Friday, 25 February 2011

CASE 229 - 2010 - The year that was

2010 (MMX) was a common year that started on a Friday in the Gregorian calendar. It was the 2010th year of the Common Era or the Anno Domini designation; the 10th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 1st of the 2010s decade.
2010 was designated the: International Year of Biodiversity

The year/decade began amidst a global financial crisis, which was responsible for an increase in civil unrest around the world as governments struggle to try and manage the crisis. Other economic issues such as inflation, and an increase in commodity prices, oil and wars sparked immense unrest in many lower-income countries. In some countries this unrest evolved into socio-economic crises which set off numerous revolutions, such as in Kyrgyzstan and greece in 2010, Tunisia, Egypt , Libya in 2011. This trend continues at present.

5 richest people of 2010

1. William H. Gates III
2. Carlos Slim Helú
3. Warren Edward Buffett
4. Lakshmi Mittal
5. Mukesh Ambani

Top 5 richest companies of 2010

1. Wal-Mart
(Arkansas, USA) $408.21 Bn $14.33 Bn + 7.0% 2,100,000

2. Royal Dutch Shell
(The Hauge, Netherlands) $285.12 Bn $12.51 Bn - 52.4% 101,000

3. Exxon Mobil
(Texas, USA) $284.65 Bn $19.28 Bn - 57.4 % 102,700

4. BP
(London, UK) $246.13 Bn $16.57 Bn - 21.6% 80,300

5. Toyota Motor
(Toyota Village, Japan)

Major disasters, stories, facts, events of 2010

1) On April 20, 2010 an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, operating in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, left eleven crewmen dead and resulted in a fire that sank the rig and caused a massive-scale oil spill [41] that became the worst environmental disaster in United States history. On June 18, 2010 oceanographer John Kessler said that the crude gushing from the well contains 40 percent methane, compared to about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits. Methane is a natural gas that could potentially suffocate marine life and create "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives. "This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history," Kessler said. On June 20 an internal BP document was released by Congress revealing that BP estimated the flow could be as much as 100,000 barrels (4,200,000 US gallons; 16,000 cubic metres) per day under the circumstances that existed since the April 20 blowout. On July 15, 2010, The BP Oil Spill is stopped for the first time, 86 days after oil started leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

2) On February 27, 2010 an 8.8 magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. One of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, this rare megathrust earthquake probably shifts Earth's axis and slightly shortens its days

3) A series of major volcanic events occur at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland in April 2010. The eruptions led to widespread disruption of air travel across Europe grounding planes and affecting the travel plans of millions of passengers worldwide. This caused a knock-on effect to many events around the world. Scientists began recording volcanic activity there in 2009 which increased through March 2010 culminating in the second phase eruption in April 2010. It is considered the largest air traffic shut-down since World War II. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that the airline industry worldwide would lose €148 million (US$200 million, GB£130 million) a day during the disruption.

4) October 13, 2010 - 2010 Copiapó mining accident: Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres (2,300 ft) underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days, some say it was masonic rituals

5) At the beginning of 2010 about 1.75 billion people in the world were Internet users. By August 31, this had climbed to 1.95 billion. One billion mobile broadband users predicted by sometime in 2011, and 4.6 billion people worldwide were subscribed to mobile phones in 2010

6) Burj Khalifa becomes the tallest man-made structure ever built (standing at 828 m) after it officially opened on January 4, 2010.

7) 2010 UEFA Champions League Final was held at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain and was Won by Barcelona of Spain - Spain also won the 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa, the continents 1st ever major event

8) The Large Hadron Collider's first high power collisions took place in March 2010.

9) 2010 Commonwealth Games was held in New Delhi, India, for 2 or 3 years before the games it was deemed to fail, but until a day or 2 before the games started they finished building the arenas, complexes, hotels and infrastructure

10) On April 10, 2010, Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and 94 other people, including dozens of government officials, are killed in a plane crash.

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