Are China’s megacities an insurance challenge or opportunity?
Oct20

Are China’s megacities an insurance challenge or opportunity?

By 2025, China is expected to house over 1 million inhabitants in 221 cities – news which will bring the urban population up to 1 billion and pose both an insurance opportunity and a challenge. Natural risks One of China’s major challenges is their vulnerability to natural threats; especially as two of China’s megacities (Beijing and Tianjin) are defenseless against earthquakes. In fact, since 1965, some of the world’s most expensive...

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Are Brits as polite as they think they are?
Oct01

Are Brits as polite as they think they are?

When travelling abroad, I’m often shocked by the sheer rudeness of people who find it perfectly acceptable to skip queues, stare and burp loudly in restaurants! Although I’ve always found my fellow Brits to be a polite and well-mannered bunch, I can’t help but wonder whether our perception of politeness or fairness is somehow skewed. Just recently the Fairtrade Foundation posed the question: “How Fair are...

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Dan Aykroyd: Catholic Seminarian Turned Actor
Sep10

Dan Aykroyd: Catholic Seminarian Turned Actor

Legendary comedic actor and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa. His French Canadian mother, Lorraine Gougon Aykroyd, worked as a secretary, and his father, Peter Aykroyd, was a civil engineer who worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He has a younger brother named Peter. Aykroyd grew up in the Catholic Church in Ottawa, and until the age of seventeen, he was interested in...

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Hollywood Legend Mickey Rooney Dies Aged 93
Apr07

Hollywood Legend Mickey Rooney Dies Aged 93

The veteran Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93, police in Los Angeles have said. Rooney, whose career began as a child star in the 1930s, had been ill for some time, US entertainment media said. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died on Sunday at his North Hollywood home. Mr Smith said there were no suspicious circumstances. Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr on...

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Stanislas Wawrinka on Australian Open Win: ‘I was not good enough to beat those guys’
Jan26

Stanislas Wawrinka on Australian Open Win: ‘I was not good enough to beat those guys’

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka said he did not believe he was good enough to win a Grand Slam. The Swiss, 28, beat world number one Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 in Sunday’s final in Melbourne. He is the first man outside the ‘big four’ of Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win a major since Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009. “I never expected to win a Grand Slam because, for me, I...

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Liverpool Remain Hopeful of Mohamed Salah Signing
Jan23

Liverpool Remain Hopeful of Mohamed Salah Signing

Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea’s deal to secure transfer of Mohamed Salah is not yet complete and Liverpool are still hoping to persuade Egypt international to move to Merseyside. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has not given up hope of securing the transfer of Mohamed Salah from Basle. Chelsea announced on Thursday that a deal had been agreed for the Egypt international to move to London, with a £12 million fee that...

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