2014 World News Highlights

Comedy legends Robin Williams and Joan Rivers passed

Academy award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away August 12, 2014 of suicide. News of Williams’s death spread quickly and soon every news station across the world was breaking the news of his untimely passing. Actors and comedians that had worked with Williams in the past came forward to remember the comedian. Actor Billy Crystal presented a moving tribute to Williams after during the Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014. He was 63 at time of death.

Daytime Emmy award-winning comedian and actress Joan Rivers passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest on September 4, 2014. Her works include The Late Show with Joan River, The Joan Rivers Show and, most recently, Fashion Police on E! network. She was 81 years old at the time of her death.



December 17, 2014 marked the day President Obama made quite a significant change to the United States relationship with Cuba. He announced that the United States would normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. This announcement came after the release of US aid worker Alan Gross. Alan Gross had bee held captive for five years and despite that spoke highly of Cuba. It was declared a new stage to the relationship between the two nations. The world heard this and many called it a “game changer


Israel-Hamas Conflict

Also known as Operation Protective Edge, Israel launched the operation in July 8, 2014. It began after July 7 when seven Hamamas were killed in a tunnel explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike. During this month long conflict, United States’ President Obama acknowledged that while Israeli had the right to defend themselves, it was in the best interest on both sides to seize fire.

Canada was in full support of Israel, and criticized Hamas. On August 26, 2014 after over 2,000 deaths, the conflict ended. Both sides claimed the were victorious.


Fighting in Ukraine and Crimea

Russia and Ukraine began fighting over Ukrainian nation Crimea in April 2014. With over 5,000 people killed in the conflict, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels came together to talk cease fire, though a formal agreement wasn’t made until early 2015.


Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Malaysian Airlines international flight 370 disappeared March 8, 2014 while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. The aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar and went missing. 227 passengers and 12 crew members were on board. There was an extensive search for months until over a year later in July 2015 when a piece of debris from the aircraft until late July of 2015. By the end of 2014, the financially struggling Malaysian airlines had denationalized.


Syria Civil War

Fighting in Syria has been ongoing for years. In January 2014, ISIS took the entire city of Raqqa.


Voting day for Toronto Municipal Election 2014

On October 27, 2014, the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Election took place. The candidates included Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory. John Tory went on to win the election, while politician Doug Ford and Olivia Chow placed second and third.


Mike Tyson throw tantrum at Toronto reporter

September 9, 2014, Mike Tyson lashed out at Toronto reporter, Nathan Downer, on live TV after the reporter asked about the former boxer’s rape conviction. Mike Tyson was on the interview in support of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (now former mayor) upcoming election. The reporter then asked Tyson if he would think his rape conviction would hurt Ford’s chances at mayor. Tyson grew angry and said no comment, along with other expletives. Though the reporter tried to steer the interview another way, it never recovered and the interview was cut short.

The next day Downer said he had no ill feelings toward Tyson and said that Tyson just lashed out.

Many Canadians were outraged at Tyson’s behavior, raising the question of why he was allowed in Canada as he was a convicted felon.


101-car pile up on Toronto’s Highway 400

Police referred the scene as “disturbing” as a total of 96 cars piled up on the highway due to the snow. It was a ripple effect. Once one car hit, other started to hit as well because the snow prevented them from breaking. Both directions of Highway 400 were shut down between Highway 89 and Mapleview. Cars were stuck on the highway for hours in the cold. Cars also were running out of gas and the police had to car buses to come to the rescue of those stranded. They buses were also needed to keep people warm as it was below that day. There were no major injuries in the massive crash.

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Toronto 2014 Worlds is the Ultimate Source to Know the World Rankings of Toronto in Different Fields

The city of Toronto in Canada is ethnically diverse and it also holds the pride of being the capital of Ontario. This is a beautiful city which is well famous for its attractions and it is only because of this reason that it is also considered the tourism hub of the world. People tend to get infatuated to the beautiful attractions of this city. The world famous Royal Ontario Museum is located in Toronto, which is known for its collections depicting world culture and natural history. Apart from possessing many centers dedicated to science and art, Toronto also boasts of islands as well as beaches that serve as natural attractions for the tourists. The website Toronto 2014 Worlds is dedicated towards providing complete details about the world rankings that the city has been successful in obtaining during the year 2014. The city has obtained world rankings in different fields. The fields where Toronto has obtained first place rankings are as follows:


Toronto possesses the uniqueness of being the most tax-competitive city throughout the world. According to a survey initiated in a total of 51 foreign cities, Toronto held the top position. Tax competitiveness of the cities was assessed through the comparison of different tax rates like sales tax, capital tax, property tax and income tax.

Resilient City

According to a current report presented by Grosvenor Group, Toronto was ranked the most resilient city in the world. This report surveyed a total of 50 international cities and came up with the claim that Toronto, including some other cities of Canada, fared very well. This was because these cities had proper and easy access to important resources like energy and water and also because they were well planned and well governed. Grosvenor Group determined resiliency ranking by analyzing the vulnerability of the cities to various events. The report was presented post assessing the ability of these cities in adapting to changes and coping with unfavorable situations.

Youthful Cities

This tested the attractiveness of cities for all young people ageing between 15 and 29. The study concluded results on the basis of 16 categories, judging a total of twenty-five cities throughout the world. Toronto was successful in grabbing the first position in several categories including Youth Employment, Digital Access, Art and Fashion, Diversity and many more. A financial professional in his late 20’s recently gave us his perspective as well, when he visited from his home city in Delaware. He admitted how nice the lifestyle would be for youth who move to Toronto and want to establish a career and eventually a family. His business, in case you want to see more about the services provided, can be found at www.delawarerefinancepro.com.

Intelligent Community

According to ICF or Intelligent Community Forum, Toronto is the Intelligent Community of the Year 2014. Intelligent Community Forum or ICF is located in the city of New York and it carries out the task of studying the social and economic development of the 21st Century community. The city of Toronto has been triumphant in grabbing this prestigious award or position because of the diverse economy that it possesses along with important clusters in the field of media, finance, communication technologies, film production and information. It has won this award also for serving as a magnet for thousands of immigrants. This procedure identified a total of 21 communities in not more than eight countries, further narrowed down to Top 7 Intelligent Communities. These Top 7 Intelligent Communities were visited by the ICF founder members for validating all the information provided by these communities. Next, the reports that they prepared were reviewed by a jury consisting of government officials, consultants, business leaders and academics involved in the Intelligent Community Program. Being successful in securing the top positions in the listings mentioned above, Toronto grasped good rankings in other fields as well and they include:

Labor Attractiveness and Economic Performance

Scoreboard on Prosperity made a comparison of the labor attractiveness and economic performance of 24 large cities. Among these 24 cities, the city of Toronto was successful in obtaining the third position comparatively better than its 6th position in the year 2013. The report puts forward the claim that Toronto is a master at attracting labor and it stands in the center when it comes to economic performance.

Cities of Opportunity

The PwC carried out its 6th annual study of Cities of Opportunity in the year 2014 and Toronto successfully obtained the 4th position among 30 international cities. This study was completely focused on the measures of technology and education, economic convenience of doing business in a particular city and the quality of living in a city. In the category of health, transportation, security and safety along with infrastructure Toronto ranked high.

Toronto 2014 Worlds

The ethnically diverse city located in Canada, Toronto is the capital of Ontario. Tourism is greatly attracted towards this well famous beautiful city because it has great sources which infatuate the people towards them. For instance, the museum of natural history and world culture, the Royal Ontario Museum is in Toronto. Beside many centers of art and science, the beaches and the Toronto Islands are the natural attractions in Toronto. Here, we are going to tell you about the various ranking that Toronto has obtained in 2014.

Fields in which Toronto has occupied the first place ranking:

  • Focus on tax: Toronto has been ranked the most tax-competitive city of the world. The survey was carried out in the 51 international cities and Toronto top ranked it. In this survey, various tax rates, including Income tax, sales tax, property tax, capital tax were compared to assess the competitiveness.
  • Resilient Cities: A report by the Grosvenor Group has declared the Toronto as the world’s most resilient city. The conclusion has been made by assessing the vulnerability of different cities to different events, how they cope with unfavorable issues and their attitude towards change. One of the other very resilient cities that was compared to Toronto was in New Jersey, and to prove a point, the local businesses in and around the area actually all contributed to a resiliency competition where business owners were put through a series or challenges. The winner was a company by the name of Cherry Hill Super Tow, and first prize was a round trip airline ticket to anywhere in the world on United.
  • Youthful Cities: This study examined the attractiveness of the cities for young people aging 15-29. There were 16 categories on the basis of which, the study has concluded its result and out of 25 cities of the world, Toronto ranked high in various categories which includes Diversity, Youth Employment, Fashion and Art, digital access and more.
  • Intelligent Community: Due to Toronto’s diverse economy, which has great advancements in media, film production, information and communication technologies, it has become the topmost intelligent community in the world. This report is given by the ICF (Intelligent Community Forum) and 21 communities belonging to 8 countries were compared.

Being top ranked in the above listings, Toronto has also grasped ranking in various other fields which are:

  • Economic performance and labour attractiveness: The Scoreboard on Prosperity compared the economic performance and labour attractiveness of 24 big cities in which the Totonto Region stood at the 3rd place which was comparatively 6th in 2013. According to the report, Toronto region is a leader in attracting labour while in the case of economy performer, it stands in the middle.
  • Liveability: When compared for the liveability, the cities were given marks from 0-100 and Toronto received 97.2 and secured the 4th position in the World. The liveability was examined on the basis of education, ethnic values, political stability and infrastructure. In this ranking, Vancouver has overtaken the Toronto.
  • Global Talent Survey: In 2014, an analysis was done on the 203000 employees working in different countries. The analysis examined that which countries and cities attract the large percentage of global workforce and the results were amazing. Among 189 countries, Canada ranked 3rd and among cities, Toronto got the 8th
  • Business and Investment: When the business costs and some other competitive factors were compared of 48 global and 12 North American cities, it has been found that Toronto provides the most cost effective business opportunities and similar investment climates. It has ranked 5th among global and 3rd among North American cities.