Friday, February 13, 2015

Temper Movie Review

RATING:3.25 / 5

Story:

Daya (NTR), a corrupt-criminal minded-cunning Sub-Inspector of Police, gets transferred to the city of Vizag by Minister (Jayaprakash Reddy) as per the directions of Gangster Valteru Vasu (Prakash Raj). The only agenda on his mind is to make quick bucks until a horrifying incident changes his life forever. What was that? Grab the tickets of 'Temper' to know more!

Artists Performance:

NTR: What should we call this Supremely Talented Person - A Born Artiste or A Complete Actor? Tarak has just nailed it! Be it the body language, mannerisms, dialogue delivery, diction and intense performance, He reinvents himself much to the delight of movie buffs and walks away with the top honours. Special mention for highly impressive Makeover and clap-worthy Dance Moves.

Kajal: She does a decent job playing the role of an Animal Lover. However, She isn't looking at her best in few portions, love track wasn't etched well and Casting Kovai Sarala as her Mom is the worst thing to happen.

Prakash Raj is too good in the role of a baddie and his conversations with Tarak are really funny. Posani plays the vital role of a 'Honest' Police Constable working under a 'Corrupt' SI and he is an asset to the movie. Tanikella Bharani gives a matured performance. Jayaprakash Reddy evokes few laughs with his trademark comic timing. Ali and Saptagiri are just about okay. Rama Prabha and Others have done justice to their roles.

Plus Points:

- NTR's Makeover, Intense Performance & Dances

- Posani's Characterization & Salute scene

- Oneliners

- Climax Twist

- Emotionally charged Second Half

Minus Points:

- NTR-Kajal love track

- Devudaa song placement

Analysis:

Puri Jagannath is a filmmaker with good track record of delivering money spinners on most occasions when teamed up with Star Heroes. Vakkantham Vamsi, on the other hand, is known for the highly productive twists & turns in his commercially viable subjects. When these two A-Listers join hands for a film starring NTR, Expectations grow by leaps & bounds, and the end result everyone would like to see is nothing short of a Blockbuster. Has ‘Temper’ met the hype around it? Yes, It actually did! Tarak travels in the path that most Star Heroes fear to travel and gives a riveting performance.

Songs by Anup Rubens will go down well with Youth & Masses. Its actually Tarak’s graceful & fast-paced dance moves which make them work. Background Score by Manisharma is impressive. Shyam K Naidu's Cinematography is topnotch. Oneliners pack a punch, especially ‘Naa Peru Daya...Naaku Lenidhe Adhi’, ‘Neeku Ego Lopale Untundemo...Naaku Naa Chuttu WiFi La Untundi’ hits the right chord with the audience. Editing is sharp. Production Values of Parameshwara Arts are rich.

Interesting Characterizations, Promising Dialogues, NTR-Posani & NTR-Prakash Raj combo scenes, Unexpected Twist in Climax and High Emotional Quotient in Second Half work in the favour of 'Temper'. Watch 'Temper' to know what's the impact is going to be when one of the finest actors of Telugu Cinema delivers his best. Its actually Tarak’s One Man Show! There is absolutely no chance of anyone giving thumbs down to ‘Temper’ after enjoying Daya’s dandayatra on the big screen.

Box Office: Massive Release & Good Pre-Release Buzz helps 'Temper' rewrite few Opening Records of TFI. It would surely be one among the All Time Top 3 Day 1 earners and has got the potential to become Tarak’s biggest grosser till date (Rs 50 crore-plus).

Verdict: NTR’s Dandayatra on Box Office!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Smoking & The Science Facts

Chemicals

       Cigarette smoke combines 4,000 chemicals, many of which are harmful to the human body. All tobacco products that are smoked deliver substantial amounts of toxic chemicals to their users and those who breathe their smoke.

Cigarette Smoke
  
      Cigarette smoke is a combination of:

  1. Mainstream smoke - the smoke inhaled by a smoker
  2. Sidestream smoke  - the smoke from the end of a lit cigarette
  3. Secondhand smoke - the smoke exhaled by a smoker plus sidestream smoke
Cancer Causing Chemicals

      Of the 4,000 or so chemicals present in cigarette smoke, more than 60 have been identified as cancer causing chemicals. 11 of these are known to cause cancer in humans and a further 8 probably also cause cancer in humans.

Some of the cancer causing chemicals in tobacco smoke include:
  • Benzene
  • 2-naphthylamine
  • 4-aminobiphenyl
  • Chromium
  • Cadmium
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Arsenic
  • Beryllium
  • Nickel
  • Polonium-210.
Toxic Chemicals

      Toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke include:


  1. Nicotine - the addictive agent
  1. Formaldehyde - used in preservation of laboratory specimens
  1. Ammonia - used in toilet cleaners
  1. Hydrogen Cyanide - used in rat poison
  1. Acetone - used in nail polish remover
  1. Carbon monoxide - found in car exhaust
  1. Tar - particulate matter in cigarette smoke
  1. Toluene - found in paint thinners
  1. Phenol - used in fertilisers.

   
Impacts 


These chemicals have serious health impacts on the human body. For example:
  1. * Hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and tar cause, or are associated with, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive lung disease.

  2. * Ammonia and formaldehyde cause eys, nose and throat irritations and other breathing problems.
  The chemicals present in mainstream, sidestream and secondhand smoke are similar; however, the quantities of the various chemicals present differ.

Sidestream smoke is generated at lower temperatures and under different conditions than mainstream smoke and, consequently, contains higher concentrations of many of the toxins found in mainstream smoke.

With approximately one non-smoker dying due to secondhand passive smoke exposure for every eight smokers dying of smoking-related disease it is no surprise that secondhand smoke has been designated a known human carcinogen(cancer-causing agent).

Half of regular smokers will die of a smoking-related disease and have a reduced life expectancy of about 13 to 16 years as compared with nonsmokers.


Stopping smoking at age 60,50,40 or 30 can result in gains, respectively, of about three, six, nine or 10 years of life expectancy.



Saturday, February 07, 2015

US Train Crash Kills India-born Investment Banking Executive


A 41-year-old Indian-born investment banking executive described as "extraordinary" by his colleagues has died in a fiery suburban train crash just outside the city.

Aditya Tomar, a vice president in JP Morgan's asset management division, was among six people killed Tuesday evening when the train hit a sports utility vehicle (SUV) stuck on the tracks in Valhalla, about 45 kms from here, and the first three carriages caught fire.
 
JP Morgan chief executive officer Jamie Dimon called his death "a terrible tragedy and loss".
 
The Indian Institute of Technology graduate was an expert in program trading and in using algorithms for stock trading, according to his Linkedin profile. He also had an advanced degree from Miami University and had worked for Barclay Capital and Morgan Stanley. He lived in Danbury in Connecticut state and was returning home from work.
 
"Aditya was an extraordinary colleague," JP Morgan said in a statement. "His leadership skills, sense of humour and tireless team spirit contributed to a better workplace for all of us in JP Morgan Asset Management."
 
His mother-in-law, Dee Persaud, described him as fun-loving, brilliant, kind and generous, not just to his wife, but to everyone around him, NBC Connecticut TV reported Thursday. "There is never a time he is not there for us," she told the station.
 
The Danbury News-Times quoted a family friend, Mina Patel, as saying that Tomar and his wife Reshma were known in the local Indian community as hard workers who helped others.
 
"Everybody has their dream when they come to America," the newspaper quoted her. "They were living theirs."
 
The TV station reported that Persaud said Tomar's body was identified from his dental records.


ఒబామాకు ఇండియాను కామెంట్ చేసే అర్హత ఉందా?!


వేరే దేశాల అంతర్గత వ్యవహారాల్లో జోక్యం చేసుకోవడం అంటే అమెరికాకు ఎంత ముచ్చటో! పెట్రోల్ నిల్వలున్న దేశాల్లో ప్రజలు స్వాతంత్ర్యం కోరుకొంటున్నారు అంటూ.. అక్కడ దిగబడే అమెరికా ఇండియా వంటి మెతక దేశాలకు శుద్ధులు చెప్పడంలో కూడా ముందుంటుంది! తను అనుసరించలేని.. తను విఫలమైన వ్యవహారాల్లో అమెరికా ఆందోళన వ్యక్తం చేస్తుంటుంది. ఇండియాలో మత సామరస్యత దెబ్బతింటోందని, ఇక్కడ మత విశ్వాసాలు అసహన సంఘటనలు ఎదుర్కొంటున్నాయని అమెరికా అధ్యక్షుల వారు ఆందోళన వ్యక్తం చేస్తున్నారు! 

బహుశా ఢిల్లీలో రెండు మూడు చర్చిలపై జరిగిన దాడుల ను దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకొని ఒబామా గారు ఈ మాట మాట్లాడిఉండవచ్చు. చాలా చిన్న సంఘటనలను పట్టుకొని మత విశ్వాసాలకు ఎదురైన విఘాతాలుగా అభివర్ణిస్తుండవచ్చు. అయినా ఈ హిందూఅతివాదులను ఈ విషయంలో నిందించాలి. వీళ్లు చేసే ఆకతాయి పనులు అమెరికా వంటి దేశం ఇండియాపై వేలెత్తి చూపే పరిస్థితిని కల్పిస్తున్నాయి. 


అమెరికా జాతి, మత సహనంలోఎంతటి శుద్ధపూసో ఇక్కడ ప్రస్తావించుకోవాలి. చరిత్రలు తవ్వనక్కర్లేదు... ఒక్కో సంఘటనలనూ ప్రస్తావించనక్కర్లేదు.. దాదాపు మూడు నెలల క్రితం అమెరికాలో నల్లజాతిపౌరులు రోడ్డుకెక్కిన విషయాన్ని ప్రస్తావిస్తే చాలు అమెరికా జాతకం బయటపడుతుంది. అక్కడ జాతి వివక్ష ఎంతలా రాజ్యం ఏలుతోందో అర్థం అవుతుంది.  


ఒక అమెరికన్ నల్లజాతి కుర్రాడు. పేరు మైఖేల్ బ్రౌన్. మిస్సోరి రాష్ట్రంలోని ఫెర్గుసన్ ప్రాంతానికి చెందిన వాడు. రోడ్డు మీద ఆడుతూపాడుతూ ఉత్సాహంగా వెళుతున్నాడు. ఇంతలో ఒక పోలీస్ కు వాడి మీద అనుమానం వచ్చింది. తన చేతిలో గన్ ను కుర్రాడి మీదకు ఎక్కుపెట్టి "హ్యాండ్సప్..'' అన్నాడు. అయితే యుక్తవయసులో ఉన్న ఇగో తోటో ఏమోకానీ ఆ నల్లజాతి కుర్రాడు చేతులు పైకెత్తలేదు. చురచుర చూస్తూ నిలుచున్నాడు...అంతే విల్సన్ అనే ఆ పోలీస్ కు కోపం వచ్చింది.. ఆ కుర్రాడిని కాల్చి చంపేశాడు! నిర్ధాక్షిణ్యంగా ఆ కుర్రాడి జీవితాన్ని అంతం చేశాడు. చచ్చిపడి ఉన్న కుర్రాడి వద్ద ఎలాంటి ఆయుధం కానీ, గన్ కానీ లేదని తేల్చారు. దీంతో సదరు పోలీస్ పై కేసు నమోదైంది. 


ఆ తర్వాతే వ్యవహారం అడ్డం తిరిగింది. నిర్ధాక్షిణ్యంగా ఒక యువకుడిని కాల్చి చంపితే.. పోలీసు అయినా అతడిపై కఠినమైన చర్యలు తీసుకోవాలి.అమెరికా చట్టాలు అవే చెబుతున్నాయి. అయితే ఆ తెల్లజాతి పోలీసుపై ఎలాంటి చర్యలూ తీసుకోలేదు. ఈ వ్యవహారంపై విచారించడానికి ఏర్పాటు అయిన గ్రాండ్ జ్యూరీ.. విల్సన్ ను నిర్దోషిగా అని తేల్చింది!  ఆ యువకుడిపై అనుమానంతోనే పోలీసు కాల్పులు జరిపాడు తప్ప.. అతడి తప్పేం లేదని జ్యూరీ అభిప్రాయపడింది! 


అసలు పోలిస్ కు ఆ అనుమానం ఎందుకు కలిగింది? ఆ యువకుడు నల్లజాతి వాడు అయినందునే కదా? అంటూ అమెరికన్ సామాజిక కార్యకర్తలు అభిప్రాయపడ్డారు. ఆందోళననలు అందుకొన్నారు. ర్యాలీలు, ధర్నాలు, ప్రభుత్వ వ్యతిరేక నినాదాలు, విధ్వంసం... కొన్ని రోజుల పాటు అమెరికాలో గత ఏడాది నవంబర్ లో ఈ ఆందోళన కార్యక్రమాలు అలజడిసృష్టించాయి. నల్లజాతి పౌరులంతా ప్రభుత్వంపై పోరాటమే చేశారు. జాతి వివక్ష తో ఇలాంటి దారుణాలు ఇంకెన్నాళ్లు? అంటూ నిలదీశారు! ఎంతో కష్టపడితే కానీ అమెరికన్ ప్రభుత్వం ఈ ఆందోళనను సద్దుమణిగేలా చేయలేకపోయింది.  


ఈ సంఘటన ఏ మధ్యయుగంలో జరిగినది కాదు.. మూడు నెలల కిందట జరిగిన వ్యవహారం ఇది. మరి ఇప్పుడు ఎవరైనా చెప్పవచ్చు.. అమెరికాలో దారుణమైన పరిస్థితులు ఉన్నాయా? ఇండియాలో దారుణమైన పరిస్థితులు ఉన్నాయా?! ఇక్కడ మత పరమైన విధ్వేషాలు రగిలినా.. విధ్వంసం జరిగినా.. అందులోరాజకీయ పార్టీల స్వార్థం... విషం చిమ్మే ఇస్లామిక్ ఉగ్రవాదమే కారణం. అయితే అమెరికాలో ప్రభుత్వ వ్యవస్థలు జాతి వివక్షను ఊపిరిగా పీల్చుకొంటున్నాయి.  


ప్రతి 28 గంటలకూ ఒక నల్లజాతి పౌరుడు అమెరికన్ పోలీసుల చేతిలో చంపబడుతున్నాడని అమెరికన్ అధ్యయనాలే చెబుతున్నాయంటే.. అక్కడిపరిస్థితి ని సులభంగా అర్థం చేసుకోవచ్చు. అమెరికాను ఏలుతోంది ప్రజాస్వామ్యపు ప్రభుత్వం కాదు.. తెల్లజాతి దురహంకారం నిండిన ప్రభుత్వం అని చెప్పవచ్చు. వ్యవస్థ అంతా తెల్లజాతి కనుసన్నల్లో నడుస్తోందని అర్థం చేసుకోవచ్చు. నల్లజాతి పౌరులు వివక్షకు ఎంతలా వివక్షకు గురవుతున్నారో అర్థం చేసుకోవచ్చు.  


నల్ల జాతి ప్రజల వైపు అనునిత్యంఅనుమానపు చూపులే! పైకి మేడిపండులా కనిపించే అమెరికన్ సొసైటీ పొట్టనిండా పురుగులే! అంత వరకూ ఎందుకూ.. ఇండియాకు రిపబ్లిక్ డేకు అతిధిగా వచ్చినప్పుడు ఒబామా మహనీయుడే చెప్పుకొన్నాడు... తను కూడా జాతి వివక్ష బాధితుడినేని! 


మరి అలాంటి తన దౌర్భాగ్యపు దేశాన్ని సంస్కరించకుండా.. ఇండియాకు నీతులు చెబుతూ.. ఇండియాలో ప్రస్తుత పరిస్థితులను గనుక మహాత్ముడు చూస్తే కన్నీళ్లు పెడతాడు అంటూ ఒబామా అర్థం లేని మాటలను నిస్సిగ్గుగా వల్లెవేస్తున్నాడు. నల్ల జాతి వాడే అయినా.. అగ్రరాజ్య పీఠంలో కూర్చొన్నందున ఒబామాకు తెల్ల కామెర్లు సోకినట్టుగా ఉన్నాయి. బాధిత జాతివాడిగానే ఉంటూ.. గురివింద మాటలు మాట్లాడుతూ.. తమ జాతినే మోసం చేస్తున్నట్టుగా ఉన్నాయి ఒబామా మాటలు! మరి ఇలాంటి ఒబామాకు ఇండియా మత సహనం గురించి, జాతి సహనం గురించి వివరణ ఇవ్వాల్సిన అవసరం ఉందా?! 

Source: GA


Thursday, February 05, 2015

ICICI Chittoor Employee Alekhya Dupes Customers, Caught While Fleeing Country


Acting on tip off, Chittoor police on Wednesday arrested a woman employee of a private finance company  who duped customers to a tune of Rs 31 lakhs.
Alekhya, 24, who is working as an accountant in ICICI prudential a finance company, collected premium amounts from customers and deposited the same in her parent's accounts through online transaction. 

Alekhya's parents - Venkateshwara Rao and Rajya Lakshmi'  used to withdraw money from banks on the same day the amount was deposited. On a whole they withdrew Rs 31 lakhs. Alekhya has recently resigned from the bank on January 19.  ICICI management, which came to know of the fraud only on January 23, has  requested Nellore banks to freeze her parents' account.

So far, the bank management could only recover only  Rs 2 lakhs from Alekhya's parents accounts. 

Branch manager Sridhar lodged a complaint regarding the issue in Chittoor two town police station. CI Suryamohan Rao arrested Alekyha and her parents on Wednesday morning in Nellore.

It has also come to light that Alekhya's parents had pplied for passports in order to settle in Canada. The couple were arrested only due to the delay in getting their passports.

The Chittoor Police was in time to stop a fraud from fleeing the country after they learnt that she had duped customers to the tune of Rs 31 lakhs.


The accused Alekhya is a 24-year-old employee of ICICI Prudential. She would apparently collect premium amounts from customers and instead of depositing the same in their accounts, would transfer the same into her parent's account. Her parents Venkateshwara Rao and Rajya Lakshmi would however take out the deposited money to hide it. Alekha and her parents had made a master plan to flee the country with the money and had even applied for passports. She had recently even quit her job. Acting on a tip off, the police arrested Alekhya and her parents from Nellore. The culprits are now in custody.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

20 Of The Safest Cities In The World

The Economist’s Intelligence Unit has released a ranking of the safest major cities in the world, and Tokyo comes out on top.
The capital of Japan is followed by the sovereign city-state of Singapore and Osaka in Japan. The Economist’s Safe Index 2015 doesn’t simply measure crime, but rather has a wide-ranging view of safety.
Here are the factors it ranks 50 cities on:
  • Digital security — This measures the quality of a city’s cybersecurity, the frequency of identity theft, and other factors related to digital security.
  • Health security — This metric looks at average life expectancy of a city’s citizens as well as the ratio of hospital beds to the size of the population.
  • Infrastructure — This looks at factors like the quality of roads and the number of people who die from natural disasters.
  • Personal safety — This category looks at more traditional safety measures like crime, the level of police engagement, and the number of violent crimes. 
The Economist’s ranking looked at 50 cities and chose them based on regional representation and availability of data. New York and Los Angeles lead in digital security, while Zurich takes the top spot for both health security and infrastructure safety. Here’s how the other cities measure up over-all.

1. TOKYO

















With a population of 13.3 million people, Tokyo is both the most populous and the safest city in the ranking. It also ranks number one for digital security and in the top five for personal safety and infrastructure despite its huge population and its earthquakes. The city is relatively well-off and ranks number one on the Index’s list of “upper-middle income cities” (with per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of between  $30,000 and $50,000).
Tokyo is famous for its nightlife and was immortalized in the movie “Lost in Translation.

2. SINGAPORE

















An office worker walks along the Singapore River front during the lunch hour.
Singapore ranks number one in overall personal safety, according to the Index, which noted that traditional crimes like burglary and theft are at a decades-long low.
Singapore has notoriously tough penalties for all crimes, including low-level offenses, which might contribute to its extremely low crime rate, the BBC reported in 2013. At the time, the BBC also reported that Singapore had the second-lowest murder rate in the world (excluding Palau and Monaco).
With violent crime under control, the local police have been targeting cybercrime. President Tony Tan Keng Yam has set out to improve digital security and hopefully make Singapore a “smart city.” The city-state should have the funds to do that. It had the highest GDP per capita among “high income” cities (cities with more than $50,000 per capita GDP).

3. OSAKA

















The Japanese city of 2.6 million ranks second in personal safety and sixth in health security. Like Tokyo, Osaka is relatively wealthy and ranks second for GDP, per capita among upper-middle income cities.
The city ranks lower in digital security than Tokyo, as it has fewer cyber security teams and privacy policies.

4. STOCKHOLM


The Swedish capital of 909,000 ranks seventh in digital security and 10th in health security. It’s the only non-Asian city to rank in the top five in personal safety. Like many European countries, Sweden has universal healthcare.

5. AMSTERDAM


This city of 820,000 is famous for its legal marijuana, but it also has amazing infrastructure that makes it one of the safest cities in the world. Amsterdam ranks fourth in infrastructure safety, a list dominated by high- and upper-middle income cities that have reduced car accidents and pollution from traffic congestion. With its pervasive cycling culture, Amsterdam has managed to do both. The city also ranks in the top 10 for personal safety. 

6. SYDNEY


This Australian city of 4.5 million people ranks in the top 10 for both infrastructure security and personal safety. However, Sydney lags behind in digital security and health security, in which it ranks 14th and 17th, respectively. 
Australia has some of the highest incidences of cybercrime in the world: Australians have become prime targets for internet fraud and identity thieves, according to the Daily Telegraph.

7. ZURICH


Zurich has one of the most expensive public transportation networks.
Zurich ranks the highest in the categories of health safety and infrastructure security, with its excellent universal health coverage and well-designed transport systems. The city’s wealth makes it easier to invest in urban safety: in the ranking’s “high income” category of cities with per capita GDP of $50,000, Zurich ranks second behind Singapore.

8. TORONTO


Toronto, the most populous city in Canada, is the best city to live in terms of safety, business environment, democracy, food security, cost of living, and livability, according to the Index. It also ranks in the top 10 in the categories of infrastructure safety and personal safety. Dubbed “Hollywood North,” Toronto is the frequent setting for films and movies that are supposedly filmed in the US.


9. MELBOURNE


The city of 4 million has the second-safest infrastructure of the 50 cities ranked and ranks eighth in the category of personal safety. It’s no coincidence that Melbourne has one of the highest life expectancies of any city in the world at 86 years. As the report notes, “Living in a safe and healthy urban environment can make a real and measurable difference to city inhabitants.” 
The report also found that it is the sixth-best city in the world to live in, when factors like safety and cost of living are taken into account. 

10. NEW YORK


New York is the only US city to make it into the top 10 safest cities overall, ranking second for health security and third for digital safety. The city has come a long way since 1990, when an average of six homicides occurred every day. Still, the city faces new dangers like terrorist threats and the potential of cyberwar that could shut down crucial infrastructure. 


11. HONG KONG


Hong Kong is the fourth-safest city on the list in terms of digital security, but it drops to 40th when it comes to the safety of its infrastructure. A high percentage of the city’s 7 million residents live in urban slums, and although its roads are high quality, Hong Kong has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths per year.
Still, the city ranks sixth in personal safety. The city has seen high levels of police engagement and patrolling since pro-democracy protests broke out late last year. 


12. SAN FRANCISCO


San Francisco recently hired the world’s first chief resilience officer — an official tasked with keeping track of everything that could test the city, from resource scarcity to social inequality. Currently, San Francisco ranks 10th in the category of infrastructure safety and eighth in digital security. The city also ranks fourth on the list of cities with the highest average incomes (those with per capita GDPs of over $50,000)

13. TAIPEI


The capital city of Taiwan is the 21st best city to live in overall, according to the report. Safety is not a problem in this city of almost 3 million, which ranks number five in the category of personal safety and ninth in the category of health security. Taipei has been at the center of rapid economic development. The city has a robust public transport system and many districts are undergoing urban renewal projects.


14. MONTREAL


Montreal is ranked as the second-best city to live in overall, with the sixth-best infrastructure and 11th-best digital security. As the second-largest city in Canada, Montreal is also the second-largest French-speaking metropolis on the planet (behind Paris) with a population of just over 4 million. Montreal plans to invest close to $1 billion to fix its aging roads and bridges over the next three years, according to the Montreal Gazette. 

15. BARCELONA


This Spanish city by the sea is one of the safest in terms of health security and personal safety. Barcelona has developed a sophisticated policing strategy, increasing police presence in the streets and on the subway. As a result, crime dropped by 32% in just over three years, the report states. The increased police presence has also made residents feel safer overall.

16. CHICAGO


Chicago ranks 10th in the category of digital security, but it has remained plagued by violent crime. To tackle its crime problem, the city has developed an algorithm to identify a “heat list” of individuals who are likely to be either the victims or perpetrators of a crime. Authorities then visit these individuals, warning each of them that they are at risk either of being caught or of being victimized.

17. LOS ANGELES


This city of 3.8 million people is ranked six in digital security, performing much better than many European cities on the list. Cybersecurity is a priority in the city. In 2013, the city’s mayor created a Cyber Intrusion Command Center to ensure the city was safe from cyberattack.
Still, Los Angeles was ranked #23 for personal safety. “Leaders in digital security must not overlook real-world risks,” the report noted. In 2014, Los Angeles violent crime went up for the first time in more than a decade. Prior to that, violent crime in the city had been declining as it has in the rest of America.

18. LONDON


London is the highest-ranking European city in terms of digital security (the city ranks 16). The city of 8.3 million has also seen falling crime rates, and in 2014 burglary was at its lowest rate in 40 years, BBC reported.


19. WASHINGTON D.C.


The capital of America is relatively affluent in addition to being safe. Washington, D.C. ranks seven among “high income” cities that have a GDP per capita of above $50,000. It ranks 17 for personal safety, 15 for digital security, and eight on the ranking for “best place to live.” While homicides went up slightly in DC in 2014, the District has seen a long-term decrease in violent crime.

It also has a reputation as a “high-amenity city,” according to a real estate expert quoted in an article last year in Forbes, which named DC as America’s “coolest city.”

20. FRANKFURT






















The fifth-largest city in Germany, Frankfurt has a population of 691,518 and is considered to be “upper middle income” with a per capita GDP of US $30,000 to $50,000. It’s a major world financial center and houses the European Central Bank.
In 2011, Bloomberg named Frankfurt one of the cities with the “best quality of life,” noting the city has many garden restaurants and walking paths by the main river in town.


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