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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:57:20 PM EST
The world's most liveable cities in 2018

Melbourne has finally lost the title of world's most liveable city after a seven-year reign.

The Australian city came in second place on the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2018 ranking of the world's most liveable cities, missing out on the top spot by just 0.7%.

It was pipped to the post by Vienna, which received an overall score of 99.1% on the annual list, which assesses stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure in 140 different cities.

Most liveable cities 2018:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Calgary, Canada
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. (tie) Toronto, Canada
  8. (tie) Tokyo, Japan
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Adelaide, Australia

According to the report, global business centers tend to be victims of their own success. "The 'big city buzz' that they enjoy can overstretch infrastructure and cause higher crime rates," it says.

For instance, New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with plenty of great recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable.

by Oui on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 10:26:42 AM EST
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EIU attributes Austria's capital's rise to the top to increased security scores due to a return to relative stability across much of Europe after high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years.
I don't recall any terrorist attacks in Vienna in recent years. Do you?

What are the public transport problems in Paris?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 10:36:50 AM EST
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Neck to neck race between Melbourne and Vienna ...

    "This year, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe as well as the city's low crime rate helped nudge Vienna into first place."

World's most liveable cities revealed... but London doesn't even make the top 40

Manchester saw the biggest rise up the table of any European city, climbing 16 places to 35th.

London came 13 places behind in 48th, which is the biggest gap between the two cities since the survey began two decades ago.

The survey's editor Roxana Slavcheva said Manchester's success was partly due to "resilience in the city's recovery from a recent, high-profile terrorist attack, which previously shook up stability".

Closing borders pays off in liveable city index?

Bavaria's Markus Söder and Austria's Sebastian Kurz unite on migration

My visit to the City of London ...

Why Brexit? Microcosm of Isle of Dogs

by Oui on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 11:51:58 AM EST
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Well, as I can't see their methodology, criteria and weighting system in a 30-second Google search, I would guess that the answer to "Closing borders pays off in liveable city index?" is "Yes, according to the Economist's hidden agenda".

[[#Death to The Economist]]

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:58:55 PM EST
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It's a bit more complicated than that. Otherwise Pyongyang would be the most liveable of all. (No petty crime, no traffic jams. Maybe it is....)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 02:01:37 PM EST
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the Isle of Dogs essay passed me by sadly, but yes, for the last 40 years, democratic institutions have been wrecked and undermined in the UK by the remorseless ravages of neoliberalism and its weapon of austerity.

when you lose faith in the possibility of benevolence from government, any opportunity to strike against it, such as a brexit vote, is welcome.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:06:46 PM EST
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I can only imagine that we won because the last interior minister bought assault rifles for the police in bulk.so the economist can feel save.
by generic on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:07:48 PM EST
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you can't afford it!
Economist Intelligence Unit
The EIU's liveability ranking and overview quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

$620 / twice yearly updates

Fortunately, your preferred "news outlet" (formerly free press) can and does supply you with only the news fit to print.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:22:19 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:19:21 PM EST
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WHO: Ebola Can 'Transmit Freely' in DR Congo, Death Toll Hits 41
vaccination trial: mAb114
The outbreak in North Kivu's Beni region, which shares borders with Uganda and Rwanda, was declared a week after the WHO and the Kinshasa government hailed the end of an Ebola flare-up in northwestern Equateur province, which killed 33 people.
therapeutic trial: rVSV-ZEBOV
The latest outbreak, which now counts 57 probable and confirmed cases of the deadly virus, is the country's 10th since 1976 when the disease was first identified in the DRC near the Ebola River.
In a bid to halt the virus's lethal advance, DRC health authorities said Tuesday that doctors in Beni had begun using a prototype drug called mAb114 to treat patients.

The treatment is "the first therapeutic drug against the virus to be used in an active Ebola epidemic in the DRC," the health ministry's directorate for disease control said. Developed in the United States, the prototype drug is a so-called single monoclonal antibody -- a protein that binds on to a specific target of the virus and triggers the body's immune system to destroy the invader.

In May, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said it was carrying out the first human trials of mAb114 to test it for safety and tolerance.
Use of the experimental treatment in the field comes on the heels of deployment of an unlicensed vaccine in the earlier Ebola outbreak in the DRC this year. The decision to use the vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, came after trials during the 2013-2015 pandemic in West Africa showed it to be safe and effective, the WHO says.

The vaccine played a significant role in halting Ebola's spread in Equateur province, and should also be useful in fighting the new outbreak. Targeted vaccination, aimed primarily at front-line health workers, began last week, and so far 216 people have received a jab.

Congo Ebola outbreak poses high regional risk, says WHO

archived V
no cases having been reported for 45 days, 31 July
living lab, 12 May

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 08:43:19 PM EST
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The Nordic Countries Aren't Socialist

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 10:44:22 PM EST
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Nordic nations are not socialist; they're free-trade lovers
All I want to know is, Which one is the pseudonym?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:53:54 PM EST
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