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Friends and enemies in the Middle East. Who is connected to whom? - interactive

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:41

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As the US and UK are set to again commit to military involvement in the Middle East, this interactive visualises the intricate, complex and sometimes hidden relationships and alliances across the region.

Its tangled, opened state is meant as a kind of visual joke, showing how its fabric defies simple solutions. You can filter relationship types on and off in the bottom left and also rollover and click on different players to get a clarified view.

Understandably, this is an ongoing, evolving diagram which we hope to add to. So feel free to help us make this diagram more accurate. Please comment below or email your ideas and corrections.

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

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Poll shows Ed Miliband's policies backed by public, particularly his pledge on the NHS

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:28

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Over 70% of the public are in favour of Milibands policy to fund the NHS with extra taxes on tobacco companies and mansions, according to a new poll

Every one of Ed Milibands pledges from his speech yesterday has popular public support, according to a new poll.

A new Survation poll for Labour List of 1,037 people shows that 72% of the public are in favour of the policy to fund the NHS to the tune of £2.5bn extra a year, partially using taxes against tobacco companies and mansions as well as closing loopholes. Only 12% were against.

Minimum wage pledge - Raising the minimum wage by £1.50 to over £8 per hour by 2020, to reward hard work and halve the number of people in low pay. (Slightly different to speech as Miliband clarified that it would go beyond £8).

Apprenticeships - By 2025, have as many people doing modern business apprenticeships as currently go to university. Only providing major government contracts to companies that provide apprenticeships.

Self-employment - Granting the same employment rights for the many self-employed people in the UK that permanent employees have.

Energy - A commitment to take carbon emissions out of the economy by 2025 and through Green investment banks to allow communities to insulate 5 million homes over 10 years.

Decentralising Westminster power - Decentralising power from Westminster to the regions, including constitutional reform for England, Wales and Scotland.

House building - Make house building a top priority and by 2025 build as many homes the UK needs doubling the number of first-time buyers.

Breaking up high street banks - Breaking up the big high street banks in UK to allow more competition, to benefit consumers in financial services.

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Global middle class nears one billion mark

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:10

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According to the most recent Allianz Global Wealth Report, the global middle class is nearing the billion people mark. Significant inequalities though remain in many countries, and data shows important differences within the worlds regions

The global gross financial assets - namely securities, bank deposits, and claims on insurance and pensions - of private households grew by 9.9% in 2013, the highest rate of growth since 2003. This brought total global financial assets up to a new record level of 118 trillion.

Switzerland, the U.S.A. and Belgium are the top-three countries in the world when it comes to net per capita financial assets. Here are the top-20 (in 000s):

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A 30 penalty shootout is maybe more likely than you would think

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:59

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Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 14-13 after a 30-penalty thriller but once a game gets to sudden death then the likelihood of it getting to that stage is actually about one in 60

On the face of it Middlesbrough versus Liverpool was an astonishing game. Not only did the Championship team take the Champions League team to a penalty shootout but it took 30 kicks to decide it. However, it might not be quite as astonishing as you think.

For those not familiar with how penalties work - each team gets five shots at goal and at the end of those whoever has scored the most wins. If it is a draw at the end of that then the shootout goes to sudden death, which is when if one team scores and then the other does not then the latter side is eliminated. Liverpool taking theirs to 14-13 over Middlesbrough was a new Capital One Cup record.

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PGA European Tour CIO: "We're about to embark upon our most ambitious project yet"

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:03

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Mark Lichtenhein, CIO of the PGA European Tour, opens up about the mammoth technological undertaking involved in organising a large-scale sports event

The next Ryder Cup, which kicks off on Friday, is not short on ambition. The tournament will bring together some of the worlds finest golfers and 45,000 fans at the Gleneagles Hotel in rural Perthshire. Aside from the golf, spectators will also be privy to one of the most significant technological feats in modern sport.

Phones were banned at the 2010 Ryder Cup but next week they will play a central part in the visitor experience, as a vast wifi network streams the action direct to mobile devices positioned anywhere on the course. The move is intended to revolutionise the tournament for spectators who would otherwise be cut out of the game when they arent at the heart of the action.

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AFL grand finalists in numbers: stats, tatts and tackles for Hawks and Swans

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:04

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Hawthorn are strong in offence, while the Swans boast an awesome defence. We compare the vital metrics (and beards)

At the AFL grand final between the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn on Saturday the strongest attacking team with the most tattoos will meet the strongest defensive team with the most beards.

Were leaving statistical prediction to the experts in a separate blog post to come later in the week, so for now heres a more relaxed breakdown and comparison of each teams stats.

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How the Senate may vote on controversial budget measures

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:38

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We asked every party in the Senate how they plan to vote on Medicare co-payment, changes to unemployment benefits, fuel excise and other budget measures

This week a series of bills containing controversial budget measures will be introduced to Senate.

Some of the bills will make changes to Australias welfare system, such as taking people under 30 off income support for months at a time, reviewing some peoples disability support pension and increasing the pension age to 70.

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The data behind why this is the biggest Ebola outbreak ever

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:30

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Nearly 3,000 people have died due to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. We look at some of the factors that might have enabled this unprecedented spread

The biggest Ebola outbreak in history continues to affect Western Africa with nearly 3,000 deaths thought to have been caused by the deadly virus.

Last week the UN Security Council described the virus as a threat to global security. It was only the second time that the Security Council had discussed a public health problem (the first was HIV/Aids).

Ebola then spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.

The first EVD [Ebola] outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.

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From four teams to 24: How Euro 2020 reflects a changing Europe

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:30

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On July 10 1960 at the Parc des Princes in Paris, the Soviet Union defeated Yugoslavia 2-1 in the first ever final of the European Championships. A game between what are now 22 different countries. How was Europe changed since then?

On July 10 1960 at the Parc des Princes in Paris, the Soviet Union defeated Yugoslavia 2-1 (a.e.t.) in the first ever final of the European Championships. A game between what are now 22 different countries*.

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Ed Miliband's personal ratings may not matter that much. At least, for now

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:00

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Ed Milibands personal ratings are miserable, and if anything are getting worse. There are two reasons why come the election next year this may not matter though - David Cameron and the NHS

Ed Milibands personal ratings are miserable. By almost any measure, from leadership to the words voters pick to describe him, across all polling firms, the numbers are poor.

Leader image ratings ahead of Miliband speech at #Lab14 - statesman like, intelligent, weird? New poll for @itvnews pic.twitter.com/bL9z58sidk

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Why is tech increasing the boardroom obsession with golf?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:02

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As golf continues to bring game enhancing digital technologies into play, the sports relationship with the boardroom goes from strength to strength. Tom Fox-Brewster explains

As a steady, intense game, golf might not be the first sport most would associate with the high-speed game of Big Data analytics. But it was, in fact, one of the early adopters.

Towards the end of the 90s, the PGA Tour team responsible for putting together the scores were relying on old tools: pen and paper. The scores would only be entirely apparent at the end of a round. Golf was still in the slow lane technologically and as a result the PGA Tour wasnt meeting the needs of its broadcasting partners.

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How big could the gap between yes and no be in the Scottish independence referendum?

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:16

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If the split is 51% to 49% in either direction on an 80% turnout then the number of voters swinging the election would be roughly equivalent to the capacity of Murrayfield

Murrayfield, the Scottish home of rugby, would roughly be able to fit the 68,000-odd voters deciding the referendum if it comes down to a close 51% for one side and 49% for the other. That is if we assume a turnout of 80% - or roughly 3.42m - of registered voters for the referendum tomorrow.

This informative gem, which shows just how close the poll could be, was first pointed out by the BBCs Chris Mason yesterday. It made us wonder just how big the margins could be based on other polling outcomes. Just like Mason, all of our estimates are based on an 80% turnout.

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Scottish independence referendum: a no win is likely, but not certain

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:46

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If this were a normal election we probably wouldnt say, based on current polls, that the outcome was too close to call. No leads, but one important uncertainty remains

Two days before the 2012 presidential election in France, an Ifop poll for Paris Match put the gap between François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy at four points. Hollande was seen as the clear favourite, and won the election by 3.5 points.

If this were a normal election we probably wouldnt say, based on current polls, that the outcome of tomorrows independence referendum in Scotland was too close to call. Three polls were released yesterday - all three had the no (to independence) vote ahead by four points. Fourteen polls have so far been released this month. The gap may have narrowed - significantly - but 12 of these polls have still shown no in the lead.

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China and India - 13 charts that show how the countries compare

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:05

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As Chinas president Xi Jinping heads to India to meet prime minister Narendra Modi take a look at how the two nations, which each contain more than a sixth of the worlds population, compare

As Chinas president Xi Jinping heads to India to meet prime minister Narendra Modi, it is tempting to hold the two countries up against each other. Each contains more than a sixth of the worlds population. Each has seen dramatic economic growth in recent decades yet each is still beset by widespread poverty. And each now has a strong leader at the helm.


But many argue the countries and their trajectories are too dissimilar for comparisons to be useful. The Indian journalist Pallavi Aiyar, who spent several years covering China, argued recently that the worlds largest democracy should be looking to Indonesia - not to its authoritarian neighbour. As the figures below show, the differences between the countries are more striking than the similarities.

Chinas unemployment rate is higher than Indias, but some say underemployment also needs to be taken into account.

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When given the chance, countries tend to say yes to independence

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:31

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Weve looked at about 50 independence votes since 1846, and the vote for independence has averaged 82.9%, and came out on top in 88% of the votes

History shows that when people are asked, they almost always say yes to independence.

Every election, country and places history is unique and different. Scotland is no exception. Yet, when given the opportunity, countries tend to vote in favour of independence, and to do so decisively.

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At the Movies: Margaret and Davids most divisive films revealed

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:33

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David was a harsher reviewer overall than Margaret, and only six films achieved a five-star rating from both

Team America, Friday Night Lights and Sex and the City are among the most divisive films reviewed by Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.

Following news that At the Movies will end on 9 December, Ive collated every score theyve given to a film since they moved to the ABC in 2004.

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From Poppy to Sherlock: the UK's most popular pet names

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:00

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Poppy may be the most popular UK pet name for cats and dogs, but new analysis shows owners are taking inspiration from cult television series to name their fluffy friends

Its not just baby names that have been influenced by hit television shows.

According to a new release, pet names arent exempt with owners taking inspiration from popular series such as Sherlock, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

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