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EIU.com Melbourne retains the crown of most liveable city Melbourne remains the most liveable location of the 140 cities surveyed, followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna. Vancouver, which was the most liveable city surveyed until 2011 lies in third place. Over the past six months only 13 cities of 140 surveyed have experienced changes in scores, although 28 cities (20% of those surveyed) have seen changes over the past year. In some cases these are positive improvements in liveability driven by infra¬structural development or easing instability. But in most cases liveability changes in recent years have been driven by civil unrest, with the Arab Spring, European austerity and Chinese discontent all contributing. Conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores. The concept of liveability is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. About the Global liveability report Purchase the full reports at the EIU store

CATO Economic Freedom of the World Global economic freedom increased slightly in this year’s report, but remains below its peak level of 6.92 in 2007. The average score increased to 6.86 in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. In this year’s index, Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom, 8.97 out of 10. The rest of this year’s top scores are Singapore, 8.52; New Zealand, 8.19; Switzerland, 8.16; United Arab Emirates, 8.15; Mauritius, 8.08; Jordan, 7.93; Ireland, 7.90; Canada, 7.89; and the United Kingdom and Chile at 7.87. The United States, once considered a bastion of economic freedom, now ranks 16th in the world with a score of 7.73. The rankings of other large economies in this year’s index are Japan (26th), Germany (29th), South Korea (39th), Italy (68th), France (70th), Mexico (93st), Russia (99th), China (111th), India (114th), and Brazil (118th). *The content linked above reflects some slight recalculations since the report’s initial printing.

How to teach ... mindfulness All teachers want their students to be calm, focused, alert, aware and creative, which is essentially what mindfulness is all about, so it's no wonder the term has become a bit of a buzzword, even in mainstream education. The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce mindfulness to young people at school (and at home) and to help them develop some essential life skills. The most delicious way to start has to be Mindfulness and the art of chocolate eating. Taking just three minutes, this is a practical and instantly likeable introduction to bringing mindfulness to the classroom. If you must, swap chocolate for strawberries or ripe slices of mango. This is just one of a fantastic set of resources from Mind Space on Guardian Teacher Network – and all are without an aura, guru or chakra in sight. Try this mindfulness relaxation exercise script, which has been designed to guide students to a heightened level of mindfulness while relaxing the body and mind in just 15 minutes.

PDS Instrument Profile Carbary, J.F., and S.M. Krimigis, Encounters with Jupiter: The Low EnergyCharged Particle Results of Voyager, APL Tech. Digest, Vol. 1, p. 60, 1980. Hamilton, D.C., G. Gloeckler, S.M. Khurana, K.K., M.G. Krimigis, S.M., A Post-Voyager View of Jupiter's Magnetosphere, Endeavour,Vol., 5, p. 50, 1981. Krimigis, S.M., Voyager Encounters with Jupiter's Magnetosphere: Resultsof the Low Energy Charged Particle (LECP) Experiment, Compendium inAstronomy, Mariolopoulos, et. al. Krimigis, S.M., T.P. Krimigis, S.M., J.F.

Prosperity Index National success is about more than just wealth. And yet, traditionally we have used narrow measures of wealth (such as GDP) as our benchmark to determine the success of nations. The Prosperity Index goes beyond GDP to measure countries’ success against a broad set of metrics covering areas such as health, education, opportunity, social capital, personal freedom, and more. The Prosperity Index is the only global index that measures national prosperity based on both wealth and wellbeing (objective and subjective data). The Index seeks to redefine the concept of national prosperity to include, as a matter of fundamental importance, factors such as democratic governance, entrepreneurial opportunity, and social cohesion. It aims to spark debate and to encourage policy-makers, scholars, the media, and the interested public to take an holistic view of prosperity and to better understand how it is created.

Infographic: Does Teacher Pay Affect Student Peformance? Saw this infographic on the relationship between teacher pay and student performance in the classroom, and I had to post it. You will want to share this one with your friends. Does teacher pay correlate with better student performance? In a word–yes! Source Related articles: Lucas Allen Lucas Allen is a high school math teacher and math team coach in Illinois. More Posts - Website Follow Me:

The Changing Goals of Data Visualization The visual representation of data has gone through a number of phases, with its goals switching back and forth between analysis and presentation over time. Many introductions to visualization tend to portray historical examples as all being done for the same purpose. That, I argue in this short, incomplete, and cherry-picked history, is not true. Early to Mid–1800s: Playfair, Nightingale, Snow, Minard The first uses of graphics to represent data, interestingly, were very bare and abstract, and at the same time were mostly tools for communication. Those charts were drawn to communicate, not to analyze. 1920–30s: Neurath In the first thirty years of the 20th century, Otto Neurath designed a visual language, the ISOTYPE, that not only showed numbers in ways that were easy to read, but that also communicated what they meant. Neurath wanted to educate people about the world: ISOTYPE is the acronym for International System of TYpographic Picture Education. 1960–70s: Bertin and Tukey 1980s: Tufte

WHO Global Health Observatory data Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030): Data portal The Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy indicator and monitoring framework includes 60 indicators from health and other sectors. 34 indicators are from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 26 from related global monitoring initiatives. From these, 16 key indicators are highlighted to provide a snapshot of progress. The Global Strategy portal provides open access to the latest available data and estimates for the 60 indicators across 194 countries. This involves collaboration across WHO departments, H6 agencies (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO and the World Bank), other UN organizations - including the UN Statistics Division and UNESCO, and global monitoring partnerships, including the Countdown to 2030 and academic institutions. – Access the portal Global Observatory on Health Research and Development (R&D) – Access the Observatory fact buffet Child care Care seeking for pneumonia

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