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(Photo : Marzanna Syncerz / Fotolia) United States residents have an extra reason to smile according to a recent report released by Columbia University’s Earth Institute. According to their findings, northern Europe received the highest satisfaction and happiness ranking in life, while Egypt and a few others hit the lowest since the Eurozone crisis via background information from the 2013 World Happiness Report released Monday. Like Us on Facebook When looking at a survey of over 156 countries, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden were ranked as the happiest places, and regions in Sub-Saharan Africa were noted as being the least likely places for overall life satisfaction, according to the report. The United States ranked in at number 17 in the survey in terms of overall happiness and life satisfaction. Unfortunately, it still didn’t score quite as high as you might expect, especially when considering other places. For instance, Canada comes in before the United States at no. 6, Australia, no. 10 and so forth. This survey looked at information between 2010 and 2012, following the first rankings from the Earth Institute that was released just last year. While researchers note that many areas are continuing to see improvements and progress regarding ways of life, social and economic upheaval in some areas has caused disarray and problems that have prevented such changes. For instance, the report shows that Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy all drastically fell due to the Eurozone crisis. Areas including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Myanmar also felt the political turmoil of recent issues. The report notes, in fact, that of all places, Egypt suffered the greatest fall in terms of happiness. “We expect, and find, that these losses are far greater than would follow simply from lower incomes,” the report said, via CNN, noting that the greatest single factor reducing happiness levels in these countries was a reduction in people’s perceived “freedom to make key life choices.” What freedoms might you take for granted in the country you’re living in and where do you rank on the scale? Find out more, here .

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9, 2013 — HOST PANEL DISCUSSIONS WITH MAYORS ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE, TOLERANCE AT 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH IN BIRMINGHAM WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –In conjunction with Empowerment Week, commemorating Birmingham’s pivotal involvement in the civil rights movement of 1963 and the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, which killed four young girls, The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will host panel discussions in Birmingham on Thursday, September 12 on Reaching Economic Equality and Building Tolerance and release a 10 Point Action Plan to End Racism and Discrimination. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110125/MM36443LOGO ) Working with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the U.S. Department of State, the Conference of Mayors is establishing the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination as part of the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism, a global network of cities working together to improve their policies to combat racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and exclusion.UNESCO has asked the Conference of Mayors to organize the U.S. Coalition and serve as its secretariat. The Coalition’s 10-Point Action Plan Against Racism and Discrimination will be released in Birmingham. Hosted by Birmingham (AL) Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. and led by USCM Vice President Sacramento (CA) Mayor Kevin Johnson, the panel discussions to be held at the 16th Street Baptist Church will feature several U.S. mayors (see below). Immediately following the panel discussions, Charleston (SC) Mayor Joe Riley, also known as the Dean of America’s Mayors, will bring remarks regarding the role that mayors can play in the work left to be accomplished within the movement, and then the mayors will gather in front of the 16th Street Baptist Church at 12n for a press availability: 9:00am-10:25am Opening Remarks from Birmingham Mayor William Bell & Panel Discussion on Reaching Economic Justice: Moderator: Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, CA and Vice President, USCM Panelists: Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA and Past President, USCM Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, WI Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, LA Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, WA 10:25am-11:30am Panel Discussion on Building Tolerance: Moderator: Don Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron, OH and Past President, USCM Panelists: Alvin Brown, Mayor of Jacksonville, FL Chris Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, KY Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, MN 11:30am Remarks from Joe Riley, Mayor of Charleston, CA Past President, USCM WHO:The U.S. Conference of Mayors WHAT:9:00am 12:00pm: Panel Discussions with Mayors on Economic Justice; Building Tolerance (OPEN TO PRESS) 12:00pm: Press Availability Mayors to Release 10 Point Plan of Action to End Racism and Discrimination WHEN:Thursday, September 12, 2013 WHERE:16th Street Baptist Church | 1530 6th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 | (205) 251-9402 The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Thereare 1,295 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, themayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors , or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors .

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3. Texas > Low food security homes: 18.4% > Very low food security homes: 6.2% (13th highest) > Median household income: $49,392 (25th highest) > Pct. obesity: 28.9% (12th highest) In 2002, close to 15% of Texas households faced low food security each year. By 2012, 18.4% of Texas households experienced low food security. For many residents, low incomes likely prevent access to healthy food. As of 2011, Texas had a poverty rate of 18.5%, among the higher rates in the nation. Additionally, many residents in Texas lack the skills to work a high-paying job. Nearly 19% of the states population over age 25 had less than a high school diploma, tying Texas with Mississippi for the highest percentage of any state. Read More At 24/7 Wall St. 2. Arkansas > Low food security homes: 19.7% > Very low food security homes: 8.1% (the highest) > Median household income: $38,758 (3rd lowest) > Pct. obesity: 31.4% (3rd highest) Last year, Arkansas had proportionally more households with very low food security than any other state in the nation, averaging 8.1% of all households. Making it difficult for many residents to afford proper food, Arkansas was one of the nations poorest states as of 2011. That year, the median household income was less than $39,000 and one of the lowest in the country.

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And who could blame them? Its almost paradise. But with the first-place Americans in town and memories of the first frosty meeting lingering, the Ticos were in a feisty and determined mood. The setting was awesome a cauldron of sights and sounds to rival the most fanatical soccer stages around the globe. Klinsmann offered one major twist to the U.S. lineup: Michael Orozco at right back instead of Geoff Cameron or Michael Parkhurst. Orozco had not appeared in a qualifier in almost five years and was regarded as cover at center back. That was planned. This was not: Bradley sprained an ankle during warmups and Cameron was summoned. Bradley does not offer Landon Donovans flash, Jozy Altidores menace or Dempseys cool. But he is the most important element in Klinsmanns cause a poised, two-way player who disrupts and creates. It maybe shocked the team a little bit, and when you get 1-0 down after a minute, it makes it even more difficult, Klinsmann said.

BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales laugh as they watch the sack race at the annual Braemer Highland Games at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 7, 2013 in Braemar, Scotland. The Braemar Gathering is the most famous of the Highland Games and is known worldwide. Each year thousands of visitors descend on this small Scottish village on the first Saturday in September to watch one of the more colourful Scottish traditions. The Gathering has a long history and in its modern form it stretches back nearly 200 years. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won’t let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe. Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels and why has Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan been “jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Elysee Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime”? Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia intends to install their own puppet government in Syria which will allow the Saudis to control the flow of energy through the region. On the other side, Russia very much prefers the Assad regime for a whole bunch of reasons. One of those reasons is that Assad is helping to block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe, thus ensuring higher profits for Gazprom. Now the United States is getting directly involved in the conflict. If the U.S. is successful in getting rid of the Assad regime, it will be good for either the Saudis or Qatar (and possibly for both), and it will be really bad for Russia. This is a strategic geopolitical conflict about natural resources, religion and money, and it really has nothing to do with chemical weapons at all. It has been common knowledge that Qatar has desperately wanted to construct a natural gas pipeline that will enable it to get natural gas to Europe for a very long time…