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MH370 isn't the only flight that's still missing

Plus: The cheapest countries for childcare, and the state of Britain's squirrels

22 March 2014

9:00 AM

22 March 2014

9:00 AM

Plane vanished

Some other planes, besides Flight MH370, which have disappeared without trace:
— A Boeing 727 cargo plane that was being prepared for a flight in Luana, Angola, on 25 May 2003. It took off without permission and when last seen was headed south-westwards over the Atlantic.
— An Antonov An-72 cargo plane with a crew of five on a flight from Port Bouet, Côte d’Ivoire to Rundu Airport, Namibia, on 22 December 1997.
— A de Havilland Twin Otter operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines with four crew and ten passengers on an internal Indonesian flight from Birma to Satartacik on 10 January 1995.

Baby bills

Does Britain have particularly expensive childcare? The figures below are for typical childcare costs as a percentage of net family income for a single-parent family on average earnings:

Before benefits and taxes/tax rebates
Portugal 26%
Sweden 9%
Netherlands 57%
France 22%
Spain 25%
UK 46%
Germany 23%
Japan 38%
Canada 40%
US 38%
Ireland 63%
After benefits and taxes/tax rebates
Portugal 2%
Sweden 6%
Netherlands 7%
France 7%
Spain 9%
UK 11%
Germany 17%
Japan 18%
Canada 19%
US 41%
Ireland 51%

Source: OECD

Artistic licence


A private member’s bill sought to decriminalise evasion of the TV licence. Among countries which levy a TV licence fee, which have most evasion?

Poland 65%
Italy 26%
Ireland 12%
Sweden 12%
Norway 9%
UK 5%
Austria 5%

Source: TV Licensing

Tail end

The government is to repeal a law ordering reports on the presence of grey squirrels, saying it was no longer feasible to eliminate the animals to prevent them wiping out red squirrels. How many squirrels are there?

Red
England 30,000
Wales 10,000
Scotland 121,000
Grey
England 2
million
Wales 320,000
Scotland 200,000

Source: British Mammal Society


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