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GOOD LIFE : The world's top 10 best and worst livable cities

Canada and Australia have the world's most livable cities, according to an annual ranking.








Canada and Australia have the world's most livable cities, according to an annual ranking.





The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Livability Ranking placed cities from those two countries in eight out of the top ten spots, with Vienna and Helsinki the only two European metropoles in the top 10.








The analysis of 140 cities looks at factorssuch as crime, unrest, education, pollution, healthcare and public transportation.




Canadian cities Toronto and Vancouver both received perfect 100-point scores for stability, healthcare and education.




Melbourne and Vienna were given perfect scores for infrastructure. No American city made it in the top 10.





Australian and Canadian cities have dramatically lower homicide rates than American cities, while also having been spared the deep financial crisis that has lowered the rankings of European cities.








Bogota, Colombia has seen the sharpest rise on the list …

Three Ways That The West Could Make Life More Difficult For Hostile Russia

THE ECONOMIST





Itar Tass - Reuters






FOR a time after Vladimir Putin first became Russia’s president almost 14 years ago, there were hopes that, though no liberal, he was moving in a pro-Western direction. 



But as he prepares to welcome global leaders to the G20 summit in St Petersburg next week, it is ever more obvious that, whether in international diplomacy over Syria or on domestic issues like the jailing of opposition leaders or gay rights, he is on an explicitly anti-Western course. Indeed, hostility to the West has become a hallmark of his third presidential term (see "Russia and the West: Cold climate").




Fortunately, Mr Putin’s influence is declining. European countries who were dependent on Russian gas used to be easy to bully. Now a mix of falling energy consumption, new pipelines that skirt round Russia, the exploitation elsewhere of shale gas and oil, and the subjection of Russian energy producers to EU competition rules has eroded his clout.





Yet Russia is still a power …

AUSTRALIA : Sydney Markets annual Mango Auction kicks off the summer fruit season

Auction proceeds to benefit OzHarvest, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Cancer Council of NSW







Sydney, Australia – 30 August 2013 – Sydney Markets, the largest distribution centre in the Southern Hemisphere and a critical hub for Australia’s food supply ecosystem will celebrate the arrival of the 2013 mango season with the 34th annual Sydney Markets Mango Auction on 4 September.





This auction is organised by the Sydney Markets Foundation and proceeds from the first box of mangoes auctioned will be distributed to OzHarvest, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Cancer Council of NSW.



Brad Latham, CEO of Sydney Markets Limited said, “Sydney Markets Limited is the traditional home of the mango auction and we are proud to be hosting this every year for the benefit of charities that support our communities. Sydney Markets is proud to support OzHarvest, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Cancer Council of NSW this year.”




Nick Martelli, Chairman o…