June 2018
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England wins World Cup match, fan mounts car, falls off – well why wouldn’t he?

  • If you're a football fan and your team wins, you're going to celebrate
  • But we suggest that you don't do this - you might get hurt, and/or arrested

CAIRO: Goal celebrations are always a sight to behold, both on, and off the pitch – special cheers, chants and dances – every team has something they can claim as their own – but of course someone, somewhere will always go that bit too far.

When England met Tunisia on Monday evening, jubilant fans took to the streets of the British seaside city of Plymouth to celebrate after Harry Kane sealed the 2-1 win in stoppage time.

Nothing wrong with that – obviously. And as UK newspaper The Metro noted, the celebrations were  “like we had just won the World Cup.” 

But among the football fans seen taking over Union Street in Plymouth was one overexcited man who decided to ride on top of a moving car as part of his celebration. 

The man can be seen in footage climbing on top of a car, which then speeds up before braking suddenly, sending the large man tumbling onto the road.

But fear not – the footage then goes onto show him getting up and rejoining the crowds, like nothing had happened.

Maybe next time it will be easier if he just cheers. 

Now watch the video, just promise not to try this yourself