Transparency International, an organization against corruption, has recently released its latest Corruption Perception Index. The newest edition maps and ranks the world’s most corrupt countries. According to the organization, the index sadly shows that majority of the countries are making little to no progress in ending corruption.
The Corruption Perception Index 2017 compiles data from 13 surveys and assessments, and assigns a score to 180 countries based on how corrupt they are as perceived by business people and experts who live there. A scale of 0 to 100 is used, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
This year, the index shows more than two-thirds of countries score below 50.
This performance, when compared to recent years, is not surprising. The Corruption Perception Index 2017 also reveals that journalists are more at risk in corrupt countries:
“Further analysis of the results indicates that countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.
“Every week at least one journalist is killed in a country that is highly corrupt.
“The analysis, which incorporates data from the Committee to Protect Journalists, shows that in the last six years, more than 9 out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that score 45 or less on the index.”
New Zealand and Denmark take the top two spots in the index.
The countries score 89 and 88, respectively. On the other hand, at the very bottom of the list are Syria, South Sudan, and Somalia with the lowest scores of 14, 12, and 9 respectively.
Singapore ranks 6th (score of 84), Canada 8th (82), Australia 13th (77), United States 16th (75), Japan 20th (70), and China 77th (41).
Western Europe is considered the best performing region with an average score of 66.
According to the index, several countries have also shown significant improvement since 2012, including Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Sub-Saharan Africa (with an average score of 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (with an average score of 34), are the worst performing regions in this year’s index.
Transparency International also shared its recommendations, one of which is:
“Governments should minimise regulations on media, including traditional and new media, and ensure that journalists can work without fear of repression or violence. In addition, international donors should consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to international organisations.”
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
It’s in the top 10 along with chia seeds and almonds.
Maybe you shouldn't feel so guilty consuming pork fat after all. According to a recent BBC report, scientists analyzed over 1,000 raw foods to rank how nutritious they are, and they discovered that pork fat is up there with the likes of chia seeds, almonds, and beet greens.
Each food item analyzed was given a nutritional score. The higher the score, the more likely that the food item would meet our daily nutritional needs when eaten in combination with other foods. The result of the study is a list of the 100 most nutritious foods, where pork fat ranks 8th.
Pork fat outrank other food items like arugula, fresh spinach, and bluefin tuna.
Stunning Images Show The Dramatic Change That Comes With High Tides and Low Tides
A fascinating contrast between two photos taken at the same vantage point but at different times.
Britain's foreshore can present scenic views, which, when taken during different times of the day, are equally mesmerizing, thanks to a sort of "magic trick" brought about by tides. English photographer Michael Marten happens to capture photos of the British coastline in identical views taken during high tide and low tide.
The images, also captured about six or eighteen hours apart, are placed side by side and what you'll see is how dramatic the change can be with tides. Check out Marten's project below and be captivated by the two states of nature.
Marten traveled the coastlines in Britain to take photos during high tide and low tide.
16 Genius Elevator Ads That Will Give You the ‘Lift’ of Your Life
Want to see what an effective ad strategy looks like?
Elevators are among those innovations that have made our lives easier and better. And with the existence of hundreds of skyscrapers, this invention is definitely a blessing. While it is designed to lift us from one floor to another, many have utilized it for advertisements.
If you have gotten used to ordinary advertisements – like banners and billboards – then this compilation is definitely a new one. Below are examples of ads placed intelligently in elevators. This somehow proves that imagination can be a very helpful tool.