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Brazil election: Dilma Rousseff favourite according to polls

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:41

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Brazilians head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president. Incumbent Dilma Rousseff will face Aécio Neves of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy party in a runoff vote. According to the latest polls, Dilma has edged just ahead

More than 130 million Brazilians will head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president.

Incumbent Dilma Rousseff faces Aécio Neves of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy party in a runoff vote. In the first round Dilma won 41.4% of the vote, with Neves taking 33.5%. The scale of the Neves result was particularly surprising, as it was noticeably higher than pre-election polls were showing.

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Britain's two billion euro bill explained

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:02

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A leaked European Commission document shows adjusted contributions EU member states will be asked to make to the EU budget over the next few weeks. In the UKs case, the figure amounts to more than 2bn, adding about a fifth to its existing contribution - why is this?

A leaked European Commission document published by the Financial Times (paywall) shows adjusted contributions EU member states will reportedly be asked to make to the EU budget over the next few weeks.

These are the adjustments by country, to be added (or subtracted) from existing contributions:

Impact of eurozone 2010 GDP revisions by country: pic.twitter.com/obLUQpKjGc

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Looking for a litigator? Europe's skills mapped

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:16

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Business social networking site, LinkedIn has created a map showing which skills are most uniquely found in a selection of major cities across Europe. Based on analysis of more than 75m members, the map below highlights the skill categories that had a greater share of a citys population compared to the national average.

In the UK, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Liverpool and Manchester are featured. A more diverse range of individual skills were recorded in London mirroring its breadth of industries, while skills such as offshore operations, drilling, electricity generation and financial planning were among the top skills found in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Programming, telecommunications technology and language translation skills feature highly in both Madrid and Paris, while game and mobile development skills reflect Berlins startup scene. Interestingly, the second most frequent skill in Naples, Italy, is litigation.

Click on the coloured dots below to explore the map.

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The curious case of voter turnout in Hungary

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:17

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In few regions of the world has voter turnout fallen since the 1990s as in central and eastern Europe. With one exception Hungary

When it comes to European politics, Hungary is somewhat of an outlier. And, not just because its set to impose the worlds first internet tax (paywall).

Earlier this month, Latvians headed to the polls. The election registered a turnout of 58.8% - the lowest since the restoration of independence.

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Ukip's polarising effect: support for staying in the EU hits 23-year high

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:40

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A new poll by Ipsos MORI finds that 56% of Britons would vote to stay in the EU - the highest level of support since 1991

UK - @IpsosMORI poll: support for staying in the EU is at its highest since 1991: pic.twitter.com/89CEYrMVeP

A new poll from Ipsos MORI shows 56% of Britons would vote to stay in the European Union in a referendum - the highest support for British EU membership since 1991.

@AlbertoNardelli @simoncast that is my view too. have something else on EU coming which confirms

Those of us who want Britain to leave the EU have a mountain to climb according to @yougov polling for @timesredbox pic.twitter.com/OyNnXx2eHB

What the Great British public think of free movement of workers. ComRes for @IndyOnSunday http://t.co/T5qgCpkYbL pic.twitter.com/axNjZscuto

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Where do the world's millionaires live?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:08

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Despite a challenging economic environment, total global wealth has hit a new record high, rising by $20.1 trillion over the past year to reach $263 trillion

Despite a challenging economic environment, total global wealth has hit a new record high, rising by $20.1 trillion between mid-2013 and mid-2014, an increase of 8.3%, to reach $263 trillion more than twice the $117 trillion recorded in 2000.

This, according to a report by Credit Suisse on global wealth.

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How is your MP voting on issues you care about?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:12

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A new website aims to demystify Australias parliamentary voting process

When politicians vote in parliament, you wont see the breakdown of votes reported in the media unless its a prominent policy.

To find out how your representative voted on an issue its currently pretty tricky. You have to track down the proceedings on the parliament house website and then work out how the question has been phrased so you can determine what an aye or no means in that context.

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UK General Election: 200 days to go - three key trends to follow

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:20

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In 200 days Britain heads to the polls. With less than seven months to election day, now is a good time to take a step back and look at the state of the race

Elections are coming.

In 200 days Britain heads to the polls. With less than seven months to election day, now is a good time to take a step back and look at the state of the race. Over the past month the political agenda has primarily rotated around three events: party conferences, byelections in Clacton and Heywood & Middleton, and the Scottish independence referendum.

My poll of 11 Con-Lab marginals, at a glance: pic.twitter.com/ZXDV0xYeem

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Maps of Australian language swimmers v cozzies, scallops v potato cakes

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:26

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What do you call these things? These interactive maps show the language divide in Australia

Scallops or potato cakes? Swimmers, cozzies or togs? Slippery dip or slippery slide? While Australian English is mostly the same all over, there are some regional variations.

There is little regional variation in accents. Most people are familiar with the long a used by some South Australians versus the short a used elsewhere. But there are larger differences in vocabulary, with a number of regionally specific words.

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West German teams still dominate the east in the Bundesliga

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:05

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Since Germany reunified it has been the western teams that have been the strongest in their top football division with no eastern teams in the league since 2009

As the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall approaches, the divide between west and east German teams can still be seen in the domestic leagues.

Only four teams from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) have reached the Bundesliga out of the 38 that have played in the top tier of the German league system since the 1993-94 season. Hertha BSC, the only Berlin team to reach the top tier in this period, was located west of the Berlin wall.

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Angela Merkel: the eurozone's one constant

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:35

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Since Angela Merkel took office in November 2005, there have been 54 different leaders in other eurozone countries, an average of more than three per currency union member

Five years ago today, Greeces then Prime Minister, George Papandreou, disclosed to the world that his country was in severe fiscal difficulties. Recessions dipped and then double dipped, while debt soared. Unemployment rates, especially among young people, hit record highs in many parts of eurozone. Growth plummeted, and in many parts of the continent has yet to recover.

One constant throughout the eurozone crisis has been Germanys chancellor, Angela Merkel. Since Merkel took office in 2005, there have been 54 different leaders atop eurozone member countries - an average of more than three per country.

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What boxing weightclasses would Premier League footballers fit in?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:43

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From one super featherweight to 18 heavyweights, find out which boxing classes the Premier Leagues footballers would divide into if they stepped into the ring

Fans have grown to love football players of all shapes and sizes since the game started. Juninho, nicknamed the Little Fella, is still a hero at Middlesbrough while 16 stone Adebayo Akinfenwa is piling in the goals this season at AFC Wimbledon.

Thats not to say that weight does not matter as there are different positions and playing styles for which larger or smaller players are better suited.

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Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:29

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Sudden slump in price of crude now at its lowest for four years sends tremors through capitals of the worlds great oil powers. A look at the economic and geopolitical implications of $80 oil

The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the worlds great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists.

Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import 3.1 million fewer barrels of oil a day compared with its peak in 2005. Prices are now well below the level on which many oil exporters have based their budgets.

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Banning smoking in public places will not do much harm

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:52

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Smoking in public parks could be banned in London, if mayor Boris Johnson follows the advice of his health commission. Here are three reasons

The Mayor of Londons health commission has recommended banning smoking in the UK capitals public parks, which they say would make it one of the worlds healthiest cities.

New York did the same thing in 2011 and former mayor Michael Bloomberg cities it as one of the factors contributing to the city populations life expectancy increasing by three years during his time in charge - although that was probably a bit of an optimistic analysis.

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Visualised: how Ebola compares to other infectious diseases

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:47

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With Ebola panic spreading, we thought it might be timely to visualise the data on the infectiousness of various pathogens.

To give a universal metric for infectiousness, weve used the average basic reproduction number (also ratio or rate). Its a statistical measure of how likely and widespread an infectious disease outbreak might be - if nothing is done to control the situation.

Every disease has a basic reproduction number but the numbers are scattered across the literature. Weve web-crawled and gathered them all here in one graphic, plotting them against the average case fatality rate - the % of infectees who die. This hopefully gives us a data-centric way to understand the most infectious and deadly diseases and contextualise current events.

This is a guest interactive taken from the new book, Knowledge is Beautiful (find out more: UK & US), the sequel to Information is Beautiful

Ebola: world grapples with outbreak - live updates


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Hidden pockets of child poverty within affluent areas, new report shows

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:34

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While on the face of it, the areas with the highest proportion of children in poverty are in poorer inner-city areas, drilling down into the data shows that affluent local authorities still have some of the worst off children

Read: child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research

On the face of it, there are few surprises in the UK map of child poverty, published on Wednesday by the campaign group End Child Poverty.

Poverty is reaching into so many communities, including relatively affluent ones end quote

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How many seats will Ukip win at the general election?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 19:34

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Ukip is surging in the polls. Most pollsters have Farages party in the mid-teens, with one even showing the party on 25%. But how does this all translate into actual parliamentary seats?

Ukip could win 30 seats in 2015 election, new data shows

Ukip has surged since last weeks byelections - the party has seen a spike in terms of coverage, and a rise in most polls too.

Nigel Farages party is now consistently in the mid-teens. Over the weekend, Survation even had Ukip on 25% - its highest score ever.

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UK only G7 member with increased wealth inequality since start of 21st century

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:14

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The proportion of the countrys wealth owned by the top 10% has increased between 2000 and 2014, according to a new report

Taken together, the bottom half of the global population own less than 1% of total wealth. In sharp contrast, the richest decile hold 87% of the worlds wealth, and the top percentile alone account for 48.2% of global assets, said the annual report, now in its fifth year.

The report, which calculates that total global wealth has grown to a new record $263tn, more than twice the $117tn calculated for 2000 found that the UK was the only country in the G7 to have recorded rising inequality in the 21st century.

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How many illicit guns are there in Australia and where do they come from?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:59

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With an estimated 260,000 illicit firearms in circulation, an inquiry is examining the extent of the gun-trafficking problem

A Senate inquiry into gun violence held its first public hearing on Monday, with committee members debating the extent of the problem of illicit guns.

So its worth asking the question: how many guns are there in Australia, and how many of these are illicit?

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